Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to my blog! I hope you all are in the best of health, especially dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected us on so many levels. 2020 is finally over. The sad thing is that there are many people out there who feel that their luck will substantially increased because it’s a new year. In all honesty, I never truly believed in luck; however, I strongly believe in karma and fortune. If you put positive energy out in the world, be respectful and empathetic towards people as much as possible, eventually, that energy will find it’s way back to in in some shape or form.Continue reading “Boxing Fitness Motivation: What Will Decide Year 2021 for You? Luck or Fortune?”
Peace and blessings good people! Ralph here. As we wind down towards the end of 2020 and just imagining how the COVID-19 pandemic affected so many of us, I hope this post finds you in the best of health. A few months ago, I was featured in a motivational fitness video series, hosted by professional athlete and good friend, Guy Jack Levy. I gave a little background on myself, talked about my passion for sports, fitness and specifically boxing, which offers a number of benefits to anyone regardless of your competitive or fitness level.Continue reading “Motivational Fitness Video: “Classic Boxing with Ralph” Hosted By Guy Jack Levy”
“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.Continue reading “A Perspective on ‘Black Panther’ and James Brown Star Chadwick Boseman (RIP)”
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.Continue reading “My Thoughts on NYC Gyms and Fitness Clubs Reopenings. Will It Be Safe to Return During COVID-19?”
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.Continue reading “Free Graphic T-Shirt Giveaway, Courtesy of Orange Moonwerks Studios”
“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.