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  • 20 Jul 2016
    If you’ve ever found yourself flipping through the channels as a brief respite from binge-worthy content on streaming platforms like HBO GO and Netflix, the dumbed-down embrace of reality television is often the best option when you just want to shut your brain down.   For me, I’m a sucker for Shark Tank – in which wide-eyed entrepreneurs pitch their “once-in-a-lifetime” ideas to a group of rich men and women running the gamut from owners of an NBA franchise to some schmuck they call “Mr. Wonderful,” who I like to imagine made his money selling doll furniture. One guy in particular, Daymond John, always appealed to me. While most of his fellow gurus earned their massive fortunes in the tech space, John had built the fashion empire known as FUBU. ”Holy shit,” I thought. “If he’s sitting next to Mark Cuban who made enough money to own the Dallas Mavericks, Daymond must be swimming in it!” But as we all know, FUBU isn’t exactly flying off the shelves these days. What exactly happened to the company before, during, and after its massive success?   Daymond John was raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens. He didn’t come from a family with money. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old, and he would never see his father again after the separation. “We went from middle class to poor,” he says. “I became the man of the house and started working at that age.”   Prior to launching his own line, John still looked to fashion as a means to make money. According to the Washington Post, “Initially, it was through printed T-shirts, but not my own brand. I went and printed up some shirts when the Rodney King riots were happening in Los Angeles, with lines like ‘What happened to poor Rodney King?’ Then Mike Tyson got incarcerated, and we did the whole ‘Free Mike Tyson’ shirts. We would sell them at events and on street corners. It showed me something about the reason people buy clothes – that when there’s an emotional slogan or an emotional connection, products sell quicker. That’s when I started thinking about this concept of ‘For Us, By Us.’”   On a 40-degree day, March 24, 1989, a then 20-year-old Daymond John hit the streets in Queens with his first batch of handmade, tie-top, wool beanies. At the same time, he had a regular job to pay the bills that he knew was an ends to a mean. “When you work at Red Lobster, you don’t take your job home with you,” John told Business Insider in 2015. “No one calls you up and says, ‘I need more tartar sauce.’”   By the end of the day, he had sold out of the hats and turned a $800 USD profit. He knew he was on to something – although he didn’t exactly have the capital to immediately capitalize on the momentum he had seemingly conjured out of thin air. “The next step could be how do I finance all of this?” he told CNN. ”Do I sell one or two hats and then re-up? Do I take out a loan from a bank or do I get an angel investor? Do I just chug along at $50,000 a year, $100,000 a year? When do I go balls out? Quit the job. Mortgage the house. Sell the car. Do I do this at all?”   While those were all smart questions to ask, $800 USD dollars worth of sales didn’t necessarily mean that he should quit everything. But that would soon change. According to CNBC, “During his off hours, however, John would hit music video sets and try to coax rappers to wear FUBU apparel in the shoot, a move that would ultimately pay off as millions of fans saw their favorite stars wearing FUBU clothing.” John explains, “First it started with Brand Nubian in one of their videos, then Ol’ Dirty Bastard wore it in a Mariah Carey video, then Busta Rhymes wore it on one of his videos, and LL Cool J decided to wear FUBU on the “Hey Lover” video with Boyz II Men. Our product was front and center on the biggest and most influential personalities for our core consumers.”   As legend has it, John also used a bit of guerilla marketing in his attempt at reaching the top. “One of the most well-known hits we had with LL was during a Gap commercial,” John remembers. “He was wearing a pair of Gap jeans and a Gap shirt, but he was somehow able to sport one of our hats during the commercial. Then during his thirty-second freestyle rap, he looks directly into the camera and says, ‘For Us, By Us, on the low.’ No one at Gap nor any of their ad execs thought anything of it. It wasn’t until a month later that someone at the Gap found out, pulled the commercial, and fired a whole bunch of people after they had spent about $30 million running this campaign.”   After an appearance at a trade show in Las Vegas, he and his partners – J. Alexander Martin, Carl Brown and Keith Perrin – had managed to sell $400,000 USD worth of clothes that didn’t exist yet. Ultimately, his mother took out a second mortgage on her home after John was turned down by 27 banks for a business loan.   