Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
From his mixtape De is For Demrick
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
words by kaos
As 2010 wraps up I think about all the things that happened or didn’t happen this year good and bad. I also think about who I spent the most time with. Musically speaking me and fellow MC 4-IZE spent a lot of time in the studio working on separate projects (Señor Kaos – The Kaos Effect / 4-Ize – Awesomania) as well as working on a joint project that should be ready for release in the new year. We also spent a lot of time in the car traveling around the south east working, performing, networking, and trying to make money. In the middle of doing all those things, we got a chance to meet a fresh producer via 9th Wonder from North Carolina named E-Jones. I would tell you he’s one of those people you should be looking out for in 2011, but I’ll just let you listen to the music and form your own opinion…
My new project “The Most Interesting MC In The World” will be released this Saturday New Years Day 1.1.11 via DotGotIt.com. Make sure you check for it.
Jan 15, 2011
Stuart McClean Gallery
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Suite A,
Atlanta, GA, 30312
Fabian Williams Occasional Superstar and Fahamu Pecou put their blood feud aside to take on a foe that threatens to annihilate creativity in both WWAF artist and mere mortals. A dark privately private hedge fund known as Foggy Water Investment Group (The Man) has been seeding their influence in the halls of congress as well as The WWAF. By taking art out of schools, they hope to cultivate a worker bee society who only do as they're told and obey authority, even against their own interest. Now they've managed to infiltrate the WWAF by pushing for budget reductions in the art battles. Now dispatching agents of distraction during the battles to disrupt the battles. They even have artist advocating for that are against the arts. These artist advocate for some of FWCIG view points, for example, "You don't need to go to school for art. You can paint in your spare time, like after you get out of the ER as a doctor or the Courts as a lawyer". The FWCIG's major goal is to remove all art from schools, thus making the public at large ripe for mind molding. They want to rule the world and only a ragtag band of artist can stop them. Together they will use the art of war of art to defeat the powerful menace, FWCIG!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The track will appear on Vast’s new album Ox 2010 Street Odyssey which drops in February
Monday, December 27, 2010
LISTEN & PURCHASE MUSIC DAY: SA-ROC: "JOURNEY OF THE STARSEED" & Eddie Coleman's Friday Night Theme Music
SA-ROC: "JOURNEY OF THE STARSEED"
Eddie Coleman's Friday Night Theme Music
AMAZON DOWNLOAD: Eddie Coleman's Friday Night Theme Music
Teena Marie's last album, "Congo Square," was titled after a historical meeting place for slaves in New Orleans, featured a tribute to Martin Luther King's widow and also song "Black Cool," written for President Barack Obama.
No matter that Marie, 54, was white. The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences, not only for her immense soulful talents, but for her inner soul as well.
"Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul," she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting "Congo Square." That album would turn out to be her last.
The self-proclaimed "Ivory Queen of Soul," whose many classic hits included "Lovergirl," Square Biz" and the scorching duet "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, was found dead in her Pasadena home on Sunday at the age of 54. Authorities said her death appeared to be of natural causes.
In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Teena Marie said she had successfully battled an addiction to prescription drugs; she had been performing over the last year.
"The enduring influence of Teena's inspirational, trailblazing career, could only have been made possible through her brilliant song-writing, showmanship and high energy passion which laid the ground work for the future generations of R&B, hip-hop, and soul," said Concord Music Group chief label officer, Gene Rumsey; Concord's Stax Records released her last album.
"We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a visionary who changed music in indelible ways. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, millions of fans around the world."
Marie certainly wasn't the first white act to sing soul music, but she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by black audiences, and beyond.
Even before she started her musical career, she had a strong bond with the black community, which she credited to her godmother. She gravitated to soul music and in her youth decided to make it her career.
Marie made her debut on the legendary Motown label back in 1979, becoming one of the very few white acts to break the race barrier of the groundbreaking black-owned record label that had been a haven for black artists like Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye.
The cover of her debut album, "Wild and Peaceful," did not feature her image, with Motown apparently fearing black audiences might not buy it if they found out the songstress with the dynamic, gospel-inflected voice was white.
"(Motown founder Berry) Gordy) said that is was so soulful that he wanted to give the music an opportunity to stand on its own merit. Instead of my face, they put a seascape, so by the time my second album came out people were like, Lady T is White?" she told Essence.com.
Marie was the protege of the masterful funk wizard James, with whom she would have long, turbulent but musically magical relationship.
Marie notched her first hit, "I'm A Sucker for Your Love," with the help of James on that album. But the time her second album was released, her face was known — and on the cover of the record. But there was not a backlash — she would only get more popular on her way to becoming one of R&B's most revered queens. During her tenure with Motown, the singer-songwriter and musician produced passionate love songs and funk jam songs like "Need Your Lovin'," "Behind the Groove."
Marie's voice was the main draw of her music: Pitch-perfect, piercing in its clarity and wrought with emotion, whether it was drawing from the highs of romance or the mournful moments of a love lost. But her songs, most of which she had a hand in writing, were the other major component of her success.
