“Sole”Searching at the High

By: Kyndell Mizell

I experienced a small part of sneaker heaven last Sunday at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the closing day of the sole-full exhibit “The Rise of the Sneaker Culture.” The only thing that made the exhibit that much better was that it was free! (Due to one of many free promotions the High Museum runs each month.) Lines filled the room while sneaker-heads of mixed races and genders looked in awe at over a thousand different sneakers. Every shoe was neatly placed in a protective glass case with a small description of the shoe.

There were many other iconic models and tons of brands including Puma, Reebok, KangaRoos, Saucony, PONY, Vans, PF Flyers, Supra, even high end fashion shoes like Gucci and Christian Louboutin. One of the most popular sections of course was the Jordan portion. There was a complete set of the retro Jordan’s in complete order showing some of the best colorways for each style.

The first shoe that caught my eye was a shoe that was shown to the public back in 2015 by Adidas. It is made out of recycled ocean waste to complete the upper and the new iconic boost technology also seen in the ultraboost model and the Yeezyboost collection. This shoe was also my favorite pair and most unexpected pair to see.

There were some models that were hideous like the Nike x Tom Sachs NikeCraft Lunar Underboot Aeroply Experimentation Research Boot which was a prototype created on a white blank boot canvas and designed with a black sharpie. [Photo Courtesy American Federation of Arts] Or, like one of my all-time most hated silhouette the Ewings which are just big and bulky.

The descriptions for each shoe told a significant story and the reason why the shoe was ultimately on display. We were able to learn things like how Adidas got its name from the creator’s actual name Adolf “Adi” Dassler, and what PONY stood for Product of New York, and the fines that Michael Jordan received for his controversial first signature shoe, we even saw the iconic ASICS that Bruce Lee made popular.

One of the funniest models that I saw was the was the Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood running shoe which was popular from 1860-1865 which looked like a loafer with a half inch heel with cleat-like metal spikes. [Photo: Greg Washington Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum]

The exhibit although limited to only 2 rooms and a projector video was perfect. It was amazing overhearing and engaging in the stories with the older sneaker-lovers talking to their kids just reminiscing on the times when they went crazy for the latest trend. Some of the stories weren’t even related to the shoes but referred to the collaborated designers and their sex lives. Watching some of the ladies stare at the Reebok Lifestyle Freestyle Hi sneakers thinking about their days in loud bright workout gear or looking at the old free spirited grandfather explain to his grandchild the significance of the waffle sole on the Vans slip-on was my favorite part of the exhibit.

There were rare shoes not just on display but as well as the many guest in attendance. There were so many smiles and happy people experiencing a snap shot of a pivotal culture together as one. It wasn’t a black or white or thing. The exhibit brought many cultures together to witness the history of one of the fastest growing cultures ever.

If you weren’t in Atlanta to witness the exhibit with The Bold Opinion Show on closing day, you have two more locations to experience the great rise of the sneaker culture. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky from September 9th through November 27th and Oakland Museum of California from December 22nd to April 2nd 2017.

Poetics of the Disembodied – A solo Artists exhibit

It was an absolute pleasure to witness my eldest brother’s first solo art exhibit this passed Friday (July 15, 2016). He worked extremely hard to put on such a fabulous interactive exhibit that he deserves a world of gold medals! His style of art comes from a deep passion for African American history; exposing pain and strife like whispers from ancestors.

Poetics of the Disembodied will be on display at the M.O.C.A (Museum of Contemporary Art) 75 Bennett Street NW. Atlanta, Ga 30309 until September 10, 2016. You are strongly encouraged to go and view the exhibit. You’ll be surprised what you’ll learn.

Check out Masud Olufani’s website to check out more of his awesome work. You may also find him on facebook and on Instagram @Olufani.
http://www.Masud-Olufani.com

Here is just a sneak peak into what viewers experienced on opening night.

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Later Gator…

If you haven’t heard the news, there was another tragic incident in Orlando, Florida. This time, a family was visiting the Disney Theme Parks when their two-year-old son was taken by the jaws of an alligator who was wading in a near by pond.

The gator drug the toddler into the pond where he then drowned. The poor baby’s body was missing and was not discovered until some time later. But in the meantime, four or five pond-dwelling gators were killed and cut open to look for any of the boy’s remains. Needless to say, they didn’t find any because they didn’t realize they toddler’s body was afloat elsewhere. *sips tea

Now, this is the second time this month that someone lost or wasn’t paying attention to their children and fell into the hands of danger.

