Michelle and Hillary at the Democratic National Convention


Just in Case you missed it…

Michelle Obama at the DNC:

Hillary Clinton at the DNC:

Her speech was fabulous and flawless…

I Think I Might Be Obsessed


I might be a tad obsessed with the future of media. I keep finding so many signs I really think I have everything mapped out in my head about where all these media outlets will end up. This video I found provided a very unique and mind bottling perspective. Check it out:

I am going to write a paper on my predictions for school. If you would like a copy I am charging…big bucks! I think I have the key and solution to everyone’s problems with all this new media.

Minorities Becoming Not So Minor


It never really made sense to me that I was called a “minority” when I saw so many people who looked like me as opposed to the “majority.” I always thought that they just didn’t count properly or something! Well seems like our generation is changing the tide once again as the amount of “minorities” under age 20 grow to almost equal the percentage of the “majority.” This is really a historic time period! I am excited to be growing in this world of change.

Check out the article from the NY TIMES:

Minorities Often a Majority of the Population Under 20


Foreshadowing the nation’s changing makeup, one in four American counties have passed or are approaching the tipping point where black, Hispanic and Asian children constitute a majority of the under-20 population, according to analyses of census figures released Thursday.

Racial and ethnic minorities now account for 43 percent of Americans under 20. Among people of all ages, minorities make up at least 40 percent of the population in more than one in six of the nation’s 3,141 counties.

The latest population changes by race, ethnicity and age, as of July 1, 2007, were generally marginal compared with the year before. But they confirm the breadth of the nation’s diversity, and suggest that minorities — now about a third of the population — might constitute a majority of all Americans even sooner than projected by census demographers, in 2050.

continue reading visit…. www.NYTIMES.com

Obama Fashion Fund Raiser


In honor of Michelle Obama who as of recent has been recognized by the fashion world for her style a group of fashionistas hosted an event– a fashion swap– all to raise money for the Obama campaign. My fabulous mentor Erika Kendrick was one of the hosts. You also got the opportunity to take a professional photo. An organization was there compiling photos of Obama supporters to be published in a book. I was also interviewed by Eirka on camera, as soon as I get that footage I will post it for you all to see. It was a great event. We even had the pleasure of seeing Kersten Stevens perform. She is an extremely talented violinist who actually opened for Barack Obama at a conference recently. I have a video of her performance. Expand this post to view the video and see more photos.

Kersten Stevens:

She killed it for real check out the video I took:

A Glimpse of the Future of Magazines is Esquired


I must say as a fan of magazines and a lover of print I was extremely excited to read that Esquire’s October cover is going to be digital . Everyone is so quick to say print is dead, but really we are at a point of transition, and transformation with everything media. I wrote a paper first semester on the future of magazines. I did a ton of research and asked a few seasoned professionals and came to the conclusion that 20 years from now magazines will still exist in a physical form, but not the way we are used to today. In my paper I explained there will be some type of device that recreates the physical feeling of having a magazine in hand, but receives a “feed” monthly of the new issue. I wrote a post a few months ago speaking about this paper (CLICK HERE- THE FUTURE OF MAGAZINES). My paper was actually part of a group project and we created a book, and each of us focused on a chapter and mine was the future of magazines providing in depth analysis and predictions supported by thorough research of the future of magazines. It is amazing to me that I am beginning to see my predicitons come to light slowly but surely. When I wrote the paper I had no idea that the technology to digitize a magazine already existed.

This post is quite lengthy but if you are a player in the world of media I am sure you love all this info as much as I do. SO….EXPAND this post to view information on Esquire’s revolutionary cover and to view a video of their EIC speaking of his view on innovating magazines.

To commemorate its 75th anniversary, the October issue of Esquire will feature a flexible electronic “paper” cover that allows words and images to scroll across it—a first for magazines, according to parent company Hearst.

In order to make the cover seem as much like paper as possible, E Ink used a flexible plastic to bind the device instead of glass, which is traditionally used in other LCD devices, Peruvemba said.

Creating the industry’s first magazine with an EPD cover doesn’t come cheap. While Hearst declined to reveal the final price tag, the publisher helped offset the cost by selling the inside cover ad to Ford, which also will utilize the EPD technology.

Hearst is also hoping to offset costs by upping the cover price. The special anniversary issue, only available on newsstands, will sell for $5.99—two dollars more than its normal cover price.

E Ink company– http://www.eink.com/

articles– http://www.foliomag.com/2008/technology-behind-esquire-s-electronic-anniversary-cover

Amazing…he thinks like me:

Some of the covers he mentions are below. I love how the text makes your eyes jump! To view their entire cover gallery clickHERE

Charles Hamilton in the LATIMES


I smile every time I see a new photo or a new interview with Charles. Why? Not only because I am happy for him but because its AUTHENTIC. Its real…not once have I read or seen anything about him that wasn’t true. Nothing about him is fabricated or made up or “packaged” he is just being himself and that is rare these days. Check out the article in the LATIMES expand post to read on….

QUOTE from the article:
“Kids are looking for that authentic depth that I think Charles brings,” says Interscope marketing chief Chris Clancy. “Now more than ever, as the genre’s slowly molding and rearranging itself, that’s very attractive.”‘

expand post to read on….

