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Know what I’m saying?

Who are you really? Who do you model yourself after? Are you a product and accumulation of the behaviors you mimic from television, movies, music and religion? Are you the stereotype characterized in a file cabinet in a county courthouse, or some marketing research firm? Who gives meaning to your…

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Throwback Thursday is a nod to the past

Before the internet age when everything was still analog, and before the era of POV video, Hip Hop existed in the Golden Age. The time of originality, concept and skill is captured in some of these clips from Shades of Hip Hop video mixtapes. This footage is part of the…

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Why is “White on Black crime” perceived differently among “Blacks”

Some people in the community have wondered why people in the so-called Black community seem more outraged by the Zimmerman acquittal Wilson non-indictment (or Garner choke-hold non-indictment), when in places like Chicago, young teens are murdered more often. That is not an outrageous question first off. It is natural to…

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Nature Edition 4: Liquid

LIQUID High Speed Photography Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the…

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Questions not asked during Ferguson Grand Jury announcement

There were several questions not asked during the Grand Jury announcement in the case of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s homicide of Michael Brown in August of 2014. Although reporters had the opportunity to ask questions, these fundamental inquiries didn’t come up. 1. This question was brought up on the…

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Update on Sales Strategy: Salesmanship Report

Here are the latest updates on Salesmanship Theory from the summer 2014 course in Business Marketing. The following are the transcripts from my class discussions with the professor and other students. For those interested in the most current sales theory click the following link. SALESMANSHIP CLASS DISCUSSION (PDF) To round…

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Tupac speaks about economics

In this clip which is the first MTV interview with Pac as a solo artist, he talks about society and the idea of giving. He also touches on his perception of how Americans should act toward each other. During the interaction he states unequivocally that he considers himself an American…

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A Special Night in Radio: October 31, 1973

When we think about radio, the redundant, over-hyping of the same 20 corporate-backed pop tunes comes to mind. We don’t ever really reminisce about the “Golden Age” of radio. This was a period in the United States between the 1920′s and the 1950′s when radio was the dominant form of…

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Politically Incorrect Ads of the past

Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop…

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What has Deejayin come to?

Is this what some deejays will do to get attention? Who knew that the professions of deejayin had gotten so theatrical. It’s one thing for deejays to be talentless, no skill-having, top 20 playing sell-outs. We don’t even expect deejays to break new music anymore. But this is kinda ridiculous,…

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A Hip Hop Pilgrimage to the Mother Land

There is such a thing as Hip Hop Tourism. And that’s the practical business approach to looking at the recent trip by Switzerland born and raised Hiphoppas from Winterthur. On the other hand this was more like a Hip Hop pilgrimage to the birthplace of Hip Hop, NYC, New York…

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Nature Edition pt3: Up close

Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop…

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Rare footage of KRSONE at Stonehenge

KRSONE at Stonehenge in 2007 with Mondo One backed by words from DJ Supreme and the Teacha speaking on Hip Hop. Are you swayed by the public portrayal of Hip Hop Kulture? Is what you see and hear on television and radio, an accurate portrayal of Hip Hop as a…

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What I watched this week-2

Here’s what I saw this week on YouTube, my go to source for current information and classic content. POLITICAL Let’s start with something serious from Thom Hartman, one of the most underrated political pundits in the media. He is very respected on the left and has a good understanding of…

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Rappers just look like emcees

Rapper Mac Miller was quoted on Vlad TV as having said Golden era music is similar to 2013. His full quote from thestar.com stated; “Artists right now are making some of my favorite music in Hip Hop that’s ever been made, I think that in many years this year will be…

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How my suburban town changed Hip Hop forvever

Introduction In this essay, the importance of our action or inaction as human beings in society, is discussed to remind us that even if we think that we are insignificant, the things we do or don’t do in life have ramifications that we can’t possibly foresee. In this discussion, we…

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Business Marketing Report (1)

This report is comprised of several briefs about subjects being discussed during last weeks research meetings. The topics cover Aging Trends, Management Orientations, Definitions of Learning, The Changing Business of Funeral Homes and Definitions of Margins and Turnover. The report is compiled by Target Media Group / Contact tmg@shadesradio.com Download…

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Hip Hop and Andragogy

As I study Adult Learning, I see more and more how it relates to my life in Hip Hop and how the culture itself, in its True School aspect, is a blueprint of learning. Hip Hop in its best aspects as a cultural expression of Hip Hop elements like Breakin,…

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The Lies Hip Hop Told Me (4): Poverty Pimpin

Many will say that Hip Hop started from the impoverished parts of the inner-city and it did. Hip Hop began out a sense of exclusion and oppression by the upper class in America. The sense of despair and the ambition that came out of it is credited with being an…

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What I watched this week

This week I came across some interesting videos, some of which you might enjoy. Scroll through the list and some might catch your attention, as they did, mine. Here is Tommy Sotomayor’s take on the Ray Rice incident and coverage this week. Also this week I saw some more interesting…

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