Soon after, his partners moved in, and they turned the home into a makeshift factory. “It was a typical Queens house, the kind you see on All in the Family.” John remembers. “It had three levels: A basement, the first level with a dining room, living room and the kitchen, and then three bedrooms upstairs. After we took out the mortgage, we took all of the furniture out of the house, sold what we could, and the rest we burned in the backyard. We put all the raw materials down in the basement, and on the first floor, we converted the living room and put eight sewing machines there and we hired some seamstresses. In the dining room, we put a cutting table where we cut all the fabrics. The kitchen, well, the kitchen was still the kitchen.”   By 1998, FUBU’s reached its peak with sales over $350 million USD. John and his partners had used hip-hop culture and stars like LL Cool J – a fellow Queens native – to put FUBU’s clothing in seemingly ever rap video at the time. John and crew thought to themselves, “we should put out a record too…”   FUBU released the compilation album The Good Life on September 25, 2001 which featured the likes of LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, and Keith Murray. It lost the company an estimated $5 million USD. “We didn’t know our numbers, we didn’t look at our numbers, we were spending money like drunken sailors, we were getting caught up,” John told Fast Company. “What was the reason we were doing it? Did we get exposure? Yes, but from the business model, we died.”   In a book he co-authored, The Brand Within, John explained that one of the major factors that led to the company’s demise is that they had too much product. “Once you hit mark-down bins, it’s tough to climb out, because you’ve lost the sense that your clothes are fresh and vibrant,” he writes.   By 2003, FUBU left the U.S. market completely – except for its footwear division – and built business in Europe and Asia. Additionally, they acquired up and coming brands Heatherette, Drunkn Munky, Kappa USA, Coogi, and Crown Holder. Worldwide sales for those brands reached $200 million USD in 2009. Despite being absent from the marketplace, there was no catastrophic collapse or new people coming on board.   In 2009, John announced that FUBU would be making a comeback after a six-year hiatus with an aesthetic similar to “Carhartt meets Abercrombie.” In speaking with WWD, John said that he wasn’t “too worried about losing FUBU’s brand identity” since the kids nowadays have “a three-year memory span, so most don’t have a sense of the brand’s roots.”
    325 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • If you’ve ever found yourself flipping through the channels as a brief respite from binge-worthy content on streaming platforms like HBO GO and Netflix, the dumbed-down embrace of reality television is often the best option when you just want to shut your brain down.   For me, I’m a sucker for Shark Tank – in which wide-eyed entrepreneurs pitch their “once-in-a-lifetime” ideas to a group of rich men and women running the gamut from owners of an NBA franchise to some schmuck they call “Mr. Wonderful,” who I like to imagine made his money selling doll furniture. One guy in particular, Daymond John, always appealed to me. While most of his fellow gurus earned their massive fortunes in the tech space, John had built the fashion empire known as FUBU. ”Holy shit,” I thought. “If he’s sitting next to Mark Cuban who made enough money to own the Dallas Mavericks, Daymond must be swimming in it!” But as we all know, FUBU isn’t exactly flying off the shelves these days. What exactly happened to the company before, during, and after its massive success?   Daymond John was raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens. He didn’t come from a family with money. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old, and he would never see his father again after the separation. “We went from middle class to poor,” he says. “I became the man of the house and started working at that age.”   Prior to launching his own line, John still looked to fashion as a means to make money. According to the Washington Post, “Initially, it was through printed T-shirts, but not my own brand. I went and printed up some shirts when the Rodney King riots were happening in Los Angeles, with lines like ‘What happened to poor Rodney King?’ Then Mike Tyson got incarcerated, and we did the whole ‘Free Mike Tyson’ shirts. We would sell them at events and on street corners. It showed me something about the reason people buy clothes – that when there’s an emotional slogan or an emotional connection, products sell quicker. That’s when I started thinking about this concept of ‘For Us, By Us.’”   On a 40-degree day, March 24, 1989, a then 20-year-old Daymond John hit the streets in Queens with his first batch of handmade, tie-top, wool beanies. At the same time, he had a regular job to pay the bills that he knew was an ends to a mean. “When you work at Red Lobster, you don’t take your job home with you,” John told Business Insider in 2015. “No one calls you up and says, ‘I need more tartar sauce.’”   