Are you open and honest when you are getting to know someone? When is it appropriate to disclose things like sexual status?
On July 9th Word Warrior presented to the world “Elements of a Warrior” his first studio project. His launch party was on the beautiful rooftop at the Phantom Gallery Chicago in Bronzeville. The event was hosted by Blaq Isis with features by Windy Indie, Sam Trump and the Sax Preacher. He has been known by many names; The Loud Poet, Poet Crazy, Mr Well Spoken and currently Word Warrior. One of the things that sticks out with his performances is his energy. He knows how to stir up a crowd during his performances which is a very important element of performing in the spoken word community. In addition to being a performer he also cohosts an open mic set entitled Well Spoken Live with ALIEN another talented Chicago poet. The stand out pieces on the project for me were #7 “Chicago” Where he calls his city to the carpet on the amount of violence that exists. #8 “Grandma’s Hands” He reminds us of the important role of grandmothers in our lives. and #5 which was a P.O.E.T radio exclusive interview where we learned more about the life of the man that they call “Word Warrior” We loved the production on the album and wish Word Warrior much success on his future endeavors. If you are looking to connect with Word Warrior you can do so on Facebook as Eddie Felton/Word Warrior, Instagram @Eddiebword , Twitter @Amasterport and email, [email protected] As always you can find us on social media on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Openyonated/ and Instagram and Twitter as @MrOpenyonated
On June 30th Just Mike Da Poet released his 2nd studio album entitled “Save Our Children Save R Streets. The album starts out with a prayer asking for God’s covering in what seems to be a dire situation in the city of wind. If you are familiar with the headlines you will know that discussions about Chicago are in constant rotation. Murder and all kinds of crime are on the rise it seems that there is no hope but, Just Mike is putting his money on those who are willing to get out there and make change happen. In this project he speaks to things as they are, he does not sugar coat the situations that many people are experiencing and he uses snippets from his life to teach and inspire the user. On this project there are a few things that stick out, Just Mike is a believer and not ashamed of stating the fact. In addition, you can tell that he is a man that truly cares about what is going on in his city. We have a few favorites on this album #5 “Vision N Dream” featuring Chris Johnson where he inspires his listens to keep pushing towards their goals, #7 “Our Little Bros featuring Peter Scott & Love God First where he encourages young men to take their rightful places in society and their families , and #8 Only Begotten Son which is dedicated to his son. Mikes CD has moments of inspiration, accountability and teaching. We’ve seen Just Mic perform on Chicago’s spoken word but the cd gave us a closer look into his story. We think that you will find it uplifting and in his words “never give up,never give up and you will succeed!” Grab that album and be prepared for a dose of inspiration! You can find Just Mic on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001593354956 and Instagram as Justmicdapoet
Check out Epic Mic Open Mic’s July edition. This open mic is hosted by Kells & Prolific of Team At Ease. It occurs every second Friday of the month. Be sure to follow them on their Facebook page.
Blaqu ButterFli released her debut cd “Your Wings Are Ready. Her launch event was Fantastic! Check out some of the footage from the event. Official CD review coming soon!
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Alicia “Restore” Spikes is a graphic artist, hair stylist,founding member of Solace Souls and most importantly she is a survivor. On June 25th 2017, Openyonated.com had the opportunity to celebrate the release of her first solo project “Repristinate” We’ve been watching Restore perform for quite some time on the scene even before Solace Souls was officially formed. Her message and delivery have always been powerful and impressive. Restore does a lot of work and it’s normally behind the scenes. She is one of those people who helps to hold things together, those people are always needed in a collective. When you’re part of a collective it’s easy to get lost in the ensemble but she is a force has not gotten lost while serving in a group. We were excited that despite some challenges Restore persevered and is able to present the world with her project. Restore’s album gives you a view into her life, she shares her personal stories. The pieces that are included on the project show strength, vulnerability and I believe that women as well as men will be able to relate to some of the lessons that she presents. The stand out pieces on the project for us were #3 “Addicted” and #8 “Cycle Breaker” In this project we see a woman that has been on a journey, been hurt, used, but has emerged triumphantly. Restore is a CYCLE BREAKER! You can find her on Facebook as Alicia Restore Spikes, on IG as RestorePoetry and of course at Solace Souls Open Mic every 3rd Sunday at the Quarry 2423 East 75th Street Chicago, IL at 7 pm. Be sure to follow us on Facebook @Openyonated on IG @MrOpenyonated as well as Twitter.
Spoken Word Artist Amy Penrod joins Openyonated.com on it’s talking tour! Listen in as she shares her perspective on the hot topic SEX.
SEX is still a taboo subject in many arenas. Why are so many people uncomfortable with discussions surrounding it? We all have different views on it depending on our backgrounds, beliefs and philosophies. It’s also worth discussing since so much is going on in the world! Openyonated.com will be bringing along some friends to tackle the topic over the next couple of weeks.
One thing we know for certain is that International Maverick is consistent with his hustle and that’s why we love his work! It’s always something that you can bob your head to and he does always seems to be himself as opposed to the cookie cutter approach that most artist stick to Check out his new visual and enjoy! Make sure that you subscribe to his You Tube Channel to stay up on his videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCax-9Q8N1s7fatY4iB9E81g