something that is usually encouraged, Raspberry Ketone Diet Raspberry ketones

The ultimate Swapmeet: The Silk Road

January 9th, 2015 by asia

Journey back with me, to a time without Walmart or online shopping, when if you wanted some writing paper, or spices, cloth, or anything else not locally made you had to get it via the Silk Road. The Silk Road was a unique series of trade routes from East to West starting in China, and extending east, to Persia, and ending in Constantinople in the Byzantine Empire. As you can imagine, this journey took a long time, around 6 months, and was enabled through a network of caravans, inns, traders, merchants, monks, pilgrims, markets, and most importantly camels. Along the road important transmissions occurred, specifically culture, which including exchanges of philosophies, religions, politics, music, stories, diseases, and goods such as silk from China, Persian rugs, gems and stones, spices, fruits, veggies, furs, instruments.

China was the home to a wide array of religions many of which traveled to the regions along the Silk Road including Nestorianism, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

Paper invented in China spread along Silk Road to Middle East opening up a remarkable age of writing reading and learning. Before that papyrus plant from Egypt was used as was parchment made from animal skins. With paper came a passion for reading and writing. Islamic scholars took the lead in study of science, language and literature.

Along the journey in Samarkand and Sogdian cities a dance craze called the Sogdian swirl emerged and became popular in China.

What we can realize and learn from this amazing cultural tradeoff was the budding of human intelligence and interest in areas outside of their own regions, and the need to connect in order to grow. All of our cultures are actually a fusion of many cultural exchanges along the way.

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Real Season’s Greetings

December 27th, 2014 by asia

Spirit of the season. What is this all about? Well it’s about how collective energy shifts moods. Regardless if your Christian or not, many people celebrate Xmas, aka Santa Claus and the rituals that go with it: presents, decorating, gifts, massive giving to those in need.. This collective action shifts the mood into something magical and unique, like a snowflake, which symbolizes the solstice winter in the Northern Hemisphere, Dec 21 or summer for the Southern Hemisphere. This is personified through Christmas, or the (fake) birth of Jesus Christ, but is really a pagan holiday of the solstice, mixed with the reverrance for patron St. Nicholas protector of the children, and helper of the poor. It could be a heard of lamb for all that matters, for as long as people participate all over and the kids believe, the energy manifests in this..spirit of the season. Too bad it can’t be like that always, but mankind’s nature is not always kind but sometimes too often bah humbug. Let’s take this good-willed nature into our hearts for our fellow man and let it grow us beyond racism, conquering, cash-box of a planet into one of humility and respect for life. Plant this seed and gift it freely.

Bgirl Movement at R16 Korea

July 4th, 2014 by asia

Korea has been hailed the king of the Asian countries when it comes to Bboys, especially power. But rarely a peep is heard about the Bgirls in Korea. I wondered, are there Bgirls in Korea? There has too be. I remember a Bgirl that came to Summit one year in 2010. I got here for R16 and low and behold there are a handful of Bgirls, around 4 or 5 to be exact. Why you may ask is the count so low, when Bboys are so proliferous out here? Well culturally, Korea has some strong archetypes and respect for elders is huge as well as male and female roles. The quiet humble nature of Koreans also doesn’t play into the Bboy/Bgirl model exactly..if you get my drift. Regardless, it’s time to shed some light on the Bgirl there, and give them some support. This is where the Toronto based organization Keep Rocking You comes in. They focus on programming to aid and support the development of Bgirls! Too cool! I am pleased and honored that they asked me to to take part, as an educator and facilitator for their Bgirl Movement 2014 conference at R16. We will workshop together, I’ll be teaching a style and technique class, then hold a lecture discussion, and we shall dine together after. Sounds like a great affair!
www.r16korea.com/site/

Support your local Bgirls

Support your local Bgirls

The Magic that was Bboy Summit 2014 20yrs of Keeping Things Golden

July 3rd, 2014 by asia

What a Long, Strange Trip its Been.

The inspiration for the 20th, was exactly that, acknowledging and paying tribute to the legacy of the Summit’s 20 years in Hip-Hop. In essence it was many of our 20th tribute, as Summit has documented our experience in the game over these last 20 years, all elements. Since Summit has always been a Hip-Hop event, in homage to the Bboys and Bgirls, it’s important to look at where we have been (what conditions birthed Bboy Summit), and where we are going (what current conditions do we face, where are we headed?). The Summit was my idea and brought to light with the help of Easy Roc, JLove, and SD Zulu One (San Diego Zulu Nation Chapter). I was truly inspired by the plight of the Bboys and Bgirls in Hip-Hop, as they were not being respected by those in their own culture. So the Summit was born to pay tribute to the artform of Bboying, and to protect its legitmacy and legacy in Hip-Hop. Now 20 years later the Summit continues to bring forth bold new concepts while keeping true to the aesthetics of traditional Hip-Hop culture. The name significance of Bboy Summit, means the highest point, the top, and I strive to keep the integrity of a quality production that is based around a creative inspiration and theme, keeping the contintuity of that concept as the platform for Summit. So that is why it is never the same, but the cultural connection to knowledge and skills interwoven into the platform stays intact yearly.

