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.
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)
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2017 has kicked off and it's already LITT! Literally! It’s that time of the year again for one of the biggest music festivals on this planet. Coachella has now released it's official lineup for festival this coming April. West coast native Kendrick Lamar, Houston's own Queen Bey, and Radiohead are headlining this year. Don’t worry, your favorites will be joining the show as well. Kehlani, Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert, Tory Lanez, SchoolBoy Q and others will be in hitting the stage. This is a moment in music you do not want to miss. For more details, stay glued to their Twitter and website.
WTF's own Yanna B. & Kendy will be performing live at Venue 578 (Downtown Orlando) for the HOLIDAY RAWk 2016 event on December 14th presented by RAW Orlando. They will also be representing University of Central Florida's Project S.P.I.T.
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One year ago, I put a snippet of Obama joking with a heckler at one of his White House speeches on the intro of Reality Check: Season One as a quick snapshot of the reality of that time. We have been blessed for the last 8 years to have a leader who could so easily be personable with the people of our country.
Last Friday, October 28th, I was given the opportunity to see MY president in person for the first time. Since the announcement of the rally, I had been anxious to see him deliver an inspirational speech. Not only is President Barack Obama the first black president, but the first of my lifetime to connect with the youth on a personal level. We relate to him in a way we could not relate to the other presidents of our lifetime. I am truly grateful to have witnessed this especially since it was at my alma mater, the University of Central Florida. His speech was full of encouragement for the youth to vote and be heard. We are in a dire election year where we have a candidate with zero presidential experience and lack of commitment to his words. Obama wanted to make it clear to the youth present, ranging from a high school band to college students, that they could be the voice that shifts this election. As always, he controlled the crowd and received roars of cheers at every major point of his speech.
Now I do have one very interesting moment from the rally to share with you all. At one of the high points of Obama's speech, a Trump supporter jumped over the railing, where I was taking pictures I might add, to start heckling. This man was wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Bill Clinton with the word "RAPIST" at the bottom. He took that opportunity to yell "Clinton is a rapist!" at the top of his lungs over Obama's speech. Not only was this annoying to be around, but he was also blocking my view of Obeezy and that was not okay. On top of this guy causing a scene, he also drew the attention of all of the media outlets right in front of us. They are turned around and started snapping pictures of this heckler, so you know what we did? We started chanting "OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!" as loud as we could and the movement spread around the whole arena. That was such an exhilarating moment and just when we finished, the cops were there to grab the man and escort him out of the rally. Heads up, If you see me in a picture from that rally on any news outlet, just know I was not in support of that guy. lol
Below are a few pictures I was able to capture during the speech practicing my new hobby as well as the full speech. Enjoy!
Hello GVNG, I'm just checking in to let you all know that the 2nd Drop The Mic, sponsored by Project S.P.I.T. & UCF's Campus Activities Board, is today and back at the campus Starbucks. I hope to see you there!
I am extremely excited to announce that I will be coming home to Broward for my first homecoming show in over 5-6 years. I will be performing live at ArtServe on November 11, 2016. Join the GVNG and support hip hop!
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If you know me, you know Kanye is a G.O.A.T. in my eyes. In high school, I missed the Glow In The Dark Tour. I have always been a fan of theatrics and Kanye brings nothing but artistic vision to his shows from setup to ambiance. An Orlando stop for the Saint Pablo Tour has just been added for December 6th at the Amway Center. You better believe I am there especially after missing the first leg of the tour. I will be keeping you all posted on tickets once they are released. Stay tuned.
Photo via ManyRiversFestival.com
What’s good, GVNG? This is Kes, beauty and culture blogger at CallMeKes.com. With everything going on regarding race relations, racism, daily patriarchy, police AND intra-communal dehumanization/violence, I’m starting to wonder if we’re actually accomplishing something or just going in circles. With every new hash tag, there’s a flood of traumatic graphics down my social media feed, distracting headlines, and heated, online arguments supporting or negating the justification of the violence and/or murder on/of a [Black] life. Most of which result in unproductive energy, increasingly heightening and unresolved tensions as a culture and an orange quack being able to run for president. The questions that always come up for me are: “how did we get here?” and “are we really not progressing?” How are we building with/supporting/creating space for one another, and also challenging and pushing for our work to be grounded by our people and paying it forward by helping out the communities that got us to where we are?
