Music Monday: #5H3 Is Down the pop anthem of the summer?

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Heyy everyone! Hope everyone is doing well! I am back with a song that I just HAD to talk about! So, Fifth Harmony just released a new song last week, and IT IS FIRE!!!! Well, at least I think so. Now, I have a bit of a checkered past with Fifth Harmony. I first discovered who they really are when I saw them live and in person at Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights Tour. At that point, I thought they were…good. They had some really fun music, good voices, and some nice moves. They really put on a good show. However, that night I also saw Little Mix for the first time, and they’d been out longer and were just more polished and put together as a group.

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Fifth Harmony performing ‘Miss Movin’ On’ Neon Lights tour 2014

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Little Mix performing ‘Salute’ Neon Lights tour 2014

So, I didn’t take them super seriously. I thought they were really cute and might have a few hits, but otherwise, they probably won’t be the Pussycat Dolls or anything. Then, their album Reflections hit the scene and there were a few really good songs on that Album. And Camila was really starting to be showcased more and I thought that was great because her voice was really interesting. Their music had matured a lot and they seemed to be heading in a good direction. However, they had some rough live performances and my faith dropped.

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Fifth Harmony’s debut album Reflections.

Then came 7/27…and everything changed. The single “Work From Home” came out and was an immediate infectious urban pop anthem. And don’t even get me started with the music video. For the first time, I was HIGHLY impressed with a 5H song.

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Fifth Harmony’s sophomore album 7/27

And every single after that was fire! All in my Head (Flex) is probably my favorite. That one is a serious banger.

Now, to the new song ‘Down’. The first thing that I noticed right off the bat was how it had a very similar vibe to ‘Work From Home’, but the 2 songs are very different from each other. ‘Down’, to me, is a much more mature track, but still, retains the fun and vibe of WFH. They again go with a very simplistic, repetitive refrain that is catchy and easy to sing. They were smart, as they were with WFH, by using that same tactic. There’s more of an R&B vibe to this new jam, and it makes me wanna shake my ass forever.

I think one of the things that ‘Down’ has over WFH is the lyrics. WFH was a very simplistic song with simplistic lyrics and melody. I think the writing of ‘Down’ is more sophisticated, and I can’t wait to hear how this affects the rest of the album. The production of the song is also very crisp and sharp. It hits everything you need in a pop banger; the way the vocals and instrumentation are mixed, where the beat hits in the song and where the girls’ ad lib are all very pristine. With ‘Down’ they’ve really hooked me into this next album already. I am very excited about

With ‘Down’ they’ve really hooked me into this next album already. I am very excited about the future of 5H and this new era they are entering!

How the poor white voter base, got to where it is

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted. I have so many thoughts and so many ideas sometimes, that it’s hard to put them all down. But, I knack and with something to say! I recently saw an article from the web publication The Nation, on Facebook. It was an article about how Hunter S. Thompson, author of Hell’s Angels, predicted the rise of Trumpism in America. You can read that article here

I’d like share this quote from the end of the article: 

There’s no doubt about it: trouble lies ahead. That Hell’s Angels foresaw all this 50 years ago underscores the depth and seriousness of Thompson as a political thinker and of ours as a singularly dangerous time. Trumpism is about something far more serious than Trump, something that has been brewing and building for generations. Let us take Thompson’s cautions seriously, then, so that this time we Berkeley types are not naive about what we face. Otherwise, we’re all liable to get stomped.

This is an extremely interesting read. And an important one in these times. It’s a discussion that needs to be had as well; how do we stop this idea of ‘total retaliation’? What is it that we can do to make sure these people don’t feel like the only thing they can do is lash out in this way? We can’t possibly go backwards just for them to make them comfortable, but we can’t just keep leaving them behind. Something has to be done on both sides. These poor white voters need to realize that the world is changing and seek ways to deal with that, but the ‘elite’, as it is called on this article, needs to realize that not all of these people have the resources, knowledge or education to do so by themselves. But, also we must stand firm in pir conviction to stop ignorance and hate. It’s a very complicated time we’re living in. With someone like Trump in power, it just makes everything difficult, because now that there is someone who seemingly thinks like and works and works for some of the lower class white citizens, it feels like there is no listening to reason in some of them. 
What is the solution? How do we break this cycle? How does it even happen? Are people just refusing to move on with the rest of the world? Is it because the world moves so fast now that they just get left behind in the dust? 
The one thing I do know is this…yes we have to help this base of voters and understand them, but we can’t go back in time and we can’t allow hatred and intolerance to be the driving force of our nation and our society. We also can’t let politics and politicians divide us as a nation, everyone has their own ideals, but we are ONE NATION. We can’t allow lies and distractions from those in power to let us slip slowly into insanity and numbness. We have to keep working to better this country and this world for everyone!! 
Remember don’t play ‘holier than thou’, though it won’t always be easy. But, also be vigilant in the fight against Trumpism and intolerance. We can’t allow that darkness to continue to spread. 
Live to laugh another day, 

