St. Pablo Tour stops in Grand Rapids

Considering I haven’t been to a concert since, B2K was a thing. Going to the St. Pablo
Tour was another great experience for 2016. I was able to see why people pay the big bucks for the closer seats, although my seats were just as great. The concert took place in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI., where the streets flooded with people from all over West Michigan to experience Mr. West and his hovering stage.

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Kanye hit the platform at 9:21p.m., and the crowd went crazy. I’ll be honest, I enjoy Kanye as an artist and producer, but I really wasn’t a die hard fan–until now. The energy in that arena was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it.

He performed several hits like, Jesus Walks, FourFive Seconds, Can’t Tell Me Nothing and several songs from Life of Pablo, obviously. Opening  with Father Stretch My Hands.

As I said before, I hadn’t been to a concert since watching Omarion glide across the stage at Joe Louis Arena, or maybe it was Lloyd…I’m not sure, but it has been a while. Of course, me being “Jill the camera lady” I wanted to capture so many great moments, for this post specifically. I had my phone out the entire time, recording and taking pictures.

I joked about how the set up and lighting made me feel like I was standing in the middle of Zion in the Matrix movie, because that’s exactly how it felt. The yellow lights gave it a real ambient touch. Listening to the crowd sing all the lyrics as if they were on stage performing. Needless-to-say, I had a ball and I need to learn more Yeezy songs new and old.

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Time waits for No One, So use it wisely

Fall is here and the world has never been busier. Students are back to school, Parents are working double time but the days are getting shorter. It’s almost as if we run out of time during the autumn season. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your work days with you as a focus.

Being a student is hard work, whether you are in high school or college, there never seems to be enough time for you no matter how many planners you have. “Students are working an average of 30 hours a week, Georgetown researchers found. However, about 25 percent of working students are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time.” Considering this study was done in 2015, I’m sure that number has increased since then.

If this is you…KEEP READING.

“Having great time management” is something that has been preached to you since about 11th grade. Getting a planner and writing down everything you have to do for that week and sticking to that to-do list. Though this tactic is great, you’re still in shallow waters in the sea of time management. Let’s take this habit a step further. What in your to-do list is major priority?

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These are the task that have to get done ASAP. They usually have a time stamp on them. This can include papers, responding to emails, scheduling appointments etc. Contrary to popular belief, not all task have to get done at that very moment. Find out what is important and needs most of your attention, tackle that first.

Learning how to allocate your free time wisely is the most important skill for managing time. Outside of work and class, what other activities do you have listed that are worth your time? For example, when I was attending Western Michigan University, I purposely scheduled my classes for Tuesday and Thursdays only. That way Monday, Wednesday and Friday were days for work and anything else I wanted to do.  The weekends were days I would do homework and things I personally enjoyed. Moments where I had free time, I made sure I allocated it to something I would be the primary beneficiary.

Most of the time, I took naps but you get the point. Free time shouldn’t be completely spent doing things like studying. Mental health should always be your number one priority.

When do you work best? Are you a rooster or a night owl? Once you find out when you do the best work, you’ll be able to work more effectively and efficiently. Time management is important but never forget to work in a way that’s best for you.

 

 

Senioritis 101

With so many tutorials, tips, and guides on how to survive college for the freshmen…what about those who are approaching their final years? Well, sure, they’ve been at it this long, you’d figure they’d have it down pat by now. But, upper-class is very different from the underclass. Freshman and sophomore year, students are wide-eyed and bushy-tailed…about everything. Their everywhere! At every event, every party, every organization’s meeting, all the cafes…their ready for anything. At some point between sophomore and junior year we get tired, we’ve “seen it all, done it all”, been to every house party, had enough lectures that would seem to last a lifetime, experienced 3 or 4 chaotic finals crisis, and also probably turned 21 J  or quickly approaching it. That 21 year milestone is one that separates us. We’re a bit better, more experienced, not easily amused, a bit more sophisticated…or so we think.

As a senior myself, here are some tips for the oldies to survive their final semesters of undergrad!

  1. Go to as many events as possible

I think it’s a great idea to relive the young years. As soon to be graduates, we’ve turned our nose up at things we used to be so giddy over. Go to the football games. If you’ve never been to the hockey game, go. What about the gymnastics team, did you know your school even had one, go to one of their meets. Go tailgating. Do some things that you hadn’t had the chance to do.

  1. Get gear

Stock up on some merchandise with your school’s mascot plastered right on the front. What better way to show school spirit? Buy a license plate tag, a window decal, a blanket, a few hoodies and sweat pants, heck…even a baby onesie for your niece or nephew. Remember being in the store and seeing that $29.99 price tag for a shirt…A SHIRT?! Well, now’s the time to go get it. The best thing is, after years have passed and you come up on your class reunion, come in town for homecoming, or simply want to turn heads while out and about while showing school pride, that shirt is worth it.

