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Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill To Be Added To Library Of Congress

It's been nearly 20 years since Lauryn Hill released her critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning solo debut The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. That very album has been selected to enter the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, a spot saved for culturally and historically significant work.

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Cornell University And Bill Adler To Create A Digital Hip-Hop Archive (Audio)

Aaliyah, Ace Hood, the Afros, Ali D, Arrested Development: In Bill Adler's extensive collection of Hip-Hop history, some of the genre's biggest names are arranged next to lesser mainstream artists.

Adler was the founding publicity director of Def Jam Records. One of his first assignments was getting pop music critics at daily newspapers to cover one of the label's new artists, LL Cool J. He worked at Def Jam for six years, before going independent and later running a gallery devoted to Hip-Hop photography. From these ventures, he accrued a massive archive, which lived in a storage space in the basement of his building until he sold the collection to Cornell University last year. Soon it will also live online

Adler sent Cornell University 500 vinyl recordings, an impressive collection of books in several languages and roughly 100,000 newspaper and magazine articles about rap and Hip-Hop...

(more, including a FREE download of the "All Things Considered" segment on NPR, via the download link that follows)



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New Mixtape: The Education of ELLIS


The highly anticipated album "The Education of ELLIS" from Baltimore M.C. ELLIS; Inspired by the film THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON. Featuring Styles P., AL GREAT, LEGIN & Stan Green. Production...


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100 Orgasms A Day: Freak Accident Leaves Man With Debilitating Disorder (Video)
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You read the title. It brought you here. A hundred orgasms a day...debilitating???

It is unbelievable, but the video segment above will help you believe...and understand. But before you completely understand, your disbelief may give way to a couple of chuckles. You're human, and this is a very strange thing. One that will likely make you uncomfortable and maybe frighten you a bit; a real example of too-much-of-a-good thing made all too real. It is not good.

Read on. Meet Dale. Try to understand.

A heartbroken man suffers from 100 orgasms each day - but does not enjoy a single one. Dale Decker is the first man to ever speak publicly about Persistent Genital Arousal Syndrome - a condition he developed in September 2012 when he slipped a disc in his back while getting out of a chair. On his way to the hospital he suffered his first five orgasms and has been given no respite from them since. The painful pelvic episodes have left him housebound and isolated through fear of suffering a public orgasm. Dale lives in Two Rivers, Wisconsin with his wife April and two sons Christian, 12 and Tayten, 11. While she does everything she can to support him, April, 33 is finding Dale's condition just as hard to live with as he is. The horrific condition has cost Dale many of his friends and the relationship he shares with his sons has also been affected. Despite suffering from a near constant erection Dale and April rarely have sex.


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Giving time back to neighborhood thru music and education

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The Monica Marie Jones Show Podcast

The Monica Marie Jones Show Podcast

I've been living in Louisville, Kentucky for the month on business. This month away from home was perfect timing because I am facing several changes and transitions in my personal and professional life. During my days here I have spent a lot of time alone reflecting on my past and planning for my future. During this season of self-discovery I've come to the realization that I want to direct all of my focus into the launch of my own show, The Monica Marie Jones Show.

Based on my research I've decided to use podcasting as my platform. I fell in love with podcasts over the past year as they have helped me to learn and grow tremendously. It all started when I stumbled upon the School of Greatness podcast with Lewis Howes. I would listen to one or two of his episodes every day while working out. After a while I noticed that they began to change me for the better. Not only were they extremely inspiring, but they were also very educational in areas such as entrepreneurship and fitness.

Between the podcasts and my recent work as a radio personality for Urban Nation Radio, I made the decision that I'd like to use this popular new platform to entertain, educate, encourage and inspire you. So for the past few weeks I have been working diligently. I have been studying, doing research and I have joined The School of Greatness Academy as well as Podcaster's Paradise (With John Lee Dumas, Host of the Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast). I made these investments in me so that I can deliver a high quality product to you.

I spent all day today writing the business plan. My goal is to launch on January 1, 2015. So please allow me to share my initial vision, mission, show description and goals with you, and let me know what you think. This show is for YOU so I want your input and ideas...


The Monica Marie Jones show will lead listeners to a life of health, wealth and rewarding relationships.


The Monica Marie Jones show is a podcast that inspires listeners to take actions that continuously improve their health, wealth and relationships.


The Monica Marie Jones Show will provide entertaining encouragement in the areas of business, fitness, relationships and finance. Monica will host topic based and interview based episodes highlighting inspiring individuals such as entrepreneurs, authors, artists and everyday heroes who have a journey and a story to share that will motivate the masses. The show will air 7 days a week for 30 minutes to an hour and will include segments such as Monday Morning Motivation, Midweek Motivation, The Urban Storytellers Series and other exciting themes for each day of the week.
Goals (Year 1)

- 1 Million Downloads
- 1 Million Subscribers


- Listeners Start Businesses or Grow Their Existing Businesses
- Listeners Start, Continue and/or Complete their Educational Goals
- Listeners Engage in Healthy Relationships
- Listeners Take Steps Toward Treating Mental Health Issues
- Listeners Take Steps Toward Increasing Physical Health
- Listeners Add Value to the Lives of Others and Their Communities
- Listeners Take Steps to Increase Their Financial Literacy and Aim for - Financial Freedom

What do you think?

