Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Corner Spotlight- Poe- Fingertips

Produced by the late great J-Dilla, Fingertips is graced with Poe's sultry, yearning vocals and some finger popping, jazzy samples that easily transports you to a smokey cafe and leaves you touched in all the right places.


Your fingertips, your fingertips
Sometimes, I feel it burning
That deep and primal yearning
I feel it burn, burn, burning
I try to live without it
But then I think about
Those fingertips, those fingertips, those fingertips

Anyone will do, anyone will do
Could be you?

It's in the way they move and
They catch that simple groove and
They tell a story, all their own about
The human heart alone
I try to get a grip but I find
I always slip on fingertips
Those fingertips, those fingertips

Anyone will do, anyone will do
Could be you?
Anyone will do, anyone will do
Could be you?

Sometimes I get so lonely
The time it passes slowly, so so so slowly
I know I'm just a fool
'Cause they're writing all the rules
Those fingertips, those fingertips, those fingertips

Anyone will do, anyone will do
Could be you?

Whoever, whoever you are,
I got my light on
Whenever, whenever you can
I'll be there, I swear
Whoever, whoever you are
I got my light on
Whenever, whenever you can
I'll be there, I swear
I swear

Anyone will do, anyone will do
Could be you?
Anyone will do, anyone will do
Could be you?
Anyone will do, anyone will do
Could be you?

Whoever, whoever you are
I got my light on
Whenever, wherever you can
I'll be there, I swear
I swear...

Let it be me
Let me be your love

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reel Talk- Memphis

Synopsis: A renowned blues artist ventures back to his hometown of Memphis to engage in a journey of self discovery and rebirth.

Review:  Memphis  creates  an ethereal and authentic aesthetic that is bound to  temporarily, captivate. However, the loosely connected vignettes start to loose  their transcendental, luster due to a sparse, narrative thread. This results in the viewer's satisfaction being replaced with a forgettable, ambiguity. (C+)- CN

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reel Talk: Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic

Synopsis: The incredible triumphs and heartbreaking falls of an American icon told through vintage video clips, soundbites, and the people that knew him best.

Review:Like the man himself, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic is a brutally honest, humorous and ultimately tragic telling of a man who left an undeniable stamp on the world of comedy and pop culture abroad. -CN

Monday, May 18, 2015

Corner Spotlight : Mirrorz Edge - Life

First crossing paths on track five off  the  Strength in Letters album, DS Williams and A.I. have decided to form the duo known as Mirrorz Edge. Their first effort as a tandem is a blistering, hip-hop selection that promises to leave no ear "unturned". Sometimes, that's the choice you have to make in order to leave your mark on this Life - CogNegro Out

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Take Five: Why I No Longer Love Video Games !

I was a sickly child growing up. It seemed that every year I would have some sort of mysterious ailment that would plague me for a span of time and then *poof* disappear! Maybe I was being tested for something greater, hmmmm

They Call Me Mr. Glass!!

Despite these random maladies, one of my fondest memories came after an extended hospital stay. I was in my living room one evening and suddenly, there was a knock! A tall, slinky man, wearing a strange hat and cologne that may or may not have been Old Spice... on "Dubs", proceeded to enter my abode. For all intensive purposes, let's just refer to him as "Dad". So"Dad", grinning like  Don King after he just got finished  charging Mike Tyson five hundred dollars for bath towels, hands me this mysterious gift wrapped box. I feverishly tore the wrapping paper to eventually reveal this:

It's a Me...Used Super Nintendo Box!!!

To this day, the SNES is hands down  the most cherished console that I  have ever owned! Fast forward some *Cough* 22 Years *Cough* and I am now at a curious crossroad. On the one hand, video games have been entertaining me since the age of 4. However, I no longer have a desire, outside of the occasional fighting or Batman game, to invest my  time and energy into them. What's happened? How did a cherished past time transform into a  unsatisfying activity? Let's investigate shall we...

5. Violent Content:
Now I am the furthest thing from a prude, saint or nun. But let's say I was nun. You bet your sweet collection of freshly minted pennies I'd be one of the best Nuns on The Run...


