I Remember the Day… 9/11: My Unique Perspective From 18 Years Ago

Hi everyone, Ralph here. It’s been a minute since I wrote my last post. I made a promise to myself and as well as to the rest of you that I will be a little more consistent. As an entrepreneur, I wear many hats. It’s hard work and it takes a substantial amount of energy, discipline and dedication, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. With my artistic skills, my creative writing, my photographic vantage points and as well as my passion for boxing and fitness, I aim to inspire not just the people in my community, but as well as individuals in the far reaches of the world. That was my main goal when I first created this blog. With that being said, let me discuss the main subject matter at hand.

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Brooklyn’s BAM Black Comix Expo Celebrates Comics Diversity

You have any fun plans to hang in Brooklyn, NYC this weekend? If so, be sure to stop by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on Sunday, February 10, 2019 and check out the second annual Black Comix Expo at BAM. The event that begins at 11am, is a celebration of comic book artists, comic book writers, illustrators, cosplayers and black superheroes. The expo, which is co-presented by BAM and The Black Comics Collective, bring fans of comic books, graphic novels, comic art and sci-fi enthusiasts a day filled with panel discussions, workshops, cosplay and more, with the intent on promoting diverse new talent and representation within the comics industry. The event is free and open to all ages, but be sure to arrive early because gaining entry is first come, first serve.

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NYFW 2019: A Quick Perspective On New York Fashion Week

Hey good people, Perennial Aesthete here! It’s that time of year again in NYC. Happy New York Fashion Week! Since its inception in 1942, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has been one of the largest events in the world that showcase the fashion collection of designers from all over the world. Along with shows in Milan, Paris and London, it’s a mainstay of the “Big 4,” where industry titans like Givenchy, Prada, Chanel and Burberry unveil high-end, prestigious collections at the illustrious semi-annual event (February and September) which each time around, it’s the hottest ticket in NYC.

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Ralph Gilmore: Father, Artist and ‘Mayor of Harlem’ (Circa 1/6/15)

Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia from time to time. I think at this point, most of us are aware of a widely used acronym on social media called, “TBT,” which stands for Throwback Thursday. Throwback Thursday is the name of a weekly social media posting trend or popularized hashtag that people from all over the world use online—specifically on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, to share and look back fondly on some of their favorite memories—hence the “throwback” theme. With that being said, I want to share a proud moment of mine in which an article was written about me in the oldest Black newspaper in the country, The New York Amsterdam News.

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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”

Autumn Inspiration: Let the Fall Season Be A Time To Renew Your Health and Attitude For Success

Happy First Day of Fall good people!  The chaotic times of summer and rapid growth is usually a reflection of lots of changes – maybe a new marriage, a new job, a new place of residence or the start of a new business venture.  Whatever the case may be, I hope that all of my family, friends and people within my network, have experienced much-needed gains and far less loss as we start the new season.Fall is a time for harvesting… perhaps, signifying a greater required focus and direction in your life.  It might be time for you to start a new exercise regimen, pick up that new book you’ve been procrastinating on reading or ignite that business idea you’ve been yearning to share with the rest of the world.

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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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