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Movies To Check For: “Blacking Up: Hip Hop Remix of Race”

Atlanta Cyclorama Screens Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity.
There is a special screening of this documentary tonight at the Atlanta Cyclorama in ATL. Possibly the only time you’ll get to see it on the big screen. Early arrival is suggested.

African American and Latino youth created Hip-Hop more than thirty years ago. The reasons were varied but were partially in response to racial oppression, economic marginalization, and as a means of expression and a way to talk about their culture and their lives. The genre is now embraced by youth the world over and has become part of mainstream youth culture in the United States.

From Cyclorama:

“As we continue our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta we hope to expand the discussion of how the changes that occurred as a result of that war changed the course of our country and our people,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “In dealing with racial issues and economic challenges, it’s interesting to look at how different groups express themselves through art and music. Join us at the Atlanta Cyclorama for a free screening of the documentary Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race on June 5 at 7 pm as we explore the Hip-Hop culture.”

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Movies To Check For: 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s

Un-earthed documentary “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Re-released after nearly 25 years.


Five Day Weekend and Traffic Entertainment are proud to announce the release of 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, director Gary Weis’ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture. The previously unavailable film is now out on DVD, marking the first time it has been offered to the public in decades, and is accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.

Director Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for 80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians.

Despite its role as an important and unflinching portrait of a profoundly interesting time in New York and, as pointed out by The New York Times, hip hop’s cultural history, 80 Blocks was, for many years, impossible to find, only briefly available as an educational VHS release in 1985. In the time since its initial release, the documentary has gained an overwhelming cult status. With little to no news coverage over the decades since its release dedicated fans continue to buzz about the film, especially now that the internet has provided fans common ground to fondly look back not only the documentary itself, but the era that it captured so vividly. The Times, in their recent coverage of its release, noted that copies of the documentary have been known to sell for up to $300 on eBay, a seemingly staggering figure until one considers the depth of its reach.

For the first time in 25 years, the film is easily available to the public on a DVD including interviews with producer/filmmaker Weis and director of photography Joan Churchill, as well as a 40 page book comprised of the original “Savage Skulls” article, an essay by David Hollander, and artwork by Julian Allen. Publications such as New York Press and the Amsterdam News have called the film a “time capsule,” but even without the element of nostalgia, 80 Blocks holds up as a portrait of a subculture that might have otherwise been forgotten, as well as an important moment in cinema.

Definitely a great movie to check out if you’ve never seen it and a great movie to own on DVD if your are familiar. Check out the trailer below.


Art: Heineken Mural Project Invades ATL

If you live in ATL, perhaps you’ve seen the various art splashed walls around neighborhoods like Edgewood, 4th Ward, & Little 5 Points. Last month during the 9th annual A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Heineken brand seized the opportunity to launch the Heineken Mural Project and bring some color to some naked walls around town. Read more about it below.


After a successful run in Miami during Art Basel 2012 and in DC during the G40 Art Summit, the Heineken Mural Project launches in Atlanta as the official art partner of A3C Festival and the A3C Art Campus.

The Heineken Mural Project will feature six renowned street artists creating five new murals across the city, pop up parties, music concerts and more. The Heineken Mural Project artists include some of the most talented veterans in street art. Tasked with the mission and creative freedom to interpret Heineken’s Open Your World message, the murals will take a life of their own and inspire all who bear witness. Celebrity-status street artists like Chor Boogie hailing from San Francisco, Clogtwo and Inkten from Singapore along with Marka27 based in Brooklyn, NYC, and Atlanta-based artist Paperfrank with more artists to be announced.

The Heineken Mural Artists will paint five new murals alongside some of the top hip hop talent during the A3C Festival, through out some of Atlanta’s Most exciting art districts and neighborhoods. Old Fourth Ward, Little 5 Points and Castleberry Hill will each shocase a new Heineken mural adding vibrant colors to the community. A3C [All 3 Coasts] is one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the US and takes place annually in Atlanta. As the official art partner of the A3C, Heineken Mural Project will host several parties at the mural locations where the Heineken Mural Artists will paint live with top hip hop talent such as Questlove, Ghostface Killah, Too Short, Bun B, A$AP Ferg, Rich Homie Quan and ScHoolboy Q.


Events: Nike Black History Month 2013 Event Recap (ATL)

On Saturday February 23rd, 2013 Nike hosted a day of service in celebration of the 37th annual Black History Month with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Metro Atlanta organization. Three Atlanta based athletes who were rebels in their sport as well as game-changers in their community were selected to inspire the youth and enable with a purpose. Anson Carter (NHL), Fred McCrary (NFL), and Warrick Dunn (NFL) spoke to a room of BBBS “Little’s” about what it means to “Be Bold. Be True.” They also shared stories of their past, and the obstacles they’ve overcome to achieve their goals.

