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Flava House Quick Review

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           I want to start off by saying I’m always more lenient with Black owned businesses. Always. Why? Well, I don’t think Black owned businesses always get a fair deal in most cases. They are constantly judged by past bad experiences at entirely different establishments. Some of that is accurate feedback and some is just a crazy customer. Yes, there is a such thing as a bad customer. I want to see all Black owned businesses flourish and thrive. 

THE BAD 

         Ok, the service is pretty bad. Before I get any backlash, I must explain that I went on 3 different occasions just to give them the best chance possible to change that opinion. That’s the reason I held off this review. Be prepared. It’s definitely not the worst I’ve ever had but its pretty common in that area. I want so much more for Hickory Hill. They are also pretty pricey and the menu isn’t clearly defined. 

THE GOOD 

         The food is awesome! Omg! Those jerk lamb chops are some of the best I’ve ever had! I believe they are made to order, so there will be a little wait. With that wait you’ll be rewarded with pure excellence. I paired mine with fried okra, which also was very good. I actually love the fact they are located in Hickory Hill. That part of town needs all the love it can get and for that I thank establishments like Flava House and The Wing Guru for servicing those areas. 

 

         In closing, I will say I recommend you going to check out Flava House, but with some concessions. I’m willing to overlook service for exceptional food. Hell some places with bad service have the best foods. I will say it’s more than worth it to try it out. 

 

Life fe is for Living, 

Michael B.  

           

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Why I Bought a $79 Umbrella.

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         Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Did Mike just say he spent $79 on an umbrella? Yep! I know I could simply buy a cheap umbrella from a dollar store that I wouldn’t particularly care about losing. So why did I spend $79 on something I could have for $5 anywhere? Simply because I didn’t want just another cheap umbrella and I got tired of getting wet. Also, I ain’t balling, but I wanted a nice umbrella. 

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          Before you close the page, let me explain. The umbrella in question is the Classic Umbrella from Blunt Umbrellas.  I’ve long believed an umbrella was an accessory that a man didn’t need. I can just run to my destination, right? I’m manly and too cool for that, right? Another item to lose. I totally agree with all those logical points, but why is an umbrella not manly? All the classy fellas seem to carry them, so why not the average man? I love showers, but I don’t necessarily want to take one with my clothes on. Why do I arrive wet and have to shake water off like a caveman? (No offense to any cave people.) All in the name of being viewed as macho?

           Sure it looks familiar but this umbrella has some pretty cool tech. It’s super light weight, can withstand a Category 5 hurricane and even has a pocket for a Tile so you don’t lose it. Ok, I might have over exaggerated the hurricane part, but all the others are factuals. Just open it once and you’ll see what I mean. It’s totally different. The opening mechanism is so fluid and smooth. The other cool thing about this umbrella is the 5 year warranty! So that $79 ain’t so bad.  

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David Quarles with Blunt Metro umbrella 

          All I can say is that I’m sold. At a certain point you just get tired of getting wet. Fellas, this umbrella also makes you look totally swagged out and what better way to impress that lady at the office than by pulling out that umbrella and walking her to her car? Classy move Ace! See where I’m going with this? Blunt Umbrellas come in lots of colors to match your style and there are also less expensive options, like the Metro line. Go check them out online at www.bluntumbrella.us and their super cool IG page. Ladies, this would be a great Father’s Day gift! Wink Wink.  

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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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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The King of Funky Town Returns

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The King of Funky Town Returns

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       Yes, you read that right! Playa Fly is back in a major way. I got to sit down and chop it up with the Memphis hip hop legend recently and he revealed a music video to his hit "Ghetto Eyes" would be dropping shortly. I almost lost my mind because "Ghetto Eyes" is a personal favorite of mine. The brash delivery and lyrical firepower mixed with a message that still resonates to this day will always keep the track near and dear to me. 

       I'm excited legendary artists are releasing music videos to their classics lately. It shows the newer generation that there was a time when lyrics meant way more than a catchy hook and a dope beat. A song actually had to have a message to be accepted in the hip hop communities. That's not a knock on all new artists, but overall the lyrical quality has faded. 

        I got to get a sneak peek at the new music video and I have to say that it definitely tells a story that many will identify with. You'll definitely have to pay attention to the lyrics. It's not a crunk, feel good track. It's raw, dark and tells the story of a person that sees the world differently based upon the cards life has dealt him.

Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming video!

