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2008 Campaign X GQ Magazine

2008 Campaign X GQ Magazine

When you mix amazing photography, Barack Obama, and GQ Magazine into one pot, you’re guaranteed to get a masterpiece.

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Random Homage#4: Just My Thoughts

Random Homage#4: Just My Thoughts

1: So the first thing on my newest Random Homage list is somewhat of a two-in-one. It’s the transcript for Barack Obama’s inaugural address via Broccoli City, a great blog i’ve recently come across. They cover a wide array of subjects and the site is just overall fresh. Anyway… By now, I’m assuming everyone of you has heard the speech but you can check it out here and analyze the powerful and genuine words of our President.

2: Okay okay. So the second order of business is also somewhat of a daily double as well. The Brooklyn Circus has become…Well…A Brooklyn staple. It’s become much more than just a shop. It is a brand that the fashion forward Brooklynite can embrace and incorporate easily into their wardrobe. There is a particular piece i’ve got my eye on and that’s the new shawl collar sweater. The detail on it is amazing so go pick this piece up asap in hopes that I havent already freaked it and made it impossible for you to get like me. Just kidding. Sorta.

3: The Sartorialist. The blog of an always traveling, highly fashionable family man with an eye for detail and incredible photography. Need I say more? Sounds like the story of my life within the next two years.

4: If you love high quality footwear that will have you “outchea” as my homies from Chi-Town would say, then you’ve got to appreciate Common Projects. This brand has proven to be nothing short of spectacular and their Spring/Summer 2009 continues their streak. Check it out here.

5: I love Brooklyn. As does Mos Def. Whenever I miss home a little to much, THIS is what I tune into on my ipod.

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Obama X J.Crew

Obama X J.Crew

Apparently, the First Family is also the Fresh Family. While the Obama’s are a captivating and interesting family, sometimes my shallow side kicks in and I start to mentally scan their outfits during appearances. I must say, this family of four get pretty dapper and glamorous. J.Crew seems to be a brand of choice for the entire family. Michelle Obama wore an entire J.Crew fit a few months back and women were going crazy calling stores trying to find the exact items she wore. During President Obama’s inauguration, his two beautiful daughters Sasha n Malia sported the childrens line of J.Crew, Crew Cuts. But dont bother looking for these pieces because they were 100% custom; from the fabric to the cuts. Check out a photo of our great new first family! Congrats Mr. President!!!

 

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Tune In To History…

Tune In To History…

You may have noticed a trend with recent posts. They are all pretty much surrounding the Inauguration of our FIRST African American President, Barack Obama. I hope you were able to catch it, no matter where you are. I commend all those who made it out to the actual mall to have a front row seat to history. My mother and aunts actually ventured out today downtown D.C. to check out the Inauguration live and direct. Unfortunately I woke up sick as a dog today so I’ve been watching history from my bed. If you aren’t in D.C. I hope you did as well especially right now because the  MTV Youth Inaugural Ball, “Be The Change”, is on!! Which leads me to an excerpt from one of my favorite books. That’s right folks. What A Man Should Know Vol 1.

#19: A MAN SHOULD KNOW HOW TO PROGRAM THE REMOTE

AND HOW TO FIND IT WITHOUT PITCHING A FIT WHEN IT GETS LOST. GENERAL PRACTICE OF HOUSEHOLD SKILLS IS AN ADMIRABLE TRAIT IN A MAN.

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My President Is Black D.C. Mix feat. Jay-Z!!!

My President Is Black D.C. Mix feat. Jay-Z!!!

So if you were at club Love last night for the Akon, Jeezy, and T.I. appearances then you were certaintly in for a treat. The lineup was already ridiculous but seeing how Jay is in town to be a part of the most historical inauguration ever, Jeezy figured he might as well be a part of his performance as well. If you haven’t heard it already or seen a video of the Jay-Z/Jeezy collab at Love check it out right here folks. It’s bananas if I do say so myself. Happy MLK Day!!!

http://www.vimeo.com/2880630

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Ballin’ Out of Control!!!

Ballin’ Out of Control!!!

