Prophecies of the Present (a poem)

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Prophecies of the Present

The world having traversed a third of its heavenly course 

The Platonic year near complete

The gods, infernal and divine stand ready to unleash prophecies long forgotten

Of Dido and Pygmalion

Of Memnon and Andromeda

Amongst the stone & rubble Albion’s children will remember the ways of Eirene to late

Having dwelt in their hubris to long, they ran dancing to their own ruin

The lion, the leopard, the rooster joined by the compass

Look on disconcertedly as the bear, faux naïf cleverly pulls the strings of the arrogant eagle

Gog and Magog snigger as Riphath and Tarshish decedents are duped

The dragon ever wise watches, keeping the goshawk perilously tethered

Arimu in turmoil may cause the blue turban to rise from Ishmael’s seed

All the while from with in the bowels of the behemoth you hear the Kushite’s muffled cries for justice

Of Moors and Mongols (a poem)

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When the moon is in Mars & the sun is in Saturn,

Long after the towers of Gemini have fallen & the mood set for the mad trumpeter to play to his ruin.

After Bacon’s dream is pushed to the edge of nightmare and Kings dream has been rendered close to  peril,

400 seasons thus will the false heirs of Romulus & Remus be vexed, the zealots of Hakenkruez flag laying in tatters,

Venus then eclipsed, with aurum et ferro both Moor & Mongol shall meet at the Rhine.

About this poem:

For anyone who has ever read a translation of Michel de Nostredame bka Nostradamus’s prophecies the influence of his quatrains is evident. This is a poem I’ve had running around in my head for years. I didn’t receive this poems subject matter while in a prophetic trance as Nostradamus received his quatrains but I will say I feel it is a prophecy of sorts. The way prophecy plays out can be varied and in many cases is subject to the interpretation of those effected (or not effected) by prophecy. I’m interested in seeing what readers think this “poetic prophecy” is alluding to.

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The Wolf or the Fox, Shatan or Lucifer, The Adversary or the Liar

prag·mat·ic

praɡˈmadik/

adjective

adjective: pragmatic

  1. dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

“a pragmatic approach to politics”

 

“a pragmatic approach to politics”

synonyms: practical, matter-of-fact, sensibledown-to-earth, commonsensical, businesslike, having both/one’s feet on the ground, hardheadedno-nonsense;

informalhard-nosed

“she remains pragmatic in the most emotional circumstances”

    • relating to philosophical or political pragmatism.
    • antonyms: impractical

I always tell people I’m a pragmatic voter and I’ve been moved to write this blog after seeing and hearing so many varied political views and opinions on the 2016 election. I perhaps may have written this to late, it being the eve of one of the biggest elections in the U.S. history but nevertheless I’m writing this to briefly explain my political philosophy.  I tell people if you’ve ever voted for any political candidate in any election you’ve voted for a lesser of two evils. This is even more so a fact if you are African-American. For us  it has always been a choice between the “Wolf or the Fox.” This terminology was 1st brought into popular usage by Black activist Malcolm X. African-Americans coined the term “the wolf and the fox” in allusion to the nature of northern Whites towards Blacks in comparison to southern Whites. Northern Whites were regarded as “foxes” because they are thought to be more subtle about the racism or implicit bias they may posses whereas southern Whites in general have more open and  aggressive racist attitudes. Saying this it’s obvious there are both wolves and foxes in the north and south but this is the general view taken by conscious Blacks. Malcolm X was alluding to liberal Whites as foxes and today the term “wolf and fox” is applied to conservatives and liberals respectively.

Malcolm X –https://youtu.be/FU5ogqvDl9Y

Malcolm argued the liberal is the fox and unlike the wolf you can’t see the fox coming. This can be true but I will argue that the wolf is ravenous and will utterly devour you whereas long as you are aware you are dealing with a fox and treat he or she accordingly you have enough time to strategize a plan for victory when dealing with the fox. This is where education and consciousness is key. We must be educated and socially conscious to function successfully in this American system because every day we deal with wolves and foxes on varying levels.  (I will build on this more in-depth in the future).

