Saturday, January 31, 2009
The promoter for the night is still looking for great bands to send him links of your music if you want to be one of the headlining bands on a Saturday Night Live night...email us at LiberatedMuseProductions@gmail.com for details.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Spinning classic hip-hop on the 1 and 2 is the renowned DJ Earth 1NE and DJ Gekko. NO COVER!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
We the People Project:
The creative vision of hope and opportunity
by immigrant and American-born Artists
Deadline Application: Sunday, Feb 8
1. The Theme
In a time when the arts and cultural opportunities are more visible than ever before, and with a new administration and a President who see the arts as an engine for economic development, dialogue and cultural preservation, We the People in the arts matter again.
To celebrate the victory of bringing arts back into the public policy and discourse, and in conjunction with the National Women’s History Month, I ask you to join me in a special program and exhibition Feb 18 – April 3, 2009 at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.
2. The Goal
We the People Project’s goal is to create a memorable art exhibition and performance event that highlights a unique vision of America today through the eyes of immigrant and American-born artists.
3. The Project’s Format and Eligible Artists
We the People Project includes a mixed media group show and a performing event on Sunday, March 29, 2009, 2-4 pm at Lorton Arts Center in Gallery W-16, that presents storytelling, poetry and music of the immigrant, refugee and American-born artists.
The exhibition is organized in partnership with Lorton Arts Foundation and is co-curated by Marga Fripp, President, Empowered Women International, Sharon Mason, Executive Director, The Lorton Arts Foundation and Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick, Exhibition Coordinator, Workhouse Arts Center.
Workhouse Arts Center is located 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079. Directions and more at http://www.workhousearts.org/
Performing artists are invited to submit a short performing piece on a digital format to be considered for participation. The message of the piece must be linked with the theme of the project, and be no longer than 7 minutes. Authentic storytelling, music, and poetry reading are welcome! There are no artist fees that will be paid for performing.
Visual artists including painters, designers and other artists are invited to submit up to 5 artworks (paintings, mixed-media work, installations, sculptures, jewelry, fiber, and other fine art designs).
Invited artists are immigrant, refugee and American-born artists, current or new members of the EWI. EWI artist membership fee is $35/year and must be paid by check to EWI, 1801 N. Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22302 at the time of submitting the application.
4. Application Deadline and Submission
For visual artists: apply by email by submitting no more than 5 photos of your artwork. Image submissions must be in digital format, JPEG only at 300 dpi. Please name each image with your last name followed by your first name and artwork title.
Fill out the entry form for all pieces submitted to this exhibition. Include Your Name, Title of Piece, Medium, Dimensions, and Retail Price. Email digital images to Marga at email@example.com
For performing artists: send an email with a video file attached or a video link to Youtube or a website that hosts the art video. Artists may also send a CD or DVD by mail to: Empowered Women International, We the People Project 1801 N. Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22302.
Deadline: All art submissions will be made no later than Sunday, Feb 8 to Marga Fripp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information to submit with your application:
EWI Artist Member Renewal and/or New Member Application FormA check for $35/annual member fee
5. Art Sales
The proceeds from all works sold will be split 50/50 with the artists
§ 50% will be paid to the artist
§ 25% will benefit EWI
§ 25% will benefit Lorton Arts Center
- The exhibition will run Feb 18 – April 3, 2009
- Artists drop off art at Lorton Arts Foundation, Gallery W-16
Sunday Feb. 15th or Monday, Feb.16th -- 12-5 pm
- Pick up (unsold) art
Saturday, April 4th or Sunday, April 5th -- 12 to 5pm
- Art Event/Reception at Lorton Arts Foundation, Gallery W-16
Sunday, March 29, 2-4 pm
When you drop off your artwork, please ensure that all work is labeled on the back with artist’s name, title of work, medium and price. All 2D work must be ready to hang with screw eyes and wire.
Entry FormEWI Membership Renewal and/or New Member Application Form
Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton carries insurance on the works of art while on the property of Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton to prevent against catastrophic loss. Insurance policy is in the amount of $250.000.
Please share this with your fellow artists! For questions, please contact Marga Fripp at 301-693-1346, or email her at email@example.com
Marga C. Fripp
Art Marketing Coach and PresidentEmpowered Women InternationalEntrepreneurship Academy for Artists
We are located atConvergence1801 N. Quaker LaneAlexandria, VA 22302Office: 571-366-7724Cell: 301-693-1346
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
February 20th & 21st, 8pmCapitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 7th St. SE
Performances will be held on Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE, Washington DC). The show begins at 8:00pm nightly, and doors open at 7pm with an Artisan's Market on site.
