Sevdaliza is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Artist/Musician recommendation…

Sevdaliza (photo still) from the video “Human”

“By the time I was 16, I left home. When you get thrown into a big world like that, it’s not simple — you either survive or you don’t.”

Rotterdam’s Sevdaliza made her debut with The Suspended Kid. In many ways, the EP is about survival, and the unusual shape her life has taken in the last decade. “The title is how people responded to me in social situations,” she says. “I realized that those things that deflect me from social situations — not getting along with your coach or your boss or whatever — it made me realize I had to chose a different path.” For most of her life, her path was very different from the one she’s on now.

Born in Iran before her parents moved the family to the Netherlands, Sevdaliza left home at 16 on a basketball scholarship, eventually playing on the Dutch national team. “My world revolved around surviving,” she says. “When you plays sports on a high level it takes a lot of discipline, and because I wasn’t around my parents, it taught me how to survive.” She went to university, received her masters in communication and started working, but it wasn’t a good fit. “Very early on, I realized that it wasn’t the type life I had imagined for myself.”

“Doing professional sports, you’re forcing yourself to do better and to give more, and that becomes your way of doing things, but it doesn’t necessarily make you happy. You’re like a robot and you don’t know how to not do that,” she explains. “With music, I turned it around. I started following my feelings, and I had never felt something like this.” Not trained to read music or play instruments, she spent hours in the studio teaching herself how to sing and how to use Ableton, drawing on the reserve of discipline that drove her time in sports.

To read the complete interview and watch a selection of Sevadaliza’s videos go to: Fact Mag’s interview with Sevdaliza

The Sevdaliza “Human” (music video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

“Human” Lyrics

Nothing…

I am, I have
I breathe in and out
I own a heart
An ear and an eye
I’ve only been here one time

It’s passing me by
Been in and out
And in front of my judgmental eyes
My precious disguise
Business so cold
Can’t cope with my own
How to not fail

I am flesh, bones
I am skin, soul
I am human
Nothing more than human
I am sweat, flaws
I am veins, scars
I am human
Nothing more than human

I am flesh, bones
I am skin, soul
I am human
Nothing more than human

I am human
I am human

The Prairie View AMUniversity Marching Storm 2016 Drumline Battle is (a Girl Power Academy) featured recommendation…

Drumline Battle – PVAMU vs. AAMU (2016) video

The Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm under the direction of Dr. Tim Zachery. Follow The Storm’s social media pages for updates and information!

Here is our brand new website, everything from history, directors, auditions, scholarships, contact information is on there, make sure you check it out.http://www.pvmarchingstorm.com

The university’s official marching band is the Marching Storm and it is led by four drum majors. It supports the Delta Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity along with the Epsilon Psi chapter of Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority. During WWII the band’s men enlisted in the military, and the Marching Storm became known as the “Co-eds”, and was made up of exclusively female musicians. The “Co-eds” toured extensively throughout the US and the segregated south.
Past performances include President George W. Bush’s 2001 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., the 2004 Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game, the Honda Battle of the BandsInvitational Showcase in Atlanta, Georgia and during the 2011 Super Bowl XLV halftime show with The Black eyed Pea’s. The marching band traveled to the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and performed in the opening act in front of the grandstands for the world-wide television audience. In Summer 2009, the Marching Storm mourned the death of their leader, Professor George Edwards. Students affectionately referred to him as “Prof” and will forever be remembered in their hearts.
In 2012 the Marching Storm welcomed director Timmey Zachery. The Marching Storm was selected as the first halftime performance of the 2014 – 15 season for the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. By nationwide vote, the group played in the Honda Battle of the Bands 2016 invitation.
Black Foxes:
The Marching Storm is joined by the Black Foxes, the university majorette/dance line.
Prairie View A&M University, commonly abbreviated PVAMU or PV, is a historically black university (HBCU) located in Prairie View, Texas, United States (northwest of Houston). The University is a member of the Texas A&M University System. In 2016, PVAMU celebrated its 140th year.
The University offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 master’s degrees and four doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and the School of Architecture. PVAMU is one of the Texas land-grant universities. Founded in 1876, PVAMU is the 2nd oldest public university in the State of Texas, and is named an “institution of the first class” in the Texas Constitution. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Thurgood Marshall: (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court’s 96th justice and its first African-American justice.
Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a 1954 decision that ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional. He served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy. He was appointed as the Solicitor General by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. President Johnson nominated him to the United States Supreme Court in 1967 and he was approved by the Senate.

