Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Review of Skullcandy S2ASBZ-CZ Asym Stereo Earbud Headphones (Chrome)

Originally submitted at MidnightBox.com

Enjoy your favorite tunes with these earbud headphones that feature sound isolating technology that helps block outside noise and 3 sizes of silicone ear gels for a custom fit. The wrap-around cable keeps the headphones in place on the go.


Excellent headphones for low $$$!

By legacyelite from Philaldephia, Pennsylvania. on 11/28/2010

 

4out of 5

Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Good Bass, Comfortable, Stylish, Great Sound, Good Value

Best Uses: Working, With My Computer, Working Out, Traveling, Portable Devices

Describe Yourself: Teenager, College Student, Frequent Traveler

Primary use: Personal

Was this a gift?: No

I have had several pairs of great Skull Candy headphones and these take the cake. Take advantage of this great deal while you can.

(legalese)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Handle My Business

I can hardly believe it's been two months since I last posted something. The Lord only knows how many things have changed in my life since my last post. I've finally gotten used to life out here in Philadelphia, I've made a let of friends and many more different people, and I'm steadily getting an idea of what I want to do with the rest of my life.

The one thing that has probably kept me from writing--if not blogging--interestingly enough, is the work I'm currently doing. Working in a school setting with kids all day can be both mentally and physically draining. Don't get me wrong; I love my kids. But there are more than plenty of times that I almost question working with them.

And the crazy part is, dealing with the kids and all of their idiosyncrasies is probably the easiest part of it all. Dealing with a school system that is on the brink of destruction and certain individuals who have low expectations as far as lowering the high school dropout rate can almost kill the morale of all the people trying to rectify things at times.

It's whatever, though. I came too far from when I graduated from Richmond Academy back in May 2006 to turn back now. I have no blood family left in Augusta (I still see you Tina!) and you better believe I am not going back to either of my parent's homes in their respective locations. So with all that being said, it's time to handle business.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dream Girl

It might come off as strange, but I tend to look at dreams differently than most people probably do. I look at them as messages from God in a sense; messages that we cannot comprehend when we are conscious because they're genuinely coded in a higher frequency, a higher wavelength. It's almost like the high-pitched sounds that drive dogs crazy: It irks them because they have far better hearing when we do, so it's a wretched sound to their ears but we cannot hear it.

At any rate, I have crazy dreams. Sometimes I find it hard to wake up because it feels like I'm the main character in a surreal version of my own life story, and things can get so intense that I actually talk in my sleep. (That's what I'm told, anyway. I could imagine how funny--if not creepy--it would be to actually watch me talk in my sleep.) But the dream I had last night... It was major on so many levels.

Imagine meeting a beautiful girl... And when I mean beautiful, I don't even mean superficially speaking. She's smart, has a good sense of humor, has goals... She's the total package. She even reads books for fun. (Do people even do that anymore?) You don't rush into anything with her, just in case things fall through, but over time, you two build a decent friendship. It's not too long before you know everything about her and she knows everything about you. The next thing you know, things become official, and things are great.

But what if this wasn't an imaginary girl in the dream, and it was a girl you actually are pretty tight with? One that you can say has a special place in your heart, but you could never really date because you know each other too well? Well, that's exactly what made this dream so unique. It was a fantasy of sorts, but all too realistic at the same time. I could only wish dreams like this one were realities for me.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Loneliness

For someone who's moved around as much as I have, it probably seems like I don't ever deal with loneliness from time to time. If anything, that's probably why when I do feel lonely, it feels worst than any other bad feeling I could experience. And it's really funny, because when I look at my life, I have more than enough relatives and a handful of siblings... The only thing that gets me about that, is that there are only a handful (if even that) that I feel I can relate to about life. As far as my elder relatives and mentors have ever gone, pretty much all of them are from a previous generation, so it's hard to really express my sentiments about certain things.

And for me to say that I can't express myself is definitely saying something, because I usually have more than my fair share of words to share on any given subject. On the flip side though, this feeling of loneliness I catch every now and then makes me cherish my closest family and friends all the more. If nothing else, I can count on being able to reach out to them for some sort of consolation when I need it, or a few humbling words to bring me down to earth if I'm thinking I'm the truth or something.

And on a side note, it's helped me in maintaining relationships. I've learned to separate friends from acquaintances, and to not focus on those who might be enemies but focus on those I know are my friends. Also, I've learned that having female friends and just being friends isn't so bad after all. So with all that being said, I'd definitely like to show appreciation to my family and friends who show me love and care. Without them (and obviously God) I don't know where I would be.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Sign Of Maturity

Looking at my calendar, it's hard to believe that for a moment, I was watching this summer slowly creep past me. The NBA playoffs were over, all I did was work and sleep on my off days, and I anxiously waited for responses from an organization behind a position I applied for...

