Brown Sugar: I Love Her Still

whenHaving just watched one of my all time favorite movies Brown Sugar. I find myself reflecting on past relationships and my love of music. It was so much easier back then. The complications of adulthood has left little time to give either the attention they deserve. I find myself treating music like my mistress and my relationships like my side chick. There once was a time when I would be in the radio station all night working on one beat, I would spend days on one verse and months on one concept. Now I can’t remember the last time I even started Pro Tools, Fruity Loops or Sony Acid.

From a relationship standpoint, I can not remember the last time when I was happy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not miserable. I’m content. Some might argue that is worse. I don’t have that feeling of “this person is my everything” and my all. I remember that feeling when I first met her. I remember when I first sat next to her at Market Facts. I remember how much insight we got from each other exchanging notes written on the back of surveys. The first time at Sunny Side, the morning drives to Seattle Joes before class. The late nights playing chess while listening to Coltrane and Miles Davis in her room. The first time I kissed her. Nothing moves me like that anymore. I use to love her and I love her still.


Do you remember the last time you sat down and listened to a whole album? Not just one single or a few songs. I mean a whole album. I am a tech guy. I love technology and being plugged in but as we have more access I find that we have less substance in our lives. Music artist make a bunch singles not full albums. People don’t take the time to learn about each other. They swipe left on Tinder or read profiles on OKC. I still remember the first time I listen to Biggie’s debut album Ready to Die. Before Jay-Z took over the world of Hip Hop by storm there was The Notorious B.I.G. I listened to that whole CD from start to end. I knew every song, every word, every sound. I could tell you the track number based on one note. My father was not pleased when took the headphones to hear what I was vibing too. After he destroyed the CD, I went and bought another one the next day. At that time life was Hip Hop and Hip Hop was life. She was all I needed. She had my back when I needed to rant. She understood when I needed to relax. She was funny. She was deep. She was my best friend. Nothing moves me like that anymore. I use to love her and I love her still.


If you are not familiar with the movie Brown Sugar; 1st you should watch it as soon as you can. Second the whole movie does a phenomenal job comparing a relationship and life to hip hop. The growth of hip hop from an infant to a teen of pure talent and hustle to the adult mainstream big business innovate sometimes corny but always fun person she is now is remarkable. Depending how old you are Hip Hop is at a different state for you. You can’t love hip hop without understanding her. She has grown into a wonderful woman. To love. To Hip Hop.

California Now Has Automatic Voter Registration at DMV

MLKvote A few weeks ago Alabama enacted new Jim Crow laws disguised as budget cuts. If you missed it the just of the issue is that you need a driver’s license or other form of photo ID to vote. However due budget cuts, Alabama is closing 31 satellite DMVs. Those satellite DMVs happen to be instate’s majority-black counties. Thus getting that ID that you need to vote is a lot harder. On the other hand some states are making it easier. For instance California has automatic voter registration if you are getting or renewing your driver’s license. California is just the second state in the country to pass this law, Oregon was the first.

“Citizens should not be required to opt-in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt-in to other rights, such as free speech or due process. The right to vote should be no different. ” said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

We can only hope that every state adopts this law. Jerry Brown, California Governor signed the bill in to law yesterday. Its not that hard to have citizens participate in democracy if a state wants to. Sadly as we have seen with Alabama its also not hard to stifle citizens right to vote as well. As you can imagine with positive laws like this that give minorities a bigger voice also make some people extremely unhappy. Some Republicans say automatic registration could lead to voter fraud if people who are not eligible are accidentally registered and also increasing voter registration will not make people more engaged citizens. I disagree with that. Just look at Australia where it is compulsory for all Australian citizens to enroll and vote in federal elections.

From ROFL to BRB to RAK: What does all that shorthand mean?

Txtspk has taken over most parts of Gen x or whatever the new generation is called. Text speak  is how the youngsters talk. My little sister speaks this way in anything she writes. I have one friend in her 20’s that uses the words # verbally in conversations. I blame growing post AOL IM. The QWERTY  keyboard & iPhones helped push it along further in to the mobile world. Twitter also makes it a necessity at times to use text speak. There is only so much you can say in 140 characters.

Here is a list of text terms and abbreviations to help you get buy

  • 143  I love you (popularized by Mister Rogers)
  • 2DAY   Today
  • 4EAE    For ever and ever
  • ADN      Any day now
  • AFAIK   As far as I know
  • AFK         Away from keyboard
  • ATM       At the moment
  • B/C          Because
  • B4           Before
  • BF / GF Boyfriend / Girlfriend
  • BFN    Bye for now
  • BOL    Be on later
  • BRB     Be right back
  • BTW    By the way
  • DM      Direct message
  • DWBH    Don’t worry, be happy
  • F2F or FTF    Face to face
  • FB      Facebook
  • FF    Follow Friday (Follow Friday is a recurring topic on Twitter. Each week, users post lists of people that they think others should followusing the #FF or #FollowFriday )
  • FTL        For the loss / For the lose
  • FTW       For the win
  • FWB       Friends with benefits
  • FWIW    For what it’s worth
  • FYEO     For your eyes only
  • FYI         For your information
  • GLHF    Good luck, have fun
  • GR8        Great
  • HAK       Hugs and kisses
  • HAND   Have a nice day
  • HTH      Hope this helps / Happy to help
  • IANAL    I am not a lawyer
  • IDK           I don’t know
  • IIRC         If I remember correctly
  • IKR           I know, right?
  • ILY / ILU      I love you
  • IMHO      In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
  • IMO          In my opinion
  • IRL            In real life
  • IU2U        It’s up to you
  • IYKWIM      If you know what I mean
  • J/K       Just kidding
  • J4F      Just for fun
  • JIC      Just in case
  • JSYK        Just so you know
  • K or KK   Okay
  • LMBO     Laughing my butt off
  • LMK        Let me know
  • LOL         Laughing out loud
  • MM          Music Monday. Another recurring Twitter topic.
  • MSM       Mainstream media
  • NAGI     Not a good idea
  • NM          Never mind
  • NMU      Not much, you?
  • NP            No problem or Now playing
  • NSFW    Not safe for work
  • NSFL     Not safe for life
  • NTS       Note to self
  • OH          Overheard
  • OMG      Oh my God
  • ORLY    Oh, really?
  • PAW      Parents are watching
  • PLS or PLZ      Please
  • PPL        People
  • PTB       Please text back
  • QQ          Crying. Rather than an abbreviation, this is an emoticon, a picture created in text
  • RAK        Random act of kindness
  • RL           Real life
  • ROFL    Rolling on the floor laughing
  • RT           Retweet
  • RUOK   Are you okay
  • SMH       Shaking my head
  • SRSLY   Seriously
  • SSDD      Same stuff, different day
  • SWAK    Sealed with a kiss
  • SWYP    So, what’s your problem?
  • TIA        Thanks in advance
  • TIME    Tears in my eyes
  • TMB      Tweet me back
  • TMI       Too much information
  • TMRW  Tomorrow
  • TTYL    Talk to you later
  • TY or TU   Thank you
  • VSF         Very sad face
  • WB          Welcome back
  • WTH      What the heck?
  • WTPA     Where the party at?
  • WYCM     Will you call me?
  • YGM          You’ve got mail
  • YMMV      Your mileage may vary
  • YW            You’re welcome
  • ZOMG     Oh my god (sarcastic)

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