Anais Nin: You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.


Le List

Le List for December 10, 2009

Mood: Calm, despite the cacophony of inner voices I hear screaming in the eve of all of my finals and major events
Karamela by mark. Cosmetics
Anxious about…:
Getting these boxes for the event | Working with jessica Care moore in 2010 | quitting mark. | Getting back to photography | Finding an apartment | Having my own space
Happy about…:
End of semester!
The bitter, Michigan wind biting on my face
Chipped-off almost gone Sephora in "Merengue"
Morning drink:
Song of the day:
Aruarian Dance by Nujabees and Fat Jon from Samurai Champloo
Goals for the week:
Do my HAIR!! I've been walking around like this all week!


The Ticketed Experience: Soldier of Love; Morning After Dark

Told YALLL!!!

Due February 8th...

It's been 5 years since the last time I actually went out and BOUGHT a CD. So, yes, I'm buying this.

What about you?

I'm predicting that this will be THE HOTTEST ALBUM OF THE YER 2010 and we haven't even seen Christmas Yet..and it hasn't even dropped yet!

Listen to the first single "Soldier of Love"

maybe a little over the top?
But do you blame me? I'm excited!

Morning After Dark
Timbaland feat. his new French artist, Soshy
Kinda Hot? or Not?
What do you think?


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Giga-Bite-Me-This: Bianca Golden, C. Deon Embry, Melissa Bouchard and Krys Ivory of Next Selection

Bianca Golden @ Major Model Management shoots with Dante Marshall from dante marshall on Vimeo.

I interviewed Bianca and also stlyists C. Deon Embry and Melissa Bouchard during Detroit Fashion Week. It was so fun!! I'm currently in the works to find and invite more stylists to contribute to D.A.M. so our fashion section gets beefier. Also we need writers for our music, art and culture section. Feel free to drop me a note if you think you're interested.The interview from this shoot and also my coverage of the main fashion show will be coming out in the October issue of D.A.M!! But for now, here is my article for September!

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100TH Blog Post Anniversary | The Ticketed Experience: Extravaganza!!! PART ONE

Happy Anniversary Blogger!!! Happy Anniversary DJ CagedBird!!
The Ticketed Experience: Extravaganzaa

The Trip
I am NOT putting up all 15435678 pictures we took. Not going to happen. So, I'm putting up the top 20. Here they are...

Dunno who, but all I know is that they rolled out a red carpet for these three. It was right near the Waldorf Astoria, so I'm thinking that the building they were walking to was kind of swanky as well..

You know what this is...
Times square.

This is the sister hotel to the one we stayed in. No wonder why we didn't go stay here. The view is breathtaking and the rate per night is well....expensive.

Clinton Recording Studio. My dad, being the producer he is, wanted to be nosy as hell and get price quotes on the local studios. So this is him and a ghost-like image of one of the asistants who doubled as our tour guide.

Central Park..just a regular day for these folks. I like the simplicty of these two ordinary people.

Ok, so I was kinda mad. Why is it that I was expecting this big'ol huge cinematic entrance, and all I saw was this tiny sign. I'm cant be serious. THAT'S the Apollo? That tiny ass building? Damn I was kinda disappointed because this historical building/theater wasn't much to look at on the outside.

Harlem. Right near this area was the Cotton Club.

Chinatown. I love how busy this is!

Brooklyn Bridge..yeah it's pretty.
Make sure that you take one of the double-decker tour busses if you decide go to NYC . Also, make sure you take the Grey Line tours and purchase the $108 tour package which includes four tours. Yes it's worth it. Espeially when you ge tot take a night tour of NYC and the Riverfront of Brooklyn. Breathtaking. It's a really cool experience. Yes, I was close enough to touch this streetlight. Did I touch it? Yes. Was I ever going to get the opportunity to touch a streetlight again? Never!! Had to do it. Oh, and on this ride i also touched the top of a regular city bus. Idk...i was just kind of semi-bored.

