Ethics |ˈeθiks|plural noun1 [usu. treated as pl. ] moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior.
Confidence |ˈkänfədəns; -fəˌdens|nounthe feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust: we had every confidence in the staff | he had gained the young man's confidence.
Recognition |ˌrekigˈni sh ən|nounthe action or process of recognizing or being recognized, in particular• identification of a thing or person from previous encounters or knowledge• acknowledgment of something's existence, validity, or legality
Djamee in 2009 photo by Rinat
I am always amazed on how much people get away with; or at least it seems for a while.
When it comes to concepts; we deal with opinions and in this case my own. Today I am sharing with you my belief about ethics; confidence and recognition in show biz.
Please keep an open mind; and I suggest you challenge me or help me redefine some of my ideas. Ideas can always be "Fine tuned." Mine are no different. We should always keep room for improvement.
Everything has been created and perfected from the beginning of time. Past present and future are human made concept that allow only for innovation.
In every generation there are innovators; not creators.
I have a strong CONFIDENCE in the statements thereof.
On "Ethics": When you are facing a moral choice realize what MORAl means and if it does not resonate with you; come closer to home and ask yourself "What would an human do in this situation."
On "Confidence:" You will need to be confident when making a decision. So take the time to think before your act; talk ; or write. You may be confident that you are right but that does not necessarily make you right. By putting yourself in the other(s) person shoes you will be able to adjust your level of confidence to what is MORALY fair.
On "Recognition:" If you want to climb the ladder of success FAST; with a strong group of supporters on your side; you will need to genuinely recognize each individual that helped you by name or their affiliation, if they are a part of huge group.
Examples of good ethics VS Bad ethics in show biz:
As a writer; music producer/beat maker; songwriter; video director; designer/Fashion Designer; Model scout /Casting Director... If you decide to use someone's work; quote them! Mention them; or acknowledge them publicly in writing and verbally as well as in the credit of your current work.
Michael Jackson R.I.P, always credited James Brown R.I.P, but omited to credit Manu Dibango for a sample he used from Soul Makossa, to write Wanna Be Startin Something; Prince, credited Jimmi Hendrix for his early style; Madonna RECOGNIZED the stars from Hollywood's Metro Goldwyn Mayer movie Studios; Lady Gaga, takes good care of her "Little Monsters" and Justin BIeber always RECOGNIZED his fans. From the early days on Youtube up to now 5 years later. Today, Justin Bieber is the stars with the most views on Youtube...
Youtube always credit the original owner of a copyrighted work in their content by redirecting a song cover to a merchant store where audience can purchase or at least RECOGNIZE the original even if it consists of only 30 seconds of original content.
Nicki Minaj, made history earlier this year by performing and rapping "Stupid Hoe" in a video by Hype Williams, using archetypes from some of the most respected photographers such as Jean Paul Goude and living legends such as Grace Jones in what turned out to be one of the most disparaging song to associate glamourous iconic images to diss Nicki's rap rival in that case the evident target was Lil Kim. The "Queen Bee," ended up winning by default because of Nicki Minaj's faux pas. As it turned out the lyrics were actually good but the video was totally inappropriate for such a song.
In comparison Madonna, used her mega hit of the early 90's VOGUE, to RECOGNIZE all the major Hollywood stars before her by name while edifying their style in imagery in her Vogue's video. She scored an everlasting result by doing so and positioned herself as an icon as well. She brought on her side music and movie fans that may otherwise not have embraced her.
So when as an artist you decide to use someone else style or music or ideas you are well advised to credit/recognize them by name in a reverent way. The downfall for not doing so is not worth trying doing without.
Click on Flyer by Chris Broady
In the video above you have here the perfect example of RECOGNITION. Although the POP UPs were edited by VH1, the only way producition could find these information is because camp Madonna; Label and Management had properly archived and filed these information with detailed credit including the names location and dates.
I was surprise recently when Chris at Broady Designs credited me with coming up with an INNOVATION when I decided to ask him to use specific imagery from THE MATRIX to change Neo's character choice of 2 pills to pick from in "Morpheus," hands into a choice of red or blue mic on each of his hands; when I ordered a flyer to help promote a new open mic I am co producing with Rick Davy & DJ Stiletto in Brooklyn. But it showed "Show Business" savvy and ethics; as I know I did not request him to mention it.
When actors or singers are about to receive an award; their emotion can be overwhelming. That's why they learn to remember important facts that have to do with credit and recognition so that they can recognize those not on the spotlight sincerely and on cue during an interview or on stage performing or recieving awards.
