Monday, September 19, 2005

Getting myself together...

Grown & Sexy Icon: Gabrielle Union


I turn 26 next month, I can't really believe it. Not that 26 is old or anything, I just sometimes feel younger, esp. since I don't drive. Which I plan to be remedying soon. But in the spirit or renewal I am going to be getting myself more together, or so I say. In what way you ask, I'm getting a gym membership so I can hit the gym at least 3 times a week. I'm a small chick (110 lbs & 5'2") and it's pretty much in the right places, but I want to keep it that way as well as tone up my thighs because it seems like that's where cellulite usually strikes people and I am not one for the cellulite. I also want to do more girly stuff like get my eyebrows arched and all that good superficial, but necessary stuff. So, age 26 is going to be the start of the Grown & Sexy Kenesha Movement!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Random Blog Crap...

This is SOOOO true of me...

How You Life Your Life

You seem to be straight forward, but you keep a lot inside.
You say whatever is on your mind. Other people's reactions don't phase you.
You tend to have one best friend you hang with, as opposed to many aquaintences.
You tend to dream big, but you worry that your dreams aren't attainable.


Sorta True

C

You tend to notice the big things in life...
But the details aren't exactly your forte


Your Hidden Talent

Your natural talent is interpersonal relations and dealing with people.
You communicate well and are able to bring disparate groups together.
Your calming presence helps everything go more smoothly.
People crave your praise and complements.


How You Are In Love

You fall in love quickly and easily. And very often.
You tend to take more than give in relationships.
You tend to get very attached when you're with someone. You want to see your love all the time.
You love your partner unconditionally and don't try to make them change.
You stay in love for a long time, even if you aren't loved back. When you fall, you fall hard.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Art & Commerce

I've been trying to get out of my writer's block phase and put pen to paper or fingers to keys, rather. What really gave me a kick in the pants was reading this book Loose Ends by Electa Rome Parks.


Praised for its "cutting-edge dialogue, intriguing characters, and a spicy storyline," Electa Rome Parks's The Ties That Bind introduced a savagely honest look at modern romance.


Well, if by "cutting-edge dialogue, intriguing characters, and a spicy storyline", they mean lousy language skills and one or two sex scenes less than a Zane novel, then sure, but if they meant it literally they're on her payroll. So, you're saying well you bought it sucker...well I did and I didn't. I belong to that Black Expressions Bookclub and I keep forgetting to cancel, so this was sent to me automatically. I wanted a book to read on the train, so I just picked this one up.


Anyway, is this what black people are reading now? Answering myself, I'll say yes. All the time I see black women reading books like this and worse, books entitled things like "Thug Passion" (please tell me there isn't a book named that). So, reading this book made me say to myself, "Self, you need to start writing again because you can write circles around this woman!" (sorry Electa)


Ah, but the problem (besides my writer's block) is that people don't want to read intelligent books anymore. So, you have to decide between art and commerce and Lord knows I need to get paid. So, I've decided to go the Jay-Z route, to be clever, but commercial.


"If skills sold, truthfully/Lyrically, I'd be Talib Kweli." - Jay-Z


Oh and to help with the writer's block I started a writing circle blog with some friends, check it out! Diaspora Writers

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Pat Robertson Has Lost His Fucking MIND!!!

First he was asking people to pray to have God take out 2 Supreme Court judges to get more conservative judges on the bench, then he was saying America should assasinate the Venezuelean President, and now he's blaming the devastation in New Orleans on Ellen Degeneres hosting the Emmy's.

He really must be off his meds because he's been saying some wild ass stuff as of late. I really despise people who use religion to condemn other people and their lifestyles, even more so people who think they have the hotline to God's ear and know everything that God is thinking. Someone please get the straight jacket for him!

ROBERTSON BLAMES HURRICANE ON CHOICE OF ELLEN DEGENERES TO HOST EMMYS

Lesbian is New Orleans native

Hollywood – Pat Robertson on Sunday said that Hurricane Katrina was God’s way of expressing its anger at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its selection of Ellen Degeneres to host this year’s Emmy Awards. “By choosing an avowed lesbian for this national event, these Hollywood elites have clearly invited God’s wrath,” Robertson said on “The 700 Club” on Sunday. “Is it any surprise that the Almighty chose to strike at Miss Degeneres’ hometown?”

Robertson also noted that the last time Degeneres hosted the Emmys, in 2001, the September 11 terrorism attacks took place shortly before the ceremony.

“This is the second time in a row that God has invoked a disaster shortly before lesbian Ellen Degeneres hosted the Emmy Awards,” Robertson explained to his approximately one million viewers. “America is waiting for her to apologize for the death and destruction that her sexual deviance has brought onto this great nation.”

Robertson added that other tragedies of the past several years can be linked to Degeneres’ growing national prominence. September, 2003, for example, is both the month that her talk show debuted and when insurgents first gained a foothold in Iraq following the successful March invasion. “Now we know why things took a turn for the worse,” he explained.

In order to avoid further tragedy, Robertson called not only for the Television Academy to find a new heterosexual host, but to bar all homosexuals and bisexuals from taking part in the ceremony.

He said employees at the Christian Broadcasting Network had put together a list of 283 nominees, presenters, and invited guests at the Emmys known to be of sexually deviant persuasions.

