Knowing That I Can with Brian Franklyn

Brian Franklyn “The more you know; the more you know that you don’t know shit” IG: @jose_patel Queens, NY What is Art to you? Art to me is something man creates with the intention of learning more about themselves or the world around us or to teach. . . many forms of self expression that […]

Brian Franklyn

“The more you know; the more you know that you don’t know shit”

IG: @jose_patel

Queens, NY

What is Art to you?

Art to me is something man creates with the intention of learning more about themselves or the world around us or to teach. . . many forms of self expression that we use to better us on out journeys of life.

How long have you been painting for and what have you learned about yourself thru art?

Kind of hard to pin point exactly when i started. I’ve always taken to art and always tried out different mediums and growing up in Barbados my school was very determined to make us well rounded. I’ve learned everything from painting, from technique to just the way i live my life and approach things in the real world. It’s not about what it teaches you rather what you choose to take from it.

Ahhh good answer [laughs] what is your favorite drawing medium to work with?

Oil paint. I find it to be one of the most challenging and rewarding. It’s traditional [laughs] kind of badass actually

Who or what inspires you to create?

just knowing that i can makes me want to. Everyday knowing that i’m getting better is more motivation to create. Not sure who even inspires me. . . everyone and everything inspires me.

What is your process? like how do you come up with an idea and manifest it?

It’s so hard coming up with ideas sometimes. Most of the time i have to force myself. Recently i’ve just been asking myself what truly inspires me and use that as a jumping off point, by the time I’ve decided what i want to do [laughs] i’m like five points before the jumping off point.

five points?

You know when you start with one idea, then it turns into another, next thing you know it looks nothing like your first idea.

Where do you see your work in five years?

In a home near you [laughs] Honestly i’m open to wherever my work leads me. It would be nice to be famous and rich off of my work and that is a hope. . but for now it’s a personal journey.

 


UFC 213 Preview: Werdum vs Overeem

Image Credit: MMA-Core.com   Who will win the rubber match at UFC 213? At UFC 213, MMA Heavyweight legends Allistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum will fight in a rubber match years in the making. They would face each other in Pride and Strikeforce, while never facing each other in the UFC. However, this fight couldn’t…

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Who will win the rubber match at UFC 213?

At UFC 213, MMA Heavyweight legends Allistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum will fight in a rubber match years in the making. They would face each other in Pride and Strikeforce, while never facing each other in the UFC. However, this fight couldn’t have happened at a better time. With Werdum ranked #1 in the UFC Heavyweight Division and Overeem ranked #3, this rubber match has a lot more at stake. Both are close to challenging for the UFC Heavyweight Championship and a win could make them the next contender.  Who will end the chapter of the rivalry that has span over a decade.

At age 38, Werdum is not only one of the best Heavyweights in the UFC currently, but possibly in all of MMA. It was just two years ago when Werdum was on a five fight win streak and defeated Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Werdum lost his championship to Stipe Miocic and has had problems getting fights, because of his opponents being injured, dealing with his own injuries and fights failing to come together. Still, Werdum is still a threat in the Heavyweight Division and is chasing a rematch for the championship that he lost. Werdum has a submission victory over Overeem back in their fight in Pride in 2006, where they fought for the first time. Werdum will look to finish what he started back in 2006 and move closer to reclaiming what he still thinks is his.

In the UFC Heavyweight Division, Overeem is still one of the best strikers in the UFC. Coming off a Knockout victory over Mark Hunt, Overeem proved he can still get it done and Knockout anyone in the Heavyweight Division. Overeem fought for the Heavyweight Championship against Miocic and came close to finishing Miocic. At age 37, Overeem wants to get back into a championship fight and win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Overeem defeated Werdum back in 2011 in Strikeforce by Decision and will look to be victorious once again at UFC 213.