Jaybo 

A Read by Jaybo: Don’t come for my artistry. 

So, I just had a conversation with someone on Facebook who was an acquaintance in high school. The topic was Lady Gaga. He posted an article for the LA times, and it was about her Coachella performance and how it fell kinda flat after the first half. Which is fine, I wasn’t there I can’t say. He’s not a fan of the new Gaga and that’s fine. So, I made a comment just starting conversation about the new Gaga and where she is. Literally just stating my thoughts on what the article said…and this bitch just decided to come for me. And pretty much acted like I had no idea what I was talking about, because “I’m in marketing”. Ugh! I literally studied performance, and I was just talking to another artist about art. 

Then he tried to tell ME that I was just following the gay mainstream. First of all bitch, I’m my own mainstream. Secondly, who the fuck are you to tell me how I feel about things? I almost wanna post his name so y’all can go troll his ass, but I’m gonna keep it cute. But, how dare this,queen come for my fucking artistry. Lady Gaga is an artist who grew up with people telling her she couldn’t do it, or it wasn’t possible. Not to mention she uses such fascinating imagery in her work. She is a true artist. All she wants to do is make her Music and do her thing, which is what we all want to do. 

And people be complaining about how they don’t like her new sound and they’re not fans anymore, well good! Trim the fucking fat because you weren’t a fan in the first place. It’s not like she just dropped the ball and did something horrible, she just did something different. If that something different wasn’t your thing, cool that’s fine. But, I enjoy it because I feel like she had something to say and she finally as an ARTIST said it her way! Yeah, she has some gimmicks, but gimmicks are how you stay in the fucking business. Then this fucker, we’ll call him Derrick Berry, tried to say that her new gimmicks aren’t to his liking…OKAY? You are not her, or her manager, or her PR team. 

Ugh, whatever…I’m just really sick of this trend of Queer men “coming for eachother” and “throwing shade”. Especially these catty ass white Queer men who think it’s “cool” or “cute”; that shit isn’t about being a petty little bitch…in short I unfriended his ass and then he messaged me with this dumbass message : “Awe yay you best me to it on the unfriending good job. Have a great life bro. Accept who you are and quit trying to make your perspective sound special” but, set it so I couldn’t message back. That was kinda douchey to say, but if you ever read this know this:  

You need to grow up. And I hope you do. You said that I was trying too hard to make my perspective special, whatever that means. You just dogged on me and like laughed because I was explaining something passionately, when you’re only real argument was like you were in marketing and could knew about marketing…I’m sorry but are you marketing personally for her? You would even discuss it forreal. And like you said “I’m an artist, too.” But, couldn’t give me anything forreal to back up, artistically, what you were saying. You also, kinda made the assumption that I was some how, slow or dimwitted and or that I was just following some crowd to devalue what I was saying?  A real artist would at least respect another artists opinion and try to see where they’re coming from. You, however, don’t have any respect. You go around toting this whole idea that you’re on a higher plane of existence, but really you use art to hide your insecurities, not explore them. And, i hope some day you do. But, you gotta be,willing to listen and give positive energy to others. Get off your fucking high horse because you’re making a little coin out in West coast, and learn some goddamn respect. Seriously, it’ll make life so much better. I hope life treats you kinder. 

And with that I’m going to bed. Night all!

Live to laugh another day! 

Jaybo 

Pulling back the White(nationalist) Veil

Hello everyone! 

I hope you guys have had a good start to this week. This week I wanna talk about a little movement that has been being called by a different name than I will use. This is the White Nationalist movement. I refuse to call it by its “politically correct” name. If we’re gonna do away with PC, then we need to get rid of it all around. 

