I’m here at the New Jersey Meadowlands Flea market in East Rutherford. Walking around I took a few photos of people shopping. I took my Canon G7x Mark ii with me again. This camera is so amazing, I can get quality images in a small point and shoot camera without lacking the quality. It’s like a DSLR in my pocket. Check out the photos I took below.
I could not sleep last night, so I stayed up and created a video about my love for God. As you may know, I have studied spirituality for many years and I even created a blog and radio show about it. The only problem I had was that I did all of these wonderful things away from christianity. I let the influence of other religions and ideas take over my walk with Christ. I never thought I would be this kind of person. I have a loving heart and I want happiness for everyone, so how in the world did I allow myself to be pulled away from Christ? Thinking about it scares me. It shows me that it can happen to anyone. The devil can appear loving and good natured, and he can trick you into believing he is the way to happiness.
Over time I started to doubt Christianity, because of the actions of others. I was judging God because of the sins of man. How foolish was I to think like this? I never completely walked away, but I was trying to merge all of my beliefs into one unified religion for myself. I was taking the good of everything and using them to find God…but was I really finding God?
I started watching videos online about death and sin, it really made me take a good look at how I was living. Everyday I started praying again, I even started reading my bible more often. One day I looked back at my bookshelf and I noticed that I had 100s of books on everything else, but Christ. This showed me how far away I drifted, but Jesus never left me. Jesus is still here. God if you can read this, forgive me for taking so long to hear your voice. Forgive me for my sins and thank you for loving us unconditionally. So this leads me to the video I made above lol (finally). God gives us all gifts, and I plan on using my artistic abilities to spread the word of God. If you are reading this, God bless you and continue in the fight for your soul. This new age spirituality looks and sounds so beautiful, but it’s a mirage. Don’t be fooled, stick to the teachings of the lord. Start today, don’t wait.
Jesus Warning: Be Ready ALL the time! “Everyone would be ready for him if they knew the exact hour of his return—-just as they would be ready for a thief if they knew when he was coming. So be ready all the time. For I, the Messiah, will come when least expected.” (Luke 12:39-40, Living Bible)
We need to take the Lord’s advice seriously. Here are seven ways to be found faithful when Jesus returns. Get the video notes at http://tinyurl.com/ya83myfc
Pray for uncommon salvation–Christians who are backslidden will repent and unbelievers will receive Christ. With God nothing is impossible. (LUKE 1:37). If we pray, Jesus will save. Remember the thief on the cross (LUKE 23:39-43) and the 11th hour workers hired 1 hour before the work day was over (MATTHEW 20:1-16)–it’s not too late!
Ash sat down with Spike Lee to talk cops, Kanye, and why an honest racist is better than a respectable liberal. BLACKkKkLANSMAN is in UK cinemas on 24th August.
Would you rather be around someone who is open about their racist views, or someone who hides them? We all have prejudices against each other, but it is clearly a bigger issue when it becomes racist. Racism can put road blocks in your path, where simple prejudices can just piss you off….but you can get past it. I’d like to know that someone hates me so I can avoid them, and adjust my surroundings. Racism is such an old issue, i’m so annoyed that it’s taking us this long to realize how silly it is.
The film BLACKkKkLANSMANshows us just how stupid racism is. How can you hate people you’ve never met? We forget that everyone is an individual, and that allows us to be unpredictable. Human beings are not all the same. So to hate a group of people is telling them that they all share the same characteristics, which is not human. In some cultures, people pass on this ignorance to their children. We still divide each other in groups for crime stats , education, IQ score averages and voting. If we know that generalizing is wrong, why do we still have these separations dividing us in government programs? The reason is, our world is still stuck on low level thinking. We haven’t evolved as human beings and on earth, hate is more powerful than love. Anyway, thats just my opinion on things….what’s yours?
About Ash Sakar
Ash Sarkar is a writer, broadcaster, journalist and lecturer living in London. She is a Senior Editor at Novara Media, where her work focuses on race, gender, class and power. As part of her work, she has appeared on numerous panels, hosted live events, and interviewed frontbench politicians on everything from foreign policy to football opinions.
