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WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN’: A Conversation Between Angelou & Chappelle

25 Jun

It’s been awhiiiiiile!  Let’s try this again, shall we?

A couple of weeks ago the world lost a prolific, inspirational, and dynamic female writer, Maya Angelou.  Also over the last couple of weeks, a great comedic writer has been back on the news due to an unprecedented 2 week sold-out run at Rockefeller Center, Dave Chappelle.  Here is a snippet of a conversation between what would seem to be 2 polar opposites, yet it’s such a beautiful, eye-opening conversation.  Check it out!

RIP phenomenal Maya Angelou.  Glad to see you back Dave Chappelle.

WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN’: Inspirational Souls

22 Oct


It’s been a while since someone has inspired me, and although I try not to draw too much inspiration from entertainment celebrities, I have to say Pink had me with her glow and energy.

For a little while now, I’ve wondered what’s up with me. I can be sort of Debbie Downer, I’m always tired, more pessimistic than usual, and a lot of my drive to do my best has gone away.  I sort of coughed this up to slight depression due to the stress of going to school full-time, working full-time, starting a new company, and a waning social life. 

But a strange epiphany hit me as I watched Pink in her behind the scenes video for Shape Magazine.  Between watching her do some workout moves, just being a ball of positive energy, and of course the her general happy glow of life and love treating her well, I realized….duh I don’t work out anymore! This year I’ve worked out a handful of times, and the last time i was consistent, and went routinely was 2007!   I used to be a gym rat, I enjoyed pushing myself, accomplishing goals I didn’t think I could reach, and I made it a game to never quit if I was in a class or with a trainer.  I’ve always known that exercise gives you more energy, and in turn makes you happier, but I also think it keeps your drive, passion, and ambition up.  If you go hard in exercise, most time you go hard in life….this is not a proven statement, but I do see a connection.

So thank you Pink! I’ve always liked her since hopping around and being crazy in There You Goback in 2000, and although I’ve always thought she had a rockin’ personality (#TeamVirgo) I have to say she had me smiling because you can tell she is happy; she really inspired me to get my butt in gym and get tight and mentally right!  My desire isn’t to loose weight, but kudos to pink on loosing 55 lbs of baby weight, and also pick up her new album The Truth About Love.

Check the behind the scenes video below, maybe she’ll inspire you like she did me, I know my gym rats definitely will be…looking forward to feel the burn! OW!

WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN’?: Bob Marley Documentary

20 Feb

There’s been a lot a talk for a while now, about the Bob Marley documentary, Marley,  Finally this spring on April 20th (fitting), the project by Academy Award-winning director, Kevin Macdonald, who did Last King of Scotland, comes out.  Macdonald is known for his documentary work, so I’m excited to see what sort story/angle he’ll portray of the reggae legend. From the trailer, the project seems pretty engaging, and the  beautiful shots of my homeland, Jamaica doesn’t hurt at all; it appears 4/20 is planned.

WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN’?: Michael Ealy Talks About Movie and Relationships

6 Feb

Check out part of my conversation with actor, Michael Ealy, that I did for VladTV.  He talks about his upcoming movie Think Like a Man, and gives a little bit of relationship advise.

WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN’?: Madonna Giving it!

3 Feb

OK, so the song is lame, pop ish, but how amazing does Madonna look in general, and then factoring how old she is…the word stunning comes to mind! A large part of it is lighting, but more of it is about the Material Girl herself, who just oozes sexiness.  Watching Madge in this video (well most time is see her) moves me to want to get my butt to the gym, do more yoga, and eat healthy STAT!

I do wish I got a little bit more Nicki and M.I.A though.


20 Dec

Check out the list I did for VladTV, counting down the top Common songs of all time.  Do you agree with my selections?

VladTV’s Top 25 Common Songs

Pick up Common’s new album, The Dreamer/The Believer, it hits stores today! …and if you haven’t seen it, peep Common’s new video, Celebrate.  I need a house party in my life, STAT!

WHAT GETS YOU MOVIN?: photography

15 Nov

I found a few images in my archive of the last few months and decided to add them to my photography website Jado Images, which is desperately due for it’s 2012 facelift!

The images are of super chill rapper Noreaga, who I had to spend the day with for my job at Vlad TV this summer.  Then there is rapper and sometimes singer Lil Mama, who I caught a quick flick of at the Black Girls Rock concert.  And last but not least, and my favorite picture of the 3, is up and coming singer Raye 6 (you may remember pics of her from my event site Frozen Heartbeat), who did like a 3 minute mini photoshoot for me backstage of the Ghetto Metal  show at SOBs last month, I ended up loving this candid shot.