Tuesday, November 9, 2010

For Colored Girls...

I read the Ntozake Shange play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" in college so I was very interested to hear that TP Studios was doing a big screen adaptation of "For Colored Girls".  The movie has been met with both praise and criticism, but overall has been receiving positive reviews...well at least from the colored girls. But why?  I admit that when I first heard the Tyler Perry was taking on this play, I shuddered. I've never seen the play on stage and was a bit confused as to how the choreopoem would be portrayed in film.  The night before I saw the movie, I reread the play to see how true Perry would stay to Shange's vision. Though I am not quite ready to sing Tyler Perry's praises, I do commend him for incorporating Shange's monologues in to the movie in a way that was, for the most part, seamless.  There were holes, of course there were, but that seems to be the trend in Hollywood today, interesting plot, great actors, very little character development.


I would like to believe, after seeing "For Colored Girls", that the movie title not only pays homage to the choreopoem's original author but is also somewhat discretionary.  The movie is indeed for colored girls.  This is not to say that uncolored girls or colored boys should not see the movie, because I believe that it is worth watching by all genders and all races, I am simply advising that if you go to see the movie, buy your popcorn and icee, and sit down expecting to see a riveting tale of vagueness and generality, you will be disappointed.  The movie provides a glimpse, albeit narrow, of the plight of 8 "colored girls" in New York, Harlem to be exact.  There were originally only 7 girls, one representing each color of the rainbow (with indigo replaced with brown).  Perry added an additional character, the Lady in White played by Whoopi Goldberg and connected her to the movie as the mother of the Lady in Orange (Thandie Newton).  I will not go into detail as to how their relationship manifests so to not ruin the movie for people who haven't seen it but I will say that while his attempt was admirable, he fell short in connecting her character to the rest of the "colors" in the movie.  I neither understood nor believed her character, and while Whoopi did a fantastic job in playing the role as it was given, I questioned the soundness of her character's presence.


A lot of the lack of character development in the movie was most likely due to 1. An obvious time restraint (the movie was 2 hours and he managed to fit in almost all of the monologues from the book, 2. An apprehension to paint these women too vividly (Shange excelled in making us see these women as 3-dimensional characters all while not sharing their whole story), and 3. A lack of know-how (though TP is an extremely talented director/producer, his writing skills do fall short when it comes to developing a character that is true to life).  Yet, I still applaud his effort.  We all knew he'd be crucified for this movie, but, he did it anyway.  I think it was brave to bring Shange's play to life in this way.  Though he may not have been spot on, he didn't do it an injustice, Shange herself has been promoting the movie since its inception (Interview with the author).


As far as the criticism that the movie bashes males (Courtland Milloy in his Washington Post review jokingly renamed the movie "For black men who have considered homicide after watching another Tyler Perry movie")  I say, you're right.  It is male bashing, but rightfully so. The movie sheds light on the types of men that deserved to be bashed, not all men.  Perry added Hill Harper's character to give a bit of respite to the men who may have felt that the movie needed a positive male presence.  However, a man of Harper's character's caliber you will not find within the pages of the original play and this was intentional.  


This story needed to be told in all its shame and splendor.  People needed to hear these women's tales of abuse, rape and betrayal just as much as they needed to laugh at Perry's cross-dressing, gun-slinging Madea.  Uncolored male media will try to make "For Colored Girls" out to be a sullen misrepresentation of the plight of Black women, but I disagree.  Black women ARE raped by men they know, Black women ARE lied to and cheated on, Black women ARE victims of physical abuse, Black women DO sometimes use promiscuity as a cover up to try and hide pain and reproach from childhood molestation. None of this was made up.  People know it happens, but it hasn't been addressed on the big screen in a long time, and wouldn't have received as much attention if it remained in the somewhat obscure halls of the theatrical stage.  


Coming away from the movie, I can't necessarily say that I was as lifted as Tyler Perry claimed that audiences would be, but there is a moral to this story.  In the words of Ntozake Shange herself, "The lesson is don't beat and hurt women. Don't lie to us. Don't get us pregnant and leave us in an alley. Don't pretend you're coming for dinner when you're coming to make love. There's a whole lot of lessons in there for young black men. There's a whole lot they could do. They need to take a notepad with them to the movie, and write down I can't do that no more, oh I can't do that more, oh I can't do that more. And see how many pieces of paper they have when they leave, if they were honest. You should have a truth session."  


