Sunday, March 27, 2011

We're Number 1!

Imagine if you will; a roaring crowd of thousands of fans, holding up signs and screaming in support at the top of their lungs, all rooting for…you. That’s right, posters with your face on them, chants of your name, and the un-wavering belief that you can do it! Much like the 15th round in a “Rocky” movie, your name has become the soundtrack to victory! Continue to imagine the faces of the crowd, each and every one of these shouting screaming and endorsing fans are…you. Your face, your voice, YOU. Now take that image, burn it into your brain, go walk in front of a mirror, and look at yourself. How comfortable or out of place does this seem?

In this cold, abusive, insulting and demeaning world we strive to find a cheering section. As children we look to our parents for support, our friends for validation, even our siblings for the thumbs up. This attitude carries over into adulthood as we are constantly searching for that external appreciation of who we are and what we’ve accomplished. Why?

Sure a pat on the back feels good, but in the grand scheme of things what does it mean? Am I any more or less correct in the decisions that I make just because someone agrees with me? Does that really alter the outcome or my situation? If you have a job where public opinion dictates your employment or income then you have to take that into consideration a little more, but for the other 5 billion people walking around…

Who came up with this idiotic idea that we need external validation to be whole? Last time I checked I was complete and anybody else with me was a +1. The point is, we should all be our number one fans! We need to embrace the idea and support ourselves like we support our favorite sports team or a character on television.

I’ve never heard a Yankee fan ask if it’s okay to like them, they just do it. So why would that same person question their right to date the person they’re attracted to, or the profession they wants to go in to? Getting an outside opinion is great, it gives us perspective, but there is no greater opinion about ourselves than the one that we have. We are responsible for how we feel about us. Maybe we didn’t get the hugs, high fives, or kudos when we were young, but we have to believe in ourselves…even if no one else does.

Each day that we are fortunate enough to wake up, we should be proud of the life we have and the opportunity to make it better. So as you get up tomorrow morning and stand in front of that bathroom mirror, stare at yourself and be proud…and if you want to hum “Eye of the Tiger”…I won’t tell anyone.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Musical Moment: STAL aka Stallion

STAL aka Stallion is an exciting up and coming artist with a fresh new sound. This California native has taken his style and technique across the country and created something that is unique and electric. Pairing his lyrics with producers Bolo and Grammy Award Winner Maestro (Lil Wayne Tha Carter III), a melodic masterpiece was made. A creation that has already made people take notice.

In just 12 months STAL was featured on 16 mixtapes working with some of the industry's finest DJ's and artists. With a resume including projects with G Unit, DJ Gemstarr, Coast2Coast DJ's, Digital Dynasty and DJ Green Lantern it only makes sense that his recordings and performances have just as much star power. He's shared the stage with artists ranging from David Banner to Colby O'Donis to The-Dream!

He recently released his first solo project "Sex & Breakfast" (the interlude); a mixtape that received great acclaim and recognition, not only for an INDEPENDENT but for ANY artist. STAL takes you on a musical journey with songs featuring Bobby Valentino, Nicole Wray, J BO and more. Coupled with tracks from some of the hottest producers like BOLO, Maestro, and Ensayne Wayne, STAL gives you something for the radio, something for the club, and smething for your system!

STAL just finished shooting the video for his upcoming single with the ATL's own singer/songwriter/producer Aktual ("She Ready Now" ft Kafani). The hot new track "Amateur" is going to set the trend for 2011.

Touring dates to be announced and more projects on the horizon, for STAL aka Stallion, the sky's the limit.

Check out the ALL NEW "Amateur" VIDEO NOW!!!

And download "Sex & Breakfast"

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Cold Cup Of Coffee: Vehicular Bitchassness

This is a special edition of A Moment With Morris. This is part of an ongoing series I affectionately titled "A Cold Cup of Coffee". Bringing you real life without the sweeteners, a cold and sometimes bitter, but always necessary sip of reality. This time we're looking at, “Vehicular Bitchassness”.

By now you must be aware of my true disgust for bitchassness behavior. (see A Cold Cup Of Coffee: Bitchassness) I feel it is running rampant through our society and way of life. This virus is carrying over into the work place, schools, and yes…on the road. Bitchassness behind the wheel…

This moment was inspired by the growing number of on the road violations I have encountered. To be clear, I’m not talking about speeding; go as fast as you want, just don’t fly past me at 90mph just to get in front of me and brake down to 45! That’s what’s being addressed, we need to shine the light on “highway hating”; unfocused, irresponsible and ignorant driving.

In case you’re lost, here are a few examples to get us all on the same page…

Example #1

Usually I like to start low and build my way up to the worst offenders, but this time I’m jumping to one of the worst first. I was driving towards an intersection with a car in front of me. The light was green and we were both doing about 45mph. The light turns yellow, we both punch it to about 65. 15yrds before the line the first car has a change of heart and slams on the brakes, so I slam on my brakes to avoid rear ending them. (Not wanting to run the light would have been fine, that’s not the violation) It was when they hit the gas and ran through anyway, only now I couldn’t make the light! Just commit! Vehicular Bitchassness!

