Theory & Essay

Throwback Thursday: Sleeveless Turtleneck – The Power of Woman

I always found this post to be a relevant look into the power of a woman.  Reformatted to fit your attention span but originally posted on November 17, 2004:

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Woman.

She is woman, hear her roar. She is phenomonal. She can drop it like its hot. She can cook it, and make it hot. She can cause ruin to society. She can re-create what man has destroyed. She has all the power, even if she doesn’t realize it. She is…

…woman.

Women are amazing creatures. Of all the living beings on this planet, woman is the most powerful force to be reckoned with. And nowhere is this more apparent than woman’s affect on man.  And nowhere is this fact more evident than in the case of one Erykah Badu.

Erykah Badu is woman. In one package, she managed to be southern, ghetto, deep, cute, gorgeous, fun, arrogant, humble, interesting, a singer, gangster, and loving. (How do I know all that? I don’t. That’s the beauty of opinion.) So it’s easy to see how any man would fall into her web. Hell, I myself have had a crush on her for something like 6 years now. She is every woman. That chick who seems like she’d ride for you when you needed her too, and simultaneously put on a good show for your mother.

She’s that chick that will open your mind, and have you looking at things you never even paid attention too. She can take you from being an inner city pimp prospect to a turbin wearing bass player. Or she can take you from being a Southside Chicago hustler to wearing a sleeveless turtleneck. She is that powerful.

She is woman.

She has the ability to expand the minds of men, resulting in one person taking what he has learned and becoming comfortable in his own skin and taking the world by storm, and another person really having no idea what to do because he himself is confused and wondering what to do with his newfound knowledge so he starts wearing sleeveless turtlenecks, and for some reason nobody will embrace him, except for his grandmother.

Her power is the sleeveless turtleneck. It confuses some and makes so much sense to others. It’s like Nirvana lyrics.

[***Sidenote: In theory, there is nothing wrong with a sleeveless turtleneck…if you are a woman or from Europe. However, as a grown black man from the Southside of Chicago, it is wrong, in the truest sense of the word wrong. And for those wondering when he wore a sleeveless turtleneck, it was in the video for the “Ghetto Heaven” remix featuring Macy Gray, where he is dancing on stars and planets. For the record, gangsters don’t dance they boogie. He was dancing.***]

She is woman.

Common went from wearing Rockport’s and wind suits and baseball caps to derbies and kufis and SLEEVELESS turtlenecks. Dammit…WHO THE F*CK WEARS A SLEEVELESS TURTLENECK? That has to be the most confusing shit to ever see, right? Is it hot or cold? Now that you got your neck covered, how are you arms, huh, dunny??? Why wasn’t his stylist shot because of this? Pac got shot, Biggie got shot…but no, his stylist lives. Some things just aren’t fair are they? And I’m giving him credit by saying he had a stylist. If he doesn’t…well, may God have mercy on his soul.

Erykah Badu turned Andre 3000 into a sex symbol, the best dressed, album of the year creator that he became. Andre 3000 is now so cool, he can walk onto a stage to accept an award, throw up a piece sign and walk off and it be the best acceptance speech ever given. Common? No awards. In fact he is more bitter now than ever before. He is the bitter man’s rapper. Complaining that he never got his respect or his due. A talented rapper that never caught on, and even fell off somewhat. Fuck that, fell of a lot-what. Erykah Badu’s presence and power to just “be” changed both of these men’s lives forever.

Her power is not just reserved for her either. Her power is every woman’s power. Erykah Badu could be any woman. The power to change the course of history, the power to cause a man to become more than he imagined, or become a shell of himself without ever doing more than being herself. All women have this ability. Some just do not know it. Erykah Badu knows. Erykah Badu is power.

She made a grown ass black man wear a sleeveless turtleneck.

She is woman.

Roar.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P

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Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

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  • jana.love

    i’m not even gonna lie. i straight up have a girl crush on her. like fuh real. it’s been a few years now and i’m ready to say it. she’s the top 25 of my got dang top 25 played list on itunes!! it’s kinda creepy.

    i think it’s 2:18 into bag lady that makes me scream out loud and jus wish i could sing. afro freestyle still cracks me up when i’m driving, ppl think i’m nuts, but i just mouth “im gonna take that ho back!!”

    dammit, i love her.

    • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

      @jana.love,

      Although Erykah Badu ain’t on my list of girl crushes, me and her could hang. When I went to NYC in 2003, I was walking by Times Square. There was a chick and her crew just loitering banging music out their car and hanging on the sidewalk. Then this skinny chick w/ a BIG OL’ AFRO starts walking along w/ me and my cuz, and she went “I see yall walking to the beat.” I look up and lo and behold, it is Ms. Badu.

      I’m like *GASP* “Heyyy gurl. You were something like the BOMB at the Taste of Chicago”. She said “Thank ya kindly”. I was GEEKED!

      True Story. Like for real. On my Mama, jo! *Right hand to sky*

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Luvvie,

        That is a cool a$$ story. I imagine E.Badu being one of the coolest chicks on the planet.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Luvvie,

        That is a cool a$$ story. I imagine E.Badu being one of the coolest chicks on the planet.

