I Can’t Breathe: Poetic Memory of George Floyd

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins, art by Shawn “SP” Perkins

Excuse me, but I can’t breathe

in the land of the free, home of the brave.

It’s a pandemic and jobs have been lost,

including my own.

Providing for my family is the goal

and spiritual divinity is the fundamental virtue of my throne.

Am I guilty, a threat, or innocent?

A black man in America

overshadowed by cognitive dissonance.

When the looting starts,

the shooting starts, says 45!

God is the source of all energy,

blessing the world with tranquility and serenity.

I loved my life,

I was a father of two

and developed profound friendships.

I enjoyed excelling in sports in Houston,

even picked up the mic a few times, aka “Big Floyd.”

Get to know my story and relinquish your fear,

I’m as human as you with a thirst for creativeness,

even in perilous times, I focus on noble causes. [Read more…]

Quarantine Lifestyle: Turn Your Garage into a Garage Gym

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Well, it’s quite apparent in this global era of wellness that we will all be spending more time at home to focus on safety. And with gyms and fitness clubs closed indefinitely, the next best remedies are to exercise outdoors and to convert home spaces into health solutions. So, why not exploit your garage to serve as a wellness center opposed to letting that valuable real estate go to waste storing items that have been idling for years.

I knew from the onset that my garage would not be housing automobiles; the driveway is suitable enough for this task. Quite naturally, I had a head start by constructing mines when I first moved in 14 years ago as an antidote to attain freedom from physical limitations. But don’t despair, here are a few suggestions to get the life-enhancing project underway. [Read more…]

MEAT Vegan Cyborg Kimatni Rawlins

1/3 Man 1/3 Plant 1/3 Machine

 

Welcome to the plant-based exploits of “nutrition and fitness technician” Kimatni D. Rawlins aka Vegan Cyborg. The former Georgia Tech running back gave up animal foods in 2010 for continuous education on the benefits of an overall healthy lifestyle and awareness of chronic disease causation. The goal is to eat clean, energize life, and stay active. Plus, he doesn’t mind beating non-vegans in arm wrestling! Currently, Kimatni is 13-0.

Seek me out if you are looking to:

  • jumpstart your new lifestyle
  • incorporate foods from the plant kingdom
  • lose weight, tone, and gain strength
  • increase running speed and cycle distance
  • reduce and eliminate alcohol consumption
  • reprogram your mind and its effect on negative habits

Personal Activities: 5Ks, Marathons, Mountain Biking, Yoga, Hiking, Strength Training, Swimming, Urbanathlons, Sprinting, Basketball, Football, Boxing, etc.

DOB:    11.09.1973

Weight: 205 lbs.

Height:  6’

Diet:    Clean Vegan

Plant-Based Nutrition Certification by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition.

Feel free to join the Vegan Cyborg YouTube Channel at:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfEdG1yss4sM_A63dSA3kKQ/playlists. 

No meat, No problem! Eat More Beans

No meat, No problem! Whether running, hiking, arm wrestling, boxing, lifting etc, fuel the body with plant proteins such as beans and quinoa and complex carbs like collards, sweet potatoes, and brown rice, and it will excel with greatness.

2020 Nissan Versa SR CVT: Rainbow Delight

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Small cars get the job done efficiently, economically, and conveniently. If you need to park in a micro space in the downtown area of your city, then done. If you require 35 to 40 highway mpg for long journeys, then done. And if your overall budget is less than $22,000, then done. You won’t be winning road races in this category, and your girlfriend will not be highly impressed on date night, but you will have a greater peace of mind knowing that essentialism can be achieved in a respected manner. Thus, the little 2020 Nissan Versa SR 4-door sedan provides the essentials for day-today human operations. [Read more…]

Humans: Slow Down, Read a Book, Respect Nature!

