Beyond the Politics of Race

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Having recently read the work of Thomas Sowell I’m intrigued by the alternative view of the ‘black experience’ within the USA. It’s a tricky subject to tackle, but Sam Harris and Coleman Hughes do a great job of dissecting it and offering potential solutions which could lead us to a non-race baiting utopia (one can hope). You can listen to the entire podcast here.

Dirty Jobs

I’m really interested and if i’m being completely honest slightly worried about the role of automation and AI for the future of employment. It’s an inevitable change that no amount rhetoric will fix but more worryingly is the complete lack of attention being placed on it by the people it will affect the most. Maybe they’d prefer to spend their brain power ensuring their family and friends are safe and issues of robots taking over their jobs can be left to the government. I don’t necessarily agree but I get it, life is complicated enough as it is, why worry about issues you don’t really understand. But if there is something to gleaned from technology progressing at the rapid pace it is now, the next generation need to look for other more unconventional routes into the workforce and ultimately change their perspective of what success looks like. It’s refreshing to hear Mike Rowe argue for the return of vocational jobs and question the over glorification of University degrees, especially in subjects with limited future job/earning potential. The entire interview is a joy to watch and I encourage you to check it out!

God Father of Soul

A few years ago I struggled letting go of stuff I bought over the years. In layman terminology you could say I was a bit of a hoarded. Everything I had had some sort of intrinsic value. More often than not I justified the purchase on the stop with a straight face. I’m not sure how but somehow I managed to kick the addiction and now I concentrate on purchasing key items that will last a lifetime. Lenny Kravitz seems to agree if you go by this recent video profile for GQ, some of stuff in his collection is insane. If you don’t want to watch the clip just know this, Lenny Kravitz has Muhammad Ali’s boxing shoes from his last professional boxing match; plus blood splattered on the upper, woah!

“Okay Google, I wanna party tonight?!”

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Like many of us I’ve contemplated deleting my Facebook profile for a long time, but I always chicken out of it in the end. I mainly use Facebook to share my own content and more importantly find local events. It’s one Facebook’s best tools, especially when you’re travelling, having the ability to find events in a foreign land attended by actual locals is amazing! So far I haven’t found anything else that comes to replicating FB’s depth of choice but that could change with the introduction Google Search ‘recommended events’. From the looks of it it works in the same way as recommended cinema events within Google Search – you can browse various listings, find out times and purchase tickets all within Google Search, which is awesome considering that’s where most people would start looking. It’s going to be available worldwide in the next few days and I can’t wait to use it! You can find more information here.

It’s Cool to Be Normal

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There’s something incredibly fascinating about Lindsay Lohan, you just can’t keep your eyes off her. I’m not sure what it is, maybe it’s freckles, the red hair or the devious glint in her eye. I think my infatuation begun when when I saw her in The Parent Trap. I must’ve been 7 or 8 years old, so I’m not sure how I remember so far back but I guess here “it” factor has something to do with haha. Her movie career hasn’t had the fairytale ending she probably envisioned when she first arrived in the industry but her evolution has been interesting to watch. In case you were wondering she currently owns a beach club in Mykonos, Greece with another due to open in Rhodes soon as well as a Lohan island somewhere in Dubai. Crazy right? As you might have seen with the recent Instagram spat between 50 cent and Floyd Mayweather, growing old gracefully in the entertainment industry is talent not many people have. What makes it even more commendable is her reluctance to court attention the same way she did in the past. Her era of celebrity was synonymous with “staged paparazzi” shots and garnering attention at any cost, so to see someone of her level of celebrity purposely withdraw from the crazy house and relocate to Greece of all places is commendable. She comes across incredibly content and dare I say it happy in this great piece from the New York Times which you can read here.

“I’m a normal, nice person. A good person. I don’t have any bad intentions. And my past has to stay in the past.”

“Like, people have to just let go of it and stop bringing it up because it’s not — it’s gone,” she said. “It’s dead. And that’s the most important thing to me.” – Lindsay Lohan

This ain’t a purse, it’s a satchel!

Hip-hop is fucking amazing at the moment. Whatever your preference your bound to find an artists who can tickle your fancy. The younger generation are rewriting the rules and the older generation are finding new ways of positioning themselves in the market. Oh and the streaming services are still making the ALL the money, nothing has changed but everything has changed.

One thing I’m super stoked on is Tyler and Rocky’s growing bromance! If you’re a student of the game like myself, you’d know they haven’t always been on the best of the terms. When they both started out there was this weird tension in the air between both crews, but I’m glad they worked it out and by the looks of it, become real life friends. Sonically I’m really looking forward to hearing what kind of music they’ll make together. And if you believe Rocky’s troll they’re planning to release a joint project ‘Wang$ap’ soon. But for the time being enjoy this amazing loosey/freestyle ripped from the from AWGE DVD vol. 3 (which I recommend you check out) I’ve had it on loop since it dropped!

Fire

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When you spend most of your youth amassing a hoard of trainers for the sole purpose of impressing other men online, you tend to get a bit jaded. But I try to remain curios so I can allow myself to get excited about certain releases. I didn’t know these Vans were coming prior to today but my interest have been peaked, so much that I’m considering buying all 3 pairs. I’m pretty certain I don’t need another pair of black trainers to add to my ever increasing collection but I’d be fool to ignore a great WTAP’s and Vans collaboration (I still wish I had my pair of these, this actually my picture too lol). So here’s to another purchase I probably don’t need to make for the sole of purposes of impressing men I don’t know on the internet, hooray!

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Up Close and Personal

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been combing through my book collection and desperately trying to finish any book I started reading earlier in the year before I buy anymore. As you can imagine, hoarding stuff has always been a bit of problem for me, from trainers to camouflage M-65, I always find a way of piling up pyramids of “things”. With that being said I’m happy to announce I finally got around to finish Holy Terror by Bob Colacello. I’ve been obsessed with Andy Warhol ever since I stumbled upon one of his pieces during A-Level Art and this book is probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to an official biography one of the most important contemporary art figures in history. There’s so many revealing parts of the Andy Warhol story contained in this book it would be hard to list them all. But one thing that stood out for me was Andy’s work ethic. In a world where some people think they’re entitled to certain opportunities someone as talented as Andy Warhol during the 1970’s said the following;

“I asked him if his Pop Art success in the sixties was the result of a lot of work. He gave me a straight answer. “No,” he said, “the success was being in the right place at the right time. But it was a lot of work after it happened. A lot of paintings.” – Bob Colacello

You can purchase a copy of the book here.

Equality of Resources

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I’m not of fan of quality of outcome, although the idea behind is noble it’s affect will be anything but that. We need a system that rewards great work but also allows potential to develop and grow over time. Sean Combs aka P. Diddy made a great counter argument for ‘equality of resources’ which made me think, maybe this is the way forward? And if doesn’t happen, let’s just build it ourselves!

“We only get 5% of the venture capital invested in things that are black owned — black-owned businesses, black-owned ideas, black-owned IP,” he says. “You can’t do anything without that money, without resources. But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver. When Adidas invests in Kanye and it’s done properly, you have the right results. When Live Nation invests in artists and puts them in arenas the same way U2 would be, you have the right results. ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Black-ish,’ fashion; it’s all about access. If you’re blocked out of the resources, you can’t compete. And that’s my whole thing — to be able to come and compete.” – Sean Combs

Click here to read the full feature, it’s fucking amazing!