She Is Focused

April 29, 2009

Welcome To Atlanta: The ‘Behind The Scenes’ Cassie Interview

Filed under: Behind The Scenes,Interviews,New Music — Felicia @ 11:55 pm

One of the events included on the list of Core DJ events was a listening at Justin’s Restaurant. In attendence of course was Diddy, Red Cafe, Akon, Cassie and others. There were several hundred DJs in attendance and surprisingly everyone fit comfortably inside the restaurant. Food was served (and i’m still feeling a little salty about not having jumped in line for a plate, but I digress).

Some of the songs that were spun were track’s from Day 26’s newest album Forever And A Day as well as Cassie’s current single, “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy himself. Also played for the first time was Diddy’s “Diddy Bop” which will soon make its way to a radio station or club near you. “Diddy Bop” will not be the first single from his upcoming Last Train To Paris, but its just a good club record to prepare you for his release.

After all the hoopla and what seemed like hundreds of DJs lining up to take pictures with Diddy, Cassie and Red Cafe, I was able to pull Bad Boy’s current first lady to the side for an interview. We discussed her upcoming Interview with Cassiealbum, Electro Love which will be released pretty soon this year. We also talked about the first single “Must Be Loved” and a few other subjects. It was nice to learn that Cassie is a really sweet girl in person. I wasn’t really expecting Diva behavior, but she was a genuinely nice person to speak with. Especially after having to take several pictures with folks; some bringing their homemade CDs to have her hold it and strike a pose with them.

The most important question though was in regards to her new half-shaved do. She simply mentioned that she wanted to try out a new look and she took the plunge.

I must admit, when I first saw pictures online of the cut, I was taken back a little. It was really drastic I thought and probably had the same assumptions that everyone else had as to why it was done. But after meeting her and seeing it up close, it actually looks pretty good. Would I do it? Ummm, no. But it fits her really well.

My much more detailed interview with Cassie will be posted online soon. Check out the video after the jump with a pre-shaved Cassie and Diddy in the studio mixing the last of ‘Love’.

– Felicia (more…)

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Welcome to Atlanta: The BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase

Filed under: Behind The Scenes,New Music — Felicia @ 11:14 pm

I recently took a trip down to Atlanta for the BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase and the Core DJs Retreat. Lot’s of industry events took place that weekend including listening parties, panel discussions, networking gatherings, etc. It was definitely the place to be if you were trying to get your feet wet in the music industry. BMI Unsigned Urban Showcase

The BMI Showcase took place on Thursday, April 23rd and was held at E.S.S.O. Nightclub. The surround area of the club was a litte suspect, but inside the actual club was pretty nice. The 12th annual showcase which was hosted by DJ Khaled introduced four talented artists who were picked to perform for judges who are well known in the industry. They included Manny Halley (manager to Keyshia Cole and Lyfe Jennings), Jimmy Rosemond (manager to The Game and Pleasure P), Sean Garret (Songwriter/Producer) and others.

Of the four acts, the talented quartet, 718, from New York took home the grand prize of free studio time and other opportunities to take them a step further in pursuing their career. Although the up and coming artists performed exceptionally well and it was easy to see why they were chosen to perform at the showcase, it seemed as though the crowd was more interested in the main acts.

Before the headliners which included Novel, Trey Songz and Nas performed for the night, Lil Jon was presented with the Legends of Atlanta Award by BMI. Again everyone in the audience could have cared less. I myself was wondering at first what Lil Jon had to do with anything that was going on that night. But congrats to him. (more…)

April 28, 2009

Swine Flu: Serious Business

Filed under: Studies Say... — Felicia @ 1:43 pm

(Orignally posted on BBC News)

The new virus has made the jump from pigs to humans and has demonstrated it can also pass from human to human. This is why it is demanding so much attention from health authorities. The virus passes from human to human like other types of flu, either through coughing, sneezing, or by touching infected surfaces, although little is known about how the virus acts on humans.

The new virus has made the jump from pigs to humans and has demonstrated it can also pass from human to human. This is why it is demanding so much attention from health authorities. The virus passes from human to human like other types of flu, either through coughing, sneezing, or by touching infected surfaces, although little is known about how the virus acts on humans.

Infection control experts are scrambling to respond to outbreaks of swine flu in Mexico and the US, and suspected cases elsewhere.

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is a respiratory disease, caused by influenza type A which infects pigs. There are many types, and the infection is constantly changing.

Until now it has not normally infected humans, but the latest form clearly does, and can be spread from person to person – probably through coughing and sneezing.

What is new about this type of swine flu?

The World Health Organization has confirmed that at least some of the human cases are a never-before-seen version of the H1N1 strain of influenza type A.

SWINE FLU
Symptoms usually similar to seasonal flu – but deaths recorded in Mexico
It is a new version of the H1N1 strain which caused the 1918 flu pandemic
Too early to say whether it will lead to a pandemic
Current treatments do work, but there is no vaccine
Good personal hygiene, such as washing hands, covering nose when sneezing advised

H1N1 is the same strain which causes seasonal outbreaks of flu in humans on a regular basis.

But this latest version of H1N1 is different: it contains genetic material that is typically found in strains of the virus that affect humans, birds and swine.

Flu viruses have the ability to swap genetic components with each other, and it seems likely that the new version of H1N1 resulted from a mixing of different versions of the virus, which may usually affect different species, in the same animal host.  Pigs provide an excellent ‘melting pot’ for these viruses to mix and match with each other.  (more…)

I’m Back

Filed under: Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 1:33 pm

Hello to all faithful readers of SheIsFocused.com. I’ve been traveling the past several days and have not been updating daily as I usually do. I wanted to let you know that my travels brought along with it some really good stories to share including my meeting and interview with Cassie. As some of you know she has recently changed up her look quite drastically.

