Beneath The Benevolent Sun

It started with one phone call from an unknown area code, then over the next few days the calls became relentless. Twice a day, seven days, from two different numbers on both my cell phone and home phone. With every missed call followed a voicemail on each device. Usually, I don’t bother to listen to voicemail’s, however, I decided to be an obedient twenty-three year old and follow up. That’s when I realized it was her! She has been notoriously known for decades as dark gray clouds looming beneath the benevolent sun. As you see, what was once a shadow ingeniously creeping from behind when I nourish my face in the warm sun is now hazing every corner of my being. An inevitable event when one chooses to follow the ideal path of society. The grave rumors about her power, a power that can cast a vanishing spell on you financially, weekly or bi-weekly. If you haven’t figured her out yet, her name is Donald Trump–I mean Sallie-Mae. She found me.

I had just freshly showered when the time neared a half hour past eight. The morning sun still young yet strong with her rays illuminating my messy room when the unknown–well, now, well known area code appeared on my cell phone. I cursed the air before I answered, “Hello?” This time her voice was deep and masculine trying to ask if it was I who was on the other end on the phone. Like, don’t play stupid with me. This ill-famed monster has been tirelessly sending her minions out to harass me every chance she gets. She know’s who I am. I know who Sallie-Mae is. Let’s cut the crap!  Of course, the topic was about a payment I was unsure of, in fact, I did not even know a payment had past let alone start! The new voice asked for my way of paying, either debit or credit. I should’ve said stripping, prostituting, occasional drug dealing. Sniffing coke to cope. “Debit,” I said. I forward all of my information when it occurred to me he may possibly be charging my card immediately!

“Wait, are you charging my card right now?”
“Yes.”
“Wait a minute, damn did you even see if I can pay right now! I don’t have the money at the moment.”
“I can push the date back until the thirtieth, but you need to pay before you mess up the co-signers credit score.”

Fuck. That means my mother. I hung up the phone, sat on my bed to pace my breath before I wet the tip of my fingers. fixing my posture, trying to be a big boy, I starred into the morning sun about to hide behind the building. It was something I wanted to do a the moment. Crawl and hide. Yeah, it sounds very immature. You’re probably saying how I need to man up, deal with it, it’s life, and all the other evasive sayings. The matter is, I don’t believe in that way of living: Suffocating under loans and debit while making income that barely scratches the surface, because I want try and find myself, solidify my identity the past six years. I’m only twenty three. I’m only twenty three.

I am only two decades and three years in and already I have IRS and his wife Sallie-Mae down my throat choking my prime years and other bills…Yes, other bills. Food, grooming, clothes, hobbies, school, phone, transportation. In other words, I see how depression is very profitable to the Big Pharma. Not saying I am there….yet. On a positive note, there is always good food. That will always be there.

 

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The Master Cleanse: Day 2

The Master Cleanse: Day 2

         Day 2 is now complete and it went very smoothly.
I had about 64 oz of juice.
It’s recommended to drink six to twelve glasses of 8oz lemon cleanse.

I’m going to explain probably in the middle of the week how I break down this cleanse for the times I am at work.
My energy in day 2 was stabled, however its always the early morning of that I–guess you can say–suffer the most. It’s because of the laxative. After I drink the smooth move at night, by 4 am my stomach is in pain thus waking me up. It feels like a thousand pounds of cramps. It’ daunting like no other and when I eliminate it’s like a pea size. I assume that will be the best time to drink the salt water flush since it acts like a rinse for the system.

It was the same going into Day 3.

I am going to try to maybe drink another bag of laxative tea to better eliminate. I have to say though so far nothing crazy or dramatic going on. I am some how rushing this cleanse to clear my skin, but I keep forgetting it’s only day 2.

Well, that’s all for now! Ciao!

May Favorites!

May Favorites!

Hooray for June! My third annual 21st birthday is only 4 days away! I am somewhat excited.  While yet in another process of trying to upgrade mini me (this blog), I decided to do monthly favorites. Inspired by my favorites YouTubers, of course. I just haven’t seen a blog version of it yet so I thought, “It’s something cool to add in the general department.” And I think it’s smarter to do it at the end of the month, simple so there is actually time to favorite things. So, I shall begin.

One Smart Cookie

Screenshot_2015-06-01-19-57-05_1 Sweet tooth lovers, I have found the answer. I mean the delectable, divine, scrumptious cookies. All that knows me knows I am a huge spender on oatmeal cookies. Like, these are my Starbucks. These cookies literally, and I am not lying, take me to another realm of just pure blissfulness. Why? Well, not only are these made with REAL ingredients but the raisins are enormous and soft. These cookies are soft plump heaven creations. Every time I eat these I am smiling deeply and or laughing for no reason like the salad commercials. Sorry, I can’t say where to buy these. Give or take maybe your nearest whole foods store (Whole Foods, Fairway, Trader Joes, etc.)  One Smart Cookie is the brand. It’s not even a brand, its a lifestyle…I swear, I can go for some right now. Oh hell yes! Take me Higher! Amen!

