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Talk to Me Mondays

August 5, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

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My first time hearing about 3BM was through my friend Jasminum McMullen. If memory serves me correctly, it was at her album release party.  She was sharing some of her influences on the spoken word scene.  She mentioned how grateful she was for the influences of Moe Mentum Garrett and Odyssey.  I’ve been covering the poetry scene for over a year now and one of the places that I said I wanted to experience before the Summer was over was Talk to Me Mondays.  Monday is usually my night to stay at home and relax, I rarely go out and that’s by choice.  I decided to change it up just a bit to experience a set that I’ve heard many talk about.  There were a lot of familiar faces in house, many of Chicago’s most talented poets are affiliated with 3BM.  The first thing that stuck out was the friendly atmosphere, that always helps especially if it’s your first time going somewhere.   Ms. Queen Quisine herself was handling the door. I can’t think of anyone better to greet attendees of an event. Danielle’s smile is infectious! She is always cheerful and warm when I see her.  Moe Mentum Garrett was making his rounds greeting guests and snapping pictures. I think it’s very important that if you are hosting an event you are connecting with people and he did a great job.  It was a rainy evening but that did not put a damper on the energy. The DJ kept the sounds going with classics as well as accepted requests which allowed the audience to participate in setting the mood for the evening.  Odyssey did a great job of c0-hosting the event, he kept the audience engaged, and uplifted throughout the duration of the night. You could definitely tell that this 3BM is a team that works together.   I really enjoyed the performances.  I had the opportunity to hear some poets that I have never heard before and experienced a phenomenal violin performance.  I’m glad that I finally experienced Talk to Me Mondays,  it’s another great set on the Chicago scene.  Check out a clip from last nights event

That’s my 2 cents!!

 

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Loft~ n ~Sound

July 21, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

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Do you remember those days when you kicked it at your friends house ,kicked your shoes off, talked and enjoyed each other’s company? That is exactly how I would describe Drgnflyy’s event Loft ~Sound.  A major component of hosting an event is setting the proper atmosphere and this was executed perfectly! I felt like I was walking into a friends house instead of a traditional poetry set.   It kind of reminded me of a slumber party where everyone had their pallets and pillows laid out.  I asked Drgnflyy what the inspiration for the event was he stated that he just wanted to host a set where people could feel free to share whatever they wanted even if it was a song that they sang in the shower. The features were Isaiah Jones, SouLah and Solo Dwin.  I applaud him on his efforts because from my perception it seemed that everyone had fun with what they shared and everyone enjoyed it.  There was poetry, music and people just telling you what was on their minds!  Of course I cannot forget to mention Mocha Chocolate Productions who continues to host great events in her beautiful space. She is truly a connecter and supporter of artists in our great city. “Queen Quisine” Danielle Barnhart was in the house! They satisfy my taste buds every time! On last nights menu was a burrito bowl that could run Chipotle out of business as well as tacos, cookies and her scrumptious banana pudding! I love the poetry community because they continue to put on affordable and enjoyable events that are an alternative to the club scene.


 

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Marco Anthony releases new single “OMG”

July 3, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

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They always say that the way you start your day determines how you will navigate through it. If that’s true then everyone needs to start their day with songs like OMG. This is a BIG song, you know one of those songs that get’s your adrenaline pumping and makes you want to hop ,jump and shout. It makes us take a closer look at how using a word so loosely takes away it’s significance. OMG is an acronym used  for Oh My God. We often forget how reverent God’s name is because we use the term in so much in instances where we should not.  The song is a reminder of how awesome God is. As listened to the song riding in my car I began to look around and see how awesome God is. The things that we take for granted like the skies, trees animals and some of the amazing attractions that  people visit year after year that declare his glory. I can’t wait to see what else Marco has to offer in the musical arena.  You can download the single on Itunes and other places that sale music electronically. To learn more about Maro and his projects visit   marcoanthony.com

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Men of Character, Honor & Achievements

June 30, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

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Off the top of your head give me a positive attribute about a man. Were you able to rattle it off or did you have to say give me a minute? Often times we place people in one general bag. I’m sure that you have heard statements like “all men are dogs”, ” all men are afraid to commit”, all men are deadbeat dads” etc.  Over generalizing is very harmful and does not give those who don’t a particular label a fair chance.  Mocha Chocolate & Robin Bobo of B.O.B.O Enterprises decided to put together a event to talk about and shatter some of the stereotypes that have been placed on men. First of all, they went out on a limb to host such an event. There are not a lot of events focused on uplifting and serving men so for the ladies to put themselves out there they should be commended. Men were treated to manicures by sponsored by entertainer and beauty consultant  Taleatha Wallace. Her students from Truman College willingly clipped, filed and buffed the nails of all of the gentlemen.  The event was catered by Danielle Barnhart of Queen Cuisine. Our tastebuds were treated to mouth watering fried chicken, oven baked macaroni and cheese, string beans and white potatoes, cornbread muffins and finished it off with homemade chocolate chip cookies and banana budding.  The food was delicious and Danielle is always a ray of light when you’re in her presence.  The discussion was engaging and everyone had input.  Some of the things discussed were: men being reluctance to be open, communication, the media role in the perception of men and stereotypes.  It wasn’t all talk we were treated to performances by Ollie Hood Raised Woods, Drgnflyy Laureate, Robin BoBo, Jeronimo, Antonio Monix a member of L.Y.R.I.C and snippets from the play 13 Men a play written by Lashanda Marie.  It was a great event! We need more instances where grown ups can gather and discuss issues that are pertinent to their lives. I look forward to part 2 of this event!   That’s my 2 cents.    To keep up with the talent and planners of this event click at the links listed and make sure you like us on FB https://www.facebook.com/Mr.Openyonated and follow us on Twitter @MROPENYONATED