Lets dive right into the sunburst that was Bboy Summit Soulstice 2014! The universe truly reigned its blessing on our beloved Summit 20th. The ambition: to produce a stellar event without a budget, with no sponsor support or real financial contributions or restrictions, to not make money a factor, and to make the event FREE. Could it be done? Si, se puede! When the mission is pure, success cannot be denied.

Running strictly off heavy fumes of LOVE, we power styled our way in to the historic East LA hood of Boyle Heights, with the Bonnie and Clyde Throwdown, 3 Challenges of Graffiti Battle, Summit OSA Collabo, Hip-Hop Leaders Where Are They?, and Bboy/Bgirl LifeStyle Panels, DJ/MC Talent Showcase and Hip-Hop Festival Marketplace.

Summit Banner on Breed St. Shul
Just for Bboys and Bgirls

I always like to kick things off with a smaller, intimate event just for the Bboys and Bgirls. This year we held a special collabo party with Stuntman’s Originality Stands Alone brand. Together we came up with a concept battle that goes with his OSA brand vision: keep your style unique, original. This was a solo battle, for those Bboys and Bgirls with a unique style to themselves, not traditional. These cats usually get overlooked so we wanted to have something for them. Dig it? Stunts added a crazy catch to the battle, in the final round you can pick a judge to battle instead of your opponent. Big ups to the judges who epitomized the battle concept: Kujo, Flexum, Rawbzilla. They all ended up battling, nuff said. The vibe for the evening was 90’s Hip-Hop, that birthed freestyle dance, which influenced Bboying during that period. Mark Luv was taking out some Zulu aggression on the tables, cutting, scratching, and mixing in his patent style. Luman and Ervin added some 90’s flava, going from the faster Kane, Rakim, Organized Konfusion tracks to the loopy style of Freestyle Fellowship and Pharcyde. Notables of the night were Heat Roc out of NYC, Crissy B, Lil Rock, Aaron Assasin, VoVera, and Tapachi. Everbody was munching on tamales in the Breed St. Shul, the first Jewish synagogue in Boyle Heights established in 1923. The temple blessed us, and we ended the night with a special teaser by Ruthless Ramsey on the art of cassette tape scratching.

Stunts OSA Branded Night at Summit!
Mark Luv Scratchin with venum
Bust it!
Cyphers Lil Rock
Crissy B funking it up

Queen of Queens

Queen of Queens


XMOBIN

XMOBIN


OSA Judges Rawbzilla, Kujo, Flexum
Mace vs. Tapachi
Ruthless Ramsey Cassette Scratch demo

Saturday was epic. The solstice beamed down an energy that projected pure positivity. You had hard core writers squashing age old beef while checking out the 3 Challenges of Graffiti Battle featuring 20+ yr legacy crews: UTI, WCA, UCA, RTN, K2S, RF, TDK, LOD, LTS. Each crew sent a member to battle for $1,000 donated by Ill Skillz Clothing. Cre8/RTN, JoeX2/RF, Bazar/WCA, Basher/LOD, Versus/LTS, Prime/K2S, Fear/UTI, Spie/TDK, Damet/UCA all displayed handstyles via crew rollcall, throwup, and pieced up the word FLY. Judges Hex/TGO, West/TC5/FC, Steve Gordy (LA Graffiti Book) took all 3 challenges into consideration and awarded Versus the win. The win was controversial, but judged fairly. So be it. At the end of the day, even with a point system and criteria art is subjective. Seeing Slick and Hex shaking hands made me realize how iconic graffiti battle history has become, and how legends are made.

Shoutouts to Trixter for the help putting this beast together! #Epic

Shoutouts to Trixter for the help putting this beast together! #Epic

Crew rollcall by Versus/LTS

Crew rollcall by Versus/LTS

Crew rollcall

Crew rollcall

Joex2/ RF

Joex2/ RF

Cre8/RTN ThrowupSpieTDK Throwup

Prime/K2s

Prime/K2s

Fly Burner

Fly Burner

Fly Burner

Fly Burner

Fly Burner

Fly Burner

Working on Fly Burner

Working on Fly Burner

Fly Burner

Fly Burner

SpieTDK PHLY Burner

SpieTDK PHLY Burner

Fly Burner

Fly Burner

Versus/LTS FLY Burner

Versus/LTS FLY Burner

OG's both coasts, 2 of the judges of the Battle along with Steve Grody of LA Graffiti book

OG’s both coasts, 2 of the judges of the Battle along with Steve Grody of LA Graffiti book

Legendary Graf War between Hex and Slick 20+ years later, chilling.

