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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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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.


Until next time, continue to...#ROCKon

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A Conversation with Stacey DJHotWaxx Hale

The Waxx, The Waxx, And Nothing But The Waxx...

In my recent years, I've come across a few DJs and some leave their mark.  This one is no exception.  DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale is a bad girl because she plays as if her life depends on it. This talented DJ and Producer has been involved with music since she was a little girl.  One of the 1st woman to mix and spin on reel to reel in Detroit.  

This woman had many 1st and remains just as humble about it all.  Her life story has always involved music.  Detroit is her home and will always be.  In my conversation with Stacey, she shared a lot of stories, experiences, her love for buying vinyl and shouted a lot of people out.

Stacey is not only passionate about music, but she’s also passionate about passing on all that she knows to others.  She’s a teacher, a motivator, a giver and a passionate person.  This lady is one of the kind and will be remembered for all that she's done.

What a night! We’d like to thank everyone that came out to support The Connection- Behind The Groove Event where proceeds went to MS. Every little bit will help to make a big difference.

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The Art of Photography

 

Topic: The Art of Photography


Gotta Give Thanks For What They See...

What better way to bring in the holidays than to talk with creative beings, that look through their lenses to see everyone’s beauty.  RCR! Presents Real Discussions, our guests were Melissa Alexander, Maurice Thompson and Demetrius Williams – Topic: The Art of Photography.

It was insightful, filled with laughs and infused with next level goals. It was an opportunity to give those who are hardly in front of the camera, to have a voice and talk about the ART of it all.  Their span of work has touched music festivals, events, galas, documentaries, videos, still portraits and action shots.  They have captured people, places and things that resonates with their lenses as a piece of art.  Their visuals contributions have been appreciated as it targets people of color and the beauty that they carry.

We want thank our guests for what they do and their contributions to our communities. Thanks to everyone who listened in, liked, commented and shared the show. Thanks to Instinct Radio for letting us come through for the afternoon. 

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Remember to...

~ Embrace your beauty.
~ Capture more moments.
~ Support the Arts and the people who are passionate about it.

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Hosting The Tambor Party...

Hosting The Tambor Party…

I’ve always been drawn to house music.  It’s a love of mine and I’ve been fortunate to find it here in Atlanta.  A few years ago, I found this underground house party called Tambor.  Just after the 1st visit, I became a member and attended the parties monthly.  After a few years, I had the opportunity to join the Tambor Party Team and it’s been a great experience.  But what takes it to another level for me is when the founder and curator of Tambor – Stan Zeff feels comfortable enough to have the party go on while being out of the country.  Now, that’s humbling and we had no other choice but to prove that he was right in keeping the party going.  A good time was had by all and we give thanks for having the opportunity to be the host.  

 

Takeaway – Operate with integrity and be professional and you’ll be amazed by how 'The Universe' will bless you.

A Conversation with Lil' Louis

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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.

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

 

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One year Anniversary Episode #46

Topic:  The Ladies Who Sing House - Miranda Nicole


Show Air Date - 4/16/17


How does someone who lives in both California and Atlanta know about house music at a young age?  They typically don't unless they have music around them all the time.  Having a dad that owned a record store that had access to all types of music was ideal.  Miranda started singing when she was young, but being a songwriter was the lane she wanted to reside in.  

After a few successfully talent shows, she realized that being a singer felt right.  She listened to various different artists and all types of music.  She really enjoyed listening to CeCe Peniston as one of her favorites but had no idea that she was listening to House Music. Singing this type of genre felt right for her, however, she didn't want to box herself in and limit her style.  

Enters in Glamsoul which is a feeling, a sound and a look that Miranda has developed years ago.  When she sings, she wants you to feel it, hear it and see it. 


Miranda has a soulful sound that sounds great over the music and becomes even more delicious when remixed.  The world is hers as she continues to write and sing her own music. Keep a close eye on her as she continues to bring you the world the way she sees it through song.