The lesson I learned came a couple of days later once I realized that I myself could easily end up like the lady in brown or the lady in green if I didn't open my eyes to clearly see the nature of the relationships that I allowed myself to be in.  The victim here is not always women, but complacent women.  Women that allow themselves to be overtaken by a need to have men in their lives.  Maybe men is not the correct word; ghouls is a more fitting term.  Ghouls, shells of the men that they once were or fragments of the men that they wanted to/needed to be.  Not every character in the movie is guilty of this, but the women with the most dramatic stories in the movie bear this burden.  So ladies, before you let someone walk off with all your stuff, ask yourself if what he's giving is enuf.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pangea@Sunset

Hi everyone! Long time no speak. I've been on a bit of a hiatus with the website because I've been performing and recording and...working on MY NEW ALBUM!!!!!  Ain't gonna lie, I'm kinda excited about this one because it's gonna be a pretty accurate representation of who I am as an artist.  The album, titled, "Mediocre", will be out next spring.  Anywho, I have a show this Saturday, Nov. 6th at JWJ Studio in Atlanta, GA.  It's gonna be an amazing show with poetry, cocktails, tattoo artists, and body art. Click on the flyer for more info and see y'all on Saturday!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Love Lives

This is a collaboration between me & Ro of The Undergrads. The song entitled "Love Lives" is featured on the IMA Mixtape. It's a little different from what you're probably used to hearing from me, but I am sure that you'll enjoy it nonetheless!

<a href="http://imaexperience.bandcamp.com/track/love-lives">Love Lives by IMA Experience</a>

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I.N.N.W.

I've spent the past two years trying to package my sound.  The Solternative nation was formed because I didn't know which genre I fit into.  But it was when I realized that I'd never fit in to any pre-existing genre that I really began to come into my own as an artist.  As my cousin once said, I am nobody's Beyonce.  Be your own superstar, love what you do and the fanbase will follow.  I'd rather have 10 solid fans that love my music for it's originality than thousands who love it because it's a carbon copy of songs in heavy rotation on the radio.  “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”. ~Willy Wonka



<a href="http://bs1m0ne.bandcamp.com/track/i-n-n-w-if-not-now-when">I.N.N.W. (If Not Now When) by b.S'mOne</a>

Monday, August 2, 2010

Flood The Market...LIVE!!!

Hey Solternatives! Sorry for being so quiet lately. July was like the last year of WWII for me and I am just now recovering. Anywho, lol. I wanted to let you know about an organization that I'm a part of called IMA. If you haven't heard of us, here's your chance to witness something amaaaaazing. On this Friday, August 6th, I'll be performing along with my IMA crew and guess what...LADIES GET IN FREE BEFORE 10PM! Fellas it's half a deuce for y'all all nite. The show starts at 9:30pm so please arrive on time. To download our latest mixtape or all of them ;) click here!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ro ft. b.S'mOne - Pipe Dreams

"Sit back and reminisce on days of old same old story retold...just change the skin, new packaging..."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

IMA All White Everything!!! 6.20.2010 8pm-12am 595 North!















The week of the IMA All White Everything party is here! Sunday, June 20th 8pm to midnite @ 595 North. I will be performing along with my new band and there will be performances from about 10 other IMA artists. It's gonna be an amazing show! The tickets will be more at the door so click on the BUY NOW button below to get your discounted tickets. Thank you so much for your support!!



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Friday, June 4, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Raise Your Vital Voice

Dianne Von Furstenberg lends her name to an important cause, the empowerment of women.

Friday, May 28, 2010

In Loving Memory of Sheena Nelson 1/19/1984~5/23/2010

Whenever I think of perennials, one of the first flowers that comes to mind are Pansies.  Somewhere during the course of history, the word pansy acquired the connotation of a weakling or wimp.  However, pansies are able to withstand the harshest winter winds and the most scorching summer heat and still maintain their vibrant color.  Sheena was our pansy.  Not in a way that made her delicate or fragile, but rather bold and bright.  Her smile would pierce through the darkest winter night and outshine the brightest summer day.  Even as cold winds blew strongly against her petals, she pressed on, with a bravery akin to only the most heroic Biblical characters such as David and Isaac.  Though grieving is what the world would consider an appropriate response to the passing of such an amazing young woman, we must stay strong and know that Sheena is serving an even greater purpose now than she'd ever be able to achieve with earthly flesh.  Even though the petals have fallen and the sun has set on Sheena's life here with us, I take comfort in knowing that like the pansy she has been reborn and is now one of the strongest, most vividly colored flowers in heaven.

