R.O.S.E L.I.F.E JAO

He use to have a loud heart but from past experiences and certain vibes he received from some of his peer's JAO's heart seems to speak low these last few years.

Art Sisters

Kira Dixon, Shanina Dionna and Ameerah K., came together and put together "one of the dopiest events this year" quoted from some of their peers.

R.O.S.E L.I.F.E Harrisburg

Recap of Jan 11, 2014 R.O.S.E L.I.F.E Harrisburg with video.

Media Traffickers

CEO of Media Traffickers International Jamie and his right hand and business partner, friend and artist B.P. to see what their viewpoints are as business men, rappers, relevancy of the music scene locally and the upcoming compilation mixtape their company is hosting.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

2-6-19 #WhatYouNeedWednesday Who remembers when The Singers Lounge turned 2

Who remembers when The Singers Lounge turned 2



Written By Anwar Curtis (@acthemayor)

Being artistic can be challenging especially when building a platform for creative people to be seen or in this case heard.  For the second consecutive year, the city of Harrisburg stopped, slaying any expectation of a sophomore jinx and celebrated Airis Smallwood and The Singers Lounge at HMAC because #TSL turned two.  If you never patronized a Singers Lounge show in Harrisburg, let me tell you this and don’t get in your duffle bag because I say this with love, stop drawing, throw that ish on, and make yourself available because the room is full of dope energy.


Last year was a very special moment for Airis and her Singers Lounge Alum. Vendors showed out, crowd participation was lit, each performer set the bar for the next and everyone saaaang. It was also hard to overlook the fashion designed by PIECES of ME, that was laced in the room (did you see Airis and Keya’s dress and Nova’s jacket). It is fair to say events like this show how advanced Harrisburg is.




Two things Airis strives to accomplish when planning a TSL show, especially an anniversary show is consistency and a moment to appreciate time. That moment of time last year was honoring mother, friend, mentor, singer, and entertainer Diane Wilson- Bedford. This tribute was special because it granted a time to bridge the gap for those in attendance. This moment in time exposed “faithful loungers” thirty and younger to witness a legend from Harrisburg who isn’t after to claim her hometown roots, and once again convince seasoned loungers that they can co-exist with millennials.  



Yes, TSL turning two was a major win for our culture here in Harrisburg on so many levels. I personally can’t wait to see the outcome when TSL turns three, and rumor has it on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 TSL alum will be honoring icons who Central Pa residents could connect to in traffic on 1400 – THE TOUCH “Mr. Wizard can you kick it”.  Congratulations Airis for never giving up and building a platform for local talent to feel iconic. 


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Friday, February 1, 2019

2-1-19 #FreshFriday ft. Felix Black "Denial is one hell of a drug"

Denial is one hell of a drug


Written by Anwar Curtis (@acthemayor)

When suffering from Post Traumatic-Stress Disorder, many people depend on a drug of some sort, rather it is anti-depressant pills, toxic relationships, or simply isolation to push through the pain.  P.T.S.D is a disorder that for years many people have conversationally drifted away from because of culture deficiencies and denial. If you pay close attention to music, however many artists are pressing the go button, no longer wanting to keep society in the dark with what they are battling, which may very well be P.T.S.D.



Felix Black is an artist that has taken pride in finding outlets with music and art to gage his feelings and express his thoughts. Truthfully, I believe everyone suffers from some sort of P.T.S.D. however some overcome faster than others because everyone’s burdens are different.  The content of this song in no way is mocking P.T.S.D. because bars like “tell my number one I think she’s amazing/tell my number two I think that she’s famous” explains the effects regarding promiscuous relationships and the many different reasons why people engage in them.  Now before you criticize Felix Black for his wordplay, make sure you take a very close look at yourself and determine if what he is sharing is that extreme. All Felix wanted to accomplish was to drift back and further the conversation pertaining to P.T.S.D., he just found a clever way to make you get lost in the sonic sound producer Ghxst provides.    


