MUSIC FOR THE MOMENT: HOW OUR ENTERTAINMENT REFLECT THE TIMES

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“Singing for the culture.”


music for the masses

We have always seen artist in music speak on political issues and make music around the times. And today is no different especially considering the state of America. But my question is, is it always the best move to make. I know they are in an industry that prides itself on moving with the culture. But do they always know what they are doing, or are people around them pushing them along? Because certain topics they speak on, they don’t have all the answers. Then again, there have musicians who have broke down color barriers of the past and forced the hands of politicians so things had to change.  What is going on today that has so many artist up in arms that they are now part of the movement.

2016 vote

When the current president Donald Trump won the election, so many people took issue with him becoming president. And because of that, the culture of music started to change where people wanted to get more political and conscious. And who could blame them, we went from a president who was given the Nobel Peace Prize. Now we had a man in the White House who shot from the hip. A says what he means and means what he says. And because of that, it tends to make so many people uncomfortable. But it’s not only the language that makes people feel this way. His stance on illegal immigration that has displaced so many Mexican families have people railing against him. Not to mention how he handled the hurricane in Puerto Rico. And with all this so many artist interjected themselves in the conversation of who is running the country.

just sing

A lot of people have said just be quiet and sing the song. And the reality behind that is, should they just be quiet. Because if they were singing about something you like, then you wouldn’t mind. People who say I respect the leader of the country, you say nothing. But they are still being political. This is why it never bothers me when people express their politics in music because everyone is triggered when it’s not someone they like. Which is why it’s best to not say anything about anyone. But then again, when does that happen.


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DYING OUT: WHY DO SOME TRENDS STICK AND OTHERS DON’T


“If it fails, we replace it with something new.”


where does it come from

All of our culture comes from somewhere. And I don’t mean the idea that it comes from a specific region of the world. I mean where does it all come from inside. We as a human species developed culture for some reason. Why did we create culture? But, are we the only species with a culture?

lifespan

When you’re talking about culture, what is the time in which it takes to die out? Now, I’m not referring to the types of civilizations that were built on strong cultures. I am more so referencing the cultural trends in society. The ones (trends) that come in and leave just as fast as they came. Who decides what a trend is, what’s trendy, and how long it last?

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The story of Kylie Jenner stating how much she does not use SnapChat and the subsequent lose of $1 billion in a trend that can hurt. She is someone a brand wants, but do you want your client to be so verbal. Well, this is the horse you rode in on, when your main spokesperson is a 19 year old with not a lot of business background. Someone who knows, you state that after the life of the product dies, not while it’s hot.

why trends are replaced

When a trend comes to market, we don’t initially jump on it. There are usually the beginning users, then the secondary users, then we get on. Then after a while, the majority start to fall off, meanwhile the beginning users have moved on to the new thing that everyone else will follow. But who chooses these people set the trends?

Because if we knew these people, then we could kind of figure out their moves. And to an extent we do know these people. The only thing is, who will replace them, that is unknown. The first users are privy, but the rest of society are not. Like Ed Hardy clothing brand by Christian Audiger. Once it became the societal thing, hen it went to mass production. Next thing you know, Ed Hardy dies. And just like that it dies. Why, well when everyone can access it, it loses value. Because people who are outside the culture uses it, and now we who patronize lose interest. For instance, your parents attending your favorite pop group’s concert.

reinvented trends

Doe trends ever find themselves coming back? And the answer is yes, they do come back. but enough time has to elapse. Like I live in Harlem, New York, and a nail shop inspired by the 1990’s opened. So far there are customers coming in, but that is a trend that eventually is replaced itself. And we will always have trends that come and go, but capitalizing off of them is where the hard part comes into play. Because they can last for years (baggy jeans) or weeks (Pokemon Go).


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THE GOD INSIDE OF YOU: WHAT IF GOD IS MORE YOU THAN YOU THINK

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“I believe because he is I and I am him.”


