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Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:40:00 +0000

LOUDER THAN A BOMB March 23 (Friday) Film Screening 8:00 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus[Note later than normal screen time]Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel (United States, 2010, 99 minutes, color) This award-winning documentary tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam. "Packs a greater emotional punch than any film in current release" (Boston Herald). Friday, March 23, beginning at 6PM in Page Hall - an inter-generational poetry event with two local poets... Both events are cosponsored by UAlbany’s English Graduate Student Organization, English Department, Graduate Student Association, and the NYS Writers Institute. Leonard A. Slade, Jr. award-winning poet and UAlbany Africana Studies professor, and D. Colin, poet and UAlbany graduate student March 23 (Friday) Presentation/Q&A — 6:00 p.m., HUSTED AMPHITHEATRE, 135 Western Avenue, UAlbany Downtown Campus  Leonard A. Slade Jr. will present his new collection of poems, I, Too, Am America, just published last week—March 15, 2008. The book is a personal meditation on Black history and the many people, both well-known and unknown, who have helped to create this nation. In advance praise, major American poet Nikki Giovanni called it, “Clever! A well-executed book of poems.” Slade is Professor of Africana Studies, Adjunct Professor of English, Collins Fellow, and Citizen Academic Laureate at the University at Albany (SUNY). He is the Past Director of the Humanistic Studies Doctoral Program and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. The author of twenty-four books, including nineteen books of poetry, he is the recipient of The Poetry Gold Medal of Excellence and The Editor’s Choice Award from Poetryfest in Oregon; and the Poet of the Year Award from The Institute for Advanced Poetic Studies. In 2016, the Southern Conference of African American Studies, publishers of the journal, The Griot, named its national poetry prize in his honor.D. Colin is a writer, performer, visual artist and educator living in Troy, NY. She is currently completing her thesis for a Masters in English from University at Albany. She the author of Dreaming in Kreyol, a collection of poems and prose paying homage to her Haitian heritage and history. She is currently working on her second collection, Window Seat & Chalklines to be released Spring 2018. She has been a featured poet performing at venues throughout the country in over ten states including the renowned Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Boston’s Museum of Fine Art and internationally in Toronto, Glasgow and London. In 2012, she competed at the National Poetry Slam with the first poetry slam team from Albany, NY, the Nitty Gritty Slam team. In 2016 and 2017, she won a spot to compete at the Women of the World Poetry Slam (Brooklyn and Dallas) and is currently ranked 35 out of 96 women from around the country and internationally.  She also competed with the Nitty Gritty Slam Team at the QEW Slam in Toronto in 2016 winning 3rd place and in Buffalo in 2017 winning 1st place.   [...]

What Should I Look For In An Internet Marketing Company?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:59:00 +0000

Once you decide that it's time for your company to invest in internet marketing services, your next course of action should be locating the ideal firm. Below you will find several attributes that you should look for when you start your search for the right digital company: 1. Comprehensive Services.One of the first things you should look for in a digital advertising company is comprehensive services. Locating an online marketing firm that will provide you with all of the digital services you need will preclude you from having to go to multiple agencies when you need assistance. Some of the primary services you should be looking for in a digital advertising agency include:• web design and development • online reputation management• search engine optimization • mobile app development• social media marketing• content marketingAlso be sure to try to locate a company that offers email marketing campaign services. Companies like Solid Cactus make this service available to ensure that business owners can connect with their target audience in a dynamic, relationship-building manner.Another form of service that you should look for in a digital marketing agency is public relations services. Many online advertising companies now offer PR assistance, so try to locate a firm that provides the following:• Rebranding projects• Crisis communications• Blog work• Influencer strategy• Film production• Event planning2. A Great Reputation.In addition to seeking out a digital marketing firm that offers comprehensive services, make sure you locate a team of experts who have a great reputation. This technique will empower you to obtain your digital advertising services from people who are known for operating in an ethical, upstanding manner. There are several steps you can take to determine whether a digital marketing organization has a great reputation. One is by checking the company's online reviews. If the company regularly receives great feedback from customers, this is typically a good sign that they will offer you excellent services.3. Fair Pricing.Another attribute you should look for in an online advertising firm is fair pricing. This step is important because it helps ensure that you don't have to break the bank to obtain the digital marketing services you deserve. Do some internet research to determine what the average prices are for the various digital marketing packages you might be interested in. Don't Delay: Invest In Excellent Internet Marketing Services Today! If you want your business to be as successful as possible, know that finding the right internet marketing firm is a great way to help you realize the goal. Some of the attributes that the best digital firms will have include comprehensive services, a great reputation, and fair pricing. Send to KindleSubscribe to my blog via Kindle![...]

