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.

 

 

Five Fun Fall Activities

Fall is officially here and I AM excited. Autumn is my favorite season of the year. Starting September 1st, I can feel the change in the air. Most people are hype for summer and are sad when summer is over, but Fall can be just as fun as the summer time. This new season offers opportunities for activities such as long walks and bike rides, or raiding Pumpkin patches and hunted houses. bench-560435_1920

Inspired by the change in season, I’ve compiled five absolutely fun things you must do in during the fall season.

  • Take a friend/pet/significant other with you for a walk: Living in Kalamazoo, we have access to several state trails. During the fall, these can be the prettiest places to be. My favorite trial in Kzoo is Kal-Haven Trail and I highly recommend it. Located on 10th street north of W Main. Sit or walk on what was once use as a transportation route between Kalamazoo and South Haven.
  • Visit an Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch: These were the best field trips for us as children, assuming that you’re old like me. There is no reason we should be depriving ourselves from this childhood gem–just because we’re adults. Apple Orchards and Pumpkin patches are perfect on those cloudy windy fall days—perfect for warm apple cider.
  • Camping: There is nothing like getting a group of friends together and going on a camping trip. Michigan has various camping ground locations. If you want to get fancy, plan the ultimate cabin trip.
  • Fall Fairs/Festivals: Small towns may host annual fairs during the fall, for example if you live in the west Michigan area, visiting the ArtPrize Art Festival and Competition in Grand Rapids, MI, would be a great idea. Jf you aren’t anywhere near Michigan check your local listing for what festivals will be in your town for the fall.
  • Stay in and Cuddle: This time of year is the best time for sharing body heat. There is nothing wrong with staying in. If you have a person to spend some quality time with, like watching movies under a warm blanket with food, drinks etc., do it! Make that date, you’ll thank yourself for it….Fellas that goes for you too! 

The autumn season is so beautiful. I challenge you to take a moment and recognize the constant magic our surroundings perform. Use each of these activities to appreciate the constant evolution that happens arounds you.

If you aren’t from Michigan, comment below what activities are popular during the fall in your town/city?

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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

 

Who Do You Love?| EP.2|Season 3

Hey There! This week on The Social B. Show we’re discussing LOVE, but with a twist of course. We decided that it would be more interesting to hear the views and opinions about the Valentine’s Day holiday from the male perspective. Sydney B. was accompanied by none other than growing artist Austin The Icon, Chad, Alex, and Ej. In addition to discussing the art of love, your favorite honey bee also delivered some hot topics during the Sting and was sure to wrap up with the Buzz Kill of The Week. Watch as three lucky contestants also competed to win the heart of one lucky lady. Be sure to watch the full episode and let us know how you feel below. 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!

Beauty Kills| EP.6|Season 2

This week on The Social B. Show, Sydney B. sat with friends Traci Burton, Chelsea Phillips, Matt Bracey, and Daniel Hamilton and discussed how beauty kills. Before she could get deep into discussion with the you know she couldn’t forget this week’s hot topics on The Sting. Be sure to check out the entire episode and let us know what you think. Always remember… B. Honest. B. Humble. B. YOU!

 

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!

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!

Command Your Excellence With Tracey Garley| EP.8|Season 1

Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence!

This week on The Social B. Show I had the pleasure of talking with CEO and Co-Owner of Zarkpa’s Purses and Accessories boutique, Tracy Garley. Tracy dished the latest with her business and we even spoke on a few ‘sticky situations’. Check out the full interview and tell us what you think!

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

Freedom Love and Bullsh*t| EP.7|Season 1

Free your mind. Love everything. Ignore all the BULL!

Freedom of expression encourages you to stand tall, speak loud, and go after what you believe in without letting anyone or anything stop you. This week on The Social B. Show, I sat with the owner and CEO of FLAB Entertainment, GianCarlo Williams.  FLAB Entertainment is an entertainment firm, providing entertainment services to up and coming talent. GianCarlo even dishes some juicy secrets during ‘Secrets of the Hive’. Check out the full interview and let us know what you think!

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

Dare To Do Different| EP.6| Season 1

Have you ever had a vision for yourself that was larger than average everyday life? When was the last time you’ve actually stepped outside of your comfort zone? Are you the ordinary “play-it-safer” or the rebellious leader pursing your dreams?

This week on The Social B. show I had the pleasure of interviewing young theater actress, Tiffany Frances. Tiffany has starred in musical theater productions such as Dream Girls, Guys and Dolls, and many original stage play’s such as “On Stage”. Tiffany enlightens us on what it’s like pursuing a career that others make believe is impractical.

Check out the full interview and tell us what you think!

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