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Music, Movies, TV – An Insider’s Perspective

Could you be in a cult and not know it?

Can watching movies with friends or groups of people that seem similar to you lead to being in a cult?


There are many CLASSIC FILMS that are considered to be a masterpiece like Harry Potter, Star Wars or The Titanic. But there is also a plethora of movies called “CULT FILMS.” These films have a low budget, low box office numbers and a low following compared to the most “popular” movies with extremely devoted followers.

“When they go low, a specific cult film audience sometimes goes high.” I consider cult films to be high art, especially the classic Cheech & Chong films.

This comedic duo were OG’s in the cult movie game! Use this link to Browse all Cheech and Chong titles

And if you love Cheech and Chong I know you will love this profoundly serious 1936 film that has become known as one of the most hilarious films that helped to start the cult movie craze….

This golden age classic “REEFER MADNESS” is always a “HIT” at every cult film get together. Use this link to get it.

If you have never seen Reefer Madness I highly suggest seeing it with a group of friends and “unique snacks”

Cult films can be hilarious, horrific, bloody, gory, sexy, strange, evil, weird, naughty, scary and something the popular kids and their parents just don’t understand.

While the mass majority of movie goers shy away from films with questionable content, there are legions of “cool misfits” that just can’t get enough of cult films. In fact, they often see these films over and over again. They are passionate and dedicated to their favorite “off-beat” films. They shout-out dialogue and quote lines from their favorite films. You are highly likely to see people dressing up as characters or actively participating at a local midnight showing of some of the films that made it to “CULT CLASSIC” status .

The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a cult-classic and the “KING of CULT FILMS.”

“The Rocky Horror Show” started in 1973 as a play in London. The play became a movie and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” premiered on September 25, 1975. For 47 years there have been audiences all over the world dressing up like Frank N. Furter, Riff Raff, Rocky, Columbia, Magenta, Brad, Janet and the other 49 characters. They bring their own props to the midnight shows, they sing, shout out replies to lines in the movie and they famously do the “Time Warp.”

Let’s see if YOU remember how to do the “Time Warp”…no worries, no one is looking

“Time Warp” from the 1975 “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Although I have seen the movie many times I am proud to say that I was one of the original members of the audience at The Roxy Theater on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood that attended the live production over a nine-month run in 1974. For the movie premiere myself and my Road Dawg Sheila, went on a bus with cast members from The Roxy theater in Hollywood to the United Artists Theatre in Westwood, California.

The Roxy live audience was much like the midnight movie audience, we dressed up, sang loudly and everyone did the time warp. This was definitely one of the “BEST” times of my life. Shout out to “Sheila” who joined me for many “Rocky” nights at The Roxy. I know she is reading this “cult movie” feature because she is still a cool, unique, weirdo, misfit.

Cult films are NOT to be watched alone.

You must share the “dark beauty” of your favorite cult films with your wackiest, most unique, weird, nerdy, and strange, mis-fit friends. These are typically the friends who are most likely to have ALL their badges from ALL their years attending Comic-Con. And they are always ready to tell you how each year was better than the rest…(these same friends may also be the ones most likely to have body parts in their freezer)….just kidding about the freezer but they WILL have those Comic-Con badges and wristbands.

Do you have what it takes to be a Cult Leader or are you more of a follower?

If you are considering having a CULT MOVIE party or a CULT MOVIE marathon, at your house or a venue, you should take on the role as the “CULT LEADER” for the day.

  • The CULT LEADER chooses the CULT FILM or films to bring to the party.
  • The followers usually bring the party favors, the junk food and the “brewskis”

It is not easy to recommend Cult Films because they are usually tailored to the specific taste of the viewers. For instance, there are cult groups that are enthusiastic about women’s prison films, naughty nurses, or nuns, while others love zombies, cannibals, and gory horror films.

I will offer some suggestions for a party with a mixture for those who like the popular, big budget cult films and for those that like to dig-deep into the freaky cult film vault.


