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The Future of TS25 : New Writers, Rants, and More Content

Whew, Friday is almost here. It’s been such a long week of dealing with advisors, transcripts, and basically making sure everything is set for my last semester of college. In the midst of all my school work, hitting the gym, and obsessing over where to buy a custom-made Wonder Woman costume (haha, it’s a long story,) I decided it was time to switch things up here on TS25 (ThinkSoul25).

For the past two years I’ve received a lot of love from other bloggers, readers, and random folks throughout the Web from various parts of the globe. It’s been such a great experience networking with people and sharing my thoughts on so many different topics. I’ve been doing everything by myself and I’ve enjoyed it, but now it’s time to switch things up a bit. So what does that mean? New writers and more content.

I’m bringing on some fresh voices to the site to make this less of a personal blog, but more so a beautiful collection of culture, rants, and nomadic madness. I’ve got a few writers with great perspectives on topics they are passionate about (which means some of the occasional opinionated rants.) Some areas of the site such as the film, television, and fashion section haven’t been my expertise/focus, so it will be nice to actually see content in those sections that isn’t just based on my thoughts/ideas.

I could go on and on about what you guys should expect, but I’d rather have you be surprised and see the new content for yourself in the weeks to come. Oh, and I’m still open to more contributors. There no pay, but still great exposure and a way to build your resume. I’ve freelanced for the past few years and even write for a national magazine, but I wouldn’t have gotten any of that experience if it wasn’t for me having this blog. So if you’re looking for experience, consider contributing to TS25.

Email me at askthinkme25@hotmail.com to find out about contributing.

Thanks so much for reading and being supporters. You guys rock!

Cheers!

-Jasmine

 

 

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So, Apparently I’m a Hipster…

It has been a few days since I’ve blogged, and the reason being is the end of the summer semester. Meaning, finals, finals, and exams. Even though I’m finishing online with University of Colorado Denver (I moved to DMV from Denver,) online classes still take a lot of work.

But now that finals are behind me, I can sit here and blog. It feels so good to sit down, listen to some dreamwave, and let my fingers stroke the keyboard of my Macbook Pro as I say hello to my blog, and allow myself to begin rambling. So what’s on my mind today? Well, the art of being a hipster and how I apparently fit into that category.

Up until recently, never in my life had I been referred to as a hipster. Most of the time I was just that eccentric tall chick who had a villainous laugh (I have many laughs, but one sounds cute + evil), yet could warm the room with my charm and witty spirit. Being labeled as “different” is something I’ve heard a lot, especially from most of the men that I’ve encountered in my dating adventures.

Yet, lately a lot of men (primarily some close-minded Black men) have been calling me a “hipster” and they just don’t understand it. I’m not “Black” enough and my tastes are far from the mainstream ( I rarely listen to hip-hop unless its oldschool,) which prompts them to place me into a hipster category (the only thing they can at least label me as.)

Me? A hipster? Hmmm…I never viewed myself as a hipster, I just viewed myself as just Jazz. But of course, when people are encountered with someone who’s taste and approach to life is different from theirs, they either must attribute that individual to some type of social category and/or make fun of them (which happened to me a lot in middle school and high school.) But you’d think that as adults people would learn to look past stereotypes and labeling, but I guess that’s not the case. Oh, and I’m not over-generalizing the situation. Seriously, 90% of the Black men I’ve encountered as of late think I’m “weird” and feel that house is techno (even though they never listened to house) or it’s music for gay people (wow, no comment). SMH…such ignorance.

I could easily go on and on about the ignorance I encounter, but then I wake up and realize that hey, perhaps I am a hipster. And since we are labeling, I am actually a “Black Hipster.” I wear big glasses, I love indie bands, I reflect on the meaning of life when listening to chillwave, sometimes I’m anti-Starbucks and love small cafes, and my clothing style is a mixture of vintage, Converse, flats, skinny jeans, weird patterns, and whatever the hell I feel like wearing.

So am I hipster? Sure, call me that if you want. Am I eccentric + eclectic? Absolutely.  But at the end of the day, I’m just Jazz and I’m having a hell of a time being me. :) Whether I’m appreciating the mainstream or paying homage to the 1940s and cruising the sounds of swing music, I’m just off in my own beautiful world of eclectic discoveries.

