An unprecedented collection of exquisite works by Pierre Auguste Renoir, his great-grandson Alexandre Renoir, French Impressionists Camille Pissaro, Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne to be exhibited and offered for acquisition in Jacksonville, Florida
  Louis Valtat, 1904
Boca Raton, Florida August 9, 2010:  Jacksonville, Florida will be the graced city on October 2nd & 3rd, as the highly-regarded RRoberts Gallery hosts the exhibition and art acquisition “Renoir & The Impressionists”.  The gallery’s presentation is a rare collection of paintings, drawings, etchings and lithographs by the world’s finest masters of Impressionism.
For the past 18 months, RRoberts has been working to create this rare collecting opportunity in Jacksonville through an expert team who has been intimately working through Christies and Sotheby’s, among other important sources, to cultivate these authentic drawings, etchings and paintings by the true Impressionist school just for our Florida and Georgia art collectors.
Important works by Camille Pissarro, Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne round out this dream curatorial presentation in Jacksonville.
Manet, Cezanne, Pissarro…as well as the featured extraordinary works of Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), and his great-grandson Alexandre Renoir.  All are available for acquisition.
Alexandre Renoir, great-grandson of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), grandson of Claude Renoir (1901-1969), and son of Paul Renoir (1925-2005) will make a special appearance at the well-known gallery on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd.  This is a rare opportunity to meet this extraordinary artist and to view his magnificent artwork.  His works currently reside in quite important private collections throughout North America, Asia, Europe and the United Arab Emirates.
      Meet The Artist Receptions:  Saturday, October 2nd – 6pm – 9 pm
                                                       Sunday, October 3rd  1pm – 3pm
      RSVP:  904.388.1188               Admission is Complimentary
Renoir and the Impressionists is an exhibition not to be missed.  It is, simply, THE art event of the year in Jacksonville, and hosted by one of Florida’s most prominent purveyors of fine art.  For over twenty years, the R. Roberts Gallery in Historic Avondale has been known as the most highly-regarded and superior art dealers not only in Florida, but in the country.  Owner Jennifer Jones,  Fine Art Consultant “Bracken” Johnson, and Donald Dusinberre bring an unparalled level of cultural, art history, and art handling experience to the table.  It is an experience that delights all who they have the privilege of guiding and working with.  “Our goal is to create relationships with people from all walks of life who appreciate fine art”, says Jennifer Jones.
The Legacy lives On.  Alexandre Renoir and The Impressionists.  Previews begin September 24th, 2010 with an uncrating event from 6pm – 8pm, and will give patrons an opportunity to view the collection and mix and mingle with celebrities and gallery experts.

For more information, call the gallery directly at 904.388.1188.  RSVP’s for all events are also taken @ 904.388.1188.  The gallery is located in the Shoppes of Historic Avondale, 3606 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida.

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interview by Alana Tutwiler

“We struggle for the dollar just to gain a sense of power, but the power’s in the knowledge so you gots to be a scholar.” –“Off Top” from Revolution Revalationz, The Prolegend Movement


    The success of artists like T.I., Outkast, and Goodie Mob has proven that the Dirty South can hold its own in the hip-hop nation.  Rap is no longer strictly in the domain of the East or West Coast, but has had to open its arms and embrace the South and its gritty, crunk sound.
    The Prolegend Movement, a foursome straight from the streets of Jacksonville, FL, is looking to be the next big break-out group from the region and to put our city-not necessarily known for its music, on the map. Lankdizzim, J.Co, Laf Legend, and Mass Pro have joined forces to create a unique blend of hip-hop, funk, and soul that has set the underground scene on fire.
    Founding members Mass Pro and Laf Legend started out producing beats and music together. After seeing Outkast perform at a concert, they were inspired to begin rapping also.  When I asked how they came up with their names, Mass Pro replied that his name stands for “Weapons of Mass Production…musically, I was like a Sadaam Hussein. I got all the weapons.”
    Laf Legend’s goal was to pay homage to past artists. “I wanted to put a legend in every rhyme,” he explained. Mass Pro’s brother suggested combining their names to form The Prolegend Movement. 
    The duo soon became a trio when Laf Legend’s younger brother, Langston joined them. He became Lankdizzim during an impromptu moment in a studio session. He brought along his childhood friend Jacorie-who would become J.Co, to round out the group.
    2003 saw the release of their first studio effort, Revolution Revalationz. The mixtape was inspired by the music of Bob Marley, who spoke of revolutions and revelations. Revolution Revalationz is a hard-hitting, no holds barred commentary on the world as seen by Prolegend. They took inspiration from issues as varied as 9/11, the  Enron scandal, and the upcoming Superbowl in Jacksonville, which led to what some viewed as police harassment in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium in an effort to clean up the streets. The raw lyrics also took shots at then President Bush and the Iraq invasion.

    According to Laf Legend, the group “felt like struggles in the street, being a black man, it’s like you in a battle.  We felt like we were soldiers reporting on the front line.”
    Revolution Revalationz wasn’t all grim, however. “Revelationz was like we saw the hope for the future,” said Mass Pro.
    “The struggle to make your dreams come true is like being in a battle, like being a revolution,” Laf Legend added.
    The group plans to re-release the album with updated material reflecting current events, a move that I think would be widely welcomed by old and new fans alike. Revolution Revalationz is an underground sleeper hit with conscious lyrics that are a breath of refreshing air after inhaling the stale bars of some artists today. 
    The Prolegend Movement’s most recent release was their mixtape Black Diamonds, which dropped online on Christmas Day 2009.  With Black Diamonds, the group had come into their own, finding a comfortable groove that all of the members could work with. Landizzim noted that “we’re a lot more polished now. (On Revolution) we were more concerned about getting our point across.”
    “Black diamonds are rare…they’re stronger than regular diamonds,” added Mass Pro.
    With Black Diamonds, the group continued with their gritty lyrics, but ventured out into new territory as well, bringing in a reggae artist, Mosiah, on one track, “Oh Yes” and including something for the ladies with songs such as “One Too Many (Take Me Home)”, and “Ladies’ Choice”.  Black Diamonds has become a hit online and in the club scene and the group was named as a Black Planet Featured Artist for 2009.
    Prolegend has remained a united team throughout their successes as well as their struggles. J.Co explained that when he first joined up with them, he was headstrong and “I didn’t understand what they were trying to build.” He went on to add that he has found his niche in the group and is determined for them to stick together. “I know it’s a lot of dedication, blood, sweat, and tears that went into this project.  I don’t want to see this fail, I want to see all of us succeed.”
    “I want us to be a unit, a team, not a bunch of individuals,” he stated.
    The group has dealt with their share of obstacles in their journey towards success. The hip-hop genre is a challenging one to break into, especially in Jacksonville, which has not really seen a major artist emerge since 69 Boys in the early 90’s.  They are well aware of this fact, according to Lankdizzim, who noted that they must overcome “people’s preconceived notions about what they expect to be coming out of the region we’re in….we pretty much know what we’re up against, and we’re optimistic about getting into the game.”
    For him, and also for the other members, it’s about “unity, us staying together, keeping ourselves together, running ourselves like a business…it’s almost more about being a business man than being an artist sometimes. Thus far, we’re doing very good for where we’re at.”

Find The Prolegend Movement online on Facebook Myspace Twitter BlackPlanet Youtube.
Purchase/download their CD’s on Datpiff: Cdbaby Itunes.

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3 May 2010

As founder and host of the weekly webcast, veteran Duval emcee, Mas Appeal created The Lyricist Hour as an avenue to showcase Hip-Hop artists, regardless of whether they’re independent, underground or mainstream, the only prerequisite being that they had to make dope music. And Mas Appeal knows quite a bit about making dope music. As a solo artist and one half of Hip-Hop supergroup, Simple Complexity, the Miami native has been a fixture on the Duval County Hip-Hop scene since 2002 and is respected and revered for his talent and showmanship. He began The Lyricist Hour in 2006 with original co-host, Triclops I by distributing CD’s with a recorded show that highlighted local and national artists. As the show grew in popularity, it was moved to podcast format, becoming the first Hip-Hop podcast in Jacksonville. At its peak, The Lyricist Hour was receiving more than 1000 downloads per week with listeners throughout the Southeast, the US and Europe and featured interviews with Evidence of Dilated Peoples fame, DJ Spinna, Kev Brown and Salt-n-Pepa’s DJ, Spindarella.

