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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
When life gives you lemons make lemonade, So in the spirit of the holydays, Zaiyah's House is re-gifting Black Friday.
We the people hereby designate Black Friday as the first official Holiday for people of color! So let us all rejoice and celebrate our day by purchasing items from Black owned businesses!!!! and taking time to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of all Black People from all cultures!!!!
If you have a Black Owned Business Please Post your info on our page ,and call into the show to promote it.
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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.
Thanksgiving and Black Friday are two holidays that are celebrated but don't take into account the feelings of others. What do the indigenous people of this country do during this time of year? How do Black people feel about a Friday being called Black because it's supposedly the worst Friday of the year? Do you know? Do you care?
Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they ask the difficult questions. Don't worry we'll have some fun too.
The Following is an excerpt from an essay written by Adjunct lecturer Joshua Neal on the complexities of the poly-amorous lifestyle. Adjunct lecturer Neal currently teaches undergraduate psychology while working towards his PhD.
I can't say that I've always identified with the polyamorous life; as a younger person I often spent time imagining a future life as a father and husband. With time and experience though, I became skeptical about the prospects of long-term pair bonding. The lack of positive role models in this regard, coupled with my own personal experience left me somewhat crestfallen as to the plausibility of a lifetime union. My leery attitude towards marriage shouldn't equate with it being 'unnatural', because I don't believe that monogamy (or for that matter monoamory, the practice of exclusive sexual relationships) is unnatural either. However, in its current configuration it may be highly impractical. I can't make any claims as to the natural position of the human animal when it comes to romantic intimacy, either. Many intellectual pursuits have failed to identify the 'natural' human instinct towards love and family. If any 'natural' or original inclination can be surmised, it is that human behaviors and cultural practices change over time as we adapt to meet the demands of a constantly evolving environment.
Joshua is also a musician, combat sports practitioner with interests in human optimization.
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In the advent of all these new causes and challenges to raise funds and awareness such as The Ice Bucket Challenge and No Shave November, Zaiyah and Uptown have decided to start a challenge of their own to help raise awareness to a problem plaguing the Black community. The dreaded "N" word. Just like A.L.S. or Cancer The "N" word is a disease crippling the Black Community. Join Zaiyah and Uptown and help bring awareness to NO "N" WORD NOVEMBER. Just like you posted yourself and your friends and loved-ones pouring buckets of Ice water over your heads we want you to make posts of yourself pledging not to use the "N" word for the month of November.
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