Rapsody Set To Release New Album On Sept.22 (@rapsody)

Rapsody“Laila’s Wisdom” is the title of the soon to be released album from hip-hop artist Rapsody. The record, which will be the first full length project since she joined forces with Roc Nation, will be officially released on September 22nd. Features includes: Kendrick Lamar, Black Thought, Anderson. Paak and others.

Persons may pre-order now via the following link: http://smarturl.it/YSK

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Talib Kweli Drops New Single In Support Of Bresha Meadows (@TalibKweli @freebresha)

Talib Kweli Bresha MeadowsAbout a week and a half ago Talib Kweli released a powerful single in support of Bresha Meadows. For those not familiar with her story, she is the teenager who shot her abusive father in 2016. Click here or on the image above to check out the song, and below is a statement sent out by Kweli when he shared it.

Good morning. Spending time engaging with fans on social media has allowed me to spread information about causes and events ignored by the mainstream media. It has also made me aware of important cultural events and connected me with brilliant people who make me a better human being. It was on social media that I first learned about the story of Bresha Meadows. On July 28th, 2016, Bresha Meadows shot and killed her reportedly abusive father. She was 14 years old at the time.
The first thing that struck me about Bresha was how much she physically reminded me of my own daughter. I had a similar experience when George Zimmerman killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin, who reminded me of my son. I instantly felt drawn to these children and I felt compelled to dive deeper into their lives. Leading up to shooting her father, Bresha’s grades were slipping in school, she had run away from home and had repeatedly told relatives and authorities that her father was beating up her mom and threatening to kill the whole family.

Back in 2011, Bresha’s mother, Brandi Meadows, stated in court papers that she had been cut, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and black eyes, and that she is 100 percent sure she will be killed. She later reconciled with Bresha’s father, which is a common occurrence in abusive relationships. To this day, the father’s relatives insist he was not nearly as abusive as he was made out to be.

Bresha obviously had a different perspective, telling authorities that the gun she killed her father with was the very gun he used to threaten the family with. After sitting in juvenile detention for 9 months and facing at the very least a very lengthy prison sentence, Bresha accepted a plea deal that will allow her to be released to a residential treatment center for 6 months and then to her family. What struck me about this case was Bresha’s age. I express myself lyrically, so a lyric popped in my head while thinking about it –

“Do you kill yourself or kill the monster thats making you suicidal, decisions to heavy for the mind of a child.”

Regardless of how you feel about this particular case, whether you feel it’s a self defense issue, a domestic abuse issue, a mental health issue or all of the above, the take away for me is that we must do a better job of taking care of and protecting our children. Our children should never feel they have to make these kinds of decisions. I see my own children in Bresha’s young face, and I want to uplift their voices as much as I possibly can. Brandi Meadows has said of her daughter –

“She is my hero. I wasn’t strong enough to get out and help us all.”

That statement got me thinking about what a hero truly is, and made me want to write a song about Bresha. My hope is that this song inspires us as a community to more closely examine the dysfunction within our own families, so that we can create solutions before young people like Bresha feel like they must take matters into their own hands. I present She’s my Hero.

Using the hashtag #FreeBresha supporters of Bresha Meadows have rallied around her, setting up a GoFundMe page for the family.
https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

You can find the latest updates on Bresha’s situation at https://freebresha.wordpress.com/actions/ 

 

Arrested Development Performs at The UC Theatre in Berkeley on Sept.23 (@Speech__)

ARRESTED-DEVELOPMENT-church-shot--e1496056330637The UC Theatre, located at 2036 University Ave. in Berkeley, California, will come alive on September 23rd as Arrested Development will be performing. For those not familiar with this amazing group, they captivated us in the early nineties with hits like “People Everyday,” “Tennesse” and “Mr. Wendal.”

