[EVENT] #NaeNaeOnTheScene: “Local Motion and Open Bite Nite”

Greetings here’s part two of my Mother’s Day fun filled weekend review. On Saturday evening, I decided to check out two events happening in the city of Indianapolis. First stop was Localmotion, an open mic & performing arts hub. This event happens every second Saturday of the month. Localmotion is a place where all ages can come showcase their talents from musicians, poets, dancers, visual artists or comedians. Musicians and vocalists, Yadin Kol and Allison Victoria host the show. This month’s feature was an 11 year old, guitarist and vocalist, Draken Asher Mogollón. I really enjoyed listening to this young man jam out. I love the energy and vibes from everyone. I would suggest bringing the whole family here sometime if you in the Indianapolis area. You won’t be disappointed. But before I had to head to my next event, I got to hear some dope poetry from poet, Blu Flame.



Next stop was this outdoor experience called, Open Bite Nite: Revolution. This event too was open to all ages. Open Bite Nite is like a block party-style where people can come try all types of small dishes from local cooks, chefs, carters and aspiring food professionals for a very small fee. Along with great foods to taste, there were Indianapolis’ most talented artists performing as well as local vendors. Ro and Earl Townsend started this event, which happens twice a year in the city. It’s always great to see the community come together and have an amazing time.

Stay tuned for more event reviews from your girl. This NaeNae On The Scene signing off. Peace and Blessings.

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[EVENT] #NaeNaeOnTheScene: The Green House Affect


I hope everyone had a blessed and safe Mother’s Day weekend. It’s your girl, NaeNae of Chasing My Dreamz bringing you another ‘NaeNae On The Scene’ event review.  This Mother’s Day weekend your girl was out and about on the scene at a few different events in the city. So here is part one of my eventful weekend. On Friday nite, I found myself at The Green House Affect, which is an open mic that happens every other Friday. The Green House Affect is held at Julia’s Homestyle/Caribbean restaurant. Admission is only $5 and there are $5.99 menu specials that night and you can also bring your own liquid beverage.  This event has been going strong for 5 years and counting. Well-known poet, jus Will created this open mic because around that time quite a few open mics were closing. Then a year later, Brittany B partnered up with him. When you enter The Green House Affect, they make you feel like you are family. ‘Where soulful warming is real’, is their motto; you’ll get your soul fed with a mix of everything from comedy to poetry to music.


Funny man, Fo’Sho, hosts the show and DJ iSM is on the 1s and 2s. The show has a 10 slot open mic list, so if you want to get on the mic you need to get there early ‘cause that list fills up super fast. The Green House Affect also has a special guest on the show. Sometimes their special guest comes from out of town to perform. This particular night, it was Indy’s very own, Zachery Le’on. He has been making some noise around town with his new album, Muddy Hands of a SinnerZachery performed four songs that night one of which was the hit song, Westside. Everybody on the list did a dope job performing. Comedian, Cre kicked it off by letting the audience know she’s ‘churchy but she cuss’. LOL. Then music artists; King ShiedShon DonJacksonRhetoryk, and Blxck Kxng each rocked the mic. After a brief intermission, The Green House Affect’sofficial birthday singer, Megan Simonton, sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to a few people. Sandy and Nate hit the audience with some dope poetry. Singer, Chris Shye, had everyone grooving to his song and just how it started with laughs, it ended with laughs as DLee had the audience hollering with laughter.

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[EVENT] #NaeNaeOnTheScene: “Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill Tribute”

It’s your girl, NaeNae bringing you the first ever ‘NaeNae On The Scene’ event review.  On May 6th, in downtown Indianapolis at Hi-Fi, I got to witness a very dope show. Old Soul Entertainment and Gentleman Jack presents, Icon Live: Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill Tribute. This was an event you needed to be at if you are a fan of either Badu or Hill or both such as myself.

