Arra, Up Close and Personal

Arra, Up Close and Personal

Aoki, Daddy, and Ming

Aoki, Daddy, and Ming
I'm not spoiled he make me works! Hard too!

Simmons Money!

Russell Simmons has been instrumental in bringing hip-hop to every facet of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s: in music with the co-founding of the immensely successful original Def Jam Recordings; in the fashion industry with the trail-blazing Phat Farm, BabyPhat, Run Athletics, and Def Jam University clothing lines; in film with Simmons Lathan Media Group; in television with HBO’s “The Def Comedy Jam” and “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry”; on Broadway with the Tony Award winning stage production “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway”; in the financial services industry with UniRush and its RushCard and Baby Phat RushCard; in fine jewelry with The Simmons Jewelry Co; in video gaming, mobile communications and other industries utilizing the internationally recognized Def Jam brand through Def Jam Enterprises; and in the community with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Russell is a sought-after public speaker and regularly addresses audiences ranging from public school children and university students to corporate executives and community leaders.

2010 Dis is Family Business, Mind Ya Business!

My-Ami Closed Out

For the first time in a long time I am so nervous about writing this blog. I know yall like, "not Arra Da Flygurl, Ms. Mouth of the South". But yes people I am nervous because this is blog is so special.

Can I ask you a question... When you think about Miami what's the first thing that comes to mind? For many of you it's probably fun in the sun with a bunch of "model" type people walking around as if they have nothing to do but live on South Beach! Wrong! The media has the world brainwashed!

Take it me from me Baby cuz I was born and raise! Yup born and raised, in the county of Dade!!! Yes, yes, yall!!! Miami-Dade county! There's so much more to Miami than Ocean Dr., Washington Ave, Bal Harbour etc.... Let's take a trip across those bridges where it all goes down. The real Miami, where people are working daily to make ends meet, where talented children and adults are "looked over" because they don't want you to know the Real Deal!!!
My Miami is a garden filled with flowers from all over the world living, working, and learning in harmony. My-Ami!

Food and music are the two most significant things about Miami, I mean the fact that you can go to a store in one of the neighborhoods (across the bridge) and get a meal, a mixtape, a bootleg DVD, your car washed, some weave for your hair, and a pack of Arab t-shirts, socks, and a hat, makes My-Ami so special to me. You can't find that in every city.

Hanging out at the Flea Market (79th and 183rd street), getting braided, faded, and upgraded for the weekend... Hanging out on 119th, Miami Knights, Studio 183, The Rolex, Bootleggers, Pac Jam, The Bass Station, The Tree, John Walsh, Madjacks, CoCo's, Tuckers... Yall remember...

Now let's talk about My-Ami's Food, Jumbos, Burger King on 54th stayed open just for the kids that partied, Shaker's, Miracles, Jahnet's, Hammond's Bakery, The Bar-B-Que stand on 183rd (cross the skreet from Carol City High)... The Cuban Restaurant all I can remember right now I was on 57th Ave, in Hialeah close to Westland on 103rd... Man I could go for a lil pechuga de pollo con arroz y frijoles negroes.. Plantains and onions on da side (no pun intended)... Ester's...Man it ain't nothing like Miami hood Chinese food... The rice is brown not yellow or white and it has bean sprouts, eggs, shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, onion (authentic like a mug)... No P.F. Chang's type of party like you can't have birthday party's in those types of joints. Get it and go. "China City". Francos stayed open late as hell and they delivered I use to called in for that lasagna and baked spaghetti, dog, them garlic rolls... was off the chain... Yo!! Francos!!!

Again back to the Music, Miami does have a sound like no other... From Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine to Luke Skywalker and the 2Live Crew! What about the very Talented artist they're not exposing... We all know and love Trina, Tricky Daddy, and Rick Ross but check it there many before them... The were people like DJ Uncle Al, The Poison Clan, Anquette
just to name a few....

So the next time you go to Miami for a visit and you're looking for a story to tell that won't sound the same as everybody else who only visits South Beach... Here's a challenge take a trip across the bridge and learn what the real My-Ami's about and stop being so closed minded and thinking when a person says they're from Miami they grow up on Ocean Dr. dummy.
I want to Close this blog out with a song from my dear friend and sister... One of Miami's own home-grown Mrs. Khandia Diara Folk-Pinkney!
Closed Out!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting blog Cristina! Thanks for the tag and hope all is going well for you :-)