Archive for June, 2009

29
Jun
09

what happened to boxing?

I can sit back and think on the days when I would watch classic boxing matches from; Ali all the way to Tyson.. ahh these were the days.

The reason why I like classic boxing better than todays boxing is because, boxers from  the 70’s threw the 90’s were fighting because thats what they loved, it was a passion for them. And plus it was real deal fights being took place. I cant say todays boxers dont have passion for the sport, but i can say that their boxing reasons are totally different from the classic boxers. Now a days people do things for the money.. to see how much earnings one can receive. And this isn’t their fault at all, this is what society has planted in their minds. Trust me I know, a person needs money to survive in this cold world( but its beautiful at the same time ) but when you do things cause you love them and thats what you are put here for, the money will come. I could be wrong…

Classic boxers didn’t fight for the big mansions and diamonds, they fought cause they didnt have anything better to do in the places they were born in to. They fought for a specific purpose,  they had something to prove and they wanted to get recognized for it. Of course they had tons of earnings, but that wasn’t their main focus.

Take Ali for instance, he discovered his talent for boxing through an odd twist of fate. His bike was stolen, and Ali told a police officer, Joe Martin, that he wanted to beat up the thief. Ali started working with Martin to learn how to box, and soon began his boxing career. In his first amateur bout in 1954, he won the fight by split decision. I can’t relate on the bike situation, but i can relate to turning something negative into a positive situation though.

 

If Ali did brag about something, it wasn’t anything material. Often referring to himself as “the greatest,” Ali was not afraid to sing his own praises. He was known for boasting about his skills before a fight and for his colorful descriptions and phrases. In one of his more famously quoted descriptions, Ali told reporters that he could “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” in the boxing ring.. this what you brag on if you want to brag on something.

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Mike Tyson, he started different from Ali. Tyson, small and shy, was often the target of bullying. To combat this, young Michael began developing his own style of street fighting, and graduated from this to criminal activity. His gang, known as the Jolly Stompers, assigned him to clean out cash registers while older members held victims at gunpoint. He was only 11 at the time. He frequently ran into trouble with police over his petty criminal activities, and by the age of 13 he had been arrested more than 30 times. He was in a lot of trouble but look what he has become over these years.

Tyson’s bad behavior landed him in the Tryon School for Boys, a reform school in upstate New York. At Tryon, Tyson met counselor Bob Stewart, who had been an amateur boxing champion. Tyson wanted Stewart to teach him how to use his fists. He also became determined to learn everything he could about boxing, often slipping out of bed after curfew to practice punches in the dark.

In conclusion, I leave you with this, just because you have had a bad situation, don’t get down on your self have hope and turn that situation into a good one. Your decisions make your future..trust.

 

26
Jun
09

a moment of silence for the legendary pop king…

I was going to write another post for this day, but this post has to be done. I dont like to converse about death but, it’s human, it’s life. I was watching the news before I went to work, and a news flash scrolled across the screen saying, “Micheal Jackson has passed.”   It really didn’t hit me hard but I can say this is truly crazy and unexpected. This post is dedicated to the most popular, the most talented human on earth; Micheal Jackson.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana (an industrial suburb of Chicago, Illinois) to a working-class family on August 29, 1958. The son of Joseph Walter “Joe” and Katherine Esther (née Scruse), he was the seventh of nine children. His siblings are Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. Jackson showed musical talent early in his life, performing in front of classmates and others during a Christmas recital at the age of five. In 1964, Jackson and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine, respectively. Jackson later began performing backup vocals and dancing; at the age of eight, he and Jermaine assumed lead vocals, and the group’s name was changed to The Jackson 5. The band toured the Midwest extensively from 1966 to 1968. The band frequently performed at a string of black clubs and venues collectively known as the “chitlin’ circuit”, where they often opened for stripteases and other adult acts. In 1966, they won a major local talent show with renditions of Motown hits and James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, led by Michael.

CLICK PICTURE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC FROM THE JACKSON 5!

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In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced many hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.

CLICK PICTURE TO BE INTRODUCED TO MUSIC FROM HIS ALBUM “THRILLER” !