My only questions are:

A) Where the F*CK were the parents??!!

B) How in the HELL did you let your baby boy get that close to the lake/pond/ whatever?!

Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

The new “Non-Smart” Smartphone?

by Jannah Bolds 

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Sounds quite contradictory right?
Well, in a world where we are all consumed with our smart devices, ideas like this one can present itself as a sense of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I can totally understand where technology is taking the world…Like leading us by hand down a dark alley way (metaphorically speaking).
Maybe that was the wrong metaphor to use, but you get the point that technology is becoming a blinder; blocking us from seeing what goes on around us. We have the option of restricting that blinder, simply by restricting the “smartness”. Thus giving birth to the Runcible.
The Runcible was created by Aubry Anderson, founder and CEO of Monohm Inc., with the intent to create something totally opposite of what smart devices are today.
“Runcible is a new category of mobile device, its palm sized, modeled on the pocket watch, and eccos iconic forms that humans have carried with them and had strong emotional relationships with for ages,” said Anderson in an interview for the Runcible campaign.
“People ask me if Runcible is a phone. It’s more like a highly connected, tablet-computer. It’s phone-like, but you don’t hold it up to your head. You can pair with a bluetooth device, and make phone calls if you really want to,” he said.
If your really into products “Made in America”, then the runcible will get brownie points for you since it’s designed AND made in California.
Did I mention that this device is completely hackable? Well, “hackable” seems a bit negative, so I’ll just say “customizable”. Yes, add what you want, and take off what you want at the software and hardware levels. This devices uses the Open Source initiative.
“Open source is freely available and lives independently with this company or any other where you can always comprehend what the device is doing; and you can change it if you don’t like it…even if we are no longer in the picture. This is a device that you can keep for a long time, fix and upgrade,” said Anderson.
The first Runcible will feature a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, bluetooth connectivity, WiFi, 1GB RAM, 8GB flash storage, a rear-facing camera, and exposed GPIO and USB host for further expansion capabilities. 4G LTE will not be used in this version of the Runcible, but the company definitely has plans for it in the future. Remember, it will be a simple upgrade, no replacement device needed.
Now, what about price? Runcible starts at $399 USD with an organic-feeling back made from reclaimed ocean plastic ‘fished out from the Great Pacific Plastic Island’. OR, you can pay an extra $100 and get a hand crafted solid wood back made from local harvested madrone wood from Mendocino County, California.
Wow! So, for those of you who had to re-read that last paragraph a couple times to understand the differences; One is made from plastic, and the other from wood. The plastic is the least expensive lol.
“Runcible is specifically made to avoid pulling you out of the real world, especially if your out there to enjoy it,” said Anderson.
Estimated to release to the public in September 2016.
Interested? For more information on this revolutionary device, click here to check out their website.
Article information: indiegogo.com
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Don’t worry, I can wait.

As we grow into our adult selves, one day or another you’ll be approached with “the question”. The question that is asked only by those who have them. The question that your grandparents ask you every year at the family reunion. See where I’m going with this?

“When are you going to have kids?”

Yesssss….THAT one particular question that gets a blank stare from me every time. A blank stare followed by a “when I’m ready” response. I’m in my mid-twenties right now and happily living kid-free. So, if I haven’t spawned a seed by now, don’t you think I would fall into the “I’m waiting” category. Because let’s face it, the majority of the people my age with children by now didn’t have them on purpose. Name one young adult who was physically, mentally, AND financially equipped to start a family? When I say young adult, I’m talking ages 15-22. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to come up with an answer.

There is so much that goes into raising an infant, it definitely takes two, maybe three, or four, AND the grace of God. Money, time, and not to mention sleep. I’m in a selfish stage of my life and I have no shame in wanting to keep it that way for a while until I’m physically, mentally, financially ready.

First, I’m just not ready. Hell, I cringe at thinking about buying a $30 bag of dog food every two weeks; so diapers, wipes and baby food are definitely out of the question at this time lol. Like I said, I’m selfish right now. I want to be able to buy a pair of $235 pair of shoes, drive a sports coupe for a couple years, fly to France on a random weekend, or buy a $1,600 Beyonce concert ticket! Am I wrong? I think not.

