All of The Little Things

I'm really big on those signs that God sends to you. It's his little way of saying, "it's alright, I promise it is.". I've really been ignoring those said signs for too long, but today was the day I went back to listening to them.

Second Time Around.

Having a second chance makes you want to work even harder.
- Tia Mowry

Everything Is Everything

Everything is everything,
What is meant to be, will be.
After winter, must come spring,
Change, it comes eventually.
- Lauryn Hill

The Lonely Hour

Sometimes I sit here and I wish that I had that one special to come home to every night when I got off work. Now don't get it confused for one second, I am not by any means lonely or looking for someone to fill a void at any cost. I'm simply being a human at this particular moment in regards to needing affection and care. It's been so long that it's kind of weird to even know what it still feels like to be with someone you truly want to be with. The thing that makes it a little sad for me at the moment is that there is no one like that on any kind of level with me. For the first time in a very long time, there is no one, there is no interest, there is simply just me.

Love, Hate & Walmart

Now when this blog was suggested to me by new contributor Nicole Lewis, I initially laughed because I thought it was going to be a funny blog. But now as I sit here and think about it, I really do hate Wal-Mart. There are so many things that don't make sense that they do, and so many things that people come in the store and do that really piss me off. You know how much I love lists, let me go ahead rail some off that bother me:

A.A.A., Part 1

I'm Westside anyway,
Even if I left today and stayed away.
Some move away to make a way,
Not move away cause they afraid.
- T.I.

When One Isn't Enough

So I have to give her
Free, time, even if it hurts
So breathe, mami, it's deserved
You've been put on this earth to be
All you can be, like the reserves
And me? My time in the army, it's served
So I have to allow she, her, time to serve
The time's now for her
In time she'll mature
And maybe we, can be, we, again like we were
Finally, my time's too short to share
And to ask her now, it ain't fair
So yeah, she lost one.
- Jay-Z

Be Proactive, Not Reactive

You need to be proactive, carve out time in your schedule,
And take responsibility for being the healthiest person you can be.
No one else is going to do it for you.
-  Dr. Mehmet Oz

There's a lot to be said about a person who is proactive rather than reactive.

Holidays Aren't My Cup of Tea

I just want to point out that people say the dumbest things to me sometimes, when they don't understand my logic. I tell people all the time, what I do doesn't have any kind of bearing on your life, so don't worry about it. Then what do they decide to do, worry about it. For whatever reason that clicks in their mind, they have to feel as though they are right and I need to live by their standards. Well I'm here to say this much:

Can you please cut the shit?

The Martin Luther King, J.R. Day Blog

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight,
Because my conscience leaves me no other choice.
A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war,
This way of settling difference is, is not just.
This business of burning human beings with napalm,
Filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows,
Of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of peoples normally humane.
Of sending men home from the dark and bloody battlefields
Physically handicapped and psychologically deranged,
Cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.

Some Lovely Advice

I ever tell you guys how much I love Tumblr? Like it's probably the greatest social media network that's untouched by the masses, it's filled with awesome pictures and quotable's from witty people. I've taken tons and tons of ideas for posts from there along with pictures. The only thing I wish was easier was tracking down the original authors of the posts that I use so I can give them proper citation, but none the less, I like to share what I find up there.

My Blogging Process

The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.
- A. B. Yehoshua

Blackhat Movie Review

I really tried to give this movie a chance, but it just didn't do it for me.

Land of The .. Free?

I went to Iraq and I saw firsthand how we didn't need to be over there anymore, that was 2011.

How The Cookie Crumbles

For once, I just want someone to understand why I have a broken heart.

Pray For Nigeria

Just in case you missed what's going on because news outlets think it's only best to have this scroll across only on the blinker and nothing more, here's what has been going on in Nigeria so far. Click the image to get an enlarged picture:

So now that you're caught up on what's going on over there, I hope you understand the anger, sadness, frustration and rage over this situation right now. I mean I'm just past the point of being angry with the U.S. anymore because it's just a normal way of living. It's basically a big corporation. So with that being said, if it's not something in it for them, then they're not going to waste the assets. Now I don't have a problem with that per say, if they were consistent with the view of us handling our own and only ours.

But they haven't, hell they get mad when Obama proposes stuff that will actually help the country out. So when I see what's going on in Nigeria it angers me because I wonder what would it take for help to be given. I mean clearly they don't care about African Americans or anything resembling African decent. Because they were so quick to issue statements about what's going on in France but wouldn't release one for this or the multiple shootings in this country.

I'm pretty sure that rolling out troops to go find and kill terrorists that are hiding in plain site wouldn't be hard. I'm not going to make that reach of saying that soldiers wouldn't mind going over there because most of the soldiers that actually do the heavy lifting have spent the last couple of years in Iraq and Afghanistan and they are stretched thin. That's why we need to better train our army and give them the best tools available so when things like killing 2,000 people in a day would be met swift action.

I know we need to practice minding our own business and not risking the lives of soldiers, but if we don't stand up against injustice and protect the poor across the world and not just in countries that produce oil, then who will? I know they'll say that Africa should worry about protecting Africa, but how can they when it's ravaged, pillaged and left to become a wild west frontier in most of those countries. I just pray everyday that NATO or the United Nations steps in and tries to at least do something, but even that's a stretch because they can't do that much.

This just makes me angry and sad that not even the slightest of press coverage is being committed to this, and a picture of burned bodies is being passed along twitter so easily. At this point the only thing you can do is pray because no one is trying to help Nigeria at all. It makes you wonder about what's really important in this world.

I Love You Queen

I really do love you women folk, unapologetically.

The New Beauty Campaign By Adrianna Moses

Models Needed (To Read This).

TheeSouthernBelle's Blog Review

If we aren’t broken and taken through a few tough obstacles,
then how would we appreciate the blessing?
We don’t know what God is preparing us for.
So we have to hold it together when He says, “wait a minute”.
Who are we to really understand the mind of God and why He does certain things?
- Audriana Smith

My Favorite Rap Artists, Vol. 1 | Jeezy

Oh Lord! I woke up this morning and started praying.
And only niggas feeling my pain, know what I'm saying.
- (Enough, 2014)

Jeezy is the ultimate motivator.

Book Review | I Declare By Joel Osteen

This happens to be my first book that I've read in years, and it was pretty awesome.

January 2015

Well it's the beginning of a New Year.

My Role Model | Stuart Scott

When you die, that does not mean you lose to cancer,
You beat cancer by how you lived, why you lived
And in the manner in which you lived.
So live. Live. Fight like hell.
- Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott was the greatest man living that I've never met.

My Kingdom

 A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness.
It is an expression of humility.
It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as 
prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.
- James E. Faust

This is my 2015 blog, sort of.