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14 Dec 18
the Hall of Miller and Eric

In a week where Lee Smith became a Hall of Famer and many people hardly made a noise, it’s time to take a deep breath. At least for me. As far as ballots go, it’s been a tough week. Or maybe it hasn’t. Maybe I’m just being extra curmudgeonly. Whatever the case, let’s review. If […]

14 Dec 18
New Short Stories

On this centenary of UK women voting in a general election for the first time, here’s my story THE QUEEN OF HOLLOWAY CASTLE, written for @StoriesUEA at #UEA. It remembers #suffragettes Winnie Simmons & her sister Victoria. Enjoy! #suffragettestories https://t.co/KBxe3ny0tQ pic.twitter.com/Z3fa3vxNMv — Katy Darby (@KatyDarbyWriter) December 14, 2018 In the year of the 100th anniversary […]

14 Dec 18
Chosen Spot Radio Blog

Well, we finally had the chance to fill most of our Winter broadcast schedule in, and you may notice that it includes lots of Canandaigua hockey. Radio is about raising revenue, and the majority of that revenue comes from sponsorships. We are blessed to have several businesses and individuals within the hockey community come forward […]

14 Dec 18
The Shutterstock Blog
In this photo essay, we look at the impact of six album releases that changed the face of hip-hop and the music industry as a whole. According to a study by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London, the 1990s hip-hop movement can be described as the single largest revolution in music within the last half-century. During that time, young people around the country found their own thoughts echoed for the first time in the voices of Nas, Jay Z, 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G, Queen Latifah, and dozens more, and their words reverberated from coast to coast. In a 1992 article for The New York Times, Michel Marriott put it this way: “At its core, hip-hop is a brightly colored yet edgy challenge to the status quo.” Some thought rap music was just a passing phase, but unlike so many revolutions, hip-hop never fizzled out. The momentum that began with these early pioneers still persists today, and new talent continues to reshape the genre. On December 15th, we’ll celebrate the 26-year anniversary of Dr. Dre’s influential album The Chronic. Let’s take a look back at just a handful of the moments that made this decade so important. Raising Hell by Run-DMC, May 15, 1986 Run Dmc Krush Groove, 1985. Photo by Crystalite Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock On May 15, 1986, Run-DMC, a phenomenon straight from Hollis, Queens, released their third album, Raising Hell. The group had experienced some recent setbacks—the competition was fierce, and that winter, Joe Simmons aka DJ Run had suffered a collapsed lung—but in many ways, they were on top of the world. Writing for the August 1986 issue of SPIN, John Leland described the trio as “the most powerful group playing any genre of music today.” Darryl ‘DMC’ Mcdaniels, Joseph ‘DJ Run’ Simmons and Jason ‘Jam Master Jay’ Mizell – Run DMC 1986. Photo by Peter Brooker/Shutterstock Run-DMC brought different sounds together and introduced hip-hop to a wider public than ever. “Before us, rap records was corny,” Jam-Master Jay told Leland. “Everybody was telling me it was a fad. And before Run-D.M.C. came along, rap music could have been a fad.” US hip-hop rappers Run-DMC – UK 1986. Photo by Normski / Pymca / Shutterstock D (Darrell Mac) from Run-DMC – UK 1987. Photo by Normski / Pymca / Shutterstock But they had come along, and they proved once and for all that hip-hop would be around for generations to come. Raising Hell became the first rap LP to make the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart, and soon after, Run-DMC made history by snagging a Grammy nomination—two years before the awards even introduced a rap category. As Busta Rhymes once said, “Run-DMC didn’t change music, they changed everything.” The street music groups Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys atop a restaurant in midtown Manhattan announce their 40-city “Together Forever” tour. Front from left: Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, Jospeh “Rappers Run” Simmons, and Davy D; Back from left: Mike D., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, King Ad-Rock, and MCA, New York, USA – 11 May 1987. Photo by Marty Lederhandler / AP / Shutterstock. The Chronic by Dr. Dre, December 15, 1992 NWA – MC Ren, Eazy E, DJ Yella, and Dr. Dre at the MTV Awards – September 1991. Photo by Andre Csillag/Shutterstock. At the close of 1992, Dr. Dre, previously of N.W.A, released his first solo album and showed the world that the West Coast was a force to be reckoned with. With appearances from Snoop Doggy Dogg, The D.O.C., Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, and more, The Chronic took the industry by storm, introducing a nation to Death Row Records and the G-funk genre. Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg – 1996. Photo by Roger Sargent/Shutterstock. Music was in Dre’s blood. “I can remember when I was just like about four years old in Compton,” the artist reflected in a 1993 interview with Rolling Stone. “I would go to sleep with headphones on, listening to music. My mom and my pop—they would have music so loud, loud enough to shake the walls.” The Chronic was made at a crucial point in American history; the sessions had already started when the LA riots broke out, and in trying times, Dr. Dre gave voice to a generation. “It captured the house party feel that we grew up with, you know?” Ice Cube tells Shadrach ‘Shad’ Kabango in the Peabody Award-winning documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution. “Forget your problems, you know what I mean? It was just the perfect record at the perfect time. To me, the record really helped LA heal.” Dr. Dre in Beverly Hills, USA – 12 Nov 2001. Photo by Chris Pizzello / AP / Shutterstock. That legacy lives on. Writing for Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, Kanye West later described the album as “the benchmark you measure your album against if you’re serious.” Very Necessary by Salt-N-Pepa, October 12, 1993 Salt n’ Pepa in New York, U.S.A – 1988. Photo by Normski / Pymca / Shutterstock. In 1993, Salt-N-Pepa returned to the scene after a three-year break, during which time all three members—Cheryl “Salt” James, Sandy “Pepa” Denton, and Deidra “Spinderella” Roper had become moms. With iconic songs like Whatta Man, Shoop, None of Your Business, and more, Very Necessary became an anthem for women across the country. Salt put it well in 1994 when she said, “We are positive, strong women, and we demand our respect.” Smash Hit Awards Party, London, Britain – 1988. Photo by Richard Young / Shutterstock. The record addressed the topics on everyone’s mind, including gender equality and the HIV crisis. By 1993, it earned its place as the best-selling rap album ever created by a female artist. At the time, the trio must have understood the significance of the album and of the hip-hop genre as a whole. The days of worrying that rap was just a passing trend were over “Kids are being born into rap music as their music,” Salt told the LA Times a few months after its release. “That’s all my daughter listens to, so I know it’s going to be around for her generation when they get my age. You can’t kill it.” Salt’n Pepa. Photo by Ian Dickson / Shutterstock. ‘Diamond’ Pop Awards in Antwerp, Belgium – 1988. Photo by Eugene Adebari / Shutterstock. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by the Wu-Tang Clan, November 9, 1993 The Show – 1995. Photo by Columbia Tristar Tv / Kobal / Shutterstock. After the successes of Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg in the West Coast, the East Coast worried it had fallen behind the curve. Then came the Wu-Tang Clan, a nine-man group from Staten Island unlike any musical act anyone had seen. As legend has it, the group paid $300 in quarters to record their debut single Protect Ya Neck. “Time stopped in New York,” the journalist Mimi Valdes says, remembering this moment in the documentary Hip-Hop Evolution. “You could not explain that record.” Wu-Tang Clan – May, 1997. Photo by Steve Callaghan / Shutterstock. Wu-Tang Clan – May, 1997. Photo by Steve Callaghan / Shutterstock. It felt gritty, unpolished, and real. Producer DJ Premier describes it this way: “Things would be out of key and just not the norm. Just dirt. Nothing’s clean.” And people loved it. “They came out of the projects and were making music that became a worldwide revolution,” Yoram Vazan, the owner of Firehouse Studio, where the Wu-Tang Clan recorded the album, told SPIN in 2013. And just like that, New York was back in the game. Wu-Tang Clan Raekwon – 1 Aug 1995. Photo by Bunn / Mediapunch / Shutterstock. Wu-Tang Clan Photo Shoot – 1997. Photo by Steve Callaghan / Shutterstock. Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G., March 25, 1997 Notorious Big and Tupac Shakur – 2002. Photo by Film Four / Lafayette / Kobal / Shutterstock. The fraught battle between the East and West Coasts took a tragic turn when two legendary artists— Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.—were murdered: Tupac on September 13, 1996, and Biggie on March 9, 1997. They were 25 and 24 years old, respectively. Biggie’s second album Life After Death was released sixteen days after he was killed; on its cover was a picture of the artist in a graveyard, taken by the photographer Michael Lavine six weeks earlier. Notorious B.I.G. wins rap single of the year during the annual Billboard Music Awards in New York – 6 Dec 1995. Photo by Mark Lennihan / AP / Shutterstock. At the time of his passing, Biggie was going through a transition. Shortly before, he’d spoken to Cheo Hodari Coker, who wrote for The Los Angeles Times about the musician’s desire to slow down. “I wanna see my kids graduate,” Biggie had explained. “I want to go to my daughter’s wedding and my son’s wedding, and I want to watch them get old. You’re not going to get to see that if you’re out there wilding.” Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G. – 13 Mar 1997. Photo by Erik Pendzich / Shutterstock. His wishes for the future might not have been realized, but Biggie left a permanent mark on the hip-hop community. By 2000, Life After Death was certified Diamond, and earlier this year, Brad Washington of The Source dubbed it “the ultimate rap album.” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill, August 25, 1998 Lauryn Hill, The Fugees – 1996. Photo by Ilpo Musto / Shutterstock. In 1998, Ms. Lauryn Hill, already recognized for her work with The Fugees, released her first solo album. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was raw and personal, touching on themes like love, motherhood, spirituality, and more. “The record was already inside her,” former manager Jayson Jackson said in an interview with NPR more than a decade later. “She would go into the studio, and it would just pour out of her.” Lauryn Hill, The Fugees – 1996. Photo by Ilpo Musto / Shutterstock. In the wake of the losses the hip-hop community had suffered, including the deaths of Tupac and Biggie, Hill sang about healing and self-love. She told Rolling Stone in 1999, “What’s in that record, to me, is a movement from a darker space and a return to a brighter space.” Here, she referred to herself and her own path, but she might as well have been speaking about a generation. Lauryn Hill winning the best new artist award at the 41st annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles – Feb 1999. Photo by Kevork Djansezian / AP / Shutterstock. Hill swept the 1999 Grammys with ten nominations and five wins, one of which was Album of the Year. But Hill was never in it for the attention; as she told Simon Witter of The Guardian, “Awards are like whipped cream, man. It’s incredible, but it doesn’t change the essence of who I am.” Though she took time away from public life, Ms. Hill is now on tour on the 20th anniversary of Miseducation. Lauryn Hill at the 1999 Grammy Awards. Photo by Bei / Shutterstock. Looking for more photo tours? Check these out. A Look Back at 5 Grunge Albums that Made Music History 55 Years Later: A Photo Tour Remembering the JFK Assassination A Look Back at Barack Obama’s First Campaign for President A Brief Timeline of Humanity’s Exploration of the Moon A Look at Ralph Lauren’s 50 Years of Unforgettable Fashion
14 Dec 18
Lest I Forget

