Category Archives: Music & Poetry


Jahlaam – Electric Atlanta Soul Artist

Jahlaam (a mesh of her name Khadijah Salaam) is an electric soul artist born in Philadelphia, PA but bred and based in Atlanta, GA. Her earliest memory of herself singing was when she was four; a Whitney Houston song played around her childhood home and she happily sang along. Throughout her grade school years she would catch the ears of her family and especially her dad who encouraged her to sing often as he enlisted her in several talent shows. In elementary school she played flute and was apart of the school choir. She even got to sing “The Greatest Love of All” alongside some of her peers for her elementary school graduation. She continued attending chorus up until high school. Around this time she began writing but perceived her lyrics to be too amateur. After high school Jahlaam would pursue a college degree & placed making music on the back burner. However she could not keep away the urge for making music. Eventually she returned to creating what she loves most and began churning out lyrics upon lyrics while seeking out music that would fit her vibes. So far, Jahlaam has performed at several Atlanta venues and had a performance set during the 2015 A3C Festival. Currently, she is actively pursuing a music career and building her brand as an artist.

Find her latest singles “Everything” & “Everything Remix” on all digital music stores including iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Beats Music, etc.

Social Media: @Jahlaam




Duane – the Brand New Dog

Who is Duane? The answer is simple: He is the former Teenage Weirdo, the future Commercial Artist and the current Brand New Dog! Lets break it down even further. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Michael Duane Gholston has lived all his 22 years on this earth as one of its prized oddities. An idealist and performance artist first, musician and singer/songwriter second. His music is influenced by 80’s and 90’s electronica with a low-fi, DIY punk aesthetic. His live shows are part pop act part avant garde theater.

The Brand New Dog’s lives shows are consistently well received. Wearing his signature thrift store rags and french beret getup, flanked by 2 robust female dancers/back up vocalist, Duane performs over his own pre recorded backing tracks (Did I mention he writes, produces, and performs ALL of his own music!?). They dance, they sing and show their audiences a weird but most of all good time! His current release, follow up ep “CD-R EP 2” is available now. Check his social media accounts regularly for lists of upcoming live show dates and announcements.

You Got Style ft. KiKi [Official Video]


Sistahood by Evelyn D. Hall



Different sizes, shapes and colors,

Yet we have some of the same problems:

Male problems, children problems, family problems,

Mental and physical problems.

You name them, we women have them.

We comfort one another, we share with each other,

and we get on each others nerves.

Sistahs helping sistahs, is there anyone like us?

You give me your shoulder to cry on,

I give you my helping hands.

You give me a listening ear,

I give you my advice and strength.

You give me me your friendship,

I give you my support and unconditional love.


By Evelyn D. Hall


Image: © NayMarie Photography | Black Beauty: Isha Rae | Makeup: Daphney Guillaume |

Radiant Child

Radiant Child by Lola Valentine

Radiant Child

Radiant Child

They take your innards and make you into a tragedy
Hang you on the wall, stuffed, for all to see.
Just so they can reminisce
Speak of how much you touched them
And how there hasn’t been anyone since.
A public condition — they like their heroes dead.

To Jean-Michel Basquiat and every other who delivered their gift and left

You genius child, you born martyr
If the world had known would they have loved you any harder.
You lost soul.
Lost your soul. Still
You gave your whole
Knew you had something inside to give the whole
Must’ve got your beat from the street
And bought your spirit antique.
Cuz we
Hadn’t seen anything like you
You collaboration of culture and breath
Beauty and death
Silence and depth
Rebel against uprights
You hung left
Not worried about going hungry
When you’re so full
So they starved you.
Til you were nothing but brushes and jars
And your smock hung loose
You still refused.
Cope is a 4 letter word
often used
to describe
Whatever is used
Normally depends on what part of you is bruised.
I pray that in your second coming you die a death you choose.

Jidenna: Classic Man

Jidenna: Classic Man *Video*

Jidenna: Classic Man. This song is extra swanky! Get into it and the amazing video, then head to one of the links below to purchase it. #SupportBlackArtists

Download “Classic Man” on iTunes:
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Twitter & Instagram: @jidenna

Wondaland Records / Epic Records

Tish Hyman : Subway Art

Tish Hyman : Subway Art *Video*

Tish Hyman : Subway Art… This song is pure genius…. Take 3 minutes and 43 seconds to listen, then go to links below and purchase it. #SupportBlackArtists

Subway Art is the first single off of Tish’s upcoming album, Dedicated To. Get it on iTunes now:…
Thank you Fader for premiering the video!

Director: Aristotle
DP: Shawn Peters
Movie Op: Chris Aran
AD: Nelson Quinones
1st AC: Hai Tao Wu
2nd AC: Simon Davis
Editor: Peter Noon
Producer: Jamsine Castillo
A By Any Means production.
Song produced by Timothy Bloom, Bink! and William Larsen


Negros Americanos: Bilingual Rap Duo

Negros AmericanosNegros Americanos succeeded in carving out a niche in a culture that oftentimes forces its participants to assimilate. They are an unmistakable embodiment of what Hip Hop was born to be; genuine, socially charged, and full of self expression. They navigate between the happenings of their personal lives and sounding off on social matters, drawing inspiration straight from the source; their hearts. From traveling across the globe and setting their dreams in motion, to returning home in order to share the wealth acquired, It is a wonder to watch them journey together so effortlessly. This is something they were born to do, and from the looks of it, they are having the time of their lives doing so.

As an Artist, I especially appreciate the journey of Negros Americanos. As Creative Souls, they are doing what we all wish to do; to follow our dreams. I feel they are so far above just being called Rappers that they are, in fact, returning the word to its original meaning. They speak from the heart, and that is missing in today’s music. Their songs take me from heavy, soulful beats that carry weighted lyrics, to more playful vibes that leave me thinking nonetheless. Their music says to me that it’s okay to be a Witty, Over-analytical, Love-struck Philanthropist of a Revolutionary who’s a sucker for a mean groove; they lead by example. They are of the few who have restored my faith and love in Hip-Hop.

Look out for their dope upcoming album “Take Flight” this Spring as well as their bilingual documentary “Lost in the Wilderness: The Story of Negros Americanos.”

Follow their musical journey at and join them on social media at @NegrosAmericanos on facebook and instagram!

Written by Lauren “Lola Valentine” Jones for Taji Mag.