New music from WTF's HAJR out in California. It's got a groove, so you know it's hitting the #PLVYLIST.
Following the success of "Tunnel Vision", now at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, Kodak has released his full length solo album Painting Pictures. One time for Broward. Stream below!
I'm excited for the new spidey reboot July 7th, how about you?
How Kendrick just gone drop this heat unexpectedly? Dudes visuals are always A1 and this takes it a step further. Are you ready for April 7th?
Nadege's song "WOLVES" is a representation of the battles we as individuals encounter throughout our lives. We are always "running with the wolves", whether it's family, school, work, or relationship related; this song is capturing that breakout point where one is able to overcome the trials and tribulations they were faced with. Find the light through the darkness.
I wrote this song in 11th grade almost 10 years ago thinking critically about what I wanted to be when I "grew up". At that point, I had already found a love in my craft and knew that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. The 9-5 life just didn't work well with my aspirations, so growing down was my only option. I still share the same sentiment gvng. Enjoy!
One of the hardest things to do once you grow out of childhood is to believe that you can actually do anything you put your mind to. Conquer that.
UCF Alumknight, and now published author, Shelby Birch will be on UCF campus from Washington D.C. for her book signing hosted by Project S.P.I.T. A blog was written when the book was released last month (Read Here). Come out and get your copy from the author herself and enjoy a small feature from her as well next Friday, April 7th at 6PM.
Pvyne performed a new track entitled "JumpBall" during his set at the ESP101 Rave for Iris Day in Atlanta. Check it out!
#UnitedWeJam, powered by MOOD the Party is a happening TONIGHT, March 24th at the Abbey downtown from 9pm-2am. Project: SPIT is being featured alongside several other amazing artists - @ChocolateKNDY and @IndigoBlak are hosting. It's art, poetry and music under one roof for ONLY $5!! Come jam with us. Hit up email@example.com for tickets right now!
by: Andrea Rivera
The United Creatives Festival, or UCFEST, is an opportunity for young creative people to indulge in the artistic community around them. There are opportunities for young artists, photographers, journalists, bloggers, musicians, students, and families to connect with one another. The purpose of UCFEST is to serve as a platform for unseen UCF talent and local Orlando talent to bridge the gap between the university and the surrounding communities.
This idea was developed by UCF AlumKnight Brandon Payne, known as IAMPVYNE. Pvyne is very well-known in the UCF community and a huge participant in local urban arts, performing frequently at art shows, networking events, and concerts all around Florida. He has always had his heart set on leaving a legacy at the University of Central Florida by giving something back to the community that gave him so much. With the help of one of the largest student activity divisions on campus, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and his WTF (We The Future) Events Team, Pvyne is now able to do just that.
We invite you to join us in a great production and be apart of our diverse community!
Line-up is being released very soon. Stay tuned for more information.
Via Eddie Figures
This last Saturday at an open mic called Express Your Soul held at The Soul Centre in the Trader Joe shopping plaza an extremely racist incident happened. They were holding their first ever open mic event. The Soul Centre is a black owned business that promotes healthy holistic living in the majority white affluent neighborhood of Winter Park. This event was done to promote love, peace, unity, meditation, yoga, self health and healing etc. The show consisted of poets, souls singers and artists displaying their work.
I was performing my poem about the Pulse tragedy when a white senior citizen started screaming at us about terrorism. She became increasingly belligerent and began shouting racial slurs at us in an incredibly racist rant. The majority of the audience members were people of color, African Americans and Latinos. I caught the entire thing on camera.
Last night at an open mic I showed this to a few people and talked about it openly to the audience. One young white man told me he's heard of racism but never actually seen it and his stomach turned watching the video. My jaw dropped. That someone has never actually seen racism in this day and age. After the show was over an older white man tried to explain away the incident saying she may have had dementia or something even though he didn't see the video I had. I showed it to him and he changed his argument and continued to try to explain it away. No offense to my Caucasian friends but I feel like I was staring at white privilege in its entirety and complete purity last night.
I'm posting this video because racism needs to be put on blast. Racism and racial hatred needs to be exposed and not hidden. People shouldn't be able to scar others and not have it known that they did that. This video needs to be seen and shown to anyone who keeps trying to say that racism is a thing of the past and that it's not as bad as we all think. Please share this video so everyone everywhere can see that racism is still alive and well and happening in our own backyards. There are literally people who are still clueless about it.
I hope this raises awareness, I also hope that racist lady becomes infamous and I hope to create a hashtag #exposeracism and get it to trend. I hope for everyone to carry their cells phones and cameras and record any racial incident you see and put it on blast. No more making excuses for racists and no more hiding it.
