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FAMILY: JOIN MAYA AND SHAKA SMART RAISE AWARENESS AND MONEY FOR THE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN!
Family – I absolutely love this! This is a true example of good people making a positive impact in the community. Let’s help Maya and Shaka Smart raise awareness and money for a great cause, the FRIENDS Association of Richmond. FRIENDS Association for Children has been serving Richmond for more than 140 years and offers services that help children gain critical literacy and developmental skills. FRIENDS operates child development centers in Jackson Ward and Church Hill, serving nearly 1,000 children, with a broad array of services.
The Smart Family just started a 30-day fundraising campaign – along with Richmond T-Shirt start-up Bonfire Funds.
The long/short of it is that you can click this link CLICK HERE and buy a FRIENDS RVA T-Shirt. It goes to the amazing goal of raising $100,000 for FRIENDS. In March Madness fashion – you can organize (or coach) your own team and sell shirts for your team. The winning team gets an amazing prizes. Also, once teams reach certain selling goals they get some very cool prizes, like dinner at one of my favorite restaurants The Roosevelt with Shaka, “55″ Samsung Smart TV, or an amazing print from Doug Orleski (RVA Coffee Stain).
It’s really a great cause. Please visit the Bonfire site and buy a shirt to support the campaign.
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History was made last night at the Old Towne Civic Center in Petersburg. The God Emcee Rakim was in the building. Thanks to Soul Logistics Radio – S/O the brothers J.D. Haze – Doug Evans – Rodney “Soul Singer” – and everyone that work so hard to make a historic night happen. In addition to Rakim the night featured performances by Narubi Selah, Rodney “Soul Singer”, J.D. Haze, & Jasmine.
The evening was hosted by Doug Evans. I had a minute to catch up with Doug after the show and asked him why it was so important that this event came to the Burg, “There is a a lot of shooting – a lot of killing – and a lot of wanna be rappers in our community – so I thought if I bring the God Emcee – the best of the best Rakim – he would enlighten the town and give people hope an inspiration.”
J. D. Haze echoed those comments, “Us being emcees and inspiring emcees, Rakim defiantly had an impact on us by having a righteous posture and keeping it funky for the people. With all the negativity that goes on in our community it is important that we can show that we can have fun in hip-hop in the original way it was intended: peace, love, unity, and having fun, and that’s what we did tonight.
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Family, This weekend was amazing. I married the love of my life and now we are taking a brief break to recover from all the epic activities of the weekend However, have no fear. The Cheats Movement Blog (and family) is growing stronger and upon our return will be even more dedicated to promoting the positive aspects of RVA to the fullest. There is so much epicness ahead. It is my prayer that all of you will continue and share in the crazy ride with us. This blog may be hosted by me but it’s truly a shared activity. Words cannot express how much both Aria and I love RVA – the people that make greatest place for us to be. We Love You! WE SEE IT!
I know that it has been a minute but I have so many photos from Fall Line Fest, I can’t drop them all on the blog. I will have them up on the Cheats Movement Facebook Page. Like the Cheats Movement FB Page and check out all the photos. Fall Line Fest was a huge success for RVA. I can’t wait until next year. Thanks to all that performed and supported. #WE SEE IT. This is exactly what RVA needs. Lovin my city right now!
The entire Cheats Movement X Fall Line Fest photo album will be on the Cheats Movement Facebook Page!
Why I Love RVA Today: The Horn RVA’s video on this weekend’s Fall Line Fest. There will be more recap and photos to come this week on The Cheats Movement and The Cheats Movement Facebook Page. WE SEE IT.
I have to give full credit where credit is due, my good friend Matt Newman from the Coalition Theater tipped me to an amazing online comic strip that reviews the lineage of hip hop. He sent me the link to Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree and I was hooked. I have to admit – Hip Hop Family Tree is the best comic strip I have read since the run of The Boondocks. Not just the for the history lessons (and there are several), Ed Piskor is an amazing artist. He visually captures the grittiness of NYC in the late 70s and early 80s. He has worked with giants in the industry and has an impressive run of projects himself. Hip Hop Family Tree is solid on so many levels and I set out to find out some background and details about the comic. Lucky for us, Ed is not hard to track down and was willing to be interviewed for The Cheats Movement. Huge shout to Ed for taking the time. WE SEE IT!
Cheats: Hip Hop Family Tree is amazing. As a hip hop fan, I can’t stop reading it. How did it all come about?
Ed Piskor: It started by accident really. I’ve wanted to do a comic where old school Hip Hop would be an aesthetic backdrop for years. Even as far back as high school. I couldn’t figure out what the story would be. A crime story? A Love and Rockets slice of life tale? Ultimately just doing a straight-up narrative about the history of Hip Hop was the way to go.
When were you introduced to hip hop and how has hip hop culture made an impression on your life?
Ed Piskor: I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 80s and Hip Hop was everywhere I looked. My house was nestled in between 3 major parks in my neighborhood and at any given time you would see breakdancing or you’d see guys in a circle rapping while they waited their turn to play basketball. The fliest drug dealers looked like Eric B and Rakim. There were old-ass pimps who still dressed the part and talked with that rap patter.
Hip Hop Family Tree serves as a true history lesson. How do you determine the stories you want to tell and in what order?
I literally don’t know exactly how the strips will flow from week to week. I have to keep it fun for myself. I have a basic structure of things thanks to the release of the records so that’s how I keep my linearity. Other than that, each Sunday and/or Monday I sit around reading everything I can to unearth some really cool, hopefully visually interesting anecdotes. It is best when dealing with a situation that involves a group because you can find interviews with sometimes five people recalling events in different ways and I almost have to go by consensus at times.
Have you worked directly with any hip hop pioneers in making the comic?
Not really, though many people have reached out to express appreciation. Lots of rappers have tweeted and retweeted strips, etc. I’ll get wild phone calls every now and again.
What is the strangest response/reaction you have received regarding the comic?
There was one lame-o who didn’t like the comic and had a million reasons for it. He is one of those computer science professors from Carnegie Mellon University who also happens to be white. I told him that I would sacrifice every one of him as a reader if it continues to mean that DMC, Chuck D, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, Biz Markie, MC Shan, The Furious Five, etc continue to promote the work by sharing it on their Facebook accounts and twitter pages.
You do a great job at capturing the vibrancy and grittiness of NYC during the birth of hip hop. Is there any part of you that wishes that time could come back?
Not really. We should constantly move forward but it doesn’t hurt to look back and learn from history.
What is next for you and Hip Hop Family Tree?
I’ve really been thinking a lot about doing another Wizzywig comic. This is the computer hacker comic I did before HHFT. There’s so much insane shit going on with Whistleblowers, Wikileaks, Snowden, Manning, etc. That’s years away though. I’m doing the HHFT comics as at least a 5 book series. Book 1 will be available in October/November. Book 2 is almost done and will be out next Summer. Then the rest of the books will stabilize and be released annually or so.
How can we keep up with your work moving forward?
All the Hip Hop comics are online starting with strip 1 here: http://boingboing.net/2012/01/10/brain-rot-hip-hop-family-tree.html
Twitter.com/edpiskor would probably be a good place to keep updated. Edpiskor on tumblr too.
Thanks Ed. Please support his work!
Fans poured into RVA from all over the east coast this weekend to attend the 2013 Richmond Jazz Festival. This year’s festival featured several Grammy award winning musicians, headlined by an electric performance from Jill Scott and a soulful performance given by Michael McDonald to close out the weekend at Maymont Park.
Thanks to the great team at Johnson Inc. S/O to Ken Johnson, Torrence Hampton, Jasmine Roberts – and my girl (who had me dying with laughter all weekend) Maressa Dawn – for the opportunity to attend and photograph what is clearly a growing enterprise of success.
Despite a Saturday afternoon thunderstorm that temporarily cleared the park, the organizers kept the music lovers safe and festival operating smooth. It’s important to note that the Jazz Festival is not just about the amazing music, it is a festival operating at the highest level in retail and food. Homegrown eatery Croaker’s Spot is always a fan favorite with their fried fish dinners but there was variety of different types of food and beer and wine vendors operating at the festival. The combinations of activities really made the festival special on all levels.
