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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Asheru

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Meet Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed. one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday.  Asheru is a veteran Hip Hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He is widely known for performing the opening theme for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, and other musical contributions to the show, for which he received the prestigious Peabody Award – becoming the first hip hop artist to receive the prestigious award. Alongside his career as a Hip Hop artist, Asheru has served as a teacher/administrator in DC Schools for over 15 years, and is well known for his pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education movement, namely through his organizations, Guerilla Arts Ink, and the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.).  To learn more about Asheru click here and here.

CAN I KICK IT? / Comic Book Style

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I designed a series of comic book style visuals when we screened Big Trouble in Little China and since they were so well received I decided to design another set for our screening of The Golden Child (Tues. Mar. 22nd at SongByrd).  To RSVP for our next CAN I KICK IT? click here and to view more of the visuals click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / 3.22.16 / Screening “The Golden Child”

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We’re pretty excited about this month’s CAN I KICK IT? as we’re bringing you “The Golden Child” starring Eddie Murphy.  We’ve also got a surprise for everyone at the end of this month’s event so RSVP here and we’ll see you there.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – perspectives for Byrd Over Staten

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For more perspectives click here.

nomads + tribes / Visual Bios

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Haven’t posted my design work in a MIN, but I’m pretty proud of this package I’ve been producing.  Above is part of a content design and marketing package I’ve been developing for Lil So So Production’s (LSP) Nomads and Tribes New Year’s 2015 New Year’s event that’s taking place at a venue in Washington, DC called Song Byrd.  Please note that LSP designed the n + t logo.  For info about the event click here and to review the additional visual bios of the amazing DJs and performers click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / “The New Legend of Shaolin” / Recap

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The weather is finally starting to break and the turnout for our most recent CAN I KICK IT? certainly reflected that, along with a pretty expansive promotion and marketing effort.  There’s not too much that beats a 70 degree Spring evening in DC and “The New Legend of Shaolin” had attendees locked from the opening scene and Jet Lei’s kid co-star, 9 year-old Xie Mao (Tze Miu), provided a surprising boost with dynamic martial arts skills that rivaled his adult co-stars.

Props to everyone that attended; salute to Marvin for hosting, special shouts to our amazing bartender Alyssa, Madison Davenport PR, Som Records, and Palace 5ive , DSE Live – our media partners, and thanks to TC, Cherisse, and Duane for the promotional lift.  Thanks also to Lyft – our transportation sponsor.

Stay tuned for our next CAN I KICK IT? which will be Tuesday May 26th.  For more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / “Blood Sport” / Recap

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Had another great time at this month’s CAN I KICK IT? where we screened Jean Claude Van Damme’s debut flick “Blood Sport.”  The weather’s steadily getting better and Tues was a reflection of the warmer weather coming our way.

Thanks again to Marvin for hosting, special shouts to our amazing bartender Alyssa; shouts to Madison Davenport PR, Som Records, and Palace 5ive – our media partners, and thanks to Cherisse and Duane for the promotional lift.  Thanks also to Lyft – our transportation sponsor.

Stay tuned for our next CAN I KICK IT? which will be Tuesday April 28th.  For more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE / Informational Video

This is the first in a series of informational videos, we’re dropping, that provide more detail on as well as give a live glimpse into our SHAOLIN JAZZ engagements.  Shot and edited by Ralston Smith, SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE is one of our first signature engagements that brings to life our mixtape via a live performance of music from the SHAOLIN JAZZ catalog.  The performance is led by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones who is backed by his fellow band members of the critically acclaimed Sound of the City band.

Diamond District – “March on Washington”

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There’s no sophomore slump here folks.  Diamond District pick-up right where they left off (from their debut offering “In the Ruff”) with “March on Washington,” an album that expands on their social commentary, and musical and lyrical range.  As a native Washingtonian I’ve seen DC area rap music go through a variety of stages and its refreshing to see Diamond District, in addition area MCs and producers such as Asheru, Ajene’, Sean Born, and a list of others building on this legacy of DOPE music, not to mention being included in an exclusive class of artists and groups (worldwide) that define what GOOD rap music sounds like.

Download “March on Washington” here.

Asheru and The Funk Ark | Funky DC

HAD to share this joint from the homie Asheru, a DC native, educator, and very influential MC (on a global level), who also created the theme song for Aaron Macgruder’s The Boondocks animated series; just released the latest video “Funky DC” from is most recent album “Sleepless in Soweto.”

Listen and learn more here.