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What’s in a name? A whole effing lot.

In African American interest, Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Dominican Republic, Entertainment, Family, Grenada, Haiti, Humor, Jamaica, Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Relationships, Trinidad on March 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I’m not a mother. I’m fickle about motherhood. I don’t go all goo-goo, ga-ga about the prospect of motherhood. Actually it scares the shit out me. Motherhood is a big f%#king deal, and people who are nonchalant about this privilege simply don’t get the task at hand. 

With that said, (channeling one of my fave cousins who loves that term: with that said) I feel it’s importance to give a baby a proper name. Mama MJ taught me well. A child’s name is important as it’s the doorway to their identity, their personality. It’s called nomenclature. There should be a story or meaning behind a name. Not: I’m not sure what it means but… 

Or I just named him or her Baby X cuz…

Ask Mama and Papa MJ why they named their five children their specific names and prepare to hear stories – several of which are quite riveting.

A baby’s name should be fluid. It should fit with the middle name if there is a middle name and last name. I once dated a guy who’s first name was Mshindaji; middle name Mustafa; last name Grant. 

My reaction: WTF were your parents thinking? Where’s the melody in that nomenclature combo? 

And I get it. MMG’s Black Panther parents were caught up in the black power movement. They wanted to reaffirm their blackness through their child’s name. But Mshindaji + Mustafa + Grant = yuck. Nasty. Barf!

Names are like fashion. When you mix and match, you’ve got to be careful that it doesn’t come off sounding kooky. Plaid and polka-dots don’t work no matter the color scheme. 

Idiosyncractic as it is, the name combo Barack Obama works simply because it sings. Barack + Obama. Barack + Obama. Barack + Obama. First and last name fit perfectly. It helps that his first and surname are from a distinct religion/region. Michelle Obama also works but imagine if our First Lady was Condoleeza. Let’s say it slowly. Condoleeezzzaa Obaaaama

Gross, right?

And with that said, let’s segue to a story that underscores why I feel it’s important to give a child a sound name or one that has meaning or a damn good story. After all, they’ll have to carry that name for the rest of their lives unless they’re willing to spend ducats to legally undo the damage you’ve selfishly imposed on them. Might as well give them a a name they can feel proud of versus one where they’ll spend most of kindergarten and beyond cringing during attendance roll call. 

With that said, I present to you Marijuana Pepsi Jackson

Police years ago pulled over a young woman who rushed through an amber traffic light. “I’m about to arrest this person right now,” the irritated officer radioed to a dispatcher. “She’s telling me her name is Marijuana Pepsi Jackson.”

It’s the truth. Marijuana and Pepsi are her legal first and middle names, and the Beloit woman embraces them as a symbol of her struggle to succeed and to help other children overcome obstacles.

No Mary or Mary Jane or Mary Wanda for her. It’s Marijuana, thank you, she’s told bosses, co-workers and friends over the years, and even wore it on nametags at work.

See what I’m saying? – MJ

 

 


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A Glorious American Day!!!

In Politics on November 5, 2008 at 4:42 am

LaBay congratulates Barack Obama, the United States of America’s 44th president-elect, on a superbly-ran campaign. Yes, we did!!!

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Whassup? Obama

In Entertainment, Politics on October 29, 2008 at 6:30 am

Remember those guys from Anheuser-Busch “Whassup” commercials? Well, check out their independent pitch for Obama. 

Zoe Kravitz on Obama

In Entertainment, Politics on October 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

This is pretty cool. Check out Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s all-grown up daughter, Zoe, sharing her thoughts about Barack Obama. – MJ

Yes We Can!

In Politics on October 20, 2008 at 4:34 am

Caribbean massive!!!

Let’s get out and vote on Nov. 4, or sooner if you reside in a state where there’s early voting. There’s also the option of casting an absentee ballot. Either way, it’s crucial.

Please, – and yes, I’m so groveling at this point – if you think your opinion matters (and why should you think otherwise), cast your vote whether it’s written on a red or blue sheet of paper. It’s clear who I’m backing. Suddenly, I’m thinking of the United Sisters “Whoa, Donkey”. What a fitting ditty these days. 

