The world is noisy. With the growth of the Internet, social media, fake news, and viral videos there is no wonder why most people are unable to focus on a single task for more than a few minutes. Deep Work, by Cal Newport, is a book that does its best to cut through the misinformation and hot new trends to convert readers to the idea that working deeply without distraction will yield extraordinary results in a shorter (relatively speaking) amount of time.
At the beginning of each year, since the summer of my sophomore year of college, I have tried to set goals for how many books I read a year. People who know me, know that I absolutely love reading books, not E-books or audiobooks, but physical books.
What does it mean to conspire against someone? How would you go about secretly plotting and planning to destroy your target? In the age of social media where every move is broadcasted to the world, is a real conspiracy even possible? All valid questions when we think about what a conspiracy is. The word alone can conjure up many thoughts and theories about historical events, each seemingly wilder than the next, however, in the modern age the general public tends to believe they are no longer possible to achieve or exist (in the real world at least).
In a society where likes and retweets are used to feed our egos, and simply telling someone you are "grinding" substitutes for the real thing, being an entrepreneur is seen as the new sexy thing to be. The idea of being a winner can become muddied and lost in "inspirational" memes with vague quotes and filtered Instagram pictures of a rented lifestyle, that we as a culture have a fixed image of what being a winner really is.
As a young, educated black man, it is always inspiring to see someone else who embodies those same values. I've watched Marc Lamont Hill go toe to toe with some of the worst Fox News has to offer when he was a contributor, like Bill O'Reilly or Larry Elder. He always seems to keep his sharp wit and intellect, while he dismantles his opposition with facts, statistics, and urban euphemisms.
Los Angeles has produced a lot of great Hip-Hop in the past and several artists today maintain the city’s rep. This lineage is in full-force on Rosecrans, the collaborative album from DJ Quik and Problem. DJ Quik is a legend and this project finds him working with one of the artists he’s partly responsible for in Problem.