Sunday, October 31, 2010

Supra's new Society 2010 Holiday collection

Society
Terry Kennedy Signature Model
Black Suede
Sizes: 4-16

High top design with 2 velcro straps on a vulcanized outsole. Extra heel protection molded into high memory polyurethane insole. Exclusive SupraFoam® midsole providing entire foot impact resistance, optimal shoe flex, and board feel. Speed-lacing system with wax laces. Neoprene lining and internal neoprene bootie for unmatched comfort, fit and performance.





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Nike Sportswear Micro Perforated Grey Collection

Nike has outdone themselves this time.  In a solid grey colorway, Nike made  the Air Toki, Air Dunk Ac and Air Force 1 available in a Micro Perforated leather just in time for the fall season.

Nike released the Micro Perforated Grey Collection on October 30 at Nike Stadium Paris.  In case you didn’t make it to Paris, be sure to check out the Air Toki, Air Dunk Ac and Air Force 1in different colorways HERE
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Turn Shit InTo Sugar - Opportunism

Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity. It is how you look at it that matters. Your lack of resources can be an advantage, forcing you to be more inventive with the little that you have. Losing a "Battle" can allow you to frame yourself as the sympathetic underdog. Do not let fears make you wait for a better moment or become conservative. If there are circumstances you cannot control, make the best of them. It is the ultimate alchemy to transform all such negatives into advantages and power.

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Me Reciting Quran To Open The Concert!

Sounds Of Solidarity
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sounds of Solidarity: NYC Concert for Pakistan Flood Relief

Hasan Salaam, With A Energized and REAL Performance!

video

Amir Sulaiman, Delivering A PowerFul Poetic Ending To A Great Night!

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Pics From The Show!


More To Come In The Future, Inshallah!

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Calligraphy

Calligraphy (from Greek κάλλος kallos "beauty" + γραφή graphẽ "writing") is a type of visual art. It is often called the art of fancy lettering (Mediavilla 1996: 17). A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner" (Mediavilla 1996: 18). The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed(s) and materials limitations of a person, time and place (Diringer 1968: 441). A style of writing is described as a script, hand or alphabet (Fraser and Kwiatkowski 2006; Johnston 1909: Plate 6).

Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the abstract expression of the handwritten mark may or may not compromise the legibility of the letters (Mediavilla 1996). Classical calligraphy differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering, though a calligrapher may create all of these; characters are historically disciplined yet fluid and spontaneous, improvised at the moment of writing (Pott 2006 and 2005; Zapf 2007 and 2006).Calligraphy was also known as the popcorn (bubble-gum flavored) writing style.

Calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design/typography, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, announcements/graphic design/commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions and memorial documents. It is also used for props and moving images for film and television, testimonials, birth and death certificates, maps, and other works involving writing.

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Islamic/Arabic Calligraphy

Islamic calligraphy (calligraphy in Arabic is Khatt ul-Yad خط اليد) has evolved alongside the religion of Islam and the Arabic language. As it is based on Arabic letters, some call it "Arabic calligraphy". However the term "Islamic calligraphy" is a more appropriate term as it comprises all works of calligraphy by the Muslim calligraphers from Morocco to China.

Islamic calligraphy is associated with geometric Islamic art (arabesque) on the walls and ceilings of Masjids as well as on the page. Contemporary artists in the Islamic world draw on the heritage of calligraphy to use calligraphic inscriptions or abstractions.

Instead of recalling something related to the spoken word, calligraphy for Muslims is a visible expression of the highest art of all, the art of the spiritual world. Calligraphy has arguably become the most venerated form of Islamic art because it provides a link between the languages of the Muslims with the religion of Islam. The holy book of Islam, The Qur'an, has played an important role in the development and evolution of the Arabic language, and by extension, calligraphy in the Arabic alphabet. Proverbs, passages, and verses from the Qur'an are still sources for Islamic calligraphy.

It is generally accepted that Islamic calligraphy excelled during the Ottoman era. Turkish calligraphers still present the most refined and creative works.Istanbul is an open exhibition hall for all kinds and varieties of calligraphy, from inscriptions in Masjids to fountains, schools, houses, etc.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Marvel Comics - My Miami Heat!


To View Other Teams:
http://sneakermestupid.com/scans-nba-preview-x-marvel-comics-eastern-conference/
http://sneakermestupid.com/scans-nba-preview-x-marvel-comics-western-conference/

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Kanye West - Runaway (Full-length Clean)

I'm Not The Biggest Kanye Fan... But This Is Tough!



