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MTB4: The 'Exclusive' Ballad Version

After my last post on MTV's Making The Band, I've gotten a few questions about the ballad version that was performed on the show. Well, for all you MTB4 fans, here it is - MTB4's Exclusive (The Ballad Version)... Enjoy!

Updated 12:26PM
Check the video below...



posted by Soulfull @ 8/31/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




In Support of AfroSpear's 'Day of Blogging for Justice'

I'm glad that more articles within mainstream media are coming down the pipeline regarding the Jena 6, (I even heard that Oprah is going to be doing a show soon, but who knows?), but this battle is far from over. We must continue to raise our voices on this injustice. This is one of the reasons why my company's site will keep the "Jena 6" on it's homepage until justice prevails in this case. It's so blatantly apparent that in Jena, La., officials don't want folks to have any kind of opinion other than theirs and that's just not right. But I suppose I shouldn't have been so surprised to read this story on MSNBC...

JENA, La. - Officials at a central Louisiana high school have banned T-shirts supporting six black students accused of beating of a white schoolmate, saying the shirts are too disruptive.

About nine students at Jena High School wore the “Free the Jena 6” T-shirts Tuesday, and the slogan caused too much of a stir on campus, said LaSalle Parish Schools Superintendent Roy Breithaupt said.

John Jenkins said his three daughters wore the shirts to make a statement, not to cause trouble.

“They weren’t doing anything other than wearing the shirts,” Jenkins said. “The school doesn’t have a dress code. They were covered. They’re trying to tell them what they can and can’t wear.”

His son, Carwin Jones, is one of the six students charged with attempted murder in the December 2006 beating of 18-year-old Justin Barker. Barker was treated for a swollen and cut face and released the same day.

The attempted murder charges sparked outrage in the black community and drew attention from the American Civil Liberties Union, which is now monitoring the cases. The Rev. Al Sharpton has also spoken up for the six students, saying the attempted-murder charges indicate a different standard of justice for blacks and whites.

One of the students, Mychal Bell, 17, was convicted on a reduced charge of aggravated second-degree battery and faces up to 22 years in prison. He had initially faced attempted murder charges. The other five teens are awaiting trial on attempted murder and conspiracy charges.

Racial tensions surfaced in Jena — a town of 2,900 with about 350 black residents — last fall, when students at the high school found three nooses hanging from a tree on campus. Three white students were suspended, but no criminal charges were filed.[Source]


Like the Villager said, the Jena 6 is an American tragedy. How can a fight, even if it is six against one, result in prison sentences that could have these kids imprisoned past age 50!? Mychal Bell doesn't deserve that. None of these kids deserve this. In my high school days, kids were suspended or more likely, expelled for something like this. Not jail time. That's just lunacy! It's just a fact that the punishment does not fit the crime! And it's a fact that racism is at the root of this injustice. Okay, I'm getting mad all over again. Shoot, I know one thing, I definitely will be wearing black on September 20th in support of the Michael Baisden's March for Peace and Justice:

The Baddest Man on radio is putting action behind his words. On September 20th Michael Baisden along with comedian George Wilborn, national celebrities, and thousands of loyal listeners will march on the Jena Courthouse to demand justice for Mychal Bell, one of the black teenagers awaiting sentencing in the Jena 6 Case. Mychal Bell could receive up to 22 years in prison for what amounted to nothing more then a fist fight between black and white high school students.

Michael will need all the support he can get to show the prosecutors, the Judge, and the entire nation that we will not stand by while they steal the lives of our children. Time for talk is over, it's time to act! [Source]


"It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive." ~Earl Warren



posted by Soulfull @ 8/30/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Mama, Don't Take No Mess

