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Saturday, December 3, 2011

The 2nd Installment of the T.R.U.T.H. Project: Reflection on the Art of Recognition and Healing


Imagine your T.R.U.T.H. is melodiously hypnotizing and leading you to a place consumed by smooth Jazz and R&B Tunes, playing musical talent greats such as Angie Stone. The soothing sounds are excellent music to your ears...So much so, that you realize that you are unconsciously awake. Until...your eyes absorb one of the most magnificent creations in the making: Body Art created by Vonetta of ABC Body Art jolting you into consciousness. Making you aware that she is eloquently painting male and female models with varying hues of browns and blues decorating the human canvases with words and phrases that speaks her T.R.U.T.Hs. This causes you to examine others getting a full frontal view of the excellence that you are experiencing. You find that the audience is just as diverse as the artistry that has begun to stimulate all of your senses. After pinching yourself, because this type of glorious exhibition is only found in vivid dreams, you accept that you are in fact NOT asleep rather you are at the 2nd Installment of the T.R.U.T.H Project. This is the ephipany that I lived.

ABC Body Art by Vonetta
Miss Pinky

The T.R.U.T.H. Project targets the GLBT community and Allies, focusing on creating self awareness and healing through the use of performance arts and social engagement. Addressing issues important to our community and society, this project highlights national and local artist creating original works that will be presented to the community in an Out Of the Box healing experience. Healing through the ARTS. T.R.U.T.H stands for Telling Real Unapologetic Truths thru Healing. The T.R.U.T.H Project is a themed structured event, that highlights Feature/Celebrity Presentations, Community Artists, and the Open Mic; for those making the decision to heal. The artists create original work centering around the theme. The 2nd Installment's theme centered around creating Stigma and Bullying awareness. This installment's features were the wonderful Entertainer Buttaflysoul who blessed us with his many talents including poetry and song; as well as the talented acoutstic guitarist, Ken J. Martin. Community artists included Urban Souls Dance Company II, HBO Short Film Creator, Darius Clark Monroe and Dr. Drake Williams who educated the audience on bullying behavior and statistics. This aspect of the T.R.U.T.H Project very enlightening because there were aspects of bullying presented that many were unaware of, such as 282,000 students were reported to be attacked throughout the nation each month. Fourth to eighth graders account for 90% physical abuse at home which leads to violence at school. The Open Mic was set on fire by poets, such as Augie, Ms. Pinky, RC, and Light. The Open Mic also included movements by Donnie, a member of Urban Souls Dance Company. Each artist contributed beautifully to bring and increase awareness to bullying and stigma.

Entertainer Buttafly Soul

RC
Urban Souls Dance Company II

Ken J. Martin

The energy was so high and powerful in that room, I was moved to tears. Hearing community members share their unapologetic truths moving themselves and me to healing. The best part of the night before witnessing all of the healing gifts offered was being able to sit down and chat with Entertainer Buttaflysoul. He shared his absolute truths with me and helped me to come to terms with some of my own. If you have never experienced excellence and healing of this magnitude, then you are doing yourself a great disservice. The next T.R.U.T.H Project will be held on December 4, 2011 at the Arena Theater, featuring 6x Grammy Award Nominee, Marsha Ambrosius. The 3rd Installment's them is Stigma and HIV/AIDS Awareness. For more information visit http://www.sweettoothmedia.com/


Check Out Intimate Conversation with Entertainer Buttafly Soul



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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

World AIDS Day 2011

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Furthermore it is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today - you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding. You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness. World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money for NAT and show your support for people living with HIV.

