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Many of you know I started working as a Pharmacy Technician last year, but a lot of you probably weren’t aware that I quit a couple of months ago. One of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make besides me moving to Atlanta. When I moved here I was offered a 9-5 M-F and I thought I was going to be happy. I wasn’t.

imageIt took less than a month before I started to realize that I could do better than this. Many nights I couldn’t sleep because I was depressed about going to a job that I hated but needed. It had so much control over my life 40 hours a week I invested in them. This doesn’t include the time it took me to get ready for work.

My first job was at Marshall’s when I was 16 before that I was selling snow cones & freeze cups (frozen Kool-Aid lol). I was an entrepreneur at the age of 13 and I didn’t even know what the word meant. Whenever you hear me say “I take this seriously” it basically means I love what I do and I don’t take it for granted. Not one second.

Now I work 10 hours or more a day and I sometimes no days off. Waking up every morning happy and excited about the day and the stress that comes with it.

This post is dedicated to those of who want to be happy doing something that you love and are struggling to get it off the ground. I’ve not made it, but I know I’m truly happy when I wake up now. It won’t be easy and it’s not a guarantee that your passion will financially beneficial. Invest as much time in yourself as you do the people that you work for.

Love what you’re doing and never become complacent. Complacency can be the death of you.

 

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    December 21, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I’m proud of you Justin! Great message.

    • Danielle Loftin

      December 24, 2015 at 4:30 am

      I love ur motivation. I support you all the I love u Justin

  2. Destiny T

    December 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    So happy for you Justin! I am in a similar situation, your story gives me hope <3

  3. Dana

    December 21, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks Justin, I need this boost of encouragement. I too quit my job a few months ago. I was working at Wal-Mart i hated it lol. It’s been challenging trying to find a job that I will like while juggling school. I love your videos on YouTube and blog. You have a great personality . Keep up the good work

  4. Vicky Bee

    December 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Wow I’ve been going thru the same thing recently with the type of work I do. I’m so glad you put this up

  5. Anne

    December 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    ????

  6. Destiny M

    December 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Love and Happiness are the keys in life, without them we have no motivation to do better.

  7. Mrs. Craig

    December 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I really needed this today!!

  8. Prince Onyx

    December 21, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I am so proud of you my brother Justin, this article is truly inspiring for someone such as myself. keep up the good work you are going places.

  9. JAMES Smith III

    December 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    You r doing GREAT! And have inspired many, keep it up.

  10. Erica Reid

    December 21, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I really needed to hear it. I keep going from job to job, the next one crappier than the last one, and the jobs never last too long. Right now I’m at a crossroads. Do I invest in getting my own business going or do I latch on to another job working for people who only see you as a number while meeting their bottom line. Everything is happening right now; possible job loss, being forced to leave my home (I have a new apartment coming on the 1st thankfully). I’m 32 and my life is still going in circles. Something has to change to get a different result and this post spoke to my soul. Thank you for all that you do, you have been inspiring me for a very long time.

  11. Monica

    December 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Justin,

    I’m so proud of the steps you’ve taken to get you to the next level! Kudos to you for your bravery and sharing with your Jays <3

  12. Shiloh

    December 21, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    That damn Set It Off gif lmao

  13. ThaGhettoview

    December 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Justin thanks for this article. It really inspired me to keep doing what Im doing.

  14. Ursweetplace

    December 22, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Justin, thank you as always for sharing the struggles and triumphs in your life. You are very empowering to all and we have all struggled one way or another. Do you know how much courage and tenacity you have shown? To break away from the expected to doing your own thing with outcomes that may be unexpected is showing true faith in self. Investing in yourself will always be the better choice. Keep following your dreams, Justin and don’t look back.

  15. brittany

    December 22, 2015 at 3:52 am

    So proud of you Justin!! I know that you will do great things.

  16. Petranilla

    December 22, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Proud of you! pooch on Justin, pooch on!!!!!!!

