Monthly Archives: November 2015
This is a time when Christmas was not a holiday celebrated by many, and certainly was not the commercialized season we know today. When Sarah Elizabeth introduces a modern way to celebrate Christmas, the town is clearly divided. Audience members as part of the “Christmas Program Committee”, will have an active role in helping decide on how to support her plan.
Come join us with your family, friends, and co-workers for a memorable holiday experience!
•Matinee:10:00 a.m. Performance
Where: Basile Opera Center,
4011 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN
•Matinee – $5.00
•Evening (until 11/30): Adults-$12.00
•Evening (after 11/30): Adults-$15.00
•Children (5-12): $5.00
•Cake Walk Raffle Tickets: $10 for 1, $15 for 2
Tickets available at www.freetownvillage.eventbrite.com
PO Box 1041
Indianapolis, IN 46206
625 Indiana Avenue, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(inside the Madame Walker Theatre Center)
George Eliot once said: “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another”.
It seems to me that everyone has been influenced by someone to pursue a certain career or to follow a certain path in life.
Who is that person for you? And how did he/she influence you?
The people who influenced me most I think are my parents in early years. They gave me a solid foundation and a great start to life.
Then I had some outstanding teachers who knew how to bring joy to the outcome of my learning. I met some people in my life from whom I learnt how I never want to be and I am most thankful to them. One is bitter, another selfish and greedy. The casualities they leave behind is incredible and isolating. They are a great warning to me…even through my community service I have embarked on some great power players that if at chance they would take me under they’re wing..here are (just a few, not all) of my power players in heels 🙂
How about you? Who has influenced your life most?
Jillian Hervey/ Lion Babe
Yes, her music is dope and if you haven’t heard it, shame on you, but what we love more than her music is her mane! Jillian’s hair just makes us want to gag! The hair motto for the summer is the bigger the better and Jillian just takes it to another level. The blonde and brown hues; mixed between big luscious curls makes everything about her look work. It also doesn’t hurt when your mother is former Miss America Vanessa Williams; it almost explains why she is so gorgeous!
Talent must run in the family singer Jillian Hervey, just released a new single, Jungle Lady, and we can’t stop listening to the sultry song.
The 25-year-old, who is half of the duo Lion Babe, has previously worked with rapper-actor Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.
Check out Lion Babe’s new song and let us know what you think of the latest from the rising star.
Lion Babe is not a one woman show, you may be surprised to learn. Soul’s coolest new act is a duo, comprised of lead singer Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman on keys. And they’re a Pharrell-approved duo, at that.
Forget all thoughts of naff twosomes past (PJ and Duncan, we’re looking at you), this New York pair are set to take our summer by storm with their smooth electro sound and fierce new image.
Here’s what you need to know about the new music stars everyone’s talking about…
They’re Teaming Up With Pharrell
Lion Babe is taking a go big or go home approach to their first major single, Wonder Woman, out 4th May. With Mr Happy’s backing (and proven production skills) their breakthrough track is set to soar. We love the soulful sound, not to mention the throwback fashion and foxy hair in the smouldering new video. They’ve already sent Twitter into meltdown with an acoustic performance, too…
Jillian’s Hair Is Roarsome
Is it full of secrets? You can probably guess where Lion Babe gets its name from. Front woman Jillian Hervey has been visiting the same hairdresser since she was a teen and now her epic mane has become the group’s honorary third member. Throwing it around on stage is a favourite pastime (well you would, wouldn’t you) but combing it into shape before shows is surely an effort and a half…
(Image: Jillian Hervey, Instagram)
A little bit funky, a little bit sultry and a whole lot fresher than anything we’ve heard in ages. One of our favourite tracks so far? The mesmerising Treat Me Like Fire. Watch the video below.
Initially surpassing the achievements of One Direction and JLS by becoming the first group to win The X Factor in the U.K., four-piece girl band Little Mix were one of the few success stories to emerge from the competition’s underperforming and controversial eighth season. Jade Thirlwall (who had auditioned for two previous series) and Perrie Edwards (both from South Shields), Jesy Nelson (from Romford, East London), and Leigh-Anne Pinnock (from High Wycombe) had all originally auditioned as solo artists, but like fellow acts Nu Vibe and the Risk, were put together as a group at the boot-camp stages. After impressing Jessie J and mentor N-Dubz’s Tulisa Contostavlos at Judges’ House, they made it to the live finals, where their engaging personalities, girl-next-door image, and contemporary song choices saw them outgrow their initial underdog status.
Originally known as Rhythmix, the girls were forced to change their moniker in week four after it was revealed that there was already a Brighton-based children’s charity of the same name. But following stellar performances of En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go,” Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” and Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music,” they beat the Conway Sisters and Hope’s previous record to become the first girl band in the show’s history to make it past week seven. After contributing to the high-profile M&S TV ad campaign and the finalists’ charity cover version of Rose Royce’s “Wishing on a Star,” they eventually went on to triumph over Marcus Collins in the final.
The 2011 debut single from Little Mix, a rendition of Damien Rice’s hit “Cannonball,” went on to top the charts but scored the lowest first-week sales by an X Factor winner since Steve Brookstein’s “Against All Odds” (2004), and later lost the coveted Christmas number one spot to the Military Wives Choir. DNA, featuring the singles “Cannonball” and “Wings” (also a U.K. number one), was released in late 2012, and eventually became the highest U.K.-charting debut album ever by a British female group. In 2013, Little Mix returned with their sophomore album, Salute. Featuring production from such names as Future Cut, TMS, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Salute showcased a more mature, R&B-infused direction. A string of U.S. dates in support of Demi Lovato took place in early 2014 before the summer brought their largest U.K. tour to date. “Black Magic,” the first single from third album Get Weird, became the group’s third U.K. number one in 2015. Around the same time, Britney Spears released “Pretty Girls,” a single co-written by the group, which reached number 16 in the U.K. The group’s third studio album, Get Weird, followed later that year. ~ Jon O’Brien, Rovi
Little Mix stick together as one as they arrive at their album launch party in London, England on Wednesday night (November 11).
