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Cryptocurrency’s boom is just beginning — Bitcoin could go above $100,000 next year (currently valued at $19,000)

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Bitcoin is going to change the world — and if you take a second to learn about it, you’ll understand why. After an abysmal 2018 to 2019 stretch, Bitcoin is nearing an all-time high. The price is up 166% this year and big-name investors don’t think it’s going to stop.

Why is Bitcoin rallying right now? Because more people are starting to accept, and trust it as a currency.

Fintech companies PayPal and Square started letting their combined 350 million+ customers use cryptocurrency. …


Democracy dies when we avoid tough conversations

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Sam Harris’s podcast: “#207: Can We Pull Back From The Brink?” challenges the listener unlike any other show I’ve ever heard. In this salient episode, the American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist disseminated the facts on police brutality.

Instead of laying out subjective conclusions or arguments to solve police brutality, Harris asked well-informed, contentious questions.

“On the most important topics, there now seems to be fury, sanctimony, and bad faith,” said Harris. …


The world’s second-largest cryptocurrency has a few tricks up its sleeve

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Ether, the world's second-largest virtual currency is on the move — and it’s making investors rich. Earlier this week Ethereum 2.0 launched and will make Ether faster and more secure. The upgrade allows for thousands of more transactions to take place every second.

This year, Ether is up 350%. Furthermore, it brushed an all-time high of $600 for the first time since June 2018. In case you don’t have $19,000 laying around to invest in Bitcoin, now may be the best time to look into Ether.

“As the ETH 2.0 launch date approaches, it seems to be a growing correlation between $ETH price,” said Ki-Young Ju, CEO of CryptoQuant. He indicated that Ethereum holders may benefit from more market optimism as the update arrives. …


“I think every group of black guys should have at least one white guy in it.”

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In two-and-a-half seasons, comedian Dave Chappelle’s The Chappelle Show created the best comedy sketches of all time. Dave Chappelle made fun of topics no one in America would dare touch — then and now. He tackled topics of race, identity, politics, and stereotypes in a candid brand of comedy that America desperately needed (then and now).

Ranking the show's legendary skits is no easy task. Many of the show’s jokes like “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” and “Clayton Bigsby” are inseparable from pop culture itself. In other words, someone will always be mad when ranking Chappelle’s greatness.

With that out of the way, here we go. …


Featuring Mr. Thrift Shop himself…

American rapper Macklemore in a fur coat
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The once-major forces in retail are slowly failing. Sears barely made it through 2020. Macy’s and other department retailers have forcibly traded their financial cushion for near-term survival, and former Toys “R” Us buildings have become eyesores where kids today will never know the influence the company once had (I’m not crying, you’re crying.)

Companies like Walmart and Target completely shifted their financial philosophies to stay relevant this year. The former leaning more on online shopping and the latter on modernizing the retail experience. So, besides these two retailers, where are people turning to spend their holiday cash? Well, one of the more obvious answers is Amazon and online shopping. …


Our undervalued sense has amazing mental benefits

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I can remember it now. Walking into my grandmother’s kitchen on Christmas. Everyone is smiling. My dad’s at the corner table cracking terrible “dad jokes” that only he and the other fathers are laughing at. And then it hits me. Grandma’s homemade pecan pie. The hot, sweet aromas go off like a grenade in the kitchen. My dad and his friends switch from jokes to sentimental, sugary compliments of how good her Pecan Pie smells after all these years. Everyone’s happy.

During all the hustle and bustle of the December holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in all the wrong things. We’ve all been there before; stressing out over parking or perhaps fighting over the last “Tickle-Me Elmo” with the town soccer mom. Whatever happened to chestnuts roasting over an open fire? …


Music counts, speaks and matters — Curving your soul’s arch

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“If music be the food of love, play on.” — William Shakespeare, Twelth Night

Sometimes when I go for a run I leave my phone behind. I just want to listen to the birds, the traffic, and all the other noise that pours in from the loud busy streets of my North Jersey neighborhood. Gary Vaynerchuk once said he needs noise in his life — it’s why he chooses to live in New York City he says. I’m the same way I think.

Music is all around us every day. Whether it’s the silent Colorado mountains or the roaring, neverending sounds in Downtown Manhattan. It’s all music. But like a Napalm Death album, some of the noises we hear are overbearing, or just not for everyone. However, some of it is undeniably beautiful. Birds singing during a 6 am sunrise comes to mind.

I love this community here at Music Voices because you show me where the music is hiding. Sometimes it’s in a short, symphonic poem. Other times it’s in an impassioned article. We are the music makers.

My question to you:

Where is the music in your life? What part of your life do you think needs more music right now? Is it your job? Maybe your home? As Nina Simone once sang: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me.” …


And this is coming from a person with “light-skinned” problems

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Hey! That’s me. (Photo taken by Josh Marione)

Growing up with mixed parents is a blessing. You’re unique like a polka-dotted zebra in the herd. And for the rest of your life, people will always light up when you tell them your secret:

“Wow — I always knew you were Black and something. I just didn’t know what the something was,” they’ll usually tell me.

My favorite part about being both Black and Puerto Rican is the food. On Thanksgiving, I fill my plate up with both platanos and collard greens; pastelón and black-eyed peas; tostones and hushpuppies. Don’t even get me started with dessert.

Yes, on paper, the mixed life seems great. However, no blessing is complete without its own curse. This rang true during my adolescent life when I tried to dissociate with my mixed-culture. …


Vaporwave is Dead, Long Live Vaporwave

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Vaporwave is strange. It’s likely what a postmodernist would envision music to become. I say that because in many ways vaporwave has surpassed what we know as a traditional genre of music. It evades proper meaning and is sometimes too abstract for its own good. However, it is in this polarizing niche that vaporwave thrives.

Let’s start with the former: vaporwave is an offshoot of chillwave and internet electronic music. At its heart — and perhaps most criticized aspect — vaporwave is 80’s music chopped, remixed, and overdubbed with a ton of reverb.

As I said, it’s strange. And we haven’t even gotten to Aesthetics. …


Calisthenics can build a nice lean physique if you do the right exercises

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Increasing your push-up count is simple, all you need to do is stop doing them. Seriously, if you continue to bang away high repetitions of the same old standard push-up you will get nowhere. Instead, you’ll look in the mirror and scratch your head wondering when the results will finally show up.

This isn’t to say that the standard push-up isn’t a good exercise. But if you want to go to the next level, you need to understand the concept of progressive overload.

Progressive overload is essential for strength training. It involves a gradual increase in stress placed upon the musculoskeletal and nervous system. In other words, to get bigger and stronger, you must make your muscles uncomfortable, adding new stressors all the time. …

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