  17. Deshonda

    December 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for sharing your story. I quit my job that I have worked for 15 years. I felt trapped in a place where i worked long hours and felt unappreciated. Quitting was the hardest thing that I have done in my but the outcome was priceless. I have a piece of mind and no one could give that to you. Thank you so much JustinJ you are a inspiration to me. Now I know that following my heart was the best thing I have ever done.

  18. Courtney Lovreta

    December 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Im very very proud of you! You amaze me more & more each day. This is CLEARLY your calling and I can’t wait to see how far it takes you. Keep doing what your doing my friend. Your jays are behind you 100%. Love you!

  19. Foxtail FTD

    December 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Justin, thank you so much for this amazing post. I’m a pharmacy technician working for CVS, and literally every day before I go to work us in my car and cry for a few minutes before I walk in. This can’t be life is, for up-and-coming music producer this has me at a crossroad. I haven’t gotten to the point where I’ll be able to quit my job yet, but you give me the hope in the drive in the passion to know that one day I will be able to quit building somebody else’s damn dream, I will never again put more energy into somebody else’s business than my own first . Thank you J

  20. Lailah Lynn

    December 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Congratulations Justin! Stepping out on faith can be hard. But just keep walking forward, no looking back.

  21. Chasity Thompson

    December 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Justin, thank you so much for this post! I love it! It is refreshing for the new year. In this post I was reminded to keep going and take risks in 2016. I pray I can quit my job soon and begin investing in myself as a full-time job! Be blessed and pooch on! lol

  22. Merc B.

    December 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I love this! You are an inspiration.

  23. The Let Me Hate Show

    December 22, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Thats dope man keep it up!!

  24. Danelle

    December 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    This is so encouraging! I also thought that I was going to be really happy with my current job but I dread going to work every day. The crazy part is that I’ve always known what I really want but have been too afraid to pursue 100% out fear of failure. Its definitely time for a change.

  25. TINA

    December 23, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Justin, I enjoyed reading your recent post. I’m do do proud of you. How you step out on blind faith and now you’re doing something you love. I’ve be a jay for a few years now. I truly feel like you became a friend or a cousin. …lol Congratulations on all the success.

  26. TINA

    December 23, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Justin, I enjoyed reading your recent post. I’m do proud of you. How you step out on blind faith and now you’re doing something you love. I’ve be a jay for a few years now. I truly feel like you became a friend or a cousin. …lol Congratulations on all the success.

  27. TINA

    December 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Justin, I enjoyed reading your recent post. I’m so proud of you. How you step out on blind faith and now you’re doing something you love. I’ve be a jay for a few years now. I truly feel like you became a friend or a cousin. …lol Congratulations on all the success.

  28. Wendy

    December 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    So very proud of you and much success in the coming year!?

  29. Tam G.

    December 23, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Such an inspiration.. Shoot for your dreams, Justin shows they can come true..

  30. MsDtown

    December 24, 2015 at 12:27 am

    So freaking proud of you! U are truly an inspiration.

  31. shelly

    December 24, 2015 at 7:06 am

    This sounds like some reused Funky Dineva statements. I will give you a chance Good luck!

  32. Tina Murrain

    December 27, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Love you, support you, keep doing you baby and make your own happiness Justin.I’m not going anywhere, I’m a new Jay For Life!!!!

  33. Marshika

    December 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Great post I’m considering the same thing but I have to really pray about it an move forward. But your post is very encouraging. I love your videos, keep up the good work!!!

  34. Kam

    December 28, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Thank you Justin! This is just what I needed to help me kickstart my own path/career. Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re a light for those who receive your message. <3

  35. mountii

    December 28, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I support you!

  36. Anitra Nesbit

    December 28, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I love what u are doing and the direction your life has taken. I too have decided to quit my job in hopes of making my own coin, I pray I be successful in my journey as well. Thank u Justin for all your encouragement and sound words of advice, may God continue to Bless u in all u do.

  37. Binkibianca

    December 29, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I know I’m late on this post but I just want to say that it’s brave and inspiring watching you grow and take risks. I love posts like this, thoughtful ones about you or an important issue. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Lolazanotti

    December 29, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Justin i understand too. I as well walked away from a great paying job, but i was dying insidee spirtually and emotionally. Since leaving that BS. My life is still stre$full.. But at least im stressing about me. Praying for u pray for me. Its been four years and im self employed and Happy.??????

