On this week’s Black Nerd Power I’ve built a pillow port in my feels about Straight Outta Compton and the exclusion of the women from the story, the story I lived, the stories behind the stories…How DOPE the the movie DOPE is and what great time it is to be a Black Nerd! Awlada music! Plus the Baes Kamikaze share exciting news with us! Richard says something about iPhones… all I hear is Samsung and a new Final Fantasy game is released. Markus has a pick of the week that has to be from the Debil… because being turned into a Vampire during Shark Week means it’s always SHARK WEEK!!! That is not of GAWD!!! And I give #Westies from my soul to Josh Duggar, Jared Fogle, and draw parallels between them and Robert Kelly. #BNPIfYaNasty #CoolPeoplePlacesThingsIdeas #PurpleHairAndConverse
Usually I would just save something like this and share it on FB and maybe the Twittuh and leave it right there… Ummm But No! We shall share in this foolishment together… I made it through exactly 2 minutes and 46 more seconds of this 7 minute and 58 more second video… And …
I mean really …
But maybe it’s just me… So here you go>>>
I mean maybe you can watch it in it’s entirety and help me..because I’m ova here like >>>
So in summation… He wasn’t eem talm to me or probably you… But why though?
Giovanni N. Dortch, when I first saw the name I aligned it with her iconic namesake. And I’ve found that it is a more than valid correlation. Giovanni, neé GioD is an Entrepreneur, Activist, Philanthropist, Womanist, Spiritualist, Mentor, and Coach, Scholar, Author, Pedagogue, Filmmaker, Domestic Goddess, Wife, Mother…
How she manages to find the time to be anything else while being in the dissertation stage of pursuing her Ph.D is beyond me… I can barely walk and blow bubbles at the same time… I kid, of course!
But she is, she is doing everything while completing her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of North Texas. Her work is focused on African Immigrants in the United States and Identity Formation and or Retention. How do they navigate the immigration process? What is it like being an immigrant of color? How do they identify or continue to identify? Is their identity defined by ethnicity, nationalism, or race? Very interesting work on navigating the process of immigrating and how it shapes identity… Although I’m not an immigrant, I am relative to more than a few and that whole process… Just whew! And identity, Listen Lindas and Lonnies! People of Color, don’t we know something about that identity…Or we learning.
Giovanni, Scholar (photo credit: Quinn McGowan)
Giovanni Wife and Mother
And while she is in pursuit of her continued advancement in academia she continues to foster and model friendship, parenting, and love gracefully. Married for 2 ½ years to her best-friend and prom date (it really is one of the sweetest real-life love stories) and mothering 3 teenage boys– one in public school, one in charter school, and one being homeschooled… YAZZZ! Wipe your brow honey, she is doing that, seemingly with ease (and it’s not always easy, but she makes it look that way). Her career, scholarly pursuits, and family oft overlap as she lives out her politics and very full and colourful life. One awesome overlap is Co-Ownership with her husband, Quinn McGowan aka The Mighty Quinn of Iron Mic Coalition(but this ain’t about him, I’ll do that another time…) in Legends Press Comics. Her role as Business Administration means keeping the business end of thing in balance… And if you hadn’t figured out by now… This Libra woman knows something about balance and keeping it together… Can you say “In touch with your star player…”
Which brings us to the business woman… As Owner and C.E.O of Zenzile’s (pronounced Zin. Zee.Lay) Way Consulting, Giovanni is leading the way in Public Speaking, Writing, Editing, Coaching, Diversity Training, Workshops and Corporate Communications with creative magic and keen insight. Through her company and aligned with her astrological nature, Giovanni will be launching her Luxe Libra Lifestyle brand (Coaching) in the upcoming month, which promotes “Better living through balance.” And has already embarked upon a partnership, The Scoop Divas, with Black Opal Media– a division of Harkins House Productions– offering on-site social media management and public relations… Meaning they can take our local events, GLOBAL! Somebody shout Gloowwwwray with me!!!
And just when it looks like her plate could get no fuller, Giovanni adds just one mo’ thang! Community Service, again the GioD lives her politics and she does so seamlessly: The Activist Mother, The Business-Partner Wife, The Student and The Educator… Giovanni has currently picked up the mantle and is working on several projects in Memphis, including Memphis TEEN SUMMIT, a live series based on BET’s popular nineties TV Show that launched the career of Ananda. MTS is also part of an effort of supporting and welcoming the Cutting Edge Youth Summit , a project she’s been involved with for several years, to Memphis (February, 2015) And at the same damn time she has partnered to organize a push to bring FREE Yoga classes to under-served areas in and around Memphis through the Memphis Urban Yoga Initiative… Oh did I mention, she’s a YOGI! Yazzz! That too!
Yeah!!! She is the GioD an amazing, magical womb warrior!
Doing it with #AbundantFaith and #winning because #theUniverseIsHerHomegirl
Watch as Giovanni answers the 7 Questions I ask Everybody and we totally NERD out about Office Supplies!
