Monday, August 31, 2009

Taking A Brief Hiatus...

I'll be back with new updates on Monday, September 21, 2009. Please feel free to enjoy and revisit old posts. Thanks.

Lots of Love,

Elsie Law aka Starface

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Nineteen Ninety Fly™ Video Of The Week

Watching this this morning made my day!..."Peach Fuzz" By: KMD

Book Excerpt: The Creation Of The FCC Edition

"Signed by the president on June 18, the Communications Act of 1934 created a single seven-member body, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to regulate radio as well as interstate and international telegraph, cable, and telephone services. Although it formally repealed the Radio Act of 1927, the new measure reenacted nearly all the provisions of the earlier legislation, much of it verbatim. The FCC is often described as a New Deal agency, but this is primarily the result of a coincidence of timing. Though the legislation had Roosevelt's signature, the actual substance had [President] Hoover's name wriiten all over it. It was hoover who had presided over the key constitutive choices in broadcasting and broadcast regulation; the 1934 legislation ratified and consolidated these earlier decisions." -From, "The Creation Of The Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications" By: Paul Starr

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Book Excerpt: The Birth of American Radio & Radio Politics Edition

"The airwaves in the 1920s were like newly discovered virgin land that attracts colonists eager for adventure, wealth, of the opportunity to build a glorious new civilization. Like many a frontier territory, radio quickly became a battleground of legal claims and political deals, of new industry, dashed hopes, and great business empires. That had always been the course of American settlement whether on the prairie or on the spectrum. Broadcasting, however, was not simply a field of enterprise or an extension of society into a new domain. It promised to change society. The promise of broadcasting, even more than earlier media, was to make culture accessible to all, to enable the electorate to become better informed, to put people instantaneously in touch with the news of the world. Here was a new, buzzing and booming public sphere, an updated means of forming public opinion and public taste appropriately scaled to the age of mass democracy.

Yet, by comparison with the traditional medium of the public sphere- the press- radio suffered from several disabilities. Its entire basis of operation, the radio spectrum, was a scarce resource allocated by the state. As radio developed during the late 1920s and 1930s, control devolved on only a few hands, and the new medium provided less latitude for cultural diversity and political dissent than did print. While the press was increasingly independent of politics, there developed an interdependence between those who held political power(and needed radio) and those who controlled radio (and needed political goodwill). Instead of extending democracy, therefore, radio threatened to distort it. Such was the promise- such were the dangers- as the political framework of broadcasting was established in the period from 1927 to World War II." -From, "The Creation Of The Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications" By: Paul Starr

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Classics: Paul Robeson Sings "Amazing Grace"

[SIDEBAR: Notice how he changed the word "wretch" to "soul"...Love that!]

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fly Flicks: The Classic Huey P. Newton Edition

A classic picture of The Black Panther Party Founder- Huey P. Newton

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lyrics Worth The Quotation Marks

"Stay underground and keep runnin' like Tubman
You can't sleep, not a peep, no slumber
Man I slept about a 100 hours rest this summer" -Artist: "Beanie Sigel" Song: "Wanted" Album: "The B.Coming"

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lyrics Worth The Quotation Marks/The Classics

"I'm just an addict addicted to music
Maybe it's a habit, I gotta use it
Even if it's jazz or the quiet storm
I hook a beat up convert it in a hip-hop form
Write a rhyme in graffitti in every show you see me in
Deep concentration cuz I'm no comedian
Jokers are wild if you wanna be tame
I treat you like a child then you're gonna be named
Another enemy, not even a friend of me
Cuz you'll get fried in the end if you pretend to be
Competing cuz I just put your mind on pause
And I can beat you when you compare my rhyme wit yours
I wake you up and as I stare in your face you seem stunned
Remember me, the one you got your idea from" -Artist: Rakim Song: "I Ain't No Joke" Album: "Paid In Full"

[SIDEBAR: This is what I was raised on, and I'm grateful for it!]

