Tuesday, June 30, 2009


A hands down body rock sweat party download from Washington DC's best young afrobeat dj. "Just listen" is the best description for this mix cd. LunchBox Theories afrobeat specialist puts a new spin to the mix and takes you from the past into the future as if you were on the dance floor or in a drum circle. This mix was done strictly on wax. No ipods, serato, or cd's needed. Catch Underdog the DJ overseas this summer, as he plans his global trod through the UK and East Africa.

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1. Fela Kuti- Ako (K Civ Edit) 12"
2. MAW Fea Wunmi- Ekabo
3. Toure Kunda- Saf Sap
4. Carl Craig- Kilode Remix
5. Erykah Badu & Ziggy Marley- In Love With You (Tony Allen Remix)
6. Tidjani Kone- Djanka Magni
7. Yosaku- Mirandolina
8. Yosaku- Atoa Atoa
9. George Benson- The Ghetto (Brasil RMX)
10. Black President- K Civ
11. Nigerian Stepn Octet- Give Thanks
12. Chin Chin- The Section
13. Osibisa- Music For Gong Gong
14. Goapele & Lagos United- Michael Joseph Jackson Gulla Mix

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The Top Fifteen Biggest Health, Nutritional and Medical Lies!

From Dr. Robert Young:

1) The Flu vaccine will protect you from the flu virus.
2) Taking antibiotics will kill bacteria.
3) The stomach should be acidic and contains hydrochloric acid or HCL to digest food.
4) A cold is caused by a virus.
5) Pharmaceutical drugs may have side-effects.
6) The brain runs on sugar.
7) Cancer is a disease of the tissues.
8) HIV is a virus and causes AIDS.
9) Taking digestive enzymes will help digestion.
10) Blood is made in the marrow of the bones.
11) Germs cause disease via an infection.
12) High Cholesterol in the form of low density lipoproteins or LDL's can cause heart attacks and strokes.
13) Eating protein builds muscles.
14) Obesity is a fat problem.
15) Hormone replacement therapy can help balance your hormones.

Kale - Best Source Of Vitamin A, K & Beta Carotene

When it comes to crowning the vegetable with the most vitamin A, K and beta carotene, kale is king! A cup of fresh boiled kale has over 1,000 percent of the percent daily value of vitamin K, and over 150 percent of the percent daily value of vitamin A and beta carotene. Kale is also unusually high in vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. Because of its high levels of vitamin K, people who are taking anti-coagulants should avoid this vegetable. Kale is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. The reasons for this is because kale contains powerful antioxidants, such as beta carotene and vitamin C. Many scientist and nutrition experts believe that antioxidants play a major role in the battle against heart disease, cancer and age-related diseases.

Kale is the food of wonders for many dieter because it is very low in calories and is saturated with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Kale is also good for the heart and for controlling blood sugar levels because it is high in dietary fiber. A cup of fresh kale can have as low as 40 calories, and contains no cholesterol and fat. Like many vegetables, kale is very sensitive to high heat. Cooking kale in high heat will destroy many of its nutrients. For best results, boiled kale in a closed pan or use a pressure cooker. If you are not scared of calories, use flaxseed oil for dressing because it is very high in omega-3.

Alkaline Foods

Our body ph is normally 7.3 and so more alkaline than acidic in nature. To keep this ph maintained we need to eat more of alkaline food rather than acidic food. Needless to say there are several benefits of alkaline food.

All this care in consuming alkaline food leads to great benefits. The ph of the body controls and affects all the functions of the body. The brain which is the commander of the body cannot store fat cells so it gets all its energy directly from the blood that flows through it. With the ph dropping the brain finds it difficult to absorb energy from the blood cells. So having a diet comprising of over 80 % alkaline food is very beneficial to the proper functioning of the brain. Further the heart which is a vital organ of the body is also affected if the ph level of the body gets altered. With a higher acidic level the blood cells change their polarity from negative to positive and then stick to the negative vein walls causing clogged arteries. This serious problem leading to heart attacks can be overcome if alkaline food is eaten on a regular basis. Mineral absorption is optimal if alkaline food forms over 80 % of ones diet. When the body ph is maintained all functions are carried out fully well and this ph level can only be maintained if the food eaten is alkalizing.

Serious cell degeneration can be controlled and the process of aging be slowed down if alkaline food is the major source of nutrition. Alkaline food prevents the body from feeling fatigue and stress causing great vitality and vigor. Not only does one feel good from the inside but it translates into most of his outside activities too. A healthy person is much less prone to depression and illness than one who is fatigued and unhealthy.
Consuming alkaline food also helps to not only prevent but also cure many chronic diseases like arthritis etc.

Simply put, the benefits of alkaline food are tremendous. Health and vitality are regained which cause inner satisfaction and one feels he is able to achieve much more in his day to day living.

The following list is of alkaline foods that are great for establishing the alkalinity of your body and reducing the acidity of your blood:

* Alfalfa Grass
* Almond
* Artichokes
* Asparagus
* Avcado
* Barley Grass
* Beetroot
* Black Radish
* Borage Oil
* Brazil Nuts
* Brussels Sprouts
* Buckwheat Groats
* Caraway Seeds
* Carrot
* Cauliflower
* Cayenne Pepper
* Celery
* Chives
* Cocunut
* Cocunut Oil
* Comfrey
* Cucumber
* Cumin Seeds
* Dandelion
* Dog Grass
* Endive
* Fennel Seeds
* Fish Oil
* Flax Seed Oil
* Flax Seeds
* Garlic
* Granulated Soy
* Green Beans
* Green Cabbage
* Hazelnut
* Horse Radish
* Kamut Grass
* Kohlradi
* Leeks
* Lemon
* Lentils
* Lettuce
* Lima Beans
* Lime
* Olive Oil
* Onion
* Peas
* Primrose Oil
* Pumpkin Seeds
* Red Cabbage
* Red Radish
* Rhubarb Stalks
* Rutabaga
* Savoy Cabbage
* Sesame Seeds
* Shave Grass
* Sorrel
* Soy Flour
* Soy Lecithin
* Soy Nuts
* Soy Sprouts
* Soybeams
* Spelt
* Spinach
* Sprouted Radish Seeds
* Spruoted Chia Seeds
* Straw Grass
* Sunflower Seeds
* Tofu
* Tomato
* Turnip
* Watercress
* Wheat Grass
* White Beans
* White Cabbage
* White Radish
* Zucchini

The list is very comprehensive.

