“I am Art”

1011921_472821049472445_244156984_nThe Rainbow Push Young Adult League began the 42nd Annual International Convention opened Saturday with a thought provoking panel discussion entitled, “I AM… ART”. The intent of the discussion was to explore the impact of Hip Hop on urban inner city youth and revolved around the question, “Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?”

1006259_475901442497739_1812197279_nFeaturing five successful members of the urban music and media industries like international music superstars, Lupe Fiasco and Waka Flocka Flame; Marketing and Recording Executive at Roc Nation, Chaka Pilgrim; Digital Managing Editor at Jet Magazine and Founder of The Kyles Files, Kyra Kyles; and Chicago State University professor, Dr. Gerrard McClendon; the panel discussion was masterfully moderated by Dr. Chandra Gill.

996806_475901419164408_1065597936_nThe auditorium was near capacity as music fans of all backgrounds and ages filled the seats for the historic discussion followed by an intense Q&A session. Audience members expressed delight at the genuinely candid dialogue, the intelligent and thoughtful responses of each panelist, and the intergenerational appeal that the event had. The recurring theme of the conversation seemed to be the responsibility of artists and labels as it pertains to the content of their music and how it influences youth culture.

995694_475901569164393_54410138_nArtists are so powerful and can use their influence to bring attention to issues that youth may otherwise not be exposed to. While many audience members may have been secretly hoping for a surprise and spontaneous concert, they did not leave disappointed. “I felt like I was watching history being made,” an audience member said after the event. “I was happy to see Rev. Jesse Jackson and Waka Flocka on the same stage. It gave me hope.”

I was able to take part in this by asking questions from social media! Super fun and great to have learned that Waka Flocka is actually not like people believe. He is very self-educated it appears. So lesson to the “wise” don’t judge a book by a song or a cd cover.

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 2.02.17 PMAlso later I was able to go on ABC news Chicago and speak about the event! Take a look at the video here.

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Back from the dead… It’s MySpace

Reblogged from Ipsum Chicago 

Remember MySpace? Well babies of the 90’s I’m sure you won’t… But us 80’s babies remember it… and we remember its death. It was oldest story in the marketing big book of mistakes:  It took its eyes off the customer. In virtually (haha) every way, MySpace missed the mark.

Well, MySpace trying to make a come back? Selling its self as

“Visually amplified, sonically reborn, this is the new social sound system.”

MySpace seems like a thing of the past but can it return?

MySpace is mounting a relaunch of its brand with a whopping $20 million ad and PR run. A 30-second spot began airing this week on stations for the “young & fun” at heart: Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, Fuse, BET, Adult Swim and ESPN. Get this…. According to Advertising Age. The spot reportedly will also appear Thursday during Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Big Bucks huh? Will the cost be worth the price?
Today MySpace sent out this email Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 9.33.50 AM

Music… That is how MySpace has decided to rebrand itself… It remains to be seen whether the company can change the public perception of Myspace. As the company’s new co-owner Chris Vanderhook noted in an earlier interview with Mashable, “There’s no fancy marketing campaign that will change that overnight.”

Here is also the 90 second video