Category Archives: Nonfiction

Marion’s Favorites: Salt N Pepa Movie

I’m an old school rap fan.  Big Daddy Kane and Rakim are my favorite rappers of all time.  LL Cool J, Run DMC, Gangstarr, Sir Mix-A-Lot & Heavy D are still in my regular rotation on my iPad.  But my favorite rap group of all time is Salt N Pepa.  I will admit a big reason for that is Cheryl ‘Salt’ James was my first celebrity crush.  Also, Salt N Pepa was the first music concert I attended at 15 year old in my hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida.  There is definitely a nostalgic vibe going on here.

I watched the Lifetime Bio Pic of Salt N Pepa this evening.  I have to admit it was decent.  The movie covered their start in mid 1980s until their reunion at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in 2005.  Salt N Pepa burst onto the scene with their dis record call The Showstopper where they called out Doug E. Fresh who was huge at the time.  Their biggest hit, Push It, was a major part of the movie and their other hits, Shoop, Let’s Talk About Sex, & Whatta Man were featured as well.

The movie showed their relationship troubles and the shadiness of the music business.  Salt N Pepa were the groundbreaking female rap group of their time and their influence is seen throughout the musical genre.  Also, I found out some elements of why they broke up and how Salt N Pepa’s relationship was strained for quite some time.

If you are an old school rap fan, then I will recommend you watch the Salt N Pepa movie.  It was a trip down memory lane I enjoyed quite a bit and their music has left an indelible mark on hip-hop.  They are still my favorite rap group of all time and I’m happy to see them get their just due.

Book Review 145: Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

It has always fascinated me on what makes art sells over the long term.  Whether Star Wars from Film, Harry Potter from Books, Michael Jackson’s Thriller from Music, or Seinfeld from TV, it’s been interesting to see what makes the public connect with certain artistic works over the years. I have read plenty of internet… Continue Reading

Book Review 133: Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

“The marketer is not in control, the consumer is. And the consumer is selfish. Consumers care very little about you, your company, your products, your career, or your family. They’re not likely to spend time trying to discover how you can help them solve their problems. The heart of Permission Marketing is giving the stranger… Continue Reading

Book Review 110: Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

Is it possible to succeed as an artist and entrepreneur? Elizabeth Hyde Stevens examines this question in her book, Make Art Make Money, about how Jim Henson navigated the parallel worlds of art and business to become one of the greatest American artist-entrepreneurs. Make Art Make Money explores how this gentle man had an innate… Continue Reading

Book Review 95: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

Digital Publishing has spawned the rise of the indie author movement over the past several years.  As a result, there is a lot of books these days about how to become a successful indie author and how to make a living with your writing. However, there are only a few of those books dealing with… Continue Reading

Book Review 94: Deep Work by Cal Newport

“Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants.” (David Brooks) “When you work, work hard. When you’re done, be done.” Those two quotes from Deep Work by Cal Newport summarizes my feelings toward this excellent book. Newport introduces deep work as to counteract the distracted world we live with in the social media… Continue Reading

Book Review 82: The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow

Introvert Entrepreneur seems like an oxymoronic term.  Can an introvert really be an entrepreneur?  Well, Beth Buelow makes an excellent case for it in her book titled with the same term. I heard about Beth Buelow from one of my favorite podcasts, The Creative Penn, when she was interviewed by Author-Entrepreneur Joanna Penn. That interview… Continue Reading

Book Review 70: For Love or Money by Susan Kaye Quinn

“Writing challenges me to discover who I am. Publishing challenges me to remember it.” “You have to work like crazy, be smart, somehow invest every particle of emotion into the book itself, but then fling it out in the world and be ruthlessly pragmatic about how to sell it.” Those two quotes (of many that… Continue Reading

Book Review 58: Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Indie Publishing movement of the past half-dozen years has changed the course of the publishing industry. Publishing books have become a lot easier thanks to eBooks, Amazon, and other Print-on-Demand (POD) publishers.  Would-be-novelists (like myself) that have tried to break into Traditional publishing have finally found an avenue to get their works out to… Continue Reading