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After Jackson’s early 1982 contribution, “Someone In the Dark”, to the blockbuster film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which nabbed him a Grammy for Best Album for Children, Epic issued his second album, Thriller. In what would turn out to be the apex of Jackson’s career, the album remained in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for 80 consecutive weeks, 37 at the peak. Seven singles from Thriller concurrently hit the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, including “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”. Thrillerwent on to sell upwards of 109 million copies, making it the best-selling album of all time,causing Jackson biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli to muse that “at some point, Thriller stopped selling like a leisure item—like a magazine, a toy, tickets to a hit movie—and started selling like a household staple.”

I would write more, but it’s 4 o’clock in the morning right now and I’m falling asleep at the laptop.. I’m going to sleep.

Thank you,

-Drake.

17
Jun
09

the purple and yellow victory.

I’m not the one to say I told you so, but I did state that the LA Lakers would win the NBA championship this year. Once again I’m not a lakers fan, but number 24 was unstoppable during the playoffs.. alot of people did not want to see Kobe find his victory in the playoffs but you have to give respect where it is due.

The respect has been giving to Kobe threw his documentary that Spike Lee shot and directed.. his crew had like 50 cameras on Kobe.

This post wouldn’t be complete or even right with out embedding a cienmatic collage of  Julius (Dr. J) Erving. Looking back on some of these clips they bring back alot of memories. You know when you were a kid, on Saturday mornings you would watch cartoons? Well, readers my Saturday morning cartoons were old recorded video tapes that my cousin had taped of Dr. J. I wasn’t your average kid growing up and that’s how I am still today.. now I’m just a non-average young man.

Kobe has nothing on this man.. not even close. Don’t get me wrong Kobe is good but he can’t even be compared to Dr. J, sorry.

thank you, -Drake

15
Jun
09

fabricated visions.

It took me a few days to think of this post. I didn’t freestyle this one… had to bring out the B.I.C. roller pen and the copy paper out on this one. REALLY READ THIS POST AND GET IN-TUNE WITH IT, IT’S NOT AS LONG AS THE OTHERS BUT I FEEL LIKE THIS ONE IS THE MOST CREATIVE POST I HAVE CREATED YET. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, SERIOUSLY.

Lately, I’ve been having ” Fabricated Visions “. What are these fabricated visions, you ask..? My fabricated visions are, visions from the righteous man above those clouds we look at everyday showing me threw my dreams when I sleep at night that I should consider doing a cut -n- sew clothing line instead of doing just a t-shirt line. My mother also told me I should do this as well. A cut -n- sew clothing is more deeper to me than doing a t-shirt line, because when you have a cut -n- sew line, its more of your own unique style, you can connect to alot more people, and you can start from an idea and transform that idea into the newest trend that has be introduced to the fashion world.

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But, a t-shirt line could be deep also, its just on the individual who makes it deep. To me, its only a certain amount of things you can put on a t-shirt, were you have fabric that you can mold into anything. I was always told, “Do what works for you”. With that quote in my mind, I’m considering doing a cut -n- sew clothing line by the name of, DRAKE. To be honest i really don’t want to say much about this project at the moment because it’s just an ideal. Ideals are how great things are created right? Last night around 2:00 am me and my friends were chilling on Dave’s balcony outside of his apartment, which has an amazing view, discussing some ideals for DRAKE. Swim suits, polos, jeans, tees, and whatever else GOD allow me to do.

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Yes, I’m still doing The Supreme Tour clothing. This clothing line is more of like the brand and DRAKE is more like the sub-brand.. a branch. DRAKE will have the same feel as The Supreme Tour .. I will just project that feel on ring spun cotton t-shirts for (ST). Also, I want to start from somewhere small and work my way up to things. I read in a book, that you should master each of your projects before you move on to the next one. Until the time DRAKE comes out I will keep having faith and pray that everything goes my way.

08
Jun
09

a diamond that drips blood.

Blood Diamond. I almost forgot about this movie. When I first saw this movie it touched my soul..enough for me to write about it. When seeing this movie it changed my perspective on the whole ” Bling Bling ” persona, because now a days the world is based on material things( and that is sad ), including diamonds. Let me see how I can put this, its like we wear the fancy jewels but we dont know what it took to get those diamonds.. people have slaved for those diamonds and paid a small amount for digging them up. I dont blame the man below for stealing that pink diamond.

