Plena is a Puerto Rican folk song that was invented by the island poor folk for as long as there had been oppression, slavery. The main instrument used in Plena is a Tambol ( a tambourine type of drum, it’s bigger with no mini symbols with a deeper type sound). Plena is a beat followed by lyrics that has been played by Puerto Ricans for as long as I could remember, again it’s our folk song.

Now, Bomba is a bar (a part during Plena) that rhymes as it describes oppression, politics, a wrong doing by a woman or a by a man, it again describes our political system, the manner in which the Puerto Rican people feel about oppression, poverty, love, good, bad, or just a joke. It’s sort of like the blues but with an upbeat tempo. This form of entertainment was invented by the poor mostly by people of the Campos (small farms) in secluded sections of Puerto Rico as far back to the 1800’s. Mixed together Bomba y Plena is (Borinquen aka Puerto Rico known as the island of Puerto Rico before it’s conquest by Spain. Where the islands name would change from Borinquen to Puerto Rico by the Spanish. However, just like with other things, to this day the island of Puerto Rico continues to be known as Borinquen.

Anyways, I found a funny clip of Bomba y Plena together on a post on Instagram and would like to share It with you. It’s not your ordinary Bomba y Plena. However, it will give you an idea. I hope you like it and appreciate that all our ansestors have at one time or another sung or heard our island folk music BOMBA Y PLENA.


The Nike Air Force 1 High Gets Winter Updates With Bulky Soles And Gore-Tex The Nike Air Force 1 has lined up an impressive roster of Fall colorways, the most enticing of which have brought full GORE-TEX constructions. Follow suit, this high-top delivers the same weather resistance by way of the once popular sneaker boot frame.The sole, which encapsulates the latter quite perfectly, takes the typical AF1 shape and provides it a more trail-equipped rippling and pronounced footstep. Above, wheat tones complement, dyeing everything from the strap to the leather upper and lace. Grab a detailed look at these right here and expect to find them now at Nike Air Force 1 GORE-TEX .

At first look I really liked the wheat color high top boots. However, the more that I looked at them I came to the conclusion that the green colored air Force One Gore-Tex looked like a better shoe all the way around. As a sneaker head have you ever saw a sneaker for the first time and you thought this is a great looking shoe. However, when you look at them closely the style and longevity play a big part when choosing a great lasting costly shoe. Also the sneaker matching with your gear may change my mind because the first sneaker that originally l liked didn’t have that longevity look. For instance the wheat color are a sneaker that you cannot put white laces on. Only the wheat laces and that’s it, you can’t switch the laces because it will not look right versus the green colored Gore-Tex boots you see pictured on the .

Now the green sneakers seems like you can put green shoe strings, white shoe strings, and color coordinate them with what you’re wearing, also cleanliness these sneakers look like clean up will be better than the wheat will being it has a gum sole don’t hold dirt but I believe the green holds up dirt better in my opinion. This sneaker has a better look as pictured and a lasting look. Meaning that this sneaker looks like it will clean better hold better and match all the way around with different jeans, corduroyd, and sweats. So I ended up getting the green with the white bottom at StockX. As you can see pictured in the very bottom StockX’s promo shoot put a white background so that the sneakers look as a great looking shoe. Their due to arrive soon. Well, they arrived as soon as I opened the box I see something that doesn’t look good. The neck of the sneakers, the strap is too small. However, I decide to take out the sneakers and see. I was immediately upset at the look of the shoe versus what I saw on STOCKX pictured .

The strap will not wrap around the ankle as all Air Force Ones do. At this point I am really upset. If you see the picture on the very bottom (The StockX shoot) you will notice that front is completely flush just a hint of sole but no sole overlaps where the sole meets the front perfect. These sneakers are not what was pictured. The sneakers were very ugly the front is bulky not narrow. They look cheap and unwearable of course. STOCKX should be ashamed of there certification process of these sneakers. Now I see why the bid was down to $100 plus $18 in fees original price on Nike is $118.00 These StockX shoe are defective. When I contacted STOCKX they said some of their sneakers may have some flaws or imperfections. Their policy is that you must resell the sneaker on their StockX forum, you cannot receive a refund. Now mind you I bought a pair of sneakers from STOCKX and didn’t have a problem. So I figured they would refund my money with no problem. Now this is an issue, so I have to stay stuck with the sneaker until I resell it on your site “Again” so you can make more money. Bad business practice. So I hold the payment on PayPal and they send me a letter stating that until the matter is resolved they will suspend my account until the issue with Pay Pal is resolved. The account is on basically suspended, that’s what they’re saying in a nice tone. However, I’m not staying stuck with these “Snickers”! So shame on you STOCKX for bad business practices. Now even after I dropped the refund I can’t seem to sell these Sneakers on their site because they won’t let me in the site. So take my experience as a warning. Don’t buy Sneakers from these type of sites. You’re better off getting them from the original sneaker company that way you won’t have these type of problems. Shame on you stockx..

So my caveat is be careful with what you see picture and what you receive at STOCKX. That’s all for now hope that everything turns out on my side but I’m not worried. Your messing with bad representation of product and passing off defective merchandise. Reputation is priceless!

The strap is too small to wrap around
See how small your leg must be to strap them
The sole is not flush as in the STOCKX promo picture
Green & white

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Harmony is hard to come by!

Last night I thought I’d watch the Netflix short film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The film centers around the tensions at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when a fearless blues singer Ma Rainey and her band head over for a recording session at Paramount recording studio owned by Jewish owners that exploited black artists back in those days and made millions. The movie stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Bowman. The entire cast made a short film, a moment in time leaving an a everlasting impression on me. What is that impression?

My impression of this short film is that here we are in 2021 and nothing has changed. Yes we have had some affirmative action now called racial diversity that are words that changes the wording to make an illusion of change. But look at today’s Racial injustices, mental illness from the ills of living in poverty and the social terrors of living in the bottom. The missed opportunities because you don’t look like the cover person.

Look at your shows they taunt us with the rich and extravagant lifestyles television shows that we as a poor society cannot attain. We are not light or Lilly white anglo you have a one in ten chances. Can we ever live in a society that is socially equal and just. I say if it was to happen, I believe it would have been achieved by now and we haven’t.

The Best alternative to Milk Substitutes. Here’s a Simple Vanilla Oat Milk Recipe [Vegan] – One Green Planet

This is the easiest of easy homemade non-dairy milk recipes. To make oat milk, the only equipment you need is a blender and a nut milk bag. Unlike nuts, oats require very little soaking, so you can make a batch in nearly no time. And if you, like me, lack a fancy-pants blender, you’ll still be able to have creamy, delicious non-dairy milk without a trip to the grocery store. Simple Vanilla Oat Milk [Vegan] Advertisement     Calcium Rich, Dairy Free,     Soy Free.

Vegan Serves 2 cups Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats                   2 cups water                              1 teaspoon maple syrup     Seeds scraped from half a vanilla bean.                

Preparation:                             Add the dry oats to the blender and pulse for 20-30 seconds, or until they’re in small pieces.                          Add the water and let soak for about 10 minutes, giving the oats a stir now and then if you think of it. Blend for 2-3 minutes, or until you don’t see any pieces. (Give your blender a little rest in between minutes if it’s not particularly strong.) Place a nut milk bag or if you don’t have a nut milk bag, cheesecloth will do (just pour in smaller amounts) over a large measuring bowl or mason jar and pour the oat milk through the bag. Use your hands to gently squeeze out the milk, but most of it should strain very quickly. Set the bag aside. Pour the milk back into the blender and add the maple syrup and vanilla. Blend for 10-15 seconds, pour back into jar, and refrigerate. Oat milk will last about a week in your fridge. You can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla beans if you don’t have them or don’t want the visual effect of the seeds in your milk; I just didn’t want to add alcohol to mine.

Now you can enjoy a perfect alternative to whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, that will not in endanger bee’s, the planet and it’ll also be good for you. Lastly, I personally enjoy only one store bought Oat Milk when I don’t have the time to make it myself I would only buy PLANET OAT MILK original flavor the others have lots of additives that makes it too thick and not pleasant taste or tasteless. I’d rather pay a bit extra and Enjoy.

5 Small Self-Care Wins You Can Achieve Today

Updated on May 1, 2019 ·

Trends Self-care can feel unattainable, expensive, and like a fad that you just don’t have enough time for. Yet all of us need to look after ourselves, and despite what the glossy ads and Instagram posts would have us believe, self-care includes the most basic of tasks. And the best thing is, many of them are free and can be implemented into even the busiest of days. Here are five ways you can get your daily dose of self-care (with not a scented candle or face mask in sight): Your writing, at its best. Be the best writer in the office. GET GRAMMARLY No phone zone It’s all too tempting to begin the morning scrolling through social media, checking emails and getting your brain racing before your feet have even touched the floor. I’m as attached to my phone as the next person, but starting some mornings away from the screen, delaying the influx of information and having a more mindful start can leave you less frantic and more relaxed for the rest of the day. Say “No” I’m a self-confessed people pleaser so I know that this one can take a bit of practice! It’s all too easy to take on too much in an effort to keep everyone happy. But then the to-do list spirals out of control, you get run down, and before you know it, there’s no room for looking after yourself. It might feel as though you’re letting people down, but it’s vital to make sure you value your time and health. Get outside Go for a stroll in the park, have a cup of coffee sitting in the garden, walk or ride your bike instead of driving to work. There are lots of opportunities to get moving a little more and to enjoy some fresh air, all of which can improve your mood and add a bit more “me” time into our overloaded lives. Ask for help Hands up if you hate admitting you need help! Something in me fights hard against asking for assistance. There’s the loss of control, the panic at looking like I don’t have it together, the stress at articulating my need for a helping hand. Yet, what’s actually worse than all of these things is struggling on without help, feeling swamped, and continually running on empty. Ask for what you need, let people in, and allow them to support you. Sometimes self-care means accepting we can’t do it all, and that is totally 100% okay. Sleep It’s so tempting to stay up watching just one more episode on Netflix, or to quickly check your notifications before bed—and then still be wide awake an hour later. Of course, technology isn’t the only sleep-stealer—children have a knack for becoming nocturnal as soon as they sense you’ve got your pajamas on. But sleep is so important for physical and mental wellbeing. It’s a great way to look after yourself a little more. Note the things that are in your control and create a good bedtime routine to give you the very best chance of getting a good night’s rest. No screens before bed, reading to relax before you settle down for the night, using aromatherapy balms or pillow sprays, and aiming for an early bedtime can all help. Self-care isn’t just for other people, or selfish, or a trendy hashtag. It’s making sure to acknowledge that our mental health matters. It’s lots of little things we can all try and do to implement positive changes, whatever our resources—one small win at a time.

Puerto Rico’s Strangled Trade With The USA

Americans took possession of the territory of the caribe when Spain lost the Spanish American War. Now Puerto Rico was given its autonomy by Spain (free from Spanish rule) prior to the end of the war. Therefore Puerto Rico was not a possession of Spain. The United States invaded and took over the island for it’s strategic location and it’s idealistic agricultural advantages as well as the Anglo conquistador manifest destiny over smaller territories in their quest to colonize those countries and territories. In the case of Puerto Rico it has destroyed the exports trades in lue of the billions they make off if the Merchant Marine Act or the Jones Act that has taken billions from the island. America has destroyed the Puerto Rico Import Export trade to the US and other countries.

Ask yourself when was the last time you walked into a mainland American supermarket and saw produce and/other items from the island of Puerto Rico which is a US territory that can import fruits, vegetables, and the same commodities that come from abroad faster, cheaper verses produce and merchandise from countries that are not a territory of the United States and miles further such as Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Latin American, South America, China and any other abroad countries. Take Mexico for example. Your local grocery and giant market chains carry only Mexican and abroad islands and countries and I’m not against their goods. However, Think about that when President Trump promised to bring jobs and products back to the US. Sounds like a bunch of horse shcit when Puerto Rico a United States territory has no fruit’s, produce, and/or any other products/ mechandice available at local grocery stores, Super Market chains, Walmart, Dollar General, etc? We are forced to purchase these goods at a much higher price than if it came from our US territory of Puerto Rico. Why would this make any kind of sense. Because in politics lobbyists make a lucrative living off of those type of iligalis taxtitus ( I call it). I TRY to make it a point to purchase products from the US and stay away from palm oil which is destroying the rainforest, Eco system and animals at alrming rates. I also avoid goods from other countries when possible. However, how can that be a reality when 90 percent of everything we purchase is from abroad by way of our own US politicians. So you tell me where is the colusion? Right in the chambers of Congress.

