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When Trevor would walk in the door at 5e, he often would look at me with disappointment if he didn’t hear my resounding baritone greeting of “Peace!” exclaimed from across the room. I usually shouted “Trevo!!!” after that and shook his hand. He was a little over 6-feet tall, athletically built, had a flat top that reminded me of my high school days, and always wore ear bud-styled headphones. He was a lover of music but didn’t force everyone to listen to it by blasting it on the computers at the gallery, only in his headphones.
I remember after he’d been with us a few months, asking him what kind of music he listed to. He refused to tell me lol… because he thought we were so “Hip-Hop” we wouldn’t appreciate “Skrillex” or “Brick and Lace” a couple of his favorite artists. When he realized that I, as a DJ value all expressions of great music, he opened up and let us see his other creative talents.
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Our Hyper Interactive Hip-Hop Carnival installation at Dlectricity 2014 was truly a celebration from beginning to end. Our sound was brilliantly set up by Brandon and assistants from OCD. It was a dream system for a dj to have at an event of this nature. Marz Media provided our stage, lighting and projections. Ralph Talyor, Jeff Sturges and myself, as a team, organized the cultural presentations with the contributions of so many beautifully talented people with just plain good energy.
I djayed and hosted for the entire installation. Although we only had a commitment to providing two 45min sets, the dj comittment was from 6p to midnight and like Bambataa would say “The Rockin Don’t Stop!” I felt like the pioneer djs in the parks in the 70’s droppin breaks for the b-boys / b-girls. I really saw the importance of the dj in this show. It was something we didnt really discuss in detail. We all thought I would spin for maybe an hour before the show and then roll into the performance.
I turned it into a celebration utilizing the principles of True Hip-Hop Dj performance. Took people through different genres of music the only way I as a “DJ Sicari” could and kept them dancing under the giant disco ball we installed.
On Friday, after the warm set, it was approaching 8pm. I was ready to start the show. I received a message from Brandon that there were a few technical difficulties and the team needed time to work them out. They said the lights would go black as a signal to startI looked out at the crowd and noticed it was truly elbow to elbow. I was asked to stall a little bit. Assessing the crowd, I thought “it’s party time!” By judging the demographic of the crowd I thought to myself “Where should I start?” I relied on what my brother DJ Slopoke and I called the “The Formula”. This is when we take listeners on a trip thru time. It starts with backyard boogie and works it’s way to whats new and now.
I went to Prince, MJ, Rick, Stevie… Detroit Barbecue Classics. I took that into some Hip-Hop Classics and kept it movin to today’s sound. I think I ended with Vic Mensa’s “Down On My Luck”… It was fun. Next thing I knew, 45mins had passed. The crowd was partying and having fun. Then the lights went off… I thought… “Showtime!” I had everyone make noise for themselves and thanked them for partying with me and began the show with “It’s Just Begun” – Jimmy Castor Bunch.
What made our installation interactive was truly the party aspect. It’s something about Soca and Caribbean music that motivates everyone to dance like nobody’s lookin’. Each scene transformed from Hip-Hop to Soca. We brought Carnival to Dlectricity by the end of each performance. So much so, the party from the first show continued until the next show began, hence the marathon set.
If you know me, you know I’m a turntable purist. I don’t spin preplanned mixes or just let a playlist run. I spin record for record from start to finish. It’s the way I was taught and the principles I hold as a true dj. What I find amazing every time I spin is how the true celebratory nature of Hip-Hop culture becomes the essence of any show I do. It’s the essence of everything I do. The entire day at our stage was truly a multi-generational celebration. I was very proud to see our city’s youth and families dancing to songs they hadn’t heard before while experiencing and learning a new culture.
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As you may know, 5e Gallery has moved to a larger building located at 8120 Grand River Avenue. The new 5e location not only will better accommodate our globally recognized Hip-Hop Cultural Arts Awareness, Life-Skills and Gender Equality programs, but also allows us to expand our 5e Sonic Makerspace Program to include a production lab where youth use math, science and electronic technologies to innovate, design and produce conceptual products.
We are asking for your funding support to help 5e buy equipment, furniture, paint and supplies. Your generosity will allow 5e to make necessary interior design renovations to house our expanded programmatic vision.
To support the 5e Gallery Expansion Project, click the “Donation” button. Thank you for your continued support of 5e Gallery’s Hip-Hop Cultural Arts and Awareness programming!
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It is truly an honor to host a “Sneak Peek” screening of “American Revolutionary” in 5e Gallery / D. Blair Theater @ Cass Corridor Commons. As warriors in the struggle of achieving peace and justice in our lives, it is only right and well to honor and celebrate those who have selflessly paved the way. Grace’s work in the community has globally impacted and inspired social activists immensely (Ironically… I’m actually wearing the Boggs Center t-shirt dedicated to her husband James “Jimmy” Boggs right now; #Solutionary). The film highlights Grace’s accomplishments and gives a deeper understanding of what her life is like as an “American Revolutionary.”
You can attend a sneak peak screening of “American Revolutionary” The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs on Wednesday June 25th, 2014 at 5e Gallery / D. Blair Theater before it airs on POV/PBS June 30th 2014. Admission is Free! (Only Free!… What a Steal!) Hope to see you there!
Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty
D. Blair Theater @ Cass Corridor Commons
5e Gallery @ Cass Corridor Commons
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The Foundation of 5eGallery weekly Tuesday night showcases ensure the presence of Women in Hip Hop, & respect our voice. The strength of the event is that we welcome any Artist with similar values and a desire to positively continue the evolution of Hip Hop in Detroit and worldwide.
The Celebration of the Foundation of 5eGallery 4th Anniversary featured performances include indie-funk band Lola Valley with Lead vocals by new soul singer Monica Blaire, critically acclaimed female lyricist Mae Day and breakout female DJ XO spinning for the evening who’s highly anticipated mixtape Pink Holiday dropped Valentine’s Day. Internationally renowned poet Jessica Care More will host our celebration. The evening includes the Fresh New OuterSpaces Tour including Invincible , Cuban Hip Hop Duo Las Krudas and Wonder Sisters Climbing Tree Poetree. And of course a we’ll be Blessed with a Powerful performance by The Foundation of 5eGallery All Woman Emcee Collective consisting of Mahogany Jones, D.S.Sense, InsiteThe Riot, & NiqueLoveRhodes.
B-Girl Mama (Hardcore Detroit) will be rocking the dance floor
Visual Artists: Nicole April Carter, HELP, Colibri Harris will be Painting Live on canvases.
5eGallery is in existence to this day to serve Detroit with continued support from The Arts community and Philanthropists like Kem, Dwele, Amp Fiddler and many more Artists and Art Supporters throughout Metro Detroit and beyond as well as organizations such as East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Allied Media, Detroit Future and Modern Evolution. We ask for your presence this date to continue with the vision and the strong foundation 5e has built.The 5E Gallery, Detroit’s foremost Hip-Hop based art gallery and live music performance space, is dedicated to serving Detroit’s creative art and music communities. Artists of all facets enjoy utilizing our space to create, showcase, and sell their respective works of artistic expression. Detroit has one of the largest visual art communities in the country and is home to many musical movements that have impacted the world.
$10.00 General Admission ::::: $5.00 Advanced Tickets
Packages of $100-$1000 Available
A live broadcasting of the event will be streamed.
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE : THE FOUNDATION OF 5e GALLERY 4th Anniversary Celebrating Women Love in Hip Hop ON NEPTIX.COM
Download Or Press Release Here: Women in Hip Hop Celebration – PR
Jessica Care Moore
In the words of the legendary MC Lyte “I want to let the world know about Mae Day, she’s coming, I’m proud to know it and proud to say it…..Look for her!!!”
She’s officially returned with the released of her new project Love & War: All Ain’t Fair. The album, which is produced entirely by Witt of DeNotes Production, is 13 cohesive joints about love and the battlegrounds it emerses from. Mae Day has gone from performing in local talent shows as a child, to opening up at Detroit’s State Theater, Hart Plaza, and the legendary St. Andrews Hall- to name a few. She’s also rocked crowds at innumerable clubs, venues, and colleges and universities in and out-of-state, such as The Palms Hotel of Las Vegas, Club Element of NYC, various venues for SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX, and more. “Mae Day is what I refer to as a true Master of Ceremony. One of the few artists of this generation who takes her artistry serious, and I look forward to hearing her music and watching her grow from Detroit MC to a mainstream star,” says Lenny S, V.P. of A&R Def Jam. She was named as one BET’S Top MC’s and MC Lyte has also given Mae Day her seal of approval saying, “Nobody is messing with Mae Day, she’s in a class all by herself”.
Members: MonicaBlaire: Vocals/ percussion… Emily Rogers: Bass/ oboe / Percussion… Sarah Reznich: Guitar/ Bass / Keys… Aisha Ellis: Drums / Percussion… Angelica Moross: Keys/ Vocals…
In 2004, the New Yorker made Metro-Detroit her home and began recording with The Yuinon, appearing on 4 compilation albums (The Prequel, Genocide, H.E.R Project, and The Sequel), and released her own album, Morphed, with Ron Lee of “What’s the Irony Productions, the creative force behind her soon to be released collaborative project, Pure.
Mahogany Jones also assumed the role of a community leader, using hip-hop to mentor Detroit’s youth multiple times a week with The Yuinon, Mahogany is a co-organizer and Host of the Foundation of 5eGallery.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, ‘NiqueLoveRhodes is a hip-hop artist that provides social commentary and inspirational messages with every song that she writes. This can be seen in all of her songs such as “In Your Eyes,” “Rise Up,” and “Love Heals All.” ‘NiqueLoveRhodes is an artist that not only speaks to her audience but speaks with and for her audience as many recognize themselves in her lyrics. With what she calls third way music, ‘Nique creates feel good music that is universal yet subversively thought provoking.
‘Nique has a sincere passion to ignite positive change, provoke critical thinking, and challenge and inspire a generation of people through all that she does. With this passion, ‘Nique has expanded beyond the realm of music as she is a social activist, youth advocate, and motivational speaker. ‘Nique is also the Founder and CEO of Speak Out Loud Entertainment (a socially conscious entertainment company and artist collective) and Third Way Movement (an urban youth and community outreach organization).