Terian Mack – Volume #1
In short, TERIAN MACK is extremely unique, energetic, and vibrant. in 2015 MACK was featured on TheSource.com and then went on tour in the summer of that year. In 2016 Terian started working with The Heatmakerz (credits: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and Fat Joe to name a few). In 2017 he began working in Jungle City Studios(NYC) on his EP, BABYLON THE GREAT. Jungle City has recorded recent albums for some of the most elite artist like Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Kanye. To Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber.
Hadassah – Volume #2
Hadassah makes music that moves you. That movement could be anywhere from physical to spiritual, but with a voice that can range between angelic and guttural all in one song, know that you will be moved one way or another. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Hadassah has added her voice and lyrics to enough different genres – jazz, indie, rock, blues and beyond – that you can just say that she creates “music,” period, and leave it at that.
Her songs wind up being journeys unto themselves, often delicately layered with mini-movements throughout their four and five minute runtimes. With a voice somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Tracy Chapman, Hadassah knows how to guide a haunting melody from her soul to yours.
Counterbalancing her intricate melodies are lyrics that can appeal to anyone with a trackable pulse. Who hasn’t given or received love, or felt a spark within themselves when certain emotions rush in? While not every song in her repertoire is about the comings and goings of love, that feeling remains inextricable when you hear Hadassah sing.
In a club or concert hall, from the cheap seats to VIP, Hadassah will leave her mark by the end of her set, if she hasn’t already by the end of her first song.
Corey O – Volume #3
Love. Why don’t we do that more often?
My name is Corey O but that’s never been too important to me. What I’ve always found important was love. I don’t think we as humans get enough of it. Especially those who are constantly subjected to racial bias, gender bias, age bias etc. etc. I write music with that main theme as the basis for my songs… Love.
I cried writing the song “Fire”. Being from Lancaster Pa. opportunities like this are truly a blessing. Having the chance to examine our society and record my reaction on a vinyl for “Music for Everyone” I was happy and yet full of tears. I was happy that I live in a place where I can even voice my opinions on injustice, but at the same time saddened by the thought of my daughter growing up in a world in which those same injustices are growing too. I cried when I realized it’s projects like this that are a timeless stance on the right side of history. I cried proud to be a combat veteran who’s found a way to cope with PTSD through music. I shed tears for our subjugated past, our turmoiled present and our uncertain future. The crying has since stopped and like any great storm, whether from tears or rain, the sun has shined. And with the sun comes a new day to confront injustice and discrimination. A new day to chase your dreams. A new day to light the FIRE.
Gerri McCritty – Volume #1
My inspiration for this painting comes from the many times I have seen and been around less fortunate young boys and girls from all backgrounds and colors. The one thing that I see they all have in common is a shimmering gold light of hope.
Kaya Hobbs – Volume #2
The piece shows 8 figures, 7 facing toward the end of the canvas. Some shouting some with fists raised and one laying in the fetal position. At the end of the line the black and brown figures represent the black and brown people who have fought so hard for queer liberation. All are in front of a flowing banner with the colors of the trans flag as rays of light shine from behind.
This piece was inspired by every attempt made for queer liberation. It was also inspired by the intersections of the queer experience and how everyone has come together and fought to protect those most vulnerable. The banner waving in the background is to show support for those who are living in their trans experience no matter what that looks like. The rays of light are the hope and empowerment that drives us. This piece is a call to our strength as a community and how important it is to access that and uphold it during times of turmoil and peace.
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Gracie Berry – Volume #3
About the piece: I chose the title Ancestor Tones because Black skin-tones are vibrant biological reflections of nature and the universe. The very cosmology of enslaved Black Afrikans and their descendants is universal wealth. It’s an inherent birth right. The work explores themes of Afrofuturism connecting past, present and future. I think of Frederick Douglass as an Afrofuturist because he paved the way through literature and education for many Black people of his time. Also, he was the most photographed human being of his time, even more than the president, so he was a visible example of what it looked like to reimagine a realty or futures. What it looked like to control their own narratives and Afrodiasporic experiences. Fast forward 200 plus years and he’s still inspiring many generations. For example, Amanda Gorman, the youngest Black inaugural poet in American history, credits Frederick Douglass with teaching her how to use technology for social justice. She highlights how intentional he was about capturing a counter-image to the Black American stereotypes at the time and how she mirrors similar themes in her poetry.
Le Hinton – Volume #1
Poet, teacher, lecturer, Le Hinton is the author of six poetry collections including, the Language of Moisture and Light (Iris G. Press, 2014) and most recently, Sing Silence (Iris G. Press, 2018). His work has been widely published and can be found in The Best American Poetry 2014, the Baltimore Review, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, the Summerset Review, the Skinny Poetry Journal, and in many other publications. His poem “Epidemic” was honored by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book and “Our Ballpark” can be found outside Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, incorporated into Derek Parker’s sculpture Common Thread.
His current collection, Sing Silence (formerly A Chorus for Cotton), was a finalist for “The Best Prize for People of Color” from Big Lucks and an honorable mention for the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize.
Visit Le’s website: www.LeHinton.com