It’s rare in combat sports that a rivalry can be built up for over a decade and at UFC 213 fans will see the culmination of Overeem vs Werdum. Both fighters are almost in their 40’s, but are still the elite in the Heavyweight Division. Werdum has become a better striker since the last time they fought, but can Werdum stand with Overeem? Overeem has improved his approach to fighting and has shown to be more patient looking for opportunities to land a Knockout. With the way Overeem been fighting, will Overeem be too hesitant against Werdum? This rubber match will be different from the fights Overeem and Werdum had against each other. Both fighters have changed and improved, with a win at UFC 213 having title contender implications. UFC 213 will mark the end of a decade long rivalry, who will be the one to end it?

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My Fitness Journey Continues

Hey everybody, I’m back and I am human. Yes, I slacked off. I admit, I haven’t been everything I told myself that I’m capable of being. But, I didn’t give up! Let’s start at the beginning with my original fitness journeys (yes plural). It started just like many of yours’. I felt I had something to prove […]

Hey everybody, I’m back and I am human. Yes, I slacked off. I admit, I haven’t been everything I told myself that I’m capable of being. But, I didn’t give up! Let’s start at the beginning with my original fitness journeys (yes plural). It started just like many of yours’. I felt I had something to prove always being labeled the fit athletic girl that was always skinny by the perceptions of others.The way I saw myself was a different story. I looked at the biggest parts of my body (my thighs) and saw it as a representation of my overall physique.


Altering body image becomes OBSESSIVE so, instead of focusing on an unhealthy obsession, I decided to focus on positivity. This new journey was not going to be about how I see myself or how I appear to the world. Nah, this new journey started as a means to enhance my health in its totality. I realized a LONG time ago that my wide shoulders small waist, booty, stretch marks and thunderous thighs were all beautiful.They’re all a part of my beautiful body at the CURRENT moment that they’re here. But THEY’RE NOT PERMANENT.


Everything can change, and being a hypochondriac about every small imperfection WILL have you taking 10 steps back instead of 10 steps forward. So, if you really want to know where my motivation comes from, it comes from my ability to differentiate the superficial nonsense from the stuff that matters like your health. Outside of this internet crap, your body is still crying out for attention and love. So, make the change!


When it came to changing the way I ate, I started to dabble in different types of “diets” so to speak. Two years ago I was a pescatarian for 6 months, but that became way too expensive and I began to think something bad would happen to me from eating so much seafood. Although, I really did love eating seafood all the time (hmmI just might go back to pescatarianism). Instead of solely eating fish, I opted to give up pork and beef. I haven’t touched that stuff in almost 2 years, and I know that I’ve added valuable years onto my life because of that simple alteration. You see, in the beginning it’s not really about these random diets. It’s also not about jumping in head first and living on salads and sparkling water. You have to be reasonable with your abilities to sustain a healthy lifestyle.


Diets are SUPER temporary and you WILL fall off, ESPECIALLY if your whole reason to change has nothing to do with you and more to do with the way people think about you. Instead, try my method, I chose to find things in my life that I know I can currently live without. Like fast food, soda, beef, and pork. Everybody, always tries to tell me pizza is fast food…I mean…I guess…but the Lord himself will have to come down and fight me to make stop eating pizza. It’s truly all about moderation and I know that pizza can be my weakness, (God bless the Italians)…I digress. But honestly, if you’re making these changes for yourself and no one else moderation and eating right will be a breeze.


I’m not going to lie at times I do eat like a 5 year old. Chips, candy, carbs and fats GALORE. Again, im human, but I know that if im going to eat savagely I need to work out savagely, and that’s what I’ve been doing. You have to find your strong suit in this whole new lifestyle and change process that we all get wrapped up in. If you can’t control how you eat, you better be tripling up on those workouts and vice versa. DISCIPLINE IS KEY!


My strong suit happens to be working out. It’s such a rush for me! I love to push myself to the point of nausea at times which ISN’T necessarily good by any means, but that’s just how much I enjoy it at times. My body has to make me ill to stop myself from over doing it. Sometimes though, I swear im not that crazy all of the time. Lol.