Another great aspect about the Richmond Jazz Fest is the access fans have to their favorite musicians. Just about every artist at this year’s festival visited the media tent,met with fans, signed autographs and took pictures.
Who were my favorite performances of the festival? Of course, I’m not just going to name one – here is my list of the best of the best: Jill Scott is amazing and can do no wrong. A very fitting headliner, she did an amazing job. Jill looked and sounded amazing. The Wailers headlined Sunday night on the Dominion Stage and they were fantastic. Keeping reggae music alive and holding down the spirit of the late Bob Marley, they had the massive crowd skanking to classic Wailers music. Michael McDonald has a ton of hits and he played them with spirit and bravado. He was fantastic. I honestly forgot how many great songs McDonald has in his catalog, from his time with the Doobie Brothers to the Motown remakes – his was great.
The surprise of the festival was the three-time Grammy nominated band from Cuba Tiempo Libre. Wow! They had the Virginia is for Lovers stage on fire Sunday. Their performance was so high energy that the crowd even broke out into a conga line. It was one of my favorite performances of the festival.
There were so many more memorable performances: Dr. John, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Robert Glasper, Dee Dee Bridgewater – I honestly can’t name them all – but I do have photos. For all of my photos from the 2013 Richmond Jazz Festival – click HERE and follow The Cheats Movement Blog on Facebook. I will be uploading more photos only on my The Cheats Movement Facebook Page. WE SEE IT
ATL’s Greg Mike destroyed my book of tags earlier this week. He went out of his way to hook it up while he was in town for the Richmond Mural Project. Check out his work at: http://gregmike.com/ Follow The Cheats Movement for more Richmond Mural Project work drops. Greg Mike is the TRUTH! WE SEE IT!
The homie, RVA emcee, activist, teacher, and all around good dude Isaac Ramsey AKA Swordplay hit me with the new video for the track “No T.S. Eliot.” It’s the lead video from his new album Tap Water – a collaboration with Pierre the Motionless. Filmed by Dave O’Dell at the familiar Helen’s Restaurant in the Fan District, Swordplay uses his classic intellectual style with a dope RVA imagery.
The album Tap Water was released on July 20th and is available at: http://doradorovitch.bandcamp.com/
This is the first mural ETAM CRU (BEZT & SAINER) has done in the U.S. Honestly, this is their first time across the pond to the U.S. but that didn’t stop them from making an impact with one of the best murals of the Richmond Mural Project. Located in the 7-11 parking lot on West Grace right by the Village Cafe (heart of VCU), ETAM CRU’s mural is beautiful and though provoking. WE SEE IT.
The Richmond Mural Project is rolling along. EVER finished the first mural at Selba (on Cary St.) and in a very swift two-day mural, EVER’s fellow Argentinean Sonni, went up at Portrait House (2907 W. Cary Street) in Carytown. WE SEE IT!
The creators of last year’s G40 Art Summit are back to work in RVA. Shane Pomajambo, founder and director of Art Whino, and his creative partner Tony Harris of RVA Mag have a goal to bring 20 new murals to RVA in over the next two weeks as a part of The Richmond Mural Project. EVER (Nicolás Romeo) of Buenos Aires, Argentina is the first internationally known artist to visit and complete a mural for this year’s project. EVER’s finished mural can been seen at Selba (2416 W Cary St Richmond, VA). Ever, along with local based collaborator, Ben Larsen are heading down to Harrison street today to start a new wall at 534. Check back on The Cheats Movement Blog and Facebook for new update of the Richmond Mural Project. WE SEE IT
Last night was the third night of the four night local hip hop festival, Epic Fest. Titled The Twerk Shop and held in the hot – very hot – like 1,000 degrees hot – Kingdom in Shockoe Bottom. The night was to feature J Roddy Rod as the headlining act BUT unfortunately, for J. Roddy Rod (and his fans), he was detained by those who protect and serve us. However, the night morphed into a special night for one of my favorite RVA aritst, Artik Phreeze (cover photo) tore the stage down.
