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BRUNCH WITH SPOKEN WORD-Featuring today’s guest, “Chaquis Maliq” Tags: chaquis maliq brunch with spoken word word life production feature

Today I will be chatting with the talented songstress, Chaquis Maliq. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to interview you today. First of all I would just like to say that I am a big fan of your work. I’ve previously watched a few video clips of you performing, and I found out that not only are you an amazing talent, but very cool and down to earth. I have to point that out because it is so hard finding good talent today that has not allowed their ego to override their gift. How do you remain so humble?

 Well, that is something I believe you learn or it’s already apart of your persona. I’m not a boaster and never have been. Believing you always have room to improve and havingGod in your life plays a big factor in remaining humble. I didn’t always have this voice, so to me God can take it away at anytime. Therefore, I have been checked by God and understanding humility will keep you humble.

 Yes, it definitely will. How old were you when you first realized that you could sing?

LOL! I thought I could sing as a child, truth is...I could not sing as a child. I just sang loud and obnoxious. I was always making up songs and singing the wrong words to popular songs. But to answer your question I have been working on this voice for years. In 2006 is when the voice came through. Even my own mother didn’t believe I was singing when I let here hear my first project “The Demonstration Vol. I” . She asked where I got all the people to sing my background vocals LOL!

Hmm, I never would have guessed because you have such an excellent voice. So, outside the mainstream industry who inspires you the most?

I’m not sure if my role models are considered not mainstream or at least there were at one time. I am inspired by India Aries’ journey and mission with her music. She keeps God in her music...ok ok she made the song “Brown Skin” but that’s her prerogative. Overall she uplifts, learns, teaches, lives, and grows...and you hear it in her music. Her mission is admirable and I intend to create music for the same reasons.

I love India Arie. Her music is definitely uplifting and soul saving. What challenges do you face as a female artist?

Ha! Being a female artist is a challenge in its self. My final answer is coming.... (smiles) Well the music industry has been said to be dominated by men, so that plays a factor too. I’ve ran into a lot of men in this industry that basically just tried to tear me down. Saying things, like: “You can’t start a label without $15,000”- “You can’t write to this kind of production”- “You don’t have a lead voice”-or them not wanting to help at all. Sooooo, I took matters into my own hands and persevered. I used those things that would hinder an average person, and used them as motivation.

I most definitely can relate. That’s why it is utterly important for us girls to stick together. So we know you as an artist right, but what is the side of you that the public never sees?

Hmm… They never see...me display my Love Life. I believe that it’s personal...yes some songs are inspired by it. But if I’m with a guy and truly have feelings...it’s between me and him, not me, him and the world. I don’t believe in Trophy Relationships....

This is true!! I noticed that you have worked with various youth programs and non-profits that serve young people. You have also performed at national events that have called attention to human rights. I commend you for that. Who inspired you to work for change within different communities throughout the world, and how?

Well, I’m from San Francisco and I was born a humanitarian (Smiles). I’ve always worked with different youth programs whether is through school or church. I also, did revolutionary spoken word/theatre…so, it in me. My father is also a mentor and started a young men’s program. It’s in my blood :)

That’s awesome. So tell me, what songs are you the most proud of and why?

Well, I’m actually proud of the songs that I am currently working on with me and my guitar. It’s been a little over a year since I have been composing on my guitar but I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. They are not released on CD/Digitally yet. It’s coming sooner than later.

Oh, I love the sound of the acoustic guitar. It brings so much life to music. That’s one of the things that I admire the most about you. Now tell me, If you could put together your own personal dream band, who would you select and why?

OH WOW! Hmm... Sheila E, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, K-OS, Esperanza Spalding, Jason Mraz…I know...what a combo lol

Lol~You got to love it though. I'm pretty sure that they would produce an amazing sound. What do you enjoy the most in your career?

Meeting awesome, loving people, traveling and uplifting people with my music.

What’s next for you? Where we can pick up a copy of your CD, and please give us the links to your website and fan pages for those who would like to follow you.

My official website is chaquismaliq.com

Follow me on Twitter @chaquismaliq

Facebook.com/ChaquisMaliqMusic

My first project, “The Demonstration Vol. I” can be downloaded for free at:

http://chaquismaliq.bandcamp.com/album/the-demonstration-vol-i

My second project can be purchased at the following links

Bandcamp

http://chaquismaliq.bandcamp.com/album/veracity

iTunes

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/veracity/id455086240

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Veracity/dp/B005G2546M

CD Baby

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chaquismaliq

Thank you so much for having Brunch with Spoken Word!! I enjoyed

chatting with you, and I look forward to all of your future projects.

Thank you for having me, Spoken Word. I really appreciated this. See you soon.

 

BRUNCH WITH SPOKEN WORD-Featuring today’s Guest, “Tammie T. Bell-Davis” Tags: brunch spoken word tammie t bell davis poetic designs pd radio word life production

Today is an awesome, awesome day!! I get to kick it with my girl; Ms. Tammie T. Bell Davis. Tammie is the owner and founder of Poetic Designs. She is also a very talented poet, and host of PD Radio which is broadcasted every Tuesday night from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Please check it out. I’m very excited about this interview because Tammie and I have networked for a couple of years now. She’s been a great inspiration to me through all of her wonderful works.

