Welcome back good people we have taken an EXTREMELY long hiatus. I know you guys probably say we always talk this, but this time was too long. I haven’t forgotten about you guys, just been extremely busy. I’m disappointed to say this is the first post of the year, but hopefully everybody still with us. I guess we are sticking true to our name!! As the month of February draws to a close, there has a few great things that have happen in the first two months of 2013. Interestingly enough one of major things consist of my city, Baltimore. As you well know, the Baltimore Ravens are the current Superbowl champions; LET’S GO WE DID THAT!!!. Took us long enough to get back there man. Sorry if you not a ravens fan you don’t understand. Even though I am highly ecstatic about our victory, this post is not dedicated to just the ravens. Coincidentally I figured I could talk to everybody since this post is WELL over due. I also should have done a black history month post that I am slipping on, yea I am a slightly behind with a couple posts. Thanks to everyone who continues to ask me about updating the site, it’s greatly appreciated. That said, back to the money. Throughout the Ravens quest to Superbowl, it was highly documented that Ray Lewis was retiring at the end of the season. During that journey, the conversation about legacy was tossed around daily.
As the presidential election is knocking on our doors, I thought about how much pressure is surrounding this election. Pressure for the candidates and pressure for the voters. It’s probably an equal amount on both sides of the fence. Everyone involved is anticipating the outcome . Looking into the complexities of this election, and given many of the things people deal with on an everyday basis; I really wanted to focus on the concept of pressure. Scientifically speaking the definition of pressure is the effect of a force applied to a surface. Relatively simple, then a few old heads came up ways to measure pressure in different terms, blah blah blah. As I look at life in general, and reflect on conversations recently had; I have really been looking how people tend handle pressure. The thought of pressure is viewed as both a positive and a negative thing. The phrases most commonly associated are one of two things, “pressure busts pipes” or “pressure makes diamonds.” Read More…
Hey good people, we haven’t forgotten about you guys. We have just been keeping our conversations amongst ourselves, constantly challenging people in the more literal sense. My co-blogger and I have engaged in some very interesting arguments and debates with ourselves and friends. So much so that haven’t been able to post all this good stuff. Recently we were having a conversation that really got my gears grinding. Then earlier today another close friend and I had a very similar conversation. So I took that as my key to hit the labs and get back to writing. Both conversations we very interesting and definitely thought-provoking. Essentially we discussed the concept of keeping up with others, how friends keep up with friends. This is a notion that has been around for decades, most normally coined as “KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES”. Read More…
Sorry bloggers, I have been M.I.A. for a while. Just needed a break from writing to get refreshed and energized. Call it writers’ block or call it laziness, but either way I’m back in rare form ready to give to the masses fresh material out on these streets. So with that said let’s get right back into it.
So I was watching YouTube and came across a revelating video. It was a clip about Derrick Rose crying at an Adidas event held in his hometown of Chicago. Now for those who don’t know who Derrick Rose is, let me give you a quick bio. Derrick Rose is now the point guard of the NBA team Chicago Bulls. His athleticism is extraordinary and considered one of the best, if not the best point guard in the game today.
Love is one of the most powerful things to encompass this Earth. People search hell and high waters to find their true love. People work job after job until they find the career they love. People go to school for decades to learn information about a subject they are passionate about or love. True love can give you a feeling of utopia almost unmatched in this world of ours.
Everybody wants, yearns and will give or do just about anything in this world to achieve true love. But the problem is most people don’t understand when to love and to when to let go. Shoot most people don’t even know how to love to begin with. And maybe that’s the biggest problem, who teaches people how to love? How do you know when you are receiving the right love? How do you know if the love you are giving to other people is the right kind of love? Read More…
I love watching movies, so new movie previews will always catch my eyes. As I look around to see what new movies are out, I see that Tyler Perry has a new Madea movie in theaters. As of June 29 ,Madea was in full effect yet again, I can’t wait to see this. I hope everyone can hear the joy I have looking forward to Tyler Perry putting on another dress, and exaggerating the essence of a black woman. Normally Madea movies don’t really catch my eyes, but this time it caught my attention for all the wrong reasons. Usually when I see Tyler Perry wearing these old lady dresses, it’s normally surrounded by African-Americans; this time I noticed a few white faces in the bunch. The last couple of Madea movies have seem to really push the bar of cooning to another level. Once you cross the realm to cooning with other races, I feel things are starting to get carried away. I was thinking out loud when this post first came to mind, and as I did my friend said ” why do all these black male actors/comedians throw on dresses at some point in their career?”
