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UP UP DOWN DOWN… XAVIER CODE!

Yeah, I knew that title would rope you in.

Now that I have your attention… I will ask you one very… important… question.

HAVE YOU SEEN XAVIER’S NEW GAMING CHANNEL!?
I mean if you haven’t that’s ok too because he just tweeted it earlier.
BUT ANYWAY IT’S AWESOME AND LINKED HERE!!!

And because I am studious and expect everyone else to be, here is the description STRAIGHT from his youtube page:

UpUpDownDown is your cheat code to the best gaming content around. Join lifelong video game aficionado Austin Creed a.k.a. WWE Superstar Xavier Woods as he plays games of all kinds while providing side-splitting commentary with friends and special guests. Enjoy him and other personalities on our shows, which include UpUpDownDown Plays, For the Lolz, Jump Scares, Superstar Savepoint and Gamer Gauntlet, airing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, respectively. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for bonus videos, such as UpUpDownDown’s trip to E3 2015. We like to think of them as hidden levels.

 

Anyway, check out his featured video right here and give him a sub and a thumbs up!!

ONGAKU OVERDRIVE III

Tribe One

Lightning struck, thunder crashed, and Atlanta’s own TribeOne was born with a smile on his face and a rap in his heart. It took him a few years to figure out how to write and then many more years to figure out how to write a decent rap. But eventually he sorted it all out and his been at it ever since.Years later, he continues doing the raps, nerdcore and otherwise. He’s a man of few words but many names, Dirty South Swamp Thing, Devil Rhymeosaur, Ol’ Dirty Batroc.

FIRST TIME IN FLORIDA! Ryan “Kadesh Flow” Davis is a rapper, producer, and trombonist who has been performing since his early teens. Desh has managed to collaborate with renowned voice actors such as Steve Blum, produce theme music for Toonami Asia, perform live at the Cannes Film Festival, and be publicly lauded by gaming/tech journalism giants such as IGN, Kotaku, and the Jace Hall Show.Most recently, Kadesh Flow has appeared in the Buyer’s Remorse, produced under the creative direction of David Cross, worked on the scores for the One Piece Podcast Goes to Japan documentary and USC launched web series Sassy Batman, and released his well-received and reviewed album, Gateways.

 
Under Polaris is a duo/trio outside of Central Florida. Together, they write videogame-inspired rock and pop with a slant of chiptune influence. Their goal is to not only make you feel nostalgic, but to make you dance while you do.
 
Shammers is a nerdcore hip hop veteran who just released the critically acclaimed “Pallet 2 Plateau: The Pokémon Hip-Hop Album”. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind musical experience as Trainer Red and Professor Oak take you down the path of the original Red & Blue games through rhyme and comedy!
 
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Benjamin Briggs is a self-made musician who has been producing consistently throughout the last decade. Though he is best known for remixing video game music, he also creates original work with a strong focus on fusing chiptunes with modern soundscapes.Benjamin has produced hit albums such The Briggs Effect trilogy and his most recent release, Fearless Living. Now he is taking his love for video game music to a whole new level by composing soundtracks for independent video games.

As seen onstage at major music festivals and conventions across the nation, Ben is very passionate about his ability to help people with music and his role in the nerd community. As such, he believes his only true purpose in the world is to create positive memories and spread smiles to as many faces (and ears) as possible.

Venue Information:
Will’s Pub
1042 N. Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL, 32803
http://www.myspace.com/willspub

Q&A With The Newest NPC, Nigel!

I met Nigel Twumasi, founder of comic book and fashion line Mayamada, during a UK tour last year. Nigel’s booth was packed with amazing art, and hip fashion. I didn’t know anything about his brand, but I had to have the dope SAMURAI beanie I saw there.

mayamada Nigel’s on the left.

Fast forward, and Nigel and Mayamada are popping up at expos, fashion shows and more, sporting slick art and and fresh style. Peep the Q&A!

1. What are you nerding out on currently?

Not the most nerdy topic, but I am really getting into the autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. I have it as an audiobook and it’s been a great listen so far.

2. What’s your most recent games played?

GTA V and the Batman Arkham series on the Xbox. I’m so far behind with my games!

3. What music is on your playlist?

From pop acts like Pharrell, but mostly older hip hop groups like Jurassic 5 and The Roots. I also have a bunch of old soul acts like Bobby Womack, Al Green and Aretha Franklin.

4. What do you do in your downtime?

Watching films with friends is great as it let me take a complete break from work as well as watching shows like the Daily Show and Colbert Report.

I also read a lot of fiction like Game of Thrones and write my own satire on my own website, Mostly Legit News Network. I took a break from it recently but am preparing to get back on it before the year is out.

5. Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about?

Through my business, mayamada, I have been involved with local schools speaking about my business experience or getting student involved in creative projects.

6. What are you trying to learn to do right now?

Right now I’m trying to learn French. I’ve always liked the idea of being able to speak in another language plus I’m aiming to go to an exhibition in France for my business so it seemed like a logical thing to learn.

7. What should Nerdy People of Color get out of our website and collective?

They should get the sense that nerdy, geeky and creative pursuits aren’t only for a certain type of person, but for everyone with a talent or interest.

The collective should also inspire people looking to get into a particular creative or nerday area and encourage them to pursue it.