The Inauguration of Barack Obama, our 44th President, is less than two days away folks! I hope you’ve made or are making your way to D.C. via carpool, Bolt Bus, Apex Bus, Amtrak, or even by airplane. But even if you haven’t made it to D.C. for whatever reason, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “You can not escape history”. He was right. No matter where you are, this election has impacted you somehow. Everyone seems to be in the “inaugural” spirit because, as I stated before, there are parties and balls all over D.C. and even outside of the District. So my question for you is; ARE YOU READY? Seriously. Are you ready? Is your wardrobe on point and prepared to ball out of control and dance through the night? Do you have the right pair of shoes to dance all night and keep your feet warm at Sequoia for the HBCU Gala? What about the crispiest button down shirt or blouse that gives off somewhat of a glow when you’re throwin’ up your diamond at Jay-Z’s Inaugural Concert at the Warner Theatre. Ladies and gentlemen, please bring the gowns and suits out for the MTV hosted Be The Change Inaugural Ball. These are just a few events going on within the next few days. Some of the festivities are a bit pricey so do your research on different parties and balls to find one that suits you best. Check out an abridged, but still extensive, list of events here. And check out a few of my favorite pieces that all the males involved in any of the fancier events should look in to! Ladies, feel free to email or comment with a list of things that every woman should have on deck to keep her warm and stylish while being a part of history. Make sure to tune into the “WE ARE ONE” Inaugural Concert right now!! It’s being shown live from the Lincoln Memorial on HBO.

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Mary J. Blige, Bono and more, perform at inauguration kick-off!

Mary J. Blige, Bono and more, perform at inauguration kick-off!

As we get closer to next week, more and more details are coming out about the events taking place during this momentous occasion. The official kick-off event titled: “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” is a free event taking place on the 19th and will also air on HBO. Tons of huge performers from different genres and generations are scheduled to perform including Beyonce, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Bono, John Legend, and Herbie Hancock just to name a few. Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, and Martin Luther King III are set to give historical readings as well.

This kick-off is just the beginning of a four-day schedule of various balls, concerts, and ceremonies that will encompass the entire Inauguration experience.

via: The Urban Daily

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Official Inauguration Poster

Official Inauguration Poster

 

It’s gettin’ real folks. The largest event of the most important election in U.S. history is just around the corner. The official artwork by artist Sheperd Fairey is available online now! If you aren’t gonna be in D.C. for the event, get your piece of history now: http://pic2009.inauguralcollectibles.com/category/SHEP.html

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Will You Be There???

Will You Be There???

INAUGURATION: a formal ceremony to mark the beginning of something such as a president’s term of office. The most common usage of the term is in the context of a formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. The term is usually used in reference to a politician’s assumption of the duties of head of state or head of government (e.g. the President’s inauguration).

I figured I’d throw the definition and the correct spelling in here so people could know exactly what they will be witnessing on January 20th, 2008. AND so people can stop misspelling inauguration because I will laugh at the next text I get that says “Yo Nick I’ll b in dc for inawgauration”. Really? I don’t know what that is but I’m sure Obama won’t be there. But he will be at his INAUGURATION and you should be there as well. D.C. will be a zoo for a week or more because this is history yet again. I wasn’t around for the Million Man March but this will be just as monumental so if you have some vacation time you may want to use it from the 19th to maybe the 23rd of January so you can enjoy the festivities. Stay tuned for me to post different bus tours and means of transportation to come out here as well as various events that I have the scoop on…Peace n Love folks.

