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Kanye West the Surprise Headliner at AAHH! Fest in Union Park for Sweet Homecoming of Chicago Hip Hop Superstars Kanye West the Surprise Headliner at AAHH! Fest in Union Park for Sweet Homecoming of Chicago Hip Hop Superstars(0)

It was a sweet homecoming party in Union Park for AAHH! Fest 2014 with Kanye West closing the festival in a surprise guest performance.West took stage after Common performed three songs from his new album “Nobody’s Smilng.” Fans went wild when Kanye West jumped on stage to perform.

 

 

Watch more video footage of performances from AAHH! Fest on Breaking Voices YouTube Channel

 

African Festival of the Arts a Huge Success for the African Diaspora African Festival of the Arts a Huge Success for the African Diaspora(0)

By Unieros

African Festival of the Arts 2014 in Chicago will celebrate its 25th anniversary of celebration African culture.  The 25th African Festival of the Arts 2014 will be held Labor Day Weekend Friday, August 29- Monday, September 1, in Washington Park, Chicago.

African Festival of the Arts feature two stages of music, a main stage and a world music stage. Music by Musiq Soulchild,  Dee Alexander, Harriet Tubman Band with Cassandra Wilson presenting Black Sun. Salif Keita, and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.

BVNews Coverage of 2013 African Festival of the Arts

The food, the music, and the art of black people from the African diaspora was on display at the 2013 Annual African Festival of the Arts in Chicago. Held in Washington Park on Chicago’s historic South Side, the four-day festival showcased the variety and diversity of African cultures around the world.  “Origins” was the theme of this year’s festival which featured over 300 artists and food vendors.

 

The walking paths of Washington Park were transformed to look like a African village. Booths along the paths displayed antique sculptures, paintings, handmade crafts among plenty jewelry and clothing vendors.

Watch video from the 2013 African Festival of the Arts Chicago.

Hundreds of Chicagoans attended the festival and night time concerts held during Labor Day Weekend.

Grammy Award singer Brandy Norwood headline the 2013 African Festival of the Arts.

At the end of each day, the main stage at the festival featured celebrity musicians. Music headliners included African American blues Blues legend Otis Clay,  R & B Diva Monifah, and Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtuzudki.

 

The Afro centric items ranged included T-shirts from Historically Black Colleges (HBCU) to antique masks from Timbuktu and original paintings from Senegal. Attendees could eat food from African diaspora countries including fu fu from Ghana, Jamaican jerk chicken, rice and bean dishes, African American soul food greens.

The festival also featured a Drum Village where dancers and drummers of all ages played constant rhythms on congas and djimbes. Picnic tables dispersed throughout the lawn areas served as gathering places where festival goers mingled and enjoyed entertainment on small stages like the World Stage. A special area of the festival was Blacks in Green, where attendees enjoyed roundtable dicussions about healthy eating and living green.

 

One couple told Breaking Voices that they have been attending the African Festival of the Arts for more than 15 years because they find the festival to be a great event to network and meet people in the community.

The African Festival of the Arts celebrates black culture in a way that shows how black people regardless of where they dwell strive through their art, music, dance, and food to remember their ancestors, document their history, and paint their hopes for the future.

About Africa Festival of the Arts

The African Festival of the Arts is the flagship program of Africa International House USA, Inc. (AIH), a not for profit organization working to bridge the divides between the peoples of the African Diaspora in Chicago. This year’s festival included a special collaboration with Afro Entertainment Awards that honor musicians, arts, and entertainers from the African diaspora. Featured artist and art work for the festival was by “Asali” by Najjar.


The African Festival of the Arts is held over four days during Labor Day weekend and has become for many, the traditional way to end the summer. This not-for-profit organization was founded 20 years ago to bridge the divide between the peoples of the African Diaspora in Chicago with its unique brand of cultural programming.

In 1989, Patrick Woodtor, President, Africa International House, along with his late wife author and historian, Dee Parmer Woodtor, produced the African Festival of the Arts for the first time as a seasonal community event to honor African culture and tradition in the historic “black belt” on the South Side of Chicago.

June 3, 2014 City of Chicago Hosts Tribute to Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House Music in Millennium Park June 3, 2014 City of Chicago Hosts Tribute to Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House Music in Millennium Park(0)

Is house music the genre that will unite the City of Chicago? If last night’s jam packed tribute to Frankie Knuckles, the “Godfather of House Music” was any indication, Chicago is on its way to being a truly multicultural city. Last night at the “Bean” thousands of Frankie Knuckles fans gathered for a dance party with djs spinning music below the city’s Bean sculpture in Millennium Park. People from every segment of society was present, black white, latinos, Asians, young old, gay, straight all danced to the beats of house music.

The Frankie Knuckles Tribute presented by The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events was held 6:00pm-9:00pm in Millennium Park Central Promenade the “Bean”.