The Rocky Horror Picture ShowGet your Rocky fix with this link

The Big Lebowski…DUDE, you need to OWN this one! Get the 20th Anniversary edition here

Harold & Maude (a personal favorite) I recommend the Blu-ray, get it here

Friday…Warning: you may need extra snacks for these films. Get all 3 films…1-3 here

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (If you love British humor, this is for you) Get it here

Fight Club…(Another personal favorite) has the Anniversary Edition here

Labyrinth…Get this dark film, directed by Jim Henson, but this one is NO MUPPET MOVIE. It stars David Bowie and you can get it here

American Psycho…not sure what this says about me, but I LOVE this movie. Get it here

Clerks…This classic Kevin Smith film is available here

Showgirls…This erotic, campy, cult drama centers around strippers and showgirls. Need I say more? Here’s the link

Donnie Darko…Jake Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore are incredible in this dark, sci-fi cult film. Get it here

Dazed and Confused…Star studded cast and A MUST SEE for all cult film enthusiasts. Get it here

The Room…loved this weirdly amazing movie! has it here

There are far too many popular Cult Films to name them all, but now you have a few choices to get your party started.

For those of you who like to dig deep for the hard-core cult films there are a ton more to choose from. Just read the titles because they often give you clues to the content of the films

Look for key words like Zombies, Sex, Evil, Girls, Women’s Prison, Naughty Nurses, Terror, Horror, Blood, Gore, Hell and all your favorite guilty pleasures. You will find the perfect films for those misfit friends I spoke about earlier in this feature.

Find all your off-beat, hard-core cult treasures HERE

ENJOY THESE CULT FILMS. When you find one you love, write back, and tell me how it warped your mind…or made you laugh your ass off.


Norman Lear is one of the most important figures in the history of television. He is one of the most important men behind the scenes of some of our most revered and beloved TV shows. Let me begin by telling you who Norman Lear is…..then I will tell you briefly about his history and the man who bravely served his country in World War II.

This is Norman Lear…..and at 100 years old… he is still working!

Norman Milton Lear was born on July 27, 1922. He is a beloved American TV Writer, and a Film and TV Producer.

In his 100 years he has produced, written, created, or developed over 100 shows.

Lear is best known for many popular 1970s sitcoms, including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and Good Times. Collectively these shows were viewed by more than 120 million people per week. His shows were influential, ground-breaking shows.

“All in the Family” was one of the most important series of all-time.

In this ground-breaking show, Norman Lear was not afraid to take on social and controversial subjects. He trusted the intelligence of his viewers to understand why he brought some of the controversial episodes to television. Over 50 years ago, it was the first American show to be taped in front of a live audience. Every laugh and response were from real people.

To me this seems risky since the show often had topics that could easily be hard for some to grasp. The lead character Archie Bunker was a middle-aged Bigot. The man who portrayed “Archie” (Carroll O’Conner) was a liberal. I suppose this is why Carroll O’Conner won four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of “Archie Bunker”. Jean Stapleton who portrayed his wife “Edith Bunker” won three Emmy Awards. Sally Struthers (daughter Gloria Stivic) won two Emmy Awards. Rob Reiner (Gloria’s husband / the son-in-law, Mike Stivic) also won two Emmy Awards.

ALL in the FAMILY had 42 Emmy Award WINS and 73 nominations. There were also 8 Golden Globe WINS connected to the show.

Just think about this…….

From 1971-1979, “All in the Family” addressed racism, antisemitism, homosexuality, women’s liberation, religion, rape, abortion, breast cancer, infidelity, miscarriages, impotence, menopause, and the Vietnam War…and 50 years later most of these subjects are still HOT TOPICS!


Other random things about All in the Family:

• It was the first show to have a toilet rush on a prime-time show. WOW, we have come a long way to what we see and hear now.

