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  • Slum Village featuring BJ The Chicago Kid and Illa J – Expressive

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    by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Clean Lines

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    If you’ve been following my blog, you know by now my affinity for contemporary home design.  Most think of art on the walls, but sometimes the wall is the art.  Check out the visuals of this wonderfully constructed home in Kilchberg near Zurich, Switzerland.  Designed by Frei + Saarinen the ground floor consists of an interlaced spatial […]
  • Jacob Lawrence

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    Known for producing collections like his  sixty panel Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence is one of the most widely acclaimed artist of the 20th century.  Influenced by the shapes and colors of Harlem, Lawrence brought the African-American experience to life in his work.  His Migration Series chronicled the movement of African Americans form the rural South to the […]
  • Pop Life

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    Ever since I started Hearts Of Kings, I’ve really become interested in the “world”of art and design.  And it’s not that art never interest me, it’s just before I was just interested from a visual perspective.  I would see something, like it or I thought it was cool, but never really looked that deep into […]
  • Common – The Next Chapter (Still Love H.E.R.)

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    When I first heard Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.“, I instantly fell in love.   No pun intended.  It was one of those smooth, lyrical songs that spoke to something deeper than on the surface.  That was ’94.   Fast forward some 20 years and Common has dropped the follow up to the hit […]
  • Think Different, Be Different

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      A few days ago I posted an Apple ad that contained the tagline, “Think different.”.  At some point in our lives, we’ve been asked the question by our parents or guardians, “If your friend jumped off the bridge, would you follow?”.  It was then that we were challenged to think different, to think for ourselves […]
  • Ad-spiration

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    Just thought I’d post a few old-school print ads that have inspired a generation.  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Play to Win

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    Those  familiar with NFL football know Herm Edwards as the former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets and currently as an analyst on ESPN.   Before the 2011 NFL season, Herm spoke to incoming rookies about the “business” of football.  Although Edwards was speaking to young men about the business of […]
  • Stay Tuned

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    Anyone who has aspired to do more and be more and challenged themselves to be great has probably run into stumbling blocks.  Staying focused on achieving our dreams and goals most times comes with a hefty price.  It takes work, hard work.  Most times more work than we could ever imagine.  It also forces us […]
  • Phony Ppl – Statues

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    Phony Ppl are a collective rap crew, a songwriting/production team, a live band, and a group of friends who live to make music.  I’ve been into this crew since I first listened to their debut album Phonyland earlier this year.  This past summer they released their Nothing Special EP.  Below are the visuals to the first track off the […]
  • Pure Luck?

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    The definition of luck is to prosper or succeed especially through chance or good fortune.  Nothing truly happens just by chance.  Strive to be the best.  We create our own luck!  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Jay-Z “Where I’m From” Documentary

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    In the midst of celebrating his birthday on yesterday, Jay-Z released a documentary highlighting his opening concert at the Barclays Center.  The short documentary takes viewers into the times leading up to the concerts and footage of Jay and his crew.  There’s also footage of  rehearsals, the eight back-to-back shows, and Jay’s infamous subway ride. […]
  • Wale – The Arrival

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    Well, he said he would drop a new joint today and Mr. Folarin stuck to his word.  Hit play to check out the arrival of Wale’s new track, “The Arrival”.  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Miguel – The Thrill

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    With the release of his new album on Tuesday, Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel continues the promotion with the release of the visuals to “The Thrill”.  The video is said to have been shot all in one day as he celebrated his girlfriend’s birthday.  Check it out below.  Oh, and support good music.  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for […]
  • A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime

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    Just the mood I’ve been in today.  Nothing like the soulful sounds of old school hip hop.  No one did hip hop soul and jazz better than A Tribe Called Quest.  Just hit play!  Peace & Love!!! [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/56833602″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Rock House by UN Arquitectura

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    I’m such a sucker for open, modern architecture.  Here are a few pics of another beauty.  Just gaze and enjoy.  Peace & Love!!!  Via: Contemporist by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Air Jordan IX Johnny Kilroy

