Saturday, October 27, 2012

Barak Eid: By Calligrafist

Eid Mubarak [Blessed celebration] to all... 

Once Again I Present an Art  Piece Dedicated to This Great Month and Day[s].

This one is Entitled "Barak Eid" or "Blessed Celebration/Festival".

All artwork Done By: Calligrafist

-Is[Smile]-

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Freeway: Diamond In The Ruff [Album Cover Art, Tracklist & First Single "Jungle"]

Freeway has revealed the cover art for his upcoming album Diamond in the Ruff, releasing on Babygrande Records on November 13th.

 Below is Philly Freezer's first single from the project, "Jungle,"...

It's The Flow We All Love ! 


Jungle 












Below is The Tracklist:

1. Right Back f. Marsha Ambrosius
2. Greatness f. Vivian Green
3. The Thirst
4. Wonder Tape
5. No Doubt
6. Dream Big f. Musiq Soulchild
7. Early
8. Ghetto Streets
9. Numbers f. Neef Buck
10. True f. Wale
11. Sweet Temptations f. Nikki Jean
12. All The Hoods f. Miss Daja Thomas & Alond Rich
13. Hottest Akhi
14. Jungle
15. Money Is My Medicine
16. Lil’ Mama




Below is The Tour Dates:



PreOrder it in iTunes NOW !

-Is[Smile]-

Monday, October 22, 2012

Louis Vuitton Interprets Muhammad Ali's 'Float' with Yasiin Bey and Niels Shoe Meulman



A while a go there was a brief preview, with the artist formerly known as Mos Def’s upcoming work with the high-fashion label LV, now here is the end result of that collaboration where Yasiin recites one of The Greatest’s greatest poems.

Louis Vuitton pays tribute to The Greatest - Muhammad Ali with the digital experience The Greatest Words.
 

Also featured is calligrapher Niels Shoe Meulman, who helps Yasiin as he revisit the words of Muhammad Ali.

Visit the full experience at http://bit.ly/LVGreatestWords

-Is[Smile]- 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah...

Praise Be to The MOST High !!!

The blessed days are here one more time!

The glorious days when rewards are multiplied many times, and sins are forgiven much more... 
the days in which Allah gives us yet another chance to worship Him, to ask for forgiveness and correct our faults and make up for our shortcomings....

What are these magnificent days?
These blessed days are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Just like the last ten nights of Ramadhan are the best ten nights out of the whole year, the Ulama [Scholars] tell us that out of the 365 days of the year, these first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other times.

The Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him] testified to that. He said:
 
"There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing." [Bukhari]

What a blessing!

The question is.....what do I do on these magnificent days and how can I make the most of this perfect, golden opportunity to earn rewards and Jannah [Paradise]?

Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. However for those of us who were not invited to Allah's House this year, there are still many, many good deeds that one can do and earn the Pleasure of Allah. 

Some of these are: 

1) Fast all nine days and especially fast the Day of 'Arafah

The Prophet said: "Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah's pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for [a distance covered by a journey of] seventy years." [Bukhari, Muslim]

Just imagine.....if you fast these nine days [fasting on Eid is haram/forbidden], how far your distance will be from hell! 

The Prophet used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah and he said: "Fasting the Day of 'Arafah (ninth Dhul-hijjah) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and an expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year." [Muslim]

2) Do a LOT of Dhikr and Takbeer

The Prophet said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu akbar) and Tahmeed (saying al-hamdu Lillaah)." [Ahmad -Saheeh]
 
3)Make Sincere Repentance 

One of the best and most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin right away because we do not know when we will die, and also because one evil deed leads to another.
 
But what does 'repentance' exactly mean? 

It means that you come back to Allah and give up all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes.... that you regret whatever you did in the past, giving it up immediately and be determined never ever, to return to it, and resolve to adhere firmly to the Truth by doing whatever Allah loves.

"But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful." [al-Qasas 28:67]

4) Come back to the Quran
 
It is time now to dust off your copy of the Quran and return to its refuge.Make it a daily habit, using these 10 days the beginning of a strong and beautiful relationship with it. Read it with meaning, understand it, and then implement it and change your lives for the better, as much as you can. Remember that reading one letter of the Quran earns you 10 rewards. 
 