So stay tuned and stay focused as I share stories of my recent events, conundrums and pictures. Hey, maybe i’ll even reveal a photo of myself 😉

Felicia

April 22, 2009

The Hot Boys Are On Fire Again!

Filed under: Chat 'bout,Flashback — Felicia @ 12:01 pm

The Hot BoysWho would have thought 10 or so years ago that out of the original Hot Boys, Lil Wayne would be the one still around smashing out his rap counterparts? I would have put my college degree on it that B.G. or Juvenile would be the ones still on top today.

You couldn’t tell me that B.G. and Juve weren’t nice. When B.G. dropped “Help” from Guerilla Warfare that definitely had me open. I guess at the end of the day, when you seal the deal with a kiss you’re destined to shine. B.G.

Well word on the street is that the Nolia boys have all signed on and agreed to do a Hot Boys reunion pretty soon. No official word just yet if Turk has signed on, but if he knows what’s good for him and want a little piece of that Weezy money he would.

In college I was transitioning out of the sense that only rappers from the north were hot; funny considering that I had been in Florida for a good portion of my life at that point. But in school I met folks from all walks of life who encouraged me to step outside the box and become more open to other rappers. Triple 6 Mafia and the Hot Boys were two of the groups I initially latched on to first. I always liked Trick Daddy, but a lot of these artists in my own little head weren’t ‘CD purchase worthy’.

So in honor of this pending Hot Boys reunion, I’d like to share some of my favorite songs from the individual members from back in my college days. The Hot Boys is back on fire!

 Hot Boys Selections

April 20, 2009

For All Virtuous Women

Filed under: Flashback,Island Vibes — Felicia @ 9:56 pm

Virtuous WomanSong: “Virtuous Woman”

Album: Virtuous Woman (2001)

Label: VP

At the young age of 23, Warrior King released the record “Virtuous Woman” well before having dropped the album. The young singjay developed a huge name for himself in dances across Jamaica with both this song and “Never Go Where Pagans Go”. The buzz eventually caused both records to crossover. His conscious music was a refreshing sound at the time when a lot of hardcore dancehall artists were emerging on the scene. 

If you enjoy smooth contemporary Reggae, you will like Warrior King’s love-themed album which has been described as having a preachy, yet innocent quality. There are a couple tracks that went in a little too deep with the consciousness and such, but its otherwise a great album to keep stashed. Check out the comical live performance below and for a good laugh pay attention to the 2:01 mark. If this is your first time hearing the song there’s a hyperlink directly below the video for a more clear version.

Virtuous Woman

Can We

Filed under: Flashback — Felicia @ 9:23 pm

Song: “Can We”

Album: Release Some Tension (1997)

Label: RCA Release Some Tension

SWV is one of the groups I would love to see have a reunion. Not necessarily the release of another album because honestly very few people will be checking for them. But I would pay money to go see some of my favorite SWV records performed. These ladies epitomized being both sexy and classy and and three of them can sing!

Missy adds her Supa Dupa Fly tag to this record which was produced by her partner in crime, Timbaland. Funny how you can always tell a Timbo record. Such a shame that Le Lee (the one on the far left of the photo) just kinda fell off. You can catch Taj on random reality shows with her baller husband. And CoCo is a very successful Gospel singer now. Check out the video below for a flashback of “Can We”. Wasn’t Taj working the photoshoot in the vid?

What Pop Music Tells Us About JG Ballard

Filed under: Studies Say... — Felicia @ 8:59 pm

(Originally Posted On  BBC News)

By Stephen Dowling
BBC News Magazine


Author JG Ballard, who has died aged 78, cast a huge influence over the literary world. But for those who have never picked up one of his novels there’s another forum for learning about his work – pop music.

Through his books and essays JG Ballard was said to have predicted the melting of the polar icecaps, terrorism against tourists and Ronald Reagan’s ascent to the White House.

His science fiction of the almost-normal – based around suburbia and urban hinterlands, fixations on celebrity and car crashes – became best known through the film Crash, and the surreal semi-autobiography Empire of the Sun.

But his feverish imagination, stoked by pre-lunch whisky and sodas in his study, found an unlikely appeal among pop musicians – many of whom liked to invoke a bit of Ballard in their work.

JOY DIVISION

The 1980 album Closer – the band’s last record before the death of singer Ian Curtis – included the track Atrocity Exhibition, a chilling glimpse into psychosis. The track is based on Ballard’s 1970 short-story collection The Atrocity Exhibition, in which a psychotic mental hospital doctor tries to make sense of world events surrounding him. Curtis had written most of the song before reading Ballard’s book, but the song – anchored round the oppressive chorus “this is the way, step inside” – is still heavily informed by Ballard’s tale of a man restaging world events in his mind.

COMSAT ANGELS/EMPIRE OF THE SUN

Empire of the Sun album cover
Not the film, but the group…

Two bands who took their names from Ballard’s work. Sheffield post-punkers the Comsat Angels, who enjoyed a brief flourish of cult success in the 1980s and have recently reformed, named themselves after a late-1960s short story. Sleepy Jackson frontman Luke Steele named his new band, Empire of the Sun, after Ballard’s best-known novel, which was based on his own experiences as a child in war-torn China.

THE KLAXONS’ MYTHS OF THE NEAR FUTURE

Mercury Prize winners The Klaxons named their debut album Myths of the Near Future after Ballard’s short story collection published in 1982. (more…)

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