Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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MUSE: The Lyrics

Lyrics of an Angel: poetry in reality

Lion's Lair


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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014 Primary Election


Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Good Morning,

Thank you to all who voted yesterday. If you didn't vote, shame on you! 
No one should ever pass up a chance to voice their choice. Too many people have died for us to have that right and we're not far from losing it. 

Thank you to all the candidates for their time and effort in wanting to make a difference. 

Congratulations to U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams for clearly being Absolutely the right choice and the new voice of the 12th Congressional District (my district) winning the Special Election replacing former Congressman Mel Watt and advancing to the General Election in November. Voted by The People with over 43% of the votes- that's strong! 

And to all the candidates that have been on the 12th Congressional District campaign trail the last 11-12 months - great job by all. I enjoyed seeing and listening to all of you and appreciate your dedication. 

Congratulations to the following Democrats in advancing to the November General Election: 
Senator Kay Hagan (U.S. Senate), 
Trevor Fuller, Pat Cotham and Ella Scarborough (County Commission At Large), Vilma Leake (County Commission District 2), Irwin Carmichael (Sheriff) --Primary down...General to go!! 

The Koch brothers have dumped millions in anti-Kay Hagan campaign ads, so please make sure your voices are heard again for the above mentioned Democratic Candidates and be sure to VOTE on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. 

Have a happy hump day!


~Amani








Tuesday, May 6, 2014
 

Good Morning, 

Today is the Primary Election and all the polls are open until 7:30 PM. 
I kindly ask everyone that has an election in their respective area to get out and exercise your hard earned right to VOTE. I don't care who you vote for but PLEASE make sure it's a Candidate with a PROVEN TRACK RECORD of doing what's right for and by The People, who has a history of strong CIVIC DUTY and who embodies the highest level of INTEGRITY. 
Please don't go out here and vote for "your friend" or a person that you may think will do better but an individual that you know can make the difference we need to have the appropriate representation we deserve. 

Have a blessed Election Tuesday, folks, and may all your voices be heard!


~Amani 




Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April- a Month for Fools and Poets...Fitting? ;-)

Unless you're a hopeful romantic or have a love for poetry, you're probably unaware that April is National Poetry Month and I've been asked to end it with a poem....so here you go...Enjoy!

"When I First Saw Your Smile"
 

Should you have any questions about National Poetry Month, please visit https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/national-poetry-month-faq#4.

Peace, Love & Light.

~A2

Thursday, April 17, 2014

4/17/14 Press Release




Thursday, April 17, 2014
 

I, Amani Abdul, am the former campaign aide to former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Over the last several days I have received numerous emails, social media messages, calls, etc. relative to the former mayor’s FBI affidavit and search warrant list released to the public associated with the current FBI investigation.  

I worked as an aide to Mr. Cannon in his recent campaign for mayor. However, I had no involvement with the FBI’s investigation or arrest of Mr. Cannon.  Additionally, I was never in the South Park apartment mentioned in the FBI affidavit or any other South Park apartment for that matter nor was I romantically involved with Mr. Cannon. The email in question was listed as part of a search warrant list of items retrieved by the FBI and is the property of the FBI. I will respect their investigation but will be available to discuss once the investigation is concluded.

I have done nothing wrong or illegal and have not been contacted by the FBI or any other law enforcement agency with regards to this matter. However, if approached by the FBI or The United States Attorney’s office I will cooperate fully and completely.  

Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, I will not make any further statements or respond to any further inquiry regarding this matter from the media.

I ask that you please respect my personal and professional life and privacy.


Thank you,


Amani Abdul

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Curse or Not The Curse…What Is The Detroit Lions Problem?

After decades of little joy and many painful, heart wrenching moments. After acquiring Reggie Bush to attempt to fill the shoes of Billy Simms and Barry Sanders (poor Reggie). After having one of the best receivers in the league in Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, as well as a strong defensive tackle like Ndamukong Suh, and what seems to be a seemingly nice defense; the Lions still can’t seem to get it together and regress to the same bs as years past.

One week they’re leading the NFC North and on the right track, then the next two weeks they lose back to back games to the Steelers and Bucs.  How do you lose at home to the Bucs? It’s more than just embarrassing, it’s outright shameful! Are the Bucs even rated this year? Okay, yes, I’m salty but going into the Thanksgiving game against the Packers thinking about the Bucs loss, is very unsettling. Thinking that we can be 6-6 and may forfeit yet another chance at seeing the playoffs is disturbing. 
This relationship, this emotional roller-coaster ride of emotional highs and lows that I’ve been on for decades has turned from abusive to quite toxic. Have I had enough? Am I nearing my sport-witted end? Am I ready to cut ties? I’ve called myself taking some "me" time, some "space" from my beloved yet frustrating home team before. Maybe, like any other relationship that has run its course, it’s time for us to part ways? Maybe, seeing I live in Charlotte now, I should switch allegiance and give the Panthers my attention? The Carolina Panthers are now 8-3 and they play the Bucs at home this Sunday. I made a wager with a friend that if the Panthers win at home against the Bucs, I will break down and do something I don’t do--purchase a Panther something…as I clearly need to start scoping other teams that will appreciate and reciprocate my devotion. I’m not a bandwagoneer, but this ride has gone on far too long, and seeing images like this really doesn’t help my sport spirit...sigh! 

