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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More Comments With African American Vernacular English About Michelle Obama's 2016 Speech

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part pancocojams series about First Lady Of The United States (FLOTUS) Michelle Obama's 2016 DNC speech.

Part II showcases a video about Michelle Obama that was played at that convention right before her speech. Part II also includes selected comments about Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama that were included in a July 26, 2016 Black Kos Tuesday's Chile article. This post showcases a video introducing First Lady of the United States ((FLOTUS) Michelle Obama that was shown immediately before her speech to the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/07/certain-vernacular-words-phrases-in.html for Part I of this series. Part I showcases a video of First Lady Of The United States (FLOTUS) gave at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC).

A link to a full transcript of that speech is included in this post along with a review and a synopsis of that speech.

That post also includes selected comments about that speech from twitter and other internet sites that include vernacular American English words and phrases. This post also includes definitions of many of these vernacular words and sayings.

The content of this post is presented for historical, cultural, political, etymological, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Michelle Obama for her words, actions, and her positive role modeling. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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EXCERPT FROM DAILY KOS ARTICLE
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/07/26/1551653/-Black-Kos-Tuesday-s-Chile Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile, by Black Kos, Our FLOTUS brings down the house at the DNC2016;Commentary by Black Kos Editor Denise Oliver-Velez" /07/26
"Yes — “our” First Lady.

Black folks lay a special claim to First Lady Michelle Obama. Sure, she is beloved by many people worldwide and across party lines here in the U.S. However she will always have a major place in the hearts of black Americans — not just because of her position as the first black woman to become a First Lady, alongside of her very special husband, our POTUS, Barack Obama — she is our heart because of who she is.

I tuned in to watch the DNC yesterday, from the beginning. I was elated to see so many women, and men of color representing Democrats, up on that podium. What a difference from the sterile, almost monochromatic RNC — the party of hate, racism, sexism and xenophobia.

I was not happy about the sporadic outbursts and boos from a certain segment of the “couthless” attending the DNC. I was keeping an eye on Black Twitter at the same time, and there were loud rumblings about how we were gonna erupt into a “take off your earrings” moment if those folks dared to diss Michelle.

It didn’t happen. Michelle Obama dropped the mic and brought the house down, to rounds and rounds of applause. As the cameras cut away from her speech from time to time to scan the onlookers, the smiles, tears and intense emotions displayed told the story.

In case you missed the intro before she took the stage — here it is."...

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Michelle Obama Intro Video



Democratic National Convention, Published on Jul 25, 2016

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SELECTED COMMENTS ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA'S DNC SPEECH
From http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/07/26/1551653/-Black-Kos-Tuesday-s-Chile Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile, by Black Kos, 2016/07/26

These comments are given without notations or explanations. They are given in chronological order, with the oldest comments given first, except for replies. However, these comments may not be in consecutive order. I've assigned to these comments for referencing purposes only. All of these comments are from July 26, 2016

1. Ian Reifowitz Jul 26 · 04:04:13 PM
"Michelle was awesome. Her speech thrilled me, I couldn’t have been more excited and proud. Thanks for a great selection as always, and Happy Tuesday, friends!"

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2. Denise Oliver Velez - Ian Reifowitz Jul 26 · 04:07:22 PM
"Thanks Ian.

She got good press — except from wingnuts who don’t believe her quote about slaves building the WH. They are so damn ignorant."

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3. Vita Brevis Jul 26 · 04:07:28 PM
"Happy Tuesday all. Michelle Obama’s speech last night was everything. EVERYTHING. Just popping in for a minute.... Peace. Love. Chocolate."

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4. ord avg guy Jul 26 · 04:08:17 PM
The FLOTUS was absolutely amazing. It takes a lot to get tears to well up from me just watching a speech. Michelle Obama managed tdo it last night.

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5. JoanMar - ord avg guy Jul 26 · 04:14:52 PM
"I cry far too easily and it is so annoying. But I didn’t feel annoyed as I cried last night. She was beautiful. The speech was just awesome. And who would you say is the better speaker now? Michelle or her husband? What a great problem to have. :)"

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6. Denise Oliver Velez Ian Reifowitz Jul 26 · 04:07:22 PM
..."She got good press — except from wingnuts who don’t believe her quote about slaves building the WH. They are so damn ignorant.

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7. Ian Reifowitz Denise Oliver Velez Jul 26 · 04:08:57 PM
Their ignorance is not our country’s bliss...."

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8. justiceputnam Jul 26 · 04:58:06 PM
RogueJusticeNominee @justiceputnam
The RW thinks the White House was built by guest workers.
9:15 AM - 26 Jul 2016

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9. JoanMar Jul 26 · 04:08:55 PM
...Yes, Sis, our FLOTUS is all sorts of awesome! I turned into the morning shows this morning and everybody agrees that it is one of the best speeches in the history of party conventions.

As my bro CK pointed out, she threw a little shade but it was so beautifully done, so subtly that many people may have missed it.
Thank you all, thank you so much. It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president. Remember how I told you about his character and his conviction? His decency and grace? The traits we have seen every day he has served our country in the White House.

http://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12282760/transcript-michelle-obama-dnc-speech

She was talking about her husband and his character and his decency and grace. Haha. Absolutely loved it!

