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Recommendations: Spotify

I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers totally FREE accounts that allows you to access unlimited music LEGALLY! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free for us to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties (which true fans of music should seriously think about). The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available. However, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, simply because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features for free users). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers or sponsors; but, I don't see that happening anytime soon either.

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  • This Week’s New Music: Sept. 23, 2016 - September 24, 2016
    The Weeknd: “Starboy” For those jonesing for new music from The Weeknd, the fix came this week with the surprise release of “Starboy.” The... The post This Week’s New Music: Sept. 23, 2016 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • This Week’s New Music: Sept. 16, 2016 - September 16, 2016
    You know fall is here when the singles and albums start dropping nearly as fast as the leaves. We’ve gathered up a handful of... The post This Week’s New Music: Sept. 16, 2016 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Exclusive: KT Tunstall Live Performance - September 13, 2016
    Two years ago, KT Tunstall thought she was done with music. Not that she’d never again play guitar or sing, but done playing professionally... The post Exclusive: KT Tunstall Live Performance appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Napster Back to School Contest - September 12, 2016
    School is back in session and Napster wants to set you up to do your best! To help you have tunes to study we... The post Napster Back to School Contest appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Introducing: Hi-Res Audio Streaming from Napster - September 1, 2016
    New smartphones, wearables and TVs – oh my! Those are just a few of the consumer electronic products expected to be unveiled at IFA... The post Introducing: Hi-Res Audio Streaming from Napster appeared first on Napster Music News.

Recommendations: YouTube

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions both as a fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become like a free video streaming service like Spotify. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use. However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions, both as a music fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become a free video streaming service in the same way Spotify is a free music service. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use (except for premium services, but even then @ $9.99 a month is a great deal considering how much we spent on music back in the day). However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, so I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

Stereo Gum: Music News

  1. Drake’s Views Is Back At #1 For A 13th Week - September 26, 2016
    After a little seven week breather, Drake’s supremely boring but chart-destroying Views has returned to #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard, that’s the longest gap between weeks at #1 for any album in over three years. That also means that Views has now spent 13 nonconsecutive weeks at #1, tying it with […]
  2. White House Fest SXSL Announces Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Jones, Stranger Things Cast - September 25, 2016
    Earlier this month, the White House announced that they were teaming up with SXSW to bring a one-day miniature version of the festival to the White House’s south lawn. SXSL will take place 10/3, and today, the White House has announced some of the lineup. Barack Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio are headlining the event, joining […]
  3. Singaporean Startup Buys 49% Of Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner’s Son Reportedly Taking Over - September 25, 2016
    For the first time in five decades, Rolling Stone is accepting an outside investor. Bloomberg reports that after 15 months of negotiations, founder Jann Wenner is selling 49% of the magazine to BandLab Technologies, a digital music startup founded by Kuok Meng Ru, the son of Singaporean business magnate Kuok Khoon Hong. BandLab will reportedly […]
  4. G.L.O.S.S. Break Up - September 25, 2016
    After last year’s Bandcamp demo and this year’s Trans Day Of Revenge EP, we were all looking forward to hearing a full-length album from the great queer punk band G.L.O.S.S. But sadly, it may not be in the cards. The Olympia punks, one of the best new bands of 2015, recently turned down a $50,000 […]
  5. R.I.P. Buckwheat Zydeco - September 25, 2016
    Stanley Dural, the famed Louisiana accordionist better known as Buckwheat Zydeco, died of lung cancer yesterday Reuters reports. According to a statement from his manager, “He died at 1:32 AM Louisiana time, keeping musician’s hours right to the bitter end.” He was 68. Born in 1947 in Lafayette, Louisiana, Buckwheat was interested in music from […]

Recommendations: Crackle

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies (although, they've been kind of slacking lately with putting out new original content, such as "Powers"). They also have losts of classic shows like "Who's The Boss," "Alf," and "What's Happening." They've improved the video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes the video gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of conventional memory/SD card to reduce the annoyance of buffering; and or you may have to direct connect to your network instead of wireless. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors!

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Recommendations: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku and other devices. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu (usually those that are available for free).

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Recommendations: Popcorn

Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix has an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections we'll eventually get. Their free service is available on both Roku, and on the web.

Digital Music News Blog

  • This Week In the Music Business - September 24, 2016
    This week in the Music Business: Are vinyl sales going up or are they dying out; Quitting smoking may have weakened Adele’s voice; Shawty Lo died in a tragic car accident; and Facebook messed up big time on their video metrics. Our music business weekly roundup… Monday Monday kicked off with some strange hissing noises. […] The post This Week In the Music Business appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Adele Says That Giving Up Smoking Has Made Her Voice Weaker - September 23, 2016
    Smoking can kill. But can it actually help your vocal chords? British singer and songwriter Adele believes that giving up smoking may actually have harmed her singing voice. She spoke with Canada’s eTalk platform and jokingly said, “The people with the best voices, they always smoke. I’ve given up smoking and I’m convinced that’s made […] The post Adele Says That Giving Up Smoking Has Made Her Voice Weaker appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Mac Miller Just Played His Best Show Ever In LA [Exclusive Photos] - September 23, 2016
    It was a short-n-sweet set by Mac Miller at MTV’s Wonderland warehouse venue in downtown Los Angeles.  Actually, it was just four songs. But the live band was tight, Mac Miller was entirely relaxed, and the crowd was low-key.  MTV cameras were everywhere, with graffiti’d up Imperial Studios serving as an offbeat set and stage. […] The post Mac Miller Just Played His Best Show Ever In LA [Exclusive Photos] appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Is Facebook Video a Total Scam? Facebook Issues a Formal Statement… - September 23, 2016
    Last year, Digital Music News started raising serious questions about Facebook video counts and session metrics.  That included specific suspicions of wildly inflated average session lengths.  But we weren’t the only one — and one year later, a Facebook executive is apologizing for that exact issue. Facebook has been bull-charging against YouTube for more than […] The post Is Facebook Video a Total Scam? Facebook Issues a Formal Statement… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • How to Pick the Cover Song That Will Make You Famous… - September 23, 2016
    Every day, thousands upon thousands of songs are uploaded onto Spotify, YouTube, iTunes… whatever.  There are even millions of songs on Spotify that haven’t been played once, according to one study.  So how can you possibly get un-buried and noticed as a new artist?  The answer could simply be picking the right cover song. A […] The post How to Pick the Cover Song That Will Make You Famous… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Breaking: Spotify Actively Shifting Headquarters from Stockholm to NYC… - September 23, 2016
    Ahead of their rumored IPO offering, Spotify is reportedly looking to purchase or lease about 350,000 square feet of prime Manhattan real estate.  That would easily double the size of their current spaces. According to New York real estate source The Real Deal, Spotify has hired brokers from commercial real estate firm JLL to look […] The post Breaking: Spotify Actively Shifting Headquarters from Stockholm to NYC… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Think the Cassette Tape Is Dead? Introducing ‘Cassette Store Day 2016’ - September 23, 2016
    Yes, the cassette tape is still a thing. Taking a look at Nielsen’s Mid-Year 2016 report, you’ll noticeably see that cassette tape sales are noticeably absent from the report.  Cassettes are mentioned under Total Album Sales, but only three formats are labeled: CDs, Digital, LP/Vinyl. Also, under Physical Album Sales By Store Type, they’re mentioned […] The post Think the Cassette Tape Is Dead? Introducing ‘Cassette Store Day 2016’ appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • The iPhone 7 Has 99 Problems. And They Are… - September 23, 2016
    Sure you want to buy an iPhone 7?  Here are just a few problems to consider. 1. iPhone 7 isn’t that much different than the iPhone 6. 2. Some people think the iPhone 6 is worse than the iPhone 5. 3. The iPhone 8 will be much better. 4. You don’t need to get every […] The post The iPhone 7 Has 99 Problems. And They Are… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Police Manhunt Underway for Bronx Rapper Whitey GZ… - September 22, 2016
    A manhunt is underway for a Bronx man who allegedly shot a man in the leg yesterday night. The Bronx man goes by the name of “Whitey GZ” on social media. He’s also known as a local rapper. According to the NYPD, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot the man late last night, […] The post Police Manhunt Underway for Bronx Rapper Whitey GZ… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Frank Ocean’s “Endless” is STILL Available on Dropbox on Free - September 22, 2016
    There are still an “Endless” amount of Frank Ocean links online.  But why? After doing a quick search on Google, MP3s of Frank Ocean’s Endless can STILL be found on Dropbox. (To avoid any legal issues, no, we will not be posting them here this time, as Apple has previously threatened to sue us). The […] The post Frank Ocean’s “Endless” is STILL Available on Dropbox on Free appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • The Playlist Is Officially Bigger Than the Album, Study Finds - September 22, 2016
    Who needs to listen to albums when you’ve got playlists? A new study shows that playlists, not albums, now command more listening hours overall. The new study was conducted by LOOP (Lots of Online People) and provided to the Music Business Association (Music Biz). The study was based on a May 2016 survey of exactly […] The post The Playlist Is Officially Bigger Than the Album, Study Finds appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • The iPhone 7 Adapter Actually Worsens Sound, Study Finds - September 22, 2016
    Is Apple’s iPhone 7 adapter for 3.5mm jack actually worsening the audio experience? That’s the question many users and other top tech sites are asking. German magazine c’t Magazine decided to put the iPhone 7 adapter through exhaustive audio tests. Roughly translated from German, the article started out with the following header: “The rationalized jack of […] The post The iPhone 7 Adapter Actually Worsens Sound, Study Finds appeared first on Digital Music News.

