TRIBES Magazine: Issue 35-Spark Africa, on Amazon

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TRIBES Magazine: Issue 35, Special Africa Issue

In this special issue of TRIBES, join us as we head to Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leon, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, and S. Africa to meet musician and activist Nneka raising awareness around big oil business, natural resource exploitation, and state corruption in her hometown of Warri; Hip Hop Activist, promoter, and journalist, Buddha Blaze co-founder of Spark Africa to generate and unify Hip Hop communities across the African continent; Sister Fa- Female MC and subject of the documentary film, Sarabah, on her mission to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) practices in her Senegalese homeland; and, MAMA AFRICA, Miriam Makeba, and her peace and humanitarian work during and after the fall of apartheid in her native South Africa.

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These individuals, and the other artists and activists to grace the pages of this Spark Africa edition, teach us that through intensely personal, substantively relevant expressions of art and culture, we become infinitely connected and limitless beings with voices amplified for the work of improving our world. In this issue, love, and as a means for revolution, reigns supreme and thus, we welcome you to the TRIBES Magazine SPARK AFRICA Issue. May your heart’s light illuminate the darkness! (Published Spring 2012). 

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Feature Event: That’s The Joint, 5/8, Pinhook, Durham, NC

The UGC presents “That’s the Joint”, Monday nights at The Pinhook! Join us as we take the traditional Monday night “open mic” to a whole new level. Comedy, live music, MCs, producers, talent showcase….I’m giving you a chance to show off! I’m excited about this one y’all!
For ALL submissions, please email: respecttheculture7@gmail.com. Venue Information: The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham, NC, 27701. www.thepinhook.com.

Introducing Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

By Patricia Corbett

A Black Woman Speaks of Art, Identity, and Ancestry

I’ve known Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi personally for more than 10 years. When she granted me this interview after two years of interaction only via social media, I was ecstatic to hear her warm and spirited voice again. As we shared pleasantries we segued into a transcendent interview that far exceeded my expectations. There was something different about Lady Dane. Something powerful. She exuded her usual colorful confidence, but she was so vividly clear about who she is and her walk in the world. Our conversation was mixed with a landscape of emotion. We laughed and cried. Lady Dane was no longer the little girl who years ago auditioned for my play. In our absence from each other, she waded into the deep ocean of identity and emerged the female embodiment of who she had been all her life.

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author, Teacher, Choreographer, Oracular Consultant, Priestess, and Advocate self-described as an Ancient zz Priestess of Mother Africa. She is a force in the world of art, trans advocacy, and the spiritual realm. Her art and passion for issues that impact trans people globally is a testament to a legacy handed down, cultivated, and inspired by her family and the ancestors. Allow me to introduce to you Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.

“My father is Nigerian and my mother is Cuban and Indigenous. I come from a family of performers. They were loud and talkative. My Mother and her sisters sang. So I was expected to sing. I was very introverted. I read Langston Hughes and history books about Africa and America. I would write my own books and poetry. I was told I needed to be smart and educated. If I want something I had to fight for it. Nothing would be handed to me.” . Read more in TRIBES Spring 2017 Issue 37. 

Straight Outta England: Lady Leshurr’s Wig Snatching Shade!  

Lady Leshurr

 

By Gabriel Rich

I hold it down like a Snapchat
Go over your head like a snapback
Uploaded a pic, double tap that
And your flow’s so old, granddad (bruh)

 

 

Lady Leshurr is a busy woman these days.  The UK banter rap queen is making the power moves many people thought she would be making in 2013, when Leshurr made her presence known on the U.K. Hip Hop scene.  The Birmingham, England native recently completed a successful US Tour, wowing audiences in New Orleans, Atlanta, LA, Miami, and New York and she recently inked a deal with a major label.  A much-anticipated debut CD is now in the works, with Leshurr working with producers like Scott Storch and Timbaland.

Oh Jesus, oh Lord, oh Jesus
A couple of snakey friends just Adam and Eve’d us
And there’s no debate on who’s better
I’ll turn a man to a girl like Bruce Jenner

Smart, clever, resilient, and talented, the woman born Melesha O’Garro, has faced her share of setbacks, from turning down a deal with Atlantic Records to having someone she saw as a friend try to derail her career. Read the full article now in TRIBES Spring 2017 – Issue 37! 

Vist facebook.com/ItsLadyLeshurr.

Dip Diver: Making Waves and Paying Homage to Hip Hop

 

Dip Diver: Making Waves and Paying Homage to Hip Hop

Interview By Leslie Cunningham

I hope you can swim or at least back stroke, because this article is meant to be read under water. I am seriously excited about Dip Diver, a peculiarly masked Chicago duo making waves in the underground scene with beats and rhymes that pay homage to some of the big Hip Hop fish. I’ve known Dialo Askia as a talented music journalist who has in the past added some dope words to the pages of TRIBES. In one feature article, he wrote about Nowenen, the genius behind This Day Amine. So, when Dialo and Nowenen decided to come together to create Agua Lung, I couldn’t wait to listen and learn more.

Dip Diver

 

TRIBES: What is the meaning of the name “Dip Diver”?

Nowenen: We come from freshness and always being dipped in Lo, Woolrich, Wally’s, Diadora, Bjorn Borg, Fila, etc.  But we also come from having knowledge of self, being right and exact studying math, science, man, woman and child, etc. The term dip dive dates back to the song Superrappin’ by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, and that term has moved on from Puba and Lakim Shabazz to Organized Konfusion to Wu Tang.

TRIBES: How did Dip Diver get started?

Dialo Askia: Nowenen and I have been writing verses for years, though not concentrating on rapping. He suggested we do an album. To do it properly we had to craft our own sound to be sufficiently in our own lane. We created our first CD with the intention of no one outside of ourselves and immediate circle hearing it. It made its way outside those boundaries and the consensus was “do another one!”

TRIBES: How is the Dip Diver sound created?

Dialo Askia: There is no set structure. Sometimes Nowenen and I brainstorm ideas to come up with concepts. Sometimes we come up with ideas individually and present to the other. We work on the music together. If one of us loves a track and the other is on the fence, we don’t use it.  If we aren’t both like “That’s it!” we move on. Most interesting is how we write. We never write together, but still seem to stay on the same page. We often times reference the same things in a song. For example, “Deen” is a song where we’re each conversing with a woman. Somehow we both reference gluten-free. We’re in sync.

TRIBES: What was happening in your life that inspired the tracks on “aqua lung?”

