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Review: Whore’s Glory

In Movies on October 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I went down to the premier of Whore’s Glory yesterday at Leicester Square with my aunt. Through days of hardship, the film looks deep into the daily lives of women and their fight for survival. It crosses borders to seek the truth behind the drive of these women to do such a thing to survive in this sort of world we live in today.

The film raised many issues regarding women and how they are portrayed and used as commodities in society. It also allowed me to look at how, sociologically, they functioned in a capitalist ideological world where everyone is in competition to survive through a hierarchical structure.  The film Whores’ Glory powerfully captured the lives of prostitutes across boarders in Bangladesh, Mexico and Thailand.

Even though the film is deep, graphic and depressing, it is a must see!

I would definitely advise anyone who is interested in culture, lifestyle and women’s roles in society to watch this heart-felt documentary.

Should we blame this on capitalism, the individual or culture? Or is there something we just seem to not understand about our world?

I DON’T CARE #2

In Self Help on October 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I would have put this video in my recent post but this song is so good, it gets its own post. A musical response to being different.

I DON’T CARE

In Self Expression, Self Help on October 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

People always try to fit into society by doing everything that is normal. They never do something that they truly want to do, but have to do to be accepted by their fellow peers. People who constantly try to fit in, never feel comfortable. My friend Pablo (picture) came to college in a scooter and in my opinion, had immense amounts of swagger, I couldn’t put into words.

When do we just do what we feel and never think about what people think. The people that are different, couldn’t care less how people perceive them. It is then that they get praise for being so cool, all because they are unique in their style. Yes, it is style! The things everyone does is just boring but when you break away from the norms of society, we start to become creative and experimental and then great things are created.

Now, I am going to upgrade my skateboard and roll into school doing an ollie. No one should copy me but respect my style and get their own!

DRUGS OR PASSION

In Media, YouTube on October 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I was walking outside Westfield today with some friends and I came across this guy who was walking casually like any other individual. Then suddenly, he would start body popping. I was thinking this guy is either taking drugs or really into his music. He passed me and I could hear music in his earphones. I was unsure if he was an addict or really into and passionate about his music.

What do you think?

MUMS SANDWICH OR KEBAB

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

MATURE CONTENT!

Finishing school gives you the opportunity to really catch a bite to eat. So, walking in Hammersmith, you are faced with fast food shops in every direction. You have Tops Pizza for the people that enjoy fat, fat, fat. You have Starbucks for people that like to be high. You have a kebab shop for people who like chicken, or lamb and want to add a few calories to their diet. And lastly McDonalds for the people who don’t give a shit about their diet!

When choosing what you eat, you have a massive problem. Eat your mums lovely, sweated out and sexy prepared sandwich (which you didn’t buy the bread, ham, turkey or chicken because you don’t have a job) or the sassy, succulent kebab from the confined, cultured Lebanese kebab shop. I gave into the Lebanese culture kebab. Call me a traitor, I don’t give a shit. You always need to have a variety of foods in your life regardless of the 50p extra charge (Conservatives corruption). If you remember the times in high school when all you could eat was packed lunch, you would definitely want to walk out of college and into a fat infested fast food shop.

Don’t forget to pick up WATER! (like you would, you love the look of that coke)

The Stranger

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

MATURE CONTENT!

I love being a stranger to people. They don’t know anything about me and I don’t know anything about them. I can show any persona of myself that I want and all that the strangers of my personality can do is either accept it or deny it. That is the true beauty of being a stranger.

In college, I have made a group of amazing friends that are really honest people. What I mean is that we are all crazy in our own way and it works because at least when your freaky,  interesting, and your funny shitty behaviour comes out, everyone accepts it and it’s honest!

In the last couple weeks, I have become less of a stranger and more of ‘the guy’ that people know around school. I am not trying to act like I am popular. I am still Derrick, the weird guy with a ‘strange’ mind and messed up but brilliant persona.

Everyone feels weird in a groups at first but we gradually feel comfortable after some time. One of my friends (Ali) was average (my word for boring)  at first, then his funny character blossomed and I have to say, I haven’t met anyone funnier than him. That is the same for my other friends Makeda, Elliot, Geneva, Pablo, Amy, Chioma, Christian and Alie!

What everyone should take from this post is that we will always feel weird around new people, but once we feel comfortable, we all become crazy and look like we take drugs!

Just Keep Going #2

In Uncategorized on October 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

When I was in high school, I had this friend who goes by the name of ‘Kliicks.’ We were tight and cool. He was passionate and deep in his music like I am enthusiastic and passionate about blogging and business. Well, you know how I did a post on Just Keep Going and never giving up, well that is what my friend did and ever since he found music. He has been improving everyday, on a mission to success.

