Wednesday, December 31, 2008
In Celebration of the Kwanzaa Principle of Creativity, Sign the Petition Today: Make the Life of Artists a Priority
Monday, December 29, 2008
(All photos by Khadijah Ali-Coleman & Ben Dawson for MYST Media Solutions, LLC)
The Kwanzaa principle for today is Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), and in the spirit of economic buildng and support, take the time out today to support businesses in your community by donating to allow the business to continue to thrive and enjoy your patronage. You can donate to a website or business of your choice (like http://www.liberatedmuse.com/), an independent artist (like Afi Soul and many of the artists on http://www.liberatedmuse.com/) by purchasing their CD, book or piece of visual art or a brick and mortar business like Artmosphere (http://www.artmospherecafe.com/) whose existence depends on your support.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Kwanzaa is a spiritual, festive and joyous celebration of the oneness and goodness of life, which claims no ties with any religion. The focus of Kwanzaa is centered around the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) with particular emphasis on the unity of our Black families. It is a time for gathering of our families, and for a rededication to manifesting the principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) as a way of life for Black Americans.
The SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA ARE:
UMOJA (UNITY) (oo-MOE-jah)
KUJICHAGULIA (SELF DETERMINATION) (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah)
UJIMA (COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY) (oo-JEE-mah)
UJAMAA (COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS) (oo-JAH-mah)
NIA (PURPOSE) (nee-AH)
KUUMBA (CREATIVITY) (koo-OOM-bah)
IMANI (FAITH) (ee-MAH-nee)
(Visit HERE for more information on the Nguzo Saba)
KWANZAA, the African-American cultural holiday conceived and developed by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga, was first celebrated on December 26, 1966. Kwanzaa is traditionally celebrated from December 26 through January 1, with each day focused on Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles. Derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits", Kwanzaa is rooted in the first harvest celebrations practiced in various cultures in Africa.
Liberated Muse member--DC-based soul singer, Afi Soul --will be having a Kwanzaa celebration during this holiday. The event is FREE and will take place at the Artmosphere Cafe this Sunday, December 28th. The Artmosphere is located at 3311 Rhode Island Avenue, Mt. Ranier, MD. Doors open at 7. Performers include Sol Elder, Farafina Khan and, of course, Afi Soul! For more information, contact Afi thru the Liberated Muse network or email her @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET YOUR FREE KWANZAA SONG!!
You can get a complimentary version of the song "Kwanzaa Time" by emailing email@example.com. You can hear the song in its entiriety on the main page of the Liberated Muse network.
KWANZAA ACTIVITY WITH THE FAMILY:
Click Here to get a FREE CRAFT ACTIVITY to do with the family. Make an UMOJA WREATH!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Number 9-- Sarah Palin and THE BUSH DOCTRINE
Number 8--Solange Knowles & THE STAGE DANCER
Really good sport, Solange is.
Number 7-- All the Mutations of of THE SONG
With all of the many videos parodying this song, this is one of the funnier ones.
Number 6-- Joe Scarborough Drops THE F-Word
Hilarious when news anchors who are so judgemental in their critiques make blunders and aren't even aware they are making a blunder while LIVE on air.
Number 5-- Sarah Palin and THE TURKEY
What on earth is going on with that guy in the background? This is on the list because it is ludicrous beyond ludicrous-iosity!
Number 4-- Charlie and THE FINGER
This was posted in 2007 but grew metoric acclaim this year, even appearing in a commercial recently. Precious.
Number 3--David Gregory on THE TODAY SHOW Feeling "Just Fine"
Ok, this was shot in 2007, but I didn't see it until 2008, so, it makes the list! David Gregory is the star of this video hands down. Sorry, Mary.
Number 2-- Scarlet Taking THE TUMBLE
Man, there are no words. What is great about this is how great a sport she is. Glad she's ok.
Number 1-- George Bush and THE SHOE
Saturday, December 20, 2008
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
(In video: Bridget Gray and her popular "Letter to Hip Hop")
Los Angeles filmmaker Bob Bryan has unveils his seventh powerful installment in his multi award-winning Documentary Series entitled GV7 RANDOM URBAN STATIC: The Iridescent Equations of SPOKEN WORD.