      • jana.love

        @Luvvie,

        *officially JEALOUS*

      • jana.love

        @Luvvie,

        *officially JEALOUS*

      • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

        @Luvvie,

        Luvvie, you know I love you and you my e-sister and all of that, and you did buy my book, but ur-ruh I need approximately 3 people, 1 medium sized mammal, and a petition with at least 100 signatures.

        Sincerely,
        Naturally Alise in Wonderland, LLC

        • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

          @Relax, Relate, Alise,

          Why in the hot h*ll would I make up such randomosity? I speaks the truth. I even said “On my Mama”. THAT should be my more people. I loves my Mama! I won’t ever lie on her!

          The defense rests her case, ya honah!

          *slams briefcase*
          *adjusts monocles*

          • puff

            @Luvvie,

            smh at your multiple monocles

            • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

              @puff, yeah I peeped that too,…. ol 2 wheeled unicyle lookin’ gal

            • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

              @puff, yeah I peeped that too,…. ol 2 wheeled unicyle lookin’ gal

            • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

              @puff,

              First of all, yall r some haters on my monocles. All the cool kids are rocking em nowadays. Ask Mr. Moneybags.

            • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

              @puff,

              First of all, yall r some haters on my monocles. All the cool kids are rocking em nowadays. Ask Mr. Moneybags.

          • puff

            @Luvvie,

            smh at your multiple monocles

          • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

            @Luvvie,

            Oh. You know you supposed to say, “I swear fo lawd on er’thing I loooove”, get it right next time son!

            • 8th Wonder

              OR

              “I put that on everythang!”

              • miss t-lee

                @8th Wonder,
                or
                “I put that on everythang I love.”
                or
                “If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’.”

                ::sniggling::

              • miss t-lee

                @8th Wonder,
                or
                “I put that on everythang I love.”
                or
                “If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’.”

                ::sniggling::

              • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

                @8th Wonder,

                with the high pitched on some “Someday” Mariah glass breaking only dog-whistle octave ish “I ain’t lyin’

              • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

                @8th Wonder,

                with the high pitched on some “Someday” Mariah glass breaking only dog-whistle octave ish “I ain’t lyin’

            • 8th Wonder

              OR

              “I put that on everythang!”

            • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

              @Relax, Relate, Alise,

              She is supposed to “Swear fo’ Lawd and 6 white men”…then its official.

            • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

              @Relax, Relate, Alise,

              She is supposed to “Swear fo’ Lawd and 6 white men”…then its official.

          • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

            @Luvvie,

            Oh. You know you supposed to say, “I swear fo lawd on er’thing I loooove”, get it right next time son!

        • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

          @Relax, Relate, Alise,

          Why in the hot h*ll would I make up such randomosity? I speaks the truth. I even said “On my Mama”. THAT should be my more people. I loves my Mama! I won’t ever lie on her!

          The defense rests her case, ya honah!

          *slams briefcase*
          *adjusts monocles*

        • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

          @Relax, Relate, Alise,

          I’ll be Luvvie’s more people. I literally bumped into Mos Def in an alley once. Lil’ negro was standing there, in a hot azz sweathoodie in the middle of July, gettin’ his “Dark Shadows” on, people watching. I was busy being a post-concert social butterfly and ran right into him an ended up having a lovely exchange. It happens, and I am proof.

          Ta-dow!

          • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

            @PBG,

            “Ta-dow!” – Will finish

            “Watch out now! It’s the Liddle one and its not Bow Wow”

            I KILT that shit! MERKED IT!

            • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

              @Luvvie, go sat down luvviekins…

              • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

                @Relax, Relate, Alise,

                *Going to sat down*

              • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

                @Relax, Relate, Alise,

                *Going to sat down*

            • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

              @Luvvie, go sat down luvviekins…

          • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

            @PBG,

            “Ta-dow!” – Will finish

            “Watch out now! It’s the Liddle one and its not Bow Wow”

            I KILT that shit! MERKED IT!

        • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

          @Relax, Relate, Alise,

          I’ll be Luvvie’s more people. I literally bumped into Mos Def in an alley once. Lil’ negro was standing there, in a hot azz sweathoodie in the middle of July, gettin’ his “Dark Shadows” on, people watching. I was busy being a post-concert social butterfly and ran right into him an ended up having a lovely exchange. It happens, and I am proof.

          Ta-dow!

      • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

        @Luvvie,

        Luvvie, you know I love you and you my e-sister and all of that, and you did buy my book, but ur-ruh I need approximately 3 people, 1 medium sized mammal, and a petition with at least 100 signatures.

        Sincerely,
        Naturally Alise in Wonderland, LLC

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @Luvvie,

        I’ll co-sign too Luvvie.

        I met Hill Harper before he blew up. I was at work in Sacramento on my break, standing right in front of the complex. This guy walked up, and he looked familiar, but I couldn’t place him. He went into the lawyer’s office about 3 doors down from my office, and since he seemed to be in a slight rush, I decided to wait until he came from the office so I could speak to him.