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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sounds of Solidarity: NYC Concert for Pakistan Flood Relief

Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM (ET)


The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway
New York, NY 10032


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Friday, October 22, 2010

FearLessNess - "ChildHood"

As children we all face a similar dilemma. We begin life as willful creatures who had yet to be tamed. We wanted and demanded things for ourselves, and we knew how to get them from the adults around us. And yet at the same time, we were completely dependent on our parents for many important things - comfort, protection, love, guidance. And so from deep inside, we developed an ambivalence. we wanted the freedom and power to move on our own, but we also craved the comfort and security only others could give us.

In adolescence we rebelled against the dependent part of our character. We wanted to differentiate ourselves from our parents and show that we could fend for ourselves. We struggled to form our own identity and not simply conform to out parents' values. But as we get older, that childhood ambivalence tends to return to the surface. In the face of so many difficulties and competition in the adult world, a part of us yearns to return to that childish position of dependence. we maintain an adult face and work to gain power for ourselves, but deep inside we secretly wish that our spouses, partners, friends, or bosses could take care of us and solve our problems.

We must wage a ferocious war against this deeply embedded ambivalence, with a clear understanding of what is at stake. Our task as an adult is to take full possession of that autonomy and individuality we were born with. It is to finally overcome the dependent phase in childhood and stand on our own. We must see the desire for a return to that phase as regressive and dangerous. It comes from fear - of being responsible for our success and failure, of having to act on our own and make the hard decisions. We will often package this as the opposite - that by working for others, being dutiful, fitting in, or submitting our personality to the group, we are being a good person. But that is our fear speaking and deluding us. if we give in to this fear, then we will spend our lives looking outward for salvation and never find it. We will merely move from one dependency to another.

For the most of us, the critical terrain in this war is the work world. Most of us enter adult life with great ambitions for how we will start our own ventures, but the harshness of life wears us down. We settle into some job and slowly give in to the illusion that our bosses care about us and our future, that they spend time thinking of our welfare. We forget the essential truth that all humans are governed by self-interest. Our bosses keep us around out of need, not affection. They will get rid of us the moment that need is less acute or they find someone younger and less expensive to replace us. If we succumb to the illusion and the comfort of a paycheck, we then neglect to build up self-reliant skills and merely postpone the day of reckoning when we are forced to fend for ourselves.

Your life must be a progression towards ownership - first mentally of your independence, and then physically of your work, owning what you produce.
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Gear: @Karmaloop x @stupidDOPE – Vans + WeSC + N4E1

 Took This Off Of www.stupidDOPE.com, one of my fav sites to check for new fresh things.
http://stupiddope.com/2010/10/21/gear-karmaloop-x-stupiddope-%E2%80%93-vans-wesc-n4e1/#more-7740


Might see me in something like this in the spring, minus some stuff.

The AV Westbound Buttondown Shirt ($48), The Gramps Old Belt ($18), The Checkered Knit Boxer Briefs ($15), The 106 Vulc Sneaker in Biking Red ($45), The Vans X Spitfire Tee in White ($14), The Core Basics Beanie in Rio Red ($18) By Vans; The Maraca Headphone in White ($64), The Standard Jean in Raw Selvage ($160), The Joakim Wallet in Black ($40), The Dixon Phone Case in Black ($32) By WeSC; The Vader Jacket in Black ($154), The Headquarters Cardigan in Heather Grey ($90), The Mansory Duffle Bag Men’s Bags ($140) By N4E1

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lupe's Words For MTV

The boy Lupe had some choice words for MTV...

Oh snap…MTV (illuminati’s favorite network) back on the attack…why can’t y’all just chill out? Salacious banality @ the speed of light? I think I’ve been very good natured with you. I personally know several employees of your company. You guys know me as well. I’m confused. Where is the true music journalism??? where is Suchin?!! What happened? Where are the honest critiques of cultural expression? For it’s not about being RIGHT it’s about being HOT Fame over self-awareness and virtue Hedonism over self respect Celebrity over cerebral. A destroying force in our culture and society just like rest of the useless vapid spectacles that pour out of our tv’s and radios. What are we supposed to be learning from you? What is your point? Do you have a point beyond corporate sponsored distraction? Your a materialistic shell of your former self that can only identify with celebrity pageantry and instant gratification. Corporate garbage pushing plastic lifestyles and wasteful, destructive behavior into the brains of the youth of the world. So when your relevance thins in2 a whisper & the stock price collapses and you have 2 come 2 grips with the mess you made. I’ll be here 4 ya. We’ll be here. With hands full of baby powder 2 smack some sense back into your body & a warm shoulder to cry on. We want the REAL MTV back! (Lupe Fiasco)

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Progress

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Future Meets The Future...

