Thursday, June 30, 2011

SophistiKat "Jam of the Week"


Drake is BACK!! 
We along with the rest of his faithful fans have been waiting.
His new album coming soon is to be title "Take Care". 
Twitter, Facebook, and just about every other media outlet has been buzzing for the last few weeks about this song right here. ."Marvin's Room". 
The video was released via YouTube Tuesday. 
We LOVE it!!

Another SophistiKat "Jam of the Week"


Jennifer Hudson is putting out the hits from her latest album "Remember Me".
Blazin the charts right now is "No One Gonna Love You" produced by Rich Harrison.
She is #SpeakingTruth in this song and looking FABulous in the video!!
You better WERK JHud!!

Act Like A Lady. .Flirt Like A Man

So with all the hype around Steve Harvey's Best Sellers "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man" and  "Straight Talk, No Chaser" Sistahs out here are trying to GET RIGHT!!
 Not only for our future boyfriends/husbands but most importantly for ourselves. 

This article addresses flirting. 
Now most of us do not like to admit that we are avid flirters but HEY there is no harm, nor foul in doing so. 
It's just the manner that you should do it in. Sophisticated and "Lady Like"!!
Check this Out. . . 



By Charli Penn for Essence.com

Here’s the situation: He just caught your eye and you like what you see. You really like what you see. As you watch him do his thing you become more and more intrigued. There’s something about this man that makes you want to walk on over and say hello. But you don’t. You want to, but you feel like it would be the wrong call to make. Why? Single woman are so often encouraged to “take it slow” and “see what happens” when it comes to dating or meeting men. Conventional wisdom tells us that being too forward or too available sends the wrong message to a man. Does it? 

I believe that the same confidence we love to see in a man is what also turns him on about a woman. The summer is here and as the weather gets hotter and hotter, so will the eye candy you see in your travels. Should you sit back and watch the man you’d like to share an encounter with walk on by because it’s his job to come to you? I don’t think so, ladies. 

You can approach a man without coming off as easy or desperate. If you want to get to know him, go do so. He may not be all you imagined when he opens his mouth, but don’t you owe it to yourself to at least try? I have so many single girlfriends who talk about men they almost met once. It saddens me to think that there may or may not have been a love connection there, but they’ll never know because of fear. If making the first move isn’t normally your speed, that’s one thing. But if you are outspoken and flirtatious by nature, why are you holding back? Because society makes you feel bad about wanting what you want? Don’t let it. 

You can get to know a new man on your terms and still be a class act. Being the initiator of the conversation doesn’t mean you give up any power over how things will go should you two start to date. That’s a myth ladies; you can still set the pace. 

It’s what you say when you approach him that could make you look bad not the fact that you came over at all. Introducing yourself and saying you’d like to get to know him better, or asking if he’d like to hang out later is perfectly fine. Telling him you want him so bad and you’ve been known to be a bit freaky at times probably isn’t the best approach. See the difference here? If a man sees a woman he really wants a chance to get to know, he will make his move. We must channel that notion, as women who believe in taking control of our own destinies. Don’t walk away with a story about what you would have done. Instead, walk away telling your girls how you did it.


First Friday's for A Cure!!



"First Friday" Atlanta is starting the Fourth of July weekend off right!! 
Not just partying. .But partying for a cause. 
This edition will be a 3 part event. A Celebration for all of whom fall under the Zodiac Sign of "Cancer". .A Birthday Celebration for Luther McElroy of Prophecy Events. .as well as a fundraiser for Cancer research. 

It will feature:
*Open Bar from 9-11
*4 DJ's (DJ J-1, DJ PNut, DJ K-Leel, and DJBrukup)

Mostly ALL young African Americans have been directly or indirectly affected by Cancer and know how much fundraising and fighting for a cure means.

If you are in the Atlanta area on Friday PLEASE SUPPORT this event!!
For more information visit http://firstfridayatlanta.eventbrite.com

Today In Black History

1847*

Dred Scott, a slave, filed suit in the St. Louis Circuit Court claiming that his temporary residence in a free territory should have made him a free man. Scott would lose the case.


1881*

Henry Highland Garnet, former abolitionist leader and Presbyterian minister, named minister to Liberia. He died in Monrovia shortly after his arrival.