The lineup for the Frankie Knuckles Tribute event featured house music djs from around the world

DJ’s include:

      • Mike Winston
      • Craig Loftis
      • Greg Gray
      • Elbert Phillips
      • Words by:
      • Robert Williams
      • Alan King

Watch #BVNews video as the diverse crowd of thousands dance to Frankie Knuckles “Whistle Song.”

 

Chicago is known to be a city of neighborhoods, each separated by borders of culture and class. Last night looked crowds at the Frankie Knuckles Tribute seems as if every part of the city was represented for a truly diverse melting pot.

#BVNews was live at the historic house music event. The “Bean” looked like colorful cornucopia with the variety of people mirrored in its reflection.

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Without too much lyrics, the mixed beats is driving force behind house music. Regardless of the language of culture one represent, the beats make the body move. Frankie Knuckles house music has been popular for thousands of “house heads” since 1980s.

Born Francis Nicholls, he was known for his stage name, Frankie Knuckles, he passed away suddenly at age 59 in Chicago. Some fans held up programs from the Frankie Knuckles memorial service.

 

Chicago Tribune Music Critic Greg Kot wrote an article April 1, 2014 about the death of Frankie Knuckles. Kot wrote: 

 

He championed house music that wasn’t just about rhythm, but that embraced humanism and dignified struggle. It was in keeping with his belief that the dancefloor was a safe haven for the gay, African-American and Hispanic communities that first embraced him.”

 “God has a place on the dancefloor,” he once told the Tribune. “We wouldn’t have all the things we have if it wasn’t for God. We wouldn’t have the one thing that keeps us sane – music. It’s the one thing that calms people down.”

Greg Kot, “Frankie Knuckles, house music ‘godfather,’ dead at 59” –  Chicago Tribune

One fan, told #BVNews about his moving to Chicago from Memphis and listening first to Frankie Knuckles music, which he now identifies with being a Chicagoan. Watch #BVNews interview below.

This is the second time the City of Chicago hosted a Frankie Knuckles tribute since his passing on March 31, 2014. Within days of his death The Chicago Cultural Center held a gathering that turned into a large dance party to honor the great house music dj. This second and bigger tribute shows the city know the importance Knuckles played in bringing Chicago on the international scene for house music.

ABOUT Frankie Knuckles

Knuckles was born January 18, 1955 in The Bronx, New York.  He later moved to Chicago where is developed his career as a dj in house music. He played an important role in developing and popularizing house music in Chicago during the 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, Knuckles was often known as “The Godfather of House Music.” Chicago named a stretch of street and a day after Knuckles in 2004 for this role. His accomplishments earned him a Grammy Award in 1997. Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005 as recognition for his achievements. Knuckles passed away March 31, 2014.

Are you a fan of Frankie Knuckles music? Share your comments below with #BVNews

Chicago Interactive Social Club 2nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY @ EPIC Lounge (112 West Hubbard St. Chicago) Chicago Interactive Social Club 2nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY @ EPIC Lounge (112 West Hubbard St. Chicago)(0)

By: BV Staff

First, amazing execution for the second anniversary event for the Chicago interactive Social Club started by Brothers Andrew Landan and Jon Landan. The Chicago Interactive Social Club was created to give the interactive marketing community a fun, free way of getting to know one another.

The second thanks to the entire staff over at Epic Lounge for hosting an amazing 2 hour event amongst the movers and shakers of the Chicago interactive industry. The event went beyond the standards set last year for a even more amazing networking event as well as a complimentary drinks & Appetizers.

For those that attended the event, it was the perfect environment to network with Chicago’s Interactive professionals from digital agencies, technology, public relations, and sales gurus from all over the city. As you can tell from the photos, this 120 minute event was well received by the packed house of professionals as well as the jar-full of business cards at the entrance of the venue collected by co-host of the event which were the Internet Prophets.

About Chicago Interactive Social Club ( ChicagoISC.com )
The Chicago Interactive Social Club is a group of interactive professionals focused on networking & socializing in Chicago.

To that end, we’re hosting quarterly get-togethers and inviting you to come mingle with agency masterminds, fellow creatives, code gods and interactive marketers all within the friendly confines of some of Chicago’s choicest watering holes. Because at Chicago Interactive Social Club (CISC), we understand that you can make a lot more connections with a kind word and a drink than you can with just a kind word.

Who are the events for, you ask? CISC is a networking arena for all different aspects of the interactive space: Agency, Sales, Tech and Design. And through the graciousness of our sponsors, there will never be a cover charge, dues or membership fees. It’s just a good way to meet others within the interactive community, and not worry about who’s picking up the tab.

About Internet Prophets ( Internetprophets.com )
Forget almost everything you know about Internet & Mobile marketing. The game has changed and there is a NEW set of rules. The OLD way of conducting business online no longer applies. If you’re employing tactics from 2011, you’re in for significant erosion in market share and a rude awakening.

More than 25 other leading Internet & Mobile marketing experts will be taking the stage at Internet Prophets LIVE! in Chicago, June 8-10 and have agreed to reveal seldom-taught strategies, tactics, and tools they leverage to build their multi-million-dollar empires.

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