Instead of, “do what you love,” perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, “love what you do.”
If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we’re going to do important work.
- via Seth Godin
’Turn Passion On Its Head’
Blaming Hip-Hop for the problems in and out of our community is some real Stockholm syndrome shit. We are not to blame for the systematic attacks on our people. Long before Kool Herc spun at a party or the world heard ‘Rappers Delight’, the police were killing us in cold blood. From Camden to Watts and Chicago to New Orleans, there have been countless cases of police terrorism and lynchings in this country over the past 500 years. Wearing a SnapBack doesn’t give the police a right to harass and beat you, same as Trayvon wearing a hoodie shouldn’t give predators like Zimmerman a pass to kill a child.
The true problem is that this country built itself and still feeds itself off of Black Death. Hip-Hop music was not there when slaves, attempting to escape, were tied to horses and quartered in front of the entire plantation to strike fear in men, women and children. The music was not there when Emmett Till was snatched from his bed or when the freedom riders were attacked by the side of the road. Rap music didn’t assassinate our leaders based on COINTELPRO documents and the eradication of a possible Black Messiah - the FBI did that. Hip-Hop didn’t create crack cocaine and flood it into Black & Brown neighborhoods, the CIA did that.
Blaming our music ignores the fact that this is nothing new; it has been updated to suit the times, but it’s nothing but Jim Crow 2.0. Hip-Hop is not the problem, in fact it has been a powerful tool to spread the truth about the injustices committed against us here in America since its inception. The system attempts to co-opt it based on the power it has. Hip-Hop has spread all over the world and appealed to all as a music of the counter-culture, a buck back at the system and a rise against oppression. The spirit of our culture is as brave as the Spirituals we sung on the plantation laden with hidden messages leading us from bondage. It’s as genius as Jazz and the flatted 5th’s we played from memory and improvisation while the society that danced to it wouldn’t allow itself believe we had the mental capacity to compose it. Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop, Soul, R&B, House, Go-Go, Hip-Hop and every other musical form we have created in America have been powerful tools in our fight for Freedom, Justice and Equality.
No Justice No Peace
Eternia talks gratitude, being present in the moment, and life after hip-hop - you can read more at: The Come Up Show (Interview + Podcast). Thanks to Martin and Chedo for always showing love and support. Photo by Danielle Da Silva.
Don’t let your better angels be shouted down by the demons in your head…
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The two most effective words to finding balance in your life are “be there!” When you’re at home, be there! When you’re out spending time with friends or family, be there! And when you’re at work, be there, too! Fully engage yourself wherever you are at the moment, because one of life’s most draining and stressful activities is to be one place physically and somewhere else mentally.
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'Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.' - Andrew Carnegie
The more I speak with people in various industries, the more I get the feeling that some people have not yet gotten the memo that the economy is not changing; it’s changed! The spirit of growth and innovation is so exciting to some and very frightening to others. As many factories have closed, jobs have been outsourced and/or automated, the artist in each of us has the opportunity to leverage our inner passion(s) and create…
What you create is entirely up to you, but many of the walls and barriers of entry have been broken down and new and better “factories" have sprung up in its place. The power is in the hands of those who create (artists) & also those who consume (fans) … if you should choose to embrace the opportunity.
Put These 5 Procedures To Work For You:
1. Action cures fear. Isolate your fear and then take constructive action. Inaction — doing nothing about a situation — strengthens fear and destroys confidence.
2. Make a supreme effort to put only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Don’t let negative, self-deprecatory thoughts grow into mental monsters. Simply refuse to recall unpleasant events or situations.
3. Put people in proper perspective. Remember, people are more alike, much more alike, than they are different. Get a balanced view of the other fellow. He is just another human being. And develop an understandable attitude. Many people will bark, but it’s a rare one who bites.
4. Practice doing what your conscience tells you is right. This prevents a poisonous guilt complex from developing. Doing what’s right is a very practical rule for success.
5. Make everything about you say, “I’m confident, really confident.” Practice these little techniques in your day-to-day activities: a) Be a front seater. b) Make eye contact. c) Walk 25 percent faster. d) Speak up. e) Smile big.
- from The Magic Of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, Ph.D
At the Columbus College of Art and Design, two rogue college students are creating quite a stir… but not by any normal means. They aren’t cheating or stealing, they are causing a creative riot. The anonymous duo, who go by the name Dangerdust, sneak into a classroom each week and create a masterpiece out of nothing but chalk. - More HERE.