Banksy @ Bristol Museum

Graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his most ambitious British project to date, a made over museum in his home town of Bristol.

Staged in the council-owned City Museum and Art Gallery, Banksy v Bristol Museum was such a closely guarded secret even senior councillors were unaware of the plans, while visitors and staff were told that filming had been taking place. The exhibition features animatronics, installations and a sensory display.

Jon Kay takes a look at some of the artworks on display and talks to Kate Brindley, Museum Director.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bad Moon Rising

For January, February, March, and April, rainfall has been pretty close to average compared to previous years. But in May, we got 2.6 inches more rain than average and so far in June, we’re 1.3 inches above average. This puts us on pace to be close to a three inch rain surplus this month too.

So why are we getting so much rain this time of year? Global Warming??????

The past couple of years we saw very heavy rain throughout the plains. Patterns have now shifted that towards the east coast to where we’re getting the rain and they’re not. We’ve seen droughts in the past couple summers, so the question is, will it be a dry summer? Or continue to pelt us with the wet stuff? We are going to see this rain continuing for us probably through the summer off and on. We’ll go through some wet spells and some dry spells followed by another round of rain. I don’t see us going back into a drought.

The high-altitude jet stream that guides the movement of weather across the country has been south of its normal position over the last couple of weeks, sending a series of storms across the Midwest and East, explained meteorologist Ed O'Lenic of the federal Climate Prediction Center.

It's a lot like an extended spring. For whatever reason (global warming), and the atmosphere only knows the answer.

While roman calendars say summer has begun, that refers to astronomical summer. Meteorological, or weather summer as I call it, begins July 1.

Parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania have received rain totals 1.5 to 3.75 inches greater than normal for the past weeks, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

One possible reason is "persistence," said Kathryn Vreeland, a climatologist at the center. Sometimes a weather pattern just persists, she said, "just hangs out there until something comes along to make things happen differently."(global warming)

Some climatologists make up excuses and say "for some reason people have this feeling that they ought to be able to remember, in their lifetime, something similar" to what is happening. "That is not the way it works. There is a lot of natural variability." Which may be true, but our climate changes have been extreme due to our treatment of our planet. People in normally damp cities have gone through a near-record spring dry spell, boosting the threat of wildfires in western Washington state.

Could El Nino be at fault? Always blame someone right...Never really face the truth.
El Ninos are periodic weather phenomena that develop in the Pacific. It looks as if one is developing, but it's not under way yet so what are they saying. Ever since I was studying meteorology in college there have always been excuses for our weather changes. No one ever wanted to face the truth in my classes.

Hmmm..... global warming?

Perhaps it's simply time to turn to Creedence Clearwater Revival:

"Long as I remember, the rain been comin' down,

"Clouds of myst'ry pourin', confusion on the ground,

"Good men through the ages, tryin' to find the sun,

"And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain."

Be well.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


There is an image, an idea of Africa that lives deep in human imagination. YOU CAN EVEN WORK WITH SOMEONE AND THEY THINK THEY KNOW WHAT IT MEANS BUT THEY HAVE NO CLUE. Deep down they want to be that image, but can't because its a form that often transcends the power of the word and its profile lies under layers of conscious retrieval. It is inexplicable yet undeniable and they would rather see it/you gone then to allow it/you to shine...This is part of the drive behind the latest seating collection “M’Afrique” firmed by the italian company Moroso. This project is dedicated to Africa. I suggest to check out the rest at Moroso. CLICK IMAGES FOR BETTER RESOLUTION>>BLESS

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Joseph Jackson: The Fro Years

What can you really say? Think about how much you used to question this man. Then think about yourself. Then don't think about yourself....

Can it be I stayed away too long

Did I leave your mind when I was gone

It's not my thing trying to get back

But this time let me tell you where I'm at

You don't have to worry 'cause I'm coming

Back to where I should have always stayed

And now I've heard the maybe to your story

And it's enough love for me to stay

Frolab thought it fitting that they spray some sheen on the “pre-Jheri era” and honor the years that young Michael Jackson rocked that amazing afro.

Frolab presents “The Fro Years” – a desktop wallpaper of young Michael Jackson images highlighting his iconic afro.
(click here for larger image)

Please Remember Mr. Jackson for His Good Works...

