Step into the Temple of Doom

“The Picasso of Words”, up and coming hip hop artist, DOOMZ DAY describes himself in our recent interview.

Doomz Day The Headless Horseman, is out to stimulate your brain cells. He released the controversial music video, “American Lie” in 2018 which exemplifies the unfairness and injustices of the system towards African-Americans. The video opens up with a slide show beginning with a photograph of 12 year old, Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed on November 22, 2014 by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio. Afterwards is an image of 37 year-old Alton Sterling, who was also shot and killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The video presents previous footage related to police brutality and a variety of protests; subsequently ending with a powerful message, “Spread Love Not War.”

I remember when I heard Doomz Day’s music for the very first time close to two years ago. His voice reminded me of DMX with a dash of Method Man. As I turned up the volume on my JBL headphones, I was like, “YO, this guy is mad dope!” What struck me the most was the message in his lyrics — the ability to deliver a powerful statement in a song. His music is definitely not for the spineless yet it also gives you a deeper understanding of the issues concerning social and racial justice.

“Once I got my first Hip Hop Instrumental tape, it was a wrap” – Doomz Day

East Coast lyricist, songwriter, and promoter from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Stephen “Doomz Day” sure has his hands full. He first hit the studio with his family when he was about 15 years old. Stephen engaged himself in ciphers in New York and recorded his first track when he was 16 years old. His best known pieces are: “American Lie” feat. Deji, “House of Mirrors”, “The Lion & the Wolf” feat. Head Ice, “Rhyme Over Matter” feat. Dom Pachino which are all out on digital platforms. He also manages DDay 100 Entertainment.

Now let’s step into the Temple of Doom and get to know the Headless Horseman:

CRYS: How would you describe the music you typically create?

DD: My music is informative, makes people wanna research what I’m spitting about. Conscious and at the same time gutta, keeps it balanced.

CRYS: What artist would you compare yourself too?

DD: I wouldn’t compare myself to any musician or emcee, but rather like the Picasso of words. A little abstract and different when I paint with my rhymes, but makes sense when looked at in an angle and certain perspective.

CRYS: What makes your music different from other artists?

DD: Not trying to sound the same as a majority of these artists out, I have a different format of flow and versatility. I can do something for the streets, clubs, ladies, or drop knowledge, able to come at all angles.

CRYS: Where is the farthest venue that you’ve ever performed?

DD: I performed down in the M.I.A. at an official spot called Miami Live, dope artists and good vibes down there.

CRYS: If you could collaborate with any artists, who would it be?

DD: Definitely would have to do a joint with Red Man, Meth, Busta, Immortal Technique, Joyner Lucas, and J Cole. I came up to them, well most of them. They’re some great lyricists and would be marvel to put some epic jewels together.

CRYS: What was your favorite era in music and why?

DD: Each era has their classic songs but my favorite is the Golden Era 90’s. Everybody has their own distinguishable sound and style.

CRYS: If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

DD: The way these major labels rape the artist of their creativity. That’s the reason why these rappers feel they all have to sound the same in order to sell.

CRYS: What advice would you give to other upcoming hip hop artists?

DD: To perfect their craft, be original, and teach through their music because the seeds and world are listening.

Doomz Day is currently setting up a blueprint for an East Coast tour. His newest single, “Sanitarium” will be dropping soon. DDAY100 gear is also in development. His hard work ethic, music and creativity, on top of being a father, speaks volumes. His lyrics will have you deeply immersed in thought, you will find yourself uncontrollably addicted and caught up in his lyrical labyrinth filled with the untainted truth. Just remind yourself that you can always do your research on Google.

Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for Doomz Day!

Sneak peak of “Sanitarium”

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Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine offers a free ticket (you can bring one guest) to visit any participating museums or cultural institutions annually. This year Smithsonian Museum day will fall on Saturday, April 4, 2020! How cool is that? If you’re a museum junkie like me, this would be the best time to visit a participating museum of your choice for FREE. But make sure you get there early. The lines can be crazy!

I took my son to the U.S.S. Hornet Museum in Alameda, California last year and it was awesome!

U.S.S. Hornet Museum
Alameda, CA

Here’s the link to search for a museum near you and print out your ticket:

Day and Swing trading, Investing in the Long Term

Disclaimer: I’m still a rookie when it comes to the stock market and I’m just explaining to you what I’ve learned as a rookie investor. This post is mainly for informational purposes. 😃

Warren Buffett, one of the greatest money makers ever!

Even after three years, I still label myself a rookie when it comes to the stock market. I’ve tried day trading, swing trading, and of course, investing in stocks in the long term. Being a single mother of three, I realized that day trading alone wasn’t for me because you’re constantly looking at a computer screen or screens analyzing data – CONSTANTLY.

The New York Stock Exchange opens at 9:30 am EST which means that if you’re a trader from the west coast, you’ll be waking up extra early (I used to wake up at 4:00 am) to skim through your phone for any relevant news, look through all your charts, plan out your trades, or whatever strategy you had mapped out the night before . It’s a lot of work. I was on family medical leave at the time and spent almost seven days a week in a hospital chair analyzing and trading stocks. For those that who have no clue what a share is (I’m sure you do otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post), basically when you buy a share, you are buying a piece of the company. Which means, you are technically part owner of that major corporation. If that still doesn’t make sense, it’s totally okay. I used to be on the same boat.

There are many platforms where you can buy stocks. If you plan on investing a small amount of money, I recommend an app called Robinhood.

Moving forward, if you’re a newbie to the whole stock market world, here’s what I’ve learned about the differences between day trading, swing trading, and long term buying:

Day Trading:

Day traders normally capitalize on a small movement of a stock. They basically buy shares of a company and if that specific stock goes up, even if it’s for a few cents, they sell, and that’s how they make their profit. Most day traders buy and sell a stock within seconds or even minutes.

Swing Trading

Swing trading is a trading style where an investor purchases the stock, holds the stock for the short term, then sells the stock hoping to make a profit. A swing trader can hold a stock for a period of a few days or a week to a few months. Here’s an example: Let’s say “ABC Corporation” is coming out with a new product. This specific product is all over the media, consumers are anticipating the release of the product and people are talking about it all over social media. A swing trader will purchase a stock from this company during the hype and hope to catch a chunk of the price move once the product releases. Once the stock goes up, the swing trader sells then moves forward onto the next.

Long Term Buying

This is when you purchase stocks and hold it for the long term. And when I say “long term” I’m speaking several years because in my mind, I’m thinking about how the company will do in 3-5 years. Some investors will even hold a stock for up to 10 years. In my opinion, I think 10 years is too long. I mean, how can you think about the future of a company that far ahead? Generally speaking, if you plan on purchasing stocks in the long term, try diversifying your portfolio by purchasing a stock that pays dividends; I explain how dividends work later.

So there you go. If investing in stocks is something you’re interested in, this was just a sneak peak. It took me about a year to understand the lingo, learn how to read charts, and hours of reading. One thing I do want you to know is that you’re never obligated to hold onto a stock. You can sell your shares at anytime. But most importantly, always pay yourself first!