Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New (to the public) music from TON3X™ (Tonex) Leaks Online

 image: examiner.com/Bennett

The homey Chizmatonic, a Nureau veteran [those who remember the Nureau Underground know what I mean), just leaked a hot R&B joint from Tonex, which was recorded around 2004.
Click on the link below to listen.


Chizmatonic's Things & Stuff

I'm diggin' it.... you?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ricky Martin Finally Comes Out

In related news, bears poop in the woods.


Here's the full text from his website:

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En los últimos meses me di a la tarea de escribir mis memorias. Un proyecto que sabia seria uno verdaderamente importante para mi porque desde que escribí la primera frase me di cuenta que seria la herramienta que ayudaría a liberarme de cosas que venia cargando desde hace mucho tiempo. Cosas que pesaban demasiado. Escribiendo este minucioso inventario de mi vida, me acerque a mis verdades. Y esto es de celebrar!

Si existe un lugar que me llena porque estremece mis emociones, es el escenario, es mi vicio. La música el espectáculo, el aplauso, estar frente a un publico me hace sentir que soy capaz de cualquier cosa. Es un tipo de adrenalina y euforia que no quiero que deje de correr por mis venas jamás. Si ustedes, el publico y la musa me lo permiten, espero seguir en los escenarios muchos años mas. Pero hoy la serenidad me lleva a un lugar muy especial, uno de reflexión, comprensión y mucha iluminación. Me siento libre! Y lo quiero compartir.

Mucha gente me dijo que no era importante hacerlo, que no valía la pena, que todo lo que trabaje y todo lo que había logrado se colapsaría. Que muchos en este mundo no estarían preparados para aceptar mi verdad, mi naturaleza. Y como estos consejos venían de personas que amo con locura, decidí seguir adelante con mi "casi verdad". MUY MAL. Dejarme seducir por el miedo fue un verdadero sabotaje a mi vida. Hoy me responsabilizo por completo de todas mis decisiones, y de todas mis acciones.

Y si me preguntaran el dia de hoy ¿Ricky, a que le tienes miedo? Les contestaría - "a la sangre que corre por las calles de los países en Guerra, a la esclavitud sexual infantil, al terrorismo, al cinismo de algunos hombres en el poder, al secuestro de la fe". Pero miedo a mi naturaleza, a mi verdad? NO MAS! Al contrario, estas me dan valor y firmeza. Justo lo que necesito para mi y para los míos, y mas ahora que soy padre de 2 criaturas que son seres de luz. Tengo que estar a su altura. Seguir viviendo como lo hice hasta hoy, seria opacar indirectamente ese brillo puro con el cual mis hijos han nacido. BASTA YA! LAS COSAS TIENEN QUE CAMBIAR! Estoy claro que esto no se supone que pasara hace 5 ni hace 10 años atrás . Esto se supone que pasara hoy. Hoy es mi dia, este es mi tiempo, mi momento.

Que pasara de ahora en adelante? Quien sabe. Solo me puedo enfocar en lo que estoy viviendo ahora. Estos años en silencio y reflexión me han fortalecido y me recordaron que el amor vive dentro de mi, que la aceptación la encuentro en mi interior, y que la verdad solo trae la calma. Hoy para mi el significado de la felicidad toma otra dimensión

Ha sido un proceso muy intenso, angustiante y doloroso pero también liberador. Les juro que cada palabra que están leyendo aquí nace de amor, purificación, fortaleza, aceptación y desprendimiento. Que escribir estas líneas es el acercamiento a mi paz interna, parte vital de mi evolución. Hoy ACEPTO MI HOMOSEXUALIDAD como un regalo que me da la vida. ¡Me siento bendecido de ser quien soy!-

RM


ENGLISH VERSION

A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating.

For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that's the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It's my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don't ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I'm at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I'm feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share.

Many people told me: "Ricky it's not important", "it's not worth it", "all the years you've worked and everything you've built will collapse", "many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature". Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth. Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.

If someone asked me today, "Ricky, what are you afraid of?" I would answer "the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war...child slavery, terrorism...the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith." But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed.

What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The word "happiness" takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.

RM

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Erykah Badu: "Appletree (Planet Rock Version - Live)

Live From Brixton Academy
OMG!

SMH: bush wipes his hands on Clinton's shirt after shaking Hatians' hands

I can't make this stuff up even if I tried.... SMH.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

John de Gruchy: A Christian Humanism

Not for the theologically faint of heart, but a great read nonetheless.

The Ramblin' Man: John de Gruchy: A Christian Humanism

Monday, March 22, 2010

Congressman Tim Ryan Goes IN!

Congressman Tim Ryan (Democrat, Ohio) goes IN on the Teabaggers before the President's speech.

HuffPost: Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress



"Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress "
Sam Stein
Huffington Post
LINK TO ARTICLE

Abusive, derogatory and even racist behavior directed at House Democrats by Tea Party protesters on Saturday left several lawmakers in shock.

Preceding the president's speech to a gathering of House Democrats, thousands of protesters descended around the Capitol to protest the passage of health care reform. The gathering quickly turned into abusive heckling, as members of Congress passing through Longworth House office building were subjected to epithets and even mild physical abuse.

A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a 'ni--er.' And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a "faggot," as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president's speech, shrugged off the incident.

But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.

