Midterms 2018: A Chilling Reminder Of Why We Must Vote On Election Day

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“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power.” — Michelle Obama

Hey good people! As you read through my latest post, I hope you’re all in the best of love, health and happiness. I can never expressed that enough. It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been experiencing some up and downs in life and just trying to make the best of any circumstances I’ve had to deal with this year.

From time to time, life tends to throw you a curve ball and it’s basically up to you to not allow your emotions to get the best of you and to remain positive in any situation you are dealing with. I’m not ashamed to admit that I believe it’s fact that with God, all things are possible and there are no problems or struggles that are bigger than Him. Maybe that’s why humanity struggle with so many issues nowadays.

With all the concerns with climate change, police brutality, racism, the #MeToo social media movement, America’s foreign relations (Russia, Iran, North Korea in particular) and YES, Donald Trump’s corruption and mendacity, we can all use some faith, hope and prayer—along with being proactive in educating ourselves and our children about what’s happening in the world around us. But it has to start in our homes, our schools and our local communities.

Without straying too far from the main subject matter of this post, I want to express how important it is for us to get out there and vote on Election Day, November 6, 2018. The featured photo of my post was taken in 1963 in Washington, DC, when people of color were denied the right to vote. With everything that’s been going on this year, this photo could’ve very easily been captured today!

As you view the picture, Whites and Blacks marched alongside each other! Those courageous individuals knew that every person had the right to vote, regardless of what they looked like. Just two years later, the Voting Rights Act was passed into law so that no individual could be denied their right to vote.

Get Out the Vote
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Sadly, we are living in an America where it’s citizens are being denied the right to vote by varying, strategical tactics to intimidate and discourage them from showing up at the polls. We must step up, step out and vote people! You watch the news… you see the absurdness that’s going on. There’s never been a more crucial time to exercise the power that you possess.

Did you know that less than 60 percent of eligible African-American  citizens voted in the 2016 presidential election? That shouldn’t be music to any of our ears. This undermines our power as a people, and for me personally, I am not willing to give my vote and my power away. That’s why I absolutely love the fact that Michelle Obama and a number of A-List celebrities such as Houston Rockets Chris Paul, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw have joined together to launch the When We All Vote initiative. It is a nonpartisan 2018 voter registration initiative to address historically low voter registration and voter turnout in the last decade.

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Will you make the right decision to vote? I certainly hope so. The mere thought of not voting should scare the hell out of you. Wait in line, drive across town, gather friends and family together, do whatever is necessary, but please make sure you are prepared on Tuesday, November 6th.

Take another look at the above photo and as well as the featured photo of my post. Keep in mind that many of those people in these photos are no longer here with us, but some of them literally gave their lives to ensure that future generations had the right to vote. Don’t take this right for granted! Now is the time to get involved! From 18 years old to 80 years old, show up and show out!

What does it mean for you to vote and how important it is to you? I’d love to read your thoughts and comments.

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Black History Month: If You Could Meet Any Historical Black Figure Today, Who Would It Be?

This was tough for me to come up with a selected number of black prominent figures in the course of history, pioneers and ground breakers, who not only had a positive influence on the black community, but as well as the rest of the world.  Even as an African-American sits in powerful positions at more than any other time during the history of our nation, we have to ask ourselves, are we still in a crisis?

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Watch the Trailer to New Animated movie, ‘Bilal: A New Breed of Hero’ Inspired By True Events.

For now, I won’t get into the politics on why this animated film wasn’t more heavily promoted, but the trailer to this movie looks fantastic! The first fully Middle Eastern-funded and produced CGI-animation film, Bilal is inspired by the life of Hazrat Bilal bin Rabah, the Ethiopian slave and companion of the Prophet Muhammad “Peace Be Upon Him” (PBUH), whose valor was considered nothing short of legendary.

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MLK Day 2018: 15 Unforgettable Full-Color Pictures of Martin Luther King Jr.

“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.

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Happy New Year 2018: Renewal of Faith, Purpose and Resolve

Happy New Year everyone!  2017 was equally an incredible and trying year for me.  Not just for the high moments, but more so for the low; the challenges, confusion, struggle, loss, fear, doubt and a slew of other emotions and obstacles that seemingly never ended. Continue reading “Happy New Year 2018: Renewal of Faith, Purpose and Resolve”

Here’s 13 Hints and Details In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’s’ Stellar New Trailer

In case you missed it, the first trailer to Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has arrived and it looks spectacular.  The trailer to the upcoming Marvel blockbuster has set a new record for the most trailer views in a single day, racking up more than 200 million views in 24 hours.  If you ask me, that’s absolutely incredible.

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Review: ‘Justice League’ Heroes Rises To the Challenge, But Not Without It’s Flaws

Hey good people!  Your boy Ralph (The Perennial Aesthete) is here!  First and foremost, I hope that everyone who is reading this had a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving holiday.  A movie for Justice League has seemingly been on the horizon forever and finally we get to witness it.  I can’t express enough how lucky I am to be living in these times where comic book characters we loved as a kid, are being brought from the comic books to the big screen.  I had the opportunity to watch the Justice League film twice and I appreciated it even more the second time around.  I found it to be delightful and entertaining, but not without it’s missteps, sort of speak.  By far, the film is not flawless, Continue reading “Review: ‘Justice League’ Heroes Rises To the Challenge, But Not Without It’s Flaws”

In Case You Missed It, Marvel Has Blessed Us With A New ‘Black Panther’ Trailer

I can’t say this enough.  It’s a wonderful time to be either a comic book creative, a fan or a little of both.  Technology has caught up and continues to advance at a rapid pace.  The things you can do with cinematography and filmmaking nowadays is incredible.  You can literally create stunning, virtual worlds on the movie screen, where it’s only limits is the extent of the creator’s imagination.  That concept alone, brings us to the world of Wakanda, which is an Afrofuturist fantasy land.  By the looks of the trailer, Black Panther is shaping up to be Marvel’s most ambitious, breathtaking film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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New York Comic Con 2017: Amazing Photo Gallery and Video Highlights From NYCC

I hope everyone’s experience at New York Comic Con 2017 was as awesome as mine was! It gets bigger and better each and every year.  Being a creative, I couldn’t help but feel enormously inspired to keep pushing myself forward as an artist, writer, graphic designer, entrepreneur and simply an aesthetically-driven individual who wants to make his mark and hopefully, make the world a little more pleasant.  Events such as these, makes you want to do more and BE MORE than what you already are.  My enthusiasm to create is flying high and despite some of the issues that we are dealing with in society right now, I remain optimistic that somehow we’ll find a way to make a little more beautiful, and a little less chaotic. Continue reading “New York Comic Con 2017: Amazing Photo Gallery and Video Highlights From NYCC”

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