January 25, 2010, 1:07 am
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I absolutely love, love, LOVE the blogs Wale posts for Honey Magazine. I know beneath their hard exteriors and playboy attitudes most men mask hearts of gold , but I am completely blown away by the depth, honesty, and eloquence with which Wale reflects on love, sex, and everything in between. I tip my hat brotha. And I quote……

“Women, how many men have you met who surround themselves around so many women, they wouldn’t be able to distinguish “the one” if she were right under his nose? I propose the same question to the dudes: Have you ever courted someone and did everything in your power to make her “open her eyes” (Bobby Caldwell x Common)? Yet she still wants to be in the club every other day or she tells you she doesn’t want commitment. That is her trying not to be vulnerable. That is the proverbial wall that can’t be penetrated because even the briefest daydream of #thatthing will send her into shock. #thatthing has the staring role in life’s movie. A nigga may have never experienced #thatthing, but his mother/father/sister/brother/teammates’ experiences may have been enough to instill the fear………”

The hip hop Dr. Ruth perhaps, or maybe the male Alexyss Taylor?


That’s Amore……..

This weekend I will get to take part in one of the most intricate public displays of affection ever created…the wedding ceremony. My Aunt Katherine is jumping the broom with the love of her life and I couldn’t be more excited.

Aunt Kathy was the stuff of legend growing up. To me she was the pinnacle of what I wanted to be when I was an adult; stylish, effortlessly beautiful, spunky, popular and smart. I remember one particular visit, in which she returned home  with a boyfriend that vaguely resembled Dr.Dre, who took me zooming around the neighborhood on his Kawasaki. She showed me my first tattoo, which was a small rose on her upper chest, a revelation that lead to a very eye opening conversation. Upon explaining that her tattoo was located on her breastplate, I asked if her boyfriend saw her tattoo and she said yes so I then proceeded to ask her why she would show him her breastplate. My mother had to interject to make sure we didn’t proceed any further but that was my Aunt Kat, the coolest. The Aunt that was youthful enough to hold a conversation with you that made you feel like you weren’t just some stupid kid, but still maintained that sage like quality that allowed her to disperse wisdom that induced age appropriate blossoming. 

As time has moved on she has become a sucessful career woman working toward her Phd, a caring mother, and she even does a little modeling on the side. She conquered the world on her own terms and now she’s found the man of her dreams to start that new chapter with. In a world where everybody from Morgan Freeman to John and Kate Gosselin seem to channeling Pat Bennatar’s ” Love is a Battlefield”, it’s real cool to hear somebody singing a different tune………….

What’s love got to do with it?

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;it shalt bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise bruise his heel


I once read a book called, That Which is Written and Should be Known: The Word by Ray C.M. Harris. To make a long story short, the book is quite deep. He presents us with a mystical and metaphysical interpretation of  our spirtiual existence and relationship to the divine. He gets into the allegorical meanings, the true wisdom, behind the passages in the bible. There are chapters about Atlantis, the Seven Realms of heaven, and about the fall of man. It is also in this text that we are presented with an alternate explanation of the original sin. It was sex. The fruit that Eve ate of was the body, and the serpent that tempted her to eat was the fallen angel himself. Eve then tempted Adam to eat of the fruit and the rest is pretty much history. It was because of these two seperate unions that she bore Cain and Abel, one being Adam’s seed and one belonging to Lucifer, the meaning behind the bible verse above. It’s a stretch for most people, but if you’re open to controversial theories, it’s a very interesting one, and one that I’ve heard before actually reading this material.  Our sexuality is one of the aspects of our nature that places us closer to the divine, because it is through sex that human beings are given the power to create life.  Mr. Harris asserts that we have abused our basic sexuality and because of our lust driven sexual appetites, we are suffering as a society…….