Tickets sold at the door and $10 advance tickets available at http://www.thesaartjieproject.org/ starting 1.30.09.
ABOUT THE SAARTJIE PROJECT
The Saartjie Project is preparing for its 2009 season, which will kick off with "R/evolution" at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. This spring the collective is slated to perform at the Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed International Conference and is currently casting for an Atlanta-based collective.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
(graphic above created by MYST Studios for the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest)
Hey folks, come join your Liberated Muse family @ the Artmosphere Cafe TONITE. Artmosphere is located in Mt. Ranier, MD. The jam session is from 8pm-to closing.
(Because of the snow going on right now, call before coming out to make sure it is still going on.)
Visit the site for directions
Get your sing on, bring your instruments, bring your canvas to do art, spit a rhyme, do a poem...just come on out!!!
The jam session is hosted by poetess Dehijia Maat....
$5 cover and food and beverages are sold
I've been to the joint several times since the new year and in December and I've had a ball.
Monday, January 26, 2009
These commemorative stickers mark Barack Obama's historic victory and were designed by groundbreaking artist Shepard Fairey—the same artist who designed the world-famous, iconic "Hope" poster for Obama. You can get one sticker for free. For a $3+ donation, MoveOn.org will send you 5 stickers. For a $20+ donation,they'll send 50 stickers. Stickers are 4.5" x 6" (about the size of a postcard) and may take 5-7 weeks to arrive.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Explosively tracing the story of a group of underground hip hop MCs and DJs from the early 1980s to the present day, Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme is a work-in-progress documentary film that explores the world of improvisational rap—the rarely recorded art form of rhyming spontaneously, or "off the top of the head."
Made over the course of more than seven years—mostly with borrowed cameras from a non-profit co-operative of B-Boys, DJs, and MCs known as The Center for Hip Hop Education—Freestyle takes the viewer on a journey through the previously unexamined dimensions of hip hop as a spiritual and community-based art form.
Following some of the best MCs ever to bless the mic, Freestyle features legendary battles including those of the film's hero, Supernatural, pitted against his arch nemesis, Craig G. As these artists improvise poetry out of the mix of language, politics and culture that make up their lives, we discover revolutionary worlds where the English language is subverted and re-appropriated as a tool of economic and social empowerment.
Freestyle is experimental in its nature as improvisational cinema. No showing of the film is ever the same experience. By combining the best of independent documentary filmmaking with the hip hop mix tape format, director Kevin Fitzgerald offers us a context in which to view living art as a social critique through story and rhyme.
You are invited to participate in an audience discussion with some of the best in the area's Hip Hop Scene, a preview of Rest in Beats*, a first look into The DC Hip-Hop History Project**, and a screening of the D.C. music video The Warning (feat. Sunrock, The Package, Enoch, Grammy nominated Kokayi & more). *Rest In Beats is an original and independent documentary that pays homage to record producers of the past through intimate conversations with renowned record producers of today.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
On another note, how about the new prez's dancing moves when he and Michelle went to-- not one, not two but TEN inaugural balls? (I'm tired just thinking of the travel involved). Check out the vid above for some comic relief.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
All that once was never shall be. All they could do won’t be done. All we sang of is now happening.
I will be watching this historic event on television. At 8:45am, the news stated that no more people were being admitted in the area to view the swearing in ceremony. People had begun showing up before 4am this morning to get space on the Mall downtown.
Please don't forget to tune into Mental Salvation Radio on Blog Talk Radio @ www.blogtalkradio.com/mentalsalvation @8pm tonight as this special occasion is discussed. Liberated Muse Productions is sponsoring tonight's show. Mental Salvation Radio has been voted the #1 Podcast on http://www.blotgtalkradio.com/! Liberated Muse member Enoch is the host.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Raheem Devaughn's new video "Four-Letter Word" is an artistic delight in its simplistic visual that shows us everything we really want to see-- Devaughn singing, seductively licking his lips and emoting as only he knows how. The sprinkle of four-letter words cascading down the screen are simple accents to a video that shows us just why we dig on Devaughn...he can sing, duh!
