Moving Forward

Posted: December 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The artists of RAM Jam

Hi guys, I know it’s been a while. Hope I didn’t lose any of yawls interest. We took an unofficial hiatus, as we became aware of some things that really made us think, re-group now we’ve come to the realization that our loyalty is in and will be to the unsigned, independent artist. We were offered the opportunity to go big, meaning for us the opportunity to sponsor a signed artist. We were flattered, but at the end of the day, we want to see our artist become signed, if that’s what they want to do. We do ask that after you’ve gone to famedom, poke your head in sometimes, we have no problem with that. Feel free to reach out to us and let us know how it’s going, what’s coming up and as always it’s free. However we have some incredible sponsorship opportunities, there is always ways other than monetary, but money is always good.

We want to leave you from this year as we prepare to move into a new one with this holiday video special edition featuring Tony Craddock, Jr, Mike Marolda, Josh Urban and Maggie Anderson. This is RAM Jam:


 

 

What’s RJ got going on in ’13?

If you are already following the show you’ll notice that we’ve gone behind the scenes. I must confess it’s a little trying with the cameras on all the time, but it’s proven an adventure even more so when we went with Lucy behind the scenes. It gives you a taste of the dynamics between her and Martin. Special thanks to Akira, Angelica and Rich or as I like to call them, Raaa, for putting up with us. Our entire crew has been so cool – thanks again guys and gals. Anyway there’ll be more of that coming up as well as some artists’ features that has never been done before by anyone – ever, plus some new videos that we are really excited about.

We are no different from any other video show when it comes to the end of the year. We leave 2012 with your Top 10, who makes the list? Is it One Day to Escape? Did Crilly make it? How about Queen Guttah? Find out on the next episode on Monday at 1:30am and Thursday at 3:30pm. Stay up for our encore presentation on Sunday at 11:30pm – NYC 1:30am, MCM TBD. Stay tuned.

 

Good News:

 

This segment highlights the incredible work as always done at The United Way. To us, what is incredible about The United Way is that since its existence in 1887 continues to carry out its mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. In ways through improving education, helping people achieve financial stability and promoting healthy lives. Below is just one example of how you could help yourself and impact the lives of many others, positively:

6 Ways to Support a Cause You Love

 

Turn your passion for a local fund-raiser, nonprofit organization, or community service project into action. You can support a cause by taking a hands-on approach and working directly with the key advocates behind the cause. Here’s how!

 

1. Offer to help with the newsletter. Many organizations publish regularly scheduled newsletters to keep their volunteers and supporters abreast of any developments or activities. Use your writing skills to help the group fill these newsletters with interesting, relevant news.

 

2. Take pictures at events. Help an organization document its public events. These photos are invaluable later, when the organization wants to show what they do via social media, a website, or in the newsletter. But before grabbing your camera, talk to event organizers about confidentiality agreements.

 

3. Do some grunt work. If your cause has a local office, ask if you can help them tidy up their location so they can keep up a positive appearance. Mowing grass, planting flowers, sweeping floors, and washing windows are a necessity that volunteers can easily tackle with little to no guidance.

 

4. Speak about the cause. Ask if you can go into the community to advocate the organization’s message. Set up information booths at community fairs or events to spread the message. Be ready to answer basic questions about the cause and pass out informational brochures.

 

5. Go online. Does the cause near and dear to your heart have social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Pinterest? If not, offer to create and manage these accounts for the group. This is a great way to reach more potential volunteers and support a cause.

 

6. Help with events. Every cause has special programming or annual events. Ask the organization if they need help with event promotion, or with setting up and cleaning after the event. Some causes need volunteers to assist during the programming too. Let organizers know you’re willing to take a hands-on approach.

Learn more at www.unitedway.org

 

A Word from the Coach

I can hardly believe it, when I first spoke with my coach, we outlined a plan that, I’m not going to lie, sounded impossible. My frothy goals ranged everything from homeschooling to selling a house. If my questions weren’t answered, solutions were found and guess what – all goals either fully met or well on their way! And, I might add, most of them better than I thought possible. My girl is good, Doreen I thank God for you.

Here are some things Doreen has coming up:

 

R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Success Webinar

6 – Week Webinar Course – Starting January 16, 2013

Learn 7 Bold & Courageous Strategies to Get Focused,

Create a Plan, & Take Action to Achieve Your Biggest Goals

If you feel as if you are stuck in a rut, where time flies by with no real progress toward your goals, then let me show you how to turn things around.

