My ears have a love affair with podcasts. As an avid talk radio listener, podcasts put all my favorite shows at the touch of an icon. The Internet of Things allow my ears and brain to dance together to the words of intelligent, humorous, awkward, and beautiful stories and ideas. I jam out to the below podcasts. Continue reading CHARLES versus PODCAST MANIA (PART 1)



It is time to reflect over your year. Today is the day that you think about all the people that contribute to your life in some meaningful way. Acquaintances, friends, and families meet at the matriarch’s house to share in an abundance of food.

As bellies fill with food, I hope the souls are nourished by the company of friends and family. Make lots of grand moments and fond memories today.



Ok. Ok. Ok. I like this song. I like the video. I appreciate Drake’s consistency with “Feel Sympathy for My Hubris” demeanor on all his songs and features. I also like the fact women sympathize for him while men try to empathize with him about his hubris. It is definitely a vicious cycle. Drake suffers from Affluenza- a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics of consumerism. In layman terms, doing dumb sh!t because I’m rich and can’t help it. #RichBoyProblems  Continue reading CHARLES versus HOTLINE BLING


My mobile music device contains a broad variety of music. 2014 was not a strong year in music; however, there were some very standout albums that I played throughout the year. I listed those records below for your listening pleasure. I could take the time to explain why I like all these albums, but I don’t want to color your opinion on them.

Below are some of my favorite albums that were in heavy rotation for 2014:



My biggest fear was that the Policing powers in our flawed, yet beautiful country gained a martial law privilege through a grand jury precedent to conduct a fatal action against an unarmed assailant. These agents of the Law are not required to receive a public court examination for what potentially could be criminal behavior against the populace.

We are likely to see crimes involving Police streamlined through the Grand Jury process because this precedent eliminates any wrong doing by said officer during moments of apprehension because all precedents must be followed unless ruled as unlawful.

We just watched the play-by-play delivery of this martial law privilege be handed off to local law enforcement. Then, the populous’ peaceful and violent reactions in great splendor expressed pain and anger while not addressing the larger issues or attempting to chip one iota of power away from the powers that issued the precedent in full HD.

This grand jury precedent doesn’t benefit anyone in this country, except those that can execute it at will. Let’s put race aside, and work on fixing the new grand jury precedent, which gave policing powers a big inch that potentially can turn into an even bigger mile. We have very little government power as outside players, let’s not lose more of it. Let’s talk about solutions.



We all have songs that speak to us and move us. Sometimes, songs represent us and express our current situation in life. Recently, as I wake up from a usually restless slumber, I have one song triumphantly trumpeting through my 7.1 sound system in full concert mode to reaffirm my purpose. This song is Jungle’s Busy Earnin’. 

In actuality, this song with its simple lyrics and extravagant and exciting instrumentation accurately represents my life from the moment I chose to be a self-determined human being. Many people call this hero them music or a champion’s song. I plainly call it- Soul music. Songs that speak to your soul creates a very personal relationship between you and the musicians. So, I must say thank you to Jungle for making my song.

I have attached the video for your viewing and listening pleasure. I also pasted Busy Earnin’s lyrics below the video. What song moves you or represents you? I want to know leave your song in the comments.

Jungle – Busy Earnin’  (Here is Jungle – Jungle album on iTunes)

So you come a long way
But you’ll never have me
Never have things for a normal life
It’s time too busy earnin’
You can’t get enough

You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
You can’t get enough

And I get always
But I bet it won’t change, no
Damn, that’s a boring life
It’s quite busy earnin’
You can’t get enough

You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
You can’t get enough

Just busy earnin’

You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
You can’t get enough

Just busy earnin’
You can’t get enough, no
Just busy earnin’




It is so passé to mention how “your” haters are hindering you from doing “you” in life. So, you combat them by doing “you” to an extreme level. Maybe, these “haters” are observing some self-inflicted wounds and are trying to help?

