Hip Hop is Still Alive!!!

When I saw this I couldn’t believe my eyes or ears. You all know how big of a Hip-Hop head I am… Who would I be, NOT to post this video? True Hip-Hop heads will fully understand what I am talking about when you see it.

Now, hit play and hold on to your wigs…

Just imagine when he starts using words that we understand… SMH

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Calling All Designers

I just received this from Henri Bendel. If you are a designer or know of a designer check out this opportunity to have your designs seen in the hopes of being discovered and landing a great gig. This “casting call” has been going on for the past 40 years and has launched a handful of designers like Anna Sui, Todd Oldham, and Collette Malouf just to name a few.

SHARING IS CARING…

#Happy International Women’s Day

Wow, 100 years of celebration. I truly believe today should be an official holiday like President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Christmas.  Banks, grocery stores, The Children’s Place, laundromats, rivers with big rocks, open air markets, and kitchens need to be closed.   Tons of women are the unsung heroes and heroines (some have to play both roles) of their households, communities, and even their nations. We are just as deserving of a “day off” in our honor as our male counter-parts. As women, we are still in positions where we have to “prove” our worth and “justify” our existence.

I remember when I first started my journey on becoming a sound engineer, I was told to my face by more than one co-worker, who of course were men. That I would NEVER amount to anything in the industry and, get this, because I am a female of color I would never get work…to my face!!!! Well, maybe those that were so quick to speak their minds, ought to take a look at my “about” page and hide themselves under a rock.  With that being said, I think this year’s global theme is so appropriate: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls. Obviously, physical violence is extremely damaging and unjust to women but what we sometimes don’t realize, is that violence can come in the form of words (most women would agree with me on that one.). If  20 years ago, I were to have believed those guys who voluntarily tried to predict MY fate. The damage that could have come out of those few little words could have completely changed my life and not for the better.  Anyway, I dedicate this post to ALL the beautiful women and little girls who are in my life on a daily and to ALL the women and little girls world-wide!!! Celebrate your existence and know that life cannot be without WE…

#Cool Sitings: Blogs

I originally started this post back in January of this year and was never really able to finish it. Don’t ask me why or what happened…short attention span maybe?

Anyway, today I was motivated to finish it but from a different angle. Initially I was going to only focus on black blogs (not the color silly, the people that run them!) but decided to focus on those on my blogroll and ones I virtually stumble across. So, as I always say “Sharing is Caring”; my other one is “If It’s Free It’s Me” (I actually have to credit my homegirl Sandy Nelson /The Camden Media Agency for that one) just in case you were wondering. Here, I share with you, my “Daily Roll-bys”; that’s actually what I want to name my blogroll but don’t know how to change it yet; working on it.

Street Etiquette : It’s funny when I first went to their blog I just knew they were from Europe. NOPE!!! These Bronx brothas sense of style takes you back to when things were dapper, clean, and well manicured. These aficionados of vintage wares, throw a current twist to their styles. Take a cruise on over to their site and you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. Make sure you take a look at Black Ivy a project they put together with like-minded cats; it will really blow your minds. I truly appreciate the quick history plug at the end of their post regarding the featured fashion.

Where Did You Get That? : Karen Blanchard is a stylist in New York and has a peerless sense of  fashion; in other words, she has her OWN style.

Ronda Brown Art: Gotta plug my folks.  For all lovers of art and every configuration of  it, this mystically baptized  artwork is a must see. It will definitely move you. Check out her “Mic” series of hip-hop artist she’s photographed in action and then converted into malachitesque oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frolab: Afros unite! Jewell and Cognito are LA locals who are heavy contributors of musical art. What that means is, they are dope graphic designers, photographers, and promoters of the hip-hop scene but with a fresh anomalous approach… I am proud to say, I’ve been FroSpotted and have earned my Frolab badge.  Spend a day in the life with these two and you just might up your value in hip-hop culture.  Love their mentality, “Pick Fros not Fights! is their motto.

BHERC (Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center): I’ve posted about this site previously. Remember, this is the home to First Weekend Club. If you haven’t taken a trip over there yet you are doing yourself an injustice. Great resource site for those looking to get into the Hollywood scene or anyone already involved. Wonderful place to get your projects exposed and out to the public.
Ok, I know it may seem like I did focus just on black blogs/bloggers with this post but I have more to share with you. I promise, there will be more “Cool Sitings” posts coming soon. Also, leave a comment and tell me some of your favorite “Roll-bys”. Remember “Sharing is Caring”.

Fellowship w/ @NickelodeonTV

This just in: Because I believe sharing is caring. Here’s an opportunity for animators to create, get exposed, and get paid for it. For more info visit here. Remember when you “make it”, shout me out and let me know so I can brag about you! Now, go out and get it!


A Tribute 2 Sweet Lady Tee

This past Tuesday night an intimate group of fans, family members, colleagues, and close friends were present at The Grammy Museum for a tribute celebrating the life works of the gone-too-soon, great Teena Marie; “Wild and Peaceful”. In the house performing some of Ms. Brockert’s  classic hits were, Shanice Wilson-Knox (she went in heavy on her version of “Deja Vu”-my all time favorite song), Faith Evans (“Ooo La La La”), Lalah Hathaway (“I Need Your Lovin’), Dee & Traci (2 of  Teena’s background singers) performed requests from the audience, and spoken word artist (and my friend) Sonja-Marie opened the evening, performing an original piece created especially for the tribute.

George Duke, Scott Galloway, Aundrae Russell, and making her first official appearance since Teena’s passing, Alia Rose (Teena’s daughter) were the panelist for the evening. Each one shared with us their personal experiences and gave their insight to whom the true Teena Marie was. After wiping away my tears (of joy of course), the one thing that I found amazing from the panelists was, that Teena still had her concerns about how the world would accept the embodiment of a deeply soulful singer, a passionate performer, and a compassionate creator in the form of a white woman. It’s a funny thing, when I think of Teena Marie, I don’t see or hear color. I just embrace the connection that she had for the energy we call music and give thanks that I was able to be touched by what she left with us. Remember this post ?

I got a little footage from that night, bear with me and look pass the heads (well the really big one), the shaky camera handling, and other stuff; I did it on the sneak. I couldn’t resist, it was such a bittersweet evening to be a part of.

Next Up: Raphael Saadiq @ The Grammy Museum

Remember to stop by the museum and check out the Hip-Hop Exhibit. We were allowed to stroll through briefly on the way out and I have to say, The Grammy Museum is really trying to represent the culture.