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50 Songs/album that would make it If My Life Had a Playlist And It would go a little something like this DJ Bambino, Drop the beat

50 Songs/album that would make it If My Life Had a Playlist

And It would go a little something like this DJ Bambino, Drop the beat

I was born in the late 70’s, so I can’t say much for songs that I heard in those years. If there was a song that was hot, I wouldn’t have known about it until the 80’s, when it had some time to cool off. So, it’s necessary for me to jump right into the 80’s. Here we go.

In the 80’s of my life, I can remember quite a few songs… some appropriate and some, well not so appropriate. Nonetheless, they would make my life’s playlist. It would be the beginning of my love for lyrics.

While I was way too young to know anything about the ICON, Prince, I do remember Purple Rain. Shamelessly, because of the 1984 movie more so, than the song. Now, while we were not permitted to watch the movie… I remember my sister and I catching glimpses of it between the white fog on the Cinemax Channel that came I and out on the tube.

1. “Purple Rain” is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Prince, the first to feature his backing band The Revolution, and is the soundtrack album to the 1984 film of the same name. It was released on June 25, 1984 by Warner Bros. Records. To date, it has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, making it the sixth-best-selling soundtrack album of all time.

2. 1982-1985 NEW EDITION – New Edition is an American R&B Group from the Roxbury, MA formed in 1978 a list all by itself, to include: Candy Girl. Released in 1983: “Is This the End”, “Popcorn Love”, “Jealous Girl” “Mr. Telephone Man” “Cool it Now” and “Count Me Out” Then 1987-1989: “If It Isn’t Love,” “You’re Not My Kind of Girl,” “Can You Stand the Rain,”

3. “Rock the Bells” is the third single from LL Cool J’s debut album, “Radio”. It was released in 1985 for Def Jam Recordings

4. “My Adidas” is the first single from Run-D.M.C.’s third album Raising Hell

5. “I Need Love” is the second single from LL Cool J’s second album, Bigger and Deffer. 1987

6. “Self-Destruction” a song recorded between 1987-1989 during the Stop The Violence Movement. The Stop the Violence Movement was formed by rapper KRS-One in 1987 in response to violence in the hip hop and African American communities.

7. “I Like” is a song by American R&B group Guy recorded for their debut studio album Guy (1988). The song was released as the album’s fourth single in 1989

8. “Children’s Story” is a song recorded by hip hop artist Slick Rick.1989

9. “Nothing Compares 2 U” is a song written and composed by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family album by The Family band. It was later made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor

10. “U Can’t Touch This” is a song co-written, produced and performed by MC Hammer from his 1990 album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em. The track is considered to be Hammer’s signature song and is his most successful single.

11.”The Ghetto” is a 1990 single by Oakland rapper Too Short from his album Short Dog’s in the House.

12 “Forever My Lady” is the debut studio album by American R&B quartet Jodeci, released May 28, 1991, by Uptown Records and MCA Records.

13. “End of the Road” is considered one of the most successful songs of all time. It was the #1 single of 1992 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1992. It is ranked by Billboard as the sixth most successful song of the decade 1990-1999.

14. “Before I Let You Go” is a song by American R&B group Blackstreet, recorded for the group’s self-titled debut album (1994).

15. “I Miss You” is a song performed and co-written by American R&B musician Aaron Hall, issued as the fourth single from his solo debut album The Truth 1994

16. “Juicy” is the debut single by American hip hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. and his first single from his 1994 debut album Ready to Die.

17. “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” is the debut single of the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, from their debut EP Creepin on ah Come Up.

18. “I Never Seen a Man Die”, also known as “I Never Seen a Man Cry”, is the second single released from Scarface’s third album, The Diary 1994

19. “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” is the 1994 debut album of American hip hop duo OutKast.

20. “Me Against the World” is the third studio album by American hip hop artist 2Pac. 1995

21. 1993-1995: Mind of Mystical is a re-release of the debut studio album by American rapper and the New Orleans-based emcee Mystikal

22. “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” is a song by American hip hop recording artist DMX, released as the fourth single from his debut studio album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998). It ranks at #79 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. In the U.S.

23. 1998 Still Standing is the second studio album from the Dirty South, Dungeon Family-affiliated hip hop quartet Goodie Mob.

24. “No Scrubs” was met with international success. It became TLC’s third number-one single and eighth top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 “No Scrubs” is one of TLC’s signature songs and was the second-biggest Hot 100 single of 1999 in the U.S., only behind Cher’s “Believe

25. “Same Script, Different Cast” is a song performed as a duet by American and Canadian R&B singers Whitney Houston and Deborah Cox. Released as a single in 2000

26. “Who’s That Girl” is the first single taken from Eve’s second album Scorpion and her fifth U.S. single, 2001

27. “Ether” is a song by hip hop recording artist Nas, from his 2001 album Stillmatic. The song was a response to Jay-Z’s “Takeover”, a diss track directed towards Nas. Nas named the song Ether because “I was told a long time ago, ghosts and spirits don’t like the fumes from ether, and I just wanted to affect him with my weapon and get to his soul”.

