All Eyez on Me
The PhDilettante awaits the reviews, discussion, and all and sundry noise from deserters, fans, and those who know or think they know. Just sayin'.
The horoscope today said, "be brief," but it is difficult to be brief introducing a special friend of RIP Malice and The PhDilettante, Anthony DiMichele, whose words provide the title of today's write. Let him speak for himself.
Excerpts from Tooth and Word :
my fundamental social responsibility
is to govern how you treat me
Where do you come from?
I ask my shadow
leaning into the wall I am
leaning on trying to push it
into the world of existence
Anthony is a writer, artist in many media, photographer.
Find him on Facebook, or www.htttp://antoniozart.redbubble.com/works.
Look for his newly released book, The Astonished Mirror.
What is Art, Harry? Why do you ask - you're an accountant. [ old joke ]
Of course, Art is all around us in many forms. Rap / Hip-hop seems to be the ideal genre for the 21st Century. A unique fast-paced Century that is perhaps like no other since the Renaissance in its creativity, wealth and ingenuity running at a rapid clip 24-7.
It is said that those who grew up in a technical digital environment have a shorter attention span than their elders. Okay, given that, we give you rap.
Hamilton, the oh-so-successful rap opera showed that quality rap can be literate, literary, kinetic, colorful, witty and educational.
What better way to bring joy and knowledge - yes, Virginia, Knowledge - available to all and at a pace that holds any attention span. There is a small movement in the United States which is incorporating input from rappers and educators in school curricula. Putting those multiplication tables to a beat? Fine idea. Movement and rhyme, rhythm and repetition ... kids can learn faster and have fun.
Put this in the basket for further review and let's see how the concept develops.
This 'Seti' is not the Nineteenth Dynasty Pharaoh of Egypt; oh, my, no! SETI, or The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, is an international program of volunteers and professional researchers who track sound waves of different frequencies in their search for the one small clue that just might open the door to discovery of or communication with extraterrestrial life.
The "WOW Code" is so named because that was the gasp heard from researchers when they found a certain frequency repeated twice. No matter that is took 40 years to decode it - They Did. And it very well may be a Fibonacci Sequence ... maybe it was correct all along that mathematics is the language of the universe if not the universal language, hmmm? If you are so inclined, you might want to look into being a SETI@home volunteer.
Do you think our cover photo [shown here in a smaller version] seems like a glimpse of Tupac's trademark headscarf ?
Do you wish the rap/hip-hop community would stop fussing about Tupac's legacy and what 'group' can claim him?
Can everyone involved in this kerfuffle lighten up and enjoy the Man, his Music, and his Message?
PhDilettante is of the opinion that Tupac Shakur contributed much in his short life and 'killing' him again with post-mortem vitriol is not a good thing.
It has been suggested by the, uh, Big Mind that the PhD recommend a few books (!!!) that might be of interest to those following #aghosTStory.
The Name of The Rose comes to mind. (Umberto Eco, 1983)
In a detective story set in a 14th Century monastery - if that isn't creepy enough - we are led through murders, sorcery, politics, religious wars, and secret tunnels, all set forth in a style both erudite and humorous. [ sidebar: the movie starred Sean Connery ]
Old tome :: must read.
A Rose is not simply A Rose in this labyrinth of symbols, arcana and numerology.
I saw a beggar leaning on his crutch,
he cried out, "Why ask for so much?"
I saw a young man leaning on his darkened door,
he cried out to me, "Why not ask for more?"
The PhD is not sure of the source of the above words : sounds rather Leonard Cohen-ish.
However, in an enigmatic way, it sums up a society that at present is torn between the haves and have-nots, those who dream and those who demand, and those (mostly the majority of us) who scrape by to make do and have no time to think of anything profound.
Or, one might say, "Why ask for anything?" We have it in ourselves to stand and deliver our own dreams.
Christopher Boykin, star of the MTV reality shows “Rob & Big” and “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Mr. Boykin, known as Big Black, was the professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s bodyguard and half of MTV's "Rob & Big" duo.
RIP Malice will be participating in a sale of his skateboard photos as a fund raiser for Mr. Boykin's family.
More here as plans develop.
...so where are the Ghosts in this blog and why is it called 'Going Fearless.'
Glad you asked.
As the subtitles on the first page state, this site is an anthology or encapsulation, if you like, of what RIP Malice is all about. What he is not all about is hip-hop or rap per se. 'Going Fearless' is an approach to life that is happening, if one is aware of it or not. Not a new approach, but one arising again, as the earth cycles through philosophies. Rap, graffiti and street photography are visual manifestations of ...shall we call it a Movement? To Go Fearless is to be open to what is around us, to face our fears and question things we do or see others doing that may make us vaguely uncomfortable. And to perhaps learn to laugh or just learn.
Each image and/or interview shown by Malice is true. Some individuals started out uneasy about telling their experiences, but all were pleased, nay, grateful that they were able to speak of their personal condition or demons.
Are You Afraid of Ghosts?
...or whatever Rite of Spring you celebrate.
While you are at it Go Primal, Shout for Joy, give a hoot and a thumbs up to everyperson you see.
Yeah and save a bit of Easter Dinner for this guy and his buddy : : you know you always hated ham, and if you are of the Jewish persuasion it won't be consumed anyway, so what the hey ? give it up to those who need it the most.
Can we agree that everyperson has a unique thought process? Yes, we can.
So...having determined individuality, why do manypersons check what is trending as a part of their decision-making? Just asking.
In a review of a product on a popular website, a potential buyer reported that he had seen the item previously but did not purchase because it was not "trending" at the time. He regretted that decision when the item was trending but no longer available.
Trivial example? Yes.
Like those before him, Chance the Rapper has already at a young age started programs to give back to the people and the community who accepted him.
His charities have given millions to Detroit for the education and entry to the arts for children and teens. Check it out, be inspired (and maybe donate) at Support CPS . http://chanceraps.com/
March report : :
Thank you's and Roses at the feet of everyperson who has given love to this site.
~ Special Shoutout to #RyanGosling for support of fur people and their advocates.
~ As you may have seen, The Shop is being stocked : check it out, as new products will appear and some special offers will be time sensitive.
~ Hoping you enjoyed the video!
Much praised and much maligned, as a charity
PETA presents a conundrum for those who
sincerely care for the wellbeing of both humans and their fur companions.
Some feel that certain tactics, such as destructive raids on research labs should not be tolerated. On the other paw, the anti-fur campaign and raising consciousness of the treatment of animals in food production are cats of a different ethical color.
Think on it.