Life in Marvelous Times

Life in Marvelous Times

Bright moments Bright moments always come back vivid. The fifth great was epic citywide test pressure The pre-crack era! Mr. Schollmen, what a prick, attitude matches wardrobe, uglier then sin. This is Bed Stuy 82′ 9th floor three tiny rooms one view. Buck-town, Roosevelt house They green grass is green Our green grass is brown. Shots rang my phone wasn’t touch tone A heavy beef in the street ET had to flee Grey heavens! good…

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A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part I — The Gods and Goddesses

A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part I — The Gods and Goddesses

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. Greek mythology might sound like an obscure area of study, as if it is only relevant to wizened old professors in posh offices at Ivy League schools.  Or perhaps you associate the topic with vague memories of sensationalized Hollywood summer movies.  Ancient Greek culture, however, contributes much more to the modern world than we might realize. The influence of the Greek mythology on western civilization…

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Straight Outta L.A.

Straight Outta L.A.

Director Ice Cube explores the unlikely marriage between the NFL’s rebel franchise, the Raiders, and America’s glamour city, Los Angeles. In 1982, Raiders owner Al Davis beat the NFL in court and moved his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. With a squad as colorful as its owner, the Raiders captivated a large number of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration and the real estate boom were rapidly…

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Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson—born in Texas, the son of former slaves—was the most famous black man on the planet. As the first African American World Heavyweight Champion (1908–1915), he publicly challenged white supremacy at home and abroad, enjoying the same audacious lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, masculine bravado, and interracial love wherever he traveled. Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner provides the first in-depth exploration of Johnson’s battles against the color line in places as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape…

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Cunning as a Serpent, Innocent as a Dove: The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Back when I was in high school, a mentor of mine gave me a copy of a small book that I’ve read and re-read several times over the years. The Art of Worldly Wisdom or The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence, is a book of 300 maxims and commentary written by a 17th century Jesuit priest named Baltasar Gracián. Considered by many to be Machiavelli’s better in strategy and insight, Gracian’s maxims give advice on how to…

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Rule By Secrecy: Jim Marrs Full Movie

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Marrs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Texas in 1966 and attended Graduate School at Texas Tech in Lubbock for two years more. He has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where beginning in 1968 he served as police reporter and general assignments reporter covering stories locally, in Europe and the Middle East. After a leave of…

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Happy Birthday Satchmo! (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)

Happy Birthday Satchmo! (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)

Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to “cross over,” whose skin-color was secondary to his amazing talent in an America that was severely racially divided. It allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a person of color. While he rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, he was privately a strong supporter of the Civil Rights…

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Lyrics to Go!

Lyrics to Go!

“It’s a must that I bust any mic you’re hand to me, It’s inherited, it’s runs in the family I wrote the rhyme that broke the bull’s back, If that don’t slow ’em up, I carry a full pack. Now I don’t want to have to let off, you should of kept off You didn’t keep the stage warm, step off! Ladies and gentleman, you’re about to see A pasttime hobby about to be Take…

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An oral sex refresher course

Ask any woman how many times she’s laid on her back, bored and frustrated, her clit having retreated deep inside her, with some unfortunate, badly educated man between her legs, lapping like a thirsty dog, his tongue aching and almost numb, the only stiff part of him being his neck. I think you’ll be surprised at the answer.  I blame bad communication and porn. Remember the last time you watched a man giving oral sex…

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Rich People Love Their Dogs—Especially Their Military-Grade, K-9 Guard Dogs

Rich People Love Their Dogs—Especially Their Military-Grade, K-9 Guard Dogs

A well-mannered guard dog? Via Condé Nast Digital Archive. Release the hounds! It’s that lofty defense aristocrats just can’t seem to outgrow. Last weekend, The New York Times reported that affluent families are relying increasingly on elite guard dogs to protect themselves and their lavish homes. Prices for these coveted animals, the article noted, can easily reach six figures, topping out at around $400,000 for special German shepherds with the right pedigree and natural instincts…

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Worlds Most expensive yachts on Charter

Worlds Most expensive yachts on Charter

Superyacht owners have been known to make the world a playground for their luxury boats, but now they are available on charter. This list provides an insight into these superyachts and their specialties, which make them unique for numerous reasons: 1. Seven Seas   Charter Price: $ 1.30 million per week Steven Spielberg’s Megayacht seven seasSteven Spielberg is offering his new $200 million megayacht as the world’s most expensive yacht charter at an eye-popping rate…

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Label Snobbery! Why the Super-Rich Only Drink Coke

Coca-Cola, ice, and glasses on the bar, May 1935. Photograph via Condé Nast Digital Archive Not too long ago, a friend of mine suggested I write a post explaining why wealthy people prefer Coke over Pepsi. The idea seemed absurd to me, and not just because I don’t care for either drink. Truthfully, I couldn’t imagine—let alone understand—how one cola might possibly have more luxury cachet than another. But my friend was insistent. “When have…

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Lessons in Manliness from Bass Reeves

Lessons in Manliness from Bass Reeves

Who was the greatest Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Old West? Wyatt Earp? Wild Bill Hickok? How about Bass Reeves? Bass who? Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arguably the greatest lawman and gunfighter of the West, a man who served as a marshal for 32 years in the most dangerous district in the country, captured 3,000 felons, (once bringing in 17 men at one time), and shot 14 men in the line of duty,…

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How To Be A Man by Glenn O’Brien

How To Be A Man by Glenn O’Brien

As you all no doubt have gathered by now, WIJW is on a mission to get people living the best life they can—we share our ideas on what we call “elevated living,” encourage our friends to be aware of the story they are telling themselves, and offer sartorial suggestions on, perhaps, what to wear and where to go along the way toward realizing a more satisfying and resplendent life. I’m a voracious reader and when…

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The Big Book of Breasts goes 3D

There’s a reason The Big Book of Breasts continues to be one of the most popular things on Cool Material. It’s a giant coffee table book filled with enormous, hi def pictures of huge boobs. Obviously it’s also the only book (other than The Big Butt Book) we’ve read cover to cover in quite some time. How could anyone possibly improve on something we already thought was perfect? By putting it in three dimensions. The…

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The Devil’s Double (Trailer)

The Devil’s Double (Trailer)

Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s “The Devil’s Double” takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987. Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam’s son, the…

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James Bond: Carte Blanche by Bentley

James Bond: Carte Blanche by Bentley

To mark the upcoming release of Carte Blanche, the new James Bond book by top American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, publisher Hodder & Stoughton has teamed up with Bentley Motors to create an exclusive Bentley special edition. It’s the ultimate luxury edition of the hotly awaited new James Bond adventure. The 500 limited edition copies are now available for pre-order. While the world’s best-known fictional secret agent James Bond is seen behind the wheels of…

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