Anyway, violence in video games has been debated since the days of Night Trap and Mortal Kombat. However, due to the advent of graphics and other interactive bells and whistles i.e. vibrating controllers and 3-d technology, the violence has become less "cartoonish" and more realistic. I'm sorry , but I just don't get personal enjoyment from maiming prostitutes, killing a massive amount of  innocent civilians in an airport or gouging  out the eyes of a rouge God. And if you don't  think this has an effect on one's pysche, then I have an autographed copy of Cool as Ice I would like to sell you! 

( Seven Nominations Including Best Cruel and Unusual Punishment)

4. It's So Real!
I had heard rave reviews for Sony's Heavy Rain. So much so, that I decided to purchase it. To my surprise, I discovered that  I had to wait around seven hours for it to download to my PS3. Yes, seven hours! The same amount of time it would take me to arrive in Delaware, not that I would want to go to Delaware because there's absolutely nothing to do there except wish that you were in New York. After I rubbed my hands together, as most homeless nerds do, I was ready to play. Oh wait, I have to sit through the screens of 15 developers that lent a hand in the making of this epic. OK, ready to play...nope, not quite! I  still have to adjust  the screen, and brightness,  and the controller. Geez, I just want to play a freakin game! Now, I'm at the start menu! Time to  press "Start" and... are you kidding me?! MORE LOADING!!! What the hell was the previous seven hours for?

(Playstation, You Warmed Up Yet? No? OK, I'll Come Back Later!)

The loading has ended and I'm ready for some prime time... cut scenes! Twenty minutes of narrative cut scenes because I clearly was in the mood to watch a movie!  Finally,we arrive at the game and  I'm commissioned to dress my character, pour a bowl a cereal, urinate and sort through mail! Wait, did I miss something here? Did I really just make my character take a leak? I don't even want to do these things in real life!  I'm done! Time to trade this game in...15 cent trade-in value?! I paid forty-seven dollars for this s.....

3.Over Saturation
I remember when Super Mario Bros 3 was released, and trust me it was a BIG DEAL! So big in fact, that there was a whole freakin movie dedicated to its' unveiling! Despite the multitude of games and consoles that have been released since its' debut , SMB 3 is still one of the most beloved and revered video games of all time! Why was that moment so special? Because video games weren't released every week across a multitude of platforms.  Between consoles, the Android Market, Apple Store, Xbox Live, Playstation Network, handhelds etc, there is literally a smorgasbord of titles to choose from!  You see, the word "backlog" didn't exist back in my day.  Why? Because you weren't allowed to receive another game until the one you were currently playing was conquered!(Sucks if that game happened to be Bayou Billy though). The result? Appreciation has been diluted and instant gratification now reigns supreme. I have at least fifty games, from last gen alone,  and I can honestly say, that I haven't played  many of them for more than ten minutes at a time! If it doesn't instantly grab my attention, I move on to the next. Add that with the steep learning curve and you have a recipe of quantity outweighing quality. Or maybe I'm still mastering how to sort through my mail in Heavy Rain!

(The breaker of many souls...and Wrangler Jeans)

One of the joys of completing a game was the fact that you would unlock something that was not available upon purchase. Some of these gifts of man included new levels, difficulty settings and best of all , characters! Or how about the use of cheat codes to grant you invincibility, palette changes or  EXTRA LIVES?!?!?!

(Dun Dun Dun Dunnnnnnnnnnn Dun Dun)

So how did greedy developers take advantage of our love of "unlocakables? Well, let's take them out of the game and charge the players to have access to them. That's right, instead of feeling rewarded for putting in hours to successfully beat that boss on the master level  in order to use a new character, I now have to purchase said character for $9.99. Really? You already have these extra facets developed, why not just include them in the game? Don't worry folks, if you don't want to purchase the Downloadable Content, simply wait for the upgraded edition to be released 5 months later for the low price of, wait, it's the same price as the vanilla edition I just bought?! Give me a break!

1.On line gaming:

(Random Friday Afternoon)

"Hey fellas, you want to have a game night?! "

"Sure "

"OK you bring your controllers, I already have two."

