Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Consistency

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our CONSISTENT actions. 
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do CONSISTENTLY...
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hadith/Dua [Prayer]

Tariq bin Ashyam (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) reported: Whenever a man/woman entered the fold of Islam, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) would show him/her how to perform Salaah and then direct him/her to supplicate: " اللَّهُمَّ اغفِرْ لي ، وَارْحمْني ، واهْدِني ، وعافِني ، وارْزُقني   (O Allah! Forgive me, have mercy on me, guide me, guard me against harm and provide me with sustenance and salvation).''
 
[Muslim].

In another narration Tariq said: A man came to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and said to him: "O Messenger of Allah! What shall I say if I want to pray to my Rubb (Lord)?'' He (PBUH) said, "Say: اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لي ، وَارْحَمْني ، وَعَافِني ، وَارْزُقني` (O Allah! Forgive me, have mercy on me, protect me and provide me with sustenance).' Surely, this supplication is better for you in this life and in the Hereafter.''


This is an awesome supplication and is good for everyday... !

All Power Lies With Allah [God]
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Friend Of The People: I Fight Evil - Lupe Fiasco [Mixtape]

Lupe Fiasco's LONG Awaited Follow Up To Enemy of The State [Mixtape].

Check The Lyrics Here !

TrackList
Download It NOW !
FOTP

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hosted By: Calligrafist and Yasmine Yasmine

This is The Dopest Photo From The Night [Mai, Muslim Art Initiative's Coat Drive and Benefit Concert].

My Sister Yasmine Yasmine and I [Calligrafist], Hosting The Event At The National Black Theater.


Photo Was Taken By: Abdul-Karim Photography, Check Out The Other Pics From The Night Here, The QAffect !


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wale - Ambitious Girl

One of My Favorite Poems/Songs By Wale... Listen To The Words and Watch The Video, He's Telling A Story and Creating A Scene.

I Waited Mad Long To See The Visual of This, Finally It's Here. Ambitious Girls Are Rare...

Don't Allow Situations and Individuals To Distract You From an Education... With that being said, Wale shares his love story off last year’s More About Nothing MixTape. Ambition in stores now.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

MAI Logo

Logo I Did For MAI [Muslim Arts Initiative]

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Michal Lisowski's Art Works...

Here are some illustrations from Polish artist, Michal Lisowski.



CheckOut More of His Work Here !

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Coat Drive and Benefit Concert: Hosted By "MAI"

Please join MAI [Muslim Arts Initiative] for our 1st Coat Drive and Benefit Concert Fundraiser.

Every year, thousands of men, women, and children live through the winter without a warm coat to keep them warm.

Friday, Nov. 18th, At the National Black Theater of Harlem We will be collecting new and "gently used" coats for the less fortunate.

With performances by the soulful Denise Cotton, Sul Milli and an art exhibit by Andrea Leticia.

100% of donations go towards feeding and clothing the homeless.

Come out and enjoy an eventful evening, have fun, eat, and DONATE a coat and FUNDS for a good cause!

If you can't make it send someone with a coat[s] or donation[s].

Hosted By: Ismail Calligrafist Sayeed and Yasmine Yasmine

See you there!
2031 5th Ave (Between 125th and 126th Streets) 
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Calligraphic Light Paintings by French Artist: Kalaam

French light calligrapher and artist Kallam has always had a passion for writing, philosophy and Hip-Hop music.  In an extension of his love for writing, Kallam started creating conventional calligraphic works from the lyrics of rap songs and other literary authors who help broaden his outlook on life.

As Kallam explored the concepts of calligraphy deeper, he began to embrace the writings of Arabic and Japanese calligraphic artists and found their styles to feel like magic to him. In his latest series of light calligraphy, Kalaam employed the help of photographer David Gallard to give us striking calligraphy that lingers in the air against the hard city and softness of nature.  Take a look at Kalaam’s work below and visit his online home for exhibitions and more of his work – HERE.




