Atlanta

Caleb Minter: Young Heart, Old Soul

ATLANTA has been known as a transplant host for such amazing talent around the world. You have many well-known artists such as André 3000, Monica and T.I. who are originally from the peach state and then those such as the late Whitney Houston, India Arie and Ciara, all whom have become very successful over a course of hard work and determination after relocating to Georgia. So it’s not unusual to come across artists such as Caleb Minter along with others who performed this evening, just to name a few: Broadway Miller (@BroadwayMiller), Rolynne Anderson (@Rolynnethefirst), Chanel Teaboù (@ChanelTeabou) and J. Morris (@JustMorris). If you find yourself in downtown Atlanta on a third Wednesday of each month, make sure you swing on by Studio No.7 and check out Milk & Sizz’s Sound Board and support your musicians.

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As a Mom…

This is going to step on a lot of toes first and foremost but you know my heart, if you know me as an individual..so if you take offense to anything that I am about to say, it was not intentional but it needs to be said.

I went to Walmart yesterday in which I had a small talk with the sales rep there about video games. We got into a discussion about us both raising our sons by ourselves and the fear with living here in GA (ATL), just how open the homosexuality is down here. She was informing me about how she took her son to the mall (North Pointe) and there were a few men walking about in stilettos, makeup glam to the T and skirts. Her son pointed them out as “Boy Girls,” and told her (he’s 7) that he likes girls and that what he saw wasn’t right.

Now, I do not bash anyone nor their sexual preference because what works for you, works for you and that’s your prerogative. I love all of my homosexual and bi-sexual friends all the same as I do my heterosexual friends. Where I do tense up and become a little more “Mama’Bearish” is when I am with my son. The lifestyle down in the A scared the shit out of me, I will admit, when I contemplated on moving down knowing I would be raising my son with no male figure in the household.

This type of environment is new to him, yet he has been around a lot of male figures when we lived in Connecticut, so I am confident in both life and God himself. As a mom raising a young boy into a young man, it is very vital that we keep positive male role models in their lives. That was another thing we spoke on. Dudes who knowingly gets involved with a woman who has a child or children and then does not want anything to do with them..but only the mother. No. I’ve heard of some say that it’s okay to just be into the mother at first and not the child or children. As a single mom, I come as a package because my son is my everything to me. Any man who understands would have to respect it because you cannot expect to be in a relationship with the mother and have nothing to do with the child. I will admit, not a lot of men can deal with a situation like that and tend to fall off after a month or two.

It takes a special type of guy to go through life with a woman and her child(ren). Those are the types of people we need. I was thankfully raised by my stepfather who I have seen more as my biological dad, from the age of like 4 months until he passed when I was 14 years old. This was the only man that I knew as my father and he never treated me any differently than his own child. So, that’s the type of relationship I would want for my son…someone who is there from the beginning until the end of time, who will look at him and treat him as if we both made him together. No one has time to sit around and try to convince the bios, to be there when they don’t want to. Sometimes it takes a real man to step up and be there even when the child isn’t his.

 

Welp folks, that’s my rant for this wonderful Wednesday! I wanted to share some insight on what women as a mom, think of from time to time.

Ciaos!

~Sabrina

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Something to make you say “OuOui!”

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Nigel of Caribbean Smooth Ou Oui Premium Rum Liqueur

 

    “OuOui!,” isn’t just a form of an expression anymore. No. “OuOui!,” is an upcoming taste of paradise, sealed within the curvy-shaped black glass with nothing but greatness inside. If you ever had the opportunity to meet the President of Caribbean Smooth, and get a sample, then you too would agree that this drink…excuse me, this Liqueur is the truth! It’s perfect thickness goes very well with ice-cubes if poured warm, but drink at your own risk! Its’ 40 proof will sneak up on you if you drink it too fast. “OuOui,” will definitely have you speaking French, so just be prepared. And men, trust me – this sexy drink right here can be paired with any of your favorite Vodkas. It is not solely for the women. (more…)

Abstract C.I.M. -“Follow Your Heart & Follow Your Pen”

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Abstract C.I.M.

Abstract C.I.M is an influential Spoken Word Artist and speaker destined to bring back concepts of self-respect, the power of the universe, and the liberation of oneself through poetry.

Born and raised in Augusta, GA, she grew up writing many mature words that were defeated by a shy and quiet tongue. Spending more time examining the ways of the world instead of responding to them, it wasn’t until she competed in a Shakespeare Recitation Contest in 2009 that Abstract witnessed the strength of her voice and began to release all the understanding she’d gained thus far.

Following her purpose to “entertain, inspire, educate and minister” through her fearless and emotional performance, Abstract C.I.M has gone on to win local and national speech and poetry competitions like S.P.A.R.K, Poetry Out Loud, and various poetry slams around the Southeast in both English and Spanish. She has opened up for HBO Def Jam Poets such as Tamika “Georgia Me” Harper, performed with Queen Sheba and continues to perform at high schools and colleges unleashing the King and Queen in every listener.

She now resides in the heart of Atlanta, GA where she attends Georgia State University to advance her career of spoken word. It is there where Abstract C.I.M strives to put poetry in every corner of creation one poem, one person, one day at a time.

If you missed out on our most recent Soulful Session on February 13, 2016 – you missed out on such amazing performances by Hostess/Artist SoulScribe, Vitamin D, Victoria Wilson and Abstract C.I.M. I have had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with these amazing individuals and deliver to you, more insight on their gift. Please be sure to check out a small piece of their performances on my YouTube page and subscribe for more upcoming events that I will be attending!

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Abstract C.I.M. and Sabrina

A Chat with Abstract C.I.M

When Abstract first stepped in front of the Soulful Sessions audience, her small frame was beautifully outlined in a red ankle length dress with a high split. But she wanted it to be known through her pieces that she shared with everyone: Small packages come with large punches. As we walked down memory lane hand-in-hand, we quickly realized the relation to Abstract. We all at some point in time, experienced relationships we wish we could have removed from our memory. She taught us that it was okay because, at the end, she came out on top with a blessing she never saw coming. Abstract C.I.M. blessed our stage, with three lessons she learned from her past relationships and how at the end, she truly realized what it felt like to have that one person understand and be there for her. I had the opportunity to not only witness her talent in its rawest form but actually sit down and gain additional knowledge on who Abstract C.I.M. really was!

Me: What does your name stand for? How did you get it?

A: C.I.M. It stands for ‘Complicated In Meaning.’ Let me see if I can say that in an uncomplicated way. I truly, in a nutshell, I feel I can be a little complex. I’m really, really complicated. Sometimes, I can’t even define myself or understand myself and with my poetry, I use that to make meaning and make sense out of things. Abstract C.I.M.

Me: That makes sense, okay okay![laughing]

A: [laughing]

Me: What has been the most challenging part for you as a spoken word artist coming up?

A: I’ll say one of the hardest things is the fact that I want to do this full-time. The fact that I really want poetry to be a career for me and not just a hobby. That’s been one of the hardest things. It’s a mental challenge, I feel like I have to prove to other people that I can be successful at this and that I can do this full time more than  I’m trying to prove this to myself. So confidence can get in the way but you really have to have faith and know this is my purpose, this is what I’m supposed to do and I’m going to try and go as hard as I can regardless of the obstacles so I say that’s the hardest thing.

Me: Growing up, has your parents been supportive of your talent?

A: Both parents have been supportive of me since the age of two..since day one. My mother comes to any show that she can come to. My family is a very big support system and I appreciate them so much.

Me: That’s definitely good. Do you have any upcoming projects?

A: I do have EP number two coming out sometime during 2016. I don’t know exactly when but yes…I think that’s about it. A CD a year, that’s what I’m trying to do

Me: Where can they find your first EP?

A: You can get a hardcopy from www.AbstractCIM.com It will be available on digital stores as soon as possible but as far as right now it will be on my website.

Me: What advice would you have for anyone who wants to get into spoken word but they’re just not sure how to go about it, and they don’t have a support system?

A: Follow your heart and follow your pen, I would say if it’s truly your passion and that’s truly what you love to do, it doesn’t matter if you have a support system, it doesn’t matter about statistics..like, do you and do it hard. And that’s the best advice I could give someone.

Me: Thank You!!

A: Thank You

 

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Website: www.abstractcim.com/

 

Ciaos!

~Sabrina

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#DatingAtlanta: Hello & Goodbye!

 

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How I feel when the conversation goes better online than over the phone!