The Future Of Hip-Hop Along With The Future Of Pop/R&B

Diggy Simmons and Willow Smith
 Birthed From Royal Families...

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Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a Masjid (Mosque)... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.

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Unique

I AM OWNER OF MY MIGHT, AND I AM SO WHEN I KNOW MYSELF AS UNIQUE.

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Lupe's Real Name

Lupe Fiasco: Wasalu Mohammad Jaco

"The name Lupe Fiasco came from an extension of his mother's nickname for him, 'Lu', which was the last part of his first name. The 'Fiasco' part came from the song 'Firm Fiasco', by The Firm."

The Boy Lu
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Racism

Until something happens to you directly or personally, you can NEVER completely understand it.

Yesterday I experienced my first and hopefully last racist encounter. I've heard of peoples experiences here and there, from friends, TV, newspapers, etc... But In my 24 years of life, I've never been insulted directly about my color or race the way I was yesterday.

I'm at the bank (Chase Bank on 45th and 5th), and this Caucasian guy walks up behind me and after waiting in line for a while (about 15mins) he looks at me and says something, I didn't hear him because my headphones were in, so I take them out and say "excuse me, I didn't hear what you said", and he says "I've been waiting here a while and I don't deserve to be waiting this long, you're black and dressed "urbanly" you shouldn't be in front of me" and he goes on to say "I make more money than you anyway, so you should be behind me". I'm surprised and didn't know what to say or how to react to his words, as this has never happened to me before. I stood there for about half a minute, then I said "hmmm, I won't even entertain your stupid mentality and ignorance" and put my headphones back in.

What happened next was the most surprising to me... One of the bankers (also Caucasian) walks up and takes him out the line and proceeds to handle his transaction, that's what really disgusted me to the core more than the words of the first guy, the fact that this banker hears what was said and enables this kind of behavior and racist comments.

I never would have believed that I would be in a situation like that, EVER.

I'm a VERY passionate person and had I entertained his racist comments, I'm sure it would've became more than JUST words, so I showed restraint. Now I'm thinking "should I have handled it differently? because now he thinks there's nothing wrong with what he said and to add to it, the banker empowered him further".

As I walked out of the bank my anger subsided and it became disappointment and a certain sadness that people still live with hate, racism, and self-entitlement in there hearts and actions.

Racism is still alive and sadly I experienced it...

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Calligraphy Styles

                                                    Some Calligraphy Styles...
Calligraphy Styles (Arabic)
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

God


سُوۡرَةُ الإخلاص
 
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

قُلۡ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ (١) ٱللَّهُ ٱلصَّمَدُ (٢) لَمۡ يَلِدۡ وَلَمۡ يُولَدۡ (٣) وَلَمۡ يَكُن لَّهُ ۥ ڪُفُوًا أَحَدٌ (٤)
                                 In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

                               Say: He is Allah, the One and Only!
                                    Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
                                 He begets not nor is He begotten.
                                  And there is none like unto Him.



There have been many people who have asked 'how does one know there's a God; and how does one know that there's a God named Allah'?

These are two very good questions, and can be answered with the same proof. In the 112th Chapter of the Quran (Surah Ikhlas: Purity), it starts "In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful". Then the God gives Muhammad a directive in the form of an order, "say"; He, Allah, Is One.

Muhammad, when he repeated the verse did not leave out the order "say" he repeated it when he dictated the verse to be written down. He therefore demonstrated his fatefulness to the God. When anyone seeks to find out if there is a God, the first principle has to be fatefulness.

The first verse ends with the word "one". This is the first description of what a God should be "one", not two or three. The word "one", here, is a pronoun and cannot be followed by any other number.

In the second verse Allah describes himself as the "eternal" and in order for someone or thing to be eternal, it cannot have internal moving parts.

In the third verse it states "he begets not (does not produce offspring's), nor is he begotten (was not born of a woman). This therefore, is our third principle in understanding who and what God is; he cannot be of an anthropomorphic origin.

The last verse states "and none is like him". It can be concluded that: fatefulness, that the God is one, does not have internal moving parts, does not have an anthropomorphic origin and that nothing is like him in creation.

