30 Days of Thanks | 2015

So I've decided to take part in the 30 Days of Thanks challenge that's going on right now on twitter. I decided to take part because it was just something that I felt like I should do because this year has been amazing in terms of my personal growth. Now is the perfect time with the holidays right around the corner and the start of the new year, so this is pretty much a little message from God saying let everyone know what you're thankful for this holiday season. Who knows, I might make this a yearly thing because you know, life changes so you're thankful for different things every year.

Not Easily Swayed

So a little while ago I talked about how you should take time and care for yourself in the post, Invest In Self. After writing that post and the subsequent conversations that came as a result of it, I realized that a lot of people are simply not taking care of their mental well being. What's more alarming about it is the fact that they have many external forces tearing apart their mental fabric, causing them to over think and stress over situations that they should not be stressing over. Don't get me wrong, I am for people and helping them any way that I can, as long as it's within reason. Over the years I've learned from many first hand experiences that people will only stay in the same position they are in if they are never forced to change their ways and/or thinking. This not only goes for the person that is struggling but also for the person that is continuously helping that person stay within mediocrity. Both are situations that may take a while to realize, but are situations that need to be seen as soon as possible.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Movie Review

When I initially heard reviews for this movie a lot of people said that they wanted more action in there befitting for an end chapter to a well rounded series, especially with how Mockingjay, Part 1 moved so slowly, I was a little sad. So naturally when I heard that this movie was just like Spectre in a lot of aspects, I just decided in my mind that I would forego this movie and catch it when it came out on on Blu-Ray. But by stroke of luck, (and me forgetting that Creed came out on Thanksgiving), I ended up at the movies to watch this and it was better than I thought it was going to be.

My Journey To 400

So I've decided to head into the New Year the right way, again.

Yes I am one of those people that constantly makes these false promises to myself at the end of every year, (I'm not perfect and unless you live in a glass house ..). This year is definitely different from previous times when I said that I would do this and that's because it now involves some health issues. I'm not going to get into all of that at this time but getting healthier, (or just shedding some weight), is definitely a life changing move because I simply need to at this point. And while I would love to lose it for health reasons, I really want to lose it to for the simple fact that I want to get on this ride next year at the fair lol.

What are my goals you ask?

The 2011 Thanksgiving Fiasco

I was originally going to post another blog today, but since it's Thanksgiving and people are asking me about my plans, I wanted to sit down and tell a story about a past thanksgiving citing one of the reasons as to why I value you my friends and family. Hopefully this story will put in perspective how lucky some of you guys are and hopefully it will wake you up and make you realize what you have right in front of you.

It was November 2011, in Iraq.

Creed Movie Review

I never doubted this movie was going to be good, but I didn't see it being this good.

I'm a big fan of the Rocky Franchise, unlike most people, and I think that Rocky Balboa served as a great soft reboot of the series that allowed this movie to happen. That story line saw a unfulfilled Rocky come back and leave it all in the ring one last time so that he could move on with his life outside of boxing. That story translated into an even more lost Rocky once he was done inside of the ring. He was missing his late wife Adrian before, but with nothing left for him to fill that hole in his heart, he started longing for her and Paulie more and more everyday.

Enter young Adonis.

Dope Movie Review

This movie did it's own thing and should be held to it's own level of excellence.

A lot of the critics were trying to compare this movie to a lot of the movies that came out in the 90's and while they share the same elements when it comes to story telling, Dope does it's own thing and made a path back towards an important level of storytelling sorely missed in the African American community. When watching this movie and analyzing further and further into what it was rather than what people wanted it to be, I appreciated it more and more.

My Dating Life, Or Lack thereof ..

"Because I don't want to".

So lately I've been asked a couple of times as to why I choose not to date, and above is my answer to that question. Now of course I have a reason for not dating beyond me not wanting to, I usually say that because people can't leave well enough alone when they do get the real reason. Which in turn annoys me when they try to give their unsolicited advice about a matter that doesn't concern them. Which also brings about the comment of "I just want you to be happy" like single people aren't happy. You don't need another person to validate who you are or who you're trying to be in this world, I wish more people understood that.

Your Favorite Blogger's Favorite Blogger

Here I was writing this blog post that I felt I HAD to write and that I had to get off my chest. That's my thing, I write blog posts that either come from the heart or thoughts in my head that I wonder about. When it comes to my reaction pieces it's all about how I feel so I rarely rely on research or second opinions. I thought it was perfect blog that let everyone know that I was down but by no means counted out. I did my usual not read it and I almost posted it but something told me to get a second pair of eyes on it.

Jesus Is Love

He continuously reminds me that he's always there, always.

There are times when I think I'm fine, when I think I'm doing everything right and I think that I'm happy. I might be, I might be fine, but more times than not I'm reminded that I'm not ok. Sometimes, we as people, like to mask the pain that we are in and that we like to act like nothing is bothering us when everything actually is. Sometimes you don't even realize what you're truly feeling until you actually have that moment of clarity and it all hits you like a ton of bricks in the face. Most don't know what to do with that moment other than crawl up in a ball and become secluded from the world. I know that I do that often when everything is just coming down on me at once, I tend to just hide in my little bubble and don't talk to anyone.

