O.D.B. in Harrisburg

O.D.B. speaks to fans outside of the Dragonfly nightclub. Photo by Leon Laing.

I’m unlocking my vault to display another never-before-seen photo. I’m also posting the image in honor of Wu-Tang: An American Saga. I photographed the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 13, 2004. He performed at the Dragonfly nightclub, a venue that closed its doors in 2012. O.D.B. would’ve turned 51 on Nov. 15. Continue reading ‘O.D.B. in Harrisburg’

Advocacy Day

 

Van Jones (wearing the purple tie) and others at Advocacy Day. Photo by Leon Laing.

On Sept. 24, activists and lawmakers assembled at Pennsylvanians for Probation Reform Advocacy Day. The event took place at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. Participants supported House Bill 1555 and Senate Bill 14 and shared personal stories about the criminal justice system. Continue reading ‘Advocacy Day’

Day Service

Local rapper drewtyrell chills at Day Service. Photo by Leon Laing.

Day Service, a rooftop party held at 1500 N. Sixth St., took place on Aug. 10. Villa sponsored the event. The organizers are planning their next event already, so stay tuned for details.

Meek Mill x Reform

The Reform Alliance team assists a client (wearing a blue T-shirt). Photo by Leon Laing.

While Meek Mill waits to see if a 2008 gun conviction will be tossed out, a new judge (Judge Leon Tucker) presided over a brief hearing on Aug. 6. Tucker replaces Judge Genece Brinkley. Also on Aug. 6, Meek made an appearance during the Free Meek Gathering held at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice in Philadelphia. The hearing will resume Aug. 27. Continue reading ‘Meek Mill x Reform’

Give the drummer some

Sheila E. Photo by Leon Laing.

The legendary Sheila E. justified why she has decades of experience in the music industry. Continue reading ‘Give the drummer some’

Chris has a handle on events

Talent Da Comedian.

As one the Harlem Globetrotters, Chris “Handles” Franklin dominates the basketball court. Now he’s showing he can make a slam dunk with events, too. Continue reading ‘Chris has a handle on events’

In da club

DJ Envy. Photo by Leon Laing.

With a diverse crowd, Deeee-J Envy played a variety of songs ranging from hip-hop to R&B to reggae to Spanish music at a Harrisburg-based venue. Continue reading ‘In da club’

Weezy opens up for Blink-182

Lil Wayne. Photo by Leon Laing.

As Lil Wayne, 36, started to flourish as an artist, his sound became more eclectic, and his look became a mishmash of hip-hop and rockstar. This image was a rarity for a hip-hop artist back then. Continue reading ‘Weezy opens up for Blink-182’

Eskimo Jones

Eskimo Jones pictured in the white T-shirt. Photo by Leon Laing.

I’ve been following Eskimo “Swaggod” Jones for about 12 years now. Around that time, he released “The Gutter,” a classic song about the struggles in the hood. Click here to watch the video, which was directed by producer Aganee. Continue reading ‘Eskimo Jones’

Dwight Lep

Dwight Lep. Photo by Leon Laing.

On June 8, Dwight Lep rocked the mic during Pennsylmania, a local artist showcase held at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. The rapper just dropped “Don’t Look Now,” a song produced by Jae Diamondz. Lep, who resides in Harrisburg, was also a guest on the Rob the Plug podcast.