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January 29, 1998

The Ball is ready 2 roll!
Shipping of the long-awaited package Crystal Ball begins 2day! If u were 1 of the smart ones who ordered early, u will not b 4gotten by 1-800 NEW FUNK... your packages have "goodies" inside not 2 b found anywhere else... once u receive your Newfunk, please drop us an emale... we would love 2 hear from u!


Xplore The Ball online
Once the set arrives in your mailbox, b sure 2 visit www.crystalcd.newfunk.com... this must-c site contains an intense, immense CD booklet full of lyrics, anecdotes and beautiful artwork, every page designed by u! This site contains some of the wildest web designs we've seen! Much of the site is interactive as well... pull up a chair and take it 4 a drive!


...or read more about it here
4 the uninitiated, a special Crystal Ball info page is available here... it also contains links 2 audio samples from the set, the order form and the online CD booklet.


January 27, 1998

Newfunk's new emale address
4 those of u wishing 2 contact NEWFUNK via the internet, u may now emale the operators directly at orderdesk@newfunk.com ...questions on Crystal Ball, the status of your orders or shipping in4mation may all b directed 2 that address. Thanx 4 your patience.


January 25, 1998

Oaktown show full of surprises
As if the phat funk of GCS and the NPG was not enough, friends at the Oaktown show got an xtra dose of fun from opening act, comedian Arnez J... watching him bust a move could make any1 bust out laughing! During the encore, friends got a real treat when the NPG broke in2 MAD SEX, a new madfunky jam that's overflowing with flava! The aftershow was all that 2, with the NPG and GCS tradin tunes 'til the wee hours of the morning... Arnez even jumped in on lead vocals 4 a few. With surprises at virtually every stop along the way, one thing is 4 certain - every city the tour takes on is in 4 some serious fun! NPG keep rollin'!


January 24, 1998

Coattown
Many thanx 2 those of u who donated coats b4 the Oaktown show Thursday... 454 were collected at the show and another 70 b4 that! MUCH love 2 those who gave the coats right off their backs... that was beautiful! Thanks also 2 the Dream Factory, Bay Area Family and KISS FM 4 helping tha cause. ...4 more in4mation on all the coat drives, click here.


January 10, 1998

Warming the world with love 4 one another
Much, much love 2 the many of u who have supported the warm-clothing drive at the various Jam of the Year locations thus far -- more than 2,200 coats have been donated already! This far xceeds r xpectations, and winter is far from over... with your help, we can double that number by spring! By no means will r efforts stop 1ce the cold weather ends... we'll simply move on 2 a project even more warm and 1derful! The time 4 the future is now... care 2 join us?


January 04, 1998

Little Rock, u rock!
Much love 2 all r friends and radio stations Magic 105, Power 92, and Q100 4 making the Little Rock coat drive an overwhelming success! 218 coats and many other warm articles of clothing were donated... we heard that people who weren't even attending the concert were calling the radio stations, asking how 2 donate... Little Rock has a big heart!


December 30, 1997

Big news on the Ball set
CRYSTAL BALLERS - 2 assist in distribution, a major retail outlet has xspressed interest...4 now they shall go unnamed... every1 who ordered the Crystal Ball, please b patient...shipping will b gin when the final details r worked with this distributor. wants it available everywhere when the mailing starts... there is now an added surprise 4 the friends who pre-ordered early!! 1-800-NewFunk will deliver... naysayers will eat words on toast when the Ball drops!

December 20, 1997

Grand Rapids, u rock!
This just in - friends in Grand Rapids donated 1,219 coats and hundreds of other warm articles of clothing in support of r warmth 4 the winter coat drive - a newworld record! We r touched by your efforts 2 help the less 4tunate... thanx 2 u, many more will b warm this winter. 4 details on all the coat drives, check out r spread the warmth page here. Much respect 4 all of u who have united 2 spread some love 2 somebody in need... this is what love 4 one another is all about!


