TOP 10 REASONS LIFE WAS BETTER WITHOUT CELL PHONES

In 2014 the thought of being “out of touch” is kind of strange. Think about it, everyone is a Facebook, Twitter, Google+ status update or text away from the latest and greatest news or breaking story. If you happened to miss the event there just might be audio or video of it. I guess from one perspective that can be viewed as progressive, however, I can think of a few reasons that life was better without cell phones. I have 10 reasons below. POW!

10. People had conversations at dinner parties.

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How many times have you been out at a dinner party or even out for a bite with a friend and every time you look up from your phone they are hypnotized by theirs.

9. You didn’t have to worry about the “context” of your message

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It seems like we are at the mercy of autocomplete and spell check these days. How many times have you been confused by a text, or even pissed off by a message you received just to be informed that it was “taken out of context”? Back in the “good ole days” you would pick up a phone and actually say what you mean.

8. Concerts were much better.

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I have to say I have been guilty of snapping a few pics during a concert or two. Plus its easier holding your cell phone up when the lights go down in the stadium, and it doesn’t burn your hand like a lighter. However watching a show I paid $50 dollars for through the screen of the person in front of me is not my idea of a good time. Plus, all the mystery of the show is gone when you can see the footage of the show an hour later on your latest blog.

7. You could miss calls without the guilt.

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These days you can block numbers, reroute calls, send them to voicemail or just flat out ignore the call. We are all free to choose. Sometimes our phones run out of juice and calls go straight to voicemail and on more than one occasion I have felt guilty for missing a call. I shouldn’t feel guilty because you know what? Sometimes I am busy! Some people are so attached to their phones that they feel slighted when you don’t answer yours every single time. The days when the phone rang indefinitely were classic.

6. You could remember phone numbers.

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I have about 4000 contacts on my amazing iPhone 4s (don’t laugh at me, I’m upgrading soon). Anyway, the other day all the names disappeared from my contacts so I was only left with the numbers and I could only recognize a few of them. The only way I’ve been able to associate a name with a number is by reviewing old text messages. Years ago I could rattle off the numbers of my closest friends with no problem at all.

5. Getting a “number” was an accomplishment.

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This one might be just for the fellas. I remember going to school dances with the intention of getting phone numbers from girls and at the end of the night we would have a tally of how many numbers we got…HA!! I know its childish, but I was a teenager. The excitement was calling the number the next day to determine if you got the right number and having a conversation with someone new. These days you might get the number just to be ignored when you call cause you have been named “thirsty” or “weirdo” when the call comes through on their phone….HA!!

4. Party Lines

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Party lines were so much fun!! You could call an 800 number and talk all night with a group of people you knew or didn’t know. The only drawback was the ridiculous charges to your phone bill. The plus side was when you were done with the group you could just hang up the phone. These days when you become part of a group message its eternal whether you like it or not.

3. Meeting people face to face

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Phones have become an extension of our lives. Sometimes we can carry on relationships via text messaging and video chats, however nothing beats the human touch.

2. We had privacy.

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I’ve had my share of embarrassing moments. I’ve even had some fights where I didnt fare so well. NONE of those made it to World Star.These days if you hear the word “World Staaaaaaaaaaaaar” rest assured it will be shown to millions over the world wide web because someone is recording it via their cell phone. As of late, I understand that the NSA has been tracking the  cell phone usage of American citizens providing the type of insight that was not involved before the advent of cell phones. MIND YOUR BUSINESS, YO!!!

1. WE HAD FUN IN THE MOMENT!!

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There is something about being tethered to a phone. Taking pictures updating statuses, sharing news all take away from enjoying our time in the moment of what we are experiencing. Be present! Have Fun! PUT THE PHONES DOWN!!

-Precise

What do you think? Was life better before cell phones or not? Leave a comment and share.

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Precise Live at The 25th Annual African Festival in Chicago, IL 2014 – Video – Pics

I had such an amazing time at The 25th Annual African Festival of The Arts. What makes this such a rewarding experiece is to think that my group Nubearth was kicked off the stage at this very same festival 20 years earlier for cussing on stage. NO CUSSING AT THE AFRICAN FEST!!!…LOL! 

Anyway I had an awesome time. Check out the video and the pics below. 

 

 

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Precise thinks…..

We must not ignore the unrest that seems to have overcome the world right now. This is the moment when true freedom is realized and we become who we are ment to be. It is important for us to shift our perspective to one that embraces all that is good in order for us to tap in to our true potential. We are amazing individuals.

God is Awesome and so are YOU!!

-Precise

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JRW Saves Chicago – United States World Series Champions – South Side Greatness – Thank You

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So…I’m at the gas station today and as I walk in a gentleman is smiling ear to ear and engages me in a conversation about JRW (Jackie Robinson West). His exact words were “They saved Chicago.” In a sense I would have to agree. In the midst of this mire of negativity that seems to have showered us in the past few weeks, paired with the reputation that Chicago has earned in recent years due to all the violence, it is truly refreshing to see these youth grab the hearts and minds of Chicago and the world.

