Inequality Deep in the Hearts of Men

Just goes to show you what is ‘deep in the hearts of men’. I am not naive. I’ve been at this game called life for minute. I’ve seen racism and the reverse of it, objectification, exoticism, condemnation and superiority in all shades and ilk defended with a myriad of lame excuses over my years. I know that the height of hate can thrive to the core of the very people who ‘smile in your face’ everyday.

But how do you can make millions off a huge sport and industry where the players, the engine, the guts and the glory, are at least 75% Black, for 30 years, and not find any kind of appreciation or respect for those who are vital to your success? Never mind those who have astutely advanced their game to become your colleagues in ownership and management. Spike Lee calls it ‘slave mentality’. How do you think yourself superior to heroes like Magic Johnson whose athletic prowess, elegance and inner strength, both helped make the game and uplift humanity? Where is your respect? Clearly, all of Sterling’s wealth is not enough to find him peace. The man is weak, evil and envious!

In 2009, having made his fortune in real estate, he paid $2.7 million to settle a case brought by the US Justice Department which accused him of discrimination against black and Hispanic people. And again, years later, his behavior, sense of superiority and hate proves chronic and impermeable. How ironic that’s it’s his verbal tirade earlier this month with his Black/Mexican lover, who may deviously be using her striking beauty to get what she wants, that publicizes and brings down this clown’s ego in shame. One can only hope. I don’t care how rich you are, you are simply, at the end of the day, human like everyone else. We are all the same flesh and blood, and you must be humble. No one is bigger than the sandbox. No one. The divine laws have a way of always leveling the playing field. So rant all you want.

Here’s a little snippet of his recorded ‘alleged’ tirade…”I’ve known (Magic Johnson) well, and he should be admired. … I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire him privately. Admire him, bring him here, feed him, fuck him, but don’t put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” He also ‘allegedly’ said “Don’t bring black people to my games’. Are you kidding me!? Since when does he own all of basketball? And should Black people not support a sport where the majority looks like us? And where’s his respect for her? When will everyone come to the realization that we are all one and the same? You’re born, you live and you die. Enough ‘us’ on top and ‘them’ the underling!

It’s unclear whether or not he could or should be ordered to sell the Clippers. He bought the team for $12 million ’81 and it’s now worth $575 million. He may walk away smiling with a tidy profit. If the sponsors continue to walk away, the players and fans will ultimately lose. They’re advocating fan boycotts, etc. but he must be ousted from the league at once. A lifetime suspension from the league is the only option for this affront, audacity and atrocity. There is no other reasonable option. Ideally it should be that he couldn’t own the team, would have to sell and it would be the buyer’s advantage. Wouldn’t that be a sweet sobering retribution. We’ll see what develops at 2. Argh!

Meshell Ndegeocello – Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair

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Meshell Ndegeocello, whom I indelibly remember seeing at the Horseshoe in Toronto, back, back, back in her very early days, is back with a gorgeous tribute to Nina Simone. This track, “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” is identifiably Simone, one of her most popular in fact. But Meshell also makes it her own. She stripped it down and shot the video on her iPhone 4s!

The track is off her new album ‘Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone’ available on iTunes.

Shots of Awe

Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.

Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.

One Man Show

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Grace Jones | design and photo...Jean-Paul Goude
Grace Jones | design and photo…Jean-Paul Goude

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After I left home I realized that I was not myself. When does one decide to be oneself? I think that’s what it all comes down to. I decided first to discover life and then decide what I wanted from life – what made me happy, what was easy for me. You see, whatever one is, one must first know the truth about oneself.

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~ Grace Jones

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“…open the love window”

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and the lily how passionately it needs some wild darling | painter Maureen Silc
and the lily how passionately it needs some wild darling | painter Maureen Silc

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There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.
Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling!
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.

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~ Rumi

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Dali Dare

 

Dali-Atomicus,1948 | Photographer… Phillipe Halsman
Dali-Atomicus,1948 | Photographer… Phillipe Halsman

I adore the work of the Spanish painter, Salvador Dalí – Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989). He was a skilled draftsman, but is best know for his striking work, labeled by many timid eyes, of his time and even today, as bizarre. Dali produced over 1,500 paintings in his career and left behind an expansive repertory of solo and collaborative works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, writing, and film. A surrealist with influences of the cubist and dadaist movements, his best-known masterpeice was ‘Persistence of Memory’ where he, questions the notion that time is fixed, completed in 1939.

Dali volleyed back and forth with the French surrealists, by whom he had been initially embraced, for their leftist politics for most of his career. Ultimately, he was subjected to a trial by a jury of his colleagues in the movement and was formally expelled. To this decision, he retorted, “I am surrealism.” Such was the nature of his confidence and dare.  Dali has been cited as a major inspiration for modern artists such as Damien Hirst, Noel Fielding and Jeff Koons. Andy Warhol proclaimed Dali, an important influence on the pop art movement.

My passion for Dali lays principally in his eccentric dare, his freedom, in his work and in the way in which he lived. He loved “everything that is gilded and excessive.” All artists must be free I believe, we (dare I say) must to put aside convention and dare to dig deeper into ourselves and our human existence to find truths. If one isn’t free, one, in my opinion, can neither be sincere or truthful. Freedom is truth. Truth is freedom. Dali embodies, for me, the freedom and depth to which we must we commit ourselves to be able explore and connect to our greatest capacity to truly realize our distinct and authentic selves.

“…I’m Possible!”

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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!”

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~ Audrey Hepburn

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Money and Entrepreneurs

Tips from Cindy Ratzlaff

  1. What is the transformation I am offering to clients, customers, buyers?
  2. What would I personally be willing to pay for that transformation?
  3. How many years of my business experience, training and successful client work went into being able to offer this transformation?
  4. What is the cost to create and deliver that transformation to a client through this product or service? (creation, packaging, shipping or other technical factors in creation)
  5. Is there a already a market for what I am about to offer or do I need to consider the cost of educating my current customer about the need for this product?
  6. Will I need to acquire new customers or will my current client base be my primary desired end user?
  7. How many units of this product must I sell in order for me to break even and/or earn a profit? (units can be hours of your time for coaches)
  8. Is there competition for this product or service? If yes, what do they charge? Am I willing and able to compete for customers at or below that fee?

Once I have the answer to these questions, I decide on a fee and move on to the marketing phase of my launch.

Many entrepreneurs struggle with charging what they are worth for their own advice, knowledge and experience. The whole question of worth is wrapped up in feelings of fear, doubt, lack, and even empathy for potential clients.  These feelings make it is likely they’ll struggle when setting or raising their prices. Second guessing the worth of a service or the ability of your potential customer base to pay your fee can leave a service provider doubting themselves and that doubt can be communicated to clients and potential clients, leaving them feeling unsure, confused and wondering if they’ve made a good investment.

Give your clients the gift of your confidence, clarity and integrity by setting your fees in advance of your discussions with them. Are you charging what you are worth and feeling good about it?

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