Michael Jackson's Charity and Good Works

January 10, 1984: Michael visits the unit for burn victims at
Brotman-Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.
April 9, 1984: David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from
cystic fibroses is invited to Michael's home. It was David's last wish
to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.
April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York
Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for
leukemia and cancer research.
July 5, 1984: During the Jackson's press conference at Tavern On The
Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the
Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The
United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J.
July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael
meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.
December 13, 1984: Michael visits the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where
he had been treated when he was burned very badly during the producing
of a Pepsi commercial. He donates all the money he receives from
Pepsi, $1.5 million, to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.
January 28, 1985: Michael and 44 other artists meet to record "We Are
The World", written by Michael and Lionel Ritchie. The proceeds of
this record are donated to the starving people in Africa.
1986: Michael set up the "Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship
Fund". This $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in
performance art and communications, with money given each year to
students attending a UNCF member college or university.
February 28, 1986: After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old
Donna Ashlock from California gets a call from Michael Jackson. He had
heard that she is a big fan of his. Michael invites her to his home as
soon as she is feeling better. This visit takes place on March 8th.
Donna stays for dinner and watches a movie together with Michael.
September 13, 1987: Michael supports a campaign against racism. He
supports efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudices against black
October 1987: At the end of his Bad Tour, Michael donates some
personal items to the UNESCO for a charitable auction. The proceeds
will be for the education of children in developing countries.
February 1, 1988: The Song "Man In the Mirror" enters the charts. The
proceeds from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald
for Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.
March 1, 1988: At a press conference held by his sponsor Pepsi,
Michael presents a $600,000 check to the United Negro College Fund.
April 1988: Free tickets are given away for three concerts in Atlanta,
Georgia to the Make A Wish Foundation.
May 22, 1988: Michael visits children who suffer from cancer in the
Bambini-Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome. He signs autographs and
gives away sweets and records to the little patients. He promises a
check of 100,000 pounds to the hospital.
July 16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium Michael meets the
Prince of Wales and his wife Diana. He hands over a check of 150,000
pounds for the Prince's Trust, and a check of 100,000 pounds for the
children's hospital at Great Ormond Street.
July 20, 1988: Michael visits terminally ill children at Great Ormond
Street Hospital. At a unit for less critical patients he stays a
little bit longer and tells a story.
August 29, 1988: At his 30th birthday Michael performs a concert in
Leeds, England for the English charity-organization "Give For Life".
The goal of this organization is the immunization of children. Michael
presents a check for 65,000 pounds.
December 1988: Michael visits 12-year-old David Rothenburg. His father
had 5 years earlier burned him very badly in an act of revenge against
his former wife.
January 1989: The proceeds of one of Michael's shows in Los Angeles
are donated to Childhelp USA, the biggest charity-organization against
child-abuse. In appreciation of the contributions of Michael,
Childhelp of Southern California is founding the "Michael Jackson
International Institute for Research On Child Abuse".
January 10, 1989: The Bad Tour comes to an end. Under-privileged
children are donated tickets for each concert and Michael donates
money to hospitals, orphanages and charity-organizations.
February 7, 1989: Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in
Stockton, California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had fired
at the school's playground. 5 children had been killed and 39 had been
March 5, 1989: Michael invites 200 deprived children of the St.
Vincent Institute for handicapped children and of the organization Big
Brothers and Big Sisters to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After
this event he invites them to his ranch to introduce his private zoo
at his Neverland Ranch to them.
November 13, 1989: The organization "Wishes Granted" helps 4-year-old
Darian Pagan, who suffers from leukemia to meet Michael. Michael
invites the little boy to a performance of Canadian acrobats.
December 28, 1989: Young Ryan White, who suffers from hemophilia,
spends his holidays on Michael's ranch. Ryan had been infected with
AIDS by contaminated blood transfusions in 1984. After he was excluded
from his school in Kokomo, Ryan fought against the discrimination of
AIDS victims.
January 6, 1990: Michael invites 82 abused and neglected children
through Childhelp to his Neverland Ranch. There are games, a Barbeque
and a movie show provided for them.
July 1990: 45 children from the Project Dream Street, Los Angeles, for
children with life-threatening illness are invited to Neverland
August 18, 1990: Michael invites 130 children of the YMCA summer
program of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to his Neverland Ranch.
May 6, 1991: Michael is invited to the Jane Goodall Charity event.
Michael supports her, an advocate of behavioral research concerning
chimpanzees in Gombe, Nigeria for more than 30 years.
July 26, 1991: Michael pays a visit to the Youth Sports & Art
Foundation in Los Angeles. This Foundation supports families of gang
members, and helps dealing with drug-abuse. Michael talks to the kids
and presents them with a wide-screen TV set and a financial gift.
December 1991: Michael's office MJJ Productions treats needy families
in Los Angeles with more than 200 turkey dinners.
February 1992: Within 11 days Michael covers 30,000 miles in Africa,
to visit hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, and institutions
for mentally handicapped children.
February 3, 1992: At a press conference at the New York Radio City
Music Hall, Michael announces that he is planning a new world tour, to
raise funds for his new "Heal The World" Foundation. This Foundation
will support the fight against AIDS, Juvenile Diabetes and will
support the Camp Ronald McDonald and the Make A Wish Foundation.
May 6, 1992: Michael defrays the funeral-expenses for Ramon Sanchez,
who was killed during the Los Angeles riots.
June 23, 1992: At a press conference in London, Michael makes an
announcement about his Heal The World Foundation.
June 26, 1992: Michael presents the Mayor of Munich, Mr. Kronawitter,
with a 40,000 DM-check for the needy people of the city.
June 29, 1992: Michael visits the Sophia Children's Hospital in
Rotterdam and presents a check for 100,000 pounds.
July 1992: Michael donated L. 821,477,296 to La Partita del Cuore (The
Heart Match) in Rome and donated 120,000 DM to children's charities in
Estonia and Latvia.
July 25, 1992: On the occasion of a concert in Dublin, Ireland,
Michael announces that he will give 400,000 pounds of the tour
earnings to various charities.
July 29, 1992: Michael visits the Queen Elizabeth Children's Hospital
in London. To the surprise the children, he brings Mickey Mouse and
Minnie Mouse from Euro-Disney to the hospital.
July 31, 1992: On the Eve of his second concert at Wembley Stadium,
Michael presents Prince Charles with a check of 200,000 pounds for the
Prince's Trust.
August 16, 1992: 6 year old Nicholas Killen, who lost his eyesight
caused by a life aiding cancer surgery, meets Michael backstage in
Leeds, England.
September 1992: Michael donated 1 million pesetas to charity headed by
the Queen of Spain.
September 30, 1992: President Iliescu of Romania inaugurates a
playground for 500 orphans which Michael has financed. Michael
discusses his Heal The World Foundation.
October 1, 1992: Michael chooses a concert in Bucharest, Romania for
worldwide television broadcast. Bucharest is a logical choice due to
the numerous orphanages the country is known for.
November 24, 1992: At Kennedy Airport in New York, Michael supervises
the loading of 43 tons of medication, blankets, and winter clothes
destined for Sarajevo. The Heal The World Foundation collaborates with
AmeriCares to bring resources totaling $2.1 million to Sarajevo. They
will be allocated under the supervision of the United Nations.
December 10, 1992: During a press conference at the American Ambassy
in Tokyo Michael is presented with a check for $100,000 for the Heal
The World Foundation by Tour Sponsor Pepsi.
December 26, 1992: During a broadcast request for donations to the
United Negro College Fund, Michael declares: "Black Colleges and
Universities are breeding some of the leading personalities of our
time. They are on top in business, justice, science and technologies,
politics and religion. I am proud, that the Michael Jackson
Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men and women to get a
qualified education."
January 19, 1993: Michael is one of the stars to perform at the
Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton. Before he sings "Gone Too
