Thursday, December 30, 2010

Casio Frogman “Takashi Murakami” G-Shock Watch



Over the summer Casio announced a limited edition version of their G-Shock Frogman watch in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Tokyo FM. Casio is known to make limited edition watches all the time, many of them are highly sought after collectibles. Casio chose famous Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami to design the watch. Built on the Casio GWF-100TM watch, Murakami chose a pinkish-red for the case and strap material. The back of the watch has a signature Murakami flower design, while the watch comes on a pillow designed by him. For more info visit the official product page – HERE.

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I Want One, My Birthday Is In May... Please and Thanks!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hermes Carré H Watch by Marc Berthier



Hermes has teamed up with the ever so talented French architect and designer Marc Berthier and the result is an awesome one, the Hermes Carre H Watch. The case, in titanium, measures 36.5mm x 36.5mm. Inside, the watch houses the Swiss automatic Sowind/Girard-Perregaux caliber GP3200 movement with a power reserve of 44 hours. The Hermes Carre H Watch will be released in a limited run of 173 pieces. With a suggested retail price of $15,000 you can pick one up – HERE.





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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hypocrisy

Allah, The Exalted, Says:

"O you who believe! Fulfill (your) obligations". (Quran: 5:1)

"And fulfill (every) covenant. Verily! The covenant will be questioned about". (Quran: 17:34)

Abdullah bin Amr Al-As (R.A), Said: The messenger of Allah (S.A.W) Said, "whoever possesses these four characteristics is a sheer hypocrite; and anyone who possesses one of them possesses a characteristic of hypocrisy until he gives it up.

These are:

1. When he is entrusted with something, he proves dishonest;

2. When he speaks, he tells a lie;

3. When he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous;

4. And when he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil, insulting manner. "

[Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

The traits mentioned in this Hadith are peculiar to hypocrites and EVERY Muslim is required to abstain from them. Excellence of character is riveted with Faith. The nobility of character is invariably reflected in Faith, and when there is no Faith there will be little excellence of character.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

(Mik Lovin Customized Jacket)

Mik Lovin (Customized Jacket)
My Brother (Mikail) Modeling A Jacket, From The "5 Brothers" Collection... Art Done By Your's Truly "Calligrafist".



The Official Logo For "5 Brothers".

The Second Logo For "5 Brothers".
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Miami Heat Against The Lakers! (12/25/2010)


I told everyone my Miami Heat were gonna crush the Lakers for the past couple months. But everyone said no we weren't ready, yea yesterday proved Everyone wrong! We won by 16 points Baby ( 96-80).

My Fav Player Lookin Fresh!

Take That! *Diddy Voice*

How You Like Me Now!

Look Up At GreatNess Son!

Laughin At The Competition!

In Your Face!

Peep My Boy Wades Face, "C'Mon Son, You Ain't Shit"... LOL!

O You Thought My Ankle Was Gonna Stop Me? Nah Son, We Live!

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Show Goes On

New Video From My Favorite Artist... Lupe Fiasco!



http://lupefiasco.com/theshowgoeson/

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Friday, December 24, 2010

MicroVision SHOWWX+ Laser Projector

I want this so i can display my Calligraphy, so someone get on it!



Are you often on the go and need to show a group of your friends your latest demo reel without crowding around a small screen? Well Microvision released the world’s first laser projector that works with your portable devices and lately they have improved on their initial design with the SHOWWX+. With the new Pico P display engine, the projector now shows a brighter picture, richer colors and images that are infinitely in focus, even on curved surfaces.

Besides the fact that the SHOWWX+ is small and very portable, it connects to your Apple devices, your laptop or any gadget with VGA or TV out capability. This device also displays photos, Netflix movies, YouTube and movies purchased from iTunes. Get the award winning SHOWWX+ at the Microvision store HERE.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

William Yan x Ronnie Fieg | The Sebago Nexus Project



The final chapter of The Sebago Nexus Project releases tomorrow. As you should all know by now, Ronnie Fieg brought the five individual bloggers to the Dominican Republic to work on a special collection with Sebago. William Yan was one of the five, a straight up street style photographer who is able to capture fashion at its best. He pushes the envelope to capture photos which represent a character’s fashion sense. Sounds easy right? It’s not, you need an eye and talent that very few possess.