  1. Be spontaneous

Run for homecoming king or queen. Grab your friends and spend the weekend in the next city over. Host a party at your apartment. So what if it’s a school night, go to the bar pull an all-nighter and grab a red bull on the way to your class the next morning.  Paint your face the school’s colors for one of the games. Streak the football field…. Ok maybe not that one, but you get the idea. Start a YouTube channel about your journey to that stage! Start a band or singing group, start a small business. Become the on campus go-to for haircuts and styles. Make memories that will last until you see your classmates again at the reunion.

  1. Be social

There’s nothing worse than leaving college with no memories, no experiences, and no friends… I mean, what was college for (other than to earn a $40,000+ degree)? Sit next to someone in class, start a conversation, invite someone to a party. Join an organization, chances are your school has thousands of them; whether social or business or both. Don’t go directly home after each class, stick around, and go to the student union; see who’s there. Gossip, text, talk, chat, stay in the know, who’s dating who and whatnot. You may think you’re above it all, but with drama eliminated, it’ll keep you entertained and laughing up until you walk across the stage

If you weren’t an adult before, once you graduate you definitely will be one. Responsibilities and bills will hit you…HARD! Live it up. Be a little selfish, buy a new outfit for that party on Saturday. Become a bartender at your favorite bar. Go bungee jumping… maybe too extreme, but again, you get the point. The options are endless. Don’t let these last few classes get you down in the dumps while adulthood creeps up on you. Take pride in your seniority!

Hope these few tips help keep the upperclassmen world-wide uplifted in spirit and motivated this year! Good luck in school and may your GPA be forever in your favor!

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Bedroom Diaries: Knocked Out By Karma

College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school. College is your home away from home where you can live young, wild, and free!

We’ve all been there a time or two where our parents believe that we’re once place and yet we’re somewhere totally different. Not to mention that when you have a significant other listening to your heart over your head will certainly have you doing some stupid things that you may have to regret in the future. This episode of Bedroom Diaries explains how I, Sydney B., was knocked out by karma! Let’s just say this was one bloody situation. Check it out and tell about how your worst encounter with karma.

 

Get Edumacated

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It’s 7am, and first hour has just begun. Sleepy eyed and groggy with a bag full of books, we were probably dreading the rest of the day and counting down the days until graduation and also thinking how the Pythagorean theorem or the periodic table of elements was going to help us in our everyday life.

How many times have we promised ourselves we were just going to get a factory job to avoid the stress?

Who has ever joked with their friends about finding a “sugar mama” or “sugar daddy” to support their lifestyles?

First start. Preschool. Kindergarten. Elementary school. Middle school. High school and, not to mention, latchkey and day care.

Education is so important, and it would be a relentless job to stress the many reasons why.

So many people argue that school isn’t for everyone. And though, this much is true, considering the 300 million people in America, chances are there’s something for everyone.

According to Findlaw.com, compulsory education is the requirement of all children in the United States to be educated, at least until the reach of high school, then the child has the “choice” to continue on or not.

I went to a public school within my hometown. The school received an exemplary status from the city’s school board but I wasn’t too moved by it, I thought the teachings were pretty common and that we all knew the same kinds of things…but I was wrong.

Coming to college has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as well as an experience that has widely opened my eyes. Sitting in the student union one day, catching up on an assignment while I wait for my next class, I overhear a conversation. Someone asks what country the Olympics were being held in. The other said “the one with the blue and yellow flag”, “ooh, you mean Portuguese”. My face instantly drooped; I was dumbfounded.

Firstly, the 2016 Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their flag’s colors are blue, green, yellow, and white. Portuguese is NOT a country, but it is the language that the Brazil natives speak. Portugal is a country located in Europe, next to Spain, that colonized Brazil and… UGH. I could’ve gone on and on inside my brain. Social media has made it a game to post math problems relative to 5th grade learning that so many people have failed at answering. Some of the comments people post implore that their answer is right and that they know P.E.M.D.A.S and other math tools. Having conversations with people can be frustrating as well. They may try to include more complex words that they may have heard or possibly have read up on but they use it or pronounce it so incorrectly, its horrifying. “He had the odacitely (audacity) to ask me that”, but they know every word to Future’s new song, and can tell you how to “cook and move work” and go “OT” providing Young Dolph and Gucci Mane’s instructions.

Sure, others paid more attention in history class than others, but these things are common knowledge that I thought everyone had. Sort of like comma usage, proper grammar practice, the differences between to, too, and two-their, they’re, there- rather, whether… UGH there I go again…I could go on.

Some argue that college is a conspiracy and that they’d just prefer to become an entrepreneur and open their own business. While you don’t need a degree to do so, higher education provides classes, training, and networking opportunities for the fields of interest. How can one be a business owner with no known knowledge of a business plan or how to manage nonetheless keep track of gross and net income?

A four-year university is not the end all-be all like our families, teachers, or media has lead us to believe. There are shorter-term education options that can still give us a desirable outcome. Community colleges, trade/vocational schools, realty classes, culinary schools, CNA or other medical licensing, schools for beauty and barber… the list goes on and on.

Education is important. There are no ifs ands or buts. Education allows for learning, growth, new opportunities, networking, chances to earn better pay, flexible schedules and programs, online options, and great experiences are just some of the pros for seeking a higher education. Even if you don’t finish out, or seek a degree per se, but simply desire some new useful knowledge and skill sets, there’s something for everyone.