So Tammie, how long have you been a poet and who or what inspired you?

Well Spoken, I first want to say thank you for this interview. I am so humbled and honored to be chosen as I am truly a fan of YOUR positive light. I have been writing for about 25 years. It started by accident really as I was blessed to have a beautiful little girl whom I named Whitney Monet who died 7 hours after being born due to hospital neglect. Needless to say I was devastated. I didn’t want to deal with anyone and I turned to writing my thoughts down not knowing it was poetry until my mom pointed it out to me. I’ve been writing ever since and that painful loss of my daughter is what inspired it.

Oh man, I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m pretty sure that was very devastating. Being the strong woman that you are, I’m glad to see that you made it through that very tough time. God has blessed you with a gift that inspires the world. Speaking of gifts, could you tell me a little bit about Poet Designs Network?

Sure, Poetic Designs is a brand that started off as just framed original poetry that family and friends requested as gifts. It has now expanded to a multi gift business, a Poetic Designs Social Networking Site where members can Showcase, Network & Shine their creative talents, And now to my newest quest with Poetic Designs Radio under the 6thManRadio umbrella. It has grown more than I ever could expect.

Cool. I’ve seen some of the personal gifts that you’ve created such as gift baskets, pillows, centerpieces, gift favors, invitations and delicious baked goods, and I must say that your work is totally awesome. What are your future goals for this business?

Yes, as you can see there is really no limit to my creative mind, it’s my passion. My goal is to provide quality, unique, personalized gifts and keepsakes that are unique to the individual. In this world of non-originality and lack of personal touches I want my customers to know I will create specifically for THEM to deliver a quality they can only get from Poetic Designs. Also I would love to be able to have a steady stream of orders and customers where I can successfully have it as my primary source of income.

 I believe that you are going to definitely have a successful future all the way around. Now one of the things that I admire the most about you is your wonderful personality which compliments PD Radio very well. What is your vision for PD Radio?

Wow thanks Spoken that’s so sweet! Well my friend Seed, the head of 6thManRadio, offered me the opportunity to have my own show under his network. I accepted the opportunity to further my love of giving an outlet to aspiring artists of ALL talents whether it be Poetry, Music, Photography, Graphic or Interior Designs or whatever entrepreneur skills you have PD Radio, along with my co-host Black, wants to shine our Creative Artist Spotlight on you. And of course we bring you Real Talk, Funny Skits, and that good ole back in the day REAL music.

Yes yes, you guys do. I must say that I really enjoy listening to PD Radio. You and Black also complement one another very well. Nowadays I see more and more married couples working together as a team to achieve their goals. There are a lot of Barack and Michelle Obama’s all throughout the black community. When I hear of shows such as Love & Hip Hop or Basketball Wives it looks like the total opposite of what Marriage and family is really about. What steps do you think that we can take to change that image?

Black is very talented and creative on so many levels as am I, so we do come together as a great team bouncing creativity off each other for which we are blessed to be able to do. Today there aren’t many many positive couples for the children to look up to. What is portrayed on shows like Love & Hip Hop and Basketball Wives will be the norm and accepted for the youth because it’s how black relationships are displayed. They’ll come to believe if they aren’t “living that life” then they’re not living, so sad really. I feel the best way to effect change is to DEMAND more quality shows by showing the networks we REFUSE to watch the degrading shows they put out. If we stick to this the change will HAVE to come.

That is so true. I hardly ever watch TV which is why I’m available online most of the time. lol Television is such a waste today. When we were younger there was way more positive family shows available. Today everything is the total opposite of good. What they call living is not living at all. In fact, most of the things that are promoted through the media are negative. It’s not many willing to demand the change because sadly many blacks follow the stereotypes. That’s what keeps the propaganda going. I for one do not want kids to follow that. I would like them to have real hope for their future which includes a healthy family life. That’s what I call "Living the Life”. If you can’t be a positive role model in your own home, then what example can you really set for those watching. Now For the last decade, the hip hop community has flourished, but there are a lot of people especially those that support real hip hop music that disagree with the poor representation of hip hop music today. What are your views on that?

I think the difference between Hip Hop THEN and NOW is that then there was the LOVE of hip hop, the truest way to express what was happening in our communities or to even tell a simple story. There was a passion for it back in the day, not so much about money but about being HEARD. Today, not so much. Today it’s about the MONEY and that’s why the art is failing, it’s about having a gimmick that’s marketable the clones can blindly follow, Period. But I believe it will get back to the days of before because there is a rising movement to make it so. The way young rappers disrespect the pioneers who paved the way is foul. My boss Bad Seed of 6thManRadio is pushing a movement for Adult Contemporary Hip Hop the same way they have for other genres. The heart of the craft will return once people get tired of their intelligence being insulted by the madness.

