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Grammy Gifting: George Clinton, Q-Tip & Jarobi of ATCQ, Anderson .Paak, Andra Day, MC Lyte, Jimmy Jam, Chloe x Halle & more


Distinctive Assets, the LA-based entertainment marketing company credited with launching the promotional craze of celebrity swag nearly two decades ago, once again produced the official talent gift bags and backstage gift lounge for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.  The legendary show’s presenters and performers were treated to fabulous thank you gifts in acknowledgment and appreciation of their participation.

“It is a true honor to be even a very small part of Music’s Biggest Night® for so many years now,” says Distinctive Assets’ founder Lash Fary. “Just as the GRAMMYs® themselves are the gold standard in the music industry, the GRAMMY Gift Lounge has become the benchmark by which all other talent gifting experiences are measured.”

The GRAMMY Gift Lounge was open to presenters and performers during three full days of rehearsals at STAPLES Center. This year’s gift lounge was presented by MTG and featured Japan’s leading beauty manufacturer’s newest offering: Jackson Walk Jet balance and exercise foot gear for contouring legs co-developed by Yumiko Sumida, a former dancer with Michael Jackson.


NFL player James Anderson


Jesse Johnson, Q-Tip and Jerome Benton


2 complimentary hours of DJ Service by DJ Spark.


Anderson .Paak (M) with DJ Spark


Medi LED Hydro Mist for improved vocal cord management and skin regeneration.  Medi Hydro for anti-aging, antioxidant boosting, fatigue elimination and fat burning.

George Clinton

George Clinton checking out the Medi LED Hydro Mist


Pure BioGen Complex Shampoo, Conditioner and Clutch Hair Spray. Pure BioGen Complex contains biotin, collagen, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, peptides and natural botanicals that are infused into a rich volumizing shampoo, conditioner and hair spray designed to create the appearance of fuller, thicker and healthier hair.


Halle Bailey, Diana Gordon and Chloe Bailey with Gina


Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix and Hiromi Tsuchihashi with Gina


truth, in partnership with Cotopaxi, is offering a shirt, duffle and water bottle to inspire individuals to join the movement to end smoking for good.  truth is one of largest and most successful youth smoking prevention campaigns in history.  The campaign exposes the tactics of the tobacco industry, the truth about addiction and the health effects and social consequences of smoking.


A college and high school subscription-based care package company focused on empowering girls through experiences every month.

Chloe and Halle

Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey with their Universitee boxes


FXP Hula Hoop® Fitness is a Fun & Effective Cardio HIIT workout program inspired by Pilates, Barre, Yoga, and utilizing a specially designed, portable Hula Hoop!  Just named “Fitness Program of the Year 2016” by the SCW Fitness Association! Package Includes:  FXP Hula Hoop – Portable Hula Hoop specially designed for fitness, Hula Hoop Fitness DVDs, FXP Exercise Mat and Personal Training Sessions from a Certified FXP Master Trainer (available in 6 Major cities: Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Nashville, Atlanta, & Chicago).


With Recording Academy Chair Emeritus/musician Jimmy Jam


DMASK products are formulated with most effective ingredients to provide the best possible solution for skin problems.  Gift set includes:  DMASK Good Night Gold Snail Mask, DMASK Good Night Collagen Wrapping Mask and DMASK Face Up Mask.


Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest checking out the Dalgomi brand


Anderson .Paak visiting the Dalgomi booth


Elegant gourmet dessert kits to create beautiful 5-star desserts.



With Recording Academy Chair Emeritus/musician Jimmy Jam


Award-winning costume jewelry.


Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest checking out Grossé jewelry

MC Lyte

MC Lyte at the Grossé booth


High quality Sparkling Wine with 24K gold flakes. Slightly sweet & very refreshing.

Amber Rose

Amber Rose inspecting the Blue Nun 24K Gold Collection


The very latest in Scientifically Proven Support, Trtl Travel Pillow combines super soft, hypo-allergenic fleece with a hidden internal neck support to hold your head and neck in the best position for sleeping! No need to lean on your friend anymore now you have a His and Her set of Trtl Travel Pillows.

 James Anderson

NFL player James Anderson loving the Trtl Travel Pillow


Print of Original Art work from the Tunka Immersive collection. Each piece of original art is accompanied by a bespoke musical composition to reflect the artwork in sound.

Bradley Roby

NFL player Bradley Roby at the Tunka Immersive collection


A 10-year supply of revolutionary Oxygenating Foundation (breathable formula that promotes healing and provides complete coverage) and Oxygenating Moisturizer.

Jerome Benton

Jerome Benton of The Time at Oxygenetix


truth, in partnership with Cotopaxi, is offering a shirt, duffle and water bottle to inspire individuals to join the movement to end smoking for good.  truth is one of largest and most successful youth smoking prevention campaigns in history.  The campaign exposes the tactics of the tobacco industry, the truth about addiction and the health effects and social consequences of smoking.

