Photos will replace my words – I took the Cheats Movement camera to the Shockoe Bottom Stadium Press Conference. I’ve never been in a setting where I’ve seen so many friends on both sides of an issue. For better or worse – This is our RVA! The diversity, the history, the respect, the love. #WE SEE IT!
My homegirl Sarah Moore Lindsey is the powerhouse behind Sounds of RVA – one of my favorite music blogs in the city. I hope you can join Sounds of RVA this Wednesday at The Camel to celebrate the site’s 3rd Birthday and hear music from Canary oh Canary, Negative Gemini, and Imaginary Sons. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/202056016638534/ and share this event. WE SEE IT!
My brother Mikemetic put in serious work on this documentary short featuring his son Meechi – and their trip to Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz in NYC. Mike has been putting in work all over RVA social media and is making a splash with his newest social media project NATIVES – make sure to visit the site. WE SEE IT!
“About 6 months ago Meech and I took a trip to NYC to visit the international graffiti museum 5 Pointz. The building has been in a legal struggle the past couple of months as developers and the owner of the property want to demolish it and turn it into high rise condos. I put this short vid together in support of 5 pointz and as a preview to a more expansive street art retrospective coming out December 2013. Check it out and visit 5ptz.com to see how you can help.”
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I’m so excited to announce the return of RVA HOT SAUCE! RVA HOT SAUCE is one of the best live events in Richmond, hosted by The Cheats Movement Blog. Think RVA David Letterman on steroids. HOT SAUCE was first done in 2011 at The Shop. This year we are taking the event to Gallery 5 and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best live events of the year.
(SO FAR) The event will feature live performances by: Photosynthesizers, Anousheh, J.D. Haze, Ohbliv, Radio B, Michael Millions, and Noah O. Along with a performance by the Coalition Theater, a kindness mission from Kindness Girl Patience Salgado, and in HOT SAUCE fashion – an open mic hip hop cypher. And that’s not all, there will be information available and commentary presented by some of the most active community organizations in RVA. RVA HOT SAUCE is a can’t miss event so mark your calendar for Sunday December 8th.
WHEN: Sunday, December 8, 2013 – Doors open at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Gallery 5, 200 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23220
PRICE: $10 at the door – $8 in advance
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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Kids and Cameras
No matter the time
No matter the place
There are no language barriers
There are no communication breakdowns
Smiles are universal
Laughs are universal
Love crosses all boundaries
I took the Cheats Movement camera to the heart of the Dominican Republic, the historic city of Santo Domingo. It was there that I found school children wearing Knicks and Red Sox hats . They all stopped, smiled, and stunted for photos. They all ran the streets with happiness – glad to be on a field trip. I couldn’t help myself to break-off from my tour group and join them in the universal language of fun. WE SEE IT!
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JJ Burton Photo by Cheats – Follow The Cheats Movement of Facebook for the full photo album
I made my first ever trip to The Listening Room last night. I’d heard about the monthly music session – held at the Firehouse Theater – earlier this year, I think from my buddy Shannon Cleary. The group of volunteers that run the monthly event always books some of the best talent in RVA and last night stayed in-line with that tradition. It was exciting to see JJ Burton play live. The trio of Scott Burton, Reggie Pace, and Devonne Harris (DJ Harrison) have been making waves with other projects in RVA (and beyond), last night was the first time they’ve played live as JJ Burton – or whatever name you want to suggest – they are open. The current name is spawned from Burton’s work with NOLA artist Jneiro Jarel of JJ DOOM. Burton and Pace (NO BS! and Bon Iver) also play together in the amazing band Glows in the Dark. Harris has been generating a buzz all this year with a combination of different projects that span several musical genres. I’m looking forwarding to seeing exactly what this trio can pull together in the future.
Following JJ Burton and closing out the evening were Listening Room alums Bonnie Staley and Josh Small (above). I actually use to play hoops with Josh during our VCU days – I’ve been a fan of his music but last night was the first time that I was able to see him play live. He is truly an amazing talent. I love the chemistry between him and Staley, you can tell instantly that they enjoy playing together.
The Listening Room is a wonderful series. I highly recommend it to all music lovers. I will warn you that they take the music seriously – there is not talking during the performance and even if you’re not talking – some people consider photos a distraction – so be warned – I have learned from my rookie mistake. To see all the photos – visit the Cheats Movement Facebook Page and while you’re there click like to follow along. WE SEE IT!
Yesterday I visited with Movement Family at the First Annual Harvest Festival presented by Renew Richmond. The Green Harvest Festival celebrated healthy food, urban agriculture and community health. Despite the unpredictable weather and some outdoor sound issues we gathered at Jerusalem Connection Community Garden on Richmond’s south side to bond and enjoy some good food and music. Any day that I can hear one of my favorite songs “The Call” performed live by my brother JD Haze – it’s a good day. I was able to capture some special family moments on camera. To see all the photos from the event – visit and LIKE the Cheats Movement Facebook page.
There something really special happening in RVA right now surrounding urban gardening and producing healthy food in areas designated as food deserts. One of the people leading these efforts is my brother Duron Chavis (pictured above). Make sure you follow him on Facebook and twitter to learn more about his urban garden efforts in the RVA Community.
JD Haze (above) Any day I can hear The Call performed live it’s a good day
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It all started with a completely random tweet:
And it ended with me rappelling 400 feet down the SunTrust Building in the heart of RVA.
“Never again,” I yelled as my feet touched the ground. I could not believe I had just done something that I told myself I would never do. Ya see – I don’t understand those folks that do “extreme” adventures for fun. I don’t really understand those who pay money (a lot of money) to run marathons. I don’t knock them but I just don’t get it. And now – thanks to that random tweet (which I later found out I have Paul Spicer of Richmond Grid to thank for that) I am one of those people, rappelling 400 feet in the middle of the morning. And though I yelled, “Never again,” I’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.
So why did I do it? Two reasons: 1. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve never had such an amazing opportunity before and that is important to me to share the experience on behalf of the Cheats Movement fam. I don’t take that for granted. 2. The cause is just too good not to be involved. I went Over the Edge – to highlight Over the Edge. It is an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Virginia. Special Olympics VA started Over the Edge Richmond in 2009 as their inaugural Over the Edge event.
Over 100 people are going Over the Edge during the two-day event and all of them have a great story & connection to the amazing work of Special Olympics VA. Following my trip Over the Edge, I was able to speak with Rick Jeffrey, the President of Special Olympics Virginia, who put the entire event in the right perspective, “These events will challenge (you) but also remind you that our (Special Olympic) athletes face incredible challenges everyday: rejection, discrimination and others and their challenges last a lifetime.”
I met and visited with so many great people this morning – way too many to S/O but a very special S/O to: my dude Grid Guy, Holly Claytor, Columbus (and the entire team that hooked me up on the roof), Checkout Girl, Paige Stevens, Karen Phel and all the amazing cats on the 20th floor. #WESEEIT