        Exits Hil Harper. MY simple behind says:

        MSB: Um, excuse me. You look awfully familiar to me – I think I might know you.
        Hill: I’m an actor.
        MSB: An actor? Nah, that’s not it. I think I might know you from high school. Did you go to school in San Jose?
        Hill: No.
        MSB: Are you sure, cause you REALLY look familiar?
        Hill: I’m an actor.
        MSB: Well what movies have you been in?
        Hill: Uh, “Hav Plenty”,
        MSB: Mm – no. *crickets*
        HIll: “He Got Game”
        MSB: *crickets*
        Hill: *starting to look REALLY exasperated*
        MSB: Well honestly, I don’t really watch movies, I’m sorry – but you just look familiar to me. Well, it was nice meeting you anyway. I hope you make it big.

        Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to think I single-handedly shot that man to stardom with that random conversation. He shall never forget me because I am the first person to recognize him, and not know who he was all at the same time, which is why I believe he’s so humble. : )

        • http://insidethemindofadeviant.wordpress.com/ Deviant

          @RedBeanzNRice,
          he is a star? Who is he? Why does he matter?

          • RedBeanzNRice

            @Deviant,

            *crushed*

            He is now (cause of me, lol) You’d know who he was if you saw him; google him. He’s on been on CSI for the longest, various movies and TV series and come to find out him and Obama went to Harvard Law together. I didn’t pay for his tuition, but I’m pretty sure I had something to do with it. ; )

            Sorry Luvvie. I tried, but I guess my co-sign lacked the credit rating, lol.

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

              @RedBeanzNRice, “him and Obama went to Harvard Law together. ”

              i knew i had me a wet blanket somewhere…what exactly does this have to do with the price of hummus in Russia??

              and even moreso, with him being a star??

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @Panama Jackson,

                Hush up again you! I will NOT allow your wet blanket on my dry sheets.
                (No disrespect to PrincessDuvet, lol)

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @Panama Jackson,

                Hush up again you! I will NOT allow your wet blanket on my dry sheets.
                (No disrespect to PrincessDuvet, lol)

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

              @RedBeanzNRice, “him and Obama went to Harvard Law together. ”

              i knew i had me a wet blanket somewhere…what exactly does this have to do with the price of hummus in Russia??

              and even moreso, with him being a star??

          • RedBeanzNRice

            @Deviant,

            *crushed*

            He is now (cause of me, lol) You’d know who he was if you saw him; google him. He’s on been on CSI for the longest, various movies and TV series and come to find out him and Obama went to Harvard Law together. I didn’t pay for his tuition, but I’m pretty sure I had something to do with it. ; )

            Sorry Luvvie. I tried, but I guess my co-sign lacked the credit rating, lol.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            @Deviant, i’m with Deviant on this one…i’m not sure i’d call Hill Harper a star. sure he’s adored by lots of women who have crushes on little men…but a star??

            well, no.

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @Panama Jackson,

              Hush up you! He’s a star dammit, lol.

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @Panama Jackson,

              Hush up you! He’s a star dammit, lol.

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

              @Panama Jackson,

              lol…i was thinking the same thing. i like the dude, and he’s our patron saint for bandwagon attraction, but you can’t call an e-list celeb a star.

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

              @Panama Jackson,

              lol…i was thinking the same thing. i like the dude, and he’s our patron saint for bandwagon attraction, but you can’t call an e-list celeb a star.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

            @Deviant, i’m with Deviant on this one…i’m not sure i’d call Hill Harper a star. sure he’s adored by lots of women who have crushes on little men…but a star??

            well, no.

          • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

            @Deviant,

            He’s a star in MY book. AND him and the Blessed one (Barack) are buddies.

            • miss t-lee

              @Luvvie,
              That still don’t make that kat a star.
              *ctfu*

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @miss t-lee,

                *gasp and swoon*

                I just made you my “e-music compatible super blog buddy” and you defy me? Oh, the tragedy, *sighs*

                As I said to Panama: He’s a star, dammit!

                And thank you Luvvie, cause you know what’s up, lol.

                *wondering if our double co-sign is the next fall of the financial institutions*, lol

                “Feelin less creditworthy than a homeless person*
                *sighs*

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @miss t-lee,

                *gasp and swoon*

                I just made you my “e-music compatible super blog buddy” and you defy me? Oh, the tragedy, *sighs*

                As I said to Panama: He’s a star, dammit!

                And thank you Luvvie, cause you know what’s up, lol.

                *wondering if our double co-sign is the next fall of the financial institutions*, lol

                “Feelin less creditworthy than a homeless person*
                *sighs*

              • miss t-lee

                miss redbeanz
                You know we still cool and all, but I have a serious aversion to that kat.
                I can’t put my finger on it…but dah well… :)

              • miss t-lee

                miss redbeanz
                You know we still cool and all, but I have a serious aversion to that kat.
                I can’t put my finger on it…but dah well… :)

            • miss t-lee

              @Luvvie,
              That still don’t make that kat a star.
              *ctfu*

          • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

            @Deviant,

            He’s a star in MY book. AND him and the Blessed one (Barack) are buddies.