KINKY BOOTS

THIS show was amazing. What made even more tasteful was the fact that I had a extra full on experience. Luckily, I was blessedcd-white_1024x1024 enough to a back stage tour with this broadway show. The whole day literally took about 12 hours as I was introduced to the marketing company behind them,  had lunch at hard rock cafe,  being taught the final dance piece, dinner at Tony’s DiNapoli’s italian resturant, backstage tour,  the show, then lastly meeting the cast. The show was so much fun, hilarious and I mean very funny! Billy Porter is the guy to see! I am telling you! They way he did that role it was made for him! It’s a show about loving yourself and accepting other people for who they are. A definite must see! I mean hello they won 6 Tony awards for a reason! Here’s ones of the songs in the show “Everybody Say Yeah

SPOTIFY

I’m usually not the streaming music type of guy. Nor am I the buy everybody’s album type of guy either. I am more so the strip spotify-logo-primary-vertical-dark-background-rgbit off Youtube type of guy. The hassle with that however comes with find good quality sound on youtube. Many of the clips are altered for copyright or just sounds airy. I work in an audio engineering department so I have so much of an ear of good quality sound. That being said, I have Spotify and it was have definitely made May musically fun! I have the chance to listen to every album that comes out, plus, pick and choose songs from other artists song and create my own playlist. Sad part is, it sucked my date usage dry! and I mean drought! But the quality and the accessibility out weighs the cons. Plus right now, It’s 99 cents for three months. I am so with it! for the next three months–that is.  Mariah Carey sound very nice under Spotify =)

PURE LEAF TEA

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“Aint none of my business its Tea though” – Mariah Carey “Infinity.”  Its pure leaf tea and it’s all of my business and then some. I was recently introduced this tea by my lovely mom. At first I was skeptic because tea’s be tasting like vitamin water or flavored water which both are just about that.  But this Tea here is so refreshing and hydrating! Add some oatmeal cookies and I am living in the islands. I swear It’s has literally been my favorite and will be for the summer! I really recommend people by this drink specifically the peach and lemon. They are by far the best! It taste so authentic. Oh heaven!

New York Times BestSeller Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cummings

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You probably recognize him as Eli Gold in the Hit TV Series “The Good Wife.”  He also played as the NightCrawler in X2: X-men United, Spy Kids, and he is a tony award winning actor in the play Cabaret! Not My Father’s son is a memoir about his
relationship between his abusive father and himself. It contains some real, grave, descriptive scene’s of his father rage. I enjoyed it very much because I was able to relate to 90% of the story. It helped me recall memories I forgot I had with my dad that was just down right out of this world! You also learn another huge secret about that was held from him that was also quite the catch too. Being the little bless being that I am, I know his husband Grant Shaffer is also so dear too me. Through him, I am actually getting my book signed VIP style. No lines. No hassel. Just sent straight to him and back to me! I really recommend this book!

Well, that is all for May. May was a battle but it ended sweetly. Join the convo &  comment your may favorites below!

7 Ways To Become A Great Teacher

Whether you are in grade school or college at some point in time you came across bad teachers in you life. For instance, when you 7th grade teacher the assign packets and packets of homework on winter vacation. Like, what the hell! Why assign homework on  vacation? That’s not a vacation that is education institution slavery. These teachers must like reading the same 100 papers. Fuckers!

Luckily, not all teacher forces you to write one word 100 times for homework/punishment. And not all teachers are in school, in fact, the best teachers are the ones that forced you to become wise in some way or another. Boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, family, homeless people, the list goes on. It is all in part of the biggest teacher of them all…LIFE!

But for educational purposes, I’ll just speak on grade school teachers.