As a child growing up, I lived in a household where my mother practiced the Christian faith. She would always keep some reminder of her Christian faith around the house. Whether it was her Chicken Soup for the Soul books or a carpet/runner on the floor monogrammed which stated, “As for me and my house, we serve the Lord.” And growing up for me,that is all I knew in life. Not that in our house we looked down on any other belief system. It’s just that Christ is what my mother knew best, and Christ is what is was going to be. But let’s sit back for a second and think to ourselves about what could be the true meaning of God. What if God was not the creator of us? What if there is no afterlife? And what if the true God was something endowed in us that we have harnessed and yet we are misinterpreting what it really means to love God.

Let me explain what I mean by the statement prior. There are two main teachings of how man came to be on Earth. There is the scientific reasoning as to why we are here and the biblical reasoning. Science states that we as humans share a maternal link that traces us back to a common ancestor in present day Ethiopia. While religion aims at more of a deity being the creator of everything: the heavens and the Earth; every man, woman, child, non-human creature, and plant. And though the two collide, what if the two are one of the same? What if the God we worship is and has always been inside of us, yet we didn’t know it. And that science is right about how we evolve, but God inside of us is part of that evolution. Meaning, we do good in life, treating people how we want to be treated, and giving when we can to those less fortunate is of Godly quality part of our no any other creature’s animalistic evolution. Which would mean God is conscious.

Humans unlike any other creature is given the ability to reason. No other creature can look at another creature and decide yes or no because nature dictates their decisions. So when we evolved to have the ability to reason, that conscious may have been us realizing the God inside of ourselves. We could have and may have already unlocked God, and didn’t even know it. Which would mean that we have a duty to ourselves as people on this planet to care for each other, which is why we’re still here on Earth. And the day the conscious is lost, so is God. Which could also mean that these deity figures (Jesus, Muhammad, Moses) are merely men bringing us close to the conscious mind that brings us closer to God. And in the end, God is to be more realized than feared. And maybe the closer you become to being conscious of who you are and what you do to others, you are him and he is you. He lives in you, and have always. And when we die, you may not go to an actual heaven, but your consciousness continues to live on in others you touched, thus the continuation of God.


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A LONG STANDING DIVIDE: HOW POLICE AND COMMUNITY BICKERING EFFECT THE UNITED STATES

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“The divide that can cause a collapse.”


In the recent years the topic of police brutality has come up in America. But on the other side police advocates are stating that they are just doing their jobs. Now my question is, is this really a problem, or because we have so much social media access, it’s bigger now? Because this has always been going on (the relationship between the community and police), but now it’s bigger because we can instantly see the problem. Now, previously I said community. The bad blood is not in just any community, it’s the predominantly Black community. This has been a long standing relationship in this country for decades. Longer than I have been alive, my parents, and grandparents.

But my topic today is not to discuss why it goes on or who is to blame. My topic today covers how it could ultimately effect the country. You might ask how so; how could the community and police relationship effect America? Image result for criminalityFor starters, it will give rise to the criminality in society. Once the police become pariahs, then the criminal element is able to take more control. With the relationship fragmented, they have more voice. Because the community’s way of punishing the cops is to make their job hard by not cooperating. And the police become fed up and allow the criminals to reign supreme over law abiding citizens.

And think about what it does to a younger generation when watching all this television coverage. A age group is growing up witnessing killings before their very eyes. Now, they will grow to have an even higher level of disdain for the police than previous generations. Just think about it, posted videos of the shootings on top of a 24 hour news cycle. We are engineering a Related imagegeneration where you are made to fear those sent to protect you. Imagine growing up a young Black male right now in elementary school. Nothing but live coverage of Black males shot by cops. The respect and trust in the law will diminish. And you’ll create a new era of rogue individuals in our society.

Lastly, what about keeping our borders safe in America. We live in a country where terrorist threats from outside are all around us. So when we have in-fighting, it can put us in a very vulnerable situation. Police officers are our first line of defense in case of a terrorist attack. So if the community and police are fighting that is an in for outsiders. For instance, while the people and police fight, the real threat could be operating within the community. We are so programmed in America to watch each other, we’re not watching outsiders. What’s more interesting is that outsiders see us as more of a collective than we see ourselves.

