SWEET SOUL AND BLISTERING FUNK DAY
Allen Ginsberg 1926
Whether you see him as a force for good or evil, he was unequivocally—a force that changed American literature forever.
*Whether you are a force for good or evil, be a force for change. Read some of Ginsberg’s poetry for motivation.
Rafael Nadal 1986
During the off-season Nadal trains six days a week for six-and-a-half hours every day – four on court and the rest in the gym or the pool.
*Play tennis, hit the gym, and go swimming today.
Curtis Mayfield 1942
Deploying sweet soul and blistering funk – Curtis Mayfield veered between breezy optimism and hard-edged political commentary.
*Listen to Curtis Mayfield and listen for both optimism and political commentary.
Anderson Cooper 1967
“I don’t believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse.”
*I love this attitude by Anderson Cooper, but it’s got to be easier said than done. Avoid “initiative suckers” in your life, and make your own money.
Tony Curtis 1925 – watch The Defiant Ones
At first they said I was too good-looking for the part; I didn’t look enough like the a*hole “ngger-hater” I was supposed to play. So I wore a false nose and made myself look uglier.
*Watch Tony Curtis win an Oscar in The Defiant Ones.
Josephine Baker 1906 – spaghetti bolognese
In 1991, HBO released The Josephine Baker Story. It won 5 Emmy Awards.
BONUS: Jefferson Davis 1808 – Jefferson Davis Pie
Jefferson Finis Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America
*Enjoy Josephine Baker’s spaghetti bolognese and this Jefferson Davis Pie while watching the racial-prejudice themed film – The Defiant Ones.
SNUB – Imogen Poots 1989
- Be a force for change
- Play tennis
- Listen to Curtis Mayfield
- Avoid “initiative suckers”
- Watch The Defiant Ones
- make spaghetti bolognese and Jefferson Davis Pie