To say I’m a “music nerd” is an understatement. My earliest memories as a child involve my Mom and Dad playing classic jams from Womack & Womack to Kool G Rap on the stereo. As I grew older, it was quite clear that they wanted me to enjoy music as much as they did.Read More
As I continue to explore, Mastermind Connect as a fellowship and as a new focus in my life. I am patient with the immaculacy true alignment holds. Intentionality, for me, is serious business. It is the foundation where a community of good character can be built on.Read More
In New York City, there’s a growing movement when it comes to places to gather. There is an obvious need for community, support and belonging, which organizations like Mastermind Connect is trying to fulfill. Jeff Lindor, from The Gentlemen’s Factory, explains why this matters in a recent article featured in The New York Times.Read More
“That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”-Jhumpa LahiriRead More
You know, I’d pretty much worked through my 20’s and early 30s knowing what I wanted to do and was very fortunate to land in all those positions, but now here I was at the end of that journey still feeling like, ‘Huh, if those things didn’t make me happy, what am I really looking for here?’Read More
Camping to Connect, a new experiential learning and mentorship initiative for underserved young men, kicks off this month with a special two-day, overnight camping experience on historic Governors Island.Read More
Sitting on that bench, right outside of the Classic Man Barber Lounge, having deep conversations, laughing out loud, all while waiting for my turn to get my beard trimmed by artist/barber Frank Billini, creates a moment that is my version of quintessential #NYCSummer.Read More
Let's review the new-old rules of sexual engagementRead More
With a busy week of Washington’s usual joys and challenges behind us, driving north to the Catskills, to meet up with the rest of the Mastermind Connect members who were going Camping to Connect that weekend was… liberating.Read More
Mastermind Connect and JIG Media are honored to announce the 2nd Annual Healthy NYC Expo at Governors Island. Healthy NYC is a citywide initiative that combines digital media and grassroots engagement to galvanize community influencers, elected officials, families, and healthcare professionals around the idea of improving the overall population health of New York City.Read More
Allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is JD Weatherspoon, some of you may know me from Mastermind Connect’s blog section, various CC’s on emails, and comments from Instagram and Facebook. That's because I live in the DMV area, though everyone who talks to me for more than five minutes knows I'm a Floridian living my best life here.Read More
There is something to be said about the importance of community book stores. There are the obvious details such as being a space for literary works and idea sharing. Dig a bit deeper below the surface however, and you’ll find hidden gems in the form of the people inside it.Read More
Kicking off New York Fashion Week 2018, Mastermind Connect partnered with premier made to measure line InStitchu, where we gathered for an evening of style and great vibes, enhanced by the amazing cocktails that YAVE Tequila provided us with, and the very tasty hors d'oeuvres, which The Tastemakers NYC created by infusing them with the different flavored tequilas that we were pairing them with.Read More
The universe will match whatever energy you put out. You can't fool the universe.Read More
When I sent out a bat call for Mastermind Connect members to join me for The Stogie Chronicles Scotch and Cigars series I’m doing for the Cigar Casa project, our members answered the call at the ready!
We had a blast at The Carnegie Club, a very classy joint in midtown Manhattan, learning about cigar etiquette while sipping on aged Scotch Whiskey, listening to lively jazz music in the background, and smoking delicious stogies from the folks at Hispaniola Cigars.Read More
The Mastermind Connect hosted the 2nd edition of The EleMENtal Project series titled “Spiritual Warrior.” Besides moderating an all star panel, we had the privilege of using the New Inc space at the Bowery, NYC.
In the midst of orchestrating 1,000 moving parts, we had a full house of attentive guests that served up just the right questions to bring about thought-provoking answers from the panelists. So thought provoking, in fact, that many attendees were able to begin the process of identifying and addressing their own fears, doubts, and (not so hidden) pains, sharing them openly to a room full of strangers.
Travel means a great many things to many different people. For some, it is a means of escaping the humdrum of their day-to-day lives, in search of excitement and adventure. For others, a means of fleeing war and turmoil, in search of peace and opportunity. Whatever the inspiration, movement from one place to another has driven development for the entirety of mankind’s existence.Read More
What a great weekend with my Mastermind Connect brothers!
When Carlos "Los" Davila and I started planning the group's first 5K run event, I was nervous and excited at the same time. Carlos, Shaun Jenkins and Marlon Briscoe are top notch trainers, who get paid to train people for a living. Who am I to put together a wellness event, when we we have these guys in the group? But running is my thing, and I'm honored these guys allowed me to organize and host it this month.Read More
Class. Style. Charm. Three words that accurately portray the aesthetic of the Rag & Bone brand. So much so, that our founder Manny Almonte decided to take a trip to their beautiful men’s only boutique space, located in Tribeca, NYC, to explore the shop and find himself the right pair of jeans for 2017, with the help from members Jason Andrew and Juan Yanez.Read More
Wanna tune in? Un-plug.
Distractions are everywhere; on the walls; in front of the windows; on trains, buses, and automobiles. They've been present throughout the entire process of writing this piece. The majority of our waking hours are spent in constant exposure to curated stimuli. Which, in one way or another, does things to a person.Read More