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Friday, February 26, 2010

Swagger

I've been told by many people that humility is always best, but I disagree with that sentiment. Humility is good to be used at times, but being humble is not attractive. Think about the celebrities that we're most intrigued by. They all have this cocky swagger like "pay attention to me bitch, I'm interesting, I'm talented, I'm cold and you like me." I find that the people who dislike them are people who are lacking in their self-confidence, and those individuals aren't turned off by every instance of cockiness and arrogance. For instance, I know a woman who can't stand Beyonce (although I think she's more humble than people give her credit for), but she loves Wendy Williams arrogant, flamboyantly ghetto ass. I personally don't like the man cow, but I love Mariah Carey and she's as arrogant as they get.

I'll use the world of professional sports to illustrate my examples. I can't stand Kobe Bryant's arrogance (I love his ruthlessness though), but I love Chad Ochocinco and I don't think there's a more arrogant or cocky athlete on earth than Ochocinco. I saw him on ESPN with Darrelle Revis today and he thinks that he's the best at everything. The interviewer ran down a laundry list of things and asked both athletes who would win between the two, and Chad Ochocinco did not have enough humility to concede anything to Revis.. even football and Reavis shut him down! Why am I drawn to Chad Ochocinco? Because he has this swagger that makes him interesting. Why do you like your celebrities? Because they have swagger. What separates one salesperson from another? Yep, swagger! You cannot earn the respect of anyone without swagger. Name one humble celebrity that is exciting and keeps you interested? Don't worry.. I'll wait!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Black Media Outlets and Publications Need to Do Better

I follow Rolling Out on Twitter and I used to get their newspapers from Harold's Chicken on 87th & Dan Ryan on a weekly basis. Of course that was 10-12 years ago, I still had a high top fade, and DMX was going platinum. Now that I'm an adult, I only check their website occasionally because quite frankly entertainment news don't excite me as much anymore. This past weekend was no different as I saw a tweet of their most recent article "Pants on the Ground" http://rollingout.com/insidecover/7855-pants-on-the-ground-why-wont-young-black-men-pull-their-pants-up.html so I read it, and you can check out this op-ed piece by clicking the link I just posted. Its a short article, so read it, then come back to this point in my blog and continue reading.

The "Pants on the Ground" article is one of many articles that sheds light not only on the horrible sagging pants style. More importantly it shows that our Black Media need to do a better job of feeding us relevant information or stay in its lane and continue covering monotonous entertainment news that its fan base can't seem to get enough of. I dislike the sagging pants style as much as anyone, but there are more important issues that should be covered and written up for young people that they can take something from and utilize --especially for those young men with the sagging pants. For instance, the black unemployment rate has always been double that of the nation's unemployment rate in a good economy, and that's only counting those who collect unemployment and are actively looking for a job. As we know, there are a huge number of blacks that haven't been counted and who are not currently looking for work and never intend to do so --IN A GOOD ECONOMY! Why aren't there very many write-ups on finding jobs, networking, trade programs, etc.?

Its because the black public like sensationalist news. We like all those tv shows, radio shows, articles where there's gossip and room for us to tell someone else what they need to be doing without anyone scrutinizing their living situations. "Pull dem pants up!" "Hell yeah, I can't stand men with them saggy pants! Grrrl, let me tell you bout this clown who tried to holla at me in them saggin pants!" Yep we like all that clown shit because it sheds no light on our own problems and therefore we never come to any realistic solutions. I would have liked to have seen Rolling Out write an article to challenge the Obama administration to take a hard stance on essential Civil Rights in this country. I would like for Rolling out and other black publications to call for our legislators to stop deficit spending and open those govt agency jobs to the public. I'd like for our journalists to challenge our people and ask why we are never seen fighting for jobs, but we can fight each other at the welfare office and the food pantry.

Moving forward in this great country of ours we need to keep our focus on jobs and minority contracts or we'll be in poverty worse than during the Jim Crow era. Black media outlets know better and should do better and I call for them to stop pushing forward useless, nonsensical news and give us useful, meaty information that will ignite a positive movement amongst us.. like the Chicago Defender during the first Great Migration. Rolling Out #FAIL

Monday, February 15, 2010

Its All Good and Its Going to Get Even Better!

I don't have much to say tonight. I'm sitting in class right now trying to blog without the instructor catching me and maybe these "older" classmates of mine can keep distracting her by raising their hands and asking for help while I multitask, blog and follow along.

I've been sick for the past week and a half and I've really missed two weeks worth of book-selling opportunities and 2 days of square job work fighting this nasty head cold. With that being said, my "change" is getting low. I still have the majority of my money in a CD that I can't touch for several months, and my walking around money is getting low. I'm down to my last $100 and feeling the pinch. Despite that, I'M GOOD like the Clipse song. I spend almost $200 dining out, mostly eating Applebee's and Olive Garden.. NO WONDER I'M FATTER THAN A MOTHERFUCKER! I've just been spending more than I've been bringing in, but my money will be right by the end of this weekend working the streets Thursday - Saturday.

