Archive for April, 2008

a lesson learned

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Thinker’s Thoughts

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

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thought provoking lyrics

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I’ve always liked these lyrics from India Arie’s song “Video”…

But, I’ve drawn a conclusion, it’s all an illusion,
Confusion’s the name of the game
A misconception, a vast deception
Something’s gotta change
But, don’t be offended this is all my opinion
Ain’t nothing that I’m sayin law
This is a true confession of a life learned lesson
I was sent here to share with y’all

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uhmm…maybe the media is right?!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I Stand Corrected!

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is this the core demographic that the media says has so much voting influence?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Way to go genius!

As I watch some of the cable news shows, at times I get extremely annoyed by how they speak to the listener as if they’re all stupid.  I just can’t figure out how they’re able to get away with it.  Why is there no mass public outrage for them now clearly making the news instead of just reporting the news?  They’re constantly making stories that are designed to create an emotional reaction.  The main problem I have with this is when a decision is made based on emotions, that’s a decision made without thinking.  Now ask yourself, how many times has that worked in your favor?

And for all those who are some how offended by this picture…uhmm…I wonder why?!

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attention all parents…there’s a deadly trend!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This is an article reported by Michelle Kosinski, NBC News Correspondent on MSNBC.com.  I feel it’s a very important read, especially with the ease of information spreading via the internet where most of our young spend alot of their time.

LONDON – “Everyone around here is doing it.”  “It has become a trend.”  “I have thought about doing it myself.”  Somehow, these are all quotes from teenagers, talking about – suicide.

Since the start of 2007, 19 teenagers and young adults have taken their own lives in the tiny towns scattered through the southern Welsh county of Bridgend, where people have been living along the Ogmore River for centuries. Total population: around 130,000. (more…)

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oh my god becky…like those oranges are sooo big!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

 Say Cheese!

I wonder why it’s considered cute when Del Monte does it, but it’s lewd when Sir Mix-A-Lot does it? (uhmm…is the Sir Mix-A-Lot reference still relevant?)

In any case, I’ve just become quite thirsty!

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very well said

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

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i love feedback!!!

Friday, April 25th, 2008

The Thinker’s Thoughts

This was a response to a recent statement I made that “Great minds don’t think alike, they think for themselves.”

“It’s true that people, generally, do not think alike, but if you are trained logically, there is tendency that you will think alike because you are faced with facts. Oh!  The other philosophy; “They think for themselves”.  This is obnoxious.  Anyone who thinks for his or herself alone is selfish, and has nothing positive to contribute to human race.”

Wow!  First let me say that most “facts” have the common flaw of being limited to the person’s perspective who’s presenting them.  So, please get as much information possible in order to make the best decision for yourself.  I’m sure no one would take issue with that…right?

And secondly, I wonder why anyone would think it’s defined as obnoxious when you’re not necessarily influenced by others…and because of so, you’re not capable of making a positive contribution to the human race?

I feel it’s my strong independent thinking which has created mutiple opportunities for me to help others.  I’m quite confident with a cookie cutter mindset, I wouldn’t have been able to have a positive impact when speaking to Bronx High School students (especially when I’m not an athlete or entertainer) or even have the gull to write a book that inspired a reader to reconnect with their father.

Regardless of how wrong or right, I love when what I think sparks others to think…so keep the feedback coming!!!

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missed opportunity?

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Say Cheese!

Why do you think someone chose to take a picture instead of helping Grandma out?

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innovation for the truly lazy

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Get Your Own!

I found “may be used as litter” quite funny.  Even I wouldn’t have thought of that one! (uhmm…maybe I would have…I’m pretty bright!)

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an eco-friendly hustle…and I mean that in a good way

Friday, April 25th, 2008


The idea of Pedaled Phone Calls was created for those who live in parts of the world where cell phones are still a luxury. Here in America, these three wheeled bikes are usually used to sell ice-cream, pop-corn, or hot dogs. But in Nicaragua, the same kind of vehicle brings a pedal powered mobile to the people in need of making a call. Ten minutes of pedaling produces an hour of battery life.