Recommendations: Tubi TV

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie streaming service. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low, low, low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)." My only gripe with Tubi TV, is that it's easier to search for movies on their website, and unfortunately, I haven't found a way to save movies on my online account, to then retrieve using Roku. But, it makes no sense to complain about something that is offered Free and legal right? -VintageNewscast.com

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Recommendations: Google

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are designed to be used as stand alone, such as Napster (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Napster is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs than mine. GooglePlay also offers totally FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora (only because they don't repeat music as much). Go ahead and check them out.

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  • Weekend Wax Bits - September 24, 2016
    In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Jewel on her journey from rock bottom to rock star (go here). It's a harrowing tale of survival after being rejected by her mother as a child, dealing with a gruff...             
  • Sco: Country for Old Men - September 23, 2016
    Earlier this year, guitarist John Scofield won a Grammy for his album, Past Present. Released in 2015, Past Present came on the heels of tough times for Sco—the 2013 passing of his son, Evan, to cancer at age 26. Sco's...            Related Stories 21 New CD Discoveries  
  • Videos: Aretha Franklin - September 22, 2016
    Yesterday, I was deep into Aretha Franklin's albums, especially after news that she had to cancel so many concerts in recent weeks due to health concerns. Here are three videos that remind us why she has always been the Queen...            Related Stories Aretha in Amsterdam: 1968 Aretha Franklin: Amsterdam 1968  

Recommendations: Rhap.

My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. Rhapsody is now Napster! This service has came a long way; now it is international, and has integrated all of the 33 countries it services under one platform. One of the many reasons I recommend Napster, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, untold international music, they promote lesser known artist as well as well known artists. Tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Napster library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media, and discover users who like the same kinds of songs you like too! Napster even evaluates user playlists, and gives you a percentage number, as to how close your tastes are. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Napster.

Recommendations: Netflix

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month.

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Recommendation: HULU

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix.

Recommendations: Amazon

Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Napster, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch.

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Recommendations: iTunes

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music on it's service) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (for now subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android.

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Hey guys, I got a brand new look-a-like for you! I just happen to notice that legendary performer Cyndi Lauper, has a striking resemblance to the legendary late actress Greta Garbo! What do you think? Woweeeee!! It literally looks like Garbo has reincarnated in Cyndi.

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Donny Hathaway was mostly a blues and jazz singer, as well as a pianist. He was born in 1945 and died around 1979-1980. He song with many artists, including  the talented Jerry Butler & Aretha Franklin; he also worked with musical groups such as, the Impressions and the Staple Singers. He’s even worked with Curtis Mayfield on quite a few projects. If I understood correctly, during the height of his career, he began to develop sever depression, and later it was discovered that he had bouts with mental illness. Unfortunately, from what I’ve read, it sounded like no one really knew he suffered from mental illness until it was too late. He claimed that “White people were trying to steal his music.” The very same day he said this, he was found died from suicide. It’s interesting, I couldn’t help but to wonder if he heard something he wasn’t supposed to hear, and it triggered something? Let’s be real, there were a LOT of record labels stealing a lot of money from Black performers in that era (this is not only a fact, but common knowledge). Maybe he knew something big was about to go down then (concerning him), and he had no recourse? Who knows?

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I have to be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Donny. I found a lot of his songs either too slow, or the lyrics were depressing (now I know way). The only song that I can remember I really liked him to sing was a song called “A Song For You.” But I like many of the duets he did with Roberta Flack. Now that I think about it, it’s quite hilarious, because I’ve complained before about how boring I thought Roberta Flack is (they’re music is actually kind of similar in a way), yet when they collaborated they’ve made great music!! Who would have ever thought that two boring artists, would come together to produce positive music! I sure didn’t LOLOL. Some of those songs I love were, “Where Is The Love,” “The Closer I Get To You,” I really liked how they reinterpreted “You’ve Got A Friend,” and “Back Together Again.” Lastly, I like a song they did called “You’re My Heaven.”

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I love Stevie Wonder, and he is most definitely one of the greatest living performers of our time. It is such a pleasure to hear him sing, he always gave us his all, and has always projected his voice. This was a young man that definitely was not scared to sing. Every time I think of Stevie, I can’t help but to think if Stevie and Jose Feliciano were young today, and if Ray Charles was still with us as a kid, the way that the music industry is now, I’d doubt that these phenomenal artists would have ever been given a chance at stardom. What do you think? Today’s musical culture is so lost, that in the next few decades, kids will probably tell you there were no such thing as successful blind performers!

