|Sat, January 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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)
DOWNLOAD: CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND BILL ADLER TO CREATE A DIGITAL HIP-HOP ARCHIVE
|Sun, October 26, 2014 at 9:04 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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..
|Fri, September 26, 2014 at 8:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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
|Mon, July 07, 2014 at 4:51 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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.)
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: www.BeCrystalClear.net
written by: CL Reed
BCC - Small Business Management Services
(The Entrepreneur's & Small Business Concierge)
Helping You Upstart & Grow Your Business
|Mon, July 07, 2014 at 4:36 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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
|Wed, June 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Image Credit: TODAY.com screenshot
Unlike most 9-year-olds who are concerned with getting adjusted to the fourth grade and navigating through elementary school hallways, Jaden Newman is far ahead of the game with a talent that's putting her on the radar of one of the nation's biggest universities for sports.
Last week, Newman spent three hours touring the University of Miami, where the school's women's basketball coach urged the young athlete to keep the university in mind when it comes time for her to narrow down her college options.
Despite only being in the fourth grade, Newman, who stands at 4-foot-7-inches, has already played two seasons on the girl's high school varsity team at Downey Christian School in Orlando. Her basketball performance against teenagers almost twice her age has gained national attention, with Newman averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 assists per game.
"It did surprise me a little bit," her father and the coach of her basketball team, Jamie Newman, told TODAY.com. "When I first got the call [from Miami assistant coach Derrick Gibbs], I thought it was for my son. I understand why, though, because she has an amazing skillset at 9 years-old, and her potential is through the roof."
Newman is believed to be the youngest player ever to get recruited by a Division 1 college program.