Wednesday, July 1, 2015

History.

When I left hometown Chicago 4 years ago, honestly I had absolutely no clue 
what was doing.

It was surely an impulsive & irresponsible transition 
say the least.

My thinking was that we can do whatever we wanted in this 
life of ours. It's our choice from start 2 finish. 

It's a pretty big world out there & felt the 
need 2 see it for myself. 
It's all about the experience man!

But as much as we may see that perfect picture, 
it never turns out that way & that's ok.
The greatest lesson learned thus far is being careful with 
everything you do or say cause you can NEVER take it back. 
Reputation is everything so protect it. 

We have control over our own lives at any time 2 make 
a fresh start. Easier said than done...but possible. 
Can you dig it?
What kind of world do you want?....think anything.
Let's start at the start...build a masterpiece. 

Be careful what you wish for.....
HISTORY starts now!


Peace!...with 2 fingers;)



Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Photographer's Rant #1.


Strange as it may seem, I've often made a personal reminder 2 at some point revisit this one particular corner 
(the tech port building) with the 2 street split. 
So...here we are finally....lol.


Oh yeah, I'm always looking' 2 capture things most folk would hardly ever notice. That's the greatest attribute of an amazing photographer.
(in case you're wondering , it's a residential mailbox...lol.)


Ok, ok. It's about time 2 turn in for the day & get back to my NBA Tv but one more shot for the road. 

Hmmm...this looks interesting. 




An outdated ventilation system...or maybe a heater? (Whatever the case, I dig it.)


This is how my photography escapades usually go...Grab the camera, shoot something, shoot anything, shoot everything. 
(that has a sweet ring 2 it...hmmmm). 
Something special always have the tendency 2 rise from the ashes...

Who is this all for you may ask? 
EVERYONE. 
That's right!


Peace!...with 2 fingers;)









Friday, May 29, 2015

Nope!

Recap:

It's been 2 years since leaving small town Palmetto. 
An experience that's been awaking....
with room 2 spare. 
Reveleation: true living requires chance. 
Yep!...CHANCE

While in the process of such, you come across something raw. 

I like it that way....
besides, this isn't called an adventure for nothing.
Nope!...




Peace!...with 2 fingers;)




Power 2 the People.

Peace!...with 2 fingers;)






Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Scars.

When 29 year old actor Lee Thompson Young didn’t show up on the set of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, the show’s producers were concerned and contacted the police. Soon after, Young was found dead, believed to have shot himself. He didn’t leave a note.
Perhaps the “mystery” was depression  Sources close to Young claim that he suffered from it for months leading to his death.
Young isn’t alone. Over the past few years, we have lost a number of Black men to suicide: Soul Train’s Don Cornelious, Capital Steez, Freddy E, Violator Management founder Chris Lighty and Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher.
And yet, this issue isn’t often talked about. But what more do we need as a community to start taking this issue seriously? How long are we going to keep labeling mental health issues as The Other Person problem?”
The unwillingness to discuss & acknowledge mental health has become another unfortunate hurdle especially given that the data is clear that suicide rates are on the rise.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third cause of death among African-American males between ages 15 and 24, behind homicide and accidents. And while suicide rates among Black men are lower than their white counterparts, the rates have increased dramatically.   
Meanwhile, Black men are least likely to access mental health services. Why?
Poor access to quality health care/counseling is a major factor to why seeking early detection is a nonpriority. Another barrier is the cultural stigma that states no need for therapy / medication for 
religiosity will make a way.
But one unseen factor that deserves attention is how Black masculinity serves as a huge barrier to seeking care.
Whether the media or just daily conversation, Black men receive messages daily to be hyper masculine, super strong & angry.
“Man up!”
“Real men don’t cry.”
“Showing emotion makes you soft.”
“Being vulnerable makes you weak.”
These types of attitudes continue to help foster a culture of silence that allows for Black men to sit and suffer in silence.
There's a greater need to begin serious dialog where people are able to express themselves, be vulnerable & speak about their pain. 

So...lets stop equating being "devoid of emotions" with manhood & step up.