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Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope” Music Video in HD!!!!

So many of you have seen the trailer and even more of you have seen the video by now. I have gotten all of the tweets, etc asking why I hadn’t yet posted it on my blog. Well, I thought I’d wait for that high definition and here it is.

This video is the kind of video that makes you want to body roll at your desk.  It has moments that you will remember while you are on the train listening to Tightrope on repeat on your iPod (or your Zune) and as one of the creatives involved, I feel comfortable in letting you know that a great deal of hard work and thought went into the pre-production, performance, wardrobing, and especially the editing of this project. So many people have said that they have listened to the song over and over and over and it has yet to stop jamming.  It is our sincere hope that you experience the same re-playability with this video.

Special thanks to all of the interns in the Wondaland Arts Society. The production team told us that we have “the best interns in the world!” Thanks to Jannie, Wendy, Par, and whoever was responsible for the McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches.

This project is the second music video of Janelle Monáe’s that I have had the pleasure of working on/in.  Undeniably a labor of love, I can tell you that this project (THE ARCHANDROID May 18th) is going to be one of the most emotional experiences you have ever had with music. As you watch this video, remember this moment and know that one day you will be packing your children’s lunches in Janelle Monáe lunchboxes.

Stay tuned for the Beyond the Video spot and some exclusive footage of the Making of the Tightrope video.

*If you look really closely, you might see someone you recognize.




Turn off the TV turns ON the radio and goes West!!

For those that might have missed it, didn’t know about it, or didn’t think the revolution would be on Blog Talk radio yesterday afternoon, here is a rebroadcast of me on The Drum Radio yesterday.

The Drum 2/21 – Turn Off The TV

Below is a flyer and press release for an event we are hosting in San Francisco next week. If you or anyone you know of in the Bay area wants to come out, be inspired, and meet a couple of Marcus Graham’s this is the event for you. It is a listening party/talkback based around my Sitcom Mixtape “Turn off the TV”.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Patsy Perkins

Movement inspired by Eddie Murphy Tells Ad Industry to “Turn Off The TV”

Grassroots Advertising Incubator Returns to National Conference to enlighten thought leaders on how a new generation is able to create their own content faster, cheaper and with greater cultural relevance.

On Tuesday March 2, a movement of the new school of culture creators, brand builders, thought leaders & social change agents goes to San Francisco again and this time with a message of media transformation.  Hosted by George 2.0, co-founder of grassroots organization The Marcus Graham Project, the event will take place immediately following a day-long series of discussions hosted by the 4A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies) during their annual leadership and media conference entitled Transformation 2010.  The event, entitled, Turn Off The TV, will be held from 6pm until 9pm at Eve Lounge located at 575 Howard Street in San Francisco and is named after a recently released project created by George 2.0.

Turn off the TV (TOTV) is a sitcom mix tape that suggests that anybody and everybody can do what they see on television, as long as they turn it off long enough to be proactive about chasing their dreams. As almost all of the music and videos inspired by the mix tape were developed, recorded, shot, and edited with a Laptop, cell phone, or an improvised audio/video device, TOTV is proof that artists of any age and skill level can produce competitive content with little to no resources.

The event will underscore the importance of supporting individuals and organizations that have minimal resources, but have amazing creating potential. The Marcus Graham Project is an emerging network that is strategically focused on building the next generation of diverse leadership in the advertising industry through mentorship, training & career development. “As we prepare to officially launch our organization, we are excited about returning to San Francisco to the 4A’s Leadership Conference as this is the location that we made our industry debut,” says Lincoln Stephens, founder of The Marcus Graham Project.  The program was named after a character that Eddie Murphy played in a 1992 movie entitled Boomerang.

The event will encourage attendees to the Transformation 2010 Conference to think about how they can transform their thinking and pursue their dreams all by turning off the TV.

In addition, the event will feature remarks by Jason Rosenthal, COO for Ning is the social platform for the world’s interests and passions online. Millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits.

To RSVP contact For more information on The Marcus Graham Project visit



Open Letter To George Twopointoh/Gratitude to All of My Brothers

Brother George,

I got to read your blog the other day about being committed to what God has in store for you and the trials and tribulations that we often go through to “charge the dream.” And then it reminds me of why I come to your blog, the videos, or anything you’re doing at the moment. So I hope that you bear this for a second homie as I “throw out my own roses.”

