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Welcome To Beantown Episode 5

Goodie Mob "Thought Process" Throwback Post

Off of Goodie Mob's 1995 debut album, Soul Food featured one of best examples of classic southern rap. The record "Thought Process" touches on issues involving race, violence, drugs and class, like most other rap and hip hop songs. But unlike much of the rap music that is being played on MTV or the mainstream radio stations, they aren't necessarily promoting gang violence or the consumption of drugs, but instead explaining why some men in the black community get engaged with them. And I know some of you youngins might not be familiar with this record or album, but just give it a try. Beat is laid back and smooth but yet fast enough to keep your head rocking to the funky fresh vibe. And featuring Andre 3000 who is part of the Outkast duo and also a fellow Dungen Family member, blesses the track with a verse that probably needs a few listens before you even comprehend half of what he's getting at. Time is flying by way too fast, can't believe it's almost been 20 years since this dropped. I'm just glad I was reminded of it, I wasn't old enough to even appreciate or understand what they were saying. We need more conscious rap and hip hop music like this. Dope track, and one that tends to be overlooked and forgotten... especially with respect to southern rap and hip hop.

Tupac Shakur Animation Cartoon/ PBS Blank on Blank Series

The second video that I am posting from the Blank on Blank series is with Tupac. In what sounds like a small diner, interviewer Benjamin Svetkey gets Tupac to speak about his future and some of the hardships he was dealing with as a successful rapper. Its crazy to think this interview took place twenty years ago, back in 1994. Always keeping it real, I especially enjoyed Tupac's response when asked about the press, "Just as much truth as I bring to my work, a journalist should bring that much truth to their work. Why do I have honor and you guys don't have honor? I'm not a journalist, I'm a fucking thug."

Classified X / Documentary on the History of Racist Stereotypes of African Americans in Cinema

Recently a college professor suggested that I watch a documentary called Classified X from actor and director Melvin Van Peebles. Now the name rang a bell, but something was off... until it came to me, Mario Van Peebles. Mario was the actor from New Jack City, Ali, and Carlitos Way among many other movies and TV shows. Melvin is Mario's father who played a critical role in the film industry, often credited for the first blaxploitation film with his movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song which was released before Shaft. But that is enough background info about the director. Classified X was released in 1998, and the fact that I am just stumbling across it is kind of upsetting. More people need to be aware of documentaries like this. Very educational and informative, it explores the racially stereotyped portrayal of African Americans in American film and television over the past 100 years. If you are interested in learning about American cinema-film and television, racism in America or the representation of African Americans, then you have come to the right place. Not only does this documentary speak on the portrayal of African Americans but also the power of these illustrations and how they "mess with my mind" as Melvin put it. Stay open minded to Melvins thoughts and ideas, and I promise it will shine a light on the dark things you have seen.

You can order a high quality version of the DVD here! But just so you know it is worthy, I found the entire documentary uploaded on YouTube in 6 parts. Not the best quality since it was uploaded a while ago, but it gets the job done. Enjoy~

Chromeo feat. Toro y Moi "Come Alive" Official Music Video

So this is a new record that I'm diggin. Good vibes, funky and refreshing, this is the perfect record to kick things off on this snowy Febuarary morning. I honestly don't know much about either of these artist but I like the chemistry they have together. It's all about living in the present, and if you aren't... well then, you just might need to come alive~

Unlocking The Truth Band - Black Boys Who Make Heavy Metal and Hard Rock (Video Interview)

Wow, so its not everyday that I feel like I am inspired by little kids... at least not like best friends Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins... there is also a bass player named Alec Atkins, but for whatever reason he wasn't part of this interview. While most black kids in the city want to be rappers or listen to rap and hip hop, these two brothas are creating their own path and going in a different direction... heavy metal. I am a big believer in doing things your own way and when you are truly ready, so seeing this video is great. Its inspiring. I personally love all types of music, not so much heavy metal but occasionally there are songs here and there that I enjoy. But this is exactly the type of message I try to preach, do what makes you happy. Be you! ~ Enjoy ~  @UnlocktheTruth3 @TheReelAce

Sam Smith "Money On My Mind" Official Music Video/ 'In the Lonely Hour'

