Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Suspect Thoughts

My friend, Emanuel Xavier is guest editor for an online journal named suspect thoughts: a journal of subversive writing. Check out Issue #18 that's up now.

Yours Truly, will be in the next issue (#19, which runs July-December, with my poem, "They Call Me 'Star-Fucker.'" I'm incredibly honored and excited to be a part of this project: free, online and subversive, it doesn't get any better. It's also a delightful challenge to keep writing rhymes, songs and poetry. Even though they all deal with setting words to rhythm, tone, melody, key, timbre, etc., I find that each genre lends itself to a different kind of flexibility and latitude. Each has it's own limits and its own expansion. Let me know what you think when it hits the web July 1st.

More to come.

Peace and Blessings,

Shante Paradigm

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

NEW DATES for Peace Out East

The new dates are October 5, 6 and 7th. call for artist goes out next week, venues and sponsors to be announced.

email: for more details.

new POE website coming as well.



Monday, June 11, 2007

Shante Paradigm Website

Hey Ya'll! The Shante Paradigm website is live. I know it need work, but a girl is just proud to have it up after owning the URL for a year with nothing there.

I will continue to use to site for musings and other such things. I am working on Peace Out East right now, so look for the updates to get more frequent.

As a little treat, I will leave you with two videos for discussion.

The first is a fabulous YouTube creation called, Miss Cleo vs. Milan, this is outrageously funny and fantastic. I'm really digging the quotidian topic, the high phone bill from calling Miss Cleo, but really the fake Cazels are the star of this video....but that Theo Huxtable shirt is a close second.The gold teefs round out the top three.

Speaking of old school vibes, my boy Bryan alerted me to a lovely little bubble gum song, that is helping to renew my faith in age-appropriate hip hop. Lil' Mama's "Lip Gloss" is kinda the jam (shut up Loo Loo)! I mean, shouldn't a 17 year-old be rapping about school lip gloss (from Mac), her locker, anxiety about the cool crowd, her Yankees cap (Booooo, the Stankees suck, Mets baby!!!), and other such innocent topics? No gats, no drugs, no Courvoisier, no clubs, no Jags and rims, just kid stuff. Plus this little girl can rap, even if her subject matter is pretty silly. Check it out! Oh, but black people with light eyes scare the bejesus out of me! She looks like Bow-Wow's lil sister. Anyway, here's Lip Gloss. I can't figure out why she is grabbing her crotch so much. And why must black people always try to make our children grown, Lil Mama? Lil Man, etc,. Sigh, we've got problems, but at least we can sang and dance...

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