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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

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Verses & Flow Live Chicago

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

A One on One Conversation with Rief ‘Rawyal’

It’s September and with all the great energy in the city going on with Fashion Week, I get EXCITED!!! From going backstage and watching the crew prepare the models with makeup and hair, to watching models rip the runway, and listening to the latest tunes, is an adventure itself! Listen to my latest adventure as I have a One on One Conversation with 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

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 Music & Dance Affair

Celebrations with a theme of “Music and Dance” seemed to be the happening stories in the city! The week of May 7-13th celebrated the Second Annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival in Harlem USA’s Historic Jazz Venues. Performances were exhibited in various Harlem landmarks including the Apollo Theater, Club Harlem, Havana San Juan, Lenox Lounge, Minton’s Playhouse, Monroe’s Uptown, Park Palace, Showman’s Jazz Club, and Small’s Paradise which all featured established and emerging artists showcasing sounds of jazz with a flair! Read the rest of this entry

What Have ‘I’ Done For Me Lately!

While fortunate enough to have experienced another run of the week with various adventures, I made time to do something for me! Maybe because the song “What Have You Done For Me Lately” by Janet Jackson came on rotation this week and of course the song stayed in my head all week long! So I started thinking, “All that Jazz, what have you done for YOURSELF lately?”

Play my favorite sport … TENNIS

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