This sold out show featured five AMAZING vocalists: Human Aquilah, Megan Simonton, Mariah Ivey, Rae Karim and Allison Victoria along with a live band (Poncho Hedrick, Andrew Braxton, Matt Dupree, Isiah Kendall). These ladies hit the stage performing songs from Ms. Badu and L-Boogie. At 8:30pm, Human Aquilah kicked it off with Erykah Badu’s hit, Phone Down, which set the tone for the rest of the show. I was vibing out as the ladies took turns performing classic songs such as, Certainly, Bag Lady, Doo Wop(That Thing), Tell Him, just to name a few.

The vibe and energy from the crowd was superb as each lady held it down and made the songs their own. Megan Simonton sang her soul out of Lauryn Hill’s Ex-Factor. While Mariah Ivey, had everyone bouncing as she spit the lyrics to Lost Ones and Doo Wop, Allison Victoria had the crowd grooving as she sung Bag Lady. Rae Karim ended the show with Everything Is Everything which was fitting cause the show was everything. One word to sum up this show was EPIC. But don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend. I got some great footage for you. Check out the clips below.




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I am running late on dropping my infamous Sunday blog post but my reasoning includes being a key factor to bringing one of Chicago’s premiere day parties to the area of Saint Louis, MO. I have talked about the Sic Sundays series a while back but I feel that as we expand more, the need to blog about it is even more necessary.

Today as in 4/23/17, we kicked off the debut of Sic Sundays in my hometown. I must say that it was a very amazing turn out. Artists like Cicely O’Kain, DOA, and Miistro Freeyo surely added a nice spice to the stage. As we think of artists like Alexei Shaun, Leftlane E, GSCO, ABO and P1, you think this is one amazing selection of talent on one show. Missouri Fleet DJs held down the sound all night long, with guest appearances for DJ Manti and DJ P1 from Chicago!

MoFleetDJs: DJ Deeway, DJ Mos Precious, Miistro Freeyo and DJ Block [Left to Right]
Throughout the night, our host Miisto Freeyo overcame his jitters as he takes on another challenge in his career by hosting the very first Sic Sundays in STL. Supported by Missouri Fleet DJs and endorsed by DJ Mos Precious. Be on the look out for his new project” The Prelude” dropping soon! You guys will surely hear more about this project soon on my premiere blog feature. The crowd loved the energy in the room.

As performing hit the stage, they highlighted some of the perks of the night by expressing the unity that was in the room. The artists all came out ready to put on a show. They wanted this platform and surely represented for the movement at hand. Bar was tapped out, our Sic Sippers was so good, they sold out and the guests stayed until the last act performed. That was surely a sign this was a amazing show. 

Cicely O’Kain all the way from Denver, can here and put on one of the best shows I have seen of hers on a #SicSundays platform. Follow her today @cicelyokain on social media.

I can spend hours chatting about one of the dopest show collections to touch the Midwest but that means I would have to keep you guys longer than I wanted. We all have busy lives! Special thanks to all the guests, who attended.

Elite guests like Bo Dean, DJ Twinny Twin, DJ Vthom, Saint Oeaux, Repp of Family Affair, Jia Davis, Mizz Mona Show, Sachhi Smoov of the Goonez, the line up was a special treat as well.

The next Sic Sunday’s will be May 21st in Chicago and back in St. Louis on June 25th. If you are interested in performing on our platform, send us an email here []

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Elephant N Da Room Entertainment & Killa Klan Presents World Series, Recap Video. It was very clever catchy songs and stage presence. The Prize was whoever won will receive a track produced by 808 Mafia with a hook from Gucci Mane and a verse from Bo Deal ………




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Straight official ( Executive Decision W/ Trey Gee) was in the building!  Saturday, March 25th DA presents the 4th Annual This Is Life: Stop The Violence Event at The Salvation Army Adele & Robert Stern Red Shield Center located 945 W. 69th Street right here in Chicago from 12 PM to 4 PM hosted by Nia Kay & T-Star. Dj Lil Corie be our Dj for the event. Every performer did an outstanding job. I can definitely say we will keep you posted with every year check out the clips from the event!!!!


