Category Archives: Music

Celebration of Life Annual Benefit

What better way to celebrate life, than to observe an occasion on a weekend where our country also saluted those who have served our nation. On Sunday, November 10, 2013, L.J Holloway & Associates, Inc. presented “An Evening with Will Downing” to support the 7th Annual “Celebration of Life” Benefit Concert at the Florida Theater. A concert celebration, which was ‘fund-filled’ to award scholarships to deserving students majoring in the disciplines of health and science where they are underrepresented.

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AT&T and Case-Mate Partner with COMMON to Benefit Chicago Youth

The phrase “It takes teamwork to make the dream work” could summarize the launch event of AT&T and Case-Mate’s partnership with Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist and actor, COMMON; a man artistic in many creative platforms who used his artistic talent to design smartphone cases to support his nonprofit organization, The Common Ground Foundation.

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On Thursday, February 28, the AT&T flagship store at 600 N. Michigan Ave opened its doors to celebrate this partnership with the Chicago community. Read the rest of this entry

Verses & Flow Live Chicago

While the weather outside has been chilly, things are heating up in Chicago! Read the rest of this entry

Winter Dance Fever

With winter upon us, what better way to turn up the heat than keeping it moving Read the rest of this entry

Celebrating Culture in ‘The Boogie Down Bronx’

On Friday, August 3, The Bronx Salsa Fest kicked off its month long celebration starting at the Pregones Theater in Bronx, NY for a documentary screening of “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale”. A film by Henry Chalfant, Elena Martinez, and Steve Zeitlin, gave the history of the Bronx and explained the birth of the salsa and hip-hop movement. With music and commentary expressed by musicians and dancers, this feature showcased the Bronx dance and music culture to its fullest. Read the rest of this entry

The Return of the Broadway, FELA!

FELA! has once again returned to Broadway at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre to share the electrifying story of a man who played a pivotal role in igniting young people through socially conscious music about the  government in Nigeria. Based on the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the play takes place in the late 70’s during the peak of Fela Kutis’ status as an influential composer and political activist. Read the rest of this entry

East Harlem Multi-Cultural Festival

Despite the scorching heat, I love what the summertime brings out in communities throughout the city!  Whether it’s street fairs, block parties, recreational activities, or my favorite, BBQ’s, it’s always something to get into. A Saturday trip uptown allowed me to experience the East Harlem Multi-Cultural Festival at La Placita de La Marqueta in El Barrio, NYC.  Read the rest of this entry

And the Beat Goes On…

One of my greatest passions is music. I can remember as a child flipping through my favorite radio stations and recording on my cassette player to make a soundtrack of all my favorite hits. My soundtrack would include a mix from Oldies, Pop, R&B, and my Hip-Hop! Of course my biggest challenge during my recording session was to know when to cue the stop button so I wouldn’t get the announcer or commercial. At times, when I missed my cue, I would have to delay my session by rewinding and then trying to find the spot where the interruption came in. Usually I would have to rerecord into the song and do my own announcing! After all, the soundtrack was mine so becoming DJ All that Jazz was appropriate!

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A One on One Conversation with Dana Dane

It’s June and I’m taking a moment to celebrate Black Music Appreciation Month!!! This is always a great time celebrate those who have made an enormous contribution to our culture!!! Listen to my latest adventure as I have a One on One Conversation with Hip-Hop Legend Dana Dane! Read the rest of this entry

Let’s Pause for a Cause with Joyful Joy

With so many events going on in the city, it’s always exciting to be on the scene where there’s a party with a purpose! On Tuesday, May 22, Joyful Joy Foundation was launched at the XL Lounge in New York, NY. Osas Ighodaro, actress and former Miss Black USA 2010, founded Joyful Joy to sustainably transform the lives of people living under the poverty line in Africa, one community at a time.

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