Unlikely 2.0

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Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Jasiri X

Jasiri XListen to any one of his songs and it's not surprising that Pittsburgh-based hip hop artist Jasiri X has had so much success with his Net-based news series "This Week with Jasiri X." Give him a few moments between subjects, and it seems possible he could deftly craft a few minutes of hip-hop brilliance on almost any topic of the day. He's just that good.
The three songs we present here at Unlikely show him to be capable of effortlessly creating addictive, viciously-focused background music to move us through the hooks and wild jabs of his writing. He wants us to pay attention to the message above all else. That much is clear, but that doesn't mean we can't have a good time doing that. "Blogs," "OG3 Oscar Grant Tribute" and "Our Defining Moment" all prove Jasiri X's very obvious talent for putting together songs that are both relentless and brutally clever in their lyrical intentions. At the same time, all three songs stand as the kind of thing that can get stuck in your head (in a good way) for the rest of the week. They represent hip-hop's greatest strengths and just how much storytelling potential the genre has always possessed. They also prove that it's possible to combine provocation with a popular sound. It takes a special kind of talent to do that well, but it's never out of reach if the ability is sound.
Self-confidence in hip-hop pretty much goes with the territory. Because of that, it's pretty easy to figure out when an artist is in over his head or has no idea what he's doing. Jasiri X has none of those problems. He is in complete control of his destiny and brings that energy to everything he touches. Every track he releases and every new edition of "This Week" shows us he's one of the most compelling artists currently tearing up the pavement in his particular line of work. It also points us towards his upcoming first album. If what he's shown us so far is in any indication, The Autobiography of Jasiri X should be essential material to anyone who still believes in the work that was started by legends like Chuck D, seemingly twenty or thirty thousand years ago. —GR

This Week With Jasiri X," the groundbreaking Hip-Hop news series, has taken the rap world by storm. Each Episode of "This Week With Jasiri X" features Your Hip-hop News Anchor Jasiri X reporting the national news over the hottest beats. Using lyrical skills, controversial subject matter, and phat beats, Jasiri X shows and proves that real Hip-hop is not in the least bit dead. Chuck D of Public Enemy once boldly declared that "Hip-hop was the CNN of the ghetto," and no artist has better embraced and embodied that concept than Jasiri X.

Jasiri X is an MC, activist and entrepreneur. He recently burst on the national and international Hip-Hop scene with the controversial hit song "Free the Jena 6" which was played on more than 100 radio station across the country and over 500,000 times on the Internet, was named "Hip-hop Political Song of the Year," and won "Single of the Year" at the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards.

Jasiri XHe followed that up with a searing commentary on the Sean Bell murder titled "Enough Is Enough". Featuring two videos produced by two of Hip-Hop most decorated veterans—X-Clan's Paradise the Arkitech and NYOIL—"Enough is Enough" spread like wildfire across the U.S. and lead to Jasiri X's first performance in New York City and a taped appearance on BET's Rap City.

As President of LYRICS Inc.(Leading Young Rappers in Career Success), Jasiri successfully navigates communication with today's youth via speaking (and teaching to adults) the language of Hip Hop and showing the pros and cons of this growing phenomenon. His accomplishments as a MC have added to his credibility and have made him an expert on the genre. He is a member of the Nation of Islam and the Millions More Movement of Southwestern Pennsylvania and a founding member of One HOOD, a group comprised of strong black men determined to heal the wounds of the community with a proactive approach. He is currently finishing work on his first full length CD, The Autobiography of Jasiri X.

Jasiri X says: "Art is an extension of the life that you live.  For me, art is therapy and provides the ability to express myself unhindered, allowing me the forum to share a part of myself, generally reserved, with others.  Art should move culture and thought forward, it should represent progress.  I believe art should be used as a tool to push the conversation and culture forward.  It should be used in a positive manner to uplift and unify our communities. I believe my work exemplifies my belief.
"I would like my art to influence young people to make better decisions in their personal lives and to influence a change in the culture of our community.  If I could swing the pendulum of education towards something that would encourage young people to want to grow old and prosperous; to be educated, intelligent, and make better decisions in their lives, I could die happy knowing that I was instrumental in making this sort of change."

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