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But, let’s talk about this particular album released by Stevie. The Complete Stevie Wonder (2015), is truly the MOST complete musical album of any artist I’ve ever seen. This will make you realize just how much he has contributed to the music community. The album has a whopping 48 disc collection! Starting from his earliest work to his present. It has just about all of his greatest hits, and some never heard before recordings. When I saw this collection, I thought to myself, Damn, maybe Stevie Wonder was the hardest working man in show business?! I don’t ever recall even James Brown label releasing an album trilogy this huge! You Stevie fans will definitely enjoy this album. He sings all kinds of music, jazz, R&B, his music label even included some of his christmas singles. This collection is jaw dropping. I don’t think the average person would have been able to afford this collection if we saw it in a store. Do you see why music streaming like Spotify and Napster are so important? The average cost of a single CD today is about $18.99 x 48 = $911.52, but you can download and listen to all of these songs for just $10 a month (and everything else in it’s 36m+ library and additional access to their international around the world music) with @320 highest quality. That’s 9 years worth of unlimited Napster for the full value of Stevie’s collection. Or you can sign up for a FREE Spotify account, and listen to the entire collection FREE on your PC (and in random shuffle mode on your Smartphone). I don’t remember if the free version of Spotify has a limit on skips for on-demand listening; or they may hit you with more commercials; but who cares, your getting it free! Honestly, I’m not going to go in to all the songs I like because they’re just too many; and I’m sure true Stevie fans feel the same way. Check out the album on Napster.

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I thought about doing something a little different and fun. I know that a lot of people who are stuck in a particular mindset, in terms of what defines beauty. However, when it comes to someone’s weight, I’ve always had the belief that NOT everyone looks good smaller in size. I’ve always felt that way ever since a I was a child. Some people who’s never been thin sometimes look sick when they lose too much weight (trying to live someone else’s standard of beauty). Let’s be real, fat phobia exist, just like many other phobias. It’s not always about being “healthy,” too many people get off of fat shaming people. Getting into other people’s business instead of their OWN.

I’d like to start off with Adam Richman. It’s funny because I was so accustomed to seeing his body larger on “Man Verses Food,” that he looks weird with his weight loss. When I say weird, I don’t mean bad; at least he didn’t lose so much weight that he looks like a bobble-head. I don’t think that’s a healthy look for anybody. I don’t care what anybody says.

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Next is rapper Paul Wall. You know, I always thought he looked ok bigger. He looked good on camera when he danced, and it is my opinion that he held his weight well. Now that He lost the weight, he looks incredibly handsome. He looks like an entirely different person. I’m going to say I think he looked good both ways. But now that he’s smaller, he looks so different he looks nothing like a rapper now.

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Chris Bratt, definitely a hunk now that he lost weight. Not only that, he stopped at a healthy slim weight, and not anorexic slim. Maybe it’s different with men? When women talk about weight loss, a lot of women always trying to get in to a size 1 and below LOL. Not everybody is built to be their desired weight.

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Now about Kevin Liles. I don’t know about you guys, but this is one of those cases I think he looks better and healthier a little larger. He looked like a nice big o’l hug-able football bear. He wasn’t fat, he was just nice and thick, and haters couldn’t take it. Period.

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Now, I don’t judge people, however, Al Roker is the only guy that I truly feel he should have gained some back. I’ve actually seen photos of him even smaller. Now, I tend to notice things other people miss. I immediately noticed that after he lost all that weight, his skin changed dramatically! I don’t recall seeing that on any person of color quite in that way. I mean, I’m not joking, when I was watching his weather broadcast, I actually remember trying to adjust my picture because I thought something was wrong, and it turned out to be Al’s actual skin texture! O my goodness, he looked double his age after he lost the weight. Now, I know that some of us who are diabetic, we sometimes suffer dry skin occasionally, I thought maybe that was it. Who knows, maybe he was on some medication that had a skin side effect? All I know, He didn’t appear healthy to me after he lost that weight. Kudos to him though!

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Hey guys, I wanted to share an old picture from one of my old photo scrapbooks. Actually, it’s two photos, one of Sugar Ray Leonard, and one of his young sons Ray Charles Leonard, Jr.; and another photo of them with his son Jr. all grown up. Oh my goodness, not only is Jr. literally a carbon copy of his father, he grew up to be a FINE looking man. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the year that this photo was released, but I’m guessing it had to be mid 80’s. As we all know, Sugar Ray is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time (next to Ali).

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Unfortunately, Air Supply, like many other great bands from back in the day, fell in to the big hole of “forgotten greats.” The group “Air Supply” was huge in the 80’s; radio stations literally played their music at least 2 or 3 times in a two hour span at the peak of their career. Now, I doubt that any young person even knows who they were (unless they have family cultural enough to play their music). If I’m not mistaken, the band was formed in Australia in 1975/76, and became a huge success in America. Russell Hitchcock was (and still is) the signature voice of the band, and helped to produce some of their biggest love hits to date. In my opinion, probably their most biggest and memorable song is “All Out Of Love (1980),” and the second I’d say would probably be “The One That You Love (1981).”

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When Air Supply first started out, they got absolutely no attention outside of Australia. Their big American break, came when they opened for Rod Stewart in the late 70’s. Shortly after that, they landed a contract with Arista Records in 1980, and they’ve been rising to the top ever since. In later years, Air Supply has supported and performed with groups like Chicago and singer Boz Scaggs. In Australia, they were inducted in Australia’s Hall Of Fame in 2013. Air Supply’s hits are kind of scattered throughout many albums, but I think this particular album has the most hits (both American and Australian). Check them out on Napster.

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You know, Eddie Murphy has had such a huge acting career, with movies like “48 Hours (1982),” “Coming To America (1988),” and so many others, it’s hard for me to see him a singer. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he is a bad singer, but he’s not a great singer either LOL. In my opinion his voice was/is average; but unfortunately his singing voice didn’t wow me enough to want to actually buy his records. If I can be honest for a moment, a lot of his musical recordings sounded like he produced them in a karaoke bar. I really hate that style of recording because it comes off cheap.

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Now, I don’t mean to offend Eddie Murphy fans (but I am actually a fan of Eddie’s work as well) however, the only song that I really liked from Eddie is a song off the “How Could It Be” album called “Party All The Time.” That was the ONLY song I really liked, and that was more probably because it was a catchy tune. Then there was a song called “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” which sounds ok but he sings the song like he’s a long lost Jackson that no one knew about LOL. It appeared that Eddie really tried hard to make it as a solo artist, but his music really didn’t light my fire. I did make time to listen to his later album called “So Happy (1989),” but I was turned off because it was obvious he bit really hard off of Prince. Listen to his “Party All The Time” classic from Napster.

