Initiative Radio With Angela McKenzie is a nationally syndicated radio program focused on businesses, organizations and individuals who “are personally and professionally obligated to making a difference in the community and the world at large.”
Ms. McKenzie’s emphasis on social conditions and entities that do not always receive coverage in mainstream media, as well as consciously seeking to provide exposure to underrepresented artists, closely mirrors our own mission to highlight artists and organizations in the hip hop music world, who have been deprived of such attention, due to, among other things, the over-commercialization of the hip hop radio and entertainment media industries. It is because of Initiative Radio’s noble mission that we are honored to sponsor and bring to your attention this year’s installment of “Initiative Radio Salutes Black History Makers” series, with a live music showcase and awards presentation to be held at the Best Buy at Union Square on Friday, February 18, 2011.
Among several honorees expected to be highlighted, this year’s event salutes The Astronomical Kid, a 14 year old rap artist from Brooklyn who has been making a name for himself in hip hop circles, as well as in the mainstream media, including the Daily News, WPIX, Fox5, BET and MTV. The Astronomical Kid has also appeared in the December 2010 “Unsigned Hype” column in The Source. He is so far perhaps best known for his 2010 song and video for ”Stop Looking At My Momz.” We look forward to joining in saluting this young man’s current progress and recognizing his anticipated contributions to hip hop and positive representation of Black America.
In addition, this event will feature a strong lineup of underground and independent hip hop and R&B artists, many who have been featured in our e-pages. Expected to perform, Nena Bleu, Jeanette Berry, Amanda Mejias, Warren Britt, SuperKing Armor, Premonition, MC Faceman, L.I.F.E. Long, LL…Rreals, Jesse Abraham, Hassan Farrow, Elanef and the honoree of the night, The Astronomical Kid.
Turntableizm (DJ Brown 13 and Dee Shot) will handle the wheels of steel, while former gubernatorial candidate Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan is scheduled for a special appearance.
This is a free, all-ages event, with an exciting lineup of artists, and awards to well deserving contributors to society. See you there!