Dialo Askia: Everything and anything. Inspiration came from everywhere at all times. I was having breakfast on vacation saying a rhyme about the food. It made the album.

Nowenen:  When we went to record, my mother had passed away, and in my sorrow for her absence, I was thinking, “Wow, she won’t be able to witness this freshness.”  Read the full interview now in the Spring 2017 Issue # 37. 

Visit dipdiver.bandcamp.com.

TRIBES Magazine Pioneers Entertainment

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Available on Magcloud and Amazon in Print or Kindle

Independent Publication Continues Mission to Give Voice to Urban Expression
TRIBES Magazine, the wildly popular urban arts and entertainment periodical, is back with new issues guaranteed to be the best ones yet! Created in 2004 by Leslie Cunningham, TRIBES is one of the leading urban publications online today. Named Best Online Zine by Black Web Awards in 2009 and Poetry Magazine of the Year by the National Poetry Awards in 2010, TRIBES has featured many entertainment icons like Tyler Perry, Damian Marley and KRS One. Still, the heart of TRIBES magazine is always with the self-sustaining arts.
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TRIBES is committed to telling the stories of the countless independent artists across the globe as they pioneer in entertainment. Every issue of TRIBES throbs with the beat of music, politics, visual art and photography, and bursts with writing, articles, poetry and personal narratives authored by a winning team of entertainment journalists, artists and social critics.
TRIBES Magazine is currently available four times a year on Amazon.com and MagCloud.com, content web-services which enables TRIBES to share its brand story worldwide in print and digital formats, including Kindle. To view the current issue of TRIBES magazine or to stay updated on TRIBES’ Blog, Visit our website at http://www.tribesmagazine.com.

TRIBES is seeking visual artists, poets, writers, musicians and photographers interested in showcasing their talents. Questions or comments can be emailed to whatsup@tribesmagazine.com.

We’re Back: New Issue Coming Winter 2016

Dear TRIBES Magazine community, our hiatus is over and we’re back with a new issue coming Winter 2016 guaranteed to be the best yet! After that, you can enjoy fresh, new issues four times a year available in print on Amazon or digital format on magcloud!

TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012 cover

Now Available in Print on Amazon! 

Created in 2004, TRIBES Magazine is one of the leading urban arts and entertainment publications online today. Best known for showcasing indy artists making noise in their communities, every issue of TRIBES throbs with the beat of music, politics, visual art and photography, and bursts with writing, articles, poetry and personal narratives and authored by a winning team of entertainment journalists, artists, and social critics.

Named “Best Online Zine” by Black Web Awards in 2009 and “Poetry Magazine of the Year” by the National Poetry Awards in 2010, TRIBES has featured entertainment icons like Tyler Perry, Damian Marley and KRS One, and so many more. Still, the heart of TRIBES Magazine is always with the self-sustaining arts and ever-committed to showcasing the countless independent artists across the globe as they pioneer in entertainment.

TRIBES is seeking visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, photographers and more interested in showcasing their talents. Email us at whatsup@tribesmagazine.com.

 

Disability with Inspiration

Poetry TRIBE:  Disability with Inspiration  

by Keyana Sullivan

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Helen Keller, words can not explain the inspiration you’ve given, Life without sight, words without sound, the love you gave, success you found
Author, political activist, lecturer, first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, Your disability made you a powerful woman, and that is exactly how I want to be

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, natural born leader, You contracted an illness that left you paralyzed from the waist down
, But you refused to accept your paralysis and taught yourself to walk, strength you found, You fought through your illness by developing your own technique, and that is exactly how I want to be

Christopher Reeve, actor, director, producer, writer, our beloved Superman, An equestrian competition left you paralyzed, and your life immediately changed, Even though you suffered a great deal of pain you did not give up, prosperity you still gained The Christopher Reeve Foundation you started, to help others that are in the same position as you continued your career while helping others that is exactly what I want to do

Beethoven, one of our most famous and influential composers of classical music, During your late 20’s, your hearing began to deteriorate, later leaving you completely deaf, You considered giving up with thoughts of suicide, your love for music, to loose it, you would have nothing left, but you did not give up, you continued to write music, and at the end of the premiere of your Ninth Symphony, you turned around to see the, tumultuous applause, hearing nothing, you wept that very moment, achievement you gained, and I hope one day I can experience the same

Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, two of our most creative musical figures, Blindness is considered a disability, but you guys did not let that stop you from doing what you love, you have to walk by faith, and not by sight, you taught yourself to be strong, and that I like, Your talent have touched so many people, in many different ways, I hope my talent will do the same one day.

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Keyana Sullivan is 24 years old. She holds a BA in psychology and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a neuromuscular disease called Pompe disease and is wheelchair bound, but before anything else, she is a writer. Her book, The Cure to No Cure, is in publication. Follow her on Twitter!

Brown-Skinned Showgirls

JIG SHOW, A new film by TRIBES, helps preserve an American entertainment legacy

TRIBES Entertainment News- Oct. 10, 2014DURHAM, N.C. The last remaining of the great entertainers from one of America’s most successful traveling shows are finally telling their stories in a new documentary by TRIBES Entertainment Films titled, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana.

A compelling historical document produced and directed by Leslie Cunningham, the film delves into the legend and truth behind top road show producer Leon Claxton’s epic black and Cuban stage revue, Harlem in Havana– a so-called ‘colored jig show’ that helped launch the careers of entertainment heavyweights Chuck Berry, Rufus Thomas, Redd Foxx, Fontella Bass and Merceditas Valdes. One of the leading attractions on the world’s largest carnival midway in the 1930‘s, 40s, 50s and 60s, Harlem in Havana had profound impact on American entertainment and popular culture in ways that still exist today.

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Leslie Cunningham

Part of a larger work known as the Harlem in Havana Project, Leslie Cunningham (creator of TRIBES Magazine and Leon Claxton’s granddaughter) has been working to archive this explosive chapter in American entertainment through a diversity of mediums including the film, a photography book and traveling photography exhibit and harleminhavana.com, the project’s official website.

“The carnival stage is often overlooked when recalling the history of black and latin entertainers and their impact on American popular culture,” says Leslie Cunningham. “This is a never-before-told story of a little-known legacy that will enrich the whole of our cultural knowledge…We are engaged in the necessary work of cultural preservation. If we don’t talk to these entertainers now and mediate the telling of this story, the history will die with their memories and their generation.”