So by now you may be familiar with the British singer Sam Smith because of his vocals used in the Disclosure song "Latch"... if you don't know that record check it out here. But Sam Smith is definitely earning an award or two before the year is over, this dude can sing. He has a unique soulful voice that really caught my attention in the record "Money on My Mind" which he dropped at the end of 2013. Now that it is 2014 and he has made a buzz, he just released an official music video... I believe it is his first major video. And being my first post of 2014 (Yes I've been busy with school and other commitments) this is a perfect way to start the new year... something different. I mean money is clearly an important part of our lives but knowing that its not always about the money is a comforting feeling. "I do it for the love"~ Enjoy~ @SamSmithWorld @TheReelAce

"The Contrast of Evil" Documentary/ The Villain Character as a Theory

A brand new documentary from the homie Dante Luna, it looks at the significance of the evil villain or "the other" in movies and shows. Although the villain character is usually recognized, the elements that are required to actually construct this "other"are not examined, and this is where "The Contrast of Evil" comes into the picture. Definitely check it out, you will see many familiar faces... cough cough... the Power Rangers and Danny Glove among many others~

@DanteLuna @TheReelAce

Filmed: Saturday 11/02/13 & Sunday 11/03/13 at the Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, Rhode Island.

"Contrast of Evil" is a documentary on villain theory. I spoke with people who love stories and asked them to reflect on their feelings of the "bad guy." My intention isn't to persuade the world to think any one way about the idea of darkness in entertainment. This is a conversation piece that explores the contrast of evil in art and how it relates to life. 

executive producer Steve Perry
directed, produced & edited by dante luna
co-produced by Joe Goulart, Mr. FlakoVeli & Sito Sosa

Danny Glover, Ernie Hudson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Barbara Goodson, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, Kerrigan Mahan, Steven Cardenas, Terry Kiser, Jack O'Halloran, Mike Lilly, Allen Bellman, James Tolkan, Claudia Wells, Mark Texeira, Rich Buckler, Sal Lizard the Vampire Santa, Tonya Ceramics, Nicole Marie Jean, John Amos, William Forsythe, Simon Fisher-Becker & Richard Hatch

Frank Fetti "Socks & Sandals" Official Music Video

A brand new video and record from the homie Frank Fetti... this is that new heat with an old school flow. Something perfect to bump if your just chillin and rollin up. With the help of G.Nellz and CT Ike, we have a some nice visuals in this music video. And if your feelin this look out for his Free EP "Cloud9" which is coming next month~

@FrankFetti @Gnellz @CTike @TheReelAce

Beastie Boys Animation Cartoon/ PBS Blank on Blank Series

A very cool series from Blank on Blank, they basically create cartoon animations over exclusive never before heard interviews. Relatively short videos about 3-7 minutes long, they feature famous public figures who have entertained, inspired and influenced all of us someway or another. This first video that I am going to post is with the Beastie Boys. Adrock, MCA and Mike D are pioneers in the rap community, and as you can hear, even in 1985 they were stirring things up. I especially love how they bring up the whole, "you guys are white, so your music is only for white people" talk. Their response is money and actually part of the reason I do believe there should be a different genra for suburban oriented rap/hip hop musician and fans called frat rap. Now do I really care, no not so much... just food for thought. But check out this video, its dope~

Best Pimp Slap Ever Video/ LOL

This Brazilian dude slaps the hell out of his buddy. This white guy has no idea how to react and walks off looking so confused hahaha. This is great. All you can do is laugh~

Gillie Da Kid ft. Pusha T "Tryna Get Me One" Official Music Video

Damn, how did I let this one slip by me. Two ill underrated rappers on one track... plus director Bobby Yan has some nice visuals in this zombie infested city. Track is money, most people already know Pusha is a beast, but Gillie has been doin his thing for years and still hasn't gotten the recognition he deserves. Some Philly and VA ish~

@Gilliedakid @Pusha_T  @TheReelAce

Javon Johnson "Cuz He's Black" Video/ 2013 National Poetry Slam Second Place

Performing during the semifinals of the 2013 National Poetry Slam for Da Poetry Lounge in Boston, Massachusetts, Javon Johnson spit some knowledge. "Cuz He's Black" speaks about some of the hardships Black men and boys have to deal with while growing up here in America. DPL somehow took second place in the tournament. I wish there was a video for the winner... cause Javon did the damn thang in this. Being black and an uncle, this touches home. Powerful stuff.

Below is the text from the poem...