By the end of the day, he had sold out of the hats and turned a $800 USD profit. He knew he was on to something – although he didn’t exactly have the capital to immediately capitalize on the momentum he had seemingly conjured out of thin air. “The next step could be how do I finance all of this?” he told CNN. ”Do I sell one or two hats and then re-up? Do I take out a loan from a bank or do I get an angel investor? Do I just chug along at $50,000 a year, $100,000 a year? When do I go balls out? Quit the job. Mortgage the house. Sell the car. Do I do this at all?”   While those were all smart questions to ask, $800 USD dollars worth of sales didn’t necessarily mean that he should quit everything. But that would soon change. According to CNBC, “During his off hours, however, John would hit music video sets and try to coax rappers to wear FUBU apparel in the shoot, a move that would ultimately pay off as millions of fans saw their favorite stars wearing FUBU clothing.” John explains, “First it started with Brand Nubian in one of their videos, then Ol’ Dirty Bastard wore it in a Mariah Carey video, then Busta Rhymes wore it on one of his videos, and LL Cool J decided to wear FUBU on the “Hey Lover” video with Boyz II Men. Our product was front and center on the biggest and most influential personalities for our core consumers.”   As legend has it, John also used a bit of guerilla marketing in his attempt at reaching the top. “One of the most well-known hits we had with LL was during a Gap commercial,” John remembers. “He was wearing a pair of Gap jeans and a Gap shirt, but he was somehow able to sport one of our hats during the commercial. Then during his thirty-second freestyle rap, he looks directly into the camera and says, ‘For Us, By Us, on the low.’ No one at Gap nor any of their ad execs thought anything of it. It wasn’t until a month later that someone at the Gap found out, pulled the commercial, and fired a whole bunch of people after they had spent about $30 million running this campaign.”   After an appearance at a trade show in Las Vegas, he and his partners – J. Alexander Martin, Carl Brown and Keith Perrin – had managed to sell $400,000 USD worth of clothes that didn’t exist yet. Ultimately, his mother took out a second mortgage on her home after John was turned down by 27 banks for a business loan.   Soon after, his partners moved in, and they turned the home into a makeshift factory. “It was a typical Queens house, the kind you see on All in the Family.” John remembers. “It had three levels: A basement, the first level with a dining room, living room and the kitchen, and then three bedrooms upstairs. After we took out the mortgage, we took all of the furniture out of the house, sold what we could, and the rest we burned in the backyard. We put all the raw materials down in the basement, and on the first floor, we converted the living room and put eight sewing machines there and we hired some seamstresses. In the dining room, we put a cutting table where we cut all the fabrics. The kitchen, well, the kitchen was still the kitchen.”   By 1998, FUBU’s reached its peak with sales over $350 million USD. John and his partners had used hip-hop culture and stars like LL Cool J – a fellow Queens native – to put FUBU’s clothing in seemingly ever rap video at the time. John and crew thought to themselves, “we should put out a record too…”   FUBU released the compilation album The Good Life on September 25, 2001 which featured the likes of LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, and Keith Murray. It lost the company an estimated $5 million USD. “We didn’t know our numbers, we didn’t look at our numbers, we were spending money like drunken sailors, we were getting caught up,” John told Fast Company. “What was the reason we were doing it? Did we get exposure? Yes, but from the business model, we died.”   In a book he co-authored, The Brand Within, John explained that one of the major factors that led to the company’s demise is that they had too much product. “Once you hit mark-down bins, it’s tough to climb out, because you’ve lost the sense that your clothes are fresh and vibrant,” he writes.   By 2003, FUBU left the U.S. market completely – except for its footwear division – and built business in Europe and Asia. Additionally, they acquired up and coming brands Heatherette, Drunkn Munky, Kappa USA, Coogi, and Crown Holder. Worldwide sales for those brands reached $200 million USD in 2009. Despite being absent from the marketplace, there was no catastrophic collapse or new people coming on board.   In 2009, John announced that FUBU would be making a comeback after a six-year hiatus with an aesthetic similar to “Carhartt meets Abercrombie.” In speaking with WWD, John said that he wasn’t “too worried about losing FUBU’s brand identity” since the kids nowadays have “a three-year memory span, so most don’t have a sense of the brand’s roots.”