“You know what, they need a break,” Perrie shared. “How hard they work and how successful they are — they just need a minute, but I think no matter what happens with them, they will always be successful because they’re good boys. They deserve it.”
Leigh-Anne added, “But how amazing to know that they’re a phenomenon and to be like, ‘Boys – we’ve done well, haven’t we? Let’s have a break.’ That’s just an incredible thing to be able to say!”
Missy Elliott Brings the Afro-Futuristic Funk on New Single “WTF”
The wait for fans of the ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ girl is over as she collaborates with Pharrell Williams on her new club banger
Years before Afro-Futurism began a household phrase, Missy Elliott introduced her futuristic sound on Supa Dupa Fly changed the sound of Black music in 1997. With the release of her first single “The Rain,” Missy seemingly became an “overnight” sensation. Yet, contrary what many fans might’ve known at the time, Miss E put in much work behind the scenes before becoming a visible success. She has released six top-selling solo discs (including 2002’s double platinum Under Construction), won numerous awards and worked with various artists including Madonna, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, the Pussycat Dolls, Jazmine Sullivan, Keyshia Cole and Ciara.
“Since day one I’ve always did the kind of music that I wanted to do,” Missy told me in 2005 when her last album The Cookbook was released. “Of course, when I told my mother that I was going to be a superstar, she thought that I was crazy. She wanted me to join the Army or the Navy, like my father. I met Timbaland in 1988 soon after his group SBI (Surrounded By Idiots) with Magoo and Pharrell had broken-up. We tried to get Teddy Riley’s attention, but he wasn’t checking’ for us.”
Nevertheless, after a chance meeting with Donald “DeVante Swing” DeGrate of platinum group Jodeci (Forever My Lady, Diary of a Mad Band) in 1992, she and Tim were invited to join his budding production team Swing Mob in Rochester, New York.
Serving as the Jodeci’s main songwriter and producer, DeVante was like a ‘90s Sly Stone, full of musical genius. Dubbed “Da Bassment,” DeVante’s house was where the future of electro-funk lived, worked and dipped dry baloney sandwiches into steaming bowls of Ooodles of Noodles. But, after four years of Black pop and poverty, Missy left well versed in the art of rapping, production and the business of music. Shortly after leaving, Missy and Tim worked on various projects with Adina Howard, SWV and Gina Thompson. Luckily, all of that changed when Missy and Tim were introduced to the late pop star Aaliyah in 1996. “Craig Kallman from Atlantic Records flew us to Detroit and Aaliyah just embraced us,” Missy says. “Me and Tim were so nervous, but the three of us totally clicked.”
Creating the seductive first single “If Your Girl Only Knew” during their first session, Kallman was impressed enough to ask the pair to produce six more tracks for Aaliyah’s forthcoming One in a Million (1996) album. “At first, some DJs refused to play the single, because they just wasn’t feeling it. Puff was the popular producer then, and one DJ said he wouldn’t play the track because it, ‘Didn’t mix well with Puffy’s records.’ Thank goodness they got over that!”
Since then, Missy has had much success, but it’s still been ten years since we’ve gotten any long-form (her last solo single was 2012’s double release, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” both Timbaland productions) cyberfunk rap from her. The fan in me is hoping that, much like D’Angelo last year, Missy gives us the surprise album we’ve all been waiting for. “You have to respect her, because she always knows what she wants,” says her sound engineer Jimmy Douglass, “and she’s willing to make the needed sacrifices to get it done.”
In 2005, Missy said, “Sometimes I’m conscious of what the audience will think, but that’s a monkey I shake off my back. At the end of the road, if I fail, at least I won’t regret it, because I still made something I loved and a piece of art that I wanted to do, instead of trying to please everyone else.”
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Indy Black Chamber of Commerce
Subject: You’re invited to Business Banking: Knowing Your Banker (Nov 18, 2015)
Justice or Else!!! – MT
Reason # 2 from JusticeorElse.com
- Stop Feeding the Beast. The advent of the smart-phone has given us a clear picture of the true nature of America’s “law enforcers.” They have but one purpose—to protect the merchant class of capitalists as they fleece the rest of us. The police are not rogue: they are faithfully following a mission they were given back when they started out as “paddyrollers” during slavery—to keep Blacks from rising, by any means necessary. The Matthew 2:16 commandment, “Kill ALL boy babies,” is the job of the police, and their heightened supply of advanced military weaponry is intended for Black slaughter.
So far, in 2015, nearly 1,000 people have been killed by police. Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and countless others will not be celebrating Christmas, but their killers will. When we boycott Christmas, we stop participating in our own oppression—we stop feeding the beast. This is great news for a people who are sick of wicked police policies, rotten schools, record Black unemployment, and Black incarceration rates. When they refuse to feed white supremacy, they feed Black progress and Black self-determination! Self-defense is a Biblical commandment (Exod. 22:2). It only makes good sense to weaken the enemy by withholding that which would strengthen him—cash money. Economic withdrawal is effectively a form of economic sanctions.
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