Pictured are contestants in the RCC Must Die Costume Contest. Congrats to Conan for winning! Click HERE to see all the photos from RCC Must Die. Also, read a very valuable lesson in my sad but true story of: All Dressed Up With No Party!
Richmond zombies braved the cold weather yesterday afternoon and gathered at Byrd Park for the 7th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk. This tradition brings together zombies of all ages to find brains and fight cancer. This was my first Zombie gathering and I was blown away by the level of detail — click HERE to see all the creepiness.
Check this out – I caught up with the man behind RVA Mag and RVA Music Fest Tony Harris at the end of night 1. It was about 2:00 AM and he was wrapping up a great night and moving into day 2. Check out his perspective on RVA Hip-Hop and why RVA Music Fest is important. Cheats Movement X RVA Mag at it finest. S/O to everyone standing up for the River City. WE R-VA.
I’ve been a Mayer Hawthorne since he switched his style and signed with Stone Throw a few years ago. He opened for Chromeo last night for his first performance ever in RVA. He did not disappoint. He has a very strong live show and played most of his jams from his 1st album A Strange Arrangement. If you haven’t heard that record, I highly recommend it. S/O to Beau Cribbs – who gets the photo credit.
I’m working on a new project I hope to release in 2012. It’s called Richmond Faces. I’ve already photographed some amazing faces…hence Shaka Smart. Who would you like to see featured in faces??? Let me know…The take over continues. WE R-VA.
RVA creative blog maestro Johnny Hugel took this photo at RVA HOT SAUCE last Friday night. This photo really captures the vibe of the night: Brian McDaniel (Dirty Richmond Blog) freestyle rapping with The Honorable Sleaze (Just Plain Sounds) – In the background D. J. Williams (Def poet), ManlyMan (amazing comedy duo) and the young entrepreneurs from AUK/NT – and YES that is the one and only Mikemetic on drums. So much RVA talent – and everyone is together – under one venue – having a blast. What a great shot! Check out Hugel’s site HERE (Johnny was also a guest at RVA HOT SAUCE talking about the amazing project Feast RVA). Please if you have more photos or video sent them my way – Cheatsmwc@gmail.com.
Face Melt Fridays at Strange Matter keeps getting stronger. Face Melt V brought its most enthusiastic crowd to the series. Hosted by Azrael Onassis and Black Liquid, I’ve got a few photos from the part of the night I was there — S/O to the New Juice Crew, OMG, Swordplay killed it, Cameo by Octavion Xcellence. I had a real nice talk with Conrizzle – fresh off of his Big Sean performance — big things coming from him. Click HERE to see all the photos.
There is not a picture that I could post this week to express my true feelings about RVA HOT SAUCE Friday night. I am still overwhelmed with emotion when I reflect on what went down. I know that there is a lot of work left to do regarding the web series but let me briefly explain why I have such strong feelings about what happened Friday night. For me, it goes back a very long time to when I was a Freshman at Tucker High School and I went to a summer retreat for students (from different backgrounds) that taught us about understanding diversity, gender issues, tolerance and race relations. This experience really changed my life and I started to understand — that the only way people will really understand each other is if they meet each other and spend time with each other. That is honestly one of the foundations of how I live my life; I have a real passion for bringing people together and letting them get to know each other.
My take away from RVA HOT SAUCE is the number of people that told me after the event how much they loved the diversity of the line-up; from the RCC to Black Liquid, to ManlyMan to Chris Ryan…Richmond really enjoyed coming together sharing the experience together. That truly makes me feel like the night was success and we all did our part to make RVA that much of a better place.
I thank James Dangle and Jason Moore for not only being 100% supportive of the concept but for working their ***es off to make the event happen. I thank the Honorable Sleaze for performing and hosting — his catalog is extensive. The entire family at Just Plain Sounds….support this team. To everyone that came by The Shop to perform or support the effort: THANK YOU SO MUCH. We did something very special Friday night — think back through all your nights in RVA — and see if you can find a single event with such diversity and fun. I honestly don’t know if or when there will be another HOT SAUCE. Again, there is still a lot of work to be done BUT everyone can play their part moving forward by supporting the guests and performers that came thru Friday night – supporting the Shop (what a wonderful venue) and supporting each other…don’t ever be “too cool” to try something new. It only means that you will probably miss out on something amazing. Keep checking The Cheats Movement — I appreciate all of you…and ya know Stay Focused! WE R-VA!!!
I love photos of empty roads — it reminds me of the choices we all must make in life. What are YOU going to do to make your road great? ll of us! Click HERE to see all of my Maymont Park photos.
RSVP by clicking HERE!!! We just landed Chris Ryan too. All kinds of interviews will be happening!
First, S/O to my man Black Reed for giving me the call to visit the Charged Up Ent. Studio. I came thru last week and took some photos of Charged Up artist Black Lyric. We put Lyric on the spot but it was all good and at the end of the day, we got what we were looking for — Hopefully I’ve landed that mixtape cover (j/k). Click HERE to see a few shots from the shoot.
Last night I attended the first ever Feast RVA. Huge congrats to Josh Epperson and Johnny Hugel for organizing such a wonderful idea and solid event. There were three presentations before dinner; my good friend Rebecca Johnson’s RVAudio: A Sonic Map of Richmond, Anna Wittel & Franklin Obregon’s Real Desire: Photography Exhibit & Zine, and Nicole Lang’s Dollop Dessert Company. The presentations were brief and productive; the food, provided by Sticky Rice and The Cellar Door, was tasty, and the company was great. The result was a tie between RVAudio (way to go Bec) & Dollop Dessert (also an awesome presentation). Check out a few photos from FEAST RVA by clicking HERE. I can’t wait for the next one.
Everyone knows that if you want to get the real feel of the community you go to one of two places: church or the barber shop. I’m not taking my camera into church just yet (not the place) BUT the barber shop is fair game. Meet “my” barber; Big Red at Eugene’s Barber Shop on Broad Street. This week’s topics are the BET Hip-Hop Awards and President Obama!
Last Sunday was a picture perfect afternoon in RVA. Though I love football, the Skins were on a bye week so I got out of the house and went to Maymont Park. I’m really working on expanding my range as a photographer so I took a lot of shots in different settings and speeds. I want The Cheats Movement’s content to be as diverse as RVA; these photos show a very magical part of the city. Take a look at all my shots from Maymont Park by clicking HERE.
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Face Melt Friday is always a fun shoot — a lot of love and support for each other and hip-hop. I’ve been crazy busy preparing for RVA HOT SAUCE on Oct 21st! Make sure you come through and support the fam. BUT I did manage to leak a preview of the Face Melt Shoot…for now click here to enjoy the leaked 6.
Hands down my favorite Graffiti site is Graffiti Richmond. I know what you’re thinking and calm down – Graffiti Richmond does not write graffiti. It is a site – very similar to mine – in which it highlights “other” people’s amazing art. With that said – the site is dope AND I was lucky enough to link up with the crew. In part 1 of this exclusive series of RVA graffiti pics — I went out with Graffiti Richmond for some of the coolest shots I’ve ever done . Click here and enjoy the first part of Graffiti Adventures.
Linking up again with my friends over at RVA Mag, I was invited to cover the Finally Famous Tour Wednesday night [Check RVA Mag for the full show review article]. Thanks to my good brothers over at Slpadash, I was able to shoot photos of the night. I broke it down into two parts; Part 1 features RVA’s own Suburban District, Nickelus F with Conrizzle, and the Finally Famous Tour artist, Shawn Chrystopher and GOOD Music’s CyHi Da Prynce. Click HERE to see all the photos from Part 1.