UK iLLIGAN ALERT: Emeli Sande’

Emeli Sande give us reason to wish the pond was little bit smaller and UK was a little bit closer. She is an international star who has set her sights on the United States. The only question is…Why haven’t you ever heard of @emelisande?

Check out Emeli Live and UnCut

“Kill The Boy”

Emeli Sande Video

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Racism In America: Is it real?


Is racism really something that affects everyday Americans? Or, is it something that only lives in the minds of African-Americans?

Check out this piece by 20/20!

What is your opinion?


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If this country burns…We burn with it!

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Art is politics; and, it’s the weapon Kuweni Serious uses to, as they say, “fight the evil forces of apathy,” they saw plaguing Kenyan youth in the aftermath of the country’s 2007 elections. Kuweni Serious is a cultural activist organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Their team includes three creative minds committed to raising political consciousness among Kenyan youth, encouraging them to be active participants in the political process. Rachel Gichinga, Jim Chuchu (of the music group Just a Band) and Mbithi Masya work incollaboration with Just a Band, Ghetto Radio, NiSisi! and Roma Media to create and share creative works that capture our imaginations and inspire us to think critically about unjust political practices and proposed alternatives.

We had the great pleasure of speaking with Rachel Gichinga about Kuweni Serious. She discusses Kenya’s turbulent 2007 elections, which led the team to develop this project. Rachel also shares her thoughts on Kuweni Serious’ creative approach, Kenya’s future in relation to all of Africa and the stake people of African descent abroad have in realizing their vision for Kenya.

Read More HERE!

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GRAMMY ALERT: Marsha Ambrosius invites you to her FREE Grammy party!!


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MLK Day 2012: What happened to the dream?

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has one of the most familiar faces on the planet. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King March on Washington

He has delivered one of the most memorable speeches ever given in any language at any time in history. His legacy has impacted how people view the world.

With all this impact, you’d think that we have a clear vision of his dream. We don’t. Most people believe Dr. King’s dream was that we would live in peace with each other. These people forget that peace was merely a vehicle to get to where the dream could be realized. Dr. King’s dream is to change the reality that race is the dividing line between access to the American Dream and living the American Nightmare.

Race still is the dividing issue.  Dr. King exposed it at a time that people would kill to cover it up. Peace was a means to expose violence.  Love was a vehicle to expose hate. Dr. King was threatened, beaten, and eventually killed to expose America’s living contradiction; race.

If anyone tries to tell you that we have moved past race and that Dr. King was responsible for it, tell them that he was killed because he refused to believe that lie in the 60’s and that we wont stand for it in 2012.

Some say, “The biggest lie of the devil is to make you believe that he doesn’t exist.” Race has been America’s Satan. The more we pretend that it doesn’t exist, the more it undermines the impact that we want to have in the world.

Dr. King used non-violent tactics to compel millions of people to recognize the issues of race and exclusion, address them, and work to overcome them. He believed it was possible, but he never believed it was done. It still is not done!

iLL Holiday Dot Com encourages you to remember the dream as you celebrate this MLK Day 2012. Address race and inclusion head on. Deal with the difficult and convicting feelings this holiday stirs up. Use those emotions to help you include those who don’t have access to the same privileges you have. Treat someone like an angel who looks like hell.

If you would like to join us and Public Allies Indianapolis, we will celebrate MLK Day 2012 with a dramatic reading of Waddie Welcome & The Beloved Community.

Public Allies MLK Day 2012 Flyer

Public Allies Logo

This reading illustrates Dr. King’s dream by showing what difference a community can make when they are resolved to do good together. We invite community members from all backgrounds to join us for an in-depth look at one man’s struggle for freedom and the “Beloved Community” that rallied around him.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday January 16, 1-4:30pm

Broadway United Methodist Church

609 East 29th Street

Indianapolis, In 46205

Our goal is to create a beloved community and

this will require a qualitative change in our souls

as well as a quantitative change in our lives.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Event sponsored by Public Allies Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, KI EcoCenter, and the Americorps Alum Indianapolis.


