Sophisticated Exuberance

On a journey to inspire and aspire before I expire. Join me as I make my way in the world.

Photographer: Kolin Mendez Photography.

Music, Lifestyle & Culture Enthusiast.


"It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop. - Wisdom of Confucius

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."

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Today in Solidarity: Family of Mike Brown join protesters outside of STL Courthouse, demanding the immediate arrest of their son’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson.

The grand jury has yet to charge Darren Wilson with anything. Mike Brown’s killer is still a free man, being paid by the taxpayers of the very community he’s terrorized. #staywoke #farfromover

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DY-NO-MITE
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This movie is so under-appreciated. My next girlfriend has to enjoy this movie or we have no chance.

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As the healing and rebuilding efforts continue, a solemn salute goes out to those who have gone out of their way to make sure that we never forget the events of of September 11th, 2001. We live in a city full of strong and resilient survivors who continue to fight to keep the memories alive of those that were lost and those that dedicated their lives to make a change for the better. 


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As the healing and rebuilding efforts continue, a solemn salute goes out to those who have gone out of their way to make sure that we never forget the events of of September 11th, 2001. We live in a city full of strong and resilient survivors who continue to fight to keep the memories alive of those that were lost and those that dedicated their lives to make a change for the better.


#kolinmendez #kolinmendezphotography #kmendezphotos #newyorkcity #worldtradecenter #landscape #portraiture #photography #architecture #vscocam #whitagram


The Black WomanBy Marcus Garvey
Black queen of beauty, thou hast given color to the world!Among other women thou art royal and the fairest!Like the brightest of jewels in the regal diadem,Shin’st thou, Goddess of Africa, Nature’s purest emblem!
Black men worship at thy virginal shrine of truest love,Because in thine eyes are virtue’s steady and holy mark,As we see in no other, clothed in silk or fine linen,From ancient Venus, the Goddess, to mythical Helen.
When Africa stood at the head of the elder nations,The Gods used to travel from foreign lands to look at theeOn couch of costly Eastern materials, all perfumed,Reclined thee, as in thy path flow’rs were strewn-sweetest that bloomed.
Thy transcendent marvelous beauty made the whole world mad,Bringing Solomon to tears as he viewed thy comeliness;Anthony and the elder Ceasars wept at thy royal feet,Preferring death than to leave thy presence, their foes to meet.
You, in all ages, have attracted the adoring world,And caused many a bloody banner to be unfurledYou have sat upon exalted and lofty eminence,To see a world fight in your ancient African defense.
Today you have been dethroned, through the weakness of your men,While, in frenzy, those who of yore craved your smiles and your hand-Those who were all monsters and could not with love approach you-Have insulted your pride and now attack your good virtue.
Because of disunion you became mother of the world,Giving tinge of robust color to five continents,Making a greater world of millions of colored races,Whose claim to beauty is reflected through our black faces.
From the handsome Indian to European brunette,There is a claim for that credit of their sunny beautyThat no one can e’er to take from thee, 0 Queen of all womenWho have borne trials and troubles and racial burden.
Once more we shall, in Africa, fight and conquer for you,Restoring the pearly crown that proud Queen Sheba did wearYea, it may mean blood, it may mean death; but still we shall fight,Bearing our banners to Vict’ry, men of Africa’s might.
Superior Angels look like you in Heaven above,For thou art fairest, queen of the seasons, queen of our loveNo condition shall make us ever in life desert thee,Sweet Goddess of the ever green land and placid blue sea.

The Black Woman
By Marcus Garvey

Black queen of beauty, thou hast given color to the world!
Among other women thou art royal and the fairest!
Like the brightest of jewels in the regal diadem,
Shin’st thou, Goddess of Africa, Nature’s purest emblem!

Black men worship at thy virginal shrine of truest love,
Because in thine eyes are virtue’s steady and holy mark,
As we see in no other, clothed in silk or fine linen,
From ancient Venus, the Goddess, to mythical Helen.

When Africa stood at the head of the elder nations,
The Gods used to travel from foreign lands to look at thee
On couch of costly Eastern materials, all perfumed,
Reclined thee, as in thy path flow’rs were strewn-sweetest that bloomed.

