Read on, Part II

Langston Hughes was one of the most well-known poets, novelist, playwrights in American history. In honor of Black History Month –  and to once again highlight the importance of reading, this here is The Best of Simple based on the created character of Jesse B. Semple.

You read a few of these and you’ll say to yourself, I swear I know a dude just like this! Here’s a little excerpt to work with:

Watch yourself! Have you no respect for women?” “I have nothing but respect for a figure like that,” said Simple. “Miss, your mama must of been sweet sixteen when she borned you. Sixteen divided by two, you come out a figure 8! Can I have a date? Hey, Lawdy, Miss Claudy! You must be deaf–you done left! I’m standing here by myself.”

“Come on, boy, let’s go on in the bar and put that door between me and temptation. If the air cooler is working, the treat’s on me. Let’s investigate. Anyhow, I always did say if you can’t be good, be careful. If you can’t be nice, take advice. If you don’t think once, you can’t think twice.”

Keep it smooth.



Read on

When is the last time you sat down and read something – I mean really read something?

I don’t mean reading as in cell phone texts, a Facebook post or a tweet.

I’m talking about something with content; something with multi-syllabic words on a topic – any topic, that will get you to think, get you to wonder and get your brain off of television, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube etc.

Whether it’s a newspaper on your tablet or on your table, a book from the local library or from Amazon, you have to immerse yourself in something with content.

Why? Well, a man who is well read in a variety of subject matters can be a cool cat to have a conversation with (more on how to have a conversation in another post).  Being well read keeps you aware of the world around you and the various points-of-view within that world. Simply put, reading keeps you knowledgable, social and wanting to understand more.

The people, cultures,  foods, thoughts and ideas in this world are vast learn about them, read. Walking around with just one narrow viewpoint is as useless as reality TV and denies you from experiencing some excellent encounters.  Read about muscle cars, building muscle, a political memoir, money making in your sleep.

Smooth gentlemen it is your mission, your duty to read and showcase that new found whatever.