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“We Are Not Only a Mouth and Luring Siren We Are the Women”

Lately when things have been feeling a little gloomy or when my body and my mind has been feeling unambitious, I’ve been turning to reading poetry, listening to rap and hip-hop (with a conscious message) or watching spoken word for that extra motivation and wisdom.
It’s compelling because poetry and spoken word have typically been a world for me untouched and unexplored. I have always appreciated, been more than curious, and admired the powerful individuals inside it. With their booming voices and insightful word choices, whether their content be delivered through pencil or mouth, paint brush or spray can, rapping or singing, sign language or Spanish, I’ve always been curious.   When it comes to the message and the content they are spitting it’s okay to agree and disagree, for I’ve always loved to question and to be questioned. The beautiful thing about art is there isn’t a way to “do” poetry, to “do” spoken word, to “do” art. Yet despite my long lasting envy, there was a part of me buried under my insecurities that did not feel like this world of poetry was my territory, even if it was in my own bedroom.
But lately… I’m all up in that territory and I’m not gonna lie that shit feels great and I’ve never felt more inspired.
So a few weeks ago, when I was having a… we can call it one of my “unmotivated moments”  lying in bed, slowly eating ice cream, I stumbled upon this spoken word piece called, “Khaleesi,” by Tonya Ingram and Venessa Marco. (and sorry no Game of Thorn Fans this piece is not about that Khaleesi). But this piece, these two women really blew me away. Every day since I first saw it, I’ve watched it for motivation because as weird as it sounds, I’ve been spending a lot of time discovering my voice and how I want to be heard, even if it is scary.
My two favorite verses from this are:
“we are not only a mouth and luring siren
we are the women
who dare think of ourselves as more than a fuck
when we lend our thoughts to breath
we know often
we are speaking the words that will kill us
for we are then called
never a voice
just static sound”
I really also like the ending verse:
“This is our birthright
this is our inherit
we are women who capsize entire crowds
with the sayings of the wind
holy knuckles
of fight.”

So what or who has been motivating you lately? I would love to hear from you, even if you just post the link in the comments below!

pssst. other RLA’ers love spoken word and poetry too and hey, some of them even spit themselves (let me take you back in time and you can check out what they are writin’ or lovin’):







Just some Friday Fun Links that highlight spoken word pieces or poetry:






Also not only shout out times a million to  Tonya Ingram and  Venessa Marco.  but also Button Poetry (where I found this link). Button Poetry is a  Minnesota-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of performance poetry media. 

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Interview with Caroline Smith: “Half About Being A Woman” Tour

A few months back we published a spotlight piece and album review of Caroline Smith’s latest album, “Half About Being A Woman.” Caroline is currently on tour and graciously took the time to answer a few questions for us. Read her interview below and make sure to see her when she comes to your city! I’ll be at the Virginia/DC show at Jammin’ Java on February 27, hope to see some of you readers there.

Caroline Smith performing with Minneapolis rapper Lizzo at First Ave. (Photo courtesy of Goodnightsleeps Instagram)

Caroline Smith performing with Minneapolis rapper Lizzo at First Ave. (Photo courtesy of Goodnightsleeps Instagram)

SBS: First off thank you so much for chatting with us! We’re huge fans of the new album, “Half About Being A Woman.” I’d love to start off by asking how people have reacted to this album and your experience since its release.

CS: People have reacted very positively! Which is a relief because I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received; it’s so different than my other records. But this record is the most honest batch of songs I’ve ever written and I think it translates.

This is a very different sound than your last album. Can you talk a little about the genre change? Were there certain artists that pushed you in the direction you are in now?

I just wanted to make a record that I would listen to if it weren’t my own. Pop R&B and neo-soul is essentially all I listen to and grew up with my favorite artists being TLC and Mariah. I just wanted to make a record that reflected my personality a little but more.

How has the Minneapolis music scene built, influenced or supported you? Are there artists that you collaborate with most frequently?

The Minneapolis music scene has been hugely instrumental in where I am able to be as an artist. Getting to be a full-time musician with out a day job is something that I ascribe to the crazy amount of support that my community shows me and other Minneapolis musicians. It’s a truly magical place for struggling artists.

And on the flip side of that leaving Minneapolis to tour the country I imagine is a very different experience. How does it feel taking your music around the country?

After touring for 5 years straight it’s finally getting a little easier. We have places that we really enjoy going and that have adopted us into their music scene. But it’s a long long road with a stinky van full of dudes.