To donate to the memorial fund to procure a floral arrangement for Sheena's homegoing service, please click on the Donate button below.  Thank you and God bless.  



Sunday, May 23, 2010

CBR

I think I need to move to the U.K. From Lily Allen to Estelle to the uncomparable Corinne Bailey Rae, their music scene seems to embrace music in it's rawest realest form. This song by CBR (as I affectionately call her, lol) brings me to tears everytime I hear it and not so much because of the content, but rather the essence of her writing style. We need more of this...


I'd Do It All Again lyrics

Sunday, May 16, 2010

IMA Flood The Market Vol. 3...WE IN HERE!!!!

<a href="http://imaexperience.bandcamp.com/track/hello-good-morning">Hello Good Morning by IMA Experience</a>
Download IMA's third installment of Flood The Market and to hear me along with some of the hottest mc's in Atlanta in the country!!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

IMA A.W.E. Promo

IMA presents...
The All White Everything Party!
featuring performances from IMA artists
June 20th, 2010 7pm to 12am
595 North Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30318
TICKETS ON SALE NOW, hit me up to cop one...or 20, lol

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SoundWaves - Session & Ant Bell

Check out SoundWaves, a mixtape my producer Session just released.  The project was produced by Ant Bell and features a surprise guest on the 6th track.  You can listen to it below and/or download the mixtape by clicking the link above or tthe Album Art.

Session - Good Afternoon (Produced by Ant Bell ft. b.S'mOne)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Somebody Must've Auto-tuned Yo Brain T-Pain

Ok T-Pain, we were with you on the excessive use of Autotune (by we I mean them--the masses).  We even stayed with you when you went on an obviously weed-induced f*$% Jay-Z tirade.  But really..Sean Hannity? Fox News Sen Hannity?! And scene.  You've gone too far on this one.  The buzz on the world wide internets now is that T-Pain sold the left wing up the river.  I'm gonna have to agree with them. Check out the video and read the article after the jump to get a liberal's response.



Monday, April 12, 2010

New Joint

New song for the IMA "Flood The Market, Vol. 2" mixtape
"Nothing on Me" featuring Collin Gibson! Check check check it out!
<a href="http://imaexperience.bandcamp.com/track/nothing-on-you-memix">Nothing On You - MEmix by IMA Experience</a>

Monday, March 29, 2010

The FN Machine...


So, I found this interview on whudat.com and though it is old (August 2007), it's new to me so I wanted to post it.  A lot of us love Lauryn Hill and have been waiting for her return to the music scene.  Lord knows the music scene has been fiening for her.  Yet people say things like, "she's too far gone" or "yeah that Marley boy done messed up her head".  I'm not sure that I wanna believe that her hiatus was due to her going crazy over his blatant indiscretions with her.  I think there's something so messed up with the machine (the industry) that it will drive the Lauryns and the Donny Hathaways and the Whitney Houstons and the Michael Jacksons to a point where they just don't want to be a part of that world anymore.  Truthfully, it makes me not really want to be famous.  I think that's why the India.arie's and Amel Larrieux's of the world do well, there is a such thing as getting too big. I'm super good on trying to be the next Beyonce.  You have to give up a lot of yourself to reach and maintain that level of stardom.  Lauryn would have been Bigger than Beyonce.  She was slated to play Lucy Liu's character in Charlie's Angels and was offered a role in the Bourne Identity, but turned it down because that's not who she wanted to be.  I admire her disinclination for what most of  us would kill for, fame, yet I have trouble understanding what'd her to stop making music altogether.  This interview shed some light on that. 



Friday, March 26, 2010

b.S'mOne Easter Egg Hunt!

