Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guest Post: My Interview with Tasha

I had a chance to interview Tasha from the blog Classy with a Twist. This is a must read interview, because she gives advice to women who want to understand poetry better. Her fabulous blog gives women a chance to learn the true meanings behind poems, songs, and book quotes. You can view her blog at classy with a twist.

1) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: Why did you start your blog Classy with a twist?

Tasha: I started my blog to inspire women to be creative and be open to different forms of creativity.

2) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: Why did you name your blog Classy with a twist?

Tasha: I am a classy young lady that puts a twist on everything I say or do. I wanted my blog to reflect my personality.

3) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: What gives you your inspiration behind your thoughts you bring out in your blog?

Tasha: My inspiration comes from my passion of poetry.

4) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: What are your personal interest in life that readers don't no about you?

Tasha: I love to research. If I’m uncertain about a topic or anything I will spend hours online researching the material. I thrive on knowledge.

5) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: Where do you want this blog to go in future?

Tasha: I want my blog to be successful. My future goal is 200 followers.

6) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: What was one of your favorite post so far that you have published?

Tasha: I love the Alicia Keys: Tears for Water blog. I got a chance to share with my readers the creative and poetic side of A Keys.

7) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: Do you personally write poems in your free time? If you do will one be on a future post?

Tasha: I write poems all the time. I’m nervous about posting my own material, because I hate criticism on material that I create from my heart.

8) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: How do you take a poem, song, or book and interpret it so the readers of your blog can understand it through your eyes?

Tasha: I read the material to understand what is being said. Then I interpret the words from a different viewpoint. The special twist comes from a connection that most people don’t see when they read or hear the material.

9) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: How do you choose a new topic to write about for the week?

Tasha: It’s hard to choose a new topic. I write down a list of topics I want to talk about. The topic that stays on my mind for ten mins is the topic I write about.

10) Loco Parenthood with Mama-B: Do you have any advice for future women who want to understand poetry better?

Tasha: I want women to understand that poetry is an expression. There’s creativity in every woman, because were creative human beings. I want women to be open and embrace all forms of creativity.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Steve Harvey: Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man

There is a lot of buzz about Steve Harvey’s new book Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man. Everybody and their mother was talking about this book. I never had interest in reading this book, because I assumed it was a pointless book with limited humor. What could Steve Harvey possibly say that I don’t already know. I didn’t understand how this book made the New York Times Best Selling List.

Being the curious person that I am, I brought the book to see for myself what’s all the buzz about. It was hard to read the book, because my sister kept stealing it and telling me about upcoming material I haven’t read yet. Trust me that’s a good sign if she reads the book!

To my surprise, Steve Harvey offered insight on a man’s perspective and how they think and react. This book provides knowledge that every woman's father should share with her. Steve Harvey stresses that it’s important for a woman to maintain their standards and requirements in their relationships with men. Throughout the book, he keeps his readers attention by using humor and being truthful.

Some of his topics:
1.      "Three P's" (Profess, Provide and Protect)
2.      A Keeper or Sportfish
3.      MaMa boys
4.      90 Day Rule
Here’s an excerpt:
"We Need to Talk," and Other Words That Make Men Run for Cover

"We need to talk."

For a man, few words are as menacing as those four—especially when a woman is the one saying them and he's on the receiving end. Those four words can mean only two things to men: either we did something wrong or, worse, you really literally just want to talk. Now, we understand that we're not the essence of perfection and there are going to be times when you're mad at us and need to let us know it; we get that, though we don't necessarily want to have to concentrate on an hourlong angry lecture about how we screwed up. But even more? No man wants to sit around gabbing with you like we're one of your girlfriends. Ever. It's just not in our DNA to lounge around, sip coffee, and dab at our eyes with tissue as if we're in an AA meeting or on some psychologist's couch trying to get things off our chest. When men are talking, and especially when they're listening, it's with purpose.

We don't vent.

This book is well written and it’s an easy read. I highly recommend this book!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tupac: The Rose That grew From Concrete

Tupac released his collection of poems in 1999 called “The Rose That grew From Concrete.” He wrote these poems around age 19. His poems are written in his own handwriting on the left side of the page and the translation without the symbols and pictures is the right side of the page.

Here's an excerpt from one of his poems:
Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.

All of Tupac’s poems reflected how he viewed himself. His poems showed an unusual and softer side to him. The poems was unexpected, because of his gangsta reputation and big ego. I never knew he could be a gentleman at times as well as a good listener. You never would expect that and his poems showed a side of him that he portrayed so little of.

Tupac was creative with his words and thought process. His emotions were so real that you felt the emotion with him, literally. The odds were against him becoming successful when you look at his lifestyle, childhood, and environment.

I recommend this poem book, because it shows the side of a man we got to see so little of.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

“Expect the best and prepare for the worst in any situation”

The title sounds enticing don’t it. Why would you prepare for the worst in a situation. You want the best outcome possible. Well, I look at situations expecting the worst outcome so I wouldn’t be shocked with the unexpected.
Reasons this quote works
1.      If you expect the worst and if it does happen you want be shocked, because you were prepared for the outcome.
2.      If you expect the worst and got the best outcome, then you know the situation could have been worst.
This quote is so true and take the time to prepare for the uncertainties.