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Kalae Nouveau and the Power of Women with Fem’Fatale

Rockin’ her signature killer style, a huge grin and natural talent, Kalae Nouveau (formerly Kalae AllDay) is a vocalist, rapper, actress and the creator of Fem’Fatale, an ongoing meet-up initially created to gather women artists in various genres to share, connect, inspire and create real relationships. Tired of what she viewed as the divide among women artists and spurred to create a …

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TastyKeish: Radio Maven and Community Cultivator

I’ve known Keisha Dutes, otherwise known as TastyKeish, for years on the local NYC hip-hop scene. She’s a hilarious live event host and a radio personality, not to mention pediatric nurse, thrift dealer, and a light weight comedian (at least in my book). In 2013, she cofounded Bondfire Radio, an independent radio station with a diversity of robust programs ranging from …

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Tom Tom Declares ‘Drumming Is For Girls’

Sadly in 2014, anyone going to a music venue, festival, or jazz hall is still all too familiar with seeing a mostly male line-up, with the rare novelty of a woman performer (even rarer that the woman is a musician). As a former music journalist, I can say that with both certainty and regret. Mindy Abovitz, drummer and editor-in-chief of Tom …

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Gabriella Dennery on Healing: From Doctor to Drummer

If I was going to see the doctor, I’d be pretty impressed to see her leaving the office rocking a djembe case (a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum). I mean, really, how badass would that be? A former physician, Gabriella Dennery ditched her white coat after years of being unsatisfied in her chosen profession and eventually made the transition to founder and Artistic …

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Six Questions for Paul Goss

Paul Goss and I have known each other for a long time.  Paul has never been very talkative and, indeed, of all my conversations about art thus far, this one is the most brief.  Paul’s painting, too, has an economy.  I have yet to meet a painter who, while treating this city as the subject, would depict a New York this free …

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Ryann Holmes on The Origins of Bklyn Boihood, Identity and Self-Acceptance

  Ok, so what is a “boi?” according to Urbandictionary.com (a HIGHLY trusted source), it’s a word used in “the lesbian community, a young transgendered/androgynous/masculine person who is biologically female and presents themselves in a young, boyish way.” Ryann Holmes, the co-founder of Bklyn Boihood, whose mission is defined as “to spread love through community-building events, music and art while sharing …

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Jo-Ná Williams on the Value and Importance of the Artist Entrepreneur

  The stereotypical music industry executive talks real fast, issue a lot of broken promises and make their money exploiting young naive artists who lack the skill or experience to know when they’re being taking advantage of. Artist, entrepreneur, business coach and lawyer, Jo-Ná Williams, has built her business, The Artist Empowerment Firm, based on the exact opposite approach. A bubbly, warm, …

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James Bartlett on MoCADA, The Fear of Failing and Beating the NYC Grind

James Bartlett has a lot on his plate but you wouldn’t know it. His calm coolness suggest he’s often the laid back dude among the late night revelers, observing the chaos without being overrun by it. As the Executive Director of MoCADA, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, James is constantly visioning and implementing, along with his tight staff, to showcase new …

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Blitz The Ambassador On Afropolitan Dreams And Life As An “African In NYC”

  Yesterday (April 28), Blitz the Ambassador released his second album for the Berlin-based label Jakarta Records. The release, Afropolitan Dreams, quickly feels like the Ghanaian rapper’s most centered piece. Beyond an eclectic mix of mostly African features, the album is built on Ghanaian high-life tendencies more than any boom-bap revisionism. Still, he trades American Hip Hop references with Accra-specific mentions …

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