‘Along The Edges’: An Artistic Wonderment of Black Femme Imagination 

Along Allen Street in a quant buffalo art space called Pine Apple co. is featuring the art instillation ‘Along The Edges’ by Obsidian Bellis, a local black femme artist currently on raise.


“‘Along The Edges’ is predominantly inspired by the emotional labor of black femmes through adversity expressed with elements of mysticism and nature.” -Best described by the artist herself Obsidian.


Obsidian’s artistic style can be described as a mixture of mythical creatures with strong influences of black Afro- American culture. Obsidian also highlighted that her work is inspired by thriftier trinkets and items she would see at her grandmothers house .


On August 4th, opening night of this exhibition, Obsidian featured the talents of Curtis Lovell vocal accompaniment to Ebony’s Burlesque performance that embodied all the elements of Obsidian’s pieces. Curtis Lovell’s original songs vocalized the imagination and Ebony’s hypnotic movements brought the fantasy of the night to life.


The collision of still , dance, and vocal art entranced the audience to a silence, stopped and brought people in off the street to witness this magical performance. The celebration of black femmes creativity created a warm radiating energy that consumed the artists as well as everyone in that space.

All the pieces featured and what remains , are currently up, but won’t be for long!
‘Along the Edges’ instillation ends on August 27th!
Stop in for the last weekend to experience the fleeting moments of this black girl magic instillation!

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Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival Review 

The inaugural Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival kicked off its event with an amazing blues performance by Zuri Appleby, best known for playing with Nick Jonas as his bassist and closed with the anticipated performance of Venzella Joy, best known for playing with Beyoncé as her drummer. These famous Buffalo natives performances got the crowds excited and secured the heightened energy throughout the Festival. 

Beau Fleuve was held at the Buffalo Riverworks, a new and unique venue for an festival that was quiet the same.Upon entrance to the venue, there was a restaurant and bar with a large open space that would be used as an Exhibit Room featuring art exhibits, fashion art, speaker series and vendors. 

Along the back wall there was an entry way down to an arena that offered space to two main stages ,the river stage, more vendors and a stair case that lead to the silent disco located on a stage above the middle of the two main stages. 

On these three stages every art form imaginable was on display: all genres of music from country,Hip Hop, R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz, Indie and more, dance, spoken word, and live performances by painters & barbers. 

Amidst all this talent performers often found themselves competing with each other for space to be heard by their audiences. The amount of talent showcased at this event was astonishing and at time confusing.

 From the festival goers I had the pleasure of speaking with they all wished there was an event program given upon entry detailing the time/location of each performance to ensure they didn’t miss certain sets, but were also optimistic that by next year’s festival these minors kinks would be worked out.

Some of the highlights of the night were the Neo -Soul performances from Drea D’Nor and Lindsay Niccs that drew some of the largest crowds. We Stole the Show and The Pit Dance Crew raised the energy of the crowd as they interacted with festival goers within their sets. But above all, it can be agreed upon that the Silent disco was a definite favorite. 

Upon arrival to the silent disco stage each person is given special headphones that can switch from the three different dj’s mixing on the stage in front of them, these headphones would light up the color of whatever station they were currently listening to. The liveliest time of this was during Truey V’s set where crowds swarmed in circles dancing out to current and classic popular music as well as tunes from Buffalo’s own underground scene.


My personal favorites of the festival were the youth performances, the food, and the overall vibe of the festival. 

The multitalented set performed by the students from Buffalo Center of Arts and Technology was both beautiful and refreshing to see the amount of talent these youth possessed, what they were capable of when given creative freedom and a platform to showcase it. The indoor restaurant offered a delicious twist to the traditional Buffalo Chicken Wings with their Duck Wings rendition, which is meatier than their fellow feathered friends but with all the great flavors of a buffalo wing ! 

Festival goers were all in high spirits and friendly creating a welcoming family friendly environment. There was a strong sense of community among the artist that were mostly all Buffalo natives, their support of each other’s crafts extended beyond their performances, but also to their growth and accomplishments. 

I can go on about the wonderful experience I had at this Festival, it was truly a unique celebration. A celebration of a new Buffalo were artists are given not just space to showcase their craft and perform but a community that fully supports them.  

I look forward to attending next year’s festival and hopefully seeing the work of many other artists from the Buffalo & Western New York area. 

#AroundLA: Trap Karaoke – Los Angeles [JAN 20]

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Has it always been your dream to be a rap star?

Spent hours envisioning your crew on stage entertaining a full house? Maybe you’re looking for a new activity for your drunken alter-ego to conquer? If you’re in the mood for a fresh, fun, experience then check out Trap Karaoke, where members of the audience get to set the pace.

