The Book of Jonah – Nadir’s New Album is Available NOW on Enhanced CD & Digital Download

Yes, it’s true. Good things come to those who wait, and we’ve been waiting a long time for Nadir’s new album The Book of Jonah. Well, here’s to the virtue of patience. The Book of Jonah is finally HERE!

For his third full-length album, Detroit’s soul scribe has penned a bold anthology of prose, parable, prophecy and fable, expertly fusing 21st Century blues, modern rock, progressive soul and new Detroit funk – often in the same song. From the blaxploitation – inspired opening salvo, “A Hustler (In Spite of Myself)“, and the covert soul mission of the greasy first single, “Go It Alone“, to his hard-hearted collaboration with rock/soul diva Mayaeni on “95 Miles Down the Road” and the hip hop blues ballad “The Bottle“, Nadir continues to refine his unique and ever evolving Distorted Soul sound.

Take a few minutes to preview and share the tracks on the player below. If you like what you hear, support your brother, Nadir, and buy some music. If you buy the Enhanced CD, you’ll also receive the “Go It Alone” video and the brand new music video for “95 Miles Down The Road. (And don’t forget the 7-inch vinyl singles for both of those tracks.) So turn your speakers up, press play, and enjoy.

“To label Nadir as a neo-soul artist would be neglecting his rock roots; to call him a rock artist would be overlooking his hip-hop and jazz influences. Fully encompassing all the talents that Nadir possesses would be comparable to expanding the mathematical term Pi to its last digit.” – Michigan Chronicle

 

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Be in Nadir and Mayaeni’s Music Video Oct 2nd

Hey! Come be in our music video!

Early this summer, rock and soul phenoms Mayaeni and Nadir wrote and recorded a hard-charging track called “95 Miles Down the Road” for Nadir’s forthcoming album.

On Sunday, October 2, we’re inviting the sexiest, most energetic people in Detroit to make up the audience for the concert portion of the “95 Miles” music video. That means YOU!

Join us for a late morning video shoot at the legendary PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Avenue in Corktown, Detroit, Michigan. All you have to do is wear your finest rock show regalia, and party like it’s Friday night!

Meet us at PJ’s at 10:30am. We’ll start shooting the crowd scenes at 11am, and our goal is to finish the concert footage in time for you to kick back with a cold one and enjoy the Lions game at PJ’s.

PLEASE RSVP on Facebook HERE!!

Thanks! See you there!!

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Brown Bag It With Teddy Richards & Nadir – Wed, July 20

Brown Bag LunchLet’s do lunch!  On Wednesday, July 20 at 12 noon downtown Detroiters will enjoy a rock and soul lunch with singer/songwriters Teddy Richards and Nadir Omowale at Beatrice Buck Park, 311 E. Grand River in the Harmonie Park area. The event is sponsored by Springfed Arts, and celebrates the 2nd year anniversary of the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center.

Hosted by songwriter John D. Lamb, Springfed Arts in Buck Park lunchtime series spotlights Michigan’s best singer/songwriters in an intimate, summertime setting. Richards and Omowale will each offer soulful solo sets. Bring your brown bag, and enjoy the show.

For More Information about critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Teddy Richards visit www.TeddyRichards.com

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Brown Bag It With Teddy Richards & Nadir
Springfed Arts in Buck Park
Beatrice Buck Park

311 East Grand River
Detroit, Michigan
12 noon – 1pm
For more info visit:
www.Springfed.org

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Nadir Featured on Good Life Radio Mon. Dec. 6

Nadir - Photo by Lisa LuevanosUPDATE: I’m not on until the 10pm hour. Sorry for any inconvenience.

TONITE! Nadir is the featured artist on Good Life Radio with K-Lew, Slim and Fal J at 9pm EST on WHPR 88.1FM in Detroit and live online at www.fm881whpr.com (Windows Media Player).

We’ll watch Nadir music videos, listen to music, perhaps check out some documentaries about Nadir and take your calls. Join the conversation at 313-868-0331 or 313-868-8688.

