The Four Agreements: How to Unlock Your Personal Freedom

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The Four Agreements: How to Unlock Your Personal Freedom

       Sooo I don't know about you guys, but I've been in need of some uplifting words of wisdom lately. I'm not sure if the planets are in retrograde or the universe is trying to teach me a lesson, but growing pains and I have become BFF's. I was feeling down and tired of looking to Instagram makeup tutorials and viral tweets to keep me occupied.

      I asked my Instagram followers what some of their favorite books were and I got a great response. (Check out the following photo to see some of the answers). But one book in particular, The Four Agreements, was brought to my attention. A friend of mine told me how he heard the book was amazing and to let me know when I had finished it. And that's what I did.

     My mom surprisingly had the book already, so she let me borrow it and I took a crack at what Don Miguel Ruiz had to say. As soon as I picked up the book, I was intrigued by the ancient modes of Toltec wisdom. For the next week, I couldn't put the book down.

    These agreements are the rules that the Toltec people, who are a part of an ancient society made of scientists and artists, live by. They convened in the city of Teotihuacan, otherwise known as the place where "Man becomes God." Long, long ago, one of the Toltecs discovered the Four Agreements, and ultimately became enlightened, realizing the keys to unlock true happiness and bliss in life NO MATTER the situation.

    So what did I learn you say? Ah, I will tell you. Essentially, if you follow these four agreements wholeheartedly, there will be no more suffering in your life, and you will live in a constant state of bliss. SIGN ME UP SIS.

Agreement #1: Be impeccable with your word.

          So what does this mean? This means don't say anything you don't mean. Your word is bond and your ability to create. It is a direct reflection of your mind and your projected energies. Ruiz states that, "It is through the word that you manifest everything." By being impeccable with your word you will be able to transcend your current existence into a realm which is essentially heaven. Realize the power that your words truly have. It is up to you what you create with them.

 Art by yours truly :)

Art by yours truly :)

Agreement #2: Don’t take anything personally.

       This is my favorite agreement. Why? Because I think it is the most prevalent in my life. This agreement means literally what is says. Don't take anything personally. In our generation, it is easy to get caught up in other people's drama through social media or other virtual platforms. We search for validation through likes, retweets, and comments. But this doesn't mean anything on the grand scheme of things. 

      If someone says something to you that you don't like, or that upsets you, remember that what they say IS NOT a reflection of you, but them. Their words are a projection of their thoughts and past experiences. For example, if someone says "I never loved you" or "You're stupid" or "You're ugly," it is up to you to deflect these comments and realize that they are saying them because of an inner battle that they are fighting personally. 

     It's not your fault, and it's not your truth. So if you can take anything negative, and say to yourself "don't take this personally," then you are more than half way to your personal freedom. 

Agreement #3: Don’t make assumptions.

      What's this agreement about? It basically means that in order to avoid any falsified truths in your mind, you should never make assumptions. Assumptions only lead to miscommunication and distraction from what's actually happening. How many times have you gotten into an argument or a negative headspace because you've made an assumption about a situation?

     It's natural for us to make assumptions about what people do or think about us, but that only leads to a negative headspace, which leads to negative words, which leads to negative actions. See the pattern?

    Moral of the story is, avoid making assumptions in certain aspects of your life and watch how things change. Accept your truth. 

Agreement #4: Always do your best.

        This agreement is pretty self-explanatory. Always do your best. Have you ever beaten yourself up for failing an exam or for not accomplishing something that you really wanted to? Well, did you sincerely do the best that you possibly could? To avoid the negative perception of yourself, you should always do the best that you can in every aspect of your life.

        Yes, this is seemingly hard to ask, but imagine how different things will be for you if you did! Now, obviously you will have low times and moments when you're struggling, so your "best" will be different in different situations. It ultimately means doing all you can at the moment. 

         This way, you can be confident and continue to love who you are as a person. It will also lead you to the personal heaven that we all have inside of us. 

 source: quantumzen.wordpress.com

source: quantumzen.wordpress.com

     Yes, this may sound a bit corny, but hey it doesn't hurt to try! Please check out The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. You won't regret it!

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JORD Watches: What's the deal?

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JORD Watches: What's the deal?

         "Oh you have your own discount code? Okok I see you!" Lol At the beginning of last month, I was asked to partner with Jord Watches for their social media influencer program, so of course I said "ummm YES!" For this partnership, I chose a watch that is sold on Jord Watch's website, I was sent it FOR THE FREE, and I had to do a lifestyle photoset to promote my watch for the upcoming holidays. 