    Jul 20, 2016 325
  • 14 Jun 2016
    Here are 10 tips to make your own beats and avoid producers block when making music. 1. Try Out New Sounds Look online for music samples and VST plugins. There are tons of websites where you can get free samples, and free virtual instruments. Spend a weekend downloading new sounds. Organize the new sounds and test them out. The new sounds should get your creative juices going.   2. Listen to Different Music GenresIn the past I had never liked rock music, but then I played Guitar Hero. Playing the bass in the game made me appreciate all the melodies and variations of those melodies. As I played I could only think about how I would have changed the song into a hip hop beat, using a lot of similar elements. So now, I listen to different types of music, not to sample, but to get inspired. Whether it’s the melody, or how they break down the verse and the hook. It’s all different from what I usually listen to and this gives me lots of new ideas. So listen to different music.     3. Seven Minute Beat Switch UpSometimes I have the tendency to get stuck on a beat for 30 minutes or more. After 30 minutes it could be a beat I hate.   So try this, make 3 to 4 beats, and only spend 7 minutes on each of them. For each one of your beats, try a different tempo, different sounds, and different drum patterns. After you make the 4 beats, go back and focus on the beat you see the most potential in. Hopefully one of the beats will stand out and have the right feeling you were looking for.     4. Write Lyrics FirstWhether you are a rapper, singer, or producer, try starting with the lyrics first. If you have lyrics created, it can help to set a tone and feeling of your beat. A powerful hook can help to plan the drums, horns, and other elements of the song.   Maybe try writing lyrics to someone else’s instrumental and see if it helps to lay down a good foundation.   5. Change Up Your RoutineEvery once in a while, try to switch up your routine. If you don’t sample, sample! If you only use hardware, try using software and take advantage of all the resources out there. No one should ever be stuck in their ways, because the industry changes a lot, and you should be able to change with it.   6. Collaborate with OthersCollaborating with fellow producers, songwriters, and singers can be a great experience. Everyone loves music and can provide input on a track. Collaborate on melodies and vibe off each others energy. This process can be fun and can be a learning experience. The other person may pick sounds you wouldn’t usually pick, but work around this, and push your self as a music producer and make the track work.   7. Make Some Noises with Your MouthSince I can’t play any real instruments, my best instrument is my mouth. Humming and beat boxing is good way to come up with endless melodies. I suggest you use your phone or a audio recorder to record the beats you make with your mouth, then attempt to remake them with your keyboard. Use a audio recorder to capture all your ideas. This can be hooks, drums, melodies, bridges, and more. Capture all your ideas because you don’t want to lose them. Those random noises can lead to your next hit record.   8. Watch Online Videos to Get Inspired ( Watch beat making videos)YouTube has millions of music makers out there just like you. With more or less knowledge. Watch them, learn from their mistakes, and learn from their skills. This should be a big source of inspiration, because online you will see all types of people across the world using different equipment and utilizing different techniques. There is endless supply of inspiration online.   9. Remake Professional BeatsTest your skills out and remake a song you hear on the radio. Put yourself in the music producer’s head and figure out how they got a certain sound and feeling that made that song good. In the long run, this will make you more versatile, because when an music artist asks for a music producer’s type of sound, you will be able to provide them with something similar, but add your own twist to it.   10. Learn to Play a Musical InstrumentThis is probably one of the most beneficial things that you can do as a music producer. But it’s probably the hardest thing on this list to do. It will require time and patience. But when you take the time to learn chords and train your ears, the possibilities are endless. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
    625 Posted by Lunch Money
  • Here are 10 tips to make your own beats and avoid producers block when making music. 1. Try Out New Sounds Look online for music samples and VST plugins. There are tons of websites where you can get free samples, and free virtual instruments. Spend a weekend downloading new sounds. Organize the new sounds and test them out. The new sounds should get your creative juices going.   2. Listen to Different Music GenresIn the past I had never liked rock music, but then I played Guitar Hero. Playing the bass in the game made me appreciate all the melodies and variations of those melodies. As I played I could only think about how I would have changed the song into a hip hop beat, using a lot of similar elements. So now, I listen to different types of music, not to sample, but to get inspired. Whether it’s the melody, or how they break down the verse and the hook. It’s all different from what I usually listen to and this gives me lots of new ideas. So listen to different music.     3. Seven Minute Beat Switch UpSometimes I have the tendency to get stuck on a beat for 30 minutes or more. After 30 minutes it could be a beat I hate.   So try this, make 3 to 4 beats, and only spend 7 minutes on each of them. For each one of your beats, try a different tempo, different sounds, and different drum patterns. After you make the 4 beats, go back and focus on the beat you see the most potential in. Hopefully one of the beats will stand out and have the right feeling you were looking for.     4. Write Lyrics FirstWhether you are a rapper, singer, or producer, try starting with the lyrics first. If you have lyrics created, it can help to set a tone and feeling of your beat. A powerful hook can help to plan the drums, horns, and other elements of the song.   