Directed by DC's own W. Ellington Felton,-- who in his own right is a talented triple threat as a singer, actor, and video director-- the video incorporates a sense of community as Felton cites names of his and Devaughn's fans underneath the chosen words that are showcased in the video. Yours truly was thrilled to see my name as one of the first featured as was, I'm sure, were other fans who were mentioned in the video after sharing through Facebook with Felton our favorite four-letter words.
With this video, Felton and Devaughn are choosing the route that many artists are choosing, whether they are indie artists or big label affiliated...and that is, include your fan base in whatever creative way you can fathom, it will reap rewards in the long run. This brings to mind such revolutionary acts such as Saul Williams and Radiohead.
Saul Williams' big deal promotion of his cult classic "Niggy Tardust" which included an initial free download may not have reaped in the big bucks first off, but the album has amassed such a following and familiarity with his work that I will guess the benefits will be far-reaching when it comes to his next project .
Liberated Muse says "kudos" to out-of-the-box" thinking artists who are bringing us their product all the way live, keeping their artistry intact, with integrity and with the public in mind and in the middle. We love you:-)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Liberated Muse member Stevie's Soul who is celebrated photographer Stevie Robinson introduced the Liberated Muse social network to the image of JimiJames in late 2008 after she met the rising songstress at the I Got Soul Conference in TX last summer. Robinson, who is the official "Photographer to the Indie Stars" has photographed such indie luminaries such as Yazarah, Sy Smith, Deborah Bond, Navasha Daya of Fertile Ground, Eric Roberson, and more. On top of being someone with a great eye, Robinson also has a great ear for talent.
KCRW 89.9 FM Radio DJ Garth Trinidad tagged JimiJames as one of the top artists to look out for in 2008. Trinidad originally premiered JimiJames The Truth on his highly respected syndicated radio show Chocolate City in Southern California. By the end of 2007, the album had been featured on Sirius Satellite radio’s #1 rated Hip-Hop Nation music segment (DJ Jamad’s Afromentals), and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) had requested that JimiJames submit The Truth for GRAMMY consideration.
James is eclectic like the fabulous Janelle Monae but sexy punk as well with a soulful funk vibe that reminds you of what the product would be if Prince and Teena Marie had a baby. Her song "Everything" will be on rotation on http://www.liberatedmuse.com/ so you can check her sound out for yourself.
You can also check her out at the American Music Urban Inaugural Ball. Visit HERE for details. You can also check out the blog The Black Gentleman Quarterly to find more listings of balls that will be taking place in the coming week.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This event celebrates the rich history and culture of Black American writers, artists and musicians who came to Paris from the 1920s and 1930s, the period often referred to as the Harlem Renaissance. The event will be held at the Alliance Française de Washington and will feature food, music and performances by local musicians, actors, and actresses in character, depicting the sounds and personalities of the era. A Silent Charity Art Auction will be held simultaneously during the event. This will be the second year that LiL SoSo and the Alliance will be co-sponsoring this event.
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR VISUAL ART TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN THIS EVENT!!!!!!
Deadline for Entries - EXTENDED: 2/4/09
Submissions and accompanying information should be received by Authentic Contemporary Art by February 4, 2009. Click HERE for Submission Criteria
NOTE: You may now also email your form and jpegs of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, go to http://www.lilsoso.com/harleminparis
We are currently calling DC, MD and VA acts to submit press kits to us at email@example.com to be considered to participate in the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest which will take place on Saturday, July 25. This year, acts chosen to perform on July 25 will be chosen by the fans. Send us your press kit for more details.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Electing Obama has been a historical milestone, not simply because of Obama's African heritage. Obama's election campagin has set new standards on outreaching to the public and engaging members of US society of all ages. Whereas politics in general before were the stomping grounds of the middle-aged and elderly where good ole-boy strategies were implemented, targeting a few-- Obama's campaign updated the political game to where technology played an ample role and people of all ages were engaged.
As we draw closer to Obama taking office and beginning his role as President of the United States, the hope is that Obama keeps along the path of engaging all people in the political process and authentially listening to the needs and wants of his constituency.
Visit the inauguration blog HERE
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Here are various perspectives of what happened in protest:
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Started several years ago by two American University law students, Penelope Spain and Hill resident Whitney Louchheim, Mentoring Today is the only organization focusing on reintegrated formerly incarcerated youth back into the community.
