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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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‘All the Stars’ Visuals are the embodiment of Black Pride & Majesty

Last night Kendrick, Sza, Dave Meyers and the homies dropped the visuals for ‘All the Stars’ and I’m still in amazement.

It was announced that Kendrick Lamar will be composing the soundtrack for Black Panther, and earlier this week the playlist was released inspired by what we have yet to see on the silver-screen. ‘All the Stars’ was the first single from the soundtrack we were blessed with and the now these beautiful visuals to accompany it.

It opens with Kendrick standing majestically looking out beyond the sea of black folks he is being carried over to a scene with a patron black Woman overlooking black children dressed is African Regalia.

I got emotional watching Sza dance among the stars embodying verses I have written in my own poetry of black women becoming one with other Dimensions .

Each scene ranges of dominate bold colors like red, blue and gold while incorporating vibrant African Prints. Black Pride is felt throughout this with the representation of dances from African Countries and overall Continental images.

The imagery of black women being exalted into their full lengths standing fully in their power as Kendrick is left in awe of it, I can only imagine what the Dora Milaje representation will be in the Black Panther Movie.

Click this All the Stars link to view this black magical experience. 🖤✨🙌🏽

Kendrick Lamar – “For Free? (Interlude)” [Video]

Congrats to my Buffalo fam Greg Paul playing drums in this latest visual off the “To Pimp A Butterfly” album from Kendrick Lamar!

  

  
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Flagrant City x DJ Tiger presents Illicit Activities V [MIXTAPE]

Welcome back to the 5th installment in the Illicit Activities series with Flagrant City and DJ Tiger! This time around we give you guys some cozy, mellow, Woodstock-esque, groovy & sultry sounds to vibe out to and enjoy.

We gave you 5 promotional teasers leading up to the release, so eloquently crafted by Kat. A few of these are included with the mixtape.

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DOWNLOAD: ILLICIT ACTIVITIES 5 (Tracked Out Version)

DOWNLOAD: ILLICIT ACTIVITIES 5 (Full Mix)

Featured artists: Nell, Nic&Rell, Schoolboy Q, Suga F, Vic Mensa, Antwon, Supa BWE, Nickelus F, Jon Connor, 100s, YG, Kendrick Lamar, Lucille Ghatti, Declan?, Huzzah, Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, Amber London, Kari Faux, Mick Jenkins, ndeluv, The Internet, Jesse Boykins.

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DOWNLOAD: ILLICIT ACTIVITIES 5 (Tracked Out Version)

DOWNLOAD: ILLICIT ACTIVITIES 5 (Full Mix)

Hosted by DJ Tiger

Musical Selection/Song Direction by Kenzo

Artwork and Promotional Teasers by Kat

Marketing, Press & Promotion by Lowe

(c) 2014

Check out the previous mixtapes in the entire catalog below.

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ALSO: DOWNLOAD: FLAGRANT CITY & DJ TIGER PRESENTS ILLICIT ACTIVITIES 3: SLADDERDAY SAINTS [MIXTAPE]

OH YEAH: #IA2 – FLAGRANT CITY X DJ TIGER: ILLICIT ACTIVITIES 2

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: ILLICIT ACTIVITIES

Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake – Poetic Justice [VIDEO]

Usually we’re not big on mainstream stuff at FC, but we followed Kendrick since 2010, so he deservingly makes a cameo on our independent hub.

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New visuals featuring Drake off the GKMC album, for the track “Poetic Justice.”

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Babylon Cartel – Gianni Lee x Mike Blud presents Kendrick Lamar – GOOD KID M.A.A.D CITY – The Samples [MIXTAPE]

First official track in, my heart turns to mush. Boom Clap Chancelors sets the mood so right for this mixtape and beautifully pays homage to the album by Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid M.A.A.D City. Enjoy, courtesy of the Babylon Cartel and Gianni Lee and Mike Blud on this one. I’m a fan. Thanks G.

 

DOWNLOAD: KENDRICK LAMAR – GOOD KID, M.A.A.D CITY – THE SAMPLES

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