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
Mr. Openyonated and Mizz Wallace return for another episode of let’s talk about sex! JayeBlue joins in on the conversation! Stay tuned !!!!
We don’t have to operate with a crab in the barrel mentality! We can all win if we work together! Mr. Openyonated has a dose of encouragement for you!
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 @Blaque_butterfli7207.
Her project is also available on CD Baby https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/blaquebutterfli
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.