The new season of Cognac Small Talk is finally here. Anthony J.R. took time off from the show to learn more about himself and see what truly inspires him as a media personality. He talks about this transition, his love hate relationship with J.Crew and filtering your audience via social media to reduce the noise on the internet.

It’s Nothing Personal

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Every millennial has gone through adversity, whether its financially, socially or mentally, we’ve gone through hard times that may have delayed meeting personal goals. Luckily the best way to overcome adversity is to first realize that the stress is only temporary. Anthony J.R. opens up about how thinking positively and being proactive helped him overcome his personal hard times during the end of 2016, going into 2017.


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A stereotype is a preconceived notion about a person or group. It’s natural but we also should take the time to get to truly understand a person’s perspective before that notion. Millennials are judged all the time, from the clothes we wear, to our lifestyle, to even way we think. Xay Zoleil stops by the show to update us on his music, DJing and other creative endeavors while explaining how stereotyping has played a role in his life within a collectivist community.

Stereotypes feat. Xay Zoleil

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Anthony J.R. invites Givon, a recording and visual artist onto the show as they indulge in Martell Cognac and reminisce on the days that people weren’t supportive of their endeavors until now. Is it okay to forgive and never forget? Why do people hate you but monitor all the moves you make? These are among the several questions asked during this episode.

Old Friends, New Dreams feat. Givon

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The act of feeling entitled is having the right to something. We’re entitled to the jobs we have, the friends we have and the clothes we wear but what makes people entitled to specific things over others? Entitlement can stem from emotions, social norms and so many other things. Anthony J.R. discusses his opinion on entitlement has shaped his life and how it can play a role in others.

Feeling Entitled

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Delayed Gratification is the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward. People that delay gratification are more successful with their career, relationships, health, finances and so much more. This is an essential part of being able to reach your ultimate goal. Anthony J.R. talks about how delaying his gratification has helped his patience and how it define his work ethic growing up.

Delayed Gratification

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Jess2Sick, a hip hop dancer and creative director based in Seattle stops by the show to share how establishing your value as a person can help choose the right people in your life by determining their worth to you and knowing when to collaborate with other creatives.

Be sure to follow her on social media at @Jess2sick on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Establishing Your Value feat. Jess2Sick

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