I am a "Young African Visionary" (page 20 & 21) editing my first book V.I.P Various Imbeciles Protected. Make sure to follow me now @DjameeVIPBook my book is partly autobiographic with an how to in my own words with quotations and due credit...lol -DR
NYC December 2011
Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa to you. Thank - you for visiting my blog during the busy holidays season. I hope you will take the time to chill. Holiday preparation can be exhausting both physically and mentally. My previous blog was about "Smiling" as a way to self heal our souls and improve our own lives whatever the hardship or the condition of the moment. Today is a time for cheers; spending time with love ones a great time for soul food and hugs. In short the most simple things in life are free and during the holidays I remember this when I get on the phone and call all my close friends and family around the world. I hope and wish you a great one to you and yours. If you would like to receive any of these song I uploaded bellow; Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org let me know what song you like and I will email them to you. With all my love.
D-blog certified 2011 best
As the year come to an end I compiled a list of best of 2011. Fell free to add in a comment anyone you may think I have overlooked for their achievement this year. My wish for 2012 is more understanding so to prevent conflict in our inner circles and to resolve any remaining wars in the world. The hopeful always win and the hopeless will always benefit from hope. Djamee
smile today for a better tomorrow
D. Raphael, at age 14
Smile even if you have lost your job; smile even when love is gone, smile. Smile, even if you can't find your way home. Smile, smile, smile. A smile radiant like the first time you kissed. A smile just like a memory bliss. Your smile on my lips for life, eternal and free. Life is too short not to smile and when the time is hard; smile to smooth your path to renewal. Smile to lay a way for hope; because a smile is the natural way of life; creation and love. Why aren't you smiling today? We all have some reasons to smile; what are yours?
If you feel life has handed you a bad game; if you know you are not treated right; close your eyes, smile and start your game over.
You see, a smile is free unlike life's commodities. When you put your smile out there; it signals to the world at large that you are ready for more. No one but yourself can prevent you from smiling. It is worth trying. You can afford a smile; everyone can. Life is a wondefurl mystery. One of it's most precious key is the love we wear on our face everyday; smile.
Smile for all you want and all you care; for a smile is the mirror of your face and a broadcast of your fate. Smile - Djamee
BARBRA STRAISAND SMILE
RICK JAMES R.I.P & TEENA MARIE
MICHAEL JACKSON SMILE
Nobody looks like that at 53 and is really upset.
Madonna, may claim to be "Very upset," about the leak on the internet of her forthcoming song "Give Me All Your Love," But believing that she has nothing to do with it (The leak), is a hard candy to swallow. No one, not even a die hard fan can't help but think this is rather a compliment Madame at your age to have your music floating on the world wide web. Huhh? What*@%$????. Hargh!!! Oh non... Mon Dieu" lol "Sacre Bleu"[ lmao] In my French accent " FUCK! I kill you"...Hahah and Miss Ciconne you are a master at manipulating the media.
Well, hold yout fire. I love Madonna; I always did. Once upon a time I heard "Holiday" (Celebrate) her break trough funky song. "Holiday," was all the rage on the radio in the early/mid 80's and for some stereotypical reasons I assumed the singer was black. To be fair about my ignorance; at the time most of us did, and as a viral video would catch fire today on Youtube; Maddona's, "Holiday" started playing all over the world and into the clubs and on the FM. Simultaneously a movie co-starring her "Seeking Desperately Susan," hit the theater. This was an instant blockbuster it had been filmed prior to Madonna's new found fame and at the time she got paid a mere $4000 the equivalent of $7000 today. A star was born and thus I grew up loving Madge.
give me all your love [2012 demo]
Rihanna is one of today's stars inspired by Madonna
In 1994, I tried desesperately to get in the Roseland, where Madonna, was performing. No luck then. In early 2000, I designed a hat for her, I delivered it backstage at the Roseland. At the time I had a little store front in The village within"Tattoo Seen" selling hats; belt buckles with names and scarves with rhinestones. I had made hats for Prince's website so I thought let me design something for her too. But this is only in 2008 that my dream came true. I got to see the Queen of Pop up close and personal, at her intimate concert she was throwing for her fans kicking off her for Hard Candies tour for her last studio album "Candy Shop," with former label Time Warner.
