Watch The Replay Of Ep.1 From Our “Song Stories” Series Ft. Jonathan McReynolds
Hear his story along with an exclusive live performance
In May, the ArtSoul Radio team started a brand new series on IG Live called “Song Stories”. Hosted by DJ/Host “DJ Standout” and various co-hosts from the team, this series highlights popular singers/songwriters giving them an opportunity to get up close and personal with their fans in a new way. We speak about their musical journey, and share the unknown stories behind their fans favorite songs!
The first episode premiered Friday, May 1st featuring Grammy nominated artist Jonathan McReynolds. Our host DJ Standout spoke with him about his new album “People” and how his collaboration with Pastor Michael Todd, Mali Music and The Walls Group came together. We even touched on his dating life, family and much more! If you missed it, check out the full episode below:
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Spoken Word Poet Taijun Speaks On The Black Experience w/ New Piece
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 Presents “The Uplift” Conversation Series! Don’t Miss Our First Episode Coming October 9th!
ArtSoul Radio presents “The Uplift” Conversation Series! Tune in October 9th for our first talk titled “The Black Man: The Complexity of Our Identity”. This is the black man’s response to racism in culture. Don’t miss this one!!
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