Each year there is a theme attached to World AIDS Day. In 1988, the theme was Communication. Communication is a necessary medicine in maintaining health and being the theme during the first year of inception speaks volumes about the importance of being able to communicate freely. In 2002-2003 the theme was Stigma and Discrimination. These are of importance because stigma and discrimination act as secondary illness that greatly affect persons living with HIV/AIDS. The theme for 2011 through 2015 is "Getting to Zero". Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. “Zero New HIV Infections” and “Zero Discrimination” are likely to spark high impact events from small scale community vigils to nation wide events using the power of  voice and light to get life and death issues the attention they deserve. Many of the organizations that come together to put events to create awareness of the AIDS/HIV epidemic come with their own sub-theme. A notable event in Houston is the upcoming T.R.U.T.H Project. The T.R.U.T.H. Project targets the GLBT community and Allies, focusing on creating self awareness and healing through the use of performance arts and social engagement. Addressing issues important to our community and society, this project highlights national and local artist creating original works that will be presented to the community in an Out Of the Box healing experience. Healing through the ARTS. This installment's theme is addressing the issues of HIV Awareness and Stigma.


AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

The data regarding Americans living with HIV are alarming. ‎1.2 million Americans who have HIV - the infection that causes AIDS - 20 percent don't know they're infected. That's 240,000 people. People can have the infection for years without developing symptoms. Another reason for the low success rate, only about 40 percent of people with HIV are getting HIV-fighting medications regularly. Worse, only 28 percent have gotten the virus to low levels in their blood. That translates to roughly 850,000 Americans who don't have the virus controlled, Frieden said. Success rates were lowest in blacks and women, he said. ‎"The fact that nearly three quarters of Americans living with HIV still have the virus circulating in their bodies, damaging their brains and immune systems and putting their sexual partner at risk is something we think we can do a lot about," Frieden told Reuters. The report - published Tuesday on the CDC's website - was based on surveys and surveillance reports from 2010 and a study that focused on medical care for people with HIV.

There are several reasons why more people aren't faring better, the CDC said. Some were still early in their treatment before medication took effect. Some dropped routine care because of money or other reasons. For a small percentage of cases, the treatment may not have worked. The key to Getting To Zero, is getting tested! KNOW your STATUS, Get Tested!!!!






Sources:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57333212-10391704/cdc-240000-americans-have-hiv-and-dont-know-it/
http://www.worldaidsday.org/
http://www.aidshelp.org/
http://www.unaids.org/en/Dataanalysis/Epidemiology/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_AIDS_Day
http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/world-aids-day/world-aids-day-2011/
 
 
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Singledom and the Holidays: What do the Singles DO?

Its Officially the Holiday season, and families are preparing feasts, parents are starting to Christmas shop, newlyweds are beginning their own traditions and you.... you are single, and trying to figure out, how this holiday season can be a little better than last year. After all, you were the family's target, because you are single, and besides your family are celebrating the holidays alone. They call you "lonely". All the while you are thinking, "What the hell is their problem...you arent lonely, you are single and perfectly ok with that notion, why in the hell arent they?" This holiday season, Sweet Tooth Media is pleased to bring you a little humor and insight on exactly what to do to deal with these inquisitive folks we call family.

According to Lemon Drop.com, There are roughly 55 million single women in the U.S. Many of them are with-it, smokin' and smart -- and many with their finger on the pulse of life. But when that certain finger is ringless, even the most self-assured single can dread the shame and rebuke of facing disappointed family during the holidays -- especially when the really hostile ones who found the unlocked liquor cabinet constantly undermine you, demanding to know why you can't scare up a date. It can be downright soul-crushing when you come home empty-handed --– literally! -- no ring on that finger, watching family members' faces crumble in disappointment that you're back another year without any engagement bling.

Traditionally, holiday time is the most ego-eroding of seasons for singles – but it doesn't have to be. If you're armed with a few simple coping strategies when heading home (to the hostile) for the holidays, major blowups can be avoided. (Like when loving parents can suddenly morph into unrelenting interrogators.) These people are presumably the people who gave you life -- now they're the ones essentially draining you of it. Some holiday survival tips for singles:


Get Over It Already

If you have recently broke up with your mate (3 or more months prior to the holiday season) I am certain that you will feel the sting of being alone and wonder what the other person is doing, who they are with and what are they buying their date, mother, or dog for Christmas. You may even wonder if they will call you and say "hi". The best thing to do is get over it. If you were close to the family, send a card with a picture of yourself attached. Certainly, you would want to get all dolled up and make them understand exactly what they are missing. If you want to be really festive, buy your ex a small Christmas gift, symbolizing the breakup, progress since the break up or the future you plan to enjoy without them. Dont dwell on the fact that you two arent together, spend the extra money on yourself. Travel Abroad.  

