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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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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The Schomburg Center’s 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival: Best Photos

What’s up blerds?! Ralph “The Perennial Aesthete” Gilmore is here. Another exciting year has come to a close as The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York City, invited comic book fans of all ages to participate in it’s 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival (Official Hashtag: #BlackComicBookFestNYC.) The festival was held on Friday, January 18 from 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., in which both days was free and completely opened to the public.

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Reflecting On Hip Hop Legend Tupac Shakur On the 21st Anniversary of His Death

“I am not a gangster and never have been.  I’m not the thief who grabs your purse.  I’m not the guy who jacks your car.  I’m not down with people who steal and hurt others.  I’m just a brother who fights back.  I’m not some violent closet psycho.  I’ve got a job.  I’m an artist.” — Tupac Shakur

Prophet.  Poet.  Gangster.  Thug.  Hip hop icon.  During the life and times of Tupac Shakur, he was labeled many things, but after his death, the polarizing, legendary rap artist was universally accepted as an extraordinary and influential talent.  Personally, whenever someone asks me about Tupac Shakur, the immediate thought that comes to mind is “tortured soul.”

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20 Cool Photos From the First Annual Five Points Festival 2017 in NYC

This past weekend on New York City’s Lower East Side was the inaugural Five Points Festival, a brand new fan convention curated by Clutter magazine and presented by Midtown Comics.  The festival is a collision of toys, comics, street art, and counterculture, replete with food trucks and craft beer.  This was pretty much a geek’s version of Valhalla.sThe Five Points Festival was held at Pier 36, on the lower east side of Manhattan.  Comic book creatives such as Amy Reeder, Dan Slott, Jamal Igle, Greg Capullo, and Scott Snyder made an appearance.  Several toy and art guests were on hand as well, including Amanda Louise Spayd, Tokidoki’s Simone Legno, and Tara McPherson, founder of The Cotton Candy Machine art boutique in Brooklyn, NYC.

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(Video) Happy New Year 2017 From NYC – Inspirational Message

Peace to 2016!  I’m more than ready to move on to bigger and brighter days ahead, along with a fresh perspective… it’s all on God’s timing.  I just wanted to share some thoughts in which I hope that some of you will find encouraging and inspiring.  Here’s hoping 2017 Continue reading “(Video) Happy New Year 2017 From NYC – Inspirational Message”

New York City’s Oculus: The New World Trade Center Transportation Hub is an Architectural Marvel

Yep, you’re looking at 4 billion dollars right here my friends. I finally took some time to get a closer glimpse of the new WTC Transportation Hub – Oculus and it truly is breathtaking to see.

The hub, which includes a commuter rail station, retail shops and connection to several subway lines, was designed by Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava.  The structure will serve as connection between New Jersey’s PATH trains and New York City’s subways. The soaring transportation hub was designed to evoke a bird in flight. If you have a creative mind and understand how powerful the expression of art can be, you can sense that Calatrava’s work was infused with the impression of movement and seemingly, a defiance of physical law. That’s just the nerd in me talking… stuff like this just blows my mind.

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Prophet. Poet. Hip Hop Legend. Happy Birthday Tupac Shakur

“I am not a gangster and never have been.  I’m not the thief who grabs your purse.  I’m not the guy who jacks your car.  I’m not down with people who steal and hurt others.  I’m just a brother who fights back.  I’m not some violent closet psycho.  I’ve got a job.  I’m an artist.”

When I think of the late Tupac Shakur, my immediate description that comes to mind is “tortured soul.”  Tupac Amaru Shakur born Lesane Parish Crooks; June 16, 1971, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was born in East Harlem, New York City.  During the first 17 years of his life, he was raised by his Black revolutionary mother, Afeni.  Both of his parents and several other people in his family were members of the Black Panther Party, whose ideals were later reflected in his songs.  In his early youth, Shakur became involved in the performing arts as a theater actor and rapper.  Aesthetically-driven by the arts, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to gain greater opportunities.  Shakur received his big break as a roadie, backup dancer and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, thanks to group leader Shock G.

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