        My review? What do I think? Well... I love it! The watches are custom made and are wood, which is unique and different from watches on the market. It's also surprisingly light weight. You forget it's on your wrist after a while. I also like the brown and neutral tones of the watches. My watch is a medium brown color, so it's easy to pair with any outfit. I would definitely recommend getting a watch.

        Unfortunately, my giveaway is over however you can check out the watches at www.woodwatches.com They have a great selection of watches to choose from, and they would be perfect for any birthday or holiday. 

       Check out my LEXI x JORD watches campaign photos below! Had a great time working with this company. All photos by @shotbychart

      

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TheSunflowerExperience's Blogger's Brunch

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TheSunflowerExperience's Blogger's Brunch

        A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Blogger's Brunch put together by none other than Erin aka the creator of TheSunflowerExperience, which is her blog def go check it out. The brunch was a lovely experience, to say the least. There were bloggers from so many different places, and we just got a chance to talk about each other's lives and goals. It was refreshing and inspiring to see women who have turned their interests into blogs and businesses. I was able to get some much needed advice and some comforting words of wisdom. 

       Often I look to other people for validation, and being a millennial in the age of social media it's hard not to. But I learned from this beautiful group of women, that everyone's path is different, and you will only be truly happy if you stay true to who you are. YOUR individuality sets you apart from the rest, so that in itself is your competitive advantage.

        All in all, I was so glad that I got the chance to attend the brunch. It opened my eyes to a lot of things, and definitely gave me that inspirational push to get me through the rest of my seemingly never-ending semester. Hopefully I will get the chance to connect with these amazing women again! Check out the photos we took after brunch ended. You can't get bloggers together without a photoshoot lol Photocreds: @thebruceallen  

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UMD Masterpiece Presents "Urban Fleur"

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UMD Masterpiece Presents "Urban Fleur"

     For UMD fashion week, the fashion organization Masterpiece, hosted several events for those interested in the world of all things fly. Events included networking workshops with corporations like Target, an unconventional outfit designing contest, a "Fireside Fashion Chat" and of course the Urban Fleur fashion show finale, which ya girl was asked to host! *sweat drop emoji*

 Photo by Corey Hart @TakeThisFlick

Photo by Corey Hart @TakeThisFlick

     It was my first big hosting gig since the "Nostalgia" show, and my nerves were STILL all over the place. It's weird because I can dance in front of 50'000 people in a football arena but speaking in front of 30 people makes me ridiculously anxious. Ima get it together yall!

     All in all, the show was great. It was a little chilly outside, but that didn't stop the amazing vibes and the stunning clothes that were displayed. The pieces were mostly Nigerian and West African-inspired, and the lines consisted of vibrant colors and intricate prints and patterns. I would love to step into some of the dresses that came down the runway! Yasss 

     Thank you UMD Masterpiece for inviting me to host! And check out some of the photos from the show below! Tap the picture to start the slideshow! Photography: Corey Hart @takethisflick Instagram & Twitter. Enjoy!

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Someone Made Me Pick Up a Paintbrush

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Someone Made Me Pick Up a Paintbrush

       This past week, I was asked to paint a mural in the honors college building at school. I personally was honored to be asked to share my art, so of course I said yes!... But I didn't quite process the fact that I was going to have to paint a 6 foot adaptation of my Lauryn Hill drawing... and I've never picked up a paint brush in my life. Heh.

       It turned out to be pretty easy! You know what they say, "the biggest battle is the one in your head." Anywho, it took me about 4 hours to complete (so the "More Life" album three times through lol). 

       I'm glad I was asked to do this and step out of my comfort zone. It was the biggest piece I've ever done, and someone commissioned me to make another one. Soooo, it's lit! I'm definitely going to get my hands on some paintbrushes and 6 foot canvases more often! Thank you to the Black Honors Caucus for having me!

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NOSTALGIA: A Showcase of the DMV's Up and Coming Artists

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NOSTALGIA: A Showcase of the DMV's Up and Coming Artists

      Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a showcase put together by one of my friends "Theantisocial" who is also a rapper/performer in the DMV area. I was super nervous because it was my first time hosting a show, but my friend assured me that the experience would be positive either way, and it was.