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Straight official ( Executive Decision W/ Trey Gee) Will be in the building!  Saturday, March 25th DA presents the 4th Annual This Is Life: Stop The Violence Event at The Salvation Army Adele & Robert Stern Red Shield Center located 945 W. 69th Street right here in Chicago from 12 PM to 4 PM hosted by Nia Kay & T-Star. Dj Lil Corie be our Dj for the event.

Confirmed performers Insanity, Deja, Jigga, Royal Flush Dance Team and Legendary Kidz, KPhi-9, DA, Dance Force, Kamari World, Lyric, Drama Girl, Divine Purpose Revealed Arts Program, King Caesar, Arnez, TrArnez, Black Girls Can Fly, Dej Monae, Dametrius Reese , Geek Skquad ,CYDC , Lil Prophet, BBandz and Trevo and vendor Shopping will also be available.

“This is Life” clothing line was founded by 15 year old Student, Rapper and CEO Dorian Adams (DA) on December 2013, due to the overflow of violence in the City of Chicago. Dorian was inspired to write “This is Life”, a song to bring awareness to the ongoing issue of gun violence that he is exposed every day. Following the creation of the song, Dorian was self-motivated to draw more attention to the “This is Life” Movement by launching a Clothing Line. The idea was to physically have citizens of the City of Chicago represent the brand as walking billboards and spread the word by posting their photos via Social Media #ThisIsLife.

Due to an overwhelming response and acceptance of the brand the clothing line has expanded to include children’s and adult’s apparel: T-Shirts, Jogging Suits, Hats and more. Several events have emerged from the movement including the 1st Annual “This is Life” Stop the Violence Event (March 1, 2014) which featured performances by The Bop King, Lil Kemo (Kemo Step) and Dorian Adams (This is Life). Hundreds of children attended the safe and fun environment to celebrate LIFE with song and dance!

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EVERY Month, Sic Sundays get better which is amazing. We all know that hosting events on monthly bases can have its challenges but each month does have its benefits. This month Sic Sundays started slow, and the promotions seemed to be slightly delayed but with the team of people helping build this day party and concert series, no delays will impact the show success. I will like to take the time to express how wonderful it is to be one of the selected few elites helping this day concert series strive forward.

March 19th marks the 19th Sic Sundays which hosted an amazing party featuring some of the top entertainers in the Midwest area such as BOBO, Trice the Artist, Poetiq, MZM,  and Ramonn. Outside of the three monthly performers who are LP Da Assassin, P1, and Myself, Sic Sundays are the home for all the alumni’s.

One of this previous months’s alumni’s “Brugie Badd stopped through and was surprised with a special performance opportunity of her single [Work]. If artists have performed on our stage before, they are always welcome to come out and either to have them new music played or hit the stage. The goal of Sic Sundays is always to support the artists and build a strong networking environment that they can capitalize from.

Next month, we are back at it the same place “Refuge Live” on April 16th, for a special Easter celebration. Thank you for rocking with us for 19th months straight.

I have to admit that I look forward to traveling a few hours every 3rd Sunday to participate in Sic Sundays, it’s more than a concert for me it’s a chance to catch up with the team. If you are interested in ever participating in the S.I.C. Sundays experience,  please follow us on all popular social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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[INTERVIEW] Gamal Brown: “Dance To The Music”: DJ Layne Luv

There are several names that rattle off the tops of peoples heads when famous dance companies are mentioned across the country.  Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, American Ballet Theatre and so many more. However, because of stiff competition, most dancers may not ever realize their dream of dancing for these prestigious companies. Thanks to inspiring people like Gamal Brown, aspiring dancers can still live their dream through companies just like his in their communities. The name of his company is called Onyx Productions of Columbus Ohio. Instead of the brow-beating strict discipline like most of his east-coast mentors, Brown takes on a more available and nurturing role when it comes to teaching his students. But don’t let any of that fool you because he can be just as tough and critical as any New York performance arts instructor.

