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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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    http://www.roycehallmusic.com


    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.

  • How do we end police brutality?

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    Unless you've been under a rock or on a distant planet you have seen the plethora of Black citizen being brutalized by law enforcement. We march, We plead and we beg for justice and our cries seem like they are falling on deaf ears.


    They tell you "All Cops Aren't bad". If this is true why is it that every time a Cop becomes a whistle-blower he quickly becomes an Ex-Cop?


    A Baltimore City cop who attempted to hold his fellow officers accountable for on the job misconduct has been intimidated to the point of leaving the police force entirely.


    Detective Joe Crystal became a target of intimidation for his entire department after testifying against other officers in a misconduct case.  Following his testimony, he received threats from other officers, and even found a dead rat on his car one day.


    “He saw a wrong and decided he couldn't live with himself and did the right thing and was punished, I think that’s just unbelievable,” Nicholas Panteleakis, Crystal’s lawyer said.


    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/good-cop-dead-rat-car-testifying-officers/#H5mgFxpv0Reef7wb.99


    Seems like their are two types of Cops. Bad Cops and ex-Cops. What do you think?


    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. 

  • 02:00

    The reason I never joined a Gang

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    Growing up in the Bronx I had plenty of friends that were in gangs. They rocked (wore) colors and some had pretty high rank in the gangs they were affiliated with. I had no problem with them and they had no problem with me. I have a life philosophy that I follow that some folks understand and some don't, but it's my mantra and it works for me. Do you belong to a gang? Religious, political, Street or Military? if so why? Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they discuss this and other important topics on this weeks edition of Zaiyah's House.

  • 02:00

    Do Black People Pray Too Much?

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    No disrespect intended I really think this is a very relevant subject. With all that's going on in the world concerning people of color it seems like we still have that "Pie in the sky, after I die" mentality. The Black Family is almost nonexistent to the point that we wish Mothers "Happy Fathers Day"... Has all this prayer helped or would we as a people be more advanced without it?


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

  • 02:00

    Can we trust our government

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    It seems like another skeleton falls out of the United States’ closet every day. Whistleblowers are coming out of the woodwork, and the government is struggling to keep the scandals contained


    In 1996, Gary Webb, a writer for the San Jose Mercury News, published a series of articles known as “Dark Alliance.” The articles detailed how the CIA turned a blind eye as Nicaraguan drug traffickers sold and distributed crack cocaine in Los Angeles throughout the 1980s. It also described how the Reagan administration protected drug dealers from prosecution.


    US Army Private Bradley Manning is responsible for what some have called the biggest leak of secret military data ever. His actions also helped put WikiLeaks on the map, as he provided the organization with hundreds of thousands of classified documents.


    Among the things Manning revealed were:


    • A secret video, nicknamed “collateral murder” that showed US air crew laughing after killing dozens of people (including reporters and civilians) in an air strike.
    • Detailed records of the civilian death toll in Iraq (even though the military repeatedly said there was no record). Out of 109,000 deaths logged in a six year period, 66,081 were unarmed civilians.
    • US Soldiers committed horrific acts of torture on Iraqi prisoners, and despite hundreds of filed complaints, authorities never investigated.
    • US defense contractor DynCorp was involved in child trafficking.


    Currently Manning is being imprisoned by the military and is facing 21 charges, including “aiding the enemy,” which comes with a life sentence. Yes . . . Manning is in jail for exposing the US government paying a company that sold child slaves.


    Join Zaiyah and Uptown for on this weeks edition of Zaiyah's House.