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Give Me One Reason

Many people that know me [iLL Holiday] from open mic poetry sets, or from the hip hop scene, know very little about Casey Bridgeford. In addition to rapping, hosting events, blogging and doing shows; I am a husband and father, non-profit professional, small business owner and a community college student.
Today, I will share a view of my life that very few people get to see. This side is my struggle to transform from a ‘grind hard-shine hard anti-college’ mentality to a ‘continuous learning and development’ mindset.

Below is a 15 minute speech I gave at the 2011 Student Success Summit, put on by State Farm and the Marion County Commission on Youth.

Casey Bridgeford Paul Schmitz

Casey Bridgeford and Public Allies CEO, Paul Schmitz

[Speech Transcript]
Give Me One Reason

Student Success

7:30 am December 9, 2012


Nina Mason Pulliam Trust- Dr. Twyman, Cheri Bush, David Hillman, LeeAnn Hoy, Harriet Ivy

Charles Tony Knight & Malachi Walker of Young Men Inc.

John Brandon and Marion County Commission on Youth

Wrekk One for playing my music on WHHH 96.3

Friends and co-workers

I used to be an educator’s worst nightmare. I was the one who was telling your kids that they didn’t have to go to college. I was the one who would rather look educated while just winging it- than slow down enough to get an education. I was the one who was intelligent enough to walk the walk and talk the talk of a degree holding professional. It worked well for me and I knew it. It worked so well that most of my friends had no idea that I didn’t have a degree until they found out I was back in school.

As a young professional who has experienced our job market through the following jobs: satellite installation technician, administrative assistant, marketing director, program manager, fast food cashier, dry wall finisher, director of business development, janitor, mentor, assembly line worker, minority business owner, and recording artist, I think I know a thing or two about what jobs are available to a high school graduate.

Because of my recently return to college, I believe I am also specially qualified to deliver this message.

Today, I will talk about why I was against college, what changed, and why that matters for student success.

First, I would like to speak about why I was against college. “They aint gone put they Brand on me and claim my success!” That’s what I used to say. I was self-assured enough that I didn’t even look the way of local universities as a development option once I graduated High School. I had proof I was intelligent. I was an honor student mostly in grade school through high school. I graduated after the 11th grade. I was very comfortable being called articulate, and I got the same jobs that my counter-parts held upon graduating from college.

This was enough to convince me that I was the stuff, and I was right -for the most part. By the age of 28 I had managed to travel the country, start a business from the ground up and attract clients like Rapper B.o.B, the 2008 Obama Campaign, and the State of Indiana. I had been flown out to the BET Awards twice on all expense paid Business trips. I had done everything all without a degree.


Maybe not everything…

That brings me to my next point. What changed my mind? Even though I had been kicking it with D-Wade, Busta Rhymes, and Mike Tyson in LA, everything was not ok behind the scenes. Even though I signed contracts with dream clients and called my own shots in 2008, I had no idea what was just around the corner.

That very same year I began to see that everything that I was doing was setting me up for a big letdown. This letdown would create the most depressing moments in my life. This letdown was the beginning of the recession. Even as my client list became more and more elite, my financial situation became more and more bleak. That year alone I lost 6 clients who reneged on work that we agreed upon. I was so blinded by how fast things were moving, I didn’t recognize that I was doing a lot of work that I would never receive payment for. When I filed my taxes that year I found out that I brought home only $17,000 for my family of 6- it was time to look for something else.

I thought that something else was a job. I quickly learned that all my experience didn’t mean anything to potential employers if I didn’t have a degree. Out of 103 jobs that I applied for over the next year and a half, I landed 4 interviews. It was the last interview that brought me to Public Allies.

Public Allies viewed my experience as a valuable asset and wasn’t as concerned with what I knew as they were with what I could do. Even though I thought I was set when I finally got a job with Public Allies…Public Allies became the vehicle to drive home the message that I needed to go back to school. This happened during a mid-year retreat reflection activity. We directed participants in the program to visualize where they wanted to be in 5yrs, 10yrs, 20yrs. Then we told them to come up with action steps that they could take now to reach those realities. When I did this for myself I grew extremely bothered. The next two days were filled with people asking why I looked so sad and was everything alright. My heart was broken because when I thought about everything that I wanted for my family’s future- I knew I wasn’t doing anything to create that future. That’s when it became evident-I needed to return to school.

