Make The Social Media Samurai the People’s Choice

Make The Social Media Samurai the People’s Choice

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The summer season is upon us and I was made aware of an amazing opportunity that I just could not pass up. The people at Choice Hotels are looking for an Ambassador for the summer. The search for the Ultimate People Person is on and yours truly is throwing is his hat in the ring for the role. If selected I would be on the road for the next few months visiting various events, interacting with people and representing the Choice Hotels brand.

Those of you that know me know this is an ideal situation for me. Travel, Driving & Social Media is what I do. So now we need to let Choice Hotels know.  Using the hashtag #ChoicePeoplePerson & @ChoiceHotels show your support for why I should be their new Ambassador!! Post on IG, Twitter & Facebook and make sure you tag me so I can show my thanks!!!!

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ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 WRAP UP – [SAMURAI EXTENSION]

ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 WRAP UP [SAMURAI EXTENSION]

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As quick as it came it’s now a wrap for season 2 of Madame Noire’s #AskABlackMan. 6 weeks of conversation and topic discussion has gone down and now I hope I lot of these chats go on in your own homes, relationship, etc…. Communication is at the heart of so many of our issues. Do we have the patient and determination to get it right? I like to think so.

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Below you can see my final thoughts on this great experience. Underneath the video is a link to allow you to check out the entire Season 2 of Ask A Black Man.

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ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 STATUS REPORT EPISODE – [SAMURAI EXTENSION]

ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 STATUS REPORT EPISODE

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Greetings and thanks off top for the all people who have followed along with the #AskABlackMan series. Madame Noire is wrapping it up with their Status Report Episode. In this edition your friendly Social Media Samurai joins the crew to sit down and discuss a number of the questions and curiosities between men and women. It’s a range of the most polarizing issues we repeatedly hear in society.

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Dive into this week’s material after the jump and let us know what you think. I’ll have a special commentary for this Samurai Extension later this week.

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Did The B-Sides Weekend Save Tidal? – Jay Z’s Ultimate Lifeline

Did The B-Sides Weekend Save Tidal? – Jay Z’s Ultimate Lifeline

 

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Folk are still talking about the back to back performances Jay Z treated his faithful Tidal members too in NYC this past weekend. We’re only a few weeks removed  from Hov’s unexpected Twitter appearance to defend Tidal’s slow start. The immediate back lash from naysayers that had already started digging the grave for the newly launched media platform was felt all across the internets. Given that tension filled climate, the announcement of the B Sides show couldn’t have come soon enough.

As Pier 5 hosted the Jay Z love fest for fans of all ages, one thing became crystal clear. When Jay presents himself through music no one questions him. There’s always a space for people to doubt the motives behind his many business ventures. From his interjection into the Occupy Wall Street movement to last years drama packed partnership with high end store Barney’s there have been time’s when even the most faithful fan had to wonder if the all mighty dollar was all that mattered.

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Many were viewing TIDAL the same way. “It’s too expensive.” “Why would I move from Spotify for streaming or Youtube for video content?” There are no lack of questions about the point behind Tidal. Then the content slowly started rolling out. Exclusives from Rihanna & Beyonce were released. The Internet moves at lightning speed but at least for now Tidal user were getting material 1st and in this age that means everything even if it’s only a matter of days or even hours. It seemed clear that Tidal for now was going to ride the backs of its flagship superstars.

That was plan A. Plan B was the live concert access. Roc Nation artist J Cole featured a private concert performance exclusive to members which was received to very positive reviews. Now it was time for the big guns. Jay Z announced the all time rumored B sides concert for the good people of NYC, that were subscribed to Tidal of course.

Prompted to create their own B sides playlist of Jay Z songs, members directly won tickets to the live showing . In addition to all this, to show that he does have a heart, the 1st of the 2 nights was streamed live for free to show all just what Jay had on deck.

It was a memorable hip hop night punctuated by a Rocafella x State Property reunion, an appearance by the ever enigmatic Jay Electronica  and an opening freestyle taking aim at Tidal’s competition as well as touching on a few of the social issues now burning throughout the nation.  When it was all said and done It was nothing but positive reactions to the weekends events. Fans and industry folk alike not only expressed satisfaction with Jay Z’s concert but it would seem that many were won over enough to buy into Tidal membership. Many who were trashing the service within the past month were now all in. What happened? What converted the doubtful? It’s really simple. Jay went back to basics.

Jay spoke to the people in the language that brought him his initial fame. He put the corporate talk and investment chatter to the side for a moment to rap with folk. Instead of tweeting and trying to explain why Tidal is “for the people” he cut the middle out and just connected with the people. Before all else Jay is Hip Hop and Hip Hop culture still rules the world. When you can create emotion and tap into feelings and memories with the public, it goes so much further then logically breaking down percentages and profit margins.

