Category Archives: Events

Alphabet Kids bring MUSIC FOR THE WORLD!

 

So I am here in Portland, Maine for the screening of Music for the World, a documentary by Patrice Samara of Alphabet Kids. It chronicles the journey of 28 girls and young women who landed here in Maine as a part of various resettlement programs for immigrant refugees. They come from places as far away as Sudan and Cambodia. Grammy award-winning musician/composer Con Fullam, directs the choir and has turned his love of music into a powerful tool for healing and transformation. The event, sponsored by the NAACP, is this evening at 5:30pm at the Portland Museum of Art. Check out

www.alphabetkids.com

OSU Hip Hop Conference

I’ve enjoyed not having to travel much during the Mercury Retrograde period.  It was a wonderful time to go into at-home-grind-mode.  The month of May brings a workshop series I’ll be facilitating with the Caribbean Culture Center in New York and a quick return to the state of Ohio.  I was at Wittenberg University and Central State University early last month. This month I’ll be performing and facilitating a Rhyme like a Girl Workshop at Ohio State University for a conference featuring the likes of Daddy-O from the legendary Stetsaonic and scholar and media personality Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. E (Elaine Richardson) is activating hip-hop elevation so let your folks in and around Columbus know…check the link below:

http://www.donewaiting.com/2011/05/02/osu-hip-hop-literacy-conference-ft-daddy-ostetsasonic-toni-blackmanus-envoy-more-may-19-20

Naturmania 2011

On April 18th, I led the Nature Raps Station at New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) Naturmania!  The event is held in Swindler Cove Park in NYC during spring break.  Lots of kids come out in school groups, with parents and community organizations. They learn about animals, ways to protect and preserve nature, about composting, recycling, gardening, etc. It’s a wonderful approach for teaching urban youth,who mostly grow up without backyards and trees of their own, to value nature.  NYRP is doing such beautiful work as they groom an entire generation of enviromentalists, Green heads and green thumbs.

Bravo to Akiima Price and her team! I had a lovely time leading Rhyme like a Girl workshops with the young girls and also worked with a few boys during my day out at Swindler Cove. The pics include me and some of the girls, two of the girls sharing their first rap, and a b-girl from Full Circle Productions who led a dance workshop outdoors with the kids.

Hip Hop Sisters Conference Call April 5th

Hip Hop Sisters is an active online community dedicated to “Women promoting positivity and encouraging personal growth through Hip Hop”.  Founded by the legendary MC Lyte, the tagline for Hip Hop Sisters is:  Not just music, it’s a movement.  The social network includes not only MC’s and dancers, but DJ’s, producers, managers, promoters, retailers, designers, industry professionals and anyone who supports women in hip-hop.  Even men are allowed to join the site if they’re committed to encouraging the feminine presence in the music and culture.

MC Lyte spoke at the Hip Hop Sisters meet and greet and is building an incredible team to help implement her vision.  One of the offerings of being a part of this community are the educational conference calls like the one coming up on April 5th at 9PM EST.  There will be a host of guest speakers calling in to share some pertinent information with the members of Hip Hop Sisters.  If you want to join Hip Hop Sisters, go to www.hiphopsisters.com.

The call will include digital marketing specialist Dr Post A Lot, HHS’ marketing chair Carolina Redd covering social media and marketing, Hip Hop Sisters founder MC Lyte who will speak to choosing the right management for yourself as an artist and other special guests to be announced.

Don’t miss it.  RSVP at hiphopsisters@gmail.com

And remember if you haven’t done so already come join us at www.hiphopsisters.com (Yes, I am a Hip Hop Sister!)

  • Hip Hop Sisters –Women Promoting Positivity and Personal Growth Through Hip Hop

“Get Up & Go Tour” BOTSWANA 2010

Toni Spittin' & Speaking in Kang, Botswana

Toni traveled to southern Africa to do U.S. Hip Hop Ambassador work with the “Get Up & Go” project.  The “Get Up & Go Tour” traveled through the north of Botswana November 15-December 1st 2010.  Visit www.africanhiphop.com for the full story.

photo credit: douglas seremane

Fort Greene Festival June 26 12noon-10p

So here I am on a Friday night catching up on work, working on a book proposal, cleaning up and preparing for an out of town guest.  Of course, I am listening to Gilles Peterson on GiantStep.net. This music reminds me of DC right about now though.  He’s playing James Blake right next to Janelle Monae and some Cuban rhythms.  Mmmm. Delicious sounds.  I am envisioning 16th and U Street or my late friend’s apartment on Columbia Road and her playing WPFW 89.3 FM. I’ve lived two of the places I imagined I would live-Chocolate City and Planet Brooklyn.  I’ve always thought London, Paris or even Dakar would be next, but I know that I’m more likely to end up back in DC.  It’s all good.
Well, I am Brooklyn-hyped right about now and excited about the Fort Greene Festival.  It’s the official launch of the Ajile L. Turner Scholarship Fund.  Hip Hop artist/actor COMMON is headlining, Zap Mama and Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul) are both performing.  Rosie Perez, Toure and Malik Yoba are hosting.  Oh, and Malik Yoba is also singing!  Yay!  There are prizes to win, $7 food tastings and I so hope the sun shines all day long.  Thunderstorms were predicted.  Anyway, I am looking forward to my work break.  This has been a fun, but work-filled week!

Check the link for more information: http://www.fortgreenefest.com/