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Is it ok to go Dutch on the First Date?

Ok fellas I know it’s a new day and age, but really is it ok to go Dutch on the first date? Ladies have you ever been asked to go Dutch? How does this play on gender roles? How has the norms of the American society shaped such a question? I would like to examine this topic from a man and a woman’s point of view in a positive and negative light.

Personally, I think a man asking a woman out on a date and then asking her to pay half of the bill is unconstitutional. I mean just looking at traditional customs when a man shows interest in a woman, he asked her out on a date. He asked her out on a date so he could get to know her better and build a connection that could lead to their bodies being connected, of course.  In my eyes a man who wants you to pay half of the bill on the first date has no real interest in pursuing you seriously. He doesn’t value your company enough to pay for a meal he surely won’t value your time when he’s sorting through his other options. Yes it appears that you are an option, a priority will be treated as such and you better believe he has priorities. Some men like to test women to see what they will do when put in situations like this. They are insecure and want to see if you will react like their last girl or if you would be as irate as they thought you would be.

Now if a woman leaves the tip she is the real MVP, especially when she does it on her own free will.  Not all women base love off the amount of money you spend on her. Women love to feel protected and secure on all levels. If she feels as if you would give your last for her, she will give her all to you. The first date is crucial when it comes to dating, first impressions are everything. If she feels like you can’t buy a meal then how are you going to buy anything else of importance? It’s not the money that’s the issue it’s the consideration.  But you have some women that will take the entire tab and won’t let a man pay for anything. She might as well give him her panties too. Why take the protector and provider role from a man? Why do you need to parade the fact that you can do it? If he feels like you don’t need him for anything, then how could he ever be your knight in shining amour? Anytime he messes up in the relationship this woman who would buy this man anything he desires will also take it back just to show her power over him. 

 Roles have been reversed among the male and female and the reasoning is beyond me. Some say it’s due to society and the evolution of the independent female. Some of it’s due to the lack of leadership among our males and the unequal treatment in the workforce.  If you have more money than your man then you should invest in his dreams not in his leisure. Help him plant a seed to grow his own tree rather than eating the fruit from yours. And same for the men, help your woman cultivate her land don’t pull up all the roots because you don’t see her true essence. But I think I got a little too deep, back to the surface, on a first date treat her as you would want someone to treat your mother, your sister or your daughter. And women remember you are someone’s mother, someone’s sister, someone’s daughter, so act accordingly.

Stay tuned for part 2…..

By: Keidra Ponder

Keidra is a blogger, publicist and humanitarian living in Atlanta, Ga. She is the creator of Keedie’s Corner with a passion for telling the story. Keidra has been a co-host on various internet radio stations including; Ear Kandi Radio, HME Radio and AUMA Radio. She is currently a production assistant producing independent films with Lovizionz Multimedia. Keidra provides services to individuals looking for public relations and campaigning assistance. Contact her at keediescorner@gmail.com and follow her on social media at; Facebook- Keidra Ponder and Keedie’s Corner, Twitter- @keediescorner, Instagram- @keediescorner and @keedie_ceo and on Snapchat- @keediescorner.

Working While Black: A Co-Worker Looked At My Hair And Asked If I Stuck My Finger In A Socket — MadameNoire

By Vannesia Darby There I was starting a business, becoming a blogger, and pursing a master’s degree. I just walked away from my full time job and made the decision to venture out on my own in the field of digital marketing. It was an exciting time to say the least and I felt bolder…

via Working While Black: A Co-Worker Looked At My Hair And Asked If I Stuck My Finger In A Socket — MadameNoire

Terrifying Technology: New “Photoshop For Audio” That Can Make You Say Literally Anything [Video] — Bossip

New Voice Editing Software Adobe VoCo Allows Users To Manipulate Speech This thing could go left REAL fast. Voice editing software isn’t exactly a new concept, but this video demonstration of Adobe’s new #VoCo program is on some next s#!t that can could be BIG trouble if were used for the powers of evil… Hell.…

via Terrifying Technology: New “Photoshop For Audio” That Can Make You Say Literally Anything [Video] — Bossip

Chili’s Apologizes To Black Veteran After Manager Refused Meal, Questioned Military — News One

