From delectable dishes to tropical, homegrown music, the tiny island of Jamaica has long since proven itself to be a powerful force that continues to shine its light of influence across the world.
Above: 2018 YoungArts Winner in Voice Isabel Vera performing at Miami Theater Center. Photo by Jason Koerner. “The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and to assist them at a critical juncture in their educational and professional development.” “YoungArts has several award programs for artists ages 15-18 or in grads 10-12 from across the US.
Pusha T commemorates his latest collaboration with adidas Originals, hosting an intimate, launch event in New York City –
Rapper, veteran and GOOD Music President Pusha T hosted an intimate launch event in New York City, celebrating the fourth edition of his collaborative series with adidas Originals and EQT:
Apology, #BlackLivesMatter, Staying #Woke and Redemption: How Jay-Z Answers Beyonce’s Lemonade with Tidal Exclusive Album 4:44
11:59 PM Thursday, June 23, 2017 The longest minute in my life. Why? Because like the “Hova” masses with their Golden Ticket aka Tidal Music Premium subscription, I was waiting for the most anticipated album of the year to drop for streaming and offline listening.
Day Two of Jazz in the Gardens concludes with Esperanza Spalding, Andra Day, Hip Hop Giants The Roots, Common and LL Cool J
Above: Jill Scott at Jazz in the Gardens. Photo by MediaPunch/Rex/Shutterstock So coming from Saturday’s line-up, the 12th Annual Jazz in the Gardens did not disappoint with Sunday’s acts which included Gospel artist Smokie Norful, Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Esperanza Spalding, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon House Band and Philly’s own The Roots, R&B songstress Andra Day, Oscar award-winning and FAMU alum Common and closing with Hip Hop Royalty LL Cool J.
Day One of Jazz in the Gardens Begins with All-Stars, R&B Legend Betty Wright, Morris Day and the Time, Robin Thicke and Miss Jill Scott
Above: Betty Wright. Photo by Media Punch/REX/Shutterstock When the month of March comes in South Florida, Miami locals and tourists of color from all over the country alike descend into the City of Miami Gardens for a two-day music festival called Jazz in the Gardens.
To be honest, I have always been a cautious consumer of hip hop over the years. For the last few decades, the spectrum of hip hop music has fluctuated between “Stay Woke” cultural reflection of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” house party bangers of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push it” and Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two,” machismo anthems of Dr.
Piano phenomenon Elio Villafranca will bring the next generation of his popular “Letters to Mother Africa” concerts, the second in his series on the African continent’s powerful influence on jazz and folk Cuban music, to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 p.m.