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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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Legendary Black martial artist Carl Scott. Unfortunately, he has fallen in to the forgotten heroes category. You know what really pisses me off?? He was probably the best Black martial artist ever to hit the movie theater, yet the movies I’ve seen him in had HORRIBLE acting, and I really think that’s what ruined it for him! Watch Carl in action on YouTube. Also check him out here, and here. It was such a disappointment that his career did not sore. I dare say that I liked him better as a martial artist (way better) than Jim Kelly. AND I LOVE ME SOME JIM KELLY!!!!!!! Which is also Ironic because, let’s be honest, Jim Kelly was just a hot sexy man for the camera. Although Jim is gone now, I NEVER saw Jim Kelly as a professional martial artist. He made his money because he was a “Lady’s man, with a gorgeous face.” However, I also started seriously thinking and realized….. Carl Scott, was THE professional martial artist, and got no real recognition, right? But since we’ve had Jim Kelly on the scene, can we actually call racism, back in the day? I mean, Carl was a Black man that could have well been Bruce Lee’s rival, IF he’d worked hard enough! Think about it, we can very well argue he could have been viewed as a threat to a lot of people, on sooo many levels. Don’t you think? Know you’re history! Beyonce, Jay-Z, Naz, Nicki Minaj or whom ever can’t give you this. What can Nicki Minaj teach you? Other than she’s got a big ass, and a foul mouth. She’s no different from any other chicken-head. “Keeping it real.” “Let’s be for real, for real.” Carl is one of our REAL heroes. You keep listening to  bullshitters. You’ll find out later just how little you know about a lot of shit.

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Participating in an All-Star ball game from back in the day! Star of a show called “Hill Street Blues” Charlie Haid, having fun with “Facts Of Life Star” Kim Fields. I totally forgot she had braces! LOL. At the time this photo was taken in the 80s, she was at the peak of her career. To be honest, she hasn’t landed any huge acting jobs since “Facts Of Life.” Not sure if it’s because she’s been typecasted or not. However, I did think she got some noteriety for being on  a show called “Living Single,” starring along side Queen Latifah, and a few other actors. Although I didn’t watch that show much, I thought it was very funny. It was the only “all Black cast” that I can think of that closest represented the Black community, without making us look like buffoons. Kim blossomed in to a beautiful woman, sporting a blond hair these days. You go girl, not every Black woman looks good with blond hair. She really pulled it off. From the looks of it, she’s doing very well. We not? She will always be remembered as Tootie, from the cult sitcom classic “Facts Of Life.”

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Like many old school fans, I still have quite a few old cassettes from back in the day, when I used to tape off the radio. Now that we have such amazing technology today, I’m glad I didn’t actually through away all my old cassettes YET. I’ve been shazaming a LOT of my tapes over the years, which allowed me to get rid of a significant amount of cassettes. Now, I’m not the type of person that would tell a stranger to throw anything away that has sentimental value to them (especially if it’s a vinyl album or something like that). However, I do recommend using Shazam to help you retire those old tapes to make more room for other things. Manly for three important reasons. First, finding a good cassette player has become hard to find. I’ve purchased a number of cassette players and they all sound like crap. In fact, a couple of them ruined a few of my tapes. And I’m not willing to spend upwards of $300 for a “good cassette deck,” when I know I’m only going to use it for the purpose of Shazam’n’.  Second good reason to Shazam your cassettes, you don’t have to hear the dj bable anymore.. LOL. I used to hate when they’d talk through the song I liked. But I knew they did it so that we can buy the album. Thirdly, Once you Shazam something, and or save it to your Spotify, it stays there forever! Even if the license on a song expires, it’s still listed! The nice thing about that is, if you can’t find it in any other album, you can just purchase it from Amazon or Google (DRM free). At this point I Spotify will ALWAYS have free accounts, so I really really doubt you have to worry about anything. Oh yeah! One more thing, you don’t have to run around asking friends if they know the name of a song!! 😳

Some of the songs I’ve Shazam’d lately are, “Touch Me (All Night Long) by Cathy Dennis,” “Sweet Love by Anita Baker,” “Midnight Blue by Melissa Manchester,” “Don’t Turn Around by Owen Gray,” “Let It Whip by The Dazz Band,” “Jungle Love by The Time,” “What Is Love by Haddaway,” “Broken Wings by Mr. Mister,” “Suavecito by Malo,” and “I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman.” Those were just a few of several thousand Shazams, and tons of tapes 😫 😐; but it was all worth it. If I were to throw them all away, that would have been music I wouldn’t ever hear again. Mainstream radio doesn’t play music from my generation anymore period. One thing you’ll learn, even when it comes to streaming services, hand picked music is not the same as a computer generated playlist based on habits and algorithms. But, it’s good for the young kids who don’t yet have a musical perspective.

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Wow! What can we say about actor and producer, Forest Whitaker? He’s come a long way. The first time I ever heard Forest’s name was (I believe) a movie called “The Crying Game (1992).” I also think this was his first director project as a matter of fact. That movie shocked the hell out of me. I won’t give any spoilers just in case no one as actually seen it. But there’s a character in the movie that you kind of suspect, but you weren’t sure, because our culture just wasn’t there yet I guess? I do recommend watching it, tho it drags a little bit “pardon the pun,” LOLOLOL. It does have small suspense scenes, but I think this was more of a thought provoking movie, than a “get you out of your seat” kind of movie. He has made movies ranging from “Repo Men (2010),” to playing Idi Amin in “The Last King Of Scotland (2006).” I’ve enjoyed most of his movies, although I haven’t seen “The Last King Of Scotland” yet, the reviews are insane. He is an inspiration to many actors, because he started at a time BEFORE this unbelievable pressure to be beautiful and physically attractive.