• The lead female “Edith” was played as a women with a horrible singing voice. In reality, she was an accomplished singer and a successful Broadway actress.

• Archie and Edith’s favorite living room chairs are now in the Smithsonian Institute Museum in Washington, DC.

• Mickey Rooney was almost cast as Archie Bunker

• The show’s first episode had a warning after the title that read “Suggested for the mature audience”

• The third episode which was a little hard for some people to watch contained a different warning, written by Norman Lear, that read “The program you are about to see is ALL in the Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show – in a mature fashion – just how absurd they are.”

• Jean Stapleton who portrayed Archie’s wife chose to remain as “Edith Bunker” in 1971 when she was asked to take a leading role in :Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”

• Carroll O’Connor wrote the lyrics of the closing theme song

See for yourself why this television series is LEGENDARY & HISTORIC
Get the complete series here:

There were seven other spin-off shows from “All in the Family”. The Top three spin-offs were also ground-breaking, award-winning shows and are available for your collections.

• “Maude” 1972-1978 (141 episodes)
“Maude” Seasons 1-6 available at

• “Good Times” 1974-1979 (123 episodes)
Good Times: The Complete Series on

• “The Jeffersons” 1975-1984 (252 episodes)
The Jeffersons: The Complete Series (The Dee-luxe Edition) on

• “Archie Bunker’s Place” 1979-1983 (97 episodes)

• “Checking In” 1981 (4 episodes)

• “Gloria” 1982-1983 (21 episodes)

• “704 Hauser” 1994 (6 episodes

Norman Lear has continued to actively produce television, including the remake of One Day at a Time in 2017 and the Netflix revival of Good Times in 2022. His re-imagined Cuban American version of “One Day at a Time” is in the Top Ten New Shows of 2017, and the second season is now streaming on Netflix.

At 100, this is what Norman Lear is currently “still” working on…

He is currently an executive producer on the award-winning Epix docuseries “America Divided”, now in season two. He is also in production on the pilot of “Guess Who Died”, an NBC comedy featuring a cast of senior citizens. Will Mr. Lear make this demographic, “golden” again? I THINK SO!

You can also check out his weekly podcast “All of the Above with Norman Lear”

In his personal, down time, Norman Lear is “still”…………

The father of six, the grandfather of four, and a husband to Lyn Lear.

He is a liberal, a philanthropist and a political & social activist. He supports and funds First Amendment rights and progressive politicians and causes. In 1980, Lear founded the advocacy organization “People for the American Way” to counter the influence of the Christian right in politics. In the early 2000s, he organized and led a tour of the Declaration of Independence.

After ALL of Norman Lear’s life-long achievements I must leave you with just one more that happened long before he became one of the “GREATEST TELEVSION PIONEERS of ALL-TIME”

Before beginning his long and highly successful career in television, Norman Lear joined the military. It was 1942 and he was 20 years old. He served as an Army Air Force pilot in World War II. From 1942-1945 he flew 52 successful combat missions and was awarded the prestigious, Air Medal

The television Icon, Norman Lear has also received numerous prestigious awards, to include five Emmys, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1975 he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was one of the first seven television pioneers to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

I will end with my favorite quote about Norman Lear

“Norman Lear, transformed the American cultural landscape, bringing the social and political issues of the day into American living rooms for the first time”…….YES HE DID!

THANK YOU, NORMAN LEAR for all your years of service to our country in the military and THANK YOU, for the classic, thought provoking, game-changing, historic television shows……the years of laughter…all the important and beloved characters that you brought to life.

AND….HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY MR. LEAR ….take some time off for a BIG piece of cake!

In Celebration of Comic-Con 2022

Plus the lifestyle brand that is killing it in the pop-culture world.

If you can’t be at Comic-Con this year, you can still get together with some of your friends and share your favorite comic books, movies, and TV shows. My new obsession that began during the pandemic is collecting “Funko” figurines. I am crazy about collecting all my favorite hip hop stars, rock Gods, athletes, movie and television figurines.