December 12, 1997

Minneapolis friends r all that!
Not only r the friends in Minneapolis funky, but they sho know the meaning of love 4 one another! The 2-day warm-clothing drive at the Jam of the Year shows brought in more than 500 coats and hundreds of gloves, hats and mittens... some donors gave brand new coats or whole bags full of items! We at love central were on hand 2 witness all the love coming in, and r duly impressed!

Ain't no party like a Paisley Park party
The afterparties Wednesday and Thursday night following the Minneapolis concerts were off the meathook! House jock Brother Jules spun some funky mad mixes and got the party pumped 4 the afterjam of the year... the NPG, the GSC and the NPGCS kept the house rockin until 5 am, and did it all over again Thursday night... is Paisley Park the funkiest place on Earth or what?


December 06, 1997

New power people unite 2 spread warmth
Much love 2 the many of u who have joined us on a mission 2 spread warmth... it's r goal 2 collect warm clothing at every Jam of The Year show this winter, and some of u have already got it in gear... let's c which town will b the warmest! Those of u in other towns who can help get spread the word, please write us at ShoTheLove@aol.com. Hmm... is this the bginning of global warming?

December 03, 1997

It don't get much funkier than this!
Dateline- Paisley Park... with Chaka Khan in studio A and Graham Central Station in B, the park has been rockin' this past week... has been participating in all the sessions... on Tuesday nite, he sat in with Larry and co. 4 a 45-minute version of I Want 2 Take U Higher! ...SICKFUNKY!


November 29, 1997

Have u had your plus sign 2day? Get it here!
Check out r new section, the Angel Pages, 4 those addicted 2 the quest 4 truth.. just added -- an xciting, empowering newsletter u won't want 2 miss... coming soon -- stories about new power people who know the meaning of love 4 one another... much more 2 follow!


November 24, 1997


Keep yo ears open...
Xpect these new jams on tour soon.... U GOT THE LOOK, but I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN, so LET'S GO CRAZY in EROTIC CITY! ......also, DELIRIOUS, LONELY TEARDROPS and I WOULD DIE 4 U.


Bring it on, Larry!
LARRY GRAHAM is cuttin' 3rd degree bombs at Paisley Park... employees can't get enuff of the funky stuff comin' thru the walls at the park. With a little help from the NPG, xpect real musicianship and blistering vocals with calls being placed 2 Rosie Gaines and Mavis Staples 2 assist the incomparable Mr. Graham on his 1st studio album in years... one song in particular, "Jump and Shout," is just ridiculous! ....School's in!

November 22, 1997


Warmth in Knoxville
Much love and thanx 2 the friends in Knoxville and Nashville who collected coats 4 the area's needy the past couple of weeks... their efforts will keep 39 more people warm this winter! 4 those of u inclined 2 do the same when the Jam of the Year rolls thru your town soon, drop us a line at ShoTheLove@aol.com ...no one should go cold this winter!


November 18, 1997

Give a man a meal and he eats 1ce...
...but teach him 2 grow his own food and he'll never b hungry! Love4OneAnother's continuing fresh produce donations across the US have been welcomed with many a heartfelt thank-u and have introduced us 2 an angel or 2 along the way... workers at one food bank led us 2 a man who gives gardens away 2 families in need... his program has been an overwhelming success! Not only do the gardens produce enough food 4 the families 2 share with their neighbors, but the gardens continue 2 produce year after year... a concept we love! Look 4 us this spring in a garden near u!

November 17, 1997

The moment u've been waiting 4...
...answers 2 many of the ?s u've submitted 2 ! We're sure u will agree, these ?s r far more intriguing than most asked in many magazine interviews... www.love4oneanother.com/ask.htm ...check it out!


November 3, 1997


Dance company postpones 2 revamp promotion efforts
The New Power Generation Dance Company is postponing per4mances 2 revamp the promotion aspect of the tour... in an effort 2 maximize the revenue received, the company opted 2 self-promote the shows much like 's Jam of the Year Tour, with marginal success... although critically lauded as "a new and fun direction in dance," the business side has been less fruitful. Mayte, the creative director of the company, says, "We xpected a slow start. Word is spreading, but starting a brand new dance company is difficult. We r looking at several options as far as financing r dream is concerned. I have learned over the last few years that with faith, all things r possible!" All of us here at Love4oneanother wish the NPGDC Godspeed!


October 24, 1997


Get ready 2 rock!
CHRIS ROCK freaks, watch out... the purple word is that he will b opening selected dates on The Jam of the Year World Tour... stay tuned 2 this site ONLY 4 details... we have the news 1st b cuz we MAKE IT as opposed 2 following it!



Get your balls online ;)
Just another reminder... 1-800-NEW-FUNK is in full F ect online NOW... just access www.1800newfunk.com on your computer and order CRYSTAL BALL, the must-have three-CD package from ...pick it up now and receive 4 FREE The Truth, the eclectic, acoustic album by u know who! All of u that have already ordered, b cool, your balls r being pressed as we speak! Pardon the pun, son!


October 23, 1997


Way 2 go, Chicago!
Much love 2 the Chicago Nation and all who helped the coat drive outside the NPGDC's show over the weekend...few coats were collected at the show itself, but members of the Chi-Nation and friends got it 2gether...by Wednesday's end, nearly 75 coats were collected! Not bad 4 a first time effort on short notice...this is what love is all about!


October 20, 1997


Check out this supergroup!
NPGDC's opening nite in Detroit was a blast on Friday... 's invited guests included LARRY GRAHAM with his beautiful wife and daughter, TONY RICH, who brought along his brother, and KAT DYSON from the NPG... was visibly moved when his wife, MAYTE took her bows at the per4mance's end... 's party converged on a local dining joint when who should walk in...STEVIE WONDER, a Detroit native. With The Artist on drums, TONY on keys, LARRY on bass and none other than MR. FINGERTIPS himself on keys, vocals and harmonica, the afterdinner supergroup per4ormed Thanku, Eye Wanna Take U Higher, Superstition and a new WONDER-led original apparently made up on the spot!



Aretha shows respect
Well-wishers 4 the NPGDC's Detroit show included the queen of soul, ARETHA FRANKLIN, who said she regretted she was out of town and would have much rather had spent the evening with The Artist and his wife...the jam was already funky, but can u imagine if ARETHA had shown up 2!?



Good luck, Pierre!
We at Love4OneAnother would like 2 wish Pierre Igot all the best in his life and endeavors if he has in fact left Uptown... reading b tween the lines, any1 surely can c that his was a spiritually-driven decision...news sites call themselves objective and then proceed 2 hurt the hearts of human beings... if u haven't got anything nice 2 say, (u know the rest). If Pierre is interested in helping 2 spread the joy of charity, he is more than welcome 2 assist us here at "Love Central," the egoless, time-traveling new power site - L41A! Peace.


October 17, 1997


1-800-NEWFUNK site opens!
It's finally here, folks... the one, the only, 1-800-NEWFUNK online, outfitters of the New Power Generation! All your favorite products r available around the world, around the clock -- the shirts, the hats, the grooves, the ball... it's all here and it's all good! www.1800newfunk.com -- check it out!


October 16, 1997


The dawn nears... it's up 2 u!

