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House In The Park #14

House In The Park #14

Real Chicks Rock! Presents Real Discussions spent some time talking with House In The Park Founder – Ramon Rawsoul. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, he had no idea his life would change for him.

Moving to the suburbs of Chicago and then to Atlanta for college, he started to meet people that were a part of the underground scene. Encountering some of Atlanta’s influential DJs during that time, he caught the bug and wanted to start his own party. That’s when The Gathering came about and during the same year House In the Park was birthed.

House In The Park started off with 8 DJs (all of Ramon’s Friends), then the following year it was 6 scheduled (5 played as one couldn’t make it). Then it became just the iconic 4 DJs that you see today - Salah Ananse, DJ Kemit, Ramon Rawsoul and Kai Alce. This order has not changed in years even though the park location has. Moving from Candler Park to Perkerson Park to Grant Park speaks to how much this event has grown over the years. So much so, that it’s considered a festival. The other game changer is that this is the 1st year that it will be charging people to attend (kids under 10 are free).

It’s usually a great day in the park, rain or shine. The music. The people. The Love that’s in the air. The Dancing. It all does something to each person that’s in attendance. Whether you like house music or not, it’s typically about some feel good music being played. If you’re in the Atlanta area, not let Labor Day Sunday pass you by and you not be a part of one of the fun festivals in the city. I’ll be there dancing and I hope to see you there as well.

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A Conversation with DJ Jazzy Joyce

Often times when we think "Legend" in the music, artist and DJ realm, we typically focus on men. However, this individual is an exception to the rule. It was my honor to sit down and have a conversation with DJ Jazzy Joyce.

Hailing from The Bronx (my hometown), this phenomenal woman has been in the game of DJing since she was a little girl. So, young that her mom had to take her to parties/events.

Hip Hop is her steelo, but she has never limited herself to just that. She has allowed the music to take her and the audience wherever they want to go and thus a good time is had by all. Joyce shared her experiences with that has spanned over 40 years. Never tired of growing and staying relevant, she keeps her eyes and ears open as to how music has changed. She throws no shade as she understands it all.

She lets us know that it's all about expression and being able to be free to express yourself is essential. Not only a DJ, but an artist as well, she paints and designs her own clothing line. Pieces that need to be hung in a gallery and/or museum. Let's not take for granted this one as she's still here willing to ROCK the party & part some wisdom for those that want to hear it.

Real Chicks Rock!™ Salutes DJ Jazzy Joyce... A Living Legend!

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A Closer Look Into Fusicology...

Topic: A Closer Look at Fusicology

Asya Shein is a dynamo! She has been around the music industry for over 20 years and has met and/or worked with several different artists.

Starting out as a dancer and then managing different artists, let's us know how interesting her journey has been. Her key contribution has been Fusicology which has become a one stop shop for all information for concerts, shows, and events for Neo Soul, Soul, Hip Hop & House all over the country.

Providing a free online tool that can be used to share and promote information about events, concerts and shows have been an excellent alternative to online ticketing systems. Again, it's free and can you can't purchase any tickets through Fusicology but you'll be informed as to what's going on you in your city.

After celebrating its 15 year this year, there is no indication of it stopping or slowing down any time soon.

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The Gospel According to Jessica Care Moore

Some people are good at doing some things and then there are some that are great at doing almost everything they put their hands on. This dynamo lady that hails from Detroit, Michigan is no different. Jessica Care Moore can almost do it all. Well, whatever she puts her mind, heart and hands to do she does well.

What’s Life Like Living with Lupus?

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Often times we think about Cancer and Diabetes as diseases that impact us the most.  Well, we shouldn’t disregard the power that Lupus has on the individuals it tries to attack. 

RCR! Presents Real Discussions talked about What’s Life Like Living with Lupus with two women who refuse to lose.  They are not just survivors, but winners.  My guests Joelle May and Adrienne Allende have decided they would not lose in the daily battle with Lupus.  These ladies have decided to win each new day that they’re given. Yes, it’s like that! It’s a daily decision to want to beat it and not give in to how you might be feeling.


The interesting thing about this is that both of these women were diagnosed with Lupus at different times in their lives not knowing that they had anything wrong with them to begin with.


It has changed them both immensely where some of things that wanted to do and/or used to do can no longer be considered an option. Having children, relationships, careers, etc. are we’re tough decisions that had to made in order to focus on their health each and everyday.


Lupus is a complicated and unpredictable disease. You don’t know when symptoms will strike or how long a flare could last. The uncertainty of how you can be impacted will very from day to day and throughout the course of the day.  To make a donation to the local chapters, go Lupus.org.


Feel free to learn more about Lupus and the women who have decided to fight everyday on the Real Chicks Rock! YouTube channel.


Remember...

~ To connect with those that inspire you.

~ To continue to put in the work because quality is priceless. 

~ It’s never too late to learn especially from your own mistakes.

