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LEGENDARY HORROR MOVIE DIRECTOR WES CRAVEN DIES AT 76

Horror genre legend Wes Craven passed away Sunday evening. The creator of Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, and Last House On TheLeft, just to name a few, succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 76. The writer/director was responsible for many nightmares as the father of Freddy Kruger and then for latter generations, Ghost Face. Even though his mind and imagination will live on for generations to come, it's a sad day for Hollywood and scary movie lovers everywhere. Craven is survived by his wife and two children.

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Is Your Bucket Full?

  
Is Your Bucket Full?

Some of the most profound advice and wisdom that I have ever received on life and living has come from children.

When my nephew was 5 years old he and his grandmother (my Mom) got into a heated debate. He wanted to watch what he wanted to watch on the nice new TV that my brother and I got her for her birthday while jumping on her bed. She was usually quite patient with his antics because he was just so darn cute, but this time she just couldn't take it anymore. Needless to say, the disagreement ended with him in tears when he caught her off guard by saying,

"Grandma, you tipped my bucket."

"What?" my mother said, not familiar with the term that he had used.

"I said, you tipped my bucket."

"Well, what does that mean?" She asked.

"When you make someone angry or upset, you tip their bucket, so you say you're sorry to fill their bucket back up."

Needless to say, she was sold on the idea, so they hugged and made up after which he said,

"Thank you Grandma, now my bucket is full."

Wow! If only adults could make it that simple. We argue, hold grudges, talk behind each others backs, post on Facebook and do everything else short of addressing the issues at hand directly. In his own simple way my nephew introduced my mother to a method to use to reframe conflict. They discussed how each of their behaviors affected the other person, they acknowledged one another's feelings, and they came up with a plan together for moving forward.

When I called for an interview he had no comment, so I asked him to call me back the next day and with reluctance and a little coercion from my mother he did just that. The few words that he did have for me left a major impact...

"Aunt Munka (His pronunciation of my name at that time), We want to be bucket fillers."

Enough said.

This week I encourage you to take my nephew's advice. Face it. Address it. Communicate about it. Become a bucket filler


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Alternative/R&B: The Internet - "Girl" (Live)

  
Alternative/R&B: The Internet - "Girl" (Live)



Above: Watch The Internet do a live in-studio version of "Girl" for KCRW. Like it? You can get the single and more dopeness on The Internet's LP "Ego Death" (out now, linked via earlier post below).

THE INTERNET - EGO DEATH



via: http://www.jayforce.com/rb/alternativerb-the-internet-girl-live


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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in thrilling main event

  
Santa Cruz defeats Mares in thrilling main event

In front of a jam packed crowd in The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, featherweight Leo Santa Cruz may have gotten some of the pressure off his back as he defeated his toughest foe to date, Abner Mares. "...we had to box him and that is what we did." said a joyful Santa Cruz after the fight.

Mares who rushed Santa Cruz to start the fight worked out of a clinch early and often in the first two rounds, but the third saw a change. Santa Cruz was able to assert distance and keep Mares off as it appeared Mares didn't find the punches of Santa Cruz too fondly. Even though the bout stayed competitive, it appeared from my perspective that Mares near made the second adjustment - it might have been as simple as he felt that Santa Cruz would break from the pressure and didn't expect Santa Cruz to mount his adjustment.

Nonetheless, Mares fought the rest of the fight trying to make the fight rough, but to no avail as he was often frustrated by Santa Cruz's ability to use reach or clinch when Mares worked inside.

The judges scored the bout 117-111 Santa Cruz, 114-114 and 117-111 Santa Cru


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Santa Cruz-Mares Weigh In Results

  
Santa Cruz-Mares Weigh In Results

Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles
TV: ESPN

Leo Santa Cruz 124.8 vs. Abner Mares 125.2
(vacant WBA “super” featherweight title)
Hugo Ruiz 121.4 vs. Julio Cesar Ceja 121
(WBC interim super bantamweight title)
Alfredo Angulo 163 vs. Hector Munoz 159.8

Alejandro Luna 135 vs. Sergio Lopez 134.2
Jessie Roman 144.2 vs. Hector Serrano 143.2
Brian Castano 158.4 vs. Jonathan Batista 158.2
Alan Castano 157 vs. Thomas Howard 156.4
Anthony Flores 142.8 vs. Curtis Morton 139.8
Paul Mendez 160 vs. Andrik Saralegui 161
Antonio Santa Cruz 114.4 vs. Isaiah Najera 116.


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R&B: Tiara Thomas - "Mary Jane" (Prod. By Ryan Ryghteous Tedder) [Video]
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Let's review the setting for the perfect Tiara Thomas music video for "Mary Jane" (produced by Ryan Ryghteous Tedder). Hazed out cluttered up basement hangout with the gaming console and low lighting and such. Dudes goofing about 'Half Baked' style, about to dig in and light up... and on the tube, Tiara Thomas... infomercializing the hell out of some 'Magic Spray'... waitwhat???

EXACTLY! Weed-head situation giving rise to a WTF moment. Setting set. Now, the video can begin! Watch above. You can cop the "Up In Smoke" EP by following the link below if you like.