Soon" he draws the attention to the plights of the victims of AIDS and
mentions his friend Ryan White.
January 26, 1993: At a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in
Century City, Los Angeles, Michael is presented with a $200,000
donation from the National Football League and the Sponsors of the
Super Bowl. He gets another $500,000 from the BEST Foundation for his
Heal The World Foundation. At this occasion the foundation of "Heal
L.A." is officially announced.
February 1993: In association with Sega, launched an initiative to
distribute more than $108,000 of computer games and equipment to
children's hospitals, children's homes, and children's charities
throughout the U.K.
March 1993: The foundation of an independent film company is
announced. They will produce family-oriented movies. A part of the
earnings will go to the Heal The World Foundation.
March 27, 1993: At a meeting at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles,
Michael gives a 5-minute speech to 1200 teachers and politicians.
April 26, 1993: Within his "Heal LA" tour, Michael visits the Watta
Health Foundation, and two schools in Los Angeles South Central.
May 5, 1993: Former President Jimmy Carter and Michael, who are
chairmen of the "Heal Our Children/Heal The World" initiative, are in
Atlanta to promote their "Atlanta Project Immunization Drive".
June 1993: Michael has announced that he will donate $1.25 million for
children who have suffered from the riots in Los Angeles.
June 1993: 100 children from the Challengers Boys and Girls Club visit
June 10, 1993: Michael promotes the new DARE-program. The purpose of
the program is to inform children about the dangers of drug abuse.
June 18, 1993: Michael pays a visit to a hospital in Washington. He
spends several hours with the young patients and plays chess with some
of them.
August 1993: With Pepsi-Cola Thailand, donated $40,000 to Crown
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's charity, the Rural School Children
and Youth Development Fund, in support of school lunch programs in
rural villages in Thailand.
August 1993: In conjunction with Pepsi-Cola International, donated new
ambulances to the Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children
in Moscow, Russia and the Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez in
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
October 1993: Donated $100,000 to the Children's Defense Fund, the
Children's Diabetes Foundation, the Atlanta Project, and the Boys and
Girl Clubs of Newark, New Jersey.
October 22, 1993: Michael visits a hospital in Santiago.
October 28, 1993: Michael makes it possible for 5000 underprivileged
children to visit the Reino Aventura Park, where the whale Keiko
("Free Willy") is living.
November 5, 1993: Michael is guest at a children's party at the Hard
Rock Cafe in Mexico City.
December 1993: With the Gorbachev Foundation, airlifted 60,000 doses
of children's vaccines to Tblisi, Georgia.
December 16, 1993: The Heal The World Foundation UK supports
"Operation Christmas Child" delivering toys, sweets, gifts and food to
children in former Yugoslavia.
1994: Michael donates $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Foundation.
January 7, 1994: On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday,
Michael gives a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at
his Neverland Ranch.
February 22, 1994: "The Jackson Family Honors" is televised. The
earnings of the show are given to their own newly formed charity,
"Family Caring for Families".
August 6, 1994: Michael and his wife Lisa Marie are visiting two
children's hospitals in Budapest. They distribute toys to the ill
1995: Michael wants to free dolphins who have been locked up for
years. He believes there should be legal guidelines about the way
dolphins have to live in zoos and parks.
March 1995: Little Bela Farkas received a new liver. Michael and Lisa
Marie met this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994.
Michael did everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was
getting a new liver. The Heal The World Foundation covered the surgery
and the cost for caring.
June 21, 1996: Michael donated a four-times platinum disc of "HIStory"
in aid of the Dunblane appeal at the Royal Oak Hotel, Sevenoaks in
July 18, 1996: In Soweto, South Africa Michael is laying down a wreath
of flowers for youngsters who have been killed during the fights
involving Apartheid.
September 1996: The first Sports Festival "Hope" was held for orphans
and disadvantaged children. 3000 children and 600 volunteers took part
in the Sports Festival and Michael Jackson was a special guest.
September 6, 1996: Michael visits the children's unit of a hospital in Prague.
October 1996: Michael visited a hospital for mentally challenged
children in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and offered 2,000 free tickets to the
sold out performance in Kaoshiung.
October 1, 1996: Michael donated the proceeds of his Tunisia concert
to "The National Solidarity Fund", a charity dedicated to fighting
October 3, 1996: Michael visits a children's hospital and brings small
gifts for the patients during a HIStory tour visit in Amsterdam. A
room in the hospital (for parents who want to be with their children)
is named after Michael.
November 1, 1996: Michael donates most of the earnings from a HIStory
concert in Bombay, India to the poor people of the country.
November 7, 1996: Before his first concert in Auckland, New Zealand,
Michael fulfills the wish of little Emely Smith, who is suffering from
cancer, who wants to meet Michael.
November 25, 1996: Michael visited the Royal Children's Hospital in
Melbourne, delivering toys, signing autographs, and visiting with
December 9, 1996: During a HIStory tour visit in Manila, Michael
visits a children's hospital. He announces that a part of his concert
earnings will be donated to the renovation of the hospital.
January 25, 1997: Michael waved his personal fee for his Bombay
appearance and donated $1.1 million to a local charity helping to
educate children living in slums.
April 4, 1997: British magazine "OK!" is publishing exclusive photos
of Michael's son Prince. The magazine pays about 1 million pounds for
the photos. Michael donates the money to charity.
June 18, 1997: Michael signed the "Children in Need" book auctioned by
the charity UNESCO.
September 1998: Michael meets 5 year old Aza Woods, who suffers from
cancer, at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael introduces Aza to
the attraction "Star Trek: The Experience" and spends the rest of the
afternoon with the little boy. Finally Michael invites Aza to spend
some time with him at his Neverland Ranch.
November 16, 1998: Michael arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a member
of the American Delegation invited by the Minister of Defense. The
delegation thanks the government of Zimbabwe for helping to keep the
peace in this area.
September 4, 1999: Michael presented Nelson Mandela with a check for
1,000,000 South African rand for the "Nelson Mandela Children's Fund."
January 22, 2000: During Christmas last year a violent storm ravaged
the park of the Chateau de Versailles and destroyed 10,000 trees in
the park. The estimated cost for rebuilding the park is around $20
million. Some celebrities are supporting the restoration of the park.
French officials are reporting that Michael Jackson is one of them. He
was one of the first people to donate money to this cause.
October 28, 2000:Michael painted a plate to be auctioned for the
"Carousel of Hope Ball" benefiting childhood diabetes research.
March 6, 2001: Michael donated a black hat, a birthday phone-call and
a jacket worn at the Monaco Music Awards in 2000 to the Movie Action
for Children auction, an event being given by UNICEF with all proceeds
will going to UNICEF's efforts to prevent mother-to-child HIV
transmission in Africa.
March 26, 2001: Michael handed out books to young people at a Newark,
NJ theater. The event, which helped to launch the Michael Jackson
International Book Club, part of his new Heal the Kids charity, aims
to promote childhood reading and encourage parents to return to
reading bedtime stories.
September 15, 2002: Michael donated 16 exclusively autographed items
consisting of CD's, videos and 2 cotton napkins to aid in the support
of the victims of a severe flood in Germany. These items were
auctioned off for charity and managed to raise 3935 Euro (US$ 3,814).
October 12, 2002: Michael Jackson invited more than 200 Team
Vandenberg members, who recently returned from overseas deployments,
and their families to his Neverland Ranch. This was to show his
appreciation for the sacrifices the military in his community make.
November 19-29, 2002: Michael donated an autographed teddy bear
dressed in his likeness to Siegfried & Roy's celebrity teddy bear
auction. This auction benefits Opportunity Village which is a
non-profit organization based in Las Vegas (USA) that enhances the
lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their
families. Michael's autographed teddy bear raised $5,000 for the
November 21, 2002: Michael donated a jacket to the The Bambi Charity
Event in Berlin which raised $16,000.
April 25, 2002: Michael Jackson performed at a fundraiser for the
Democratic National Committee at the Apollo Theater in Harlem helping
to raise nearly $3 million dollars towards voter registration.
June 2003: The Wolf family, who experienced serious damages to their
belongings during the flood in Saxony, Germany last August, was
invited to Berlin by Michael Jackson when he was at the Bambi Awards.
On that occasion Michael invited them to Neverland. In June, they
spent three days at Neverland, meeting Michael and his children.

