This Past Week in the News

Happy Saturday! I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in Atlanta, but I didn’t want to leave you all for too long!  Some pretty interesting things happened this week, so let’s do a quick re-cap!

First, the wedding of all weddings, according to some people, took place yesterday between Prince William and Kate Middleton.  I’m extremely happy for them and love it when people decide to share the rest of their lives with each other.  I’ve seen re-plays of the wedding and must admit it was a beautiful ceremony, although I don’t get into all the hype.  Her dress was beautiful, and her make-up looked very natural.  I wish them both a lifetime of happiness!

Next, devastating storms hit the South and parts of the Eastern seaboard earlier this week.  The videos and pictures of the destruction are pretty horrific.  Two schools in GA are closed for the remainder of the school year due to all of the damage. Please continue to pray for all of those affected by the storm.

The NFL Draft took place on Thursday.  That’s all well and good, but it means diddly-squat if the players remained locked out.  Pressing on…

I’m still pretty heated about President Obama revealing his birth certificate to shut up Donald Trump.  Unfortunately, it’s reminiscent of when free Blacks would have to show their “papers” to prove that they were in fact free.  I’m not going to talk about this, because I’ll get upset all over again.  I will say as much as I would like to see NeNe go off on Star tomorrow, I’m skipping “The Celebrity Apprentice”.  But I will be watching the Obamas on “Oprah” on Monday! 🙂

Lastly, a fun time was had by all at last night’s launch party of “Mood”, and I’m looking forward to the “Walk-A-Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes” fundraiser tonight benefitting Families First.  You still have time to make a donation.  Make sure you bring your heels! 🙂 I hope to see some of you all there!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

What’s Happening-Atlanta Edition

Happy Thursday!  If you are in the Atlanta area this weekend, you will have the opportunity to meet your favorite Southern girl at not one but TWO events! 

First, “Mood“, a fashion, entertainment, and business magazine based in Atlanta, GA, is hosting its official launch party tomorrow, April 29, at Luckie Food Lounge in Atlanta.  (Yours truly serves as a writer and editor for “Mood”.)   The party begins at 8 pm, and tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Proceeds will benefit Benevole, Inc. and Families First, both non-profit organizations. 

Next, on Saturday, DC-based Benevole, Inc. will be hosting it’s third fundraiser “Walk-A-Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes-Atlanta”  at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.  The event is from 7-11 pm. Donations are $25 (go here to purchase your tickets), and proceeds benefit Families First.  The attire is cocktail, and all attendees must wear high heels; it’s called “Walk-A-Mile” for a reason! 😉  There will be an open bar and heavy hors d’ouvre. 

If you have ANY questions about either events, feel free to e-mail me at evolvingelle@yahoo.com.  Both “Mood” and Benevole can be found on Facebook and Twitter.  If you’re unable to attend either event but would like to donate, feel free to go to the site for “Mood” and Benevole and make a donation.  I’m really excited about both events.  Who doesn’t like giving back and having a good time doing it???

I would love to see you guys this weekend.  Both events are sure to be a lot of fun, plus you’ll get the chance to meet ME!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Witty Wednesday-Donald Trump is an Idiot

Now I’ve said here before that I don’t like to talk about people…but with this, I can’t contain it to myself anymore.  I don’t think today’s post will be long, but it will be poignant, at least I hope it is. 

Ok, are you birthers and all you other naysayers happy now?  The White House has released President Obama’s birth certificate.  Did anybody REALLY think Barack Obama wasn’t born in America?  Raise your hands, stomp your feet, do something if you thought otherwise…nope, no takers-yep, I didn’t think so.  I appreciate the President’s comments during his press conference.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “I’ve been puzzled at the degree to which this (story) just kept on going.”

From CNN.com

Me, too, Mr. President.  Now, Donald Trump, who I believe is trying to drum up viewership of his show “The Celebrity Apprentice”, is claiming Obama wasn’t a good student while at Harvard.  Are you kidding me???  We have SOARING gas prices, millions of working Americans who DON’T have health insurance, families who are living paycheck to paycheck, and you want to question whether or not the President was a good student?!?!? Seriously, you need a hobby!  To my knowledge, no President has ever had to prove his citizenship.  Why?  Because it’s been proven BEFORE he took office.  If Donald Trump is as concerned about this country as he claims (isn’t that why people run for President?), then he needs to start addressing the problems that are occuring in American households and neighborhoods…not harassing a man who’s doing his job.