Hov went back to being the guy that everyone followed. From white tees to throw back jerseys to button ups. The real was back. Tidal was presented as the ultimate VIP pass instead of just another streaming service. As long as experiences can be provided then Tidal will win in the end.

As I type this Tidal just released Made in America Tickets to Tidal users. People, especially those in Hip Hop lovee feeling “exclusive”. Watch Jay and company ride that Tidal wave all the way to the bank.

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Here’s Why It’s Good That Miles Morales Isn’t The Next Big Screen Spider-Man

Here’s Why It’s Good That Miles Morales Isn’t The Next Big Screen Spider-Man

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Since the 21st century kicked off we’ve been presented with 5 Spider Man movies, 2 different Parker Parkers, 1 radioactive spider bite based origin story told and then retold and a slew of villains with everything pretty much focused around The Orborne/Green Goblin story line. That was a condensed look at what the wild world of Marvel’s favorite web slinger has been since Marvel re entered the movie scene. In that same time frame we’ve seen the X men falter and the Avengers reset the bar for cinematic success. Now as Spider Man is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe many are upset that the Peter Parker approach wasn’t replaced with the fresh new kid on the block, Miles Morales the Black & Latino Spider Man from Marvel’s Ultimate Comics. As great as that might have been I’m glad they stayed with Peter as Spider Man. Here’s a few reasons why.

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Peter Parker is a fixture within the Marvel Universe. While the previous two takes on Spider Man  suffered from plots that tried to do too much in too little time, that doesn’t change the place Spider Man has in Marvel especially in New York where so much of the Avengers are stationed. Peter Parker deserves the proper MCU treatment. The interactions between Spider Man and Tony Stark alone are comedic gold waiting to happen. Spider Man’s under dog status among the power houses of the Avengers is a perspective that will be good to see. Truthfully Miles hasn’t reached that level yet.

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There are a number of positives that could come from having a brown face under the mask of Spider Man for movie goers. It would be a change to the status quo that is rarely seen. Just as many people wanted to see John Stewart as Green Lantern vs the Hal Jordan movie we got, I fully understand what this could mean but for me it would really come across more like a token move vs being a genuine move for diversity and inclusion. Plus the story arc that is in motion plays better to have Peter Parker in the mix instead of the new comer Morales. At this stage let Falcon grow in this role, let’s see Black Panther be the massive force he is supposed to be. I don’t want Miles lost in the growing numbers of the Avengers. There is a better space for a Miles based project.

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Instead of lumping in a new Spider Man that is still a virtual unknown to many, give Miles Morales his own platform to grow on. Introduce him via network TV or even Netflix. Let the people really come up with and become invested in Miles. His story comes with a number  of intricate elements that  would get lost in the massive Civil War & Infinity War events upcoming in the MCU. Keep Miles intimate and local for now. The truth is that characters based around people of color have little room for error so let’s really get it right so when Miles does make a big screen appearance it’s truly a powerful moment and not merely a politically correct cameo.

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2AM Rambling in New Ro

2AM Rambling in New Ro

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It is inevitable that on the to path success you will face disappointments.  When you don’t get what you want there are 2 ways you can look at things. You can look to what others around you did that played into this result and/or you can look into what you did that was a factor as well.  I try to do that to the best of my ability. What this usually results in is not just me examining one particular situation but rather everything happening in my life and to be completely honest It often makes me very frustrated and tired with myself.

I’m tired of the things I allow for the sake of the greater good. I’m tired of being the bigger man who let’s things slide. I’m tired of looking to avoid conflict thus allowing b.s to ride. Too often I’m comforted with situations that don’t smell right. I’m frustrated that for so long my non-confrontational methods have enabled so many to escape responsibility for their words and actions. What frustrates me the most is that I don’t know if I am capable of changing. Nearly 35 yrs of consistency is hard to reverse but I feel that certain things have to change if I’m ever going to advance in my life.

I’m not the most outwardly expressive guy but folk that know me know that things that matter to me I become deeply invested in emotionally. Be it in work or personal interactions I’ve never had the ability to put my needs solely over everything/everyone else. I work in and oversee teams and networks that require me to be mindful of others views, opinions and feelings. I wonder if this just feeds into this possible weakness of mine.

Fatigue hits us all. There’s no getting around that. In those periods life is usually trying to tell or show you something. You just have to take the time to see what it is. Even then it’s still just a piece to the overall puzzle that is life.