Maybe try writing lyrics to someone else’s instrumental and see if it helps to lay down a good foundation.   5. Change Up Your RoutineEvery once in a while, try to switch up your routine. If you don’t sample, sample! If you only use hardware, try using software and take advantage of all the resources out there. No one should ever be stuck in their ways, because the industry changes a lot, and you should be able to change with it.   6. Collaborate with OthersCollaborating with fellow producers, songwriters, and singers can be a great experience. Everyone loves music and can provide input on a track. Collaborate on melodies and vibe off each others energy. This process can be fun and can be a learning experience. The other person may pick sounds you wouldn’t usually pick, but work around this, and push your self as a music producer and make the track work.   7. Make Some Noises with Your MouthSince I can’t play any real instruments, my best instrument is my mouth. Humming and beat boxing is good way to come up with endless melodies. I suggest you use your phone or a audio recorder to record the beats you make with your mouth, then attempt to remake them with your keyboard. Use a audio recorder to capture all your ideas. This can be hooks, drums, melodies, bridges, and more. Capture all your ideas because you don’t want to lose them. Those random noises can lead to your next hit record.   8. Watch Online Videos to Get Inspired ( Watch beat making videos)YouTube has millions of music makers out there just like you. With more or less knowledge. Watch them, learn from their mistakes, and learn from their skills. This should be a big source of inspiration, because online you will see all types of people across the world using different equipment and utilizing different techniques. There is endless supply of inspiration online.   9. Remake Professional BeatsTest your skills out and remake a song you hear on the radio. Put yourself in the music producer’s head and figure out how they got a certain sound and feeling that made that song good. In the long run, this will make you more versatile, because when an music artist asks for a music producer’s type of sound, you will be able to provide them with something similar, but add your own twist to it.   10. Learn to Play a Musical InstrumentThis is probably one of the most beneficial things that you can do as a music producer. But it’s probably the hardest thing on this list to do. It will require time and patience. But when you take the time to learn chords and train your ears, the possibilities are endless. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
    Jun 14, 2016 625
  • 02 Jun 2016
    [Download] Central Intelligence is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, alongside Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet and Timothy John Smith, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 17, 2016.   The film follows Bob Stone (Johnson), an overweight geek who was bullied in high school but grew up to be an extremely lethal CIA agent, who takes his old friend from high school, Calvin (Hart), on an adventure to save the world.
    943 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • [Download] Central Intelligence is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, alongside Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet and Timothy John Smith, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 17, 2016.   The film follows Bob Stone (Johnson), an overweight geek who was bullied in high school but grew up to be an extremely lethal CIA agent, who takes his old friend from high school, Calvin (Hart), on an adventure to save the world.
    Jun 02, 2016 943
  • 25 Nov 2015
    Here's our list of the top five TV channels that you will secretly love to watch:   Telemundo (Channel 118) If you’re looking for some escape, this is definitely the channel for you. It gets a lot of flack for its badly dubbed Spanish soap operas but these faults are easily over looked when the sexy stars heat up the screen. With themes of betrayal, power, love and lust the plots will have you secretly coming back for more. Catch The Del Monte Dynasty, Forbidden Passions, Labour of Love, Cruel Love, Queen of the South and Behind Closed Doors every evening from 15:30 to 18:50. If you miss that you can catch all the repeats from 19:40 to 22:10.   Blackbelt TV (Channel 129) Kicks, flicks and chicks’, for the martial arts fanatic! This 24 hour channel features classic martial arts movies, series, anime, interviews with stars and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights from around the world. Catch all the greats like Jackie Chan, Dolph Lundgren, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Jet Li and Bruce Lee. Warning: this channel might make you want to try out some martial arts moves.   TLC Entertainment (Channel 172) When it comes to the most quirky unbelievable reality shows, TLC is queen! After all, it is the home of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. There’s a reality show out there for everyone and you will probably find it on TLC. In their line up: Say Yes to the Dress, Long Island Medium, The Sisterhood, Sex sent me to the ER and Best Funeral Ever to name a few. You’ll cringe while watching some of these shows but they do make for addictive viewing.   Discovery ID (Channel 171) This channel will keep you awake at night in more ways than one. It takes you into the world of investigation, forensic analysis and true crime stories. If you fancy yourself an amateur sleuth you can 'play along' to unravel the mystery and piece together the puzzle.   Sony Max (Channel 128) Labelled the 'male channel' it is home to some of the most quirky game shows. Ever heard of Killer Karaoke? You’ve got to check it out on this channel. Some of the other highlights include: 1000 ways to die, Fonejacker, Deadliest Warrior, World’s Widest Police Chases and the very popular Takeshi's Castle.
