I Started A Production Company!

          Yay me! I started a production/ content creation company! I’m so so excited about it and it’s been the reason I’ve been missing in action lately. I dedicated all my time and resources to getting it up and running. Let me tell you it wasn’t easy at all and it’s still a work in progress. 

On set for “Back Home” music video with Al Kapone. Photo cred: Adarryl Jackson  

On set for “Back Home” music video with Al Kapone. Photo cred: Adarryl Jackson  

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          It’s called Poppa Bear Productions, which is a nod to my father who we called Poppa Bear. Currently the focus is event videography, social media content, music videos, short film, documentaries, interviews and also photography. Yes, all my photography will be moved as well. It’s time. I want the blog to just be the blog but with some cool images here and there. 

FootShooter music video shoot. Photo cred: @aleksworks

FootShooter music video shoot. Photo cred: @aleksworks

Shooting an event. Photo Cred: Phillip Murphy

Shooting an event. Photo Cred: Phillip Murphy

           I’m super excited about this new venture. I honestly think it will help the blog in the long run. I will be more dedicated to writing about my thoughts and adventures and not worry so much about the business side of things.  

           Go check out the new website HERE! Also like and follow the IG and Facebook pages! Let’s work!! 

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.  

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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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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The Amazing Chef Gary Williams

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          Waking up this morning to the news that Chef Gary Williams passed just didn’t seem real. He recently made a Facebook post that I left a laughing emoji on. There are so many other things I could and should have said instead of just an emoji.  

            The photo above is the first time I met Chef. It was at the an anniversary event for Pink Diva Cupcakery. The space on Florida St. was actually his older spot that he was leasing out so that someone could chase their own culinary dream. He had recently moved to the newer location on Main St. I introduced myself and told him I was new to blogging and he was so excited. He’s a guy that’s never met me a day in his life and he’s genuinely happy for me. He told me to chase my dreams always and never stop. He told me to come by his restaurant and do a review for him. We exchanged numbers. I didn’t think he would remember me, but when I called him a few days later he said Hey Mike! He asked when I was coming and he had something for me to try. 

         I went and had some of the best New Orleans food I have ever had in my life. Let me just say that the Arkansas Outlaw was basically something Jesus created. 

         After the meal, Gary talked to me for about 2 hours about Memphis, his family, leaving New Orleans and sports. I would drop in the restaurant every so often and we would have these long talks each time. He really loved to see people doing good things and really wanted other Blacks to succeed. He would always give me a plate of something to try and would refuse every time I wanted to pay for it.  

           He was just a great person and so supportive of others. I never heard a bad thing come out his mouth about anyone else. Well, he did say his chili was way better than Phillip Ashley and Brian Sanders. He did win  the chili contest so I guess he really never did say a bad thing. I will always remember the smile and that laugh. Memphis lost an amazing chef, a great person and I lost a friend. Chef, I don’t want to say goodbye but I want to say see you later. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

We Ain't Saved No Daylight Mane!

            Daylight Savings Time. The time of the year when we supposedly gain another hour of daylight. Everyone is so excited to sleep in for another hour so they can still barely make it to work on time. It’s sounds all good, but what daylight have we really saved? I walked out of work at 5 o’clock and it was already dark outside. I just wanted to go home and chill on my couch with a beer and a blanket.

            So why is Daylight Savings Time even a thing? A quick Google search later and I found that it’s to increase productivity. We humans need daylight in order to do work apparently. Makes sense because when I got off, I was instantly ready to do nothing. So we are basically all like Superman; powered by the sun. I was once told we had Daylight Savings Time so working kids wouldn’t get hit by cars. Yeah, I feel dumb for believing that now!

          Well, Daylight Savings Time is here and it’s a very real thing. I don’t have any cool tips to manage the extra hour. Maybe use it to spend time with your family, grab another drink at the bar, get a little more sleep, learn to do interpretive dancing. I will gladly take more daylight, but 1 day into Daylight Savings Time and I don’t feel like we’ve saved any at all. Another reason I hate the Fall. Ugh.

Life is for Living,

Michael B.

Be Your Own Superhero Mane

           I always wanted super powers. I’m pretty sure we all did at some point. Who doesn’t want super strength, the ability to fly, X-ray vision, or to be able to shoot cool things out our eyes? If you’ve never pretended to be a superhero, you might need a redo of childhood. Superheros are awesome, but they also cripple us. They make us dependent on them for our safety and lives. Where would we be without Superman? 

           We lust after their abilities and wish for them so we can change our own realities. What if I told you that everyone already has super powers? Would you believe me? You can totally change your entire life by changing your thinking. Sounds crazy right? I know, but it’s the truth. It starts in the thoughts and things tend to manifest in the physical. You can literally make yourself sick by thinking you’re sick!  

          While you can’t think you can fly and go jump off a building to test your abilities, you can get a pilot’s license and go fly a plane yourself. Being more positive and kind will in turn bring both back to you. Not every day but for the most part. So try something new today and think positive. Be nice to that coworker you don’t care for. Help a person in need. See how your super powers can work for you. 

Life is For Living, 

Michael B.