Welcome back for another Indie Soul Review! First, let me begin by congratulating Jacquelyn Powell, a former Baltimore School for the Arts student, who is on her way to becoming a BIG star in New York City. “I love to perform. It is something I have a passion for. To see the audience’s reaction is breathtaking. I truly enjoy what I’m doing and would not trade it for anything in the world,” said Powell, who has accepted a role in a modern version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Besides acting, Powell is also a dancer, choreographer, and Zumba fitness instructor. Hamlet opens on May19, 2013 and we wish her nothing but the best! Now for the picks of the week:
Indie Reads: The book “Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.” by Clinton E. Galloway tells the true story of how the author and his brother Carl, tried to bring cable television to South Central for the black community. The brothers were well- educated, outstanding men in the community— a doctor and accountant respectively.
“We were trying to be responsible to our community by bringing new innovation in 1979 in the form of cable TV so that we could have responsible stories and content for our community. Never in a million years did I expect the kind of backlash, prejudice and greed that was directed towards Carl and me. The sad part was the support of supposedly black leaders who went against us or wanted to be on our side, only if we gave them money or control,” said Clinton. The leaders, who Calloway was referring to are attorney Johnnie Cochran and Representative Maxine Waters. The book is a well-documented account detailing how the Galloways had to take their fight all the way to Supreme Court to bring a black owned media company to the community. Very informative read. For more information, visit: www.anatomyofahustle.com.
Indie Artist: Most people tend to judge based on appearances. When I first met the Indie Soul artist Chaqis Maliq, I thought to myself— well, she probably has a little voice and can sing a lil’ bit. Well, let me tell you, not only can she sing, she can SANG!
“I write, I taught myself how to play guitar— well a few lessons here and there just to start, and I also produce. It is very important for me to be in control of how I sound [and] look. I do realize I am a role model not only for women but also for others who want to or desire to perform music,” said Maliq. Her sound is straight soul with grooves from back in the day. I won’t say who she reminds me of musically, since she hates to be compared to anyone. “My music comes from the heart or experiences in life. I want people to interpret [my music] however they see fit and to see me as the artist I am when they listen [to it].” For more information about Chaqis Maliq, visit: www.chaquismaliq.com .
Indie Business: Finally, I want to spotlight a locally owned and operated business this week— The Grind House. The Grind House is a 100 percent vegetarian/vegan juice bar and market located at 2441 Saint Paul Street in Charles Village in Baltimore City. It serves great food— sandwiches and wraps and some of the best fresh pressed juices and smoothies. Salads and breakfast is also served. What makes this place so special is the fact that they offer classes on how to cook healthy and nutritious meals, as well as educational information if you are interested in becoming a vegetarian or vegan. For those of you interested in adopting healthier eating habits, this little neighborhood store is a great place to start. For more information visit them or call: 410-366-2441.
That’s it for the Indie Soul Review for this week! Make sure to look for Indie Soul in The Baltimore Times or online at www.baltimoretimes-online.com.