We caught up with comedian Paul Mooney who took us down memory lane and reminded us how he fellow comedian Richard Pryor wrote a skit 30 years ago about the first Black President... Mooney also talks about why he thinks President Obama is doing good and why all his haters especially 'Black Anglosaxons' need to leave him alone and fall back.
We caught up w/ Houston Mayor-Elect Annise Parker on our syndicated Hard Knock Radio show . She opened up to us about a variety of issues including how and why the political landscape of Texas is changing. She talked about the role Texas' big cities are playing in the political shift from Red to Blue and how Texas' burgeoning Latino population is impacting. She talked to us about how she's been dealing with the national spotlight her victory has brought to her and the city of Houston. She talked about what it means politically that Houston elected an openly Gay mayor.
MC Lyte and the good folks from Brave New Voices including Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Hodari Davis came to Houston to kick off a year long program at Discovery Green that is designed to inspire Green Living, creativity in the arts and the upliftment of Hip Hop culture. We caught some of the sights and sounds of the day...
We caught up with Houston's premier spokenword group Metafour. They came through and held it down at the Discovery Green Festival in downtown Houston which featured MC Lyte and artists who are down with Brave New Voices. Here Metafour show off their skillz by spitting some insightful poems...
Speech talks about the concept behind Arrested Development and how they were one of the first Southern rap groups to get a national platform, which in turn helped open doors. He talks about the evolution of Southern rap and how there are many dimensions to it...
Marlon is a Houston B-Boy who wants everyone to know that Houston has a nice scene that represents 'real Hip Hop". He says its not about commercialism. Its about the art and he his crew Havikoro are here to underscore that point.
Got Soul Sessions Radio is an internet radio station that specializes in urban soul. Romaine Smoots is the marketing director. She talks about Houston's music scene and how Got Soul Sessions has tapped in. She also talks about what the two mayoral candidates need to do if they wish to win over the votes of her listeners. She says be honest and star having more direct conversations.
Houston artist Justice Allah, talks about the new projects he and fellow Houstonian emcee K-Rino are working on. He spits a nice conscious raising freestyle for us and then weighs in on the upcoming December 12th Runoff between Gene Locke and Annise Parker. He tells the two candidates to stop showing up just around election time and the holidays for photo ops.
Michael K Taylor is an award winning poet and artist. He's also a teacher and journalist who is passionate about Houston's burgeoning art scene. He talks about the new energy the city is feeling and how he's embracing the change. He also talks about the Mayor's race between Gene Locke and Annise Parker. he reminds them if they want his vote, they better start showing up to the neighborhoods he frequents. He notes that thus far they've been absent.
We caught up with Houston artist and promoter Craig Long aka BBC. He talked to us about Houston's thriving underground scene and how there's a lot of unity within it. He also talked us about his thoughts on the Houston mayoral race. He gave a personal message to candidates Gene Locke and Annise Parker. He wants them to step it up and fix his streets. BBC explains the significance behind that.