If You Are Going To be/Play ‘House N*gga’ Don’t Come Back Complaining about How Master Won’t Let You Eat at the Table
The only things I really took away from this video/interview is that Kanye West is a very smart yet ignorant person, he truly doesn’t have the influence/clout/money that represents real wealth in his industry and he has misplaced anger.
The only people marginalizing him are the ones who never accepted him from the start.
The urban/hip hop community has always been accepting and supportive, even now. He’s just upset that the influencers he wants to work with don’t see him the way he sees himself (This COULD be for an array of reasons that have nothing to do with race, class or his industry, who knows). The fact of the matter is, it sounds incredibly ignorant to say, “I’m the most influential person out here” in the same sentence as “I need to because I don’t have those connects” (loosely stated).
It disturbs me that Kanye constantly says, “we’re slaves”, NO you are the slave just like many others, Jay Z being one. I won’t digress with how we all are or were at some point, the reason and all the other things are a beast will be fighting for a while. Nonetheless, being able to say to the hood, “we got a deal with Nike” or “I’m in Barneys” (we broke down those walls) ignoring the fact they those companies have openly showed their feelings about you and your target demographic speaks volumes.
**Different types of racists exist, some will take your money, and some still don’t want it no matter who you are. I think we know what types of racists are prominent in the fashion and music industry.
Russell Simmons didn’t’t keep crying about how media, he created his own outlet, Def Jam (comedy, music). He didn’t try to kiss Ralph Lauren’s ass to be an ambassador, he created his own line. To this day I find Phat Farm to be a great quality brand, it was actually like the RL of the urban community. He also has another brand I LOVE called Argyleculture which is also a very quality brand. He didn’t keep crying calling us slaves to the banks/financial systems, he created the RUSH Card.
Kanye can miss me with all this talking in circles. At the end of the day, big boys make big boy moves. What no one is really addressing is the fact that he wants to be accepted by “THEM”. Just because people weren’t feeling the kilt and not making you #1 as you think you should be, that doesn’t mean you are being marginalized. Almost everyone in the hip hop culture has stepped into different lanes and started cross-marketing with their brand (cologne, real estate, film, fashion etc.)
Saying that the head of Nike won’t have a sit down with you despite how much you made for THEM with your shoes in the same sentence as “I will still accept investments for Donda” sounds ridiculous(even if sarcasm). Who is really the slave?! These tantrums show just how immature Kanye West really is. Yes, he is a creative and most creatives are eccentric but that is no excuse to make a fool of yourself.
If you want to play a house Negro don’t get mad because they still don’t let you eat with everyone else. You’re in or you’re out. People identifying this ignorant and contradictory behavior doesn’t mean they are marginalizing him, it means he’s being held accountable for his statements AND actions.
A Few Things To Keep In Mind:
1. Understand that delivery is very important, especially if you are trying to reach/influence the masses. You won’t get everyone but you will have a better success rate and better reception if you deliver information objectively.
2. Do a self-evaluation sometimes. Confidence is a great thing but we all can use fine tuning every now and then. Make sure you have people around you that will hold you accountable too. Be real with yourself, success means nothing if you lose yourself.
3. Learn to manage anger. If you are upset, identify for WHAT and because of WHOM. Sometimes the people who love you the most can feel the brunt of misplaced anger.
4. The only one you need to prove ANYTHING to is GOD.
Grinding is my rest.
Extrated from “Think and Grow Rich”.
GAINING POWER THROUGH THE “MASTER MIND”
The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
No individual may have great power without availing himself of the “Master Mind.” In a preceding chapter, instructions were given for the creation of PLANS for the purpose of translating DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. If you carry out these instructions with PERSISTENCE and intelligence, and use discrimination in the selection of your “Master Mind” group, your objective will have been half-way reached, even before you begin to recognize it.
So you may better understand the “intangible” potentialities of power available to you, through a properly chosen “Master Mind” group, we will here explain the two characteristics of the Master Mind principle, one of which is economic in nature, and the other psychic. The economic feature is obvious. Economic advantages may be created by any person who surrounds himself with the advice, counsel, and personal cooperation of a group of men who are willing to lend him wholehearted aid, in a spirit of PERFECT HARMONY. This form of cooperative alliance has been the basis of nearly every great fortune. Your understanding of this great truth may definitely determine your financial status.
The psychic phase of the Master Mind principle is much more abstract, much more difficult to comprehend, because it has reference to the spiritual forces with which the human race, as a whole, is not well acquainted. You may catch a significant suggestion from this statement: “No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third,invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”
Keep in mind the fact that there are only two known elements in the whole universe, energy and matter. It is a well known fact that matter may be broken down into units of molecules, atoms, and electrons. There are units of matter which may be isolated, separated, and analyzed.
Likewise, there are units of energy.
The human mind is a form of energy, a part of it being spiritual in nature. When the minds of two people are coordinated in a SPIRIT OF HARMONY, the spiritual units of energy of each mind form an affinity, which constitutes the “psychic” phase of the Master Mind.
The Master Mind principle, or rather the economic feature of it, was first called to my attention by Andrew Carnegie, over twenty-five years ago. Discovery of this principle was responsible for the choice of my life’s work.
Mr. Carnegie’s Master Mind group consisted of a staff of approximately fifty men, with whom he surrounded himself, for the DEFINITE PURPOSE of manufacturing and marketing steel. He attributed his entire fortune to the POWER he accumulated through this “Master Mind.”
Analyze the record of any man who has accumulated a great fortune, and many of those who have accumulated modest fortunes, and you will find that they have either consciously, or unconsciously employed the “Master Mind” principle.
GREAT POWER CAN BE ACCUMULATED THROUGH NO OTHER PRINCIPLE!