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    Nike has always been one of my inspirations.  I admired the brand both athletically and creatively.  Some may remember with the release of the Air Jordan IX, Nike’s creation of the character Johnny Kilroy.  Well, Nike has decided to bring Kilroy back with the re-release of several variations of the Air Jordan IX.  The first of […]
  • Frank Ocean – Blue Whale

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    If you can’t get enough of  Frank Ocean, here goes another offering.  Although, if you’re expecting the R&B crooning you’ve become accustom to from Frank, listen again.  Here Frank spits a couple of verses on “Blue Whale”, because he can.  Listen below.  Peace & Love!!! [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/61071940″ params=”show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings […]
  • Branding

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    Branding can be defined as the marketing practice of creating a name, symbol or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products.  And while you may find creating the perfect name and logo difficult,  building brand value and equity will take even more time and introspection than you could have ever imagined. On […]
  • Stay Strong

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    Although we may not wake up every morning feeling great, it’s still an opportunity to be great.  Someone may be watching or is depending on you.  Stay strong and fight through the obstacles.  Who knows what may happen.  Peace and Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Design Down Under

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    Four level contemporary home located in South Yarra, a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  Simply Beautiful!!! Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via: HomeDSGN
  • Be Inspired

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    Inspiration comes in many forms.  I’m really excited about this new project.  Gotta get back to work!  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Double Play

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    Double Play There's no denying that Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson are the best two sport athletes, EVER! The things these two were able to do in football and baseball was nothing short of spectacular. These two not only had the ability to compete in both the NFL and MLB, but also excelled. One might say they were both better football than baseball players. But, when you consider that hitting a baseball is the toughest skill in sports and these two spent their off-season on the football field, you may find new respect for what they were able to accomplish. They were also very successful pitchman for Nike. Check out visuals of their commercials and highlights below.
  • Beauty of Humility

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    Beauty of Humility Humility can be defined as the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance. With that being said, humility has always been a beautiful characteristic one could possess. But, the popularity and use of social media is exposing it to be a characteristic few have acquired. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are great ways to stay connected to friends, family and coworkers. Unfortunately, they also seem to be place's to degrade others and spew negativity. Since elementary school, I never understood how and why people feel the need to talk about and degrade others. It seemed to be an insecure trait that one would grow out of. Needless to say, grown folks seem to engage in the name calling and arrogant judging of others, as much as, if not more than KIDS. Arrogance and overconfidence will always be ones downfall. Our opinion's are very valuable, but never at the expense of others. “True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.” -Ralph W. Sockman “The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.” -Samuel Butler Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Frank Morrison

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    Growing up in New Jersey, Frank Morrison was a precocious and inquisitive youngster whose curiosity about everything around him seemed limitless.  Morrison’s work is inspired, not only by his rich and varied life experiences, but also his love for GOD.  Each of his paintings is notated with “TTG”, Thanks To God, as a reminder of […]
  • These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

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    Life without dreaming, is a life without meaning!!! Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • No Kings Without Queens (Extended Version)

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    By my side, forever you are seated Encouraging words of support You are what I’ve always needed. A Ruler of Nations, is how I am viewed and seen Impossible would be this Kingdom If I were King, without you as my Queen. Your walk, that smile, the flip of your hair That waist, the legs, […]
  • Sunday Inspiration: Stay in the Fight

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      Sort of a re-post, but I think the ending to the movie Ali is one of the most inspirational ever.  Life’s challenges are endless.  Even when you feel like you’ve been backed into the ropes, never give up and stay in the fight! “Can’t let you get that second wind which you don’t even […]
  • The LeBrons

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    Branding.  It is one of the most important concepts we all should grasp and understand.  We must seek to create and protect our own brand.  Not as it relates to clothing, shoes, or any product for that matter.   But, how we are viewed by others in the world.  Before Lebron James ever entered the […]
  • The Black House

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    by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via: DigsDigs  
  • Niceguys Finish Last?