1906*

John Hope became the first Black president of Morehouse College.


1917*

Jazz singer Lena Horne born in Brooklyn, NY.


1926*

James Weldon Johnson was honored for his careers as an executive of the NAACP, a member of the United States Consul, editor, and poet by the NAACP in New York City.


1951*

NAACP began frontal attack on segregation and discrimination at elementary and high school levels, arguing that segregation was discrimination in cases before three-judged federal courts in South Carolina and Kansas. The South Carolina court, with a strong dissent from Judge E. Waites Warning, held that segregation was not discrimination, June 23. Kansas Court ruled that the separate facilities at issue were equal but said that segregation had an adverse effect on Black children.


1967 *

Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. named first Black astronaut. He was killed during a training flight on December 8, 1967.


1974*

A Black man shot and killed Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr. and deacon Edward Boykin during church services at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta. The assailant, Marcus Chennault of Dayton, Ohio, was later convicted and sentenced to death.


1995*

Phyllis Hyman dies on this day. 
Known for albums Phyllis Hyman (1977) Somewhere in my lifetime (1978) You Know How To Love Me (1979) Can't We Fall In Love Again Goddess Of Love Living All Alone Prime Of My Life (1991) I Refuse To Be Lonely (1995)

Should Blacks Celebrate the fourth of July?


There has been much debate around certain "American" holidays over the years. 
Based on historical references and events. .should certain ethnicity's "Celebrate" or "Not Celebrate". One of our favorite sites "A Good Black Man" addressed the "Fourth of July" debate from the perspective of a black man. 
There is a lot of insight in this article yet at the END of the day everyone will have their own opinion.

Check it out. .


Man Talk: Should Blacks celebrate the fourth of July?

I've debated for many years about whether I should or shouldn't publish my views on the fourth of July. Some misguided souls will misinterpret these thoughts as being unpatriotic. But they are not. It's only through time and the free exchange of ideas that understanding can properly manifest itself between different peoples and cultures. And now with the 21st century nearing I have a strong desire to get this so-called "holiday celebration" off of my chest.

Before I go into my denunciations of the fourth of July, allow be to go back in time to July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed and sent to England. It would be stupid of me if I talked about the fourth of July without quoting liberally from it texts.

Reading the texts of these great men is the only way to understanding them. The signers of the Declaration declared that "All men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpation's all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. He has made judges dependent on his will alone. For imposing taxes on us without our consent. Depriving us of the benefits of trial by jury.

We, therefore declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and Independent states. That they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown." In a nut shell that was what the declaration of Independence was all about in their words. But other scholars assert that the war of the American Revolution (along with the Civil War) really began in rivalry over the African slave-trade.

The Americans did not rebel principally because of taxes, but from the arrogance and conceit bred into them from slavery of the Blacks. Many people do not know in the original draft there was a paragraph that Thomas Jefferson intended to include in the list of grievances against the king. The deleted paragraph read:

"He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the person of a distant people (African people), who never offended him; captivating and caring them into slavery in another hemisphere to incur miserable death in their transportation."

This paragraph was omitted in the final document because they thought that the words would contaminate the glorious fabric of American liberty and government and those same words would of been not only an indictment against King George but also the "founding Fathers" themselves too. I know that these argument will bring about much controversy, but now let us continue and go back in time again six years earlier to an event in 1770 that led up to the amazing document written in 1776.

It's ironic to me that it was the action of the fugitive slave, Crispus Attucks that was the spark that ignited the Revolutionary war. The people of Boston were under economic and police oppression by King George III of England. There were soldiers everywhere. The economic torture started with a Sugar Act tax. Then came the Currency Act, forbidding them from printing their own paper money. Next, the Mutiny act, requiring them to provide for British troops stationed among them.

Then came the last straw with the Stamp act, requiring all subjects to purchase stamps for all legal documents like almanacs, pamphlets, deck of cards, newspapers, etc. Tension was boiling up and just waiting for something to explode. Then an incident broke out March 5, 1770 called the Boston Massacre where Crispus Attucks and others lost their lives-protesting police brutality.

Because Attucks was the first to die he is given credit for the spark that led to white people to fight and win their freedom from England. Court records affirm that Attucks inflamed the mob with chants and threw sticks at the police. For his disorderly conduct Attucks received two fatal shots to his chest, making himself a martyr.

