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FX is known these days as the cable network that takes it there, from raunchy and dark yet goofy sitcoms like It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League (now both on FXX), to long-standing cult favorites like Justified and Sons Of Anarchy.But Season 1 of The Americans was truly the breakout drama of 2013 for FX.
Starring Keri Russell an Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings, two Soviet operatives posing as an everyday couple living the American dream in the early 1980s, The Americans is a combination of love story, espionage thriller and historic drama that pulled viewers in with it’s mix of sex & violence, Reagan-era geopolitics, crumbling marriages, lusty affairs and lies of all kinds and sizes. Season 2 is set to premiere on FX on February 26, and those who aren’t fans just yet would do well to catch up by watching Season 1 somewhere online.
But here are a few of the main plot points that should carry over into the new season and get more people on the bandwagon of deceit and power struggle that is The Americans.
ELIZABETH’S FIGHTING SKILLS
Season 1 featured scene after scene of Elizabeth (Russell) kicking the crap out of enemies of all kinds. A woman seemingly devoted to the cause of Motherland Russia, Elizabeth will do any and everything necessary to gain the upper hand, no matter who gets bruised or battered along the way. And though she got shot at the end of Season 1 and is in recovery to start Season 2, we should probably expect that she will continue the hand-to-hand come February 26.
PHILLIP’S TWO MARRIAGES
Towards the end of Season 1, Phillip Jennings (Rhys) goes on assignment as a D.C. Internal Affairs worked named Clark and ends up marrying a FBI Secretary Martha Hanson (Alison Wright.) Since his marriage to Elizabeth is already somewhat of a sham, how Phillip balances the two marriages, along with his children and all of the other jobs he has as a KGB spy in Season 2, will be interesting to say the least. But hey, the man is a spy by trade.
PAIGE’S CURIOSITY INTO HER PARENT’S REAL LIVES
Trying to keep secrets from a teenaged girl is like running through a highway speed trap with a trunk full of coke: eventually, you’ll get caught. And that’s the exact spot that Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings find themselves in at the end of Season and the beginning of Season 2 with their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor). Like any rebellious teen, she’s not satisfied merely with what she’s told. And even with her mother focusing back on her family in Season 2, Paige can’t help but think that the life she knows isn’t everything that it seems.
THE CONFLICT BETWEEN JOB AND HOME LIFE
It is said that Season 2 of The Americans will feature Elizabeth and Phillip shifting their focus back to the family they’ve created. But with so much on the line between the United States and the Soviet Union in the middle of the Cold War, not to mention the deception and struggles for power on all levels, there’s bound to be at least some of the disintegration fracturing that became such a big part of what made Season 1 so intriguing. Balancing job and home is difficult enough for regular people…try doing it in under the guise of delicately tense foreign relations.
COLD WAR POLITICAL GAMES
Those who were alive during the times probably know all too well how high-strung things were back then, and The Americans probably brings back a lot of memories of leaders with their finger on the proverbial red button. It makes for great TV, but let’s not forget that much of what you see could very well be based on real events. Executive Producer Joel Fields and show creator Joe Weisberg felt the need to keep as close to the reality of the time as possible. Here’s hoping that Season 2 does even more of that.
STAN’S CONTINUED AFFAIR WITH NINA
Noah Emmerich portrays Stan, the Jennings’ next-door neighbor and an FBI Agent hunting down spies from the Soviet Union. In Season 1, the agony of his failing marriage and loneliness consumes him and he beings an affair with Soviet informant Nina (Annet Mahendru.) At first, they are both in it merely for information, but eventually they both seek to fulfill their own lustful and emotional desires. The affair apparently continues in Season 2, but it could very well cost both Stan and Nina much more than they both bargained for, be it their jobs or their lives.
At this day and age, promoting your band online is the most effective way to make your music known and garner more fans, after of course, performing gigs, shows, and doing tours. But if your band isn’t on the road yet and it’s been close to a year after releasing your last EP or album, the best way to continue and make your band’s presence felt is by sprucing up your website and getting active online. If your website isn’t doing an effective job promoting your band, there may be some factors to consider when it comes to de-cluttering your website. There are a lot of widgets, apps, and tools that you can choose from and it only becomes too overwhelming with these myriad of choices that your site ultimately becomes confusing.
