Local Painter of Boston, Stephen Hamilton, Talks current projects and inspiration.
From Grove Hall to Dudley Square, apart from its usual traffic, the streets were filled with leisurely moving pedestrians, activities for all ages, and business owners promoting their respective companies. Again, a huge departure from the unforgiving drivers on Blue Hill Ave.
Our observations were only between Grove Hall and Quincy St., but there was more than enough happening to hold our attention.
Despite weeks of chilly weather, a warm climate set the tone for an eventful Sunday afternoon. Gospel performances, and African music also filled the air. The sounds backed the visuals of musical performances, poetry, and displays of art.
In all, the day was a refreshing reminder of the importance of community development, and the powerful resources within our neighborhood.
The words "Know your Self" is in the hook of this enlightening piece of work. The song by @Furgersen7 is put over Vintage Footage of Science Students gathering at a Mobile Lab to run over some teachings.... That Osho Flow
Had a chance to Ride up to New Hampshire for some Old Fashioned "Leaf Peeping"
About a Two and a Half Hour Drive, but most of the Day consist of Driving to Different Sites for a Good View. Along with some sites blocked off for a fee of about 30 bucks, there was much more available for free in the surrounding area. Ending the Long Day driving down Kancamagus Highway was an Added Plus. The Visual Esthetics of the Foliage Make for an Amazing Day.
Made another stop at Hardknocks Gym inHyde Park. Both Steve Walker and Julio Pena are well trained fighters seen here sparring for upcoming events. You can see more from Hardknocks Boston at http://hardknocksboston.com/
Enjoy the flikks!
Purposeful. Orderly. Imaginative. Instinctive. Intuitive. Acting conventional. In accordance to numerology, these are the positive aspects that are associated with the letter G. It also describes our subject quite well.
Given his strong insight on the country's social climate, and his ability to make historical connections due to its repetition, we thought what better setting than the Museum of Fine Art for such an astute young man who isn't afraid to challenge their most prized pieces.
Also, the only negative association with the letter G, was "doubtful". And with the debatable imagery at the Museum, I'd say the doubt is with good reason.
Top10 Tracks in the Artists Playlist: https://soundcloud.com/murqu-top10/sets/th-letter-gs-top-10
Since the last photo set we shot with Jeo he's launched two new Training programs, as well as expanded his Personal training. Other than recently pulling off a win in a recent match with Combat Zone MMA, Jeo continues to encourage others to push themselves to their limits and fly. With his circuit style of training, he is able to create the perfect package for any individual.
Had a chance to hang with Frank Capone and Mike Cann of The Young Jurks on Episode two of there Radio Show over in Cambridge with WEMF Radio. This segment featured Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen... Candidate for Lt. Governor and Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung... and Greeneway Wellness Center’s CEO, Jon Greene. Each guest contributed unique perspectives on the Benefits/Concerns of Having a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Cambridge amongst other topics like Urban Shield. Listen in, comment, and check em out Live 6pm Saturdays.
Fine Artist, Rashad Nelson, has Mastered his craft down an expert level. His work will be appropriately displayed at Artists For Humanity's Epicenter. The Opening Reception will be held on the evening of Monday September 21st, 5pm to 8pm
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/10203...
Who Got Next!?
His moniker is straightforward. His approach, is effortless and simplistic. But his body of work is comparable to the greats.
Sunday afternoon is leading into the evening as Soems is putting the finishing touches on his wall piece. He occasionally steps back tentatively, with a careful eye, correcting and defining his work’s edges.
This is one of many works that is to be revealed during “Priority”, Soem’s first official show at Kulturez in Cambridge . Judging from his strong social media following, and prevalence in Boston’s graffiti community, I expect a great show. So kindly, come thru!