Slated for release in late 2015, JIG SHOW is currently in the early stages of production as Cunningham works to collect stories from the last of the living performers to grace her grandfather’s stage. Interviews are being conducted with subjects across the American South and West focusing on Tampa, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis followed shortly by Western Canada as the search for production funding sources is underway. You can help TRIBES preserve American entertainment history- Donate to the documentary film project at  jigshow.com or harleminhavana.com.

Contact:
TRIBES Entertainment Films
Email: info@jigshow.com 
Phone: 919.218.8620

FEATURE EVENT: DURM HIP HOP SUMMIT 2014

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DURM HIP HOP SUMMIT 2014

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Taken from durmhiphopsummit.com. (Durham, NC) It seems like only this past August was when one of the BIGGEST events hit the Triangle.  Hip Hop took over the city of DURHAM… or should I say, DURM… wait it was!! This year its going to be even BIGGER and BETTER! Leading up to 2014′s DURM Hip Hop Summit will be a monthly concert series, where every 3rd Friday we will introduce the city of DURM to an amazing out of town Hip Hop Artist and bring to you phenomenal Local Artists that are making their mark and taking over the triangle hip hop scene. Within this DURM Hip Hop Summit Concert Series will be mini summit style events to include Producer Battles, Freestyle Battles, DJ Spin offs as well as Graffiti and BBoys out side when the weather starts to get warmer! Each event will be held at Devines located at 904 W Main St . To KickStart the series on FEBRUARY 21st, the Man, the Myth, the Legend, Kourvioisier will start off the evening.  Followed by some out of town help by Joe Crush DURM’s very own and founders of the DURM Hip Hop Summit, Toon & The Real Laww will round out the evening!! February 21st, 2014 (RSVP Here).  

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AZIZ ANSARI: Modern Romance coming to Durham

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THE CAROLINA THEATRE IN DURHAM PRESENTS

AZIZ ANSARI: MODERN ROMANCE
March 10 & March 11 | 7:00 & 9:30PM

Aziz Ansari is one of the biggest stars in the comedy world. Rolling Stone put him on the cover of their special comedy issue labeling him “the funniest man under 30.”He recently debuted his much anticipated third hour-long stand-up special “Buried Alive” on Netflix in November. The special was named one of the best standup specials of the year by The Onion AV Club and Paste Magazine. Ansari co-stars opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved Emmy-nominated NBC series Parks and Recreation, which is now in its sixth season. Ansari’s portrayal of government employee ‘Tom Haverford’ has earned him critical praise including Entertainment Weekly naming him one of their “Breakout TV Stars,” TV Guide naming him a “Scene Stealer” and People Magazine naming him 2011’s “Funniest Dude in Prime Time.”  Read more now. Visit Carolina Theatre.

CELEBRATING OUR ROOTS: TRIBES Magazine 8th Anniversary Issue is here!

TRIBES MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 8 YEARS this Fall 2012 with two smoking hot covers!

VIEW THE ISSUE IN FLIPBOOK FORMAT NOW! 

AVAILABLE IN PRINT OR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!  

EDITOR’S INTRO:

The leaves have started to change outside of TRIBES headquarters and as we put this eighth anniversary edition of TRIBES Magazine to bed, the quiet beauty and meloncholy birth of this years’ dying season is an unexpected epilogue to an end-of-summer, music festival season vibrant and alive with creative energy here in the Triangle and our sister cities, like Atlanta.

Fall is here and we honor the changing seasons by relishing in all of the fun we had this September at Hopscotch with new music and poetry contributor Jim Mathers (in Music TRIBE Special Feature: Greetings from Hopscotch, pp 28). We had a blast interviewing our cover artist, The Real Laww (pp 21) after he mc’d one of many unique, new serial events at Motorco Music Hall, the exciting and beloved anchor of Durham’s growing fashion and nightlife on Rigsbee Street (illustrated by Emanuel Cole and Larry Dixon Jr. in the photostory, Bull City refashioned, pp 9).

In Award Tour (pp 14), we celebrate our growth over the years with resident hip hop historian and music editorial writer, Dialo Askia. Introducing readers to the most exciting hip hop festival on the East Coast and a slew of up and coming artists that hail from nations around the globe, you will definitely want to check out his recommendations (on the web at TRIBESMagazine.com and in the ATL as part of the 2012 A3C Hip Hop Music Festival’s October showcase).

For our eighth anniversary, we continue to celebrate our roots, showcasing other artists on the independent grind with long-time contributor Gabriel Rich (check out John C. McMahan in Just a Man, pp 34 and Nikeema Lee’s Upscale Desires, pp 40) and contributor, Nichole Martin, in her interview with Marty Johnson, creator and host of the Muzic Lounge (pp 36).

The scene was on fire this past summer and as the nights come earlier and the sun sets on eight years of TRIBES Magazine, the looking back is bittersweet, like Hannah Sawyer’s reflections in “The City” (pp 44). Here at TRIBES Central, we are unsure of what may come in the future. Yet, the looking back on years of TRIBES Magazine and all of the wonderful support we have received from writers, artists and readers, is good. Thank you for joining us on this adventure and enjoy the issue!

Alana A. Jones, TRIBES Editor 

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A3C continues to expand with more artists, venues and programs!

The  A3C Hip Hop Festival lineup now includes Raekwon, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), Slum Village, Killer Mike and Dungeon Family as well as the 300+ artists already announced. Click here for a complete list of artists. In addition to the live performances, don’t miss:

Visit http://www.a3cfestival.com to get your tickets or to learn more!

TRIBES’ FACEBOOK ISSUES: DID WE LOSE YOU?

DEAR TRIBES FACEBOOK FANS AND FRIENDS:
 
In an effort to connect with even more fans around the globe, TRIBES Magazine Facebook recently migrated its personal page (which had reached the 5,000 friends max) to an unlimited fan page.  As a result of the migration, most of our “friends” did not transfer over to ” fans” as Facebook stated they would.  And, of course, Facebook is not responding to our help requests, so as we work through this migration issue with Facebook to get our more than 4,000 friends back, we hope you will “LIKE” us on our NEW Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/tribesmagazine  and continue to be a part of our growing social media community.
 
Thank you for your continued support!  Also LIKE  http://www.facebook.com/tribesentertainment.
 
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NNEKA: Soul is Heavy Interview. Watch footage of Nneka now!

