Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved<br>The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

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"Whenever I use BLACK it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color BLACK as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of BLACK- BLACKNESS - and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race..."

- Fred Wilson

"Most of my fortitude to continue doing the work comes from the moral outrage I feel about the injustices that Black people endure disproportionately daily."

- N. Abdul-Wakil

"In the end, what matters is not skin shade but pan-African consciousness. Loving your complexion, your nose, lips, hair length and texture, no matter what the politics or trends decide, and simply be. That's the problem with us (African folks). We're still learning how to love ourselves. So used to glorifying others and putting others first..."

- Dredlocks Tree

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)
Click The Pic To Access The Film Library Database! (166 Films)
LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Harlem Week Events, This Weekend
August 15th and 16th, 2009
Harlem, New York City

SATURDAY AUGUST 15th 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Uptown Saturday Night

W. 135th St. from Malcolm X Blvd to St. Nicholas Avenue An Outdoor Cultural Arts & Entertainment and Dance Festival that will also include

The National Historic Black College Fair & Expo
12 Noon to 6:00 PM W. 135th St. Btwn. Malcolm X & A.C. Powell Jr. Blvds.

N.Y. City Health Fair & Expo (Part I)

11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. W. 135th St.
(Btwn. Malcolm X & A.C. Powell, Jr. Blvds.)

The N.Y. City Children’s Festival
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
W. 135th Street (Bet. Malcolm X and A.C.P. Jr. Blvds.)


SUNDAY, AUGUST 16th 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
W. 135th St. (Between Fifth and St. Nicholas Aves.)
3 Main Stages: 12 Noon – 7:00 PM

1. St. Nicholas Stage – R & B / Hip Hop/Reggae

2. YMCA Stage –performances of dance/fashion/poetry/music

3. 5th Ave. Stage – Gospel & Jazz/Soul

N.Y. City Health Fair & Expo (Part II)
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM W.
135th St. (Btwn. Malcolm X & A.C. Powell, Jr. Blvds.)

The Upper Manhattan Auto Show
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Howard Bennett Playground
W. 135th St. (Btwn. 5th Ave. & Malcolm X Blvd.)

The N.Y. City Children’s Festival (Part II)
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
W. 135th St. (Btwn. Malcolm X & A. C. Powell Jr. Blvds.)
A Free event (Tickets required)

The Harlem Honeys & Bears Swimmers
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For more info, call 646-302-3487

International Vendors, Exhibits, Foods, Art, Fun & Games
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
W. 135th St. (Between. Fifth and St. Nicholas Aves.)

Health Walk in Harlem (2008)

The Harlem Family HEALTH WALK-A-THON
& 1st Annual International 5K Run
Saturday, August 22nd 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Walk Starts at: Morning Side Park 110th and Morningside Avenue

The Joints Are Jumpin’
Wednesday, August 26th 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM
At various Uptown Locations

NYU Film Studies:
"Sound Production For Film & Video"
ROD's Class & Sound Team (August 2009)

Hey Y'all,

I figured I'd share some of the pics I took in my Sound Production for Film and Video class. These pics are from the last day on Thursday, August 6th, 2009. With the exception of two pics that I'm in, I took all the pics you see here.

THE SOUND RECORDING TEAM aka "RAA" Team (left to right):
Aaron, ME (BIG ROD) and Arturo

The first thing we did as a team is check all the equipment to see if everything works BEFORE checking the equipment out. We are responsible for the equipment if anything is broken, so a spot check is a must before leaving the NYU equipment lab.

To prepare our recordings as a team we checked the levels of the Shure FP33 3-Channel Stereo Mixer using its built-in 1kHz tone generator and then balanced it against the Fostex FR-2 Field Memory Recorder.

Aaron was responsible for the Shure mixer, I (ROD) was responsible for the Fostex field recorder and Arturo generated the sounds we needed to record. Because Aaron and I were operating the equipment, we had to work closely together to make sure the sounds were being recorded properly so they're not too low or too high where the sound is clipping (distorting).

All The Sound Recording Equipment That We Checked Out.
I Had The Fostex FR-2 Field Recorder (not pictured)

Aaron Recording Auturo's Mouse Clicks and Keyboard Sounds

We Recorded The Elevator "Pings"
and The Door Opening and Closing

We Were Recording The Dial Tone From The Phone's Handset

Arturo With The Phone

Aaron Checking The Mixer's Sound Levels
In order To Pick Up The Cell Phone's Vibrate Sound

Arturo Using His Apple iPhone To Call My Cell Phone
So We Can Record My Phone's Ring Tone

Prepping a Recording

Aaron Holding The Shotgun Microphone At A Optimum Distance
To Record My Cell Phone's Ring Tone

Aaron Wrapping Up An XLR Cable

Our Instructor, Sam Skaf, Who Was Mad Qool And Funny As Hell!
He's Sitting At The Desk Preparing A Class Lesson.
The Fostex FR-2 Field Recorder (lower right corner of picture)

Sam And His Studio Monitor Speakers In The Classroom

I Took A Picture Of The Splash Screen Of Pro Tools LE 8.
I Thought It Looked Qool!

This Is a Waveform Timeline Of A "WAV" File In Pro Tools LE 8

One Last Look At Da "RAA" Team!
"RAA" Stands For "Rod, Aaron, Arturo"
Adios Amigos...

CACTUS Wireless Shutter Release Accessory
For My Nikon D200 DSLR Camera

Hey Y'all,

I wanted to share a new toy that I received today. My new toy is the CATCUS Wireless Shutter Release accessory that I'm using in conjunction with my Nikon D200 DSLR camera. I ordered the accessory from an online merchant called Gadget Infinity (parent company is Harvest One Limited) and it was shipped and air mailed directly from Hong Kong, China to me. My order arrived in 14 days. The device is $30.00 bucks and shipping was $5.00 for a total cost of $35.00.

