Tuesday, July 8, 2014

VOTE for ME in the "RAISE UP" Project


VOTE for ME in the Raise Up Project! For the opportunity to be awarded a $5,000 scholarship. VOTE HERE (http://www.raiseupproject.org/contest-entries/kearah-armonie/)

I am a poet, MC, Writer, Blogger, and college student. I major in film and minor in TV & Radio. My goal in life is to influence, to share experiences, tell stories, and educate all by using various outlets. My education is very important to me and this scholarship program represents all that I am passionate about. Your vote will be greatly appreciated.

   Judged By Russell Simmons & Rosario Dawson "#RaiseUp" is a Spoken Word & Hip Hop Contest Taking on the Drop Out Crisis.

Here's More about the contest:
    Youth 15-22 years old are invited to submit their original raps and poems about the drop out crisis in American High Schools. Poems and raps can be submitted by one person (individual) or by a group. 5 individual poems/raps will be chosen as our winners, and each person will receive a $5,000 educational scholarship and a trip to Washington DC to perform at the Kennedy Center on September 28 as part of a huge show around this issue. One group poem/rap will also be selected to receive a $2,500 award. Scholarships are provided courtesy of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.
    Finalists will be selected through a three-round process in which the American public and special guest judges – including Rosario Dawson and Russell Simmons – will vote. After the event at the Kennedy Center, the participants in The Raise Up Project have an opportunity to be featured in a National Public Radio series that will air in in late 2014.
Here is the link to vote for me: http://www.raiseupproject.org/contest-entries/kearah-armonie/
Thank you.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Urban Word NYC Grand Slam finals: Behind the scenes

      This year's grand slam was certainly a wonderful one. I was given the opportunity to film and edit this short doc about the posts competing and what Udub means to them. Out 2014 slam team will be competing in the  Brave New Voices youth poetry competition this July, in Philadelphia.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Belle

     Belle is film based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a young mixed woman in Europe during the 1700's. She is taken in by her white father after her mother passes away. Her father is always away and she is raised by her great uncle, along with her cousin. The films follows Belle as she is a young adult during the time that she would be married off and difficulties she faces being Black in a white, racist society.

     This film beautifully and seamlessly tells a romantic, political, and historical story without too much emphasis on either aspect. Belle is an heiress who eventually falls in love with a poor man, and her great uncle was the lord chief justice during a time of slavery where slaves were terribly mistreated and the case is just one of the main conflicts throughout the film. Belle is not your average princess movie.


      I saw this film the day after it's premiere at Sunshine cinema, it was followed by a Q&A with the star of the film, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Gugu answered several questions about the film, including my own. I asked about her knowledge of Dido pre-production. She said that she was not originally aware of her story but she did receive a photograph of the famous painting of Dido and her cousin Elizabeth, and needed to find out more. Gugu did her research to learn more, post-production she managed to see the painting at the Scone Palace in Perth, Scotland. She learned that Dido now has descendants who live in Africa, which was interesting because Gugu is half South African.

Belle is a wonderful film, directed by Amma Asante, which I highly recommend.

"Lukewarm" a short film


"Lukewarm" Short Film from Kearah Armonie on Vimeo.

   For my Film Production class we all had to write and direct 3-10 minute long short, black and white silent films, using either the Bell & Howell or Bolex camera. This is my final project., entitled "Lukewarm" about a young aspiring model who stumbles across what could be her destiny. This was filmed with a Bolex camera, prime lens, using black and white reversal film.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Gilded Mind as shot by Suzanne Ayesha

      One of my best friends, Briannah, and I are Poetic/Hip-Hop duo Gilded Mind. Recently we were photographed by upcoming photographer and friend Suzanne Ayesha. 

Photos:














For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/GildedMind

Monday, March 24, 2014

#PaintAndPoetry March 2014!

