August, 2012

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Some people try to get next to you so that they can take your credit for you being you. Be alert. #ElsieLawSays #StarfaceSays

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Consider This A Dropped Jewel: The Game Just Rewinds Edition

Here’s some interesting observations and recollections that Quincy Jones made about the music industry in his autobiography:

“But by and large beboppers were artists, proud, sensitive, intelligent people who practiced for hours and didn’t want to shuffle and entertain white folks anymore. They said, ‘We’re artists and want to be treated that way.’ You can imagine how that kind of attitude came off in the 40s & 50s- Black men and women talking that way. Forget it. That’s why so many turned to drugs.

These were the days when managers would sign an artist, record him, take a million dollar life insurance policy, record him, let the artist tour Vegas, record him again, then smoke him and collect the insurance.

At the first sign of Charlie Parker’s jones coming down at a recording session, they’d have him sign away all his composing, publishing, and artist’s royalties before they’d let in the dealer so that Bird could shoot up. Monk, Bird, Miles, Basie, nobody knew the business. Most of us sold our songs and publishing rights for peanuts to people who didn’t give a s*** about anything but money.”

[SIDEBAR: This is not the first time I posted this post. However, I think it's worth reposting. We must learn from our history! Everything moves in cycles.]

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The reaction of some people to me reading certain books always bugs me out. It’s like I’m not entitled to know my own history, but I’m entitled to know yours. SMH #KnowYourselfAndToThyOwnSelfBeTrue

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Love Your Life: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

“Life is a series of collisions with the future.” -José Ortega y Gasset

Have a fly day!

Lots of Love,

Starface

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Fly Interviews: Part 2- Muhammad Ali & The Jacskon 5

“If you are given a victory and a power over your adversary; then in thankfulness for God for this, forgive them…”

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Fly Interviews: Part 1- Muhammad Ali & The Jacskon 5

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The Nineteen Ninety Fly™ Video Of The Week

Gang Starr, “Just To Get A Rep”

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Love Your Life: Monday, August 27, 2012

“Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a bit of focus.” -Robert Brault

Have a fly day!

Lots of Love,

Starface

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Currently Reading…

“Everything But The Burden: What White People Are Taking From Black Culture”  Edited By: Greg Tate

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Love Your Life: Saturday, August 25, 2012

“Now that it’s all over, what did you really do yesterday that’s worth mentioning?” -Coleman Cox

Have a fly day!

Lots of Love,

Starface

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