Friday, February 26, 2016

The Future of Black History Month

"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization" 
- Carter G. Woodson

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What is the best year in Hip Hop? Part I

Ever since the beginning of time people have always argued about what is the best or who is the best of anything. The best car, athlete, rapper, you name it people have an opinion about it. I find that the answer usually depends on two major variables, the person's age, and the person's location.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A year to live and nothing to lose

What would you do if you found out you only had a year to live? Why do we wait until the end is near to take shit serious? 

We take life and everything in it for granted. We have no idea if we have an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year or 20 left. We all assume we will live for ever. We live our lives under the assumption that there will be time later. I'll take care of it next week, we always say. What if next week never comes? Why not right now, or today?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Things To Know About Love

The more you give the more you get back. Love will make you do strange things. It won't let you sleep at night. It'll make you question your loyalties. It will make you lie. Nothing matters when you are in it. No one can save you when you are out of it. Love is not money, a house or a car. Love is not a cleverly patterned barrage of emoji. You can't buy it, pawn it or sell it. You can't find it in the paper or on a website. It's not what you see on the silver screen. Love stories can't be copied or pasted. Love can't be found, so stop looking for it. Stalking it like a ravenous wolverine. Love is a mother's kiss. It's when dad make his "special" breakfast. It's the first day of spring. Love is the feeling you got when you first realized you had a crush, the first time. How you felt when you saw them or heard their voice. Love is having no worries. It's listening to your favorite record. Love is dancing like no one is watching. Love is looking good, without even trying. Love is holding that special someone's hand. Missing them for no reason. It's picking up their scent on the bed sheets when they are gone. Love is being completely comfortable  with who you really are. Love if hearing your kid cry for the first time. Love is giving up your world for the safety and well-being of another human, no questions asked. It's losing your figure after child birth. Losing your hair after fatherhood. Love is watching them grow and helping them learn. It's seeing the beauty in your partner even after all the years and the pounds. Love is not wavering even after fights and arguments. Love is doing what it takes, no matter how long. Before you find love. You have know what love is. You have to find it in yourself. You have to love what you see in the mirror. You have love your body, your hair and your funny looking feet. You have make the resolve to be happy whether love arrives or not. You have love your family and your friends, and your community. You have take chances and give them too. Nothing just happens. Most importantly, once you find it, never stop. Never stopping loving yourself. Never stop loving your kids. Never stop loving period.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Funday?

What ever happened to the sanctity of Sundays? I still remember when most businesses were closed on Sundays. People would spend the day with family or just the whole day on pajamas.

Today, 35% of the American workforce is scheduled to work on the weekends. There are people who have never not worked at least one weekend day a week. Although the majority of those jobs are in the retail and hospitality sector, there are even more increasing instances where office professionals clock in (mostly from home) during the weekends.

The driving force to this shift is greed. The big companies want more money. This means working on the weekend. So if the big companies benefit from this trend, who loses? The biggest loser is the American family. Kids don't know what if feels like to have their dad cook breakfast on Sunday mornings. I remember working on my dad's truck with him on Sundays, which is how I learned how to change my oil and breaks. In the summer we used to go to the park or the lake and have cookouts.

TodaycloseFebruary 15th and a Sunday. If I was off today, I would have spent the morning in bed with my wife then hung out with my daughter. Instead I left the house with a wind chill of negative 7 degrees at 5am. I expected business to be slow. Instead people piled in as soon as the doors opened at 8 am. They weren't in there just picking up a few things. They were stocking up. It seemed they only asked for stuff that they didn't see. The worst part is they were  unapologetic and arrogant, barking out orders and looking at you like you were crazy when you told them you didn't have a product you tell them that they have to wait 5 minutes while you put it together.

These interactions have negative repercussions for all parties involved. The customers feel entitled and look down on the employee. They don't understand why their requests can't be materialized out of thin air. They don't see that the person they are standing over only slept a few hours because they were up with a sick child or that they had to wait for a bus in -7 weather.

On the other hand, the interaction makes the employee resent the customer. As the employee tries to multitask and get more done they get interrupted, not by excuse me, or good morning. Instead they wave you over our simply holler out HEY! The worst is when they scream out, IS ANY BODY WORKING? As to insinuate that were just standing around or not doing anything. Most customers don't think enough of you to say please or thank you.

Expecting everything to be open on Sundays is making us uncivilized. It is destroying family life and it is making employees disgruntled. It takes away from a day of worship or relaxation. What started out as a courtesy is now an obligation. They abused it and took away it's significance. I subscribe to the belief that if something is being misused, it should be taken away. Let's go back to simpler times. Let's make Sundays fun again.

Businesses should be forced to close or open shorter hours on Sunday. Focus less on the bottom line and more on the people that make it all possible.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Year End Recap

My best friend Spooky told me to write a year end recap, and "it better be good" after I told him that would not be writing one this year. This year has been a combination of highs and lows. This one would also have to be an extra special recap because t will be my last Ghettoblaster blog entry.