What a person does will always cause hate, put downs and the often ”that’s for someone else, don’t waste your time trying,”response.

It is people like that who work hard to get what they want and not become lazy that have a closer chance of making it than the person who gives up because they see everyone else doing it. If I kept on saying that there are so many bloggers out there (which is true) and I can’t be the best and have a following, I may as well quit now and find a new ambition. You have to keep going regardless of what life throws at you.

It will not be EASY. If it were easy, everyone will do it!

THE MAN THAT CHANGED THE TECHNOLOGY WORLD

In Social Media, Technology on October 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm

My mum woke up this morning around 6, the same time I wake up. She walked upstairs to tell me the sad news about the death of Steve Jobs. I quickly rushed onto my laptop and went on TweetDeck. Instantly, I see the top trend saying RIP Steve Jobs. I was not only gutted and upset but thought I could play my part in society to change the world, not only in terms of business but how we can look beyond our limits.

Steve Jobs was a pioneer of technology from the time Apple was born. He changed how we perceive technology and created what we never thought was possible. His mind was genius and drive, immaculate. He had a perfectionist persona that shined in the workplace which resulted in Apple launching some of the most unique and exclusive products to the technology market like the iPod, iPad and Mac.

Apple, being one of the most successful companies in the world and the wealthiest company in the technology industry, it truly lives up to its name because of the brilliance of Steve Jobs. His determination to make something that people had to have, made us as consumers, buy his product with a bitten apple design. Steve Jobs had passion, talent and a creative mind that sparked any individual to believe in what he was selling. I constantly watched his keynote speeches on the products he was releasing and what stunned me especially was his passion towards his creation. That passion got me fired up, excited and sometimes crazy.

I have never owned an Apple product but Steve’s brilliance in telling a story about a peice of technology, through the eyes of the creator, makes me feel inspired. As a writer, it is people like Steve Jobs who make me think anything is possible and love BUSINESS!

RIP Steve Jobs 24th February 1955 – 5th October 2011

Shoulder-high portrait of smiling man in his fifties wearing a black turtle neck shirt with a day-old beard holding a phone facing the viewer in his left hand

Just Keep Going!

In Self Help on October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

You know when you were young and you had big dreams. You had dreams like becoming really rich, actor or music star like Beyonce or Kanye West. Then you learned about education and then dreams shifted to you wanting to go to Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge or LSE, while still wanting to be a music star or actor or TV presenter. Well, you can still live up to the dreams regardless of what your life has turned out to be.

I didn’t get the best GCSE grades but I still got accepted into sixth form. People think that if they don’t get high standards then their life is over but in actual fact, you can still get back up, dust yourself off and try again.

I believe that grades shouldn’t be the only thing that allows you to pursue your dream and gain success. I am not against education, I just feel that a lot can be learned from being practical in the world. If you look at the world at the moment, people are creating things in their spare time while educating themselves in something completely different. I am a blogger by night but by day, I am a college student studying Philosophy, Sociology, Business and English Literature. The only subject in that list that relates to me blogging is English. If you take time to develop something you enjoy, you will eventually become better and reap the rewards. It is always going to be hard at first but as time goes on, it will become easier and second nature.

What you have to understand about life, education, principles and socialising is that everyone is a human being. We all make mistakes and we are not perfect. That means that people are going to have to accept 98% achievement instead of 100% because again, no one is perfect. That also means that we can still come back to be closer to perfect if we learn from our mistakes. Everyone is different and that’s what makes us unique human beings. If people were perfect, life would be shit!

My advice to anyone reading this is to continue to fight to be the best at what you do but never give up because when you do, then you feel like something is empty inside of you!

 

 

I Am Not Perfect *****

In Hip Hop, Poetry on October 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Today I was hanging out with some friends and they use the N word so casually. It has become such a norm for black people in society, we just regard it as an ordinary word. We consistently hear rappers use the N word in the music scene. I am one of those teenagers that if I hear a good song and I somehow remember the lyrics, I would rap every curse word, N word and other abusive language.   That is when I am alone in my room, but never in public. I am not perfect! I personally don’t have a problem with the word. Usually, it is just people who have passion for their lyrics who use the word and other times people just acting like they lack intelligence and are stupid. I will also say that they should not abuse it even though the colour of their skin and history gives them a slight legitimate reason for its common use in their speech. We should understand the roots of black history while at the same time, aim to make change. That may indeed mean all people stop using it altogether!

A poem from Julian Curry on the subject ‘Niggas!’

Is it really just an ordinary word? What do you think about the use of the word?