Every year, 12-year-old Neveah Mosher from the South Bronx challenges herself to read over 300 books. Last year, she read over 325 books, and this year she plans to read even more. Neveah is currently in sixth grade at MS302, attends an after-school program provided by City Year, an educational nonprofit organization, and hopes to be the first in her family to attend college.
So, how many books do you plan to read a year?
Watch Neveah Mosher’s inspiring journey below.
“Your love is like cocoa butter on my heart.”
India.Arie dropped her new single, “Cocoa Butter,” from her forthcoming project after a four-year break. It’s like she never left.
Listen to India Arie’s “Cocoa Butter” below.
The super talented singer-songwriter Andy Allo performed her lead single, “People Pleaser,” from her second LP entitled Superconductor on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The songstress not only demonstrated her skills on the guitar, but brought the legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty along to funk up the stage.
Can you imagine being in the same room with these performers during a jam session? Sheesh.
Watch Andy Allo’s “People Pleaser” performance below.
How does it feel to know that I’m wrapped around ya?
DMV soulstress Ari Lennox, who is described as “an elixir of Minnie Ripperton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jean Michel Basquiat,” finds herself continuously running from and towards love in the John Ledbetter-directed visuals for her new single, “La La La La,” produced by David James. No word on her new project just yet.
Watch Ari Lennox’s video for “La La La La” below.
Nabil Elderkin, an Australian director, photographer, and the man behind the photos from Kanye West’s Glow In the Dark book, created an inspiring, award-winning documentary titled Bouncing Cats.
Narrated by Common with featured interviews from Mos Def, will.i.am, and K’Naan, Bouncing Cats follows Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón of the world famous Rock Steady Crew and Ugandan b-boy and founder of Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.) Abraham “Abramz” Tekya on their journey to empower, rehabilitate, and heal the Ugandan community by teaching the youth about b-boy culture and breakdance. Noted in the film’s synopsis:
“Abramz teaches classes three times a week to more than 300 kids from all parts of the country. Many of the children are homeless, victims of war and poverty, and few can afford proper schooling, yet they walk from miles away to attend the B.P.U. classes. As Abramz says, ‘This is where many people’s pride is. It’s a skill that no one can take away from us.’”
Watch the documentary “Bouncing Cats” below.
Street artist and graphic designer Jason “Jay Shells” Shelowitz has teamed up with ANIMAL to combine his passion for imaginative sign-making with his love for rap music on his new scavenger hunt-like project. “‘Rap Quotes’ is a project that plots exact locations of corners and very specific locations mentioned in rap songs.”
Shells has been bombin’ these signs of notable quotes from Nas, Jay-Z, Big L, Mos Def, Big Daddy Kane, and Raekwon to name a few around New York. Before most of us will be able to take pictures of these signs, hip-hop heads will be taking them down with the quickness for souvenir purposes.
Watch Jay Shells’ “Rap Quotes” street art project below.
London soulstress Kadija Kamara is bringing back that good ol’ 1960s soul music with stylish Stephen Badmos-directed visuals to match on her rendition of The Young Rascals hit and Aretha Franklin cover of “Groovin.”
For a limited time only, you can download Kadija’s track here for free.
Watch Kadija Kamara’s video for “Groovin” below.
Rising singer-songwriter Alex Isley (the daughter of Ernie Isley from the Isley Brothers) puts a smooth dub/reggae spin on Chaka Khan’s 1981 classic record, ”What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me,” produced by The Decoders.
Stream Alex Isley’s rendition of “What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me” below.