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MAYA ANGELOU (Poem) – Still I Rise

Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Video: Upcoming New York based Reggae-fused songstress Levantay making strides

by Natalie Monique
To frequent patrons of New York City cabaret-style lounges and US based Caribbean events across the Tri-state, the name Levantay may ring a bell. Upcoming Jamaican born-New York based singer/songwriter and former Miss Jamaica USA runner-up Levantay is making strides and proving she will very soon be a force to reckon with on the local and International Music scene.

The soft-spoken singer can be easily considered a breath of fresh air, very attractive and possessing lots of natural charm and innocence. At first impression Levantay is very unassuming, however, the minute she starts singing she demands attention with her rich, engaging tone exuding passion from each note.

Levantay has written numerous songs and considers herself a writer above everything else. Her talent and networking has now finally been getting some recognition, allowing her the opportunity to work with top musicians such as Grammy nominated Pianist of Israel Vibrations band and many others. Levantay has been making numerous appearances in the United States and made stops in London during the heat of the 2012 Olympics, which she was excited about especially while celebrating Jamaica’s 50 years of Independence.

The articulate and eclectic Miss Levantay is definitely an artiste to look out for on both the local and International scene. She is currently working with a number of Jamaican producers and looking to do great collabs with local artistes she says. Fans can look out for her debut Music Video to be released in the fall, which she is very excited about and also working on her EP and website to be launched very soon.

Check out a few of her clips below:

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NEW!! Rihanna is Executive Producer for new London Reality Fashion TV Show ‘Sky Living’

So we know Rihanna is about to make her first big screen acting debut in the film ‘Battleship’, …but, there is no stopping the Bajan multi-talented Diva, Rihanna…she has now added Producer to her many other involvements. Her first ever television project, Riri assumes the title of Executive Producer in the new Brit Fashion Reality TV Show, ‘Skyliving’ and although mostly behind-the-scenes, RIhanna will also make some appearances.

The aim of the show is to search Britain for the the best ‘undiscovered’ Fashion designer. The Sky Living HD website explains that over the 10 weeks of the series, the contestants will be challenged to create outfits for various musicians and celebrities. As a final challenge, they will get a chance to design a stage outfit for Rihanna, which she will wear during her Hyde Park performance at the Wireless Festival in July 2012.

Sources say Rihanna ‘hand-picked’ Girls Aloud star, Nicola Roberts to help her in her mission. The show will highlight the British Fashion scene and give otherwise unknown creators that chance to break big into the industry…definitely a challenge to many though possessing the talent to compete.

Of the project the newly-turned Executive Producer RIhanna said: I’ve always had a great love of Fashion. Its a constant source of inspiration in my life, and is a big reason I have grown into the artist and person I am today.’ She added, “Ive been very fortunate to work with some truly amazing designers and stylists throughout my career….I am excited to follow the journey of our aspiring contestants and see how their individuality influences their efforts during the course of the show.’

Nicola expressed her admiration for RIhanna and pleasure of getting to work with her. She told Sky Line, ‘I was flattered when Rihanna asked me to work with her on this show…there are talented people, undiscovered because they dont have the means or their circumstances are too far from the Fashion world. This show is here to discover those people and give them a shot. I’m looking for someone who can think outside the box, and is not going to give up at the first hurdle….” She highlighted that she loved both RIhanna’s Music and Style, and the fact that she is not afraid to try new things, stating that she is one of her style icons.

Rihanna has made appearances in almost all the top Magazines, to name a few, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Esquireand definitely considered a Fashion Icon to many today. Getting the chance to dress the Multi-Award winning, one of the most relevant artiste (if not the most) today, Rihanna Robyn Fenty….how awesome is that?? Rihanna has been making subtle moves towards tapping into the Fashion Industry, as besides being the face of Armani and many other brands, the Caribbean diva had previously teamed up with the Italian label, for her very own capsule collection, which featured Denim and Lingerie. (See sketch below)

GO RIRI!!! First one of the Caribbeans talented Anya Ayoung-Chee won the Season 9, Project Runway FashionReality show…and now, another Caribbean sister Executive Producer for another huge Fashion feat. Niceee!