8. Favorites:
a) Movie? Pulp Fiction.
b) Food? Most things that end in the word “cake”.
c) Website? The Verge

9. What’s upcoming for you?

A new comic book call Samurai Chef I’m working on for my business. We create anime-inspired clothing and comics based on our own original characters and our latest title is almost ready for release.

10) Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today.

I can’t really point to one, but reading about the stories of entrepreneurs that I admire like Steve Jobs and Tony Hsieh have given me a better idea of what I want to do in my own life and better yet, shown it can be done.

If there’s any one person I’d say Johnny Cupcakes and his personal story of creating a successful business and brand have been very inspirational to me.

1-UP’s Not so Secret Power Ranger Obsession

So it’s no secret that I have on obsession with the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers…

It all started when I was 5 years old and my older sister made me watch the first episode. I was extremely opposed to watching anything that was not a brightly colored cartoon with high contrast to catch my eyes. During that first episode everything left me in awe… there were explosions, high tech (for the time) warp scenes, a dude floating around in a tube and a dude who DANCED WHILE HE FOUGHT!

HE DANCED WHILE HE FOUGHT!!!
(I used to be a really bad dancer when I was a kid)

I watched the Power Rangers religiously in the following years from MMPR to Power Rangers in Space (And a few other arcs sprinkled here and there). It was so bad that I tried to get my mom to change my name to Jason and Tommy (Because I wanted to be the leaders haha) and during TV turnoff week at school my sister and I made my mom record (on VHS) the Green with Evil arc where Tommy Oliver gets introduced. I mean I just want to stress how important it is to remember I was 5 or 6 years old, a lot of the world to me was still brand new so like… my mind was constantly being blown by the acrobatics and alien monsters and the zords… OH THE ZORDS!!!!

I don’t know exactly what it was that resonated with MMPR so much more with me than other TV shows. I still caught Dino Thunder and Mega Force but I will never forget that feeling running home from the bus stop to see what crazy plan Rita and Zed had cooking or how the rangers were going to foil the Machine Empire. Maybe it was the fact that these were real kids doing real martial arts and stunts (mostly). Maybe it was the fact that I’m kind of corny and like whenever shows resolve themselves into some hidden life lesson about character and integrity.

Maybe I’m just weirdly obsessed with MMPR. (We can go with that one most likely)

Either way at the end of the day it’s something I love, and fortunately the original rangers are pretty cool and hopped in this video for me 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1013465235339223

~1-UP

The Process Makes No Sense. So What?

This week, on Tuesday, as a matter of fact, a vice president in the company for which I work curbed me during a one on one conversation, seemingly randomly providing me a validating piece of wisdom:

“You know, man,” he started, “you’re young. You’ve probably got dreams. Don’t be afraid to leave Cerner to pursue those dreams. Just don’t burn any bridges. And if those dreams don’t work out, you can always come back to a place like Cerner.”

I don’t think he had any idea how much I needed to hear that from a person in a position such as the one he held. I sure didn’t. But hearing him say that was like a breath of fresh air. Before I (finally) get around to mentioning what that conversation snippet has to do with anything whatsoever, let me clarify that this is not going to be a post about me hating my job; my job is pretty solid. It’s not going to be about encouraging anyone to quit anything to chase flowers, or chocolate, or the flying spaghetti monster, or what have you. However, I will be personal.

I’m a year and a half into taking my music seriously. Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve been a musician for 14 years, and I’ve been uploading content online and releasing projects for three, six, really, if you count my stuff that only friends and family have heard. Unfortunately, it was only a hobby until I realized how much it keeps me up at night, how much a part of my identity it is.

In the year and a half since I fully embraced my music passion, since that second semester of my second year in graduate school, I have felt more liberated and more empowered than I ever had up to that point. There are people who actually appreciate my letting out things that I didn’t value enough to expose! Who would have thought that was possible? It’s incredible to know that people are listening avidly to anything I decide to enunciate, at any given point in time. It’s been an awesome time period for me.

It’s also been one of the most painful things that I’ve ever known. This has been the hardest year I’ve experienced thus far, and I think that’s because we grow so much when we finally make a decision to embrace us. Who are you, really? Freedom, joy, pain, wrath, frustration, exhilaration, all of these emotions and more are crunched into the messiest packaging possible, bound, and slapped with a gift label that reads something along the lines of “You finally decided to figure it out. Good luck.” Some good that it does. From my end of things, I feel like life would have been a lot easier if I weren’t so frustrated with normal — whatever that means — on a regular basis, and if I was fine with being successful, textbook definition style. Unfortunately, that will never happen with me. It won’t ever happen with you either. Odds are, if you pay attention to the NPC (Happy Birthday, Us!), you probably are a little different some kind of way, and you’re hella proud of it. Even when it sucks, you’re proud of it. When it’s great, you probably play things down to make sure it’s real, trying to do everything you can to take things in the right way and to grow and learn as much as possible while it’s good. Because it will probably suck again soon.

And that’s perfectly fine. That’s part of the greatness of the process that is discovering you, me discovering me, us discovering us.

The conversation I listed really just reminded me that people who have made it to their stations in life don’t always expect us to follow the paths that they built in order for others to further build their successes.

I don’t really have a major turnaround, wrap up, moral, or anything like that for this post. I just want to encourage you to do you. Period. Because doing you is awesome. Every single winding, tumultuous, calming, contradictory, peaceful, destructive moment of it. I hope you embrace it the way that we are over here in NPC-land….

Because life is anything but linear.

Stay up.


— Desh

Desh on Fire - Gateways