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com mssula

            @Deviant,

            He’s actually more than a star. He’s what stars should aspire to be.

            I heart Hill Harper… (Lackawanna Blues was great!)

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

              @mssula,

              He’s actually more than a star. He’s what stars should aspire to be.

              so denzel and will smith should aspire to be hill harper?

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @The Champ,

                Hush up you too, dammit! Champ? Why do you insist on ruining my e-crush on you? Just let the crush be, and stop making me find reasons to keep crushing. (Even though there’s always a reason with you) But forget you read that in parenthesis statement, lol.

                You underestimate the underratedness of this particular star. No, he’s not Denzel (I still wonder why my sistas think he’s attractive – lawd knows I don’t) and no, he’s not Will Smith (came from nothing, made wack raps, but soared to fame with acting) but he’s no slouch in the least. You gotta give Hill his props cause he’s not only worthy, but he’s deserving. If I was into lighter skinned dudes, I woulda snatched his ass up without warning. (But that’s just me, lol)

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @The Champ,

                Hush up you too, dammit! Champ? Why do you insist on ruining my e-crush on you? Just let the crush be, and stop making me find reasons to keep crushing. (Even though there’s always a reason with you) But forget you read that in parenthesis statement, lol.

                You underestimate the underratedness of this particular star. No, he’s not Denzel (I still wonder why my sistas think he’s attractive – lawd knows I don’t) and no, he’s not Will Smith (came from nothing, made wack raps, but soared to fame with acting) but he’s no slouch in the least. You gotta give Hill his props cause he’s not only worthy, but he’s deserving. If I was into lighter skinned dudes, I woulda snatched his ass up without warning. (But that’s just me, lol)

              • 8th Wonder

                “so denzel and will smith should aspire to be hill harper?”

                This made me chortle.

              • 8th Wonder

                “so denzel and will smith should aspire to be hill harper?”

                This made me chortle.

              • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com mssula

                @The Champ,

                Who’s Denzel again?

                :D

              • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com mssula

                @The Champ,

                Who’s Denzel again?

                :D

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

                @RedBeanzNRice,

                You gotta give Hill his props cause he’s not only worthy, but he’s deserving

                i never said he wasn’t props worthy. hes a seems to be a pretty well-rounded and down to earth cat, and also the protagonist of one of our entries (http://www.verysmartbrothas.com/get-off-the-wagon/)

                all i’m saying is that hes NOT a star, lol…thats all.

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

                @RedBeanzNRice,

                You gotta give Hill his props cause he’s not only worthy, but he’s deserving

                i never said he wasn’t props worthy. hes a seems to be a pretty well-rounded and down to earth cat, and also the protagonist of one of our entries (http://www.verysmartbrothas.com/get-off-the-wagon/)

                all i’m saying is that hes NOT a star, lol…thats all.

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                @RedBeanzNRice, forgive me for being a stickler and all… but this line: no, he’s not Will Smith (came from nothing, made wack raps, but soared to fame with acting)

                Will Smith didn’t exactly come from nothing. he actually came from a pretty good household and had the opportunity to go to Princeton and other top schools but decided to pursue music. two parent home and good schools, the whole nine. he ain’t exactly have a tough upbringing like say, The Game.

              • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

                @RedBeanzNRice, forgive me for being a stickler and all… but this line: no, he’s not Will Smith (came from nothing, made wack raps, but soared to fame with acting)

                Will Smith didn’t exactly come from nothing. he actually came from a pretty good household and had the opportunity to go to Princeton and other top schools but decided to pursue music. two parent home and good schools, the whole nine. he ain’t exactly have a tough upbringing like say, The Game.

              • http://www.myspace.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

                @Panda J, actually Will was accepted to Liz’s alma matter and defered for a year then he won the grammy for the ( first rap song to ever win a grammy) so he never went to MIT

              • http://www.myspace.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

                @Panda J, actually Will was accepted to Liz’s alma matter and defered for a year then he won the grammy for the ( first rap song to ever win a grammy) so he never went to MIT

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

              @mssula,

              He’s actually more than a star. He’s what stars should aspire to be.

              so denzel and will smith should aspire to be hill harper?

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @mssula,

              Wooo hooo! And I heart Msscula! You go girl. Seems you and Luvvie are the only ones that know what’s up in this piece, lol.

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @mssula,

              Wooo hooo! And I heart Msscula! You go girl. Seems you and Luvvie are the only ones that know what’s up in this piece, lol.

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @The Champ
              “…and also the protagonist of one of our entries.
              all i’m saying is that hes NOT a star, lol…thats all”

              You’re sexy as hell and and sh*t, but I cannot and WILL NOT abide by your blasphemy, Sir.

              Is it legal for a relatively newcomer to send a host to the corner? Well, if it is – Get your sexy self to the corner, and I mean NOW!

