Saturday, June 25, 2011

Profile Playlist: Michael Jackson

A collection of favorite Michael Jackson songs

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. Read More:

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The Love You Save - Michael Jackson w/ Jackson 5


Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - Michael Jackson w/ The Jacksons


Off The Wall


Rock With You


Can You Feel It - Michael Jackson w/ The Jacksons


Say Say Say [Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson]


Beat It


Billie Jean




Smooth Criminal


You Rock My World


BONUS VIDEO: MOTOWN 25: Michael Jackson - Billie Jean & "The Moonwalk" (1983)


Friday, June 24, 2011

Artist Profile: Gene Colan

Eugene "Gene" Colan (September 1, 1926 – June 23, 2011) was an American comic book artist best known for his work for Marvel Comics, where his signature titles include the superhero series, Daredevil, the cult-hit satiric series Howard the Duck, and The Tomb of Dracula, considered one of comics' classic horror series. For the Tomb of Dracula series, he co-created the Blade character with scriptwriter Marv Wolfman. The character went on to star in a series of films starring actor Wesley Snipes. He also co-created the Falcon. Blade and the Falcon were two of the first African-American superheroes in mainstream comics.

Colan was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

He began working in comics in 1944, doing illustrations for publisher Fiction House's aviation-adventure series Wings Comics. "[J]ust a summertime job before I went into the service", it gave Colan his first published work, the one-page "Wing Tips" non-fiction filler "P-51B Mustang" (issue #52, Dec. 1944). His first comics story was a seven-page "Clipper Kirk" feature in the following month's issue.

After attempting to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II but being pulled out by his father "because I was underage", Colan at "18 or 19" enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Originally scheduled for gunnery school in Boulder, Colorado, plans changed with the war's sudden end. After training at an Army camp near Biloxi, Mississippi, he joined the occupation forces in the Philippines. There Colan rose to the rank of corporal, drew for the Manila Times, and won an art contest.

Upon his return to civilian life in 1946, Colan went to work for Marvel Comics' 1940s precursor, Timely Comics. He recalled in 2000,

"I was living with my parents. I worked very hard on a war story, about seven or eight pages long, and I did all the lettering myself, I inked it myself, I even had a wash effect over it. I did everything I could do, and I brought it over to Timely. What you had to do in those days was go to the candy store, pick up a comic book, and look in the back to see where it was published. Most of them were published in Manhattan, they would tell you the address, and you'd simply go down and make an appointment to go down and see the art director". Al Sulman, listed in Timely mastheads then as an "editorial associate", "gave me my break. I went up there, and he came out and met me in the waiting room, looked at my work, and said, 'Sit here for a minute'. And he brought the work in, and disappeared for about 10 minutes or so... then came back out and said, 'Come with me'. That's how I met [editor-in-chief] Stan [Lee]. Just like that, and I had a job".

VIDEO: A Conversation with Gene Colan Comicology.TV

Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Profile: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell, first published by Little Brown in 2000.

Gladwell defines a tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point." The book seeks to explain and describe the "mysterious" sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, "Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do." The examples of such changes in his book include the rise in popularity and sales of Hush Puppies shoes in the mid-1990s and the precipitous drop in the New York City crime rate after 1990.

Gladwell also includes two chapters of case studies, situations in which tipping point concepts were used in specific situations. These situations include the athletic shoe company Airwalk, the diffusion model, how rumors are spread, decreasing the spread of syphilis in Baltimore, teen suicide in Micronesia, and teen smoking in the U.S.

Economist Steven Levitt and Gladwell have a running dispute about whether the fall in New York City's crime rate can be attributed to the actions of the police department and the "Fixing Broken Windows" effect (as claimed in The Tipping Point). In his book Freakonomics, Levitt attributes the decrease in crime to a decrease in the number of unwanted children because of Roe v. Wade, arguing that the city's changes in enforcement were not the key cause, since crime dropped nationally, in all major cities, "Even in Los Angeles, a city notorious for bad policing, crime fell at about the same rate as it did in New York once the growth in New York's police force is accounted for."

