The Brazilian Art Called Capoeira

Capoeira is a form of art which combines the elements of martial arts, sports and music. It has been used as an element to import Brazilian culture all over the world with its growing popularity. Capoeira has certainly been ingrained in the Brazilian culture and goes very deep in its history.

This art form which combines a number of complex and swift moves by both the upper and lower body originated in Brazil in South America. Descendants of African slaves in Brazil during the beginning of the 16th century created Capoeira. It was during this time that Portugal colonized the country and imported people from the African continent as slaves. Slaves in Brazil during this time were experiencing physical and emotional torment every day from the Portuguese. As a result, a number of slaves escaped every day in order to flee the torture that they experience. Capoeira was created as a means for these runaway slaves to cope with the everyday hardships and struggles experienced in the hostile and unfamiliar lands that they hide in. Moreover, the Portuguese authorities were always on the hunt for these slave escapees, which made it even more difficult for the escapees to survive outside. Slaves who escape successfully would usually build communities on their own away from the colonizers.

Capoeira in more ways than one, provided these slaves with a means to survive and cope through the unchartered territories that they escaped into. It was also a recreational activity for them in their newly-build communities, and it was a means for them to practice their martial arts. Eventually, the mastery of the skills created by these communities were to be used in unconventional methods. Capoeira artists subsequently became hit men, bodyguards, mercenaries and henchmen. It has even come to a point where Capoeira artists would create terror in the slum areas of Rio de Janeiro. These infamous Capoeira practitioners were called maltas.

It is for this reason that the practice of this art was banned by authorities for a time as it caused such chaos in the country of Brazil – anyone caught practicing Capoeira was to be arrested and imprisoned, and sometimes even tortured. Because of this, the practice of Capoeira eventually decreased. However, during about the 1930s, Capoeira repression was not as strong anymore. The masters of this art would begin to build schools to teach this skill and introduce it not as a means to create havoc and danger to society. You could say that in this period of time, Capoeira was growing to be known only as a martial art and form of dance and not a fighting tool anymore. By the 1970s, masters of this art would emigrate to other countries and begin teaching this practice elsewhere. This not only exported Capoeira as an art form to the world, but more importantly was a way of exporting a very unique aspect of the Brazilian culture to the entire world.

Judas Priest – The Green Manalishi (Live at Mudd Club, New York, NY Mar. 11, 1979) [Audio]

The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown) by Judas Priest live at Mudd Club, New York, NY on March 11, 1979, Killing Machine/Hell Bent for Leather Tour from Killing New York bootleg CD. Source and quality: Soundboard, perfect quality. Note: Invite-only gig possibly attended by Andy Warhol among others.

Rob Halford – Vocals
K. K. Downing – Guitar
Glenn Tipton – Guitar
Ian Hill – Bass
Les Binks – Drums


Stacy Peralta on "American Gangsters" & "Crips and Bloods" – Made in America – Tonic News

Filmmaker Stacy Peralta has made a career documenting American subcultures that he knows first hand: the 2001 skateboarding film, “Dogtown and Z Boys” (Peralta was a member of the legendary Z Boys team) and the 2004 surf documentary, “Riding Giants.” With his latest film, Crips and Bloods: Made In America, the Los Angeles native takes on South Central’s gang epidemic — an issue he had always been closely aware of but never realized the depths of.

“I knew a certain amount of the problem all my life. My high school in Santa Monica was closed down for a while because of gang violence. But I never really understood the level of the problem,” says Peralta. “I wanted to see if there was a human face behind this.”

With his trademark bombastic and compelling style, Peralta’s film is narrated by Forest Whittaker and looks at the inception of gangs in LA starting in the 1950s, to the ongoing present and future crisis. Tonic recently talked to Peralta about his motivations for making the film, which was released earlier this year.

Q: How did you gain access and trust among the gang members who you interviewed?

A: It was one person leading to another person. Wherever we went we were escorted in. Never did we just show up somewhere. I come from a subculture, which is a lot about paying respect. I knew that you have to treat people with dignity and pay respect to people in charge.

Q: What inspired you to make this film?

A: I’ve never seen gang members portrayed as human beings. And they are human beings who are caught in a vicious cycle. It’s a social problem. I don’t think our government would treat this problem the same way if it were affluent, middle class white American teenagers killing each other. Yet in the African American communities it’s been going on for four decades. Teenagers are killing each other and not over oil rights. The Crips and Bloods brands are being started in other countries. They want a piece of that identity.

Q: You’ve said this film has been fifteen years in the making. What obstacles did you come across?

