Balance of Person and Persona

Quite the title
I dont think many people who are not artists understand the inherent schizophrenia that comes with being an artist.
I myself am a recording artist for 10 years as well as a visual artist (architecture, graphic, furniture) have always had to understand the difference between public persona and the person.
As music continues to slowly progress, I have encountered situations where I was recognized, and though its quite a cool feeling, it has its weird points. Just folks all of a sudden knowing you for what you have done, then leaves you open for venomous forms of criticism from naysayers and the like.

Then there is also those that assume that because you are an artist, you have no vision or back up plans or are not in touch with reality. I must admit the sarcastic joy, I get when I tell them I graduate level education and the receipt (degree) to prove it.

As if that’s enough it most difficult “grind” of making a living while chasing a dream! I have gotten into quite the incendiary conversation over this very issue! Folks assume that if you pursue the arts for a career you don’t understand life or don’t take life very seriously! Oh contrare! We understand the brevity of it better than most, the visionaries of society, if it wasn’t for the artists of the world the world would be quite robotic.

These economic times, combined with other personal issues have made this time quite a test of ones will. Many who have gone to school for their dreams are forced to defer them for a living. Others have had to watch their very industries become extinct, and yet no different from the doctor with a passion to heal, and the lawyer who seeks to create and improve law, we go and create creative change through our work.

Together with balancing a personal life, experiences, religions, family, etc we are people too! So the next time you know someone who wants to be a musician, or painter.. dont be so quick to judge.. because chances are they understand the truths of life better than most!



Employers & The Death of Capitalism pt 1

Interesting subject. Something I know a little about. In this here little recession we are in many, including myself, have had a LOT of reevaluating to do. I grew up with the notion that going to school would allow me to get better opportunities to do what I wanted at the time. I went on to obtain a Bachelors (in Architectural Studies) and a Masters (in Real Estate).
Then the economy went in the toilet! Many in my fields have lost employment, companies and other key components. Unemployment is over 10% nationally, near 20% for African Americans!
I myself know this all to well as I have been without stable employment going on a year! Yes a year!!!!
I’ve been blessed to have had my consulting company be a springboard for work, but the economy’s effect on getting work has been widespread!
Now I have looked for the entire time for better opportunities, I have dedicated a majority of my time to just that! (Working on client stuff is the other half of my time.)
I read up on jobs and the like, and have realized that I’m part of a unique group of people I call “Generation Y The Hell”
See my generation saw what our parents dealt with in the Civil Rights Era, and we went to college thinking naively we can build a better life!
Unbeknownst to us, deregulation and Reaganomics was winding up to kick us 20-something years later!
Fast forward to today. You have many with degrees AND experience! But no employment
Bad resumes?
No jobs?
Lack of drive?

No. Its a fundamental lack of understanding the importance of human capital in capitalism.
C-suite executives have forgotten the importance of the people
Now people are treated as statistics that are “eliminated” for the stockholders profits.
Those that are employed are working twice as hard for the same pay. Not wanting to speak out as they fear for their livelihood.
All the while executives get 7-figure bonuses for firing people.

And this is what they teach in business schools? Is it a wonder we as Americans have such a disastrous morale amongst Generation Y?
Americans 22-30 are catching the utmost hell! We are being told Social Security won’t be around because of the influx of baby boomers retiring now
Yet no one wants to hire us because we either
Have no experience
Or over-qualified

As a country are deficit is enormous and “jobs” may come back but “careers” are still dying

Many folks have invested thousands into an education that has yielded no real ROI!

Education is being devalued daily with such easy access to degrees

What is one to do?

The irony is that employers inflict the worst pain on themselves
Tight on spending, no one wants to take a chance on hiring. So now job descriptions borderline the absurd.
Positions that once call for diplomas now require degrees and unrealistic experience requisites and yet the pay is at a below market value, and employers worry that when the economy improves the employee will leave!
Of course! The employee has no incentive
Leaving many in this generation (and others) hurting
While a select few over indulge!

Generation Y The Hell! We got a bad deal!


Nizm: coming soon!

Black Greek Letter Organization and Relevance

School Daze
Stomp the Yard.
Ask anyone who is under 25 who is not in a BGLO (Black Greek Letter Organization) and those two movies I just listed are the first things that come up.
“Stepping” and “Hazing”

As I write this, i am confronted with stereotypes as well that I have personally heard and dealt with. To give a little background, I myself am a member of BGLO, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. A member since 2005.
My inspiration to become a member wasn’t one of those movies, but I was moved by the concept of joining an organization of like-minded males that leverage their resources and combine ideals for the sake of improving the condition of mankind. Idealistic I know.. but that’s how I am.
All through my intake process (no I am not going into details so don’t ask) We learned many things that in my mind put us in the mentality of our Jewels (Founders), and since I became a member, i can say that outside of religious beliefs, Alpha outlines my steps as a man! It is because of Alpha in many times I have kept from flying off the hinge and becoming indignant and participating in activity that would make the fraternity look bad.
Because once you are a member of these organizations, you carry the organization with you at ALL times. So if you, say rob a bank.. its not “John” robbed a bank, but “John, THE (Insert organization they represent) who robbed the bank”
My personal passion to help and be a better man is not shared by many in execution. I have seen many men of these organizations and women of sororities contribute to such blatantly misrepresentation that it disturbs me but then I come back to the issue of relevance.

Why do these organizations exist?
Often from an outside perspective, its a group of elitist individuals who get together to socialize and eat, drink and be merry, relishing a record of past accomplishments that automatically catapults them into a higher social stratosphere.
But where are BGLOS today? THAT is the question! We are around. Unfortunately when positive things are done we don’t put attention to that or publicize it aggressively. I personally (as a person into marketing and branding) do feel we shouldn’t have to publicize what we are SUPPOSE to do, but given how negativity flies at the speed of light, its incumbent that we let the world know the positive that we do. Chances are you are acquainted with an individual who is a member of these organizations. They don’t make a big deal about working in a shelter, or helping young boys and girls, or doing community service. They are doing their part to make the world better, but instead when folks find out.. the “Stomp the Yard/School Daze” issue comes up.

Also there are many who are members who have grown disenchanted. Many who really believe the ideas and ideals that their organizations were founded upon, but have seen members act contrary to the ideals and are in power and have left them bitter. I was once one those myself. Bitter that all the ideals that I was told and actually believed weren’t as cherished by those in power. I realized though, its never about what others do, whether in a church, fraternity, sorority, company or any other organized entity. It comes down to what YOU do! People see (insert organization) in YOU. So for you Presidents of Chapters, who want to “Reclaim” lost members.. I KNOW the solution to your problem. Walk the walk.. to all members, cherish your ideas and ideals.. and you will SHOW those that are “out of the fold” the Relevance.

To those that are not members, not interested or interested in becoming members. Remember, the organization is nothing but a collective of individuals who formalize the idea. The sum of the whole, and yet mystically individually just as critical.
As relevant as Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson, Mary McCloud Bethune, and others.. so are you.
YOU make it relevant.. and you can make it irrelevant!