Take the Heat Off Yourself


When Aunt Mary overzealously tries to foist her single drummer from church onto you, try to extricate yourself from this sticky situation by taking the heat off yourself. Suggest that Mary set him up with her own daughter, who's recently divorced. Tell them firmly to table their crusade to get you hitched until a more appropriate time. Don't let overzealous -- and, yes, well-meaning -- family members crush your otherwise cheery holiday mood or project that pressure onto you to find someone.... Basically, tell Aunt Mary to date her drummer from church herself, and that you have no problem getting a date, you just refuse to be miserable like so many other of your family relatives.

Ditch the Family

If you really just arent in the mood for your family's bullshit and empty opinions...Ditch em'. Instead of eating grandma's dressing straight from her stove have her make you a pan of your own and tell her that you are choosing to celebrate with friends. She will understand that the family can be a pain at times and will quickly oblige. If you dont have many friends to celebrate with, split your time and volunteer. There are several organizations and establishments that would love to have you there, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Have a plan to end the night perfectly doing exactly what you want to do. The next day as you reflect, you will find that you have done something worthwhile, without all the drama that your family brings to holiday festivities.


Confront Your Family, Once and for All

Confront the familial offenders head on and explain that their projected pressure onto you is compounding your insecurities and crushing your self-esteem -- all the while putting undue stress on your relationship with them. Reinforce that although you appreciate their concern, you don't need them to belabor the fact that you're single -- and that their outbursts are backfiring and undercutting you with each insensitive jab.....No NOT really, dont do that. Tell them that if they had a life worth living, they wouldnt be so concerned with yours and that once they live life as free and peaceful as you then and only then will you take advantage of their undying advice.

If none of these things work, over indulge in egg nog and other alcoholic beverages. I hear Kahul;a is great this time of year.
Information obtained from http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/12/13/how-to-survive-the-holidays-single/

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hurricane Katrina: Six Years Later, The Big Easy Ambassadors Remember and Celebrate New Orleans Culture

The effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have been long-lasting. There is still alot of the city that has gone unrepaired, pride questioned, faith shook, lives lost and hope taken for granted. People were coerced to make homes in other cities and states and while many families have returned to New Orleans there are some who have remained, transplanting their families and their New Orleans roots. According to the Houston Chronicle, "Six years after Hurricane Katrina there is an estimated 240,000 New Orleans-area residents remaining in Houston." Even with the decision to call Houston home, New Orleans culture is still deeply rooted in the transplanted New Orleanians. Remembering New Orleans pre-Katrina fused with the love of home no matter the condition led to a celebration of culture. The Big Easy Ambassadors presented the 2nd Annual Hurricane Katrina Secondline and Memorial and MsNightLyfe had the sheer pleasure of experiencing first hand just how deep that love for New Orleans runs.

Imagine a Southern family reunion in the depths of Lousiana swamps, including the matriarchs of the family, Uncle Shorty, cousins, aunts, family friends and church folk all gathered together to celebrate, remember, and uplift all in attendance, only you're not in Louisiana, you're in Houston, Texas. On Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, approximately 1500 people attended the 2nd Annual Hurricane Katrina Memorial and Secondline. The Big Easy Ambassadors delivered everything that they said they would: "...an eye popping and ear dropping display of music, dance, culture, tradition and fanfare. Harvey Yancy, founder and member of The Big Easy Ambassadors says that the Hurricane Katrina Memorials is  "a true reunion of all sorts, families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates and more! " The excitement and desire for this event has prompted many New Orleans artists to donate a portion of their performance time to us. The show was hosted by Davi Jay from the HBO hit series “Treme”,  and entertainment was provided by Franklin IV the Rockspel, Artist, Dave Lemon and the Flow and The Hustlers Brass Band. The HKM 2011 was funded solely by donations from the New Orleans community in Houston, music lovers, cultural enthusiasts and people in search of a good time. Now all that was center stage. I arrived early enough to enjoy set up and preparations for the big event. I was shown to a green room with a large conference table and the ambience in the room was that of familiarity and love. Around the table was Secondline Shorty, Scooby the Comedienne, a host of volunteers and family members. Each member reflected on different aspects of their lives in New Orleans and identifying the difference between homes. The look of pride and the excitement of progression in their voices makes their love and respect for New Orleans that much greater.

