Vain and stupid people care about Reputation

Vain and stupid people care about Reputation

On Instagram @seanjeann I asked my followers on a poll for their views on Reputation. I asked “Does reputation matter in the big picture?” Results are still up but about 60% believe YES, your rep matters, they could not be more wrong! In the BIG picture of life someone’s reputation doesn’t matter because it is rooted in gossip and assumptions. When someone has a rep, for example being a whore, it is based on opinions, gossip and judgement. Are we going to live like that? Are we going to let opinions and gossip rule how we think or how we see things? Unfortunately, yes.

Why? Look at the title. Most of us are vain and stupid that’s why we look at our social media like ragging lunatics to see who’s watching us. Our vanity forces us to care about other people’s reputation, people we don’t even know. We connect dots based on assumptions making us look like dummies, because that is what we are and that is what we do. Its pathetic.

That 40% that chose “nah” on the reputation poll is promising, because it tells me that they see the BIG picture. They transcend human nature and chose to live a life free of prejudice, which is what we should all aim for. They have a brain and can think for themselves instead of letting others effect their views. Life is not about what others say or what you’ve heard, life is about actions because actions matter. Anything else is just stupid, dumb, vain, speculation…

 

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Motivation Mondays: Self-Worth

Motivation Mondays: Self-Worth

“why did you even deal with her?”

“you’re better than that!”

“that was a waste of your time”

“wow, that’s what you did”

“DAMN, That’s what happened?”

“Why did you do that, you deserve better’

I’ve heard these before and I’m sure you have too. All of these have one theme and it’s in the title: self-worth. I find that we live in a time where we know our worth but DON’T at the same time. We measure each other’s value on how many followers we have, the quality of pictures we have, how much “success” we’re having, how much money we have, how fly are clothes are looking, etc. We measure our worth in the most superficial ways.

Is it human nature? Is it a sign of the times? Is it capitalism? Is it North American culture? Is it how men are raised? Let me tell you the truth, it’s all of these combined. We live in a selfish age and a selfish time. We pick to Retweet a movement to prove we have morals instead of going out to do the work. We take photos with our baby cousin to prove that we’re good with kids. We take gym selfies to prove we care about our health. All of this because we want to show or “worth”. All of us trying to create a story of how valuable we are to reach our desired “level”. In Sociology this concept is called Social stratification which essentially means we, as a group of people, work and try to reach higher levels of social and/or material proof. But why am I even writing about this?

Because I have reached a crossroad that everyone must reach, evaluating my self worth. Everyday people work jobs that they are overqualified for, relationships that they’ve outgrew and stay at the same place they grew up. I want us to break these chains. My journey to figuring this out was a few weeks ago when I was seeing a someone, I quickly realized that she was not worth my time, energy and commitment. The problem was I felt comfortable with her I didn’t feel challenged, I lowered my expectations, I settled. I didn’t feel like I deserved better, my self esteem was low. Never again.

One of my mentors (shout out JJ) once told me “people treat you how you let them treat you” at the time I thought it was a weird saying but he was spitting facts. I let her (and others in life) treat me worse than I actually am. A strange thing happens when you don’t know your value, you start believing what others SAY your value is! You build a script in your head of what THEY think you are and you appease their views. It’s easier to fall down to what they expect and you rationalize it. For me, I saw it as being kind to her, being compassionate but that wasn’t the case. It’s because I was a pussy weak and did not understand my worth. My time, energy and spirit. This has led to some uncomfortable thoughts and reflection about life and the future.

But I embrace it. Rather than let the “what if” of life circle my mind and get flushed down the toilette I want the “I will”. I will NOT deal with someone beneath me. I will do better. I will NOT waste my time. I will take control of my time. I will take risks to get where I want to be. I will reach my goals and dreams.

I will know my worth and never settle because I’m “comfortable”.

And

I hope you do the same.

🙂

Fame, Jealousy and Death: my thoughts on Xxxtentacion, Smoke Dawg and Jimmy Wapo

Fame, Jealousy and Death: my thoughts on Xxxtentacion, Smoke Dawg and Jimmy Wapo

Biggie once said “you’re nobody, till somebody kills you”.

Never has that been more true than the recent deaths of local legends and worldwide rap stars like Xxxtentation, Smoke Dawg and Jimmy Wapo. First off I want to say Rest In Peace and my dearest condolences to the familes, friends and fans of each of these rappers. I am a fan of all three but mostly an X fan. These deaths taught me a lot mainly the power of jealousy and fame.

Boosie BadAzz on VladTV proclaimed that rappers need to get out of their hometowns or they’ll get killed because of jealously. That is exactly what happened to each of these three. X was touching the peaks of mainstream success and climbing into “Pop Star” territory, Smoke Dawg was already a Toronto legend and Wapo was a respected up and comer. With clout that strong jealousy, friends, family and enemies consistently surrounding them something was BOUND to happen. The sad truth is People Don’t WANT YOU TO WIN. When the killers watched X’s social media waiting to catch him slipping and rob him they did it out of out of Hate, distain and envy. When they shooters ran up on Smoke in downtown Toronto they were full of hate, distain and envy. When they murderers drove by Wapo they were filled with hate, distain and envy. Do you see the trend?

This isn’t new in hip hop, legends being killed in their home turf or getting seriously hurt. I can’t just chalk it up to “The Streets” or black on black crime. It’s a human problem rather than support or get inspired by others success we decide to end their lives. Pathetic! As a culture, this culture of rap we can’t let the envy blind us. We can’t sink down to our lower nature we must fight to keep love and support for each other.

Because that is all we have.

Us.

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

 

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.