Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dancing In Prospect Park, Brooklyn with Friends. Before the Protests. May 2020

Now is a time to protest, discuss, have conversations...here's hoping to get together with my friends in the nearby future.
This took place before the riots and protests. But during the pandemic. Celebrating life and our love of dance. 

Shot by @illegalfunk(on Instagram)
Pics by friends

The song in the video is 'Package' by Lowkey

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Outbreak 1995 Movie Review-SPOILERS



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Another week of our Quarantine Review series, where Jason G and I pick a movie, TV show, or comic to critique. This week it's Outbreak. Released 1995, starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, and more. As of this writing, this movie can still be streamed on Netflix.

We were interested in reviewing Outbreak to spot the parallels between this film and current events with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here's a synopsis of the film. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbreak_(film) 

Like this review? Check out my new book, where I have collected several older reviews for such films as Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars Rogue One, and more. Check that out here. https://amzn.to/36JFBay 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

My Conversation with Dancer Erick Jael Fuentes


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Erick Jael Fuentes is a dancer I'd see in dance classes and on my Instagram feed. One late night in 2019, we both attended a party. He impressed me with his dance vocabulary and different styles. He's Hispanic like me. In this NYC Dancehall space, Hispanic male dancers are few and far between. I was curious to speak with him. This is our conversation.

You can reach out to Erick here on his Instagram account at  https://www.instagram.com/erick_jael_fuentes/

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Monday, May 25, 2020

New Design in my Teepublic store-'Que Cerda!' (What a Pig!)

This was inspired by my co-worker.    She said this(Que Cerda!)and told me what it means.   I added the cute piggy.   It's available on t-shirts, face masks, onesies, cell phone cases, pillows, journals and more.   All in different colors.    Check it out here.






Tuesday, May 19, 2020

90s Mixtape Bay-Bay!


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During the 90s I graduated high school, had my first kiss, and was  introduced to the hospitality industry.   Where I would proceed to work till present day.

I recorded this episode on a livestream on Periscope in May 2020.   You should join me there some time.    Enjoy the mix!

Track listing:
  1. Dido-‘Thank you’
  2. Lenny Kravitz-‘It Ain’t Over ’Til it’s Over’
  3. George Micheal-‘Freedom!   ’90’
  4. Jamiroquai-‘Virtual Insanity’
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers-‘Around the World’
  6. Limp Bizkit-‘Nookie’
  7. Beastie Boys-‘Intergalactic’
  8. Neneh Cherry-‘Buffalo Stance’
  9. SNAP!-’The Power’
  10. C&C Music Factory-‘Gonna Make You Sweat’
  11. Technotronic-‘Pump Up the Jam’
  12. Reel 2 Real-‘I Like To Move It’
  13. Underground Solution-‘Luv Dancin’
  14. Hardrive-‘Deep Inside’
  15. Barbara Tucker-‘Beautiful People’
  16. River Ocean-‘Love & Happiness’
  17. Haddaway-‘What Is Love’
  18. Jennifer Lopez-‘Waiting for Tonight’
  19. Jamiroquai-‘Canned Heat’
  20. Mobb Deep-‘Right Back at You’
  21. Jay-Z-‘Dead Presidents II’
  22. Nas-‘Nastradamus’
  23. Gang Starr-‘Work’
  24. KRS-One-’Black Cop’
  25. Eric B. & Rakim-‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’
  26. Jodeci-‘Come and Talk to Me’
  27. Blackstreet-‘No Diggity’
  28. Dru Hill-‘In My Bed’
  29. Santana-‘Maria, Maria’
  30. Michael Jackson-‘Remember the Time’
  31. Red Hot Chili Peppers-‘Under the Bridge’
  32. Alanis Morissette-‘Ironic’
  33. Extreme-‘More Than Words’
  34. Crazy Town-‘Butterfly’
  35. Ace of Base-‘The Sign’
  36. Daddy Screw-‘Kerry’
  37. Penny Irie-‘Matey’
  38. Shabba Ranks-‘Love Punany Bad’
  39. Beenie Man-‘Big Up and Trust’
  40. Lexxus-‘Full Hundred’
  41. Super Beagle-‘Dust Out A Sound Bwoy’
  42. Ninja Man-‘Murder Dom’
  43. Johnny Osbourne-‘No Ice Cream Sound’
  44. Mr. Big Man-‘Terror Fabulous’
  45. Buju Banton-‘Bogle’
  46. Tony Rebel-‘If Jah’


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Quarantine Movie Review Series-Overlord 2018


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This episode begins our quarantine movie/tv review series.   Jason G and I will take turns making suggestions.   We will watch what we've chosen and come back in a week and give our respective reviews.

JJ Abrams-produced Overlord from 2018 is our topic this week.   Click here for the film's synopsis.   

Jason found the film likable but isn't what he expected.   The trailer gave him the impression of a zombie apocalypse that took place during World War 2.   He ultimately described it as being a 70% war movie, a 30% horror movie.   He also told me the meaning behind the film's title.   

Overlord is the military's codename for the Battle of Normandy in 1944.   The Allied Forces making their move against German-occupied France.   In movie-speak, Overlord takes place the night before Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan.'   Which in the opening scene, the invasion of Omaha Beach, can be described as a horror movie.   He felt the(cast)standouts where Wyatt Russell(Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son). Bookeem Woodbine.   Who made an impact with very little screen time.   Game of Thrones Pilou Asbaek as Captain Wafner.   Especially his facials as the monster.   Finally, the main star Jovan Adepo(Boyce), walked the line between empathy and apathy.   He noted the chemistry between Boyce and Chloe(played by Mathilde Ollivier).   Saying that if circumstances had been different, they could've had an intimate relationship.  Overlord gave Jason a combination of 1985's Re-Animator, Indiana Jones, and period war piece.   He felt the movie as a whole was anti-climatic.

This is the third time I've seen this movie.   I saw it once in theaters and fell asleep in the beginning.   Seeing it now in its entirety, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Jason gives the movie a 7.5 out of 10, and I 9.5.   Overlord is currently available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

Check out the Re-Animator movie Jason mentioned here https://amzn.to/3cXbEGe
  
If you enjoyed this movie review check out my new book 'There will be Spoilers.'    It's a collection of my reviews over the last few years.   Available in audiobook, ebook, paperback formats.   You can find that here https://amzn.to/2Lvmozz 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Summer Party Season May be Cancelled. Dancing Outside Doesn't Stop.


May-June usually brings awesome day parties where my dance friends and I get together and dance all afternoon into the evening. With the pandemic, it looks like that won't be happening this year😕.

Nonetheless, it does not prevent us from dancing outside.   This was shot by my friend Eli Reed in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.   May 2020.

The dance style is dancehall, the song is 'Aircraft' by Adonia.



Find the some of those party videos I was talking about here.

Dancing In Prospect Park, Brooklyn with Friends. Before the Protests. May 2020

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