Performing. Nov 3rd. DROM. Get Tickets! #JudahTribe #ToniBlackman
Film: “La Noire de…”
Also known as “Black Girl” is a 1966 film by the Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembène, starring Mbissine Thérèse Diop.
The film centers on a young Senegalese woman who moves from Senegal to France to work for a rich French couple. It was the director’s first feature-length film. It is often considered the first Sub-Saharan African film by an African filmmaker to receive international attention.
You can watch the whole film via DynamicAfrica
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2012 WORD BEATS & LIFE TEACH-IN: REMIXING THE ART OF SOCIAL CHANGE! First 100 to register will be FREE
Saturday July 7, 2012
Howard University Armour J. Blackburn University Center
Words Beats & Life is helping move the field of hip-hop education/activism/artistry to the next stage of our development by helping artists, scholars and arts managers build their individual and organizational capacity for excellence, scale, and sustainability. The goal is to strengthen the network of hip-hop based youth-serving organizations, scholars and independent artists around the world by sharing promising practices, building partnerships and celebrating excellence . We do this through our Teach-In called “Remixing the Art of Social Change”.
In an effort to “Expand the Cipher”, we are proud to announce that the first 100 people to register for the Teach-In beginning on the morning of June 4th at 10:30 will be able to register for FREE thanks to our new partnership with “Rap Sessions: a Community Dialogue on Hip-Hop”. All free registrants will be required to check-in the morning of the Teach-In on July 7th before 10:30am for this offer to be valid. The regular cost of admission will kick in right after these 100 people register. The regular registration fee will be $20. The Agenda for the Teach-in will be released on Wednesday June 6th at noon EST. We are looking forward to seeing you this year. For more information about what the teach-in is, take a look at the video to the right called why we host the teach-in.
PLEASE CIRCULATE AMONGST MC’s/VOCALISTS/POETS YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED:
The Rhyme like a Girl (RLAG) Cipher will happen on June 21st from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The RLAG Ciphers are for female MC’s (i.e. people who rhyme). The objective is to build community amongst female artists and create a safe space for women to become and stay lyrically fit. It’s a vibe session that focuses on the collective energy and the power of the cipher. There are usually anywhere from 10 to 15 MC’s at public cipher sessions so don’t worry about the crowd. All ages.
Rhyme like a Girl Summer Series: 1916 Park Ave btwn 130th & 131st (Near 125th St 4/5/6 & 2/3) Come build your freestyle muscle & improvisational skills.
Thur June 21st Cipher
Thur July 12th Cipher
Thur July 26th Cipher
Thur Aug 9th Cipher
Wed Aug 22nd Cipher
All ciphers are 6:30p-8:30p
rsvp or send questions to email@example.com
RLAG started out as Toni Blackman’s Soros Foundation (OSI) Fellowship project (growing out the work she did as founder of the Freestyle Union Cipher Workshop in DC/NY). New School University, Girls Inc, The Point in the Bronx, 651Arts, Studio Museum of Harlem, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Urban Word NYC, BCAM H.S., ADIDAS, Rock the Vote, BGR, include just a few of the past and/or present programming partners for this work.
-The Cipher is NOT a showcase. It’s a vibe session, a place to nurture your talent, not a place to “feature”.
-There is only one documentarian, out of respect to all artists present, you will be asked to put your camera away. We want each artist to feel safe to take creative risks without worrying about random appearances on YouTube that they did not approve. Plus, it’s freestyle and sometimes we say things we don’t won’t repeated for the whole world to hear.
-Males are welcome but must sit outside of the cipher and cannot rhyme in it. RLAG has a strong male support base and they support this concept and the female MC’s. (Freestyle Union Ciphers include both M/F)
-There are poets and singers who don’t consider themselves MC’s but they rap and even freestyle in the shower. Please bring your beautiful, talented selves to the cipher. We welcome you too. No titles necessary.
-We ask artists not to bring entourages to help ensure the right kind of environment.
I collect sunsets. I take pics of them in every country and state I visit. Sometimes I can’t place the location just by looking at the photo but there are some sunsets I just can’t seem to forget. This was Ivory Coast, Yamoussoukro.