 

I decided after not getting much of a response on the site that I registered with the other night, to try another app.  This one was known to have more responses and activity flowing, whereas I never heard of the one I had attempted.  So I created my account and within minutes, I had a few messages waiting for me.

Mr. Hello had messaged me yesterday morning as I got my day started running errands around town.  

Him: Heyyyy there! (heart emoji & smiley emoji)

Me: Good Morninggg (smiley emoji)

Him: I’m awesome!!! What are you up to?

Him: I’m B

Me: I’m Sabrina…nice to meet you.  I’m brainstorming of some ideas for a project of mine while getting ready to run errands. You?

Him: Nice to meet you! How has your experience been on this site so far?

Me: Well so far so good…you seem to be the most energetic thus far lol. I like it though. How long have you been on this site?

Him: It’s been ok so far!! What made you join? It’s different…

 I mean, you get the idea folks. So this conversation carried on throughout the day into the evening when he decided to propose exchanging phone numbers. I was okay with it so I sent him my number and he did the same.  Because of such a busy evening, I totally lost track of time.  He had wanted me to text him so that we could arrange a time for us to meet in person and have lunch one day. He ended up texting me in which I replied shortly due to me driving. Instead, I picked up the phone and called him. He was as energetic over the phone as he was in his messaging. It made me laugh a little but hey, there was nothing wrong with that. 

We spoke for a little on the phone in which after a few small …challenges, I felt as if…I wasn’t being myself. It seemed that if I misused a term while telling a story, he jumped in to correct my wrongs. He also came off a bit irritated with me eating in his ear, meanwhile, he had just finished a group of almonds (I only knew because he was smacking in my ear).

“Are you eating or something?” he questioned.

“Yes I am, how did you know,” I replied curiously.

“I mean, you’re smacking in my ear…do you want to call me back or something?” he asked.

“Uh..no, I was actually finished,” I answered, now turned off.  It was at that point that I realized he had an anal fixture about certain wrongs.

He asked for me to text him once I got out of my engagement so he could see what was up.

Oh, let’s not forget…I asked him in confirming his information on the site, “You have no kids, correct?” and his answer was “Yes, Team WINNING!!!!”

This disturbed me simply because I was a mother of a child and it was as if those who did not have children, were not “winning.” 

All in All…Mr. Hello was soon introduced silently to Mr. Goodbye!  I’ll be going out tonight in which I will take a photo before I leave and update everyone in the morning.  Until then, you all stay out of trouble! 

Ciaos!

~Sabrina

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How To Guide: #DatingAtlanta

Good Evening!  So recently I dismantled a long distance relationship with a young gentleman who will remain nameless.  It was not what I pictured and with hiccups when it came to honesty, I decided it was best for me to bring in the new year with a clean slate.  The title of this entry is called “How To Guide: #DatingAtlanta,” in which the reason behind it clearly speaks exactly what you see.  Atlanta is known to be flooded with women and with its ratio being so high (According to AJC.com, there are 80k more women than there are men), this is going to be quite an adventure ahead of us.

This evening, I have decided to bring you along with me as I begin a journey into the world of online dating.  A lot of you have heard of it and I am sure enough of you have experienced it.  Online dating can be fun and easy going at times and then a big turn-off and brutally overwhelming during others.  This will be the first time, however, that I post my dating quarrels online for others to view, so your interaction is going to play a big role.  

I will not inform any of these men who I meet on the site, about my journey in blogging it as I do not believe their reactions will be as genuine.  Those who I could really give a damn less about, I will inform.  I will also consult with a male friend of mine who will help me out along the way when it comes to digesting/translating the responses (from a male’s perspective)…we’ll call him “John”

So sit back and let’s get this show on the road! (more…)

#SweetSpotNation: Atlanta

Sexy. Hot. Sensual. LusciousSeductive

#SweetSpotNation on Saturday November 14, 2015

This was the first time that I had ever attended this event and to be honest with you, after researching online, promotional videos and photos – I had an idea of what to expect but you know what they say, “expect the unexpected.” (more…)

Brain Before Booty…

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Or so they say…

One thing that I have learned since relocating to Atlanta is patience is of virtue.  There are too many times when people meet and rush into things way too fast.  When the “ships” don’t work out, then they are left standing there wondering …where did things go wrong?   (more…)