Now, to have stepped away from that and then see you that same media blow up with a current surge of podcast activity I won’t lie it’s bittersweet. I think I have a habit of being too far ahead of the curve and several times I’m so far ahead that I missed out on the chance to monetize what it is I’ve already been doing.
With that being said, Facebook over the past week just rolled out a very interesting feature. They announced this back at the tail end of last year and now it’s finally hitting. They announce the audio only feature within Facebook live so if you’re not someone who is camera ready at the moment but has a lot to say, has a voice that needs to be heard or a voice that the people want to hear this is the perfect thing. Obviously, you would do your recordings for the benefit of a live audience at the same time your material is saved which you can direct people back to or share across social media.
This past week I introduced “Who’s Listening”. Episode 00, the pilot episode. This is me stepping back into the podcast world with this first episode. I spoke about the Yankee captain Derek Jeter having his number retired along with a few Yankee memories. I touched on the NBA playoffs as well. In addition, there was social media talk about virtual reality and “Smart” tech like voice recognition. The main topic of the show was the “black women are trash black men or trash” t-shirt fiasco that hit the internet last week. I definitely gave some opinions on that so without further ado drop down and take a listen to the pilot episode of Who’s Listening.
**UPDATED – LISTEN TO THE FIRST OFFICIAL EPISODE 01 HERE**
The Rock and Under Armour Have Been Cooking Up Something Real Good
What happens when today’s top action movie star links up with the innovative Under Armour Brand? You get the new Project Rock collection which looks to capture the intensity that Dwayne Johnson himself brings to the gym within the first over head-to-toe performance training collection for men and women. The Project Rock collection is now available on UA.com and selective retail locations.
Check out a few images from this awesome collaboration along with statements from UA and The Rock!
· COOLING TO CRUSH IT
UA CoolSwitch pulls heat away from skin for a cooling effect that helps you perform longer.
· SWEAT NOTHING
HeatGear® fabric wicks sweat to keep you dry & light.
The SuperVent Project Rock Training Collection debuts with a full product suite for men, featuring SuperVent tees, tanks, shorts and leggings. And for the first time, a women’s performance collection is available, including exclusive cut and sew styles for tanks, leggings, accessories and much more. Price points range from $34.99- $89.99.
Also part of the collection is the Project Rock Delta training shoe—an exclusive version of the UA Delta trainer shoe that is inspired by Dwayne’s grueling training sessions. This cutting-edge footwear is built with Under Armour’s signature Charged Cushioning technology that absorbs impact and returns explosive energy. The training shoe also offers extended ankle support for increased stability and deep flex grooves to provide extra flexibility where you need it most. The Project Rock Delta is available globally today, retailing for $139.99.
Brand integrity is a serious thing and when you think of The Rock there’s a certain faith you have in him when it comes to things of a health and fitness nature. I can’t wait to get a few pieces from this collection for myself.
If you like what you see here then please make sure you take a look at the Fall/Winter preview I was invited to recently.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken time to share some of the things I’m doing. Fatherhood has changed the way I work and my ability to focus on “me” is in a bit of flux. Slowly but surely I’m reestablishing my digital presence, getting my creative juices flowing and putting content out into new spaces. It feel’s good. I view 2014 as a pivotal year. It was in that year that I covered my largest events, wrote my biggest (at the time) article
Thinking back a bit I view 2014 as a pivotal year. It was in that year that I covered my largest events, wrote my biggest (at the time) article and landed my first client as a consultant. I’m using that year as a reference point for the things that worked for me professionally and how to implement them within my new reality. That’s within the social media industry and beyond.
On the writing side of things, I’ve had a few recent pieces published via Complex. Sports connects to folks on so my levels so it’s cool to share thoughts within that space. Here are mentions from my Knicks and Warriors stories.
I’m also looking to bring a new outlook on Fatherhood to the forefront. Classic Daddy narratives often paint us in a position of voiceless, emotionless workers. As more dads are taking on the day-to-day hands-on duties of parenting in addition to work, it needs to be understood and respected that we are just as invested in the lives of our kids as anyone else.
In the last week, I’ve been featured by a couple of pro daddy platforms. It’s all about Max and whatever I need to do to keep him smiling.
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The other feature was a great Q & A interview with DadofDivas. This is something I really want to build one going forward.
It’s a new world for me in many ways but with a new motivation to press forward, I’m excited about the future. Also as I have reached and helped many of my readers, I ask those of you viewing this to please reach back to me if you see something that you think I could a match for. Online features, writing, public speaking. I’m wide open to opportunity.
With the arrival of spring, most of us are awaiting the return of pleasant warmer weather. The days of heavy jackets will soon be behind us. Yet for the creative teams at Under Armour, who operate 2 seasons ahead, this time of year represents the presentation of the new fall/winter line. I know cold weather is the last thing on your mind so consider this a peak into potential Xmas gifts.
UA prepared a nice fashion show to Introduce the line. Take a look below at the various styles upcoming from UA.
No matter the occasion UA prepared a very nice fashion show to Introduce the new seasonal items. Take a look below at the various styles upcoming from UA.
Under Armour has a focus on comfort, maneuverability, warmth and keeping dry during your fitness session.
Women, Men and children pieces on display for Q3/Q4 2017!!