Daddy and I went to the world famous Blue Note in Greenwich Village to see Roy Ayers. One of the top 10 experiences ever!!


New York, J'taime..I think

This picture reminds me of everything I remember about NYC. The Grit... The Grime... The Glamour... All on a smorgasbord of concrete and bedrock.

By The Way, my next post will be a blockbuster anniversary extravaganza!! It's my 100th blog post and also the first episode of the new season of my radio show so you will first, see pics/videos of my trip to NYC, videos from my coverage of Detroit Fashion Week and you will also hear my radio show!! Yayeee!!! I can't wait. So therefore it will be an Extra Special Episode of The Ticketed Experience.


Comming Soon

I am still alive! I have pics from my trip to NYC and more stories....

Some Good!!

Some bad!!

Some depressing!!

But storied and pics galore


Video of the Month: In Love With Another Man.

Wow. This LITERALLY brought tears to my eyes. Wonderfully directed. This was the perfect choice - to make it into a short film instead of a regular video.


WILD !!! >_< !!! Camper Bike and Kart

This takes recycling, camping, travel, and resourcefulness to a whole 'nother level. I love it!!! Created by Kevin Cyr, it is a fully functioning structural piece. If you look at the end of the bike, where the camper starts and the bike stops, it helps you to understand how it was constructed.

Maybe it was constructed with a flat plane so it can be fastened into the bottom of the structure? IDK... Look at more pictures here

Here is the sweeter one though. The Camper Kart
Even more perfect for camping. All you have to do is walk to your local park. This makes a great gift for a homeless person (Imagine a park full of these) or a drifter. 
Here is the diagram so you can see the sleeping area and the storage. It has a crank for it's collapsing capability.  This was partially funded by a FEAST grant.

This will be perfect for my trip to Colorado in the distant future.


I Love You

Amanda Blank's new album is the soundtrack I need for my trip. 

First time I heard her music: Ahhh... now I remember. It was when she was on the Santogold V. Diplo mixtape with her cover of LL Cool J's "I Need Love". Her version was called  "Love Song". I fell in love. 
No, not because it was a long-time favorite song of mine she covered and actually did well on. It was because the song was transformed in her voice and the steady chant of Santogold's cyber-like-crooning "Got my mind made up...I'm a Lady". Or maybe its just because I *heart* everyone who is in M.I.A.'s entourage.

A few tracks: Might Like You Better...yes! Although very dirty and R-rated, this song is MY type of track. I think it's because all of these crazy stupid stalking-ass boys out here cause me to ignore other people's feelings sometimes. So, essentially, this track feeds my "I don't give a damn" mood.  Shame On Me would get mad love in my car.


Hey. Go buy this. 
Some of the parts of this is guaranteed to be in a future party mix of yours. This album is heavy with that kind of bad-ass-bitch bravado you saw in Death Proof or with Michelle Rodriguez in any Fast and The Furious movie she was in. Most definitely a work out mix star.

I Love You
My grade:
8.6/ 10.0


Sh!# I Heard That Made Me Mad

O.K. So "THE DJ" had a couple of career goals which included getting the proper training to be a bartender, learning 2 more languages, and getting a very useful Michigan cosmetology license.

But much for that shit...

...An increasing number of full-time workers are enrolling in cosmetology programs to serve as a back-up plan in the uncertain economy or to gain skills for a second career to bring in additional income.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for growth in the field during the next several years, it seems like a smart option for some people — between 2006 and 2016, the personal appearance field will grow an estimated 14 percent. Cosmetology does have its costs, though: the average tuition is $6,000 to $10,000, with some schools charging up to $20,000, and starting out as a stylist is hardly a simple endeavor....
Source: Getty
See..why is it that everything I've been wanting to do, everything i've been preparing my waking hours for, everything I've been busting my ass for, is becoming so trendy for other people?