Charity Awards
May 14, 1984: At a ceremony in the White House President Reagan
presents Michael an award for special efforts; he is honored for his
participation in a national ad campaign against drunk driving.
January 1989: The "Say Yes To A Youngsters Future" program honors
Michael in recognition of his efforts to encourage children to natural
sciences and award him with the "National Urban Coalition
Artist/Humanitarian Of The Year Award".
March 1989: At the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City,
California, Michael receives the Black Radio Special Award for his
humanitarian efforts.
September 22, 1989: The Capital Children's Museum awards Michael with
the Best Of Washington 1989 Humanitarian Award in recognition of his
efforts to raise money for the museum, and for his never-ending
support of children.
February 3, 1990: From Japan Michael receives a Role Model Award.
April 5, 1990: During a ceremony, where Michael is awarded as
"Entertainer Of The Decade", Michael meets President George Bush, who
honors him with the "Point Of Light" award. Michael receives this
award for his philanthropic activities. President Bush explains
Michael's humanitarian commitments to the press.
September 14, 1990: The Council of the American Scouts honors Michael
with the first "Good Scout Humanitarian Award". Michael receives this
award for his humanitarian activities by supporting the Make A Wish
Foundation, the Prince's Trust, the United Negro College Fund and
Childhelp USA.
October 23, 1990: Michael Jackson and Elton John will be the first
recipients of the award in memory of Ryan White, which will be handed
over in 1991.
May 1, 1992: President George Bush presents Michael with the "Point of
Light" award for his continuing support of deprived children. During
his stay, Michael visits little Raynal Pope, who had been injured very
badly by dogs.
June 3, 1992: The organization "One To One", who is caring for better
living conditions of young people, honors Michael with an award for
his commitment to deprived youngsters.
July 1993: The American Friends of Hebrew University honors Michael
with the Scopus Award 1993.
August 1993: The Jack The Rapper Awards are presented and Michael is
honored with the "Our Children, Our Hope Of Tomorrow" award.
November 17, 1993: Michael rejects the Scopus Award. He was nominated
for this award, which was planned to be given him on January 29th,
April 12, 1994: On occasion of the 2nd Children's Choice Award
ceremony at Cit Center in New York, Michael is presented with the
"Caring For Kids" award. This award is to honor celebrities, who take
time for young people. 100,000 children and young people from 8 to 18
years old gave Michael their vote of confidence. The Children's Choice
Awards are sponsored by Body Sculpt, a charity organization, that
offers drug-prevention programs for young people.
November 2, 1995: Michael receives the award "Diamont of Africa".
March, 30, 1996: The Ark Trust-Foundation, who wants to draw the
attention of the public eye on animal's problems, presents the 10th
Genesis Award. Michael is presented with the 1995 Doris Day Award. He
gets this award for the "Earth Song" video, which draws attention to
the plight of the animals.
May 1, 1999: At the Bollywood awards in New York, Michael is presented
with an award for his humanitarian activities. The award is signed:
"Though he comes from the young American tradition, Michael is the
embodiment of an old indian soul. His actions are an expression of the
philosophy of Weda, which asked to work for the people - not for one's
own interests."
The Millennium-Issue of the "Guinness Book Of Records" names Michael
as the Pop Star who supports the most charity organizations. The
following projects are supported by Michael Jackson:
AIDS Project L.A.
American Cancer Society
Angel Food
Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
BMI Foundation
Brotherhood Crusade
Brothman Burn Center
Camp Ronald McDonald
Childhelp U.S.A.
Children's Institute International
Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund
Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus
Dakar Foundation
Dreamstreet Kids
Dreams Come True Charity
Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation
Heal The World Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Love Match
Make A Wish Foundation
Minority Aids Project
Motown Museum
National Rainbow Coalition
Rotary Club of Australia
Society of Singers
Starlight Foundation
The Carter Center's Atlanta Project
The Sickle Cell Research Foundation
United Negro College Fund
United Negro College Fund Ladder's of Hope
Volunteers of America
Watts Summer Festival
Wish Granting
YMCA - 28th Street/Crenshaw
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
This is the oldest mentoring organization serving youth in the USA.
BBBSA has provided one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult
volunteers and children at risk since 1904. BBBSA currently serves
over 100,000 children and youth in more than 500 agencies throughout
all of the United States.
BMI Foundation
From jazz to musical theater, from music education for gifted
youngsters to support for the work of accomplished concert music
composers, the BMI Foundation seeks out the best and most promising of
today's and tomorrow's musical creators and offers a platform of
support that fosters their growth and ensures the continuation of the
heritage of American musical ingenuity for generations to come.
Childhelp USA
Childhelp USA is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional,
educational, und spiritual needs of abused and neglected children
focusing efforts and resources upon treatment, prevention.
Children's Institute International
This is a private, non-profit organization specializing in the
treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Over the past 90 years, CII has evolved from a shelter for single
mothers and their babies to an internationally recognized model of
comprehensive care and assistance for at-risk children and their
CII assistance includes child and family assessment supported by
24-hour emergency residential shelter care, family treatment services,
therapeutic day care, child health clinic, long-term foster family
care, and substance abuse treatment and prevention services.
Make A Wish Foundation fulfills the favorite wish of any child between
the age of 2 ½ and 18 who has a diagnosed life-threatening illness.
Camp Ronald McDonald
Camp for children with cancer.