Check out Ollie doing his thing 

 

https://www.facebook.com/robin.d.bobo?fref=ts   Robin BoBo

https://www.facebook.com/mocha.chocolatetv?fref=ts  Mocha Chocolate

https://www.facebook.com/HoodRaisedMentality  Ollie “Hood Raised” Woods

https://www.facebook.com/danielle.barnhartcoakley?fref=ts&ref=br_tf  Dainelle of “Queen Cuisine”

https://www.facebook.com/drgnflyy.laureate?fref=ts Drgnfly Laureate

https://www.facebook.com/lyric.mentoring?fref=ts  L.Y.R.I.C. Mentoring

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Llewellyn Takes Center Stage!

June 25, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

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It’s Men’s Fashion Week in Chicago and Jeffery Hawkins and his brand Llewellyn took center stage. It was pouring down raining in Chicago so you would have thought that it would have placed a damper on the big day but it didn’t. The house was packed to see the new collection.  Moroccan Twilight was a fashion journey and it was a fabulous one. The pieces in the show were fantastic, you definitely could tell that a lot of energy was put into the collection. I talked to Jeffery after the show and he shared how he make the decision to purchase top notch fabrics over indulging in purchases for himself during a trip to New York; he definitely made the right choice. The designs were vivid and exciting. Most of the time when you see clothing on the runway you think where am I going to wear that to but that wasn’t the case. I could easily see myself rocking a lot of these pieces. I love the fact that the show started as scheduled it says a lot about planning when events start on time. The venue The Society Art Gallery great and easily accessible. The models were pleasant, friendly and engaging after the show as they mingled afterwards to talk about the line. The show was hosted by Blake Martin the creator of Mens Fashion week in the Chicago. Blake always puts together great shows as I have been to a couple of them. He is professional, punctual and a visionary. He and Jeffery did a phenomenal job in bringing us this collection. If you would like to keep up with the Llewellyn brand https://www.facebook.com/pages/Llewellyn/162314823820 If you would like to keep up with Blake Martin and his productions https://www.facebook.com/blakemartinproductions?fref=ts

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Are you serious??

June 24, 2014 in Coaching Corner by antwanm

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Do your actions say that you are serious about the goals that you “say” you want to achieve or do they indict you as not really wanting those things?  Many people have stated that they want to become millionaires, want to move on from the past hurt of relationships, they want to further themselves in their careers but they have not put any action behind any of those things.  It’s one thing to state that you want something however it’s another thing to actually put some punch behind it. Decide today that you will put forth the necessary effort to make the goals that come out of your mouth come become a reality.  Dreams without action= disappointment and frustration!

 

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Bits & Pieces

June 23, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

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Everyone has a story but not everyone is willing to open Pandora’s box to share theirs.  On June 21st, I had the privilege of attending Bits & Pieces” a project by “Ollie Hood Raised Woods.” I’m familiar with Ollie through various poetry  sets that I have seen him perform at mainly Penned Productions and At Ease Sunday’s so I knew what caliber of performance I would be attending.  The cast was packed with explosive talent that I have seen perform on the poetry scene while covering it for over a year. The show was loaded with creativity and energy in a great venue. The ticket price included entry and dinner which was prepared by Danielle Barnhart which was delicious. His story was candid and has the power to make you laugh, cry and think at the same time.  What impressed me the most was the willingness of  Ollie to be transparent with his story, something that many men will not do. I was speechless after the performance ! It was well planned, and well executed and it is very visible that he has a great team behind him.   Having the courage to share his story will surely inspire others to do so and will jump start their individual journeys to freedom.  We wish him much success and look forward to more projects!  To keep up with Ollie and what he is doing like his page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HoodRaisedMentality That is Mr Openyonated’s 2 cents !

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New video from International Maverick

June 11, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

There hasn’t been a visual that International Maverick created that I was not pleased with.  His flow is always on point, the videos always fit the music and I like his introspective style. He may currently be in the land of  sun but the Windy City is definitely laying their claim to him.

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Precise “Take Our Time” (Right Away

June 8, 2014 in Music & Poetry Blog by antwanm

You know Openyonated.com loves local talent. Check out Precise’s new video “Take Our Time” (Right Away) It’s soothing to the ears, love the arrangement and it gives some positive attention to the Windy City. We look forward to hearing more from him!  

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At Ease Sundays “Kings Edition”

June 3, 2014 in Poetry by antwanm

At Ease Sunday’s is one of Chicago’s most popular poetry sets. Check out some of the local talent that the city of wind has to offer. The show occurs every 1st Sunday and is hosted by Ollie Hood Raised Woods and has various features each month.  It’s hosted at AJ Styles Beauty and Barber Shop in Oak Park, IL

J.S. Bach

  Ollie Hood Raised Woods

  Jeronimo

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?  Drgnflyy Laureate

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