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WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN’: The TPP & Corporate Greed

12 Nov ttp corporations control what gets you movin

Not enough people, including myself, know about the very secretive trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact (TPP).  There’s no doubt in my mind with the increase knowledge of GMOs, the Continue reading

WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN’: Creepy Vintage Halloween Photography

30 Oct what gets you movin vintage photography halloween film

what gets you movin vintage photography halloween film
I don’t celebrate Halloween but these are some great images! 

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20 Dec

Check out the list I did for VladTV, counting down the top Common songs of all time.  Do you agree with my selections?

VladTV’s Top 25 Common Songs

Pick up Common’s new album, The Dreamer/The Believer, it hits stores today! …and if you haven’t seen it, peep Common’s new video, Celebrate.  I need a house party in my life, STAT!


4 Dec

I’m addicted to The mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl!

It’s a web series that I was told about in the late Summer by my coworker homie, who actually knows creator, Issa Rae. He told me he thought I’d like it (probably because of my own awkwardness), and that I should check it out. At the time, Episode 2 was on his screen, I watched maybe a minute, didn’t understand what was going on, and just forgot about the show.  Another month later he told me about it again, but I still didn’t check it out.  It wasn’t until over the last couple weeks, I started seeing the web series’ name continuously popping up in my Facebook news feed, and being mentioned by quite the many females that I think are pretty darn cool.  Finally I was swayed, I was having some technical difficulties during an all nighter, so what the hell, I had time.

Within the 1st 10 seconds of episode 1…

“Am I the only one who pretends I’m in a music video when I’m by myself?”

I was hooked. There are only 11 episodes, the 11th which just came out December 1st, so that night I sat and watched all of them back to back.  Sadly, I have to admit, I did the same thing the next night; watched the whoooole series…and half the episodes again, the day after that… I said I was addicted.

No one has really ever attempted to entertain my demographic, and although rapping isn’t my way to deal with stress, there were so many things throughout the episodes that were relatable! Both the story and character(s) are ACTUALLY relatable to me and my life, currently or in the past. Plus I was continuously laughing because the writing is darn good, better than half these sitcoms on TV.

Anyway, I can go on and on, but check out the series here.  I took the liberty of posting Episode 1 below.

See what others have been talking about…it really is that good.


1 Oct


I’ve decided to add a new category to What Gets You Movin, and that would be ‘Hotness’!  Since I was about 14, I’ve had these mini crushes on people, a new person almost every other week.  Nothing serious, just someone or sometimes a subject/entity that heightens my radar for the moment.  I’m always sharing these peeps and things to my friends, so why not share them with you also!

For the 1st Hotness feature, I’m highlighting southern rapper, Yelawolf.  I’ve liked Yelawolf for some time now, I was introduced to his name in early 2010, when a friend of mine kept telling me to check out his music.  During that summer, his name continued to pop up, but it wasn’t until Fool’s Gold’s 1st Day Off, last Labor Day weekend, that I got a chance to see Catfish Billy in action; his performance was captivating to say the least.  He pretty much left everyone with their mouth open in awe of his raw talent and energy.  I happened to be beside Dave 1, of Chromeo while Yelawolf performed, and he just kept repeating how crazy this dude’s performance was. Anyone who was unfamiliar with the rapper beforehand, was running to check out his mixtape, Truck Muzik the next day, me included…and so began my intrigue with Yelawolf.

Before we get much further, we’re hitting the home stretch of 2011, I must admit that although I’ve kept an ear out for Yelawolf’s upcoming album (which finally drops Oct 25), he’s been kind of off my radar for most of the year.  Well, minus the time earlier this year, when i was looking at some pictures of him, and I realized how cute he was.  It wasn’t until he came into my job at Vlad TV last week for an interview, that he came back full force on my radar.  Unfortunately I wasn’t in the office the day of the interview, but I was assigned to edit it, and might i say, what a nice assignment!  I can’t reveal all the info that is covered in the interview, because you’ll have to go to Vlad TV over the next couple weeks to see. But for 2 full days of editing, where Yelawolf’s face filled my computer screen, not only did i get to look at quite an attractive specimen (his eyes and eyelashes are to die for!), but i got to find out that the dude is humble, level-headed, chill, and although he talks with audible ellipsis (i do the same thing) he’s quite the articulate rapper.

