Friday, June 16, 2017

Let’s get into this jacket ladies and gentleman. Let’s talk about this crazy deal I stumbled upon while riding around Atlanta and my friend randomly wanting to stop at Urban Outifitters. Now I have a rule about shopping at Urban Outiftters, if it isn’t on sale, PUT IT BACK! Literally, the majority of that stuff you can find at a thrift store, or on some hipster’s Etsy account. Where’s the lie? However, I don’t have time to search thrift stores and online shopping is a hassle so I just wait until Urban is having a sale. I could always wait on clothes. But that’s the problem, I always tell myself I could wait on clothes and end up with shoes for days with nothing to wear. So, I’ve been shopping. Reinventing my look (again). Trying to incorporate a little more color to my wardrobe. The sad part is someway, somehow I always result to buying something black or olive green or grey, those are like my go to colors. However, I saw this jacket and I had to have it. The site says $29.99 but I definitely paid $20. (Urban is weird like that) 

I’ve been neglecting my denim. These are my favorite Joe’s jeans that I bought three years ago. I have ripped these jeans more times than I can count but I love them so I just get them patched up. I have a jeans about designer jeans and that’s just buy one pair a year. They’re supposed to last like forever so you don’t need to spend all your money on a pair everytime you go shopping. I have bought some cheap little H&M jeans and some BDG as well but their exactly that, cheap little jeans that if I wash and dry probably won’t fit the same. 

I enjoyed this look. Felt great to wear. Got a lot of compliments and that jacket will be a staple in my wardrobe that will transition well into any season. 

Dear Black America

As you can see, people still don’t view us as humans. We are publicly humiliated and mutilated. They portray us as thugs, single moms, idiots, monkeys, terrorist. Even though we have have proved on numerous occasions that we are so much more than that. We are human beings and we deserve to be treated as such. Last summer, we witnessed several cases of black people’s lives being taken because some coward with a gun thought it would be cool to take someones life away because he or she was scared. We’re a threat because of our skin color and thats not okay. Our tax dollars have paid for these dash cams and body cams and we tune into Facebook Live feeds where we have witnessed one of our own’s life being taken for reaching for his wallet. Philando Castile’s life was taken last summer along with others and yet again, another cop gets set free while Castile is six feet under and his family is left without any justice in this injustice system. I have said it once before and I’ll say it again, I’m tired. Yet, I am not too tired not to fight for justice and equality for all people. I will continue to stand and fight on the behalf of all black people and people of color and everyone who is being treated as second and third class citizens in this country that our ancestors had built and fought for.

Stay together, unite as one. Summer time is open season to these gun crazy, scared, weak, disrespectful cops and I don’t have the proper shoes to march and stomp this summer. Be alert! Stay alert! Stay positive! Turn that anger over and start figuring some shit out. We have to stick together and realize that this system was not made for us to succeed and its also not made for us to bow down to. However, it is made for us to stand the fuck up. Rise to the occasion and realize that no matter what our role is in this revolution, we are apart of this revolution and in order to make changes we need you to be well and alive. Have fun this summer, dance hard to keep the vibrations high but do not become another hash tag. Fight the right fight, make the right change, be the change. I am here as Darrius Newton, Beanz, the owner of this blog, and I will stand with you and we will get through all of this together. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we will celebrate at the end together but do not give these idiots a reason to take another life. I’m not even sure how that works anymore because even when you follow “the rules” you’re still at risk BUT do not grow weary. Pray together, stay together.

LOVE YOU.

 

Who asked you?

I have a problem. My problem is, I do what I want. With this problem, people feel the need to tell me how they feel about what I’m doing but what they really like to talk about is what I’m wearing. It is very seldom that I ask people how they feel about my outfit or should I wear something or not. My style is exactly that, mine. It’s my way of self expression, my mood, my stance , whatever! It’s mine and I don’t need anyone telling me anything about it except, “You look nice.” where I humbly reply, “Thank you.” and go about my business. I always look nice in my opinion even on the days where I’m not that satisfied with my outfit because I remind myself, when I got dressed today, thats how i felt and somewhere between then and now I changed.

What really grinds my gears is when people try to define me based on what I wear. Whether its my religious views or sexuality, someway somehow people identify what I have on with something. Since when did clothing classify me or anyone? How masculine I am? How I was raised? Who I sleep with? First and foremost, thats no ones business but God and I. Secondly, let me be. Please and thank you.

