“Will & Grace” is returning to NBC in less than two weeks, so now would be a good time for anyone wanting to relive the original run to binge-watch it. One problem: Unless you own DVDs of past seasons or are willing to buy episodes on Amazon or iTunes, you wouldn’t be able to do…
Good day, loyal truth seekers! It’s Monday, so of course, it’s time for a #musicmonday! So, I’m sure many of us have heard of Pentatonix. If you haven’t…well then you should go find out who they are right now! They started on the show The Sing Off back in 2011 and they won. After their win, they rose to the top, becoming the most popular acapella pop group.
The group even went on to win a Grammy in 2015 for Best Arrangement for their piece “Daft Punk”. They have gained international fame, touring in Europe and Asia as well as the US. Even releasing an album of original music entitled Pentatonix.
The band was comprised of 5 members. Avi Kaplan, the bass; Kevin Olusola, the beatboxer; and the three core singers Scott Hoying, Kristin Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi. I say ‘was’ because recently Avi decided to leave the group due to some personal issue and saying that things were moving a little too fast for him. We’re sad we’ll miss him, but we understand.
A few years into the group Scott and Mitch started doing a web series entitled Superfruit! It started as a fun side project for them and soon became one of the most popular series on YouTube. They soon had merchandise and an entire new horde of fans to go with it. It soon branched out from your standard “Vlog” style, and the duo began making music. This all started when the released a medley of the Beyonce album Beyonce. That video became popular overnight, even receiving praise from Queen Bey herself.
After releasing a few more cover videos and growing their brand as Superfruit (SUP3RFRUIT), Scott and Mitch (Scomiche) have decided to turn SUP3RFRUIT into a music project. And boy, am I happy they did.
Their debut EP Future Friends Part 1 was released on June 30th, 2017, and OH MY GOD! It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. From the very beginning of the fun, upbeat, electro-pop opening “Imaginary Parties” to the ethereal final song “Future Friends” the album is an aural landscape that will take you on a fabulous journey. The music is complicated, yet simple, with lots of funk, disco, pop, and r&b influences, there is something about the album that is distinctly Superfruit.
Lyrically and content wise, the EP has a distinct flavor about it. Through very clever word use and innuendo, each of the Ep’s 7 tracks is very smartly written. My favorite being a lyric from the song “Heartthrob” is :
“I’m so over James Dean, I’m more of three names queen.”
After which, they go on to name some famous hunks from the 90s, of whom all have three names. The album is inherently queer and explores topics normally discussed in music but from a distinct queer perspective. It is the type of music I ‘ve been waiting to hear. It is music that is written for a new generation of queer men and women alike. It is relatable and it bumps hard as fuck.
In an interview, the duo discussed their mission to make an audio visual experience. They really take this to heart with every music video they have released. Each video is very distinct, each having its own personal aesthetic. Each video is very unique and specific with the imagery that it uses creating an experience for each track. Each video is connected by the simple fact that it is a Superfruit song, and they appear in all of the videos. One of the most striking of the videos is for the song “Worth it, Perfect” In which two young dancers dress as the opposite gender and do a dramatic balletic dance. It is a striking opposition to gender norms and how society views gender.
These two have a lot more to give us, I believe and I cannot wait for them to show us what else they have! Be on the look out for the second part of this musical experience, Future Friends: Part 2, hitting music stands and streaming services on September 15, 2017!
Thank you as always for reading if you haven’t PLEASE, go out and listen to this album and support queer artists! Also, be on the look out for more stuff here and even more in other places! Looking to ACTUALLY expand and do more!
Live to laugh another day!
Hi readers and truth seekers! One of the things I do believe in is body positivity. The media makes su think our bodies should look a certain way if we are to be taken serious; I disagree. I think that we are all beautiful and we all have the bodies we have so why not celebrate and take care of them? That’s one reason I’ve started a new project: Jaybo’s Body Truth. You can see my first Instagram post here. Please follow and check it out. It’ll be a personal journey, that I’ll be sharing, hoping to move others into celebrating their bodies!
I’ll be back with some more interesting stuff, until them I hope you guys lead fabulous lives.
Live to laugh one more day,
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.
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.
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.
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!
Many of my white friends have become Radicalized
What do white people got to be so angry about? ~ Chris Rock
A while back ago I spoke in great pain on how I’m losing friends fighting racism. I talked about how one can have friends (white) who will invite you (black person) to a Christmas dinner, but will engage in vehicular manslaughter when it comes to Black Lives Matter protesters. What I didn’t really discuss was this radicalization process among the white community in America which makes such violent ideas possible.
Radicalization? You probably never really took a look at it. You’re probably wondering what am I talking about. Radicalization? What radicalization?
Radicalization of the White American
To the left is a photograph I took of a white woman, bowing down to Donald Trump during the Tucson Trump rally in March 2016.
The put this into perspective, I do a lot…
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Hey there, readers!
So, I haven’t really posted here in a while, which really sucks, I really like writing on this blog. But, lately, I just haven’t been able to find the inspiration to write. I’m not sure what it is. I have so much that I want to say and that I want to talk about, but when I sit down to actually write, I lose all of my words and ideas.
It could be because I’ve been having a spiritual battle of sorts with myself. I think that I’m starting to really find my purpose in the world, and what I’m doing with this blog; but there is still some uncertainty there that I think keeps hindering me. I need to revisit the goal I want to accomplish with this page and all of my pages overall.
I hope to soon be back here. There is so much that I want to say and, by god, I’m gonna say it!
Thank you for following me and thank you for sticking with me!
Live to sing another day!
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)
I love Maya Angelou. Such a force of inspiration and dignity. She’said never been afraid to say what’s on her mind, and generally she does it beautifully. Love it! Hope this inspires you guys on this Tuesday morning!
Billionaire Warren Buffett released some of his personal tax information in response to Donald Trump’s attack on his tax deductions and criticized the Republican nominee for not sharing his own tax returns. During Sunday’s presidential debate, Trump said, “Warren Buffett took a massive deduction,” while Trump defended his own reported $916 million loss in 1995…
Literally Donald Trump is probably the dumbest person to ever run for POTUS. This man’s campaign is so steeped in lies and falsehoods, that its very hard to find anything that is truthful…if there is anything. I’m just so sick of people falling for his bullshit at this point. He is not fit to be President; he never has and he never will be!
Enjoy this “interesting” read.
Stanley Tucci Is Insanely Hot In “Easy A” And We Need To Talk About It https://www.buzzfeed.com/christianzamora/stanley-tucci-and-his-tight-gray-shirts?utm_term=.bgxk0NmGWe#.bgxk0NmGWe
He’s one of my favorite actors. Honestly, I’ve always been kinda thirsty for Mr. Tucci! So hot. Who else agrees?