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Classics: "I'm Still Here" By: Eartha Kitt

I love this song! Eartha Kitt is the flyest! R.I.P.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Classics: "Feeling Good" By: Nina Simone

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Consider This A Dropped Jewel: The Crabs In A Barrel Edition

Marcus Garvey once said, "The whole world is run on bluff." Listen & Analyze...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fly Quotes: Nina Simone

"Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking." -Nina Simone

The Nineteen Ninety Fly™ Video Of The Week

Mona Lisa Sings Silent Night & His Eye Is On The Sparrow

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Consider This A Dropped Jewel: Hollywood & The Cigarette Connection

Dick Gregory discusses how Hollywood movies unconsciously seduces the viewer into smoking, among other things:

Fly Quotes: Jimi Hendrix

"I just hate to be put in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around." -Jimi Hendrix

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Classics: James Brown On The Arsenio Hall Show

A classic performance! True talent never fades.

SIDEBAR: It was my dream as a kid to grow up and one day be on Arsenio! [SIDEBAR WITHIN A SIDEBAR: I caught a lot of episodes of The Arsenio Hall Show as a kid because I was an insomniac.] Every time I use to watch his show. I would say "I'm going to be on his show one day." I wonder if somebody could convince him to come out of retirement so I could have an accomplished mission...Wishful thinking?

Interview: Tasty Keish of WBAI 99.5FM

I consistently would like to expand the features that I post on my blogs.

Even though, I created this blog to be music and entertainment oriented (as opposed to my newsletter blog CLICK HERE), I would still like this blog to be a source of information. With that being said, I introduce to you, this blog's first interview. Through my interview posts, I hope to introduce the reader to people who delve in music, media, and/or entertainment. It's my hope that the reader will learn about various aspects of the aforementioned fields, and the people who are affiliated wuth them.

My first interview for this growing vlog is with Tasty Keish from "Rise Up Radio" on 99.5FM (NYC). I met Keish when I was a guest on Rise Up Radio. As she has interviewed me a few times, it was only right that I become the interviewer, and she become the interviewee this time around. [SIDEBAR: I would write a more in depth introduction for the interview, but that would spoil the main dish; the interview below covers it all.]

ELSIE LAW: I first became acquainted with you through a show that you co-host on 99.5FM called Rise Up Radio. Tell me a little bit about your love for radio, and your journey through the broadcasting industry thus far?
TASTY KEISH: Radio is cool because you get to talk to people all day, and Lord knows I can talk for hours and hours. My mom put the joke bug in me and my dad passed down the power of public speaking...Only thing is I have stage fright. So, radio is good for that. You can be heard and not seen. I'm making the transition, but radio will always be my first choice. It's the people's medium.

I started officially doing radio in college. My freshmen year, I was at Marymount Manhattan College doing a radio show in a basement converted bathroom pre-podcast. So it only went out to the basement rec room, which was so wack because we had to try and get people to go sit in there so they would hear us. LOL. Then I transferred to CUNY Brooklyn College, where they had a radio station in James Hall. It was real Posters and records all over. I had my own show for like 3 years. Half music/half spoken word, and we had a live poetry party on air- which is where I pulled the idea for the female cypher that you were in, Elsie. By the time the station had moved to its present location on campus, it was time for me to graduate. I was sooo jealous, I hadn't yet gotten my hands on protools or any of the industry software that they have now. I still feel very cheated- real talk.

I honestly felt so very unprepared after graduating college. I didn't want to apply for jobs. So I sought out experiences that I could use to self teach. I worked at a sleep-away Arts Camp in Pennsylvania called Ballibay as their radio teacher/camp nurse. LOL. It was CRAZY. The kids there are smarter and more talented then most adults I know! (Shout out to John Janonne and his parents for making that camp what it is today) My wildest experience was with the youngest kids, I had a whole cabin of 7-8 year olds doing a morning show and running the boards and everything. One day one of them ran out and since it was so early I had to decide to either stay with the rest in studio or run after the one...I ran after the one girl. LOL.