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    Houston, we have a problem.  You have probably one of the nicest, no pun intended, hip hop groups in your backyard and most of you don’t even know it.  I did a blog entry on these cats back in June and it seems nothing has changed as far as their recognition.  Their debut album, The Show, […]
  • Good Luck Gentleman

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    I’ve been having this book for a while now and I thought of it as I was having a conversation earlier.  As you can assume, it was about being a gentleman.  Without getting in to details, it was about how I’ve always been viewed as a gentleman.  Now I always like to think of and […]
  • Long Time, No See

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    I know it’s been a minute.  Been grinding and I had to switch my focus to other things.  But… I’m back.  Good to see you and Let’s GO!!!   Peace& Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings  
  • The Legendary: A Film About The Roots

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    Simply one of the best bands EVER, The Roots continue to do their thing. I was fortunate to see them in concert again about two weeks ago. They kill. Black Thought has got to be one of the most, if not the single most underrated emcee ever. Dude’s voice live flows with so much clarity […]
  • It’s KHARI

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    Well it damn sure ain’t Mickey Mouse!!!  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Minimalist Living

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    Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via: DigsDigs
  • Wale – The Break Up Song

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    For those not in a Valentines Day mood, Wale delivers the visual for “The Break Up Song”  off his mixtape, More About Nothing. Recently signed to the Rick Ross led – Maybach Music Group, Wale intends to to still be the same artist, just with the ability to release the music his former label didn’t […]
  • Fail To Succeed

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    No one likes to fail.  Nor am I advocating failure.  But, it’s that very failure that can lead to your success.  The biggest failure one could ever commit is not even trying due to fearing failure.  The key is to learn from your mistakes and turn them into successes.  Always give your all and if you […]
  • A King Of Kings

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    I can’t even begin to explain the love and respect I have for this man.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true LEADER of men.  In an age of celebrity worship and selfishness, Dr. King is someone to look back to for how one should live and treat others.  Imagine not only living, but […]
  • More Ernie Barnes

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    Ernie Barnes’s paintings always captivate.  I posted a couple of his paintings a few weeks back and had to post more.   Check them out below.  Peace & Love!!! Head Over Heels Sugar Shack Olympic Finish Song of Myself by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Clean Lines

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    by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings Via: DigsDigs
  • …Chloe Mitchell

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      I’m sure by now most of you have heard Kanye West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. On the track “Blame Game”, which is probably my favorite song on the disc, he recites an excerpt from a poem and “cites” the name Chloe Mitchell.  From that point most were wondering, “Who is Chloe Mitchell?”.  At least, […]
  • Determination

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    Hurdling all obstacles Navigating tumultuous situations Conquering any task placed before me Outlasting all competitors. by L. Daniels for Hearts Of Kings
  • The Brand(s) New Year

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    Click on the Store link to witness the new pricing.  Also, for a limited time you can save 20% on your order by using the promotion code KINGS20.  Peace & Love!!! by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • So… You May Have Heard

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    by T. Lewis for Hearts Of Kings
  • Wale featuring Lloyd – Let’s Chill

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    Lately, there hasn’t been a significant amount of music that has a real meaning and message in it.  This is not one of those songs.  Leave it to Wale to go left of right.  Using an interpolation of the Guy classic “Let’s Chill”, he discusses exploring a deeper connection with his female companion.  With Lloyd […]
  • Louis Armstrong – White Christmas & Cool Yule

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    Probably the most influential jazz artist ever.  Louis Armstrong was not just a great cornet and trumpet player, but his distinctive gravelly voice also made him a great singer.  He is also one of the most popular performers ever.  I was really searching for his version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, but could not seem […]
  • I Like to Kiss

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    It’s actually one of my favorite things to do.  Never sloppy though.  You know, I like to Keep It Short & Sweet or Keep It Simple Stupid.  Some people can be too extra.  Sometimes life really is that simple.  Instead of remaining focused on what we as individuals need to do, we tend to delve […]
  • Good Grief, It’s Christmas Time!!!

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    Where has the time gone?  It’s Christmas time already.  The year seems to have flown by.  With that being said, can’t be Christmas without Good Ol’ Charlie Brown.  A Charlie Brown Christmas was a special I never missed as a kid.  Still to this day I am a Charlie Brown fan.  How could you not […]
  • Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile

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    As a lover of soul music, I couldn’t believe I was sleeping on this brothers music.  I initially heard his song “I Need A Dollar” as the theme song to the HBO series How to Make It in America. Check out his album Good Things and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.  Consequently, check out […]

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