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CHARLIE ROSE MADE ME THINK ABOUT PASSION AND PURPOSE

In Self Help on November 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I was watching Charlie Rose today on Bloomberg. One of my favourite channels on TV. I don’t ever watch Charlie Rose but I know he interviews successful and great people that are doing life changing things in their field of work, talents and passion. Today Charlie Rose was interviewing Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), David Strathairn (The Bourne Trilogy) and Jessica Chastain (The Help) on the play ‘ The Heiress,’ which is currently being shown on Broadway.

What I found interesting about this particular show is that they were talking about passion and the purpose of a person. Charlie Rose said something so clear about purpose and a person wanting to do something:

I want to become a writer. Instead, I have to write.

I think Charlie Rose couldn’t have said it better. You can’t say to yourself ‘I want to become a writer.’ I think you just have to do it. You have to have the feeling inside you that you have to write, or you have to do something. The feeling that when you do it, you will feel satisfied. You can’t say to yourself you want to become. You just got to instinctively feel within yourself, that it is your duty to do something life changing. It doesn’t have to be writing, it could be acting, it could be singing, it could to become an athlete. A part of you has a self created mission statement that makes very clear that you have to complete that mission. No ifs, no buts, just do!

My advice to anyone reading this. Don’t over think your desires in life. If you don’t know what to do, just relax and explore everything as much as you can. I remember Jessica Chastain saying on Charlie Rose that has her grandmother took her to see a production. She was really young at the time, and she saw a small girl her age on stage, and automatically knew it wasn’t what she wanted to do, but something she felt connected with and had to do. Something she felt deep within that made her think ‘I need to be on that stage, right there, in that position, portraying that character.’ And of course, Jessica Chastain is a brilliant actress. She stuck to her plan, stuck to her desire, stuck to her purpose and flourished. Just like prominent actor David Strathairn.

Nothing stopped these people in their path, because they knew they were working towards a great and satisfying result. I keep thinking, how come I can’t read a book fast and complete it in a week. I just don’t apply my passion. Jessica Chastain on the other hand, finished reading the script of ‘The Heiress’ on a plane journey. Yes it is her job, but it is a job she loves to wakes up every morning thinking ‘This makes me happy and complete.’ I guarantee that is how she feels. I don’t have to reference that statement.

Love what you do always. Look deep within yourself to find purpose, and simply love every moment you live.

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The Lovely Therapy Called Music

In Hip Hop on April 15, 2012 at 1:01 am

I have recently become addicted to music. I am lying on the internet. That is bad. I have been addicted to Hip Hop for quite while. It seems like music gives me therapy and a sense of peace. On a typical morning, I will start my day by playing something old school like The Blueprint – Jay Z. Something like this to get me in the mood for my day, regardless of the fact that Jay-Z ‘disses’ my favourite rapper Nas.

So, I realise that a lot of the music I listen to is absolute trash, but the production and flow takes me on a journey that educates me. Yeah, I get educated by rubbish, just like everyone else on this planet. So I switch it up to something raw, and intellectually challenging.

Afternoon comes, and I have been listening to a selection of albums from Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Common. I take a breather, and release some energy with Dubstep, which also includes rap.

I can’t exactly be living my life, listening to deep and meaningful music all the time. Sometimes I want to let loose and just listen to rubbish like the rest of society. I then realise that I am in full control of what I listen to on the internet, radio, television and any other devices that transmit some sort of rhythm and flow. Knowing that I am in control, I feel like I can continue listening to it and still understand the underlying truth beyond music and the power of the industry and its ability to manipulate people’s ideas.

 

I still find it relaxing, but I still gotta say music is deep. Isn’t it?

When Black Is Not Beautiful?

