Wednesday, February 20, 2008

There is so much to say and always so little time for me anyways in which to say it. Bonjour vas tous! Hopefully all of you in Blogland are well, at least from reading your posts I see that you are. I am good. Infact I am quite happy. Trumph ahs thrown off the lazieness and as a fact he looking more attractive to me now for that. Merci le Bon Dieu pou ca!

He got up this morning for an interview all dapper looking and such and he ahs been cleaning up the house, it was almost a new place last night hwen I stumbled home from work. Mo konne super cool ouais? Ben sur ouais. So I am extremely happy. I didn't have to nagg h9m either I just told him how I felt. Who says communication in relationships is passe? Well I got news for you those folkz are wrong.

We had Bumpalump this weekend and it was nice. He was really good. We sang and played, and basically had a nice time with our lil cousin. He is starting to speak more and more and more, more clarity in hos words, and he is just a crack up. We're driving along to Arbys and No One comes on, you know the song by Alicia Keys. And who do I hear sining the chorus? Ouais c'etait Bumpalump. Bless his little heart it was sooo cute. And then at that one part he's like Uh-oh-oh-oh-oh! I loved it. Trumph was like:

"Aww ywah baby he sings tyhat all the time when we're together cause it's on the radio so much." I'd never heard him sing it and it was a highlight of his visit. Here's some new photos of my Bumpalump and all of his cuteness.

Also I found a news story I'd like to share with you guys and I will be adding the corresponding link to my page. You know me, I want all of you to know about our people in and outside of Mama Afrika, so here ya go. Be sure to check out the page if only to get a more global and Pan African Perspective. Trust me you will find it interesting.

Gay Africans and Arabs come out online By Andrew Heavens

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - When Ali started blogging that he was Sudanese and gay, he did not realize he was joining a band of African and Middle Eastern gays and lesbians who, in the face of hostility and repression, have come out online.


But within days the messages started coming in to

"Keep up the good work," wrote Dubai-based Weblogger 'Gay by nature'. "Be proud and blog the way you like," wrote Kuwait's gayboyweekly. Close behind came comments, posts and links purporting to be from almost half the countries in the Arab League, including Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain and Morocco.

Ali, who lists his home town as Khartoum but lives in Qatar, had plugged into a small, self-supporting network of people who have launched Web sites about their sexuality, while keeping their full identity secret. Caution is crucial - homosexual acts are illegal in most countries in Africa and the Middle East, with penalties ranging from long-term imprisonment to execution.

"The whole idea started as a diary. I wanted to write what's on my mind and mainly about homosexuality," he told Reuters in an e-mail. "To tell you the truth, I didn't expect this much response."

In the current climate, bloggers say they are achieving a lot just by stating their nationality and sexual orientation.

"If you haven't heard or seen any gays in Sudan then allow me to tell you 'You Don't live In The Real World then,"' Ali wrote in a message to other Sudanese bloggers. "I'm Sudanese and Proud Gay Also."

His feelings were echoed in a mini-manifesto at the start of the blog "Rants and raves of a Kenyan gay man" that stated: "The Kenyan gay man is a myth and you may never meet one in your lifetime. However, I and many others like me do exist; just not openly. This blog was created to allow access to the psyche of me, who represents the thousands of us who are unrepresented."


That limited form of coming out has earned the bloggers abuse or criticism via their blogs' comment pages or e-mails.

"Faggot queen," wrote a commentator called 'blake' on Kenya's 'Rants and raves'. "I will put my loathing for you faggots aside momentarily, due to the suffering caused by the political situation," referring to the country's post-election violence.

Some are more measured: "The fact that you are a gay Sudanese and proudly posting about it in itself is just not natural," a reader called 'sudani' posted on Ali's blog.

Some of the bloggers use the diary-style format to share the ups and downs of gay life -- the dilemma of whether to come out to friends and relatives, the risks of meeting in known gay bars, or, according to blogger "...and then God created Men!" the joys of the Egyptian resort town Sharm el-Sheikh.

Others have turned their blogs into news outlets, focusing on reports of persecution in their region and beyond.

The blog GayUganda reported on the arrests of gay men in Senegal in February. A month earlier, Blackgayarab posted video footage of alleged police harassment in Iraq.