And then it happened.

Suddenly, it was like everything was coming to fruition. I got offered a new job, saving up my money was beginning to pay off, and I felt something I hadn't honestly felt in a very long time: Genuine happiness.

I felt happy to say that my Mom was bragging about me to her friends and family. I was happy to know I earned an opportunity to do something I haven't really done in the last four years, which was to live away from home. I even tapped into some of this newly found jubilation and made some beats which I actually liked, which is saying something because I'm my own worse critic.

That's not to say I don't have my melancholy days anymore. I know just today I got my tapeline pushed back by my supposedly reliable barber, and walked as rain steadily got worse and worse to my workplace to pick up my paycheck, practically drenched in rain. But then I looked at my circumstances, and I couldn't trip: I got one more day than I have had in recent weeks, if not months at work, and I had a chance to sit down and eat with a co-worker.

Her name is... Well, I won't put her out there, but we call her J.T. in the kitchen because there's another girl with her same first name. I thought she was cute ever since I met her but I stepped back when she told me she had a boyfriend. (Maybe that's a sign that I'm maturing, or at least know what's good for me. Only God knows...) She had her God-nephew with her, and I can't front, she had a nice outfit on her. It was on point considering the weather, but it still had her unique touch to it.

I bring her up, if nothing else, to just show how far I've come in a sense. Females are a weakness for me, along with kryptonite and my Mom's empanadas. Especially when they're built like her: Nice slim frame, but thick in all the right places, on some disproportionate type stuff. But with her, I've developed a decent friendship, if nothing else, because I really can't get with her like that. So in effect, it's forced me to make myself respect something out of my hands. As a young guy, if that isn't a sign of maturity, what is?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Maybe

Maybe it's the insomniac in me that has me writing this at such a bewitching hour, maybe it's the blueberry muffin I ate before I left work earlier, maybe it's my dougie... I DON'T KNOW! I kid, I kid. I just thought I'd show some love to some people who are interesting in their own rights.

  • Aaron Butler - That's my brother! No, like, seriously... That's my brother. He's older and has the best advice on pretty much everything. I thank God for him; he's my best friend. Whether it's with my writing or some new tracks I've made, he's supportive and always honest.
  • Matt Brown - This dude... I can't say enough good things about him. Pretty much anyone that's been around me knows that I can go ham sometimes, and he's been one of my friends who has that coolness to balance me out. He hoops, makes beats (makes me keep raising my own standards), and is real funny on the low. Mad props to Matt for being a a good dude.
  • Juice Mayne - I'm not going to use his government, but this is another cool dude that I've down with since ninth grade or so. One of the most laid back people you'll ever meet, and he always knows how to find a good time.
  • Arabia Thompson - When I make it big someday I definitely have to pay her back for her birthday dinner last year... (Sorry Arabia!) Fortunately for me though, she doesn't hold any grudges. She's rather petite, but easily one of the toughest and most focused young people I've probably met up to now. She also has a big heart, but you definitely don't want to rub her the wrong way...
  • Cristina Thomas - She's definitely someone I respect. She's funny, intelligent, and isn't bad on the eyes. Easily one of the best friends anyone could have and now she's a college graduate. Way to go, Tina!

And well, I guess that does it. I'm starting to feel a little sleepy now, so hopefully everyone I shouted out gets to see this. Later...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer

As I sit here and type this, all I can think about is how far I've come in the last year. Between taking some time off from school, and spending the better part of my time working, I've had more than enough time to contemplate my future. While I may not like where I've found myself at certain points in the past, I definitely know where I want to be in the future... The only thing keeping me from getting to that point is my self-doubt.

My race doesn't represent me as a person, especially a young person in America; only my work ethic and what I'm willing (and able) to apply it to. And it's crazy when I think about it, because it's tough for people of all ages to get jobs, and perhaps more importantly, find great opportunities. With that being said, I'm just counting my blessings and thanking God for what he's given me.

He's put all the people in my life that I could ever learn from, and then some! Imagine that. At 22, I'm finally starting to learn that my parents and my elders were right about many things. No matter what, making the best of school and your education is usually the best option in pursuing your future career. And regardless of what people say, you should never believe your own hype. After all, we all have room for improvement, and I'm not talking about that one Drake mixtape.