Legendary Graf War between Hex and Slick 20+ years later, chilling.

Miles from Breakestra & Funky Sole was spinning heavy vinyl funk outdoors for the crowd hangin out checkin out the battle. Raw Data added the trippy beatset, and Ruthless Ramsey gave us a full set of cassette scratching. DJ Bonds worked the 90’s angles in elementally while MC Scatterbrain flowed freestyle in between sets by Grand Official, Rough City, The Branch, Name Science, Ellaykule, CR, Jizzm and Dr Oop.

Inside Ken Swift was finishing up his Vintage Flavor Workshop for a packed house, giving back story to build the picture of how these classics were used in battles.

Vintage Flavas

Vintage Flavas

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We moved directly into the panels, the first being Hip-Hop Leaders (Where are They?) This panel, moderated by Mark Luv, featured both activist organizations in Hip-Hop like Juice, Gr818ers, Zulu Nation, as well as individuals Olmeca, and Bambu Pistola representing more of a socio-political angle on society as a whole. The combination produced a significant conversation of why leadership is not present in Hip-Hop and how we can stimulate it, and mentor leaders in Hip-Hop to help fight for human rights and social justice.

How can we instill greater leadership into our community and mentor the next leaders?

How can we instill greater leadership into our community and mentor the next leaders?

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Changing direction, the Bboy/Bgirl panel, moderated by me, featuring Beta, Jeskilz, Cros, Team Monster (Crumbs, Machine), and Fienz, the topic was purely about the social/economic business of Bboying as a Lifestyle. We touched on sponsorship, new organizations like UDEF, and budding association UBA, events, and how to stimulate financial growth in this community in a fair, and empowering way. We didn’t waste anyone’s time, gave valuable information, and empowered Bboys/Bgirls in attendance to stay unified when it comes to setting and supporting ethical business standards for our artform.

The business of the Bboy/Bgirl Lifestyle scene

The business of the Bboy/Bgirl Lifestyle scene

After knowledge was laid, it was time to start the Bonnie and Clyde battle warmups with the 206 Zulu’s Cues and Tecumseh maning the wheels. Ready for whatever, we jump started the eliminations and the judges: Beta, Gremz, and Ken Swift cut it down to the real competitors and established the top 16. We ran thru it, testing the endurance of the duos, who were warm and showed up for the battle. Noteables were Lil Rock & Eri, Fidget & Nasty Ray, Supernaturals, Concrete Allstars, Wired Monkeys, with the win going to BGSK: Mimi & Jules. Energy, and heat jumped off the exposed brick, while the windowless air conditioning allowed the pigeons box seats.

Gremz, Beta, Kenny

Gremz, Beta, Kenny

Bgirl Vicky From ChileCrowd showed up!Flow working with the young folks

But we are in LA, and LA is Popping history, so without further ado, it was time to let the Funk Freaks take over Leanrocks spot, who spun for the B/C battles and let the funk fly. After a sexy judges showcase by Scorpio, No Bone Tyrone, and OG Ace Rock, we let the duos get loose over nasty grooves. JT the hypest MC keep it moving along w DJ Haze. Noteables were Furious Styles Crew, Cali Creatures. At the end of the day, it went to Baby Wockee and Popping John, proving that male and females still hit harder. We closed it out as the sunset, milking the last drop of daylight that the solstice gave us. Pigeons flew the coup.
FSC vs. Cali CreaturesBoogie FrantickBboy Summit Alumni

Finishing things off at Beat Swap Meet was ideal. Bridging 2 of the most loved LA events brought the crowd to Chinatown, to mix an mingle with vinyl heads moving weight outta crates. As Bruce Lee’s bronze statue watched over us, we made sure to honor his legacy of raw physicality. The floor was set ablaze once the MZK Crew Callout began, the circle tightened up like spandex on a fat girl. Cues and Tecumseh, official Summit mixtape DJ’s, keep the floor hot, while Concrete Allstars took the battles over to the concrete. Shoutouts to BGSK, Squishy Docious, Urban Influences, Furious Styles, and all the other crews battling. I keep one of the circles live with challenges: sixstep variations, spins, and toprocks, handing out Supreme product to dope cats. Luman, and Kid Riz jumped on the vinyl only decks, and we ended the day with a special 90’s Bboy and Bgirl only cipher, just for kicks. Everyone in the area got a parting gift: Bboy Summit Mixtape and Bruce didn’t have to move a muscle. Honor, good will were felt. It sealed the deal to me, after 20 years on the West Coast, Summit will stay put, where it was born in the 90’s, reflecting the Hip-Hop foundation and culture out of New Year, and the Golden Era, West Coast contribution infused with the funk movement of LA, Locking and Popping History. This is the Summit.