In the last piece I wrote about you, I theorized a bit about your album regarding women and vulnerability, especially in the song “Half About Being A Woman.” What does this album and specifically the title of the album mean to you? 

Thank you for that piece, I loved what you had to say. A lot of this album had to do with being honest with the woman that I am and having the courage to put that out into the world and a huge part of that is reconnecting with your feminine intuition. The line in the song that lends itself to the title of the record is about that: embracing your humility but sticking to your intuition and your truth as a woman. A lot of people have ideas on feminism and a lot of guidelines for being one, and I tend to disagree. I believe that you can lose yourself over a guy and still be a feminist; you can wear make up and be a feminist; you can be a plumber, a doctor, a stay-at-home mom, and play a strong role in feminism; that was something I also wanted to address.

What do you see as the prominent themes of this album and where does that inspiration come from?

I think confidence is a huge theme on this record because I think every woman deserves it and at the very least is entitled to it. The media is so harsh on women not being good enough, skinny enough, blonde enough, and I just got to a point where I was fed up with it and I wanted to help whoever I could, including myself, to find their confidence again. 

Besides music do you use other creative methods to express yourself?

I love to cook. My grandmother writes me letters with new recipes every week and I love to try them out and out a different spin on it. It relaxes my mind and keeps my hands busy.

I saw on your twitter account that you were as excited as me about the latest Beyonce album. Your album explicitly talks about being a woman. Beyonce is talking about feminism. How do you see female artists today addressing the struggles of women in our society and do you feel you have a responsibility to do so?

…I think women have become more and more alienated to the idea of feminism and I think what I was trying to say about feminism to my listeners, Beyonce got to say on a bigger platform and it made me so happy. I think feminism can be associated with anger and impossible guidelines and it can be intimidating. The idea of feminism that I subscribe to is what Beyonce is saying: you can be a stay at home mom with a husband whom you love and be no less of a woman than the woman next to you. Whatever your truth as a woman is, you’re entitled to it. I think you have a responsibility to at least do that and by doing that, you are being a feminist and lending yourself to the woman community.

I’ll be at your concert on Feb 27 at Jammin’ Java in VA. What can folks heading to your shows expect to see on this tour?

We try to show our audiences a good time and we want to send them home smiling and dancing. So you can expect that!

Last question, do you have a favorite song off of “Half About Being A Woman?”

They’re all my babies and I love them equally.

My favorite songs on the new album are “Kind of Man” and “Walking Off Strong.” I am putting in a very strong request for you to play these two 🙂

We’ll see what we can do 😉

Here’s a sneak peek of the awesomeness you’ll experience if you check out one of her upcoming shows:

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Artist Review: Angel Haze

Angel Haze

I suppose this post is kind of like an artist review (or maybe just a lil rant from me on my latest obsession). Lately I have been getting super into an amazing female hip hop artist by the name of Angel Haze.

In my most recent musical binge, I have personally found Angel Haze to be the kind of artist that once you have listened to her enough you feel like you actually know her on a personal level. To me, her music is a form of self expression, advocacy, and healing. In my opinion if an artist can achieve that, they have produced something authentic, and that is what I see as successful work.

When artists share their truths, when they are vulnerable and brave and open, it helps listeners to relate–it helps them know that they are not alone. It inspires listeners to share their own stories. That’s how Haze’s music makes me feel.

Angel-Haze-Dirty-Gold3Angel Haze hails from New York City, recently signed to Universal Music Group  has recently released a dope album called “Dirty Gold.” There is no doubt that it is difficult to make it in the music industry as a woman and in addition, it is especially difficult when that music is packed with socially conscious lyrics. The majority of her songs shed light on major social issues, especially involving sexual assault against young women. She courageously shares sexual abuse stories that she experienced as a child.

Being conscious and being female in the musical world is not exactly a recipe for the highest record sales, but that does not impact the content of her work. I appreciate her  because she takes risks as an artist, remaining true to herself. Through music, she is bringing her story and important social issues to light. Of course, musically, her songs are beyond super duper dope. She has great flow, word play, a unique voice, and delivers her content genuinely.

To me, her music is refreshing. Especially when we are constantly fed negative messages from the lyrics and videos that make up most of main stream music.