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Kenya Moore – Creating An Empire

Actress, producer Kenya Moore is more than just a pretty face

By J. Nadir Omowale
Originally Published in Ambassador Magazine

“I think any attractive woman in any field is always going to be underestimated.

”Kenya Moore speaks from experience. The voluptuous hazel-eyed Detroit native is a former Miss Michigan and in 1993 was crowned Miss USA. She appears in movies (Waiting To Exhale, I Know Who Killed Me) and on television shows (Girlfriends, The Jamie Foxx Show). Her bikinied body and stunning features regularly adorn the covers of men’s magazines and fashion publications.

But Kenya Moore is much more than a beautiful package. She is a business executive, an author, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. Beneath that curvaceous, chocolate exterior lies a bright, intelligent, funny, and driven woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to use what she’s got to get it.

“People tend to discount a woman’s intelligence if she’s beautiful, and I’m no different,”says Moore.“I feel great that people find me attractive, but the challenge is always proving the stereotype to be false.”

Raised by her grandmother, Moore attended Detroit’s Cass Technical High School. Kenya loved to perform, and studied dance. She was a member of the school’s dance team and fondly recalls performing at ballgames.

Moore’s pageant career began when she and some friends entered the Miss Black Star talent pageant for girls age 13 to 16, where Moore took first runner up. “Just for the record,” she advises, “singers always trump dancers.You can never beat a good singer! It’s just a rule of the world.”

Moore kept entering pageants, and started winning. The more prestigious the pageant, the better the rewards, including cash prizes, scholarships, and even a car.

Pageants also forced Moore to improve her communication skills, overcome any fears she had of public speaking, and polish her overall presentation, which, she says, helped her become the woman she is today.

Modeling and acting were a natural progression for Moore after her reign as Miss USA, but she entered a Hollywood that is highly political and notorious for its lack of decent roles for women of color. “What I learned is that the acting world is a business, and most of the time the best person doesn’t get the job,”says Moore.“It always has something to do with name value, or the relationship the person has with the casting director, or the producer, or the director, or the studio … It rarely is about the best person who shows up at the audition.”

So Moore decided to do something different.“I didn’t like my career path, and I felt a lack of control,”she reveals. She began to set her own course in 2000 as associate producer of the independent film Trois, which became one of the highest grossing African-American movies of the year. She has produced several other projects over the last decade and hasn’t looked back.

Moore is very enthusiastic about her latest production, The Confidant, which finds the actress/producer starring alongside Boris Kudjoe (Love & Basketball, Soul Food), rapper David Banner, Asian sex symbol Bai Ling (The Crow), and Billy Zane (Titanic).

The suspense/thriller was written and directed by Alton Glass, who Moore met at the American Black Film Festival where both were nominated for best film. Neither of them won, but after seeing Glass’ horror film, Marco Polo, Moore was determined to work with him.

“What I loved the most about the Confidant script was there was no reference to color. We could have had any ethnicity play any role, and it would’ve worked. I knew that the script was so powerful, I could get the cast that I wanted.”

Not content with just acting, modeling, and producing, Moore is also passionate about The Kenya Moore Foundation, which provides scholarships to underprivileged girls at Moore’s alma mater, Cass Tech.“I look for girls who have had a difficult time in school,”she explains.“One that may have gone from a solid B average to maybe a C minus, struggling with emotional issues or just having a hard time in life in general. It’s basically telling them, ‘Look. You can get your life together, but you’ve got to get an education.’For me it’s just inspirational.‘Here is something that can help you get to where you want to be in life.’”

Moore credits much of her tenacity, her toughness, and her “hustler mentality” to her upbringing in Detroit.“I’m gonna get it done no matter what,”she asserts.“I’m not gonna hurt anybody to do it, but I’m gonna get it done, and no one can tell me no.

“I attribute those aspects of my personality directly to Detroit, because without that basic knowledge and education from street to school, I wouldn’t be who I am.”

Moore Vision Media

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