Word Is Bond, Part II

I just watched Spectre and I realize that more than ever it's time for Daniel Craig to step away from the role of Bond. I know that he is tired of the role, as you can see from his many comments on the matter, but also in his body language. Don't get me wrong for one second, he's one of the great Bonds and personally my favorite, but it's clearly time for him to walk away on his own terms and Spectre could be just that for him. While the directors say they are confident that they can get him to come back I say don't do it. It's time to for someone else to put on suit and go out and be the suave killer that we've come to love over the past couple of years.

To Be Loved By Antonia | Single Review

She's back!

Top 10 Black Superheroes

I want to first thank the good folks over at World of Black Superheroes for coming up with the awesome list of the Top 30 Black Superheroes which gave me this idea of creating this ranking. I never really notice how much I like black superheroes over their counterparts so I  thank those guys and gals over there for making the archive and for offering a plethora of other things, so make sure you check them out and support.

It Would Be Nice If ..

It just seems like the whole world is going to hell in a handbag.

Spectre Movie Review

This movie felt a little off to me.

I came into this movie with such high expectations with not only the story line but with the cast as well. For the most part it returned the cast of Skyfall that was such a great movie steeped in action, the plot line had me invested and the characters were mainstays of the series, which made the ending that great. You can even stretch back to Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace as two movies that also held their own and transformed the way we looked at Bond here in the modern movie era. I read somewhere that those three movies gave the franchise a much needed face lift to compete with the likes of Jason Bourne & the ever youthful Ethan Hunt.

Getting Back To The Grind

Hmmm, this isn't like me.

Quirky, Brown Love Interview | A Talk About Black Male Bloggers

So recently I sat down with Quirky, Brown Love for my take on male black bloggers and what's going on with them in regards to their current status. I also got to share briefly who I was to her readers and it was a pretty awesome opportunity to go on a try to provide how I feel about a couple of things.

A Decade of Accomplishments

So I was pursuing the blog scene and I stumbled across A Decade of Accomplishments by ClassySassyMrs.com, and she had a pretty nifty idea on a cool list on things to celebrate in terms of personal accomplishments over the span of a decade. It's another great list idea to have on the blog, so I'm going to do my decade from when I was a fresh 19 year old to my now seasoned age of 29. So let me stop beating around the bush and get straight into it shall we?

#DevDay, Vol. 2

Another successful Dev Day in the books ladies and gentlemen.

What is Dev Day you ask?

Summer's Breeze

Friends are the siblings God never gave us.
- Mencius

Well of course when I did this series I just knew I had to include my birthday twin in here. It's been about seven years since we've been friends, but don't quote me on that, I've been known to get it wrong lol. But none the less the only way to sum up this friendship would probably be that of two siblings that randomly send each other things to look at that we think is funny lol. That's all we pretty much do at this point, act like old people in each other messages, and there's not a thing wrong with that. I chose that picture above because that's the face that she makes on a daily basis, she's actually very happy in this picture, she has definitely perfected the Kanye face lol.

The Spear of Vengeance

So I finally put two and two together.

If you follow me on social media or had the privilege of talking to me in real life then you know I tell this story often. But if you haven't done either then basically the goes along the lines of me minding my business and then I'm dragged into another person's business lol. No but seriously that's how it goes most of the time when it does happen. I'm literally standing there, unsuspecting, and then bam! I'm trying to figure out how I got there and how to get out without getting into any serious trouble that could result in bodily harm. But now that I think about it, I'd rather be in that position than to not be in that position. Here's how the story usually goes:

The Power In My Smile

If there is one thing that I've learned about this past weekend, it's that I'm a man of rare stature.

Let me explain ..

Didn't Care Then, Don't Care Now

Funny story, I know how much you guys like my funny stories.

So I'm sitting here mind my business, per the usual, and I get a text message from someone that I haven't spoken to in a long time. Now I have to say that I'm quite possibly the worst texter ever, depending on who you ask. The reason for that being this kind of story that I'm about to tell you, so if you want to know one of the reasons why I don't respond to my text messages, here's a great one.

Top 10 War Movies

This is one list that I'm proud to put together.

I'm a veteran, not a war harden one, but a veteran none the less. So war movies are on the top of my list because it's relatable to me and what I've experienced. So with veterans day right around the corner I figure that now is about as good as time than ever to put together three things that I love the most in this world: my blog, my love for movies and my love for the military. So in honor of veterans day I decided to put together a top 10 list of war movies that I love. Now keep in mind, this is a list of movies that I love and not one based off anyone else opinions or polls. I actually went through my extensive movie collection and hand picked each one of these with careful consideration and reorganized this list a dozen times over.

The Veteran's Day Blog

We owe them everything.

The Robin Williams' Post

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
- Robin Williams

My Favorite Rap Artists, Vol. 11 | Kanye West

He's this generations Michael Jackson.

November 2015

Finally my month has arrived!

There's so much going on from Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day celebration, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and not to mention my birthday. Then on the top of that there's Movember, which promotes men's health through growing facial hair to excessive lengths and making boys look like grown men. I usually love this time of the year for obvious reasons and I shall be participating.