SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

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It’s that time of year folks. Holiday season is upon us. Have you already finished all your gift buying? Of course not so while you prepare to knock that task out I’m here to help out in my own way. Do you have a guy but you’re not sure exactly what he’d like? Is he a busy multifaceted guy that’s’ always on the move?

Today’s man isn’t just the beer drinking handy man of old. He’s doing many times at any given time. With that in mind welcome to the Samurai Holiday Gift Guide.  Here you’ll find an array of gift ideas based around various lifestyle interests. I called in a couple friends too for additional input. I’m sure you’ll see a few things the man in your life will appreciate.

Hit the jump and dive into the 2015 Samurai Holiday Gift Guide! Oh and since today is cyber Monday you might see some great deals on this today too.

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Social Media Samurai Holiday Service Special

Social Media Samurai Holiday Service Special

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It’s Small Business Saturday and that strikes me as no better time to offer my helping hand to the people. I’m blessed to interact with a lot of independent business folk and entrepreneurs. As the new year approaches you need to have your professional plans in order for how you’re going to attack 2016.

As many of you know I’m a social media consultant offering a number of services to improve your digital positioning. For the next  2 1/2 weeks, until Dec 15th I’m offering my two most requested services at a discount.  You see the image above. My 2 hour consultation  has been cut in half and my Social Media Audit is down 33% to $100. It’s the perfect deal to get your online strategy in order.

Check it out and feel free to ask any questions you may have. You can comment here or email me at contact@thesocialmediasamurai.com and don’t forget to subscribe to the news letter. I have a lot coming for you guys.

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Will Smith & Samuel L Jackson Join Star Studded Actors Roundtable To Discuss The Ills of Their Profession

Will Smith & Samuel L Jackson Join Star Studded Actors Roundtable To Discuss The Ills of Their Profession

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Recently a collection of Hollywood heavyweights got together to discuss a number of topics within the acting industry from social injustice, race tensions and more that they’ve come across over the years. Will Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Caine and Joel Edgerton make up the A List collection for this Roundtable.  Check out a couple cuts from the discussion below from personal favorites Sam Jackson and Will Smith on including some insight into why Will Smith passed on the controversial the Django role.

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How do you deal with that fear?

SMITH: I’m trying to develop a more realistic perspective of what this business is. I told my mother this the other day, and she thought it was hilarious. I said: “When I was 15 years old, my first girlfriend cheated on me. And I remember making a decision that nobody would ever cheat on me again. And the way I was going to do that was by being the biggest actor on Earth,” right? So there’s been this weird psychology that I have always felt like: If my movies are number one, my life is going to work out great.

In your superhero films, do you feel personal validation because they’re so popular?

JACKSON Those movies have very little to do with us. They have to do with the event. People love superheroes, and fortunately we’re in them, but they’re not dependent upon us. They could put that eye patch on somebody else, and it would work the same way. The green guy could be anybody. You turn Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle and nobody notices.

Will, weren’t you offered Django?

JACKSON (Mock outrage.) Django Unchained?! (Laughter.)

SMITH I was trying to avoid that [topic]. It was about the creative direction of the story. To me, it’s as perfect a story as you could ever want: a guy that learns how to kill to retrieve his wife that has been taken as a slave. That idea is perfect. And it was just that Quentin [Tarantino] and I couldn’t see [eye to eye]. I wanted to make the greatest love story that African-Americans had ever seen —

We talked, we met, we sat for hours and hours about it. I wanted to make that movie so badly, but I felt the only way was, it had to be a love story, not a vengeance story. I don’t believe in violence as the reaction to violence. So when I’m looking at that, it’s like: “No, no, no. It has to be for love.” We can’t look at what happens in Paris [the terrorist attacks] and want to f— somebody up for that. Violence begets violence. So I just couldn’t connect to violence being the answer. Love had to be the answer.

Read more of the Roundtable here. The full Actor Roundtable will air on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. ET on Sundance TV.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Brings Adult Depths & Drama Without Living Off The Avengers

Marvel’s Jessica Jones Brings Adult Depths & Drama Without Living Off The Avengers

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Marvel does it again as its latest Netflix exclusive property is the talk of entertainment circles all over. I honestly wasn’t even that pressed to check out Jessica Jones. I really was only focused on how much of a role Luke Cage would play in the series but 3 episodes in I was hooked.