He is releasing two (2) versions: An Unofficially Rated G Version for General Audiences, Schools and Libraries and the Original Unedited Version for those who do not mind some “raw street vernacular.” Both versions will have a Running time of 2 hours.
Bob Bryans’ last documentary GV6 THE ODYSSEY explored the point of views of 31 contemporary Literary Page Poets. GV6 THE ODYSSEY deals with those Poets who write words for the page, while GV7 RANDOM URBAN STATIC probes the reality of those Poets that write for the stage.
Not all the poets shared a deep abiding love for hip-hop in its current incarnation. Many of the Poets feel that Hip-hop has within its grasp the potential to be a positive catalyst for massive personal & social change. They feel unfortunately that its potential has been severely underdeveloped and in some cases perversely denigrated by some of its commercial practitioners.
But at the same time other poets in GV7 openly discuss issues of date-rape, the courage to be an artist, the psychological repression of women, How Hip-hop can help or Hurt, HIV-AIDS & homosexuality, image vs. reality, obsessions, race-consciousness, anorexia, self-love, the high-jacking of black men’s masculinity & vunerability, disappointment with God, insanity, self-loathing, inspiration and salvation.
"Noone can say these poets tread lightly or try to avoid issues that we all, in some way or another grapple with. It's what makes this expression so relative, ” says Filmmaker Bob Bryan.
Visit www.graffitiverite.com for more information.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Check out Bassey on Def Jam Poetry
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
"Jubilee" examines historical and contemporary African American holidays and celebrations from around the country. More than 50 holidays, celebratory traditions and occasions are presented in a season-based journey through a calendar year. Observances profiled include those no longer existing, ones created in response to significant events (such as Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation), regional favorites and black traditions associated with mainstream holidays. Also covered are leisure-time activities, college and church homecomings, black Greek organizations' events, family reunions and recent holidays like Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
James discussed the history of these celebrations highlighting little-known facts and folklore presented in the exhibition through photographs, artifacts, costumes, documents, music, video and interviews. Among the exhibition features are the 1800s' wedding dress of an enslaved African woman, an interview with Congressman John Conyers on the King Holiday and the 1897 bronze studies for sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens' tribute to Robert Gould Shaw and the all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army.
Peter Robinson, Jr loaned military artifacts from his father, a World War I veteran and the son of enslaved Africans. He discussed the special significance of Veterans Day to African Americans.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Young & Powerful Launch and Networking Social
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Young & Powerful Presidential Brunch
Monday, January 19, 2009
Young & Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast &
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Young & Powerful Inaugural Semi-Formal Affair
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Only a few years ago, Patrick, then known as the wildly outrageous "Transfatty" to the New York City creative underground, could not have imagined a more perfect or compelling story line. Always fascinated with the disabled (his short film "Deep in the Heart of Nexus" chronicles a young disabled woman getting dressed), he had long searched for a story like his own. At age 34, he never thought he would be on the opposite side of the camera, much less that he would be enjoying it.
Patrick began to chronicle his terminal illness in the fall of 2006, just months after receiving his ALS diagnosis. Leaving the high paying world of commercial directing wasn't easy, but necessary to focus on his life's work: a feature length documentary about the disease. ALS, commonly referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease", aggressively kills motor neuron cells in the body causing paralysis and eventual death, with the average lifespan being three to five years. Knowing time was in short supply, Patrick gathered his friends and other creatives to start documenting the disease as it unleashed itself upon Patrick's body, the film's moving canvas.
Currently in post production, the film will highlight all aspects of the disease with humor and grim honesty, something Patrick is well known for as a director. Controversies aside, Patrick hopes the film will get the attention of the media to spread the word about a disease which has little research funding. From protesting naked outside the White House in his wheelchair to having a true "love child", every step of his journey has been filmed, much of it captured on breathtaking 35mm film.
True to form, Patrick titled the upcoming film "Everything Will Be Okay…or How I Learned to Transcend Form, Live in the Now, and Make Love in My Electric Wheelchair." His ever loyal fans are looking forward to the new film, which will not fall far from the Transfatty tree. The man who gave them "Three breasted paraplegic DJ" and "Supermodel Meat Sports" would give them nothing less.