In Media, Movies, Relationships on January 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

If you have Twitter, you have definitely seen the trends relating to dark skin v light skin women. If you are not living under a rock, you may have realised that society’s perception of black women is more complex than you think. We live in a society where the media controls our perception of beauty and corporate industries influence our beliefs and shape our personalities. We as people, have become attracted to a certain kind of beauty that the media has taken control of, and as a result, we are easily influenced and our beliefs continually shift. Constant shifting causes us to be insatiable towards beauty.

The media has a clear idea about what beauty is and what beauty should look like in society. If we had to make a definition of beauty in terms of the media, the definition would be as follows.

” As long as you look lighter, you look more beautiful. If you are darker, your beauty is worth less.”

In terms of the media and their control, beauty is exactly that and will never change unless we change our individual perception of beauty. Corporate industries are more likely to put a black woman with really light skin in their million dollar marketing campaign than a dark skinned woman. Even better, they would prefer to put a white woman who hasn’t got a shade of black. We as a society, accept these conditions because we have been conditioned to believe that fairer skin is more attractive, sexy or beautiful. Hollywood is an excellent example of beauty perception. When we see any type of film that is directed by a top Hollywood director, we never see a dark skinned women as the woman of great sex appeal. Instead we see someone that is white. It is like we use dark skinned women as a last resort.

In the clothing industry, the perception of beauty is even more apparent. A prime example of a shop that doesn’t have any advertising campaign with a black woman, or even a light skinned women is Hollister. I really like their clothes and fashion style, but I have never seen a poster with a black woman or advert with a light skin woman. We could say their demographic is middle-class white people, but if so many people of all cultures are purchasing their goods, they should change their marketing demographic a little. It is not like only white people shop there. You have a variety of people, of all nationalities and backgrounds. A different company, with a very similar style that does really well is Ralph Lauren. They cater for the same market, but they appeal to all people, from all backgrounds.

We need to start to appreciate all beauty. I talk to some of my friends from college and as guys we talk about women. A LOT. The conversation is interesting because we talk about typical women everyone likes. Women like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, Mila Kunis and Katy Perry. What I realise is that we never talk about dark skinned girls. We only ever talk about light skin women, like dark skinned women don’t exist. I mentioned Kelly Rowland, I know. Everyone loves her. She is like the dark skinned beauty queen of the world. I want to talk about the dark skin women we don’t see very often.

Beyonce looks ugly in the picture on the left. That isn’t her natural skin tone. Loreal obviously lightened her skin to make her look more beautiful. When they did that, they were hoping people would buy their product. Obviously, buying the product makes you look beautiful to a certain degree, but when you make a black woman look less black, it shows how the media is so against dark skinned women. Beyonce isn’t the only example. A lot of celebrities have been photoshopped to the max to increase a company’s income and present an idealistic look that isn’t true. We lose our identity and self value entirely. A sort of false consciousness, run by the capitalist society.

I want to stress that all women are beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you are dark skin or light skin. Black women are simply black women. They are all beautiful regardless of skin tone. I would also like to stress that we should appreciate all beauty, not only media’s perception of beauty. We should not be ignorant, stupid and/or foolish by going onto Twitter and any other social sites, debating if dark skinned black women are better looking than light skinned black woman. We should not easily be led by society’s perception of beauty but see the beauty that lies beyond the skin tone. If you are light skinned, appreciate it and feel beautiful. If you are dark skinned, appreciate it and feel beautiful. Don’t fight it and cause yourself to feel out of place. If you do feel out of place, the media has taken control of you.

I would simply like to say that I find it rather strange when a woman appreciates a dark skinned man compared to a light skin man. But when it comes to women, we prefer the opposite. My overall opinion on women, which I haven’t clearly given is this. I love all types of women regardless of nationality. Me being brought up in an African household, I feel closer to black women. When it comes to choosing a dark skinned woman or a light skinned women, I don’t give a shit. Just show me that you are a loving, understanding, caring, honest and a faithful human being and I will love you back. Simple as that.

PEOPLE THAT WATCH AND PEOPLE THAT DO!

In Media, Self Help on November 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

In society, we have two types of people. The people that watch and the people that do.