Once it was show time the energy level ascended beyond the stars. The crowd continued to grow, the unity and love for a city that others said would forever be lost, flowed freely, like a continuation of the Huey P. Long bridge threw downtown Houston and stopped right in the heart of Hermann Memorial Park at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Harvey Yancey began the celebration like a true Southern man, leading us in prayer, inviting God's anointing in. Scooby, Comedienne Extraordinaire, opened the show, with, humorous New Orleans throwbacks reminding the crowd of just how great and influential a New Orleans upbringing could be. Dave Lemon graced the stage and crooned to the ladies like only a New Orleans musical talent can. You know the saying that the "Band Played On", well the Hustlers Brass Band showed up and showed out, bringing everyone in attendance to their feet. The stimulation was heightened with Secondline Shorty and ... secondlining their way into the memories and enduring spirits of  transplanted New Orleanians. If you missed this celebration of culture, you missed a socially inclined treat. I found that the Hurricane Katrina Memorial and Secondline provided a stage for those who miss home, the richness of  the very culture, that has help molded the sustaining people of New Orleans. Check Out SweetToothMedia footage of this grand event and then kick yourself...or just plan to atttend and contribute to the 2012's Hurrican Katrina Memorial and Secondline.





For More Information about the Hurricane Katrina Memorial and Secondline Please visit the following links:
http://sweettoothmedia.blogspot.com/2011/08/big-easy-ambassadors-presents-2nd.html


(http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/New-Orleanians-in-Houston-seek-cohesion-2161915.php)

http://www.bigeasyambassadors.com/


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

3rd Quarter of Change U.N.I.T.Y. Event: Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Toiletries For Families is a charitable, not for profit organization that provides items for hygiene upkeep to families experiencing financial difficulties. The conviction and mission of Toiletries For Families is to eliminate various socio-economic challenges by providing essentials needed to build and maintain proper hygiene and improve self esteem.


The vision of Toiletries For Families is to infiltrate a global impact invoking a common sense of self worth and appreciation through the provision of hygiene products to the under served. To date, over 1,000 families have received toiletries to improve their self esteem and hygiene.

Tiffany Scales is the founder of Toiletries For Families and has been planning and hosting BIG events every quarter ( Jan. 4, Apr. 23, July 23) to raise awareness not only for Toiletries For Families, but other Uplifting Nonprofits In The CommunitY (U.N.I.T.Y.). Through music and poetry she has entertained and educated hundreds of people while encouraging them to support organizations serving as conduits to the betterment of society.
Toiletries For Families http://www.toiletriesforfamilies.org/

Toiletries For Families is celebrating the 3rd Quarter of Change on Sunday October 2, 2011 at Gallery M Squared in the Heights in celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As we celebrate the 3rd Quarter of Change and recognize U.N.I.T.Y. (Uplifting Nonprofits In The communitY), we feature various artists who grasp their audience through poetry/music and empower, educate, and entertain them with their talent(s). In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness, Toiletries For Families request donations of hygiene items and make up including but not limited to concealer and creams to hide/heal scars. Most families that are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged, at risk, or receive government assistance often don't have the resources to cover toiletries or household items. Tiffany Scales states "It is humiliating to not be able to look or feel beautiful due to financial hardships. I cannot imagine the stress of parents who cannot afford essentials like toilet tissue, soap, lotion, or shampoo/conditioner..." So Please Join us, Sunday,
October 2nd at Gallery M Squared.

