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The Best Movie You’ll See All Year

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The Best Movie You'll See All Year

Resurecction 2If I could only watch one genre of film for the rest of my life, the Documentary would be the winner by leaps and bounds. What makes for a better movie than real life? I’ll watch almost anything about real people doing real things. So when I heard that a documentary was being made about one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, Jake The Snake Roberts, I could hardly wait until it hit the big screen.

Turns out, the biggest match of Jake’s career is the fight to save his own life. The Resurrection of Jake the Snake follows the former WWF Superstar over a period of months as he battles his addiction to alcohol and drugs. In true wrestling fashion, Diamond Dallas Page enters the “ring” to lend his friend and mentor a hand in battling his demons. But they’re not alone. Dallas and Jake reconnect with another former WWF star, Scott Hall a.k.a Razor Ramon, who is also battling addictions of his own. With Dallas in their corner, Jake and Scott travel down the road to redemption getting all the bumps and bruises you’d expect when getting in a Royal Rumble with life.

Resurrection 1Now I’ll be the first to admit that it may be the nostalgia talking when I say that this is the best movie you’ll see all year, but it was certainly, at least for me, the most memorable. Maybe it was because that era of wrestling reminds me so much of my childhood. A more simple time where my biggest decision may have been Capt’n Crunch or Lucky Charms.

Resurecction 3One of the things I loved most about this movie is that you do not have to be a fan of wrestling to enjoy it. Just a compassionate human being that roots for the underdog. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to DDT a friend of yours that may be an addict and tell them to get their shit together.

At the risk of revealing a “spoiler,” you’ll be glad to know that Jake is alive and well. So well in fact that he, Dallas and Scott showed up for a Q&A at the theatre where I saw the movie. It was a surprise to me when the lights came on after the credits, to see a childhood icon standing there and for an instant I turned 10 years old again. If only this theater served Lucky Charms.

Jake, Dallas and Scott are currently touring with the movie, doing signings and Q&A. They will be in multiple places this week in the NYC area and may be coming to a town near you. You can check their page at http://www.jakethesnakemovie.com/ for more information.

Thought provoking, inspiring, witty, charming, charismatic and handsome. None of these terms have ever been used to describe Richard Sean Airy. Instead, he is a fat, cat owning, water head having, Krispy Kreme eating son of a B!#$% whose ego is as wide as it is tall. If you like biting sarcasm, cringe worthy puns and a whole lot of cynicism on the side then this Dick will be right up your alley. @dickseanairy on Twitter

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How to Tell If You’re Motivated by Negativity

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We hold in high regard the tactics that allow us to succeed while disregarding that those same tactics stop us from succeeding correctly.  When you and everything around you is results oriented, how those results are obtained isn’t scrutinized when they probably should be. Seeing as how we can’t drug test for positive or negative motivators and no one really cares how you succeed as long as you are successful, why should you even care?

Well aside from your eventual therapist and the people who used to love you but have since left due to your unknowingly toxic behavior, your eventual cardiologist and pharmacist who will have to treat you for stress related illnesses,  you should probably care also.  If you are paying attention and observing the trail of emotional destruction left when using certain motivators,  particularly fear and negativity,  you would care much much sooner.

With that said, here are some hopefully helpful tips so you can identify and begin to correct.

1.  When someone asks you what you want, you typically respond with what you don’t want. “What do you want for dinner?” “Well we had pizza yesterday so I don’t want that and I had Chinese for lunch so that’s out…” Process of elimination is time consuming and quite frankly, if you want pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you should have it. We’ll deal with health choices later. Right now, let’s focus on HOW you make choices in the first place.

2.  The first thought that enters your mind after you say you want something are the reasons why it can’t be obtained. “I want to workout but I have no time. I want to pursue my interests but I don’t have the money.” Everything you currently have, you made the time and money for. It is possible for future aspirations as well.

3.  The motivator is not the desired result, but the ails that might occur if that result is not obtained. “You better get an education or your friends will leave you behind.” “If I don’t catch the early train, my commute is gonna suck!” Or none of that may occur and you day could progress perfectly fine. Since you can’t recoup emotional capital already extended, better not to expend it at all.

4.  You feel you need more in order to begin any task. You just really need to accept that you are enough.

5.  You focus on any time frame other than the present. Speculating on future failures only brings you current stress. Speculating on past failures only brings you current stress. Now speculating on past or future successes may seem beneficial but the fact is, if you are speculating at all, you are probably not present and that is the main ingredient required for success anyway. So don’t speculate!!!

The root of all negativity is fear and when fear is your motivation, you will constantly need to be afraid in order to progress. When confidence is your motivation, all you ever need to progress is to remain present.

I wish you all success in everything you hope to accomplish.

 

Sidebar: Michal Jordan once stated that fear of failure motivated him to accomplish 6 NBA championships. My question to him would’ve been  “How much more rings would you have had if confidence was your motivator and not fear?”  Sidebar Complete.

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Hip Hop Now

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Here’s five acts doing their thing in the first installment of Hip Hop Now.

Chicago rapper Saba‘s new record Care For Me features Chance The Rapper on “Logout.”

From Everything is Fine, a collaboration between rapper/satirists Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, here’s “Zero.”

Tyler, the Creator stays weird and rhymes chicken nugget with fuckit on rap nugget “Okra.”

Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions lost his cousin to police violence and channels that energy into the controversial “Like Me.”

Rapper/actor A$AP Rocky samples Moby‘s “Porcelain” on “A$AP Forver.”

Brooklyn's own MC Krispy E has an opinion about most things you can put in your ear, eye, and mouth holes.

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Aegyo – What the What?

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You know how you and your significant other do the baby talk thing? Come on, you do it, admit it. Sometimes you talk to each other in a childish voice or make silly little gestures that you would never use at, for example, a business meeting or at the dentist. Well, this is a whole cottage industry in South Korea and they call it Aegyo. 

Aegyo, a tool long leveraged by South Korean ladies to get what they want through sheer cuteness, has been leveraged by male and female K-Pop Idol groups to ginormous success. In fact, there are songs where one can do little cutsey gestures to the whole thing. Two popular aegyo anthems are The Gwiyomi Song and Oppaya, and there are videos aplenty on YouTube where folks of all ages and backgrounds vie for cringe-worthy cuteness. Some of these videos have millions upon millions of views. There’s even K-Pop Idol shows where folks watch each other express aegyo and react with howls of laughter.

Holy cow, the more I talk about this, the weirder it gets. Yet, I can’t look away.

Other cultures are jumping on the band wagon, too. Check out the videos below for some adorable examples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcgGASL8EXo

 

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