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What’s This About

In Music, News, Video on September 27, 2018 at 4:40 am

It’s all about the music.
If you have the talent – please use it:

If you have a radio interview invite with Charlamagne Tha God, then take it.
If you have to respond to Eminem’s Diss Track to clap back – you have to make it:

What’s This About? This is about word skill.
Rap started in Harlem but the “M’s” keep it real.

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The American Music Awards
are slated to go hard!

Beyonce, The Carters, Niki Minaj nor Arianna Grande made the list.
Cardi B and Drake are on the UPTAKE because they’re the radio’s jizz:


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Life moves fast and all is not always fair,
but don’t tell that to THE TALK‘s melodic billionaire.

Eve is on the scene – and you know that she doesn’t play.
Eve is like ol’ Blue Eyes, she does things her way.

I love her new face; hands down – she looks fantastic!
Terry Dubrow must have had an opening and Eve snagged it.

She is the epitome of life-melody as none of the usual music moguls helped her in her rise.
I’m Qui
About Music, hot topics and Eve. It’s up to each of us to cultivate our own lives.

News Peruse – The 4th week of June

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Politics, Self Improvement on June 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm
NewsPeruse_6:25:13

Click here to learn more about the DOJ & the VOTING RIGHTS ACT of 1965

The Zimmerman trial is well underway
and evidence is being presented for sway.

George is in the hot seat, fighting to be calm in his head
knowing his lifes on the line because a young boy is dead.

God bless. I’m praying and sending good vibes to Sabrina and Tracy Martin.
I pray they can forgive George and that their hearts are not hardened.

I pray George will overcome whatever it was in his heart
that made him prey on the teen black boy from the very start.

I pray justice is served and that decency remains.
Trayvons death shouldn’t conclude in vain.

The Voting Rights Act is in trouble –  and not at all a leisure fad or fashion.
The DOJ has loosened the federal reigns. What’s it mean for African Americans?

Will water hosing tactics return to deter black voters in line?
America is not post racial and this is purely not the right time.

Who let the blacks out? It was high poll numbers that elected President Obama,
and history shows, they’re eagerly awaiting to vote in Chelsea Clinton’s moma.

But if voting rights aren’t protected and long lines continue to deter
folks from voting before cut off time – the minority vote may become a blur.
That’s not what we need sir.

Also while watching CNN, did you happen to see the video
of the black intruder that beat the white women after kicking down her do‘?

Horrific it was indeed. He beat her for no reason.
May her nanny cam surveillance help arrest him this season.

Very few are effective in stopping you in your tracks.
Very few have the authority to do it like the IRS.

The IRS usually adds up to more than we think we can handle,
but offers no bias in the latest IRS scandal.

In lighter news — or maybe not so light
The big sis on That 70’s Show got a D.U.I.

It made headline news, for no reason at all
The cops arrested her while walking – because her car had stalled.

Edward Snowden is in transition limbo — and how,
he’s currently sitting in an airport somewhere in Moscow.

Putin is acting like, it’s a free world and he won’t extradite.
President O’s administration is like, “Okay Putin. Alright.

If you wanna play like that, you better be sure you’ve got your allies behind ya.
Because we’re done playing integrity ball with you and old man China.”

They two are well informed – they know exactly what’s up.
America will historically note just how they are cut.

This is an international stage with a tattered fringe.
Drake suggested that we all know our real friends…

Nelson Mandela is a good friend and President Obama may drop in on him Friday.
When President Mandela heard of his pending guest, he experienced a high day.

Dave Chappelle has plunged into a comedy tour and Kevin Hart speaks on his return.
Suddenly things are looking up because Dave’s got the good laughs that I yearn.

Often times, the news is too burdensome and I just want to be silly,
I’m Qui
Reading the headlines of international news and saying, “Come on. Really?!”

Go. See. Do.