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10. Its the Supreme Court Stupid Jul 26 · 04:11:49 PM
"Greetings to the porch! Michelle’s speech last night was amazing. I am facing a really tough decision: Who am I going to miss more? Michelle or Barack? Arggghh! I can’t decide!"

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11. Denise Oliver Velez - Its the Supreme Court Stupid Jul 26 · 04:21:12 PM
"Both!!!"

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12. mallyroyal Jul 26 · 04:15:22 PM
"it’s well known in our community, but little discussed out of it (that I’ve seen) that we didn’t really warm to Barack until we got to know Michelle.

she’s like a distillation of the greatest women in our community, and we all did a collective “well if this brilliant and beautiful sista from the South Side loves him...”

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13. Denise Oliver Velez mallyroyal Jul 26 · 04:17:05 PM
"Hey Cuz.

Yup. She gave him bona fides."

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14. Denise Oliver Velez - JoanMar Jul 26 · 04:14:30 PM
"Loved her subtle shade — heh — she is good at it."

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15. Denise Oliver Velez Chitown Kev Jul 26 · 04:36:10 PM
I just posted aji’s tweet about that — here’s part of it — shows the resentment of being told — y’all better not boo :)

Julia Prodis Sulek @juliasulek
Rowdy California Sanders delegates told by fellow delegates: "hands off Michelle Obama." This is what they did."
11:02 PM - 25 Jul 2016 · Wells Fargo Center, United States

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16. mallyroyal - Denise Oliver Velez Jul 26 · 04:42:35 PM
"good for the planners, cause when I tell you every black soul in that hall would have gone OFF..!

maaaaaaan lol."

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17. freshwater dan Jul 26 · 04:35:37 PM
"I'm not familiar with the "Take off your earrings" reference."

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18. Denise Oliver Velez - freshwater dan Jul 26 · 04:40:41 PM
"heh — when Sistahs get ready to throw down — they take off their earrings so they aren’t ripped out of their ears"

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19. Chitown Kev - freshwater dan Jul 26 · 04:42:48 PM
"It’s an…..uh...“inner city” reference for when someone is ready to fight"

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20. Chitown Kev - Denise Oliver Velez Jul 26 · 04:44:29 PM
"lol, I was watching an old episode of Living Single when Max and Regine got into a fight and Max ripped off Regine’s weave, lol (it was the 100th episode I think, you can find it on youtube"

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21. Denise Oliver Velez - Chitown Kev Jul 26 · 04:47:17 PM
"Will look for it. Chile — don’t be messin’ up a weave."

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22. Denise Oliver Velez Chitown Kev Jul 26 · 04:46:18 PM
"i know several girls — black, latina and italian who have earlobes that were ripped."

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23. Pithy Cherub - freshwater dan Jul 26 · 04:56:15 PM
"If a black woman takes off her earrings and tells you to hold her purse, somebody is getting a beatvdown right royally. :)"

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24. Denise Oliver Velez Pithy Cherub Jul 26 · 04:57:57 PM
"Latinas too :)"

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25. Pithy Cherub - Denise Oliver Velez Jul 26 · 05:02:12 PM
"Yep. My sister in law, a bad a** Latina weighing 100 lbs told a lady twice her size that and she was breathing fire. The lady ran away.lol"

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26. Denise Oliver Velez - Pithy Cherub Jul 26 · 05:15:26 PM
"That’s from growin up with mom’s expert with “la chancleta/ la chancla ”

(for those who don’t speak Spanish — that’s a sandal or flip flop— which gets lobbed like a boom-a-rang by mama"

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27. mallyroyal - JoanMar Jul 26 · 04:55:46 PM
"it sounds like a joke but some of my friends were in that hall. they’d have done exactly that, and broke out the vaseline just in case lmaooo"

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28. Pithy Cherub Jul 26 · 04:54:55 PM
"I love Michelle Obama for wearing Christian Siriano's dress last night. He was the ONLY designer that would dress Leslie Jones for the Ghostbusters 2 premier. No one else would help her! That is the essence of Black Girl Magic. Michelle knew who helped a sister out!

Earlier this year, Michelle used the exact language of sleeping in a White House built by slaves in an exceptional commencement address.

Y'all, some privileged California, ugh on not representing my state well, Berners were gonna get laid the eff out if they booed Michelle. That was made very clear. Black folks not having that childish behavior....

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29. Denise Oliver Velez - Pithy Cherub Jul 26 · 04:57:29 PM
"That is so beautiful! Thank you — didn’t know the backstory"

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30. Pithy Cherub - Denise Oliver Velez Jul 26 · 05:04:13 PM
"Yep I wrote a tweet thanking him. But I remembered as soon as I saw the dress last night. Michelle was representing!"

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31. JoanMar - Pithy Cherub Jul 26 · 04:58:56 PM
"I didn’t know that. That’s huge. Let’s throw his name out there: Christian Siriano.

I am not a huge fan of Leslie Jones, but when I heard of how she was dissed, my heart went out to her. Great of the FLOTUS to honor him like that.

The dress was beautiful!”.

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32. wasatch Jul 26 · 07:30:22 PM
It felt false to wish people a good week last week, as the RNC was so horrifying to me (and I’m not even one of their nominee’s targets, other than being a woman over 50 with generous proportions and boring clothes, a “fat pig” in Trumpese).

But this week? Hallelujah! What a turnaround. Other than the few booing nihilists (pray for laryngitis!) this convention is a whole new world.

