Catch LaMay Day Correspondent Dani Renee on the red carpet of the Girlfriends & Champagne brunch during the 2017 Grammy’s Weekend where she caught up with some amazing creatives including Bre-Z of Empire and the Grammy Nominated artist Gizzle. The exciting event was full of women empowerment as it honored the highly influential Karen Civil.
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The Harp. In some religious beliefs, the harp and its user are often associated with grace. When turned sideways, it is modernly known as what we today call a Piano, symbolizing the Harp’s grace. Thomas DaVinci is a Pianist, Producer, Singer, and Rapper. As a child growing up around music, DaVinci learned to play the Piano at an early age. At 17, the well-rounded Creative pursued a career in music taking him from Chicago, Illinois leading him to Los Angeles, California, where he now resides in Inglewood. Currently, DaVinci performs live at venues throughout Los Angeles as well as release self-composed music every few weeks. Stay updated on upcoming shows with DaVinci’s journey and listen to his newly released single, Freshman of the year, available now on Sound Cloud.
Soundcloud: Thomas DaVinci
YouTube: Thomas DaVinci
Facebook: Thomas Gentry
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We often times hear that one Picture is worth a thousand words. Each photo telling a story, not only of the person or abstract in it, but also of the photographer taking the shot. Lisa-Marie Newton is a freelance photographer from Chicago, Illinois. Photography chose her 6 years ago when she was on-site at the United Center covering a Bruno Mars concert. Since then, her passion has allowed her to work with and photograph Lenny Kravitz, Drake, Lil Wayne, as well as Justin Timberlake; just to name a few. Currently, Lisa-Marie resides in Los Angeles, California where she continues to shoot music, portrait and landscape photography. Check out some of her works below and connect with her on Instagram as well as her website http://www.lisa-mariephotography.biz/
When people attend a comedy show, they reasonably expect to to leave laughing. However, when leaving a showcase featuring Von Roburts, people leave laughing and thinking about the insight he shared, as well. Von is a hilarious comedian who’s commanding presence and blunt honesty make it almost impossible to ignore what he is saying. He is also an Actor, who sites Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Bobbie Oliver, and Patrice O’ Neal as major influences to sharpening his skill-set. His intelligence as a writer has allowed him to tour around the United States and work with writers from Funny Or Die and Bone Thugs N Harmony. Connect with Von and listen in on his podcast, “These Guys and Girls” Wednesday mornings on SoundCloud and iTunes.
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Nerds are smart. People have come to expect those who are called such to be unorthodox, uncanny, or even enthusiastic at what they do. Spoken Word artist Dominic “Nerd” McDonald is no exception to this stereotype. The Los Angeles native has remained persistence in his dedication to mastering his passion. He has competed on the Cal State University, Long Beach Poetry Slam Team from 2005 to 2007 while obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. Anyone attending his performance can expect to have a cerebral experience. Dominic has also self-published his first poetry book titled The Love Song of D. Nerd McDonald inspired from his experiences with Love and relationships. You can purchase The Love Song of D. Nerd McDonald at www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/dominic-nerd-mcdonald/the-love-song-of-d-nerd-mcdonald/paperback/product-22528084.html and follow Nerd on his journey through social media below
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Ball players recognize his presence on the Basketball court, wordsmiths acknowledge witty lyrics in his raps, many know him as Ruthless from Nickelodeon’s TV show Game Shakers, but his children know him as Dad. Shel Bailey maintains the delicate balance between family life, career, and passion making ambition an understatement to describe this Creative. He is a jack of many trades bringing Spoken Word Poetry, Rap, and Acting together further exemplifying his work ethic and dedication to his craft. Be sure to catch Shel Bailey in Season 2 of Game Shakers. Bailey’s music is available on iTunes, Google Play, as well as other music platforms. Also, check out his latest music video, “Wild Barbarian” below.
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When Spoken Word Poetry and Soul music are fused, the result is the gifted individual we know today as Ventage. Ariel “Ventage” Taylor is a well-rounded artist; she is a poet, singer, designer, songwriter, model, and dancer. The songstress debuted her first project aptly named Spoken Soul in 2014 and has released a project every year since further cultivating the unique genre.
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Ryan Hester is a LA Artist & Designer who is also the Co-Founder of No Kurfew, a curatorial lifestyle brand and platform for progressive and emerging creative individuals to collaborate and publish artistic work. As a native from Inglewood, CA, Hester prides himself in specializing in Multi-media Art, photography, and painting. Ryan is also currently a student at Cal State University, San Bernardino where he studies Studio Art to further sharpen his crafts. Check out Hester’s works and follow him on Instagram below.
Instagram – @PhreeArt
Los Angeles based songwriter and recording artist, K. Ro$$ comes with a unique sound that intrigues the minds of anyone listening with relatable lyrics that captivate audiences of all kind. Recording his debut project, Finessin a Check at Hitway Recordings in Hollywood, CA., K. Ro$$ is next up in underground world. His single, “Make it Work”, has over 2,000 listens on soundcloud.com and has sparked a buzz that has fans and supporters’ alike waiting for his anticipated EP. Although the track will not be on the upcoming EP, it is one of the many tracks that cultivate the growth of this young Creative.
