The ARTisan Cafe is a unique shopping and social experience that happens seasonally in RVA. Created by Melody Joy Short and Adrienne Cole, their goal is to fill a noticeable void in the city by presenting a diverse range of independent artist and vendors offering one of kind goods and services. Featured in the March issue of Essence Magazine, and just recently announced as a finalist in the i.e. start-up competition, Melody and Adrienne are looking to build on their strong momentum and growing support in RVA. The next Artisan Cafe is Saturday, June 16 at Plant Zero Art Center. It starts at 6:00 PM.
I know – I know….I’ve been busy but RVA HOT SAUCE Episode 2 is coming soon. I’ve been working on it and thinking about it a lot lately. Here is a song from Caitlin and Erin AKA ManlyMan to hold you over until I have time to finish. If you don’t know about ManlyMan — read my original post about them HERE and like their Facebook page HERE…They are amazing!
I needed to test some new editing plug-ins over the weekend and this is the end result. This was filmed at the Black Girls vinyl release show at Kingdom featuring: White Laces, The Trillions, NO BS! Brass, and of course, Black Girls. S/O to Bucky and the team at Worthless Junk for the hook up. Like the Cheats Movement on Facebook (Click Here)
On October 21, 2011, RVA HOT SAUCE was introduced to the city of Richmond. The Cheats Movement, Just Plain Sounds, and The Shop brought together some of the hottest talent in RVA for a night of entertainment, diversity, and fun. RVA HOT SAUCE [Episode 1] features: Brian McDaniel, Black Liquid, The New Juice Crew, The Richmond Comedy Coalition, Ankh Trinity, and more.
RVA HOT SAUCE is how “we” see RVA. Our town is filled with creative talent and positive people. HOT SAUCE had some of the most gifted Richmonders in one room, in-front of a live audience, performing for free. Please support this series. Episode 1 will be the first of at least 3 videos in this series.
This is the extended trailer to James Dangle’s Naima video. So much I can say about why this trailer dropping today – BUT I will wait until the full video is out (HA). S/O Just Plain Sounds, The Shop, Photosynthesizers Fam – #WESEEIT – Support #RVA Support Good Music #Support The Cheats Movement. This one is for Miles
Charged Up Ent. ripped the Charged Up Cypher Live in at The National. Yung Yankee, Official Freeze, Yung Fred, Jus B Chill, Oh!, and Black Lyric. S/O out to the C.U.E team: HipHopVA, Chubbs, Noah-O. If you haven’t seen the original Charged Up Cypher video filmed by Smoothmatic — Check that out asap on youtube.
In this edition of The Mind of Mike Kemetic, Mike discusses: the legacy of J Dilla, RVA’s ties to the Grammys, Chris Brown, and Style Weekly’s Shadrock Music Fest. Mike ask RVA for “your” opinion on Chris Brown performing at the Grammys – RVA let Mike know what you think:
This year has been amazing for the Cheats Movement Blog. I would have never imagined when I started in January that nearly a year later I would be having so much fun covering the creative community in RVA. This blog started as strictly a photoblog — and because of the support and the inspiration of Richmond — it has become so much more. From RVA Profiles to RVA Hot Sauce — The Cheats Movement is committed to presenting content that supports the RVA community – and I will keep that commitment in 2012. There is no doubt that the site will continue to grow — but I can’t do it without your support. Make sure you do your part to spread the word about this blog on facebook and twitter– and I will continue to make sure it’s the best blog that I can do — WE R-VA!
Now with that– check out my quick holiday present — The Cheats Movement – Year One.
On December 1, 2011, RVA Remembers held a breath taking ceremony on Brown’s Island (Richmond, Virginia) in observance of World AIDS Day. 400 red umbrellas opened up at 12:00 PM in the formation of a ribbon. The volunteers stood in solidarity for 9 minutes and 30 seconds, symbolizing the time period that an American is newly infected with HIV. Please watch this video and share it with as many people as possible because 30 years is simply long enough. We must do what we can to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. Congrats to the Fan Free Clinic and RVA Remembers for such a powerful display. Thanks to all participated in this video and helped make it happen. The Cheats Movement is proud to present: 400 Umbrellas in Richmond.
