August 18, 2015 in Coaching Corner by Mropenyonated


Sometimes you go through periods of your life where you don’t think you quite measure up. During those moments you may entertain if you pass the quality test and question if you really have what it takes to do what you desire to do. Do you have what it takes to get that new position? Do you have what it takes to make that marriage or relationship work? Do you have what it takes to attain your goals? In those very dark moments you have to have a session with your architect and go over the blueprints so that you can be shown that you were built to do everything that he has before you. You have to come to the point to say I AM ENOUGH! God have given me EVERYTHING I need to accomplish my goal. Others may not see my value or worth but that does not mean it isn’t there. So when you feel down in the dumps tell yourself I AM ENOUGH because God does not make junk!

Thoughts of a Thinker Book Signing Event

August 17, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by Mropenyonated

There is a new author in town!  Openyonated.com had the pleasure of helping Markell Thompson celebrate the release of his new book “Thoughts of a Thinker.” We are always excited to congratulate fellow authors into the fold and help them launch out in new endeavors. First things first, I automatically noticed Markell made it a point to greet everyone that attended his event. One might think that it’s common sense to speak to everyone that supports your event, you would be amazed at how many folks don’t.  Kudos to him for having that type of spirit it will definitely take him far! There was great line up of local Chicago artist to help him celebrate the occasion. Kai Love shared a revolutionary piece that gave us a personal account of interacting with unjust law officials something that so many of us have become familiar with. Hood Raised in his  transparency shared part of his personal journey of growth and delivered a powerful piece.  Goddess Warrior shared new knowledge with us from her experience of unplugging from media and plugging into the creator.  Jeronimo shared his life experiences in his own poetic style. Darlin Mikki totally floored me with her performance. In true artist form she used her experience throughout the day as fuel.  I really take my hat off to Markell being so young and new to the scene and at the same time being so focused.  Upon reading some of his book I learned that the place that he is in now is the result of making a change. He made a decision to do something different and the results have not only made him a better person but also a better person for his family.  Make sure you pick up his new book “Thoughts of a Thinker” and add him on social media to keep up with what he’s up to. That’s our 2 cents!! Make sure you add us on social media @MrOpenyonated and like our Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/Mr.Openyonated?fref=ts – Openyonayed Fan page

https://www.facebook.com/markell.k.thompson?fref=ts– Markell Thompson


Solace Souls Blackout Affair

August 17, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by Mropenyonated


11782487_10100291466812005_382219659900326722_o Solace Souls


On Sunday August 16th I ventured out to the South side to experience the latest installment of Solace Souls Sunday.  I honestly have to say that it was great! Most of the poetry events that I attend on a regular basis are hosted on the West Side of the city and since I’m a West Sider I love all of them LOL and it takes a little push for me to try anything else. Overall the number of poetry sets in the city seem to be growing and everyone has their own distinct personality. When someone asks me about which poetry set to attend I often ask them what do they like and what their level in the craft is,  that kind of gives me a good idea of what I should refer them to.  I like to work in healthy team situations so the fact that The Solace Souls Coalition appears to blend well together is a plus for me. There is nothing like a team full of people who don’t like each other and are all fighting for the spotlight. Alicia Restore Spikes and Jeronimo are magic  hosting together with their joking and jabbing at each other back and forth. The evening began with a team gathering, some prayer, laughs and affirmation.  I commend Jeronimo for for the work that he is putting in with his team. He’s a great guy and the quality of what I have seen in him as a solo artist definitely show up in this ensemble group.  The theme of the night was all black. The open mic section had some very talented artists, one of them even drove 7 hours to come. That’s dedication to the craft.  The features were Black Diamond, Black Heaven and Blaq Ice.  It was a very good a mixture. Black Diamond left the audience fanning and squirming in their seats with his erotic piece, Black Heaven blew the roof off with her power vocals and Blaq Ice ushered in the party with doses of inspiration sprinkled in. There were themed drinks as well as food selections and both of them were flowing regularly from the bar and the kitchen.  I also like the fact that there were black vendors there and the fact that stimulating the Black economy plays a portion in the Solace Souls package.  Everyone seemed please and it was another reason for me to think about traveling to the South side LOL. That’s our 2 cents at Openyonated.com. To follow what the Solace Souls Team is up to make sure you like their Facebook Page and their individual pages.  Follow us on all social media at Mr Openyonated and please like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Mr.Openyonated?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/solacesoulssundays?fref=ts    Solace Souls Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/JERONIMOSPEAKS?fref=ts  Jeronimo Fan Page