I have this problem. See, I'm allergic to overbearing people. When I find myself in a situation where I'm in the vicinity of one, my mouth begins to twitch and I immediately feel the need to deliver a chin-check. I know, some of you may be wondering what's a freaking chin-check? Simply, a chin-check is any moment when you have to verbally assert yourself. Someone keeps borrowing money from you and never pays you back? Then you need to chin-check'em. Credit card company just raised your interests for no damn reason? Yeah, you better get on the phone and deliver that chin-check! There are too many creditors out there so why deal with an unscrupulous one? Actually, this situation happened to me last month and I promptly got on the phone and cancelled that card. I'm not paying 27% interest on a card that only has a $2000 limit. You gotta be crazy to deal with that crap! And you know what's ironic? Right after delivering the chin-check, my score went up by 57 points! Yup, sometimes it sure does pay to not take no mess. I learned that crucial skill from my Ma. Generally, I'm a quiet person. (That's until I get to know somebody and trust them. Then, I open up, slowly.) Yet, my mother always used to tell me, 'Soulfull, it doesn't pay to be nice to everybody because everybody ain't your friend, you don't need to join no clique-cliques to feel accepted.' I totally understood what she was saying because I've learned that it doesn't pay to be nice ALL the time. You have to be able to respect your feelings and assert yourself, when necessary. I got a refresher course in that lesson yesterday when a family member of mine (with good intentions) went into the overbearing zone. Didn't I say I'm allergic to that? You know it didn't take me long to react with the chin-check, right? See that's the key to it all. You can't hesitate in your delivery. I mean, I'll examine the situation to make sure I'm understanding it correctly, but I'm quick about it because the goal here is to ensure that folks come away from the conversation knowing... I. Don't. Take. No. Mess. Man, sadly I have the urge to hear that song by Michel’le. How did it go? Oh, yeah... 'some people call me nice, some people call nasty, but if you really want to know just ask me and I'll say I'm nicety'. LOL!

posted by Soulfull @ 8/29/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Monday's Motivation: Stay The Course

Have you ever typed with your eyes closed? My fingers have rested atop a keyboard since my days in high school. Yet, there's a level of discomfort I feel when I can't tell where my words are going. Still, I often practice typing with my eyes closed just to feel my way through a blog post. As crazy as it might seem, it's quite relaxing and it helps me to remember what I initially wanted to say before I sat down in front of the computer. Doing anything with your eyes closed requires a great amount of trust. I mean, I can't help but wonder if I will be where I wanted to be before I closed my eyes. When I do open them, sometimes I'm on target. Sometimes I'm not, but hell, that's what the backspace button is made for. Typing with your eyes closed is akin to sleepwalking at night. Your mind is not of your own, but your body knows exactly what to do. It knows to stay the course. Just like my fingers know what keys to touch. It's instinct. Lately my instincts have been on high alert. Warning me to trust my inner feelings. To not deviate from the plan. I'm learning to respect my instincts and what it is that they reveal about me and others. Especially when I'm moving through the anxiety filled darkness of change. I have to be able to lean on these emotions and adapt quickly. Shoot, my eyes might be closed, but my heart knows the right way to go.

posted by Soulfull @ 8/27/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Making the Band 4: It's Just My Guess

Okay, as I'm watching the show, I'm gonna go on record with the guys that I think will win...



1. Qwanell


2. Michael


3. Robert


4. Willie


5. DeAngelo

OR


6. Brian H.


But we will see...

Update 10:41PM: Well as soon as I put Brian H in for being one of the winners, he gets cut. Damn. I loved his tone. Oh well. Now how about that ballad version of Brian M. Cox's Exclusive? That was nice. I know one thing, if at least three of my dudes above don't make it, you won't catch me buying this crap! Oh snap. The show's back on...

Update 10:48PM: Okay, so Diddy brings out Danity Kane. BOR-RING! Shit, I know exactly what they're thinking... Damn, there goes our chance of getting a second album. LOL! NEXT! Let's get moving to the third cut people!

Update 10:55PM:
I am so close to not giving a damn who wins now that Diddy turned this show into the Bad Boy promo hour. I can not stand Yung Joc's dumb single, Coffee Shop, so I'm really hoping he'd shut the *$&%^$ up soon! I got his new album last week and I'm still trying to get through it. Nothing has caught my ear yet. Oh thank goodness. A commercial break!

Update 11:02PM:Oh wow. Diddy's making a five man band. DUH!!!!!!!!!! Come on. ALRIGHT NOW. Robert's in!! Willie's in!!! LOL! I tell you. I KNEW IT!!

Update 11:04PM: Q is in babay!!!!! LOL! Um, Brian A. Didn't see that coming. Oh well.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Big Mike made it!!!!!!!!!!! Okay. it's official. I'm buying the joint. I love me some Big Mike! I just wanna pinch his cheeks. LOL!

