Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#HiPolitics episode 2 !

      As I posted last week, I have my own campus radio show entitled Hipolitics (Hip-Hop politics). A discussion based show on which I incorporate Hip-Hop music. This week's discussion was about none other than Tupac Shakur. This past weekend, September 13th, was the 18th anniversary of his passing. Not to mourn his death but to honor his life and legacy with music, soundbites, and discussion between myself and my intern, Sore'.

You can listen to the entire show here:

and catch it live on Mywbcr.com/
Mondays at 11am. Looking forward to next week !

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Introducing #hiPolitics !

     As a Tv/R minor at Brooklyn College I now have my own campus radio show.
I call it "hiPolitics" (Like hip politics). Combining Hip-Hop music with political issues, using critical literacy to have discussions. We're talking about things that effect us racially, locally, on campus etc. and I always have music to play. Each week, Mondays 11am-12pm, I will have a guest artist come through and join in on that day's conversation.

     This past monday, Sept. 8th, was my first show. According social that say was also a nationwide boycott/protest called the Blackout. On this day Blacks across the country would protest by only supporting Black businesses to show that #BlackLivesMatter and we(as well as other POC) are just as important to this country as those who are more privileged, especially when it comes to this country's economy. My intern, Sore' and I spent the whole discussing why this is important and other Black Activism related topics in the media today. I also played a few songs that I felt were related.

You can tune in every Monday at 11am on Mywbcr.com. You can also call in a join the conversation at (718)951-4444.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sisterhood of Hip-Hop

      You may be aware of me as a Hip-Hop and as woman but I was once a reality-TV-Show-Watcher. I know, as a viewer, that these shows are created with a specific idea and plan. Reality TV is less than reality. So of course, upon seeing ad's for the newest Oxygen TV Show "Sisterhood of Hip-Hop" I was disappointed, as a woman in Hip-Hop.
     If you keep up with the "wives" or "women of..." type reality shows is the a sort of forced unity. A majority of casts do not know each other prior to production. So, clearly this concept was created in a board room, maybe several board room and meetings with an idea in mind. A currently;y very popular reality show is Vh1's "Love and Hip-Hop" showcase hip-hop music starts and drama in their relationships. Now, that show is presumably fake and thrives off of the fighting and feuds between the cast of the show. The feuds and rivalries are real but are also fueled by the show. Other shows like The Real Housewives franchise and the Basketball Wives franchise put these women together and make it seem like they're a circle of friends, even if they aren't. There's an annual vacation they all go on together, there are always outings, dinners, and parties where drama erupts. It seems that it is contractual for these women to attend these events together; in reality most people would not spend time with someone they would not like.
This new show seems like it's going to represent a fabricated sisterhood in Hip-Hop. It is good to showcase positivity in realms that we expect negativity from, women being friends with each other and hip-hop. But something like that should be built and created in reality, not made up for a camera.

     Personally, I barely keep with television now-a-days. Especially reality shows, so even if I wanted to watch, I probably won't. I don't have many expectations for the show, you never know. It might blow up. It might be real, it might that outlet for the many young women in hip-hop across the world and those who I know personally.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Anti Date Rape Nail Polish?

While scrolling on Facebook I stumble across this photo:

     Now, this is very clever and scientifically incredible but nail polish is not going to stop rape. Plain and Simple. It victim blames in a way, making it seem that women should prepare to be drugged and potentially raped and if they don't wear this nail polish and test every drink they drink in a club/night bar, they've made a mistake. It immediately struck me as odd. We need men to stop raping, not a cute spy gadget for women to leave their houses in fear. On the contrary I totally understand how this can come in handy, this invention has clearly come sooner than the end of all rape everywhere, but it was promoted strangely. Not all date rapes happen with the use of a date rape drug, not all rapes are date rapes.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guuru Sagod

The Queens, NYC raised rapper is upcoming and someone to look out for. Upon watching the "In Music We Trust" video, I knew he was someone I'd be interested in. Being featured as MTvU's "Freshmen of the Week" Sagod's music does not disappoint. The beats, the bars, the metaphors, and his own style = Dope.

More can be heard from Guuru Sagod at http://www.reverbnation.com/guurusagod. After giving his full body of work a listen I am very much impressed and look forward to hearing more. If you're looking for new hip-hop by new artists, music that you just want to vibe to, I suggest you give him a listen as well. A stand out track, and favorite of mine is Take My Soul :

For more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guuru-Sagod/1377754682463372

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Evol Presents: "Take My Eyes to the Dry Cleaners" by Sean 'Mega' Desvignes

       As I've mentioned in a previous post (Evol)ution NYC is an independent New York based publishing company ran by poet and entrepreneur Ashley "Ajay" Johnson. Along with publishing, Evol also offers relationship workshops, professional readiness workshops, and hosts various events.

       Saturday, August 2nd was Evol's first event of the year. The release party for poet/author, DJ, and friend of mine Sean "Mega" DesVignes' first collection of poetry entitled "Take My Eyes to the Dry Cleaners". The event was held at Standard ToyKraft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The evening began at 6pm with friends, family, and fellow poets filling the space; Of course being a DJ, Mega played his mixes throughout the evening. Poet, MC, and Mega's best friend Ish hosted the event, keeping the energy up the entire time. This poetry concert was jokingly referred to as "Young Black Poet Coachella" because of the intense lineup. 15(yes, 15) friends, contemporaries, mentors/mentees, and incredible poets hit the stage and poured their hearts out sharing their greatest and latest work, as well as stories/accounts on how much Mega means to them and how great it is to be there in that moment celebrating the release of his first book. Performers included The Divine Fabrics collective(Aziza Barnes, Safia Elhillo, and Kamone Felix), Katherine George, Reynold Martin, and Jayson Smith; just to name a few. Mega closed the evening out with a few breath taking pieces from this collection and stories about how he created this work.
       The entire night was enjoyable and inspiring, the amount of love in that room was incomparable.

Sean reading from his book

Our host, Ish

To find out more about "Take My Eyes to the Dry Cleaners" as well as other works, events, and workshops, please visit http://www.evolnyc.com

As well as evoL's Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/evoLNYC

Friday, August 1, 2014

Don't call me "Doll"

   A Few shots from my most recent shoot with Ayesha Images. My first outfit is an H&M dress and my second is a Charlotte Russe corset paired with Urban Outfitter 'pin up' shorts.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Don't Believe the Hype!: Artists of Brooklyn College

     It seems DBTH is a series of mine now. Last semester I created a short focusing on My college campus, Brooklyn College. In a smaller society(as compared to the entire city), one that is so diverse, people like artists can be overlooked, especially the variety of artists on campus.

Don't Believe The Hype!: Artists of Brooklyn College from Kearah Armonie on Vimeo.

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.
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