Charles Hamilton is arriving with rhyme

His ways with words and sound make him a unique talent. The music industry has noticed. Is stardom next?

By Camilo Smith, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

July 19, 2008
CHARLES HAMILTON sits back on a couch at a Los Angeles recording studio, marveling at the pink security wristband he received earlier in the evening while backstage at “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” where he accompanied Pharrell Williams and his band, N.E.R.D. It’s impressive company for the 20-year-old performer, who’s been hailed as one of the most important new rappers to emerge in years.

But Hamilton, who loves the color pink and video game character Sonic the Hedgehog, says he doesn’t lay claim to any particular genre. “Don’t call me a pianist. Don’t call me a guitarist . . . a bass player,” Hamilton says. “Call me a musician because I communicate via music. And if there’s a word for somebody that communicates with sound, I’d be that.”

Hamilton’s progressive production style, mixed with witty compound punch-line raps, is earning him a following in the music industry. Executives at Interscope Records not only signed Hamilton to a deal in March but also gave the performer his own imprint, Demevolist Music Group. Super-producer Williams, in a May radio appearance on New York’s Hot 97, gave a shout-out to Hamilton, calling him a “monster.”

The term might have something to do with Hamilton’s ability to free-associate rhyme for what seems like an endless amount of time, as he did as a guest on L.A.’s Power 106 radio station recently. A popular Internet video shows him holding his own in a cipher — a circle in which rappers test one another’s rhyming ability — with Kanye West and the Game at the Record Plant recording studio near Hollywood.

“He’s the best artist I’ve found in five years,” says Joe “3H” Weinberger, the Warner Music executive who helped usher in the careers of 50 Cent and Soulja Boy. “Charles excited me because he’s sincere, extremely talented and doesn’t do anything but be himself.”

Hamilton has spent the last few years building up a fan base, regularly blogging on MySpace, which he says is a great deal like rapping in terms of telling stories in as few lines as possible. He’s also released the same sort of self-produced mix-tapes that helped Lil Wayne cultivate the kind of following that can propel an artist to platinum status.

“Even if it’s just 12 people [downloading the music], those 12 are big mouths, and they go spread it to other people, so a lot more people hear the music than people in the industry would believe,” Hamilton says.

Hamilton was perhaps an unlikely candidate to became rap’s hottest rising star. Born in Cleveland, he moved to Harlem with his mother, a former music journalist, at the age of 5 and began playing piano at his local church as a child. Growing up, he learned guitar and found creative inspiration in the work of his third cousin, rapper MC Lyte.

“He’s been in the mix at a very early age, and I think I started to really notice it, maybe when he was between 9 and 12,” Lyte says.

But his adolescence was fraught with turmoil. At age 16, he began using drugs, including a two-week heroin binge. “It was like a healthy escape, ironically enough,” Hamilton says. “Once I tried [heroin] a few times, I saw how I could easily get caught up in that. It got to a point where I was denying reality.”

For two years he was essentially homeless, sleeping on friends’ couches, the train, in his high school gym. His song “My Wonderful Pink Polo” is about his favorite piece of clothing during that time. “That’s all I used to have was a pink Polo, my jeans and my sneakers. I used to huddle myself under my Polo with a big coat on the train,” Hamilton recalls.

He’s unwilling to go into much more detail about that period — “I want people to get to know me before they know about all the dark stuff in my life,” Hamilton says — but it unquestionably shaped a part of his identity and informs his music still.

“Kids are looking for that authentic depth that I think Charles brings,” says Interscope marketing chief Chris Clancy. “Now more than ever, as the genre’s slowly molding and rearranging itself, that’s very attractive.”

Back in that recording studio just off Santa Monica Boulevard, he demonstrates his facility with the popular Fruity Loops music production program. He spent minutes sampling TV on the Radio’s “Staring at the Sun,” speeding it up, playing it on the studio’s speakers and formulating lyrics in his head and on his BlackBerry. Then he stepped into the recording booth and unleashed catchy raps with the sample as the hook.

Hamilton’s already completed two mix-tapes here — one compiled and mixed by Power 106′s DJ Skee, who gave Hamilton his first radio appearance, and DJ Green Lantern, formerly the mix-tape DJ for Eminem’s camp and the touring DJ for Jay-Z.

“He just has all the intangibles that make a great MC: lyrics, delivery, style, charisma, presence on a track,” DJ Skee says. “Beyond [that], he’s not a gangster, drug dealer . . . or any of the typical traits people give to a hip-hop artist.”

Both compilations are available free on the Internet and showcase the myriad influences on Hamilton’s style, including heavy sampling from the soundtrack to Sega’s original 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog video game.

“I always felt like there was no life without sound,” Hamilton says. “And Sonic obviously means sound, and hedgehog is buried underground. Which means that I’m buried into sound, music and it comes full circle, like a Sonic the Hedgehog loop.”

Hamilton’s full-length debut doesn’t have a release date yet, but he’s planning more straight-to-Web offerings in the coming months in the hopes of replicating some of Lil Wayne’s commercial success.

“The mad scramble to replicate what Wayne has done, it absolutely puts pressure on everybody,” says Interscope’s Clancy, though he’s quick to add that Hamilton’s career will live and die by his creative output, not just clever marketing.

“You can’t make somebody else Lil Wayne by copying what he did.”

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