ENERGY is Nature’s universal set of building blocks, out of which she constructs every material thing in the universe, including man, and every form of animal and vegetable life. Through a process which only Nature completely understands, she translates energy into matter.
Nature’s building blocks are available to man, in the energy involved in THINKING! Man’s brain may be compared to an electric battery. It absorbs energy from the ether, which permeates every atom of matter, and fills the entire universe.
It is a well known fact that a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery. It is also a well known fact that an individual battery will provide energy in proportion to the number and capacity of the cells it contains.
The brain functions in a similar fashion. This accounts for the fact that some brains are more efficient than others, and leads to this significant statement—a group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony, will provide more thought-energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.
Through this metaphor it becomes immediately obvious that the Master Mind principle holds the secret of the POWER wielded by men who surround themselves with other men of brains.
There follows, now, another statement which will lead still nearer to an understanding of the psychic phase of the Master Mind principle: When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in Harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance, becomes available to every individual brain in the group.
It is a well known fact that Henry Ford began his business career under the handicap of poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance. It is an equally well known fact that, within the inconceivably short period of ten years, Mr. Ford mastered these three handicaps, and that within twenty-five years he made himself one of the richest men in America. Connect with this fact, the additional knowledge that Mr. Ford’s most rapid strides became noticeable, from the time he became a personal friend of Thomas A. Edison, and you will begin to understand what the influence of one mind upon another can accomplish. Go a step farther, and consider the fact that Mr. Ford’s most outstanding achievements began from the time that he formed the acquaintances of Harvey Firestone, John Burroughs, and Luther Burbank, (each a man of great brain capacity), and you will have further evidence that POWER may be produced through friendly alliance of minds.
There is little if any doubt that Henry Ford is one of the best informed men in the business and industrial world. The question of his wealth needs no discussion. Analyze Mr. Ford’s intimate personal friends, some of whom have already been mentioned, and you will be prepared to understand the following statement:
"Men take on the nature and the habits and the POWER OF THOUGHT of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony."
Henry Ford whipped poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance by allying himself with great minds, whose vibrations of thought he absorbed into his own mind. Through his association with Edison, Burbank, Burroughs, and Firestone, Mr. Ford added to his own brain power, the sum and substance of the intelligence, experience, knowledge, and spiritual forces of these four men. Moreover, he appropriated, and made use of the Master Mind principle through the methods of procedure described in this book.
This principle is available to you!
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Knowledge Is Power: Nas Introduces Harvard FellowshipNas pays a visit to the prestigious Harvard University to introduce the new initiative of the W.E.B Du Bois Institute, The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship.Nas was in attendance at Harvard University yesterday to announce the brand new Hip Hop fellowship by the Hip-Hop Archives and the W.E.B Du Bois Institute. The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship is the result of a major endowment from an anonymous donor and will fund scholars and artists who show productive scholarship and creative potential in the arts in connection with hip-hop. Speaking to students and educators, Nas, a high school drop out, explained how instrumental music was to his own education. The legendary artist went further to explain how hip-hop is just as important to society in this era as computer science. Nas spent the day at the university speaking and working closely with students.
The POWER of the MIND.
I: You become effective by being selective. It’s human nature to get distracted. We’re like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but not getting anywhere. Without a clear purpose you keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches etc., hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. You think, “This time it will be different,” but it doesn’t solve your real problem-lack of focus.
The power of focusing can be seen in light. With a magnifying glass the rays of sun can set paper on fire. But when the light is focused even more as a laser beam, it can cut through steel. Nothing is a potent as a focused life. The men and women who make the greatest difference in life are focused. For instance, the Apostle Paul said, “I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing”. (Php 3:13) Paul’s obsession was to make Christ known. So if you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Turn away from even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. Poet William Matthews wrote, “One cultivated talent, deepened and enlarged, is worth a hundred shallow faculties. The first law of success in this day when so many things are clamoring for attention is concentration-to bend our energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right or nor to the left.” Does focus come easily or naturally? No, it’s a discipline that must be practiced every day.
II: Focus does 3 things for you: (1) It helps you stay on target. We find ourselves pulled in a dozen different directions; spend much of our time and energy on things we don’t really care about. Author Don Marquis put it this way: “Ours is a world where people don’t know what they want, and are willing to go thru hell to get it”. The Bible says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead…Do not swerve to the right or the left”. (Pr 4:25-27) (2) It increases your energy. Attempting everything, like attempting nothing, will suck life out of you. Focus gives you energy. The mind doesn’t reach toward achievement until it has clear objectives. (3) It lifts you. It’s been said that “the world stands aside to let anyone pass, who knows where he or she is going”. In a sea of mediocrity, just knowing what you want to do and making an effort to pursue it, distinguishes you from almost everybody else. Henry David Thoreau asked, “Do you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully and singly toward an object, and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated?” Just by striving to become better than you are, you become elevated-even if you don’t accomplish what you desire, and even if others don’t step aside for you. By trusting God and aiming higher you move to a higher level.
III: When it comes to staying focused, keep in mind: (1) Focused people always look for a better way. What got you where you are won’t necessarily get you where you need to be. (2) Focused people concentrate a little harder and a little longer. Hank Aaron (hall of fame baseball player) says, “What separates a superstar from the average ball player is that he concentrates just a little bit longer”. Focused thinking is the ability to remove distractions and mental clutter so that you can concentrate with clarity. (3) Focused people make commitments not excuses!!! When you don’t know what you are doing, you become frustrated and end up failing. That why praying and getting direction from God, is critical for your life. “In all ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths”.
I’m focused man!!! (Hov voice) :-)
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