First, it was The Devil Wears Prada movie. I was really excited because I'd read the book already and couldn't wait to see the editrix that was Miranda Priestly in real life. But I was also saddened because I knew that the movie would glamorize a position I was intended to compete for. The position I am spending over $9k a year in an expensive ass school that I hate! to prepare for. WHY?!!

Then to make matters worse, all of these fucking spin-off shows, Stylista(FASHION EDITORIAL POSITION), "Blush: The Search for the Next Great Make-Up Artist"(MAKE-UP),"The Shot (PHOTOGRAPHY) and even the ever-so popular America's Next Top Model glamorize the industry I am trying to pursue.

Nothing I am doing is original. I need to figure out how I can be original, because this whole - I'm choosing opportunities that everyone is about to become or is already interested in/going to school for - is not working. I am not the typ e of person that follows. I don't follow trends. I don't follow. I lead. I create. I am unique.

Maybe I just need to find something else....

I feel like early pirates when they realized that their need to be free was being eclipsed by the closing in of the corners of the map, No longer square like people prophesized. The forbidden and unknown areas of the world being filled in on the then recent (15th-16th century) wall maps of conquistadors and world trading companies.

what am i supposed to do?

Don't think for one second that, "Oh! You will be fine." Or "Oh! There's opportunity out there!"

This isn't medicine, where jobs are ALWAYS NEEDED no matter what level. this isn't mechanical engineering or environmental studies or gaming technology. i'm talking about shit i'm actually interested in. shit that comes naturally for me.

Then the realization that I am not alone sinks in...

Kinda Sexy, Kinda Cute, Kinda Funny, But Not Funny Looking

Top 5....

#2 Gary Oldman

PLEASE. Do not ask me why I have a weird old-man crush on Gary Oldman. I just do. He is one of my favorite actors and he plays a lot of my favorite characters in movies I love, like '
Bram Stoker's Dracula', 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' and a lot of others...


Giga-Bite-Me-This: Komika

Upcoming interview!

My next interview in D.A.M. Magazine for August will be with singer KoMika.

Will you see the article?


Download her mixtape below!


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Kinda Sexy, Kinda Cute, Kinda Funny, But Not Funny-Looking

Top 5 Guys of 2009
.....Well, mine of course...

1) Shia
All of these little ho's running around star struck and shit after him really need to back off.Ever since he was in Transformers or Indiana Jones 4, they've really been laying it on thick. I've loved him since he was on "Even Stevens" and his first Made-For-TV movie "Tru Confessions". They can't even tell me what that bad boy was about can they? YEAH. Before anyone else even thought to pay attention to him.

DEFINITELY more to come...wait till you see #2...


I guess im hibernating...

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.

~Anais Nin

I guess I've been hibernating. It makes a lot of sense, because I DO feel restless for a lot of reasons. But considering this revelation, how am I supposed to be awakened? Has this happened to you? Have you been awakened?


What I'm Wearing....hopefully (Part 1)

middle-post update

The Apartment came first.
I hastily secured an off-campus one bedroom apartment for a VERY affordable price. Now, I won't have to worry about those damned dorm rooms and having to worry about someone else's pubic hair on the shower floor, who used the last of the toilet paper, horrible, horrible cafeteria food my parents paid WAYYY too much food for it to be wasted and to be as disgusting as it is, and loud neighbors who always! reliably start having loud, obnoxious sex with their boyfriend/girlfriend at the same exact 3-hour interval every night and then start to fight into the wee hours of the morning.

But because I have this apartment, will I be able to take my trip to NYC? Apartments cost money. So does traveling. Damn......

WILL "The DJ" be able to go to NYC at the end of August?

OR will a monkey wrench be thrown into what could turn out to be the best thing that's happened to her all summer?

What will happen to her and the new chapter in her life a she prepares to move into her new apartment?

The answer to all of these questions and more when you tune in next time to:
What I'm Wearing..... Hopefully

!!!!PART 2!!!!


