Arizona Designer, Tameca Howell of Kingdom Stylz International brings culture and runway to the AFASA 2018 African Festival - Bring Africa to Arizona. Photography by Tyrone Z. McCants / Zire Photography
The love and the music vibrated the entire park. People young and old dancing, people sung along to every song! It really amazes me to see children who really know the words, ha. Hundreds of look-alikes of all versions of MJ were there in Full Effect!
In this short edition of the Proud Poppas Project, we talk with Proud Father, Levi from Phoenix, Arizona.
In this short edition of the Proud Poppas Project, we talk with Proud Father, Paul from Mesa, Arizona.
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Joseph Zoboi, Founder & Instructor of The Rising Son Project facilitated a workshop along with Photographer and founder of Proud Poppas United, Tyrone Z. McCants, gave an introductory lesson on photography as a tool for communication. The focus was on what symbols and imagery and how they could use to represent the theme of "Our Story.”
a panel discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society
Reasons to be thankful!
I have many things to be thankful for--among them, being so often surrounded by gifted, accomplished artists. This season, I had the great pleasure of moderating BRIC Arts Media's post-show Q&A with choreographerRonald K. Brown(celebrating his troupes's 30th anniversary) and poetCheryl Boyce-Taylor. For Ronald K. Brown/Evidence's season at BRIC, Brown and Boyce-Taylor presented a revival ofWater, their 1999 collaboration.
The Q&A followed the performance on Friday, November 13 as New Yorkers were just hearing and struggling to process the horrific news from Paris. All through our conversation, I felt the unshakable force of Ron and Cheryl's groundedness and focus. I was happy that they both emphasized how important it is for young, innovating artists to value and tap the experience of arts elders as they move forward in a field--and a world--presenting numerous challenges.
Movers and Shakers: Dance Activists in NYC
a panel at Brooklyn Historical Society (photo: Tyrone Z. McCants)
L to r: Jason Samuels Smith, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, AntBoogie, Tamia Santana, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Camille A. Brown (photo: Tyrone Z. McCants)
I also had the honor of being invited, by Meredith Duncan, Programs and Communication Manager of Brooklyn Historical Society and Tamia Santana, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Dance Festival, to moderate their panel on dance and activism at BHS. The panelists? Knockouts, all: Camille A. Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, AntBoogie and Jason Samuels Smith, distinguished in their respective genres of dance and deeply engaged with community, education and social justice.
(photo: Tyrone Z. McCants)
(photo: Tyrone Z. McCants)
Despite a late-fall downpour that kept some people home, we had a good gathering and a rich, wide-ranging discussion touching on the power of the arts to shift the way we think and imagine, the fundamental importance of technical discipline, the role of the body in political action, and the perennial challenge posed by mainstream media and conventional tastemakers and gatekeepers. So often, our talk returned to the imperative that progressive artists just go for it, find their own truths, control their own spaces, creating alternatives in an end run around these barriers. I greatly appreciate the example these artists continue to set for us all.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your nourishing support over the years.InfiniteBodycontinues to be here for you, and I hope you will continue to enjoy it and send your friends and colleagues my way.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Love, Eva :-)
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I recently sat in on a studio session with Mickey Factz as he knocked out track after track for his upcoming Y3 Mixtape. Moving around the studio like a worker bee in production. From the booth to the boards to his cell to communicating with his fans via social media then to his playlist and back to the booth. He took a few minutes to talk about his Y3 Mixtape – G.A.T.M. (Gospel According To Me). This is the third installment to his “Y” Trilogy. Mickey talks about his growth as an artist and why he feels it’s important to produce music that can reach the everyday person by making music that takes the listener into his world.
Mickey via his Facebook page “this is really special. Art, Lyricism, Video Games, Love, Heartbreak, Politics, Religion, Honesty, Style and History. Couldn’t ask for a more well rounded body of work from myself…”
The mixtape comes with a collection of amazing beats from producers like 100 Bulletz to Just Blaze. It is also expected to feature some of today top lyrical emcees such as Cyhi Da Prynce, Elzhi, Charles Hamilton and few more surprised guests.
What does it take to be a HipHopeuner? It takes commitment to do the work to drive your brand and music, it takes focus and consistency, one must have a deep appreciation for the art and culture of hip-hop while being true to your expression of the art that you contribute to it.