And Michelle turned me right around from the lingering effects of the scary people.

Can I call Michelle the next time I have a nightmare? You know she’d be the best.

Will have to return to that speech. There was this combination of mature, dead-serious steel with a soothing warmth and light touch that is so very powerful. That’s First Lady Obama all over. Layered, intelligent, and lots to unpack in that speech.

Enjoy the rest of the convention! Have a great week!!"

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Certain Vernacular Words & Phrases In Internet Comments About Michelle Obama's 2016 DNC Speech

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part pancocojams series about First Lady Of The United States (FLOTUS) Michelle Obama's 2016 DNC speech.

Part I showcases a video of First Lady Of The United States (FLOTUS) gave at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC).

A link to a full transcript of that speech is included in this post along with a review and a synopsis of that speech.

This post also includes selected comments about that speech from twitter and other internet sites that include vernacular American English words and phrases. This post also includes definitions of many of these vernacular words and sayings.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/07/more-comments-with-african-american.html for Part II of this post. Part II showcases a video about Michelle Obama that was played at that convention right before her speech. Part II also includes selected comments about Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama that were included in a July 26, 2016 Black Kos Tuesday's Chile article.

The content of this post is presented for historical, cultural, political, etymological, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Michelle Obama for her words, actions, and her positive role modeling. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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EXCERPT OF AN ARTICLE ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA'S 2016 DNC SPEECH
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michelle-obama-speech-reaction_us_5796dff1e4b0d3568f8457b3?section= Democrats And Republicans Agree: Michelle Obama Absolutely Nailed It by Ed Mazza, July 26, 2016
"Stirring speech draws praise from across the political spectrum.

When the Democratic National Convention opened on Monday to a chorus of boos from Bernie Sanders supporters, much of the attention focused on what the runner-up for the nomination would say to calm his faithful following.

But someone else stole the show.

First Lady Michelle Obama won praise for giving a stirring and optimistic speech in which she managed to attack Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump without once mentioning his name.

Praise for the speech came from across the political spectrum"...

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EXCERPTS OF A SYNOPSIS OF MICHELLE OBAMA'S 2016 DNC SPEECH & A HYPERLINK TO A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THAT SPEECH
From https://www.romper.com/p/transcript-of-michelle-obamas-dnc-speech-affirms-her-family-first-ethic-15022
kATHERINE DON, July 26, 2016 Transcript Of Michelle Obama's DNC Speech Affirms Her Family-First Ethic
"Now that the Obama era is coming to an end, the legacy of the 44th President of the United States is coalescing into a clear form. And while his achievements and controversies in the areas of health care, climate change, and international relations will be well-recorded by historians, it's also the case that President Obama will be remembered as a true family man, not least because first lady Michelle Obama has been both a supportive spouse and a knowledgeable advocate for her husband's policies. As the transcript of Michelle Obama's DNC speech affirms, family and politics are inextricably linked.

From the outset, it was clear that Obama intended to draw a connection between personal responsibility and political ethic. Soon after taking the stage to loud cheers from the crowd in Philadelphia, Obama said that her and Barack's daughters are "the heart of our hearts, the center of our world." She described their experiences as parents soon after moving into the White House, saying that "we as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady, because we know that our words and our actions matter, not just to our girls, but to children across this country."...

In a 2013 Vogue interview, President Obama elaborated on his family's ethic as both public and private figures. "Everything we have done has been viewed through the lens of family," he said. "Beyond just the immediate family to the larger American family, and making sure everybody’s included and making sure that everybody’s got a seat at the table."

It was in this spirit of inclusiveness that the first lady passionately, forcefully, and beautifully threw her support behind Hillary Clinton, stating, "Hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only. It's about leaving something better for our kids."
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Those comments are followed by a full transcript of Michelle Obama's convention speech.

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Michelle Obama praises Hillary Clinton at the DNC 2016 (Full speech)



NJ.com, Published on Jul 25, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the crowd and delegates during her primetime speech on day one of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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SELECTED COMMENTS ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA'S DNC SPEECH
These comments are from various internet sites. The sites are quoted in no particular order. I've also included definitions/explanations for the vernacular words, phrases, and sayings that are found in these comments. Additions and corrections are welcome

All of these comments are from July 26, 2016.

I've assigned to these comments for referencing purposes only.

From https://twitter.com/hashtag/michelleobama?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag

1. Joy Taylor
".@FLOTUS is just incredible. She is a Queen, an inspiration, such power and grace. Love her. #DemsInPhilly #MichelleObama"

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2. Fortune FeimsterVerified account (Los Angeles, CA)
"Yes!!! My queen!! #MichelleObama #DNCinPHL"
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A contemporary ("hip") spelling of "yes" is "yass" or "yass".

Here's what "queen" means in these and other comments referring to Michelle Obama:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queen gives these definitions for "queen":
3
a : a woman eminent in rank, power, or attractions
b : a goddess or a thing personified as female and having supremacy in a specified realm
c : an attractive girl or woman; especially : a beauty contest winner
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While Michelle Obama currently is the First Lady of the United States, this country isn't a monarchy. The commenters who refer to Michelle Obama as a queen probably are using the meanings given in 3 a, b, and/or c. In addition, many African Americans use the term "queen" as a general referent for any Black woman who isn't rachet. example: (young Black man speaking to a young Black woman he doesn't know) "Hello, queen.".

