As I think of the New Year that’s almost here, I pray that you all set new and amazing goals. Keep climbing!
You know 2016 is over once (the holiday formally known as) Thanksgiving hits. I can't help but be thankful for the blessings in my life: watching my niece get a perfect score on her spelling test for the 6th time, graduating my first cohort of students at the life skills and job training program I work for, finishing a song with the great folk at JahRock'n Productions, the upcoming events I'll be performing at, and reflecting on the past. Man, I'm blessed, and I know 2017 will be even more amazing. NYC, check out these events, one of which will be streamed live on Facebook for my non-New Yorkers. Also, check out some videos you may have missed.
The 2016 African Diaspora Awards Saturday, 12/3 @ 6pm
Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022)
This Saturday, I'll be performing at the 6h Annual African Diaspora Awards, a special initiative that aims to celebrate exemplary individuals who have made a significant difference in the African community in the United States. This black tie event will be hosted by African comedian/Instagram sensation Dulo (@IamDulo) and will be honoring some amazing movers and shakers in the community. Oh, and with the promo code "ADA2016" you can get 30% off your ticket!
Upcoming Performance: WWOC Coat Drive & End of the Year Reading (Thursday, 12/8 @ 7pm)
#DECOLONIZETHISPLACE Gallery (55 Walker Street, New York, NY) & LIVE Facebook Stream
Performing a poem of my own and one from my favorite woman writer of Color on Thursday, Dec 8th @ 7pm at the #DECOLONIZETHISPLACE gallery in downtown Manhattan. Hosted by The Women Writers of Color Group & Reading Room. This event will also be available via Facebook live. It is free and for the people. We ask that you bring coats and/or offer a donation to the shelters we'll be supporting. Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, and also featuring Lynn Procope, Crystal Valentine, Venessa Marcos and more.
Throwback: "Damn Near" Official Music Video
In case you missed it, this was one of my FAVORITE songs off of my second album, AIM HIGH. The video for "Damn Near" was done by Broadie from Wasted Imagination Productions and has some DOPE visual effects at the end. Shoutout to model Krystal Garner and stylist Q Diva (on the keys) for making cameos, as well as Therapy Wine Bar for hosting us. Check out the video here and lyrics below: https://youtu.be/alYhiKy_TrQ
You've been the spring in my step
7 months of intimate breaths
You say I'm the one but not yet
(You might be my next regret)
Priority to me
Yet you can't say the same for me
Sayin what will be will be
(Like we don't shape our own destinies)
I'm damn near your everything
As if damn near is comforting
Got my heart on string
On your words dangling
Given you the world
I don't understand
Why I'm not your girl
You're not my man
But I'm damn near it
Ain't that some...
Damn near (4x)
Poem: Tired of orbiting around your world but never landing/ Made you my galaxy/
Thought our love would come crashing together/
but you got me drifting/ You know what...
My patience is running thin
You say wait but I don't think I can
Asking me to give you all of me
(Like getting half of you should make me happy)
You say what did I expect
Well we didn't damn near have sex
My heart you didn't damn near protect
You're just another regret
And I'm supposed to act like it's all fine
When damn near's just a freaking waste of my time
Damn near doesn't even make you mine
This is it, it's the last time I settle for…
Ooh, I want it all baby (repeat 8x)
Collecting broken women to make yourself whole
This type of game I pray gets old
This kinda lovin' you can't afford
It's high risk but high reward
Thank you for being a friend. Keep in touch on social media!
HBO Def Poet/ Singer/ Activist & Lupus Advocate
If you missed it, you missed a lot! On Wednesday, May 15th at Negril Village Lounge, a gathering of people came out to celebrate the release of my new album AIM HIGH. I was not able to get photos with some of the awesome people there like my friend & amazing emcee Homeboy Sandman (aka Angel!!!), my mentor and A&R for the album Steven "PeeJay" Whitaker, my sister Suzanne, Alonzo Davis from www.JustBeenTested.com, and more great people who showed love. Thank you to everyone that supported the album, who spread the word, who asked me "Yoooo when does the new album come out" over and over, and to all those who weren't able to make it (or didn't even hear about the event), I thank you for caring and always showing love.
PLEASE cop the album if you already haven't and spread the word!
People were able to get AIM HIGH CDs signed, hear me perform, and listen to a few tracks from the album!
DJ Commish and DJ Jon Quick, the two who made the night possible and who kept the tunes spinning and the people dancing all night long!
Playing a few tracks off the album...
Singing "Aim High"... See the passion????!!
My cousin Kieuna and my stylist, Quanasia!
Me and my daddy! (He brought me flowers!)
L.I.V.EWire (who performs with me later and KILLS it on the Aim High Remix) & the amazing vocalist and beautiful person, Cocoa Sarai.
My girls here: Aura, Tiffany, and Jessica holding me down!
Some of my favorite fellas: Dela, Sean, and Kameron
The brotha with the soulful voice, Bradd Marquis, who stopped through RIGHT before his show at S.O.B.'s. That's love!
Skee-Wee, my Soror! Model and actress Krystal Garner showed love. Skee- Roo to DJ Jon Quick!
Thanks for the love & support PR Pro and beautiful lady, Keisha McCotry
East New York neighbor, Radio Personality, and DJ OhSoKool all smiles!
You know the feeling you get when someone randomly shares something with you that is just so TIMELY, so PERFECT, so NECESSARY at the moment you hear it that it brings you to tears??? I got that after my boy Kel Spencer sent me this... Dopeness!