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Profile: Errol Flynn - Actor

Errol Leslie Flynn (June 20, 1909 – October 14, 1959) was an Australian actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his flamboyant lifestyle.

Flynn was an overnight sensation in his first starring role, Captain Blood (1935). Quickly typecast as a swashbuckler, he followed it with The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936). After his appearance as Miles Hendon in The Prince and the Pauper (1937), he was cast in his most celebrated role as Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). He went on to appear in The Dawn Patrol (1938) with his close friend David Niven, Dodge City (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940) and Adventures of Don Juan (1948).

Working throughout his career with a cross section of Hollywood's best fight arrangers, Flynn became noted for his fast-paced sword fights as seen in The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood.

Flynn co-starred with Olivia de Havilland in eight films: Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Four's a Crowd (1938), Dodge City (1939), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), and They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

While Flynn acknowledged his attraction to de Havilland, film historian Rudy Behlmer's assertions that they were romantically involved during the filming of Robin Hood (see the Special Edition of Robin Hood on DVD, 2003) have been disputed by de Havilland. In an interview for Turner Classic Movies, she said that their relationship was platonic, mostly because Flynn was already married to Lili Damita. The Adventures of Robin Hood was Flynn's first film in Technicolor.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (trailer)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Night Remix: Father's Day Special


"It is a wise child that knows his own father." - Homer Simpson

The Rolling Stones - Miss You (1978) (Rare 12" Inch Dance Classic)

Happy Father’s Day Mick Jagger!!


Stevie Wonder - All I Do Cleptomaniacs Remix

Happy Father’s Day Stevie Wonder!!


Rod Stewart - Do Ya Think Im Sexy (Mightyfools Remix)

Happy Father’s Day Rod Stewart!


Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight (Cure & Cause Remix)

Happy Father’s Day Phil Collins!!


U2 - In God' s Country (remix)

Happy Father’s Day Bono!!


Peter Gabriel – Red Rain (Remix)

Happy Father’s Day Peter Gabriel!!

Maze feat Frankie Beverly - Joy And Pain (Lifelines Remix)

Happy Father’s Day Frankie Beverly!!


The Police - When The World Is Running Down (Different Gear vs The Police Remix)

Happy Father’s Day, Sting!!


Hall and Oates - Out of Touch (DJ Kue Remix)

Happy Father’s Day Daryl Hall and John Oates!!


Coldplay - White Shadows (Morgan Page Remix)

Happy Father’s Day, Chris Martin!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

ESPN: 30 for 30: June 17, 1994 - Brett Morgen

June 17, 1994 - Brett Morgen

Do you remember where you were on June 17, 1994? 

Thanks to a wide array of unrelated, coast-to-coast occurrences, this Friday has come to be known for its firsts, lasts, triumphs and tragedy. 

Arnold Palmer played his last round at a U.S. Open in Oakmont, Pa.

The FIFA World Cup kicked off in Chicago 

The New York Rangers celebrated on Broadway 

Patrick Ewing desperately pursued a long evasive championship in the Garden

Donald Fehr stared down the baseball owners. 

And yet, all of that was a prelude to O.J. Simpson leading America on a slow speed chase in a white Ford Bronco around Los Angeles. 

Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award-winning director Brett Morgen artistically weaves these moments and others to create a unique and reflective look at a day that no sports fan could forget.


ESPN 30 for 30: June 17th 1994: The Ford Bronco chase with OJ

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Profile Playlist: Tupac Shakur - Rapper and Poet

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli, was an American rapper. Shakur had sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. In the United States alone he has sold 37.5 million records. Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

In addition to his career as a rap artist, he was also an actor. The themes of most of Tupac's songs are the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur began his career as a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.

On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times in the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada. He was taken to the University Medical Center, where he died 6 days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.


VIDEO: 2pac - Me Against The World

VIDEO: 2Pac - Dear Mama