Now, I’m sure we’ve all seen the video by The Atlantic of their rally in DC, if you haven’t you can find it here. What I wanna talk about is, not scary it is, not how terrible it is, but why fundamentally, they have no validity and why this should somewhat encourage us. 

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking…”how the fuck is this supposed to encourage us?!” Enlightenment and education are the basis for progression, we have to always be learning, knowing what works and what didn’t and eliminate it. So, let’s have a look. Firstly, these people believe in an ideology that for the most part died away with its creator. Neo-nazism, another name for this movement, is nothing more than Hitler’s Nazi movement repackaged for a less educated, less motivated American racist. These are people who have taken this moment and wrapped it up in “white power”. Now yes, Hitler used the Jews and many other minorities as scapegoats, but he was motivated by a political agenda and discuss study his politics, which is how he so easily got to where he did and how he got a way with it for so long. That moves us to the fact, that these people must not realize that every movement similar to theirs has somewhat died out in the 1st world. Why? Because we can’t be sustained by such ignorance. We must move in to the future. These people are stuck in the past and according to Survival of the fittest, they’ll soon die out. 

Why should not worry about the validity? Well, I talked about it above. A much larger percentage of the American people, are A-OK with racial equality, even though some of these people don’t speak out, many more people believe this kind of thinking is archaic. And, while there are people who are educated in this movement, are they really? I think that a very important part of education is enlightenment, which many of these people lack. Anyway, these people are, by and large, uneducated and grew up in a very white bubble. Now, a lot of people will argue that this, and this is the only time I’ll use this term, “alt-right” movement is about more than white nationalism. Some of these are anti-globalism, smaller government involvement, anti-immigration, and a disdain for “political correctness”. Now though some of these issues are troubling, what’s more troubling is that all of these issues have an underlying tone of blatant racism. 

Then there’s the Nazi salute, in an interview with Roland Martin, leader of this “movement”, Richard Spencer says that the salute was all in “fun” and “exuberance”. Yes, you read that correctly…this is one of the main issues with this movement, these people make it seem like a fun grassroots movement. It’s not. Roland goes on to ask him, if he doesn’t think that is disrespectful to America. Which is something that I’ve been thinking about. Although we jumped into the fray way late, America fought against Nazism. That people using that salute is a spit isn’t the face to the American men and women who fought in WWII. 

 In this same interview Richard came off as completely confused about his movement, citing that diversity hiring is companies going out of their way to hire less whites. When confronted with the facts and figures, he had no good rebuttal, except for repeating this same thing. He even goes to insist that they are not suprememacists, but simply want white people to be the master race, but saying that the times of white supremacy and slavery were wrong. But, then still insists that “they” will win. I will post a link to the interview, because it is very, very interesting. 

Bottom line this movement is full of people who are ignorant to the world around them. We all need to learn to break from our societal bubble, and look at yhe world around us. we also need to let these people know that we won’t stand for this kind of thing. This can all seem very scary, but remember, by opening up a dialogue and talking, we can solve so many problems. we can’t let this kind of intolerance and skewed view of reality win. 

Thank you so much for reading though this was mostly an opinion piece, there is a good bit of factual info. I used Wikipedia source page on the topic. you can see their page on the subject here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt-right

Also you can find the news one interview with Roland Martin Here: https://youtu.be/yr5BQS79H7g

I also would like to give credit to nbcnews the did a segment on this movement. 

Don’t just take my word though, get out there and look it up for yourself! Talk to people about it, including moi. You can leave a comment or contact me using the contact form on my page! 

Keep up the good fight and…

Live to laugh another day, 

Jaybo

Birth of a Nation: not the slave movie you asked for.

But, it is definitely the one that you needed, that we all needed. I know, that there is a lot of stigma surrounding this movie. Whether it has to do with Nate Parker’s past, he was accused of rape, but was acquitted, because the details of the case were murky, or maybe you read some less than favorable views. I’m here to tell you, NONE OF THAT MATTERS! The thing that DOES is seeing this movie. Birth of a Nation was seriously one of those films that not only sets out to tell an important story, but is a piece meant to incite a real movement. At least that’s what I think.