I’d like to invite you to learn my 7 step R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Success Coaching Method for setting and achieving goals by attending my upcoming 6-week webinar series beginning January 16th. I’ll be teaching, in-depth, the R.A.D.I.C.A.L. coaching process that lays the foundation to transform your goals to reality and RADICALLY uplevel your life.

Join me and learn the sure-fire way to get focused, create a plan, and move from where you are now (stuck) to where you want to be (thriving)!

Here is just a sampling of what you will learn:

• How to honestly and objectively examine your life to figure out what’s holding you back.

• How to set an authentic path to take you from where you are now to where you want to go and who you want to be.

• How to leverage your awareness, skills, and abilities to create positive, lasting change.

• How to identify and eliminate the weaknesses that bind you to lack – lack of achievement, success, and meaning – for good.

• How to break through limiting behaviors so that you wholeheartedly believe in you and your desires.

• How to confidently bounce back from setbacks, disappointments, and challenges so that you quickly get back on track and get focused again.

• How to get off the hamster wheel and move toward real and true results.

• How to step out of your comfort zone in a powerful way and take the risks necessary to realize your ultimate goals and dreams.

RADICAL Events Telecourse

4 Week Telecourse – Starting January 22, 2013

How to Plan & Promote Successful Events

The truth is, no matter how easy it may look on the outside, planning and promoting a successful event takes a clear strategy and a complete understanding of the critical elements necessary to get the results you want.

Every host would probably tell that while things looked like smooth sailing on the outside, there was a focused – and sometimes frantic – effort to pull everything together to get their message out about the event, get the seats filled and deliver amazing content to transform the attendees.

I’ve put together this telecourse so I can share with you the good, the bad and the ugly of planning, promoting and delivering powerful content at live events. It’s in mastering these elements that you’ll achieve the level of success you desire from your live events.

In this telecourse, I’ll be sharing:

• My 3 biggest mistakes in planning my events and how you can avoid them.

• The different event models and which one is best for you.

• 5 key questions you must ask yourself in the planning process.

• How to stand out from the crowd and show your event’s value.

• When, why and how to invite other speakers to participate.

• How to manage expenses and generate revenue.

• 3 reasons a sponsor would say “yes” to your proposal.

• 7 marketing strategies to get people in the room.

• Content creation strategies to transform your attendees.

BONUS:

Enroll in Either Course and Receive a General Registration to the 5th Annual Get RADICAL Women’s Conference

Wishing you nothing but love, joy and RADICAL success in the coming year!

RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients define success for themselves and then get the guts to go after it. Founder of the RADICAL Success Institute, Doreen works with people who are seeking to excel in their professional and personal life by tapping into their purpose and passion.

A sought after speaker and coach, she is known for her practical, straightforward approach to defining and achieving your goals. She has been featured in USA Today Weekend, ABC News, and Sirius/XM Radio. For information on her coaching programs, live events and upcoming seminars, visit her website.

 

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Jamming Happy New Year!

 

Happy Jamm’in!

 

 

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It’s That Time of Year Again

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Right now we are putting a lot of consideration and thought into homeschooling.  As I gather a wealth of information, I can’t help but to notice the calendars.  In my research there are a multitude of dynamics that families base their decisions on, so you can find literally every organization, purpose, group, cause, need, etc created for the particular use of homeschools.  I’ve run across Christian-based, Muslim-based, Catholic-based, Atheist-based and even Heathen-based.  But one fact that stands out are the calendars.  Loaded with everything from playdates to all out driving school dates for teens, in the November/December time frame the activities slow down to almost a complete crawl.  That leads me to believe that everyone is gearing up for something.

As America teaches and embraces tolerance, a great way of understanding is through foods, music and celebrations.  Beginning as early as September the season can begin, happiness, reflection and good cheer.  Celebrating sacrifices made on our behalf.  To name some would exclude others, but for example:

Eid Adha – Celebration of Slaughter

Hajj- Pilgrimage to Mecca

Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

Christmas – Birth of Jesus

Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement

Hanukkah – Festival of Lights

Peseach – Passover

Dawali – Festival of Lights or Ashok Vijayadashami (Bhuddist)

The titles or meanings cannot express the joy, hope and coming together for these gatherings.  Forgiveness, new beginnings and a new perspective allows time for setting goals and acknowledging achievements and a time to gear up for new challenges.  As we teach our kids what is important to us, it’s also important to remember places like Mauritius and Madagascar and how so many people of every single background can live on an island and respect cultures, religions and beliefs, have the lowest rate of civil war ever.  Mauritius who has never had a war rank second only to Sweden in air-quality.  That says a lot about the little eclectic island.  My question: Is it possible for an America as diverse as ours achieve success on this scale?  The more we teach, the more we learn, the more we appreciate.  Happy Holidays!