It’s great when you have every social networking share tool at the bottom of every post you make, but are all of those necessary? Use only the major ones such as Facebook and Twitter, and your fans will gladly share your band updates and videos as opposed to being faced with a ton of choices that creates a visual mess. Streamlined, cleaner sites often have more hits because it’s easier to navigate to the information you need. Editing content and choosing only the relevant ones that the fans really look forward to can get you more traffic. For example, online gaming sites are often very easy and familiar to navigate because you want people to play in your website. A great example of a streamlined, polished gaming site is Partypoker. You can easily navigate and locate the games as well as join any poker room you want. The promotions and events section is the first thing that you will encounter, and this will make you play poker even more, and practice your gaming strategies and skills. It makes you want to practice more because it possesses this intelligent game design and a very easy to use game interface. You can also watch online video tutorials and even get tips and pointers from the best poker players around such as Phil Ivey. Signing up to this site is very easy because of its call-to-action strategy – signing up online via your desktop or downloading the mobile version.
When your website is focusing on just one call-to-action; let’s say for example, you want to increase your mailing list or there’s a new album launch coming up, it’s best to focus on one thing so that fans and visitors can zone in on whatever you want them to. Minimize everything, and everything means, only having one music player and mailing list sign-up form, organizing your videos, and removing inactive forums, search boxes, etc. Also, it’s important to build relations with music websites like Pitchfork, Kerrang and Shout4Music to help promote your band and its website through various posts.
With Valentine’s 2014 weekend upon us, many will start new relationships and others will strengthen their current relationship. On the other hand, there will be another group of individuals that won’t be able to quite “seal the deal.”
National Bestselling Author and Relationship Expert, Armani Valentino, releases new independent study of the Top 5 Deal Breakers for both men and women. He hopes that this information will be used to help improve male/female relationships.
In the study, 73% of the respondents were female and 27% were male. Over half (54.7%) of the respondents were single and had never been married. Another 25% of the respondents were divorced. The rest of the respondents were either married (12.5%), separated (6.3%), or widowed (1.5%).
Nearly one-third (60.9%) were between the ages of 30-39. The second and third largest group that responded was between 40-49 (17.2%) and 21-29 (14.1%); respectively. The remaining respondents were ages 50-59(4.6%), 60+ (1.6%), 17 & under (1.6%).
Amazingly enough, men and women agreed on the first and the last deal-breaker. The respondents were simply asked to list, in order of importance, their top deal-breakers. Here were the results:
Women & Men
#1 – Lying, Dishonesty, Untrustworthy, Not able to Keep Your Word
#2 – (Women) – Financially unstable, No Job, No desire for more, No Ambition
(Men) – Not feeling morally supported or Too Much Negativity from mate
#3 -(Women) – Cheating & Infidelity
(Men) – Lack of Sex, Bad Sex, and Infrequent Sex
#4 – (Women) – Not believing in the same Religion, Lack of Spiritual Life, Disbelief in God or Not Attending Regular Spiritual Service
(Men) – Cleanliness of Body & House, Unhealthy Habits (smoking, drinking, drugs, eating, etc.) & Unhealthy Weight
Women & Men
#5 – Poor Communication, Controlling, & Lack of Compromise
Valentino says, “The results were a little surprising to me. I was a little shocked to see that finances outranked, cheating & infidelity, as well as spirituality and communication.” When asked about why he thought this may have been the case he stated, “I’m not sure. However, I do know that some of the women admitted to me that they would stay with a man they knew was cheating before they stayed with a man that did not make enough money to do the things she desired.”
With much of life being viewed almost instantly through social media, access to the world at large and desire to live like we see others, may have had a somewhat negative effect on our male/female relationships. Valentino agreed.
Whatever relationship category you may be in this Valentine’s weekend, Mr. Valentino suggests, “Make sure you know what you want, and don’t allow that to be dictated or heavily influenced by anyone other than yourself.”
Armani Valentino is the author of the National Bestselling book, 99 Questions You Must Ask a Man Before Sleeping with Him & Definitely Before Having SEX, and 9 other books including bestsellers – The Love Triangle, Why Do We Hurt Each Other, and This Is Why I Won’t Marry You. Since 2008 he’s been a Certified Marriage/Family Champion for the TwoGether in Texas. He’s been featured on national, regional, and local media since 2007, and is available for radio, television, and print interviews upon request.
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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Kanye West’s The College Dropout album. Say what you want to say about Kanye West, but he is a pure unadulterated genius. I remember hearing “We Don’t Care” for the first time and I could feel goose bumps. Every classic record I ever hear always gives me this feeling and all 21 tracks of “The College Dropout” album did just that. Here are a few reactions from Twitterverse as they salute Yezus on the 10th anniversary of his “Blueprint.”
— Brandon Chapman (@BChapx17) February 10, 2014
Remember 10 years ago when everything changed? #collegedropout
— Koa (@koapennock) February 10, 2014
Despite his craziness, we can't forget that Kanye West released one of the best, most influential hip hop albums of all time #CollegeDropout
— The Hip Hop Guru (@HipHopsGuru) February 10, 2014
— Tyler (@TrapahoIic) February 10, 2014
— JMYJAM (@JMYJAM) February 10, 2014
San Francisco) With the goal of connecting music creators around the world,BeatStars provides a marketplace for both established and upcoming producer/DJ’s to upload and sell their production music to recording artists for their music projects.