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In 1999, in Sierra Leone, the fisherman Solomon Vandy dreams on the day that his young son Dia Vandy will become a doctor. His dreams are shattered when the rebels invade his village and kidnap him to work in the diamond mines. Solomon finds a huge pink diamond and while hiding it, the commandant of the rebels sees, but the rebels are attacked and Salomon is arrested by the government army. While in jail, the wounded commandant tell the prisoners that Salomon found the stone, and the mercenary smuggler Danny Archer from Zimbabwe releases Salomon and proposes to exchange the diamond by his missing family. Using the idealistic American journalist Maddy Bowen, Danny locates the wife and daughters of Salomon in a refugee camp, but is informed that his son has been recruited by the rebels. Salomon and Danny consolidate a partnership, with Salomon looking for and finding his son, and Danny looking for the diamond and finding redemption.

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Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), an Anglo ex-mercenary from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), trades arms for diamonds with an RUF commander. He is imprisoned after being caught smuggling the diamonds into neighboring Liberia, and the diamonds are confiscated. Archer and Solomon find their way to Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an American journalist, who helps Solomon track down his family. Bowen soon learns that Archer is using Solomon to find his diamond and will eventually steal it for himself, to leave Africa forever. Bowen, a humanitarian, refuses to help Archer unless he can tell her about the diamond market to stop the flow of blood diamonds out of Africa, cutting off funding for Civil War and ending a mass revolution. The convoy is attacked and Archer, Solomon and Bowen escape and find their way to the South African mercenary force under Colonel Coetzee. There they learn of the attack force preparing to retake Sierra Leone — a reference to the actual 1995 hiring of South African security firm Executive Outcomes by the provisional government of Sierra Leone. The two men leave the camp on foot while Bowen boards a plane carrying foreigners out of the conflict zone. With the help of Bowen, Solomon trades the diamond to Simmons for a large sum of money and the reunification of his family, making the exchange as Solomon’s wife and children deplane from a Lear Jet at a London airport. Bowen, who secretly photographs the deal, later publishes a magazine piece exposing the trade in “conflict” or “blood” diamonds.

Thank you

-Drake.

08
Jun
09

seniors wasn’t the only ones that graduated!

My little cousin Daphne, which we call ” Tootie ” graduated from 1st or 2nd grade I cant remember at the moment. But, this ceremony was truly a tear jerkier, if you will, because it seems like it was just yesterday when she was in day care; crying and in a stroller and now she’s graduating? I must say she’s growing up fast..to fast really. Its just so crazy to me that people say ” life is short”, because it actually is.. this is a example of that statement. By saying that, enjoy every moment that you encounter( sorry for getting of topic ).

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 The reason why I say this was a tear jerkier is because I remember the day I graduated from the 1st grade, its kind of weird that I write this because when I graduated it kind of looked like the portrait above, same set up and all( history does repeat itself ). The girl you see walking down those stairs, doesn’t think like your average 5 year old. Tootie( she doesn’t like nicknames anymore..told you she’s growing up! ) she is to smart for her age; school work and common sense. When she was real young, she was able to say her ABC’s and if I can hold a convo with a 5 year and actually talk about something interesting.. she’s on a adult level.

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The convos that her and me share are always about fashion, art, music, and movies. Answer me this, how does a 5 year old know about Erykah Badu? Denia is her little sister, which is in the above portrait with her. Denia, shes the total opposite of Daphne. Denia is more like the sports type kid were Daphne is the ” girlie girl “. Watch out for these two in the near future.. dealing with; Soccer, Modeling, Tennis, Fashion, and Gymnastics. They are going to be the best in whatever they do.

 Mother thank you for the camera work that you distilled in these photos.

04
Jun
09

waking up to a storm.

This was a unexpected day for( I’m beginning to like unexpected events ) me. It was a day after a long night of work, when I woke from the deepest sleep i have had in a long time to my home doorbell. So I popped up from my pillow and rushed to the door, with a anxious feeling flowing threw my body to see who this was that woke me up from my sleep.

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When walking to my front door, remember I just woke so instead of walking to the door, it was more like sleep walking to door! After, I wiped my eyes to get a more focus look on everything, I put my hand forward to twist the knob on the door. When opening the door, its the mail man asking, ” Are you Drake Smith? ” My reply was, yes. Then he reached into his mail carrying bag, smoothly pulling out a nice size box with Ebay on it. I looked down at the box, In my mind, I’m like, no this cant be my phone that I ordered..this fast?! So, I rushed into the house to open this box, there it was, my BlackBerry Storm. Shout outs to Ebay with the fast shipping!

** Note: Did you like my Art of Story Telling?

Thank you,

-Drake.