56 years and counting...it's been 56 years since the Lions have won a Super Bowl! The storyline never changes, it never fails; either we totally suck or we hype up, make the playoffs only to lose in the first round. Turnovers, interceptions, inconsistencies, blah blah blah- when/where does the cycle end? Sometimes, when I hear the team explain themselves, I swear I’m watching a Charlie Brown special! When will the excuses stop? At what point do we, the fans, fold? We’ve held on for so long, hoping, praying for a different outcome, only to be disappointed and witness the same results. We've had some great players. We've had decent squads. What is the Lions problem? Why can’t they get it right? Get it together? Are they just too spoiled- having a plush indoor stadium, indoor practice facility, new logo and uniforms but still over promise and under deliver year after year? Or are they just cursed? Maybe they need to practice outside in this brutally cold Detroit weather! Maybe that will give them the edge, the focus, the consistency they need. Something has got to give and soon!

Having one of the best running backs to just up and quit the game because he lost the love for it isn’t much hope to hold on to either; it depletes your sport spirit to think if he lost hope, if he lost the love…how could a fan after years of torture keep hope alive? I pray to the sport gods to bless my Kitties every game and most often than not, I’m left burying my head into my hoodie in silent pain. 

This week is Thanksgiving, which means we entertain at home and play the Packers this Thursday on national TV. I wish the Lions the best of luck and hope that they have learned something from the Bucs game!!
What if the Panthers defeat the Bucs, you ask? (In my Sheldon voice) "Oh, the horror!!" 
I guess we shall see. Good luck to the Panthers as well! 
tbc...


Sincerely Disappointed,

~A2

Friday, August 24, 2012

Music: Medicine For The Spirit



If laughter is medicine for the soul, then music is medicine for the spirit. In a fast moving world saturated by scripted reality show drama, overly sensationalized media stories, a seeming lack of fundamental values…where does one escape anymore? Music has always been my escape; but in a world drowning in pop culture music that has folks bopping their heads and waving their arms in the air like they just don’t care- and some really don’t…where has good, wholesome, heartfelt music gone? 

Being a music fanatic, I can sometimes be misunderstood. Though I listen to all genres of music, I favor Jazz and Neo Soul. I enjoy some rap; Tupac, Lupe, Jadakiss, T.I., and Eminem stay on the number six CD spot rotation of my truck but even rap has lost its connotation and is now predominately unconscious and commercial rather than mind provoking and substantive. Good music has a way of speaking directly to your soul. You can always find a song that fits your current state of mind or situation. There’s always that song that either provides comfort or makes you ball your eyes out, but it’s that song, that comfort, that connection that lets you know that you’re not alone. In order for someone to have written it, they had to have somewhat experienced it or been exposed to it- that’s the beauty of lyrics or soul moving instrumentals. As for rap, yes, Nas has blessed us this summer with yet another conscious CD, Life Is Good, gets two thumbs up from me and my favorite track on the CD of course would be World’s An Addiction featuring Charlotte’s own neo-soul’s main man, Anthony Hamilton, whose CD’s Back To Love and Point Of It All stay in my number two slot. Why number two for AH? Because my Maxboo aka MAXWELL keeps the number one spot and has had it for over fifteen years, sorry AH…he’s my Bad Habit, will you forgive me? I’m just kidding...I rotate CD’s all of the time but I always keep different flavors in each slot. I don’t think that you should listen to the same type of music. How do you broaden your knowledge base if you’re only learning about one subject? You can listen to R&B or rap/hip-hop all day but you’re missing out on so much. 


I was shocked to know how many of my friends here, in Charlotte, that have never heard of Sweetback, which is Sade’s band. They released an album in 1996 titled Sweetback. That CD is one of my all time faves to relax to-- one of my favorite and probably one of thee most poetic songs ever to me is "Softly, Softly" the number 2 track sung by my Maxboo, but that’s not why it’s my fave, so cut it out...(smile). Softly, Softly, is a heart wrenchingly-deep melodic track that will have you clenching your heart, if you’re the poetic type as I am. This brings me to my favorite poetic movie soundtrack- Love Jones. If you do not own this soundtrack, go cop it immediately! If you’re a dude, it will set a mood for you and if you’re a lady, I’m sure you already own it!! It should be in everyone’s music collection, like Purple Rain or 8 Mile. The point is to broaden your horizons. A little, Sinatra, Coltrane, Miles, Michael Franks, Euro grooves, Brazilian or Island rhythms, or my girls Les Nubians will always transcend you out of your normal comfort zone and into a surreal dimension of music elation.

 
Music, whether it’s listened to, danced to or made love to, provides us all some type of escape or connection, it's poetry in motion. Grab something you’ve never listened to and if you’re unsure ask folks on your social sites what’s hot that you might maybe like…you can always YouTube it first to see if it agrees with your musical palette. Happy listening!! :)

 ~A2