Tunes like "Cassanova Brown" "Portuguese Love" and "Deja Vu (I've Been Here Before)" featured more than typical platitudes on love and life, but complex thoughts with rich lyricism. "Deja vu" was a song about reincarnation.
And "Fire and Desire," a duet with James about a former couple musing about their past love, was considered a musical masterpiece and a staple of the romance block on radio stations across the country.
Marie left Motown in 1982 and her split became historic: She sued the label and the legal battle led to a law preventing record labels from holding an artist without releasing any of their music.
She went to Epic in the 1980s and had hits like "Lovergirl" and "Ooo La La La" but her lasting musical legacy would be her Motown years.
Still, she continued to record music and perform. In 2004 and 2006 she put out two well-received albums on the traditional rap label Cash Money Records, "La Dona" and "Sapphire."
James, who had a romantic relationship with Marie but also a long friendship, died in 2004. His death shook her so she said she became addicted to Vicodin, which she had been taking for pain, for about a year.
But Marie said she successfully battled that addiction.In 2008, she talked about her excitement of being honored by the R&B Foundation.
Marie was the mother of a teenage daughter who was budding singer; she would sometimes bring her daughter onstage to sing during her shows.
In 2009, she celebrated 30 years in the recording industry, and planned for many more.
"All in all, it's been a wonderful, wonderful ride," she told The Associated Press in 2008. "I don't plan on stopping anytime soon."
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Live Again Kendrick Lamar x CurT@!n$ x Schoolboy Q Prod TaeBeast
The Dungeon Family & Organized Noize Productions present.....
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Saturday, December 25, 2010
DOWNLOAD: DJ Jamad Presents: Mistle Tones Mixed FRO HO HOOOOOO!
Directed by Paradise Gray and shot on location in Times Square, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, and Berlin Germany, plus performance scenes from SOBs in New York City, The Shelter in Detroit and Cafe Global and Radial System in Berlin. Special thanks to Tony Muhammad, Samuel González Jr, Nora Rahimian, and Gilmore T. Moyo for additional camera work and Gina Belafonte and Rashad Jabri for their hospitality. Jasiri Xtra was produced by Rel!g!on and will be featured on Jasiri X's new mixtape "Rappers On X' which drops in January before his Wandering Worx debut album "Ascension"
That FOI Marcus Garvy Nikki Tesla
In 2010 yall gone call me Jasiri Xtra
That rapper eating other rappers rap version of Dexter
son's God like Nas with that black burner on the dresser
run up in ya college class murder the professor
that stuck needles in ya mind every time that you heard a lecture
the J and the X so yall know its my year
when that ball dropped in times square I was my time squared
The hereafter for his followers is now I'm there
The reason that ya not cause ya stopped by blind fear
find the nearest garbage put ya rhymes right there
me and my mics like ya skinny jeans a real tight pair
Einstein in blackface minus the white hair
better yet god resurrected in flesh like Christ appeared
who's nice as this not even ya grandmother
Mcs don't understand they just stand under
and we aint controversial but scared niggas ran from us
like we was court appointed handing out a damn summons
X-Clan coming call me Brother J jr.
cause all you hear bout them is just another gay rumor
summers in suede pumas winters I'm Tim bootin
the industry ain't dumb it down them rappers been stupid
and I ain't here to name lames or try and play the blame game
you know it's time to change lanes when millionaires gang bang
feeling like Charlemagne rappers are satanic
we on the battlefield in ranks standing with raised cannons
ready to blaze at em I'm raps William Wallace
spirit of Bob Marley how long they gonna kill our prophets
New millennium Noah God told me to build a rocket
and get the greatest rapper alive to fill the cockpit
sitting all alone in the cone of that steel object
so when the earth is flooded ya brother is still rockin
Jay Smooth ill doctrine articulate like Dr Marc Lamont hill talkin
labeled hypocrite cause I'm a grave digger that fills coffins
call it contra-diction
a monster spittin proper rhythms with conscious vision
imagine Mike Tyson the boxier hittin ya face you droppin spinning
then black boots start to stomp ya ribs in
the consequences of thinkin that your my competition
Professor X yall still paying college tuition
Listen its just me and the Arkitech
joust with the hardest track lance and my armor black
fresh water flow Phillip Rivers like that Changers cat
you be the king I'm the God of rap honor that
rappers are softer than them dudes that dance behind Madonna's back
MCs trying to be weirder than Lady Gaga's hats
Bambaataa lookin like I know I ain't father that
Inglorious Bastards I'm Bear Jew with a harder bat
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Brothers of Chico Dusty (Big Boi vs. The Black Keys) by wick-it
PHOTO BY: METHUZULAH FOR EAGLE EYE PHOTOGRAFFITI
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And another dope emcee who happen to be a female in the ATL #thumbsup. Check the 2 fly tracks and tell many friends. Flyness needs to be supported
Trapped in the City Lights - Lyric Jones by Lyric Jones
Fearless- Lyric Jones feat. Young Scolla by Lyric Jones
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
LYRICS: You and I know the difference tween a rapper and a rhyme spitter, grabbed a microphone so I could falsify your lies quicker. you ain't never heard the goddess heavy hitter but I guarantee that everything you do I do it bigger. Did you hear me? I will not hesitate to make myself clear blast my message thru the speakers of my space ship. My name is sa-roc, call me roc star classic, blaze thru the stratosphere, my remnants-ashes. The earth is quaking as I bumrush and take the stage.