I wanted to choose some of her lyrics to share and discuss, but there is such a large pool to choose from with her work! I’ll just pick one song for the sake of brevity. The song “Castle on a Cloud” is one of my favorites. She shares a story of the sexual violence that occurred in her life from a perspective that I have never thought of before. The Lyrics to the entire song are below if you would like to read and listen:

“Castle On A Cloud”

For you, alright, look

A story to tell, pennies into a wishing well

See it’s hard to cope with a kiss

That you can’t tell in a word

That you can’t spell in a victim, who can’t yell

And they are under your fucking nose

With a sickness you can’t smell

And the problem is that you really crying for help

Nobody out there can hear you

It’s like they silence you yell

It started when he was 7

Continued till he was 12

And in the middle of the night

Found another man in himself

But this man was confused, this man was abused

See this man was a tool

To the sickness that he let loose

Infected and he abused, molested and he abused

To the person that he affected was lesser than finna shoes

Damn, he affected the chance to choose

He never gave him an option

He told him what to believe

But never gave him a doctrine

Now little boy blue, is just like you

Sick in the head can’t die but he’d like too

Damn, same dreams every night too

Screams every night too

Thinks that he’s like you

Says every single day there’s new demons inside you

They scream and they fight you

They scream to remind you

Of all the fucking pains still breathing inside you

And they give a million reason to die too

But nobody ever sees what’s inside you

I know it ’cause they ignore my screams and my cries too

I met a girl once, went through the same thing

She told me shit happens, but things change

Things change, she told me all this pain

Don’t mean chains, you gotta take it and remake it

‘Til it means strength,

But I ain’t strong enough, I don’t think I’m strong enough

Why me man I wasn’t even old enough

I wasn’t strong enough, wasn’t even bold enough

Would’ve told my mom but that shit would’ve torn her up

And she was torn enough, and he was mister perfect

And now it’s trivial I guess I was just fucking worthless

I just want you to know how much it hurt me

Because of you I feel like I’m not a person

So I sit here with this blade in my hand

I got the pain of a child and a brain of a man

And it’s so loud, I wanna fucking scream but I don’t know how

I wanna let it go, but I don’t how

Yes, it’s so loud, I wanna let it go but I don’t know how

It’s so loud, I wanna let it go but I don’t know how

I wanna fucking scream but it won’t come out

Tried to escape but there ain’t no out

Now I’m stuck here in this castle on a cloud

Castle on a cloud,

Never going up, never getting out, never coming down

Castle on a cloud,

Never going up, never getting out, never coming down

For you

When I listen to this song I hear a story about how violence can be cyclical. I think this is a beautiful piece because she has her own pain and suffering that comes from sexual violence but she still looks at the perspective of her attacker and her mother, who it seems was seeing this man. She uses music as a medium of expression to share her perspective with the world. This song teaches me that sexual violence does not solely impact the victim. It impacts the whole family, it impacts us as an entire community. I especially love this line; “Things change, she told me all this pain don’t mean chains, you gotta take it and remake it ‘till it means strength.” Our liberation as a society is tied to the liberation of all people. Those who are abused, those who have been abused, and those who have abused. I feel like she is venting and crying out from the pain she experiences. She shows us that we can express pain and we can hurt and cry and feel and share.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this song as well.


If you would like to explore more of her music you can find more here:

  • Angel Haze’s Website
  • Angel Haze’s Soundcloud (where you can actually download a lot of her songs for FREE!!)

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Look What You’ve Done
  • Her remix of Macklemore’s “Same Love” where she openly shares her sexual identity in the song: Same Love
  • Her remix of Kanye’s “New Slaves” touches on a lot of topics: New Slaves
  • Smile, which is more of a poem

And from her new album “Dirty Gold” my favorites are:

  • White Lilies / White Lies
  • April’s fool
  • Battle Cry

But all her songs are dope, check em out!

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Friday Funday Links–The Beyonce Edition

The release of Beyoncé’s surprise album reignited tension between black and white feminists over what makes a woman a feminist. Many of the articles featured in this version of FFL are in response to such critiques.

Double standards: why we can’t have black feminist pop icons

5 reasons Beyoncé is an awesome feminist

The top 5 feminist moments of Beyoncé’s new album

“On Defending Beyoncé: Black Feminists, White Feminists, and the Line In the Sand”: an analysis from Black Girl Dangerous

Unbelievable: a “homeless awareness” campaign that explicitly objectifies women. Intersectionality people!?

