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Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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The “Black Trend”

Has anyone noticed a new “trend” walking among us? It seems as if we are starting to see styles/trends that we are now having to defend; styles we have been rocking for years, and all of a sudden they went from being “ghetto “ to “urban-chic“.

Really????

For years, Europeans have mimicked black women( that’s also goes with the understanding that yes, we have done the same i.e. “weave”; but that’s another blog). But anyway, these days it seems that our physical features and hairstyles have become more than just a “fad”, but a new way of life for many European celebs.  

From Kylie Jenner’s lip challenge; in which young girls were putting their lips in shot glasses in order to make them plump.  This weird craze caused many of them to damage their face and lips during the experiment. Since then, in order to make the process safer, lip “plumpers” have been created. Remember, many of these people are after the same lips that they make fun of all of the time. Anybody remember the Jim Crow caricatures where black lips were drawn huge and pink? , Yeah this would be similar behavior, but in reverse .Crazy right?

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Hey but they want to be like us right? So I say we drop them off in the hood or we switch places for a couple of months and give them the same treatment they give us on a daily basis. A taste of their own medicine might change their minds and their lives.

All of this is nothing new because people have been mimicking African Americans for years; even post slavery. I mean where do you think they got all of their ideas from? Egyptians, Native Americans ( i.e. US) because without people of color, America would have never learned how to build, grow, create, or do pretty much anything without blacks and other people of color leading the way.

Now many have accused black women, who wear weaves or straighten their hair, of trying to “be white”. Though, black women have never suffered from any medical injuries from their beauty practices, other than bleaching our hair and skin, which has proven to be damaging. I encourage all Black women to love themselves enough to stop doing these things while trying to please society. When in fact, society wants to be like YOU! 

 that they would rather succeed at looking like else but have us damage our melanin and hair only to say they created all of our looks.

BYE! Because every black girl has been rocking bantu knots since she could talk, cornrows included so please save us the lies on that. We also have been wearing twists outs we were just putting knockers on them and barrets and bows on the end of them at first.  

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Oh and OUR hair locs naturally without adding products on it so to the white people claiming you “loc’d “ your hair no , what you did was put products on it and refrained from washing it again in your life so now its stuck together. So again save us the lies please.

It’s sad we live in a world where people want to be like us but at the same time turn us against each other , the problem is its working for the most part. One day we will turn it around , I still hope so.

-A.C.T.

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Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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Instead of going against the grain as usual these rappers have chosen to go for the gut of the industry to speak on the reality of the music that is being played today. Real Hip Hop Heads have had the conversations about how some music shouldn’t be played on the radio or being in the ears of young people. I mean don’t get me wrong just about every generation has its share of “ratchet” music whether it was just called something , hey if you go peel about some tracks from the 60s -70s you will hear some interesting things…just saying.

But music today has gone way past “too far” with so much being allowed on the radio that eventually somebody was going to say more than enough…..

Now, our first artist was J. Cole with the release of freestyles as “4 your Eyez Only” dropped, remember

“Clap at the fake deep rappers

The OG gatekeep rappers..

The would-you-take-a break-please rappers

Bunch of words and ain’t saying sh***, I hate these rappers

Especially the amateur eight week rappers

Lil’ whatever—just another short bus trappers

Napoleon complex, you this tall rappers

The streets don’t f*** with you , you Pitchfork rappers

Chosen by the white man, you hipster rappers”-J.Cole

 A verse as powerful as he is coming for the industries NECK with this one, simply because of the so called “talent” on the air waves and social media.  He was coming for all the “ratchet –ness” that is plaguing the industry today because talent is barely present anymore .well that is if you talk to a 15 year old or somebody in the neighborhood that only listens to the radio period. I mean you can tell a lot about a person based off their playlist.

But then a force to be reckoned with came THROUGH!!!!!!

KING KENDRICK!!!!!

With the drop of “The Heart Part 4” where he clearly is addressing not only politics and someone who shall remain nameless that is tiptoeing around his name.

But then there was HUMBLE….

Were the words are so cut throat …….there is no need to sit here and type them here….

Kendrick Lamar not only comes for the industry with the words, but in the visuals of the video as well. He even gets into the photo shop craze of the world using millions of filters. King Kendrick basically comes for the world in 6 minutes.  Addressing various issues conceding the music industry and how it has turned into a Jim Crow show of “talent” instead of realness.

The hunger for real hip hop is at an all-time high because of the lack their of even though talent still exist.

Lamar even warned everyone to get it right by the album release date … If you haven’t had a chance to check out this piece of hiphop art, check out a sneak peak below.

-A.C.T.

4/2/17

Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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On the brink of yet another missing D.C. child, Osharna Pittman, it is important to continue the conversation regarding our missing Black and Latina girls.

You know sometimes when you think the world is coming back together, the signs of it falling apart return.

If you haven’t been aware of the situations going on in our country you really should be at this point. Flint, Michigan still has no clean water but the fight to make sure they do receive clean water has faded.

What happened to “hashtags” of black men that were victims of police brutality? I know no one wants to see them but let’s not pretend that the problem still doesn’t exist. Where are those stories? They are no longer on the news or making headlines anymore. An election that was over in November still has the world’s attention but people chose not to vote in the primaries or in the final election. So the focus is on “how did we get into this mess?’…well we kind of walked into it.

But that’s another story.

Imagine knowing that your sister, daughter or best friend is missing and the only thing you are aware of is that the police are informed. Now, the next day you find out yet another friend of yours is missing and come to find out that there are 14 girls missing from your school or neighborhood. And top it off they are Black Girls just like you that have fell under the police radar and no one seems to be trying to find them.

