SISTER SWANS: Bless Roxwell

Bless Roxwell
Hip Hop Artist/Poet/Blogger

bless roxwell

Sister Swan

1.   What are you working on right now?
Right now I am working on multiple projects. I am a Hip Hop artist so I am in the process of writing and recording my 4th project, a free mixtape for download for my music fans, I am writing the blog “She’s So Fresh” Fridayz where I profile a different woman in Hip Hop every Friday with the focus on female MC’s in particular and that’s on www.thebloomeffect.com/blog on friday during the day and then it goes up on my blog, www.roxrevolution.blogspot.com on Friday evening.  I’m also gearing up for the “She’s So Fresh” Showcase on 8/6/2009 featuring an all female MC lineup.

2.   What book(s) are you reading right now?
I just finished reading an amazing book that inspired me so much called “Put Your Dreams First, Handle Your Entertainment Business” by this powerful, truthful sista, you may know her…;-). I also just recently finished “The Witch of Portobello” by Paulo Coehlo.

3.   Share something you do for work that’s harder than it looks.
I would have to say writing and performing. There’s this perception that if you want to be an MC all you have to do is write something that rhymes and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is thought and effort that go into writing something that bounces for 3:30, makes people want to groove to it, purchase it, support it, AND has the longevity to stick to the wall and stand out. Not to mention commanding the audience, interacting them and convincing them that, even though they haven’t heard you on the radio or haven’t heard of you period, you’re still worth listening to. Getting up onstage in front of X amount of people (b/c it varies widely) and showing and proving that you have the skills and deserve to be up there taking up the listeners time, is no easy task. And I think people SERIOUSLY underestimate how hard it is for any artist, let alone a woman MC fighting to be heard and respected in the “Boy’s Club” that is Hip Hop.

4. Describe a moment of sweet vindication.
I honestly don’t know if I’ve had that moment yet. I feel in my spirit that it is coming b/c there is a renewed interest in the woman MC but it has yet to manifest itself on a level that I would say feels to me like vindication. Still waiting… 

5.   What’s the most dangerous aspect of the waters you navigate?
I’d have to say it’s making sure I don’t get pigeonholed and/or or labeled the “man-hater” as a way to cut my power in this “Boy’s Club”. I love my man, my brother and all the other amazing brothers that support me and my efforts. And I’m always willing to work with brothers that are respectful to women, I’m even willing to educate the ones that aren’t..lol, but there are some folks that will straight up tell other people, “don’t deal with her, she’s hates men” and to a man, that may be offensive and may actually keep that man from working with me. Those that know me, they know that’s not true but if you don’t know me and see me doing so much to promote women, it may be easy to believe. But the reality of my philosophy is you don’t have to fall for me to rise, and vice versa. Life is about balance and the ancient Chinese knew that you can’t have the Yang without the Yin, just doesn’t work. So its an effort to always make sure the brothers I am working with understand that my mission is not about them looking bad but always about making sure my sistas are properly repped and look good.

6.   Name two places you call home.
I am originally from Boston, MA so that will always be home. I definitely don’t get back there as much as I wish I could but it’s always gonna be home. I have lived in NY now for 10 years (this September) so this has become home now also, even though I maintain a love/hate relationship with it (thank you very much MTA).

7.   Who are your influences?
Wow, so many. It all starts with my mom though, really. Raising my brother and me as a single mom, putting herself through nursing school, then medical school, all the while keeping us out of jail, off drugs, and instilling a value system of love, tolerance and strength. It’s always my mama. Beyond that, there were so many powerful women over the years that influenced me. My beloved West Indian grandmother and my English teacher from High School, both of whom shared and gave me so much wisdom and have since passed away. My older brother, whose passion for Hip Hop runs VERY close to mine and from whom I accepted the MC torch. My cousin that I call my uncle, Donovan, and my true uncle, Oswald, both of whom assumed the role of father figure when I didn’t have one. The list could go on as I am very close to my family and those that I love tend to have a very strong influence on me.

Artistically, KRSONE, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Rakim, Slick Rick, Chuck D, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson (for sure, smh L), Sade, Aretha Franklin, Madonna…I mean the list can keep going and going…lol.

8.   We all need creative stimulation to be successful. What is your favorite creative food?
Sweet and Sour meatballs with Jasmine Long Grain White Rice…it’s mean and I make it myself.

9. What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasures are 80’s music (can’t get enough of it, even the bad stuff), anything and everything history and science related, the more ancient the history the better, and I am borderline obsessed with Science Fiction and Action SciFi. I’m a huge Trekkie, know several random facts about Star Wars, Transformers, Thundercats, GI Joe, Ironman..I’m a total geek about that stuff.

Advertisements

8 Responses to “SISTER SWANS: Bless Roxwell”

  1. New Designer Knowles Fashion Says:

    Hello I discovered this site by accident, I was flipping through Google for New Fashion Designers when I found your site, I must say your blog is very cool I just love the theme, its astounding!. I’m strapped for time in this instance to completely read through your webpage but I have favorited it and also signed up for your RSS feeds. I will be back in a day or two. Bravo for a great website.

  2. CoolAmp Says:

    im really liking your blog and your writing style. we share a lot of the same interest. im @ http://www.tekbuz.com home of the Hi Tech Gadget Reviews,Software, Tutorials, Music, Wallpapers, Celebrity Gossip, Videos,and More.

  3. Felicitas Says:

    Some genuinely nice and useful info on this website , likewise I believe the style has got superb features 😀

  4. Realtor in Maryland Says:

    I have been searching on-line through three hours these days, but I never found any amazing post like yours. Its pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and blog writers made excellent articles when you did, the web could be a much more useful than ever before ahead of.

  5. thermal vision Says:

    I wish to express some appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from this type of dilemma. Just after checking throughout the online world and meeting proposals which are not helpful, I assumed my entire life was done. Being alive minus the approaches to the issues you’ve resolved by means of your write-up is a crucial case, as well as ones which may have in a negative way affected my entire career if I hadn’t noticed your blog. That competence and kindness in playing with all the details was invaluable. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not come across such a thing like this. I am able to at this moment look forward to my future. Thanks so much for your expert and amazing help. I will not think twice to recommend your site to any individual who requires counselling about this problem.

  6. Zack Twombley Says:

    Amazing blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any tips? Bless you!

  7. John Bridger Says:

    Do you need to make a <a href="settlement.targenor.se

  8. search engine optimization Says:

    Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend
    your website, how can i subscribe for a blog site?
    The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this
    your broadcast offered bright clear concept

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: