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EXCLUSIVE FASHION AND MUSIC SHOWCASE BECOMES ACCESIBLE TO ALL F.A.M.E. The Experience Magazine to debut in fall of 2013 brought to you by Music Industry veteran Rodney Simpson, Celebrity designer KL Allen and Visual Artist and Owner of Royal Flush Studios William Floyd.
ATLANTA, Ga. --- Reinventing the standard Fashion and Art magazine, F.A.M.E. The Experience Magazine will launch bringing forth new elements of Fashion, Art, Music, and Education in digital, print and live form.
F.A.M.E The Experience magazine was birthed from the powerful triad formed when Rodney Simpson creator of F.A.M.E The Experience tour, Celebrity Couture designer KL. Allen and Artist / Design professional William Floyd joined forces. This magazine will feature emerging talent in fashion, music, art and education. Fashion will be over seen by Mr. Allen as he dives into the world of fashion from a different view point and perspective, Floyd will hold down the Art aspects with some new and inventive ways to view art from around the world and Simpson will be your guide thru the Music section by providing information on the business from a insiders point of view.
"The purpose of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine is to bring attention to the educational aspects of the Entertainment industry, as well as provide knowledge for people who want to take charge of their own career or serve in a business capacity." - Simpson
With a team of writers and contributors running the gamut from music industry veterans and fashion models, to renowned artists, celebrity stylists and designers, F.A.M.E. the Experience Magazine will examine the influences that Fashion, Art and Music have on various aspects of life. Each issue will contain eye witness accounts of street art and underground artists, reviews on edgy and artistically inclined restaurants, interviews with industry newcomers, veterans and background personnel. There will introspective topics discussing the impact of current music and fashion trends on physical and emotional health, politics and society. Educational components of these fields will be prominent in every issue.
F.A.M.E. the Experience magazine is a monthly digital and print publication, which will also run in conjunction with Perfect Culture, a monthly event showcasing some of the talent displayed in the monthly issue.
Fostering creative and professional growth alike PSFFM presents a comprehensive and detailed conference focused on networking, careers in music, broadcasting, theatre, fashion, film and the basic "How to be effective" in the industry
Come be given a short script, practice and audition immediately. Understand the process of auditioning for new roles and be filmed on location.
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Goodie Mob's album, "Age Against The Machine," due out on August 27 reuniting all four members as a unit (Khujo, Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, & T-Mo) since the "World Party" album dropped back in 1999. New video directed by John Columbo.
Right now Chicago is being called a land ripe for talent since record labels and media types are scouring the city for the next young voice to come from it's bristling, and tragic, rap scene. I use both of those words because it is obvious that rappers like Chief Keef, Lil Mouse, Lil Reese, Lil Durk are being rewarded for rapping about their tragedies. Some will say they are getting paid to spread poison, violence, degradation, etc. Yes, all of those things too. But at the end of the day, whether you want to place square blame on them for spreading it, they are nothing more than "bombs" being thrown into the Black community to ravage and destroy, like Rhymefest once said. Bombs in the sense that they are simply picked up and thrown by whoever has them in their hands...in their case that would be the record labels and media types praising them for being the "voice of the streets," "voice of the youth," or whatever kind of tired ass phrase people come up with.
One thing I've always hated about that phrase and ones like it is that cats act like the streets only consist of niggas with guns, gangs, hoes, drugs or whatever else falls in line with them. I could've swore the "streets" also have old ladies on the porch, dudes who work at UPS, women who are cashiers and do hair on the side, kids who play street football, etc. Can they not be a "voice of the streets" too?
Well, I'm glad to say that not all "lil" kids in Chicago are out preaching street gospel, some of them are actually speaking up for another struggle. One is named Asean Johnson.
I recently came across this video of him giving a speech voicing his displeasure with the closing of 54 Chicago city schools...by a board of people that weren't even elected by the community. If you haven't been keeping up, Chicago's crime problem has been compounded by a deteriorating school system where the kids feel unsafe and teachers don't even want to go.