I'm birthing royals while I euthanize the dying age.
Clear out the way, pull out the flower petals
The queen is coming thru she blazing hot like gunmetal
Burning blistering ya fingers to the touch, got em screaming take it easy star, cuz your flow is too much for em
I run with sistas that spit betta than yours while you steady talking big words I'm using the force. Mind tricks mental acrobatics try and keep up, I'm at the finish line, while you still trying to lace your sneaks up. Me- I wearing pumas baby, they call me golden lady, i'll give you freedom like my name was dessalines in Haiti. You never know what you gon get from out the starseed, streaming thru the universe like footage from a live feed. I grant you godspeed, I tell you hetep, and we'll have khaled on the track screaming yo she the best.
I am the I am, I illuminate the wicked call me star of siam. I gotta gold ankh sitting on my mic stand, got the gods in the corner acting as my hype mans. Yup, I stay woke, don't sleep much, never. It's funny how you pride yoself on being clever you say that I ain't spitting cuz I'm giving inspiration, well uh, I say your flow equals verbal masturbation. Don't get mad if the shoe fit, gon put that slipper on, you playing games, I'm the black bobby fisher homes. i'm hollerin checkmate, taking all the titles back, watch me and learn as I murder this messiah track. learned how to do this from the ether-download. Open up the way like I'm elegba at the crossroads. You wanna follow, take a trip inside my wormhole. stay floating, don't let em get ever get a firm hold. told you I'm a supernova, tell me what you waiting on, you can get the knowledge from the mc that you hating on. I tell you stories bout the moors and the aliens, lost tribe found like the children of alkebulan. I'll meet you at the corner of lowery and holowell, where dudes ride clean in them souped up bonnevilles. We can get a build if you wanna know bout planet wheels ,imma keep yall moving with the power of my sonic field.
DOWNLOAD: Illastrate Feat. Lyric Jones & Fatima Washington – Inner G
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
I remember Joshalyn Lawton police put a gun to her head
she was 7 all she could see was the weapon
how could this sweet little girl be threatening
6 witnesses the cop wasn't even questioned
although it sounds simply insane
that officer killed a man who was mentally deranged
6 months later this is my city where the mayor
fought a cop then got off a half hour later
and I say a prayer for Fredrick Germaine Carter
found hanging from a tree in Mississippi
and I ain't talking bout in the 60s
this was last week
they called in a suicide so they can keep the blacks sleep
keep puffin ya hashish and sippin on champagne
a guarantee that niggas won't do a damn thang
demand change my pen comes from a hand grenade
And this ain't a diss to whiz and currency
cause I was burning tress everyday to age 23
and look what the Lord made me
All praise be to the God that raised me
You don't crush the seeds you water them
if you wanna see your sons shine Father them
Huey was just 24 when he stared the panthers
F a problem lets start with the answers
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Paper Frank recently held a solo art exhibition at City of Ink called 'Monsters' that ended up turning into a pretty insane party. Brought to you by Monster Energy and Greedmont Park. [Shot an Edited by Corey Davis] www.greedmontpark.com
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
SOL MESSIAH PRESENTS "ANGELS" SA-ROC BOOG BROWN MAYA ANGELOU FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM "AFRICA CENTER OF THE WORLD"
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
By R. Morgan Griffin
Need another thing to get stressed out about? Your stress itself could be making you sick.
"Stress doesn't only make us feel awful emotionally," says Jay Winner MD, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif. "It can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of."
Studies have found many health problems related to stress. Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.
Before you get too stressed out about being stressed out, there is some good news. Following some simple stress relief tips could both lower your stress and lower your health risks.
10 Health Problems Related to Stress
What are some of the most significant health problems related to stress? Here's a sampling.
Heart disease. Researchers have long suspected that the stressed-out, type A personality has a higher risk of high blood pressure and heart problems. We don't know why, exactly. Stress might have a direct effect on the heart and blood vessels. It's also possible that stress is related to other problems -- an increased likelihood of smoking or obesity -- that indirectly increase the heart risks.
Doctors do know that sudden emotional stress can be a trigger for serious cardiac problems, including heart attacks. People who have chronic heart problems need to avoid acute stress as much as they can.
Asthma. Many studies have shown that stress can worsen asthma. Some evidence suggests that a parent's chronic stress might even increase the risk of developing asthma in their children. One study looked at how parental stress affected the asthma rates of young children who were also exposed to air pollution or whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. The kids with stressed out parents had a substantially higher risk of developing asthma.
Obesity. Excess fat in the belly seems to pose greater health risks than fat on the legs or hips -- and unfortunately, that's just where people with high stress seem to store it. "Stress causes higher levels of the hormone cortisol," says Winner, "and that seems to increase the amount of fat that's deposited in the abdomen."
