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DJ Unstable turns the tables yet again! Only this time he joins forces with DJ Shabba for a downtempo, mesmerizing mix of some of the most tantalizing tracks by Jeremih, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller and more.
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In honor of Valentine's day weekend, instead of choosing some lovely, romantic R&B hit from the past, I decided to turn cupid's arrow in the opposite direction. Back in 2004 (crazy that was 12 years ago), Staten Island singer Eamon decided to find closure in a troubling relationship in a different way. Hence, "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)", the song my 13-year-old self could only play aloud when moms wasn't home.
Check out the audacious song and music video below. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! :)
The interpretations of diversity and multiculturalism have evolved tremendously with the impact that millennials have had on social change within the last decade. From the legalization of gay marriage to the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, our words have transcended to more action, which is essential in a generation where diversity means much more than just the color of your skin.
As a college student and a Student Affairs employee, I can attest to how the evolution of diversity and multiculturalism has transformed the millennial student experience. For example, preferred names and pronouns offer students the opportunity to share their proper identity with the institution and their constituents. The realm of LBGTQ identities have become so unique that the option to pinpoint your specific preferences opens the door for more inclusion, especially for those who don’t refer to themselves as cisgendered.
I want to talk about an experience I had. I worked as an Ambassador for the Office of Admissions at Illinois State University for 3 years of my undergraduate career, where I conducted and executed tours for daily visitors and high school groups. We had many student groups from inner city Chicago who would come to campus and I would always ask my supervisor to schedule me to run the tour because I knew how to make them feel comfortable and instill confidence in them. They would be loud and rowdy, but very excited all at the same time. Many times, they would make comments about the students they saw on campus and wondered if we even had students “who looked like them”. They would say things like, “I don’t think I can get into a school like this” and “I want to go to a HBCU (Historically Black College or University) where I’ll be included and feel more welcomed”. It was important for me to stress the positives of being a student of color at a PWI (Predominately White Institution) and how there were many student groups and clubs that represented many cultural backgrounds that were open to everyone. More than just selling the school to them, I wanted to put myself in their shoes to help change their attitudes about being around people who didn’t “look like them” and motivate them to be more optimistic. Yes, their behavior was a bit impulsive and defensive, but moreover, they were only 13-16 year olds who were only accustomed to the racial groups in the neighborhoods they grew up in. Deep down, they were very timid and scared to be around so many people who they’ve never interacted with before and felt like they were going to be attacked.
The media certainly has its way of influencing mean world syndrome amongst its viewers, readers, and listeners and this instance was a prime example of that. That’s why it is up to us to shake those stereotypes from the minds of the youth and make them feel assured in any environment. On the contrary, the media has become this generation’s fuel for action. Despite the negative views and comments about particular groups, there has always been an effort for positive change that has come from these occurrences. For example, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested in Irving, TX last year for bringing a homemade clock to MacArthur High School, which teachers assumed was a bomb. In a nation disturbed by the news, much honest responses in support of Ahmed arose, especially from educators, leaders of all denominations, and even the president himself. He was invited to the White House for “Astronomy Night” and had a great time interacting with President Obama. It was there when Mohamed notably stated a Dr. King-inspired quote to shed light on his experience, “Don’t judge a person by the way they look. Always judge them by their heart.”
The Black Lives Matter movement is another great example of how our generation has combated the negative forces of the media and used it to our advantage to bring awareness and ignite social change. In the wake of the many murders of our young, black men and women from many instances of police brutality, incarceration, and racism, protest groups have organized and utilized social media platforms as an avenue to express their anger, hurt, and cry for a better tomorrow. These protests, peaceful and impulsive, have made it to international coverage and invited the whole world to get in on the action. Videos from China, India, and the UK of marches with signs that included the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag; musicians like J. Cole and Lupe Fiasco who travelled to Ferguson, MO to support the people; the many photographers who got out on the front lines, risking their lives and reputations to capture moments that help shed light on the impact of the movements that made history. This is the integration of multiculturalism at its finest in the 21st century. We are educating each other and working together to make a difference.