Watching the city embrace these young men provided the type of encouragement that galvanized a city and has given a glimpse of what we can do. We can be better. We can choose who we are. We can feel good and spread love. We are champions.

JRW came up short in the final game of the world series, however it does not make their impact any less powerful.

Thank you to Jackie Robinson West for being the spark that will move all of us into the direction of our greatness. All things are possible when we believe, and even in the moments when we may falter allow them to serve as a reminder that the treasure is in the journey and each and every one of us can help to save the world.

-Precise

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Precise Steps Into the Cypher

Precise:

AWESOME!!!

Originally posted on Cypher Lounge Radio:

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They say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice, we say the darker the flesh, the deeper the roots. We give a holla to all the sisters and brothers for that matter that will be tuning in to Cypher Lounge Radio this Wednesday night.  As always, Sophisticated Ignorance will be on the menu as  Dasha The Divine Divah and Hassahn Phenomenon are back at it ladies and gentlemen.

This week the dynamic duo welcome Chitown emcee, Precise to the Cypher. He is swinging through to talk about his Ladies Love Mixtapes The EP and all his other endeavors.

As always, we got DJ Mark 1 live on the 1’s and 2’s in the Six Minute Mix!  it’s going down like four flat tires on a low-rider. Its on and poppin at 7pm PST! Tune-In Sucka!

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Chicago Unity – 12th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party – Eric Williams

 

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These days if you ask anyone outside of Chicago what their thoughts are on the city, you will hear words like war-zone, killing, and dangerous. I couldn’t fault them for using such words because Chicago is definitely in the spotlight for the recent amount of shootings and deaths that seem all too familiar.

If you ask native Chicagoans about the condition of the city, you may hear conflicting perspectives dependent on what side of town they are from. Chicago is the most segregated city in the United States. I see this everyday. I feel like this is the source of our problem. This segregation breeds misunderstanding, poverty and lack of gainful opportunities.

Underneath this history of segregation something else is happening in Chicago. There is a sense of community and understanding that is being cultivated. If you listen closely you can hear the heartbeat. The Arts are the heartbeat.

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Precise and Eric Williams

For the past 12 years Eric Williams owner of The Silver Room jewelry store in the  Wicker Park community of Chicago has hosted the Sound System Block Party. Every year is an amazing experience and this year was no different.

This event represents what Chicago can be, and that is a true community where cultures come together in peace and love. Dj’s, painters and musicians converge and bring an energy of creativity and enthusiasm that can’t be denied.

My set at Energy Alley was AWESOME and I want to thank Dj Kwest_on for rocking with me.

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My favorite part of the block party are the Dj’s. Im giving a special shout to Dj Tess, Dj Kwest_on and Larry Miller for rocking dope sets last night.

Dj Ron Trent brought everything together. He started his set off with Maya Angelou’s Poem “Phenomenal Woman” and after that the crowd went wild. What an amazing night.

I appreciate Eric Williams for sharing his vision with us and acting as a hub for the artist throughout the entire city. The spirit of love was all around and I would like to say thank you on behalf of Chicago artistry.

-Precise

See more pics below. 

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Artist – Max

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Khari Lemuel

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Shanara The Mouthpeace

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David Weathersby

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Face Painting

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Shanara – Stacy – Inez – Sandria – Daryl

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Were you able to make it to the block party? Did you like it? Would you like to create your own? Let me now in the comments below and please like the post. :-)

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Precise at 12th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party UPDATE!!! July, 19th 2014

I can’t even describe how excited I am about tomorrow. This block party is the block party of ALL block parties!!

I posted about it a few days ago, since then my time slot has changed. Precise will be at Energy Alley from 5pm to 5:30pm. The updated list and flyer are below.

SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!

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Precise at THE SILVER ROOM 12th Annual Sound System Block Party July, 19, 2014

Check out Precise at Energy Alley from 1:45 to 2:15 at TheSilverRoom 12th Annual Sound System Block Party. Dj Kwest_On will be on the 1s and 2s

I am so excited and grateful to be part of this celebration for the second year in a row. Shout Out to Eric Williams for consistently supporting the artists of Chicago. If you have never been to The Silver Room at 1442 N Milwaukee in Chicago, the Block Party will serve as a great first time. The energy is unmatched and artistry and music is all around. Donations are accepted for entrance into the Block party

It’s an ALL DAY PARTY!!!

The After Party will be at The Chop Shop from 10pm to 2am. Terry Hunter and Ron Trent will be spinning classic Chicago House Music. If you have a Block Party wristband it is $5 and $10 without the Block Party wristband.

I Hope to see ALL OF YOU THERE!!!

-Precise 

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