T.C. Hall Media
Artist, Activist, Photographer & Indy Journalist
T.C. Hall Media
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Blak Rapp Madusa featured at S.I.N (Service, Industry, Night) | April 13th, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA

S.I.N (Service, Industry, Night) is an open mic on the second Sundays of every month at Howlers Coyote Cafe located at 4509 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh PA 15224. With a promise of a host, a DJ, and a band they allow the artist to choose whatever outlet they need to perform. It also has a monthly feature, that is chosen from the vast hip hop community. The feature and allowing performers to perform to their own music is what sets this open mic from the rest. SIN was created by 1156 Artist Management Company. Whose soul purpose is to “create and implement innovative management for performing and visual art professionals.”
Background on Blak Rapp Madusa:
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Mel Carter also known as Blak Rapp Madusa emerges from the ghetto streets of Pennsylvania, taking the conscious music movement by storm. Through melodic lyricism this rapper/activist/poet paints a vivid picture of the black experience in America, the black nationalist movement, social and political justice ideologies interwoven with the spiritual inspiration of Islam. Madusa whose name is an acronym for Making A Difference Using Skills and Ambition, came of age in in the third ward community of Houston, Texas and it was here that Madusa discovered her lyrical talent and subsequently recorded her first single “It’s On” with Trickle Down Entertainment a politically conscious record label. She has won poetry slams, freestyle battles and talent shows nationwide. She is affiliated with numerous community outreach organizations from National Black United Front, New Voices in Pittsburgh, Pa, Abrakadoodle in Philadelphia, Sankofa in Brooklyn New York, Project row Houses in Houston, Texas and School Of Unity and Liberation in Oakland, California. This artist is on a mission for change by spreading a positive message and a call to action for all oppressed people. Through her musical expression and activism Madusa hopes to gain reparations for Blacks in America in the form of land.
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Vie Boheme at Dream on Fest | April 12th, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA
Kendra Dennard is a dynamic and statuesque dancer also known as Pittsburgh’s vocal gem, Vie Boheme. A vocal renaissance woman; she uses soul, funk, rock and jazz elements in her music. She employs smooth and stealthy transitions to flow between singing, dancing, and scatting rhythms. Her eclectic and inclusive lyrics ring of truth and beautifully snap us all back to reality. Her poetry serves as vivid imagery of all too familiar experiences that weave through her music. Professionally trained in dance, Vie can’t help but to dance along the path that her musicians pave, engulfing her audience into an experience that excites the senses.“If you listen to my music you follow my journey of life as I study, grow and learn.”-VieDreamOn Pittsburgh was the first ever ice cream music festival. They took over Market Square to showcase 25 musical acts, 75 flavors of Dream Cream Ice Cream and the best of Pittsburgh’s homegrown talent! The 3-day weekend was an awesome recipe for a great time: the performance lineup was choc full of incredible bands; HBO’s Boardwalk Empire breakout star and Pittsburgh native Margot Bingham was on deck as host; the entire event was captured by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Emmai Alaquiva for live-stream; Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Band in Pittsburgh 28 North rocked us and the headlining act was Grammy-nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange! To top it off (pun intended), every custom flavor of Dream Cream Ice Cream served was a fundraiser to support a local cause (or dream!). DreamOn Pittsburgh brought it to the people, live and direct — this weekend full of undeniably great music, empowerment and pure fun to the Pittsburgh community
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Faith, Hip-Hop, and the Common Good, welcome by Russell Simmons | April 9th, 2014 | Washington DC
This concert, presented in cooperation with Georgetown University as part of their Faith, Culture, and the Common Good initiative, features artists of diverse faiths—MC’s Talib Kweli, Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage, AmKoullel, The Narcicyst, and Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo—in a performance showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens.
The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. His travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world’s best rappers with something significant to say.
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No Home In DC | April 5th, 2014 | Washington DC

The Homeless population in D.C. has rose from 5,320 in 2007 to 6,539 in 2010 to 6,865 in 2013, according to HUD’s 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.
In absolute numbers, D.C. has experienced a larger increase in its homeless population since 2007 than all but three states—New York, Massachusetts, and Missouri—despite a much smaller total population than the states with the largest increases. In percentage terms, seven states had greater gains than D.C.’s 29 percent increase.
Compared with cities (and, in a few cases, metropolitan areas), D.C. has the eighth-biggest total homeless population. The seven cities and areas with larger numbers of homeless people all have larger overall populations than the District.
*http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/2013/11/22/d-c-homeless-population-rises-despite-national-decline/
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Black Girls Rock! Presents Rock! Like a Girl™ | April 5th, 2014 | Washington DC

