As a fan present for the birth of 911, holding on tight through the evolution that would gradually transform into Familiar Faces, refamiliarzation is not a challenge for me, the band has always stayed ahead of the curve, effortlessly. For almost ten years I spent my late nights and early mornings, happy hours, birthdays and meet and greets in constant refamiliarization. From Bud’s Nightclub to Safari Steakhouse and Zanzibar, from the Tradewinds to the Heart & Soul Café, I still can’t hold back singing the real words to “911” even when the radio spins the clean version. I could do … Continue reading ReFAMILIARization
Pulling up to the 7-11 for a quick Slurpee fix, I eye Dude in the Red Shirt, sitting on a milk crate as he prepares to pounce on me with some type of line once I get out of my car. One hand smoking a cigarette, the other hand grasping a cup, foot tapping to the new Junkyard I’m blasting, he seems capable of gainful employment to me. But what do I know? Not able to judge him or his circumstances, I’m still not giving him no money. I have long been turned off by panhandlers, particularly the ones that … Continue reading Panhandlers: To Give or Not to Give?
Nena Brown Writer View all of Nena’s Articles . . ——————————————————————– Posted up on MLK avenue SE, sipping pinot grigio out of a plastic cup, I put my pinky up in celebration of the fancy, bright and artsy atmosphere inside the Gallery of Vivid Solutions. Welcome to the unveiling of (Un)Lock It: the Percussive People in the Go-Go Pocket by Thomas Sayers Ellis, a collection of Go-Go related photographs, related paraphernalia and posters. They say a picture is worth a thousand words; how do you begin to translate a phenomenal exhibit of sporadic, tasteful, but candid photographs spanning years of … Continue reading Stepping Inside of a Pocket that Reveals THE Pocket
Nena Brown Writer View all of Nena’s Articles . . ——————————————————————– In the clip below, Nena checks in with lead vocalist Kacey of Black Alley band, as she talks about her beginnings and current stability with Black Alley, how they categorize themselves in this genre of music, the definition of “Soul Garage”, and future and upcoming projects. CHECK OUT CLIP BELOW: Continue reading The TMOTT Check-In – Session #3: Nena Takes on Kacey of Black Alley
Nena Brown Writer View all of Nena’s Articles . . ——————————————————————– A Chat with Kangol Kid About Mama Luke “I have successfully gotten Hip-Hop involved in the fight against breast cancer, this is the first time Hip-Hop has gathered for such a thing. We are going to put that OOMPH that Hip-Hop has into it, as we do in everything.” declared The Kangol Kid. OOMPH…can only be described as that skill and will to battle that is embedded in Hip-Hop, artistically or against adversity. That oomph prompted Kangol to contact his celebrity friends including LA Sunshine, Dana Dane, Roxanne Shanté and other … Continue reading A Chat with Kangol Kid About Mama Luke
Session #1 Nena checking in with Scooby “Frank Sirius” Marshall while backstage at the Cedric The Entertainer Concert – 1st Marina – Baltimore, Maryland. In the session, Scooby speaks about Lissen, Pandora, the Cedric tour, the go-go awards, and opinions being like assholes… or something like that. WATCH AUDIO/VISUAL CLIP BELOW: Continue reading The TMOTT Check-In – Session #1: Nena Takes On Scooby