Update 11:06PM:
Donnie gets a solo deal. Duh! I knew Diddy was keeping him around for some reason. LOL!

Final Update: So the band is Robert, Willie, Qwanell, Brian A., and Big Mike.



CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!


posted by Soulfull @ 8/26/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




SPECIAL UPDATE: Michael Vick's Jury Has Been Selected

I thought this was funny...



posted by Soulfull @ 8/15/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




JENA 6: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

After reading Yobachi's thoughts, it's imperative that I also post a listing of all the major media outlets that need to hear from YOU about the injustice being committed against the Jena 6. If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to send a letter or an email voicing your concerns regarding this very important case.



Network/Cable Television

ABC News
77 W. 66 St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-456-7777
General e-mail: netaudr@abc.com

Nightline: nightline@abcnews.com
20/20: 2020@abc.com


CBS News
524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-975-4321
Fax: 212-975-1893

Email forms for all CBS news programs

CBS Evening News: evening@cbsnews.com
The Early Show: earlyshow@cbs.com
60 Minutes II: 60II@cbsnews.com
48 Hours: 48hours@cbsnews.com
Face The Nation: ftn@cbsnews.com


CNN
One CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303-5366
Phone: 404-827-1500
Fax: 404-827-1906
Email forms for all CNN news programs


Fox News Channel
1211 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 301-3000
Fax: (212) 301-4229
comments@foxnews.com

List of Email addresses for all Fox News Channel programs

Special Report with Brit Hume: Special@foxnews.com
FOX Report with Shepard Smith: Foxreport@foxnews.com
The O'Reilly Factor: Oreilly@foxnews.com
Hannity & Colmes: Hannity@foxnews.com, Colmes@foxnews.com
On the Record with Greta: Ontherecord@foxnews.com


NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
Phone: 212-664-4444
Fax: 212-664-4426

List of Email addresses for all NBC news programs

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: nightly@msnbc.com
NBC News Today: today@nbc.com
Dateline NBC: dateline@nbc.com


MSNBC
One MSNBC Plaza
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: (201) 583-5000
Fax: (201) 583-5453

CNBC
2200 Fletcher Ave.
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone: (201) 585-2622
Fax: (201) 583-5453

List of Email addresses for all MSNBC news programs

Hardball with Chris Matthews: hardball@msnbc.com
MSNBC Reports with Joe Scarborough: msnbcreports@msnbc.com


PBS
1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-739-5000
Fax: 703-739-8458

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: newshour@pbs.org

National Radio Programs

National Public Radio
635 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001-3753
Phone: 202-513-2000
Fax: 202-513-3329
E-mail: Chantal de la Rionda, assistant to the Ombudsman ombudsman@npr.org

All Things Considered: atc@npr.org
Morning Edition: morning@npr.org
Talk Of The Nation: totn@npr.org

List of Email addresses for all NPR news programs


The Rush Limbaugh Show
1270 Avenue of the Americas, NY 10020
Phone: 800-282-2882
Fax: 212-563-9166
E-mail: rush@eibnet.com


Sean Hannity Show
E-mail: Phil Boyce, Program Director phil.boyce@abc.com

National Newspapers

The Los Angeles Times
202 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 800-528-4637 or 213-237-5000
Fax: 213-237-4712

Letters to the Editor: letters@latimes.com
Readers' Representative: readers.rep@latimes.com

L.A. Times Contact Information by Department


The New York Times
229 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-556-1234
Fax: 212-556-3690
D.C. Bureau phone: 202-862-0300

Letters to the Editor (for publication): letters@nytimes.com
Write to the news editors: nytnews@nytimes.com

New York Times Contact Information by Department
How to Contact New York Times Reporters and Editors

USA Today
7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22108
Phone: 800-872-0001 or 703-854-3400
Fax: 703-854-2165

Letters to the Editor: editor@usatoday.com

Give feedback to USA Today


The Wall Street Journal
200 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281
Phone: 212-416-2000
Fax: 212-416-2658

Letters to the Editor: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
Comment on News Articles: wsjcontact@dowjones.com


The Washington Post
1150 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20071
Phone: 202-334-6000
Fax: 202-334-5269

Letters to the Editor: letters@washpost.com
Ombudsman: ombudsman@washpost.com

Contact Washington Post Writers and Editors

Magazines

Newsweek
251 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-445-4000
Fax: 212-445-5068

