Let the floodgates open and let’s have a real discussion. In a perfect world, we’ll all listen to each others ideas, concerns and we’ll consider everything. The very idea of gun control leaves people so divided, it’s as if rational conversation about it isn’t even possible. It reminds me of the vaccination issue. No one will agree on anything before it devolves into name calling. Well, Here’s my idea:
The idea of eliminating reverse compatibility of ammo COULD be met with all sorts of enmity… OR we could have a real discussion about it. I am not for disarming the population. That is every tyrant’s first step before clamping down. I am also not in favor of undocumented weapons flooding the streets.
Just like you need a license to drive, you need to have a license to shoot, and what you shoot needs to be documented. Americans have lost the trust factor in the eyes of their children. Trust is being violated every day by people who shoot indiscriminately. My opinion is that we’ve reached the point where use of a firearm has to be monitored for MISUSE. Target practice, hunting, protection? Fine. Robbery, assault, murder? It will be easier to find suspects. That’s my suggestion. I welcome any dissenting opinions. This generation is not likely to change a damn thing, but my hope is that these same endangered youth will pick up the ball and run with it. Time will tell.
BIG NEWS about this movie!! Gollum and Bilbo Baggins appear together again!!
It’s actually very cool how Hollywood works sometimes. People you’ve grown accustomed to seeing in a certain light step completely out of character, showing their real talent. Such is the case with Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman as they match wits and skill against a breathtaking special effects backdrop. Stan Lee makes a brilliant cameo as usual.
What you read above is an example of what we’ve been putting up with throughout the years. Hollywood totally marginalizes Black talent, because we HAVE no country, no industry, no representation. Very few of us have slipped through the cracks to achieve the ever elusive superstar rating………. But wait……………. This IS a movie review
Black Panther is set in a technologically advanced African society known as Wakanda. The country uses its own natural resources and thrives despite refusing to trade with the outside world. They are steeped in cultural heritage and are socially advanced enough to have their top military personnel be an elite, all female guard (like Libya once had).
It’s also a recurring theme throughout the Marvel Universe to have a conscientious hero. Black Panther is no different. Chadwick Boseman does an excellent job of communicating the inner turmoil of a protagonist. Time and again heroes are tested with the choice to either take the easy way out, or do what is best for all. As King T’Challa (aka Panther), Boseman is a great example for his constituents.
The fictional nation Wakanda is depicted as a hidden tech oasis, secretly masking itself as a “SH**Hole country” in order to ward off outsiders. The action is non-stop, and if any member of the star studded cast managed to outshine Boseman’s charismatic Panther, it was the fierce Danai Gurira. In her role of Okoye, Gurira was the true star of the movie for me. She brings a masterful complexity to a character that could have easily been played as a one-dimensional, angry fighting machine. The end result…. She literally STEALS every scene she appears in.
When you have a movie like this, it stirs certain emotions within a people who have constantly been depicted as less than. Around the world African diaspora have been reconnecting to their culture via the way they dress. This movie has been instrumental in creating a celebratory mood among attendees. This is the POWER of ART.
I could stop there, and that would be a great movie review.
While watching, I am thankful that we can be represented in such a positive light. I intend to support the cast and crew by seeing Black Panther twice……… HOWEVER
Let us not forget that SLAVERY has returned to Africa. Modern day slaves are being openly traded in Libya, with many destined to become victims of organ harvesting. Angola and Zimbabwe now use Chinese currency. Other countries are succumbing to European colonial taxes and the high interest rates they have been saddled with. Africa’s diamond trade is still run by Cecil Rhodes’ DeBeers company, and does not benefit African economies. Minerals are mined by children for cell phones and other consumer goods. Sudanese refugees are fleeing to (and now being kicked out of) Israel. Political interests see emergency food being held at checkpoints while weapons flow freely. Pharmaceutical companies perform human tests on the population.
But hey… I did look DAMN good in my Daishiki on opening day.
No judgement 🙂 We should enjoy this movie and support it 100%
STILL… come away with ideas of taking positive action. Be ready to learn more about the world and let’s DISCUSS what can be done rather than constantly fighting. Stan Lee’s vision of Africa’s potential should not be bigger than that of Africa’s Children.
P.S. If you’ve read this far… Please look up the Songhai Empire. It was the last African dynasty; history BEFORE we became slaves. Once I became aware of Songhai my shackles begin to fall off.
SOCIETY: For far too long now we have played the game of letting others tell us what we like. Many times without question we just go along with societal programming. This is how we end up with unrealistic beauty standards and a host of materialistic failures. The wanton acquisition of liabilities gives the air of success, and simultaneously ensures failure.
Honestly there is a bit of sadism wrapped up in flaunting capital. Are you trying to succeed, or are you trying to hurt people who don’t have what you have? Your motives will betray you every time. You owe it to yourself to make progress toward your goals, but only you know what they truly are.
I would like to remind you today that SUCCESS is nothing more than incremental progress toward a which ever goal you do have. You do not have a responsibility to acquire, or even want the things others are wishing for. Simply claim small victories on your path, and set new goals.
It’s not where you are that determines success. It’s where you’re headed. Constantly redefine what success looks like. Then every step you take can be a winning one.
I have two main record label entities tied to this site. One is Electro Reggae. That’s my personal imprint that pays homage to all Reggae throughout history. The other label is Party Time Society. It’s used to release music that is NOT really Reggae.
If you have released music on either of these labels in the past two years please make sure I have your contact info.
Our record labels have an 80/20 royalty deal in place. That’s 80% in the artist’s favor. Contrast that against the majority of labels in today’s modern age who do NOT PAY ANY royalties. I won’t name names, except “Damn Near Each & Every One of Them”..
Anyway to avoid any accounting headaches please make sure to send an e-mail to: INFO (at) BoutiqueBranding.Net
Include your NAME | ARTIST NAME | PHONE NUMBER | PAYPAL E-Mail Address | CONTACT Email Address
I will be in touch about your royalties, and we can have a marketing / promo / branding conversation at that time.
“In the case of being “Woke” many people claim it, but exactly how Woke are you? It’s a term that’s often thrown around casually. Some people openly admit that they just “don’t want to know” certain things. Like anything else, your awareness is something that can be measured in degrees.
The Physical Plane
Knowledge of self is something that I truly believe is the first step. Becoming self-aware is not easy. For some it never happens until they reach old age. If you want to spare your children a lifetime of confusion, and never knowing what they WANT, help them to achieve at least that level of enlightenment.
The Mental Plane
When you have a strong acumen for the economic and man-made realm you are using your cerebral powers. Hard working, successful people are usually said to have transitioned into the Mental plane of enlightenment. They know what it takes to thrive in such an environment.
The Spiritual Plane
Many people move through life never knowing their place in the universe. A spiritual person considers their actions and the many possibilities that can result from them. As a result they are often the picture of stillness. The stress of the previous planes does not affect them as drastically. It is common for such a person to receive exactly what they need with minimal effort.
It is also my belief that every idea exists on each one of these planes, in a certain manifestation. I’ll refer to them often. However you define enlightenment and being “Woke” though, is up to you, but knowing the approaches might help you to achieve a better outcome.
Procrastination… Putting things off until the very last minute. It says a lot about the type of person you are. While most people look down on – US – I say it really means you work better under pressure. It means you ENJOY life as it comes. You are not into delayed gratification just for the sake of it.
So one big suggestion for my fellow counter-punchers in life:
Start your day off with the one thing you are most likely to put off.
ALSO all those important / non-urgent tasks… put them up front, but damn. Then you wouldn’t be procrastinating would you?.
Anyway trust, making life work in your favor is often a matter of TRICKING YOUR MIND. Tell yourself you’re “looking forward” to the things you really don’t want to do. That’s how a lot of people establish healthy (barf) habits. Then they look down on everyone else. WELL MY GOAL IN 2018 IS TO LOOK DOWN ON SOMEBODY FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE!!