Example #2

This is for you drivers that believe you are leading a parade on the freeway. We don’t care about your cruise control setting! If it’s not set fast enough for “fast lane” driving, adjust it or change lanes. Same goes to you parents with the loaded down mini vans, we all know you are not going to make the executive decisions necessary for excessive speeding. Don’t pretend like you’re going to keep up. That middle lane fits you just fine. And let’s not forget about those of you whose spirit is willing, only your car is not…If your automobile lacks the capabilities to be a pace car in the fast lane…in the words of the great Ludacris, “move bitch get out the way!” It’s the “Back to the Future” rule; if your car can’t do 88mph get over McFly!

Example #3

We now turn to the self-centered portion of our program…The unaware individuals that don’t think or see outside of their world. They are more of an irritation than a problem, but still need to be confronted. When you see that a car is waiting to pull out of a parking lot but they can’t because you’re coming…just to have you turn into the SAME lot…use your blinkers! You may not know how to properly communicate, but your car does.

Example #4

On that note…not knowing where you are, but you refuse to man-up and admit it so you drive with your blinker on for miles. 3 in the afternoon and you’re looking to the sky for the North Star. You drive around staring at every street sign with the intensity of a micro-biologist but move at the speed of a motorized wheelchair, meanwhile there’s a line of cars trailing behind like a funeral procession. Obviously lost you continue to slow down at every turn, but NEVER actually turn! GPS! GPS! GPSSSSSSS!

Example #5

This is one of my personal pet peeves. In this great country we have many rights. Though driving is a privilege, once behind the wheel, it is my choice to make stupid decisions. If I break the law, it is me that will suffer the consequences. This violation of Vehicular Bitchassness is for the people that feel they are going to regulate others behavior. They think they are better than all of us, so they are going to dictate how we drive. The drivers that will keep pace with the cars beside them to prevent other cars from speeding…always know that I hate you…

In this world, the growing trend is selfish, self-centered, egotistical behavior. We have allowed this thinking to play out in our mannerisms and actions. If we walk around with these thoughts, it only makes sense that we would drive with them as well. We have got to get a hold of this. These may seem like jokes or driving 101, but it speaks volumes to the way we feel about ourselves and others.

Vehicular Bitchassness must be stopped. We need to come up with a way to test for it. Just like a breathalyzer linked to the ignition for drunk drivers, we can install a tester. This would solve multiple problems; less crowded roads and it might even drop gas prices due to lack of demand. Let’s get someone on this. Forget DUI’s let’s put an end to “Driving Under the Influence of Bitchassness”!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What's In A Name?

“A rose by any other name…” One of the most famous lines by the great William Shakespeare, from “Romeo & Juliet”, poetically asking the question, what’s in a name? Something is what it is, regardless of what we call it, right? Or does the term make it so?

We as a society are incredibly hypocritical when it comes to name calling. We teach our children that it is wrong and impolite, but we seem to do it as adults at every turn. We’ve gone as far as to incorporate it into our daily dialogue, including even racial, gender, and homosexual slurs. To take it even a step further, we even refer to ourselves in such fashion.

This moment is brought to you by the good folks who call themselves the most disrespectful names but yet want to fight if someone else calls them that.

Rather than go down the road of racial or homophobic slurs, let’s keep this to a common and very well practiced violation…women calling themselves bitches. At one point in time, this was one of the most disrespectful ways to refer to a woman, but now it’s as acceptable as “hey you”. Men have verbally violated women to the point that many recognize and view themselves as such. As in most cases, when you objectify someone long enough they begin to identify with it. Women are now not only accepting the label, but proudly boasting and representing it.

I hear women saying things like, “I’m that bitch”, “me and my bitches”, even “I’m a REAL bitch”…really? So let me get this straight, there is pride in being associated and labeled as a dog, an animal? Ladies out there really feel that they are to be respected then in the same breath put themselves on the level of a creature that is leashed and fed from the ground?

I’m not the smartest man in the world, but I find a major confliction here. If you want to be respected, then you carry yourself in a manner and speak in a way that is in conjunction with what you want. If you call yourself a demeaning term, you forfeit the right to take anger against someone else following suit.

I get the fact that people play around and joke, even taking it to what may seem to be a disrespectful level, but if you go around calling and allowing yourself to be called something, on some level you identify with and accept it. You soak that into your brain and psyche, you corrupt yourself from the inside. Women who call themselves bitches in most cases deep down will say honestly that they feel they are one.

I’m just taking this “bitch” term on, but this carries over to all derogatory terms, especially racial ones. Just because someone tries to objectify and strip you of your true humanity and self, you don’t have to accept and especially glorify it. You’re not making it your own, or flipping it into a positive you are only reinforcing its true meaning and devaluing yourself.

A rose by any other name would still be a rose, but there is no substitute for self respect.

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