More great stats at http://jacksonaction.com

With 750+ Million Records Sold
Michael Jackson Has Given More Than
$300+ Million to Charities!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Light Lane

LightLane was originally created for a design competition to promote commuting by bicycle. Although the concept did not win, the response was overwhelming, encouraging the inventors to continue development. Click image for hi-res version.

Bibio Time Lapse Vids

Bibio is the recording name of the British music producer Stephen Wilkinson. He currently releases music on the Warp Records label and previously on Mush Records. Check out the vintage videos.


OK, You have been in the office long enough. You don't exercise enough and you eat terribly. You aren't like most people and you want to switch it up right?

Trying to incorporate a regular fitness routine while balancing work and home life is a challenge many face. But with constant reminders on staying healthy, and an ever growing American waistline, making exercise part of our daily lives is essential.

Who doesn't love the being in the water on a 90 degree day? Kayaking involves strength training, flexibility and aerobic workouts. The high number of repetition works your abs, arms, shoulders, back and chest. In addition to the physical workout you'll get, being outdoors and taking in nature, even for a short period of time, helps the mind and body relax and unwind. I am not a rapper :)Athletes, people looking to get into shape, and those who enjoy the outdoors are perfect candidates for canoeing and kayaking. Plus, its a great thing to do with your loved ones. I have had some of the best conversation of my life in the water. Sounds embryonic right. Even mi madre knows.

How to Get Started:

Many shops offer 'demo days' to try out equipment and get information on lessons. "I strongly recommend lessons". Lessons can range from introductory to advanced as well as competitive and race training. At schools such as Lake Mead's students learn the basics like how to enter and exit a kayak, how to properly hold a paddle and how to master a variety of different strokes.

Where to Go in Your Area:

American Canoe Association

American Whitewater

Be well>>>>>Have fun!!

FrIday Party:::::Info

Black Light Special: Afro-Beat for ya Soul

Black Light Special is becoming one of the best spots in DC to gain positive energy and dance the night away. As always Dj Underdog will be taking us through time and space!! Records only. We can't wait to get sweaty with you tomorrow night!

Selam Bar and Restuarant
1524 U ST NW

Drink Specials All Night!!!!!
1 Dolla to the lady at the door

At this months Installment of Black Light Special Afro-Beat for your soul we will be bringing you the best of DC’s underground economy. Firstly Miss Madia Willis and Biribelle will have a Whole rack of Afro-Chic Summer Dresses.
Click to go to webpage HERE::::

People have been asking Dj Underdog about his Afro-Beat mixes but he's gonna let you take the party home. That way you won't miss us so much in July! If you aren't up on dudes mix tapes this will be like music education 2.0. We've got em on sale for $10.00 all night!!

Also check out the preview to his "WHole Foods" mix tape out on June 30 HERE

Thank you all for your constant support. We are going to break the ceiling Tomorrow Night!!!

Give Christine and Allison a shout @ Lunchboxtheory.wordpress.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Peace to my good friend MASSAN in San Franscico. Get Some brakes man!!!

Clearing the Air::What is a Vegan?

Six people asked me this question today so this is a simple explanation to clear the air. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.

People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. For example, some vegans feel that one promotes the meat industry by consuming eggs and dairy products. That is, once dairy cows or egg-laying chickens are too old to be productive, they are often sold as meat; and since male calves do not produce milk, they usually are raised for veal or other products. Some people avoid these items because of conditions associated with their production.

Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. They know they are not perfect, but believe they have a responsibility to try to do their best, while not being judgmental of others. A healthy and varied vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

Protein::::THE BIG MYTH!!!!

It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein as long as calorie intake is adequate. Strict protein planning or combining is not necessary. The key is to eat a varied diet.

Almost all foods except for alcohol, sugar, and fats are good sources of protein. Vegan sources include: potatoes, whole wheat bread, rice, broccoli, spinach, almonds, peas, chickpeas, peanut butter, tofu, soy milk, lentils, kale...Don't be mislead by people that question your protein intake. You truthfully don't need a ton of protein to live a healthy active lifestyle. Focus on you and what your body feels it needs because in some way and form, the body will cue you to its daily needs. Be well.

Access to Life::::India

India’s AIDS epidemic has been fueled mainly by unprotected sex. Estimates are that more than 2.5 million Indians are living with HIV. Women are particularly at risk of having the virus passed to them by their husbands or regular partners, who have been infected through paid sex. In some parts of India, injected drugs also play a significant role in the spread of HIV.

Magnum Photo's from a time before time:::::

Big up to Frolab on this one.Magnum takes a look back at the eclectic hairdos of the 1960s, from the huge beehives of the early part of the decade to the popular afros that came in later.

NEW YORK CITY—In Harlem, Arlene Hawkins with afro puffs, 1968. Linked HERE

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Stencils make things so much easier.

Love from two twelve on Vimeo.

Summertime Fruit Medley

We are all having more gatherings and company this summer it seems. Here is a quick and easy recipe for a fruit salad. This medley of summer's succulent fruits tossed without amaretto or yogurt as most people use for some odd reason, will dazzle your guests.

large ripe peaches, peeled and sliced

large ripe nectarines, sliced

large ripe mango, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

cup blueberries

cups orange juice

Please don't add sugar, as the fruit has enough natural sweeteners and enzymes. Add fresh mint for garnish (optional).