There are many levels to what one may define diversity and multiculturalism as. I liked to decipher it as unity, lifting as we climb, building confidence, educating, and recognizing that ignorance is bliss. I am very hopeful for the future. I feel that we are slowly but surely focusing more on the positives and the beauty of our backgrounds despite the many challenges thrown our way. We have created power and cohesiveness with the use of a hashtag. We are not afraid to stand in front of our oppressors like our parents and grandparents did in the Civil Rights and Black Panther movements. And with these small victories, we are showing the kids that they have a voice that matters. That is why we need to continue to invest in today’s youth, planting our wisdom in them early and making them aware of the changes in our society and what they can do to help. We need to continue to teach them to love and embrace who they are and not be afraid to share it with the world. And with situations constantly changing in this country, the melting pot in which we coexist will continue to expand for a more inclusive tomorrow.
HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH! This is the time when we celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our brothers and sisters that paved the way for us to be who and where we are today, as well as showing appreciation to those who continue to strive for a better tomorrow. In celebration of this triumphant national holiday, businesses and organizations all across the city of Chicago are hosting an array of events to signify our distinct culture, stand up for our rights, and make you just oh, so proud to be black:
*Feb. 7 - 14: Inaugural Chicago Black Restaurant Week*
Check out some of the best black-owned restaurants the city has to offer. Visit www.chicagoblackrestaurantweek.com for more information and deals.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1684470365144324/
*Feb. 12: (In)visible Men Opening Reception at UFAT Gallery*
Stare into a black man's eyes and feel his story come alive as artist Ricardo Lewis brings his daring exhibit to the Pilsen neighborhood. Apart of the Chicago Arts District's 2nd Fridays. FREE
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1017883854948264/
*Feb. 13: Solidarity Day Chicago*
Be a part of the First Annual Solidarity Day in Chicago to stand up against police brutality, violence in our neighborhoods, and spread peace throughout the city. Visit the link below for details.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1687506148162982/
*Feb. 20: SIB's Breakfast Club's 6th Annual Black History Month Celebration*
SIB’S Breakfast Club highlights black businesses, HBCUs, and Greeks this year for their 6th year celebration at the Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center. Tickets are available NOW via Eventbrite.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/361693307288056/
*Feb. 21-27: Black Fashion Week USA Live in Chicago*
Support the SLAYmasters as they design and model the looks for this exceptional event. There will be two evening fashion shows: Friday Feb 26th 6pm-9pm at the Cliffs Dwellers Club (www.bfwusafeb26.eventbrite.com) and
Saturday Feb 27th 6:30pm-10pm at the Southshore Cultural Center
(www.bfwusafeb27.eventbrite.com). Visit www.blackfashionweekUSA.com for more details.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661646594121143/
*Feb. 27: Bronzeville - The Musical at Chicago Theater*
CHICAGO’S BRONZEVILLE is a musical story that fosters, promotes, and increases the public’s knowledge and appreciation for the significant achievements of those who developed Bronzeville. Click here to purchase tickets.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/998369890221463/
It's 2016 which means us millennials will grind harder and support each other's dopeness along the way. Hence, welcome back to Unstable Mix Mondays where we feature the latest, hottest mixes from up-and-coming DJ Unstable.
Born and raised in Chicago, Unstable (also know as Sam-Well) has always had a keen interest in music. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and DJs at gigs all around the Windy City.
Simmer down in this freezing weather with Unstable's Winter Heat Mix below. And don't forget to follow his Audio Mack profile here.
Being such a music enthusiast, it's always hard for me when my favorite artists pass away. You get so invested into their music and how it spoke to you, and accompanied you in all situations that you feel like you lost a piece of yourself (my friends all know how I was when Michael Jackson died). Well away went my heart when I heard of the passing of David Bowie late last night. He was seriously one of the most unique characters in the arts world. The authenticity, the art, the style, the culture, the philanthropy, and most of all, the music.
I was a huge David Bowie fan growing up. I always found myself discovering different genres of music that I wasn't exposed to regularly and came across "Space Oddity". Being a teenager and struggling with the things that teenagers experience - doubt, fear, wanting to be liked - this song spoke to me. I went on to explore more of his genius works and admired his carefreeness. "Under Pressure" is the song of the people and one of my favorites of all time.
