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Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Arrested Development is standing Strong

by Amani Channel

If you fondly remember hits like Tennessee, Mr. Wendel, and People Everyday, you may be wondering what happened to the group Arrested Development.

Back in the 90′s conscious rap had a place on mainstream airwaves, and A.D. was among the top selling groups.

That was then, and this is now. Popular hip hop tunes now tend to focus on the flashy things in life, but you may not have realized that A.D. is still together touring the world, and rocking shows.

A.D’s front man Speech first sat down with MUR in 2007 to share his thoughts on music, and explain where the band caught its second wind.

Fast-forward to 2010, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that A.D. is still keeping true to its political, uplifting roots.

The groups latest release “Strong” is a refreshing record that will give new and old fans alike a glimpse at hip hop’s past, with a modern sound that will keep your head nodding, while feeding your soul, and mind.

On Saturday, October 21, MUR was invited to get a glimpse at what the world has been buzzing about at Atlanta’s Moods Music during a two-hour Meet and Greet.

For example, “The World is Changing,” a melodic track the features an upbeat acoustic guitar riff was on MTV’s top 10 list overseas in Japan.

That was just one of the songs A.D. performed during the four-song set Saturday.

After a 45 minute Q&A with host Jodine Dorce, A.D. put on an unplugged performance that opened with the first track off the new record called “Bloody.”

Take a listen, and let me know if you think there’s a place for A.D. in the States. I sure hope so, for hip hop’s sake.

Click here for YouTube version.

By the way, if you didn’t know, A.D. hails from Atlanta. On Thursday, August 26, the group returns to its roots with a concert at Chastain Park with Tears for Fears.

If you want to hear more, I’ll post more from the Meet and Greet. Just let me know.

The Pace Report
Harlem World

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Happy birthday Tupac Shakur

by Amani Channel

I had to take a moment to think about Pac on his birthday.

He changed the rap game through his revolutionary, militant, gangsta, thug, and righteous music.

I remember listening to “Soldier Story” over and over back in the day from the “2Pacalypse Now” CD.

I can hear it now:

Crack done took a part of my family tree
My mom is on the s*&^
my daddy’s splittin, mom is steady blamin me
Is it my fault, just cause I’m a young black male?
Cops sweat me as if my destiny is makin crack sales…

He will live forever through his music.

Shortly after I moved to Atlanta, I caught up with Oakland rapper Shorty B who took a moment to reflect on Pac’s legacy.

Monday, September 14th, 2009


My Urban Report received the following information about a couple of upcoming events that support National Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

from American Red Cross Southern Blood Services

The first event is A Sickle Cell Forum, presented by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, the American Red Cross and the Morehouse College Public Health Sciences Institute. The forum will be tomorrow evening, September 15, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Morehouse College Learning Resource Center, Douglass Commons. The keynote speaker is J.K. Haynes, PhD, Morehouse College. Panelists include Phil Oliver, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia; Cynthia A. Smith, American Red Cross; and Ronald W. Ragin, a sickle cell patient.

The second event is the Atlanta University Center National Sickle Cell Awareness Month Blood Drive this Wednesday, September 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spelman College. This blood drive is presented in partnership with the American Red Cross, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and schools of the Atlanta University Center. Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia spokesperson, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, will be on-hand at the drive from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The blood drive aims to collect 150 pints of blood.

Thursday, July 30th, 2009


by A.man.I

Fans of the Goodie MOB will be excited to know that the group is planning a reunion concert in September in the A.

Below is a portion of the press release about the upcoming event.

ATLANTA, GA – Shameless Plug Promotions today announced a one-night only Goodie Mob reunion performance at the Masquerade in Atlanta on Saturday September 19, 2009. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets for ‘Remember Atlanta’ go on sale Saturday, August 1st through Ticketmaster.

The highly anticipated show is expected to be the highlight of the hip hop community’s concert events this year and will feature other members of the Dungeon family.

“This show means a lot to the people of Atlanta,” said Jabari Graham, one-fourth of the do-no-wrong new events group, Shameless Plug Promotions. “I grew up in Atlanta back when Dungeon and La Face were doing their thing. We knew this reunion show has been in the works for years, so to be a part of making this concert happen is just remarkable for us. For so long, Atlanta has been labeled as swag or crunk, so a lot of acts may feel they shouldn’t make a stop here. We know ATL is more than that and we’re out to prove it.”

The Goodie MO-B helped put the A on the map. Hope they perform all their classics.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


from CNN Press Release


Online at www.CNN.com/MichaelJackson, CNN.com will provide special coverage of Jackson’s memorial service and all related events in their entirety through a wide variety of elements, including live streaming and on-demand video, in-depth articles, photo galleries, and special interactives. In addition, CNN.com producers and correspondents will blog live from Los Angeles throughout the day.

CNN.com is once again utilizing Facebook Connect granting Internet users across the globe the ability to watch the memorial service live while communicating with their Friends on Facebook – and other Jackson fans around the world – without leaving the CNN.com Live video player. CNN.com Live begins live coverage starting at 8:30 a.m. (ET) with a special noon show before the complete live coverage of the memorial service begins at 1 p.m. (ET.) Additionally, CNN.com will offer replays of the entire memorial service at 4 p.m. (ET) and 7 p.m. (ET.) iReport.com, the network’s user-generated online news community, continues to invite contributors to share their thoughts and memories of Michael Jackson, as well as submit and share their videos and photos.

Friday, June 26th, 2009


michael jackson deceased,dead king of pop


You blessed the world with your music. You made us smile, cry, and dance. You were loved, criticized, and hated, but no one can deny that you will always be the KING of music.

You are often replicated, but will never be duplicated.

Your passing marks the end of an era. R.I.P.

Amani Channel

Friday, March 27th, 2009


by A.man.I
Photo Credit: Amani Channel

On Thursday, fans and supporters of Keri Hilson packed into Atlanta’s Opera night club to celebrate the release of her long awaited debut album, “In a Perfect World.” It was a star-studded event that included the likes of Jermain Dupri, T.I., Rich Boy, and Polow Da Don to name a few.

Hilson looked amazing, and seemed both grateful, and humbled to be finally releasing this record. She spent a few moments with My Urban Report.

Friday, March 6th, 2009


by A.man.I

I’ve been invited to check out the Universoul Circus as part of the “Blogger Experience.”

It’s not my first time… That circus changed my life.

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