“I can’t breathe.” Once again, those nightmarish words are forced upon us, unleashing a new wave of anguish, sorrow and fury within our black communities, on social media and as well as the world. Do you know the numerical significance behind “08:46”? For a harrowing 8 minutes and 46 seconds, that’s how long it took for Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be clearly seen in witness videos pinning George Floyd to the ground, to cut off Mr. Floyd’s circulation before he died on May 25, 2020. Mr. Chauvin, who is white and now charged and arrested, kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for the entire duration, even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness. The most disturbing thing about Mr. Chauvin, is that he remorselessly peered into the video as if he wanted the entire world to know exactly what horrible deed was done. It literally made my blood boil and I often wondered what I would’ve, could’ve or should’ve done if I was in that predicament.Continue reading “Talking With Your Kids About Race, Racism, Police Brutality and Protests in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death”
Hey peeps! Your favorite New York City blogger, Ralph Gilmore, is back at it. I took a little blogging hiatus due to being busy working on a few projects, while making sure to stay healthy and cool-headed in these strange times. Just like many of you, I’ve been adjusting to new routines and a lot of unknowns due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s much easier to focus on the negatives and the things that can go wrong, rather than focusing on the positives, no matter how dire the circumstances may be. I choose to focus on my passions, my creativity, my evolving skills and anything that brings joy to my life. My hope is that I always continue to remain in a place of joy and inspiration, while making a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible.
There are variations of structural violence (such as boxing) that women should absolutely have every right to partake in, conquer, give up or refuse. The opposite spectrum of that are circumstances forcibly bestowed upon women by unjust men who symbolizes privilege and depravity. To all of the uplifting, strong women all over the world, keep trusting your voice and empowering each other. Happy International Women’s Day 2020!Continue reading “Happy International Women’s Day 2020: Keep Using Your Voice & Empowering Each Other”
Opportunities don’t always happen on their own. We quite often have to take the initiative to create them. In short, I’m proud to announce that I’m teaching private and group boxing and fitness sessions at Work Train Fight gym, located in lower Manhattan, New York City.Continue reading “Schedule Your Next Boxing and Fitness Session With Me”
Hey good people, Ralph here! I just wanted to bring you up to speed of what’s been happening with me, things I’ve been contemplating and working on. In this post, I shared a link to a recent boxing video I uploaded on my YouTube Channel, in which I go into depth about some of the boxing drills that I do in my workouts. Just as importantly, I discuss a little bit about the power of humility and how crucial it is to one’s success.Continue reading “Boxing Training Motivation: Why Humility Matters In Success?”
As many of you out there can relate, it was absolutely gut-wrenching to hear about the tragic news of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna (Gigi) and the other individuals who lives were lost in the helicopter crash yesterday. I’m just one of the millions of people around the world who is trying to make sense of why stuff like this happens to the best of us. It just goes to show that life isn’t promised tomorrow. Dream big. Forgive. Love harder. Go after what you want. Can it be any more crystal clear that procrastination is the thief of time and we have so little of it on this Earth?Continue reading “A Perspective on NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and His Daughter Gianna (RIP)”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Even though we’ve made great strides history when it comes to completely abolishing racism, bigotry, and YES, slavery—which unbelievably continues to exist in this day and age, there’s insurmountable evidence that we have so much work left to do. I want to thank you Dr. King for your dedication and sacrifice to help humanity continue to rise and inspire the next generation of people for the greater good. It is truly up to us to set an example as greatly as possible so that our children won’t be lost.
In honor of MLK Day, I took some time and effort to share some of my favorite full-color photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in hopes of inspiring some of you out there to not only do better for our own lives, but as well as for our loved ones and the less fortunate. I hope you enjoy.Continue reading “MLK Day 2020: 15 Unforgettable Full-Color Pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. (Updated)”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an escapable network of mutuality… whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Continue reading “Happy Birthday To The Late, Great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Happy New Year friends and family! I hope you brought in 2020 with abundant energy and positive thoughts. As I read over some of the posts left by my friends, family members and inspirational people that I follow on my social media platforms, I noticed there was a common theme. We all want better health, lucrative opportunities, increased prosperity, world travel, more quality time spent with our loved ones… and then there’s still YOU.Continue reading “Happy New Year 2020: We All Want More, But What Is It That You DON’T want?”