Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The anticipation of Far Cry 5 is overwhelming. It’s nothing like a revolt to get the blood going.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017

AFROPUNK Brooklyn, what an experience to behold. AFROPUNK put on a plethora of performances from Up and coming to well known artist. Vendors provided everything from clothing to food to hair braiding. There was so much love at this festival! Anyone who attended could have felt right at home. One of the largest Themes at AFROPUNK was NO HATE. Basically all are accepted and welcome as uniquely as they are. The environment was as welcoming, pleasant and just love.


The festival was slated to open at 12:00 but most people weren’t let in until close to 1:30ish. Being as though it was a bit late on the let in, I strongly suggest grabbing some food or a drink or two beforehand. The first performance attended for me was Leikeli47. I had heard her music before on SoundCloud and loved it. Seeing her live performance at AFROPUNK solidified my fandom for her and her artistic style. Other artist such as Sampha and Sza performance electrified the crowds. Soul II Soul and Macy Gray performed beautiful sets of familiar music. Jorja Smith brought some of her UK sound to swoon us.


The larger performances where the highlights of the nights. Solange (Saturday)  and Raphael Saadiq (Sunday) performed notable songs from their hit albums, (not together, although that would have been dope). Solange performed a few songs from her album ‘Seat at the table’. The area was simply put, packed to the brim with people wanting to get a glimpse of her beautiful performance. Solange performance was captivating and enthralling  Saadiq has written/composed/performed on quite a few of our favorite R&B hits on various artist including Solange’s albums. By the way Saadiq’s career has spanned over 30 years over 100s of records. During his set he did a wonderful medley with his band often going from vocals to various instruments and often stopping to appreciate the sea of bodies cheering him on.  Everyone who turned up to perform was by far all dope, other sprises included special guest who we were just as stoked to see were Talib Kweli performing ‘Get By’ and Miguel (although didn’t perform but was definitely a pleasant surprise.)


AFROPUNK was just the right type of setting, with the right type of music, art and love we expected and needed Over the weekend. Definitely looking forward to the next event!


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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Afropunk 2017

My favorites for "Afropunk 2017" are: Saturday, Aug. 26 • Macy Gray (5:45 PM - 6:30 PM) • Soul II Soul (7:15 PM - 8:00 PM) • SZA (7:30 PM - 8:30 PM) • Solange (8:30 PM - 9:45 PM) Sunday, Aug. 27 • Raphael Saadiq (8:30 PM - 9:45 PM) Favorites generated from the mobile app available here: http://essaie.ca/app/afropunk-2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The A.I. Take Over

We all have seen the movies. You know the ones that just so happen to display the world being ran by a robots who have suddenly or over time gained their own autonomy i.e. The Terminator, The Matrix, and iRobot. To date we haven’t had a world wide take over by our technological creations but it feels inevitable. Recently Facebook had to shut down there AI system because of its decision to make a “more efficient” language to communicate with other AI systems. Now that may not be much of an Alarm for Mark Zuckerberg but similar to Bill Gate’s viewpoint, Elon Musk simply thinks this is a bad idea.

I am inclined to believe Elon on this one. Elon has been heading up projects to transform transportation here on earth and in outer space. He has been in the business of Technology for quite some time. Both men have opposing viewpoints but what would happen if AI did take over? Would it be beneficial to the human race or would humans become the target of annihilation? Automation has been a goal of the human race since the dawn of time. Having benefits without having to lift a finger is well within sight. This could be a disaster in the making. Or it could just be what it is a big help.

Facebook shuts down AI system after it invents own language

Monday, August 21, 2017

Marvel’s The Defenders

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The Long awaited Netflix series Marvel’s The Defenders has finally launched. Let the binge watching commence! 

Let me Preface this with I love to see the villains that Marvel introduces when adapting characters for screen. We have our main stay villains who are the ones we know and then there are villains that we don’t know as well. Sometimes these characters are created in the process of retelling of a story. And sometimes they are existing gems re-polished into dynamic characters. 

Sigourney Weaver is definitely one of those villains I love. She plays Alexandra Reid. And then we also have Electra who is not necessarily a villain but more of a villain's pawn (at first), The hand of course and some others sprinkled in there Alexandra is seeking the ability to get back to K’un L’un with her counterparts. In doing that she has to use ‘The Black Sky’ aka Electra. 

Converging on New York to stop an impending doom are 4 super heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Immortal Iron Fist and our resident Bulletproof hero Luke Cage. They are all connected to each other through this impending doom. Each hero brings their own strengths and weaknesses to the fight. My only issue with the show is not so much the premise but specifically with Danny Rand’s character. He is very whiny. He is basically hellbent on revenge for his parents while spouting he is the immortal iron fist and seeking justice. Which I don’t believe he is aware that he is like this. Don’t get me wrong, I think the writers did this on purpose to make a point to give him some growth points and that is fine and all but he gets very old very quickly. Plus everything is all his fault. 

Everyone else fits their roles in the group as they should. Luke Cage is fresh out of prison, Jessica Jones is back on the case and DareDevil is on Jessica’s case. There is plenty of mishaps and misunderstandings to go around. The fight scenes were ok. The transition and progression of the story was a bit slow moving and somewhat predictable in some places. The next season hopefully will be much better and a little less predictability.