“I hold the universe inside of me”: our pick for feminist comic of the week

More drama at Occidental College: “men’s rights” group submits phony rape reports

The debate on Miley Cyrus’s cultural appropriation continues: members of Miley’s twerk team speak out

Pussy Riot band members freed from Russian prison!

*TRIGGER WARNING Past sexual assault accusations against R. Kelly resurface. This is a hard read but a reminder that we must continue to defend those whose voices are pushed to the side, often the voices of young girls of color. Also: the Twitter hashtag #AskRKelly backfires

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3 Songs About Domestic Violence You Should Know


It is no longer Domestic Violence Awareness Month but we need to still be just as aware.

My ITunes was playing in the background the other day when Luka by Suzanne Vega began to play. Although I have always loved it, not until I was older did I truly listen to the lyrics of this piece. In its peppy and beautiful demeanor it tells the heart-wrenching story of a woman who is in an abusive relationship. The story reflects the reality of many individuals facing abuse in their physical or emotional home, the reality of living in a “fish bowl” as Lexis Manzara put it; the reality of creating a new identity to diminish the pain one is facing. I want to see a world free of this pain; that is my dream.

Vega’s piece inspired me to reflect on other songs that tell the stories of domestic violence. Check out the songs below by Suzzane Vega, Eve and Dessa.  I am sure there are more to add, please share them in the comment section and please continue to tell the stories of those who have experienced abuse.

By keeping things “private” we only continue to silence and normalize these stories. Violence is not and should never be normal. And with all that said, survivors must tell these stories in a way comfortable and empowering to them.

Luka- Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega tells the story of a woman who tirelessly works to cover up the abuse she is experiencing. “Luka”, the narrator, shares her story in a form of conversation.

Love Is Blind-Eve

By discussing how feelings of love and loyalty can freeze individuals, Eve tells the story of her friend whom an abuser murdered. Abuse is manipulative and can be seen in so many layers.


Artful and poetic as she always writes, Dessa tells the story of an individual in an abusive and controlling situation without ever explicitly discussing violence. She tells the story from the perspective of a friend and place of support for the individual.


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“The System is a Joke”

So, a week or two ago I shared this Lauryn Hill song called “I get out” on facebook. This song is so strong, so true, so needed, so authentic and so important that I had to post it here as well.

Take a listen, and while you watch and listen I want you to really hear what she is saying. Hear the message she’s conveying.

Alright, so now that you got to experience that awesomeness, I would like to point out a few strong messages and quotes that really hit me in a goosebump type of way, in a way that stuck out to me as something very important for people to start thinking about in the times we’re living in.

“Where is the passion in this living,
Are you sure it’s God your serving,
obligated to a system,
getting less then your deserving…”

“…To keep me in this box,
psychological locks,
repressin’ true expression,
promotin’ mass deception,
so that no one can be healed,
I don’t respect your system,
I wont protect your system,
when you talk I don’t listen…”

“Oh, you have everyone believed,
that you’re sole authority,
just follow the majority,
afraid to face reality,
the system is a joke…”

To me (remind you I speak for myself, discussions and different perceptions are welcome and appreciated), we are living in a system that has failed us. I think Lauryn Hill is saying that as women and men, we have been failed, lied to, and manipulated into believing certain ways of living are what is best for us. In reality, the system has tricked us into believing that money is happiness, power is key, and putting a mask on is necessary… In this song, I believe Lauryn Hill is putting the system, the government, and the music industry on blast. A much needed blast! Letting people see in plain view, that we aren’t supposed to feel suppressed, that you can step outside of the systems box, outside of the systems control, and into your true being.

Now days, the arts are limited, the food is fast, the colleges are expensive, the media is overly sexual and very violent, the music on the popular stations are degrading and filled with lies, the country is bombing other countries for what reason, the politics are acting as if they were about three years old for the whole country to see, and everything is about money.So, what kind of messages are being thrown out for our children to see, might you ask? To worry about making money, not what you love. To eat what tastes good, don’t worry about your health, give your money to money hungry companies. To go into debt-just to get a good paying job that will pay off your debt for 30 years. To get attention by being sexual, or to deal with your issues by being violent. To degrade your loved ones-EVEN IF you don’t actually feel that way about them truthfully. To try to control others. To be disrespectful. And lastly, to do what you can to make money, because money makes you happy, not good friends, or doing something passionate, or loved ones (in my sarcastic voice).

Alright guys, this post was very opinionated. I write to you guys like I write to my journal, so forgive me-I had to express my true feelings-for it is only right considering my video choice.

