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Verbatum Jones Creates a Spotlight for Underrated Artists with ‘Positive Vibezz’

Author: Franceska Rouzard | Photographer: Molly Rose

Music, particularly rap, is a fiercely competitive industry. In Hip Hop, every rapper is “the greatest to ever do it” and there is very little room at the top. However, in recent years there has been a subtle yet significant shift. Alongside records about lavish lifestyles and beautiful women are the equally popular songs that preach about spreading love and self worth. Along with the change of subject matter in Hip Hop comes a surge of good sportsmanship – artists wanting to help other artists. And while I’ve seen a distinctive growth in this amongst creatives, none have exemplified the desire to see fellow artists prosper as much as Verbatum Jones, East Coast rapper and curator of the vibrant artist showcase, Vibezz. Jones is also well known for Everbody Eats, an intimate potluck performance.


I met Jones in college in 2010. His presence was commanding yet warm, like the leader of revolutionary movement – he was ambitious and passionate. When he speaks about music, it moves those around him into action. For this reason, no one was surprised when he announced that he would be curating Vibezz, a show featuring a plethora of local and brilliant but somewhat underrated artists.

With Vibezz, held on Saturday, February 7th, Jones expanded the spotlight to his musical extended family. Not to be confused with your typical showcase, the event’s energy was just as welcoming as its host. Jones was inspired by his Haitian background, remembering attending parties filled with home-cooked food and libations so guests were treated to homemade pizza muffins and goodie bags in addition to dope giveaways like Power Beats 2 Wireless headphones. However what set Vibezz apart is due entirely to the unmatched amount of audience participation. “Vibezz!” was shouted from every corner, some in reverence of the performers, others in excitement for music played by DJ Tank Top, cousin of Jones and New York native.

The evening began with soul singer Andrea Valle, the youngest of the artist collective. Contrasting her sweet appearance, her music was raw and soulful.


The tone of the event quickly changed with rapper Gabriel Wolf. His high energy and passion infected the crowd into unparalleled participation.


Jamir Milligan, accompanied by Andrew Aulenbach of Halfro on the piano, brought the audience back to a familiar place with a beautiful gospel rendition and covers of John Legend and Kanye West.


The night was closed out by The Bul Bey, accompanied by his live band Hazie Blu. I would definitely award him “Most Moving Performance” for his cover of Verbatum Jones’ single “Nappy”, a symbolic song of the theme for the event – share love and positive “vibezz.”


At the end of the night, I spoke with attendees over cigarettes outside of the venue. As we floated and recounted the best parts of the evening, each of us were left with a single question: “When/where will Vibezz land next?”


Philadelphia Art Alliance: Winter Exhibitions

Running now until April 5th, the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s Winter Exhibitions featuring the works of the following artists:

Delainey Barclay: Paper and String
Kate Clements: Charade
Robyn Weatherley: Trace

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is located at 251 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

For more information: or 215-545-4302.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of innovative contemporary art with a focus on craft and design, and to inspiring dynamic interaction between audiences and artists.Since its founding in 1915, the PAA has presented the work of artists and designers working in a wide variety of media, from ceramics and jewelry to textiles and sculpture. Each year we present up to twelve new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists. Rather than understanding “craft” as a class of objects, the PAA encourages visitors to consider “craft” as a verb. This broader definition means that our exhibitions encompass a range of topics and types of work, from useful and decorative objects to sculpture and installations. Our diverse program of exhibitions, inspired by our setting in a masterfully crafted domestic space, can thus be communicated to visitors in engaging and unexpected ways.


Robyn Weatherley: Trace

 Image: Adieu, 2012; blown glass, paper

In an installation of new and recent works, Robyn Weatherley explores intangible remnants. She addresses concepts of passage, transition, and residual memory in relation to body, psyche and environment. Her imagined vestiges contemplate our unconscious and often invisible interactions with the world. From the seemingly mundane act of breathing to the emotional residues that may be left behind in the wake of a psychological experience, she aims to make visible some of what lies beyond the reaches of our ordinary senses. Her works range from a large installation of individual breaths captured in glass set adrift in delicate boats to works constructed through the meticulous build up and layering of very thin fragile shards of blown glass.

Robyn Weatherley earned a Master of Fine Arts in Glass at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2013, where she was also awarded a highly competitive Temple University Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship for the duration of her graduate studies. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada in 2010. She has worked, studied in Canada, the United States and Scotland. Her work has been exhibited in Philadelphia, as well as Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa in Canada. Robyn currently lives and works in Calgary, Canada and serves as the Managing Editor of Contemporary Canadian Glass; Magazine of the Glass Art Association of Canada (GAAC).


Delainey Barclay: Paper and String

Image: Space In Between (detail), Vintage Wallpaper, multi-media. 