Secondly, I’d rather not get sucked into the struggle; and don’t look at the screen like there’s no struggle involved being young and raising a kid. Medicaid, food stamps, section 8 vouchers and, all the other possible ways to take advantage of the government, are fine and dandy temporarily. However, I don’t plan on making it a life style.

*Now, I’m  not putting those people down who get help from government programs. I am simply saying that I don’t want that for my life.

Why? BECAUSE ITS A TRAP!

photo cred: http://www.thekazushi.com

That’s it, I’m dropping it all to become a stripper!

Well maybe that headline was a little strong, but I will certainly say that I’ve thought about it jokingly.

Why?

These kind of questions come about when someone, like me, has hit a wall. A wall that can some days seem inpenetratable. I’m talking about breaking into a career. Not just any career, but the career that you set yourself up for. With a college degree and real life experience in the bag, you’d think nailing a job after a couple internships would be a no brainier right?

I’ve come to learn that it’s not just that simple. But why? Why isn’t it THAT simple? I mean, c’mon. We work our butts off in college and prep for internships TO get the degree TO build the resume TO GET THE JOB! That’s what’s frustrating to a young person in a position like this.

Getting turned down two or three times isn’t going to do much damage. But when months turn into years of constant “we regret to inform you” messages, it really hurts. It’s like the world telling you that what you worked your ass off for is not enough. Your degree is not enough, your experience is not enough.

*Let me say something about “not having enough experience”. Well, if I don’t have enough experience, tell me where the hell am I going to get that experience if no one is willing to give me a chance?! If you have the answer, DO SHARE!

When too much time passes, frustrations are high and contemplations get to brewing.

What am I doing wrong? Did I lose my edge? Should I go back to school? Maybe this isn’t what I’m supposed to do. Should I change career paths?

All these questions arise, self esteem decreases, and out of desperation, young professionals start running out of options. But…The motto I’m trying to live by now is:

“When opportunity doesn’t knock, build your own f*cking door.”

Stay tuned…

City of Atlanta moves to improve greenspaces

   Atlanta receives Federal Grants to Improve parks

By Jannah Bolds

 BEN Network Freelance writer 

 By Fall 2016, the City of Atlanta will have worked over 12 months to expand and improve a special area in West Atlanta, Proctor Creek Watershed, and has received over half a million in federal funds to complete it.

A total of $590 thousand has been contributed by three major organizations to construct and make this watershed area more of a greenspace. The National Park Service contributed $280 thousand, which was matched by the Emerald Corridor Foundation. The Trust for Public Land was also able to contribute $30 thousand.

“It is city property that has been laying dormant for decades and the foundation owned a bit also and decided that it was a really natural place near a MARTA station and there was space to create an accessible feature that could have educational value in addition to the trail and exercise spaces that were the subject of the grant,” said Debra Edelson, Executive Director for the Emerald Corridor Foundation. 

The goal of this project is to benefit the community by creating a “greenspace” and to protect the watershed at Proctor Creek. The watershed covers approximately 16 square miles and Proctor Creek runs about nine miles.

Protecting watersheds are necessary for providing clean drinking water, habitats for wildlife, and recreational areas.

“This covers a nine-mile corridor that is currently being underutilized. There are are about 60,000 residents tat live in the neighborhood that have no real access to a greenspace within walking distance, so the goal is to focus on this area,” said Aaron Baspan, Mayors Office of Sustainability Community and Project Manager. 

This project will create indirect jobs initially and will also require specific maintenance in order to keep the greenspace running.

“We will need suppliers that will supply equipment and installation services. This will also create long-term jobs in our Department of Parks and Recreation in order to maintain it,” said Baspan.

Specific features that this new greenspace will include a 1,400-foot pedestrian and bike trail, three adult fitness stations, three children’s pay stations, benches, and spaces for picnic activity and play.

“A key point to make here is that instead of us coming to the table with a perscribed plan, we have a ‘wish list’ that will allow us to take the time to work with the community and hear what their wish list of items would be since it is in their backyard,” said Baspan.

It is the City’s vision to have the park open next summer with 12-14 months of construction. Baspan believes that this project fits into an overall sustainability priority and that if the city can successfully get residents out of their houses into parks, they’re more likely to reinvest their money back into the neighborhood.

He said it will draw businesses, people will want to live there and eventually reshape the city.