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2-1-19 #FreshFriday ft. KaeNi "Keep it a beanski and tell your truth"

Keep it a beanski and tell your truth


Written by Anwar Curtis (@acthemayor)

There is no getting accepting a persons truth. You also cannot put an age limit over people when they are ready to tell their truth. Often times when a person is preparing to be vulnerable through the form of art, they begin to question how the general public will receive it. When it comes to music, specifically rap music, the first thing listeners over the age of 25 do (and that age may be pushing it now a days lol) is question how genuine someone's lyrics truly are. There is also no denying that individuals fall victim to complacency because of the ignorant expectations society hangs over the heads of emcees.


So what do you do when you are in your late 20’s, have a talent for writing lines that rhyme, that transition into writing bars, but you never really put yourself out there as an emcee, and oh yeah you are one hundred percent woman?  Well if you are anything like KaeNi, you get “freshy” and fully invest in yourself and say the hell with what society thinks your truth should be, because this is your truth to tell, and it shouldn’t make a difference if the story you share is coming directly from you or momentary fiction.

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Those who are foreign to KaeNi, don’t trip because her latest release entitle T.T.G featuring GY Zeus, is just another warm up.  KaeNi is one emcee that keeps it a beanski at all cost just like another indie emcee by the name of JAO (godBodyJon) does. With bars like “vacation b**** you only take your kids to chuck-e-cheese” and “just ask my city I be going super hard/them n**** thought I was booked the way I’m coming with the bar” KaeNi reminds her peers and haters why there is zero time for the flex, and make sure to run up the check. 


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Monday, January 7, 2019

1-7-19 #InTheMixMonday ft. Dennise Hill {From Woe To Wow}

From Woe To Wow


Written By Ana White

There are moments in time where we define ourselves. In those moments, we take everything we have learned about love and life to recreate ourselves into our elevated being. Sometimes, we will make those changes willingly. Other times they are brought about in times of tragedy and loss, forcing us to test and trust ourselves. From Woe to Wow takes us on a specific trip through a young woman’s triumph past adversity, and showcases what elements of ourselves we must reevaluate in order to become whole after brokenness. Author Dennise Hill starts the story with a realistic truth for many: A recently unemployed mother who went from happiness and stability to a year’s worth of self evaluation, self love, and empowerment. The journey is a familiar one for many of us trying to find our way back to ourselves. It examines the beauty of starting over, the resilience of a determined spirit, and the power of love in pushing us towards the finish line.

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The book serves as both a testament but also lends us the opportunity to journal in our own reflective thoughts, with pre inserted areas of examination in a workbook style. If you’ve ever been in a situation where self-discovery was necessary, this book is a good read. It is also a good book to read within a new year, when 365 days feels like a new chance at love, life, and endless possibilities.

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Grab this book for a loved one currently in the midst of their journey, or to celebrate a person who has triumphed past adversity.



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Monday, December 17, 2018

12-17-18 #InTheMixMonday ft. Bryan "B Maj" Majors {Training for Triumph}

Training for Triumph



Written By Ana White  

The actions of a man before success determine not only how ready he will be to lead effectively, but also how well he sustains. In the book "Training for Triumph", writer Bryan Majors takes us through some key areas of training that he has utilized in the past in order to create his popular brand, Major Preparation. His namesake project comes from a small dream which, through hard work, perseverance, and overcoming adversity, has become a reality.




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Utilizing several examples from his personal and professional life, this candid book examines what it takes to set yourself apart from the masses, how to utilize a support system for elevation, and examining key areas in one's self-assessment in order to grow into a major powerhouse. The book contains sections for self-evaluation and journaling for further use of the book as not only a good read, but a hands-on workbook which readers can refer to throughout their own personal and professional journey.





What readers can expect from this book is an inspirational look at how family hardships, professional setbacks, and the ebb and flow of friendships are all worthwhile lessons in the game of life. Bryan is not only telling us how he achieved success by his own hands, but how imperative the support system around him was in creating that balance. He further examines how his own feelings of self worth were assesse, tested, and reconfigured throughout his life's journey.




