Friday, January 21, 2005

"Jean Grae Interview"

Check out the interview that I had with Jean before the show. Peace.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

"Jean Grae"

-- January 18th, 2004 -- Article

Click on the link to peep the first thing by ya boy -- K-Star. Give critique.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

"Updates" Part III

-- January 16th, 2004 --

Happy New Years to everyone, first and foremost. I know it's late, but, hey... better late than never, right?!

It's time for the updates, again, YAY!!! New in my life are these assortment of things that make up something that passes for my life. ::smile::

I recently acquired a gig -- (thanks the Lord) -- with Now contingent on if I do a good job with this interview that I have tonight, I have an interview with this ill-rhyme slinger from New York City originally born in South Africa. Yes, the one... the only...

Jean Grae

I can't believe it to tell you the truth. Shouts out to my girlfriend, G.P. and Panama Jackson, because these two really have inspired me and helped me in their respective ways to actually step foot out there and do what I inheiritedly am good at and blessed with the talent to be able to do.

This guys CD is the bomb. Please excuse the CD. I bought it the other day and I am thoroughly impressed. John Legend and Anthony Hamilton, great music, that I hope and pray continue to defy the status quo of bland Crunk & B music or Rhythm and Bullshit, no matter what you call it. I may have an album review for this, so... be on the lookout for it.

No words for this guy, right here...

God bless the dead and all, but... doesn't he look like O.D.B. in this mugshot photo? (R.I.P. O.D.B.) -- For a man who can craft some of the most beautifullest gems like, "Brown Sugar," "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," and, "My Lady," this guy looks like fried shit in this picture. All because he struggles with a crack habit. Didn't someone let this Brotha listen to his Baby Mama -- Angie Stone's "Brotha" and get a sense of uplift in his spirit...? I can go on and on about D'Angelo. For those who don't know, I'll let you in one the story. Virginia's native son was cruising in a state notorious for it's stance on speeding. I mean the cops are so vicious that white folks even obey the law. So, Mr. D -- already high of "life," gets pulled over by the fuzz. D'Angelo, also intoxicated, is easily taken down by Johnny Law and searched and seized. They find out that he's in possession of a controlled substance, whether that was something hard as crack cocaine or marijuana or whatever is still to be known. But the mugshot says it all. This boy will NOT be releasing ANY new material for awhile.

School starts up next week, 'nuff said...

Congratulations to my friend, Ms. Danya Steele, on continuing to strive for the best. I know you can't wait till Fall starts up so you can show those staunch white folks at Harvard, how Harlem represents itself. Also, be on the lookout for the documentary and biography -- sheesh, I'm doing all this plugging, a Brotha can at least get a free copy of something for something, nah'mean. Autographed. :) Buy The Ave Magazine -- proceeds go the K-Star The Great Fund.

My Baby's lips are so soft...

Me and my significant other are doing wonderfly, as you can see. No jokes about how rough I look. I love my, Lady Love. We're going to be venturing to Detroit this weekend to go see, this..

Tight, ain't it? I ain't never seen no futuristic cars before, so I'm psyched on doing it. Especially, when I know that I finally got some sort of money in my pocket. But all in all, 2005 is shaping up to be a great year, so far. Let's see if we can keep the trend going.

2005 -- BlackStar Enterprises!

Keep up the good work everyone!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

"These Are My Heroes: Fran Dorsey"

-- January 13th, 2004 --

What is a rebel? Webster's definition of it is, "To resist or defy an authority or a generally accepted convention." It should be renamed Francis E. Dorsey. This man has single-handedly redefined the notions of Black folks in the American diaspora, as well as, the African diaspora. He is anger personified. A trait not too far from his own line. His truth is legendary. A man who's stance on certain issues could outlast any monument, piece of artwork, anything. Once he puts his mind to something, it is no longer an impossibility. His name rings through the hallowed halls of the Oscar Ritchie facility that he helped build. The theater alone stands as a testimony to his sheer drive for his love of the Arts. Always the perfectionist, this well-read literary mastermind loves to do what others cannot do and make it seem to be done with ease. Very opinionated, many students have had a memorable argument with the boisterous rebel with a cause. Who's pride and anger sometimes rub those, who aren't built to handle it's sharpness, the wrong way. His arrangement of putting on plays that show the beautiful side of Black folks like in, "Tamborines to Glory," or it's sharp socio-wit in, "Day of Absence," or the humor in folk story like in, "Stagolee." An objector to things that display in stark contrast of what we really are -- he's quick to put anyone in their place if they think otherwise. His lineage is strong and grounded in African tradition... Black pride.

He is a marvel to behold, an inspiration to those who yearn to continue to fight for the cause, a father to his sons, and a hero to me. In a time where Black men are abandoning their responsibilities to their families, to themselves, and to their community -- it a just sign that SOMEONE stands out and says that, "THIS IS NOT RIGHT!" That we are a beautiful people, with more to offer than shaking our asses to the newest Nelly song and being disrespectful to one another. A man who is known for handling his business as equally as he's known for his temper, Dr. Dorsey is a man who's accomplished so much in his life and still continues to strive for more. I, knowingly, have had many trials and tribulations in my life -- just like everyone else has. I'm not complaining, I just know that I am going to take the blueprint that I've see put to use from Doctor Dorsey and strive, for myself, to be the best that I can possibly be.

Two men who have experienced his love, anger, and colorful commentary are...

Jelani and Jabari Dorsey -- two brothas who have a plan and the means of carrying it out. I respect those two for all they accomplished and the things that they've showed me, being the sons of the man known as "Fran". I respect their contributions and wish them nothing but blessings. Tribe D -4- Life.