Monthly Archives: May 2014

My respects to Dr. Maya Angelou

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I was looking down my news feed on Facebook when I stopped on this video on Dr. Maya Angelou. This video speaks volumes for both her and Dave Chappelle. I do not need to add any more than what this conversation is saying. Please take a look and enjoy. Thank you Mr. NKrumah Lucien for sharing, as I have shared onto my news feed as well.

 

The ending had me. Rest in peace Dr. Maya Angelou.

 

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Some more artwork

 

 

Painting by Tamara Mangal

Painting by Tamara Mangal

 

I’ll let this art talk for itself. Just want you guys to keep in mind that she just started painting, yet this is what she produces. If i picked up a paint brush I am certain I won’t be able to paint anything that resembles what I wanted it to be. Definitely not after a few attempts like her. She is only going to get better.

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The King vs Indianapolis

Picture created by Emory

Picture created by Emory

LeBron ‘King James’ James is arguably the best basketball player in the league today. I am no LeBron fan so I am not here to argue whether or not I believe this is true or not. I am not even a Miami Heat fan, however, I have a passion for basketball and therefore the entire league in general. Right now Miami is on their way to joining other great teams in accomplishing what is known as a “three peat”. This is when one basketball team wins 3 World Championships back to back. They currently have two and are well on their way for their third this year. Equipped with their very own big three: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. These three pillars have come together, as of a 2010-2011 trade, to crush the competition in hopes of making history! This is seen here, where LeBron himself says he wants multiple championships with this team. Who or what is going to stop him?

With that being said, this 2013-2014 season started off with the Indiana Pacers starting things off with a bang. When I say bang I mean 9 straight games without losing. Even after that impressive run ended, I saw a team ready and willing to take on the Heat. The very same team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year and the year before, at the very same position! For three years in a row the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have made it to the Eastern Conference finals and every time they’ve met, the Heats come out as victors.

That must stir a fire in your gut!

I am here to talk about that fire. That feeling of retribution, passion and drive to WIN!

It calls for great basketball! 

Great basketball indeed! The last game that aired Tuesday night was spectacular. To fill you in on what exactly is the playoffs and how it works, basically it is a tournament that after the entire season is over, teams are ranked based on the number of wins obtained that season. Only the top 8 of the two conferences, the East and the West Conference, participate in this tournament. Right now Miami and Indiana are battling it out to survive and advance to the NBA finals.

Battle of survival it is!

As the star, a lot of the load of performing is placed upon LeBron’s shoulders. As huge as they may be, still a very large burden to bear. Meanwhile, the underdogs have an up and coming star, but the team still carries the load and they have done so in the last two games so well. Indiana is working together and playing basketball that I’m sure all of us love to watch. This was seen especially in the first game and even in the second, where they incurred a loss.

Unfortunately, they did lose. It’s not the fact that they did lose; it’s how they lost. Their up and coming star, Paul George, may not have played well but they held The King down to 8 points by the start of the third quarter.

Not a very throne-worthy performance.

Yet he did bounce back and finish the game with 22 points while George ended with 14. Notably, only 3 Miami players ended with double-digit points while 5 guys from the Pacers did. One man vs an entire team? 

Sure, but I don’t think it was this man…

Miami veteran, Dwayne Wade, stood out to me most. Not only has he outscored LeBron in both encounters with the Pacers so far, but also his points come in at the most opportune time. Every basketball analyst knows your performance isn’t always measured on the stats sheet. In this case Dwayne Wade’s performance is seen on and off the stats sheet.

Having played all 10 years of his professional basketball career in Miami, won a championship (prior to The King’s arrival) along side future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, and two more with The King, I believe that Wade leaves more than just his mark on every crucial game that Miami needs to win.

 

LeBron maybe King James but is he really The King of Miami?

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Let the chips fall where they may

Drawing by Jay Roeder

Drawing by Jay Roeder

Let the chips fall where they may…

I wish I could do that.

 

I often wonder how many persons in my generation know how to play the game of chess. Of course this view is a biased one, as only those I surround myself with will taint me from the true picture. I don’t know anybody who does and if so, I have never played with him or her. Not a very popular activity by societal standards. I always felt grateful for that advantage from the day my father taught me. I was also thankful for the opportunity to practice with his friends when they came over.

Now, not so much…

I was so young that I have since then forgotten the standard strategic techniques along with their names. I do, however, remember that I once knew them. I remember going on the computer to play (the most entertaining thing at the time) chess. I remember losing so badly. I remember practicing so hard to predict opponent’s movements, perfecting my techniques and executing them. I remember never being able to beat neither my father and his friends nor the computer, but I survived a bit longer.

I remember…

This clearly isn’t the monotonous ‘I worked hard so I miraculously beat everybody else who apparently sat around eating chips all day’ jabber. No this is about the after effects of my dedication toward achievement.

Sounds like the complete opposite to me! 

At such an age, I may have related chess in an improper way and should have discussed this with my parents to correct this future problem.

Oh well!

