Poetry on people: J.M.

Poetry on people: J.M.

A few months ago we meet

Unconventional yet with the same objectives

Easier said than done

We both thought we were the one

then we tried it

But you’re a liar and you can’t hide it

Hide it behind stories of former lovers

Hide it behind bodily pains

Hide it behind “friends” and “family”

Hide it behind the attention you crave

The male attention

Regardless of selection

The lies you tell, you can’t hide it

the excuses you make you, you tried it

But I see behind it

My sixth sense could see you in the M. Night

full like the moon light

full like the way you feel about yourself

yet not full enough to be without a man filling your “self”

A few months ago we meet

And those are a few months…I regret

 

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The Golden State Warriors are the greatest team of all time and it’s not even close…

The Golden State Warriors are the greatest team of all time and it’s not even close…

When I am 60 sitting on my couch slowly dying from diabetes I will tell my grand kids that the best NBA team, the 2015-Whenever Golden State Warriors.

Sadly I’ll tell them that my favorite player, Dwyane Wade, had ego problems and couldn’t play with the greatest player of all time. I’ll tell my grand kids about a man called LeBron James, the first NBA billionaire and the greatest player of all time consistently LOSING to the Warriors. I’ll tell them that James faced teams that were stacked and built to destroy him, Super teams. I’ll tell them about Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen two of the greatest players of their generation, choosing to form the NBA’s first ever Super Team that inspired players to form MEGA-Superteams leading to the collapse of the NBA.

While they pretend to listen to me on their Super Iphone 23 I’ll remind them that the Warriors had 4 Hall of Famer’s on one team. I’ll tell them how their “fans” were bandwagons that don’t care about parity in sports. I’ll rant about the NBA turning into La Liga where two or three teams run the entire league and no one else has a chance. I’ll make sure they know that Kevin Durant, the greatest scorer in the NBA chose to leave his contender team to join 2 of the best shooters of all time.

But my grand kids won’t care. Nobody cares about facts, people care about emotions. They won’t understand. They’ll be wearing LeBron 23’s and watching Jet racing on Super TVs because facts don’t matter. Emotions matter.

The Warriors are the greatest NBA dynasty of all time and LeBron faced them and won, Once. Which is enough because 29 professional teams can not say that.

 

The top 10 photographers in Ottawa

The top 10 photographers in Ottawa

Ottawa has a A LOT of talent. For a conservative Government town we are having an Artistic renaissance from all forms of expression. From rap, fashion, r&b, production, film and of course Photography! I  say with full confidence that our city has the best photographers in Canada . In no particular order here is my list of 10 Photographers in this city REALLY REALLY doing work and putting us on the map.

  1. Wassim Farah (@wssm6)

Wassim

In the space of hip hop no one trumps Wassim, a true inspiration and innovator. Shoots with Drake, Jorja Smith, Ski Mask the Slump God and Ottawa’s bubbling rap star Night Lovell Wassim’s work ethic and passion deserves respect! I personally love his edits and simplicity. His pictures make you feel something.

 

 

2. Dini (@the.visionary)

Visionary

The definition of HUSTLE. Dini is one of those rare photographers that gained accidentally became great, if you get the chance ask him how he got in the game. His work ethic and drive has made him one of the most sought after shooters in the city. On top of that he is a strong Brand ambassador and a genuinely good guy.

 

 

3.  Cassandra Even-Hen (@cleoflaneur)

Cleo

Creativity! That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I look at Cassandra’s work. Certified hustler, she is one of the most innovative creators in the city (and Montreal too). Her work is eclectic like her personality! As one of my mentors she offered wisdom and genuinely cares about the art form. Big Ups Cleo, can’t wait for your next move!

 

 

4.  @freshh_anderson

FreshAnderson

One of the most experienced photographers on this list Fresh offers exactly what his name says. From top to bottom his work is fresh in a structured way! Consistency is his strong suit and being able to provide quality shoots with some of the most beautiful models in the city. Stay up Fresh!

 

5. Odunsi Oladimeji (@oladimeg)

Oladimeg

As y’all have noticed I am pro-black and afro centric, Odunsi’s work speaks to me at that level. Featured in Afropunk for his series about Black women, it is clear that he is proud of his heritage and his people! Big respect to the young shooter.