Nneka Egbuna

Interview by Leslie Cunningham for TRIBES Magazine

A talented and passionate singer/songwriter and rapper, Nneka has caught the attention of TRIBES Magazine before. Appearing on the TRIBES Magazine’s Top 24 Independent Artist Tracks on Myspace in 2008, Nneka, even some four years ago was making a name for herself and contemporary Nigeria musical culture & politics in Nigeria (and around Europe) with her soulful acoustic-heavy ballads and freestyle raps on capitalism, poverty and war. Nneka remained on TRIBES Top 24 for several months that year followed by a review in our Music Tribe. Now, Nneka is back in an eagerly anticipatedinterview with TRIBES Magazine, to speak to the family about her musical journey from Warri to Hamburg, Africa and Europe to the U.S, and the mission she pursues through her art in this moment of global connectivity on a platform ready for voices of change and yearning for The Motherland.

Described by some as a new-millennium Bob Marley, Nneka Egbuna (meaning ‘mother is supreme’) first introduced the world to her potent brand of conscious Hip Hop in 2005. The daughter of a Nigerian father and German mother, Nneka was born and raised in Warri, a major oil city in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria that has and continues to suffer great political and social upheaval as its citizens and the world vie for access to the regions wealth of natural resources.

At age 19, Nneka swapped work in her stepmother’s restaurant in Warri for study abroad, at the University of Hamburg. In a new city, music became a means not only to finance her studies but also a means of survival as Nneka searched for her voice in a radically different cultural community. With Nigeria ever heavy on her mind, Nneka began to use music as her stage to express her love, pain and hopes for her homeland.

Nneka’s U.S. album debut, Concrete Jungle, revealed a beautiful, outspoken songbird whose message was delivered in mystical lyrics and passionate sounds with as much depth of feeling and intent as that of any other artist to hit the world stage in recent memory. With vocal talent that generates frequent comparisons to legends like Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, Nneka’s unique blend of afrobeat, reggae, pop, and Hip Hop puts her in a class that is currently all her own. Touring stages from Atlanta to Paris, Nneka has opened for Lenny Kravitz, The Roots, Femi Kuti, Gnarls Barkely and Sean Paul among others and on Nneka’s latest album, Soul Is Heavy, released September 2011 and still making a splash around the globe, fans will once again be moved by a “raw and honest window into her beliefs on love, pain, politics and God” (nnekaworld.com).

TRIBES: How were you introduced to Hip Hop?

NNEKA:I was introduced to Hip Hop in Warri by a friend of mine who used to work in an okrika shop. These are old second hand clothes that are sent from Europe to Africa. He used to sell these clothes. Well, anyway, I used to work in a small food shop close by. So, in his lunch break time, he
used to show me some music on his old walkman. It wasHip Hop.

TRIBES: Can you tell us, how did you get started?

NNEKA: I never really thought I would become a musician. I always loved music, but it was sacred, something I hardly shared with anyone. I have never been a person who would show off with my voice. I was shy and did my thing in a shy way. It was in Germany where I finally began to gain more courage to express myself. Being far way from Nigeria caused me to do music more than ever. And, so it evolved. I wrote my thoughts and my pain down and all I saw. I met other people, including DJ FarHotfrom Afghanistan who is still today the main person I work with. We vibed from the beginning. He was searching for his identity within the music and I was eager to express myself. So, we became a team. I found a record company that was interested in me, YoMama Records. I played a couple of shows and invited them to see me and two months later, they offered me a record deal. YoMama was then sold to Sony. That is how I became an artist on a major record company.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW in TRIBES Magazine’s Summer 2012 Spark Africa Issue!

Visit NNEKAWORLD.com




NNEKA: Soul is Heavy Interview. Watch footage of Nneka now!

Nneka Egbuna

Interview by Leslie Cunningham for TRIBES Magazine

A talented and passionate singer/songwriter and rapper, Nneka has caught the attention of TRIBES Magazine before. Appearing on the TRIBES Magazine’s Top 24 Independent Artist Tracks on Myspace in 2008, Nneka, even some four years ago was making a name for herself and contemporary Nigeria musical culture & politics in Nigeria (and around Europe) with her soulful acoustic-heavy ballads and freestyle raps on capitalism, poverty and war. Nneka remained on TRIBES Top 24 for several months that year followed by a review in our Music Tribe. Now, Nneka is back in an eagerly anticipated interview with TRIBES Magazine, to speak to the family about her musical journey from Warri to Hamburg, Africa and Europe to the U.S, and the mission she pursues through her art in this moment of global connectivity on a platform ready for voices of change and yearning for The Motherland.

Described by some as a new-millennium Bob Marley, Nneka Egbuna (meaning ‘mother is supreme’) first introduced the world to her potent brand of conscious Hip Hop in 2005. The daughter of a Nigerian father and German mother, Nneka was born and raised in Warri, a major oil city in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria that has and continues to suffer great political and social upheaval as its citizens and the world vie for access to the regions wealth of natural resources.

At age 19, Nneka swapped work in her stepmother’s restaurant in Warri for study abroad, at the University of Hamburg. In a new city, music became a means not only to finance her studies but also a means of survival as Nneka searched for her voice in a radically different cultural community. With Nigeria ever heavy on her mind, Nneka began to use music as her stage to express her love, pain and hopes for her homeland.

Nneka’s U.S. album debut, Concrete Jungle, revealed a beautiful, outspoken songbird whose message was delivered in mystical lyrics and passionate sounds with as much depth of feeling and intent as that of any other artist to hit the world stage in recent memory. With vocal talent that generates frequent comparisons to legends like Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, Nneka’s unique blend of afrobeat, reggae, pop, and Hip Hop puts her in a class that is currently all her own. Touring stages from Atlanta to Paris, Nneka has opened for Lenny Kravitz, The Roots, Femi Kuti, Gnarls Barkely and Sean Paul among others and on Nneka’s latest album, Soul Is Heavy, released September 2011 and still making a splash around the globe, fans will once again be moved by a “raw and honest window into her beliefs on love, pain, politics and God” (nnekaworld.com).

TRIBES: How were you introduced to Hip Hop?

NNEKA: I was introduced to Hip Hop in Warri by a friend of mine who used to work in an okrika shop. These are old second hand clothes that are sent from Europe to Africa. He used to sell these clothes. Well, anyway, I used to work in a small food shop close by. So, in his lunch break time, he
used to show me some music on his old walkman. It was Hip Hop.

TRIBES: Can you tell us, how did you get started?

NNEKA: I never really thought I would become a musician. I always loved music, but it was sacred, something I hardly shared with anyone. I have never been a person who would show off with my voice. I was shy and did my thing in a shy way. It was in Germany where I finally began to gain more courage to express myself. Being far way from Nigeria caused me to do music more than ever. And, so it evolved. I wrote my thoughts and my pain down and all I saw. I met other people, including DJ FarHot from Afghanistan who is still today the main person I work with. We vibed from the beginning. He was searching for his identity within the music and I was eager to express myself. So, we became a team. I found a record company that was interested in me, YoMama Records. I played a couple of shows and invited them to see me and two months later, they offered me a record deal. YoMama was then sold to Sony. That is how I became an artist on a major record company.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW in TRIBES Magazine’s Summer 2012 Spark Africa Issue!

