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News :: Gender and Sexuality

Same-sex Marriages in Richmond (from today's RTD)

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News :: Indymedia

R-IMC Radio Week 3

Week three of the Richmond IMC collectives venture into internet radio

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Announcement :: Media

IMC on the Radio

Weekly Thur at Noon WRIR.org will be airing a summary of the week's news on this IMC site. The current show will also be available to download from This Link

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Times-Dispatch Interview with Rasul the Nobody

Times-Dispatch Interview with Ingredience Hip-Hop Festival organizer Rasul the Nobody.

Rasul Elder might call himself a Nobody, but the 22-year-old Richmond resident has used his entertainment connections to gather local musicians for his Ingredience Hip-Hop Fest this weekend at Polkadot Arts Gallery.

Originally from Jersey City, N.J., Elder was a member of a rap crew called U.N. 3 as a teenager. He moved to Richmond in 2000, where he found the area a welcoming environment for new talent.

The "Nobody" in Elder's rap moniker, Rasul the Nobody, came from a Yugoslavian film he saw in his teens.

"There was a poet who wrote on walls who signed all his poetry 'Nobody,'" Elder said. "I found that humbling."

Elder said hip-hop culture runs in his veins.

His father, a rapper named Raw Street Poet, co-penned the hip-hop classic "Wild Wild West" for Kool Moe Dee and kept his son in tow during performances. As a result, Elder was exposed to East Coast rap music at an early age.

"We did shows with Brand Nubian, Naughty by Nature and Queen Latifah when I was around 10," Elder said.

Before going solo as Rasul the Nobody, he was the manager for and member of Tiger Bumb, a Richmond hip-hop band. In addition to performing, he now produces and promotes shows for other artists and works at Minimum Wage Studios.

Ingredience started in January 2003 as a weekly open-mic night at Taste Restaurant. Now, the festival is a three-day extravaganza sure to please any fan of local music.

The participating artists are just as varied as the festivities.

Ingredience will showcase local performers such as Akilimanjaro, Crucial Elements, Cud, DJ Barnacles, DJ Krames, DJ Mordecai, 40,000 Flies, Harm Stryker, Hotel X, Joe Threat, Multiple Cats, Ravenous Munkz, Skunk and WeBeI. Maryland, Washington and Virginia bands including the Brainiacs, Mac Jones, Height, Omegatropolis and Ron Corona will also take the stage.

The festival includes workshops for artists and fans on the nuances of hip-hop culture and the music industry at large. Topics range from artist promotion and distribution, break dancing and studio recording to capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art involving dance.

A few of the workshops will be taught by local hip-hop artists. For instance, rapper Akilimanjaro will teach freestyling, DJ Krames will run a deejaying seminar and Elder will teach a class about MC battling.

Elder said there will be a puppet show for the youngsters during the fest, which he calls a family event.

"I've used puppets in past performances, so we have puppet shows to illustrate our music. I want the younger generation to get involved in hip-hop culture early. There are people I can't reach because they're too old and stubborn, but my intention is to make hip-hop understood by the next generation," he said.

Local-music followers might notice the inclusion of punk-rock groups in the otherwise urban lineup. Elder has ties to both the hip-hop and punk communities here, and he hopes that the two factions can come together to learn from their experiences.

"I see a connection between the punk-rock and hip-hop communities," Elder said. "They both feel a need to free themselves through their forms of expression.

"One thing that's starting to happen among performers in Richmond is networking. That's a beautiful thing because that didn't happen here a year ago, but we still need more of that."

At any rate, Elder hopes that his Ingredience fest will provide local musicians with direction.

"The reason why I'm doing this festival is that, for the most part, urban artists are usually neglected or taken advantage of by the music industry. I just want to provide the hip-hop community here with insight and motivation so we can make it as a scene."

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News :: Crime & Police

Warner decries dishonoring of Lee

Follow up to posts elsewhere on site.

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Commentary :: Elections & Legislation

The Dean Deception

Thinking that the Democrats are any better for us than the Republicans is like thinking that the bully who pushes you down and steals your money is worse than his friend who helps you up but shares in the bully’s spoils

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Commentary :: Miscellaneous

Only In the South

Like millions of Americans, and I think especially Southerners, I am mesmerized by Essie Mae Washington-Williams's accounts of her relationship with her father, Strom Thumond -- when she asked why he espoused such segregationist views he replied, "That's just the way it is."

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Announcement :: Animal Rights : Environment

Kraft & GE Foods

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