Don’t forget that Under Armour provides very comfortable footwear too. I have a UA gym shoe that’s great for on my feet.
Under Armour’s upcoming pieces look good and their trademark sweat absorbent fabric type was there within their fleece’s and hooded workout apparel. I’m making a few mental notes for items I want to check out when September rolls around and I suggest you keep your eyes on Under Armour as well though out this year.
Under Armour Gives A Sneak Peak At Q3/Q4 Line Plus New Fitness Tech
As the people prepare for the pleasant days and cool nights of the Spring season, the wheels are turning at Under Armour to produce those Fall and Winter pieces that we’ll all be looking for once the warmer weather fades. I was invited to view some items that will be released later this year by UA as well as the new UA HealthBox. Take a look at what is on deck for the 2nd half of 2016.
The ladies line is delivering new colors and supportive designs for the better fitting tops and new sweat absorbent bottoms for those early morning jobs and work out classes.
Hit the Jump so you can view some of the new men’s items and the new UA HealthBox!!!
One of the most powerful forces in our society today is media. It is how people get most of their information and for better or worse it’s a huge factor in how people form their views and opinions. With this power comes a responsibility to be truly comprehensive, honest and engaging with the content you deliver. In addition to that, the people now hold more ability to control the stories and narratives that are presented. Enter Mr. Refined Magazine.
I take personal pride and consider it an honor to have my words among the premiere articles within the newly launched Mr. Refined magazine.
The Mr. Refined brand has set itself as an expanding force in delivering mature lifestyle content for the new age young adult. From style to travel to business and more Mr. Refined magazine looks to deliver a quarterly dose of high-caliber reading material that you can truly relate and connect to.
So, without further ado here is the info to get your own copy of Mr. Refined Magazine. You have your choice of digital or hard copies. You won’t be disappointed so order your copy and please share this among your peers.
Social Media Samurai Year In Review: The Best Of Samurai Rides 2015
It’s been an amazing year for #SamuraiRides. The good people at DriveShop have put me in behind the wheels of some great vehicles. I can honestly say I didn’t have a bad experience with any of the rides I reviewed. As I prepare for the new fleet of cars for year 2016-2017 lets take a look back at some of the stand out experiences I had in the 2015. Having reviewed multiple cars of a few specific automotive brands I’ll share the best of each in this wrap up edition of Samurai Rides.
The annual Miami art festival Art Basel has kicked off and your over sized Social Media Samurai is en route to the 305, ready to bring the creative energy directly to you all. Keep you eyes to my Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (s/n: SMediaSamurai) & Periscope feeds for all the action taking place this weekend!
From the endless art display and live creation sessions in Wynwood to the exhibitions and launch events on Miami beach it’ll be no shortage of activity! Last night Swizz Beats opened the Dean Collection, a collabaration with Barcadi, which will be open for the duration of Art Basel.
Take a look at my coverage from last year if you’re new to the Art Basel experience and watch the #SocialMediaSamurai as well as that #SamuraiRides hashtag all weekend to keep connected.
It’s that time of year folks. Holiday season is upon us. Have you already finished all your gift buying? Of course not so while you prepare to knock that task out I’m here to help out in my own way. Do you have a guy but you’re not sure exactly what he’d like? Is he a busy multifaceted guy that’s’ always on the move?
Today’s man isn’t just the beer drinking handy man of old. He’s doing many times at any given time. With that in mind welcome to the Samurai Holiday Gift Guide. Here you’ll find an array of gift ideas based around various lifestyle interests. I called in a couple friends too for additional input. I’m sure you’ll see a few things the man in your life will appreciate.
Hit the jump and dive into the 2015 Samurai Holiday Gift Guide! Oh and since today is cyber Monday you might see some great deals on this today too.
Social Media is an amplifier. It’s an amplifier to a megaphone to people standing on soap boxes yelling hoping for reactions. Be it in business or personal, we are all trying to hear the right messages in the midst of noise, 24/7/365 digital static. I think that understanding the noise makes it easier to block out that which isn’t needed. One of the trends we need to be careful of is the self appointed spokesman syndrome.
In a nut shell, now that we all can easily tap into such a massive public audience, we feel compelled to make grand statements and assume a position of representative for others. I’m a Black man and as such I have experiences that connect me to other Black people and other men. That doesn’t mean I can attempt to speak for all of them.
The more you attempt to speak for others beyond yourself the more specific and focused you need to make your statement. “From my experiences” and “based on the discussions I’ve had” gives your position more realistic scope. People know this but admitting that kills the grandeur and value of whats being said.
If every “Men are dogs!!” claim was phrased “Every man I’ve dealt with is a dog.” Said person loses the message because it now turns more focus inward instead of on the group in question.
Generalizations are what we do as a society. I get it. It’s just how we communicate but that’s why some people truly stand out from the crowd as genuine leaders, spokespeople and advocates. Just because you can talk doesn’t mean you are good at communication. The ability to speak directly to the point with focus and direction isn’t a given. That skill is what the rare few have to lead businesses to success and communities to positive expansion.
99% of us can only speak for ourselves with any true certainty. It’s tempting to turn a simple personal viewpoint into a worldwide PSA. Fight the urge my friends. Let us speak for ourselves.