We all know that Michael Imperioli is gangster, I mean it’s Chris frikkin Moltisanti over here. Cousin and one time heir to the throne of Anthony Soprano. What a surprise it was to see my man as the new face for 1800 Tequila. Below you will find him kicking back, dissing Patron (the new flavor of the month “cool” liquor), and just being himself. The monochrome colors of the ad and the clean suit Michael is wearing reminds me a lot of the Ketel One ads but it all works for the same reasons: It’s macho, it’s for the boys and it seems to be anti-douche (notice Michael doesn’t have a fohawk or an Ed Hardy shirt on). Now this is the type of ad to “Change the Game”.
Recently I was involved in an email discussion with some good friends in regards to two new albums being released: The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z and Only Built 4 Cuban Links 2 by Raekwon Da Chef and Ghostface Killa. What started out as a funny moment of reminiscing (being that we all at one time had been engrossed fully into the Hip Hop culture) degenerated into a bout of ageism and elitism. Some of them had apparently outgrown Hip Hop, here is a quote from one of my more successful, respected and intellectual friends: “I’d only share that the majority of hip hop music (both now and in the “golden age” too) rang empty to me once I personally matured to an extent. The musical celebration of themes like misogyny, substance abuse, drug trafficking, gunplay, misogyny, homophobia, pride in incarceration, satisfaction with poverty, misdirected territorialism… [Read more]
There are many vices that people use to make the lull of their everyday lifestyle have a sort of purpose. Some people choose religion and make sure that at the root of their efforts they do what is best for their chosen church. Others lean on family, that is their drive, and it is what makes the lull all the more liveable. But as a whole, I think the biggest vice to living the lives we do, is the cliché. People ue clichés unconsciously as if it is an ironclad law for life and the way we live it. Parents say “eat your food, there are starving kids in Africa”, as if to guilt a child into not wasting food – which wrongly asserts that the consumption of it all would do the starving kids one better than if it was left uneaten. Then as… [Read more]
I am a woman with many strictly platonic relationships with men over the past decade or so. We are friends not because of some undercover attraction, but because we have either gone through something together or have just always been there for each other like family. Recently, one of my boys reconnected with his old high school sweetheart and is head over heels. I hadn’t heard such joy in his voice in years so when I saw her name in my Facebook inbox, my first thought was “oh, maybe she’s trying to throw him a surprise birthday party or something”. But then I remembered he was born in March. Considering that I never even met the girl I couldn’t think of a reason other than here comes the drama, why is this chick writing me”. So I read it: “Nia, Nia, Nia: Hi there. I… [Read more]
Vino Libro 933 Garrett Street Atlanta, GA 30316 www.vinolibro.com Beauty and the Eats is catered to the state of Florida, however, I must share my experience at Vino Libro, a wine bar in downtown Atlanta. If ever I came across a website with false advertising, it’s this one. Because they obviously had someone with a large vocabulary (and clearly has never been a patron) write their “about us” on their home page, I thought I would take the time to break down the flaws in my experience. “By night, Vino Libro transforms into a sophisticated lounge. Patrons will come to enjoy all the qualities of fine living while listening to soothing music, conversing with friends or participating in our frequent wine tasting…” We arrived around 8pm and there was no soothing music. There was a flat screen TV in the corner and a projector in… [Read more]
I understand that women are from Venus and we are from Mars or whatever planet you wanna call it but one of the most confusing things to me about women is the hate factor. Women HATE each other so much that when I meet a girl who has a close girlfriend, I assume that there is a superficial reasoning behind it. Now there are exceptions to the rule because I’ve seen some pretty tight, sisterly relationships that weather the storm of life but let’s be honest, unlike men, it doesn’t seem to take much for two women to fall out. Women think their friends want to screw their man, they think their friends are sluts, the list can keep going. The main reason for this article however is in my observance of women shooting units (nasty looks) at other women who has a guy on… [Read more]
“Thinking about boycotting the NFL until they stop allowing thugs to play in it. I mean if you are an attorney and you commit a crime you go to jail + get dis-barred, why are murders and dog killers allowed to make 6 mil a year? Aren’t there like at least 5 current players in the NFL who have like literally killed people?” This sentiment seems to exist in much of the public, and I believe people have this sentiment because they make the common mistake of comparing sports to an everyday job. To use a cliche, this is like comparing apples to oranges, you can’t compare sports to being an accountant, the environments are so far apart there is no way you can make that comparison. Let me start by saying that I don’t believe killing someone is right, or fighting dogs and other… [Read more]
I know I am going to get a ton of flack for this article but I am taking one for the team. God knows I will be whipped and tied to the “tree of woe” for this but it must be done. In the dating world, we tend to meet all types, you get the nice folks, the manipulative folks and the too perfect folks. Everyone writes about personality types, hell we here at the Dragon Blog are guilty of that too… but what about jobs? Doesn’t the nature of a person’s job weigh heavily on a relationship too? Now, you “married out of high school” people should play the sidelines on this one, this is for the troopers who have been in the trenches and have dated an emo nurse or pissy waitress. We all know that the job is extremely important in your… [Read more]