It may seem so hard at times but people change their diets, and by extension their lives, everyday. My twitter buddy Dalia Kinsey also known as Eating Beautiful describes herself as “Hello Kitty Obsessed,Veggie Freak, Totally Awesome Wife, Cat Lover, Womanist, Student of Dietetics/Nutrition”. I knew she knew a thing or two about nutrition so when I heard she changed her diet and got all refined sugars from out of her life I had to ask how she did it. Continue reading
Blogger Gloria founded “Black Into Green”, a blog devoted to environmentalism from an African American perspective. On top of having perhaps the longest standing blog about being Black and Green, she is a mother, a nature lover, and a cancer survivor. Continue reading
Producer Shade Cobain has been generating attention with projects like Cassette Theory: Beat EP and Them Fighting Words Presents: Anti-Love Theory among others. Recently we featured the instrumental “Black Friday (The Price),” a clever statement about the day of shopping excesses that samples The Price Is Right game show theme song. I got the opportunity to throw Cobain some Qs, he threw back some As about producing, Pittsburgh, parenthood and Kurt Cobain. Continue reading
Read Part 1 of my interview with Rasheed Chappell. Here, in Part 2 Chappell and I discuss Twitter, environmental concerns, BP’s oil spill and what’s next for the New Jersey native with a couple downloads thrown in. Continue reading
Peace to independent radio for giving Rasheed Chappell’s song “Building 8″ a spin. It’s dark, Golden Era, Tri-State soundscape matches Chappell’s political and Five Percenter references. I got the chance to chop it up with it’s creator who explained “Building 8″ isn’t a place at all. Download below the jump. Continue reading
I got the chance to interview Emay, the producer of a project inspired by the soundtrack of the movie Where the Wild Things Are, the movie and Karen O, lead singer of Yeah, Yeah,Yeahs. Karen’s one of my favorites so I was all in. The Hamilton/Toronto, Canada native and I discussed the project, producing vs. rapping and what’s next for the talented young artist. Continue reading
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During the holidays my attention turns to those in the military among others. And well, art, music and the environment are always on my mind so I decided to ask my former schoolmate, the incredibly passionate artist Marthalicia Matarrita, a few questions about the unique position of an artist in the military.
She is one of the founders M-Squared Art Productions; a collective grounded in the four elements of hip-hop. M-Squared integrates art and music into the party landscape of New York city with Marthalicia’s specialty in live painting. In this interview she explains how she managed to express herself in the military with her boots.
Madam Toussaint: Please state your branch or the military, your rank and your years of service.
Marthalicia Matarrita: Army National Guard, 91 Bravo Combat Medic. I enlisted on October 1999, and received my HONORABLE DISCHARGE papers on 2005, ending rank: e-4 Specialist. (6 years Active Reserve, and then 2 years inactive for emergency purposes, in case of a home war).
Were you ever in war when you were in the military?
I was called for duty while I was in college in New Paltz, on September 11, 2001 and Continue reading