POETRY VS. HIP-HOP – Friday, July 15, Durham





Push It Pull It

FEATURE ARTIST VIDEO “Push It Pull It” by Hatty Keane (U.K.)


BGM- Despite only being 20 years of age, U.K.’s Hatty Keane has more experience than most, completing over 500 shows since signing to BGM at the age of 16. This incredible work ethic has seen her support heavyweight artists such as Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran,Wretch 32, JLS (19 Date Arena Tour) and Wiley. Hatty’s sound is the product of talent and hard work, and her determination has led her to collaborate with some topline writers and producers including Luigi ‘LUGO’ Gonzalez (Janet Jackson), Luney Tunez (Rihanna), Si Hulbert (One Direction) andHank Hughes (Naughty Boy, Emili Sande), shaping her sound to guarantee club night mayhem.

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Nneka Hits U.S.!

Soul Singer Nneka Announces Summer 2015 Tour Dates


New LP Arriving May 26th

Soul singer-songwriter Nneka will be heading out on a North American tour this summer. The upcoming trek will kick off on June 2nd in Seattle, WA, and make stops in big cities like Oakland, L.A., Chicago, Toronto, and Philly, before wrapping June 23rd in New York.

The new tour will support Nneka’s forthcoming album, My Fairy Tales, due out May 26th via Bushqueen Music. The German/Nigerian songstress recorded the LP in France, Denmark, and Nigeria while living in Paris. Like her previous offerings, including 2011’s ‘Soul Is Heavy,’ Nneka will continue to tackle personal and political issues.

“My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face,” she explained. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man’s land,’ but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”

Nneka Tour Dates (Tickets for select shows are on sale now):


  • June 2 – Seattle, WA at Nectar
  • June 4 – Oakland, CA at The New Parish
  • June 5 – Oakland, CA at The New Parish
  • June 7 – Los Angeles, CA at The Troubadour
  • June 10 – Denver, CO at Lost Lake
  • June 13 – St. Louis, MO at Duck Room
  • June 14 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
  • June 16 – Toronto, ON at Tattoo
  • June 19 – Boston, MA at TT The Bear’s
  • June 20 – Philadelphia, PA at Milkboy
  • June 21 – Washington, DC at Jammin Java
  • June 23 – New York, NY at TBD

More dates to follow..

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Ode to Ignorance

Feature Artist Video: Remi’s “Ode to Ignorance”


Photo: Callum Preston

Nigerian-Australian rapper Remi – “This track is about mine and my family’s personal experience growing up and living mixed race in Australia. It’s important for people to know that this is not targeted at any one person or any one race, it’s directed at ignorance. My hope is that it raises some awareness and starts/continues meaningful conversation about the racial climate in this country and what we can do to bring better equality.”

Read the complete interview with Remi in OKAYAFRICA or visit

Disability with Inspiration

Poetry TRIBE:  Disability with Inspiration  

by Keyana Sullivan

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Helen Keller, words can not explain the inspiration you’ve given, Life without sight, words without sound, the love you gave, success you found
Author, political activist, lecturer, first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, Your disability made you a powerful woman, and that is exactly how I want to be

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, natural born leader, You contracted an illness that left you paralyzed from the waist down
, But you refused to accept your paralysis and taught yourself to walk, strength you found, You fought through your illness by developing your own technique, and that is exactly how I want to be

Christopher Reeve, actor, director, producer, writer, our beloved Superman, An equestrian competition left you paralyzed, and your life immediately changed, Even though you suffered a great deal of pain you did not give up, prosperity you still gained The Christopher Reeve Foundation you started, to help others that are in the same position as you continued your career while helping others that is exactly what I want to do

Beethoven, one of our most famous and influential composers of classical music, During your late 20’s, your hearing began to deteriorate, later leaving you completely deaf, You considered giving up with thoughts of suicide, your love for music, to loose it, you would have nothing left, but you did not give up, you continued to write music, and at the end of the premiere of your Ninth Symphony, you turned around to see the, tumultuous applause, hearing nothing, you wept that very moment, achievement you gained, and I hope one day I can experience the same

Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, two of our most creative musical figures, Blindness is considered a disability, but you guys did not let that stop you from doing what you love, you have to walk by faith, and not by sight, you taught yourself to be strong, and that I like, Your talent have touched so many people, in many different ways, I hope my talent will do the same one day.

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Keyana Sullivan is 24 years old. She holds a BA in psychology and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a neuromuscular disease called Pompe disease and is wheelchair bound, but before anything else, she is a writer. Her book, The Cure to No Cure, is in publication. Follow her on Twitter!


A provocative title for the forthcoming doc film by TRIBES Entertainment


Jiggaboo…jigga…jigger…jig. As a journalist and documentarian, Leslie Cunningham (TRIBES Creator and filmmaker) is compelled to search out truth in her work and without bias of her own positionality in the world or in relation to the subject. Thus, she admits she was offended when she learned her grandfather’s show, Harlem in Havana, was considered the carnival ‘Jig Show’.

“In my lifetime, I’ve known the term ‘jiggaboo’, as an insult to black people, and I immediately made this connection. The idea of calling my film JIG SHOW made me very uncomfortable and continues to make me uncomfortable, as I suspect it will make others uncomfortable as well, ” says Cunningham, who has received several requests from Harlem in Havana show fans to reconsider the film’s title. Yet, the more Cunningham became aware of the power and punch this three-letter word held in the progress of this project, the more she become aware of the inevitability of her film title.


TRIBES Creator and filmmaker Leslie Cunningham

During her research, Cunningham found an etymology of the term ‘jig’ born in the European renaissance, in celebration- play and dance to song- that devolved into a racist slur that found a temporary and perplexing home on the pages of Billboard magazine as Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana endeared fans in communities across North America, west of the Mississippi. This so-called ‘jig’ show became a gem in the cap of the world’s largest carnival, while performers of color back east bumped painfully against the walls of the Chitlin Circuit or the coveted few opportunities in America’s major cities.

Cunningham came to understand this word and classification reached beyond the politics of the day as do the discourses on race engaged by her grandfather, Leon Claxton’s show.  A journey into the complexity of American entertainment and race history, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, seeks to tell the most honest story. A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY TRIBES Entertainment.

FILM STATUS: Currently in early production. Crowdfunding campaign coming soon! Stay tuned here at or Contact Leslie Cunningham at