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 @ email@example.com.
GET YOUR FREE KWANZAA SONG!!
You can get a complimentary version of the song "Kwanzaa Time" by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.