CBP Music: The Vince Allen Project

Since I started working on music as a business I basically purchased finished projects and released them through the label. I attempted to start booking studio time and find artists to work with, but that was easier said than done. The thing about artists is that they want to do things their way. After experiencing Read More …

The Conscious Consumer (YouTube Video Series)

After being in business for a while I’ve noticed that the saying, “The Consumer is always right,” ain’t right. The consumer is often oblivious and their ignorance makes starting and staying in business harder than ever. In this series I discuss some very important topics and analyze how the consumer is the person that decides Read More …

Facebook suspends Domain Insights, – Digiday

New publishers no longer have access to Facebook Domain Insights or third-party share data, thanks to a change Facebook made quietly this week. Source: Facebook suspends Domain Insights, changing rules of the road for new publishers – Digiday I’m not some famous dude writing a blog, so in general people don’t listen to what I Read More …

Frank Ocean Just Went Independent And Ignited A Music Streaming War – Forbes

Frank Ocean is now an independent artist and Universal Music Group is not happy about that. Source: Frank Ocean Just Went Independent And Ignited A Music Streaming War – Forbes You have to read the source link on this and it’s long, but this is a discussion that requires a lot of interest and patience Read More …

Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. Application Manager – 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

Launched in 2015, the Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by black poets. Award: Winner receives $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2017, 10 copies of the chapbook, a residency from April 1-7, 2017 at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel in Miami and Read More …

RESPECT… We Can’t Continue Like This

 Reflecting on my days of elementary school, I can recall the when I was in the CLUE program (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment). In this program we took many, many field trips. Since we were a small group, the program relied on parents to take us where we need to go. My mother and Read More …

WIDRN Episode 50: Black Owned Businesses in Memphis – YouTube

Alright, there are a lot of annotations on this video. So if you are watching it on a computer you will be able to see it. If you are on a mobile platform you won’t be able to see the links in the video. You can look in the description to see the links. Here Read More …

G’s Wings, Fish, Burgers and More – great food, great service, great value

Source: G’s Wings, Fish, Burgers and More – great food, great service, great value I recently built this website for local, family owned restaurant G’s Wings. The biz is new and needs a little work, but the website is a start. The owner Larry Griffin puts his own spin on the Memphis favorites and I’m Read More …

Police Shootings and Activism

I am not mentioning the multitude of names of people shot by cops. Those names are known. I’m not discussing the obvious tragedy of death. I’m writing a quick word because I typically avoid the discussions on the subject. I don’t dive into Facebook dialogue or comment sections. I typically keep pushing forward with my Read More …

WIDRN Episode 49 The Conscious Consumer Part 8 My Top 5 Thoughts from the TCC – YouTube

It’s A Wrap! What is the final takeaway? In the perfect world the consumer would care more about how they spend their money vs the convenience of where they spend their money. The business person has to realize that convenience drives the economy and you will have to work to become more efficient and more Read More …

WIDRN Episode 48: The Conscious Consumer Part 7-How “Not” To Fail? – YouTube

Part 7 takes the discussion on the conscious consumer and shifts it back to you the startup/new business owner. The question “How Not to Fail?” can be phrased in a number of ways. How to Fail, How Not to Succeed, but it all comes down to a few things and one of the most important Read More …

WIDRN Episode 47-The Conscious Consumer Part 6: The Conscious Consumer

In Episode 47 I finally break down what the Conscious Consumer is. I also shared several names in the discussion so here are the important links: http://www.brandonmeeksmusic.com Brandon Meeks is an extraordinary independent musician. Bookmark his site. http://www.tsdesigns.com I wore their shirts in part 1 and 2 of this series. Grown and Made in the Read More …

WIDRN Episode 46 The Conscious Consumer Part 5: How To Tackle The Reality – YouTube

Episode 5 in The Conscious Consumer tackles the reality of the comfortable consumer. In this episode I explain how pursuing the comfortable consumer doesn’t take away from your focus on the “aware/regular” consumer. There are more people who take the easy way than who understand the importance of their dollars. If you rely solely on Read More …

Apple In Talks To Buy Tidal, Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service

Apple is exploring the possibility of buying Tidal to boost its Apple Music streaming service, eyeing Tidal’s strong affiliation with subscriber-attracting major artists such as Jay Z, Beyonce, and Coldplay. The WSJ’s Lee Hawkins explains. Source: Apple In Talks To Buy Tidal, Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service I have a question, should Jay-Z sell? Tidal Read More …

WIDRN Episode 45: The Conscious Consumer Part 4-The Uncomfortable Reality

This is part 4 of The Conscious Consumer. The title is the Uncomfortable Reality. What is the uncomfortable reality? if you’re starting a business, or if you’re already in business, you have to deal with the consumer. When that consumer is comfortable they take for granted the power of their dollar. This episode discusses my Read More …

WIDRN Episode 44: The Conscious Consumer-Part 3: Can You Overcome? – YouTube

Bout to get my meditation on in this pic… smh The Conscious Consumer is an 8 part series that addresses how the consumer can shape the growth of small business. This is Part 3- Can You Overcome? This is a transitional video. It moves the discussion towards the title The Conscious Consumer. My goal in Read More …

WIDRN Episode 43: The Conscious Consumer Part 2-The Reality of Your Situation

Man that picture up there is kinda hilarious. The Conscious Consumer is an 8 part series that addresses how the consumer can shape the growth of small business. This is Part 2- The Reality of Your Situation. Important Links mentioned in the video for business plan: http://www.cbpublish.com/bbz/bbz-onli… The BBZ is a free online course that Read More …

WIDRN Ep 42 The Conscious Consumer Part 1 Difficulty of Starting a Business

The Conscious Consumer is an 8 part series that addresses how the consumer can shape the growth of small business. This is Part 1- The Difficulty of Starting a Business. Important Links mentioned in the video: http://www.cbpublish.com/bbz The BBZ is a free online course that walks you through the steps to starting a business from Read More …

CBP Music: June News From Our Store Partners – TuneCore Blog

By Stefanie Flamm The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and our digital store partners are gearing up for a summer’s worth of big updates: Amazon Music plans to release a new streaming service that will compete against Spotify and Apple Music US music mogul Guy Oseary, famous for representing Madonna and Nicki Minaj, Read More …

CBP Business: Jaron Lanier: Why Facebook Isn’t Free – Stop Giving It Away

I often have dialogues with Troy Johnson about how social media has diminished the opportunities for small business people. We usually address the book industry because his site www.aalbc.com caters to literature. Here on CBP I write about this topic often in regard to Music and Mixtapes. I wrote an article on this site explaining Read More …

New Video Series: The Conscious Consumer

If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube subscribe by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/c/archbyccb Next week starting on Wednesday June 29th I will begin another video series. The last series I did was an online course. It’s free and is full of great advice via the website: http://www.cbpublish.com/bbz/ The New Video Series is named The Conscious Consumer. I Read More …

The Foreign Exchange in Memphis 2016 +FE Music 

The official website of Grammy nominated independent soul duo The Foreign Exchange and their imprint, +FE Music. The Foreign Exchange consists of American rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte and Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist Nicolay. Visit this website for news, music, videos, photos, tourdates and downloads. Source: +FE Music | Home Using the link above you can visit the website of Read More …