New To You Music Sundays – Glass Animals – “Toes” Blue Lines Outside Lands Week 2015

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Glass Animals Zaba
The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

Cover Sundays – D’Angelo – “She’s Alway In My Hair” Prince Cover Blue Lines Blog Outside Lands Week 2015

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The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

Shell Toe Thursdays – My Adidas Atlanta Hawks Shell Toes

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The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

Hip-Hop Quotable Wednesdays – J. Cole – “Apparently”

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This song resonates with me.

[Hook:]
Oh right, oh
Oh why na-da-da-da
I keep my head high
I got my wings to carry me
I don’t know freedom
I want my dreams to rescue me
I keep my faith strong
I ask the lord to follow me
I’ve been unfaithful
I don’t know why you call on me

This is my canvas
I’ma paint it how I want it baby, oh I
This is my canvas
I’ma paint it, paint it, paint it, how I want it n—a
F–k you cause there
There is no right or wrong
Only a song
I like to write alone
Be in my zone
Think back to Forest Hills, no perfect home
But the only thing like home I’ve ever known
Until they snatched it from my mama
And foreclosed her on the loan
I’m so sorry that I left you there to deal with that alone
I was up in New York City chasin’ panties, gettin’ dome
Had no clue what you was goin’ through
How could you be so strong?
And how could I be so selfish, I know I can be so selfish
I could tell by how I treat you with my girl
D–n she so selfless, but she put up with my way
Because she loves me like you do
And though it don’t always show I love her just like I love you
And I need to treat you better
Wish you could live forever, so we could spend more time together
(I love you mama)
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Text Tuesdays – Blue Lines Prose – “next to me”

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there you are next to me
asleep?
Awake?
I don’t know
Ever since you left that spark
I have not been the same
I’m afraid to give you my heart, but I will
Your afraid to give me yours, will you?
Will you?
Will you?
Please do
There you are next to me
But so far away
Awake?
Thinking?
Asleep?
I don’t know
Here I am next to you
But so far away
Mind racing
Praying for sleep Continue reading

Music Mondays – OutKast (Andre 3000) – “Prototype”

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The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

Foto Fridays – The High Museum of Art in Atlanta

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The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

Hip-Hop Quotable Wednesdays – Jay-Z – “Encore”

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, you’re far too kind

[Chorus]
Now can I get an encore, do you want more
Cookin raw with the Brooklyn boy
So for one last time I need y’all to roar

Now what the hell are you waitin for
After me, there shall be no more
So for one last time, n—a make some noise

[Verse One]
Who you know fresher than Hov’? Riddle me that
The rest of y’all know where I’m lyrically at
Can’t none of y’all mirror me back
Yeah hearin me rap is like hearin G. Rap in his prime
I’m, young H.O., rap’s Grateful Dead
Back to take over the globe, now break bread
I’m in, Boeing jets, Global Express
Out the country but the blueberry still connect
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Text Tuesdays – Blue Lines Poetry from the Manuscript

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An unnamed poem that Blue Hurt wrote to Keypsiia Walker in my manuscript Blue Lines.

the splendid shine of all human matters of love
changes the lonely melody of sharp hearts play
like a piece of beauty that crashes unusually against calm nothingness

a piece of beauty exists in the icy tears that
grow to a cry aloud with perfect power Continue reading

Music Mondays – Hot Chip – “Need You Now”

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The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

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