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Vintage Colonge: Eternity
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Do you remember Eternity? Now, this is a really, really, really old cologne! Actually, it came out in 1988, and is made by Calvin Klein. I think this smells so good. Depending on where you're at geographically, it can be very difficult to get in stores. However, that's no problem, because you can get it here. Great vintage cologne to wear for the summer.

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Every thought about having an old school karaoke party? Or maybe, that special karaoke bar your friends always drag you to never has the music you like? Choose from hundreds, and hundreds of both classic and new downloadable karaoke music for your next party! or karaoke meetup. Download them here.

12 Issues: Spiderman Mag
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I used to LOVE comic books! In fact, I still do. A lot has changed since I was heavily in to comics, from the comic's printed art, to all the exciting great movies that continue to come out under both Marvel and DC comics. Comics are Unique in that you can enjoy the latest and greatest stories, while getting your nostalgic fix for very old superhero characters that go as far back as the 50s. Check out and subscribe to the new Spider-Man magazine, and get the latest news that is happening in Spider-Man's world here.

12 Issues Of X-Men Mag
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Out of all the comics, X-men are my most favorite. Maybe it's because in many ways I can relate to them. Struggling to navigate in a world that hates them. The only thing I can't relate to is having mutant powers (I wish LOLOLOL)! One thing is very clear of not just X-men, but almost all comic book characters, is that the male bodies have become much more defined, and the women are more voluptuous. Not sure if this is the result of mutant evolution, or a subconscious effort to sell comics. Whatever the reason, it's working! In this 12 month issue, or X-Men continues the fight for respect for all mutants, equality, and basic rights to exist. Learn more about this amazing magazine here.

Twitter Feed: My Classics!!
Free Streaming: 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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Free Streaming: 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 by the music labels 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, and pay artist for YouTube Videos. 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 (with ads). 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 by their labels as a result of how YouTube is setup). But you know, I've been researching this for years, and I think I'm realizing what could be happening. Since Google is an online music retailer, it is possible that the record labels have worked out a deal that YouTube aka Google's videos are free license (some sort of packaged deal)? This would explain music videos with no ads. I also thought of Shazam too, which also uses YouTube. Because these licenses are usually top secret and withheld from the public, we'll never really know (I don't think). But rest assured, we know for a fact that Spotify, Napster, and all the other major streaming services, and Internet radio are paying royalties on all their streaming. Visit YouTube.com

Free Streaming: 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." 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! Visit Crackle

Free Streaming: PBS

PBS.org has a lot of free programming available to watch on their website. Also available for your ROKU device. They have some of the best documentaries available. From our vets, to the history of NYC, to historical arts and theater. Channel 13 & 21 really works hard to bring to you strong educational content. Visit PBS

Free Streaming: Local Lib

Do you have a library card? Not too many people realize that ANY major public library within ANY of the 50 states allows you to digitally download/borrow content through their website. The licenses are the same as borrowing physical books and media. Each state maybe different. Once the license expires, you'd be denied access. The license can easily be renewed if there are available licenses for previously borrowed item. Please note that downloadable content can only be possible if the library card matches the state location of your library's website. So in other words, to borrow the New York Public Library's content, YOU MUST have a NY library card. Visit NYPL

Free Streaming: 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. Visit Popcorn Flix

Free Streaming: 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)."
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Free Streaming: 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). Visit OV Guide

Free Streaming: AMG TV

AMG TV offers FREE streaming of many classic movies on their website. It functions like a regular TV station with the commercials. Movies are NOT "on demand," meaning you can't choose what you want to see. The site has their own online TV guide, so you can see current and future programming and their time slots. The types of things shown are "Escape From Alcatraz (1979)," Starring Clint Eastwood, and also some recent TV shows such as "Leverage." Check out their online TV guide for listings. Visit AMG TV

Free Streaming: Snag Films

Snag Films is an absolutely FREE and legal video streaming service, and has content very close to what PBS (channel 13/21) has. Most of it's library contains, documentaries, and docudrama films. Find films on Hendrix, Ali, and MLK. You can also find stories on Cuban America, politics, classic B&W movies, and some educational LGBT films. The service is also available on Roku. Visit Snag Films

Free Streaming: Viewster

Viewster is a FREE streaming site that mostly does popular Asian movies, TV Shows, and Anime. However, they do have some American movies such as "Amnesiac," and "Inside Man." Plenty of horror movies, and old classics. Some LGBT movies as well. Unfortunately, many of the Asian content may not have subtitles (depending). Visit Viewster

