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Ishaq S. Mu’min is an aspiring writer. He has two Paralegal Certificates, currently studying for his BA in Paralegal Studies, and has worked as a Law Library Clerk for over 15 Years. He is at work on a book as a sequel to this book “The Evolution of a G (Part II)”. He is also pursuing an acting career and film deals for his books. Mr. Mu’min has taught advanced seminars as a Substance Abuse Counselor and regularly lectures youth on the ultimate outcome of living in the streets of the inner cities of America, without a legitimate plan and goal for success. He was raised in New York City and currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
An excerpt from Ishaq Mu'min’s “The Evolution of a G" Izzy grew up in the Mid 70s and late 80s, Between Harlem and the Bronx, New York City. During this era was the last of a dying breed of hustlers-last of the Mohegan’s-the true underworld gangsters. There are many hoods all over in American cities across the United States, but it is no ancient Chinese secret that: long before the crack epidemic, the heroin trade in the Bronx and Harlem was on another level and that this level could never be reached again.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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
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Is this the new paradigm or the same ole same ole. Have a baby by the wrong guy, struggle raising the child alone, then go back to school and start your career. To some this is the wrong way to build your foundation, to others it's a family tradition.
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Viren Swami, Ph.D.
Imagine you’ve just witnessed a traffic accident. There are two victims, one you find attractive, the other less so. Which of the two victims would you help first? Or, imagine you have to hire someone to work for your company. They both have identical qualifications and experience, but one you find attractive, the other less attractive. Who would you hire?
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This is an excerpt from a artical: January 25, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Thanks to Lisa’s grandmother, who left her a hefty inheritance, she’s now $15,000 richer, but ole’ girl seems to feel that this money should be handled differently than the way that they’ve been handling their money. Basically, she wants to do what she wants to do with it and feels Aaron has no say in how she spends it.
“She recently inherited about $15k from her grandmother’s estate, that she was not expecting. She hadn’t realized money had been left for her,” Aaron continued. “It’s been a few weeks now since she found out about it, and she does not want to discuss it with me at all. Her stance seems to be that it’s her money and not my business.”
“My opinion is that we should treat it as any other income, and budget towards savings and vacation funds and such. And perhaps get a second car, since we share mine,” he added.
As we shared in the beginning, he’s bothered by Lisa’s seemingly questionable moves, and he’s wondering if he’s wrong for feeling this way. What are your thoughts on this situation?
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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.
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