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Beale Street Music Fest Gets it Right!

Finally, Beale Street Music Fest gets it right! This year’s lineup is amazing! The lineup is pictured below. If you can’t see it, here’s a LINK. For years, the lineups have either been kinda blah or didn’t really reflect the demographics of the city. This year, I think there’s something for just about everyone. I’m actually excited for more than 1 act. I was so geeked that 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa were here last year. They were literally the only reason I attended. 

This year I’m so excited about Erykah Badu, Logic, Tyler the Creator, Jack White, DRAM, Action Bronson, Juicy J, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Alanis Morissette, Ludacris, and Young Dolph. That’s a truly awesome list of artists! I’m definitely buying a 3 day pass this year! 

Who are you excited to see this year? How do you feel about this years lineup?  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B. 

 

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My thoughts on the Black Panther Movie

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My thoughts on the Black Panther Movie

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I've held in my review of Black Panther long enough. I gave you all ample time to go see the movie and now it's time to talk about this film. I will talk about the pros and cons in addition to my own theories on the upcoming Marvel films. So here’s your final warning before the spoilers happen. 

Pros

  1.  First and foremost, one time for the culture. I loved that aspect. Having a superhero that looks like me is amazing. I didn’t think it made a big of a deal until I actually saw the movie. So for the culture is was amazing.  
  2. The action scenes were great. The car chase seen was dope and the battle inside WaKanda was  also visually good. 
  3. Wakanda’s technology is on a whole new level.  
  4. The story is pretty good. (More on that later.) 
  5. The supporting characters steal the show. Killmonger is an amazingly awesome foe to T’Challa. Mbaku was menacing yet fair. Nakia and Shuri were both great. 
  6. The Black America/ African struggle was finally addressed. There’s always been this thing amongst us and for good reason. I’m glad it was a central point of the movie. 

Cons

  1. The ending was hella cheesy bro! Like you end with a spaceship in the hood? I also hated the fact the kids at the end wanted to break down the ship and sell the scrape parts. Like damn could you not make us look that bad?
  2. Killmonger’s death. Man, I really didn’t want him to die because the character was played perfectly. He was very relatable and had good intentions. He just wanted to go about it in a bad way.  
  3. T’Challa is a very boring character. Everyone overshadows him and he’s not a very aggressive or brash person. He tends to just be in the scene while not owning it. Every other character is more momorable. Hell his mother, played by Angela Bassett, was more memorable. 
  4. The story is just ok. It seems to be worse if Killmonger is in fact dead. I also felt Klaue died a little too soon. 
  5. The CGI wasn't as good as other Marvel movies. I get the budget was probably smaller, but it wasn’t up to the level of recent Marvel flicks.  
  6. Some of the fans are a bit extra. I totally get dressing up for the movie. I dressed up for Star Wars so I get it. Calling whites colonizers or making ape sounds when they speak is a bit much. I think this movie had a clear agenda and it will cause some to take it a bit too far. 

 

Predictions/Upcoming Theories

  1.  Killmonger lives. I think T’Challa takes him back inside and brings him back hoping for a change in Killmonger.  
  2. Klaue is possibly still alive and Killmonger basically just snuck is body inside Wakanda
  3. Bucky will become the White Wolf. It seems Shuri has cured Bucky and cured his Winter Soldier issues. I also think this spells the end for Steve Rogers as Captain America. Bucky eventually become Captain America in the comics. 
  4. Wakanda definitely is sitting on top of the Soul Stone and Thanos knows it. He coming for that Infinity Stone first. He will also have access to vibranium. We are kinda tipped off to this in the trailers. 
  5. I don’t think we will see Storm any time soon. I really like Nakia, but I know she will eventually turn on Black Panther. I think to see Storm there will need to be another lead up X-Men movie. Maybe Black Panther just makes a cameo in that film. 
  6. I'm going to go out on a limb here and pricy who I believe dies in the first Infinity Wars film. I believe Drax definitely dies and probably first. I believe Hawkeye finally did as well. I have a feeling Vision dies and his Infinity Stone is taken. I also believe Steve Rogers hands over the Captain America title to Bucky. For shock value, I think Loki dies as well. 

