CAN I KICK IT? / June Recap

July 22, 2014 1 comment

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I know I’m late with this one but wanted to post despite our next CAN I KICK IT? event being this Thurs 7.24.  Props to Madison Davenport (PR), CMR for promo, and shouts to everyone that attended.  For more pics from our first event click Read more…

J DILLA Exhibition at Smithsonian in 2016

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment

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I, along with the other the other attendees, first heard the announcement at this year’s DC Loves Dilla event and was blown away.  Its dope to see how far hip-hop has come in getting honored and properly archived like jazz.  Below is an excerpt from the official press release from the Smithsonian:

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announces the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey. The items will be part of the museum’s growing arts and entertainment collection designed to explore how popular music helped shape the nation’s history and culture politically and socially. The announcement was made July 17 during the annual “DC Loves Dilla” tribute concert at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other musicians featured in the museum’s popular-music collection range from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne to Chuck Berry, George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic and Chuck D. Items from these and similar collections will be used in the “Musical Crossroads” exhibition, one of 11 inaugural exhibitions on view when the museum opens in 2016.”

For the entire read click here.

 

AI is my favorite player

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Allen Iverson is hands down my favorite basketball player, so when I came across this gem I had to post.

The funny thing is is that when I was going to Hampton Univ. I got a chance to see him play maybe a year or so before he went to Georgetown Univ and the stuff he was doing on those courts on campus was WAY iller than what’s in these highlights, sans breaking Michael Jordan’s ankles.

Enjoy….

SHAOLIN JAZZ in India / Week 3 / Photo Recap

July 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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Welcome to the third and final set of recap photos 2-Tone took during his three week trip to India via the Next Level program initiated by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Department of Music and the US State Department.

To see more pics click Read more…

DREAM GIRLS – NYC Interviews: Laura Weyl

July 16, 2014 2 comments

laura4What’s your name and where are you from?

Laura Weyl, from the Palo Alto in the Bay Area, California.

What do you do?

I am a multi-media artist, primarily focused on photography, filmmaking, acting, modeling, and projection art. I try to associate with and observe very diverse and divergent assortments of humans in my daily life.

Talk about style, who or what are some of your style influences?

Frida Kahlo is my style muse and role model. I tend to look toward powerful, iconic women of bygone eras as my style icons as opposed to modern style icons. Another big influence is Maya Deren, an experimental female filmmaker from the 1940s. These women represent archetypes of strength and sexual creativity.

For the entire read click Read more…

CAN I KICK IT? / 7.24 / Screening “Game of Death” & “Shaolin vs Wu-Tang”

July 16, 2014 2 comments

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Join us Thurs. July 24th, 8p-12am, at Marvin DC for the next edition of CAN I KICK IT? where we screen two classics “SHAOLIN vs. Wu-Tang” and “Game of Death.”  For additional visuals, to RSVP, and details click Read more…

DREAM GIRLS – NYC Interviews: Whitney Brown

July 8, 2014 1 comment

whitney6What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Whitney Leigh Brown aka Rue Brown. I’m from Washington D.C.

What do you do?

I’m a singer/songwriter/dancer/host

Talk about style, who or what are some of your style influences?

My style is influenced by everything around me. I grew up training as a professional dancer and studied classical ballet for over 20 years, also studied lots of musical theater at an early age. My mom was a jazz and blues singer so I spent a lot of my childhood in nightclubs listening to her sing and seeing how it affected people, made them smile and cheer, that always intrigued me, moving people with energy that only you possess.

For the entire read click Read more…

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