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So, YouTube is offering a free 14 day trial of their new “YouTube Red.” I am not impressed. Not impressed at all! My readers know that I would NEVER tell a person not use or abandon a service; because if they like it, who am I to discourage right? Well, this is my first exception to the rule. Guys, I really don’t recommend purchasing the “YouTube Red” service. I’m going to sum it up in one sentence. “You’ll get more value from using Spotify’s free service!” I’m not kidding about this! It is exactly what I have expected. They are pushing to the public an unfinished product. I’ll be honest, my personal opinion, is that Google put this together as quickly as they could just to keep the music labels off their ass. The mobile app is not even intuitive. It took my so long to realize where my playlist were. I can assure you, if you’re a power user of any music app, I’ll doubt you’re going to like YouTube Red. And if you mostly use YouTube’s website, I really don’t see the point to pay $9.99 month to get the same thing with the exception of the removal of ads.

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Well at least I know that they have two modes, a video mode and a head phone mode. So you can listen to it without video. I couldn’t figure out how to create playlists from the mobile app. It looks like I had to like the videos I was listening to. So in other words, my likes became my all in one playlist. The only other good thing about the YouTube Red mobile app, is that you can control the storage capacity. However, from the looks of the storage settings, you’re downloading the entire video and not the audio only. This is a problem, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post that unless you have a really good bandwidth and or unlimited mobile 4G, this is an issue! My first impression of this app is that it was not well thought out, or designed for a power user, just like their website. I will not waste my time with YouTube Red. They’re offering way too little for what they’re charging. Users just don’t want unlimited music, we want features as well; and YouTube Red offers almost none. Therefore, use Free Spotify, or if you’re looking for real user power, come on over to Napster for the same $9.99 a month.

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I can’t believe I found this album, I totally forgot about them (I haven’t heard about these guys since the 90s). “C&C Music Factory,” also was known as “The 28th Street Crew,” was really hot back in the 90s. Their music wasn’t just dance music, they were also workout music. You could still rock this music in your ear in the gym, or while doing power walk exercises. This group confused me a lot, because before I knew what they looked like, for the longest time I thought rapper Freedom Williams voice was actually rapper/actor Ice T, who you may remember from the hit TV show “Law & Order.” 😀 Actually I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought that.

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I also thought the voice of Martha Wash was Scarlett Santana. I used to say to myself, “for a very skinny lady, she sure knows how to belt those notes!” Turns out it was Martha all along LOLOL. Not saying she can’t sing, but unless I’m wrong, I never saw Martha in any of there videos. I guess they couldn’t afford to pay extra LOLOL. The members of the group weren’t always the same, but Scarlett & Freedom where the ones I’ve always remembered. To my understanding they are still performing, although they haven’t had a big hit (that I’m aware of since the 90s. My favorites are “Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm,” “Gonna Make You Sweat,” “Here We Go Let’s Rock and Roll,” “Live Happy,” and finally, a song called “Untitled.” “Untitled” has a hot beat in my opinion; although this particular song has gay overtones, I’m not sure if any of the members where actually gay. But then again, “gay club music” was also hot in the 90s too. Today, Mr. Freedom is working to help the homeless. Which is almost unheard of with many of these celebrities. Check their album at on Napster.

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I could have sworn that I’ve written about this group before, but I guess I didn’t. Hmmm. Well, I think this group is one of many talented groups that were forgotten about. “Huey Lewis and The News” were also one of the very small number White groups that had both a soul and rock sound in the 80’s (at least that is my opinion). I say this because this was truly their style of music, it wasn’t like one or two songs on their album with the soul/rock style (that “hit” song), this was their sound! Huey truly knows how to take control of the mic. It’s a shame he hasn’t continued with the major success he had in the 80’s. But then again, the entire music culture has started to change shortly after the 80’s ended.

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This particular album has all the hits that I love. I could be wrong, but I think most people probably remember this group by there hit song “The Power Of Love (1986),” which was one of the major sound tracks to the movie “Back To The Future.” Other hits that I love are “If This Is It,” the remake of a song (originally done by J. J. Jackson (I believe)) “But It’s Alright,” “Stuck With You,” “Heart And Soul,” and finally a song called “I Want A New Drug.” I would have loved to see them live. Check the album out on Napster here.

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I’ve always liked Bobby Brown’s music believe it or not. But I felt that it would be more appropriate to write about him after I felt the shock of Whitney and Bobbi-Christina’s death died down. Why? I’ve heard way too many people blaming Bobby for Whitney’s addiction; rumors circulated for decades that Bobby got Whitney hooked. But, as we found out, Whitney had been hooked long before Bobby and Whitney met. Although it didn’t help that Bobby was on it too, but let’s be serious, when you have the kind of money Whitney had, do you think that just telling someone to quit drugs will stop them? We’ve seen this over and over with now deceased celebrities that had addictions.

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Some have even claimed that Bobby used Whitney’s fame to capitalize on his own career. I disagree with this, because if you don’t have talent, I don’t care who you know, you’re not going to have the long career that Bobby had if he didn’t have at least a little bit of talent. The rumors probably started just after he left “New Addition.” It was said that Bobby was such a “bad boy,” that the group really couldn’t handle him any longer, he always wanted to do things his way. Don’t quote me, I think that was one of the reasons Johnny Gill joined the group. Well, Bobby leaving the group really seemed to have paid off for his career. I really do believe he would have made it with or without Whitney.

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There were many chart topping hits that eventually became my very favorites. I think his first big hit was “My Prerogative.” Actually, if my memory serves, I think this was a song specifically written because of his relationship with Whitney back then. There’s also “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Roni,” and I ❤️ “Every Little Step.” All the beats are consistent, easy to dance to, and he knew how to carry a tune. I don’t know if he still sings as good as he used to, but his oldies are still goodies to me. Here is his greatest hits on Napster.

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I’m not going to tell you know lie, I used to think Al B. Sure was fine as hell back in the 80’s. He sort of reminded me a lot of Christopher Williams in a way (they do look alike). I’m going to take a wild guess and say that most people probably remember him for his hit song “Night And Day (188).” I used to LOVE that song, it had such a unique sound to it, I no other musician’s music that I can think of compared to it at the time. “Night And Day” was probably his biggest hit, judging by how much I remembered hearing it on the radio. However, he actually had a few more hits, which happens to be on this same album above. One of them was a song called “Off On Your Own.” Let me tell you, when I saw the video to this song, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video where the girls in it had skirts so high and tight, if they farted they’d be in trouble. LOLOL. The next song from this album I really liked was called “Rescue Me.” I really liked this song, the lyrics were fun and the beat was danceable (although the beat is reminiscent of “Off On Your Own” with different vocals LOLOL). I do like how he redid “Killing Me Softly.” Unfortunately, this was the first and only album from him I liked.