 

Those are my thoughts and theories. How did you like the Black Panther movie. Send me a comment and let me know! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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New Orleans Architecture

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New Orleans Architecture

I recently made a visit to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. While the partying was insane, I wanted to do a bit more while in the Big Easy. So I took to the streets with my newly purchased Samyung/Rokinon 35mm F1.4 AF lens paired with my Sony a7ii camera. Before I go any further, I want to say this lens is an absolute beast and I'm so in love with the 35mm focal length.  

Ok I've gotten that out the way. I've been to Mardi Gras numerous times, but it's only been to party and come right back home. Seeing how I had a brand new lens, I decided to explore downtown New Orleans a bit. I quickly found out this city's architecture is simply amazing. Take a look at these images I captured. 

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I loved every minute of my urban exploration. I wish I had more time because everywhere I went in the city, I ran into someone that was extremely nice and talkative. I definitely plan to go back when there's less Mardi Gras action. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Review - Papa Bear Skins

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Review - Papa Bear Skins

I'm switching things up a bit over here at one901.com. I decided I needed a little bit of camera time from time to time. Not sure why anyone would wanna see my mug, but hey that's not the point. 

I'm here to tell you guys about Papa Bear Skins. I've always liked pork rinds and thought they were pretty basic. Well, Papa Bear Skins has changed my mind with their awesome selection of flavors. They have the standard BBQ and Hot and Spicy, but they also have Ranch and Lemon Pepper. Yes, lemon pepper! There are also other flavors as well. 

Here's my 1 min review of Papa Bear Skins! Excuse the focusing issues. Still learning the habits of this new lens. 

You can find where Papa Bear Skins are sold and updates on their Facebook and IG pages

 IG: @papabearskins

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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What Not to Get A Woman For Valentine's Day

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What Not to Get A Woman For Valentine's Day

I recently wrote a blog post helping women with buying a Valentine's Day gift for men. If you haven't checked it out, click this LINK. I was fully prepared to write a post to help the fellas out, but something odd happened. No something amazingly bad happened. I polled over 40 women to see what were some of the best and worst Valentine's Day gifts they've received. The responses totally changed the whole blog post! Instead of telling you what to get, I'm now going to tell you what NOT to get. There's a catch! I will use the quotes of the ladies I polled. Why? Because you should be listening to the ladies anyways. 

Worst gift I ever got was a typical last minute grocery store flowers and box of chocolates
The worst gift I got was an empty card. He didn’t even sign his name.
Workout gear
Appliances
Familiar dick
DEATH TO EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS!!
Empty card
Teddy Bear. Leave those for the high school kids.
Flowers from Krogers and he didn’t know what kind of flowers they were.
I’ve never gotten a Valentine’s Day gift.
No gift at all.
A box of “what the hell are in these” chocolates.
Pots and pans set. It was a nice ass set, but who wants a damn US gift for V Day?
I got money...... yeah.
Anything I have to plan or execute. A coupon for a set of free hugs and shit. Nobody got time for that nonsense.
The worst gifts are gifts that show you don’t know me at all. I got white cake and I don’t eat white cake so it was a slap in the face.
cheesy Valentine’s Day teddy bear.
roses, chocolate, and giant obnoxious stuffed animals for adults. How fucking unoriginal!
Something he purchased an ex before me.
Cheap perfume that gave me a rash.
A 3D thing with a picture of him in it. Conceited much?
Bathroom renovation
Something I bought myself and he called it a gift since we shared a bank account.....
Lingerie
Permission to buy a drum set with my own money. Was told this via a 70s ass looking yellowed card from a tiny grocery store around the corner.
A book on coin magic that he told me HE wanted a few weeks earlier.
I got an Edible Arrangement exactly like the one he sent his mother with the same exact note!
A cheap ass off brand foot massager from the “quick gifts” section at Wal-Mart. It had to be $20 or less. It didn’t massage worth a damn and died after a few weeks.
A hideous, giant red stuffed alligator with a cheap bath product basket. We went out once and I didn’t even like the guy. He left it on my doorstep.
A huge card asking me to be their girlfriend on a first date.
A bunch of candy and condoms.
A phone call saying Happy Valentine’s Day
A text that he overslept.

