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You know, I’m always concerned when I hear any streaming service decides to raise their membership prices. It somehow reminds me of the battle between the cable companies and the greedy wolves of the movie industry. My other concern is, you never know if members decide that the price is to high, and go back to illegal downloading. However, I had to give credit where credit is due. Netflix has spent millions and millions of dollars on their original content, such as “The Defenders,” “House Of Cards,” and “Stranger Things.” Personally, I feel that all that money was well spent. They are really giving Amazon a run for their money. But, in addition to original content, they’ve also managed to pull in more block buster movies such as “Sing,” and “A Xmas Horror Story.” Also TV shows such as “Gothom,” and “The Walking Dead.” Netflix’s quality of movies are now one step above Amazon. So, let’s see what happens. I assume the streaming will only go up a dollar. Who knows? Their streaming service may improve so much, we may not need the DVD/Blu-ray portion anymore. Unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned many times before, the licensing costs determines your content. At this point, I’m surprised Netflix didn’t start doing what HULU did, which is offer ShowTime add-ons. I think that can still happen eventually.

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I’m sure a lot of you romantics will be adding “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time Sakes)” to your playlists. R&B singer & Grammy Award Nominee, Freddie Jackson was the Sh** back in the day; he now seems to be another forgotten classic legend. Hard to fathom how an artist that was so massively popular, is now so far removed from most headphones today. Although he did not win the Grammy that year, “Rock Me Tonight,” a long with another massively famous hit song called “You Are My Lady,” help this album reach platinum in the mid 1980s. Go ahead and add this classic collection to your Spotify Albums. Mobile or Web Player.

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The history that is available on streaming now is just jaw dropping! I know that most true music collectors (or I should say antique music collectors) would have immediately jumped at the chance to buy this original; especially just because of this era that it came from. In fact, they probably would have put a frown on their face, if they saw this on Spotify. However, as I’ve always said, in essence Spotify is a poor man’s musical gift. I love Bessie Smith, because she had a power in her voice that demanded attention. But then again, I know the level of racism our ancestors felt at the time, allowed them to release that pain through their voices. This song is called “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” produced in circa 1927. Her voice really gave me a vision of her surroundings and culture. Not having the luxury of television or the internet, a band coming to town was a huge event! I can just imagine all the young kids running like maniacs, yelling, telling everyone that the band is coming, and get ready. That rare moment in time you can forget about your troubles just for a moment. Listen on Spotify mobile. Click here for web player.

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Available on legal streaming!! This is an excellent movie, and you can watch for FREE with fewer commercials on TubiTV. Exodus stars Paul Newman, Sal Mineo, and many other stars. Both Paul and Sal gave a stellar performance, and the movie is most definitely worth the 3 hours of watching. “Paul Newman delivers an inspiring performance as a resistance fighter who helps rescue 600 Jews from detention camps which results in the rebirth of an entire nation. Co-starring Eva Marie Saint.” It’s a movie about the fight against oppression of a people who happen to be Jewish. The movie is NOT about religion, but happens to be about a religious people. Get it? The movie is also about an interracial  love story between the leader of the resistance (a Jewish man played by Paul Newman), and an American Caucasian woman played by Eva Marie Saint.

Question: As great as this movie is, there was clearly a huge blooper in the scene where Paul Newman lay dying in bed, as the nurse who’s in love with him tries to save him. Can you catch what the huge blooper was? Watch while TubiTV’s license for the movie is still active. Click here.

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“Live To Tell” by Madonna was one of my favorite songs from the mid 80s. I felt the music composition was beautiful, yet very dramatic, and was perfectly suited for the lyrics being sung. You know, thinking back, Madonna has actually done an outstanding job throughout her career. I don’t think there has been anyone who has caused so much controversy, pissed as many people off than Madonna; yet the more people she offended with her musical art, the bigger she actually became. It was also interesting how she tried really hard to emulate Marylin Monroe. I used to think that Madonna used to flip to the “Marylin persona” when things got too raunchy (just to show the public she can be a lady when she wants too). It became clear just how much she admired Marylin, when she came out with the the music video to “Live To Tell.” There were many female artists who have tried to take on that “Marylin persona,” and that included even the late Anna Nicole Smith. My opinion is that Madonna has done it best, and I think it was just the era we were in when she done it. Also favorite on this same album is “Papa Don’t Preach.” Talking about pissing parents off. WOW!! Many parents in the 80s interpreted Madonna as encouraging young girls to have children. Given her track record for exploiting her sexuality, I can understand why… Every single 80s talk show must have talked about that song. LOL.. Listen to this old classic, or add it to your Spotify playlist.

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Here is a great playlist that contains all of great original oldies, which were all in the movie, “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” The playlist was created by “Hollywood Records.” Includes, “Bring It On Home To Me,” by Sam Cooke, “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell, and “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass. Great songs for a great movie! Also has the entire music scores for both volumes 1 & 2. listen FREE using Spotify here.