The full video is set to drop on 12-29-17. Check out Playa Fly’s IG page (@playaflym3) and FB (Playa Fly) pages for more details. I’ve got my fingers crossed on a video for “Nobody Needs Nobody”. Especially if I get to help in the production!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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Tennessee Taco Co Review

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Tennessee Taco Co Review

 Dope edit, right?  

Dope edit, right?  

Memphis has another taco spot! That in itself is awesome because tacos are my absolute favorite thing to eat and having more options is always welcomed. When I heard Tennessee Taco Co was coming to the space Los Compadres once occupied, I was so excited for a different take on tacos. 

The decor of this place is awesome. The huge mural and blue tones truly set this place apart. It's not like anything I've ever seen before. Think Festival of the Dead meets a huge box of crayons. There's plenty of space inside and outside. Speaking of outside, they have an awesome patio! What’s better than margaritas on a patio? Nada! 

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Ok, let’s get to why you’re really reading this article; the food. The first thing you have to understand is that there are literally 24 taco choices. Yes, we counted them. There could be more, but we got tired lol.  With that being said, there might be too many choices. It’s not quite as bad as say a menu at Cheesecake Factory, but it took a minute to get through all the choices. For those that don’t eat meat, there are also plenty of vegetarian choices as well. 

 She’s obviously happy about her food!  

She’s obviously happy about her food!  

I settled on the Remember the Alamo and Gus’ favorite. The Remember the Alamo is shredded chicken with pico, jalapeños and queso while the Gus’ favorite is fried chicken with cheddar, bacon, pico and chipotle ranch. My daughter went with queso dip with a side of tater tots. That queso though!! It was awesome! There’s something unique about those tater tots. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but they taste different than other tater tots.

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The Remember the Alamo chicken was very good. Like really good. Go for that shredded chicken! I will say that the red onions in the pico really took away from the tacos. There was just way too many and the chunks were really big. I found myself removing them because there were just too many. That was really my only knock.  

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     I think Tennessee Taco Co is worth the visit. I’m going back to try more options myself. You can really never go wrong with tacos anyways. They are always awesome. Go check them out and tell me what you think. If you’ve already been, drop a comment and let me know what I need to try on my next visit. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Dessert Therapy

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Dessert Therapy

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       I love sweets! I really do. No, I really really really love sweets. My dentist also loves me. I get sweets and he gets paid. Life's better when everyone wins.  

      I recently stumbled upon this dessert spot called Dessert Therapy. Doesn't that just sound amazing? This sounds so much better than sitting in a couch talking about my problems. Anyways, I found it through Yelp while searching for blueberry muffins near my job. There were no muffins, but boy was this place awesome!  

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Sweets!! 

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       I got in as they were closing so they didn't have a lot left over from the earlier rush. They still had more than enough for my taste buds. The owner, I forgot his name sorry, walked us through the process and the specials. We were overwhelmed with the possibilities. I settled on this beauty:

 Behold, the cupcake sundae

Behold, the cupcake sundae

        The cupcake sundae!  Basically, it's a cupcake cut in half and ice cream in the middle. A cupcake ice cream sandwich if you will. That thing was awesome. I'm no fan of frosting, but that frosting in this little piece of heaven was really good. 

 Cake Pops! 

Cake Pops! 

        The kid settled on a cake pop and a chocolate lava cake because she can't just have one. They were both kid approved even with Maddy's strong hate of dark chocolate. 

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       Dessert Therapy is definitely a place you should try out. It's located at 6645 Poplar Ave Suite 109 in Germantown inside the Carrefour.  The hours are a bit weird. They normally close around 7pm Monday through Wednesday, 8pm on Thursday and 9 Friday and Saturday.  You can also check out their website www.desserttherapybar.com 

        Hurry up and go get some dessert! 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Staycation at The Guest House at Graceland

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Staycation at The Guest House at Graceland

          Recently, I took my daughter, Maddy the Great, for an overnight stay at Memphis' newest resort, The Guest House at Graceland. I must admit this was not only my first visit to the hotel, but would also be my first trip to Graceland as well. It's funny because I've lived in Memphis most of my life, but never visited one of the most visited homes in the world. 

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          Saying I was impressed my the resort is really taking it lightly. The main entrance is simply amazing and gives the feeling that you are no longer in Memphis. The ceiling is everything and Maddy stared at it each time we saw it. The decor has hints of Elvis Presley scattered and you have to really pay attention to find them. It's basically like a mini scavenger hunt when you go. Honestly, I was never an Elvis fan, but I found that the more I learned about him the more I was intrigued. 

