Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mos Def message to BET Awards 2011 (Live at The Fillmore)

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On September 21, 2011, at 11:08 p.m. in Jackson, Georgia, a death row inmate named Troy Davis, convicted 20 years ago for the murder of off-duty Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail, was executed by lethal injection.

For decades, though, Davis, his supporters, and many justice advocates had proclaimed the prisoner's innocence. And in the final weeks leading up to his scheduled execution, celebrities and rap stars helped lead a last-minute push to save Davis's life, even pleading with President Obama to personally intervene. However, the Supreme Court denied any stay of execution. Obama did not act. And Davis's time ran out.

But last night, halfway through the Black Star show at the Fillmore Miami Beach, Mos Def paused between songs to challenge the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Oprah, and Obama to pay tribute to the recently executed death row inmate.
"The BET Awards are happenin' in Atlanta, Georgia, apparently this weekend on Saturday, right?," Def said. "I'm making a strong, serious recommendation and suggestion.



"In the interest of humanity and the rights of human beings all over God's spaceship, Earth," he continued while Talib Kweli stood with his arms crossed, nodding his approval, "if you are doing or hosting this event in Atlanta, Georgia, right after this young man, Troy Davis, was brutally murdered, in public for the whole world to see, you should definitely dedicate one part of your show.

"If it's the opening, the beginning, the middle, or the end ... Bring his mama out there, show her your support and show her some words of comfort and encouragement.

"This is not the moment for your silence, BET! Or anybody else! And that goes to every peep from Oprah to Obama: When you get a free moment, call Troy Davis mama!"  

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Top 10: Ways To Show Confidence With Body Language

People read your body language, often via instinct and without thinking. It’s because our poses and postures are a great source of information. They reflect our mood and our confidence level. We stand and walk a certain way when we’re confident and another way when we’re nervous. In a glance, most people can discern if we’re apprehensive or outgoing, relaxed or aggressive. With a little practice, we can learn the tips to show confidence through body language so that we always appear confident, capable and ready.
Best Body Language

No.10 Avoid your pockets

The first tip on my list of the top 10 tips to show confidence with body language is to keep your hands out of your pockets. We put our hands in our pockets when we’re uncomfortable or unsure of ourselves. And as long as you have your hands stuffed down your pants, that’s how other people will view you.

  Instinctively we tend to hide our hands when we’re nervous; keeping your hands out in the open indicates confidence and shows people you have nothing to hide. Also, recognize that putting your hands in your pockets encourages slouching, which isn’t good. As an alternative, try putting your hands on your hips; it’s a far more confident
posture.
Best Body Language

No.9 Don't fidget

Fidgeting is a clear sign of nervousness. A man who can’t keep still, is a man who is worried, tense and certainly not confident. Your hands can be your worst enemies -- fight to keep them still and steady. You can definitely talk with your hands, but keep your gesticulations calm and under control. Also, when seated, avoid that rapid leg-vibration thing that some guys do (you don’t want to look like a dog getting his belly rubbed).
Best Body Language

No.8 Keep your eyes forward

Keeping your eyes level might be one of the trickiest ways to show confidence in body language. When you’re walking anywhere by yourself, it often feels natural to lower your head slightly and watch your step, but this posture communicates to others that you don’t want to engage in conversation or interact. And if you’re not careful, you might get into the habit of doing it all the time. Keep your chin up and your eyes forward, even when you’re walking down the street by yourself.
Best Body Language

No.7 Stand up straight with your shoulders back

Standing up straight is one of the most important of our top 10 tips to project confidence through body language. It can be a challenge especially if you’ve been a sloucher all your life, but get over it. Standing up straight is perhaps the most important means of communicating confidence. Concentrate on pushing your shoulders back slightly when standing and walking. Nothing major, just a little. That one simple motion does wonders for your posture. Try it in front of the mirror -- you’ll be surprised how much more confident it makes you look.
Best Body Language

No.6 Take wide steps

A confident man will never be described as “scurrying,” “creeping” or “sneaking,” so pay attention to the way you walk. If you want to show confidence with body language you want to take large steps. Wide steps make you seem purposeful and suggest a personal tranquility, which denotes confidence in a man.
Best Body Language

