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My Epic Year

31 Dec

img_2563At the beginning of the year, we like to claim the year is going to be our year. Claim it in the name of JESUS! By declaring it, we hope to achieve bigger goals, starting a new diet or even becoming a better person. Some of us actually do keep up with these resolutions; however, to others- they all are forgotten by the first week of February.

The 2016’s year  was epic for me, positively and negatively. I have gone through so many journeys; it’s almost impossible to believe that it has only been 365 days. This year, I directed one of the many scripts I have written. It is one of my favorites- also a project that hits home whenever I talk about it. This year, “4:53” was born. It is a film focusing on Haitian mothers. I wanted to create a world where women are valued and strong. This film main goal was to show the rest of the universe how bold and capable are Black women. Though it has been a rough journey, I cannot wait to finish this project in the upcoming year.

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The New Era of Hip-Hop and Rap

10 Dec

By Myrlande “M.C” Charelus

mcharel@eagle.fgcu.edu

                                                            The New Era of Hip-Hop and Rap

           Is it Hip Hop or is it Rap? Music lovers tell the differences between the two.

            Fort Myers, FL— Music is something most everyone enjoys. It is a way that some people use to express their feelings; also it can be defined as a place others go to find comfort. There are a variety of types of music genre; pop, country, alternative, blues, hip-hop and rap, etc. Some people like them all and others have their own preferences. For example, someone who likes pop music may not like hip-hop. Someone who likes hip-hop may not like rap.

            When it comes to hip-hop and rap, it may be difficult to differentiate between the two. It is also clear that a lot of listeners do not know there is a difference between them, (rap and hip-hop). Hip-hop music was originated in the African-communities in New York City during the late 1970s. It was created by DJ Clive Campbell, commonly known as Kool Herc, who was an immigrant from Kingston, Jamaica.  Campbell created the blueprint for hip-hop by taking ideas from the Jamaican tradition of poetry and speech to create hip-hop.

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