I Went to Memphis Fashion Week!

          My media pass was approved to cover Memphis Fashion Week! Happy Dance mane!! I’m not the most stylish gent ever, but I figured I could get some dope photos at least. I’m still a marginally adequate photographer for crying out loud! 

I got backstage access!!

I got backstage access!!

The Wonderland Squad!!

The Wonderland Squad!!

            Well, apparently I’m a better videographer than photographer so I was asked to make a highlight video instead. I was so nervous because I’ve never even looked at a fashion show video before. I scoured YouTube for inspiration but I was so nervous. I think the final project ended up pretty good. Check out the video!  

 

             I really enjoyed myself! I totally know way more people than I thought lol. It was a great experience. I wish there were more things designed for guys though. I need all the help I can get. 

 Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

South Memphis is Memphis

“You don’t look like you belong here.”         

New Isaac Hayes mural by Jamond Bullock, @alivepaint

New Isaac Hayes mural by Jamond Bullock, @alivepaint

          This was the first thing I heard as I got out my car to take a photo with a new mural installation. The funny thing is, I felt completely at ease and like I belonged. I know you’re a bit confused. Let’s start from the beginning.  

            Murals have become so cool and trendy now that most don’t remember when they were frowned upon. They were the trademarks of urban neighborhoods and suggested crime and danger. Boy have things changed. What was once bad has been flipped into something cool. Kinda like how the old housing projects have been replaced with  triple level luxury apartments. Go figure.  

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               One of the best artists in the city and a good friend of mine, Jamond Bullock @alivepaint, recently finished a new mural of Isaac Hayes, Ike as the hood calls him, at 745 McLemore. I think the location is perfect and will keep the trendy Instagrammers away and bring the real fans of art that also feel comfortable in the “inner city”. Why? Well this mural is on the side of a corner store. If you’re from any urban area, you know all about the corner store and you know exactly what I’m getting at. 

          As I was getting ready to snap a few pics of the mural, local fly guy Rick, who was standing in the parking lot of the store, approached me. “You don’t look like you belong around here”. I get this often and I kinda understand. I sort of stand out with my fitted jeans, sweater over my buttoned down shirt and oxfords. I definitely don’t look the part and the hood knows it. 

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“Nah my dad grew up around the corner in Lemoyne Gardens.” I said.  

Rick responded, “It ain’t about yo daddy. Where are you from?”  

          The one thing about Memphis is that where you’re from really means something. It’s like a gang of sorts. If you’re from South Memphis, you don’t go to North Memphis just because. You gotta have a pass from the members of that neighborhood. Rick was checking my hood credentials. 

“I grew up in Pussy Valley and Westwood.”  

“Oh you good young blood!”  

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          I passed the test. The insertion of PV probably validated my claims. Not many know that area of Memphis. Rick and I spoke about the mural. He wanted to know who painted it. He had a funny story about how he met Isaac Hayes and I told him my mom was his next door neighbor when she was a little girl. He asked if I could snap a pic of him and I agreed.

Fly Guy Rick

Fly Guy Rick

           That’s the real Memphis right there! Memphians will welcome you in if you come correct. Even if my hood credentials didn’t check out, as long as I was respectful and cool, they would extend that same courtesy. Memphians are tough in the outside but are full of Southern hospitality on the inside dying to get out. So don’t be afraid to visit the real hood to see one fo the coolest new murals in the city. If you see Rick, tell him Mike said what’s up.

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Life is for Living,

Michael B.

I Took Matti Haapoja’s Challenge

          Mane, I love YouTube! I really love YouTube! I literally learned everything about blogging, photography, and videography from YouTube. I know, it’s an insanely resource of knowledge. One of my favorite Youtubers, Matti Haapoja, issued a Solo B Roll challenge. The rules were pretty simple. Shoot a 1 min video featuring yourself without any help from anyone else. Seems simple right? Wrong! 

