Hannah Lashay

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Hannah Lashay is beautiful young lady.  She’s making quite an impression on the music and modeling scene.  Here’s some information from her biography:

Hanna Lashay is an American vocalist, songwriter, model,​ actress, and ​award winning entrepreneur. The Sunflower Goddess was b​orn in the suburbs of Chicago, IL​, raised in Round Rock, TX and is now residing in Atlanta, GA​.

 Hanna has always had a passion for music, entertainment, fashion and performance. With sprinkles of Indie, R&B, Jazz and Neo Soul, her voice creates a category of it’s own.

 Hanna’s aspirations for entertainment are twofold. While Hanna loves to express herself through performance, she also likes to use her public platform to inspire others all over the world and promote self love and positivity. She created “The Sunflower Tribe​,  a movement that began when she conquered clinical depression as a result of bullying and sexual assault. She decided to give purpose to her pain by transmuting that energy into a life affirming platform.

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Hanna has shared the stage with SWV, Morris Day and The Time and sang background for Kool and the Gang. She opened for Grammy nominated Anthony David on his ” Simple Man Tour “as well as, Antonio Ramsey at his” After Dark Show”

​in Atlanta, GA.  She performed at the Apache Cafe, Katz Cafe, Cafe 290, WSBTV’s Meteorologist Summit, The Blue Room, Koils by Nature’s 7th Anniversary Party​ and many other events in the Atlanta area. The Austin Jazz Festival, SXSW in Austin, TX, The 96.3 RNB Soul Lounge, The KAZI 88.7 Summerfest, RASDAY Fest, The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, The City of Austin, The African American Firefighters Ball, and a multitude of other events.

​She has multiple singles on her Soundcloud that she has both written and provided vocals.​Hanna has graced the runway as a model at the Fashion Show Taping for Love & Hip Hop, The Fashion Lounge ATL, hosted by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Ariane. She has modeled for Austin Fashion Week 3 consecutive years since her debut. She has modeled for Daniel Esquival of Project Runway, Toombas Jeans And Denim’s Fashion Fusion Runway Show. She was the Face of the International Curly Girl Natural Hair Cruise.

​ The modeled in Dress Austin, Fashion Atlantis hosted by Bianca Golden of America’s Top Model and Fashion Designer Jonathan Kayne, Austin RAW Runway Show, and many other Fashion Shows.She has established herself as a Brand Ambassador with an engaging and extensive following on social media.Her acting credits include the U Better Sing PBS web series, the Onyx web/ television production by the Delirium Entertainment Company, a Chevy Commercial, Microsoft Commercial,Co-hosting “A Child Trumpet TV” and commercials for the Shea Moisture/Naturally Curly Brands. Hanna won Best Supporting Actress in an Round Rock, TX Actors Competition.Being a part of this generation, Hanna hopes to inspire the youth to accept, embrace and love themselves no matter what.

Jamila Woods- VRY BLK

Happy New Year family!  I hope everyone has a prosperous 2017.  I thought some good music would be a great way to start off the new year.  I like this new artist Jamila Woods.  She’s been creating a lot of buzz since last year.  I love this song VRY BLK.  It’s very catchy and a great theme for this blog.  Here’s a little back story on Jamila.

Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood & the city of Chicago. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote & features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013).

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Jamila is also a vocalist & songwriter, focusing primarily on soul/hip-hop centered music. Her musical lineage includes Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Raised in her church choir, Jamila’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling & allusions. Her work with her band, M&O (fka Milo & Otis) has been featured by Okayplayer, Spin, JET and Ebony Magazine.

Jamila is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, where she helps organize Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival in the world), designs curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people throughout the city.

Fante Celah

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Here’s an interview with Fante Celah:

I’m Fanta Celah, an international artist, vocalist, and jewelry designer of Jamaican descent.  I’ve been featured in many prominent magazines for my unique beauty and hair design. I have been around the world and exhibited my art in Africa and the United Kingdom. I have a permanent display in the African Union, the National Museum of Ethiopia. I studied and performed with the legendary jazz musician, Phil Cohran and I’m looking forward to my music video release. I’m also known for carrying on the antique Egyptian tradition of Henna tattoos, reiki energy healing, and acting. I’ll be starring in an Afrofuturistic film, entitled, Bar Star City, which was written and produced by Ytasha Womack.

What is it about what you do that makes you unique?

My style is ancient and Afro-futuristic. I wear designer African clothes, my ornate crystal jewelry designs, and my cosmic hairstyle. I feel that we should all delve into our own personal styles, and carry ourselves like royalty.  As within, so without. My natural lifestyle governs my entire life. Through these pure intentions, I create all of my healing art forms. My hairstyle portrays the spiraling universes. My paintings empower the viewer and heal the chakras.  My crystal jewelry adorns you royally, and heals the mind, body, and spirit. My ‘celestial blossoms,’ henna designs are like energy portals, and receive reiki energy healing during the application.  My music is metaphysical and positive in nature, and it ranges from jazz to world music, reggae, Afro-beat, spirituals.

How did you get started in your profession?

I’m a second-generation artist. I take after my father, Dean Brooks.  I always knew that I would be an artist. I grew up in a Wisconsin small town and was trained in my profession since the very beginning. I sold my first portrait at the age of 16. I picked up the art of henna tattooing around the same time. When I moved to Chicago, I exhibited at the south side community art center and other galleries at the age of 21. I attended Columbia College and started dabbling in jewelry design. I reconnected with my music in April 2008 when I auditioned to perform at the Sun Ra Tribute with Phil Cohran and the Rainbow Ensemble.

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What would you say is the most challenging aspect of what you do?

I find it challenging to balance all of my professions. Jewelry designing and manufacturing is time consuming. I have to schedule time to paint, amidst raising three children single. So I’ve learned how to prioritize.

Who are the biggest personal and professional influences in your life?  

Yosef Ben Israel inspires me. Phil Cohran, is truly the world’s greatest musical mastermind that inspired generations. My clients and collectors inspire me. Diarra Diaby, a renowned Malian African art historian and dealer and my children, my third generation artists, YHWH RA-JAH, Dzenkesh Ma’at, and Nation Ade.

Tell us about the last book you read. Why did you choose it?

“The Most Powerful Book of Affirmations Ever Written,” by M.D. Sheldon T. Ceaser.  This book programs your subconscious mind through auto suggestion. It directly addresses physical, mental, emotional programs.

What encouraging words do you have for our readers?

Self love plus confidence equals success and is the key to a prosperous life.