Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred (Documentary)

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On October 2, 2012 Brooklyn’s own Skyzoo will be releasing his second studio album, A Dream Deferred on Duck Down Records. It is the long awaited follow-up to 2009′s The Salvation.

Vibe TV partnered with sky to offer an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of Skyzoo’s sophomore album featuring studio sessions, show footage, and a one on one interview detailing the album’s creative process.

“To me that poem is short but it means so much,” Sky says of the Langston Hughes poem he named the album after. “It’s simple but it as all of these layers to it. I wanted to name the album ‘A Dream Deferred’ because it picks up on the story I began telling on ‘The Salvation.’ On that album is about temptation and which way to go, right and wrong, left and right, the decisions and sacrifices you make to go in either direction and what happens. This album is about what happens when you make those choices…what happens now.” [theurbandaily.com]

Watch the full documentary below:

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Unconditional Love

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Unconventional Love... Through this journey we call life I would think that along the way you’ll have someone to lean on when the path gets rough. Likewise you’ll want someone to share those laughs with too. Meeting new couples and not only sharing stories of relationships but learning from them is one of the perks that my canon provides me. The other day I had the pleasure of photographing one of the coolest couples I’ve met thus far Rashad & Shalisa. One of the funny things about my job is trying to get people to “act natural” which is an oxymoron I know, but with this couple it only took me saying it once for them to get the hang of it. I even had to tell them a few times to stop it…lol One of the questions I ask while on a session
with a couple is where they. More times than not its usually through a mutual friend, this friend being the same one that referred them to me. So in my opinion that friend has exquisite taste, can’t be a coincidence. My second favorite is usually how did they propose. In all my time asking that, this is the first time it was told to me that she proposed. Yup you read that right she proposed, and get this… He said yes. I asked him if he felt she stole some of his thunder or took power away from him, “not at all” he said. In other words she knew what she wanted, and took control of her own destiny. Making it their destiny… In my generation it’s said “men shouldn’t be afraid to make a woman his wife”… but in life it’s a two-way street “women shouldn’t be afraid to make a man a husband either”… Which brings me to my point love is a powerful drug, find the right one and it could become addictive something that you just must have. No matter how unconventional the method you take to obtain it. Click the picture above to view their gallery

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The Revolution won’t be televised, but you might find it on youtube…

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I find it funny when people say that aren’t enough “Black” show on tv. Those same people say the same thing about music on the radio. I realized a long time ago, that those two outlets will never cater to the black demographic in a positive light. So just like my music, where I turn off the radio, I will also turn off the tv. Unless Sportscenter is on, or a couple other shows I like but you get the point. I’ve found a handful of shows that real people have produced themselves and instead of going through tv, uploaded them straight to the internet via youtube. As I find more I’ll post them but here are a couple for you to check out.

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“The Couples”

In my opinion, this would be equivilant to the head wrap…

This is another funny one, why don’t women just get their own food, because they want yours… lol

“Awkward Black Girl”
She is already in season two, but here is the first episode..

To my newly engaged friends…

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” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

– Corinthians 13:4

I’ve never been one to quote biblical scriptures, but this one was brought to my attention at a time when I wasn’t exactly sure what “love” was anymore. I kept thinking about it over and over again in my head, trying to dissect it. While at the same watching my brother from another mother make moves towards fulfilling it in reality as if I was witnessing a living testimony. Fast forward a couple of months when I took the picture above he absolutely knew this woman would one day become his wife, how soon he would accomplish this was his only obstacle. What I love about the picture above is how intertwined they seem to be with each other while at the same time looking as though they are completely comfortable with where they are at. Something I think is a true test of any relationship, having your life be weaved into someone else’s day to day, and be completely okay with that. Over the past year I’ve witnessed these two become what they were speaking of in Corinthians 13:4, especially in that patient part… lol