Madonna is a true star! I will never forget how stunning she was. Such a pro; focused and shining trough. Madonna, has mastered the art of entrance. So far in her career she has made a point to collaborate with anyone in the moment. Looking at her music and videos is like looking at the history of music since the mid 80's. I remember Timberlake; Pharell; performing with her with a strong of break dancers coming out of a train on stage. #Insider Madonna is currently dating a French Break dancer. She has been famous and center stage for over 25 years. Married twice;infamously with Sean penn, she has children from different parts of the world and a teen daughter designer!. She was booed often when her "Sex" book was published and was seen as a new low in pop culture; mainly by critics who did not even take the time to read it. The book is a collector item now. She survived the storm; actually it made her an even bigger star. She is vindicated by new comer like Lady Gaga and Rihanna who have both been influenced by her either they acknowledge it or not. Long are gone the day Britney Spears was prematurately crown the new Princess of pop. To answer that Madonna, gave Britney the "kiss of Death," live at the VMA. Seriously tough, Madonna has proved to be a master of survival for her relevance for both her image and music trough the last 2 decades. How she does it? She had to survive on the streets of NYC when she first arrived from Michigan Detroit. Later she flew to Paris and became a back up dancer for Patrick Hernandez. She found herself on TV, for the first time for his Disco hit "Born to be Alive." As a dancer she follows a strict discipline and stay in great shape by eating healthy and marrying and now dating younger guys. Madonna, is Street wise and in her movie "In Bed With Madonna," one gets a chance to see what it takes to be her touring the world. She kissed girls long before katy Perry; dated her dancers long before J-Lo. She is the epitome of Diva in show biz today with a majority of gay fans. Lady Gaga is the direct product of Madonna; for better or worse (depending who you ask). She would arrive at events and the paparazzi would wait religiously. Once she arrived they would scream "Madonna!! over here, over here!" and if she did not stop for pictures she would be called a whore. I always thought this was sexist because Prince would not stop for pictures either and no one called him a whore. #Fact Michael Jackson (R.I.P), Prince, and Madonna all became famous at the same time and age. Madonna had a song produced by Prince in her first album. This was probably facilitated by the fact that they were label mates. Still she hooked up with Michael Jackson for a very well documented entrance to the Oscars. Ironically MJ and Prince always competed; or at least the media made it look that way. Madonna, staying power has been her abilitiy to live in the present and to be able to interpret the new trends with her new look(s) and her music. A mogul, Madonna has a real estate empire a music catalog, fashion holdings trough her daughter Lourdes'clothing line Material Girls a line of Eyewear in collaboration with her friends Dolce & Gabbana, A $130 Millon deal with Live Nation. This is her first album with Live Nation who surprisingly paid more Lil Wayne, Jay Z and 50 Cent, to follow suit. Under Time Warner she even was given her own label Maverick in a multi million deal over $10 million; that was a record then. Madonna true love is acting even though she never was recognized as a major force in that industry. she notoriously fought for the lead role for Evita, to portray the Argentina, legend; she got it and nailed it. Today she is also a movie director. "She has penned a "beautiful ballad" for her movie "W.E."The picture, Madonna's second feature film as director, follows the life of Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee whose relationship with King Edward VIII sparked a constitutional crisis in Britain and led to his abdication.The film, which had its world premiere at the Venice film festival, hits U.S. theaters in December and British cinemas in January."[quote from Reuters article] 2012 will be Madonna year. She has made million people around the world happy with her music ;videos and films. She deserves it.
Welcome back Queen of Pop and for the memories bellow arguably the song from Patrick Hernandez, that made it all possible for you - DR
patrick hernandez born to be alive
Djamee self portrait
PICKING UP MY CAMERA AFTER A FORCED FEW MONTHS HIATUS WAS LIKE GETTING BACK ON ROLLERBLADES; IT TOOK ONLY 5 MINUTES. Like my photography page HERE.
Never been much of a cigarette smoker I started at 13 years old and I had quit by age 15. But when it comes to pot or hashish; I smoke a joint whenever I feel like it. This is natural and it feels good. This week marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-led war on drugs following it's announcement by President Richard Nixon, on June 17, 1971. " The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world" by The numbers 40 M Total drug war-related arrests since 1971. Drug offenses remain the No.1 cause of incarceration domestically, high above arrests for violent crimes. 11M+ approximate number of arrests for marijuana-related offenses since 1980, based on figures from "Drug War Facts." $500 Cost to government, per second, in the war on drugs. $15B U.S budget for drug war related activities for 2011-2012. $1T Estimated cost of prosecuting the war on drugs for 40 years, according to an AP report. To illustrate the absurdity of all of this even Justin Timberlake came clean this week on his pot habit "The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking...Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high." the 30 year old star said. See what Wiz Khalifa, makes of all of this in the video bellow, LOL. Everyone knows someone who does drugs; withstanding the fact that prescription drugs in some case can be as dangerous or more dangerous than street drugs. IE Anna Nicole Smith; Marilyn Monroe; Michael Jackson all dead from prescription drug related addictions. Source-metro news. Analysis & additional text - DR
BIGOTS WILL SAY FAGGOTS
"Just Married" Levi's window on 14 st & 10th Ave 06/16/11
I was shot in the face when I was 5 years old for being black. More details in my V.I.P Various Imbecile Protected book. Today in New York, marks a decisive day in the LGBT fight for equal civil rights.
