Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe new year’s eve and will welcome 2014 in good spirits and filled with inspiration. The second half of 2013 was a serious balancing act for The Cheats Movement as we went full swing into covering events, hosting events, partnering with RVA’s arts and nonprofit community, and preparing for The Cheats Movement Epic Wedding.
The second half of 2013 saw The Cheats Movement reach new heights with groundbreaking interviews with Justin Bua, Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree) and Baratunde Thurston (Fast Company), photographed legend like Rakim – which put the blog on the Source.com for the first time, and hosted The Return of RVA Hot Sauce – which was one of the best event of the year.
In addition to those events, TCM put in work at the RVA Street Art Festival and the Richmond Mural project, killed the Richmond Jazz Festival, photographed Mayor Jones’ press conference regarding baseball in Shockoe Bottom, shot a photo essay in the Dominican Republic, and teamed up with United RVA to form a positive response to flying of the Confederate flag on I-95 . Oh then there was Fall Line Fest, TEDXGraceSteet, The Light of Human Kindness, and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities celebrated 20 years of Connections Institute.
Bottom Line…if it’s happening at the cross sections of Arts, Culture, and Community in Richmond…WE SEE IT!
2013 Cheats Movement Epic Family Photo – shot by Jay Paul. The Trayvon Martin verdict came out the same day we took this photo and it was a challenge to remain hopeful during the weekend but seeing all of these creative people in one place – all striving to make RVA a better place – it really gave me inspiration.
New Orleans’ own Big Sam rocking the crowd at the Richmond Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival photo were some of the best of the year for TCM and were posted all over by the artist themselves.
RVA’s Kindness Girl herself Patience Salgado embarked on the Light of Human Kindness Project in 2013. Partnering with Hamilton Glass and the Martin Agency, LOHK became a true community project with everyone pitching to make this groundbreaking mural a reality.
Light of Human Kindness Mural – Photo was taken from Whosham.com (not a Cheats Movement Photos)
Jarrard Anthony is bring true independent soul music back to RVA in his monthly series Saturday Souls Session at the SpeakEasy in Jackson Ward. I was proud to be a guest for the show featuring Zo! of Foreign Exchange.
Oh yeah…during all of this — I got married! Photo by Nick Mastro
Shockoe Bottom Baseball Press Conference
Bar Codez, Sam Reed, Radio B, W.I.L.L. on stage at Gallery 5 during RVA HOT SAUCE 2013. RVA HOT SAUCE was a very special event for The Cheats Movement – closing out an epic year. Despite the freakish weather – we proved that a diverse event like HOT SAUCE has a home in RVA. Photo by Kevin Solley
Epic Fail: My failed attempted at a pie eating contest for charity. It did not end well.
If it happens at the cross section of Art, Culture, and Community in Richmond… WE SEE IT! Wishing you a great 2014.