Asean, who is nine years old, wrote the speech himself and the only assistance he got was from his mom and teachers for grammar.
I've been covering what's been happening in Chicago off and on for the last couple of years. I'm not going to proclaim to be an expert or have all or any answers, but, I know what's going on and have been sharing it with whoever reads while most of my peers who claim to have their ear to the "streets" have opted to cover Chief Keef and his shenanigans or whatever mindless song or mixtape one of these "lil" rappers drops on the internet.
So, I just wanted to do my part and expose ya'll to a another young voice out of Chicago, a necessary one at that. Asean Johnson isn't dropping a mixtape tomorrow. I doubt Rick Ross will find him to sign him to MMG. And I don't expect Kanye to take his speech, remix it and throw Pusha T and Big Sean on it either.
The GooDie MO is Back! Evidence: This potent track loaded with lyrics that matter and a challenge to today's artists (and us all): Be special! With Janelle Monae on the hook, this is GooDie MOB with "Special Education."
I was just nine years old when I got my hands and ears on "The Score." I didn't know at the time how this album would continue to nurture and shape my love for Hip Hop. Sixteen years later, I still crave to hear the opening guitar chord that precedes Wyclef's claim to their [then] number one spot.
"We used to be number 10, now we're permanent one."
FU-GEE-LA was the lead single from Hip Hop trio, The Fugees, from their second full release, THE SCORE. At nine years old, I couldn't fully comprehend the lyrics but the beat and hook held me captive every time. And still does to this day. What, or should I say, WHO stood out the most to me, though, was Ms. Lauryn Hill. She held her own as Wyclef and Pras' masculinity dominated; or at least, it tried to. It was never a battle on the mic between these three emcees. Rather a cipher of lyrically inclined individuals on raw, Hip Hop bass lines and kick-drums.
And it was to my delight when Lauryn Hill released, THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL, in 1998 [under Ruffhouse & Columbia Records]. There was not one song on that album that one could possibly skip over or hate. Ms. Hill had bars, punchlines, lyrics and stories for days. Sixteen tracks filled with Ms. Hill's impeccable lyricism and soulful voice was something that era in Hip Hop needed. And something this generation needs desperately.
I knew that she was going through legal issues and had distanced herself from the mainstream world of the music industry so I was hesitant for a bit. But I read further down the article and saw this:
While she has made sporadic appearances in recent years, I am beyond elated to hear of this news. Ever since I was a little shorty, I was in awe by Lauryn Hill's music. If she can pull off a successful comeback, which I totally believe she could, it would be a great thing for Hip Hop. It is an even greater thing for the younger generation to witness. In this day and age of "swag music," "stoner Hip Hop" and "trap music," Lauryn Hill would surely be a breath of (re)FRESH air.
No longer an "Ex-Factor," we thought we had "Lost One," but "When It Hurts So Bad," there's no better release than to do "That Thing" you do so well Ms. Hill! That giddy, little nine year old in me looks forward to your Hip Hop.
Now, this is edu-tainment (word to KRS-ONE)! Check it as the GZA shows his genius on PBS Television. How about that: GZA dropping science on Public Television! Yeah, I said it! But don't take my word for it...
'Rap legend GZA gives us a sneak peak of one of the songs from his new album, "Dark Matter." The rapper has encouraged New York City public schools use Hip-Hop as a tool to teach science.'
By 2042 the U.S. is expected to become the most diverse it's ever been racially speaking. The way the demographics are going, the U.S. will not have an ethnic majority. The team over at TheMMXLII interviewed Talib Kweli about growing up in the "melting pot" of Brooklyn and what diverse communities can teach us about self-identity and heritage. It's the power of diversity
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The resurgence of interest in Otis Redding's life will continue this September, with an event to honor the late soul singer.
The life and times of Otis Redding will be celebrated on September 4th, in the singer's hometown of Macon, Georgia, during "An Evening of RESPECT."