Don’t be afraid to question and make a difference. Even if it’s written in blog, posts, or pen and a paper in order to open people’s eyes into the dangers we are facing. We are fast becoming the weakest country in the world. Be Well!

Now, Take Me To Prison!

As if it were that easy, like in  The Movie ” GOOD FELLAS ” . Remember the part where the character Henry Hill got in a limo, took a swallow of pills and tells the driver, Now take me to Jail.

Going away to prison will be a everlasting change in your life and the lives of your families.

 You say to yourself I could never see myself doing time.

Life it’s not that cinematic. It’s crazy what the human mind body, spirit and soul can withstand. At times I have heard individuals say ” I could never see myself in jail. I will die or any other crazy comment. I look at them and say bull. If you had no one to bail you out, give you support to make your way out. Guess what, You have to sit until your bail reduces to the point where you may be released due to the fact that you stayed in jail so long that if you know the system there is something called bail reduction forms you can put in for bail reductions every month until you’re released. Sometimes you can sit for 10 months to a year in a county jail which is worst that prison. That’s when I say the human spirit will push you to survive and withstand the getting comfortable and sitting for the stay. I’ve seen many grown men cry while on the phones with there families. You see I was the type that if I saw my self in that situation, I wasn’t calling anyone to bail me out. I just sat. Hell, I knew I didn’t kill anyone so how long can you keep me in? That in itself gave me that ” Get comfortable bro you gonna sit for a while. I could never call home crying saying get me out of here, I’m going crazy. Yes their were quite a bunch of those during phone calls. The crazy thing about it was that it would be the big grown guys doing this. I’d just look at them and think. Really, aren’t you embarrassed begging for someone to get you out of something you caused.

Going to prison is something many could never see themselves in. Just the thought of being in a pod incarcerated is horrifyingly scary and unimaginable thing to go through for many This is the reason why I wrote this post. Their are such things as jail educate that you can’t know it ,you must learn it. Should you break jail edicate you will suffer greatly for it. Remember you’re in a place where it’s every one is for self and it’s only you that  matters forget about a nice guy, no one is nice, everyone is looking for a mark. If your looking at a jail/prison sentencing date. finding yourself in a situation where you will have to be incarcerated is traumatizing and life changing experience. This is the reason I again decided to write this post and recommend individuals that can assist in this field of an upcoming sentence in the near future. Find individuals that assist in jail /prison expectations and preparation assistance. Their are individuals that assist in this field and it’s a much needed service yet no one facing such an unimaginable situation has the where about to go to get this information or are hesitant in looking for one. I decided to assist  individuals which are facing time in jail and/or prison. I was a young individual lost in the system and it was terrifying but fortunately I had knew many individuals in the penal system. That still didn’t mean that I NEVER forget nor want anyone to go through it..

However, I got through it and you will too. If you’re facing time in jail or prison and need someone to assist you into what to expect. Contact a parole officer, County Half Way House, or even myself. Because again there is something called prison edicate that You Do Not want to cross. I strongly urge you to reach out for assistance in getting through this difficult and dark situation. Life gives us many surprise’s and you never know where that may lead you.. Be Well

Call me at 973 750-8024 leave a message for Robert.

Check The Home First Before You’s Sign The Lease..

