Two years ago I visited the city of Seattle, WA to cover the Bumbershoot music festival. I knew some friends that moved from Atlanta to Seattle but no Radio/Media people. I only knew DJ Hyphen from interacting online and listening to Hyphen & J Moore on the Sunday Night Sound Session show. Well not only did I meet these good brothers they invited me on the show and connected me with great people in the Seattle scene. With J Moore’s help I met DJ DV One and Seattle artists, promoters, and more. If you know J Moore then you know that he is a stand up man who loves his Family, promotes great Music and always pushes the culture forward. He is battling some serious health issues at the current time and his family has started a GoFundMe page to assist with medical bills.
As many of you know, Jon underwent a kidney transplant a few years ago that helped save his life, Caitlin was his donor.
Over the last few years he has been taking medication and is being followed closely by his doctors to ensure that his body accepts the new organ.
Over the last few months, Jon’s health has begun deteriorating, and he has suffered a kidney rejection. This week Jon took a turn for the worst, and he ended up in the ICU wth a lung infection that has also become systemic and was in his blood stream. He is now hospitalized and recieving several antibiotics, IV fluids, oxygen therapy, and more diagnostic tests to help understand the nature of his illness.
On this episode of Odell’s RoundTable the topic is “Cuffing Season”. It is getting colder and people are going out less and want to snuggle up with someone. What goes in to cuffing season? Is this really a scenario where you are only dating someone for a Season rather than a Reason? Do you let the person you know that this is temporary and not to catch any feelings? What about you do you catch feelings or what happens if someone tells you this was only temporary? The panel consists of host Odell along with Alita, Brittany (from ATL Remix show) & guest BoxMann. Funny but informative discussion like always on the Round Table. Follow the show on Twitter/Instagram and email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to sheltering the wealth of the super-rich, the United States is moving up the ranks. A new study says the U.S. is now the third most secretive country for offshore finances, trailing only Hong Kong and Switzerland. While recent U.S. laws force banks and other firms to disclose assets of American citizens, Washington has been criticized for failing to share that information with other countries.
Kicked off by that intro and trailer, part 1 (above) of this episode of Democracy Now to explain how big business and the law of the land allows the USA and other countries to take money that should benefit its citizens and keep it. Some might call that theft (and yes, the tone you note in that last statement is sarcastic). Come on now, no one is saying that winners have to give back all their chips; but winners should play fair. Too bad the players (big business) and the rule-makers (law-makers) do not see things that way. Oh, and by the way, the U.S. is not ‘playing’ in a league of its own. Looking at you Switzerland, UK and others.
Individuals and small businesses pay taxes that fund the construction and repair of roads and bridges, that fund public services like firefighters and police… BUT big business entities – Google, Chase, and others – get access to these essential services without paying taxes on HUGE chunks of income. THAT IS NOT FAIR, player (even if it is legal).
The conversation continues in part 2 after the jump. Watch and go… damn. Link to this episode’s transcript follows.
Atlanta is known for having events on top of events. Something is always popping off in the city. The club scene can get tired, and more people enjoy events where people can talk interact and have conversations with new people. If you are someone who enjoys the latter then IdontDoClubs.com has just the event for you. Saturday November, 7th from 3p-8p Must Love Beards is going down at Suite Food Lounge 375 Luckie ST NW, Atlanta GA 30313. So imagine a day party that has great Music, Food, beautiful women and bearded men. IdontDoClubs.com is starting their No Shave November tour with Atlanta being their first stop. The last party they had here was a great time so don’t miss out this go around. The event is free for men who RSVP (Click Here) and tickets must be purchased for the ladies $12-$22 (Click Here). No women’s tickets will be sold at the door so these tickets will be a hot commodity. Well for our lady readers of the site we have you covered. Recently I interviewed Genese Jamilah the editor in chief and founder of IDDC. And she gave us a pair of tickets to give away. Contest Details after the jump
Here at JAYFORCE.COM we have no problem telling you about other great sites to check out. One of my favorites is IdontDoClubs.com or IDDC for short. A friend of mine sent me a link to one of their stories about black owned Restaurants here in Atlanta, GA. I was impressed with the list and took the time to surf the site. Great events and alternatives to the nightclub life. So I reached out to the editor in chief and founder of the site Genese Jamilah. She took some time from her day to speak with me about why she does not do clubs. She also shares details about an upcoming event she has planned here in Atlanta. So enjoy this interview and stay tuned because we will be doing an upcoming post dedicated entirely to her Must Love Beards event happening here in Atlanta. We will also be giving away two free tickets for one of our lady readers of the site!
