Saturday, July 11, 2015

Periscope: How To 'Scope Like Ah Boss

I decided to join Periscope after a little prodding from my friends. I thought it might be a good way to figure out what my strengths and weaknesses are before the launch of my podcast, WODs Wellness and Woes. And let's be real, it's a less formal way for me to get over my jitters. I did my first 'scope was short and cool, little hearts flew everywhere and people joined, which really helped build my confidence about my message. My second 'scope wasn't.. while I still enjoyed the live broadcast it was a major bust, and I learned a few lessons. So here are my top five lessons from a month of Periscope:

1. Charge your damn battery: I was in the middle of a pretty cool broadcast, and people were joining and chatting when suddenly my screen went black, then I saw the Samsung logo and my broadcast was done. I didn't realize that even though my phone was "charging" the charger wasn't actually plugged in.
So remember check yourself, before you wreck yo'self (and by yo'self I mean your battery)
2. Turn Off Location: While I think it's okay to speak about where you are, the turn on location is WAY too accurate for my liking. On a test 'scope I had my locations on and when I went to look back, the pin was actually on my house. So that's a no thank you for me. I have watched one too many episodes of Criminal Minds to ever subscribe to that.
3. Turn on Twitter notifications: This is a simple one, but when you're getting used to the camera you might forget. And this is the best way to let your followers know you're live. So click the little birdie and prosper.
Periscope Krishna_TheSage4. Don't Bother Tweeting Periscope Co. For help: I've been having issues with the replay function, not issues It.Won't.Work. All I get is audio when people replay, and while the important message is being still being shared, the point is to see the person behind the product. But Michelle of Her Power Hustle, assures me that I'm not the only one with issues.
UPDATE: I sent a message through the periscope app and got an instant response, but I have to wait 24 hours for them to actually help me fix it. #TakeTheGoodTakeTheBad
5. Make sure the Baby is asleep: After doing a little crowd sourcing I found that the women that follow me were interested in a 5 minute challenge on how to relax. Easy enough. I got the kids fed, down and went to my favorite spot in the yard. And just as I was half way through my broadcast my youngest comes out, sits in my lap and reaches to nurse and...Let's just say nip slips aren't just for celebs. Thankfully I was quick and could delete the broadcast. I have since re-recorded that video and it was went well.
So that's it, tips from a novice. I am enjoying the communities being built through periscope and think it's a great tool to promote yourself, your business or just to hang out and learn.  For a more in-depth look at periscope check out this article by Michelle Talbert in Black Enterprise, and follow me at Krishna_TheSage.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Do You Really Understand Your History?

In a conversation with my sister this week, coupled with a quick scan of my FB timeline I began to question if a lot of my black friends have an honest understanding of the plight of the American slave. And not in the mythical Willie Lynch set us up for failure and a life plagued by crime *cough Bullshit* cough way.

Let me explain:

This week BET aired the first of six episodes of "The Book Of Negroes" an amazing narrative of a young women from capture to freedom. Yet all I saw from a large number of Black people was disdain and "why do we need another slave movie" and if you know me it took everything in me not to say "WHY NOT?, you bunch of idiots."But I refrained and instead came here to ask the questions I need answers too.

What about a slave narrative makes you so sad?
In order to truly release yourself from the mental slavery of the world you must know your past. And NO, our past isn't limited to slavery, but there are many lessons to be learned from this large part of our history. A history that we are forced to deal with everyday in these. United States of America.

Are you bothered by the images of slavery because you are worried what white people are thinking?
GET YOUR LIFE! This is their legacy, and American History. Race relations will never get any better until we speak about things openly.

Do you realize that Black History Month is the ONLY time schools even talk about our contributions in building this country?
And listen if you have issues with slave narratives I'm going to put a $100 on the fact that you don't either. This is the problem! A mini series like "The Book Of Negroes" should be a time when we sit down as family, watch and discuss with our children. Then build. My mom did it with us, giving us a strength in our blackness that not many have.

Why are we so quick to silence tellers of our stories and able to collectively scream "Ugh stop telling us these stories of weakness" ?

