#SharingIsCaring: Not Playing Games

I came across Lupe Fiasco’s web-site today; not his music, his web-site and found a 3 part series called “Game Changers” I wanted to share with you guys.

This series has Danyel Smith (Vibe Magazine) moderating a round table (literally) with some of today’s brightest young stars out now who are changing up the music game; Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, Janelle Monáe, and Estelle [Darling].  Smith is one of my favorite Hip-Hop journalist, it’s not  just the fact that she was the Editor-In-Chief at one of  Hip-Hop’s first publications but because she still gets excited about music and the new generation that is ushering it in.

Here is the first nugget in the series…

It’s a relief to see that there are people who are not afraid of stepping out and being comfortable with being different. Artist who don’t want to be categorized or cloned in an industry where originality is foreign .

#SuperRich Times…

The other night I attended BHERC and Eso Won Books’, “Michael Schultz Speaks” series with guest Russell Simmons, discussing and signing his latest book Super Rich (posted this one too…you’ll learn). I found out later that this was the inaugural of a growing series to follow. Having the opportunity to work directly with Simmons Monday night,  I could clearly see and hear in his voice the sincerity that only comes from someone who has stopped resisting the natural flow of existence, who has experienced humility and the realization of what life is REALLY all about.

Simmons was very engaging, attentive, and patient.  Even within the enlightened statements, there were sprinkles of  “colorful venecular” which just reminded me that we are all humans working on becoming balanced whole spiritual beings. Sometimes I get lost in the, so-called “being perfect”…to just realize we already are.

Definitely pick up the book and READ it; Eso Won has a few autographed copies on deck. 

Tastebud Thriller Alert: PJ’s Classic Homemade Ice Cream was on deck and it was a show stopper topped with one of Gwen’s Specialty Cakes Mini Sweet Potato Pies!!!! MmmmMmmm!!!

Sidenote:I am happy to say that I survived NBA All-Star Weekend this year. With it being hosted in my lovely City of Angels, I try to avoid going out during these times. I have to admit my sister and I journeyed out Sunday evening to try to catch a little comedy show Beats by Dr. Dre was putting on; only to get to the head of the line (after being online for 40 minutes), next up and turned away!!! Uhhh…WTH?!! Due to…”we’re filled to capacity”, MALARKEY!!. If you would’ve seen my face and heard my sister’s “but it’s the principal that I’m talking about” speech it wasn’t a pretty scene. Then to find out later, that Dave Chappelle himself made a surprise appearance!!!! I was hot! Oh well, next time.

@TheGrammys WeekEnd

It took me a minute to post this because I didn’t quite know how to upload my videos (yes, I will be posting videos now!!!) but after wearing my geek cap, I figured it out, kinda…yeah so what if it’s almost a week later.

I was NOT planning nor expecting to be out and about Grammy week, AT all!! But LA was bursting out of her seams with numerous nocturnal activities to attend thanks to  The Grammys.  Sometimes you have to just roll with the punches and I am soooo glad that I did. It started Friday, no Thursday night at BHCP Live! . What was supposed to be a performance with El DeBarge (hope everything is OK with him, ijs) turned out to be a mini soul concert with two dope vocalist; Rachelle Ferrell and Ledisi. BHCP Live! is really playing it’s part in trying to bring real music  to the community nonetheless… for FREE!

Friday night, Kiss n Grind & Walk Talkin’ s Pre-Grammy Jammy (I posted it so, get mad at yourself if you didn’t go) with Vikter Duplaix, Eric Roberson, and none other than DJ Jazzy Jeff!!!  I had never seen Jeff do his thing before and when I say this was a delicious musical cornucopia, it was a TREAT. Jeff is silly, no stupid, no RIDICULOUS on the 1’s & 2’s. He played nothing from the 2000’s (yayyy!!), strictly the 80’s, 90’s and even some 70’s throwbacks. It felt like I was back in the day hangin’ out in my sister’s room listening to  some of her MANY records she’d copped from her record store runs (yes, I said record store).