“… I’m hoping that people are appreciating this, man, that’s pretty much it for me man. I want people to love what I’m doing…. I just like to rap, and I like showing people I can rap…” says Mickey
Brooklyn got a strong dose of Soul during the amazing live performance by music artist, Bilal, al the BAM Rhythm and Blues Concert Series.
On 28 June, Brooklyn’s CariBBeing held it’s 2015 Caribbean-American Heritage Film Series at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. CaribBEING proudly presented the final screenings of Closer Encounters: The Caribpolitan Experience. Select film features were “Doubles With Slight Pepper”
by director Ian Harnarine, and “PAN! Our Music Odyssey” by director Jérôme Guiot. This day was formally chosen by President of Borough Eric Adams as Steelpan Day.
Purelements: an Evolution in Dance (“PE”) is a 501(c) (3) performing arts organization founded in 2006, by Kevin A. Joseph and Lakai Worrell. The mission of PE is to use multiple facets of the performing arts as educational tools to evolve and transform the individuals and communities it serves, and to present dynamic performances that are socially relevant and impactful. PE’s mission unfolds through an art-in-education program, a performing arts program and its professional and pre-professional dance companies. Learn more: http://purelements.org/about/who-is-purelements/
Afro Punk, Brooklyn
Lifestyle and Street Photography by Zire Photography
1977 seems like ages ago. 37 years of relevancy in Hip Hop culture is definitely something to celebrate. This past Sunday, New York City’s Summer Stage presented Rock Steady Crew’s 37th Anniversary concert in Central Park. The Rock Steady Crew is a household name in Hip Hop. Culture connoisseurs of varying generations came together this past Sunday to pay homage and witness “Real Hip Hop.” While many debate what “real” Hip Hop is, every guest that hit the stage proudly boasted, “This is Real Hip Hop.”
For the sake of the culture, let us not forget the four elements. The b-boy has been a staple since the culture came into fruition. B-boys, Crazy Leg and Lenny Len, were put onto Rock Steady through Jimmy D as a way to preserve the art form of breakdance. Their mission was to take it to the next level while keeping the culture alive. By the early 1980s, the Rock Steady Crew was making a lot of noise in the Manhattan scene. Battling their rivals, the Dynamic Rockers, was a crucial point in the history of breakdancing and Hip Hop. Today, Rock Steady Crew has expanded and become a fusion of the old and new school.
On Sunday, July 27th, Rock Steady Crew added another chapter to its legacy.
As the show began, I looked out into the sea of faces and noticed the blend of races, genders and ages in the crowd. The crowd was proof of how far Hip Hop has come in truly reaching the masses while breaking through racial barriers, age gaps and gender roles. Hosting the anniversary event was the End of the Weak emcees. EOW, as many know it as, is NYC’s longest running Hip Hop open mic showcase and it was only fitting to let them host the monumental event. Being in the photo pit, I was able to witness not just the levels of greatness that touched the stage, but also see so many people still supporting “real Hip Hop.” It was a reassuring sign that Hip Hop will be well preserved throughout the years to come.
The first half of the event was led by notable pioneers of the culture. Large Professor, Cormega and Das EFX all touched the stage and the crowd loved every minute of it. Considering that the majority of the crowd was made up of people in their 30′s, they grew up to these artists’ music and they were rapping along to every word to every song. Cormega took some time out in his set to address the crowd and see which age group was reaping the heaviest. “If you’re over 30 years old, make some noise,” he shouted and the crowd went berserk. There were kids looking at their parents with surprised faces, not being able to fathom at the fact that their parents grew up on Hip Hop as well.
I ran into Onyx before they got on stage to perform, as well as Spliff Star, who was there to support his fellow Hip Hop veterans. The energy backstage was great as well. I saw the old school mingling with the new school and artists mingling with the people as they talked about “back in the day Hip Hop” and took photos. When Onyx came out, it felt like we were teleported back into the 90s. The grit and rawness that embodies both Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz was beyond apparent. Onyx never lost their street edge and their age never showed as the duo sustained a high-energy performance that was all a Hip Hop fan could ask for.