Guess what time it is guys!  It's Easter time! And I'm hostng a virtual Easter Egg Hunt!  Anyone that knows me knows that I loooooove scavenger hunts, so I'm putting one on...b.S'mOne style!  To play, just follow me on Twitter @bs1m0ne and become a fan of my Facebook music page.  From there I will be posting clues to various locations in the Solternative nation including but not limited to my myspace page, my youtube channel, and of course my website.  The clues will tell you where to find the eggs and "inside" the eggs will be free download codes to my debut EP "Nothing Comes From Nowhere"!  The hunt ends at midnight on April 5th and there are only 10 eggs, one for each day till Easter.  Once the egg has been found, that download code will only be able to be used once so, if you find the egg after it's already been found, you'll have to look for another to get the free album.  If you have any questions, send me a tweet or e-mail me.  Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New joint from Stanza!

I feel him on this, it's a big jump as an artist tryna figure out whether to go all in, "balls deep" if you will, on this music thing or not. It's tough, no one is in love with the idea of the struggle, but it's a necessary evil when you wanna give people art and speak your mind to the masses. Keep doing what you do Stanza!

<a href="http://stanza.bandcamp.com/track/one-way-ticket-prod-by-dj-toomp">One Way Ticket (Prod by DJ Toomp) by Stanza</a>

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wednesday, March 17th! Be There or be a rhombus, lol!

Come out to Cafe 290 to see INCREDIBLE Live Performances, Amazing talent, Celebrity & Industry Judges and...the Audience Gets To Vote For Winner!!!
THIS IS THE Who's Got that Vibe SEASON 18  FINALE! – THE BEST OF THE BEST FROM THE LAST 10 WEEKS. At the end of the show, cash and other prizes will be awarded to top talent.
Show starts at 9pm
$10 COVER.

Only In New York...LMAO!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

We Have Now

This isn’t about you
Or
At least that’s what I will say
And though only a part of that is true
You were definitely the impetus for this piece
No this love
Wait
I can’t call it that
Not yet

Listening to Lauryn telling me to
Tell Him
Yet I don’t know what to say
I have no Zion
And don’t get me wrong
I don’t want one either
At least
Not yet
Now I only want you and
Only you
I wished for someone who’d make the cracks feel like
Stripes
And the scars like
Fly paper
And I found him

But it’s wrong
He’s right, but life’s wrong
The timing is off
Yet if you find a rose in a field while picking up pecans
Is it so wrong to take in the scent for just a moment

I needed that rose
Badly
And though everyone else would rather me wallow
In my self-emitting pool of despair
I’m tired and weary of being a victim

Love isn’t always pretty
Nor is it always timely
It just is
And what I have I don’t want to lose

Monday, March 1, 2010

T.I.’s AKOO Brand is Target of Double Standard in Advertising Criticism

Akoo
CK Jeans Ad


Read Article Here
Interesting...Double standard or inappropriate marketing? I don't quite know where to stand on this one, but one things for sure, neither are appropriate for a billboard. And neither are selling jeans. I see the double standard but really T.I.? It would be one thing if it was a Sean Jean or Rocawear ad. They've already established themselves in the clothing market. This just wasn't a good look to step out on.

Egg1

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lovesick...a soleful remix

As part of a contest put on by Priscilla Renea, I made a video covering her song "Lovesick". I thought her version was awesome but it lacked sole...lol take a peep!

Friday, February 19, 2010


New video! "Hung Up" Priscilla Renea cover!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Priscilla Renea - Hung up

Candles in a room...that's the phrase of 2010. What does it mean? Well when you have a bunch of talented artists, there tends to be some jealousy and envy between them. However I feel that one candle shining brightly in a room does not dim the other candles in the room. We can all be talented and shine together. On that note, I bring to you Priscilla Renea, a young new artist who gained rose to stardom by posting videos of herself singing on YouTube. You can listen to her songs by visiting her YouTube channel here Priscilla Renea: YouTube One of my fav songs is called "Hung Up" and I wanted to share that with you today:



I loved the simplicity and realness/vulnerability of this song so much I decided to do my own rendition!

Monday, January 18, 2010

If Not Now When..



I had written a glorious poem about 5 years ago commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but in typical b.S'mOne fashion, I lost it when my laptop and I got thrown out my Trailblazer so...I do have this wonderful song called I.N.N.W. that I deem very fitting for this wonderful occasion...enjoy!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams...



