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Our deepest fear

8 Mar

One of my favorite quotes

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Used by Nelson Mandela in 1994 inaugural speech, orginally from Maryanne Williamson

“How Does It Feel”

8 Mar

The man who brought us the video below has fallen mightily from grace & proved some of my assumptions wrong:

Yesterday, he was arrested for trying to solicit fellatio for $40 from an undercover officer in the West Village.  The irony is that in the video above, he was rumored to be on the receiving end of that very act.  This video was game changing and forever cemented his status as a sexual icon in history.  I can recall many a female reveling in his gestures & lyrics.  Women of all ages would swoon over his voice and he once had the career trajectory of a young Al Green.

When this video came out he was the topic of discussion in beauty shops & barber shops in urban America, albeit for different purposes. His arrest is notable for a couple of reasons.

1. We assume artists (especially R&B acts) are gifted with women

2. Why is he paying for it? I’m sure thousands of fans would do it for free and he should not have to be “tricking”.

3.  Given how much he has let himself go, perhaps wooing women has become a bit of an obstacle for him.  See the picture below:

“D’Angelo Today”

I wonder if the female officer asked him upon his arrest, “How Does It Feel?”