Visit NNEKAWORLD.com




NNEKA: Soul is Heavy Interview. Watch footage of Nneka now!

Nneka Egbuna

Interview by Leslie Cunningham for TRIBES Magazine

A talented and passionate singer/songwriter and rapper, Nneka has caught the attention of TRIBES Magazine before. Appearing on the TRIBES Magazine’s Top 24 Independent Artist Tracks on Myspace in 2008, Nneka, even some four years ago was making a name for herself and contemporary Nigeria musical culture & politics in Nigeria (and around Europe) with her soulful acoustic-heavy ballads and freestyle raps on capitalism, poverty and war. Nneka remained on TRIBES Top 24 for several months that year followed by a review in our Music Tribe. Now, Nneka is back in an eagerly anticipated interview with TRIBES Magazine, to speak to the family about her musical journey from Warri to Hamburg, Africa and Europe to the U.S, and the mission she pursues through her art in this moment of global connectivity on a platform ready for voices of change and yearning for The Motherland.

Described by some as a new-millennium Bob Marley, Nneka Egbuna (meaning ‘mother is supreme’) first introduced the world to her potent brand of conscious Hip Hop in 2005. The daughter of a Nigerian father and German mother, Nneka was born and raised in Warri, a major oil city in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria that has and continues to suffer great political and social upheaval as its citizens and the world vie for access to the regions wealth of natural resources.

At age 19, Nneka swapped work in her stepmother’s restaurant in Warri for study abroad, at the University of Hamburg. In a new city, music became a means not only to finance her studies but also a means of survival as Nneka searched for her voice in a radically different cultural community. With Nigeria ever heavy on her mind, Nneka began to use music as her stage to express her love, pain and hopes for her homeland.

Nneka’s U.S. album debut, Concrete Jungle, revealed a beautiful, outspoken songbird whose message was delivered in mystical lyrics and passionate sounds with as much depth of feeling and intent as that of any other artist to hit the world stage in recent memory. With vocal talent that generates frequent comparisons to legends like Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, Nneka’s unique blend of afrobeat, reggae, pop, and Hip Hop puts her in a class that is currently all her own. Touring stages from Atlanta to Paris, Nneka has opened for Lenny Kravitz, The Roots, Femi Kuti, Gnarls Barkely and Sean Paul among others and on Nneka’s latest album, Soul Is Heavy, released September 2011 and still making a splash around the globe, fans will once again be moved by a “raw and honest window into her beliefs on love, pain, politics and God” (nnekaworld.com).

TRIBES: How were you introduced to Hip Hop?

NNEKA: I was introduced to Hip Hop in Warri by a friend of mine who used to work in an okrika shop. These are old second hand clothes that are sent from Europe to Africa. He used to sell these clothes. Well, anyway, I used to work in a small food shop close by. So, in his lunch break time, he
used to show me some music on his old walkman. It was Hip Hop.

TRIBES: Can you tell us, how did you get started?

NNEKA: I never really thought I would become a musician. I always loved music, but it was sacred, something I hardly shared with anyone. I have never been a person who would show off with my voice. I was shy and did my thing in a shy way. It was in Germany where I finally began to gain more courage to express myself. Being far way from Nigeria caused me to do music more than ever. And, so it evolved. I wrote my thoughts and my pain down and all I saw. I met other people, including DJ FarHot from Afghanistan who is still today the main person I work with. We vibed from the beginning. He was searching for his identity within the music and I was eager to express myself. So, we became a team. I found a record company that was interested in me, YoMama Records. I played a couple of shows and invited them to see me and two months later, they offered me a record deal. YoMama was then sold to Sony. That is how I became an artist on a major record company.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW in TRIBES Magazine’s Summer 2012 Spark Africa Issue!

Visit NNEKAWORLD.com




TRIBES Summer 2012 issue: SPARK AFRICA


TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012 – The SPARK AFRICA Issue

Get a copy in print or download a digital version to your computer or mobile device.

In the spirit of ushering in a new summer and preparing to bring this latest TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012: Spark Africa issue to press, the crew at TRIBES Central took a field trip to the Carolina Theatre for a highly anticipated, limited screening of Marley, the new documentary film from Kevin MacDonald chronicling the complete life and works of the international superstar. Immersing his art in the political and socioeconomic realities of life in post-colonial Jamaica and committed to reclaiming a cultural homeland and spiritual roots for all members of the Africa diaspora, Bob Marley was beloved by his fans and peers for his commitment to the work of truth and reconciliation in his music and the love for humanity that permeated his life and work.

In this issue of TRIBES Magazine, join us as we head to Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leon, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, and S. Africa by way of Germany and the United States, to meet musician and activist Nneka– raising awareness around big oil business, natural resource exploitation, and state corruption in her hometown of Warri- Hip Hop Activist, promoter, and journalist, Buddha Blaze– co-founder of Spark Africa and various efforts to generate and unify Hip Hop communities across the African continent- Sister Fa– Female MC and subject of the new documentary film, Sarabah, on her mission to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) practices in her Senegalese homeland- and MAMA AFRICA, Miriam Makeba, and her peace and humanitarian work during and after the fall of apartheid in her native South Africa.

These individuals, and the other artists and activists to grace the pages of this Spark Africa edition, teach us that through intensely personal, substantively relevant expressions of art and culture, we become infinitely connected and limitless beings with voices amplified for the work of improving our world. Celebrate inspired community and the arts with our favorite summer concerts and festivals, write your Spark Africa summer playlist after a visit to our Music TRIBES and find inspiration for new forms of expression in Pierce Freelon’s latest project, Tar Heel Tracks, and Renaldo Davidson’s collaborative, mixed-media work, Black Clown.

