Psychologist & Educator Dr. Umar Johnson has been at the forefront of the push to bring Black Mental Health Issues (such as Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder and the affects of Psychotropic Drugs) into the light as major reasons why some issues continue to negatively impact The Black Community. In this latest video Dr. Umar speaks on the dysfunction in Black Make/Female Relationships, and its correlation to The Black Community on a Whole. Espousing on everything from the negative effects of sibling Rivalries & issues within neighborhoods often lay the foundation for how we tend to look at each other, to how unresolved past grudges & trauma can destroy new relationships (and more importantly cause damage to the psyche of the person they entered into that relationship with), to the unhealthy and addictive habit of using relationships as a "pacifier" to distract us from dealing with our issues-The self-proclaimed "Prince Of Pan Afrikanism goes in on many of the way too common & repetitive mistakes we make in relationships. FEEDBACK & COMMENTS WELCOME.
JANET JACKSON - "ANY TIME, ANY PLACE"
Black Love & Sensuality personified... From the moment the beat drops, and elevated beyond imagination once you hear her Janet's voice, her classic 1993 Love ballad will take over the mood of any music lover.
"In the thunder and rain, You stare into my eyes, I can feel your hand Movin up my thighs. Skirt around my waist, Wall against my face, I can feel your lips, Oooh"
Remember when songs painted sexy pictures, without being just straight up raunchy? Lol.
Happy Birthday Janet Jackson.
CHERRELLE & ALEXANDER O'NEAL - "SATURDAY LOVE"
As much as I love other genres of music, none can set the course of the day like a good soulful love song. Soak it up & have a Great Day!
"When I look at you
Memories of love
Like no one before
You stay on my mind
(Special feelings, special times)
Feeling so special
(I was yours and you were mine)
Made for each other, girl
(All the good I won't forget)
Staying on my mind, girl
(Saturday, the day we met)
Girl, you know I can't leave you behind
There's never any question
You will be my Saturday love"
Visuals courtesy of Our Brother Rasool M. Hashim-Ruffin, The DCDrama Magazine/Atlanta Inc's BEHIND THE LENS department pays homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his lovely wife Coretta. They were not only soldiers of LOVE, but two of the most eloquent human beings of their time.May we never forget the sacrifices those before us made.
ERYKAH BADU - "ORANGE MOON"
No better way to start off the day with a combined dose of Love & Intelligence.
This has always been one of my favorite Erykah Badu songs, and hearing takes me back to a beautiful time in my life. More importantly, for those with awareness of the teachings of The Nation of Gods & Earths/Five Percenters, this song has a Much Deeper Meaning.
And yes, she is One of Us. P.E.A.C.E.
"I'm an Orange Moon
I'm brighter than before
Brighter than ever before
I'm an Orange Moon and I shine so bright
Cause I reflect the light of my sun
I praise the day, he turned my way
And smiled at me
He gets to smile and I get to be orange, that I love to be
How good it is, how good it is..."
MARC ANTHONY - "QUE LIO" EL CANTANTE
A beautiful song about Love & Life. Straight from the 2006 movie "El Cantante." Both the movie & song are tributes to the Legendary Hector Lavoe, who is credited as the Father of Salsa Music. Enjoy!
"The inner city cultures of LA,, Chicago, Detroit and New York, among others have all been represented in books, TV, music, and film. The African American experience of “Chocolate” city, Washington, D.C. is the most unique of them all because of it’s language, indigenous cultural music, fashion and close proximity to the White house."
Published via 11th Street Books, Calvin "DC DRAMA" Ruffin II & Ruffin 2 Productions bring us A tribute to the lives lost during the "Invisible Holocaust" that was the Heroine Epidemic of the sixties & seventies-and the Crack Epidemic that began in the eighties.
This book “The Maryland Boys” is a fiction novel based upon real lives lived. "May the African American culture of the DMV (DC, Maryland & Virginia) finally be understood and respected properly." Peep the Short & Long Form Promo videos below-then BUY IT at the Amazon.Com link here.
BOBBY WOMACK - "THAT'S THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT CHA'" & "CLOSE TO YOU"
Life Lessons from The Legendary Bobby Womack. Rest In Peace & Power!
JODECI - "CRY FOR YOU"
In an age where most of today's songs are just about Kinky Sex & Ugly Break-Ups, it refreshing to go back to a time where it was just about LOVE. I Love You, I Need You, Let's Work Though This, Etc. A lot of Love-Making went down with this song in the background; and I would imagine more than a few guys used this song to make his Lady smile after he f__ked up. We need more of this today. And for me personally, songs like this carry so much more meaning inside. She knows...
HOWARD HEWETT-SHOW ME
Starting with his days as Lead Singer for Shalamar, and on to what appears to have been a stable & successful career as a solo artist, Howard Hewett personifies everything that was the late eighties/early nineties soul music scene. During that era the music was much more sensual than before; but it still cared about romance. Singers like this told her how beautiful she looked, took her out-or kept her in for candle light dinner, maybe a shower or massage, THEN it was time to make love. Ahhhh, thise were the days.