Aug 30, 2011

New Video: Fly (Rihanna and Micki Minaj)

This video was surprisingly captivating and beautiful. Check Rihanna and Nicki below looking gorgeous and soaring and such.

Just Get To Know: Neon Hitch

Neon Hitch hails from London and serves her high-pitched tone and undeniable steeze over some of your fave hits. Check her in "Gucci Gucci" and "On My level".

 "You look good though. AND you flaunting!"


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Aug 28, 2011

The Greatest: Bey and Baby Bump Perform

While the rest of us was being being regular, Jay-Z was busy making the greatest album of 2011 and creating something lovely with his wife Beyonce. Check Bey and her epic baby bump performing on the VMA's earlier tonight.

Get More: 2011 VMA, Music, Beyonce

Aug 25, 2011

10 Years Gone: Aaliyah

Today marks the ten year anniversary of the untimely death of Aaliyah Dana Haughton. I fondly remember Aaliyah as being the first "pop star" I felt inherently connected too. She had an undeniable light around her that guided her limitless amounts of talent and beauty to the hearts of millions of people. What I remember most about Aaliyah is her absolute gracefulness. When you saw Aaliyah perform or speak in an interview you knew that she was enjoying her life and that she was so ecstatic that her fans were there to share it with her. Aaliyah was a breath of fresh air and a truly committed talent. She will be forever missed.

 Check Jessie Boykins with a cover of her song "I Care For You".

Aug 24, 2011

Ms. Lauryn Hill on "Miseducation"

Watch a rare interview of Ms. Hill speaking about her hip hop classic, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill". Goodness.

Aug 22, 2011

Music: Ladies Love Me

In case you missed it, Mr. Beiber low key slaughtered Breezy on this one. This is "Ladies Love Me" off of the latest Chris Brown mixtape, "Boy In Detention". Download that here.

  11. Chris Brown - Ladies Love Me feat. Justin Bieber (Prod by David Banner) by hi.good.

Planet Dopeness: New Layout

Hey friends! Have you all been checking out my tumblr?? Well if you haven't, you should. I'm obsessed with the minimal but sexy change that I've made plus I'm just generally obsessed with my tumblr. it makes me happy! :) This tumblr upgrade is just a glimpse into what I have planned for my blog relaunch. SUPER excited!

Aug 19, 2011

New Music: The Weeknd

The Weeknd dropped a new mixtape just in time for why yes, the weekend. Download it, feel great and have a lovely weekend.

Aug 18, 2011

Today In Music: Daley & Frank Ocean Cover

Today was a great day for multiple reasons- two of them being the double hit of great music I was served.

First up we have two lovely ladies covering Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You". I have some special emotions reserved for the insincerity of the clothes they're donning but their vocals more than make up for it. Thanks, George!

Nest up is the wonderful and most lovely, Daley.... from the UK. My homie Robert threw this my way and I had to give this beauty to you all. Daley's vocals are smokey and luxurious. I predict me rocking a similar haircut way soon. For real. For real. Check one of my favorite songs by him below.


 And check his "Pretty Wings" cover.



Acoustic Video: Bridget Kelley

Here's Bridget Kelley with the Frank Ocean penned, "Thinking About You". Her vocal's build and she grows more confidence as the video progresses. I'm excited to see how she develops as an artist.


Aug 16, 2011

Ye and His Long Money.

A little Tuesday evening real life inspiration. When you're wealthy, they bring the car and the paper's to you.

KANYE WEST OTHER OTHER BENZ from Creative Control on Vimeo.

Aug 15, 2011

Covered: A Case of You

Wow. Been listening to this on repeat for the last thirty minutes. I had no idea that James Blake had this in him. Listen to his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You". Just wow.
  James Blake - A Case of You by Pretty Much Amazing

Aug 14, 2011

TED Talks

So, I spent the majority of my weekend cleaning my closet and listening to uninterrupted hours of TED Talks and "This American Life" podcast's. And yes, it took me hours to clean this closet. You know the closet that you pack full of all the randomness that you do not feel like dealing with in an efforts to make sure the majority of your place of residence looks presentable and clean. I felt like this closet had become a strange metaphor for my life or at the very least, my brain so after months of putting it off I spent my entire weekend unpacking all the hidden randomness. Yes, I feel great but what made this experience greater was that I had hours and hours... upon hours to listen and learn. I spent this time really quenching the thirsty, wide eyed child in me that wants to know everything, I'm quite honestly sad to see it come to an end. BUT as any good blogger must do- It's time to share!