In this summer of 2012, love, and as a means for revolution, reigns supreme and thus, we welcome you to the TRIBES Magazine 2012: SPARK AFRICA Issue. May your heart’s light illuminate the darkness!  Alana Jones, TRIBES Executive Editor

TRIBES Magazine Takes Brand Story Global

Popular Independent Publication Celebrates Eight Years in Existence With Move to MagCloud; Continues Mission to Give Voice to Urban Expression
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – May 23, 2012
This summer, TRIBES Magazine, the popular, award-winning, independent entertainment periodical will celebrate eight years in publication with a move to MagCloud – a content web service that will enableTRIBES Magazine to share its brand story worldwide in print and digital formats.
For nearly a decade, TRIBES Magazine has been on a mission to support and showcase urban expression. Born out of necessity one dreary evening in Durham, North Carolina some eight years ago,TRIBES Magazine came to life as citizen artists of the Triangle were calling out for a voice. Already the voice-giver, delivering rags and bullhorns to poets and social activists in the the nation’s capital, TRIBES creator, Leslie Cunningham, once again answered the call. By day from her desk on the tech floor of the marketing world, Cunningham watched a network of artists and musicians, painters, poets and MCs collect around her. Her creative force drew their work and it flew into her lap- poems and rhymes, photographs and songs, cartoons and sketches and collages and dancing and essays and more- until Cunningham was overtaken by the collective power of the independent arts. Pen in hand, bobbing eagerly in a sea of blank storyboards, Cunningham sketched an outline for the first issue and, in June 2004, TRIBES Magazine was born. Read More Now!

VOTE: As we head towards the 2012 election cycle, what is your greatest concern?


VOTE: As we head towards the 2012 election cycle, what is your greatest concern?


VOTE: As we head towards the 2012 election cycle, what is your greatest concern?


VOTE: As we head towards the 2012 election cycle, what is your greatest concern?


SHELLY B. – The Queen of North Carolina Hip Hop

Women’s History Month 2012 – Cover Story

ON HER DIVA

Exclusive interview with TRIBES Magazine

By Gabriel Rich

Photos by Emanuel Cole

SHELLY B is not one  to take her work as a  Hip Hop emcee lightly. The Raleigh native has worked far too hard to gain her status as a pioneer in both the Triangle Hip Hop scene and nationally. Strong, dedicated to her   craft and on a mission, Shelly B.’s versatility is what sets her apart from the rest of the pack. You have rappers that can entertain but aren’t lyricist and there are wordsmiths that can fashion a rhyme but can’t entertain. Neither is a problem for Shelly B. She’s more than capable of giving you something for both your mind and your body and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that knows her. After all, Shelly B’s been in the game long enough to know about pleasing fans.

Shelly B. represents a number of firsts for female rappers in North Carolina.  She was the first female rapper from the state to be featured in the Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype.” Shelly B. was also the first female artist to make it on Allhiphop.com’s “Breeding Ground” section.  The winner of numerous awards in her home state, Shelly B. is a leader in NC Hip Hop and a leader among Indie artists on the Hip Hop scene. Challenge her to a battle and she’ll clean her claws on you just to let you know why she is who she is. TRIBES Magazine interviewed Shelly B during her photo shoot for the TRIBES Magazine Spring 2012 Women in Hip Hop edition.

TRIBES: You’ve made a name for yourself in the Triangle and beyond.  How are you being received now?

SHELLY B: I think I’ve always gotten love from this area.  It was a little tough when I first started, because at that point in time, the idea of a female emcee was foreign to the entire industry, let alone
the local industry.  There weren’t very many females in this area grinding and going to the studio.  So in the beginning, I had to fight for my respect; for a couple of years.  But when I started putting myself out there, I had that determination to be known and make sure everybody knew who Shelly B was.  I started doing every talent show and open mic I could find.

I started calling up promoters. I called the radio station until they put me on.  I got my actual start on the Larry Pickett Show, which was like a local talent show that was on TV in the Raleigh area.
That’s where a lot of people know me from. So I always say that’s where I got my start.  After I made my appearance on that show, I started getting my name out there and the respect just grew.

TRIBES: How would you rate the Hip Hop scene in the Triangle and the Carolinas?

SHELLY B: I think with anything, growth is going to get it where it needs to be, to its ultimate destination. There definitely needs to be more growth and a bit more unity here but the talent here is out of this world as far as singers, rappers, producers…just entertainment professionals, period.  This is one of the most talented markets that I know of.  I think that with people getting a bit more in touch with the business side of it, coming together, unity and all that good stuff, we’ll be alright.  But we’re getting there.  Carolina’s got next…No. We got now!  [laughs] READ MORE NOW.

SHELLY B. – The Queen of North Carolina Hip Hop

Women’s History Month 2012 – Cover Story

ON HER DIVA

Exclusive interview with TRIBES Magazine

By Gabriel Rich

Photos by Emanuel Cole

SHELLY B is not one  to take her work as a  Hip Hop emcee lightly. The Raleigh native has worked far too hard to gain her status as a pioneer in both the Triangle Hip Hop scene and nationally. Strong, dedicated to her   craft and on a mission, Shelly B.’s versatility is what sets her apart from the rest of the pack. You have rappers that can entertain but aren’t lyricist and there are wordsmiths that can fashion a rhyme but can’t entertain. Neither is a problem for Shelly B. She’s more than capable of giving you something for both your mind and your body and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that knows her. After all, Shelly B’s been in the game long enough to know about pleasing fans.

Shelly B. represents a number of firsts for female rappers in North Carolina.  She was the first female rapper from the state to be featured in the Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype.” Shelly B. was also the first female artist to make it on Allhiphop.com’s “Breeding Ground” section.  The winner of numerous awards in her home state, Shelly B. is a leader in NC Hip Hop and a leader among Indie artists on the Hip Hop scene. Challenge her to a battle and she’ll clean her claws on you just to let you know why she is who she is. TRIBES Magazine interviewed Shelly B during her photo shoot for the TRIBES Magazine Spring 2012 Women in Hip Hop edition.

TRIBES: You’ve made a name for yourself in the Triangle and beyond.  How are you being received now?

SHELLY B: I think I’ve always gotten love from this area.  It was a little tough when I first started, because at that point in time, the idea of a female emcee was foreign to the entire industry, let alone
the local industry.  There weren’t very many females in this area grinding and going to the studio.  So in the beginning, I had to fight for my respect; for a couple of years.  But when I started putting myself out there, I had that determination to be known and make sure everybody knew who Shelly B was.  I started doing every talent show and open mic I could find.

I started calling up promoters. I called the radio station until they put me on.  I got my actual start on the Larry Pickett Show, which was like a local talent show that was on TV in the Raleigh area.
That’s where a lot of people know me from. So I always say that’s where I got my start.  After I made my appearance on that show, I started getting my name out there and the respect just grew.

TRIBES: How would you rate the Hip Hop scene in the Triangle and the Carolinas?