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Now, it finally hits the media attention and now you find out that over 75,000 Black Girls and Women are missing in the United States right now.  It drives the same feeling you had when you found the number of Black Boys that were victims of police brutality and the numerous hashtags of their names.

But there is minimum attention on these girls, why? Because they have been classified as “runaways” so that their cases aren’t that big of a deal and that not only is that really the case for some of them, but the reason behind is just as terrible.

Did you know that majority of the girls that are missing were in foster care? And that some of them were being treated so badly that they ran away? Wow, what a pill to swallow right? When we have Black Girls that are victims yet again of someone being mentally, sexually and physically abusive to them because they are out to get a check and don’t really care for their well-being.

Here we are again, they brutalize our Black Men and refuse to find and help our Black Girls, they seem to know more about our royalty then we know. Think about it? …but that’s another blog.

The truth of the matter is that our girls are missing and we want them found because at what point did the police in Washington, DC neglected to make the decision to alert the world of this. Some of these girls maybe victims of human trafficking and we don’t know. The same way awareness was raised about police brutality (which those stories have faded away) this issue needs to be addressed in the same way.

But by no means am I shocked that it took this long, again those previously hashtags have stopped and no one knows if police are still killing our boys without us knowing.

So again imagine thinking that the world is going right for a change and then finding out that it’s falling apart.

And to be honest the only to pull it back together is if WE do it.

 

-A.C.T.

3/26/17

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Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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How long you spend at the mall?..ALL DAY!

From So Help Me God— Swish—-Waves—to T.L.O.P. ( The Life of Pablo) the most anticipated album is finally on its way. After the countless name changes!!!!! ( Jeeez SWAY! Lol)  to the hold on “G.O.O.D.” Fridays were Ye faithfully gave us a new track/snippet from the album every Friday to the revealing of a track list ( which was recently updated).  The album from the genius himself is on its way to Ipods, smartphones and shelves near you.

But of course its Kanye so it would be only right for him to debut the album in a huge way, I mean you remember the “My Dark Twisted Fantasy”  movie? . So it be unlike him to not have something up his sleeve for this project.  And that’s with the surprises he’s already given us such as

  1. Kirk Franklin being on the Album!
  2. The countless name changes ( still unsure how he came to T.L.O.P) but hey we will work with it
  3. Twitter rants circulating around the album itself
  4. ANDRE 3000 IS ON THE ALBUM!!!!!
  5. KENDRICK LAMAR IS ON THE ALBUM!!!
  6. KID CUDI IS ON THE ALBUM!!! ( all other features are a secret until the album drops per Ye)
  7. Ye gave away tickets to the fan who guessed what ( T.L.O.P) stood for plus gave them a free pair of Yeezy’s.

Not to mention that the debut of the album was exclusively to TIDAL at the premiere of the Yeezy Season 3 Clothing Line! This would include a dope video game “The Only One”  which was designed around his mother  flying through the clouds  of heaven which was very heart felt.

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Kanye also played more tracks throughout the show turning the show into one epic party!

At did I mention the guest list at this event, let’s take a look at who all appeared; Lamar Odum, Wale, Kid Cudi, 50 Cent, The Kardashians/Jenners, Anna Wintour , Naomi Campbell , Lil Kim . I mean the list goes on for such a night to remember.

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It was definitely a good night to be Ye!

So now as a fans we are just waiting for this epic project to drop, but hey its Kanye West so we may be in for more surprises, I mean he’s already added some additional tracks. But being himself he did that the album would drop February 11th but still nothing.

Guess it’s just a waiting game again. ( view pictures below )

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-A.C.T.

 

Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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Balance Beams,  High Low Bars , Vaults and more importantly the Floor Exercises! Gymnastics is a sport we all have grown to love over the years especially since the Olympic days of Dominque Dawns.  And who can forget Gabby Douglas, the young Virginian underdog and the first African American gymnast to win Gold in the Olympic All-Around competition. But wait there is a new face on the up rise and she’s giving a twist to the sport.

UCLA’s new star Sophina Dejesus , the gymnast who’s video went viral! Added some flavor to her floor exercise routine last Saturday by sticking to her culture and a little help from her sister.  The star would “Whip, Nae Nae” , “Hit the Quan” in between tumbles and flips all over that mat! And to top it off she “Dabbed’d on em”!. What a great way to show her creativity in such a great sport!.

Her outstanding performance in competition made news on Saturday as her video got the complete attention of Facebook , I can honestly say if you have yet to see this video then you are in for a treat!

Sophina nailed every tumble, flip, split and her LANDINGS! Were amazing, she had the judges totally shocked as it was the first time they had seen the routine but it was the audience that would join in with her throughout the performance!

 

The senior said this: “I love dancing,” DeJesus said of her decision to try the unorthodox routine. “I wanted to end my senior year with a bang.”

She added: “My sister Savannah is an awesome dancer. She helped me with the choreo and made it more fun.”

 

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And fun she did have and a bang she did deliver and would you believe that this is far from her best event? She’s ACTually an All-around gymnast and the floor exercise was her first one of the season. WOW!..

Oh and she scored PERFECTLY! Winning the competition for UCLA!

I’m excited to see more from her and I’m sure you will to ! so peep that video!

 

-A.C.T.

Aqueilla C. Terry, commonly known to many of her followers as “A.C.T” ; is a talented artists of this generation. Born and raised in Richmond, VA is truly a gem of her time. She has been writing for over 10 years as a young child to know a young woman in a world were “words” are her weapon of choice to achieve success. Often considered to be Erykah Badu’s daughter for her way with words, style, presence, music selections and overall persona. A.C.T. is definitely going to take over the world with wide range of creativity. Her ambition is driven by her will to succeed in reaching her goals, but by doing so by remaining herself along the journey. A.C.T. redefines the young black woman by sticking to her beliefs and who she is inside.

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