The Latest on Global Warming

I know you all are literally burning to know what is the latest on our global warming situation. I used to work for N.O.A.A. so I get the scoop before everyone. See the video for the latest. Be Well>>>

Global Warning from Paul Garbett on Vimeo.

Taiwon Fixed Gear Blog

Peace to my friend Mao over @ Taiwan Fixed Gear. Thanks for everything. If folks didn't know, Taiwan Fixed Gear is a crew of women who ride and do tricks on fixed gear bikes in Taiwon. They are making a global impression more than over there. Check out some of their picks and view there site here http://fixedgeargirltaiwan.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 22, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

6 Golden Rules for a Successful Summer Detox

Happy First Day of Summer, June 21st. Although we tend to think of detox in January after the heavy food and excesses of winter and the holiday season summer is an ideal time to detox. When the weather is warmer it is so much easier to follow a detox of fruit and fresh salads and leave the heavy stodgy hard to digest food behind.

By following a 7 - 14 day detox plan that focuses on nutrient packed fresh foods close to their natural state and avoiding processed foods laden with sugar, fat, salt and artificial additives you will allow your body to function more efficiently. There is no need to starve yourself or go hungry. By eating food that is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber you will feel much more satisfied.

6 Golden Rules for a Successful Summer Detox.

Cut out the Junk

Avoid fast foods, processed foods, ready meals, salty snacks, fizzy drinks, high fat foods, foods high in sugar like cookies, chocolate, cakes, and most ready made desserts. These foods often contain artificial additives that poison your body. They lack vitamins, minerals and fiber that your body needs for the detox system to function efficiently. Limit red meat and dairy products as they are often contain hormones and antibiotic residues.

Feast on Fresh Whole Foods

Eating foods in their natural state will provide your body with high levels of nutrients that will support your body's detoxification system improving your health. Food starts to loose its nutrients once it is stored so look for fruit and vegetables that are in season and not imported. Organically produced food has more nutrients and taste and no toxic pesticides.

Eat a High Raw Diet

Many vitamins and minerals are lost from food by cooking. It is easy to eat a high raw fruit and vegetable diet on a summer detox by juicing your fruit and vegetables or making them into smoothies, uncooked blended soups and salads.

Some foods need to be cooked to make them more palatable and easier to digest and steaming them lightly will help to retain their nutrients better than boiling them. You can stir-fry food instead of heating oil to a high temperature which will damage it and create toxic substances.

Living salads and sprouted seeds and beans are readily available in many supermarkets and whole food markets and stores.

Rehydrate(Drink More Water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Your body contains a high proportion of water and needs enough pure water to function efficiently. Tap water is usually high in chlorine, fluoride and drug residue which are detrimental to health. A glass of pure water with the juice of half an organic lemon is a good cleansing drink first thing in the morning.

Replace coffee and regular tea with fruit and vegetable juices, herbal or fruit teas. Green tea is high in antioxidants but still contains caffeine so avoid drinking too many cups. Aim to have 6 - 8 glasses of fluid a day and more in hot weather or when you exercise.

Get some exercise

Exercise helps the blood and lymph circulate to all the organs to take them nutrients and collect the wastes to be eliminated via the detox organs. Daily brisk walking, or riding a bike is essential. Swimming in chlorine free pools, and running at least 4 times a week is beneficial. I always say its best to sweat at least once a day to detox.

Don't forget to brush your skin daily with a natural bristle brush to help with lymph circulation and make your skin glow. Never let salt from sweating build up on your skin after a work. Always wash your face.

Avoid Re-tox

Look for natural personal care products to reduce the toxic chemicals that are absorbed from your skin. Buy natural household cleaning products that do not pollute the environment. Many are highly toxic when inhaled.

Although you won't get rid of a lifetime of toxins during a 7 or 14 day detox it will help to make you more aware of what you are putting into your body and learn to become attuned to what it really needs. If you stick to the principles of a healthy diet you will feel good, look good and dramatically improve your health. Trust!

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

"Portrait of the Senegalese superstar musician isn’t so much a career overview as a compelling look at his attempts to reconcile politics, spirituality, and fame at a turbulent moment in history." —New York Magazine

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love is a remarkable film portrait of the legendary artist and humanitarian and the making of his Grammy Award-winning album Egypt. An extraordinary testament to his Muslim faith and an impassioned plea for a more tolerant view of Islam, the film profiles N'Dour with candid insight while providing a timely look at the complex place of music in Islam. This film received the Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Middle East International Film Festival. In Arabic, English, French, and Wolof with English subtitles.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Up Coming Event Flyers

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


The Woman Project wants to underline their pivotal role and to hightline their dignity by shooting them in their daily lives and posting them on the walls of their country.

On the other hand, by posting the same images if these women in Western countries, the project allows everyone to feel concerned by their condition and connects, through art, the two different worlds.

Kenya, South-Sudan, Sierra.-Leone, Liberia - The violence suffered by woman there is the extreme expression of discrimination. The ethnic wars in Africa are a source of the worst crimes on woman. When meeting them, JR wants to testify of their force, their courage and their noble struggle: first to live, then to exist.


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There are some voices (BBCNews) about a current trip of the French artist JR in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil because the context of favelas has encouraged him to meet women for whom crime (via). I Hope to have more news soon!

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The Future Of Food

THIS HAS TO BE WATCHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Do you wash your hands correctly?

Chances are, you have been washing your own hands for quite a while. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbiotic life are everywhere. All it takes is a little soap and some water, right? Actually, there is a bit more to handwashing. Below, find out how to wash your hands correctly, and why it matters so much.

Here's Why:

The single most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick and to stop the spread of disease-causing germs is to wash your hands often . By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you may have picked up from other people or from contaminated surfaces. One of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with the cold virus. More frequent hand washing may be able to reduce the spread of the cold virus. Some studies show that when children are carefully taught to wash their hands school absenteeism is reduced, perhaps especially when alcohol-based hand rubs are combined with handwashing.

