ICE CUBE: A GOOD DAY

“Just waking up in the morning gotta thank God. I don’t know but today seems kinda odd…I gotta say today was a good day.” Ice Cube, “It Was a Good Day,” The Predator, 1992.

JUSTICE. Good Morning Daily Dosers! Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” is a classic.  The Isley Brothers sample of “Footsteps in the Dark” sets this song off right, but the message in the song – waking up and having a good day – stands out to me. I’d be telling a lie this morning if I said I left Atlanta yesterday morning and arrived in Cambridge with all smiles. It was bittersweet. Smiles and tears. I felt a confidence rumble through me when the cab drove on to the Harvard Square. When I walked into the DuBois Institute I could feel the history and legacy of my ancestors. When I walked into the Hip Hop Archive and shook Marcyleina Morgan’s hand I knew I was in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. It couldn’t get any better. But you know what I boo-hooed all the way to airport?

I cried off and on all day long, starting when my sister picked me up to go to the airport. She made a video montage of pictures including my mom, her, and me, and told me to pop it in whenever I missed home. The problem was I started missing home before I left. Those of you who know me know that I’m very attached to my mom and sis. And it was the energy of the institute coupled with the strength they exhibited throughout the day – along with my mentor checking on me (she knows who she is) – who kept things in perspective. She told me that my tears are an indication of change. She is right. Mom is right. Sis is right. So the day turned out to be a good day.


The DDR: What are you waiting on? There’s no justice in waiting when God puts that life changing opportunity in our life. We must act on it and know that everything will work out. Don’t get it twisted, it will require great sacrifice. Perhaps moving from family for a period of time. Still, don’t wait. When you see something, act on it right then! Opportunities don’t always come around twice. So don’t miss out! Have a good day.

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One Response to ICE CUBE: A GOOD DAY

  1. wilson says:

    hey girl,
    in everybody life they have cried when the change came in their life,
    so hang with in there, every day the Lord wake you up, its a good day!!!!!!!!!!!
    so take this with you, Lord give me the strength to edure what ever your
    will is today.
    love,
    mavis

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