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Monday Mutterings VIII

Life Is Beyond The Horizon

This is my 100th post!

Today's topic is "the meaning of life."

From Daily Dirt via Rebel's Rants::

What's your definition of . . .

1. Life?
2. Happiness?
3. Love?
4. Money?
5. Friendship?

1. Life is a bitch . . . then you die.
2. When everything goes your way and you got money in the bank.
3. "Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." -- Corinthians, Chapter 13, verses 4-8
"Love, so many people use your name in vain . . ." -- Musiq, "Love"
4. The most important thing to have in this world to make you happy and live your life to the fullest.
5. Loyalty.

From Unconscious Mutterings::

  1. Lounge:: Chilling
  2. Photograph:: Picture
  3. Catacomb:: Grave
  4. Crucifix:: The Passion of the Christ
  5. Fired drill:: Falsed Alarm
  6. Tube:: Toothpaste
  7. Dropped:: The Bomb
  8. LTD:: Love, Togetherness, Devotion ("Love Ballad")
  9. Panther:: Mac OS X
  10. Formica:: ??


Two Hands

A couple using their two hands

The oh-so-clever Dr. Phil -- no, not that Dr. Phil -- at Enigmatic Musings of a Cynical Mind recently posted two pictures that explains how men and women use their hands differently. It also offers great insight on the differences between men and women. (Beside the obvious.)

Ch-ch-ch-check it out:

Women and men have two hands for two entirely different reasons . . .

Not even TV's Dr. Phil is this insightful.

Get smart. Get real. Get paid.


Savoy Gets Its Vibe Back!

SavoyDec2003 Magazine

Last year, I wrote about the dire state of black journalism after the abrupt dismantling of Vanguarde Media and its publications, particularly, Savoy and Honey magazines.

Recently, publishing company Black Book Media Corp. acquired Honey magazine at a court-appointed bankruptcy auction last month in New York. The company is not black-owned, but does have African-American shareholders.

And now it looks like Savoy magazine will live again, but under new management.

Jungle Media, a New York multi-media company, bought the African-American lifestyle magazine at a bankruptcy auction in May for $375,000. Then the company re-sold it to Hermene Hartman, a "fiery" publisher of a Chicago-based African-American weekly called N'Digo, for $600,000.

Hermene Hartman, Publisher of N'Digo magazine. She's a hottie!!"It's a great business opportunity," says Hartman, pictured left, about the acquistion (via Target Market News). "I think Savoy is an excellent magazine and it needs to stay alive. There's a carved-out market, there's a carved-out reader and it's the same reader that N'Digo addressed in Chicago. I see the same niche and I see the same opportunity."

I'm not familiar with N'Digo. But according to its website, the publication was founded by Hartman in December 1989 as a monthly lifestyle tabloid focusing on Chicago's African-American celebrities and newsmakers. It started out as a publication with a weekly circulation of 50,000 and now boasts a 7-day readership of 500,000. Hartman hopes to re-launch Savoy into the marketplace in 2005. She reportedly plans to talk to the former editors of Savoy for some words of wisdom and input. The magazine will be based in Chicago.

This is promising news. It's important that our black artistry will continue to grow with the resurrection of these urban lifestyle publications. The words, wisdoms and visions from the African-American Diaspora are desperately needed in the publishing world.

Good luck to all parties involved in this acquisition.


Monday Mutterings VII: It's Summertime!

Who wants cheese on their disc?

"Summer, summer, summer, time, summertime/ time to sit back and unwind . . . "
-- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Summertime"

Yes, it's the first day of summer. Too bad I can't sit back and unwind. I'm on the grind at my day gig. I rather chill on a beach in Hawaii.

Monday is "meme" day. The theme is summertime. So, "ch-ch-ch-check it out":

From Sunday Brunch:

1. Do you prefer the beach or a pool?

The pool. It's much more safer and less crowded than the beach. Plus, you can have pool parties and hold "tip drill" contests like my man Nelly. Sing along with me: "It must be your ass 'cause it ain't your face, I need a tip drill, a tip drill . . . " Ha! Ha! I'm only buggin'.

2. What kind of tan are you most likely to get during the summer . . . a beautiful, bronze, laying out in the sun for hours tan; a gradual, few minutes a day tan; a "farmer tan" from working outdoors; or do you just get as red as a lobster and peel the next day?

I'm naturally tan, baby. I'm golden brown. More importantly, all of you "brown-skin envy" white women need to stay out of the sun. Those sun rays will give you skin cancer.

3. Which summertime water activity are you more likely to enjoy the most . . . boating, jet skiing, waterskiing, swimming or floating down a lazy river on a tube?

First up, I can't swim. So it's none of the above. I might jump on a water ride at an amusement park.

(a) What are your favorite summertime activities?

1. Girl watching: Ladies love to dressed damn near bucket-nekkid in the summertime. Hallelujah!
2. Chilling with a significant other: I like to put on my hottest summer duds and hang out with a date at a club that has an outdoor deck.
3. Sitting on my stoop on a sunny afternoon with a Corona beer in my hand.
4. Hang out at an outdoor summer concert .
5. Go to the movies.

4. What is your favorite picnic food?

Barbecue turkey burgers!
And my mom's homemade potato salad is off the heezy fo sheezy!

5. Do you know how to cook on a barbeque grill?

Hell, yizz-yeah! Call me king Bar-B-Q. Fire up the barbie, beeyotch! I like to throw salmon and shrimp on the grill, also. I'm an equal-opportunity barbeque-r.

From Unconscious Mutterings:

  1. Abundance:: Fun and Sun
  2. Casino:: Atlantic City
  3. Shell:: Beach
  4. Overpriced:: Gas
  5. Cancellation:: Concerts
  6. Eternal:: Life
  7. Lyrics:: "Hot time, summer in the city . . . "
  8. Faith:: Spirituality
  9. Because:: I'm Rick James, bitch!
  10. Wimp:: George W. Bush


Summer Soul-stice

Summer Love: A couple holding hands

As you can see, I changed the colors on my blog. Since today is the first official day of summer, I felt it was time to bring the hotness and flip the colors to give Beats and Rants a summertime feel. Ya dig me?

I also updated the "Diarists" page, which is located on your right.
I wanted to big-up those authors in the blogosphere who are holding it down with their witty words and insightful commentaries. There are 63 active online diarists on my list. To all of them, I say, "welcome to Beats and Rants."

Major props goes to:

Mark at Hella HipHop
Joey Pickney at HipHop Commentary
Blog Herald: A great news website on what's happening in the blogosphere
Anitra at Sister Outsider
Bol at Bryon Crawford
Tim at Tuba City
Music journalist Sam Chennault
Gwen at Rawr de Verano
Royal Magazine
Nobody's Smiling
"Cash Money" Bernard at underground post
Columnist/journalist Steve Silver
HipHop Music's Journal
Stage actor Thaddaeus Edwards at Opera and Cookies
Detroit-area Journalist Kelley L. Carter
George at
Stone at Article Online

Please visit their weblogs and add them to your blog rolls, as well.
Spread the love.