But sometimes I must admit I get tired of trying to solve the damn puzzle……

 

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ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 #MARRIAGE EPISODE – [SAMURAI EXTENSION]

ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 #MARRIAGE EPISODE – [SAMURAI EXTENSION]

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TGIF from the Social Media Samurai. It’s that time again where we check in on the ongoing #AskABlackMan series. This episode brings a very important matter to the table. The guys are talking marriage and I know this is something a lot of ladies are curious about. Do men actually want to get married? How do you define “Head of Household”? These topics and more are on deck so get comfortable and check it out. After that check out my thoughts and views on marriage as well.

It’s all after the jump so enjoy.

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Sometimes To Go Forward You Have To Know When To Stop

Sometimes To Go Forward You Have To Know When To Stop

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From a young age we are taught not to quit. If you start something you need to finish it. See things though to the very end. It sounds good and often times it is the best way to view things. It says a lot about a person that sets  to a goal and knocks it out. Yet it also can become a misleading mentality when applied to the wrong situation, As we grow we interact with more people, the value of our time and energy becomes a greater asset to us it’s vital we know when to stop for our own good.

Winners never quit was something I heard a lot as a kid. It was applied to projects, sports, school and a ton of other things.  As a result of this by the time I was a young adult I often had trouble separating from situations that I knew weren’t going to pan out the way I wanted but from an ingrained sense of seeing things through I’d ride out hoping that circumstances would improve or people would change. With time you get a better perspective of the big picture and that reveals to you there are other lessons on the flip side of “winners never quit”. You learn that doing that same thing again and again while expecting new results is the definition of insanity. In addition to that, when evaluating what you need to change, sometimes you actually do need to leave a situation altogether.

It’s not quitting to fall back from a pursuit once you’ve fully invested all you can into it with no results. My goal in life is to be happy and successful. To that end, as I’ve spoken on before, I decided to make a change in my career for Social Media vs Human Resources. It wasn’t a move to give up on HR but life showed a new path that I enjoy more and after investigating the possibility of success within it I saw that social media is what I want to pursue.

You have to allow room for personal change and growth.  The road you set yourself upon years ago might not be what you need to be traveling today. All the people who started that journey with you may not be with you to the end. Realizing when to stop giving to others and give more to yourself will be a balancing act you continuously perform as you move towards a better you. The closer you get to that end goal the more juggling you’ll have to do but it will be worth it.

There’s nothing admirable about banging your head against the wall because you feel “I won’t quit.” Step back and see if you can go around or over the wall. Or just maybe what’s on the other side isn’t really worth the effort.

When was the last time you evaluated a situation and found it better to leave then to continue on?

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Would Your Favorite Childhood Shows Survive Today?

Would Your Favorite Childhood Shows Survive Today?

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Married with Children had a hilarious decade long run on FOX. I can’t help but think that this show never would have survived as it originally was in today’s social media climate. You could also include FOX’s other break-through program In Living Color in this discussion as well.

Both shows poked fun at EVERYONE and I laughed at it all. I’m not mad at that at all. I laugh at the reruns still. Would Al Bundy’s gay jokes ride today though? Would there be hash tags for the promiscuous actions of Kelly? Would Bud be the digital poster boy for misogyny? Would Peggy’s lazy, useless house wife gimmick make it without a coming under fire from feminists?

I do sometimes wonder where our entertainment/humor line ends and where social responsibility begins. The Married With Children references above are all legit issues that need not be ignored and deserve proper attention but what is the space for “inappropriate” entertainment?

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I keep thinking back to the Handy Man skits on In Living Color. The humorous sketch bit about a handicapped super hero. While Handy Man always won in the end would this rub people the wrong way today?

I think it’s essential to be able to laugh at life but presently the engagement and connection within all media is so personal that I fear that may be something that gets lost. When you can tweet your favorite actor at any point it blurs the line from reality to pure entertainment. Would these classic envelope pushing shows get the same reactions that many reality programs get today? Shows today have been canned within a few episodes due to unfavorable fan reactions. I’m not sure how confident I am that Married with Children or In Living Color would have made it through unscathed in our current media environment. Yet, if you went back even farther things were worse with the racially insensitive content of decades past. This may just be the normal evolution of society.

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ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 #FATHERHOOD EPISODE – [SAMURAI EXTENSION]

ASK A BLACK MAN SEASON 2 #FATHERHOOD EPISODE – [SAMURAI EXTENSION]

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Hoping that the week has been good to you all. This week we have a straight candid discussion about a number of the thoughts, concerns and ideologies that go into Fatherhood. The #AskABlackMan panel opens up about their feelings as fathers and how they felting entering that role. Check out the video After the jump than keep heading down for my statement on the importance of Fatherhood.

 

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