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Have a Safe Halloween

Today, marks the first day in my life, where I will actually be dressing up for Halloween. Growing up, it was forbidden in my household because we were devout Christians and this day wasn’t one that we really acknowledge.

Tonight, I’ll be dressing as one of my favorite legends, Rick James.  I’ve decided to don his attire as a symbol of recognition for his unwavering contributions to music, daring fashion style, and that fact that Rick James was unfuckwitable. He had a touch of confidence that would not relent, even under the scrupulous headlines and lack of true recognition that he deserved for his artistic contributions.

I’ve always gravitated toward the counter culturists, because deep down, I’m one. We don’t defy the standards set by society just for the sake of doing so, but from my perspective, we do it because we don’t feel liberated by following the crowd. The beat of our drum, just sounds too good to ignore.

Cheers to new memories, good friendships, and new experiences.

Be safe and enjoy your Halloween.

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Effervescent Sensuality

The lyrics to Floetry “Say Yes” are simply, effervescent and sensual. I’ve been fond of this song for over a decade, because it speaks about the imaginative thoughts that we have whenever we see someone that we like. It describes the uncertainty about if we will or won’t actually indulge our senses and give in to primal urges.

I’ve often thought that this would be a perfect song for a guy to remake, as men are socialized to be more open to one night stands or casual sex, and needing to prod a woman out of her head and into his bed. Nonetheless, Andre Harris and Marsha Ambrosius wrote a stunning piece of work. Enjoy the simplistic, yet very vivid lyrics below.

 “Say Yes”

[Intro:]
See I’ve been watching you for a while your smile and stuff
and I don’t know if I can be with you for tonight alright,
is that alright baby, baby

[Verse 1:]
There is only one for me
You have made that a possibility
We could take that step to see, ohh
If this is really gonna be
All you gotta do is say yes

[Chorus:]
All you gotta do is say yes
Don’t deny what you feel let me undress you baby
Open up your mind and just rest
I’m about to let you know you make me so
All you gotta do is say yes
Don’t deny what you feel let me undress you baby
Open up your mind and just rest
I’m about to let you know you make me so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so,
You make me so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so

[Verse 2:]
Loving you has taken time, taken time
But I always knew you could be mine
I recognize the butterflies inside me
Sense is gonna be made tonight, tonight
All you gotta do is say yes

[Repeat Chorus]

[Ad lib to end]

Back to Sleep

There were a multitude of summer anthems, but this stands out the most to me. Chris always comes through with the heat, and this song is no exception. Not sure if it’s the Marvin Gaye melody, or the lyrical word play. Whatever it is, I’m feeling it. This joint stays in rotation.

Hope summer has been good to you. What up, fall? I see, you.

-Love,

Von

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New Month, New Season

Goodbye September

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Most people recognize October as being the month that kicks off fall. People are sliding on comfy sweaters, eating warm soup, admiring a crackling fire, and of course watching football.

However, since 1981, October stands for something much more than that. October now represents, DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month.) It’s a topic that is very sensitive in nature, but needs to be discussed. I abhorrently despise violence, whether it be against women, children, men, or even animals. Thus, I’ll be wearing purple this month, to display my support.

Below is a song written by Stephen Garrett, better known as Static for Aaliyah’s final studio recording, and produced by Budd’ha. The song is entitled, “Never No More.”This song actually was a bit of inspiration behind the relationship of Boss and Lyndsey in my novel, Every Woman Deserves an Accessory. It was a risk writing about that stuff, but hopefully someone can learn something from that and avoid going down that route.

J.A.N.E.T

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Never thought that I would ever see Janet Jackson live in concert, but last night I did. I was gifted a free ticket. I’m assuming that if I really pushed the idea, then it could have happen at another time, but the idea just never seemed to cross my mind. Which is absolutely absurd given that my friends and family all know that, this grown man will stammer his words and get all giddy, at the mentioning of Miss Jackson. The baby sibling of the bunch has always been my favorite and had a special place in my heart, ever since I discovered her as the character Penny on Good Times. Then, when Janet released her “I Get So Lonely” video in ’96, I became further enamored by that woman. The red hair (she always mixed up her style-loved that about her), that walk-which comes across more like a strut, and of course her rhythmic dance moves. And then, upon further discovery of her music, you can’t help but find songs that stick in your head, well after you’re done playing them.
Moreover, I really am taken aback by how Janet chooses to embrace her sexuality and display it. She talks about some really freaky stuff in her music, and when you hear her sing about what she likes and doesn’t like, it really gets to you. I think it’s really empowering to be comfortable enough to share that part of yourself with the world, yet still be graceful and command the respect that she deserves. She does that so seamlessly, but there’s no doubt about how difficult I’m sure that is for a lot of women. Toni Braxton, Nia Long, and Jill Scott do that well too, in my opinion. Oh yeah, and so does the main character in my first book, Raquel.
Now that I’ve let the whole world know about how smitten Janet Jackson has me, it would be wise for me to probably mention how I enjoyed the concert. To sum it up, it was nothing short of fantastic. She was electrifying on stage. The woman still moves like gravity cannot slow her down one bit. Although I selfishly wish she would’ve pulled me up on stage to perform a dance, like she used to do at her concerts. But, she’s married now and in a different place…
When Janet brings her Unbreakable Tour to a city near you, go and see her. You will enjoy it.
And, if you haven’t picked up my novel, Every Woman Deserves an Accessory on Amazon, go and pick one up now. After tomorrow, the free giveaway is over. Hurry while the promo lasts. And thank you, to everyone who downloaded the book! This promo has been very successful! I’m super grateful to have your support.

Love,
Von

Listen to her new single “No Sleeep” feat J.Cole

Visual Poetry


Can’t remember the last time I watched a video that encapsulates so much emotion, without being preachy. Stunning visuals and a coherently conscious message. Even though it’s moderately haunting, the music still leaves room for: hope, creativity, and freedom. Our lives are beautiful.
Kendrick you’re a dope lyricist. I feel exactly where you’re coming from. We gon’ be alright.