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"All we want to do is break the chains off"

"Let me ask you something. If the kids are the future, tell me why you can get more for being C.O., than you can for being a teacher."

"Black rage is founded who fed us self hatred
Lies and abuse while we waited and waited
Spiritual treason 
This grid and it's cages
Black rage was founded on these kinds of things"

Usually I might clown, but right now 

This one’s for Mike Brown so pipe down. 
We gotta stop all the rioting in the streets, 
We ain’t doing nothing but proving we’re animals to police. 

Another child dies, another mother cries, 
Another neighborhood left with a whole bunch of whys, 
Why did they pursue him, why oh why’d they have to shoot ’im, 
But I don’t think that the answer is everybody lootin’. 

But fuck that cop, he deserve state time. 
They let Zimmerman off, this cop ain’t learned from Trayvon. 
I’m just sitting here dropping a little tear of knowledge, 
cause Mike Brown ain’t even get to see a day of college. 

He would have started soon and there’s an empty seat in class. 
All because of these demons hidin’ behind a badge, 
So fuck that badge, fuck your protection, 
And fuck that law carryin’ your weapons. 

But some of these stores y’all lootin’ is black owned 
I know it’s for a cause but some of them still got families at home. 
It’s not a black and white thing, it’s about abusing the law. 
I can’t imagine Dorian’s face when he saw Mike fall. 

My tears wettin’ the page while I’m writin’ this, 
I know you so in tune, if you not why are you fightin’ it, 
Just let it go, just let your heart beat and never lose control, 
And God rest his soul 

‘Cause I am Mike Brown. I am Mike Brown. He represents us all, 
We from a similar town 
Walking the similar streets, we got similar police, 
So how do I know I ain’t gonna end up under a similar sheet? 

So I am Mike Brown 
because I’m watching with my homie, 
I’m just walking my block, 
man er’body know me. 
So I am Mike Brown, I am Mike Brown… 

I’m Mike Brown, I am shot down 
I am Larry Davis bleedin’ on my dingy cell 
I am Angelo Clark, I am Oscar Grant 
I Am Dante Price doin’ what you others can’t 

I am Bo Morrison, Melvin Ba….(?) 
I own the voices of these people cuz they all long gone. 
Let’s go behind the badge fought behind the beat, 
Behind the politics they wonder why we don’t trust police. 

They wonder why we carry, carry knives on us 
They look for drugs but shoot for anything they find on us, 
I am just here sittin’ fightin’ for my life, kickin', 
Someone dyin’ cuz police said I looked suspicious. 

We all of these people in so many ways 
I am Raymond Oyler left to die for two days 
I just bought a new hoodie, guess I’m Trayvon 
I am Duane Brown layin’ down tryin’ not to die 

I suppose I feel my heart beat, and someone listen 
And all you dealin’ with is maybe gonna lose your pension. 
You might not notice this but this the new form of lynchin'. 
I got my hands up but still I see that cop inchin’. 

The mystery it is something that I’ll never know 
Why they had to shoot him down, couldn’t just let him go, 
The mystery it is I think I’ll never know 
Why they had to shoot him down, couldn’t just let him go… 

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Are Hashtags #Underrated or #OverUsed?

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Are Hashtags #Underrated or #OverUsed?

Are Hashtags #Underrated or #OverUsed

Hashtag originator, Twitter, defines the symbol as one that is “used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.”

While still serving as a tag to categorize posts, over the years, the hashtag has taken on a new role. Now, people also utilize it to express feelings, moods and sentiments that are “unspoken”, but still apply. When someone writes, “Good morning friends #riseandgrind” they’re not only broadcasting a salutation, but they’re also sharing their mindset. Phrases like this one, #sorryimnotsorry, #brotherfromanothermother #dudesbelike #sneakerhead and #likeaboss are considered stables by many social media users.

With platforms such as Facebook and Instagram adapting the use of the hashtag, it’s much easier to come across those I’ve light heartedly deemed, “hashtag hackers”. These are folks who use tons of hashtags and/or those who create hashtag phrases that are more like statements.

Are users abusing the use of hashtags, and if so, when did this trend begin? Why do folks find the need to let us know that they’re “#notinthemoodtotalk”, when they’re clearly sharing their messages and pictures with their friends or followers? When did announcing that you “#cantwaitogetoffwork” become necessary and accepted?

What do you think? Are hashtags #underrated or #overused?

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Teaching them young

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Teaching them young

Ummm, these tikes just made my day, and it's only 8:30am. Happy Tuesday folks.



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Spurs hire Becky Hammon as first female assistant coach

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Spurs hire Becky Hammon as first female assistant coach

Girl power to the MAX. As a Lakers fan, purple and gold bleed through my veins, so naturally, I can't stand the San Antonio Spurs. But when I found out that they hired previous WNBA Star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, I was excited and incredibly proud of the organization. Way to take a leap forward into a direction that should've been taken decades ago.

USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt said, "On Tuesday, the Spurs named Becky Hammon an assistant coach, making her the first female assistant in NBA history.

I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement. "Having observed her working with our team this past season, I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."

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6 apps that you should've downloaded already

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6 apps that you should've downloaded already

Animoto Video Maker

Calling all creative and video geeks: Animoto Video Maker is an app that guides you through the moviemaking process. Become a pro...or at least produce videos that make it seem like you are.

Type Machine

Hey Android users…ever been in the middle of typing a long email or sending a long text during a heated debate, and you lose the message due to a sudden app crash? SO FRUSTRATING, I know. The Type Machine app pinky promises us that this won’t happen again. The app stores everything that you type, as you type. Old entries are automatically deleted, and you have the ability to blacklist apps that you don’t want to record.

