Biz hospitalized

Biz Markie. Photo by Leon Laing.

Rapper/DJ/sneakerhead Biz Markie is in a Maryland-area hospital and is being treated for complications related to his Type 2 diabetes. He is 56 years old. Continue reading ‘Biz hospitalized’

Fight the power

Elyse Irvis spoke at a rally on May 30. Photo by Leon Laing.

With the current civil unrest, I covered protests in Harrisburg on May 30 and June 17. Both events started at the Capitol and ended with a march. When the crowd became more agitated by the Riverfront on May 30, police shot tear gas. Protesters then gathered in another area by the Rivefront until the evening. Continue reading ‘Fight the power’

Luv drops first album with Lanez, Dior and others

b Kierra Luv. Photo by Leon Laing.

On the heels of her graduation from Central Dauphin East High School in Harrisburg, Kierra Luv will be releasing her first major-label album. Titled Take It or Leave It, the album drops on June 19 (Juneteenth). Continue reading ‘Luv drops first album with Lanez, Dior and others’

Still saucin’ on you

Post Malone. Photo by Leon Laing.

What a difference four years make. Continue reading ‘Still saucin’ on you’

Famous actor appears at first black film fest

From left to right: Johntrae Williams, Michael K. Williams and Dominic Dupont. Photo by Leon Laing.

On Dec. 27, the Sankofa African American Theatre Company, Sankofa 21 Institute — and an Emmy-nominator actor hosted the first Sankofa Film Festival.

Taking place at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, the festival offered showings of Raised in the System and The Hate U Give, two films about the criminal justice system and race relations. Continue reading ‘Famous actor appears at first black film fest’

Bridging the gap

From left to right: Jordan Hill, Garry Gilliam, Corey Dupree and Dezwaan Dubois. Photo by Leon Laing.

In order to market themselves, The Bridge held three events this week.

On Dec. 17, The Bridge held a mixer in Philadelphia. Then on Dec. 19, the organization held a press conference at the former Bishop McDevitt school. Later that evening, The Bridge and Chris “Handles” Franklin held a holiday party at the Edgemont Fire Hall. Continue reading ‘Bridging the gap’

Move the Crowd

Rakim. Photo by Leon Laing.

It’s been a decade since I covered Rakim in Harrisburg. On Dec. 19, 2009, Ra performed at Dragonfly. On Dec. 7, The God Mc returned to a packed house at HMAC, a venue that will be renamed Pantheon in the future. Continue reading ‘Move the Crowd’

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.