Monday, August 15, 2011

Sneak Peek for SamboSwag.

   What's coming up for SamboSwag this month? TONS. We've got events, artists, concerts, and movies. Take a look.

  • Artist of the Month feature: "Hired Gun"

   A.K.A. Mikal Amin Lee. Not only is he an aspiring Hip-Hop artist with inspiring lyrics - he's also made a lot of moves in the non-profit and youth education communities. Spoken Word poet, Program Director of Urban Word NYC, Mentor, and personal friend, Mikal has seen several of his students discover their talent and work towards their future success. He's currently working with a group of artists in a program called The Family of Poets alongside such wonderful people as Shawn Bolden (a.k.a. Damospoetik) and Abiodun Oyewole. Needless to say, Mr. Lee is an amazingly busy man with his influences in many places, doing awesome things. I will be reviewing his up-coming performance at Megaciph's album release party, where he'll be onstage with several other up-coming and inspirational artists. $10 in advance, $12 at the door - just get ready for a good time.


  • Poet of the Month Feature: Ashley "Ajay" Johnson

   Young poet Ashley "Ajay" Johnson, student at Drew and Pace Universities, author of "Love and Other Black Magicks", and non-profit innovator is this month's prime example of America's next generation of ground-shakers. Her current business endeavors include her self-published book, working and creating with evoLution NYC ("we're loving for a change, because growth isn't sinister."), among other creative and wonderful projects. Want to know more? Ask her yourself. Thursday, Aug. 18th - "Let's cast a Love spell on you." Come through to Ms. Johnson's book release party, and prepare to be spellbound.
  • Afro-Punk Festival - Aug. 27th, 28th

   Get ready for Afro-Punk festival! It's free this year, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't bring your wallets or your change. The line up this year is pretty killer (featuring artists such as Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Santigold, Ninjasonik, Gym Class Heroes, Bad Rabits, and MANY more) but that's not all that AP Festival has to offer. There will be Nike-sponsored skate and BMX competitions, an AP Food Truck Festival, a custom bike show, art wall, and merch vendors from all over the city - all in two days, all at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. Pictures, videos, and reviews for those who won't be able to attend will be posted within the following week. Keep checking in for more goodies and updates!

  • Bamboozled, Pt. 2
      Welcome back to the world of black-face and Coon-ism! I hope you've all had the time to check out the first two parts of Bamboozled via Youtube (and if you haven't, click here to get started) because we'll be revisiting and discussing them very soon. Focus on the symbolism, your initial reactions, your second reactions, gut feelings, the imagery, and so on - we'll be exploring all of the gory details. 

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