          This was the hardest thing to pull off. Do you know how crazy you look filming yourself? Lol. It didn’t go exactly as I planned but I made the most of the footage I did get. I also had to represent for the home town. I might not win but if Matti likes or comments, I see that as a win!  

Here’s the video! 

           Also, my friends seem to think this could be a sneaker or Footlocker ad. Yo Nike holler at me! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

What Women Really Want For Valentine’s Day

          Fellas, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and it’s time to figure out what to get your lady or ladies if you’re a player. Yeah I know you’ve waited until the last minute because I would always wait until the last minute. You’re scouring the internet looking for something decent that can be delivered the day of. Trust me, they don’t wanna hear it was delayed in shipping. 

             I’ve got you covered mane. Check this out. Don’t stress it because women aren’t as complex as we’ve been led to believe. They don’t all want huge displays of love like we’ve been told. Unless there’s a hating chick at her job. In that case, do something showy at the office. Other than that, women just want food! Yes, that’s it! But not just a plate of food. Turn it into a well thought out evening.  

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          How? Skip flowers because they will die anyways. Get her favorite bottle of wine, order a 20 piece order of wings, and get a romantic movie like Love Jones or Love and Basketball and BOOM you’ve won bro! Throw in a bubble bath and a massage for extra points. Seems too simple right? Well it is that simple assuming you present it the right way. Make it about her fam. A romantic evening that’s just about you two and you’re actually paying attention!!?? Win fam!! Put the phone away and tend to that lady mane! Now this is truly #FreeGame. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

So I Started Back Vlogging!

         Yep! I started back vlogging and I’m going to stay committed to it this time!! I’m going to start off with doing smaller 1 min vlogs to get the flow and some added practice in. I need to test out some techniques and make sure I’m using the right equipment. 

         This is vlog 001 of the year and I y’all about starting up with  food delivery service Freshly! Check it out! Update coming soon!  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Guy Tip: You Don’t Have To Be Tough All The Time

I know that title might rub some the wrong way, but let me explain. As a man, more specifically as a black man, life is tough. We don’t get to show signs of weakness. Feel bad about a breakup? Mane you’re weak. Fellas remember back when you skinned your knee on the playground? You knew it hurt like hell and want d to cry, but you couldn't. Why not? Because guys can’t cry. Guys can’t be weak.

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A Stout I Actually Like

I love beer. I really love beer. I’m no beer connoisseur by any means, but I know what I like and what I don’t like. I don’t go around looking for a hint of this or a drop of that. I just drink it and either love or hate the taste. I tend to stick to Ales, Hefeweizen, and every now and then the fruit based beers. I normally stay away from the IPAs and Stouts. 

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The Real Reason She Hates “WYD” Texts

This seems to be the text that has set the internet and women off collectively. Well, it all recently hit a head when a young woman posted a picture (below) of herself holding a list of her bills and stating they were the reason she couldn’t accept a WYD text. I honestly don’t see the connection between the two in any way, but I do have an opinion. 

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New Vlog!!

          Hey y’all! I don’t vlog much but I do love doing it. If I didn’t have to hold the camera and look like a weirdo walking down the street talking to myself, I would totally do it more. I decided to vlog my latest adventure. I was asked to joint the guys over at 247 Memphis at Memphis’ hottest new restaurants, The Gray Canary, to discuss sports and food. I decided to vlog about what I saw. Check it out! 

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B

Linking Up With With Ameerah

Whenever I travel out of Memphis, I try to link up with an influencer in another city and do a shoot for them. It’s mainly to meet new interesting people and usually to test out a new lens or technique. This time was no different. I reached out to a couple people in Philadelphia. I must admit it’s gotta be kinda weird to get a random request to link up for pics from a stranger, but Ameerah responded! She was a finalist for 2018 Miss Singapore, so I was so excited when she actually wanted to shoot with me. What made it even better is that another IG friends, Don, drove up from New Jersey to hang as well. We all met up at a place in South Philly called Tattooed Mom. This place was awesome! Check out the images!! 

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