1. Byron Hurt Spotlight | "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" Web Series

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    Friends and clients of April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS (including in this video segment, Byron Hurt) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor. ABOUT BYRON HURT: Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer. For more than 20 years, Hurt has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about gender violence, race, music, visual media, and food justice. He is the producer and director of award-winning, critically acclaimed films, "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" and "Soul Food Junkies" (both seen by millions of viewers on PBS). Hurt's next film, "Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?" is projected for release in 2015. For more info, visit www.bhurt.com. This 2013-2014 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad.

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    • Adesola Osakalumi Spotlight | "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" Web Series

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      Friends and clients of April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS (including in this video segment, Adesola Osakalumi) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor. ABOUT ADE (as he is affectionately known): Adesola Osakalumi is an award-winning actor, choreographer, singer, and dancer whose talents have garnered him successes in film, television, and stage. He starred as the lead in the national tour of the Broadway hit musical FELA!, which won three Tony Awards in 2010. Prior to FELA!, Adesola was cast in the highly acclaimed Broadway revival of Equus with Daniel Radcliffe. He has also been in the films Sex and the City 2; The Accidental Husband and Crazy Beats Strong, an award-winning short film featured at The Sundance Film Festival. For his work as an actor or dancer, Adesola has been favorably reviewed or profiled in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, VIBE.com, BlackActors.net, ESSENCE.com, and many other media outlet worldwide. As a dancer, Adesola made his first big mark on the stage and has since come to be highly regarded among his peers as a pioneer and leader in the world of hip hop dance. He was recently cast in season 2 of the award-winning series "For Colored Boys" by esteemed director Stacey Muhammad. | For more info, visit www.adesola.com, www.facebook.com/adesolasworld, and @AdesolaO on Twitter This 2013-2014 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad.

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      • JLove Calderón Spotlight | "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" Web Series

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        Friends and clients of April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS (including in this video segment, JLove Calderon) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor. ABOUT JLOVE: Author, educator, and producer of film and television, JLove Calderón has worked passionately on social justice, race, and gender issues for the last 16 years. In settings that range from hip-hop ciphers to the college classroom, JLove is widely respected for her advocacy of “truth, love, and freedom” as guiding principles to inspire dialogue and action toward liberation for all people and the planet. Learn more at www.jlovecalderon.com. Follow JLove on Twitter: @JLoveCalderon AKILA WORKSONGS has proudly represented JLove on a variety of projects and initiatives for several years now, always inspired by her honesty, courage, and cutting-edge visionary leadership. In very practical ways, JLove is always working to make concrete her belief that all human beings are worthy of and deserve truth, love, and freedom. This 2013 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Learn more at AKILAWORKSONGS.com.

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        • Toni Blackman Spotlight | "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" Web Series

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          Friends and clients of April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS (including in this video segment, Toni Blackman) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, and writer/editor. ABOUT TONI: Toni Blackman is a a world renowned hip hop artist (MC) best known for her masterful ability to freestyle (improvise). She is also a published poet ("InnerCourse"), gifted orator, and lecturer. She is also one of the pioneers of the hip hop eduction movement. April and Toni first met at Howard University where they were both students in the late 1980's. Their sacred friendship, artistic collaborations, and business dealings have been going strong for well over 20 years. Learn more about Toni at www.toniblackman.com. She's also on social media: www.facebook.com/toniblackman4 and www.twitter.com/toniblackman This 2013 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Learn more at AKILAWORKSONGS.com.

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          • Mo Beasley Spotlight | "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" Web Series

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            Acknowledging her 20 years of business, April's clients (including Mo) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, writer, and founder of AKILA WORKSONGS. ABOUT MO: Mo Beasley is an award-winning poet and playwright, actor, and arts educator. He is perhaps most celebrated for his provocative play "No Good Nigga Bluez," his work in the sex education field, and his transformative work in using poetry and prose as a tool for education, particularly amongst young Black men. Beloved in NYC as an effective "think outside the box" teaching artist, Mo is currently the Lead Instructor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s Arts and Justice program. Mo and April were students together at the Howard University in the late 1980's. They re-connected several years later and Mo became a client at AKILA WORKSONGS after April saw him star in "No Good Nigga Bluez" at the Cherry Lane Theater (co-written by Mo and Jerome "J-Square" Jones). This 2013 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Learn more at www.AKILAWORKSONGS.com.

