The King & I by Ryan Fu (Happy Birthday Michael Jackson)

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Driving around in L.A. I haven’t got anything good for the last couple of weeks wondering if I lost my touch. Then a call comes in and I know it’s a tip for a celebrity but this one was different. It was a tip for the Michael Jackson. I loose my shit and put the metal to the pedal, running through red lights definitely breaking a couple of traffic laws. I had to drive like a maniac because this wasn’t a regular celebrity I was about to shoot. This was King of Pop.

The media hasn’t seen him since his last court tribulations, so I wondered how this is going to turn out. I never thought I would shoot an icon like Michael but you get to do and meet interesting people when you do this profession. And yes, it is a profession. Even though a lot people would say it’s not a real job but it is. It’s like any other job, you have to get up everyday and perform or you won’t succeed.

The tip for Michael was at the world famous street of Melrose Ave. He was supposed to be in a high-end unisex store with friends. I got the confirmation from my partner as he gets to the location. I pull up to the spot as I see my partner already in position, taking frames of the King as people start to gather in front of the store. I immediately park my truck in front of store and excitingly get ready to shoot the legend.

I push through the small crowd to my partner as he tells me he already got frames inside but he wants me to go short and flash on the exit. I get my mind and gear ready to meet the icon. The small crowd begins to move out of the way of the store then I see him with a stylish hat with big dark sunglass along with a green veil covering his face. I couldn’t actually see his face but I knew this was the guy with all the hits I listened to on the radio growing up.

I was in awe.

But I had a job to do, so I put my emotions to the side and move into position. I start firing off shots along with my partner. We get Jackson from every angle imaginable as the King starts to cover his face with his hands. I thought it was kinda odd that he didn’t have any bodyguards with him maybe because he wanted to feel normal. For a second, I felt sad that we were ruining that moment for him, but we had a job to do and we were going to accomplish it.

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We shot Michael all the way down the street but we still didn’t get a clear shot of his face so we had to continue on with job. But now there was a huge crowd of Michael Jackson fans surrounding him, even a group of black dudes that looked the black version of the Village People with their cowboy hats and leather chaps. I try to get closer to Mike but the Village People felt protective of the King, pushing my partner and I as one of the cowboys grabs my camera but that was expected because people love their celebrities. But what I didn’t expect is this huge megastar to help me out as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, tells the cowboys to let go of my camera, telling everyone,

“Peace. Peace everyone,” shaking my hand.

The King spoke and we listened.

For a second we all stop and look at each other in amazement. Then circus continued as we shot Michael with the Village People all the way to his SUV. He gets into his car but before he leaves he graciously signs and greets all his fans. I stopped shooting looking at the man who was cool enough to stop for his fans, but in the corner of my eye I see my partner sneaking to the back of Michael’s SUV.

I knew was about to go down. My British partner was going to pull the “How’s you’re father” move on Mike. I had no control for what was about to go down as my partner races to the other side of the car while Michael was signing autographs for his fans. My partner opens the quickly opens the door and gets off a couple of frames, then the car pulls off. I see my partner putting his hands in victory, showing me we actually got a frame of his face. A wave of emotions come crushing towards me as I felt great that I got to shoot Michael and we actually got a clear shot of his face but on other side I felt sad that I ruined his day.

Maybe we didn’t ruin his day but we definitely affected it. Sorta like the way his songs affected all of us. Michael made us feel like we can be something more and achieve something greater. I didn’t feel great that I affected his day but it was amazing to meet him. I got a job to do, which sometimes it sucks but I have to do it because it’s my job. It definitely didn’t suck to day hang out with Michael Jackson. It wouldn’t be the last time I would run into the King of Pop.

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Forget Me Not – Aaliyah (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)

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Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson‘s Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.

Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million; it sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. In 2000, Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film’s soundtrack, which spawned the single “Try Again“. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay, making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal “Try Again” earned Aaliyah a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist. After completing Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah filmed her role in Queen of the Damned. She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.

On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single “Rock the Boat“. The pilot, Luis Morales III, was unlicensed at the time of the accident and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Aaliyah’s family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Blackhawk International Airways, which was settled out of court. Aaliyah’s music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases. Aaliyah sold 52 million records worldwide. She has been credited for helping redefine contemporary R&B and hip hop, earning her the nicknames “Princess of R&B” and “Queen of Urban Pop”. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and 27th most successful R&B artist in history.