              But if it’s not, then don’t, but just KNOW I wanna send you there.

            • RedBeanzNRice

              @The Champ
              “…and also the protagonist of one of our entries.
              all i’m saying is that hes NOT a star, lol…thats all”

              You’re sexy as hell and and sh*t, but I cannot and WILL NOT abide by your blasphemy, Sir.

              Is it legal for a relatively newcomer to send a host to the corner? Well, if it is – Get your sexy self to the corner, and I mean NOW!

              But if it’s not, then don’t, but just KNOW I wanna send you there.

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com mssula

            @Deviant,

            He’s actually more than a star. He’s what stars should aspire to be.

            I heart Hill Harper… (Lackawanna Blues was great!)

        • http://insidethemindofadeviant.wordpress.com/ Deviant

          @RedBeanzNRice,
          he is a star? Who is he? Why does he matter?

        • charli skipper

          @RedBeanzNRice, he went to law school with barack obama, yall!

          • charli skipper

            @charli skipper, um……..ignore my last comment. i’m just really tired. don’t judge me.

          • charli skipper

            @charli skipper, um……..ignore my last comment. i’m just really tired. don’t judge me.

        • charli skipper

          @RedBeanzNRice, he went to law school with barack obama, yall!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

          @RedBeanzNRice,

          Lol @ your story. I saw Hill Harper at Morehouse Homecoming a few years ago. I knew he looked familiar too but had no idea how I knew him. Admittedly the alcohol may have been a factor…

          Anyway, I did take pics of him dancing with my homegirl and I figured it out a few weeks later.

          • RedBeanzNRice

            @Dom,

            You too? I guess he just has that look that’s familiar, but one you don’t rapidly recognize. It’s like, if it hadda been Blair Underwood, or Mario Van Peebles, you’d know right off the bat, lol.

            @ Morehouse? Maybe cause he’s reppin Alpha Phi Alpha. Sessy, Sessy.

            **No offense to any non-Alphas, I have an affinity cause I used to date one, that’s all. Most fraternity men are sessy, except the Ques**

            ***No offense to any Ques*** lol

            • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

              @RedBeanzNRice,

              ***No offense to any Ques***

              mmmhmmm.. there are a few on here **cough** Peyso **cough**

              Remember that convo yesterday about how a misplacd “no offense” or “with all due respect” just don’t work? this may be one of those situations.

              just lookin out for a sista…

              • 8th Wonder

                lol, twinny!

                We heart you, Peyso.

                And happy founder’s day to the Alphas, if there are any up in here.

              • 8th Wonder

                lol, twinny!

                We heart you, Peyso.

                And happy founder’s day to the Alphas, if there are any up in here.

              • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

                indeed! how could i forget since they were founded at my school!!!!

                Happy Founders Day to all my Alphas!

              • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

                indeed! how could i forget since they were founded at my school!!!!

                Happy Founders Day to all my Alphas!

              • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

                ooh, and for the record, I know plenty sessy Ques.

              • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

                ooh, and for the record, I know plenty sessy Ques.

              • 8th Wonder

                “ooh, and for the record, I know plenty sessy Ques.”

                I am the 8th Wonder, and I approve this statement.

              • 8th Wonder

                “ooh, and for the record, I know plenty sessy Ques.”

                I am the 8th Wonder, and I approve this statement.

            • http://lostwomanchild.blogspot.com/ blackberry molasses

              @RedBeanzNRice,

              ***No offense to any Ques***

              mmmhmmm.. there are a few on here **cough** Peyso **cough**

              Remember that convo yesterday about how a misplacd “no offense” or “with all due respect” just don’t work? this may be one of those situations.

              just lookin out for a sista…

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

              @RedBeanzNRice, perhaps i’m misinterpreting here, but i don’t actually think Hill Harper’s an Alpha. now he was given an Alpha Award of Honor, but i’m pretty sure he’s Me Phi Me like a mofo.

              • http://cornellwestside.blogspot.com/ Cornell Westside

                @Panama Jackson, he’s definitely Me Phi Me

                thanks for the shout outs ladies…Hill Harper’s a cool dude, but he’s not one of us. We just gave him an award.

              • http://cornellwestside.blogspot.com/ Cornell Westside

                @Panama Jackson, he’s definitely Me Phi Me

                thanks for the shout outs ladies…Hill Harper’s a cool dude, but he’s not one of us. We just gave him an award.

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @Panama Jackson & CornellWestside
                Are you sure? Cause I could have sworn he’s an Alpha.
                But, I’ve been wrong before, lol. Thanks for the correction.

              • RedBeanzNRice

                @Panama Jackson & CornellWestside
                Are you sure? Cause I could have sworn he’s an Alpha.
                But, I’ve been wrong before, lol. Thanks for the correction.

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

              @RedBeanzNRice, perhaps i’m misinterpreting here, but i don’t actually think Hill Harper’s an Alpha. now he was given an Alpha Award of Honor, but i’m pretty sure he’s Me Phi Me like a mofo.