Letters to the Editor: letters@newsweek.com


Time
Time & Life Bldg., Rockefeller Center, New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-522-1212
Fax: 212-522-0323

Letters to the Editor letters@time.com


U.S. News & World Report
1050 Thomas Jefferson St., Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-955-2000
Fax: 202-955-2049

Letters to the Editor letters@usnews.com

News Services / Wires

Associated Press
50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020
Phone: 212-621-1500
Fax: 212-621-7523

General Questions and Comments: info@ap.org

Partial Contact Information for the Associated Press by Department and Bureau


Reuters
Three Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 646-223-4000

Reuters Editorial Feedback


United Press International
1510 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 202.898.8000
FAX: 202.898.8057

Comment and Tips: tips@upi.com

FAIR wants to hear about your media activism. Please send copies of your letters to journalists to

FAIR
112 W. 27th St.
New York, NY 10001
fair@fair.org

We can't always respond, but we look at everything.[Source]

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." - Paulo Freire



posted by Soulfull @ 8/15/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union

The Headline Reads: Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union

CHICAGO (AP) — Do bloggers need their own Norma Rae?

In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.

The effort is an extension of the blogosphere's growing power and presence, especially within the political realm, and for many, evokes memories of the early labor organization of freelance writers in the early 1980s.

Organizers hope a bloggers' labor group will not only showcase the growing professionalism of the Web-based writers, but also the importance of their roles in candidates' campaigns.

"I think people have just gotten to the point where people outside the blogosphere understand the value of what it is that we do on the progressive side," said Susie Madrak, the author of Suburban Guerilla blog, who is active in the union campaign. "And I think they feel a little more entitled to ask for something now."

But just what that something is may be hard to say.

In a world as diverse, vocal and unwieldy as the blogosphere, there's no consensus about what type of organization is needed and who should be included. Some argue for a free-standing association for activist bloggers while others suggest a guild open to any blogger — from knitting fans to video gamers — that could be created within established labor groups.

Others see a blogger coalition as a way to find health insurance discounts, fight for press credentials or even establish guidelines for dealing with advertising and presenting data on page views.

"It would raise the professionalism," said Leslie Robinson, a writer at ColoradoConfidential.com. "Maybe we could get more jobs, bona fide jobs."

But not everyone is on board.

"The reason I like blogging is that it's very anarchistic. I can do whatever I want whenever I want, and oh my God, you're not going to tell me what to do," said Curt Hopkins, the founder of the Committee to Protect Bloggers.

"The blogosphere is such a weird term and such a weird idea. It's anyone who wants to do it," Hopkins said. "There's absolutely no commonality there. How will they find a commonality to go on? I think it's doomed to failure on any sort of large scale."

About 11 percent of American Internet users have created Web pages or blogs for others while eight percent have created their own online journals or Weblogs, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

With pages focused on everything from bird watching to celebrity footwear, more than 120,000 blogs are created every day and more than 58,000 new posts are made each hour, according to data from Technorati, which tracks more than 94 million blogs worldwide.

Few bloggers are paid for their posts, and even fewer are able to make a living doing the work. But many say they often devote as much energy and time to their online musings as they do to their salaried careers.

While bloggers work to organize their own labor movement, their growing numbers are already being courted by some unions.

"Bloggers are on our radar screen right now for approaching and recruiting into the union," said Gerry Colby, president of the National Writers Union, a local of the United Auto Workers. "We're trying to develop strategies to reach bloggers and encourage them to join."

Unsurprisingly, there's decidedly less support for a union movement among conservative bloggers.

Mark Noonan, an editor at Blogs for Bush and a senior writer at GOP Bloggers, said he worries that a blogger union would undermine the freewheeling nature of the blogosphere, regardless of its political composition.

"We just go out there and write what is on our mind, damn the critics," he said. "To make a union is to start to provide a firm structure for the blogosphere and that would merely make the blogosphere a junior-league (mainstream media). ... Get us a union and other 'professional' organizations and we'll start to be conformist and we'll start to be just another special interest."

But that's not how Kirsten Burgard sees it.

Sitting at a panel titled "A Union for Bloggers: It's Time to Organize" at this week's YearlyKos Convention for bloggers in Chicago, Burgard said she'd welcome a chance to join a unionized blogging community.