Otis Redding's wife Zelma Redding, founder of the Big ‚ÄúO‚ÄĚ Youth Educational Dream Foundation, is spearheading the evening, which will honor the singer, who died in an untimely plane crash in 1967.
A number of nationally known recording artists will take part in the event, including Atlantic Records recording artist Musiq Soulchild, Timothy Bloom, violinist Ken Ford and legendary Stax Records guitarist Steve Cropper, who was one of the first people to discover, and work with Otis Redding.
The event will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the recording of Otis Redding's first single, the haunting ballad, ‚ÄúThese Arms of Mine.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe Big 'O' Youth Educational Dream Foundation was founded to fulfill Otis‚Äô dream to enrich the lives of young people by enabling them to continue their education through the many programs that we support,‚ÄĚ stated Zelma Redding. ‚ÄúThis is our fourth ‚ÄėAn Evening of Respect‚Äô and we are excited about celebrating Otis‚Äô 70th birthday in the city he loved, Macon. We are honored to share this very special ‚ÄėAn Evening of Respect‚Äô with Stax Records, Atlantic Records and Steve Cropper.‚ÄĚ
If you've ever left a documentary film truly pissed off, chances are the director accomplished his or her job. Americans don't conventionally gravitate toward cerebral films rooted in reality, but occasionally a director nails it and pisses enough people off to spread word-of-mouth, which translates to bodies in the cinema. Michael Moore mastered this with Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9-11.
The new, hot documentary wedging itself inside the collective crawl of intellectual bigwigs and the proletariat alike is Waiting for Superman, Davis Guggenheim's indictment of the nation's failed public school system. I got the gist of the film well before I ever watched it, since billionaire demigods like Oprah and Bill Gates have used their empires to promote it. As a current student pursuing a master's in teaching, comparing and contrasting my experiences with what I read about the film's direction inspired some negativity toward Superman before I had a chance to see it myself.
After finally seeing the film, I walked away with a bit less animosity than I had going in, for one main reason: It's the first mainstream doc of its kind that appears to have captured a mainstream audience and shines the light on a very relevant issue. Certainly, journalists have been writing stories about s**tty public schools for decades, but if it takes a big-shot Hollywood filmmaker, high production values and the goddess Oprah herself to galvanize the masses to at least think about it all, I'm with it.
My appreciation of the film's message stops there. In displaying what's wrong with America's grade-school-level education for nearly two hours, which are largely dedicated to following a handful of diverse parents nationwide as they attempt to get their children enrolled in hard-to-enter charter schools as an alternative to poor neighborhood public schools, Superman is remarkably myopic in its focus.
My issues with the film are twofold: the first is that it essentially promotes the merits of the charter school system as an always-superior substitute to chronically underperforming public schools; getting into the cream-of-the-crop charter schools - which is like a great private school without the tuition bill - is not easy and essentially requires the luck of the draw. The "moral" of the film includes the idea that we should consider putting more money into charters.
Where the film fails criminally is no mention anywhere of the surfeit of atrocious, underperforming charter schools in the country. While in school full-time, I substitute teach on a weekly basis in several of these underperforming charters that suffer from the same trappings of the public schools that good parents don't want their children to attend. Students walk through metal detectors only to enter a police state; idealistic teachers fresh out of school in their early-20s determine within just a few weeks that they can't handle their students, leaving for new schools after a year or less to avoid burnout while contributing to the lack of necessary consistency in the students' education; misguided administrations and inconsistent deans of discipline run academic sinkholes in which any reasonable person would seriously question the amount of actual learning going on.
No two charters are built alike, and here in Chicago - as I imagine is the case everywhere - many of them are performing far below many of the public schools. I can write an entirely separate column on the bulls**t I've witnessed personally, but it won't change the fact that the average, uninitiated Superman viewer will leave the movie thinking all charter schools are the answer.
The other, more nuanced issue involves Superman's Lex Lugers: the evil, apathetic, no-good teachers who catch tenure and coast through the school year collecting checks without actually contributing positively to the well-being of any students. I wouldn't dare insinuate that t