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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!
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While we are enjoying the new movie streaming era of commercial free binge watching, there exist a new issue arising that I haven’t heard anyone address yet. That is the need for a new rating system for TV Shows. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve noticed more and more TV shows (regardless of the subject matter) are showing more and more sex scenes. While many producers have always made the argument that “sex is a part of life, and it should be normalized… bla bla bla” something to that effect. However, my argument to you is, we’re no longer watching video at home anymore as the result of 4G. Half of Internet users spend just as much, or perhaps more time on their mobile devices than their TV, and many of these TV shows are not “mobile/public safe.” Particularly vampire and medieval TV shows appear to be concentrated with the most sex scenes (be it straight or gay now). Sex is being used to the point where in many cases it doesn’t even fit in to the movie, but they put it in there anyway. For instance, a woman is about to be viciously attack by a werewolf, and a guy breaks through a door with silver bullets and saves her. The next thing you know, before you’ve made your next eye blink, they’re already under the sheets. Now, if this was supposed to be “realistic,” this bitch was just attacked by a werewolf, having sex would be the LAST thing on a woman’s mind at that moment. That would be the “reality of it.”

Not only do many of the added sex scenes make absolutely no sense, I’ve noticed these sex scenes are getting longer and longer, and more realistic looking. In fact, some of the sex scenes are better than the rest of their acting ability. In my mind, it’s almost as though these producers are using sex in the event the movie turns out not to be that good. You know? Like if “Basic Instinct” was a bad movie, at least you’ll rent it to see Sharon Stone do her crazy sex thing. New producers must work harder to create better content with good actors, and not use special effects, CGI, and sex as a replacement for a decent script and acting. Is this what we’re reduced to? Regular movies appear to have the correct ratings on most of the movies I’ve rented. Although I do which they would expand rated “R” by adding “sex,” and “sex with violence,” so that I’m not surprised in public. TV shows are NOT marked properly. You can’t blame Netflix or any other streaming service, it’s the movie studios. Streaming companies only provide the content. I remember in the 80s-90s parents have made such a big stink over having TV ratings, so they can better manage their children. Now it seems that sex is soo normalized that no one is saying a word. Yet, these same people worry about who’s gay? Come the f*** on!

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From left to right: Keith Wilder, Mario Mantesse, Ernest Berger, Johnny Wilder, Rod Temperton and Eric Johns outside a place called the “Sands,” which if I remember correctly, it is a casino joint in Las Vegas. The band Heatwave was arguably one of the most popular bands of the 70s. These forgotten musicians have earned the right to be called legends! I feel what made Heatwave so successful, is each band member’s unique cultural and ethnic backgrounds, coming together to produce their unique sound. People don’t realize how important this group was, not just musically speaking. In a world where people still prefer to focus negatively on our differences, this ethnically diverse group came together because of their differences to create awesome music. Their signature song that put them on the map was a song called “Always And Forever,” and today is arguably the most played song at weddings and 70s parties.

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It’s been about 4-5 years since the announcement of Shazam and Spotify partnership. This is a partnership that can only be best described in my opinion as “A marriage made in heaven.” Very rare do you find two products that come together, and work nearly flawlessly! As far as I’m concerned, Shazam is truly Spotify’s “companion application.” Also, not only did it make business sense, both companies made the integrated features fully functional to free users. One of the many things that make Spotify unique to Shazam than all the other partnered companies, is that you can actually save Shazam’d songs directly to any of your Spotify playlist. Shazam also allows you to play the full song using Spotify’s player, from within the Shazam application.

