New Music – chrisxness – A|O|A Part 1.

From his musical aesthetic nature, to his raw hip hop flow – chrisxness releases Part 1. of 2 from his album A.T.L.A.S – Age of Aquarius A|O|A.

Show me the light that comes with real art. I am a lover of good music – music that you feel deep in your soul – music that not only makes you bob your head, but thought provoked alongside the feeling your heart calls out for – its called art.

We all need it. Art gives off energy into the atmosphere. Art is essential for life.

Listen – Feel the music – download the music – share the music.

Stay tunes for Part 2.

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Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet-Playwright-Activist Who Shaped Revolutionary Politics, Black Culture

R.I.P Amiri Baraka dies Thursday in New Jersey at the age of 79.

The life and legacy of Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer who died Thursday at the age of 79. Baraka was a leading force in the black arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1963 he published “Blues People: Negro Music in White America,” known as the first major history of black music to be written by an African American. A year later he published a collection of poetry titled “The Dead Lecturer” and won an Obie Award for his play, “Dutchman.” After the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965 he moved to Harlem and founded the Black Arts Repertory Theater. In the late 1960s, Baraka moved back to his hometown of Newark and began focusing more on political organizing, prompting the FBI to identify him as “the person who will probably emerge as the leader of the pan-African movement in the United States.” Baraka continued writing and performing poetry up until his hospitalization late last year, leaving behind a body of work that greatly influenced a younger generation of hip-hop artists and slam poets. We are joined by four of Baraka’s longtime comrades and friends: Sonia Sanchez, a renowned writer, poet, playwright and activist; Felipe Luciano, a poet, activist, journalist and writer who was an original member of the poetry and musical group The Last Poets; Komozi Woodard, a professor of history at Sarah Lawrence College and author of “A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics”; and Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress in Newark, New Jersey.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/10/amiri_baraka_1934_2014_poet_playwright

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Gil Scott Heron – Blue Collar

An activist, musician and poet.

Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949) is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. On his influence, Allmusic wrote “Scott-Heron’s unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists”.

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Handcrafted jewels by Alex Elle

Handcrafted jewels by Alex Elle

Writer. Jewelry maker. Beautifully spirited woman.

From inspirational posts via Instagram to hardcopy book to pieces she has crafted with her grace, Alex Elle brings you art.

I use to write and she makes me see that I have almost let myself forget what I did best. Write down my thoughts to share with the world, or, just for my own hearts keepsake.

Words From A Wanderer is a timeless and beautiful compilation of notes and poetry. This book was created with hopes of uplifting and encouraging readers in many ways. There is a journal in the back of the book for readers and fellow writers to indulge in to keep the “conversation” going. Author, Alexandra Elle, wrote this book to shed light on the fact that indeed not all who wander are lost; some are simply still finding their way.

http://breakfastwithalex.com

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Afro Art

Afro Art

In all her beauty. Milk chocolate skin tone with full lips given by her ancestors.
She is Black, She is Black Womb-man, She is the giver of Life, She is God.

What not a better image of God but she… For she has the strength to stand all…. For she has the strength to work in the fields with men, to carry child and give birth. For she has the strength to hold together family and friends….

She is the image of a higher being… She is God… She is Black, she is me….

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Black is Art

Black is Art

She…. She who is he, them, their children, their Mother, their sister, their lover, their friend, their counselor, their grandmother….

She is … My Black sister, I love and respect you. I cherish you and all your worth. This retched Earth and it’s occupants know not your excellence and all it’s glory. But I do…. I do know you in knowing me…

I come face to face with you. Eye to eye, to show you how I care. My mind is an open vessel for your wandering and learning.

Your darkness sparks a light so bright, only a few can see… Your glistening complexion is like gold.

Art, Black Art She is ….

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Skye Townsend – True Beauty

Skye Townsend - True Beauty

Eighteen years ago, on September 1st, Skye Townsend was introduced to the world. At only three years old, she declared to her parents that she would be an entertainer and refused to be anything less than a star. Shortly after discovering her passion for music, she began writing songs as a hobby. As a child, she discovered that songwriting was not just an activity to pass time but also an emotional and expressive outlet. Not only did Skye display talent in performing arts but also displayed interest in visual arts (painting, drawing, applying makeup and photography).

At thirteen years old, Skye began posting videos of herself singing several of her favorite artists’ songs on Youtube. Little did she know, Youtube was going to be the start of her career. Being the daughter of comedian/director Robert Townsend, Skye automatically fell in love with comedy as well as improv as a child. Along with her singing videos, Skye began posting impersonations and funny skits on her profile which garnered millions of views collectively over the years.

As Skye began approaching her later teen years, she found music to be her main focus and first true love. She made it very clear to her parents that she wanted to find her own way and really be exposed to hardships that new talent comes across in order to really develop her artistry. By the age of 18, Skye had worked with more than half of her favorite musicians/producers while still remaining an unsigned independent artist. Some of the credits include: Eric Hudson, Warryn Campbell, Soundz, Organized Noize, Rock City, Mike Ciro, Omen, JM Beatz, Team Tuma and Boola. Skye brings an old school feel with her unique tone and intensely honest lyrics. The bilingual artist enjoys playing with worldly sounds and finding new ways to connect to people lyrically. She says:

“I want to be unforgettable. I want people to see a photo of me years down the line and really remember how passionate I was about the arts. I am not just a singer nor am I just an actress. I am an artist. I also aspire to be a humanitarian. There are so many diseases, illnesses and issues in the world that can be avoided or terminated if people simply take the time to educate themselves. I always say that there’s a difference between talking and speaking as well as listening and hearing. When I open my mouth, I want to speak and be heard.” -S.T.

http://skyetownsend.com

I first found out about Skye Townsend on Instagram, and I instantly wanted to follow her. She gives off a natural sweet soulful feel. She is beautiful and when I learned of who her father was, she became that much more intriguing.

She’s got a style out of this world, she can sing her butt off (My personal fav’s FREE, AK-47 and Eagle), she can write, personality and beauty. This is a young woman who should be the type of inspiration our young girls attempt to achieve. She’s not the cliche ‘Bad Bitch’ too many of our young black girls are following these days. Classy, sexy, smart, true talent is hard to find these days. Mainstream shows flood TV sets where there is more and more women downgrading themselves in order to be in front of the camera. Keep your pride Black Woman and stay true a higher being. Self filled with gratitude to the hardships of those who made it possible for your body and mind to be free.

Be sure to follow this Queen on Instagram @skyetownsend

Waiting for her music to be on iTunes > Hurry up Skye so I can download and play play play on my laptop!