My political philosophy is to engage the fox with full awareness of the fox’s nature in order to avoid direct aggressive oppression from the wolf. The fact is we have no other choice other than disengaging from the political process all together. I believe we have voting power but we have yet to fully muster its total strength. Evidence of this political power is the fact conservative Republicans have attacked voter rights throughout the U.S.

http://libertytreefoundation.org/news/naacp-states-systematically-taking-away-voting-rights-blacks-and-latinos 

These “wolves” would not be making it difficult for minorities to vote if people of color had no voting power. As for the presidential candidates this election and  my views on their candidacy I will briefly break them down accordingly and explain why I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton

1st we will deal with the “Wolf”. The indomitable Donald Trump is a car wreck that has taken place already but is threatening to cause a major severe 50 state car pileup. The very fact such a blatantly racist demagogue could possibly become our chief of state should scare all decent Americans (and I’m writing this a day before the election so orange Hitler might be our head honcho by the time your reading this) I won’t go through all of his questionable deeds done and the asinine words spoken but it been well documented herr Drumpf is clearly unfit to be commander-in-chief. 

http://www.wsj.com/video/clinton-trump-unfit-to-be-commander-in-chief/3D34320E-AC22-43B6-9E3C-521080B4D8F4.html
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sdut-donald-trump-commander-in-chief-2016sep08-story.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bob-gates-donald-trump-unfit-to-be-commander-in-chief-election-2016/

Also what Trump represents is the empowerment of the most ugly aspects of American culture. His candidacy has shed light on all the ugly unsaid sentiments of far to many members of this society. If he were to win it would validate all the bigotry this country has attempted to rid itself of for the past 50 yrs. Trump has so many parallels to Hitler its frightening that this phenomenon is occurring in the so-called land of the free. All of the systemic racist policies pushed by the Clinton’s will pale in comparison to what this egomaniacal blow hard will implement. Trump is supported and endorsed by the alternative right/White Supremacist for a reason. He is preaching their gospel. We cannot allow this into the oval office.  Remember this is a man who took out a full-page ad in the New York times calling for the execution of 5 innocent Black youth wrongly accused of rape. Trump has yet to apologise for the part he played in their wrongful conviction. Imagine this man with the power to implement policy? Clinton’s crime bill will look like voters rights act in comparison.

Now as for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I wont attempt to defend the racist inferences she’s made nor the deadly policies her husband put into place that set so many of my brothers and sisters in prison. 

http://www.factcheck.org/2016/04/bill-clinton-and-the-1994-crime-bill/

Again I understand she is the fox. Again this whole system has been set against us from day one. In fact her husband Bill Clinton put those policies into place under the advice from a conservative Republican and yes he did it for political gain after his sex scandal with Paula Jones jeopardized his political strength and any future re-election.

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/04/the-untold-story-of-bill-clintons-other-crime-bill/
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/politics/bill-clinton-crime-prisons-hillary-clinton/

 The thing is that in regards to the issues that effect Afro-Americans one can work with Hillary far more so than Trump. Hillary meet with Back Lives Matter but this is something Trump as yet to do and I doubt he ever will. In the presidential debates when asked about racial relations between Blacks and police Trump’s first words were “Law and Order”.

https://youtu.be/84jlmA__SdU

This infers he doesn’t see the epidemic murders of Afro-Americans by police through out this country as a problem. In fact it infers he would like to see more of the same. he would like to see the hands of the beast squeeze upon our necks until we shut up and stop crying for justice. He is advocating for more Gestapo police tactics such as “stop and frisk”.  How is this supposed to “heal” race relations  between Blacks and the occupational force in our neighborhoods we call the police? This is the ravenous wolf and there is no bargaining no parlaying with such a creature.

As for the two other candidates I call the “Rabbit and the Dodo” Jill Stein and Gary Johnson respectively they stand no mathematical chance to win this election and in fact any Black vote going to them benefits Trump and again the wolf cannot be allowed into the White House. Pragmatic voters do not waste their vote on a fruitless protest. screen-shot-2016-06-18-at-7-47-42-am

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/02/wrong-eleciton-to-vote-third-party-gary-johnson-jill-stein

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/jill-stein-2016-hillary-clinton-republicans-214146

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton_vs_johnson_vs_stein-5952.html

 

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In fact I can’t even find Jill Stein on any major polls.

