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Friday, November 11, 2005

Oprah is the Bomb!

This woman is BAD!!! There are really no words to say how much I admire Oprah Winfrey. She is one of the greatest people of our time. If you watched the show yesterday and today, you'll see what I'm talking about. Some people don't like Oprah claiming that she isn't Christian, even though she has openly professed her Christian faith. I believe you Oprah, and I see God's glory all over you. You certainly have the light of Jesus Christ shining through you. I'm glad that you use your influence and platform to do good in the world and to actually create change. It is a blessing just to watch her grow and come into her own.

I think we need to be grateful that Oprah has the ability and willingness to be a blessing everyday to ALL people. She is such an inspiration. Alone, she out gives every Black entertainer and billionaire. She gave $10 million of her own personal cash to Katrina Relief. The woman has a heart for blessing people, and rather if you're a believer or not, it is contagious.

I have been crying for the past two days because of the Oprah show. And Beyonce today...When I grow up, I want to be like her. She is BAD and only 24! Another woman of great faith. I guess my takaway today from those two: Faith in Christ + Hard Work + Strength + Pure Heart + Compassion for People = One Doggone Good Purposed Driven Life!!!!

You Go Girls!!!

Kidd Grown

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I'm Just Sayin'.

Hey y'all.

My new saying for the month is "I'm just sayin'." I'm just sayin' can mean a number and wide variety of things. My friend Lady J got me started using it a few weeks back, and I am hooked. I've found it to be very appropriate and fitting for almost any conversation. Just don't use it in a professional setting okay. She's pretty down with the urban lingo, so I thought I'd share it with you so we can all be hip too. Maybe you can contribute to the list because I'm sure I've overlooked some things. You can use this:

--When you are at a loss for words but you don't want to appear to have lost your train of thought. (Play it off cool with a little chuckle.)
--When you don't have anything nice to say about a person or a particular situation. (A good way to cut yourself off before you start complaining.)
--When you're trying to really stress your point, but the other person is not hearing you. (Use it in a higher pitched tone)
--When you're trying to play stupid, like you didn't know something. (start it like this, "Oh,...")
--When you're giving someone advice about what YOU would do in their situation, but you don't want to TELL them what they need to do or what you feel they should do. (in a calm tone, start it like this, "Well,...". Really stress the "well")
--When you're really ticked off with a situation. (sarcastically say, "You know what...(pause)...I'm just sayin'.)

You don't have to use any of these, but I'm just sayin.

Kidd

Kidd Grown vs. Fat Greedy: Round 1

Okay, this cat is off the chain! Me and him are going to go at it. He tried to block my path today when I was trying to get into the house. When I tried to shoo him away, he hissed at me. His back turned all up and stuff. I was like, "no he didn't." All of that wasn't even necessary. My friend said to get a spray bottle of water because cats are afraid of water. I didn't know that, but next time..Oh, next time it is going to be so on with him.

I hear him outside right now fighting with another cat. Why can't he stay at his own house? It's bad enough that we have to deal with human enemies and now we have to fight with animals. Dang Gina!

I'm just sayin'.

Meet Fat Greedy


Okay, here's Fat Greedy y'all. He thinks he runs the neighborhood. He was punking this other cat earlier. He is such a bully. He lays on top of people's cars and won't get up, even when you turn on the ignition and get ready to pull out. He blocks the sidewalk when he takes a nap. He lays on other people's porches. I have no idea who he belongs to, but he needs a leash. He is so bad. And, he ain't even a cute cat.

His meow is even lazy. He had the nerve to roll up to me like we were friends. I was just trying to take his picture so you all can see what I have to deal with every day. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read "That Darn Cat."

They'd better get him before Fat Greedy and I exchange some words and/or licks.

I'm not "kitten" around,

Kidd Grown

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Wedding Just ain't a wedding without the...



Now, you know "we" have to do the slide, cha-cha, bunny hop and Harlem shuffle. If you are Black, this is a wedding reception must have. I think I've only been to one wedding in my entire life where we did not partake in this tradition. It is so fun though. Me and my one friend have this thing we do with our hand when we do the slide. It's like you're winding up something. I dare you to break out right now where you are and do one of these dances. You know you want to.