In Movies, Music, News on May 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

Here’s a guide to this season’s hippest, hottest festivals as laid out by Kevin Chappell and Karen Good-Marable of Ebony Magazine. Sync your social calendaryou don’t want to miss these dates::

Let the Music Play!
What’s better than hearing great live music with the sun on your shoulder? Multiday outdoor festivals are a great opportunity to see performances by big-name artists, not to mention a chance to relax, meet interesting people and explore the local culture. Think of it as an all-inclusive vacay and a major city-revenue booster, which equal a win-win –and a good time– for all. Whether you fancy Philly hip hop, Chicago down-home blues or Jamaican dancehall, we’ve got you covered. So grab your flip-flops, your big blanket and your boo. Summer has arrived, and there’s no better time to hit a festival– or two.

Capital Jazz Fest
Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area June 1-3
capitaljazz.com
The Beats: There’s nothing quite like an outdoor concert in Chocolate City, and the CJF is a bona fide summer must. Celebrating its 20th year, the festival features more than 30 national acts on two stages (jazz and soul). In between sets, browse the Marketplace, which offers fine art and crafts, and the food court where you can sample a genuine Maryland crab cake.
Headliners: Anita Baker, George Benson, India.Aire, Charlie Wilson, Four-Play, Musiq Soulchild and Valerie Simpson who will play tribute to her late husband, Nick Ashford
Attendance: Some 30,000 people from 44 states in 2011
Price per day: $$$ $52.50-$165
Where to stay: The festival takes place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbnia, MD (28 miles from D.C. and 18 miles southwest of Baltimore). Marriott BWI Airport is the host hotel for the official “mix and mingle reception” and the “late night dance party,” but other hotels near the airport offer special festival rates.
Bonus Track: Get more information — and into the groove — at capitaljazz.com, which has its own radio station.

Roots Picnic
Philadelphia/June 2-3
okayplayer.com/rootspicnic
The Beats: This two-day festival hosted by The Roots, Philly’s own hip-hop band, encourages, attendees to bring a blanket and a picnic basket, and just chill. Now in its fifth year, the event is held at Penn’s Landing and has been expanded from one day to two.
Headliners: Kid Cudi, Wale, DeLa Soul and Major Lazer.
Attendance: In the thousands, though the Roots Picnic feels intimate. Attendees are able to get close to the stage and interact with performers.
Price per day: $$ $50
Where to stay: Downtown Philly is a great location, but any hotel off I-95 is in proximity to the festival or one of the many local cheese-steak dives.

SpeakEasy Comedy Lounge Presents: The Well Endowed Comedy Show
Scottsdale, Phx/ June 8-9
FanFueled.com
Comics: Avery Oliver and Jared Campbell will share the stage with
Headliner: Eric Dugar
Price per ticket: $ $7

Playboy Jazz Festival (PJF)
Los Angeles/ June 16-17
playboyjazzfestival.com
The Beats: Hugh Hefner once called jazz “the music of my dreams,” which may explain why the PJF feels so fairy dusted. Here are three reasons why: L.A. in the summertime; the Hollywood Bowl;and the legends. In its 34 years, the festival has showcased the talents of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller and Robert Glasper, just to name a few. Come hear an array of jazz standards, blues, Latin and world fusion. One again, Bill Cosby returns as the master of ceremonies, a gig he’s only missed three times since 1979.
Headliners: Ramsey Lewis, Christian McBride, Sheila E., Boney James and Robin Thicke
Attendance: 35,000 in 2011
Price per day: $$ $20-$160
Where to stay: Get a special rate at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.
Bonus Track Don’t miss the festival’s famous conga lines!

ASU Project Humanities Summer Film Series
Phoenix Metroplex / June 20th and July 17th
Phx-Soul.com

The second in a series of three films addressing the question, “Are we losing our humanity?”
The film, Human Experience, will be showing at South Mountain Community Library, Wednesday, June 20th starting at 6 p.m. The film will be followed by a discussion with ASU faculty and community scholars.
The conversation following the first screening was incredibly engaging. There are no experts here.

The series is presented in partnership with ASU Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture, ASU Emeritus College Faculty of the Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and Seek First Entertainment.
The date for the final film, Baraka, is Tuesday, July 17th. More details to follow…

Please come out and share your thoughts with us!
The event is free $0 and open to the public, refreshments will be provided.

