Openyonated.com had the opportunity to attend Ada Cheng’s “Not Quite Solo” show at the Women & Children’s Book Store the last feminist bookstore in the country located at 5233 North Clark on August 14th. This was my first time attending one of Ada’s show, I met Ada at a “Healing Corner” event and she graciously presented at a career fair at the school that I work for. A couple of weeks before attending Ada’s show I had the opportunity to meet with her to discuss show business, blogging, storytelling and life in general. First off I must say that she has a wonderful spirit and is very insightful and knowledgeable. She is also former professor at Depaul University and a wealth of knowledge! The timing of Ada’s show is perfect because the topics that she covers are all currently being discussed in many circles. Through her art of storytelling, she shares with us her experiences as someone who emigrated to the United States and all of the challenges that were included in that. She dispels many of the misconceptions that many people have of people who are not natives to the U.S. and the challenges and fears that they deal with. One of the things that stood out in her performance was the fact that many people are forever reminded of their “Alien Status” even after they become citizens. She tackled the topic of what is home from different perspectives, addressed challenges that many people from the LGBTQ, Black community, and women deal with in our society. After the show she engaged with her audience about how they felt about many of the things that are going on today and how they affect us. I am glad I made the choice to attend Ada’s show. It was eye opening, relevant and much needed. She created a safe place where people felt comfortable about talking about not so comfortable topics. If you want to follow what Ada is doing be sure to check out her webpage http://www.renegadeadacheng.com/ and follow her on Twitter at @RenegadeAdaCheng As always you can follow us on all social media @MrOpenyonated
Hip Hop has become one of the most powerful mediums in popular culture. It is an ever evolving genre that changes as new artists continue to put their individual spin on it. Those from the “old school” typically say that the new music is garbage and those from the new school say that the “old heads” don’t get to say what “real hip hop is. Personally I tend to like music that is timeless and you can enjoy at any moment. I think that International Maverick is one of the those artists that creates music that can stand the test of time. His projects never come off as following a trend or a fad. He seems to have an ear for music as evidenced by his use of sampling. The content is thoughtful, relevant, relatable and does not appear to be something that is thrown together just to make heads bob. It’s kind of like grown folks hip hop without being considered “square” I like the way he rides the beats on his music. His voice sticks out in a good way, kind of reminds me of AZ. At Openyonated.com we are always excited to view his new visuals and listen to his new music because we know that it’s going to be a quality project! To keep up with International Maverick subscribe to his You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MrMav81 Follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/internationalmaverick/
Openyonated.com had the opportunity to see the “Beast Woman” show at the Prop Theater located at 3502 North Elston. It’s a showcase of phenomenal women from various backgrounds with a diverse set of talents. Check out our coverage from the show!
Openyonated.com had the opportunity to experience Back Of The House Poetry for the first time and it reminded us of a kickback of friends gathering to shoot the breeze. The theme of the event was “When Men Speak.” It was hosted by Jeronimo & Kent Wade of Solace Souls. The event is sponsored by Mahogany Brickhouse and did not disappoint! There were a lineup of men who definitely brought the heat in addition to open mic participants. Take a look at some of the footage from the show and make sure that you follow Mahogany Brick House on social media to stay in tune with what she is doing.
On the surface everything seems easy but behind the scenes it takes work and the heart of a hustler to get things done! #TheHustle will follow the busy lives of people that make things happen. Everyone says “Oh anyone can do that!” until they actually have to do it themselves! Peek in as Mr. Openyonated and the Blue Lady discuss #TheHustle
What is manhood? What separates the men from the boys? What characteristics should men of valor possess? Author Marco Anthony takes us on a journey to break it down using Job 31. Everyone is familiar with The Proverbs 31 Woman but, what outline does God leave for the man? Now before you say “oh this book is only for religious people!” I will tell you that even though the bible is being used as a template the lessons are universal. In addition, why wouldn’t you want to check out some lessons from one of the best selling books of all time? The book contains 14 guiding principles that if implemented promise a life of self control, strong relationships, and focus! The book definitely has some gems in it. I believe that there is nothing new under the sun but it can be packaged differently to appeal to a different audience at a different time. I really enjoyed to book, it caused me to examine my life practices and take an inventory of what was working for me and why it isn’t working. If you are ready to go on a journey toward being a better man this book is definitely a read that you want to add to your library. You can connect with the author on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marcoanthonyloves/ and on Instagram as @marcothpoet The book is available on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Job-31-Man-Marco-Anthony/dp/1540670236/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501036195&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=a+job+31+man+marc+anthony
What does one do when all of the odds are against them? What action does a man take when the naysayers are watching and looking for him to break? CEO TRU gives us a look into the mind of a man on the ledge. The mixtape opens up with “Man On A Ledge” an exclamation from the artist that makes the statement ” You thought it was a done deal for me but I’m still here and strong!” The mixtape is filled with anthems and gives you a look into the mind of a man who is making attempts to be focused toward his goals. In addition to Track 1 “Man On A Ledge” I think listeners will enjoy track 5 “Chasing”What I like about the mixtape is that it pulls back the curtain on the mind of some of our Black men. Quite too often we write them off but CEO TRUE shows us that he is resilient and focused . The beats and the catchy chorus’s definitely will extend the shelf life of “Man on a Ledge.” I had the opportunity to meet CEO TRUE on a visit to Atlanta while in line at an album signing for David Banner. He definitely seemed like good people. If you are looking something that you can get crunk I think this will definitely get you there. To keep up with CEO TRU make sure that you follow him on social media. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CeoTru/ Instagram @Ceotru
On July 15th 2017 Blaque ButterFli made her debut with her first CD “Your Wings Are Ready.” She spread her wings among family and friends at a packed showcase that featured; David Jarecki, Kai Love, Tebe Zalango and Mannarzm. The event was hosted by Hood Raised, General of Team At Ease . First and foremost the event was pretty much sold out which is not an easy task for most people! It was well organized and all the evidence of a well oiled machine was there. Blaque Butterfli is a major piece of the puzzle at Team At Ease and you could definitely see why, I don’t think there was a stone that was left unturned in regards to making the event a success. She definitely set the bar high with her launch. The atmosphere was energetic, there didn’t seem to be any lags in the program and everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. In addition to being a cd release she was also celebrating her birthday. I personally can say that this cd was a great debut! You could tell that this was not a rushed product. Often times artists can be in a rush to get something out and don’t dot all of their i’s and cross their t’s but this was not the case with this cd. The project consisted of a mixture of signature pieces as well as new offerings that were not only pleasing to the ear but made you think. I have not seen one negative review about the album. One of my favorite pieces on the album was: “Your Wings Are Ready” which describes her life her life inside of her cocoon which enabled her to emerge with strength. Another one of my favorites on the project was “Black Man.” I liked this piece because of the flood of people who often make it their business to attack, and belittle the Black man. Blaque Butterfli proves that she is definitely not one of these women, she instead chooses to uplift the man in her life “I Am A Writer” who coincidentely is featured on the piece as well. Rarely do you purchase a project where you enjoy all of the pieces but I do on this one. You will be inspired, laugh and get a closer look into the mind of the woman that we know as Blaque Butterfli. She is a woman of many talents; you will see her as a solo artist, co-host of Rhema Rhetoric, and instrumental piece of Team At Ease. You can connect with Blaque Butterfli on her fan page https://www.facebook.com/B2flyInk/ as well as her individual page https://www.facebook.com/2bflyink In addition you can reach her on Instagram at [email protected]_butterfli7207.