Live TV is a batch

Kanye at on SNL

He free styled. Wasnt the best but i still kinda liked how he kept rollin with it.

Lucky Done Gun

My lucky streak ran out yesterday….
I got pulled over (for the first time) right in front of our nation’s capital. Me and some friends were leaving a restaurant for a late night study break, and i kinda took a wrong turn. So i was trying to get back on track and i didn’t see this red left turn signal till too late and i stopped in the middle of the other lane. So did what any other responsible driver would do, and i just commited and took that ish so my ass wouldnt get hit…. Well the cops saw me and pulled my ass over lol. After much waiting and questioning it was all good cause i just got a warning.

So i guess I’m still the man

peace

J

Im livin’ it

The good life

be grateful for what you DO have.

peace&love

Julian

Serious Post for the Day

In my youtubing this weekend I found an Oscar winning documentary on the 1989 US invasion of the Republic of Panama. The film, The Panama Deception, discussed a lot of things that happened in that short but deadly campaign. I initially watched the film for its historical value but the film ended up bringing a lot of things to mind and it gave me some new perspective on the war in Iraq.

I’ll give a quick background. The country of Panama was and is a key location in the Americas because of its famed canal, and its proximity to both north and South America. The ruler at the time was the much vilified Manuel Noriega. The US president was none other than George Herbert Walker Bush (Big Bush)… You can get the whole story from wikipedia.

The US invaded the country a few days before Christmas, in the wee hours of the morning, to oust Noriega. By the end of the campaign entire neighborhoods were burned down, Noriega was captured, and 300-4000 civilians were killed. [300 civilian casualties as reported by the US -4000 casualties are reported by every other investigative body. It seems like a big discrepancy, and it is. I’ve heard eye witness accounts from family memebers and after seeing the film, Im pretty sure that the 300 casualties reported by the US was a blantant lie and cover-up. Thousands of people don’t just disappear.]

Let me get to my point. I already felt for the people of Iraq, but this film changed my perspective because It showed me how war and the might of amercica affected people who I know and a country that is “tangible” to me. I’ve been to Panama and I’ve heard about it my whole life. Maybe if Iraq wasn’t in a far off land people would be doing more. As is the case with Iraq, the true deception in the invasion of Panama was how the media coved it and how the people in the US were spun the story. Amidst Global opposition the, US invaded a sovereign nation and killed thousands of innocent civilians, the whole time focusing only on American views and interests;while solely accounting for American casualties.

I wish I had some fancy alliteration, but to put it plainly: All life is important regardless of nationality, sex, ethnicity or religion. I don’t care where they come from; when a person is killed it’s a tragedy not just collateral damage.

One eerie thing about the of the film was seeing Cheney, who happened to be our secretary of defense and director of the invasion of Panama and Operation Desert Storm… Seeing clips of HW saying the exact same words about the panama invasion as his son is saying about Iraq, was also a little weird. In no way am I trying to compare the two operations, everyone knows Iraq is gonna be a blite in our history till the end of time. I’m just sharing a little perspective. I think that we, Americans forget that we live in a global community and our interests aren’t always good for the common good. I they sometimes we forget that its not only Americans who want to live in peace and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

for a little more perspective check out this website, the numbers are unfathomable…
http://www.iraqbodycount.org/

PEACE&love

Julian

5- Hot Things

5 things i can’t get out of my head right now.

-CD-

Graduation
The new Kanye CD. Its great. The beats, the guests, the songs.
Flashing lights, Barry Bonds and Drunk Hot Girls
What more could you ask for? lol

-Girl-

Jarah Mariano
Yum

-Movie-

Superbad

It’s been out for a while, but the dialogue and acting
make it an instant classic now “Eat shit bum” lol

-Hot Spot-

The Diner
at Adams Morgan

best grill cheese in town…lol

-Shoes-
Fly

Mi jente


My People…. I love black people. Despite all of our problems, we as a people have come a long way. I like all black people, but now I’m talking about Black Americans. I’m talking about black Americans who have withstood and overcome hundreds of years of oppression. We are the only group of people who have no direct link to a country that is truly our own. We live in American and are considered as much. Yet we still face discrimination and despite however many strives have been take, we are still looked down on as second class citizens in some respects. All other peoples have some idea of their true background, but black Americans are left with just a continent; A huge continent that is filled with hundreds of ethnic groups, tribes, religions and countries.

We as a people have risen up and faced odd that seemed insurmountable to become a major influence on world culture and music. We have invented and patented inventions in the dark ages of our country’s history. Many aspects of our modern world were made possible because of the contributions of black Americans, and honestly speaking, the United States would not be the country and world power it is today if it were for the blood, sweat, tears, dignity and freedom sacrificed by our people.

