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Mourning [A] BLKstar at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

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Date(s) - 01/25/2019
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Creating songs of both eulogy and revolution, the expansion of 21st century black consciousness is felt in waves through Ohio’s Mourning A BLKstar. A force that has deep conviction, purpose, and weight, songs are voiced through a lens of chopped up drum grooves, stark melodies, washed-out synth tones, and historic sample pulls.

On their sophomore album, The Garner Poems (out October 26th on Electric Cowbell), the group traffics their signature gritty strain of DIY Afrofuturist soul music, balancing hip-hop production techniques with lo-fi experimentation to create a sonic suite that eulogizes victims of police brutality, including Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, as well as bringing forth a conversation that aligns with the political and emotional state of this world. The Garner Poems are modern day spirituals of reverence and despair that serve as both a force of light and a schematic for hope, survival, and independence.

Bandleader, producer, and keyboardist, RA Washington expresses what makes this new album special, “For us this record is a reflection of our growth as a group and the permanent addition of instrumentalists Theresa May (trumpet), William Washington (trombone). While the first record was really an experiment, this record represents a deep concern with us. Can we be of service to our celebration and our mourning? Can we be authentic in our collective response to oppression? In many ways I began many of the pieces thinking of Duke Ellington’s concept of the ‘78 suite (78 RPM) and how could we within the confines of a pop lexicon extend the conversation to be interconnected song after song without seeming forced. I think we achieved that and it’s an exciting time to be creating even in the midst of so much uncertainty.”

The Garner Poems is ten tracks strong, which RA elaborates, “For many compositions for “Garner” I wanted to explore the dirge both as an extension of our genetic memory but also to implore the ancestors to visit in celebration and affirmation of our time making this country now called America. “These Stars Collide” “The Box” and the title song “Garner Poem” has some element of the funeral dirge that goes back to field chants and the talking drum.”

Mourning [A] BLKstar describes themselves as “a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.” The name of the group finds a shared passageway to multiple worlds and reflects the importance of the music, showing honor and acknowledgement to the lives that’ve died at the hands of police, along with the beauty and expressive legacy of African-American artistry.

RA concludes, “Rarely are you given the platform to make conceptual art and place it in a commercial marketplace, so we are humbled and committed to making art that speaks to our political concerns and allows for the human joy that is funky ass drums and great grooves in service and in revolt. Riot music for the last days.” The Garner Poems is a perfect example of art created through resilience, spirit, and community that continues to strengthen in modern times in the face of police brutality, hate rhetoric, and divisive politics.

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5 Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Are you a novice to affiliate marketing? Are you coveting to make whopping profit from affiliate programs but miserably lacking? Where did you go wrong? What mistakes have you done to get a negative result? I am sure that as a beginner you must be looking for some pro help.

Don’t worry. We all did many blunders in the past and acquired experience from that. They say, “Failure makes you wiser”. Nevertheless, learning from someone else’s mistakes and experiences make you sharp and prevent you from numerous disasters and agony.

10 Mistakes That You Must Avoid as a Beginner in Affiliate Marketing

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1. I Can Earn From Day 1:

It is obvious. Website monetization is not a magic wand that you move, and it will not rain money. Affiliate programs drive upon a number of clicks on the affiliate links on your website or blog. For that, you need visitors and guest on your blog. Even though you have visitors, it might not pledge 100 percent clicks on the affiliate link.

So, have patience. You are not going to create a football team and be immediately one of the favorites in the Super Bowl odds. Everything takes its time, in sports and in life.

Instead of catching many clicks, emphasis on getting more visitors. It is a naive logic. Let us say, you get 1000 visitors a day on your blog; you can expect at least 50-100 clicks on the affiliate links. As the number of organic visitors increases, you can envisage an increasing number of clicks on the affiliate programs linked to your blog.

2. I Do Not Need Email Subscribers:

It is the most generic mistakes a beginner does. You normally start collecting e-mail subscribers’ data after 5 months of your first blog. Why do you need e-mail subscribers? How e-mails can aid you in a soaring website monetization? We know these questions are compelling your brain dizzy. Let us make it easier for you to understand.

If you have a list of e-mail subscribers, you can send them a notification e-mail as soon you publish a new blog. If only 25% of the subscribers open your blog link, you get the instant response of these 25% people. Out of this 25%, you can expect a minimum of 10% of people to click on the affiliate links. This helps you to have assured and instant clicks.

3. I Can Guarantee the Number of Visitors to My Website:

When in your life you cannot guarantee the next moment, you cannot be surefire about the number of visitors. Visitors do not come themselves, but you have to entice them. Now again your next question would be, how can you attract the visitors to your blog?

Well, let us be honest here. There is not a sure mantra to lure visitors. However, some proven ways help bloggers to upsurge the number of visitors gradually. Let us share the secret.

  • Write and publish many quality blogs regularly.
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  • Write real and factual blogs to gain loyal visitors.

4. It Is Not Working for Me, Let Me Jump On Another:

Have patience, and do not expect for a quick result or some magic. If you think to make it big in a few days, you need to work hard patiently. Affiliate marketing needs planning, implementing strategies, and time. It takes almost 5-6 months to start getting profit from affiliate programs.

You cannot discard an affiliate just after a few days or weeks. Instead of changing affiliates frequently, focus on a few steady affiliates for 6-7 months.

5. I Can Choose Any Niche for My Blog:

Well, yes. You can choose any niche for your blog. However, are you sure you can do justice with any niche? If you have chosen a niche because that niche is a hot cake in the affiliate programs, you get it erroneous. Affiliate marketing is enormous in size. It has spaces for every kind of niches.

The accomplishment of a blog does not depend only on a niche but there are various other factors associated with it. If you chose a niche you are not comfortable to write on, you have probably chosen an immediate suicide for your business. Go with a field you know well. It will help you to chart up in the rank and increase the organic traffic to your blog.

To sum up, affiliate marketing is not a piece of cake. If you are a beginner in this field, you need to choose your game wisely. Failure is normal and being persistent is the key. So, if you are not getting the desired result in the website monetization, analyze what you have done wrong. Learn from your mistakes and get help from the experienced. That is the only way to hit the nail on the head.

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