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New #Poem: “400” Part 2 – #MusicMondays

Check out this video of my latest poem, “400” part 2, then check out the song, “400” part 1, written and produced by me! (the words to this poem are at the bottom of this page)

History Lesson: 400© on SoundCloud written and produced by Ndidi Love – https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/

If you know me then you know what I’m on
Igbo kwenu
Ada Awka
I’m a daughter of the sun
Free Biafra free Nnamdi the entire nation
If it’s Africans for Africa that’s pan-Africa
& We going back to Africa that’s my decision
Call the army call up Garvey
We united as 1
& we marching like an army
We ain’t doing this for fun
Take a step back & regret that
Double down or be done
If you not for me you against me stay on code & B1
Or you want a rerun
Of this 400 & 1
Claim your status as a Hebrew
& just learn your lesson
Or This 11 day journey
Turn to 40 & 1
This a really simple journey
What’s the argument for
Y’all look just like each other
What’s the diaspora war
Y’all use the same comb & grease
That’s enough to have peace
That’s enough to keep quiet with your freedom of speech cuz it ain’t freedom if you not lifting your sister in peace
If you tearing her down, then you doing the least
Na you doing the most
Social media posts
But on the corner when they step to you, you be going ghost.
Look…. i’m just hear to tell you like it is
Think of things to bring legacy to your kids
Do the thing that we all remember you for
Don’t be the one that leads to us to 400 more.

Ndidi Love ©2021

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Lessons From Dblock Verzuz Dipset: #Verzuz

Hello All! obviously, this is not a post that was in the drafts, I had to create time for this post, the same way Dblock made it worth my time to stay up watching their performance during Verzuz! Well, I have been loving Dblock for probably half my life or more than half at this point, and if you’re wondering who Dblock is, it’s the Lox! The Lox is a hip hop trio that first came out on Bad Boy records in 1997. They went on to make hits for themselves and others, and had the biggest transition of their career when they signed to Ruff Ryders, joining the likes of DMX, Swizz Beatz, Eve, and Drag-on. They are not mainstream mumble rappers, they are raw, and spit records that are timeless, as we saw last night. Well I want to talk about what I learned from them lastnight, not so much their music, which I love, but that could take all day.

I am so in love with what I saw last night simply because I like the small lessons just as mush as the big. Here we have 3 Black men, they have not placed themselves out there as any moral authority, but they are consistent. I believe they are consistent with each other, first. Three Black men who met in high school, remained about their business, grew in life and in business together, and protected each other with integrity. Someone pointed out that they have been together all this time with no scandals, public fallouts, gossip interviews, etc. I would like to add that, I’m sure it does not mean that they have never disagreed on anything, we just didn’t know about it. I am sure these brothers have seen each other go through all kinds of things; I know Styles P is married and has been married for like 25 years (to a beautiful cocoa Black Queen by the way), I don’t know if Sheek Louch or Jadakiss is married, but these brothers I’m sure have seen each other though relationships, business, highs and lows, and everything in-between. Even when they left Bad Boy, they protected each other and moved forward as a team. Why am I saying all this? because it showed up in their performance. Everyone was saying Dipset would win because they have more mainstream hits. I agree that Dipset can get me turned up in the club, but their performance last night was reflective of all the drama they’ve had with each other, and their lack of preparation. No disrespect to them, I am making a point about unity, execution, and doing what you love. No matter what happens behind the scenes, make it a point to be a united front, don’t go off popularity and numbers, because when it’s time to execute, it will show up in your performance. The amount of times I got up and danced last night to a Dipset song did not stop the fact that when Dblock was performing, they captured the attention of our minds. Even if I was dancing, I was attentively and listening eyes glued to the screen, the energy that Dblock put forth made me pay more attention. Jadakiss especially was flowing all night, the Lox clearly prepared and didn’t need to rap over a track to help them, they were effortless in execution, they were a unit and stood side by side clearly as brothers. If you notice, Dipset kept their shades on, took longer to get comfortable, and they didn’t interact with each other as much. Everybody publicly knows the issues they have with each other and what they have accused each other of on interviews. I do not know Dipset, but I can guess and say that they have avoided their issues and focused on popularity, I can see it in their interactions on stage. I watch couples do that a lot; step outside as a broken unit, but since they look good together, they think people won’t pick up on the lack of cohesion. Everything is energy baby. Dipset counted on their popularity and the sound of their hits to make them champions, but nothing beats cohesiveness, effort, preparation, and passion that was displayed by Dblock (why I loved them all these years).