I then had the pleasure of experiencing his exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago 2 years ago. The Windy City was actually one of the only US cities that featured the exhibit so it was a pretty big deal. My boyfriend, not knowing much about the artist, surprised me with tickets for our 3rd anniversary because he knew I would enjoy it. It was a 90-minute interactive exhibit that transcended you into the curious mind of Bowie and his many characters. His music videos, fashion, movies, career choices he made (some successful, some that failed)... I was completely intrigued! It makes you appreciate an artist more when you see them in such a light.
I just knew with festival season coming up and with his new album out, he would be touring... Sad that I will never get a chance to see him live. His legacy will continue to live on through his fans and the many artists he inspired.
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT ... R.I.P. DAVID BOWIE
Chicago Soul Singer BJ the Chicago Kid recently recognized the 16th anniversary of one of his favorite artist's records, D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)", which dropped Jan. 1, 2000.
As if the song didn't hold enough weight for itself with D's immaculate vocals, the music video transformed it to pop success, featuring the sexy vocalist in a light the world has never seen from him.
His manager Dominique Trenier was the mastermind behind the clip, who thought the video would add a personal connection to D'Angelo and his fans.
"We didn't want an on-screen love interest. We wanted him to be able to make contact with whoever was watching it one-on-one," Trenier said, in a 2000 New York Times article.
We celebrate D'Angelo and his alluring assets in Assorted Candy's first #TBT of 2016! View "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" below.
Happy New Year Sugar Addicts!
I wish nothing but a joyful, prosperous 2016 full of blessings for you and yours! Starting Assorting Candy Media this past September, at the start of my first semester of grad school was a risky one. I just knew I wouldn't have enough time to get it off the ground or write much of anything. But with the support of some of my great friends near and far, readership and website visits were booming in the last few months of 2015! THANK YOU!
As we indulge in the new year, ACM will continue to take off with new partnerships, business ventures, and of course, more blog posts underway. STAY TUNED!
Satisfy your SWEET tooth for entertainment!
- Shaunie B.
A Vibe article reported the success of one of 2015's biggest hits:
"It was a big year for the “Whip/Nae Nae” rapper, Silento. Not only did his single take over pop culture, including making cameos on Dancing with the Stars and on Instagram with Riley Curry adorably mimicking the dance, but it also earned him $100,000. And now that payday is going to get a lot sweeter as the 17-year-old has just signed a contract with Capitol Records."
This is what I like to see. People are always complaining about how "kids can learn these dances but can't *insert some nonsense here*" but songs like these with no cursing, no violence, no boasting is what the kids need. It's what I loved growing up with the Harlem Shake, the Dougie, and the Soulja Boy, and what our parents & grandparents loved with the Twist, the Hustle & the Jerk, and look how that dance has changed and resurfaced. These cultural phenomenons have existed forever and brought families and friends together to release all of their cares and even taught them how to dance.
Recently, many educators have utilized these pop culture dances in the classroom with their lessons. Some may call it ridiculous but I think it is genius! You have to relate to the kids and get them excited about learning. Why not add some fitness to it too?
All in all, I am proud of the success Silento has received from the hot track and applaud people like him and Dlow who are getting our babies off the couch and promoting "positive" music in our troubling society.
I'm so excited about the music I have been listening to lately. I'm a HUGE hip hop head and just wanted to share some of the new & not so new stuff I've been vibing to lately, thanks to Spotify:
Curren$y - Canal Street Confidential
Taylor Bennett - Broad Shoulders
D.R.A.M. - Gahdamn!
I Don't Like Sh*t, I Don't Go Outside... - Earl Sweatshirt
Phryme - Phryme
But You Caint Use My Phone - Erykah Badu
Late Nights - Jeremih
Professional Rapper - Lil Dicky
Rodeo - Travis Scott
GO:OD AM - Mac Miller
Revenge of the Dreamers II - Dreamville
& as always, TPAB - Kendrick Lamar
Be on the lookout for some reviews soon. You're welcome in advance :) #HipHopHeadsUnite
Shaunda Brooks is a Graduate student at Columbia College Chicago, studying Arts Management. She received her B.S. in Journalism at Illinois State University in May 2015. For more information, visit her website here.