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Hey guys! Did you get a chance to check out Twitter’s new mobile features? This came out of nowhere! I had no idea! Well, actually, maybe I did LOL. I started to notice some slight changes to their website. Such as certain buttons took on a new shape, and the profile menu has changed as well. I like the change, the site seems more organized. However, I was thrilled with the new changes on their Android app. On your mobile, you’ll immediately notice two new extra features on the bottom of the main menu. “Night Mode,” and “QR Code.” The night feature pretty much turns the background dark, and the text more bold using the color white. It’s almost like using the “Night Mode” on your GPS. I love this look, as it makes things not only easier to read, but more comfortable on the eyes. I suggest this mode for people who are always on mobile twitter. The second feature I love is the QR code feature. This goes to show you how we’re advancing with technology. Between QR codes and Spotify’s new “Scannables,” I can see these being used A LOT for printed advertisement of new albums. I can also see these used a lot in place of business cards. All smart phone has scan capabilities. This will eliminate the need to have a pen on the go, or messing with creating a new phone book entry “on the go.” The one thing I’ve quickly noticed though, Twitter’s scanner is compatible with text, whereas Shazam can only read URLs it appears. I also notice that Twitter has one major advantage over Shazam. That advantage is, Twitter allows you to see the URL first, and asks you if it’s OK to take you there! Why is this an advantage? Because that link can have a malicious code on the other side! When Shazam scans a URL, it automatically takes you there. Kudos to Twitter!! Should always pay attention to links! If it don’t look familiar, don’t click on it! I forgot to do a “Mystery Movie,” this month. But for next month use twitter’s scanner for now on. It may not be necessary for me to always send you to a website.

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You know, I’m not sure if a lot of people are aware of this but, Netflix streaming has changed from a five star user rating system, to a thumbs up rating system. I was really upset about that at first. I actually called to complain about. True fans of anything, especially when it comes to music and movies know, a rating isn’t always as simple as just a thumbs up, or a thumbs down. Sometimes you need that 5 star rating system because it allows you to rate movies that are complicated to rate. There are movies where we feel neutral. In other words, there are movies not bad enough to say don’t watch, but they’re not good enough to recommend them either. The Netflix rep told me that the rating system was changed to simply help them to programmatically suggest similar movies we’ve thumbed up. She claimed that this is what users have been asking for. I said to myself, “really?” If that’s true, don’t the users realize that we’re then forced to like or don’t like movies we feel neutral about. I don’t think that’s good either. But of course, because the representative I was talking to was obviously speaking as an employee, and not as a movie fan, I didn’t feel like she identified with what I was trying to say. So, what else is new right?

I just found it so hard to believe that users have chose to become so simple minded that they would ask to get rid of the five star rating for a thumbs up! Then I’ve realized, this may be because of the popularity of sites such as Facebook, and YouTube. It just maybe because sites like those are so heavily used that, it may be more a matter of desiring consistency. But those sites aren’t movie sites, they’re social media. If this is truly what the majority of users are asking for, I think this is a huge mistake, and this is not helping each other (from the standpoint of a real fan). The best way I can explain it, it’s like remembering that song you heard when you met your first boyfriend, and trying to explain how you emotionally felt to a computer in machine code (zeros and ones/no and yes, without the ability to offer context). It’s just not possible. Well, I know I can’t do anything about it, but it’s still so disappointing tho. Just my humble Opinion. If you ask me, I really do think it was a decision to force people to watch movies marked bad, ’cause those studios are not making any money. If you offer their true five star rating, why would anybody watch a 1 star rating? Well, as we all know, it’s not the first time they’ve made bad decisions.

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I love Rita Coolidge. I love her singing voice, it’s so smooth and so relaxing. She has one of those voices you can listen to while relaxing on a beach somewhere. I know I really shouldn’t have her under the “One Hit Wonders” category. However, there isn’t an album that she’s produced where I’ve like nearly the entire album either. But, when she got a hit, I usually loved it! The one song that has always stuck in my head, was a song called “We’re All Alone (1976),” and it remains one of my favorite songs from her throughout her career. Now, there are a few other songs I love from her. “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher,” which I believe was first song by the legendary Jackie Wilson. The next song is another interpretation she did of a song called “Fever,” which was first song by Little Willie John in 1956. I also love the song she did called “All Time High,” which was the theme song to one of the James Bond movies, called “Octopussy.”

Rita was born 1945 in America, and she’s is both singer and songwriter. Although she’s a decent songwriter, unfortunately she hasn’t had a hit since the 1980s. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, her last truly big hit was in 1977 when “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher” hit number 2 on the American pop charts. She was married to Kris Kristofferson, and has actually written a lot of songs with him to my understanding. You may remember Kris Kristofferson, from the movie “A Star Is Born (1976),” co starring along side Barbra Streisand.

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