What about your friends…They dog me out then get next to me
Just cause I am what some choose to envy…I let a lot of people depend on me
I never thought they would deceive me…Don’t you know when times got rough, I was standing on my own…
What about your friends…will they let you down again (Austin & Lopes, 1992).
Welcome to this week’s Blonde Intelligence with me, Ms. Roni, where I always seek to give you exquisite cranial repertoire. This week’s subject is toxic friendships….I sounded like a teacher didn’t I? You are a teacher too. I have always said that you are to teach people how they are to treat you, and that includes friends, family, and lovers.
According to Oxford Languages, toxic is very harmful and or unpleasant in a gradual subtle way. Relationship is described as the state of being connected and the regard in which people behave towards each other. So…if a person that you are connected to has unpleasant or harmful intentions towards you in a subtle way…. Toxic friendships drain you instead of elevating you (Lamothe, 2019).
According to Lamothe (2019), Some actions that is listed that a toxic friend may do:
According to Raypole (2020) true friends don’t just take, they also offer empathy for your concerns in all circumstances. A toxic friend adds to your stress, they may say and do things to upset you while you are communicating. True friends offer support when it is needed, in toxic relationships that support is never felt. One interesting thing from this particular article was that toxic relationships slowly began to infest and poison other close relationships. Boundaries about unacceptable behavior have to be set in any healthy friendship or know when the friendship has run its course and have to end. You are always the teacher when it comes to how people treat you. What about your friends….will they let you down again?
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ReferencesAustin, D., & Lopes, L. (1992). What About Your Friends [Recorded by TLC]. United States of America.
Lamothe, C. (2019, November 11). Is Your Relationship Toxic? Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/toxic-relationship
Raypole, C. (2020, May 19). In A Toxic Friendship? Here's What to Look For (and how to handle it). Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/toxic-friendships#signs-and-traits
Welcome to this week’s Blonde Intelligence with me, Ms. Roni where I always seek to give you exquisite cranial repertoire. What would you do…if you could get with me and my crew…what would you do if you get caught with your pants down (Arnaude, Brown, Brodus, Caples, & Williams, 1995). This week I would like to speak about music and the second wave of Covid-19. The shutdown because of Covid-19 was sudden and unexpected which caused many industries to readjust, especially the music and television industries.
According to the World Economic Forum (2020) live performance revenue has been the most measurable casualty of the music industry. According to CNN, a model that the White House uses estimates that the growth in COVID-19 cases are so severe that we are headed towards a mandatory shutdown. As of now CNN is reporting that the state of Utah has no ICU beds and the city of Jackson in Mississippi is in the same situation. We have been told over and over that history repeats itself, that time only folds over. So, a second wave of Covid-19 has been predicted to be much worse than the first. What actions as a musician, artist, rapper, and/ or music industry professional do you do….to not get caught with your pants down?
The World Economic Forum stated some observational changes within the music industry due to Covid-19. One is the way people consume music, people are using smart TV’s, smart devices, and apps, with an increase in consumption of on demand MUSIC videos. As an artist this will tell you that a video to each song you release now is important to increase and maintain a fanbase during Covid-19. I have interviewed several artists that say their strategy during COVID-19 is to release a single every two to four weeks, which contradicts the data on what they should be doing. Another observation by The World Economic Forum is that advertising is down. There is loss of sponsorship revenue, that some artists are postponing releases because of the inability to tour and promote new albums, and loss of revenue due to cancellations of live events and concerts.
The music and film business has adapted through streaming and seems to be fairing out, but the sports and amusement park arena has a bit more of strategy to consider. The music industry has made some adjustments that are beneficial to revenue in the music industry during a possible second shutdown. Some ways are artist donation links….places like Live Nation and Afton Shows offer virtual live performance concerts. Afton Shows are open to all artists who sign up with them. Artists can do their own concerts using the livestream platform on livestream.com. This platform you can go live from all your social media platforms simultaneously and add others to include all of their social media platforms also. Meaning that a promoter could coordinate a concert and still make money. There are video apps where you can create short videos or long videos to keep your audience engaged during the pandemic. Quick is an app that is quick and easy that is high resolution without the extra cost and you can remove the watermark. Just some Blonde Intelligence suggestions…
Artists…you have had a trial run with Covid-19. Now, which crew are you with….Artists….what would you do if you get caught with your pants down…
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ReferencesArnaude, D., Brown, R., Brodus, C., Caples, J., & Williams, D. (1995). What Would You Do [Recorded by The Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, & Jewel]. California.