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This is not an underdog story, but rather a story of a young man of courage and integrity. It teaches us how to plan for, execute, and maintain success. The hard work to get to the end goal is oftentimes overlooked, but this book helps us to remember that anything worth achieving takes hard work, and anything worth keeping takes the same intensity. In the 11 chapters, you will find yourself identifying with the Harrisburg born native, understanding his family legacy, and seeing how the tools he used can be a tool for anyone to implement in their own lives.






Ana White is a Levels Ready Entertainment Contributor. She is well experienced and creates resumes, writes and edits academic/ professional content, and conducts socioemotional development workshops through her company, Way with Words. White can be contacted at vision4words@gmail.com

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Friday, December 7, 2018

12-7-18 #FreshFriday Don't be another Jody out here Lil Brah (Cordell)

Don't be another Jody out here Lil Brah



Written By Anwar Curtis (@acthemayor) "What's old to some is new to many"

Growing up in the 90’s movies like House Party (90), Bebe’s Kids (92), White Man Can’t Jump (92), and Set It Off (96); were defined as classic’s not only to Black Culture but the entire Hollywood arena.  I was young when those movies came out and it seemed as though we were getting hit with so many meaningful storylines such as Malik Williams balancing his individuality as a Freshman/Varsity athlete all while fighting racism on Columbus University’s yard in Higher Learning (95).  Or Darius the Renaissance Man who was not only super clever with his words, but also had an eye for photography and sexy ass Nina in Love Jones (97). One last thought comes to my mind, which is what would that era be without Tupac Shakur starring in Juice (92), Poetic Justice (93) and Above The Rim (94).



Yeah the 90’s era for Black Culture was phenomenal but I have to say 2001 was something special and tailored specifically for my generation.  See that year Baby Boy hit the box office and it told a story that is still relevant in 2018, despite all the “social progress” we have made in American history in the 21st century.  In fact the storyline is so relevant Harrisburg’s own Cordell Harris decided to write a song on the topic.  Now I’m not going to go all conscious and give my spill on why black men need to step up and be better for their hoods and family, but I will say this, there are plenty of Jody’s running around, figuring out how to become a father and not just a baby dad without a father figure to guide them, all while trying to grow up, understanding the difference between loving their mother and loving the mother of their children (yes a son does have enough room in his life for both however son’s can’t allow mom dukes to enable them no matter how dope their relationship is with mom dukes lol), staying out of the prison system, and not trying to end a life due to gun violence because he got trashed by a bunch of neighborhood back block bullies.  I commend those types of Jody’s, however Cordell isn’t talking to the Jody’s at the end of the movie who not only has a key to Yvette’s crib but also pays rent at Yvette’s crib…naw Cordell is talking to Jody who ran majority of the movie who doesn’t have life figured out at all even though he thinks he does.



Photo Credit: Brandyn Reynolds

Bars like…"cry for you mamma little Jody, you ain’t keeping it a hunnit little Jody...” Cordell cleverly begins to articulate a similar story that John Singleton orchestrated in BabyBoy.  See we live in an era where being a hometown/social media celeb gives you a pass, and we think knocking women down sexually just to sub-post, all while abandoning our responsibilities as son’s, friends, mates, and father’s, is the dope thing to do.  We still have an abundance amount of black men who forget that “excuses are for the incompetent, building monuments of full of nothingness” who’d rather watch their chicks bust their ass day in and day out just to make sure the household is handled, while they play the crib all sluggish, forcing the hand of their significant other and steal her own car back.    


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I appreciate Cordell for taking his responsibility as a man, father, and a very influential emcee especially in his hometown and holding himself along with his peers accountable.  Yeah music is supposed to be fun however it also should stimulate the mind.  A lot comes with being young, fly, and talented, and when a bunch of handshakes and hugs in real life matches all the likes and views on social media, one can be distracted and get caught up real quick.  There is no avoiding a bunch of Jody’s running around because there are a bunch of ill-advised children growing up without substance, however that can not continue to be the excuse.  
       
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