Jaron Baylor local B'more baller turning heads. As a fellow Baltimore resident what good is running a company if you can't support local talent? G4R has mentioned him before on our pages but now that he's a senior getting ready for college it's more important than ever to spotlight this young man. At 5'9 he's showing skills larger than much bigger guys.. I see a promising future for Mr. Baylor and G4R would be dropping the ball if not getting the inside scoop on this phenom. King of the 5 question interview G4R recently caught up to him and his latest endeavors, here we go!
G4R: Where ya from and what High School you go to?
Jaron Baylor (JB): I'm from Baltimore, Maryland I go to Forest Park Senior High School
G4R: At 5'9 you play bigger than most guys at position what's your motivation to excel?
JB: My motivation to excel is I look at every situation I'm put in as a blessing nothing is a disadvantage.. make my height an advantage on speed definitely defense against taller point guards they hate crossing over when a person is smaller and if I dip my shoulder a scoop layup is hard to block at my size.
G4R: Vid below is nice, what goes through your mind when putting up a shot?
JB: I don't really think when I shoot because I've been shooting a basketball my whole life its just repetition I believe in myself, trust my abilities.
G4R: G4R has seen a few of your training vids and applaud your work ethics.. any advice to young'uns following in your footsteps?
JB: I work hard because I have talent but they say hard work beats talent and its a lot of people that got the work ethic but talent is slowly growing. If I mix the talent with the hard work its no limit on my future, I set the standards. Advice I would give to the younger ones is time is short so whatever you doing make sure you go your hardest.. most definitely school because it will catch up with you. High school is very fun but very easy to slip up on I had to stop being a clown myself and focus up and tell my friends when they were skipping school like no I'm staying. They might tease you but if they don't support they not real friends and be the example for your friends and family once you start doing good you could motivate others.
G4R: Every great man has a supportive woman behind him, is there a lady in your life?
JB: Don't go searching for a woman while you're young let situations involving women come to you enjoy life a little bit first. I've been with a girl since 9th grade I'm going into my senior year and never publish your business relationship status and the things yall do behind closed doors. If your woman isn't willing to help you improve your grades and she tries to harass you to do things that could affect your grades or opportunities for success.. she isn't the one for you. My woman always keep on top of me with school work, basketball and timing with when and how I should do things.
There you have it words from Jaron himself. He continues to impress us with his mentality and drive especially the importance of school. (Will make sure my nieces read this -Ed.) In this era of social media its easy to get derailed from your dreams while trying to be popular with your peers, often times not in your best interest. Sure part of the fun of being a teen is goofing off and making mistakes but to have the mindset to stay focused on whats important speaks volumes about his character. Kudos Mr. Baylor! Would love to hear from some of your coaches and mentors in the future too. Save us a court side seat when drafted to the NBA! Staff at G4R look forward to featuring you many more times in your prosperous journey. Podcast interview in the works.
The '70's popular sitcom 'One Day at a Time' still holds memories for me. The mother, Bonnie Franklin, had the boyish hair cut. The brunette bombshell daughter, Valerie Bertinelli who later went on to marry rock legend Eddie Van Halen and... you know what I'm not doing this lol, I'm not going to list every actor on the show you can Google them yourselves. Netflix has done a complete remake of show and its somewhat intriguing. I will try and not spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet.
Ahh where to begin?.. First the family is from Cuba and features the lovely albeit older Rita Moreno as the grandmother. The rest of cast is a hodgepodge of new talent. The premise is the same as older version, single mother and two kids. The eldest is a 15 y/o daughter who's a feminist activist ahead of her time and the younger a 13 y/o boy more concerned about his looks than grades. Next is the superintendent Snyder who seems to be a middle aged yuppie whose parents own the building. Sets the tone for popping in/ out whenever he wants much like the original Snyder.
The show is 13 episodes and touches on a cpl modern day issues but lacks overall stamina to make it on regular networks. All in all a good wknd killer if stuck at home with nothing else to watch. My Netflix rating is 3 out of 5 stars. Seriously gotta create a G4R emoji for ratings.
New feature.. G4R has teamed up with local comic store Twilight Comics and will dish out a free action figure for fan who dresses up as hero of choice, currently Thor and Captain America. Basically you or your kids dress up as either hero and best dressed wins figure. Contest runs til Aug 5th. Snap a quick pic on phone and send to Gaming4respect@gmail.com. Summer fun and easy way to score a free toy.