For those of you who don’t know, Birth of a Nation is he story of Nate Parker, who organized the first large-scale slave revolt in Virginia. If that already sounds like an amazing movie, it get’s even better. The movie really explores the slave culture and the culture of black people at that time. It’s not some washed up action slave flick, with a thin storyline just to hold up violent fight scenes or scenes of over dramatics. The vehicle of he story is not only driven by the main character, but it is driven by a passion of a people who were oppressed for so long. And the movie did not shy away from its subject matter. Its depiction of the torment that black people went through during slavery was, by far, probably one of the most realistic, I’ve seen. And it wasn’t one-sided. It showed the harshest and the least harsh conditions. It discussed how black women were treated in such a way, that I can only describe as gut wrenching. To see these women used as tools for sexual pleasure was disgusting. To see how men were broken down and forced to cower and obey, was difficult. To see how dehumanized we were as a people, left me speechless.

I went to see the movie with a white friend, a white friend who definitely is an ally and uses his privilege every chance he gets to right the wrongs of the world. I said to him when we walked out of the movie, “I am not the same BLACK man who I was when we went in.” And it became very evident to me that I was a black man living in a world, where I am still seen as less than. And although I am not literally enslaved, I  am in away. I am enslaved by the assumptions made about me, when I walk into everywhere. I am enslaved by the fact that men who look like me are being killed everyday for no reason, I am enslaved by a culture  that cannot see me as part of the “norm”.

Another aspect of the movie that stood out to me was its heavy spiritual influence. The movie never felt preachy, but spirituality was a very important to black, because it was one of the few things we had that was special. I think the message of stepping out on faith is very important for black people to hear. I feel that we’ve let ourselves get too complacent. We have to go out here and continue to make things happen! We are a people anointed by God to do special things. I wouldn’t call myself a christian, but I do believe there is a God, and I believe that God is for us, as long as we’re here trying to do good and seeking counsel with her. And one thing that this movie reiterated, was the fact that God is there always.

I won’t spoil the films ending, but I must say it was one of the most powerful movie endings I’ve ever seen. The sequence before the ending is art! Again I don’t wanna give too much away, but the imagery combined with song “Strange Fruit” was haunting. It was like being thrown into a nightmare, yet also a beautiful dream. It was one of the most affecting film moments I think I’ve ever experienced.

The film also has a very interesting exploration of organized religion and how people will use the word of god to make things the way they want them. Nat Turner was a preacher. He learned to read at a very young age, and was the only black man nearby who could read the bible. He was made to go around and preach obedience to the slaves other owners. That was it. He himself was only allowed to read certain parts of the bible, but once he read the rest, realized that his people were being held captive by their own ignorance; that the bible wasn’t condoning slavery. A powerful look at how people will only use the parts of the bible that suit them. This still happens today.

The movie is a black love story. And i don’t think I’ve ever seen such a beautiful love story as the one of this movie. You were allowed to get swept up in their love and it wasn’t any drama or anything. It was just a simple love story. Black love is beautiful love. Nate and Cherryanne had a storybook love, until of course tragedy happens. But, even through that their love remains steadfast.

There’s so much more I could say about the film itself, but the most important thing I want to say, is that this movie is a move of God. It is the beginning of a spiritual movement. I’m telling you, it’s the movie to see this year!

Live to laugh another day,

Jaybo (the somewhat peckish artist)

Shameless hires Trans actor, to play a Trans character! 

Check out @taradublinrocks’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/taradublinrocks/status/790606811023839232?s=09

I love this show…I have since I started it. And it’s the things like this that make me love the show even more! First of all, I’m glad that they are adding a trans character, that’s great representation, and they did what even big budget Hollywood won’t, hired an actor who is ACTUALLY Trans. Why is this important, well, we have to stop trying to tell their stories, without actually involving them. So, thank you Shameless and Showtime!!

HOOKED Project

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Hey guys! So, if you’ve ever heard of “Maxisms” on YouTube and Instagram you know he’s working on a new project! It’s called Hooked. It’s a new movie project he’s working on to raise money to donate to LGBT youth. If you can donate a little you should!! Here is a little synopsis of the movie from the site: 

The story follows Jack and his gender-fluid boyfriend Tomás in New York City. They’ve run away from home instead of being sent to “behavior modification camps” and resort to sex-work in order to build a better life for themselves (story outline and full script available upon request). 

Sounds fun. Check out the site above for more info and make sure to find “Maxisms” on YouTube and Instagram. Did I mention he’s extremely hot as well? Just a plus! 

Live to laugh another day! 

Jaybo, the somewhat Peckish artist