"I sure would like to have that union bug on my Web site," said Burgard, a blogger who uses the moniker Bendy Girl.

Madrak hopes that regardless the form, the labor movement ultimately will help bloggers pay for medical bills. It's important, she said, because some bloggers can spend hours a day tethered to computers as they update their Web sites.

"Blogging is very intense — physically, mentally," she said. "You're constantly scanning for news. You're constantly trying to come up with information that you think will mobilize your readers. In the meantime, you're sitting at a computer and your ass is getting wider and your arm and neck and shoulder are wearing out because you're constantly using a mouse."

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On the Net:

Committee to Protect Bloggers: http://committeetoprotectbloggers.civiblog.org


Hmmm, maybe us black bloggers need to get it together and unify...

posted by Soulfull @ 8/14/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Was Chauncey Bailey's Murderer 'A Good Soldier'? NO!


The Headline Reads: Bailey's confessed killer saw himself as 'a good soldier'
By Angela Hill and Harry Harris, STAFF WRITERS
Article Last Updated: 08/06/2007 03:19:45 PM PDT

OAKLAND — In his confession to police, 19-year-old Devaughdre Broussard told detectives he considered himself "a good soldier" when he shot and killed journalist Chauncey Bailey for writing negative stories about Your Black Muslim Bakery, where Broussard was a member and worked as a handyman, authorities said.

Broussard, who also uses the spelling Brossard, was formally booked Saturday on suspicion of murder. He was already on probation for a robbery conviction in San Francisco, and also had a pending case on charges of assault with a firearm from a 2006 San Francisco incident. In addition, there was a failure-to-appear warrant out for his arrest in that case.

He was taken into custody Friday along with six other people in an early morning police raid on the bakery and affiliated buildings as a result of a two-month police investigation. Broussard had been staying at one of the raided houses on 59th Street, its rear yard connecting to the bakery property. At the house, police recovered the shotgun they believe was used to kill Bailey, the 57-year-old editor of the Oakland Postnewspaper.

One of those arrested in the raid was Yusuf Bey IV, son of the bakery's founder, the late Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey. Bey IV was booked Saturday on a $375,000 warrant out of San Francisco stemming from an incident in which he allegedly ran over a security guard at a strip club. His brother, Joshua Bey, and two others arrested in Friday's raids, are being held in connection with the July 19 kidnapping and assault of a woman.

The suspects could be arraigned as early as Monday afternoon. Attorneys for Broussard or the Bey family could not be reached Saturday.

In what may be an unrelated coincidence, someone fired a shot Friday night at the West Oakland home of a tax accountant for the bakery. "I don't think it has anything to do with what's been going on, though," said the accountant, who asked to remain anonymous.

Broussard grew up in the Western Addition of San Francisco, police said. When he was 15, he apparently had an interest in finance, participating with other 10th-graders in a mentor program for disadvantaged teens at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, learning about the stock market and corporate analyses. He won a $100 savings bond in a competition in the program, according to the program's Web site.

But during the past year, Broussard had worked at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland as a handyman and occasional cook. He left there in March to find other employment, with no success, and returned to the bakery about a month ago, police said. [Read the rest of the article here]


My people, my people! I swear, I just don't get it. How does taking an innocent man's life make you a soldier?

posted by Soulfull @ 8/14/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




D.C.'s 17th Annual Stone Soul Picnic

Need something to do today in the DC Metro Area? Well, maybe you should check out these two events:

The Stone Soul Picnic is an annual event that has been held in RFK Stadium in Washington, DC since 1991. The event is free to the public and attracts families throughout the entire metropolitan area.

The Stone Soul Picnic includes seven hours of main stage performances including national and local talent, games, guest speakers and more. The Stone Soul Picnic also features cultural foods, children’s activities, product sampling, an ethnic marketplace, and a host of other activities and entertainment that will attract thousands of consumers to this free event.

Talent at The Stone Soul Picnic has previously included: Toni Braxton, Damien Marley, After Seven, Chuck Brown, Morris Day and the Time, Dwele, Chico Debarge, Whodini, EU, Yolanda Adams, Heather Headley and many more representing Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Motown.

