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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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ArtSoul Radio released a brand new text club in 2020 and now it’s back better than ever! Members will receive special Membership Only benefits that will only get better over time! Sign up today:

Joining is easy! Simply text the word “ArtSoul” to this number and you’re in!! You’ll receive your next steps from there.

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The Rise of Maverick City Music

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A collaborative group of worship singers come together to write and create songs to show their hearts for God and ended up making history.

Maverick City Music has reached listeners from the church to some of the biggest entertainers today. Their music has millions of listens and views on every music streaming platform and YouTube. This year they have won awards such as Billboard’s Top Gospel Album and The Stellar’s New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

Naomi Raine

The group was originally started in 2019 to just write songs. Tony Brown, the founder of Maverick City Music, reached out to artist like Naomi Raine to come along and collaborate to write songs for artist. The singers and artist eventually were asked to sing and preform them. After releasing these songs, it turned into to something that none of them would have ever expected. Maverick ended up breaking the record for the most streams in the Christian genre in one day. When asked did they plan for it to be as big as it is Naomi expressed, “To me it was just going to be something fun that we did with friends, that no one really knew about. I couldn’t have expected what has happened with it.”

Maryanne George

“I think going into it with no expectations was probably the best thing to do because it gave room for the Lord to surprise us along the way” said Maryanne George, a Maverick City singer and worship leader. Major recording artist outside of the Christian genre have mentioned how they have been impacted by Maverick City Music. Just recently, national recording pop artist, Shawn Mendes, mentioned in an interview while talking about the power of music, that he encountered Jesus through Maverick City Music, even though he grew up having Atheistic beliefs.

Dante Bowe

“I use to think, oh we’re called to the church. Now it’s like I got to say no because God is showing us something else! The facts are the facts, like SZA is playing us in the background on her live” says Maverick City and solo singer and songwriter Dante Bowe. Maverick currently has over 2 million listeners monthly on Spotify, with their most popular song being “Promises” sung by Joe L. Barnes and Naomi Raine at almost 25 million streams.

This collective of artist has released 11 music projects over the span of 3 years and with their most recent releases this year being the albums “Old Church Basement” and “Jubilee: The Juneteenth Edition.” Some of the artist have released their own projects recently such as Joe L. Barnes’ single “Come Back Home,” Dante Bowe’s sophomore album “circles,” Naomi Raine’s “Back to Eden, Part II,” and Maverick’s joint album with Elevation Worship.

Maverick City Music will be going on tour starting this fall to cities near you. To find out more information, visit their website and follow them on social media.

Maverick City Music latest release, “Joy of the Lord”

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The Icho Group & Agency 22 Music & Entertainment Merge to Form New Music Industry Firm, UNDIVIDED

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On-the-rise Faith Based Agencies Combine Brand Marketing, Management and Consultation Resources to Create a Powerful Entertainment Concern

Norman Gyamfi of The Icho Group (Columbia, SC), andWalter Thomas of Agency22 Music & Entertainment(Chicago, IL), have merged their respective enterprises to create a dynamic new entertainment firm, Undivided. The novel union now represents some of the biggest headliners in the Christian-Gospel music genre such as GRAMMY® Award winner, Jonathan McReynolds; worship leader, Todd Dulaney; platinum-selling recording artist, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary fame and Chandler Moore of the Gen Z worship collective, Maverick City, among others.

Undivided will provide its clients with management, marketplace branding and long-term strategic career consultation and planning services. “The primary objective in our coming together as a unified front is to merge our respective visions, resources and expertise’s to offer our clientele a unique and differentiated presence in the marketplace,” said Thomas. His erstwhile agency managed the careers of Jonathan McReynolds, worship leader Bri Babineaux, and singer-songwriter, DOE. He adds that, “Pooling our missions expands our market share, increases profits, and extends the reach of our artists, whereby pushing the genre forward as a whole.”

“We want to become a case study on what it’s like when you partner versus when you compete,” said Gyamfi who managed and provided business direction for Billboard No. 1 recording artists such as Travis GreeneKierra Sheard-Kelly, and JJ Hairston. “We want people to look back and say that was the moment when they put their pride aside and decided that us coming together was the best thing that could happen for a genre –not for Walter, not for Norman; but for Christian-Gospel music in general.”

Aside from its faith-based endeavors, Undivided is also actively broadening its roster and developing relationships with R&B acts and sports figures as well. They recently promoted the Checking In book tour for Destiny’s Child alum, Michelle Williams. They are currently working with singer and television personality, Tamar Braxton, on her Under Constructionpodcast, and with professional baseball player, Mark Kemp, onhis annual youth music festival.

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