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First Sunrise: Born Near Chicago For Guitarist Keithen Banks sometimes the sun shines. Sometimes the sun sets. Although you may prefer to live in the sunshine, what can really matter is what you choose to do in the darkness. When the sun went down, musician Keithen realized that he had to...
Dani King Determination from the Start  How do you react when you hear the word “No?” Do you give up? Urban-pop singer, Dani King revealed in an exclusive interview with 1st Amendment Media that “My motivation is when people tell me ‘NO’...and If you tell me no, I’m going to...
Don Medina is a name you may not know as a music fan. However, he is musically connected to a diverse list of music luminaries and heavyweights having worked with Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding, Jermaine Dupri, Usher, R. Kelly, Carl Thomas, Tyrese, LeToya Luckett, Young Jeezy, Leela James, Syleena...
Ausar Bradley What message should today's music represent? For Chicago rapper Ausar Bradley, progression and the power to uplift is how he chooses to tell his story and life experiences. Growing up in a large family of 10 siblings, he developed a love for music and the creativity behind the sound...
Elishema Wants to "Put a Smile on Your Face" “Too much sadness in the world, too much pain in the world. Now it’s time, time for a change.” Elishema said. These powerful lyrics are from the single “Put A Smile On Your Face” written by an up and coming Chicago artist, known...
Have you ever heard the saying “Only the strong will survive?” Well in this case, it’s a very true statement that really applies. Going through hardships and different transitions throughout life can cause you to give up on your dreams. But this didn't stop Young Blaze (Maurice Clopton), a...
Los Angeles-based rapper and Innovator Co. member ShonHayes speaks about how films, anime, Digimon and more influences his music. So often, musicians and filmmakers are influenced by more than just the medium they work within.  Everyday life and even architecture can influence a piece of music or a film. The...
Kingrey's Philipino and Ohio Roots Philipino-American singer, Marigold Kingrey, is known for her dance singles, “Talk To Me Dirty”,  “Everything I Do” and her most recent release, “Fall In Love”.   Philippines-born Kingrey grew up in the small town of Versailles, Ohio. There were six siblings in the household. She began her musical...
A "Dude" That Believes in the Positive Power of Hip Hop 1st Amendment Media recently had the chance to sit down with Chicago-based That Dude Monsoon. He spoke about Hip Hop’s ability to influence youth culture, as well as its more reflective functions. That Dude Monsoon believes that hip hop...
Soulful, Candid, Original and Independent Maimouna Youseff, known on the hip-hop scene as Mumu Fresh, is breaking barriers in the indie landscape with her candid lyrics and soulful style. The Baltimore-based singer/songwriter, MC and producer has toured with Common, The Roots and Queen Latifah. She’s also shared the stage with Nas,...
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