First, slavery didn't make us weak, discussing it doesn't keep us in our place, segregation didn't make us weak, we are a strong and resilient people. SO STOP saying it, you sound foolish!
Second do we ever tell out Jewish brothers an sisters to stop telling their stories of genocide? Stop lifting up their ancestors? NO. So neither should we. We should walk with our heads held high and our ancestors hearts on our sleeves, screaming that we will never forget. NEVER!

I know the people that need to read this rant won't and that's okay. To quote my sister "We all have a lane to stay in" and some of them are narrower than others. But if you're reading this and you're offended, maybe you're part of the problem.

Monday, February 24, 2014

White People Have Gone Mad (AGAIN)

So one time in band camp I was called a racist.

I usually take these things in stride but this woman was so up in arms and clearly not the brightest bulb in the pack.  Let's start with the picture and her first comment:

Illegal Immigration started in 1492: Now let's see what is that year tied too? That's right when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. What in the hell does that have to do with her immigrant people coming through Ellis Island? NOT A THING.

But more importantly does history not teach us (now hold on people) there were NATIVE PEOPLE living here and having a grand ole time before they were invaded?  But apparently that didn't matter to our commenter because there were no LAWS. I mean none. There was an entire civilization thriving, but no laws.. OKAY BYE FELICIA!

Pay attention here because this is when it all goes FOX NEWS on me, quoting (via a google search)  a great American to let me know how foolish I was being. Thank You Abraham Lincoln as I have now seen the wrongs in my life.

Moral Law.. WHO CARES. There were no laws, Savages don't have laws.

When I asked why do we only speak about Black and Brown folks when we discuss immigration she striked! : Missy You ARE A RACIST, even though I'm the one talking about fences, illegals taking people as slaves (when did that happen?), raping women and children, and killing! Wait was Zimmerman an "illegal" cuz....

So anyway I'm a racist and I'm so ashamed. I'm going to go conquer some white people's land, make them feel bad about their skin, hair and just being, then have lunch. Whose with me?  Applications will be accepted when Black History Month ends... WAIT why is there no WHITE history month. #RACES

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It Didn't Happen To You

When I read Jen Caron's It Happened To Me on XO Jane I was immediately annoyed and offended. Not because I'm Black and have practiced Yoga for 15 years, but at the notion that Yoga belongs to a certain group because of affluence, color (read white) and weight. It is infuriating!

I have practiced with all races, sizes, financial brackets and it has never mattered because my focus during practice is MY spiritual journey. Whether at home, a new swanky studio or the gym my practice and the universe allow me to become one with those around me. There is no judgment, fat, black, poor, only bodies moving in unison to reach a spiritual level.

I practice Yoga to calm my mind.
I practice Yoga to allow my body to become one with the Universe.
I practice Yoga to create a safe space.
I practice Yoga to heal through my breathe.
I practice Yoga to relieve stress.
I practice Yoga for fun and flexibility.
I practice Yoga to commune with my ancestors.
I practice Yoga on the railroad, subway and at work because Yoga is not simply about the Asanas it's a way of living.

Something the author of this piece should really re-evaluate.

And just so Jen Carson knows there are other a black Yogis and Yoginis out here. Don't believe it go here:
Black Yogis


Friday, January 3, 2014

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other....

I've been a dancer my entire life, at one point in my life it was all I wanted to do. For me dance was a release, it was a safe space for me to grow, shake off my shyness and not to toot my own horn but to outshine everyone around me. From jazz, ballet, pointe to dancehall, once I hit the stage/floor I would leave everything there. So when I see kids enjoying dance the way I did it makes me happy. What doesn't make me happy is all the judgmental grown ups on the Internet. The ones that stop and leave negative comments about these kids. ESPECIALLY the Black kids.

Every time a child of color dances we don't need to say the following:

* But can she read and write at her grade level
* Where are he/his parents?
* That's so sexual.
* We can't talk about little girls being overly sexualized then post videos like this!

If you've posted comments like this please drink from this chalice of STFU happily. Dance is an art form and these kids have a talent that should be nurtured.

So let's look at some dancers...Shall we!

Care to guess which video got the responses I listed above? Care to guess why? Well I'll tell you. BLACKNESS, that's why!

So to all of you judgey McJudgies, dancers like the girl dancing to Beyonce often become this

and this!