I found RUN DMC figurines which I display near one of my most treasured photos with all 3 members of the group (R.I.P. Jam Master Jay).

I also just picked up the “Jordan Peele” Funko figurine since I am seeing his newest film “Nope” this coming weekend. I am sure his new film will be the talk of Comic-Con this coming weekend in San Diego, CA.

Since I know what my friends like I am buying Funko figurines that I know they would love as birthday and holiday gifts. I am getting their gifts early to avoid the dreaded holiday “out-of-stock” conditions. Right now, they are priced low and with the extra 10% off discount coupon at “Deep Discount” these are very affordable and perfect gifts.

I love when my friends take the time to choose gifts that are meaningful and special to me. Showing that you know what your friend collects or likes shows them you know them well and care about them. If you are not sure of the unique things that they are into, it’s never too late to find out. Funko figurines are an inexpensive way to give them something they will genuinely like. Their favorite music, movie, comic, or television heroes in a figurine is unexpected and a great surprise.

While browsing the FUNKO products by genres I found so many great gifts for my friends. Some friends that I bond with because of our love of music, Stranger Things, Seinfeld, Game of Thrones, Ozark, and other shows. I can’t wait to see their faces when they open the figurines of the things they love most.

I am adding the “Ruth” of “Ozark” figurine to my own collection today.

And I can’t wait to get the “Stranger Things” Funko’s into the hands of my Godson. He also loves Video Games, Anime, Sports, Marvel, DC , Horror films and even something as random as “Froot Loops.”  Much to my surprise I found a “Froot Loop” figurine under the “Funko Ad Icons” category.

When I take the time to click tabs that I don’t usually visit, I often discover some real gems and treasures. By clicking “Toys and Gifts” at I found something unique and special for all my friends and loved ones. I can not believe how many categories and AWESOME products that are available from Funko.

Check out their vast selection of Funko figurines, t-shirts and more. Find something for everyone……and most importantly…..YOU! Just Click Here

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“Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’ baby”

Where are the parties this summer?

Just in case it’s at your house…the beach…a park or even at someone else’s house, you may be the one who brings the perfect music. I assume if you are reading my blog you may be the one that is the designated DJ. It may be up to you to get the party started and poppin’ all the way till the end. YES, I said it….if you are the one bringing music, planning the playlist, or suggesting the tunes….YOU ARE “sort of” a DJ.

I feel a little qualified to help you out on this since I was a club and mobile DJ for over 26 years. I owned a DJ service that did house parties, weddings, beach parties, desert raves, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras and any event that needed “GREAT” music. I loved rockin’ the dance floors and intensity of any type of party! When summer rolled around I was always booked and in high demand.


I played music for all types of people and parties. So, my gigs went from spinning music at hip-hop gigs, to 70’s disco parties, 80’s new wave, country line dance parties, EDM, House, Techno, hard rock parties and more.

This summer I feel the need to talk about some of the artists that always ensured a packed dancefloor. These same artists are also great in cars as you head out on summer road trips and get-aways.

Since I often write about hip hop, I am going to mix it up and talk about 80’s “New Wave” dance music. If you love this sub-genre of rock and alternative music, I am sure you felt compelled to run to the dance floor when you heard “Rock Lobster” or “Love Shack.”

So, let’s talk, B-52’s!

This week it was announced that after 45 years, The B-52’s will be performing their final shows. They will be in select cities starting on August 22 in Seattle, WA and ending on November 13, in their home state of Georgia.

In the 80’s they were one of my most requested groups for just about any type of party or event. Their music was highly infectious. The B-52’s are known as “The World’s Greatest Party Band.” Whenever I wanted to turn up the heat on the dancefloor, they were my go-to band.