So I'm driving down the street with
my 4-year-old nephew.
He, knocking back a juice
box, me, a Snapple, today y'all
we are doing manly shit. I love
watching the way his mind works.
He asks a million questions.
Uncle, why is the sky blue?
Uncle, how do cars go?
Uncle, why don't dogs talk?
Uncle, uncle, uncle, he asks,
uncle, uncle, uncle, he asks
uncle uncle uncle
as if his voice box is
a warped record. I try my best
to answer every question, I do.
I say it's because the way
the sun lights up the outer space.
It's because engines
make the wheels go.
It's because their minds aren't
quite like ours. I say Yes.
No. No. Yes. No. Yes. No. I don't know.
Who knows? Maybe. We laugh.
He smiles at me, looks out the window,
spots a cop car, drops his seat
and says,
"Oh man, Uncle, 5-0, we gotta hide."
I'll be honest. I'm not happy
with the way we raise our Black boys.
Don't like the fact that
he learned to hide
from the cops before
he knew how to read.
Angrier that his survival
depends more on
his ability to deal
with the "authorities"
than it does his own literacy.
"Get up," I yell at him. "In this car, in this family,
we are not afraid
of the law."
I wonder if he can hear
the uncertainty in my voice.
Is today the day he learns
that uncle is willing to lie to him,
that I am more human
than hero?
We both know the truth
is far more complex than
do not hide. We both know too many
Black boys who disappeared.
Names lost.
Know too many Trayvon Martins
Oscar Grants
and Abner Louimas, know too many
Sean Bells, and Amadou Diallos
Know too well that we are
the hard-boiled sons of Emmett Till.
Still, we both know
it's not about whether or not
the shooter is racist,
it's about how poor Black boys
are treated as problems
well before we are treated as people.
Black boys in this country
cannot afford
to play cops and robbers
if we're always considered the latter,
don't have the luxury
of playing war
when we're already in one.
Where I'm from,
seeing cop cars drive
down the street feels a lot
like low-flying planes in New York
City. Where I'm from, routine traffic
stops are more like mine
fields, any wrong move
could very well mean your life.
And how do I look my nephew in his apple face
and tell him to be strong when we both know
black boys are murdered every day, simply
for standing up for themselves? I take him
by the hand, I say
be strong. I say be smart. Be kind, and polite.
Know your laws. Be aware of
how quickly your hands move
to pocket for wallet or ID,
be more aware of how quickly
the officer's hand moves to holster, for gun.
Be Black. Be a boy and have fun,
because this world will force you to
become a man much quicker
than you need to.
"Uncle," he asks, "what happens
if the cop is really mean?"
And, it scares me to
know that he, like
so many Black boys,
is getting ready for a war
I can't prepare him for.

@Javonism @TheReelAce

Chilla Jones "Control Boston" Official Record / Alyssa Marie "Mr. Lamar" Official Music Video

S/O the homie DJ 2Thirteen for sending me these two records. Both are fire~

Top of the City Music Brings you 2 releases with a bit of Hip Hop variety but lyrical content nevertheless...

Chilla Jones - Control Boston is a response track to another local Boston artist by the name of International Show which displays heavy punches and wordplay and even takes shots at more known Mass emcee's such as Termanology!

Alyssa Marie, residing from the south shore of Massachusetts, also releases "Mr. Lamar" an original production speaking on the misconceptions taken from the original Control record and more...
Both real good music from Top of the City Music Group!

@ChillaJones @AlysssaMariiie @DJ2Thirteen @TheReelAce

Chilla Jones ft. Lee boy & Lisa Bello "Bosstown" Official Record (Prod. by Reckless Dex)

Chilla Jones, the artist most known for his great lyrics,Wordplay and Schemes on the URL/SMACK stage (Most recently in his battle aginst DNA at NOME 3), is now woking on his return to music via the upcoming Comeback EP, that is set for release this fall. Jones' 1st release off the EP is the track "Bosstown" the nickname & slogan used by Chilla at the end of many a battle, featuring 2 Boston up and comers in the Hip-hop & Pop/R&B field, Lee Boy & Lisa Bello!

@ChillaJones  @LisaBelloMusic @LeeBoy_L4L @DJ2Thirteen  @TheReelAce

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) and Warren Buffett Business Interview with Forbes Video

I just watched the Jay Z and Warren Buffett video interview with Steve Forbes and I enjoyed it. I thought it was kind off humorous seeing Jay between these two older white men who grew up listening to music from James Brown's era... who of course was the original MC. But after JB has come and gone along with the monopoly that record labels had over artist (yea I know they basically still do), Jay-Z represents the hope that many people dream of. Nothing over-the-top and almost everything you would expect to hear from two incredibly wealthy individuals who have shown the world that they know how to build empires. Well almost everything. I was definitely surprised to hear Warren Buffett recognize the fact that luck played a major role in his life being a white male born in America during the 1930's.

