NYC Show Highlights Artists Biggest Goal: Making It

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Mamma Imma Make It” is no longer just a phrase for struggling artists & dreamers trying to make a name for themselves–its now being branded and packaged as a showcase series featuring underground artists in NYC.

Started by Samantha Alexandra this is the second showcase titled ‘Mamma Imma Make It’.

“The idea came from being bored in my summer classes and thinking of ways to make some money since I didn’t have time to work,” said Samantha.

“I thought a showcase would be something quick and easy, but everyday that I put together the ideas, I fell more in love with it. I know and have heard extremely talented artists and I just want to make sure they are seen and heard.”

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Atomic Vision: Opening Night With Justin Jay West

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They call him ‘young 5 figures,’ and with pieces ranging from $3,500 to $12,000 and showings in galleries from Harlem to Chelsea, this emerging artist is a clear example of being young and doing it.


Last week was the opening night for Atomic Vision, the exhibition of art pieces being shown at the Tria Gallery featuring artists Jay West, Ryan Cronin, and Johnny Taylor. The collection centers around  hard-edged cartoon style paintings, and will be showing through January 7th. One of the featured artist, brought out an overwhelming large following to the debut night, his first gallery opening in Chelsea.

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WATCH: Rye Rye on Music, Fashion and Album

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NESHA chats with Rye Rye about music, fashion and a bit about her upcoming album. Rye Rye is a new artist signed to M.I.A.’s label N.E.E.T. Recordings. The 20 year old rapper is also unofficially known as M.I.A.’s protege, evoking a similar out the box sound and style. What seperates this artist is her passion and integration of dance in her performances. Check out the video above as NESHA chats with the up and coming artist about everything she’s been up to, and what inspired her to be more confident in the unique way that she likes to dress.

ASAP Rocky Performs At Santos Party House [video]

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After the buzz of Fashion’s Night Out started dying down ASAP Rocky and crew turned it up at Santos Party House with a super jam packed performance.  Even Drake was in attendance openly showing his support for the rising new rapper.  Earlier, Drake made an appearance at the Versace store and introduced ASAP Rocky to the crowd there.  He seems to have taken a great intrest in ASAP who is an up and coming artist out of Harlem NYC.  Last week, Drake attempted to tweet Rocky but tweeted a false twitter account, so it was later deleted–but we have a screenshot (see below).

Check out the video below to see the madness that took place when ASAP Rocky and crew took over Santos. Warning: its a tad bit raunchy. Many who have experienced his music say that ASAP has a strong Cali vibe but he delivers it with a New York attitude.  

Watch below and read more to see the photos.

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Jade Performs Beautiful Problems At The Knitting Factory [bonus]

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Check out this bonus clip from the night Blind Benny performed at The Knitting Factory.  Their lead singer JADE performed one of her throwback songs from her first EP It’s My Heart, Cookie.  Watch as she performs “Beautiful Problems.”

I also had a quick chat with Shawn Lawrence James.  He’s the man with the plan that put the whole show together.  He’s known for putting on intimate shows with up and coming talent on the brink to breaking into the mainstream.  Watch to see what he had to say about how he discovers new music.

The next show is in a couple of weeks.  Details and link to buy tickets below.

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Events: Panels, Parties & More

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Ain’t I A Woman: Women of Color Speak On Activism
Featuring Latoya Peterson, Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Lori Adelman, Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Jessie Daniels, PhD, & Anna Holmes with moderators Jamia Wilson, Amanda Marcotte, and Lena Chen, and music by DJ Lobotomy Copter

Monday, April 11, 2011
Mixer 6PM | Panel 7-9PM | Party 9-12AM (RSVP on Facebook)
Galapagos Art Space at 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY
$10 Suggested Donation | Event Hashtag: #AIAW

Long after Sojourner Truth pondered the question – “Aint I A Woman?” we continue to face a white supremacist culture that undermines women of color, young women, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. We’re convening this panel to ignite a discourse about the experiences of women of color in the femini…st movement and beyond. On this night, six outstanding feminists and activists will go head-to-head to discuss race in the feminist movement today.

And a few more events to add to the agenda including a weekly party series and a music showcase.  Details when you read more.

It seems RIP MC is at it again, after his weekly party series at Moomia lounge gained popularity he’s continuing to provide a chance for an electic mix of socialites, artists, and party people to get together and have a good time.  Check out the flyer for details.

Finally check out this May 1st show coming up in NYC featuring rising artists including VADO, Bridget Kelly, Cyhi Da Prynce, Patrick Toussaint, Jessie Idol and more.

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