Thursday, January 22, 2009

Left Eye

I don't know about Ya'll but I have to say that it always freaks me out when record labels decide to put out new albums by deceased artists.

I mean growing up I always wanted to be like Left Eye and all cause she was the girl who rapped in the group but... still it... it parallels the feeling I get when they put out a new Pac album. You don't see them putting out any Aaliyah albums or Biggie Albums or Big L albums WTF...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Big ups to Mama : Mi Vida Loca

Yeah I know I'm mad late on this and that the collection has been out for a minute. But I freaking love the new Tee's from Mama Clothing. My girl Miss Lopez always kills it with the captures. I love how each Mama Line is thoughtful and tell a story of a bossy confident women. It's feminine but it's not too "girly."
LOVIN' IT! I'll trade you guys earings for some shirts =).I love how Mama always includes the behind the scenes photos from the shoots. I like seeing what goes into it. Thanks OneHitWonder. Also check out the new advice column on the Miss Crew Blog

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dinner Party

Some 90's jams to set the moodSome Potatoes made with hella love. Semi sliced Red potatoes with garlic and baked!
Ride or die pantas
Masta Chef A Little bit of IronySome Fresh Pomegranate and feta mixed Green Salad
Some Asparagus
And Salmon and Rice! OMG it was off the hook! Nothing like a Friday night shared with folks!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Fireside with Barack Obama

Once again America is faced with the end of a War Period and is heading off with a time of economic recession... very similar to after WWII. Franklin D. Roosevelt sat down with the country and talked to them about hope and change and the state of our nation. It worked in it's way... November 15th 2008 Obama followed suit and created Weekly addresses on youtube... Check it out and join the conversation

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

No Justice No Peace

New Year's Day BART cops shot & killed of a young black man Oscar Grant in cold blood. DEMAND JUSTICE IN OUR BACK YARD AND AROUND THE WORLD! Let’s press this and show that the lives of our youth are not disposable and our peoples are not forgotten. Come out and show your support! TOMORROW Wednesday, January 7, 2009 3:00pm - 7:00pm FRUITVALE BART STATION (3401 East 12th Street, Oakland, CA) PLEASE FORWARD Malachi Larrabee-Garza Peer Exchange Coordinator Community Justice Network for Youth W. Haywood Burns Institute 180 Howard St. Suite 320 San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)321-4100 x110 (415)321-4140 (fax) "before inspiration there is chopping wood and carrying water, after inspiration there is chopping wood and carrying water" zen proverb

Friday, January 02, 2009

Past in the Present

Friday, January 2nd, 2009 marks day 3 of rallies against Israel's attack on the Gaza strip and is support of the struggle that Palestinians feel in America. The fact that America is blessed not to feel international war on our soil we, as Americans are some what detached from that struggle.

Today on Market and Powell at the cable car turnabout supporters young and old came out to stand in solidarity against a cultural genocide. The conflict between Palestine and Israel is ancient (I suggest you look into it for yourself if you truly want to understand... or want to try to understand)

Personally I am still looking into the conflict... and with the fact that Frisco is such a cultural mix it is important to understand the concept of struggle and the history of oppression and hate so that we do not repeat the cycles over and over... unfortunately people forget and allow the institution of racism and the acts of discrimination to pass on from one generation to the next... when will it end? We've come along way here in America in the way of civil rights... for the , African Americans, for the Jews, for the Irish, for the Italians, for Filipinos, for Asians, and Now for Arabs and Palestinians. The struggle is the same... isn't it? People just want a place to call home to be free in a space of their own...

In my internet research of the conflict I stumbled upon this organization called PEP (Palestine/Israel Education Project) who put together this amazing project.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

From the Birth of Nina Parks to the Frisco Renaissance 2007-2008 Now it's time to shine

The Birth of Nina Parks was when I woke up to see the world in a new light. The transition to the Frisco Renaissance began as I started to recognize my own potential and the potential of the City around me. Hopefully in 2009 everything that's gone down in the the past 2 years will inspire new growth.

The word "renaissance" is a French word which means "rebirth." It is used to describe a time period, of innovation and transformation in art, literature, philosophy, economy, as wells as a transformation in political and social ideology.

2007 and 2008 has seen a great push for change:

1. Seeing both a Women and a Man of African American decent as presidential candidates.

2. San Francisco's Legalization of Same-Sex Marriages.

3. A national call for change and a political campaign that pushes for a national solidarity with the slogan "Yes We Can."

4. A recession.

5. Another devastating stock market crash that effects the world market.

6. A very progressive charter school opened in Southern California that teaches using a number of alternative educational systems, from Montessori to Applied Scholastic. (which are similar in many ways)

7. There has been a resurgence of Female M.Cs, showing the need for positive female icons that an American public is actively searching out.

8. A record breaking High School Drop out rate.

I'm sure there is more but here are a few to say the least.

San Francisco is one of the few places in the world that embraces Leftist thought and activism.

I call it Frisco because I have a Love, Hate relationship with this city. Born in SF, it is my roots. But I have fought against myself to remember that there is a greater world than just 7x7 miles of progressive thought and life. We have ghettos, a large working- class, a small upper class, and a low ranking education system.

So in this space with it's progressive ideology, drowning youth culture, and a time of a national call for change and reform after a devastating 2 terms of the Bush Administation a we have come to a junction. A time of rebirth, if you will... a Frisco Renaissance.

Nina Parks' Soundtrack of My Life #1: Goodfellas

When I started training in martial arts, it was 1995, little did I know the dojo would become one of my primary realms of socialization . I would get there before school ended and I would leave well after 11pm at night. And because of that martial arts became the way that I started to understand my world, and my instructor became one of my heroes. He looked out for me when I made dumb decisions he pushed me to fight harder and he taught me that what it meant to be there for a younger person. Quite possibly why I have such a passion for teaching... he did and it rubbed off on me...And many things he introduced me to would stay in my life forever... One of those being Goodfellas and the Goodfellas soundtrack... (you always look out for family and you stay dedicated and loyal to them) Funny because the soundtrack the director the story the cinematography and the the character development was something that resonated with in me forever...The karate studio was my cabstand.