"We didn't give up. That was the genius thing we did" Jay-Z

"Knowing what to leave out is just as important as knowing what to focus on"
Warren Buffett
"Somebody said, how do you beat Bobby Fischer? You play him in any game but chess"
Warren Buffett

@S_C_  @WarrenBuffett  @Forbes  @TheReelAce

Donn Lennon (Smoke Bulga) "Here We Go" Official Music Video

Watch the newest video to drop from Donn Lennon aka Smoke Bulga which was directed by J.R. Saint. Visuals are crazy in this one and you should already know what it is with Mr. Lennon on the mic~

@DonnLennon @JRSaintFilms @TheReelAce

Big O, Montalvo and Jav OD "Da MO" Official Music Video

Wartown aka Worcester, Mass in the building on this one. Montalvo and Big O with artist/ director Jav OD hooking up a verse and the visuals. "When its about that doe, we gonna get it in"... just press play~

Bloody Bean Coalition "Don't Worry About Me" Official Music Video/ '6et 1n 7ouch Vol 2 or U Gettin Touched' Mixtape

Its been a minute since I've posted some Bloody Bean Coalition but thats only because I've been slacking on my part. They most definitely have been grinding as I have a link to their latest mixtape '6et 1n 7ouch Vol 2 Or U Gettin' Touched'. So definitely peep that but below is the official music video for "Don't Worry About Me" which was produced by Kerosene and directed by D. Gomez~

Millyz "The Plug" Official Music Video/ 'Future Memories'

Brand new video from Millyz "The Plug" is the first single off of the 'Future Memories' EP. Directed by JR Saint, you know the record and video are both tough~

MATA Music "Stay Up" Preview/ 'Loyalty Over Everything'

From pool and beach parties to bike week and more, this video trailer shows MATA Music getting it in from the Bean down to Ocean Drive in Miami. Cheez Bankroll, Bling Hype, Phresh Money and Swiss Hype have been grindin for a minute now and as you can hear in their new single "Stay Up" they aren't layin low anytime soon. "I.D.F.N" is another new record off of 'Loyalty Over Everything'... but peep the trailer for now. I'll post the video when it drops~

Lou Armstrong ft. French Montana and Nawlage "Looks Like She Wants It REMIX" Official Record

One of Lou Armstrong's newest records to drop "Looks Like She Wants It Remix", this is my jam right now. Featuring Montana and Nawlage, with production from J. Cardim, the Boston rapper has only gotten bigger and clearly he isn't planning on stopping anytime soon. I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing a video for this one. But peep one of the hottest records to drop so far this summer~

And here is the official music video for "Real Niggaz for Life" since I only posted the audio.

Smoke Bulga (Donn Lennon) ft. MassPike Miles "In The Bean" Official Music Video

Brand new video from Smoke Bulga aka Donn Lennon featuring MassPike Miles on the hook with a bunch of other Boston rappers including Slee, Moe Ladin, Phame and Zeek Martin, EZ Dollarz and Shotty Blak. And with J.R. Saint hooking up the visuals, you know Smoke is making noise with this one~

Big Rugby Hit from Eagle's Samu Manoa/ Video Clip

Quick video clip right here, this is a great example of the concept 'the lower man wins.' USA Eagle's 6'6 269lb beast Samu Manoa, demonstrates how to properly rugby tackle on Ireland's Peter O'Mahony. If O'Mahony was 50lbs lighter, he may have not gotten back up from that hit~

OutKast ft. Slick Rick "Da Art of Storytellin" Official Music Video/ Throwback Post

Man this is such a tight record and another perfect record and video to have as a throwback post. Andre 3000 has always been one of my favorite artist, might even say Outkast as a group is up there, so its no surprise I'm still a fan of this classic. Just know this, when it comes to storytelling, nobody does it better (love that Nate Dogg and Warren G record hah) than SlickRick the Ruler and Andre 3000. Rap and Hip Hop at its finest. Enjoy~

Nipsey Hussle ft. J Stone "All Get Right" Official Record

Some new heat from Nipsey Hussle, press play if you have some of that good good to kick things off on this rainy morning. Yea I'm feelin this record, spitting some real bars over a soulful record... just press play kiddd~