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Aaliyah – One In A Million

The Truth Hurts – Enuff Z’Nuff

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True Detective (Episode 6) Church in Ruins – Don’t bring knives to an Orgy

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

True Detective – Episode 6 Church in Ruins

Spoiler Alert – Don’t bring knives to an Orgy 

What a comeback from last week’s boring episode of True Detective. This episode had everything you wanted in an episode of TD. For example, it had Frank being what he hates being called a gangsta, Ray being his old wild threatening abusive self again, and tons of T & A. Plenty of people were disappointed including me with last week’s episode after that insane standoff that killed a shit load of people but TD followed it up with a so-so episode that made a lot of people wonder if the writers blew their load early in the season but once again I was happy to be proved wrong again. True Detective is back on track being one of best shows on tv because they aren’t afraid to kill a man with a butter knife in a middle of an orgy.

We will get to the awesome sex party orgy in a second but we have to start off where the last episode left us, which was with Frank and Ray being “Friends” having a normal cup of coffee where they were about to kill each other because Frank gave the wrong information to Ray about his wife’s rapists. But the two men came to an understanding that they didn’t want to die in Frank’s breakfast nook in Glendale. Both men showed their sensitive and violent sides this episode as they acted like nurturing fathers as well as calculating killers. As Frank consoles a young kid, who’s father has recently died. It was nice to see this other side of Frank being nice to a kid, who wasn’t his. Maybe it will change his mind about adoption but his main concern this whole season is gaining back his empire as it leads him to a girl, who might know where that video recorder is but in Frank’s desperation he gets mixed up with the wrong kind of crowd as the Cartel kills the girl because she was working with the cops. Speaking of desperation Ray is finally had enough being on the straight and boring path.

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As the old Ray that we loved in the beginning of the season comes back in full force this episode. After finding out that he killed the wrong rapists, Ray decides to find the real rapists in jail already, which he tells him that he his lucky that he’s behind bars because he was going to fuck him up in a hot minute. Ray was so pumped up that he was going to kill another rapists that he needed to celebrate to let off a little steam. After he came down, he had a bit of clarity about his son, which he thought it was better for the kid that Ray wasn’t doing to be in his life because it was having a negative effect on the kid. So, he comes to understanding with his ex that he would stay away if she doesn’t tell the kid the truth about his real dad, which is probably the guy from Harry Potter. Speaking of whores and wizards, Ani gets caught up in an undercover operation with Ray and Woodrugh, where she pretends to be a high price hooker in a sex party.

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First off, Ani cleans up nicely after a scene with her sister playing with knives looking tougher than Taylor Kitsche. She gets to the party looking like hot dime piece but people always forget that she was a Mean Girl back in the day. Security drugs Ani along with the other girls in order to put them in the mood for the weird sex orgy. Ani tries to stay focus but the drugs start to take effect but not before she finds her missing persons and the boys find clues about land deals with Vinci. The Three Amigos getaway unharmed but unfortunately Ani had to kill a man, which wasn’t the worse part as we could see that she has some underlying issues with her past with a guy that looked like Gallagher the comedian, who murders watermelons. This episode totally killed the last episode, which I hope it continues to rock.

I super glad that True Detective is back on track and with ONLY TWO EPISODES LEFT, I hope it all goes down with a BANG!!!

Fu’s observations:

  • Who do you think would actually win in a staring contest between Ray & Frank?
  • Ray isn’t Whistling Dixie. That rapists has a cheese grader to his balls in his future.
  • I love how Ray’s son watches Friends. Ray is totally Ross and his bitch wife is Rachel.
  • That was a huge mount of blow. People forget you can have a moment of clarity about your life after you drink, sort all the drugs and destroy your apartment.
  • Mexican Standoff with actual Mexicans
  • Does Frank’s Bucket List include avocado trees and Fuck You grilles?
  • Pure MDMA spray? That’s on my Bucket List. I need that my life ASAP Rocky!!!
  • Ani doesn’t get Art but ass play she’s all about it.
  • Ani was totally turned on at the weird sex orgy party right?
  • I wouldn’t be happy in that party because I couldn’t stay focus because there is too much T & A!!! That’s a titty and ass overload for anyone, high or sober!
  • Ani had better knife work when she was high as fuck. That dude did die under 3 mins or less.
  • Great outro song tonight with the band Black Angels “Black Grease”

Check out our TD Season 2 Reviews

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Down Will Come

Maybe Tomorrow

The Night Finds You

The Western Book of the Dead

The Black Angels – Black Grease

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BLW Limited Edition T-Shirt Art Piece from Charles Postell Contest Giveaway!!! – Why you LOVE Life Contest?