K2 is a baaaad trip. Just watch this VICE News video on this whack marijuana substitute; comprised of plant matter sprayed with synthetic chemicals (designed to mimic the effects of marijuana’s active ingredient).
Weed is already lower-priced than most all illegal or controlled substances. However, VICE News reports (above) that K2 is currently America’s cheapest way to get high. The drug is often sold at corner stores, labeled as potpourri and unfit for human consumption. A bag of K2 sells for $5 to $10, while a joint goes for just $1.
The drug’s dangerous side effects have taken a toll on a wide variety of communities across the country, particularly in New York City. US poison control centers received more than 6,000 K2 calls in the first nine months of 2015, around a quarter of those calls came from NYC.
VICE News’ Nilo Tabrizy takes us to take a look a glimpse of the challenges New York City is facing with K2 through the lens of volunteer ambulance corps and harm reduction specialists in its outer boroughs.
One thing about Atlanta is the range of events that happen here. Whether it is a Hip Hop Show, EDM or the Ballet & Symphony. Or it could be a Falcons, Hawks, Braves game or NASCAR event. Besides those well known events you have cool niche events like BonFire ATL, Elevated ATL and 787 Graffiti Ball. The 787 Graffiti Ball recently went down here in Atlanta at 787 Windsor St. An event where the first 250 people who RSVP’d got a free spray can for the event.
What is Graffiti Ball ? Well it is a night dedicated to the art of Scribbling, Scratching, and Defacing. Not only is it a chance for the everyday person to do some graffiti without having to look over their shoulders for cops. Some of the biggest and emerging aerosol artists are brought together ranging from NYC, Miami, and of course here in Atlanta. One of the well known ATL artists represented was DR. DAX whose amazing work can be seen all around Atlanta. This video recap was shot by HomeTown Heroes make sure you check out their site hometownheroesatl.com
Where the foothills of Mount Kenya merge into the desert, the people of Samburu have maintained a strict patriarchy for over 500 years in northern Kenya. That is, until 25 years ago, when Rebecca Lolosoli founded Umoja village as a safe haven for the region’s women. Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, is quite literally a no man’s land, and the matriarchal refuge is now home to the Samburu women who no longer want to suffer abuses, like genital mutilation and forced marriages, at the hands of men.
VICE Broadly’s Michelle De Swarte visited Umoja (and the villages it inspired to also start their own women-only societies) to meet with the women who were fed up with living in a violent patriarchy.
Just in case you missed it, we got that full episode of VICE on HBO’s Special Report featuring President Obama’s historic prison visit, meeting with federal inmates and his sit-down conversation on “Fixing The System.” But don’t just watch for the Prez. Informative and heartbreaking right from the start.
The A3C 2015 festival has kicked off and Wednesday night it was all about the showcases. I hosted the Tune Core Live stage (Shout out to Tune Core & Swisher Sweets) lot of great acts on the bill. One of the acts is an artist who we post up on Jayforce.com on the regular that is Chris Rivers. He rocked the crowd last night with great energy lyrics and some dope freestyles. Check out video above and click after the jump for more footage! The festival continues on from October 7-11 so be on the lookout because you know Jayforce.com & Beatz & Lyrics will be all over it.
