Soulful Sunday’s


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This is an article I found over at “PositivelyPresent.com” just searching the net. I was going over the positive results of being open minded in my head, typed it in and *Presto*… Here it is. To put it basic from my own perspective, being open minded allows you to grow. The wonder in itself can inspire investigation and that can bring about change. Many of my experiences in the last 3 years (along with some dope ass friends), helped me to learn this and I’m still learning. Not everybody is the same so to honestly and humbly communicate with each other and keep that initial loving connection is important to me. Not only with people but with things we do. Job changes, schedule changes, weather changes… whatever. Everything changes in some aspect and being open minded will help you roll with the punches. Adapt and find power in it or change the next outcome. FOOSHHHHH!

7 benefits of being open-minded

By: PositivelyPresent

Being open-minded can be really tough sometimes. Most of us are brought up with a set of beliefs and values and, throughout our lives, tend to surround ourselves with people who share the same values and beliefs. Therefore, it can be difficult when we’re faced with ideas that challenge our own and, though we may wish to be open-minded, we may struggle with the act of it from time to time.

I’d like to say I’m a fairly open-minded person, but, like most people, I do have some pretty strong views about specific topics and find it hard to sway from those opinions — no matter how others might try to persuade me. Of course, I fully believe that having strong beliefs can be a wonderful thing and I believe we should all stay true to what we believe in, but having strong beliefs doesn’t have to mean having a closed mind.

Though it can be tough to do sometimes, I’ve always found that when I open my mind, I’ve reaped a lot of rewarding benefits. There is much to be gained from opening the door to your mind and letting new ideas and beliefs come in. Here are just a few of the benefits I’ve uncovered when I’ve taken the time to view the world around me with an open mind…

The 7 Benefits of Being Open-Minded

  • Letting go of control. When you open your mind, you free yourself from having to be in complete control of your thoughts. You allow yourself to experience new ideas and thoughts and you challenge the beliefs you currently have. It can be very liberating to look at the world through an open mind.
  • Experiencing changes. Opening up your mind to new ideas allows you to the opportunity to change what you think and how you view the world. Now, this doesn’t mean you necessarily will change your beliefs, but you have the option to when you think with an open mind.
  • Making yourself vulnerable. One of the scariest (and greatest) things about seeing the world through an open mind is making yourself vulnerable. In agreeing to have an open-minded view of the world, you’re admitting you don’t know everything and that there are possibilities you may not have considered. This vulnerability can be both terrifying and exhilarating.
  • Making mistakes. Making mistakes doesn’t seem like it would be much of a benefit, but it truly is. When you open your mind and allow yourself to see things from others’ perspectives, you allow yourself not only to recognize potential mistakes you’ve made, but also to make new mistakes. Doesn’t sound like much fun, but it’s a great thing to fall and get back up again.
  • Strengthening yourself. Open-mindedness provides a platform on which you can build, piling one idea on top of another. With an open mind you can learn about new things and you can use the new ideas to build on the old ideas. Everything you experience can add up, strengthening who you are and what you believe in. It’s very hard to build on experiences without an open mind.
  • Gaining confidence. When you live with an open mind, you have a strong sense of self. You are not confined by your own beliefs, nor are you confined by the beliefs of others. For that reason, you are able to have and gain confidence as you learn more and more about the world around you. Open-mindedness helps you to learn and grow, strengthening your belief in yourself.
  • Being honest. There is an honesty that comes with an open mind because being open-minded means admitting that you aren’t all-knowing. It means believing that whatever truth you find might always have more to it than you realize. This understanding creates an underlying sense of honesty that permeates the character of anyone who lives with an open mind.

For some, being open-minded is easy; it comes as effortlessly as breathing. For others, having an open mind can be more of a challenge, something that they have to work on and make an effort to obtain. Whether or not you consider yourself to be open-minded, you can certainly see from the list above that there are great benefits to viewing life with an open mind. It’s not always an easy thing to do (believe me, most people struggle with this), but the effort to think openly and embrace new ideas will be worth it when you’re able to take part in the benefits that come from opening your mind.