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the mind of an entrepreneur…it takes one to know one

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

“Most of entrepreneurship, for me, is about instinct and intuition.  Many times I have been asked by someone considering a new venture if he should go for it.  But an entrepreneur knows instinctively when to go for it.”

- Michael Dell, Founder and Chairman, Dell

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not the time for doubt

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Think it through young man!

There are times in life when you just have to go for it and dare to be you.  Only time can reveal if you had the talent, skill and discipline to conquer what was so obviously unnecessary to everyone else.

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this has to encourage speeding!!!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Let's Go!

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message to the american consumer…raise your standards!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Demand Better!

I’m quite confident this would only sell in America and I don’t mean that as a compliment.

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I’ve heard of dreadlocks, but shitlocks reggie?!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008


What do you think are his career options?

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the way to be a friend

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

You'll always have friend in me

OK, I must admit that I laughed for about 5 minutes straight when I first saw this picture.  Once I regained my composure, I was actually inspired by it. 

It made me think about how a true friend will use their strength to support a friend.  And by doing so, the friend who receives the support is made to feel strong themselves.  Wow, it’s funny how we can be inspired by the strangest things!

Or does that big guy just have some control issues?

(NOTE: This picture was not done in photoshop which makes it so much more funny!)

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what a way to ride

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Me Likey!

As innovative as I am, I would’ve never thought to do this. This just goes to show how we all can have growth moments.

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a sharp pencil = a sharp mind

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Me Likey!

All I’m saying is my pencils would’ve been the sharpest in class.

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it must be the money

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Know Better!

This chart represents the 2007-2008 U.S. discretionary budget, the portion of the budget that the President and Congress creates each year.  It does not include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and interest on the national debt.  Source: Congressional Budget Office

Now for all those who are following the presidential race, I think this should have a greater concern than how someone bowls or drinks shots with beer chasers.  Don’t get caught up by these old distraction techniques.

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interesting concept

Monday, April 21st, 2008

When you have to go, you have to go!

Imagine this concept the first time it was introduced to the city council for approval.  I sure it was titled the “See As You Pee” public restroom project.


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the art of illusion

Monday, April 21st, 2008


If you look at it carefully, it should come to you how this is done.

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what a big difference that small can make!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Small Big Difference!

It’s clear that technology has made its mark in our daily lives.

When I saw this picture, it made me think about how advancement in technology is defined as smaller and faster…which I’m sure is an approach that the ladies aren’t in agreement with.

I find it quite amusing that with all the new conveniences of technology, we seem to have less time. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We’ve learned how to make a better living, but not a better life. We’ve added years to life, but not life to years.

Could there be a technology breakthrough that would allow us to slow down and actually enjoy life more…oh wait, there is…the power to use the greatest computer ever made…OUR BRAINS!

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life is fun when you do things just for fun

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Funny is funny!

Having fun shouldn’t stop when you become an adult.  One should maintain their childhood while accepting responsibility…and a secret to having fun is staying in the moment!

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nature vs. nurture

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

The Thinker’s Thoughts

It’s the age old question, is a person more a product of their nature or their nurturing?  I’ve come to the conclusion that people are more a product of their nature.

I believe this to be true because who we are begins with our nature and it’s the individual’s nature that dictates the response to the nurturing.

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the only goal is to keep them off the pole!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Say it aint so!

Nature vs. Nurture pt.II

It’s apparent that the influence of a parent is great…but ask yourself, why did this appeal to the child?

(This is an actual drawing from a elementary school student.)

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one of these kids is doing their own thing!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Yeah I did it!

Nature vs. Nurture pt.III

Now do you see a future comedian or inmate?

Say what you will, but I find this freaking hilarious and only wish I would’ve done at that age.

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lack of a thought process pt.II

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

I wonder why no calls!

I’ve never claimed to be the smartest person in the world (OK, maybe I think I’m the smartest person that I know), but whoever came up with this ad clearly rode the short bus to school.

