CBP is Being Redesigned

If you’ve visited the site before you remember there were book, food and film reviews as well as the discovery of new music artists and posts on business and political topics. Unfortunately I installed a plugin which introduced a redirect virus to the site. Instead of attempting to fix it I completely erased the site and lost over 15 years of content. It was frustrating and irritating. However, I know that with all projects there will be setbacks. Instead or dwelling on what was lost I’ve begun to rebuild the site. Excuse the dust as the blog and online shop come back into existence and I rebuild the site into the same informative and entertaining site it has been for over 15 years.

Chris B.

Fashawn Is Back And Taking Aim – Mother Amerikkka (Official Video)

 
@Fashawn
I don’t have a lot of connection to people on a consistent basis anymore as it relates to music. When I was in college or involved in basketball or teaching I was always able to share my music taste with the people around me. Now, the only thing I have is this blog where I share what I think is dope ass music, important music… Fashawn has been one of my favorite emcees since Boy Meets World. I consistently cranked The Ecology and now he’s back with one of the most politically conscious tracks of the year off of the Manna album. I’m done talking. I just want you guys to listen to the song. #dope

Lyft Pics | Pics I Take Between Lyft Rides #4

This is another set. It includes a picture that should have been in last week’s batch. The backboard was at the same location as the graffiti set. I didn’t want to drop an uneven amount so it was added to this week. This week is a series of pictures that were taken in Downtown Memphis. Let me know what you think.

Camera: Nikon DSLR D3100
The photos have been reduced in clarity and size to prevent someone from using the photos without permission. Please let me know if you decide to link to or borrow the pictures. I will be making canvas sized prints for an art show this fall (I hope).

Lyft Pics | Pics I Take Between Lyft Rides #3

Here are the next 8 pictures for you to check out. I’m really enjoying this and every time I forget my camera, I regret it immediately. This series of pictures were taken without any staging. I actually found this abandoned basketball court across the street from an old church in a nice neighborhood. The juxtaposition was incredible. The neighborhood lies on the edge of a revitalized area in Memphis and a neighborhood that is considered one of the tougher parts of town. I don’t have any titles for this series.

Camera: Nikon DSLR D3100
The photos have been reduced in clarity and size to prevent someone from using the photos without permission. Please let me know if you decide to link to or borrow the pictures. I will be making canvas sized prints for an art show this fall (I hope).

Why I Closed My $500,000 Dollar A Year Amazon Store Part 1

 
I did this video for an article I wrote on ARCH, but it’s a business discussion that is extremely relevant to those who visit CBP to read about social media, and other aspects of business.
Description from the YouTube video:
To really understand what I’m rambling about here you need to visit the site and look at this video in context of the article I was writing when I felt I needed to share this information.
http://www.arch-usa.com/zappos-on-the…
The video cuts off at the end, but I tie it up on the article above.
There are three videos in this series. When this one finishes the next video comes on. If you’re serious about starting a business, you should definitely watch all three. This is only my experience, but from what I’ve gone through you might find an opportunity to prevent your own issues down the line. At the worst you will be able to think about every aspect before launching your online or brick and mortar.
Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube, you can hover my logo on the right, bottom corner of the video to do so. While I talk about kicks most of the time, there are over 200 videos on a variety of subjects from motivation to Q&As on publishing and business.

Lyft Pics | Pics I Take Between Lyft Rides #2


As I said last week I will post 6 pics that I’ve taken while waiting on rides in Memphis.
Camera: Nikon DSLR D3100
The photos have been reduced in clarity and size to prevent someone from using the photos without permission. Please let me know if you decide to link to or borrow the pictures. I will be making canvas sized prints for an art show this fall (I hope).

Lyft Pics | Pics I Take Between Lyft Rides

I’ve been driving Lyft since February. It’s a lot longer than I planned. I thought by now I would have fixed my business which has been my primary source of income for 7 years, but I haven’t been able. It’s been a struggle. I started meditating to help overcome my frustration with the business issues. That helped me to stop and look around at everything I was driving by. I began to notice different things when I would be at red lights and I thought, “Man, that would be a dope picture for the house.” I grabbed my camera and started carrying it in the car. When I am in between rides I snap photos. I’m posting a photo gallery here for you to check out. I will post about 4-6 pics a week to give those interested something to look forward to. Let me know what you think.
Camera: Nikon DSLR D3100
The photos have been reduced in clarity and size to prevent someone from using the photos without permission. Please let me know if you decide to link to or borrow the pictures. I will be making canvas sized prints for an art show this fall (I hope).

Kojey Radical – Footsteps | Next Level

 
Maybe it’s because I recently watched a brilliant British film “Gone Too Far” or maybe it’s because the sound of this song feels like my mood, I discovered Kojey. I have to thank Under Armour because although he’s been on the scene for over a year, I didn’t know who he was until I saw campaign for Unlike Any where Kojey narrates Jesse Graff’s video. This song below though and the visuals, mindblown. Dig it! (yes the entire paragraph is a link because if you aren’t moved to either stream or buy something from Kojey, you don’t have a soul.) Oh, if American Trap music actually said something this is what it would sound like. Listen to Gallons and you’ll see what I mean.

 

What's Good with Stretch & Bobbito

What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito is your source for untold stories and uncovered truths. Hosts Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia interview cultural influencers, bringing their warmth, humor, and a fresh perspective. They’re talking about art, music, politics, sports and what’s good!

Source: What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito
My obvious support of this has everything to do with Bobbito and the fact that I was able to “work” with him by connecting my Sho-Shot company with the Puerto Rican Legends and making uniforms for the squad. Bobbito actually featured Sho-Shot on Madison Square Garden TV and I had a layout in his BOUNCE Magazine. The not so obvious connection to Bobbito is being introduced to Stretch and Bobbito by guys from New York when I was in the Navy in the 90s. As a big time music lover and Hip-Hop fan I was able to listen to tapes that guys had. I had never heard of Wu Tang until my old roommate Shaheed introduced me to a tape featuring the crew. Soon after I think enter the 36 Chambers dropped and the rest is history. This show is not a Hip-Hop show, it’s a lifestyle show and it’s right on time. I don’t pay for Pandora so I can only get the latest updates of Questlove Supreme and this feeds my need for talk radio from my generation that is based on culture and art. It’s dope. Check out the first episode at the source link or listen below.

SoundCloud Impending Death Should Wake Up Indie Artists… but it won't

The site is reportedly closer to running out of funds than many expected.

Source: The Potential Death of SoundCloud Should Scare Music Lovers
The reports about SoundCloud not being acquired and now going through a round of layoffs and potentially shutting down is another bullet in the chamber of a gun aimed at the head of indie artists… but not for the reason you think.
Yeah a lot of people will lose, again, when a platform like SoundCloud is gone, but the same thing happens every time a social media platform comes along and people decide to build their entire lives around that platform as opposed to creating their own delivery system.
I really want to dive into this a lot more, but I’ve written about it so often that I can’t even bring myself to repeat the same thing again. The death of SoundCloud is a reminder that although you have to build a following on social, because that’s where people are, doing so without also building your own platform first is stupid.