I'm starting to feel better today, and hopefully my cold will be totally out of my system by Wednesday, so Thursday I can ramp up mobile club subscribers (for the 60 Minutes with Glenn radio show) and get some book sales in the process. I'm no longer trippin' about my facebook account getting disabled, I'm good. All in all, I feel really good about where I am in my life right now and where I'm going to be in the next 6 months, year, decade, and 90 years from now. I don't let things bother me for long, although relationships bother me for a little while, but not enough to get me off the personal goals that I need to accomplish. I can be a bit of an asshole for a brief minute, but I tend to dust myself off and come back better than before.

The funny thing is, people see me now and think I'm doing awfully good for their standards, but give me a few months and I'll be driving a better whip, taking my long overdue vacation to Miami for Memorial Day weekend as one of my longtime readers from Sacramento suggested. I'll buy tickets for two this weekend on Expedia or something. I don't know who's going to come down to Miami Beach with me that weekend, but whoever it is will be worthy of enjoying a weekend alongside me. I'm looking forward to the good experiences that I haven't experienced yet. Like my old supervisor Fred Gill said, people overrate their past experiences, make their present circumstances out to be more miserable than they really are, and don't wanna see the future. You and I won't make that mistake.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Facebook Disabled My Account

For those of you wondering why I haven't been on facebook speaking my mind and posting crazy status updates, its because a facebooker got offended by one of my comments on a mutual friends list facebooker's status updates and she http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143062084 blocked me and reported my abrasive comment to facebook. Since when have people gotten so sensitive, especially black people. I mean you all watch movies like Friday and Boyz N The Hood where the dialogue is much more raunchy, vulgar, and abrasive than anything I've said, yet you get all sensitive when I make my comments for purposes of sheer entertainment, c'mon man! If I had been on Comic View or on some coonish black comedy, you all would have been tickled pink laughing your fucking asses off, but I get it. Its okay to label such comments and behavior as raw comedy when it comes from a comedian, but when I say it you all tend to suck the dick of moral indignation. To http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143062084 FUCK YOU!

In the meanwhile, I'll only be promoting my Twitter page and I'll be doing most of my interaction with folks at http://Twitter.com/GlennGamble because facebook refuses to respond back to me in my attempts to restore my account.


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John Mayer Playboy Interview -- My Thoughts

I will not give a play by play of John Mayer's comments. Instead you can click the following link to read the interview transcript before reading the rest of the blog John Mayer Playboy Interview.

I'm not going to break down the interview, perhaps it has something to do with my eyes being tired and the nagging headache that I have from a combination of my head cold and taking too much of that liquid crack that puts me to sleep and makes me really drowsy. I'm just going to say that John Mayer has the right to say that he does not prefer black women. I didn't appreciate his reference to a hood pass really being a nigger pass, and the words he used to describe his repulsion for black women were utterly horrible. I read this interview, it was hard to follow because he tends to ramble and he had to have snorted a few lines of coke, but his rubbing it in by saying "I've never been to a restaurant and been told we're full" was over the top.

At first I joked with friends and facebookers that black women are just mad because many of them have a secret fantasy of some rich white guy coming into their neighborhood and rescuing them from their slum/boyfriend/ex-boyfriend/poverty/single lifestyle/etc. and moving her into his Lincolnwood or Barrington, IL home and marrying her --oh yeah, this rich white guy looks like dude off New Moon. After finally reading the interview transcript, it is clear as day that not only does he believe that he as a white man is superior to black women and black people in general, he mocks us by saying "I've never been to a restaurant and been told we're full" right after saying that black people love him.

Then he goes on into talking about how much of a douche bag he is. How fitting?


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why Did I Write My Book?

I was asked this question recently by an aspiring author. She wanted to know how I got started and how I got my book out, what's my writing career like, and all the other questions that she could think of at that time. The first paragraph I copied and pasted from our email to share with you, then the rest of the blog will expound upon that paragraph. I didn't post everything I said to her because some things were just meant for her.

I personally wrote my first book to get over the ultimate failure of being a professional gambler and the subsequent failure at normal things such as working a steady job, connecting with women, and not being where I wanna be in life. I was previously working with an author from Florida http://teresadpatterson.com/ who kept telling me I should write a book, and I told her she was crazy. Then she started writing this book where the main character had a lot of my more flamboyant characteristics. After consulting with her on how the character should be, I ended up co-writing the book. Its entitled Ex-Boyfriend, and its available on amazon.com if you want to check it out for yourself. Unfortunately, Teresa and I fell out during the pre-production process, but that experience gave me the confidence to write a book and that's when I discovered that I had a story to tell, so I wrote a fictional story loosely based on a few things that happened in my life (some events are totally false). At the time, I didn't know how I was going to get the book out, but I knew that I didn't want to wait for a booking agent to convince a publisher to pick me up, so I decided to self-publish and the rest has been history.

