Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fly Quotes: JFK

"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." -John F. Kennedy

[SIDEBAR: Pictured Above: Ernie Davis & JFK]

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Nineteen Ninety Fly™ Video Of The Week

This STILL bangs...
"Some try to copy, but they just can't sketch it..."
"Me fall off I'll have none of that...IF I do a show then you better have my dough!"

Monday, September 28, 2009

What's The Real Purpose Of The Internet?

Sometimes I think that the internet may be some kind of mad social experiment to see what the masses of people would do with some of the power of the media in their hands. The internet can be a great tool. However sometime's it's like rumor and innuendo traveling faster than the speed of light. A life can be damaged with the click of a mouse. Also, truth vs perception can have its fiercest battle on this terrain. As with any weapon, even ones that are meant to annihilate, good can come from its presence. I've personally been educated to quite a few things via the internet, and I am appreciative of that...Please use the internet wisely.

Sending Lots of Love via The Internet☺,

Elsie Law The Rap Starlet aka Starface

Friday, September 25, 2009

How Much Is Television About Manipulating The Basic Tenets Of Psychology?

I came across this excerpt in a book and it made me think about how effect television, other forms of media, and advertising is in manipulating people's ideas and people's mental associations of images. Psychologists are often used by advertisers and television show creators to help them implement the best way to embed their messages into a viewers mind.

"One of Freud's greatest contributions was a concept called Angstsignal, or signal anxiety, which anticipated some of the most sophisticated contemporary work on implicit memory and unconscious associative networks. Freud's development of the concept grew directly from his groundbreaking understanding of fear and the pervasive ways fear organizes human existence.

Signal anxiety, Freud said describes an unconscious mental function that operates as a kind of early warning system for the psyche. It's what, after you've been burned once, stops you from having to consider consciously the merits of grasping a red-hot poker every time you want to pull it out of a blazing fire. Seeing a red-hot pojer leads to an experience of signal anxiety. It's a straightforward danger signal of the distress that would follow were you to keep grabbing red-hot pokers.

Signal anxiety results from the perception of danger. But it's also about learning to associate one thing with another, often unconsciously." [SIDEBAR: Italics as emphasized in the book.] -From, "Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and The Inexplicable Powers of The Human Mind." By: Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fly Quotes: Jimi Hendrix (Reloaded)

"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." -Jimi Hendrix [SIDEBAR: If this quote is even partially true, it explains why musicians are under attack.]

"I try to use my music to move these people to act." -Jimi Hendrix

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fly Interviews: Johnny Carson Interviews Ray Charles

Happy Birthday to Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004). R.I.P.

[SIDEBAR: I love Ray Charles' music. I respectfully state that I hope he had a chance to have an expanded view of rap music. There are MANY rappers who offer knowledge to their audience to learn from, and who perform with live bands.]

Fly Flicks: Paul Robeson

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Nineteen Ninety Fly™ Video Of The Week

Monday, September 21, 2009

How Real Is The Hollywood Version Of The Ernie Davis Story?

This weekend, I caught part of a movie that told the story of Ernie Davis- the first African American Heisman trophy winner. I was very inspired by his story, and decided to do some research on him. I found some information that disputed some of Hollywood's rendition concerning the racism that Ernie Davis encountered.

According to the movie "The Express," Ernie Davis' teammates boycotted an event that barred Ernie from attending on the account that he was Black and the event was being held in a segregated/Whites-only facility. This rendition is disputed by John Brown, Ernie Davis' close friend, college roommate, and Syracuse football teammate who was portrayed in the film by actor Omar Benson Miller.

Wikipedia states that: "According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, all the players from the game attended the banquet. [John] Brown recalls that the teams sat on opposite sides of the room. After everyone ate and the trophies were handed out, the three black Syracuse players, including Brown and Davis were asked to leave and were taken to another party in Dallas by local NAACP representatives. One Syracuse player, Ger Schwedes, recommended that the whole Syracuse team leave the banquet to show solidarity with their black teammates, but the suggestion was overruled by Syracuse officials."

Here is a video of some snippets of Ernie Davis displaying his football talent in a 1960 Bowl game:

Fly Flicks: Jim Brown & Ernie Davis