1.3 Miles with Clyde Bennett III - 002
What’s up everyone. I’m feeling good today. My German Studies exam went well, and I’m two coffees in. I am ready to write (type I guess). Let’s get after it.
First off, I want to thank everyone for the feedback on 1.3 Miles Part I. It meant the world to me. Contrary to popular belief, I was very nervous to release that piece and really let my voice go. I’m happy with the feedback and appreciate it. Both the bad and good. I must reiterate, the grammar is going to be very relaxed (sorry Ms.Floyd/Mrs.Dunn).
“What I really care about is how engaged you are with what I am writing.” That being said, I hope you enjoy 1.3 Miles Part II.
Are You Friends and Family?
Wow. And that is an understatement. I have had the privilege to see Madison’s growth first-hand. It has gone from me telling people to shop Madison, to people asking me why I am not in the store when they stop by. The Paris Racer Pants sold out in a matter of days! Oh, and to the haters that say we sold out because we made a small number of pairs… don’t be silly.
I worked my first actual shift last Sunday and the amount of love shown was great. Shout out to Carson, Gary, Ryan, Lee, HEIRS Team, Alexandra Pohl, and all the others that came out to support me and the store. Support does not go unnoticed, and you guys will reap the benefits of that support (friends and family event soon? Hmm).
In no way do you have to buy anything from Madison-USA to support the cause. Just stop in, check out the new pieces, and be yourself. Simple as that. We want genuine connections and conversations. You never know, you could be writing this article next month ;0
I don’t want to tell all of Madison’s secrets, but we have some BIG news on the way, and if you are friends and family, you’ll be plugged in first. I have one question. Are you friends and family?
BTW, all the clothes at Madison-USA are unisex. Girls, feel free to come through. “The ladies dress better than the men anyways.”
Pressure is a good thing. My best friend Shaheel once asked me, “If there’s no pressure, what are you really doing in life? What do you really care about if you feel no pressure to do well?” Oh, and Shaheel knows pressure, as he’s in The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I’ll never forget what Shah said to me that day.
Instead of looking at nerves and pressure as a bad thing, you should look at it as a positive. You’re probably in the face of pressure because you need to perform well. “There are many people in the world that face no pressure because they are simply stagnant in life.” Pressure tells me that I am moving up in the world and getting shit done. The nerves you feel? That shows you care about what you are doing. Whether it’s the interview for your dream job, your basketball game, your Organic chemistry exam, or asking that girl/boy that you like on a date – the nerves and pressure are a good thing. Pressure busts pipes or makes diamonds.
A Lonely Valentine’s Day
Were any of you guys eating chocolate by yourself on Valentine’s Day? Yeah, me too. This year marks my 20th straight year without a Valentine (okay Mom you don’t count). Was I sad? No. Would it have been dope to have a Valentines? Yes. “Love is natural though, and it will come, leave, and stay when it needs to.” Not going to lie though, if I ever have a girlfriend in college she will be showered in clothing from Madison (promo) and other designer (yes, ladies hit my line).
But in all seriousness, it’s is great to see all the love in the world. For all my single people, our time will come one day. For you people in relationships (*flips bird) (lol jk). **Mom I love you and appreciate the Valentine’s day gift!**
I’m currently on a YNW Melly high. I mean, who isn’t. There is nothing people love more than a rapper that raps about something and actually lives it. If you are confused on what I am talking about, listen to Murder on my Mind, and then Google YNW Melly. Don’t get it twisted though, it is still #FREEMelly until its backwards (also check out Mixed Personalities, Slang that Iron, City Girls, No Heart, and 4 Real by Melly).
I’ve also been bumping a heavy dose of James Blake, Ariana Grande (ugh I know…), and 21 Savage. My favorite song as we speak! Is! *drumroll please! Coffee Bean by Travis Scott.
Lyric of the week comes from Drake’s song, Pound Cake: “You know it’s real when you are who you think you are.”