Thoughts by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I vividly recall cleaning yards in the hood of Camden, NJ starting at 8 years old with my cousin Vince. Now I can enjoy a few good books in the serenity of our Japanese garden which I designed after studying the Orient art form (contrast of stone and vegetation) and nourishing our grasses, bushes, shrubs and trees with the nutrients they need to grow strong while providing us with clean oxygen. They key is a strict fertilization schedule — especially in the fall and a slow release fertilizer early winter — aerating, water, and love!

This quarantine will be no problem for I and I, as the goal is to slow down, be still, observe, and value what the Most High has blessed us with while enjoying family more. Humans have lost focus and purpose in life which should not be centralized on rapid acceleration, incessant urbanization and development, robotic takeover, technology beyond imagination, etc etc.

Deforestation alone is literally killing us and the animal population while bringing deadly diseases and viruses into our domain. You’ve destroyed bats’ and other exotic creatures’ homes and now look. Humans have once again altered the ecosystem for the worse in exchange for more profits.

Like Robert “Nesta” Marley said, Simmer Down!

Family Hiking for Fun and Fitness

Are you looking for safe and adventurous activities while school is out due to the Coronavirus? Well, go hiking with the kids to keep the body physically engaged and the lungs full of fresh oxygen during these challenging times. Thankfully, young vegan athlete Aya and her best friend Abby love exercising as they have put in 2 hours daily playing volleyball, basketball, soccer, and strength training in Fit Fathers private facility. Hiking is icing on the cake for the sports fanatic pair. Stay blessed and continue to eat clean to strengthen the immune system while burning daily calories.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited: Beyond the Scope

An Arizona test drive for East Coast visitors like myself is always a welcoming reception during the winter Holiday season. Add in drive time behind the wheel of one of Hyundai’s new and innovative automobiles to navigate through town in, and the ante is upped trifold. Yes, the FWD 2020 Hyundai Sonata is smarter, assertive, and far more stunning than the model it replaces.

Lining up alongside the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima in competition, the Sonata is better suited to draw attention with its modern looks in addition to the value it has offered for so long. Hyundai lowered and widened the vehicle, increased its wheelbase, enlarged the wheel wells, enhanced the aerodynamics, and shortened the overhangs for an aggressive 3-dimensional look. But the main design focus was centered on the front fascia, which leaves the strongest impression on viewers. And one of the cooler features is the “Vortex Generators” atop the LED boomerang taillights, which reduces air turbulence along with the integrated trunk lip. These divots act as a spoiler to stabilize the Sonata at higher speeds. [Read more…]

Heavenly Experiences at Montego Bay’s S Hotel Jamaica

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Wah Gwaan! Welcome back to the land of pristine Caribbean waters, roots rock Reggae, and jerk recipes that satisfy the soul. Whether your travel is romantic, entertainment, or spiritually based, Jamaica will always provide that cerebral experience required for a heavenly getaway.

I typically jet set to the island of “natural mystic” a few times annually to release old, negative energy and inhale positive vibrations with family and friends. Plus, it’s a must that my belly maintains satiation from Rastafarian iTal or spiced vegan grub to enhance bodily function. And no matter where I venture to my spiritual leader, Robert Nesta Marley, is always by my side, such as at the S Hotel Jamaica where I settled in for a few fantastic evenings during a short excursion. [Read more…]

MINI’s Future, Featuring E-Power and the 301-HP JCW Clubman ALL4

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

MINI, owned by the BMW Group, continues to celebrate its 60th Anniversary year with fresh new products, innovation, and substance for loyal owners and minimalist of the classic brand. In South Carolina at BMW Group Test Fest, held at the BMW Performance Center, I was able to test drive the 301-horsepower 2020 MINI John Cooper Works ALL4 with its peppy new engine as well as experience the “60 Years Edition” Cooper S; Cooper S variants of the revised Clubman and Countryman; throwback MINIs from the past; and the new battery-electric MINI Cooper SE. As you see, MINI has the goods, so let’s motor baby! [Read more…]