A Chili’s Bar & Grill in Dallas, Texas, apologized after refusing to give a Black veteran a free meal in celebration of Veteran’s Day, The Dallas Morning News reports. Ernest Walker, a 47 year-old Black veteran from Cedar Hill, Texas, visited Chili’s on Friday decked out in army fatigues and accompanied by his service dog…

via Chili’s Apologizes To Black Veteran After Manager Refused Meal, Questioned Military — News One

Harry Reid Rips Donald Trump A New One For Unleashing ‘Tide Of Hate’ Upon Americans — Bossip

Harry Reid Blasts Donald Trump For Racism And Sexism Politicians are even living in fear of a Donald Trump presidency… Democratic Nevada Senator Harry Reid released an official statement regarding Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States. The outgoing minority leader tore the bigot billionaire a new one in the controversial open…

via Harry Reid Rips Donald Trump A New One For Unleashing ‘Tide Of Hate’ Upon Americans — Bossip

Poem “White Boy Privilege” 

My friend sent me a link that made me shed a tear. I was so moved by 8th grader Royce Mann’s delivery of “White Boy Privilege”. Even a child could see the injustice in our System, why can’t everyone else?  Mann’s powerful words won him first place in the competition and I could see why, but could we see change on the rise?? We have to be the change we want to see, we have to take responsibility for our actions and shortcomings, then we have to put a plan in action and follow through on our words. Mann is a leader of the new school and the revolution will be televised. Click the link below to watch the video.

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Poem “White Boy Privilege”

 

 

How to ignite change so that all lives matter.

The question that’s weighing heavily on the minds of many is how to ignite change? How to be treated equally and have black lives actually matter. No praying, crying, rallying, killing or hating will ever give African Americans the respect they deserve. For black lives to matter, we must matter!

A few ways for black lives to matter are one, we must know our history and spiritual practices beyond slavery. I heard, “A nation without a past is a nation without a future.” Next we must practice self love and protect each other, if the system isn’t protecting us, then we must help we. No that’s not saying be the bully which we demise, but it’s saying stand up for what is right, stand together, they cant kill us all. They fear us for being dangerous, but our most dangerous muscle is the brain, let’s use our mind to fight back and use our bronze when necessary. Please sign my petition. We are trying to change the interaction between police and all civilians.  Petition for change.

Now we get down to the real answers to open the gateway for change, we must control the black dollar!! We as a culture have the least amount of buying power yet we spend the most money. I can understand how Dame Dash once said that Jewish people call black people liquid money . We as a culture must stop spending money with a system that’s oppressing us. Lets start buying from black owned businesses, lets start banking with black banks and lets sacrifice some of the amenities we are used to having in order to invest in the black community. The more we sacrifice and invest in black owned companies, the more job opportunities and resources we create for ourselves. Once we can support ourselves, we will be able to not only receive the justice that is due but we will be able to rise again.

Just one thing to ponder, even though all races endure inequality and brutality, why is it happening to the black race at such high rates vs any other race in America? Do you think other races will continue to wake up and support a system that doesn’t support them? We must wake up, stand up and build our nation up.

By: Keidra Ponder

So people are upset that they chose Serena Williams over the horse American Pharaoh?

Now, before I dig into what bothers me about this situation lets give credit where credit is due. American Pharaoh credentials…

American Pharoah (foaled February 2, 2012) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing. He won 7 of his 8 total races this year. Kudos to his jockey (Victor Espinoza) training staff and owner (Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trained by Bob Baffert).

Now for Serena’s year. Williams won 53 of the 56 matches she played this year, including three of the four Grand Slam events, and held the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings every week.

Now the fact that the award is called “Sportsperson“should tell you were I’m headed with this. On top of that, humans have been the only ones to win this award since its birth. Below are a couple of quotes from Sports Illustrated about the issue.

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I don’t even want to declare who is more deserving of the award. I really want to speak on another issue that was brought back to my attention. Before I do I want touch on another matter at hand and it is the regard for human lives and its new perception in society.

We have being dealing with a uncanny year when it comes to national tragedy. One is, what seems to be a epidemic to me,  the mass murders/brutality of citizens from the hands of the police. Also, we have had another bad year of terrorist attacks. From the white supremacist Dylann Roof shooting and killing nine black people during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in an attempt to spark a race war, to the Colorado Springs shooting that stemmed from an anti-abortion movement, to the San Bernardino, CA shooting which was ruled terrorism, to the ISIS attacks in Italy. Also, the hundreds of attacks that occurred in other countries that never made top news in America. These situations have really shed light on the true colors of how certain people value certain lives over others. Especially when it comes to race. One case being the most recent backlash the Muslim Americans have been getting do to the rise of terror to the hands of ISIS. Some feel that the banishing of all Muslims is the only way to solve the act on terror whens it comes to ISIS. This method is highly absurd to me but we can touch on this issue at a later time. My focus is a tad bit different.