Ash regularly appears on television to discuss current affairs, and has featured on Sky News, Channel 4, Daily Politics and Newsnight. She has written on politics and pop culture extensively for both print and digital outlets.She lectures in Global Politics at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge, and teaches a Masters in Film, Graphic Design and Propaganda at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.
We had a short visit to New Orleans this year, but we were able to grab a few videos here and there of the city including this tribute for Aretha Franklin in Treme. The people were singing loud with so much passion and love for Aretha. The entire day was filled with emotions and the city showed as much love as they could. People were dancing and laughing, I never saw anything so beautiful. I know New Orleans is where I need to be. I never felt this way about any other place.
Canon G7X mark II
I had to grab my handy G7X for this video. I needed something quick and easy to grab for photos on the go. I didn’t have time to carry around a bunch of lenses and for night time photography this camera is easy to put away and it fits in my jean pocket. I’ve had this camera for about 3 months and I think it’s just as good as any DSLR on the market with 24 mega pixels and 1080P video.
http://KEXP.ORG presents Little Dragon performing live at The Little London Plane during Upstream Music Fest. Recorded June 1, 2018. Host: Cheryl Waters Audio Engineers: Adam Bourne & Kevin Suggs Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D’Alessandro & Justin Wilmore Editor & Director: Scott Holpainen
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Aug. 15, 2018 | Felix Contreras — Some folks around the NPR Music office said they felt an almost spiritual connection to Erykah Badu during her visit to the Tiny Desk. And that was before she and her band even played a single note. It came from the waft of earthly scents that followed in her wake, to the flowing dreads and clothes that hung on her like robes.
After her self-introduction, which included a rundown of her spiritual and creative aliases, Badu rolled into one of her earliest musical calling cards, “Rimshot.” It’s an ode to the sound the percussionist makes when a drumstick is struck against the metal edge of the snare drum. On this performance, as on her 1997 album Baduizm, it becomes a device to play with time — stretching it, stopping it, suspending it. Propelled by jazz chords on the piano and the steady pulse of the acoustic bass, the playful performance unfolded in the tradition of the best bebop.
But the panoramic song “Green Eyes” is the centerpiece of Badu’s Tiny Desk performance. It’s wide-ranging in scope and musical arrangement and brilliantly executed by the jazz and hip-hop musicians in her backing band. The story of heartbreak is striking enough, but her interpretation showcases her formidable vocal skills. By the time it was over, we were all just as emotionally and spiritually spent as she was from the experience.
Erykah Badu is an artist for the ages. To old-school jazz fans like myself, names like Nina Simone, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn come to mind as much as Billie Holiday because of Badu’s singular approach to a lyric. They all cut their own creative path and left behind a legacy that you can identify with just one note. Erykah Badu is on that same path, and one day her name will be mentioned along with the other Elders who share her spirit of musical adventure.
Erykah Badu (lead vocals), RC Williams (Keys), Braylon Lacy (bass), Cleon Edwards (Drums), Frank Moka (Percussion), Kenneth Whalum (Sax), Keyon Harrold (Trumpet), Dwayne Kerr (Flute)
Producers: Abby O’Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Khun Minn Ohn, CJ Riculan; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR.
Many musicians like to speak of versatility, but Nabihah Iqbal has better grounds than most. She boasts an MPhil (focused on African history) from Cambridge, experience working in human rights law and a black belt in Karate. Formerly known as Throwing Shade, she’s ditched that moniker to embrace the name she was born with. Readying her debut album for Ninja Tune, ‘Weighing of the Heart’ is a big statement in two ways: first, because she’s taken her real name to stand proudly as a female British Asian artists making music
Discussing the change in name, she explains how she’d grown out of her previous alias. “I chose the Throwing Shade name in 2009 when I was just DJing at parties, unaware of a possible music career. It was a name for the scene at the time,” she says. Having had worries when she was growing up about teachers mispronouncing it, there’s a confidence which underpins both that decision as well this project as a whole. “The change to my real name feels like moving forward,” she states. “It feels like the right thing to do.”
