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Is Separate Ever Equal?

Glad I got a chance to check out the homie Munch Joseph’s (CEO of HedRush Agency) show “Is Separate Ever Equal?” at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ space in their HQ.  In fact, it was too important of a show not to miss.  The concept was Joseph curating a show centered around the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. Five separate cases representing five jurisdictions across our nation were consolidated under one, each calling for gross societal inequities to be resolved.

Munch selected a range of contemporary artists who addressed these and other questions related to this topic. Visual art, public programming, thematic live performances and a series of lectures and demonstrations.  To check out some of the works click Read the rest of this entry

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Million Man March 20th Anniversary

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This is one of the best photos I’ve seen from the Million Man March that took place this year, as this was also the 20th anniversary of the original march, which I also attended.  And although I didn’t get an opportunity to enjoy all of the speakers, live, I still felt a good energy and vibe, which is what I was looking for.  This feeling was also amplified with the many families and women I saw, as opposed to the first march, which, as was the point, was mainly comprised of men.  There’s a great power in unity and this unity comes from a strong support system and that support system should include your family (women and children).

I think this unity is also scary because of, not only, the strength that I mentioned above, but it being a positive force, which is why there was a complete media blackout (which was by design) from pretty much all of the major news networks and web platforms: pre-march, during the march, and with only a small few providing post march coverage.

The sister of Sandra Bland said it best, “we have to control our narrative,” which is exactly what I’m doing and I encourage others to do so as well because this moment is part of a bigger movement that’s apart of American history and needs to be both documented and shared correctly.

If you missed the march you can watch it, and the various speakers, by going to www.justiceorelse.com.

SHAOLIN JAZZ Cultural Lecture / Excerpts

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In an effort to further educate people about our Cultural Lecture, a multimedia presentation 2-Tone and I conduct where we discuss, at various colleges and universities, the parallels and similarities between Jazz culture and Hip-Hop culture, we’ve decided to drop a series of visuals that highlight select excerpts from our presentation.  To the view the range click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ / Cultural Lecture / Oberlin College

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Tonight, if you’re in the Oberlin, OH area, we’ll be at Oberlin College conducting our multimedia Cultural Lecture discussing the Parallels and Similarities between Jazz culture and Hip-Hop culture.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more info click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ at Morgan State University

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Come and join us for our first lecture of 2015!  On Tuesday February 3rd we’ll be conducting our Multimedia Presentation at Morgan State University, courtesy of Dr. Jared Ball, where we’ll be discussing the parallels and similarities between Jazz culture and Hip-Hop culture.  For additional info visit www.shaolinjaz.com.