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Celebrity Spotlight: Kevin Hart

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Amongst comedians, standup comedy is a rite of passage before entering the film and television entertainment industry. From Richard Pryor to Ricky Gervais, standup comedy weeds out the truly talented funny men from the short-lived talents.
                In America, the roots of standup comedy can be traced all the way back to the vaudeville era of the 1880s. Frank Fray a famous vaudeville performer and comedian was the first ‘master of ceremonies’ for the New York Palace Theater. Fray is credited as the forefather of the 20th century standup comedy style. Since then, nightclubs and lounges have become the breeding ground for aspiring comedians.                 Standup comedy is literally a one man show. It is intimate and person because all there is between a comic and the audience is opportunity and a microphone. What that comic does with that opportunity separates a legendary comedian from a weaker one. Keenan Ivory Wayans, a notable comedian, writer, and director once said, “A l…

Sweet Heat Miami 2012 Workout Regiment

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Since the middle of last week I began a rigorous exercise and diet program to drop some unnecessary weight on my body. The only thing to thank for my mental focus and determination is a trip I will be taking to Miami, Florida in the first week of May. 
For the diet, I purchased GNC Lean Meal Replacement Shakes which I take twice a day. I also purchased a natural dietary supplement from GNC called Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA. "Linoleic acid may help your body increase muscle and decrease fat deposits. It can be helpful for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis,skindisorders, and immune function. Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is an enzyme that breaks down fat you eat and stores it in your body. CLA hinders LPL, so your body stores less fat. CLA also helps destroy fat cells before your body stores them, and it helps turn fat into energy." I am also taking a standard fish oil for overall health.  A friend of mine recommended this to me, and I hoping to see some results in the month I have…

There is NO Passion in Being Content

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At the present moment I'm conflicted, torn, and disenchanted. I have family that I love, but they do not love themselves.

I am forever in search of something better, something to satisfy this urge I have to be better. I was once told that I will never reach that point because humans are never satisfied. We have evolved from ape to our present state, and that would not have been possible if we had reached satisfaction at discovering fire.




Then how can those that I surround myself with be so content with nothing more than mediocre? Average in every way, superb in only the ability to do nothing. She will never read this, but I will know that it was written.

Maybe I should reevaluate my circle...

Does 'Going Pop' Mean Selling Out?

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Pop music is an even blend of the five major genres of music: urban, dance, rock, latin and country. Pop music is aimed at the majority of music listeners and appeals to the general audience. Pop music encourages dancing, light-hearted fun, and has little to do with lyrical content. Pop music gets heavy mainstream radio play, and is usually easily memorized. Pop music is simply popular music for the contemporary music listener. With all of these positive qualities, why has pop music become something to be scorned? The instant an artist crosses over from one genre of music to pop music, they are ridiculed and ostracized. “How are you all gone stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball music?” said R&B veteran Eryka Badu in a recent tweet. “We don’t own our music [any] more.”
                Although Badu cites ‘pop techno cornball music’ she is really having issues with artists that broaden their musical spectrum to touch the mainstream audience. Artists like Badu, re…

All Mixed Up

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There was a rule, well, more of a standard that became accepted years ago during the Civil Rights movement. The rule was dubbed the 'one drop rule', and it meant that any individual with one drop of African-American blood was considered a full-blooded African-American. Until the 20th century, this was considered a law. Of course this is not totally true, and it just shows the racial climate during these times.
"It should now be apparent that the definition of a black person as one with any trace at all of black African ancestry is inextricably woven into the history of the United States. It incorporates beliefs once used to justify slavery and later used to buttress the castelike Jim Crow system of segregation. Developed in the South, the definition of "Negro" (now black) spread and became the nation's social and legal definition. Because blacks are defined according to the one-drop rule, they are a socially constructed category in which there is wide variati…