This past weekend (including a night out on Thursday) has been great! I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with my brother and going to The Federal in Noho. Thursday was Snapback Thursdays and they played so many old school classics and a lot dancers came out. And last night was a Dance Event that featured great beat street style circles and a dance contest which my brother’s homeboy won.
It has been nice hanging out in Noho, but when I’m in the mood for some house music, I know that King King is the place to be.
King King is a venue in the heart of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd and it’s the spot to be to hear great house. Unlike some of the other clubs in Hollywood that have dress codes and a strict policy of fitting the “look” to get in, King King is a home for house junkies, dancers, hipsters, and the average anybody who just wants to hear good music.
There is always something going on at King King that will suit your musical needs, but if you’re into that deep, soulful, and classic house, then you’d ought to check out DEEP -LA. Hosted by DJ Marques Wyatt, DEEP is a monthly event in Los Angeles (there is a monthly DEEP event in San Francisco) that is bound to change your life.
While most clubs in the Los Angeles area shut down the party at 2am, DEEP-LA goes until 4am in the morning. So if you happen to take the metro into Hollywood, you can easily dance until 4am and take the train back home once the lines start running again around 4:30am; it’s totally worth it.
For those of you who live in Los Angeles and have a craving for some house, then you really should check out DEEP @King King. This Saturday in celebration of Martin Luther King weekend, Marques Wyatt will be spinning along with the legendary Ron Trent. From 10PM-4AM, come join me and other house lovers for a night of amazing classics, deep, and soulful cuts that will lift your mind, body, and soul.
I’d love to see my fellow LA-based house lovers getting down on the floor with me Saturday January 19th, 2013, but for some reason if you can’t make it out, then be sure to check out King Britt spinning at King King the following weekend along side the legends Tony Powell and Jerry Flores. Philly’s legendary house DJ, King Britt, is bound to be playing some epic cuts, so I plan on attending that event as well. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!
Like I said, King King is where house music lives in Los Angeles. So I think I’ve officially found my new home for house…
For ticket prices and more information on these upcoming events, visit the official King King website @ http://www.kingkinghollywood.com/
Not too long ago, my best friend had told me about this gym in Alexandria that teaches parkour and freerunning. Now I must admit, that upon hearing his excitement and the dire urgency in his voice for us to check it out, I was skeptical and nervous. Me, doing parkour? Okay, I gave in and did rock climbing (which I loved,) but the idea of me doing parkour & freerunning is something completely foreign to my agility.
Yet, in the midst of my apprehension, a coincidental series of mingling and meeting people by going to Sunglass Sundays , I heard about Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution. And get this, it was the same gym my best friend was telling me about. Apparently, Urban Evolution is the only parkour and freerunning gym in Virginia, and the DJ I met at Sunglass Sundays (Eugene aka DJ Skinner,) actually works there. So I had the chance to come out on Saturday night and check out the gym’s Ninja Warrior Night.
If you don’t know what Ninja Warrior is, then shame on you! Seriously, how on earth could you not knowabout one of the greatest competitions that tests the strength and agility of human beings. If you think gladiator challenges back in the day and the Olympics are tough (which I can’t wait to watch,) then you surely haven’t had a chance to see how difficult Sasuke aka Ninja Warrior is.
Basically, the Urban Evo gym contains a smaller version of the course(s) typically seen on the popular G4TV show, Ninja Warrior. The gym’s setup allows participants + students to enhance their parkour and freerunning skills; one must possess agility and strength to truly be a ninja warrior.
So what exactly should you expect to see at one of Urban Evolution’s Ninja Warrior nights? Well, you’ll see a variety of young kids and adults being cheered on by the crowd as they attempt to complete the course in a set amount of time. You don’t have to be a student of the gym to compete, you can pay a fee, register, and give it a shot to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a Ninja Warrior. And it’s not one of those cocky environments where you’ll feel horrible if you fall or mess up; the people at Urban Evo are so nice and supportive, they do their best to make sure everyone feels accomplished.
Even though I was the farthest thing from a contestant (yeah, doubt I’ll be trying to do parkour anytime soon,) I did have a lot of fun as a spectator. It was amazing to see the young kids passionate about competing, and it was nice to see so many adults that were thrilled to come out and test their might to see if they had what it takes to be a “Ninja Warrior.”
I’m not quite sure when the next Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution will take place, but I do know that Urban Evolution is a super cool place worth checking out. If you want to learn parkour, freerunning, breakdancing, aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, or Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, then I highly recommend you check out Urban Evo, a critically-acclaimed gym in Alexandria, Virginia.
Who knows, maybe you can train and become the next American Ninja Warrior.
More info: http://urbanevo.com/
Check out the pictures from the Ninja Warrior Night @ Urban Evolution. Pictures taken by my best friend, photographer and graphic designer Samuel Famoyegun.
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
Have you ever met someone who gives off not-so-subtle clues? They try to portray themselves as this amazing person, but they accidentally (or perhaps on purpose) give out clues that can be alarming. They appear so seemingly innocent and like a breathtaking person, but as you dive further into conversation with them, you realize that person is crazy!
I’ve meet a few people in my day that have tried to come off as calm and cool, but in actuality they are quite mentally unstable. They can’t help but to give off some major red flags. It’s like there is an invisible radar surrounding them that has little red flags sticking out of every area of their body; a clear indication to avoid contact and evacuate the area. Those warning signs are serious,but they can be funny during the first initial moments of contact, which is why I’m glad that Saturday Night Love decided to do a spoof on perfume advertisements and red flags.
Someone can seem so beautiful and breathtaking, but in actuality they can be the most crazy and annoying person ever! In the Season premiere of SNL on Saturday, they aired a fake Chanel perfume advertisement called “Red Flag.” The hilarious advertisement is similar to a typical Chanel ad, but the descriptions and events that take place are far from “typical.” Everything the woman does and says is a red flag.
The advertisement was one of my favorite segments of the night, which also included a hilarious skit on bad parenting. Alec Baldwin played a child psychologist who proclaimed to be an expert on raising children. But during the entire night with his lovely date his daughter kept crying in the background and making some hideous faces; it was pure comedy! I love how Alec Baldwin’s character remained so calm and cool about everything his daughter was doing, while the date seem extremely concerned. Sounds like his actions were a red flag!
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com