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A Summer of Exploration

For the first time in a very long time, I actually have a social life. Not quite sure what happened, but I’m pretty sure it has to do with the fact that summer is here, I’m about to graduate college, and I actually have transportation. I mean of course you can easily get around in the DMV via train and bus, but having a car does make it easier for me to get to folks outside of moco.

Summer is basically here and I’ve already kicked it off by doing some fun things. I saw Reggie Watts in concert, Miguel Migs @ U Street Music Hall, and I even went Rock Climbing @ Earth Trek in Rockville, MD. Let me just, rock climbing was amazing! It basically cost 25 bucks to climb three different walls, but it was still a blast. I’m not terrified of heights, so it wasn’t super scary. I definitely plan on going again this summer. :)

Every weekend has been a blast so far and I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with my good friend. I’m also anxious to hang out with my boyfriend this weekend and give him a tour of D.C. Nothing crazy, just hitting the zoo, the museums, maybe dancing a little, and of course grabbing some frozen yogurt (I got him hooked on it.)

My goal is explore D.C. as much as I can, but this summer isn’t just limited to exploring Washington, D.C. I plan on going on some road trips, visiting the beach, playing paintball, laser tag, and going to some amusement parks. I’m going to try to have as much fun as possible, even working on some film and photography projects. I just want to capture every single moment and create some Facebook worthy pictures to remember the summer.

If I can actually save up enough money then I would even go on a cruise at the end of the summer.  But that isn’t set in stone yet, so for now it’s all speculation. But at least I’m trying to piece together my plans and come up with a great summer filled with exploration and trying new things. So if you notice sometimes I don’t blog for a few days, then it’s because I’m out and about exploring the DMV and the East Coast. But don’t worry, I’ll still come back and share my experiences with you guys. Especially when I find good music. :)

Cheesy, but the perfect song to think of summer….lol

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Another Day, Just Believe

It’s amazing how a simple shift from 11:59pm to 12:00am can mark the start of a new day, a new year, a new path, and new dreams. All the hiccups of 2011 have quickly become hazy fragments. Everything that happened in 2011 are just events & circumstances that can easily be added to my Facebook timeline, but now I’m staring at a blank slate of 2012 waiting to be written.

H.P. Lovecraft once said that “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” He had a very good point. Fear. We’ve all experienced the apprehension that is the essential building block of fear, but 2012 shouldn’t be another year that is wasted. It should be a aggressively progressive journey that leads towards your dream. Whatever your dream is, make it a reality in 2012.

Whether you’re sure or not, but somewhere deep down inside you have a dream(s). In the past I’ve entertained quite a few different dreams, but at the end of the day I just want to be a successful writer. By successful, I mean I want to become an established writer and actually have an impact. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get over my apprehension of NYC and try making it as a writer there. Or perhaps I can end up traveling the world and pursuing my desire to be a travel writer ( I write for a travel site now, but I don’t actually get to travel.)

I can’t exactly where I’ll end up, but that’s the beauty of life. You never know what’s going to happen the next in a few seconds, an hour, the next day, or the next decade. I mean apparently the world is supposed to end in 2012, so I should make every day count and not fret about tomorrow. I have to honestly work on my worrying and annoying trait of over analyzing my future. At this point all I know is I graduate in summer 2012 and whatever happens after that, well it happens. It’s just another day for me to just believe. So instead of worrying like I did in 2011 and wondering about the prospects that lay ahead, I’m going to spend 2012 being spontaneous and taking risks.

Everyday this year is another day. Each day is a chance for me to become a better writer, get my name out there, make mistakes, network, believe in the uncertain future of relationships, and to just live in the moment. I’m going to make the best of the year, and even start actually spending more time in New York. Maybe it’s not such a fairytale to believe I could actually make it as a writer there, or maybe it is. Who really knows? All I do know that in the end it’s just another day, just breathe.another day, just believe. Just breathe. Just believe….