Do you think the billboard advertising company took advantage of the…uhmm…not so smart?  I’m sure there are laws against that.

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lack of a thought process pt.I

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Oh Damn!

Parking at the amusement park…$12

Bungee jump…$45

Having your picture put up on the Internet after you shit on yourself on the jump…PRICELESS!

Remember that just because others do it doesn’t mean that you should.  Think it through folks, think it through!

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proof positive that we’re in a recession

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Reason to Hustle

I don’t know about you, but my hustle just went into overdrive!

(And for anyone who thinks this is mean…uhmm, I didn’t tell her to put on that shirt.)

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what they’re really thinking

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

That's Right!

For the record, I do not believe in the caging of any living being for entertainment purposes.

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a natural beauty

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Worth the Climb

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content vs. intent

Monday, April 14th, 2008

The Thinker’s Thoughts

For most of my life, I have always had to defend my process of doing things.  I’m a person who thrives in doing things my way and has never set out to do things just like everyone else.  Fortunately for me, I never bought into not doing something just because no one else was doing it.  I find this is a great way to continually challenge myself to become better at any and everything I do.

I say that to say…don’t get side tracked by focusing on the WHAT of an action.

The real power is found in the WHY of an action.  So many situations in life could or would be avoided if you were to begin to seek out the true intent of actions instead of merely focusing on the content.

Although this perspective may not always be the easiest to grasp, it has the greatest potential of being the most worthwhile.

If you can stlil udnesrtnad waht you are raednig rgiht now, deos is tkae aawy from the msesgae taht one shuold seacrh for intnet oevr contnet in actoins?

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soup or salad?

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Soup or Salad?

The perfect invention for all of us who burn the midnight oil trying to get out our dreams. 

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where’s peta when you need them?

Monday, April 14th, 2008


I’m not saying I know everything about fashion…but I do know this isn’t it!

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think for yourself pt.III

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

This video proves my previous point perfectly…THE MEDIA IS NOT BASED ON REALITY!  

Now I do give props to the creators of the video.  I really dig how they made a clearly “don’t try this at home” video look so amateurish.

Now for all the “Little Johnnys” who actually think that by putting on a pair of sneakers by Kobe Bryant will some how allow them to leap over a car speeding towards them…uhmm…I’m sure the entire medical profession will be leaping with joy by your decision!

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the reality of advertising

Friday, April 11th, 2008

What's True For You?

I had the recent honor of speaking on a panel at North Carolina Central University to discuss W.E.B DuBois’ “The Talented Tenth” theory.  One of the topics covered was the negative influence of the media and artists of today.

After further reflection, I think it’s my responsibility to offer a solution to this matter.  Especially since I’ve been in a position to create many images which are now in the market place for the last 12 years.

Please understand this…the media and art is not based on reality.  It has not, and will not, EVER be based on reality.  It’s based on very creative people coming up with very creative methods to sell either an idea or a product.  And no matter how creative, by default the creativity is limited by the person who comes up with it.

I think a solution is to never believe anything, no matter where you read it, saw it or heard it, unless it agrees with your own common sense.  This way you’ll have complete ownership of how the influence will affect you.  And I’m confident that most people won’t choose the negative ones…right?

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think for yourself pt.I

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Whup That!

I’m not sure of the exact date of this ad, but I’m sure it’s before Hip Hop.  So for all those who keep saying that my beloveth Hip Hop is responsible for the misogynistic views of today…think again my friend!

Although I wasn’t there, I’m confident this ad refelcts the mindset of an INDIVIDUAL who wanted to connect with the general population.  Nothing more than that!  Now ask yourself, did this ad work and more importantly, why?

If you don’t like the ideals being presented, simply put yourself in a position to change them.

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think for yourself pt.II

Friday, April 11th, 2008


Wow, I never knew that Cola could boost ones personality! 

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uhmm…I’m not sure of the meaning…but I like it!