GaminG4Respect (G4R) was formed Jan '10 while I was out of work playing video games to pass the time. It was during a game of Madden while I was winning when my opponent pulled the plug and quit. I noticed this was happening a lot and decided to create a gaming co. where guys could play w/o the worries of this happening. At first it was just a GoDaddy domain name and Facebook page but as I invested time and friendships, it grew.
I won't bother you with the details to what brought us here but as of July 11, 2017 GaminG4Respect is officially licensed as an LLC! Nothing really changes for our leagues and communities it's bizz as usual when you play your games but now we can offer up more payouts, contests and rewards! Why? .. Tax write offs and sponsorship baby! G4R has been dishing out standard payouts in the past with no compensation.. basically out of pocket. It was never enough to break the bank and done for pure enjoyment. Looks like our hard work is finally paying off. As of this posting we have custom T-Shirts in the mail to a few select fans and bi-weekly contests every Wed and Sat for followers. This fall we will be branching out to other gaming genres so be on the lookout for our PSN id 'Game4Respect'.
The last year or two I've been watching CW's weekly line up i.e. Super Girl, The Flash, Arrow and DCs Legends of Tomorrow. What can I say I love my superheroes. The only series I didn't catch from the beginning was Arrow so binge watching first few seasons on Netflix has been the staple. Suffice to say Oliver Queen and his entourage has been dancing in head lately and when I find myself facing a small dilemma in real life I ask 'What would Ollie do?' Yeah too much time in front of the television. Anyway imagine my surprise when I found out cast will be in my neck of the woods in September? I hope to attend this festive occasion and have plenty of pics to show for it. Booking info
Roseanne 2.0 scheduled for 2018? I liked the show in the '90s and can hardly wait to see the 'Where are they now?' version of this former #1 sitcom. Its too early to give any real concrete details but from what I'm hearing the original Connor family cast will be back i.e. Dan, Roseanne, Becky, Darlene, DJ and Aunt Jackie. Its been almost 20yrs to the day since last episode aired (May 20, 1997) and most of the actors have aged gracefully... as well as can be expected. Hey I'm not criticizing believe me, I compared a picture of myself 20yrs ago to now and noticed a few wrinkles too. Check out cast on ENews then and now pics.
Anywho I'm just curious to see how this will all come to fruition. The show was cutting edge in its day and crossed controversial boundaries all while making you laugh. Its low-income 'trailer park-ish' attitude resonated with families of all backgrounds trying to make ends meet. Today families face similar issues but the cast is older. Also there's that pesky lottery thing the Connor's won toward end of run. Will they still be rich or have they run through the money? One can hardly wait.
You wake up in the morning use the bathroom and return back to bed for a few extra mins of R&R. Before you get settled you reach over, grab your phone from the stand and see what you missed overnight. Sound familiar? Well you're not alone.
Seems like everyone has an agenda and platform to showcase it nowadays. It use to be years ago the only way to be heard was by being part of the popular crowd. If you didn't sit at the cool kids table then your opinion wasn't worth two cents. I get it, it's empowering to voice your opinion and have friends and associates react. You're in the driver's seat and they are lining up to take a ride. Heck we all had that one friend who got their car before anyone else and we could not wait to tag along but what happens when everyone has their own car and no one to ride with? Read on...
Less than a third of posts read are from actual friends or relatives the bulk being from associates never met and shared posts. Top three categories w/o looking at my feed are: President Trump and his latest antics, 'Like or Share' if you believe in this or that and 'See what I'm doing right now'. Day or night one of these will be near the top of your news feed... guaranteed. Let me guess you are checking now. As a whole people seek validation and attention nothing wrong with that it's in our DNA. Not everyone but the masses in general. If your post reaches enough to your satisfaction they will return to your car again. On rare occasions I find myself entranced with a post someone has made repeatedly and yet the same people keep responding the same way, odd. Social media is both entertaining and suggestive, you would do well to know the difference. In a way this article could fall under one of these categories it's all about perspective.
