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Beats,Rhymes & Life in Theaters Now!

Beats,Rhymes & Life in Theaters Now!

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST is a documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seems to diminish.
A hard-core fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends and collaborators.
Rarely heard stories from New York’s legendary DJ Red Alert, Native Tongues members like Monie Love, the Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, and De La Soul bring an intimacy to the days when young artists discovered the freedom of artistic expression, while rejecting the confines of gangster rap and negative stereotypes. Chronicles of songs like “Scenario” and “Check the Rhime” paint a vivid picture of growing up in Queens, and how the band’s unique approach to hip hop helped transform and influence the genre for years to come.
A New York native, Rapaport’s lifelong love for hip hop helps achieve intimate, all-access interviews and cinéma vérité-style filmmaking, fostering a conversation for A Tribe Called Quest to determine if there is a possibility to mend the wounds from over the years.
In addition to chronicling the past, present and uncertain future of the band, the film includes interviews from the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, Pharrell, Mos Def, Santigold, Monie Love, Pete Rock, Large Professor, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Common, all of whom attribute some combination of love, respect, and inspiration drawn from the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest.

Release Dates

7/29/2011 MEDIA CENTER EIGHT BURBANK CA
7/29/2011 AMC COVINA 30 COVINA CA
7/29/2011 STADIUM 9 PALM SPRINGS PALM SPRINGS CA
7/29/2011 TOWER ANGELIKA FILM CTR. 3 SACRAMENTO CA
7/29/2011 MAYAN THREE DENVER CO
7/29/2011 CINEMA CITY AT THE PALACE HARTFORD CT
7/29/2011 CRITERION CINEMAS NEW HAVEN CT
7/29/2011 EMBASSY CINEMA 6 WALTHAM MA
7/29/2011 UPTOWN THEATRE 8 BIRMINGHAM MI
7/29/2011 LAGOON THEATRE 5 MINNEAPOLIS MN
7/29/11 AMC YONGE AND DUNDAS TORONTO ON
7/29/2011 CINEMA 21 PORTLAND OR
7/29/11 AMC FORUM MONTREAL QC
7/29/2011 ARBOR CINEMAS @ GREAT HILLS AUSTIN TX
7/29/2011 VIOLET CROWN CINEMA AUSTIN TX
7/29/2011 ANGELIKA FILM CENTER & CAFE DALLAS TX
7/29/2011 GREENWAY GRAND PALACE 24 HOUSTON TX
7/29/2011 ANGELIKA FILM CENTER & CAFE PLANO TX
7/29/2011 MOVIELAND 17 RICHMOND VA
7/29/2011 METRO TEN CINEMAS SEATTLE WA
7/29/2011 PACIFIC PLACE 11 SEATTLE WA
7/29/2011 ORIENTAL 3 MILWAUKEE WI
8/5/2011 TEMPE MARKETPLACE 16 TEMPE AZ
8/5/2011 OSIO PLAZA THEATRE MONTEREY CA
8/5/2011 CENTURY 16 BOULDER CO
8/5/2011 SHADOWOOD SQUARE 16 BOCA RATON FL
8/5/2011 DELRAY 18 CINEMA DELRAY BEACH FL
8/5/2011 SOUTH BEACH 18 MIAMI BEACH FL
8/5/2011 KAHALA MALL 8 HONOLULU HI
8/5/2011 TIVOLI THEATRE 3 ST LOUIS MO
8/5/2011 ESQUIRE 6 CINCINNATI OH
8/5/2011 CEDAR-LEE CINEMA 6 CLEVELAND HEIGHTS OH
8/5/2011 MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FT. WORTH FT WORTH TX
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Amy Winehouse Dies at 27

Amy Winehouse, the British singer who found worldwide fame with a smoky, hip-hop-inflected take on retro soul, yet became a tabloid fixture as her problems with drugs and alcohol brought about a strikingly public career collapse, was found dead on Saturday in her home in London. She was 27.

The cause was not immediately known. The London police said they had been called to an address in Camden Square in northern London on Saturday afternoon and found a 27-year-old woman, and pronounced her dead at the scene. The police did not identify the body, but the London Ambulance Service said it was that of Ms. Winehouse, The Associated Press reported.

The police said that they were investigating the circumstances of the death, but that “at this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

Instantly recognizable from the heavy makeup and high beehive hairdo she borrowed from the Ronettes, Ms. Winehouse became one of the most acclaimed young singers of the 2000s, selling millions of albums, winning five Grammy Awards and kicking off the British trend of retro soul and R&B that continues today.

Yet from the moment she arrived on the international pop scene in 2007, Ms. Winehouse had an image that seemed almost defiantly self-destructive. In songs like “You Know I’m No Good,” she sang alcohol-soaked regrets of failed romances, and for many listeners the lyrics to the song “Rehab” — which won her three of the five Grammys she received n 2008 — crystallized her public persona. “They tried to make me go to rehab,” she sang, “I said, ‘No, no, no.’ ”

Those songs were from her second album, “Back to Black,” which was released in Britain in late 2006 and in the United States in 2007. Her first, “Frank,” had established her as a budding star in Britain. But “Back in Black,” recorded with the producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, made her an international sensation, with a darkly stylish update on the sound of classic 1960s R&B that was admired by critics and the public alike.

