In addition to telling his fans to make a difference, Young Twaun lyrically instills in them that, “Dreams can come true if they believe in themselves and manifest their own truths. “
I had the pleasure of seeing Chris Tucker live at the beautiful FOX Theatre in Detroit last night. He was hilarious! Had tons of material and was entertaining as hell. The show, surprisingly, was not a sell out but if you weren’t in attendance you really missed out.
His was the second live stand up that I’ve seen at the FOX Theatre. The first was Martin Lawrence and he didn’t put on a good show at all. He even threw in some old ass jokes for the road. Just lazy.
This was not my first time seeing Chris Tucker live. Back when I was a youngster (and so was Chris) I saw him perform at a local club here in Flint. The show was cancelled during his performance because he got into a fight with a girl who was heckling him in the audience. I remember that left a bad taste in my mouth for him and his comedy over the years but somehow by the time the first Rush Hour came out he was back in my good graces.
I still can’t believe he fought a woman, tho. To be young, crazy, high and dumb…
I knew that we shared the same birthday and that he referred to Detroit as “Motortown”, but I had no idea he was also known by the name; Madiba. If you are as clueless as I was, the below will be a “you learn something new everyday” moment. Rest Dangerously, Mandela. Thank you.
Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Right-wing critics denounced him as a terrorist and communist sympathizer. He nevertheless gained international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance, having received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”. Mandela died following a long illness on 5 December 2013 at his home in Johannesburg.
The Last Poets introduced me to who the world knows as Detroit, Michigan’s International living legend, Jessica Care Moore. And I can say I have been thankful and humbled by this lovely Queens’ energy, creativity and brilliance ever since. The world was first introduced to her as the first poet to ever win the nationally televised Showtime at the Apollo competition 5 times in a row. That same year, she would be filmed for the documentary Slam Nation. The film followed her and the 1996 Nuyorican Poetry Slam Team which also featured Saul Williams and Mums Da Schemer. To be in the presence of such a resounding soul, thinker, mother, teacher and friend is no less than a brilliant event. She is the true definition of a soul sister/mother/healer/gangstress, poet, humanitarian, revolutionary and all around down to earth Lady.
Khaleesi is the fourth release from Detroit post-punk band Odd Hours. It comprises the Khaleesi single, music video and remixes by artists like Tunde Olaniran, Eddie Logix, Lol-lo-Lohanz, and others. The EP with audio single, remixes and video are being released on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios in Detroit.
The release event is an art exhibit centered around the video and EP release, with art created for, and inspired by the song and video. These pieces include the set installation of 400 hand-cut acrylic pieces in the shape of reflective crystalline daggers, and a seven-foot tall black metal throne, which were used in the “hell” set of the video.
Visitors can also observe brand new video installations by Beste, and of course scattered Vietnamese hell money along with the new video Khaleesi. The video itself includes a speedboat ride with Beste’s 70 year old, bandana-clad grandfather, and the band throwing fifty pounds of hell money into a raging bonfire. “From the way we look on stage, to using my grandfather in our videos, we want to be dark and sexy, but also confuse you by being weird and playful,” says Beste.
The video mixes striking visuals inspired by the 90’s punk/Americana look of artist Ssion and the luxurious, cold, gothic look of the black dance scene in the 80’s movie “Legend.” The name of course is the made up name for “queen” from the HBO show Game of Thrones.
The Khaleesi music video was produced by Odd Hours and Gold House Media, directed by Kevin Eckert, with art direction from Tunde Olaniran.
The new Odd Hours music video “Khaleesi” includes:
Ritual hell-money burning
A disguised septuagenarian grandfather driving a motorboat
A petulant ruler in her golden money palace
Custom-built seven-foot black steel throne, in hell
A pure black, kilt-wearing guardian
The newest single from Odd Hours
Odd Hours is the dark, sexy and avant-garde alternative to the 4/4 dance and friendly folk-based indie pop being hoisted by mainstream and indie radio.
The video release event is at 7. p.m. on Dec. 6 at Corktown Studios, 2707 14th Street, Detroit, Michigan 48216.
Cherisse Bradley is a Lady, I repeat a Lady whose grace, beauty, strength and resilience can be a lesson for us all. I Found My Voice A Tribute to Women in Jazz, Funk and Soul is a creation from the mind of Cherisse Bradley that is arguably one of the most profound events held this year in Michigan, let alone at the U of M Flint. It featured artists, such as, Detroit poet/musician Jessica Care Moore, Steffanie Christi’an, Brinae Ali, Johnny Manuel and Stan the Man to name a few. The show was held at The University of Michigan-Flint to a packed house. The applaud, tears, and laughter was no less than a refreshing example of what art and truth can be when put together correctly.
