These Days

After much anticipation, Top Dawg Entertainment left Ab-Soul’s album release date up to his fans.

The dates that were to be voted on via Twitter were June 3, 10, 17 or 24. I actually forgot to vote for a release date but when discussing the possible dates with a peer, I expressed that June 24 would be best…I guess that’s just as good as tweeting, right?

Anyway, the fans have spoken and his new album, These Days, will be available on June 24, 2014. But, while we wait just a few more weeks to purchase our copies, Ab-Soul released a short video for his single, Stigmata. This is a video that is bound to be controversial but an album that will most definitely be filled with metaphors, quotes and passages that only RapGenius can help us unveil. Check out the video below and PLEASE tell me what you think. I would love to hear how ya’ll feel about this particular video and the upcoming album.

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Jay Macabee: Got The Love

I’m not the best blogger to do a review on a song/artist. All I can do is suggest that you listen and form your own opinion. But, if you’re interested in how I feel about this particular song… I LOVE IT!

Jay Macabee, an up and coming artist from Florida, is spreading the love by way of his most recent single “Got The Love.” With the accompaniment of a smooth harmony, Macabee is gushing over a new-found love that has him flying high above the negativity. I dare you not to fall in love with the song after hearing a line like, “Hungry hearts consume, and loving you is like good food.”

This young artist is going against the grain. Opposed to complaining about these “hoes lack” of loyalty or two of his most recent flings in the same club knowing about one another, Macabee is keeping it real and relatable by referring to the one who has stood beside him through the ups, downs and life of being an artist.

I strongly suggest you take a few minutes of your time to listen to his single. After you do that, come back and tell me what you think!

“Maybe you can judge a book my its cover?”

 

The other days as I was casually doing my weekly browse of XOJane.com, I came across an interesting article titled I WILLINGLY HAD SOMEONE JUDGE ME BASED ON MY LOOKS AND THE RESULTS WERE SPOT ON: Maybe you can judge a book by its cover? which is about a young woman who willingly allowed The Bumbys judge her.

Now, I’ve never heard of this duo but according to the XOJane article, the two are “very Daft Punk” meaning they are in full disguise and don’t dare speak a single word. They simply sit in front of you, take in everything about your appearance, type away on their typewriters then deliver their evaluation on a piece small of paper. In the above article the young woman who was “judged” by Gill of The Bumbys says his evaluation was spot on! She was even able to send them pictures in hopes of the duo evaluating the staff of XOJane. Their results were quite interesting and even though I’ve never met these people (I can only dream of the day I could meet Ms. Jane Pratt herself) they seemed to be fairly judged.

My question to you is, would willingly allow yourself to be judged by The Bumbys? I personally would love to do it! I mean, we tend to judge and be judged on a daily basis, why not allow someone who does for this for a living tell us something we may not even know about ourselves?

 

BumbysPhoto Cred: TheBumbys.com

 

Quickie Post: RUN

Beyoncé and Jay Z have released their new-age Bonnie and Clyde music video for their On The Run Tour.  It includes cameos from big name actors such as: Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Diaz, Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Rashida Jones, and her sister Kidada Jones. Check it out!

Needless to say I’m completely jealous of anyone who was able to snag a few tickets before they completely sold out. The couple is coming to a city less than 2hrs away from where I am located, but, unfortunately, I won’t be there. Therefore, whoever gets a chance to go, I NEED you to contact me and spill every single detail about what happened at the show. Thanks in advance! lol

Caution: May Cause Controversy.

“The belief that men love  ‘inexperienced’ women is a fallacy.”

This was possibly one of the most misogynistic comments I’ve come across is a long time. Those were the exact words thrown in my face after explaining to a male peer, multiple times, that I am waiting for marriage to do what, obviously, the rest of my generation has wasted no time doing.  After reading that text message one can only imagine how pissed I was by pretty much being told I am impossible to love simply because I won’t spread my legs. Now, that may not have been what he meant to say, but in the end, it’s what he said all in attempt to have me set aside my beliefs, morals and religion for someone who has not even tried to respect or understand my boundaries and standards. Little does he know, I know of multiple couples who have saved and are saving themselves for marriage and are living happily and I plan on doing the same. But it sucks that guys like this not only exist but think it’s okay to say something like that to one who has explained time and time again why sex, as of now, is not an option.

Only my closest friends (and I guess, now all of my readers) know where my passion lies with the subject of being a virgin, which in this day and age is like saying I’m a fricken dinosaur because you just don’t see it anymore, especially at my age. I guess I will never understand when and why sex became such a BIG DEAL in Western culture. I’ve always said I have an old soul or I was born in the wrong decade but here recently, after having several different conversations with a few close friends, did I officially realize that I just don’t fit in with today’s society and, according to this guy, won’t find love because I’ve decided to stand up for this one specific thing. I mean, come on men! If you always initiate conversation by bringing up a sex related topic and/or it’s impossible to talk with you for at least 30 minutes without you making a sexual comment…you’re not the one for me. But, by the gauge of what he deems appropriate or inappropriate  to say to women, it’s looking like he’s pretty far from love his own self. So, at least I know I’m not alone, right? (lol)

Unfortunately, unlike myself, I’ve witnessed multiple peers fall under the spell of smooth words and a wide smile only to be left heartbroken and/or dealing with other consequences. Now, I am NOT judging those who have decided to partake of sex prior to marriage, but in saying that, I would also expect to not be judged for opting out of participation. But I would like to know, why is it that I, and those alike, are expected to explain why we’ve made this decision but very rarely do we, as a society, ask someone who’s had sex “why would you do that?” An never before have I ever heard “well, the belief that a person can love one with experience is a fallacy.”