Besides my fascination with music, dance comes in at a close 2nd as I am a die hard fan of the late great James Brown, Michael Jackson, and The Temptations. I’m also a fan of newer artists such as Usher Raymond, Chris Brown and Janelle Monae. My transparency will also have me to admit that Fame, All That Jazz, and A Chorus Line were some of my favorite movies. I say Admit because in the Hip Hop world, sometimes “sophisticated culture” is frowned upon and I wanted Gamal to shed a little bit of light on what it truly means to be a part of the dance culture.

OTT: Ok Gamal so give us a little bit of your background.

GB: Well I was born and raised right here in Columbus. I studied in Ballet Met for a number of years. After I had graduated high school, I went on to Dayton Ohio where I attended Wright State University. While I was there, I attended the Jeraldyne School of Dance. I worked out with a few other dance companies and then received an opportunity to go to Africa and study with the ballet masters in Senegal. It was really amazing , And I must say, anyone that visits the motherland, it is a life changing experience.

OTT: How do you balance teaching what you know, while still developing as an artist?

GB: Hahaha there are long days and even longer nights…but that’s just it. You never stop being a student in this culture but make no mistake about it; you have to want to be here. You have to want to learn. People have their misconception on what dance truly is until they encounter a master at this craft. That separates the real from the fake, real quick. My undergrad is in business economics so when I view an opportunity from a high level, I have to make sure it’s worth my time and investment, and this is also what I try to get my students to understand. Mastery takes time, and you have to be willing to put in the work.

OTT: I’m an extreme advocate for saving the lives of urban young males in America. Being that their manhood is tested on every level, a number of them may view the cultured arts as soft or become downright homophobic of the art of dance. How can we get them to view this in a different way?

GB: Oh yeah…but just think about it Layne, you’re in this field where you’re always in tights. You’re in this field where the assumption is that you’re doing these effeminate movements, but the reality is..the strength and training that it takes to do what we do are second to none. If you’re partnering with someone and she weighs 145 pounds solid…there is nothing feminine about that. That takes a strong man. Are there a number of gay menin this particular culture? Yes, but that’s true in any culture. But I’ll have a straight person look at it like this, what other place can you find some of those most gorgeous women, bodies stacked and you get to engage in the most sensual, intimate movements for a living? It seems like that’s where I’d want to be hahaha.

But before you ask the next question, let me say this, it takes a certain level of mental strength to do ballet and modern dance. People will always criticize, accuse you or try to judge you and put you in this box. We come from this masculine community where you either play football, basketball, baseball or run track. It’s time for us to view the arts as something more than this effeminate culture to where you have to be a woman or gay. The arts are for everyone.

OTT: Since Social Media is at the forefront of gaining an audience, how to you think it has effected the presentation of dance?

GB: Wow now that was a great question! You’re a great writer I can tell, but to answer your question, we’re in a microwave generation. People want to be on stage right now. Aspiring dancers want the followers and acknowledgment now. I don’t think they realize the steps it takes to become a professional dancer. Don’t get me wrong, when I look at certain videos I see great movements but no training. I don’t even give a pass to these Hip Hop freestyle dancers either, because I’m thinking about the next generation behind them is going to be injured often because they have not been taught how to properly train. What are you teaching them? This is why it’s stressful to teach dancers, because it’s hard to get them to unlearn what they’ve been doing all along. It’s hard to watch people molesting the movements of the art to where professionals like myself will say  “I need you to stand in acudapie’ and hold that position” but they don’t understand that language. And each level you go to, you have masters that will hold you accountable for not mastering your craft. The craft has to be honored if we’re going to be craftsmen.

OTT: Last question. What can people expect when coming to an Onyx production?

GB: It’s nurturing, It’s fun. We tells stories of love, pain, and protest. I’m happy to see more men in my productions. It’s a movement. My next production is March 18, it’s entitled Roho which is swahili for spirit. It’s a snapshot of my life presented in 8 pieces. I was working for another company and found out that my voice was being muffled so instead of sustaining that relationship I made the decision to form my own mission. My mission is social justice advocacy. I have to tell the story according to the way I see it. I encourage you and anyone on this post to check it out. You will walk away with an experience.

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