Accompanied with hip-hop music, the sounds of combative grunts and fists pummeling punching bags echo down the hallway of the Hard Knocks Muay Thai & MMA Gym, located in Hyde Park. Inside, a student jogs, while towing his trainer, and Elizabeth is practicing for an upcoming bout in Foxwoods. In her “hard knocks” tee, and shorts with her moniker “Elizafresh” stitched on, she displays her impressive fight techniques. She’s 3 years in, and it shows in her firm stance as her partner practices his kicks, the strength behind her own attacks, and her relaxed presence in the ring as she fights. Occasionally, she breaks away to check in about her rigorous training schedule, and her thoughts when in the ring. Then she’s back in the ring by the sound of the bell.
Usually, when we post new media around our subject du jour, there's an article that goes with. But from the energy and emotion of the video, we found it was unnecessary. The video speaks for itself. We think that is evident. And the perfect introduction to Fublac.
For those that know Fu, you'd know he's a man of nuance. Yes, he's vocal with strong opinions that can be backed by irrefutable evidence, but there's a subtly in his appearance. Or at least, the way he carries himself. Even his haircut, which is associated with a time in hip hop where self-consciousness was trending, reflects the music that he wants to contribute.
So it only made sense to snap photos of a man that is an advocate of self-awareness and identity of black people in the historical landmark of Dudleytown Common. Backed by the musical notes carved into a fence. He's looking forward to the release of "Indoctrination", and discusses some of the tracks. The sleepless 24-hour studio sessions along with Producer Gray, and beatmaker, F7Beats, have culminated to this album. The work of music sheds light on personal matters of the home, preserving funds by "...making it rain..." in a well, and the revered "Black Madonna".
I forgot those that don't know Fu. Now, you know.
Keep a look out for "Indoctrination".
We’re all more similar than we are different, but there is truly no one like Stoopid Jones.
He met with us on Sunday morning, in attire varying in prints and eras. Cloaked in a varsity jacket, army fatigue button down, and blue jeans, he finished off the look with some Retro Jordan 11 Breds. He almost gives the impression that his fashions are accidental, but his choices are calculating.
We made our way to Neponset River Trail, where we discuss our respective jobs, or hair regimens, and his main focus: tattooing
After settling on a spot, we got the shoot rolling. And just like someone who dresses to impress, he was just like a fish out of water: taking as well as giving direction, and suggesting looks. He even had a change of wardrobe. This Guy, Meng..
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A clear example of how far consistency will get you. Painter, canine enthusiast, and Cooper Union grad Andre Lambert, (a.k.a. Bamboo2), has been immortalizing life figures on canvas for almost a decade. The subjects in his artwork tells a story as vivid as the image he creates.
His style is as classic and eclectic as his room, which has drawings, poster ads, and photos of family strewn across the walls. Sprawled across his bed are tasteful garbs from Ralph Lauren: a modest, white button down, and tan-colored cargo pants. As we chatted on everyday happenings, he reveals a sharp Polo P coat, adorned with gold buttons, and impressively detailed shoulder tassels. After getting dressed, he finishes off the look with a black and white scarf, black Timbs, and an orange and blue-striped tie.
We made our way to the a bridge that stretched across Cemetery Road, just off of Morton St., on the edge of Franklin Park. We trekked to the top of a small hill, that we noticed was previously occupied from the toiletries, blankets and hangers. Asim tells us about a past visit here, and we marveled on the space’s ability to evoke isolation despite its location in the city.
Asim positions himself between the scrawny branches and twigs and so commences the shoot. His look suits the 45 degree weather, layered and warm, but fashionable and tasteful. His look is pensive, and reflective, but still very present and adaptive of Roman’s photographic direction. There’s surely more to come
Amid the Storm Clouds over Commodore Barry Park, The Event was Still poppin. The attendees paid the drizzles no mind, as they walked, danced, laughed, and swayed with the music. (I secured a spot under Blue Moon's patio umbrella, just in case.) There was far too much going on to be deterred by an unseasonable chill and a few raindrops. Food Trucks on Both Ends of the Park, Beer, Performances Spread across the Park split into 3 stages... AND a Party in the Back.