This event is SPONSORED by Ms Night Lyfe of  SweetToothMedia, D.U.C.C. (DODGE US CAR CLUB), Kategory Five Productions, and The Arts Advocate. There will be several poets/artists including COLIN Sturdevant, Kayenne da HOTTEST, SOLO DEEP, Kharma, and more! Featuring Chris Crawford and a SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY Taalam Acey! Refreshments by Chef Bersalle.
If you are interested in personal/professional sponsorship, please contact Tiffany Scales at 713-396-2787 http://www.toiletriesforfamiles.org/ 
To make donations contact Dodge Us CarClub (D.U.C.C.) at dodge_us_carclub@yahoo.com or Visit http://www.sweettoothmedia.com/ for Drop off locations. 


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Monday, August 22, 2011

The T.R.U.T.H. Project: K. DaPree, The Socially Inclined SoothSayer!



 Often when you hear the term "Social Network" you think of a social structure made up of individuals or organizations that are in some form connected through commonalities or similar interest. These relationships work together for the individuals and the social structure. I like to infer that these social structures will thrive based on the foundation in which it was created. For the sake of this blog, I will focus on earlier innuendos of Social Network, dating back to the 1800's. Sociologists argued that social groups can exist as personal and direct social ties that either link individuals who share values and belief or impersonal, formal, and instrumental social links. This says that we have a need to to socialize, its what makes us human. All to often we get so caught up in the "social networks" that we fail to hone those social ties to the point of healing. When individuals gather to celebrate, appreciate and share  those things that make us human, I think it would be safe to say, that being apart of a social network is in our best interest and the best thing to do. But...what if you are the social network itself, intricately operating, existing, simply to bring togther a group of individuals using their pain to heal themselves and others? I have found an individual, that is the source of the Ultimate Social Network, Mr. K. Dapree and that network is the T.R.U.T.H. Project which stands for Telling Real Unapologetic Truth thru Healing. Its a must that I tell you how this Social Network has grown into the Ultimate Social Network....Listen Up!!!


It was scorching HOT on an early Friday evening, and I arrived at the home of Mr. Kevin Anderson, socially known as K. Dapree. I was brought in out of Hell's imitation and greeted warmly...so much so, I kicked my shoes off and almost curled up on the couch. K. Dapree made me feel comfortable and right at home. After I was all settled in, I took a sip of my water, and just gazed in amazement at this marvelous being. This man has done wonderful things for the community. It is no wonder he, himself, has become the ultimate social network. First beginning, with He(Art) and Soul, a merging of the arts, where various artists of all walks come to share their talents, network and be spiritually fed, K.Dapree envisioned an intellectual alternative form of entertainment. From that vision grew a breeding ground of kindred spirits and creative juices.  He(Art) and Soul has become the sounding stage, for those creative souls, willing, driven, and pulled to share and inspire. K. Dapree tells me that in analyzing the progress of He(Art) and Soul, he found that he had created a platform for people to open up and talk about taboo and painful issues that in someway or another lead to healing and moving on. In the midst of He(Art) and Soul's growth, he had another visionary idea that was written on a sticky note at work, and said "T.R.U.T.H. Project. K. Dapree states that he didn't have any idea what that meant, but realized at a later date that he put periods behind each letter, and then one day it hit him: Telling Real Unapologetic Truths thru Healing. This would be an exclusive arena for healing through arts, through expression. Six months later it has become that and more.
The T.R.U.T.H Project launched on June 24th, 2011. Its healing theme was Abuse and Discrimination. The next T.R.U.T.H Project will be on September 17, 2011 at the Kaplan Theater on the campus of the Jewish Community Center. 5601 S. Braeswood. The theme in September will focus on Bullying and Stigma. September's project features Buttafly Soul and Ken J. Martin along community artists including L.I.G.H.T (Spoken Word Artist/Educator), Donnie(Dancer),  Urban Souls Dance Company 2, Venita (Body Artist) and Ms. Pinky (Poetess). The T.R.U.T.H Project is a structured event, that highlights Feature/Celebrity Presentations, Community Artists, and the Open Mic; for those making the decision to heal because of something they heard or experienced at any of K. Dapree's events. The artists create original work centering around the theme. What makes this the Ultimate Social Network is that all of its members are expressing for the common good of every eye that sees and every ear that hears. K. Dapree, says this isn't a competitive platform, rather a great formation of alliances and collaboration.  Having been a patron of anyting K. Dapree, I have witnessed first hand artists networking, coming together to serve each other effortlessly. Witnessing the connections is what makes this worthwhile for K. Dapree.