“At this point in Man’s history most people will agree that Man has reached his decadent best. Sodom and Gomorah were just cities. but today the whole world has, if anything, outstripped the city of Sodom. With our advancements in science and technology we can pervert ourselves much more efficiently and thoroughly. Selling a chocolate or candy bar on television is usually nothing short of sugar-coated seduction; most so-called love song videos are ‘sex simulations’. Man’s abuse of the creative (sexual) force and his sex function has made sex ‘deadly’; “AIDS” has taken root throughout the world and spreads its tentacles like a white plague.

….. We must realize that if we pervert our youth we destroy ourselves. Nothing weakens a people and destroys whole societies, a nation, a world like the abuse and perversion of the sexual or creative force; the creative force, within Man is a divine force, and must not be abused. In these times however, carnality thrives and is doing a booming business.

I know it might be a lot to digest, but if you really reflect on what he’s saying, dude makes a lot of sense. Now, I love sex as much as the next person, but I don’t turn a blind eye to rape, pedophilia, incest, the struggles of the teenage parent or the prevalence of the single parent household. There is  a dark side to our sexuality, one which causes me to agree with the knowledge Mr. Harris is drops in his book. People are having a lot of sex, and making a lot of babies, but the central family unit is pretty much non-existent. The verse from Genesis strikes me because it seems so applicable to the current state of affairs . Enmity between man and woman, disintegration of the familial structure.  It’s almost like we can’t stand each other outside of the bedroom, yet we’ll lay down and create life with people who can’t seem to live with.  Divorce and domestic violence  have replaced dedication and diligence in creating a bond that lasts and we  are witness to the ill effects that this trend has had on an entire generation of young people. I would know because I myself am a child of divorce, and I have several half-siblings, some of whom I’ve never even seen. However, we all know that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I believe that for all the hell my generation has been through, we will be the one’s to bring it back into balance.  There’s alot of stuff that we’re not just gonna take, because we’ve seen what it has done to our parents. So, here’s to all those striving to harness that life force that Ray Harris writes about and use it wisely, actualizing that higher love today, so the children can know what it is tomorrow.

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You can read Ray C.M. Harris’s book here

The Enlightened Mind Pt 2: 1 time for the single ladies……

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post in response to an article about black women and interracial dating. Basically I was tired of hearing about how high numbers of black women are unmarried or unhappily single. They claim that we are suffering because of a dire shortage of good black men; due to homosexuality, interracial dating ,jail and our unwillingness to expand our options outside of our own ethnic group. I threw up my middle finger to that whole concept, as I was highly pissed about the media at large trying to play us like some simps. The circumstances surrounding the death of Steve McNair has helped me to reach a conclusion that I can’t believe I didn’t come to sooner. McNair’s death was tragic, as is any situation when a life is taken for reasons less than natural but I believe this is the type of tragedy that screams for us to look deeper than the obvious troubles on the surface. If there is a lesson to be learned by his death, it is this; people do not know how to conduct themselves properly in relationships, in short, people have just about lost their damn minds.

Statistically, black women are lacking where romantic relationships are concerned, true , but the quality of relationship most people have nowadays isn’t even something worth being involved in. Okay, you can say that a higher percentage of us have never been married when compared with other ethnic groups, but the divorce rate is steadily at an increase.  We’ve got cheating husbands, gun toting girlfriends, child murdering boyfriends, stalking ex-spouses……the list goes on and on. The way I see it men and women  need to get it together, and not just black folk.  Love is hard, probably one of the hardest human emotions to deal with. They say there’s a thin line between love and hate and that’s the real. Hard as it is though, it’s simple in the fact that some things are meant to last and some aren’t. No matter what you do, you will never be able to control someone and being in “love” shouldn’t end in bloodshed.  So I conclude that the disparaging statistics they throw out actually indicate that black women are one of the sanest, happiest, safest, and yes single, groups of women in the nation.  Maybe being single isn’t such a bad thing. Maybe the singles ones are smart enough to realize that they can do bad all by themselves.