Visiting family can’t get any easier. You’re relaxing and all of a sudden, your relative decides to pop on some vinyl on the old spinner. Oh, oh! All of a sudden you hear that favorite song you haven’t heard in 15 years! You’re dancing and grooving…. You feel yourself about to ask that relative the dreaded “let me borrow that album.” Da 🎵 ta 🎵 ta 🎵 da 🎹 !!! LOLOL. Then you catch yourself! “Wait a minute! I got Shazam and Spotify!” Oh great! It found the song! Now I can easily add it on my Spotify playlist! And even better, you’ve just saved yourself from getting that “hell no!!” look from that relative that knows you’re not going to return their album the way they gave it to you (if at all). The world is back to normal. 😀

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You know, I can’t be the only one to think about this? Have you ever thought what it would be like if mutants were real? Like, outside of the fictitious definition of what a mutant is, or what we’ve seen on TV so far? What if Iron Man was real? If Tony Stark really existed in real life, he would need 24 hour security outside of his iron suit. Why? I think he would be constantly in danger of being kidnapped by our foreign enemies, and force him to build an army of weaponized suits against America. What do you think?

I think if given the opportunity, if Wonder Woman should ever get severely hurt by a powerful being, or terrestrial, the CIA would do every single kind of testing imaginable to discover the secret of her enormous strength. I think the government would confiscate her bracelets to discover the material it’s made out of. I think with that knowledge, instead of reproducing copies of these bracelets, they would create indestructible body armor and use it to empower our military. As far as her magic lasso, I’m not sure. Sometimes I imagine the government wouldn’t think it has any scientific value, if they view it as the “lasso of truth.” But if they knew that her lasso was also unbreakable, they would have the same amount of interest with her lasso as with her bracelets.  What do you think?

Last but not least, my very favorite mutant of all times. Ororo Munroe, also known by her code name “Storm.” She is one of the original X-Men. Although I think she is too powerful to be vulnerable, but technically, she doesn’t need her mutant powers really, because she is damn near a martial artist. She can kick-ass with or without weapons. However, like most mutants, she does have a weakness. Storm is extremely claustrophobic. Anytime she is “closed in” or encased inside anything, she goes completely buzzerk. I really wouldn’t be surprised if the government would go to the extreme of starving her to death boxed in a sound proof room. As there are people who hate mutants the fictional world, surely you wouldn’t think that none of us wouldn’t be scared shitless (especially after seeing what Magneto can do)? Therefore it is completely possible that the government would do such a thing. After storms death, they would perform decades worth of autopsy(s) on her body. I would imagine her brain would be the central focus, to figure out what part of her brain would control the weather. Her body would never be laid to rest. Every bit of her essence would be used for science. There would be nothing left. What do you think?

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Wow! Just realized it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted a look-a-like! Well, I got a real funny one for you! Angry Bird and Groucho Marx. Most if not all my young blog visitors probably are not old enough to remember comedian Groucho Marx. He was actually part of an act along with his brothers, known as “The Marx Brothers.” He later moved on solo, and has become very famous for hosting a few game shows. Look him up.. Groucho Marx.

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This handsome devil was David Bowie (1947 – 2016). He was dubbed UK’s best selling artist of all times. Throughout his career, he has sold over a whopping 140 million albums! You know, it’s interesting. People made such a big stink when Boy George emerged in the pop scene.  It really showed people’s fear of both sexuality and androgyny. However, David Bowie was gender-bending looong before Boy George came on to the scene, yet I don’t recall nearly as much “controversy.” Couldn’t it be that David Bowie was perceived more as an “act/fantasy/performer,” and George was perceived as a “Drag Queen/Cross-Dresser?” Hmmm…. Anyway, I wasn’t a huge David Bowie fan, but there were a couple of songs here and there I liked. One of my few favorites, AND the first 45 record I ever bought of David was “Let’s Dance.”

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Was looking through my old albums yesterday and found one of my favorites from Jimmy McGriff. Jimmy was a very talented jazz-organist. However, his music was more than just jazz, it was a mixture of bop and funk that has you dancing through almost all his music. On this particular album “Let’s Stay Together,” which I also call his “remake album,” remake in a good way. The entire album is instrumental, with some sick beats I think any jazz fan would love. His reinterpretation of Isaac Hayes’s iconic theme “Shaft,” was a masterpiece! The beat is so smooth and rich with base. I love base in jazz music. Absolutely!

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