Dress Rehearsal is Over!

As I pile the last remnants of excess weight, meaning too big clothes, I can’t help but feel nostalgia. This overwhelming feeling is not because I can no longer fit the clothes but because with every article of clothing thrown into the pile, there was a memory attached. Everytime I grabbed a shirt, I had a flashback of where I was or what I was doing when I wore that piece. 

Ahhh…memories. The mind has a way of showing you what was, and faith helps you with what WILL be. Funny how we hoard things, people, and/or feelings, in fear of losing it or yourself in the process. When you delve a bit deeper, what are you willing to lose in order to gain?

I’m not only cleaning out my closet, but I’m also cleaning out this internal motherboard as well. You see, whats left hanging in this closet isn’t just an item of clothing. What’s hanging is a new sense of love of self, new faith, and new beginnings with me at the center of it all. No longer, will I hold onto the “what use to be” but instead make room for what will be. Your gifts will make room for you they say, so with that said…I GOT TO CLEAN OUT MY CLOSET. I have greater gifts waiting in the wings for me.  #NewBeginnings

“X’d Your Name Out Put Jigga On Top.” NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: “4:44”

“4:44” is LITERALLY Jay-Z taking us through his maturation from a boy to a man, from “Kill Jay-Z” to “Hello Carter” all while “Killing the #persona to building a “Legacy”. 

There’s a boatload of vulnerability engulfed throughout this album, especially the title track. Mr. Carter opened the window and allowed us to breeze through his subsistence. Guess what? I’m thankful for an earful.  We may have never seen this side of the self proclaimed “BUSINESS MAN.” I peeped it. LOVED IT! #JayZ #444 a classic via my eargasm, that I’ve experienced on this night. Thank you for putting the real in rap.  Check out a short overview of each track below. If you get a chance to listen, let me know your thoughts. #RealRapRaw

New 🎵🎶🎼 Alert: D’Angelo “Black Messiah”

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DAYAM YOU D’ANGELO!!!! Much like the long awaited albums of some of his counterparts in music such as Lauryn Hill, Jodeci, and Dr. Dre. D’Angelo has finally decided to bless us with his musical genius. So for the last 3 days I’ve been reading different writeups  regarding the hopes of “Black Messiah” dropping…soon. There was even speculation that he would hit the people like Beyonce did with her last album, well dammit he did!! Questlove said soon and soon is now on ITunes. DAYAM YOU D’ANGELO!! I DON’T HAVE AN IPHONE!! I hope this damn “funk soul/rock soul” he has going on is worth the wait. #Coppage
If you snag a copy, let’s talk about it. Was it worth the long anticipated wait? Could you have waited longer? Talk about it.

Check out his first single “Sugah Daddy” off the much anticipated album below: https://m.soundcloud.com/dangelomusicofficial/sugah-daddy

We Are The Champions My Friend…

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Congratulations to the Jackie Robinson West little league team on clenching the  US World Series Championship title.  They came, they saw, and they conquered.  Chicago is extremely proud of these young men and their coaching staff. Amidst all the negative “history” being made in other parts of the country, these guys are making positive history and representing the southside of Chicago at the same time. While doing so they are changing the face of the game as well. Good job JRW! Onwards and Upwards!!!

Commit To Be Sit…ing!

The wind down is real. Coming off of a busy week to finally land on a lazy Sunday feels so good. I never realized how much I enjoy just sitting and relaxing until now. These days my life is comprised of running, I mean running…Marion Jones style (still haven’t lost weight, but I digress).

Let’s see, I’ve had a chance to visit my local beach for the opening ceremony of the team USA basketball team. Great time, nice location, and a great atmosphere. 

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Imagine a single woman amongst a slew of men, of whom shares the same sentiments of being an avid basketball lover, talk about great atmosphere and some fine men to boot. Sheesh…ok back to what I was saying, I had a chance to share the same space on the beach as a spectator of team USA. I must say I was over joyed to see Derrick Rose in all his fine glory and the spectators there were as well.

Moving on to the closing of the week and my experience at the Chicago Westside Music Fest. This has been my third year working with my current employer as a representative at this event and I was extremely proud of how well it turned out, yet another year. This event brought out people of all ages, and all walks of life for a nice enjoyable night. Also, it was without incident. Who says that you can’t have pure unadulterated fun in the inner city(Chicago) without incident? This event has proven, yet again that it is indeed possible.

The organizers of the event brought various companies that provided freebies to the spectators.  There was also great entertainment from various genres of music. We were also treated to a concert by R&B recording artists “Brownstone” and “112”. Talk about a great show! I was sold out, yet the concert was free. Lol. Listening to the two groups brought back quite a bit nostalgia from my teenage years. The era of great R&B music, bka THE 90’s! If you grew up during this time, then no further discussion is needed. Just great music, period.

Nicci Gilbert, Maxee Maxwell and Teisha Brown of “Brownstone” opened the show.

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I was excited to see them together as I am aware of the dissolution of the group from years prior. I was taken back to the days of belting out tunes such as  “If You Love Me, and Grapevyne” in my bedroom my senior year of high school. (Did I just date myself? Nope! Them, I dated them, they’re old…er. lol!) These were great memories and they helped me bring them back to my remembrance.

The headliners of the night were former “Bad Boy” recording artists “112”.

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Now, I can’t lie “112” had me in an R&B choke hold as they sang a few of their hits such as “You Already Know, Peaches & Cream, and Player” to name a few. Great to see them back together doing their thing. So overall, a great week, and great memories to be tucked away in my “Back To The Future” bottle, until next time that you allow me to LetHerTellIt. 

Believe The Hype: Emanny-“Miss Me” featuring Joe Budden *explicit*

Born Emanny Salgado in New York City to a musically inclined family.  Emanny is an unsigned artist who proves to be a force to be reckoned with. He’s a musical triple threat; he’s a singer, songwriter, and a producer. Talk about get those coins, he does it all. I was introduced to his music by hip-hop artist Joe Budden on various U-Stream sessions he held for his fans. This song in particular was one that was played consistently in Joe’s laptop jam sessions. I personally love this song. You may love it as well. Check it out, let me know your thoughts.