2015 ONE MusicFest (Photography)

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This year’s ONE MusicFest was a blast! The day was jam packed with great live performances, food and awesome weather. The festival included three stages this year, which catered to both the old and new school crowds, but choosing which performances to catch was a tough decision. The headliner, Lauryn Hill, along with The Roots, Janelle Monae and Wondaland, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, A$AP Rocky, SZA, Raury plus more put on a stellar show. View some of the photo’s below and more via Respect-Mag.com.

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Something Cool: Oil Painter, Mariella Angela

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Photo Credit: Mariella Angela

‘Something Cool’ is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field.¬†

HOBBY TURNED CAREER MOVES

Falling in love with a hobby isn’t hard to do, but turning that hobby into a career takes times, patience and persistence. In 2013, artist Mariella Angela decided to turn her hobby into a full time career when she¬†picked up a brush and started oil painting. Earlier this year, the 20 year old exhibited her work in a series of 21 paintings and has received rave reviews for artistry.

I never intended to ever take painting seriously, and it didn’t happen over night. It started as a past-time to kill boredom, became a hobby and along the way I fell in love with it to where I decided to pursue it as a career. But [and I won’t deny this] social media did come to play where I felt this type of obligation to paint what people requested, and while I’m glad that happened, it made my vision foggy for a while РMariella Angela on her series, TwentyOne

INNER INSTINCTS

By following her instincts, Mariella discovered more than she thought she would. This is inspiration to take that hobby to another level. Visit her website for more information on her artistic journey and additional paintings.

 

2013 ONE Musicfest, Atlanta, GA (Photo Review)

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Photo Credit: 2013 ONE Music Fest

ONE MUSICFEST IN REVIEW

It’s almost time for the 2014 ONE Musicfest and this year, I plan on being in attendance. For Throw Back Thursday, I thought it would be a great idea to share some photo’s that I shot for the 2013 festival, as well as a review written for Song Kick of Joey Bada$$’s performance. Haven’t gotten your ticket yet? Visit www.onemusicfest.com!

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CNN ‘Fresh Dressed’, Fashion In Hip-Hop Culture

FUNKY FRESH DRESSED TO IMPRESS

CNN‘s¬†noteworthy broadcast film,¬†Fresh Dressed,¬†is a must watch for the fashionable and hip-hop enthusiasts alike. The documentary¬†explores the stylistic impact of fashion within the hip-hop culture and the growth of urban fashion brands. The entrepreneurial endeavors of ¬†Carl Thomas, the creator of¬†Cross Colours and Karl Kani, spun the popularity of many other hip-hop labels such as FUBU and Sean John. Cross Colours, the first of many thereafter, were the epitome¬†of the styles we love to reference now, which were displayed on shows such as In Living Color and The Fresh Prince.

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Photo Credit: CNN “Fresh Dressed”/ Will Smith in Cross Colours

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Photo Credit: Karl Kani and Aaliyah

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HIP-HOP IN FASHION

The struggle that most urban wear faced was the ever-changing direction in style of the fashion industry. But what fashion looked as a a “fad” was what the urban society looked at as¬†culture. It’s interesting to note how the most prevalent designers made a way for their art to be seen. Explore the ups, downs and cultural influence of hip-hop fashion in CNN’s Fresh Dressed.

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What urban hip-hop brand would you love to see make a comeback?

 

J.Cole Surprises Kids For Homecoming Show

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Photo Credit: Cindy Burnham, The Fayetteville Observer

WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU?

It’s not every day that you hear of an artist doing great deeds for the community. Not that they don’t happen, but gossip events almost always overshadow their benevolent acts of kindness. And although J.Cole has been in the news before for lending a hand to the youth of Fayetteville, NC, he’s done it again. This past weekend, Cole held a show in his hometown of Fayetteville for the 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour to a sold out crowd. While the crowd witnessed performances by Jay Z, Big Sean and Drake, a 4¬†kids from the area got a chance to meet Cole for a chat. According to one report, the kids¬†had been removed from their families and placed in CPS custody and what they thought was a summer exercise, turned into¬†a one on one¬†meet and greet with J.Cole, where he discussed rising above their current circumstances and education.

Last night, J.Cole brought out Jay Z and Drake, but he did something even greater for 4 special and deserving kids. These kids have been removed from their families and placed in CPS custody, they don’t wake up smiling every¬†day because life isn’t peaches and cream. So a bunch of these kids on a voluntary basis wrote an essay about what success meant to them and their proudest moment. They had no idea why they were writing it, except as a summer exercise. One child wrote, “Letting go of anger against all those that have done me wrong.” Despite circumstances of no parental involvement or single home, lack of finances and role models, these kids have maintained good grades and behavior. Seeing beyond Fayetteville is just a dream for them if u ask them. Last night, Cole and Dreamville invited these young people to his concert and afterwards, he took out time to talk with them about life one on one and as a group. He encouraged them to get their education and go the right thing. He told them that circumstances don’t define them or what they can do.

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Something Cool: Photographer, Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

‘Something Cool’ is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field.¬†

IN THE BEGINNING….

Capturing hip-hop from its beginning phases was probably an experience like no other. Whether it was witnessed through a purchased album, a¬†radio interview or analog photography, it’s a one time account that is¬†unique to each person who encountered it. Janette Beckman was a witness to those beginning times and her story is told through her photography lens, having¬†captured the movement from 1982 until 1990. Janette’s subject matter include artists such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, N.W.A. and A Tribe Called Quest.¬†Revisit the beginning of a legacy through Janette Beckman’s¬†lens and enjoy more from her portfolio.

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Dig in your stash and share some of your #OldSchoolHipHop photos!

 

Is Sprite’s ‘Obey Your Thirst’ Campaign Connecting?

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Photo Credit: @RobinMartea Instagram

‘OBEY YOUR VERSE’

When Sprite launched their ‘Obey Your Thirst’ campaign earlier this Summer, I was ecstatic because I knew how well the brand is¬†able to¬†connect with the hip-hop culture. This was eminent from the beginning, when they ran their ads in 1994, featuring artists such as Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth and Grand Puba. The brands aesthetic is brought to life by the studio setting, the clothing and most important, the freestyles.¬† Continue reading