In addition to Phreeze, I was able to see some regional artist that are on the grind and I either hadn’t photographed before or not in a long time. I was very impressed with up and coming artist Prezi Smith and Ver$ace Chachi. I’ve never seen the homie Fatzo perform before but he held it down. So did Doe the Paperboy, Streetz Deep & DollaGang360, and Rich P.
Fatzo and Baby Jay
Day two of Epic Fest brought a strong hip hop crowd to the Canal Club in Shockoe Bottom. More and more RVA’s hip hop scene is uniting to make Epic Fest the place to be this weekend. Last night featured some dope performances from RVA artist and other from around the state: Wize (reppin the YFD Fam) did it big, S/O to the young homie Zae Kinchen (reppin Natural Talent) – it was good to see my friend Cain McCoy get back on the mic. And this was the second time I’ve been able to see DJ Gringo hold it down. It got a little too late and I missed my homie Chance Fischer and one of my favorites from up north Kevin Sinatra, I know they did it big. But I have to say, the night belong to my dude: RVA’s Mad Genius Ohbliv.
In the age of down south club anthem by DJ Khalid and Mike Will, Ohbliv represent something different. His sound makes you nod, feel, and think. Most of the faces in the crowd were a combination of, “Yes” and “What.” Ohbliv left the crowd stunned. Not to mention there was a brief “Yellow Gold” reunion when Nickelus F grabbed the mic and started rocking out.
The event was hosted by iPower 92.1 DJ A-Plus, who kept the crowd involved and really spread the message of supporting local artist.
Though it is not a prominent topic on The Cheats Movement, I am a huge fan for RVA’s growing food scene (check my Instagram for my food pics) and growing number of food blogs. I read several RVA food sites these days, starting with my good friend Kristel Poole’s, Stirring Things Up. I also read Nicole Lang’s, Food Punk, Liz Parent’s, I Heart Vegetables, and a few more. I was recently introduced to a new favorite, Bird Cox’s, Block and Bar site is a wonderful new addition to my daily reads.
Last week, I met up with Kristel, Bird, and our significant others (party of 6) at Saison in Jackson Ward, to have a meal and talk about RVA’s food scene, blogging and general life stuff. It was a great time with friends. And in the days following the dinner, we got a little more “focused” about discussing RVA’s food scene. Here is some of our conversation about RVA food + blogging in more of an interview format. WE SEE IT!
Tell me about your food blog? When did you start it and what type of content do you cover for your readers?
Kristel: My blog is called Stirring Things Up and I’ve had it since 2010. I do a combination of recipes, general musings, recommendations and occasionally a review or two. I try to keep the focus on seasonal and fresh ingredients, usually based on things I find at the farmers market or receive in my CSA box.
Bird: Block and Bar is new; it launched on June 6th. I’m focusing on the people behind brilliant, creative food and drink – personal histories, inspirations, risks, stories they’re trying to tell with what they do. The site functions as a rotating series of columns, each with a different method of delivering the story. [COMPOSITION] asks chefs to discuss the creation of the original menu for their restaurants, [DOUBLE VISION] is a chef/bartender conversation, [YOU ARE], as in you are what you eat, is about a chef’s lifelong relationship with food and features a handwritten component that feels very personal. There are a few other columns on the docket, too.
Why did you decide to funnel your passion for food into a blog?
Bird: I used to be a food writer for the C-ville Weekly, and since then, I’ve been really interested in the relationship between food and language. When I eat a meal, I am constantly describing it to myself, trying to unlock the perfect words to describe flavors, textures, feelings. It helps me get more enjoyment out of it somehow. Plus I keep a pretty insane mental tally of chefs’ names – all the chefs I’ve ever really loved. I remember them better than my ex-boyfriends.
Kristel: This made me laugh because I’m the exact same way. It’s also a different form of celebrity. Some people remember meeting Robin Williams (I’ve met him too, he’s nice) and some people remember meeting Chef Mile Isabella after an amazing meal at Zatinya in 2010 where they ate the best baba ganoush of their lives and drank sparkling rose. Ex-boyfriends, who?