The question then becomes “How does my story relate to student success?”

My final point is a very quick one. The point is that my story illustrates why it is essential that students have a relevant purpose for succeeding in school.

I was doing well in school. I wasn’t the trouble maker or class clown. I didn’t spend a lot of time in detention. Everyone thought I would graduate undergrad with honors and pursue at least master’s level studies. What no one anticipated was me losing a connection to school’s relevance. I knew what a job looked like. I knew what making stuff happen looked like. I didn’t know what an educated black man in a meaningful career looked like. From my understanding, your grind defined your shine. [explain] That means that those who have- are the ones that can make things happen with little to no resources. This did not leave any room for earning a degree in my mind.

For many of our youth, there is no context for student success in their home life. It is not valued, encouraged, or even noticed. School didn’t mean anything to me because it didn’t mean much to my community.

It is my estimation that we can’t get to the how can students succeed if we skip over the why should students succeed.

So with that I will submit my one quote. Sorry, it’s not a scholarly quote. Tracy Chapman wrote a song that said “Give me one reason to stay here, and I’ll turn right back around.”

We, as a community, have an opportunity to give students a reason to stay and succeed in school. What will we do with it?

Today I have discussed why I was against college, what changed, and why that matters for student success. Now I invite you to join me in giving youth an opportunity to learn the necessity of education before life leaves them chronically unemployed. Will you join me?

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Shad Attack…Dope Rap is B[l]ack

Shad is not a newbie to the game. Cats from Vancouver to Nairobi know his name. The hardest thing to figure out is… Why is he new to you?

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Movie Trailer: An Ethiopian Love

Director Yonie

Yonie Solomon is back. His Unofficial Kanye West LOVE/HATE Video caused an uproar on the Internet last year.
This year he has embarked on a project that so monumental, it involves tying the nation of beautiful people (Ethiopia) with the nation who is obsessed with beauty (America).

Check out the trailer for Yonie’s most ambitious project to date, An Ethiopian Love.

Stop by and cop a t-shirt to show your support to one of the year’s most anticipated independent film’s.


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If you’ve never heard of Meleni Smith…Let us introduce!
Meleni Smith
Watch out there now…

If you are looking for more…Search here, you soul carnivore!

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Forget a 16…She’s got a mean 64! Lady Leshurr is killin ’em!

As the US continues to go head over hills for the Queen of Young Money, something fierce is brewing in the UK.

I first shared the female emcee with the iLLIGANS last fall. Even though her name has exploded since then, her flow has remained deadly.

Listen to this and learn why Lady Leshurr holds the crown when you cross the pond. Enjoy!

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Nneka Returns!!!

Nneka God First

This is what I stand for...

If you haven’t heard of Nneka by now, maybe you are being intentional in making sure you don’t know what’s hot! She has traveled the globe pushing a message that cry’s for transparency, humility, and love. Check out her newest video, Stay.

In “My Soul is Heavy” Nekka takes us on a journey into the despair that her heart feels for her Nigerian people caught in the middle of the Niger Delta oil crisis.

With an entire continent’s concerns on her back, Nneka delves into the depths of Africa’s darkest realities to arise with faith, love, and hope on each of her 3 studio releases. The video “My Home” explores how her faith in God is the sustaining force that allows both her as well as millions of Africans to face the harsh circumstances the they face together.

Just in case you’ve have been sleeping under a rock; check out this link:

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Public Allies + + BIG CAR= Allies Of Art 2011 [fall edition]

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The ConsciousTip Interviews 9th Wonder

I was homeboy surfin the net and look what I came across… the Dope Blog The Conscious Tip shared this mini-doc. It does a great job of putting hip hop into perspective!
9th Wonder

9th Wonder has submitted some of the best beats in the game!

9TH WONDER – MAKE IT BIG from Pricefilms on Vimeo.

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West Coast iLLIGANS: Day of Black Docs

Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West


(A Screening of Black Documentary Films)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

American Film Institute – Mark Goodson Theater
2021 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Admission: $15.00

(Snacks sold separately)
Purchase your all-access event tickets on Nov. 5th at AFI or go to

THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE – A fascinating new take on the racial history of the U.S. in the 60’s and ’70’s; SING YOUR SONG, on the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte; and the Jamie Foxx executive produced documentary THUNDER SOUL, following the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band.