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27 April 2010

THE ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS “#1 MUSICAL OF THE YEAR – GREASE is getting a new generation excited about the theatre again. But, you don’t have to be an impressionable 13-year-old to get a kick out of Kathleen Marshall’s exuberant and winning new revival – IT’S THE ONE THAT I WANT.” – Richard Zoglin, TIME Magazine

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15 January 2010

Frontiers – A Tribute to Journey rocks legendary hits from iconic 80’s band while pioneering a new decade of musical homage to perform at the Freebird LIVE in Jacksonville, FL on January 15th, 2010. Frontiers–A Tribute to Journey, the world’s premiere tribute to the 80’s rock legends that has been selling out clubs and theatres […]

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Local Author’s Book Submitted To Oprah Winfrey Show

19 December 2009

Frederick, MD December 18, 2009 — PublishAmerica is proud to announce that KnightKrawler’s book The Rules of Poetry is being submitted to the Oprah Winfrey Show for consideration for her famous book club. “We are very excited to announce that this exceptional book is being considered for Oprah Winfrey’s book club,” said PublishAmerica’s Public Relations […]

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Get Addicted: Nova – Nepenthe – Coming to Jacksonville!

3 November 2009

The sound of NOVA is exactly as you would imagine from the name: big, bright, and powerful. It’s a heavy, atmospheric and ever-shifting anthems draw on the best of classic and contemporary hard rock, bringing to mind such touchstone bands as Soundgarden, Deftones, and U2. Essentially, it is a sound that can knock you off your feet one minute, and soothe you in the next.

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PublishAmerica Presents The Rules of Poetry by KnightKrawler

6 October 2009

The Rules of Poetry, is designed to inspire, teach, and educate emerging artists about the benefits and vices of speaking in front of a live audience.

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Let’s Talk About It Interview with Mr. Al Pete By Ambitionn

25 September 2009

After spending more than a decade creating and spinning tunes for Jacksonville’s modest hip-hop scene, the emergence of Mr. Al Pete [the Hip-Hip Artist], has definitely managed to give his fan base something to talk about.The much anticipated Talk About It is Mr. Al Pete’s very first release to-date. The CD is a diverse collection […]

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Paradoxes of Counterinsurgency

25 September 2009
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Madoria Strange by Collin C. McSheehy

24 September 2009

“Cocaine Cactus Dollars Hidden in the Morphine Script ” is a collection of poems from 1992- 2003 by Collin C. McSheehy. Inspired and fueled by chaos and turmoil, this omnibus of American literature is a reflection of the author’s subconscious and echos his experiences through prodigious metaphor.

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Two Years Now by Vajrasattva Saraswatiputra

24 September 2009

Two Years Now Two years now. Well, Almost. Homeless? Not really. A tent in the woods. Just residentially challenged. The apartment Gone. Clothes, Books, Shoes, China, Crystal, All gone. All the objects I perceived That made me ‘ME’ Gone. A house Stripped bare Not desolate Not in ruins Reconstructing the self The window trappings gone […]

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Update …

14 September 2009

if you’ve wondered why not a lot has happened well … there was a slight problem got it worked out, moving on … don’t go anywhere yet …

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Section 8 Jax is online …

3 September 2009

Section 8 Jax is an ever-growing media dynasty bringing area, national, and global art and information to the masses. Section 8 Jax provides the vehicle, in the form of underground independent media, for the voiceless and unheard to speak out, in essence helping individuals and communities become active and involved. Section 8 Jax will inform, […]

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