If doing “you” is not advancing your station in life, and you are always talking about the exquisite lifestyle that you want to live. Maybe, you should do someone else or just do better. There is no hate in that. There is nothing special about doing “you” when the system is designed to discard individuals for ceasing to do better. Society waits for no one and definitely does not need anyone. It only needs better and progress.

You are focused on the wrong things if you are only doing “you.” You should be focused on doing better. Everyone will notice”you” if you are doing better. There is no reason to call attention to one’s self– “you,” unless you are doing better than those observing.

CHARLES versus NEW YEAR 2014

happy_new_year_2014_goldIt isn’t my birthday and more than likely it isn’t your birthday; however, we celebrate today like it is the most important day of the year. Today we celebrate time. We acknowledge that it has passed us for the last 365 days or 366 for a leap year. Some will shed tears for the past regrets. While, others gather together to toast for past successes and optimism. We proclaim bygones are bygones. We proclaim resolutions to become stronger, smarter, and better people.


Today, I won’t celebrate time because time has never stopped living to celebrate me. Not to sound grim, I just recognize today is not the day to celebrate. I will enjoy the company of solitude this year and focus on planning for tomorrow. I will take the silence of my house as a moment to build for tomorrow’s celebration.


I wish everyone a safe and beautiful New Year. Today, I’ll be toasting with a plan to be a better person.



As I stare into the speakers projecting some of the most prolific wordplay from The Almighty, I wonder who values a deep conversation about the wordsmiths hammering the words together over a bass-laden anvil. My conclusion is as follows…

I will no longer entertain the casual Rap music listeners opinionated debates/disputes with me on “what constitutes great rap music or great rappers or dope producers.” If you have not put in a minimum of 10,000 hours of active, critically analytical listening of a variety of rappers (nationally distributed and independent) and have not studied the history of lyrical and Hip-Hop production development and revolution/evolution since Rap’s creation, then you are only speaking from a casual and limited knowledge base on the Art. I do have a very opinionated and invested understanding of Rap. I will try my best to address the casual listener’s arguments and opinions.

However, casual listener’s opinions are valuable from an appeal and emotional standpoint. Nonetheless, that opinion is not critical enough to fully understand the argument that I or my cohort would present about the topics on Rap. We look for challenge to our opinions to be solidly based and backed by “opinionated” facts. The casual listener’s perspective on rap lyrics and art of rapping usually plateaus on words on top of a rhythmic beat to make a song about any number of topics. However, the scholar or practitioner of Rap music sees lyrics as mathematical equation or science in developing musical composition to manipulate the psychology and mental constructs of the listener. I reiterate, I rather debate my opinions with (a) trained and expert rappers and producers (people that have proactively studied and practiced the art for 10,000 hours or more) and (b) people that have studied and invested in Rap like they were writing a dissertation on the Art and Science behind it.

I now view the casual Rap music lover’s opinion similar to a person that loves watching Grey’s Anatomy, The Mob Doctor, Childrens Hospital or any documentary style medical show on TLC/Discovery Channels’ opinion (majority of the population) while the expert Rap music lover is similar to a PhD/MD that continually studies, evolves, and contributes to the Art and Science of Medicine and Biology.

Both, casual listeners and experts, can have respected opinions, be lovers and haters of it, even share in loving and hating some aspects. But, their overall opinions on Rap will usually be from different perspectives and knowledge bases.




Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world). That suffices to confer First Amendment protection.        — Justice Scalia

Let me soapbox on a subject that has become popular in the 24-hour news cycle’s sensationalism- games and physical violence. I understand both perspectives and respect all the logical arguments. Yes, I know everything that we experience in life does have an influence on us. Yes, I know videogames are not the soul offender for all the violence that has occurred since the beginning of man. Neither argument is fully persuasive and with our limited knowledge of the brain Continue reading CHARLES versus VIDEO GAMES + VIOLENCE