7 Ways On How To Become A Great Teacher

  1. Be Absent Often.
    This is probably one the best ways to win your students heart and to forever be known as one the best teachers ever in their lives. BE ABSENT no one wants to deal with you, especially if you are going to be a monotone  homework giving monster. Save your self for bed everyday, or at least once a week between Monday-FridayBad Teacher
  2. Let Your Students Speak To Each Other.
    How bad do you want to win the hearts of your students? How important is it for you be talked about for generations through oral tradition? Let your students talk to each other! let your students socialize and build interpersonal skills needed for the workforce. Don’t Interrupt  when they’re talking. And do not expect  students stop you when you are sitting at your desk pouting              giphy1 
  3. Don’t You Dare Ask Anyone To Do Any Math Equation On The Board.
    You will be marked down as the teacher from hell if you dare to ever stop a student if you disregard #3 interrupt a conversation to say, ” Malcolm, care to solve this equation on the board?” If you do, we have the right to say no!  If your force students and try to embarrass them out of spite you will tarnish your reputation on lunch break. Trust me you don’t want to the talk of the town during congregation hour.
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  4. Frequent Treats.
    This is probably the most important way to become the best teacher. Make our time meaningful and fruitful if you going to speaking about mundane info. You have to appeal to your  students, so why not appeal to their sense? Come to class with free donuts, give out free candy, come with free pizza. Make my nose go up and eyes wide from the smell of treats. It’s a great way to keep your students in check and attentive. Why? well it’s almost like a deal, if you give to us we will give to you. You want good grades, well we want FOOD!
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  5. Talk To Us About Current Things In Pop Culture.
    Be current. Be new. Be hip. If you smoke a little weed, pop a molly Fridays, have sex, part of Bey-Hive share that with your students! We want to connect with you some how some way. Humans are yearning for some connection with each other some how some way. As a student, we want to know can you sit with us at the lunch table. If you can’t relate to or youthful nature then you mind as well educate senior citizen on World War 2. Incorporate today things in your teachings if you want to be a great teacher!
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  6. NO Homework.
    This is very simple easy to follow. Easy said and done! Students got lives outside of your class. Do not be egotistical, selfish teacher and assign homework on any given reason. If you follow #1 do not give out homework to compensate. You will be dismissed! So be nice, be sweet, respect our time with no homework! Save your students from depression.
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  7. Keep Parents Out Of Students Business.
    It’s none of the parents business about anything. You heard of the saying snitches gets stitches? If you care about your job have some dignity and self-respect. Don’t go running to Billy Bobs mom because he put you in your place or corrected your outdated teaching skills. We know how information best will resonate with us, so believe a student when he/she says, “Your shit is whack!” Who cares is Mary-Jane skipped school to play video games. What happen in the school stays in school. Telling parents is consider home wrecking and you don’t to fuck someone home shit up because you want can’t mind your business.

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Prompt – We Can Be Taught

Which Hungry Are YOU?

Mentally I am fat person. I eat way to much. My eyes are way bigger than my stomach, but it’s okay.
I got a fast metabolism.

But which hungry are you, as BuzzFeed breaks it down for us.
I think I am a Broadcasting hungry person.
My Friends may say I am all of the above mentioned in this video.
Check it out and laugh with me.
Comment which one are you =D

20 SIGNS FOR THE END OF TIMES

What I am about to tell you is something I have been withholding for a very long, long long time. I was afraid to say it and publicize it without the fear of being judged and looked down upon.

I know somethings many don’t know.
No one at all knows this…

I was told about the end of times that defies all belief’s. Don’t worry from whom it wouldn’t matter. However its been in front of our faces for many,  many years. Warning us, but we as humans don’t listen unless it’s a psychological shock.

So I am delivering this message to open your eyes. it up to you to believe, you do have a choice.

  1. The sunset
  2. 59 seconds & minutes
  3. December 31
  4. When the movie ends
  5. End of your semester
  6. When you bus stops running
  7. When you phone breaks
  8. When someone eats your food you saved in the fridge
  9. When you take a shit and there’s no more tissue
  10. When your watch stops working
  11. Not hitting the lottery
  12. When your hot water decides to not function one morning
  13. When some one calls you a basic bitch.
  14. Spending money in Manhattan,NY
  15. When you believe in men
  16. When you believe in women
  17. When Bill O Reilly is your pastor for the news
  18. Obama’s last term
  19. 11:59
  20. You

HOW MAKING LEMONADE CAN TEACH YOU A LIFE LESSON

I’ve have always heard of the famous saying, “When life throws you lemons, you make lemonade.” And pretty much the translations goes, if and when you are going through unexpected sour times make the best of the situation. Everybody loves a glass of lemonade in the summer or winter –homemade fresh lemonade, that is. But what happens if you never made lemonade before? Like me, I never made old fashioned lemonade before. (When I say old fashion I mean making lemonade by hand without the use of technology.) However, after a very personal friend Anya taught me, I decided to give it a try and by the third attempt of making it something groundbreaking happened. Something clicked! There’s a strong correlation between making lemonade and life. The dreadful process it takes to make lemonade by hand resulting in a sweet accomplishment is the same how things that don’t come easy are also the most cherished and fruitful.

Here’s how..

INGREDIENTS
4+ Lemons
1-1.5 cups of sugar
2 liters of water

STEP 1. BUY YOUR LEMONS/CHOOSE YOUR GOAL

You can’t make lemonade without lemons. I mean, real lemons and not the concentrated lemon juice you clean your meat with. Go to your local grocery, preferably stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. You want organic lemons so you get the full health benefits and enzymes lemons have to offer but that’s optional. Buy 4+ lemons.

