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He has the golden touch because any song he has or is featured on become number one hits (Happy, Blurred Lines, Get Lucky, etc).  Hopefully he’ll have the golden touch for the elections!  This is an excerpt from his GQ interview on newsstands now.

On Hilary Clinton being the next president of the US: “Let me tell you why Hillary’s going to win. Everywhere you go in this country, you have red and blue. You got the Democrats; you got the Republicans. You got the Bloods; you got the Crips. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there’s unity. There’s gonna be unity. So when you think about a night where there’s late-night talk-show hosts and it’s mostly women, that’s a different world. Right? A world where 75 percent of the prime ministers and the presidents were women: that’s a different world. That’s gonna happen, and it’s gonna happen when Hillary wins. Because you know what? No matter how staunch of a supporter you are of no-abortion, whatever you are: you’re a woman, and there’s no way in the world you’re going to vote for somebody that’s going to try to tell you what to do with your body. Hillary’s gonna win. Listen, I’m reaching out to her right now. She’s gonna win.”

The 3 Golden Sisters read out loud the lyrics to “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce and Jay Z.  This is the funniest video I’ve seen in awhile.  So many truly laugh out loud moments.

The best thing, I dare say, is first to learn something well so you can always make a living. Bob seems to be catching on at the newspaper business and has had another raise. He is getting a good training by working in a smaller city. As for the scientific fields, any of them require a long schooling and intense application. If you are made for it nothing could be better. In the long run you will have to come to your own conclusion.

The arts, which probably offer a man more satisfaction, are uncertain. It is difficult to make a living.

If I had my own life to lead over I presume I would still be a writer but I am sure I would give my first attention to learning how to do things directly with my hands. Nothing gives quite the satisfaction that doing things brings.

Above all avoid taking the advice of men who have no brains and do not know what they are talking about. Most small businessmen say simply — ‘Look at me.’ They fancy that if they have accumulated a little money and have got a position in a small circle they are competent to give advice to anyone.

Next to occupation is the building up of good taste. That is difficult, slow work. Few achieve it. It means all the difference in the world in the end.

I am constantly amazed at how little painters know about painting, writers about writing, merchants about business, manufacturers about manufacturing. Most men just drift.

There is a kind of shrewdness many men have that enables them to get money. It is the shrewdness of the fox after the chicken. A low order of mentality often goes with it.

Above all I would like you to see many kinds of men at first hand. That would help you more than anything. Just how it is to be accomplished I do not know. Perhaps a way may be found. Anyway, I’ll see you this summer. We begin to pack for the country this week.

With love,

Dad.

Posterity:  Letters of Great Americans to Their Children

I finally got around to watching the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, then thought about 9 1/2 Weeks. Not sure Fifty Shades of Grey can outdo this 80s classic…  

Neon Trees “Sleeping With a Friend”

Reading this article made me laugh because I remember the days when I hated wearing bras too.  I remember the first thing I’d do after work was take off my bra.  Perhaps too much information, but I am sure other girls can relate.  ha.  And if they were comfortable, they were guaranteed to be plain, boring and definitely not “sexy” like the ads would have you believe.  Shopping for them was even worse…felt like a chore every time.  I easily could’ve written a similar article two to three years ago.  Glad those days are over.  In a few weeks I will be launching a mini lingerie inspired contemporary collection with a full lingerie line in the following months.  I went from wanting to burn bras to designing them hoping to change women’s attitude of undergarments.

"Beauty was not a thing that I can can acquire or consume.  It was just something I had to be."  

Even though Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar speech was one of the best last night, the speech she gave at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon shows what a remarkable and intelligent woman she is.  I hope her star power doesn’t fade anytime soon.  Young girls need good role models these days.

My only New Years resolution was to surround myself with the type of people described above - doers, dreamers, thinkers, and givers.  Those in your network should only bring you up, not down.  Negative and ambition-less people just drain me.

My only New Years resolution was to surround myself with the type of people described above - doers, dreamers, thinkers, and givers.  Those in your network should only bring you up, not down.  Negative and ambition-less people just drain me.

Absolutely!  You never know who you will meet at any given moment…

Absolutely!  You never know who you will meet at any given moment…

Grouplove “Ways to Go”