Early last month, I attended the inaugural Many Rivers to Cross Music & Arts Festival, an event purposed to connect music, art and social justice. Mr. Harry Belafonte, familiarly Mr. B, spoke of being called by Martin Luther King, Jr. to get involved with the Civil Rights Movement. He went on to fund many projects of the movement, coordinate the “We Are the World” song, constantly speaking out against injustices like African apartheid, critiquing the U.S. Presidential administration, and mentoring many people making an impact today. An echoing thought throughout the weekend was a quote by the awesome Paul Robeson: “Artists are the gatekeepers of truth; [We are civilization’s radical voice]”. My after thought to the question of if we’re progressing or not became “who/what is the rule of measure?” If you follow mainstream media outlets upholding white supremacy, you’d think we’re not. But the music/art I’ve been experiencing in at least the past 2 years, and the artists I saw this weekend made me start to believe otherwise. From Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly and WGNA’s TV show Underground to Solange’s newest A Seat At the Table. So what is the truth? Honestly, truly.
I challenge where our energies are lying. Unfortunately, we’re not going to stop getting killed tomorrow, and we’re still promoting violence on one another. So what are we doing instead of, or in additional to, emotional responses every 28 hours that is more sustainable and building long-term to combat reinforced violent cultural norms on a minute level that’s slipping under (big) cracks and leading up to these more visible incidents where violence is asked for, justified and then tolerated? Hint: declaring “I don’t vote” paired with inaction don’t count. It's takes relationships. Note: IAMPVYNE & I go way back to about 3 years ago in college when he was B.Payne Tha Rapper and my blog wasn’t even a possible idea. Now here we are collaborating because we see the need. It only took 20-something year old Martin to call on 28-year-old Harry and hold him to his word. A decades worth of life changing work later, Mr. Belafonte is still going on at 89 years old. It only took PVYNE to hit me up to slide through this blog. It only takes involvement & pressure on local influencers, communities, artists, etc. on issues affecting your daily life to create a buzz and demand the target (national level, record label or that audience) to pay attention and take action. It's a very long road with many, MANY rivers to cross, but that's what will get us to liberation.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth recap on the Many Rivers Fest coming to my blog soon and very soon. In the mean time, check out my site: CallMeKes.com, and stay connected! If you’re in South Florida or St. Pete/Tampa, Dream Defenders is a good org to get involved in, or become a sustainer of, but also research and look for other organizations to get involved/collaborate with. Take a look at your dreams, and ask yourself if they align with, and bring honor and respect to, the communities rooting for you.
Love and light,
What's gucci GVNG. I would like to invite you all out to this jiggy party/show I am booked to perform at tonight. The energy should be on high since the event is a mix between a house party and a backyard concert. Let's get the good vibes going tonight. See you there!
So I attended the Drop The Mic event last night presented by Project S.P.I.T. and UCF Campus Activities Board at the Starbucks on campus. This event was such a breath of fresh air. One thing I realize when I look back to my years at UCF that is a direct contrast to now is that there was no artistic scene for musical creative. I often felt alone in that realm with no one to network with except Full Sail students or local Orlando artists. This event last night showed me that UCF has grown in its artistic scene with so many new young creatives attending my alma mater. This fact makes me completely proud because there is now a space for young people like me. From the show itself to the cypher we did outside the venue after the show, I was totally stoked with the future of UCF. Those are just a few of my thoughts.
Special thanks to my WeTheFuture sister Kendall Josey for curating and inviting me out to perform. Follow @talented_chick & @ProjectSPIT on Instagram