I truly hope so. Enough is enough already. In my opinion, there is absolutely no real hip hop representation today in the mainstream media of course. Most mature adults are way past that get money stage, so the Adult Contemporary Hip Hop is an excellent idea. I’m grown and I like to hang out with people my age who are mature and wise. There is such a large catalog of new artists out there, and I dedicate most of my time finding those artists as well. I love music and that’s the only way that I can listen to something real without having to always go back to the golden era. Do you think that hip hop has any real chance of being revived? If so, how do you think that it could be revived?

I do, however the young kids today are way too easily influenced to follow trends that are degrading to them. In order to revive it we have look at the history of how it all started. Just because the pioneers have grown their love of the game hasn’t, in fact, older MC’s will have a more positive affect with music as they have LIVED, and SEEN and DONE what the average young rapper have yet to experience. Change and Growth is a good thing but there are some creative outlets that must be preserved. As with the degrading shows on TV we have to demand a change by not copping the bull that EXECUTIVES in an office deem credible. Listen to the streets and you’ll hear the truth.

I know right. Most of the executives are college grads, but have no real ear for music. I think when it comes to filling those positions they should really look beyond the education factor because in order to find great talent you have to have an ear for music. That’s something that school cannot teach. That’s a gift from God for those who believe. Because many executives don’t have an ear for music, they have created a mess out of what we use to call soul music. It’s now become an all pop genre. Black people never listened to pop in my day. In fact we laughed at it because most of it was corny, which is why Nicki Minaj probably gets such bad press from real hip hop lovers. It’s like a total insult to the whole community. But anyway, I just got word that while Gabby Douglas was training in Virginia, the kids who trained with her often called her names such as a slave. Now the gymnast says that it’s not true. However, I’m from Virginia, and there is a lot of indirect/direct racism especially in the work place and toward those in a lower income bracket such as Gabby Douglas was before she won the gold. Not too long ago, a substitute teacher in Norfolk, Virginia was auctioning off black kids in the classroom to white kids in order to show a demonstration of slavery. Apparently these things happen because there is no real discipline for those who do it. The rumor is that racism is dead so instances such as this are constantly ignored. It’s one thing when we go through it as adults, but what do you think that we can do to prepare our kids for such ignorance?

Honestly Spoken I’m quite sick of it all. I mean I just don’t understand in THIS day why we’re still fighting this madness. Seems to me people are more blatant with the disrespect than the past. For that teacher to demonstrate slavery in the classroom the way she did was hurtful, though I’m sure she thought it was an effective way to learn but it subliminally implant in the minds of the young white kids is that they are better and the black kids feel inferior, just sad and wrong. The world gets crazier by the day and the best way to teach our kids is to have a strong foundation at home which implants in them strength and when they are faced with such disgrace they will have a sense of worth and won’t feel belittled because they know they are better than that.

That’s so true. What do you think about the whole hair issue?  

Hair is hair, make the best of what you have and keep it moving. I’m so over the trivial things such as this. Why is Gabby’s hair even an issue? This young lady has done more and sacrificed more than most of the people who are talking just to be in the limelight she basks in now. Focusing on her hair is just a way to bring her down a notch, shift the focus of the fabulous work she’s done. But she’s strong I see it in her eyes, this too shall pass. GO GABBY!!!!

Lol I know. What sickens me about the whole thing is that it is always one of us. It so sad to say that a lot of kids are teased because their parents may not be able to afford to buy name brand clothes shoes or follow any of the trends that kids follow today. The same way Gabby was distracted when she went for the gold the third time, is the same way kids are distracted in the school system for not looking like top model in a place where you go to learn. The people who were talking were grown which shows you that the fruit does not fall far from the tree. Alright, let’s politick for a moment. Statistically, the black population has the highest poverty and prison rate in America. What do you think that we as a black community could do to change those numbers?

HONESTLY Spoken I don’t know. I mean the black communities, individuals, have to want more for ourselves. As long as people’s minds are limited so will be the change quite simply. Yes the government tries to hold us back that can no longer be the excuse. Every other race helps and supports their own but us. Until we are out of the crab in a barrel mentality things won’t change much. It comes down to the individuals, who come collectively as a whole, to be tired enough of poverty and crime to make the change.

That is so true. There is no real community without unity. The moment we thought that things were looking up for us, then comes drugs which increased the crime rate tremendously. After we cleaned most of that up then comes the negative rappers that promote the things that many of us have already overcome.  So instead of moving forward, it looks as if we are always falling back. I would like to thank you Tammie for taking the time out to chat with me today. I truly appreciate it!! This has been a great interview!! Please give our viewers the links to where they can follow your work.

Again I thank YOU Spoken for deeming me worthy of this interview and for all the positive you are doing through your music, spoken word and social activism, respect to you. 

Poetic Designs Radio: http://pdradio.site40.net

Poetic Designs Gifts: http://poeticdesigns.net

Poetic Designs Social Networking Site: http://poeticdesigns.ning.com

You are truly welcome Tammie and I look forward to chatting with you again soon!!    

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