Poem 42: Beauty. Ego. Security.

From the series, “What I would say…”

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Or a pretty mind is

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One of the Dopest Raps You’ve Never Heard

If you smiled all the way through this song, you might be a hip hop head- that is a connoisseur of hip hop music. I would like to pretend I was the first one to discover this if it didn’t already have as many hits, but chances are, you’ve never heard this little number. At least I’ve discovered it for you. This is the quintessential rap and hip hop head’s anthem by a new pair of artists local to me *coughs* that I just heard last night.

Enjoy

Read the latest Facebook only article on (feed on the right) about my new favorite things for more like this. Don’t you love it? C’mon they just said what you’ve been thinking. If song were a little but longer…

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$1.50 Cocaine: A Black History Ode

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being inspired by $1.50 worth of cocaine. Now if you think for a second that I’m comparing a bit called $1.50 Cocaine to a negro spiritual, that is appalling, and you my friend are about half right, that is all…

“Have you ever seeeen a dollar and fifty cents worth ‘o cocaine?” -Richard Pryor

Until I came across a 4-minute clip of Richard Pryor’s “Wanted” act about $1.50 cocaine, I had nothing to add to the Black History Month conversation that interested parties couldn’t just find elsewhere if they so pleased. So I felt no pressure or obligation before I had to pause a 4 minute clip 4 times for two things 1) to laugh without missing the next joke, and 2) to reflect on what I just heard.

Watch Richard Pryor $1.50 Cocaine ***Warning Offensive Language and Profanity***

It wasn’t just Richard Pryor doling out

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A Damn to Give New Beyoncé Album

Why should new and independent artists care about Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed surprise album?

If you’re an indie music nerd like me, maybe you cringed a little when you heard about a “mega-famous celebrity and a secret…” and braced for ensuing weirdness before turning away. Relieved to learn as you watched between the fingers covering your face, that it was just another Beyonce album.

Now, whether to release her latest work without fanfare was a clever marketing ploy or just uncertainty in a risk management exercise, is of little concern to many new independent or up-and-coming artists. For any number of reasons, she decided it was important to release her adventurous mash-up of genre-hoping musical styles, regardless of how it would be well-received. Which artist can’t relate to that?

I like Beyoncé as much as the next person. She is a beautiful hard-working artist whose talent is a national treasure– clearly deserving her success. And most of us really appreciate that idea. Still, I heard Beyonce’s name referenced alongside the words “cussin'” and “surprise, and instead of curiosity I was admittedly unmoved to relinquish a damn. Why? Well, same as you, it’s not exactly what I have been waiting for either. But it is here, and true-to-form, she does try (valiantly, I might add) to make it good, and history says it will only get better after the one millionth listen. More importantly, and for one bright shiny damn…

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Artists Take on an Abandoned Building

I found this video of artists making over an abandoned building with street art. It’s called Sofles – Limitless and hope you enjoy the video linked below

Sofles – Limitless

I am thankful you stopped by! Enjoy your day.

Love,
Meka

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Beaming from Another Sunshine Award

Bathing in the Sunshine

I’m beaming after receiving the Sunshine Award again. Thank you too much EJ for the nod on one of the besticist blogs around– Whimsical Eclecticist.  He says it’s about nothing–oh but it is such sweet nothing, and I highly recommend you visit it very soon.

Here’s the skinny: I’m supposed to tell you 10 things about myself and then my fav part is that I get to shower award nominations on 10 blogs that bring the Sunshine. And if it weren’t for EJ’s questions, I’d be staring blindly at my screen as a rush of “random observations about myself” zoom through my mind while my mind’s arm desperately reaches to catch 10 of them while its other arm is struggling to hold the ones I’ve already caught! Dropping random observations like crumbs all over the blogosphere floor. Thanks to EJ of Whimsical Eclecticist, the floor stays clean another day, and my mind doesn’t need arms. In fact, the only thing I’m reaching for is to continue becoming a better person to tell you 10 things about.

Here are 10 things about me, Meka Love- if you choose to accept 😉

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My Fav Halloween Story in 1 Minute

There is a really cool Halloween story about a little man being chased in the dark of night in his own neighborhood by his giant creepy nemesis. Desperate and in fear for his life, he got the courage to fight back.

Must’ve taken every ounce he could muster from his small frame to fight his way to escape. He believed that the bloody scene meant that he had triumphed against the foe who haunted him….at first

Follow the link to hear the story ending’s interesting twist. Enjoy! Happy Halloween

Excerpt from “My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me” performed by Bushwick Bill

Interact with Me 8/11/13 8:30 PM CST

New to Love Mekanism Project? Welcome! and Start Here.