Born in London in the late ‘80s, she’s the daughter of parents who moved to the UK from Pakistan. Growing up, she was encouraged to play music and had lessons every day, learning the guitar, the flute and the piano. Her listening habits started with Michael Jackson: the first artist she remembers listening (and dancing) to, and she has a wall full of Michael Jackson posters in her music studio. Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’ would be another early touchstone. It was the first CD Nabihah bought and she remembers how she made her own Oasis T-shirt with fabric paint when she was about 8 years old, because she couldn’t get hold of a real one.
In her early teens, she got into punk and metal. Lured by the prospect of raucous, sweat soaked gigs, her favourite band were ska-punk staples Capdown. Every weekend, she’d take her 13-year-old self to Camden Underworld for another dose of loud, abrasive entertainment. Around 16, her tastes broadened out, taking in the other new records that were coming out at the time. Encountering the likes of Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’, it was bands like Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky which started to grab her attention. Plus, she started to dig back into older bands too, like The Cure, Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Beginning her studies at London’s SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) at 18, it was seeing a performance on the Kora, a West African harp, which would serve as a pivotal moment. “It had such an impact on me. I had to find out more about it, so I managed to change my degree last minute, to a joint honours in History and Ethnomusicology,” she remembers. Switching degrees to one with a focus on Ethnomusicology, she recounts, “I was suddenly learning about Turkish, Indian and Thai music.” Nabihah also took classes in various music styles including Gamelan and the Turkish classical tradition. Her main performance instrument was the Sitar.
After getting a first in her undergrad degree, she went on to study a postgraduate MPhil at Cambridge focused on South African history. She then moved back to London, where she did a law conversion degree, and then the Bar. She moved to South Africa on a law placement, where – as well as learning to practice human rights law – she was getting involved in throwing parties and making music for the first time. Experimenting with some basic equipment, she recorded what would become 2013’s “Mystic Places” EP for Kassem Mosse’s Ominira label.
Not long after, other labels came calling. She had a 12” on Happy Skull, plus two outings on No Pain In Pop, the experimentally-inclined imprint who’ve also released the likes of Karen Gwyer and Forest Swords. And in 2015, she released the House Of Silk EP on Ninja Tune: her first release for the ‘90s-born, Coldcut-founded label, it saw dance production weaved through with an alt-pop sensibility.
I have so many memories of the way NYC looked in the 80s, it was a wild place y’all. My mother would love to take us to the Museum of Natural History so we took the bus there on the weekends. As soon as you get off the bus you can smell the piss and funk coming off the street. Right in front of the Port Authority there was garbage everywhere, you had to watch your feet. Walking down 42nd street was fun. My mother hated it, because there were so many porn shops and sex shows all over. I loved it. (lol) As bad as the city looked, we enjoyed ourselves. NYC has a personality of it’s own, New York is like that crazy family member who always make the party fun. Over time they cleaned up the area, but we lost some of the flavor NY had. I believe crime is lower than it used to be, which is good. People would get robbed and beat up on the trains everyday. Even with all of this crazy shit going on, we loved to go there for the culture, the food and to see something totally different from New Jersey. I did not take these photos, but this is the style of street photography I love. Play the music when you view the photos, it helps the experience.
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Summer, The Lower East Side, 1937.
USA. New York City. 1978. Trendy, looking tough, but only pussycats.
Andy Warhol, Studio 54, West 54th street, 1978
December 17, 1974. Unemployed persons in New York in line in front of a welfare office during the economic crisis brought on by 1973 oil shortages. Le 17 décembre 1974, à New York, en pleine crise économique qui sévit suite à la crise pétrolière de 1973, des chômeurs font la queue devant un bureau d’aide sociale.
Celebrating the second annual Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day, marchers cross 34th Street in New York, June 27, 1971. The march, moving from Greenwich Village up Sixth Avenue, will end with a rally in Central Park. More than 3,000 people participate in the parade marking the end of “Gay Pride Week’ in New York City.