I Felt That Shit: The Power of Art & Uses in the Movement

In a dimmed room Eve rose from the front row with her poems in hand then began speaking. Her words bore life to worlds I never seen but through her knew, she shared who she was that was hidden beyond view of who stood before us of her childhood scars to her travels; then she read I don’t want my baby to be a hashtag. Her voice spoke the fear that I had never said aloud, the  joy and pain I have as I watch my son grow was hers too and the sobering knowledge of what this country can do. As her pace speed up saying what I had known to be true, tears swelled and wetted my cheeks by the way she had captured a black mother’s pain so beautifully. That was the first time I watched her perform a set, and the first set that I had seen in my adult life that had hit me so hard to inspire me to action. At nine months pregnant with a four year old and trump presidency on the horizon, I hungered even more to be the change I wanted to see, if not for myself for my family. Now as I reflect back on my origins to organizing I realize how important radical art was to becoming a part of this movement.

Art is one of the main uses of propaganda- in film, television, visual arts, music, theater and literature because of its undeniable power. When we interact with it, listen to, see it, we resonate with art on a level of shared experiences within the audience and artists.  Which is The purpose of art: to incite emotions- whether they are true or not doesn’t matter as long as the intended audience got the message and felt that shit.

Back when black folks first were “freed” from slavery, films like ‘Birth of a Nation’ were created to affirm the fear white Americans had towards black Americans and that in order to preserve the sanctity of white people that there was a need for the KKK. Moving forward Jim Crow the popular character of a minstrel show, a musical show of the 1830’s that featured white entertainers in blackface, became the slang term for the racist laws that kept the caste system functioning despite the end of slavery.

In the midst of this prominent misuse of art was the rise of black entertainers that portrayed their truth and reality in this country in what is now known as The Harlem Renaissance. Artists like Zora Neele Hurston reclaimed African American Language in their literature as a radical act of personifying black folks for generations to follow. Fast forward to the civil rights era Nina Simone, James Baldwin and Maya Angelou were popular artists that stand out for being vocal about their distrust of this country as black folks and their desire to be free through their art.

To now- Beyoncé shutting down the 2016 Super Bowl performance of Formation in Black Panther inspired regalia then later released visual album that incorporated the work of past and current black artists. Kendrick Lamar that same year used his Grammy performance to showcase that slavery never ended, but shape-shifted into the current prison system.

Their big names drew more attention to the calls of action of Black Live Matter/ Movement for Black Lives than the media had intended to cover. Black artists of the past and currently living understand the responsibility that their talent provides relief to their audience and is a preservation of their time period- the beliefs of that era, the shared feels and experiences with it.

To all my artists’ friends You Matter. Your work Matters. History will thank you for your contributions.

To honor y’all I will be starting an appreciation series dedicated to the talented black and brown artists that are killing shit and those who are working in the movement!

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Around LA: The Renaissance with @joythedrummer & @DJShiva at @losglobos [Oct 10th]

Tonight!!! The Renaissance Residency with Venzella Joy & DJ Shiva kicks off this evening, Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2017 at Los Globos!


Doors open at 8pm, Show starts at 9pm! Get tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1570473-renaissance-los-angeles/
According to Joy herself, “Shiva is one of the dopest DJ’s I’ve ever heard and we’re curating a series of shows where we’ll be performing together every other week and featuring artists.  Come experience the pioneer show of #TheRenaissance here in LA!!!” 

It’s all happening TONIGHT!!!!  10•10•17!||| $5 with RSVP|||

Around LA: The Venzella Joy – Hollywood Nights EP Release Show Recap!

Last night in Santa Monica, CA, Venzella Joy put together an amazing release show for her latest project, the Hollywood Nights EP!  The KATALYST Kats opened up the show, and the modern jazz ensemble had the crowd engaged!

  After that, Dwayne Wright brought out special guest Karina Pasian whose sultry voice stole my heart.

 

Special guest Karina Pasian with Dwayne Wright

Host Goo Goo getting the crowd going! #TURNUP!

 Then the show host Goo Goo got the DJ to rock out some trap/ratchet hits, as a brief intermission before the Woman of the Hour, Venzella Joy, took the stage herself, with some of the KATs behind her.  Check out some exclusive footage from the evening below!

 

Special guest Karina Pasian with Dwayne Wright

 

Photobooth fun with friends!  Pictured with Rhon Lowe of Flagrant City/BuffaLowe PR is Zuri Appleby (bassist for Nick Jonas), Greg Paul Webster (drummer for KATALYST) and my soon to be Media/Entertainment Attorney, Jackee Montano

 

MORE photobooth fun with friends.  Pictured with Rhon Lowe of Flagrant City/BuffaLowe PR is Zuri Appleby (bassist for Nick Jonas), Greg Paul Webster (drummer for KATALYST) and my soon to be Media/Entertainment Attorney, Jackee Montano

 Check out Joy’s satellite TV interview with local station WGRZ Channel 2 News in Buffalo, NY below:  Full Interview with Venzella Joy

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.

shandy

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

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Vote Venzella Joy for Hit Like A Girl 2012 [Contest ]

This video below shows Buffalo gal Venzella Joy on the drums playing a medley produced by her & Yung Wurld including songs from Michelle Williams, Travis Barker, Nirvana, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Skrillex!

Aiming to seek, support and celebrate the impact of female drummers, Hit Like A Girl 2012 is the first ever drumming contest for girls and women— sponsored by leading drum equipment companies Crush, TRX, Vater, Evans, and SKB, along with major drum media companies, including Tom Tom: The Magazine for Female Drummers, DRUM!, and others.

Vote for Venzella Joy HERE 

Voting ends April 15th!