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Awesomesauce: Spending the Day with Mom

I don’t many mothers that have “This Is How We Do It” as their ringtone and callertune. I also don’t know many moms who love talking about their days at the “disco” and funking it up to oldschool jams on a daily basis. Even when my mom isn’t funking it up to old school and poppin’ (she used to be an old school b-girl back in the day,) then most likely she is giving hilarious commentary on simple things. No moment with her is ever dull, especially when we hang out together and just don’t care what anyone thinks.

I mean last week we were at Shoppers and had a conversation about this loaf of bread and how hard it was. I totally told her that you could beat someone to death with the bread. We then discussed how the scene would go down and that the bread was a contender for a weapon of self defense. Seriously, that bread was insanely hard, ungodly even. But of course it’s not proper social protocol to discuss beat downs using bread, which explains why the people around us were staying all weird when I started being goofy and shaking the bread I was threatening an imaginary stranger….yeah, I’m weird.

If you think going to the grocery store is a series of potential mishaps and hilarious antics, then you should see us at Barnes & Noble. It’s quite epic, borderline legendary if I may so say. We always end up spending hours in the store providing hilarious commentary on titles, which then leads to eavesdroppers cracking up and joining our conversation. I can’t begin to tell you how many times my mom and I have been off in our own world, then all of a sudden are random bystanders starts laughing. We usually just keep going on about our business and randomly include them in the conversation.

Today’s random bystander happened to be this old guy who was cracking up at my commentary of this book I found. My mom and I perused the bargain section, and in the midst of all gazing, I ran across this book The Guide for Guys. Dude, this book actually has a compass built in it! Which is what I said out loud and the guy next to me started laughing. So I was like, “Hey, check out this book.” I handed the book to my mom and she began laughing. The 1940s vibe of the artwork is what made it such a great book. The guy then jumped in and said, “Boy, I’d like to hear your opinion on that book. Men are so simple. Boobs and gadgets, that’s all they care about.” We both began laughing and I was like, “Yup, all you need are boobies and gadgets, so this guide is a waste of time. But it does have a compass!” Then he discussed how he preferred science books, and then my mom and him began discussing science while I wondered off towards this book called Made in America.

Cracking up at the title of some of these books and board games we saw are what made the experience such a blast. We have such blunt commentary and are unforgiving in our approach to life. Out of all the things we found though, I will have to see the board game section was a delight! I totally should have bought that game above, but I think I’d probably laugh myself into a coma. It’s rare that I ever laugh super hard, but the other day I almost died watching this YouTube clip of a man falling up an escalator. I know it was wrong to laugh, but I don’t think he got hurt. He just liked changed his mind, but it was too late…the escalator was already going up. To make things worse, he holds onto the handrail the entire time. HAHAHA, classic! When I first saw it tears went strolling down my eyes and my mom was cracking up. I almost laughed myself into a coma. It was an epic moment.

The power of YouTube is amazing. The only reason I ran across the old man was because I told my mom( she’s anemic) that she needed to get her stuff together and start taking her vitamins. I told her that if she didn’t, she was going to end up like Mr. Glass from Unbreakable. She burst into laughter and then brought up the scene from the movie where Samuel Jackson falls down that long flight of stairs and breaks. That was such a sad scene in that movie, but man Samuel Jackson should have taken them steps a little slower. SMH….a hot mess. That dude actually broke into pieces! So I told her she needed to take her vitamins and get her muscle strong so she didn’t break; conversation lead to watching the scene on YouTube and then seeing the old man fall. Random, right?

Ah, I could go on and on about the random things my mom and I do, see, and say. It’s truly awesomesauce spending time with her and just enjoying life. There isn’t any gullible tomfoolery, no mother-daughter rivalry like Mike Epps says, and there isn’t any boundaries. She tells me about her days at the disco, and I can candidly express my opinions on anything and everything. It’s such a great time bounding with her, and I cherish every random moment we freak people out in public. Man, it’s awesome making people uncomfortable with our blatant humor and confidence. Ah, good times….

Such a serious scene, but it was so hilarious. Now I always remind my mom that if she doesn’t take her vitamins for her anemia, then she gonna end up like Mr. Glass. So she laughs really hard and rushes to go take her vitamins and says, “I ain’t made of glass!”

