Thursday, 28 April 2011

b.supreme, b.unique (Because Different Is Always Good) - b.supreme Festival Reviewed

Independent women just got a new meaning. Exactly when the suffragette women, earned the right to vote in the international elections in 1918. However, women located in the UK, were not granted, the right to vote on the same terms as men, until 1928.

The United States, were eight years ahead of the UK. US women were approved to vote in the 1920s, at the age of 18.

Fast-forward to the 21st century, and women in hip-hop earned the right to be counted, watched, respected, and finally admired.

This is what the b.supreme festival was all about. Hosted, and celebrated, in London UK at the Southbank Centre on April 25th. The b.supreme festival introduces countless female acts to take centre stage and wow the audience. These female acts included the likes of:

Project G

…and many others.

How were the performances? You might ask, as Mary Poppins would say, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. With a variety of dance moves from body-popping, to break dancing, let’s not forget dance offs. Mix it all together, and what do we have ladies and gentlemen? (H.H.H) Hip-Hop heaven!

Boadecia – A female crew, made up of eight women, took centre stage. Roaring to go, dressed in red leopard patterned tights, and a black plain t-shirt, printed in white capital letters that simply read ‘Boadicia’.

Accompanying their dance moves, with an electronic hip-hop beat, that would get you bouncing at the clubs. Dance, done in style, meeting every beat of the track, like a human heartbeat, with no need for CPR.

Funkamental – Another group of eight women, dressed in silk from top to bottom, red and black colours. Each colour representing a different meaning; black, that represents a meaning of authority, and power. While red, reveals the meaning of passion, love, and seriousness. Funkamental, body popping, and robot dancing over a electronic/techno beat that was later blended into an altered version of Michael Jackson's Human Nature.

Unity - A unisex dance crew – Contestants of Move Like Michael Jackson 2010, set the stage on fire, with their amazing moves, that almost seemed like they were rapping, only without words.

b.supreme 2011, ends with an 8 Mile style dance off. You know it had to be done right? Three rounds of dance offs, between eight unisex groups of two, fighting for a chance, to say to the other team ‘you got served baby!” Spinning their way to victory, were Roxy and Spin, who left the as winners of b.supreme 2011.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Apple'licious Tunes

Apple inc, a company that made the way for future technology. Famous for its computers, the Macintosh, and the world’s most advanced OS, Mac OS X. In 1984, Steve Jobs, introduced the first Macintosh. He described it as ‘Instantly Great,’ and that it was. Why am I talking about Apple? Good question, well, I’m sure, many of us witnessed how Apple changed the music industry forever.

There’s no doubt about it right? Steve Jobs, and his team shook the world with their first iPod in 2001. 1000 songs in your pocket? Who would've thought it? I mean, I remember when I use to carry my Sony CD player everywhere I went. A player, that only played one CD at a time, unless you wanted to be a superhero, and carry your CD collection with you.

Along with the first iPod, came the newly developed iTunes, that started its life with the title ‘SoundJam’. However, in the meantime, The Napster and P2P music sharing software was in the limelight. It failed to see success, as it was overwhelmed with lawsuits, and forced to remain shutdown in 2002. It wasn’t until 2003, when iTunes store launched consumers had a new way of purchasing music, at fair and reasonable prices.

There was no longer a need to go to your local music store, and pick up your favourite album. iTunes had it all covered, at $0.99 (£0.59) per song or $9.99 (£6.99) for an entire album. With just one click, you’re synced, and ready to jam with your tunes. What a life right? In just 10 years, iTunes grew to what we know today, the world’s largest online digital retailer. It was, and still is, the store that encouraged major record sales. The music industry, entered a new era consumers no longer ran down to the shop to add to their music collection.

However, it’s not all “fine and dandy,” because, many music artists aren't happy with the way Apple is affecting the music industry. Recently, Bon Jovi said, Apple’s killing the music business, he told

“Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it.

God, it was a magical, magical time. I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?' Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business”.

There’s no doubt Apple’s made an impact towards the music industry, that’s for sure. So much so, that they shook the world. Now, every story has two sides, advantages and disadvantages, the good, the bad, and the ugly, I think you get the point!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Take A Risk & 'Just Go With It' Movie Review

Have you ever considered pretending to have a life that isn’t yours, just so you can impress a girl? No? Well, that’s exactly what Danny Mackerby - (Adam Sandler) did. After his wife cheated on him, he decided to put his foot down. He started by changing his disfigured nose, and realised he could use his wedding band to his advantage. Lies became his best friend, as they rolled off the tongue one after the other. It happened so often, he decided to ‘Just Go With it’.

From director Dennis Dugan, a thrilling comedy with a surprising trio - Adam Sandler, Jennifer Anniston, and Nicole Kidman. It'll make you laugh until your popcorn tips over, 'just Go With It!'

After meeting his ‘Barbie’ dream girl, (Brooklyn Decker) he knew, he needed to capture her heart somehow. He was prepared to do anything to impress her. Plastic surgeon Mackerby, confides in best friend, and assistant Katherine, (Jennifer Anniston). He tells her Palmer, (Brooklyn Decker) could be the one. Helping out a friend in need, Katherine decides to ‘Just Go With It!’ Days later, the fake life comes to play, and the adventure begins. Katherine plays the drug addict wife that Danny portrays to his love interest. Everything changes on a trip to Hawaii, when things take a surprising twist.

Life decides to take you down a path, and when you least expect it, you're face to face with the one person who has always been by your side.

Gather your family and friends, and ‘Just Go With It!’