A: Hollywood has shown a comfort level exploiting this problem, but has shown no interest in showing the problem. And many in Hollywood consider themselves liberal. The popularity did go out with gangster rap music. Studios said “no.”

Q: While shooting the film did you find yourself in dangerous situations?

A: All the time. I was constantly thinking I made a huge mistake. I would get really upset and twisted. Then I would meet a kid and he would tell me his story. I would think: People need to hear what’s going on. That’s what kept me going. And a few weeks would go by and the same thing would happen.

Q: What advice do you have for young filmmakers?

A: Don’t think too much about obstacles. Just start. You don’t have to have confidence, just desire to do it. If you can get out of bed you can do it. The most important thing is the energy to do it.

Q: How can people get involved to help?

A: People can be mentors to youths in their communities. We have a list of organizations at the end of the film that people can get in touch with to learn more and be involved.

The organizations include:

o Voices Behind Walls

o The Amer-I-Can Program

o Unity One

o I-Can Youth Foundation

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Old Boy – A Movie Review

When I watched Old Boy for the first time (I have now seen it three times), I was slightly shocked by the content. This shock slowly turned into more of a stomach-churning intensity, as I took stock of what was actually happening to the story. Old Boy is definitely a grossed-out, acid tripping, stomach lurching, and strangely enough, memorable movie to stick your eyes on.

Directed by Chan-Wook Park, Old Boy is not for the feint hearted. The story follows Oh Dae-Su (Choi-min Sik), as he struggles with the life he has most unfortunately been handed. We see Dae-su as he is first kidnapped, and then placed in a small hotel-like room for a period of fifteen years.

During this time he is drugged almost nightly, whereby a drab song begins to play, just before he is gassed out cold. He surely becomes familiar with this song. Over this time he constantly tries in vein to kill him self, but to no avail. Whenever he tries to knock himself off, the gas comes spiralling out of the vents, and his captors rescue him.

After his fifteen years is up, Old Boy wakes up on top of a building where a man is ready to jump off. The conversation the two men have here is somewhat amusing, as we see the transition of Dae-su, from how we first saw him at the beginning of the movie, to what captivity has bled into him. From here on the story begins to spiral out of control.

Old Boy meets a girl Mi-do (Kang-hye Jeong), who takes care of him, and they form a close connection, becoming lovers. She helps Old Boy try to figure out the twisted reasons why he has been locked up for so long, with no apparent reason. At least, none he could remember without some refreshing.

He uses his notebooks, which he has written in for the past fifteen years, to try and figure out who, and what has done this to him. It all comes down to the taste of a dumpling, which he knows so well after being fed them every night for fifteen years. After many restaurants, he tracks down what he is after.

After some great running battles with the gang who kidnapped him, and a lovely scene between a hammer and a set of teeth, we reach a dire crescendo, as Old Boy finally finds his man (Yuu-ji Taie), and realises the gravity of the situation.

The storyline has to be one of the most disturbing in the history of film, but it is done with such a romanticism, that it touches every sense. A highly recommendable watch for all those who enjoy watching a movie made from the heart.

One thing that I found truly inspiring about ‘Old Boy’ is the style in which it has been filmed. The cinematography is superior, and the added effects, although slight, are cleverly done. The movie definitely has a whole room of darkness thrust into it, but it needs it to make it such a compelling watch.

Old Boy is a movie unto itself, and all those who dare to take the ride would surely agree.

Source by Gareth JV Thomas

Paul Darden Casino Poker Chips Expert Review

Watching Paul Darden play poker over the years has been an absolute treat. I’ve become a huge fan and even went out on the Internet and purchased his personalized version of poker chips. Plus they’re kind of like Chipco poker chips if you ever used those before. When my brother told me I should have my own Paul Darden Casino Poker Chips Expert Review I thought it was a great idea. Unfortunately I’m not the best writer in the world so I’ll tell you a story instead.

When I first received my poker chips, the clarity of the picture and other graphics were astounding. It was almost if they shrunk Paul Darden himself and quarantined him inside (no joke). Obviously that’s not what happened, but I had to find out exactly how the manufacturer was able to get a better picture on these poker chips then I could uploading ones to the Internet.

The first part of my Paul Darden Casino Poker Chips Expert Review is to help you understand the high-quality. I spent about 6 hours of my day looking for answers before I came across some material that talked about the chips whole clay feel. They are only 10 grams, so you can imagine how much they feel like regular poker chips from the casino with this proven mixture. However, it wasn’t my thoughts that got my attention.

It was all my friends that came over for the 1st annual Paul Darden fan celebration. Yep, all six of us have become a tiny section of his fan base population, but we may be the loudest. We’re also huge football fans too, which meant watching the NFL draft was a priority. So instead of being couch potatoes for 19 of the next 24 hours, we decided to break out the poker chips and play some Holdem.