So TED- I had listened to their talks before but not as many as I did this weekend and not for hours and hours on end. One of my absolute favorite talks is actually not a talk that was presented at TED. Go figure. It's actually a talk that circulated the net several year's ago and that only after re-visiting this weekend, impacted me greatly. It's longer than your average video but worth every second. Behold, Randy Pausch on "Achieving Your Childhood Dreams".


And here's a shorter one that I also really enjoyed.

 Hope you all enjoyed those as much as I did!

Aug 11, 2011

Photo: Kesh and Theophilus London

This is one of my favorite photo's to date. Partially because Kesh looks like a warrior princess and partially because I wish I owned that dope sheer sleeveless duster she is so effortlessly rocking. If I could wear something like that everyday, I would be the happiest woman on planet earth.


New Music: Melo-X

I came to know of Melo-X via his friend and frequent music collaborator, Jesse Boykins (also one of my faves). Melo-X is a modern day Renaissance man, delving in everything from music to photography to art. One of my favorite newly released mixes by him appropriately titled, "The Weekend Love Triangle", is below.

Also check his Amy Winehouse mix released circa 2007.

Check more of him and his music here.


Aug 10, 2011

Video: Rich Dad, Poor Dad

I recently started reading the New York Time's bestseller, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". And let me tell you, it is a bestseller for a reason. The financial knowledge within that book is invaluable and will truly alter the way you process wealth and your personal finances. Recently, Time Magazine sat down with the bestselling author and wealth extraordinaire Robert Kiyosaki and asked him ten questions. Watch his responses below and by all means PURCHASE THE BOOK.

Aug 7, 2011

The Ones: Street Etiquette

Below, peep a short piece on influential style bloggers (Street Etiquette) and budding icons, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs.

Make it an inspirational week!

Aug 3, 2011

Impossible Is Nothing

‎"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

-Muhammad Ali

Aug 2, 2011

Video: Great Scott McKenzie

There are too many great quotes in this short video to even begin to jot down. The Great Scott Mckenzie is but 24 years of age but has accomplished much of his life's goals and acquired so much wisdom in his short time on this earth. I urge you to check the video below and continue your journey to great.

Ladies and Gents, Great Scott McKenzie.

Socially Awkward - Great Scott from Jonathan Stromberg on Vimeo.

And check his website here.

Aug 1, 2011

Song of the Day: India Arie

It's only natural that the song of the day be "Strength, Courage & Wisdom" by India Arie. Check that beauty below.

Life: Day 1

I've been reminding myself as of late that you ALWAYS find what you're looking for. Some people tend to regard that as a "thing" but I tend to think of the search as more of a spiritual and emotional quest. If you're looking for love or happiness or inspiration you search for it and will definitely come back to you. Never think life is that unkind. At the same token, harping on the negativity in you life or looking to engage unhappiness will bring you just that, unhappiness. I started my day with a talk with one of my good friend's and we spoke candidly about the ways in which we were trying to change our life. I needed this. Desired it somewhere in the deep corners of my mind and I embraced the opportunity to share personal growth. Not long after that, I was invited on a whim to a presentation that discussed how we connect to people we identify with as leaders. Needed that too. I didn't know it but I recognized the immediate song my heart sang as soon as the presentation ended. Just remember to put out into the universe the energy you want to receive. Life is waiting.

AND In thinking about Day 1 of the "Reset Challenge" my mantra and life song is below.

Mantra:  "You can be GREAT or you can be regular, the choice is yours."
That is a really short quote that represents to me my own personal wisdom and power in my destiny. What I am really trying to change is the way I actively engage what's happening to me and around me and how I can personally become FEARLESS and change my life so that I can help other people.

Song: "Strength, Courage and Wisdom" India Arie
I think the title says it all.


Check ya'll later!