Here at Jayforce.com we love putting people on to dope artists that you might not be familiar with. We are happy to say that we have a direct connection with the Seattle Hip Hop scene thanks to good folks like DJ DV One, DJ Hyphen, and J Moore. One artist out of the Pacific Northwest that we have posted about quite regularly is Dave B. On my recent trip to Seattle for Bumbershoot 2015 I finally got the chance to meet Dave B in person and hear more about his upcoming album Punch Drunk that will feature production from well known Seattle producer Jake One. Check out some exclusive content I captured while Dave B was being interviewed on Sunday Night Sound Session with J Moore & also concert footage of his Bumbershoot performance.
Once again I was back in Seattle Labor Day Weekend to cover the Bumbershoot Festival. If you are not familiar with Bumbershoot it is a 3 day festival focused on Music, Art, Comedy and celebrating the city of Seattle, WA. This year the festival brought back the BBoy battle competition. I was able to get exclusive access to the behind the scenes of this competition thanks to my friend DV One who along with DJ Lean Rock provided the sounds for this event. This was organized by the Reign Supreme collective out in Seattle. I have footage of dancers from Seattle to Poland to Taiwan in the video clips above and after the jump. Enjoy and once again you can catch us in Seattle next year covering this great music festival once again!
STOP and drop everything. Clear your Sunday night viewing schedule please!
Realize that President Obama doesn’t have to do this. The soon-to-be outgoing U.S. President meeting with prisoners who likely have no bearing on his political aspirations or the post-Presidency. Or does it? Watch Sunday (September 27, 2015) at 9 PM EST / 10 PM CST on HBO to see the full epic episode by VICE. In the trailer above, we see the moment that President Obama meets the inmates and sits down with them for an in-depth conversation.
Dee Barnes Speaks On Being Assaulted By Dr. Dre Back In The Day & Her Place In Hip Hop History (Video)
Kevin Powell interviews Hip-Hop journalist Dee Barnes for HuffPost. That’s right, the story of the woman Dr. Dre attacked back in the day… the story that was missing from the N.W.A. biopic (“Straight Outta Compton”). Many heads have called the omission of this dark moment from the historic Hip-Hop story’s retelling foul. Well, watch and get Dee’s point of view.
Note: This interview is not all about the Dre assault incident. Kevin is allowing Dee to have her say, and then the story comes out. Watch. Very deep. There are still unhealed wounds to this day.
On this episode of Odell’s RoundTable the topic is #TheList? When speaking of the List it’s in reference to the list one has for a possible mate. Is your list realistic? Is it full of superficial items? Do you possess the items on your list that you have for someone else? All of these topics and more touched on in this episode. So you have Odell playing moderator with co-host/producer Dre Day along with regulars Alita, Tierra, Petrina & DJ Knotts. A special guest joins us for this episode Myke C-Town of Dead End Hip Hop adding insight and laughs to the show. Plenty of back and forth discussion on this one make sure you tweet the show @ORTshow & follow the @ORTshow Instagram page to see photos from each recording.
WARNING: YOU CANNOT ‘UNSEE’ THIS VIDEO ONCE YOU PLAY IT!!!
No…nooo…NOOOOOO! F#ck ‘Protect Ya Neck’… Protect your NUTS (genitalia, butt and whatnot). Rats, especially the mutant big city vermin, can get into and do what they want; either you’ve lived it or seen a horror flick about it. But DAMN! Not my toilet bowl. Please no.
