Archive for October 16, 2011

Funny Articles: Drake On SNL… Funny Interview Skit

Music Video: Boyz 2 Men Singing Acappella At Tim Westwood

Sports: 52 Year Old Dewey Bozella Who Was Wrongfully Convicted, and Recently Freed After 26 Years, Lives Out His Dream To Fight Professionally and Wins In The Process.

Dewey Bozella landed a hard right cross on his opponent’s jaw at the final bell, and the 52-year-old boxer raised his arms in victory.

After 26 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit, Bozella triumphantly realized a dream deferred in his first and only professional fight.

Bozella won his pro boxing debut Saturday night, beating Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision in the latest stunning chapter of a remarkable life.
Dewey Bozella raises his arms in the fourth round of a boxing match with Larry Hopkins in Los Angeles. Bozell, 52, won his debut by unanimous decision after 26 years wrongfully in prison.
“I used to lay in my cell and dream about this happening,” Bozella said. “It was all worth it. It was my dream come true.”

Bozella caught the eye of Golden Boy Promotions, which is promoting the Oct. 15 card, after his life was chronicled in July on ESPN’s annual ESPY Award show. Bozella was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on the show.

Last round and interview:

Wrongfully convicted of killing 92-year-old Emma Crapser in 1983, Bozella earned two college degrees and became the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing before he was exonerated in 2009.

Golden Boy fulfilled Bozella’s dream by putting him on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins’ bout with Chad Dawson. His victory, punctuated by that devastating punch to Larry Hopkins’ head at the final bell, brought the crowd to its feet.

“This was my first and last fight,” said Bozella, who lives in Newburgh, N.Y. “It’s a young man’s game. I did what I wanted to do, and I’m happy. I appreciate everybody that made this possible. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

Despite a complete lack of physical evidence, Bozella was convicted of killing Crapser on her way home after a night out playing bingo. He maintained his innocence throughout a quarter-century behind bars, even turning down a plea-bargain offer in 1990 that would have required admitting guilt, until his conviction was overturned.

Bozella battered the winless Hopkins throughout the second half of their four-round fight. Hopkins, no relation to Bernard Hopkins, also lost points for losing his mouthpiece six times in the final round, apparently exhausted and unable to match Bozella’s conditioning.

“This guy is an incredible athlete, a remarkable man,” said Bernard Hopkins, the 46-year-old light heavyweight champion who trained with Bozella in recent weeks. “I spent five years in the penitentiary, but not for something I didn’t do. We understand what it takes to overcome your circumstances. Unless you’ve done it, you can’t understand it. I have all respect for what Dewey has done with his life.”

Bozella’s Relentlessness Wins Out Again
All along, Dewey Bozella’s message to anyone who would listen was this: Never give up. On Saturday, in his first and only pro fight, he again practiced what he has preached, willing himself to a win, writes Cal Fussman. Story

Bozella didn’t have a younger man’s hand speed, but he moved with a confident ease and showed strong technique in the ring, constantly moving his head and outmaneuvering Larry Hopkins. Both cruiserweights absorbed big shots in the first two rounds, but Bozella was never hurt beyond a welt near his left eye.

Bozella dominated the fourth round, even finishing the final seconds in style. After Hopkins spit his mouthpiece into the air and flailed at it with his boxing gloves, Bozella decked him with a right cross at the bell, leaving Hopkins woozy on the ropes.

With his family and friends gathered around him in the ring, Bozella raised his gloves in victory when the judges favored him 39-36, 38-37 and 38-36.

Bozella has never lived without tragedy. His father beat his pregnant mother to death when he was 9 years old, and two of his brothers were murdered on the Brooklyn streets.

Four months after he moved to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1977, he was suspected of killing Crapser, but not indicted by a grand jury. Bozella cleaned up a life of petty crime and embraced boxing at a gym run by former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, but he was arrested and convicted of Crapser’s murder in December 1983 on the strength of false testimony from other convicts.

Bozella’s story attracted the attention of Oscar De La Hoya and his business associates, who arranged for Bozella to fight in Los Angeles after he passed the California State Athletic Commission’s fitness requirements.

Although the crowd loved Bozella’s fight, he said he had “done what I needed to do.” He hopes to spend his life training fighters in Newburgh.

“I’m going to concentrate on the Dewey Bozella Foundation, which really means opening a gym in my town,” Bozella said. “Because there are no gyms, and I’d like to see kids who are on the street have something productive to do. No more fighting for me.”

Arthur Ashe speech by Dewey Bozella
source: espn

Industry Tips & Advice: Getting Clearance (DIY)

To play a song in any medium, you will need synchronization rights from the publisher of the song. If you want to use a particular recording of a song, you will also need master rights from the record label who released the recording.

You must always contact the publisher for any song use. Here’s how:

Look at the label copy for the song and get the names of the songwriters. You can also frequently get songwriter information at the All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com) or CDNow (www.cdnow.com).

With the songwriters noted, take the EMG research link to ASCAP and/or BMI and enter the song title. You may find that there are many songs with the same title, but using the writers will help you zero in on your title. If the song is not found at ASCAP, try BMI next, or vice versa.

ASCAP and BMI will provide information on the publisher owning the song. Copy the address information for the publisher.

Prepare a brief letter or fax (1 to 1 ½ pages maximum) to the publisher – be sure to say Independent Film Request or Low Budget Film at the top of the letter. Reference the title of the song and songwriters, then the name of your production. Tell them briefly about the production how the song fits in, as well as:

The timing or duration of the song;
The visuals accompanying the song;
Where your production will be seen and for how long (1-time, 1 year, etc)
The titles of other songs you plan to use, particularly if you have already gotten permission.
If you have no budget for clearance, say so in your letter. However, publishers will often give priority to requests that offer a token fee ($25.00 to $100.00 per song) because it shows respect for the value of the copyright.
Provide the publisher with an address, phone fax or e-mail so they can reply quickly.
Remember, student requests will only be considered as such if they remain in the realm of the school, or school-related exhibitions. Productions for sale are NOT student films.
Fax or mail your request to the publisher. Wait at least 10 days before following up.
To contact the record label:

Find the name and address of the record company on a copy of the CD or recording you plan to use. If you don’t have a copy, try to find the recording on www.cdnow.com www.amg.com, or at your local record store. Most record stores keep a copy of Phonolog, which lists all records in release and has addresses of most current record labels.

Prepare a brief letter similar to the publisher letter above.
A few things to keep in mind:

Music belongs to the publishers and labels and they have no obligation to give you permission, or even respond to your request (although most do).

If someone doesn’t respond, it doesn’t mean you’ve been given permission

In most cases, you cannot change a song’s lyrics for use in production without permission. In other words, you can’t clear the melody and substitute your own words with the publisher’s OK.

Permissions take time (especially those being sought for free). Be sure you allow at least a few weeks for copyright owners to respond.

Finally, only the owners of the music copyrights you are seeking can grant you a license. Receipt of this reply does not in any way constitute a clearance or agreement by our firm to represent you in getting rights for this music use.
Good Luck!



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