Merriam-Webster defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.” This time of year, hope fills the air as children craft Christmas wish lists, friends and families plan gatherings to connect and celebrate, and the looming new year offers a fresh start and new opportunities to see desires and expectations fulfilled. But, […]

14 Dec 18
Archy news nety

Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin had een groot spel in de overwinning van maandag op de Vikings. (AP) De maandagavondoverwinning over de Minnesota Vikings, hoewel niet mooi, was een beslissend moment voor de Seahawks. Seahawks T George Fant verrast, maar dankbaar, voor eerste vangst De 8-5 Seahawks zijn nog maar één overwinning verwijderd van het slaan […]

14 Dec 18
Primer Impacto México

Magic vence a los Bulls y rompe racha de derrotas Nikola Vucevic anotó 10 de los 20 puntos que Orlando consiguió en el último cuarto, y el Magic se impuso 97-91 a los Bulls de Chicago ayer, en el primero de dos partidos de la NBA que se realizan esta semana en la Ciudad de […]

14 Dec 18
spacemarket

The research report of “Global Air Beds Market” covers all the major trends and drivers playing a key part in the development of the air beds industry. The analysis gives an extensive investigation of market growth in terms of value (US$ Mn) and volume (units) throughout the above forecast period years. The report emphasizes on market […]

14 Dec 18
What I Watched - TV With Theresa

What I Watched Today (rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)   General Hospital Maxie asks Nina if everything is okay. Nina says, better than okay. Her daughter said she loved her. Maxie says, wonderful, but Nina tells her that she said it while saying goodbye. Valentin asks Peter if […]

14 Dec 18
Serenity Placement

D'Andra Simmons Opens up About Her Past Struggle with Drug Addiction – Bravo https://t.co/s5asv9mKKM — Serenity Placement (@serenityplace3) December 14, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js from Twitter https://twitter.com/serenityplace3 December 13, 2018 at 10:06PM D'Andra Simmons Opens up About Her Past Struggle with Drug Addiction – Bravo https://t.co/s5asv9mKKM — Serenity Placement (@serenityplace3) December 14, 2018

14 Dec 18
BusinessPr

The research report of “Global Air Beds Market” covers all the major trends and drivers playing a key part in the development of the air beds industry. The analysis gives an extensive investigation of market growth in terms of value (US$ Mn) and volume (units) throughout the above forecast period years. The report emphasizes on market […]

14 Dec 18
New Delhi Times

The Bulls had the fans, but Nikola Vucevic and the Magic got the win. Vucevic scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds remaining, and Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over Chicago on Thursday night in its first of two games in Mexico. Vucevic shot 11 for 21 […]

14 Dec 18
Home | Four Guys Sports Report

Giannas Antetokounmpo. A 24 year old Greek phenom who is taking the league by storm and leading the Bucks to a season that I personally didn’t see coming. Giannas is slowly building into a player that makes Milwaukee proud. Top five in the game already and the kid hasn’t even developed a jump shot yet […]