            • http://www.myspace.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

              @ RedBeanzNRice, Q’s are always Sessy, even when they nasty…

              • http://www.threewaystotakeit.com Slim Jackson

                Not sure I can speak on the sessiness of other men, but ain’t nuttin wrong wit the Ques.lol. I happen to be one as well…and Mr. Westside I went to school where it’s pretty cold…gotta love upstate ny

              • http://www.threewaystotakeit.com Slim Jackson

                Not sure I can speak on the sessiness of other men, but ain’t nuttin wrong wit the Ques.lol. I happen to be one as well…and Mr. Westside I went to school where it’s pretty cold…gotta love upstate ny

            • http://www.myspace.com/circa1908 Intellectual Hedonist

              @ RedBeanzNRice, Q’s are always Sessy, even when they nasty…

          • RedBeanzNRice

            @Dom,

            You too? I guess he just has that look that’s familiar, but one you don’t rapidly recognize. It’s like, if it hadda been Blair Underwood, or Mario Van Peebles, you’d know right off the bat, lol.

            @ Morehouse? Maybe cause he’s reppin Alpha Phi Alpha. Sessy, Sessy.

            **No offense to any non-Alphas, I have an affinity cause I used to date one, that’s all. Most fraternity men are sessy, except the Ques**

            ***No offense to any Ques*** lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

          @RedBeanzNRice,

          Lol @ your story. I saw Hill Harper at Morehouse Homecoming a few years ago. I knew he looked familiar too but had no idea how I knew him. Admittedly the alcohol may have been a factor…

          Anyway, I did take pics of him dancing with my homegirl and I figured it out a few weeks later.

      • RedBeanzNRice

        @Luvvie,

        I’ll co-sign too Luvvie.

        I met Hill Harper before he blew up. I was at work in Sacramento on my break, standing right in front of the complex. This guy walked up, and he looked familiar, but I couldn’t place him. He went into the lawyer’s office about 3 doors down from my office, and since he seemed to be in a slight rush, I decided to wait until he came from the office so I could speak to him.

        Exits Hil Harper. MY simple behind says:

        MSB: Um, excuse me. You look awfully familiar to me – I think I might know you.
        Hill: I’m an actor.
        MSB: An actor? Nah, that’s not it. I think I might know you from high school. Did you go to school in San Jose?
        Hill: No.
        MSB: Are you sure, cause you REALLY look familiar?
        Hill: I’m an actor.
        MSB: Well what movies have you been in?
        Hill: Uh, “Hav Plenty”,
        MSB: Mm – no. *crickets*
        HIll: “He Got Game”
        MSB: *crickets*
        Hill: *starting to look REALLY exasperated*
        MSB: Well honestly, I don’t really watch movies, I’m sorry – but you just look familiar to me. Well, it was nice meeting you anyway. I hope you make it big.

        Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to think I single-handedly shot that man to stardom with that random conversation. He shall never forget me because I am the first person to recognize him, and not know who he was all at the same time, which is why I believe he’s so humble. : )

    • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

      @jana.love,

      Although Erykah Badu ain’t on my list of girl crushes, me and her could hang. When I went to NYC in 2003, I was walking by Times Square. There was a chick and her crew just loitering banging music out their car and hanging on the sidewalk. Then this skinny chick w/ a BIG OL’ AFRO starts walking along w/ me and my cuz, and she went “I see yall walking to the beat.” I look up and lo and behold, it is Ms. Badu.

      I’m like *GASP* “Heyyy gurl. You were something like the BOMB at the Taste of Chicago”. She said “Thank ya kindly”. I was GEEKED!

      True Story. Like for real. On my Mama, jo! *Right hand to sky*

  • jana.love

    i’m not even gonna lie. i straight up have a girl crush on her. like fuh real. it’s been a few years now and i’m ready to say it. she’s the top 25 of my got dang top 25 played list on itunes!! it’s kinda creepy.

    i think it’s 2:18 into bag lady that makes me scream out loud and jus wish i could sing. afro freestyle still cracks me up when i’m driving, ppl think i’m nuts, but i just mouth “im gonna take that ho back!!”

    dammit, i love her.

  • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

    This post has me torn (like the gums of a crackhead with late stage gingivitis).

    Is it bout Erykah Badu or sleeveless turtlenecks? I love me some Erykah Badu and talking bout Ho Sh*t. This vid right here is also the reason why I love her:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92GM851j20k&eurl=http://theybf.com/.

    And sleeveless turtlenecks perplex me. Although, I bought one from H&M last year. It still has tags on it. And I stare at it in my closet, not quite sure what to do with it.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Luvvie, sleeveless turtlenecks are just wrong.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Luvvie, sleeveless turtlenecks are just wrong.

    • Gem of the Ocean

      lmao @ “be butt nekkid somewhere…. butt nekkid with glitter on you and a beeper”

    • Gem of the Ocean

      lmao @ “be butt nekkid somewhere…. butt nekkid with glitter on you and a beeper”

    • charli skipper

      @Luvvie,
      torn (like the gums of a crackhead with late stage gingivitis).

      this makes me sad.