You cannot see germs with the naked eye, so wash your hands often. Especially important times include:

* After using a Computer(computer hold germs more than any tool in the home)
* Before, during, and after you prepare food
* Before you eat
* After you use the bathroom
* After you change a diaper
* After handling animals or animal waste
* When your hands are dirty
* More frequently when someone in your home is sick

Here's How:

To properly wash your hands, follow these simple steps:

* First wet your hands with warm water and apply liquid or lather with a clean bar of soap.
* Next rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces. Also clean under your fingernails to help control germs and keep them trimmed and short.
* Continue for at least 15 seconds or about the length of a little tune (for example: the "Happy Birthday" song). It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
* Rinse your hands well and then dry them.

Note: When soap is not readily available, alcohol-based hand rubs offer a quick and easy alternative. No water is needed and studies show they’re fairly effective. But washing with soap is still the best single step you can take to prevent infection.

Germs on Computers:
Did you know that the average computer keyboard is proven to accumulate more germs than a public toilet?Considering how often fingers come into contact with computer keyboards, it's not surprising that a new study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found some pretty gross results.

*All keyboards tested positive for a staph bacterium called coagulase-negative staphylococci. This is one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections among those hospitalized.

*80 percent of keyboards contained diphtheroids. This bacteria represents a significant infection risk for those whose immune systems are weak, such as cancer and AIDS patients.

In my opinion the best thing to wash your hands with is what doctors use before the operate on patients. Makes the most sense right? Its a solution called Betadine and you can pick it up from any pharmacy or grocery store. When I am at home I spread in across my hands before I use liquid soap and warm water. This is what it looks like::

Be well folks...Your only as clean as the last thing you touch!


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ .

Claude Nougaro > Bidonville

With his Bidonville album, released in 1966, Nougaro decides to release French music out of its boundaries, far from commonly tread ground, above and beyond habitually visited places. For the word crazy Toulousain singer, his inspiration comes from a mix of other landscapes.

Brazil offers him bossa nova, sensuality and the standard Berimbau that he completely makes his own to create Bidonville, magnificently orchestrated by Baden Powell.
Next up he turns to Africa for the first time and its complex rhythms which he uses brilliantly on the tribal and bewitching L'Amour Sorcier.The Afro-Brazilian influence creates interesting avenues, but jazz remains Nougaro's main passion, the musical current he blends with best and through which his poetry is fully satisfied.
With covers (A Bout De Souffle borrowed from Dave Brudbeck) and compositions (Sing Sing Song) Nougaro's voice is a perfect match for the swing and syncopations of this demanding music.

Bidonville is a great jazz classic, with brilliantly composed songs of omnipresent inventiveness, and insolent youth.

Open Canvas June 25th>>..>>..

Pondering the intricacies of painting and the people who create, "Open
Canvas" is DC's first consistent live freestyle art show. Every month,
local painters freestyle paint images to canvas live in front of
hundreds of people. Nothing is planned, every piece is improvised. For
the exhibit, rather than framing the images, the artists mount them on
isles, encouraging viewers to get close to experience the work. There
is also an opportunity for the crowd to play an active role in creating
a piece live as well. While artists paint, Djs blends and
eclectic mix of rare grooves. Rather than a conventional set with
ipods, cd's or a play list, DJs fuses everything from Bjork to
Backyard Band in a sultry mix . Big up yourself if you have ever been...You matter.

Monday, June 15, 2009

FELA! is coming to Broadway!!!

Producers have confirmed a fall opening for “Fela!”, the musical that the New York Times called “A Show That Melts Walls,” at the Eugene O’Neill TheaterPlot follows not only Fela’s musical career — in which he combined jazz, funk and African traditions to become a pioneer in world music — but also his personal life and work as an activist opposing the corrupt military government of post-colonial Nigeria.

Conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Steve Hendel, show has a book by Lewis and Jones and is choreographed and helmed by Jones, who picked up a 2007 Tony as choreographer of “Spring Awakening.”Tuner’s score, comprising Kuti tunes, is performed by Brooklyn band Antibalas, led by Aaron Johnson.

Hendel produces with Ruth Hendel (”Mary Stuart,” “33 Variations”) and Roy Gabay (”The Little Dog Laughed”). The pool of investors is reportedly likely to include big-name contempo musicians such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Jay Z.

“Fela!” begins previews Oct. 19 ahead of a Nov. 23 opening.

Battle of the Grains - Brown Rice VS Quinoa

Whole grains, like oatmeal and brown rice, are the general choice for most people because it's readily available and cheap. But what about “new” grains, such as quinoa? If it stood toe to toe with the brown rice, which would be crowned the champ?

Let's assume that you are a progressive eater. Meaning you don't eat white bread or white rice or white meat. You are pretty conscious about what you put into your body from day to day, even if you eat meat. With this in mind, most of you probably eat brown rice over white rice any day due to the fact that you know its better for you. Brown rice is an unpolished rice, the brownish layer that is left clinging to the seed(rice) is called bran. Fully unpolished - is when the entire bran layer is not removed, the color of the rice is very brown. Brown rice as an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of the minerals selenium and magnesium.

Quinoa dominates just about all the whole grains because it has lysine, one of the nine essential amino acids that you must get from your diet because your body can’t synthesize it. Other grains have some lysine content, but not enough to count; quinoa’s lysine content is sufficient for it to be considered a complete protein.If that were all quinoa had going for it, it would still beat brown rice hands down. But there’s more. In a study conducted in 2002, researchers found that eating quinoa was associated with an increase in insulin-like growth factor-1 levels. Quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas," who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Quinoa is generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you may purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the quinoa are covered and that the store has a good product turnover so as to ensure its maximal freshness. Whether purchasing quinoa in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture. When deciding upon the amount to purchase, remember that quinoa expands during the cooking process to several times its original size. If you cannot find it in your local supermarket, look for it at natural foods stores, which usually carry this super grain. Be well>>>>

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I must say, attaining my ASA license has not been easy. But seeing boats like this make it so much more worth while before my trip overseas. Be well.

Nino Nardini>>The Original Mad Scientist?


Crazed librarian Nino Nardini was the 'mad-scientist' of modern music. The French genius had one of the most gifted and imaginative minds in the weird world of Incredibly Strange Music. As a composer, innovator, and all-round musical psycho, he has never failed to astound or impress with the sheer brilliance and variety of his musical concoctions. WELLNESS>>>>