We all have family members or relatives we shared an interest with while growing up. For me it was competition with my brother and sister. From early childhood when we played kickball with friends to family game nights the goal was to win. We never cheated or looked for an unfair advantage but instead played with a level of tenacity most could not comprehend. Even in defeat we were good natured albeit satirical at times and never bitter. It was 'always' about integrity and respect. Not sure how much of this was instilled by our parents or simply our character. I remember one night when I was 10 playing a game of 'Sorry' with my family. I had 1 piece left to make it home and got sent back repeatedly by everyone, roar! Being a Taurus and stubborn this did not sit well with me. I always had a temper but managed to channel it toward constructive habits. Still I would be lying if I said I wasn't waiting eagerly for next game to seek vengeance haha.
Fast forward over the years and we're all grown now. My brother and I have always been video game aficionados and manage to set aside time to this very day to sit and play a few hours every now and then. We go way back to the days of Atari and the game has changed much over the years but our spirit has not. Even when we go online to play random strangers our philosophy is still the same, play with integrity and respect. Yeah it blows when you are beating the crap out of someone and they quit mid-game and it doesn't count. We blow it off and move to next opponent. I can't tell you how many beat downs we've taken over the years and never once quit. Oh my current poison of choice nowadays?... Madden '17. When not online I enjoy a good game of Risk when he visits. We use to play chess for hours on end as kids and love a good strategic game.
Anyway with spouses, kids, nieces and a nephew in the mix today we still find time for family game night. It's mainly Spades, Uno and Phase 10 and an occasional app game. The competition and tenacity is still there and appears to have been passed on to the younger generation. This kindred spirit or sibling rivalry if ya call it that has served us well and driven us to reach beyond life's goals and strive for our dreams. It's formed a bond many outsiders would scratch their head at but we understand it fully. -James
Arthur I don't get it, really I don't! This mediocre cartoon from 1994 was drab at best but somehow found a resurgence in today's media. The memes are out of control and a lot of adults are upset with the mature themed content posted of him.
I will be the first to admit I'm a little behind the trending culture but this makes no sense whatsoever. What the hell is he? An aardvark, mole or what? All good it's not our place to question these social trends but rather elaborate on them. Last cartoon show around this era that flopped after a cpl of airings and later went on to make a comeback was Family Guy. My take?... These damn millennials are controlling the world haha.
This Maryland based guy, Antonio O'Neil, is the truth and his fitness training company is growing at a rapid pace he's scheduled to have offices on the West Coast soon. Personal trainers have long been the norm for celebs/ athletes to get in shape for their careers but in this modern day era more and more everyday people are joining the foray. Early in the century there was Charles Atlas and his kicking sand in the scrawny kid's face on the back of comics to the Sweatin to the Oldies Richard Simmons vid tapes of the 80's to Billy Blank's
Tae Bo vids of the 90's- 00's.
All served their purposes in getting the masses in shape but it's a new era and catchy tunes and TV ads are passe. Today people want 1 on 1 personal interaction sans the glam with quick results. Most would be trainers fall off the pace quick and only the purists have longevity. Antonio O'Neil and his T-Fit company fit the mold. He's currently based on the East Coast but satellite offices are coming soon! I've had the good fortune of collaborating with Mr. O'Neil in one of our online gaming leagues and he's shown pics and vids of before/ after results of his work. In a word... stunning!
Rather than post numerous pics of his prodigy's I will simply link his personal Facebook page and site for all to view first hand. [Ed note. At time of article his site is still undergoing construction]. Check it out... he post live feeds almost daily on his home page. G4R is a reputable company and no one gets featured without thoroughly being checked out. He's passed with flying colors and because he's in our backyard we may enroll in his course after our summer vacation. Rates are reasonable and results are exceptional! In fact G4R has a good friend who's a model from the Mediterranean, Skevi, looking to make it big in the United States soon. She's an avid fitness person and will need a credible trainer once here. Dare we say a match made in heaven!? Haha
Phone: (218) 391-8375
Site: www.thetfitway.com (site under construction still)
Address: 9009 Mendenhall Rd. Columbia, MD 21045
G4R caught up with Skevi Georgiou today for a quick flash interview. It's a first in a series of talented people who has graced our pages in the past. What is 'Flash Interview' ya ask? Basically we inbox or call a popular guest with 5 questions and run article within 24hrs. This Mediterranean beauty has graced our pages before and we're glad to be in her circle of friends. Here we go!
G4R: What's your profession?
Skevi: Personal trainer/bikini competitor
G4R: What's your latest activity in the industry?
Skevi: Training with my coach Femi Billy Rose owner of 3d muscle in the UK to compete for the bikini category and working with platinum training as a personal trainer [Ed note: Billy Rose is a beast].
