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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Monday, October 27, 2008
Submissions should illustrate an example of when the author experienced or witnessed a moment when they felt truly "free", whatever that definition means to them. All submissions should be authentic renderings by the person submitting the work.
All authors and visual artists may submit up to three pieces for consideration. Liberated Muse Productions seeks submissions from all but will give special consideration to those who are emerging writers who have an active online presence and whose artistic image promotes artistry and/or social responsilitiy/activism.
To submit your work or for questions, please email LiberatedMuseProductions@gmail.com or visit www.LiberatedMuse.com.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! THE SAARTJIE PROJECT™ CELEBRATES NEW LOGO & KICKS OFF VISUAL ARTS SHOWCASE
The Saartjie Project™ is proud to unveil its official logo, designed by DC-based Artist and Facilitator, Helina Metaferia. The logo has been dubbed, “Bearers of Light” by Founder Jessica Solomon.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Farah is a UMD theatre graduate and will be performing some of her poetry on November 1st at 3 pm and 7:30 pm at a program called "Women, Words and Power!"
It will take place at Playbill Cafe in Washington DC, which is located at 1409 14th Street NW (at the corner of 14th & P St NW).
The program is associated with The Essential Theatre and will feature Farah and 8 female spoken word artists and a group of female drummers.
The tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door. Support this program!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Here are the conference workshops:
Conference Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Location: Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., Bronx, NY
The Re:Verse Literary Conference revitalizes the importance of books in the lives of young people.The conference presents creative ways for keeping literature and books valuable sources of knowledge and creativity.
This series of professional-development workshops will help educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work that focuses on cultures, history, and social studies.The mission is to bring a love of literature back into the classroom in new, unique, and exciting ways.
Regular registration: $15, October 1 through October 25All conference attendees will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Mosaic Literary Magazine ($24 value) and lunch.http://reverse.eventbrite.com
Session I: 12:00n-1:15pm
Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change
Conscious Women Rock the Page to support educators who wish to use hip-hop fiction in their classrooms to explore social issues and promote activism among their students.
Instructors: Jennifer Calderon, Elisha Miranda, Sofia Quintero, and Marcella Runell Hall
Puerto Rican and Dominican Poetry in the Classroom
This workshop will explore the work of poets from the rich cultural communities Puerto Rican and Dominican and ways to use their work in the classroom.
Instructor: Rich Villar
Session II: 1:30-2:45pm
Revisiting the Role of Literature & Culture in the Classroom through Art & the Written Word
Revisiting the Role of Literature will explore the fusion of culture, literature, and visual arts in new ways; global community building through literature; and the role played by literature, art and the new media in the creation of a heritage and cultural identity
Instructors: Gabrielle David and Nikita Hunter
The Bridge is Over: Connecting Young Adults with Engaging, Age-Appropriate Literature
The Bridge is Over will provide educators and youth providers with strategies to identify and work with engaging multicultural young adult literature.
Instructor: Felicia Pride/BackList
Session III: 3:45-5:00pm
Learning About Ourselves and Each Other: How Reading Diverse Text Promotes Tolerance and Boundary-Stretching
This workshop will engage participants in discussion and activity that identifies ways to engage urban youth in literary pursuits that include reading about and discussing literary texts by authors who are culturally different or write about characters who are different culturally in any way ranging from ethnicity and religion to nationality and gender.
Instructor: Khadijah Ali-Coleman
Poems as Speech Acts and Accommodating Forms
Workshop participants will read aloud and analyze three to four contemporary poems by different poets and discuss how our attitudes, beliefs, and our understanding of diction, tone, and context influence us to arrive at the poet's intended meaning.
Instructor: Charles H. Lynch
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
RSVPs preferred: MeetMarkLong@gmail.com
We hope you will join us on the 24th or 27th...and invite a friend!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Liberated Muse Productions is proud to be a partner of the Saartjie Project which debuted their onstage performance in August 2008. After a successful two-day run in August and a recap during the Can a Sista Rock a Mic Festival in Washington DC in October, the Saartjie Project has plans to return in 2009 with new vignettes but the same intensity and passion showcased in the debut productions. Visit http://www.thesaartjieproject.org for details on this artist collective.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
In July 2008 at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, those in Washington DC enjoyed the MC named Substantial who performed for festival-goers who had come to partake of a lil bit of this, a lil bit of that and see what the nation's capital has in the form of hip-hop and soul. Well, Substantial gave them all that and then some.
Substantial is Stan Robinson, a genuinely nice person who works with youth in his full-time and travels the country in between as the rapper Substantial. With great looks and style that is, by itself attractive, Substantial is a heartthrob who doesn't act or even know its so. Mix that with dope lyrical ability and an out-of-the-box attitude and you have winner written all over it. Yes, Substantial has "crossed over" from the realm of unknown wanna-be rapper to well-known, "I've Been on MTV" best-kept secret status, but we love him all the more for it. He is putting a face on hard work=deserved success and keeping real hip hop alive in the process.
Congrats to Substantial who recently added a new family member to his crew.