So as I reflect, I'm going to enjoy this summer evening. After all, right behind Christmas, it's probably my favorite time of the year.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Color of Comedy

Earlier today I had a chance to watch an insightful documentary on Black comedy in the 20th century that also discussed the role it's played within the plight of Blacks in America of the course of the last 100 or so years. There were several things that resonated with me, but perhaps more than anything there were a good three that stuck out:

  • Comedian Richard Pryor received due praise for his role as a social commentator.
  • The Cosby Show changed the paradigm of what a Black family in America looked (or at least could look) like.
  • Some of the best talents were and are universal, and are not just limited to playing in front of the same crowds.
The first one was mainly a surprise because of how many people gave Richard Pryor his props. I mainly know him from biographies depicting his life and rough upbringing, and not to mention his rough language during his acts. Sometimes I wonder why more talents can't see past the money or whatever physical items phase them and entertain while provoking thought, like what Bill Cosby did with the Cosby Show.

I've heard and read (not to mention have watched) so much of and about the show since I was a small kid, but as someone who came up in a modest, military family, I never realized what the show represented to less fortunate families of color out there. Comedian Bill Billamy expressed with emphasis what it was like for him growing up as a kid in an apartment in Newark, New Jersey and watching a prominent Black family living in a house on TV. To him, that was unprecedented.

Finally, and perhaps most important to me as a creative individual, was the fact that true talent reaches its potential when it's universal. Don't get me wrong, I love my niche acts and talents that attract cult followings, but to see someone like Chris Rock reach the success he has is impressive. He is himself, and he realizes that if there is nothing else he can do to the best of his abilities, it's to make people laugh. Not Black or White people, but people. Isn't that special? Sometimes we get so caught up in why we're different that we should appreciate what makes us as people so similar.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Distractions

I've been busy enough to be so tired in the last month or so that I've been using more of my free time to catch up on sleep and rest than anything. With work being what it is, I usually just chill on my days off and work on personal paperwork and things like that. Perhaps most telling is me enjoying one of my worst vices (and distractions) reality television.

I know most of the stuff is scripted, but every now and then I'll watch something that's actually thought-provoking. There was this one show on the other night, when a fairly young celebrity was receiving advice from his Dad, and ultimately, insight about love. He pretty much said that when you find that person you're going to be in love with, you know it. Considering the fact that I've never really found myself in love, I pondered what it would be like to be in such a hypnotizing state.

As I continued to think to myself, many different reasons came to mind. I've never really been fond of commitment, and have myself attracted (and sometimes attractive) to all kind of different girls. But as much as that might be the case, I've never really been in love with any one of them, to the point where I'd want to spend an eternity with these girls...

Except for one.

I can talk about her days and probably will in another entry, but she was the first girl to come to mind when I thought about actually entering a serious relationship in the near future. I called her the other night and woke her up; she had class the following morning and wanted me to call her back the following night. To emphasize how excited I was to get a chance to talk to her that night, you would think I didn't work a menial job for way less than I should probably get paid.

We talked about a lot of different things, like our future plans, what we had been up to lately, and each other... But then I brought up some of my thoughts on love and relationships, and told her I felt ready for a relationship but couldn't think of anyone where I was at that I was really feeling. In reality, I want to be with her, and she told me she missed me when I said I missed her... But we're a time zone apart. Just talking as friends, she told me that I shouldn't worry about about girls right now because they're distractions.

I asked her if she thought she was a distraction, and she asked me if I thought she distracted me? I laughed and told her no, but I had to admit she stayed on my mind a lot.

I guess my point in writing all this, is to pose these questions: How do you know when you're in love, and what does it feel like? The girl in question means a lot to me, but I want to see things from all angles...

Friday, March 5, 2010

What Are You Talented At?

I've been feeling the biggest burst of energy so far this month than I have probably felt since my brother left after visiting my family and I in late December. I've started writing again, writing down ideas and concepts for potential projects, and just overall feel alive again. I attribute a lot of it to the current changing of seasons (as a Southerner with Latino blood running through my veins, I don't care for the cold much at all) to the Lord having his way in my life.

Now don't get me wrong: I still have a long way to go before I'm totally on the straight and narrow. But between trying to drop bad habits and develop new and healthy ones, I'm slowly and steadily making steps towards where I want to be. It's like the legendary basketball coach John Wooden said in this interview I watched on TV yesterday: "One of the biggest things young people lack is patience." I totally agree. As impatient as I have been in the past, I'm finally starting to realize that nothing worth having comes easy. Hard work pays off.

Another (and perhaps more tangible) example comes when I look in the mirror. For someone who's never really thought much of their self as far as looks were concerned, all it's taken for me to feel better about my outward appearance is a changed perception. Since I've started to show myself love, I've started to notice the waves forming in my hair and the improvement of my overall complexion. The best part about all of this is that while these things may only be small steps, they're more than enough to make me want to continue my self-improvement.

