#teamHBCU?

 

Now for most of you who will probably take offense to this post or those of you who simply found your way here let me break it down for you…

HBCU- Historically Black College or University

PWI- Predominately White Institution

 

Okay now that is settled lets discuss.

 

I myself, am a proud African American female. I attended an HBCU for two years and I now attend a PWI. I made good great grades while attending an HBCU. I recently made a 4.0 in my final semester at this particular HBCU. I can honestly say this 4.0 required no effort. I rarely attended classes, and I often missed important information in doing so. One thing that I always did was do my work. No matter what I turned in my essays, homework, research, projects, etc. in on time. When I was at class I was organized on time and efficient. Why I missed many of my classes was health related or simply didn’t feel like attending. Now, I always had an official excuse. Whether it be from the doctor, or the hospital themselves. I always had documentation of my whereabouts.

My classes at this HBCU were fairly easy and I felt as if I were “dumbed down” so to speak at this organization. My speech and grammar were unsatisfactory and I found myself using slang that I never really used to use. I didn’t recognize myself. Maybe I was caught up in the height of being at an HBCU and “reppin” my school so to speak. While attending this HBCU I maintained a GPA ranging from 3.3-4.0. I have made friends and came in contact with intellectual people who have fairly low GPAs. I remember my old best friend had a GPA of a 2.7- 2.9. At first we laughed at it because we were partly having a conversation and listening and dancing to music. After I sat down and thought about it. I realized she said her GPA was a 2.7-2.9 and I couldn’t bring it upon myself to even fathom having a GPA that low. I ask for extra credit and more homework. I am always one for an opportunity to earn points! The mentality and level of intelligence from many of the students I came in contact with had low GPAs and  I couldn’t understand why. I’m not sure what it is/was. But I got myself together, pulled through my finals and darted straight towards the highway home.

Now, I’m not saying my experience at an HBCU is the same for everyone. I am speaking MY piece/opinion on MY blog. You don’t have to like it, agree/disagree.

I’m simply speaking MY mind.

 

Now I am not disrespecting the HBCU I attended. It was great. I loved the people and the environment for the time being. I loved being able to be uplifted by the same people who share the same thoughts and feel the same way I did. Not only did we have that in common, we share history, a culture, traditions/customs. It’s great when people can come together. UNITE and make something great and receive an education. Now my HBCU was one heck of a party school. While I didn’t partake in many parties, I know my classmates and peers knew there is a time and place for everything and academics and education come first.

 

 

With all of this being said. Let me know what you think. Comment on the picture I ‘ve attached to this blog. What do you think of her tweet? Is she right? Wrong? Let me know what you think of my post. Do you agree or disagree? Of course I will have a poll attached to this for you to vote upon.

 

 

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Music is universal. Don’t you think?

There are many different languages, dialects, cultures, beliefs, structural systems, laws, customs, etc. But if there is one thing I know, music is universal. Music is everywhere. Music transcends to different races and cultures regardless of any language barrier. Music can effectively communicate to all men around the world.

Music is timeless. Have you ever had some one tell you, “Oh man. You don’t know nothing about this. This is music from my time/era” That right there is an example. Music is timeless. Music from waaayyy back when is still as effective, if not more, today. Example, everyone is on this 90’s kick. I can’t lie, I’m on one too. I like finding old music that’s not really played on the radio or commercialized. I love unedited, RAW music. It speaks to me.

Music speaks. Rhythms and rhymes, ,beats and drums, lyrics, poems, songs. These are the few of many ways music speaks. How does it speak to you? Are you listening? Tribes in Africa use song, and dance to convey feelings or emotions. Chants are a more common form of communication between tribes. But if you listen closely. Its music. There’s a pattern, a rhythm, a beat, a song.

Chants are even used today. Many sororities and fraternities use chants to convey a specific message to one another. Believe it or not protesters use chants to get across a belief or message as well. Churches use words of worship, song, and dance to express their love.

Music is in me. It’s in everyone. Even you. Yes you reading this. Music can make you feel many things. Happy, sad, mad/angry, content, and whatever else. Music flows through each and everyone of us. It’s like the blood in our veins… It’s what sets us apart from one another. Giving us our own identity. Music has the power to turn your day from its crappy beginning to a better ending. Music is essential. I know it is for me. Each and every night/day there is a song I’m thinking of.

Whether it be Beyoncé or The Middle East. I’ll always have a song on my mind.