In celebration of “Summer Party Pop” music you can find all your favorite B-52 party jams like, Rock Lobster, Love Shack, Private Idaho, Planet Claire, Dance the Mess Around, Strobe Light, Party Out of Bounds and more…Click Here for deals on the B-52’s from my friends at

If you want the B-52’s order NOW. Due to the announcement of their farewell tour, they are selling fast, so if a title is out, it will be back again shortly. And don’t forget to use the 10% discount coupon to get even more savings off your order.

DJ’s and COLLECTORS….check out this “classic vinyl” of “Dance This Mess Around.” It’s a MUST-HAVE and now on sale for you Click Here.

Come back tomorrow to check out more….PARTY MUSIC

Until you return enjoy a few of these classic videos and feel free to dance….no one is looking!

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime – YouTube

Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart (Official Video) – YouTube

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two – YouTube

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Official Video) – YouTube


Congratulations to the lucky winners of our Notorious B.I.G. contest

~ Derek “D-Tragic” Duncan of California
~ DJ Yoshi of New Jersey

Both have won the 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of the final studio album from Biggie Smalls, “Life After Death”

This 8 LP Box Set is a “must-have” for all hip-hop fans and collectors so even if you didn’t win, you can still pick up your copy here

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Sometimes I just get in the mood for more……DREW BARRYMORE

Drew was only 5 years old when she landed her first acting job. In 1982 at the age of 6 she melted my heart in Stephen Spielberg’s epic summer blockbuster film E.T.

Drew has now been in 57 films and counting…

On September 14, 2020 “The Drew Barrymore Show” debuted on CBS.

She has appeared as herself 236 times in interviews and guest appearances. I suppose her popularity on talk shows led to Drew getting her own talk show.

Drew went up against other popular talk shows and she proved that she too could have a successful career in daytime TV. Drew’s show is high on special interest “feel-good” stories. Her humor, optimism and positive messages have been rays of sunshine in some of the dark days of the pandemic. Her show debuted at the perfect time. We needed the happiness that Drew brings for an hour every weekday. I am happy to report that The Drew Barrymore show has been renewed for a third season.

For 42 years I have enjoyed and found happiness in Drew’s extraordinary talent. I personally love Drew in romantic comedies, but she is certainly not limited to that genre of film. She has starred in dramas, fantasy, thrillers, and horror films.

Find all of Drew’s films here

Here are some of my favorite and most beloved Drew Barrymore films and performances.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Here is a link to my previous feature on this EPIC BLOCKBUSTER FILM. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Violet Brown Told Me

Get this AMAZING film here: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial With DVD, Ultraviolet Digital Copy, 2 Pack, Digital Copy on

Firestarter (1984)

An Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability and power to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, “The Shop, “, which wants to control her… or destroy her?

Here is the original version of this film starring Drew: Firestarter Snap Case on

Irreconcilable Differences (1983)

This is a bittersweet comedy. Two aspiring writers Albert (Ryan O’Neal) and Lucy (Shelley Long) meet and fall in love. They become happily married and soon have a beautiful little daughter. Their “happy” simple life starts crumbling as Albert’s career in Hollywood prospers and he falls in love with his leading actor (Sharon Stone). Seeing her loving parents go from love to hate, nine-year old Casey (Drew Barrymore) becomes tired of being emotionally and physically ignored by her parents. She hires a lawyer and tries to divorce them on the grounds of  Irreconcilable Differences.

Get it and own it here: Search results for Movies/TV : “• Irreconcilable Differences (1983)” (

The Wedding Singer (1998)

I saw this film several times due to a friend who was also in this film. R.I.P. Alexis Arquette.

This is the first of three films in which Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler team up for some beloved and memorable laughs.

In this film New Jersey wedding chanter Robbie Hart (Sandler) loses hope after being abandoned at the altar by his Fiancé. Soon he meets Julia (Barrymore), an effervescent ray of light in the shape of a catering server. She enlists Robbie’s help in planning her own wedding-to a sleazy, junk bond salesman who fools around with other women and treats them like unfeeling slabs of meat.

