The Metaphysics Of Living In “Da Hood”

Metaphysics Of Hood Livin Video Now here you are in “Da Hood”, and feeling low!  Like your knuckles are draggin  on the flo!  You put handz in yo pocket, only lint in it, and you mad cause you aint got a mint in it!  Wait a minute, keep calm, know your limit!!  Let me remind…

The Peace of God in a Tomato Plant

There is something beautiful about nature in its pure state.  When you can go to the beach and watch wave after wave wash upon the shoreline, or when you can go to a park and just sit among the trees and flowers and listen to the birds chirping and singing. In the modern world we…

My Herb and Tomato Plant Children

The herbs are growing wild.  They still seem to be healthy.  All I’m doing is watering them with my fruit and flower formula.  One tablespoon in a gallon of water, then drench the plants with it, especially the tomato.  I figure since tomatoes are made up of mostly water, the plant would need more as it grows bigger.  So I water it daily,…

My New Herb Plant Babies!

These are my little babies.  I’ve been watching over them and doting on them since they were young.  In the above photo, I think I’ve had them for about two weeks.   They started their lives at Home Depot in Emeryville (next to Oakland)  and I came along and adopted them.  I’ve mothered them and will continue…

I Love Fierce Shoes But I Gotta Give ‘Em Up Now

I have always loved high heels.  Spike high and pointy toed, fierce and beautiful.  This shoe fetish I have has been a 40 year long love journey.  From the time back when I was a tiny tot sticking my foot into my mom’s shoes, including the time when my friend and I would switch and wear each others platforms…

Strange Ghetto Beauty

Have you all seen this fabulous photo of First Lady Michelle in these skinny shimmery jeans?  Just looking all fab and fit at forty-eight? Yeah, I saw it too.  And it has inspired me to get up offa my thang and start walking around the place.  Lose some of this weight I’ve gained these past…

Whitney Houston – A Real Woman and Friend

I can’t tell you how much I hate doing these “tributes”.  In my mind they set a tone of regret, like I’m missing my water because I allowed my well to run dry.  I will cry for a minute then later go on to other things, which strikes me as not having paid true homage.  It’s a difficult and twisted thing in my…

Phyllis Hyman Talks About Life

The Inimitable Phylis Hyman! Such a beautiful spirit – a realist who was so attuned to her own truth.  She was so beautiful, wasn’t she?  Beauty radiated up from her soul.  She was the epitome of inside and outside beauty.   She was a woman’s woman – so articulate in expressing our true heart.  She sang about our…

The Bittersweet Story of Tammy Terrell

She was a beautiful spirit, with a pure and beautiful voice, and when they paired her with Marvin Gaye, with the dynamic duo of Ashford and Simpson penning the songs – magic happened! I was a little girl of 8 or 9 and my mom wasn’t a big fan of the Motown Sound.  She was more a…

White Business Partners – Can We Truss ‘Em? pt2

Part 2   Warm Spirit and Cold Business Partners Don’t Mix What happened to Warm Spirit?  Daniel was shocked by its success.  He never fathomed the company growing so big.  Nadine was shocked herself.  In fact, many in the direct marketing industry were blown away by Warm Spirit’s stellar success.  It was unprecedented, unheard of for a black woman to…

White Business Partners – Can You Truss ‘Em?

Oh, how racism and jealousy can destroy a good thing!  If your business partner is white, make sure he’s not easily influenced by racists.  Find out if his friends are racists, and whether they can sway him against you.   It’s been said that you can tell much about a person by the company he keeps.  Do a background check to…

Black Folks Are Breaking Into the Beauty Supply Business

The beauty business is a huge booming business and black people spend a great deal of money for beauty supplies every year.   In fact, we buy so many beauty products that our black dollars are able to support hundreds of beauty supply stores in our communities, city by city.  Every store I’ve ever been in has always had a brisk…