Gosh, this campaign has got me stoked and inspired! To think that some 45 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the fame “I have a Dream” speech.

Oh, the possibilities offered in the United States of America. These are the times that I slip into my red, white and blue get-up and run in small circles outside my front door solely because I can. It’s sort of kooky, I know. But it’s my liberty.

I’m totally smirking, and on that note, I’ll put a lid on it. Want an extra helping of inspiration? Check out these videos.  

*MJ is blasting Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” and bopping her head really hard.* Bop. Bop.

Ooh…

If you wake up and dont want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You’ll see things in a different way.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterdays gone, yesterdays gone.

Why not think about times to come,
And not about the things that you’ve done,
If your life was bad to you,
Just think what tomorrow will do.

Dont stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Dont stop, itll soon be here,
Itll be, better than before,
Yesterdays gone, yesterdays gone.

…Don’t you look back, Don’t you look back. 

The New York Times endorses Barack Obama! An Update.

In Politics on October 19, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I’m having quite a pleasant morning after chomping on a chewy plain toasted bagel smeared with reduced-fat cream cheese and reading the New York Times’ ringing endorsement for Barack Obama. I’m smiling broadly. The Financial Times also has followed suit. 

Ken Adelman, once a member of George W. Bush’s defense agency, told The New Yorker that he plans to vote for Obama. 

His reasons, according to an e-mail sent to New Yorker columnist George Packer: 

When the economic crisis broke, I found John McCain bouncing all over the place. In those first few crisis days, he was impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird. Having worked with Ronald Reagan for seven years, and been with him in his critical three summits with Gorbachev, I’ve concluded that that’s no way a president can act under pressure.

Second is judgment. The most important decision John McCain made in his long campaign was deciding on a running mate.

That decision showed appalling lack of judgment. Not only is Sarah Palin not close to being acceptable in high office—I would not have hired her for even a mid-level post in the arms-control agency. But that selection contradicted McCain’s main two, and best two, themes for his campaign—Country First, and experience counts. Neither can he credibly claim, post-Palin pick.

I sure hope Obama is more open, centrist, sensible—dare I say, Clintonesque—than his liberal record indicates, than his cooperation with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid portends. If not, I will be even more startled by my vote than I am now.

Go here to read the entire column. See what some pundits are saying about the endorsement

Oh Snap! Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama, reports WSJ!!!

 

WASHINGTON — Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state under President Bush, endorsed Barack Obama, giving a major boost to the Democratic presidential candidate and dealing a blow to his Republican rival John McCain.

Gen. Powell, who has known Sen. McCain for more than two decades and Sen. Obama for two years, praised the latter as a steady and knowledgeable leader of a “new generation,” who would be able to restore American credibility abroad and address the country’s economic problems.

“I strongly believe that at this point in America’s history we need a president that will not just continue … the policies that we have been following in recent years,” the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “We need a transformational figure.”

Gen. Powell said he had found that Sen. McCain “was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems we’ve been having. … That concerned me.”

Both presidential candidates had for months wooed Gen. Powell, a Republican scion who had served in the administrations of both President Bush and his father. Gen. Powell had praised both candidates, saying his selection would not be strictly about party loyalty, nor would it be based on race. He has contributed to Sen. McCain’s campaign.

In televised comments before and after his endorsement, Gen. Powell voiced his disappointment over the party’s “narrowing” appeal to conservatives. He also spoke of its “despicable … demagoguery,” in attempting to paste a terrorist label on the Illinois senator for his association with Vietnam-era radical Bill Ayers. Sen. Obama has criticized the former actions of Mr. Ayers, who had belonged to a group linked to the bombing of U.S. government buildings.

The general praised Sen. Obama’s “steadiness,” “intellectual curiosity,” and readiness “to be president on Day One,” while questioning what he described as Sen. McCain’s continually shifting solutions to the economic crisis. He also criticized the Arizona senator’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

“I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States. … That raised some questions as to the judgment that Sen. McCain made,” he said. Gen. Powell also cited Gov. Palin’s personal attacks on the Democratic candidate, and “troubling” appeals to the far right.