The thing is I must admit If you have the  good sense not to vote for the “wolf” Trump but can’t bring your self to vote for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I’d say cast your vote for the “rabbit” Jill Stein. I most definitely respect those who for religious or philosophical reasons choose to vote for her (but I hope I sway you to my view of politics) As for the  “Dodo” Gary Johnson has no clue as to deal with the racial issues in America today

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/gary-johnson-libertarian-racial-discrimination-226652 

In fact some of his policies are conservative leaning and conservatism is the philosophy of the wolf. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-gary-johnson-economic-conservative-zorn-perspec-0930-md-20160929-column.html

Also Gary is not the brightest bulb on the tree.

http://thedailybanter.com/2016/10/youre-voting-for-a-great-big-idiot/

The fact is that we must not only vote but we must hold our elected officials accountable and we must begin to lobby in Washington DC to flex our full political might. Other groups vote and finance politicians whereas at this point we only vote. Nevertheless this is our chief political power and by all means we must use it.

So by all means vote but I hope you do so “pragmatically”.

Make your vote count.

The Exodus Cipher: A Brief Look at the Afro-American experience through a Biblical lens

 

Book Of Nahum

Chp 3 v 9 to 11

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Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

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Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

11

Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

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Early Assyrian depiction of Hebrew slaves in Babylon

The 1st time I read this scripture I immediately was reminded of the enslavement of Africa’s peoples & how her great kingdoms where laid low. There are some Blacks who beleive we literaly are the true Hebrew peoples. I do not necessarily subscribe to this belief in the literal sence but I do beleive African Americans are the true children of Isreal on a spiritual and symbolic level. Perhaps both of these might be true because there are genetic links between many Jews and Black Africans.

As recent DNA studies point out…..

“A diverse array of Jewish populations can date their Sub-Saharan African ancestry back roughly 72 generations,”

“The older-mixture dates among African and Jewish populations are consistent with events in biblical times, such as the Jewish diaspora that occurred in 8th to 6th century BC.”

(see-  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110524153536.htm   )

“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.” 

-Exodus Chp9 v12

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I see the exposing of & current increase of police murder & White racist anger as God hardning this nation “Pharoahs” heart against Afro Americans & forcing Black people into an extreme action mode.

African Americans are in action mode and look to go into overdrive in the fight against oppression.

Afro-Americans have suffered opression beyond Biblical levels. I say beyond because the Hebrews were enslaved but Egypt & Babylon never stripped the Hebrew people of their language & history nor whipped them saying “your name is Amon Ptah not Yossef”

Besides this our stories parallel on such a level it amazes me at times. When my mother 1st read the bible to me she also would read to me about Black heroes like Harriet Tubman & I easily felt that the bible was speaking about my peoples plight. Harriet following the north star to freedom was like the three wise men following the eastern star to Christ. I interpret the bible this way often & Ive been thinking about Exodus quite a bit lately. When your in a country that has systemically oppressed you & continues to kill your people with impunity you tend to have taughts like 

“I wonder how cold winters are in Canada?” 

Or 

” how hot does it really get in Africa?”

Many of our modern day prophets have advocated our leaving out of America & repatriating to Africa.

Ive always believed in a mental &  “cultural” repatriation to Africa meaning we must relearn our history & roots of all things African & throughout our diaspora & fix our dysfunctional culture. Peraphs we may need to do both but just as the old generation poisened by the slavery in Egypt died off during those 40 years in the wilderness so I believe relearning our culture & history is a necessary 1st step to rid our selves of self destructive behavior & uncle tomism before returning to our mother land.

I’d also like to also point out that the Hebrew people didn’t just up & leave Egypt broke. They grabbed gold,food and anything else they needed before leaving

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“The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.”

“The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!”

Exodus Chp 12 v35 to 36

You could call this a form of Reparations the Egyptians paid the Hebrews for the centuries of enslavement they endured. African Americans are asking for nothing more from America yet so called White Christians and many White Jews scoff at the idea of recompense for Blacks that have endured the most volitile form of servitude and oppression ever implemented.

So scripture tells us what we need to do before & towards our Exodus,be it mental,physical or both. Relearn who we are,become that & stack the money we will need to rise to our rightful position in the world & the current treatment we’ve received from this system is pushing us towards this just as Pharoahs armies pushed Moses to split and cross the Red Sea towards the promise land

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Colin Kaepernick: The National Anthem,Afro American Athletes and Activism

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OK I’m gonna weigh in on Kap’s passive aggressive protest against the systemic oppression this country has at best ignored & at its worst consistently perpetrated.

