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Remarks:

Keke Wyatt’s cover of the old Patti LaBelle song.

Lyrics:

I must have rehearsed my lines a thousand times,
Until I had them memorized.
But when I get up the nerve to tell you,
the words that never seem to come out right. ohh

[Chorus:]
If only you knew how much I do,
do love you, oh.
If only you knew,
how much I do, do need you.

I dream of moments we share, but your not there,
I’m living in a fantasy.
but you don’t even suspect,
could probably care less,
about the changes I been going through.

If only you knew how much I do,
do love you, oh.
If only you knew,
how much I do, do need you.
play on

No, you don’t even suspect,
Could probably care less,
about the changes I been going through.

If only you knew how much I do,
do love you, oh.
If only you knew,
how much I do, do need you.

Oh, if, if
Oh, You don’t know how much u don’t know
I said you don’t know,
how much I need you sugar,
only you knew,
how much I do,
I love you baby, only if u knew how much i do,
i love u baby, i need u baby

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AliciaKeysAlicia Cook (c. 1979- ), better known by her stage name of Alicia Keys, was one of the top American R&B singers of the 2000s. She is best known for “Fallin'” (2001) , which made her name and is still her most unforgettable song to date. Smokey Robinson says she is one of the best new singers.

So far six of her songs have hit number one on the American R&B chart:

  • 2001: Fallin’
  • 2003; You Don’t Know My Name
  • 2004: If I Ain’t Got You
  • 2004: My Boo (with Usher)
  • 2007: No One
  • 2008: Like You’ll Never See Me Again

“Superwoman” and “Teenage Love Affair” never hit number one.

Half these songs also hit number one on the American pop chart:  “Fallin'”, “My Boo” and “No One”.

For comparison, during this same period Beyonce had five number one hits on both the R&B and pop charts in America and Mariah Carey had three each.

Mariah and Beyonce have sold way more records than Alicia Keys: they have been at it longer and their music crosses over to white audiences better.

Alicia Keys is not only talented and successful but beautiful – one of the most beautiful black women according to white people. She is half Italian by blood and looks nearly white.

Her father is black (Jamaican); her mother is white (Italian-American). She considers herself to be black, not biracial or mixed race. Unlike with Mariah Carey, it has never been a question. Also, unlike Carey, her early music was more clearly black too.

She was born in Harlem. Her parents split when she was two. She saw little of her father, a flight attendant, though he did remain in her life. Her mother was often poor but somehow she always found money for Alicia’s piano lessons. Alicia:

I’ve had a deep love for music since I was four… . Music came before everything, everything, everything. I would risk everything for it.

By seven she could play classical piano. By 11 she was writing songs. One of the songs on her first album she wrote at 14. She continued to learn and practise her singing and piano.

In 1997 she got a record deal with Columbia Records – and dropped out of Columbia University. But then Columbia Records did what they did to Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen before her: tried to make her into someone else:

I felt that they wanted me to be a clone of Mariah or Whitney, and I couldn’t do that. I’m not the sequined dress type, or the high-heeled type, or the all-cleavage type. I’m not coming like that for no one.

They parted ways.

Clive Davis, the very man who brought us Whitney Houston, stepped in. He was struck by her talent and beauty. She was struck by how he took her seriously.

After many delays – Davis was kicked out of Arista and formed J Records, bringing Keys with him – she completed her first album in 2001. “Nothing before its time,” she says. Davis got her on Oprah’s television show and the rest is history.

– Abagond, 2009.

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I keep on fallin’
In and out of love
With you
Sometimes I love ya
Sometimes u make me blue
Sometimes I feel good
At times I feel used
Lovin you darlin’
Makes me so confused

I keep on
Fallin’
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you

Verse 2
Oh, oh , I never felt this way
How do you give me so much pleasure
And cause me so much pain
Just when I think
I’ve taken more than would a fool
I start fallin’ back in love with you

I keep on
Fallin’
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you

Oh baby
I, I, I, I’m fallin’
I, I, I, I’m fallin’
Fall

I keep on
Fallin’
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you

I’m fallin’
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you

I’m fallin’
In and out of love with you
I never loved someone
The way that I love you

What?

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Carl:
I always dreamed that everything would be okay with me and you,
I was wrong
When I looked into your eyes I didn’t see all the things I used to, what’s
Going on

Faith:
You gave me reasons to believe that we were always meant to be but now I see
You were wrong
You can’t keep running back to me with all those baby baby pleases no more
No more

Chorus:
Never imagined you would be a faded picture I’m emotional (I’m emotional)
It’s so believing your deceiving it’s official I’m emotional, (I’m
Emotional)

I can’t forget last night I saw you in the corner wrapped up tight
You were warm ooh
Slow dancing on the floor while I was watching from the door so hurt
There you were
You gave me reasons to believe that we were always meant to be but now I see
You were wrong
You can’t keep running back to me with all those baby baby pleases no more
No more

Never imagined you would be a faded picture I’m emotional (I’m emotional)
It’s so believing your deceiving it’s official I’m emotional, (I’m
Emotional)

You had your chance
But you threw it all away
Thought you had my love always (oh baby)
I don’t understand (I just dont understand)
How you think that we could stay
In total unhappiness

Never imagined you would be a faded picture I’m emotional (I’m emotional)
It’s so believing your deceiving it’s official I’m emotional, (I’m
Emotional)

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Supa Sista
I see you off in the distance
comin’ at me like a twister
packing more force than a four-time
heavyweight champion
kinkycoil topped cauldron
of pain, passion and black-mama strength
hellbent on
making your mark in this world