I find myself predicting people’s reactions. Not in an ‘Uh-oh I know I’ll be sleeping on the couch if I answer this question’ manner. Rather, I sit and contemplate a number of paths that a certain activity may take and based on that visual picture, I make my next move. Potentially leaving nothing for anybody else to work with. As well as leaving half of my thoughts exactly where they are, in my head.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Emory’s World. An all access key to thoughts I should no longer keep to myself.

This has cost me a lot however I have learned that it allowed me to react logically, and with understanding, to numerous scenarios.

I think it’s time I cut my losses and skedaddle.

I gained the positive, now I should drop the negative half. Easier said than done right? There’s one thing my friend’s mom told me that was so simple yet it just stuck to me. Stunned me and made me smile for some reason, at a time when I wasn’t able to smile. I explained this habit of mine and her response was, “So can you not do that please?” I love simplicity; just do it.

 

Let the chips fall where they may.

You made a decision, stop trying to create another network.

Sit back, grab a beer and take a breath.

Let the chips fall where they may.

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Lovely Artwork

Artwork done by Darnell Lacan

Artwork done by Darnell Lacan

This beautiful still life picture was drawn by someone who, not to long ago, I used to call my little brother, Darnell Lacan. Please check him out to find out more about his many achievements in the Art community and before I add too much to take away from the point of this post, his art. Let me just say growing up with him, drawing was a hobby. We all did art in high school until some of us had the chance to drop it. He didn’t but he never saw a future for himself as an artist, he wanted to be a vet.

No matter how much we tried to push him into it.

He even went off to study something else, now he is back home and after gaining more achievements, he won a trip that changed his life forever. A trip to an animation workshop, all expense paid.

Lucky bastard!

Now he creates these beautiful creatures, pieces of art. Finally taking the strides that we all saw in him over seven(7) years ago!

My point is, you never know. You just never know where or what you wind up doing. We all have talent, it’s up to us–and maybe some good friends–to work on it and end up doing what we love for a living.

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about

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Be a man

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 Be a man.

Growing up, this was a very over-used statement. Anybody could say those words or around that ballpark. It ranged from childhood peers, to the media, and even those relationships I held so dear. One of the deadliest statements to make me do something stupid is written in italic right above this paragraph.

Producers for kids’ cartoons nowadays have to conform to the rise in angry parents worried about what their kid is watching. In hopes of preventing the horrible morals, that gave them the success, which they enjoy today, from entering the mind of their child. Pretty late to be playing the “blame mommy and daddy” card isn’t it? Our terrible childhood that has made us punctual, respectful, courteous and understanding must be destroyed. Our parents exposed us too much, hit us, and clearly ruined our lives. So we must vow to let our children run free and hold off on the problems in society until they get to the age where they should have been prepared already, then we tell them how to prepare for it.

Or something like that.

Where does that leave us? The delinquent generation with a predicted, technologically crippling generation to follow?

Sounds like confusion. I, my dear friends, surely am confused.

 

Being a real man.

What does that mean? Did it use to mean something else and now it has changed? Chivalry, is that what being a real man is all about, being chivalrous? I have never came across a woman who agrees with me when I say chivalry isn’t dead. Am I holding on to the past, the past where I’d get one across my back for putting my elbow on the dinner table? Or rather, are my eyes closed to the present where men don’t see that they are degrading themselves by degrading other women?

There goes that term again, men. Here used to collectively call the male gender.

I remember it once being a hurtful phrase by those girlfriends that weren’t happy with how you were treating them. I want a real man. To any of those girls I now say thank you for showing me your level of maturity and good luck with that.

Harsh? Ok, maybe I just say good luck with that.

If you were to search for “be a man” on Google, you would find a wiki link on steps to becoming a man. Also a nice documentary that links bullying and suicide to the phrase be a man. Let’s examine why I don’t see the link between these two; bullying and suicide to the phrase. So let me get this straight. The pressure of being a man in sixth grade drove you to the point of suicide when you failed to act like one.

I remember playing pokémon on my Nintendo SP in the sixth grade.

Where did this pressure come from? Insecurities. What is the definition of insecurity? Lack of confidence in oneself. One smack on my backside sure made me confident that whatever I did was wrong and put me on the right track. Not exactly the definition of self-confidence but with a lot of options taken away, it made the path much clearer for me. How I should or shouldn’t act quickly formed itself in my mind not leaving much space for insecurities where I neither bullied nor let bullies affect my little path.

Thus bringing me to my last point. My parents have yet to ever utter the words to me, “Be a man Edsel”. Yet those very people carve the only resemblance of an idea of what it truly means to be a man, out. Those spare the rod and spoil the child, don’t need to monitor my children’s computer because we trust them to not deviate from their paths, don’t need to write letters to every media station out there because we know their minds aren’t easily molded like putty, kind of parents. You know, the obsolete kind of parents?

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Inspiration can be found in any shape or form

Inspiration can be found in any shape or form

Keep your ears and eyes open my friends.

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