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ThinkSoul25 Radio | Week 3 | Rooftop [Free Download]

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ThinkSoul25 Radio Week 3 is here and Johnny Fontana put together yet another sexy (he’s good at that,) soulful/deep house mix inspired by Copyright’s “Lifted (Pablo Fierro Remix.)”

We’ve had a few gloomy days off and on, but by far the weather in the DMV has been superb. Not disgustingly hot (mid-summer is the worse) and not too breezy. I say, the weather, for the most part, has been just right. And with good weather comes parties! But the best type of party, especially in DC, is the rooftop party.

Whether it’s a big soiree or an intimate gathering amongst friends, rooftop parties in DC are the best! Sexy and ultra beautiful people taking a break from their stressful government/corporate jobs, and sitting back relaxing to the sounds of house.

Rooftop is a mix for socializing, flirting, dancing, and daydreaming. Get your sexy on with a selection of house personally selected by Johnny Fontana. I’m telling you guys, he deserves a residency in DC. He brings that Miami flavor and international house vibes that this city is craving. Trust me DC, we need him! :)

ThinkSoul25 Radio | Week 3 | Rooftop

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ThinkSoul25: The Book

Good morning everyone!

Before I start my day, I wanted to remind my new and old readers of two things: I wrote a book and I’m currently writing a second, better, and original book with fresh new content. That’s right, I’m in the process of working on an original in depth collection of witty material. All the hilarious truth life experiences and hundreds of dates I’ve gone on are all being detailed in my new book. It’s juicy!

Not only is the book filled with dating stories and random musings, it also is even more in depth glimpses at some of the defining moments in my life. It’s the material that I’d love to blog about, but some of the stories are well over 1500 words. So stay on the look out for the new book, it’s filled with material that nobody else has ever seen or heard me talk about (except for my parents and brother.) But seriously, it’s a lot of funny stories and my sassy opinions that I think you guys will love.

While I’m working on that (around 100 pages done so far) I wanted to remind you guys that I do have a book out there. ThinkSoul25: Thoughts of the Urban Nomad is a book that’s available on Amazon and was published with Createspace.com. A lot of the material is from my early days of blogging, but it’s still a good read and people have told me they enjoyed it.

So, if you have 8bucks to spare and want to dive into my early days of writing, then feel free to pick up a copy. If not, I so understand. However, this new book is completely original. I’ve been fighting myself not to put the stories onto my blog, they are hilarious! I think I’m going to actually attempt to get this one picked up by a publisher, but if that doesn’t work, then I’ll self publish and promote the hell out of it. Promoting is always a daunting task, but this next book will be worth it.

Any who, just wanted to put that information out there. You won’t be hurting my feelings if you don’t buy it, its not that big of a deal. But it would be nice to know my writing is in the hands of some wonderful readers and fellow bloggers out there, so check it out!!!

Many thanks,

Jazz

 

DMV Welcomes Back Jamile McGee

Jamile8*It’s great to finally have my brother back in the DMV*

From dancing beside Rihanna, gracing the floor with Beyonce, working alongside Chris Brown and sharing laughs, Jamile McGee has danced with top names in the entertainment industry. Following his days on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance?” season one, as third place finalist Jamile has had a successful career as a dancer and choreographer.

Jamile’s love for dance has been alive since a very young age. At the age of four Jamile was always dancing around the house, mimicking the famous dance moves of Michael Jackson, James Brown, and Fred Astaire. The dance moves weren’t just a fun child hood pastime but an imprint on his soul that laid down the foundation for his destiny. But sadly at the age of nine Jamile was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and told that he was going to never walk again or live out his dream as a dancer. Unbeknownst to the doctors, it was Jamile’s destiny to dance around the world and fate had a different plan for his life. He was miraculously healed and decided to devote his life to dance.