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer- Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark world of  Grae’s design, or spilling her most personal stories of love and life experiences,  she always delivers an honest performance that strikes the most vulnerable parts of her audience and keeps them wondering, “what will she do next?”
The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating this uniquely American art form. The festival highlights MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture, alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work born of hip-hop aesthetics. Ticketed and free performances and exhibitions explore the breadth and depth of hip-hop today.
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Peace! | March 23rd, 2014 | Mayer, Arizona
Nicolette holding up a peace sign at Greenpeace’s Direct Action Camp. This camp has been teaching people how to creatively and peacefully protest while connecting with activists from all over the US. Participants are currently learning a number of valuable and exciting skills related to advocacy. More specifically they are learning about climbing, boating, arts, blockades, research and even how to protest using an airship
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Mayer, Arizona Landscapes | March 22nd, 2014 | Mayer, Arizona 
Mayer is located close to the center of Arizona. Mayer is part of Yavapai County. Mayer has 20.08 square miles of land area and has no water area. Mayer includes three sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Mayer Apartments, Mayer Business Block, and Mayer Red Brick Schoolhouse.
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White House Peace Vigil in Jeopardy (The Conclusion) | March 14th, 2014 | Washington, DC

Update: The Peace House alongside supporters from the community waited for the arrival of the United States Park Police today at 3 pm. Several police officers including police horses arrived at the vigil, first stating that they would dismantle the peace vigil at 3 pm.
They voiced there opinion saying that “the peace vigil is getting out of hand” and that ‘it’s important for esthetic purposes to take down the brand new donated tent and replace it with Connies old umbrella and worn out tarps.
After about 20 minutes an officer informed us that they wouldn’t be taking down the peace vigil. They stated that they would be taking pictures of the inside and outside of the tent structure.
At this moment in time we’d like to thank everyone for making phone calls and standing with us against the attempted suppression of our first amendment rights.
The Peace House
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White House Peace Vigil in Jeopardy (UPDATE!) | March 14th, 2014 | Washington, DC

The Peace House, friends and supporters came down last night to the White House Peace vigil to stand together against the suppression of our first amendment rights. To our surprise the United States Park Police didn’t show up.
Since the 48 hour initial notice of not being in compliance with park regulations is up. We got word today (March 14th, 2014) that U.S. Park Police will be taking down the tent at 3 pm.
We ask our supporters again to come out and stand in solidarity with us. To continue making phones calls to the U.S. Park Police as well as Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office. So this decision will be reversed.
For questions or inquires you can email us at: admin@thepeacehousedc.org
The Peace House
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Family & Friends of Incarcerated People - YPG: Stencil Art 101 | March 11th, 2014 | Washington, DC

The Peace House is working with Family & Friends of Incarcerated People (FFOIP) with there Youth Peer Group. Touching on what The Peace House is and what programs and projects we do. As well as focusing on the importance of activism and art through brainstorming ideas that have strong feelings associated with them  such as poverty, war, child slavery, human trafficking, etc. Also discussing Ustream which is an Internet broadcasting platform that supports life-casting or other video-streaming of live events online. As well as utilizing other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
The FFOIP’s youth peer group is a group of youth who live in various different communities across the Washington, DC area. The ages of the youth in the group ranges from 12 to 18 basically. The group meets regularly under the guidance of three to four adult facilitators. The topics and discussions range from “know your rights” to “Leadership” to “bullying” and more. The you are urged to expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around us. Family & Friends of Incarcerated People (FFOIP) is an organization whose primary mission is to foster community support that effectively meets the needs of today’s at-risk children and families of those incarcerated. It operates solely to promote charity, literacy, public safety, and to avoid inter-generational incarceration.
FFOIP serves DC area children of the incarcerated and at-risk youth by engaging them in social, cultural and youth development activities through our various projects, programs, and events. We believe in the concept that it takes a village to raise a child. The children are our main concern and we work hard – individually and collectively to enhance our own growth and development so that we can be inspirations to our children, families and communities.