Gary Hines, music director of Sound of Blackness Remembers Prince Interviewed and written
by Aaron Robinson – Editor
Last fall, 3-time
Grammy Award-winning vocal/instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness released the
song “Black Lives Matter” along with the video that has been receiving much
praise on YouTube. About a month ago, the inspirational famed group also released
“Royalty,” a song dedicated to the astounding musician Prince with a special
collaboration with students from HSRA (High School for Recording Arts). The
video can be viewed online at www.soundsofblackness.org. In the future, the group is looking
to release their first live CD featuring ACWC (A Cappella Choir of Wiley College) along with many other projects having many
talents and collaborations.
Gary Hines, music
director of Sounds of Blackness, a man filled with integrity and who has a
great heart and soul, remembers a friend and brother in spirit, the late
international mega star Prince. He speaks of how substantial P…
Inception 2: The Lost Written
by Darnell Jordan
June 25th, digital artist Edo held an eclectic soiree where he
unveiled his latest collection, Infinite Inception 2: The Lost.
entering, I was greeted by a life-sized cut-out of Edo, which everyone had the
chance to write a brief message on. The room was full of eager art-enthusiasts
with energy that vibrated off the walls.
new collection is a raw display of his non-existent relationship with his
father. It summarizes everything he has ever wanted to say to him. He cleverly
expresses this by creating portraits of influential people the world has lost both
literally and figuratively. A distinct emotion is embodied in each piece, and
represents a different chapter in Edo’s life. He included attributes that pay
homage to the subject of the portraits as well.
Inception 2: The Lost stood out to me, because of how Edo chose to present it.
The show began with a posted statement by him explaining his inspiration behin…
Nikki Giovanni is a living legend. She is a poet, writer,
activist, and educator. At the age of 73, she continues to write and teach
others how to bring out their inner creativity. I had the pleasure of speaking
with her about her latest book and enjoyed the great advice on writing.
Shanessa Fenner: What is your latest
project that you are working on? Nikki Giovanni: I
am writing my latest book entitled “A Good Cry.” It started because I became
aware that no matter what the myth is about women crying all the time, women do
not cry. When your husband, mother, or sister dies you bury them and you get
things done. You sell the car, rent the house, and just do things you have to
do and you don’t have time to mourn. It dawned on me that a lot of people my
age don’t really know how to mourn. My doctor says we have high blood pressure
because we don’t take care of ourselves.I think we have high blood pressure because we keep a lot of things