When I got back home after the 10 weeks, I relaxed for a month or so and then I heard about Rise Up Radio needing new hosts, and that they would train you. So, I applied; got a call back and the rest is history. Rise Up Radio has been a blessing in my life for so many reasons. Working to build something from the ground up and being responsible for carrying on a legacy is something very serious to me. Also, very serious is the ability to mold and put my own slant on a show. I think with my co-hosts (Digo and Kswift- who I met at the training 4years ago), we've done that.

EL: You dropped a lot of jewels in that answer. You helped to orchestrate a morning show run by 7 and 8 year olds? Incredible, and believable. There's so much untapped brilliance.
TK: Ballibay is a great place. The ages ranged from 7-16 and I had them all at one point. That particular group was difficult because younger kids want to have you all to themselves; so if I had one with me running the boards, another wouldn't want to be at the table talking on the mics with the rest- which is what that incident stemmed from. It's funny when I think about it now. I saw the older kids had talents they wanted to integrate within their shows. There was one group that put together a band and we ran wires from the nearby barn and did a "remote" then had them in studio after- sort of like MTV Unplugged. I believe one of the girls is a young lady in college now. Her name is Dana Wilentz. She actually had her own band at the time and they played at real clubs. The brilliance of "kids" is very underestimated.

EL: You also mentioned feeling that college wasn't necessarily a totally adequate preparation for life after higher-education. However, you also gave great examples of being resourceful in educating yourself & creating your own opportunities. Please let the people know what opportunities you are currently building for yourself?
TK: I feel very two-fold about college. Due to my upbringing, I couldn't see it any other way. There was no choice BUT for me to go to college. I worked full-time and I couldn't afford myself opportunities like internships. How do you work full-time for free when you have to work full-time to pay for school? I missed out on a lot of things on one hand, and tried to do other things to make up for that- like write for the school paper, take extra electives in my major, and one summer of study abroad, etc... Without formal education, I recognize there are conversations I probably wouldn't normally have that I can now have. But those are conversations. Not hands on work. Maybe I learn, differently. I don't know.

The "opportunities" I'm building for myself is just how I go about living my life. No one is gonna give me anything. I wanted a radio show, I got on Rise Up Radio (WBAI 99.5 FM). I wanted a TV show, so I did some research and now I have my webshow "Taste of the Town." So what it's not TV per se, but it's mine. I'm the host, I'm the producer. I have a phenomenal editor (Dorian Chandler), and I'm having new experiences that I'm dying to share. The other thing that gives me a rush is hosting live events (bands, etc) which comes out of my experience at Rise Up and learning and getting to know different bands, and certain people believing in me. I was recently blessed to be asked to write a music blog for a global fashion, lifestyles, and culture website that comes from the Brooklyn Harriette's Alter Ego movement. I'm enjoying life right now, and I'm ready for more. I can only hope these are adequate building blocks.

EL: Wow. That's quite a journey. Whenever someone verbalizes their plight it always sounds a lot easier than it is in reality. You could have hit a stumbling block and decided to quit, or you could have understandably succumbed to the weight of all of your responsibilities. However, you persevered and are still persevering. What keeps you on track? What do you attribute your focus to?
TK: Plight is kind of a strong word. When I was in those tough spots, I definitely felt plight. I called a lot of friends and family at all hours of the day and night. I took certain thoughts to work with me to my "day" job everyday. Thoughts that I sometimes feel guilty about. In the end, I don't want to disappoint the people that have been a shoulder to cry on. I don't want to look back and not have tried to do EVERYTHING I could possibly do to live the way I wanted to. I want to make it so that my mom can keep telling people that story she tells people. The story that defends me from naysayers in the family. It starts; "Oh...Keisha does radio. Since she was in high school she said she never wanted a 'regular' job, she wants to have fun at work...." LOL. My parents will take a stack of fliers when I have a show and plaster them wherever they go. I want them to keep believing in me like that.