The Stone Soul Picnic is hosted by WKYS-FM (93.9), WMMJ-FM (Majic 102.3), WYCB-AM (Spirit 1340), WPRS-FM (Praise 104.1) and WOL-AM (Newstalk 1450).

The following artists will be performing this year: Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Chuck Brown, War, Hezekia Walker, Byron Cage, Lil' Mo and Carl Thomas.

If you've never been to the D.C.'s Stone Soul Picnic, check out the experience from 2005:


There's also the 3rd Annual Can A Sista Rock A Mic? Festival...
This August is gonna be on fire with the recent announcement of the 3rd Annual Can A Sista Rock A Mic? Music Festival (CASRAM) scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. from August 7-12, 2007. This unique music festival will highlight positive images of women and showcase some extraordinary local and national female talent. This year’s festival boasts an exciting array of established and rising stars in hip-hop, neo-soul, spoken word, and R&B. CASRAM opens in grand fashion at The Rock and Roll Hotel where the mic will be set ablaze by female hip-hop phenoms Bahamadia and Emoni Fela. Subsequent nights will include live performances from neo-soul sensations Carol Riddick (Musiq Soulchild), YahZarah is Purple Saint James (Erykah Badu, Foreign Exchange), Sy Smith (American Idol, Ally McBeal), and Afi [pronounced ah-FEE], a Washington D.C. native in rotation on VH1 Soul and BETJ. More performers and surprise guests will be added in the coming weeks. The festival also includes spoken word, live art, and a female panel discussion. CASRAM clearly has something for everyone during its series of performances and events at numerous venues in Washington, D.C. While highlighting the exceptional talent in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond, the founders also plan to give back to the community by donating the festival’s proceeds to the DCTV Kids Video Festival.

Today, Can A Sista Rock A Mic? Music Festival (CASRAM) is hosting a "a panel discussion about the present lack of visibility of women in hip-hop", which will be held from 12pm through 2pm at the Public Access Corp of DC (DCTV) located on 901 Newton Street NE, WDC 20017. There are LIMITED SEATS, so please RSVP to shyree@bgirlmanifesto.com. There are other events today as well so be sure to check the CASRAM site.


posted by Soulfull @ 8/11/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




The Beyonce Experience Stops In Washington, DC

Yesterday evening, Beyonce's tour made it's way to the Nation's Capital and I had a ball! The scene around the Verizon Center was chaos! Bums trying to SELL free parking spaces on the curb, hoochie mamas strutting their best freakum dresses, and just plain pandemonium. Someone please tell me where were the DC cops because traffic was a hot mess! Folks running red lights, tailgating and as a matter of fact, one car almost hit a group of pedestrians. You should have seen those folks hollering at that driver. CRAZY! Check out some video from DC's WPGC 95.5, who captured some of what was going on in and around the Verizon Center.