Click here to get The Wedding Singer: Search results for Movies/TV : “The wedding singer” (

I highly recommend seeing all 3 films starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. These two actors have great chemistry together.

50 First Dates (2004)

This was the second film that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Drew suffered a head injury in an accident and suffers with short-term memory loss. Adam falls hard for Drew, and she becomes the girl of his dreams. Each date is a challenge as he must win her over again…and again due to her short-term memory.

50 First Dates Widescreen, Subtitled, Dubbed, AC-3 on

Blended (2014)

Let’s hope that it’s not the last time we will see Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star together.

After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attractions grow as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.

Get Blended in this GREAT triple feature DVD set: 3 Film Collection: The Intern / Tammy / Blended 2 Pack, Eco Amaray Case on

Donnie Darko (2001)

Long before “Stranger Things” this cult classic combined science fiction with 80’s nostalgia.

Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days, 06 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. During that time, he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum. Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast – pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze and former child star Drew Barrymore. The soundtrack is loaded with 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran.

Click here for Donnie Darko: Search results for Movies/TV : “Donnie Darko” (

Poison Ivy

Here is a great triple feature DVD that contains the first 3 “Poison Ivy” films in the series.

Poison Ivy: Triple Feature on

  1. Poison Ivy (1992) starring Drew Barrymore and Sara Gilbert… A CULT CLASSIC!
  2. Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996) starring Alyssa Milano and Johnathon Schaech
  3. Poison Ivy: The New Seduction starring Jaime Pressly and Megan Edwards

Poison Ivy is an erotic thriller film series. The first three films in the series deal with the implications of an emotionally neglected, sexually assertive young woman’s fascination with her best friend’s father, and how her desire for him affects multiple individuals who fall under her influence.

Make sure you check out all the great Drew Barrymore films here. Search results for Movies/TV : “drew barrymore” (

JUST A THOUGHT…..On Tom Cruise Movies

As we approach the long holiday weekend some of us will be staying home or enjoying our local parks and beaches. If we are at home we will probably fire up the grill, put some drinks on ice and break out the summer tunes. If you are one of those people that redecorated or redesigned your back yard, your man-cave or your she-shed during the pandemic, you may be hosting a movie night. Around my neighborhood I see a lot of those BIG “blow-up” movie screens for those back yard summer parties and movie nights under the stars.

So, while we are all still ridin’ high after seeing “Top Gun Maverick” in the theater…..I want to remind you of the GREAT Tom Cruise movies that you may want to grab for your summer bash at home. And a few of them are perfect for the JULY 4th holiday.

Kick off your summer with a few of Tom’s BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER HITS.

“Born on the Fourth of July” 1989

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“Top Gun” (1986)

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“Mission Impossible” (1996-2018)

There are 6 films in this franchise (and we may see more in the future)

Get all films in the “Mission Impossible” franchise here: Search results for Movies/TV : “Mission Impossible” (

“Jerry McGuire” & “A Few Good Men” Double Feature.

A Few Good Men / Jerry Maguire on

“Days of Thunder” and more…check out the set with 10 movies for AMAZING value.

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JUST A THOUGHT…..on a great sale!

And full disclosure….this is a shameless plug!

The month-long SITE-WIDE SUMMER SALE at will be ending in just a few days.

If you read my blog I know you love some form if not all forms of entertainment.

AND….I do NOT want you to miss the ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT SALE that happens only a couple times a year.

How would you like to go into any of your favorite stores and buy anything you want with a SALE PRICE DISCOUNT?

Throughout the month of June all of you have been able to find all the entertainment titles you have been wanting or needing in your life……..AND…You have been able to get them all on sale, but that is ending on Thursday, June 30.

The 15% Coupon is rare and only lasts a short time!

With just a click you can find your favorite genres of music and even narrow it down to your favorite artists or album. You can also find the genres of movies or TV shows you love and even find your favorite actors.