The image above shows the entire contents of the packaging: Everything came secured in a manila bubble wrap envelope. You get the black and green box which contains the wireless RF (radio frequency) transmitter, receiver and the paper instructions on how to adjust the 16 variable channel frequencies available to you. The transmitter and receiver each come with their own respective batteries installed.

The above photo shows a close-up of the transmitter (pictured left) with the antenna pulled out, and the receiver (pictured right) which attaches to the camera. The effective distance of the RF transmissions specification mentioned on the box itself and the Gadget Infinity website kinda conflict. The website says a maximum of area of 15 meters. The side of the box that I have says the effective range is UP TO 30 meters. This tells me to go on the side of caution and that the effective strength (with no problems) of the device is 15 meters and the maximum possible signal distance is 30 meters. Anything between the range of 15 to 30 meters (49 to 98.4 feet - in english units) and the performance will vary.

The transmitter comes with a GP Ultra alkaline battery (type 23AE 12 v) as shown above.

The receiver comes with a lithium battery (type CR2 3V) as shown above. Interestingly, the lithium battery initially comes shrink wrapped in a mylar type plastic (which is already placed in the receiver for you) which I would assume was to preserve and not drain the battery's life by touching the positive and negative contacts of the rest of the device while being stocked. I'm no battery expert but I guess the lithium battery is more sensitive than the alkaline battery in the transmitter which didn't have a plastic wrap covering. The instructions even mention that you have to remove the plastic wrap from the lithium battery. The specifications also mention that the unit can be triggered continuously for 20,000 times. The energy-saving design allows you to use the unit for a year without having to change the battery inside.

The above picture is a close-up of both devices together with their respective frequency channel button selector switches. Both the transmitter and receiver's switches must agree in order for them to work with each other.

As mentioned before, you can set up 16 different channel frequency scenarios. This is most convenient if you are shooting outdoors and there's nearby RF interference; you simply change the transmitter and receiver's frequency and you're good to go. The other and major benefit is if you have multiple cameras set up in a shooting scenario, you can attach more than one receiver and fire off different cameras at different RF frequencies depending upon your goals of the photography project.

Some people might be wondering what is so special about this particular device. Nikon sells wired and wireless shutter devices!! And... so what???!!

Well, the difference is that Nikon does sell wireless shutter release devices, BUT they are INFRARED and NOT RF (RADIO FREQUENCY) devices, and that makes all the difference in the world. For example, digital SLR cameras have something called bulb mode. Bulb mode allows you total manual control over the shutter (shutter speed) and therefore how much light gathers within the sensor for a specific picture exposure. Bulb mode is used extensively for taking pictures of firework displays, for example. Because most firework displays are at night where there is little light in the sky, it's imperative to shoot fireworks with the shutter open in bulb mode at a slightly prolonged interval. The downside to bulb mode is that it can be a big drain on the battery so have extra batteries on hand when using bulb mode.

The problem is that infrared wireless shutter devices cannot work in bulb mode and so you're stuck. They simply fire the shutter. One would have to stand near the camera and manually press the camera's shutter button and hold it down in order to use and maintain bulb mode. This manual procedure is not an option if you're doing something sophisticated where you can't be near the camera.

The CATCUS Wireless (RF) Shutter Release is a great accessory. It allows one to press part-way down on the transmitter button to get an auto-focus on the camera itself, and then one can press all the way down to take a picture. In regard to bulb mode, you press down on the transmitter button fully to move the shutter on the camera and then press the transmitter button again to release the shutter.

The photo above is a test set up in my house when I was first testing the device. I have the camera mounted on my tripod (Gitzo, baby!!), and I'm holding & pressing the transmitter (the green LED light confirms this) in my hand, and the receiver is plugged (hanging) from the 10-pin port of my Nikon D200 and flashes red every few seconds when the receiver is ready-to-go and green when it receives a signal from the transmitter.

One extra step I have taken is to put some velcro on the wireless receiver and on the battery grip of my Nikon D200. Black velcro would be ideal in this instance because the camera's body is black and black velcro would camouflage on the camera better. (I'll get some black velcro from a hardware store soon).

Then I can easily attach the wireless receiver to the camera so that the wireless receiver is not hanging all messy like. And this also prevents zero stress on the receiver's wire cable hanging from the camera's 10-pin port.

I think the $35 duckets is a great price in comparison to Nikon's MC30 Remote Cable Release which goes for $70 duckets!!! And the cord on this device is only 31.5 inches long! And what's worse, I was considering the ultra-expensive Nikon ML-3 Modulite Remote Control Set. This is the infrared device I alluded to before. The ML-3 is useless because it doesn't support bulb mode as I mentioned before, and then add insult to injury, it goes for a whopping $190.00+ duckets! Shiiiiit! I could exchange my zenny from a Capcom video game and still not be able to pay for this damn expensive device! LOL!

Anyway, CATCUS makes different wireless shutter release devices to suit major camera companies like Canon, Sony and Olympus. You can see Gadget Infinity's product page and order it here: CACTUS Wireless Shutter Release.

If the above link should ever fail while you're reading this, just go to http://www.gadgetinfinity.com and there is a search field in the upper right hand corner of the page - just type in "wireless shutter release".

If you're interested in taking pictures of fireworks using bulb mode and want to know the step-by-step method of doing so then check out these links here and here.

A Self-Portrait of Myself Chillin'
Using the Catcus Wireless (RF) Shutter Release

Have FUN Y'all! You know I will! LOL!