Lovers of Interact know that Sunday Nights are the nights for Interact (find its definition this is the Chat post so feel free to say hi if you can’t make it later. I will be editing this post live so don’t forget to “refresh” to follow updates

Agenda:

  1. *Linked shouts outs to those I see following and interacting on the Love Mekanism Project on your media of choice- sharing creative energy – that’s here with me, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogspot (More-Love), Tumblr, or G+(Don’t worry if you’re shy;I appreciate your presence just the same. I’ll only give you a shout out if you want to comment, follow, or like during those 2 hours) ***Hi Eric Tonningsen!!*** Thank you for stopping by!!! And also so much for all you share on your amazing blog; you really are Very Inspiring 😉
  2. 200 Likes!! Woohoo!! xoxoxoxoxoxox Look what we have… See the award featured as this post’s image?
  3. Quoting Myself
  4. Then I’ll add what I think are some cool music and art links to the New Artist Challenge post. Feel free to add yours their too. I found by members of the community or something they hipped me to (like introduced me to something new or ‘put me on’)
  5. Awards: A Love Note
  6. I’ll nominate a few more for the Wonderful Team Readership Award

4. Click here to see Four Love Mekanism Four Artist *PICKS*

5. Awards: A Love Note

1. I know I have thanked you to death already in all the acceptances. This week there were 2! Very Special Awards to Me: The Inspiring Blogger Award and Wonderful Team Readership Award in that order.  Thank you so much! Few things are sweeter than being recognized by your peers. For as long as I get them and I can reasonably respond regardless of the

Very Inspiring Blogger AwardWonderful Team Member Readership Award

timeline, I will. I read all the time, and I genuinely have no problem saying ‘thanks” or sharing! Art is so beautiful in that there doesn’t have to be competition 🙂

2. If I give you an award, please know that the most important thing is that you know how I feel about it. You’ve already given, and you don’t owe anything. Someone will circulate them lol. That’s all!!

3. I am aware that some do not answer them because they are busy and their blogs have become so popular they can no longer accept them. We used to jokingly call those a “high-class” problem to have!  I think that’s marvelous and will not hold it against you, so don’t mention it! In fact, I must admit that I do not check to see afterwards. I have no idea

4. Otherwise, I do include the instructions in the original post, so please feel free to refer back to them as you go about making someone else’s day!

There’s plenty to enjoy in every step of the journey. I will try not to forget to enjoy it. I will do all for as long as I can because I like interacting with you. I read a lot. I like reading, and I believe that every interaction counts.

6. Newest recipients posted here: Wonderful Team Readership Awards

 

Now for some rest!

Interact is a written live and Open/Unedited as always

Super! Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

Thank you Whimsical Eclecticist for this award- the second one from you is just as delightful as the first; I am honored. His writings are clean, creative, and smart; it’s no wonder he’s often showered with awards. I’m impressed by his creativity and grateful for his generous blush-inducing appreciation for Love Mekanism. This energy has been a welcome asset to the project – especially now. I know that one necessary challenge for me will have to be to visit the Whimsical Eclecticist blog and not smirk or smile. You should try it sometime!

Rules:

  1. The nominee of The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.
  2. The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little; linking to their blogs; and telling them about it at their blogs.
  3. The nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post during 7 days.

I’ll follow his lead and nominate at least two people a day for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award– that is a minimum of two added to this post until all 14 have been nominated. All things equal, this process should take no longer than a week.

Wheeeew!!! No interesting facts 😀 Perfect because I’m all out this morning.

This award is really really important because I believe it’s about the relationship between our blogs- as readers, specifically. Like Kamille, who is quick-witted and one of the most honest people I know. Not to mention a dear friend of the project from the very first post. I told her recently how I appreciate that because I know how difficult it is to continue to support anything consistently. Since Love Mekanism Project has been on Facebook too, she mostly follows there, but I am always happy to see her presence.

Now let’s get down to the business of this lovely award:

You know I am sooooooft mushy putty for the Love Mekanism Project Community, Honey. Loving, supportive, oh so sharp, witty, patient, sexy, understanding, empathetic, but honest, and very talented. My keyboards couldn’t build a better partner than you have been to me here. I hoped you might read what I write, and I do write a lot about nearly everything lol, but you hang right on in there with me, and I appreciate that so much. I don’t know how you do it, but I do know that your presence is the perfect “love tap” along with the sweet comments, sharing, and following–all mean alot to me. When I got this wonderful award, I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

First, I’d like to nominate Juno@rt to receive the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.

1. I love Juno’s blog. It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing blogs I have seen. She’s a has a special gift for emoting through photography; you feel it. One of the first images of hers I re-blogged here was one called Loves 🙂 Through her lens, a simple flower becomes majestic, and immediately you are drawn in– that’s also when you understand that what you’ve seen is worth remembering… immediately. But just to be sure there is absolutely no denying her talents, she pairs her photos with poetry and quotes that could not be more fitting. I don’t know how she does it, but she reads and is active here. You’re an amazing artist. I appreciate it so much. Thank you.

2. My next *PICK* for this award is Flow of My Soul. Ya can’t help but root for the Flow of My Soul blog. Sure, 😀 I connect with the blogger’s story, of course! It’s a little familiar, but mostly because I really dig the work ethic. Challenges are set, completed, and posted as promised. No matter. Having made and heard so many excuses to not start and not finish, it is refreshing to see one forging ahead and getting better with each post while finding the time to be a faithful friend of Love Mekanism Project, and active member of the Community. You are appreciated.