-Beanz

Shirt- H&M $17.99

Pants- Levis 512 $69.50

Shoes- Gucci Horsebit Slipper $650

Issa Word

We all like to be comfortable, it feels good to be comfortable. A familiar place, a place that registers with your mind, your soul. We stay in our comfort zones and ignore what is really happening around us and within us. We ignore the tell-tell signs that our comfort zones are actually a distraction. We aren’t paying attention to the signs that are around us telling us to leave our comfort zones or whatever is making us comfortable. Being uncomfortable sometimes is what we need sometimes. We need to be in a place where not only are we not familiar but where we don’t know what to do. We rely on every unction and we are so in tuned with that voice in our heads that we end up learning so much from that uncomfortable, unfamiliar place. It is in that same uncomfortable place where we grow. The trials and tribulations that came forth in that time has prepared us for what is next. What is to come. Our destiny. We sometimes get so lost in the world and all that is going on that we just try to figure things out on our own when sometimes all we need to do Is put our neck out there and let life have at it. It’s okay to fail in these times and it’s okay to fall but remember everything has a purpose. Learn from the failure and learn from that fall so your next fall wont hurt as bad and the fall after that would only be a trip and then after that we stand tall as a tree-20 foot tall. 

I have been in so many comfortable situations that have not been healthy to my growth and I Have witnessed so many people stay in a place where they aren’t even happy but that’s all they know or that’s all they can see themselves at. But there’s so much more in the world. We have to stop being blinded by stuff and things and people and places that aren’t really the best things for us. Let it go. Move on. It’s scary I know but do it. Do it for your well being and do it for those watching you. 

I leave you all with this, my grandfather said something one time that stayed with me forever. He is a man of few words but he once said something along the lines of, I die everyday( can’t remember exactly what he said to be honest but I remember what it meant). Everyday we have a choice to lay down another burden, to turn a new leaf, to learn something new. The person I was yesterday will not be the person I am today hence, I die everyday. Everyday take a step out your comfort zone. Everyday work on bettering yourself, your community and those in it. 

-Beanz Out 

Black Privilege 

Black privilege…wasn’t expecting that were you? People go on and on about white privilege so much that we forget about the privileges we have as black people. There is totally a such thing as black privilege and now that I think of I don’t even know if it’s a privilege but let’s just say, it’s a great time to black.
Now, I know I’m going to raise some eyebrows but just read on, ok? Cool!

I go to Clark Atlanta University which is a HBCU( historically black college or university).  I’m also in the business school which is one of the larger schools at Clark. We have job fairs, representatives from Fortune 500 companies, professors who have worked for some of these Fortune 500 companies- basically we got our shit together. It’s always funny when these representatives come to our campus because they send the ones we can relate with. Usually a natural hair woman or that super cool black dude, great! It’s great to identify with someone who works for these white washed companies. These companies have received so much backlash for not being “diverse” which is code for, AINT NO BLACK PEOPLE! This is where our privilege comes in. 

Now we know we have to work 10 times harder than Bob and Rachel but when these companies see you attending a HBCU and know you’re of African decent and are about to obtain a degree(especially in business) they are literally throwing themselves at you. They basically are selling you on the job and begging you to apply and hopefully get hired so that your black ass can come in the office and spice things up. Now you’re professors are fully aware of this and they groom you on the finesse. How to finesse your interview, how to finesse a higher salary, how to finesse your black privilege. And I must say being a black man has even more benefits. It’s unfortunate that women aren’t being paid equally for the same work that her male counterpart does but remember that thing I mentioned about finessing your black privilege? Okay, lean into your screen because I’m taking it to another level…black men and other black women, when you take your black ass into these companies being all magical and great, YOU BETTER TURN THE FUCK UP! I mean just start changing shit, boss up in the office. Make your presence known and rub your privilege in everyone’s face because not only do they barely want you there but they know if you not there, there’s going to be more problems about diversity in the workplace and they don’t have time for that. But let’s remember that we are in this together so black men and women when you being all great and magical and carefree don’t forget your other educated black friends. Be the door opener for them. It is our responsibility to look out for one another so why not use our unspoken of privilege to “diversify” the workplace with more black magic. 

Now black folk! When you get in these peoples office don’t embarrass us! Read that like how MaMa would say it, you know who MaMa is. Mingle, be on time, do the things you know to do because no matter what we are still black and that’s all they’ll remember but still be great for you and those who will come after you and for those who came before you. 

Another privilege that a friend reminded me of was our shopping experience. There is always someone around to help us at the drop of the dime! I mean every step there is someone on our heels making sure that we’re ok and don’t need feel unwanted or like no one wants to help us because you know that’s how everyone is treated when they shop. No personal space. Now clearly I’m joking but I mean sometimes you just have to make a joke out of something’s because it’s just that mind blowing. Fun fact: non colored people steal more than people of color. Just stating facts here. I work in retail, I know!

We must understand our privilege is deeper than getting that big corporate job but it’s also the understanding of being black that no one but black people will understand and that’s a privilege to be able to identify with a person no matter where you are and what you’re doing. White privilege is full of I deserve and I’m better than, don’t be like that black people. We deserve because we worked for it, we prayed for this, our family prayed for this whatever THIS is, we worked for it and we will be great at it. Just think of our ancestors and what they fought for, what they marched for, the standard they held themselves at and those around them, we need to always keep that in mind. It’s our time to use our privilege, our smarts and all the magic that is rooted in our melanin to flip the script in every setting. Now go be great Beany Babiez.

-Beanz Out