    1399 Posted by Lunch Money
  • Here's our list of the top five TV channels that you will secretly love to watch:   Telemundo (Channel 118) If you’re looking for some escape, this is definitely the channel for you. It gets a lot of flack for its badly dubbed Spanish soap operas but these faults are easily over looked when the sexy stars heat up the screen. With themes of betrayal, power, love and lust the plots will have you secretly coming back for more. Catch The Del Monte Dynasty, Forbidden Passions, Labour of Love, Cruel Love, Queen of the South and Behind Closed Doors every evening from 15:30 to 18:50. If you miss that you can catch all the repeats from 19:40 to 22:10.   Blackbelt TV (Channel 129) Kicks, flicks and chicks’, for the martial arts fanatic! This 24 hour channel features classic martial arts movies, series, anime, interviews with stars and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights from around the world. Catch all the greats like Jackie Chan, Dolph Lundgren, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Jet Li and Bruce Lee. Warning: this channel might make you want to try out some martial arts moves.   TLC Entertainment (Channel 172) When it comes to the most quirky unbelievable reality shows, TLC is queen! After all, it is the home of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. There’s a reality show out there for everyone and you will probably find it on TLC. In their line up: Say Yes to the Dress, Long Island Medium, The Sisterhood, Sex sent me to the ER and Best Funeral Ever to name a few. You’ll cringe while watching some of these shows but they do make for addictive viewing.   Discovery ID (Channel 171) This channel will keep you awake at night in more ways than one. It takes you into the world of investigation, forensic analysis and true crime stories. If you fancy yourself an amateur sleuth you can 'play along' to unravel the mystery and piece together the puzzle.   Sony Max (Channel 128) Labelled the 'male channel' it is home to some of the most quirky game shows. Ever heard of Killer Karaoke? You’ve got to check it out on this channel. Some of the other highlights include: 1000 ways to die, Fonejacker, Deadliest Warrior, World’s Widest Police Chases and the very popular Takeshi's Castle.
    Nov 25, 2015 1399
  • 26 Oct 2015
    Marco Polo is a television drama series based on the life of Italian merchant traveler Marco Polo. It follows the life of the young man- played by Lorenzo Richelmy commonly referred to as the “Latin” by the king’s advisors in the series. The show starts with Marco, his father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo meeting the great Khan- (Kublai Khan) who requires that they all kneel before him. Benedict Wong plays the Great Khan and, in my opinion, there is no better actor in the world who would have done a better job. He wears heavy costume that looks so medieval one would be mistaken to think that it had been stolen from some museum. His hair cut is quite ridiculous. Even for acting, I think the haircut was pathetic. If that was style in the 1200s then I wouldn’t want to be king (or Khan) as they were known in that part of the world.   So Kublai Khan interrogates these merchants questioning them about their experiences traversing the far lands and the Khan’s kingdom. Marco’s father Niccolo Polo (played by Pierfrancesco Favino) tells the king what he wants to hear. However, Marco has quite a mouth on him. He speaks out of turn narrating to the king how strange the desert is. It ‘whispers’. The young man impresses the king. In the end, Marco’s father leaves him to the king even as Marco protests. Critics would argue about how true this was according to history. It would be safe to assume that his father did this to win the king’s trust. A sinister reason comes to the fore because Niccolo is a merchant, so intent on making profit he would do anything-even sacrifice his own son. In one episode the king’s men smuggling silk . There is constant mention of the “Silk Road” throughout the series, it is quite ironic if Niccolo was caught on the “Silk Road”. Marco pleaded with the king to spare his father and uncle, a matter which he agreed to but only after Marco proposed that they get branded using a hot iron fashioned in Kublai’s sign on their palm.   Marco is placed under the tutorship of a Kung Fu blind monk-hundred eyes(played by Tom Wu). Again, the irony here is sublime. Apparently, Kublai had the monk’s eyes removed for some reason and so he dedicated himself to serve the king with whatever was left of him.   The series mainly focuses on Marco (as would be expected) and some kingdom wars. There are nude scenes just in case anyone was wondering whether they could watch it with their kids. An attempt is made on the king’s life but he survives. It is no surprise who plotted it. One of the king’s advisors is the culprit but it takes some time before this is revealed to us. The king deals decisively with any rebels and punishes them by death by having them rolled in a carpet like sheet then horse riders would trample the poor man to death.   