Took my daughter Tionna to see "Bring it On" the musical today at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Great trip and awesome musical. 5 stars.
I doubt that all of the white people (98% of the crowd) were expecting to see so much rap, hip hop influence. I was one of the only one bobbing my head, many times.
At the end of the show, they were all clapping and I thought that they deserved a standing ovation. My daughter was like "Daddy NO!", when she say me about to get up. I said "I can give a damn what anyone thinks about me sweetie!", and then stood up and clapped. 30 seconds later, the whole crowd was on their feet cheering.
1. Either they did not want a brother to seem more civilized than them.
2. They simply agreed with me.
3. It took them a minute to warm up.
4. They was waiting for their legs to start working again. (old crowd surprisingly)
5. No one wanted to stand out or be the first to stand.
The funny thing is that the whole musical was about self-esteem, being yourself, loving yourself, and being true to you, while living the present to the fullest. But after it was over, most people stayed in their box. Or at least it seemed.
I wish that I could spend some quality time with all of my children, especially my beautiful daughter in Cali. Thanks to Bob for the hook up.
The tickets were so good that the Black lady, at the isle, instead of just looking at my ticket and showing us the way, did a double take, and said "These are some good tickets, probably the best in the house!" and then she winked at me and said "I will show you to your seat myself!"
It was good to be back in my hometown of the STL. I didn't realize that I missed it so much. Might be time to leave this little country town, who really do not want Black folk to have an level of financial, governmental, and social equality, but expect us to be happy, be obedient, non-violent about our in your face statistically proven plight and disparity, and truly spread my wings. A brother with talent and perfections can go far in a big city. I have been fertilizing this soil, and sharing the good news in this city since 1999 and only 5 souls, have embraced the message of truth, out of possibly 10,000 personal connections and myriads of radio connections. The murder capital of the world could use some help right now. Just musings. I will follow my Lord's wishes and my heart, which is His home.
Last thought: REVERSE WHITE FLIGHT was in FULL AFFECT in STL!!!! They took back all of the beautiful land that they once discarded to the Negros, for the County life. The number one way to keep Blacks away from Whites, or the NEW JIM CROW, is to make the prices so high, that they can't even consider that option and even if they can, it will seriously hurt the pocketbook and it will be a rare occurrence.
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