J.Cole New Album Alert: 2014 Forest Hills Drive

J.Cole New Album Alert

That’s right J.Cole has his 3rd Studio Album coming out!!! It is titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive and it is set to be released on December 9, 2014, same day as the first part of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V.

On November 16, 2014, J. Cole released a video where he announced he would be releasing his third album, titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive, on December 9, 2014. The video also featured footage regarding the making-of the album. Additionally, the album’s name sake was revealed to be the address of Cole’s childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina you can watch the documentary on YouTube via the following link http://t.co/nhyCgP9LE9

Promotion

J. Cole revealed he would be releasing this album with no singles and little promotion. The album is available for preorder on iTunes and contains 13 tracks http://t.co/gjLq6iB4qo

J.Cole’s last two Studio albums have been impressive I expect nothing less from the Fayetteville, North Carolina native. December 9th folks, we waiting in curious anticipation!!!!

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When The Creative Flow Runs Dry

Abstract Inspiration

Abstract Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration finds you, sometimes you go find it, sometimes it’s neither one of the above.

When inspiration is hard to come by whether in the active sense of looking for it or in the magical serendipitous instance of “it” finding you, I believe the best way to find a solution for this frustrating situation is to position yourself, mind, body and spirit in such a way that you become highly sensitive to any stimulus to subconsciously attract inspiration.

Step outside the norm, do things you don’t usually do, if you usually drive around take a bus or a train, try out a new flavour of chips, I recommend “Lays ~ Sour Cream and Onion” flavour, it is to die for. Listen to a new genre of music, visit an Art gallery, or a museum be a recycling bin of seemingly useless information, music, art, books, conversation or whatever. You will find that inspiration is in the most simple of things, places even, and realising that is the beauty and magic of it all.

So inspired by whatever, be it a song, a painting, a book, an article in a magazine, a beautiful big moon precariously hung on black velvet  or a starry night or how something or someone makes you feel, the creative juice in you will effortlessly just flow, without putting much thought into it.

Keep in mind, Inspiration is Never on Schedule but Always on Time.

Be Inspired!!!

 

 

The Chameleon; Master of Branding

The  Chameleon; Master of Branding

 

chameleonI see Branding as giving undisputed identity, revealing unique DNA of a product or service. It is assigning character to a brand, giving insight on how a product or service will be part of humanity to solve problems. It is the answer to why a product is in existence.

Life experience has taught me that interaction among humans at least is based upon perception. What comes to mind when I step up to you wearing a power Ozwald Boateng suit, Polo shirt, tie, a TAG Heuer watch, and a pair of Italian shoes or when I am wearing a t-shirt, a Yankee cap worn front backwards, along with a pair of stained jeans and Jordan sneakers? Different perceptions will be formed about me based on the different dress appearances. That is what branding does, it dresses a product or service to appear in a specific way to appeal to a particular group of people intended or targeted. Surfing on that wave of thought it is almost safe to say branding is somewhat of a stylist.

If we were using the fluid concept, looking at image and nature of a product or service, where would you start, would you start from the “image” you want to portray or from the “nature” of the product itself? Which one of the two would take form of the other, the image to be conveyed or the basic intrinsic nature of the product or service? Of course factors like quality, performance, reliability e.t.c will come into play but with them being constant I believe beginning with the basic nature of the product or service is ideal since this perspective reveals that rare authenticity of a product or service which in turn will build trust which is critical in gaining consumers’ loyalty.

A Chameleon by nature reads its environment and adapts accordingly to its surroundings. Colour change signals a chameleon’s physiological condition and intentions towards other chameleons. Chameleons tend to show darker colours when angered, or attempting to scare or intimidate others. Males show lighter, multicoloured patterns when courting females, and that is where I draw an analogy between chameleons and branding. A chameleon’s change of colour might point at ambiguity which may be seen as confused positioning. But if you look closely, it points at a chameleon’s honesty and being true to its nature, which is who it is and what it does when in interaction with its environment, “peers” and solving problems.

A chameleon studies its surroundings and identifies problems, this is research in branding. It changes colour as a reaction to solve problems and to attract its targeted female when courting. Translated to branding this can be seen as segmentation of a market by picking a demographic to appeal to based on various segmentation characteristics and creating strategy to appeal to the targeted audience.

A chameleon’s ability to adapt to given circumstances in its environment to unequivocally distinguish itself, attract and solve problems thus positioning it’s self as possessing such qualities gives it the title of Master of Branding.

Life is Beautiful

Through Life’s peaks and valleys, here is a piece by Max Ehrmann that always gives me a different perspective on the myriad situations I find myself in, it reminds me that life is beautiful. I hope it will also help you uplift and inspire your soul to see the beauty in life.

The Desiderata ~ Desired Things

Max Ehrmann

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.’ ~ Max Ehrmann  American Writer, Poet, and Attorney; September 26, 1872 – September 9, 1945

Takwana on Love

Heart Splurge

“Love is best defined by oneself. It is one force that strikes people differently, but feels the same to each and every one. Love has a mind of its own, its own point of view shared by two. It is finding perfection buried beneath imperfection. It is what remains after infatuation burns out, its life from the ashes, its cushion for hard times, its what remains when flaws and shortcomings are shed light on. Love is impractical, illogical, it is senseless yet it makes sense to pursue it regardless of all logic staked up against it. It is more than a word to be said, or even expressed because we will always fall short and misrepresent it. Love is ageless, timeless, it is forgiveness. Love is Beautiful. Love is Eternal.” ~ Takwana Nhamo, Content Creator, Poet, Marketer

Don’t Be Afriad

charles hall

Don’t be afraid.

To the blacks, browns, reds and yellows periwinkles teals and fuchsias, if you want to be in advertising, there is one thing to remember.

Don’t be afraid.

Of hard work, rejection, racism, responsibility, sexism.
Don’t be afraid of being the only one in the room.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, find answers.
Listen, Hear, Trust.
Don’t be afraid to follow.
Don’t be afraid to lead.
Don’t be afraid to learn, to grow, to mature, to change
Don’t be afraid to try, to fail, to try again, fail again, try again and fail again.

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Charles Hall on Love and Greatness

Charles Hall

Love and greatness

“The pursuit of love and greatness is a noble, exhilarating, uncomfortable, courageous, foolish, extremely gratifying, journey. If you are willing to experience rejection, setbacks, embarrassment, humiliation, failure, ridicule, imbalance, loneliness, heartbreak, disappointment, more failure, make sacrifices, dare fate and laugh, there is a good chance you can have the loves of your life and almost everything else you desire.

Define love for yourself and apply it to everything you do. Define greatness for yourself and work towards it in every living moment. Remove the word “can’t” from your vocabulary and stop making excuses for anything. Only complain when things are too easy. Challenge yourself. Stay out of your comfort zone. Refuse to let lesser minds stifle your growth. Hunt your dreams. Run from mediocrity. Celebrate the uniqueness of you. Commit to this way of life and you will create a world unlike anything anyone ever told you was possible.

This is not about being great at branding, advertising, strategy, interactive or any of the other communication arts. This is about being great at living.” ~ Charles Hall Creative Director, Copywriter, Writer, Filmmaker, Artist, Teacher, Coach.

Be Inspired to pursue Love and Greatness!