As I sat there hanging on to every word, made by one of the most talented, creative men I know, it was hard for me to find exactly where to end the interview. Listening to him speak is like listening to a poetic love song on a Saturday morning, while cleaning your home with the windows up, rollers hanging and feet dancing. K. Dapree ends our interview with this: "Remain in your TRUTH, dont hold on to things we arent responsible for and let it out...preferably creatively. EXPRESS IT and SPEAK YOUR TRUTH!"








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Monday, August 15, 2011

Big Easy Ambassadors Presents: The 2nd Annual Hurricane Katrina Memorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


2nd Annual Hurricane Katrina Memorial
Secondline A reunion of life, culture, prosperity and strength through a New Orleans tradition.

The 2nd Annual Hurricane Katrina Memorial and Secondline is a spicy three course meal of entertainment featuring a host of New Orleans’ musicians in the heart of Houston. Building on the success of last year’s event and after a tiring journey to find a new home, this year the show will take place at the world famous Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park, Sunday, August 28, 2011. The Big Easy Ambassadors present an eye popping and ear dropping display of music, dance, culture, tradition and fanfare will be a site to remember. Starting at 7 o’clock pm this show will light up the night.

The HKM 2011 is a true reunion of all sorts, families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates and more! Inspired by comments like, “Thank you, baby! We felt like they forgot about us, but for this one day, I feel like I’m home!” from a Ms. Weathersby formerly of the 9th Ward in New Orleans, now a HouOrleanian.

The excitement and desire for this event has prompted many New Orleans artists to donate a portion of their performance time to us. The show will be hosted by Davi Jay from the HBO hit series “Treme”, followed by Franklin IV the Rockspel a?rtist, Dave Lemon and the Flow and The Hustlers Brass Band. The HKM 2011 is being funded solely by donations from the New Orleans community in Houston, music lovers, cultural enthusiasts and people in search of a good time.

This event was the springboard for the formation of our non-profit organization, “Big Easy Ambassadors Social Aid and Pleasure Club”, which reconnects and energizes the displaced citizens of New Orleans all over the country. Information about the HKM 2011 ways to Donate and/or organization information can be found at www.bigeasyambassadors.com.

The HKM 2011 is an event to remember. Come out to crowning event, full of excitement and great entertainment. Hermann Park’s family friendly environment welcomes your grills and boiling pots for a family and friend reunion like none other. Please come enjoy our music, food, family, tradition and homage.

Contact Information: Big Easy Ambassadors 7520 Cook Rd. Suite 2108
832-576-0040 http://www.bigeasyambassadors.com/
 
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

QMane, The Future of Hip-Hop: Live From Trae Day 2011




July 22, 2011 was Hot as hell outside, yet that didnt stop folks from arriving at Delmar Stadium, anticipating the increase in temperature as they stepped inside Hip-Hop Inferno, known as Trae Day. 2011 marked the Fourth Annual Trae Day celebration. Trae Day is an official Houston holiday that celebrates support in the urban community. This free event is presented by Trae the Truth in which he provides back to school supplies for the children in the urban community as well as a one stop fun shop, where they can receive freebies, vaccinations; partake in food, and fun house festivities. Adults are entertained by a concert featuring local talent and other celebrities. Celebrities present this year included Lupe Fiasco, Lil Duval, Bun B., Lola Monroe, Mama Pimp  (Pimp C's Mother) and more. I was amazed of the city officials' participation in this event. Representatives from the office of Councilwoman Jolanda Jones and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee were present and presented Trae the Truth with letters/awards of recognition for his continued community support. All of this made Trae Day, historical, but what made Trae Day remarkable, was the performance of QMane, the Young Lyricist. THIS was my purpose for subjecting myself to such harsh and hot conditions.