Wonderful Team Readership Awards

newest nominees for this award follow:

3. whocouldknowthen

4. Shape Your Life

5. Richard A Cross

6. Daniella Joe’s Blog

7. Donna Cowden

8. Real Talk 101 Radio Blog and Music Reviews

9. Mysoresoul

10. The Wryter’s Block

11. Words with Anna Prawn

12 Harsh Reality

13. Ann Johnson Murphree

14. Kevito Dozier

Please don’t forget to help me thank Whimsical Eclecticist for this Wonderful Award. I can only hope to be all you say about me, but it doesn’t hurt at all to have you think as much. It is my pleasure to be a super bloggin’ hero with you 😉

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Thank You too Much: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you so much Richard A. Cross for thinking of me for this award. I have seen the company in which you have placed me, and I have been speechless since Monday over the gracious gesture.  I read that Mr. Cross is a Motivational Speaker and Coach who has committed his time, talents, and influence, including a fire-stirring blog called, Energize Your Thoughts. All for a career of helping others push their limitations to reach full potential.

I can personally attest that when life gets hard enough, it can be difficult to remember who we are in terms of our abilities and promise. Boundaries can be moved so far you’ll need a compass to find your way out of an inch that looks like a sea of hopelessness- so large it can drown a man by sight alone.

And when a broken shell of a creature finds a way arise from a littered desert shore and dust himself off, the instinct is usually to further punish ourselves for ever getting there in the first place. Or worse, spend our days watching from the sun-beaten rocks in bitter fear that we might drown again. It’s good to know that somebody gives a damn, and I appreciate that.

Now! The rules are that I give the following information about myself:

Seven Interesting Things About Me

  1. I dreamt the name Love Mekanism, woke up, and wrote it out using the first thing I could find. Then, I text a pic to my best friend, who by then knew that I wanted to write creatively. This blog’s  header is a picture of it.
  2. Love Mekanism Project blog will be 7 weeks old on Sunday. The third challenge of the project was to share a personally written article of my choice and interest, with… other “people”. So, I set up this blog to host one post.
  3. I wanted to do this for years now and to write creatively for as early as I could write. Perhaps that’s interesting because I have written as my only full-time career since I graduated from college up until the writer’s block.
  4. Now, there are over 80 personally written posts here of my own, and I also feel comfortable saying that writing is no longer blocked– still plenty of room for improvement. It’s working, so won’t try to “fix” the little system I have- which is to post whatever I have so I’m forced to correct it and not hold it and never post anything. I’m just glad to be able write again 🙂
  5. Often I have an idea of what I want to write about, but it never turns out as I imagine. I’m usually pleased with the drafts I post- although now-a-days, my edited versions are beginning to look more and more like the originally posted drafts
  6. One interesting development is that I have become comfortable making people uncomfortable. Although most will find nothing terribly wrong with what I have to say here, but in some circles of the life I was born into, people are afraid to even hear, read, or consider anything other than his or her own view in it’s own way. No matter. Where I would have shied away from that, I’m drawn to it when I feel the need to be.
  7. Hey! Ya know what else is pretty interesting? The artist kind enough to let me write about his song in the first post– just got a namesake guitar and performed at an awards show! I knew you’d think so too…
  8. And a Bonus!…. Haha!  That EJ, there’s no bonus

This award is special:

I looooooove to share  what I love. The following are those I find inspiring. From a new blogging inspiration from down under who has spoiled the blog with 2 awards already and inspires me to either write well or run and hide until I can figure out how to respond to being called the “G”-word– “genius” O_O  😀 These are also those who inspire and push other writers and poets including those who have overcome adversity and turned it into something beautiful. For these, Love won’t allow us to pity ourselves too long because there’s too much living to do and too many people to inspire. And all is right with the earth by me in this moment knowing that it has been salted by humanity in the likes of you.

Now for Meka’s *NOMINEES* of the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award:

  1. Whimsical Eclecticist
  2. Live Simply, Travel Lightly, Love Passionately, and Don’t Forget to Breathe
  3. Sahm King
  4. Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Sharing with Writers
  5. commitart
  6. Romance with Val
  7. Lauren Sapala
  8. Retcon Poet
  9. Shawn Bird
  10. LScott Thoughts
  11. Aspire to Inspire
  12. ClownPonders
  13. Awakening to Your Story
  14. whocouldknowthen
  15. Black and Write

Thank you so much!! — Too Much!! -lovemeka

Please don’t forget to help me thank Richard A Cross at Energize Your Thoughts.

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The rules:

  1. Display the award on your blog.
  2. Have a link inside your blog to the person who nominated you.
  3. Present the award to 15 bloggers.
  4. Let your nominees know that you have nominate them by commenting on their blog.
  5. Post seven (7) interesting things about yourself.