*New MALIK-16 video on VEVO – “I Go”*

Finally!!

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The accompanying video to my first official single has arrived today, just in time to still count as a February release and close out the month. The story behind this video was such a journey. Should I start with the year and a half long squabble with the dude who actually shot it and was supposed to edit it but left me hanging and started ducking me when I ultimately wound up just asking for the footage? Should I mention the bus-trip to D.C. on Thanksgiving weekend just to dump the footage off after finally wrestling it back into my possession to be edited? Should I mention the professionals who refused to touch it and told me the footage was useless? Should I mention the semi-arguments about editing to secure my vision and make sure that I present myself as comedic but not silly in my debut video on a label with major distribution and the threat of not releasing it? Should I mention the back and forth questioning of the labelhead why my video hadn’t dropped after the single being out for 3 weeks only to finally get the word today and not be credited as the director?? And ARRGHH!! Where’s the dash in my name??

No.

I’ll just show you the end result. My directorial debut for my single “I Go” under S.F.E. through Universal distribution – produced by My road dog K.Lio a.k.a. Jim Nastic. A video shot by NameisE, Young O with some help from Marv X, Edited and brought wonderfully to life by my labelmate Redhead. AND last but certainly not least…..Conceptualized, toiled over and DIRECTED BY ME!! From start to finish. This isn’t even a top quality video. Just an example of making something out of nothing. I hope you Like it. It looks good with that VEVO backdrop. The story behind it makes me appreciate what’s in front of it even more. Now help me get these views!!!

P.S. That single is still very alive and popping on iTunes if you haven’t gotten it yet!

“A Social Observation” – Musings From The Media Sweetheart

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A social observation:

What is it about receiving a notification alerting you to the fact that one of your ‘friends’ or followers liked that pointless yet aesthetically pleasing image of you with a full face of make-up on claiming to have just woken up? The widespread use of social networking such as our resident time-waster, Facebook has bred a new kind of interaction with each other and even more astoundingly, a new set of behavioral patterns.

Now, I just used a bunch of words to basically say that the objects posted to our favorite social networking sites have begun to mold and shape our generation’s behavior and interactions and  ultimately produced an influx of posers and overall annoying persona. When I log onto my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account I see several things; each is equally annoying.

The first are the “hustlers.” They’re the ones that sit on Facebook all day long telling us all how much money they’re making and how many haters they’ve acquired as a result of their wealth. Um, okay? I guess they really expect all of us to believe that that diamond encrusted chain down to their naval has any quality gemstones present or that that insane stack of money that they’re ‘weighing up’ was printed by the US Department of Treasury and not their homeboy from around the way.  Dude, seriously? We all know that you still live with your parents in your childhood home and that you catch the bus to your part-time job at the mall. You may now have a seat. After all, how much money could you possibly be making when the first thing I see in my newsfeed is you talking about “wake and bake” or posting constantly throughout the day? Perhaps you’ve figured out the secret to success! Then again, highly unlikely.

Next are the musicians or the creative types. Now I know that I have an insane amount of talented friends that are sincerely doing their thing in their respective fields. This section does not apply to any of you however, I can’t be responsible if the shoe fits! Now, where was I? Oh that’s right, the musicians that flood my newsfeed, timeline, and inbox with the promise of new music and a constant show of how much they’re ‘grinding’ in the studio. Newsflash! None of us care! Wanna know why? Because what you’re posting on social networking sites is the extent of your musical career. “Artists” such as yourself come a dime a dozen, constantly shouting about how this year is gonna be your year and a bunch of other cliché hoopla that I haven’t got the time to list in detail. You all are the boys who cried wolf! Even if I like and support your music, the fact that all you do is post statuses about how great you are and how the industry isn’t ready for you merely disengages my interest and causes my mind to subconsciously skip over any post that has your name above it. Sorry ::Kanye Shrug::. Now this doesn’t solely apply to musicians. The same can hold true for the photographers, directors, actors, and models. Don’t even get me started on all the internet ‘models.’ An Instagram filter or a free afternoon with a friend who has an SLR camera doesn’t make you any more of a model than me standing in a garage makes me a Cadillac.