"Amir bring your copy of  Power Stone 2"

"Yo i'm going to order some pizzas"

(End scene) 

Remember those times?  Now the only thing we have to do is strap on a head set that makes us look like Paula Abdul in her heyday , find a server, or room ,or whatever terminology that's used, and get our a**  handed to us by some random eleven year old who can't spell  2+3  but has mastered the 150 hit combo with Zangief. Sounds like fun to me! Not to mention that these Garbage Pail Kids liberally curse at you, or worst, use the "N" word with no fear of reprisals!  Unfortunately, I can't punch them in the face with my Power Glove ,that I bought from a garage sale in High-Point, North Carolina because they live in some tree house in Nebraska!. Happy gaming folks- CogNegro Out

Virgin Approved!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Reel Talk- Ex Machina

Synopsis: A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking, female A.I.

Review: There has not been a shortage of films that deal with the journey of self awareness as it relates to automatons. Nevertheless, Alex Garland effectively incorporates a stark sense of dread and intrigue in his latest film Ex Machina: a high tech game of cat and mouse made even more engrossing by Alicia Vikander's  deceptively, stoic portrayal of AVA! (A-)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Corner Spotlight: Lack of Afro- Beautiful Here

This week's Corner Spotlight goes out to my house/freestyle aficionados who yearn for the days of Saturday night sessions at the local roller rink. For the rest of us, allow Lack of Afro's -Beautiful Here to put some roll bounce in your Monday morning!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Why Do We Do These Things: Cut Thy Nose to Spite Thy Brain!

- CogNegro

Look, as a self-admitted comic book geek, I am all for fan boy antics: a t-shirt here, baseball cap there, begging your significant other to role play the honeymoon night of Storm and Black Panther, yes I get it! But this , "this right herrreee", is just borderline Katt Williams, Illuminati rants while riding Suge Knight's back ,"crazy"!

These are Jodeci Goggles Pimpin!

 Enter new fool, Henry Damon: a 37 year old man ,from Venezuela, who has always dreamed of being the Red Skull! Now I've dreamt of being many things in my life: gas station attendant (it's a Jersey thing), doorman to the Playboy Mansion and Robert Gullaume.

My Ni***

So far be it for me to judge, right? Granted, if you wanted to be the Red Skull, your choices are pretty limited. Either you purchase a Party City costume that looks like it was crafted by the person who sold Katt Williams those goggles pictured above, or you could purchase a Party City costume that looks like it was crafted by the person who STOLE and sold Katt Williams those goggles pictured above. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures when you are this pressed to dress like your favorite Nazi villain.

In order for El Stup...I mean Henry to transform himself into "Mr. Skull" ,he had to receive tattoos on his eyes and face , implants under his skin and his nose cut off to acquire the "right" look!

*Sigh* at least he had a choice...stupid!

What's even more mind numbing is that this is just part one of the procedure! Henry still has to receive more facial implants and red tattooing in order to complete his full transformation into the dumbest mother ********* alive!

Henry's tattooist went on to describe him as  an intellectually and emotionally healthy individual. Because any  married man, with children, who wants to legally change hid name to 'Red Skull" surely is allowed first vote at all PTA meetings.
CogNegro out!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Reel Talk: Avengers Age of Ultron

Synopsis: When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to the Avengers to stop the villainous entity from total, world annihilation

Review: The usual goal of a sequel is to be bigger and better than its' predecessor. However, that aim can be a daunting task when the original is so widely renowned by fans and critics alike. Though it isn't as organic or novel the second time around, Avengers Age of Ultron  still manages to assemble  a likable cast, wowing effects, and enough fan service to make any comic book purist nod in approval. Excelsior indeed! (B+)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Corner Spotlight: Dynamic Superiors- Shoe Shoe Shine

One of my favorite songs, that my mother use to sing to me and quite impressively might I add, happens to be today's featured track performed by one of Motown's lesser known acts. Be that as it may, allow yourself to go back to a time where "...a penny could buy you plenty!"