In the fall of 2004, when I was in graduate school at Georgia Tech we had the chance to connect in the walkway coming into Lenox Mall and we got to chop it up for about an hour on the shit we were trying to do. Interestingly enough being from Morehouse and never having a real conversation before then I was caught off guard by the sincerity in the declaration you made about doing Any 1 Man (I think this was before the Philly show), and the fact that you already had a master plan even if you were still shaky on the details. I don’t remember talking much, but the profoundness of what you talked about hit me because I was dealing of the depression of questioning my own purpose and place. So for me, searching on the internet for Any 1 Man and your latest hustle was part of a pilgrimage of sorts, because a brother just wanted to know that someone else was reaffirming their dream as much as I was trying to do. And when Benny gave me the DVD at the Candle in the Dark in 2006 as I was fighting my own demons of going back and finishing graduate school…I watched Any 1 Man as the embodiment of black manhood as the embodiment of a dream perfected through hard work, faith, and perserverance, gave me the courage of continuing my own dream of ending up at Morehouse College, Wheeler Hall, Office 310 and trading places with Dr. Taqi as Dr. Smith.

And so the seasons changed. As your work, dreams, and mediums of artistic expression changed. I also worked harder than a motherfucker to understand and cultivate my own craft of political science, international affairs and the African Diaspora. And in the process I ran into countless other brother’s who embodied the spirit of George Peters III. From Simeon Woods with Mays Hall International Consulting Group destined to create change on all of those trips to the UAE and Dubai to brothers like Christopher Cooper teaching professional development courses at Emory and letting me sit in the class for free, sitting next to Ahmariah Jackson at the unemployment office on Martin Luther King talking about the shit we had to remain committed to doing, or watching Chris Williams get his Morehouse degree after ten years of fighting to do so somehow reminds me that each brother throughout the years I’ve encountered has understood the power of reaching out: to let me into their dreams while I was still trying to find my own. So its funny that at those moments when this Ph.D reminds me of my own insanity or I am gripped by the fear that my own forms of intellectual expression might not ever see daylight, I reach out to other brothers around me which remind me of the conversation we had in 2004. In the artwork of Fahamu Pecou and the hip hop of Jeff Johnson I observe the same spirit of determination, hustle, grit, and unbridled courage and genius that shines through anything you do. When my brother Anthony Morrow scores another basket or when Mike Johnson rushes the quarterback, I am reminded of those life affirming lunchtime conversations of black humanity at Georgia Tech with my brother Tim Brown or the many times Reggie Wilson let me steal those political science books. It still means a hell of a lot to me to know that so many other brothers bought into my dream as much as I did, and was willing to sacrifice themselves to get their dreams out in a similar fashion. Since those very first ships brought us here, and in the smallest ways black men are always watching, encouraging, and inspiring other men to fight for the dream…it has been the spirit of a people and a nation still waiting to reach its full genius. Its weight is still on our shoulders, and I see daily examples of how we are committed to taking it. The stories of each of these brothers in this note is as profound as your own, for which I am eternally grateful and humbled by the journey we continue to take. It is time that we as black men embrace our own greatness and the achievements and accomplishments of those around us who look like us.

When I find myself lecturing or at a conference, I am consumed by a strange freedom. The revolution cannot or will never be televised because it is being LIVED. The black renaissance of leaders, artists, scholars, which many people attribute to the past, is LIVING because its fire burns within all of us. I do what I do here as a young scholar trying to get his voice out because I have no other choice but to do as you and so many other brothers have done and continue to do…TO PROVE AND ACCOUNT THAT I HAVE ALSO LIVED. My dream remains that one of these days we will all sit down at the table and break bread because this is our destiny, it is God’s will, which we must pursue to the fullest, or die trying. In humility of this life and all of its gifts, I pay my respects and tip my fitted cap to all of the brothers in this open letter who continue to strive to be great while remaining true to themselves and their craft in the process. Cheers to us. Amandla Awethu.

In Brotherhood. I remain.

Levar Lamar Smith (the brother on the way to the food court)
Link to an old post that Levar inspired

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