Now, I will end with something I wrote after hearing “I get out” for the first time…


….I give out credit when its due,
I speak a dosage of my mind that some might take as taboo,
kinda like-no child left behind-release in 2002,
government took a hold of our children-but what you gonna do?
tests and numbers, are now a personality,
shows for the youth? increasing in profanity,
mainstream music? is…mentally damaging,
kids having kids but we fight about abortion,
so history repeats itself,
historians repeat each other-I guess we play the hands we’re dealt,
we learn to grow up fast, then we learn to miss our past,
then the past becomes a thought that we thought we tried to grasp,
but if a grasp is clenched fist, and a thought is a frame of mind,
and we see those are enclosed, we can release space and time,
releasing what originally-bound our experience,
I refuse to be bound any longer with this ignorance.

Thank you,
be well,
be blessed.


Two Reflections on Caroline Smith’s New Album “Half About Being a Woman”


This fall, Minneapolis’s beloved Caroline Smith released her latest musical endeavor “Half About Being a Woman“. The album is an exploration in R&B and soul rhythms (this style is foreshadowed by the retro-styled album cover), a noticeable departure from her previous folk sound. The album is a solo effort for Smith, who had previously been the lead for The Goodnight Sleeps.

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A Conversation That Never Happened

A conversation that never happened

I wanted to share this spoken word “Action” by Guante because for me, it hit home.

While listening to this piece, there were many lines that stuck out to me in a way that I could really relate to. “Action” brought to mind the teachings we were exposed to while growing up in this society, in this culture, with this media, television, music, surrounded by messages that degrade us and by “us” I mean “us” as in human beings all together.
How, might you ask? Well, for example:

“The conversation I just couldn’t start for fear of…embarrasment”

was a very strong statement in my mind. Why must we be embarrassed to stand up for another human being? Now when I say “human being” I mean whether you are a woman, a man, transgender, gay, straight, a male that is girly, a girl who is male like, whatever it is, my point is that We are all human. We are all creatures. Why do we automatically feel like we are in the wrong for truthfully stating something that is ultimately inhumane? Well, if your asking me (which I am asking myself, but I am also curious to hear feedback and thoughts from others), then I would say that society has engraved these ways into our heads since birth. I’ll admit, I used to LOVE degrading music because the beats were fun to dance to. Was I really hearing what they were saying? The messages they were letting out? The lessons my subconscious was taking in? NOPE! It took years of actually seeing these messages playing out in my own life to realize, I had to make a change for myself if society wasn’t going to do it for me.

Changes I have worked on in these past few years after these acknowledgements:
In Music-I am a listener/supporter as well as a musician/Hip Hop artist who not only lost myself in listening to horrible, degrading, violent, and drug/sexual abuse music, but I too, had been making music with bad messages. While all this was going on, I felt nasty, I felt gross, I felt guilt, and most of all, I didn’t feel like myself. After realizing I was following the crowd and fitting in to what was on the radio or what was popular, I decided to stop listening to the radio. I began to listen to music that was positive and uplifting. Soooooo, of course there was lots of Bob Marley.
In this culture-I began to realize how hard confrontation was for me. I mean simple confrontation, as little as taking a customers order at Pizza Hut and having to tell them we were out of something. Or, telling some older lady I was gay after she asked me if I had a boyfriend. Things like that. So then I came up with a saying, more like a way of living. It was “Love more Fear less”. Confrontation was scary, but I knew it was necessary if I ever wanted to treat myself like I was just as human as the people I came across. So, little by little, if I realized I was scared of something or scared to do something or say something, I would make myself do it anyway. Now, I can truly say I have come to feel more confidence and security then I have ever felt in life, although I still have a ways to go.
With SELF TALK-Self talk is the stuff you say to yourself. I never used to notice how much negative self talk consumed my mind until I began to make the above changes in my life. I started actually hearing what I was saying to myself in my mind. So, to change that I began saying self empowering affirmations daily. Some good ones are:I am love, I am in perfect health, I am my authentic self, I am surrounded by love, I am confident, I invite more loving, supportive, and caring people into my life…things like that.
People I surrounded myself with-After I began doing all these other things, I swear to you, positive changes in my whole mental state of being were going on and I was more than ok with it. After that, I began realizing what I deserved. So i began to surround myself with the people who helped me grow the most, that supported me, that truly loved and cared for me in a healthy way, I was actively showing the world that I deserved better than what I had been putting myself out to deserve all these years.