In open beta since November 2011, BeatStars has already facilitated well over a half million dollars in earnings for its members — and is now proud to officially announce its graduation out of beta.
In tandem with its launch, BeatStars is proud to unveil Pro Pages, a first-of-its-kind, customizable webpage where producer/DJ’s can showcase and sell beats directly to recording artists while keeping 100% of all license revenue. Pro Pages come complete with a fully automated beat licensing store where aspiring artists can write lyrics, purchase music and instantly download all high quality music files. Additional features include page design customizations and use of your own top level domain name.
BeatStars’ Featured Pro Pages:
BeatStars has over 100,000 active members with its top producers earning six figure incomes. Also to further celebrate its launch, the company has signed a deal with Universal Publishing’smusic production division to offer licensing of thousands of beats, formed a partnership and integration with Spotify and developed a popular mobile app extension.
Founded by Abe Batshon, a man with a decade of experience in the music and technology industries, BeatStars offers vocalists and recording artists’ access to productions from some of the most talented people in music. From Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Grammy winner Focus and multi-platinum producers !llmind, EASKI, Will Powers and others, BeatStars has a stable of talent offering exclusive productions.
BeatStars has been featured in Hypebot, Digital Music News, HipHopDX, AllHipHop, DJBooth.net, and others. The site has been responsible for some of the largest remix contests online featuring Styles P, E-40, Xzibit, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Crooked I, and Hopsin— as well as technology brand partnerships with Native Instruments, SMS Audio, Propellerhead, Sony Software and ReverbNation.
For additional information, BeatStars will be hosting an exclusive live stream announcement and demo of Pro Pages Monday, February 10 at 10:00 am PST at: https://plus.google.com/b/
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First time hearing of this kid, but it was co-produced by the homie J. Rhodes and it snaps. Sick beat and ill bars…
Out of the 15,000 lunatics that wanted to kick George Zimmerman’s ass, DMX was selected.
The boxing match will be three short rounds.
Zimmerman is only 30 and DMX is 43 years old.
DMX stands at 5’11 and 170 pounds while George Zimmerman is 5’8 and 200 pounds.
According the Twitterverse, this boxing match is another sign we are near the end of the world.
— Chris Ross (@mestasenesta) February 5, 2014
Are you a Drake fan? Do you exhibit any of these characteristics?
You Hate Sleeping Alone.
You Think Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse was highly overrated.
You Think Rihanna is not good enough for Drizzy.
October is your favorite month of the year.
In your opinion, Kanye West is the G.O.A.T.
You prefer the new Lil Wayne over the Old Lil Wayne.
You think Drake sonned Common on “Stay Schemin.”
This week we review the latest videos from a TDE mainstay, a Latin music megastar and a bluesy country rock collective.
SCHOOLBOY Q – MAN OF THE YEAR
With a release date for his next album Oxymoron set for next month, Schoolboy dropped this video on VEVO last week, garnering over 700,000 views on YouTube so far. How’s that for anticipation? Filled with sun and sea, sensual skin and what’s probably a whole lot of the stickiest of the icky, “Man Of The Year” is reminiscent of Mobb Deep’s 1999 video “It’s Mine” and J. Cole’s “Can’t Get Enough” from 2011. The song itself is trapped out and head noddinly catchy to go along with the luxurious, “Fantasy Island”, mannish atmosphere. Nothing groundbreaking, just a fun romp in the sand to get Schoolboy’s main demographic and the mainstream music press more amped for February 25.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS featuring MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS – EL PERDEDOR
The latest video from one of Latin music’s favorite sons is all kinds of elegant: a painfully attractive couple walking into a formal ball, a statuesque woman in a form fitting red dress, dancers adding to the mood of longing and regret: “El Perdedor” is a true visual treat, even if it is somewhat plastic and predictable. Adding to the intrigue is a sense of drama as Iglesias and Solis sing longingly to the main female protagonist. A video that oozes sensuality and passion from every inch of its being.
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – SHAKIN HANDS WITH THE HOLY GHOST
Just a bit of new age southern blues-rock from this Atlanta, GA-based band of rebels. Going totally against the grain of what much of today’s popular music is all about, Blackberry Smoke comes with a video that’s non-conceptual, uncomplicated and good-natured. Very simplistic and subtle, “Shakin’ Hands With The Holy Ghost” truly let’s the roaring, ripping guitars do most of the talking. Besides, longhaired men with electric guitars makes for a great combination most of the time anyway.