Food is one of the few things in life that brings intense feeling and emotion. Love, sex, death and food. Someone famous said that, so I’m paraphrasing, but it’s true.
I make a lot of dishes at home that I really love, but then never remember how to make again. I usually don’t use a pre-existing recipe and if I do, I never follow it. I’m a terrible recipe cook. So I decided that I wanted to record what I made, how I made things, and then I wanted to maybe help someone else cook something good. I say that last because I don’t consider myself an expert and I didn’t start my blog with the intention of teaching anyone anything. That seems a little pretentious to me. I just like to share what excites me about food and keep track of what works and what doesn’t.
What are your thoughts on RVA as a food town (what works well – what needs to be improved)?
Kristel: When I moved here from Charlottesville in 2005, I was most distraught about the lack of good food options at various price points. I didn’t find that accessibility to great food here, but the dining scene has picked up since then. Now, I know where to go no matter what my budget or mood. I’m grateful to the chefs, restaurateurs and diners for supporting the local restaurant community and helping it grow into what it is today. It’s pretty spectacular.
Bird: Working well: innovative southern cuisine, Italian cuisine, farm/restaurant connections, a sense of using the best that Virginia has to offer (oysters, ham, mushrooms, veggies). Needs to be improved: there are a lot of types of cuisine that we lack, or almost lack. Two Ethiopian places, no matter how good, does not allow for much exploration across the range of Ethiopian food. Same for Korean. There are a couple, but not enough to give each kitchen the freedom to specialize or make more unusual offerings. On the whole, I think the food industry in Richmond is on an amazing creative arc right now, though. We’ve got some big talent, both in the kitchen and behind the bar.
Kristel: Oh my. We don’t have a good Korean place. I was just chatting with someone about this. Thai is obviously a sore subject for me here. I think we lack good Mexican. Hawaiian? I wish! More diversity would be great. I would celebrate that.
Tell me your favorite restaurants in RVA?
Bird: Number one: The Roosevelt. I ate a plate of fried oysters there that made me shed a little tear of joy. There are so many others, but to name a few… Heritage is brilliant (charcuterie, pork fries), Saison (sopes, steak), Peter Chang’s (crispy eggplant, hot pot), Tio Pablo (literally anything). And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Acacia, Black Sheep and Lemaire, all of whom have made miracles on the plate. For drinks, the Roosevelt, Saison and Heritage are also entering brave new worlds. And conquering them.
Kristel: I think it would be remiss to not mention Belmont Butchery, GrowRVA and Yellow Umbrella Provisions. It’s not dining out, but I think the dining community relies heavily on how people are eating and cooking at home. Don’t you agree?
Cheats: I certainly agree (haha).
Kristel: I love Stella’s for really wonderful Greek food. Everything there is fabulous and it’s perfect for happy hour or a birthday celebration. I love the whole branzino, the grilled octopus, the taramasolata (a dip made from caviar) and the black kale salad. Acacia Midtown is the other go-to restaurant in my house. We go there for lots of celebrations, and they offer a great fixed menu every night with wine specials on Tuesdays. It’s reliable and the seafood is always good; the servers are knowledgeable and the service is spectacular. I’ve recently become obsessed with sandwiches from Uptown Market & Deli and I will always drive to Mechanicsville to get Thai food from Pad Thai Restaurant. They do it right and pretty much everywhere else I’ve tried isn’t authentic at all. Don’t use button mushrooms in your tom yum, Richmond. Ok? Other favorites are Mamma Zu’s, Edo’s, Dutch & Company, The Roosevelt, Deco, Saison, Black Sheep, Mama J’s, Burger Bach and Pizza Tonight.
What is your ultimate last meal?
Kristel: It would be a long meal and it would be small plates from all over the world. I love strong flavors and bold cuisine. I’d have to have something from every genre because I am not one of those people who can commit to being a fan of Italian and only Italian. There are too many great flavors out there. It would be super fresh, local, and served with really good wine and sparkling water; dessert would be a Yoder’s doughnut.