Well, it’s possible. Sorry…
Dr. Umar Johnson Gets Detailed on ‘The Breakfast Club’ About Issues Affecting the Black Community (Video)
Although I don’t speak with Dr. Umar Johnson on a regular basis I still consider him a friend. I went to school with Umar Johnson before he became “Dr. Umar” & it wasn’t uncommon for us to have many conversations years ago about what’s going on within the black community. Not only are we both from North Philly, but we have both served as the President of our school’s Black Student Union at different times. We’ve organized & traveled to the historic Million Man March in D.C. with a large group of brothers as well has having mentored young students through an organization called ‘Positive Images’ back in Pennsylvania for a few years. He was always an avid debater on a variety of issues & always held true to his convictions. Rarely have I’ve seen him back down from a heated debate even if it centered on something as simple as hip hop music or sports during lunch in the cafeteria. One thing that I can co-sign is that Umar has always been consistent in who he was & in his beliefs.
So of course it’s difficult for me to believe any of his recent detractors who try to say he’s anything less than authentic. Dr. Umar Johnson didn’t just pop up overnight because he’s been doing this for as long than I’ve known him. I’m excited yet not surprised to see him finally breaking through with his greater message to better the situation for African-Americans & others around the world through a Pan-Africanist viewpoint. Although he continues to travel around the globe delivering his message & through a variety of grassroots lectures that most people have posted on youtube, I feel proud & happy to finally see him start to reach the audiences who best need to hear his message. It was always his life work to do what he’s doing at this very moment. Check the interview with Dr. Umar Johnson with “The Breakfast Club” at Power 105 in New York above & get some food for thought.
On this episode of Odell’s RoundTable the panel discusses Is Experience the best teacher? Think about that question for a minute can experience best teach you in relationships? Do you need to have bad experiences in a relationship to appreciate a good one? Just because someone else has experienced something can you learn from them or do you have to experience it yourself? These questions and more are discussed. The discussion is moderated by Odell aka ArtByOdell along with co producer Dre Day. The regulars of the panel like DJ Knotts, Tierra Alita & Petrina are there as well along with two first timers at the Round Table. Mr Be Everywhere himself Sean Falyon along with Filmaker/Photographer Artemus Jenkins join in on the discussion. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and on SoundCloud.
Another week another episode of Odell’s RoundTable the podcast which is now also a live video show that airs every Monday night 9pm Est 6pm Pst. You can watch the show live at LiveHipHopDaily and interact by texting the number on home screen or tweeting to @ORTshow & using the #ORTshow. The topic of discussion for the latest episode was “Monogamy in 2015”? Odell is joined by his co/producer & co host Dre Day along with Petrina & DJ Knotts. Smaller panel than usual but great discussion nonetheless with insightful thoughts and comedy along the way. Can you truly expect a person to only sleep with one person the rest of their lives? Is monogamy natural for men and women and what happens if your partner has a lower sex drive than you? These topics and more discussed on this episode. So sit back and enjoy and remember you also have the choice if you want to just catch the audio of podcast make sure you subscribe to iTunes and get new episodes delivered to you for free. Get ready for next week where the panel will have another juicy topic to dive into.
Before he was selling out The Tabernacle (historic concert venue in ATL) or playing Music Midtown, one of the largest festivals in Atlanta, a young Kendrick Lamar rocked the stage at the Masquerade back on April 2, 2011. Well before his albums “GKMC” and “To Pimp A Butterfly“, young “KDot” made noise & grew his fanbase off of his mixtapes. I was in attendance for this show along with my radio co-host Jayforce to see him perform. We were guests for Kendrick’s show in part because our program The Beatz & Lyrics Show was the first show playing Kendrick’s music in Atlanta on a regular basis & we also conducted his first Atlanta radio interview. So naturally we looked forward to finally seeing him in person. He did not disappoint it’s crazy to look back now because Ali, his famed engineer, was his DJ that night and his hype man was Schoolboy Q who at the time was only known by a few die hard TDE fans. This particular show was Kendrick’s official breakout show in Atlanta when you knew he was going to be a star on a larger level. Kendrick made a lot of fans that night and it doesn’t surprise me at all the success he has gained. So check out this vintage footage I shot of him rocking the crowd before the albums, before the baby twist dreads, & before the worldwide acclaim.