George Clinton

George Clinton at the truth campaign booth


Lampshade by Okawa Craftsman (using Portable Japanese Tea Ceremony Room woodcraft technique).

Louis Price

Louis Price of The Temptations



Anderson .Paak

Anderson .Paak


Hasbro’s hilarious TOILET TROUBLE game (ages 4+) creates instant laughter as the family gathers around – and waits to get sprayed by – the plastic throne! The last player to avoid the surprise toilet spray wins!   Our latest and greatest games include the Fantastic Gymnastics game, the Speak Out: Kids vs. Parents Edition game, and the Monopoly Token Madness Edition game.


Andra Day checking out the Hasbro games

Special thank you to Distinctive Assets for inviting us to check out the Gifting Suite - we had a ball!

12th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival ft. Jill Scott, Common, The Roots & many more


This year’s performances at Jazz in the Gardens will feature three-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott, legendary hip hop artist LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-TRIP, socially conscious rap pioneer Common, smooth crooner Robin Thicke, hip hop legends The Roots, up and coming soul singer Andra Dayjazz royalty Herbie Hancock, sultry bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, funk music innovator Morris Day & The Time, the JITG All-Stars Chante Moore, Will Downing Marion Meadows and gospel sensation Smokie Norful! Once again, JITG will be hosted by the hilarious radio personality Ricky Smiley, host of the popular nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

The Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival is coming back to Miami Gardens with a bang!  We’re excited to bring some of the hottest, most talented performers inmusic, such as Jill Scott and Common, and welcome hip-hop performers who are heavily influenced by jazz, like The Roots and LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-TRIP,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “In our twelfth year, we feel positioned to evolve and reach across generations and genres to take Jazz in the Gardens to the next level.”

Boasting an annual attendance of over 70,000 music fanatics from all over the United States and the Caribbean Islands, the City’s signature event will also showcase local artists along with an array of tropical food vendors and a buzzing Marketplace. On both Saturday and Sunday, doors to the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival will open at 3 p.m. and the show will start at 4 p.m.

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New Release: Cameron Graves “Planetary Prince” on Mack Avenue Records


Cameron Graves, visionary pianist, composer and founding member of the Los Angeles West Coast Get Down collective, ushers in a seismic shift of the jazz landscape with his genre-blurring debut album Planetary Prince.
Upon signing with Mack Avenue Records, Graves’ nearly released four song EP of the same name was expanded to an eight track full length album, all packed with the same mind-expanding invention that marked all of the work previously generated by the WCGD – including Kamasi Washington’s universally acclaimed debut The Epic (which prominently featured Graves throughout its three discs). 
The core of the players on Planetrary Prince are made up of fellow West Coast Get Down members, whose musical and personal relationships with Graves stretch back to their high school days: tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, trombonist Ryan Porter, bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. To their ranks are added trumpeter Philip Dizack and bassist Hadrien Feraud, both key members of the groundbreaking modern L.A. jazz scene. 
“Cameron Graves is a musical genius. He has an innovative approach to the piano that is completely unique. Cameron’s new album ‘Planetary Prince’ is an amazing and almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music, and mathematical death metal. A style so cool that it deserves it’s own genre. Cameron’s music has been inspiring me since I was thirteen years old andit still does today! I’m so glad he’s sharing it with the world!”- Kamasi Washington
“With no shortage of infectious energy, superior playing and captivating melodies, the album also strives to be consciousness-broadening…” - Vice Noisey
“…an insurgent funk odyssey(‘Planetary Prince’)…” - The New York Times
Vice Noisey interview
Downbeat article

Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

About Cameron Graves:  
Graves has also carved out a notable career apart from the WCGD. With his brother Taylor he formed the R&B/fusion duo The Graves Brothers, releasing their debut, Look to the Stars, in 2013. That project grew out of a British/American pop group called The Score with which the brothers found enormous success in England. Graves was also a key member of actress/musician Jada Pinkett Smith’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom, providing entrée into the world of film and television scoring through the Pinkett Smith-directed film The Human Contract and TV series Hawthorne. Through his soundtrack work Graves connected with legendary bassist and fellow Mack Avenue Records recording artist Stanley Clarke, and is now a member of his latest band, touring internationally.
Cameron Graves for Mack Avenue Records by Anna Webber

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Truthseekers Radio: J Dilla Tribute 2017





ft. Frank Nitt of Frank N Dank & Fusicology Founder, Asya Shein

Playing Jay Dee Productions: Jaylib, The Detroit Experiment, Biggie x Dilla & more


Hear the Roses Podcast ft. Artist Hebru Brantley

Hear the Roses Podcast features Chicago-Based Multi-Disciplined Artist, Hebru Brantley

Film and television producers Joslyn Rose and Noris Rose launch the fourth episode of their Hear the Roses podcast on Wednesday, February 1st, on The weekly series about passion, perseverance and the pursuit of dreams, features Chicago Artist, Hebru Brantley whose work delves into political and social issues with a conscious focus on playful insight and the optimism and possibilities of youth. Brantley’s raw talent has put the Chicago art scene on the map with celebrities like Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, and George Lucas, lining up to add a Brantley piece to their collection.

