INTERVIEW: Vashtie on The Combat Jack Show (Audio)


Note to self…maybe never do an interview after 2 glasses of Rosé. Sometimes the perks of having a bartender friend that never lets your glass empty works against you in an interview. Ha, actually – it’s not that bad…I’m just being overly-critical I think. I got some good feedback from this interview on Twitter and Instagram, mainly from other folks who identified with a lot of what I said. I don’t know, you can be the judge…the judge to hear my annoying voice and more annoying ramblings.

Yikes. For someone who rarely talks that much to people I am not very familiar with…I rambled.

Thanks to Reggie Ossé and Premium Pete for a wonderful opportunity to sit and chat.

(There was also not so great feedback, which is always funny…)

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THROWBACK: “You Better Work” Violette New York Look Book by Amanda Lopez (2012)

After the success of the first VIOLETTE VINTAGE COLLECTION, which focused on Sportswear – we bring to you another batch in the form of 90’s Bustiers. Inspired by 90’s Supermodels and Fashion, here is “YOU BETTER WORK” shot by AMANDA LOPEZ.

Makeup by TAI LOTSON (@TaiLotson) & Hair by GABI CORNEY (@GabiDoesHair).






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MUSIC: Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa, a 20 year old Chi Town native and 2014 XXL Freshman, is a new age lyricist with fresh perspectives that chemically blend to retain his lone, but worldly frequencies. This legend… in the making… has expanded the subject matter in hip hop by highlighting the limitless adventures of being young in the digital age, the gritty political culture of Chi Town and surviving rotten luck. With the spotlight on him, Vic Mensa is packing heat (musically, I mean). In July 2010, he released his debut mixtape “Straight Up” and of course gained unzipped Internet buzz. It’s Mensa’s 2013 mixtape “INNANETAPE”, with guest appearances by Ab-Soul, Thundercat, Chance The Rapper and Rockie Fresh, that is the A1 sauce to his come up. And recently, Mensa announced that his new ingredient/EP “Street Lights” will be coming soon. I’m obsessed and I’m excited…special thanks to my friend and booking agent James Rubin for putting me on (once again).

Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck Dir. by Ben Dickinson (my friend!)

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RIP: Life & Times of The Great Maya Angelou


The life and times of the great literary prophet Dr. Maya Angelou has sadly come to an end. At the age of 86, the poet, essayist, novelist and actress died Wednesday morning in her Winston-Salem, North Carolina home. While this news generates great sadness and universal loss, Dr. Angelou’s life and achievements will always be celebrated. And without any debate, she will be remembered not only for her poetic work but also for her vision of equality, tolerance and peace. Historically, Dr. Maya Angelou is the literary eyes and ears of the Civil Rights Movement and for that we salute her.


A Maya Angelou Event Timeline

  • 1928- On April 4, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson in Saint Louis Missouri.
  • 1941- She attended George Washington High School in San Francisco and studied dance and drama on scholarship at the California Labor School.
  • 1952- Marguerite Ann Johnson started her career as a nightclub singer and changed her name to “Maya Angelou”.
  • 1954/5- Toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess.
  • 1957- Completed and released her first album Calypso Lady.
  • 1958- Moved to New York City and joined the Harlem Writers Guild.
  • 1958- Acted in the Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks and wrote/performed Cabaret for Freedom.
  • 1959- Worked with Civil Rights Activists.
  • 1960- Moved to Cairo, Egypt and worked as editor of the English language weekly newsmagazine The Arab Observer.
  • 1961- Moved to Ghana and taught at the University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama.
  • 1961- She also worked as a feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times. While staying there, she met with Malcolm X.
  • 1964- Returned to America to help Malcolm X build his Organization of African American Unity.
  • 1965- X was assassinated and soon after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked her to served as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
  • 1970- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was published.
  • 1972- Wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the film Georgia, Georgia which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1977- Appeared in television adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots.
  • 1981- Wake Forest University appointed her as Reynolds Professor of American Studies lifetime chair.
  • 1993- President Clinton requested she compose a poem to read at his inauguration.
  • 1993- Appeared in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice.
  • 1996- Directed her first feature film, Down in the Delta.
  • 2000- Awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts.
  • 2002- Won Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for A Song Flung Up To Heaven.
  • 2008- Awarded the Lincoln medal.
  • 2011- President Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • 2013- Her 8th autobiographical book “Mom & Me & Mom” was published.
  • 2013- Interviewed by Oprah.
  • 2014- Dr. Maya Angelou passed away in her North Carolina home on May 28.


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NEWS: New York’s Abandoned North Brother Island – BBC News

You can hear the Mr. Softie truck and other New York City sounds from this deserted island/ secret hiding place, according to photographer Christopher Payne. After being abandoned for more than 50 years, North Brother Island is now trending and showing New Yorker’s what nature will do to our melting pot once we no longer exist. Imagine the city with no people…and just dense forests and wildlife (super spooky). I promise you, you’ll be in awe when you watch this BBC News video…

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