Speaking of dancing, I'm losing my touch. I used to be able to bust a move back in the day. Now, my moves consist of moving side to side and waking up sore the next morning. I did try to impress my old friends with some of my new hip-hop dance moves that I've been learning from the kids at my church. I so cannot do them, but they thought I was jamming. I think I was a little bit too.

It's funny how perceptions of my dancing ability can range. While my line sisters thought I could dance quite well, I have some other friends who absolutely refuse to graduate me from their school of dance. This one girl told me that I looked like I was rolling up a car window when I was trying to rock the chicken head. I was rolling. But, I think I should get an A for effort because I try really hard. In my head, I am really rocking it like Beyonce.

Now, back to the wedding. I went to the most fabulous wedding this past weekend (that's where we did the slide). My friend was so beautiful, and her new hubby is such a great guy. They looked so happy together. They are a beautiful couple, and he broke down at the alter with the tears. I was like, "that's what I'm talking about bro." Can a sister get the breakdown? It was fun just hanging out with old friends. I realized that the older we get in life, the more fabulous we should get also. I don't mean fabulous in an arrogant sense of the word, but fabulous as in richer, more full of life, hope and peace. That was my revelation for what it was worth. Look at Oprah and Vanessa Williams. They are like so the bomb.

Anyway, here's the only decent picture that I was able to leave with from the wedding. I bought this doggone camera thinking that my life would change for the better (you know...capture more of those precious life moments). NOT!

"Right foot, 2 stomps!"

The Kidd

The Kidd's Out of Style List

Not that I'm an expert on any of these topics, but these are just my personal observations with contributions from my friend-girl. No offense to anyone; I'm just saying. Hey, I'm not even in style right now (check out bullet #3 for women). Feel free to agree or not.

For Women:
-Hair weave (not that it is a bad thing, but it's just not in anymore. replaced by natural hair and relaxers)
-White shoes of any sort (replaced by another other color that is not white)
-Single Black women in general (replaced by white girls or other men on the DL)
-Caramel-toned sisters (replaced by light-skinned women, dark-skinned women or non-Black women)
-Fake nails, eyelashes, colored contacts (replaced with what you came into the world with)

For Men:
-Dark skinned brothers (replaced by light skinned brothers. Sorry, blame it on Boris and Shamar. You all had your time in the 90s)
-Corn rows (replaced with fades or bald heads, thank God!)
-Muscle/tight fitted shirts (replaced by loose and/or cropped fitted shirts)
-Fubu type gear (replaced with the Banana Republic look)

For All:
-PT Cruisers, Chrysler 300s (I don't get the hype)
-A curl (yes, I've seen these resurging in the Dallas area)

NEVER OUT OF STYLE: Jesus Christ!

Thinking of a way to make a comeback,

Kidd Grown

Blogging from class

I'm sitting here, and I truly can't believe that this is my last semester of grad school. I am getting a little sentimental. But I do have a BAD case of senioritis. I think half the class is the same way. After the break, about 10 people disappeared. This class is cool, but I think my instructor rambles too much. Not that I can talk.

Oh well. I'm going to start writing regularly again because I got clowned for false advertisement this weekend.

Peace out,
The Kidd

Monday, November 07, 2005

Terrell Owens Needs a Whippin'

What is really going on with this fool? Yes, he is foolish. He is a grown man and acting like a little boy who lost the race. Temper tantrums, talking smack about his teammates...just showing out for NO reason. This is the issue I have with most of today's athletes. They reach a certain level of success and go stone cold crazy. People would kill to make that kind of money, and you throw it all away on some nonsense.

I'm glad that Philly is getting rid of him. Let this be a lesson to all of us: You can have all the talent, skill, natural ability, knowledge, etc., but if you have a crummy attitude, you will only get so far. I hope his momma randomly shows up on his doorstep with a switch (one of the long kinds too) and go upside his behind. This goes back to my point a couple of weeks ago about the NBA thugs or businessmen.

And you wonder we have 90% black representation on the field and less than 1% on the coaching staff, and zilcho in franchise ownership. These (not all, but a fairly good majority of them) need to learn how to act. Perhaps, you are giving people a very valid reason to believe that you are only good for throwing or dribbling the ball.

I'm just saying.

Kidd Grown

Not mine, but it's good

Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree.

Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing.

They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Share this with women who are good apples, even those who have already been picked!