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BLW Limited Edition T-Shirt Art Piece from Charles Postell Contest Giveaway – Why you LOVE Life Contest?

BLW is proud to present to our fans a chance to win a one of a kind art piece from up and coming artists Charles Postell. Charles has been a media and abstract artist for the last ten years, which you have seen one of kind art pieces in many different publications.

This Limited Edition t-shirt design calledNumchucks from Postell is made out of fabric paint and is totally all hand made. It’s a Men’s Large and made out of Cotton. If you’re a fan of old school martial arts movies, you’d totally love this t-shirt, which Postell only made one of these pieces making it valuable and unique.

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If you want this amazing t-shirt art piece, you must submit an art piece or a story or a poem about why you love life. It can be short or long but it just has the message on why you love life.

Submit your art pieces by typing your link to your submission in the comment section below. So, put your art piece on your site then send us a link so we can check it out. Also, we will post it on BLW so other fans can check out your great art work.

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National Tequila Day!!! – Pee Wee Herman Tequila Song (Happy Flashback Friday)

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The annual celebration of National Tequila Day is on July 24th.

  • Tequila is a distilled beverage which is made from the blue agave plant.
  • Made primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 40 miles Northwest of Guadalajaraand in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of 
  • More than 300 million blue agave plants are harvested in that surrounding region each year.
  • Agave tequila grows differently depending on the region.
  • Blue Agave – grown in the highlands region – larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste.
  • Agave – grown in the lowland region – have more herbaceous fragrance and flavor.
  • Mexican law states that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jaliscoand limited regions in the states of Guanajuato,Michoacan, Nayarit andTamaulipas.
  • Mexico is granted international right to the word “tequila”.
  • Bulk amounts can be shipped to be bottled in the United States.
  • Tequila is normally made at 38-40 % alcohol content but can be produced between 31-55 % alcohol content.
  • Don Cenobio Sauza, founder of Sauza Tequila and Municipal President of the Village of Tequila from 1884-1885, was the first to export tequila to the United States.

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Mr. Robot (Episode 3) Bug – Why aren’t you watching this shit? Seriously?

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Mr. Robot Review – Episode 3: Bug

Why aren’t you watching this show? Seriously?

After two great beginning episodes from Mr. Robot, I was waiting for lull or a not too exciting episode because usually a show has one or two episodes like that, where it’s hard to watch the episode because nothing is going on. But with episode 3 of Mr. Robot, the shit got real with Elliot and Mr. Robot. As his perfectly protected world or as he calls it his maze, gets shattered by the news that Evil Corp actually knew that they were responsible for killing his father and they didn’t even care. Mr. Robot wants Elliot to get on board with F Society full-time because they want to take Evil Corp down. The story line between Elliot and Evil Corp wasn’t even the best part of the episode, which the credit goes to the scene stealer Martin Wallstorm, who plays Tyrell Wellick, Evil Corp’s new security manager that wants to be the youngest CEO to ever work for them, but just like Elliot and Mr. Robot, there’s something a bit off about the guy.

If you are a big fan of American Psycho like I am, I loved the portrayal of Christian Bale’s character of Patrick Bateman that psychotic mass murdering stock manager, which I loved the homage that the show did with Tyrell talking to himself in the mirror acting like Patrick Bateman. Tyrell is trying to pump himself up because he wants to get the CEO job at Evil Corp, but gets cut down when his boss tells him that they already found a candidate for the position. Instead of showing any kind of emotions, Tyrell bottles it up and takes it out on a homeless man. Just like in American Psycho, Tyrell beats the shit out of the homeless man after paying him money. Then he goes after the receptionists for his boss to get more information from him by having intercourse with him. The crazy twist was that he has a hot wife that loves BDSM. Tyrell is going to be another interesting character to watch this season.

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I am so impressed by the few episodes I’ve already watched of Mr. Robot, which I cannot wait for what happens to these characters. If you haven’t seen any episodes of Mr. Robot, then do yourself a favor and check out the show. The characters are great along with the solid storylines but you might even learn a thing or two on how to protect yourself from being hacked. This show gives out great tips on how to prevent identity theft. In this day of age, we are all connected as put all our information in the internet, where everyone has access to it. Mr. Robot shows us how unprotected our information is on the net and how heavily we rely on technology throughout our daily lives. It really makes you think on how much you want to put yourself out there on internet for anyone to steal your information.