SHELLY B: I think with anything, growth is going to get it where it needs to be, to its ultimate destination. There definitely needs to be more growth and a bit more unity here but the talent here is out of this world as far as singers, rappers, producers…just entertainment professionals, period.  This is one of the most talented markets that I know of.  I think that with people getting a bit more in touch with the business side of it, coming together, unity and all that good stuff, we’ll be alright.  But we’re getting there.  Carolina’s got next…No. We got now!  [laughs] READ MORE NOW.

DOWNLOAD TRIBES’ 2012 ALL FEMALE HIP HOP MIXTAPE!

 GET ONE OF THE HOTTEST MIXTAPES OF 2012! 

DOWNLOAD FREE! 

WARNING: Parental Advisory! Some tracks contain explicit lyrics! 

Where are all the really dope female emcees? was the sparking question that ignited this Spring 2012 edition of TRIBES Magazine. While it became apparent immediately that some purveyors of pop music and commercial hip hop may want us to believe that there aren’t many worthwhile women out there rapping today, make no mistake! Women have not fled the Hip Hop game. They are out there rapping for their lives and, if the eager response to TRIBES Magazine’s search for the most talented female rappers on the indie scene is any indication, they are steady on the grind and very much a part of Hip Hop’s future. Nearly two-dozen artist submissions and fifty tracks later, TRIBES has compiled a Top 5 from the nominations. From shoe fetishes to paper stacking, loving their children to sexing their men, being independent and maintaining their faith in a higher power, these women rap about life, their dreams and the communities that gave rhythm to their flows and taught them about love.  Not marginalized figures or victims raging against the power machine, these ladies are perfectly confident in their right to rap and cleat about their place in a seat at the Hip Hop table. Step outside of the mainstream box and meet 5 Female Emcees beating the heart of Hip Hop from the underground. Featuring the hot new single, “On My Diva” by NC’s Queen of Hip Hop, SHELLY B.,; KRISTEN B. and KARINA LOPEZ bring the New York flavor; southern raps’ LADY CAM from Texas, ACE REIGN representing Chocolate City, and Greensboro’s own TREZURE are also featured! DOWNLOAD FREE!

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TRIBES Magazine’s TOP 5 FEMALE EMCEES to watch: ACE REIGN

ACE REIGN (Washington, DC)

Equal parts emcee, philosopher, and storyteller, ACE REIGN is an artist from Washington D.C. who is unafraid to speak to and from the real world.

Earnest with a passion for tackling life’s tough questions, ACE REIGN is an urban griot reaching out to the lonely, the angry, the desperate, with a salve for their struggles; and in her own practice of personal reflection and catharsis.

Disinterested in the trappings of the material world, ACE REIGN’s lyrics deal more with humanity, communicating identity, experiences, and the pursuit of spirituality and nobler states of being. “Making music is a way to vent my thoughts and emotions…” she explains and freed from the tethers of champagne dreams, ACE REIGN’s distinctive voice

and perspective, readiness to collaborate with like-minded emcees, and depth of artistry and production in her music, will continue to generate music that connects with fans and promises to set ACE REIGN apart from the pack.  REVERBNATION.COM/ACEREIGN

DOWNLOAD TRIBES MAGAZINE’S 2012 ALL FEMALE HIP HOP MIXTAPE!

 GET ONE OF THE HOTTEST MIXTAPES OF 2012! DOWNLOAD FREE! 

WARNING: Parental Advisory! Some tracks contain explicit lyrics! 

In celebration of our SPRING 2012  Issue, TRIBES Magazine presents the 2012 ALL FEMALE HIP HOP MIXTAPEfeaturing some of the hottest female rappers on the scene today.

Where are all the really dope female emcees? was the sparking question that ignited this Spring 2012 edition of TRIBES Magazine. While it became apparent immediately that some purveyors of pop music and commercial hip hop may want us to believe that there aren’t many worthwhile women out there rapping today, make no mistake! Women have not fled the Hip Hop game. They are out there rapping for their lives and, if the eager response to TRIBES Magazine’s search for the most talented female rappers on the indie scene is any indication, they are steady on the grind and very much a part of Hip Hop’s future. Nearly two-dozen artist submissions and fifty tracks later, TRIBES has compiled a Top 5 from the nominations. From shoe fetishes to paper stacking, loving their children to sexing their men, being independent and maintaining their faith in a higher power, these women rap about life, their dreams and the communities that gave rhythm to their flows and taught them about love.  Not marginalized figures or victims raging against the power machine, these ladies are perfectly confident in their right to rap and cleat about their place in a seat at the Hip Hop table.

Step outside of the mainstream box and meet 5 Female Emcees beating the heart of Hip Hop from the underground. Featuring the hot new single, “On My Diva” by NC’s Queen of Hip Hop, SHELLY B.,; KRISTEN B. and KARINA LOPEZ bring the New York flavor; southern raps’ LADY CAM from Texas, ACE REIGN representing Chocolate City, and Greensboro’s own TREZURE are also featured!

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TRIBES MAGAZINE’S TOP 5 FEMALE EMCEES TO WATCH: LADY CAM

LADY CAM (Dallas, Texas) 

Don’t let the petit frame fool you. LADY CAM’s got huge rapping chops and she is not afraid to flaunt them. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, where everything is BIG, especially the bravado, LADY CAM’s southern rap style is cocky, yet girlish and when LADY CAM spits, you’ve got to bounce.  Her use of words as instrument and precise percussion is as infectious as Kanye’s or Busta’s with a country twang. A hidden treasure in the rolling wave of Southern rap, she is definitely an emcee to watch in 2012. Sure, she’ll remind you she’s  a lady. Then she’ll destroy the competition in any cypher while holding her own in the male-saturated rap industry. Visit ILOVELADYCAM.COM

Learn more about TRIBES MAGAZINE’S TOP 5 FEMALE EMCEES TO WATCH!

WHO IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE FEMALE EMCEE? The votes are in!

The votes are in! Lauryn Hill is your all-time favorite female rapper, with Missy Elliott coming in 2nd and Nicki Minaj rolling in at no 3.

The poll results were mixed with old and new school favorites, along with popular independent artists, like Kin4Life, being shown some love in the TRIBES poll.

Get the full survey breakdown in the SPRING 2012 WOMEN IN HIP HOP ISSUE coming soon! Check out the results!

TRIBES MAGAZINE’S TOP 5 FEMALE EMCEES TO WATCH: KRISTEN B.

KRISTEN B. (Queens, NY) 

She’s sexy, stylish and stacking paper on the regular! 