I remember back in the 90’s being at my cousins basketball game in rural Kentucky & the pledge of allegiance started up. I’d recently came into knowledge of self & my Black consciousness so I found my self having a crisis of conscience. Do I hold fast to my principles & beliefs & refuse to stand or sing the anthem of a country responsible for flooding my community with narcotics & guns? Or do I give in to the peer pressure I feel from a family full of vets & an uberly patriotic conservative community?

Well I didn’t stand & I’m thinking I’m about to get stink eye from the whole gymnasium. (Or worse from all them country White folk) Well no body paid attention to my small passive aggressive protest. I now laugh about how caught up I was in “not giving in to the man“ & caring about what those people thought about me.

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Saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” is seen as almost a religious obligation by much of main stream America

It just wasn’t that serious …at least that’s the way it seemed back then. The fact #Gabby‘s perceived slight & #Colin‘s purposeful protest have been responded to by some so violently points to the increased racial tensions in America. In fact White athletes doing the same or similar actions seem to go unnoticed by the same angry patriots that attacked Gabby.

Three Olympic national anthems, no hands over hearts — but only Gabby Douglas draws outrage

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Gabby Douglas was harassed and even threatened on social media after she was perceived as being unpatriotic for not placing her hand over her heart during the nation Anthem

This is one reason I respect #Kaepernick all the more. Its not easy doing or not doing something millions of people will literally hate you for. He’s using his status to bring more attention to an issue that should be tackled by our government. America’s inaction is complicity.

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Athletes that are brave enough to take a solid stance on serious issues can find themselves ostracized

Like so many other issues in Black America your finding some of our own people jumping up to condemn Kap. This just points to how confused some of us are on the issue of systemic police violence & our governments role in it. Many of us dont understand the connection (and or are in full blown uncle Tom mode) so you hear certain rappers saying #alllivesmatter & others saying we should ignore police murdering Blacks because of inner city gang violence. This is like saying we should ignore the fact Sugar corporations caused the diabetes epidemic simply because Americans have a problem with eating to much.

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You had so called “non oppressed Blacks” like Allen B. West taking it upon themselves to chastise Colin Kaepernick for expressing his right to free speech

Also Black folk have just wanted to belong in this country for so long I think in an attempt to “fit in“ with mainstream America some of us attack those of us who speak truth to power. Colin has risked finances & his career by making this statement. Not an easy thing to do & far from cowardly. More of today’s sports stars need to take a stand against racism in all its forms.

 

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Tommy Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics was one of the most iconic moments in sports history

 

Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor, Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten

Former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown presides over a meeting of top African-American athletes who supported boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam on June 4, 1967. Pictured: (front row) Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor; (back row) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten. (AP Photo/Tony Tomsic)

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The Los Angeles Lakers made a “team” protest by wearing “I Cant Breathe” t-shirts after the murder of Eric Garner by NYPD

Yeah Colin pissed a lot of people off but instead of being mad at his protest be mad at the reason the protest was necessary -#Cipher

4th of July-my perspective as an Afro-American(or fuck that I aint popping no fire crackers for the cracker)

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Once again its the 4th of July and millions of Americans, Black, White and everything else in between will be firing up grills roasting chicken, cow and pig meat. I have fond memories of celebrating past 4th of the July’s. I even fondly remember the times when I had to walk through the hood in my Cub Scout uniform and cats would throw fire crackers towards me as I made my way through the Virgos set and Fulton street areas to my Den meeting. (Yeah that’s life living in the ghetto. In order to get to a positive character building activity I had to walk through three blocks of gangsters and drug dealers-but that’s another story.)

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I am proud to be an American. Even prouder to be an “AFRICAN” – American (*coff *coff #RayvenSimone) So like many conscious Afro-Americans I am conflicted about celebrating a holiday of a country that has actively enslaved then socio-economically oppressed my people for the past 250 plus yrs of its existence. Yes I’m fully aware of the righteous Whites who have attempted to help right the wrongs and correct the mistakes made during this countries history and this tempers my anger. I sincerely appreciate the fact that we have Anglo-Americans who at the very least try to practice tolerance and understand the sorrow and anger felt by Black America. Despite this we still have systemic racism in this country and it continues to hamstring Black people to the point we self perpetuate our own destruction.