      It was a really intimate atmosphere with a small stage, so the audience was up close and personal with each artist's performance. The venue kind of felt like being in someone's living room, which is what made the performances so special. It's rare that when you go to shows that you feel like you're a part of the artist's act. 

 Theantisocial performs his set.

Theantisocial performs his set.

 Havana Seoul

Havana Seoul

 Me: not performing lol

Me: not performing lol

     The show opened up with an amazing DJ set by @iamfranklin. The set was full of throwbacks and remixed classics. It was a great way to the ice and get the audience dancing and interacting with each other.

      His set was so poppin' that I asked him for a copy of the song lists when his set was over lol. After he finished, there were performances by Louie Bagz, Briley Harris, NKOGIANI, Havana Seoul, 202 God, The Experience, Shaggy Peso, Arif Omari, and of course Theantisocial (all of their social media handles will be posted below). 

 202 God

202 God

     I love being in environments where people are comfortable enough to be vulnerable and display their crafts. The performances were amazing and definitely gave insight into where the underground hip-hop scene in the DMV is heading. I had a great time and I'm very grateful to have been a part of this inspiring showcase. Make sure you check out these artists' music! Photography: Jesse Picasso @jessepicasso.

Artist Social media list: @iamfrankliin @goodguylouis @_brileyharris @sonofniight @miyungyum @202_God @itstheexp @_theantisocial_ @arif.omari

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Bruno Mars "That's What I Like" Music Video

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Bruno Mars "That's What I Like" Music Video

      So.... as IF I wasn't obsessed with this song enough, Bruno decides to drop a bomb on us. On top of the creative direction in this video being EVERYTHING, Bruno expresses every lyric through his dance moves (which is what I do in the mirror every time this song comes on anyway). I mean, it can't get better than this honestly. Take a trip and check out the "That's What I Like" video below. 

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Artist Feature: WISE "When I've Seen Enough"

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Artist Feature: WISE "When I've Seen Enough"

      I had the pleasure of interviewing W I S E, an artist/producer currently living in California. We know each other through a close mutual friend Trev aka "3" who is also an up and coming artist who will be dropping an album later in 2017. I got the chance to ask W I S E a few questions about his new project "When I've Seen Enough" which is available on Apple Music, so be sure to take a listen. He and 3 will also be opening for Quentin Miller, who is commonly known as one of Drake's ghost writers, on February 24th at The Airliner in Los Angeles.

Good shit! Check out our interview and download "When I've Seen Enough" on Apple Music! Check him out on IG @solthewise and on soundcloud!

Where did your name “ W I S E “ come from? 

My name is Solomon and my dad’s name is David. In the bible David has a son named Solomon who becomes to be an extremely wise king, so I wanted to create a name that stayed true to myself and who I am; therefore, W I S E . I like to take my time with my music and have it be something that stands out from the norm. Especially now a days in 2017. I’ve been and am trying to make “ wise decisions” with my music.

What’s the theme of your album?

“When I’ve Seen Enough” is about the relentless desire and envy of people in this new age to become a misrepresented image that our society portrays. I try to deliver this message through a story about what my life would be trying to obtain the corrupted destination of riches, fame, and lust that our generation pursues for daily. In this album I specifically go into detail about how relationships become spoiled through poor control of new found fame, influence, and money through snippets of my own misfortunate events in my life or one’s I’ve seen.

This album is about When I’ve Seen Enough of the fake, the bullshit, the snakey motives, the unnecessary flexing, the things you do behind your lovers back, etc. This album is a transitional journey into the next type of music I’ll be releasing. The music in the album changes from beginning to end where it starts with a calmer and hungry mood, to a more celebratory and confident sound. 

What’s the one thing you’re most proud of in your life? 

This is a hard question, cause there’s a lot of things I’m proud of, but I’d say of course the one thing I’m extremely proud of is the passionate support I get from my family and friends. I’ve had the pleasure of having people in my life that want me to do something that I love and keep me focused on being the best version of myself I can be. They not only make me a better artist and creative, but they make me a better person keeping me on check when necessary, and I love that. 

How do you want people to act when they listen to your music?

I think the dopest thing to me is when people have listened to my album and repeat the lines to me like they really have been listening. I like when people ask me when I’m going to release something next. It gets me motivated to keep on creating to stuff I already have sitting. 

How does your brand [ wise ] relate to your music? 

