Monday, July 31, 2017

CHI'-town Afro-FUNK at The Silver Room Block Party!

The Silver Room Block Party!

There were so many 
Funky badass …magical… musical moments….
Blackgirlmagic  and  BlackguyAfrofunk... 
It was a truly kaleidoscope of 

With a can of hair grease….  

As  the  Millenials  
and ere'body  else 
showed up and showed out
all peace and love...

as the Silver  Room Block party 
mushroomed n2 Art
painted faces

and some killer 
Black Rock music….
on 3 different stages 

from  53rd and Blackstone 
2 53rd and Lake Park 
and everywhere in-between…. 

There were some Salsa dancers 
dancing ...
and a LIVE Salsa band!  

AND the crowd was lOving how
Dance/drum troupe 
were bringing that vibe..  

and rhythms 
straight from the Motherland… 
Fela meets Southside HOUSE!  

When we rolled up on 53rd St... 
going 2 the sound check for Black Cherry Soul… 
we could see the cars were back 2 back! 

On 53rd St?... 
N Hyde Park? ...
People were everywhere!

Rocking the beautiful funkiness of natural hair in all shapes,
forms and colors

It was so intoxicating & intergenerational
that  it was like an Afro - Futuristic dream...
of Urban Pharoahs and Nubian Queens

Dashiki Africanos and Beauty Africana 
were floating in and out ..
Not.. " we gone 2  Paris this weekend 4 Afro-Punk  
but like...
We sTaYed at home in our Pyramid...
.. 4 some  Chi- town Afro-FUNK!

U know we are a spiritual center 4 all things Black  NOIR!...
when we in... CHICAgO are the home of Sun RA
and Kelan Phil Coran...  Chaka ...Earth Wind and Fire and  
The  Pharoahs .  and Africobra...
We are DuSable's   great great grand children.....
....and ONLI and the Black AGE!

A bevy of Neo-Africana and Neo Africanos
 in full effect…
BlackRock bands  were slanging.
and Neo-Soul sistas were sanging

Black hair…. 
was everywhere…
from Bald headed sOul Sistas 2 big Box braids…
Multicolored locs and twisted waves

I saw sisters with threaded braids 
that I haven’t seen since I was in Ghana

Brothers with BIG ‘natchals.. that made u  just wanna...

Afri-fashinistas were flashing skin and Kente.. 
 I saw some ‘Classic men’ in skinny ties and plaid

And at night…
They were stunting and fronting 
on pop shots and scooters..

Boys will be boys
and the Boyz had their toys
All out and 
Sleek and shiny...
All jumping with sounds and in beautiful colors...

Bentleys and jeeps and pop shots
Futuristic and funky  and rocking  some some hip hop
…the music was playing
I felt like a star 

Cause  they  just wouldn’t stop standing 'round my car...

All text and  video and photographs by
Aki Antonia c2017 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Weekend in Bronzeville

Life in Bronzeville is always interesting... particularly in the summer.... 
in the 'Chi....

While one  set of media may see the life of our people through one set of lenses.. on the weekend... the shootings... the tears and the carnage... and while this is real... 
there is also a different set of realities for all of us to  know about...
a world where many of us live everyday.... 

I travel  many different pathways and through different portals 2 feel the heartbeat of our people.. 
and  2 dance 2 the rhythms of our unique cultural experiences... 

In the summer... in the 'Chi... I can walk through Bronzeville on ONE weekend  and experience  Art,  Music, Light, Performances,  new Business and
Nu Energy!

Come on down... and flow with me through some of my 
Weekends in Bronzeville...

AA 62017 Aki Antonia c 2017