21 Jul 2016

Guns are Epidemic They Should be Banned!

I really don't want to turn my blog into a political platform but I can't sit and not comment on the current idiocy that is happening in the world.

I'm sad, so sad about every bad news I hear each day. The moment I feel like music has cured me a little then bang, another disaster.

What else does a black person has to do to not get shot by the police in America?

Really?

A man (Charles Kinsey) lying down on his back, hands up, explaining calmly and clearly his occupation (behavioural therapist) to you (policemen), making you aware that there is no gun and the gentleman sitting next to him is his autistic patient. You still shoot the man lying on his back (by accident you say), with his hands right up. He complied, but still you fire your gun. The excuse? We were trying to help Charles Kinsey. Then he was handcuffed and left on the street bleeding why you phone the ambulance. So don't make a press release and say your idiocy about trying to help him. 

Some ask why does American problem concern me?

I don't concern myself with only American problem concern, I have a whole wide world (www) problem. I know from experience, as a black person, my problem is www discrimination, even in the land of freedom.

I always think what if I'm in America with my children, they may be throwing tantrums because I'm taking a toy from them. A passerby may phone the police. The police may come but without hearing what I have to say they point their gun at us. Who will tell our stories.

Guns are epidemic they should be banned!

I'm SO thankful #CharlesKinsey, is alive. I hope there will be a radical changes in the system. I'm so glad Mr Kinsey is a member of the Circle of Brotherhood collective who do good deeds for the community and they are demanding answers from the police. I hope this incident doesn't go overlooked.

16 Jul 2016

Remembering Blogher2015 in New York City




About a year ago today I was in my hotel room on the twenty first floor. I couldn't sleep I kept talking to my pregnant sister who was try to sleep in the bed next to mine. I was high on adrenaline because I was thinking about all of the events that happened to me since I arrived in New York the day before.

We arrived in New York evening. We got a tuktuk taxi to the hotel, pretending living the high life and paying about $60 from the bus station. As soon as we checked into our hotel room we decided to explore New York by night.

My first girlie holiday with my sister @mrs._pancakes. 

It was epic! 

I met amazing ladies such as @lashawnwiltz @tipatipati @marinobambinos @thedanifaust @harlemlovebirds in real life and made new wonderful friends such as @elancmorgan @jetsetterproblems. I learnt a lot during the @blogher conference. The message I got from the whole experience is that  gave me throughout my journey.



We were staying at @nyhiltonmidtown. As soon as we walked into our room and saw that it was overlooking a parking lot, I said to my sister "No way, we can't be in New York near Central Park without seeing the park from our hotel room. I would like to change the room." We phoned concierge  and they told us that they would change the room for us the following days. We went to sleep happy waiting for the following day because it was going to be super busy.

In the morning I had to meet a friend that I haven't seen since high school in Italy. My sister had to meet Kimberly so we organized a brunch at Sara Beth's restaurant. We then went to a fashion show where I was photographer. On our way back we saw Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama.We were so happy to see her, because, finally, we could see the person behind  blog we've been following for so many years in real life.

Each keynote left me with goosebumps. Their words inspired me so much. 

It was the first keynote of the conference that opened my eyes about the #blacklivesmatter movement. It was an interview with two of the founders of the movement, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. The host was Vanessa K. De Luca, the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine. The conference room was packed to the roof. It was amazing. 

I felt ashamed that I didn't know about the movement, that I didn't know about Sandra Bland. I knew of Trayvon I guess because it became international news. I still felt so bad about not knowing of the daily injustice many black people have to face. Injustice that was reducing some people to lose how God created to live. That a child's natural way of throwing a tantrum could be seen as a threat. I truly believed America was the land of freedom and even though through some blogs I could depict still bigotry I thought that government and system was better than some people. But it was not the case in 2015 and not the case in 2016. I forgave myself and promised myself never to forget about the movement. Since then I cannot be silent  in front of injustice because my life as a black woman matters. Also I have families and the injustice many black people are facing could happen to them. It could happen to me if I'm there and I met the wrong person. 

I still feel emotional when I think about the whole experience. I can't wait to repeat in 2017 (unfortunately I can't go this year).

Howeer, two messages I got from the whole experience were: you don't need permission to live and don't be afraid to ask for what you want.

My trip taught me how much God loves me. He is my guide, I open my heart and soul for Him to work through me. AMEN!


   


14 Jul 2016

Healing Songs


Music is truly a healing medicine.

In these days of sadness I've been listening to Luky Dube, his songs are helping me cope. Reggae is my healing tool
Listening to Lucky Dube's lyrics, words that lured me to sleep when I was in my teens and was in pain due to love and missing my father. I listened back in my teens for a better future soothe my aching heart.

 

"Sun went down on the mountainBirds flew back to their hiding placesLeaving him standing there like a telephone poleIn the still of the nightYou and I dreamDreaming of Romeo & JulietAll he dreams about is the freedom of the nationWhen every man will be equal In the eyes of the lawAs he closes his eyesFor the last time he said again" House of Exile by Lucky Dube
_________________
Bob Marley said
"How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look"
But little did he know that
Eventually the enemy
Will stand aside and look
While we slash and kill our own brothers
Knowing that already
They are the victims of the situation

{Victims by Lucky Dube)
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