J. Cole ft. Kendrick Lamar "Forbidden Fruit" Official Record

New record from J. Cole, if your a 90's rap/ hip hop fan than you'll definitely recognize this beat. Laid back and featuring a chill a$$ Kendrick on the hook, I have mixed feelings about it. Its a good record and all but I always expect something bigger from their collaborations. And naw I'm not hating, this record is good. J. Cole even throws a jab or two at XXL magazine and Kanye West... sorta~

Bump Jay ft. Dout Gotcha "Whip It" Official Music Video

Some new Virginia heat for yall... it's been a minute since we've heard from the homie Dout Gotcha who's still doin it big as we hear him featured on Bump Jay's record "Whip It". I never heard of Bump Jay before this but he can spit. Just peep the video below~

Yoshihide Kiryu, Japanese High School Sprinter Runs 100 meters in 10.01 (Video)/ Usain Bolt who?

So I just stumbled across this video of a Japanese high school runner who is insanely talented. I mean this kid is only about 17 years old and he ran the 100 meters in 10.01 seconds. AMAZING!! His name is Yoshihide Kiryu and he has ran other fast times too... so this is no fluke! His previous fastest time in the 100 meter was 10.21 and his 200 meter personal record is 21.43 so this kid is fast! Yea Yoshihide might be the next Usain Bolt... only time will tell. Hopefully he continues to develop because it would be amazing for Japan to have a sprinter of this caliber. Enough talking tho, just watch the video below~

And check out this little graph, see how Yoshihide compares to Olympic medalist and former world record holder Asafa Powell, and Carmelita Jeter!

REKS "Mighty Mouse Trap Rap" Official Record/ Revolution Cocktail

So the rap and hip hop scene is all over the place these days, you have garbage rappers at the top and quality artist under the radar... one particular artist that has been getting bigger and bigger is Reks... who is here to save the day with his new record "Mighty Mouse Trap Rap". I actually have an old-school Mighty Mouse shirt that I rock so I know what it is, but these youngins don't even know who Mighty Mouse is. And forget all that rubbish, ass ass ass (possible Big Sean diss? You tell me hah)... This is a leak off of his newest joint 'Revolution Cocktail' which was produced by Anthem and Vintage. Yea I'm feelin this one mannnn~

New Car can Automatically Stop/ 2014 E-Class Mercedes-Benz (Video)

So technology is finally heading in the direction we have all anticipated... no Mercedes hasn't made a flying car yet, but we are getting there. The new 2014 E-Class Mercedes-Benz has a break system like no other car out. Basically, it stops on it's own. Sounds so simple but is such a major concept that will save many lives. Watch the video to see what I'm talking about~

Funny Mirror Prank Video/ LOL

So I just stumbled across this video and with all the misfortune that has been recently going on here in New England, and throughout other parts of the country like Texas, I thought now would be a good time for laugh. This mirror prank is absolutely hilarious, and definitely worth checking out if you need a laugh from all the stress... enjoy~

Seventh Woods is the next best thing to hit the basketball court (Video)/ LeBron James and Michael Jordan Pass the Torch

So I don't know if you remember the hype behind LeBron James before he went pro during his high school years, but I most definitely do. He was the next Michael Jordan, and at this moment he is living up to it... well not exactly, but you get my point. And some might argue that he is. Either way, it is only a matter of time until someone else comes along who will dominate just like MJ and LJ... well I think I found him. His name is Seventh Woods and he is only a 14 year old freshman from Hammond High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Now my little nephew Freddy is a baller and I feel comfortable when I say he is going to do big things throughout his high school and college basketball career... who knows even play in the NBA.... but this Seventh kid is no joke and if he continues making progress like he has, he will not only be in the NBA, but a possible contender in the debate about the best basketball player ever... ok ok maybe I'm forcing it right now, but you get my point. This kid can ball. Standing at 6'1 and 170 pounds, not only does he dunk on players like taking candy from a baby, but he can shot, play defense and appears to be a team player. I don't know maybe its the shoes or #23 jersey... whatever it is, he can ball. But just check out this video below to get a glimpse of the future~

America, the Answer and Problem/ Boston Marathon Bombings/ The Central Park Five Documentary (Videos and Photos)

I know a handful of people wont like this, but our country is and has been ass backwards for way too long. I love America and am proud to be an American, but it doesn't mean we are that shinning City on a Hill that we try to make ourselves out to be. Last night I watched a documentary called The Central Park Five, where the NYPD basically ruined 5 African Americans lives... 14/15 year old boys... who were put in jail for up to 15 years for crimes the police knew they did not commit. Especially at the time with the racial tension, the media ate this story up! Now of course when the truth came out the media could careless about these black men getting their freedom back, or how the police played it off as if they never knew who the true criminal was when in fact they actually did...

