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I am the proud owner of 2 blogs. The first is called VintageNewscast. The primary purpose for this blog is to help my visitors rediscover rare & perhaps out of print classic music and film on digital format; the kinds of music & film that usually are NOT promoted in the digital realm! This includes most internet radio, “On Demand” audio/video streaming services, printed magazines and advertisements for DVD’s and Blu-Rays, and online entertainment (especially non-collector) stores. My blog is about cultural diversity! So, if you’re expecting to see only one type of music or movies here, this is NOT the blog site for you! :-) I am one of the very few multicultural bloggers of color to own one of the most diverse classic music/movie blogs in cyberspace. Here, you will see many genres of music and movies from 1995-ish and older. I also try to keep my fans/visitors informed as to the direction of music and film within digital technology. The second blog is called ShadesOfSepia. My goal there is to capture history, culture & our community through my camera lens. In essence ShadesOfSepia will serve as my photographic diary; telling stories of New York City with my camera; taking photographs all over; sharing subjects I find to have beauty, or of special quality. Creating an historical archive of the people of New York City. I also like to share my photographic art, mostly derived from my photo taking. I am attracted to many different types of photography, and I hope you enjoy my photographs. Please don't forget to bookmark both my sites. I think you will grow to enjoy and love them both; as I work hard to give you the best content not seen anywhere else. Thank you!

I’ve heard many different opinions about Sparrow’s music. Personally, I just think a lot of his music sounds too identical, so identical I’m shocked he was able to sell so many albums. It was as if he was preparing for the same Carnival over and over again. But, love him, hate him, he’s been around forever, and has been called by many of his peers “the calypso king.” Sparrow has made tons and tons of albums over his long career. He’s in his 80s now and doubt he’s still performing. Listen to this classic on Spotify.

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Hi guys, hope my readers are doing well. Great news, I have finally finished importing all my music from Napster to Spotify. I couldn’t believe that sh*t took me more than two weeks to sort out. LOLOL.. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t difficult, it was just the sheer volume of music I have saved. I still need to find time to Shazam my cassettes, but at least I’ve organized my playlist to a manageable level. I have to be honest, among other things, I really miss Napster’s live radio, user music compatibility level, and being able to permanently disable my listening activity 😩😡. However, I’m not sorry I’ve changed to Spotify. I’m blown away by the significant improvements, bug fixes, and features added, within a year+ since I’ve tried it. They must have had a lot of huge investors to be able to triple their customers in such a short period of time. The one thing I really like about Spotify I forgot to mention from before, I can download and mix my non-spotify music via Wi-Fi. I was very happy about that, cause I didn’t need two extra software to make it work, everything was already integrated. I’ve complained about that to Napster during the whole 5 years I was a customer….. Nothing…. Again, I’m almost positive that the record labels wanted more money to do that, and Napster simply said… No… LOL….

So, I’ll start creating hand picked playlists. This will be fun because literally there is a song for every theme you can think of. It’s almost like creating your own compilation CD. The other beautify about playlists is that all the music I select I genuinely love, and have taken the time to share it with my readers. By the way, most other streaming services like iTunes also allow you to share playlists. However, just as a recommendation, if you decide to share playlists, keep it simple…. I’ve seen these mega lists that include upward of 600 songs. I’ve seen one with 1,000 songs. People, this is too much consumption at one time. Don’t be an idiot. When I see a playlist that big, that tells me two things, either that person was high on weed and took absolutely no care in making the playlist, or they were just too damn lazy. My opinion, a playlist should be in the range of 10-20 songs, but don’t exceed 30 (or 3 hours). Other wise, the average person would not bother, unless they are high like you; and if that is the case, they would be too high to actually listening to it anyway. Please make sure you’re telling your friends about my blog. Very few people are doing what I’m doing. So help those who are truly interested find me. Thank you.

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Spike Lee and Denzel Washington on the set of “Malcom X (1992).” The movie was directed by Spike Lee. When I found out that Spike Lee was directing this movie, I was a little apprehensive about seeing this movie at first. But when I finally saw it, I thought he did a phenomenal job. I highly recommend it! I normally don’t like watching movies that are 3+ hours long, because there aren’t that many movies that are worth watching for that long (unless it’s a “Lord Of The Ring” type flick). By the way, I absolutely love Zoot Suits!! I wish we could go back to those days. Although there is a negative history tied to them, they look soo cool!! LOL.

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Well, it looks like traditional internet ads & banners are no longer working to attract revenue. I think people are really getting tired of them. I know that’s true for me personally. Many companies have resorted to using web programs to block you from using their site, if you have an active ad blocker. I’ve never visited a site where I felt they had valuable enough information for me to turn off my blocker. Problem is, you just never know whether that ad is a malicious code or not. I just avoid those kinds of sites altogether. I guess when you’ve been using computers for as long as some of us have, you really do get sick of them. So, I brought this up because I heard on the radio not too long ago, that a lot of business are going back to traditional mail. Companies are really desperate to drum up any business.