In addition Nike Sportswear Senior Footwear Designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin was also in attendance to speak about his journey as an African American designer, as well as the inspiration behind the 2013 Nike Black History Month footwear and apparel collection.

The event was hosted by WXIA 11 Alive’s Sam Crenshaw and took place at the Big Brothers Big Sisters midtown headquarters nicknamed “The House.” Exclusive Nike “Be Bold. Be True.” T-shirts were given out to youth in attendance.

This was a great event. Thanks to everybody who helped make this happen. Always remember influence and inspiration is important for our youth.


L to R: Anson Carter, Warrick Dunn, Jonathan Johnson-Griffin, Fred McCrary


Señor Kaos warming up the crowd


JJG and a piece of the Nike 2013 BHM footwear & apparel collection designed by Jonthan Johnson-Griffin


Former Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn


Señor Kaos, Anson Carter, Warrick Dunn, Janice McKenzie-Crayton, Alicia Willis, JJG, Fred McCrary, Christian Weaver



Events: Arts, Beats, & Lyrics September 14th (ATL)

Arts, Beats, and Lyrics is going down in ATL again Friday September 14th at The Compound. Performances by Scarface, Shock G, Mansions On The Moon, DJ Lord, Clyde Stubblefield, Mannie Fresh, and hosted by Dres The Beatnik. And… It’s FREE. Check the flyer, RSVP ASAP!



Events: Dominican Day Parade: NYC

Today is August 12th, 2012, which can only mean one thing! It’s time for the Dominican Day Parade in NYC. Shouts to all my Dominicanos getting ready for the parade and after party festivities. Partido Para Mi while I celebrate with a bottle of Brugal in sunny ATL.



Señor Kaos Headed To San Francisco / Red Bull Music Academy 2012 Meet Up

What a week this has been already. My phone broke on sunday night and I’ve been out the matrix for the past few days… With that said, if your looking for me for the rest of the week you can find me in the BAY!!!

Headed to San Francisco to link up with my Red Bull Music Academy family. This is just a taste of what I’ll be getting into. Looking forward to seeing all my San Fran famalams, and hopefully I get the chance to ghost-ride somebodies whip. HA!


I’ll be sure to take some cool pics and hit you guys with a Blog update when I return.


News: Rest In Peace Gil Scott-Heron

This past Friday night I was headed home after linking with the homie 4-Ize when I jumped on Twitter to see “R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron” posted on somebodies page. My first thought was PLEASE let this be a rumor… Unfortunately about 30 mins later I found out it was official.

I first discovered Gil Scott when I was in high school. By then he had already amassed a nice catalog of albums for me to decipher and study. GSH, along with the Last Poets, and James Brown all represent what an Emcee was pre Hip Hop. Bold, Thought-Provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent, and great with words. I found out years later as I got older than even my father is a big fan of Gil’s work.

I am extremely fortunate to even have gotten a chance to meet GSH a few years back while he was in ATL. I walked up too him and saluted him. I told him my name, that I was emcee, and thanked him for not only inspiring me, but for not being afraid to speak his mind, and share his true feelings. That’s something I strive to do as an artist everytime I record a new song. He smiled, and thanked me for keeping an open ear. Gil was super cool, very laid back. I asked could I take a picture with him to show my pops and…


So with all that said, I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Gil’s passing. He was only 62 years old. I also didn’t see a lot of info about his passing in the news or media. I guess he was right, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

Rest In Peace Gil Scott Heron… Thank You For Your Contribution To Black Music.


Announcement: 2011 Red Bull Music Academy Will Be Held In Madrid, Spain!



The 2011 Red Bull Music Academy will be held in Madrid, Spain this fall. RBMA was originally going to be held in Tokyo, Japan but has been moved. Please check out the press release for all the info as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the application process.

CLICK HERE for more info. Also make sure you hit to download the application for the Academy. They are due on April 26th.


Apply Now For 2011 Red Bull Music Academy In Tokyo, Japan.

Earlier last week Red Bull announced that the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy will be taking place in Tokyo, Japan. The applications are now available online.

The RBMA is a world traveling workshop, and a platform for artists, musicians, producers, etc. of various genres around the world who shape our musical future. It’s a place to meet other artists from around the globe, learn, work on music, network, and hopefully become better at what you do. In a nutshell, it’s every motivated musicians wet dream!

If you are an musician, singer, emcee, DJ, producer, etc. I STRONGLY encourage you to apply for RBMA. It does not matter if your an artist who makes music from your bedroom for fun, or if you’re a Grammy nominated musician, anybody is eligible to apply.

So… how do you apply? Feel free to check out this video below to give so some more information on the application process. If your ready to go, head over to where you can download and print the application.

How To Apply For The Red Bull Music Academy from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

I’m telling you now… DO NOT SLEEP on the Red Bull Music Academy.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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