Quick thoughts about money vs. wealth, because I see some of my friends and clients working themselves into the ground. The funny thing about it is when they were in survival mode they were much happier. Now they are established, yet obsessed with building more wealth. Unfortunately this obsession has begun to affect their health and well being, so I’ll put these few words here:
Money and Wealth are not related You don’t need a million dollars to feel like a million bucks. Seek the mindstate.
Seek the mindstate of health and wealth.
With that comes a balanced life of happiness and harmony. The amount of capital you amass begins to hold less importance. Ironically that is what enables more money to flow in your direction. Your mind is open to ideas that ultimately could enrich you far beyond your monetary goals. It’s more about of your reaction to stress than anything. Accept each challenge with the conviction that you will overcome it.
If you’ve ever known anyone in a financial bind who received “pennies from heaven” through the mail, or a big sale right before their store closed, then you know this to be true. The mindstate of health and wealth simply PREPARES you for a blessing, as you continue to do your best in life.
… and you don’t even realize it.
When it comes to opportunity or competition which of the two drive you the most? There is much to be said for healthy competition, and when two people (or teams) have the same goal, it can be the only thing you see. When I played sports or had a military goal in mind competition truly was my number one motivator. In those situations though objectives are clear. Many times there are no options. You do as you’re told, and you don’t ask questions. Outside of a structured environment though being that single-minded can actually hurt you.
When you are locked into the competitive mindset, you run the risk of not having an exit strategy… meaning you’ll never truly know when you’ve won. Your very definition of winning requires that you have an adversary. This is a person who can be easily manipulated. All you have to do is move the finish line and you’ll have them running the wrong race. People like that don’t race… They chase.
Opportunity as a motivator is the thing I’ve found to be more conducive to living actual life. Instead of chasing what someone else has, you’re granted the clarity to focus in on what you want. The way you describe success is your definition of winning, and you can do that regardless of where other people are in the race. Eventually you’ll come to realize the ultimate truth. Life isn’t a race.
Delilah or Jezebel…
Female names carrying a negative connotation throughout the years. Are they truly the perpetrators or were they victims themselves as part of a greater scheme? This is a preview one of the newer tracks I’m working on, inspired by current events / Juxtaposed against early Roots Reggae. It’s a spoken word piece called “Men of Means”. Full song will debut during the next Facebook Live Selecta Set.
More coming your way touching all the genres related to Reggae (Roots / Dancehall / Electro / Etc.)
The current climate festering between people has seen them divided on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, etc. We are constantly at one another’s throats. The situation is being exacerbated for political expedience and financial gain. So it begs the question: What can WE do to stop the hatred?
1) COMMUNICATION: Give the artists more of a voice
One of the ideas that immediately came to mind is that we need to communicate. It needs to happen using a medium that naturally drops our defenses. This speaks to the importance of the arts, particularly music and comedy. Music, even without lyrics can change one’s mindset, while comedians can get you to laugh at yourself. Both art forms can go a long way toward healing divides. This is the “Revolution of the Mind” I always reference. (James Brown gets the credit for that phrase).
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2) SHARING IS CARING: Stop hoarding resources
If we learn to share, it’s is another way to bring people together. Karma dictates that when you give, you also receive. It’s possible to do one without the other but it throws things off balance. Whatever it is that you’re hoarding is at risk of being taken outright by those who do not have.
TAOISM teaches us: If you amass a huge store of gold, no one can protect it
The need for defense creates the “Us vs. Them” dynamic all over again, but much of this can be alleviated simply by developing a sharing mindset. Am I saying don’t get rich? Not at all. Just look for opportunities to share and help others.
3) EMPATHY: Who made it cool to give Zero FKs?
The third idea that occurs to me is that people are often encouraged to develop their LACK of empathy. You’re being praised for NOT caring? Society places more emphasis on material ownership, and less on compassion. People have a twisted view of empathy, making it conform to man-made borderlines or ignorant notions of racial superiority. These are artificial constructs. Empathy is universal.
As valid as these ideas may be, they are not easy. Hatred is easy because you can “set it and forget it”. Love requires constant SELF EVALUATION. There are ideals you yourself must live up to.