Full disclosure: The cameraman/interviewer, going by the ‘Big O’ moniker, is NOT me. However, I am kind of envious of him. Watch this Blerd Verse Podcast ep with the artists/creators of the comic concept “Tuskegee Heirs” at AwesomeCon 2016. Blerd Verse – as in Black Nerd Universe all smashed together. Get ready to geek out on these guys homage and futuristic reinterpretation approach to the story of the heirs of the World War II pilots, The Tuskegee Airmen.
(More disclosure: I’m from Tuskegee… so I am extra GEEKED about all of this!)
Muhammad Ali. He is gone, but he will NEVER die. Billy Crystal speaks TRUTH as he lovingly eulogizes the man who called him his “little brother” ever since they bonded decades ago. Watch the clip above of comedian Crystal at Ali’s homegoing. After the jump, see the “15 Rounds” performance that so impressed The Greatest early in life.
The 39th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival kicked off during Memorial Day weekend (May 27th-29th) at historic Piedmont Park. Three days of great music, food and fun in the sun in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. The headliner for Friday night was Joi Gilliam who got the festival off to a great start. Entering the stage with a sequence red dress with one leg out accompanied by beautiful headgear and feathered wings. You immediately knew that you were in for a show. Thanking the crowd for supporting her music career that now spans over 20 years. She did songs from her previous albums like Sunshine & the Rain, Fatal Lovesick Journey all the while backed by drummer Lil John Roberts and a full live band.
Towards the end of her set Joi gave the crowd a treat by performing a new song off the upcoming “Rebekkah Holylove is her name” album. The track is called “On my way to Berlin” and it got a great response from the huge crowd gathered that night. Enjoy footage from her performance including the unreleased “On my way to Berlin” track. Connect with Joi CLICK HERE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE
Thanks again to the great folks over at the Atlanta Jazz Festival for once again having us on site.
Next time someone asks, “What’s so special about Atlanta?” grab their smartphone (or get them here online somehow) and show them this. Then, right as the clip is ending, tell them, “Oh… and Atlanta’s got the SuperBowl coming… AGAIN!”
— 11Alive News (@11AliveNews) May 24, 2016
That’s right. @11AliveNews tweeted it out. ATL ho! (shouted in Lil Jon’s voice)
Festival season is in full swing right now. The Shaky Knees & Shaky Beats festivals have already happened here in Atlanta. SXSW went down in Austin, Broccoli City in DC and these are just a few of the many nationwide. Well in the Pacific Northwest the Bumbershoot festival goes down Labor Day weekend September 2-4 in Seattle, Washington. This is the 46th year of the festival ArtByOdell has flown out to Seattle the last two years to cover this historic festival. Music, Art, Literature, Comedy all happen at Bumbershoot but the music takes center stage. The lineup was recently announced. With a lineup that could possibly be one of the most diverse of all festivals. From Logic, to DeathCab for Cutie, to Anderson.Paak, to Run The Jewels, Billy Idol, to Fetty Wap. Bryson Tiller, Zhu, Flatbush Zombies to Seattle’s own beloved Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. After all the artists I named that’s not even a quarter of the full lineup of acts. Once again we will make the trip from Atlanta to Seattle for a fun filled Labor Day weekend! Passes on sale now if you have never visited Seattle this is a good reason to check it out. Meet us at the Space Needle and dance to the music being performed.
It’s that time of year again where the grills are out, sun is shining and people looking forward to having Monday off from the 9-5. What is it I am speaking of? That would be Memorial Day, which also means it’s time for the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Celebrating it’s 39th year providing amazing lineups for a free event held in beautiful Piedmont Park in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Three days of nonstop music from artists all over the world will invade midtown Atlanta. A few of the standout artists are Gregory Porter, Joi, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Headhunters and many many more. Once again the Jayforce.com team will be on official media coverage for the festival. So make sure you follow the sites Instagram & Twitter accounts for live updates, exclusive footage and interviews. So if you are in Atlanta or the surrounding area come on out and enjoy this city sponsored event!
Celebrating 39 years of musical mastery, the Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29) with family and friends. Set in the heart of midtown Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park, visitors can stroll through booths of unique art, clothing and jewelry and savor delicious treats ranging from BBQ and soul food, to classic burgers. World-class musicians will perform traditional,contemporary, Latin, and hip-hop inspired jazz. Artists performing this year include: Benny Golson, Eliane Elias, and Jamison Ross. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Admission is FREE. For more information:www.atlantafestivals.com
Looks as compelling as the original TV mega-series driven by author Alex Haley’s groundbreaking story. A man tracing his family back to its “Roots” in the Motherland. The trailer shows an ensemble cast giving us a real look at history in the raw. Make your plans around this program’s debut on Memorial Day, May 30th.
Just a mall opening. That’s all. The continent’s biggest mall. Sure, but big or small, a mall’s a mall… Oh wait, the continent is Africa; which is big. And this Mall Of Africa grand opening was HUGE!
By 1:30pm, 70,000 people had walked into Mall of Africa. [Morné] Wilken said many customers were taking advantage of opening sales by large stores such as clothing retailers H&M and Cotton On and electronics group Dion Wired. Starbucks had also opened its second branch in the country and was “trading extremely well.”
“We are really excited about what this mall can do. It is located in an extremely good position. Shopping mall culture is very much entrenched in South Africans. In Gauteng, we hang out at malls. Families go to malls. It’s what we do. We feel we have built a centre which has a strong choice of tenants, more space and more facilities than any other shopping centre in SA,” said Mr. Wilken.
