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When your work doesn’t feel like work then you’re doing something right and SHAOLIN JAZZ (despite the occasional hurdles) does precisely that for me. Enter DREAM GIRLS.
For those of you that have been following our various projects, about two years ago you’ll remember that 2-Tone and I developed a concept photo shoot, to help market and promote our SHAOLIN JAZZ T-shirts, called DREAM GIRLS. And as a reminder (and for you new people) the concept behind DREAM GIRLS is a nod to the 90′s female Hip-Hop head, who is just as knowledgeable, confident, participatory, and literate in Hip-Hop culture as her male counterparts – essentially a male Hip-Hop head’s ‘Dream Girl.’
Due to the positive feedback received from our first DREAM GIRLS shoot we’d always planned on doing another edition and last Thursday DREAM GIRLS – BKNYC was shot in Brooklyn by Chris Carr (Eat the Cake Photography/Brooklyn Wildlife), who shot our DC Edition as well as having shot some of our marquee events. We ended up getting great weather, chemistry between all of the girls, which led to some amazing shots.
Here’s a brief look at the brochure I designed for an educational convention 2-Tone and I will be participating in (our first ever) called ACPA (American College Personnel Association), where we’ll be presenting our SHAOLIN JAZZ College Lectures (parallels between Jazz and Hip-Hop culture lecture and Creative Branding Lecture). The convention will be taking place in Vegas, Monday March 5th – Wednesday March 6th. For more pics of the brochure click Read more…
Check out another set of shots from our lectures and travels to and from them. For more pics click Read more…
If you’ve enjoyed the SHAOLIN JAZZ – DREAM GIRLS Photo Shoots (Part 1, Part 2) then get to know the DREAM GIRLS better with a series of video interviews (produced by Tewodross Melchishua (That Soul Cinematic (TSC) where we discuss music, style, jazz among other topics.
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Welcome to Part 2 of the SHAOLIN JAZZ – DREAM GIRLS photo shoot for the SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirt line.
Part 2 finds the girls progressing from their day in Part 1 into some familiar territory, especially if you’re a Hip-Hop head.
Scene: “Boomin’ System”
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This Thurs. 2-Tone and I will be giving the panel discussion version of our SHAOLIN JAZZ talks to the students of Tufts University. Following the panel discussion Joamil and his team at Laced will be hosting the listening party.
If you’re in the Boston area I urge you to join us and to check out all of the creative projects for SHAOLIN JAZZ click here.
Jamal’s (a professional architect) unique vision (a combination of hardcore martial arts and humorous undertones) certainly raised an eyebrow while providing a thoughtful laugh – both of which are very necessary, in the days and times.
Thanks again to Jamal for participating and all of our partner brands: LaCoste, Union, and Scifen.
…is a nod to the 90′s female Hip-Hop head, who is just as knowledgeable, confident, participatory, and literate in Hip-Hop culture as her male counterparts – essentially a male Hip-Hop head’s ‘Dream Girl.’
In Part 1 of the “DREAM GIRLS” Photo Shoot we highlight a day in the life of four friends (during the winter on the East), Hip-Hop enthusiasts, who are producing their next music project, rocking T-shirts, they customized, from the SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirt line.
Instead of the women playing the “back” the DREAM GIRLS are in the forefront: hardcore yet tempting, raw yet feminine, strong yet alluring, casual yet striking.
Welcome to Part 1 of the SHAOLIN JAZZ – DREAM GIRLS – Photo Shoot. Shot by Chris Carr (Eat The Cake NYC), make-up by Diti (Diti Devi Makeup Artistry). Featuring Alison Carney, Jayne Kennedi, Jheanelle Morgan, and Shanika Wright.
Scene: “The Block”
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