No.5 Firm handshakes

Another of my top 10 tips for showing confidence with body language has to do with the firm handshake. There are few things worse than reaching out your hand during an introduction and getting a palm full of dead fish. Don’t be that guy. Instead, grip the other person’s hand firmly and confidently. If shaking hands with someone you’ve already met, you might even consider the two-hand grab: placing your free hand on the other person’s elbow adds warmth and enthusiasm to the handshake. Just don’t get carried away. A handshake is not a contest. Don’t try to crush the other person’s hand and don’t hold on too long.
Best Body Language

No.4 Proper grooming

Imagine yourself walking into a room, maybe there are lots of beautiful women there or maybe the room is filled with respected colleagues. Now consider your appearance: four days' worth of scruff, bad skin, hair crispy and pointy like a Backstreet Boy’s. The point we’re trying to make is that grooming is an essential component of communicating confidence through body language. You want your hair, face and even your smell to work for you, not against you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new products to find the ones that work for you.
Best Body Language

No.3 Smile

Confident people smile because they have nothing to worry about. Try this as an experiment: smile at someone as you pass them on the street or walking around the office. Chances are good that they’ll smile back. Now wouldn’t you like to have that effect on people all the time?
Best Body Language

No.2 Don’t cross your arms when socializing

Crossing your arms is a protective posture. We do it when we’re cold, nervous or on guard. Think of those big, burly nightclub bouncers, crossing their 26-inch pythons while standing guard at the door to a club. Do they look like guys you want to talk to, joke with or work with? No, right? Their job is to look intimidating. Your job is to look likeable, open and confident. So relax a little and keep your arms uncrossed.
Best Body Language

No.1 Use contact to show appreciation

The pat on the back is a lost art. Don’t be afraid to pat a buddy or a colleague on the back when he or she delivers a perfectly timed punch line or nails the big presentation. Most people aren’t freaked out by a hand on the shoulder and they’ll likely be appreciative of your sign of affection and respect.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Steadfastness: Hadith

The messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon Him) supplicated frequently  "يا مُقلبَ القُلوبِ ثَبِّتْ قلْبي علَى دِينِكَ (O Controller of the hearts make my heart steadfast in Your religion).''
 
[At-Tirmidhi].
 
Note: Steadfastness in religion is the conduct of great individuals, which cannot be acquired without the special Grace of Allah (God). There occur many turns in an individuals life when he/she becomes slack or negligent in religious matters or when he/she deviates from the course prescribed by religion. This prayer has outstanding importance for such people who are faced with such a situation. They should recite this prayer very frequently. In fact they should make its recitation a permanent feature.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Top 10 Fashion Staples: For Men

Most men have far more clothes than they need stuffed into their closets. Once you think about it, we really only need a handful of key pieces to seem perpetually fashionable. Here, I list the no-fail pieces that no man should ever be without. These are the items that you can buy now and wear forever, so use this list to clean out your closet, build a new wardrobe if need be, fill in any missing gaps, and achieve the ultimate in style.

Fashion Must-Haves

No.10 White linen pants

Breezy and easy to wear, loose-fit white linen pants should be a staple in every man's summer wardrobe.

How To Pair It Up: By day, these can be worn without a shirt at the beach or with a T-shirt for sightseeing while on holiday. At night, pair them with a button-down shirt and leather sandals for easy elegance.

Be Bold: Forgo the hassle of lavish wedding-day fashion and get married at an exotic destination or legendary beach in these pants.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.9 Cropped utility jacket

A thoroughly manly item, the utility jacket draws inspiration from military fashion and hunting gear. As such, it will increase your sex appeal by bringing a dominant edge to any ensemble.

How To Pair It Up: Keep things low-key. Think jeans, khakis and shorts rather than dress pants. Do feel free, however, to wear button-downs underneath it.

Be Bold:
Toss this piece into your beach bag and use it to cover up when temperatures start to drop at the end of the day.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.8 Loafers

A simple slip-on shoe, usually made from leather, loafers are daily footwear for most men with office jobs. Buy your first pair in black and then branch out to brown and even white.

How To Pair It Up: Wear loafers with cotton or wool trousers to work or with jeans for a night out.

Be Bold:
Use your loafers to inject some freshness into your ensemble by picking up a pair or two in fun colors like red, white or bright blue. To be even bolder, keep the rest of your outfit neutral, but pick out a contrasting belt.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.7 Perfect-fitting suit

Finding the suit that seems as though it was made for you is easiest if, well, it was made for you. If bespoke is out of the question, read up on your body type to figure out how to find a suit that will make you look and feel like a million dollars.