Free Streaming: Film Rise

Like Snag Films, Film Rise has loads of documentaries and many other content, available FREE of charge. From movies, TV shows, to very old B&W classics. Also available for Roku. Totally legal, totally safe, and totally free with commercials! Find classic TV shows such as "The Heat Of The Night," and "Forensic Files." Find movies like "Tales Of Terror," with Vincent Price, and "Night Feeders." I recommend that you search for movies on your Roku box instead of browsing on their site. Most of the links seem to concentrate on selling movies through Amazon. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you only want to see free movies displayed, use your Roku box. Now, to be perfectly honest, most of these movies aren't my cup of tea. However, I posted this for people who still do love this kind of incredibly low budget and awful acting. BUT, some of the documentaries/TV shows are worth watching. Visit Film Rise

Semi Free: 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. Visit GooglePlay

Subscription: Napster
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. The Napster 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 40+ 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. New features now include, adding custom gif covers to your playlists, OR upload your own covers! Also, sift through suggested music based off your unique playlist! 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. Visit Napster

Subscription: 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 94+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 4,000+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 6 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 200,000+ 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. Well worth the subscription. You'll never by another disc in a store again. Visit Netflix

Subscription: 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. Visit Hulu

Subscr/Retail: 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. Visit Amazon

Subscr/Retail: 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. Visit Apple

Resources

Here is a list of my hand picked resources, on where you can find FREE links to legal internet radio, YouTube links to classic TV shows, classic music performances, my favorite movie recommendations, and more! I add a couple of links about once every couple of months. Visit Resources

OTHER ISSUES IN THE WORLD

Adam-Richman

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.

Paul-Wall

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.

Chris-Pratt

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.

Kevin-Liles

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.

Al-Roker

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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I clicked on a YouTube link of a guy who was reviewing the latest Amazon Fire. I was totally stunned by what I heard. Not because of what he said about the Amazon Fire product itself, but what a user failed to do after she returned her fire back to amazon. Now, I’m not sure totally what the situation was, because many times companies send YouTubers products to review them; and I’m thinking maybe this one was an Open Box or something like that. In essence, the person sent back the Amazon Fire to Amazon, and failed to do a factory reset. Unfortunately, that woman’s Amazon Fire was sent to the YouTuber with ALL her personal information, and that includes access to purchases in the android store. He actually purchased a game for five dollars to prove a point. Now, the YouTuber mentioned that this was a security issue; which I agree; but I think the security issue does not lie with Amazon; it lies with the user. Anytime you change your Smart Phone, Tablet, or any other device that requires you to enter personal information, YOU MUST RESET DEVICE BEFORE RETURNING IT! This is not funny, yet I find it comical at the same time. There was a time in the 80’s and 90’s where people would go ape-shit, if they saw anyone entering their credit card on the internet, because “someone could steel it!” The truth of the matter is, credit card theft happens more on the retail level, and not on the internet level. Most large business like Amazon invest millions of dollars to make sure they have all the tools and the latest encryption technologies in place to keep your credit card information safe when purchasing online. This is also why you need a paid and trusted anti-virus package like Norton’s Security.

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I’ve heard a many of dumb-ass “technicians” tell customers that anti-viruses are a scam to make money. This is soooo far from the truth. While retailers have security measures to protect your personal information being sent to them via online; your anti-virus prevents malicious code coming in. Anti-viruses prevent malicious from getting inside your computer, scanning any bank software, cookies, record keeping programs; and executing “credit card stealers” that grab/transfer/datamine and migrate all your financial information kept in your program files. You no longer have to download anything anymore to get a computer virus. You can accidentally open up the wrong email and have bad code in it; this is one of the reasons a lot of business chose to use their email programs in “TEXT MODE ONLY,” instead of HTML or RTF. You are even more vulnerable when you use illegal sites and P2P applications; they are swarming with really, really, really, bad viruses and malware, that are in *zip, *rar, *lzh, *exe, *com, and yes, sometimes they’re also found in newer versions of *pdf files. Even something as innocent as *doc, *docx, *xls, or any program that allows you to write bad program scripts, unbeknown to the downloader when they open the document; it doesn’t necessarily have to be Microsoft Word, or Excel. There is very little one can do about security if you don’t restore your device first, before you send back your device to the manufacture or retail store. Or at least, if you’re one of those people that always forget, DON’T set your android market to automatically remember your store purchase password; always enter it manually. Sometimes if you send back a device under warranty, they DO often check the device for all kinds of damages. Sometimes they check to see whether the problem is software related;  and even if you put a lock on your device; there could be a combination of complex button sequences (both internal and external) on your device to unlock it (that only a authorized service center would have). Trust absolutely nobody and ALWAYS factory reset ALL devices before you return a device, or hand it down to another. Here is the YouTube link if you’re interested here.