Reggae Sumfest
Montego Bay, Jamaica July 15-21
reggaesumfest.com
The Beats: Dubbed “greatest reggae show on Earth,” Sumfest is Jamaica’s leading music festival featuring performances by the biggest artists in the genre, as well as in dancehall, hip-hop and R&B. The five-day event kicks off with Sunday’s beach party; Wednesday is Sound Clash Night; Thursday is Dancehall Night; and Friday and Saturday are both International Nights. This year promises to be particularly special since it marks both the festival’s 20th anniversary and the 50th anniversay of Jamaica’s independence.
Headliners: Damian Marley, Beenie Man, and Mavado. Drake and Rihanna were rumored to be International Night acts at press time.
Attendance: A record 45,000 in 2011. Organizers expect 60,000 this year.
Price per day: $$ $15-$225
Where to stay: Several all-inclusive Mo’Bay resorts have Sumfest travel packages, but if you plan to roam the island by day and the festival at night, you might want to go as cheap as possible on accommodations.

Preacher trapped in a rappers body…

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on April 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Meet Norris J.

He sho’ makes positive rap sound cool. In fact, he’s “THE COOLEST” inspirational rapper I know and his swag is easily comparable to Will Smith.

So if you’ve found as of late that you’re driving music has been reduced from: jamming the latest rap song in it’s entirety -to- only jamming the instrumental – you are not alone. I’ve even taken to freestyling (making up rhymes about me), because I refuse to be a held hostage to “lyrical trash” over dope beats.

I just wont do it.

However, thanks to Norris J, LeCrae, Common, Mr. Pointman, and a local (DFW) cat I know named Groovy — I too can jam a rap joint in its entirety during my road transitions.

I learned of Norris J last winter through an internet shopping executive and she absolutely couldn’t say enough about him. She immediately googled him (on the spot) to make an informal introduction. I’m not easily impressed when it comes to rap – you know this. I like WORDS. They matter to me. I like them to make sense.

Words don’t seem to be of much value to the fad rapper, and the moral of the story is usually: GARBAGE (pronounced gar-bahj).

However, Norris J is on something entirely different. The beats are jamming and the chorus hooks are easy to get stuck in your head. In fact, the ONLY DIFFERENCE between Norris J’s raps and say those of Jay Z or Drake, is simply in THE WORDS he chooses to use – especially in his hooks.

It’s minor adjustments like these (new trends), if caught onto can make a huge difference in our culture and the comprehension of value in our youth. Think about it. They repeat everything they hear…

Norris J is cooler than a fan on HIGH.
Though I won’t lie –
I was NOT looking for another rapper to come nigh…

Then all of a sudden:

This weekend I had the pleasure to network in a little fun,
that’s when I met VeniceMr. Norris J’s mom.

She’s his No. 1 fan. She’s honest in her bias view,
but she was in good company, because I’m an INJ fan too.

After listening more intently and being inspired by every spoken sentence
I knew I had to tell you about Norris and work his mom’s name all up in it. lol!

Norris J is a lyrical beast overlayed on beats and his swagger does deem him a hotty!
Not to mention his insides are good, he’s a “Preacher trapped in a rappers body”.

That last line is a quote from “THE KINGDOM”kin to the headlining video joint,
I’m Qui
CONVERSATION RULES THE NATION and this brothers rap lyrics are on point.

PS — This is good news for me and my youthful intellectual kin,
Thanks to an elite few we too can jam rap in our cars again.
Let’s support positivity & we’ll POSITIVELY WIN.
Hit up REVERB and get your Norris J order in!

Of course he’s spreading good vibes on FACEBOOK and TWITTER too.
Befriend him and “LIKE” his pages —you know how we do. 🙂
Ooo!

LOVING a lot…

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on February 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

Loving a lot on VALENTINES DAY 2011

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I’m loving the feeling.
The artic freeze is gone and the aftermath is appealing.

I’m LOVING a lot about LIFE and I’m duly on my way…
Our film “THE CAUCUS” will be debuting at the TBFF in nine days.

I’m also loving smart fashion and clever styles that never rest –
Just ask MICHELLE O. who recently sported an H&M [$35] dress.

Oh yes! It doesn’t always have to be a “go for broke label and price” –
Michelle rocked the MATT LAUER interview & she looked superbly nice.