The scariest thing you can show Uncle Sam is a mirror. This is your mirror America.
Please share and spread this video. Please ask everyone you know to share it. If anyone knows how to submit it to the news then feel free to do so or show me how and I'll do it myself. And if anyone would like to share it, but has an issue with me personally then feel free to download it and edit me out or I can edit a shorter version and cut myself out of it entirely and send it to you. And if anyone has an issue with being tagged then feel free to untag yourself.
Peace and poetry.
- Eddie Figures
I've been very quiet about this for over a year, but here we are a few weeks out from #UCFEST17, my first ever festival as an Event Manager/Planner. Extremely proud that my first festival has been planned alongside the university I received my Event Management degree from. It has been a process and I'm just watching all of my dreams come to fruition. Shoutout to the WTF Events team & UCF Campus Activities Board (CAB) for all of the work you've put in so far. Hope to see you all there!
What: Arts, Music, & Fashion Festival
When: Thursday, April 6th | 5-10PM
Where: Memory Mall (UCF Campus)
Stay tuned for more details
We didn't pull through with the W to get "Two Tears" onto the radio, but i'm extremely overwhelmed by the support that was shown during the voting process. For that, I wanted to give the gvng some new music out of a-preesh-iation. "Watch me do it for the gvng, yeah," Enjoy!
IAMPVYNE's heart-touching track "Two Tears" has been nominated as Heat of the Week by Venue 578 for a chance to be in rotation on 102Jamz. We need your support on this gvng! All we need is your vote once a day until Sunday, March 19th at 8pm when voting closes.
If you haven't already, listen/repost/share/tell your grandma about "Two Tears". Every listen counts.
Here is Day 1 of one of my most favorite experiences of life to date. Thank you OkeeFest for providing such a dope environment. Check it out and SHARE SHARE SHARE! Stay tuned for Day 2.
Shot by: @GoodJobJoss
Word from the Poet | By the 4th grade, I’d thought I had seen it all until hip-hop and poetry came into the picture. At my lowest point where I thought about taking my life due to my surroundings, the beauty of writing swooped in and impacted my life in ways I cannot describe. My mom’s constant pushes to keep me on the right road despite our situations really steered me in the right direction and then the elements of hip-hop kept me on route so I thank both of them. I hope to instill another person with vitality and hope when they feel it is all useless which is why I even began to pick up the pen. Spreading influence is a huge goal of mine. Currently, I met my university's only spoken word organization called Project: S.P.I.T. (Student Poetry Initiating Thought) and they constantly inspire me daily to improve. Their team is going to represent Florida in an international slam in Chicago titled CUPSI2017 and they can use all the support possible! The link below allows you to donate. Any amount will help! Spread the word. #InFullEffect
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting in on the premiere screening of The Feminine Power Project curated by KNDY and Jaii Reynolds. What a wonderful environment seeing so many talented young women of color standing together in "cooperation, not competition" as stated by KNDY at the event. This all female cypher includes verses from 9 "FLOWers" (coined by the curators) and 2 poets, a beat produced by young producer Ayaana Nash, DJ'd by Power 95.3's Mz Marina, and shot by a camera-woman, Ashley Kurns. Proud of you ladies for showing the world the power behind collaboration during this year of the woman. Check it out below!
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Who knew this song would touch so many people the way it touched me in writing it? I'm realizing that sometimes as artists, we don't even know where the words are coming from. It flows out so well that it's like someone else, another being, is writing for us. Maybe this was my mother speaking to me through my music helping me heal. Now, we all can heal. This song has become my strength and maybe it can do the same for you.
"Two Tears" is the first song I wrote after changing my name to IAMPVYNE. "Cry two tears in a bucket" is a phrase I had heard in one of my favorite movies "House Party" (said by icon George Clinton). My interpretation of it was always that we won't cry long enough to fill a bucket with our tears, so why even waste time trying. The pain never lasts that long . We must embrace the fact that struggle is simply apart of the human experience and only there to give us strength, to mold us into the people we have the potential to become. This song came to me at a transitional period where I had just lost my first post-college job and I was figuring out who I truly wanted to be. It came 7 years after losing Mama V and it made all too much sense. Mama was a christian woman so I grew up in the church since before birth. The number 7, in those terms, is the number of completion, perfection. That 7th year was me finally coming to terms with my loss and understanding how it could be used to help others. That's why I became "IAMPVYNE". Just felt like I should share this with you all.
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