@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.

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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

#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”.

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.

#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 .

@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!!!!