His love for dance was molded at Wright State University, where he studied ballet, modern, lyrical, and jazz. His versatile background in dance can be attributed to his success on “So You Think You Can Dance?” a show in which dancers are taken outside of their comfort zone and every week learn new dance routines. With such an extensive background in all styles of dance, including some salsa, and years of mimicking Fred Astaire, Jamile was well prepared for any challenge that was thrown his way. During that time, his ability to dance any style was tested and proven on the highly rated national Fox TV show. He amazed the crowd with his spirited come back every week with highly energized, outstanding freestyle solos.Jamile11

The show may have put Jamile in the public eye, but it didn’t define him as a dancer. Jamile McGee taught his first master class at the age of 16 at the Peabody Conservatory for Dance and since then has had a passion for spreading his love of dance to the world. Now at the age of 26, Jamile has danced into to hearts of those throughout the US and abroad. While on tour with Wayne Brady last year, Jamile had the chance to travel the world and had exposure to culture and the arts abroad.

His love for African music, house, indie dance styles, foreign fashion, and different cuisines were cultivated while jet setting from the edges of the Australian outback, to Amsterdam, South Africa, London, New Zealand, Greece, and Malaysia. Being on tour gave him the opportunity to network with legends in the entertainment industry and birthed in him an intense dedication to becoming the best dancer and choreographer.

61972_151072384926016_132542523445669_309030_5582810_nRecently Jamile had the pleasure of choreographing for Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die” video featuring Wayne Brady, Mike Tyson, and Bobby Brown. The video was a viral success and quickly became one of the most circulated videos on the web in 2010. When asked about working on the video and the experience, Jamile said “As a choreographer on this job, I had to watch Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step I Take” music video over and over again to prepare my mind for shoot day. I wanted to be prepared mentally to teach the steps to the guys. Overall the job went viral and it was a huge hit! It is one of the biggest video’s on the internet and still is. It IMG00018-20100915-1734was cool seeing my face on Larry King Live. It was such an honor to work with entertainment legends and the boxing champion Mike Tyson, it was a rewarding experience”

Working with Mike Tyson and Bobby Brown was a big moment in Jamile’s career, but his love for dance has given him the opportunity to work with other popular artists. In the past Jamile has worked with entertainment superstars such as Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, and many more. His love for dance has reached a huge fan base and has opened up doors for him to work with the dance industry’s biggest choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Lavelle Smith Jr., and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Jamile has choreographed routines for numerous shows and competitions across the nation, but now he has left Los Angeles returned back to his hometown of Maryland to spread his love for dance and build a dance haven for those throughout the Greater Washington DC Metro. The DMV, which stands for the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region, welcomes back Jamile McGee into their hearts. A week before moving back Jamile was honored to perform at the United States Air Force Band “Guest Artist Series” and was anxious to return back to the region responsible for his success.Jamile McGee and his wife Angie, who are now back in the DMV area to stay, are looking to open up their own dance and choreography studio. Along with looking for qualified dancers to start a dance company, Jamile McGee hopes to spread his love for dance throughout the region and give back to the community a love for dance.

He presently is teaching a Joy and Motion to develop a following. He will also be teaching master classes and workshops at a studio to be announced soon within the month of April. For more information contact him on Facebook or his blog to attend classes and for him to teach workshops at your college, studio, facility, or for special events and performances. The DMV welcomes back Jamile McGee and is honored to claim one of the nations talented dancers and choreographers. Welcome home Jamile McGee!

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Jamile McGee Teaching in the DMV

Be sure to pass this along to all those in the DMV dance community!

To all who are interested in bboying, popping, and advanced hip-hop Be Sure to go to Jamile McGee’s class tomorrow. He is Teaching tomorrow at at Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts. Intermediate /Advanced Hip Hop 11:30am-1:00 1333 H Street Northeast, Washington D.C 3/27/11 Come get down and sweat!!!

Other Days Teaching at Joy of Motion:

Tuesday- 6:30-7:30pm- Beg Hip Hop- Bethesda

Tuesday- 7:30-9pm- Low Intermediate Hip Hop- Bethesda

Sunday- 11:30am-1pm- Inter/Advanced Hip Hop- Atlas

Stay tuned for dance workshops and look for Jamile McGee in the new movie Lemonade Mouth Coming out April 15th in theatre’s across the nation

©Jasmine McGee

ThinkSoul25

http://thinksoul25.com

World Hold On

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As a writer I have exposed my readers to my random side, my taste for music, my raw opinions on dating and relationships, and my savvy editorial content. I’ve received a great deal of positive response regarding my written material, yet I’m still faced with other impending issues and concerns.

