Youth It’s Not An Excuse
As the Miley backlash continues I told myself I wasn’t going to write about her silly attempts at dancing or the racial tones of everything she’s been putting out in the public recently. As I’ve told folk already I’m not going to act surprised at this when so many of us made what she’s doing a style/trend to be copied. What I have found just as interesting about all this is the rationale some people have applied to this which is “Oh she’s just 20 she’s young..” or “I did things when I was 20 that were wild too.” Yeah perhaps we need a bit of a reality check folks.
Sometimes I wonder if accountability is a lost concept. We ALWAYS have some reasoning that allows almost all actions to be explained away as anything but a mistake by the party in question. Especially in the realm of celeb youth activities we have this distorted attempt to connect what they do to what we do and it’s not the same, not in the slightest manner.
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Hip Hop’s King of NY?….What a Joke
Why you kill on every song, why you frown at the screen
It’s so many thrones, why we argue who is the King
– Common “Why” (Remix)
Hip Hop is me. It’s in the way I see the world. It’s in the codes of conduct I abide by. It’s in my walk, my talk….it’s in me. As a member of the Hip Hop community I look at us presently as a directionless, blindfolded fool simply following whatever is the loudest noise in the area. I hear so many conversations about who runs this and that. Silly claims to a throne that in all reality has been vacant for a decade. In truth, looking at the kingdom said King would rule over, at least on the mainstream level, Hip Hop has seen better days artistically. Unless an MC aspires to be King of Strip clubs it’s really not what it used it be. But that leads me into my true question. Who are the leaders of present day hip hop?
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The Omega Nexus Charges Forward!!
It’s an exciting day as my Omega Nexus partners have returned to their birthplace of Barbados for the 2013 Animekon convention. The island is a buzz with comic book lovers, gamers and cosplay participants of all ages. Yesterday the heads of Animekon Omar Kennedy and Mel Young led a full day of media w/ some of the honorary guests that will be at the convention this weekend.
We wanted to kick things off with a bang this year!! After years of pushing the introductory tale of the Slade Brothers we have officially announced the next part of the saga. Ascended: The Omega Nexus DARK BEGINNINGS. Spring 2014 will begin the telling of the origin story of all the central characters of the current book. Prepare to be hooked and fall in love again with these characters as you know what events shaped their lives early on to lead them down their respective paths.
Expect to more details on the new book as we make our way through the remainder of the year. It’s been a long time coming but now it’s time to truly tell the story you’ve all been waiting for. If you have yet to read the current book now is as good a time as any to get familiar with it. We’re in the midst of a sale at the official Omega Nexus store. You can utilize the discount code “Animekon” for %20 off any purchase of at least $20.00. In addition to that all ordered copies of the book will be autographed by the head Author Roger Reece. Take advantage of the offer now it’s over this Tuesday.
After the jump you find a few pieces of Omega Nexus archive media to learn about what we’ve been up to to this point.
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Chasing Muscle Perfection…..The Disorder
For the better part of my youth I was tall and skinny and while I never had a major self esteem issue beyond what most young adults go through, I did know that by high school I wanted to be bigger. I didn’t want muscle head status but for my 6’4 height I felt I needed more. This would kick in more toward the end of high school into college as I got more into weight lifting and started understanding more about the effect of my diet. I found a comfort zone of size that worked for me and I’ve maintained it pretty consistently over the past decade. It would appear that a growing number of men though aren’t finding themselves too happy with what they see in the mirror these days. While, many people generally may obsess on getting smaller, the need to get bigger and max out muscle growth is on the rise among men , with potentially dangerous results.
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With Caribana tunes and memories still dancing in my mind I have no shame in proclaiming the love I have for the city of Toronto. Great friends, cool environment, clean and always active with events of all kinds. August is coming to the close and as I look towards September I notice that my folk up top are setting the month up to keep you busy and properly occupied.
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We Are Here For You Women If You Allow Us
The past week has been a mixed bag of thoughts and emotions as I observed my people. The women of the Internets were a force to be reckoned with as I saw the topic of sexism & misogyny take hold of the twitterverse and blogosphere. Whether its images of women journalists being made to sit on the floor in Iran or the tasteless attempt at comedy that was the Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, women on this earth get it from all angles. It hurts me and makes me ill. I don’t get it. I’ll never get the mentality that sees women as anything less than the male equal. Yes we are different, we work different, we often feel differently but we are two sides of the same coin and I won’t ever look down on you.