Marvel is doing an amazing job giving all of their respective titles a life of their own without having to live of the overall presence of the Cinematic Universe. Jessica Jones is dark gritty, explicit and graphic. The New York that Jessica Jones presents has a level of humanity that you don’t get in the TV and Film productions and that Dare Devil touched on a bit. Jessica Jones early on opens up to the unknown experiments that gave her super human ability. This is delivered in a manner where the world is still wary and unsure what to make of individuals with the power of an army within them.

Jessica Jones and her series long pursuit of KilGrave better known as the Purple Man to comic fans is one part police drama with a series overtone of Silence of the Lambs.

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Kilgrave has powers that he has used to violate his victim, Jessica included, but what is most evil is that this isn’t Ultron or Thanos who can destroy the planet. Kilgrave’s ability to speak words to action and make conscious slaves of people allows his sadistic nature to hit home.

There is a steady theme of human frailty and imperfection with all the characters with in the show vs the element of amazement and wonder that Thor or Iron Man exude.

Marvel gives you just enough connectivity by the end of the series to let you know that paths will cross in the aftermath of the Avengers New York “incident”.

Unlike Agents of Shield which ties very directly in the Avengers world with appearances from Asgardians and Nick Fury himself, Netflix is being set up as the everyday mans view of the Marvel Universe. Who were people who were running when the sky was raining debris and alien war crafts.

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Marvels knows that we don’t need consistent reminders of the world we are witnessing. They put the focus on the personal stories and let us wonder how will Jessica Jones react to Dare Devil in the future. Or perhaps we’ll get a foreshadowing of Spiderman in the upcoming Luke Cage series before Civil War.

It’s a skill knowing how much to give people and what to hold back. Jessica Jones strikes that balance perfectly. This pull no punches story stays stay to its source material while giving those that are new to the story everything they would need to feel invested in the plot.

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Some folk missed the direction Marvel went in with JJ. Perhaps their knowledge on the story is lacking or they just want more.

“..the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just weird. It’s why if I hear something like “Marvel says Deadpool is part of the MCU!” that starts to mean less and less to me. So now, what, Ant-Man will show up in a two second cameo in that movie or something?”

Personally I hope Marvel keeps this same tone going forward until time comes to fully pull all these platforms together.  Let the stories breathe on their own a bit so that when the crossovers happen they have a true feeling worlds meeting vs a forced co-existence.

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Jack Daniels Brings Motel No 7 Experience to NYC

Jack Daniels Brings Motel No 7 Experience to NYC

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Let’s be honest. You don’t really need to convince folk to drink. Invite people to a good time at a reasonable price and you’re usually going to have a successful gathering. In spite of that, from a branding stand point, businesses know that they are constantly in competition within their fields to stand out and create engaging customer experiences to endear loyalists and gain new fans to the brand. To that end Jack Daniels truly played a masterful hand with its two night Motel No 7 event held in Brooklyn.

Stationed in the WIlliamsburg section of Brooklyn Jack Daniel set off 2 nights of imagination, entertainment and of course drinking all around the concept and theme of their Motel No 7. The main floor had multiple bars that were set up as classic throw back style drinking holes. There was also a saloon for those looking to get a quick trim before letting their hair down. Add to that the in door pool, roller derby food servers, arcade game room, photo booth with full room setting, the multiple themed hotel rooms on the upper floors and you have more fun and exploration options then you might have been able to take in within just one night.

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Oh and let’s not forget the musical acts taking place throughout the event topped off with a surprise performance by multi award winner T Pain.

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Had this been a simple private invite lounge party Jack Daniel would have still had me BUT to put this level of effort, design and creativity into making  a memorable night not just about free drinks says a lot about the brand and how they look to cultivate their relationship with consumers.

Take a look at some of the images from the 2 night affair at #MotelNo7

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New Record Label Angels Like Rebels Add Nitty Scott To New Experimental Crowdfunding Platform

New Record Label Angels Like Rebels Add Nitty Scott To New Experimental Crowdfunding Platform

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Hip Hop continues to spread across the globe as the prominent expressive culture of the modern age as well as a massive economic force in a wide array of business fields. With that being said, the actual process of making money directly from the sale of music has been in flux from the moment Napster’s digital audio sharing concept became reality. Today, only a small percentage of artists can bank off the revenues that album sales generate. This issue effects artists both on major labels and in indie situations. Regarding the indie/unsigned music makers of the world, Angels Like Rebels is presenting a new option.