You notice that I call music, movies & TV shows, ENTERTAINMENT TITLES. When I purchase LP’s, CD’s and DVD’s I buy them for my personal entertainment and enjoyment. Entertainment in any form makes me happy. I can listen to a song or album and drift back to a happy or emotional time in my life. I can listen to a new artist and feel a burst of excitement about discovering something new. If I have my music and a great movie or TV show, I can tune out the negative things going on at the time. Hearing a favorite song or artist can almost put me in a trance. The same songs can even make a “bad singer or dancer” (like me) dance and sing. MUSIC MOVES US!

Music triggers pleasure, memories, emotions, and it can change your mood. Music has been my medicine throughout my life to make me feel happy. It also grounds me and provides clarity and calmness when my mind needs an escape. Hearing a favorite song or album can relieve stress and bring peace when needed.

There have been thousands of studies on the healing power of music, and I am person that loves reading them all. But for today’s “thought” I will leave you with a  couple of short videos If you are interested in finding out….


“WHY MUSIC MAKES US EMOTIONAL (and gives us the “feels”)”

The clock is ticking, so if you are looking for entertainment for yourself, or a gifts for your friends or family, now is the time to load up for less on all those music, movies or TV shows that may be on your “want list.”

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During Black Music Appreciation month, we often see interesting and amazing titles released that appeal to the hard-core collectors and fans.

Here is one of the collector’s editions I am most excited about!

VINYL COLLECTORS……this one is for YOU!!!!

The Notorious B.I.G / “Life After Death” 25th Anniversary “SUPER DELUXE” edition was just released. This was the FINAL studio album from “Biggie Smalls”

The Life After Death 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Boxed Set consists of 8-LPs and a commemorative booklet featuring rare photos from the album cover shoot, liner notes by Sheldon Pearce, and exclusive reflections from members of the team who worked on the original album release. In addition to the original album, it includes the Hypnotize 12″, Mo Money Mo Problems 12″, Sky’s The Limit 12″, and Nasty Boy 12″.

Upon its 1997 release, Life After Death debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It was the first album to feature two back-to-back posthumous #1 singles, “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.” The album received a GRAMMY® nomination in the category of “Best Rap Album.” “Hypnotize” earned a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Rap Solo Performance,” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” was nominated for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.” Among dozens of lists and retrospectives, Rolling Stone touted Life After Death among its coveted “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The RIAA has awarded the album a Diamond Certification for more than 5 million copies sold of the double-LP.

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Here is a personal remembrance with Biggie!

One of my most cherished moments in my position as a music buyer was going to a lunch meeting with 2 new “Bad Boy” artists. I met with Craig Mack who had a HUGE song on the radio with “Flava in Ya Ear.” It was 1994 and Bad Boy also brought their other new artist to the lunch. The artist was “Biggie Smalls” who would also be known as “The Notorious B.I.G” and “BIGGIE”…..and  later as “RAP SUPER STAR and LEGEND”

Although Biggie’s first album was released one week prior to Craig Mack, it was Craig who had the first big single release and he was incredibly happy to tell “EVERYONE” about it.

I watched as Craig and Big devoured many appetizers, entrees, and drinks. We discussed how they got signed to their record deals and their excitement about being signed by Sean “Puffy” Combs on his new record label “Bad Boy Records” (founded in 1993). I remember that a huge topic of the lunch was their feelings about the OJ Simpson trial that was happening at the time. I remember Biggie saying,

“It does not matter if he gets off on this trial because he will be judged again when he meets his maker someday, he will pay if he killed those people.”

That conversation has always stuck in my mind because back then you just did not mention this topic much because there were so many mixed feelings about it. But Craig and BIG brought it up so I chimed in that I felt the same way as they did. At some point OJ would come before the only real witness and his eternal judge.

Big and Craig both had great manners and they were witty. Craig made it a point to tell all our servers that he had a hit song on the radio, and he asked them to turn MTV on their TV screens in the Tony Roma’s where we were eating in Carson, California.