I don’t want to talk about the negatives, violence and general apathy that plague us. This essay is therapy. I guess sometimes I need to remind myself that there is nothing wrong with being half black. I come from two rich cultures and I proudly accept and embrace both. The world says that “blackness” is bad thing and somehow blackness has become synonymous with negativity. It’s so prevalent that other minorities are affected; even people in the black Diaspora look down on black Americans; because of how the media portrays us and how some of us portray ourselves. Other races look down on us because of years of bigotry, social stigmas and general ignorance. A change is gonna come because more than ever doors are being open, and injustices are being fought everyday.

I like challenges and I’m up for showing the world what a smart, young, gifted black man can do. I’m not doing this for myself; I do it for your people, MY people and everyone who came before me.

Here’s to being young, gifted and black. I wouldn’t have it any other way

peace&love

Julian

7 deadly sins


The Seven Social Sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.

These seven social sins were outlined by Gandhi. I find myself looking to great philosophers and humanitarians to find encouragement and wisdom as i toil through medical school. [Gandhi was a great man, his level of enlightenment is mind blowing.] When I found his quote on these “sins” I just sat and reflected on them. I came to an eerie sense of concurrence when i realized that the sins are the embodiment of the world today.

People, times are hard and I really want this to be a light hearted blog, but there are WAY bigger things out there to focus on, beyond pop culture, iphones and the VMAs. I encourage everyone to survey their life and to make sure that they aren’t guilty of any social sins. Take this weekend to sift through the hodgepodge, that is life, and just get rid of selfishness and ego. While at the same time clinging ever closer to the goodness that’s still inside.

peace&love

Julian

Enough is enough

Alright,

Living in a major metropolis you’re bound to see a lot of crazy things. Being from the Atlanta area i have had my fare share of encounters with bums. But for some reason the DC bums are in a league ALL of their own (maybe cause Crack is the Drug dujour but whatever). I mean we’ve seen the pursuit of happyness with Will Smith and his nappy headed hoe i mean son…lol. So i know that the plight of every bum isn’t self inflicted so i can feel for some of the bums… SOME

It seems like you can’t walk anywhere in DC without running into a bum. These bums have an odd fixation with quarters, not even dollars, the dudes live for quarters. Ive seen a bum woman ask an entire restaurant for a friggin quarter. (I dont know what the hell she was tryin to buy with a quater…but I digress) You try to do your christianly duty of giving them what ever change or dollars you have but its NEVER enough. You’d think after years of bumming someone would actually take some initiative.

Im sick of bums. One night a group of us went out we were walking down the street to another establishment. We were joking and laughing and i was making a very physical joke, that called for a little dance to be done, when all of a sudden RANDOM ANGRY saxaphone bum came out of nowhere and started hating on me. The dude was asking the girls i was with, “yall think thats sexy? Huh in my neiborhood that aint shit, blah blah blah… got a quarter?” it didnt even register what was goin on because the shock had us all like “What the hell?”.

Sheesh, last night after leaving a The Dinner,in Adams Morgan, a friend of mine gave half of her chicken sandwich to a bum. He snatched that ish and said, “that’ll do”. We shoulda snatched that ish back and stomped the hell out of it. Im SO through with bums. MAN, F bums. Holler at the homless shelter,scrub that ass, and shave. Save up all those damn quarters and buy a mint. Dammit!

Soul Stiring

What ever happened to music that meant something? Those songs that make you feel goose bumps and stir your soul. Old ballads and laments of love lost or unrequited trists. Nowadays everyone wants a hot beat or a remix with the hottest people out. Are all the lyricist dead? I hope not and when ever i find a song with soul best believe i’ll be on limewire when the track is finished.

RiP Pavarotti

Diary of an Ex-Hipster…

I was youtubeing,the other day, and i found a pretty funny clip called “the hipster olympics”. Its some spoof thing making fun of hipsters and their counter culture. I laughed a lot case i realized that more of that junk applied to me then i thought.

I think the modern “hipster movement” is one of the cultural landmarks of our generation. Just like the hippies, beatniks and punks. Vh1 is going to do an “I love the 00’s” on this shit. lol. I think that a lot people are hipters in their own right. Degrees of hipsterdome vary and have their own regional or cultural nuances.

Being a hipster just happens. (I mean, Without realizing it i started doing all these things like Blogging, The myspace photo sessions, skinny jeans, tee shirts, vintage stuff, bar hopping and music mongering) You know whats good with the mainstream, but you still hate the estabishment. You have political views, you may even have a couple “causes” worth fighting for. You hate Bush and never watch MTV for the music. So what do you do? You do what you can to set yourself apart from the mainstream, but in the end, you end up looking like everyone else trying to do the same thing. Its a lose-lose situtation.

I think that this hipster junk is ok. I mean its cool for everybody else. I even claimed to be a hipster as a joke. But now i realize thats its kinda un-cool to be labeled so yeah- Later for that. I’m denouncing my hipster status. I have MUCH better things to do… like surf the web for obscure bands before they sell out. ..lol

peace&love

Julian