Then there was Saturday… I had no idea how I was gonna do it but I did. I got passes to get into one of the hottest shows during Grammy week…The 7th Annual Roots Jam Session!! The Music Box’s stage was PACKED with so much talent; Chaka Khan, Estelle, Ana Tijoux, Too Short, Betty Wright (she actually busted a rap), Taj Mahl, Chuck Brown, Lalah Hathaway, Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn, Dougie Fresh of course The Legendary Roots Crew backing everyone that the blessed the stage and many more performers.  You are just gonna have to check out my video of the evening to fully understand what was experienced that night. I will say, I was a little salty with my digi equip. Halfway through the evening, my camera stopped working and I ran out of battery life on my Flip, so I wasn’t able to capture some of the performers like Dougie Fresh who closed and shut down the night and yes he did HIS version of  “The Dougie”.

Anyway, hoped you enjoy what I was able to get and remember, here is where Your Fortune to Fun starts (check out my “Happenings” page).

*who were your Grammy picks?

*Ok, don’t talk about my skills on the camera. I got a Flip for Christmas and I’m still working out the handling and editing, work with me. Geesh give a girl a chance!

*Happy B’day weekend to my Sister and Bestie Kerri!!!!

From Hustler to Yogi

Super Rich Russell Simmons

BHERC and Eso Won Books have come together again for a night with the God-Father of Hip Hop himself, Russell Simmons. Simmons will be signing his latest book, Super Rich.

I’m actually reading this book now, and I have to admit…it’s a very inspirational read. @UncleRUSH hides nothing and holds nothing back in his tellings of his transforming journey from being a hustler to becoming a yogi (that makes me smile everytime).  Simmons’ extremely candid about his past of, using cocaine, partying all night, and being a ladies man, to his metamorphosis into becoming, first and foremost a servant to humanity and being a clean drug free VEGAN (give it up for the vegans and veggies out there!!! *are those crickets I hear?*).  He is still human, so his love and deep connection for women is a continuous part of his spiritual growth. The meat and potatoes (that’s funny) of the tome takes the reader to a deeper substantial level; a more spiritual approach of what the title implies to being Super Rich and how to have it ALL!!!!

Remember, buy your book in advanced from Eso Won books and come spend the evening with a crazy nutty spiritual individual…not to mention a PAHAIDDD individual!!!!!!

Oh, y’all know me….”If It’s Free, It’s MEEEEE”…This event is FREE (well kinda, BUY THE BOOK!!!!).

#HipHop History Lesson…

Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey

This weekend don’t miss out on something mayjah!!!!. The opening of,  “Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey” exhibit at The Grammy Museum. Named and fashioned after the book (dropping 2/8/11) bearing the same title, this is one of the first exhibits ever of its kind. The exhibit takes us back in the day (4 DECADES to be exact) and pays homage to the pioneers of  Hip-Hop. On display-LL Cool J’s kangol, Grandmaster Flash’s turntables, original handwritten rhymes by Tupac, and many other artifacts.  This is something that all the youngins need to visit for a rich history lesson.  The exhibit will run until May 5th and sure to make an unprecedented impact on the music community and others. This is such a great reward and compliment, considering that this genre of music was just a passing fad…suckas!!!

All true Hip-Hop heads are sure to represent…I’ll be there in my fat laces and a fuzzy kangol!

*Sidenote: Keep DJ Kool Herc in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Check The Rhyme Ya’ll

I love Hip-Hop!  how it has grown and where it is going. Dj’s fly around the world rocking international crowds, artist are turning into actors and becoming household names, and groups are being documented. I remember when documentaries were only for those people, places, events, and times in world  history. Michael Rapport has taken on the mammoth job of producing a documentary on one of the most relevant groups of the late 80’s and 90’s…A Tribe Called Quest called Beats, Rhymes, and Life. Check out the Hollywood Reporter article of the nerve-racking adventure he had at The Sundance Film Fest here. Make sure to come back for a peek at the trailer.

ATCQ