Speaking of the internet ‘models,’ the following breed of annoying social network dwellers are the attention-hungry females. Now we all know the attention-hungry females. The ones who get dressed in their very best, cake on their foundation, paint their lips an unflattering shade of pink, and stencil their eyebrows in seven inches thick. They’ve all got the same weave installed down to their ass, an iPhone, and time to waste. That normally translates into a feed full of the same girls’ fish faces accompanied by hashtags that have nothing to do with nothing. Now, every once in a while, when I’m feeling pretty, I like to show my face on Instagram so I get it. But there’s a certain type of girl that thrives, nay, LIVES for this attention and some are willing to do anything to get it.

The counterpart as well as bread and butter to the attention-hungry female is the even thirstier dude. Thirsty dudes are the ones that lurk on social networking sites awaiting the opportune moment when one of the attention-hungry females posts something that they can pounce on!  Here’s an example:

Attention-Hungry Female: Damn, it’s so cold out. I wish I had someone to cuddle with!

Thirsty Male #1: I gotchu, shorty

Thirsty Male #2: You too fine to be over there by yourself freezin’

Thirsty Male #3: Something else to gas her head, I’ve stopped reading at this point so I couldn’t tell you what the rest of the thirsty dudes have to say.

Now, as strange as it may seem, everything that the attention-hungry female does is FOR the thirsty dudes, yet they despise them! A normal sight on a social network is the aforementioned ‘ladies’ (using the term VERY loosely) posting an image of themselves then, not long after, posting a status about how thirsty guys are, or even better, they speak of their woes of why they’re still single. Hmm, I wonder what the correlation is?

The last online offender that I’m going to mention is the Facebook Philosophers. These are the people that post mile-long statuses that no one has the time or attention span to read. These are the folks that feel that they have acquired SO much wisdom that it is their civic duty to impart that wisdom upon us. Now some of what they have to say may speak to some people and inspire others however, I find it rather difficult to embrace life lessons taught by someone who works a deli counter and has yet to realize their own potential and purpose in this life. Now, I’m not saying that someone who works a mediocre part-time job couldn’t have life experiences and lessons to pass on to the rest of us but what I am saying is that they probably shouldn’t be pretending to be the second coming of Socrates. After all, it was Socrates himself who famously stated that “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Take a page from the book of a real philosopher, humble yourself, and have a seat.

It amazes me to see that the majority of what is posted on these social networking sites is to impress people we don’t know or more famously, people who we “don’t care about what they think” of us. It’s a façade that each of us creates to portray ourselves as what we want people to see us as rather than who we actually are. We’re all guilty of it to some extent  and its rather fascinating. I mean, imagine Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter without all of these characters. We’d get sick of all the genuinely cool people and hilarious memes and no one wants that!

I know that I missed a few of our favorite Social Networking characters, feel free to share who or what annoys or even inspires you!

See you folks soon,

The Media Sweetheart <3″

New Segment from guest blogger Media Sweetheart

So the homie “Media Sweetheart” has taken up the mantle of guest blogger on this prestigious site.

She’ll be bringing you her thoughts people, from the perspective of a young woman in the world of PR from this concrete jungle called New York City.

Knowing her and her flair for quirk and flyness, I can assure you its going to be a fun ride. Stay tuned.

With that, look up above this post for…

Get familiar with Love @ 1st Byte & the name Tatiana!

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Fresh off of a carefully planned and well prepped launch on the perfect day, Tatiana King‘s brainchild was welcomed to the world yesterday on the big V.

Love @ 1st Byte encapsulates everything tech savvy and quirky you can expect from the brand new site in the cleverness of its name alone. A nod to it’s creator’s origins as a lover of all things computer, anime and the like, this space serves as a hub for keeping like-minded souls in the loop and also a platform for the soon to be Mrs. Jones to share her personality and creative spirit.

Pooling together her experience in media and business, visitors to the site can expect gadget reviews and opinions as well as interviews and an overall sharing from her bevy of knowledge.

