Monthly Archives: March 2012

SOUL Powered (Chicago)

Taste Makers, DJ Tiff-NY, Jaytoo (thedjyomamaluv), and Brotha Onaci (The People’s DJ Collective) will energize the dance floor on 4/12 at the Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago). They promise a musical experience that will have you groovin’ to old school soul & funk classics and mashing up the dance floor under the influence of now school bangers from all over the world. Be prepared to get re-acquainted with your natural movement as the music speaks to your body intelligence.

FREE Until 11:00PM $3 from 11:01 until…
Drink specials all night!
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Tru Skool Tuesday: Joe Budden Asks, “Who Killed Hip-Hop?”

Is hip hop dead? I don’t believe so. But rapper Joe Budden (among others) claims that it is. That being the case, he’s interested in a bigger question: who killed it? It’s an interesting piece, definitely worthy of some discussion. Check it out here and please feel free to share your opinions of both the topic and the song.

Mixtape Monday: Reggae Ambassadors

Lion’s Den Radio is now streaming live on Caribbean94.com every Thursday from 10:00pm-12:00am EST! Lion’s Den host, DJ Champé, invited yours truly to spin periodically. You can check the video & mix (mistakes and all :p) from last Thursday HERE. It includes an interview with Jamaican actress and singer, Summer Angel, and much more goodness!

— Much Love

Ol’ Skool Sunday: It’s A Felabration My People!

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t a left you without some” Ol’ Skool to step to! I’m just realizing that this is my first (and only) Ol’ Skool Sunday post this month. To make up for the absence, i promise to have some great music! And because my inspiration for this week’s post is Fela! the broadway musical, and the several days of Felabration that accompanied it, i’m confident that the selections will be extra good. So without further ado, i present to you, Ol’ Skool Sunday!!!

And of course, no Felabration is complete without some Fela Kuti!

Liberation Culture: To Speak Out & Anti Up

Sometimes “conscious” folks get into a habit of complaining about problems. Between the Trayvon Martin killing, police violence, hateful right-wing propaganda, etc., it can be difficult to refrain from raising a critique or two. And, some of us are also known to always have a less-than-flattering assessment of popular music culture in the U.S. of A. That’s why, as a self-styled Turntable Liberationist, i am always pleased to hear music that speaks out against injustice and begins to imagine a better world for us all.

One example of this is a great timeline of hip hop songs that declare war against police brutality. Many thanks to Project NIA for putting this together and maintaining a daily attack on the “justice”/prison system. Visit their website and show them some love on Facebook after you view their interactive timeline: http://www.dipity.com/prisonculture/Police-Violence-Through-Rap-Music/

Next is a dope track by my homeboy, FOUR (Fire of Underground Rap). The song, begins with the emcee invoking the spirit of Trayvon Martin and the countless others who fell victim to the evil actions of man. Listen to this track and leave FOUR some much-deserved feedback on Soundcloud:

— Much Love

A Path to Healthier Eating

People often ask me for advice when they desire to create a healthier diet LIFE-it. Out of these conversations, as well as my research, self-reflection, etc., i’ve developed a strategy that may be helpful to folks going through that process. I mention vegan and raw food often, but the ideas can be applied to and embraced by those who eat animal products as well. This is a work-in-progress, so i’ll update it periodically as i learn more about healthy living.

Beginning
If i’m ever famous, then the saying that i hope people associate with me is that being vegan and/or raw is harder to think about than to actually put into practice. It’s as simple as cutting an apple or making a delicious Green Smoothie! [note: i strongly encourage that you CHEW your green smoothies as opposed to gulping them down. it will help you digest better and allow you more time to listen more carefully to your body as you eat.]

As you begin to cut animal products from your meals, don’t worry about protein.You’ll get enough unless you try (very hard) not to! Instead, think about trying a variety of veggies, especially the green leafy ones. Look up recipes on www.vegweb.com, www.fatfreevegan.com, etc. There is a list of great websites below. Consider what meals you already like, then look up the vegan versions of those recipes.

Stay away from sugary foods and added salt as much as possible.I’ve experimented with this in a variety of ways. I noticed that i feel my best when i’m not adding much (if any) salt to my recipes. Also, try to consume only a minimal amount concentrated sugars and high-sugar fruits (agave, honey, dates, raisins, figs, etc).

Raw Caesar Salad

Finally, eat organic green leafy veggies with every meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner).It’s not as difficult as it may seem. Begin your day with a green smoothie, have a hearty salad with lunch, then maybe eat some lightly cooked greens with dinner. If you’re eating a head of lettuce or bunch of greens (along with other veggies) each day, then your body will love you!

