Word Life Production News-October 2011

This month at Word Life Production we are celebrating our beautiful black women in the arts!!! We are proud to present to you some of the greatest and most positive mature voices that have or are establishing themselves as an artist.
By: Sharon Lawrence
Oct. 18, 2011 - PRLog -- It is important to highlight women in the black race because of how we are sometimes portrayed in the media. There are lots of intelligent black women throughout the world that is a very positive influence for females of any culture. They work very hard at what they do, and not only that, they’ve helped so many others along the way. This is contrary to the belief that black women are all angry, materialistic individuals without any sense of direction.

The story of black women dated all the way back to chattel slavery proves that they are strong by things that they had to endure. Most black women who are presented by most corporations portray a character of black, ghetto, hostile, promiscuous and uneducated people, which only expands the gap that separate blacks from whites. Yes we are different, just like any other culture. But our difference should not be built up on negativity, but the sameness of the culture as a whole.  I could say that maybe, just maybe, corporate agencies feel they are casting characters that identify with the black race overall. However through all of the protest, blogs, petitions, and so forth to change such images, they refuse to do so. Although characters on most modern day shows are flawed images of the black race, we continue to push forward anyway.

This month we would just like to let our beautiful black women throughout the world know that we do appreciate all of your hard work and labor you have performed through your gifts and talents that’s made a major difference in the lives of those that work for the good of those who love God! We just like to say thank you! Thank you for not changing who you are. Thank you for pressing on anyhow. Thank you, thank you, and thank you for just being you!

This month in our legendary corner, we present to you Ms. Erykah Badu

There is perhaps one story that explains Erykah Badu’s cyclical outlook on her new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, and it involves a visit to a Santeria priest in Cuba in 1999. Dressed for the occasion, Badu wore an all-white dress and, despite the humid weather, her signature towering head wrap. As she sat on the dusty sidewalk waiting to enter the house of If a, a young man who could best be described as curious looking barreled down next to her, popped open a can of beer, lit a cigarette, and began making...Read More

Our celebrity pick for this month is Ms. Jill Scott

She is an artist with an abiding, deep commitment to lyrical honesty and musical integrity. Simply put, if Jill Scott feels it, she writes and sings it. While vivid imagery, metaphor analogy are her stock in trade, there’s no pretense, no hiding. She’s upfront, in-your-face always real, using her own distinctive poetry to breathe life into words, digging inside to bring forth the accompanying emotion. It is that authenticity that has endeared Jill Scott to everyday music buyers who hear what she’s saying through her music and respond according. Folks who know the rough and tumble of life, love...Read More

We are also honoring Hip Hop Poet Jean Grae

Although she was born in South Africa, Jean Grae (real name Tsidi Ibrahim) will always be a New Yorker by heart. The daughter of two jazz musicians, Jean learned an appreciation for all genres of music at an early age. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a vocal major and was later accepted to New York University as a Music Business major. Disenchanted by the classroom settings, Jean decided early on that she was more of a hands-on learner. During high school she learned to read and arrange music as well as learn classical and choral...Read More

Singing Happy Birthday to Our Founder-Mrs. Spoken Word

Sharon Lawrence, female Poet/Hip Hop Artist is known to the world as Spoken Word. She was born in small town Suffolk, VA where she grew up in a low income neighborhood during the time drugs flooded poorer black communities throughout the nation. A recession was a normal thing for her household where she was the middle child of four in a single parent home. In the midst of it all, Spoken Word developed a gift that would change her life forever. She learned how to rap. Rapping became the thing that kept young minds occupied in a suburban...Read More

Our Feature Artist for this month is Mrs. Tammie T. Bell Davis

Tammie T. Bell-Davis has always been one of creative mind and imagination. At the age of 16 she began to unexpectedly write poetry to deal with a heartbreaking loss. Poetry became her comfort in a growing world of uncertainty, A personal way to express feelings she couldn’t otherwise communicate. As time passed Tammie found another passion, a passion to create unique gifts. Whenever a special event came up family and friends would come to her for with an idea and Tammie would make it happen, her first personalized gift she created was framed original personalized poetry. From…Read More

Simply Batayah Sings

BATAYAH, like her name is a very unique, gifted and anointed singer, songwriter, composer and producer. She began singing at the tender age of 4 years old, in her home church choir and she has been singing every since. She has sang every genre of music from rock and roll, country, folk and classical in school choirs and musical plays, to r&b, funk, neo-soul, big band and her roots, which is gospel, at home, in groups, church choirs, quartets and as a soloist. BATAYAH has written a variety of songs and her talent and ability...Read More

Appreciating the Art of Spoken Word Artist-EMichele Paul

EMichele Paul is a United States Marine, published poet, mentor, and founder of PoeticWorks. She has hosted, produced, and promoted open mics in San Diego for over 5 years. She has also performed in California, North Carolina, Texas, Iraq, and Japan, produced Battle of the Poets in 2005 and 2008, and V.I.P Poetry Extravaganza at the world famous NuyoRican Poets Cafe in NYC. She is the founder and past host of PoeticWorks Radio, the 2010 National Poetry Award winner for the best online spoken word radio show. She was a panelist for 2 community panel discussions. In 2004, she published her debut book...Read More

Enjoying the Soulful Melody of Gina Carey

Unique and soulful is the only words to describe soul singer Gina Carey. Although many have compared Gina Carey to Broadway's sensation and recording artist Stephanie Mills, she has her own sound and style that can easily be identified in all of her recordings. Throughout Gina's musical career, she has written and recorded 3 independently released gospel CD's (In His Time, Changes & Tell Um) and 2 soulful albums, "My Journey" and her latest "Melodic". Gina began her professional recording career in 1996 with her first release "In His Time" selling...Read More

While you arethere, check out our hot new artist Chaquis Mailq. Self-managed, remarkable, talented, Chaquis Maliq is now pursing her polished, talented, independent, melting pot of music, by producing, writing, collaborating, and engineering all of her work. Also, be sure to view Gospel singer Karen Clark-Sheard who has performed with her older sisters, “The Clark Sisters since she was six years old. And we are very proud to present to you this month’s black comedy feature, Mo’Nique!!! Mo’Nique is a multi-media powerhouse whose consistent, extensive body of work has captivated audiences in standup comedy, television, film and literature. Also our black television show of the month is none other than, Good Times. Good Times first aired in February 1974 as a mid-season replacement and went on for six years. In Good Times Florida and her family were struggling to survive in Southside ghetto in Chicago. As we appreciate our women, we have posted a poem on our home page entitled, “Ain’t I a Women” written by Sojourner Truth delivered 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio. Please check it out.

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