This year has been an exciting and challenging year. Full of unexpected surprises, losses, and growth. Here are some of the amazing projects that kept me busy this year. I had the pressure connecting with some of the Sun Valley’s most talented natives and professionals. In combination with the ups and downs in my personal life, 2018 was definitely one for the record books. Take a look at some of these highlights. Photography by Tyrone Z. McCants
Brooklyn got a strong dose of Soul during the amazing live performance by music artist, Bilal, al the BAM Rhythm and Blues Concert Series.
What do you get when you combined the melodies of two harps, a piano and the musical brilliance of harpist and composer Brandee Younger with a touch of Jazz and Brooklyn flavor? You get pure harmony. On March 12th, Brandee Younger held a performance piece at the Greenwich House Music School, part of the Uncharted Concert Series. The magical performance included newly-composed music featuring second harpist Mia Theodoratus and pianist Courtney Bryan. Ms. Young also performed her special musical tribute to Travon Martin and his entitled "He Has A Name."
I couldn't pass up on the chance to meet one of my idols - Mr. Melvin Van Peebles. I heard he and his son, Mario Van Peebles were both visiting JustFilms at AtriumFlix, Lincoln Center. They opened the event with a live musical performance by Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative band, featuring Burnt Sugar Arkestra members. After the performance there was Q & A with Melvin and Mario Van Peebles by moderator Greg Tate. The evening was topped off with a Free screening of Mario Van Peebles' film and tribute to his father - Baadasssss! A revealing documentary about the making of his father’s groundbreaking 1971 independent film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. It was a honor to shake your hand, Mr. Peebles.
If you haven't seen this Baadasssss movie yet, go get it!
Very seldom you get an opportunity to be a part of an awesome concert which is also raising awareness for something important, and I consider myself to be lucky in this regard. It was a Wednesday night, 20th of January, 2010 to be exact, when New York came to life with Hip Hop music.
The old Knitting Factory, which was once a Bastian of the Hip Hop movement in New York, experienced a reincarnation via this memorable event which was aptly named –Mind Body Soul. The night was vibrant as legends and rising stars of Hip Hop music poured their heart out in support of the cause.