Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Just Create and Share (Not Perfect but Good Enough)

I've always thought that I should wait until my art or creative endeavor was perfect before I shared it with world. After reading the books, Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, I realized that I was approaching being an artist all wrong. The goal of being an artist is not to be perfect. The goal is to create. Even if you think your work is perfect, others will still find flaws because art is subjective. The only thing you can do is work to improve at your craft. You improve by practicing often and sharing what you create to get feed back from your audience. This applies to every art form as well as to life. I was thinking about that lesson this morning as I was working out. So I decided to make this impromptu video. Hopefully it inspires you to be more prolific in your art or whatever you life's mission!

 Noble Artright


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ms. Hill

Greatness and lost potential at the same damn time!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Think Like The Greatest (Ali)

Muhammad Ali is one of my favorite icons! His confidence, his poetry and his courage is the definition of inspiration!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Imago's Co-Sign: The Four Agreements

When I was in college a friend shared this book with me. I recently read it again and I realized how it truly changed my life. Living by these four simple principles has limited the conflict (Internal and External) in my life and increased the happiness! The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz get's my co-sign and I consider it a must have for your library!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Journey Brave Album Review

Itunes is a decent gauge for the general public’s approval of music. Why? Because at this point, with online piracy now being a “look the other way crime” paying for music either means: a) you are a real honest person or b) you really believe in and support an artist. In regard to Atlanta based Jonathan “Journey Brave” Bank’s self-titled album Journey Brave I am an honest believer.

This album could not have a more appropriate title as Journey Brave (JB) takes us on voyage of thoughtful samples (everything from Malcolm X to Nancy Sinatra to Reading Rainbow), passionate lyrics, and imaginative concepts. From the onset the album opens with “The Mission” and it feels like a poet inviting us to accompany him over an opera of a beat, with several shifts in the music giving it a multi-dimensional feel.

The album remains consistent in its theme of taking a voyage of lyrical prowess doused in inspirational rhetoric through the cuts “Journey Brave” and “Be Anything.” Just when the album seems to be risking the "danger" of only being a very good album, there is a tremendous swing in the project beginning with “The Fame,” that takes it to another level. With a little known sample from Nancy Sinatra’s “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” JB evokes the perfect musical selection to express the balance between an artist that wants the spoils of life and dreams, but recognizing life is much deeper than that.

Other strong cuts include “OutCast” which has the double entendre of an Outkast sample and outcast theme infused in the song; “D.U.I. Class” addresses battles with addictions and even provides interviews with former addicts as the beat breathes effortlessly into the outro; and “Hustle Hard” gives that grindy street feel without the need to fall into glorified violence or misogyny.

If any drawback this album reminds me of Watch the Throne (not in terms of content or sound) because it does not have many hits. Rather like WTT it has a multitude of very good songs, a couple of great songs, and even the fillers like “Clear My Throat” or “The Word Love” could very well be somebody else’s fancy. As a complete work this really is a fantastic album and is an underground gem waiting to be “discovered.”

4.3 out of 5

You can listen to the album here

Monday, March 5, 2012

New Short Film about ATL Hip-hop Scene

Will Feagins Jr. is an ATL based videographer. He has shot many extremely dope videos for numerous local artist. He recently created a short documentary entitled "Underexposed: Indie Hip-Hop in Atlanta", about the underground hip-hop scene in the A.  The doc shows that Atlanta has a vibrant Hip-hop Scene that stretches far beyond what get's played on the radio.  It's being featured in Creative Loafing which is a local arts/news/entertainment newspaper. 

Vote for it to win Creative Loafing Short Cuts Film Contest here:

Friday, March 2, 2012

Act like A Woman and Think Like A Man!!!

Gotta love Jennifer Hudson!!! Sexy and Sassy!!! Digging the premise of the this song too even though Steve Harvey broke every man law out there when he put out that book!!! However, I must say that I will be putting my daughters up on game!!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dope Visual from BARE ESSENTIALS...No more needs to be said! 

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Listen to and buy the album here

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Working Out While Rebooting!

A lot of people ask me, how do you still workout while you're doing a juice fast?  I may not be eating any food but I'm still getting plenty of calories and nutrients.  In fact, while juicing, you intake more fruits and vegetables than you eat in whole month. (Or a whole year for some of us).  Here's a list of a few guidelines that I've adopted...these may or may not work for some people depending on your goal and fitness level.

1. The first two to three days of the juice reboot is the hardest, so you may not want to work out at all or at least take it easy

2. If you weren't consistently working out before the juice reboot, don't try to be a gladiator.  You may want to start out just walking and try to walk a little further each day.

3. Drink a juice right before your workout. This will ensure that you have enough energy to get through the workout.

4. Prepare a juice to drink right after the workout.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Start of the Reboot!!!

Last year through exercise and a change in life style I was able to lose over 30 pounds. Part of my life style change came when I saw the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The movie introduced me to juicing and the juice reboot. A juice reboot is when you drink/eat nothing but freshly made juice and water for 10 days. To many out there this will sound crazy, but trust me, the benefits to your health are amazing. Not only has juicing help me lose weight but it also provided a quick way for me to get my daily servings of fruits and veggies and so much more. Since seeing the movie I have completed 3 juice reboots. Being that I'm trying to blog more...I've decided to document my fourth juice reboot here on Soul Aesthetic. Below you'll find a video of the trailer to the movie "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" as well as a few photos from my trip to the farmers market yesterday and a quick clip of my last meal...I hope you find this helpful and interesting and even better if you decide to tag along with me on this journey.
 I know I wasn't supposed to be taking pictures in the Dekalb Farmers Market but I did it only for documentation purposes!

One of the things people say when I tell them that I'm juicing is that it's expensive. This can be true...I bought all of this for around $100 dollars. That breaks down to about $10 per day or a meal and a half at McDonalds.

The not-so forbidden fruit!!!  I've found that apples (and pears) are key when I'm juicing. I use them to add sweetness to the juice. Let's be honest, most of us aren't going to naturally like the taste of uncooked kale.

A good juicer is key to being successful during your juice reboot.  You can get a decent one for around $50.  If you really embrace juicing as part as your everyday diet you will want to make an investment into a more expensive one. They can range from $100-$400.  Not matter if you get a cheap or expensive juicer the key is finding one with a large tunnel/mouth (where you insert the fruit).  This will save you time and energy.

This is a quick video of my last meal that I shot last night. I'll be honest,  I probably should have been eating nothing but fruits and vegetables for a couple of days leading up to the reboot.  But you know we men never follow directions. I usually just eat light the day before I start the reboot.

Here's a trailer to Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, the movie that introduced me to juicing.