*Short Backstory*

When I was younger I would push myself so hard at everything physical. I had to be the best, I hated the thought of anybody else being physically better than me whether exercise or dance. (Super barbaric and competitive I know). For example, everybody knows the good ol’ pacer test. I would run so much to the point that I would taste blood in my mouth and be gasping for air, but I HAD to be the last girl running. The pushup and sit up test was always a breeze and easy to beat out all the females in my gym class.

You all probably think im crazy after that pacer test comment, lol, but we all know that saying or mantra, whatever you wish to call it, “blood, sweat, and tears.” If  you don’t pour all your blood, sweat, and tears into the things you want the most in life, then ask yourself…How bad do you really want it? And answer that truthful because you’d only be lying to yourself.


I hope my blunt and openness encourages someone else. I only wish to encourage and I will be forceful with you if I see your potential. My family and friends don’t call me a drill sergeant for nothing!!

Until next time xoxo✌✌

My Fitness Journey Continues

Hey everybody, I’m back and I am human. Yes, I slacked off. I admit, I haven’t been everything I told myself that I’m capable of being. But, I didn’t give up! Let’s start at the beginning with my original fitness journeys (yes plural). It started just like many of yours’. I felt I had something to prove […]

Hey everybody, I’m back and I am human. Yes, I slacked off. I admit, I haven’t been everything I told myself that I’m capable of being. But, I didn’t give up! Let’s start at the beginning with my original fitness journeys (yes plural). It started just like many of yours’. I felt I had something to prove always being labeled the fit athletic girl that was always skinny by the perceptions of others.The way I saw myself was a different story. I looked at the biggest parts of my body (my thighs) and saw it as a representation of my overall physique.


Altering body image becomes OBSESSIVE so, instead of focusing on an unhealthy obsession, I decided to focus on positivity. This new journey was not going to be about how I see myself or how I appear to the world. Nah, this new journey started as a means to enhance my health in its totality. I realized a LONG time ago that my wide shoulders small waist, booty, stretch marks and thunderous thighs were all beautiful.They’re all a part of my beautiful body at the CURRENT moment that they’re here. But THEY’RE NOT PERMANENT.


Everything can change, and being a hypochondriac about every small imperfection WILL have you taking 10 steps back instead of 10 steps forward. So, if you really want to know where my motivation comes from, it comes from my ability to differentiate the superficial nonsense from the stuff that matters like your health. Outside of this internet crap, your body is still crying out for attention and love. So, make the change!


When it came to changing the way I ate, I started to dabble in different types of “diets” so to speak. Two years ago I was a pescatarian for 6 months, but that became way too expensive and I began to think something bad would happen to me from eating so much seafood. Although, I really did love eating seafood all the time (hmmI just might go back to pescatarianism). Instead of solely eating fish, I opted to give up pork and beef. I haven’t touched that stuff in almost 2 years, and I know that I’ve added valuable years onto my life because of that simple alteration. You see, in the beginning it’s not really about these random diets. It’s also not about jumping in head first and living on salads and sparkling water. You have to be reasonable with your abilities to sustain a healthy lifestyle.


Diets are SUPER temporary and you WILL fall off, ESPECIALLY if your whole reason to change has nothing to do with you and more to do with the way people think about you. Instead, try my method, I chose to find things in my life that I know I can currently live without. Like fast food, soda, beef, and pork. Everybody, always tries to tell me pizza is fast food…I mean…I guess…but the Lord himself will have to come down and fight me to make stop eating pizza. It’s truly all about moderation and I know that pizza can be my weakness, (God bless the Italians)…I digress. But honestly, if you’re making these changes for yourself and no one else moderation and eating right will be a breeze.


I’m not going to lie at times I do eat like a 5 year old. Chips, candy, carbs and fats GALORE. Again, im human, but I know that if im going to eat savagely I need to work out savagely, and that’s what I’ve been doing. You have to find your strong suit in this whole new lifestyle and change process that we all get wrapped up in. If you can’t control how you eat, you better be tripling up on those workouts and vice versa. DISCIPLINE IS KEY!