I really wanted to make a huge focus on my brand being that it merges with my music cohesively. I wanted to create a direct connection through music and fashion in an innovative way so [ wise ] is a direct extension of my music in the form of ready to wear apparel. When I’ve Seen Enough directly influenced the first sequence of designs I made for [ wise ] where I directly translated what I felt in a certain song off the album into my pieces.

I want to change the way people think about music and fashion together, and I came up with this idea through artist’s tour merchandise. Artist’s tour and sometimes don’t have the creative control to make their own merch. I wanted to take that specific aspect and blow it up to utilize for my own purpose. I created [ wise ] to be a branch of my brand. 

I see that the artist 3 (@trxx3) is on your album 3 times, what is it like recording with 3? 

Trevor (3) is one of the most talented singers I’ve ever heard. He got wasted one time and started singing in the stairway of my apartment complex back in Vegas in 2013. I went to check up on him and damn I was shocked. That instantly made me push him to pursue something in music. Originally we were going to release songs together, but then I moved to LA in 2015 and pursued my own music career with him being a huge help! 

Working with 3 is so different than any other artist. He is really poetic so he approaches the song in a different manner than most artists do. His writing capabilities is beyond I think what he even thinks it is, and he has a good way of telling a story. Recording with 3 overall is what you’d expect from Trevor, a chill session. He takes his time with his vocals and I respect that.  

JAYY is another artist I worked with and he’s from vegas too. I met JAYY( @theoneandonlyjayy) from some mutual friends from the brand I used to work for KNYEW (@knyew) in Las Vegas. He’s wild. He knows how to have a good time. He’s fun to record with and I respect the way he can record so quickly with precision. 

What’s the significance of your cover art? 

The cover art is done by Amber Park ( @_amberpark_) and it’s an interpretation of the statue “Fons Sapientiae” ( Statue of Wisdom) in Belgium. The river in the album cover represents the journey I talk about in the album, and the statue of wisdom is there to represent my presence in the journey you’re about to hear. 

What can we expect from you? 

I’m producing a lot now. A lot. So expect a lot of music coming from me produced by me. 

I’m also working with some notable artists on future tracks that I’ll be releasing soon!  I’m working on a new collection of clothing that’s never been done before. I’m calling this collection “ Sweet Rain” 

TOUR THIS YEAR. 

What’s the end goal for your brand? 

A successful touring artist and have a magnitude with [ wise ] where I can comfortably pop up shops at different cities around the world and share my movement. I want to be the first Asian American hip-hop phenomena performing in the English language, nothing foreign. I want MY damn name on a Jumbotron. Shit. 

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Moonlight: Delving into the Meaning of Masculinity in Black Culture

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Moonlight: Delving into the Meaning of Masculinity in Black Culture

       This week, the University of Maryland's SEE, Student Entertainment Events, organization sponsored a showing of the recent multiple award-winning film Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. Even though I had seen a lot of hooplah in the media about the movie, I wanted to see what the big deal was for myself. The story follows three phases of the life of Chiron "Black", a young boy living in Miami struggling to survive his mom's abuse and crack addiction, incessant bullying, and harassment over his internally misunderstood homosexuality. 

      The movie itself was a piece of art. I appreciated the symbolism and moments of cinematic emphasis on colors, angles, and scenery. There were certain scenes where the camera would pan across the young Chiron's face, and it was almost as if you could see into his soul. It was delightfully eerie and painful. The cinematography allowed the audience to become fully immersed in Chiron's pain, isolation, and desperation for love.

      This film is so important for people, especially members of the black community, to see this film because not only is it about acknowledging the blurred lines of masculinity, but also the concept of true love. Most of the movie was about Chiron's struggle as a helpless young boy dealing with identity issues and depression, but it was not until a father and mother figure came into his life, that he started to understand the meaning of love. Chiron's father figure, played by Mahershala Ali, spent his time trying to raise Chiron the right way, while ironically selling his crack-addicted mother her drugs. This adds to the break of Chiron's fragile psyche, but he still takes the lessons learned from his father even after his sudden passing.

      After the movie, my roommates and I were having a little debate over whether or not Chiron was truly "gay" or if he became "gay" due to the fact that he was called homosexual slurs his whole life. I argued that it wasn't about whether or not he was gay, but rather his ability to eventually accept love and be his true self despite his scarring love-less relationships in the past, especially with his mother.

