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“Remembering Trevor” – by DJ Sicari

 

 

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     This is a very difficult post for me to write. On Thursday Oct 9th, 2014 around Noon, an evil opportunist took it upon himself to rob and murder one of Detroit’s most dynamically creative, loving and dependable youth, Trevor Collins (18 Yrs Old). Trevor has a big heart and always offered to help me out at 5e. He was motivation for me to improve my health and continue to keep pushing to develop our space to better serve as a safe space for youth to access and creatively express themselves. As a visual artist and an “All-Styles” dancer, he was excited to be a part of 5e Gallery.

 

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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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     Trevor was a not only a visual artist, but a dancer, a sculptor, he would custom upscale clothing, maintain the gallery’s t-shirt displays and he made amazing smoothies! Everyone loves him. He had no enemies and was always there if you needed him. He quickly became family to us and we love him very much. He also became the cornerstone of the developing fresh fruit smoothie program at 5e. He was a well-rounded amazingly talented young man. He would bring his niece Nebrea to the gallery if he had to babysit and we would sit, talk and simply have good times. I am honored to have been a part of such loving and amazing young peoples lives.

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     One Tuesday just after SGI, a beautiful Buddhist collective who chanted every Tuesday at 5e at the time, completed their session, I began spinning some eclectic dance songs to prepare for our usual Tuesday open mic event. I wasn’t paying much attention, but I just happened to look up from the turntables and noticed an impromptu dance battle had broken out between a few of the Buddhists and Lou Xiou, one of our DFY youth members. They went back and forth for a couple rounds but the Buddhists dancers pulled out a routine. I thought “Only at 5e Gallery would you see something like this… Lol!” I wondered what Lou was gonna do because he was by himself, Then out of nowhere Trevor pops up and him and Lou pull out a routine they’d been secretly working on! It was mind blowing to see! I didn’t know they danced like that at this point, so I was blown away. They finished the routine, We all clapped and cheered and the battle ended not long after that. No winner was proclaimed as the entire thing was just to have a good time. The smiles on all of our faces and the heightened positive energy in the room made us all feel like winners.

 

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     I could tell a thousand stories about Trevor’s experiences at 5e Gallery. I simply wrote this to give those who didn’t know him a little insight on the kind of young man he is. I have a hard time typing in the past tense when discussing Trevor so I continue to say “the kind of young man he IS.” I still feel his energy, willingness to help and his love of 5e. I still hear him laughing with Z’Niyah and playing with Moziah. I still see him practicing with Lou Xiou and talking with Romaine, HB and others. He will be missed dearly by many.

     The monster that took him from us has no idea the true impact of his actions. He just saw a flat top, ear buds and a cell phone. He didn’t see the sculptor behind the DTE tower made with pipe cleaners for James McMullen his 5e Sonic Makerspace mentor or taste one of the perfect smoothies Trevor would make and serve during 5e Gallery events. He didn’t see how Trevor helps his mother and myself thru our disabilities or how much he loves and cares for Nebrea or the good friend he IS to us all. He took one of our true angels and left a void in our hearts. The saddest part of all of this is truthfully, I believe if this person would’ve asked, Trevor probably would’ve helped him too.

     Please help us raise the $5k needed for Trevor’s funeral expenses. Here’s the link: http://www.gofundme.com/trevorsfund?pc=fb_u All Donations are Welcomed and Appreciated!

     There will be a fundraising event organized by Trevor’s family at 5e Gallery’s New Space (8120 Grand River Avenue Det, MI 48204) on Saturday, October 18th at 3pm. Please come by, make a donation, see some of Trevor’s artwork, tell your Trevor Collins story and celebrate the life of a very dynamic young man.

     Thank you for reading about some of my experiences with someone I am absolutely honored to know. May He Rest In Power! I Love You Trevor – DJ Sicari

 

Trevor Tribute

The DJ Sicari Experience Blog Post: Dlectricity 2014

Greetings,
I must say… I am blown away by how amazing and fun this past weekend was. Where do I begin…?

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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.

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I remember feeling some reservation for a couple reasons. One, I hadn’t spun what I call a “Marathon Dj Set” like this in a while. Although, I practiced mentally preparing for this day for quite sometime, it truly felt like it came quickly and was upon me before I knew it. Two, I knew my role in the show as dj and host would be major so, I had my work cut out for me.

Along with the normal pressures that come with organizing an event of this magnitude, I also am fighting Multiple Sclerosis and am coming back from my legs being paralyzed a year ago. I’m actually in the process of teaching my body to walk again. I told myself “I would be off the “rolling walker” and at least walking with a cane by Dlectricity.” Increasing my mobility was truly a goal for me by the time I had to perform at this show. I’m happy to say I did it!

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.

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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.

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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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Each performance was awesome! Detroit Windsor Dance Academy, House Of Bastet, Hardcore Detroit, Motor City Rockerz, Ill Minded Stylez, Pavilla Rock and everyone who had on a costume or was a puppet contributed to lifting our city’s spirits on those two evenings. It felt like we were in the Caribbean celebrating and dancing our hearts joy out. To see a sea of smiles in the crowd because of the music I played made al of the stress, work and overcoming of obstacles worth it. I look forward to our doing it again soon. Stay Tuned and Shine On! – DJ Sicari

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If interested in supporting the 5e Gallery Expansion Project so our cultural Hip-Hop programming can continue, click the “Donation” button. Support The 5e Gallery Expansion Project.

