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A lover of the Master..Class

It's rare that a TV show could capture my heart, my mind and spirit. As a Student of Life, I'm consistently seeking to be more learned, more IN-Spired and more informed of the best of life's lessons. Maya Angelou's Master Class is an amazing hour chock full of information that quite simply kept me smiling in the image of her light. What a glowing light she is, just hitting her 8th decade and overflowing with Life. "Words are things, you must be careful how you use them". I'm learning the awareness of this important statement. To be impeccable with your words seems like a simple step. A simple action, yet it's unbelievable how challenging it is to stay within the parameters of impeccability with your words and the feelings you express.

This is one episode in this series of overwhelming knowledge and intriguing stories. Watch the entire Master Class on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Here's the full episode of Master Class with Maya Angelou

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Love Liberates

Queen of Inspiration & Soul ALICIA KEYS has arrived AGAIN



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Run This Town - Jay-Z feat. Rihanna and Kanye West

I can't get enough of this record. Rihanna's hunger and passion is (finally) felt on a record. Jay graces with usual divinity. Kanye held NOTHING back, also bringing the record to a new level of Fierce Fire. Enjoy!



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Marvelous Times - Mos Def - from the new album release "Ecstatic"


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Maxwell's BACK! BLACKsummer'snight now available EVERYWHERE!

LOVE has touched us once again..Maxwell's back ya'll!!!! The anticipation can now end! 





Rest In Peace Michael


I haven't really been able to find the right words..Just feeling likewe should've loved him the way that we're loving him, while he wasstill here. I was anticipating his return, his new album, everything!But certainly I hope that they put out the new music soon. He deservedto be on top, and loved. His spirit accomplished what he had purelyasked for.

VIDEOS FROM OUR INTERVIEWED ARTISTS!!!

HOW FLY ARE THESE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE?? THE FUTURE HOLDS MUCH FOR THESE PROMISING ARTISTS! STAY CONNECTED!

Rosegarden

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www.myspace.com/StephJones2

SIGNED TO BADBOY!!! CONGRATS MAMA!!

www.myspace.com/JanelleMonae


www.myspace.com/LadybugMecca



www.myspace.com/TheSamCollierExperience

JAZZY Interview w/Ana K. ****COMING SOON****



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MIA ZUNIGA Interview w/Ana K. ****COMING SOON****



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THE FLOACIST, NATALIE STEWART Interview w/Ana K.


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Natalie Stewart aka The Floacist, has been in our souls and in our ears for years. Now after diluting from the incomparable group Floetry, The Floacist has emerged with a brand new outlook and a brand new album. Her feature debut as a solo star, Freedom, is discussed while also chatting with Ana K. of her spiritual evolution. Natalie Stewart has re-emerged as a Phoenix arising from the ashes. Listen now for much more inspiring conversation.

From www.myspace.com/Natalie_M_C_Stewart:


HOW NATALIE STEWART GOT HERE...xx

I
was born in the midst of a record breaking winter…in Germany…5 years after my sister, and 7 years after my brother…February, (of course!), the 13th, (well naturally!!), AQUARIUS, (what else!?!)...to my Jamaican born, British raised parents!...A historical event all around…Daddy had to be flown in, all autobahns were closed…oh, and did I mentioned that I was born at a record breaking (for said hospital) healthy, weight of 11lbs 4oz!...SO…I caught my first plane at thirteen days of age! (I had to change my surroundings!)

England…13 days – 2 ½ years...
I have many memories that fall within this period, pretty vivid one’s to! You’d be surprised, sometimes I feel like I can see out of my old new eyes!...THEN…

Hong Kong…2 ½ years – 5 years...
Now these years I remember from the actual flight (British Calendonian, when they still used to let you go and visit the pilot!), and the thickness of the heat in Dubai where we changed flights, all the way through to learning to swim, Lion Rock, starting school, Gregory Issacs’ Night Nurse album and many, many more moments…I LOVED THIS PART OF MY LIFE IMMENSELY!...THEN…

England 5 years – 7 years...
N
ow when I say England, I mean Reading, Arborfield, countryside and safety!...(These are the years that I served in the British Armed Forces…0-7…I was a vet by 7)...THEN…CIVILIAN LIFE…where better to start than…LONDON…7 years – 21 years...