Hilarious video of man falling up escalator. Seriously, I laughed insanely hard when I first saw this. I think the guy didn’t get hurt, but it’s like dude what happened? It’s like he changed his mind and decided not to go up, but it was too late.

Lol. Glad me and my mom aren’t like that.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Unraveling the Mystery of the Ps3 Exclusive Title ‘The Last of Us’

Thursday is finally upon us. This has been an extremely busy week for me thus far, but I’m looking forward to finishing up my classes on Friday and enjoying my break. I don’t really have much planned for my break except for continuing to hit the gym like crazy, finalize and publish my book, and of course chill out and play video games. At the end of the day, I’m an artist, a writer, and a gamer.

I will always been a fanatic when it comes to video games, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m anxious to watch the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards on Saturday. I usually watch the awards show every year because I love video games, I love badass geeks that create the games I love so much, and it’s spectacular seeing what games are in the running for the Best Game of the Year. I’m not really sure which title will win game of the year, but I’m anxious to see which title will take the award home for best multi-player game. On the website you can vote for your favorite game, and the choices for best multi-player are: Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Notice a pattern there? Everything seems to be the third game in series (well not for the entire COD franchise, but in the Modern Warfare division it’s the third game.) I happen to own all three of those games and I’d have to say that Gears of War 3 would be my top choice, but I play my Ps3 online all the time and not my 360, so then I’d have to go with Battlefield 3. The ending sucked, but the graphics are insane!

A lot of great games came out this year, so we will just have to wait and see what games take home awards this Saturday. This year will be Spike TV’s ninth annual celebration of all things video games, but it will also be the day in which the mystery behind “The Last of Us” will be revealed. Have you heard about this upcoming title? If you’ve got a baffled look on your face, then fret not. Honestly, there isn’t much about information surroudning this game. The only thing we know so far is that the game is a PS3 exclusive title, it’s rumored to have an amazing engine, and it has something to do with ants, an outbreak, and a quarantine. That’s really not much information to work with, but the game is still creating quite the buzz. Oh, did I forget to mention that even the developer is a mystery. Yeah, we have no idea who is even developing this game.

The lack of information and the “hush, hush” tactics involved in marketing this game are what make it such a big deal. It’s like a striptease (a good one, not a cheap drunk one.) The website keeps taking off one piece of clothing at a time, which will hopefully lead to the full exposé on Saturday at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. It’s exciting not knowing what this game is about, but the screenshot below does look quite promising. Believe it or not, that’s actually a screenshot from the game. Mind-blowing….seriously, my mind was just blown. That shot indicates that these ants and quarantine must take place somewhere sunny and pleasant, but then it’s immediately turned into hell by gigantic mutant ants. That could be the story, right?

Ugh…I want to know what this game is about! People have been rambling back and forth on message boards that it could be zombies, but eh doubt it. “The Last of Us” doesn’t feel like a zombie first-person game, it just doesn’t. I’m not going to sit here and assume because my mom always taught me when you assume you make an ass out of u+me, but I will say that ants and zombies don’t go together. It goes against the rules of horror tactics. Giant ants and zombies? Nope, that’s not allowed, it’s just not right, especially for a game. But I have no idea what this game is about, but I tell you what, the entire world will hopefully know on Saturday December 10th, 2011. So if you are curious about this uber mysterious title in the works, then be sure to check out the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. And if there is any chance this ends up being a lame game (I highly doubt it) then at least you can see if some of your favorite titles of the year take home any awards.

Winning an award is always good I suppose. Yet at the end of the day it’s really about each individual gamers preference and not the industry leaders. So don’t be upset if you thought a game was totally epic and it doesn’t even get nominated. Sometimes all you can do is just hold your own video game awards with your buddies and nominate it your damn self. Yup, that works. But remember it should be in all fun and games, so don’t get all nerdy and upset over the games chosen. Anyways, the best thing about the VGA’s is the World Premieres. Now that’s is what it’s all about! I can’t wait to see what they have in store this year. It’s going to be epic! *fingers crossed*

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com