November and sharing our 30 Days of Thanks: [Day 1] Outlets that spread positivity and inspire us
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, November is a great opportunity to spend 30 days of reflection on the things we are thankful for. No matter the circumstance we may currently be in, when we close our eyes in this moment everything is okay. No matter how down and out we may be, there's always someone in the world who is in a situation worse than ours. And no matter how little we may have, there are always things we can be thankful for. Happy to kick off my 30 Days of Thanks....
Day 1 of what I'm thankful for.....outlets offering positivity and inspiration
Day 1: In the digital age of the 24-hour news networks, social media, and various digital media streams, it is easier than ever to become overwhelmed with negativity. Whether in our news, our music, our social interactions, we are easily drawn towards the negativity like zombies. But that's not all there is to offer, it only seems like the internet, tv, media, music and arts aren't bringing anything positive....but that's if you're putting in zero effort.
Upworthy is a crowd-sourced outlet that offers inspirational, positive, and uplifting videos, articles, pictures, and tidbits. Upworthy reminds us of the good in the world, and I agree, it's nice to be reminded of the good in the world.
Here's a great example of the inspiration they share, a video of a bus driver who saw a woman standing on the wrong side of the guard-rail on a bridge...knowing he could risk his job, he stops to speak to the woman and convinces her to come back over and sits and comforts her. A true hero and a very inspiring person (**warning: this video will make you cry).
TED Talks (www.TED.com): "Ideas Worth Spreading", Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world
I stumbled upon TED talks a few years back and they have grown quite a bit over the past few years. TED, or Technology Entertainment Design, is a non-profit conference/lecture series (started in 1984) that offers FREE "talks" from very inspiring and remarkable people
One of my personal favorites is the Tony Robbins "Why We Do What We Do" from 2007.
Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that control and influence us. Check out www.ted.com for many more inspiring, educational, entertaining videos from some very inspiring people.
[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)
Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)!
Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!
Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions
We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!
In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system.
LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.
New Music Friday! The Workin Class "Through The Storm" ft Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond
The Class got so much love for "All So Simple" & "Oath To The Money", so they decided to drop a new track featuring friends of wC Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond! "Through The Storm", features a dope instrumental by Dree combined with a powerful N^2 hook with thought-provoking lyrics by Malik Diamond & Unknown. The combination is dope, but don't just take my word for it....click the play button and see for yourself!! (Available streaming free on soundcloud & also available as a free download).
Today marks 1 week until the release of Daydream, The Workin Class's sophomore EP, and to celebrate we've released the official tracklist! Check out the update to see the official tracklist, along with the dope album art (c/o the talented Noah Surratt). Is it July 4 yet? Cause I'm ready for the world to hear some new Workin Class!!!! wC^ aToJ^
LoDo may have been a little quiet on the aToJ blogoshere, but we've been hard at work! The month of May was a busy and exciting month, including the second WPRK 91.5 Our Show's "LiveR" hosted at Orlando/Winter Park's very own hip hop community center The BBoy Spot. June is set to be an even busier month, leading up to the 4th of July release of The Workin Class's sophomore project "Daydream".
Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.