The Bachelorette 2015: Bio Breakdown


This past Monday I felt an emptiness in my life. I knew it had nothing to do with my work or my personal life or not pursuing my dreams or anything like that, so I googled "the bachelorette 2015 start date," and to my delight I found that it Read more

Most Anticipated Upcoming Films of 2015


Alright, so before we dive in, I want to acknowledge that I got a little carried away and there are a lot of movies listed below. I set out on this journey because I had no idea what to expect from the movies in 2015 and finished my research Read more

Need To Know: The Memphis Grizzlies And The NBA Playoffs Scenarios


Alright folks, it's time to buckle up for the NBA Playoffs! That means it's time for new Growl Towels, drum lines down Beale Street, and finding new reasons to hate every other player on every other team in the NBA. As you surely know by this point, all of Read more

Shamelessly really, really liking “I Really Like You”


Judging from the nearly 23 million views that Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” video already has, I’m pretty late to this party, so this post might be a few weeks behind. But that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about how great the song is. And let’s be Read more

Masters 2015: From Tiger to Rory


In 2012, in the fledgling months of The Wise Guise, I participated in a preview of The Masters. I wrote about my favorite parts of attending The Masters live and provided predictions for the Top 10 golfers to be in the Top 10 on the back nine on Sunday, when Read more

On Jake Gyllenhaal, Drake & Inspiration


New Year’s Day this year was a cold, rainy one in Manhattan. The bright lights of Broadway had always seemed to warm the chills running through my body, particularly on that date. That evening I was attending “Constellations,” a play brought across the Atlantic from its London roots for American Read more

Concert Review: “Bruno Mars – The Moonshine Jungle Tour” 2014 Leg

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*The following reviews were gathered from Bruno Mars’ performance at the FedEx Forum on June 6, 2014. He’s currently traveling the United States for the second leg of his Moonshine Jungle Tour.*

Alex Beene: I never saw Michael Jackson live in concert. Sad, I know. Thanks to MJ’s weird obsession with staying off the road in later years and blowing millions in Vegas on junk that now occupies dusty space in the attic of Neverland Ranch, my knowledge of the former King of Pop’s performance power will forever be limited to clips from the past.

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An Open Letter to Soccer Fans in America

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Dear Hardcore Soccer Fans in America,

The World Cup starts this week, but you knew that. You don’t need ESPN to run promos with Coldplay music splashed in the background to remind you of the start of soccer’s biggest tournament. Your biological soccer clock’s countdown timer has been ticking since 2010’s tournament ended.

Soccer season never really ends for you. You follow different leagues all around the world, so when one league takes a brief break, you just hop over and watch another league. You’re a fan, 24-7, 365.

So now, with the World Cup just days away, I ask just one simple favor of you…

Don’t be a douche.

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Things Worth Dying For – Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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It’s tough to express feelings about D-Day as someone who was born over 40 years after June 6, 1944. Most historians refer to it as a turning point in western civilization. When I think of D-Day, I think of images. The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. My visit to the eerily peaceful beach in spring 2010. But I also think of words – FDR’s D-Day prayer over the radio, General Eisenhower’s speech to his men, and more.

I’ve made it somewhat of a tradition here at The Wise Guise to commemorate D-Day with a reflective post. I’d urge you to read my best friend Jay Salato’s post from two years ago reflecting on the speech he had the opportunity to give at the commemorative ceremony at the U.S. Memorial Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Then, I’d urge you to re-visit my post from last year and listen to/read FDR’s prayer and Ike’s speech.

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This year, I want to share two more pieces of history that I’ve recently found to continue the impossible task of commemorating the courage and sacrifice of those men who charged Normandy Beach.

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Will there be a Crown of Chrome?

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The last winner was crowned in 1978.

There was Sir Barton in 1919.

Gallant Fox in 1930.

Omaha in 1935.

War Admiral in 1937.

Whirlaway in 1941.

Count Fleet in 1943.

Assault in 1946.

Citation in 1948.

The famed Secretariat in 1973.

Seattle Slew in 1977.

And then Affirmed in 1978.

Within 30 years, amongst the ruins of two World Wars and the Great Depression, we had 8 Triple Crown winning horses. Then, a quarter of a century passed before Secretariat became the hero America needed in the midst of turmoil surrounding Vietnam and Watergate. Seattle Slew and Affirmed followed up with back-to-back wins in the late 1970s as Jimmy Carter’s America stumbled along… and we haven’t had a Triple Crown winner since.

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Film Review: “Maleficent”

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In the ever-growing list of rogues from Disney’s animated film canon, perhaps no other villain holds the same status as Maleficent. Primarily due to her awe-inspiring appearance, the antagonist of 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” has been a constant staple of darkness for the studio’s character line-up over the last few decades. Read more

R.I.P. Maya Angelou

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Yesterday, at the age of 86, Maya Angelou passed away. I envy those able to attend the poetry reading in heaven last night, because this fragile world lost one of the great ones.

I don’t remember a time growing up in Memphis in which I didn’t know who Maya Angelou was, reading her poems and excerpts of her work. Like many others, I read obituaries of Dr. Angelou yesterday in addition to lists of her most famous quotes as they were collected and as they were shared individually by friends on social media.

She was a woman who wrote more eloquently than most about the power and importance of love, forgiveness, diversity, perseverance, hard work, and faith. For a list of these quotes, I encourage you to go here.

Condoleezza Rice paid tribute with a simple statement, “”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was one of the most inspirational books ever written in America — and Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten.” Many others joined in.

As for me, I returned to the poem that I will eternally view as synonymous with Maya Angelou. NPR played an audio recording of Dr. Angelou reading it herself to pay tribute to her. I encourage you to spend a few minutes to listen to it.

But I will also provide it here for you to read, appreciate, and enjoy.

Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou. And thank you, for everything.

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.