Hall, S. (2020, May 27). This is how covid-19 is affecting the music business. Retrieved from World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/this-is-how-covid-19-is-affecting-the-music-industry/
What The Hell Are You Wanting…Let’s Explain The Meaning of Socialism and Liberalism
Welcome to this week’s Blonde Intelligence with me Ms. Roni, where I always seek to give you exquisite cranial repertoire. This week I have observed and read many comments pertaining to two terms. Those two terms are liberalism and socialism. These terms were thrown around and the way in which they were used confused me…or maybe the people using them were confused...
One man stated in a Facebook comment that we must fight off socialism. Why? Socialism means being ruled by the community. Wouldn’t you think that the people who live in their community would be the most qualified people to know what their community needs? Why would you fight off socialism and socialist policies? What is it that he wants? Another comment I read was ….”those damn liberals”. I’m wondering what did the damn liberals do? According to Qxford Language, liberalism is a philosophy that promotes civil rights, civil liberties, democracy, free enterprise, and also the willingness to accept and respect new ideas and opinions different from one’s own…..I know that was a lot.
I was asking myself….are these men saying that there is only one way of thinking and only one way of doing things can be right? What are some of these people wanting? Another thing I find puzzling is if a body has a known pattern to fabricate, why would you believe that they would help your people? Timing is fluid, timing is everything, time is an illusion, timing is an art, and time is of the essence.
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Ethical Journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous gathering, reporting, and interpreting information…throughout the life of the story (Society of Professional Journalist, 2020).
Welcome to this week’s Blonde Intelligence with me, Ms. Roni, where I always seek to give you exquisite cranial repertoire. As you know I observe and watch…on this past week I have watched a series of vloggers and reactions to an interview where mental health was involved. The vlogger interviewed a person that had suffered from several episodes of mental and physical trauma. The vlogger felt that this form and style of questioning was okay in the name of journalism because she has claims of an inappropriate sexual violation as a child. Not the same degrees of trauma, but one trauma in common with the interviewee.
Let us begin with going over a few key terms. According to Oxford, a vlogger is a person who posts short videos to a vlog. Oxford also provides a definition for journalist, which is a person who writes for a newspaper, magazine, news website, or prepares news for broadcast. Trauma-a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Psychiatrist-a medical doctor that specializes in mental health. The National Public Radio: News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts: NPR describes the central job of journalism is to establish the facts and share as widely as possible. It is possible to be a journalist without a degree or specialized training, but not a psychiatrist, therapist, counselor, or nurse. So, we know that there is a distinct difference between journalism and mental health.
One of the core foundations of Social and Behavioral Science is never practice beyond your scope of expertise. According to Findlaw.com it is illegal to intentionally inflict emotional distress if it meets three criterions. Intentional infliction of emotional distress is an intentional tort based on conduct so awful that it causes the victim extreme emotional trauma. The three elements of Intentional Emotional Infliction of Emotional Distress are (1) Extreme outrageous conduct that exceeds all bounds of decency. (2) The conduct was intentional or reckless and knew it would cause distress. (3) The conduct causes severe emotional distress. Example: victim developed migraines from the infliction of the distress caused intentionally.
The caveat was all these things happened, but the reaction from that particular victim did not show stress. The reaction came from all of the other thousands of victims…in the name of journalism?
In any situation if you or anyone is being emotionally abused Text: HELLO to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.
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Welcome to this week’s Blonde Intelligence with me, Ms. Roni, where I always seek to give you exquisite cranial repertoire. This week I want to touch on making business sense. In order for business to make sense it need to be a certain level of legitimate business to collaborate or merge in any business partnership. I have observed people running businesses without a legit LLC, EIC or anything….how in the hell?
I have observed some operating as a record labels, but not registered…just paying for more artist slots on the distribution. Some advertising publishing deals but don’t know how to transfer the artist music between distributers. Some artists have a whole slew of YouTube videos with not one registered code anywhere. To make business sense, two or more parties that makes their money through what they do come together and cause or create and ideal, product, event, song, production, etc. to exist thus creating commerce or a beneficial business relationship. It does not make sense if the win is not beneficial to all parties.
According to Google, the definition for the word make is to form by putting parts together, combining to cause something to exist. Business-a person’s regular occupation, profession, trade or the practice of making one’s living by engaging in commerce. Now lastly let’s take a look at the definition for sense. According to Google, sense beyond the external stimuli’s is a feeling that something is perceived or detected. All parties have to perceive that combining professions or trade will make money or equivalent. In several interviews I have done with professionals, one common theme is “I can make more money, but can never replace time lost”. Nobody has time to play school or business. Remember tricks are for goats….to make business sense or does it not make business sense…that is the question.
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