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I know there exist a lot of people who love to feed the propaganda monster; and will probably dislike me for this article. But, what the hell, It’s my blog. Do you really think there’s a White conspiracy in the music industry, to “steal Black music” away from Black culture? I’ve heard this talk over and over for quite some time now. As someone who has always had music in my blood since I was extremely young, I have a very different opinion on this matter. You know when I was little, there were many performers I listened to, that I never knew they were actually White. One of those people I distinctly remembered was Tom Jones; and apparently I wasn’t the only person who thought so; many people thought he was back then. I also thought that Michael McDonald was also Black for awhile until I actually saw him on TV. The reverse has also happened. I thought Chuck Berry was White until I saw him on TV. So, what exactly is the point of my two previous statements? The point is music influences all cultures regardless of where you come from. Second, despite what people think, (or want to believe), I don’t think we can put a color on music. The color of a person’s skin doesn’t denote their culture, neither should music.

Now I know a lot of you may think I am plum off my rocker! Yes it is true that Black music has literally influenced the world, I don’t think any music historian, or any average music lover would try and challenge this. However, understand that it is because Black music has been such an influence, it is only natural that other groups of people will try to mimic it because it’s so great! This is another reason why I suggested a few posts ago, to listen to intentional radio. If you listen to current music from India, Japan, Africa, and yes even Arabian countries, almost all of them sound American. Many Asian countries are very heavily in to hip hop. If it were not for the different language, you’d think that all of their music was produced by Pharrell, or Dr. Dre. No one is bitching that Japan is trying to “take Black music away.” I’ve heard some Arab artists that can drop lyrics better than some American artists! No one is trying to proclaim or take away anything, it’s just the nature of good music, everybody wants to do the same. The reality is, other cultures fought a long time to try and keep their traditional music, but it is fading away, just like American classic music. I think trying to take ownership of a style of music that was once ours, is like the military yelling and screaming on television that the internet was started by them, and they want to be acknowledged. The internet is so huge, and has been etched in to the fabric of our lives, does it really matter?

I think what’s important is to try and focus on keeping the memories of our dying music, rather than spending a pointless life time of pointing fingers, of an issue that really makes no sense.

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Today, I got to really experience what the YouTubers in YouTube land are really complaining about. Unfortunately, 90% of the problems comes from the recording/music industry making bogus complaints concerning alleged infringements. Many of these bogus complaints are also made by company’s who don’t own copyrights. For the first time, since the creation of my YouTube channel (several years ago) I got a strike for a movie that is in the public domain. The movie that was flagged was called “Black Samurai (1977)” starring Jim Kelly. Let me tell you, the movie is just shy of being 38 years old; IMDB has it barely at 3.5 stars; trust me, no one is blowing up the producers phones demanding to see this movie. It is so easy to check these things, and I think a lot of these bogus companies do these fake claims knowing most people don’t understand copyright, therefore infringing on the rights of others to use works under fair use. The problem comes when a public domain movie contains a sound recording of a work that may  still be copyrighted. They don’t own the movie, but because the song is in it, they feel they have the right to control what people do with a movie they don’t technically own. Unfortunately, the way the law is written for sound recordings, music copyrights never expire. Copyright law for music is very different than it is for movies and stills (however, for as long as you abide by fair use guidelines/conduct, you’re fine).

I had a similar situation with my diabetes channel. The law says, if you record a video of a street festival for example, and a copyrighted song just happened to be played in the background, that song being played is fair use. Why? Because the song isn’t the focus of the video; the music is simply a happenstance (however, if you’re videoing a concert of someone (especially famous), that may be a different story (unless you are doing a news like format) you should always ask permission (but you can take photographs outdoors though). You should know that sometimes even if you get permission from the artist, if they are a member of ASCAP, BMI, or Sound Exchange, one of the three still may make a claim against your video. It’s one of the big problems many lesser known artists are facing that release their works under Creative Commons. So, although they couldn’t get YouTube to take it down my diabetes video, they blocked it from Germany (Germany seems to be their favorite place to block shit). Why would an American copyright holder only block their song in Germany if a YouTuber committed an infringement? Go figure. They’re all on bullshit pills I tell you! It wasn’t even worth arguing with those idiots, sometimes it’s just best to leave it alone. Photos are different though, as a photographer in the United States, you can take pictures of anything and anyone in outdoors, and specific designated public buildings/places (except for certain government buildings where security is an issue (such as military, or the United Nations), and except inside private buildings without permission). Please check your legal rights in your particular city/state/country. So yeah, the music industry is a pain in the ass, and often times literally try to hinder our freedom of speech, while in pursuit of “all copyright infringers.” Which is why all bloggers and YouTubers should be against (and help fight) bills like SOPA/PIPA, because anything could be seen as an infringement, the way these bills are written. Therefore, if a copyright holder doesn’t like your site for whatever reason, they can legally have the courts shut down your entire site. You need to understand how this impacts bloggers; if someone wants to inform the public that a particular movie or even product is a waist of time, bills like SOPA/PIPA can theoretically be used by the entertainment industry to silence bloggers who expose them.