Spotify

Seriously...you don’t have Spotify yet?!

Whether you’re a music lover and want to listen to your favorite artist's new album on the go, or you want to listen to a curated, ready-made playlist while studying or working out, Spotify’s got you covered.

The free version allows users to listen to artists, albums and playlist on shuffle mode, and enables you to choose ready-made playlists to suit your mood. The Premium version (of which I’m a subscriber) allows users to listen to any song, anywhere, without use of a network and without ad interruptions. Simply put…IT’S AWESOME.

If $10 p/month is a bit pricey for you, there’s a $5 p/month student discount and great long trial period offered for Sprint customers.

This app replaces Songza and the others. Do yourself a favor…download it.

Last Message

Ahhhh! Low battery on your Android, and you’re still out and about? I’ve been there. The app texts, emails, Facebook messages or tweets whoever you want to alert them that you’re battery is running low on juice. No more hearing, “I tried to call you” or “why couldn’t I reach you” from your friends and family.

Yo

Yo. Yup...yo. The Yo app is a single communication tool that doesn’t require you to type at all. Developers created the app with one purpose in mind- that ‘yo’ stand for everything all at the same time. For those of you who find it difficult to follow through texting friends and family, this one's for you.

Wut

The Wut app allows iPhone users to privately send and receive anonymous group messages to and from friends. Utilizing your lock screen, and your lock screen alone, the app strives to eliminate buried text messages.



Have an app that you love, and needs to be shared. Tweet it to me @imageTRACEY.

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He was right. NWTS.

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He was right. NWTS.

So, we’ve now had exactly 2 weeks to ride along with Drizzy on his Junior album, Nothing Was The Same. With Tuscan Leather at the starting line, NTWS delivers classic Drake to its listeners. With an assertive voice, and even more vulnerable lyrics (if that’s even possible), Drake and 40 take it to another level on beats provided on Tuscan Leather, Furthest Thing, Worst Behavior, Come Thru, and more.

One of the things that I love most about Drizzy is his ability to tell stories- some sad, some sexual, and some hypothetical. Records like Connect and 305 to My City offer sultry chorus’ that keep you hooked, and lyrics to back up your presence.

Chills crawl while listening to Too Much. True to form, this record delves into the really personal side of Drake. Reliability isn’t too difficult to conjure being that while we may not all have the same issues, issues are issues.

So I’m a lyrics girl. I’m all about them. Jhene Aiko’s voice is perfect for Furthest Thing. What’ the line that got me excited? “I love me. I love me enough for the both of us.” That did it. In 305 To My City, Drizzy compliments a woman’s hustle. Saying, “I get it, I get it. I get it, I get it. Ya hustle don’t ever go unnoticed baby. I’m with you, I’m with it.” While parts of this record are about a stripper (unfortunately, also in true Drake fashion), I don’t apply it in that context.

Jay slightly disappointed me on Pound Cake. I wanted him to come harder than he did. Truly, I listen to that record so that I can get to Paris Morton Music 2. Love it when Drizzy speaks his mind and slyly calls folks out:

“Like I should be less aggressive and pessimistic

Like I should be way more nervous and less dismissive

Like I should be on my best behavior and not talk my shit
And do it major like the *****s who paved the way for us

Like I didn’t study the game to the letter

And understand that I’m not doing it the same, man, I’m doing it better

Like I didn’t make that clearer this year”

Shouldn’t we all think that we’re the greatest at what we do? Agreed.

Started From the Bottom and All Me are great radio records, but played out now. They’re on my “No Play” list. I’ve been blaring it in the background as I write this, and I’m just now noticing how much my head has been bouncing in front of my co-workers. No apologies.

Overall, how would I describe the album? Classic long verses over positively sinking and hype beats. If you haven’t purchased it yet, you’re missing out.

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A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School

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A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School

Refer to this article, "A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School", for commentary below: CLICK HERE.

While I think that someone should/should’ve explained the importance of not placing nearly 400 years of blame and aggression on her white instructors, this 8th grader is on to something. It’s a shame that instructors at her school fought to have her kicked out based on her interpretation of the given reading material, and her findings about the current state of education in the united states. I pray that she continues to think, write AND ACT on her ideals.

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City of Angels

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City of Angels

I am a Los Angeles native. Born and raised. I love my city.

Land of the stereotypes and the city of dreams, LA is host to tons of different types of people. I can’t imagine living somewhere that isn’t as diverse. We’ve got cities within cities…within cities…within towns. It’s awesome. Koreatown, Little Ethiopia, Chinatown, Little Belize…again, it’s AWESOME.

Step outside your door after nightfall, and you’re pupils fill with light. Our tree of choice? A palm tree of course. The only tree appropriate to fill our little slice of paradise. Celebrity sightings can happen often, and will. Tourists too. They’re everywhere. Luxury cars frequent our streets heavily, and they’re usually stuck in our awful traffic. The 405 is the devil.

People come here to make their dreams happen. The allure of this city is undeniable. It can also be scary. Scary and dangerous. In some corners of this city, you’ve got to watch your back. You can’t wear certain colors, look or speak to certain people. Unique social norms run rampant in this city, and whether you’re an import or a native, you’ve got to take note of these norms.

Even with all of the negatives, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

City of dreams and lost souls. What a beautiful combination. Ciudad De Los Angeles. My city. Our city. I couldn’t think of a better city to find myself.

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