Homeschooling is also a great way to be introduced to music, it affords a curriculum that can spend more time than average in carrying out a career in mathematics, literature, music or whatever the focus.  Here are an exceptional few who has proven so: Dakota Fanning, Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Love-Hewitt and some incredible teens like Josh Layne, Alyssa Buecker and Jena Malone, all can be found on  http://sharebradenton.homestead.com/Famous.html.

 Champain Era

Our opening theme is the genius of the one and only Champain Era http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idiXQ6A51rA. We chose this opening as it speaks to us, as it does many.  Consider the lyrics: “Some take lemons and lemonade, some take grapes and make champagne…” I love it when people can not only overcome their difficulties, but can make it work for them.  When the impossible becomes possible.  That’s us! It’s artists – an artist has to be dedicated to their art whether they are paid or not.  The more people who know about you, the quicker you are to reaching the goal of a big payday.  That is the same way with RAM Jam, so artists, if you like what you see, work to get us out there the same way we do to get you get you seen and heard.  Tell a friend!  Tune in on Sundays at 11:30pm; Mondays at 1:30am for new episodes and primetime on Thursdays at 3:30pm.  We love feedback, leave your comments at 571-749-1100 ext 3.  In the words of Mr. Era, Cheers!

Until next time,Champain Era

Happy Jamming,

Kendra J

Next week: New Artist: Dem Dudez

Green Screen

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Finally, this took me so long to research.  It’s hard to believe the detail that goes into making a production look so simple.
Of course, the more you dabble into something, you always come up with something else.  In our state-of-the-art facility we film out of Studio B. That’s the Green Screen room, where all kinds of neat things happen.  With the use of brilliant technology developed within just a few recent years, the makers of Star Wars with the creation of the ‘quad optical printer,’ have honed this technology

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down to a science.  Green Screen or “Chroma keying” is a technique used for layering two images together.  A color range in the top layer is made transparent, revealing images behind. This is a technique commonly used in video production.  When you visit the studio, your performance will take place in front of such stated technology.  Your song could be transferred to people, places or things that compliment your performance. As more and more technology becomes available, our technique and design also improves. Just remember, when you come to perform, only wear green if it’s intentional.  See Jon-Jon’s really cool
performance http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRAMJAMTVShow check out the “G” on his shirt.  Not too bad of a thing. The coolest part about the whole thing is it’s like walking away with your own video.  See you in the Studio!

Y F R W N

Every now and then we like to highlight one of our Canadian artists.  Why is this a big deal?  Because Canada got a rap flow that just won’t stop!  Coming from the US, growing up on hip-hop and listening to the wiry sound tuning through the radio before
it became the entity it is today.  We never thought in our youth that people from another country would be able to achieve a sound as bold and raw as our East Coast/West Coast Battlers.  One such rap artist in whom I am referring is Sese (pronounced Sezee).
When we first started our venue about a year ago, we ran into Sese on a Live Twitter stream getting there and then feedback from a popular radio station that had just featured his latest music.  As he held on the phone, the audience called in with their
opinions on whether his music was a Hit or Miss.  The response was overwhelming Sese scored another notch in making
his imprint on the industry as a come-up artist.  He hasn’t stopped; his music just gets more and more intense and fearless as he challenges his craft from well beyond basic to creative culture leaving something new behind.  His latest video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwatSt6cKW4 that we’ve featured on RAM Jam shows the comedic genius side of this Ontario bred rapper.  Man, I thought Grape Juice was something. http://yfrwn.tumblr.com.

At the top of the feed you probably noticed a Facebook Poll.  I put this out there because I did it!  I survived one month without
the FB.  In return I created this blog among a boatload of other stuff, including better focus.  I encouraging anyone whom by habit is caught up in the Facebook world to either enjoy a brief hiatus or at least cutback daily time spent reading feeds, responding or not.  Just ask yourself, how much time am I spending on Facebook?  I only pick on Facebook because it takes more time.  The hardest part was the first three days, then the last day.  I absolutely could not wait to log back on, oh and how I missed everybody!  But I now feel like I have a better perspective.

