Fanny Packs and Wu-Tang

Music To My Ears

In July of 2016, people I follow on Twitter would not stop retweeting this video. I scrolled past it about five times a day before I gave in and clicked on it.

 

I was blown away. Not just by the spectacle of it all, though I have to admit, a skinny Asian kid with a pink fanny pack and a super bass voice is quite the spectacle. But beyond the baffling image, I heard bars. Really good bars. I wasn’t the only one impressed. While most of the rapping reactors were unsure if they should take the kid seriously, Wu-Tang member and hip-hop veteran, Ghostface Killah showed interest in getting on the remix. Which was something that I thought was pretty epic. Then, like everyone else on Twitter, I forgot about Rich Chigga.

UNTIL A MONTH LATER WHEN I HEARD THIS MASTERPIECE!

AND THEN TWO MONTHS AFTER THAT WE…

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November 9: Flash Fiction Challenge

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Yellow cats prowl the neighborhood. She has come, the Lady of the Lake. I expected her cloak of white, her hair of ephemeral snow, and her rasping howl. The cats are not hers, although I could imagine creatures trotting at her feet, purring, and observing the wake through golden eyes translucent as honey agate. Instead, the cats belong to the county — grand Caterpillar road graders the color of working-man gold. They’ve come to plow what the Lady has wrought.

In all my life, I’ve known snow. Last winter was my first experience in a warmer climate (Mars) and even there I marched for justice and voice in half a foot of snow at the Kanab Women’s March. Yet, this is my first time experiencing lake-effect snow. It’s a weather phenomenon easily given over to myth and mystery because the science reads like fiction. According to air temperature over…

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2017 Elections Round Up: Major Victories in State, Local Elections for African Americans

GOOD BLACK NEWS

VA Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (l); Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrea Jenkins (r)

by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)

If last night’s elections are any indicator of what is possible in the 2018 mid-terms, there will be even more to celebrate in a year’s time. Not only did the states of New Jersey and Virginia vote in the Democratic candidates for governor (Philip Murphy and Ralph Northam, respectively), each state also elected their first and second African-American lieutenant governors, Sheila Oliver and Justin Fairfax.  Fairfax is the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia in 25 years. Read more about the victories and histories of both by clicking their names above.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles (l) and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter (r)

Two major U.S. cities also voted in mayors of color yesterday: Melvin Carter became the first black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota…

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Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, November 7th 2017, Chrysanthemums

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chrysanthemumOrange Chrysanthemum

Dear friends of MLMM,

Thank you all for being part of this wonderful community of poets from all over the world. We have all different backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common … we love poetry and we love to create poetry.

It’s autumn on the Northern Hemisphere and everywere you look you can see the beauty of the most wonderful autumn flower, the Chrysanthemum. The Chrysanthemum is by the way a classical kigo (seasonword) for autumn.

This week I love to challenge you to create a haiku or haibun about Chrysanthemums and I have a few “rules”:

You may use a maximum of 150 words for your haibun (including the haiku) and the haiku has to be a classical one, so think about the rules like the syllables, the use of kigo, the use of kireji or for example interchangeable first and third line.

Well…

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