In this way, reading Surat Al-Fatihah,which doesn't take more than two minutes will give you more than one thousand rewards! This is on ordinary days, so what about these magnificent days! Certainly the reward will be far greater, Inshallah. 
 
5) Generally increase in doing ALL good deeds 

We should strive in doing more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved by Allah and will bring us closer to Him. So if we are not able to go to Hajj this year, we should occupy ourselves during these blessed days by worshiping Allah, praying extra prayers, reading Quran, remembering Allah, sending Salaams on the Prophet , making dua [Supplications], giving charity, honoring our parents, upholding ties of kinship, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, and other good deeds and acts of worship. 

"So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it; And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it."[al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

6) Get the reward of Hajj wherever you are
 

You may be unable to do Hajj this year, and you may feel sad because you are deprived of the great reward of Hajj. But you can achieve a similar reward in whatever place you may be. 

The Prophet said: "Whoever prays Fajr Prayer in congregation, and then sits and remembers Allah until the sun rises, then (after a while) prays two rakaats, he will gain a reward equal to that of making perfect Hajj and Umrah." [He repeated the word "perfect" thrice.] (At-Tirmidhi) 

Isn't that easy, Alhamdulillah !
7) Slaughter an animal and distribute the meat 

Ibn Umar said: The Prophet lived in Madinah for 10 years and every year he slaughtered an animal." [Ahmad-Saheeh]

8) Attend Eid prayers
 

But remember that Eid prayer is a form of worship and we shouldn't be doing things that are UnIslamic [especially] during these times...
 
9) Thank Allah 

One of the biggest forms of worshiping Allah  is to thank Him, deeply, sincerely and continuously. After all, it is He who gave you every single thing that is in you, on you or around you. In fact, you wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for the Mercy of your Creator. So thank Him for ALL that He gave you, the Islam that He gave you, the very life He gave you. And thank Him for the chance that He gives you in these ten days, to ask for forgiveness and guidance. 
 
Praise Be to The Most High !, there is much to be gained in these coming days. So make the most of this perfect opportunity offered by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good deeds and appreciate this blessing and make the most of it, striving hard in worship . 

"And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (death)." [al-Hijr 15:99] 
 
-Is[Smile]-

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Love, Gnosis & Other Suicide Attempts: Poetry Book Release [Amir Sulaiman]

Amir Sulaiman Released His Poetry Book "Love, Gnosis and Other Suicide Attempts" at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe to an Intimate Audience... He Shared Stories and Experiences. 
Check SOME of The Pics Below 




Started The Night Off With a Poem He Never Began With [Only Ended Before]. 
 Very Interactive... The Audience Got The Chance to Ask Questions About Each Poem and Shared Their Thoughts About The Pieces ! 
All and All a Dope and Enlightening Evening.

Check The Rest of The Pics Here on My FB Page...
-Is[Smile]-

Heart Over Hate: Repelling Bigotry Thru Art & Music

Tomorrow Sunday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. EST, MPAC-NYC and the Muslim Student Association of Columbia University are proud to present "HeART over Hate: Repelling Bigotry through Art & Music." RSVP today to join them for this special night to celebrate peace and pluralism over bigotry and extremism.

SEE: ‘HeART over Hate: Repelling Bigotry Through Art & Music’ [Facebook]

At a time when public displays of bigotry have tested the limits of acceptable free speech, the Muslim Public Affairs Council is proud to announce it will bring together an exciting line-up of artists and entertainers to showcase the Islamic principle of “repelling evil with what is better” [41: 34].

With Def Jam Poet Amir Sulaiman headlining, this FREE show will feature some of the American Muslim community’s most talented artist including Broadway actress and acclaimed opera singer, Sumayya Ali; and the hilarious Maysoon Zayid [‘NY Arab-American Comedy Festival’].

“In recent days, American Muslims have been inundated with negativity, from a spike in mosque vandalism to widespread protests against U.S. embassies around the world to bigoted  ads on public transportation to the tragic shooting of Malala Yousufzai, a young Pakistani student activist who was brutally attacked by Taliban militants,” said Deana Nassar, MPAC’s Hollywood Liaison. “We have to share the true stories and diverse lines of American Muslims who stand for peace, equality, justice and love. There is no better way to express this than through the arts.”



