Most professional communication, of any kind, is incredibly boring, overwrought, and unnecessary. Much of that is done intentionally, so as to obscure meaning, so that we can continue to bullshit ourselves and each other, to create “work,” which is to say problems to “solve,” so we can remain gainfully employed.
Turns out I’m building a fairly unconventional “career” blog here, since nearly every post is about my latest “eureka” moment wherein I spinoff on a new path. 30+ years into figuring myself out, and I’m still coming up with new ideas. Of late, I’m bursting with ideas, self-directedly, and I’m finally, after 30+ years, entitled enough to pursue them–to claim my direction. So, what I’m really good at is tuning out if what I’m hearing makes no sense, has no rhythm or adds no value. I’m really good at tuning in if the opposites are true. I’m incredibly good at tuning into substance. I’m then even better at boiling down that heavy substance into delicious, bite-size pieces–like puff pastries that stick to your ribs.
For LinkedIn: Korin Mills has been calling bullshit and cutting the fat at some of the best and brightest media organizations in the world for the past 15 years. Like a laserbeam of truth, she unearths the bottom line time and time again to save time, energy and money which might otherwise manifest as confusion, burned bridges, bad hires or wrong turns. Employees not getting the message? Or is it your manager(s)? What is it you need to say? Have you said it? To the right person(s)? I can help.
Here forward I endeavor to post examples of such help, along with an increasingly sophisticated business plan which relies upon it. It’s my only way forward. My only shot at success. This has been a puff pastry on the meaning of my life to date.
Can I live my life as an example? I’m obsessed with this idea of making a contribution–to progress, justice, equality, peace, health and joy. I know they all work together. But I also want to be doing my part. Doing right, living right. Meaning with integrity. Sleeping at night. Having all those things I listed for myself means that it’s possible in the world and I can live with that. Is that enough? Yes. Because I don’t have all those things. Because having all that is having it all which is like perfection which isn’t real. It’s the striving that defines us humans. The endlessness.
So, anyway, I’m restarting this blog again, as my “career” blog. The place where I write about endeavoring to fulfill my ambition. But as I come to terms with myself and live a life more fulfilled, I accept more and more that my career is a moving target. I can’t commit. Or I won’t. Or I won’t because one can’t. If I am to live my greatest life I can’t predetermine it. I just have to work and follow the work. Live humbly, simply, according to my values and with respect for my powers; a life awake.
So, herein, I endeavor to pursue and define and pursue further and redefine “work.” Right now it’s this. This was all brought on by the way by my pursuit of a healthier diet instead of the shit I’m regularly ingesting. From this moment forward, I endeavor to not eat flesh. I don’t eat flesh. My plan is to meditate on it in hard times. To accept that it’s going to be hard for the first week and progressively easier thereafter. I’ll need support. I’m going to find it.
So, sometimes this blog will be funny. Sometimes it will be hella deep. Sometimes it might suck. Sometimes it will be a podcast or a video. All the time it will be me in real time.
I consider myself a Facilitator. Documentarian. MC. Comic. Critic. Narrator. Voice.
I’ve been with you from the start. I followed you to Miami and back to Cleveland. I didn’t have high hopes, but I was with you. I’m always with you. And now you have prevailed. I’m looking for the shoe to drop filled with allegations. About the league, the officials, the status quo. The big stars that make the league. Lebron has years left. It’s a great story. Is it the greatest? Is it worth duplicitous acts by the league? Even so, can any such thing truly be carried off? These are gladiators and they leave it on the floor. I saw a tweet claiming Lebron’s block of Iguodala’s layup was “fixed,” clearly. I’m like, “que?” You can’t fix such a thing. The alley-oop from J.R., the block, these things are in God’s plan, not man’s. ‘Bron is but a vessel, and he was tuned in. Put some respek on his name.
Episode three brings the most welcome of all additions, the voice of Steve Gray, to the Truth to Power Hour. I don’t want to give you too much up front. I’ll just say you’ll hear right away what a huge mistake it’s been not to have brought Steve on sooner. Since we like to keep things timely and relevant, we’ll obviously be discussing the second to last Rihanna single and video, Kiss It Better, as it relates to world affairs. You’ll quickly understand this too. It’s gonna get lively up in here. As ever, we invite you to join in with your own hot heads and knee-jerk reactions. Or, listen a bit now and a bit later, and if in a few days a new and related thought strikes you, HOLLER AT US! We mean it. We love you for listening.
Shy Glizzy, Cut It
Rihanna, Kiss It Better
Madonna, Human Nature
Rihanna, Work (featuring Drake)
*Steve welcome/Whitney tribute video by this internet beast
. You have to listen to the whole podcast to get the connection.
Welcome back y’all for the next installment. This time we’re… you know what just press play. This edition is not “of the moment.” There are no references here to Lemonade or the one and only PRINCE, may he rest. But what you’re about to hear are real, raw thoughts on the world we’re all sharing, and it might just be news you can use today. Take this opportunity to get better acquainted with your hosts, Korin Mills, and Tavi Fields, as we plot this journey one recording at a time.
The Truth is brave, so we are again pulling no punches, and we invite you, listener, to please comment or question anything that so moves you. We heartily invite the continuation of any dialogue we’re starting. That is, in fact, the raison d’etre of this whole joint. In other words: The Truth to Power Hour wants YOU! Are you there, Public? It’s us, Podcasters. Who you gonna call? You’re not only the Listener, you’re the Podcast President. Etc., etc.
PLEASE watch that, and then listen to this:
Welcome y’all. THIS is The Truth to Power Hour.
It is a podcast featuring timely discussion of relevant cultural topics–relevant to me, Korin Mills, and my co-host Tavi Fields. We are two truth telling, New York women who have been making our friends and each other laugh and think hard for many years. In the wake of Nate Parker’s latest feat of strength (see above) it is high time we put this show on the internet. Our podcast is more like a quarter of an hour, but that’s just between you and us.
I quite literally quit my job over the inspiration I found in Mr. Parker’s story–his 7-year labor of love yielding the grand jury prize winner at this year’s Sundance Fim Festival. The Birth of a Nation is also the biggest acquisition deal in the history of Sundance. That a slave rebellion story, told by a slave’s descendant, could command that kind of paper from the hollywood studio system? That is just one of truth’s powers. And we cannot wait for October to see a few more.
Please, take a listen to what we’re talking ’bout, and let us know your own thoughts. We invite you, listener, to join our discussion and help keep it going. The truths we all need to hear are not just mine and Tavi’s to tell. So please, comment, tweet, call us, invite us to dinner, however it works. We gon’ keep talking, to be the change we want to see in the world. So, le’go.
Truth: I can’t even hardly watch that trailer a second time, for I will weep, loud and long. Because my parents were slaves. My name is Peaches.
But the podcast goes down nice and smooth (shout out to our editor Sam Bathrick). Note, we recorded this thing back in early February, so the political references are that old. Took a minute to get our workflow down, but now we here! And we intend to be back with a new joint every other Monday, so please re-visit us. Thank you for listening!
Mariah Carey on J Lo.
“…her thing is sum’n different.”
Sum’n different = the other 2 threats.
“For every Debbie Reynolds, who could do it all, there was a Bette Davis, who did one thing very well.” In this analogy #mariah is Bette Davis, and there is no Debbie Reynolds.