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Letter: Man In The Mirror

June 25, 2009 Jose
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Dear Michael Jackson, First, let me say that I’m deeply saddened by your death. Your passing ranks up there in the moments where people had to remember where they were standing when they heard the news. On a day when a fellow 70′s-80′s icon in Farrah Fawcett died and so did Ed McMahon, the news […]

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Play The Soloist

April 27, 2009 Jose
The Soloist

When your voice finds you, it doesn’t matter how you express it: your signature’s all over it. I write this because, after seeing The Soloist, a movie about a Los Angeles-based writer who finds a homeless cellist / prodigy and a must-watch for any writer I know, I’ve given tons of thought about where to […]

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Now on Blogcritics.com: Got Biggie?

March 10, 2009 Jose
Biggie, the King

Dead and Alive: Why Biggie Deserves to Still Be In Your Top Five I proffer 5 reasons why Biggie should be in everyone’s top 5 greatest MCs, dead or alive. Holla back.

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Even Pac and Big Wished for Better Dayz …

March 9, 2009 Jose
Biggie and 2Pac

I wrote this sometime in October 2008, but for whatever reason, people who I sent this to never actually published it. Some of the stuff I wrote in the original blog I’ve edited to fit my more informed views now, but the message remains the same. Please read and discuss below. Also, for more Biggie […]

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The JLV’s Top 5 Greatest vs. Top 5 Favorite MCs of All Time

January 22, 2009 Jose
Hip-Hop MC

On Facebook, I came across a slight problem that most hip-hop heads come across whenever a major hip-hop event happens (i.e. the release of Notorious, the movie): how do we qualify our short-list of greatest MCs and favorite MCs? I put up my thoughts to the masses and got a good 30+ responses, ranging from […]

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Short Notes: Vale La Pena (It’s Worth The Sorrow)

July 20, 2008 Short Notes
Juan Luis Guerra

1. I just love writing. I really do. No, no long reflections or juxtapositions. Just needed to get that out there. Lately, I’ve thought about what how happy writing makes me, even when my own writing here has become a subject of contention in different areas. My musings about life, love, and the pursuit of […]

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