     This month's paint and poetry was also a birthday celebration for the creator of P&P, Mojo Disco. A mix of Paint and Poetry regulars and a few new faces from all over filled the gallery promptly. With music by DJ Blackout and walls covered in beautiful artwork the atmosphere was nothing less than dope. Painters and Performers were no strangers to P&P, good friends of Mojo's and artists who have been there since day one(or at least day 2) like Malcolm Wicks, Audible Chocolate, and Theo Mighty. The party feeling was strong with intermissions that called for mingling and dancing and overall the room was filled with love, as usual.

Here's a look at the "paint" aspect:









Thursday, March 6, 2014

Marley Twists over starter Locs !

As you know, I started my locs 2 months ago. Now I've put them in Marley twists. Using two strands of Marley braid hair for each twist. Here's my tutorial:


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Friday, February 28, 2014

[HOW-TO] Yarn Twists !

       Last weekend I did a friends hair in Yarn twists she needed a protective style because she's going on vacation soon. The style took 9 hours to do and I used 3 bundles of yarn. Now, just like any other twists I've done these are pretty simple.




Materials:

  • 3+ bundles of acrylic yarn
  • A comb
  • Hair oil/grease/lotion/etc.
  • Scissors
  • A lighter
  • A four legged-chair or step stool 
Prep:
Make sure the hair is washed, conditioned, and moisturize before braiding. Cut the yarn by wrapping it around the legs of the chair(tying around one leg first to secure it) and keep wrapping, then cut when you feel/noticed you've wrapped too much, cut near to the leg where you tied the yarn. You will have to wrap/cut yarn several times. Moisturize the yarn before braiding with it.

Procedure:
  • Part hair the way you normally do as braiding
  • Take yarn and braid a section of hair as if you're doing a box braid
  • Braid down about 5 times(or to the end of hair depending on how long the person's hair is)
  • Begin twisting and twist to desired lenght
  • Tie 3-4 knots at the end of the twists
  • Cut excess yarn
  • Burn the ends.
  • Also: moisturize the person's scalp as you go along
End result:




You HAVE to use Acrylic yarn and Red Heart is the most recommended brand.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

KiD CuDi presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon

     KiD CuDi pulled a Beyonce on us and released an album at midnight, no promo, no warning! CuDi announced that he would be dropping an ep soon as a pre-cursor to the highly anticipated Man on the Moon part 3, via twitter. But he did  not announce release dates or the fact that this would be an official album, until the day of. The album is now available on iTunes as of midnight Feb. 25th.

     Satellite Flight is an intensely gloomy intergalactic journey into the man on the moon's current mind state. Of Course he is not the same man who brought us Man on The Moon: The End of Day or Man on The Moon Part II: The Legend of Mr. Rager but the feeling is still what is to be expected. Personally as a CuDi fan I often do not consider his album WZRD, a partnership with longtime friend and producer Dot Da Genius with more a rock-sound, while thinking about this man's body of work. But He, some-how combined the alternative sound of WZRD with the message of the man on the moon series with Satellite Flight. He did exactly what he said he was going to, created that bridge and left fans' mouths watering for Man on the Moon part 3. I have been anticipating Part three since Part 2 dropped, but this new album will just have to keep me warm until late 2015(when MOTM3 is set to release). There should never be a "I miss the old CuDi" at this point. This is the artist we all feel in love with, this is the Man on The Moon.

     Now I haven't done this in a while but I have to get into a track by track breakdown, with my breif opinion and rating on a scale of 1-5.