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Hi guys. Today I decided to watch “Night Of The Living Dead (1968)” again. It’s funny, it seems that every time I re-watch this cult classic, I almost always walk away with a different perspective. Now, I won’t say that I’m a serious horror buff (on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m probably about a 7); but I will say that I am quite picky when it comes to horror movies; they must have good story lines; and I don’t like it when they’re too gory. Having said that, I probably haven’t seen as much horror movies as most horror fans may have. However, I think I’ve seen enough to say that this particular movie, of all classic horror movies gets me the most. The writers and producers were way ahead of their time. I think this is the only horror/zombie movie, where I’ve actually sat down and analyzed the most for some reason. 😀

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First off, I don’t recall any major cult zombie classic (other than “Night Of The Living Dead), where there exist a strong male Black lead (in this time frame). There were an incredible amount of zombie horror movies where Black men 90% of the time were portrayed as “scardey cats,” and the “White Men Of Hollywood” would be the ones to save the day. I must say that Duane Jones really done a fine job in this movie. Come to think about it, not only was his acting superb, but it almost seemed like he’s done the bulk of the work in this movie too. Duane’s character reacted to the zombies in this movie, exactly how I feel my people would react if zombies were really real! So much so that I wonder if Duane had a huge say in his character’s script. I don’t know if my readers realize, this movie is extremely emotionally and psychologically charged. Just in case you’re one of the few people on this planet that hasn’t seen this movie, I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers (it will be kind of hard though).

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Long story short, the movie starts off with actress Judith O’Dea and her brother driving to visit someone’s grave. They both get out the car, walk to the site and place the reef on the grave. The next thing you know, a zombie comes out and attacks the brother and kills him. Judith is scared out of her wits, and manages to get back in the car and drive off. However, she crashes in to a tree 😀 (crashing in trees, and running through the woods then falling seems to never get old with these horror movies). She finds a house to hide in, and that’s when she meets Duane. I wasn’t quite sure what was the chemistry between them (still not sure to be honest). I say this because she barely spoke in the movie (without close interaction with Duane, so I wasn’t sure if she didn’t like Black people or not; maybe it was because the writers wanted to show the emotion of a White woman for the first time interacting with a Black man that has taken full charge? (please keep my prior statement in the context of the movie/time frame and no where else please)).

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Soon, Duane and Judith discovered that other survivors, such as Karl Hardman, that were hiding down stars in the basement with a sick child (who unfortunately changing in to a zombie (unbeknown to them). Karl was a real pain in the butt, almost to the point you wanna hate his character. He was sooooo irrational, and made no kind of sense. He was also a bit of a coward too, cause there was a scene were Duane almost got killed because of him. But then I had to realize, if I knew the area was surrounded with thousands of zombies just waiting to eat me alive, I’d act the same way he did. He was scared out of his wits! I gain, It was almost comical that Duane was the level headed Black guy in this zombie movie, cause you just didn’t see it even in this era.

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Everyone found a TV that worked, and saw one the news that the zombies was pretty much created by radiation that came from out of space. I thought it was kind of funny, because you heard the law officials say, ” just shoot the zombies and then burn them,” as if to say this happens all the time! LOLOLOL! I’m not going to lie, you’re not going to like the ending. However, I think it’s interesting to watch both for nostalgic reasons, and because  there aren’t that many zombie/horror movies that dive in to the emotional, psychological, and straight up fright in a closed environment. What if it were you? I would say the final huge difference between this movie and the zombie movies of today, a lot of zombie movies seem to be outdoors now; where as “Night Of The Living Dead” actors are locked and enclosed, which makes you think. You can watch this Public Domain movie for free on YouTube here. I don’t recommend that you purchase it from anywhere (even on On-Line streaming). Because first, it’s Public Domain and it’s free; and two because you’re not going to get HD quality.

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Hi guys, I would like to share with you something I just discovered today. I am using VLC version 2.2.1. VLC is open source, and has been around for a while; it can literally play almost every file format you can think of.  I normally only use VLC for watching videos. However, today I took the time to skim through some new features, and realized that VLC now has audio streaming. This should give you an idea of just how huge free radio is. Again, I’m not trying to tell you how to listen to your music; however, there is so much your missing by only sticking to one thing. There is so much culture and diversity out here on the internet; and most importantly, the kind of oldies you just don’t hear on regular local stations anymore.

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Free radio is here, there is no need to use torrents anymore; and although I still have some concerns about YouTube, even YouTube is slowly but surely working on new licensing and royalty deals as I’m writing this post. I really love the new business model, music is truly indeed becoming almost free (with ads) (be it live or playlist generated stations). Like television, ads will now pay for the music, NOT the fans! Paid options such as Rhapsody, Spotify, iTunes, etc, will still be available for power users. It is unfortunate that physical memorabilia isn’t as popular anymore; but at least you don’t have to spend your entire income trying to purchase CDs of artists you love anymore. Now, I have noticed that only Jamendo & IceCast radio directory works. Not sure if the connection to those feeds are down, or there is a bug. I’ll figure it out later. But let me tell you this, the sound is good and the selections are tremendous.

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I am happy to announce that Ip Man 3 (2015) is streaming on Netflix with English audio! This must be exclusive to Netflix, because as far as I know, the Blu-Ray doesn’t have it (only English subs). As I’ve said before, I love All the Ip Man(s) in the Ip Man trilogies.  This latest Ip Man played by yet again, the talented Donnie Yen, was no exception. There were about 3 story lines in this movie that were kind of hard to keep up. Lots and lots of action and special effects as always. The only thing is, I don’t know how much of this was the real Ip Man, and how much of it was non-fiction. There are so many different writings and opinions, I just don’t know.

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Kwok-Kwan Chan, plays Bruce Lee in the movie. Unfortunately, he had an extremely small role in the movie, which makes me think there’s a possibility of an Ip Man 4. I was taken back on not just how much he looks like him, but how much he got Bruce Lee’s mannerisms to a tee! If I didn’t know any body, I would have said this must be his young son. He gave us a little taste of what he can do with his martial arts, and it looks really good. I really do hope that my assumptions are true, that there will be an Ip Man 4; because in the movie, Donnie does state that he wants to teach him Kwok eventually. If that’s the case, it could be a “Ip Man 4 and Bruce Lee” movie. I know Kwok will tear up some a**.

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Now, regardless whether Tyson was playing in this movie or not, I was going to see it anyway. But I gotta tell you, he did much better than I expected, yet at the same time, it was extremely weird to watch them fight. It was like a showdown between boxing vs. Karate. Despite the weirdness of it all, it was quite interesting. It looks realistic looking. Usually in most martial arts movies, it’s  usually the American style fighter that gets their ass beat, but Tyson held his own. Tyson plays a big mafia boss, that’s trying to take over the city, bullying people to sell off their business, and the police is powerless to stop it. It’s up to Donne to make the town safe again.

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While Donnie is trying to fight for law and order, you have another guy, Jin Zhang, who plays both sides of bad and good (for the purpose of trying to gain some kind of recognition). He tries to get in to Donnie’s  head to learn his weaknesses, ultimately so he can prove to be the true master fighter. His goal is to eventually build his own martial arts school, offering skills that is supposed to be superior to Donnie (Ip Man). When Tyson sends a bunch of thugs to kidnap both Ip Man and Jin’s son’s his attitude changes and fights on Ip Man’s side. But unfortunately, it didn’t get rid of the need for Jin to prove that he was the greatest fighter over Donnie, including publicly challenge him to a fight.