An eighties baby from Queens, NY, Kristen B. was heavily influenced by the music and major movements in Hip Hop born in her city. A natural on the mic, Kristen B. uses her smooth raps to talk about the good life, purveying that perfect mix of penthouse and street emblematic of the NY sound, to stand as good as the best of them at cataloging the essentials of Hip Hop extravagance in  the VIP room at the nightclub and the shops on Madison Avenue. Kristen B. exemplifies the glamourous days of rap’s golden age, ruled by the queens like Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. In 2012, she is more than just high-end, new-millennium, eye-candy. She brings a sleek and sexy lyricism back to Hip Hop that’s still uniquely her own and with the support of her cadre of loyal fans, this delicious sound and glitter are so ready for the video countdown, they’re sure to carry Kristen B. on to major mainstream success. Visit KRISTENBMUSIC.COM.

Learn more about TRIBES MAGAZINE’S TOP 5 FEMALE EMCEES TO WATCH!


TRIBES Magazine Spring 2012 – Women in Hip Hop. View Now.

MY FIRST SONY 

I was seven years old when I met Salt and Pepa. My mom bought me an apple-red My First Sony and a cassette copy of their 1988 album, A Salt with A Deadly Pepa, for the sixteen-hour road trip to Georgia with my Aunt Carolyn and a bucket of cold fried chicken. That car ride with two princess pioneers of the Hip Hop movement and the hours I’ve spent in the years since, chanting their rhymes and living the word of female emcees like our winner, Lauryn Hill, and others like Lil Kim (the baddest b’ on Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm”), Queen Latifah (“Who you callin’ a bitch!?”), and my personal all-time favorite, Rah Digga, gave me something very special that carried me through the insecurities of adolescence, the difficult teenage years and on into the present.

As purposeful as everything my mother did for me then, that gift of audacious role models, speaking boldly from the margins was invaluable. Salt and Pepa and the women that picked up the mantle of Hip Hop and helped carry it onto worldwide popularity were in their very being progressive, political, feminist, and committed to opening doors not only closed for women in the music industry but for women and marginalized people in society-at-large.

We honor these iconic women and the artists that carry on their legacy in the Spring 2012: Women in Hip Hop edition of TRIBES Magazine,  featuring SHELLY B and TRIBES Top 5 FEMALE EMCEES to Watch, because they were groundbreakers that did things never before done (like talking about sex on MTV in frank terms to curb the epic scourge of AIDS on the nineties). They found transcendence over sexism, racism, homophobia, and social disenfranchisement through Hip Hop,  not in spite of it, and, contrary to popular notions about misogyny and rap music, they teach us that Hip Hop was never a boys club and assert that the Hip Hop community has always welcomed them and supported their art. I hope you will too.

ALANA JONES

Editor, TRIBES Magazine

DOWNLOAD TRIBES’ 2012 ALL FEMALE HIP HOP MIXTAPE!

 GET ONE OF THE HOTTEST MIXTAPES OF 2012! DOWNLOAD FREE! 

WARNING: Parental Advisory! Some tracks contain explicit lyrics! 

In celebration of our coming SPRING 2012  Issue (available March 2012), TRIBES Magazine presents the 2012 ALL FEMALE HIP HOP MIXTAPEfeaturing some of the hottest female rappers on the scene today.

Where are all the really dope female emcees? was the sparking question that ignited this Spring 2012 edition of TRIBES Magazine. While it became apparent immediately that some purveyors of pop music and commercial hip hop may want us to believe that there aren’t many worthwhile women out there rapping today, make no mistake! Women have not fled the Hip Hop game. They are out there rapping for their lives and, if the eager response to TRIBES Magazine’s search for the most talented female rappers on the indie scene is any indication, they are steady on the grind and very much a part of Hip Hop’s future. Nearly two-dozen artist submissions and fifty tracks later, TRIBES has compiled a Top 5 from the nominations. From shoe fetishes to paper stacking, loving their children to sexing their men, being independent and maintaining their faith in a higher power, these women rap about life, their dreams and the communities that gave rhythm to their flows and taught them about love.  Not marginalized figures or victims raging against the power machine, these ladies are perfectly confident in their right to rap and cleat about their place in a seat at the Hip Hop table.

Step outside of the mainstream box and meet 5 Female Emcees beating the heart of Hip Hop from the underground. Featuring the hot new single, “On My Diva” by NC’s Queen of Hip Hop, SHELLY B.,; KRISTEN B. and KARINA LOPEZ bring the New York flavor; southern raps’ LADY CAM from Texas, ACE REIGN representing Chocolate City, and Greensboro’s own TREZURE are also featured!

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WATCH FOR THE SPRING 2012  TRIBES MAGAZINE ISSUE FEATURING A SPECIAL MUSIC TRIBE FEATURE on these WOMEN IN HIP HOP!

SLIGHTLY STOOPID: TRIBES’ best interview pick

TRIBES Magazine jams with Ryan “RyMo” Moran, drummer for Slightly Stoopid, and gets the real scoop on San Diego’s most blazin’ reggae rock band, stoopidheads and decriminalizing marijuana in America. Interview by Leslie Cunningham (2010).

Day 5: ACC Hoops and the NFL Post-Season.

Day 5: Friday, December 30, 2011

ACC Hoops and the NFL Post-Season. Who are your favorites to win? Talk Back!

Day 4: Rape for Ratings:

Day 4: Thursday, December 29, 2011 

  • Rape for Ratings: Is the explosion of sexualized violence on the big and small screen representative of a monstrous reality, a Hollywood S&M fantasy, or an effective suggestion that is self-promoting? Is the plight of women and all who desire peace and equality hurt, helped, or untouched by these images? Talk Back!

 Photo” From“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

Day 2: The MAD Choir: Controversial video rants go viral.

The MAD Choir: Controversial video rants go viral. Check out the Black Women’s Manifesto video below and let us know what you think. What responsibility do artists, celebrities, and public figures have (if any) to their communities of belonging? To society, in general? Preaching to the choir or promoting stereotypes? What do you think?

TRIBES Magazine New Years Forum

Here at TRIBES Central, we are ever at work preparing for the next issue of the magazine where we will continue to showcase independent artists, arts events of interest to our readers and the social themes that unite these contemporary arts and our society in the new millennium. However, in any given season, the cutting room floor is final receptacle for so many great ideas and timely themes that simply don’t make it to print (or digital publish in the web mag). We have collected some of these topics and, over the course of the next week, we invite you to engage them and share your opinions.

Alana Jones, TRIBES Magazine Editor