Summit invades Beat Swap Meet in Chinatown

Summit invades Beat Swap Meet in Chinatown


Machine air concrete MZK Crew Callout HostsFurious Roll Call Deep
Fienz, House, RobNasty

Fienz, House, RobNasty

Get ya Summit shirt here by IllSkillz Clothing

Get ya Summit shirt here by IllSkillz Clothing


LA Summit Fam

LA Summit Fam

Thank you to all the talent that donated their time for the love of it, and for everybody who came and took part. See you again in the future! Bboy Summit is produced by No Easy Props, a 501c3 nonprofit company. If you want to support by grabbing up a Summit shirt, this will help us. We have Large and XL only. Go to www.gofundme.com/bboysummit and donate $15, include the size (l,xl,xxl) and your address and you will receive by mail. Peace!

Bboy Summit 2014 Schedule of Events

June 16th, 2014 by asia

SCHEDULE 2014

Bboy Summit 2014 Media Assault Continues!

May 26th, 2014 by asia

Sniper Status

Sniper Status

BBOY SUMMIT 2014 20TH ANNIVERSARY JUNE 20-22 LA!

May 14th, 2014 by asia

Oh Joy of Joys! ITs tribute season, and the year is 1994-2014. So many magical things happened: NaS dropped Illmatic, and The Bboy Summit event was born! We will save the history lesson for another day, now its time to focus on the 20 year tribute of Summit! In keeping with the continuity of the significance of the 20, NO Easy Props, producer of the Bboy Summit, is highlighting artists who have been in the game for the past 20 years, steady contributing and making their rep. Special segments include: The 3 Challenges of Graffiti battle with 20 year veteran LA crews; and the 90′s Bboys Bgirls showcase featuring those infamous cats who brought the pain and influenced much of what we see today. Many MCs and DJs involved in the Summit weekend also did a minimum 20 yr bid. The mission is critical: To bring raw, Hip-Hop back into the light by bringing all elements back together! Share this monumental occasion with us,drop in for a workshop then enjoy the education panels and get you mojo back for the Bonnie and Clyde Bgirl/Bboy Battles.Then West up with OGs of Popping Styles showcase and 2 vs 2 Popping battle. Many legends and infamous heads will be in da house! It will be festival style with outdoor marketplace, dance floor, open mic pop up, MC performances, food trucks, and Graf area. Indoor venue for workshops, panels, battles and showcases.That all happening on Saturday, but don’t forget: 3 days: 3 different vibes and locations! Kickoff stars on Friday with Summit Originality Stands Alone Event, for those who specialize in their own style, love it or hate it! Solo battle, dinner + performances. Topping it all off with Sundays Summit Crew Callout event at Beat Swap Meet! Bring ya squad, flash your colors, and call crews out! Let the good times flood our community with faith in eachother and Hip-Hop! See you there! All inquires: asia1nep@mac.com

Aww Shit they doing it again!!

Aww Shit they doing it again!!

FREEEEEE!!!!

FREEEEEE!!!!

Asia One feature by Davey D!

November 4th, 2013 by asia

You know your are in the convo if Davey D acknowledges you. A foremost Hip-Hop historian, journalist and activist Davey D is our CNN. So relevant, and real, Davey D brings it like no other. No half-stepin, I’m in da game with some real high level playas. Honored and full respect for this man! Keep up with him and stay updated on Hip-Hop politics!

CHECK OUT THE ARTICLE HERE:
www.bit.ly/1anx32x

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Asia One film: Expect the Unexpected at Hollywood Film Fest Sat. Oct. 19th!

October 18th, 2013 by asia

Check me out this weekend at the Hollywood Film Fest! Im excited to say that the short film about ME: Asia One: Expected the Unexpected is premiering Sat. Oct. 19th at 930pm! If you want to check it out, just go to arclight and cop a ticket. See me in all my unabashed glory, all guts, the good, bad and a bit ugly at times too. A life worth peeping, no sterotypes allowed.

www.hollywoodfest.com/films/2013-films/short-film-competition/

 

 

Asia One Live at XGames along with her new short film!

July 29th, 2013 by asia

Because No One Should Have to be a Stereotype

Check it out beautiful people! My time has finally come, after 20 years, my journey thusfar is being realized, as a life worth watching on the big screen! Asia One: Expected the Unexpected is a short film about ME, in all my angst and glory, and my trip and transformation into a Bgirl Icon with Hip-Hop culture as the movement and Bboying/Bgirling as the wizardry.

I will be featured at this years XGames in LA, on Fri. Aug. 2nd from 430-5pm at the Irwindale stage, along with a screening of Expect the Unexpected and a live event with me, and my crew: MZK/XMOB; and special guest MC, Stone’s Throw Recording artist: Percee P! We bringing Hip-Hop culture to the XGames baby~!

www.asiaoneproject.com

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