ALL -RELATED SITES SHOULD UNITE 2 B COME 1 MASSIVE NETWORK OF LOVE AND MUSIC...THE IDOLATRY MUST CEASE...IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, ALL MUSIC WILL B DOWNLOADED DIRECTLY ON2 YOUR COMPUTER! AS WE ALL ANXIOUSLY WAIT THE RELEASE OF THE CRYSTAL BALL, HOW COOL WOULD IT HAVE BEEN 2 RECEIVE IT A DAY AFTER THE NOTICE OF ITS AVAILABILITY? WELL, WITHIN A MATTER OF MONTHS, THIS WILL B COME A REALITY...AS THE TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES, SO MUST R MINDSETS! LET'S TEAR DOWN THE WALLS THAT SEPARATE US AND UNITE UNDER 1 BANNER... THE NEW POWER GENERATION IS GROWING WITH A GOAL (DESTINY) 2 B COME 1 WITH THE UNIVERSE... 2 HELP IN THIS EFFORT, PETITION ALL -RELATED SITES 2 JOIN R CAUSE... DIG IF U WILL THIS PICTURE--------- 2MORROW U AWAKEN... IN YOUR MAIL IS A PACKAGE U ORDERED DAYS AGO, U OPEN IT AND OUT ROLLS THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST, ITS COVER WAS DESIGNED BY U AND YOUR FRIENDS... THE MUSIC THEREIN CONTAINS LYRICS U DON'T READILY COMPREHEND BUT THERE IS A WEBSITE ADDRESS U CAN ACCESS 2 PROOFREAD ALL MATERIAL U JUST RECEIVED... U ACCESS IT AND UP ON YOUR SCREEN COMES THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, WELL-THOUGHT-OUT DESIGNS U HAVE EVER SEEN AND U R PRIVILEGED 2 IN4MATION U NEVER IMAGINED POSSIBLE. WHEN THE IDOLATRY CEASES AND WE ALL B COME THE 1 STAR, THERE WILL B NO SEPARATION AND LOVE AND MUSIC WILL REIGN. THE DAWN IS NEAR...IT IS UP 2 U!


October 8, 1997


2nite show appearance postponed

Bcuz of the indefinite postponement of the World Healing Benefit Concert, has asked the 2night Show 4 a rain check... they said "cool...whateva."


The NPG digs Soul Food's flava

The NPG recommends the new flick Soul Food, produced by Babyface and scored by the majestic Wendy and Lisa... so refreshing 2 c people of color in a film with a "real story" ...much flava, although we can't agree on their choice of diet (most of the food served onscreen would give the average fool much heart trouble). This is a must-c, any way u slice it!


Whatcha think?

Is it us, or does the melody from "Got 'til it's Gone" remind any1 else of "Feel So High" by DESIREE' ...whateva, we got madlove 4 Janet, Jimmy and Terry!

September 28, 1997


GCS and the NPG groove on the vibes

CHAKA KHAN is gigging with and the NPG 4 a few more shows and then GCS, featuring LARRY GRAHAM, will rejoin the Jam of the Year World Tour... GCS and the NPG have bcome enamored with eachother, as Larry and his family r deeply spiritual and seem 2 understand the many quirks of r friend, The Artist who is quoted as saying, "we can't wait 4 Larry and company 2 come back on the road with us! The groove they lay down perfectly compliments the Newpowersoul that we kick. Plus eye get 2 steal Larry's bass licks nightly!"



PRESSING COMMENCES ON THE CRYSTAL BALL!

With preorders at 84,000, NPG Records has cut the check 2 bgin the manufacturing of 100,000 Crystal Ball packages... this is the direct result of the xperiment in truth -- no charts, no royalty disputes, no returns, no arguing over product placement, no singles and video budgets, no egos and most of all, NO MIDDLEMAN! asked us 2 send u his heartfelt thanx and "a hug&apound" 2 all that have participated in this xperiment! No 1 ever had any doubt that it would b a success bcuz the truth is best, no matter what the endeavor... and having a direct line 2 "the friends of The Artist" will no doubt spark yet another creative surge at Paisley Park, and u know what that means -- MORE NEW MUSIC 4 US! Keep the orders flowing, we might reach 200,000!



Smile if u can read this

CHRIS ROCK sent The Artist a personalized copy of his brilliant new book, ROCK THIS... opened it up and the 1st page had Chris' scrawled message: ", stop frontin', u know u can't read."


September 24, 1997


The way 2 the world's stomach is thru the heart

Workers at food banks and mission centers in 3 states were elated when truckloads of fresh produce arrived at their doors Tuesday as a gift from someone who cares... Love4OneAnother donated $50,000 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables 2 feed those who have rare opportunity 4 a good, healthy meal. Hundreds of programs in Cleveland, Tampa and Houston have offered 2 prepare and serve the food... volunteers at one center commented how wonderful it was 2 have celery that couldn't be tied in knots, and at another, the mere sound of fresh cabbage heads squeaking 2gether kept them in stitches (they never had donations that fresh b4!). Thanx 2 the many on all ends who helped this bcome a reality.


