As your source from the underground, FYI Houston would like to announce our Artist of the Week campaign. Artist of the Week is just one way FYI is committed to providing exposure to the underground talent across the United States. Submissions for Artist of the Week must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Artist biography (or short summary about the artist), photo of the artist, photos artwork, and links to all current websites for the artist.
When you think of great talent, most people don’t usually think of a photographer or an artist. Well, Bianca “Binky” Lister is determined to change this perception with the help of her revolutionary artwork. Ever since she could hold a pencil, Lister has been drawing, and the gifted Houstonian has not stopped drawing since. So if you need some original and exclusive artwork that cannot be imitated, you need Bianca.
Bianca uses her Nikon 3100 to take radical and uncensored photos of any and everything. It began as hobby, but when people viewed her photo albums, they were astonished and offered her money to photograph their events and parties. She has been immersed with the craft of photography ever since. She overcame her biggest struggle as a photographer when she purchased the Nikon 3100, her first professional DSLR camera, and it has been a challenging adventure since. Her ultimate goal is for people to see the truth; but through her eyes because she does not see the world as everyone else does. “The world sees my radical, philosophic ideas from my eyes though my photography.” The things that go on in the world lead her to anger, and her anger leads her to action. “You need to tell the truth”
Explains Lister. That is exactly what she expresses in her photos.
Bianca does not have to search long for inspiration; anybody and anything can be her muse. She takes from the world abundant motivation no matter the object. In the next five years, Bianca envisions herself owning an art gallery and also venturing into videography. Her only desire for her art and photography career is to be remembered for making a difference.
-Tinka Bell Israel
“What I really wanted to say was, I like you, a lot.” Stephe B
Here I sit again, twirling my hair around my fingers. And it’s not like I would expect you to notice a dead ringer. But my stomach hurts, and my eyes, swollen and shifty. Lookin like I’m god-damn fifty. Wish I was thrifty. I wish I had a hand the size of you. Smack you in the back of that ego Bet I could Enlighten you. Now go ahead and slide yo plate through the window. Feed me your shrooms like the man on your nintendo. Would you be this cruel if I were a gold fish? Probably not, but it’s okay. Without you I wouldn’t be mad, wouldn’t know how to play. Without my madness, where would I be? Where am I at if I Can’t even feel the hatred you shove inside of me? Okay? But trust me. I have no worries about your future. Like I said before, you aint gonna have no one tryina be a intruder Let’s do our shake and get it over with. I gotta go find out if sleep is really just a myth. One last thing before you go: Make sure there’s no fruity hearts on my tombstone.
When you hear the phrase triple threat most may refer to someone who excels in three skills of a particular category. In this article I will use triple threat as a representation of stress, worry and anxiety. Stress is the way the mind and body respond to a given challenge. Anxiety is inner turmoil that causes uneasiness and fear. Worry is disturbing thoughts that cause doubt, fear and torment of oneself. Most do not realize how dangerous the three can be on your overall mental, physical and emotional health. If you examine the three all coincide; so more often than not one may experience all three.
We all have stressors that we are challenged with daily. Some we release effortlessly and some we allow to manifest in your mind and body. When stress is hoarded, it begins to fester and cause negative energy in the body. Negative energy causes worry, anxiety, sickness mood swings, relationship issues, comprehension, low sex drive etc. Learning to release stress, worry and anxiety regularly can prevent stored negative energy and allow positive energy to flow easily throughout the body. There are five action tips that I encourage to try in order to release triple threat.
- Avoidance: Avoiding the cause of your stress. Not identifying the root of the problem can cause more stress and eventually irritability and agitation. Avoidance will not make the problem go away nor will it help in anyway.
- Exercise: Exercising regularly is a great way to release negative energy. Releasing hot air through your mouth and replacing it with fresh air through your nose increases energy and clears pathways. Sweating out toxins allows more room for positive energy.
- Healthy Eating: Choose foods regularly that promote healthy living. Fat, sugar and sodium takes longer to digest and if your body is at a high level of stress can slow down your metabolism; especially if you do not workout regularly. Stress can also increase or decrease your appetite which can cause weight gain or loss.
- Talking Outlet: Choose someone or group that you can share your thoughts and stressors to. Talking to someone else can give you a different perspective on the situation, solutions, advice and previous experiences with similar content. Talking is a great way to reduce stress.
- Connectivity: Staying connected to your higher power and spirituality is so important when avoiding and releasing stress, worry and anxiety. Giving your higher power the burden of stressors allows you to focus on the things that are positive in your life.
Staying connected with the fruit of the spirit will not allow negative energy to occupy space in the body for a prolonged period of time.
An agreement between a artist and a manager for management services, will help both parties understand their responsibilities; and also can stands as the final voice in the face of controversial occasions.
Most agreements outline scope of representation, terms of authority, rights and compensation, and other important clauses.
For this issue, I have dissected a standard Artist Management Agreement from the SEC.gov’s website, If you’re just starting your journey, or have been on your journey with out one of these; I hope this give you a jump start towards progression.
Exhibit 4. (b)(ii).1 Artist Management Agreement
- SERVICES OF THE MANAGER
- RIGHTS AND AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGER
- FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP
- MUTUAL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
- GENERAL PROVISIONS
- WITNESS WHEREOF
- SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED
Many artist operate without an agreement with their manager; Most of the time, their manager is a close friend or family member. I see it all the time; new artist/group makes a song, starts building a buzz, “manager” is asked/or asks to comes in to help out, and as soon as the money starts rolling, issues arise!
This may, or may not, be due to the lack of an agreement, but most certainly will help resolve issues if, or when, they arrive.
This agreement defines the most important responsibilities of both artist and manager; the exact services of the manager and expectations of the artist; the manager’s rights and authorities in regards to revenue generating opportunities; the term, or length, of the agreement, compensation in percentages of revenues, or profits; manager accounting responsibilities, who will cover expenses, who will sign for loans, how to termination the agreement, and more.
Save the Date
2nd Annual Summer Showcase & Launch Party
Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Xcess Event Center
3:00pm – 7:00pm
It’s 2014 and it seems that our youth are spiraling out of control more than ever. The dropout rate and crime rate is higher than ever. It seems to me that most have given up on our troubled youth. Some feel that there isn’t any hope for our future generations. I can respect their opinion, however I disagree. Never give up on a person; as long as they are breathing they have the ability to change. Beside food, clothing, and shelter our youth have a combination of daily internal needs that aren’t met. Our youth are only doing the best they can with the limited amount of knowledge that they have. They can only express feelings, thoughts and actions that they have been exposed to unless they understand self-realization. There are a few points that are important to the development of our youth.
My Best Friend’s Lil’ Brother
It was May 21st and my parents just surprised me with a brand new Black drop top Audi with 20 inch black rims. They thought I deserved it since I made the Dean’s list, and graduated 5 out of 18 students. I got super excited when they called my name, “Kyra Evans.” I also received a full track scholarship to LSU. But the best part was that it was my best friend Bree’s birthday, and she was having a party later that night. We lived in a small town outside of Dallas, Texas with a of population less than 5, 000, so if somebody was partying, you were going.
I am the long, curved bones found in the middle of his body.
There is no way you could ever see him and never see me.
I was created after him because God saw that he was lonely.
We share the same energy, spirit, and even the same heartbeat.
I am his rib, not his head or his feet.