Sepsenahki “Chef Ahki “ Aahkhu, CEO of Delicious Indigenous Foods is a celebrity chef,natural foods activist and nutritional counselor. A native of Oklahoma, now calling Atlanta home she has the distinction of being the only Non-Hybrid Vegan Food Chef. Her message of non-hybrid and electric foods has caught fire with mature health nuts and young foodies. Her social media presence is filled with real time relevant content, a highly interactive community, practical tips, tools and recipes. Ahki uses seasonal, organic, fresh non-hybrid fruits and vegetables to create living food recipes designed to heal bodies and enhance lives
I had a chance to catch up with the Power.Full. Magical. Electric Chef at July’s Naturals In the City 3 and capture some footage of her bringing Electric Foods 101 to the Memphis Crowd… The gracious chef also gave me permission to share the recipe for her Real Green Burrito exclusively on #purplehairandconverse (for the full recipe go to www.chefahki.com)
Chef Ahki sites Dr. Sebi (learn about Dr. Sebi by clicking the link) as her biggest influence and says Vikter Duplaix is her go to music when she is #cheffin and #whippinpots! Some other take aways from Ahki:
Get at least half (½) your hydration from fruits and vegetables (non-hybrid of course)…
DRINK REAL COCONUT WATER!!! (not the stuff that comes in a box! Drink water from young, white or green, fresh Thai coconuts. NOT the BROWN junts/jawns/joints!)
Use asafetida (click the link for more info),shallot, or onion powder to replace garlic in cooking. Garlic is a good medicinal, but should be used sparingly in food preparations.
Because I have an incessant need to write. To learn. To tweak. To perfect. WELCOME, to the #bloglife! Not even the trying to get it monetized part. Just the being your own business part…
The part where you have so much content and not enough hours in the day enough QUIET hours in the day. The innawebs and nets are with the foolishment and there isn’t enough wine to fill a single water glass.
I am sitting here at 1:38a, waiting to post my regular WINSday series profile #WomensEmpowermentWINSday on Friday because me, AT&T, U-Verse, and the World Wide Web was having issues… Well really not the WWW because those big companies rallying behind “net neutrality” (the hell is dat anyways…) and the whole “Internet Slowdown" really didn’t slow a durn thang down, just putting out a spinning cat or sum’n and asked people to change their profile pics and remember the days of the real slow-moving internet— dial-up anybody? 56K modem much? Has anybody seen my NetZero installation disk… The goal was to get people to submit their comments to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) by the Sep. 15 deadline in support of reclassifying the internet as an essential communication service…
1:53a and I’m writing and sitting on a to-do list that is making me itch to stop working and start covering things in Washi tape…The internet is HELLA essential to me, I’m #blogginginthesstreets. But I ain’t complaining because I have a shiny, new, hi-speed, modem and the speed actually matches the shiny… So my laptops (plural) are running, so is Netflix (on at least 2 TVs) and prolly like 4 phones on the wi-fi and and we working over here…
And I think that’s what I started out talking about. Yes, the innawebs and nets are essential to what I do, but even more essential is learning how to manage it all. It’s one thing to manage a household. Children. Even adults. Artists… But when you are in charge of yourself. You are the brand, the brand manager, the CEO, the CFO, the COO… sometimes it looks C-R-A-Z-Y… But you I do it because I can’t do anything else (I’m capable, I just don’t want to.) I’ve never been as passionate or driven, attentive or protective over anything, save my children.
But somehow blogging and I found each other and are creating a new life…
And sometimes that life looks like 2 a.m. feedings… And staying up 34 straight hours, but if the only other time I put it like this is any indication of what it can be then I will continue to #workwerkwerqWURK because I know the end results will be worth it.
So I’m going to continue to #WriteOn and #WriteTheWrongs and #WriteTheRights because #iWrite… Yep! I’m bout Dat #bloglife.
Check this out! Part 1 of Dr. Robinson’s Urban Storytelling interview… that’s right guys Dr. Zandria F. Robinson is a professor and how does she move? Running don ethnographic research and popculture at the same time… Check her out here: le vidyo! and here»> the twittuh:@zfelice and here»> the innawebs: newsouthnegress.com And that super funny guy in le vidyo is Main Stream of Memphis Urban News «<those are his tags and you check him out here »> the twittuh:@mainstreammphs and here »> the innawebs: www.mainstreammemphis.com
A million watts of star power! Yazzz! After fawning and gushing all weekend over the beauty.full and talented Aryen (pronounced Ah- Rye-Uhn) and her delectable delicacies, I was finally able to steal her away for a few minutes and this is what happened 🙂
Ask yourself how much GREATer can it get and GAWD will show you!!! My face is tingling with anticipation because this beauty.full lady slays to the gawds cleanly! Did I mention I’m excited!!! Want some get some! Naturals In the City 3 starts in 2 hours…
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