Angry ghetto-grown whril-a-girl

Hmmmm

swirlin’
twirlin’
your way
through the

darkest of days and
the brightest of nights
trying to fit some love… in…between

Supa Sista
Supa Sista Sista
Supa Sista
Supa Sista Sista

Supa Sista
I see you off in the distance
pistons ablaze
as you raise
your black mistas
to be

victors not victims
of systems and prisons
aimed at stifling their…visions

Your mission is clear
fear is not even an option
with your son on that frontline
ther’s no time
grab your tek9

Don’t give them suckas one second

to blink

Supa Sista
Supa Sista Sista
Supa Sista
Supa Sista Sista

Supa Sista
I see you off in the distance
gaining momentum
as you deconstruct their preconceived mis-conceptions

Blowing their notions
right up out the ocean
pathway to your auction

Rape
Hate
Blame
Conversion

I call on all Supa Sistras
to emerge from
the muck and the mire
set the brainwashed up masses on fire

I call on all Supa Sista
to enlist her
in-house divinity
see
We may plea..but never bargain
for the lives of our daughters and sons
there really needs to be just
one…love
one love
one love
there really needs to be just…

one love

just one love
just one love
just one love

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King magazine

King magazine (2001- ), “the illest men’s magazine ever”, is the hip hop world’s answer to white-boy Maxim, which has to make do as merely the best-selling men’s magazine ever.

King has three main parts:

  1. Advertisements for rims
  2. Pictures of beautiful, half-naked women
  3. Articles on things like cars, sports, music, computer games, fashion, liquor and, of course, women. And even serious issues, like race.

King grew out of the Eye Candy pages of the hip hop magazine XXL. It was created with Maxim as a model.

The writing is not strong and without the women there would not be much of a magazine left, but what women it has!

If you want to do some serious reading, get the New Yorker. If you want to look at beautiful women, get King.

King has the best-looking women of any magazine that I know of. Even its white women are better than the ones in Maxim.

What Mozart is to Muzak, King‘s women are to women in other magazines.

An example: For years I have seen pictures of the singer Mya. And I saw her again this morning in King, but that picture makes all the others seem like nothing, like water to wine. She is not perfect or pretty in the picture, but she looks like a woman, like a woman you have wanted for a long time, like a woman you would leave your wife and destroy your whole life for. That is how a woman should look.

King looks at women the way a man does. The other magazines, even magazines like Playboy, look at a woman as an object, something that is pleasing to look at but has nothing inside. Mannequins with flesh. No soul. They think beauty and being perfect looking are the same thing.

Another thing King gets right: they pick women who are truly beautiful, not women who are supposed to look beautiful because they satisfy some checklist of skin colour, hair length or size of certain body parts. They trust their judgement as men.

But King is not perfect. I do not like every woman they have. And with some women I can see that they took the easy way out and gave us bare, Photoshopped flesh rather than the woman’s true beauty. This was true for Gabrielle Union, Jill Marie Jones and Lizz Robbins. The bare flesh was nice, King, but these women are more beautiful than just that. Bring them back again and do them justice!

The two other magazines that are the most like King are Smooth and Black Men. The women in Smooth are not as good – they are too air-brushed to take seriously – but the writing is much better. Black Men is a more well-rounded magazine, but its women are soulless.

Compared to Maxim, King has better-looking women and more of them, but less to read. They also have more on fashion and liquor than Maxim.

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Wikipedia

The Wikipedia (2001- ) is an encyclopedia on the Web that is completely written and edited by its readers. Readers are free to write whatever they want about any subject under the sun. The only real guideline is the “neutral point of view” rule. Since late 2005, however, most changes have been rejected. Well, most of mine at least.

The Wikipedia started in 2001 and already it is the largest encyclopedia in the English-speaking world with over a million articles. The Wikipedia exists in other languages too, but with far fewer articles.

The Wikipedia is free: anyone can read it for free. On the other hand, anyone who writes or edits the Wikipedia is also doing it for free. For the same reason it cannot use copyrighted material.

You would think the thing would be a complete disaster, but somehow it works. For every evil-minded person who wants to ruin the Wikipedia, there are ten others who want to see it succeed and will fix it. The Wikipedia is set up so that it is easy to undo any change. No one can cause any lasting harm to it. For example, you can write “the moon is made of green cheese” in the Moon article. Within minutes your change will be gone.

The Wikipedia is built the same way Linux was: on the Internet by many hands from all over the world. This was why those who started the Wikipedia thought it would work.

But there is an important difference between these two: to work on Linux you need to be very good and very experienced in computer programming. To work on the Wikipedia you just need to know how to write.

The science magazine Nature took some science articles from both the Britannica and the Wikipedia and asked experts to count the errors in each. The Britannica had fewer errors – no surprise there – but the Wikipedia was not that much worse. The Britannica strongly disputes this, showing how the results were interpreted to favour the Wikipedia.

But fact checking, it turns out, is one of the Wikipedia’s strengths.

What it is not so good at is writing and editing. After all, checking a fact is much easier than editing. Just look at what a fact checker gets paid at a magazine compared to the editor. So articles tend to be long-winded and badly written. Clear, forceful writing gets watered down or removed.

Bad writing is harder to understand. It also makes it harder to find key facts. Articles are much longer than they should be. A good editor would fix all that.

Another bad influence: the Britannica. Most Wikipedians grew up with the Britannica as their idea of what an encyclopedia should be. But the long articles and long-winded prose of the Britannica do not work on the Web. Wikipedia articles are nowhere near as bad, but many are still too long and too long-winded for the Web, good writing or no.

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