 

The Bold Opinion on Orange Room Radio

Expanding and building my brand

I’m mot certain if I explained where the name “The Bold Opinion” originated, so I’ll go ahead and put that out there. The title was discovered while I was writing for the student newspaper in college, The George-Anne. A few members from the news staff and I all brainstormed on a title for my first sports column, thus The Bold Opinion was born. BAM, that was it. lol

Now years later, I’ve started my own blog AND scored my own internet radio show on Orange Room Radio!

*pats self on the back

Well, I’d honestly say that the radio show was not all my effort, it sort of fell into my arms. My mom has an old coworker who also has a show there also, and he pitched my love of sports to the CEO…and BOOM!

The show started off as a strictly a sports show, covering a little bit of everything sports related. But a few weeks in, I came to realize that trying to talk about sports for two whole hours can get a bit…boring..let’s just be honest. lol So, now I revamped it to make it more like The Bold Opinion blog site. We discuss current events, politics, love & relationships, and of course, sports!

So far, everything with the show is going great. I never did radio prior to this and I was a bit nervous at first, but now I’m definitely warmed up to it and I love every minute of it!

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New Orleans puts voodoo on Falcons

The streak is overBy Jannah Bolds

I don’t even want to hear anything about “Who dat?” You know why? Because that was simply a terrible terrible performance by the Atlanta Falcons. So many things went wrong for Matt Ryan’s team; and hot damn, what a match-up for things to go sour.

The injury to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was not even evident that night against Atlanta. Brees found the weak spot in the Falcon’s defense, and ran with it all the way till the clock hit 0:00. The weak spot you ask? Atlanta’s secondary of course. Brees and the offense made a point that they were taking advantage of Atlanta’s off night.

Lets not single out just one group on Atlanta’s team that performed horribly; it was a group effort, with the exception of a few. Offensively, Atlanta struggled, with three turnovers and a couple sacks. The offensive line missed a few assignments last night which lead to those mess-ups.

The Atlanta defense were effective in stopping New Orleans’ running game, but when Brees put the ball in the air, it was all she wrote. That made it had for the Falcons offense to catch up in the end.  

Oh well, such as life. The two southern rivals will meet once more at the end of the season, this time in the Georgia Dome, to settle things once and for all. Meanwhile, the Falcons are still under the Carolina Panthers in the NCF South, but that may change once the Panthers face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at 4:00pm.

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Falcons topple Texans 48-21

By Jannah Bolds

Rolling on momentum from last week’s come-from-behind win over Dallas, the Atlanta Falcons collect another “W” over the Houston Texans today in the Dome.  

Week four brought an astounding performance for Atlanta and nothing but confusion for Houston as they struggled to find a rhythm through the game’s entirety. The strong performance lead the Falcons to 243 passing yards and 135 rushing yardage. The Texans on the other hand, recorded more passing yards, 374 to be exact, but, were able to rush for only 54 yards.

Let me tell you what went wrong for the Texans, but leaned in favor of the Falcons at the end of the day; the inconsistency in Houston’s offense. Point. Blank. Period. That team was not in sync with each other the entire game. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another. 

Although Houston’s passing yardage exceeded Atlanta’s, I think that’s it’s safe to say that the Texans need to straighten out their offensive issues ASAP and iron out their inconsistencies quarterback wise. Their starting QB, Ryan Mallett clearly struggled offensively and couldn’t seem to click with receivers the first three quarters on the field; completing with only 12 completions and one interception.

However, when the Texans made a QB switch with Brian Hoyer, the game changed. Well, let’s say this, either putting Hoyer in at QB was a key factor for the Texans’ offense, or the Falcons switched out to their second string defense. Either way, this resulted in the Texans putting points on the board and eliminating the possibility of a shut-out.

But nothing will top the highlight of the day, talk about the icing on the cake in the final seconds of the game, the Falcons’ defense come up with an 80-yard fumble return to tack on another six. The Atlanta offense didn’t bother with the extra point attempt, since the game had already concluded. That, to me, was one of those small signs of sportsmanship; good job Falcons. 

Although it seemed like this was an easy win for Matt Ryan and his team, I’m sure the Atlanta coaches still found some assignments that were not met. So, the team will have a week to stay pumped before they meet the 2-2 Redskins October 11th at 1:00 pm in the Dome. 

Photo credentials: http://www.atlantafalcons.com

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