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1 – Hello AtLas… could you tell us a little of your journey into music, where you’re from, what inspired you to rap and make music, who were your inspirations?
I’m from the Bronx. I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated all forms of music, but I found my voice in Hip Hop at a very early age (7 years old). Aside from listening to Motown and the like, I saw myself reflected in folks like MC Lyte, and Slick Rick. Hearing them tell such vivid stories that were so easy to visualize made Hip Hop look like so much fun. But I credit Da Brat and Lauryn Hill for making me want to pick up a mic for myself and share those stories with whoever would listen.
2 – Before we go any further, could you explain the role of Coole High (
@CooleHigh) in your career?
Coole High has been very instrumental in helping to create these most recent projects. He is the sole producer on ‘Pseudo Mythological Celestial...Read More
By Aisha Graham
SHEmovement got the opportunity to speak with the lovely Miranda Writes. At the youthful age of 19, she’s alreadyworking to break barriers. Miranda takes pride in writing all her own music and believes that although “you have the right to remain silent”, people should still speak their minds. Which inspired her stage name, that shall soon become a household name. Inspired by life’s experiences, she also draws inspiration fromthe state of today’s music industry, which furthers her aspirations of being a positive role model for today’s youth. Although, strongly influenced by hip hop, Miranda listens to all genres of music including alternative. Her favorite bands includeThe XX, Peter Bjorn and John, and Mike Snow. However, hip hop holds a special place in Miranda’s heart. One day, she hopes to collaborate with artists such as Eminem, Rakim, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, and Jay Z.
At the age of 16, Miranda began doing covers of other artists’ songs, such as the Wu Tang Clan. The following year....MORE
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MC Lyte Tops the Charts with New Single "Dear John," and Paves the Way for the #EducateOurMen Campaign
PRESS - LOS ANGELES (October 7, 2014) -- Legendary BET Lifetime Achievement Award Winner MC Lyte continues to blaze trails with her first chart-topping single in eleven years, "Dear John," featuring Common and 10 Beats (the first release from MC Lyte's upcoming LP, which is slated to be released later this year). "Dear John" (listen at www.mclyte.com) is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show each year since the organization's founding. This year, the foundation will present scholarships earmarked to send men of color to Dillard University (www.educateourmen.info). Hip Hop Sisters Foundation is also beaming with the appointment of its new interim Executive Director, Monica Newman McCluney, who comes to the organization with a strong background in leading educational, corporate, and philanthropic programs and initiatives. In her role, Monica will further develop HHSF's growing base of national partnerships through innovative programs, increased brand presence and new initiatives.
"The single 'Dear John' is just the beginning of our mission to infiltrate the musical airwaves and tell the story we want to see with language of empowerment. #EducateOURMen is a timely campaign that will engage holistic methods to empower our men and heal people of all cultures in our nation and world. I am excited about partnering with Common and 10 Beats on the single and with Russell Simmons, Jeff Johnson, Dr. Damon Williams, Kenny Lattimore, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Dillard University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough, and other members of our advisory board as we expand the reach and impact of this important initiative," says Chairman and Founder MC Lyte.
The MC Lyte #EducateOURmen Scholarship is open to high school seniors applying for fall 2015 admission to Dillard University. "Dillard University is pleased to be a partner with MC Lyte and the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. Her desire to educate our men is consistent with the work we've done at Dillard, not just on campus, but in the broader community," beamed Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of the prominent HBCU in New Orleans, LA. Applications for admission to Dillard University must be submitted no later than December 31, 2014. Initial scholarship winners will be announced during the Red Carpet pre-show at this year's Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, NV and additional winners will be announced during signature events and awards shows in the first and second quarters of 2015. Jada Pinkett Smith, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Salt, and Nicci Gilbert are just of the few celebrities who support the foundation's movement (www.EducateOURMen.info).
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By Monie Love
Truthfully, it appears the violent trend of assaulting women has woken up the world by way of mass marketing itself through varied genres. Through Sports, Music, TV, and Hollywood, this ongoing and perhaps hidden epidemic has required our undivided attention at this time! With that said, this young lady, who is nice on the Mic as a rapper, suffered a horrible assault and became another shameful notch in the violence against women trend. Clearly we can assess this is a bigger problem and not isolated to whichever area each case originates from. This is a mindset that lives within many men that rears its ugly head at one time or another.
There are a variety of reasons that can be applied to why these 'Lash Outs' occur. I'm no Counselor, so I'm not going to attempt to analyze such behavior; but I can speak based on personal experience. I've found that men whose mothers ok'd their mediocrity contributed to a later insecurity. Developing once that man came face to face with women NOT so willing to ok their mediocrity and rather required greatness. These types of men begin to feel inadequate when his significant other isn't petting him like his mother would; and in his anger and frustration feels that forcing respect is the angle to take. A warped sense of superiority, but still insecure at the end of the day; and what a wonderful job the mom did to help create this dislodged mind set.
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We recently caught up with yet another dope emcee by the name of JSass aka Jennifer Askew. A few years back she caught my eye on a ThisIs50 segment. She has been featured on SHEradio in the past and you will definitely be hearing more. Here's the