It did not take long before Craig’s video showed up during our lunch. We screamed when it came on and several servers gathered around our table to watch it.

Craig was much more outspoken and flamboyant than Biggie. I made a point of telling the servers that Biggie had a GREAT album, and they were going to hear a lot from him in the future. To me Biggie’s song “Juicy” was already a hit and a song that I would spin as a DJ.

I could not help but notice Biggie while Craig’s video was playing. Big was supportive but he seemed a little quiet while the video was on. Big was never disrespectful in any way to Craig while we were together. But I did have the sense that BIG was quiet but confident in himself. He was a complete gentleman to me. I later pulled BIG aside to tell him that I was totally in love with his album, and I thought his song “Juicy” was going to eventually be HUGE at radio. I told him that his time was coming, and his album was  going to be BIG just like his name. I will never forget the smile and hug he gave.


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In Celebration of Black Music Appreciation Month

On May 31, 2022, President Biden issued a proclamation to reestablish the annual month-long observance and celebration of Black music that was created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

The official name of this month has changed throughout the years from “Black Music Month” to “African American Music Appreciation Month” and by popular demand President Biden has brought the name back to what the music industry and the people responded best to…..

“Black Music Appreciation Month”

Black people in America have created or inspired many genres and sub-genres of music. Since 1979, we have celebrated all these genres in the month of June. Although there are talented Black artists in ALL genres of music, in June we celebrate R&B (rhythm and blues/soul music), Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rap and Hip-Hop.

When I was the Black Music Buyer in the late eighties for Wherehouse Entertainment, my title changed a bit through the years as the music industry amended the name of the overall genre of music. In the 90’s my job title changed to “Urban Music Buyer”. There were many mixed reviews of this new “industry standard” name so some people continued to call it Black Music. Others were “only OK” with calling it Urban Music. The entire Black community never fully embraced this “Urban Music” moniker. I hated changing my business card to “Director of Urban Music.” There were several high-profile music conferences where “I forgot” my business card back at the office (wink-wink). I would shake hands, take photos, and hug people but I often just verbally gave out my contact info.

In June as Black Music Month emerged you would see and hear “Black Music Month” in independent music stores and radio stations that were within the Black communities. In some of the BIG chain music stores and cross-over radio stations you would hear the term “Urban Music Month.”

Just in case you are wondering what a cross-over station is?

“A cross-over radio station or program plays music or artists that appeal to diverse types of audiences or people. You could hear a mix of genres on these stations that appeal to all”

A few music chains continued to embrace the term “Black Music Month” if their customers requested or demanded them to keep it.

Of course, Wherehouse Music was known as “the place” where you could find an amazing selection of Black music, so I was not ready to just abandon the term so easily. Eventually we did change the store signing to Urban Music and then I occasionally “remembered” to bring my business card to conferences (LOL).

The term “Urban Music” had a good run until someone decided it was time to change the “umbrella genre” once again to “African American Music.”

So, in June 2016 President Obama officially proclaimed June as “African American Music Appreciation Month”.

In June 2021, President Biden proclaimed June as “Black Music Appreciation Month. Whether you embrace the term African American or Black American, I feel you will appreciate his proclamation of 2021 and 2022

Here is the “Black Music Appreciation Month” proclamation of 2021

A Proclamation on Black Music Appreciation Month, 2021 | The White House

And… Here is the “Black Music Appreciation Month” proclamation of 2022

A Proclamation on Black Music Appreciation Month, 2022 | The White House

During “Black Music Appreciation Month” artists and record labels release titles that you may have been waiting for all-year long. We often see special collectors’ packages released to commemorate B.M.A.M. You will see more artists out on tour and performing live shows in June and throughout the summer. June is usually the kick-off to ALL the HOT NEW TITLES that will dominate dancefloors, parties, family reunions, and radio through the summer.

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