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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.

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Harlem World

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Did the Old Whitney Houston Possess this Taiwanese Singer?

by Amani Channel

Hit play and close your eyes. Tell me that Lin Yu Chun doesn’t sound like Whitney (before Bobby and all the dope).

Watch YouTube Video

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009


by Amani Channel

If you’ve been following my tweets today, you’ve been getting an inside glimpse at the future of public media (I hope this is the future at least).

When I worked as a reporter, one of my biggest issues was the constant battle to cover community stories and issues.

This is the daily routine: Every morning, station’s have editorial meetings where news ideas of the day are discussed. A reporter has little chance to cover a story if management and producers don’t think the pitch has news value. It’s a very subjective process to say the least.

CNN’s anchor/reporter TJ Holmes summed up the situation in this popular MyUrbanReport interview (Google TJ Holmes and see the results). Since management and the powers that be usually don’t come from diverse backgrounds, they usually “don’t get” stories about diverse communities. If it doesn’t involve blood, crime, or flashing lights… good luck.

It could be argued that mainstream outlets aren’t generally trying to serve diverse communities anyway. The fact remains that this nation is rapidly changing, and soon the minority will be the majority. I digress.

Similar diversity issues exist in digital media ventures as well, as former NABJ President Bryan Monroe points out.

There are, however examples of bloggers and traditional journalists who have worked collaboratively to raise awareness of issues like the Jena 6, and Shaquanda Cotton stories.

What happens when traditional journalists, social justice, and investigative reporters don’t have a mainstream outlet to work for?

Open discussion #pubcorps on Twitpic

Public Media Corps, Atlanta, GA

These are just some of the issues being discussed in Atlanta as public media advocates share ideas and possible solutions.

This is the second workshop that Public Media Corps had organized to develop strategies to engage, and help diverse communities participate in the information conversation.

This group is discussing everything from user-generated content, gaming, to creating a fellowship program to help train community storytellers.

It’s a very inspiring discussion.

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

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


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.

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