The Cheats Movement is proud to present a brand new series titled, The Mind of Mike Kemetic. This blog is dedicated to bringing you the voices of the most creative people in the city of Richmond. Mike Kemetic is a staple in RVA’s music and culture scenes. His unique views are his own. They are unfiltered and focused on RVA’s major issues of the day. In this inaugural episode Mike takes on Occupy Richmond and the Occupy Movement across the country. Richmond, your opinion matters. While The Cheats Movement does not endorse Mike’s particular view on every issue — we can all agree that we live in a critical time and in an amazing city. We all need to do our part to be aware, engaged, and involved in making RVA the best it can be. Enjoy the Mind of Mike Kemetic. STAY FOCUSED.
I dropped in on Day 1 of the Superstar Spitaz video “You Know What It Is” featuring my dude Artik Phreeze at West Coast Kix in Carytown. S/O Ben Margolis, President of West Coast Kix and CameraMan Niqko holding down the filming. Check out the single and the new projects coming from Spitaz and Phreeze. Stay Focused. Find out what the RVA is talking about visit and Like The Cheats Movement on Facebook.
The Cheats Movement has taken to the streets of RVA to find out YOUR 3 favorite songs or as I call them joints. This is the 1st short video in the new 2012 series. This video features: Lord Slugg, Katie Holcomb, Bree Davis, Janice PS Cartwright, and Black Reed.
My man Bar Codez hit me up and asked me to swing by the Firehouse Theater last Sunday to film some of Photosynthesizers playing the Silent Music Revival. I had no idea what the Silent Music Revival was all about but I was treated to a very cool and unique night in RVA. Silent Music Revival is the screening of a silent film while a live band plays to the movie. Last Sunday, the film was “The Uncomfortable Man (1948)” with music by the aforementioned Photosynthesizers, who I’ve already called my favorite band in RVA. The event was hosted by Jameson Price (who I’m currently begging to profile for The Cheats Movement). Jameson has already told me that the next Silent Music Revival is on December 18 at Gallery 5. The films are The Insects Christmas (1913) & The Frozen North (1922), with music by: The Snowy Owls. If you have not seen this event, check it out.
On November 15, James Dangle will be releasing his first Just Plain Sounds project; One Time I Knew. This unique collection of music is a must have — from the lyrical content to the vast production — this album is truly on a different groove than most of the music coming out of RVA right now. This is also the first short video of its kind from The Cheats Movement, shot in historic Church Hill. This is James Dangle X Just Plain Sounds: With a Cheats Movement Vibe — Stay Focused – We R-VA!
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.
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!
Here it is; the second part of my interview with VCU Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart. He talks about his favorite music, his feelings on becoming a father, his favorite basketball player of all-time, and more. It has been a pleasure to spend time with Coach Smart. I wish him, his “growing” family, his team, and VCU continued success. He is a role model to have in RVA. Check it out.
Just in case you missed this a while back, my man Iain over a Grape Cloth — hooked up this video on the Grape Blog. Check it out – BCMusic1st, Black Liquid, and Emphasys of the Mighty New Juice Crew. RVA Stand Up!
I caught up with Noah-O and Streetz Deep outside of The Camel before they killed it at the RVA Music Fest: Hip-Hop Hooray show. They got the streets (and MTV) on lock with their smash, I Got It. Support these hard working artist.
The second episode of Richmond Kids featuring Distant Dee (OMG), Cain McCoy, AUK/NT, DJ King James & Big Game James (Real Hip-Hop Radio), The Hon. Sleaze & James Dangle (Just Plain Sounds), and First Fridays Danger! The take over continues at the Cheats Movement – Tell a friend!!!
Check out my interview with Iain Duffus of Grape Cloth – and see the exclusive of our first collab video of the New Juice Crew by clicking here to visit Grape’s Blog 100% Fresh.