Current Inspiration: New Orleans CULT-cha

 I’ve been researching and studying the amazingly, enigmatic city that is New Orleans.

From the birth of Jazz, to Hurricane Katrina to Mardi Gras; this city is full of layers of significant history and people.  From its deep-rooted French culture, due to the Louisiana Purchase, intertwined with echoes of African Voodoo carried through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; there is something about this town that is totally fascinating and complex.

One of the most interesting things I’ve come to understand and love about this city other than its music scene (New Orleans Bounce music, primarily), is the history of the Mardi Gras Indians.  Their inception started over 100 years ago from a group of Louisiana natives whose ancestors were of African and Native American decent.  As most Americans know, miscegenation between these two groups were very common during the days of slavery and colonialism.  And New Orleans is one of the only cities in America that has recognized the importance of this and its affect on their culture as a city within Louisiana.

The Mardi Gras Indians prepare all year for Fat Tuesday.  Meetings, practices, sewing sessions, collecting money and resources for their group/organization/tribe etc…  People see the second lines and parades, they stand in awe of their extravagant costumes and the moving vibrations of their singing and chanting, yet, rarely understand the hard work and dedication that it takes to do what these people do.  And it’s all in the name of tradition, strengthening their legacy and paying homage to their forefathers and foremothers who evoked this special tradition years ago.

I plan on attending Mardi Gras 2017 and cannot wait to have a taste of New Orleans and Louisiana culture for myself.  I look forward to seeing the Chiefs chanting their tribal songs throughout the streets, seeing the legendary Baby Dolls dancing in their satin corsets and umbrellas and just seeing people from all over the world having a good time.  But for now, I’m going to enjoy the King Cake that I bought from my local bakery and savor in its flavors until February 28th, 2017.

“Ya heard me?!”

 

“I Like To Be By Myself, That Makes Me Happy…”

“I’m not an addict of any kind, except to new adventures.” – Raven-Symoné

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Raven-Symoné and I have the same Sun and Moon signs, interchangeably, so I am not surprised by her free-spirited mentality.  And it is invigorating and reassuring to hear some of the things that she stated in this clip from her Where Are They Now? interview with Oprah Winfrey, as so much of what she says resonates with my spirit. It’s just wonderful to see that someone that has accomplished so much is still aiming higher and open to redefining her life and growing even more, each day.  It makes me happy and inspires me to see such innocence and humility within her, even in adulthood.  This was a great moment.  

The Wild & Untamed Temptress: The 21st Century Woman & Her Power

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As time continues on and change remains as life’s only constant, it is more and more evident that the feminine energy of the world is being unleashed.  A very strong femininity that dominates and controls through her innate power of intuition and her mantra of “heart over mind”.

It seems to me as if many, many women around the world are connecting back to a deeper side of themselves.  Some may call it a “dark side”, but it has more to do with ancient feminine wisdom.  Special secrets and orders that tap into another realm of womanhood, that has been suppressed for hundreds and thousands of years.  Certain taboos, if you will, that the masses have been involuntarily ignorant of, due to the rewriting of history and faulty social constructs.

From Beyonce’s recent performance at the 2014 Video Music Awards show to her latest album, having more of a sexual and gritty overtone compared to her previous work.  Or even Nicki Minaj’s overt mandates of what kind of man she wants in her lyrics, to your average woman in everyday life searching and trying to figure out how to express herself in all aspects and facets of her true nature.  I see it happening, everywhere, and it certainly makes you sit back and ponder; What does it mean to be a woman in the 21st century?

And we all love sex, right?  Then why is it a problem when a woman wants to express herself in a forthcoming way?  Or maybe, even in a subtle way;  we have come to consciously accept the theory that a woman’s sexuality is her own, as long as she “controls it” or puts some kind of cap on it.  Fuck that.  Those days are O-V-E-R.  And men WILL deal, the church WILL deal, the government and media will certainly have to deal with this surge of carefreeness that women are learning to step into and flow with.  Especially those, whom innately are meant to live in such a passionate and instinctively driven manner.

