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  • Grammys: Underdog Mark Ronson Deserves to Win - February 7, 2016
    Soul music dominates the patchwork ensemble of 2016’s Record of the Year Grammy nominees: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars for “Uptown Special,” “Really Love”... The post Grammys: Underdog Mark Ronson Deserves to Win appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Carly Rae Jepsen Deserved a Nod - February 6, 2016
    One of the more curious and confounding omissions from this year’s spate of Grammy nominations is Carly Rae Jepsen’s third album, Emotion. While admittedly... The post Grammys: Carly Rae Jepsen Deserved a Nod appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Super Bowl 50: The Music of Broncos, Panthers - February 6, 2016
    Super Bowl 50 is upon us. On Sunday much of the country will be watching the clash between the two top seeded teams, the... The post Super Bowl 50: The Music of Broncos, Panthers appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Spike Lee Explores Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ - February 5, 2016
    If Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the biggest-selling album of all time, then his Off the Wall is the one many longtime fans cite as... The post Spike Lee Explores Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Alabama Shakes’ Daring ‘Sound & Color’ - February 5, 2016
    The critical and commercial success of Sound & Color proves that bucking expectations — though littered with challenges — is the creative path most... The post Grammys: Alabama Shakes’ Daring ‘Sound & Color’ appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
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.

NYTimes: The Movies
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, 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.

Music News
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 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.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame
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. 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.

Hollywood Reporter
Missy Elliot: WTF
It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring  Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans my not know what to think at first. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

[November 13, 2015] It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans may not know what to think the first time you see something from her. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video.The video was extremely innovative and unique. I absolutely love the puppets! Way cool. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

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  • Weekend Wax Bits - February 6, 2016
    Millions of Americans will suspend their pre-spring diets this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. (To my non-American readers, Super Bowl is like our Thanksgiving but consumed in front of the TV set.) One of the NFL's greatest wide receivers...             
  • Getting Into Jazz, Part 1 - February 5, 2016
    Yesterday I received an email from a friend of a reader who said he was interested in listening to jazz but wasn't quite sure how to approach the music or the history. To this person, jazz seemed tremendously exciting but...             
  • How Wee Became Allen's Alley - February 4, 2016
    Several years before drummer Denzil Best wrote Move, he came up with a catchy bebop line known as Wee. Where Wee was conceived by Best and how it was named is not known to me. But shortly after it made...            Related Stories Julie London: A Good Cry  
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Sharing from my magazine archives. Handsome guy wearing what was in big style in 1971. Could you imagine finding a suit today for $39.95? If you did, it wouldn’t be made for a full grown adult I’ll bet ya? Even if you found a suit made out of pure cotton, it still wouldn’t cost $39.95 LOL.

 

 

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Do you remember TCB? I remember they were extremely popular by the late 70’s. Personally barely used any of their products.  Although I do remember using one product from them, it was called the “Hot Oil Treatment” I believe it was called. It was soooo much work to do, because it involved using a hot towel. I really did think it was worth the trouble, however once I finished my hair would smell so good!! I must have only performed this treatment about once every two months. There was a time were it seemed every single store in my neighborhood  had a line of TCB products (including the pharmacy and sometimes the supermarkets too). By the time the 80’s came along, and Jheri Curls were “the in thang”, “Care Free Curls” took over; then S-curl eventually dominated for quite a few years after that. It was funny because S-Curl had a distinct fragrance on almost all of their hair products. Anytime someone walked in the room, it is almost guaranteed that someone will ask if “you use S-Curl?” LOL…. By The Way, if you haven’t noticed yet, the guy in the picture is Billy Dee Williams. I never thought he was particularly handsome, but he did have a kind of swagger on film that made him attractive.

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Do you remember “Shrinky Dinks? I do. Very cool concept, however, this was another one of those childhood gimmicks that never turned out well for me either. Shrinky Dinks were these transparent “cut-able” plastic sheets, that can be use to trace drawings and colored using special non-toxic marker pens. Once you’ve finished your drawing, you would then cut around your plastic drawing and place it in the oven. All your plastic drawings would shrink and turn in to hard pieces of plastic, that could be used for all kinds of jewelry, decals, key chains, and anything else imaginable.

Unfortunately, when I tried to put them in the oven as a kid (adult supervision of course), the plastic would always burn at the edges, or the finished product always wind up deformed. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I was left feeling that I needed a special oven to use these “Shrinky Dinks”. Many, many, many years later, it’s maker developed a personal “child safe” oven you can use specifically for Shrinky Dinks”. You can even watch it through a class window as it hardens. Click here to see what the oven looks like on Amazon.

I was very shocked to find out that ALEX, the makers of Shrinky Dinks are still in business and making money. Today, I don’t see any advertisements for Shrinky Dinks anymore. There success must be due to all the parents that remember having them as a child. Shrinky Dinks used to, and still does come in various themes, such as haloween, xmas, thanksgiving, etc. They also used to have Television show themes, such as The Flinstones, A-Team, Superman, you name it. Click here for more Shrinky Dinks

Yogi

 

When I was a young boy, Sea Monkey advertisements were in the back of practically every single comic book! I couldn’t remember one comic book that i’ve owned, at least up until late 1975ish didn’t have these ads. First off, I tried these things at least about 2 or three times, and they NEVER worked for me. Not sure why, maybe I just had bad luck and got bad batches? Not sure. However, one thing I do know, If I had seen how see monkeys REALLY looked, instead of the cartoon drawings in the back of these DC/Marvel comic books, I never would have been interested in getting them in the first place. Sea Monkeys are hideous!! Oh, my, they are so ugly ya’ll!! They look nothing like monkeys in my opinion (at least Sea Horses, resemble horses), in fact, many of them appeared to be more like baby Caterpillars if they were fish. Some looked like frayed pieces of white string with two big black eyeballs, while others look like the kinda food scavengers would eat.. Either way, they would have not been something I would have been interested in having as a pet. However, What I found interesting is that, I remembered the ads really emphasizing on how easy it was to grow them, but they never really talked about a safe way to clean the container you have them in. The plastic tank they gave you with the kit would always turn cloudy (I guess because of the monkey deposits), and of course there was no 800# available to ask questions. Sea Monkeys now appear to be a distant memory; we have transitioned from the wonderful world of Sea Monkeys to the awesome world of video games, and the Internet – a course of no return.

Yogi

Do you remember the Simon game? I remember having one as a kid and it was a lot of fun. It was basically a memory game using colors and sounds. The key objective was to remember all the sounds that corresponded to the color (or vise versa). The more sounds/colors, the harder it becomes. Try the new hand Simon Hand Held

Duke Hair products has been around for years. I remember using it as a child. Duke really became popular when guys start putting waves in their hair. Once you’ve seen a guy with a Doo Rag on his head, chances are, he was using a Duke product. I loved their fragrances. The only thing about this product was that, if your hair was too long, you could not use the wax like cream.

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