Congratulations to my bro Darius Wynn, and his Fiance Danielle Da Silva

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

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The loss of a love one is never easy, especially when you lose them to something as abrupt as violence. Something that we StLiens are all too familiar with, given that we rank in top 10 for violent cities damn near yearly. MLK once said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. I’m going to take the liberty of saying I’m pretty sure that when he said “man” he meant mankind including women. Now   if you’re anything like most young urbanites (read black people) someone is taken from you, what happens next is that you’ll probably put their likeness on a r.i.p tee and pull it out every so often to reminisce on birthday and holidays. However if you have a lil gumption about yourself then I’m sure you would love to see change within your community and wearing one t-shirt won’t ever be enough. Think about the situation, someone is taken from this earth and leaves behind countless others with a void. Think about yourself how would you want your legacy to live on. Hopefully you have someone in your life with half of the aspirations and gumption (yes I used that word twice) as the homie Kandie Williams and her family affair Team B.E.N.O. Spurred by the loss of her nephew Donveion J. Williams Sr. on August  28th 2011, known to friends and family as B3NO Good, to start a non-profit organization to Bring 3veryone New Opportunities. Primarily helping out High School students that have lost a parent to violence with $500 scholarships, then also hosting family themed events throughout the year. I got a chance to speak with the homie to get a little bit more info.

Team B.E.N.O has a Fashion Show coming up soon, what can you tell us about that? – The R3SURR3CTION will be held Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Sheraton downtown St. Louis on 400 S 14th street. Doors open at 5:30 show will start promptly at 6:00pm. They can expect nothing less than pure entertainment! Since this is a charity fashion show it’s gonna be different from the regular fashion show scene. I want the patrons to not only enjoy the fashion they see, but the overall atmosphere.  I have a number of different hosts that will surely keep the crowd entertained.

What about the designers in the show, who can we expect? I am introducing a lot of new designers at this fashion show. On the woman’s end I have Lady Pearl Boutique, Glamorized Fashions & Achi Couture. On the men’s end I have Kamanizi Klothing, Space kidz, Hero-Brand Clothing, Patches Clothing & of course TEAM B3NO will roll out our line! J

Will there be anything on hand to buy from the designers?  The designers will have their own area set up to sell their goods. Some of the designers do other things besides fashion, & they will present their other endeavors at this time.

The proceeds from the event are going towards scholarships is there a certain monetary goal you’re wanting to reach with this fashion show alone? Yes, I hope to raise enough money to fund our first two scholarships; which means I need at least 100 people to attend this event!!  LOL GET YOUR TICKETS PEOPLE

Team B.E.N.O also is producing shirts with some witty lines… What are some of the taglines from the line of shirts your team is producing and what do they mean to you personally? Our taglines include: Hate is Love, Love is Pain, BeNoGood, & Show No Love. We will roll out some new ones but you gotta be in the building to see the New Hotness!! I like to call this line the LOVE LINE. The Hate is Love is actually one of the first customized t-shirt my nephew had made through Patches Clothing. We used that as our starting point & just added on from there. Hate is Love pays homage to all haters.  The shirt lets them know that we recognize that in the end it’s all love.

You’ve been in the St. Louis fashion scene for a while, how is this time different and what are bringing new to it? It’s very different for me because now I’m not only participating in this show; I actually put this show together.  I’m going to bring the fun back to fashion. Fashion Shows are always so serious & just straight to the point. They tend to be very time consuming for the designers models etc. This will be a very smooth flowing show, but most importantly I want the participants & the attendees to enjoy themselves. I want laughs, I want smiles, I want people to anticipant attending the show again next year.

How/where can students find information about applying for the scholarship? Our website is in the works. Students will be able to access it directly from there. We will personally contact all schools in the St. Louis area and make it our business to get our application into the counselors office; or whichever area of the school that helps the students w/furthering their education.

Whats the most important lesson you’ve learned thus far about the entire process that you would like to share?  The old saying is true; to achieve something new you’ve gotta do something new!! That’s w/a lil twist on it. I’ve really had to put myself out there, not as Kandie of Patches, or Kandie the model but Kandie of TEAM B3NO. So I would say don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. People can’t support what they don’t know about!!

Thanks for the info Kandie… People make sure you show support and help the kids. Truly a picture worth a thousand words…

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Frank Ocean – Pyramids(Video)

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Say what you want about the guy, but Frank Ocean makes dope music and has some dope visuals to go along with it. You can’t really deny great art… Well you can, but you’ll look like an asshole in the process. Channel Orange currently charting at #12 on the digital album downloads(Billboard.com) has some good cuts on it. Peep the video and wait for the end, John Mayer makes a cameo. Sidenote: You think Frank is related to Billy Ocean?

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frank ocean [pyramids] from christopher francis ocean on Vimeo.