How To Pair It Up: A button-down works for most occasions, with or without a tie. For the purposes of formal wear, you'll want to swap the button-down for a French cuff dress shirt and chic cufflinks.

Be Bold: Any time you have a theme party to attend, and there's a remote chance your costume could revolve around a suit, jump on it. You'll be the most well-dressed man -- and therefore the most appealing -- in the room.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.6 Trench coat

Extremely durable and always elegant, a trench coat is practically the only coat city dwellers need in their closets.

How To Pair It Up: The only thing you should really avoid wearing with a trench coat is shorts.

Be Bold: On a weekend coffee run, don't bother changing out of your pyjamas -- just throw on your trench coat, belt it up, and suddenly you're incredibly stylish.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.5 Cardigan

The easiest sweater to use for layering, the cardigan is available in a mind-boggling array of fabrics and cuts and flatters every physique thanks to its V-shaped neck.

How To Pair It Up: At work, sub a double-breasted cardigan in a dark color for a blazer. On your free time, have fun playing around with different combinations of cardigans, T-shirts and button-downs.

Be Bold: During the dog days of summer when all you want to wear to the office is your swimsuit, try a loose-fitting white cardigan in linen or jersey to keep cool while maintaining a pulled-together look.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.4 Khakis

Equally as versatile as jeans, particularly the newer styles, khakis are great go-to pants when you want to stand out in a sea of denim or simply take things up a notch in terms of polish while still remaining relaxed.

How To Pair It Up: Roll up the cuff at the ankle by a couple of inches to make your look thoroughly modern and then throw on anything you like up top.

Be Bold:
Break out your khakis on a winter ski trip, mixing them with a chunky cable-knit sweater and rugged boots.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.3 Dark-Rinse jeans

In the last decade of men's fashion, dark-rinse jeans have replaced slacks as the daily uniform in most men's lives. To make yours work and still play hard, choose a cut that's more fitted to your body rather than baggy.

How To Pair It Up: It's really hard to get things wrong with dark-rinse jeans, so if you're searching for something to wear with that reindeer sweater your mom gave you for Christmas, you found it.

Be Bold: Tuck your jeans into beat-up boots for a casual event like a concert. For a more formal occasion, experiment with tuxedo jackets and tail coats.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.2 Navy wool blazer

Flattering on all skin tones and available in a wide range of prices, a navy wool blazer is one item you will turn to time and again to bring together an infinite number of looks.

How To Pair It Up: Use it as a final layering piece over tank tops, T-shirts, button-downs, cardigans, V-neck sweaters, and even chunky knits.

Be Bold: For a cool, weekend look perfect for a day of errand running, catching a game and evening drinks, wear your navy blazer with jeans and an untucked white button-down or a T-shirt. Then add sneakers and a fedora.
Fashion Must-Haves

No.1 White button-down

Timeless and suitable for both formal and informal settings, the white button-down is a must-have for every man's closet. Actually, you're going to need a supply of these, so once you find one you like, stock up.

How To Pair It Up: Expect this shirt to bring a little bit of class to whatever you choose to wear with it. Wear it alone with any casual or smart pants or use it as a layering piece under practically any sweater, blazer or jacket.

Be Bold: If you don't normally wear a tie to work, try one with a white button-down. It will bring a professional air to your outfit, even if you're wearing jeans. Also, men rarely wear white on white, but it's a stunning combination, particularly when a brightly colored accessory or two are thrown in. So try a white button-down with crisp white pants and a funky belt or shoes. One other bold option is to contrast the polish of a white button-down with a casual athletic piece like a track jacket.


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Son Returns to the Agony of Somalia

By: K'naan
ONE has to be careful about stories. Especially true ones. When a story is told the first time, it can find a place in the listener’s heart. If the same story is told over and over, it becomes less like a presence in that chest and more like an X-ray of it. 


The beating heart of my story is this: I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. I had a brief but beautiful childhood filled with poetry from renowned relatives. Then came a bloody end to it, a lesson in life as a Somali: death approaching from the distance, walking into our lives in an experienced stroll. 

