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TASTE: Over Indulging Or Just Improvising

4 Dec

TASTE: Over Indulging or Just Improvising? The Dark Side of Taste

For people who are addicted to certain vices such as drugs, sex or alcohol there are typically meetings in which people who have addictions can attend and seek the help they need. The 12 step programs, sharing circles and accountability buddies are all within the nomenclature for the individual with an excessive habit they need restrained. But what if your problem isn’t big enough to seek help for? Many people know when too much of something good is enough while others indulge a bit too much. So is it true that too much of a good thing can harm you?


An exacerbated indulgence of any of the aforementioned categories can leave a person with an unwavering co-dependence and even transpire into an ultimately death. The number one cause of people over indulging in something is caused by stress. We as humans tend to stress and spread ourselves thin and so we find ways to cope with the stress instead of ending whatever is that is causing us to stress out. A significant amount of people eat or have sex unconsciously when problems occur in their lives. To gather clarity on this phenomenon I asked a few people their opinions regarding food and sex and if they utilized either of the two as their outlet from their everyday obstacles.


The majority of women I asked said that food is something they do find comfort in as their method of alleviating anxiety and/or stress. One woman who spoke with me specifically explained that she finds herself overeating when she arrives at her ‘time of the month’. We as women know when Mother Nature arrives on scene, so do the inevitable symptoms including food cravings, anxiety, and irritability amidst many more. In addition to this, the bulk of men said they do find sex as their respective outlet however, they find it not as dangerous to find that same outlet in food.  A man whose identity prefers to be anonymous said that when he finds himself stressed his first choice of outlet is sex. Both of these do something that eases that small part of our soul, which at times almost feels impossible to complete.

However, it is important to keep in mind that if you see yourself personally struggling with either of these two that there are alternatives to curving those desires. It is essential to realize that our mind controls the body. When we see food, smell food or think about sex that our minds develop a focus on just that and tell us that we are in need of that thing. We have to be able to distinguish our needs from our wants and take a moment to exercise patience and evaluate just what the result of our actions will give us, an ephemeral benefit, or long lasting hardship.

Written By: Taelor Cage

Edited By: J. Thompson

The 6th Sense Of Quality: James B. Golden

4 Dec


It was an honor to share time with in my view one of the finest and sharp, sophisticated minds to ever set foot on the campus of California State University, Northridge; James B. Golden. I met him following a celebratory gala in honor of another year of cultural progress and education for the Pan-African Studies department at Cal State Northridge. Sitting in my seat, I along with student leaders and alumni gave deference to this extraordinary writer as he shared his stories of personal development, success, and his views on Black culture in the media through his poetic excerpts. His vernacular and prose is a rare find, he speaks truth to power and that power into contemporary issues and music.

A native of Salinas, California, James B. Golden is a poet, intellectual, and literary musician that is known throughout the literary and music world. He is the author of three books: Sweet Potato Pie Underneath The Sun’s Broiler (2009), Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain (2011), and his newest work; The Inside Of An Orange (2012) Mr. Golden received the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry, for Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain. As an emerging student and writer he developed his skills earning earning his M.P.A. and a B.A. in English-Creative Writing, and Pan African Studies Arts & Literature from California State University, Northridge.

For the past decade, he has received notoriety for his writings in publications sch as VIBE, Los Angeles Our Weekly, Clutch Magazine, and Jazz Times Magazine. He is also an accredited editor over several academic journals including the CSUN Pan-African Studies Kapu-Sens Literary Journal and the National Hip Hop Think Tank. Golden has been invited around the nation to speak at various conferences on Hip Hop, Gender Relations, Black-Male-Feminism, and Cultural Medias. I sat down with him to discuss his third book The Inside of An Orange and his upcoming promotional tour.

Tell me briefly about your learning experiences as a young poet at CSUN?

“The English and Pan-African Studies duality through my majors really helped me. Familiarizing myself with the voices of the formal poets and the Black poets. It was great for getting a dual understanding of Black poets and their writings at large.”

Your most recent composition pays homage to many musical patriarchs. Which musical artist is your favorite?

“Whitney Houston for certain. She is the closest thing we’ve ever had to a perfect voice. Definitely Whitney, and I also like Stevie Wonder, and Prince.”

What is your opinion on today’s musical generation? Is the culture progressing or regressing?

“There is a lot to be said for artists and musical genres evolving. To see R&B move from the number one spot to the back burner is a culture shock. For the most part, I am okay with the evolution, but for me it is more about the changing structure of the industry.”

How would you describe your prose as a writer?

“I think that even my articles, poems, and short stories all have the same tone. I’m a very direct writer. Whether I’m doing it about rape or passing gas there is always some sort of inspiration involved. It’s heavy at times, I believe our generation needs people that can eloquently speak and inspire change.”

What is your personal advice to young writers searching for their own style and voice?

“Your voice comes naturally, before finding your voice you must write. Write every single day.”

What is your creative process like when writing a new poem?

“For Afro Clouds and Nappy Rain it was a very depressing process. With The Inside Of An Orange it was a more enjoyable process. I write most of my poems at night. When Whitney died, I listened to all these songs that she made, and I found a way to write about her.”

You won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain what do you hope to gain from your newest product?

“What I really hope to gain is the opportunity to share my work with as many people as possible and let kids of color know literacy is important. It’s important to talk about the situations that affect our communities and speak truth to power.”

How did you correlate the title The Inside of An Orange to the content of your book?