          The room we received was equally impressive. I loved the wallpaper and the white backlit headboards were great for Maddy. She still a bit afraid of the dark, so this helped tremendously. Yes, the mattresses passed the official Maddy kid test. She jumped in the bed for at least 15 minutes and the mattress held up to this madness! Pro Tip: the rooms come with the standard wall plug in addition to USB ports!! 

          For dinner, we decided it was the perfect time to dress up and enjoy one of the restaurants inside the hotel. Any excuse to get fancy is fine by us. Maddy decided she wanted to wear her bat princess dress. We settled on EP's Bar and Grill. Pro tip: The grilled salmon is to die for!

          After dinner, we enjoyed some live music in the lobby and headed back to the room for an action packed filled seating day. The Disney Channel is a standard with the cable package. Great news for kids, but not so great news for parents. At least the lobby bar stays open late. 


           The next morning we got breakfast at The Delta Kitchen inside the hotel. The buffet was great and Maddy made sure to test the limits of the amount of cereal she could eat. Luckily, the staff was very friendly and accommodating to Maddy's demands. 

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          The next day was our very first trip to Graceland. We learned so much about Elvis Presley, his family and his historic career not only as a musician, but as an actor. By today's standards, the home is not something you might see on MTV Cribs, but in the time Elvis was alive it was high tech and luxurious. Funny moment! In the living room sat a console TV. Maddy asked what it was...it was at that very moment I knew my child had never really experienced life. She's only seen flat screen TVs and never seen a telephone with a cord! 

           Next up was a trip across the street to do a little shopping. There were so many shops and places to eat. We decided that since we wanted the full experience of Elvis; we had to go for the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. We also toured Elvis' car museum and Maddy fell in love with all the pink cars naturally. Being able to go inside of both of Elvis' airplanes was awesome. Hint: They both are decked out like Graceland. Prepare for an overload of shag carpet!

          Check out was bittersweet. We had a great time at The Guest House, but we sadly didn't get a chance to swim in the newly opened pool. The Memphis weather just would not cooperate. Have you ever been stuck in a hotel room with an upset child? It can be the worst time ever! All she wanted to do was swim and there was nothing I could do about it. Maddy stared at the pool each day and sighed. 

          Overall, I would love to go back and visit The Guest House at Graceland and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to the Memphis or for an in town staycation for locals. This is a welcomed addition to Memphis and the Whitehaven area. The overall experience was amazing. From the moment you arrive until you leave, the hotel wows you at every turn. I've traveled a lot, but I've never felt as if I was home while traveling. It was truly a unique experience. All the staff was kind and helpful and we truly enjoyed ourselves. Maddy is counting down the days until we return and so am I. We have to get in that pool!!

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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The Big Cheesy from LBOE

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You see that? That's the Big Cheesy I had at LBOE for lunch? Wonder why they call it the Big Cheesy? Well it's got 6 different types of cheese. Yes, I know. That's something only a mad scientist would cook up. Or maybe someone with access to 6 different types of cheese lol. Well this burger is the epitome of a cheeseburger. It comes with Havarti, white and yellow American, pepperjack, smoked cheddar and it's topped with queso!! Yes this burger is designed specifically for the cheese lovers. Its was pure bliss!! That's the only way I can describe it. 

It's the Burger of the day today, so it's a one time thing. Hopefully they bring it back again soon.  

Life is for Living,

Michael B

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MBRW - Best Friends Grille

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MBRW - Best Friends Grille

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         It's Memphis Black Restaurant Week and I decided to take my lunch talents to Best Friend's Grille. I did this for a few reasons. The first being that I'm notorious for saying there's nothing to eat in the suburbs. The second is because I wanted to try something I've never had before.  

            The special today for Memphis Black Restaurant Week was a choice between chicken alfredo and fried catfish with fries. I opted for the catfish and glad I did. The first course was a salad. I went for the Ceasar salad. The salad was just an ordinary salad but I wasn't expecting something amazing either.  The catfish was very good and cooked to order. I'm no big fan of catfish so by saying it was good is really telling. Also, those fries are addictive! I don't know what secret concoction they have in the back, but this stuff has to be illegal.  

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Ceasar Salad  

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Catfish and Fries  

         My experience was very good. When I arrived I was the only person there, but it quickly filled up. I was equally impressed with how diverse the customers were. Real talk, there were whites and Asians dining! Shout out to diversity!! 