Check out how he goes in on V-Nasty and white people in general, for using the N-Word; as a fellow southerner I appreciate his words and perspective. If you aren’t familiar with V-Nasty, as Yelawolf clearly wasn’t (his reaction was HILARIOUS! ‘who??’ hahaha) then here’s a sneak peek of her dumb ass.  But before that, feel free to check out Yelawolf’s hotness, oooooh weee!

Yelawof Talks About White People Using the N-Word:


WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN? thought process

8 Apr

When did you realize you weren’t white?

Last week I got thrown into a conversation with someone about having to have ‘the talk,’ the you’re not white talk, with their 5 year-old nephew.  I’ve never had ‘that talk,’ and from what I understand many kids of color don’t have that conversation, but it led to me contemplate when do children of color realize they aren’t white?

I’ve gone back into my memory bank and cannot remember as a child, a point where I mentally acknowledged that I was black.  Growing up, my mother, before I was even 10, always emphasized being a woman and never to depend on a man, and rarely brought up race.  It wasn’t until I was in high school, while discussing the need for a good education that she said, ‘you have 2 strikes against you, you are a woman and you’re black,’

I think the awareness of being different is strongly based on environment, I grew up in a small, middle-class town in Florida, that’s primarily white.  I asked my roommate who was raised here in NYC in Washington Heights, when as a child, she realized that she wasn’t white. But growing up around faces similar to hers and in a place that is diverse, it wasn’t something she can really remember. Also I asked my hair stylist who grew up in Trinidad, and she seemed to think the question was crazy.  It was something she never thought about, or even thought people had to think about, since she didn’t grow up being the minority.

When you’re very young everyone seems the same; you’re essentially colorblind. I don’t remember the moment where I realized I was different, but I do recall being in maybe 3rd grade, being in my prominently white school, with my all white friends, and my friends telling me and my cousin how we weren’t really black because we were nice and didn’t act like the other black kids. Mind you there were, what…like 5 other black kids? In theory that conversation probably started with us acknowledging being black, and my friends then rejecting that notion; so I had to know and acknowledge I was black.

I do know that I didn’t know what color I was when I was 5 or 6, or at least the meaning of nigger.  When I was in 1st grade this kid Matt called me a nigger, I didn’t know what that meant, but I do know I didn’t like it.  I mentioned it to the lady that watched my cousin and I sometimes, and she told me that a ‘nigger is a low-down, ignorant, stupid person and don’t let anyone call you that.’  She never mentioned anything about race.  Not too long after that, Matt called me a nigger again, and I told him, ‘I’m not a nigger, you’re a nigger, because you’re low-down, ignorant, and stupid!”  The fright in his eyes, was pretty hilarious, so much so, he went to the teacher, Mrs. (Bitchass) Norris, and told her that I called him a nigger.  I politely told her how ‘he called me one 1st, and that I’m not one, and that he’s ignorant and stupid for calling one.’  Do know I got in trouble, and had to spend recess by a tree, while Matt got to play???  I never knew any of that was about race, but I quickly became aware of what unfairness was.

Anyway, I’ve slightly gotten off topic, but I’m interested in hearing other people’s stories of being a child and realizing they weren’t white.  Or at least a time as a child, when you realized you were different, that people are different colors, etc.  I’m going to keep jogging my memory, to find the specific day I had the realization.

Let me know your story…

WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN: photography

4 Apr

Marc Hom

I like celebrity portrait photographers like Mark Seliger, but I’ve fallen in love with another Marc, Marc Hom. He’s a portrait photographer, particularly of celebrities, who captures a very natural element in his subjects and has a clean aesthetic in his images. I want my work to gain this feel, i’m officially inspired!

Thanks to the 500photographers.com blog, for highlighting Marc Hom’s work!