G4R: What's your favorite hobby when not working?
Skevi: My hobby is training myself and going for coffee with friends or alone enjoying myself
G4R: What's your favorite food?
Skevi: Favourite food is souvlakia. (Traditional food from my home country Cyprus ) its chicken cubes cooked on the grill with pitta bread , salad and yogurt . (high protein food ;-))
G4R: Where are you from?
Skevi: Im from Cyprus! A beautiful small island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea [Ed note: Cyprus... Google it or click here. Really a scenic little island]
Thanks Skevi for taking time out to get with us. We encourage all to follow her as she makes her way to United States shores to further her career. Want to be a part of her journey? Follow her on Facebook and Twitter and tell her G4R sent ya!
It's not an HBO movie or Dr. Phil episode but a real life experience that is forever logged in the annuals of my mind. Go back to 1993 or Google David Koresh and you will find one of the earliest attacks on American soil. Before the Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma incident in 1995 or the 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing this knucklehead was the original American terrorist.
Why the interest in Mr. Koresh? Well me and my crew had the fortune, or misfortune, of performing for him before he went off the rails. I was in a local circuit band in the early 90's and was doing a gig in Waco, TX. The pub was called Chelsea's and we had one David Koresh in the audience recruiting people for his cult. Before he left he gave us his bizz card.
Short version of story is: We were performing live in front of a half full crowd and in between sets he approached a band member or two... Roland Zertuche and Greg Stokes. I was present too but he was more interested in my band mates. Normally we got requests from audience members to hang out and party with them after hrs but we declined this one... good thing too. Dude seemed like any other fan and we would have taken him up on offer but for some reason we declined and hung out with other fans. Wow talk about dodging a bullet!
A year or two later we heard about the infamous Waco, TX siege incident. Tbh that is as close to a cult as I want to get. The sh*t he was doing behind the scene was sickening.
Did you know America's most beloved K-9 Scooby Doo and his faithful owner Shaggy partook in this ritual long before it was considered a trendy holiday!? Norville 'Shaggy' Rogers and his faithful Great Dane companion Scooby-Doo allegedly were pot heads! This was the premise for the cartoon show.
"The four teenage lead characters of Scooby-Doo were inspired by four of the main characters from the 1959-63 American television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, with Shaggy having been derived from the character Maynard G. Krebs, as played by Bob Denver. Maynard's beatnik-style goatee, general appearance, and use of the word "like" as a form of punctuation all found their way into the character of Shaggy, with the base personality of the character updated to make him a hippie rather than a beatnik" -Shaggy Rogers Wikipedia excerpt.
Here's the gist... Cartoon aired from '69- '76 and cannabis was rapidly growing during this era much like Rock-N-Roll. Hanna-Barbera had the insight to branch off on one of their projects and make a toon for the hipsters. Who knew it would catch on like wildfire among the masses!? With spooky plots and clever underlying themes masked from minors while adults still caught the irony it was an instant success.
They couldn't show them actually smoking but was allowed to show the after effects.... munchies. Hence the reason they were always hungry and downing enormous amounts of food and Scooby-snacks. Google or Wikipedia the history and you will be amazed at what you find out! Disney and Pixar are still utilizing this strategy to the day. Though not with cannabis but relative other adult themed topics. What better way to get parents and kids involved in an animation all at once?
Now that we've gotten your attention let me elaborate on this challenge. Jason Henkel aka Mr. G4R this year has put up payola in the form of $100 to Super Bowl winner this season.... no entry fee required. If you are a member of G4R you are automatically entered. We've played through 4 seasons and he has won 3 out of the 4, nice! What keeps him from winning another one? He's retired for a spell and given his team to Rukia GC. Yeah she's a female gamer and can hold her own. Currently she's fighting for a wildcard spot.
Anyway I've been chatting with Jason to make sure he wants to fund this challenge and it seems he is committed. G4R and Jason go back to Madden '13 and he's been a household name ever since. The road has been rocky at times but he's come through time after time like a champ. In the beginning he was labeled a lobby player (for non Madden players it means he does whatever necessary to win) but has conformed to league rules and still laying the hammer down haha.
Once banned from sim leagues b/c of his aggressive play style he's now one of the most sought after sim members. He can run the gauntlet in any sim lg or roll up his sleeves and get nasty in a lobby game aka DMV Redzone. If you are reading this article then chances are you already have heard of him.
