Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This Isn't Racist??

Apparently there is a debate going on on whether or not this image is racist. Personally I don't see the argument against it. Black people were considered un-evolved uncivilized apes/monkeys for centuries and treated horrifically because of the notion. So depicting a prominent black politician as a "curious little monkey" would in essence be a throwback race move. NO?! Discuss...

Diva Speak TV Ep:16

DIVA NOTE: I accidentally said Myanmar is a city in Burma.
It is actually another name for the country. Sorry for the wrong info.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Put You On *N.E.R.D. Remix of "Everyone Nose"

Check out Pharrell, Ye, Lu, & Pusha T (of The Clipse) on the "Everyone Nose" remix (N.E.R.D.'s new song). IMO Pusha killed it. Gotta give props where they're due!

Earthquake hits China

Just weeks after the devastating cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) a 7.9 magnitude earthquake has hit china.

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Thousands of people have been killed by Monday's powerful earthquake in just one affected region of central China, its government said, with the toll expected to keep rising as bodies are retrieved from schools, homes and factories.

The death toll quickly rose throughout the day. State-run news agency Xinhua said it had reached 8,533 in Sichuan Province by Monday night, and another 10,000 were believed to be injured.

It reported that authorities were yet to reach Wenchuan County -- which sits at the epicenter of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake with a population of about 112,000 -- because of damage to roads.

In Beichuan County, close to Wenchuan, the number of deaths was estimated at more than 3,000, with 80 percent of the buildings destroyed. Video

China's Seismological Bureau said the earthquake had affected more than half the country's provinces and municipalities.

Never Say Never-Land

Our boy MJ got em' again:

“Michael Jackson avoided foreclosure on his spectacular Neverland Ranch Sunday when a new bank took over the mortgage on the property. The 2,700-acre spread, complete with amusement park and menagerie, had been expected to be auctioned off this week after Jacko defaulted on payments.

But Colony Capital, a real estate investment firm, bought the $23.5 million mortgage and said it was negotiating a new payment plan. Jackson, 49, will likely sell the property, and soccer star David Beckham is one of the celebs reportedly thinking of buying it.

Gotta give Michael props for this one. He somehow keeps managing to never have to say goodbye to the good land of fun he calls home.

Here he is singin one of my favorite tunes, "Never Can Say Goodbye."

Friday, May 9, 2008

My Purse Was Stolen

Hey folks. This is really not my week. I got in a car accident last weekend and last night my purse was stolen with my ipod, phones, camera, wallet, ticket to the Roots & Erykah Badu, basically my life. Contrary to popular belief, I am FAR from rich. But I need those things to continue to forward movement of my business. The phones for obvious reasons, the camera is how I shoot a lot of DivaSpeak TV and if you're a music lover, ESPECIALLY if you're an artist,a you completely understand how difficult it is to live without an ipod. So, if you were thinking bout buyin "Life Experience" off my Myspace page, or a hand-painted bag, or mixtape, or print hopefully the spirit will move you today to purchase an item from DivaWorks to bring some goodness to you and also help me get back in the swing of things. Hope this finds everybody well. -Deev

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Protest Protest Protest! UPDATE

Yesterday folks came out in the hundreds to protest the non-guilty verdict of the officers in the Sean Bell case. Al Sharpton and Bell's widow, Nicole Paultre-Bell were arrested among others. I attended the protest on 125th in Harlem but there were also gatherings on 34th st, the 59th st bridge and at 1 Police Plaza in the Financial District. I am proud that folks came together to take a stand against injustice. The latter seems to happen far too often and we have to be consistent in letting the govt, police, media, etc know that it will NOT be tolerated.

Diva Speak TV Ep:15

Sorry we're a day late guys.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Protest Protest Protest!

Al is calling folks to come together to protest the massive injustice of the Sean Bell verdict.

Reverend Al Sharpton has organized a city-wide "pray-in" schedule, in protest of the recent acquittal of three New York City police officers on all charges related to the shooting death of would-be groom Sean Bell.

In conjunction with the National Action Network, Sharpton assigned six locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn as places for protestors to gather today. Participants will be asked to get down on their knees in prayer, with hopes that the peaceful disruption will lead to a citywide slowdown, according to AllHipHop. The locations were strategically choosen for their proximity to busy traffic areas in New York City.

One such location will be the NYPD headquarters in Manhattan, where Sharpton will be joined by Bell’s would-be bride, Nicole Paultre-Bell, and the other two men injured in the shooting, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Other protest leaders include National Action Network chairman Franklyn Richardson in Harlem, NAACP leader Hazel Dukes in Tribeca, and Reverend Herbert Daughtry in Brooklyn.

Sharpton reportedly has plans to continue these protests on a weekly basis, leading to a larger city shutdown later this Spring. The infamous civil rights figure has called for protests to be peaceful, but requests that demonstrators be prepared to go to jail.

“If you are not going to lock up the guilty in this town, then I guess you’ll have to lock up the innocent,” Sharpton said while announcing protest plans May 4.

"[T]he world must see that we're in a climate where the justice system in this state will lock up folks who'll be nonviolent and pray, but will not lock up police," he added.

Paultre-Bell, who has become somewhat of a media darling, confirmed her participation in the protest.

“Justice wasn’t done, so I’m still here,” she said. “On Wednesday, I will be there. We are going to do this peacefully.”