Many choices in life, like these lemons, choose one or more.

Choose a goal that excites you. Lemons can metaphorically be two things. It can be the situation you are in right now that you may not be fond of, or it can be your choice of goal or goals you wish to cultivate. You can pick your goals that best fits you by measuring how much of a positive feeling you get thinking about it. Believe it or not, you have as much freedom picking lemons at store as you do with your life. Often times we pick lemons for us but someone is always there to say, “Ew, those lemons?”  “Your lemons are weird.” “How can you possible make lemonade with those lemons?” “You should choose these lemons they will make you rich.” “Your lemons are sinful!You’re going to hell if you make it.”  I’m pretty sure we ALL witnessed this.

STEP 2. ROLL YOUR LEMONS THEN SQUEEZE/DO THE WORK

DO THE WORK AND ROLL THE DAMN LEMONS!

This is probably the most unpleasant part but the most crucial part. Why? because it requires elbow grease a lot of it. It’s the process that makes or breaks you to your perfect lemonade. What you want to do is, take the lemons and literally roll your lemons on a counter or any hard surface. Apply pressure as if you were kneading dough. What this process does is soften the lemons and get the juices flowing. I can’t be anymore literal in this process. As the lemons you bought are probably hard and cold if you were to cut and squeeze you would barely get any juice. You may think it’s the size of the lemons and you have no juicer…nope. When you feel its soft enough cut and squeeze. (Warning: lemon juice will pour out of the lemons when cutting. I advise to cut over pitcher to get every last drop)

Watch the Juice flow!

After you choose you’re goal now it’s time to do the work. This is where you would be met with the most challenges. Discipline kicks in around this time and usually its the longest process. For most is the time while in college, the self promotion to become a rapper/singer to get signed, networking, auditioning, etc. What ever it may be it’s the process between choosing the goal and getting the goal. This is also the process where we meet with adversity, challenges, procrastination, resistance, writers block, or just down right give up! Don’t you do that, now! Do not give up! Your hands will be red and tired and you will be sweating, however, it will be sweet at the end.

STEP 3. ADD SUGAR, WATER, AND STIR/MISSION ACCOMPLISH! 

This is the easy part. What I like about lemonade is that you can design to fit for you. Not everybody likes the same lemonade. Some like it more tart then others while others like a blend between sweet and tart. The water sugar lemon ratio is different but usually people go for 1 to 1.5 cups of sugar for 2 liters of water with four or more lemons. You can do the same ratio to even one gallon of water and 6 or 7 lemons. What is also optional is to add the lemon peels inside for that traditional look.

This is that feeling you get when you are in the recording studio after many months of mixtapes, practicing the lines of your first big movie, dancing in your favorite company, sitting it the office of your own business. It’s the place when you are in your goal and its accomplished. When going through step 2 finally paid off. However, it is also the time for self reflection. Like tasting the lemonade to make sure it’s just right, this is the same time you start to master yourself in any goal. Making sure everything is right before you reap the benefits. Examples would be: Checking out the interior design of your favorite car/test driving, Walking through the house of your dreams before you buy it, making sure every song is perfect for the album, all your moves are correct before going on stage, proof reading your own book, and so on.

STEP 4. DRINK AND ENJOY/ RELAX

This is the best part of it all. The part when you get to drink the creation you made and it taste so swell. It was made perfect for you by you. The best is sharing your happiness and seeing the smile on how it taste good. If it’s to light or to tart for someone else, it doesn’t matter as much simply because it’s perfect for you. You rolled the lemons, you picked out the lemons, you squeezed, and so on. You did the work to get what you wanted and it taste blissful. At least, that’s my revelation from this. It was during step 2 I was saying to myself, “I’m rolling these fucking lemons, this lemonade better taste so fucking good I swear!” It was when I took my first sip that I couldn’t help my smile and be joyous. Had I only added sugar water and lemon juice ( the easy way) I would be missing out on so much more. It makes sense how things that don’t come easy are the most cherished from even as simple as making lemonade.

Get ready to taste creation!!

The crazy part is that in life, we make lemonade for others by force and don’t get the chance to sip the greatness of the result. That’s like making parts for million dollar cars and never able to ride in them. Many people are not sipping their own creation because they are to busy getting paid to manifest other peoples creations. In the end its not bad. One thing I can say is that, if you don’t know what you want from life there is a structure already made for you to follow…and that’s called society. It will you which lemons to pick, how to make it, how it’s suppose to taste, and it’s benefit. 

Lastly, If I were to sell homemade lemonade I’m charging people money for this labor! word, yo!