Ok, I had to stop the assault. It got way worse. Needless to say, fellas we have do better. DON'T DO WHAT THESE GUYS DID!! Put some thought into this and you will be rewarded handsomely. You have 7 days! Really you only have about 3. I will give you a quick pro tip. Women don't always want something big and flashy. The consensus is the ladies just want something thoughtful and intimate. A dinner at a nice restaurant (NO CHAIN RESTAURANTS) or a dinner prepared by you at home. The one response I got that I thought was absolutely awesome; "My child's father gave me a week off from being a mother. He took care of the kid while I got needed rest." See, that doesn't take much effort guys. Also, write something in the damn card! 

 

Life is For Living,

Michael B.

 

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Urban Exploration in Downtown Memphis

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Urban Exploration in Downtown Memphis

Urban exploration, urbex, has become my therapy of choice lately. Just me, my camera, the city streets and my thoughts. I live a very busy life and I rarely take time for myself to unwind, so wandering around alleys and rooftops has become my outlet.  My mom always told me to stay out the streets, but I always end up back in them exploring. I guess I never listened. 

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Had to get the legal ish out the way! Here's a photo tour of my adventure.

The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

The coolest door I've ever seen. The tones and detail are amazing!! 

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All the way up! 

All the way up! 

Views of the Exchange Building. This was the very first rooftop I've ever been on. July of 2016. I just bought my camera and went to a photographer meet up. Best choice I made even though I was scared to death! God the photos from that day are terrible! Lol. Thank goodness for progression! 

Memphis it's an extremely beautiful city that really shines when you have the time to take in the details. Of course it looks boring from 240. You have to get out and get lost before you start to see the little things.   

I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

I honestly never took the time to look at the city's seal. There's a riverboat and cotton in there! Given Memphis' history, it makes sense. 

In all the times I've been in downtown Memphis, I've never in my life gone to City Hall. Ever! I kinda knew where it was, but never actual been close to the building. It definitely looks like it was built in the 60s or 70s. A refresh would be cool. Maybe with some cool exterior lighting. 

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Front St traffic

A quick stop by the Peanut Shoppe always brings back memories of my grandmother. She would ride the bus to Easy Way on Main and we would always stop by the Peanut Shoppe. My dad would also take me there each time we were downtown and buy us rock candy. Great great memories. 

I love the framing on this a lot!!  

I love the framing on this a lot!!  

By this time I was hungry and lost in thoughts. What was I thinking? I honestly don't remember but it was more than likely about my life in general. This is where I put the camera down and just enjoyed the day. Can't always snap pics. 

So what did I learn on this day? Always look both ways before crossing the street. I was almost hit a couple times.  

RIP Eric   

RIP Eric   

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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5 Things Guys Actually Want For Valentine's Day

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5 Things Guys Actually Want For Valentine's Day

      So it's almost Valentine's Day and you're trying to decide what to get that special guy in your life. You're probably thinking, "Oh he really needs this" or " He could really use that". STOP!! No one wants what they need as a gift. Women tend to buy men what they need and not what we actually want. A woman wouldn't want a vacuum cleaner or an oil change as a gift and us fellas don't want a tie or socks either. Well, we kinda like socks just not basic black or white ones. In my experience, I've rarely gotten anything from a woman that I truly wanted unless I specifically told her what to get. So here's my guide to help you ladies out!  

  Disclaimer: SEX IS NOT A GIFT!!!

Drone

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Yes! We love drones! Guys love gadgets in general and with the weather about to turn warmer, a drone is pretty much at the top of most guy's lists. I have one and I love it! They come in all price ranges as well, so they are budget friendly. My pick would be the DJI Mavic Air. Check it out HERE.

Also, if a drone is out of your budget, a radio controlled plane or car is a great alternative. 

Smart Speaker

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What guy doesn't like music? Dump him if he doesn't. What's cooler than just playing music? Well, telling the speaker to play music lol. Not only that, a smart speaker can turn on lights, control a thermostat, send a text, and even order a pizza. Pretty cool, right? I've tried them all and I love the sound quality of the Sonos, but love the functionality of the Amazon Echo. 