      Homosexuality is still a seemingly "taboo" topic in the black community, and homophobia is even more prevalent. Respect comes from being a "real n**ga" and it is taught from an early age, that if you're seen as "soft" then you are automatically disrespected or less than. Moonlight shows Chiron's struggle with this conflict, and even though he overcomes it to an extent, the abusive interactions he had growing up are indelibly etched into his character like the black pigment on his skin. 

     This is a 100% MUST SEE movie, and I hope everyone reading gets a chance to experience this amazing film. Moonlight now in theaters! 

      **All photos are from Rotten Tomatoes. 

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My feature on NewWaze.com

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My feature on NewWaze.com

        Last week, I got the opportunity of being featured on the website NewWaze.com which is a brand focused around featuring personal life-changing and inspiring stories to inspire its readers. My story, of course, was about my experience this summer in the Big Apple, and how it truly changed my perception of attaining your dreams.

We wanted to use social media in a meaningful way where we can have a positive impact on people. We believe that by sharing our stories we have the power to help and inspire people. When we share our stories we find clarity and deeper understanding. Our main mission at New Waze is to help and inspire people!

— NewWaze.com

     Make sure to check out the website and my story! Also feel free to submit something personal that inspires you, and you could be featured too! Thanks again NewWaze.com!

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My Interpretation of NAO's "Zillionaire"

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My Interpretation of NAO's "Zillionaire"

      "Zillionaire" is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite vocalists at the moment. Her name is NAO, and not only does she take you on a trip with every note she sings, but her latest projects have been nothing but fire. I have always been inspired and intrigued by her cover art, so I thought why not re-create it?

      I think the arms in this piece represent the mysterious nature of her artistry and her individualism, which I admire. Check out my drawing and the song "Zillionaire." I think we can all relate to wishing our love could be a million dollars sometimes. Photography by @_unphotogenic on IG.

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Lowkey Media's House of Vibes Art Showcase Recap

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Lowkey Media's House of Vibes Art Showcase Recap

     This past weekend, Lowkey Media, a business aiming to showcase local talent, hosted the House of Vibes Art Showcase in Landover, MD. Artists, photographers, and musicians from all over the area came through for creativity's sake. I was asked to showcase my art at the event, so I was excited to network and meet some new people.

      The venue was an "in the cut" type of warehouse, but when you walked inside you saw why this was the perfect place for the event. The space was huge, with a white section equipped for a stage (perfect for performing and shooting videos) and the rest of the place was decorated with paintings and other artwork. 

      Several artists had tables set up to display their work. There was everything from amazing hand-painted clothes and shoes to published poetry books. The DJ was directing all the vibes and all the feels. Overall, the event was a success. I got to talk to a lot of interesting people and even sold my Lauryn Hill drawing which was my biggest piece. Such a great feeling.

      I'm glad I had the opportunity to attend and be a part of the showcase! It was a great experience. Stay tuned for my future art shows ;) Also be sure to visit LWKYmedia.com

All photos by @TrumpCalderon (IG & Twitter)

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Showtime! Backstage with the #BumiCult at the Howard Theater

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Showtime! Backstage with the #BumiCult at the Howard Theater

      Last week, I got the pleasure of meeting with the members of BumiCult, which is a hip-hop group based in the Maryland/D.C. area. Rapper, Jett, hit me up and asked me to hang with the clique during their performance at the Howard theatre, and of course I said yes. 

      I met the members of the group as well as other artists who were opening for popular recording artist, Blackbear. Having the V.I.P. pass for the night was nothing short of amazing. I felt all artists' energy and felt like a member as I even hit the stage during the performance. 

     Check out this quick interview with Jett and D2 The Drummer and other footage from this extremely LIVE night. You can listen to BumiCult's music at https://soundcloud.com/bumicult

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**Photography and Videography courtesy of Nonso (IG: @nxnsx)

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"Those Metal Clouds" How it Feels to be a Black Woman

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"Those Metal Clouds" How it Feels to be a Black Woman

      This month, I decided to make a vision of mine come to life. I had a photoshoot with a few of my friends, who are some of the most inspiring black women I know. My Lauryn Hill drawing is my most asked about drawing, and I wanted to do more with it. I wanted to give a more visual representation of what the drawing meant to me. Since Lauryn is faceless, adding character and expression allowed the drawing to jump from my sketchbook to our bodies. 

             Although my drawing is on paper, I want it to be a movement and to also move people. In today's society, black women are not appreciated for the contributions they have given to the world. From the style to body shape, hair to facial features, we are not given the credit that we deserve. Black women come in all different shapes, sizes, and shades, and I wanted to express that in the way that my art can explain.