Over the years I’ve used the fact my grand father fought Nazis in World War II, my father served in the U.S Navy, my brother in the U.S Army and my cousin fought in the 1st Iraqi war as reasons to celebrate the 4th of July but now more and more these feel like excuses to me.  In these days and times I find my self even more conflicted by the 4th of July because the current state of popular American bigotry throws the past disrespects back in our face. Every time a court rules in favor of a cop that blatantly murdered an unarmed human it grows harder for me to pledge and salute that flag. When I see rabidly angry White people yelling ” Go back to Africa!! ” as if  they’ve forgotten  not only did they bring us here unwillingly but seem oblivious to the fact they themselves are immigrants, it grows harder to enjoy this holiday called the 4th of July. When I see a blatantly proactive racist so popular he could possibly become our next president it grows harder for me to think of this country as a place I can feel secure in and call home. I mean who would so eagerly take pride in a country that does these things to its people?

The consistent oppression and mistreatment of Blacks at the hands of White America has fueled this hatred and resentment.

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Anger over spilling

This pic brings back a memory of one of my  performances when the Rap group Project X and I.J.P (International Jah Posses) burned an American flag on stage -ahh my younger more radical days)

 

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The Under Educated, Politically Manipulated,Angry White Man- Trump’s bread and butter

 

I don’t suffer from any form of #Stockholm’s syndrome so I cant implement the “#Uncle Tom” mentality as a defense mechanism (*coff *coff #BenCarson, *coff  #Whoopi *gag #StaceyDash ) so I soberly deal with the painful reality of this countries racist culture and system. It is as if I’m in a dysfunctional toxic relation ship were I’m forced to live and stay with a partner that periodically insults and beats me. Like most victims of domestic abuse I find myself in a love hate relationship with this partner. I’m of course using domestic abuse as a metaphor and like most people trapped in an abusive relationship simply leaving or “Going back to Africa” is not a financial or physical possibility and in our case apparently there is no police man to call for help. So until our “#Moses” comes we must soldier on and do our best to make America a better place for all people to live in(because as we know other ethnic and culture groups have greatly benefited from the rights Blacks have fought & fight for). Today I’m forced to look at the 4th of July the same way I do  Christmas. Even though I’m not a traditional Christian thus know Jesus was not born on December 25th I celebrate the winters solstice as a holiday for family and friends to get together and enjoy each others company. Its some what the same for the 4th of July at this point for me. So today I’m going out to hunt down some barbeque like millions of other Americans and sit and reflect on the state of American culture and politics this 4th of July.

APTOPIX Charleston Shooting

People join hands against the backdrop of an American flag as thousands of marchers meet in the middle of Charleston’s main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

PRINCE- a short reflection on my 1st introduction to his music

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Its the Purple Ones birthday today & rightfully so the internet is a buzz. Since Alexander Nevermind’s death ive intended to write a blog on my eclectic idol. Im a socially conscious person so my 1st inclination is to write about Prince’s social stance & how he has influenced America’s cultural zietgiest. Instead of delving into such heady water i’ll write about how after seeing my friend Thembisa’s Face Book post on Prince’s choreography I was brought back to memories of my 1st hearing Prince’s music. Ive never been a great dancer but was particularly horrible when I was a nerdy bespectacled tween. I remember my step sister Jamilah threw a party & me being uberly shy tried to melt into the couch rather than asking one of her friends to dance with. I remember her friends coming over to me and   asking was I having fun and why wasn’t I dancing? I gave a stereotypical nerdy reply and remembered thinking Jamila must have bribed them to ask me. After that day I decided I’d teach my self to dance. When I didn’t think anyone was around I’d go into my step mothers parlor room close the doors & practice dancing to Prince and the other artist my older step sister Bridgette had in her record collection or on the radio. One day I remember my oldest step sister Bridgette came in while Uptown was on the radio & was like “Thats Prince!  I have that lp!!” She ran to her room & brought back Prince’s DirtyMind lp

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I was like “wtf? …naaawww man that aint the same guy singing”
Me and step sis’s bonding moment turned into the typical male/female sibling argument in which she ended by saying “you just was dancing your butt off to his music so stop trippin”(the word hater didnt exist at that time but if it did she’d a called me one) I laugh my ass off now but at that time I wasn’t  say “tolerant” enough to accept the fact the singer of one of my favorite songs liked rocking velvet panties on his album covers (well maybe they just were sexy dun da duns….but uhhh…anyway) My step sis did encouraged me to keep practicing my moves but I didnt really start having decent dance rhythm until I started DJ’n….but thats another story
#Prince #ChildhoodMemories of his #music

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