Diabetes. Stress can worsen diabetes in two ways. First, it increases the likelihood of bad behaviors, such as unhealthy eating and excessive drinking. Second, stress seems to raise the glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes directly.
Headaches. Stress is considered one of the most common triggers for headaches -- not just tension headaches, but migraines as well.
Depression and anxiety. It's probably no surprise that chronic stress is connected with higher rates of depression and anxiety. One survey of recent studies found that people who had stress related to their jobs -- like demanding work with few rewards -- had an 80% higher risk of developing depression within a few years than people with lower stress.
Gastrointestinal problems. Here's one thing that stress doesn't do -- it doesn't cause ulcers. However, it can make them worse. Stress is also a common factor in many other GI conditions, such as chronic heartburn (GERD) and IBS, Winner says.
Alzheimer's disease. One animal study found that stress might worsen Alzheimer's disease, causing its brain lesions to form more quickly. Some researchers speculate that reducing stress has the potential to slow down the progression of the disease.
Accelerated aging. There's actually evidence that stress can affect how you age. One study compared the DNA of mothers who were under high stress -- they were caring for a chronically ill child -- with women who were not. Researchers found that a particular region of the chromosomes showed the effects of accelerated aging. Stress seemed to accelerate aging about 9 to 17 additional years.
Premature death. A study looked at the health effects of stress by studying elderly caregivers looking after their spouses -- people who are naturally under a great deal of stress. It found that caregivers had a 63% higher rate of death than people their age who were not caregivers.
Still, you might be wondering why. Why would stress make us sick? Why would an emotional feeling wreck havoc on our bodies?
Stress isn't only a feeling. "Stress isn't just in your head," Winner says. It's a built-in physiologic response to a threat. When you're stressed, your body responds. Your blood vessels constrict. Your blood pressure and pulse rise. You breathe faster. Your bloodstream is flooded with hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
"When you're chronically stressed, those physiologic changes, over time, can lead to health problems," Winner tells WebMD.
Stress Management Works
While the number of health problems related to stress might be alarming, don't despair. Studies suggest that stress management techniques will not only make you feel better, but they might have concrete health benefits.
For instance, one study of heart attack survivors found that taking a stress management class slashed their risks of a second cardiac event by 74%. There's even some evidence that stress management will improve immunity.
Still, many of us remain skeptical about stress management. After all, our lives are just plain stressful. We have busy jobs, families to raise, tight finances, and no time to spare. Stress management might seem like a nice idea, but completely impossible.
It's true that you might not be able to remove all the stressful things from your life. But you can change how you respond to them, Winner says. That's what stress management is all about. Learning some basic stress relief techniques isn't hard either.
4 Ways to Fight Back Against Stress -- and Improve Your Health
The next time you feel stressed, here are four stress relief tips you can try.
Breathe deeply. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can calm you and tame the physiologic stress response, Winner says. While building in a specific time to relax each day is a good idea, one advantage to deep breathing for stress relief is that you can do it anywhere -- at your desk or in your (parked) car, for instance.
Winner recommends that as you breathe out, you relax a specific muscle group. Start with the muscles in your jaw. On the next breath out, relax your shoulders. Move through the different areas of your body until you're feeling calm.
Focus on the moment. When you're stressed, you're probably living in the future or the past. You're worried about what to do next or regretful about something you've already done. To get some stress relief, instead try focusing on what you're doing right now.
"You can calm yourself by bringing yourself back to the present moment," says Winner. "If you're walking, feel the sensation of your legs moving. If you're eating, focus on the taste and the sensation of the food."
Reframe the situation. So you're already running late and then find yourself stuck in terrible traffic. Getting worked up is a natural reaction, but it won't help you at all.
Rather than swearing and pounding the steering wheel, get a different perspective. Look at that time as an opportunity -- a few minutes to yourself where you don't have any other obligations.
Keep your problems in perspective. It might seem Pollyannaish, but the next time you're feeling stressed out, think about the things for which you're grateful.
"We get stressed when we focus so much on a specific problem that we lose perspective," says Winner. "You need to remind yourself of the basic ways in which you're lucky -- that you have family and friends, that you can see, that you can walk." It can be a surprisingly effective method for stress relief.
4 Ways to Fight Back Against Stress -- and Improve Your Health continued...
While these stress management techniques can help in the moment, you can also make a few larger changes to your way of life. Regular exercise is key to long-term stress management, says Winner. People who exercise tend to have better moods and more energy than people who don't. What's more, regular exercise will independently lower your risks for many health problems.
Learning some relaxation techniques, meditation, or yoga will help with stress management, too. Getting good at any of these approaches will take a little time and practice, but the payoff -- for your short-term mood and long-term health -- could be substantial.
SA-ROC DROPS A "ELECTRIK ELEKES" FEAT. STIC.MAN OF DEAD PREZ- JOURNEY OF THE STARSEED COMING SOON.....
