Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Yo, it’s been a busy two weeks. I graduated from Syracuse University on 5/15. That was pretty sweet to say the least.

Syracuse University Commencement Program 2011

I went to see Neek the Exotic, Large Professor and Satchel page in concert. Caught Cappadonna in the crowd and he spit a couple of freestyles along with AG the Coroner, Father D, Satchel Page and Mr. Cheeks. I took some videos here.

Neek The Exotic

Went to a concert for the 50th birthday of Melle Mel aka Grandmaster Flash. T-Ski came on and performed. He was pretty good, not going to lie and said some funny stuff. He shouted that he was not under any circumstances Lil Wayne. Claimed at one point to have forgotten the words to his song. Talked about how old he was because when he released his first single he was 18 in 1980. And then he shouted out underage drinking. He was pretty funny and not to mention a good rapper.

T-Ski

Then ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots came out to perform. I caught Black Thought freestyling acapella on stage because ?uestlove was having technical difficulties setting up his laptop. He was pretty frustrated the entire time and cut the act short towards the end. S’all good. I also got to see Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five actually perform. He was wearing an interesting outfit and then performed “The Message” which I was able to catch on camera here. I can’t believe I got to see that classic song live.

Melle Mel in an officer suit

Melle Mel in an officer suit talking on a mic

Then I went to Boston for a day for an interview!

A Church in Boston

I also survived the rapture on Saturday. And in celebration I watched “The Killing Machine” directed by and starring Dolph Lundgren with my buddy Nick. We are pretty big action movie fans as some of our favorite actors are Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren. I caught some of the highlights of the movie.

"If you don't mind"

"Drop Your Guns"

A classic action stance.

Dolph Lundgren in an action stance.

And finally, Dolph Lundgren in an action stance against a wall, that is all.

The classic hide behind the wall trick done to perfection.

I had my first day at my summer internship in a campaign office for a political candidate at the state level. It was pretty interesting to say the least. Met the senatorial candidate for a moment as she was very busy. I bought a Jamaica national football jersey from the store next door. I was really looking for Cameroon jersey. Webo and Idrissou are two of my favorite football players, epecially Idrissou after he joined Stoke City. I had to call residents of an area and remind them to vote for a candidate my senatorial candidate endorsed at the special election the next day. I basically would call, ask them how they are, to consider the candidate I was endorsing and to remind them to vote tomorrow. I had some hilarious and humbling responses. One lady was polite till she heard my mentioning of my political candidate and then went, “Oh God! Oh God!” while proceeding to hang up the phone. I was cursed out in what seems like Italian. It was a mixture of Italian and English. Another guy answered the phone and began to breathe on it while I could hear his TV in the background. A barrage of “Hello?”‘s did not help my cause.

Then there was an older lady, 89 she said, who told me she used to vote in every election until she had her stroke three years ago. She explained that she was essentially bed ridden and very ill. I figured she just wanted to talk so I chatted with her for a couple of minutes. Talking to her was a humbling experience that reminded me that I have the right to vote and I should exercise it as often as I could. I also began to think that the whole political system of campaigning is an extremely weird model that is highly susceptible to corruption. A colleague from France told me that the campaigning money for each presidential candidate is capped at $20 million. She explained that there were no calls to houses and all the other forms of marketing/campaigning.  It’s amusing to notice the propensity of corruption in the United States campaigning model and see our zeal for voting essentially commercialized or at least, prone to. So it’s been an awesome two weeks so far. Good start to summer.

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