The boots are made with very premium leathers. The grey DT boot features a red sole, grey leather laces and amazingly soft grey nubuck sock liners which make it comfortable to wear with or without socks. The Lighthouse boot features very unique Blue Coral and Cadmium Green colored leathers, a navy lace, an off-white dockside sole and a navy leather sock liner.

Both boots are limited to 48 pairs and will release this Thursday at 10am EST. at the David Z flagship store as well as online at Davidz.com.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

3 Things

To me, there are three things we all should do every day NO MATTER WHAT... We should do this EVERY day of our lives.

Number one is to LAUGH : You should laugh every day.


Number two is to THINK : You should spend some time in deep thought.

And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy, it doesn't matter just CRY.

Think about it... If you LAUGH, you THINK, and you CRY, that's a full day. That's one hell of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something very special.

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Experience

If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Skee.TV presents "UP CLOSE" with K'NAAN

Skee.TV presents a new series, "Up Close," an insightful docu-series that takes an in-depth look at artists and entertainers. "Up Close" launches with a three part series on Somalian born musician, K'NAAN, on the east coast leg of his tour.

Directed by Matt Alonzo and Mike Busalacchi of Skee.TV.

Skee.TV decided to tag along with him and give a beautiful black and white look into what makes this man an artist. The documentary features live performance footage at Webster Hall in NYC and in-depth interviews into the heart and head of K'naan.

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Negro Motorist Green Book

This is an Interesting piece of Black History in America.


The Negro Motorist Green Book is the subject of today's "Little-Known Black History Fact."

The Negro Motorist Handbook was a
publication released in 1936 that served as a guide for African-American travelers. Because of the racist conditions that existed from segregation, blacks needed a reference manual to guide them to integrated or black-friendly establishments. That's when they turned to "The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide by activist Victor Green and presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company. Originally provided to serve Metropolitan New York, the book received such an alarming response, it was spread throughout the country within one year. The catch phrase was Now we can travel without embarrassment.
The Green Book often provided information on local tourist homes, which were private residences owned by blacks and open to travelers. It was especially helpful to blacks that traveled through sunset towns or towns that publicly stated that blacks had to leave the town by sundown
or it would be cause for arrest. Also listed were hotels, barbershops, beauty salons, restaurants, garages, liquor stores, ball parks and taverns. It also provided a listing of the white-owned, black-friendly locations for accommodations and food.

The publication was free, with a 10-cent cost of shipping. As interest grew, the Green Book solicited salespersons nationwide to build its ad sales.

Inside the pages of the Green Book were action photos of the various locations, along with historical and background information for the readers' review. Within the pages of the introduction, the guide states, There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States ."
 
The Green Book printed its last copy in 1964 after the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

Here is the 1949 book in its entirety


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The Lonely Island Feat. Akon 'I Just Had Sex' ... (Hilarious)

I Normally Don't Put Stuff Like This On My Blog, But This Made Me Laugh and Is Freaking Hilarious!



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Sunday, December 19, 2010

WikiRebels: Documentary Tells the WikiLeaks‎ Story



Sweden’s public service television, SVT, is releasing this one-hour documentary chronicling the history of WikiLeaks. From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange.

Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing top members, such as Assange, new Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version – Openleaks.org!

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Chris Brown On Art

Chris Brown explores his artistic side in the third webisode off his ongoing series with Mechanical Dummy. He shows you how he is embracing his love of painting, also going so far as naming his last album Graffiti after his favorite art form.


Breezy Art from Mechanical Dummy.
 
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Friday, December 17, 2010

I Am A Star, The Sun Of A Beautiful Woman.