So, to the “friend” who thought it was okay to make such a ridiculous comment…thank you for allowing me to realize that I need to heighten my standards in hopes of avoiding misogynistic ignorance such as yours.

 

What do ya’ll think?

Have you ever come across such a comment?

How did you handle it?

Or, do you agree with him?

4 Things I Couldn’t Learn From that $400 Textbook.

Well my lovely readers, it’s been a week since I have officially graduated from college. And, although I have obtained an endless amount of knowledge about the field that I am looking to go into; there was an equal amount of knowledge obtained about life in general. Like most times, I don’t have anything profound to say and some of it may even sound as if it’s coming from Captain Obvious, but I felt the need to pinpoint a few things I learned outside the classroom…maybe for my peace of mind.

1. Making friends is not as easy as it seems:

Going into college I had the expectation of making thousands of friends, but was the COMPLETE opposite. About a week before graduation, I found myself being able to count on one hand the amount of good “friends” I can say I made within the past four years. And,coincidentally, that counts one that I randomly reconnected with years after falling out of contact.

When touring the University campus, prior to the application process, the tour guide of course embellished the environment saying it’s filled with smiling faces and friendly conversation…that’s not always true. The majority of the campus that I explored was usually filled with people hustling and bustling to make it to class on time, even though it is obvious they’re going to be at least 5 minutes late. And the people that I did attempt to make small talk with or even smile at, retorted with a side eye and/or blank stare… Therefore, after a few weeks, I kind of gave up in the friend making department and just let whatever happen, happen. Luckily, I did come across a few keepers.

2. Take every free t-shirt handed out around campus: 

There were days that I woke and remember that I forgot to do laundry the night before. Therefore, one of many from that pile of shirts I picked up at a festival/event the week before paired nicely with those jeans I forgot I even had until 10 minutes before class. But, in the instance that  they ran out of my shirt size, (’cause it happened to at least one group of students at every event) I grabbed a shirt anyway, ya know…for memories ‘n such.

3.  Being a college student does NOT mean you have to eat like one:

Let me make this clear, THE FRESHMAN 15 IS NOT A REQUIREMENT. I refused to be the typical student that gained 15+ pounds just because I got the tiniest taste of freedom…along with fast food, papa johns and a local mexican restaurant. During my freshman year, yeah I ate a lot of pizza and mexican food but I also took the time to pop open my, according to residence services, forbidden George Forman grill and microwave a bag of frozen veggies. Again, THE FRESHMAN 15 IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.

4. Stay true to yourself: 

Now this may seem obvious and simply but it’s not that way for everyone. Throughout my four years I’ve seen people change…some for the better, some for the worse. Peer pressure is most certainly real. Luckily, I never cracked under pressure but a few people I know did and do therefore causing them to do something completely out of character.

If you ask anyone I came into contact with they can tell you that I was far from your typical college student, meaning: I rarely drank (never once have I been hungover), sex was not an option (because neither were babies and std’s) and if I wouldn’t be able tell my family about my college escapade the next morning, chances are I didn’t do it. Call me a square if you want but just know I was true to myself in the end.

 

Marauder Pride!

Zachary Thomas, 19, is a second year Marauder who has been dominating the gridiron for the past thirteen years.

Standing at 6’4”and weighing around 185 lbs., Thomas #85 is currently a sophomore and the wide receiver for the Central State Marauders, who ended their 2013 season 2-9. With a passion for football, Thomas also has a strong passion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, also known as HBCU’s, because of their firm sense of community. This was one of the reasons why Thomas decided to attend and play football for Central State University. CSU is located in Wilberforce, Ohio which is about 15 minutes away from Wright State University.

After playing the sport for so many years and if given the chance, Thomas would like to play against The Ohio State Buckeyes to prove that he is capable of matching the talent and passion of a Division I team, whereas Central State University participates on the Division II level.

Although he has previously played basketball, Thomas said that he inherited his passion for the sport of football from his father, who also played for many years.

Like many other athletes, Thomas has lived by powerful advice that he received from a peer while playing the game of football. He said, “Football is 90% mental and 10% physical. You have to have heart.” Because of the mental and physical toll this sport has had on its players, the ability to know your limits, set goals and stay level headed are very important characteristics when it comes to playing such a competitive sport.

With a fiery passion burning within his heart, Thomas plans on continuing his college football career at Central State University.

 

Sources

Central state university: Marauder athletics. (2013). Retrieved from  http://www.maraudersports.com/roster.aspx?path=football

Thomas, S. (2013, November 27). Interview by D. James. Central state marauder.

Thomas, Z. (2013, November 27). Interview by D. James. Central state marauder.