Yet while “Rehab” was still climbing the charts Ms. Winehouse became the subject of lurid headlines for drug binges that left her hospitalized and forced her to cancel concert dates. Her appearance at the 2008 Grammys was uncertain because of visa troubles; in the end she performed from London via satellite. When she won record of the year, she thanked her husband at the time, Blake Fielder-Civil; they later divorced.

Amy Jade Winehouse was born on in Southgate, London, on Sept. 14, 1983. Her mother, Janis, was a pharmacist and her father, Mitch, was a cabdriver who nursed a love for music.

Ms. Winehouse had not released an album since “Back in Black,” but recently she appeared to be trying to revive her career. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Ms. Winehouse’s father — who released a jazz album this year — said that she had been in good health lately. But last month she canceled a European comeback tour after a disastrous performance in Belgrade in which she appeared too intoxicated to perform properly.

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African American First: First Black-owned Radio Station – WERD-AM in Atlanta, GA

 

Jesse B. Blayton, Sr., was a pioneer African American radio station entrepreneur.  Blayton founded WERD-AM in Atlanta, Georgia on October 3, 1949 making him the first African American to own and operate a radio station in the United States. He was born in Fallis, OK, on December 6, 1879 and died on September 7, 1977 in Atlanta.  He was known as the “Dean of Negro Accountants.” He worked as a bank president and a college professor before purchasing WERD. In 1955, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. He made history in 1949 when he bought the 1,000 watt Atlanta radio station for $50,000. He changed the radio format and directed it toward the African American audience. WERD was a pioneer in programming what he called “Negro appeal” music, playing early versions of rhythm and blues music that could not be found elsewhere on the air. Although WDIA, established in Memphis, TN in 1948, played music oriented for a black audience, WERD was the ONLY black-owned station to do so at that time. By 1954, there were approximately 200 black-oriented stations but fewer than a dozen were black-owned.  He hired his son, Jesse Blayton, Jr., as the station’s first Program Director.  ~ www.blackpast.org

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Alison Crockett performs at Capital Fringe Festival

James Levy Presents: When ET Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

ROCK OPERA: PRESS RELEASE JamesLevyMusic.com presents “When ET Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: a Sci-Fi Rock Opera”
Where: Spooky Universe Universalist National Memorial Church 1810 16th Street NW Washington DC, 20009
When: Wednesday July 13th @ 6pm; Tuesday July 19 @ 9pm; Thursday July 21 @ 9pm; Saturday July 23 @ 1:45pm; Sunday July 24 @ 2pm
What: Sci-Fi Rock Opera featuring therapy, healing, phone calls & Visitors. •In 1990s L.A., a rock star questions her sanity. •In a nearby sanitarium a man with amnesia wakes up screaming, a girl seems too scared to live.
•And on the dark side of the moon a ship powers up…
Why: DC TheaterScene gave us top rating, 5 out of 5 stars in last summer’s Capital Fringe Festival!
For more info contact James Levy at VisitCapt@aol.com For complete reviews and to watch video of the show from last summer’s Fringe Festival,    go to JamesLevyMusic.com
This production is presented as a part of the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival. A program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe. Check out Alison Crockett in the production!

5 Performances
Capital Fringe Festival
July 2011

Spooky Universe(Dupont METRO 6 blcks)
Universalist National Memorial Church
1810 16th Street NW
Washington DC, 20009

* Wednesday July 13th @ 6pm
* Tuesday July 19 @ 9pm
* Thursday July 21 @ 9pm
* Saturday July 23 @ 1:45pm
* Sunday July 24 @ 2pm

Cast and production details

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This production is presented as a part of the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival. A program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.

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Anthony David Launches AWOL Foundation

AWOL  (All Walks Of Life) is a registered 501(c)3 that provides arts and technology education for at-risk youth. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence. AWOL strives to provide troubled youth with an outlet for their creative energy and frustration, while teaching them practical jobs skills, empowering them to overcome peer pressure and to make better decisions in their daily lives.

What began as a casual gathering of poets, musicians and emcees at Savannah State University in 1997 was incorporated as a non-profit group in September of 2004, a way for Founder/CEO Tony “Polo” Jordan, an emcee and probation officer, to compromise between his love of hip hop and his experiences helping troubled kids.

Juxtaposing hip hop culture and positive youth development though various artistic mediums, the organization has become one of Savannah’s premier youth serving organizations, impacting the lives of hundreds of youth every year through its unique programs.

With a mission “to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of poetry, hip hop and life,” the organization hosts a number of events including: a weekly television show called the Chop Shop, a monthly open mic night called Therapy Session, conflict resolution workshops, the theater arts program called Act Up, digital arts education programs involving film and music production, and an innovative IT Training called Goon Squad that teach youth how to refurbish old computers, which are then given to families in the community.

For more info, contact:
DaVena Jordan
Executive Director
(C) 912.704.3812
(O) 912.303.4987
(Skype) Davena.Jordan
Support: www.2KStrong.org
Learn: www.awolinc.org


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