Finally it can be said that the name "Allah" is unique in that it has no feminine, Goddess; nor does it have a plural, Gods. It is a masculine singular proper noun that is non-derived.


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2010 Bet Cyphers...

These Cyphers Were Pretty Tough! S/o To All The Islamic References...


FAMILY CYPHER:NY & LA
OMG, Doughboy, Ice Cube, Diggy, JoJo & Rev Run


G.O.O.D Muisic CYPHER:
Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean, CYHI Da Prynce & Common


Wiz Khalifa, Bones, Brigante, Yelawolf & Raekwon


MUSIC MATTERS CYPHER:
Busta Rhymes, Reek Da Villain, Zawcain, Mickey Factz


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

See things for what they are - Intense Realism.

Reality can be rather harsh. Your days are numbered. It takes constant effort to carve a place for yourself in this ruthlessly competitive world and hold on to it. People can be treacherous. They bring endless battles into their life. Your task is to resist the temptation to wish it were all different; Instead you must fearlessly accept these circumstances, even embrace them. By focusing your attention on what is going on around you, you will gain a sharp appreciation for what makes people advance and others fall behind. by seeing through people's manipulations, you can turn them around. The firmer your grasp on reality, the more power you will have to alter it for your purposes.

- The 50th Law

This is life, new and strange; Strange because we fear it; New; because we have kept our eyes turned from it... Men are men and life is life, and we must deal with them as they are; And if we want to change them, we must deal with them in the form in which they exist.

- Richard Wright

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Religious Quiz...

The New York Times reported recently on a Pew Research Center poll in which religious people turned out to be remarkably uninformed about religion. Almost half of Catholics didn’t understand Communion. Most Protestants didn’t know that Martin Luther started the Reformation. Almost half of Jews didn’t realize Maimonides was Jewish. And atheists were among the best informed about religion.

So let me give everybody another chance. And given the uproar about Islam, I’ll focus on extremism and fundamentalism — and, as you’ll see, there’s a larger point to this quiz. Note that some questions have more than one correct choice; answers are at the end.

1. Which holy book stipulates that a girl who does not bleed on her wedding night should be stoned to death?
a. Quran
b. Old Testament
c. (Hindu) Upanishads

2. Which holy text declares: “Let there be no compulsion in religion”?
a. Quran
b. Gospel of Matthew
c. Letter of Paul to the Romans

3. The terrorists who pioneered the suicide vest in modern times, and the use of women in terror attacks, were affiliated with which major religion?
a. Islam
b. Christianity
c. Hinduism

4. "Every child is touched by the devil as soon as he is born and this contact makes him cry. Excepted are Mary and her Son.” This verse is from:
a. Letters of Paul to the Corinthians
b. The Book of Revelation
c. An Islamic hadith, or religious tale

5. Which holy text is sympathetic to slavery?
a. Old Testament
b. New Testament
c. Quran

6. In the New Testament, Jesus’ views of homosexuality are:
a. strongly condemnatory
b. forgiving
c. never mentioned

7. Which holy text urges responding to evil with kindness, saying: “repel the evil deed with one which is better.”
a. Gospel of Luke
b. Book of Isaiah
c. Quran

8. Which religious figure preaches tolerance by suggesting that God looks after all peoples and leads them all to their promised lands?
a. Muhammad
b. Amos
c. Jesus

9. Which of these religious leaders was a polygamist?
a. Jacob
b. King David
c. Muhammad

10. What characterizes Muhammad’s behavior toward the Jews of his time?
a. He killed them.
b. He married one.
c. He praised them as a chosen people.

11. Which holy scripture urges that the "little ones" of the enemy be dashed against the stones?
a. Book of Psalms
b. Quran
c. Leviticus

12. Which holy scripture suggests beating wives who misbehave?
a. Quran
b. Letters of Paul to the Corinthians
c. Book of Judges

13. Which religious leader is quoted as commanding women to be silent during services?
a. The first Dalai Lama
b. St. Paul
c. Muhammad

Answers:
1. b. Deuteronomy 22:21.
2. a. Quran, 2:256. But other sections of the Quran do describe coercion.
3. c. Most early suicide bombings were by Tamil Hindus (some secular) in Sri Lanka and India.
4. c. Hadith. Islam teaches that Jesus was a prophet to be revered.
5. All of the above.
6. c. Other parts of the New and Old Testaments object to homosexuality, but there’s no indication of Jesus’ views.
7. c. Quran, 41:34. Jesus says much the same thing in different words.
8. b. Amos 9:7
9. all of them
10. all of these. Muhammad’s Jewish wife was seized in battle, which undermines the spirit of the gesture. By some accounts he had a second Jewish wife as well.
11. a. Psalm 137
12. a. Quran 4:34
13. b. St. Paul, both in 1 Corinthians 14 and 1 Timothy 2, but many scholars believe that neither section was actually written by Paul.

