Tuesday, September 28, 2010
To help celebrate Gypsy Soul's 2nd Anniversary, Queens, New York native Lydia Caesar came through with a performance that commanded attention.Coined as a Rock N B singer for her blend of alternative rock and R&B, Caesar's stage presence exudes class often unseen in today's music realm. Her fashion sense is reminiscent of Whitney Houston in the 80's and her taste in music is not bad either. huevoicesdotcom's Bobby Marvin interviewed the dynamic songstress on growing up in a church, making it in New York and her latest project Masterpiece .
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Gypsy Soul celebrated its 2nd anniversary. The company has drew notable attention for the maketing and branding of what they call "Responsible Music". In addition, Gypsy Soul's live entertainment showcase Ear Candy has featured critically acclaimed artists from across the country. huevoicesdotcom's Bobby Marvin interviewed Gypsy Soul founder Kayenecha Daugherty on their success and what's to come in the future.
Video includes snippet performances of Kenny Wesley and Green Tea.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Former Black Panther leader Marshall "Eddie" Conway led the Baltimore Chapter until he was convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of a police officer in 1970. Now he speaks with huevoicesdotcom on his case and new memoir Marshall Law.
One-on-One with Marshall "Eddie" Conway PART II
Conway speaks on the current state of Black America.
I have often heard fierce criticism of HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Some go on and on about how the institutions are ineffective and poorly managed. Once I heard a parent, who is a graduate of a HBCU, say that he would rather send he would rather his children atten traditionally white institutions. Clearly, he was implying black schools are inferior to their white counterparts.
This type of thinking pains me because it is indicative of how we see ourselves in society. It is not just a case of not knowing our history, but shunning the lessons that we're taught. HBCU is not an acronym for lack of better words or a brand for marketing campaigns. It is our four letter thesis statement telling the world how we changed our stifling conditions and redefined our destiny.
They say if you teach a man how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. Good people, we we established our own institutions not only for scholarly recognition, but to construct stronger and sustainable communities. Our predecessors knew education would make the difference in having a loaf of bread as opposed to just a slice.
Last week we celebrated HBCU's, TODAY we must continue the fight to keep them alive. As homicide and incarceration paralyzes our communities we must embrace our HBCU's as the pressure needed to convert coal into diamonds. Whether it is business, communications or health care, the potential for black wealth is present on black college campuses.
And wherever I may go I will let it be known, I am not a victim but a victor. I am a product of a HBCU.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Dozens came out to Druid Hill Park to participate in the 4th Annual Recovery Rally and Walk, a platform to celebrate and encourage recovering drug and alcohol abusers and provide services for drug treatment.
The event coincides with National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in America and was sponsored by the Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Inc. The Maryland Chapter- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-MD), Project Garrison Incorporated, and Gaudenzia.
State Senator Lisa Gladden and Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler were present to show their support. Festivities included a talent show, free food and fun for the kids.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
huevoicesdotcom's Bobby Marvin caught up with Phonte of The Foreign Exchange at YahZarah's "Cry Over You" video shoot to talk about the Grammy-nominated group's new upcoming album Authenticity.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
huevoicesdotcom's Bobby Marvin interviews independent artist YahZarah on site of her new video for "Cry Over You", the latest single off her fourth album The Ballad of Purple Saint James.
Spoken Word artist and author Taalam Acey has risen to become a prominent figure on the Spoken Word circuit nationally and internationally. His work has appeared on TV One and in the pages of Essence Magazine.
He has penned four books and released over a dozen Spoken Word albums, along with appearances in several documentaries including the critically acclaim What Black Men Think?
I had the opportunity to chat with Taalam about his new album The Birth of Spoken Soul and the state of Spoken Word.