Archive for the 'Local people' Category

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’

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.

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’

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.