Qmane was born Quamaine Deondre Edwards in the city of Opelousas,LA. He started to show interest in Hip Hop at the age of 3, but became more serious when started to write his own songs at the age of 9.  Now with a positive future ahead of him as a professional artist, he also hosts his own radio show on http://www.getmusictracks.com/ Q96.6 PUIR SOUND RADIO, which is on the air each and every Saturday 12pm-2pm. He also has worked with artists like: Lil Boosie, Lil Keke, J Dawg, Cory Mo, Killa Kyleon, and many more. So then it should be no surprise to you that he was a thread in this historical cloth. QMane, now 14 years old, has an energy, that is encompassing. It doesnt matter the mood you're in, if hear him perform, live or otherwise, you will move your feet. On Trae Day, I was able to see another hot performance from QMane, his new single entitled, "TWERK". Certainly its not surprise, that this budding 14 year old and soon to be high school freshman, is interested in seeing the young ladies Twerk! This dance hit, laced with southern drawl paying homage to Lil Boosie, is sure to get the teeny boppers out of their seats. On stage with QMane is the newest addition to his team, FGOC: Fly Girls On Campus. These young ladies, represent various colleges and formed this dance team to support up and coming artists, hone their dance skills, and to get the exposure they well deserve. About a week before Trae Day, I had a chance to visit QMane at PUIR 96.6 and got a chance to meet FGOC. These ladies are full of energy and fits perfectly with QMane's drive and energy level. After the performance, Trae Day went on, but QMane, well he continued to grind. Once his fans and entourage allowed him to break free, he worked the crowd. From distributing free cd's and greeting other players in the rap game to making his own cameos in front of any camera aimed his way. FGOC followed closely creating their own lane to support QMane.








This was my first time attending Trae Day, but I am proud of Trae's efforts and commitment to the betterment of the community. All to often we hear about this artist committing this crime, have a baby with this woman, etc., but to witness Trae Day, QMane and many of the other artists, I know that there are still people that allow the community to live within them. That simple fact, makes what Sweet Tooth Media does, worth doing!!




To partake in a small part of Trae Day, I recommend watching Man's performance of "TWERK" at Trae Day 2011.




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Monday, August 1, 2011

A Day of Music to Benefit: Girls Rock Camp Houston


I remember hearing while growing up that I could do anything I choose to do. Whether it was driving tractors, trucks, cutting grass, construction, wearing clothing designed for boys or playing music, I was encouraged to be the best that I can be. I also remember joining groups that encouraged me to be the best but, defined in which arenas best fit and young and budding girl child. Thank God, our community has evolved some since then. Its imperative that children especially girls are encouraged to explore all avenues of art, music and the like, to promote creativity and freedom of expression. W.O.M.A.N, Women of Montrose Action Network is one of those organizations that promotes that whole woman no matter her calling, desire, or default origin. To report it accurately, The Women of Montrose Action Network (WOMAN) unites dedicated, like-minded women, and men, from all walks of life, maximizing talents, time and effort to improve the well-being of our community. Utilizing their vast network of contacts, WOMAN members provide strength in numbers to support local charities through volunteering, building awareness and fundraising for the benefit of our much-loved community. WOMAN "intend to make our community and city a better place for all who live here. We do so through volunteerism, fundraising, awareness campaigns, and social events that celebrate all that is special about the women of our area."



An example of this community strength was witnessed at the Day of Music benefiting Girls Rock Camp Houston held at Fitz on July 24, 2011. Women of Montrose Action Network supported GirlsRock Houston which is an incredible organization that utilizes music to reach out to girls from all around the Houston area. Girls Rock Camp Houston is a one-week summer day camp formed in October 2009 to offer girls music and art based workshops. Targeted areas include: musical development, self-esteem enhancement, creation of their own music, friendship and community building,... and nurturing individual talents within a cooperative atmosphere. Additionally, girls will benefit from physical & artistic activities that complement their music instruction. WOMAN's goal was to raise money for this new 501c organization as well as create an awareness for Girls Rock Camp Houston. There is certainly a need to encourage






While I didn't stay long at the event, the time I spent there sent me in awe and total amazement. There were several bands including, No Love Less, Dear Tess & the Queasy Dreams, Dead Roses, The Kimonos, and Born Again Virgins that came out and showcased their talent in this party for a purpose. The young girls there saw first hand what hard work and dedication can lead to. The room's ambiance was astounding and I am not sure if it was the pretty in pink or the awesome energy of those in attendance and the ladies of WOMAN. The raffles, silent auction, food and great music all made the event worth attending. I look forward to much more from both WOMAN and Girls Rock Camp Houston.





