9 Million Plus Views as Rapper J Kord Brings Rap Back to G*d D*mn Basics


jkordNot many young, upcoming rap artists can garner over 9 million views of a video on Worldstar Hip Hop. But J Kord has done just that. His video hit “God Damn” has hit the 9 million views mark and continues to rise.

Working with freshman year producer Ruben Ocean, J Kord recently released his debut mixtape, “Owl God,” and it’s worth a listen.

J Kord sounds like a major power player already. His tracks are dead on with professionalism and a sweet track. “God Damn,” full of gorgeous young women and dope lyrics, is professional and well-produced.

J Kord is definitely on the way up…keep an eye on this guy.

Waka Flocka & Me: How a 53-Year-Old White Woman went Viral with Rapper Waka Flocka Flame


wakadiannejpg2In June 2013 I went viral about rapper Waka Flocka Flame. My blog post, “How a Waka Flocka Concert Ended My Marriage & Saved My Life,” went viral within one day of my posting it.

It was terrifying. I had no idea it would receive so many retweets, shares, likes, hates and lol’s. I started reading the comments by trolls and was immediately mortified. (But I read all the postivie comments, and I appreciate them!)  I also realized I had left a lot of my personal information out there.

I panicked and actually deleted the initial post. After cleaning up all my social media accounts, I reposted the article. I still get comments and emails from it.

A post written from the heart, about how the ex’s nastiness about me attending a Waka concert was the death blow to our marriage, was suddenly all over the internet. Waka himself retweeted it and then Bow Wow was asking Waka about me on 106 & Park.

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Waka also put the article from The Source on his InstaGram account:
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Waka himself tweeted this after my blog went viral:

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I met some great people because of it, and many thanks to Waka for NOT humiliating me, but being supportive about it.

Below is a compilation of some of my viralness. Warning: Seems a 53-year-old white woman who likes Waka is an easy target for some people. Proceed with caution!

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Various other online versions of my story

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#SQUAD!

5 Reasons Why Actor Casper Van Dien is Awesome


1. He starred in one of the best sci-fi movies of all time, “Starship Troopers.” And his name in the movie was “Johnny Rico.”

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2. He’s married to a real-life princess, gorgeous actress Catherine Oxenberg.

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3.  Van Dien Avenue in Ridgeway, NJ, is named for his great-great-greandfather.

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4. He and his wife support ChildHelp, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and treating child abuse victims.

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5.  He’s almost supernaturally handsome.

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EXCLUSIVE: Chicago Rap King CEO Opens Up With Real Talk


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I am again honored to have the opportunity to interview one of rap’s rising young artists, CEO. This Chicago native is climbing the charts and spreading his sound all over the airwaves and social media. He graciously took some time to share a little of what’s going on with him and his music.

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Tell us what’s happening with your mixtape “WallStreet Drama.”
As of now the Mixtape is finished & ready to be released later next month!!


How did you come to name this new mixtape “WallStreet Drama”?

I wanted to keep things affiliated with my name because I feel as though I’m strictly about business but at the same time can handle a tough situation.


You’re currently #15 on the ReverbNation charts…that’s a real honor! How did you feel when you found that out?

Thanks. Yes it is a great honor. I felt like my hard work is not being overlooked!


You have over 16,000 likes on Facebook. That’s pretty amazing! How do you think you got so many likes?

I have so many likes all because I Network — Network — Network!

 

If you had to choose Facebook or Twitter, which one would you choose and why?
I would say Facebook simply because of the wide audience that it has & so many different things you can do.

 

378868_261629390568290_645153739_nWho would be your ideal partners on a mixtape? Who would you like to work with the most?
I would love to work with Chris Brown, Drake, Future. On the production I would say Young Chop & Mike Will.

 

Your new Single “Fresher Than You” is awesome. You worked with super producer J Staffz on it, what was it like working with him?
Thanks, I’m glad you like the record! It was a pleasure working with him. I really appreciate that he’s promoting the record & standing behind it.

What advice can you give to young artists coming up through the ranks? What should they be doing to succeed?
GRIND!!! A hustle without grind will not succeed!!!!

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Thanks, CEO! We wish you continued and ongoing success! Check out CEO online at:

Rockstar Games “Grand Theft Auto V” needs consoles for the disabled!


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I have a wonderful pal named @TheTrue619. He has some limitations in his life, but playing video games isn’t one of them! He plays video games WITH HIS FEET! He is a devoted gamer and awesome person.

Grand Theft Auto V is out, and like all gamers, @TheTrue619 is over the top about playing. BUT…the game consoles are very difficult for him to operate. He is trying to find someone who can help him get a console that he and other disabled gamers can operate more easily…can you help?

Please contact anyone who might be able to help. Thank you!

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God the Drunk: How Modern Christians Have Turned God Into the Alcoholic Father in Their Dysfunctional Family


randylewisSP_450x350Like the enabling mother in a dysfunctional family, modern Christianity has changed history and created lies in their attempt to ‘cover’ for a God of their own making and choice.