What can I say about London, other than...London…what can I say!?!

PROUD I AM TO BE A BLACK EUROPEAN!!

EVEN PROUDER TO BE ENGLISH...QUEEN ON THE MONEY BABY...xx

...THEN…

 THE BIRTH OF THE FLOACIST...xx
Somewhere admist an amazing insperience and expression of art, literature, spoken word and performance...I became...once again...who I am...this time...I named her THE FLOACIST...I named my sister in creativity THE SONGSTRESS...and together we started to walk the planet as FLOETRY...1st stop...THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…xx

U.S.A...21 years of age to present date...
Land of the brave and free dreamers! Just my kind of hang out...!...AND HANG OUT I DID...FLOACIST STYLEE...World tour continued...JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA, A LARGE PART OF EUROPE AND MANY OF THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS...7 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS, 3 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS AND 1 MERCURY PRIZE NOMINATION LATER...

...HERSTORY CONTINUES TO UNFOLD…xx

I love change…I love to laugh…I love to dance…I love to create…I love to Be!...

HI!...xx

"My Debut Solo Album Will Be With You Soon...Can't Wait To See You On The Road...Again...I MISS YOU ALL...xx"
The Floacist...xx


STAY ON TOP OF THINGS WITH NATALIE'S PERSONAL MYSPACE PAGE *MAKE SURE TO READ THE BLOGS!*:
www.myspace.com/Natalie_M_C_Stewart

LISTEN TO THE FLOACIST'S NEW MUSIC ON www.myspace.com/thefloacist

ANA K.'S GRAMMY WRAP UP

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SAM COLLIER INTERVIEW w/Ana K.

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Hailing from Atlanta, GA, let us introduce you to the Sam Collier Experience. Sam Collier brings something rare, truly an undiscovered gem of hope and enlightenment. The music speaks for itself touching on topics of upliftment and self love. Discovering his sounds was a fruitful experience for us here at Ru1 SoulTunes. Rather than taking the typical approach to interviewing, Ana K. was able to fully chat it up with Mr. Collier in a freedom based conversation, fully indulging in Sam's amazing personality. Tune in to explore and get to know this shining new starlet in undiscovered music of the SOUL.

Check out Sam Collier on Myspace: www.myspace.com/thesamcollierexperience

LADYBUG MECCA Interview w/Ana K.

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Ladybug Mecca

Supreme lady lyricst, Ladybug Mecca chats with Ana K. on upcoming projects, the evolution of her own soul and the inspiration behind some of her deepest tracks. 

FROM www.LadybugMecca.com:

"I want listeners to come into my world," says Mecca of her solo debut, Trip The Light Fantastic, on the independent, self-determining Nu-Paradigm Entertainment. "I'd like them to feel they've entered into a new dimension, somewhere they've been before but can't remember yet."

Mecca's world is a place filled with love, brightness and optimism, a location where genres are broken and spirits are lifted. "I am here to make a difference," states the sensuous singer and rapper about her life and art. "I've always been fascinated by things that are innovative, and at this point in my life I'm about expressing everything I'm about."

She is a feminine woman who is regularly rewriting her agreement with reality. She's constantly striving to educate and better herself, always reaching for development, but very aware of her past.

Prominent in Mecca's history is her role in Digable Planets, a communal clan of poet-rappers that made "hip-hop bebob" popular in the '90s. Alongside her two male partners she burst onto the scene like a quiet storm, blowing away expectations and defining a new stance for ladies who followed on the mike. "Mecca The Ladybug makes great strides in proving women in rap don't need to scream and swagger in order to be tough and assertive," wrote Larry Flick in Billboard magazine. "Mecca never raises her voice but always is a commanding figure."