As with every tv show, our protagonist falls in love with the blue princess Kokachin who I must admit, has quite a catchy name both in real life and in the show. Zhu Zhu plays this role. In ancient China, (as portrayed by the show) women were considered more appealing if they had smaller feet. It sounds silly but this was taken seriously. They would, from a young age, practice foot binding. In the other lands, a chancellor reigns. He had some feud going on with his sister -Mei Ling (played by Olivia Cheng) so one night he broke her child’s toes as she screamed in agony. This would be the only downside to his character in the show.   The chancellor (played by Chin han) is a remarkably disciplined character who studies Praying Mantis and incorporates its movements in his style of fighting. He does not engage in bodily pleasures- a far contrast from Kublai who has a brothel like chamber he has re-named ‘the 5 tempations’. He maintains many such harems, which are flooded with naked women knowledgeable in the art of giving pleasure.Kublai has conquered his enemies except for one –Chi han the chancellor who lives in within the great wall surrounding his land. While in prison, Marco develops a giant improvised catapult (copied from Alexander the Great) which is later employed to finally destroy the wall leading to Kublai’s trimph over Chi han.   Produced by Harvey Weinstein and Daniel Minahan, this is a must watch from those bored by the typical city-life based movie. The music featured in the series is by Mongolian bands. Set in ancient Mongolia, it takes the audience back in history, providing diverse culture and an opportunity to showcase actors of Asian descent in a setting about events that unfolded in their land.
    474 Posted by Palewi Luke
  • Marco Polo is a television drama series based on the life of Italian merchant traveler Marco Polo. It follows the life of the young man- played by Lorenzo Richelmy commonly referred to as the “Latin” by the king’s advisors in the series. The show starts with Marco, his father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo meeting the great Khan- (Kublai Khan) who requires that they all kneel before him. Benedict Wong plays the Great Khan and, in my opinion, there is no better actor in the world who would have done a better job. He wears heavy costume that looks so medieval one would be mistaken to think that it had been stolen from some museum. His hair cut is quite ridiculous. Even for acting, I think the haircut was pathetic. If that was style in the 1200s then I wouldn’t want to be king (or Khan) as they were known in that part of the world.   So Kublai Khan interrogates these merchants questioning them about their experiences traversing the far lands and the Khan’s kingdom. Marco’s father Niccolo Polo (played by Pierfrancesco Favino) tells the king what he wants to hear. However, Marco has quite a mouth on him. He speaks out of turn narrating to the king how strange the desert is. It ‘whispers’. The young man impresses the king. In the end, Marco’s father leaves him to the king even as Marco protests. Critics would argue about how true this was according to history. It would be safe to assume that his father did this to win the king’s trust. A sinister reason comes to the fore because Niccolo is a merchant, so intent on making profit he would do anything-even sacrifice his own son. In one episode the king’s men smuggling silk . There is constant mention of the “Silk Road” throughout the series, it is quite ironic if Niccolo was caught on the “Silk Road”. Marco pleaded with the king to spare his father and uncle, a matter which he agreed to but only after Marco proposed that they get branded using a hot iron fashioned in Kublai’s sign on their palm.   Marco is placed under the tutorship of a Kung Fu blind monk-hundred eyes(played by Tom Wu). Again, the irony here is sublime. Apparently, Kublai had the monk’s eyes removed for some reason and so he dedicated himself to serve the king with whatever was left of him.   The series mainly focuses on Marco (as would be expected) and some kingdom wars. There are nude scenes just in case anyone was wondering whether they could watch it with their kids. An attempt is made on the king’s life but he survives. It is no surprise who plotted it. One of the king’s advisors is the culprit but it takes some time before this is revealed to us. The king deals decisively with any rebels and punishes them by death by having them rolled in a carpet like sheet then horse riders would trample the poor man to death.   