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Through all of crap Ip Man is going through, he also had to deal with finding out his wife is dying of cancer. How the hell Ip Man will get through all of this? Ip Man gave up so much to help others, but there was no one to really help him. Will Ip Man be able to safe the day? Will Ip Man wind up killing Jin because of his unquenchable thirst to prove he is the best? I highly recommend that you check this movie out. And by the way, the English translation is pretty darn good. Watch it on Netflix.

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Hi guys, I need to vent for a quick minute. 🙁 First, let me start off by saying, unfortunately I have never really been a Adam Sandler fan. Sorry to say. If I had a choice between Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey, I’d take Jim in a hot minute. But anyway……… Having said that, the one movie that I found that I actually liked in Sandler’s entire movie career is “Pixels (2015)” in 3D. Now to be honest, the only reason why I’ve gravitated toward this movie, is because of the movie’s vintage game theme. The special effects were really AWESOME! Everything almost looked like glowing Legos! In fact, it was sooo awesome, that his acting was actually tolerable.

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What burned me up enough to want to b**c about this movie, is all the crap surrounding the 3D version of the movie. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have it on 3D; VUDU has it, but they’re charging $33 to own with no option to rent. What? Grrrrrr!! I logged in to my Amazon account, and saw a 3D Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital bundle for only $18! WTF? I gave VUDU such an ear full, but in reality, it’s not VUDU’s fault. $33 is the license charge that the movie studio has set, if fans want to see this movie. This makes absolutely no sense that you get a cheaper deal by purchasing the physical disc than the stream? But $33? I’m thinking to myself, there has got to be another reason I’m not seeing for this outrageous price! Either this is a massive error, or I’m thinking this price is set for fans out side the U.S.A. In reality we’re still getting a good deal, but this proves the importance of taking your time and look before you buy. Geeezzzzzzz

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Sort of by accident, I found this wonderful documentary called “Downloaded (2013).” This film is almost two hours long. I’d never thought I would sit through a documentary like this; but like I said, it is extremely interesting and educational for me as far as hearing intimate feed back from RIAA and record labels. In essence, it is a very interesting look at the history of Napster, and how it changed the music industry forever. First, I’d like to say very quickly upfront, the film is not a “how to,” nor is this entire film about labeling all file sharers evil. I wanted to share this not because I want to sway people to think a certain way, but to help both music and film lovers be aware of the effects of file sharing, and how it really could have destroyed the industry.

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Shawn Fanning was one of the original co-founders of Napster (long before Rhapsody took over). He quit school to pursue his dream of building a company with a fan based application, that would allow other fans to share files and communicate with other fans of the same artists or movie. Back then, because it has never been done before, it wasn’t officially illegal yet, in terms of sharing files. The music industry was slow to understanding the scope as to how many people were actually downloading, exactly how much was downloaded, as well as the ease of downloading with Napster. However, Fanning very much wanted to work a relationship with the music labels in order to get artists paid, this was his intent all along. However, the music industry still had problems with Fanning’s vision, because the music industry as a whole wanted to stick with their old ways and old formulas.

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Many artists were divided on this issue. Some artists felt that Napster was doing a good thing; because statistics has shown that a significant amount of people that used Napster, actually purchased the music later on. Some artist saw it as stealing. But again, it boils down to something that was new, and the people that theoretically stand to lose money (in their eyes) was the ones that were most against it. However, the courts understand that you can’t stop technology, in addition to the fact that the music labels gave no room for fair use instances. Many fans saw Napster as no different than borrowing their friend’s record, then taping it on cassette and giving it back to them (which was legal for personal use).  However, the sheer massiveness of the Internet changed the game as far as how fans get their entertainment.

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I understand both sides. As I’ve said before, there are those who vow never to buy one piece of music ever again; as a form of rebellion against the greed of the music industry. It is interesting that throughout the legal battles, the music industry NEVER discussed the fact that the reason why many download so much, is because they couldn’t afford it. Once technology moved to CD, those prices went off the chain! However, through the years of long legal battles Napster had with the record labels and the RIAA, it’s helped shape the new business model we have today. Because the music labels felt that if they get rid of the “threat,” and the treat meaning Napster, everyone would stop downloading for free. This never happened; in fact, literally thousands of other file sharing software was developed using the same type of Napster infrastructure. But through the aftermath of all that mess, they have found away for fans to listen to music for free, and the labels can still get paid through an ad supported services. But I think the old peer to peer mindset still exist, and I think it will still take a while longer for old habits to break. JMHO.

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After watching this documentary, I realized this might be one of the many reasons why the music labels haven’t attacked YouTube as harshly as they did Napster. They are literally scared of having an even worse repeat performance of piracy, and that people could theoretically stop using legal services like Rhapsody, etc, altogether; and really end the music industry as we know it for good. Even though the music industry would never admit it, the fans won; and the days of milking fans dry was over; and that was the bottom line. It was because of Napster, that music (and film) has now become more affordable/accessible to those who support their artists/actors. There are many companies such as Spotify who have a vision of making music free by using an ad based system. So far, despite the apposing view from companies like Apple, this formula does seem to work (they’re not making loads of money, but they work). But you know what? It is my view that it really doesn’t matter, because no matter what any music streaming service does, at a standard price point of 9.99 a month, the music labels are going to take 80% of the revenue anyway. Music streaming is a very hard business to get into. Which is why business like Live365 has folded. This is largely because labels want more and more money; labels just have a hard time understanding that our economy has changed. Especially when it comes to music, music is a part of our culture, fans have a right to afford their favorite music. Watch it on Netflix Downloaded (2013).

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So, scrapped up enough money to see X-Men APOCALYPSE (2016) in 3D. As always, as a huge fan of X-Men, I think this 2 and a half hour movie was AWESOME!! However, this time, the 3 dimensional effects wasn’t as strong as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, the special effects were fantastic! But as much as I love X-Men, I recommend that fans just see the 2D version, you’ll save some money, and enjoy it just as much. I should warn you that if you haven’t seen the movie yet, and you’re a die-hard comic book fan as well, a LOT of things you’ll see will annoy you. Nothing will make sense to you, if you’re expecting the story line to follow the comic books. You’ll have to watch the movie with a very open mind, it’s the only way you’ll really enjoy it without being annoyed.

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You know, one of the many things that make me a fan of X-Men, are the global characters. It would have been nice to have a little more Latino representation in the movie (I’m not one to get on the “race” bandwagon when it comes to movies, I’m just saying). Speaking of which, for those of us that have seen the movie, have you noticed how much Latina Olivia Munn (who plays Psylocke) looks? She’s gorgeous in the movie though. Unfortunately, she did not have a big part in the movie; but the little she did, was a powerful performance.