Travis Scott Concert
I want to preface this section by saying that I have seen Travis Scott perform 1,2,3,4, 5 times! I’m an expert and any disagreeing with my opinion will not be tolerated. Travis Scott put on a great show in Columbus this past weekend. The visuals were amazing. It is crazy to have seen Travis grow from opening up for Rihanna (first time I saw Travis) to headlining his own Arena tour.
All in all, a great show. I was just surprised at Travis’ almost laid-back performance. Visuals: A+, Sound: A+, Performance: B+, fans who have clearly never heard a song before Astroworld: A+. Oh, and one time I rapped on stage with Travis Scott and proceeded to stage dive. Video on my Instagram.
Also, am I the only one that realized that there are no capital letters in Instagram usernames...
Maybe as I am maturing, so is Travis. I went from being in the pit drenched in sweat, to watching Travis calmly in the second row with my brothers (and Jenna). Travis Scott was 23 then, and he’s 26 now (with a daughter), -shout out Stormi.
Thankfully, I don’t have a daughter, but we have both grown and matured in our own way. Maybe this is why Travis’ shows aren’t as wild as they once were. They are still special in their own way. The best show in America for sure. “Travis Scott, you have become a pop star, and I am here for it.”
*****SHOUTOUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE I SAW IN MADISON-USA CLOTHING AT THE TRAVIS SCOTT CONCERT THAT WAS AMAZING. WE SEE YOU.*****
After the party (Travis), there was the after party. The after party was Monarch 614. We showed up like stars and we showed out like stars. Velle held it down and had bottle service on tap. The sparklers, the capacity crowd, the vibes, and the music were all on cue. I finally got to hit the town with the team, and we had a time. **Shoutout to Cari for coming out with the kid.**
This week’s fashion section also features the quote of the month (week, day, whatever). The late Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.” Okay, who else is running to the dumpster with their sweatpants in hand right now? I know I am. RIP Mr. Lagerfeld.
As of right now this moment, my favorite piece of clothing is the Trucker Hat. The most beautiful, versatile piece in a closet. Yes, in this hat I can be a trucker, but I can also be the best dressed in the building.
This trend goes back decades, but I am also loving when girls dress in men’s style clothing but pull it off. There’s nothing like a woman that can dress amazing, and then go into your closet and still dress amazing. “Who is going to be the first guy to go into a girl closet and still dress amazing? Young Thug? Me?”
The weather is going to break soon, and I hope you guys come out with the heat. I’ll be watching…
Rest in Power, Trayvon Martin
7 years ago, on February 26th, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking home unarmed. For those who don’t know, Martin was walking home from a seven eleven at night, when a man, George Zimmerman, proceeded to follow him. Fearing for his life, Trayvon Martin confronted Zimmerman. A scuffle ensued, and Zimmerman let off one lethal gunshot that took Trayvon Martin’s life.
The saddest part: George Zimmerman was found not guilty on the basis of the Stand Your Ground Law. In Florida, if one feels their life is threatened, they have the right to kill. Highly subjective, this rule has caused controversy across the nation. Stereotypes play a factor into fear.
Martin’s death was not in vain as it woke up the world to the anti-black racism that is still alive and prevalent today. “I remember hearing about this story and thinking, “What if that happens to me?” I am an African American male who wears hoodies and walks late at night. Does that give someone the right to follow me? Profile me? Kill me?
A world without hate, is a beautiful world. “The death of Trayvon Martin should and can be used as a catalyst to erase hate.”
To Trayvon Martin: We will not forget you or the legacy you left. We will continue to fight your fight. We will make sure the world understands that there is much more work to do. We will advocate for reform. We will not forget you. RIP Trayvon.
Stay in touch with me.
If there is something you like about this post DM me. If there is something you don’t like about this post DM me. If there is something you want to discuss further DM me. If you want to be friends DM me. If you want to go on a date DM me. I just want to have genuine conversations with genuine people so talk to me! “I promise you I’m a loser in person.”
Until next time!