Here's Substantial at the 2008 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest :
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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The talent on the social network http://www.liberatedmuse.com/ just gets better and better. What makes http://www.liberatedmuse.com/ different than other social networks is that there are not just performing artists, but writers and visual artists as well who flock to the site to network. Some of the talented folk found on http://www.liberatedmuse.com/ include:
R & B singers Chaquis Maliq, Jon Bibbs, & Pam Ward
Alternative soul acts Dee Stone and Mama Moon of Uninterrupted
Writers Cheril Clarke, Ananda Leeke and Purple Zoe
Theatre group The Saartjie Project
Dancer Imakhu and Visual Artist Falando Thomas
Monday, October 13, 2008
Women, Sex, and Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like a Ho, Sometimes You Don’t is a multi-media investigation on how women navigate sex, desire, choice, and perception. Dance, personal stories and video imagery combine to tackle powerful personal and political issues under discussion nationwide.
Free discussion from 3-4:30Movement workshop (women only) from 5-7pm - $35 $5 off if you pre-register by October 11
Be a part of the creative process for Gesel Mason's new project in this one-day workshop with Gesel Mason at Joe's Movement Emporium. We'll start with a discussion of issues surrounding sexuality and desire (in its many forms), and then find ways to embody and explore these ideas through movement, writing and improvisation.
The discussion is FREE and open to the public and the workshop is for female movers advanced-beginning and up, and ages 18 and up. Come if you're curious, nervous, confident, shy, vocal, sexually active, celibate, judgmental, open-minded, modest, ostentatious, fearless, scared, young, old, opinionated, indifferent....you get the idea. Whatever your perspective--come to share, learn and be challenged.
The project is meant to challenge our cultural programming, examine our belief systems, and reflect the struggle, humor, and pleasure we encounter as sexual beings, in an effort to empower ourselves and inform our sexual choices, whatever they may be.______________________________________________DANCERS AUDITION:October 19, 2008Gesel Mason Performance Projects AUDITIONUniversity of Maryland, College Park12-3pmGesel Mason Performance Projects is looking for dancers to be a part of the development of a new project, "Women, Sex, and Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like a Ho, Sometimes You Don't."
Alas, the next morning, yesterday, I awoke to this searing pain in my left leg. I had stretched myself silly apparantly and pulled a muscle big time. I literally screamed in pain as my partner tried to assess where the pain was coming from. Two ice packs later and a peppermint lotion rubdown on my leg, I was able enough to limp around...well enough to head to the concert finale I had been waiting for all week. I was on my way to the Can a Sista Rock a Mic (CASRAM) festival finale in downtown Silver Spring!
When we arrived, the group Nola Darling was performing. If you're not familiar with the basis of the name, then I'll share...Nola Darling was the lead character in Spike Lee's first breakthrough hit "She's Gotta Have It". Nola was a sexually liberated young woman whose identity directed the course of the movie which was about Nola and her interactions with her three male lovers.
The group Nola Darling is comprised of two Harlem natives, Nikkobya and Aziza, who rocked the stage with a refreshing wackiness and fun reminiscent of Kid n Play but with skills in rap and song on a Lauryn Hill-esque caliber...dressed down in simple sweaters, leggins and denim, they also evoked a certain every-woman element that was truly great to see (I love seeing women perform who don't cater to the "eye candy" requirement that some believe is necessary to embody before going on stage to perform).
Teisha Marie followed Nola Darling and was enjoyed as she reminded me a little of DC native Afi Soul who didn't perform in the festival this year as she has for the past three CASRAMs.
Following her was teen wonder Emoni Fela. We were about to go inside to eat but I was drawn to catch a glimpse of this DC native who I had been trying to get an interview with since 2006. This girl has traveled the country performing, gifted with a insane lyrical ability and a stage presence that is a mix of manic and mayhem. In her fierceness and uniqueness, its like she gives her young peers permission to be themselves. She is star already.
Emily King was next. She favors Wendy from Prince's band The Revolution and she is equally as skilled on the guitar. Her whispery voice evoked the spirits of Carole King and Joplin with a sprinkle of Minnie. She engaged the crowd with her rendition of "Aint No Sunshine" and a song she wrote about growing up as a child of interracial love. Though she is not a belter, she has a certain sweetness that makes you inevitably smile satisfied. My business buddy Maceo stood in a twenty minute line to cop her CD.
The headliner for the night, Angela Johnson was on fire. This singer/musician/producer is immensely talented and has a voice of pure platinum. What was so inspiring about her was how she brought with her two singers who are featured on her new album A Woman's Touch and allowed them to sing lead songs. If that's not a sista having a sista's back, I don't know what is. The song "Walkin" produced by Johnson but sung by Lisala who was present this night, is one of my favorites (I bought the CD last month at the International Soul Music Summit and play it at least once a week).
My family and I left before the show was over so I could limp comfortably back to the car without going through crowds. But, the concert was well enjoyed. CASRAM rocked this year, and I imagine that it will only be bigger and badder next year. Girls Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kudos to Kimani Anku & solSource, creator of the festival for another job well done!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Liberated Muse Productions announces that planning for the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest has begun. Given the fair turn-out during the inaugaral fest that debuted on July 26, 2008 in Washington DC's Marvin Gaye Park, planners anticipate that the 2009 fest will be bigger and badder.
Media and graphic studio MYST studios will once again serve as the official media and graphics provider for the fest.