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You, Me, Him, Her…

You, Me, Him, Her…

We all made history. Voters, non-voters, and people of all races, ages, and cultures. What took place on November 4th, 2008 was probably the most monumental occurrence I witnessed in my 22 years of existence besides September 11, 2001. After all the campaigning, hard work, and dedication, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. I have gotten over the initial shock of what happened so now I can share my thoughts with you all. Tuesday November 4th, 2008…I was up relatively early that morning but not for school like I am every Tuesday. This day was different. I didn’t go to class. Instead of heading to my 11am class at the Real HU, I embarked on a journey to New York City because i’m not a registered voter in D.C. nor did I have an absentee ballot. Voting in Brooklyn was my only option. I traveled 4 hours to cast my vote for Barack Obama (and get a fresh haircut from Vernon at Changing Faces barbershop on Fulton St.) and it was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had. It felt even better when I received a text msg from mom dukes simply stating “Obama won”…I was detached from the rest of the world at the time because I was on the bus back to D.C. so it didn’t really hit me right away. But when I arrived., things just felt different. There was pandemonium in the streets considering it was 3am on a Wednesday. Drivers were honking their horns, waving Obama posters out their windows, and people were embracing complete strangers. 3am…Wednesday morning…From what I heard, HU campus had a huge celebration of their own right on the yard in the rain!!! That’s how you know its real. Black girls partying in the rain?? ONLY for Obama. He may be half white, but that means he’s also half black. Therefore, we have a President of African descent. Period. We have come a long way but we still have tremendous hurdles to leap. I’m worried about the safety of Obama and his family (but like I said before..It wont be a good look for anybody if anything happens to him). I still have a sense of fear for the future of our country, our culture, and our world. I’m still not sure about my own future but I do know that the top is where I’m headed some how. It just won’t feel good if my people don’t follow. If we continue to be an economic minority in places like our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C., then what’s the point. So Barack, can you repair the damage done to your people that has been taking place for far too long? We stand behind you, beside you, and are here to uplift you as long as you come through on your end of the bargain. I did my 8 hours of traveling so you could do your 8 years (fingers crossed) of empowering. Lets make it happen. All of us…YOU…ME…HIM…HER…

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS PIECE BELOW BY MY HOMIE KAMAU “MOOSE” HARPER…TALENTED CAT

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POLITICS AS USUAL….

The time to make history AGAIN is inching closer and closer…November 4th, 2008 will be a monumental day for all no matter what the outcome is. Make sure you do the right thing and go exercise your right to vote. Stop degrading yourselves and saying “one person doesn’t count”. Most American citizens are highly unsatisfied with the current state of our country. The ones who don’t vote…DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE UNSATISFIED…Simple as that. We all want change and for our lifestyles to improve through the power of the government. So go vote for Barack Obama…Yeah…I said it…MANDNEMINENT.com is in no way affiliated with Barack Obama…We just know who to vote for. I have never seen so many young people as interested in politics as we are right now and it’s not just African Americans. This is not just a racial issue. This is about gathering valid information on all of this years presidential candidates and utilizing that information to make a sensible decision on who to vote for. Obama is really rocking the boat!!! Rappers like Jay-Z, Jeezy, and Nas are backing him and showing their full support and they are not affiliated with the man either. This man goes to other countries and instills patriotism into people that are not even American citizens. He’s not even the president but he probably has greater relationships with the foreign population then our current president does….Speaking of our current president…He came to Howard University last week for those who didn’t know. If you were on campus and wondered why access was limited to certain parts of the campus, you can thank George Dubya Bush for that. Yes that’s right. Soul food Thursday in the cafe was shut down for this man. Check out the article in the Washington Post here…Enough on that guy. He’s outta here baby!! The anti-Obama folk are getting scared. So scared that there was apparently a plot to take his life. This isn’t the the 60’s people!! It is NOT going down…And ya’ll don’t want a riot on your hands because it wont just be the Black people bugging out. Just…don’t tweak. Peep the story on this foolish plot here…It sounds a little sketchy in my opinion…Or maybe people are just that stupid. But regardless of the naysayers, Barack Obama seems to be getting a lot of love. I went up to NYC this past weekend just to hang out for a little bit and saw so many posters and Obama paraphernalia. So I’ve gotta shout out Gray’s Papaya (best hot dogs and chicken tenders ever), Brooklyn Industries, and Triple Five Soul. Here are some photos just to show you how real it is out here. Obama for President. November 4th. Go vote. Peace

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Presidential Match-o-Matic

Presidential Match-o-Matic

At this point in the election many people have already chosen the candidate that they plan to vote for. However, there’s an overwhelming amount of people that haven’t been paying attention these past couple months and are completely lost not only about the issues at hand, but also where each candidate stands in terms of them. ABC News has created a little online poll in which the user reads anonymous quotes by either Obama or McCain, and selects which they agree with on a variety of topics. In the end a tally is given and it tells you based on your honest opinions who you should lean toward voting for. Although I’m pretty sure all of you reading probably know your choice, take a min or two to take the poll here and see the results. Did you get the candidate you expected to? Hit us up in the comment section.

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