As with every tv show, our protagonist falls in love with the blue princess Kokachin who I must admit, has quite a catchy name both in real life and in the show. Zhu Zhu plays this role. In ancient China, (as portrayed by the show) women were considered more appealing if they had smaller feet. It sounds silly but this was taken seriously. They would, from a young age, practice foot binding. In the other lands, a chancellor reigns. He had some feud going on with his sister -Mei Ling (played by Olivia Cheng) so one night he broke her child’s toes as she screamed in agony. This would be the only downside to his character in the show.   The chancellor (played by Chin han) is a remarkably disciplined character who studies Praying Mantis and incorporates its movements in his style of fighting. He does not engage in bodily pleasures- a far contrast from Kublai who has a brothel like chamber he has re-named ‘the 5 tempations’. He maintains many such harems, which are flooded with naked women knowledgeable in the art of giving pleasure.Kublai has conquered his enemies except for one –Chi han the chancellor who lives in within the great wall surrounding his land. While in prison, Marco develops a giant improvised catapult (copied from Alexander the Great) which is later employed to finally destroy the wall leading to Kublai’s trimph over Chi han.   Produced by Harvey Weinstein and Daniel Minahan, this is a must watch from those bored by the typical city-life based movie. The music featured in the series is by Mongolian bands. Set in ancient Mongolia, it takes the audience back in history, providing diverse culture and an opportunity to showcase actors of Asian descent in a setting about events that unfolded in their land.
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  • 20 Aug 2015
    Meek Mill Accepts Defeat In Drake Beef, Removed Diss Song From soundcloud Seems we may never hear that song because sources close to the Young Money emcee are telling us that he shelved the song indefinitely.   “After a point you realize that it’s not even worth it so at this moment that song is in the archive,” sources said.   “I don’t know if it will ever be released but I don’t see him dropping that joint anytime soon and it’s very dope, I can confidently say that it would end Meek for good. There would be no coming back if this track had gotten out.” sources revealed.   Meek Mill has since surrendered and called for a truce between the two.   “I’m not entertaining no rap/real beef over drake s/o a rapper! I can’t fall for the oldest trick in the book and I never shoulda entertained it bcuz it won’t bring me no money or success,” Meek wrote on Twitter before deleting it.   “Ima take blame for it even tho ‘I can stand’ anything I do or say and n****az know…Everybody know everybody watching and anything beyond what’s going on is stupid to b reacting on about a bunch of n***as just tryna get on and in the game…I been in these streets having money for a long time now ‘shining hard’ and never had a problem with I came up from nothing and my name good”   Perhaps the Dreamchasers rapper is right because Drizzy has seen a huge increased in his music sales and streaming while he has been on the decline since their beef started last month.   Do you think Drake should have released that third diss song?    
    700 Posted by Braden Feliciano
  • Meek Mill Accepts Defeat In Drake Beef, Removed Diss Song From soundcloud Seems we may never hear that song because sources close to the Young Money emcee are telling us that he shelved the song indefinitely.   “After a point you realize that it’s not even worth it so at this moment that song is in the archive,” sources said.   “I don’t know if it will ever be released but I don’t see him dropping that joint anytime soon and it’s very dope, I can confidently say that it would end Meek for good. There would be no coming back if this track had gotten out.” sources revealed.   Meek Mill has since surrendered and called for a truce between the two.   “I’m not entertaining no rap/real beef over drake s/o a rapper! I can’t fall for the oldest trick in the book and I never shoulda entertained it bcuz it won’t bring me no money or success,” Meek wrote on Twitter before deleting it.   “Ima take blame for it even tho ‘I can stand’ anything I do or say and n****az know…Everybody know everybody watching and anything beyond what’s going on is stupid to b reacting on about a bunch of n***as just tryna get on and in the game…I been in these streets having money for a long time now ‘shining hard’ and never had a problem with I came up from nothing and my name good”   Perhaps the Dreamchasers rapper is right because Drizzy has seen a huge increased in his music sales and streaming while he has been on the decline since their beef started last month.   Do you think Drake should have released that third diss song?    
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