Pam El is the first black, female Chief Marketing Office of the NBA. She is a fellow VCU Alumna and genuinely a great spirit. I had the opportunity to meet Pam and she truly inspired me. I suggest any and everyone to check out the work she did with State Farm and the current stuff she is shaking up with the NBA.
I'm standing up and I'm telling you I am Warhol. I am the number 1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh; Walt Disney, Nike, Google. Now, who's going to be the Medici family and stand up and let me create more or do you want to marginalize me until I'm out of my moment? -Kanye West
His craftsmanship and the pride he takes in his work is jilting. I love raw passion. I relate to the gritty raw nature that Kanye wears on his sleeve. Since moving to Chicago I've grown a stronger affinity for his abilities in both production and lyrics. Kanye is an Art Director. The way he presents art is unparalleled.
Just watch and listen.
If you are a kid and you are out there and you are chubby and not so cute and nerdy and shy and invisible and in pain, whatever your race, whatever your gender, whatever your sexual orientation, I'm standing here to tell you: You are not alone. Your tribe of people, they are out there in the world. Waiting for you. - Shonda Rhimes
Deciding on what quote I was going to use was tough. Everything this woman says feels as fresh as water produced from the best spring, crisp like clean linen, strong as the souls of our black ancestors and sweet like honeydew. I love Shonda Rhimes and she loves me. I've never met her and she doesn't know my name, but after reading Year of Yes I've fostered a friend in her, a sista' girl, a ROD. (If you don't know what ROD means you really need to read this book and dive into culture a little bit more.) I recommend Year of Yes. I recommend Year of Yes. I recommend Year of Yes. I said it 3x just to make sure you knew I recommend Year of Yes. Get it. Read it. Love it. Live it. Anytime I'm making significant changes in my life it seems like a book always finds me, never am I searching. It is almost as if the book appears in my hand and says, "This is what you're supposed to be reading, doing, living." I listened and haven't looked back since.
It's physical everyday. It's the 4th quarter everyday. So I got to get stronger everyday. -Stephen Curry
If you know me or read my "about" you know I have a deep affinity for sports, athletes, and inspiration. I know people typically believe that when you bring in pro athletes for inspirational/athletic campaigns it lessens the likelihood of the campaign failing. That may have some validity to it, but you still need great copywriting, art direction, production, and a solid strategy for it to be great. The entire "Stronger Everyday" campaign that includes athletes across disciplines is great. Taking away my biases (because I know I love sports and this type of work) I can genuinely say it drove home the message it intended. From the minute long online video, to the 15 second spot with Stephen Curry, to the women athletes shown in both video and print it made me fall in love with this campaign. I left inspired and motivated. Along with the new packaging and website redesign I think Muscle Milk just may have a new customer in me.
Click links below to see more of Stronger Everyday.
Now keep in mind I'm an artist, and I'm sensitive about my shit. -Erykah Badu
Not only do I love Erykah's music, but her attitude and quotes like the one are gentle reminders on how to work with creatives.
I think anytime us "advertisers" are able to take a campaign and make it feel like people are watching themselves or someone they know is powerful. If you haven't seen Just A Kid From Chicago by Widen+Kennedy you're missing out. This is inspiration.
Groundbreaking. Heart wrenching. Courageous. Culturally relevant.
I respect Honey Maid for being not only in the moment and aware of culture, but trusting an agency with their brand.
First let me start by saying I admire the man, the President, Barack Obama, but what I want to also express is my fondness for his 08' campaign. When you can generate support, affinity, and admiration across a multitude of demographics that is special. His campaign strategist, David Axelrod did a fine job on this campaign. To take an Illinois Senator who Americans didn't know at the time and make him a household name is something special. People can sit here and say that President Obama was something Americans hadn't seen before and that naturally gained attention, but his campaign capitalized on that moment. If no one capitalized on that moment in a hard hitting fashion like they did I truly don't believe he would have been President. This campaign had everyone identifying with the word "hope." I salute his entire campaign team for their great work. It was truly remarkable.
If you are a big sports fan like me I suggest you watch SportsCenter6 and/or listen to the podcast. Jemele Hill and Michael Smith are the perfect tag team duo. They know their sports and current events, coupling that with their great personalities warrants tuning in. I listen to their podcast every morning Monday through Friday. They make my Chicago bike commute that much more fun. I've been following them since Numbers Never Lie.
Myleik Teele is an entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Curlbox. She also has a podcast that I listen to religiously. She discusses her thoughts on life, love, business, and anything else that comes to her mind. She is truly a beacon of positive energy and a joy to listen to. I suggest anyone experiencing life at any stage to give her a listen.
www.MyTaughtYou.com check her out!
When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either. -Leo Burnett
Leo Burnett had vision. I admire people that grabs life by the lapels and takes what is theirs. He started his advertising agency during the Great Depression when people laughed at the idea of it being a success. I think that kind of gumption is worthy of admiration. It goes without saying how much of a fantastic AdMan he was. I tip my hat to him and I appreciate all his efforts because my very first job out of college was at his agency.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, / I love you directly without problems or pride: / I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love, / except in this form in which I am not nor are you, / so close that your hand upon my chest is mine, / so close that your eyes close with my dreams. -Pablo Neruda (Sonnet XVII), Lines 9-14
Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet-diplomat. I can't express enough about how much I love his work. When literature is translated into different languages I do believe it loses some of its brevity, so I must acknowledge that. Until I finish learning his native language of Spanish I realize I won't be able to fully appreciate his work in totality. For now I can testify that the translations by Stephen Tapscott and Mark Eisner are phenomenal. When it comes to love poems I have never been moved in such a way until Pablo Neruda.
God will work this out... God love us. God is love. And when we walk away from this place lets celebrate because my wife is where we all need to be and I am envious of that... We didn't lose her. When you lose something you can't find it. I know exactly where my wife is. -Monty Williams
Monty Williams, an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder delivered a eulogy at his wife's funeral that moved me to both tears and encouragement. To experience the sudden tragedy of your wife passing due to a negligent driver is heart wrenching, but to see him stand on his faith with such certainty is inspirational.
been scared and battered. /My hopes the wind done scattered. /Snow has friz me, /Sun has baked me, / Looks like between 'em / they done /Tried to make me / Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'--/ But I don't care! /I'm still here! -Langston Hughes (Still Here)
His ability to write and move culture at a time where it was designed for him to be stagnic is powerful. The Harlem Renaissance wasn't just about black people who wrote great literature during a time period. Black people transcended art and culture. It wasn't just literary pieces, but everything created was dipped in honey and gold. I salute him and all the contributors of his era. What they did was timeless and black creators in 2016 proves this to us everyday because The Harlem Renaissance is not over.