TIARA THOMAS - UP IN SMOKE (EP)











via: http://www.jayforce.com/rb/rb-tiara-thomas-mary-jane-prod-by-ryan-ryghteous-tedder-video


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On The Mark, Lets Vet and Grow:  Women Have Been Socialized to Be Emotional About Sex..... but for a



Hmmm... intercourse has a purpose. I agree, women have been socialized to be emotional about sex but there is a reason. It's nothing to do with love, independence, even pleasure, those are tools. Sex is fundamentally a means of replenishment, it has been converted to a strategy of resource under the guise of love, independence and pleasure. Labor, body parts, innovation and invention are not just abstract by products, they are the reason for the cultivation of this mindset. When the naturally occurring result of sex happens, if it is not "desired, protected, and properly cultivated" it is often abandoned or neglected, made available to others for other uses. Women get abortions, the tissue and body parts are reallocated for use by others. Children get abused, neglected or abandoned, many end up as laborers, quite often in penal institutions. The mindset of socially emotionalized sex facilitates the reallocation and absorption of vital resources our community needs. The break down of our relationships and families, and our agreement and compliance with this method of division enhances, exacerbates our vulnerability as a whole, not just the "independent, intelligent individuals". Intelligence is just the ability to learn, all living beings, flora or fauna have it, they can be "taught". Thought, which is actual matter, is the ability to create. The conversion of our thought matter through the use of intelligence facilitates and supports the creations of those who used thought to convert it using methods of intelligence. Ijs...

-Ayeshah Lockwood
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via: http://www.blacktopia.org/2015/08/on-mark-lets-vet-and-grow-women-have.htm


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Hotel Clermont (Trailer) [NSFW]

  
Hotel Clermont (Trailer) [NSFW]
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The Clermont Hotel on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta closed in 2009. But those who know know the internationally known basement strip club is still up and running. This documentary trailer teases (get it) the full story of the counter culture establishment frequented by bands, true ballers and all kinds of folk throughout history. Not just talking about the club below, but the scoop on residents who rented rooms above. True ATL history here. Hit the pic above or the link below to watch the trailer, then wait with anticipation like the rest of us.

Had to give it the Not Safe For Work label due to some brief nudity... There is a strip club there after all, sooooo...

HOTEL CLERMONT (TRAILER)













via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/hotel-clermont-trailer-nsfw


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Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference Quotes

  
Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference Quotes

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

With just days to go until their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown, Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) faced-off at the final press conference at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Thursday before they enter the ring at Staples Center on Saturday. Fighters participating on Saturday night’s undercard were also in attendance at Thursday’s press conference including exciting Mexican brawlers Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KOs) and Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26 KOs) who meet in a super bantamweight world title bout that opens the PBC on ESPN telecast.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday:

Leo Santa Cruz: “This is my dream since I was small. I wanted to be the main event and I worked hard for it. I never gave up. I’m so excited to be here in my hometown seeing my hard work paying off. I’m well prepared. This is the hardest fight of my career but that’s why I train hard. These are the fights I want because these are the fights the fans want. We’re going to go out with the intention of knocking him out. If we can’t, we’re still going to make a great fight for the fans and find a way to get the victory. I need this win for my legacy and to get to that next level. I’m here to fight the best. Every fighter has a weakness. When we get inside the ring we’re going to find it. We have a great game plan and it’s going to show on Saturday.

“I’m very motivated by keeping my 0 intact. I want to show the world that I deserve to fight the best. If I beat Abner, I can get to that next level. I’m very motivated to go out there and get the win. I think the crowd will be 50-50. We’re both from here so it’s going to be crazy. At the end of the fight it’s going to be rowdy. We’re excited that they’re showing love and we’ll give them a great fight. I can’t wait for Saturday night to give everybody a great show. You don’t want to miss it.”

Abner Mares: “I think I’ve done enough talking. I’ve talked about how I’m going to beat him and I know I’m going to get it done. It’s here. I’m ready to put it to work. I’m going to do what I know how to do, which is fight and give it my all. I’m blessed to be here. I’m excited to be fighting at STAPLES Center. It shows all the hard work I’ve put in. I’m not worried about the crowd and who they’re rooting for. I’m there to make everybody a believer. It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere and I can’t wait. I’ve definitely faced tougher opponents than he has. I’ve been in against legitimate champions. I’m taking him to deep waters. My loss is completely forgotten. In life you have obstacles, especially in this sport. I’m over it. I’m back. This is where I want to be. When I fight guys the level of Leo Santa Cruz it brings the best out of me. It’s time. It’s time to give everybody a “Fight of the Year”. There’s no doubt. I’m going to go in there and have fun.”

Hugo Ruiz: “I’ve worked very hard and conditioned myself to be my very best. This is what I’ve dreamed about since my pro debut. I made my debut eight years ago and this has always been on my list of goals and now I have that opportunity. My opponent is a great fighter. I’m a great fighter. This is everything that I covet. I want to thank Los Angeles for supporting these fighters. It gives me butterflies to think about the big stage on Saturday, but it is really an honor. I’m in spectacular condition to put on a great performance on Saturday. What Ceja and I will do on Saturday is put on a spectacular performance. I promise an amazing fight. The ring will be hot and ready for the main event.”

