Category Archives: random

found foto: ME & RUTHIE IN HARLEM circa 2000

those old wranglers were found in a dumpster. i wore them non-stop for years until they shredded across the top thigh area…which i quickly converted into a skirt.
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*OSCAR and ME circa 2004 – WRANGLER makeshift skirt.

mobile fotos: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS…

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*drawing with AMAYA PAPAYA.

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*roasted chicken, stuffing, curry chicken, brussel sprouts and salad with pine nuts.

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*RAUL & OSCAR

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*when the yaki was long and flowing, before i chopped it off.

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*BABY KALEB! you’re off to a great start!!!

random: SLOGAN FOR 2010!

i do it ever year, try and find a good tag line for 2010…last year i settled for “TIME TO SHINE IN ’09″. this upcoming year seems to be a bit harder and I NEED YOUR HELP. there’s nothing like a good tagline to help you get to know your new year.

1. MAKING LOTS OF YEN IN 2010…
since the dollar is at its lowest point, it wouldn’t be so bad to make some foreign currency. eff a dollar, give me a pound!
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2. BE ZEN IN 2010…
some nice little buddhism never hurt nobody. we can all try and attain enlightenment through some meditation.
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3. READ HOWARD ZINN IN 2010…
it just rhymes, but i really do suggest it. reading “A PEOPLES HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES” might make you want to track down your middle school history teacher and backhand her for not teaching you about the nice small pox blankets that the “PILGRIMS” gave the NATIVE AMERICANS – but, some of you who may read it will feel glad you did. you’ll be amazed at all the things most of us do not know about our AMERICAN HISTORY. it will compel you to share your knowledge.
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4. GET IT IN – IN 2010…
eh, i guess it could mean anything you want.
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5. KNICKS BETTER WIN IN 2010…
i’m just saying.
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you guys have any ideas? PLEASE let a sista-girl know :)

random: 10 THINGS I LIKE…

TOP 10 LIKES (in no particular order)

1. STEPPING ON LIT CIGARETTES
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2. PLAYING CEE-LO
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*the perfect way to score lunch money from your unassuming classmates that didn’t grow up in the hood ;)

3. PEOPLE WATCHING
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(they’re so similar in so many ways and they have no clue).

4. CHILDREN SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGES/ HAVING ACCENTS

(my kids will be forced to speak with a french accent…how cute is this little croissant)

5. CAMERAS (big and small)
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(in the event that i carry a handbag, you will find at least 3 cameras and that’s all. i carry my wallet in my pocket…like a dude.

6. MAKING STUFF (drawing on sheets, making hummus or taking a picture)
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*screened in 2003 on a piece of a cabinet wood that i found on the street. holla.

7. RACISM WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR
seriously. i like when people are indiscriminately racist. my dad is good at this…poking fun at all races and cultures, even himself. what fun is life when you take it too serious. maybe that’s the lazy west indian in me (pun intended).
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8. “CRACKER STUFF” (what is deemed as “cracker” by my black friends, it’s pretty wide)
vegan food, engineer boots, wearing the same outfit 3x in a row, “white people music” (DEPECHE MODE, THE CURE, MEGADETH, THE SMITHS, etc) skateboarding culture, hardcore music, birkenstocks, reading DEEPAK CHOPRA, goth style, etc…
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9. SLEEPING, NAPPING & DAY DREAMING
i could sleep for 10 hours or more, if given the chance. i’ve slept through earthquakes, classes and certain boring conversations. i have the attention span of a gnat and the metabolism of an infant.
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10. HOT SAUCE
the hotter the better. i like it when food is so hot, my nose starts to run…only i don’t know if it’s snot or blood. haha, that sounds crazy. my dad makes the best hot sauce. eff those common hot sauces that are hot with no flavor or the ones with no heat and no flavor.
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WHAT ARE SOME RANDOM THINGS THAT YOU LIKE? I WANT TO KNOW…

