Daily Archives: February 11, 2009

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Raphael Saadiq- 100 Yard Dash-Live On Jay Leno

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Trailer For “Nina Simone:Great Performance Live College Concerts And Interviews”

Nina Simone was notorious for her views about about American racism. She once told an interviewer on record that Michael Jackson’s problems were the results him being under Quincy Jone’s tutelage. Her legendary song “Mississippi Goddamn” was written in response to the murder of Medgar Evers and “Four Women” attacked the stereotyping of Black women. A concert trained pianist she was forever perturbed about being classified as a jazz artist because in the ’50’s and ’60’s jazz didn’t have the pedigree it has now. Because her music was so overt in its message you can not separate Simone the artist from Simone the outspoken social critic and this is why the documentary that comes out on itunes
on the 24th is necessary for all of her fans.

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Last Night In NYC…MTV’s Sway,Talib Kweli, DJ Cassidy, Estelle And A Who’s Who Of The NYC Art Scent Came Out In Support Of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Gold Rush Awards

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Credit: Emil Horowtiz, Photographer
Rush Arts Gallery Director Derrick Adams, MTV’S Sway, Director of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Tangie Murray, Artist/Co-Founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Danny Simmons; 2009 Gold Rush Award honorees Beverly Bond, founder of Black Girls Rock, Sonja Okun, Exalt Youth Program Founder and Writer/Curator Franklin Sirmans.

February 11, 2009 – New York, NY – Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s 2009 Gold Rush Awards, a multi-media fundraising event and cocktail party, honoring outstanding individuals in the arts for establishing groundbreaking community arts programs or projects that embody social awareness and engagement, brought out an eclectic crowd of art enthusiasts, VIP guests and celebs last night at Red Bull Space in Soho.

Host of the evening, MTV’s Sway, alongside artist and Rush Philanthropic Co-Founder, Danny Simmons and Rush Galleries Curatorial Director, Derrick Adams, presented the first ever Gold Rush honorees with custom designed award medallions created by designers, Kevin Merkel and Jerry Gant. Honorees included Beverly Bond, DJ and Founder of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., Sonja Okun, Founder of Exalt Youth Program and Writer/Curator Franklin Sirmans.

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J.Wells Returns With Digital Master Vol.2.1, Includes Cameos From Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Kurupt,WC,vMack 10, Tha Liks, Da Brat, Rah Digga, Roscoe, Bigg Gipp

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Los Angeles, CA—In 2005, J. Wells completed his debut album, Digital Master, which featured Bishop Lamont, Method Man, Mitchy Slick, Goodie Mob, Tha Liks, Jayo Felony, Kurupt, Roscoe and Planet Asia.

More recently, J. Wells released a collaborative LP, Digital Smoke (2007), with Kurupt on his Bonzi Records label and the project garnished great reviews from The Source, XXL, Allhiphop.com, LA Times and many other media outlets.

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