John Adams a lawyer for the British troops at the time and later to become the second president of the United States made two contradictory statements concerning Crispus Attucks. The first statement Adams said:

"Not the battle of Lexington, or Bunker Hill nor the surrender of Cornwallis were more important events in American history than the battle of King street, March 5,1770."

The second statement John Adams made was both praise and slander to Attucks.

"To whose mad behavior (Attucks), in all probably the dreadful carnage of that night is chiefly to be ascribed."

In 1776 General George Washington exhorted his troops to "Remember its the fifth of March avenge your comrades". I find it strange that Washington would cheer black man's efforts of Attucks and at the same time request in November of 1775 that Black people shouldn't not fight in the war because he felt that the idea of recruiting Black soldiers raised the fear of Slave revolts.


After hearing this thousands of slaves were now fighting for the King of England.

This proclamation raised the specter of a wholesale flight of slaves to the British, and caused Slave-Masters considerable fear of slave mutinies and massacres. In response to the British freeing the Blacks who would fight for then Washington reversed his decision and wrote, Colonel Henry Lee, December 20,1775 saying: "Success will depend on which side can arm the Negroes faster."

When I was in school I was never taught the facts just mentioned. I'm proud that Black people fought in the war that helped win America's independence but I feel real upset that Black people didn't get their independence. I knew that black people were in the war but I never knew we were at the forefront of this historic event. The schools gave me the impression we were just there when it happened and not telling us that we were key players. Do I smell a conspiracy?

After soaking up all of this information on my own research I can't accept that freedom and equality was what the Revolution, the declaration of independence were really all about must conclude that out of all of our Federal holidays, besides labor day, this is the worst one to celebrate for African-Americans.

How can I in my right, sane brain take part in a holiday that my ancestors did not benefit from? July 4,1776 was a day that white America declared it was free & independent from Great Britain. The war lasted from 1775 until 1783 when the final peace treaty was signed in Paris. Now, the Black man in America didn't get his freedom until 1865. Even though we helped fight in the Revolutionary war we as a people were nothing but the property and servants of others.

I can't imagine a slave jumping up and down and screaming with joy with his slave master celebrating the victory over England. If there were any celebrating they would have been rightfully labeled "house niggas". And the "field niggas" would of been those who fought on the British side. I've read many slave interviews and autobiography books and I have yet to come across a statement saying slaves celebrated the fourth of July.

Just because we were set free in 1865 doesn't mean we should retroactively swipe incidents in the past clean. I can only celebrate positive events from 1865 onward. But I also could appreciate positive events prior to 1865 that had a good impact on the Black community. The U.S being free from England meant nothing for the slaves because the Revolutionary veterans didn't prohibit the buying and selling of slaves in their newly written constitution.

If my words haven't persuaded you to the points of my analysis I've been trying to make perhaps a former slave may convince you of what I'm talking about. On July 5, 1852 fugitive slave Frederick Douglas gave a speech entitled "What to the slave is the fourth of July? Here are some brief excerpts of his speech:

"This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice must mourn. What to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelly to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast,fraud,deception,impiety,and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour"

Do I dare or need to add any more?

Friday, June 10, 2011

SophistiKat "Old School" Jam of the Week


This song really takes you back to the early 90's boy/girl groups that rose to stardom with their smooth ballads and 90's trend filled videos.

Our "Old School" Jam of the Week is Subway feat. 702 "This Little Game We Play"

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Today In Black History


1929*

R&B singer Johnny Ace was born John Marshall Alexander, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. His major hits include "My Song" and "Pledging My Love.


1948*

Oliver W. Hill elected to Richmond, Va., City Council.


1989*

Congressman John Conyers D-Michigan announced a call for a reparations study.

SophistiKat "Dessert of the Month"

So it's OFFICIALLY Summer!! 
What more do SophistiKat's love to do. .
Than relax, have a nice cocktail, and of course a yummy light dessert at the end of a long summers day. 
Here is a refreshing, yet healthy treat. A delicious southern fruit mixture, featuring peaches and sliced bananas. .

