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MAKING AMERICA’S FINEST CITY A LITTLE MORE IRIE

Making America’s Finest City a little more Irie The Island Vibe Music Festival comes to San Diego

Story by Aimee von G
Images by Cheryl Andaya

On June 24, island music fans throughout Southern California kicked off the summer music festival season and filled the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field with positive vibes. Cultural pride was celebrated on the huge lawn or in the VIP section.

And of course to round out the festivities, food vendors brought on the Aloha noms–from mouthwatering malasadas, scrumptious spam musubis, and palatable poke nachos. Wash it all down at the Beergarden, and attendees could head down to the Island Vibe Vendor Village to check out unique wares ranging from jewelry, clothing, and art.

Kush County kicked things off on stage. Spawnbreezie brought on his musical blend of R&B and Hawaiian sounds, while Lea Love featured her new single “Say It,” a fun and flirty track perfect for the summer season. Kimie brought on her lush sounds, and also released her new single “Bamboo.” Katchafire was the headliner, and really pumped up the crowd in their signature mellow yet energetic way.

In addition to some of the best Polynesian recording artists on the scene, fans also enjoyed beautiful performances by Dancers of the Pacific, featuring traditional dances from the islands of Hawaii, Chamorro, Tahiti, and Samoa.

The Island Vibe Music Festival is brought to life by the non-profit organization, Prime Motivation. Established in 2004, its dedicated team is committed to promoting cultural diversity by engaging their audience through education programs, multi-cultural events, the “Inspire our Youth” Art of Dance, and rewarding talented youth with scholarships.

This year’s event was a great way to arouse the palates of island music fans for the summer. Until next year, a hui hou!

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http://islandvibemusicfestival.com

Another Con in the books with Baltimore Comic Con 2016

The 17th Annual Baltimore Comic Con arrived this past weekend to its home at the Baltimore Convention Center. With thousands in attendance, this was a really awesome year.

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BCC held no stops for celeb fan fare this year with the lineup of Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Candice Patton (The Flash) & Michael Rowe (Arrow). We were also honored to have the 2016 “Guest of Honor” Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

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I really like this con because it really shows love to the “comic” book fans. Comic powerhouses had a great presence this year. Boom!, Valiant & Visonary were in the building, along side my new fav After Shock.

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The Harvey Awards were great this year with graphic novelist Vivek J Tiwary had the crowd laughing and entertained the entire night. The prestigious “Hall of Fame” award went to the creator of MAD Magazine, Al Jaffee.

The exhibit floor was filled with really great cosplayers and talented artist. From create your own comic company “Webtoon” to 3-D figures from “Mucky Chris” to Nerd Love dating advice from Harris O’Malley, it really was a little something for everyone.

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I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!

Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Tour Coming Soon

Game Of Thrones score composer Ramin Djawadi is set to tour North America with a choir and orchestra starting early next year.

The series was announced at a live event today in Los Angeles that reflects how the production will “recreate the various realms found throughout Westeros and Essos as well as showcase footage from the show in addition to all new imagery created exclusively for the tour” through “innovative music tour production and video technology”.

Game Of Thrones will begin the first half of its final season likely after the tour’s completion in April.

Tour Dates:

Feb 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Feb 17 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Feb 19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Feb 20 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Feb 22 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Feb 23 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
Feb 25 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Feb 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Mar 01 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Mar 03 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
Mar 04 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
Mar 06 – Boston, MA @ TD Bank Garden
Mar 07 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Mar 09 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
Mar 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Mar 12 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Mar 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Mar 16 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Mar 17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Mar 19 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Mar 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
Mar 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Mar 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Mar 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Mar 29 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Mar 31 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
Apr 01 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
Apr 02 – Portland, OR @ Moda Cente

Complex Media Launches ComplexCon Convention in Long Beach

Complex Media has announced that they’re launching their “ComplexCon” convention/festival this year. The event will take place November 5-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center.  The convention/festival is setup for attendees to focus on five major features; watch, listen, shop, taste and experience.  This will include art, food and live concerts.

Complex media brought on two heavy weights to be on their committee: Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami.  Williams will take on the role of cultural director and host committee chair, while Murakami will be in charge of ComplexCon’s brand identity.

