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A Gift Guide From Girlfriends Of Christmas Past

December 14th, 2011 4 comments

Not all women are bad at giving gifts. Only 99 percent of them are. For the 1 percent who want to protest this fact, email me. I will email you back my mailing address so you can ship your best gift to me.

For the rest of you ladies who are humble enough to admit that every year you’re stuck figuring out what to get your man, whether it’s a new relationship or an old relationship, allow me to give you a helpful guide provided by the lovely ladies from my past.

Below are gifts received from ex-girlfriends. Some were expensive, some were under $20, but all of them were thoughtful. No matter the price on them, what made each one special is they were a reflection of my passions, my interests, and each woman’s ability to listen and pay attention. I did not ask for any of these gifts, they just took a shot based on what they knew and now, they’re in the gift hall of fame.

Enjoy the list, and to the ladies still struggling to find a gift for your man, I hope the list helps you figure out what to get him. Just remember: Make it thoughtful.

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HBO’s ‘When Strangers Click’: The Story Behind The Stories

February 14th, 2011 3 comments

For anyone who’s looking for a good movie to watch tonight and would like to make it extra special by making that movie seasonal, may I suggest the HBO original, “When Strangers Click”.

Like a romantic-comedy in the form of a documentary, “When Strangers Click” is the brainchild of Marc Weiss, who produced the documentary. The film revolves around the stories of five people with incredible stories of connecting with other people via the Internet and airs tonight on HBO at 9:00 p.m. Last week, Jermaine and I attended a screening of the film and a couple days afterward I had a chance to talk to Marc about how he brought the film together.

Below, a trailer for “When Strangers Click”, some words from Marc on what people can expect when they tune in, and a clip from one of my favorite stories in the film. We’re encouraging anyone who watches to leave their thoughts about the film in the comments.

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For The Lovers In You: NPR’s Slow and Low Valentine Jam Mix

February 9th, 2011 9 comments

Sorry I’ve been MIA today, folks. It’s been a long and hectic day and when I say long and hectic I mean, I can’t manage to put together a whole post today. To make up for it, I thought I would share this little gem of a music mix I came up on, courtesy of the good folks at NPR.

For those who follow me on Twitter or are cool with me on Facebook, you may have already seen this, as I posted it on both websites yesterday. But today, I’m putting all of my readers on because not only am I a nice guy like that, I also needed to post something.

The stream is looped I believe until the end of Monday, February 14, so even if you can’t finish it one sitting, you can come back to it. Needless to say, every single one of these songs are classic, and will definitely enhance whatever mood you people are trying to set out there. But be clear, if any of you get pregnant while listening to this mix, it is not my fault.

That being said, you can look below to check out exactly what artists and songs are featured in the mix and then underneath, click the link to go to the mix. Also, be sure to thank me in the comments and if you’re moved to, shout out the song on the list most likely to cause accidental conception.

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The Until I Get Married Guide To Jazz Featuring Jason Moran

January 25th, 2011 10 comments

A few weeks back, I wrote a post about the five best hip-hop albums to throw on for a good ol’ fashion make-out session. In that post, I casually mentioned a love for jazz. Almost immediately people in the comments and friends I talk to offline said I should do a similar guide with jazz albums, but I was hesitant.

So instead of playing the role of jazz tourist, I reached out to someone who knows the music both as a fan and a player. Jason Moran (pictured below) is one of the most renowned jazz pianist playing today. His latest album Ten, was hailed by many critics and fans as the best jazz album to come out in 2010 (I’d have to agree), and his contributions to jazz were recognized with a MacArthur Genius grant last year as well.

When Jason and I talked, it was not only about jazz music, but the way it functions in our day to day life. A lot of people like the idea of jazz more than the music itself, and therefore only use it when they want to get romantic or soften the mood. As I told Jason, people take to jazz like wine, where the theater of it is more important than the actual substance. But what to make of the guy who wants to mix things up every now and then? Instead of throwing on some R&B or dorm-room rock, put on a jazz record or go see a jazz show instead of a Maxwell concert (although, that’s not bad).

Today’s post is for that person, the one who is curious about jazz but only has a copy of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue in their album collection.

Jason took the time to list five essential albums a man should own. The twist? Every one of the artists listed is alive, so not only can their albums be bought, but for those looking to check out some good jazz on date night, a man can buy tickets to see them.

“The way I chose, I thought these albums would represent a good record collection,” said Jason. “If you had these five things in it, you would look kind of thorough and, all these people are visually captivating. I could watch them without even hearing them.”

Just one more thing before we get into Jason’s list. The man was modest enough to not put down his own album, but honestly people, if you don’t own a copy of Ten your record collection is missing something special. Click here to listen to some of it, and click here to buy all of it.

Now, onto the Until I Get Married Guide to Jazz as selected by Jason Moran.

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