May 14th 1986, A Beautiful Woman Gave Birth To A Star. Watch This Star Mature InTo The SUN He Is Meant To Be... Through Calligrafy, You Will See Me... The Son Of A Beautiful Woman, The Son Will Shine Brightly OnTo The World... One Stroke At A Time! It's Time For The Son To Evolve From A Star InTo A SUN. All This From A Single Beautiful Woman.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Nike / House of Hoops - Miami

Nike launched the Miami base for House of Hoops and commissioned Alberto Russo to pimp out the walls with stylish illustrations of hoop heroes.  The illustrations are dramatically realistic. They retain a digital edge and all the ballers are snapped mid-motion. These portraits are screaming with action. Humble materials were used to create these portraits, such as pencils, markers, and Photoshop.  The creme de la creme of the NBA are on display, including, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant.

MY MIAMI HEAT... WE GETTING RINGS!!!



More Art By Alberto Russo...

Not A Kobe Fan, But The Art Is ILL!



After Wade I Can Say KD Is One Of My Favorite Players...

 

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New Reading Material

Newest Book That I'm Reading... Recommended By An Associate.



The story centers on an American-born Muslim teenager named Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, although Ahmad’s high school guidance counselor, Jack Levy, also plays a central role. The novel seeks to explore the worldview and motivations of religious fundamentalists (specifically within Islam), while at the same time dissecting the morals and life ways of residents of the fictional decaying New Jersey Rust Belt suburb of "New Prospect"


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

10th Muharram -A day of Fasting. [Ashura]

Muharram [Arabic: المحرّم] is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year. Since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar.

The word "Muharram" means "Forbidden" and is derived from the word harām, meaning "sinful". It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days. The tenth day of Muharram is the Day of Ashura, which to Shia Muslims is part of the Mourning of Muharram.

Muslims fast during this day, because it is recorded in the hadith that Musa [Moses] and his people obtained a victory over the Egyptian Pharaoh on the 10th day of Muharram; accordingly Muhammad asked Muslims to fast on this day that is Ashura and on a day before that is 9th or The Day after which is the 11th.

Fasting differs among the Muslim groupings; mainstream Shia Muslims stop eating and drinking during sunlight hours and do not eat until late afternoon. Sunni Muslims also fast during Muharram for the first ten days of Muharram, or just the tenth day, or on both the ninth and tenth days; the exact term depends on the individual. Shia Muslims do so to replicate the sufferings of Hussein ibn Ali on the Day of Ashura.

Video below is Old, But The Knowledge Stays The Same...


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chris Brown and His Equestrian Look...

Chris Brown During The Shoot For The Video "Champion"...

THE LOOK: Chris Brown Goes English

Thoughts?

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Heyday x Wrath Arcane Concept Shoes

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Heyday teamed up with minimalist streetwear brand Wrath Arcane to create The Concept, which takes the basic design of Heyday's Super Shift and tweaks it to create a sneaker unlike any other. Cost $170.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Nouman Ali Khan - Being the Best to our Parents

I Wanted to share this with everyone (Muslim and Non-Muslim). For me it hit home, and is very real. Often we don't realize the blessing that we have, i.e "Parents".



HopeFully We Will All Put This InTo Practice... Ameen!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

10 Facts about the Muslim Consumer

By: Saud Masud
 
1.  The total global Muslim population is 1.6 billion, around 25% of the world’s population today.  It’s expected to be nearly 50% of world population by 2050 if it continues to outpace global population growth by 1.5x-2x.  The Muslim household on average is around 5 people per family compared to the United States at 2.6 people.

2.  The typical Muslim demographic is younger.  For example, in the Middle East, North Africa and the South Asian region, the focal geography of SM Advisory Group, almost 50% of the population is under the age of 25. Furthermore with a rising middle class and adoption of modern and urban trends the consumption potential is very attractive for decades to come.

3.  The global shariah-compliant market is more than $2 trillion annually. This includes all products and services that a Muslim community would be a natural consumer of and includes halal food as well as Islamic banking.

4.  The halal food market is approximately $632 billion or 16% of the global food industry.  This already being a significant portion but also take into account the exponential growth rate of Muslims, therefore one can predict that the halal food industry will also grow to meet the needs of this booming population.

5.  The Islamic finance market is estimated at $1 trillion. Islamic funds are only around $55 billion worldwide compared to conventional market at $22 trillion therefore as Islamic finance matures the upside to raising new capital and expanding the Islamic banking universe is significant.

