Picture the scene: you’re at the grand age of (insert age here), and you’re at home surrounded by loved ones. Laughter in the air, there’s generations of joy under one roof. The eldest, you’re head of the household. As you sit back and take in scenes of serenity, you begin to reflect upon the life you’ve lived. Are you filled with a satisfied sense of accomplishment, or is your conscience weighed down with a sullen notion of regret? In the game of life, one must decide upon the rules which governs their demeanour. Do you wish to coast by on ‘beginner’ mode, or do you aspire to level up? Ultimately, the choice is yours to make. This week, I introduce a man confident in the satisfied sense of accomplishment that awaits.
Irrelevant of the profession one chooses for their life, know your worth. Irrelevant of the people one decides to be in their life, know your worth. And most importantly, irrelevant of the parameters one determines to place on their life, know your worth. In a time where anything and anyone can be easily replaceable, it is easy to mistake quantity for quality. We have reached the zenith of consumerism. That being said, there are those who have an unwavering predisposition to remain true to self, only engaging in unions that are to the betterment of self and spirit. This week, I introduce a man genuine of heart who has always kept one notion at the fore: “know your worth”.
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Son. Brother. Partner. Father. Activist. Friend. Rapper. Songwriter. Entrepreneur. Visionary. Icon. King. Neighbourhood Nip was a man amongst men. Though I’ve used those terms to determine the late Ermias, he was much more. Here stood a man who was at the helm of his own destiny. He was a leader. It’s a powerful thing when a man is confident in who he is, what he is ‘n’ how he carries himself. But in his own, now prophetic words, so it has come to pass. He was a legend.
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The rise of Social Media has been nothing short of phenomenal. From its desktop infancy to its mobile ‘adult-essence’, there has been a marked maturity in the way individuals connect. With a compatible device and a few touches on a screen, one can reconnect with an old high school acquaintance, ‘match’ someone based on a profile, or in a Creative’s case, use it to showcase the flair that lies within. Careers have been built, prospered and maintained via effective use of the various mediums. But, let’s play devil’s advocate. If SM ceased to exist, would your social skills survive the cull? This week, I introduce a man whose social skills would not only ensure his survival, they would also ensure that he thrives as an apex in a world that recognises real relationships have always been the true source of power.
There’s an old Cherokee parable that speaks on the duality of man. Inside each of us, there are two ravenous wolves constantly at war. One is pessimistic. Consumed by emotions such as anger, envy, self-doubt and superiority, it represents the darkness within. The other is optimistic. Engulfed in joy, generosity, kindness and peace, it is the light that keeps the gloom at bay. Equally matched with voracious appetites, which wolf wins? This week, I introduce a man who shunned the dire decision to feed the Wolf of Darkness, instead opting to feed the Wolf of Light.
Humans excel in different ways; that’s a given. Perhaps under the guidance of elders or innate dispositions, some opt for the professional world. Doctors. Lawyers. Teachers. In the ever expanding world in which we inhabit, there can never be enough. But, for every Scrub, Suit and Tie, a Creative is needed to restore balance. As the late Nina Simone prophetically stated: “an artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times”. And I agree. A Creative’s content should not only document the world through their vision, but ultimately stand as an accurate reflection of self. This week, I introduce a young man who is the embodiment of the creative spectrum in which those choice humans choose to excel.
You’re on the journey of self-discovery. Along the way, you have delved deep and uncovered character traits that either did not exist or you did not think possible. You’ve come a long way. With each step, you edge closer to the destination of determination that has guided you thus far. There is no turning back. As empowerment begins to loom on the not so distant horizon, you find that you have reached a crossroad. Do you chase the carrot down the familiar yet unrewarding rabbit hole? Or do you stay true to your compass of heart? This week, I introduce a man that chose to remain firmly on course.