Monday, August 15, 2016

New NoName !

   The artist formerly known as Noname Gypsy has finally given fans what we've been waiting 3 years for, a complete project or just more music. "Telefone" was made available for listeners just last week via Noname's soundcloud. We first met the young Chicago MC when she was a featured artist on Chance The Rapper's mixtape Acid Rap, on fan favorite "Lost".

   Her melodic flow, talent, and skill make her a threat to the rap game as well as a breath of fresh air. Noname is what is needed and very necessary right now. Long story short, she nice. "Telefone" is pushing this art forward, it's not too much and it is certainly not too little. Standout tracks include "Diddy Bop" ft. Raury and Cam O'bi, "All I Need", and "Bye Bye Baby".



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Outfit of the Week !

     This is one of my favorite looks. A slim Black body suit from Urban Outfitters paired with a flowy American Apparel sunflower skirt. I complete this look with some retro jelly shoes !








Monday, August 8, 2016

BLK GRL POET

     After returning from the National Poetry Slam (#NPSDecatur) I am reminded of who I am and what I do. BLK GRL POET is not only a big part of my identity, but the name of my documentary short which I created last year as my senior thesis as part of the Brooklyn College Film Department. Every year they host a film festival, screening all student films completed in the Fall and Spring, and BLK GRL POET was honored with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Film Making.

     A spoken word driven look at the Black Lives Matter movement, with news, protest footage and voice over of my own original poetry; I bring you "BLK GRL POET"


BLK GRL POET from Kearah Armonie on Vimeo.

 Kearah-Armonie is a young Black Woman, growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Having taken part in several art forms, her current expression of choice is Spoken Word poetry. Here with BLK GRL POET we exhibit the state of the world today, the systemic racism and oppression on Black People in America all guided by Kearah's own Spoken word and recent protest footage. #BlackPoetsSpeakOut is a movement prompting Black poets to share their work preceded by the declaration: "My name is ___, I am a Black Poet and I will not remain silent as this nation continues to murder Black people, I have a right to be angry"(blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com/). As Nina Simone once stated "It is the Artist's duty...to reflect the times". Archival footage used in this film is solely for use as the object of Social, Political and/or Cultural Critique.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

That New SchoolBoy Q: BlankFace LP

    The most recent studio album from the West Coast Rapper has just been released a couple of weeks ago. He's giving us the gangsta gangsta gangsta, intense, dark feel he's given us a taste of before. However this mood is continuous throughout the album. He recounts the lifestyle he was forced to lead being involved with gang activity and being a drug dealer. Schoolboy Q listeners have heard this story before but this album is still refreshing, new, and reflective of the times though filled with reminiscing. 








 Musically, Q pushes the envelope yet stays within the mold he's created for himself. The dark feel of certain tracks on his previous album "Oxymorron" such as "The Purge" is prominent throughout Blank Face LP. It is scary, deep, and cryptic. I feel a heavy KanYe influence musically as well. Today's generation of Hip-Hop grew up on Mr. West. Q seems to pull inspiration from College Dropout and Late Registration with the use of sampling and certain instrumentation. Standout track include "Drug Dealer" featuring E-40 and the first single "That Part" featuring the GOAT himself, KanYe West. Overall, SchoolBoy's music is pushing Hip-Hop music forward.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Michelle Obama at The DNC

Last night was The Democratic National convention, just a week after the Republican National Convention at which Melania Trump, Republican candidate Donald Trump's wife, infamously recited a speech which plagiarized a large amount of Michelle Obama's DNC speech in 2008.

As far as drama goes, one could understand that Obama's speech at the DNC would be some sort of rebuttal and dismissal of the RNC incident. She delivered a beautiful inspiring account, as usual, with a few references to what the Republican Party represents as of late. Here is a summary of the speech, thanks to AJ+

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Hair Tutorial!: 6 large Bantu knots with short locs!

     Bantu knots, chinie bumps, spacebuns, what have you! I've twisted up my hair in this cute simple style, which love because my hair is at a comfortable length at which I can keep it out of my face and off of the back of my neck. Check it out !


Saturday, July 23, 2016

OOTD: well maybe of the month

Yes, yes a new Outfit of the Week! and the first in a while. This look is suitable for the current hot whether, both cute and sporty.






Here I am wearing a Keith Haring Crop Top from Forever 21 paired with Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal shorts, and Nike Air Maxes. A tutorial for the buns I have in my hair is coming soon !

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jasmine Mans at The Nuyorican Poet's Café

    Sunday, July 10th Poet and Performer Jasmine Mans headlined a night of spoken word and song at The Nuyo. Other featured performers include Amy Leon, Andre Richard, and Myself Kearmonie.

    To kick off the night Jasmine opened the floor to any audience member who would like to share their own work as part of an open mic segment. With what has be all over the media as of late, she urged us to keep in our minds and heart the Black Lives Matter movement here in the U.S.
A handful of folks from the audience, from as young as 16, shared their work reflecting their own identities and especially highlighting Black Death, the war on Black people, and their own personal experiences.




Poet Steven Willis, on the Open Mic


     As soon as the open mic concluded, the room went dark and then I took to the stage to start the main event. Performing 3 of my own pieces with the most energy including "Harriet Tubman", that feeling was certainly reciprocated by the audience. Moving along we heard from Musician André Richard. André wowed the audience as he created a song, live right in front of us, using his own voice, guitar for its strings and it's body as a drum. He sung about 3 of his own original songs all having their roots in reggae music. Then we met Singer, songwriter and poet Amy Leon. Amy performed several poems paired with song and even brought André back to the stage to play his guitar as she freestyle a song just for us. A classic voice with range and just enough raspiness to make you feel something, to bring soul into the most dull room, Amy Leon is someone to look out for.

Amy and André

Jasmine and Amy

  and Finally, the poet everyone had been waiting for and the reason for the event Jasmine Mans took to the stage. Having read new pieces and performed a few fan favorites as usual Jasmine did not disappoint. Paralleling her poetry with dialogue created a warmer space. She shared her opinions on the state of the world today and being Black in America as well as her own personal stories that influenced the poems she shared with us. To close out her set Jasmine invited Amy Leon back to the stage to perform one of her latest singles "Burning in Birmingham" along with her reading her own poem about the infamous church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama September of 1963 which resulted in the death of four young Black girls. Jasmine finished her piece and walked off the stage leaving Amy to finish the song fully and then go into her own poem which goes along with it.


     Overall the night was a reminder in the need for this work, this art and that we are still here and we the privilege, right, and blessing to speak when there are so many who have been silenced. Here are some more photos from the event, captured by Kolin Mendez, a complete gallery is up for viewing on their website http://kolinmendez.com/
















To keep up with Jasmine Mans you can visit her website Jasminemans.com/ and to see what I'm doing visit my official website Kearmonie.com/

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