This is a blog dedicated to the unity and uplifting of Black people right? So, my people, my people; I am not here to scold Dipset, or act like I know them; I used Dblock’s victory as an example of what we can all do when we focus on cohesiveness as a people, working out our problems as a community, and remaining consistent on the path to liberation. A united front is what we need. For some reason, people think it cannot be done, but again, other communities do it all the time, chaos and drama isn’t necessary for entertainment. We not only look to other cultures, but what we have done in the past as Africans cohesively living amongst one another. I only speak of the example of other cultures as something you can see right now, since people claim they need evidence of what their eyes can see. Asians and Jews specifically probably have internal conflicts, beef, and outliers. They all do because human interactions come with disagreements; but when it’s time to unite they always show up. That is what we need – we need the spirit of Dblock, let’s not publicly bash each other anymore, and cancel each other. I am sure that this blog post here is the only blog post in 10 years that I spoke a little negative about a celebrity, but I in no way wish to trash talk anyone publicly, I wish Dipset the best and I enjoyed their songs. We can no longer continue to be the only people who make all of our shortcomings and disagreements public for public consumption. Every gossip blogger’s main content is Black celebrities and even making up stories just for a click, it’s the honest truth – let’s change that. Let us get back to being talented, create something that we can consume that is good for our soul, together. Let us always practice standing up to injustice in our everyday life so that when national occurrences happen, we are ready to stand united and fight for what’s right. Focus on what is lasting and not fleeting in the moment. All those other groups who thought they are going to win this time based on their track record of looking good will be surprised the day we as Black people come together as united and consistent, and last but not least, victorious!

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Toodles!

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New Item Preview!!!

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The Brand New Beautiful Headband© design!

That’s right people, I got some new lettered beads that brings this design to a whole new level, it is absolutely gorgeous! This brand new design will be available in a range of colors, including multicolor, and will be available on August 4th, so be on the lookout! These beads are made of bronze metal and I am so excited to be incorporating bronze metal beads into ALL my designs now. Thank you all for your support so I am able to continue making and perfecting the products you love. 

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#WordyWednesdays – An Igbo Journey

choir practicing in church
So today I want to talk about the story of yesterday
When I went on a journey to find the truth of my own way
I read the bible front to back in search of victory
In turn I was reversed into an Igbo destiny.

I took all I could learn and left the lies unto the gods
To trample them and leave my mind for it was not too hard
If I could just see truth and light the darkness wouldn't go on
And finally I'd be able to remove what doesn't belong. 

The pagans told a story of a time when they weren't there
The faithful ones and righteous ones were left to their despair
How can you tell a story when it doesn't belong to you?
And then I realized the pagans were the ones searching for truth.

If truth was in my blood then I'd surely recognize my own
Truth already told me that my life lies with the throne
The throne looks like my people and speaks our language through and through
The pagans messed up big time when their lies conflicted truth

They hid it in their lifestyle but my spirit called it out
My presence makes you give in I can hear your demons shout
You can't handle my lifestyle & the crown doesn't fit you
When given to my people even 1 crown becomes 2.

Community, ubuntu, our inheritance is shared
No African superior so no need to be scared
The first shall be last, and the last shall be first
We've maintained both places and our wealth has been dispersed

This is an Igbo story, I hope you can relate
I hope you will join all 12 tribes & help participate
I hope you know that when we join that we'll all celebrate
I hope you know I love you & I'll let that melanate. 

~Ndidi Love~