Once the weekend was over, it was easy to give you a Paul Darden Casino Poker Chips Expert Review because of all the comments that were made. When we were eating pizza, Johnny kept asking the Truth if he wanted a slice. This probably went on for a few minutes before anyone understood what he was talking about, and then everyone busted out laughing. All Johnny could say was, “What? The guys sitting right there with us. I mean look at him! He’s trapped in that chip.”

Definitely one of the comical parts to the evening, but the best had to be Stephon’s little tidbit. As the draft was ending and everyone was cleaning up, I saw Stephon take about $200 worth of poker chips and put it in his pocket. I knew he wasn’t stealing them or anything, but I still asked, “Stephon, why you taking those home?” He turned to me with this irritating look and said, “Because Paul spent the entire week with you. I think he needs to come hang with me. If not I’ll feel neglected.”

In the end this Paul Darden Casino Poker Chips Expert Review may not be the most informative, but it gives you a little taste of what we found. The graphics on the chips are unbelievable, and when you see them for yourself, you’ll know what I mean. Then again, on a player standpoint they are durable, and can take a spill or two on them. That happened a few times this weekend and all of them could easily be wiped off with soap and water. So if you’re looking for a great product, I would definitely recommend the PD casino poker chips.

Judas Priest – Running Wild (Live at Mudd Club, New York, NY Mar. 11, 1979) [Audio]

Running Wild by Judas Priest live at Mudd Club, New York, NY on March 11, 1979, Killing Machine/Hell Bent for Leather Tour from Killing New York bootleg CD. Source and quality: Soundboard, perfect quality. Note: Invite-only gig possibly attended by Andy Warhol among others.

Rob Halford – Vocals
K. K. Downing – Guitar
Glenn Tipton – Guitar
Ian Hill – Bass
Les Binks – Drums


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Fundamental Information for Everyone Who Wants to Master Guitar Scales

Guitar scales are said to be uninspiring, imaginary and useless. Well, really? The truth is that practicing them is one of the best ways of achieving guitar mastery. Basically, learning a guitar scale is simple. You just have to memorize the notes and then play them in a successive order.

First, let’s make all things clear. Guitar scales come from hundreds of different styles. Not only that, but they also come from different parts of the world like: China, Polynesia, Eastern Europe and other regions. For example: Hungary, where they have the Hungarian gypsy scale. Their music is clearly influenced by the culture.

Surely enough, the western world has created a few guitar scales of its own as well. These are: major scales, minor scales, pentatonic scales, chromatic scales, and a few more that were developed based on the previous ones.

Now let me tell you what the important reasons why you have to learn them are.

First of all, don’t be discouraged right away because it doesn’t mean that you have to learn all of them at the same time. It’s best to study one scale at a time.

Let’s talk benefits for a moment. One of which is the fact that learning different guitar scales improves the strength and agility of your fingers. More than that, practicing them will help you in training your ear to identify typical note arrangements. It is particularly useful when choosing notes as you do song improvisation and/or writing. Just by being aware of the notes you can add your personal color, depth, mood and feeling to your guitar playing.

I hope you can see the value of guitar scales by now. So it’s about time to learn some of them. Here’s my suggestion, among so many guitar scales that you can choose from, I’d say you start with major scales. They are actually the most important scales when it comes to suitability and application in most styles of music. Moreover, other types of scales were fundamentally derived and created from them.

A standard major scale comprises of seven distinct notes, where the first note is the root note. Once you’ve mastered it you can easily learn its minor equivalent, which is basically covered inside the major scale. The one that I suggest you to start with is the C major scale. It’s the most basic scale with no sharp or flat sounds.

Now the tough truth. Learning your first scale can be really challenging, but you just have to be patient and go through with it. Once you’re fluent with the C major scale you can learn the other four most basic major scales. These are: G, D, A and E. It all starts with those five.

The next step after mastering the basic major scales is to try the minor scales, then the pentatonic scales, then the blues scales, and so on. It’s almost a never-ending journey, but it’s surely worth the effort. If you want to be able to improvise around a popular song with your own sounds then there’s no better way of achieving this than by focusing on various guitar scales.

In order to fully know your scales, make sure to practice them as a warm up before the actual lesson. Also, memorize the proper placement of the fingers on each fret. Then practice the scale from the beginning to end and vice versa.

If you really want to improve and go further with your guitar skills, then this is the answer! Mastering, or at least familiarizing yourself with guitar scales will surely be a great addition to your standard guitar lessons.

Source by Adam Grants