Motivate, Educate, Elevate

August 26, 2009

Wow, has it really been that long ???

I know you all miss me, and that’s OK, because I missed you guys too.

It’s been a busy two weeks, with wrapping up the Miami trip, and working on a few side projects I haven’t had time to really sit down and give my blog the attention it deserves. I’m not all the way back up to speed yet; I’m in the process of working on some articles for Platform Nation, and fixing a few computers… so give me a few weeks, and I will be all yours again. I promise.

I will talk about this one thing that bothered me last weekend.

I happened to make my way out to the N. Florida Fairgrounds for the back to school drive that was happening out there. I was checking out all the booths and there was one that especially caught my eye.

There was a row of inflatables and there was one that was an obstacle course. There were a bunch of kids lined up and running sprinting flying through these courses. However, these children are not the focus of today’s concern watch.

No, today it is the PARENTS of these children who get my side-eye. For some reason, these parents were under the impression this was the NFL combine. Now, i am all for some friendly competition, but those parents were on another level. It was like the parents were trying to relive their “glory days” through their kids, or worse, turn them into a meal ticket.

These parents were giving tips, shouting, yelling, threatening to not speak to them, and all sorts of things. It only got worse if the child lost; they instantly disowned their kids. Especially if a boy lost to a girl; I saw GROWN men who threatened boys to not lose to girls… I understand the mentality, but there are some fast girls out there, what can you do ? *snickers*

From what I saw, there was NO prizes being given to the winner, no trophies, no promise of a College Scholarship NFL contract or endorsement deal. It was just regular fun. I won’t lie, there were some FAST kids out there, but that doesn’t justify the behavior of the parents. Sometimes, parents have to let the kids have “fun”.

Motivate, Educate, and Elevate… I actually agree with him. Everyone is NOT going to get a contract/endorsement deal to play for your favorite professional team… SOMEONE has to record the game, SOMEONE has to be the doctor for the team, SOMEONE has to be the lawyer for the team to keep the players out of legal issues…

*Thanks to Princess Banana for the link !!!*

I was also concerned because there were parents out there who didn’t practice wisdom; if your child is of a certain height, weight, or size that doesn’t seem “appropriate” for the obstacle course… be a PARENT and let them know it isn’t for them. I cannot tell you how many times I saw children too big for the course struggle to get through the starting hole, or climb up the hills. Then there were the children too small to climb into the hole and were “boosted” in by their parents… THEN there were the kids who were too young, and started crying when they couldn’t overcome the obstacle.  Then to make matters worse, there were parents who tried to force their kids into finishing the course regardless of the tears or physical incapability.

— OK, I need to stop now… I already see where this is going. All I will say is this: There is nothing wrong with wanting to motivate your children for greatness, there is something wrong with pushing them for your own personal gain (Yes, I AM looking at you Mr. Jackson)

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Rise of the Gentlemigga

July 6, 2009

*Disclaimer: there is some REALLY rough language in this post. I assure you it’s all within context. I also tried to keep the gratuitous foul language to a minimum. *

What is a Gentlemigga you might be asking…

Well, I spent the better part of today reading about it and putting my own opinions in on the matter. To sum it up; here’s a young woman’s opinion on the topic:

A “gentlemigga” is a MAN who has all the characteristics of a gentleman. he treats you like a lady, has a good head on his shoulders, he’s about business. he’s civilized, educated, sensitive, and well-mannered. BUT when the need arises, his “n***a” side comes out. he’s ready to fight for his girl. he’s intense. he’s almost primal…  he knows how love you gently AND do ya like Tyrese sang.. “straight f***in”. a “gentlemigga” can adapt to what is needed by his lady. a “gentlemigga”…is all of the above.

To sum it up, it’s a Gentleman and a “hood n***a”. Not the ones that have moments like these:

and NOT the ones that wear Skinny Jeans either…

but yes, these are stand up men (color is only an option in this case) who know how to take care of their woman with the book of chivalry (It’s not on Amazon; So, if you didn’t get a copy, it’s probably for the best.) and can at the flip of the switch transform into N***A mode to stand up for what’s right and to protect his loved ones.

this post is by no means created to promote ignorance; but rather to educate the masses. Women deserve GMs, not the boys who are too busy playing games, and messing with the emotions of our queens (Nubian and otherwise)

To sum it all up the Creator of this Movement had this to say:

“There are only a few of us and we are what women want and need all in one.”

Which leads to what woman “want” and “need” but THIS isn’t the blog for that discussion.

Women, you should NEVER settle for this…

Instead, you should be treated like, and look forward to…

What do you think? do GMs exist? do you have one? do you want one?

Well, this one is already off the market (look for the key here)… but there are others out there…

The Female counterpart is coming soon (pending correct terminology)


Statehood of Sneezing

July 2, 2009

*sniffles* sorry 😦

I used to joke about this when I first moved to Florida in 2000. I would tell people that I was allergic to the State. Naturally, everyone laughed it off (like they always do) I did too for a little.