Delainey Barclay’s recent body of work for the PAA is focused on air, shadow, light and space. To keep the large-scale pieces, which resemble textbook atomic structures, relatable to the viewer in her installations, Barclay uses childhood craft projects as a basis for the techniques used in assembling the work. Everyday objects that can be found in abundance in most households are the materials from which she has chosen to make all her three-dimensional forms. Whether it is formed from vintage magazines and wallpapers, or string and other craft materials, her work focuses on both materials and process. These are often paired with paintings that explore these concepts in two-dimensional form and cross the boundaries between craft and fine art, making the work approachable and giving it a familiarity.

Barclay’s other body of work Delainey Barclay is an oil painter and installation artist based in Wilmington, Delaware. Since receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design, she has maintained a working studio. She is also a founder of Project Space, an artist run gallery, installation lounge and studio space.


Kate Clements: Charade

Image: Blue Frame II, 2104; kiln-fired glass

In her work, Kate Clements explores the ambiguity of fashion-its capacity for imitation and distinction, its juxtaposition of the artificial and the natural. She sees the life cycle of fashion as a process of creative destruction by which the “new” replaces the “old,” yet nothing is truly new. By the time a new style has been produced for mass consumption, it has been casted aside or even rejected by elite society as a bi-product of class division.

Clements’ choice of materials acknowledges and embraces ideas of imitation. Glass represents a counterfeit to jewels; wood vinyl covering cheap plywood creates the illusion of solid oak. Cut outs suggest the absence of an object that is no longer there, present only through its trace. These imitations and absences act as a veil of protection that is ultimately removed when the viewer discovers what attracts them to the work are deficiencies.

Kate Clements received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011 and came to Philadelphia in 2013 from the Midwest to pursue her MFA in glass at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University where she was awarded a University Fellowship. Her work has been featured in Italian Vogue Gioiello magazine and she was recent recipient of the Academic Award from Bullseye Glass Emerge 2014, A Showcase of Rising and Evolving Talents in Kiln-Glass.


Gravy Trap: An Autumn Classic – Wednesday Nov 26th

On Wednesday November 26th, 2014 Cult Classics and [EV]-BnksCrtv will debut a showcase production at Sole Control in the Piazza, Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. .

The event will be presented as a movie catered to the city of Philadelphia. “We not only want people to feel like the audience, but also cast” says Tre’ Banks, who will be reffered to as the “narrator” rather than the traditional “host”, all tying into the feature film experience. The movie/event will be titled “GRAVY TRAP” — based off of the classic pop film Parent Trap. The most notorious holiday condiment (gravy),and a play on one of today’s most popular descriptive words (trap).


Recap footage will serve as the film that Philly hosted, developed and produced.

Headlining the show case will be Atlanta’s rising superstar Key! He appears on “Look at my Wrist” and “B*tch You Guessed It”. 

The duration of the night will be orchestrated by both Reebok Brand ambassador DJ YS and Ohio’s own rising selector, DJ Chris Mars B.

The showcase will be hosted and narrated by personality and curator Tré Banks and the beautiful New York native Franceleslia.

Acts will range from Philadelphia Natives as well as guests representing Ohio and Washington DC.

The night will also entail a collaboration pop up between emerging Philadelphia brands CMTA (Creative Minds Think Alike) and MaryJanesCloset.




DNC Philadelphia 2016: In It to Win It – Wed. Nov. 19 at 7 pm

IN IT TO WIN IT! Support Philadelphia in its Bid to Host the Democratic National Convention in 2016
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Philadelphia, PA


Please join
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell
Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Congressman Bob Brady*
and the PHL2016 YP Host Committee
Danny Bauder ✭ Curtis Blessing ✭ Luz Cardenas
Meghan Claiborne ✭ Joe Corrigan ✭ Alex Deering ✭ Tyrone Dixon
Christian Dunbar ✭ David Glassner ✭ Dan Kessler
Lauren Leonard ✭ Alex Lipton ✭ Taj Magruber ✭ Micah Mahjoubian
Harold Mesa ✭ Anton Moore ✭ Marcel Pratt ✭ Sam Ruchlewicz
Richard Slavin ✭ Georgee Thevervelil ✭ Isaiah Thomas ✭ Tomas Varela
Sulaiman W. Rahman ✭ Kris Walski ✭ Michael Wigrizer
✭ Omar Woodard ✭ Chris Woods
for an Evening Reception
to Support “Philadelphia 2016″ in its bid to host the
Democratic National Convention in 2016

Wednesday, November 19th
from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

JG Domestic in the Cira Center
2929 Arch Street
Lobby Level
(One Block North of Amtrak’s 30th Street Station)
Philadelphia, PA

Questions? Email for more information.