Drake has a rumor out these days – or maybe he’s just in a ‘P&R rut’.
Drake wants to leave Weezy and Young Moneybecause they smoke too much?

I’ve verified nothing – I just heard it over the air ways:
Drake wants to go to ROC NATION and kick it with JAY.

I’m LOVING a lot – including the fact
that Rap Artists have opportunities in the industry like that.

Ain’t no shame in moving over a coast or two. The game certainly doesn’t stop.
And Young Money shouldn’t be mad at all – They’ll always be BOOT HOT!

I’m LOVING today being Monday, because next Wednesday is soon to come,
I’m Qui
Happy Valentines (on and offline) — I’m anxious about the TB Film Festival fun.
YUMmmmmmm!

“The Caucus”
World Premier
@ Studio Movie Grill (75 & Royal Lane, Dallas – TX)
Wednesday – February 23, 2011
In the 8pm-10pm block
Red Carpet Event kicks off at 7pm

I’ll see you there. 😉

On 2.14.11: Nat `King’ Cole’s TV show gets digital release (AP) (click highlighted link to read AP report).

Has Rap taken a Wrap

In Music, Networking on January 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

Let’s CHANGE THE BEAT for a minute and talk about black music, Hip Hop in particular. Is it even still considered black music with such inductees like Eminem and a plethora of other white boys that go hard in their hood? Hip Hop belongs to no race of people today – it’s fair game. But the birth of its roots are as black as they come. NY birthed something beautiful and Fab5Freddy was there. It was then that he laced Blondie with those now famous words: “Fab5Freddy told me everybody’s fly…” in her Rapture video on MTV. Remember that? Fab continues to maneuver behind the scenes producing and directing music videos, co-producing and exec-producing films/documentaries and of course riding at the helms of the VH1 Annual Hip Hop Honor Shows that air in October. Last year was a big hit – if you missed it, peep some of the memorable 2009 highlights below::

It was good. But where are we (in terms of growth) in rap today? A lot of the beats are nice but what about the words? Where have the words gone? What are we saying? I don’t know what 1-hit wonders rule your local airwaves, but there’s a song that rhythmically (beat banging) hits the spot and gets all of the air playtime, I don’t know the songs title, but the chorus phrase is as follows:

“He’s got a big… and knows how to use it. Bone!”

And the message behind it is? Well I think you get it. I’m too young to be railroaded into listening to TALK RADIO all of the time in my car. A girl (like myself) likes to bounce around at a stop light or two to the local FM hip hop stations, but it’s just not happening. The last time I danced in my car, at the light, had to have been 2 summers ago. As of recent, you can find me in my car silent, (listening to NPR Radio) or waving my mock-maestro hand to the classical concertos that feed their segway changes. It just isn’t right. I was raised on hip hop and I thought it would never stop. Now I’m praying that the current rap slop on the radio will be arrested. I love Lil’ Wayne, but he ain’t talking about nothing neither is Nikki Menaj. Drake is okay, but he’s not quite a rapper. Now there is a hip hop guy that I have been feeling as of late, but he’s not on the local airways – he’s mostly online. I met him on Twitter through one of FabNewYorks Re-Twits [RT], his name is JASIRIX and today he nearly stands alone in his fresh approach to being socially and economically aware in his rap messages & videos. There are staple legends in the rap game that are known for doing “exactly that”, like KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Most Def, Common – but naturally, they get next to NO AIRTIME on local radio stations. Perhaps it’s because their lyrics make you think too deeply. What do you think? Are you thinking?

Which rap artist are flooding your local radio stations and what are their moral messages on a whole? Are LL Cool J, Jay-Z & Ice Cube out of sound messages? Does a banging beat really need raggedy lyrics? Lately I’ve opted for the instrumentals. They provide me the jam I want to jerk my body too and because there’s no auto tune vocals atop of it, I am able to think my own thoughts or even freestyle aloud with no artist interruption. What’s rap without the rap artist? A hip hop instrumental track. Soooo Has Rap taken a Wrap? Is it possible to revise the legendary format and chart a literal come back?

I’m Qui
‘Definitely looking forward to that.