Located in Anacostia, Mentoring Today links DC youth incarcerated in Oak Hill Youth Center (read detention center or prison) with dedicated positive mentors. The mentors are matched with the youth when the youth have a few more months before being released. Mentors visit the young men at Oak Hill (just outside Laurel, MD) each Thursday for three months and then stay connected with them for a year in the community after their release.
Mentoring Today also works with the youth’s families. Chevy Chase Bank on the Hill and Realtors at Long & Foster Capitol Hill are developing financial education series. Guest speakers are always welcomed. Read more HERE
(All photos by Khadijah Ali-Coleman, blog copy by Maceo Thomas)
All rights reserved. To inquire about use of the photos, please email us at LiberatedMuseProductions@gmail.com
On another note:
The recession is not just hitting every day joe's in the pocket, independent learning institutions are also feeling the crunch. Liberated Muse social network member Ras Kwame is extending a plea to the general public to help support the great work of his school Nubian Village Academy located in Richmond, VA.
An African-centered school setting, children are embraced and introduced to the rich aspects of their cultural lineage while building key learning skills necessary to compete in this technologically advancing society.
Consider donating-- whether $5, $50 or more-- and help this wonderful full entity stay afloat. Nothing has been more sad on the economic front then the closing of several independent businesses, particularly those that are a refuge from meglo-monopolies and promote artistic exploration. One local example has been the closing of the popular book chain Karibu Books. That closing definitely left a smarting in my mouth. Let's not let Nubian Village be next. Donate TODAY!
In the early 90's when I was a freshman college student at UMBC, I had to participate in training to become a Student Peer Advisor for the summer. SPAs were the students who facilitated summer orientation for new students. This year was a politically charged one, for it was the year of the riots in LA after the Rodney King beating court decision.
Even though I had never been to California yet at the time and the images of the beating and the subsequent riots were things I only witnessed on television, I was very connected to what was going on. I had cried a few times alone watching the madness on television, very confused as to how a court could find police officers innocent of a crime that was vividly showcased by video footage. It was a like a Jedi mind trick. Being told that you didn't see what you saw. Being told you aren't feeling what you are feeling.
In this one particular SPA training class, where we were discussing diversity issues, I had just had it. I broke down when the subject of race in our country came up and no one even so subtly referred to what was going on around us at the time. I remember one girl in the class, a Russian immigrant, remarking, she didn't understand why Black people were so angry all the time. At least we could vote, she said.
I think about that now when I read news stories about the young 22 year-old father of a young daughter who was gunned down for no reason in front of a crowd of folks sporting cell phones with video capability.
I think of the sheer audacity it takes to murder someone in front of a group of people and just intrinsically feel and believe that you are justified in what you are doing. I sadly anticipate an impending "investigation" and subsequent trial which will actually debate whether or not the police person was justified in his use of force and murdurous application of his weapon. To even think about this mockery of a trial to be makes my skin boil.
But, its that Jedi mind trick again. Its that societal attempt to goad us to believe that there has to be more to it. That, even though we saw, not one, but several camera angles of the shooting from various folks taping it on their cell phone, there has to be, there has to be some reason that police person shot an unarmed man who was lying prone on the ground. There has to be a reason, right? Right? Right.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Ok, I saw this for the first time yesterday when I was reading a wonderful Top 10 list by one of the greatest music blogs on line, Soulbounce. After watching it repeatedley-- I just couldn't believe it was for real-- I really did some serious thinking that has, well, led to this blog post.
First of all, WTF.
I loved Jodeci. I love Jodeci. Jodeci from the early nineties, Forever-my-lady Jodeci...love them. K-Ci & JoJo the act, not the biggest fan, but, they were the main singers of Jodeci, so they had some of my residue love as a Jodeci fan.
Then they fell off. We didn't hear from them in a while. Then they started touring in the last couple of years, performing, mainly stuff from their Jodeci days and few years as K-Ci & JoJo the act. Apparantly, in their absence, they developed (or grew) a substance dependency that spiraled as evidenced by this video. The sickening part of this video, though, for me, was not JoJo falling out, obviously high or drunk, but his brother's relunctance to run to his aid, instead, continuing to sing.