Since 2007, 5e Gallery has lead a cultural movement utilizing Hip-Hop cultural arts for civic engagement, youth empowerment, life-skills development, building community, and most importantly nurturing people.

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The New 5e GR

Greetings,

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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“American Revolutionary” The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs “Sneak Peak” Free Community Screening

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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!

 

Sponsored by:

POV/PBS

Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty

D. Blair Theater @ Cass Corridor Commons

5e Gallery @ Cass Corridor Commons

 

THANK YOU TO ALL 5E GALLERY SUPPORTERS!

5e Gallery Appreciation Ceremony!

il_fullxfull.354236141_acpvAs a donor to the “Help to Save 5e Gallery” campaign, You are cordially invited to an exclusive 5e Gallery Appreciation Ceremony this Friday, September 27, 2013. from 6P.M. – 9P.M. at 5e Gallery’s current Cass Corridor / Midtown location; 4605 Cass Avenue Detroit, MI 48201. This complimentary appreciation engagement is designed to update and thank all 5e Gallery supporters who contributed donations to our “Help Save 5e” campaign.

At the event, you will hear:

  • The current status of 5e Gallery.
  • How your contributions helped 5e to survive.
  • Why 5e moved.
  • New 5e Gallery programming developments.
  • The success of 5e Gallery’s Summer Youth Maker Space initiative.
  • The History of the space we currently occupy.
  • How you can further support the gallery.

Also, Donors who have not received their incentives, can pick them up at the event, or arrange to receive them during next month’s Incentive shipment. 5e Gallery’s out-of-town Supporters that have yet to receive their incentives will receive them during next month’s shipment as well.
We, at 5e Gallery, look forward to seeing you this Friday evening. We greatly appreciate your Love and Support of Detroit’s First and Only Hip-Hop Art Gallery. Because of your generosity, 5e Gallery remains the Home of Positive Hip-Hop Expression and Community Arts Engagement.  From the bottom of our hearts… We Thank You.

Future Events

Every Tuesday 5e Gallery Presents The Foundation –
Celebrating Women in Hip Hop

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All-Star Event: The Foundation of 5eGallery 4th Anniversary of Celebrating Women in Hip Hop

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Learn more about TheFoundation of 5eGallery: click here to visit our page on this site 

THE EVENT

The Foundation of 5eGallery is excited about our 4th Annual Women in Hip Hop Celebration on May 14, 2013, Tangent Gallery, 715 E. Milwaukee Street (New Center Area) 7:00pm – 2:00am.We are proud to announce Mae Day as the Featured Artist this year and the Legendary Jessica Care Moore as our Host.

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 JonesD.S.SenseInsiteThe 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.

Tickets:

$10.00 General Admission ::::: $5.00 Advanced Tickets

Sponsorship:

Packages of $100-$1000 Available

Press Contact:

Robin Mackie

(313) 670-4416

rmackie313@gmail.com

A live broadcasting of the event will be streamed.

Show Schedule

7:00-Doors Open-DJ Auset (Spinning Jazz, Soul, & Hip Hop)
7:00-8:00-Mix, Mingle, Merlot (Industry Networking Affair)
8:00-8:15-Documentary (Film Screening: a sneak peek “The Foundation of 5eGallery”)
8:15-8:45-Cipher + Open Mic (backed by Detroit’s Newest Awsome Band: Atoms&Ease)
9:00-10:30-OuterSpaces (Invincible, Las Krudas, Climbing Tree Poetry)
INTRO OF HOST JESSICA CARE MOORE 
10:30-11:00-Jessica Care Moore
11:00-11:30-The Foundation Collective (Mahogany Jones, D.S.SEnce, InsiteTheRiot, NiqLoveRhodes)
11:30-11:45-MaeDay
12:00-12:30-Lola Valley
12:30-2:00-DJ Xo (Spinning Contemporary Hip Hop from her New Mixtape “Pink Holiday”)

PURCHASE TIX2PURCHASE 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

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THE ARTISTS:

Jessica Care Moore

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jessica Care moore is an internationally renowned poet/ publisher/ activist/ rock star/ playwright and actor. She is a five-time Showtime at the Apollo winner; has featured on hip-hop mega-star, Nas’ “Nastradamus” album and was a returning star of Russell Simmon’s HBO Series, Def Poetry Jam.
She is the Founder of Black Women Rock! A concert, panel and workshop series dedicated to supporting and inspiring women who play rock and roll music. blackwomenrock.net
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Mae Day

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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”.

