Fusing both Farsi and the English language, Mana has brought a completely new style and sound to the hip hop game. Music was always a huge part of Mana’s life and once she grew older she began to write poetry. Poetry was initially a tool Mana used to release her feelings, however once
The soulful Aminah Bell has always been surrounded by elements of the music industry. Her father is an original member of Kool and the Gang and her mother was a former Radio personality. However, Aminah didn’t start off singing. In the 5th grade she began playing the drums and also crossed over into acting as well as voice over work. Although Aminah has yet to release her own project, she’s featured on Alia Sharrief’s hot single “Black Heroes” which discusses social justice issues in Black America and plans on being featured on many songs in the near future. Aminah plans on displaying her talents on the drums by doing instrumental work as well.
With experience studying under students of the talented jazz drummer Elvin Jones, marching in the Clark Atlanta Universtiy and Atlanta Drumline marching bands, doing McDonald’s commercials, and performing with her dad, it’s safe to say Aminah has the credentials to be a big influence in the music industry. She hopes to make an impact through many different avenues on the mic and behind the scenes; she also attended school for Audio Engineering. Aminah strives to dispell the portrayal of women in a negative light, and to prove that modest women with a cause deserve the same type of attention and praise as those who are in the spotlight for more superficial reasons. Such as Iggy Azalea, whom she sees as a pawn in black woman’s destruction in the hip hop industry as well as the culture.
Aminah’s inspiration doesn’t come from one artist in particular, as she feels everyone has their flaws. Aminah derives her artistic ideals from growing up in the historically political Oakland California, musical figures and her own faith. "Growing up in Oakland has definitely had an influence on my music, especially when it comes to openly expressing my political views". Musically, she is heavily influenced by Hip Hop, jazz, R&B and Old School Funk. Her goal is to be an artist that in 5-10 years from now, people will say she had a serious movement. Aminah plans to reach outside the box while maintaining her Muslim faith with element of entertainment.
Currently Aminah and Alia are regular preformers at the "Zulu Nation Thursdays" Showcase in West Oakland, California, as well developing a Youtube Channel. “The Hijabi Chronicles”, will look into the lives of two " African American" Muslim women(Muslimah) in the Bay Area. The channel will feature Alia and Aminah's combined projects, music, events, interviews, Dawah, News and more. "We are planning a website as well". “The Hijabi Chronicles” will also include music and interviews of people who share the same message, while spreading a peaceful product to the masses. With this project, the ladies hope to not only debunk the bad images of Black women in the media, but the images of muslims, muslim women, and people of color in general. "I believe its time to set better examples in the entertainment industry and I hope to be one of those examples that will lead the way". We wish Aminah all the best of luck and hope to hear more music from her in the near future.
After The Storm - Shemovement's Content Curator Weighs In On The Protests.Written by Chrysta Monique
By Chrysta MoniqueSean Bell, Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Eric Garner; The list goes on and on. Going back further than Rodney King (When I was a kid) the atrocities of the police getting away with brutality has sparked outrage and protest. When I found out the news Yesterday, I screamed into my pillow and shed the same tears as I did for Michael Brown’s, Trevon Martin’s and Tamir Rice's families. Then like everyone else, I waited for the protest. Because that is what ‘we,Next Generation Activist do, protest. But after the protest and everyone does their own proverbial scream into the pillow, then what? Because it seems like everyone
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Performing since the age of 3, in her church’s choir, may make it seem as though RAtheMC was made for the stage. RAtheMC has been performing in front of the congregation for as long as she could remember. She eventually graduated to school talent shows, which prompted RA’s ambitions to become an Emcee around the age of 13 years old.During an era where young people had hip hop legends in the making such as The Fugees, RatheMC was heavily influenced by the melodic style of the 90s. It was appealing for RA to see Lauryn Hill both rapping and singing, and help her to realize she to, could showcase both talents.
Mostly inspired by R&B and Soul music, RA’s musical selections and visual style are remnant of artists such as Mary J. Blige and Michael Jackson. RA has projects dating as far back as 2008, including her personal favorite “Heart of a Champion” which is her one LP among many mixtapes andsamples. Containing all original instrumentals and production,” Heart of a Champion” gave RA the opportunity to try many different sounds. However, RA doesn’t feel as though she’s made the project that completely personifies her talent and continues going back to drawing board.
As an upcoming artist, it’s safe to say that RATtheMC has had many opportunities that her counterparts only dream of. She’s even had the chance to collaborate with one of her biggest influences Rah Digga. Sharing the same name and similar talents, it’s no surprise the two instantly clicked. RAtheMC played the record for Rah Digga; they wrote their verses and the rest is history. RA was even a participant in X Factor Season 2, where she says she learned a better respect for authority and structure withinin the music industry. RA enjoyed having LA Reid, Brittney Spears and Simon Cowell as mentors but was unhappy with the fact that she couldn’t be herself and show her own talents due to guidelines.
This proves it’s so important to RAtheMC that she breaks ground being herself while also having a sense of self-entitlement. RA knows she brings something different to hip hop and works to maintain what she believes in. Her brand has always been based on staying true to herself and having her own sound, and RA plans on keeping it that way. RA has also done her part by being a voice in the community when she participated in the King Me project at the Arts & Technology Public Charter School. The premise of the project was to encourage young girls to grow up without thinking they need a king in order to be a queen. RA even dropped an impromptu freestyle for the children. Noting that she never had anyone in the entertainment industry personally reach out, RA wants to make sure she can do that for someone else while reassuring the children that she and they are just alike.
RA is currently working on a project set to release December 1st, 2014 which features the collaboration with Rah Digga as well as other hits with Fat Trel and Dawn Richard formally of Danity Kane. It’s refreshing to see someone with such a comfortable stage present and true talent to match. We hope to see her do big things in the near future!
Music: RAtheMC Soundcloud