And yes, the point of this little quiz is that religion is more complicated than it sometimes seems, and that we should be wary of rushing to inflammatory conclusions about any faith, especially based on cherry-picking texts. The most crucial element is perhaps not what is in our scriptures, but what is in our hearts.

By: Nicholas D. Kristof

Saw This And Felt Like Posting It, Doesn't mean i necessarily agree with it all, just interesting to me.

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Em!

Detroit Stand Up!

The Boy Eminem On 60 Minutes.



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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Suffering

When I read this I immediately thought about the situation Muslims are facing right now ... every situation is a learning moment!

The past, the Negro's past, of rope, fire,torture ... Death and humiliation; fear by day and night, fear as deep as the marrow of the bone ... This past, this endless struggle to achieve and reveal and confirm a human identity ... Yet contains , for all its horror, something very beautiful... People who cannot suffer can never grow up, can never discover who they are....

-James Baldwin

There's a certain beauty In hardships that prepares you for harder things in life, for us to grow (Muslims & Non Muslims) we have to see the beauty in these hard times and in the end we will be better and fearless!

Do we really know who we are?

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Look Out For That New Lupe Joint In The Spring!

My boy Lupe Fiasco was going back and forth with Atlantic records about putting out his album "Lasers"... He and his fans were gearing up for a major protest outside of their head quarters. Now The news is, Mr. Fiasco has smoothed things out with the label and the album is due out on March 8th 2011!

Lupe and Atlantic Records

Lupe Going In About His Situation At Atlantic Records!




At the end of the day, S/o to the boy Lupe for standing his ground!
There was a time he was talking about quiting hip-hop... so it's GREAT to hear that he has new material coming out!

http://www.rapbasement.com/videos/205757/Lupe-Fiasco-Talks-Fixing-Issues-With-Atlantic-Records.html

we ready son!

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Art Brown

One Of My Favorite Stores To Shop For Calligraphy Products... Manhattan, 45 & 5th Ave!

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Dancing In The Rain...

I'm always drawn to creative and unique things, these dudes killed it!



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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Initiative...

Ambitious, Positive, Passionate, StraightForward and Bold are just some of the words that describe me.

One of my major pet peeves, is lack of INITIATIVE. when someone knows that they want something/someone and that someone/something is there and ready... why do people hold themselves back? Is it because they are so stuck in their ways that they won't take that extra step and go for what they want? Or maybe it's because they feel that thing/person should come to them because they "deserve it"... ? Nah, the world and life does not work like that, for anything worth having an effort MUST be made!

One of the biggest turn offs for me is when people lack that drive to go after that thing/person they have their sights on, are you really so proud that you will allow something you want, to fade away from your sights without a fight? I've always been told "you're too persistent", and quite frankly... "I'm gonna always be that way", there's no way I'm gonna walk away without making an effort!

Never allow your life to go by without doing that which brings you joy, happiness and a sense of pride! If you lack initiative, look deep inside yourself and find out why, because excuses are LAME and I hate to hear them. MAN/WOMAN THE F*CK UP and give your excuses a black eye!

I've been through so many situations where I'm doing something and the person I'm doing it with is a liability more than a help to me, they live their whole lives in this world where they just meet "the standards" or just barely make it, and that has NEVER and will NEVER be me (inshallah)...

"Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love for that thing or person. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?".

“I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I always wanted to make something of myself".

"Initiative is key. Anybody who wants to be somebody is going to work as hard as they can to fulfill that dream".

 
STOP holding yourself back and go for what you want!

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Arabs Do The Dougie!

This Hilarious, Peep Dude In The Middle... He's Really Getting It In!
Honestly I Don't Belief These Are "REAL" Arabs, It's Funny None The Less!



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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The 50th Law!

I finally got around to getting a book I've been dying to get for a while now, I've always been a fan of Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War), When I heard that he and one of my favorite "urban" business men Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson were collaborating on a book i was beyond excited, having just finished reading The 48 Powers of Law, I needed something new to read and this was it.

