The Faces of the Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting

Today on Facebook, I found two pics representing the recent mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse.

First, the faces of the victims.


Second,  a peaceful gathering at Dr. Philips in Downtown Orlando.

Dr. Philips 1

My heart goes out to the victims and families of the victims.


Afrohead Premium Aged Dark Rum: A Review


For blogging purposes, I received a free bottle of Afrohead Premium Aged Dark Rum. In 1997, Australian Toby Tyler moved to the Bahamas. In 2007, he began serving his house rum at his restaurant on Harbor Island (also known as Briland). The rum bottle’s label contained the image of a Bahamian woman. Soon, locals and people from around the world visited Briland for the rum with the “afrohead” on it. This inspired the name Afrohead Premium Aged Dark Rum.

I mixed Afrohead with Coke. As for the taste? Let’s just say I’m going to fix me another Cuba Libre (rum and coke) after writing this blog. On the real tip, Afrohead contains a strong taste. Stronger than other rums I had drunk in the past. Plus the taste touches nowhere near the awful rum nightclubs sneak on you.

Lil Indies in Orlando serves Afrohead in the “Snaxappeal” cocktail. Snaxappeal features Afrohead, lemon, Vitaluna, coconut milk and Demerara. Also, Orlando’s Nova Restaurant serves Afrohead.

On their website. Afrohead lists other cocktails.

Personally, I think Afrohead deserves shelf space at a Central Florida liquor store. When I posted my pic on Instagram, someone asked where can they get a bottle. I suggest selling Afrohead at Wally’s on Mills Avenue. Many Central Floridians hold Wally’s as a local treasure.

However one gets a hold of it, Afrohead definitely satisfies rum lovers. Time go make my Cuba Libre.

Is the Word “Legend” being Overused in Orlando’s DJ Community?

Eye Spy Dance Floor 3

Before I reached the venue, I heard the headliner DJ was a legend. When I finally heard the legend’s set, disappointment crumbled me.

At another venue, I heard the same thing about another headliner DJ. They were called a legend.

By this time, it appeared “legend” applied to anyone over age forty and DJed since the late eighties or early nineties.

Like the previous legend, this legend’s set tanked also.

Sometimes, I wonder why Orlando falls for this legend crap. Some joker whose heydays are long gone gets the royal treatment…and tanks. Some I even wonder why they are called legend.

It isn’t just the DJ thing either. Recently, I heard an “experienced” promoter owns a nasty habit of not paying DJs. How did the “experienced” person gain access to Orlando’s DJ community? My guess is they talked a lot bullshit folks wanted to hear. Usually the bullshit involves promising success that never happens.

I understand if said DJ created or helped a movement. Yet, does longevity in the game automatically qualifies someone as a legend?

I found out I wasn’t the only one tired of hearing the word “legend”. An Orlando Facebook friend’s post flat-out said the word was being overused.

So, is that the case? Is the word “legend” being overused in Orlando’s DJ community?

Top 10 Ways You Know You’re Dating an Orlando Underground DJ

DJ booth at Sandwich Bar.

The following post is a guest blog by Sid Spurious.

10. They are experts on the caliber of the sound system at Peek, Native, Gilt, Tier, Space Bar, and Sandwich Bar.

9. They know half the people in Orlando.

8. All of their profile pics are event flyers.

7. They are not capable of having a serious discussion about music with anyone who is not an Underground DJ.

6. They remind you about their disdain for pop music at least once a week. But at least once a month, they have a serious discussion on how to rank footwear.

5. They don’t hit on girls… at the club.

4. They decide if they like the music in 5 seconds.

3. They make an angry face whenever they hear electronic folk music.

2. They dance like they have a moderate urge to use the bathroom. (the shuffle)

1. They always get in free.

5 Funny Photos Explaining the Difference Between Orlando and Disney

When non-Floridians hear Orlando, they immediately think of Walt Disney World. Today, on Facebook, I noticed photos my friend Erin Nolan posted. These photos explain the difference between the two.

The first photo is by someone else. (I’ll give credit when I find out who.) The last four photos are Erin’s.

You live in Orlando?  Lake Eola

You live in Orlando? Andrew Spear artwork

You live in Orlando? Will's Pub

You live Orlando? The Hideaway

You live in Orlando? Ralphfest


Orlando Culture Shock Lasts One Whole Year!

Last Saturday, Orlando Culture Shock turned one years old. Of all the Word Press blogs I ever worked on, Orlando Culture Shock proved the most successful. During a blog’s first year, Orlando Culture Shock was my first blog ever to receive over 200,000 views. For my first Word Press blog, it took three years to gain 100,000 views.

To the pro-bloggers, these may not be impressive numbers.  Yet, believe me,  most blogs suffer far worst.  Many blogs won’t even reach 12,000 views during their first year.

What’s different about Orlando Culture Shock versus my previous blogs? First, I focus more on the community. This blog ain’t about me. It’s about Central Florida, mainly Orlando. Second, not only do I use more pics, I also label and put them in a gallery. Folks have a choice to click on which pic they like. Also, when someone searches the internet for something, they may come across a photo I labeled. Searching for “Sandwich Bar Orlando” may lead to a pic with those words on it. Each pic has it’s own web page. So, when folks either click on a pic or come across it during a search, it counts as a page view.

Truth be known, I hadn’t felt this good about something since I first started hosting poetry readings.  Actually, I feel better blogging about the community instead of hosting any kind of open-mic. Don’t have to listen to shitty talent. Don’t have to deal with folks canceling me or moving me around because they DOUBLE-BOOKED ME WITH A FUCKIN’ BAND!!! No, I’m not pissed about that anymore. ASSHOLES!!! With Orlando Culture Shock I can still expose the best of Central Florida.  Yet, I can do with it with less headaches.