Among the bleached and colored natural tresses, backpacks, bohemian-chic, attendees, l Had the pleasure of Running into the Likes of Jimmy McMillan, Coco & Breezy, Markusprime, and a Few Others.
It's much Brighter this Time... The Sun making up for the Clouds and Rain from yesterday, plus this was the day of performances from The Internet, D'Angelo, SZA, Michelle Ndegeocello... All this While Fu Blac also came through to show Love and Support for the Ever Growing Festival. Today Was a Good Day.
Its also far more packed today! It's impossible to not shoulder-check someone, military strategy is required to schedule a meet-up in the thickness of the crowd, and forget about the occasional trip to the bathroom, unless you possess the clinging abilities of our friend, the Spider Monkey. As the did yesterday,People come in Super Saiyan forms of themselves and give off Light Energy for all to receive. Tribal, skin branding tattoos, skateboards, frohawks, dashikis, fulani earrings, and adinkra symbols. There was even a Setup for some to Honor Mike Brown by raising their hands in the "Don't Shoot" position.
We branched off at one point, with one group watching SZA. The others watching Fishbone, who performed their version of Curtis Mayfield's classic, "Freddie's Dead", amongst other hits from their outstanding catalog. Afterwards, the incomparable Meshell Ndegeocello took the stage, who was my personal favorite set for the weekend, and did her buttery renditions of Whodini's "Friends", Ready For the World's, "Love You Down", and (ahhhh) "Comet, Come To Me", from her upcoming album with the same name. Towards the evening, the MC took the stage to ask the audience to participate in a commemorative gesture of raising our hands, while yelling "Don't Shoot", in honor of Michael Brown. Definitely the most memorable and significant portion of the event.
Finally, and I do meant finally, The Man of the Hour, D'Angelo hit the stage, backed by Roots members, guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, and drummer Questlove. Between Prince's "She's Always In My Hair", Angelo Moore joining for "Black Flowers" accompanied by the theremin, I just concluded that it couldn't get any better. Topped the evening for me! Despite the chants of "Encore!", D'Angelo and crew left the stage, never to return. And so it ended. There was more trash than grass spread across the landscape, and folks wither left in a hurry to beat traffic, or hung around to reflect on the events of the day. IT was my first AFPK, and surely wont be my last.
Afropunk: one of the most unproblematically afrocentric events on earth. Held in Brooklyn NY, Murqu was there, to capture the eclectic fashions, engage in some moshing, and most importantly, check out the talent. Performing "Witit" is Detroit's own, Danny Brown. Too Dope!
Nearly missed the Bus Back to Boston tryna catch that Danny Brown Performance.... Ready for AfroPunk 2014!
A Lil Louder has gone on for 5 Years Strong. We wanted to capture the spirit and good times via the personalities of anyone who has come through to make A.L.L. Great! The tag line "Come as you are" allows you to be comfortable in your own skin while listening to an eclectic mix of music. We were happy to provide a Photobooth, open for photo bombing n all!
This is everything I would want in a soul music night: atmospheric lighting, relatively chill crowd, couches that aren’t roped off with only VIP access to secure your spot to sit in, and most importantly, live performances from Boston’s most talented musicians, which sets the tone for the modest and relaxed crowd.
This is Afrodesiacity.
On the third Thursday of every month, you’ll have this evening of soulful serenity to look forward to, equipped with all of the above.
After experiencing the event for myself, I can say firsthand that its a refreshing departure from your most basic options when it comes to Boston’s nightlife: Overpriced covers and outlandish dress, sketchy top 40 bar with limited dancing area, or staying in against your will after coming up short with options. Afrodesiac offers substance, artwork from local vendors, and the soulful music provides an ideal backdrop for networking and socializing.
Below are some performances from October's Afrodesacity. Check them out!
Be sure to check it out this Thursday, December 18th at the Milky Way!!