6.  US Muslims alone have a buying power of around $200 billion or $25,000 per capita. If the average Muslim population reaches even one fourth of the US Muslim consumer, spending level the global Muslim consumer spending would be around $10 trillion annually.

7.  According to a recent gallup study, Muslim Americans have the least amount of income disparity between the genders.  The Muslim American community also happens to be the most ethnically diverse.
8. Muslims account for 16% of the $100 billion Kosher market because of limited halal products, therefore just as a starting point there appears to be an established $16 billion food market in the US ripe for halal food manufacturers.

9.  Ad spending in the Arab world is $6 per capita compared to North America at $369, Europe $117, Asia $23 and Africa $7, hence for marketers and advertising firms there is an untapped market completely.

10. Nestle is one of the largest halal food manufacturers with halal sales of more than $5 billion.  75 out of 481 Nestle factories produce halal food worldwide. Halal food is approximately 5% of Nestle’s sales.  As companies look to take advantage of growth in the Muslim consumer market it is quite likely that they focus on bespoke marketing on everything from pharmaceuticals to insurance and baby formula.

Saud Masud is the CEO of SM Advisory Group, LLC. a consultancy firm focused on Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region (MENASA). Previously, Mr. Masud was the Head of Investment Research at UBS for Middle East and North Africa based in Dubai. In addition to overseeing the research platform he was also a Sr. Analyst covering Real Estate sector for the Middle East region. Before moving to Dubai Mr. Masud was a Sr. Analyst for 5 years covering the tech sector for UBS in New York. Prior to Wall Street Mr. Masud ran an Internet start-up, Synapse Worldwide and engaged in management roles at Lucent Technologies based in New Jersey. Mr. Masud holds both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and MBA in finance from Virgina Tech. Mr. Masud has often appeared as guest on TV and radio including CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, BBC, Voice of America, etc. and has been frequently quoted in business news outlets like Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, TIME, Reuters, etc.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Build Confidence...

Often we have a general feeling of insecurity because we have never really mastered anything in life. Unconsciously we feel weak and never quite up to the task. Before we begin something, we sense we will fail. The best way to overcome this once and for all is to attack this weakness head-on and build for ourselves a pattern of confidence. And this must be done by first tackling something simple and basic, giving us a taste for the power we can have.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Roller Coaster Fail



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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Islam

Islam...

It is a comfort for the heart, relief for the chest, peace for the mind, and a well being for the body.

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Greed 2

Take Heed...
Never Take Advantage Of The Things You Need...
Never Let YourSelf Be OverCome By Greed...
Walk The Straight and Narrow and You Shall Succeed!

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Greed

Not EveryThing You Want Is EveryThing You Really Need... The Standard Of Society Is Motivated By Greed... Are You Prepared To Follow, Tell Me, Are You Prepared To Lead?So Persevere and You'll Succeed!

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L.A.S.E.R.S: The Manifesto of Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco)


Against the controversy with heart, determination & relentless aspirations of success is what guides  Lupe Fiasco! Seeking to release material of love from his mind of lyrical poetry, he acknowledges with courage that he has a voice that will not be masked by the popularity of what the masses desire. Fighting against the status symbols that hide behind the curtains of the music industry, Lupe Fiasco has spoken & continues to speak against adversity of his record record label with confidence that he will prevail.


As a man, he stands with substance & a lyrical message that reflects poetry on “The L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto!” Honoring his artistic integrity with dedication to hip/hop & poetry with a brave heart, he will not compromise his personal morals in order to succeed in a race to the finish line against the popular because Lupe knows that he is not a contender but a champion that will flourish due to his willpower. Amazing the gift of his artistry & determination to fight against being simply a commercial artist, he deserves to prevail due to his faith that hip/hop is alive… People question the state of hip/hop but Lupe Fiasco appears to be fighting to destroy the notion that hip/hop has been buried between the radio waves.

Beaming with admiration thanks to his self-respect, Lupe Fiasco will be releasing “Lasers” in March of 2011! In this video hosted by Ruby Hornet there is no shyness as Lupe Fiasco expresses his personal opinion boldly once again with confidence as a nine time Grammy Nominee!



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