No (World) Peace Until You Learn to Love Yourself.

Desirable Love

Peace is: a state of mutual harmonybetween people or groups, especially in personal relations. (Dictionary.com). If we truly want “world peace”: We must first (and foremost) learn to haveharmony in our own lives(learn how to love, understand and accept ourselves, our most intimate relations, as well as our extended families, our neighbors, our communities, our school communities, even the people where we work…). Peace (harmony/love) must start with ourselves. When the majority of people master this, then (& only then) can the concept of “World Peace” become a reality.

A slogan that needs to become a reality long before the concept of “World Peace” is: “Harmonic Homes!”, or, “Home Peace!” We should rally for: Peace in our families! Peace in our schools! Peace in our neighborhoods! Peace on our roads! Peace in the workplace! But most importantly, we should be rallying for: “Inner Peace!”

Yet, what would be the…

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The Confederate Flag Isn’t Going Anywhere

Countless African Americans have been murdered by racists and the Confederate flag has been there all of these years still flying…..so why are people suddenly discussing seriously getting rid of it? Because we live in a reactive, not proactive society. The Confederate flag is well protected. And despite people’s sudden uproar on the Confederate flag…it is more than likely still going to be flying high. Even if the flag is taken down in South Carolina… it’s the mentality behind the flag that plagues the nation. Not just the actual flag itself. And not just within the south.

Lupe Fiasco’s Unforgivable Youth: A Lyrical Masterpiece

Lupe Fiasco has created many songs that are lyrical masterpieces & this is just one of many. Unfortunately, he is still underrated, underappreciated and not as celebrated as other rappers. Nevertheless, he is still one of our generation’s most lyrically gifted rappers/song writers. Rap should always be diverse with different styles/views represented. Not every rapper needs to create ”conscious rap” music. I don’t want to just listen to ”conscious rap” music.. However, we do need more conscious rap artists who are being listened to on a massive level like how it was in previous eras. Nevertheless, in todays era with modern technology and the popularity of independent artists, mainstream rap is not even the best form of rap in our generation…in my opinion. And Lupe is a good example of someone who is one of our generation’s best lyrical rappers…. even if many people fail to see this.

112 & Total: Two 90s Bad Boy Classics Revisited

  

Bad Boy Records in the 90s not only was home to B.I.G, but also legendary groups like Total and 112. I l love the videos of the Bad Boy records era, the style, and look. These two videos look very similar, which was apart of Bad Boy’s signature music video look. I love the way Total and Diddy are dancing in the Can’t You See video as well lol . These two classics will forever be legendary and timeless to me.

People Who Say ”Be Yourself”, Then Judge Others Who Are Not Like Them

We live in a generation where people claim to embrace individuality and being yourself. That is suppose to be the mentality, but in reality…sometimes the same people who say these things are the ones who are constantly judging others for not being a certain way. For an example, calling someone lame because they don’t enjoy the same things that are popular/common or the activities they choose to partake in are not ”cool”. Or a person who may not stick to the status quo of things concerning what is common/popular in their age group. The definition of a “lame” person (not referring to the literal handicap meaning) to me is one who either does things to fit in or because it is what everyone else is doing or someone with an ugly soul. A ”lame person” is not that person who enjoys activities and certain interests that many others may find boring. A ”lame person” is not the person who actually likes a certain fashion style even if it is not popular or considered ”cool”. The concept behind being yourself involves embracing who you are and what you love without caring what others think. This also means not turning around and being a hypocrite as well. Of course, it is not a crime or wrong to not want to hang around people who you just don’t click/connect with. However, there are some people in our society and generation who speak about embracing/being yourself”, but then will call someone ”lame” for actually embracing themselves. What a hypocrite.

Gil Scott Heron’s Winter In America: 40 years Later & This Song Is Still Relevant

Gil Scott Heron’s Winter In America is a song that can be used in present day when it comes to a lot of the problems, social/societal issues that plagues America immensely. People can try to ignore these issues as much as they can, but if we look at the overall progression in our society when it comes to inequality, mistreatment, and hypocrisy….the mentality & the vibe are still the same. Gil Scott Heron was not only a spoken word artist, performer, musician, and writer…but he is one of the pioneers of what so many people love all of the world….rap. But, most importantly he created songs like this that is still current even after so many years.

”Winter In America”

From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims
And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains
Like the vultures circling beneath the dark clouds
Looking for the rain
Looking for the rain

Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Living in a nation that just can’t stand much more
Like the forest buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it’s winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It’s winter
Winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Looks like it’s hoping
Hoping for some rain

And I see the robins
Perched in barren treetops
Watching last-ditch racists marching across the floor
But just like the peace sign that vanished in our dreams
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it’s winter
It’s winter in America
And all of the healers have been killed
Or been betrayed
Yeah, but the people know, people know
It’s winter, Lord knows
It’s winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your souls
From Winter in America

And now it’s winter
Winter in America
And all of the healers done been killed or sent away
Yeah, and the people know, people know
It’s winter
Winter in America
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save
And ain’t nobody fighting
Cause nobody knows, nobody knows
And ain’t nobody fighting
‘Cause nobody knows what to save

Songwriters: SCOTT HERON, GIL

Classic 90s: U Send Me Swingin By Mint Condition

Mint Condition are very multi talented and still continue to create good quality songs in today’s era. This is my favorite song from their second album, The Mint Factory. What I also love about this band is that they do not try to create modern trendy music that may not fit their style/vibe. What they have put out in the 2000s still has that authentic Mint Condition signature sound.

Ain’t No Half Steppin-Big Daddy Kane’s Classic Revisited

The Golden Era included legendary rappers like this one. Big Daddy Kane not only created classic songs like ”Ain’t No Half Steppin” and ”Raw”, but he is also a man whose style/hair cut is often imitated and the inspiration behind many popular looks.  Classic rap (80s and 90s) & the culture/trends of these eras will never get old or go out of style.