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            • Kevin Powell Spotlight | "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" Web Series

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              Kevin Powell and April R. Silver have been friends, colleagues, business partners, and/or mutual sounding boards for each other since their college years in the late 90's (Kevin at Rutgers University and April at Howard University). In acknowledgment of her 20 years of business, April's clients (including Kevin) reflect on life, #artsandactivism, and their relationship to the social entrepreneur, activist, writer, and founder of AKILA WORKSONGS. ABOUT KEVIN: Kevin Powell is an activist, writer, public speaker, and entrepreneur. He has published eleven books, including his newest collection of political and pop culture writings, "Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays" (www.lulu.com). He has written numerous essays, articles, and reviews through the years for publications such as Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Essence, Rolling Stone, The Amsterdam News, and Vibe, where he was a founding staff member and served as a senior writer. A fixture on the pop culture landscape the past several years, Kevin was a cast member on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World”; has hosted and produced programming for HBO and BET; written a screenplay; hosted and wrote an award-winning MTV documentary about post-riot Los Angeles (“Straight From The ‘Hood”) among many other distinguished achievements. This 2013 "Elevating: AKILA WORKSONGS at 20" series is an extension of the original "Elevating Artist" web series of 2012. Both series are directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Learn more at www.AKILAWORKSONGS.com.

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              • "Elevating Artists" Feature: Toni Blackman

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                MC, poet TONI BLACKMAN is one of eight artists who will perform at the Off-Broadway showcase titled "Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, Live!" The event, presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center, will take place on 12/16/12 and is a celebration of AKILA WORKSONGS' two decades of social entrepreneurship. For general and ticket information about the "Elevating" showcase, visit www.akilaworksongs.com/elevatingakila. Buy your tickets today!

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                • "Elevating Artists" Feature: Mo Beasley

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                  Performance Poet, Author/Playwright, and Educator MO BEASLEY is one of eight artists who will perform at the Off-Broadway showcase titled "Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, Live!" The event, presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center, will take place on 12/16/12 and is a celebration of AKILA WORKSONGS' two decades of social entrepreneurship. For general and ticket information about the "Elevating" showcase, visit akilaworksongs.com/elevatingakila. Buy your tickets today!

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                  • "Elevating Artists" Feature: Pyeng Threadgill

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                    Indie Jazz and Afro Groove vocalist and composer PYENG THREADGILL is one of eight artists who will perform at the Off-Broadway showcase titled "Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, Live!" The event, presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center, will take place on 12/16/12 and is a celebration of AKILA WORKSONGS' two decades of social entrepreneurship. "Judging from Pyeng Threadgill’s childhood her musical destinations seem a natural outcome. Born into an artistic family [her father being Henry Threadgill] on the Lower East Side of New York in the 1970′s at a time when Polish and Puerto Rican, Black, Chinese, and Jewish were all living in close proximity. Much of Pyeng’s child rearing years were spent in black box theatres, community gardens, Jazz night clubs or on the road with her dancer/choreographer mother. These experiences proved just as influential as the early Soul/Jazz stylings of singers like Sam Cooke and King Pleasure that emanated from the stereo. Yet to round it out Pyeng kept her headphones loaded with a good dose of Depeche Mode, Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, and local alternative Rock bands. From this she went on to Oberlin Conservatory to study classical music. It was upon her return to familiar concrete, that Pyeng began searching for her own unique sound. She arrived at a new musical plateau which balanced improvisation and an eclectic repertoire with a healthy instrument." Read more for Pyeng's official bio at www.pyeng.com For general and ticket information about the "Elevating" showcase, visit akilaworksongs.com/elevatingakila. Buy your tickets today!

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                    • "Elevating Artists" Feature: Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

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                      Poet KELLY ZEN-YIE TSAI is one of eight artists who will perform at the Off-Broadway showcase titled "Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, Live!" The event, presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center, will take place on 12/16/12 and is a celebration of AKILA WORKSONGS' two decades of social entrepreneurship. Kelly is perhaps best known as a cutting and intelligent poet, as well as a three-time feature on "HBO Presents Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam." Her bio and upcoming shows are posted online at www.yellowgurl.com and she's on Twitter at @yellowgurlpoet. For general and ticket information about the "Elevating" showcase, visit www.akilaworksongs.com/elevatingakila. Buy your tickets today!

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