Read full feature via Cherisse Bradley A Beautiful, Brilliant, & Blessed Soul.. | bluuwise.
Ever been or seen someone drunk or high? Then chances are they are not themselves they are more like Zombies and this is what you will see in the latest offering from Detroit native Tony K. This track is featured on Tony’s mixtape titled YNOT released today.
Join Tony’s mailing list at www.tonykofficial.com to get a free copy of the mixtape!
Tell me about your project dropping on November 19th?
It is an all original mixtape titled YNOT, many of the songs speak about issues that I deal with in my life and the way I view the world like in my song “It’s All The Same” I speak about trying to escape out of a routine that we have accepted as life to break away from an endless loop and become something greater. This mixtape has a little something for everyone on it, it will be available on iTunes if people want to support and buy it and it will be available for free download on my website if not.
You’re in Detroit by way of Iraq, what brought you to Motown?
Really the main thing that brought me and my family to Detroit was that we already had family out here, what made them and many others from Iraq want to come out here was mainly the opportunity there was here to become successful in business and also there were many jobs available in the automobile industry at the time so it made sense to be somewhere where you could possibly have a financially secure future.
True Hip-Hop magazine has called you the next best thing in hip-hop music. Does that intimidate you or encourage you to aim higher?
I am always working to become better at what I do I feel like with every day that passes I learn more, really it encourages me to live up to that expectation. When I sit down to write a song I think of all the best that ever did what I do and I try to be on that level. I study the best, I am influenced by the best, and so in time someone might call me the best but to me it just feels good for people to acknowledge my work.
Any Detroit performances coming up soon?
I am currently in the process of putting together some shows no dates have been confirmed yet but you can stay posted about any upcoming performances on my website tonykofficial.com
Who are you dying to work with on a performance and production level?
I would like to work with a lot of people I have so much respect for many artists and producers but someone I would like to work with from my hometown would definitely be Eminem also I like what Big Sean is doing. On the production level Timbaland is someone I’ve always wanted to work with his production skills are on another level.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while living in a big city can seem challenging. The challenge often comes from a lack of information about the best places to get out and enjoy activities. When it comes to staying active, Detroit is a healthy city. The city and the areas around the city offer scenic trails and beaches for running, walking or enjoying outdoor activities.
Enjoy Running on Belle Isle
Belle Isle is situated in the middle of the Detroit River, which makes it a great place to enjoy outdoor activities without spending hours in a car or other form of transportation. If you’re thinking about moving to Detroit and are a runner, this city offers the opportunity for you to enjoy the beautiful six mile running trail that goes around the outer perimeter of the small island. The trail not only goes around the isle, but it also offers inner paths for a longer run or walk.
The running trail is not the only benefit of Belle Isle. The beautiful scenery can make the exercise pleasant and the water adds the benefit of running in an area that is similar to a beach. Step off the path to enjoy the sand and the river water. Visiting Belle Isle is free of cost, making it an excellent place to enjoy exercise and outdoor activities.
Enjoy the Riverfront
The Detroit Riverfront is the perfect place to enjoy fitness activities because it runs along the river and the city. After moving to Detroit, new residents can enjoy walking along the riverfront and exploring the city.
The Detroit Riverfront is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm every day. It is a 5.5 mile path that allows biking, walking and running. Since it is a great place to bike or run, it is an opportunity to enjoy different types of exercise.
Beyond the fitness benefits of walking, running or biking along the riverfront, residents can enjoy the city sights and visit some of the famous locations along the route. The Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza and Joe Louis Arena are all situated along the Detroit Riverfront. For a slightly more natural adventure, enjoy the Dequindre Cut Greenway or Chene Park, which is also situated on the riverfront.
The cost of running or biking along the riverfront varies based on the location of a vehicle. If a car is used for transportation, then the cost of parking is the primary factor. The cost of parking may vary.
Visit the Campus Martius Park
Although the Campus Martius Park is a small park, it offers a wealth of opportunities for those who want to stay physically fit. The park has beautiful botanical gardens during the summer months, an ice skating rink in the winter and beautiful scenery that allows visitors to enjoy the outdoor space while walking or skating.
Detroit is a healthy city that offers a wide array of activities for residents who plan to stay active after a move. Walking trails, beautiful scenery and parks are available to provide activities that are perfect for active individuals or families. Visitors and residents can enjoy walking near the water, biking along the riverfront or ice skating in the park, depending on the time of year and the weather.
