Right now quality programming is not exhibited much on Network TV. Most great shows are on cable with what HBO & Showtime have done and now with channels like Starz & others being the go to place for great content. With that said there is another place where people are finding the best content right at their fingertips. Yup U Guessed it (OG Maco voice) the Internet, Web Series & Netflix are where I spend a lot of my time. I don’t know what abc or nbc is playing but ask me about “Smoke & Mirrors” and I can tell you all about it. If you are not familiar Smoke & Mirrors is a web series shot here in Atlanta, GA by Christmas in July productions. Artemus Jenkins & KarynRose Bruyning are the creative forces behind it as Filmmaker & Director. After a successful first season they are back with Season 2 full of great stories and scenarios to keep you tuned in. I decided to speak with Artemus Jenkins about Season 2, creating web content, and dating life in Atlanta which relationships are highlighted in the series. So episode 1 of season 2 is posted here for your viewing pleasure be sure to go back and watch Season 1 and enjoy my interview with Artemus.
- ArtByOdell – Share with people what the aim is behind the web series Smoke & Mirrors?
- Artemus Jenkins – The aim behind Smoke and Mirrors is to express an image of love that relates more to what a lot of us actually know about lov. It is based more off experience than an idealistic portrait of love. The fact is, many of us have had a hard way to go when engaging in matters of love and romance so my partner KarynRose and I wanted to connect with everyone in a very organic way thru the stories we tell in Smoke and Mirrors
Plenty of good music is coming out of Canada right now. When you talk Hip Hop of course Drake is an obvious choice but also artists like Rich Kidd, Tona, making quality music. The producers are also making noise like Kaytranada, and today we speak with his HW&W label mate Elaquent who just released a new album titled “Good Karma”. It’s eleven original beat tracks that you can groove to. He exclusively spoke with Jayforce.com about his new project. Enjoy the track Far Away posted and click after the jump to read full interview.
- ArtByOdell: Congratulations on your new project Good Karma, how long were you working on the album?
- Elaquent: Much appreciated my man! Glad it’s out now. The bulk of the record I did in a 2 week, insomnia-filled period a few months back.
Recently the country has had their eyes on Texas yet again for another encounter of cops and the treatment of Black Women. A couple months back there was the incident of cops in McKinney TX violently attacking young black children and a young sista was slammed to the ground and sat on by a Race Soldier I mean officer of the law. Now in Waller County, TX the sad story of Sandra Bland who was found dead in her jail cell after she was arrested for a turn signal violation. The local cops have claimed it is suicide but the Bland family disagrees and thinks their is foul play. A lot of people across the country thought the same especially since Sandra Bland was an outgoing 28 year old who just landed her dream job at her alma mater Prairie View A&M University. That doesn’t strike me as someone who wants to kill themselves over a traffic stop. Dr Boyce Watkins uses his platform to speak on this topic and invites Yvette Carnell founder of ( BreakingBrown.com ) & Benjamin Dixon ( TheBenjaminDixonShow.com ) to join him and go deeper into this incident and what it represents. The sad reality is this traffic stop led to this woman’s death and the officer who is paid to protect and serve did his part to ignite confrontation. This is great discussion by free thinkers not controlled by corporate media. Video of the officer pulling Sandra Bland over after the jump.
I am happy to say that Odell’s RoundTable is moving forward and is gaining progress. I want to thank everyone who has listened to the podcast and shared with others and now you can subscribe in iTunes as well. Also along with the podcast being on iTunes you are able to watch me conduct the Round Table. That’s right for the first time the RoundTable was video taped and ready for you to view courtesy of Live Hip Hop Daily. So watch me as I have Asha, DJ Knotts, Shon, and my partner in crime Dre Day discuss the topic of Researching your date online. Is that cool to Google search someone you just met ? Should you go online and look at someone’s social media profile and use that to judge if you should date them? Plenty of great ideas shared let us know what you think Follow the show on Twitter: @ORTshow and subscribe and comment on iTunes!
Watch Part 2 after the jump
One of our chief writers for the site ArtByOdell was invited to be a guest on the Boom Boom Show hosted by Sue Yung & Ms Lola for Live Hip Hop Daily. For this episode regular co host Lola was absent so Sue Yung invited Ms Sina from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta to help her co host. As a guest they spoke with ArtByOdell about the Beatz & Lyrics show he is a co host on also about his personal podcast Odell’s RoundTable . The ladies also spoke with Odell about his personal thoughts on relationships, dealing with ladies and current pop culture incidents like a couple being arrested in Miami for sex on a beach, Tyga current alleged situation with a transexual. Lots of laugh and funny conversation and make sure to check out the Boom Boom Room show every Thursday 9pm Est on LiveHipHopDaily!