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3. Laura
‏"@SheWhoVotes
#MichelleObama NAILED IT! She is an amazing speaker! Melania's poor imitation just didn't even hold a damn candle."
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from
http://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/94841/what-does-nailed-it-mean
[this use of] "nailed it" means you got something exactly right, or did something perfectly. You can think of someone trying to hammer a nail into a board. They hit the nail so perfectly that the nail goes straight into the board very well."...
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From http://www.dictionary.com/browse/can-t-hold-a-candle-to
"can't hold a candle to definition

An expression describing a person or thing that is distinctly inferior to someone or something else: “Senator Nelson is extremely knowledgeable, but as a speaker, he can't hold a candle to Senator Delano.”"

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4. Haaretz.comVerified account
"WATCH: Michelle Obama's 'masterful' take down of Trump at the DNC http://dlvr.it/LtRTpr
#DNCinPHL #MichelleObama"
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"Take down" here means something like "a humiliating defeat". Here's some entries from for "take down" http://www.dictionary.com/browse/takedown
6. Informal. the act of being humbled.; 7.
Wrestling. a move or series of maneuvers that succeeds in bringing a standing opponent down onto the mat.

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5. MainStreetEnt. ‏@MainStreetEnt20
"MainStreetEnt. Retweeted Alex Lange
#MichelleObama on fire 🔥🔥" [This comment is followed by two pictorials of flames.]
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"on fire" - A term that people use when someone is doing great and they are unable to be stopped.
Man, that dude is on fire
by lunar shadows September 16, 2004 http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=on%20fire

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6. Ahmed Shihab-EldinVerified account ‏(Brooklyn, NY)
"I wake up every morning in a house that was built of slaves." #MichelleObama telling it like it is. crying. <3" -snip- "telling in like it is" = telling the unvarnished truth -snip- The word “crying” here probably means "I’m crying (I'm overwhelmed by my emotions because of that speech)." -snip- From http://slangdefinition.com/3-meaning-heart-shape/
"What does <3 mean? = Heart / Love"

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7. Ahmed Shihab-EldinVerified account (Brooklyn, NY)
"The issues are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters." #MichelleObama #RNCinCLE"
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Michelle Obama's statement that "The issues are not being black and white" may refer to Black people and White and may also refer to issues being either one way or another way. "140 characters" refers to tweeting and is an indirect reference to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump penchants for regularly using tweeter to make political comments and other comments. Michelle Obama's comment here is an example of what one commenter referred to as "dignified shade" - "throwing shade" = a classy way of criticizing or insulting someone.

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From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michelle-obama-dnc-speech_us_5796c902e4b02d5d5ed2ac9b "Michelle Obama: Who Do You Want As Your Children’s Role Model?
The DNC crowd went wild during the first lady’s blockbuster speech" 07/25/2016 by Kate Sheppard And Laura Barron-Lopez

8. Allen Barrett
"BING!!! that's the sound of one being hit out of the park. That's what a non-plagiarized speech sounds like. Thank you, Michelle Obama!"

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9. Susan Swann
"FLOTUS hit it out of the park! She's all class, intelligence, and compassion. I'm so going to miss the President and First Lady, history will be kind to this pair. Looking forward to Clinton continuing on with progressive policies!"
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From http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/hit+one+out+of+the+park
"hit (something) out of the (ball)park
To do or perform something extraordinarily well; to produce or earn an exceptional achievement. An allusion to hitting a home run in baseball that lands outside the stadium."
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Another commenter just wrote "Bam!!". That's probably another way of referring to Michelle Obama's speech hitting it out the park. Some commenters wrote that Michelle Obama hit a gram slam. Here's what that saying means:
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_slam_(baseball)
"In baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all three bases occupied by baserunners ("bases loaded"), thereby scoring four runs—the most possible in one play"...

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10. Jerome Brians
"Stunning speech. When she reminded us that the white house was built by
blacks under forced labor....then provided the picture of her daughters playing
on the white house lawn....that was deep."
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"Deep" here probably means "very profound". Another African American Vernacular term for (this meaning of) deep is "heavy".

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11. Rico Dixon
"The Obama's have always been a class act. They have occupied the White House without controversy or shame. Their children have never brought rumors or speculation to the Office of Commander in Chief. Lead by example.... I believe they have."

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12. Marie Staley Lavender
"As per usual, the First Lady was flawless. If Donald Trump had 1/1,000th the class of Michelle Obama he might - and I stress the word might - be a somewhat tolerable human being. Splendid speech FLOTUS."

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13. Melody Shaw
"She's all class. She is authentic, no acting there. I have once again, felt such an immense respect for the First Lady. As a woman, mother, and grandmother and a citizen of our country I felt a commonality that I've felt from no other First Lady. There was always this air of elitism, class difference, privilege? Not sure how to define it, but there was a *separateness* from former First Ladies. I never felt they truly understood what it was like for me, an average female living an ordinary existence. I never felt that former First Ladies *GOT* my ordinary concerns. I had feelings at times it was my own personal, monumental struggle raising my daughter and that ALL mothers sort of feel the same way. Problems like how to provide healthcare, food and housing. How to balance helping my daughter grow and still protect her and keep her safe. Or how to bring my daughter up to be fearless and bold, yet still retain poise and dignity. Michelle gets it, she totally gets it. She may not struggle the same way yet she does understand that we all as parents struggle to provide, to be supportive, to raise our kids to be good people. We are living and making history here, and I truly FEEL it thanks to her. Her words uplifted me, touched me deeply. Michelle, she's the real deal."
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"all class" = totally having class, being classy, being a class act
From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classy
classy : adjective
Simple Definition of classy
: having qualities that make someone or something special and attractive
: showing impressive character : very good, kind, etc.

