Recently, I was nominated by one of my favorite bloggers and supporters, Kristina of Visionarie Kindness for a quote challenge. [Thank you girl!] The three rules are super simple: post on three consecutive days, pick one or three quotes per day, and challenge three different bloggers per day. Unfortunately, I am unable to follow these rules because one, I’m a rebel without a cause and two, my website is under a strict format that I wish to stick to for now. However, I could not pass up this wonderful opportunity to share some brilliant quotes and just happened to come across one of the most quotable interviews ever on the hit morning radio show, 105.1’s The Breakfast Club with actor, Romany Malco.
You may know Romany from several roles — Zeke in Think Like A Man, Jay in 40 Year Old Virgin, Conrad Shepard in Weeds or even MC Hammer in Too Legit: MC Hammer Story. If you are an old school hip hop head, then you may also remember him as the lead member of the rap group, College Boyz with their 90’s hit, Victim of the Ghetto. What you may not know, however, is his acute awareness of American society and how it functions, which is proven greatly in this extremely interesting interview.
Peep the gems and jewels below!
1. “We are like a vicarious nation. We spend all our time invested in television and living vicariously through things that we see on screens that we don’t actually have a healthy perspective of reality.”
2. “There is a narrative in your news. There is a narrative in your publication. There’s a formula to those narratives as well.”
3. “Anything that is profit-based is never really going to be beneficial to your mind and to your soul.”
4. “…nobody is looking for information, they’re looking for affirmation. There’s a big difference between that.”
5. “This concept of success that we’ve been taught in this country [United States of America] is extremely detrimental to our lives, to our futures, to our children because we are taught that success is this: monetary gain, social status and acquisition of things. Now, what’s really funny about that is: it’s a trap because all three of those things are synonymous with debt. . . . You can obtain all three of those things and still never have a sense of fulfillment. How the fuck is that success? How are you successful if you don’t feel fulfilled? And the problem is that kind of derails you from what actually, I believe, success entails which is a sense of purpose because ultimately, we are all here to serve.”
6. “We are told to mask and hide our pain because it makes us look weak but the reality is the pain is your pathway to your purpose.”
Believe it or not, that is not even all of the wisdom Romany dropped in this one interview. Watch it in full below and I promise you, you will not regret it (unless you loathe dark humor, sexual jokes and lots of censored cursing 🙂 ).
To learn more about Romany Malco, click HERE.