To Learn More about Girls Rock Camp Houston or WOMAN visit: http://facebook.com/GirlsRockCampHouston


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sweet Tooth Media: A Year in Review

What a difference a year can make!!! I must say that this has been one of the most progressive years that I've had in my entire existence. I like to believe that progress is the result of pressure. Of course, the more pressure a diamond is under the more beautiful it is. Well as my diamond, in the rough and all, Sweet Tooth Media is composed of the rarest and most purist quality: TRUTH! Sweet Tooth Media exists and will continue to thrive as the community's Truthsayer.

Over this last year, Sweet Tooth Media has interviewed the best of the best, attended cream of the crop events, and made history in its own right. This has been a year of branding for Sweet Tooth Media and since its a continuous phenomenon we will continue to brand ourselves as a Community Support! As the Founder of Sweet Tooth Media, I am proud of the path it has made and I look forward to where it will lead. Which by the way, you may wonder where exactly is Sweet Tooth Media headed. In addition to Sweet Tooth Media continuing to create positive press and support those in the community, there is a possibility that we will be partnering up with another community organization, to support the arts specifically. There is also speculation that of a magazine and business to business expansions. I'm not one to gossip, but it seems that there are great things ahead. I would love for you to be a part of this movement, so stay tuned.

I encourage everyone to read something, its a way of life and there is nothing more beautiful the self-learning...it means you're committed. Catch up on your reading, see what Sweet Tooth Media has been up to. For those who need a visual to jump start the reading desire here is Sweet Tooth Media's 2011 promo. To learn more visit www.SweetToothMedia.com

"It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required." -Sir Winston Churchill


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Sweet Tooth Media Exclusive: SneakerGeeks Clothing Summer Clothing Line is Now Available

"Summer Summer Summertime, Ohhh Summertime..." The sun is out, the grass is burnt, and the what better way to walk into summer, than FRESHAZZFUCK! Sneaker Geek Clothing is back at it again with the release of its Summer Time Clothing line. Specializing in the sneaker culture clothing, Sneaker Geeks Clothing has created cool and comfortable t-shirts to complement those fresh summer time kicks. Check out the latest release!

Look @ Me Now Lady T-shirt. Perfect for those boy shorts on a hot summer day in the park.

Gucci, anyone? Get this Gucci inspired t-shirt for kicking with ya boys or taking the newest lil dip out for dinner and a movie.

Unfortunately, the Suns didnt make it to the playoffs (MavsNation All Day), but for those clean white kicks, its a perfect match!

Cool Grey Gear for the Cool Grey J's sure to keep you cool on any Hot summer day!

Pick a color any color for this New Herb Tank

Look @ Me Now Male T-Shirt and Sneaker Geek trucker hat.

The Charlotte (New Orleans) Hornet Lady Tank. Perfect for that new mini you have been dying to wear. Dress it up or dress it down.

Ladies are Hustlers Too t-shirt, wear this with anything, make the statement and make it loud.

Sneaker Geeks Knicks Tank and hat.

Sneaker Geek Base Ball Tee and Ball Cap

FreshAzzFuck Tee and hat perfect to wear anytime and anywhere.


 
As you can see, styles and colors to fit whatever your Sneaker need. You can find these items and more Sneaker Geek Clothing at these fine Retailers!

Urban Zone (4400 North Freeway, Houston)
Mad Soulz (Oakwood Mall, New Orleans)
D Dixty VII ( 400 S. Broad Ave Suite B, New Orleans)

Online Store
http://www.sneakergeeksclothing.com/

Twitter:
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