D.A.M. Magazine ~ July

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What I'm Wearing....hopefully

So D.A.M. Magazine (You know, the magazine I write for?) is throwing a fashion show in August in Times Square...Yes, that mean's this place

Le Facade, D.A.M. Magazine's fashion show, will feature designs by fashion designers, Sohung Designs and ODP Couture. Yours truly has had the pleasure of interviewing them personally. Sooooo... since I'm currently the fashion section's feature writer, It would be nice of me to come since I've never actually met the people I've been writing for these past (Nov..dec..jan...feb....) eight months.

Did You Know?.....DJ CagedBird has never been to New York.


::Looks Around::

I know! I know! Don't get your panties all in a bunch!!

No, I've never been. Although, sometimes, I think that's why I didn't get that coveted mark. College Program Internship position. I mean my interview was virtually flawless except for when I gave her the " 'Oh No She Didn't!' Forbidden Answer" to the Top Most Sacred of Fashionista Questions: Have you ever been to New York?

My answer: "Uh...well no I haven't.....b-b-but I am VERY GOOD with directions and getting around the city will most definitely not be a problem." (It wasn't exactly a lie.)

Enough of your judgemental eyes! Anyway I am going to need to grace the big apple with my presence in top form and fabulosity, which means I will need to go shopping. And no, not a regular, "I don't know what I'm looking for" shopping trip. It has to be THE SHOPPING TRIP TO TOP ALL SHOPPING TRIPS.
[Epic music starts to play]
[Birds start to fly off]

My dad suggested that I arrive a few days early to go shopping which is a smart idea, but I need money. Another thing is, where am I going to get this money? I live in the WORST STATE in the country. I have been trying to find a job for the past 4 years. I absolutely HATE depending on other people for money, which is why my main goal for the trip was for it to be funded entirely from my own hard earned money( Which you bet your sweet ass I was going to bust my butt for)... But it seems the heavens have something on the contrary planned for me as my tireless efforts to find a job have been trounced by constant reporting of the national unemployment rate which is currently 9.4%, and in Michigan the current rate is 12.9%. You tell me the chance that I will be able to find a job.

Don't even get me started on my search for an apartment, which comes a mighty close ass second to the job search goal.


I need to start thinking about what I'm going to wear to the fashion show. Recently, I've been looking through the pages of fashion magazines and fashion books to compose a set of ideal looks I want to incorporate into my wardrobe. Most of these clothes will be new. Some of them will follow trends. Others may not.

That also means I will need to find some money to buy these clothes. ::sigh:: amid frantically searching for a new apartment.

You know...
It's times like this when people tell me I'm trying to do too much. I just ignore those people. I have too much living to do in life.

This concludes Part One of this four part blog post.

Coming Soon to (hopefully) an Apple Computer near you:

Can DJ_CagedBird resolve all of her problems before her anticipated trip to N.Y.C.? Or will all of her hopes and wished be trounced?

Which will she find first? An Apartment or A Job?

Will she be able to pull it off?

Catch the answer to these questions and more when you tune in next time to
"What I'm Wearing... hopefully"


What I'm Wearing.....

(image via
...when i get the proper funds to purchase these "WORK IT BITCH" boots.... you will see what a real DIVA is....for only $825..

Giuseppe Zanotti had me in mind when these were crafted.


A Lot of what I want to say...


I listened to my horoscope on Comcast On Demand this afternoon.

Susan Miller(Click on the name to read what I was told)told me that this upcoming week was going to be big for moving, family and real estate - which is what I was looking for.

I've been looking for one since I started packing up my things to move out of the funky ass Towers Residential Suites in May.

Lord KNOWS I wasn't going to move back into that triflin' shit they call a dorm. So I decided to look for something I've always wanted to look for.

I need a space where I can just think, create, love, cook, walk around naked in and live in. I need a sanctuary.

I needed something to motivate me, which is why I looked up my horoscope. And for once, it worked. Thank the heavens...


Why is it that when I need a job, MILLIONS of other people are looking for them too?

PLEASE DONT GET ME WRONG. I am in no way selfish, or self-centered, and I do realize there are other people in this country - but why?

