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 Nikia Chaney

Nikia Chaney

By Lue Dowdy, SANBERNARDINO, CA – Artist Review: This week I selected the lovely and talented Nikia Chaney. Nikia was select because of the wonderful work she does in the community and at the colleges highlighting Creative Writing. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this amazing talent recite poetry. I can’t say enough how gifted she is.

Nikia is a wife and a mother of five beautiful children. Nikia is currently an educator, teaching English composition at San Bernardino Valley Community College and a community service leader, organizing and working with several literary organizations here in the Inland Empire.

Receiving two MFAs in Creative Writing, Nikia’s life is filled with literature, teaching, reading to children, and writing. While the subjects of her writing vary, Nikia finds herself writing about the places here in Southern California and the Inland Empire. “I’ve been in San Bernardino/Rialto for over 15 years.  I have been a poet for only a few years.  I have always loved to read.  But when I discovered poetry I couldn’t let go. I also love teaching and working with in the community”- Says Nikia.

Nikia pays respect and homage to the women that have paved the way for her such as, writers, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Inspired by the wonderful women entrepreneurs and community organizers surrounding her, she’s currently working on a few projects.     Nikia is editing an anthology of “call and response” poetry for Black History Month with Orange Monkey Publishing.  The book launch is scheduled for Feb, 2014.

She has two chapbooks published: Sis Fuss (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2013) and ladies, please (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming). She’s also in the process of partnering with Salt + Spice and organization that creates community events.  They’re planning to open up a small venture called Local Treasures that can feature the artwork of local artists. Please check out her online magazine, shufPoetry, which showcases experimental poetry.  Nikia will be conducting poetry workshops at a local bookstore coming soon. What an amazing woman!

For more on Nikia and her work, visit these links: www.nikiachaney.com,http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0615752373, www.callanthology.com, www.shufpoetry.com, www.saltandspice.wordpress.com,www.orangemonkeypublishing.com, www.inlandiajournal.org,www.localauthorpe.com.

CSUSB Student Krystal Yvonne is “Top Model”

Krystal Yvonne is shown here modeling a black evening gown at the 2013 Urban HipHop/R&B Fashion Showcase produce by LUE Productions in collaboration with the Inland Empire The Jazz and Art Exchange on Saturday May 18. The show attracted a very large audience and appreciative audience. (Photo by Freddie Washington ©2013)

Krystal Yvonne is shown here modeling a black evening gown at the 2013 Urban HipHop/R&B Fashion Showcase produce by LUE Productions in collaboration with the Inland Empire The Jazz and Art Exchange on Saturday May 18. The show
attracted a very large audience and
appreciative audience. (Photo by
Freddie Washington ©2013)

By Lue Dowdy, SAN BERNARDINO, CA— This week’s artist selected for my review is the beautiful Krystal Yvonne.  Krystal Yvonne is an innovative and talented public relations professional, model, host and interviewer. Her communication style is straightforward, genuine, and savvy.
Krystal’s passion for what she does drives her to apply her knowledge in a creative, yet methodical manner. Krystal has a keen understanding of the cultural sensitivities that rule the business marketplace and knows how to command the media’s attention. A current student of Cal State University San Bernardino, Krystal, also works for the popular Hip Hop Magazine, “Street Motivation” as Host/Interviewer.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this tiny powerhouse in action. Recently crowned, LUE Productions 2013 Urban Fashion Show Top Model, Krystal ripped the runway like nobody’s business. Standing only 4 feet and some inches high compared to her competitors, she wowed the judges with her speech on why she should be selected top model.
Krystal is enthusiastic, professionally committed, and responsible. She’s a poised and competent team builder and natural leader. Please check her out on Facebook under Krystal Yvonne.
Congratulations, Krystal! (Photos of the fashion show and crowning , as well as the hip hop show,,can be seen on our LUE Productions Facebook page and at wssn.com.)

Erykah Badu & Friends Concert Pleases Packed House

Erykah Badu wowed a very excited audience with her string of hits and surpris encore finale last Thursday in San Bernardino, at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. (Photo by Freddie Washington ©2013)

Erykah Badu wowed a very excited audience with her string of hits and surpris encore finale last Thursday in San Bernardino, at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. (Photo by Freddie Washington ©2013)

Lyfe Jennings kept it real, relevant, and spiritually personal during his outstanding San Manuel performance. (Photo by Freddie Washington ©2013)

Lyfe Jennings kept it real, relevant, and spiritually personal during his outstanding San Manuel performance. (Photo by Freddie Washington ©2013)

By Lue Dowdy,

SAN BERNARDINO, CA— It’s ya girl LUE with my Artist Review and Entertainment Happenings in the IE and surrounding cities.
Attention! Attention! Erykah Badu “Showed Up & Showed Out”
Ladies and Gentlemen, last Thursday, I witnessed if not the best, definitely one of the best concerts of 2013 thus far. The house was packed!  If I’m not mistaken the concert was sold out or close to it.
Erykah Badu, Lyfe Jennings, and Bobby Valintino aka Bobby V, gave a magnificent performance. Each one of them not only sung, but played an instrument as well showcasing their other talents.
Bobby V, opened the show performing a few of his hits like, “Slow Down” and “Tell Me”. He had the ladies up in arms, the moment he took off his shirt showing all his oily muscles. Let’s just say it was getting pretty HOT!
Lyfe Jennings, a favorite of mine came out and smashed it. He performed his hits, “Stick up Kid; “It must Be Nice”; “S.E.X.”, and a few more. The last song Lyfe sung moved the crowd. He told his story of his incarceration and how GOD spoke to him in his darkest hour. I was really touched how he wasn’t afraid to praise the Lord.

Bobby V played piano and sang several of his lady-pleasing hits as he opened for Erykah Badu at the May 30 concert at San Manuel. (Photo by Freddie Washington ©2013)

Bobby V played piano and sang several of his lady-pleasing hits as he opened for Erykah Badu at the May 30 concert at San Manuel. (Photo by Freddie Washington ©2013)

So my girl, Erykah Badu, brought the house down! Her performance was an A plus. Two thumbs up for the Queen of Neo Soul. When I say everyone was on their feet, I mean everyone – including the full media row including Reps from the Sun, Press Enterprise, and a few other local papers and of course the Westside Story.
Erykah serenaded the audience with all her classics like, “On and On”; “Next Lifetime”; “Tyrone”; “Apple Tree”; The Other Side of The Game”; “Back In The Day”, and others.  I had folks jumping in front of me and steppin’ on my baby toe, trying to get a better view of the queen. This lady’s talent is extraordinary! I see why Common and Andrea 2000 was so gone over her.
Erykah’s, aura is indescribable. She sang, rapped, b-boxed, scatted, and played the drums. Once she completed her set the audience couldn’t get enough of her. They began to chant her name. The queen responded by coming back on stage, ending with my all-time favorite, “Bag Lady”.
The audience showed mad love to each artist by reciting their songs word for word and illuminating the auditorium with lights reflecting from their phones and lighters.  What a show!