Friday, June 25, 2010
iKandy Feature Artist of the Day & Clothing Designer for Nomi Network's "Fashion For Freedom" fashion show proudly presents; young New Orleans clothing designer GeezyEff Celestine -
Garielle EFF, also known as Geezy Monroe, is a talented young artist at age 18, who is universal in her talent, also a part of #TeamiKandy, music, fashion, and overall art. Her biggest pride and joy is her clothing line "Liq0urish Clothing". Began in 2006, but officially took off in 2009. Liq0urish Clothing is a clothing line that's a voice through what you wear, saying things other people won't say out loud through fashion. As a young artist, she has her hands in a lot of things, but a promise to not disappoint in what she does IS something she'll keep.
Find more about Geezy at http://www.liq0urishclothing.com
Thursday, June 24, 2010
iKandy Featured Artist of the Day - Nomi Network proudly presents "Fashion For Freedom" Guest Speaker Cambodian Canadian Sarorn Ron Sim
an award winning international cinematographer/photographer currently filming exclusively for a Fortune 50 U.S based company. On his down time however, a freelance with major television networks, NGO's, and agencies around the world. From television series to feature length documentaries, news essays to corporate image campaigns, he likes to work in genres that give a voice to those less vocal.
To date, he's traveled and filmed in over 35 countries, has shot programs that aired on Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and has covertly filmed in Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times. Most recently, Sarorn has covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti, followed the River Ganges up to the Himalayas and trekked through the Borneo Jungles of Malaysia.
Aside from his academic and professional credentials in his field, and also undergone extensive training with members of the U.S Special Forces and British SAS on how to work and survive in hostile environment and areas of conflict.
For more information about this amazing artist and his work, please visit Sarorn's personal website: www.sarornsim.com
To read his journal during his travels, please visit blog at: www.ronzworld.com
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
iKandy and Nomi Network's "Fashion For Freedom" proudly presents Guest Host - Columnist / Poet / Artist / Entrepreneur Thais Mills of www.lipserviceink.com
With Hurricane Katrina demolishing her cozy family home, art studio and office in New Orleans, Thais (pronounced Ty-eece) resourcefully brought all of her time and talent to her online experience--- LipServiceInk.com. “My displaced Gulf Coast readers are literally all over the world, being interactive is the only way I can keep in touch with my supporters. LipServiceInk.com is for them,” Mills shared on New Orleans television just four short months after the storm. And within four short years of quite likely the most traumatic experience of her life the passionate mind behind LipServiceInk.com, EnticingObjects.com is restructured and strategized only for success.
A blur of fairytale happenings make up the early chapters of Thais’ life. Though she first displayed artistic talent at age eleven, Thais Mills believes her birth name preconditioned her for the spotlight. Even Essence Editor, Susan Taylor confirmed that something-special in Thais by sharing thoughts on her “very interesting name,” when they met in Thais pre-teen years. Her poetic prowess was unveiled in the same season her then priest, now Archbishop Hannan of New Orleans told her to redirect her negative energy birthed by her parent’s messy divorce to positive actions. Thais’ first live poetry performance boasted audience members including music icon Stevie Wonder. Shortly after this larger than life recitation, Thais crossed paths with Susan Taylor once again and was honorably included in several of Essence Music Festival’s Empowerment Seminars.
Poetry aided in the materialization of two of her childhood dreams. Her first business, Da’ Poet’s Tree, LLC, was incepted before Thais turned 20 years old. Da’ Poet’s Tree provides a diverse catalog of over 2,000 poems. Thais has performed these eloquent poems on stage, in private screenings and personalized poetry projects.
Thais's first dot-com venture, Enticing Objects emerged spotlighting her hand painted crafts which today have expanded to include Office Art, Craft Magnets, Photo Clips and The Little Canvas Collections with charity beneficiaries attached. Developing her already savvy writing skills at Southern University in New Orleans, Thais began transposing her words in three prominent publications, Data News Weekly, Offline and Sisterhood Magazines in columns spanning from romance to entertainment. She now utilizes those skills on LipServiceInk.com an eclectic portal which fuses her custom column creations with innovative celebrity interviews music and literacy education.
LipServiceInk.com smartly uses bookmarks as its marketing tool and to date more than 4 million bookmarks have been distributed across the globe.
The INK never stops for Ms. Thais Mills with the launch of LipServiceInk.com LIVE (Summer ’10), a cutting edge open-mic event where a bookmark ( or a book ) is your ticket and all you’re asked to bring is an open mind. Thais plans to bring Bookmark Talk to New Orleans during the 2010 Holiday season to celebrate the kick-off of her charity organization which will host book drives twice a year to assist in re-stocking the elementary and high school libraries in her hometown. Wherever destiny takes Ms. Mills she will always stick to the path of her ultimate dream: using her captivating voice to aid in the growth of great books charities and brands.
find her on www.lipserviceink.com
Friday, June 4, 2010
Bochan is quietly sowing the seeds of a Neo-Cambodian musical breakout movement. For years, most Cambodian music hasn't moved on from the style of the early 70s. There have been very few, if any, artists that have ventured outside of the traditional style and sound. The Cambodian Genocide during the “Killing Fields” lead to the murder of almost all of the progressive Cambodian musicians, as well as most of the poets, artists, and intellectuals. Four decades later, even in the US, Cambodians still tread lightly around the prospect of straying too far outside of the comfortable "norms" of musical expression.
In collaboration with Arlen Hart, Bochan has created a song “16” (Chnam Oun 16) that breaks out of it's traditional surf-rock timing and tempo, and is set to an uptempo dub reggae beat. The new arrangement of the song retains some of the textures and tones of the original Farfisa organ sounds. The lyrics are alternately sung in the original Khmer (Cambodian), and in English; augmented with the addition of her own verse that echoes the main theme of the song, which describes a Khmer woman coming of age. A verse by Oakland based Emcee, Raashan Ahmad of the Crown City Rockers, is interwoven into the song's structure, and brings home the final "we're not in Khmer-Kansas anymore" message to anyone who is comparing the song to the original.
Exactly how far has this song “16” strayed from the original? The story begins in the 1980s with Bochan and her family escaping Cambodia through the jungle at night, chased from the country by Khmer Rouge bullets. They immigrated to the United States in 1981 after seeking refuge in Thailand and the Philippines. Landing in NYC, they made their way to Ohio, Colorado, and finally San Francisco and Oakland. Bochan grew up singing in her father's numerous Cambodian rock bands during her family's travels around the US. That journey is alive today in the music, which has moved from rock roots to its current inception. Stepping out from the traditional style Bochan looks to enter a new musical age. Much like the girl in "16" she is coming into her own, both Khmer and American blending the best of both worlds.
Hear her single! http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_3791938