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War Poets - Hot and Cold American Relationships Tags: war poets american relationships word life production new quality feature entertainment

War Poets are back with their newest EP – Hot and Cold: American Relationships, released by Rock The Cause Records, a non-profit record label based in their hometown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rock The Cause is dedicated to creating community involvement through concerts, workshops and music releases, and over the past 8 years Rock the Cause has helped to create thousands of new volunteers as well as financial support for organizations like Children’s Cancer Research Fund, MusiCares and others.

Hot and Cold: American Relationships, comes out on November 4, 2014 with a portion of proceeds going to work to find a cure for Cystic-Fibrosis.

“I really wanted to be on this label,” Says Rex Haberman, War Poets lead singer. “Their ethos and the difference they make for community is in perfect alignment with our mission as artists.”

War Poets draw on Americana, pop, and rock to achieve an aesthetic that’s refined but rootsy. The group has a unique band structure built around a core duo of Haberman as the primary singer-songwriter and guitarist, and bassist-vocalist, and contributing songwriter, Jenny Case as the musical director. The two keep an ongoing artistic dialogue with creative advisor Matt Kirkwold who also contributes songs to War Poets. Previous to War Poets, Haberman had recorded and released three albums, and Case has led her own band, and played in many cover bands. Currently, she is the executive director of She Rock She Rock Foundation.

When forming War Poets, Haberman made a socially conscious decision to build the band around a female singer-bassist. “I have a strong opinion about the status of women in music because I find it a really male-dominated world,” he reveals. When he expressed the idea of forging a female/male artistic alliance to creative advisor Matt Kirkwold (Haberman and Kirkwold have been friends and collaborators for 15 years) Kirkwold suggested Case. “We work together like we’re on a mission,” Haberman explains. “Jenny has high standards. She’s a perfectionist in the studio and really pushes the band’s performances. She’s super talented and highly professional.” The two also have complimentary voices with Case’s angelic and schooled vocals providing a sweet counterpoint to Haberman’s plaintive and impassioned vocal stylings. Rounding out the ranks as a full-band collective is a fluid mix of some of the Midwest’s finest musicians and songwriters.

The video for band’s first single, “Close Enough,” from War Poets’ debut full length, Dulce et Decorum Est, has wracked up a 250,000 views. It was a heartwarming statement on marriage equality dedicated to the memory of the historical NYC Stonewall uprisings, and the track became an anthem for many same-sex marriage supporters. War Poets’ music is played nationally on both AAA and college radio formats. In 2014 War Poets played Red Gorilla Music Festival during SXSW. The group has worked with such iconic producers as Grammy winner Kevin Bowe (Etta James, Jonny Lang) and five-time Grammy winner Joe Baldridge (Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson).

The group’s second album was boldly titled American Police State, evoking the red button topics shared within its irresistible pop-rock songs covered topics ranging from income inequality, Native American rights, and gun violence. “What is a gun really for? It’s for killing people,” Haberman affirms. “I realize I have strong opinions on gun violence, but we’re musicians, not politicians. We put our views out there by singing so people can think about this.”

Continuing the theme of exploring contemporary issues in our society, and their resulting struggles, "Hot and Cold: American Relationships" is the second in the "American" trilogy War Poets will release in 2014/15. These songs delve into the highs and lows of interpersonal relationships, whether it be about finding the right companion, talking beyond the point of understanding, or trusting the ones who are closest to you, because at the end of the day, they are all who's left.

Poetic Designs Radio with MS. PD & KBlack
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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!!    

KAMAL IMANI BRINGS THE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT OF THE LAST POETS INTO THE HIP HOP SCENE Tags: kamal imani hip hop poet raw talent revolutionary word life production feature

Kamal Imani was born in Harlem NY and grew up in the Bronx NY and moved to Bergen County New Jersey at the age of 9 where he was inspired by the emerging Sugarhill Records and underground New York City Hip Hop. He was introduced to poetry from the poetry anthologies that his grandmother would give him at the age of 7.

Kamal Imani represents the best in spoken word and hip hop fusion. Kamal brings the revolutionary spirit of the Last Poets ,Amiri Baraka together with artist like Rakim, Public Enemy and Brand Nubian. He also brings a positive Common and Kanye West vibe while maintaining his own unique character, versatility and raspy voice.

Kamal has performed at venues such as the Nuyorican, Bowery Poetry Club, Nells, Princeton University, Farleigh Dickinson University and Medgar Evers College and Hampton University to name a few. He also performed at The NJ Nets halftime show as one of NJ's most talented. His songs are featured in http://www.rbgworld.com films “Goldigger Killer” and “Holla” in which he has cameo appearances in. He has also acted in the play by Gloria Williams “The Greatest is Love”. He has shared stages with the likes of Buju Banton,Julie Dexter,Ragan Whiteside,The Last Poets, Cassidy, Doug E. Fresh and more.

He has over 25 years of experience as a talent showcase promoter, cable television producer and host, recording studio and artist manager.

Also please check out this sensational poets work on Word Life Production Online Television Network!

Crowd favorites are "Copped a New Whip", “Blast Off”, "Armchair Revolutionary" and "Ms. Melanin".
See his video "Armchair Revolutionary" at
http://www.myspace.com/kamalsupreme
His new wedding CD "Jump The Broom Maxi Single" is at http://cdbaby.com/cd/kamalimani2

To contact Kamal for bookings email [email protected] 201-964-6275,[email protected]  http://www.myspace.com/kamalsupreme

CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING POET WHO USES HIS GIFT TO CHANGE LIVES Tags: leroy stringer miami people's poet feature artist word life production

 Leroy Stringer Jr., A.K.A. “Miami’s Peoples Poet”, is a Miami Born Native whose poetry seems to reach not just some, but all of the people who are privy to hear his work. His sharp and witty writing style has been widely recognized and subsequently many of his works have been incorporated in the writing courses of Florida Memorial University.

During the year of 1997, he began writing seriously after seeing the effect that Poetry had on a troubled youth in a Juvenile Justice program for which he was working at the time. He has been writing and performing ever since. But that, for him, was not enough. Along with the accompaniment of original musical sound tracks and creative skits, Leroy captivates his listeners, with what he deems “NEO POETRY”. While juggling the responsibilities of being a dedicated husband and father, Leroy performs & captivates his poetic audience in venues throughout South Florida, the U.S. and abroad.

In 2004 Leroy released his freshman C.D., entitled “Lyrical Suicide” under the independent record label W.E.L.D.U.N. Entertainment. It features spoken word merged with Hip-Hop, Jazz, & Smooth R & B along with creative skits.

In 2005 Leroy teamed up with other artists such as Malcom-Jamal Warner, Ainsley Burrows, 13 of Nazareth, Charneice Fox, & others to create a compilation CD entitled “Fusion-A blend of Poetry and Music” which was released on Malaco Records (www.malaco.com) and features his hit single “Watching My Life Go Down”.

His latest project entitled “Poetically in Love” was released in December of 2011. Together with Miami’s Platinum producer, Tony Galvin (AVX Music Group), Juan “Gold” Areco (Fort Knocks Entertainment), and Frank Andrus (Str8t Up Records), Leroy has put together an “Extraordinary” Love story. This CD steps outside the norm and brings the listener into a roller coaster ride of ups and downs and crazy turn arounds associated with love. It gives insight through heartfelt lyrics while delighting the listener with smooth groves. Definitely not the ordinary!

Leroy Stringer’s works are available on all digital media and can be accessed through his website www.lyricalride.com or through www.cdbaby.com.

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