The Peach Ambrosia



Ingredients:

2 cups fresh ripe but firm peach slices
1 medium banana, sliced
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, optional
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut


Preparation:

Combine peaches, banana, grapes, lemon juice, and sugar. 
Chill for about 1 hour. 
Add coconut just before serving. 
Spoon into dessert dishes.
Serves 4

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SophistiKat's "Drink Of The Month"

"Orange Splash"


This drink is sweet, tangy, and very refreshing. The "Orange Splash" is a summer cocktail suitable for your weekend pool parties, cookouts, and soirees.

Ingredients:
  • 2 ounces of Absolut Citron vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 splash fresh lime juice
  • 1 splash orange juice
  • Sugar, for garnish
  • Orange slice, for garnish

Rim your glass with sugar, serve on the rocks, and garnish with orange slice

ENJOY!

K.R.I.T. is HERE!!


So one of our FAVorite "underground" Rapper's is officially out for the world to see. The World Premiere of "Country SH**" featuring none other than Bun B and Ludacris aired on BET's 106&Park last night!!

In case you DON'T know Big K.R.I.T. is Rap Phenom straight of Meridian, MS.
Recently he released "Return of 4Eva" the follow up to his May 2010 mix tape 
"K.R.I.T. wuz Here".

To Download his latest or for information visit http://returnof4eva.com/

How to Live Your Life "First Lady Style"




Many women look up to the First Lady because she seems to have it all. 
She’s smart, she’s family-oriented, she’s fashionable, and she takes care of her body. 
While there’s no magic formula or blueprint to get what you want out of life, we could all learn a little something from Michelle Obama’s example. 
Here are some inspiring tips that Mrs. O has passed along throughout the years

1. Surround Yourself with Good People

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down and trust your instincts. Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They are not painful.”

2. How to Find "Mr. Right"

“There are a lot of women who have the boxes: Did he go to the right school? What is his income, you know?” She said she wasn’t concerned with any of those things when she met Barack Obama. “It was how he felt about his mother. The love he felt for his mother. His relationship to women. His work ethic, he did his work and he was good. And he was smart. And I liked that. And he was low-key and he wasn’t impressed with himself. And he was funny. And we joked a lot. And he loved his little sister.”

3. Stay Fit and Healthy

“Exercise is really important to me—it’s therapeutic. So if I’m ever feeling tense or stressed or like I’m about to have a meltdown, I’ll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.”

4. Remember to Give Back

In May, Mrs. Obama gave the commencement address at Spelman College and encouraged graduates to serve their communities. “Find those folks who have so much potential, but so little opportunity, and do for them what Spelman has done for you. Maybe it’s a group of kids in your community.  Maybe it’s a struggling family at your church. And I can tell you from my own experience just how rewarding it can be to make this kind of work the work of your careers.”

5. Life Isn't Always Easy


“The path won’t always be laid out neatly for you. Sometimes you won’t be able to find that perfect job. Sometimes you might momentarily take a job just to stay afloat.”


6. Be Courageous in Your Fashion Choices

“For me, fashion is fun, and it’s supposed to help you feel good about yourself. I think that’s what all women should focus on: what makes them happy and feel comfortable and beautiful. I wear what I love. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. I’m fine with that.”

7. How to Get Through Marital Problems

“I think every couple struggles with these issues. People don’t tell you how much kids change things. I think a lot of people give up on themselves. They get broken, but if we can talk about it, we can help each other. I spent a lot of time expecting my husband to fix things, but then I came to realize that he was there in the ways he could be. If he wasn’t there, it didn’t mean he wasn’t a good father or didn’t care. I saw it could be my mom or a great baby-sitter who helped. Once I was OK with that, my marriage got better.”

8. Ignore Your Critics

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

9. Keep A Sense of Humor


Marie Claire magazine once asked Mrs. Obama, “How do you deal with all the women swooning over your husband?” She answered, “I can’t blame them — he’s cute!”






Brought to you via http://www.essence.com by Mavis Baah







SophistiKat "Jam of the Week"


So Loso, Busta Rhymes, and Trigga Trey decided to "Put IT Down" with their version of 
Kelly Rowland's hit single "Motivation" (which has been deemed as the offical remix).
Nothing but HoTTness!! Check It Out


Saturday, June 4, 2011

JE is on the Way!!


One of our FAVorite male R&B groups is on their way back!!
New label. .New Swag!!
Here is their NEW video "Baby"