It's hard to keep up when things get busy. I'm practically a one man show (a ridiculous introvert) and can't take photos like I should! BUT, I have my crew, who has my back, and speaking of which - My Brotha Junior aka Wulfgar aka J After Dark is always cranking out the dopest photos! … Continue reading Fall and Winter Stage Shots
Once again the Umojah Nation crew came to Cleveland in style! This time it was Chalk Fest 2017. It was an all day performance - literally morning to evening, with a few breaks in between. And as always, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted a great event. Like Pops asked when he visited the Museum … Continue reading Umojah Nation at Chalkfest 2017!
Nice time recording demo tracks at Studio 78 with Sausalito Jazz Trio (+one).
Whenever I feel the heavy burdens of life I reach out to a hip-hop verse that I know pretty well. It gives me a familiar feeling and I feel powerful because I know the verse so well. Quick tip: As I sat in the car waiting to interview for my current librarian position, I listened … Continue reading Verses: Knocking off the Nerves
Stefano - Tracey - Egan - part of the Umojah Nation Family getting in a good rehearsal. https://www.pinterest.com/alijamalboyd/dis-a-reggae-music/
You all already know why I'm asking that question, right? For the past decade or more, rap music has become outright terrifying. I was just about to hang it up! Talib went Tweet, twat mad, Busta Bus falling off stages (with the Luvs my CoCo dude - No!!!) Yasin Bey b.k.a. Mos Def fled … Continue reading Hip Hop, Is that YOU?!?
(So, this happened a year ago - but the experience is long-lasting) Yep, I splurged a little, made a quick road trip to downtown Toledo, OH and was escorted by ushers to the FIRST ROW of the Valentine Theatre. After a short wait, popcorn and a whiskey sour, the lights went out, and the performance … Continue reading Front Row at Alvin Ailey’s!
Once again it was on... Umojah Nation! We opened up for the legendary Morgan Heritage at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. So dope. It was a hot night! I had to get a clip of one of my favorite reggae songs, No Haffi Dread... 'Got to believe in His Majesty Oh yes, His lineage and divinity … Continue reading Umojah Nation Opening for Morgan Heritage!
Plenty of times you sent help my way, but I hid and I remember once you held me close, but I slid There was something that I just had to see that you wanted me to see so I could be what you wanted me to be And I think I've seen it, but I … Continue reading Daily Prayer: Submission
Heavy hearts and open minds. Open to a renewed sense of struggle, only brought forth by greater understanding... Our dear sister, Frances Cress Welsing brought an energy only understood by the god within. Her delivery was poignant, undeniable, critical, thought-provoking, painful, instructional, enlightening, and most importantly, empowering. When the sister of 80 strong said peace … Continue reading Peace to a Warrior Scholar – Dr. Frances Cress Welsing