The people that watch, always watch what people do. Then they say they want to do things other people are doing, but never actually get round to doing it. They want to do a sport but never go outside to practice. They want to become a rapper or singer, instead they watch so many YouTube video’s of celebrities but never practice. You have people that love to procrastinate. They say they will do something but never get to that point because they have other things on their mind. They lack dedication and drive. Some people simply don’t have time. I always curse 24 hours in a day. I wish the world had 48 hours in a day with short sleep intervals instead of a whole night of sleeping.

The problem with watching, is that you will never get things done. You will get excited by what is happening but never make strategic moves to do what you intended to do. It slows you down as an individual and can cause you to never achieve what you want. This can be avoided by changing your attitude towards what your aims and objectives are in life, and actively taking part in what you want out of life.

The active people in society, are those who actually do what they planned to do. They have passed the stage of watching (quite addictive) and onto the path of doing and achieving. Lets take Top Boy for example. It is a programme that has been aired on Channel 4 this week so far. The actors in Top Boy are actively doing what they want in life and achieving what they want to be (actors). For a percentage of people that watch Top Boy, they are watching the show for entertainment purposes. The people watching the show, a certain percentage are not gaining anything out of it, except entertainment. Entertainment is supposed to excite you, put you on edge and want you to come back for more. From entertaining you, a number of people stop doing what they want to do and achieve in life, and instead, give the actors success by watching their show. It is how the world works, especially the power, the media has on society and changing our thoughts and feelings towards certain things. So people watching Top Boy, are not gaining knowledge or intelligence or financial stability to live but instead, the actors are getting that in return. You are basically allowing the people in the media to gain a lifestyle you wish you had, by watching their shows and listening to their music.

 

You could criticise my view and say, you have worked so hard during the day that you deserve a break and freedom to indulge in art. That is a fair point. We should have times when we can just be lazy. You could question me and say life isn’t about being lazy, it is about being active. My alter-ego, TheLookoutDiary and myself (Derrick), still hold the opinion that the people that do instead of watch, benefit from society on a larger scale. So, as individuals what can we do to change that? We can spend more time achieving our dreams, whatever they may be, or watch active people achieve their dreams. It is up to you.

Due to my passion for writing, I have not watched any episode of Top Boy this week, and don’t intend to until my work is done and my writing for this week is complete.

I THINK! I THINK?

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I had my first day at work. My workplace being my grandparents house. Yeah seriously! My job is working for my aunt and helping her with social networking on the web to improve her fashion label. I really enjoyed it because that is my first client of my business which I randomly came across this morning. The reason it is crazy and weird and random is because I didn’t expect it to be my own business, I just expected it to be me working for someone to improve their social status. So I thought to myself, let me get clients and help them with social networking on the web. I have work coming soon which I hope could help with me being popular on the web as well helping people within their own business.

I really like business as I have constantly said many times and I have become interested not only in business but in property investment. I know there is money to be earned with houses and I am aiming to get as many houses as possible to reach a £10 million income mark. That is a dream but a dream that can be achieved with the help of some family members that are related to that field of work. I choose houses as an investment above shares and other money making schemes because it is simpler in terms of understanding the fundamentals and who wouldn’t want to earn money off a house and land.

Over the past few days really experienced many things. I have experienced how to work with others, how to make decisions upon the progression of my own self. I have even learned a lot about Derrick (me). I live each day just experiencing what comes and trying my best to get the most out of each day. As a teen, I always question if I am working way to hard, or if I am working on things past my age but I just enjoy what I do everyday, that’s all I can say really.

One more thing, I came across this site that has brilliant fashion photo’s. I found it after my first day of work. It makes you think your fashion style is practically simple and useless. I think 80% of me being on the site was because of the women. The other percentage was the clothing, lets be honest. Now that site defines ‘swag.’ Check out the website Look Book.

Question: What is your favourite fashion label?