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl..in the city.

P.S. I do hope Trump becomes the Republican nominee for President in 2012.  It’ll make the race that much easier for President Obama.

Interview with an Emcee

This weekend I was able to speak with Young General, a rising emcee based in Chicago.  Young General’s new mixtape, “Hip-Hop 4 Adults”, will be released today.  Check out our interview below.

Elle: How long have you been in the music business?

Young General: I’ve only been doing this professionally for about a year and a half, but I was always close to hip hop as a fan and recreational emcee before I got serious.  So I’ve been rapping since high school, but just recently decided to make music my business.

Elle: How did you get started?

Young General: I started on the battle circuit in Minneapolis, MN (my hometown) and also down at Florida A&M University when I was in school. I did a lot of rapping there, and it just progressed into something larger.  The music didn’t really get big for me until I got to Chicago and plugged into the hip hop scene there; the market in MPLS is so small that it’s hard for an artist to find outlets for hip hop. 

Elle: What can your audience expect from your mixtape?

Young General: ”Hip-Hop 4 Adults” (HH4A) is really a collection of music I’ve been working on for about a year and half, and it’s just like it says-grown-up music.  A lot of people think that the title of the mixtape means the lyrics and content are going to be explicit but it’s just the opposite; it’s more about thoughtful/clever lyrics that describe what it’s like to be Young General today.  Hopefully people will feel like they know me when they listen. I try to be honest and share some of my experiences when I write.

Elle: Who are some of your musical influences?

Young General: Jay-Z was the first hip-hop artist I really attached to when I was younger. “Reasonable Doubt” is STILL my favorite hip hop album, ever.  I’m also a big J. Cole fan. I feel like hip-hop needs what he brings to the table as an emcee.  I also really enjoy The Roots, Ludacris, Currency, Bun B, etc.  I am also a huge Jazz fan; I really like to listen to jazz to relax. LOL.

Elle: What do you use for inspiration?

Young General: I use my life for inspiration. I try to write based upon the lens I see through and not someone else’s.  I find that normal life brings enough adversity, ups, downs, etc that I don’t need to fabricate anything-just telling the truth the way I see/saw it is enough.  So, my life inspires me to write and make music. What motivates me is that I see people who I consider my peers making money and progress through music everyday!

Elle: What else do you have on tap for 2011?

Young General: Lots!  I’m dropping Hip-Hop 4 Adults Vol. 2 in May with an album dropping in the Fall…so this is just the beginning! 

Elle: How do you stay relevant?

Young General: I stay relevant by keeping up with what’s current.  If you have an understanding of what’s going on in the world your music will reflect that.  I also try to do a combination of local events in Chicago as well as national events in cities like L.A., New York, etc.

Elle: Can you tell us a little about your upbringing, personal life, etc.?

Young General: I have strong Midwest roots being born in Detroit and going to high school in Minneapolis.  Growing up in Minneapolis its hard not to gain appreciation for the arts and a diverse music selection. Minneapolis was where I really got into freestyle rapping and battle rapping; there are a lot of really dope underground emcees in that area. After I graduated high school I attended college at Florida A&M University-that was where I really got into commercial hip hop as well as “Down South” music and the underground groups in the South.   After leaving school with my MBA I moved back to MPLS, but eventually ended up in Chicago, and the rest is history.

Elle: Do you produce also or are you strictly a lyricist?

Young General: Mostly I’m just an emcee, but I do a lot of arranging and executive production as I tend to have a good ear for what I want as a finished product.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for true producers who actually create the beats; some of the stuff that you hear these days is amazing.

Elle: Is there anything else you would like to share?

Young General: Yeah just that I believe strongly in networking, if you are involved with the music business in anyway please reach out to me so we can find a way to work together.  The further I get into the music industry the more I realize all we have is each other, so get at me!

I would like to thank Young General for allowing me to feature him on “Southern Girl in the City” today!  Be sure to check out Young General’s site today at 6 pm when his mixtape is released.  You can also find Young General on Facebook and Twitter.  This emcee is doing big things, so be sure to stay on the lookout and show your support.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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Let Me Re-Think This…

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I hope you all had a great weekend!  I was able to relax and enjoy myself at home, which I haven’t been able to do in a long time!  As I stated in my birthday post, I’m using the next year to date and find ways to mingle more.  Well, I’m starting to re-think that.  (And yes, I know it’s only been a week.)