EL: I saw another interview that you did for a blog where you explained the origins of your radio moniker; but for people who may not have viewed that online interview yet, explain what inspired the name "Tasty Keish."
TK: Tasty Keish, is my name with the word Tasty in front because it’s the word "cute" all grown up. I'm a foodie as wel,l so it pays homage to the chunky girl inside of me as well...LOL. I love that girl.

EL: With the branding of your name and your entrepreneurial spirit I wouldn't be surprised if there was a Tasty Keish restaurant, cooking show, or food product on the horizon.
TK: Elsie...You're making me think of things I haven't even begun to imagine yet! You might be right. I never met a plate I couldn't finish. LOL. If I ever did, I would do it with my brother, Ronnie aka "Boss Bro," cause he's a take charge dude and he's doing his thing right now as a chef. For real though, I would LOVE to do a travel show that tries all local foods and nightlife in different location. That could definitely be in my future.

EL: What can people expect when they come to a show hosted by Tasty Keish?
TK: Ummm....A good time for sure. A couple of laughs. Some crowd participation; and you get to see me sweat!

EL: You're engaged in a winning battle with stage fright, and you're mastering the art of hosting live performing arts shows. What has been your favorite or most memorable experience hosting so far?
TK: As for as the stage fright thing...I'll just say one thing: NuBLU with The Real Live Show! Those brothers are FIRE! They let me sit in with them and bring back my spoken word or just talk to the people. They are the most supportive team. Things didn’t always work out the way I thought, but working with them allowed me to stray from my usual state and explore performing in another way. I co-sign The Real Live Show. Go see them at NuBlu every Tuesday!
My most memorable one so far.....Would have to be the night MJ died and I had to co-host a show for The Dugout, Queen GodIs, Baje One and several other artists. I was brought on by my friend and co-host, Conscious for that show and we ended up doing Buddhist chant with the crowd to get them (and ourselves) centered and mid-way thru we did a MJ medley. Please take note...I am NOT a singer!

EL: I'm not familiar with Buddhist chants; but a Buddhist chant at what turned out to be a partial MJ tribute show? How did the crowd react to that?
TK: My co-host on that gig is very cerebral like that LOL....That’s the kind of thing he does if the crowd is going left. I had seen him do it before and I was like “Oh. I'm about to learn something.” He asked if anyone in the audience knew any chants. One girl did. So while she did "Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo" (you know, the Tina Turner “What's Love Got To Do With It” chant), we had the crowd going "Ohm" real soft to loud...It was cool, and very appropriate for that time. He's a good person to host with. Recently, I hosted his ALL LADIES Bondfire show, and after that he asked me co- host officially his show- Bondfire at The Bowery Poetry Club. A very artist friendly open mic and concert series every last Tuesday of the month. Soooo, I guess he thinks I'm a good host too.

EL: I think that we covered a lot of ground. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
TK: Just that I'm really happy right now. Thank you so much for this opportunity, Elsie! And if you guys would like to hit me up I'm a devoted twit-head,, or learn more without the stalking qualities at :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Spoken Word = Spoken Truth: Lauryn Hill

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Consider This A Dropped Jewel: The Effect Of Watching TV Edition

"The world as given to us through television seems natural, not bizarre. For the loss of the sense of the strange is a sign of adjustment, and the extent to which we have adjusted is a measure of the extent to which we have been changed. Our culture's adjustment to the epistemology of television is by now all about complete; we have so thoroughly accepted its definition of truth, knowledge, and reality that irrelevance seems to be filled with import, and incoherence seems eminently sane." -From, "Amusing Ourselves to Death" By: Neil Postman

Monday, August 3, 2009

Consider This A Dropped Jewel: This May Very Well Be The Realest Video Ever!

[WARNING: This video contains profanity. HOWEVER, this message is extremely real and pertinent!]

It's time for us all to take the blinders off and stop falling for the okey doke. May all God's children be strong, protected, and prayerful.

Love & too much appreciation and gratitude to put into words to everyone who is contributing to the awakening. Continue to pray for all of the true warriors and truth seekers. Peace & Love.