  39. Kierra

    December 30, 2015 at 7:37 am

    I could tell you’re much happier now, Justin! In all your vids, happiness is dancing all in your eyes! All the best wishes

  40. Mia

    January 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

    This is so inspiring….I’m a true fan..I’ll email you more….Your are blessed and God is good and can move mountains….

  41. April

    January 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

    This is great, there is nothing like having control over your career.

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The opinions expressed in this publication are those of Rafael Roden.

 

For far too long we’ve been giving her passes and today I say enough is enough. People are literally afraid to write about this shit because of the inevitable blowback from people who worship Beyoncé like white Brits worship their actual Queen monarch. So here goes…

Beyoncé is not above criticism. That’s the first thing. I understand the stance many Black people take when another Black person casts an unflattering light on your favorite Artist or celebrity, but not all of it is hating. A lot of it is warranted. And every charge I make in this article is coming from a major fan and someone who used to wanna collaborate with the woman. Understand that I have bias, but that’s not making me not wanna hold Beyoncé accountable for her trash ass actions as of late and the precedent it sets for aspiring “bosses”. And just know she ain’t the only member of the upper echelon guilty of this shit. I’mma take shots at a few other entertainment giants, just you wait.

What set this think piece I didn’t wanna find myself writing into motion was the information stirring around that Mrs. “of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator” is only paying her dancers and other various performance staff $250 a day without benefits when they are performing at the highest level in the world. I’m even flattering her in my critique so please uncock your pistols. I have caught up on all the tea and these claims are supported by many of the lead performers and solidarity exists within that community. It’s hard to substantiate every last bit of wrong in this whole ordeal, but that’s the crux of the situation. Take me at my word cause there are receipts for days.

Added this because apparently I can’t be trusted with my word.


Moving back retroactively to the Shawn Carter Foundation Gala (which is where that tacky ass clutch in the picture is from) we find our favorite vocal angel arm & arm with her sell out husband Jay Z (NFL partnership, nuff said) who gave out Rolex and bottles of champagne as invitations to a room full of people worth billions of dollars who only raised $6 million. That’s just stingy. But that’s been written about enough. I just think it’s crazy who get’s in these rooms in the name of seeming to authenticly coming from nothing. Like Fabolous. You know the dude that head butt his then girlfriend and knocked her teeth out? Not Beyoncé’s fault, hell no, but why are abusers around a self proclaimed Feminist? Why are you letting your man invite him? Why did Rihanna try and normalize him at her last few events (which I find quite disgusting considering her history)? The answer is money and optics. The message comes off as “rich black men who are seen as legendary can make the mistake of domestic violence and still deserve A Seat At The Table” (see also Nas who beat Kelis). I just can’t square these conflicts of interest. I need somebody to make it make sense. Because remember, birds of a feather flock together. Beyonce blink twice if you need help. I’m fucking serious. He cheated, who knows if there’s a domestic violence story in there. I don’t put shit past no man at this point. It’s also part of the reason why I stopped identifying as such.

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So in light of the great news of President Trump getting impeached. I was sent an article from a few twitter mutuals of an interview done by Mikelle Street interviewing everyone’s favorite problematic porn star Max Konner. I knew at that moment I would not receive any peace this week. The article at hand denoted that Konner was beginning his own talent agency for people of color. I did a double-take, but I been on this earth long enough to know a stunt when I see one. In the article, Konnor mentioned the need for porn actors of color needing proper tutelage and education before entering the pornography industry. Which I do agree with, but we also know that seeing the phrasing “people of color” does not mean black people and why would Konner exclusively help his own people? He wouldn’t, but that’s been made very clear that he has no intention of helping the Black LGBTQIA+ community after his behavior during the PR nightmare which and is still NoirMale.com

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I have to be honest that I found the interview to be amazing and at minimal a cross-examination of Konner’s work history, work ethics, and very sorted and messy racially insensitive history. Konner acknowledges that there will be criteria for all those that apply to join the slaveshi-, sorry the Haus of Konner. 