In the world of today, with Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump running for president, the #blacklivesmatter movement, as well as the police brutality epidemic at large, why wouldn’t you want to #staywoke and educated?

What do you think? Is school worth the hassle? Should there be a law requiring everyone to receive education? Have you found yourself constantly correcting others?

B Educated!

Among other things,

B Honest B Humble B You!

-domo.dub

 

Farewell Western| EP. 13|Season 3

Season 3 finale of The Social B. Show! It has been an absolute wonderful season and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the show in the future. Not only was this week a time to say Goodbye to good ol’ Western Michigan University, but also a time to say hello to the show’s new adventure in Detroit. Sydney B. was joined by a few returning guest to end such a great season with a bang! Be sure to check out the full episode and comment below and let us know what you think! Always remember… B Honest. B Humble. B YOU!

 

Top Five Like What Up?| EP.7|Season 3

Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain! This week on The Social B. Show we discussed with friends, Donovan Smith, Lady Elizabeth, Stacey Elliss, and Keith McCoy, about their favorite top five categories. As you know that in the bee hive, Sydney B. loves all things hot and sticky and the Tea and Honey this week is just something that you don’t want to miss! Don’t miss this week’s hot topics during the sting! Be sure to check out the full episode and let us know what you think below. Always remember…. B Honest. B Humble. B YOU!

We Are The Change| EP.3| Season 3

It’s no secret to any of us that our society constantly repeats itself whether that be through fashion, music, or even social injustice. This week on The Social B. Show Sydney B. sat down with a few friends where they discussed the Black Lives Matter movement, and how change within our society is needed in order for us to move forward as one. Not to mention that the Mike and Drew Sports show has also join The Social B. Show team with the latest updates in sports news. Be sure to check out the full interview and comment below with your opinion. Always remember… B Honest. B Humble. B YOU!

Hip-Hop Speaks| EP.1|Season 3

Welcome to Season 3 of The Social B. Show! Hip-Hop is everywhere. It’s a feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It’s blunt, not compromised, and for a lot of us it speaks to our livelihood. This week Sydney B. sat down with Dj Cali and up and coming artist D-NICE, Don-Don, and B. Lewie to discuss our hip-hop industry now and the how they plan to change it with their own music. Be sure to check out the full episode and let us know what you think. Always remember… B Honest. B Humble. B YOU!

Holiday Hustling| EP.7|Season 2

It’s the final show of the season and Sydney B. was sure to end the season on a cheerful note! This week on The Social B. Show she sat down with “What’s Hot on Campus Host” JaBari Anderson and together they shared a few tips on how you can survive the holidays. The topics on The Stings are even juicier than last week so you certainly don’t want to miss this on. Check out the full episode and be sure to tell us what you think below. Always remember…B. Honest, B. Humble, B. YOU!

Winter Bods or Nah?| EP.5|Season 2

Hey There! Thanks for tuning in to The Social B. Show. This week Sydney B. had the opportunity of sitting down with Fitness Instructor Joelle Graves. Not only did these two have the chance to discuss fitness over Tea and Honey, but they’ve even got a special treat for you to watch. We’re introducing Joelle to B. Hive Boot Camp as well. Oh and you won’t want miss hearing what new hot topics Sydney B. has to talk about during “The Sting”. Check out the full interview and let us know what you think below!

Blurred Lines| EP.4|Season 2

Can you hear me now? …Good! 🙂 This week on The Social B. Show we’re getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and discuss the blurred lines between the LGBT community and the Heterosexual community. Will we be able to discuss and agree on a common ground amongst both groups? Check out the full interview and let us know what you think below. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @TheSocialBShow and subscribe to our site. Always remember…#BHonest. #BHumble. #BYOU!

Save That Money Honey| EP.3|Season 2

This week on The Social B. Show we’re learning how to save that money honey! Sydney B.  co-hosted the show with her sister Tiara Jones and together they sat with Financial Advisor Stanley Steppes to learn some better ways to help them save money. Check out the full interview and be sure to comment your thoughts below. Always remember…B.Honest. B.Humble. B.YOU!

Dating Naked| EP.2|Season 2

We’re turning up this week on The Social B. Show and understanding the naked side of dating. Sydney B. sat down with Joe Green, Micah Witt, Giancarlo Williams, and Tia Briggs to discuss just about everything you need to know about dating! We also invited two of our lucky viewers to be featured as guest on the show to play the infamous game “How Well Do You Know Your Boo?” Be sure to tune in to the full episode and comment below and let us know what you think.

Always remember…B. Honest. B. Humble. B.YOU!

Fashion Focusing| EP.1|Season 2

Welcome to Season 2 of The Social B. Show! Trends in fashion, design, and pop culture are taking on a more global influence! This week I sat with up and coming designers Kaylyn Render and Cole Boulette about the current fashion trends, what’s hot and what’s not, and more. Be sure to watch the full episode above and leave your comments below. Always remember… B. Honest, B. Humble, B. YOU!