The beautiful thing about life is that it’s not beautiful at all. It’s filled with ups and downs; one day you are on top of the world and everything is going your way, the next day you may end up with nothing. The beautiful thing in life that makes it worth while is the connections that we make with people. The simple joy that we get from seeing other people smile. Nowadays the world is moving so fast that we barley have time for real relationships and friendships. If we can all take a second to pause and step back, we’d see the impact that we make on other people’s lives. Our moods can affect those around us, whether they are friends or complete strangers. If we took the time to reflect we would realize that we posses tremendous power to bring joy to someone’s life or bring them pain. Earlier this week I was told that I should focus more on being first, not in the competitive sense, but in the sense of being the first to say hello to someone you don’t know or stepping up to help someone in need. Reflecting on what she said, that’s what I want to be first at and that we should all strive for. Many of us complain about how bad the world is or how messed up things are but we all have the ability to make the world a better place, so why don’t we? We need to start slowing down, we need to work on building relationships and loving those we care about more than focusing on our phones and wondering what to post next. When was the last time you said, “Wow, I didn’t realize we have been talking for so long”? I’m sure it’s been awhile but those usually turn out to be the best conversations and we need to start having more of them. So take the time to slow down and disconnect yourself from your phone and focus on those relationships and friendships. Many people don’t seem to realize the power of positive thinking, that we have the ability to speak anything into existence. We have all faced hard times in our lives but we cannot let one negative thing dictate the outcome of any situation. When you think in a positive manner you can change the outcome of the situation or even change the perspective of the situation. We should all write down what we want, if we believe in it others will too. My dad always said, “It’s not a goal until you write it down”. So if you have a goal or are working on something make sure to always stay positive and speak it into existence. Its 2017, anything is possible if you want it bad enough. We are living in a time where you are able to reach millions through the internet; there is no way that anyone should feel like they can’t accomplish their goals. In the end life isn’t perfect, but if you surround yourself with the right people you can make it your own version of perfect.
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Growing up my mother used to always say, “If you stand for nothing you’ll fall for anything”. This remains true today; but united we stand as a country. When you look back to just a few months ago when we had police shootings happening across the country, we seemed to be a country divided. You had some people chanting black lives matter to some chanting all lives matter. When Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President we quickly learned that we are really a nation united. In the aftermath of Donald Trump being elected and inaugurated people started banding together to stand up for one another when times became difficult. This was evident from the peaceful protests that occurred after Trump was elected to the Women’s March that occurred not only across the country but across the globe. On Friday January 27th Trump signed an order that put a travel ban on people and refugees from 7 countries from coming into the United States saying “I want them to learn the lessons of 9/11”. When in reality the hijackers that planned and executed the attacks on 9/11 were not from the countries in which Trump put a ban on. It saddens me that people didn’t go out and vote this last past November. I believe that if people had gone out and voted all of this could have been avoided. It saddens me even more that over 62.9 million people voted for Donald Trump. Knowing that Trump was going to build a wall 29% of Latinos voted for him. What is even more surprising is that 200 million less African Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than voted for Obama. Trump is doing everything that he said he was going to do on his run to the White House. Even with the outcome of this election we as a nation, we fight; we fight together as one people united against unjust and outright hatred for others. In moments like the protests at the airports where you see everyone setting aside their differences. In those moments it’s not about being Black, White, Christian, or Muslim; it’s about standing up for others who can’t stand up for themselves. We have to call out people when they are doing wrong for and to others not only in times like these but at all times. We are all people, all beautiful souls that can make a difference in today’s world and we can all work together to make this world a better place for future generations. It’s time for everyone to come together. So with that said, hug your parents a little tighter at night, tell the people around you that you love and appreciate them. It can go a long way to make this world a better place. It’s time we see everyone as one instead of dividing people by the color of our skin or religion. We are all here to make someone else’s life better and give back. Love will win every time; we all just need to have faith.
You have so many different sneaker groups around the country from ShoeGameLA to MSX. It’s safe to say these sneaker groups are gaining members fast with the growing popularity of sneakers and the sneaker culture in general. Although what you may not be aware of is a group in rainy Seattle, Washington. I believe this sneaker group is poised to take over 2017. Who am I referring to? I am referring to none other than Sneaker Warz. From clothing to kicks, Sneaker Warz has the potential to rain on everyone’s parade in the upcoming year. Sneaker Warz is inspired by musical experiences, fashionable expression and causal chic. Owner and founder, Shaunte Cannady, started Sneaker Warz in 2013. Cannady is one of the most influential sneaker heads in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest sneaker community. Cannady uses fashion, music, social media, and day-to-day street style to deliver recommendations to his generation and beyond. Appealing designs, a huge following and a curated selection of kicks makes Cannady one of the people to look out for. Not only does Sneaker Warz do clothing and sell shoes they also play a part in the city’s growing music scene. With plans to put out weekly content in the upcoming year be on the look out for Sneaker Warz. Be sure to visit their website for the latest gear and events.
It seems as though no one has a wrong or right answer in regards to race. When you see black men getting shot as it airs on shows like C-SPAN it is starting to seem like this is the new normal. Is this really the new normal for America? We have terrorism going on around the world and a divided government; you would think that this would be the time for everyone to come together and be united. How can we be united when a specific group of people are not only being killed by their own but now by the police that are supposed to protect and serve the communities in which we live in? This has only further divided us as a nation. In light of everything that is happening across the country it seems that everyone has an opinion. From All Lives Matter, to every day people posting on Facebook and YouTube they all seem to have an opinion in regards to “how can you be oppressed in America”. The internet has made it okay for everyone to be a professional when it comes to race and equal rights. I do believe that the killing of black men by other black men needs to stop. As far as what I believe regarding equal rights; I do not believe that we are equal. Many people have said; “well just stop being lazy and get a job”, “it’s your fault you don’t have an education”, or “we are all, the same work for what you have or want”. Yes, those things all sound so easy, right? Many believe that the answer is “just work”. Did you know that white men are more likely to hire white men and that if you have a black sounding name then you’re less likely to get a job over someone who has a white sounding name? In addition that people will try to find more spelling errors in your work if they think you are black; now to me that sounds like an unfair playing field. It’s not about people being slaves like some of you “oh so right people” on Facebook believe or about other countries being worse than America. This is America! That is the entire point. People come from all across the world to be free not to be oppressed or treated differently because of the color of their skin. If you’ve never had to walk in a room and worry about your race, then you can’t relate or truly understand when people riot or why Colin Kaepernick decides not to stand during the national anthem. This country wasn’t built around equal rights when the national anthem was written or even when the US Constitution was written, please remember that blacks were still enslaved at that time. You can’t have the answers when you’ve never been to an inner city neighborhood or when you haven’t even taken the time to talk to a person of color. I am not saying I have all the answers in regards to race or equal rights in our country, but I can say I have friends of all different backgrounds and all different races. I believe that all people are equal. Have I always been treated equal, no but that has never stopped me from being diverse and embracing diversity. It starts with the black community; if we act as if our brother’s and sister’s lives have no value then other people will see their lives as cheap. Get to know people of other races step and think outside of the box. We are not limited to the neighborhoods that we are born into, so get out see the world. I hope that one day we can all walk as one and that we no longer see each other as black or white but as equals. Now back to the kicks.