Writer’s have the ability to change a life with a nicely constructed sentence or an entire essay. Even taking the time to switch out a word for another choice from the Thesaurus can make or break the message. Words are meant to make a statement and I Child1know that first hand from the feedback I’ve received regarding my writing style. I may not be a scholar or an award winning journalist, but I am a young black woman with a heart for the world and a laptop with keys waiting for my fingerprints. Ever since I was young I always had a passion for writing papers in school, especially researching a topic in depth and conducting an analysis.

It’s hard to obtain knowledge in life without in depth research.Without those dedicated to writing about their findings, how will the world be aware of the issues? I’m not going to sit here and rant about saving the whales, feed the homeless, and judge those who don’t devote five days out of the week to a world cause. I myself know all to well how busy life can be and wished I had enough time in the day to complete my school work, blog, and commit to a world cause. Yet when I look back at the statement I just wrote, the word “blog” stands out in my mind. I may not be able to volunteer at homeless shelters on a daily basis or send money to children in other countries because I’m a struggling student and I don’t get paid for my writing as of yet, but I realize that I can still touch the world with my blog.

japan-child-300x276We live in such a vibrant technological society that has the power to connect the world through a computer screen, video games, television, and even smartphones. For those of us who can’t afford to travel around the world and even take trips to different states within our own nation, we do have the power to promote causes through technology. Every aspect of our lives and even those living in undeveloped countries,are subject to either minor or major communication through the usage of a technological invention.

As a writer and a human in this global village called Earth, I have a responsibility to shed light on the world’s issues. If one blogger, one author, one musician, one painter, one scientist, one politician, and one teacher used their talent to spread a cause, the world would be able to hold on and have hope for the sun to shine. If we all work together, especially those of us who may not have access to thousands of dollars to provide aid relief, we can use the power of our words and talents to promote causes in hopes of reaching someone with the necessary means to make a difference on a larger scale.

cryingchildPeople have always told me that I have a heart for the world but as I writer I’ve taken that badge for granite. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing about popular culture and I enjoy ranting about my frustrations and revelations involving relationships, but there is more to my voice as a writer. I’ve written some excellent 8-10 page papers for school on serious topics impacting the world, but I haven’t showcased this talent via my blog. I’m more then just a savvy and sassy writer that posts great music and funny stories. I have a heart for the world and I haven’t been fulfilling my duty as an active writer.

The world we live in is filled with lots of good and unthinkable amount of bad. Selfish political agenda’s often disenfranchise the common civilians and an addiction to wealth leaves those in need wandering in the streets. What if we decided to make different decisions in life? What if instead of spending millions of dollars on weapons and defense, we discovered new ways to make fresh water available to all.  What if we cut back on the monthly expenses for weave upkeep and sent money to causes in our nation and abroad. What if instead of derrionalbertkilling each other in our black communities we became a united front and gentrified our own communities. What if instead of starting wars in the streets of America and abroad, we started healing the world and setting aside our self seeking agenda’s. What if one writer decided to devote a post a day to a world cause? What if that one writer banded together with writers across the nation and united they stood in making the world a better place…one blog at a time.

To all my fellow bloggers, use your voice to spread a cause, and change the world one blog post at a time. Join BloggersUnite to start making a difference today.

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©Jasmine McGee

ThinkSoul25

http://thinksoul25.com

ThinkSoul25: Thoughts of an Urban Nomad Vlog 2

It was one of the first real snowy days here in Denver( not the mountains) where the snow actually stuck and didn’t melt an hour later. I had been out in the snow all day running errands, and when I came home I decided to do a quick video blurb. Check it out! More concentrated topic vlog  later on.

You Don’t Even Know Me

Armand Van Helden- You Don’t Even Know Me

This has been my theme song for the past 11 years of my life. “You don’t even know me…you say that I’m not living right…you don’t understand me….so why do you judge my life?” I know every word in this song by heart and it’s a song I hold close to my soul. I grew up in a household that promoted and evoked success. My childhood was spent moving around from various cities and parts of the country. People always asked me “Are your parents in the military?” I would simply reply, “No, we are just artsy nomads.” I’m always on the move. I’ve lived in over 40 different houses/apartments, went to three different elementary schools, five middle schools, and four different high schools. The list of colleges I have attended is quite interesting as well, but that’s a story for another day.