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OuterSpaces

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More than a performance, OuterSpaces is an experience. Featuring the spitfire wordplay of Invincible (Detroit), the soul-stirring spoken word of Climbing PoeTree (Brooklyn), and the irrepressible flow and flavor of Las Krudas (Havana). Audiences will step into a parallel universe where possibilities are endless. Invincible’s impeccable lyricism decodes complex truths of power and politics, and the science of social change. Climbing PoeTree’s compelling cadence stretches the mind and expands the heart on the edge of outrage and inspiration. And Las Krudas twist fierce feminist hip hop and afro-cuban flavors to uplift a message that makes movement irresistible. Accompanying the wordplay of these 5 dynamic performers is stunning video projection, beat boxing (human breath pounding out rhythms on mics, pan flutes, and bottles), hand-made music boxes, and cutting edge instrumentation. In every tour stop, the artists create intentional spaces that not only lift consciousness around social and political issues, but also expand audiences’ capacity to imagine another world.
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LOLA VALLEY

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Rising like the sun and shining just as bright, Lola Valley is the dawn of an original sound. Widely respected in the industry, Detroit is known for producing cutting-edge talent and top-notch musicianship. With its mix of dirty funk, soulful R&B, clever hip-hop, and melodic alternative rock, Lola Valley lives up to that reputation and reminds us why Detroit has earned the name Motown. Lola Valley is a colorful group of diverse, multi-talented women coming together to produce a rainbow of sound. Drawing from a wide variety of influences such as Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday, Parliament, Frank Zappa, Outkast, TOOL, and Metallica, these ladies make beautiful music rooted in individuallity. Each member contributes her unique element to the sound. Lola Valley blends these energies and influences, trancending age, race, and genres to create an entirely new aural experience for the 21st century. Aggressive vocals mixed with insightful lyrics attack your conciousness, touching on all subjects from the political to the struggles and joys of all types of relationships. Backed by organic music that helps drive the emotion home, no matter who you are, Lola Valley is playing your song… With their distintive hooks, eclectic look, uncompromising musicianship, unique songwriting, and compelling live show, Lola Valley ignites a stage. Classy and sexy, the integrity, intensity and mysterious sensuality of Lola Valley will make you glad to be a man and proud to be a women. Lola Valley is the new soul of the Motor City… ..
Members: MonicaBlaire: Vocals/ percussion… Emily Rogers: Bass/ oboe / Percussion… Sarah Reznich: Guitar/ Bass / Keys… Aisha Ellis: Drums / Percussion… Angelica Moross: Keys/ Vocals…
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DJ XO

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Detroit’s breakout female DJ, DJ XO, releases her debut mixtape Pink Holiday catered to the ladies with a splash of flavor for the sophisticated contemporary cosmopolitan women! Pink Holiday- Ladies Night Edition features tracks from Front Paije, Ella and Rosie, Lady Te, Selena Jordan, DollHouse, Keely, LaBritney, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Lil Wayne, Joe Budden, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Rihanna, Juicy J, Cassie, Trina, Lola Monroe, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, and Tiara Thomas. Booking information: DJXO313@gmail.com
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B-Girl Mary “MaMa‘” Marmaryhardcore

Reppin Hardcore Detroit Crew. Hardcore Detroit@ has expanded worldwide and consists of talented individuals who love music and the arts. Hardcore Detroit® has been providing professional urban dance entertainment since 2001. Not only was Hardcore Detroit® voted Best Dance Company by Real Detroit Readers’ Poll in 2010, Hardcore is highly recognized throughout the Metro Detroit Area and beyond as THE dance entertainment to perform at your event. With explosive dance moves and awesome showmanship, Hardcore Detroit® always delivers.
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Mahogany Jones

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Mahogany Jones’s experience in Hip-hop began in New York under the tutelage of Toni Blackman’s FreeStyle Union. This mentorship led to competing on BET’s 106 and Park Freestyle Fridays, where she left her mark as a 4x undefeated champion in 2001. It also opened doors to share stages with such notables as Dead Pres, Rah Digga, The Roots, India.Arie, Gil Scott Heron, Talib Kweli, and Kem. ​

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.

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D.S.Sense

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Her music is a reflection of her city (Detroit) and the best it has to offer complete with emotion and urban innovation. The purpose of her music is to blend and mix all genres of music that have influenced her. By doing so she hopes to introduce different styles and rhythms to an audience that otherwise would not have acquired these sounds on their own.
She was honored with svmixradio.com 2012 Female Performance Artist Of The Year!
In 2010 Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith founded Glomboy Productions “Because Good People Deserve Good Music” TM as an additional avenue to promote and produce music/concert events, advertise artist and businesses that compliment their brand, showcase music, artist, and concerts to a broader range of audiences who otherwise would not have access to their underground existence.
Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith presents her newest project “SPACE AUDISSEY”.
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Encouraged by her mother, Insite began writing rhymes reflective of her daily experiences. Crafting rhymes addressing a myriad of topics, Insite has literally sought to incite a riot in the minds and hearts of all who listen. “Insite basically means to encourage or urge on, stimulate or prompt to action. A riot is simply a brilliant display or an unbridled outbreak. Basically the music is a call to action. That action may be getting involved in your community or just believing in your dreams.” After a stint with the underground hip hop collective U.G.I.N.C, Insite began performing as a solo artist.
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‘NiqueLoveRhodes

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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).