Kenya's "Rants and Raves" reported that gay people were targets in the country's election violence, while blogger Gukira focused on claims that boys had been raped during riots. Afriboy organized an auction of his erotic art to raise funds "to help my community in Kenya."

There was also widespread debate on the comments made by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last September about homosexuals in his country.

The total number of gay bloggers in the region is still relatively small, say the few Web sites that monitor the scene.

"It is the rare soul who is willing to go up against such blind and violent ignorance and advocate for gay rights and respect," said Richard Ammon of which tracks gay news and Web sites throughout the world.

"There are a number of people from the community who are blogging both from Africa and the diaspora but it is still quite sporadic," said Nigerian blogger Sokari Ekine who keeps a directory of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender blogs on her own Web site Black Looks.


The overall coverage may be erratic, but pockets of gay blogging activity are starting to emerge.

There are blogs bridging the Arabic-speaking world from Morocco in the west to the United Arab Emirates in the east. There is a self-sustaining circle of gay bloggers in Kenya and Uganda together with a handful of sites put up by gay Nigerians.

And then there is South Africa, where the constitutional recognition of gay rights has encouraged many bloggers to come wholly into the open.

"I don't preserve my anonymity at all. I am embracing our constitution which gives us the right to freedom of speech ... There is nothing wrong that I am doing," said Matuba Mahlatjie of the blog My Haven.

Beyond the blogging scene, the Internet's chat rooms and community sites have also become one of the safest ways for gay Africans and Arabs to meet, away from the gaze of a hostile society.

"That is what I did at first, I mean, I looked around for others until I found others," said Gug, the writer behind the blog GayUganda.

"Oh yes, I do love the Internet, and I guess it is a tool that has made us gay Ugandans and Africans get out of our villages and realize that the parish priest's homophobia is not universal opinion. Surprise, surprise!"

(Editing by Andrew Dobbie and Sara Ledwith)

Tres bien huh? Yeah I think so. See it's important to know that we are not some abberation in this time and space in the history of our people. We've always been in Africa and outside of her borders as well before, during, and of course after the nightmare of Slavery. Remember all of you that you have a place at the table and in the struggle of our people. I know it may seem like I'm preaching to choir but every now and then some of us need to be reminded of that fact.

Today is sunny and warmer than it has been. I smell printemps (spring) in the air and I can't wait. Perhaps that's why I feel so good toady. I've been seeing more sun lately.

So I got some music to recommend.

I just bought Lupe Fiasco and I like him, I like him alot. Infact I like him better than Kanye West. He has better beats, none of the arrogance and temper tantrums, and he talks about some real shit. SO too does this Rap Duo I picked up called Little Brother. THey actually are tight. They also are on some of the real shit tip and I feel them. Great beats as welll check them out. By the way I loved Dirty Landry, the movie had Trumph and I crying with laughter. The acting was great and the sory was excellent. Mr. Jamal you have outdone yourself but you know that already with all the awards you have and such from the film. I can't wait to see what he does next.

Trumph's Bday is coming up and he told me he doesn't want a party which is kool cause I din't really want to plan one but we will still have fun. I got some stuff planned for baby. Valentine's Day was a bust. We didn't really have any money, nor did we feel like being all lovey doveyt that week. Still it was nice to spend the day with him. Hey you know love aint all roses like Mary says but it is still wonderous just the same. I have no plans today but who knows maybe something exciting will happen. Pray that Trumph gets that job. Well I pray all of you are well and blessed. Havea great week and show love to those who need it. Which is everyone. Duh. LOL!

Au revoir mes zamis....

1 comment:

Afriboy said...

An animated post. Bravo!

Salut Mes Zamis Sak Passe!

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Yeah when I was younger I could've been considered a geek. Always my eyes fixed upon a world none could see. Always seeking to escape from the mundane things of this life.

But a geek I think of as dreamer, someone one who delights in things outside of the ordinary.

Just Me Again

Just Me Again
And why not? Dreams were not meant for the sleeping times

For the ordinary world need not be such a boring place. There's always more than enough room for the things that make one smile.

Wolf Rider

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Bear Claw

Blood Elven Prince

Blood Elven Prince
Worlds within worlds

Drow Hunting Party

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Dark Elven Elegance

Adieu mes zamis....

Adieu mes zamis....
May the light of Elves shine upon you....I know it's corny but this is my page!