Bird: Anything that Andy Ricker (of Pok Pok, a northern Thai spot in Portland, OR) would deign to make for me. There are three things in life that I think are beyond reproach: Ray Charles records, little tiny babies, and Andy Ricker’s cooking. If I died choking on a fish sauce wing, I wouldn’t even be that mad about it
Cheats: RVA, That’s all for now. I hope to continue this conversation with Kristel, Bird, and other food fans across RVA. Until next time – follow these wonderful sites: Stirring Things Up and Block and Bar. WE SEE IT.
Last July, we pulled off the first ever Cheats Movement Epic Group Photo: A Good Day in Richmond, with about 7 days notice and in between Saturday afternoon thunderstorms. All and all it was an amazing turn out featuring some of RVA’s most creative people hanging in one place. On July 13, 2013, we hope to do it even bigger!
What is the Cheats Movement Family Photo? Really it’s just another excuses to get family, friends, readers of the blog, and lovers of RVA all in the same place. I got the idea from the famous Jazz musician photo: A Good Day in Harlem, taken on the streets of Harlem in 1958. I think it cool to have a photo representing RVA’s creative community.
Who’s invited? Everyone! I don’t care if you’ve never been featured on the blog – anything like that. If you are making positive move in the Greater Richmond area – you are family. Also bring kids – we love the kids!
What to bring? Not much (if anything). I’m guessing there will be some people that you haven’t met there before or normally chat with, I hope you take a moment to meet new people. Also, a camera is always cool to bring.
This photo is about bringing the family together, building community, and having fun. I hope to see you there. July 13, 2013 at 2 PM. We will meet on the steps of Brown’s Island (leading to the Friday Cheers Stage).
I just want to take a minute to Thank the entire family for “EVERYTHING.” For the love and support of The Cheats Movement Blog, the special projects, the live music events, just EVERYTHING. This has been an amazing year so far and it’s only going to get better this summer. The blog is only a reflection of RVA’s diversity and community. If the community is doing well – if the family is doing well – the blog reflects that. And RVA…We are doing great. I have to blink sometimes and think to myself…is this Richmond.
If you’re working to support RVA’s diversity and community – then you are family. This year alone, I’ve met so many new friends that read The Cheats Movement and it’s awesome, Thank you. And to the readers that have been their since the start…all I can say is, Wow…right. Nothing would be happening if it wasn’t for you. I’m so happy about what’s happening in RVA. And with that said….please believe that I’m still hungry to cover it all. No time for rest…my goal is to have the best blog in Richmond. I’m going back on the grind this summer. Cheats Movement Family Photo Coming Soon! Here is the thing…I’m easy to find. Hit me up: CheatsMWC@gmail.com. Twitter: CheatsMWC Facebook – I’m on. WE SEE IT THIS IS OUR RICHMOND!
Since day one, YFD Clothing has been on the grind. Much love and respect for their hustle. They just released (Part I) of their Summer 2013 release at West Coat Kix (S/O Ollie, Erika, Laci, and Ben). Visit the website and get some of that YFD gear. #WESEEIT More photos on the Cheats Movement Facebook Page. Follow us!
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So far, Stone Soul 2013 has to be the best RVA music event of the year. It was a lights out show from top to bottom. A Radio One collaboration between iPower, Kiss FM and Praise, the show featured diversity across urban music like no other event this year. And not only diversity we are talking star power to the max. Heavy hitter in hip hop: B.o.B, French Montana, Yo Gotti, and Future.
B.o.B rocked the stage with crazy energy.
R&B took center stage with Raheem DeVaughn, SWV, BBD, and Fantasia. If you thought acts like SWV, BBD or even Fantasia would be rusty…you were mistaken. They brought their A-games from start to finish and showed why so many fans love their work.
Future was a crowd favorite at Stone Soul 2013.
There were so many highs and not many lows, I will mention only a few:
1. I was skeptical about the venue change from Brown’s Island to the RIR amphitheater bu let me just say this change was the single best change of the event. No need for lawn chairs – the food vendors are a much better walk, and the venue is covered. The stage, sound and security were amazing and it really made for a great day. Not to mention some of the best weather of the year.
2. The show was the smoothest that I have seen in a long time. There were very little delays between acts and when there were delays King Tutt jumped in a DJ’ed to keep the crowd moving. The varies radio host keep it fun and the show rolled on with major act after major act.