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Today I want to speak on Human lives vs (wild/domestic) Animal lives. One situation in particularly started this thought process of mine. The call to boycott Micheal Vick from signing to the Pittsburg Steelers. As you know Micheal Vick did close to 2 years in prison on charges of felony dog fighting conspiracy. 20,000 animal activist and Steelers fans signed a petition in hopes that the deal to sign Vick would dissipate. Unfortunately, for them, the deal went through and Vick joined the team. Since Vick’s situation with dog fighting he has bounced back remarkably. He paid his depth to society, took all blame, and even joined forces with HSUS to help stop the underground activity of dog fighting. The confusing part about this situation is that Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape back in 2008. And it’s not like he won the case or got acquitted, they simply dropped the case and settled out of court. The same exact situation happened again this time in 2010. Ben was hit with a 6 game suspension that time.

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Yet, no one seems to care about these women’s lives. It seems Pittsburgh fans just brushed this under the rug and welcomed there beloved Ben back with open arms. Now can I blame Pittsburgh fans for not boycotting Big Ben like they did Vick, technically no, seeing that they all my not be women rights activist. In the same note I’m pretty sure not all those who signed the petition weren’t only animal activist.

It continues. This time with the fall of Cecil the Lion and Jimmy Kimmels reaction to it. See the clip below.

Jimmy Kimmel – Killing of Cecil Lion (Video)

Before I over reacted I searched for the big stories of African Americans being killed by police officers/neighborhood watchmen (Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Micheal Brown) seeing that they would most likely be covered, and couldn’t find one reaction video from Kimmel. I’m not saying there wasn’t a reaction but I was just really hoping he had the same kind of reaction for these lives, as well. He did bring Obama to his show to speak about Ferguson, but its wasn’t as intense. Kimmel even had time to squeeze in a joke. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know his personal connection with Cecil and I’m not attacking his empathy towards human life. I’m simply making a case about public perception towards human life.  It seems as though the fight in the media is to prove wether or not people deserved to die verses stopping them from dying in the first place. Now just imagine how that may be perceived in the public eyes to constantly see the media trying to justify some one dying by police because they may have been a “criminal”  or “thug”?

Now going back to this Serena vs Pharaoh situation. I don’t follow horse racing so when I first Google’d him my initial reaction was “a horse?”. After I took the time to think about it I said to myself “Well, they do have to keep up with the horse, train the horse, etc. so you can’t take that away from them.” Yet, I can’t help but think that, well, why would they want them to race if they are known for getting killed if they endure an injury? I mean, for those who put animal lives so high why would they even want this sport to have light shed on it, right? They don’t feel this is exploitation of animals just as well as dog fighting? I’m pretty sure a horse would’t race on it’s own. This is extreme but I feel it is necessary to put into the light. I don’t feel people can be half way activist. Like those who boycotted Vick, I wonder if they eat meat or costume products that come from the death of animals.

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Right now what I’m seeking is understanding. I had an incident happen that hit home for me and my community. A local woman went viral after posting a picture of her dog with his mouth tapped shut with the caption “this is what happens when you don’t shut up.” I have to be completely honest, from the things I have posted about the “Black Lives Matter” movement I have created a lot of tension with my fellow comrads on my Facebook account. Mainly, if not only, from white people. Amazingly, some of the same people who argued that “those thugs shouldn’t have broken the law” when speaking of the lives that were lost to the hands of police, came together unitedly and with vengeance to catch this woman. The woman was found I believe a week later. My thoughts were “Hmmm, now just imagine if they cared about human lives in the same manner”.