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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Eid Mubarak ! (Art By Calligrafist: For Calligrafy).

Eid Mubarak ! (Happy Eid To All).


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Thursday, November 03, 2011

What I'm Currently Reading: Rerelease Version Of "Decoded".

The highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling book—DECODED—by multi-platinum, 13-time Grammy Award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and icon JAY-Z, was released on November 1 in a new, expanded paperback edition featuring a new Afterword and three new decoded songs.
What still excites me about rap is that it’s an open thread, a cipher that listeners find their own meanings in. The point of this book is not to settle arguments or transform rap songs into neat stories with a beginning, middle, and end. Rather, I’m trying to point readers to some ideas and information, get them to see deeper into the music than they saw before and learn more about worlds different from their own (or find new ways of looking at the worlds they already know)—to find their own meanings and connect them back to their own lives. I want readers to see the craft and learn the context—and I want them to still be able to feel the magic, and enjoy the show.
—JAY-Z, from the new Afterword


Last November DECODED hit the shelves and was an instant national New York Times Bestseller. This narrative journey through the lyrics and life of one of the most prolific artists of our time sparked an intense and ongoing conversation about art, hip hop, popular culture, and race in America. 


Now, the new paperback edition includes seven new illustrations and three new decodings—“I Know,” from the American Gangster album; “Young Gz,” his last collaboration with Biggie; and one of his most personal songs; and “Lost One,” which fans voted the song they most wanted decoded. Also featured is a new chapter in which JAY-Z reflects on the process of creating the book, what it means to decode a song, and the responses the book received. DECODED was widely praised by critics, but JAY-Z admits: “I was probably most moved by the tweets I read from kids who wrote things like, This is the first book I’ve ever read all the way through. For all the other accolades the book received, the thing that makes me happiest is knowing that it’s working as a gateway drug for kids to get into reading and into thinking about new ways to use their own experiences.”


DECODED tells the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history. It is a story as unforgettable and as amazing as its subject. 



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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Lupe Fiasco Talks About “The Burden of the Outspoken Artist”

Check what Lupe had to say about being an outspoken artist below!


AllHipHop.com: What burden do you bear? Being this outspoken, honestly, there’s only a few artists that are this outspoken and really none on a “commercial level,” meaning out of the underground. Do you bear any particular burden? As a person or as a human, or even as an artist?

Lupe: I just think it’s a continuation of what I was meant to do as a child. I’ve always been somebody who’s been around people who’ve been outspoken, whether it was my father who was very active on all fronts that had to deal with justice and freedom, the things of organizing and doing and on your own and speaking out against the evils in this world. And whether it kills you. So that’s my lineage. That’s where I come from.

So whether I was a rapper or a teacher or a chef or whatever I was, I was always going to be speaking out against what I thought was wrong and what I could prove was wrong, and using what I have to help someone else. I just look at it as Occupy Wall Street, when it first started, they wanted people to come in and help galvanize and spread the message. I looked at my Twitter page and said hey, I’ve got 800,000 people. Maybe they can use 800,000 people. I’m not using that to bring myself up or become a leader of the movement. I just happened to have 800,000 people, and here, you retweet and do whatever you need to do. Let me know what the message is and I’ll help that.

Then it expands out into what do you guys need? I’ve got a few thousand dollars sitting around I was going to buy some shoes with, but yo, I’ll buy a generator for you guys. You need that? What else do you need? I’m not trying to push my ideology or become the hero or become the face of it.

It’s to the point where I wasn’t doing interviews, because I wanted the organizers to tell me what to say. I don’t want to disrupt the message. But then when it became understood this was open, it wasn’t a leader thing, it wasn’t a one agenda thing, this was something that’s open and the dialogue’s for everybody to have. Then it’s okay, cool. This is what I think, this is what it is, and it may be against what other people think but that’s the point. We’re having a conversation. So you know, I feel it’s everybody’s duty to better themselves and to help out their fellow human beings in whatever possible way they can.

via AllHipHop

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