Male & Female Relationships: “What About Your Friends?” on Odell’s RoundTable [Podcast + Recap Video]
The Round Table is back with another episode for you to check out. The topic of discussion is “What About Your Friends” we talk about Men & Women being friends what part does it play in relationships. Do people have friends just so they can be on standby when you break up with someone? This and much more discussed on the show. Moderated by host Odell joined by co-host Dre Day & guests Lady Godiva, Ali Rai, Lady T, and Sheriff Quick sure you will enjoy the discussion. So listen, comment on SoundClud page and share with others. Stay connected email the show ortshow@gmail and follow on Twitter @ORTSHOW
Recently Camp Lo touched down in Atlanta to kick off their RagTimes HighTimes tour. This was the first time Camp Lo performed in Atlanta in a few years. While here they hung around a few days after their show to soak up the Atlanta scene. If you are a lover of music Moods Music is a must stop when you are in Atlanta one of the best record/cd selections in the city. So the Beatz & Lyrics show teamed up with LiveHipHopDaily.com to talk classic records with Camp Lo at the landmark record store. ArtByOdell speaks with Geechi Suede & Sonny Cheeba about classics from artists like Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, & OC to name a few. Check it out and see how these artists influenced Camp Lo & ArtByOdell as well.
Quite often I get asked why I go by the name of “ArtByOdell” it’s pretty simple really my name is Odell and I am an Artist. Art is something I have been passionate about for years and the High Museum here in Atlanta, GA is one of my favorite places to visit. So when they had an opening ceremony for their latest Los Trompos exhibit I had to go check it out and cover it for the site. The term Los Trompos translates to Spinning Tops in Spanish and they are beautiful interactive pieces made with a special fabric that is very colorful and flexible. The artists Hector Esrawe & Ignacio Cadena both hail from Mexico City worked together to bring us these beautiful creations. They are featured in video along with my good friend DJ EU who provided the sounds for the day. I even ran into the homie Blc Txt a local Hip Hop Artist here in Atlanta, GA. The exhibit will run until November 29th 2015 it is located on the campus of the Woodruff Arts Center in the Silly Piazza right outside of the High Museum. Be sure to check it out before it is over and be on the lookout for the next Adventure with ArtByOdell!
The spirit of J Dilla lives on way past his death. If you are not familiar J Dilla as a producer set the soundtrack for artists from Common to Erykah Badu to Talib Kweli to D’Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. His mother Ma Dukes along with the Dilla Foundation have kept his mission and movement going to this day. Recently Ma Dukes along with the Dilla Foundation were in Atlanta to announce the new ATL Dilla Chapter. The night consisted of a great beat battle from producers all over the country. It was capped off by great performances from Methuzulah and Planet Asia. Check out more videos after the jump.
Joanna Teters Speaks On Her Band ‘Mad Satta’ & Their Performance During The Atlanta Jazz Festival (Video)
The 38th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival went down Memorial Day Weekend 2015 from historical Piedmont Park. 3 days of great music with talented artists from all over the US and the World performing for thousands of Jazz fans here in Atlanta, GA. The opening night had only two acts the headliner Thundercat and the opening act Mad Satta. If you are not familiar with Mad Satta they are a group out of NYC that have horns, keyboard, and bass players and a front lady named Joanna Teters on vocals. They made their Atlanta debut and immediately had the crowd’s attention with their soulful original music. They also did a classic Curtis Mayfield cover of “The Makings of You” that had the crowd asking to know more about them. Well if you didn’t make their performance no worries the video below has live footage from their show along with an interview by ArtByOdell with Joanna Teters.
Learn more about them at MadSatta.com
Adrian Younge Has A Conversation With Odell While In Atlanta For His 1st Performance As A DJ (Video)
How many producers do you know that can say they have worked one on one with the likes of Bilal, Ghostface, Souls Of Mischief and the Delfonics? Well the only one that comes to mind is Adrian Younge who was recently in Atlanta for his first DJ performance and ArtByOdell sat down with him for an exclusive interview. They talked about what inspires his musical process what he thinks of today’s R&B and what new albums he has coming out. He shares with us a great piece of information that he will have 4 albums out by the end of 2015 listen to find out who they are with and what the titles are!
“The level of execution of older music compared to music of today. By bringing in a Horn section, or just literally having a song arranged with complex chords and a bridge with ill structures rather than just noise put together for a Stripper to dance to.” – Adrian Younge
The Round Table is back with another episode for you to check out. The topic of discussion is “Does Size Matter” of course there is an obvious thought when that phrase is said. The discussion goes much further than just the sexual connotation including size of someone’s bank account weight size and more. Moderated by host Odell joined by co-host Dre Day & guests Lady Godiva, Ali Rai, Lady T, and Sheriff Quick sure you will enjoy the discussion. So listen, comment on SoundClud page and share with others. Stay connected email the show ortshow@gmail and follow on Twitter @ORTSHOW
Recently Iman Omari was in Atlanta to perform for the first time. ArtByOdell talked with the talented Singer, Producer, DJ about his music making process and how he feels about music right now. It’s a great conversation that also reveals the name of Iman’s new album coming out later this year. Did you know that Iman is from a talented musical family and his father worked with some legendary R&B groups? Well after watching this interview you will learn a lot about the singer. SoundCloud link below for extended interview and live audio from his ATL performance.