28. The Diary of Alicia Keys is the second studio album by American recording artist Alicia Keys. It was released in the United States on December 2, 2003 “You Don’t Know My Name” “If I Ain’t Got You”

29. “Because of You” is a song recorded by American pop singer Kelly Clarkson for her second studio album, Breakaway (2004). It was released on August 16, 2005 by RCA Records, as the third single from Breakaway. Clarkson originally wrote “Because of You” when she was 16 years old to cope with the emotional distress caused by her parents’ divorce.

30. “Trill” is the debut studio album by American rapper Bun B. It was released on October 18, 2005

31. “Irreplaceable” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, B’Day (2006

32. “Put You Up On Game” is a duet recorded between R&B/soul singers Aretha Franklin and Fantasia. The song is the only single released from Aretha’s Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets With The Queen. When released as a single on U.S. Urban AC radio on October 1, 2007, the song became the number one most added song for the week with 16 adds.

33. “I Look to You” is the seventh and final studio album by American singer Whitney Houston. It was first released on August 28, 2009

34. “Party” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her fourth studio album, 4 (2011). It features guest vocals from American rapper André 3000 and uncredited vocals from Kanye West

35. “Beneath Your Beautiful” is a song by British musicians Labrinth and Emeli Sandé. 2012

36. “I Run” Jennifer Hudson Chi Raq Soundtrack 2015

37. From 2013-2015 “Trial Time” The Last  Mr. Big

38. “That’s What I like” Bruno Mars 2016 on 24k Magic

Other songs that would make the list:

39. 711 Beyoncé

40.Feeling Myself Beyoncé

41. On The Run Beyoncé and Jay-Z

42. Clown – Emeli Sande

43. Needed Me – Rihanna

44. Time’s A Wastin Erykah Badu

45. Get Down on It – Kool & The Gang

46. Above Water – KCamp

47. Confessions – Usher

48. Never Catch Me – Kendrick Lamar

49. Summer 16- Drake

50.Sail Out – Jhene Aiko

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The One Thing Every Single Mom Needs to Tell Her Child

As I sit and ponder all of the things that I have told my child over the years, and all of the things I would like for him to know, there is no shortage in the material. There are many things I would like for him to know, but I start by depositing messages of love. In that, I would like for him to understand the power of love and the need to spread it. Kid’s, who are loved, will love. What you put into them is usually what will come out. It is as simple as this: If you take a sponge and filled it with water, when you wring it out, water is what will come out.

It’s almost like sending him off to school, and making sure he has everything he needs, double-checking his backpack and lunch box, to make sure that he hasn’t forgotten anything. Checking his shoes, clothes and socks to make sure he’s appropriately dressed for the weather… making sure he brushed his teeth, cleaned his ears, and put on deodorant and has money for a snack. Making sure he’s got his list of emergency contact numbers, he knows his home address and phone number, parents full name and his own full name…Except, I am sending him off to life, in the bigger picture. So, day by day, as I send him off, I make sure that …I am taking in to account, his health and wellbeing, making sure he’s equipped for the assignments, reviewing his homework and making sure he stays on course.

Of course, as he grows from a grade-schooler, to a teenager and young- adult, those messages, points and checks, checks and balance systems will naturally, alter and tailor themselves accordingly.

For now, I start by showing him how much I care for him. I always make sure that I am mindful of a growing child, who’s absorbing all that I say and do. I realize that those things that are going into him are being registered as memories, which will be processed at some point in his life, toward necessary situations that may arouse in his life. I try to make that as positive as possible, so that when the time comes, where he uses what he’s learned, he will be able to apply knowledge and wisdom.

I would want my son to know that being a child to a single mom, does not make him any less capable of achieving his dreams. I’d make it very clear to him that, while his father and I were divorced at the time of his conception, his father and I were friends. We were friends of over 20 years. I wouldn’t want my son to look at the dynamic of this situation, and feel that he should strive to leave the mother of his child one day, his wife, or even deny a child belongs to him after he’s been intimate with a female- so I will make sure to address that. But I also know that things can change between husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend, and even friends, when you tally in all the outside factors, deeply seated issues of the past and the irreconcilable differences that are produced in the process.

My son has a unit and an example to use as the blueprint, when he wants to know how to make a relationship work, as well as what a family make up traditionally consist of: Mom, dad and children. While it has not been the unit in our home, with his dad and I being estranged friends, he still has many examples to follow or mimic, in my own parents, my sisters and my brothers. He is very familiar with that. I would want him to know the importance of honesty, integrity and helping others. I would continue to impress upon him, ways to be a good person, a good man, and a great father, mentor and leader.

