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haven’t posted anything in a while been pretty busy!! But look for more post in April!! I have some exciting new things to share with y’all !!!

So be on look out for that!!

Recentlly I posted how Hip Hop is missing real lyrical artist. And Hip Hop is turning more Pop then what it was created to be! So I want to get the Detox readers views and opinions on the topic. So be sure to Vote on the poll.

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This Weeks Black History Month Hero is: Ella Baker

Ella Josephine Baker (December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986) was an African American civil rights and human rights activist beginning in the 1930s. She was a behind-the-scenes activist whose career spanned over five decades. She worked alongside some of the most famous civil rights leaders of the twentieth century, including: W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, and Martin Luther King Jr. She also mentored such then-young civil rights stalwarts as Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael, Rosa Parks and Bob Moses.

To learn more about this Powerful, Gracious, Strong, Prolific Woman and Hero

visit her Wikipedia page where I got the above information :  Ella Baker Wikipedia Page

or her official website: Ella Baker Offical Website

Pleas take the time to learn who this Unsung Black History Hero is!!

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Have a blessed and giving day!

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This week’s poem is by Gil Scott Heron entitled “Winter in America”

Winter in America

From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrams
to the buffalo who once ruled the plains;
ike the vultures circling beneath the dark clouds
looking for the rain/looking for the rain.
From the cities that stagger on the coast lines
in a nation that just can’t take much more/
like the forest buried beneath the highways
never had a chance to grow/never had a chance
to grow.
It’s winter, winter in america
and all of the healers have been killed or forced
away.
It’s winter, winter in america
and ain’t nobody fighting ’cause nobody knows
what to save.
The con-stitution was a noble piece of paper;
with Free Society they struggled but they died in
vain/
and now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
hoping that it rains/hoping that it rains.
And I’ve seen the robins perched in barren
treetops
watching last ditch racists marching across the
floor
and like the peace signs that melted in our
dreams
never had a chance to grow/never had a
chance to grow.
It’s winter, winter in america
and all of the healers done been killed or put in
jail
it’s winter, winter in america
and ain’t nobody fighting ’cause nobody knows
what to save.

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This weeks Artist is Q-Tip he is one of my favorite artist because he knows who he is and he doesn’t apologize nor try to change.

He was born in 1970 in Harlem NY but grew up in Queens NY. He came on the scene around 1985 with the rap group A Tribe Called Quest” with his childhood friends Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, rapper Jarobi White, left the group after their first album but appears to have rejoined the group since 2006.They released five albums in eight years the first one being in 1990 and the last one in 1998, the first three LPs were highly acclaimed, but the group disbanded in 1998.

And since then Q-tip has had a very successful solo career with four solo albums as well as four Grammy nominations and winning one in 2006, for Best Dance Recording: “Galvanize”. He has also acted in several films 9 to be exact. He had the lead role in the film “Prison Song” which he wrote. Q-Tip is also a very sought after producer he has produce work for Nas, Mobb Depp, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and will also be producing the upcoming Kanye and Jay-Z album “Watch The Throne”

Q- Tip is a prime example of what Hip Hop is missing real artist that do not try to fit the mold but break it.

Below is a video to remind you of how uniquely talented Q-Tip is

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When I fist heard this I was shocked. Like why say this when things are finally turning around for you? I don’t get it! 

I am a fan of Fantasia but that was not a good look for her it made her look like a Diva and not in a good way.

I’m not saying she should have went to the Grammys if she didn’t want too but she should not have called into 106 and Park to say she deserved to be on stage. Saying that over shadow the simple fact that she finally received her first Grammy. And she is in the running to actually play Aretha Franklin in a film but after her Grammy reaction she just basically handed Jennifer Hudson the role.

I can see how she felt snubbed because she is the American Idol and they asked Jennifer Instead of her. But Aretha Franklin is everybody idol they couldn’t put everybody on stage that idolizes her. She should have been mature about.

She could have even used the situation to promote her up coming film as Mahalia Jackson. By saying the reason she decided to stay home was because “she is trying to fully embody Mahalia and going to the Grammys as Fantasia would have distracted the process”

Something like that would have made people look at her like she is taking her career serious instead of whining about little things. She could really use a good PR professional.

But I wish the best of luck to Fantasia I am excited about seeing her as Mahalia!!!

Here is the video of her manager accepting her grammy (they put them all the way in the back)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRiXTLYM7uQ

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Hey Y’all it’s that time of the week already POETRY MONDAY!!!

This weeks poem comes from the talented Nikki Givoanni and one of my favorite love poems “Resignation”

Resignation

I love you
because the Earth turns round the sun
because the North wind blows north
sometimes
because the Pope is Catholic
and most Rabbis Jewish
because winters flow into spring
and the air clears after a storm
because only my love for you
despite the charms of gravity
keeps me from falling off the Earth
into another dimension
I love you
because it is the natural order of things
I love you
like the habit I picked up in college
of sleeping through lectures
or saying I’m sorry
when I get stopped for speeding
because I drink a glass of water
in the morning
and chain-smoke cigarettes
all through the day
because I take my coffee Black
and my milk with chocolate
because you keep my feet warm
through my life a mess
I love you
because I don’t want it
any other way
I am helpless
in m love for you
It makes me so happy
to hear you call my name
I am amazed you can resist
locking me in an echo chamber
where your voice reverberates
through the four walls
sending me into spasmatic ecstasy
I love you
because it’s been so good
for so long
that if I didn’t love you
I’d have to be born again
and that is not a theological statement
I am pitiful in my love for you
The Dells tell me Love
is so simple
the thought though of you
sends indescribably delicious multitudinous
thrills throughout and through-in my body
I love you
because no two snowflakes are alike
and it is possible if you stand tippy-toe
to walk between the raindrops
I love you
because I am afraid of the dark
and can’t sleep in the light
because I rub my eyes
when I wake up in the morning
and find you there
because you with all your magic powers were
determined that
I should love you
because there was nothing for you but that
I would love you
I love you
because you made me
want to love you
more than I love my privacy
my freedom my commitments
and responsibilities
I love you `cause I changed my life
to love you
because you saw me one friday
afternoon and decided that I would
love you
I love you I love you I love you

Hope you all enjoy this poem as much as I do!!

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