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Words Jerry DeMarco
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the cartoon-character profile pics that this weekend became the newest online craze truly were part of an effort to raise awareness of child exploitation and weren't, as some conspiracy theorists suspected, an evil way for pedophiles to make young friends.
Yeah, it seems dopey. But people will do ANYTHING when the cause is right. In this case it was replacing profile pics with cartoon characters as a way of saying: That's right. I am totally against anybody hurting a kid.
Jerry DeMarco Publisher/Editor
What's really insidious is Facebook's ability to pull off such a stunt and make it instantly viral. Who ISN'T against child exploitation? Why does it seem such a cool idea to so many to step in line? Are people that much into the sheep mentality?
Here's the bigger question: What exactly is the point?
How did my changing my profile pic to Yogi Bear or George Jetson or Bluto this weekend fight child exploitation? What non-profit group benefitted from the meme?
And what's next? Are we going to post pics of Pam Grier and Fred "The Hammer" Williamson to protest black-sploitation? What about the exploitation of immigrant labor? Where does it end?
Or is that the point: There is no end. Simon says do this. Simon says do that. Facebook is Simon. We are sheep.
Some would buy the line that pedophiles are behind the mindless campaign -- the same way they believed that the guy who bought $20,000 worth of candy at the Costco in Hackensack the week before Halloween a few years ago intended to poison our kids. He actually was a flea market vendor doing his usual business: stocking up for the flood of folks who wanted to get their hands on cheap candy to give the trick-or-treaters.
Here's the latest joke: The only thing that's spreading faster than the Facebook post-a-cartoon profile pic are the warnings that pedophiles have orchestrated this grand scheme.
It apparently began as a joke -- in Greece, in fact, at least a month ago. Now it's merely the latest form of Internet idiocy, wrapped in a nostalgiac desire to show our cleverness and display OUR favorite cartoon heroes.... Narcissism masked as altruism.
What would Aristotle do? He'd dismiss it for what it is -- a waste of thought, time and trouble.
Yet, in a single day, nearly 100,000 Facebook users changed their pics.
Um.... this story.... and .... well.... honestly.... uh.... beats the shit out of me....
We've seen this before, including the time women were asked to post the color of their bras to raise awareness of breast cancer. Then came the "I like it on..." campaign, another breast cancer offshoot, for women to wave the banner by saying where they preferred to stash their purses or pocketbooks.
Come on. Do you truly think Facebook gives a shit about any of these "causes"? Or is it another slick way of mining your data?
Not for anything, but if you have enough time on your hands to go find a pic, shop it, and post it, then you could be better spending that time being a foster mom or dad, brother or sister, or volunteering at a shelter, or tending to battered women, or being a big brother or sister to a kid who needs one.
I'd rather go down to the shelter and hand someone a bill than sit there and play Internet games that make me look so clever. Who the hell am I helping by sitting home in front of a monitor? No one but Facebook, whose purpose is to help advertisers profile YOU.
A cartoon doesn't explore unexplained injuries, or changes in a child's behavior -- including eating disorders, sleep troubles and plummeting grades at school, not to mention personal hygiene and major risk-taking. It doesn't explain how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found 772,000 children deemed victims of abuse or negelct -- with 7 of 10 suffering at the hands of their own parents.
A cartoon doesn't say that physical abuse is but one of a group of horrific behaviors toward innocent children. Some are sexually abused, neglected or emotionally mistreated.
P.T. Barnum could've never fathomed the breadth of gullibility when he said a sucker was born every minute. If he'd lived to see the latest Facebook gimmick, Barnum -- the original huckster himself -- would have never stopped throwing up.
I've got it: How about we all go an entire day without Facebook -- yes, make Facebook go dark -- to show our support for a less commercialized society? It could work, y'know, if only so many weren't so weak.
Pick a day. Any day. Let's do it in April: Child Abuse Awareness Month. Give me 1,000 emailed confirmations and we're in business.
Like you've got the balls.
STONES THROW - RED BULL CULTURE CLASH LA WINNERS-
Peanut Butter Wolf, J.ROCC, Mayer Hawthorne, Planet Asia, Dam Funk, Jody Watley, Computer Jay, Rhettmatic, rep for Stones Throw at Red Bull Culture Clash in Downtown LA // (+ Shout out to Baby Boogaloo!)
// Captured by Cognito (@FROLAB) / Edit by @missfrolab
// CULTURE CAPTURE CHAMPS™
// we frolaborate.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
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The City of Ink family continues their journey in Amsterdam. After smoking a few blunts at the Rokerij Coffeeshop they go to check out the infamous Red Light District. [Shot By Corey Davis]
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
From mikeflo & dj rasta root's current release "fly, fresh & responsible" hosted by m1 of dead prez. also featured on illastrate's forthcoming release entitled "high gravity".
"the line" prod. illastrate featuring mikeflo + tekitha
directed by shannon mccollum
The City of Ink family ventures into the Netherlands to partake in their very own Cannabis Cup, on an effortless journey to find out who has the best bud in Amsterdam. [Shot by Corey Davis]
Performance Cut Music Video for Billy Drease's latest single, "Run", from the album Good Morning AMY, available now.
