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Taylor Swift Speaks Apple Listens

The music industry has changed significantly when it comes to album sales and for any artist in general making money off of their music isn’t what it used to be.

Album sales continue to decline so new artist find themselves questioning whether or not to continue on. Add another obstacle to that equation – online streaming.

It seems as if all odds are against any up and coming artist but no fear Taylor Swift is here!

Taylor Swift is one of the few artist who understands what it takes to be successful and knows how to use her power of influence to make a difference.

She recently took to tumblr to express her concerns with Apple and them not paying artist royalties for three months via it’s online streaming services.

Within 24 hours Apple agreed to change their policy.

To read in depth click here: www.eonline.com




DJ Just Roc Featured on HuffPostLive

DJ Just Roc Featured on HuffPostLive
Recently I had the honor of being part of the Huffington Post, Marc Lamont Hill show online at huffingtonpost.com. I had the opportunity to not only watch an exclusive unedited Interview of one of the greatest rappers Scarface, but also I was able to ask him a question and interact with him for a little bit.
It’s always fantastic to see some of your favorite artists while growing up in a uncut interview to experience their true beliefs and opinions on certain topics and the interview between Marc Lamont Hill and the rapper Scarface was no exception. I also like Scarface because he curses like a sailor at times which is just an expression of his true feelings about the certain matter that he is discussing.  In the interview they touched on subjects such as some of Scarface’s thoughts on Hip Hop today, His life and his Career, & his thoughts on innocent black lives lost.
The question that I decided to ask Scarface at the end of the interview was “Do you think that you should play more of a role in cultivating/mentoring the new artists that come out now because you’ve been in the game so long?” His response was “What I do is I mentor kids on the football field. I’m a coach for a youth football league. I wanna get them here and take them to College. You have to grow them from the roots up”… “As far as me mentoring rappers if you call me and need some advice on what to do and what not to do then I can definitely help them there.”
My thoughts on Scarface’s response to my question is that I completely agree with him. What I deciphered from his response is… that you can’t try to help change a grown person who is in their ways. It starts from the bottom which means the kids. You have to help start mentoring and teaching kids at a young age in order for them to be successful. But if any rappers need any help as far as what to do and what not to do in the rap game then he will definitely help them.   ScreenShot Scarface
This was definitely a great experience and I can’t wait to do it again. It’s kind of different for me seeing that I’ve worked at the radio station for 9 years so I’m use to being the person that interviews the guest. Nonetheless it was fantastic.
Make sure that you check me out DJ Just Roc each & every Saturday night from 8p-12m w/ Adri V & Selecta Preece on wdkx.com & if you’re in Rochester Ny 103.9 WDKX FM. Also make sure that you follow me on Twitter & Instagram @DJJustRoc & also @Wdkx on Instagram & @1039WDKX on Twitter.


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Natasha’s Weekly Update

Natasha Alford’s Weekly Update

Today on the Water Cooler we went from the serious to the insane to the seriously insane all in one hour.

In case you weren’t keeping count, this weekend Rochester tallied its eighth homicide of the year.  A 27-year-old father of six was shot and killed around 4:30AM Sunday morning on Lloyd Street.  Rochester Police and SWAT teams chased the murder suspect and arrested him– 28-year-old Stephen McLaughlin Junior.

It’s always a tragedy when lives are taken.  When will #alllivesmatter enough for people to put down guns?

In national news, Rolling Stone issued an apology and a formal retraction of its story about a rape that allegedly took place on UVA’s campus:

While it’s a wake up call for many journalists about the need to fact-check, it’s also a reminder to the public that humans are well…humans.  That goes for the source “Jackie,” who may have lied to the reporter and for the reporter who did the story.

The lesson: It’s important to fact check and be informed as a citizen. We shouldn’t do this simply out of fear that the media will lie to us, but because we should care enough about being people who know what’s happening AND have our own opinions about them.

Whether that means reading more than one newspaper or watching full interviews for yourself, it’s good to get in the know.

Annnnd in gossip news, Karruche Tran finally broke her silence about her relationship with Chris Brown and his new baby– with another woman.  Why should you care?  Maybe you shouldn’t! (Sip the tea– none of our business right?)

Let me sip my tea...
Let me sip my tea…

Well the interview was powerful and host Iyanla Vanzant laid down some wisdom for all young men and women to take away about the importance of healthy relationships and loving yourself.

Catch the full interview here:

Finally, Tariq, Reign and I’s favorite new pastime is coming to Rochester– TED Talks!

May 30th, TEDx Flour City hosts its main event featuring yours truly, Mayor Warren and a host of great local minds.  The talks are fun, engaging and a powerful way to learn.

If you want to attend, apply here for a shot at a ticket:


This has been your weekly update– have a great one and BE great!

Natasha A.

Catch me on Twitter at @natashasalford and News8 Sunday-Thursdays nights at 11pm!