I really have a lot of respect for Kanye West as an artist and a person. Yes I know, he has had his moments in the media with his temper tantrums. However, he is one of the few artists that is passionate about is craft and art. To put it honestly, he is one of the few people that really says what is on his mind. In addition to that, he really cares about is community. Take his Kanye West Foundation for example. The goal of the foundation is to help kid in schools by providing creative outlets and programs in music for the kids.
Now he has joined a program called ED in 08. What is ED in 08?
Strong American Schools is a nonpartisan public awareness and action campaign offering a voice to every American who supports “ED in 08.” Our goal is to ensure that the nation engages in a rigorous debate and to make education a top priority in the 2008 presidential election. We hope that candidates will offer genuine leadership rather than empty rhetoric and tell voters how they intend to strengthen America’s schools so all students receive the education they deserve.
Check it out and sign up. Let your politicians know how important it is. Because frankly, the education system is not fair across board. A good education not only makes a difference for a kid, but for our whole society.
I have friend since Middle School who now live out east. He has been like a brother to me. He is amazing friend. He is also amazing writer. Check out his new blog called the Drunken-Doodler. It is quite insightful and moving. Here is an excerpt:
Cynic with Flair, as usual, has posted a very interesting post about the Armenia genocide perpetrated by the Turks in 1915. She claims that 500,000+ Armenians perished.
I have to disagree with her.
So many more perished.
This is a dated rendering of my partial family tree.
I can actually trace my lineage back thirty-seven generations.
My daughters can trace their lineage back thirty-eight generations.
The first generation on this family tree is my paternal grandfather.
The next generation is his children and includes my father.
My father is circled in red, and he had two kids.
My big brother and I are the two x-marks.
Many more of my cousins have kids.
If someone were to have killed my grandfather before he ever had any children, one person would not have died but well over thirty today. In time, countless generations would have potentially been forever lost by one act of malice.
Five hundred thousand Armenians did not perish in the genocide perpetuated by the Turks but rather all of the countless generations that would be alive today had the lives of those five hundred thousand Armenians not been ended before their time.
That is the true tragedy of killing another human being….
[Check the caption under picture. Great Journalism there Washington Post. Thanks to The Couch Sessions for this]
With all the hype surrounding Kanye West and 50’s cd this week, I admit have I been suckered by the marketing machine. I do think Kanye’s record is really good (3.5 out of 5); however my man over at ill doctrine, made me step back and think for minute(actually longer). The fact that there is a lot of shallowness in the world. We forget that there are people are doing amazing and creative things to help each other. Instead of sinking money into the stagnate music industry, Jay Smooth gives us ten things to do with our money instead of fueling the marketing machine of the hype between Kanye & 50.
I have been getting a lot of calls on the bed music I have been using during talk breaks. I mean a lot of calls. So for those who want to know what it is, I will tell you.
The song is called A Tribute to Troy by an artist named J. Rawls. The album is called the Liquid Crystal Project which is collection of instrumental cover songs. “A Tribute to Troy” is covering Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s classic track “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
J.Rawls’ production is best known for his work with Black Star, a rap group formed by Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
J.Rawls – A Tribute to Troy
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
It has been a while since I have done one of these. Now I am running three blogs: the one you reading now, the newly designed Rhythm Lab blog and RadioMilwaukee’s newest blog about Milwaukee Music called 414 Music.
Why do I bring this up? Well it has something to do with the site of the day. It is a kind of blogging tool; however, it is more than that. Think of it as a site that you can track your life experiences, dreams, photos, videos, etc. and then share it with your family. Then having other family and friends do the same and then connect with each other.
The site is called Story of My Life. I think this is a great idea. Among all the other features I mention, the one I am really interested in trying is the ability to build a family tree and connect with family stories. This site maybe a good tool to help families communicate and grow together. It is like a family scrapbook on steroids.
What also makes it great you can make it private so only the people you want to see it, see it.
Give it shot and let me know what you think. Maybe other ways of using this tool.
The company even started a non-profit called Story of My Life Foundation (original). Where the goal of this foundation to promise that your life story will be there forever.
The Story of My Life Foundation™ is a not-for-profit
entity who manages the content related to the
Story of My Life website. Our Mission Statement
To collect and keep people’s Legacies, in the form of
Stories and corresponding files, forever.
To assure this data is accessible online forever.
To respect people’s privacy wishes regarding their
To capture the Story of every person on earth.
To sponsor Story pages for those who otherwise may not have
means to do so.
Also check out ourstory.com (A similar site that uses a collaborative timeline).