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I totally appreciate Matthew's statement. It is refreshing to know that some (most) men love a Black woman's curves. I wasn't offended at all that he recognizes our ability to be fly and gorgeous and eye-catching and self-affirming. I am a Black woman that is not teeny and tiny. I am larger than life in my personality and my size 14 body may be considered plus size in some viewpoints but I know I am wonderfully and fearfully made. It saddens me that even super models like Naomi Campbell are still treated substandardly in the fashion world. All women should find a place there, but unfortunately only certain women are given a platform.
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You are so right! I seriously had a thign for Khalil and Laurenz. Still do! I have long wished they would have made a Love Jones 2 or something where I could see Laurenz touch my poetic/romantic heart again.
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I love this song; it makes me feel beautiful, like he's singing to me....and every woman that needs to know that there is a man out there that appreciates her beauty.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2009 on MusicSoulChild's - So Beautiful at TalulaZoeApple
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Awww...I love your perspective. A "Samson" moment? It very well could be...Is his power of persuasion in his hair? We will soon see...
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2009 on Allen Iverson Cuts His Locks at TalulaZoeApple
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I love listening to music and I like your list because it does include the 90s. Here goes: 1. Jill Scott - Who is Jill Scott? 2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 3. Musiq - Aijuswanaseing 4. CeCe Winans - Everlasting Love 5. Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae 6. Jodeci - Forever My Lady 7. Fred Hammond - The Inner Courts 8. SWV - It's About Time I couldn't come up with 15 since I have so many favorites and this could have gone on forever.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2009 on 15 Albums - Meme at TalulaZoeApple
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I LOVE this picture. They are so cute together. I WANT THAT!!!!!!
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You are so right!!! I stopped going to one I frequented in Grand Rapids because of that very thing. And yes, there were three categories of poems - the ones you just described. It got old to me and a bit vulgar. But in a way I do miss being in the poetry scene, and I can tell that I have gotten a bit rusty reading in public. The one I read at last week was refreshing because it was "pure" poetry, none of that masked garbage that turned me away from readings before. So with that said, I will be sending some poems your way. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's much appreciated!
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So you loved the show, huh? Okay, two lines that made me laugh outloud (while reading this entry at work - a bad place to bust out laughing for no obvious reason to anyone looking on): "My mind begins to wonder, how did a girl end up banging her lady parts on the stone floor to garner attention for a national audience." "I am loving that Deacon Lee Roy Brown suit he is sporting." Wow.
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You can put my name on that list too. I certainly didn't end up following the path I started out on. And I thank God everyday for that! The grace and love of God rescued me from the me I could have ended up becoming...
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2009 on It Is Never That Obvious at TalulaZoeApple
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I didn't say I didn't trust President Obama; I said that I truly wanted to see a woman on the throne of Capital Hill - a throne that has never had a woman sit as Commander in Chief. When he first came into view (my view), I didn't have enough on him to decide if I trusted him or not. I was planning to vote for Clinton because she seemed to carry the mantle of a strong potential leader, with feminine swag. But again, my mind was changed after really listening and watching and learning, after seeing what cannot be politically measured when I viewed President Obama's position as a Husband at home and a leader in the state and community in which he planted himself. I saw how immature Hilary Clinton actually was and realized that we as women cannot rely on so unstable a foundation (in terms of feminine authority). Maybe next time. You had a first hand opportunity to see President Obama in a place of authority in Chicago/Illinois so you knew that he could do the job but I did not have the pleasure of seeing and hearing him so up close and personal. So I had to use other measures to decide beyond sex, race, and even political viewpoints to make my final decision. There were some views highlighted (perhaps from conservative sources) that made me pause before deciding to vote for him later. I simply see those things as ideologies that we will probably differ on, but did not ultimately keep me from voting for him or deciding to support his over all leadership. It took me some time, some thought, some prayer, some belief, some change of perspective. The truth is I would not vote for him simply because of race. I did not decide to vote or not vote for Hilary simply because of sex in the end. There were other issues that perhaps I should have made more clear in my last comment. I promise you that I am not really that shallow. I just think that deep down I simply lost hope and faith in men leading this country and needed to see a real one stand up and truly defend what I hold precious. President Obama, though previously just another politician to me, became flesh and bone and strength to a weakened resolve. And though it took me some time...I'm here...I'm a believer...I'm resolving to help him change this country in my little neck of the woods. Sorry for writing TWO long comments...
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2009 on Maya Angelou Still Has Not Risen at TalulaZoeApple
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Some time ago, after the primaries and the conventions, I finally decided to vote for Obama. It took me a really LONG time to jump on the proverbial band wagon because I did not want to vote for him simply because he is a black man or because it seemed to be the thing to do if I am truly a member of the Afican-American community. I have to say that I actually wanted to see a woman on the throne of Capital Hill. And I do not really consider myself a feminist. I do not hate men; I love them deeply. I simply thought (and still think) it is the day of the woman. Men have sat on seats of authority in this country since its inception. But when the race came down to Obama and McCain, I could not vote for McCain simply because of the reality of what would happen if another good ol' boy led the network. But that's not all. For me, Michelle Obama really did help sway me to look at her husband outside of the ideologies that I had a hard time swallowing. I saw a man that for all intents and purposes was someone that truly shared my beliefs in the salvation and rescue of our communities. But it took her words and her candidness and her reminders, however subtle, that it was okay to believe in the man she loves heart and soul. So, in saying that, I really don't know why Maya Angelou did not immediately state her belief in his leadership until after speaking to his wife. I do not if it is the feminist in her or her inability to see him as a true leader. But maybe, like me, she really needed to see his humanity; she really needed to see the man beyond the politician. I think the best way to do that is to ask those closest to a man if he does have integrity and if he does have the ability to lead. A wife would know if her husband would be a good leader of a country because she is the first recipient of his leadership at home. If a man is a good leader at home, maintaining his own country, then I have to believe he can maintain mine.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2009 on Maya Angelou Still Has Not Risen at TalulaZoeApple
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I made a similar mistake about 10 years ago. I was engaged to a really great guy (not all that handsome but a great person emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually). I didn't really want to be; I wanted to be single again and actually began seeing another guy at the same time we were engaged. Well, long story short, at that fork in the road I left my 2 1/2 year relationship just to embrace men that certainly didn't love me like my ex-fiance' did. I haven't had a second act yet in terms of longevity in a relationship like that, but he got married and now he and his wife have a beautiful 5-month-old daughter. I'm still kicking myself and hoping that love comes around again someday.
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I think the thing that really sold me on Obama as President was Obama as husband and Obama as father. I do not have very many marital relationships in my life that I admire, but I truly admire his and Michelle's love for one another. It gives me hope that there are men like him out there and the one God intends for me will love me in a similar manner when the time is right. I appreciate how he looks at her and how she supports him. Today, it just seems like men and women have forgotten how to do that. It is refreshing to see that love, true love, though hard to find does indeed exist like a rare, priceless jewel.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2009 on The Obama Love - Before the Fame at TalulaZoeApple
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