At 12 years old, I lost three of the boys I grew up with in one burst of machine-gun fire — one pull from the misinformed finger of a boy probably not much older than we were.
But I was also unusually lucky. The bullets hit everyone but me. 

Luck follows me through this story; so does my luckless homeland. A few harrowing months later, I found myself on the last commercial flight to leave Somalia before war closed in on the airport. And over the years, fortune turned me into Somalia’s loudest musical voice in the Western Hemisphere. 

Meanwhile, my country festered, declining more and more. When I went on a tour of 86 countries last year, I could not perform in the one that mattered most to me. And when my song “Wavin’ Flag” became the theme song for the World Cup that year, the kids back home were not allowed to listen to it on the airwaves. Whatever melodious beauty I found, living in the spotlight, my country produced an opposing harmony in shadows, and the world hardly noticed. But I could still hear it. 

And now this terrible year: The worst famine in decades pillages the flesh of the already wounded in Somalia. And the world’s collective humanitarian response has been a defeated shrug. If ever there was a best and worst time to return home, it was now.

So, 20 summers after I left as a child, I found myself on my way back to Somalia with some concerned friends and colleagues. I hoped that my presence would let me shine a light into this darkness. Maybe spare even one life, a life equal to mine, from indifferently wasting away. But I am no statesman, nor a soldier. Just a man made fortunate by the power of the spotlight. And to save someone’s life I am willing to spend some of that capricious currency called celebrity. 

We had been told that Mogadishu was still among the most dangerous cities on the planet. So it was quiet on the 15-seat plane from Nairobi. We told nervous jokes at first, then looked to defuse the tension. The one book I had brought was Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast.” I reached a chapter titled “Hunger Was Good Discipline” and stopped. That idea needed some contemplation. The very thing driving so many from their homes in Somalia was drawing me back there. I read on. Hemingway felt that paintings were more beautiful when he was “belly-empty, hollow-hungry.” But he was not speaking of the brutal and criminally organized hunger of East Africa. His hunger was beautiful. It made something of you. The one I was heading into only made ashes of you. 

By now, the ride was bumpy. We were flying low, so I could see Baraawe and Merca, beauties of coastal towns that I had always dreamed of visiting. The pilot joked that he would try to fly low enough for my sightseeing, but high enough to avoid the rocket-propelled grenades. 

FOR miles along that coast, all you see are paint-like blue water, beautiful sand dunes eroding, and an abandoned effort to cap them with concrete. Everything about Somalia feels like abandonment. The buildings, the peace initiatives, the hopes and dreams of greatness for a nation. 

With the ocean to our backs, our wheels touch down in Mogadishu, at the airport I left 20 years before to the surround-sound of heavy artillery pounding the devil’s rhythm. Now there is an eerie calm. We clear immigration, passing citizens with AK-47’s slung over their shoulders. 

It’s not a small task to be safe in Mogadishu. So we keep our arrival a secret until after we ride from the airport to the city, a ride on which they say life expectancy is about 17 minutes if you don’t have the kind of security that has been arranged for me. 

Over breakfast at a “safe house,” I update my sense of taste with kidney and anjera (a bread), and a perfectly cooled grapefruit drink. Then we journey onto the city streets. It’s the most aesthetically contradictory place on earth — a paradise of paradox. The old Italian and locally inspired architecture is colored by American and Russian artillery paint. Everything stands proudly lopsided. 

And then come the makeshift camps set up for the many hungering displaced Somalis. They are the reason I am here. If my voice was an instrument, then I needed it to be an amplifier this time. If my light was true, then I needed it to show its face here, where it counts. Nothing I have ever sung will matter much if I can’t be the mouth of the silenced. But will the world have ears for them, too? 

I find the homeless Somalis’ arms open, waiting for the outside world and hoping for a second chance into its fenced heart. I meet a young woman watching over her dying mother, who has been struck by the bullet of famine. The daughter tells me about the journey to Mogadishu — a 200-mile trek across arid, parched land, with adults huddling around children to protect them first. This mother refused to eat her own food in order to feed abandoned children they had picked up along the way. And now she was dying because of that. 

The final and most devastating stop for me was Banadir Hospital, where I was born. The doctors are like hostages of hopelessness, surrounded and outnumbered. Mothers hum lullabies holding the skeletal heads of their children. It seems eyes are the only ornament left of their beautiful faces; eyes like lanterns holding out a glimmer of faint hope. Volunteers are doing jobs they aren’t qualified for. The wards are over-crowded, mixing gun wound, malnutrition and cholera patients. 