Download it today on iTunes : http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/good...
Buy the CD (100% GREEN) on Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Good-Morning-Bi...
Video Directed and Edited by Dominic Luongo.
Written, Created and Story-boarded by Edreys Wajed.
Graphic Design by Hayley Meister.
Lighting, Prop Master, Rain-making, Casting, Construction, Fire Fiend and almost everything else by Tony Caferro and the DTR45 Interns. That's the team!
Song Written and Performed by Billy Drease Williams. Produced by TrevThorne. Mixed and Mastered by Alan Evans.
words by jasirix
Yes, the filmmaker Tigre Hill, although obviously self hating, is black, as well as Philadelphia's District Attorney Seth Williams. The two were debating Professor and Filmmaker Dr. Johanna Fernández and Criminal Defense Attorney and Activist Michael Coard. If this debate was a football game it would have been 100-0. Dr. Fernández and Attorney Coard time and time again brought up pertinent facts that were subsequently ignored by Williams and Hill. Not only did filmmaker Tigre Hill at one point walk off the stage, but the debate ended with him receiving a Cease and Desist order because he used parts of another film on police brutality in Philadelphia without getting the proper clearances.
All in all, the night was a complete failure for Tigre Hill and even a film critic who thinks Mumia is guilty called his "documentary" "DEEPLY, VISCERALLY BAD". But, don't take my word for it, watch the video for yourself. The footage also contains an interview with Attorney Coard, as well as, Tigre Hill's reaction to "getting served".
Monday, November 29, 2010
Lesley Stahl gets the first look at the rehearsal and production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the most ambitious and expensive musical ever brought to a Broadway stage.
Killer Mike aka Mike Bigga presents the mini-movie for "Ghetto Extraordinary" brought to you by Breilhaus Entertainment and Jokes Films. Be on the lookout for the brand new album from Killer Mike entitled PL3DGE in early 2011 from Grind Time / Grand Hustle.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
AFRIKA" FEAT. STAHHR SA-ROC MIKEFLO SKIP COON EKUNDAYO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE OFF SOL MESSIAH'S ALBUM.
By Katherine Kam
Money can’t buy me love,” the Beatles once sang. But can greenbacks buy a measure of happiness?
Yes, psychologists say, but many people don’t know how to spend for maximum happiness.
“Money is an opportunity for happiness, but it is an opportunity that people routinely squander because the things they think will make them happy often don’t,” says Elizabeth W. Dunn, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Canada's University of British Columbia.
As a young academic, Dunn had a personal stake in figuring out how to best spend one’s money. “I went from being a graduate student, making around $20,000 a year, to being a faculty member. While most people don’t think of professors as being wealthy, I suddenly found myself like ‘the nouveau riche,’ with a lot more money than I had previously,” she tells WebMD.
Being a psychology researcher, she sought scientifically based advice on how to spend her money -- not in terms of making financial investments, but to boost life satisfaction. “I was surprised to find out there was actually very little research on that topic,” she says.
As she delved into the subject, she discovered that people often misjudge purchases on three counts: “People mispredict what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last.”
Puddles of Pleasure, Peaks of Presumption
Other experts agree with Dunn’s view. Purchases, such as a remodeled bathroom or a new couch, may bestow delight, but the pleasure often vanishes faster than people expect -- “like a springtime puddle evaporates under a stifling summer sun,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want.
Take that remodeled bathroom, for example. At first, it’s a joy, but those positive feelings dwindle until the bathroom becomes ordinary and “completely fades into the background of one’s conscious experience," Lyubomirsky says.
Furthermore, all those sparkling, new bath fixtures may heighten expectations and desires, creating a “lofty peak of presumption” that drives people to become dissatisfied and strive for more and more, Lyubomirsky says. “After one finishes remodeling one’s bathroom, the living room and bedroom now seem drab by comparison. People’s rising aspirations render rooms eyesores that were previously normal.”
Now, no one is saying that money and spending play a negligible role in happiness. In fact, wealthy people have better nutrition and medical care, more meaningful work, and extra free time, Dunn says.
“And yet, they aren’t that much happier than those who have less,” she writes with co-authors Daniel T. Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson in an article to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. The article’s title: “If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Then You Probably Aren’t Spending It Right.”
So how can you spend your money to maximize happiness? Try these tips, experts say.
Tip 1: Buy experiences instead of things.
Many people assume that filling a large house with possessions will make them happiest. So why might a cooking class or vacation getaway trump a new kitchen floor or TV?
In one recent study, Cornell University researchers found that purchasing an experience tended to improve well-being more than buying a possession, in part because people are more prone to comparisons and buyer’s remorse with material goods.
Also, objects tend to deteriorate with time, but experiences can create lasting memories. If you share lessons or dinners and vacations with others, the social connections can make you happier, too, experts say.
“Experiences are just easier to appreciate,” says Lyubomirsky, who didn't work on the Cornell study. “We are made happier by experiences. You’re more likely to recall it. It’s more likely to become part of your identity. You’re the sum of your experiences, not the sum of your possessions.”