September 21, 1997


A special message 2 a friend

In response 2 Love 4 One Another's recent sizeable donation 2 the Bea Gaddy organization in Baltimore, the group, which offers free food, clothing and education 2 those in need, asked that we post this message 2 : "Warmest greetings and a heartfelt thank you from Bea Gaddy and all her volunteers. Wishing you the best for your concert this evening! From Bea Gaddy and all her volunteers."


September 17, 1997


Makin' the grade at funkschool

DATELINE-NEW JERSEY - With all of the technical difficulties out of the way, GCS sent the NPG 2 FunkSchool! Coming thru the crowd playing marching drums, Larry Graham and company pounded out 45 minutes of house rockin' funk! The audience stood 4 their entire set... "Larry did that, so we'll have 2 do this!", said The Artist, and then the NPG got busy. Much love and mutual respect is shared between Larry, his wife Tina, and his wife Mayte... apparently the couples were married in the same month of February and both spent their honeymoons in Hawaii. Another afterparty offdahook! ...guests included Naughty By Nature(who r doing a track with ), Maxwell, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Rock and Brian McKnight, among others... every1's waitin' 4 the bass thumpoff between Larry and The Artist!


September 12, 1997


Spreading love...

It may b the jam of the year, but it's also the year of love... the Love 4 One Another foundation recently gave 5-digit donations 2 4 groups around the country -- YOUTH ADVANCEMENT THROUGH MUSIC and ART in Seattle (which helps so-called "problem children" develop a promising, constructive outlook on life); the BEA GADDY FOUNDATION in Baltimore (which offers free food, job training, education and childcare 2 those in need); CLOTHE-A-CHILD in Cleveland, Ohio (which takes needy children shopping 4 their own pick of new coats, shoes and clothes); and the SMITH ROBERTSON ASSOCIATION in Jackson, Miss. (which is helping revitalize a historic inner-city district 2 bring jobs, pride and community back 2 the neighborhood). Keep spreading the love...it's contagious!



...and filling stomachs

Next week, free meals 4 thousands around the US... deals r in the works 2 buy as much fresh produce as possible from farmers nationwide... local organizations will prepare the food and serve whomever is hungry, along with the thought: "a good meal from someone who loves u." This is what love is all about!


September 11, 1997


The latest buzz around town...

and Mayte spent their last afternoon 2gether (until next month, when he will join her on the NPG Dance Company's 1st tour) at the restaurant Campiello's... all was going well until a duo of bothersome bees disrupted the couple's outdoor lunch... thinks it has 2 do with his wife's nickname 4 him, "Honey." After lunch the two drove sixty miles 2 the home of the couple's farm director 4 fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit. "One of r goals with Love4oneanother is 2 build gardens in the inner city... no 1 should ever have 2 go hungry!" was overheard saying in Paisley Park.



Separate but never apart

This picture
of baby Mayte

was found in 's luggage on his way to New York


September 5, 1997


The ball approaches...

With pre-orders approaching 70,000, preliminary preparation has bgun 4 the actual manufacturing of the already-classic bootleg package CRYSTAL BALL... the CDs r housed in a c-thru ball that can sit upright on it own, without the help of any outside assistance. The NPG is planning a party at Paisley Park on the night the album is shipped... musicians invited include MICHAEL B., SONNY T., TOMMY BARBARELLA, SHEILA E., ERIC LEEDS, THE HORNHEADS, SUSANNAH MELVOIN and many others. Keep the orders pumping, we r eversoclose, this package is obese with flava! ...not 2 b missed!



The truth 4 EVERY1 who orders!

A bird of high distinction says EVERY1 who orders CRYSTAL BALL, the new album of previously-bootlegged jams, will now receive THE TRUTH on CD as well! ...NPG keep rolling!


August 16, 1997


Open letter 2 an angel

This is an open letter from 2 the angel Ananda... "your challenge 2 me 2 buy out a grocery store in the inner city so that people in the neighborhood can just come in and get the things that they need has haunted my soul ever since u introduced the idea 2 me... eye am here, where r u?"

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