Protest meeting points are scheduled as follows:
125th Street and Third Avenue;
Park Avenue and 34th Street;
60th Street and Third Avenue;
One Police Plaza;
Varick and Houston streets; and
The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church, 415 Atlantic Ave.

Save the Koalas!!

People say I look like a Koala so this story struck a chord with me!

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Koalas are threatened by the rising level of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere because it saps nutrients from the eucalyptus leaves they feed on, a researcher said Wednesday.

Ian Hume, emeritus professor of biology at Sydney University, said he and his researchers also found that the amount of toxicity in the leaves of eucalyptus saplings rose when the level of carbon dioxide within a greenhouse was increased.

The researchers found that carbon dioxide in eucalyptus leaves affects the balance of nutrients and "anti-nutrients" -- substances that are either toxic or interfere with the digestion of nutrients.

An increase in carbon dioxide favors the trees' production of carbon-based anti-nutrients over nutrients, so leaves can become toxic to koalas, Hume said.

Hume estimated that current levels of global carbon dioxide emissions would result in a noticeable reduction in Australia's koala population in 50 years due to a lack of palatable leaves.

Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, a marsupial physiologist, said koalas had already disappeared from parts of Australia but remained plentiful in others and were unlikely to be wiped out by climate change. They already have been displaced from the most nutritious trees on the most fertile land by the spread of farms and suburbs, he said.

Dag, this global warming shit is SO real. If you have yet to see Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" you really should. Everyone needs to be educated on the reality of our ailing Earth. We worry about wars, money, sickness, etc. as we should, but if we don't put the same effort into our planet won't be nothing to worry about at all!

Lil Wayne Loves Drugs

[He better stop fuckin with them drugs before them teeth start fallin out!]

Oh Weezy F. I like Lil Wayne. He get's out of line at the mouth sometimes but musically I'm a fan. Which is why I would love to see him free and drug free in the near future. Not sure what is goin on in his soul that has him so close to the edge but jail WILL sober you up and he might be headed there soon with charges like this:
Cash Money Records rap star Lil Wayne appeared in Arizona Superior Court to face numerous drug charges yesterday. The rapper, who was hit with multiple drug charges and a weapons offense in January, entered a not guilty plea in court. Lil Wayne [has] pled innocent to charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of a narcotic drug for sale, misconduct involving weapons and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lil Wayne was arrested on January 22, after DEA Agents stopped the rapper’s tour bus near a border checkpoint in southwestern Arizona, about 75 miles East of Yuma. A Border Patrol dog alerted officials to the presence of drugs and a subsequent search of the bus uncovered 41 grams of ecstasy, four ounces of marijuana, a little over an ounce of cocaine and a .40 caliber pistol, which is registered to Lil Wayne in Florida. Police also confiscated $22,000 dollars in cash and two other firearms. Lil Wayne was released on $10,000 cash bond. His next court date is May 19.
Hopefully he'll straighten out before it's too late.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Moment of Fineness

Damn Chris. GOT DAMN!

Yes! Support Obama!!!

This is Dope, lol.

Shout to The Deen for putting me on!

Put You On! *Dilated Peoples*

I just love this video so I felt like sharing.
They look so happy! Happy rappers??? Nooooo, it can't be! lol!

Dilated Peoples "Back Again"

Monday, May 5, 2008

Black Lily

This weekend I hosted and performed at the 2nd annual Black Lily Film & Music Festival and it was a amazing! Shout to all the women who performed. Amongst them were stand out performances by J. Davey, Bahamadia, Slick & Rose, Lady Bug Mecca, & Liz Wright to name a few. It was really great to be amongst so many dope female artists. We're doing a full take on the event on the next DivaSpeak TV on wednesday. Shout to Tracey Moore and Mercedez Martinez of the JazzyFatNastees and the creators of Black Lily.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I spent the first 8 years of my life in Los Angeles going to elementary school with a number of Mexican kids. Cinco de Mayo was always a big deal and huge celebration. Read below to check out the history of the day. Embrace other cultures folks:)

The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be. Mexico declared its independence from mother Spain on midnight, the 15th of September, 1810. And it took 11 years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave Mexico.

So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.

Friday, May 2, 2008


It just got so much realer for Hillary. Peep the video below.

Indiana you know what it is!
Bams in da ocho!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Could it be?!?!?! Is Nas back?!

[I'm proud to be in this pic with him when he makes records like this!]

Just when I had completely given up. Just when I had thrown in the towel. Nasir Jones goes and makes a COT DAMN RECORD FOR DAT ASS! THIS IS THE NAS I FUX WIT!!!!!!!!!! Finally! JEEEAAAAHH NIGGGAAAAAA!!!! THIS SHIT IS HARD AS JAXX!!!! FEELS LIKE '98!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(wipin my brow....this is the illest comeback since Ali!)

A Moment of Fineness

So apparently I live under a rock because I DID not know Caron Butler looked like this. Man oh man. He handled b.i. last night too keeping the Wizards alive against Lebron and the Cavs in the Eastern Conference. Just some fineness to start your day ladies.

(Sidenote: the Mavs fired Avery Johnson as head coach of the Mavs even with a great regular season record. His post season was doo doo though so that's that. He won't be unemployed for long, sheeeiittt NY NEEDS A COACH (especially one thta doesn't sexually harass women!!!)