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 The same can apply to Twitter or whatever else you can honestly say you spend too much time on and it’s taking away from your productivity.   Image via Wikipedia

Be sure to catch the show next week as we tour further overseas to see how they doing rap. Fierce females take on the battleground as dancehall classics emerge.  We see a softer side of Donaeo and dance Bollywood style.  Can’t wait to see ya!  Until then,

Happy Jamming!

Kendra J

Next Week: It’s That Time Of Year Again

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Cover of It's Halloween (Greenwillow Read-Alone)

This past week the RAM Jam stage played host to Jon-Jon right out of the DMV.  We like to refer to him as “the mellow side of 2-Pac.”  With this clip from his performance, The Birthday Song delivers.  Everything birthday from feeling good to “it’s all about me,” it’s clear that Jon-Jon wants everybody to have a good time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p_Kl-rBZuk. Thanks for repp’in yo city Jon-Jon!  Enjoy.

Other Happs

RAM Jam is gearing up for it’s Halloween episode.  Be sure to tune in for our special featuring Gene the Werewolf, Kyoto Candi and more.  Find out who Kendra or Johnna will show up as.  Come and join us in guessing Name That Flick.

Our Artist on the Rise for this week: King Myer.  Check out his channel on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDX-Ih5bTXI&feature=share and look out for him on the show.  My favorite is Come On Home. What’s yours?

Birthday shout-outs to all the October babies, including our own, Miss Angelica who turned 9 this month.  Angelica is known at the studio for helping out with floor directing and even some behind-the-scenes technical stuff , she simply loves it.  Happy Birthday all.

As we gear up for the holidays it’s imperative to observe all things to keep us and our loved ones safe.  Here are some tips worth considering:

– When choosing holiday decorations, safety experts recommend using plug-in or battery-powered lights instead of using a live candle for jack-o-laterns.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to make safety a factor in holiday decorating. Whether it is careful candle placement or checking the warning label on the holiday lights, simple safety steps can go a long way in preventing fires and injuries this year.  For more tips check out their website at cpsc.gov or http://www.safetyathome.com/seasonal-safety/ shares year-round safety tips to make sure your holiday is fun and many positive memories to come.

– childcare.com suggest the best time to take children trick-or-treating is before 9pm.  Some other tips to consider:

  •          Have each child carry or wear something lit;
  •          Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to going trick or treat;
  •          Pick up objects in the yard, sidewalk, or driveway that could create safety issues

–  The NTSB and  http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Usgresponse/Travel_Safely.shtml are a wealth of information on travel safety whether you’re taking a road trip or need the latest airport delays and cancellations.  In addition consider traveling during daylight hours, get plenty of rest before your trip and if you are driving pack your gadgets, batteries and other goods in case of emergencies.

– Prevent food-borne illnesses and food contamination by handling food with care, storing food as quickly as possible and assuring food is not undercooked.  For great holiday restaurant and recipe ideas check out my fav food blog Johnna Knows Good Food at http://www.johnnaknowsgoodfood.com/?cat=4.

– Celebrate responsibly. Designate a driver, don’t drink and drive.  If you find you’ve had a little too much and you’re on your own,  check with your local taxi company they will usually have a program that will supply rides to get you home safely.

RAM Jam is everything music and fashion so here we forget the old adage: never buy women shoes, they will walk out on you or never buy a man a watch, he won’t have time for you.  In fact, women love shoes!  Especially if they’re a gift from the man in her life.  To me, nothing says fashion like a man who can pair up a woman who can translate her walk, her swag and her booty with style – very classy.  From a boot to a stiletto, the man usually knows.

For the fellas, when choosing the right watch no enduring classic will ever rest on plastic. Cheap  isn’t really about the price you’re paying — it’s about the aesthetics you get in return.  Every man should wear his watch on a steel or leather band.  Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/best-cheap-watch-6511364#ixzz1aWXNZoij.

That’s a wrap for now.  Thanks for visiting our blog and thank you again to Jon-Jon for coming out and doing an awesome job.  Until next time…

Happy Jammin

Kendra J

Next week: Green Screen