In the end, having fighting between the community and the police is more of a problem than issues within. We have to to now make sure that people from outside don’t use this against us. Because no matter what the fight, there can’t be fighting between the citizens, and the men and women hired to protect them. This nation becomes too susceptible to homegrown and outside potential threats. So what is the solution because this is not some fly by night problem. It has been a long-standing issue for generations. But whatever the case may be, continuing will create a divide that only hurts the people and law enforcement. Thus giving rise to real outside threats.


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LAWS OF ATTRACTION: HOW PEOPLE ENTERING YOUR LIFE SPEAKS VOLUMES TO WHO YOU ARE

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“You tend attract to you what lies inside of you unbeknownst to you.”


The laws of attraction are quite real and we all have experienced this in life. We attract like energy and we also open ourselves up the the positive or negative energy that is out in the universe. We experience this a number of ways: through trying to find monogamous relationships, friendships, having random conversations, and/or our daily work environments. The way we attract people into our lives says a lot in who we are as people. Because if not for our energy whether positive or negative they wouldn’t be in our lives. And what do I mean by that, this is what I mean.

When it comes to seeking a potential mate in a relationship, the energy that is you, has a lot to do with the person you wind-up with. This can take place on multiple levels. One way is through how you look at yourself when you stare in the mirror; self-esteem. If you look at yourself as undeserving, you will attract that into your life. Thinking to yourself, this is the best I can do, then you’re going to get the bare minimum or someone mundane. Another level is operating from a space of being tired of getting the same nobody. No one gets the same person over and over again. There is an aspect of that nobody that is you. They feed of your nobody energy like looking into a mirror. They see themselves in you. And the third level is the enabler who feels being there means allowing someone to be irresponsible in moments where responsibility should exist. Meaning, they can see you are a vessel for their irresponsibility, so why not jump aboard for the ride.

Now, when looking at how you attract people as it pertains to friendships, choose those going in the right direction. Or, better yet, choose those going in the same direction as you. This does not mean since you are becoming a doctor, you only need med school friends. It simply means that if you have a vision of where you want to be and the people around you don’t, you’re being irresponsible. You’re of no use to them because they are not trying to better themselves via your initiative, and you as well will start to lower yourself. Because when you’re in a foot race in life, and you are in 3rd trying to get to 1st and they are in 6th, you have to slow down to let them catch you. But 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th are running. So when you slow down you compromise yourself, so it has to always be them catching up to you, or you let them lose. And if they are bent on running their race, they’ll catch up eventually.

Well, what about the other attraction which delves into the conversations we have in life. Certain conversations we have in life say a lot about who we let into our lives. If you spend your days conversing on telephones with people about random gossip, then you can’t say you’re tired of gossipy people. If you are in a good space mentally, it will actually feel awkward having a conversation that goes into areas of petty behavior. These random petty conversations become beneath you simply because of progression. If there is no progress involved in what you are discussing it becomes difficult to talk about. Meaning, if discussing someone who was on drugs and now is clean and living sober, it feels good. But just discussing someone’s drug habit for the sake of conversation is going to attract a certain type of person/people who revel in other’s misfortunes.

Lastly, I would like to observe our daily work environments. Where you work and the space in and around your job will have an affect as well. When you’re focusing on working and gossip is all around you, then trying to accomplish a task can be tough. Because even though the conversation does not concern you, the human brain is not meant to tune out a lot of conversation. Even though we say things like I’m tuning you out. We still hear conversations, we just try to block them out. And when the conversation concerns someone we see everyday or one of the people talking in question we listen more. So in the midst of trying to ignore, you still soak it all in. Whether the conversation is good or bad, it intrigues the mind to hear something unbeknownst to yourself.

See, in the end, we introduce a lot of energy into us because that energy we invite is apart of us. Unless something is not within you already, it is hard to introduce it. You don’t have to tell anyone about yourself, what we expose ourselves to says it all. A lot of times, the action is more than the verbal. You say you want positive energy in your life, but all you keep bringing in is negative. It’s not that it’s sneaking past you, or you are getting the short end of the stick. There’s no conspiracy to harm you, you are a co-conspirator in your own assassination of character.


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