@RayRaySaadiq x @KCRW #WhoShotRocknRoll Concert

The last in the series of KCRW’s “Who Shot Rock n Roll” concerts featured Raphael Saadiq and Band of Skulls celebrating songs from “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan”.  Although it was a short performance by one of my favorite artist, I was able to snap a few pictures and get some footage of the evenings adventure with Raphael and his band. We didn’t stay for Band of Skulls but it was still a great evening. The people were all in sync with one another, the weather was perfect, and the location was appropriately thought-out…Enjoy.

If you get a chance, make sure to check out the actual exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography

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Tried to upload a few videos for you to see the dance battle between Saadiq and his band members as well as Charles taking us to CHURCH…I have to UP grade to do that, so until then hope you enjoyed the pictures.

#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…

Fellowship w/ @NickelodeonTV

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#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.

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.