Hitway Recordings hosted an exclusive listening party with K. Ro$$ for Finessin’ a Check Saturday, September 24th in Hollywood where friends and family alike experienced the project first-hand before it’s release to all available music platforms. Don’t sleep! Finessin a Check is one of many projects to come from the Los Angeles native. We got a chance to ask K. Ro$$ which song can fans expect a visual of first. He stated, “Man, Still Here is definitely one of my favorites from the project. That visual will be a statement for what’s to come next.” Stay tuned for the music video and EP’s release!
You can contact and follow K. Ro$$ on social media here:
Instagram – @FlawsyRawsy
Soundcloud – RawsyFlawsy
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Prentice Powell, from Oakland, California, is not your average Poet. This Spoken Word Artist, Father, and Husband has been spitting poetry for over a decade; which has taken him on a journey to unimaginable heights. He is an NAACP Image Award Nominee, and has been on a summer tour with Jill Scott as a member in the poetry collective, Fiveology. He has performed on all five seasons of TV-ONE’s Verses and Flow, setting the stage ablaze with his powerful, yet witty performances, with fiery and bold delivery. In addition, he was the host of the behind the scenes segment during the fifth season. Prentice is also the only Spoken Word Artist to perform on the Arsenio Hall Show 3 times! When Prentice isn’t on stage He works with children, spends time with his own beloved children, and wife. When Prentice and I spoke he was not in the best of health, but humble and enthusiastic to converse with me; Even advising me ahead of time of how he was on “Daddy duty.”
When asked about his inspiration for writing his first poem, he expressed how he looked up to his older cousin Tyson Amir. “Everything he did, I wanted to do”, He said. It was at a local festival event, where Tyson recited a poem. Not too long after Prentice did the same. “Interestingly enough, when I recited my first poem I didn’t sign up for the Open Mic to do it.” Prentice recalled receiving such a good reaction that a Slam coach approached Prentice requesting him to be part of the Coach’s team.
“I had to write a poem every week after that for a Slam team I was apart of then competed in a National Slam Poetry competition where I placed fourth with the team and thirteenth individually.”
What astonished me most about the gifted individual is that he accomplished this only TWO MONTHS prior to writing his first poem! Prentice is no stranger to challenges. In fact, when asked what its like working in a poetry collective with 4 other talented poets he expressed that the participation is rewarding and has had a great influence on pushing him to be a better poet and writer. To my surprise and honor he asked for feedback after he shared with me an unreleased poem that he has not yet performed publicly. The title for the piece wasn’t revealed, but the concept of the poem is derived from “Yo Momma” jokes. I told him it sounds good, although some tweaks could be made. Prentice then told me when he shared it with a friend and member of Fiveology; he had more or less shrugged at the poem and said it was “okay.” It was then explained to me that it is important to have people in your circle that are doing as well as, if not better than you; they give constructive criticism and motivate you to strive and push your own limits.
When we touched basis on his motivation and creative process behind writing, I asked how does he balance being married almost 4 years, 3 children, working with autistic youth, traveling the world, and working the standard 9 to 5?
“Because my wife and kids can travel with me it makes it A LOT easier to spend time between shows and constant practice.”
With respect to his 9 to 5, Prentice works with a non-profit organization in Oakland as a Youth Therapist and has a good relationship with the organizer so he is able to arrange travel. I asked Prentice if working with autistic youth influences his writing. He expressed that it has a large influence, but it is not something he uses to be the main topic in his work.
Before concluding, Prentice and I shared a moment of sentiment. I asked the young phenomenon among the many accolades and credits he is recognized for, which one is he most proud of?
He laughed and said “To be honest, I haven’t been asked that before! I would have to say the time I was on stage at the Arsenio Hall Show. I had watched his show as a kid so to be on his show was surreal.” As Prentice spoke in retrospect about the monumental moment on stage at the Arsenio Hall Show reciting his poem ‘Good Father’, he exclaimed this exposure by far was “the most REAL!” He continued by stating, “That was an experience you would have had to be there to really feel it.” Whether or not it was due to his ailment at the time, I could definitely feel and hear the raw emotion within his voice as he recollected the genuine moment.
Prentice continues to travel, sharing his poetry with many and assisting aspiring writers in workshops. Before we closed, I asked who is his favorite artist of this generation? He excitingly responded;
“Dude, Kendrick Lamar by far; because of his consistency and lyricism. That’s’ where I’m going with my writing.”
I gained more respect and a more defined perspective on Prentice Powell after our conversation. I used to watch videos of him on YOUTUBE.com and would feel empowered to continue expressing myself through poetry. That was in 2011. Five years later, who would have thought we would be arranging an interview? This was a surreal moment for me as a fan of the craft, but more of a monumental moment for me as a fellow writer and aspiring spoken word artist. I asked Prentice what would be his best advice for an aspiring spoken word artist. He expressed the importance of having and honing your own voice. I then shared a poem with Prentice that I wrote and asked for feedback. After some positive feedback, and a few specific suggestions, he said, “I challenge you to turn this 1 minute piece into a 3 minute monster.” I smiled, thanked him and said, “challenge accepted.”
You can follow Prentice Powell on Twitter: @FollowPrentice and Instagram: @PrenticePowell1906