Johnny Rain- Villain

The incredibly talented singer Johnny Rain released his latest project Villain yesterday. He continues to showcase his great vocal range and creativity that was seen in his previous work, L.O.M.(Lullaby Of Machine) (2013) and WOUNDEDdrug, silentHIGH (2011).

Also check out music from his fellow 6J Recordings artist LaShaun Ellis, whose LP was also released yesterday.


The Tipping Point


Review Of The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

                The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is an extremely interesting book. At first, I was skeptical and thought it would be a pretty boring read. However, as I got further and further into it, I just wanted to read more. The book provides an in-depth look at the process by which ideas and movements are spread through societies and the key figures that allow these things to occur.

It was really interesting to see how everything from fashion trends to major events like militias assembling for the Revolutionary War are all products of the same process by which ideas spread through society. It really makes you take a step back and look at society, trends, and the people that influence these trends in a different light.  When the people that influence popular ideas are broken down into the categories of Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen, it becomes clearer how these events actually occur. It also makes you realize that you may know or know of these exact kinds of people in your own life.

It was incredible to learn how the smallest changes in the approach or application of the idea could dramatically affect the type and scale of the impact on society. It is simply astounding that something as simple as keeping the subway clean and making sure people didn’t avoid paying could lead to such a dramatic decrease in crime in New York City. It just shows that if you find the right method or “pressure point”, for lack of better term, one can affect great change with the fewest of resources.

It is good to know that these Tipping Point principles can be applied to the extremely important and necessary task of early childhood education. I remember watching shows like Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues growing up, and it was interesting to find out that these shows would not have stuck around for as long as they have without the aspects of the Tipping Point, “stickiness” chief among them. It’s cool to know that there was a lot of science and research involved in how much attention I paid to those shows and what I was able to learn from them.

The Tipping Point is a very insightful book that gives solid answers to questions about how trends and social movements are started that we may have briefly wondered about, but never deeply considered the methods. It is definitely an interesting read and hard to put down once you start.

Childish Gambino- 3005

This is the first official single for rapper/actor/comedian Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino’s second album, Because The Internet. The album is slated for a December 10th release.

*Warning. This song contains some explicit language*

Clearly, sports and music are two of my biggest passions. Here’s some of my classmates at the University of Florida sharing some of their passions/interests:

Courtney Allen (Music)

Nick Swain (An interesting take on food)

Denise Toledo (Animals)


Andrew Wiggins & Jabari Parker: As Impressive As Advertised


College basketball may have just gotten underway, but two of the best teams led by two of the best freshmen, if not players, in the country faced off last night. The #4 Duke Blue Devils and 6’8″ Forward Jabari Parker took on the #5 Kansas Jayhawks and the highly-touted Andrew Wiggins in the second game of the Champions Classic in Chicago’s United Center(home of the Chicago Bulls). Parker clearly got the best of the matchup in the first half. He showed great versatility all night long driving to the hoop, passing, knocking down shots from long range, and even putting in a highlight alley oop. Parker had 19 points at the half to help his Blue Devils take a 42-40 lead, while Wiggins had just 6 points in limited minutes due to foul trouble. Andrew Wiggins made it a point to be more aggressive in the second half and it really showed. He got down on the block and demanded the ball when he had a mismatch, he got out in transition and put in a few highlight slams of his own, and he also delivered a dagger in the form of a skillful step-back jumper in the latter stages of the game. This effort helped the Jayhawks pull away late and win 94-83. Wiggins finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Parker tallied up 27 points, 9 rebounds, and went 4-of-7 from 3pt range. While much of the talk about the game has been about these two players, who could very well end up being the top 2 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft*, both teams looked solid. There are nice complimentary pieces around these superstars such as Kansas’ Guard Wayne Selden (15pts,6reb,4ast) and big man Forward Perry Ellis (24pts,9reb) as well as Duke’s Amile Jefferson (17pts) and Rasheed Sulaimon (13pts). It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see these teams make deep runs come NCAA tournament time.

*Not to mention Julius Randle of #1 Kentucky who, despite a 78-74 loss to #2 Michigan State in the first game of the Champions Classic, put up a huge statline of 27 points and 13 rebounds.

And for info from people who really know their stuff about sports, check out my classmates’ blogs:

Dana Lewin (my fellow TV20 Sports intern)

Tori Petry

Eneisy Rodriguez


I was born in New Hampshire, before moving to just north of Atlanta at the age of four and growing up there. As a kid, I played a little baseball and football, but didn’t really enjoy it.  It wasn’t until high school that I realized my true passion of sports, while playing football again and running track. I initially thought I wanted to be a sports writer for a newspaper, but upon attending the University of Florida, I decided I wanted to go into the TV side of things and eventually become a play-by-play broadcaster. In the past I have interned with ESPN Radio Gainesville/Ocala, and I am currently interning with the WCJB TV20 Sports Department. My other big passion is music. I enjoy all different types of music, and my favorite artist is The Weeknd. If possible, I think it would be fun to do something in the music business after my broadcasting career is over.

My resume can be found here.