Death is in every corner of this place. It’s lying on the mattresses holding the tiny wrists of half-sleeping children. It’s near the exposed breasts of girls turned mothers too soon. It folds in the cots, all-knowing and silent; its mournful wind swells the black sheets. Here, each life ends sadly, too suddenly and casually to be memorialized. 

In this somber and embittered forgotten place, at least they were happy to see I had come. 

Via - NYTimes 

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Reciting Surah Rahman


Reciting For Eid At Masjid Khalifah in Brooklyn...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Pursuit Of (Cool): Coltrane Curtis



The Pursuit Of (Cool): COLTRANE CURTIS from R+I creative.
As part of The Pursuit Of (Cool) Documentary Series, R+I Creative sits down with Coltrane Curtis of Team Epiphany to talk about the influence of jazz music and musicians on his personal style. From Miles Davis to Mos Def, he touches on the influence of their style on his personal style. Check it out!

Here is a previous video featuring Savoia the Tailor.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Dollar and A Dream: J Cole at Roseland BallRoom

This Sunday, Jermaine is holding court at the Roseland Ballroom for only a $1.00 Can’t beat that! Tickets go on sale at noon the day of the concert at the Roseland box office. You can also pick up tickets at Jimmy Jazz locations. Doors open at 7 P.M.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Satisfaction

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction...
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What I'm Reading: Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness

Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? by Touré
"What It Means To Be Black Now"

Examining the concept of “Post-Blackness,” a term that defines individuals who are proud to be Black but don’t want to be limited by identity politics, Touré divulges intimate, funny, and painful stories of how racial expectations have shaped his own life, and explores how the concept of Post-Blackness functions in politics, art, culture, and more.

The book also includes insights from a wide spectrum of contemporary luminaries, from Cornel West to Malcolm Gladwell to Kara Walker to David Paterson to Chuck D... and MANY more! (105 to be exact).

Purchase Book HERE.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Freeway Speaking About Islam With Vlad Tv


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New Mixtape: Dreaming Awake

This is The New Mixtape From The LupEND Blog...

Here's the new Mixtape featuring various artist, presented by The LupE.N.D. Blog... I can honestly say it's my pleasure to share it on my blog. Check it out, Tell your friends and spread the word !
Download The Mixtape: Dreaming Awake

Via - LupEND Blog

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vice.com Launch Party [Stalley x Rick Ross]

Was Invited To The Vice.com Launch Party At "One Hanson Place" in Brooklyn Sept. 15th 2011... 

Rick Ross Performed and So Did One of My Favorite "New" Artists (STALLEY)... As Well As A Couple Other Artist.

It Was A MAD House In There, is An Understatement... But You Know Me, I Managed To Get Back Stage, Met Some Cool Individuals and Networked My Ass Off, I Was There Rocking A One Of A Kind Paper Brown Bag Sweater That Got Crazy Attention. S/o To Stalley, Shaheem Reid, Vice and Sonny. Was A Cool Party !

Me and The Homie Stalley (My Beard is A Baby Compared To His, #Respect).
Rocking That One Of A Kind PPB Sweater. BAWSE !
Stalley
Ross
Bawse
Founder(s) of Vice
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Haters

Haters Are Reactionary, Hate AnyThing New or Different and See Danger in Venturing Off into The UnKnown...
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Manhattan in Motion, By: Josh Owens [Mindrelic]

American artist Josh Owens aka Mindrelic makes photography that focuses on the calm in otherwise busy landscapes like cities in motion, the starry night skies and also snowy landscapes.  Owens’ dedication to his style of photography has lead to some impressive time-lapse photography and a project he calls Manhattan In Motion.

Owens spent over a month camping out in Manhattan hotels to take time lapses of the beautiful NYC with four Canon DSLR cameras.  The result is an ethereal trip through the Big Apple that lets us focus more on the city over the traffic and bustling masses.  Take a look at Manhattan In Motion below and visit Josh Owens aka Mindrelic at his site for more beautiful time lapse work and photography – HERE.


