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MUSIC TEASER TUESDAY – Diesel NYC

27 Mar

I just thought I would share this with you guys 🙂 Hope to see you there.

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No hat, no gloves, suede shoes…THIS SNOW IS SERIOUS!!!

27 Dec

So I’ve been away from my comfortable bed for a total of two nights now. I went out Christmas night and because of the snow, had to spend the night in the city and then head straight to work all day Sunday. Work was not fun because as each hour rolled by and the snow accumulated so did my thoughts of how I was getting home. I made it to BedStuy, but the trains went out of service and there were buses stuck in the deep snow all over the road.

16 inches!!! That is how much fell last night. I ended up spending the night in BedStuy and woke up early this morning, attempting to walk to East Flatbush because my boss said the job was going to be open today. I trekked through several blocks of BedStuy, no hat, no gloves, and suede shoes. My feet froze. With every step I took, my feet became more and more numb. At one point, I knew I was walking, but did not feel my legs moving.

I finally arrived home to a snowed in block and driveway. I immediately got my pitbull inside in the warmth and changed my clothes. I am in the middle of shoveling now, but thought I would post some cool photos of us outside. I have my stunna shades on with my fly fur coat. Yes, I still have to style on them in the snow 🙂

P.S. My boss just texted me. They closed the workplace. NO WORK FOR ME!!!

KANYE WEST IS A DEMI-GOD

18 Nov

Ok…ANALYSIS:
1. Kanye West is in a business suit, at FACEBOOK HEADQUARTERS, on a table. He is clearly a GENIUS
2. Mr. West has mesmerized every single person in that room
3. For all it’s worth, Kanye is so ratched at times, but when he is in his element. HE IS UNSTOPPABLE!

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS! NYC!!!

9 Nov

On my way to work this morning, I received a Facebook message from the alumni association at John Dewey High School, indicating there was a community action meeting tonight where the school’s possible closure would be discussed. I reacted as such, “DEWEY? CLOSING? NEVER!!! IMPOSSIBLE!!!” I immediately began doing research into this issue and discovered that NYC’s supposed leader of these schools, Joel Klein, was sweeping through our education system and introducing a new system of smaller charter schools; essentially NYC has tried to privatize education.

The process, described as a “reorganization,” would involve closing the school, shuffling the school’s students into other schools and creating a number of smaller schools within the larger entity. This idea is pure madness. I am highly offended at the vitriol spewing out of Joel Klein’s mouth about the state of John Dewey high School. As an alumnus of John Dewey high School, I can testify to the opportunities John Dewey gave me.

I am class of 2006. I was apart of the dance and music program at John Dewey HS, which has now been dismantled by the way. I was also a member of the Academy of Finance, which originated from John Dewey High School, and the Computer Science Program.  My love for singing and cooking originated in John Dewey HS, where I took classes for both. I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where I received a full scholarship and now have a full time job in the financial sector.

The budget cuts this city has experienced has affected education first. Have we not learned anything from our neighboring state of New Jersey where corporate moguls like Mark Zuckerburg had to save the schools by investing money tied with corporate interest? Who will be New York’s savior?

This is outrageous, outlandish, and arrogant of our representatives. As a young American and Brooklyn native, I cannot express how livid I was to hear that our leaders are so lazy to the point where a quick solution trumps one where we get to the root of the problem and fix it.  John Dewey HS has a very unique academic program, one where we have free periods between classes used to develop academic faculties in places such as the resource centers, where books and faculty members are available to aid academic needs. Admittedly, Dewey has declined in culture and expectation; however, how DARE our leaders propose closing the school when success stories such as me and hundreds of my peers exist? Evidently the system works. Something needs to be done to counteract these proposals and plans for my school. I attended the community action meeting tonight. Here was a summary of points. Also, you will find below images of the statistics gathered on my school.

Significant Changes:

– resource centers have less faculty on staff and the books are under lock and key

– safety is a larger issue

– the school dismantled the dance program and the music rooms are now used as storage

– Theater is gone

How will closure affect our school?

– Shuffling of students into random schools; disrupting the college application process for seniors and affecting the psyche of those who have some more years left at the institution

– The loss of tradition and Dewey culture due to the new staff who will be onboard

– Privatization of public schools

– Less AP (college credit courses) made available to students

– An invisible line being drawn throughout the school’s hallways indicating the separation

– Confusion amidst the multiple sections created because there is only one auditorium and cafeteria

– Loss of the John Dewey High School that we know and love

WHAT WE CAN DO!!!!

– If you are an alumni or in any way associated with JDHS, write a testimonial letter indicating how Dewey helped your transition to college or life in general and send it to michaeloromeo@gmail.com

– Write letters and call Joel Klein demanding a formal meeting where we can discuss their decisions on our school’s future

– Join JDHS alumni network at http://johndeweyalumni.org

HELP DEWEY NOW!!!


All Hallows Eve!

7 Nov

I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. Probably why I didn’t dress up this year. But the fun was timeless. Check out the photos, courtesy of Bryan Taylor and Aaron Fuquay.

AWARD FOR BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME, AT THE LEAST MOST CLEVER, GOES TO THE HOLLISTER BED BUGS!!! CLASSIC COMEDY!

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BUILD THE BEAT [HOUSE]

5 Oct

House is an interesting genre of music. The deep tones and up-tempo rhythms are intriguing. I played some tracks in my car the other night and something a friend of mines said struck me. She was like, “What are we listening to? I need words to my music.” I am definitely a lyrics guy, but I guess all the years of rap and r&b have drilled a lyrical-oriented existentialism within me. I have listened to some house beats lately and appreciate the art of making beats a lot more.

Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs Reading

23 Sep

People have described  Bluestockings as a bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center.

Located at:

172 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002
212.777.6028
Open Every Day
11am – 11pm


This evening at 7pm, William Upski Wimsatt, known for his graffiti, journalism and as founder of “League of Young Voters, will conduct a free reading of his recent publication “Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs.”

In 1994, William Upski Wimsatt published Bomb the Suburbs, a reflective, non-fiction account of race, politics, art and social change during Hip Hop’s enlightenment era. Hailing from Chicago’s streets, Wimsatt had a lot of exposure to the genre and was well-known for his graffiti tags under the name Upski.

It’s been almost twenty years since that last publication.

The most recent book reveals Upski’s years as an author, political activist and social entrepreneur. Some have described Upski’s work as a “manifesto for progressives in the twenty-first century,” and rightly so considering Upski wrote the book in a post 2008 election time period with renewed inspiration. I haven’t read the book as yet, but it looks like a good read. Enjoy the program!