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Black President’s Day 2017 – Recap

Props to the homie Kat for adding to her legacy of dropping the illest Fela Kuti celebrations to date, Black President’s Day.  If you’ve never been to a Lil SoSo event (Kat’s experience and event design agency) then you’re missing out on some of the most engaging and original events and creative salons, globally, and if you’ve never been to her Black President’s Day events then re-read what I just wrote.

The crowds and energy are amazing, and add to that world renown DJs, live musicians, the highly anticipated Queens Stroll, and video montages of Fela’s performances and speeches, and you’ve got yourself a memorable time.  It sounds simple, right, but you’ve also got to have the mix of everything on top of experience or it simply won’t work.

To learn more about Kat and Lil SoSo Productions click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry

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Big Trouble in Little China – Recap

June 2017 has been a milestone month for SHAOLIN JAZZ in that our CAN I KICK IT? engagement, which started as a simple idea developed during one of our college trips in MA, has grown into an event that’s rocked hundreds of people in our hometown, at one of the most iconic national monuments in our nation’s capital.  Simply put, we made something out of nothing, which is precisely how SHAOLIN JAZZ even started.  And we were able to add to the creative cultural fabric of our city and share it with friends and family which is uniquely special.

We more than appreciate the Downtown DC BID for wanting SHAOLIN JAZZ to conduct CAN I KICK IT? to help launch their Downtown Summer Flick series; we’d like to send an enormous bid of thanks to DC Music Download for their top tier PR support; thank you to our community and media partners: Lil SoSo Productions, 202creates, DC Funk Parade, Listen Local First DC, Zipcar, Boss Shepherd’s, Pret-A-Manger, the Mayor’s office on African American Affairs for their marketing and promotional support; props to everyone who’s helped to spread the word and shared their experience(s); and we cannot thank you enough to the individuals who’ve attended one, some, and, in some cases, all four screenings.

Keep in mind that we’ve still got more events and programming coming and this is just the first so stay tuned, and in the meantime for all SHAOLIN JAZZ info click here and to follow us on social media click: instagram, facebook, and twitter.

We, of course, have provided an event recap and to add to the experience we’ve added photos from attendees.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / IP MAN / Recap Photos

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Despite the snow, nothing but good times at our first CAN I KICK IT? of 2016.  Salute to all of those that trooped through the snow, Song Byrd for hosting, and everyone that helped to spread the word including our new media partners A Creative DC and Stereo Champions.  To check out the full recap click here.

DOCUMENT the Fresh / NYC Exhibition / Closing Reception/BBQ

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Please join us for the closing reception/BBQ of the NYC DOCUMENT the Fresh exhibition: Sunday August 30th, 2015, 2pm-8pm, at the Bishop Gallery 916 Bedford Ave.

Complimentary Heineken will be provided from 2PM – 4PM, Phil V, one of the exhibiting photographers, will be shooting live photos for our DOCUMENT the Fresh “Community Wall,” and 90’s hip-hop and rare grooves will provide the soundscape.

If you missed the opening reception and haven’t gotten a chance to see the exhibition, we hope you can make this event!

For additional info and to RSVP click here.

DOCUMENT the Fresh / Interviews: Vickey Ford/Sneakshot

Dangelo_FHNYC15-2583Who or what first got you interested in photography?

Music, Fashion & my Mom.  Music has always played a big part of my life.  My mother would attend concerts and shared her photos & stories.  My mother took me to see New Edition, the music & the lights …just the whole vibe and emotions that I felt instilled a love of music in me. And I wanted to capture that.  Then the hip-hop scene further intensified my love for photography.

Early on what were some of the first things that you began to document? 

The usual stuff; family, rocks, my feet but that’s when I was a little girl.  When I picked up the camera again as an adult it was my love for live concerts, wanting to capture that moment.  For the entire read click Read the rest of this entry

DOCUMENT the Fresh / Interviews: Ashley Sky Walker

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 I was first introduced to the art of photography while at Howard university.  While there I was surrounded with friends also interested in the arts. After discussing our dreams and aspirations to do what we saw in the magazines, we decided to start doing our own photo shoots.  From that point on I was hooked on the idea of capturing the beautiful things around me with my camera.

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DOCUMENT the Fresh / Interviews: Brody Rose

IMG_4549Who or what first got you interested in photography?

As a kid I was in infatuated by roller coasters (still am). I read about them, drew them, watched them, and rode them. Around the 4th grade I started to take pictures of them. My parents would let me borrow the camera, which was a big deal. Getting back a roll of 36 from the developer was super exciting. Doubles were a must: one set for the scrapbook and one for collages. Looking back, roller coasters were a fantastic subject matter for an aspiring photographer. They’re like huge sculptures really. Without realizing it, they made me think about perspective, motion, depth of field, and of course composition. Sneaking my camera on the ride for point of view shots was thrilling ——–

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DOCUMENT the Fresh / T-Shirts

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One of the photographers (and dope graphic designer) of this year’s NYC DOCUMENT the Fresh exhibition (Brody Rose) suggested I drop two of the NYC identities as T-Shirts, which seemed like a dope idea.  I already had some basic Doc Fresh T-Shirts but these designs give the range some life.  I’ve posted some of the designs below (link below) and to check out the full range click here Read the rest of this entry

DOCUMENT the Fresh / Event and Concert Photo Exhibition / NYC / 8.1.15

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Gearing up for my next DOCUMENT the Fresh exhibition in NYC and things are shaping up nicely.  Props to the Bishop Gallery (Brooklyn) for once again hosting the show and this year’s lineup of photographers are nothing short of amazing.

To RSVP and for additional info click here and to check the photographer’s signature flyers click Read the rest of this entry