Erika Flowers

 

Some people are just too talented for words. So here’s a video of the beautiful Erika Flowers.

if you like it please follow her on twitter @erika_flowers and check her website erikaflowers.com

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Royalty Agreement

In an agreement that could pave the way for more varied ways of distributing digital music, three major music trade groups have filed an agreement that sets mechanical royalty rates and standards with an eye toward supporting “cutting-edge business models to help consumers access and enjoy music.”

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Digital Media Association (DiMA) are filing an industry-wide agreement that fully resolves the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) Rate Proceeding under Section 115 of the Copyright Act.

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HITS Daily Double: News.

Matriarchal Success

What does it take for a girl

to succeed in this patriarchal world?

When she was a twinkle in his eye

it took lust

When she was a fire in his loins

it took thrust

When she was a decision for his morals

he was just

When she was defenseless

it took trust

But when it took care, impossibly

she was crushed

Now that girl wounded in pieces

What does she do?

Now that girl wooed as he pleases

She thought she knew

Now That Girl fooled and mistreated

Does she come unglued?

Does she climb atop another Obelisk

Claim a new Ra

Flood and destroy her pyramid

only to lose her

Does she sit as her child dies

Is she akin to Cleopatras imagining

is she Revered like Mary?

or Relegated like Mary Magdalene?

Does she know her ancestor

was a Shaman?

Does she just watch as

manifest destiny happens

What does it take for her to succeed?

Does she require two successful parents

Does she pull herself up by the boot straps

Does she pull herself up by the bra straps

Does she burn her bra & love freely of thought tax

Does she hate the tree & act with a false axe

Is she pantsuits & lawsuits

Is she fishnets & fishscale

Is she blue collar & blue pills

Jerse Shore or Maya Moore Jersey Sales

Is she Pro Life or Pro Love

Is she big girl’s club or Bad Girls Club

Does it take her rape, her pride,

her respect, her objectification,

her humility, her sexuality,

her intelligence, her piece of mind,

her piece of the dream, her morality,

her history, her identity,

HER SOUL to succeed…

And after all that.. is that.. Success?

Art of the MC x Christian Rap

Filmmaker Art Hooker, relative of blues legend John Lee Hooker, is preparing to do for Christian Hip Hop what films such as How to Be an MC and the Art of the MC did for mainstream rap. However instead of just focusing on the technique or the skill involved in the artform he will delve much deeper into the effects the music and movement are having around the world. The film, entitled Unashamed, will chronicle many popular Reach Records artists such as Lecrae, Pro, Trip Lee, KB, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, 1-1-6 Clique and even popular artists outside of the label. Hooker is also hoping to showcase a 37 city tour which culminates in Johannesburg, South Africa.
http://static.hiphopdx.org/video/player.swf
For more on Lecrae see here.

Randumbz- 12 Jul 2011

Sometimes you have the opportunity to tell someone the truth or a lie. And you weigh the pros and cons, the influences and outcomes and make a decision. but no matter what you choose you always wish you had done the opposite. If you tell the truth you have the awful misfortune of them knowing exactly what you said/ did. If you lie you have guilt and that gnawing feeling that they will find out what the truth is. If you sit in silence then they will know something is wrong and depending on the person it is only a matter of time before they address. In most cases a “matter” is a unit of time measured in minutes (if you are a woman) or decades (because us men are clueless and/ or know better). But in the end where is the middle ground? Compromise is usually reserved for those who have a weaker resolve. The question, or challenge rather, then is how to put yourself in a situation where you do not arrive at this opportunity. Being a member of the opinionated generation I am one of those people that would rather say whatever comes to mind in regards to a topic. But people like us form and express these opinions without often giving mind to the second or third order of effect. What happens if this causes this? Or what happens if this is a result of this causing this and affecting that? The end result then is a consequence that we can not fathom and although it made sense to the other party we can not fathom nor do we feel we deserve such a response. Thus the environment that we create for ourselves is self deprecating. Either we don’t get to say what we want for fear of repercussions and stifle our selves into boggy misery or we crush those around us until we have no audience leaving us with the shrill sound of our own voices. So if you know me or someone like me, don’t put me in a position where I have to make this decision. my response to you should always be natural with no fear or regret.

Influence

The wiz and I get into it alot because I don’t like gospel that much. In fact, quite often, it annoys me to almost blasphemous levels. For me, there are some secular songs that have a deeper meaning than anything Kirk Franklin can talk, er, “testify” over. The most influential in my life, and that feels the most heartfelt, is Prayer/ the Convo by DMX off of Its Dark and Hell is Hot… others might argue for Pastor Troy’s Vice Versa or U2’s Beautiful Day. What do you think? #weighin