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DJ Tiger presents The Shandy Tape [MIXTAPE]

So, if you’ve got West Indian Roots, like myself and DJ Tiger (Trinidadian/Grenadian and Jamaican/Panamanian respectively), then you know what time it is.  ITS CARNIVALLLLLLLLLL!!!!

Caribana, North America’s largest carnival-themed fest, took place in Toronto this past July and wrapped up the grand finale weekend at the top of August.  Due to us touring with Deuce Ellis, on the Spread The World Tour, we were unable to make the street party.

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WTF is Shandy you ask? Well allow me to explain, shandy (shandygaff) is beer, mixed with a soft drink (soda/pop), carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or apple juice.  West Indian mix usually include beer + ginger ale or sorrel. So what Tiger is telling you to do is get faded, and dance and boogie with this new mix.

So it’s still carnival season across the world and for all those planning to be out on Eastern Parkway Labor Day weekend in Brookyln, NYC here’s The Shandy Tape from DJ Tiger to get you ready for all the action from Friday to Monday with a little J’ouvert on Church Ave in between. 59 tracks in a little over an hour of pure soca and dancehall chuuunes with a lil something for all my Africans out there to skank with.  MODDDDDDDDDD!

Tracklisting:
1. Super Blue – Fantastic Friday
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Major Lazer – Can’t Hold Us feat. Swappi & 1st Klase
3. Skinny Fabolous – Monster
4. Skinny Fabolous & Machel Montano – Monstrosity
5. Machel Montano – Float
6. Stylo G – Soundbwoy (Di Genius Remix)
7. Mavado – This Morning
8. Konshens – So Mi Tan
9. Popcaan – Unruly Rave
10. Popcaan – Party Non Stop
11. Konshens – Fuck Regular
12. Aidonia – Jook So
13. Konshens On Your Face
14. Voicemail – Wild Bubble
15. Aidonia – Pon Di Cocky
16. Aidonia – Bruki
17. Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
18. Kess – Thief A Wine
19. Iwer George – Bubble
20. Mr. Vegas – Party Tun Up
21. RDX – Ride It
22. Ciara – Body Party (Tiger’s Refix)
23. Fuse ODG – Antenna
24. P-Square – Alingo
25. Atumpan – The Thing
26. Bunji Garlin – Differentology (Major Lazer Remix)
27. RDX – Jump (The Heatwave Refix)
28. RDX – Broad Out
29. RDX – Kotch
30. Mavado – Tek Weh Yu Gal
31. Sean Paul & Beenie Man – Greatest Gallis
32. Ward 21 – Then N Now
33. Elephant Man – Yardman Rep
34. Wayne Wonder – Want It
35. Cham – Stripper Pose
36. Leftside – Bubble
37. Konshens – Jiggle
38. Konshens – Dah Whine Deh
39. Beyonce – Standing On The Sun Remix feat. Mr. Vegas
40. Mr. Vegas – Freaks
41. Konshens – Walk N Wine
42. Charly Blacks – Whine and Kotch feat. J Capri
43. Konshens – Pull Up To Mi Bumper feat. J Capri
44. Vybz Kartel – R U Ready
45. Konshens – Stop SIGN
46. Konshens – From You See Me
47. Mavado – Box Of Money
48. Konshens – Do Summ
49. Popcaan – Wine And Stop
50. Mavado – Bruckout
51. Vybz Kartel – Georgina
52. Vybz Kartel – Business
53. Vybz Kartel & Richie Spice – Weed Smokers (The Heatwave Refix)
54. Mavado – Agony
55. Macka Diamond – Dye Dye
56. Vybz Kartel – Ever Blessed
57. Miguel – Adorn Remix feat. Konshens
58. Mavado – Weed And Hennessy

Download a tracked out version: Here

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DJ Tiger – Good Friday [Mix]

Good Friday, the latest mix tape from DJ Tiger brings you the latest in hip hop from artists like Cam’ron, Ray Jr, Mac Miller, Tito Lopez and many more. 31 tracks of heat for the ride this spring!

Don’t forget to catch DJ Tiger in the mix along with Abel Ortiz on The Appeal DVD Showcase every Thursday (Midnight) and Sunday (1AM) on Royal Radio 103.3FM in The Bronx (NYC). Follow Tiger on Twitter: tigerthedj

Tracklisting and download link below

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DJ Mario Bee – Resident Mix Vol.1 [Mix]

Love my Buffalo hoodlums. Shouts to Toats Orig for this wild flagrant photo.

DOWNLOAD: Resident Mix Vol.1

The Go Getta Mix With Adri V – December Edition: DJ Iceberg

this month’s featured DJ on Adri V’s Go Getta Mix (every Friday nite from 1AM to 3AM EST on 93.7 WBLK) is DJ Iceberg!

Photo by Keith 'Bruh Bruh' Williams

Head over to www.WBLK.com to listen via web next week, or head to www.thegogetta.com to catch last night’s airing.

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