Much of Brantley’s work is aimed at children growing up amid Chicago’s South Side gang violence and poverty, just as he once did.  In this episode of Hear the Roses, Brantley shares the meaning behind the young superheroes, the Fly Boys and Fly Girls, reflects on his journey, and opens up about his creative process and his purpose.



HEAR THE ROSES is also available on partner sites The Museum of Light, Fusicology, and RESPECT. Magazine



Fusicology: Unhooked (Feb 2017) by DJ Applejac


Applejac returns with his first mix of 2017, “Unhooked” exclusive for Fusicology featuring music from The Milk (remixed by Tall Black Guy), A Tribe Called Quest, Mickey Facts feat. Phonte, Karizma, Aaron Camper, SIR, and more

Destination Hope ft. Chris Turner & J. Ivy by Maurice Brown


“Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”

- Maurice Brown

Destination Hope is the first single of Maurice’s upcoming album The Mood release date March 10, 2017.

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Mobetta Tour Dates:
Feb 3. Blue Note – Marc Cary/Maurice Brown present: Short Circuit circuit – NYC
Feb 13. City Winery Atl - Maurice Brown – Atlanta
Feb 14. Bert’s Marketplace – Detroit
Feb 15. Bert’s Marketplace – Detroit
Feb 16. Django - Maurice Brown – NYC
March 3-5.  Java Jazz Fest – Jakarta, Indonesia
March 14. Jazz Standard – Mobetta Tuesdays – NYC
March 21. Jazz Standard – Mobetta Tuesdays NYC
March 28. Jazz Standard – Mobetta Tuesdays – NYC
April 4. Jazz Standard – Mobetta Tuesdays – NYC
April 11. Jazz Standard – Mobetta Tuesdays – NYC
April 18. Jazz Standard – Mobetta Tuesdays – NYC
April 25. Jazz Standard – Mobetta Tuesdays – NYC
May 4. The Maison – Fiya Powa – New Orleans, LA
May 5. Big Sam Funky Butt Revisited – New Orleans, LA


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Conversations In Light Jamel Shabazz: The Light That Guides Me



THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: Just as an alchemist transforms lead into gold, do you feel that being an artist relates to that of being an alchemist? Do you view the artist journey and your creative expression, as alchemy?

JAMEL SHABAZZ: As a practitioner of the craft of photography, it affords me the ability to transform a chemically based roll of unexposed film that has been placed in a camera, measuring light and adjusting speed towards a particular subject, conceptualizing and composing by the third eye through a glass lens, before applying pressure on the camera shutter release button, freezing a moment in time, thus preserving history. So yes, I would say that there is a direct correlation between being an artist and an alchemist. Any creative artist, whether they are a painter, musician, sculptor or photographer, who uses their innate ability to create something from nothing, is in fact dealing with the science of Alchemy. The various schools of artistry all use science in their creative process and it may consist of the mixing of chemicals, arranging sound, or creating shapes, but when these practices are applied, the results are magical manifestations of a high form of alchemy.

THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: Artists are often labeled as “stars.” Just as a star radiates light and the planets then reflect this light, do you see your work as an artist like that of a star? Is this “light” that stars radiate merely the evidence of this journey of becoming a star/learning to radiate light?

JAMEL SHABAZZ: As a young man coming of age, I was told by a very wise man that I was the equivalent to the sun which was a giant star in the center of the universe, and that through studying the nature of the sun along with the solar system, I would better understand my purpose in life. It was that wisdom that placed me on the path of enlightenment and provided me with light, guidance and purpose. Like the sun, I would learn that my primary purpose in this universe was to use my kinetic energy to stimulate life and matter through my creative process in hopes that I would create other forms of light and energy in a world that was slowly becoming cold and gloomy.

THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: When an artist is not “creating” it is often labeled a “creative block.” How do you navigate this space, how do you find the creative spark in the dark, and does it require courage to create from this unknown space? Describe this process.

JAMEL SHABAZZ: With all honesty, I have never been confronted with a “creative block.” My creative energy is in constant motion and the light that guides me seems to always be illuminated. During the course of my many expeditions, I have accumulated such an abundance of photographs, negatives, and other forms of research, that are readily available to me. This keeps me in a constant creative mode to the point that I no longer travel outside my space to take images like I once did. At this stage in my journey, it took courage for me to realize that I needed to reevaluate my assignment in life, and I have been blessed to create a space where I can meditate, reflect and process what I have been blessed to document. In this undertaking, I continue to seek ways to share what I have with the universe and young visionaries who are fresh on the path of self-discovery.

You can find this story at THE MUSEUM OF LIGHTRESPECT Magazine and Fusicology.

Photo Credit: Jamel Shabazz

The Museum of Light is curated by: Billy Johnson Jr., Adell Henderson, Joslyn Rose Lyons, Rafael Casal, Matt Smith, Malik Buie.