|Photo: Jefferson Jackson Steele
Big Ups to Jaun Donovan (Mr. Dapper Van
..he he! TradeMark THAT
!!!! ) and Jamal Roberts of Dark Room Productions
for your recent string of high profile stories. I am really diggin the picture from the recent City Paper Article [4/26/06
I know the "grind" of progress o to well.....ALL
of your success has definitely been noted ova here. I hope any [of any kind
] "hard" or "squimish" feelings you*ve had about me in the past can be squashed. I'm an Aquarian woman....its prolly just an energy thing on a given day. I think under a different set of circumstances, we'd connect intellectually. I know that neither of you are dummies. I think you all are really making a name for yourselves not only in Baltimore, but globally. I peeped the bio and I surf the net....I see you name more and more
. Plus, this blog entry was particularly necessary because I already wanted to give you some *daps*
for that heat yall blessed M.O.L.
with for their OFFICIAL
I understand that your accomplishments are an integral part of the REAL MOVEMENT that is required for Baltimore to gain World Wide Recognition. Collective work and responsibility* has been my motto since day 1. I sulute you...there is NO WAY I can hate on that.
Baltimore, voice of the blue collar people must be heard!
For those that can appreciate a lil 5th L
UJIMA* (Collective Work & Responsibility)
On the third day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the principle of Ujima, Collective Work and Responsibility. On this day, we renew our efforts to build and maintain our community, while working with others to solve our problems.
In traditional Africa, and the Caribbean, and the South, when farmers work together to clear the land, and bring in each other*s crops, they demonstrate Ujima. When immigrants form small, tight-knit groups for circulating money called "partners" or "boxhand" or "susu" or "ekub," they exhibit Ujima too.
When friends are moving, and you and the others all pitch in to help them move - and at the end of the day, sit down together to a huge home-cooked meal - that is Ujima, Collective Work and Responsibility. When students in class work together on a project, or help each other with their assignments, the spirit of Ujima is also there.
And on the court, when, the ball freely flows from player to player, effortlessly, selflessly, until one clearly has an open shot, "Ujima!" is the sound of the ball snapping through the net. And when a band is jamming, whether in the basement, on the corner, or up on stage at the Apollo, you’ll always hear one instrument wailing a piercing, plaintive note, "Ujimmaaaa..." it seems to cry.
Collective Work and Responsibility! We are all individuals, and we must recognize our individuality. But we are also a people, a community, a whole, living thing that moves as one, to the extent that we allow, no will, it to be so! UJIMA!.
You handle yours....I am going to handle mine and at the end of the day....we all eat!!!!...we all shine!!!....we all progress!!! THAT, my FRIENDS is the definition of a MOVEMENT. Could get deeper, but perhaps another time! Baltimore Hip Hop is addictive!