(a short ramble) moon … process … work … balance

I’ve always been drawn to the power and beauty of the moon. A few months ago during the eclipse i truly felt a magical moment which i still have yet to understand.
I do know that often times i get my creative insight & artistic impulses. I also know that i am most productive when i have the energy of women in my immediate area. when this is combined with the power of community and it’s role in my life my “superdude” comes out and then i need help focusing on all my great ideas.

I think i’m mentioning this because … well … actually i don’t know.

But i do feel like things are about to take off and i want you to know that when u have a clarity in your process and in your macro & micro role in the universe then you are in a position of power. The kind of power that allows you to make things happen as well as the kind of power that allows you to recognize & adjust to those things that are not in your hands.

For me this life is about maintaining balance and connecting my community resources/social capital, mental capacity, spritual well being,emotional & physical health.

This is what i’m trying to maintain as ritual in my life so that i can focus on more creative aspects of life.

That’s all for now …

I look forward to gsharing a few COMPLETED projects w/ you in the next 2 moths as i get a little more external sunshine in my life! (Thanks spring!)

Do your thing …

Shine,
Weusi

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kool herc … egypt … STARBLAZERS 2011 … my peoples … my people … explain my heart (saul williams)

the past few days have been heavy on my heart …

the health issues of KOOL HERC (combined with the dismissal of the health care reform bill)

i believe that any radio station that claims to be a HIP-HOP stations should donate to assist with his health cost … they have the money are going to continue to make money from hip-hop. the artist aren’t really making money so i don’t think that they should be the first ones called upon … but … it’s not a million dollars! these cost can be covered in one fell swoop by the right person. (jay-z, diddy, jermaine dupree, russell simmons, andre harrell, etc)

but as a fan … and believer that you should do what you can instead of waiting on others to do for you … here is where you can donate … http://www.djkoolherc.com/

the other thing is … the beauty and madness of the changes in egypt …

many of you know that i am a man of the people … i get excited when u see the people step up and take control over a situation that they feel is unjust. so much so, that i get physically agitated.

power to the people!

and now …

i’m trying to focus on this event that i’ve put together in LA …

JUST BCUS & HEDRUSH PRODUCTION present …

STARBLAZERS 2011

Part Party … Part Jam Session
good people … having a good time … while enjoying GREAT music

this is the most casual non-pretentious Grammy weekend event!

performances from artist from around the country …

jenna andrews
alison carney
c. clear
emoniFela
the fanatic experience
tamika jones
the native criminals
poet & the future
russell taylor
mr. turner
j. white
Yahzarah/purple saint james
and 2011 grammy nominee
CAROLYN MALACHI

+other SPECIAL GUEST
*it’s grammy weekend, So you know it’s gonna be PLANTAINS*
(that’s like bananas but bigger!)

your DJ’s
2 Tone Jones … Munch … Underdog
spinning everything!
coldplay to kid-n-play … def leopard to mos def … steel pulse to steely dan … & more!

leave your ego at home and come kick it … come enjoy the vibe …
JUST BCUS …
only $10

and tell your friends about it … but get your ticket early because the venue isn’t that big!

Register for STARBLAZERS 2011 in West Hollywood, CA  on Eventbrite

i don’t think i need to say much more about that …

and for BLACK HISTORY MONTH … 2 things …

an old pic of my mom & pop … they made black history by making ME!

what’s funny is i’d never seen the the picture … i just found this picture on friends facebook page! (thanks U!)

and … don’t tell rah but this is one of my daily motivators …

yeah … i love my people …

oh and this is a little something new for the people … here’s some heat …

JUST BCUS …

yea … i know … some of those shots look kinda like my videos from the roof of my rock star cuz’s place in paris last year … ehhh …

SHINE

missing tunes … old vs. classic … excitement … found

so …

i missed homecoming at WSSU last weekend and i’m missing NC a little …
i wanna share some tunes from NC peoples …

THE BEAST … you may have seen them on Okayplayer’s new jazz culture blog, THE REVIVALIST The Revivalist is the leading online journal for the burgeoning jazz community.it’s about music innovators, musicians, and music lovers documenting and foretelling the stories of jazz and how it has influenced today’s popular music.