So after fighting the foolery on F st, slapping down $20 bucks for parking, fighting through the crowds of people, hubby and I finally made it to our seats, center stage. Without a moment to spare, Robin Thicke opens the show. It should be no surprise if you've been following this blog, that I LOVE ME SOME ROBIN THICKE! He performed all my favorite songs - Complicated, Ask Myself, I Need Love, Can U Believe, Wanna Love U Girl, Shooter,, Would That Make You Love Me, and I especially loved how he did semi-stripteases with Teach U A Lesson. Robin's voice was right on key for all the songs and he had the crowd going nuts with Lost Without You! Everybody jumped up and grooved to his biggest hit to date. (Sidebar: While we were jamming to Robin, Beyonce was meeting with a group of young girls in a forum against violence). Then we broke for intermission and it's funny, but I learned then that Beyonce's marketing team where allowing fans to text messages to the two screens that flanked the stage for the usual fee of 99 cents. Shoot, at every opportunity money was trying to be made. They even had this dude walking up and down the aisles selling glow-in-the-dark concert trinkets and let's not forget the booths that were selling T-shirts and House of Dereon items, but I wasn't in the mood for all that. Just give me a bucket of cotton candy and a Sprite and I'm straight. It was nice though that the concert sponsored a canned food drive in conjunction with Second Harvest. Now I was really happy about that! After about five more minutes, Beyonce hit the stage with a major light display and one question - Are you ready to be entertained? Without waiting too long for a answer, she jumped into singing Crazy In Love and immediate electricity flowed throughout the arena. It was so hype with folks doing their own versions of the "Uh-Oh" dance. LOL! Too much! B did put a damper on things with her sampling of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy. WHY!?! For a moment, I had a flashback to Mimi's concert when Trey Lorenz did the very same thing. I hated it then and I hate her doing it too. Another odd moment was when she performed Beautiful Liar without Shakira. Geez. Nonetheless, B did a great job of engaging the crowd with all her hits. There were so many highlights. One of my faves were her male strippers dancers! While B changed clothes, she allowed them to do a quick dance set to Party Like A Rock Star, Wipe Me Down, Ay Baby Baby, and Throw Some Ds, which came complete with a real dub that one dancer rolled on as another pretended to drive. Those dudes were poppin, grindin', humpin' everything on that stage. Good Lawd! Big props to B for the extra entertainment. LOL! Another funny moment was when these two white dudes sneaked into the seats in front of us. They were cool and low-key at first, but later they tried to bring three of their female friends too and one of the ushers was not having it! She jumped all over their behinds with her flashlight, like, "Oh, no, ya'll get up - NOW!" I was laughing my head off. I mean, you know you have good seats when folks are leaving theirs to come over to your area. But anyway, back to the concert. B did an excellent job! She performed Baby Boy, Get Me Bodied, Flaws And All, Naughty Girl, Suga Mama, Speechless, Green Light, Dangerously In Love, Hollywood (which was only a video montage of B) Deja Vu, Me, Myself and I, Upgrade U, and Check On It. Oh and you should have seen the hush that came over the crowd when she started walking down those infamous steps to Ring The Alarm. It seemed like everybody had their camera out, trying to capture another fall. But sorry folks, B kept it together and there wasn't a fall like the one in Orlando...



Man, B did her thing and even after doing all that, there was even a Destiny's Child set that included Survivor, Soldier, Bootylicious, No, No, No, Say My Name, Cater 2 U, Bills, Bills, Bills, Jumpin, Jumpin, and Independent Woman. And I can't forget about the Dreamgirls set, where she performed Dreamgirls and Listen. After two hours of singing, B looked out to the crowd and asked if we would mind singing her last song of the night, Irreplaceable, which had us all shouting "to the left, to the left" with much attitude. It was a nice ending to a great show and as we made our way out the arena, I couldn't believe how many children were in attendance. I mean, I love B's music, but I wouldn't allow young children to hear it, let alone witness her (and her FINE boy toy dancers) gyrating live on stage (Sidebar: Although, judging from this video here and here, Mama Knowles seems to be okay with all the moves). Good grief. Overall, the concert was a lot of fun! Here's a YouTube recap of the DC concert from the ladies at Mane Passion...



Check out more photos from the concert here and if you still want more of the Beyonce Experience, check out videos from her tour across the globe below (Video of Robin Thicke can be found here:


Opening of The Beyonce Experience (Houston, TX)



Crazy In Love (Baltimore, MD)



Green Light



Me, Myself, and I (Nashville, TN)



Beautiful Liar (Continental Arena, NJ)



Murder She Wrote Interlude



Flaws And All (Madison Square Garden in NYC)



Beyonce's Male Dancers Hip-Hop Interlude (Another video can be found here)



Upgrade U (Hamar, Norway)



Survivor (Madison Square Garden in NYC)



Independent Woman



Destiny's Child Medley



"Bug-A-Boo"(Slowed Down) (Nashville,TN)



Bills, Bills, Bills



Suga Mama



Freakum Dress (Madison Square Garden in NYC)



Ring The Alarm (Dancer Monologue)



Ring The Alarm - Pt 1 (Madison Square Garden in NYC)



Ring The Alarm - Pt 2 (Madison Square Garden in NYC)



Dangerously In Love (Madison Square Garden in NYC)



Bass Player Interlude



Get Me Bodied Dance Routine



Irreplaceable


I'd like to end this post with a video that I found rather interesting. It's a spoof of the MTV True Life series, but it's starring Beyonce's dancers. Here's a glimpse into their life on tour:



posted by Soulfull @ 8/10/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




M By Mariah Carey: The Review

Two weeks ago, I blogged about the free sample of "M", the new perfume coming out from one of my favorite singers, Mariah Carey. Well, yesterday I received my sample, which consisted of a two-fold card with a small glue-in of the perfume, and I'll just keep this short and sweet - the crap STINKS! Indulgent, opulent, and seductive it ain't. It says on the card that "This beautifully feminine fragrance will linger in your mind like a timeless melody.." I tend to think it attacks your nostrils with the fresh, hot, scent of wet dog, but if you still want to get your whiff and judge for yourself, head here.