The moving trailer may be viewed at http://www.patrickobrienfoundation.org/0/EWBOK_trailer.mov.
"Everything Will Be Okay" is a fiscally sponsored program through the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
About Patrick O'Brien:
Patrick O'Brien is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts film program in New York City. He currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with his family while he completes his documentary.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
On December 1st in recognition of World AIDS Day 2008, Liberated Muse Productions will take part in this historic day of awareness. We encourage you to take part by adding your voice through your own blog on our Liberated Muse social network and by commenting on our blog post for that day. Together, we can reduce the stigma of this pandemic through our words, voices and actions.
As a blogger, you can help lead this mission. Some of you may already be doing this, so tell your story. Write about it and share it with NIDA, AIDS.gov and the Bloggers Unite community. Even if you are not a blogger, you can be involved. Here are five ways you can further the cause and elevate the voice of HIV/AIDS awareness online:
(1) 'Be-Friend' NIDA and AIDS.gov on MySpace to stay connected to the issue and those working within it. Learn the link about HIV/AIDS and drug abuse by viewing NIDA’s online Webisodes, a video series about how non-injection drug use can lead to increased risk behavior, and can change lives forever. Once you learn the link, be sure to send the link to friends and family.
(3) Join the AIDS.gov Facing AIDS World AIDS Day Campaign and take a picture of yourself wearing a red ribbon and use that photo on your social network, blog, or Web site to help eliminate stigma and recognize World AIDS Day online. Also, add a badge to your website or blog.
(4)Blog and read about the issue. Then be sure to share your posts with Bloggers Unite or on Twitter using the tag #WAD08.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
On Friday, Nov. 28, Inside Design Internet Radio interviews one of today’s top celeberities in Interior Design: Kim Myles! After winning the HGTV competition show, Design Star, Myles now sits at the helm of her own show, Myles of Style, where she helps novices tackle their troubled rooms with her imaginative spin on design and decor.
Kim has lived in New York City for more than 10 years but it was her childhood in the suburbs that initially drove her to explore interior design as a personal interest. “Growing up in suburbia gave me an aversion to sameness,” she says. This hairdresser, who got her start designing her own clothing, jewelry and hats, has no formal design education but uses her city surroundings as inspiration in her design styles, which she describes as “global urban elegance.”
Check out Kim’s official website at http://www.kimmyles.com/
Kim will be sharing with Inside Design some tips and ideas for holiday decorating as well as what is new with her hit TV show, “Myles of Style” on HGTV.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!
Log into http://www.im4radiodc.com/ and click "Listen Now" on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 10:30 am on WFLO, the Flow, http://www.im4radiodc.com/ !
Every other Friday, on air hosts, Susan Featherstone-Schemm and Sherry Burton Ways, the Principals of Design Scheme Interiors, LLC, will discuss home, interior décor and art. Guests will include décor experts, authors and artists who work with home interiors. INSIDE DESIGN will also give you the latest news in home decorating trends from around the country and the world!
DSI Principals Schemm and Ways will answer any problem decorating questions you have. So call to participate in the topic at 301-560-6992 in the DC/MD/VA area or dial 1-866-856-5903 nationwide. E-mail your questions during the show to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This holiday season, meet authors, buy new books and support reading by checking out the Black Author Showcase Holiday Fair, a production of Liberated Muse member Diane who also is creator of the Ning social networking site of the same name.
The Black Author Showcase will hold its annual Holiday Book Fair on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at The Show Place Arena & Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.
The event will present more than 20 national and local Black authors who will speak or perform their latest literary works. The event is free to the public with book giveaways and prize drawings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new or gently used “Book and a Buck” to support literacy in Kenya. BAS is partnering with Books For Africa in a book drive to benefit the White Cots School Centre.Project.
WHAT: Black Authors Speak About Their Books
WHERE: The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD
WHO: The event is presented by the Black Author Showcase and 22nd Century Press
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2008; 10 AM to 5 PM WEB LINKS:
Sunday, November 16, 2008
1241 Good Hope Rd. SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20020
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
When: November 13 : 5 p.m.November 15 : 2 p.m.November 16 : 4 p.m.