This is one event not to be missed. Tickets are available at HERE

Black Star Performs in Oakland on Sept. 13 (@TalibKweli @AnkhMarketing)

Black StarIf you are a true hip-hop fanatic, you will be excited to know that the dynamic duo, Talib Kwel and Yasiin Bey, more popularly known as Black Star, will be performing at the Fox in Oakland on September 13th. Just so you know, the Fox is located at 1807 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland, California. This is event is being hosted by the amazing team at Ankh Marketing, in collaboration with Another Planet. Doors will open at 8 PM and tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

About Black Star
Black Star is an American hip hop duo formed in 1997, from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. The duo is composed of rappers Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Talib Kweli. They released a number of singles and one album, “Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star” on August 26, 1998. The record received critical acclaim, and was huge on the underground hip-hop scene. Since then the duo has worked together intermittently on soundtracks and other projects.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Performs at Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina on Sept.26 (@iamKrayzieBone ‏ @LayzieBTNH ‏@ThisIsBizzyBone)‏

Bone Thugs-n-HarmonyOn Tuesday September 26th, one of hip-hop’s biggest group, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, will hit the Cat’s Cradle stage in North Carolina (300 E Main St, Carrboro). The show kicks off at 9 PM and will go until midnight. Click here to purchase tickets.

About Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song “Tha Crossroads.” Since its conception in the early 1990s the group has been honored with numerous other awards. Bone Thugs are also the only artist to work with Eazy-E, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are also recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop groups selling 50 million records.

Yasiin Bey plays at Les Docks in Lausanne, Switzerland on Sept.29

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Yasiin Bey, formally called Mos Def will be hitting the stage at Les Docks in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 29th. Having successfully released three hit albums as well as playing roles in several Hollywood movies, Yasiin Bey has been on what he calls his Farewell Tour for the past few months.

For more information about this event (ticket price, start time etc.) click here.

Rapsody Performs at Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina on Aug.20 (@rapsody)

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NC’s own, Rapsody, will be doing a live set at the popular Cat’s Cradle (300 E Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510) on August 20th. She will be supported by her Storm Troopers Band, with guest appearances by Heather Victoria, Zoo Cru and The Materials.

The event starts at 8PM and goes until 12AM. Tickets are available HERE.

Ice Cube, Common & Several Others join Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall this month (@ChappelleRCMH)

2017 Canadian Screen AwardsComedian Dave Chappelle will return to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for 10 shows this August. He will be accompanied by a host of incredible supporting acts including musicians like: The Roots, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube, Common, Chance The Rapper, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey, Childish Gambino, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mayer, Lil Wayne and Big Boi. He will also have fellow comics like Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, Ali Wong, and more.

See below dates and lineup:

8/1/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots
8/2/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots
8/3/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots
8/4/17 – Dave Chappelle & The Roots
8/5/17 – Dave Chappelle & Chris Rock
8/9/17 – Dave Chappelle & Erykah Badu
8/15/17 – Dave Chappelle & Very Special Guest (TBA)
8/18/17 – Dave Chappelle & Trevor Noah
8/19/17 – Dave Chappelle & Childish Gambino
8/24/17 – Dave Chappelle & Ali Wong

Purchase tickets here.

Win 2 Tickets to see Nas on his 2017 North American Tour (@Nas)

NasIf you are a Nas fan you should know by now that the artist will be heading out on a North American Tour this Fall. He will be making stops in Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Boston, Camden, Flushing, Raleigh, Miami, Jacksonville, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Seattle and Vancouver.

Also on the tour will be Ms. Lauryn Hill and Jamaican reggae singer, Chronixx. In order to win tickets, click here, select the show you are interested in and follow the instructions.

Talib Kweli Performs in Oklahoma City on Sept. 2nd (@TalibKweli)

Talib KweliAn internationally acclaimed artist, Brooklyn-based MC Talib Kweli has earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years.

Join him for a night of top-tier lyrics, carefully crafted stories, and an impeccable show at the Tower Theatre (425 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73103) on September 2nd. Doors open at 7PM and tickets range from $30 to $43.

Click here to buy tickets.