#MusicMonday ::: Doors Love Elektra Blues Project

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000

(Originally published December 12, 2011) Two bands that have stood the test of time: The Doors (headed by the very influential Jim Morrison) and Love (headed by Arthur Lee). Both light years ahead of their time - o r- is it that the groups were so unique that it made us believe they were far advanced? The Doors created music that just could not be performed by anyone else (save for Feliciano's "Light My Fire" and the 80s band "The Cult" which made eerie-Doorslike tunes). Then there was Love - NObody could emulate Love! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="" width="370">After losing the Lovin' Spoonful, who became fabulously successful, Elektra's Jac Holzman was on the lookout for a breakthrough pop band. Most of the groups based in New York City had been picked over by the record companies with lots of pop experience, so in 1965 Holzman went to L.A. --- On the Sunset strip he discovered the band Love, headed by Arthur Lee. In his autobiography, Holzman said of Love, "Five guys of all colors, black, white and psychedelic-that was a real first. My heart skipped a beat. I had found my band!" Elektra began a new catalogue numbering system with the first Love album [EKS-74001] and for the first time in Elektra history they put a single onto the charts with "My Little Red Book."In 1967, Love followed their first album with "Forever Changes" [EKL-74013] which is absolutely incredible, a masterpiece of a record - vastly underrated - that ranks near the top as one of the best recordings ever made.I was introduced to the album by my high school chum Mike Laiacona. (Pictured at left with guitar legend Les Paul) allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="" width="370">In May, 1966, Jac flew to Los Angeles to meet with Love, who were playing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. Their opening act was a group which Arthur Lee had a high opinion of, and Lee suggested that Jac sign them to Elektra. Jac initially was unimpressed with the group but went back several times to see them perform. On his fourth visit, Jac realized that this was no run-of-the-mill rock band and decided to sign them. The group was the Doors.Jac wanted Paul Rothchild to produce them, but when Rothchild flew to L.A. to hear them, he told Holzman he was nuts for signing the group and that he (Rothchild) did not want to produce them. Finally, Jac told him, "Paul, I never thought I'd say this to you, but you owe me. You've got to do this band. You are the only person for the job." Rothchild reluctantly agreed. The group was taken to Tutti Camarata's Disney studios to record their first album, which took about a week.Elektra issued "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" as the first single from the album, and it received modest airplay stalling at number 106. They immediately issued the second single from the album, "Light My Fire". The version on the album is seven minutes long, and Jac insisted it be cut for AM play. The Doors said it couldn't be cut, but Rothchild edited the song to about three minutes and then played it for them. They all agreed to issue it. In June, 1967, "Light My Fire" reached the Number One position in the pop charts, becoming Elektra's first #1 single. The album was just as successful, and in the last 30 years the Doors have sold over 45 million records. [Source+]Other artists in the Elektra stable included The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Tim Buckley, Judy Collins and The Incredible String Band.The Blues Project was on Verve, another "folk label" - and around the same time Love and the Doors were on the radio, college stations were playing the BP cover of Donovan's "Catch The Wind" which was recorded during a live performance. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="" width="370">The Blues Project had a connection to Elektra: during 1964, the label released a compilation album of various artists entitled, The Blues Project. One of the f[...]

BeetsBLU for a Happy Holiday!

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:03:00 +0000

If a fitness tracker or a key finder is on your holiday list, check these out!Blue Christmas? Not this time, Elvis!Time to act on those last-minute gifts, and it couldn't be easier!  BeetsBLU devices are very google-able and you can get one ASAP with quick-shipping provided by vendors such as!Need a gift for the "runner" in the family or perhaps someone who needs to keep tabs on their heart and overall fitness?I personally tested and recommend BeetsBLU products! Feel free to leave your own feedback in the comments area!BeetsBLU is a wearable heart monitor that straps easily around the chest, with adjustable straps making it comfortable, easy to use...   track your heart rate while at the gym during a workout, cycling or any other sports activity. Compatible with any smartphone via Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth v4.0).  It has an app called "BLE Heart Rate" for testing. It just took a few seconds to pair it with my iPhone!The owners manual is clear and extremely easy to read. The device is quite comfortable - you'll forget you're wearing it!BeetsBLU taps into the trend of the quantified self (self tracking using technology and numbers in an effort to be healthier, you can google more on this)...BeetsBLU allows users to see precise numbers of heart rate over time of work out, as well as shows users a graph of their overall heart rate. It features settings which enable the user to set to fat burn, warmup, endurance training, and extreme. Users see a targeted heart rate on the app's graph, giving the user a goal to aim for.I use this in tandem with my iPhone's health app! It's a wonderful way to not only challenge yourself by setting goals, but mapping your progress on a regular basis!The application allows for tracking over time, with the ability to save workout data and track weight!Now, on to gift #2:So maybe you have a friend or family member, young or old, who habitually loses their keys or wallet (or anything else!). The ideal gift for them is a little gizmo called the Beets BLU PagerTag, a key finder which alerts you when your item is out of connection range with your cell phone (about 33 feet).The app automatically records the last time and place it defined the location of your item. So if you left it somewhere, you know where to look first.  It too is a simple download/setup procedure. It worked on both our Android and iPhones!I have short-term memory loss at at times (aka 'brain farts') and found the little pager to be a crisis-avoider! No longer am I late for an appointment because I've misplaced my car keys!  You will want to keep a spare battery or two on hand, as battery life is relatively short if you need to keep the device on constantly. And with Bluetooth always on, your phone’s battery life will be a bit shorter as well. I don't really consider this to be a product "con," because for someone with mild forgetfulness, it is a fair trade-off and shouldn't deter you from buying the unit yourself or giving it as a gift! Send to KindleSubscribe to my blog via Kindle![...]