Don Stevens loves local food and restaurants and looks for healthy places to make a home in great places across the U.S. and Canada. He helps people discover new trends, and highlights lifestyles tips in different cities. Traveling to different areas is a big help when you’re thinking about purchasing a home. He recommends Mark Z Properties for finding homes in the metro Detroit area. They are helpful and always provide quality service to find the home of your dreams.
People of the world! The zombie apocalypse could happen and we all need to accept that and prepare for the worst. Sure, it might not happen the way it does in movies, but we should still be ready for anything that might happen. The good news is that you most likely already have plenty of weapons in your home that you aren’t aware of.
The average person’s garage alone is jam packed with various items that can be used as weaponry or means of protection. This infographic will teach you all about these items that you can use, and may even spark some ideas of your own that aren’t on our list. Realistically, there should be a list like this for every room in your home, so if you ever get trapped somewhere you will know what items you can use in the event of an attack.
Share your thoughts with us – what would you add or remove from our list?
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Natasha and Tim of Odd Hours are some talented mofos (besides music). Tim is responsible for the photography of my book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down. Natasha is the director of Tunde Olaniran’s bad ass music video, Cobra; which I have a role in ;) Their trashy art rock group, Odd Hours, will be performing live Saturday, June 29th during Flint’s Pride In The Park celebration. I got their take on Gay Pride and Gay Icons. Check it out…
What does Gay Pride mean to you?
NATASHA: For me, Gay Pride highlights and helps expand equality for everyone and hopefully reinforces the beautiful breakdown of ugly gender stereotypes. I hope that one day all people will realize that our bodies are only here for us to walk around in- they have nothing to do with our minds, hearts, or souls.
TIM: Really, I think it boils down to lending a sense of normalcy to a lifestyle that can be seen as ‘alternative’ to some. I think Gay Pride is the first thing that has to happen on the way to losing that ‘alternative lifestyle’ label, among others.
Name a Gay icon that influences you!
NATASHA: I love how powerful and absolutely terrifying Grace Jones is. Whatever wave she’s floating on is where I want to be when I’m on stage — super focused and strong. She inspires me to push myself past my comfort zone when it comes to fashion and my body.
Who is your gay/lesbian celebrity crush?
NATASHA: I don’t have celeb crushes. I only have crushes on people I can kiss in real life.
TIM: Do you mean they are gay/ lesbian, or a crush I have on a gay or lesbian person? Closest I can think of is Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia. Hilarious, and badass singer/ guitarist, and also adorable.
What’s the oddest thing about Odd Hours as a band?
NATASHA: It’s odd that we can transition so nicely from our organized professional day lives to a dirty, sweaty, sexy mess that we become on stage — but I guess being organized is sexy too.
TIM: This is completely true. I’ve gone directly from reporting on a school board meeting for my job as a reporter with shirt, tie and everything, to throwing my clothes off, and setting up on stage for a show an hour later.
Besides music, how do you express your art and creativity?
NATASHA: I’m a video artist. Images are just as important in my life as sound. I teach video production and animation and I also co-own a video production company, called Gold House.
TIM: I’m a photographer, writer and I also do documentary work. I did a documentary in Benghazi, Libya. Now I’m working on one from Appalachia, and the Michigan State Police.
Odd Hours (OH) is a four-piece post-punk rock band based in Detroit. Formed in 2010, OH has played major Detroit festivals and released two EPs, which can be heard on oddhoursmusic.com. The OH line-up has been fleshed out with the addition of Clint Stuart on bass guitar, and Randy Hanley Jr. on drums. Leading the band are Natasha Beste on vocals and keyboard, and Tim Jagielo on guitar.
(The drummer in the video is Hakeem Ouhammou. He filled in for two shows while Hanley began to learn the songs.)
I bought these earrings a few days ago because they made me think of Lady Gaga. And, I thought of Lady Gaga, not only because I am a huge fan, but because I had tickets to her now postponed Detroit concert this weekend. Mother Monster is sick and cannot perform upcoming concerts in Chicago, Detroit, and Canada. One earring is on the Dangermas tree and I might wear the other one to the concert when it’s rescheduled because I also bought a badass pair of connected earrings that are much hotter! Get Dangerous soon, Lady Gaga! Senia and I can’t wait to party with you and all the other Little Monsters. Paws up!
This is the second time in one week that Tunde Olaniran has been in the Flint Positive Spotlight! Tunde is not only a great artist, but he is my friend and movie buddy. I am so proud of him and I agree with @_KVAK, he should be huge!