Watch The Central Park Five on PBS. See more from Central Park Five.

This documentary had me thinking about our current situation with the media and Boston Marathon bombings... Initially I'd say the suspects are innocent until proven guilty but honestly, time and time again it has become more evident that our system can't even be trusted as shown in this documentary. But thinking of the past 48 hrs, between the media, on FaceBook and other social media sites, I've seen some ignorant and just racist ass posts that had me thinking how we are ponds. As a child and teenager growing up in the suburbs of Wellesley/ and the city of Cambridge, the Boston Marathon was part of my life. And we must remember the bombings happened on Patriots Day...

Now I understand the news is our source for information, but the media and the government are both capable of being in the wrong which we continue to see today. With the Boston marathon bombings for example... a Revere high school track athlete was and still is scared for his life... a 20 yr old Saudi man who was watching the marathon, was running from the scene along with everyone else there (If a bomb goes off behind me I would run too), was tackled and arrested because he "looked suspicious"... neither of these two suspects had anything to do with the bombings.

Here is video of the actual explosions...

And you have this whole gun debate... how is not having a background check going to help us more? I understand people want their personal freedom to carry arms, but I don't believe everyone should be allowed to just walk in a gun shop and purchase a weapon. We are so behind with this whole gun issue that guns are already all over the streets, so I honestly don't even know what to think about that entire issue... but my point is that we as citizens, can't just believe everything we are told... which is usually the case. If you are somewhat intelligent you know money talks and clearly our country isn't ran by the people... but instead the money. And it's sad to say it but war generates economic growth... These points are extremely problematic and we need to wake up before we continue to make things worse for ourselves, and the rest of the world for that matter. We are supposed to be the answer, but the more and more I learn about our history and watch the way we respond to current problems, makes it clear that we are a problem. Not THE problem, but a part of it. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I love my country and what it stands for... but we need to act on it before its too late.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families of the Boston Marathon Bombings, and I do truly hope that the suspects are found and pay the price. At this moment one suspect was killed, while the other is still on the run... I just pray that the killed suspect was actually responsible for it, and not another victim...

'I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate' Suli Breaks Spoken Word Poetry Video 2013

Wow, the homie Suli Breaks came through and did it once again. Spoken word poetry at its finest. Not only does he have lines of rhymes,but he is talking about the issues of the educational system and it's representation as the only way to accomplish your goals. “I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate” picks up on the education topic but takes a different stance and angle from “Why I Hate School But Love Education“(2 million views). This poem talks about how we have been made to think about how education and getting university degrees can give us opportunities to have a better chance in making our dream careers a reality. It also touches on how as individuals we are judged and tested by how well we perform on exams, but not all people perform well in exams so why are they made out to feel like they’re dumb? The inconsistencies of the education system are really peeled open to reveal a deep problem that needs to be addressed and how society’s needs have changed to make this even more apparent.

S/O Leonard John

The Future of Presentations is here; Prezi / PowerPoint Upgrade!

As a rhetoric major at Bates College, my Television Criticism course is easily among my favorite. For this course I need to do a presentation on the television show House M.D.  So of course I did what anyone would do... opened up a new Microsoft PowerPoint file. I've always used PowerPoint and it always got the job done. But then one day while sitting in class watching a group of presenters, a classmate pulled up a completely different kind of presentation than the other presenters. Hers just looked futuristic compared to the other PowerPoint slides that previously appeared. So of course taking note of the Prezi logo in the bottom left hand corner, I wrote down Prezi in my notepad so I would be sure to check it out when I got back to my spot. Now at the moment I am still working on my particular project, but check out these videos that show what Prezi is, how to use it and examples of other Prezi projects.

So whether you are presenting to classmates or in a board meeting on Wall Street, you should absolutely consider using Prezi. Marketing or pitching an idea or concept isn't going to be an issue with this baby. It's also great that you can upload your PowerPoint project into Prezi, so your previous work doesn't go to waste but instead gets an upgrade. Once I really feel comfortable with it, I'll probably end up using it in a promotional video or commercial! But either way, the next PowerPoint is here... PREZI

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