Having said that, I was seriously wondering…. Since it is perfectly legal for retail and other business to sell your contact information, are we at the point where we need two telephones#? Or possibly start giving fake addresses just so we don’t have to deal with the mountain of accumulated spam mail? Most times we don’t have a choice, we got to give our contact information. How do we as citizens handle this growing problem? I already pay for streaming service just so that I don’t have to deal with ads, because they push out more than I’m willing to accept. But now, against our will, we’ll start getting all kind of nonsense via regular snail. We really need to be on our P’s and Q’s, ’cause you’ve heard what’s going on with these “tax scams,” and these fake “law enforcement fundraisers.” Pretty soon, we’ll start seeing ads float across our windowsill. The bad part is, they’re calling our cellphones for crying out loud! I think a genius mind should develop a technology were all known telemarketing numbers should be automatically routed somewhere else.

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LOL I could not resist! So What does the 90’s cartoon X-Men and Lady GaGa have in common with this photo? Well, first of all, I can totally see Lady GaGa replacing actress Angelique Pettyjohn. You can’t tell me that the green hair isn’t totally GaGa. She would fit this part like a glove. Although, the dress Angelique does seem like it would be a little bit too “low key,” or too plain for GaGa. Don’t you think? LOL. Any way As far as the X-Men, you see those things around their necks? Doesn’t it remind you of when bad mutant named “Apocalypse” (I think it was him, actually he had someone else do the dirty work for him (I believe it was Mr. Sinister, look him up.)) tried to make them slaves, and put something around the X-Men’s necks, similar to what William and Angelique have on. When the-X-men wore that thing around their necks, the enemy was able to send some kind of shock (or something like that), to give them unbelievable pain. Also, it took their powers away, and they could not take them off. Almost the same thing with Star Trek.

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Most young visitors are too young to remember this woman. Perhaps you weren’t even born yet. The above is a photo of Vanessa Williams, who was a former Miss America! Winning that crown was huge for women of color all over America! However, her fame and title was short lived, when in 1984 photos of her were published in Penthouse Magazine posing nude with another woman caused a huge scandal! Vanessa was about 21 then, and expressed great shame for taking those photos. However, many people in the porn industry (mostly men) suggested that it would boost her career. It made sense that they would say that right? I don’t know if it actually boost her career, but I didn’t think it hurt it either. What really confused me was that, while the public (and the “Miss America” organization) came down on her like a ton of bricks, the reality was I lot of those same people (men) were salivating over those photos. What a bunch of Hippocrates!! In 2017, I don’t think anybody would be phased by something like this again (except if it were two men), people would go absolutely ape-shit. So many double standards, it’s the one of many annoyances we have in America.

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Ok, while “Album Of The Month” was a good idea at first, I decided to retire this idea. Believe me, it’s not because I don’t have any music to post! I think it’s because of a major shift music streaming has caused, especially in social media. Well actually, if we are to be honest, I think it started with iTunes. Let me explain, before digital media, our mindset was to purchase the whole album from your favorite artist! And if you didn’t necessarily like a particular artist, but you liked their one hit song, you had the option to purchase the 7″ version of the song. When CDs emerged, you usually had to buy the whole CD ’cause there wasn’t too many singles available. At that time, we needed music/album reviewers who specialized in a specific genre, ’cause nobody had money to waste buying a whole album and liked only one song. Fast forward to iTunes, we can now listen to a 1:30 minute sample (which is a lot), of each song on a new album, and buy only the song we like. So, we’re no longer thinking in terms of Albums anymore really, even though we still use the term “album.” Personally, I think we should stop using the word “album” when talking about streaming, and use “digital collections” or something like that. Because the likelihood of someone saving an entire album on their streaming service is very small now-a-days. It would prove to be way too much music to handle at some point, so we usually only save the songs we feel a connection to. In fact, I’ve read there were talks in the UK of starting a new music award category “Song Most Streamed,” and or “Shazam’d.” This made me realize that “best album” doesn’t exist anymore, it’s the song that’s important now. Hence why people share their playlists!! It’s all about the playlists now. Think if it as the equivalent of a “mixed tape.” Technically, even live radio often use pre-programmed playlists (musical line-ups). This will become more evident, as legal streaming becomes even more global. So, I will continue doing the same things I’ve been doing, just no more “Album Of The Month.” It was good for back in the day, but now, I realized it’s kind of pointless. There are so few artists where I can say I’ve liked even 60% of a whole album. I don’t want to just post an album for the sake of doing it. As a blogger, I have a responsibility to post things I genuinely enjoy. Readers who are “Seasoned Folk,” please keep in mind, when I say this, I mean in the context of “digital single downloads,” and “music streaming.” Right now, I’m working hard organizing all my music I’ve imported from Napster to Spotify. Plus, I still have cassettes and vinyls to do. It’s going to take me a while. Once I’ve finished I can start sharing playlists of my favorite songs.

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Janet’s “Control” album was actually the first CD I ever bought. In fact, it was the first CD I ever bought to play on my first CD player at the time! I can honestly say that I still love the album now the same way I did then. I’ll also never forget her epic performance on the 1987 Grammy Awards. This album was so successful, according to wikipedia quote: “It is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 200 Definitive Albums of All Time.” I don’t recall anyone so young as Janet achieving something so huge like that! I don’t know what the exact numbers are for each song, but just about every single song on that album was a hit. If I remember correctly (if I where to go by popularity) “Control,” “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” “When I Think Of You,” and “Pleasure Principle,” where the biggest cash cows of the album. If I also remember correctly, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis written produced almost the entire album specially for Janet. Interesting, this album also appears to one of the few most recognizable albums that have not changed it’s art work. Janet Jackson’s “Control” is right here on Spotify!

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