“Before I finished the book I had a few personal read throughs. When I got to the second to the last poem, it was everything that I wanted. “The inside of an orange is sweeter than anything known”. In a sense we are all like oranges with a tough exterior, but a sweet, and decadent center.”

How much do you hear from your readers? Any constant themes within their feedback?

“I get a lot of emails from readers and notes on my fan page. Whenever I go on tour I get a lot of cards from younger audience members.”

How do you feel about the re-election of Barack Obama?

“I was overcome with gladness above all. For me just being able to vote for someone who thinks similar to me and shares my community views is a major inspiration.”

Tell me about The Golden Machine Blog?

“I’ve been running the Golden Machine Blog for awhile. It’s a place for me to share developments in my career things within my life.”

Where are some of your destinations for The Orange

“I have a few dates spanning around the country. I’m anxious about it. I always perform at high schools, middle schools, and universities. I’m debuting at the Historical Steinbeck Library on November 29th, that’s the kickoff. I’m really looking forward to going to Atlanta again, it’s one of my favorite places. I’ll be in Sherman Oaks in January, and during Black History Month I spend the most time in LA.”

What is a sense that you cannot live without?

“I think that it would be sight. It takes someone special to really look at what is going on within the community. I look at Stevie Wonder and he mentioned to me that he can see, and that deep understanding resonated with me to this day.”

To find more information on James B. Golden visit: www.jamesbgolden.com/


Written By: Joshua Thompson

Fashion Spotlight: 2wenty5eight

4 Dec


Whenever the holiday season comes full circle I always enjoy searching for a new, creative product to add to my closet. It brings even more satisfaction to me when I can acquire clothing where the innovative design is synonymous with my personality. 2wenty5eight clothing is no exception to the rule with its urban wear that brings an aesthetic of ambition, vision, and professionalism that stands as the sinew of the brand. It was a beautiful day  in the Los Angeles Arts District with my good friends Brian Bamuhaira and Kenny Oden who are the masterminds of the company. We shared laughs with the models, conversed about the Lakers, and did the best we could in the midst of transition to avoid the abnormal November heat while the sun set on First Street.

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2wenty5eight….a work ethic, a lifestyle, a culture that speaks for itself.

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What does 2wenty5eight stand for?

“2wenty5eight is a brand characterized by an affirmation of unwavering efficiency. We are about yielding positive results through effective time management while maximizing productivity and fostering creativity to catch our dreams. Our lifestyle is to simply FIND the extra hour & CREATE the extra day. It is not only a brand but a lifestyle that fosters the belief in working efficiently to find that extra hour’s worth of work that produces an additional day of time in your week. We are in a sense, perfectionists, time managers, economists, activists, organizers, leaders,and vanguards of success. We pay attention to the countless unseen details because we know that is what makes the difference between mediocrity and magnificent. Those who live by this lifestyle are the vanguards of success and self fulfillment, living their lives to their fullest potential.”
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Who is your audience?

“We represent a generation of dreamers. Gone are the dull and vapid days of 24/7. This new generation of dreams works far beyond the extent of the clock. The world never stops and neither do we. 2wenty5eight is a brand that encourages us to work towards catching our dreams and making them reality, yet we know how to balance our lives effectively, integrating our professional, social, and moral responsibilities into a grandeur lifestyle. “

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What products does your brand provide?

“The clothing in itself is a bold expression of the fashion lifestyle and culture. From soft cotton t-Shirts to racer back tank tops, from snap back hats to tri-blend crewneck sweaters and zip up hoodies. Both the crew neck sweaters and zip up hoodies each come with embroidered cross-stitching across the back with either words; Ambitious or Victorious. In the jungle of life we are bombarded with many obstacles in our pursuits of success, however, the individual must remain “ambitious” in order to be “victorious”. A simple equation to reach your dreams. As a result of the ambitious work ethic, victory is almost always inevitable. These are the themes of our dual sets of  products to show that 2wenty5eight has a piece for everyone to express themselves.”
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Do you have any new designs in the works?

“Coming soon are the “Mind in One Place, Heart in Another” design and the “Victory State” Collection with dual mascots. Be ready to choose your crew.”
“Wear it. Live it. Love. Find & Create….2wenty5eight.”
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The Creed of 2wenty5Eight

In a time of war plagued by complacency and mediocrity, it seems that father time reigns victorious.

Through the hindrance of his pursuit of dreams and aspirations, he extinguishes the flame that ignites the inner soul.

Countless casualties have fallen victim to this historical tyrant.

Yet, there remains tales of mere mortals tapping into vitalities so divine, they rise above the pandemonium forever stamping their mark on history.

The creed of 2wenty5Eight is audacious! Its essence flares during the brightest of days.

Its remnants so powerful, it stains the present, leaving a mark so profound it bleeds through the woven tapestry we call time.

Its bi-product raises the bar everywhere. The aftermath resonates long after the physical and those that triumph creates a space of limitlessness.

Here! Regularities are cheap trinkets of the past. The days are conquered the hours are powerless and the seconds scream for mercy!

Heroes create the extra hour, and the Extra Day!

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Photography: R. See Photography

R.C., also known as “R.See” is not your typical photographer. He has a unique one-of-a-kind approach that captures extraordinary moments that the average person would probably never notice. Although he specializes in shooting families and weddings, we felt that his style and story fits into the 2wenty5eight lifestyle. Be sure to checkout more of this work and others at RSeePhoto.com


Additional Photography: Nick Palmer (X Fortress Photography)


Overview: Provided by Brian D. of 2wenty5eight

Edited By: J. Thompson