    • charli skipper

      @Luvvie,
      torn (like the gums of a crackhead with late stage gingivitis).

      this makes me sad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

      @Luvvie,

      I have a sleeveless turtleneck that is also backless. No idea when or where to wear it but it was a gift from my aunt.

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Dom,

        I want some of what your Auntie was on when she picked this garment out and thought of you.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

          @PBG,

          Sh*t me too !

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

          @PBG,

          Sh*t me too !

      • http://www.heyyouasked.blogspot.com PBG

        @Dom,

        I want some of what your Auntie was on when she picked this garment out and thought of you.

      • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

        @Dom,

        A sleeveless and backless turtleneck is a conundrum bigger than the question “If Albert Einstein could come up with the theory of relativity, why couldn’t that dude figure out how to comb his hair?”

        It just perplexes me to no end.

      • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

        @Dom,

        A sleeveless and backless turtleneck is a conundrum bigger than the question “If Albert Einstein could come up with the theory of relativity, why couldn’t that dude figure out how to comb his hair?”

        It just perplexes me to no end.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=73903598 Dom

      @Luvvie,

      I have a sleeveless turtleneck that is also backless. No idea when or where to wear it but it was a gift from my aunt.

    • http://missjaffre.blogspot.com missjess

      @Luvvie,
      LMAO!!!

      “Butt Naked with glitter on u and a beeper”
      wow!

    • http://missjaffre.blogspot.com missjess

      @Luvvie,
      LMAO!!!

      “Butt Naked with glitter on u and a beeper”
      wow!

  • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

    This post has me torn (like the gums of a crackhead with late stage gingivitis).

    Is it bout Erykah Badu or sleeveless turtlenecks? I love me some Erykah Badu and talking bout Ho Sh*t. This vid right here is also the reason why I love her:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92GM851j20k&eurl=http://theybf.com/.

    And sleeveless turtlenecks perplex me. Although, I bought one from H&M last year. It still has tags on it. And I stare at it in my closet, not quite sure what to do with it.

  • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

    DANG it all to the fiery pits of Dereon Hell! My comment is awaiting moderation.

    • SouthernGirl

      @Luvvie, at the use of dereon hell i’m not even gonna add a real comment right now.i’m going to sleep. forever.

      • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

        @SouthernGirl,

        You want me to call Austin & Royster’s? They pay me for funegro referrals. Your epitaph can say “She came, she wore Dereon, and died of grief”. Whatcha thank?

        • SouthernGirl

          @Luvvie, lmao! but don’t be telling folks i wear dereon. that’s just wrong. see, that’s how rumors get started.

        • SouthernGirl

          @Luvvie, lmao! but don’t be telling folks i wear dereon. that’s just wrong. see, that’s how rumors get started.

      • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

        @SouthernGirl,

        You want me to call Austin & Royster’s? They pay me for funegro referrals. Your epitaph can say “She came, she wore Dereon, and died of grief”. Whatcha thank?

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @SouthernGirl,

        i’m going to sleep. forever.

        this made me produce a significant chuckle

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @SouthernGirl,

        i’m going to sleep. forever.

        this made me produce a significant chuckle

    • SouthernGirl

      @Luvvie, at the use of dereon hell i’m not even gonna add a real comment right now.i’m going to sleep. forever.

  • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

    DANG it all to the fiery pits of Dereon Hell! My comment is awaiting moderation.

  • charli skipper

    wait. tupac got shot?

    • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

      @charli skipper,

      it is too early to be sending folks to the SAT DOWN corner… so I will refrain…

    • http://naturallyalise.blogspot.com Relax, Relate, Alise

      @charli skipper,

      it is too early to be sending folks to the SAT DOWN corner… so I will refrain…

    • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

      @charli skipper,

      Lol “Martin Luther King got assassinated. Tupac? That n*gga got shot!” – Chris Rock

    • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

      @charli skipper,

      Lol “Martin Luther King got assassinated. Tupac? That n*gga got shot!” – Chris Rock

  • charli skipper

    wait. tupac got shot?

  • charli skipper

    also, i loove andre 3000. and i think the fact that a woman can upgrade one man while ruining another is a testament to the fact that men ought not F*** with us. we might smile in your face like everything is cool, but 5 years later you’re gonna notice your swagger is missing. oh yeah.
    but, then, i love common too, so what do i know. erykah has great taste in the men.

    • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

      @charli skipper, my momma told me that whenever you see an old player looking like a fool… yall know…wearing those rayon short sets and dress shoes, or the vertical stripe shirts and pants with a hat with a feather in it… acid wash stay floed jeans and shirt with white boots…ya get my drift. and he is with a woman..that is her paying him back for all the shyt he did to her….