Alright, it’s been real. I’ll leave you with a few more favorite quotes I found in the piece by Guante…AFTER I ask you one last question…
What ACTIONS will you take?

-Mystic Roots

“you tell me, she never said no, that your sorry, that you’re not a bad guy. rape culture is silence….is being able to see the future and not doing anything about it, it is believing the fairy tale platitude that there are good people and bad people, and as long as you’re not one of the bad people your job is done..” -Guante

“stand up comedians making rape jokes to sound edgy. Music portraying women as disposable sex objects. It is language, encouraging us to think of sex as violence- FUCK HIT BANG SMASH” -Guante

Trucks, Mud, Women and Poker: a Country Boy’s Fantasy

At the moment I can’t get over what I am more surprised about- the fact that I’m actually posting (finally) or that I’m publically exposing the truth of my secret love for country music.

A few months ago when I was having one of my guilty country lovin’ moments, driving to work and blasting the radio, I heard Florida Georgia Line: Cruise.  The first time I heard this song I was creeped out; not only by the undeniable sexist lyrics of men driving around and staring at women, but also by the fact that I was kind of loving country so much.  (You see I was still in the denial stage of loving country, I couldn’t even admit it to myself that I liked it).

I had forgotten about Cruise until yesterday when I was doing some browsing on Youtube’s top music videos.   While I was watching, I had mixed emotions. I didn’t know if I should laugh, be mad or feel disturbed.  Cruise clearly displays how music videos can be a platform for making male fantasies somewhat of a reality (if you can call music videos a reality). However, I think if this happened in our daily lives it would be REAL creepy… but I took screen shots of some scenes from the video so I guess I’ll let you be the judge…

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Starts off just driving around in their nice car, lookin’ for girls to pick up.

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Doin’ a little singing

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Oooh and they spotted one, just posing in the water by herself with her perfect body

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So they creep up in their big black truck, rollin’ down their windows

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And are really creepin’ on her

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Openly checkin’ her out head to toe

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Yet she doesn’t notice, or it’s just the norm for two men to pull up in a big black truck and stare at you while you get dressed.

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Nothing creepy here…

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She notices him and of course politely waves and smiles.  It’s not weird seeing two men in a big black truck just stare at you while you get dressed alone.

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And she gets so excited she leaves her towel.

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And gets in the back of a big black truck… with two strangers… I know you’re probably thinking- but wait!  He’s such a gentleman, he got out of the car and opened the door for her to get in.

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They drive around looking for more ladies

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And they have spotted another one, perfect with her midriff showing

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“Excuse me pretty lady, you are done here.”

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“Let me escort you to my big black truck.”

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And then there were three (because two ladies isn’t enough for two men).  So now that they collected some hotties, they do what you typically do when you first meet someone: play cards.  But not just any ordinary card game…

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Strip poker!  And it’s getting frisky, she’s inher bra and he’s…

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Being real risqué and taking off… his boot

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Then, things really pick up- in an open field with an American flag backdrop

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Welcome to my party, where all the ladies are young, slender and white

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American boys,

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Girls and trucks,

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And some classic dirt road fun

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All in a day’s work for these two country boys.

Soooo what came of this?  Only a second music video (a remix to this song) with more fast cars and scantily clad women.  If anyone is interested in round two… (Nelly sure was) check out the remix.  Keepin’ the fantasy alive one music video at a time.

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Music To Empower

Music is my favorite art form, hands down. Music gets me through each and every day. My music guides my mood and energy and is a large contributor to my attitude.  Listening to a good album is therapeutic. I came up with my top 6 albums by female artists which I use for empowerment, motivation and positivity. Hope you enjoy these albums!

1. Acoustic Soul-India Arie

2. Tragic Kingdom-No Doubt

3. As I Am-Alicia Keys

4. She’s A Queen: A Collection of Hits-Queen Latifah (Yes I know this isn’t technically an album but my list, my rules) 

5. Songversation-India Arie

6. aWe naturalE-THEESatisfaction 

I also threw this question out to several of my friends, here are their nominations!

Survivor-Destiny’s Child

Talk That Talk-Rihanna

Street Faerie- Cree Summer

Solitude Standing- Suzanne Vega

As Cool As I Am-Dar Williams

Baduizm-Erykah Badu

I Remember Me-Jennifer Hudson

Pieces of Me-Ledisi

The ArchAndroid-Janelle Monae

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill-Lauryn Hill



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