classier, classiest
: having or showing class: as
a : elegant, stylish
b : having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior

c : admirably skillful and graceful

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From
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/class%20act
class act
: an example of outstanding quality or prestige
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"Gets it" = totally understands what another person says or feels or is experiencing
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From http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/the-real-deal
"the real deal" = informal A person or thing considered to be a genuine or supremely good example of their kind"

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14. Linda Ayres
"I have mad love for First Lady Obama. she is the epitome class and courage. She is the quintessential role model for the next generation."
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"Mad love" = lots of love; "Mad" here is an intensifier that probably comes from Jamaican Patois.

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15. Jacob Harris
"First Lady Michelle Obama was astonishing! Mics all around the country were dropping simulataneously."
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"Mic drop" - a figurative phrase which means that what was said was so good that nothing else needs to be said, or there can be no effective comeback

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16. Julie Pearson
"I'm not affiliated with any US political party (I'm not American) but she has a good point. You don't want some thin skinned leader who lashes out without thinking and behaves like a spoiled child."
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"thin skinned"
From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thin%E2%80%93skinned
easily bothered by criticism or insults : very sensitive

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17. Mike Letteriello ·
"Our black and brown peeps started to turn this convention around, and our black woman-in-charge ramped it up into high gear."
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"peeps" = colloquial clip of the word "people"

In this comment "black" means African Americans and other people with any (Black) African descent.

In the United States "brown people" usually refers to Latinos, and may also refer to other ethnic groups such as Native Americans, South Asians (people from India, Pakistan etc), and people from the Middle East. That said, just as most Black people aren't actually the color "black", many "Brown people" aren't actually the color "brown".
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"ramped it up" = increased the energy (of the convention)

into high gear = the highest it can go

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18. Van-Anh Vu ·
"The Republican should thank their lucky stars that FLOTUS indicated she has no intention to run for office. Michelle would crush it!"
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"thank their lucky stars" = to acknowledge one's good fortune; be grateful: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/thank-one-s-lucky-stars
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This saying comes from the astrological belief that the stars (planets) contribute to a person having good or bad fortune.

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"crush it" = here means "to win without any doubt" (This is a very positive connotation.)
In this comment "crush it" is the same as "kill it", "slay it".

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From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tdl5NCJvuY
Michelle Obama's entire Democractic convention speech, CNN Published on Jul 25, 2016

19. JeremyLinte
"Michelle Obama gracefully destroys Trump without stooping to his level or mentioning his name:

"When I think about the kind of president I want for my girls and all our children...I want someone with the proven strength to persevere. Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously. Someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down into 140 characters. Because when you have the nuclear codes at your finger tips, and the military at your command, you can't make snap decisions. You can't have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed." "
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Read the definition of "think skin" given above.

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20. #It's Just Me
"Yass! Girl!! Go!!! Get!!!! It!!!!!"
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Yass!= Yes!
Go get it" is an exclamation that is encouragement and support for what was said as well as a statement of agreement for what was said. "Go get it!" also means to continue doing what you are doing. "It" means "the prize (what you are trying to) win, the end goal that you are striving for or the successful achievement of what you are talking about.
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Some other commenters here and elsewhere said "You go girl!". That saying has the same meaning as "Go get it".

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21. gary fontana
"Trump guy here but WOW!!! She killed it. Was amazing start to finish. Happy for her"
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"Killed it" here means to do something extraordinarily well. "Slayed" is another way of saying "killed it".

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22. butterflybloom
"She is a good role model to her children as well as for other women and children. She aint no trophy wife. She will be missed as first lady and I am glad she tried to help other children besides her own as a first lady."
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"trophy wife"
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25. Flish Football
"hater alert"
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From
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hater
"a person who thrives on showing hate toward, criticizing, or belittling other people or things, usually unfairly"
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"hater alert" = a figurative notice/announcement to other people that there is one or more haters in the area.

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26. Crinkly Cormorant
"Wake up in a house built by slaves...smh...this woman is such a race baiter."
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From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=race%20baiter by default013 September 29, 2009
...One who insinuates that racism or bigotry is a dominant factor with regards to an event that either does not involve race or in which diverse cultures are involved are simply a minor element."...

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27. lsbloom
"She was talking about how far we've come. Baiting implies using rhetoric to incite anger--not pride."

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Reply
28. Terrance Williams
"Not bait , but facts."

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Reply
29. Sabi
"Why do Republicans try to negate facts and science by blaming political correctness or race baiting?"

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30. DJ KHALED SQUAD #WeDaBest
"Best first lady ever. She has impacted the lives of many young women who have looked up to her. And all her haters can do is make fun of her looks. Sad"
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Read the definition for "haters" above.

"Sad" = shortened form of the sentence "That's sad".

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31. creatorsist
"Such an elegant and intelligence speech from FLOTUS... love trumps hate. Too bad massive haters!"
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“Massive” here is probably the Jamaican Patois use of the word meaning = too bad there are lots of haters [in this nation or in this world].