The understanding I want is what am I missing? What would make a person value animal life over human life? I rebuttal myself by saying maybe these people feel this way because animals can’t defend themselves. Which is very true. My thing is if we can’t value human life first, being that we are humans, how can we value anything for that matter? If the point of saving animals lives is for the sake of the Earth then aren’t human lives the most important seeing that we are the dominant species of the planet Earth? We, as humans, have the ability the restore this hell on Earth. To me this is a sign that people have given up on humanity. Maybe they feel that humans are a lost cause and that some people just won’t change. Maybe all we have left is the natural instinct that animals have to just nurture the planet. I hope this isn’t true and I’m am sorry if animals lovers feel they are being attacked. That is definitely not the case. I’m purely just a man who feels that saving the humans should be the leading agenda of saving the Earth. I also apologize for going off subject with the Serena and Pharaoh situation, as well. I think this was just my breaking point.

The reason why I’m comparing this situation is because I feel that why publicly take away Serena’s win for a horse that doesn’t even have feelings to be upset about not winning? Why can’t people just be happy that an animal was even considered in a an award race the caters to humans? Thats just my thoughts. My opinion isn’t law.

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P.S., Caitlyn Jenner won Woman of the Year and she has a Penis….but I’m sure no one will outrage that one. Hmmmmm…..

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Bruce Walton

Keedie’s Corner 2015

 

How did the MTV Commercial for the “White Squad” rub you?

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As I sat and watched the MTV Video Music Awards I noticed a commercial that was to say the least “interesting”. It was made to advertise MTV’s  Look Different Campaign. Done to shed light on racial equality, yet the skit left some with a sense of being made a mockery of. They have a website also, White Squad, which is used as a tool to make painfully clear how serious racism is. If you haven’t seen the commercial I will post it for you via YouTube;

I was tempted to call and no laugh out loud either. As an African decent, I have always had to prove my worth to get the credit I deserved, sometimes even from my own people! For us as people to find humor in horror will forever amaze me. We should wake up and understand racism and inequality is still real and very much alive in this world. You may say you understand it, but what are you willing to do about it? What will this campaign MTV is running ultimately do for people of color if we don’t stand up and do it for ourselves?

This has awaken the hunger for justice inside of me. Excuse me if I don’t laugh at the call 1-855-WHT-SQAD attempt to show people white privilege, but again that was not MTV’s angle, they are waking us up as free thinkers. We can actually have a voice and put a name on what is really going on now instead of waiting until we’re behind doors and free to talk amongst each other. I just would like this announcement to empower the entrepreneurs and leaders to start their own businesses and support each other. The only way to get respect is to have power. No respect is not earned, respect is due! Respect is due to even a dog, yet sadly it is not given to all people. Here at Keedie’s Corner,  we respect all people. One of our main focuses is to enlighten the people, so we will continue to tell the story.

By: Keidra Ponder

Keedie’s Corner LLC 2015

The back story behind the Drake & Meek Mill beef.

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First off, I think for people to thoroughly understand the situation they should understand, first, what a “Ghost writer” is and what a “Collaborator” is. A ghost writer is someone (usually underground) who writes a song for someone (usually mainstream or well known) and the artist performs/records the lyrics word for word. The ghost writer is not credited but simply paid because it is to appear that the bigger artist created the lyrics themselves. A Collaborator is someone whom is respected and is hired to bounce ideas to create content. That person is either paid or credited in the final production. Thus, it helps the underground artist receive notoriety by being credited in a mainstream artist’s work.

Being a signed artist I know what it’s like to collaborate and how important it can be for other artist. I was the “Southern rapper” within the record label so I was amongst artist who could help me break into new sounds and I could also help them create new styles. We gain each others fans. It’s respect of artistry and a great marketing/advertising tool.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s start from square one. The fuel hit the fire when Meek Mill made tweets showing that he wasn’t pleased that drake didn’t tweet to promote his album. Here are the tweets below

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Inside of the tweets he states that he knows Drake didn’t write his own verses. So, what song was he talking about? Meek was talking about the verse that Drake sent him for their collaboration “R.I.C.O.”. There were more tracks exposed but we will get to that later. So now the question is how did Meek find out that Drake didn’t write the verses?

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“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” was actually supposed to be a mixtape produced and hosted by DJ Drama. The project was scrapped at the last minute and Drake ended up making the tracks an album. Its rumored that Drake turned the project into an album to end his contract with Cash Money (seeing that he only had one more album left in his contract) which was rumored when the Lil Wayne and Birman/Cash Money beef was at it’s peek.