Close your eyes. Play your favorite song in your head. Now imagine yourself… Living it. Breathing it. That’s what I do. Music is breath taking. No matter what I’m doing I will always have a song on the tip of my tongue. Its like wild fire. Once I start I can’t stop! Different countries, continents, and states use music in different ways. Here in the United States music can be used for weddings as a happy and joyous time. Or at a funeral where loved ones are mourning.

 No matter what you’re doing with your music. How you use it. Whether you write it, sing it, dance to it, whatever the case may be…

Music is everywhere in each and every one of us.

Is it in you?

I’ll list below a few of my favorite songs. Let me know what you listen to. Do you think that music is universal? Why or why not? What’s your favorite song? Least?

The Middle East– Blood

Partition– Beyoncé

Secrets– One Rebuplic

Unwritten– Natasha Beddingfield

All Me– Drake

Poetic Justice– Kendrick Lamar

Power Trip– J. Cole

Forbidden Fruit– J. Cole

Heaven– Mary Mary

Perfect– Pink

Ego– Beyoncé

I’m Yours– Jason Mraz

Free Falling– John Mayer

Imagine Me– Kirk Franklin

Unthinkable– Alicia Keys

Versace– Drake

Come Thru– Drake

Pound Cake– Drake

808– Blaque

Rain– SWV

No More– 3LW

ALL THINGS ALIYAH

ALL THINGS TUPAC

ALL THINGS DR. DRE

September– Earth Wind & Fire

Promise– Ciara

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Dear Little Black Girl,

It took me awhile to sit here and write this post. I do my best thinking at night. I’ve been through sooooooooo many things in my life for me to only be 20. But I’m appreciative of the mistakes, trials, and tribulations that come with being a young black female. See, I grew up in a middle class home. We were comfortable. We had money in the bank, and the bills were paid. Now, don’t you go judging me. I’m not all high and mighty. I’ve been through “the struggle”. There have been times that the lights or water were off but that never lasted long. I had a family to support me no matter what. You would think that my life would be easy with bumps and bruises here and there. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. See my mom always told me “Jazmin, no matter what you do, how you do it, or when you do it. You’re going to have to do it twice as well, and work twice as hard.” I never knew what she meant. I let her words float to the back of my head.

As a young woman today. I now know what she meant.

Do me a favor, before you continue reading this post, look down at your arms or legs or whatever limbs you have. What do you see? Do you see two arms? Do you see two hands with 5 fingers on each? If not dial 911! Haha. Do you see two legs and two feet with 5 toes on each? Okay. There’s one thing that differs you from the next person. Its your skin. Not just your skin. It’s the pigment of your skin. Do me this one last favor, look down and tell me the color of your skin? What’s your race? Heritage? Background? Ethnicity?

 

You see I’m a product of African American descent. No, I am not black. I am brown. Smooth and creamy mahogany brown. I have the slight- deep dark rose cheeks with a gold undertone. I have silky jet black hair that will mesmerize you ever time I turn my head. My dark brown eyes will melt your heart. My lips do wonders while whispering sweet nothings in your ear.

 

But.. None of that matters. Why? You know why! Don’t act brand new!! I’m black can’t you see. No matter how hard I work, no matter what I do I’ll always be this way. My mind may very well be intelligent but that wont change my skin. I don’t have a problem being African American. I honestly don’t. It’s the working twice as hard as the next person just to get half way there. All of my life I’ve had to work twice as hard; in the classrooms, jobs, internships, leadership positions, etc. The list can go on and on for days but I wont keep you here that long.

I’m now coming to terms that I am who I am and there’s not a thing I can do about it. I do get tired. I do. But I still fight. I still work. I’m still me. When a job is passed to another person of lesser quality because of my color. I don’t get upset. I try again. And I try even harder the next time. I polish and finesse my skill set and give it another go. This is what you should do. So take notes here (little black girl).

It doesn’t bother me that racism is still very well alive in today’s society. Nor should it bother you.

 

 

I am battered and offended when I am done wrong by another person of color. It’s not the opposing race that will break your heart. Its the people that share the same background as you. Can you believe it? Your own people hurting you. Brothers, Sisters, Cousins, Nephews, Friends. I am you. You are me. We.

How can a people that have been through a tremendous amount of suffering still find it in themselves to condemn their own people? This question is still unanswered.

 

 

And this is what hurts me the most.

 

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