I emphasize vegetables because i, and many other people, have made the mistake of being junk food vegans. We depend(ed) on processed, fake meats, tofu, etc. There is nothing wrong with consuming these things in moderation. But some folks overdo it. Also, many of us depend too much on fruit and nuts, which can also be a bad thing.

Drink More Water. Make the eight glasses of water thing your bare minimum. Most of the natural health experts suggest drinking half of your body weight (in ounces) worth of water. In other words, if a person weighs 160 lbs then s/he should consume 80 ounces of water each day.

Getting Good at It
Invest in some appliances that will help you become more creative with your edible art! You may want to purchase a good blender, food processor, high quality water filter (at least something like this), juicer, and dehydrator. If you only get the first three, you’ll be very happy. I highly recommend a juicer, because i believe that drinking store bought juice is similar to drinking soda and artificial “juice” drinks. Having a dehydrator is also a great investment for people who are serious about eating raw and/or low-heat (under 105º) prepared foods. It definitely makes more options available for anyone who’s trying to diversify their recipe book!

Soak your nuts and seed before eating them. One naturepath told me that they’re “1000% healthier that way.” I believe it!

Learn the best food combinations: http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/digestive-physiology-and-food-combining/food-combining-rules.html

Eat alkaline forming foods:
http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/Alkaline-Foods-Chart.htm

Helpful Practices
Find other vegans to hang out with. People seem a little less hostile to vegans now than when i first started down this path. Even still, it’s great to know people with whom you can eat out without worrying about whether their preferred restaurants are TRULY vegan friendly (i.e. complete separation of vegan food from animal product food). You may also want to attend some of the local vegan meetups like these: http://www.meetup.com/The-Raw-Chicago/ and http://rawfood.meetup.com/222/.

Cleanse/fast regularly. Most of the health gurus recommend doing a variety of cleanses that help the body purge built up wastes and toxins (environmental and edible). How often one should cleanse/fast is debatable, so check with a variety of sources and decide what’s best for you.

Patronize Vegan Restaurants.I personally don’t like to eat out very often. But, i do find it important to make sure that fully vegan dining options are available. So, when i go out to eat at these places when the option is available. Some of my favorites are Cousin’s Raw Vitality (Chicago), Yah’s (Chicago), and Chicago Diner (yes, it’s in Chicago), Spiral (Dallas), Green (San Antonio), Go Raw Cafe (Las Vegas), Lovin’ It Live (Atlanta)… The list could go on for days, especially once i get my D.C., Baltimore, NYC, & Detroit spots on the list. The food is great, and my non-vegan friends often prefer these places over the many options!

EXERCISE!!!
There’s no getting around it! In order to help your body function at it best, you must exercise. You don’t have to do P90x in order to feel great; you can walk to and from the grocery store and do some yoga, purchase some exercise DVDs that have “beginner,” “intermediate,” and “advanced” level workouts, and/or ride a bike to work. And, there are exercise routines floating around the internet for people of almost ALL levels of ability. I’ve found that the best exercise for me is that which i work into my lifestyle. Get creative and imaginative, and GET MOVING!

Recipes & Health Advice:
http://therawdifference.com/blog/
http://freshblackberry.com/
http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com
http://byanygreensnecessary.com/
http://finallynomoreacne.com/
http://renegadehealth.com/blog/
http://www.aniphyo.com/
http://goneraw.com/
http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/
http://chetday.com/bethrecipes.html

http://rawveg.info/
http://www.gojuvo.com/
http://www.greensmoothie.com
http://almostrawvegan.com/
http://www.rawfullytempting.com/
http://www.nomeatathlete.com/
http://www.brendanbrazier.com/

Are you creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself? If so, what’s your strategy? What tasty vegan restaurants do you recommend in your city? With whom do you consult for recipes and advice? How do you stay in shape?

– Much Love

You can literally exercise ANYWHERE!


Independence Day in Namibia

Happy Independence Day, Namibia!

Africa is a Country (Old Site)

Not only is it Human Rights Day in South Africa today (read up on its meaning by searching our archive for ‘Sharpeville’), this day 22 years ago also saw Namibia wrestle itself officially free from the same Apartheid claws that were responsible for the massacre in Sharpeville. Which makes it a day both to remember and to celebrate. I’m picking up the Independence Day meme of popular music we started last year. 5 Namibian tunes. First up, Overitje group Ondarata’s ‘Tuvare Tuakapanda’:


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