Don’t Miss Out on the Imagine Music Festival

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Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is a multi-day dance music and arts festival.  It will be held on August 29th and 30th in Atlanta, Georgia at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park.  The festival includes EDM acts, cirque style acts, and art installations.  Come and experience captivating performances!
For tickets visit: http://imaginefestival.com/

Climbing: A Rising Sport in Georgia

Need an adrenaline rushing hobby that works both mind and body?  Climbing may be the sport for you.  With over hundreds of rock climbing gyms in the United States, the sport of climbing has taken off.  I myself first began climbing on Currahee Mountain, a northeast Georgia mountain located in Toccoa.  It was such a thrill topping my first climb and looking down to see how far I had come.

For lovers of climbing, indoor gyms were like a dream come true. Now we can climb every season of the year without freezing our butts off or scorching our hands.  I look around now and have seen so many indoor gyms pop up around Georgia. Everyone that I’ve introduced climbing to have loved it and continue to do it.  It’s a such mental and physical workout.  You’re having to plan each move strategically, while working muscles you never even knew you had.

I was so thrilled to hear that my college was building a climbing gym in our new student center.  With so many student-athletes at my college it will give them all a fun new way of working out.  For those of you who have never climbed before, get out there and give it a try!  I promise you won’t regret it.  And as long as you have an experienced climber with you who knows how to belay, trust me, you won’t fall!  Those of you who are natives to the climbing gyms, give a couple mountains a try!  It’s a totally different feel, but in a totally good way!

Things To Do: The First Five Days of August In Atlanta

August 1st – World Tiger Day

Head on over to Zoo Atlanta to celebrate all things tiger!  Learn all about the rarest tiger species in the world, the Sumatran tiger.

When: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Enjoy a tiger training demonstration at 2:00 pm!

August 2nd – 2015 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival

Where: Fox Theatre

When: 1:00 pm

“Come celebrate 40 years of Fabulous Films!”

August 3rd – Kids Eat Free at the Georgia Aquarium

Valid through August 13th, kids eat free with a purchase of a $29.95 ticket and adult meal!

August 4th – National Night Out

When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Enjoy a block party filled with food trucks and music in Downtown Atlanta.  The block party is hosted by the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU).

Visit their website for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485797175046210/

August 5th – Clean Power for Georgia Celebration

#CleanPowerforGA

When: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Where: Georgia State Capitol – Liberty Plaza, Corner of Capitol Ave & M.L.K. Jr. Drive

Show your support for a cleaner Atlanta!  The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will create cleaner air, cleaner water, and more jobs for Georgian’s!

DRAKE BODIED MEEK IN BACK TO BACK DISS RECORD

The link above is Drake officially bodied Meek Mill in the rap beef that he started with Drake, by saying that Drake doesn’t write own raps. If you remember a couple of weeks ago Meek Mills came for Drake and others like Nicki’s ex but specifically he came for drake saying that he doesn’t write his own raps and that hes finally exposing the truth about guys in hip hop that don’t write their raps and have ghost writers that write their own raps. Well Drake clapped backed and came back at Meek a with a song called Charged up I’ll post that link so you guys can listen to it and give your opinion about the supposed diss to Meek , the song wasn’t a diss to me really it was just Drake being Drake and bodied  him by just singing  and showing meek his rang in the world music world and that he’s just not a rap artist that he can also be an R&B artist as well. Then today Drake dropped another Diss Record called Back to Back you have to listen to it for yourself to see how Drake came for him in some of his rhymes he says ” Trigger finger turn into Twitter Fingers” , “Is it your world tour or is it your girl tour ”  last but many more he throws shots at Nicki as well “Shout out to my Boss B*tches  wifing n*ggas ” now if that wasn’t a shot I don’t know what is but check out the Diss track in the link Drake-Meek-Mill

Your Guide to Urban Exploration

Need something new and different to do on the weekends but don’t want to spend too much money?  May I suggest a little urban exploration.  There’s something about venturing into the unknown and finding abandoned buildings with a group of friends.

Some go to get a thrill, some go to find cool things, and others are interested in finding the beauty of what is no longer what it used to be.  I’ve bee10999330_1578834969000245_7254843446423434545_on on many excursions to old abandoned buildings – some at night, some during the day.  Usually the ones at night were intended for us to get a little adrenaline pumping instead of sitting bored in our dorms all day.  We would walk through, holding hands, heart pumping, always hoping that we’ll get spooked, but not TOO spooked.  No one wants to ACTUALLY pee themselves.

Day time adventures are my personal favorite because I can take pictures and actually see the building in natural lighting.  Although the buildings are losing their old looks, they’re gaining new characteristics such as vines and erosion that give them a unique, beautiful look.  There’s a rich history to be accounted for once you really take a look at them.  Each place has a story to tell.

So whether you’re looking for a little midnight scare or a spot to set your camera up, get out of your dorm get in your car, and drive.  Here are a few tips to help you on your next adventure.

  1. Do your research.  The worst feeling is to hear that there is some awesome building at a specific location, which you drive all the way to, only to find that your information was out-of-date and now that building has been replaced by a Wendy’s.  So before loading up your car hop on your computer to make sure 1782510_1578834979000244_5883589651323414437_oyou’re not about to load up on carbs by consuming fries and burgers rather than feasting your eyes on some awesome urban decay.
  2. Don’t get locked up.  Be careful.  No building is worth getting locked up for.
  3. This tip is for those seeking a midnight scare.  Make sure to bring a solid group of friends.  Have a couple of guys (not just ones that act tough, but would scream like a girl at the sound of a creaking door) to put the more easily scared of the group at ease.
  4. My last piece of advice is to bring some type of weapon just in case something DOES happen.  Perhaps a bat or pepper spray to ward off potential monsters.  If there is a ghost, ask if its name is Casper.  If it says no, I have no advice.  Ghost Busters?