 

And it is a bevy. She’s come a long way since the Howard University dorm days when I had a slight crush and me and the homie Derick used to call her “T-Skoozi”. Yet she was always a cool nerd then and it seems she always will be. Now she’s a grown woman putting that business acumen to practice with her first love and working on marriage to her other love. Peep her and her future husband in our Alma Mater’s special couples Newsletter. http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/390799/59cb180ced/1665500525/f1b4fb623d/

HU!!! U Know!!! Bringing couples together since….

Although it shouldn’t have to be mentioned, something has to be said about the fact that Tatiana represents a seldom acknowledged or heard from demographic of young African-American women who are in the know and love of technological developments and innovation. There are millions like her who haven’t had enough voices. Here’s to hoping hers rings loud. And here’s to hoping she does a far better job of staying consistent than I do on this blog. For more info, visit http://loveat1stbyte.com/ or click the pic above.

 

Support Inwood Street!!

A graduate student of USC’s film program, and my fellow Bison, Josef Sawyer has been diligently at work for a few months now pushing his IndieGogo campaign for a book and movie he’s planning on optioning titled Inwood Street.

With a thorough breakdown and clear vision of what he wants and how he plans to execute it, I can’t do more justice by writing a description than he does by explaining it in his own campaign video. I mean, the kid cut his journalism chops at Howard after all…Check it out. 

With only a little over 48 hours to go in his campaign, he’s almost halfway to his goal, which will allow him to travel from Sunny Los Angeles to this crappy winter wonderland we love so much to shoot a pilot/trailer. I totally can relate to Josef’s story and his drive to go for broke to get his dream out there. Help out however you can and check out the IndieGogo link for more info. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/inwood-street?c=home

I’m on College Radio tonight!!

Thanks to my bro Kompel and the big homie Fred Hawkins, I had the good fortune of performing an impromptu set last month at ImageNation‘s “Raw Space” in Harlem and meeting some great people. One such person is Dj BlackIcon, who hosts The 3rd Dimension at Dusk radio show on WHCR (90.3 FM) from City College in Harlem. It’s a significant thing to me because this is a station I used to listen to daily back when I was a 16 year old Malik and not Malik 16.

I say all of this to say tune in tonight at 9PM because fresh off the heels of releasing my very first official single yesterday, BlackIcon will be blasting off my song “Ain’t No Sun” (also produced by K.Lio/Jim Nastic who produced “I Go”). This is a song I performed accapella at Raw space and won the crowd over with the biting social commentary. More of that balance that you expect from me. A hyped up song yesterday followed by reality rap. This is from my forthcoming mixtape, Party of 1: The Best Rapper Never Heard and will be my first time ever getting radio play. Let’s call it the start of something wonderful. Let’s Gooooooo!!

You can also check it out streaming online tonight at http://whcr.org/ & http://whcr.org/SHOW_PROFILE/third_dimensions_at_dusk.html

And if you haven’t gotten the single yet, here’s that link https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-go-single/id595070841

Do You Know Jannelle Cortes?? You Should…

You know that feeling of being in the presence of a Dynamic person (Yes, Capital “D”)??

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Ms. Jannelle Cortes is that indeed. And I knew it from my first conversation with her, but I learn so much more everytime we speak. A vibrant master of  too many dance forms to name, she might be single-handedly responsible for bringing the art of belly-dancing to Harlem!

She’s so about it, she organizes yearly trips for her most devoted students to travel to one awe-inspiring geographic location for an experience like none other! Last year, it was Turkey. Where will this year take her??

Her entrepreneurial spirit drives her to expand her Groovefit empire(the real one) from DVD’s to multiple studios. She travels to instruct different classes from borough to borough in NYC, while still operating out of her main dance studios in Chelsea and midtown. She gives back to the community in several ways but always spreads the groovefit name, even offering free yoga classes every Tuesday. Just recently, she opened her Harlem studio space this month and threw a launch party (that I bartended). She’s also pretty damn good at that too!! Not very much that this well traveled, educated and proud Dominican trailblazer cannot do!

And on top of all of that, She’s from my second home, the DMV Urrrreahh!!

For more info, check out the site http://groovefit.com/and sign up today!