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During the production of “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” Drake discovered and contacted an underground artist by the name of Quentin Miller. Quentin Miller was working at a bakery at the time Drake reached out to the rapper. He hired QM to collaborate on tracks for the album along with other tracks. The tracks were rumored to be recorded at studios that DJ Drama works within. Thus, how the tracks were leaked. DJ Drama shows that he wasn’t pleased about the tracks being leaked from his studio

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Here are the leaked tracks below.

Quentin Miller didn’t take long to deny that he wasn’t and never will be a ghost writer for Drake. Here is what he posted on his Tumblr account below

Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with One of my idols..

i told him i worked in a bakery and his exact words were “Fuck that, your destined for greatness”…

Hearing that from someone that I’ve been studying since 2009, bar for bar…. Theres no way to describe that..

Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. i remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking “Why am I here?” like.. what does he need me for??

The answer is.. Nothing…

I watched this man piece together words in front of me…

I watched him write/ replace bars 2- 3 at a time on 6pm in NY.. I witnessed him light up, go in and freestyle madonna….

I took notes from the best in the game….

I remember him Showing me the thank you notes in NY before the album dropped.. Showing me the QM, telling me they put me on the credits (Ghostwritter???) … He attached my name to something that touched the world..

When nobody would pay attention, drake saw something in me and reached out… Of all people… drizzy..

Two artist in exact opposite spaces in their career.. We came together and made something special..

I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together ..

Thats all i have to say on it.. back to this 1317 shit…

– Q.M.

By this time the diss tracks between Drake and Meek Mill were already in full effect. Drake ended up dropping 2 diss songs before Meek Mill dropped his first one. The general consensus says the Drake won the battle by a land slide, even though the fans didn’t really feel that Drakes first song was strong enough. Tell us what you think about the tracks below.

Now there are those who are backing Meek Mill in the beef saying that not writing your own material is a violation to Hip-Hop. Especially, since Drake is considered to be one of the top artist in the world as of right now. He holds records such as…. (below)

10 Artists With Most Billboard Hot 100 Entries
1. ‘Glee’ Cast — 207
2. Elvis Presley — 149
3. Lil Wayne — 122
4. James Brown — 91
5. Jay Z — 82
6. Ray Charles — 74
7. Aretha Franklin — 73
8. Drake — 72
9. The Beatles — 71
10. Elton John — 68
Read More: Drake Breaks Beatles Record on Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart | http://theboombox.com/drake-breaks-beatles-record-billboard-hot-100-singles-chart/?trackback=tsmclip

He also has written and co-written R&B songs for major artist. One of his most popular song’s written was Alicia Key’s “Unthinkable” which is rumored to be written towards Nicki Minaj. Me personally, I feel like the reason why this stab at Drake doesn’t hold weight because it is well known that Drake is very capable of writing his own lyrics. Yet, my opinion can’t out weigh the laws of Hip-Hop. With that being said, do you feel like what Drake did was robbing the culture? Or do you feel like what he did was helping an up and coming artist?

Bruce Walton Jr

Keedie’s Corner Magazine LLC 2015

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Nancy Grace & 2 Chainz Great Debate On Marijuana Legalization! (Video)

Click the link below to watch the video clip of the debate between Nancy Grace and 2 Chainz on the legalization of marijuana. Both parties had some arguable sides to why it should and why it shouldn’t be legalized. What is your take on this issue? What are some pro’s and con’s when it comes to smoking “weed”? If alcohol is legal and causes so many deaths and accidents a year, why is marijuana so unethical? But if the government legalized marijuana will that open the gates to make different substances legal also??

Watch rapper 2 Chainz debate with Nancy Grace http://youtu.be/kMdogb7NCqk

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Safaree finally speaks on the Nicki Minaj breakup

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There has been a lot of lashing out from Nicki Minaj when it came to this split up. Words such as “corny” and “whack” have been used to describe former boy friend Safaree. Nicki has even been rumored to be dating MMG rapper Meek Mill as they were seen in several photos together.

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On the other hand, Safaree was pictured with his Nicki Minaj tattoes covered up with other art.

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But for the most part Safaree has be quiet throughout all the drama.

After hearing that Nicki was trying to publically humiliate him he decided to meet with The Breakfast Club and speak his side of the story. See what he had to say below.

Safaree Samuels Interview at The Breakfast Club

Safaree Samuels Interview at The Breakfast Club P…: http://youtu.be/_GU6woyZfug