In conclusion, it’s all about balance.  If things were truly in a Ying and Yang form within society, everyone’s lives would be a lot easier and people would be much more happier.  That is why this hot, sexual and over-bearing energy is beginning to rise.  Everything that appears on the surface is a reflection of something deep within.  Women have had enough.  Generations before us had enough, and now, it is time to own and hone our nature as beautiful, feminine goddesses and tenacious warriors.

There is no need to feel threatened, prideful or angered.  It’s just in a woman’s nature to always know how to stir the pot and get what she wants.  And it’s all in the name of love.

Bobby Womack: The Soul of a Man

“With me, it’s all about feeling…” – Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack has such an interesting life story.  From beginning to end, his path led him to some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows.  And through it all, he never hid what he was going through, he never seemed phony, he would just write about it in his music…  This is how he would bare his soul.  He was as soulful as you could get.

I think this is why I have such an appreciation and connection to his music, primarily, because he is a native of Ohio (Cleveland, to be exact), a fellow water sign (Pisces) and because he was just so real and honest within his music.  He was a poet, a vessel used to create beautiful music and works of art that touch people at the core of their heart.  The tone of Bobby’s voice alone pulled at that one heart string that you never even knew existed, and opens you up to a new level of music and love.  The brother had a gift that was that deep.

Full of charm, unique style, a one-of-a-kind voice and that ever so sexy-warm smile, Bobby Womack is a vanguard of Black music.  And if you ever want to understand a man, just turn on some Bobby Womack.  “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha” and “Across 110th Street”, to name a few.  And these songs will lead you to his soul, the soul of a man.

Rest in Peace

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New Muzik: Junglepussy Guarantees Ultimate Satisfaction on Her Debut Album


“WANT SOME MO’???  Know the nigga want some mo’!”

Junglepussy is like that new chick on the block.  She’s hella dope, has her own style.  To everybody, she’s so cool and down to Earth, but lives in her own lil’ world…  And you can’t help but to want to take a journey there.  Thus, the power and energy that is Junglepussy!

This 22 year old Brooklyn rapper really is in her own lane.  Out of the tons of artists out there who attempt to be authentic and provocative in their own way, Junglepussy is one of the few that actually has been successful in doing so, from her lyrical content to her daring style.  And her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, makes no exception to these rules.

Released earlier this week, and free for stream through VICE Media, it is a sonic explosion of a new sound that has been emerging from various New York artists within recent years.  This album is a fusion of Boom Bap and electronic beats, mixed with raw and juicy lyrics that keep you hooked on track after track.

This melanated mommi is so dope.  I love her unapologetic attitude within her lyrics and artistic approach; as well as, her intelligence.  And how she dares to be no one but herself; a sensual beauty full of subtle sexiness and prowling ambition.  Do yourself a favor and listen to this amazing album.

Satisfaction guaranteed, baby!  #LoveHer #NotYourAverageRapAlbum #ScorpioShit

 


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Sailor Moon is Back: Watch Now!!!

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The news of Sailor Moon returning to our TV and computer screens is the best entertainment and media news that I have heard in a long time.  WOW!

The phenomenon that IS Sailor Moon has lived on for years through devout fans, as this show was one of the premiere anime cartoons that shaped anime culture since it originally aired in 1992.  Young girls and women, specifically, were so touched by this group of female characters that looked cool by day, kicked butt by night and always managed to save the day.  It is so refreshing that Viz Media has chosen to re-air all of these episodes, including a new season of fully uncut material on Hulu and NeonAlley, when there are so few cartoons with neutrally positive messages, nowadays.  So, this one is for the books!

The first episode premiered today entitled, “The Crybaby:  Usagi’s Beautiful Transformation”, which can be watched below.  For all of those who aren’t anime buffs, know that these are original episodes; therefore, the language is not in English and captions are available.  An English dub-over version will be released in the near future. I truly feel like my childhood has been re-birthed in a new way, because I am witnessing magic!  + Mars stationed direct today:  This is RIGHT on time!

Are you guys excited?  Which Sailor Moon character(s) is your favorite???
Comment below!