Cool Socks 

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Yes socks made the list! Not those plain and boring pack of socks. No one wants the socks our dads wore. Well, dad wore pretty cool socks, but I assume my mom played a huge part in that. Help your man out and step up his fashion game with some cool socks. Don't know what socks to get? Here's a pro guy tip. Socks should match the shirt. Go check his closet out and see what colors he normally wears and get matching socks. Simple. 

Tile

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Yes, this could classify as a need as well, but a guy might not know he wants one. I tend to misplace my keys and wallet. I have been late to countless things because I'm tearing up my apartment in search of my wallet or keys. I was given a Tile and it's changed my life! Using the app, I can pinpoint where my wallet or keys are and it even plays a sound to navigate you directly to the lost object. Another killer feature is the Tile will also find the connected phone if you misplace it! Trust me, this is a great gift for the forgetful man. It just won't help him remember your anniversary though. I'm no miracle worker. 

Smart Watch

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Hey look another smart item! Get the theme? Smart watches have come a very very long way. They aren't just for nerds who wanted a calculator on their wrist. Smart watches do so much more and are very stylish now. Watches are a must have accessory for a stylish fella and you can't really go wrong with a nice watch. Now that smart watches come with a variety of band and bezel options, a guy can finally get emails, listen to music, send messages, get directions, and update his calendar while being swagged out. My pick would be the Apple Watch. It's pretty much in a class of it's own. 


So here's a starting point! Don't buy guys another sad gift! We will accept it, but on the inside we are crying for something cool. Trust me, we love gifts just as much as you do. We just want the things we actually want. Does your guy have things currently that are on the list? Well, you could always get him basketball tickets, a jersey of his favorite player, a nice pair of shoes, or even a pocket knife. The ideas are endless, but you have to put the same thought into our gifts as you want us to put into yours. 

Have any other ideas or thoughts? Drop a comment! Don't forget to like or share this post!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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A Trip to Whole Foods for Lunch

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I've never really gone to a Whole Foods store before, but a coworker convinced me that it's a great place to grab lunch. I've always assumed it was way more expensive than I could afford, but peer pressure is insane and I folded. I also took this opportunity to shoot more with my iPhone 8 Plus. My motto has always been the best camera is the camera the that's with you. I also wanted to test out the RAW capabilities of the iPhone. 

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I will say that Whole Foods is by far the cleanest grocery store I've ever been inside. It was so clean that I swore I could eat off the floor. Seriously, it's that clean in there. I also knew instantly I couldn't afford to shop at this place either. I walked in to see Mandarin oranges for $3.99 a pound. Yeah, I ain't no baller like that. 

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Whole Foods literally has everything. Oven fire pizza, an Asian bistro, taqueria, a bomb ass bakery, a buffet and they even sell gelato! We went for the buffet because the lines at the other eateries were kinda long. People are willingly paying these high prices it seems. 

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I piled my plate with smoked chicken, baked whitefish, Mac and cheese, herb roasted potatoes, collard greens and peach cobbler. I know, I know. Thats the craziest lunch ever. I just couldn't decide what I wanted, but I know it wasn't about to include tofu. This plate was decent. Not great but not bad either. I was pleasantly surprised that the greens were actually pretty good. Not everyone knows how to make greens. The biggest let down was the peach cobbler. I was expecting something with more sugar. It wasn't awful but not what I'm used to. I paired my lunch with a bottle of Vitamin Water. 

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If you're like me, you're probably wondering how much did lunch cost? It was a total of $11.50. Definitely not the most expensive lunch I've ever had. I normally average from $10-15. Would I go back? Probably so because I really want that gelato and I want to try their sushi. 

I also think the iPhone 8 Plus held it's on as far as pics go. As long as you shoot in RAW and know how to edit, it's a great little camera. It just won't take the place of my Sony a7ii anytime soon. 

Do you have a Whole Foods adventure story? What do you think about the photos I captured with my iPhone? Drop me a comment! Share this if you like it!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Just another Sunday Funday

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Just another Sunday Funday

Sunday is for brunching! It's become a regular thing for me lately. I'm going on a mission to find some awesome brunch spots around the city. My plan was to try the newest spot, Watershed, but the line was crazy long and the parking wasn't very good. So I will have to attempt again later. I ended up hitting one of my favorite spots, Blind Bear, instead. Seriously, this place is like the show Cheers to me. 

