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Ya Never Know

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Dezine Ft Sharzy

Am Yours [Solomon Islands Music]

Dezine Ft Sharzy - Am Yours [Solomon Islands Music]

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Common Feat. Ab-Soul

“Made In Black America”

Common

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The Knocks

Savior (Ft. Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot)

The Knocks

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Caves

I rest my hands from a life, which dares not be touched,

surrounded by shadowy walls, painted in crimson madness,

I am lost in the memory of shriveling light.

 

Awash in bitter, sullen smiles

I have stepped into a trembling abyss,

naked from insecurity; too weak to put up a fight.

 

In the starless pitch of blackness

I have ruptured my soul against the stony cheeks of lust

I have kissed the soul of a vacant heart and

become trapped in the sooty playground of my plight.

 

This will be my kingdom, my bliss.

A place where budding dreams matter

and only shadows cry in the wind.

A place where the glistening clarity of my eyes

defeats the hollow ghosts of my sight.

 

 

~ Richard

Why autocratic bosses are a dying breed

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Bèo dạt mây trôi – Anh Khang ft. Quang thắng Cover by Jannina W

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YA BOY MO_MUSIC

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Coasts – A Rush of Blood

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Def Jam Recordings

Jhene Aiko – “Everything Must Go” Alternate Version

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Soulblime

JENI – Wildfire (SBTRKT Ft. Drake & Little Dragon Cover)

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Etretat Cliffs in Normandy, France

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A Matter of Fairness

MinimumOnce again, the discussion on raising the minimum wage has heated up again; those opposed argue that the economy will be crushed under the weight of its own folly. It has been claimed that raising the minimum wage would have a negative effect on employment and at a time when the unemployment rate continues to linger around 8 percent. Employers, particularly small business employers would resist hiring additional workers or even reduce their workforce outright. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when asked what would happen if employees were paid “a lot more”, cautioned:

“Well, jobs are a great thing. You have to be a bit careful: If you raise the minimum wage, you’re encouraging labor substitution and you’re going to go buy machines and automate things — or cause jobs to appear outside of that jurisdiction. And so within certain limits, you know, it does cause job destruction. If you really start pushing it, then you’re just making a huge trade-off.”

The headline of the comment was, Bill Gates: Raising Minimum Wage Can Destroy Jobs. Ironically, the tag underneath the image of Gates read: THE WEALTH DIVIDE – THE RICH GET RICHER.

 

The minimum wage was last increased in 2009 to $7.25 per hour or just over $15,000 a year for a worker who is lucky enough to get paid for all 52 weeks of the year. Over the last 20 years, workers have been rendered powerless as worker rights have diminished and income disparities have grown dramatically. While the wealth of the top1percent has ballooned to over 40 percent of the nation’s wealth, the bottom 50 percent has plummeted to a jaw dropping 1.1 percent; and that was in 2010.  To be clear, there has never been any accurate statistical correlation drawn between a moderate raise of the minimum wage and a drop in employment. Let me say it another way; there is no proof that raising the minimum wage judiciously will decrease jobs; there is only rhetoric, assumption and false analogies. In fact, the Department of Labor, as well as a joint study by Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin reports that the last two increases had an insignificant effect on employment.

 Greed

What is reality is that raising the wages of workers is the single greatest economic stimulus to the American economy. Higher wages means that workers will have a higher stake in the health and welfare of the American economy. Even a $.90 increase in the minimum wage buys 7 months of groceries, a year of healthcare costs, 9 months of utility bills or full year’s tuition at a local 2-year college. So why do proponents raise such a fuss, it’s simple, business owners, and investors fear a reduction in profits. Anything that reduces or threatens the sacred shareholder percentage is damned as intolerable. A sad truth is that 63 percent minimum wage workers are adults over the age of 20, many of whom account for 51 of their household’s income; these are not the burger-flipping teens of urban myth. Raising the minimum wage is not only a sound investment in America’s most precious resource; it is plainly the right thing to do.

 

 

~ Richard

 

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Charlene Soraia - Ghost

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She Was More than Cancer

LindaIt’s been year now since my sister succumbed to the ravages of cancer and the void is as fresh as the first day. I suspect it will always be so. Linda left us with her fighting spirit, her easy laugh and her love and devotion to all things good in this world. Over our last real conversation, she talked of the future, her future; she had not long passed her five-year mark of recovery and she was full of hope and possibility. As was her nature, she always looked forward, never back.

 

I had always looked up to my sister, but that day she became my hero. Over the span of my life, she taught me my first dance steps; we spent hours one lazy summer afternoon creating a choreographed dance routine for no other reason than our own enjoyment. Other days we would gleefully jump around in her room while listening to the Jackson Five, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and countless other Motown favorites. I like saying that she forced me into joining her while she create intricate stories which gave life to her Barbie and Ken dolls, but the truth is I enjoyed the time we spent together immensely. We played tag and chased each other, we Hula-hooped and climbed. During more serious times we kept each other’s secrets.

 

Linda was five years older the me and as soon as I learned to speak, I discovered my primary role was to keep her entertained – it was a role I grew to relish; I would make up jokes and tell outlandish tales just to make her laugh and I would do so until tears would stream down her cheeks. She was always my best audience. We were a tightly knit trio, Linda, my brother and I, we were from New York and did not adapt well to the traditions of the South. We became our own gang of sorts, but in a good way. Linda nominated and consented herself the leader, so we nicknamed her Big Louie; I think it was because of the old black and white gangster films we watched incessantly. She delighted in that role and even well into adulthood she would assume that persona. It is serendipitous how the characters we play as children become part of the personalities we display as adults.

 

Linda may have lost her battle with Cancer, but she was a winner in the game of life; she never took days off from it, never cried foul over its injustices and always, always looked forward to more.

 

When it comes to the people you love don’t wait until October; more than 230,000 women and over 2,200 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2014. Learn and talk about risks and prevention together. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed, learn and talk about treatment together. If you have lost someone to Cancer, be free to share their stories about the gifts they left before their spirits moved on.

 

~ Richard

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