World Soccer Pioneer ‘Paul Canoville’ Speaks On Being 1st Black Player Signed to ‘Chelsea FC’ (Video)
When it comes to Sports being the first or a trailblazer can be good and bad at times. It’s great if you are the first to set a world record or obtain hall of fame for having the most championship rings. Well when you are the first to break the color line it can be a difficult process and Paul Canoville knows exactly how that feels. The first black player ever signed to Chelsea FC (Soccer Team based in London, England) Paul experienced harsh treatment from his own fans and people associated with the team. His love of the sport helped him push through and he helped the team secure championship silverware and now he is an advocate for the club speaking to kids about pursuing their dreams and dealing with racism. On his first trip to Atlanta I got a chance to speak with him for a few minutes about his experience at Chelsea and his foundation. With Atlanta getting a MLS Soccer team in 2017, we can expect more visits from Soccer legends across the pond!
“Hold on to your lily white butts!”– ‘Luther’ The Anger Translator
This is classic!! America’s media pretty much has carte blanche in matters of merrymaking at The President’s expense. But imagine a comedy schtick that the President is actually in on! President Obama makes humorous remarks at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) every year, sure. But this year, he “borrows” Keegan Michael Key (of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele”) to do his ‘Luther’ thing for some over-the-top hilarity. Journalists, politicians and celebrities at the dinner seemed to cheer as Key steps to the podium about as loud as you’d expect they would for The President. The routine the duo does is subdued (sorta) but what Key and President Obama pull off here… Well, this ought to show up in somebody’s history book! Enjoy.
“I think the two basic types of music in this country are Black music — blues — and the kind of folk music that was brought over from Europe… Those are the two main streams of root American music…”
“But 10 years ago, what they called rock ’n roll was kind of a blending of those two forms. I guess in four or five years, the new generation’s music… It will have a synthesis of those two elements and some third thing that will be in — maybe it will be … it might rely heavily on electronics, tapes… I can kind of envision maybe one person with a lot of machines, tapes, and electronics set up, singing or speaking and using machines.” – Jim Morrison
In interviews Damon Dash has been making the headlines for the topics he discusses. Some agree some don’t but most of the Blogs and Gossip sites love to use his words to stir traffic not really investigating his true talking points. Well Dr. Boyce Watkins has reached out to Dame Dash allowing him to discuss issues on his platform. This is not a pair of people you would expect to partner up but I am happy to see it. In this video Damon Dash explains how he is fighting for custody of his daughters without a lawyer. He gives some detailed facts on what fathers can and must do to see their children in custody battles. He is upfront with the fact that the courts will frustrate you but you must have patience and remember that your child is the ultimate prize. I am not saying that Damon Dash is who you should pattern your legal battles after but if you took the time to watch interviews with him yelling at someone how about watching a video where he is imploring men to fight to see their children legally!
So ArtByOdell of the Beatz & Lyrics Show and our number one camera man James Lewis hit the town for another Night out with Beatz & Lyrics. This time it is an early morning adventure with Beatz & Lyrics visiting The Swag Shop Barber Shop owned by rapper Killer Mike and his wife. The Swag Shop is located in Atlanta, GA & recently Big Tigger of v103 did a live broadcast from the shop proviing kids with free haircuts for a couple of hours also promoting the new Furious 7 movie dropping April 3rd. A cold Saturday morning didn’t stop people from showing up, even entertainers DC Young Fly & Eman Hudson stopped by to take photos and crack jokes. So be sure to be on the lookout never know where you might see Beatz & Lyrics hosts Jayforce, ArtByOdell, TwiceBorn, & James Lewis with the camera out and about.
There has been a lot of talk about Black ownership and financial freedom sparked from the Damon Dash interview he did on The Breakfast Club. It set off a firestorm on social media some people being inspired and some comical moments with the hashtag #TweetLikeDameDash. With all of that said Dame brought up some good topics and Dr Boyce Watkins helped to bring some perspective to the conversation. He has a PhD in finance and owns his own business Financial Juneteenth. Dr Boyce discussed obstacles like Racism & White Supremacy that play a part in blacks becoming financially independent. He does not make excuses though and agrees with Dame Dash in regards to Black Men & Women having the be their own Boss mindset. Overall it is a great discussion between Angela Yee, Envy, Charlagmagne & Dr Boyce Watkins a breath of fresh air rather than mindless gossip talk.
The Phife Sports Network (PSN): Phife Dawg Narrates & Provides Game Analysis of Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers in Mini-Documentary (Video)
In case some of you may not be aware, Phife Dawg of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest has been very active & vocal in sports for quite a number of years. In recent years he has appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, & various sportstalk radio programs around the country giving his opinion on everything from the NBA, NFL, NCAA College Basketball & more. There were rumors that Phife had some bigger plans in the works to further expand his sportscaster resume, but nothing stopping him from at least making inroads independently online with his own “PSN” or ‘Phife Sports Network.’ Check out one of the first video clips of Phife Dawg providing pre-game NBA analysis in great game that took place between the Toronto Raptors & the Los Angeles Clippers about a month ago on February 6th of this year. Phife Dawg & his manager DJ Rasta Root also performed at halftime while they were in Toronto that evening as well. In case you missed the footage from that, we have it below….