Most members who join a new league are unknown and the expectation is they will take a few seasons to make a serious run. Not the case here... he's expected to challenge top members the minute he joins regardless of the team he takes over. Not many guys garner that type of respect but he's earned it. Props Jason it's been a long road but you're here man. You're quickly outgrowing G4R and I'm glad you were able to roll with us. You have an open invitation anytime you want to return. Oh lil man next to him will be a terror in a cpl yrs... Henkel Jr haha.
Netflix original series 'Fuller House' seems to be a reboot of the popular Full house sitcom from the late 80's - mid 90's. I personally have not seen the show yet but the reviews seem positive. I've heard there are subtle quips about the absence of the Olsen twins and many other references to the original series. Check out this 'skit' from the Jimmy Fallon show last month featuring a cpl of cast members from the new show. I'll be binge-watching the series this wknd and have a more in depth review soon. -James
'Do you ever sit back and think back to 2006? Just 10 years ago I had a Motorola flip phone and it was top of the line, it wasn't quite a RAZR but the next best thing. I had a PC with Windows XP and a PS2. I hadn't quite graduated to Xbox 360 but I had discovered online gaming already. I enjoyed titles such as Unreal Tournament 2004, Battlefield 2 and 2142 on the PC and played Conflict Desert Storm, Metal Gear Solid, and Area 51 on my PS2. Now mind you I was only 13 and had a MySpace account. Now I look back and think how ridiculous I was with my JNCO pants and chains on both sides with my obsession for black clothing but none the less life was simpler. I am not saying this just cause I was young, I am saying it because technology hadn't destroyed the modern world yet. Now we have tablets, gigantic phones that do everything and I nobody owns a desktop PC like they use to. People mostly have a laptop if they need a computer and even then most tablets can do everything a laptop can. Social media has ruined our lives because now EVERYBODY has a Facebook except for the lucky few who haven't sold their soul... Yet. Back when I had a flip phone, you wanted the smallest phone out there. As long as it could call and text and fit in your pocket it was golden. Granted most flip phones had a camera and we were satisfied with that. Now, if a phone can't stream Netflix, run Facebook, and take pictures and video better than what Paramount puts on the big screen it's worthless to us. When you think about it, it's really.. Sad. I see people everywhere looking down and caring less about being smoked by a car or struck by lightning. Hell, I went to AC/DC a week ago and during the show you could look around see people snap chatting or face booking. Technology has made us forget how important actual LIFE is. Most people seem to care about that new notification they've received or whatever 20 second video popped up in their feed. Now I know everybody is going to have different opinions on this subject but just think about it. We have light switches, radios, and even cars that can be controlled by our phones. Now when I say cars I mean that their are remote start options out there that can be controlled with your phone. I don't mean you can actually drive a car with one, not yet anyways. Maybe I was just born at the wrong time but it's madness. There is nothing wrong with owning the latest IPhone or Galaxy, having tablet instead of a PC but when it takes over your life and becomes your top priority then there's a problem. Hell nobody even calls people anymore, it's all done by texting. In fact, I typed this on my phone. Let that sink in some but like I said, maybe I was just born in the wrong era but I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. My next topic to follow up this article will be about social media and how it hurts more than it helps. HAVE A GREAT DAY! -- B!
Life is good. Hollywood is cranking out superhero movies on a yearly basis and I couldn't be happier. One particular one is called Avengers: Infinity War Pt 1. It's slated for a 2018 release. It features upward towards 60+ heroes and I can only imagine the mayhem released in this epic movie.
If you are a comic fan like myself then you've already watched the first two movies...The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the true purists you have undoubtedly watched the Iron Man trilogy, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America as well. Marvel is cranking them out at a phenomenal pace and I love it. Oh they have released other blockbusters outside the Avengers genre i.e. Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil (now on Netflix) and recently Deadpool.
Lets not forget about Marvels counterpart DC Comics. They have a long running history of Superman and Batman movies. Over the last decade they have rebooted the series with 'Superman: Man of Steel' and 'The Dark Knight'. The new Ant-Man movie looks promising too. They have taken a more direct route by featuring a handful of heroes on the CW network featuring Arrow, Flash and currently DC Legends of Tomorrow. It's no secret a 'Justice League' movie is in the works. Closest thing to that right now is Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice coming out next month which seems to feature a slew of DC heroes mentioned above.