      • charli skipper

        @Shay-d-lady,
        yes, yes, yall! and the worst is when a woman is the cause of her man looking a hot mess and then talks about him. “Look at him…looking like a da*n fool.” lol

      • charli skipper

        @Shay-d-lady,
        yes, yes, yall! and the worst is when a woman is the cause of her man looking a hot mess and then talks about him. “Look at him…looking like a da*n fool.” lol

      • Luvtheshoes

        @Shay-d-lady,

        I saw on a couple of fashion websites that acid wash jeans are coming back in again. I swear between skinny jeans and acid wash, I’m through.

        • SouthernGirl

          @Luvtheshoes, um…..acid wash will never be back. i hated them sh!ts when they was out to tell you the truth.

        • SouthernGirl

          @Luvtheshoes, um…..acid wash will never be back. i hated them sh!ts when they was out to tell you the truth.

      • Luvtheshoes

        @Shay-d-lady,

        I saw on a couple of fashion websites that acid wash jeans are coming back in again. I swear between skinny jeans and acid wash, I’m through.

    • http://www.myspace.com/shay_d_lady79 Shay-d-lady

      @charli skipper, my momma told me that whenever you see an old player looking like a fool… yall know…wearing those rayon short sets and dress shoes, or the vertical stripe shirts and pants with a hat with a feather in it… acid wash stay floed jeans and shirt with white boots…ya get my drift. and he is with a woman..that is her paying him back for all the shyt he did to her….

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @charli skipper,
      “i loove andre 3000″

      *sighs & googly eyes* He’s SO fine. Woo lawd that man makes me weak in the kneecaps.

    • RedBeanzNRice

      @charli skipper,
      “i loove andre 3000″

      *sighs & googly eyes* He’s SO fine. Woo lawd that man makes me weak in the kneecaps.

    • Princess Duvet

      @charli skipper, Andress 3000 is great taste???

      are we lookin at the same man?? I gotta go with Shay he looks like a fool. and yall KNOW dam@n well yall ladies aint hollerin at no dude who stays up with the flat iron or roller set…lookin tighter than most women’s hair do’s….

      SMH..this is some powerful residue Badu koolaid i see it works byproxy and for women on women too.

      • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com mssula

        @Princess Duvet,

        See, I generally love my men quirky and artsy. So Dre 3000 does it for me. A lot.

        • Princess Duvet

          @mssula, “men quirky and artsy”

          and quirky and artsy mean french roll or a snatch back..

          are you kidding me?

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Ms. Sula

            @Princess Duvet,

            Quirky is what the person makes of it. My definition is simple. It just means different from the norm. Now that can be pushed far and wide or kept close and nice.

            Andre 3000 is quirky and handsome. :)

          • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com Ms. Sula

            @Princess Duvet,

            Quirky is what the person makes of it. My definition is simple. It just means different from the norm. Now that can be pushed far and wide or kept close and nice.

            Andre 3000 is quirky and handsome. :)

        • Princess Duvet

          @mssula, “men quirky and artsy”

          and quirky and artsy mean french roll or a snatch back..

          are you kidding me?

      • http://freetherapyorelse.blogspot.com mssula

        @Princess Duvet,

        See, I generally love my men quirky and artsy. So Dre 3000 does it for me. A lot.

    • Princess Duvet

      @charli skipper, Andress 3000 is great taste???

      are we lookin at the same man?? I gotta go with Shay he looks like a fool. and yall KNOW dam@n well yall ladies aint hollerin at no dude who stays up with the flat iron or roller set…lookin tighter than most women’s hair do’s….

      SMH..this is some powerful residue Badu koolaid i see it works byproxy and for women on women too.

    • Gem of the Ocean

      i loooove me some Dre 3G but fashionisto he is not. i think he may have a mental health issue. but he makes great music and his style antics are fun to watch.

      i remember running into him while i was down in the A. he’s real cool and down to earth. so my crush on him will continue…

    • Gem of the Ocean

      i loooove me some Dre 3G but fashionisto he is not. i think he may have a mental health issue. but he makes great music and his style antics are fun to watch.

      i remember running into him while i was down in the A. he’s real cool and down to earth. so my crush on him will continue…

    • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

      @charli skipper,

      Andre 3000 dresses like he is in a perpetual state of ‘shroom high. Ol’ psychedelic self. I need 3D glasses b4 looking directly at him.

      AND who told him wool hammer pants were ok? WHO???

      • charli skipper

        @Luvvie,

        yall gone stop talkin about 3 stacks, nah.

      • charli skipper

        @Luvvie,

        yall gone stop talkin about 3 stacks, nah.

    • http://liffy.blogspot.com Luvvie

      @charli skipper,

      Andre 3000 dresses like he is in a perpetual state of ‘shroom high. Ol’ psychedelic self. I need 3D glasses b4 looking directly at him.

      AND who told him wool hammer pants were ok? WHO???

  • charli skipper

    also, i loove andre 3000. and i think the fact that a woman can upgrade one man while ruining another is a testament to the fact that men ought not F*** with us. we might smile in your face like everything is cool, but 5 years later you’re gonna notice your swagger is missing. oh yeah.
    but, then, i love common too, so what do i know. erykah has great taste in the men.

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