“God already allows one awards show to promote the homosexual agenda,” Robertson declared. “But clearly He will not tolerate such sinful behavior to spread beyond the Tonys.”

Friday, September 02, 2005

FEMA needs people in the DC area to work at a call center...

I think I'm going to take off early and go interview and if I get the job I'm quitting my job.

Random Thoughts on Katrina

I'm copying and pasting this from a random thoughts posting I made on my msgboard

I am in a drugged stupor.
I could never be an addict it's crazy feeling like this.
Like everything is in slow motion.
I couldn't even remember any of my passwords for a minute.
My cold has kicked in with full force so I'm trying to kick in with the meds.

I had not watched the news on Katrina.
Not until this morning
I sat up in bed and cried.
I was okay with just reading about it in print and not really looking at pictures.
But seeing it on tv. :sad:
I wanted to shake everyone on the train and say, what are you doing to help?
My dad may have to wait on his loan money back.
I gotta do more. :sad:
It's so sad, yet people are going around and living their normal lives.

Man is really an animal.
I mean if you didn't think so before, look at NO now.
Survival of the fittest is a MOFO.
I was thinking what was God's plan in all of this?
A lot of the people who didn't die in the floods, may die of disease.
Foolish, foolish man
we think we are invicible (esp. America) and then something like this happens.
Yet, since it hasn't touched the masses ppl. still think they're invicible.

Little strife seems so trivial at a time like this.
Message board wars, liars, catfighting, what does Bey's real hair look like...
Who cares?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

A Friend of mine (like so many others) has been effected by Hurricane Katrina...

She says this:
Hello.

I would like to thank everyone for your prayers. Me and 24 other members of my family are in a hotel in Dallas, Texas. I am writing you from Brookhaven Community College.

I am very blessed. Very little money but we have contacted FEMA and Red Cross.

It is very surreal. Yesterday I was getting supplies from Wal-Mart. Everyone in the store was so happy, preparing for their Labor Day festivities, while all I could get was food I needed to survive for my family. I cried right there. People in Texas are very hospitatable: They have offered to let my cousins come here for school even though the semester has already started. Everyone is hugging us, kissing us, providing help for us.

I will be relocating to a friend's house in Mesa, AZ. Financially I am not ok but I will soon ask for moneywire from my father who lives in South Carolina.

You CAN make a difference. Any denomination of donation to FEMA and Red Cross can change or save a life.

More important than money is the prayers that you all have been doing. I ask that you all get on your knees and pray for the victims of this tragedy, including the MANY members on this forum that are from this tri-state area. There are thousands of people that are dead. What the media won't show you on television are the HUNDREDS of bodies floating in water that is filled with raw sewage and gasoline. What they won't show you is people trapped inside attics, begging to get out. What the media won't show you is babies being born in The Superdome, the many people who are being shot by desparate, tired, hungry people.



I wanted to pass this on to everyone that reads my blog so that they can do something!

I have another friend who works in PR for the Red Cross and she sent me this info on Hurricane Katrina Relief Aid:

I know people want to help and send things like water and clothes and food but the only thing that most local chapters of Red Cross can take are monetary donations and those are designated to disaster relief. Yesterday morning the estimated cost of aid and relief was 130 million today we are looking at over 21 billion dollars needed.
 
 At this time the only chapters that can take physical items are in Louisiana and they'd have to be personally delivered. We aren't allowed to transport and ship things to them (well at least at the moment, we'll see as time progresses). If you know people within Louisiana that want to donate in person they can take stuff to LSUS (Louisiana State Univ. in Shreveport) and the Northwest Louisiana Red Cross 4221 Linwood Avenue Shreveport, LA 71108
 
If you know people that are missing or you can't find there are a few things you can do... one is register on the National Next of Kin registry @ http://nokr.org also the American Red Cross re-launched its national preparedness information hotline 1-866-GET INFO to provide callers with disaster safety and preparedness information.
 
If giving is something you want to do there are several orgs (not just the one I work for that you can contact... but keep in mind that Red Cross we are mandated to do this and have already sent out hundreds in response) you can give online at redcross.org or call 1800-help-now
 
Here are recommended places from FEMA
 
Donate cash to:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
1-800-257-7575 Spanish;

Operation Blessing
1-800-436-6348

America’s Second Harvest
1-800-344-8070

Donate Cash to and Volunteer with:

Adventist Community Services
1-800-381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA
703 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
1-800-848-5818

Church World Service
1-800-297-1516

Convoy of Hope
417-823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response
800-638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service
717-859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response
888-256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
800-872-3283

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief
1-800-554-8583

If you’re having trouble of which organization to give to she says:
First, of course I'll say red cross because I know how the money is distributed... i.e. people that come to us are going to get things such as cleaning supplies and a debit type card loaded with money where they will be able to purchase things but a lot of what we are doing is going to be apart of the long haul (except our shelters and counseling, mental health etc. but we'll be there at least 3/4 months)... so immediately I'd say.... Red Cross, then Southern Baptist Convention, I know for a fact is providing a lot of the food to our shelters so they could use money for that... same with America's Second Harvest... that's a foodbank so they need help... Operation blessing is similar to us in a lot of ways but they focus on "urban and rural" families which most of the people effected are and  they provide a lot of material things (clothes etc) where right now all we (red cross) can provide is shelter and counseling until people can get near their homes.