25.June – Yeezus’ Holy Grail Carta Magna

I’m having a really hard time buying Kanye’s album – and for those that know me…know how much I go hard in the paint as it pertains to Kanye West – I have been down for him through every project – even 808s and Heartbreak (which I still feel was a complete work of awesomeness) – My own personal conviction…and really through the lens of my faith have a hard time looking at what Mr. West and Mr. Carter are doing as far as the whole deity-thing. YEEZUS? – HOLY GRAIL? – Whats the next album going to be “I am God” and “Through me you shall be saved you stupid minions” ??

I never bought kingdom come because of the implications – Most may know me as a pretty liberal non-conforming follower of Christ – but there are lines that I feel should not be crossed…and they are crossing them.  At a certain point it goes beyond me digging someones artistry. I don’t see them saying that they are “allah” or “buddha” of the rap game…or making comparisons to other faiths…i don’t know…wait, i do know

it’s wack, stupid – and they need to stop.

I am not supporting it.

– Ken

21.June – Confidence is the new Black

In an era seemingly hard-laced with bold and unjust combinations.  One would have to ask (considering they have no sense of fashion) “What are the rules today?” – To that question I would proudly proclaim “whatever you deem them to be.” I personally set my own rules as far as what I don before leaving home.  And my honest guest concerning others that leave home with that rebel swag is that they wear what they wear and match it with confidence.

Nothing more sexy than someone knowing that they’re sexy – knowing they look nice – and this knowledge they have is intrinsic – divorced from outside influence they smile in the mirror as they put on something that represents them…my clothes speak for me – – – which is why in most cases I’ll deliver the subtle eyebrow raise instead of words when someone speaks. Arrogance? – nah baby…this is 33 years of fighting to be happy with who i am in my skin – and who i am in my clothes.

Were you with me when i was rockin’ the salvation army get-up and the holes in the soles of my shoes? When I get roasted for not matching or having the name brand apparel? No? – – then you definitely weren’t there with me when i decided that public opinion of a personal statement would no longer rest on my shoulders… and that I am ok – with what I have ….and what i wear….and what i wear, i wear in confidence

confidence is the new black

wear it boldly

– ken

13.June – Big K.B.

Father’s Day is in sight – and people all over the country are either taking this time to recognize their father or father figure – missing one that they have lost or not relating at all due to the absence of such a figure.

I had the fortunate hand dealt to me that had the father card in it – gaining custody of me and my brother when I was 12, he was pretty new to this “dad” thing on a full-time basis – and I too was new at being a son (as it pertained fatherhood). There were a lot of growing pains in the cultivation of our relationship…he was consistently looking for me to usurp his authority and I was consistently respecting this powerhouse of a man that most people feared and respected.  There were many things that my dad and I disagreed on.  I was passionate about sports – he loathed them.  I would much rather write a song or a poem – he wanted me to do car maintenance.  I preferred diplomacy – he preferred more aggressive methods to solve conflict which in my opinion created more conflict.  The teenage Ken’s aim was to glide through the teenage years unscathed and still living – my dad was determined to turn me into a man.  The thing is our definition of what a man was clashed at almost every point – save work ethic, taking charge and being a man of your word.

There were a lot of things that I blamed him for – my collegiate basketball career basically being non-existent due to his lack of interest in my goals and also his ignorance in the process of getting your teen in college.  It wasn’t ’til i was 30+ that I realized how much my dad did for us – how much he loved and cared for me and my siblings and how hard he worked to make sure there was provision in every area in my life.  It wasn’t ’til I was 30+ that my fatherhood provided the proper lens for me to see my dad – in his true state….a hard working, loving, amazing, brilliant, caring and heroic example that many should emulate…

I find myself reflecting back – pulling tools of wisdom to help me be a good father today for my sons ….one could only hope that I do as good as a job as he did.

Happy Father’s Day DAD!

– Ken

8.June – Arrested Development

so – I….like most of the weird people that started watching Arrested Development years ago and have been in extreme anticipation for the NETFLIX exclusive Season 4 ….started watching…and its a bit lackluster. The episodes aren’t that memorable and i think that the only reason that I’m into it is because I’m so familiar with the characters and their development. The other thing that keeps me watching is the fact that Kristen Wiig is on the show (some), the fabulous “Workaholics” made a cameo and Ron Howard is actually on the show – which is just funny considering his narration and role in the show.

Tobias Funke – my fav character is still just as delusional as before, GOB is still dumb – and Michael’s sarcasm is just…..the best.  So even though not many shows stand out like previous seasons…the characters themselves drive the show and keep me watching.