Currently, ticket prices range from $35 for one day or $60 for both days. Keep in mind, the live concerts in the evening will be priced separately.

For more information you can check ComplexCon via their website http://www.complexcon.com/

Takashi & Much More at the Baltimore Tattoo Convention

Written & Images: Renita Clarke

The 2016 Baltimore Tattoo Convention was held in downtown at the Convention Center this weekend. The main floor was filled with tattoo artist mainly from the east coast, but folks came from far and wide to hopefully get inked by an artist they might not otherwise get to meet. The stage gave you a good break form the tattoo action with acts that included suspension and some cool sets with nails and a lot of sparks to the face. Another added perk throughout the weekend is all the cool vendors, such as, Inked and Fukitt.

One of my highlights was catching up with my main man Chris Blinston. Chris was on Season 6 of Ink Master on Spike TV. When I tell you his portrait tattoos are amazing. You really have to see his work live. You can find Chris at the “No Hard Feelings Tattoo & Piercing Gallery” in Coral Springs, FL.

The other highlight was Takashi. Takashi is a master of the Tebori Method of Tattooing. Takashi home base is at Runin Tattoo in Brooklyn NY. Takashi use of the ancient art of Tebori, keeps in in very high demand. He was booked for the whole weekend of the convention.

Check out some of the images from the convention:
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Baltimore Comic Con 2015 Recap

Written & Images by Renita Clarke

Baltimore Comic Con was a lot of fun and it’s great to see the steady growth of this convention. From Ming Na to creepy masks to fame illustrators, we can’t wait to share the images from this year with you. What stood out the most for us this year was to excellent cosplay and kickstarter projects. It’s a testament to the resilience and the heart of the showrunners- Baltimore Comic Con will continue to grow and be one of the power house comic conventions in this industry.

*All Photos by Renita Clarke / 2015 All Rights Reserved

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Brandy’s Run in Broadway’s Chicago Wrapping Soon

Written & Images by Renita Clarke

Grammy winner Brandy Norwood extended her engagement in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre, until August 2, 2015.

Norwood, who starred opposite the late Whitney Houston in the most recent TV version of “Cinderella,” is currently making her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart. Originally scheduled for an eight-week limited engagement through June 21, was extended due to popular demand. (Note: Norwood didn’t perform June 22-23 and June 27-28.)

We had the honor to see the show and meet Brandy this past weekend. The show is and Brandy is amazing and a must see. You have one more week to catch Brandy before Rumor Willis (Dancing with the Stars) takes over.

Brandy as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy during her Meet & Greet after her performance in Chicago as Roxie Hart. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy during her Meet & Greet after her performance in Chicago as Roxie Hart. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy during her Meet & Greet after her performance in Chicago as Roxie Hart. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy during her Meet & Greet after her performance in Chicago as Roxie Hart. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy during her Meet & Greet after her performance in Chicago as Roxie Hart. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015
Brandy during her Meet & Greet after her performance in Chicago as Roxie Hart. Image by Renita Clarke © 2015

Exclusive: Dutch Masters WRAP PARTY Baltimore Recap

Written & Images by Renita Clarke

Dutch Masters Wrap Party Tour stopped by Baltimore this past weekend with DJ Drewski & Cipha Sounds. Dutch Masters crafts cigars, cigarillos, and palma coronas, since 1912. The lounge vibe was nice, the drinks were flowing (S/O Effen Vodka & Courvoisier), music on fleek, and Dutch Masters were being passed. Perfect for the summer time! Catch the Wrap Party when it hits your city. Must be 21+ to enter the event.

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Blackstar Film Festival Premieres “They Die By Dawn” in Philly

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Photography by Renita Clarke

Jeymes Samuel’s “They Die By Dawn” is a fantastic 51 minute film based on the true lives of African American cowboys.

Saturday featured the premiere of the film at the 3rd Annual Blackstar Film Festival at the International House. The screening was sold out. I would say the crowd loved it as they laughed and even spoke back to the screen as the action was going on. Then we were blessed to have a great and informative Q & A with actor Michael K Williams (The Wire, Broadwalk Empire, The Sopranos).

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Jeymes was able to assemble a who’s who all star roster of greats actors, such as, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael K Williams, Jesse Williams, Erykah Badu, Nate Parker, Bokeem Woodbine and Rosario Dawson.