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So, in essence Apocalypse is another very powerful mutant, who sees himself as a god. Apocalypse has been re-awakened and is on a mission to cleanse the world by destroying everything in it.  Any mutant left alive will help rebuild earth. Although the movie had loads of action, this movie also focused a lot on the psyche of each character; their fears of knowing that the world will end not knowing exactly how to stop it, or if they will even be successful doing it. Apocalypse was a special kind of mutant that no other mutant in the movie’s time frame has ever encountered. Xavier’s kids were still students; but once they realized that Apocalypse has the ability to steal a mutant’s powers; at that moment they became the X-Men. You see, the one thing that would technically put Apocalypse in “god” status, is to steal Xavier’s powers of mind control.

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What made it even worse, we all know how powerful of a mutant Magneto is. After Magneto’s wife and daughter was murdered at the same time in front of him, Apocalypse used this and the fact that his parent’s were also taken away as a child; to get him to join him in the pursuit of destroying the world. That’s a lot of rage Magneto will unleash. It’s hard to defeat Magneto as it is, how the hell our heroes can fight both the master of magnetism and a thousand+ year old mutant?

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I don’t want to say too much more, but I will say that there was a surprise appearance of a mutant that helped rescue a couple of our heroes (indirectly). I had the impression that this was the last installment; but after watching it, it is very obvious their going to at least branch off in to different segments for each hero. I’m likely to believe that the rumors of Storm, Angel, and Cyclopes getting their own movies, just may be true. Let me also just say, something happens with Jean that will BLOW YOUR MIND! Awesome special effects! Please don’t see the bootleg, spend the extra money to see it in a theater, it’s the only way to get the full effect. Or wait for it on Netflix. Again, it’s not exact to the comic books, but watching it happen was freak’n’ awesome! JMHO.

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“The State Of The Entertainment Industry Today,” kind of sound like a magazine title doesn’t it? I wanted to write a little bit on this topic, because it seems that the more I try to research this very topic, the more I’m sort of confused. The reason being, the opinions are so diverse that it becomes really difficult to discern what is fact and what’s fiction. Some of the opinions are bias, some uninformed, and some writers thoughts are just all over the place. I think part of the problem is, since the age of streaming, both music labels and streaming services are very secretive in terms of their numbers. This is understandably so, since it is both considered intellectual property and a “secret recipe” of sorts. But this makes it really hard to determine how well the music industry is really doing, all we can all do is speculate and have opinions with the information the labels allow us to have.

However, right now, I really think that the question we should be asking is, how does YouTube factor in on the success of the music industry? Those who may not fully understand digital technology as it pertains to the music and film industry, may not realize that in reality YouTube is just another piracy site just like Pirate Bay in a different form (but multiple times its size). What has changed in the music industry in particular, that has made YouTube the exception to the rule?

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I think what’s changed is YouTube new “Music Key” service, or now called “YouTube Red.” For the same basic price of $9.99, they are offering commercial/ad-free content, and the ability to download for off-line use. They also have original video content, but the samples I saw sucked (maybe they are still experimenting with the service). I’m really interested as to how this would work out in the future. While the service doesn’t answer my question about the ad-free user uploads, and the illegal monetizing of user uploads, it does show that YouTube is doing all it can to use it’s popularity to do the right thing. However, if I didn’t have Rhapsody, would I actually pay to use YouTube service? No. I would pay for Spotify before I would ever use YouTube as a main music source. Why? For two VERY important reasons. Number one, as I’ve said in previous articles, YouTube is not designed as a traditional streaming service; in fact, creating and saving videos to playlists is not as easy as it should be (it’s almost primitive). It is not designed for the daily music lover in mind. I guess for someone who just wants to listen to music while on the job, or doing a quick travel from A to B, then I guess it’s fine for those kinds of listeners. However, for a power user such as myself, the YouTube service isn’t attractive to people like us.

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The second most important reason I would never pay to use YouTube service (especially on my phone), is because the amount of battery power it pulls to stream each video. I can’t believe I haven’t read any blogger talk about this. Using YouTube to stream your music, the way you use regular music, is like trying to use your GPS on your phone all day. It pulls a lot of power! Not to mention the fact that depending on how good your WiFi/4G connection is, can take a while to download multiple videos. I don’t remember if they offer an option to just download the sound only or not; but if they do, that means there is additional conversion time. If I can quickly add a third, its setup doesn’t allow for robust music discovery. I could discover better music by using Shazam’s music selections; hell, even Pandora does a better job of suggesting good music. Again, I don’t want my prior statement to be interpreted as a discouragement, just something to think about. The nice thing is though, YouTube will still have their free service available. Now, If the reports are true, that streaming sales have finally exceeded CD sales; then YouTube’s new “Red” service could put the music industry back on the map. In terms of film, it’s a different animal, however, the film industry recognizes that the public wants more on-demand videos, and we’ll start to see more free services like Crackle with paid commercials.

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How many of you knew Sylvester Stallone had a brother? How many of you knew that his brother Frank Stallone could sing? Frank has sang quite a few songs that became hit soundtracks for a lot of movies. One of my favorites is a song called “Far From Over (1983),” it’s from the “Staying Alive” soundtrack. You may remember two songs “Take You Back,” and “Pushin'” which was on the “Rocky III (1982)” soundtrack. Honestly, “Far From Over,” was his best hit in my opinion. It’s a shame because he had such a great voice. Now it looks like he’s turned to country music; although I do like country music, I just wasn’t drawn to his music after that. Check him out on Rhapsody.

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George and Jim are strong candidates for look-a-likes. I couldn’t find better pictures to best show their similarities. I think you’ll see the similarities better, once you watch Jim on camera. They could be brothers. They’re both incredibly handsome.

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Hey guys, I was sifting through my Roku box and discovered that the channel “Docurama” has Bill Withers’s documentary available for FREE (with commercials of course). It is also available on your Samsung SmartTV. If you love Bill Withers’s music, I think you’ll love this documentary. Lots of things I didn’t know about him and his life, including his struggles with stuttering. Hope you enjoy it.

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Hi guys, today I watched a free premiere episode of “Preacher” produced by AMC. At first, it seemed like it would be a typical boring horror comedy, you know, equivalent to something like one of those Sy-Fy original movies. Yet, the comedy was very subtle, you kind of don’t know certain things were supposed to be jokes, until you think about it way after it happened… LOL However, I did give it a chance, since the trailers I’ve seen looked so good. I’m glad I did, because the ending of this episode was shocking as shit! My Jaw dropped, but of course, I’m not going to spoil it for you guys, so I’m not going to say anything about it. 😀

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The TV show stars handsome, Dominic Cooper, who plays the preacher. From the trailers that I’ve seen, I had the assumption that this TV show was about the supernatural. However, I realize that it looks like it could actually be a Sci-Fi alien thriller. It’s too early to tell, but that was my perception. The movie starts off with some kind of unidentified object crashing down to earth. Some kind of energy was released after the object crashed, found it’s way to a preacher in Africa, while preaching to his congregation. The force of the energy was so strong it momentarily killed him, he then came back alive. Everyone in the church thought it was a miracle! But then seconds after praising a miracle, the energy inside the preacher caused his body to explode. Everyone ran out of the church scared and screaming. After many years later Dominic takes over a church (that looks eerily similar to the first church where the first preacher was killed), and tries to continue to keep the towns faith.