So many things are said about 50 Cent, but at the end of the day he is a great strategist and his business savvy is awesome! (he took quarter water and sold it in bottles for 2 bucks! LOL). I am a aggressive minded individual, so I can relate to a lot of  what he does.

I will be blogging periodically about my thoughts as I read, Stay tuned...




www.the50thlawbook.com

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Two Of My Favorite Muslim Artist Right Now...

Lupe Fiasco is my favorite artist period, i think he's one of the greatest rappers of all time, haven't heard a bad song from him yet! The fact that he's Muslim enhances my opinion about his status as the BEST! Lupe's music is something where you have to keep rewinding and say to your self... "did he just say that?" or "wow only Lupe can do it like that!". Not to mention his character and passion to better the world!

The Intensity!
I'm Beaming!


K'naan recently jumped to that #2 spot, his work speaks for it's self... when you have someone who is educated and not afraid to state his opinions in the most eloquent of ways, through music, speech and character its a no brainer! his music speaks to me, Islam also plays a big part of why he is on my list. his humbleness is very welcoming, when you have artists who are extremely boastful and lack the skills these two share, it only causes you to appreciate them so much (Lupe & K'naan) more!

Reminiscing!

Humble As Ever!





Honorable Mentions: Mos Def, Q-Tip And Michael Jackson!

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

DIDDY ROCKS A KILT!

We all know Diddy is my peoples... but C'mon Son!
I at least hope that was a Sean John Kilt! LOL


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Monday, October 04, 2010

Style Is...

Since I can remember, I've always had a thing about standing out and being my own individual. When it comes to fashion I can care less about brands and prices, to me it's all about how you wear what you wear.

Don't be surprised if you see me at a "high profile" event with the "cheapest" of clothing on (which is rare), but look the flyest there! Anyone can put on Prada, LV, Gucci, Etc... But not everyone can put it together in a way that it becomes... "Theirs", case in point.. "I was on my way to a Sean John event earlier this year, an individual had on the most expensive brands (he look like a walking billboard for every clothing line out), but the thing that really stood out was the fact that none of it matched, It was as if he just grabbed the newest stuff he had in his closet and threw it on, thinking he was fly because his Gucci belt was down to his hips and jeans hugged his knees so tightly, that it looked as if he was a ballerina "... That is NOT fashion, nor style, that's a fashion fail!

Being a "Label Whore" is for who? You? the people looking at you? your inner desire to be viewed as someone who has money or is it because you're insecure and don't know who you are, so you need to be the next man/woman?

When I step out my building I look around and see so many brands and labels, ironically everyone with those labels/brands on are staring at me, as if I'm some sort of "Celebrity", why? Because I take my time and put my wardrobe together , I also express who I AM without any apologies, which is key!

Be Unique, Be You, Be Some One Who Others Look To For Advice, Be Some One Who Stands Out In A Room Full Of "Wanna Be's"...

Develop your OWN style, Fashion is always changing, but style is forever!

Style's not what you wear, nor the price of the clothing on your back

Style Is... "How you carry yourself & the manner you go about wearing that which you wear".

-Is(Smile)-

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Education...

Education is a constant in my life... my Mommy (I will always call her that no matter how old I get, she will always be Mommy to me) always stressed the importance of education. I try to educate myself in every way and in every situation.

I ALWAYS earned the highest grades in ALL of my classes...being a very competitive person, I can't stand to lose, coming in 2nd is a loss to me. When it comes to school & learning i ALWAYS take that extra step & challenge myself.

I was fortunate to have my Father (Habibi) who was "EXTRA" religious (Islamically) so my Quranic studies began at an early age... fast forward... I became a Hafidh Of Quran (Protector Of The Quran, Memorizer of The Quran) when I was 17 I became the first & fastest American to complete in Jamia Madina-Tul-Uloom, Trinidad. On the other end I was fortunate to have my Mommy who was BIG on secular education, enjoying childhood, and developing a MAN of knowledge & character. Mommy made sure I got the necessary play time,school time & family time... but she saw I was passionate about learning so she focused on that & I excelled in ALL of my classes. to make a long story short... if she had not passed, I'm sure I would have 3 graduate degrees by now. However, NOTHING can replace the blessing of the Quran & the positive effects it has on my life & the life of others. The Quran is the biggest accomplishment of my life, PERIOD!!!

Anyway... my reason for writing this is to say: I HAVE DECIDED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO FURTHER MY EDUCATION!

-Is(Smile)-

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