(coming up, “TOP 10 THINGS I DISLIKE”…)

random: 7TH GRADE PHOTO OF ME

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(thanks to KABEER for the scan…)

here is a photo of me and one of the greatest friends i’ve ever had – LA’KEA WHITE. we lived down the block from each other in downtown Albany and she had attended my middle school, but was now in 9th grade at the time of this photo at Bishop Magin High School (my friends were always older than me). i remember that year…

it was the same year that i decided to stop wearing my CHARLOTTE HORNETS STARTER jacket and trade in my REEBOK classics for some PUMAS, a skateboard and a gas station attendant jacket with the name “RALPH” embroidered on the left side. i found it at SALVATION ARMY.

this only added fuel to the fire for the 4 MEAN GIRLS in my class to further harass me. leaving me threatening notes and mumbling comments like “she thank she cute”. actually, i didn’t…i had a unibrow, a face like a chipmunk and disliked my new “womanly” body (puberty is weird for any kid, but even more awkward for girls).

by the time 8th grade rolled around, i was the only misfit in my school. LA’KEA now in 10th grade, stuck by my side. when people asked her “why she trying to be white”, LA’KEA always defended me. when the girls at school became a nuisance, KEA made an unannounced visit with a slew of her homegirls from her sophomore class to put a little fear in their lives…and it worked.

thanks LA’KEA.

and thanks to my sister for showing me the world of waxing and tweezing. i still haven’t gotten my fashion sense together, but i’m positive i never will.

random: LITTLE GIRLS IN KITTEN HEELS GIVE ME THE HEEBIE JEEBIES

maybe it’s because heels evoke SEX or maybe it’s because i can’t stand a KITTEN HEEL (i mean for me it’s all or nothing. go for 5 inches and not the measly 2)

either way, having a 5 year old in a kitten heel is so bizarre and not adorable to me. my mom would have beat the brakes off me if i seriously (and not jokingly) attempted to walk out the door in some pumps.
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what do you all think?

random: “I WEAR BLACK ON THE OUTSIDE CAUSE BLACK IS HOW I FEEL ON THE INSIDE”.

i seriously dislike the cold dark days of winter.
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*photo by VASHTIE.

random: I MISS BET UNCUT

i’ve been a night owl since i could remember. at 9 years old i could be caught awake at 1 am, re-arranging my bedroom and sketching faces of random saints (i wanted to be a nun in 2nd grade, true story).

my creativity seems to flow better and recently i’ve been discovering great oddities while burning the midnight oil, which is how i stumbled upon BET UNCUT about 6 years ago. while cruising TIME WARNER, i stopped on BET to find an amateur music video featuring a slew of underdressed strippers with haphazardly placed tattoos and strange wigs.

i was mesmerized. you know when something is so bad, it’s actually brilliant? (it’s similar to that notion that when something is so ugly, it’s actually beautiful). this was pre-youtube and i couldn’t share it with my friends unless they had a lucky moment of being up at 3am on a monday night to find this jewel.

(although, there was something special about being able to find things like that. the internet makes everything TOO easy).

anyways, thank goodness for YOUTUBE. now, i can share a couple of my favorites from BET UNCUT. (MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR MINORS)


*BLACK JESUS – “What That Thang Smell Like”


*”No Panties On The Dancefloor” (OSCAR and i found this one together years ago and it still makes us laugh today)


*MIGHTY CASEY – “White Girls” (ELLE put me on to this one. hahaha, “JULIE, BETH…girl i’m just playing i got a white moms”)


*BIZZY BONE feat. JOKER THE BAILBONDSMAN – “Uh Huh”

you guys have any BET UNCUT VIDEOS videos to share?

random:”DONALD IN MATHMAGIC LAND” (1959)

i first saw this as a kid and was blown away by everything i was picking up that this cartoon was laying down. i realize now it must have been a little creepy for kids, nonetheless…extremely fascinating and educational! if only all school subjects could have correlating animations.

i promise this will not be a waste of your time.

random: DUDE LAYS OUT 3 MORONS FOR ASSUALTING HIS WIFE IN TIMES SQUARE

violence is never the answer, but this is merited and hilarious.

*thanks to HYUN for this one :)