  • That’s the only way I can title this post. Almost ten years ago my ex wife drops off my son and tells me ” Take Him”!  I did what any parent would do I took him. But let me go back to why she decides to bring him to me. About twelve years before she decides she wants to move to Florida. Now I wasn’t hot on the idea but if you want to go, oh well! So she ends up moving down there with my son. I really was well with the idea because our marriage was holding on by a thread. This woman was like a tornado. You ever been with someone that is like a tornado?  When they are not around everything is peaceful, calm, and quiet. The minute they’re back, the peace and tranquility is over. Well that was her a tornado x’s 3 . After living with that for about four years after my son was born it came to the point that breaks were a norm. We’d have an argument, she’d grab the kid and go to her mom’s for three days. Which is unacceptable especially the way olskool Latinos are raised. It is a lack of respect for a woman to leave the house. In any case it should never get to the point where someone has to leave the home you share. However, If someone had to go I prefer I’d go. At first that would drive me insane and she knew it did. But she did it just to piss me off and it did. After a while it became the norm. It’s like I need that time because it was too much. In the beginning of our moving in together I’d sit in the car right before going in the house just thinking what’s it going to be tonight? Because there was always a issue, an argument, or a fight between my daughter and her daughter . Oh I forgot to mention that when I moved in with her I was a single parent of a six year old daughter. Her mother died a year before from substance abuse. I had custody of her because her mom chose the streets and never visited even though my doors were always open yet she never would come to visit. So by the time she died my daughter didn’t miss something she never had. So going back to my ex-wife, she had a sixteen year old and a 7 year old that would literally gang up on my daughter but I couldn’t prove it but I knew that all the chaos in the house between the 6 and 7 year olds was orchestrated by her Sixteen year old. So by the time the “I want to move to Florida” thing came into play I was like why not move to Florida and I’ll come down to Florida once you find a place and settle down. But the more time passed the more I was okay living in Jersey and her in Florida. What I would do is go down there every other month and stay a few days and come back. On one occasion early on I went to Florida and during her time at work I’d stay at the house and I’m noticing that their would be lots of unsavory looking kids outside the house which were friends of her sixteen year old from her prior marriage which watched my son while she was at work. So I tell my ex-wife look this doesn’t look good. We have an eight year old son that is here while you go to work and I’m sure these kids are in the house while you go to work up to no good and she would be more at work than at home many times. You need to get a hold of this house. This place is a mess. These kids don’t look like good kids they look like derelict’s and pot heads.  She gives me the yea okay thing but never took the time to get control of the mess that was going on in the house” So I go back to Jersey and make my visits periodically until it just got old and I’m like okay with my having my own now and I don’t want to go to Florida. I’m definitely okay and I’m am where I belong. It wasn’t said but it was basically over. That’s when she contacted me and said I’m sending Bobby (our son) over there because he’s been smoking and misbehaving. She books a flight and sent him. Upon arrival I look in this bag and the kid had no belongings in the bag So we go shopping for all his needs, school supplies, videos game station, with new game every week. I sign him into school and begin the process of having him live the life of a 9 year old should be experiencing . Remember, he’s been around teens that smoke and drink so the kids is smoking by this time and I’m working with him in school due to his having this problem and more to come . But that taught me before I move in with someone check their home and see how they live before you THINK you found the right one!
  • I got plenty more just out of time. But dad’s/ Mom’s and kids end up paying for the evilness of a parent. Wanna hear how it turns out or have questions? Hit me up….

How Lucky Can One Man Be?

I’ll start this with,: How lucky can one man be. So I’m watching this show where the father probably has more kids than he planned or thought. With the day-to-day struggles of caring for the children the father rarely gets a chance to watch a football game. His favorite pastime before the children. The mother, the nurturer, wanting to include the children with the father’s passion makes a plan to buy tickets to take him and the children to a football game, EEK!

As the day starts out it’s basically chaos! The kids are all over the place they have to eat, they have to get snacks, they have to run around, and include tailgating. Meanwhile dad is struggling to fix the doorknob before they leave which abruptly broke. Now they’re off to the game where they get to the game and it still not the ideal game watching scenario. The father is changing diapers while catching quick glimpses of the game and the mother is with the other ones as well. Off he goes to change the diapers wherever he can since there’s not diaper changing areas at these places that you may go. So they made do and go through the game and I see that even though they didn’t get to watch the game it was a very difficult but cool day. Why do I say that because when we as a men have a passion that we enjoy watching or participating in versus the time in with our family. We tend to sometimes separate them and that can be the start of a down fall of the family. I give big ups to the spouse’s that make that initiative to include the father’s or mothers passion with the children’s presence because in the future they’re all going to remember that football game and how special it was to have them all together rather than have him alone and them at home.

Enjoy your Parenthood while you have them young because one day they’ll leave and you will have memories that at that moment seemed rushed but you did the right thing. How can that family’s memory replace a sports event without the craziness of the family. Parents make sure that there are many memories such as these. How lucky can one guy be!

Be well