Try to imagine what it would be like to have a mind that is sharp, and alert yet trapped in a body that simply doesn’t function anymore. That’s the tragedy of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. When it strikes one of our own, a DJ who just two years ago was out passionately spinning the hits, is when you start taking the ugly disease personally.
It was the smile on David Anderson’s face that told the story. Through the love of some great friends, and some pretty amazing technology this DJ was able to “rock the New Years eve party” with his………eyes.
This is a good sign: actual skills training in the art of DJing. I can’t vouch for the quality of the instruction, having no first hand knowledge of the caliber of instructors…but I love the concept. The DJ business has long been in need of some kind of entry level instruction. For decades it has been an industry who’s inductees have learned “under the line of fire” at the sacrifice of the unsuspecting party guests’ big event. It is part of what has created an image problem for the DJ trade. Unskilled performers, learning by trial and error. I only hope that schools like the “Beat Refinery” are offering basic microphone skills, customer service skills and party dynamics. Hats off to them and other schools that can help raise the bar for entry level DJs.
Everyone wants to be a DJ…this cat really gets into (onto) his work.
Here is the latest DJ phenomenon on You Tube.
I was impressed and moved by this article about a life turned around. Inspiring. – Ric
Often in life when one encounters life’s most difficult circumstances something magical happens.
New Orleans Resident Don Clemont is a prime example of such adversity.
Clement, 43, is one of the rising stars in the entertainment industry as a paid for hire disc jockey.
However, it wasn’t until Clement lost his freedom before he realized his passion for what ultimately transformed his life.
Straddled with an extensive rap sheet and a drug addiction to boot, Clement served more than six years in prison, until finally the light came on that it was up to him to do something different with his life.
So, as he explains it he bowed down to a merciful God in prison and awakened with a new perspective.
Recognized throughout the Southland as the Wizard for his mobile entertainment company that organizes and produces events that require a disc jockey with all of its bells and whistles.
“As life long resident of Los Angeles, I’ve had my share of up’s and downs, good luck and bad luck, dreams and nightmares. I do not live with a squeaky clean past or posses a halo above my head,” said Clement.
However, he added; “I do have a testimony and know that God is good and I mean good all the time. I was afforded a second chance at life to become a productive member of society and an attraction to people from my neighborhood. I now enjoy life as best I can with what I have as a free man.”
Currently, the native of New Orleans is CEO of Wizard Entertainment, which employs recovering drug addicts and host events for them.
Clement is also a reformed gang member who admits he participated in the crack epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s.
That experience landed him in places like Susanville State Prison, but he survived racial wars, gang warfare, and was closer to death than he ever imagined.
Through it all he vowed to never return to the abyss.
When Clement was freed in 2000, his release lasted just 45 days before he violated his parole with yet another shortcoming that landed him back in jail.
Glancing through the rear window of the police cruiser that last time was all Clement needed to begin focusing forward.
Upon his release from the violation charge, he had to do something different if he were to survive.
Clément’s job now is to provide an environment for others to enjoy.
Clement learned his craft in prison classes and reading many books about computers.
His life is a burden of proof of what one can achieve by shedding his dark past and allowing a bright future to unfold when crime and drugs are eliminated.
Ronald “Kartoon” Antwine Contributed to this story
A karaoke singer whose performance was met by a cascade of boos at an Ohio bar allegedly punched three people in the face after he was asked to leave the watering hole Tuesday night, police report.
Isiah Johnson, 20, was singing karaoke at Cabana Jack’s “when people started booing at him,” a bartender told cops. In response to the razzing, Johnson “threw down the microphone,”.
At that point, Johnson, was escorted from the bar. After returning, he was again asked to leave. That’s when Johnson allegedly began punching guys in the face (three men were hit).
Johnson was eventually pinned to the ground by two other men until police arrived. He was “noticed to be under the influence of intoxicants,” there were a long list of charges filed….. three counts of assault, obstruction, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, intoxication, and underage consumption.
The police report does not indicate what song Johnson was allegedly butchering when the Cabana Jack’s crowd turned on him.