‘HeART over Hate: Repelling Bigotry Through Art & Music’

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: Columbia University, Roone Arledge Auditorium

WHO: 
Amir Sulaiman, Def Jam Poet
Sumayya Ali, Broadway actress and acclaimed opera singer
Maysoon Zayid, NY Arab-American Comedy Festival
Ridwan Adhami, filmmaker/photographer, who will be presenting his exhibit “The 3rd Voice”
Mazzi SoulPurpose, hip-hop artist and activist
and more

Admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $10.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Deana Nassar at deana@mpac.org or 323.258.6722 

-Is[Smile]-

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Freedom of Speech: Freeway [Mixtape]

Go Download The Big Bro and Homie Freeway's New Mixtape "Freedom of Speech".

Free Doesn't Disappoint... Lyrics, Content and Delivery.

Support and Download HERE

and Don't Forget to Support and PURCHASE His Album "Diamond in The Ruff" When It Drops Nov 13th !

-Is[Smile]-

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Amir Sulaiman [Oct 16th]

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lupe Fiasco talks Chicago violence and Much More !

Lupe visited the Sun Times offices in Chicago recently for an interview. He talked about Chicago Violence, his future and much much more. One of my favorite interviews. can hear his passion and concern.
-Is[Smile]-

Trust

Trust yourself...

 Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

-Is[Smile]-

Monday, October 08, 2012

Loud Motors: Stalley [Prod. Rashad]

Produced by Rashad, this single is the latest from the second volume of Stalley’s “Songs By Me, Stalley” series.
 

-Is[Smile]-

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Black November: United Nations Screening [Movie]

I Had The Privilege & Honor of Being in Attendance for The Screening of Black November at The UN [United Nations], This Movie Needs to be Seen and Spoken About by The Masses.

I Got Emotional A Couple  Times, Can't Lie

Many Individuals Came Out [Politicians, Celebrities, Dignitaries, Artist, Actors... Etc].
Was a Great Showing and Inspiring Evening !

Starring - Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Anne Heche, Fred Amata, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Enyinna Nwigwe, Sarah Wayne Callies, Dede Mabiaku, Persia White, Vivica A Fox , Mbong Amata  

Produced and Directed By: Jeta Amata

 Check The Pics I Took Below !


Some of The Cast [Fred Amata, Enyinna Nwigwe, Mickey Rourke, Mbong Amata, Jeta Amata]


Captain Hosa Okunbor and Bobby Rush

Mickey Rourke and Mbong Amata


Persia White, Mickey Rourke, and Mbong Amata


Don King and Mickey Rourke





Akon and Don King



Enyinna Nwigwe, Akon, Mbong Amata, Don King and Persia White
 
Jeta Amata [Producer and Director]



Cynthia Bailey

 
Persia White and Yasmine Yasmine




Wyclef Jean


Persia White, Dignitary of Nigeria, Yasmine Yasmine and Wyclef


Yasmine Yasmine, Wyclef and Dignitary of Nigeria


Akon, Yasmine Yasmine and Dignitary of Nigeria


 Mbong Amata and Annkio Briggs

Yasmine Yasmine and Cynthia Bailey
 
ME and Wyclef Sharing a Smile... Cool Individual !


Me and The Family Akon... 


Calligrafist and Porscha Coleman, My "Fake" Date For The Night. Peep How We're Matching !

For More Pics CheckOut My Personal FB Page and See What Isn't Posted Here !

Thanks For The Support,  Don't Forget to Follow, Subscribe and Support The Blog !

 Also CheckOut TheQAffect.com For More Photography of The Event.



Till Next Time ! 



-Is[Smile]-


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Rapping in Color: Brother Ali [Great Conversation]

The Stream Speaks With Hip Hop Artist and Social Activist Brother Ali About His Controversial Music, Religion, Race, His Role in The Occupy Movement and SO Much More...

This Man Spoke SO Much Truth and Knowledge !

Man I Got a Special Love For ... Music Aside. As an Individual ! Amazing ! Mashallah ! #Respect #PeaceSalaamسلام

Download His New Album... MIADIC !
 -Is[Smile]-

Lupe Fiasco Fuse Performance: Around My Way [Freedom Ain't Free]

  Lupe Fiasco dropped by the Fuse studio and gave a DOPE performance of "Around My Way" off his new album 'Food & Liquor II'.

Check Me in The Audience, Front Row !!! On My Lu Shiii...
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