Adventures in AmbiLand

Ambi = Ethnically Ambiguous

Dude. If you’re not feeling this… January 23, 2009

Filed under: Music,music video — lauren @ 4:09 pm
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I’m not even sure what to tell you:

And while I fully respect her hustle,  I am DEFINITELY not a huge fan of Amanda Diva as a MUSIC ARTIST.  But I think it works OK here.


Hip Hop Recovery: That dream is over… (c) Lyte

Say, have you heard the new Q-Tip album?

And by new, I mean new to me.  It’s been out since Election Day (November 4th, 2008 )

I did… finally… and it’s fabulous- go cop it.  Nuff said.

Why so late AmbiJawn? That’s not like you.

Correct.  Music has traditionally been a priority for me, especially staying up on the new and fabulous. Let me explain!

Two Main Reasons why I have fallen off:

1) My ipod and macbook were stolen within a few months of each other, thus drastically reducing my capacity to obtain and listen to music.

2) I’m in Hip Hop Recovery.

Hip Hop Recovery? What’s that??

Well, you know 2008 was a rough year.  Jay-Z can’t seem to retire like he promised me.  Hip Hop “legend”  Ice Tea was beefing w/ the young school innovator Soulja Boy on youtube (google it).    Some dude named Plies showed up on the scene to make the most  unsexy sex songs to ever happen to my ears.  To top it off, no matter how hard I try, I cant seem to convince Kanye to PUT THE AUTOTUNE DOWN.  I mean, how is T-Pain suppoesed to stay in the game when ‘Ye keeps hogging the ball??

I had to go ahead and check myself in.

Hip Hop Recovery is an integral component of my winter survival plan.  The only way to make it through this treacherous season is to involve myself with all things life sustaining.  Yoga, This American Life, Lemongrass Soup- they all help to keep me balanced and healthy.  Hip Hop didn’t make the cut.

Hip Hop,  shocked by my sudden departure, has tried relentlessly to woo me back by sending me Hip Hop related gifts (which i could not accept).    I had to turn away countless limited edition pumas (size 5):

Several priceless Black Swan recordings:

black swan records

And even my personalized two finger ring:

My (former) ring

Tough times.

But these are the sacrifices we must some times make. Without struggle there is no progress.

Hope this clears things up!

MC Lyte- Take us to the Bridge!


Inaugural Connections: Not Bragging, Just saying… (c) K. Brooks January 21, 2009

When I was thinking of things to share with you (blogosphere), I made a note to self to post the 2nd verse of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (aka The Negro National Anthem).

After revisiting this hymn shortly after the election, I was struck by the prophetic nature of the poem, penned by James Weldon Johnson in 1900:

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
‘Til now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

(the bolded part is when the tears start flowing.)

Turns out Rev.  Joseph E. Lowery and I were on the same page as he chimes in with the 3rd verse:

Not bragging, just saying.  I’m honored by the connection.

Not trying to get too deep with y’all on a Weds 🙂  And honestly, I think it’s kind of weird that the main-stream media has been focusing so intently on slavery in connection with the election of our first “black” president- but that’s a whole ‘nother conversation.  Just thought I’d share.

Until next time….

“…we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around … when yellow will be mellow … when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right.”

(c) Rev. Lowery



(((it’s OK, even President Obama had to chuckle)))


Ambi-Narcissism: Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve seen

It’s true. No one understands what it’s like to be different.

Nobody Knows

Ambi- Narcissim is a subset of a traditional “persecution complex”  experienced by a certain Ambi who endured much race-based taunting and harassment while growing up.  Although this phase of her life is over, the scars of past ridicule remained  along with the belief that NOBODY could possibly understand her the depths of her isolation.

Nobody knows-

Except for maybe Mello…

AmbiJawn: “Girl, You Just don’t know- I was the ONLY mixed girl in school”

Mello: Girl I’m from LA, being Non-Mixed was a novelty…lol.

Or perhaps Angelica C., Uncover-Ambi

AmbiJAwn: People love my hair now, but they made fun of it everyday in 5th grade 😦

Angelica: My hair might be straight now, but as a child it was curlier than yours- I had the NAPPIEST HAIR IN THE STATE OF INDIANA.  (OK I’m exaggerating here ‘Gels didn’t use the word “nappy”, but she assures me- that’s what she meant!)

Maaaaaaaaybe Kermit (you know, the Frog):

It's not easy being green.

It's not easy being green.

((Probably YOU if You’re Human))

(((Your cousin JuneBug from NOLA.)))

But nobody else!

Hopefully you are getting the picture by now.  As a child I felt like NOBODY could possibly understand me, or my experiences.  As I continue to grow, I’ve learned that people are more the same than we are different.  Change the face and the name, on the inside we are all the same.

MJ, take us to the bridge:

(free to be, you and me)


Some Much To Say January 20, 2009

Filed under: uncatagorized — lauren @ 6:10 pm

Not Enough time to write it out now.  I’ll be back later…Till then- Let’s get this party started 😀


Ambiguously Indignant: Because sometimes, it’s like that!

I feel like it is our responsibility as humans to be as positive as possible (believe it or not!) Really, If you have nothing else to give the world, the best you can do is to offer positivity.  I mean it!

I'm not hating on haters, I'm just saying.

I'm not hating on haters, I'm just saying. (that's my ambi-brother on the left)

Don’t get me wrong, staying positive is not always easy.  It come naturally for some, but for most of us, it is serious work!  We all get a little discouraged sometimes.  Sometimes, you have to get it all out.  Sometimes,  you just have to vent.  And if you’re gonna vent, you might as well be the BEST venter you can be!  That said, I can’t think of too many people who vent better than this man:

Vexed in the City.

Cory Richardson: Vexed in the City.

His blog Vexed in the City is super comical, and unwaveringly on point.  You don’t have to agree with him (although it’s likely you will), but you’ll have to admit: He has a point.  Some people call it harsh…but it’s just a little truth telling–no one ever said it wouldn’t hurt!

Now go pick up some tips on how to make the most of this inaugural season ;D


We Honor You. January 15, 2009

Filed under: homage — lauren @ 12:38 pm

We Honor You.

Martin Luther King Jr. was photographed by Alabama cops following his February 1956 arrest during the Montgomery bus boycotts. The historic mug shot, taken when King was 27, was discovered in July 2004 by a deputy cleaning out a Montgomery County Sheriffs Department storage room.

Martin Luther King Jr. was photographed by Alabama cops following his February 1956 arrest during the Montgomery bus boycotts. The historic mug shot, taken when King was 27, was discovered in July 2004 by a deputy cleaning out a Montgomery County Sheriff's Department storage room.