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Hip-hop headliner

Black Thought of The Roots. Photo by Leon Laing.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has been showing Philadelphia-based rappers brotherly love lately. On May 3, Philly rapper Meek Mill joined Wolf to speak about criminal justice reform. And on Jan. 15, Wolf invited Philly’s own The Roots to headline his inaugural celebration. President Obama, who invited rappers to the White House, has also showed hip-hop love. Continue reading ‘Hip-hop headliner’

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We Luv Kierra

Kierra Luv. Photo by Leon Laing.

The day and location where I met Kierra Luv and her mother were symbolic for hip-hop in Harrisburg. Continue reading ‘We Luv Kierra’

That’s so Raven

Raven Rose. Photo by Leon Laing.

It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon in late November, but it’s cozy at District Bar & Lounge. Inside the Midtown, Harrisburg-based bar, proprietor Chad Scott and bartender Chanika Brown deck the halls while soulful Christmas music plays in the background.

Raven Rose, née Gabbriella White, is sipping on cranberry juice at the District. The local singer plans to drop her debut project, Emerge, sometime in 2019. In the meantime, you can see Rose perform on Dec. 29 at a local artist showcase at Bridges Social Club in Downtown. Doors open at 9 p.m. You can also hear her rich voice on her Instagram page.
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Business as usual

PMD. Photo by Leon Laing.

Despite the no-show from Havoc of Mobb Deep, the PMD concert went off without a hitch. PMD represents one half of the hip-hop supergroup EPMD. Club XL, Harrisburg, held the show on Oct. 19. Continue reading ‘Business as usual’

Edutainment

Michele Hairston. Photo by Leon Laing.

Michele “Queen Michele” Hairston lectures about hip-hop from 1986-1994. She held the event in Harrisburg on Sept. 21.

Kanye on 2 Raw for the Streets

After watching two videos about Kanye West, you’ll see how Kanye came full circle. Continue reading ‘Kanye on 2 Raw for the Streets’

Nightclub celebrates anniversary, books legendary DJ

Dj Jazzy Jeff. Photo by Leon Laing.

Over the years, Level 2 has booked notable DJs including DJ A-Trak, Kanye West’s former DJ. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the upscale nightclub in downtown Harrisburg hired the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff to spin. Level 2 held this milestone on May 31. Continue reading ‘Nightclub celebrates anniversary, books legendary DJ’

Area’s first rap fest with celebrity rappers

In 2003, the Harrisburg area held an indoor rap concert with A-list acts. Rap heavyweights, such as such as 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes, performed at that show, which was held at Hershey’s Giant Center. Now Harrisburg will host its first outdoor rap festival with celebrity rappers. Continue reading ‘Area’s first rap fest with celebrity rappers’

Sk8er expands family

Ronnie Gilbert (left) and Luke Davis at Fishbone. Photo by Leon Laing.

While Luke Davis continues to skate and film, he and girlfriend Carly Ohlin are going ape like Nigo. Davis and Ohlin expect to have their daughter, their first child, soon. Continue reading ‘Sk8er expands family’

#blacklivesmatter

Photo of mother and daughter by Leon Laing.

Photo of mother and daughter by Leon Laing.

A mother and daughter attend a Black Lives Matter rally and dance party at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.  Continue reading ‘#blacklivesmatter’