Thanx for supporting the blog’s first year.

Most of the following pics are by me.  Yet, some are by Robert Millward. Enjoy!



3 Sunday Things to do in Orlando for May 24, 2015

Here are three things to do in Orlando for Sunday, May 24, 2015.  All three are DJ events.

1. Stardust Underground Memorial Day Weekend 80’s Edition: Starts 9PM at Stardustlounge Orlando, located 431 E Central Blvd. Smilin’ Dan plays the music.

Back to the Future Doc and Marty

Words from Facebook:

Stardust Underground Memorial Day Weekend 80s Edition

We’re Going Back To The Eighties!

I’ll Be Playing 80s Music Video’s
All Those Music Video’s That MTV Used To Play.
Alternative, Hip Hop, Pop and Metal.

Happy Hour Drink Prices!
$3 Wells & Domestics! $4 Calls!

No Cover
9PM to 2AM

2. Project Mayhem Social Menace Orlando Tour: 9PM to 2AM at Suite B Lounge, 50 E. Central Blvd, Entrance on Magnolia Ave.

Project Mayhem Orlando Tour

Words from Facebook:

Sunday May 24th Project Mayhem brings you the Social Menace Tour to Orlando at Suite B Lounge with DJs

Agent 137
Nicholas Armand
Bad Influence

3. Lazy Afternoon Sundays 2015 – Rich Medina: 5PM to 10PM at The Patio , located 14A West Washington St.

Lazy Afternoons Rich Medina May 24

Words from Facebook:

Orlando’s most flavored taste makers have come back home. Lazy Afternoon Sundays at the end of each month will be going down AND with some serious special guests!

This month we have fam-lay Rich Medina returning to reign with DJ Lumin ( Jeremy Jurgensen) on the opening set.

This event is firm at 5pm-10pm with Rich Medina starting at 6pm and ending at 10pm sharp. Be mindful everyone :]


Rich Medina:

For the past two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ, one of few on the planet capable of taking audiences worldwide on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, soul, afrobeat, funk, breaks and dance classics. Today, many artists who have been Rich’s idols have become peers, and his fans often become his friends, even if just through the shared experience of music. Countless couples and relationships were commenced to the soundtracks he has created time and time again. His eloquence extends well beyond the music he plays—Medina’s spontaneous use of language speaks to the fact that he’s been a well-respected spoken word artist for over a quarter century, not to mention that he’s a journalist who has contributed columns and features to a wide variety of publications, including The Fader, Complex and Wax Poetics. His commanding physical presence is a constant reminder of four years of varsity basketball while at Cornell University, not to mention a brief stint of semi-pro ball immediately thereafter.

True to his knack for being in the right place at the right time, in 2001, Medina established an unprecedented nine year run with his legendary party Lil’ Ricky’s Rib Shack at APT, in NYC’s soon-to-be-hot Meatpacking District. APT became a real destination in the City—a place with no nonsense and no bottle service, where folks like Puff Daddy, Kevin Powell, Lord Sear, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Prince could be seen regularly, getting down on the dancefloor, mixing right in with the crowd. In the midst of APT’s heyday, in 2005, hip-hop legend Q-Tip chose Medina to be his partner for a new Friday night weekly called Open, at Santos Party House in NYC, which played to capacity crowds for the duration of its four year run. Using NYC as a catalyst, Rich became what many would call the ultimate DJ-in-residence, with steady established outposts in numerous cities, including Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, DC, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Amsterdam, London and Paris.

One of Medina’s proudest achievements has been establishment of JUMP N FUNK in 2001, North America’s Original Afrobeat party, dedicated to the late Nigerian icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The groundwork laid down by Medina via his JNF brand to raise global awareness (not to mention the dancefloor potential) for Afrobeat was silently vital in setting the stage, literally and figuratively, for the award-winning Broadway and worldwide run of “Fela!”. And as with Rich’s other branded parties, JNF has been presented around the world, including, Tokyo, Brussels, London, Amsterdam, and over twenty cities across North America.

DJing only scratches the surface of Rich Medina’s story. His spoken word artistry has been featured on records by the likes of King Britt, Phil Asher, De Lata, Antibalas, IG-Culture, and Nathan Haines. As a record producer, he has collaborated with the likes of Jill Scott, J Dilla, Platinum Pied Pipers, Martin Luther, DJ Mitsu The Beats, Okada Taxi, Ty, Bobbito Garcia, 4AD, Blue Note Records, and Concord Music Group. He also released his first full-length LP, “Connecting the Dots” in 2005, on the Dutch indie powerhouse label Kindred Spirits.

While attending his twentieth college reunion at Cornell University in 2012, Medina was approached by the school’s director of The Cornell Hip Hop Collection to become the first ever Cornell alumnus to join their esteemed advisory board. The collection consists of the largest acquisition of rare and at-risk materials and artifacts covering the beginnings of hip hop culture—the most extensive held by any organization in the US. He has lectured on numerous topics and moderated multiple panel discussions for Cornell’s Music and Africana departments. He has also been invited to speak at San Francisco State University, and was a featured speaker at TEDxPhilly in 2011.

Rich is a card-carrying member of the Rock Steady Crew and the Universal Zulu Nation. And he has consistently lent his name to charitable organizations close to his heart, most recently The Africa Center, Room to Grow and GrassRoots.

While Medina could rest on all of his past accomplishments, he has retained the energy of a prizefighter, constantly seeking something greater as both an artist and a businessman, steadily building a respected brand with his own two hands. Rich is one of those rare people who has built himself a platform on his own terms, in his own way, achieving success with every step he takes and enriching countless souls with incredible music and unique wisdom.