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A duo in which I had the pleasure of seeing put some fly music together. These braddahs are on the cusp of an ever growing career for each. They continue to get better as we all should. I’m proud of the combination and all that bullish music that’s out there… beware. Better start bringing some substance to the forefront. Word to god! HAAAA! FANGGGGG! The mix cd is called “The Offering” and is hosted and mixed by Atl own and world renown Dj Kemit! It’s a free download so get it whilst you can! FANGSTA!

Get it Here

One of my favorite songs from the braddah! Just how I’m feeling today! FANGSTA!!!!!

Yesterday was my first big event that I was heading while working at the Boys & Girls Club. It’s a yearly event call KKCC (Kiwanis Kids Cultural Challenge) in which each club gets a country and has to represent that country in its entirety at this final event. Now I’m not going to go into all the challenges that I personally had to deal with but lets just say it was enough to make me want to quit. HAAAAAA! All in all, it was a great learning experience and I was proud of my group of eleven troopers that did the hard grind! To see them happy that we won something (best Banner in our region) was FANGSTA! When learning something new and taking on unchartered seas, it is very difficult to stare the boat into all that darkness but I’m grateful that I am from the family that birthed me and I got some DOPE ASS FRIENDS that I can depend on when I feel lost. Thanks to all y’all and definitely thanks to the children. I have learned a lot. Progress is a process! Keep it FANGSTA!!!!!

PROGRESS n.

1. Movement, as toward a goal; advance.
2. Development or growth: students who show progress.
3. Steady improvement, as of a society or civilization: a believer in human progress. See Synonyms at development.
4. A ceremonial journey made by a sovereign through his or her realm.

intr. v.

pro·gress (pr-grspro·gressedpro·gress·ingpro·gress·es

1. To advance; proceed: Work on the new building progressed at a rapid rate.
2. To advance toward a higher or better stage; improve steadily: as medical technology progresses.
3. To increase in scope or severity, as a disease taking an unfavorable course.
Idiom:

in progress

Going on; under way: a work in progress.

I know, I know, we usually do “Friday Night Videos” but we haven’t done it for so long we’re making an exception. Enjoy your Sunday peoples. Get some sun and grand energy circulating. Some of these may not be actual videos but you can enjoy the music all the same. Take it in and breath it out! FANGGGGGGGG!

– One of my favorite joints right there –

– Was just put on to D’ Nell last night, FANGSTA –

– My peoples right here. Plus… I did their album cover! HAAAA! –

– Classic –

– BANGIN’ –

Well It’s been a loooooooooooong time but we still here! FANGGG, FANGGGGGGGGGGG! It’s “Soulful Sunday’s people and we are celebrating live! Tonight is the 6th Anniversary of “Spread Love” and Binkis’s own “Atl’s Latin Soul Brother” Dj Mafioso is spinning along with Dj Kemit (of course), Dj Ausar and Dj Salah Ananse.

Just so you have a little more info about “Spread Love”… PEEP!

Experience Spread Love

Back in 2006, the first official SPREAD LOVE was a birthday celebration for DJ KEMIT!!! It felt like the entire city squeezed into The Royal that night!!

So the following year SPREAD LOVE moved to SUGARHILL and we still didn’t have enough space to hold the crowd, the beautiful energy and incredible mix of music – everything from Soul Classics, to Latin Funk, to Afrobeat and Soulful House! When SPREAD LOVE became a monthly event, we made our way to East Atlanta and held it down at CENCI.

Since then we’ve grown at 595 North for several years, and you’ve been there with us every step of the way! As we look ahead to another season of great events, we hope you’ll continue to show your LOVE for GREAT SOULFUL MUSIC from all over the globe!

Go where the music takes you!

Spread Love, ya’ll!!

Just a little traveling music to carry us on into our Monday morning rush. Keep Building people! FANGSTA!!!!!

– Groove Theory “Keep Tryin” –

” You’ve been missin’
Out on all the chances you’ve been given
Is it something within
Holding you back instead of livin’

Your day is coming though it seems far
Things will be clear when you love who you are
Nothin’ can stop you as long as you listen to your heart

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

You have sorrows
Everywhere you turn they seem to follow
If you let go
Happiness will come to you tomorrow

Your day is coming though it seems far
Things will be clear when you love who you are
Nothin’ can stop you as long as you listen to your heart

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

You can make if you try, you can make it

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher

Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher
Lift your head to the sky and keep tryin’
Believe in you and it will take you higher “

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