First, I did have a date this weekend.  Yes, the guy was nice enough, but there weren’t any sparks, and honestly, I’m not sure I am truly attracted to him.  Earlier last week, I was able to talk to a friend that I haven’t spoken to in awhile.  While speaking with her she let me know that she has given up on ever getting married and having children.  She has gotten a dog, who is now the love of her life, and is happy with just working and being single.  And to avoid questions from others about her relationship and motherhood status, she doesn’t attend functions (i.e. weddings and baby showers) anymore. 

Now, while I don’t think I will become as extreme as my friend, I am re-thinking this whole dating thing.  Yes, I talk about how I’d like some nice lad to come my way and sweep me off my feet, but I think I’m giving too much attention to this.  I should do as my “auntie” Madeline suggested and just focus on doing me and getting my life in order.  I think once that happens, everything that is for me will fall into place. 

Have you guys ever had to re-think something?  It’s great when we make plans and hope to do things that we think are going to enhance our life.  But I think in this situation I need to just focus on making Elle a better person holistically-then everything else will happen as it should.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

This Week in the News

Happy Good Friday!  Some of you have a 3 day weekend (lucky!), while the rest of us have to work.  At least today will be a short day for me. 

First, sad to say that the body of 16 year old North Carolina teen Phylicia Barnes was found in a Baltimore river last night.  Investigators are working diligently to find out what happened to the student and to see if there is any connection between her and a male whose body was found a few miles from hers in the same river.  My prayers go out to her family.

On a different note, who doesn’t love a good cupcake?  (I know I do!)  Well, so does have of the DMV area.  So much so that the line at Georgetown Cupcake in Bethesda Row is blocking the entrances and patios of neighboring businesses, which does not make owners happy.  Currently, the owners of Georgetown Cupcake are thinking of solutions to their problem. 

Today is Earth Day.  Make sure you do something to recycle and protect the Earth.  For more about Earth Day and to see what activities are happening in your area, go here.

And what I knew would probably be inevitable one day-Tyler Perry telling Spike Lee to “go straight to h*ll!”  Yes, we all know that Perry and Lee have never really gotten along.  I’m a fan of both filmmakers.  Both filmmakers also do some things that I don’t enjoy.  But I have a feeling there is a little jealousy on Spike’s part.  Tyler has been able to be more successful that Spike, even during the days of “Do the Right Thing”, “School Daze”, and “Malcolm X”.  It’s never a good thing when there’s dissension amongst people in the same field, but as it has been pointed out before, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington didn’t alwways get along, either. 

That’s all I have for you today, folks.  What did I miss?  What’s going on in your world’s?  Enjoy your weekend, have a wonderful Good Friday, and a Happy Easter!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Southern Girl Album Review: “7”

If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook, you know I’ve been talking about this album incessantly since I’ve had it in my possession, which has only been since Tuesday.  It’s very rare nowadays that you find true musicianship from people that haven’t sampled a track.  Mint Condition, a band that has been together for 20 years, has done that just that. 

Mint Condition has delivered a phenomenal album with their seventh-LP aptly titled “7”.  It goes with me EVERYWHERE, moreso than Janelle Monae.  As a musician, I appreciate those who play anything.  And the great thing about this band is that you have true artistry, and everything blends together perfectly.  Another great thing is that lead singer, Stokley Williams, sounds just like he did 20 years ago on “Pretty Brown Eyes” and “U Send Me Swinging”. 

The opening track “Can’t Get Away” is a great opener and highlights Stokley’s great voice, guitarist Homer O’Dell, and keyboardist Jeffrey Allen.  My favorite tracks are the opener, Stokley’s duet with Kelly Price in “Not My Daddy”, and the last track “Twenty Years Later”.   The total album gives you R&B, funk, and a little neo-soul.

This album gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.  This album is a classic and should be added to your music collection.  For those in the DMV and Baltimore area, Mint Condition will be performing in B-more on May 7.  And for those of you attending Essence Music Festival, they will be performing in New Orleans on July 1.  I’m tempted to go visit them in Baltimore, but my “auntie” Madeline is trying to talk me out of it.  If you have the album, what do you think?  And if you don’t have it, go get it!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!