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Spoken Word Poet Taijun Speaks On The Black Experience w/ New Piece

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2020 put a spotlight on racism in America as the world came to a stop due to the Covid19 pandemic. The silence that the pandemic brought made it impossible to ignore that racism is the age old pandemic that America has been living with for generations.

Video after video has flooded social media this year of Black men and women dying at the hands of police officers and/or being effected by race related incidents in other various ways. It’s easy for everyone to wonder… “How are we really doing in America?”. It’s easy to wonder “Are we growing”, or “Do our Black friends and family members feel safe”?

On November 21st, Spoken word poet Taijun Waters put a voice to the Black Man’s Experience with the release of his recent poem “I Wonder”; and the world has been listening.

When speaking about the inspiration behind writing this poem, Taijun’s “why” is clear. He wanted to express his feelings and offer clarity to those who don’t know what it’s like to live the Black Experience everyday.

“I penned this spoken word from deep curiosity about the world around me. This poem shares the fragility, confidence, and the wonders of having black skin. I hope it inclines a listening ear from anyone looking to understand, and reminds any black sister/brother in this time to feel loved & unafraid.”

SELF LOVE IS HEALING

As Taijun comes to a close of his poem, he says “…and I still rather be Black”. This is a mantra of resilience and self love that he wants everyone living in the Black experience to take away from his poem.

He recently released new hoodies to promote this movement of Black Self Love. Check out his full poem released on November 21st and get a hoodie to remind others that despite the challenges and hardships that Black communities have had to endure, “Black is and will always be Beautiful”.

MORE ABOUT THIS ARTIST:

Born and raised on the southside of Chicago, Taijun Waters is an artist who has many ways of sharing his thoughts and ideas.

Growing up listening to hip-hop and exploring literature, Taijun began to write poetry at a young age. By the time Taijun entered college, film was also a major area of focus.Thus, now, he chooses poetry + film as an avenue to share his thoughts and observations on life.

Taijun often infuses wisdom and truth into overlooked gray-areas of societal dilemmas and self-image.

His hope is to invoke emotionally healthy conversations on real life topics.

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The Monday Playlist Features Singer/Songwriter + Co-Owner of “Jolie Noire”: Keyondra Lockett

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We released another new episode of “The Monday Playlist” this week featuring Keyondra Lockett!! Keyondra is a star singer/songwriter and business woman making her the perfect guest to help us close out Black History Month while being on the cusp of Women’s History Month!

Keyondra’s single “Try” allowed her to hit the Top 15 on the Billboard charts. Most recently, she hit #1 on Billboard with her single “Trouble Don’t Last”. Charting on Billboard has proven to only be the beginning of great moments that have helped to catapult her music career in a fresh direction which was soon followed by 2 nominations from the Gospel Music Stellar Awards.

In 2020, Keyondra was the first Gospel artist to be honored with her own doll. Later she partnered with her sister and stylist Kim Lockett to begin their latest venture clothing line Joulie Noir which is currently being sold and featured in Target nationwide as apart of their Black History Collections.

Watch our full interview with Keyondra as we speak with her about her new clothing line partnering with target, being a woman in both music and in business, her newest music release feat. @qparker112 (of the popular RnB group 112) and @tedyp (Producer to @pharrell and many more). 

As with every new featured episode we dive in deep with your favorite artists and up and coming indie artists that you should know to learn more about their journey! In this episode, we promise that in addition to discovering new music, you’ll learn something new about Keyondra Lockett that will bless & encourage you in your journey!! 

The wisdom nuggets alone in this episode are everything!!! Watch the full video interview below. If you prefer audio only, keep scrolling to find the full interview on Spotify.

Follow us on Instagram to stay connected! We’ll be sending out hints of who’s next in this interview series. We’ll also be looking to hear you let us know who we should interview next!

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The Monday Playlist is hosted by DJ Standout (of Transformation Church, RMG Amplify Records and Reach Records) along with Tamara Young McCoy – a Journalist with bylines in Ebony/JET Magazine, Blavity and more. She also carries TV/Film credits working with companies such as TLN, TLC/Discovery Channel and more. She is also the Founder of ArtSoul Radio. 

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Watch The Newest Episode of “The Monday Playlist” – Ft. #1 Billboard Charting Artist Jordan Armstrong

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ArtSoul Radio presents “The Monday Playlist” hosted by DJ/Host “DJ Standout” and Tamara, Mainstream Journalist & Founder of ArtSoulRadio! “The Monday Playlist” is a new Interview Series highlighting the latest new music and classic artists that you should know about in Positive R&B/Soul, Positive Hip Hop, CHH, Gospel and more! Tune in every other Monday at 7pm CST for a new guest!

If you’re looking for something new, positivity and a little encouragement, you’re in the right place! ArtSoul Radio is your #1 Inspirational Urban Alternative! (Powered by iHeart Radio) Stream this show and our full 24/7 commercial programming live on iHeart Radio. Keep it locked. www.artsoulradio.com

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Jor’Dan Armstrong’s video “My God” was released nationally on BET Networks and reached #1 on the Billboard charts. This artist is one to watch!

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The Monday Playlist is hosted by DJ Standout (of Transformation Church, RMG Amplify Records and Reach Records) along with Tamara Young McCoy – a Journalist with bylines in Ebony/JET Magazine, Blavity and more. She also carries TV/Film credits working with companies such as TLN, TLC/Discovery Channel and more. She is also the Founder of ArtSoul Radio. 

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ArtSoul Radio Launches “The Monday Playlist” – Catch Episode 1 w/ Lecrae & 1KPhew

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ArtSoul Radio presents “The Monday Playlist” hosted by DJ/Host “DJ Standout” and Tamara, Founder of ArtSoulRadio! “The Monday Playlist” is a new Interview Series highlighting the latest new music and classic artists that you should know about in Positive R&B/Soul, Positive Hip Hop, CHH, Gospel and more! Tune in every other Monday

If you’re looking for something new, positivity and a little encouragement, you’re in the right place! ArtSoul Radio is your #1 Inspirational Urban Alternative! (Powered by iHeart Radio) Stream this show and our full 24/7 commercial programming live on iHeart Radio. Keep it locked. www.artsoulradio.com

The first episode premiered the first week of February 2022 and continues to stream live on air every other Monday at 7pm CST.

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