I went to the Doctor yesterday for a check-up (gotta be a healthy blogmaster) and as I chatted with my Doctor, she thinks that I might be allergic to something in the air.

This morning I woke up, sneezing, barely breathing. While at work, I almost went through an entire box of Kleenex.

*sniffles* where’s my Nasonex 😦

Should I care that your cousin is the Honey Nut Bee? No, Just help me breathe !!!

Do I care that your cousin is the Honey-Nut Cheerios Bee? NO, just help me BREATHE !!!

What are YOU allergic to ? let’s talk about it.


Facebook Stalking upgrade

June 9, 2009

I’m not sure how many of my Facebook friends/fans know, but Facebook is making it easier to find people from the Internet. It’s like they are slowly becoming the next Myspace !!!

Whatever happened to the GOOD old days where facebook was around just for college students. Then Teachers started getting in on facebook, then strangers, and now Oprah is even on Facebook.

WTF????? (where’s the fence if you’re wondering…)

To add insult to injury, facebook is now giving users the “option” of having a username instead of the random numbers that usually follows “www.facebook.com/” check out the story and judge for yourself.

I understand that they want to make it “easier” for friends and loved ones to find you, but here’s the thing: all of my friends and family that is ON facebook and wants to find me, already did. If they haven’t found me by now, it’s probably for the better. Besides, how much more information can we make readily available for future employers ???

I’m not here bashing on forward progress: I have a degree in Information Technology, I BREATHE innovation, I’m always looking for what’s new in the world of technology. However, I draw the line at making it easier for “anyone” to find me online that I don’t want to find me.

What do you think? does Facebook have the right idea? or are they making it easier for stalkers to find new people to stalk? comment on it, and let’s talk about this.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to take a quiz to find out “which 80s/90s cartoon character” I am


Area unlocked: Jacksonville, FL

May 22, 2009

This post has been a long time coming.

During the middle of last week, I took a trip to Jacksonville, FL

Why ? to see what it was like out there. Well, I went looking for RIBS also…

Seriously, at some point in the near future I we shall be leaving the land of the ‘Noles (and Rattlers) to “seek out new life and new civilizations” (give yourself 5 points if you get the reference) Star Trek

I decided since I had some newly acquired spare time, I would go ahead and check out this place to see what all the fuss was about.

When I actually got there the weather was pretty bad, so I ended up staying in my hotel room the whole night watching the Playoffs. I did manage to sneak out and get some pizza from a place I heard about from my Tour Guide 🙂

The next day, I actually went  out and did some Sight Seeing. I went to a Museum, and took pictures of the wildlife and other. I went ahead and added a photo gallery of all the good shots I took around town. there are mini stories with some of them when you click that specific picture. Enjoy.

I thought I was going to have a drama free trip, but I was wrong. As I walked to the Rib place with my tour guide (who is white, not that it matters to me, but is vital for the story) there was a group of people eating outside of a restaurant and decided to yell “Thank God for Obama” as we walked by. I wasn’t aware ignorance was still alive in the south =/ in Florida no less. When I think “Racist South” Florida doesn’t sit at the top of my list, but that’s just me. This guy disagrees.  (please don’t be offended by the “Racist South link… I couldn’t resist)

My tour guide thinks it was coincidental that the man yelled that as we walked past… but I know better. When your birthday is the Day after Malcolm X’s and the day Florida celebrates “Emancipation Day” your “Racial Senses” tend to tingle more than others…

There is Racism afoot !!!

There is Racism afoot !!!

Finally, I would like to say that I am aware that I did not cover all of Jacksonville. It took close to 3o minutes to get anywhere, and I only had one day to check the city out; but from what I saw, It was nice. Nice enough to maybe move out there; naturally that depends on the economy and job market and all those other important adult things… I think I might need to do a couple more of these “discovery trips” to check out the rest of the state. Any suggestions on where I should visit next?

A special thanks to my Tour Guide for showing me the sights and sounds of Jacksonville. Your services maybe needed on a later date 🙂

** The views expressed in this blog are those solely of the author and no one else. I will not claim to speak for anyone other than myself. Even if I may point out general trends, but they are by no means the standard. That is all. **


Really??? Part 3

April 29, 2009

There has been a reason I haven’t spoken about BETs “College Hill” for a couple of weeks.

yes, besides finishing projects so I can Graduate,

and yes besides making password protected posts, only to have a game setup nearby…

I have been personally avoiding “College Hill” like the swine flu because there is TOO much drama. it’s not even entertainment anymore… it’s just sad.

from the “phantom vomits”, people threatening others with pool sticks, people getting kicked out, and SOMEONE having bulimia… it’s too much.

I’m not sure how many of you have kept up with my previous posts in the “Really” series. Here’s Part 1, and here’s part 2.

I would like to take the time to say that the views expressed on THIS blog by THIS poster are the views of mine and mine alone. Please do not take my opinions for the absolute truth. If you feel that I have looked at a certain topic incorrectly, I am more than willing to discuss it in the replies and even type a retraction; if need be.

With that said:

WHAT in the WORLD is going on with “Mr. FAMU” ???

where do you come off attacking the new member on the bus as if you’re trying to haze them into your secret order of friends ?

OK, before I go any further, Watch this clip. you only need to watch just watch the whole thing. I’ll wait.

– thanks to Urban Televizion for the video

Like I was saying: REALLY Mr. FAMU ???

what did this young woman do to you? she JUST got on the bus, is trying to get acclimated with the group (it wasn’t HER fault she came to the show late) who are you to start attacking this woman?

Even IF she did have body odor; your reply wasn’t needed. How are you gonna make an announcement about how you “done cut on da hot wadder”  for someone to take a shower. When Allison decided to come to the defense of the new girl, Kyle decides to turn it up a notch. THEN when apparently Allison goes “too far” he wants to run outside to the beach with a drink and start crying ???  and the “peanut gallery” decides THAT is too far.

REALLY ???

Why is it everyone is willing to tolerate the mess of Kyle, and the MOMENT someone decides to fight back it’s “too much” ??? Kyle throws the race card and no one told him he went too far then…

Someone in the replies for my first blog on “College Hill” mentioned that Kyle is tolerated like “the drunk relative at the family reunion”. I don’t have a family member like that, so I guess I cannot “comprehend” the joy I’m missing… but, If I were to have such a family member, I don’t think their actions would be tolerated as such.  Then again, what do I know ? I don’t write blogs for ESPN

*not hating on the artist at all, just giving him some free attention.

Do I condone Allison bringing up Kyle’s Family situation? no, not really; things said in confidence should be kept in confidence. However, if you’re gonna make fun of people and try to embarrass them just so you can look good for the “in crowd” PLEASE be prepared for any of your own skeletons to be pointed out.

word.


Audio Crack or Wack ?

April 15, 2009

Disclaimer: I would like to take this time to mention that the Blogmaster does not endorse, nor condone the use of any illegal substance. However, I am not here to judge anyone that does.

“Audio Crack” is what I like to call music that must be listned to. Music so good, you don’t want to skip a track, makes you want to purchase the CD, and tell ALL of your friends about this “Audio Crack”.

So from now on, whenever I review music, this is where it shall be.

and with that… let us start the with the Inaugural review.

I was able to get my hands on a digital copy of Rufat’s “Everything’s Lame“.

Now, I know what you’re wondering: Is this album Audio Crack? or is it Wack ? is it worth your money? or is it worthless?

Honestly?

Go buy it. This is Audio Crack in it’s purest form.

Right now. Don’t even read the rest of this review; Go to his Myspace page and get it for free (If you or someone you know lives in Tallahassee, support this artist and buy his album for $5 ). You aren’t even allowed to bootleg this one. I’m serious. Unless you were raised on This guy…  then I guess you can wait for a ringtone.

(Not Hating on the Young Artist… i’m just saying…)

Now This Mix-tape right here is EXACTLY what I’ve been missing from today’s Hip-Hop. Lyrical precision, Nice beats, and a great flow. What’s also great about this guy is that he doesn’t have a specific “style” he’s versatile, and so are his beats; One track sounds like something that The Clipse should be on, and another track sounds like something off of a Future Kanye West project. (the Non-Aquasexual Kanye…)

He's a Genius of our time; He can figure ANYthing out...  So what if he Likes Fish sticks...

He's a Genius of our time; He can figure ANYthing out... So what if he likes Fish sticks...

He also lyrically reminds me of Lupe Fiasco; he is able to fit everything into his rhyme in such a way that you can tell that he’s about his art, and not the Money; which is what I feel Hip-Hop needs: artists that are hungry for the game , not the money and the fame. His play on words are great, and he chooses beats to complement with surgical accuracy. He also mentions many things that are current in our pop culture. Anyone that can play on “Wii fit” in a track without hesitation, and still make sense of it, gets my vote.

It is very rare in today’s time to find an album that you can listen to from start to finish… Even for a “Mix-tape” he manages to keep the name plugs to a minimum. I’m anxious to see what he can do with a an actual album. For the record, I feel this Mix-tape is actually better than most of the “Albums” out there on the music shelves. I actually thought it was an Album, but the artist let me know that it’s only a mix-tape.

I can’t put a specific style to this collection of tracks… Which is good, I appreciate versatile artists.

I wanted to interview the artist, but apparently he does an interview on Track 8 and the interview pretty much answers all of my questions… seriously, ALL of my questions were answered. I will go back into the lab and find original questions !!!

So, all I will do is tell you again to go get this “Audio Crack” and keep an ear out for what this local artist will have next.