Space is extremely limited, and RSVPs are required.
Event registration is by invitation only.
PHILADELPHIA 2016 is a 501(c)6 organization
* Representative Bob Brady is not soliciting contributions in exess of federal contribution limits or from prohibited sources.
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Uber X NINObrand

Uber has partnered with NINObrand and Commonwealth Proper, two Philly-based luxury retailers with international acclaim, to deck you out for the holiday season.


  • Open Up you app now and apply the code NINOCMMP
  • Ride Uber as much as you can from Friday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 21
  • Every trip counts as an entry
  • Winners will be randomly selected and notified on Monday, Nov. 23
  • First Prize: One lucky winner and a companion.
  • Second Prize: 10 lucky winners and their companions
    • Exclusive invitation to a ‘Fashion Night Out’ at the two flagship showrooms on Dec. 3
    • Cocktail hour and tutorial on men’s and women’s fall/winter styles
    • Valuable gift bags from both brands for everyone in attendance
What are you waiting for? start riding! Reach out with any questions.

Lauryn Hill At The Electric Factory This Weekend

Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia this Saturday, November 15 performing renditions of her classic records. Her appearance at Bonnaroo this year gave fans a taste of her music with a new twist, pulling on her reggae, hip-hop and R&B influences.

Coming to Philly this weekend, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz and the lyrically elite Talib Kweli will join Ms. Hill for a high energy show. You won’t want to miss this one, so be sure to grab a friend and head down for what’s sure to be an epic show.


Ms. Lauryn Hill
When: Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m.
Where: The Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street
Cost: $59.50-$100
More Info: Click here.



Call Ms. Lauryn Hill the mother of hip-hop invention; with her 1998 solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the Fugees’ most vocal member not only established herself as creative force on her own, but also broke new ground by successfully integrating rap, soul, reggae, and R&B into her own sound.

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s first solo effort, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), established her as a major talent in her own right. The album sold more than 12 million copies and earned the singer-songwriter five Grammys, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award.

After an extended hiatus, Hill returned in 2002 with MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, a recording of her two-hour acoustic performance on the popular series MTV Unplugged. In October 2005, Hill performed two songs at the Take Back TV concert launching Al Gore’s CurrentTV. An unofficial compilation of her recent material appeared under the title Khulani Phase (2010).


Album Premier: Choosey – Left Field

Very little has been known about Dirty Science‘s latest disciple Choosey since he floated on to the scene. We got a swig of the LA lyricist’s hazy repertoire a few week’s back when he landed on our First Look radar and graced us with the swinging specimen that was his Exile-produced “Fly Me To The Moon.” Today, however, it appears it’s time to get the full treatment with a listen and download of his debut tape Left Field [LISTEN HERE], which is poised to redefine that flooded end of the musical spectrum with notable sonic smiths like KnxwledgeAbjo, L!STED and the aforementioned patriarch of the crew.

The album is available to stream in its entirety, just be sure to cop it for the low, low price of free ninety-nine if the vibe hits you. Please trust, there’s a whole lot in the works from the Blessed Coast bomber, so be sure to check back in the weeks and months to come for some more sounds and sights to put you mind at ease. In the meantime, get acquainted with Choosey and the crew’s debut tape in the player down below.


Philadelphia Printworks releases new collection “Cognitive Dissidence”

Philadelphia Printworks, today released their latest collection Cognitive Dissidence.  The new collection features topics such as: gentrification, immigration reform and police brutality.   The title of the collection,Cognitive Dissidence, is based on the term cognitive dissonance.  The collection is now available online at
From the website: “Cognitive dissidence is the antithesis of Cognitive dissonance. It is the process by which we overcome adversity, identify systemic inequalities, find our voices and seek change.”
About Philadelphia Printworks
Philadelphia Printworks is a small screen printing company based in North Philadelphia. Their mission is to encourage a culture of activism.  Their shirts focus on cultural icons or social issues.  And, they partner with community organizations such as Rockers, Rockers Closet and The AfroFuturist Affair to develop workshops, film screenings, fundraisers and political events.  For more information please visit

Octoberfest on Dilworth Park — Noon-6pm Saturdays Oct 18th and 25th

This fall festival will fill newly opened Dilworth Park with a series of all ages fun activities & games, plus a 21+ beer garden hosted by ROSA BLANCA CAFÉ. A variety of vendors, interactive art installations, DJs & live music will spice up the party. The Franklin Institute will be on hand with Live Science Demonstrations; Mural Arts Program staff will provide fun art activities, Zipcar will host face painting and balloons; and there will be games like cornhole, ring toss, and giant connect four.
October 18
1 pm: Dave P. (Making Time)
3 pm: Drgn King
4 pm: Norwegian Arms
5 pm: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
Mural Arts offers pumpkin painting, print-making on mural cloth with make-your-own mini-murals, other art activities.

October 25
1 pm: Illstyle
2 pm: DJ Statik & Mathew Law of The illvibe Collective
5 pm: Son Little
Mural Arts offers face painting, pumpkin painting and button making.

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