I don’t stay in one place to long and I don’t apologize for the social makeup. I was born in Columbus, Ohio but I don’t claim it as a hometown and I claim the DMV (DC.MD.VA) as my hometown. It’s my hometown because its where most my greatest cultural experiences have taken place, but my hometown is also the world…the cultural experiences that have molded me into the woman I am. My time in Ohio was brief due to moving out West in 1995 and staying put in Colorado Springs for five years. It was a pleasant time in my life but Colorado Springs was( and still is) lacking a defined and expansive culture. I currently stay in Denver, been here for three years and will be moving again within the next few months back to the East Coast. Colorado has been a chill time for me to focus on school, be outdoors, go up to the mountains, but this isn’t a lifestyle pace I prefer. I miss meeting people from around the world, I miss hanging out in the city, I miss being able to drive up to New York and walk the streets as it was Fashion Week. Simply put….I’m an East Coast girl.

When I was young my mom always taught me that when you assume, you make an ass out of “u” and “me”. I don’t like to be an assumptive person and it grinds my gears when people think they can figure me out. There is nothing to figure out, because I’m upfront on a daily basis. If I don’t like someone, they are going to know it. If I’m not attracted to a man, then I will tell him he is too short and just not what I’m looking for. Life isn’t a fairytale where everything can be figured out in a matter of seconds. Life is raw, life is hard, life is boring at times, but with patience and staying on my grind…I manage.

I can be a social butterfly and be the life of the party, but I also can be the girl in the corner listening to her music and writing in a journal. I don’t like to waste my time on foolishness and I prefer not to associate with dream killers. At the age of 19 years old I have accomplished a good amount of things and my resume speaks for it self. I may not be where I want to be yet, but once I move back to the East Coast and can actually accept the internships I’ve been offered and write for the magazines I want to…then I will be set.

I grew up in a family of driven people. My brother wouldn’t have been touring the world dancing if he wasn’t focused on reaching his goals and opted to waste his time smoking and partying his life away. My dad wouldn’t be a Princeton Alumni if he spent all his time hanging out with people, instead he focused on his literary studies and gained the title of being one of the top professional African-American proposal writers in his respective field. A woman that I’m very close to and have a lot of respect for is my mom. She encourages me on a daily basis to cut out the distractions and be the best woman I can be. She wouldn’t have published nine books and had her art showcased nationally if she spent all her time gossiping with older women. Instead, my mom works out of the home running her business Black Revival Studio and is constantly creating to express the pain and racism she experienced throughout her life.

The saying “Birds of the same feather flock together” holds very true to my lifestyle.My mom is a world class artist, my dad is a Princeton alumni who is on the intellectual level of Cornell West and Eric Dyson, my brother is a phenomenal choreographer and dancer (Jamile McGee) who works with some of the best in the entertainment industry, including legends, and my mother’s uncle Nate Fitzgerald is a famous Jazz legend who has played with all the greats. That doesn’t begin to mention my aunts and uncles who hold Masters and PHD’s in their fields, are high ranking military officers, and have worked amongst some of the best in the country in their career arenas. With such an impressive intellectual heritage, it was a matter of time before the drive for success was planted inside my soul.

The passion inside of me isn’t some commercial replicate fueled by notions of revenge and proving the haters wrong. My passion is a God Given result of such a prestigious family environment. At the age of fourteen, nobody had to tell me to sit at desktop and write a 500 word article about modern day racism. Nobody had to tell me to take this article and submit it to a national teen magazine, a long with a picture. Even though I’m influenced by my family, my destiny is in the hands of God and is a raging fire within the depths of my soul. I’m working towards a degree in Professional writing and plan on getting a Masters, not because I want to prove something… but because I’m capable of achieving it and I have plans that I want to bring to life. Getting my education is a logical map that I’m using to make a name for my self in the writing industry.

Success is my birthright and isn’t a journey of vengeance….but a journey of discovery. Everyone has different paths they must walk, run, or drive in this life. I’m opting to drive my route, reaching my destination as soon as possible before the clock runs out!

©Jasmine McGee

ThinkSoul25

http://thinksoul25.com