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Do any of my readers like “The Steve Miller Band?” Here is an oldie you can add to your playlists. “The Joker,” released in 1973. It’s one of those songs I call “travel tunes.” You know, those specific songs you like to listen to while driving/riding long distances. Steve Miller actually has a lot of hits I like spread-out through various albums. Another song I love from Steve Miller, is a song called “Abracadabra,” Released in 1982. Their music is so unique that I personally don’t think there is an appropriate genre for them, simply because their music is a mixture of so many styles. However, this is what makes their music so great. Check them out if you haven’t already.

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I found a remix of an old 80s song Eartha Kitt had made called “Where Is My Man.” I have to be honest, I loved her more as an actress than a singer. However, I don’t know what was it about this song that had me tickled. I thought this song was extremely hilarious, and I think it was because I associated how she sang the song with Catwoman, especially when she dragged out the word “baby.” That was sooo very Catwoman. This DJ has created an awesome mix of this song, and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I like it better than the original recording. Imagine that? LOL

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I have a question for other bloggers who also use social media. What’s up with the obsession with your number of followers on social media? It’s so bad to the point were if someone doesn’t follow you back immediately, you unfollow the person you’ve just followed! That behavior is so pointless to me. Especially if you’re an artist seeking to connect with your fans; yet your stuck with the idea if you’re following more people than who’s following you, you think this translates to your art isn’t good enough? I really suggest that people abandon this foolish notion. Some even go as far as buying fake followers. I don’t think buying fake followers help as much as you may think they do. Guys, consider the fact, for instance, Facebook. Facebook has reached “2 billion active monthly users” according to Tech Crunch, but this is misleading. Why? Because not all of them are really “active users,” a portion of those users have multiple accounts, in fact, according to Zephoria, 83 million profiles are fake, yet they’re still active. Proof of this is when we evaluate the value of a Facebook group. I’ve been in some groups where the subscriber base is damn near 200,000 people, but the amount of people who actually participate are < 40 per month, out of 200,000. Just to get a thumbs up is like pulling teeth and a toe. LOL. It really depends on what an individual purpose is for being on Facebook. 2 billion users for the month will not even translate to half of those people being interested in what you’re offering. In addition, I think it also depends on the age group as well. People of a certain generation will be interested in different things. Or maybe a lot of people just prefer to keep a tight circle on Facebook. Playlists are also deceptive as well. Just because several thousand people are following a playlist, doesn’t mean people are all listening to that playlist “religiously.” The reality is, massively large playlists are made up of other artists trying to help each other to build numbers, there are barely any “real listeners (especially when the playlist has 6,000+ songs in it, real human beings today don’t have that kind of time, sorry).” Again, with the idea that big numbers will attract, BUT numbers are also relative. Especially when millions of NEW playlists can easily be made by others. Remember, most people like playlists that are manageable and consumable. Stop with the “I’ll follow you, if you follow me game,” it’s annoying, intrusive, and screams desperation. Like anything else, there is no such thing as overnight success. Remember, it’s about personal taste. Just follow the people who share meaningful content that you connect with.

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I wanted to take a quick minute to talk about Millie Jackson. Not sure of when she started, but I’ve been listening to her music for a very very long time since the seventies. In my opinion, she had a very nice soulful voice! But later in her career something seemed to have happened to her voice when the 80s came along. She did not sound the same at all. Not sure if it was drugs, smoking, or illness that caused her voice to change. Personally, I think this was one of the reasons her performances/albums became so vulgar at the end of the 80s. In other words, because she couldn’t sing any longer, she used vulgar comedy to try and sell her records. On top of that, the music changed too. Unfortunately, her music was a dying art, like so many. You know, she kind of reminds me of Macy Gray. If Macy just stayed off those damn drugs, and stayed sober enough, who knows? She could have been a modern-day (old) Millie! Millie has made many hits during the 70s, and here is one of my many favorites I remembered growing up. It’s a song that talks about a subject I witnessed many of my elders go through. The song is called “Leftovers,” release in 1975. Listen to it here on Spotify Mobile, OR Spotify Web.

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It’s been so long since I’ve heard any music from Boys II Men. Sometimes I think when celebrities hit rock bottom, is when they start making cameo appearances in commercials, and or creating “reality TV” shows. *Sigh.* Not sure if they’re still doing well or not, all I know is I haven’t heard any big hits in a long time, which saddens me because they’re incredibly talented. Don’t know if it’s my imagination, but it appears as though ever since Michael Sean McCary had left the group (due to health), the group lost it’s popularity. Anyway, one of the many songs I still love from them is a song called “Water Run Dry (1994).” Can’t believe this song is already over 20 years old. Yes, I know it’s a sad song, but at the same time it’s a beautiful song. It’s a song about acknowledging that there exist serious problems in a relationship, but their still enough love that exist to try and work it out. We just don’t hear these kind of love songs anymore. Listen on Spotify app, or click here to use Spotify’s web player.

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I found this really old “Care Free Curl” ad from Jet magazine. I love this particular photo, ’cause for some reason this guy reminded me of classic actor, Clark Gable. I think it was in his eyes, the way they both looked at the camera, as if they knew they were sexy as hell. LOL Didn’t hurt that he had deep heavy eyebrows. In television back then, eyes like those were considered “Bed Room Eyes,” and practically guaranteed you a long lasting acting or modeling career.

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