People adapt faster to things that don’t change, such as material objects, Dunn says. But experiences offer more novelty and variety, which can extend enjoyment.
“Whereas cherry floorboards generally have the same size, shape, and color on the last day of the year as they did on the first,” Dunn says, “each session of a year-long cooking class is different from the one before.”
Tip 2: Consider that many small pleasures might be better than a few big ones.
Are you more likely to be happier if you save up for a few big-ticket items, such as a sports car, or if you indulge frequently in small things, such as lattes and manicures?
Saving up for a big purchase may be admirable. But in terms of happiness, “We may be better off devoting our finite financial resources to purchasing frequent doses of lovely things, rather than infrequent doses of lovelier things,” Dunn says. Research shows that happiness is more closely aligned with the frequency of pleasures, as opposed to the intensity, according to her.
Since frequent, small pleasures tend to be different every time -- whether it’s a beer with friends or a new book -- we don’t adapt to them and become bored as quickly, Dunn says.
Tip 3: Spend on others and not yourself.
Some research suggests that it really is better to give.
A few years ago, Dunn did an experiment in which researchers fanned out across the University of British Columbia campus and handed students a $5 or $20 bill. The students were randomly assigned to spend the cash on themselves or others by the end of the day.
In the evening, those who had been told to spend on others reported feeling happier -- even if they spent only $5 -- than those assigned to buy for themselves.
Tip 3: Spend on others and not yourself. continued...
The emotional rewards of social spending can even be detected on MRI brain scans. In a University of Oregon study, people were given a chance to donate money to a food bank. Others were forced to give to the food bank through a tax-like transfer. Volunteering the money activated brain areas typically associated with receiving rewards, but so did the mandatory giving.
As highly social creatures, much of our happiness hinges on the quality of our relationships, Dunn says. “Almost anything we do to improve our connections with others tends to improve our happiness as well, and that includes spending money.”
So the next time you buy a cookie, treat your pal, too.
Tip 4: Rent a dose of happiness.
In these lean times, it’s smart to be frugal. You can still enjoy something without having to own it, Lyubomirsky says, whether it’s a video, cabin hideaway, or a sports car.
If you love the thrill of driving a luxury car, rent one occasionally, she says. You’ll get the boost of pleasure, but not the hassles of changing the oil and tires or the burden of paying unpredictable repair costs.
Tip 5: When you buy, think about what you’re not thinking about.
Often, people make purchases the way some lovers enter a hasty marriage -- in a rosy glow of imagination, with little realistic thought of the beloved’s shortcomings.
So people who want to buy a lakeside cabin will focus on the peace and quiet, gorgeous sunsets, and good fishing, Dunn says. What they don't consider: buzzing insects, late-night calls about plumbing disasters, and endless drives home after a weekend at the cabin, with tired and cranky children scratching mosquito bites. And yet, such things will affect the owners’ happiness.
It’s a common pitfall. We simply don’t see the future in fine detail, and the further away the event lies in time, the more abstract our imaginings, Dunn says.
So before buying something major, try to consider the less obvious cost, including how a purchase might affect your time. “Happiness is often in the details," Dunn says.
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Friday, November 26, 2010
By Melissa Breyer
Common causes for indigestion include overeating, eating too quickly, fatty or greasy foods, too much caffeine, too much alcohol, too much chocolate, nervousness, and emotional trauma. Translation: The holidays.
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a term used to describe one or more symptoms including a feeling of fullness during a meal, uncomfortable fullness after a meal, and burning or pain in the upper abdomen; it may cause bloating, belching, and nausea. One thing is certain, it's no fun!
If that last wafer-thin mint has you cowering on the couch, you may want to try one of these natural aids for indigestion. Herbs have been used for millennia to treat any matter of ailments, and indigestion seems to be one woe that is well-suited for natural remedies.
Fennel / Fennel Seed
There is a reason Indian restaurants serve the fennel seed mix, Mukhwas, after dinner. Fennel seed has long been used to help fight gas, cramps, and acid indigestion, and to help ease spasms in the intestinal tract.
Fennel has a long history of use in both food and medicine. Traditionally, it is said to act as a carminative, which means that it helps the body expel gas and sooth indigestion. Fennel is also a common ingredient in "gripe water," a traditional (and very alcoholic, by the way) preparation used for treating infant colic.
Fennel leaves can be used to make tea. NYU Langone Medical Center says that a typical dose of fennel is 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of seeds per day.
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has been a favorite since the Middle Ages for reducing stress and anxiety, abetting sleep, sparking appetite, and easing indigestion.
These days, lemon balm is commonly mixed with other calming herbs to help promote relaxation. Evidence suggests that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs, may help treat indigestion -- although just soothing the stress alone can sometimes help with dyspepsia.
To reduce indigestion, flatulence, or bloating, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends:
Capsules: Take 300 - 500 mg dried lemon balm, 3 times daily or as needed.
