28 more days~

Something Wonderful~

My girl Mandi just reminded me how wonderful this song is, so I share it with you.

Respect that we are all human and make mistake's, but appreciate one another, love each other when the chips are down, be sweet, do something wonderful.

"This is a man who thinks with his heart,
His heart is not always wise.
This is a man who stumbles and falls,
But this is a man who tries.

This is a man you'll forgive and forgive,
And help protect, as long as you live...
He will not always say
What you would have him say,
But now and then he'll do

He has a thousand dreams
That won't come true,
You know that he believes in them
And that's enough for you.

You'll always go along,
Defend him where he's wrong
And tell him, when he's strong
He is
He'll always
Needs your love
And so he'll get your love.
A man who needs your love
Can be

She'll always go along
Defend him when he's wrong
And tell him when he's strong
He is wonderful.
He'll always need her love
And so he'll get her love
A man who needs your love
Can be wonderful."


Oprah Presents ~

So Oprah Winfrey just debut her new television network OWN, Saturday, January 1st, 2011 on cable networks all over the US. One of the premiered shows was a documentary series titled Oprah Presents: Master Class; an original television series featuring life stories of elite names who’ve influenced the masses through music, film, politics, and entertainment. Of the many listed in the line-up rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter was the first to air his episode, which touches on his struggle and success and how he keeps reinventing his life and career throughout his journey.  I must say watching this and seeing Oprah have a new found respect for Jay-Z is so awesome!

I did all of us a favor and took some of the best quotes from the documentary, and placed them here for your enjoyment.

“I believe in Karma, I just believe that you know what you put out in this world you get back, the energy you put in the world you get back, and how you treat people is how is how you will be treated at some point “ ~ Jay-Z

“Everybody has a story and there is something to be learned from every experience”~ Oprah

“Knowing who you that’s the foundation of everything great” ~ Jay-Z

“You can’t plan every step in life” ~ Condoleeza Rice

“When you learn…teach. At our best we are all teachers” Maya Angelou

“So many people are afraid of failure, but what I’ve learned is that failure is a great teacher, and if you’re open to it every mistake has a lesson to offer” ~ Oprah

“Hip hop is a force in the world” ~ Oprah

“Hip hop like all arts holds up a mirror to society, and shows us who we are, and how we are evolving, provides a voice for people who might not otherwise have their voices heard. Jay-Z is holding up a mirror for a lot of people, and what I realize is that it doesn’t matter whether I agree or you agree with every message, it reflects what many people are thinking or feeling, and that’s why we all need to pay attention to what he has to say.” ~ Oprah.

“This is what I think we can all learn from him, when the odds are against and you have the depth of clarity, to listen to your own instincts and follow what is truly for you, you may not become a Jay-Z but you will become the best that you can be” ~ Oprah

On Reinvention ~
“The models have to be redefined” ~ Jay-Z

Relationships fuel you ~
“I think any relationship inspires creativity, especially when it’s a great relationship, the people around you inspire you in certain ways, being it something they have done or said, so I think any good relationship inspires you, well sometimes bad relationships create great art, in the case of Marvin Gaye, Ushers Confessions album, and Justins Cry Me a River came out of a bad relationship. I guess relationships in general inspire you good or bad.” ~Jay-Z

Soul Train Tuesday~

Cry Together by the O'Jays


Bay Area Queen~

Just what we all need right about now! Mara Hruby  is amazing! Check out her Tumblr as well right here for more information on who she is, and make sure to keep up with where she is going. She has done some of the best covers ever, ever. Ever so gorgeous too!

This Boby Marley cover is so beautiful, I have to loop it.

Quadron featuring Mara Hruby...and if you don't know who Quadron I definitely suggest you find out.

Subtle yet fantastic.

Get your mind right Monday~ Keep Tryin'

You've been
Out on all the chances you've been given
Is it something
Holding you back instead of livin'
Your day is coming though it seems far
Things will be clear when you love who you are
Nothin' can stop you as long as you listen to your heart
Lift your head to the sky
And keep tryin'
Believe in u
And it will take you higher
You have
Everywhere you turn they seem to follow
If you
Let go
Happiness will come to you tomorrow
Your day is coming though it seems far
Things will be clear when you love who you are
Nothin' can stop you as long as you listen to your heart



Even in the darkest person there is a light. No matter how low, or how high you may feel in your life there is a possibility of hope and light in each person. I really believe that. I see possibilities in everyone. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.

Part of what I see holding people back from achieving happiness in their life is falling into the 'victim' syndrome. I know you know someone like this (it may be you)...the one who always feel's it wasn't his fault, feel's sorry for himself, has an excuse for why his life is the way it is;  and therefore can not pick up and start fresh. This is so not true, believe me it is never too late to start fresh. Don't let your past deter you from the road of possibility. We may feel at times like we don't deserve to be happy, we don't deserve to be treated well, we have done too much damage to re-create ourselves. The truth is every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future, it is from being ruined that we can transform. Ruin is a gift. 

Take the first step, you do deserve it. It may be painful to come to terms with who you were or have become, but it is enlightening to discover where you are going. Understanding that change is inevitable and happiness is a choice.  Evaluating yourself and your environment I think is the most imporant. If the places you are hanging out at or the people whom you surround yourself with are not helping to inspire you to be the higher you, then you need to let them go. It is going to be hard but remember letting go is not the end of the world, it's the start of a new life. Misery tends to love company, is an understatement.

Once you get past this step, the doors of opportunity will arrive. If your intentions are good in what ever you do, I believe you will be blessed with the riches of love and happiness. Remember you receive what you put out in the world, so be kind, be honest, be gracious, be humble, do these things without expecting anything in return and you will be well on your way to the start of an amazing spiritual journey.

I really could be here talking for hours but i just want to leave you with some very inspiring words from a great book and movie that has significant meaning for me.
"In the end, I've come to believe in something I call "The Physics of the Quest." A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you're brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you."

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it."

"There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I'm going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts"

Dearly Departed X Benny Gold Collabo~

Today this collabo just got released...and trust it is super legit! The line is fresh and very limited to 75 pieces per item. It includes a t-shirt, hoodie, crew neck and New Era. Only a handful of stores will be releasing this collaboration so be on the look out as it will go fast. I know one super dope store here in Denver that will mosdef be carrying the line and that is Family Affair , so get on that STAT!.

Here is a cool little teaser video, music is provided by Little Dragon with whom I have had the pleasure of seeing live at a small intimate venue here in Denver, their music is amazingly beautiful!

Dearly Departed x Benny Gold Collab Teaser from Dearly Departed on Vimeo.

The Line:


Illustrator of the day~


Just a little Stevie~

There is nothing like some Stevie Wonder to make you feel alive and vibrant, forget about your worries and just be in the moment.


Hope, it was nice seeing you the other day,
it's been so long...too long.

You always leave such a lasting impression.
and I love taking you where ever I go.

Hope don't be a stranger, let's make a
date...keep in touch.