The folks over at MINT (Men Inventing New Trends) keep it 100 with Everything they do. From conception and design, to promotion and execution. Their annual Halloween event, "Freight Fest" is a Success over at the UMASS Amherst Campus. MurQu was there to Capture the Party's Essence and Performance from Trnidad James. The Party was Also Hosted by DJ Envy, and he Definitely Kept the Party Goin. We look forward to More Projects with MINT
If ever you're looking for an evening of what Boston's hip hop scene has to offer, it's Motivate Monday.
Held at Church in the Fenway area, a prime location for college students looking for local entertainment, Mark Merren hosts an evening of Boston's best hip hop artists.
The event kicked off with a bang, with special guest host, Boston's own Lyric Jones. She took us through her hits "Reasons Why" and "Magnetic" among others. Along with Lyric were M-Dot, Termanology, Planet Asia & Tristate of Durag Dynasty, and Akrobatik. The highlight no doubt, would be all of the acts, along with members of the audience joining in a final cypher.
This is not new to Merren, who is a well-known emcee in Boston himself. He's also gained notoriety through promoting and hosting other events around the city through his brand, Authentic Merren.
Motivate Monday shines light on our city's prolific music scene, with artists of different calibers and backgrounds. Be sure to check it out every Monday Evening at Church Boston, 9:30pm, $10.
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It's about 6pm, on Friday evening. In the spacious Record Company on Mass Ave., Producer Gray is carefully modifying the levels to the tracks that will make, "Indoctrination", while the album's contributors, Fergerson 7 and Fublac listen in.
The mood still manages to be engaging, as well as productive. Mostly because we were all there when the songs were first recorded, and can recollect each song's session. Fu discusses his vocals on "Home", F7 plays us more of his pensive, syncopated beats, and Gray asks our input on the mixes.
This is the work ethic that's needed in a 24-hour session, and especially, the final one. Not to mention that lyrical substance and production of such a high caliber is deserving of that much time.
The three definitely put in that work. So when the session concluded at 6pm on the following day, so did the laborious efforts on what will be: "Indoctrination"
This is a collective of outtakes, old pictures that didn't make the cut, or just plain fun with the camera. Whether its looking at the way Sunlight hits any coffee table object, or an action figure replicating human poses, the camera is constantly snapping. Here you'll see the infamous Shadow Sonic resting on a Gameboy, along with great B Roll from various events and photoshoots. We'll release these every once in a blue moon... so Enjoy!
All Good. The name describes the mood perfectly. Where else can you go in Boston, that has NO dress code, and NO cover, that is diverse with reasonably priced and mixed drinks, and that plays the aurally pleasing sounds of the 90's, with some reggae peppered in? I'll wait....
And in the slight chance that you have an answer, I seriously doubt that it matches up with AG's strong following. After all, its backed by same people that have brought you A Lil Louder, the predecessor of AG, which has brought its good vibes for 3 years before. Through ALL, word got around about the cool happenings on the last Thursday every month, and folks have been faithful ever since. And being that AG is Good Life's most successful Thursday night event ever, I'm sure that its due to those stats. Little to no drama, a modest and ridiculously cool crowd, and features monthly guest appearances from "The Mayor". (You gotta be there to know).
So will we see you tonight? I surely hope so.
Freeway Performs Live at MOTIVATE MONDAYS when it was at Church, Boston MA back in early 2015... MOTIVATE MONDAY is NOW Every Monday at the HardRock Cafe, Boston MA.
Over in Cambridge MA, right in front of the Central Sq RedLine T Stop... is a gym appropriately known as, "RedLine". The Homie Jeo is building his name over there and within the MMA Community in general. I had the luxury of stopping by to snap some pics for his page. Dude is putting in WORK! He's head Coach, studying Muay Thai Boxing and MMA.
Adam and Amina let our cameras in to capture their creative process to artwork they were contributing to an upcoming, collaborative show. Both with strong art backgrounds ranging in therapy, painting and history, these two have incorporated their knowledge of their respective educational focuses, and applied it to the contemporary art scene. Mixed media and paint are the mediums that represent their self-expressed Stories.