It's Real Talk Sunday

Artists, be careful who you look to for validation. Truth be told the only person who can validate your craft is yourself. If your work speaks from the heart and to others then you've done your job. Not that your job is finished. At that point you have to then become very critical of yourself and your work.I will never be the artist I want to be because when I am, the journey's over, and the journey is the fun part. This is a process, learn to love what you do and then you will do what you love. Don't worry about how many followers you have on Twitter. Worry about the quality of your writing, your energy level when you perform, the tone of your voice. Once you have mastered these things, the fans will follow.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The One

So, I entered this contest that Ido Music was hosting along with V103 and Crown Royal. There were five tracks and you had to pick one of them and write a song to the beat. I picked a Paper Boy Fabe beat and wrote this song called "The One" along with Ro of the Undergrads. Check it out...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Upcoming Show Schedule


Fashion N Soul


So it looks like the month of January will be action packed for me. Along with getting my EP ready for it's official release and distribution, I have shows on deck...I mean shows for days...I mean, the show swag is on extra medium...I mean, well you get it...

It all starts on Thursday, January 14th with The Fashion-N-Soul Show at Calabash in Stone Mountain, GA. Then on Monday, January 18th at Central Park Bistro in Stone Mountain. Click the flyers for more info! Hope to see you there!


Fashion N Soul

Monday, January 11, 2010

Nothing Comes From Nowhere...available for purchase and download

Ok, the EP is up for download and hard copy purchase at Bandcamp!!!
Download singles or the full album and spread the word, Solternative Nation stand up!

b.S'mOne on Bandcamp.com

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A glimpse into my newly renovated portable studio

So I didn't have a mic stand or a pop filter and it's a recession goin on so...I got my MacGuyver on! I hung the mic from the ceiling (WWF style) and made a pop filter using a Dremel, a cylindrical cd container, an old stocking cap. Oh and of course my handy dandy glue gun! Don't laugh, that ish worked!

New Show Dates!!!




So it looks like the month of January will be action packed for me. Along with getting my EP ready for it's official release and distribution, I have shows on deck...I mean shows for days...I mean, the show swag is on extra medium...I mean, well you get it...

It all starts on January 14th with The Fashion-N-Soul Show at Calabash in Stone Mountain, GA. Click the flyer for more info! Hope to see you there!

Punasity





I will be performing (both spoken word and song) in this show that runs from January to March. Click the image about for tickets.

PUNASITY is an intimate (semi-nude) production of urban radio talk show Love and Relationships. Performed in an erotic format of spoken word, and an urban cabaret of tantalizing, sexually charged stories, told by sensual, sexy women. Their tales provide insight into the sex lives of the everyday woman. A look at life, love, emotion and loss as spoken through the universal language of sex.

PUNASITY showcases the power of women to tell uninhibited stories of arousal, in an intimate night of closeness that will stimulate you and trigger sensuous, steamy and seductive emotions within you as an aphrodisiac of sight and sound.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

People don't read no mo all they do is click...

I started this blog predominantly because I love to write and haven't lately. I also realized that aside from the occassional blurb on Bossip or some other social networking site, I hardly ever read either. So...I'm changing that. I am gonna force myself to read every day and I promise to post to this blog every day. Remember the Book Club in elementary school when you'd get a personal pan pizza for every book you read and a ticket to 6 flags for every 10 books you read? Yeah, that was like the highlight of my summer. I wanna get back to the place where reading was fun again.

felt a lil nerdy that day...

My Unbirthday

I wrote this hook this morning. It was about a simple moment I flashed back to when I woke up to find my boyfriend sitting next to me in bed while I slept, smiling. He wasn't there when I fell asleep and I wasn't expecting to see him that day. For some reason, I didn't think about it and how special it was until just now (3 years later)and I realized that I'd missed out on a lot of those moments in our relationship because I was stuck on the insignificant things that bothered me about him. I couldn't write love songs until I learned to love, I couldn't love until I first learned to see. I missed entire forests for small saplings, hopefully this song will be a reminder not to do that the next time around.

Nothing Comes From Nowhere...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

The Deep End

I cannot allow my world to be defined by the constraints of your skin
Though when you touch me
It’s as if I turn
From the outside
In
What was pure
Now is tainted
And there’s no one to blame but me
Yet for some reason I keep wanting to dive
Into you
Swim amongst the fishes that once
Drank the water from your vitamin deprived sea
There’s no lifeguard
Though if there were it wouldn’t matter
He’d be busy saving the ones that wanted saving