The young generation of artists in the Sun Valley are soaring at all levels, songwriting, instruments, deejaying, and hosting multi-talent events. Tha Sound of Arizona Music series presented by the Enlightened Society at the Onyx Art Events Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona
Fashion Avenue hosted their Collaborate and Event at the Three Wise Men in Scottsdale. AZ's top model, designers, and fashion entrepreneurs came out to support the Designer & Stylist Focused Event. Photos by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos
Have you ever took a ride in a yellow taxi through New York City and the cab driver happened to have it at the right station? Most times I'd ask the driver to put it on 88.3 FM - Jazz. If you've caught a cab in Philadelphia, you might have been riding with a royal prince of jazz and blues by the name of T.C. III. This crooning Philadelphian is the son and heir of the Legendary Jazz greats, Dr. Trudy Pitts and Mr. C. I recently learned about this brother from an interview on my "What Is Hip-Hop?" radio show where I featured an artist out of Los Angeles by the name of Robert D Bassett Jr aka M.C. Class. We discussed his music project entitled, Hip Hop's Damage Control. The emcee, the crooner and along with another emcee named Black Joe collaborated on a project called "The Soul Repair Kit, Hip Hop's Damage Control. The album created a growing buzz in the Los Angeles' underground music scene.
"In our modern age, music has moved to a whole new level" says Class (Lead Rapper and producer ). "But the question is, has the depth and content of today's music evolved at the same pace? For many of our conscious listeners, the answer is a resounding... NO!
Delanor Baychester Productions in association with Infusion Music Group put together a positive message to the music industry and the world. "The Soul Repair Kit" is Hip Hop grown up. This new CD speaks to the hearts and ears of every early Hip Hop fan with Jazz and Be-bop fused together to create the beats and sounds that we come to expect from Hip Hop in its 40's. Along with positive messages that uplift the mind body and spirit.
T.C. III was unavailable on the day of our phone interview, but I was fortunate enough to meet him in Brooklyn for a night of Jazz. Since finding his musical roots, he now lives in New York performing regularly with some of yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows leading blues and jazz artists. His recent album release - "Mega Jazz Explosion", TC III co-produced with Norman Connors while adding his Jazz Vocals to a 14-Piece Band including Gary Bartz, Joey DeFrancesco, Trudy Pitts & "MR.C.", Don Braden, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Orrin Evans, Elmer Gibson, Byran Landham, Clifford Adams, Daryl Hall, and David Ephross.
"I sang in the mirror but I never thought I would be a Jazz singer" says William T. Carney the Third. He spent many of his young years sitting in sound booths as his parents performed in the most renowned music venues around the world. Settling in Philadelphia, his connection to Jazz and Blues reached another level while driving in his car listening to WRTI 90.1 radio and Eddie Jefferson's remake of Miles Davis's instrumental - "So What" came on. "There Are Words to So What?!?! I didn't know!" TC III amazed at the thought of adding a verbal melody to Jazz instruments can sound so good. That is when he decided to follow in his parent’s footsteps but in his own unique way. I got to watch him do his magic live, not in one but two shows that night.
First stop was a smooth artsy venue named the Williamsburg Music Center were T.C. sat in with guitarist extraordinaire Jerry Eastonand and T. Alexander, son of the late and great Saxophonist, Roland Alexander. After that performance, we breezed over the Williamsburg Bridge and across midtown Manhattan to the Westside highway up to the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club up in Harlem. There T.C. shared the stage with the Sugar Hill Quartet - Patience Higgins, Big Dave Gibson, Marcus Persiani and Alex Hernandez. It was a night to remember.
Music can soothe the soul. So the next time you're feeling, go out and hear some live music, take a ride and pop in your Mega Jazz Explosive cd and mellow out.
The Naturalista came together to make a mark in this world, starting in Dallas, TX. As a collective, they aim to change what it means to rock natural and multi-textured hair. The Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo was conceived to help you feel more visible and enthusiastic about women's natural hair and healthy living journey.
The events presented a powerhouse of natural hair business owners such as Ayo Ogun-McCants of Soultanicals, as well as guest speakers such as Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis, and influential panelists like YouTube sensation Taren Guy and beauty blogger extraordinaire Patrice Yursik founder of Afrobella.
Ese Aigbogun's Allen & Fifth is capturing and projecting Nigerian experiences to the world in a fresh, positive and enlightening manner.
A sea of beautiful women of color and natural hair came out to Taliah Waajid's 18th annual spring World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta on Saturday, April 25 ,were over 200 exhibitors attended. Some of today's emerging black-woman-owned hair and beauty companies from all over the country made history as they celebrated natural beauty and Black Business.The event creates a much-needed arena for consumers and beauty professionals to come together to learn and exchange information about healthy hair and skin care, healthy living, the latest beauty products and more.
"The show was amazing! We had a blast! We met some of our amazing customers, fellow 'preneurs, retailers. We were able to introduce Soultanicals to a whole new demographic!!!!" says Ayo Ogun-McCants, owner of Soultanicals.
Obia Ewah, owner of Obia Natural Hair stated "The support has been surprising because our company's growth was merely through word of mouth. Now we are working with about 6 retailers in 17 countries. It's been an amazing journey so far."
NEW Culture Vibe Music Fest presented incredible performance features by singer and star from reality TV show R&B Divas Leela James and gospel singer LeAndria Johnson, and the Hip-Hop Legend, Chubb Rock.
The Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show kicked off in NYC's Times Square Marriott Marquis for a two day event. The best in the industry of natural hair and skin care were there to provide the re-education and re-training, information with their healthy living, natural hair and beauty treatment and maintenance with top of the line health, beauty, nutrition, wellness products and services.
Amongst the many exhibitors, Brooklyn's Leading Vegan Hair and Body product company, Soultanicals was in the building with their own afrotastic hair, body care goodies.
"Soultanicals has the whole package, if you ask me. Innovative products, cool packaging, and a genuine aesthetic for natural hair. Created by Ayo Ogun McCants, the Soultanicals credo is all about fresh, handmade, afro vegan LOVE. I’m a big fan of the Hair Sorrell Knappylicious Kink Drink." ~Afrobella - http://www.afrobella.com/2013/05/01/five-little-independent-hair-brands-doing-it-big/
Find out more about this event at - http://newyorknaturalexpo.com/
Find out more about - Soultanical
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