The show was full of surprise guests as well. Beatbox legend Rahzel came out and proved to us, once again, why he is so great at what he does. Keith Murray also took it back with “Fatty Girl” and brought a big surprise guest of his own, the Ruler himself, Slick Rick. Decked out in chains, of course, Slick Rick had the crowd mesmerized.
As the day winded down, DJ Tony Touch made an appearance before the final performance of the night took place. Rightfully introducing the crew, Rock Steady Crew originator Crazy Legs took to the mic and said a few words. Crazy Legs first thanked the crowd for the many years of support for the culture and keeping the Rock Steady name relevant after so many years. He also made a special announcement by presenting the newest Vice President of RSC: Y-Not. Adding to his own legacy, Crazy Legs also shared the news about his contribution to Cornell University. The prestigious school will be keeping all of Crazy Legs’ Hip Hop archives in their Hip Hop Collection. “We’re here to preserve Hip Hop and I’m glad to be able to donate everything I’ve collected over the years to Cornell University,” said Crazy Legs.
After bearing the good news to the packed out Summer Stage audience, the newest members of Rock Steady Crew literally swept the floor clean with their mind-blowing foot work, leg swipes, flare kicks, chair freezes, pop locking and more. Y-NOT, Bonita, Bail Rok and more all took turns wowing the crowd with their skills. It was a refreshing sight to see, to be able to witness a new generation of b-boys and b-girls who will continue to carry the torch that Rock Steady Crew initially carried over 30 years ago.
Hip Hop isn’t dead. And this year’s Rock Steady Crew Anniversary was a friendly reminder of why it isn’t.
*** Article credited to @Maria "My-My" F. Yap of KevinNottingham.com - The Underground Hip Hop Authority
For the Hip-Hop Heads who missed the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2014 - Check the Photo Recap Here
I was asked to produce a short documentary highlighting the life of a man from Brownsville by the name of Gregg "Jocko" Jackson. I was given 3 weeks, a bag of pictures, a phone number and no budget. So you ask, why did you do it then? Because I love my art, that's why, and because they wanted to feature it at a film festival tribute in his honor.
Going after our goals. Two time annual Male Mentor of the Year, Honoree, Tyrone Z. McCants facilitates career day with the male eighth graders of Hudde Middle School in Brooklyn, NYC, were they talked about his pursuit of being a independent photographer and small business owner.
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!
The moment you enter the stairway leading down to the Church Street Boxing Gym, you can hear the sound of gloves hitting the bags and pads echoing from a couple of flights below. Along with the huge mural of the great Joe Lewis mounted on the front wall of the gym, you're greeted by a young lady with a bit of spunk at the front desk. I told her I was press for Fight Parrot and asked where exactly the open workout was going to take place. She directed me to walk to the end of the hall and make a left to the back gym. Aligned with pipes, the hall was decorated with vintage fight cards, posters and portraits of historic fighters and a few new ones. I’ve been following boxing and martial arts since about 9 years old. Being it my first time in a real boxing gym, I was in awe. It was like walking through time.
Before you knew it the gym became full of media, all awaiting the arrival of the fighters. Once the fighters entered the gym, it was right to business. The focus on their faces was indescribable. There was real intensity and a bit of tension in the air as the fighters began to demonstrate their skills and power just a few feet away from the opponent they would be facing that coming Saturday night. With all the aggression and infliction they put on the pads, they were surprisingly all engaging with the press and very down to earth. Some of the koolest warriors I ever met.
Shout out to Brad at Fight Parrot!!! Be sure to visit them for all the updates in the mix martial arts world.
The Big Show... GLORY 12 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
The Big Show... GLORY 12 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.
Proud Poppas United joined the Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School (P.S. 9) for the 4th Annual Real Men Read Day. It’s been recognized thru a nationwide data, male students are not making the types of gains in their reading and literacy skills that female students are making. So the staff and volunteers of P.S. 9 hosts annual events were their male students and other youth and families of the Prospect Heights community come together and engage a day of reading, hobbies and activities.
This does not just happen in Jena, Louisiana. Youth of color are treated this way all over America. Help us build a justice system that truly serves all our children.
Educator, Chef and Health Specialist, T.I. Williams and the Mott Hall IV middle school in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, celebrated their New Indoor Heirloom Edible Garden Lab, and New Outdoor Native Plant, and their New Wildflower Living Environment Lab.