Best of luck!

Being a Student-Athlete: What To Expect

“BURRR! BURRR! BURRR! BURRR!”  It’s 5:00 A.M. and you reach for your phone to turn the most annoying alarm clock tone you could find off.  After literally rolling out of bed you pull your sweats and t-shirt on, brush your teeth, grab a granola bar and run out of your dorm to your 6 A.M. practice, which you have to be 30 minutes early to because “If you’re early you’re on time.  If you’re on time you’re late.”

For those of you that don’t recognize this absurdity, this is what the average college athlete’s preseason looks like.  For two weeks you wake up to that alarm, eat that granola bar, and run your tail off trying to get in shape for the season.  This is all before attending a few classes, then an afternoon practice, then more classes, then night practice.  That’s right… practice three times a week, for two weeks, every August, for four years.

This is usually the make-or-break moment for students; when they find out if it’s just too much for them or not.  For the ones that do make it through those first two weeks, there is some good news: it gets better!  Those morning practices will lessen until eventually you will just have one practice every day, along with two or three games a week.

Being an athlete and a student really can be a difficult experience.  You REALLY have to know how to manage your time and make sure to get all your homework done in between all of the running around.  However, from experience I know that it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences.

You will get stressed, you will feel overwhelmed, and you will want to quit.  You may find yourself wondering why you didn’t take the easier route, but after that first month you realize why it’s all worth it.

Below are a list of things that I learned and gained from my experience as a student-athlete:

  1. You learn how to be passionate.  There’s something to be said about someone who chooses to commit to a sport in college, especially when you aren’t getting a scholarship to play.  This dedication will flow into your life later on and then no matter what your dreams are you will go after them.  Someone who is passionate about something can go a long way.
  2. Time-management.  I learned that this is one of the most important things to implement while being a student-athlete.  You’ll want to hang out with friends, make new friends, go on adventures, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, all while still wanting to kick ass in your sport.  It can be tough, but if you’re able to manage your time efficiently and prioritize then you’ll do just fine.  By my second year I really understood what it meant to manage my time and now I’m almost a pro. ALMOST.
  3. Patience.  You’ll never be alone.  Every single day you will be with the same group of people.  Sometimes you will get tired of them, sometimes you will fight in the locker room, either way you have to find a way to get along with one another.  If not for each other, for the team.  I witnessed so many of my teammates go at each others throats (figuratively) over silly arguments or gossip, but then after a couple of days get over it and become best friends again.  When you’re stuck with people you pretty much learn how to live with each other.  For better or for worse.
  4. Your body needs you.  I never realized how important exercise and 10622731_10154620221665790_7717786854986258412_nwhat I eat and drink were until playing soccer in college.  If you don’t stretch enough you’ll tear something, if you stretch too much you’ll tear something, if you eat too little you’ll wear your body out, and if you drink a little too much you’ll feel like a slug the next day at practice.  (No, I’m not talking about drinking water..)  It’s all about balancing what you eat and how much you exercise.
  5. You will have a home away from home.  Being a part of a college team allowed me to make friends that I will have for life.  We all endured the same early practices, injuries, and “tough love” from our coach.  We became a family.  If you saw one of us in the cafeteria, you saw all of us.

I could literally write a book about what it’s like to be a student-athlete, but for now I hope this gave you enough insight.  Just remember: it’s a strange, stressful, crazy, but amazing experience that you will grow so much from.  (Not to mention, getting up for work in the “real world” will seem like a piece of cake!)

Deflate gate Controversy all in a nutshell

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t been watch any type of sports channels or networks , Deflate gate is the biggest scandal since the bounty gate with the New Orleans saints back in 2012. Now you may all know how this happen or you might not but it all started with a whistle blower known as the Indianapolis colts calling the Patriots out deflating the balls in the second quarter of AFC Divisional game , if you watched the game the refs changed the balls out in the second half of the game because they had the kicking ball out instead of the game ball . Now if your any type of football enthusiast you know that  it’s impossible for the quarterback to go back to the locker room to deflate the ball and then come back out and play the game for the second half of the game, especially not under the helm of Bill Belichick that just not going to fly an another thing  not in the history of football that I’ve been watching in 2007 have I ever seen a ref put out a kicking ball instead of a game ball that was kind of odd to me that they had the kicking ball instead of the game ball. Roger Goodell  the commissioner of the National Football League say’s that the Patriots messed up the integrity of the game by deflating the balls to have the advantage over the colts , first of all how can you have an advantage over a team that has to do the same thing you do on offense and defense just calling different plays you still have to catch the ball or drop the ball you still have to tackle or sack the quarterback so how is that anyway an advantage were both using the same balls as the other teams.The teams are allowed to bring their own balls to the games like all the rest of the 32 teams when its game times they have to pick out twelve game balls both the visiting team and the home team , to my knowledge Tom Brady said that he picked out twelve game balls and those balls are perfect and he doesn’t want anybody touching them or messing with them when they are picked out to him those twelve balls are perfect. So you mean to tell me that Brady after all those years of being with the Patriots and going through the same routine over and over for years that this game out of all the AFC Championship games that he’s played that he would deflate balls for the colts, let me give you some information about the Colts and the Patriots we’ve played them four years straight and have blew them out the water in record breaking scores and you think that the poster boy of the NFL would deflate the balls for this AFC Championship game against the colts, who we played last time in the playoff to get an advantage to go to the Super Bowl!?!? really commissioner come with something better than that and let’s not get me started on how you single handily ruined the integrity of NFL by lying to NFL fans that you never seen the tape of Ray Rice Cold Cocking his wife in the elevator and dragging her out of the elevator like a rag doll.

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