         The décor was pretty good. The clear chairs were different but in a good way. They might not be the strongest chairs in the world though. The flowers in the table are a nice touch as well. My server, Tawanna was great! She smelled amazing and had great makeup lol. I know I notice odd things.  

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          I enjoyed this lunch. The lunch portion was pretty big and I took home some. I will definitely venture out to the burbs again to try their regular menu soon. I can definitely recommend Best Friends Grille as a Memphis Black Restaurant Week stop you should make.  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Get Out Review

I went out to see the new movie Get Out, which was written by funnyman Jordan Peele. I must say this movie came with lots of mixed emotions from the first previews. It was a horror movie that featured a black man as the lead and the villians were white good ole white folks. Well damn! Some said "Mane, white folks been the villains for centuries" while others were screaming that the movie was racist against whites.....Really bruh? As a black man, I couldn't really understand that assessment, but I digress. 

I will say that this movie is one that everyone should see. It's definitely not just a black film and it's also not an anti-white film either. Before I go into detail, here's a friendly disclaimer. 

Disclaimer: Major Spoilers Alert! Turn back now if you haven't seen the movie!!  

 

Ok now that we've got that out the way, BRRUUUHHHHH!!!! Like wow!! I assume if you're still reading then you've seen the movie at least once. I can say that it wasn't as cut and dry as I thought it was from the previews. Can't say I saw that plot twist coming at all.  

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What I will say is that if you don't have a friend like Rod, you don't have a real friend. This guy is actually the hero of the film. He told Chris from the start that there was something fishy about everything. 

Rod also embodies the constant suspicions and fears that many blacks have with white people. I'm pretty sure some whites also have suspicions and fears in regards to blacks as well. I think it's a human issue that stems from years of racial programming. Rod is constantly on guard and seems negative at first, but his fears are rooted in what he's heard and probably witnessed. I don't necessarily think white people are making black people sex slaves though, but I could be wrong. 

Chris embodies the black person that wants to be accepted but is also still pretty guarded. He also is a bit blinded by love. There's been a long standing notion in the black community that black men shouldn't date white women because she will set you up to destroy you. This movie caters to that fear, which has many historical ties like the horrendous treatment of young Emmitt Till, who was tortured and killed because he allegedly whistled at a white woman. 

I knew something was up when Rose, the girlfriend to Chris, failed to mention to her parents that he was black. I knew then that this was a set up. Who doesn't prep their parents? I prep my parents when it's a black woman! Lol. I also noticed that Rose downplayed all of Chris' concerns as jokes. I knew then she wasn't trying to relate to him, but make him seem overly fearful in order to further let his guard down. I was shocked that Rose herself wasn't under the hypnosis of her mom. 

Speaking of hypnosis, that's also a huge fear of many black people. Being under the control of another person and not being able to do anything about it, is a terrifying thought. When the family was sitting outside and the mom tapped the glass twice, I knew that was the focus point. That and the stirring of the spoon.  

Can we talk about the "help"? The groundskeeper and the maid were very odd. I knew that from the moment they were on the screen. I didn't know that they were actually the grandfather and grandmother. That was a major plot twist.  

Also, Chris should have ran out of there when he met "Logan". Ain't no brothers named Logan!! Then he shook the fist bump!! Yep time to roll!  

The film left me with a few questions. Would these people be able to live forever by constantly putting themselves into the bodies of black people? Did they think they would go through life and live happily without having to deal with the everyday issues that black people struggle with? Like the issue with the police officer on the way to the house. Lastly, where the hell are the other black people? ROSE HAD A BOX FULL OF VICTIMS!! Where are they? Did they get Logan back?  

I thought the film was very good. I think this film could have only be written by a black person because it showed the fears that we have when it comes to white people. I'm in no way saying this is the right way to think, I'm just pointing out a way of thinking amongst some blacks. I remember when I was a kid and I read a book to my grandmother. She instantly grabbed from me and said "Dont be doing all that reading. White folks will kill you for reading." At the time I thought she was crazy, but later in life I found out that her brother, George, was killed by a group of white men for reading. It blew my mind, but also made me realize that these fears might have been based on fear truths and experiences.  

