On this day, in 1965, Constance Baker Motley was elected Manhattan Borough President, the highest elective office held by a Black woman in a major American city.
an indelible mark on this world. I work to accomplish that every day.
I don’t know who all follows me on twitter, but I tweet a lot. Some of you will already know this story from twitter, but for those of you who don’t… Let me just briefly say that something ALWAYS happens to me when I go to the gym. I can’t just go to the gym, have a good workout and be done. There is always an incident. Last night’s incident:
First of all, I went to the gym late, got there around 9:30p.m., lookin’ like somebody’s grandmama. I obviously did not expect to see anyone I knew either… 30 minutes in my intense elliptical workout (lol jk) BAM. My friend’s FINE older brother: muscles poppin, skin lookin’ right, doing his thang! I immediately start to freak out, wondering if he has already seen me. At first I thought he didn’t, ducking down behind the elliptical when he walked by, even hiding behind a weight lifting machine until I was out of his sight. But as I got closer to the end of my workout, I could sense that he was watching me, so I think he did.
For full post and more pics: http://thekrisbliss.blogspot.com/2011/02/rolling-in-deep.html
In 1900, James Weldon Johnson wrote with his brother the song “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” on the occasion of Lincoln’s birthday. The song became immensely popular in the black community and became known as the “Negro National Anthem.”
The Grammy’s were also the other night, and as we all know, the big upset was when Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist over Justin Bieber. I honestly didn’t think she had a chance over those crazy Beliebers, but I was so happy for her, almost in tears! She went to Berklee as well as me, and she was a normal musician just like the rest of us. When I got to school she had just graduated and was actually working for Berklee, and I would see her walking around campus carrying her huge upright with her. She was very friendly and always wearing a smile. If she can make it, so can we!
Frenchie Davis said it best on twitter yesterday:
“Um, not knowing who Esperanza Spalding is doesn’t make her a nobody… It makes YOU musically ignorant… Again, I implore you to go sit down.”
For the full post and more pics: http://thekrisbliss.blogspot.com/2011/02/and-award-goes-to.html
Born in 1918 in South Africa. He led armed resistance against apartheid, his native land’s entrenched system of brutal legal discrimination that guaranteed political and economic security for White South Africans and disenfranchisement and poverty for Blacks. As a part of the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela found himself first a fugitive and then a prisoner. During his twenty seven years in jail, he became an international symbol of defiance against the brutality of South Africa’s racist regime. Mandela was freed from prison in 1990. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three years later. Shortly thereafter, he was elected as the first Black President of a new South Africa, one now free of apartheid- if not entirely of its legacy- due in part to his efforts.
Hey thanks so much! Yes I do twist my own hair! I actually want to do tutorials on my youtube page at some point, I’ve just been putting it off! Thanks for the suggestion, I might put one up! :)
TGIF!! Is anybody going to see the new Justin Bieber movie today (just kidding… But not really)?
As you all know, I joined the gym and started working out. At the gym I signed up with, they give you a complimentary fitness “assessment” in hopes that you’ll sign up with a Personal Trainer. I agreed to the assessment, but had no plans to sign up for a PT. So I met with the guy, discussed what I wanted to work on (abs!!!) and he paired me up with the “abs guy” to do a few workouts.
“Robert” ( the abs guy) and I walk over to this stretching/sit-up machine. It looked something similar to this, but larger and more slanted, so that you could lay your entire back on the bench comfortably. Robert has me lying on the bench with a medicine ball, then reaching up in the air to touch his hand, you know, nothing fancy. We finish the workout, and it’s time to get up. Instead of scooting up to the top of the bench, to easily get my feet from under the rolly thingys, I decide to try to get off the bench whilst still laying down. MISTAKE.
My foot gets stuck under the rolly thingy and I literally fall off the machine sideways, in a tumble. Everyone is looking at me. People take out their earbuds, pause their ipods, stop their workouts to stare. I was SOOOOOO embarrassed!!!!
For full post and more pics: http://thekrisbliss.blogspot.com/2011/02/fall-7-times-stand-up-8.html
African Americans account for 12% of the U.S. population, but account for almost half of all new HIV/AIDS infections. Let’s use this day to recognize the impact of the epidemic on the Black community. Get tested. Stay safe.
I know you’re looking at the title of this post and thinking “What the heck?” but that phrase came from the same person who said she was taken over by the spirit Nebuchadnezzar Hakeem Olajuwon on New Year’s Eve. If you have NO idea what I’m taking about, you can see that post here.
My body is mad at me because it doesn’t understand what’s going on. I have joined the gym and started my workout grind, and I am soooo sore you guys!! But my body is going to have to deal with it because, I can’t stop ‘cuz I won’t stop (Diddy voice). Does anyone have any good workout tips? Does anybody workout? lol
For full post and more pictures http://thekrisbliss.blogspot.com/2011/02/eclectic-minimalism.html
Since I’m staying home tnite, might as well work on a new post! While u wait, check out my latest one here: http://thekrisbliss.blogspot.com