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Special Edition - A Conversation with Josh Milan

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What can you say about someone who can do it all?


RCR! Presents Real Discussions was honored to have A Conversation with Josh Milan.  He was transparent about his love, likes and some struggles with music.  His struggle: He wanted to become a musician...YES. However, wanting to be a singer...NO.


Born in Brooklyn, NY, Josh shared with us some key things that helped to mold him into the man we see and hear today.  From his influential cousin to a business turned friendship he still has to this day with a musical icon.


He’s very good at what he does and is committed to it. As he continues to love the power of writing music, we will continue to hear beautiful lyrics and melodies from this gentleman from his label HoneyComb music.


Remember...

~ To connect with those that inspire you.

~ To continue to put in the work because quality is priceless. 

~ It’s never too late to learn especially from your own mistakes.


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Josh Milan Honeycomb Music - http://www.honeycombmusicstore.com/

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The Power of Small Business

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Running and managing anything is never a small feet so when you have to manage a business, you really have your hands full.  As a small business owner myself, I tend to feel the difficulties of managing every and yet still come out in the black. I haven’t mastered that yet but it’s a goal I’ve never lost sight of.


The Power of Small Businesses was the topic as we’ve had some creative, self motivated women entrepreneurs that are clear on how to stay successful in the market place. They both offer unique services and produces which keeps their customers coming back.


Nikki Porcher and Shannon Evans are two vibrant business owners who are making their way here in Atlanta.  Shannon owning an event space and restaurant and Nikki providing Black women an outlet to promote their own business and products. While other women look to buy from them. It’s collaborative economics at it’s best.


Their message to the masses is not to be discouraged about any obstacles but to keep going. They want people to think out of the box, know and believe that it’s possible. Write it down in a business plan and be comfortable in changing/updating it when needed.


For more about their stories, feel free to check the show out on the Real Chicks Rock! Channel on YouTube.

Check out the episode - The Power of Small Business on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube channel and stay connected to these ladies.

Nikki Porcher - Buy From a Black Woman

Shannon Evans - Shannon S. Evans - Studio 7

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Our Mental Health

People come in all different shells, templates and forms. None of which can help determine if mental illness is being challenged or at risk.  People have learned to how to cope, maneuver and get by with whatever state of mind they might be in.

Mental health is a serious topic, but yet still continues to be taken lightly.  RCR! Presents Real Discussions discussed this topic with two experienced therapists within the mental health industry.

Erica Strayhorn James of EJ Counseling and Nathalie Ellis of Esteem Counseling Services were very knowledgeable about the different types and forms of mental illness.  What I found to be interesting is that they have clients that are young as 3 years old. The ladies had several examples that they shared to help enlighten us about what mental health is really all about.

A few things that are helpful in dealing with mental illness is journaling daily. This will help in expressing what the person is feeling and dealing with. 
Equipping people with information and educating the person about their choices, outlets and strategies are a good practice. Lastly, just practicing self care routines everyday will also help combat in battling mental illness.

It’s also helpful to involve loved ones in the educational process. Like any other illness, getting love and support will help manage any situation better.  

Keep in mind that individuals can get to see a therapist just like seeing a primary care physician.  Don’t struggle to get mental wellness on your own.  

Check out the episode - Our Mental Wellness on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube channel and reach out to these ladies or other mental health professionals or therapists

Erica James Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor - https://www.ejcounselingatl.com/meet-erica

Nathalie D. Ellis, LPC - https://esteemcounselingservices.com/about-us/

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A Day For Women Entrepreneurs

A Day For Women Entrepreneurs

When women from all walks of life come together to support each other in the area of their business, it becomes a day that will stay with you for quite some time. 

A Conversation with Lil' Louis

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Show Air Date: 08/29/2017

Compromising is NOT an option...

It was an insightful, informative and inspiring conversation with what he considers himself as The Founding Father of House, Lil Louis. He's was in Atlanta for his album review and afterparty and came by to talk with me on the Special Edition of RCR! Presents Real Discussions.

The stories, the parties, the music and his love and respect for the his mom and dad were felt throughout the conversation. He started deejaying at an early age and fell in love with how the room came under a place of authority once they heard Kool and The Gang's Jungle Boogie. From that point, he knew that he and music would be connected.

He was an athlete, a straight 'A' student and musician. He was doing a lot at a young age but he felt that's what he needed to do in order to use all the gifts he has. He lives and moves in a space where using all his gifts has a sense of urgency. He will not compromise who he is as an artist and advised the listeners to do the same.

Take a moment to listen to the full interview on Real Chicks Rock! You Tube channel.

Thanks to Lil Louis for taking time out of his busy schedule to come by and share. Shoutout to Instinct Radio for giving me the time and space. Special shoutouts go to WildPitch for making this happen.

Remember...

There is no box so, work on who you are, stay creative, stay unique and continue to... #ROCKon

 

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