Empire ~ Lucious Lyon


Lucious Lyon

 

I think that although Lucious truly hates that his son Jamal is gay, he does love him in his own way. Lucious is ashamed of Jamal and he thinks he’s being hard on him for a reason. I believe that he’s been trying to toughen him up from the first time he saw him in those heels and he put Jamal in the trash. His battle with Jamal last Wednesday on Empire showed it. He was battling Jamal, not really over a song but because he knows how tough the world is going to be on his son and being good or talented is not enough. Lucious is trying to make him tougher. Who better than your father to be the toughest on you so that when you’re out in the world you’ll be able to say “That’s all you got!”

(this is beautiful…watch below)

Now, I’m not advocating or agreeing that Lucious is right for the treatment of his gay son but I’ve learned to not judge people’s parenting skills since most of the time I’m a bit sketchy about my own. All I’m saying is that’s what I believe he’s doing. I’ve seen someone say that they refuse to watch Empire and called it Ratchet. They stated it so because they were Christian  and I was kind of offended being someone who prides themselves on reading the word and to be honest, the Bible has the most ratchet stories in it if I might add: but most of us still read the Bible because we know that in the end someone gets delivered. Now, I’m not saying that on Empire someone’s going to be delivered but I do see where weekly the characters on the show are evolving. What they are evolving into is different altogether but I think this show works because Lee Daniels has found a dialogue of relatability within the black community. No, I’m not saying that Empire is every person in the black community’s story but surely if I can watch this story unfold I might be able to understand some people in the community.  We tend to denigrate things before we’ve had a chance to see the morality in mortals. We don’t really believe that God can change people helping them to extend themselves, grow, and evolve. There can be no light without darkness and sometimes it’s almost as if we are afraid to look at the dark. How will we ever be able to understand the magnitude of the light if we’re too afraid to look at the dark.

I think it’s time to tell our own stories. We need new ones anyway.

If you watch Empire on Fox, tell me what you think about the show, who’s your favorite character, and what you think about this blog post. ©2015 Kai Mann #KaiologyInk #Kaism #Kai2pointO

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A Shift Happened


There have been people

to come and help

along the way

I often wonder

if they knew

that’s what

they were doing

my heart

feels it

so

deep

A shift happened

let’s me

know

I’ve stepped into

something new

I’m trying to figure

out my rhythm

so excuse

me if I feel

a

little

off

I’ll recalibrate

soon

just gotta get acclimated

but it won’t be

long

now

~KAIOLOGYInk

#KaiologyInk #Kaism #Kai2pointO

I Come With Words


I come with words

spoken and not

never to be forgot

words in every thought

In life my lot

Lessons learned I got

to change life’s plot

I come with words

to seek and be sought

No price ever bought

For the wars I fought

The teachings through him I taught

I come with words

gifts written to speak

life lessons to teach

limitless skies to reach

head over feet

I come with words

amplified on the screen

motions on the scene

spoken by the team

spewing them out like feens

I come with words

guaranteed to be spoken

throat quenching no chokin’

spirits left unbroken

no need for the token

cause we are the chosen

I come with words

~Kai2pointO~

 

Masquerade Tour: Destruction by Sharon Bayliss


 

Light always exists and will always return when missing…
Publication Date: April 14, 2014

Series: The December People, Book One

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy 

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.


Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 
Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children. 


Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.


 
Available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble

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About the Author

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

 

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Solidifying The Root


Focus and inner strength comes from doing the work. When you are working to increase within yourself spiritual knowledge, knowledge of self, self-worth, and growth you have to protect that. In the origins of finding one’s balance there is a type of aloneness that you have to undertake until you have solidified the newness that has been created within you. Roots must be planted deep in order to support the growth. While the roots are getting anchored around the soil; nourishment comes from the insight and wisdom of like-minds that are necessary to help support the creativity of harmony within and without.  Then and only then can reproduction occur which is the bearing of fruit through vision, inspiration, and imagination.

Being alone can be used for two things; building up or tearing down. Both are necessary for growth.