At the time I am writing this; only 1 vote is needed to pass the same sex marriage bill in NYC. Any kind of discrimination; any way you put it is WRONG. Labeling yourself is also wrong. People have the right to love/sleep with who they want. A caring sexual partner will make a point to use protection though. I was born in Switzerland, and I am naturally inclined to be neutral. I will talk more about my personal experiences in my book but on D-Blog, I want to be clear today. Let everyone marry. Let everyone know what it is to commit to a relationship. Let everyone take their responsibilities without having to hide behind false pretexts. Let equality be the rule. Text and photo by Djamee- DR
BREAKING NEWS LA REID CHAIRS EPIC
LA REID EPIC LABEL GROUP CHAIRMAN
"In mid-MARCH, ISLAND DEF JAM Chairman ANTONIO "L.A." REID surprised the music business, and resigned to become a judge in SIMON COWELL's upcoming singing competition, "THE X FACTOR." Rumors persisted, however, that he had another music executive gig up his sleeve.
Now comes word that REID has joined SONY MUSIC, the record company that is partnered with "The X Factor." REID will reportedly be named Chairman of a restructured EPIC LABEL GROUP. Expect this to be formalized in JULY.
The move would reunite REID with DOUG MORRIS, who officially becomes CEO of SONY MUSIC on JULY 1st."
Lady Gaga GMA concert Central Park
So how is this possible? How can the Born This Way superstar have sold so much?
By Winning in Trending! Lady Gaga is #1 in anything social media: Over 10 million followers on Twitter; 32 million fans on Facebook; a pulverizing 1 million downloads in a record 5 days this past week; a #1 spot on the Forbes 100 Most Influential entertainers list; ahead of Oprah!
Early this year I met with Lady Gaga's video producer from Factory Films to collect a check in payment for services by our model for Born This Way video. The video had not been released yet and there I was, at the loading dock at Madison Square Garden, in a scene out of a movie; looking at that check with the ink on it not even dry. The next minute, I went to a Kinko's nearby to make a color copy of it; later I had it framed. Sometimes you can feel you are witnessing and observing history as it unfolds before your eyes. I knew this was one of this defining moment in time. I could feel the excitement and ever growing energy Lady Gaga, was sending to the Universe in particular to her fans.
Now each day, I look at the numbers on that check. With today's breaking record numbers of sales for her new album Born This Way; without sounding to cliche and with confidence I can say: Men lie, women lie, but Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson's numbers don't."
The King Of pop wanted to have Lady Gaga perform at his This Is It tour. He thought she was "Extremely talented!"
Michael Jackson, has a smile this morning looking from beyond and above on us as his business savvy continues to be proved almost 2 years after he took his place in paradise with the brightest stars to ever walk on earth. LADY GAGA is #1 and he had predicted it. Before Michael Jackson passing he had re-hired the team who helped him with the then secret negotiation for the Beatles catalog aquisition. The same business partners helped him aquire Lady Gaga's and Justin Bieber's catalogs among others.
Happy 18 birthday Steven Vega June 2nd, your brother LUKE, is a talented MC! I just found an MP4, files of Fireworks featuring Drake, in my crate this morning. I thought you would be happy that I shared it on D-Blog, on your Special day so I made an MP3, file for it and everyone can check it out bellow.
Talking of great new MC's I have been telling you about Young Rahda, since he started recording in 2005. Today I am posting Superfly, a song he wrote and made the beat for in 2009. Young Rahda, has been making surprise performances at the weekly Thursday, open mic hosted by Ford, at 9 Blecker St. YR, is also the subject of a secret TV, pilot in production in addition to modeling for European magazines. Y Rahda's mixtape will be released this Summer, and is co produced by FORD4D, with whom he has recorded more than 50 songs this past 2 months.
Observation: At the time of his untimely death Michael Jackson, in a 50% joint ventures with Sony"ATV" owned Lady Gaga's publishing catalog. When the "The NewYork Times," or "The Post," used to claim that Michael Jackson was "Broke,"it was a FABRICATED lie planted to the media by MJ's adversaries to undermine MJ's affairs and ruin his reputation.