Julio Cesar Ceja: “I’ve trained very hard and I’m very focused. My conditioning is fantastic. Being on this card means a lot because of two great Mexican warriors that are headlining. This is huge for three reasons: because it’s a world tit


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L.A. Mars - "Memory Lane" (Video)

  
L.A. Mars - "Memory Lane" (Video)
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So we screaming 'F#CK HATERS!'

- L.A. Mars

New Jersey to ATL! L.A. Mars spits heat even in the jazzy reminiscent mode of his flow. The visual for "Memory Lane" above. Hit the website for a FREE download link for the "No Favors" mixtape and more L.A. Mars music.

L.A. MARS - NO FAVORS (MIXTAPE)





via: http://www.jayforce.com/music/l-a-mars-memory-lane-video


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Marvin Gaye Once Tried Out For The Detroit Lions (Video)
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Stop us if you've heard this one: 1968 Detroit Lions standout (and eventual NFL Hall-Of-Famer) Lem Barney was out playing golf near R&B great Marvin Gaye's house and was like 'why not get his address and stop by and meet Marvin?'

No?

Well, we hadn't heard of such either... or that Gaye (a sports fanatic as much as a Motown music phenom) had ambitions for the gridiron... until this ESPN segment. Wow! Watch above.









via: http://www.jayforce.com/rb/marvin-gaye-once-tried-out-for-the-detroit-lions-video


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Objects in Your Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

If you have ever been in a motor vehicle you've probably seen the following message on the side view mirrors, "Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear." This means that while other vehicles, trash cans, bikes and people may seem like they are far away, that are actually much closer to you than you think.

This made me think about life, and how sometimes we don't consider how the people and things that are in our immediate view, are much more closely related to us than we realize. Who and what surrounds you is a reflection of you. We may look at the life or situation of someone else and pass judgement, but if they are within our view, their circumstances might be much closer to our own than we think.

So, before we complain about our boss, significant other, co-workers, friends, children, financial situation or neighborhood, we might want to take a look internally. The very things that we take issue with are closer to us and our behaviors than they appear. They may be a reflection of something that we are putting out into the atmosphere.

The beauty of this process is that it goes both ways. If you see someone around you doing well, and wish you had their blessings or luck or whatever it is that you believe in...those great things may be closer to you than you think as well.

We are often a reflection of our environment and our environment is often a reflection of us. What is in your distant view that you think may have nothing to do with you?

This week I challenge you to take a look in the mirror that is your life. What do you see? The things that are captured in the reflection, the things that you are near or that you allow near to you are closer to you and your reality than they appear. So what will you get or allow near? Get in proximity with those things that add value and drive away from those things that may cause you to crash.

We often look ahead, which is important, but what or who is at your side and behind you may be the very things that are propelling your forward...or holding you back.

Check your side view and your rear view mirrors and move accordingly.


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Santa Cruz-Mares undercard announced

  
Santa Cruz-Mares undercard announced

Mexican power-punchers Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 30 KOs) and Julio Cesar Ceja (28-1, 26 KOs) square off in a super bantamweight world title match as the televised opener for Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on Saturday, August 29 from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The evening’s main event features the highly anticipated featherweight showdown between undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs).

Also featured will be popular Mexican star Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (23-5, 19 KOs), who will compete in a middleweight bout against Hector Munoz (23-15-1, 14 KOs).

Additionally, a slew of top prospects will be featured including local favorites Alejandro Luna (18-0, 13 KOs) who battles Yakubu Amidu (19-7-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight attraction, Jessie Roman (19-2, 9 KOs) who takes on Hector Serrano (17-4, 5 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle and Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs) who squares off against Andrik Saralegui (19-2, 15 KOs) in 10-rounds of super middleweight action.

Further action will see 25-year-old Argentine Brian Castano (12-0, 9 KOs) in middleweight action against the Domincan Republic’s Jonathan Batista (14-6, 7 KOs), plus his brother, 22-year-old Alan Castano (8-0, 5 KOs) taking on 23-year-old Michigan native Thomas Howard (8-4, 4 KOs) in a six-round middleweight bout. Rounding out the action will be fights featuring 25-year-old Anthony Flores (8-0, 5 KOs) out of Los Angeles taking on 32-year-old New Yorker Curtis Morton (3-4-3) in a welterweight battle, and the pro debut of Leo Santa Cruz’s cousin Antonio Santa Cruz who takes on Isaiah Najera (0-1)in a four round bantamweight bout


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Devon Alexander-Aron Martinez agreed in principle

  
Devon Alexander-Aron Martinez agreed in principle

Devon Alexander was heavily rumored to be fighting Diego Chaves on the first Fox Sports 1 card last month, which would of been an IBF eliminator. Apparently, the money was not adequate for the Alexander side.as he is now going in a different direction. Though a venue and network is not secured, it appears the fight will end up on September 18th.

Alexander was last in action in December, losing a one-sided decision to Amir Khan. Alexander recently made the news for a homophobic rant that simply didn't make him look endearing to many


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