The crew's 1993 unveiling, Reachin' (a new refutation of time and space), sold platinum and included samples from Curtis Mayfield, Sonny Rollins and other pacesetters. The single "Rebirth Of Slick ("Cool Like Dat) was a Top 10 smash that won a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance by a duo or group.  The trio also scored one Billboard award, among other accolades, and toured the world with the likes of Sade. Its follow-up, Blowout Comb, followed the group's creative light to another singular level of inspiration.

Next came some reordering and reorganizing for Mecca. She entered into several unfulfilling associations before deciding to create the album she wanted on her own terms. "There were so many people trying to impose their wills on me," she remembers. "I just wanted the freedom of an independent situation, and that's what I have with Nu-Paradigm."

Mecca has seen lots and grown greatly in her short life. She has worked minimum-wage jobs and been a star. She has cried over the loss of both her parents and celebrated the birth of three children.

Family is important to her, but she's not sheltered from the realities of life. She's spiritually minded but has a witty intellect.

On Trip The Light Fantastic she bares soul and explores her journey from innocence into sense. She pairs her thoughtful words with an eclectic blend of music: breezy Afro-Brazilian rhythms cross-pollinate with hip-hop beats; fiery rock riffs and post-bop blue notes meet and prosper.

Co-produced and overseen by Mecca and Nu Paradigm CEO Nkosi Gray, the set features Martin Luther, and producers include Shane Conry, Isreal, Sa-Ra, from San Francisco-based Rebel Soul Music. 

All in all, Trip The Light Fantastic celebrates life. As Mecca told writer Cheo Hodari Coker: "Creating music is like giving birth, and your baby is a gift to the world."

That child is an instrument of peace, and Trip The Light Fantastic sends "peace out" to the planet.


PURCHASE TRIP THE LIGHT FANASTIC HERE:www.LadybugMecca.com
VISIT LADYBUG MECCA ON MYSPACE: www.myspace.com/ladybugmecca


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JANELLE MONAE Interview w/Ana K.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae chats with Ana K. about her upcoming release, Metropolis: Suite I of IV The Chase CD. Janelle’s openness to allow you to be the critic shows not only her love for freedom of expression, but also her love for allowing you to interpret music in the same sense. Her amazing new record, is not only groundbreaking, but an incredible leap for musical man-kind (or android!). To get with it and fully experience this musical adventure visit www.JanelleMonae.com.

FROM www.JanelleMonae.com:

If you’ve been living on Mars the last six weeks and missed the biggest news in the galaxy, here’s a holo refresher.  Cindi Mayweather, the biggest star in cybersoul, is on the run from the Metropolis Execution Force (MEF).  According to ALL THINGS GOOD,  Ms. Mayweather (an android!) has broken THE RULES by falling in love with (gasp!) a human by the name of Anthony Greendown.  As a result, bounty hunters, robokillers, the droid control, and the Wolfmasters themselves have set out on a disassembly run in the Neon Valley District of Metropolis.

But like zillions of other Metropolitans, we are certain that you will be interested in not only experiencing this story as a holo news feed but also as a living, breathing musical experience that you can play in your podcar as you head to work! This electrifying CD  contains five songs by the time-traveling superstar Janelle Monáe, whose new album concerns the life and times of Cindi Mayweather. 

Songs include the smash “Violet Stars Happy Hunting,” the voodoo jam “Many Moons,” the haunting "Cybertronic Purgatory" and the passionate anthem “Sincerely Jane.” The liner notes include complete lyrics and 12-pages of stunning paintings by master painter Sir Chad Eric Weatherford.


PURCHASE METROPOLIS HERE: http://www.JanelleMonae.com
VISIT JANELLE MONAE ON MYSPACE: www.myspace.com/janellemonae