At this point in my life, I try to base every interaction with any person specifically on that situation and not on what someone's great great grandaddy might have done to my great great grandfather. I don't judge a person by their skin color at all, but I also struggle with these fears and suspicions because I've been programmed to think that all white people have sinister motives, which is totally not true at all. All humans have the capacity to be evil as well as the capacity to be good. It's not regulated to one race. That's the message I got from this film. That blacks have a real fear and that usually gets pushed to the side as nonsense when it's deeply rooted and ingrained in us from day one. I hope this opens the door for more dialogue so that we can dispell these fears and move closer to being just a human race. 

Also top NCAA prospects, beware!! Lol

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.  

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The Break Up Show Review

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      I will start out this review by saying this wasn't my first time seeing The Break Up Show. I've gone 4 times. That should speak for itself. Either the show is really great or I have a weird fascination with the pain of others. It's mostly likely a healthy dose of both.

          Aside from my sick sense of humor, The Break Show is in fact a great show. The point of the show is the cast reenactments submitted emails, texts, and dating app breakups and overall people being insanely weird. Screenshots will be the death of us all! The things people say online are usually hilarious. Oddly enough, this is a great show for couples. It should give you tips on what not to do in the event of a break up. Trust me, take notes.

 Got to hang with Savannah before the show!  

Got to hang with Savannah before the show!  

     The cast, headed by creator and director Savannah Bearden, is a great mix of eccentric personalities that seem like really cool people to hang out and enjoy boxed wine with.  It's literally the perfect cast for this style of comedy. I love them all! One word you must remember is Bruce. Bruce simply steals the show, but in a very good way that totally works. He totally makes cross dressing less threatening and fun. Yes, I just wrote that and I'm not taking back. Random fact, Bruce let me touch his fake boobs. While nice, I will stick to the real ones.

 Bruce being Bruce  

Bruce being Bruce  

 

       The most recent show was the best I've been to and the submissions were great! This year they got fancy and held the show at The New Daisy Theater on Beale Street. That amazing in itself, but the most impressive part was  there was actual seating!! Yes real chairs!!

          The story about the guy with the bug crushing fetish was the weirdest thing I've ever heard. There was a LinkedIn bootycall attempt, an appearance from American Idol contestant  Alexis Grace, and my favorite, high school text breakups! Young love mixed with bad grammar and new unique words makes for an epic experience.

 American Idol contestant Alexis Grace  

American Idol contestant Alexis Grace  

      The Break Up show is must see for anyone with an open mind and a great sense of humor. It's also great for the anti-love crowd. I see you Debbie Downers. Go check out their Facebook page HERE and submit some of your bad breakups. Trust me, we all have them.

 Hanging with the cast!! 

Hanging with the cast!! 

        Random fact #2, The Break Up Show taught me the real sinister meaning behind the Pina Colada song! I thought it was about throwing a couple drinks back and having a great time.   Oh no! That song is not about having a good time at all! Don't believe me. Check this out. 

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.  

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Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f 1.4 Review

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Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f 1.4 Review

           Since upgrading from my Sony a6000 crop sensor camera to my full frame Sony a7 Mark 2, I've been really into vintage lens. The beauty of the mirrorless system is that practically any lens can be adapted to the body. Vintage lens also happen to be a fraction of the cost of newer lenses as well. 

         I set out on a mission to find a fast vintage lens to do portraits and it also had to be under $100 including adapter. I recently read a few reviews about older Minolta lenses and decided to give it a try. I headed to eBay and found a 58mm f/1.4 lens for $54. I went to Amazon to purchase an adapter to mount to my camera body. I found a Neewer out for $13. 

 Minolta 58mm mounted to a7 Mark 2 body

Minolta 58mm mounted to a7 Mark 2 body

        My initial impressions of the lens were boy was this thing pretty! The lens is also pretty hefty. it threw off the balance on my a7 M2 and took some getting used to. I also noticed that the aperture blades are stuck wide open. I will be honest, this isn't a big problem because I didn't buy this lens to stop it down. Wide open or nothing! I want insane bokeh!         

            I don't have fancy scientific data or graphs to show the sharpness or the clarity of this lens. I don't claim to be an expert at photography, I only use real world results. Here are some sample photos from my first few hours with the lens. 

Sample photos

Conclusion

           As you can see by the images above, this lens provides some great depth of field and some insanely gorgeous bokeh! It might be my portrait lens of choice for the moment. The focus peaking on Sony cameras makes manual focus incredibly easy to do. The images that come out of a nearly 50 year old lens for under $70 with an adapter was well worth the price. I'm in bokeh heaven at the moment! 

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