NYC - Mindrelic Timelapse from Mindrelic.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Russell Simmons Supports Muslims

Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons has offered his support to “My Fellow American,” an online film and social media project that calls upon Americans to spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. The new campaign hopes to change the media's negative image of Muslims in America and abroad. Throughout the years, Russell Simmons has become known for championing the civil rights of all races and religions, while delivering a message of tolerance. 

“They are a part of the national fabric of this country and they contributed greatly to building this country,” 

Russell Simmons said. “I just want to pledge my support to the 'My Fellow American' campaign. I hope you will join me in protecting and celebrating the Muslim community."




View The Official "My Fellow American" Website Here.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

VladTV's 50 Best Muslim Rappers of All Time

VladTV's 50 Best Muslim Rappers of All Time

Friday, September 09, 2011

Fashion Night Out: Dwyane Wade and I

Finally Got To Meet My Favorite Player "Dwyane Wade" and Get A Pic With Him At Lanvin During FNO...

Great Start To Fashion Week !

CheckOut More Pics Here.

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

What I'm Reading: The Tanning of America

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By: Steve Stoute, Order Here.



In support of Steve Stoute’s new book The Tanning Of America out today – the mogul has partnered with AOL to release The Tanning Effect web series that sees him interview Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Iovine and more.
Check out the trailer above.
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Confidence Vs Arrogance

Confidence and arrogance can sometimes be hard to distinguish, especially when we are looking at each within ourselves. How do I know when I am doing something because I believe I am good at something as opposed to doing something because I believe I am good at everything?

Confidence usually stems from an acknowledgment of both strength as well as weakness. I know what I am good at, but I also know what I am not good at it and where I make mistakes. Arrogance usually stems from an illusion that tells the individual to focus on a particular strength that they have in denial of any weakness within themselves while seeing only what is weak or wrong in others in order to further their sense of foolish pride. The overlap of the specific strength that is being valued in both frames is what leads to potential confusion.

From an Islamic standpoint, simply put, confidence is good and arrogance is bad. The latter encompasses a characteristic that is embodied by Iblees (Satan), the proper name given to the devil and eventually leads to his being cast out of heaven. What is important to understand is Iblees never says he is arrogant, the value is assigned to him because of what he does and he doesn't really ask for perspective or feedback on his actions.

If you are aware of your humility, then you are arrogant ~ From the Hikaam of Ibn Ata'illah, 13th century Muslim Theologian

Our understanding of whether we are arrogant or confident, and most other values such as honest, trustworthy, patient, etc., are not able to be self-assigned. It's the world around us that gives us indication as to whether we are good or not, not we ourselves. We should be comfortable in asking those that we trust what they think about the way we treat others or how we carry ourselves. It's not something that should be asked of just anyone, but someone who knows you intimately enough to give you advice where you are coming from, not from what they have been through, and who you respect their opinion and advice enough to not be offended by what they might have to say.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Passion Of The Craft Trailer


Passion Of The Craft [Trailer] from THIS IS BANDIT.

Passion of the Craft is a short documentary, featuring 10 frank and open conversations with 10 influential people in modern culture. Here is the trailer, giving you a taste of the piece, featuring Vashtie Kola, Rob Cristofaro of Alife, Jonathan Mannion, Brendon Babenzien and others.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Mos Def Retiring Name Next Year



Get More: Sucker Free

Mos Def has announced that at the end of 2011, he will no longer go by "Mos Def" and will instead release music under the name "Yasiin." Speaking with MTV2's Sucker Free, the Black Star member explained that he appreciates his current rap name, but that it's time to move on.

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Monday, September 05, 2011

K'naan To Star In Nick Broomfield's Film "The Catastrophist"

K'naan To Star In Nick Broomfield's Film

The Somali lyricist/poet joins a cast that includes Steve Coogan and Stephen Dorff.

K'naan has been tapped to star in the upcoming film The Catastrophist, helmed by British director Nick Broomfield (Biggie & Tupac, Kurt and Courtney) and co-starring Steve Coogan and Stephen Dorff.

The flick, adapted from Ronan Bennett's bestseller, is described as "a love story set against Belgian Congo's decolonization of the 1960s." The film will shoot in Tanzania's Mwanza, since it's considered "too risky" to lens in the neighboring Congo.

The Catastrophist will also be the first foreign feature to shoot in the East African nation since John Wayne and Howard Hawks filmed 1962's Hatari!.

