LoDo's 30 Days of Thanks
Day 3: Thankful for my amazing parents
Growing up as a little kid, I never realized how lucky I was to have an amazing mother and father. Sure, I knew that some kids only had a mom or dad, and I knew that some had another guardian taking place of mom or dad.
As I got older, I would hear my peers discuss their relationships with their parents and I realized I was one of the lucky one. I'm very thankful that I was blessed with the most amazing parents one could ask for. They've taught me the lessons every child needs to learn: sacrifice, putting others before yourself, that true happiness doesn't come from money or material things but the time we spend with those we love, and what it means to be a partner in a relationship.
When my parents met each other, my father had a son and daughter and my mother had a son. After 2 years of dating they married and created their very own "Brady Bunch". Both being single parents, they welcomed each others' children with open arms and became "Mom and Dad" to everyone; our house was always open to all of our friends, and everyone was always welcomed into our home as family whether they were related or not. They are both school teachers, and continue to spread their knowledge and love to all of their students, making sure they all know they are important and cared for.
3 years ago my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to make the difficult decision to undergo a mastectomy. Throughout her treatment and numerous doctors visits, her strength has shined through. My Dad was there by her side every step of the way, making sure she felt strong and beautiful.
I could dedicate an entire blog to all the amazing things these two wonderful people have done. They're a true inspiration, not just to my siblings and me, but to everyone whose path they cross. Love you Pops & Susie Q!
[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)
Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)!
Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!
Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions
We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!
In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system.
LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.
New Music Friday! The Workin Class "Through The Storm" ft Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond
The Class got so much love for "All So Simple" & "Oath To The Money", so they decided to drop a new track featuring friends of wC Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond! "Through The Storm", features a dope instrumental by Dree combined with a powerful N^2 hook with thought-provoking lyrics by Malik Diamond & Unknown. The combination is dope, but don't just take my word for it....click the play button and see for yourself!! (Available streaming free on soundcloud & also available as a free download).
Today marks 1 week until the release of Daydream, The Workin Class's sophomore EP, and to celebrate we've released the official tracklist! Check out the update to see the official tracklist, along with the dope album art (c/o the talented Noah Surratt). Is it July 4 yet? Cause I'm ready for the world to hear some new Workin Class!!!! wC^ aToJ^
LoDo may have been a little quiet on the aToJ blogoshere, but we've been hard at work! The month of May was a busy and exciting month, including the second WPRK 91.5 Our Show's "LiveR" hosted at Orlando/Winter Park's very own hip hop community center The BBoy Spot. June is set to be an even busier month, leading up to the 4th of July release of The Workin Class's sophomore project "Daydream".
Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.