Where: Neighborhood: Northwest
1525 Newton St.
Washington, DC 20010
Words, Beats and Life, INC is hosting The Bootleg Festival, a three day underground hip hop and media event. The all-day festival brings the best of independent hip hop media to the forefront with lively discussions and screenings of documentaries and short films on the subject of hip hop on a worldwide level. Admission is free, but donations are suggested. All proceeds from the festival will go to the D.C. Urban Arts Academy
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
One highlight was the guest appearance of Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now! which airs on Washington DC radio channel WPFW.
Goodman, a thorough journalist who often goes where few commercial media members go, is known for her hard-hitting coverage of the Iraq war and homeland issues of inequality and oppression. During her appearance at the Green Festival, she shared her experiences at the Republican convention where she and her news team experienced ghastly police violence while covering an episode of police brutality in the streets.
Goodman remarked how historic Obama's election as president is. "You voted for the hope and the opportunity for change," she said, "but, not guaranteed it. That's going to come with your hard work."
She urged the packed audience to establish their own grassroot groups, return to community organizing and stay on top of our elected leaders. She reminded us that Obama will always be known as one of the lone senators to stand up against the war in Iraq when no one else would in Congress. However, she added, don't forget that he ultimately voted for funding of the war. She says that the reality is that the two major parties get funding from corporations who donate money to have their interests honored.
She shared that we should work toward getting candidates to be able to have free air time with the major media so that they don't have to pay for air time and feel squeezed and forced to say certain things based on who is funding their air time.
Democracy Now! is currently broadcast on nearly 729 stations around the world. Visit http://www.democracynow.org/stations to find a station near you.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
For more information visit: http://www.classichiphopllc.com/ or http://www.ticketmaster.com/
This has been an incredible week. I feel personally responsible for getting Barack Hussein Obama elected President of the United States of America. I have been accepting congratulations from leaders around the world. And I have been offering congratulations to those around the world. When MSNBC called the state of Pennsylvania for Obama, I saw the culmination of months and years of hard work by many come to a new beginning.
I just would like to thank all those who have helped contribute to my training and experience in this role in no particular order:
1. James and Margaret Thomas (dec.) for making sure my Dad and Aunt Marjorie pioneeringly (I think I made this up) integrated their schools to provide generations greater opportunities.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Everything else: The parade and balls are organized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is just being formed. This committee determines the type of inaugural events to hold, raises private money to fund them and decides how to distribute the tickets
People, there is always television. All the better to watch it with.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Liberated Muse Productions extends congratulations to Senator Obama and looks forward to the new day this election will herald in.
Kudos to McCain and his closing speech which was cordial and recognized the significance of this moment as he admitted defeat and applauded Obama for his win. "I urge all Americans to join me in not just congratulating him but joining him in making this a better country than we inherited. Whatever our differences, we are all Americans," said McCain.
His speech was met with boos and hate calls as he finished, "...the failure was mine, not yours."
Liberated Muse Productions co-founder Maceo Thomas is in Virginia, working for the Obama campaign by providing umbrellas (its drizzling there) and offering his services as needed. He voted earlier this week. Mace's partner, me, Khadijah Ali-Coleman -- Moon--shares with you my voting experience from this morning HERE. I have this overwhelming sense of pride.
Don't forget to get your FREE sweet treats on this election day. Choose from Starbucks, Krispy Kremes, Ben & Jerry's and California Tortilla. Get details HERE.
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Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
African American Women In Cinema 11th Annual Film Festival
AAWIC 2008 Film Festival Event and Film Screening Schedule.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest debuted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in Washington DC in Marvin Gaye Park. The 19 act line-up was intense. The roster of acts included hip hop artists Substantial, Christylez, Mello-D & the Rados, Gods'illa and soul singers Rogiers, Afi Soul, Chaquis Maliq and Tia Dae. Well-attended, DC council-members Yvette Alexander and Kwame Brown participated as well.
As planning moves forward, Liberated Muse Productions would like for nonprofits, vendors and artists interested in participating to be on the look-out for dates for submissions and sponsor/vendor applications. Visit www.capitalhiphopsoulfest.com to get a listing of some of last year's vendors, sponsors and performing artists.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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