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  • 02:00

    Zaiyah's House welcomes the phenomenal Antoinette Montague

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    Antoinette Montague has a love of humanity and music to bring joy to people. She has played most of the major jazz clubs in New York, and recently returned from Israel with the 46-piece Ashdod Orchestra, and is on her way to to perform with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.

    Antoinette feels just as appreciated here at home by people who enjoy the spirit she loves to bring inside of her music. Jimmy Heath says, “Antoinette has the instrument, delivery and enunciation, when performing, that touches my soul.”

    Jazz Woman to the Rescue is a foundation in the works.It's historic as it visits Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and living Jazz Heroes on the band stand.

    There are 2 elements to the Jazz Woman foundation. "The Play it Forward" program of encouraging people to take old instruments and give them to disenfranchised children.

    The second prgram is "Put it Back!" The push for citizens to contact local schools in their community to ask if they have an arts education program for their students. If not, we as taxpayers insist they Put it Back! into the curriculum.

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they interview this great music activist and humanitarian.

  • 02:00

    Zaiyah's House welcomes The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

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    The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC)  established in 2002 by President and Founder         Brother Yumy Odom as a community-based educational, literacy, literary and artistic initiative with the following objectives:
    1] To bring together the men / women in the comic book industry, including sci-fi, fantasy and political satire, cartooning / animation, to share ideas and showcase their work;
    2] To discuss the impact of the comic book industry;
    3] To look at the business aspects of the comic book industry;
    4] To look at how the comic book industry can more actively serve as a tool to address community concerns: literacy, incarceration, addictions, homelessness, racism, sexism, etc.; and
    5] To establish a network / consortium (ECBACC Synergy Group) and an annual convention (Comic-Con) to address this initiative in an open and public forum.
    ECBACC, Inc. continues to fulfill this mission. A s the region’s premiere “Black Comic Book Convention” and the forerunner and template for urban comic book & sci-fi conventions.

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they interview ECBACC's Innovative President and Founder Brother Yumy Odom.

  • Zaiyah's House presents Jazz Poet and Film Maker Mr. Norman "N-side" Woods

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    Norman Woods, once chose to be recognized and performed as N-Side, the blessed one. He felt that the name represented his appreciation for being able to express his internal struggles and various stages of his triumphs. Later on, he chose to be called N-Side and The Tribe, acknowledging appreciation of his band, He refers to his style as “Soul dialog”. Covering a variety of subjects, soul dialog is what takes place when you are engaged in meaningful conversation. These are the types of conversations, where each individual can feel as though they can contribute and participate.

    N-Side's poetic work is done in a traditional style, which reflects his love of poetry from the "Harlem Renaissance" era. Most of his poetry is influenced by the writing of Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen and so on. His contemporary jazz influences include, but are not limited to, Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Gil Scott-Heron, Sekou Sundiata and his favorite poet, Kamau Da'aood.


    Join Zaiyah and Uptown for a conversation and listening party with the brilliant and talented Mr. Norman  N-side Woods.

  • 01:59

    Zaiyah's House presents the hugely gifted and multitalented Royce Hall

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    Described as "Soul Music's MC", Royce Hall (Chinyelu Alimayu) is much more than your typical Hip-Hop lyricist and Neo-Soul vocalist. This actor, arranger, composer, songwriter (Yo! Royce Be Easy Music Publishing, ASCAP), and alum of Florida A & M University, is also a multi-instrumentalist, who happens to be well versed in over 5 instruments, including but not limited to clarinet, alto sax, piano and drums. He has been internationally chosen and featured 3 times by Hip-Hop Sisters(an organization under the leadership of and founded by pioneer MC Lyte), selected as a Style Icon and runway model for 24 Hours of Fashion with Cotton, Inc., E! and MTV, currently stars on Atlanta based webseries "Refracted Reflections", can be seen on season two of Tyler Perry's "Have's and the Have Not's" and "Love Thy Neighbor" as well as The CW's "The Originals", the stage play "Beyond Betrayal" playing the lead role of 'Nathan', holds an MC battle wins record of 44-2, shared the same stage with greats such as Lauryn Hill to Talib Kweli, is the owner of AMANDLA! Apparel of Power & Purpose and currently recording material for his sophomore release, "The Groove Theory", features neo fusion jazz and neo soul, which is the follow-up to his freshman release, "ENC 1101: THE YEAR BOOK".

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown for a great evening of music and conversation with the phenominal Royce Hall.

  • 02:01

    Zaiyah's House welcomes Artist Extraordinaire Michael LaFrance Lynch

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    In Albert Einstein words of wisdom, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  With that being said who is, “Michael LaFrance Lynch?”  He is an artist that believes that art represents spiritualism which reaches the core of human beings.  Art is essential to people’s lives and your work should touch their essence.   LaFrance’s work evokes an abstract and surreal feeling that will speak to your spirits consciousness.