            Lauryn does not have a face because it being open to interpretation is important to me. When someone looks at the picture and asks me, "So, what does this mean?" I always tell them it means whatever you want it to. It's meaning lies in the eyes of the beholder. Often when I come home from a long day, I look at my poster and it automatically reflects the particular mood that I'm feeling. This drawing means more to me than it just being something that I did in my leisure time. It represents me and all black women.

         Keeping pent up emotions can be easier than you think with all the b.s. that's going on in today's world. It's important to just take a moment and reflect and be introspective, which is why I love Solange's album so much because it's all about being free and being proud of who you are. 

       Whether I'm feeling hopeful, melancholy, nostalgic, or ecstatic, this drawing moves with me through all of my hardships and triumphs. And that's what I want it to be for everyone who views it. I want this to be a movement, and I appreciate all of my friends who have helped me turn this vision into reality.

More photos can be seen in the 'Gallery' portion of my website. Stay tuned for more projects like this! Be sure to reach me through the 'Contact' page if you would like your very own shirt!

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Artist's Corner: Gentry aka GPack

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Artist's Corner: Gentry aka GPack

        A few weeks ago, I sat down with Gentry, aka @_GPack on Instagram, to catch up and talk about what genius creations he has cooking. If you don’t know by now, Gentry is one of UMD’s most talented artists. If you don't believe me, his work speaks for itself. He’s a very quiet and is kept to himself, but his art speaks volumes. 

       I asked him a few questions regarding his work because ya know, I’m trying to get the keys. Let’s see what wisdom he has imparted on me:

“So what’s your process like?” 

    “Honestly, I don’t like painting around people. A lot of times when I’m painting… music is a big part of it. When I have a painting in mind, I’m typically listening to the same 3 or 4 songs.”

“Which songs?”

    “Let’s say I’m in a bad mood… The songs that I listen to that day are basically going to be like the soundtrack to what I’m working on. There’s not a particular artist, but when I have a painting in mind, it’s like a scene from a movie. 

    I like working late at night. I start at like 8 at night and work til a 9, like a 9-5 but backwards. And most of the time when I’m painting, I’m not in a good mood.”

“I feel that. When I draw, I feel like I have to draw. Like I need to.”

    “Facts. And then after that you feel so much better. And that’s how you know. When I put out a lot of stuff, that’s how you know life is not going too well. It kind of solves your problems.”

“Where do you envision your art taking you? Career-wise."

    “Honestly. I used to have projections… like I’m gonna work for Complex and do so and so, but you really never know what’s gonna happen… So I think honestly, where will it take me? 

     I think I’m gonna keep working, and then someone’s gonna see it. And when that person I can really connect with, and work with is when I see things happening. Whether that’s a clothing brand, shoe brand, record label, musician. 

    Right now, I’m just trying to work. And if anyone needs some cool shit, I’ll be over here waving. *lols* I think that’s what will make or break my career. But I’m honestly not too worried."

       After the interview, we were rappin' about our futures and projects we want to accomplish. The moral of the story is, now is the time to grind. Everyone wants the fame and glory without working for it. Don't worry about the reward at the end, just work as hard as you can to get to where you want to be. It was great catching up with Gentry and seeing how his mind works during his creative process, and I'm looking forward to working with him in the future. Be sure to be on the look out for his new pieces!

All art created by Gentry and can be seen on Instagram and his website cargocollective.com/gpack 

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New York State of Mind

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New York State of Mind

        This summer was without a doubt, one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I learned how to think quick, boss up, and get what's mine. Working at Complex taught me so many things, not only about how a huge media publisher works but how people work as well. Before I left, I got the opportunity to pitch an idea to the marketing team that I believe will change the Complex game. Hopefully, it will work out in the end, but the amazing feedback I got has made me optimistic. 

          My 7 weeks in New York definitely flew by. I made new memories, saw a ridiculous amount of celebrities, and created some new long-lasting friendships. I know my story for New York is not yet over, but I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to go. From the intoxicating atmosphere, to the endless nights, the city's energy, to people's style, I definitely have my New York state of mind. And I won't stop until I touch the sky. I mean how can I not? I was staying in two blocks away from where Biggie and Jay-Z grew up. I have to succeed! lol Stay tuned for more of my experiences! It doesn't stop here!

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