My strong suit happens to be working out. It’s such a rush for me! I love to push myself to the point of nausea at times which ISN’T necessarily good by any means, but that’s just how much I enjoy it at times. My body has to make me ill to stop myself from over doing it. Sometimes though, I swear im not that crazy all of the time. Lol.


*Short Backstory*

When I was younger I would push myself so hard at everything physical. I had to be the best, I hated the thought of anybody else being physically better than me whether exercise or dance. (Super barbaric and competitive I know). For example, everybody knows the good ol’ pacer test. I would run so much to the point that I would taste blood in my mouth and be gasping for air, but I HAD to be the last girl running. The pushup and sit up test was always a breeze and easy to beat out all the females in my gym class.

You all probably think im crazy after that pacer test comment, lol, but we all know that saying or mantra, whatever you wish to call it, “blood, sweat, and tears.” If  you don’t pour all your blood, sweat, and tears into the things you want the most in life, then ask yourself…How bad do you really want it? And answer that truthful because you’d only be lying to yourself.


I hope my blunt and openness encourages someone else. I only wish to encourage and I will be forceful with you if I see your potential. My family and friends don’t call me a drill sergeant for nothing!!

Until next time xoxo✌✌

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”

While watching this movie, I felt that I can relate somehow to Malik Williams in the sense that I being born as a   Muslim American is very tough especially living in the United States where so many people believe in everything that the media portrays and some people are so foolish enough to believe anything …

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While watching this movie, I felt that I can relate somehow to Malik Williams in the sense that I being born as a   Muslim American is very tough especially living in the United States where so many people believe in everything that the media portrays and some people are so foolish enough to believe anything that people tell them.  The groups upon my knowledge, I believe are whites, blacks, and Anti- Semitism groups that have evil thoughts in their minds, and these are the people that will lead people to the wrong side of the direction. The terms diversity, race, culture, racism, ageism, sexism, anti- Semitism, and heterosexism. So if I had to define the terms in my own words, here is how I will go about defining them.  Diversity has to do with how people with different race and religion get along in any public setting with no bias whatsoever.  Race is where a group of people shares common characteristics as another person like facial structure or similar skin color.  The term culture deals with the values, norms, the way in which that mixed variety of people interact with each other in a social environment, and having own moral and religious beliefs.  Racism has to do with the attribution of superiority, or inferiority on a place where they are very different in every aspect of life.  Sexism deals with where people judge genders typically woman where one gender is better than the other.  Ageism is the basis that deals with discrimination against a particular age group.  And Anti- Semitism deals with discrimination or prejudice of hostility towards Jews. The  “isms” that I saw in the movie is the terms of anti Semitism, racism, and sexism.  Fudge and Remy are part of this anti- Semitism group where Remy would constantly tell Malik that he cant do anything because the whites are still in power of the black race, and there was this one time where he would tell Remy to go down in the floor as well as this other guy who lived next door, and these groups are not even educated.  The stereotypes that were displayed dealt with prejudice and racism against black minorities.  And   Malik got it all wrong when he confronts Phillips about a paper where he calls his professor a sellout for the  “white establishment” and Phillips would respond angrily “ that the world owes Malik anything, and he must work hard for his own good in order to make a difference in the world.” If I were to describe the main character, I would say one was a girl who was white named Kristen, and she was short, while the other character was named Malik who was black and short, and he is involved in running at track next to his school. And throughout the movie, the interactions between the two roommates were very well, and they both generally got along without any conflicts, while Fudge’s roommate gets upset and angry for music being played so loud and late, since the room next door wouldn’t turn down their music, Fudge’s roommate who was studying for an exam decides to go somewhere to study.  The aspects of college life that were shown in this film were both had to do with academics and social life, which is very similar to my college life.   

 

 

 

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