Destination: Mother Moon- The first track, the instrumental introduction. Just under 2 minutes this track basically prepares the listener for the entire album. I can assume CuDi produced this track himself based on  work on his previous album, Indicud. 4.5

Going to the Ceremony- This track was released on CuDi's official soudcloud account[HERE] last summer. When I first listened, I was not impressed. To me it sounded like a track that didn't make it onto the WZRD album. It is very reminiscent of High off Life, the 2nd track on WZRD. 2

Satellite Flight- Yes, Yes, YES. This song reminds me so much of MOTM2. It sounds as if CuDI sampled/looped Don't Play This Song, the 3rd track on MOTM2 featuring Mary J. Blige. This song is perfect for the title track. The instrumental is infectious and overall this is very CuDi. If you don't like this album, you'll probably still like this song. My personal favorite. 5

Copernicus Landing- Another incredible instrumental from Wizard Cud. I have no idea what is happening. Instrumentals seem to be a hobby of his. With WZRD's "The Arrival", Indicud's "New York City Rage Fest" and of course the first track on this album, listeners are taken over by a vibe that needs no words. 4

Balmain Jeans- Excuse me

I need a minute


Okay

Okay, I'm good. Now. WHAT? This is the most freaky CuDi has gotten since "Whenever" on A KiD Named CuDi. This song is hypnotizing, sensual, and well.. very good. I was surprised yet impressed upon listening. The best part is our featured artist Raphael Saadiq. YES. Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Toni! Tone`! and all those car commercials is in the background of this track harmonizing and just perfecting this entire song. I LOVE it so much. So. Much. 5 (I really don't know if I like this more than Satellite flight though)

Too Bad I have to Destroy You Now- CuDi's mantra, his proof to all those haters that he will never stop doing what he's doing. This is another "King Wizard" another "Dennis, Hook me up with some more of that whiskey" even another "Ashin' Kusher". The first line and hook is "People talk shit bout me, deep down they knowing they ain't right. When I walk in the room, they can't look in my eyes". Basically ALL CuDi has BEEN saying. He isn't going anywhere! Of Course as a fan I support this message BUT I'm not a fan of this track. 3

Internal Bleeding- This song truly touched me. Of course CuDi has been categorized a sad rapper. His 'depression' is no secret. But goddamn. I can't really explain the beauty of this track. With a title that may be too gruesome to tell your mom while asked what music you're blasting so loud, this song is GREAT. This is definitely fighting it's way onto to my top 10 CuDi songs list but that's a tough list. 4

In My Dreams 2015- Stop, Stop, STOP. Is CuDi the first artist to perfect sampling his damn self?? This is another instrumental. It's starts with a warped sound bit of "You're in my dreams now...Welcome" from "In My Dreams(Cudder Anthem)" on MOTM: The End of Day. He did something similar to this on the first track MOTM2 "Scott Mescudi vs. The World". This is my least favorite instrumental of his but I can say, this man knows exactly what he's doing. 3.5

Return of The Moon Man- Exactly. Exactly. This title is Exactly what this is. With extreme instrumentation, it's a wonder why this wasn't this track does not appear earlier on the album. It sounds as if he is preparing to enter an arena. And makes me imagine what his upcoming show at the Barclay's center is going to be like. I feel I'm about to conquer the world, or the moon , or whatever. 4.5

Troubled Boy- This song makes me want to give CuDi a big hug, well so do all of his songs, but the entire mood isn't necessarily sad(although it is... sad) but very melancholy, very slow. I feel like it would be used in an indie film. Again he samples himself. Using a sound bite of him saying "No One" from "My world" off of his first album "Man on The Moon: The End of Day". This was clever and pretty much makes sense. He is literally saying that he still has no one just as he did 5 years ago when his first album came out. This track is an effective closing to this entire album. YET, it does not "WOW" listeners, or me anyway. 3


aaaaand There you have it!

     So, Like I said " KiD CuDi presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon" is an impressive project. I liked it, as a whole, more than I'd liked Indicud and more than I liked WZRD. I like that CuDi is getting more and more into his own production. It seems as if he has perfected the concept of good background music with all these instrumentals, but they work. I'm obviously still excited about MOTM3, but yes Satellite Flight is great. I suggest you give it a listen if you haven't already.

PS. CuDi is playing Coachella this year and now I'm even more excited to hear what his set will be.
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