I didn't decide to write a book to attain riches. In fact, writing a book strictly for the money is the worst reason to write a book. Believe me, if money is your motivation, you'll be wishing that you hadn't spent your free time writing that damn book after all the obstacles, ridicule, and rejection you'll encounter in getting your work out there. You simply won't have the energy or persistence to not give up on your book and not sell as many books as you can sell. Leave the "I wrote for the money" books to the celebrities with enough star power and name recognition to sell 100,000 books --they'll just hire a ghostwriter anyway.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Work, School, and Being Sick

Coming to work sick really sucks. I got this head cold that's affecting my job performance and I really don't feel like being here. However, I'm working a project that doesn't afford me the option of taking too many sick days. I'm really hoping to get well by Thursday so I can sell these books and have money for this weekend.

Now I see why my GPA in school always sucked ass during the spring semester. One, its long as fuck compared with the fall semester. Secondly, most of it is in t the middle of winter. Third, I always seem to get sick when I need to be doing some studying, reading or homework assignments. So far I've managed to tough it out and complete my necessary assignments, but I really need to get well.

Oh and the weather in Chicago sucks, but its still the best city in the world!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Living Life with No Purpose

I'm starting to realize that my Thursdays are my Saturdays and my day to sleep in; otherwise it throws off my entire weekend. Selling books is not easy and getting people to believe in the movement isn't easy, either. Why do I continue to sell my own book and promote my show? Because its the only way for me. I can't afford to print a run of 50,000 books, hope they sell, and wait 90 days for a payment; I don't have time to call every bookstore across the nation to beg them to carry one or two of my books; and I don't have the money to do a 25 major city book signing tour. What keeps me going is that although my dreams are difficult, they're not impossible.

My purpose in life is to be a creative person who shares my talent with the world. Sounds corny? Maybe it is corny, but I'm not very good at anything else beyond that and gambling. Knowing this, I don't see the point in wasting my life away at anything that I don't have passion for, or the talent to succeed in. Life is too fucking short to be plodding through with no purpose --even if I live to be 120 years old. I must have a purpose in all that I do, otherwise I'm wasting my time. YOU MUST HAVE A PURPOSE IN ALL YOU DO, OTHERWISE YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME TOO!

I take this approach to everything, but the best example I can give is dating (since I seem to always be dating). Early last summer I was dating a woman, and I was quite smitten by her, so I attempted to start a relationship with her. She says to me that she's not ready for a relationship. I say something to the effect of "oh, I see, you want a platonic friend, eh." She says "no, I have enough male friends as it is. I don't want another platonic friend." I replied "then why are we talking. What am I to you?" She says, "you're my friend with a chance of becoming more with me?" I responded, "Wait a minute? You confront me because you thought I was on the phone with a skank or hoodrat a minute ago and now we're just friends? Why are we talking?" She responds, "I just don't wanna put labels on things unless I know I'm in love." I ask, "With that being said, what's our purpose?" She says, "I don't know right now, let's keep going out and get to know each other." I respond, "I really don't see the point considering that it seems as if we're dating with an aimlessly with no purpose in mind. Look, that would have been okay in high school, but I'm a grown man and I'm too old for that. We're not going to talk anymore." She was speechless, but come on! I cannot be approaching 30 with a let's just go out and have no purpose in what we're building towards, because in that case had I wasted any more time we would have been constructing a monument on nothingness. That's something that I refuse to waste my life doing.

Unfortunately, whether its in dating or anything else in life, far too many people waste time building monuments of nothingness as a foundation in life. This is a sad way to live life --not being happy, not being fulfilled, hoping, wishing and praying to hit the lottery or for some other miracle to happen. Why? Its for various reasons.. but most of those reasons are predicated on fear. Fear of getting hurt, fear of being rejected, fear of ridicule, etc. Furthermore, we all tend to waste time building these monuments of nothingness because when we're young, we tend to make the mistake of thinking that we're going to be young forever, that we have all the time in the world to accomplish this goal, to settle down, to make money, etc. then next thing you know, you wake up and you're 60 years old whose beauty had faded, wondering how time an life slipped by so fast. Let's stop this nonsense and let's start living, REALLY LIVING --with a purpose. Find your purpose in life and don't let anyone take it away from you.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

$9.99 Amazon.com Books Be Damned!

This is the first (and probably last) time I ever agreed with anything Rupert Murdoch has ever done. Check out the latest in Next threat to Amazon's $9.99 books? Rupert Murdoch - Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100203/tc_nm/us_newscorp_amazon Rupert went on record to saying that Amazon's $9.99 ebook model really devalues hard cover books. I'll take it a step further, it devalues ALL books. I know that Amazon.com is pricing these ebooks at a loss to push the sales of those $299 Kindles. One of the main attractions of the Kindle is the availability of cheap ebooks. I'm personally not a fan of ebooks because 1) they only make up 1% of the book market and 2) people prefer books they can curl up to and read. However, if successful in renegotiation, this will stop Amazon from pricing teeny, tiny publishers like myself out the market. At $10 per book, I barely make enough to reprint at the ridiculous prices of these book printers. Futhermore, I have an even bigger issue with $5.99 - $7.99 mass market paperbacks. Its one thing if its a clearance bin sale, but a small fry like myself cannot afford to print and store the huge quantities necessary to make a profit at such a low price point. Kudos to Rupert!