Friday, April 11th, 2008

The Infinite Lay!

I wonder if this was done by the surviving spouse to express her infinite love?  Or was this done by some freaky bastard who just wanted an adoring naked woman over him forever ever…ever…ever?!

In any case, I do know it’s the best looking tombstone that I’ve ever seen!

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there’s no such thing as a stupid question…

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Holy Smokes, Batman!

…but there is such a thing of consquences to not so good ones!

Don’t waste an opportunity by asking a question that’s not well thought out because you might not be given a second chance to ask it.

Make your next question your best question!

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the best way to fail

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Way to Go Lassie!

I think the best way to fail is in the act of trying.  It’s the journey where the lessons are learned, not the destination.

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don’t be a useless utensil

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Think About It!

I want to direct this message to all those who desire to make a living doing it their own way. First let me say that I’m all for being in a category of one. All those who know me will agree that I have no problem with the spotlight being on me. When you’re attempting to do it your own way, I believe it’s your responsibility to stand out from the crowd. If not, how else would you get noticed?

However, don’t get too caught up in being so unique that you no longer have a use. It’s equally and/or more YOUR responsibility to present yourself in a manner which you can be used.

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North Carolina Central University…get ready…I’m here all day!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Break Into The Music

One of the most influential college tours to date, Break into the Music, will return to North Carolina Central University for its third annual conference on April 9, 2008.

I will have the honor of speaking on a panel discussing the works of W.E.B. Dubois’ theory of the Talented Tenth. This is a town hall discussion with some of the most influential people in Entertainment, Politics, Education, and Religion that also will be discussing other key issues affecting America today.

If you’re in the area, join me and others at the B.N. Duke Auditorium from 4:40pm to 5:00pm.

See complete schedule at www.breakintothemusic.net/schedule

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beautiful technology

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Tech Beauty

This three-dimensional face scanner will be used to register individual details of passengers at airports.  It represents the latest technology available from Siemens.

Now if they could only do something where I wouldn’t have to take off my shoes!

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nothing comes easy…but when you got it, nothing seems hard!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Excuse Miss

When you approach a situation with a flexible mindset, it will…uhmm…I can’t front.  I really don’t have anything thought provoking to say about this picture.  When I saw it, I simply thought…now that’s the kind of flexiblity in life that’s sure to make a good wife!


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location location location

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

You come here often?

I guess the boundaries of product placement  has no bounds.  You can now find scantily dressed mannequins standing in suggestive poses in the mens’ and ladies’ bathrooms at Portugal’s Eight Avenue mall.

Now I’m all for innovation, but I’m more into creating positive thought associations.  This point of sales location is…uhmm…not so good to me.  I’m sure I wouldn’t be thinking is that the new 08 Spring line in that situation.  However, I do commend whoever thought of the idea and had the confidence to sell it.

Esthetically…I dig it!

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could it be true…

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

What's My Name?

…a dog will hump anything!  I guess this one of those times when a hole with some heat will do.

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face your outcome…regardless!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I wish I was...?

There are times when things won’t turn out quite like you originally planned.  I believe if you face it as it is, stay true to the moment, it will greatly increase your chances to learn from it.

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inspiration for the doubtful entrepreneur

Sunday, April 6th, 2008


I’ve often use the example, “if someone can sell a Pet Rock, you can sell anything,” when speaking to budding entrepreneurs. Well, someone has proven my point!

Think about those focus group sessions!  Who did they determine would want to give Pee & Poo as a gift?  And what does the person think of whom they’re giving Pee & Poo as a gift  Imagine them saying, “Uhmm…I saw this Pee & Poo and thought of you.”

What fascinates me the most about this product is trying to figure out the inspiration.  Did the thought come when changing a diaper or right before a flush?  Maybe it was while walking a dog or attempting to put a positive spin on cleaning bed pans at a hospital.  Either way, I commend them for taking their thought from concept to completion.

Now for all those who continue to doubt themselves, just always remember what someone did with Pee & Poo!!!

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