Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My President Is Black!!!

In the Words of Jeezy, " My President is Black, My Lambo's Blue?"
Well I dont have a Lamborghini, nor do I think I could ever afford one but one thing I do know for sure is that MY President is indeed Black and his name is Barack Obama!

With sleepy eyes glued to the television set,I watched the Inauguration of Obama which will go down as one of the greatest moments in history. Words cannot describe how I felt then and how I feel now. Never in my lifetime did I think I would see such a thing as I did yesterday Morning and I am only 20 years young.

It's the Day After the Inauguration and I am still receiving text messages quoting passages from Obama's speech. Maybe now since he is officially President Microsoft Word will automatically add Obama and Barack into their dictionary instead of offering spell check everytime!lol

Still one could see the pessimistic attitudes in the air as if it was the cold flu, (check out my argument with Jesse Warren on Facebook, Lame)but I guess the Haters are inevitable.

He spoke the truth, something that is priceless and worth more than gold to me,(especially coming from a politician)when he said :
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

greatness is never a given. It must be earned.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.


On Monday, MLK DAY, I drove all the way to Oakland to see My cousin, Nick Young play!
It was exciting.
I picked up my friend Olivet from San Leandro and took the BART down to the ORACLE arena.
My seats were pretty good and Ironically I was sitting next to a lot of Washington Wizards fan in a Stadium packed with Warriors. I think Butler's Baby Mama was sitting behind me and a Grandmother was sitting in front of me, it was awesome.
Security didnt let me go to the back so I just left.
Fun Times though.
I cant wait until the All-Star Game and the Slam Dunk Contest, Yee!
Oh and By the way I dont care to mention the score!lol

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

"When the Dog Bites, When the Bees Sting" For all You Boppers Out There.

I have grown up with Jazz Music.
Residing in a Household where Latin Jazz and John Coltrane were regularly played I have grown to appreciate the art form of Jazz a lot more these days.

There is something about Jazz that makes me mellow and pensive while allowing me to daydream a lot more then I should
The other cool thing about Jazz is that due to the lack of lyrics in most compositions it allows one to perhaps make up a story in their head about what the different melodies and notes could represent or whatnot.
One more thing is that depending on what type of Jazz music you are listening to the different instruments such as the trumpet or the saxophone could embody different emotions and feelings.

One of my favorite Jazz songs of all time is "My Favorite Things" By John Coltrane.
Not only is this song a remake of the famous giddy song sung by Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music but the way that Coltrane plays it makes it seem sadder and gloomier than usual. There is something about Coltrane's version that gets me every time; the way that he plays the main chorus line, "these are a few of my favorite things" makes you feel warm inside and is so beautiful it makes you want to cry.

This song really needs no explanation, Its so unique in itself.

an Oakland Killing!

It Disgusts me how much injustice there is in this world.

On January 1, 2009, Police Officer Johannes Mehserle fatally shot an unarmed African American Man, Oscar Grant as he was detained by the Cops and Laying face down on the cold cement.

Oscar Grant pleaded over and over again, "please don't tase me, Please don't shoot me" but I guess that wasnt enough to save his life.
I cram to Understand how you could be held down by 5 cops but yet still be considered a big enough threat to get wasted like that. More like a public execution to me.

Seconds later, police put Grant face-down on the ground. Grant appears to struggle. One of the officers kneels on Grant as Mehserle stands up, tugs at his service weapon on his right hip, unholsters it, and fires one round into Grant's back.

People and Citizens in the Bay Area are expressing outrage over the lack of action that has taken place

Watching the Video and just gathering more information about the Incident has literally made me sick to my stomach. Oscar Grant was a Father, a Friend, a Son and a Human Being, to think that his life was lost at the hands of a benevolent BART Cop who devalued a young mans life is the cause of all of this.

This Video is Explicit:

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Years Re(s)(v)olutions!

2008 has come and gone, now its 2009 and I think its about time for a change.

The Number one Resolution I have for myself is to just say "No"!
Now, I am not in no way saying that its hard for me to say no, but I often times mislead people into thinking that I am toooo nice and that's where the problems begin.

learning that I cannot please everybody and that I must do what I feel in my heart is the right thing to do.

Of course college is the time for partying up before you cant anymore, being at every party has never and will never be my scene. Therefore, I must not give in to peer pressure.

Just being myself. A lot of people are so messed up and confused that they are not even aware that they are imitating someone else, claiming that as their legit identity. not being caught up in the hype that surrounds me will make me into a better person.

and of course

Drinking more water daily, less junk food if none at all( since I had the Diabetes Test).

Back to Reality

Im back in Santa Cruz and this time I drove my car up here. It took us a good 6 or 7 hours to make it back, we even got lost somewhere in Gilroy but its still all good. Im looking forward to getting all A's this quarter so that I could go to NY for Spring break.

On another note, i think its funny how people already have plans for my car( meaning that for some odd reason "my" car has turned into "our" car!



Glad to be back while waiting patiently for it to be over.