Tea: 1.5 - 4.5 grams (1/4 - 1 teaspoonful) of dried lemon balm herb in hot water. Steep and drink up to 4 times daily.
Tincture: 2 - 3 mL (40 - 90 drops), 3 times daily
Turmeric is the little minx of the spice drawer -- super bright, spicy, and boasting a broad array of health claims. You may know it as the main spice in curry and the one which imparts that intense golden glow, but turmeric is also used for health remedies.
In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used to aid digestion and liver function, relieve arthritis pain, and regulate menstruation. It has also traditionally been used for heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, and stomach bloating.
According to the NYU Langone Medical Center, turmeric's superpower comes in the form of the substance, curcumin, that, among other properties, may stimulate gallbladder contractions. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that 87% percent of the curcumin group experienced full or partial symptom relief from dyspepsia as compared to 53% of the placebo group.
The National Institutes of Health recommends a dosage of 500 mg of turmeric four times daily for dyspepsia.
Ginger has long been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. In China, ginger has been used to aid all types of digestion disorders for more than 2,000 years. Fast-forward to modern medicine, and health care professionals still commonly recommend ginger to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting. It is also used as a digestive aid for mild stomach upset.
Germany's Commission E has approved ginger as a treatment for indigestion and motion sickness. Curiously, while most anti-nausea drugs work on the brain and the inner ear, ginger seems to act directly on the stomach.
For most purposes, the standard dosage of powdered ginger is 1 to 4 g daily, divided into 2 to 4 doses per day. (To prevent motion sickness, you should aim to begin treatment 1 or 2 days before the trip and continue it throughout the period of travel.)
If you have ever wondered what in the world were those Italians thinking when they invented the artichoke aperitif liqueur, Cynar, here's you answer. In traditional European medicine, the leaves of the artichoke plant (not the leaves of the bud, which is the part that we eat) were used as a diuretic to stimulate the kidneys and as well as the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder; which plays a starring role in digestion.
Over the past century, much research has been done looking into the traditional medicinal uses of the artichoke plant; conclusions suggest that the plant does indeed stimulate the kidney and gallbladder. In the mid-20th century, Italian scientists isolated a compound from artichoke leaf called cynarin, which appeared to duplicate many of the effects of whole artichoke. Salute!
In 2003, a large study evaluated artichoke leaf as a treatment for dyspepsia; artichoke leaf extract proved significantly more effective than placebo for alleviating symptoms of functional dyspepsia. Germany's Commission E has authorized the use of artichoke leaf use for "dyspeptic problems" -- they recommend 6 grams of the dried herb or its equivalent per day, usually divided into 3 doses. Artichoke leaf extracts should be taken according to label instructions.
Peppermint is often used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. Because of its subtle numbing effect, it has been used to treat everything from headaches, skin irritations, and anxiety to nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence.
Peppermint oil seems to be helpful for a variety of conditions that involve spasm of the intestinal tract. Most studies have involved irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), for which peppermint oil has shown considerable promise.
Peppermint relaxes the muscles that struggle with digestive gas and improve the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. In studies on using peppermint to treat IBS, there seems to be a trend indicating mild effectiveness in the reduction of some symptoms, especially flatulence and abdominal pain and distension. However, if your symptoms of indigestion are related to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, peppermint should not be used.
OK, this one is confusing: Doesn't spicy food cause stomach aches? According to the folks at NYU, evidence suggests that oral use of cayenne can reduce the pain of dyspepsia! Counter-intuitive, at best, but apparently hot peppers don't actually inflame the tissues they contact; in fact, hot peppers aren't even harmful for ulcers. Rather, they merely produce sensations similar to those caused by actual damage.
Oral use of capsaicin seems to reduce discomfort in the stomach. In a double-blind study, individuals with dyspepsia were given either 2.5 g daily of red pepper powder (divided up and taken prior to meals) or placebo for 5 weeks. By the third week of treatment, individuals taking red pepper were experiencing significant improvements in pain, bloating, and nausea as compared to placebo, and these relative improvements lasted through the end of the study.
For treatment of dyspepsia, cayenne may be taken at a dosage of 0.5 to 1.0 g three times daily (prior to meals).
For these and all herbs, do not exceed dosage recommendations, and be sure to consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medication.
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By the CNN Wire Staff
Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.
The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.
"This is much long overdue justice for black farmers," said John Boyd, founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association.
"I am pleased these long-suffering Americans can now receive the closure that they deserve," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. "The agreement that we reached shows what can happen when Democrats and Republicans come together to do the right thing."
The measure was approved by unanimous consent.
The Senate also cleared -- in the same piece of legislation -- $3.4 billion to fund a separate settlement reached with the Department of Interior for mishandling of a trust fund managed for Native Americans.
In July, the House approved a war supplemental bill that included money to pay for the settlements. At the time, however, the Senate failed to approve the measure.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, dropped an objection to the package this week after Senate leaders agreed not to finance it through additional deficit spending.
Prominent members of both parties have voiced support for paying out the settlements.
The measure will now have to be approved by the lame duck House before moving to President Barack Obama's desk to be signed into law.