Fu’s Observations:

  • How much did the homeless dude get paid to be a punching bag? If its more than 10 Gs, then sign me up
  • It’s crazy how easily you can change your hospital records. I would add cannabis on my daily medication.
  • Elliot trying to act normal was uncomfortable to watch. – “I’ll watch Marvel movies, like people’s instagram posts and drink vanilla lattes.” – This totally describes me.
  • I loved the Fight Club moment when Elliot does not want to tell his gay boss what he does after work. – “First rule of Fight Club…”
  • Christian Slater is the shit – “This place is a shit hole. I don’t even like redheads…they make my dick soft. I love Apple Tinis.”
  • “The violent get violent because they cannot communicate.”
  • Steal my sunshine was the fucking song back in the day!!! Plus, the video was cool – Check it out below.

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Politically Incorrect Review – Dope: Reasons why to watch this movie this Fourth of July Weekend

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Dope: Reasons why to watch this movie this Fourth of July Weekend

Besides a noun describing many forms of drugs or a stupid person. Dope can also be used as an adjective describing something or someone is “Dope,” which the movie Dope is, starring up and coming actor, Shameik Moore, who plays Malcom, a geeky high school senior from “The Bottoms” aka Inglewood that is different from his peers because he’s in love with 90’s hip-hop and wants to get out if the hood because he wants to make something out of his life, which his friends are the same way. Tony Revolori from The Grand Budapest Hotel and Kiersey Clemons are part of his click, who just want to check out vinyl records from the 90’s and play hip-hop punk in their band, which is affectionately called Oreo. Malcolm has his life planned out as he tries to get out of the hood trying to go to Harvard but like all things fate steps in to challenge our resolve. 

He gets invited to a party because he wanted to hook up with uber hot Zoe Kravitz but gets caught up with the “dope game” as A$AP Rocky puts dope aka drugs in his backpack, which is not dope. This begins a “slippery slope” situation with Malcolm and his friends because now he wants to get rid of the dope but is forced to sell it like one of his peers from the hood. Malcom gets caught up with all the bullshit he always avoided growing up in the hood but now he has to make a choice whether or not he’s part of the hood or is he much more than his environment, which makes for a good movie. Can a person survive a bad environment and still succeed with tons of adversities in his way? Can a person be a geek and a thug at the same time? This is one reason why you should watch Dope because it raises the question: Are you a product of your environment or is the environment the product of you? 

If you still don”t think Dope is a movie you should watch this Fourth of July weekend, check out our reasons why you should see this movie asap Rocky!

  • The Nerdy Virgin

First off, who doesn’t like a coming of age movie, where our hero is completely hopeless because he’s such a nerd and dork. You want the universe to help them out to get laid because they are so lovable. You want them to stop jerking off to twerk videos.

  • Dope Ass 90s music

Tupac, Biggie & Nas. Do I even need to explain why the 90s had the best hip-hop music ever produced. I was super glad that I grew up on it, which shaped a lot of my creative ideas including with many other well-known artists. So, hearing all those songs from my childhood brings back fond memories like the 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny and Pop that Puxxy.

  • Chanel Iman, Zoe Kravitz, Kimberly Elise

Look them up. One of the best reasons to check this movie because of these gorgeous women of color, who are also smart and amazing actresses.

  • Your choice of movies this weekend SUCK:

What are your choices this weekend? An unfunny children’s cartoon, a softcore gay porn and a remake of an old sci-fi franchise. Be different this weekend by choosing a movie with heart, don’t be entertained with cheap thrills because you deserve better.

  • You deserve better.

Throughout the whole movie every character is stereotyped and pigeon holed just because of what they look like or where they are from, which the characters fight against on who they really are and what society wants them to be. It’s all about personal identity, finding out who you really are despite of your environment. As our lead character tells us in the movie to Zoe Kravitz’s character that she deserves better and don’t sell herself short. I believe this the main philosophy or vibe I got from this movie, which is despite of difficult circumstances or if your environment is not nurturing, you can still succeed. You deserve better than the current cards that you were dealt. Never sell yourself short because you were meant for MORE.

You deserve better.

You should watch Dope because you deserve better.

If you are going to watch a movie besides Dope, check out Jurassic World. Here’s our review on it: Jurassic World: Everyone Dies

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