“They are both distinguished Americans … either one of them I think would be a good president,” Gen. Powell said Sunday of the two senators. “It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Sen. McCain.”

He said he did not plan to campaign for Sen. Obama so late in the season but would vote for him.

“I’ve been watching for a long time and then in the past couple of months, I really said, ‘you can’t keep watching,'” he told reporters after the “Meet the Press” appearance.

His decision two weeks before Election Day underscores the caution and the political evolution of Gen. Powell, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush was the face of America’s military. The son of Jamaican immigrants, Gen. Powell was often mentioned as the leader most likely to be the nation’s first African-American president.

But as secretary of state in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he made the case for war before the United Nations — based on faulty intelligence — earning himself a reputation as the Bush administration’s “point man” on the war and considerable criticism since.

Gen. Powell on Sunday stood by his early role in the war, saying that although he favored a diplomatic solution, the decision to invade Iraq was based on the best knowledge available at the time.

Sen. McCain said on Fox News Sunday that Gen. Powell’s decision was not a surprise, and he has “always admired and respected Gen. Powell. We’re longtime friends.”

Republican pundits sought to downplay Gen. Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Obama. They pointed to Gen. Powell’s expressions of admiration for both men, and said Sen. McCain’s campaign was more about working people than Washington elites. In news releases issued after the endorsement, the McCain campaign appeared to ignore the hoopla surrounding the development, instead touting its approval from “Joe the Plumber,” and endorsement from Mexican-American actress Katie Barberi.

Democrats worked to portray the endorsement as a “nail in the coffin” of Sen. McCain’s campaign.

Gen. Powell’s endorsement also places a seal of approval on Sen. Obama’s opposition to the Iraq war. It could significantly boost the Illinois senator’s credibility among some members of the military, and ease lingering doubts among undecided voters about his national security credentials.

Gen. Powell’s endorsement came as the Democratic candidate finalized plans for a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., near the Fort Bragg military base. According to the 2006 U.S. census, 28.3% of Fayetteville residents age 18 and over were veterans.

*It’s been quite a week for Barack Obama, and as a supporter, I’m elated. Not only did Barack score a major coup with Colin Powell’s endorsement, but he also won support from key newspapers including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune. – MJ*

 


Dat Lovey Dovey – the Obamas.

In Politics, Relationships on October 2, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Months ago I told my friends I thought the Obamas were the couple to eye. The love between Barack and Michelle is beyond visible, it’s captivating. I certainly can’t get enough of these two.

*Gush, gush.  Would someone please pass the popcorn?*

The Obamas recently celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary.

PDA

 

The beginning.

See what Huffington Post bloggers say about the Obamas‘ relationship. While you’re at it, check out this really cool slide show that will surely leave you chanting, “Yes, we can!”

The Obamas are an example why I scoff when people spew acrid crap about relationships such as men ain’t fill-in-the-blank; women are fill-in-the-blank; love is fill-in-the-blank.

There are LOSERS on the prowl, and these LOSERS are quite deft at masking their ill intentions. But I refuse to let LOSERS win.

Boo, LOSERS!

Speaking of LOSERS and totally hoping McCain and Palin will be among the defeated bunch, I’d like to segue to a related matter about voting. Please be sure that you’re registered to vote cuz, like, you can’t vote if you’re not registered.

What I’m saying is you’ll be turned away when you arrive at the polling booth and that might look, um, embarrassing considering you had like forever to register. Know what I’m saying?

Now that I’ve done my public service announcement bit, I’m rerouting the convo back to fawning over the Obamas.  Ah, yes we can.

*More gushing.*

*MJ is blasting Stevie’s “Do I Do”. *

My life has been waiting for your love
My arms have been waiting for your love to arrive
My heart has been waiting
My soul anticipating your love, your love, your love

...Do I do, do I do
What you do, what you do
When I do my love to you

*MJ is now bopping to Chris Brown’s “With You,” – a downgrade from Stevie’s classic but still a snappy ditty considering the garbage out there nowadays.*

…and the hearts all over the world tonight.

*Improvising*

Ooh, yeah, ooooh, yeah…the hearts, I said, the hearts…