ALR is taking the idea of crowdfunding as a way to more directly put artists and fans in control of future success.  Starting with a select group of invite only talents, ALR is in the midst of an initial funding round where fans of these respective artists invest in the them  for a variety of perks and incentives. From actual album downloads to VIP one on one access, the more you put in the more you get, theoretically.

In short the people fund the artist. If funded to a high enough level the artist officially joins the label and they promise to put out at least X amount of albums, merchandise and live shows to fulfill what fans funded and of course to push the artist to greater heights.

As many of you know I’ve followed the happenings of New York MC Nitty Scott who recently announced her addition to the Angels Like Rebels campaign. At over 2000 supports and nearly $30K she appears on her way to another career advancement. 2 years ago she successfully crowd funded the video for her Kendrick Lamar assisted “Flower Child”. so she’s no stranger to this path. The Bae God has a very supportive following. This also reveals how strategic her recent release of new music and new visuals is now that we see what she’s doing with ALR.

Roughly a decade ago Koch Records emerged with a new label structure that prominently promoted that it’s artists saw at least $7 per album sale. This was unheard of by industry standards.  While that amount was a bit inflated not accounting for certain expenses, an artist with a well established indie base and grass-roots marketing could pull a nice profit. Jim Jones was one such artist that get in while things at Koch were lucrative vs dealing with a major label.

I guess the real question that remains is can Angels make good on its claims? The concept sounds great.They promise that artists retain their musical rights and creative control. In addition marketing and promotional support, as well as digital and physical distribution is promised. It’s an ongoing discussion what the true role of labels should be in this internet age. We know what Industry Rule #4080 says, so will ALR be able to deliver? Should one of their artists truly blow, it’ll send waves though the industry. It could be Ms Scott. At the very least Nitty has never been afraid to take a chance. We’ll just have to wait and see what this Angels x Lil Buddha collaboration results in.

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH MEDIA PERSONALITY CLEVERLY CHLOE

SAMURAI SIT DOWN WITH MEDIA PERSONALITY CLEVERLY CHLOE

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When many of us were younger we watched TV and listened to the radio wanting to grow and be heard by the masses. It sets in very early that media is a path to success and influence in our society. Today technology has eliminated many of the barriers that restricted people and the proverbial flood gates are open. Now that everyone with an wireless connection can broadcast messages to the people it takes that much more work and focus to stand out among the static. In this edition of Samurai Sit Down I chat with Media personality Cleverly Chloe about her budding career. From launching events to hosting shows shes laying the foundation as one of the up and coming voices of NY’s new media generation. Get comfy and check our conversation.

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For those that don’t know who you are please give us a little of your background. Where are you from? What do you do? Etc.

I’m from the Bronx, NY. I graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2011, I studied marketing which is probably why I my connection to the public is so strong.

I’ve always had a love for people, and music, and the creative arts. It took me a year after college to come to the conclusion that no 1 job title really fit what it was I truly had a passion for, which was mass promotion through social interaction.

It’s always hard to give a summation of what I do, because I’ve delved into numerous arenas. I have my website, cleverlychloe.com which was created after the success of my tumblr. I host events, as well as shoot showcases. I’ve done all the typical blogger duties, mixtape reviews, showcase recaps, new video updates. I think what I best became known for were my original pieces about my disaster dates.

Now I currently am a co-host on Word Of Mouth Radio. (iTunes Podcasts). And I created a day party with my partner Shenae Curry called The iN House

Your extremely passionate in regards to covering and creating a platform for up and coming Hip Hop talent. “For The Culture” is the thing to say right now so What does Hip Hop as an overall culture mean to you?

Hip Hop is so coveted as “our culture” because it’s something we’ve literally developed and been a part of since its birth. It’s like our child. We’ve watched it grow and evolve.

Hip Hop Culture for me is our lifestyle, it’s the guise under how we live our day to day lives. From clothing, to the music we intake, to the vocabulary we use.  We intake music at such a rapid pace these days , hip hop rules the world.