 

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RCR! Presents Real Discussions - Life After Incarceration ~ A Woman's Story

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Topic: Life After Incarceration ~ A Woman's Story

Air date: March 19, 2017

Often times, people immediately tend to judge others who have spent time in prison.  It's not taken into account, that people don't always make the best decisions. Also, the motives that drive them to make those choices can be deeply rooted.

Breaking the law in areas or cities where the smallest of crimes can provoke long jail time, is the never the right thing to do.  However, some people break the law to be seen as cool and to have a sense of belonging is what some inmates have done to be accepted.

Being sexually violated and finding a way to lash out by way of stealing and forging checks became an outlet for 'Christy'. Christy knew what to say to get her 11-year sentence reduced down to 9 months. However, she knew what to say,  do, get the time reduced, be let out and continue to do it again.

Having an addiction is what she said about her struggles with the law.  She was in denial about the fact that she even had a problem. As time went on, instead of her leaving a life crime, she had criminal problems in 2 states now, instead of just one.

She knew that she was meant to do more with her life than this. Her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse and being able to help people, never left her imagination. Christy realized that she had a problem and that a change would have to come soon. She began to see changes come in her life and opportunities became available to her only by the grace of GOD.

Christy was very transparent with us as she shared how, why and when it all started for her. Life in the prison system is far from cool, but for Christy, she thought it was.

Being able to turn her life around by making better decisions is why she's been out of the prison system for 20 years. Christy was able to get her LPN and RN while in and out of the prison system and now is a mom, an author working on becoming a minister.

Christy's journey consists of helping other people, especially women to stay out of prison by being equipped to make better life choices and decisions. Being able to reach and connect with young people as well is another goal on Christy's list to achieve.

To keep yourself in a posture that's always learning...

~ Forgive yourself for any mistakes, you've made
~ Learn from your mistakes
~ Share with others so that certain cycles are not repeated

...and as always, continue to #ROCKon

 

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Music in Our Souls

I would have never imagined that from the first time that I heard music that I would be so in love with it. I have to have music in my life every single day. It just calms my spirit. It soothes my soul. It is so good to my ears. It's so good to my feet. My spirit just smiles every time I hear it. Music is THAT powerful. And I'm so glad that RCR has some form of impact and influence through music. March was a music madness month! We've just had so many wonderful events that we were a part of-- I don't even know where to begin.

Being involved and co-hosting one of Atlanta's #1 house day parties was great. DJ Kemetik was one of the featured DJs and it was just a GREAT day in the afternoon for us. People enjoyed themselves, they had a great time. And to see the sea of people in the room dancing and vibing to a form of music that I love so much was AWESOME! I want to thank EVERYONE who came out for that seeing them wearing their RCR T-shirts was just a very humbling experience. Then we took the movement down to Miami-- South Beach if you will-- for the Winter Music Conference. To be able to have my DJ play in a historic hotel, The Chesterfield, where previous house DJs played years before, was just an epic day for us. It was a good day, great energy in the room, and everyone enjoyed what he delivered. So that was a good day.

To wrap it all up, being able to have Soul Spin Youth DJs play at Urban Grind coffee shop here in Atlanta, I always enjoy when they come because they are always excited about music and what they're doing through their DJing skills. We're thankful to Trey West allowing his kids to spend an afternoon with us. But what really softened my heart was that my son, Christopher, had DJ'd for the VERY first time ever. And had a WONDERFUL experience. NOW we might have a new hobby, we'll see! 

There's just so much to do in the area of music, it touches so many lives. And yes, again, I am very thankful that the little contributions that I am able to make through music is well recieved, accepted, and touches the lives of many. Real Chicks Rock! 

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Don't Miss Our Holiday Drive--This SATURDAY!

Keep Grinding November Holiday Drive

Come out to Urban Grind (962 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA) for our monthly installment of KEEP GRINDING! This will be our last event of the year and we want it to be the BEST one yet!  We will be featuring an ALL VINYL set from guest DJs: Nabani Banks and DJ Mack Bango.

If you have any toys or clothing to donate to those less fortunate, please carry it out to this event. We want to spread love and joy to ALL this season.