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Summer Saturday with The Samurai!!!
I thought my serious socializing event days were long behind me but as it would appear the nature of the events have simply upgraded over the years. Gone is the need to be out till 4am in the morning. I’ll take the early afternoon affairs as a nice change of pace. I’ve seen a big increase in the Brunch movement this Summer and it’s time that the Samurai introduce himself to the scene. This weekend you have two great Brunch options brought to you by MRA Productions.
See details After the Jump!!
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Kendrick MC Wake Up Call…Who’s Listening?
By now everyone has heard the recent lyrical alarm sounded off by Cali’s lyrical torch-bearer Kendrick Lamar. The young MC decided to turn a Big Sean song called “Control” into his own personal sounding board for all those within the current crop of up and coming artists. In an age where few artists mention others by name and most look to avoid the confrontational nature that has been a staple within the genre, Mr Lamar said “Screw that!” Running off a list of the games current “new” artists Kendrick woke up the collective Hip Hop community with is unexpected attack.
Listen to Kendrick go off here *NSFW*
In the aftermath of this fury artists who have been on and off the mainstream radar are replying with “answer” tracks to the many claims young Kendrick made. Personally as a fan of lyrics and word play this is heaven to me just because I love the art of Rap. I get that some music has its place and all material doesn’t need to be super lyrical, but its nice to hear a certain level of skill again. Now, while a expect to see no immediate end to the reply songs, I hope that the bigger point raised by Kendrick Lamar does not get missed. This isn’t a one time call to action. It’s a self check on what you are doing and taking pride in the title of MC. This is a title that for as long as it has existed demanded you to bring your best and strive to be the best.
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10 Years Later…Remembering When New York Went Black
It’s amazing to think that it’s been a decade since the North East Blackout that shut down power for approx 50 million people from NYC to Ontario. I couldn’t help but think back to where I was and more importantly who I was when that took place. So, much has changed yet so much is still the same. When the power first shut down that afternoon I was enjoying a care free day with my family out-of-town on vacation. I was working at Home Depot at the time and clearly the power outage resulted in an end of business but being a manager I drove down to see what was going on. Home Depot was NOT going to miss out on the opportunity to make money and they had back up generations on deck to facilitate sales of batteries, flashlights and other emergency supplies. It hadn’t sunk in yet just what was going on until I turned on the radio and heard that what I thought was a simple local power outage was actually a national event that had taken out the north-eastern corner of the nation. Now the level of worry started to kick in.
Remember that we are only 2 yrs removed from 9/11 so something of this scale and magnitude automatically gets a nervous reaction as we all waited for a cause. I started calling and checking on friends and family. MY Truck with a 3/4 tank of gas was no a mini HQ since I could move around, listen to the radio for updates and keep my phone charged. It was an odd feeling as night fall set in. It wasn’t a feeling of fear or nervousness but just the fact that this was something that doesn’t happen often and you knew it’d be a memory you look back on. It was uncertainty that reigned that night. Would people do something to set off a more dangerous situation? Fortunately nothing of that nature went down.
I can admit the one person I would have wanted to be with at the time was not an option for a few reasons so I spent most of the Blackout time shooting the breeze with my boys. I do wonder how things would play out if that were to happen again. With a for great social network then I had back then I could imagine folk turning it into a party. But would Twitter and Facebook maintain through a blackout of that level? They served us well during Super storm Sandy so I’m sure the tweets resulting from that would be legendary. 1 night when you had to get by without the usual comforts of society. How would you fare?
Feel free to share your thoughts and memories of that day. And make sure you follow me at @Trueomeganexus on Twitter.
Work vs Career…..Own your Lane
I’ve seen the image above in a few different styles and designs. The actual visual may vary but the message is the same or at least the general interpretation of it is the same. Avoid the rat race, don’t follow the advice of others if you’re not living an “exciting” life it’s all your folk. In the present day of growing entrepreneurship, start-ups and home based business, the allure of being your own boss is at an all time high. The desire to get away from the 9-5, behind the desk work mode is pushing many people to take chances and explore areas of life that many don’t wish to risk dealing with. I can respect this as I myself deal with the development and growth of personal business.
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