I’m very excited about the fact that I don’t have to vote against someone… that I get to vote for someone… who’s on our side… who marched with Martin Luther King… who can draw a crowd that makes me dizzy with happiness and love and excitement.
– Rosario Dawson
Feel that? It’s the Bern! Great lead-off to an hour-strong ‘Bernie Sanders For President’ rally in the South Bronx (New York) by the uber-sexy (yes) actor-activist Rosario Dawson. Spike Lee and other noteworthy folks were on hand. Thousands of fanatic supporters. And the Senator-Who-Would-Be-President, Bernie Sanders.
Coming for those electors, New York. Game on, Hillary. This is it! Press play #FeelTheBern
It’s not the Soul Train Awards it’s the Coon Train Awards that is taking place tonight at the Acme Comedy Theater in Los Angeles, CA. What is the Coon Train Awards aka Plantation Celebration all about? This is the brain child of Filmaker/Author Tariq Nasheed who has commonly used the phrase Coon Train in his lectures. Tariq has even created funny YouTube videos with a Coon Train awards theme song and placing images of certain celebrities in the skits. In some of the videos he has placed Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, Stacey Dash among many others. If you are not in LA to see the awards in person you can still stream online 10pm Est 7pm Pst. Click Here to go to Tariq Nasheed’s Ustream page where the awards will be shown.
Some of the categories are: Best Sambo in Sports, Mammy of the Year, Biggest Coon in News so there will be plenty of interesting names nominated for these awards. I am sure this will cause quite a discussion watch live and use the hashtag #CoonTrainAwards
Photo By WhyCauseIcan.com
A Curious Tale of Trials & Persons tour made it’s stop in Atlanta, GA March 21st at Vinyl (Center Stage). A curious tale is the debut album from rapper Little Simz who hails from London, England making her Atlanta debut. I have been a fan of her music ever since I heard the track “Mandarin Oranges” which features Grand Rapids emcee Waldo. Mandarin Oranges immediately pulled me into her music and had me seeking to find out more about her. I have had the pleasure of interviewing Waldo and he expressed how talented Simz is and happy to see her gaining much success. So I was very excited to see that she would be making a stop in ATL to perform live!
Marshawn Lynch. He ’bout that action, boss!’ And above you see a great way Beast Mode is taking action on the other side of the world – teaching American football to a full camp of eager attendees in Egypt. See more about this global sports education effort – American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) – after the jump.
Man, I’m overwhelmed… y’all got to give me a second…
Kendrick Lamar. Yes, the Dr. Dre protege; the Grammy winner (winning on stage, too); the dude doing good from the Hood to the [White] House; and now, recipient of the Key To The City Of Compton. Watch him in all graciousness, and almost no glamorizing. Love shown by the city for the love he has and always will show right back. Respect!
Shout out to Jeandra LeBeauf and BadCulture.net for capturing this proud moment for us all.
Now, it’d be enough for a West Coast emcee to someday rock the Staples Center. If you are a fan of K-Dot’s, it would be enough to see him rock anywhere; a dream for that place to be the Center. But imagine THE performance of THE Grammys that got the whole web world wide JUMPING… Better watch this now. Embeds of Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry” & “Alright” Grammy night set are getting snatched down left and right.
Well, well, if it isn’t ol’ Bam Bam at the Nyam Jam Festival in Jamaica. And what’s cooking chef? Whatever it is… We’re sure to say, “F#ck, That’s Delicious!”
As Action Bronson’s presence in the “Food World” becomes more permanent, new and diverse opportunities are popping up for the self proclaimed Human Highlight Reel. This time it popped up in the most beautiful location possible, Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica. The event was entitled Nyam Jam, and even before Action knew exactly what it was, he agreed to attend. As stated in the video, there was not a single bad bite of food, and if you love hot sauces and various pepper spreads, then you really couldn’t do much better. Mr. Bronson honed in on a calabasa slaw prepared by visiting Puerto Rican chef, Jose Enrique and a smoked chicken sandwich from Jamaican grill master, Gariel Ferguson. His experience at Nyam Jam inspired him so much, that upon his arrival back in New York, he immediately got cow foot stew and ate in the parking lot of Home Depot. One love.
Cool clip of the Golden State Warriors’ White House trip. Know who else is a trip? President Obama. He welcomed the NBA champs to the house, as is custom, and gave ’em a good ribbing. Steph will most def be working on his jump shot form thanks to The President’s wisecracks. Haaa!
It’s so important that when it comes to Hip Hop we document and tell our own stories. COHH (The Curators of Hip Hop) is an organization that does an excellent job of doing just that. They have a great website that highlights artists and events. They have created a documentary that is a must see for all lovers of Hip Hop and they tour the country speaking at schools.
The tour is coming back to Atlanta and we want to encourage everyone to go out and support the great events they have lined up.
- Starting with a film screening & panel Thursday February 11, 2016 7p-9p on the campus of Morehouse College in Sale Hall
- Friday February 12, 2016 the artist Dee-1 along with Carolyn Malachi perform at Apache Cafe 9:30p Address: 64 3rd St NW Atlanta, GA 30308
The People’s Scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins is coming to Atlanta February 13, 2016. He will be speaking at Georgia State University the event will be from 4p-8p. There will also be a screening of Elementary Genocide 2 by filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz who is also hosting the event. If you are in Atlanta or nearby area make sure you come out and check out this event. Plenty of great information will be shared informative and timely for the days we are in along with it being Black History Month!