In that moment, I saw exemplified the level of pure shame we have reached as a society where attention and accolade has taken precedence over the mere concern and protection of family, privacy and relationship. In that moment where K-Ci glanced at his brother and continued to sing, I felt my skin crawl as I think of reality show after reality show developed (yeah VH1, I'm talkin bout you) where the most notorious, hateful and wicked person is rewarded for their behavior by a show of their own where they are encouraged and implored to show their most nastiest, wickedest and spiteful selves to the public. We are a bastion of glorified self-centered attention-seekers who do anything anywhere, whatever the cost.
As an artist and a supporter of the arts, I wondered what this moment had to say about the state of our art world. Particularly looking at the performing arts, I thought about what type of environment we create for our artists where they ultimately become "has-beens" despite their talent because of our shrinking attention spans and attraction to the art of image, rather than the artistic merit of musicianship.
With all that said, this video was like one of those train wrecks you just can't turn away from. Appalled as I am, I'm probably going to watch it again.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Though there are several music acts we call favorites, some of the acts we actually bought music from and are pumping as we speak include some of the people below...check them out! Support INDEPENDENT artists!!!!
This sista is sophisticated soul on high notch. Her voice is bluesy jazzy over soul tracks and her songwriting is quality. She reminds me of Chante Moore in the 90's. Everyone and their mama will be able to relate to songs that talk about everything from the office politics that make the 9 to 5 a headache to the joy of finally finding someone who is good enough to share your life with. Check her out. This CD is constantly on spin in our car.
We love Kuku. His music, his energy, his lyrics. See for yourself:
In the video above, Kuku is with two other phenomenal talents, Sol Elder and Alexei Jendayi. Alexei and the poet MC Komplex started the group Fly Gypsy which made their debut in 2008. Check them out:
These are just a few of our faves...who are some of yours from 2008?
Click to learn about the Top Indie Music Sites of 2008
Saturday, January 3, 2009
RAtheMC and Amber Mimz are featured guests
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Friday, January 2, 2009
A native of Concord, NC, Harlee Little was born the first child of six. He displayed an early interest in photography taking pictures of buildings around the campus of Livingstone College where his father worked.
The momentous year of 1954 changed everything for young Little, baseball, baseball all the time. All time was measured in relation to baseball, at home, at school, at church, even on granddaddy's farm. It was baseball that gave Little his first experience with what W. E. B. Dubois called the duality of black life in the United States. Would his number be 24 or 7, the markings of two New York center fielders of the day?
On into high school baseball ruled the clock until his parents pointed out that playing baseball was play. It was now serious time for education and work. So serious it was. Little enrolled in Howard University almost a century after the emancipation of African slaves with aspirations of a degree in law or physics.
Photographs for an independent student newspaper in 1968 began a life in photography and a commitment to exploring the power and impact of visual communication. Photography became central element in Little's subsequent work and professional experience, including teaching, social documentation, magazine production and management, and design of communication services for federal agency initiatives.
Little has produced outstanding photographic images for use in art, commerce, education, industry, journalism, public and corporate relations since 1974. He specialized in producing images that communicate and document the ideas and ideals of advocates and educators, associations and corporations, entrepreneurs and government agencies.
The unique imagery of Little's vision has been published and displayed worldwide. Among these venues are American Heritage, Black Excellence, Black Collegian, Columbia JournalismReview, Emerge, Espana, Essence, Harper Collins Books, Jet, People, Science Magazine, Sydney MorningHerald, The Washingtonian, Time, Washington Post, Washington Times, and ABC News 20/20. His photographs are also featured in the exhibit and publication Reflections in Black, a history of black photographers 1840 to the present. Harlee Little is a founding member of the Exposure Group: African-American Photographers Association and was an active member in the Black Artists of DC.
Harlee Little died on January 1, 2009.
(Bio above from the Exposure Group website)
Thursday, January 1, 2009
On this last day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the principle of FAITH-- Imani.
With creative faith in the ability of art to mobilize, inform, relate and document, Liberated Muse commemorates the artists in our community who display faith in their art and their every day! Liberated Muse Productions thanks the cyber community and the DC Metro area for supporting our efforts in the 2008 year and look forward to our collaborative efforts successfully manifesting for the year 2009.
Here are some Liberated Muse members we wish to acknowledge on this day of Faith:
Playwright & Novelist
Drummer, founder of the Adinkra Group & member of Farafina Kahn
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Actress & Writer
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Mary Gaskins of Heartfelt Stitches
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