Please share your thoughts..

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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014

This week is National Mental Illness Awareness Week... The Bible says that people perish because of a "lack of knowledge!" It's time to educate yourself and others... Save a life! #mentalhealth #mentalillnessawarenessweek2014 #depressionisreal #mentalillnessisreal #thereisnohealthwithoutmentalhealth #educateyourself #nikholbjackso

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#DontStealPossible: Questlove DJs At Education Rally In NYC [Photos]

Wednesday (October 2), over 21,000 parents and teachers gathered at Foley Square in New York City to raise awareness around the education crisis plaguing area schools.

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The Return Of The Black Death (Documentary)

The Return Of The Black Death (Documentary)

In the minds of most Westerners, still, the Black Plague triggers thoughts of history lessons, or of movies about the Middle Ages. This is not a modern era illness we face. To oversimplify, the Black Death is supposed to be dead. Well, with recent mainstream reporting about a third world outbreak - and a public health scare as two victims returned to Atlanta (Georgia, USA) for treatment - the West likely experienced a mental software upgrade that re-ranked the disease much higher among the threats to health and chances of survival. However, as is oft the case for mainstream media, another shiny new story came up, and another (Ray Rice, U.S.-led airstrikes...whatever, take your pick); and Western reporters moved on to the next one...on to the next one. But not VICE. This is where VICE lives: Embedded in the hottest areas of stories too dangerous AND too low on the 'this just in' scale of current events for big-budget reporting outfits to care about; usually in faraway places and affecting people who are to far removed from 'us' to care about. THAT is why we f#ck with VICE: Because as a noble reporting institution that could do otherwise, it consistently chooses to find and stay on the stories that thinking and feeling people would indeed care about (or care about longer) if they were told and kept fully informed about them. Like this Black Death that the mainstream news (liberal and conservative leaning) thinks is 'dead' (e.g. a dead story). It is still VERY much alive. And not knowing and keeping up with it could still get lots and lots of us KILLED.

[I]n the fall of 2013, Beranimbo [Madagascar, Africa] had been an epicenter of a black plague outbreak that resulted in nearly 600 cases and more than 90 deaths across the country. Madagascar reports the most instances of the disease in the world. Depending on which century you're talking about, it's perhaps best known as the plague-a scourge generally associated with the Middle Ages, when rats, fleas, and poor hygiene resulted in the deaths of between 75 and 200 million people. The disease remains an enduring threat in third-world nations; public-health watchdogs report up to 2,000 cases a year.

VICE gives a detailed, two-part documentary report and writeup. Watch, starting with part 1 above. Follow the link to read more below; and hit the jump for part 2. Get this knowledge in you like medicine! Folks and the media think the 'curing' of two folks in the ATL is a triumph over what could be considered a 'scary outbreak that happened over there.' Nah, maaan. This thing could hit a city! Thousands to millions of people at risk. Maybe that'd make it 'big' enough to get outbreak coverage again but... as the VICE report adeptly put it: "[H]istory has taught us, by the time ther

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Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - "Power of Yet" (Video)

Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - "Power of Yet" (Video)
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You just didn't get it...yet...

- Janelle Monae, On The "Power of Yet"

Don't you just love Janelle? If not, too bad. We do. And apparently the kids do. PBS and Sesame Street certainly had to love the work she put in for them on this!

If you believe in yourself, you'll get there. That's the power of yet. You might not be ready for outer space yet, but just work hard and keep your eye on the prize and you'll get to where you want to be!


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Activism/Education: The NDAA Explained In 3 Minutes (Video)
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Think all you had to worry about regarding your life and liberty in the United States were possible unknown risks inherent to your food supply, and very known instances of police brutality? Think again. This mini-expo video should give you a quick shake and smack to wake you up to the real dangers of having government-sanctioned arrests, extractions, and detainment without due process (per the National Defense Authorization Act) and nearly no real oversight. This is part of the not-so-beautiful half Homeboy Sandman rapped about America...

Regardless of where on this planet you live, and no matter what your nationality, the fact that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA are still on the books, should disturb you on a fundamental level. If not, give it three minutes.





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What Is Your Street Value? (Courtesy of A Suite Collaboration)

What is your street value? It's whatever you say it is. No one and I mean no one can set or determine that price but you. Learn to "set it and forget it" (in the immortal words of Ronco). Learn to say it with a confident smile. But first, figure out exactly WHAT that value/price is and then dig your heels in. People will balk at what you ask for - that's o.k., they are not who you cater to. Others will not blink - they are your bread and butter, keep them close to the vest, very happy and well taken care of with extra goodies and special treats on occasion (at no extra charge). The squeaky wheel gets the grease and your kindness and niceties to this group of people will go much further in your marketing efforts than any promotional event or flyer ever could because these are your word of mouth Marketing & Promotion team (M&P Team).

If you cannot determine exactly what you believe your dollar value to be, do a couple of things first to begin your calculations (and then if you still can't figure it out - give me a call to set up a Clarity conversation and we will develop that number together). Let's start with the below list. Write a dollar value (or a 'yes') next to each example and this will total up to just the beginning rate of what ballpark you should be charging in (push hard to determine the dollar value and not just a "yes" answer):

Educated in the field your offering
More than five years' experience in the arena
New in the arena
Have a list of happily satisfied customers that wouldn't hesitate to vouch for you
Using personal equipment (computer, printer, phone, camera, etc.)
Purchased software
Using personal office supplies (ink, paper, tape, staples, etc.)
Using personal electricity
Using automobile (gas, insurance, mileage, etc.)
Customer/vendor talking time used (project description, meetings, etc.)
Amount of time spent on project
What are others at your level charging (per: hour, project, day, etc.)

Follow me? This is just your STARTING point, your VALUE goes up from here because you are not out just to make the bare minimum, you are out to make a profit.

Now, you can't very well charge a commanding rate and you aren't very well knowledgeable/educated formally or hands on, have limited experience, not delivering on the goods or can't say yes to 90% of the above! Your professional acumen, demeanor, products, services, quality, attention to details, follow up and follow through must be on point - especially if you want repeat and new business and to spend as little money as possible on M&P because your very satisfied clientele WILL be your M&P Team.

Connect with me today to discover exactly what your commanding value is through a simple Clarity conversation. Also, let's determine how BCC - Small Business Management Services can assist your Entrepreneurial and Small Business endeavors by being your personal Business Concierge.

We will also connect you to the people you should have in your circle of influence by having you discover a different networking activity that you didn't know was possible. Start at "Networking From The Waist - Up!" with us each month. For more information go to:

written by: CL Reed

BCC - Small Business Management Services

(The Entrepreneur's & Small Business Concierge)

Helping You Upstart & Grow Your Business


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You will lose friends after this...

You will lose friends after this...

Who is in your circle of influence?

This question may seem for some to be irrelevant. You may feel that you do not discriminate because discriminating is bad. Well, I am here to shed a little light on that for you. While I do that you will have to go through your mind and take inventory of the people you are currently associated with and welp, things are about to get a bit uncomfortable. So if you want things to remain the same in your life then stop reading this blog post right now....

So you are still here? Well here we go.

You may have heard that you are the sum total of the FIVE, YES 1-2-3-4-5 closest people around you. Now, take a mental inventory of who you are hanging around with, who you are kicking it with, who you roll with and you will learn really quickly what YOU are all about. Sure you will argue that you are all unique individuals, well are all of you unique individuals in a growing forward movement?
Here are some clues to help you out:

What books are you reading? (Not reading any books ummm...)
What classes are you attending?
Where are you networking?
Personally or professionally have you tried any new ventures?
Have you closed off any part of your life and chalked it up to having to do without that part?

If ANY of your responses results in you participating in a routine that causes stagnation, you need to start today doing something different. No matter how very little, do something different. In your current situation ask yourself this question, "How is this helping me gain financial freedom, the relationships I desire, and developing parenting skills." These are just a few of the questions that you should ask yourself.

One of the most effective changes you can make will be to get a better 5 around you. You will not make a huge announcement to the individuals about how they are the rotten apples in your world. But you will need to arrange to be in new places to draw new people your way.

Here are some ways to get a new 5:

By picking up new and different books, those will certainly open you up to new possibilities.
Join a meet up group in your city to meet new people.
Go to a new cafe and talk to strangers, get uncomfortable!

I told you that you will lose some friends with this post. Until next time, Have a Super Day

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Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur

Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur

Dear Wanna Be Entrepreneur,

There are levels to this thing. You don't run out an become an entrepreneur. It's not until you have cried a lot, been shunned some more, and broke down quite a bit that you are at least on the right track.

You have to be prepared to cry often. Sit awake at night because your passion won't let you sleep. You have to forfeit going to some events and doing some things you like because your passion has summoned you. You will not always have the money you want when you want it. You will be tried on every side by every person you need to borrow money from when you are not generating any money. And on top of that you don't know when or if you can pay them back.

Are you a risk taker? If you are not a risk taker then this may not be for you. And you know what? It's alright if it isn't for you. Playing it safe does not make you a smart entrepreneur, it makes you someone who is playing it safe. Entrepreneurs seek and pursue opportunities. They are major problem solvers. They want to make things better for others in some way.

So ask yourself, do you have the stomach to take risks?

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