A response to Forbes article (Jan. 2011) article:“Michael Jackson: Secret Business Genius?” Michael’s debt to the Bank of America was not actually a debt at all, but a business loan made for a big purchase, the profit of which would go to the bank to repay the loan itself!"
Other mentionable notes:
YOU DO THE MATHS:) -DR
Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Vol.145
Hosted by: ASHER ROTH
keri Hilson Ft "One night Stand."
Trey Songz Ft Fabulous
Spice 1 Ft. 2 pac - can't Turn back
Illa J - affait
Kanye West Ft.Cyhi Da Prynce - "Christmas In Harlem"
Jamie Foxx Ft. Wiz Khalifa
Ne-Yo Miss "Miss Right"
Kanye west Ft Drake "All of The Light"
Jamie Foxx Ft. Ludacris & Soulja Boy "Yep Dat's Me"
Akon "No Labels"
FACEBOOK, creator and co-founder is at 26 years old named TIME person of the year 2010; only 2nd to "Charles Linderbergh, who at 25 was named Time's first person of the year in 1927 when he became the first pilot to fly solo across the ocean." Mark Zuckerberg, was 19 years sophomore at Harvard University in 2004 when he created thefacebook.com from his dorm he eventually dropped-out of college. He was subsequently sued by his best friend and other Havard students over FACEBOOK's ownership. according to the blockbuster movie SOCIAL NETWORK, Mark Zuckerberg, settled for hundred of millions. Hovever in a controversial move, Time did not go by the (readers) vote when deciding for the winner. They snubbed Wikilleaks Julian Assange who came up 1st and picked Mark, instead who came 10th. Does this spells the end of "Cool" for "FACEBOOK?" We shall see - DR. Quoted sources from REUTERS/METRO.
Michael Jackson Number 1 always!
Michael Jackson, with MICHAEL, is on his way to be top on the charts for the "Music,"week ending December 21st. This is his first studio album release since Invincible in 2000. Michael had notoriously left his EPIC/SONY label and was planing a huge come back with his "This is It," soeld out concerts. Michael was re signed to EPIC/SONY in death to the tune of a whooping 250 Millions. Considering the impact MJ had around the globe when he was alive it is easy to assume "Michael" will go on to do better than even "This is it" CD; a compilation of mainly older songs. We the people in great number loved Michael's music. This is damning that people responsible for Michael Jackson untimely death (((Dr CONRAD))) are still walking free as birds. In respect to that situation Michael Jackson father's refiled a wrongful death lawsuit and added as a defendant a las Vegas pharmacy that records show sold the physician propofol.
All meanwhile Diddy, and his Dirty Money, despite catchy club anthem and radio hits like "Hello Good Morning," or the new LP "Someone to love" is predicted to be "top 3 bottom" sales with around only 65K album in sale for the "Music," week finishing December 21st. This is Diddy's first release on his new label/venture with Interscope. I suspect Diddy who is an over achiever was over confident with this project "Last Train To Paris." In all fairness to the artist, he might have suffered a backlash from being over exposed. Not even his marketing company clever strategy to cross promote on the NYC train can help him from derailing his music career. If the low numbers are confirmed; it would be a sad ending for one of the world Hip Hop God father who in the 90's launched the career of The Notorious BIG and became front rapper by default (he was the hype man) after BIG murder in LA. I personally like "... Good Morning," but I did not buy the over produced Swizz Beatz "Ass on the Floor" a song you would expect a younger and newer artist to drop. DIDDY and his Dirty Money fail were JAY Z, WON in relevance and adapting to today new listeners -DR.
"Wall Streeters are scum.. Someone screws you, hit those suckers back 15 times harder.They' ll never do it again... Fear is bullshit" How DO I KNOW? I WAS THERE.
"WALL STREET 2 MONEY NEVER SLEEPS ," WILL BE TAKING A NAP UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2010. IT WAS SCHEDULED TO BE IN THEATER ON APRIL 23 RD 1 DAY AFTER MY B.DAY... I WILL HAVE TO WAIT A LIL LONGER FOR A GREED PACK GUILTY PLEASURE TRIP HAHAHA.
NB: MJ WAS THE SMARTEST ENTERTAINER ALIVE UNTIL HIS UNTIMELY DEMISE JUNE 25 TH 2009. QUOTE ME ON THAT PLEASE!
Living in the past or future is a complete waste - DR. The views expressed on this blog are for entertainment only. Advertisers; affiliates; sponsors partners or employees do not necessarily agree with the opinions expressed by the author(s) or third parties posting on this blog. DR may get paid huge amount of CA$H or Nothing; but will speak his mind .
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