https://www.facebook.com/alicia.c.spikes?fref=ts  Alicia Restore Spikes

https://www.facebook.com/truniekia.franklin?fref=ts  Black Heaven Featured at the event.

https://www.facebook.com/royalrkitec?fref=ts    Royal r’kitec

https://www.facebook.com/grindzmuzik?fref=ts Grindz

https://www.facebook.com/mocha.chocolatetv?fref=ts  Mocha Chocolate

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BLAQ-ICE-International-Spoken-Word-Life-Artist/95378069241?fref=ts   BLAQ ICE- Featured at the event




What are the Components of a Successful Beauty & Barbershop?

August 6, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by Mropenyonated


I had the opportunity to talk to Anthony Jones owner of AJ Styles Beauty & Barber shop  located at 42 West Lake Street Oak Park, Illinois at the 4 year anniversary and customer appreciation of his salon.  I honestly believe that when you do things right you will be successful. Staying afloat in a challenging economy definitely means that you are doing something right.  There is a formula for success so I asked Anthony what is in his formula.  He shared the fact that first and foremost you have to have a great team of people. AJ  has a great team with diverse gifts that complement each other.  He also shared that the people on the team must be like minded.  There is nothing like having a team of people that are all going in different directions.  Along with team he shared that establishing a culture in the shop is very important. What are the rules that govern the shop and what kind of atmosphere do you want to have?  The shop must also be good at knowing what the current trends are. What are the hot styles and techniques that people are using and asking for and making sure that your staff is familiar with those. He stated that dedication and hard work supersede everything.   In addition, at AJ Styles they work very hard to create a sense of family and togetherness. AJ Styles is also the location for At Ease Sundays Open mic occurring every 1st Sunday of the month and is hosted by “Hood Raised”   To keep up with what’s going on at AJ Styles make sure you like their Facebook page.  It truly is a great shop with great people! That’s our 2 cent!


Follow Openyoated.com on all social media at @MrOpenyonated  and like our FB Page!


At Ease Roars into August

August 3, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by Mropenyonated

Leo season has arrived and all the lions were roaring at At Ease Sundays!  At Ease Sundays poetry sets are every first Sunday of the month.  They have been holding it down in Oak Park Illinois for the last 3 years and are still going strong. Last nights show was jammed packed as usual and was full of new comers.  When you continually have new visitors that means that you are doing something right and At Ease certainly is doing a couple of things right in regards to hosting a successful poetry set. The synergy between their team keeps their operation running smoothly, their location is nice and easily accessible, and they give the people variety which is important when people are in one place for more than an hour.   I truly believe one of the biggest factors in having a successful set is having the right host. Personality is everything when you are hosting an event! Hood Raised is entertaining, makes sure that his people have a good time and does not come off as arrogant even though he is one of the most sought after poets on the Chicago scene. I’ve always been made to feel at home even when I read poetry during the open mic session. Kudos to the At Ease Team for continually drawing new talent and audience participants after 3 years.  That’s my 2 cents.  Make sure that you like the At Ease Page to keep up with their events.


Please like the Openyonated Facebook page and follow us on social media to keep up with what we are doing.


@MrOpenyonated on all social media

Hard Knots Jewelry makes its debut !