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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Benjamin Bixby Clothing Line To Neiman Marcus


Andre 3000 Expands Benjamin Bixby Clothing Line To Neiman Marcus

Three Stacks takes the next step with his fashion line, which launched in 2008.

Andre 3000 has always had a unique sense of fashion, and now, he’s making his own designs more available to the public.

The Outkast member has created the Benjamin Bixby clothing line, available at Neiman Marcus. The line is also described as “a little bit Benjamin Button, a tinge of Willy Wonka, with a touch of collegiate footballer thrown in for good measure.” Bixby offers “knickers,” plaid jackets and bowties for men.

Three Stacks originally revealed the line back in 2008, when he sold his designs exclusively at Barneys. "For an African-American guy to be a prep, that's a dichotomy," Dre told the New York Times at the time. "Prep style comes from mostly affluent families who just wear these cool clothes. But when you come from a background that has more struggle, your take on it will be different. There's a certain kind of rebel to it."

“Benjamin Bixby is a collection of timeless, sophisticated menswear and accessories with a nod to old-world craftsmanship, created and designed by Grammy-winning musician and actor Andre Benjamin. Made with the distinctive and confident individual in mind, Benjamin Bixby brings “rough luxury” to men’s fashion, offering a rebellious new-American edge.

A long-time collector, Benjamin created his menswear line inspired by found objects, clothing and accessories he has come across over the years. Widely recognized as a style icon and listed amongst the best-dressed men in the world, Andre Benjamin’s signature style and unique point of view are apparent throughout the high-end menswear collection.”


What's Good With A New Album "Twin" ???

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The Past 30 Years of Records Sales

Probably the most interesting and exciting series of pie charts I’ve ever seen. Ever.

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Distance and Its Benefits

A Thought Provoking Moment: 
  
One of life's greatest anomalies is how distance can actually bring things closer together. 

When you're standing in the middle of a fast-running stream, it feels like a relentless river. Everything is intensified.  In the same way, when you are wrapped up in life, finding the peace and quiet of dry land seems unattainable.

Placing distance between us and the current can shift our perspective dramatically.  During stressful times, when tempers may be short, step back, breathe, and maintain your distance.  When you take a time-out, what seem like mountains may revert to their actual size.  Harsh words and hurt feelings may no longer darken the sky.  

Sometimes, stepping back is the first step in moving forward.
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Thursday, September 01, 2011

David LaChapelle at Lever House

davidlachapelle1 540x405 David LaChapelle at Lever House
It’s unusual for you to be able to walk up to a David LaChapelle painting at a gallery for free, but Lever House is exhibiting the controversial artist’s work in an exhibit titled “From Darkness to Light” through September 30. The exhibit, despite its position in a corporate setting, does not compromise its provocativeness, a signature of David LaChapelle, though the pieces require a closer look because of the beautiful colors and shapes they employ, which trick the eye from afar into thinking they are simply beautiful installations that stop at form.

Lever House is a corporate building in Manhattan which has been housing art exhibits from both prominent and upcoming artists since 2003. Entrance is free.

Lever House
390 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022


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The Brass Crescent Awards

Please, nominate “Calligrafy... One Stroke At A Time” for the Eighth Annual Brass Crescent Awards !!!

The Brass Crescent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere. Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners.

What are the Brass Crescent Awards? They are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Islamsphere is forging a new synthesis of Islam and modernity, and is the intellectual heir to the traditions of philosophy and learning that was once the hallmark of Islamic civilization – a heritage scarcely recognizable today in the Islamic world after a century’s ravages of colonialism, tyrants, and religious fundamentalism. We believe that Islam transcends history, and we are forging history anew for tomorrow’s Islam. These awards are a means to honor ourselves and celebrate our nascent community, and promote its growth.
 BRASS CRESCENT AWARDS DETAILS:
Use the form below to nominate your favorite websites
Nominations open Wednesday, August 3 to Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Polls open Monday, September 27 to Friday, October 21, 2011
Winners announced on Eid al-Adha, around Sunday, November 6, 2011
The categories that I want to win in are the following:
1. Best Tweeter
2. Best New Blog
Here’s the link of the Brass Crescent Awards, to nominate me:

We All Know I Have One Of The Best Slept On Blogs Out There, So Vote For Me ! (I'm Kinda Late Asking, But Hey, You Never Know... Vote Vote Vote).

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