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New Drake App Takes The 6 God To New Levels Of Hilarity

New Drake App Takes The 6 God To New Levels Of Hilarity

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The man reigns as one of the top artists on the planet yet somehow Drake continues to be a walking punchline for the general public. This time around digital designer Asthen Winger aka “Whoopi” presents an app that puts the emotions of the multi award winner in your hands. Titled “Drizzy Tears” it’s your job to calm down the emotional Singer/Rapper so his tears don’t cause a flood.

Currently available via iTunes you can play a story mode or link up with a friend for competitive play.

Drizzy is pouring his Tearz into the rap game and you must stop him before it’s TOO LATE! Tap the Tearz to stop him from crying and don’t let them reach the bottom of the screen! Don’t be the worst, beat your best score and your friend’s! Use headphones to amplify the experience, the soundtrack is awesome! For best performance Drizzy recommends iPhone 5 or later.

If that wasn’t a crazy enough there’s already been a mock soundtrack created called Tears From the 6 from L.A producer Tristen Winger. I guess folk are getting the most out of this. Check out the “music” below.

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Ethics, Disclosure and Best Practices Panel At IZEAFest 2015

Ethics, Disclosure and Best Practices Panel At IZEAFest 2015

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If you’re a professional creator of content then at some point you’re heard of the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission is the governing body that makes sure the posts we publish are within proper compliance. That means we’re fully disclosing the context of the material we are posting, especially when promoting products and services.  The FTC guide lines have confused many of my fellow bloggers as to exactly what is required of them .

Fortunately at the recent IZEAFest 2015 hosted a great panel on Ethics, Disclosure & Best Practices that really clarifies what is looked for and expected. Grab your notebook and get comfy for this session. You’ll be glad you did.

Led by Olshan Law’s Andrew Lustigman, who representsmarketers, advertisers, media, mobile and Internet companies in connection with the legal aspects of their advertising and promotional marketing business. This session’s panel also included WOMMA’s Suzanne Fanning, Jen Burg— creator of The Suburban Mom, Sadie Jane Sabin— creator of Simply Sadie Jane, and Lauren Thomas–Digital and Social Media Manager for Cricket Wireless. – Via IZEA

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Curtis Jackson Bka 50 Cents Shares Honest Words To His Younger Self

Curtis Jackson Bka 50 Cents Shares Honest Words To His Younger Self

50-Cent-in-Jamaica-photoTime breeds honesty, reflection and introspection. 50 cents sat down with Big Issue and took a look back at the formative years of his life and his musical career. He really lets the people in as he addresses his feelings around his mother and grandmother’s deaths. While his platinum selling days may be well behind him Curtis remains one of my favorite interview subjects to listen to.

Check out some cuts from the full interview below.

I think shock is the best way to describe how I felt when my mother died. I didn’t understand it. To have a single parent as your guardian – they’re your whole life. I was eight. I was just like, what do you mean? She had spent a lot of time away from me, she was always hustling. She had to be very tough, to be around a lot of men… she had to adapt. At that time they didn’t have teen programs helping teen mothers [his mother was 15 when she had him] and my mother wanted to give me what I needed, so she couldn’t rely on welfare.

It scared me half to death when my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. My aunt would call me with updates all the time and she always said, don’t worry, she’s fine. I’ve never told anyone this but two years ago, the day she called to tell me… It was early in the morning and I was on a treadmill in the gym. I got to the hospital and the whole family was there. My aunt told me the doctor said she’d had a stroke and there was nothing they could do. They took me to her and she was the smallest I ever saw her. I said ‘Hello?’ I saw her eyes jump when she heard my voice, like she was trying to see where I was at. Everyone else left and I talked to her for a little bit. Then they all came back in and her heart rate started to drop. My aunt said, shit, she was waiting for you. I’ve seen a lot of people pass in the neighborhood I’ve lost them to motorcycles or altercations or drugs. But none of them impacted like when my grandmother died. She was the love of my life.

If I could talk to my teenage self, I’d tell him to focus on music with a stronger intensity. He could still have this career without going through all the things I went through. And thinking about relationships – I think back to when I was with someone and that person could have been the person I was going to be with for the rest of my life but I didn’t have the references yet to know there was something special there. It’s like the clarity I got about my grandmother after she was gone. Some people have been better at that than me. If I look at Jay Z, I’d point out he capitalized on people better than I did.

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