....OK.. its eight o'clock and my nerves are getting to me. I am searching for a place in my mind that is peaceful and does not allow me to worry. I try to find a corner in the BVIC(Bronzeville Visitors Information Center)to gather my thoughts. However no matter where I go somebody seems to find me.
I take the elevator downstairs and meet up with Charles one of the individuals who helped to plan this event. We begin to talk about FAVOR....ahhhh...FAVOR...my favorite word. Just what I needed to hear. At That moment I knew everything would be fine.
I spoke to Misrak of Organic Funk Productions and after speaking with her my nerves started to settle.
God is so AMAZING!!. People started coming in and any element of worry I had soon dissipated. My sister Joelle Lamarre opened the event with some background on our organization The Haitian Advancement Foundation.
Lid Law, P1 and J. Hill gave some amazing performances.My mother made some great food, my friend Victor Moore and his wife Briana kept the libation flowing and Dj Kmax played some great music. The vibe was positive and we almost made our goal of $1000.00. REBATTIE HAITI...REBUILD HAITI was a SUCCESS.
It feels wonderful to know how successful this event was, but let us not forget we have so much more work to do.
Haiti needs us more and more each day. HAF is dedicated to the economic development of Haiti through education. We understand that it is the responsibility and right of The Haitian people to make these changes on their own terms. HAF is here to assist.
As we grow we will continue to reach out to all of you and our hope is that you understand our motivation and help us to preserve and grow Haiti's rich culture.
Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support HAF and Rebbatie Haiti Rebuild Haiti.
Stay Focused, Positive and Productive
Presented to you by HAF The Haitian Advancement Foundation, in conjunction with Organic Funk Productions and The Haitian Jane Project.
It has been one month since the tragic earthquake that decimated Haiti happened. The news coverage has slowed down and it is no longer a number one trending topic on twitter. However the effort to Rebuild Haiti is very much alive and well, and I am humbly asking that you join in our efforts.
As many as One Million people are homeless, children are being displaced and a countless number have lost their lives.Our assistance and aid is needed NOW more than ever.
On February 20, 2010 at the Bronzeville Visitors Information Center on 411 E 35th St in Chicago from 8pm to 1am, The Haitian Advancement Foundation in conjunction with Organic Funk Productions and The Haitian Jane Project presents Rebattie Haiti....Rebuild Haiti a fundraiser for Haitian Relief. Performances By Precise, P1, Lid Law and J. Hill with Music By Dj Kmax and The Collards.
The purpose of this event is to raise money for the schools that have crumbled in the wake of such a major disaster.We also want to raise the awareness of Haiti's rich history.
Our Goal is to raise $1000 in this ongoing effort to Rebuild Haiti.
I hope you are able to make it out. If you are not able to make it, all that I ask is that you forward this email to at least 100 of your contacts in order to make them aware of a way that they can help reshape the world.
With your help or goal is more than attainable and it moves us one step closer to Rebuilding Haiti! REBATTIE HAITI!!!
This Fundraiser is for The Haitian Educational Foundation. We are helping to rebuild schools in Haiti. I would love to see you Feb 20th, 2010 @ The Bronzeville Visitors Information Center 8pm to 1am . There is a $10 donation $15 with food. I look forward to seeing you.
Akon and Precise
To be honest everything that happened I expected to happen. I was not sure how or when it would happen, I just knew it would.
My faith is growing more and more everyday. My trip to L.A. has served as a confirmation that anything can happen and will happen if you just believe.
A goal of mine for the last few years has been to get to the Grammys in any capacity. I would like to be nominated but what I understand now more than ever is that one has to be where the action is. It makes sense for any Artist to be in the city of Arts and Entertainment.
My plan was real simple...pass out cards meet people.
My adventure starts in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive. One thing I can say about Rodeo Drive is that it truly inspires a person to Get Money. The Ralph Lauren store was my favorite.
After visiting a few stores me and my lady decide to get something to eat. We go to Panini Cafe. As we walk in I immediately recognize a group of black people sitting at a table.....uhhhh..WE STAND OUT in Beverly Hills...lol.
Ultimately I go over and introduce myself to the table of people who look like me just to find out one of them is Anthony Hamilton....three time Grammy Nominee... Anthony Hamilton. He was extremely humble and approachable. We exchanged information and my trip was officially ON!
So then.....we head over to the W Hotel on Hollywood and Vine for a luncheon where Questlove from The Roots was the Dj. It was a real cool vibe. I link up with Dj Kmax of CTA Radio and I took some time out to chat with Phonte and Yazarah of Foreign Exchange. Foreign Exchange's song "Daykeeper" was nominated for a Grammy. It's a pretty amazing accomplishment considering that Nicolay and Phonte met online and they are for all intensive purposes an independent group.
****FLASHBACK****..A few days before I got to L.A. I was speaking with a friend of mine about some tracks I just got and how I wanted Mos Def to sing the hook on one of them. My friend then told me that its not a matter of me wanting it its a matter of me asking. Mos Def and MF Doom were scheduled to do a show in Chicago the weekend I would be in LA, so I asked my friend to get Mos Def's info for me. <------ ****Remember This****.
Ok back to L.A......So many parties are going on... Hassahn Phenomenon a Chicago artist who has been in L.A. for the past ten years scooped me up and we meet up with Dj Kmax at The Roots Jam Session at the Key Club on Sunset. The funny thing about L.A. is you really have no idea who you are going to run into. For instance as we walk in I turn around and I see "Frazier" ...lol...I mean Kelsey Grammer standing behind me...then I turn right and George Lopez is standing next to me.. and yes I GIVE THEM MY CARD.
Anyway.... as I walk into the Artist Lounge I meet and greet everybody from Estelle to John Legend to Slash from Guns and Roses.
It starts getting a bit crowded on the inside so I decide to go outside and mingle a bit. I meet a few artists from around the globe and I am getting more and more excited about these new connections. At that moment I start thinking about the Mos Def/MF Doom show that was going on in the Chi and I was wondering if my friend was going to be able to get Mos Def's info.....no sooner than I have this thought.. I look up and Mos Def is standing right in front of me....WOW...Of course I seize the opportunity..I let him know about the song I wanted him to be on and we exchanged information.
For some reason the show did not happen in Chicago and ultimately it was to my benefit because I am one step closer to doing a song with one of my favorite artists.
I actually could go on and on about the experiences I had on this trip but I would be typing for a while...for real.
Overall this experience was Re-Energizing, Eye-Opening and Inspirational.
I look forward to what the Future holds having faith and trust that the best is RIGHT HERE!
Stay Focused, Positive and Productive
....Ohhh Yeah Bel Air is OFF THE CHAIN!!!!
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