SING YOUR SONG – Susanne Rostock’s inspiring and biographical documentary of the

life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social-justice movements.
THUNDER SOUL – A Jamie Foxx executive produced documentary detailing the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band who returns home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE is an award winning compilation feature documentary that displays the story of the African-American community 1967-1975, the people, the society and the style that fueled a change. Told with beautiful footage and lost in the archives in Sweden for 30 years. Written and directed by: Göran Hugo Olsson; co-produced by: Joslyn Barnes & Danny Glover, Louverture Films.

Q&A guest panelists include Director Mark Landsman and Community Engagement Director Kimber Smith of Thunder Soul.

“These are amazing stories that underscore how the human spirit can blossom when adversity meets determination” says BAD West co-chairperson Denise Hamilton. “I’m really excited about the diversity of the documentaries we have this year” adds co-chairman David Massey.

BAD West is a collective of documentary filmmakers of African descent that advocate the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.

Day of Black Docs is co-sponsored by the International Documentary Association, the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators; the Education is a Civil Right Committee and Hollywood Shorts.

For additional info, call Queen Publicity at (310) 849-3820 or e-mail Allison Queen at

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iLLIGAN EXXXCLUSIVE World Premier: Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me!

Whitney Coleman teams up with Indie Super Director- Jace for what will be one of the greatest releases of the year Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me.

Whitney Coleman

Witness Whitney LIVE at Blue Moon Sunday on October 30th at The Madame Walker Theatre!

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Blue Moon Sunday Pulls No Punches

The night before Halloween will be one to remember. One of Indy’s hottest artists, Whitney Coleman, will be in full concert along with her live band. The Whitney Coleman Project has been sweeping the circle city by storm with performances at The Jazz Kitchen, Oranje, and some of the city’s dopest venues. This Blue Moon Sunday she has promised to bring her highly acclaimed energy with a little something extra.

Whitney Blue Moon Sunday Show

Tasha Jones chats with Lauryn Hill

Tasha Jones chats with Lauryn Hill

As if a dope feature wasn’t enough… We will also welcome home one of the most widely known names in spoken word poetry, Tasha Jones. Tasha Jones returns to the city for one-night-only. As the co host of Blue Moon Sunday, Tasha will share her own flavor and a few new pieces of poetry.

Lastly, you will be able to enjoy art for the eyes as you indulge in art for the ears. Be the first to see new art by Artist Kevin Wilson. Wilson’s exclusive Opening will unveil some of the most thought-provoking art pieces of his career. The installation will remain at The Walker until November 30th.

To learn more about what is going on at the Walker, visit
Alexis Garrett performs for Blue Moon Sunday Reunion

Check out what soul singer KirkPatrick has to say about Blue Moon Sunday….

Legendary Singer Goldie Stops by Blue Moon Sunday

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iLLIGAN EXXXCLUSIVE: Melissa Briggs [Lock It Down]

Have you ever heard a voice that immediately made you smile. You must have heard Melissa ‘Missy’ Briggs. Although she remains unknown to many, she has a top tier voice and a reason to sing.

My first encounter with Briggs was at Blue Moon Sunday in the early 2000’s. She was singing back-up for Tasha Jones. Since then, I have worked with her and learned why she is quickly catching the attention of music lovers.

In the song Lock It Down, she is stepping out of the shadows to show why she needs a top spot on Indy’s ‘Best Kept Secret List’.

Listen and enjoy!


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Can I Kick It?

Get There!

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In Marketing…You Must Choose

Kiss My Black Ads has some of the most thought-provoking content available anywhere. Check out this one…

In marketing you must choose between boredom, shouting & seduction

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Indie Scene on pins and needles awaiting ‘Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me’…Whitney Coleman- produced by Jace

Whitney Coleman Stranger [world premier]

See the preview here!

The online world premier of ‘STRANGER Pt. 2 Love Me’ will be our iLL EXXXCLUSIVE on October 24, 2011 at 10am.

See it! Discuss it! Share it!

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