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He helps everyone with pretty severe situations. He helps people like Ian Colletti, who I’m not sure if he suffers from a severe birth defect, or if this was an accident. It’s funny, when I first saw him, I immediately said to myself, “hey, he could be Conan O’Brian’s Son!” LOL. Not only is Ian dealing with a serious facial defect, he is also dealing with built up guilt for things he’s done in the past, and needs the preacher to help him deal.

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Of course there are kick ass rebels on the show like Ruth Negga. She is no joke, I get the impression she is some kind of bounty hunter. There is some kind of relationship between her and the preacher, but I”m not sure what it is yet exactly. The story line alluded to the fact that they had a past business relationship, and she’s desperately trying to convince him to go back to what they were doing. However, because preacher has made a promise not to go back to being violent, he consistently declines her offer. Much of this has to do with the murder of his father. However, that all changed when that same energy that killed the first preacher, entered Dominic. Not only has he changed from being the nice preacher, he also now has the ability to control peoples minds (literally). So, the show took a little bit to pick-up the pace, but I think this will be a show worth watching. Keep in mind that this show has many story lines, so you’ll really have to sit and watch it. The show shows you strange things happening all over the world, you won’t understand what’s going on, if you’re not stuck to the TV unfortunately. I’m not sure how all of these different stories relate to each other yet. If you want to watch a free episode, just create a free VUDU account here. Free version is in Standard Definition, but it has surround sound.

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Not sure if anyone remembers this group from back in the day. They were called Klymaxx. I have to be honest, I never did like a lot of there music. However, there was one song that as far as I’m concerned, was their biggest song throughout their career. It’s called “I Miss You (1984). The original album was released in 1984, however, Wiki has it as 1985 and I’m not sure why? The only thing I can think of is that the song was re-released on a separate bonus album? Also,  “Meeting In The Ladies Room” is cool also, but, that’s about it for that album. They’ve been performing off and on for a little over 20+ years collectively.  Listen to “I Miss You” on Rhapsody.

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I have another look-a-like for you guys. The young Tony Danza, from “Who’s The Boss (1984-1992),” and Fred Gwynne who everybody knows as Herman Munster from “The Munsters (1964–1966).” Boy, you know your old, when you can remember these guys as vivid as I do. Or maybe it’s just good memory.  😀

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You know, we know about Blacks being sold in to slavery, but we never actually see the actual business of slavery. Because it wasn’t really talked about much, as a child I always assumed that slaves were sold via direct hand exchange of money. In other words, I’ve always envisioned boats coming to land with a bunch of slaves, and potential slave masters all patiently waiting to see which slaves they’d like to buy, as if our ancestors were produce. Each slave valued differently based on the slave’s physical strength, and perceived health. It never occurred to me as a child that there were actually physical business, buildings that stood, like Price, Birch & Co., one of many actual dealers in slaves trade/Black human trafficking.

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Now, the reason why I decided to write about this, is because this reminded me of the movie “12 Years As A Slave (2013),” starring the very handsome Chiwetel Ejiofor. The movie tells the story about Solomon, who was kidnapped in to slavery. In real life, Solomon kept journals of his experience. He had written that a man named “Burch,” stole him; but actually, it was a man named  “James H. Birch,” who happened to part own this slave trade building pictured above. Lately, there are a lot more Black films being made about slavery, I know that many are hard to watch, but it’s important to watch at least one as a family, so that we as a people can appreciate where we came. These movies are important, because they remind us the need to respect each other. Do you now see why photography is so important?

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A beer manufacturer named Corona kept running this commercial all day today; and the tune they used got stuck in my head. It’s a very catchy tune called “Take It Easy (1968),” by Hopeton Lewis, originally released under Merritone records. Recently, this album was  digitally re-released last year. You know, the song does seem perfect for that commercial, see for your self here.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find a whole lot written about him. But I do know he was born in Kingston, Jamaica; he had many hits during the 60’s; and started out as a background vocalist. There are two other songs I liked from this album, they’re called “Rock Steady,” and “Cool Collie.” Very smooth beat and easy to dance to. If you’re a fan of Ska and Rock Steady music, you’ll like most of the songs on this album. Check it out on Rhapsody.

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You know, for action filled Sci-Fi movies like this, I usually wait for the 3D version. However, there doesn’t appear to be any (be it streaming or disc), and I’m not sure why? This is a huge franchise so I don’t think it’s an issue of funds. I’m wondering it could be they’re looking in to how they would package the various “collector blu-rays” for the various types of movie fans. Well, regardless if you’re a 3D fan, or 2D, or the fan that wants all of the behind the scenes blu-ray, or the fan that wants some kind of memorabilia with that blu-ray, I knew that it would be a long time I would see that disc (just because of the sheer fandom of it all). Never the less, I thoroughly enjoyed Star Wars, and paid a lot less on streaming, for what they would have charged for a physical disc. Special effects was out of this world (pardon the pun), and the sound effects were also amazing. I was very please that (with the exception of a few) almost all the original actors came back to do this movie.

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John Boyega had a huge role in this movie, a long side phenomenal actors such as Harrison Ford. Well the story goes, John was one of the very many that were captured as children and trained to be a killer. However, he still had some heart left in him. When a friend was literally killed in front of his eyes while in battle, he brakes down and decides he does not want to be a storm trooper any longer, and starts thinking of a plan to escape Darth Vader’s successor, played by Adam Driver. He helps a prisoner escape, who happens to also be a pilot, together the managed to get away.

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Another phenomenal lead actor is Daisy Ridley, who really kicks ass in this movie. Although I loved the movie, I haven’t followed the franchise the way real fans have, so there were a lot of things that confused me to be honest. There were certain questions that came of for me after the fact. Like, why do they say “may the force be with you?” When it’s quite obvious to me that the “force is already in them.”  Is the force inherited through a genetic bloodline? Or is it given to those who take some kind of oath of the Jedi? I’ll guess I’ll have to talk to a diehard fan to find these questions out. However, as someone who didn’t follow every trilogy, I did enjoy the movie very much. You would not be so confused that you can’t get the jest of it.

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Fast forward, Harrison Ford, Chewbacca, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega all get together to stop Adam Driver from blowing up Harrison’s ship and crew (as well as other planets) using a very dangerous weapon. Lots and lots of action and special effects. I don’t think any Star Wars fan would be too disappointed. Again, everyone did wonderful job, even the robot had a comedic personality that worked very well in the movie. Well, I think I’ve given enough info, anymore I’d be giving spoilers. The movie is available in all major movie streaming services. Again, just want to remind you to not purchase from Youtube/Google yet, because as far as I know, they still don’t offer DD5.1 minimum. So, get it from Amazon, Vudu, or just rent the video from Netflix, it will be available starting tomorrow I think (just know that there may be a long wait for it).

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