Archive for November, 2010

Quote of the Week

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

“You do not have to pay the price to grow and expand intellectually. The mind neither requires it nor demands it. If, however, you want to experience the joy of discovery and the pleasure of plowing new and fertile soul, effort is required.

Light won’t automatically shine upon you, nor will truth silently sleep into you head by means of rocking osmosis…. it’s up to you. It’s your move.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

In Napoleon Hill’s “Law of Success”, he writes about the misconception of the meaning of the word educate. He explains that “the word educate has its roots in the Latin word educo, which means to develop from within; to educe; to draw out; to grow through the law of use.” We have transformed into a society that has allowed formal education to serve as the culmination of our epistemological pursuit. As I’ve stated before, we should be constantly educating ourselves and putting forth effort to grow in all areas of our lives.

We’re all aware that if you don’t use your muscles they become weak. The same applies to our mind and our thought process. If we do not challenge the way we think or revisit our worldview through meditation and reflection we subject ourselves to an illusion of wisdom. Also, as Mr. Swindoll so eloquently states, we prevent ourselves from experiencing the joy and freedom that God intends for all of us. I’m of the belief that once we begin to seek truth, it will present itself; however, growth takes action. Nature hates idleness in all forms.

This week challenge yourself to get into the habit of taking time out to educate yourself. If you are experiencing difficulties in any area (e.g. financial, spiritual, or relationships), remember its up to you to take the necessary steps. A lot of times we’re not waiting on God to move in our lives, He is waiting on us.



The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. – Proverbs 16:9


Previously: Quote of the Week x Earl Graves


Throwback Thursday: The Fugees – “Ready Or Not”

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Previously: Throwback Thursday: A Tribe Called Quest x “Check The Rhyme”

Video: Cornel West Talks Fashion

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

“I think style has to do with the ways of which you’re able to orient your critical intelligence, your spirituality, and your character…”

I’ve been holding on to this interview for a while, but better late then never right? Back in May, Cornel West sat down with Prepdemic Magazine to provide some insight on style and his sartorial influences.

Warning: The camera work is kind of wild on some of these videos.. you might have to look away a few times like I did lol.

What is Style?

Cornel West also discusses the relationship between clothing and style, why he has a uniform, and a piece by piece breakdown of what he is wearing. For the rest of the interview, click “Read more..”.

Previously: Street Etiquette presents The Black Ivy

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November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been holding onto this interview for a few months now and had it bookmarked to post for everyone. This is a great introspective interview with the brilliant and talented Janelle Monae. If you don’t have her album The ArchAndroid yet, please pick it up asap! It’s easily one of the best albums released this year. She takes you on a journey through her music and unlike most artists these days isn’t afraid to challenge listeners with something new.


Previously: Music Video: Janelle Monae x “Tightrope” Feat. Big Boi

Quote of the Week

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

We keep going back, stronger, not weaker, because we will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful, there is no other way.”

– Earl Graves

Album Review: Kid Cudi – “Man On The Moon: The End Of Day” (Archives)

November 1, 2010 3 comments

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I’m back. On November 9th, one of my favorite artists will be releasing his sophomore album Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager. I’ve decided to post the review I wrote for his debut album Man On The Moon: The End of Day mostly for archival purposes, but also as a teaser for the new release. I’ll be writing a review for the new album next week. There is a lot of great hip-hop music dropping this month and some must have books too (expect a post on that soon). Until then, check out my review and if you don’t already have this album.. pick up a copy before the new album comes out on the 9th!

Previously: Album Review: Drake – “Thank Me Later”

Related: Leaders of the New School – The Truth League

Rating Scale is as follows:

βββββ – Classic (i.e. “Forever” Music)

ββββ – Superior (i.e. “Good” Music)

βββ – Average (i.e. “Typical” Music)

ββ – Needs Work (i.e. “Save Your Money” Music)

β – Garbage (i.e. Hot Garbage)

Review after the jump…

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