posted by Soulfull @ 8/07/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Monday's Motivation: Exploring My Inner Peace

Lately, I've been trying my best to not let myself feel so overwhelmed by all my responsibilities. Instead of wondering how I can manage to get it all done day by day, I've started to attack each task with fierce determination. A determination that has helped me to move one semester closer to my graduation. (THANK GOD!) Moving away from the stress of 1000-word essays every week or formulating WBS's in MS Project has me excited for the welcomed week off until the next semester. Now I can take some time to focus on the things that I really like to do, but first I have to find the strength to keep pushing ahead. Interestingly enough while researching a paper for school, I found the Instructions for Life in the New Millennium by The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet...

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone everyday.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10.Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11.Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12.A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13.In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14.Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15.Be gentle with the earth.

16.Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17.Remember that the best relationship is one in which your each other exceeds your need for each other.

18.Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19.Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. [Source]


Words, thoughts, ideas; they all come into our lives at just the right moments for us and after reading the instructions above, I realized that I still have so much more to discover about myself. Just when I think I've reached the pinnacle, I find a hidden route that leads me to another corner of my mind. A secret place of inner peace, safe from fear or doubt. The playlist I create below helps to get me back on track, to mediate, to step beyond the present and reflect on the past and plan for the future. Hell, sometimes it just helps me to fall asleep (LOL!), which is something that isn't very easy when you've got a to-do list of 501 things to accomplish. Nonetheless, this music motivates me to keep on going. To keep on reaching for that inner peace. Maybe it will do the same for you. Peace & Blessings...




posted by Soulfull @ 8/06/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




Demanding Justice for the Jena 6

I learned of this case over here and as Huffington Post is reporting, online activism is definitely helping to bring attention to this terrible crime being committed against these six black males...
Dear friend,

I just learned about a case of segregation-era oppression happening today in Jena, Louisiana. I signed onto ColorOfChange.org's campaign for justice in Jena, and wanted to invite you to do the same.

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=1804-220507

Last fall in Jena, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."

A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place." But it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the story has gotten minimal press. Together, we can make sure their story is told and that the Governor of Louisiana intervenes and provides justice for the Jena 6. It starts now. Please join me: http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=1804-220507

The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were later arrested for the theft of the gun.

That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "nigger." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital, but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.

Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.

Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years. Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.

The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. But if we act now, we can make a difference.

Join me in demanding that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/?id=1804-220507


Thanks.


I found another petition here. With over 11775 signatures, it's imperative that you add your name to this growing list as well!

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963



Slanted coverage by NBC News:


Learn more about this case via the following video: Democracy Now!

Learn more about other cases that need your support today: Color of Change Campaigns

posted by Soulfull @ 8/04/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post




A Techie Moment: The Digital Newstand

I love all things computer and technology-related, so I was a bit intrigued by the story regarding the digital newsstand. It's like a taste of The future today...

Scott Walker, assistant editor at the Birmingham News, has found a truly unique use for his Mac mini. Using an old newspaper vending rack found on eBay, a 17-inch LG LCD display, some rope lighting, a Mac mini and some AppleScript, Scott was able to create a digital newsstand that delivers a constant stream of current headlines to his living room, and look extremely cool while doing it.

An iCal alarm wakes the mini each morning and sets in motion an AppleScript which takes some screenshots of various online newspapers (including the Birmingham News, of course), crops them (using GraphicCoverter), then launches a PhotoPresenter slideshow of the pics complete with transitions. The result is geekery at its finest. Check out Scott’s YouTube video (below) to see the device in action. [Source]



Can you imagine walking down the sidewalk and seeing one of these things? Not to mention being able to purchase the latest digital copy and uploading it to some device. Hmm, there's a lot of potential here, but I definitely couldn't see this thing sitting anywhere inside of home. Now that's a bit awkward.

posted by Soulfull @ 8/04/2007 Add to GlobalGrind! , links to this post


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