He says in the article:

“Right now we have three exclusives: Derek ClineJabari Clutch, and Asher Lee. I have a bunch of other submissions but I’m taking my time to go through everything because it is a boutique talent management company. I am not just accepting everybody that applies. I’m trying to pick models who I feel like have what it takes to make it.”

Now, what this statement could subversively say so many things. Firstly, Jabari is the only black presenting model. Derek is racially ambiguous and Asher is Asian. Even in the first stride of selection, there is only one Black person in the mix (pun intended). Secondly, “boutique talent management company” is reading as “no fats, no fem” because knowing the shortness of sight that Konner has he may only present body boys and cis actors that are racially palatable.

Mr. Street follows up with the question:

“The release says that you all are prioritizing “models of color.” Are you referencing all models of color, specifically Black models, or will it be all models with an emphasis on models of color?”

Konner responds with:

“As of right now we are looking at all models of color. I’m trying to decide if I want to have one or two models that don’t necessarily fit that because in doing this I don’t want to become the problem that I’m trying to fight. There are so many avenues and so many arenas where we as models of color are shut down or shut out because of the color of our skin, and I don’t want this to be a thing where we say: OK it’s all models of color and anyone who is not that, get out. So I’m still toying around that, but right now we are exclusively models of color.”

My thoughts are that this is basically saying that “I’m gonna have some good ole boys in the club because I don’t want massa upset with me none.” I’m just saying. Rather than doing the right and altruistic thing and doing an all-black agency. Konner is going to appease the comfort of his white fan base in spite of the fact his black fan base was there for him when he was the porn actor Isaiah Foxx. Which if anything he owes that little boy the world because Konner is fully aware and present on the issues that BLACK porn actors face and what Isaiah a black bottom porn actor felt.

The thing that is further disturbing in the article is when Konnor says this:

“I do plan to send models from Haus of Konnor over to Noir Male but one of my big things is: if I send a model to a studio there’s agreement between me and that studio that nothing that has to do with that model’s race or nothing pertaining to the “BBC experience” is what that model is participating in. I’ve been on jobs where I’ve had no clue what I’ve been working on and then the movies come out and it’s like ‘Oh god!’”

This sounds very historically familiar. So during the slave trade, the Caribbean Islands was used as a large space for sex farms for slaves and “buck breaking”. 

Noted on RacistReport.org:

“These male slaves were purchase based entirely on the prerequisite of them possessing a large penis. Black men were routinely raped by their gay slave owners. The process was known as “breaking the buck.”

It involves a strapping Negro slave, who was defiant, was beaten with a whip till bloody in front of his entire slave congregation. The slave owner would cut down a tree and, with the help of the overseer, would then pummel the deviant “buck” into submission. Once the slave was worn down, the master had the other Negro slaves force him over the tree stump where his britches would be removed and he laid fully exposed buttocks, he would remove his own clothing and proceeded to savagely sodomize the buck in front his wife, family, friends, and children.”

Konnor is basically handing these gentlemen over to a problematic porn company ran by the also very racially problematic DJ Chi Chi LaRue. After the debacle with PrEP/U=U advocate, #TakedownTina activist, and now amateur porn actor Jacen Zhu. He stepped away from the company for their purposeful mishandling of race in the studio. We can not trust that Konner will have good intentions.

So let’s be clear. Is there a race issue in gay porn? Absolutely.

Should there be a space cultivated for porn actors of color to get jobs and to be treated fairly? Yes ma’am.

Should there be a space cultivated for black porn actors of color to get jobs and to be treated fairly? Yes sir!

Should Konner be the one doing it? No, not at this juncture and especially around his limited education on race.

Konnor has clearly acknowledged that there is a problem, which is good for him I guess. I just understand that there needs to be more work done to supplant footing for black LGBTQIA+ porn actors of all genders and body types and this attempt is half-cocked, lazy, and wildly remedial. He participating in the same foolish stunting that Noir Male did as well at their inception.

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