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32. STS ESSENTIALS CHANNEL
"Damn she shaded Trump with that 140 characters jab talking about him tweeting lol!! Get him Michelle, shade that fool Trump!"
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shaded= threw some shade (insulted)
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140 character = refers to twitter
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jab = pointed, piercing comment

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From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyEeMkl_sHw [Video that is embedded above]

33. Tony Ramos5
"You gotta hand it to Bernie for taking the high road. He could have made things very, very messy."
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From http://www.yourdictionary.com/high-road
"The definition of high road is the morally proper choice.

An example of taking the high road is when someone calls you a name and you just turn and walk away instead of getting into an argument."

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34. NoRegretsForOurYouth
"Trump just got owned"
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From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Owned
"Owned
v. owned, 0wned, pwned, 0wn3d, pwn3d, own3d.
v. tr.
To be made a fool of; To make a fool of; To confound or prove wrong; embarrasing someone: Being embarrased.
I owned you in counter-strike. You were owned at the party yesterday."
by Quick Reply September 20, 2003
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Read the difference between "got owned" and "owned" as used in the comment given as #36.

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From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michelle-obama-speech-reaction_us_5796dff1e4b0d3568f8457b3?section=

35. Michael Ian Black ✔ @michaelianblack
"Michelle just Beyonceed that joint."
10:24 PM - 25 Jul 2016
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From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=beyonce-d
"Beyonce'd
Singing the sh&t* out of a song.

Related: see Celine'd
Damn, she Beyonce'd that song
#sing #beyonce #singing #riffing #vocals:
by Turd E. Fergusson June 22, 2011
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*This word is fully spelled out in this definition.
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Other definitions of "beyonc'd" are quite negative.
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"that joint" = that place (meaning that convention.)

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36. "Ben Domenech ✔ @bdomenech
Michelle Obama owned tonight. An incredible speech."
11:12 PM - 25 Jul 2016
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"Owned" here means that the night belonged to her. (Her speech was the best. She won that night.)

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Brazilian Capoeira Song "A Manteiga Derramou" (Lyrics, Explanation, & Videos)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents Portuguese lyrics and English translations of the Brazilian capoeira song "A Manteiga Derramou". An explanation of that song and five YouTube examples of "A Manteiga Derramou" are also included in this post.

Information about Capoeira Angola is given in the notes that are found after the sound file given as Example #3.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos and all those who quoted in this post. Special thanks to Mathew Brigham (Espaguete) for hosting the website on popular capoeira songs which featured the lyrics for "A Manteiga Derramou" and its explanation.

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LYRICS - A MANTEIGA DERRAMOU

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou
E a manteiga não é minha
E a manteiga é de ioiô*

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha
E a manteiga é de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é de ioiô
Caiu na água e se molhou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é do patrão
Caiu no chão e derramou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga não é minha
É prá filha de ioiô...

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou


A slave narrative about a "mysterious" spillage. A container full of butter has been knocked over, and no one is taking responsibility. When asked, a slave says, "it's not my butter, it's the master's butter," which, while technically true, does not help resolve the matter. Slaves would often use such tactics of "passive resistance" to remind the master of his dependence on them.

* ioiô / ioiá (yoh-YOH / yah-YAH)
These were the master's children, who were often allowed to play with slave children until a certain age. When slave children reached working age, however, they were separated from their white friends. Slaves would often resent these children thereafter, blaming accidents (like the one above) on them.

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THE BUTTER SPILLED [English translation]

I'm going to tell my lord
That the butter spilled
The butter is not mine
It is the master's butter

I'm going to tell my boss
That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine
The butter is the boss’

I'm going to tell my boss
That the butter spilled

The butter is the boss’
It fell in the water and got wet

I'm going to tell my boss
That the butter spilled

The butter is the boss'
It fell on the ground and spilled

I'm going to tell my boss
That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine
It's for the master's daughter

I'm going to tell my boss
That the butter spilled


Source for Portuguese lyrics, English translation, and explanation: http://capoeira.rutgers.edu/Capoeira_Song_Compendium_Version_1.0_International.pdf

These lyrics are reformatted for this post.

Notice that this song has a call & response format as is the case with many songs from Africa and from the African Diaspora.

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES
These examples are given in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube, with the oldest example given first.

Example #1: Montagem manteiga!!! Homenagem ao Branco!!!! MANOLO!!!!



Marcio Emiliano, Uploaded on Jul 30, 2010

Uma pequena homenagem ao meu blood brother Manolo!!!!! E ao dormecido (vulgo) Branco!!!! ressucita Branco!!!!!!

Google translate from Portuguese to English:
A small tribute to my blood brother Manolo !!!!! And the dormecido (aka) White !!!! resurrects White

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Example #2: Música de Capoeira- A manteiga derramou/A lua tá cheia clareou



henriquecarnaúba rodrigues, Uploaded on Dec 30, 2011

Cantiga cantada pelo capoeira Erê aluno do Professor Testa/Grupo Capoeira Brasil Fortaleza-ce. Música de autoria de Carnaúba: Capoeira A lua tá cheia

Google translate from Portuguese to English:
Ditty sung by Ere capoeira student of Professor Testa / Grupo Capoeira Brazil Fortaleza-ce. Authorship music Carnauba: Capoeira The moon're full
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Here's a comment from that video's discussion thread:

Dr.R2, 2013
"vou dizer a meu Sinhor que a manteiga derramou...
Oi a manteiga nao é minha é para a filha de IoiO"

Google translate from Portuguest to English: I will tell my Lord that the butter has melted ...
Hi butter is not mine is to the daughter of yoyo

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Example #3: Vou dizer ao meu senhor que a manteiga derramou! CAPOEIRA



Vera Moranguinho Published on Apr 11, 2013

Evento Wil Capoeira em São José dos Campos - 06/abril/2013.