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         Their Hungover like a Bear brunch is awesome. $3 mimosas y'all! I had biscuits and gravy, which comes with eggs and bacon for $13. You get a lot of food for the price and again $3 mimosas! I tend to go for the man-mosa. It's a spin on the mimosa by adding vodka to the mix of champagne and OJ. It's definitely a drink for the seasoned brunchers out there that want to get that buzz quickly lol.  

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          I can never just go to one spot on Sunday Funday. I have to go to 2 or 3 places before I can consider the day a success. I also have an insatiable sweet tooth. I had a nagging craving for cheesecake and the best I've had so far is from Aldo's. Yes, this pizza spot has amazing cheesecake! Also, their shrimp and polenta dish is to die for! Trust me on this and I believe it's only available at the downtown location.  

 

Well that was my Sunday Funday. Next week will be a different spot. Any suggestions on places I must try? What are you favorite brunch spots? Comment or shoot me an email. Heck we can even brunch together!  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

 

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Life with the iPad Pro: Update 1

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        Ok it’s been about 4 days with the iPad Pro and it’s been pretty positive so far. I’ve been pretty productive on it, but I have also run into some issues. I will break down my pros and cons that I’ve experienced with the iPad Pro in 4 days. 

All images taken with my Sony a7ii and edited on the iPad Pro. Images can not be used with written consent.  

Pros

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 - The first pro is definitely the portability of the device itself. That’s hands down a win-win.  It’s way more convenient than bringing out my MacBook Pro. I love being able to basically use it anywhere. Literally anywhere! Use your imagination here folks.  

-  I freaking love this screen! I can't stress that enough. It's the best display I've ever seen on a mobile device. I also love using it to edit photos because touch based editing just seems easier and more intuitive to me.

- I love the battery life! It literally lasts all day on a charge. No more being tied to a charger. 

- The speakers are also a lot better on the iPad Pro that we are all my MacBook Pro! What’s up with it that Apple?  

- I have also found some amazing apps that work just as good as some of my macOS programs. I’m using Lightroom Mobile for photos, LumaFusion takes the place of Final Cut, and Ferrite for my podcasting needs. They all work extremely well. 

Cons

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- The first I have to start by saying the Apple Pencil is by far the easiest device to lose of all time. Just think about this. How many pens do you lose in a day? Or a week? Lots right? You just get another right? Well think about how you would feel with a pencil that costs $100! Yeah it really makes your heart stop to lose it. I have lost the Apple Pencil at least for 10 times in four days and have had 10 heart attacks. I wish there was some magnetic connection between the two. The only way to keep the two together is to buy some sort of case, which means more money. 

- Podcasting and editing. Right now, I have to take it from my iPad Pro, export to iCloud, download to my MacBook Pro or iMac, then edit and upload to iTunes and Soundcloud. I could cut out the middleman by eliminating the iPad Pro. I had to bring my MacBook Pro to work with me today to get this task completed. 

- There aren't many options for expandable storage. I have a 2 TB hard drive for my MacBook Pro which basically means that I can save all my RAW and video files. These files tend to be  pretty large and will clog up a device fast! I did purchase the 256 GB iPad Pro version but that space will be used up very quickly with a couple 4K videos and I entire day of shooting photos. So that’s a real bummer. iCloud works, but being able to use an external drive would be awesome. 

- Adapters! My Macbook Pro has all the necessary ports available. I might be spoiled because of this. I am able to use a USB hub via the lightning to USB adapter and I can read my SD card with the SD adapter, but I lose the ability to charge the device at the same time. Also, USB 3.0 is fast but not as fast as my SD card port in my MacBook Pro.  

- I’ve also noticed that I can import RAW photo files easily, but video files aren’t so easy  I record in XAVC S format and it doesn’t play nicely with the iPad. It’s an iOS/Sony beef more than anything. I will have to find a solution or record in a different format. 

 This is the first update. I have a few more days with it. Maybe I will get used to it by then and develop a better workflow. Im leaning towards the MacBook Pro, but I really want this iPad Pro to pull through because I do like it in spite of the limitations I have currently seen. Next update will be on Monday! Stay tuned! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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