Great question good brother!! As soon as he asked it, I began to think about all the greats have played a woman at some point in their career. During this conversation he made reference to something Dave Chapelle said in an interview a few years back on Oprah. I have a link to the clip I’m referring to, but essentially the segment was about how a film director/writer wanted him to wear a dress because “it would be hilarious.” http://youtu.be/Nk8eBn1D7zk He ended up turning down the role after a few times back and forth with the producers. In this clip after Chappelle finishes, they show clips of every black male actor who has thrown on a dress throughout their career. The list is genuinely pretty long, and interesting to me. It has become the norm for black actors to throw on the dress and over exaggerate the woman character. Another part of the discussion with my friend, was about the concept of being manipulated. Read More…
Growing up, your always told to clear you plate, eat everything there, don’t leave any leftovers. Most times as a kid, you may want some more, but parents make specific instructions: about finishing your vegetables, clearing the first plate, etc. Of course you don’t want to eat ALL the veggies on the plate, but if you want another piece of chicken you will follow instructions. It’s at that point when your hunger kicks in, and you do everything you have to get that next piece of the good stuff. Normally it’s something that is only in small portions, another piece of chicken, steak, fish, something that tastes a little better than the veggies. After having a recent conversation with a friend, the thought about staying hungry crossed my mind.
The hunger that I speak of is not in the sense of eating food of the dinner plate. It’s actually about staying hungry in life. Hungry in life, yes the thought of constantly wanting more, never getting full, and doing what you need to get to the next plate. When you are hungry in life, your drive and determination are limitless. You realize that your appetite is not being met; therefore your stomach is steady growling. KEEP READING
I want to apologize to everyone, I have been quite busy doing a bunch of things in my professional as well as personal life. I still have deep thoughts and debates with anyone willing to listen, so my mind is always working. As I mentioned I have been busy professionally, started a new job last week; been in training this week. The training this week is actually the reason for this post. The training I was in consists of gang intervention, but it has been more than that for me. There was a section speaking on deaths, funerals, and vigils. This segment really caught my attention, and got my thoughts flowing again. Essentially it was a conversation about the celebration of life, as oppose to the grievance of death. The celebration of life really clicked to me, and how people tend to view funerals. Most view the wake, the funeral, the burial as a sad time… Rightfully so, a love one was lost. Very rarely do people view death as a “celebration.” Ironically my co writer happen to write a post about time. After reading his post (Can I Have Some More Please) it just added fuel to the fire, felt I could share my thoughts about a few things. KEEP READING
Just read an interesting writing from another blogger on WordPress.com and he discussed something that was unique to me. He had created an equation for people to vote. The equation basically said that the reasons for the person to register to vote had to be greater than the amount of time it would take for that person to vote. Now that was funny because I was thinking, “How much time does it really take to vote?” But I was thinking as a person who was born and lived in America his entire life. I wasn’t thinking about those who have green cards or newly anointed U.S. citizens who are new to the process or those fresh out of prison who just received their right to vote. I gave those examples to show that it would take them longer to vote because they would have to do more to prove their right to vote such as verification of identification and verification of residency, where as a person who was born a citizen does not. A simple update of my driver’s license allows them to update my information needed for me to vote and before I know it, I receive my voter’s registration card in the mail, no hassle at all. But this blog isn’t about the voting process, it’s about time and the lack thereof it.
Now me personally, I love my black women. Let’s just get that point out there. It’s almost sickening how much I love my black women. Now I don’t know what they did to me, but all I know is now I’m not attracted to other races of women very much. It’s nothing against other races of women, I see some white women or spanish women every now and again that makes me say to my mans, “Hmmmm, niceeeee…” But then I will turn around and see a beautiful black women and say to my mans “Yooooo, she’s gorgeous dog, give me 3 and a half minutes, maybe even 4, she going be wanting to marry a….”, well you all get the point. Point is I’m extremely attracted to black women and other races of women not so much so. I wish I wasn’t wired this way but I am. It’s cool though, black women haven’t let me down yet, so I will keep rolling the dice in dealing with them, hoping I don’t crap out.
The reason I am writing this blog is about the increase of interracial relationships. When I was younger, it seemed like a myth or strange if a white person and black person dated each other, let alone get married and have children with each other. I grew up in the hood of Southwest Baltimore in the 90′s, the chances of you seeing an interracial couple on your block was about as high as you seeing a black president of the United States at that time. And since then, we now have a black president of the United States, so I guess it’s not that odd seeing interracial couples in abudance now. CNN has an article out recently and it basically says that interracial couples have increased since 2000. Here are some numbers they threw out: KEEP READING