Maybe I am just at the tail-end of my patience. Or could it be the fact that I am just loosing hope. Maybe It's a combination of the two. It could be something else. I DON'T FUCKING KNOW.

But I'm REALLY loosing patience. I think it's because I can't stand the fact everything is not looking BRIGHTER.

I think I am falling underneath the weight of all the things I have placed on my shoulders. I think that I am really stressed and worried. I have so few days left to do what I want.


I need something to set me back in the middle.

I don't know what that is.

A friend of mine suggested that It be sex....but then theres something keeping me from doing that. I'd love to. I just have an obstacle in the way.

Then she suggested a drunken night of story telling with the girls. I truly liked that I said "Yeah..."
But then she said "But is that something you really want to do?"
I felt like she peered right into the looking-glass that was my being and saw that I knew it wouldn't do anything for me. That I would be unsatisfied. That it would be very empty fun. So I said no, I really didn't want to.

She suggested that I go out and find someone...which wasn't exactly stupid as far as ideas go.
I just knew it wasn't possible for me to find the release im looking for in a relationship.

I thought back to this conversation and came to this question:

Realizing the quote that I have imprinted in my soul, "The real voyage to discovery lies not in the discovery of new landscapes, but in having new eyes." (Proust),

How exactly does one gain new eyes?




(GOOGLE: The September Issue.....August 28, 2009..... Theatre: Palladium Theatre, Royal Oak...HELL YEAH


Sh!# I Heard That Made me Laugh...

His parents canceled his brothers' WoW account on the internet. Watch him freak-the-f***-out


Congo Square


Recently I decided to take a chance and  listen to someone I'd been overlooking since before now..

Ms. Teena Marie.

I mean, Portuguese Love is in my iTunes library and it's my jam! Heck, my brother even sings that song in the shower. But I guess it wasn't the right time in my life to listen and invest in 'Lady T' and her music.  

The Lowdown...

Before, I heard "Can't Last A Day" on the radio while I was drawing and I immediately went to my imeem account to favorite it and add it to my blog for you to hear. But after that I forgot to look at the rest of her 2009 effort. Silly me..

The next day, It was early in the morning and I was on imeem just doing what I normally do before I go to class and I saw her new album on the New Music section of the home site. I don't really remember what I was expecting to hear, but before I knew it, the first song on Congo Square (Released June 9, 2009) "Pressure" was making me sway..and bend..and throw my shoulders to the slow, winding beat of her music. I mean, home- girl is KILLING it on her new album.


Go buy it somewhere. This album is bangin'. I know you see "Can't Last a Day" it on the blog or are you deaf? Wait. No, you're just at work so you couldn't hear it if you wanted to. Just make sure you go get it on your way home.

Preview It Below, but make sure you BUY IT! 

Congo Square

By The way...."Can't Last a Day" is missing from the album sampler..
8.2 / 10.0


Sh!# I Heard That Made Me Mad


If we didn’t already know it’s hard out here right now trying to find a gig, Forbes wants to remind us by releasing their yearly report for the 10 Worst Cities For Jobs. While this can be very helpful for those of us thinking about moving for a better chance at a good job, it can also be quite depressing for those of us who happen to stay in these cities. Check them out below…
10 Worst Cities For Jobs:
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL
Sacramento-Arden Arcase-Roseville, CA
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
Check Out the Best for Jobs:
Raleigh, NC
Fort Collins, CO
Durham, NC
Fayetteville, AR
Lincoln, NE
Asheville, NC
Des Moines, IA
Austin, TX
Boise, ID
Colorado Springs, CO

Want to know why this shit is making me mad? Because there just seems like a whole laundry list of things that seem to be keeping people like me from making it out or rise above our current situations. And people want to know why I want to move out of Detroit. This is one of 456 reasons...
Did you manage to peep the fact that two counties of SE Michigan were listed? On the other hand I guess it's not as bad as California. But it's still pretty damned bad from where I'm sitting....
Lord, please help me...