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Example #4: A Manteiga Derramou



Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho – Topic, Published on Jan 19, 2015

Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

A Manteiga Derramou · Grupo De Capoeira Angola Pelourinho
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Capoeira Angola is one style of capoeira. Other capoeira styles are Capoeira Regional and Capoeira Contemporânea, a mixed style began to take form, with practitioners taking the aspects they considered more important from both Regional and Angola. [as per Wikipedia article whose link is given below]

Here's some information about Capoeira Angola from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capoeira#Capoeira_Angola
"Capoeira Angola refers to every capoeira that keeps the traditions held before the creation of the Regional style.

Existing in many parts of Brazil since colonial times, most notably in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife, it's impossible to tell where and when Capoeira Angola began taking its present form. The name Angola starts as early as the beginning of slavery in Brazil, when Africans, taken to Luanda to be shipped to the Americas, were called in Brazil "black people from Angola", regardless of their nationality. In some places of Brazil people would refer to capoeira as "playing Angola" and, according to Mestre Noronha, the capoeira school Centro de Capoeira Angola Conceição da Praia, created in Bahia, already used the name Capoeira Angola illegally in the beginning of the 1920 decade.[19]

The name Angola was finally immortalized by Mestre Pastinha at February 23, 1941, when he opened the Centro Esportivo de capoeira Angola (CECA). Pastinha preferred the ludic aspects of the game rather than the martial side, and was much respected by recognized capoeira masters. Soon many other masters would adopt the name Angola, even those who would not follow Pastinha's style.

The ideal of Capoeira Angola is to maintain capoeira as close to its roots as possible. Characterized by being strategic, with sneaking movements executed standing or near the floor depending on the situation to face, it values the traditions of malícia, malandragem and unpredictability of the original capoeira."...

Typical music bateria formation in a roda of Capoeira Angola is three berimbaus, two pandeiros, one atabaque, one agogô and one ganzuá.

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Example #5: Camafeu de Oxossi - Vou dizer a meu senhor que a manteiga derramou



Henrique Godoy, Published on Oct 16, 2015

Música do Album Berimbau

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Haitian band Nu Look - "Confessions" (information, lyrics, & video)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents information about the Haitian band "Nu Look" and showcases the Nu Look video entitled "Confessions".

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Arly Larivierre, soloist for Nu Look, and the entire Nu Look band. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post. In addition, thanks to the producer of this video and its publisher on YouTube.

Special thanks to Alton for transcribing the lyrics to this song on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3VVmPB7xy0

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EXCERPT OF INTERVIEW WITH ARLY LARIVIERRE
From http://haitianhollywood.com/haitian-celebs/item/arly-larivierre.html Interview with "Arly Larivierre
Birthplace: Cap-Haitien Haiti
Biography
Arly Larivierre, born in Cap-Haitien Haiti, is a Haitian singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and leader of the konpa band “Nu Look”. Arly Larivierre’s father Daniel Larivierre was the lead singer and composer for the great Haitian band Tropicana D’Haiti. ….

He later migrated to the US, where he resides in Florida and was briefly part of the group D-zine in the late 90′s. In 2000, he joined forces with Gazzman Pierre and formed the band “Nu Look” which became one of the greatest duo in the HMI history books. Nu Look has become a reference in the Haitian music industry. During the last 13 years of Nu Look’s existence, under the leadership of Arly Lariviere as their Maestro and main composer, Nu look has successfully enlisted themselves in the hearts and soul of most konpa lovers, with mega hit songs, such as “Loving You”, “Why Do You Say You Love Me”, and “Notre Histoire” “Wasn’t meant to be” “A qui la faute” among others. Arly Larivierre has grown to be one of the most prolific Haitian composer of this generation.

With the sudden departures of Nu Look’s last two lead vocalists, Gazzman Pierre and Pipo Edersse Stanis, Arly is about to undertake one of the biggest challenge of his musical career; being the sole lead singer since the formation of Nu Look, over 13 years ago. The “iGotThis” album is about to be released in less than 24 hours, Arly Larivierre, sat with HB to discuss his upcoming album “iGotThis” and what it means to him….
AL- First I wanted to clear any confusion about the title of the album “iGot This” because many people see the statement “I am Arly Lariviere” “iGot This” and that wasn’t the idea. Rather it’s a statement showing that I am taking on the responsibility of Nu Look to ensure that the band is here for years to come… I have gotten a lot of advice from fellow lead singers in the industry that I have very good relationships with, and they broke it down for me very simply. They pretty much made me see that if I didn’t take on the role as lead singer, Nu Look would continue to have these problems. They went on to explain, that it’s one thing for there to be a lead singer in front of Nu Look and me on the side playing the keyboard, but it turns into a completely different situation every time I start singing “Oh Papa Bondieu” or “Si Se Yon Mal” and the crowd goes crazy with their arms wide open, while the lead singer of the band, is just left there feeling out of place or neglected. They will always have a problem with that and it’s okay for them to feel that way because at the end of the day, they are human. We all are. This made perfect sense to me and I knew that being the lead singer was the route that I had to take....

