3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 2

Day 2:

“It’s like if you plant something in the concrete and if it grow and the rose petal got all kinds of scratches and marks, you ain’t gonna say, ‘Damn, look at all the scratches and marks on the rose that grew from the concrete.’ You’re gonna be like, ‘Damn, a rose grew from the concrete?’”

Tupac Shakur

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AnimeNext: 2017 Masquerade

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As some of you may know, our team attended AnimeNext in Atlantic City, New Jersey early this month. One of our favorite events to attend when going to any anime convention is the Masquerade. All the contestant did a phenomenal job and we captured some of out favorites and posted them via our YouTube. I posted the videos below. So check them out and let us know what you think.  Also, don’t forget to check out our photography gallery.

Have a great weekend

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Artistic Expression with Takeia Marie

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My first encounter with Takeia Marie happened randomly while attending New York Comic Con back 2012.  A rap cipher gone wrong in the middle of the artist alley show floor. She nice with the pen in more ways than one. She can spit.  And even though I embarrassed myself, it made that experience that much more memorable.  How many people can honestly say that they met in this type of manner at Comic Book convention. Not many! But we’ve been chopping it up ever sense.
So when I reached out for an interview.  This is what she had to say.

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Dezzy Yates: Journey to Phresh

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My First Introduction to Dezzy Yates was a few years ago, through some mutual friends.  Even back them I was impressed.  Fast forward years later, his style is more refined and the focus is that much clearly.

When I reached out to him for an interview. Here’s what he had to say.

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I Remeber – Justin Torres

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Justin Torres (F.K.A Jewlz)  is another artist I’ve followed for years now.  And while his pen game and beat selections has elevated as he matured, his wittiness has remained the same.  Hence why his music always feel familiar even when it’s brand new.

It’s been four years since his last project. On April 20, 2017 his latest project Rose dropped at midnight.  I Remeber being the first visual for this mixtape. So let’s get to it.

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Zen, Prose and Pose with Cookiee Kawaii

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1) Can Introduce Yourself? And give us the back story on your alias (stage name)?

Cookie: Wassup world , my name is Cookiee Kawaii & I’m from Irvington NJ. My stage name went through some changes throughout the years. I started as Harajuku Cookiee. The Harajuku came from me just loving everything about Japanese culture & fashion. And the Cookiee (with two e’s) was added because I love soft baked cookies lol . its my favorite snack in the world so why not be named after it. As I evolved… I changed from Harajuku Cookiee to Cookiee Kowa. One because I felt there needed to be a change as far as branding for me. The Harajuku brand has been used by many famous artist such as ( Nicki Minaj & Gwen Stefani) so I needed to make a change and pick something more original. Secondly I was briefly on a team (RAW BUNCH) with a notable rapper Tsu Surf. So my name needed to be something that meshed well with his & still stuck true to my love for Japanese culture. So I came up with the name Cookiee Kowa. Kowa … short for cowabunga (in relation to surfing) but I changed the c to a k because kowa in Japanese meant scary or frightening lol … to me since I wasn’t that young artist anymore and I was growing into my own sound .. I wanted people to somewhat be scared of what I could bring to the table. Because I had a lot of people doubting what I could do as an artist. After I left Raw Bunch … I needed to have my own identity … something that was mine and original. Didn’t take me long before I came up with Cookiee Kawaii. Kawaii means cute or adorable in Japanese & that fits my personality.. & it rolls of the tongue for those who can pronounce it right lol & for sure to me its more original & its a name Im proud of.
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Soulcial Sundays

Starting tomorrow we will be participating in the 30 Day Anime Challenge we saw a post made by Jill on humble otakus opinion and we decide it would be fun to participate with her. Check out her website you will be entertained.

We hope many of you reading will think about doing this challenge.

Today we will be at the Bad Boy Reunion Concert and will have photos uploaded later on. I will be a phoneographer tonight my Note 7 will be the best it can be.

In cased you missed the last two interviews that was posted here they are. We appreciate Alan Z and Undong Crew doing this interview with us.

In case you missed our Liberty Anime con posts here they are.

Alan Z: The Fresh Prince of ATL

I was first introduced to Alan Z randomly while surfing my SoundCloud feed two years ago.  I can’t recall my initial reaction but I didn’t bother to keep up afterwards for whatever reason. I’m not even sure if I played any of this covers.  It wasn’t until he popped up into my twitter circle a few months back that actually took the time to look into him further.  I had the opportunity to interview the Fresh Prince of ATL. And here is what he had to say.

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Alan Z in Harlem

 

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Overview of Liberty City Anime Con

This is the second year of the Liberty City Anime Con  (LCAC) it’s in Manhattan which is convenient. This is also the first time we went there. They have 3 years already lined up in hotels around Manhattan if you want more info on that click this link Liberty City.

So let’s first talk about the location. As a New Yorker this hotel being right next to Times Square was horrible because we can’t avoid the traffic of people Times Square brings so there’s a lot of pushing involved to get there and home. The hotel was pretty nice the funny part about all this was the hotel guest that knew nothing about anime cons constantly asking cosplayers or looking at them with their crazy faces.

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Women in Comics Convention

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The WINC ( Women In Comics Convention) was on March 12th this is its second year and still going strong, the event was created by Regine L. Sawyer. The SDE team visited the event at the Bronx Library Center to check it out since this was the first time we have heard of it we got a few pictures of the event and the purchases that I made there. I spent way over the budget I was aiming for but I did pick up a lot of art to add to my wall. There were so many artists with beautiful art both women and men came out to support the artist that came to sell their work. We didn’t buy from everyone and I think we only missed 2 tables that we didn’t go up to. Continue reading