Full Article at: The One Thing Every Single Mom Needs to Tell Her Child | Working Mother via

 

Charity, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships, Travel

The Mommy hat never comes off

Someone recently asked me how do I balance a career that may include assignments that require traveling out of state and being away from home for short periods of time. She also asked where do I find the time for extra curricular and community activities; which also adds loads of charity work, fundraising and awareness campaigns, along with being a mom who’s very active, in all the things I do with my child.

For starters, I will say that it’s not easy. While it may look fine and dandy, you have to consider the rough drafts. How many drafts did it take for me to get the story…By the time I’ve done everything I have to do, you get the final draft. You get the “edited version of life.” This is why I tell people that they shouldn’t consume their selves with keeping up with the Jones, because sometimes the Jones can’t keep up with their selves. Everything can be considered an optical illusion, which is also why people shouldn’t compare their life to someone else’s life that they see on social media all day.

Edit doesn’t mean lies. Edits still tell the same story, but in a way that’s more comprehensible. It’s the same plot, the same story line, the same character, but without all the oops. I have definitely shared some oops moments in the past, but I just don’t think it’s necessary to do everyday.

So there’s this thing called “behind the scenes.” In that, it’s the stuff that the people don’t usually get to see, without back stage passes or limited access through an affiliation or being privy to some kind of outlet. Behind the scene makes up about 45% of the show, only 55% will make it to the stage. And that means, you still see it- BUT, not on stage.

Now, that doesn’t imply that it’s a fake person or story with a whole lot of misleading, and deception going on. (Sidebar: I have to throw that out there, because for some reason we live in a world where we have a lot of “fake police”) Fake Police are people who troll other people status online, only to call them fake, if that person appears to have the life that they want. The thing is, that portrayal of life on social media could be just as perfect and amusing, in real life. However, perhaps it’s not. My point is, why does it matter to you?

Not showing someone a video or footage of myself falling down a set of stairs and landing on my butt- while running after the dog, while I was trying to get dressed at the same time, while baking a pie that end up burning…. does not make me fake. It simply says, here’s the final draft. This is what was produced after taking out all the

1. Unnecessary 2. The private and intimate moments

I certainly don’t want to steer anyone to believe that I don’t know sad days. I do not profess that it’s an easy thing to do alone, but it is possible. I do it with the help of my family, who’s constantly lifting me up in prayer and being such a strong support system for my child and me.

It is true that life requires a balance. We are constantly juggling, while walking on a tight rope. I’ve mentioned before, that you have to let go of the people and things that you are holding onto, that are holding you down or back. When you do that- your focus will shift to the things that matter and you will see very vividly that it’s an easy feat. Well, not easy- but a lot easier when you only have the pins in the air that matter.

On the brighter side of Things, I have found a way to incorporate my child into my work. I explained to the young lady who asked me those questions up top… I decided when my child was born, that I would make him apart of The Brand. In doing so, most if not all of the time, my assignments were geared toward babies, infants Pre-Schoolers and toddlers. As he grew, the assignments grew to accommodate his age group. That was one way I could personally it work. Think of it as “taking your child to work” With that, I didn’t have to worry about leaving him or being away from him at all. I gave us, my son and I, the opportunity to grow together and bond- while I was actually doing work that I love to do. The true definition of Work-Play.

And last, she wanted to know what I do, when I have an assignment (charity, fundraising. etc.) where children could not attend. I figured it would be best to just show her this video below. Lol. It is a 100% accurate portrayal of a day in the life of “being mom” and what I actually deal with at home with the little Kindergartner

I’ll take my mommy hat in a fascinator please

It’s a mommy moment for me, for sure and I wouldn’t trade the world for it. I always make time for my child. I’m always with him every second I can be with him, when he’s with me – but sometimes life will throw you a particular time to be somewhere, that’s 3 hours shorter than what you need in order to make it work. Again, that’s when you call in the support of family. Though I’ve only had to do that just a couple of times- it’s still good to have them.
So, here I am with my all white, lace evening gown on, trying to get my bag packed and get him ready to go to his dad’s extended family, until his dad could pick him up- and he wanted to play. This moment happens a lot in my home. Because when the little one wants to play, sometimes you have to do just that. He’s running around holding my cell phone hostage and thought it was so hilarious. The object of the game for him was “keep away from mommy.” Whereas for me, it was “get your phone back in one piece, while keeping the dress spotless! I had to resort to a bribe for candy- to finally get it back from him. And I managed to be right on time to my event. So, s\o Mrs. Hardin- this is how I do it. Lol ☺️