HB- How would you describe your personal style?
AL- If we are looking at the music that I have sang in the past you would say love songs. But the music I write in general is made to touch on real-life experiences that people go through every day, whether it be between friends, or lovers, or business. It’s about the world that we live in today.

HB- If your life was comparable to any of your love songs, which song would it be?
AL- All of them!!! ha ha ha ha!!! “...

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LYRICS: CONFESSIONS
(Arly Larivierre)

Verse I
Se ou sèlman ki konnen sa m sakrifye pou nou.
Tout moun ap kritike m, menm fanmi m yo arive nye m.
Relatyon " à long terme" projè n yo "à court terme".
Sèl sa k'ape kenbe m se konfyans mwen mete nan lanmou.

Chorus I
Gen de jou mwen pè mwen dekouraje,
se komsi m'ape mache tou sèl
nan yon enpas "sans issue".
L'amour ne se paie que par l'amour, se sa yo di.
Se sèl espwa mwen genyen
se la m pwize fòs pou m kontinye.

Verse II
Mwen refize dakò ak opinyon piblik,
ki di ke de "nos jours " konpromi ranplase lanmou.
Kotidyen m pa fasil, " aimer c'est prendre un risque ".
Ou vle di twòp pou mwen, sèl chwa m se ale jiskobou.

[Chorus I] X

Bridge
Se plis jou ap pase, plis anksyete m ape grandi,
se plis ou enpòtan pou mwen, plis mwen gen " à perdu".
Mwen p'ap "baisser les bras" m deside ale jiskobou
pou si nou pa ta reyisi pou mwen pa di "what if".

Se ou sèl ki konnen reyalite lavi n
Se ou sèl ki konnen sa kotidyen n ye
X 2

[Bridge] X

Chorus II - 1
Jan mwen ògèye mwen p'at panse se te posib,
Ou fè mwen aksèpte "le peu" de sa ou ka ban mwen.
Yo rele m egare, o m merite pi plis ke sa.
Mwen pa di "le contraire" men se sa ki fè m kontan.

Chorus II - 2
Nou mèt pase lontan "ap pale",
nou mèt pase "des heures" eksplike n,
nou p'ap ka konprann mwen
paske sikonstans an nou pa menm.
Nou mèt pase ane, nou mèt pase "des ans" eksplike n,
nou p'ap ka konprann mwen
paske sikonstans an nou pa menm.

Chorus II - 1(a)
Jan mwen ògèye mwen p'at panse se te posib,
ou fè mwen aksèpte "le peu" de sa ou ka ban mwen.
Yo rele m egare, o m merite pi plis ke sa.
Mwen pa di "le contraire" men respekte desizyon m.
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*This transcription is from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3VVmPB7xy0 NU LOOK "Confessions" (PAWOL)
Anton channel, Published on Aug 23, 2014

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION* - CONFESSIONS
(Arly Larivierre)

Verse I
Only you know what I sacrificed for us.
Everyone will criticize me, even my family arrivals disown me.
Relatyon "long terme" we project "A court terme".
Only this k'ape keep me my confidence placed in love.

Chorus I
Some days I'm afraid I discouraged
In effect m'ape walk single
at an impasse "sense Issue".
Love is repaid by love payroll, so they say

It is the only hope I have
there I tap the strength to continue.

Verse II
I refuse to agree with public opinion,
saying that two "these days" compromises replace love.
Daily I not easy, " love is to take a risk. "
You mean too much to me, my only choice is to go jiskobou.

[Chorus I] X

Bridge
It is more the days go more my anxiety yells grow,
is much important for me, plus I have "versus wasted."
I will "give up" I decided to go jiskobou
for if we did not succeed to me by saying "What If".

Only you know reality Lives
Only you know that everyday we are
X 2

[Bridge] X

Chorus II - 1
How proud I p'at I think it was possible,
Or do I accept "the little" of what you can give me.
They called me foolish, oh I deserve more than that.
I say "as contrary" but what makes me happy

Chorus II - 2
We can spend long "talking"
ye than "some hours" we explained,
we will be able to understand me
circumstances because we do not even.
We can spend years, we may pass "some years" we explained,
we will be able to understand me
circumstances because we do not even.

Chorus II - 1(a)
How proud I p'at I think it was possible,
you accept "the little" of what you can give me.
They called me foolish, oh I deserve more than that.
I say "as contrary" but I respect the decision.

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*This is Google Translate's translation of Haitian Creole & French words to English. Most of the lyrics for this song are Haitian Creole (Kreyol) and a few of the lyrics are in French. Google translate didn't give translations for a few other words and phrases. Additions and corrections are welcome.

For example. Google translate indicated that the word "jiskabou" was Haitian Creole, but didn't give any English translation for that. I did a Google search for that word but that search resulted in websites about the color "red". I also found a video of the group Barikad Crew performing a song entitled "Jiskobou".

Does "jiskobou" mean something like a red rage (stark raging mad/crazy?)

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SHOWCASE VIDEO
Nu Look - Confessions - Official Video



Your Zouk TV, Published on Aug 29, 2014
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This record was released in 2013.

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