3. While the no curse word rule may have stiffed Webby and Yo Gotti, it made the show very family friendly. And I’m glad all of the acts did their best to respect the rule. Great work Webby (I know it was tough).
4. The award for most body guards goes to Yo Gotti. The best part of this is if you know anything about Yo Gotti – you would not mess with Yo Gotti. Yo Gotti is no joke. But nevertheless he had his crew with him.
There were a lot of brothers with CMG shirts…but no one would or should ever mess with Yo Gotti
5. Fantasia is the real deal. Say what you will about American Idol and reality shows, Fantasia is the modern day Patti LaBelle and is well worth the price of admission. She looked and sounded amazing. She was a worthy headliner.
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“I told em….didn’t I tell em…Those young boys ain’t got nothing on me. I’m old school.” Those were the words coming from the victorious point guard who’d just hit the game winning jumper to the dismay of his younger, high school age, opponents. His King’s Speech seemed to be directed to anyone who would listen, pretty much a general declaration of victory. Lucky for him, there was a fairly large audience for him to preach to.
On the outside of the basketball court, a line of African American senior citizens played music and sold Gatorade to the ballers. There was another set of sounds coming from the tennis courts,”Good stop….play up…..coming behind,” those where the songs coming from the bike polo players who were dominating the once tennis courts now bike polo arena.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in Jackson Ward shooting a music video from the group HaBits. And while I thought I had a good understanding of Jackson Ward and Abner Clay Park, I’ve been absolutely floored by the positive energy, diversity and harmony that seems to happen every Sunday in Abner Clay.
It’s not just the basketball players – playing some of the best pick-up games in the city. It’s not just the bike polo players, with skills I could only dream to own. What impressed me is the balance of the Ward….the balance of old and new, hipster and hoops, old Ward merging with the change of gentrification. It’s not lost on me that Abner Clay sets across the street from the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. I’m sure some of the older gentleman on the side of the court knew the Ward as a far different place. A place where the community thrived with Black Owned Business and legendary entertainment centers and hotels. They see a different Ward now – is just the latest in a long line of examples of change. It’s not lost on me that the Jackson Ward Neighborhood Association doesn’t necessarily want the bike polo players there (this according to some of the local players) and that it has little or nothing to do with history. Bike polo seems to be new version of skateboarding. Until it gets accepted there will certainly be detractors.
However, in face of those who may not want them there – they are there. Every Sunday afternoon building a new community of harmony and diversity. Centered around sports and backed with music and a grill, Jackson Ward is a special place. And it seems to be getting better one day at a time.
Last night at First Fridays, Art 180 introduced the Wheel of Kindness to the world. It was amazing! The wheel is the final product of our amazing Art 180 class. Check out some of the photos from last night. Please support Art 180. It is an amazing program and stay tuned for much more from my sister in crime Patience Salgado AKA Kindness Girl. #WESEEIT
So What is the Wheel of Kindenss? Well, a person spins the wheel and it lands on a color. You then receive the color of the balloon selected. You can either play with the balloon or pop it. When your balloon pops – there is a message or “Kindness task” inside. You then have to complete the task. Awesome right.
The sneaker game is big business these days. In NYC, LA, ATL, all over – there are major sneaker conventions bringing in some of the rarest kicks and flyest clothing for sell and trade. Noah-O, Retrospective VA & The Vintage Mann is proudly bringing this wave of culture to RVA in the form of: Peep My Feet. I covered the first Peep My Feet event on a nasty, cold, snowy day last February, and guess what — sneakerheads and fans of vintage gear came out in full force. This Saturday, I’m sure the weather will be better and the crowd will be bigger. Make sure you swing by The Camel (Noon to 6 PM) to check it out. Click Here to RSVP on FB.
Last Sunday, I stopped by the Silent Music Revival at Gallery 5. The night featured one of my favorite RVA bands: Wolf//Goat; the movie was Charlie Chaplin’s THE KID (1921). It was a great night. Make sure you check out a Silent Music Revival. Jameson Price does such a great job with this event.