African Festival Performers Weather the Storm

On September 7, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

BY YAKIRA LEVI |   While other parts of the Chicagoland area suffered tornado watches, thunderstorms, and flash flood problems – Africa International House USA, Inc. and die-hard African Festival of the Arts, fans occupied Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side. Despite heavy rains this past Labor Day weekend, most festival goers, vendors, and musicians […]

After 7 Performs Timeless Music In Chicago

On August 30, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

BY YAKIRA LEVI |   After a 20-year hiatus the harmonic R&B group, After 7 is back on the charts with another studio album, entitled Timeless. Runnin Out, made it to No. 3 on the R&B Charts. If I, written and produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Daryl Simmons, is currently being played on radio […]

Angela Davis Speech Galvanizes International Solidarity

On June 26, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

By Yakira Levi | Chicago, Illinois – Rule through terror and death has plagued people of color all over the world, since the onset of colonialism. This is precisely the reason why Professor Angela Y. Davis calls for international unity amongst social activists at home and abroad.   On Sunday, June 17, 2018, the Chicago […]

Knowledge of Self

On May 1, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

By Yakira Levi | Knowledge of self is to know yourself. To know who you are, what you are, and to be conscious of your capabilities. Being aware allows for creatively achieving your full potential. Knowledge starts with the mind. What you put into your mind is important, because what you receive mentally is what […]

The Difference Between an MC and a Rapper

On April 1, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

By Yakira Levi | Hip-Hop is music and artistic expression built upon the elements of a DJ, the MC, B-Boys, and Graffiti Art. DJ Kool Herc created hip-hop music in 1973, and his presence contributes to the Jamaican-African-American style of the musical toasting of today. DJ Kool Herc’s music created a culture that includes a […]

What Is Hip-Hop?

On March 1, 2018, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

By Yakira Levi | Hip-hop is a culture of creative expression built upon rhythmic break beats, scratches, and loops presented by the DJ, poetic storytelling chanted by the MC, intricate break dance moves of B-Boys defying gravity, the beauty of aerosol created Graffiti Art painted with visual appeal and the cultural influence or self-awareness exhibited […]

Murder to Excellence: Growth and Development for the Millennial Generation The autobiography of Wallace “Gator” Bradley

On April 18, 2016, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

Book Review By Yakira Levi | The best-selling book Murder to Excellence: Growth and Development for the Millennial Generation is an autobiography of Wallace “Gator” Bradley, Urban Translator; the well known gang mediator, politician and ambassador of Peace for United In Peace, Inc; but this book reveals so much more than your typical autobiographical story. […]

The Great Chicago Fire Remastered Definite Vacation For Suckas

On March 18, 2016, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

Record Review By Yakira Levi | They hail from Chicago’s South Side, the D.V.S. Boys, aka Definite Vacation For Suckas Include RaBiez, and Sire Sinsai (deceased). The duo has been known to collaborate with other Chicago hip-hop champions including T.S.P. aka the Three Stripe Posse, the Chicago Outfitters and more. The D.V.S. musical influences include […]

Sprite Mix Tape and C.O.R.E. Compilation

On February 18, 2016, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

The first ever Sprite mix tape was designed by Yakira Levi, as a means of promoting Chicago’s hip-hop artist, and providing a promotional vessel for showcasing Midwest talent. In 1999, Yakira Levi Conceptualized and developed the 1st ever, Sprite Mix Tape, a cause related marketing campaign featuring Grammy winning musical artist Common, and sponsored by […]

Poetry and Prose of a Broken Woman Mending

On January 18, 2016, in Red Hot Radio, by Wide View Publishing

Book Review By Ejah | This book by author Yakira James is a great book about the struggles of a black woman in the United States of America, and the pain of pulling it all back together again. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time of it’s kind! I call it […]

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