 

 

 

6. Arnold Hamisi (@giftedvisions)

Gifted Visions

You know I have to stand up with my Africans! Arnold is one of the most talented individuals in this city, other than shooting he is a great christian rapper. His work behind the lens is creative and very professional. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

7. @Soul.kreativity

Soulkreativity

Bold is the first word that comes to mind when I think and look at Soul’s work. She brings a strong yet gentile touch to her pictures, usually following a narrative. Her consistency has led her to being one of the best in the city, check out her #Fokus series at Happy Goat.

 

 

8. @Omnarayana

Omanarayana

Omnarayana is one of those photographers that sees the bigger picture before focusing on specifics. With a very minimalist style he gives a breath of fresh air in his shoots, definitely worth a look. Simple is best!

 

 

 

 

9. Andrew Kaikai (@andrew.kaikai)

Andrew kaikai

One of the few architectural and landscape photographers on this list, Andrew presents amazing pictures that spark the question “where is that?”. He is able to find gems in the city and make them look great, a true talent.

 

 

 

10. @faces.studio

Facesstudios

Personally I believe that faces has some of the best edits in the city. People often forget that a big part of photography is editing and faces stands out! Portraits may seem easy on the surface but the way he/she does it is refreshing and unique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION

A short list of other amazing shooters in the city!

@jeanviews                                                      @tash0graphy

Jeanviewstash0graphy

@therealkerbens                                         @613ninja

Kerbens 613ninja

@rgreeley2214                                                    @art.ssenses

Robert Greely Felix

 

 

LeBron doesn’t owe Cleveland a DAMN thing!

LeBron doesn’t owe Cleveland a DAMN thing!

Sports media is so stupid I literally want to slap the life out of ESPN, TSN, FOX Sports and Dummies on Youtube!

For most of LeBron James career they’ve always criticized him. Skip Bayless leading the charge. Here are the narratives

  • LeBron can’t make the finals
  • LeBron can’t beat Boston
  • LeBron can’t get a ring
  • LeBron can’t surpass Kobe
  • LeBron can’t win without all-stars
  • LeBron can’t surpass Jordan

BULL! A bunch of Bull that’s what it is! These analysts get paid millions to talk smack about the greatest basketball player of all time. Yes I said it, even being 3-6 in the finals LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan, he doesn’t owe Cleveland or any “NBA Analysts” anything! His accomplishments speak for themselves.

Making the NBA Finals 8 makes him automatically puts him in GOAT conversation. Making his team come back from a 3-1 deficit against the greatest Dynasty of all Time makes him seal that convo. You ever went to the washroom and took a strong poop, start cleaning your asshole, go on with your day and realize later that there’s poop particles still in there? Those aint particles, they are the 2017-2018 Cavaliers Roster. LeBron deserves better, he will leave this team and I will buy his Lakers/Knicks jersey for the 2018-2019 season.

And you should too.

 

We need to talk about suicide

We need to talk about suicide

 

We need to seriously start talking about suicide, from the media point of view and how we can stop this epidemic.

First and foremost I have issues with news media outlets talk and how they talk about celebrity suicide. This is the same problem I have with school shooters, the way they talk about mental illness as a side bar to the whole story but feature the victim/attacker NON STOP! This glorifies the Shooter and creates copycats! Its the same reason 13 Reasons Why is a terrible show and shouldn’t be watched. Lets say I was running CNN and decided to host 24 hour coverage of pancake. My viewers would get hungry and then go out to Shoppers and buy a shit ton of them. This is the same logic that advertisers use when it comes to product placement in movies and TV shows. Humans are simple, we see something, then we do it. Monkey see, monkey do. Do you understand the danger in this? When the media decides to follow MONEY and CLICKS in the subject of Depression and SUICIDE, I get fuckin angry. Why must TMZ keep writing stories about Kate Spade instead of broadcasting suicide prevent hotlines? I’ll tell you why.

The Medium is the message. These news outlets and gossip sites are about MONEY. Advertisers give them money based on views, producers are scum of the earth that will flip their moral compass upside down to get a quick buck in the name of GREED. The media must change the way they show suicide and how they report on it, it should be done with care and with pure intentions. We don’t need details about the “hanging”, “overdose”, “head shot” we need solutions !

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