THE BEAST are fresh because they aren’t only about music but are also educators with great engaging workshops and are about empowering people to institute change … starting with themselves.

and … quill … the emcee & and the poet

this cats is a hidden jewel of NC … someone is gonna catch the vapors!

and yea … in know this is really Miguel’s song but i gotta big up NC’s J.Cole …
plus miguel rocked at my STARBLAZER pre-grammy party in 08 … good peoples/humble hella talented dude …

http://www.vevo.com/VideoPlayer/Embedded?videoId=USZM21000044&playlist=false&autoplay=0&playerId=62FF0A5C-0D9E-4AC1-AF04-1D9E97EE3961&playerType=embedded&env=0

*here’s new jawnt from J.Cole called I’m coming home … thanks Quddus (peep the Q SIDE)

AND … i’ve been noticing something …

in ny … people are really interested in what’s new. the new style/look. the new music. the new phone/technology. i think that has led to mentality of wanting to be young. i think many would go back being a younger age if they could. i grew up around a group of people that thought a little differently. my peoples believe in staying young at heart. doing things that make you enjoy your everyday reality. making every moment special instead of trying to live in a fantasy and partying like a rock star.

all that to say …

at 40, i really like being older. my zest for life keeps me from being old. my community of peers me with a youthful outlook and creatively engaging life.
i don’t want to be young … you can’t outrun a clock … aging is something that is going too happen … no need to fight it … accept it, embrace it … make time your friend … instead of getting old … my goal is to become classic (a standard of excellence; historically memorable).

i want to be that older dude that all the young dudes want to be like when they get older. not that old (antiquated, out of style/fashion, discredited by reason of age) dude that is trying to be like the younger cats. i want my accomplishments in life to be the kind that people talk about and want to emulate. i want my body of work to be recognized as epic … classic. i’m not gonna be the old cat w/ the timbs, fitted yankee cap and the velor sweatsuit talking to my friends about … nothing. ok that’s enough about that …

JUST REMEMBER … as i get older … i won’t get old … i’ll become CLASSIC!

on another note … i’m a little excited …

i took some time to catch up on some reading today … that alone is exciting but … specifically … i read a few back issues of FAST COMPANY,
(here’s a great bit on procrastination)

and jumped a little deeper in to the book SWITCH: how to change things when change is hard by chip & dan heath …

when this is combined with the fact that i’ve also been looking at academic programs and think that i found one that really fits me so much that i’m excited about it. but a little scared at the idea of going back to school … but i’m gonna ride that horse. (it’s my way of saying overcoming the fear … i used to be scared of horses.) now i just have to get in to school.

and in closing … i just found out that Q tip had a video for this … so i wanted to share it …

Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up from Deviation on Vimeo.

and i’m out …

SHINE

process … sweetback … hiphop theater …

this is going to be a quick blog and it may have a million and one typos because i’m making myself writ it in 10 minutes! the goal is to make sure that i write one this week! i gotta flip the process … i think i have to do it this way … other wise i want to think and talk about too much … so here i go …

last week i ran into melvin van peebles. if you don’t know about him you should do the research. he’s a considered the father of blaxplotation. his 3rd film, “sweetback’s baadasss song” set things of in 1971 because if pulled $4 million despite the fact that it we so controversial due to its racially and socially charged matter that no one really knew what to do with it!

since my time is short … that’s all i have to say about that …
i’m gonna call the brother today and try to book a interview with him for www.BLACKADEMICS.com

then … i’m i’m back to work on the HIP HOP THEATER FESTIVAL NYC 2010http://www.HHTF.org

10TH NYC HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL from Hip-Hop Theater Festival on Vimeo.

check out the schedule … you can get tix online … and if you’re in ny or are coming through and are interested in volunteering let me know … weusi@hhtf.org

our first event is saturday DOUBLE TROUBLE a breakdance battle/jam … there is a $2000 prize anad the big boys are coming from far and near to get it!

and follow us on twitter @hhtf2010 #hhtf2010 and there’s a facebook page

i gotta go … i went way over time …

the end … the beginning …

SHINE