August 3, 2015 in Mr. Openyonated's Picks by Mropenyonated

They say that when you are creating a masterpiece you shouldn’t rush and that you should   take your time. on Saturday August 1, 2015 Gordon Newman unveiled his masterpiece his handcrafted jewelry line “Hardknots” It’s always an exciting time when you’re  introducing a labor of love and this was no exception.  The premiere of Hardknots was at Maya Del Sol Restaurant in Oak Park IL. Mr. Newman was surrounded by those who had been waiting in anticipation for him to make his premiere. The Name Hardknots was given to the line because of the materials that are used to create it. Gordon also shared with us that historically knots are what are used to keep things together and the name communicates the durability of the product that he has to offer. He has always been a lover of exotic stones so he decided to infuse his collection with them. I personally love the luminous look of the stones that he choose for many of his pieces, there is nothing like eye catching accessories to make a signature look.  Gordon seems to be a true renaissance man, he not only designs jewelry but he paints, draws and sculpts as well. He is relatively new to jewelry design but has always been a lover of the arts. The creative process varies from person to person. Gordon shared that he typically gathers all of his materials together along with his ideas and begins to create based on what he has studied and observed as being trendy and adds his own creative flare.  In the next five years Gordon sees his brand expanding and can definitely see his line in boutiques, department stores and would love to offer it in places such as QVC.  When asked what makes his line unique he said that his line is classic, it does not overwhelm like some  jewelry does and that he takes the time to choose quality materials to design with.  We definitely enjoyed our time at the launch and look forward to more exciting things from HardKnots.  Gordon can be reached via Facebook and email and will be launching his official website soon.

Gordon on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/gordon.newman.18

That’s our 2 cents ! Follow us on all social media at @Mropenyonated

Look out for Getting Better Fitness!!

August 1, 2015 in Mr. Openyonated's Picks by Mropenyonated

Getting Better Fitness 

Starting on a fitness journey is no easy task, especially if you have been out of the game for a while!  You need someone that is supportive, dedicated  and most of all someone that is going to push you when you decide to sit down! That’s where Javid  Jenkins of Getting Better Fitness comes in. To get to the chase in Jan 2015 I weighed in at 209 pounds per my jobs wellness exam today I’m about about 184. I can attribute much of my success to the assistance and environment at Getting Better Fitness. I personally don’t like to work out alone, it’s boring (LOL) and when you want to give up there is no one there to push you along. I get a fun environment, in a group setting with a great trainer. Javid’s personal story is an inspiring one, one of the reasons why I tried his facility was because I literally watched him loose weight the old fashioned way via Facebook. My first bootcamp I was so out of shape I was literally on the floor near the end and today I can hang in there in a strenuous situation and keep up with my students. Getting Better Fitness is growing and offering more services to its clientele, I can’t wait to see what is coming up next from this visionary!  If you’re looking for a place to get whipped in shape I recommend GBF. Getting Better Fitness is located at 400 West 76th Street. Check them out online at http://gbf4u.com

New Visual from Danni Gurl “No Extra”

July 29, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by Mropenyonated

Chicago Artist Danni Gurl continues to give us more of what has enabled her to build her brand within the city limits and beyond. Her music and production is catchy and can bang in any club.  Her sound is the kind that can maintain shelf life because you can party to it.  She stays on the grind whether it be mix tapes, features, or appearances at local and no local events. Her new Mixtape Dope Chick 3 will be dropping soon make sure you check her out!

That’s our 2 cents make sure you follow us on all social media at @Mropenyonated


What makes a good beauty or barbershop experience ?

July 24, 2015 in Mr. Openyonated's Picks by Mropenyonated


Everyone loves to look good! Who you enlist to help you create and maintain a look is very important. What factors play into you spending your cash with a barber or cosmetologist? Is the style the most important or is it about hair health? Do you care if the person multitasks while servicing you or do you want them to dedicate their time to what they are doing so they can get you in and out? How important is small talk or the atmosphere? We want to know! Drop your favorite beauty or barbershop in the comment section and tell us why you love them. Is there a place to stray away from? Throw in your 2 Cents!!

Follow us on all social media  @Mropenyonated


Janet Jackson “No Sleep” with J Cole

July 24, 2015 in Music & Poetry Blog by Mropenyonated

Janet offers her latest visual No Sleep. The thing that I like about Janet is that she isn’t trying to sit at the kids table and out perform them. She stays in her lane and seems to be doing it well. What do you think about the video?

Social Widgets powered by AB-WebLog.com.