         LaFrance is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico (Land of Enchantment)..

       His most recent accomplishments are being selected out of 3,500 submissions, one of the 12 most imaginative artists competing in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE/RUSSELL SIMMONS ARTISIAN SERIES COMPETITION SEARCH, (ART BASEL/MIAMI).  Art Basel takes place in Miami and is hands down the largest art exhibition in America; it is aimed at discovering the next big name in visual arts!  LaFrance was selected twice, once in 2012 for his art work (Temptress) and in 2013 for (Sheol) as National Championship Pieces. His artwork (Desert Rose') also Received THE 'PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2014

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they interview and delve into the mind of artist extraordinaire Michael LaFrance Lynch

  • 02:02

    What's Going on?

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    Overt racism on college campuses, Congress trying to usurp the Presidents authority, ongoing wars and massive unemployment. In 1971 Marvin Gaye asked the question "What's Going on?". in the year 2015 it seems as though that question is as relevant as ever.

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they discuss this and other important topics on this weeks edition of Zaiyah's House.

  • 02:00

    The Zaiyah's House 1st annual Boodadoop Poetry Slam!!!!

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    Come one and all and Join us for The Zaiyah's House 1st Annual Boodadoop Poetry Slam! Come share your poetry with the world! there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.
    And Uptown will share a special heartfelt "Jets" Poem with the family! Come help us save the world, one laugh at a time. 

  • 02:01

    Should we even be thinking about going to Mars?

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    With all these Apocalyptic movies being made, After Earth, Mad Max, Resident Evil, World War Z, Terminator, Resident Evil, 28 Days Later and the list goes on and on. Now they say they have found water on Mars and we should be there by 2030. Are they trying to tell us something?

    With all the problems and injustices on this planet you would think they would want to fix this planet before we spend trillions trying to get to another one.

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they discuss this and other important topics on this weeks edition of Zaiyah's House.

  • 01:29

    Peonage (The Slavery that never goes away.)

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    After the U.S. Civil War, the South passed "Black Codes", laws that tried to control freed black slaves. Vagrancy laws were included in these Black Codes. Homeless or even unemployed African Americans who were between jobs, most of whom were former slaves were arrested and fined as vagrants. Usually lacking the resources to pay the fine, the "vagrant" was sent to county labor or hired out to a private employer. The authorities also tried to restrict the movement of freedmen between rural areas and cities, to between towns. Under such laws, local officials arbitrarily arrested tens of thousands of freedmen and charged them with fines and court costs of their cases. White merchants, farmers, and business owners could pay their debts and the prisoner had to work off the debt. Prisoners were leased as laborers to owners and operators of coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries, and farm plantations, with the revenues for their labor going to the states. Government officials leased imprisoned blacks and whites to small town entrepreneurs, provincial farmers, and dozens of corporations looking for cheap labor. Their labor was repeatedly bought and sold for decades after the official abolition of American slavery. It seems like the more things change the more they stay the same.

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they discuss this and other important topics on this weeks editions of Zaiyah's House

  • 02:00

    Help Dr. Umar Johnson raise money to save Black Children

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    The following is a message from Dr. Umar Johnson.


    Good Day To All!

    I badly need your help! I'm trying to raise funds to acquire and rehabilitate either the Historically Black St.Paul's College in Lawrenceville Virginia, or the Chamberlain-Hunt Academy in Port Gibson Mississippi,  with the expressed intent of transforming one or both of them into the Frederick Douglass & Marcus Garvey RBG International Leadership Academy for Black Boys; which will be America's first private K-12 residential academy for African-American males based upon the principles of Traditional Afrikan Culture, Pan-Afrikan Leadership, Community Self-Determination & Cooperative Entreprenuership.  

    The FDMG Academy will chiefly provide our boys with serious Manhood Training and Discipline, which will enable them to return to their communities as leaders, husbands and fathers.  Our Agricultural Science and S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics)Program will focus upon raising up the next generation of scientists akin to Dr. George Washington Carver (who once visited St.Paul's College) & Dr. Lewis Latimer.  Our Financial and Economic Sciences program will teach them the power techniques of the Real Estate and Commodities Industries; as well as Strategic Business Planning.

    Your Humble Servant,

    Dr.Umar Johnson, Psy.D, CSP, M.Ed.
    Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Certified School Psychologist & Principal
    National Movement to Save Black Boys
    Kinsman to Frederick Douglass

    "It Is Easier to Build Strong Children Than To Repair Broken Men." Frederick Douglass

    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they discuss this and other important topics on tonights edition of Zaiyah's House.


  • Chill with Zaiyah

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    Join Brother Zaiyah as he gives his no holds barred opinions on whats going on in your world.