 

THE NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop


THE NEXT BIG THING’ BLOG HOP

We are blog hopping our way through some new reads. This is an awesome way to be exposed to some wonderful authors that you might not have otherwise been exposed to. Be sure to follow our blog hop and be introduced to some exciting reads as well as works in progress. Below you will be able to learn a little about myself and some authors who I’ve had the privilege of working with. Be sure to check them all out. Sylvia Hubbard, Phette Ogburn, and LaCharmine Jefferson are all awesome authors that I am delighted to brag about!! Special thanks to Madeline Sloane   for asking me to participate. Madeline Sloane has published several history books, she segued into fiction as an independent author. In addition to “Consequence,” her booklist includes “Distracted,” “East of Eaton” and “West Wind.” Her books are available in print and digital format at all major booksellers. Check Madeline out at http://www.madelinesloane.com/.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

Q: What is the working title of your book?

A: Abandoned Property

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?

A: I came up with an idea to do a series of books that would consist of titles that reflect real estate terms. These were titles that most of us could relate to in one way or another. The concept was to  follow the lives of a group of people who would go through issues that reflect life as it is for many of us today. Stay tuned for future works in the Eviction Chronicles as it’ll all tie in together.

Q: What genre does your book fall under?

A: Lesbian Fiction

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: The Role of Kori Maitland would go to True Blood’s Rutina Wesley. Thandie Newton would act as Layla Bradford. Shawntae Harris ‘Da Brat’ would play Jay Winters. Nelsan Ellis of ‘True Blood’ would play Darius, Tasha Smith of Tyler Perry’s ‘Why did I get married’ would play Caren. Kerry Washington would play CoCo, and Carmen Ejogo of Sparkle would play Carina.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A: Abandoned and left to deal with their broken lives as if they were whole; Kori, Layla, Jay, and Darius continually destroy relationships and themselves because they never knew their worth.

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

A: Self-Published

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A: Abandoned Property is still a work in progress. The intricacy of the characters will differ from the appetizer that I gave in the first book in the Eviction Chronicles called 30 Day Notice. This book will give a lot more substance to the characters and should be completed by the beginning of the year 2013.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

A: I am not sure that Abandoned Property could be compared to any other book in my genre. Once again I’ve gone through extreme lengths to make sure that there is something for every one to not only relate to, but to also look inside themselves.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A: The Characters in the first book were an inspiration, but mainly the readers. I wanted to give them something deeper; a deeper look into the lives of the characters from 30 Day Notice and an even deeper message within the pages of Abandoned Property.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: 30 Day Notice was the appetizer. All I can say is get ready for the entrée. Abandoned Property is like the meal that you’ve been waiting for.
Something you’ve been craving but wasn’t quite sure that you have room for but you’re going to eat it anyway because it’s just too good to pass up.

Here’s a list of my tagged blog hop authors for next week. Check out their blogs next Wednesday, October 31st, to read about their WIPs and New Releases:

Sylvia Hubbard: Sylvia Hubbard, a Native Detroiter, romance suspense author started independently publishing her work in 2000. An avid writer & reader, in the same year she started Motown Writers Network, an organization geared to connecting Michigan’s Literary Network and increasing literacy in Metro Detroit. Always grateful for her fans for her success as a top AA erotic author on Google and one of her books reaching #2 Bestsellers in Erotica on Amazon in 2012, she’s a constant work in progress as she completes her 32nd novel by the end of the year.

Website: http://sylviahubbard.com

Phette Ogburn: is a wife, mother, and confidant who enjoys writing about real life issues that provoke thought and awareness. She’s a member of the Motown Writers Network and co-facilitator of the Motown Book Club. She published a book of short stories August 2011 and, her first novel, Innocence, GA, is due out December 2012. Her movie, Sext Messaging, started production June 2012 and the short film, The ID, is slated for production late November 2012 ~both are adaptations from her book It Can Happen To You.

Website: www.phetteogburn.com

L.A. Jefferson:  L.A. Jefferson is a natural hair enthusiast & blogger as well as a women’s contemporary fiction author. She’s active in the writing community as a member in Motown Writers Network and an adult literacy tutor.

Website: www.lajefferson.com