"It was absolutely shocking to me," Clyburn said, in response to a question from the Huffington Post. "Last Monday, this past Monday, I stayed home to meet on the campus of Claflin University where fifty years ago as of last Monday... I led the first demonstrations in South Carolina, the sit ins... And quite frankly I heard some things today I have not heard since that day. I heard people saying things that I have not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus."

"It doesn't make me nervous as all," the congressman said, when asked how the mob-like atmosphere made him feel. "In fact, as I said to one heckler, I am the hardest person in the world to intimidate, so they better go somewhere else."

Asked if he wanted an apology from the group of Republican lawmakers who had addressed the crowd and, in many ways, played on their worst fears of health care legislation, the Democratic Party, and the president, Clyburn replied:
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"A lot of us have been saying for a long time that much of this, much of this is not about health care a all. And I think a lot of those people today demonstrated that this is not about health care... it is about trying to extend a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Reality series, "Makin' The Choir"

A new reality TV show is coming to television in the near future, entitled "Makin' The Choir"

Word is, Russell Simmons and his Hip-Hop Action Summit is involved in some fashion with this project. The show will be distributed by Viacom, owners of BET, MTV, and VH1. The network which the show will ultimately air has not been decided as of yet.

For more information on "MTC", you can visit the official website at www.makinthechoir.com

To join the street team, and for up to the minute news, join the official "MTC" fan network at makinthechoir.ning.com


Friday, March 19, 2010

New Janet Jackson: "Nothing" ("Why Did I Get Married, Too?" Soundtrack)

From the forthcoming soundtrack to the upcoming Tyler Perry movie, "Why Did I Get Married, Too?", this song was written and produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael-Cox, presumably respectively.  What do you think? I like it.

Essential Tremor gets national exposure on ABC News

This nerve disorder is one that I have particular interest in, 
since I've been dealing with it since the age of 5.  

Music Pick of the Week: Krys Ivory - "Reflection" (Mixtape)

Exclusive Remix: Raheem DeVaughn: "I Don't Care" (J'Fuzion™'s FutureFunk Remix)

Sesame Street: "Do The Right Thing" [Comedy] [NSFW]

This is definitely NSFW ((Not Safe For Work) due to language... but it is SO funny...

 

RIP, Alex Chilton

One of the most influential rock singers of all time, Alex Chilton, passed away today after suffering a heart attack. He was only 59 years old. Alex was only 16 years old when he had his biggest hit as lead singer of the Box Tops with a song called "The Letter".
RIP, sir.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Liz Smith: Prince working on "Purple Rain" Sequel

Will Prince and 'Purple' Reign Again?
By Liz Smit

From Wowowow.com

TWENTY-SIX years ago, rock-star Prince set the world on fire with his epic semi-autobiographical movie musical "Purple Rain." The film (and the album) spawned giant hits such as "Baby, I’m a Star," "Let’s Go Crazy," "When Doves Cry" and, of course, "Purple Rain."

The high-heeled genius never looked back and never had to, through all his incarnations – remember when he was The Artist Formerly Known as Prince? He has set the standard for funk, pop, soul and new-wave sounds.

On the stage he’s a diminutive glam version of Bruce Springsteen, playing hot guitar – and other instruments – performing for hours on end, until his audience is reduced to screaming pulp.

Now, at age 51, we are told that Prince is definitely planning to film a sequel to "Purple Rain." (We are assured this "definite" is more definite than past definites.)

Once again, the movie will touch on his own experiences. The ambitious character he played in the original, "The Kid," is now a famous 50-year-old, with no record contract and forced to compete with younger artists in an unrecognizable music industry.

If this is gonna happen, it better start filming … yesterday. Prince wants an Oscar for his score, and already he is talking about how he’ll knock ‘em out performing on next year’s Academy Awards. (Apparently, he was offered a slot on this year’s show, but declined. Interesting. I can’t imagine the people behind the Oscarcast were planning on having him do the Neil Patrick Harris number?!)

However, Prince would have really livened up Oscar. I’ll never forget him at the MTV Video Music Awards way back in the day. He wore skintight pants that were revealing enough from the front. He was a guy, for sure. Then he turned around and only a sheer layer of fishnet stood between Prince and total exposure.

Lady GaGa ain’t got nothing on The Purple One.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ciara stars in "Mama I Want To Sing!" [Movie]

Ciara, Lynn Whitfield, and Patti Labelle star in the upcoming film based on the hit stage play, "Mama, I Want To Sing!"

Wait... Ciara? WHAT???

You guys comment... we won't.

This movie was done filming in June 2009 and was set to premiere at NYC's Urbanworld Film Festival in September of LAST YEAR... so that should give you some idea.


Monday, March 15, 2010

RIP, Peter Graves: "Airplane!" Movie Tribute

In honor of actor Peter Graves' passing yesterday, here are all his clips from the classic comedy, "Airplane!". Rest in peace, Mr. Graves.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Alicia's Keys" (from Native Intruments & Alicia Keys) [Technology]

Oh, yes... I will cop this.
Shouts to Native Intruments and Alicia Keys.

Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce: "Telephone" [Video]

There are no words...

"Shrek Forever After" [Trailer]

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chris Brown begs his fans for help

Take a listen...

Mirror Message: "niagA"

Work In Progress...

Presentation inspired by hidden track number 00 ,
"Mythos: Gestation"
of the classic Maxwell album, "Embrya"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Duster Fail

Shouts To BlackHawk
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