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CAN I KICK IT? / “REVENGE of the NINJA” / Recap

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Really enjoying the growth we’re experiencing with CAN I KICK IT? and last month was another solid look.

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 June 23rd where we’ll be screening “Big Trouble in Little China.”  For more recap pics click

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Pac meets Jordan

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I love a dope concept.  I unfortunately don’t know the artist’s name but here’s the link where I found it.

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

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Lebanon / Recap / Part 2

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Lebanon / Recap / Part 1

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DJ 2-Tone Jones of the SHAOLIN JAZZ Project was in Lebanon conducting DJ mastery workshops, along with a team of artists from Words Beats & Life, Inc. who specialize in other core disciplines of Hip-Hop.  The programming was conducted in the city of Tripoli in conjunction with a local Hip-Hop association known as Cross Arts.

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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.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Tripoli

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DJ 2-Tone Jones of the SHAOLIN JAZZ Project is currently in Lebanon conducting DJ mastery workshops, along with a team of artists from Words Beats & Life, Inc. who specialize in other core disciplines of Hip-Hop.  The programming is being conducted in the city of Tripoli in conjunction with a local Hip-Hop association known as Cross Arts.  Stay tuned for a full photo recap of his travels.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ DREAM GIRLS – NYC Edition for SHAOLIN JAZZ Apparel (Fall/Winer 2014 / Part 2)

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Welcome to Part 2 of the SHAOLIN JAZZ DREAM GIRLS – NYC Fall/Winter 2014 Photo Shoot for SHAOLIN JAZZ Apparel.

Part 2 of the Fall/Winter shoot  is a continuation from F/W Part 1 – highlighting the girl’s experiences in New York, including an impromptu session at the Eat The Cake Studios in Brooklyn.

Shot by Chris Carr (Eat The Cake NYC), Dyesha Hicks, Melanie J.B. Charles, Boshia Rae-Jean, Whitney Brown, and Laura Weyl.

 Scene: “In-Thought”

IMG_3460model: boshia rae-jean / zip-hoodie: compass

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SHAOLIN JAZZ DREAM GIRLS – NYC Edition for SHAOLIN JAZZ Apparel (Fall/Winer 2014 / Part 1)

dream_girls_nyc_logosWelcome to Part 1 of the SHAOLIN JAZZ DREAM GIRLS – NYC Fall/Winter Photo Shoot for SHAOLIN JAZZ Apparel.

The Fall/Winter shoot  finds the girls enjoying NYC mainstays, as they did in Part 1, of the Summer shoot, with those experiences helping to inspire the moves they make, later,  in Part 2.

Shot by Chris Carr (Eat The Cake NYC), Dyesha Hicks, Melanie J.B. Charles, Boshia Rae-Jean, Whitney Brown, and Laura Weyl.

Scene: “Coffee Shop Vibes”

IMG_3083model: dyesha hicks / hoodie: bones

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J DILLA Exhibition at Smithsonian in 2016

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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.