Unfortunately, there is no system in place on YouTube to account for fair use. Because of this, record companies now have the power to abuse claims. I don’t remember what the original company making the claim was, because the time frame for their claim must have already expired once I click acknowledge on the strike. But I do remember it was some hip hop company that matched a song that was in no way shape or form close to what was on the actual video. Once I had informed them of this (I guess they didn’t like the answer), the next thing I knew, I get a take down from only one of the distributors called “Televentures.” This tells me that the music industry is so petty, that they have nothing else better but to contact one of several distributors and had YouTube take it down.

Now, I want my readers to think about this for a minute. YouTube offers a way of changing the “infringed” sound to another sound (from a list of legal music), however, it actually removes ALL of the sound from the entire movie. In an age were everything is about streaming, the music industry is very much aware that to make money is through monetizing and licensing; why would any “copyright holder” contact the distributor in order to take down a movie; destroying your chances to monetize on that sound recording? I guess it is possible that since the sound was on an actual movie, they couldn’t monetize it, or want to share revenue (if they truly owned the song, which the didn’t). Further insult to injury, they must know it’s public domain, that’s why they didn’t contact the owner directly. This is what I call abusive power; yet the industry is totally backwards. Giving the benefit of the doubt, lets say that the movie was genuinely miscategorized as public domain; I’ve written enough detailed information that someone should have contacted and informed me, so that I can inform others in the public domain community. YouTube did not serve as a true mediator as they are supposed to. Hell, I don’t even think they read the responses. It wasn’t even the full audio, it was just the intro.

I tip my hat to all the young game YouTube reviewers who have the patience to deal with all that copyright stuff, this is really annoying, very annoying. This experience makes me now understand what documentarians go through to get permissions to use clips and such. We have fair use rights, but because everything is so automated on YouTube, it makes it extremely difficult to exercise those rights. However, this should not stop anyone from blogging what the hell they want to blog about, or talk about on video. Again, this speaks to what I’ve been saying earlier about the fear and desperation of the music industry. Unfortunately, YouTube is not going to change the system they’re using anytime soon. I really do hope that the music industry eventually loosens up. It’s funny, I’ve seen people upload full albums on YouTube, but little people like us, who try and do the right thing gets burned. Damn, they are so backwards it’s comical. However, this is the stupidity of the music labels, NOT the artists. So continue to support Rhapsody, keep your paid Spotify subscriptions, and support all your legally free internet radio stations (please). Although, I wish the music labels would focus more on paying artists fairly, and offering better contracts, as well as keeping music affordable, than wasting so much energy on YouTube. If there was ever a such thing as a “mafia” in the music industry, it would be the music labels. Trust me.

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grooveshark

I was about to write an article that GrooveShark shut down as of last month. However, it looks like only the U.S. has shut down (grooveshark.com), not the British (grooveshark.io). If I remember correctly, I’ve read that they allowed more music to stream on their service, then the licenses they’ve paid for. I don’t think they were trying to do anything illegal; it just may have been that there was a technical mix up (physical hardware/network). Unfortunately, because of that, they got caught up in all kinds of U.S./international copyright legalities, and got sued. Copyright can and do get ugly. That’s unfortunate.

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471559532I really contemplated long and hard whether or not I wanted post this topic on my blog; because my blog is about classic music and movies. However, the tensions between cops and folks of color has become a serious issue (beyond measure). I don’t think that I can offer much more than what has already been said in the blogosphere, talk shows, and news organizations. However, this particular photograph stuck out, and it greatly offended me, and confused me at the same time. I’m not sure if this woman was trying to think of something clever to write, or she was really trying to be ignorant. Now, let me say straight up quick, I am not a master in English (but I can hold my own). Nor have I ever been one of those people that make it a hobby to rip apart every single thing an author writes. However, because I know that (personally) I am not the best speller in the world (cause I am human, not like some of you perfect robots), I know that it is compulsory to always have my spell check turned on, and a dictionary and thesaurus handy (nothing wrong with that, that’s what they are there for). I know that if I made a conscious effort to participate in one of the most important televised movements in this generation (possibly our history); I’m going to make sure that I’m not going to misrepresent myself and my people as ignorant.

The sign “Don’t Shoot and We Won’t Loot,” not only has several grammatical errors in it, it’s also offensive. I interpret this as saying, I confirm that all black people are looters, but if you stop killing us, we’ll stop destroying our own communities we live in. That sign does not make us look good at all. You should see the negative stuff I’ve read on other message boards concerning this photo. This sign was so offensive that it made me wonder if she was one of the groups of people willfully causing disruption? It’s interesting, a lot of Blacks want to keep this anger alive, but when LGBT people have been victimized daily by the majority of people of color, Black folk don’t bat an eye. In addition, these same people who write these ridiculous sign want to scream out “know your history!” This is not funny, not funny at all.

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