Thy transcendent marvelous beauty made the whole world mad,
Bringing Solomon to tears as he viewed thy comeliness;
Anthony and the elder Ceasars wept at thy royal feet,
Preferring death than to leave thy presence, their foes to meet.

You, in all ages, have attracted the adoring world,
And caused many a bloody banner to be unfurled
You have sat upon exalted and lofty eminence,
To see a world fight in your ancient African defense.

Today you have been dethroned, through the weakness of your men,
While, in frenzy, those who of yore craved your smiles and your hand-
Those who were all monsters and could not with love approach you-
Have insulted your pride and now attack your good virtue.

Because of disunion you became mother of the world,
Giving tinge of robust color to five continents,
Making a greater world of millions of colored races,
Whose claim to beauty is reflected through our black faces.

From the handsome Indian to European brunette,
There is a claim for that credit of their sunny beauty
That no one can e’er to take from thee, 0 Queen of all women
Who have borne trials and troubles and racial burden.

Once more we shall, in Africa, fight and conquer for you,
Restoring the pearly crown that proud Queen Sheba did wear
Yea, it may mean blood, it may mean death; but still we shall fight,
Bearing our banners to Vict’ry, men of Africa’s might.

Superior Angels look like you in Heaven above,
For thou art fairest, queen of the seasons, queen of our love
No condition shall make us ever in life desert thee,
Sweet Goddess of the ever green land and placid blue sea.

(Source: jordanbeckford-blog, via opheliathyme)

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SplashJosh - Bitter Truth (Official Video)… I’m happy to give this to you guys, you all have supported me so much. you deserve this. Enjoy. Thank you once again..!

OMG i love this.. Youre Fucking AMAZING! jesus christ… where can i download this song

^ like your voiceee, omg.

DAMN HOMIE!!!! THIS IS FRIGGIN AMAZING!!

Real talent

Mentioning this rapper, really talented.

Dope

He’s so talented .. love dat song

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check him out, first artist on tumblr that has actually truly impressed me.

Here’s a download link for this song. Enjoy. https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/splashjosh/id561696711

YALL DEFINITELY SHOULD CHECK THIS OUT, LIKE RIGHT NOW

I love this so much

Listen to his mixtape

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Good morning and Welcome to September! Kolin Mendez Photography is currently taking event coverage and portraiture bookings for the Fall 2014 season! Schedule your shoot and book your event’s coverage today! 

Inquiries: kmendezphotos@gmail.com

#kolinmendez #kolinmendezphotography #kmendezphotos #newyorkcity #eventlife #eventphotography #multimedia #photography #portraiture #smallbusiness #backtoschool #studentlife #specialevents

Good morning and Welcome to September! Kolin Mendez Photography is currently taking event coverage and portraiture bookings for the Fall 2014 season! Schedule your shoot and book your event’s coverage today!

Inquiries: kmendezphotos@gmail.com

#kolinmendez #kolinmendezphotography #kmendezphotos #newyorkcity #eventlife #eventphotography #multimedia #photography #portraiture #smallbusiness #backtoschool #studentlife #specialevents

dynamicafrica:

Test Shots by Rog Walker.

Test Shots is an ongoing series of portraits taken in the studio with photography couple Rog and Bee Walker. Each photograph, taken mostly of their close friends and fellow creatives, is as striking as it is simple.

Opting for a sombre and dark background, coupled with poised and pensive subjects, Walker’s shots manage to maximize on the simplicity of the traditional portrait style by making use of a medium format camera that provides an image quality which, despite the powerful stillness of each individual, vividly brings the details of each photograph to life. This brings out both a sense of strength and vulnerability in each picture, alluding to the intimate two-way dialog between subject and photographer.

"This is the most organic method of communication I have. Photography is the way I speak…It doesn’t get more personal than another human, and that’s what I’m looking to capture, that connection between humanity." - Rog Walker

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chefmarkwright:

A Mac and Cheese fest coming to chicago taste over 50 different mac and cheeses. I will be finished after about 10. That is way to much cheese for anyone

We must bring this to New York. Must.

chefmarkwright:

A Mac and Cheese fest coming to chicago taste over 50 different mac and cheeses. I will be finished after about 10. That is way to much cheese for anyone

We must bring this to New York. Must.