For more information of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund check out:

https://tmcf.org/about-us/who-we-are/justice-thurgood-marshall

“L” is for Laurie and “A” is for Anderson (multimedia art and the artist in response to the fruits of war)

terror, torture, prisons, business, and the way words become a virus. . .

photo of artist Laurie Anderson
photo of artist Laurie Anderson

Link to Artist Website: Laurie Anderson

Link to Artist History: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Anderson

Laurie Anderson with a projection of Mohammed El Gharani in "Habeas Corpus" (photo by Karsten Moran for NY Times)
Laurie Anderson with a projection of Mohammed El Gharani in “Habeas Corpus” (October 2015, photo by Karsten Moran for NY Times)

“I am what is known as a “multimedia artist.” I chose that description because it doesn’t mean anything. Who isn’t multimedia these days? But it allows me to work in many different ways—music, writing, performance, film, electronics, and painting—without provoking the art police, who love to tell artists to get back into their category.

“As an artist, I am committed to seeing things the way they are, not the way I think they could be or should be. But faced with the facts of American racism, sexism, law breaking, and violence, I’m having a hard time maintaining my belief in the across-the-board openheartedness of my countrymen. Also, although there are journalistic aspects to this project, I am an artist first, so, if faced with having to choose between something beautiful and something true, I would choose the beautiful, because I trust my senses more than my rational mind.” ~ Laurie Anderson (quotation source: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/bringing-guantanamo-to-park-avenue  regarding the show Habeas Corpus)

Laurie Anderson (Red Bull Music Academy 2015 Paris Lecture):

On November 16th, 2015, Laurie Anderson joined RBMA on the lecture couch in Paris in the wake of the devastating attacks in the city the previous weekend. She felt it was an important moment to talk about how art and artists respond to tragedy. In this talk, she outlined the circumstances behind her 2015 Park Avenue Armory work, Habeas Corpus, and how its themes relate to what took place in Paris on November 13, 2015.

Laurie Anderson (stories from the never ending war) Delusion 2010
Laurie Anderson (stories from the never ending war) Delusion 2010

In life. It’s the way you tell yourself, “I’m a person who has this job and drives this car and has this kind of relationship with people and talks this way.” That’s your story and you stick to it and you design it. Of course we inherit tons of things, but we also design a lot of stuff about who we are. So when you get a glimpse into the design structure, sometimes it’s really exciting. You go, “I put that there, it’s pretty arbitrary. I could change that because I made it up, this version of who I am.” It’s so transparent when politicians are doing it: telling stories about how they see the world, what it could be in the future, what it was like in the past, and people go, “Yeah, he’s right,” or “He’s crazy,” or whatever. But they evaluate it on what basis? As if they’re hearing about a movie? I’m trying to go back and forth between this dream world that we live in, and then this world of politics and so-called reality. It’s still amazing how easy it is to manipulate with misinformation. I think that people go in and out, in terms of being aware of it. ~ Laurie Anderson (quotation source: http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2012/laurie-anderson-stories-never-ending-war )

the ugly one with the jewels album cover for Laurie Anderson

Mother Nature never asked,

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

She knew you weren’t planting seeds to be a tree for nothing.

Offering Bowls and Party Favors illustration by K. J. Legry (excerpt from the Girl Soda Atlas, first edition)
“Offering Bowls and Party Favors” illustration & Mother Nature text by K. J. Legry (excerpt from the Girl Soda Atlas, first edition)