So now, with this (and other things) gaining prominence in my personal life, I'm starting to believe in myself and my abilities again. I'm focused as far as my academic aspirations for the fall are concerned, and am consistently looking for new job opportunities. My favorite pastime of creating music won't take a backseat, but I'll make sure to manage my time better. My main focus in doing that is to produce more quality tracks, and fewer tracks by large quantities that lack all the details I would usually put into my work. In addition, I'd like to build a brand out of Legacy Elite Music. A friend said that "building brands" was one of her goals for 2010, so between her work ethic and all-around know-how, she's a great asset.

It's an important thing to remember, but in case you forget (because I know I do at times): The only person standing in the way of your success is you. Step aside and let your abilities speak for themselves. After all, we're all talented at something. The only question is, "What are you talented at?"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tender Love

I'm listening to a track I made that sampled a popular 80's song, and while it definitely is waiting for some love-related lyrics to be written to it, I'm not really up for all of that. Maybe it's because I'm too young to really understand what love is between a man and a woman, or maybe it's because I have never really been in love before... Maybe it's a little bit of both. Either way, as I get older, Valentine's Day is proving to be one of the more intriguing dates on my calendar. It's so funny, because people start acting real strange around Valentine's Day. Yes, we all know cuffing season's should be over, but for whatever reason we're stuck with another month of it.

So bearing this in mind, expect dudes to go hard with the cuffing and being simple, while shrewd females the world over are going to take advantage of these peculiar behaviors. I joke a lot, but think about it: What other time of the year do you see members of the opposite sex acting stranger towards you than they normally would? I can't think of one. Don't get me wrong, I imagine it must be great to have a significant other on a "holiday" that was pretty much engineered by the geniuses some candy and card companies years ago, but it doesn't really move me that much.

Additionally, what happens for these people after Valentine's Day? Will they be more in love than they ever were before, or will they have unrealistic expectations for their relationships because of how special their Valentine Days (or Nights, in some cases), were? Relationships are tough enough emotionally as anything we as people experience in our lives, but to set yourself up for failure via a poor relationship choice has to take the cake of questionable moves.

And finally, before I end things, people should definitely know the difference between genuinely loving someone (or something) and "merely" being in love. This is something that causes a lot of confusion, and in many cases, hurt feelings. I remember during a Bible study the teacher went through the different types of loves, like the one we have for God ("agape") and the ones we have for our mother, our father, our siblings, etc. The main thing our mentor was trying to drive home was the true meaning of love, inasmuch as, I much as a I love my mother, I could never love her the way I will love my future wife. There's room for everyone in a sense...

But if you love someone, there has to be room for their feelings, too. It's really easy to indicate you're "in love" with someone, but if you sell them on that and they start actually saying they love you... Well, that's a problem. Many of us feel a need to be in relationships just to say we are in them, or in other words, for that seemingly elusive sense of security. It's whatever. I guess in the end, no matter who you decide is that special one for you or however far your relationship will go, just make sure that "Tender Love" is reciprocated.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Positive Outlook

This new year has been good to me so far. I already feel that much more productive than I did in 2009, and I am getting closer and closer to reaching some of my short term goals. In addition, I've tightened up my inner circle and am not as focused on my own flaws as I was before. The wildest thing I've come to realize about my own potential and expectations for myself is that I don't have a chance of getting anywhere near my goals if I'm standing in my own way.

That realization may be secondhand knowledge to other people, but it's taken countless lectures and dialogues from my father (among other people) to finally scratch the surface of the limitless outer space known as my mind. In other words, a thought that might have crossed other people's minds in less time has just registered with me within the last year or so. And the more I think about it, I guess that just comes from the unique way I look at things... In an abstract, yet ultimately pragmatic manner.

The thing is, a young person still coming up in today's society can't afford to really think this way, unless they have the means to maintain a decent quality of life until they find a way to tap into their potential, and take advantage of their God-given genius. I'm learning this first-hand, and that's probably the reason why for the first time in my young life, I'm starting to appreciate many of the lessons my parents and elders have taught me over the years. For example, both my mother and father stressed the importance of excelling in school, because the thought of them getting a post-secondary education around the time they graduating high school something of a luxury.

If nothing else, I want to look back on 2010 and say it was the best year I've had in recent memory. And if I stay focused on my goals, personal, academic and fiscal, I should have no problem reaching them. It's always good to maintain a positive outlook, because no matter how negative things may get, you can see past them.