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Why The Tupac Festival In Nashville, Tennessee Is Important to the World

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Just the title alone screams WHAT! I still can't believe it's actually a festival for Tupac and it's actually taking place in Nashville. As much as people may think of Nashville as the home of Country music, it's roots are music as a whole, hence, MUSIC CITY. As a "Little Big Town" (pun intended) the community feel makes it extra special to host the Tupac Festival. 

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A grand community featuring, Slim And Huskys, Beats & Brushes, Seafood Sensations, EYEPISSGLITTER (owwww), Fella Vision, PRJMarie, 1608Creatives, Dixon N Such, Concrete Magazine, 92Q, and many more are giving helping to plan some exciting events circled around not only the movie premiere of All Eyez On Me, but the 46th birthday of Tupac Shakur. It all started with a few friends coming together excited about the drop of the movie and wanting to do something extra special for his birthday...that small idea turned into a festival and that's where we are now. 

The Tupac Festival will include:

  • Birthday Party, hosted by Vibe Magazine
  • Beats & Brushes at Agenda
  • Art Show via Slim And Huskys
  • The Searching for Black Jesus Panel hosted by The National Museum of African American Music (myself, Big Fella and Anasa Troutman are speaking on that

And plenty more. Take a look at the visuals

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For more information visit the Instagram.com/tupacfestival

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#GunsAndButter The Exhibition That Brought So Many Creative Souls of Nashville

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Le, you did your thing and I'm so happy to be apart of your progress and help execute your vision. I know this is only the beginning as your talent as a photographer and a true artist really shows and I'm so happy others can see it too. Cheers to you and I'm ready to get these images all around Nashville, Tennessee.

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To everyone who came out to celebrate to some great tunes provided by Andre, and art direction by Mike Ewing, a sincere thank you to you all!! And big thanks to Slim & Husky's for providing that good pizza as always. Check out some photos from the night and keep your eyes peeled this week.

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The Anxiety That Was More Like Excitement For Biggie's Birthday Celebration

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So yes I DJ'd in college, but it was on vinyl more so & I kind of didn't do it long. I did one party at BarCar in Nashville when I was a part of Olamiji's all women's event promotional group, NuQueen Ent. I was taught by some of the BEST DJ's. Shout out to DJ Crisis, Big Boy AJ, and DJ Young Breezye.

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Big Poppa by Caffeine Dream

Big Poppa by Caffeine Dream

This time around DJ Jazzy T, (my sis) and client had the most bomb idea that I DJ again and a little be more that I can't speak on just yet. So I actually said yes. Funny how things come together, I was able to get my DJ setup, headphones and music within a week of saying it (thanks Lightweight). After that I looked at it as, "You really don't have an excuse, it's time." So I've been practicing day, night, morning and whenever I can.  

I was really happy when I was asked to DJ my best fiend, Ciera's surprise birthday party (party of the year). I literally DJ'd from 3PM to 3AM! Then my sister cousin, Shebi's Graduation party (so much love and inspiration and great music in one room) and now my third gig of the month and my very first as DJ CropTopTot!  

I ended up having so much fun! If you we're there you'll see I'm a dancer at heart & just about every song is "my song", so I left wth my legs hurting and a bit of a sore throat. It was all worth it & I was totally in my element. I messed up a few times but the music was so good. Check out a few photos below.

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I Just Needed Time Alone With My Own Thoughts.

Got treasures in my mind but couldn't open up my own vault. 

The Country, TN

The Country, TN

No really. Before 2017 came along, I just knew my life would be dramatically different than anything from 2016 and much better than 2015. No negative Nancy, but I did have a little fake heartbreak (I can laugh about it now, kind of) then between that and not knowing what was going on with Gam, I was feeling all kinds of ways. Still healing with everything but using that energy to be creative as phuk. One thing that I have been extremely consistent in since I could make words into sentences is WRITING. 

I have not stopped since, and reading some of my old material has pushed me to keep going. Not only that but designing, because after all, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Women's National Month (March), and great things to do. So get ready for some good reads, places you'll probably want to check out, garments you'll want to rock, accessories you must have and a bomb a$$ 2017 because this year is all about letting go, and I was born on the 17th so it's even more JIGGY.

-Tatiana aka EYEPISSGLITTER

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How Raising My Gam That Raised Me, Helped Raise Me More

Surviving five heart attacks, four diabetic seizures, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's, gastrointestinal cancer and breast cancer would sound like a stew of pain. Thankfully, I was able to witness my precious Gam seem to not have any pain (Thank you God for this).

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Rewind, I initially moved back to Tennessee to help take care of my Mama when she was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, she was also taking care of my Gam (Mama's Mama) that also had two cancers along with Alzheimer's. Sounds like a lot, but when you LOVE your foundation so much that's small. I stayed, left my bills back in Arizona (yes, random yet peaceful move to the desert) and helped take care of both my Mama and Gam. I had no idea that when my Grandpa came to visit (lived with him in NY for five years; we took care of each other; my bff) that he would suddenly have a stroke and pass. 

I was heartbroken and I didn't know if I would be able to make it. He is/was ( I still speak of him presently) one of a kind and the best man I've ever known. I had no choice but to keep going, my Mama still had cancer treatments and began to have immense pain, not to mention Gam had chemotherapy as well. As I write this I'm seeing that things happen as they are supposed to. I think if they were doing ok, I may not have been ok because I wouldn't have felt the need to.

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Not too long after February 10, 2015, my Aunt Alberta (Grandpa's sister) passed away. I was sad as I love her and seeing my other Aunts and Uncle Bobby be sad made my heart ache. Not to mention my Mama was in the hospital that week and couldn't go. Little did I know the very week after, July 5, 2015 that she too would pass. Again, writing this is only the brink of my feelings. It doesn't seem real but I can say I am at peace knowing my love angels are. Soon after, my other cousin Diane passed away a month later, my cousin Clayborn passed away that December, the next year November 6, 2016 my Aunt Marie (Grandpa's sister) passed away and now we're here...

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February 18, 2017, my sweet Anna Lee aka Gam went home. As you can see it's been quite some challenges, from grieving to attempting to continue life, take care of myself, but be selfless to make sure my loved ones are cared for. I have no complaints as I have been able to do the things that I want but to a limit. I am grateful for those limits though. Going back to raising my Gam. The effects of Alzheimer's are tremendous and if the caretaker themselves doesn't take care of themselves they too will suffer. Somehow I made it to this point where I could write about it. But this is only the beginning.

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Thank you my dearest Anna Lee, Percy Johnson, Terri Odel.

Because of YOU I can do this.

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Before #ShEther There Was Lil' Kim Hard Core on Vinyl

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When I think of Hip Hop and albums that have changed my life, besides Snoop's Doggystyle; Lil' Kim's Hardcore was number one to me when it came out. I remember my Mama purchasing it for me on cassette. It's classic, the petite wordsmith (as said via her first Source Magazine feature) brought her A game. 

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Check out a few photos of her recording process of the classic Hardcore.

 

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A huge thank you to Urban Outfitters. Cop your Hardcore album here

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Let's Eat • Tupelo Honey Cafe

I knew Franklin, Tennessee had a lot of cool restaurants, but it wasn't until my cousin Jessica and I made our way to Tupelo Honey Cafe that I was super thrilled. 

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I've been back to eating meat so I went right to the Chicken and Sweet Potato Maple Bacon and Grits with Goat Cheese. Delicious and can't forget the Peach Mai Tai and Bloody Mary! 

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Make your way to new favorite brunch spot and tell them Tatiana sent you. 

Tupelo Honey Cafe 

2000 Meridian Blvd. #110

Franklin, TN 37067