A Perspective on ‘Black Panther’ and James Brown Star Chadwick Boseman (RIP)

“Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.” — Chadwick Boseman (Nov. 29, 1976 – Aug. 28, 2020)

I know it’s been asked countless times already, but hasn’t the year 2020 been something else? I’m putting it very modestly. The passing of Los Angeles Lakers great, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the other seven passengers who died in the helicopter crash. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade. I definitely can’t fail to mention the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that continues to wreak havoc on the world. Now it’s Chadwick Boseman, who starred as King T’Challa in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” died at the age of 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

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My Thoughts on NYC Gyms and Fitness Clubs Reopenings. Will It Be Safe to Return During COVID-19?

Hello all! Ralph “The Perennial Aesthete” is here. I hope everyone is doing well—spiritually, mentally and physically. I wanted to touch upon New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement on gym openings in New York City. I know many of my fellow New Yorkers are anxious to get back in the gym. Do I miss being there? You bet! However, I honestly have mixed feelings about it. The time of the COVID-19 pandemic has truly exposed the paradox of our world. The empathy and compassion of strangers and communities efforts and dedication for the most vulnerable. For the other side, the shameless greed of corporations that has no filter.

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Free Graphic T-Shirt Giveaway, Courtesy of Orange Moonwerks Studios

Hey good people! Ralph here. I hope you all are remaining safe and healthy as we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic. I’m going to ask for some assistance on this one. In these turbulent times, many of us entrepreneurs are doing the best we can to keep our small businesses afloat and as well as staying relevant in the public eye. With that being said, I’m running a promotional giveaway for my YouTube channel, in which I’ll be giving away a free, exclusive graphic t-shirt to five lucky individuals selected by lottery.

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Talking With Your Kids About Race, Racism, Police Brutality and Protests in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death

“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.

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Launch of My New Boxing and Personal Training Business Venture: Perennial Boxing + Fitness

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.

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Happy International Women’s Day 2020: Keep Using Your Voice & Empowering Each Other

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!

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Schedule Your Next Boxing and Fitness Session With Me

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.

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Boxing Training Motivation: Why Humility Matters In Success?

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.

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A Perspective on NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and His Daughter Gianna (RIP)

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?

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MLK Day 2020: 15 Unforgettable Full-Color Pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. (Updated)

“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.

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