I’m not talking about the likes of Westboro Baptist Church, those wily attorneys who disguise their profit-based litigiousness with insane protests and hate-mongering. I’m talking about the majority of evangelical Christians today. You know, the ones who believe that the earth is only 4,000 years old and back then, Jesus rode a dinosaur.

Think about it. The majority of American Christians today (at least the ones that watch Fox News) have completely disregarded the historical truth, science and beliefs of the world and have created a God of their own making. This is not the God familiar to those in historical times, or even the 1800s. This is a new, troubled and truly nasty God.

Consider that in an alcoholic family, the alcoholic/their addiction is the “elephant in the room.” The entire family dysfunctional belief system hinges on the attempt to convince the family that Dad’s outrageously selfish, destructive and abusive behavior is normal. Through perhaps no fault of her own, good old Mom has accepted Dad’s/God’s abusive behavior as correct and natural. She then spends the rest of her life trying to convince herself and everyone else that everything’s just fine, thanks.

Let’s compare modern Christianity to the roles in an alcoholic family. Maybe Mom herself was raised in an abusive or dysfunctional home…but for whatever reasons, she has accepted Dad (her version of God) and all his issues. (In our God scenario, Mom would be the “modern” Christian who has missed out on science, logic, reasoning, history and common sense.) Mom’s God/Dad is the result of a post-1900 biblical literalism fad, poor education, lack of intellectual curiosity, narrow-mindedness, and misinterpretation.

1. God/Dad, the Drunk
Everyone else revolves around him. He’s shame-based, and uses shame to control his family. He hides his loneliness, feelings of inadequacy and guilt by blaming and punishing his family.

2. Mom/Christians, the Enabler
Dad is a real bastard. He can wreak tornado- and tsunami-like destruction in the lives of those he’s supposed to love, but instead of calling him out, Mom scurries around, cleaning up and tittering, “Well, we must have deserved it.” She doesn’t want to hear the truth because then her whole sense of self and her belief system would crumble into ashes.

3. Our Son, the Hero
No, I’m not talking about Jesus. I’m talking about the televangelist. The pastor of the megachurch. The family hero takes all the focus off destructive Dad and lets the family rejoice in all his success. Oh, he’s bought into Mom and Dad’s skewed view of the world, but he is such a star that, well, it helps make the family feel so much better.

4. The Mascot Who Cheers the Whole Family Up
Sometimes you need a little humor to fight off the bleakness of being Dad’s progeny. The family mascot always keeps the laughs going and really helps everyone forget that Dad just threw up on the sofa again. I classify the Rush Limbaughs and Bill O’Reilly’s of the world as mascots.

5. The Scapegoat
The scapegoat is truly troubled and angry. These are the people who sense the anger and dysfunction of the family but can only express their outrage and pain through hostility and self-destruction. I would classify as scapegoats those who bomb abortion clinics, NRA members and anyone else who acts out because of their damaged relationship with drunk Dad/God. Scapegoats are “tolerated’ by Mom and the rest of the family because, well, after all, they ARE part of the family/Christians.

So, like the alcoholic, modern Christianity can’t get the help it needs until it can admit it has a problem. Until then, all is just smoke and mirrors. Dad will continue to drink the family savings and beat the shit out of Mom, Mom will continue to clean up the broken crockery and hide the bruises, the family hero will continue to take the focus off the real problem, the mascot will keep everyone in stitches, and the scapegoat will continue to act out and destroy what it cannot fix.

If only there were a twelve-step program for religion…

5 Interesting Facts About Rapper Waka Flocka Flame


1. Waka posed nude for PETA.

Waka Flocka Flame supports PETA and was featured in their “Ink Not Mink” campaign.

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2. Waka got his name from Fozzie Bear.

His real name is Juaquin Malphurs. When he was little, his cousin couldn’t pronounce ‘Juaquin’, so he instead called him “Waka” and it stuck.

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3. His favorite snack is salt & vinegar chips.

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4. Two of his brothers are also rappers.

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5. Waka’s birthday is May 31, 1986.

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Amber Ashley interviews global Gospel superstar & 2012 #1 Billboard Album winner Jessica Reedy


jessica-reedy-bet-awards-2012-press-room-01Honey-voiced Amber Ashley of The Amber Ashley Show conducts a riveting, moving and very personal interview with Gospel superstar Jessica Reedy, who had #1 Billboard Album for Gospel last year. Listen in as Jessica shares how she started in music, and the trials and tribulations she experienced in life.

Talking about how her previous depression helped her finally understand God’s love, she states that was when she “got it” and started singing about how God’s love can change lives.

Kudos to Amber for her thoughtful questions, and how they made Ms. Reedy’s story into a fascinating journey.

Listen to the interview online, and follow Miss Reedy and Amber Ashley on Twitter.

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