LilUziVert Goin’ Super SaiYan In Phoenix  

By Trissean McDonald

Deaf defining music, clouds of marijuana smoke in the air, and a hyped up artist, put those all together and what do you have? A LilUziVert concert.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, Symere Woods, commonly known as LilUziVert gave a guest appearance in Phoenix, Arizona. 
 Symere Woods, born July 31, 1994 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been active in the Hip-Hop industry since 2013. Uzi Vert’s talent was discovered by Don Cannon, who’s occupation is a record producer and songwriter, after being played on the radio by DJ Diamond Kuts.

Uzi was subsequently offered a record deal in which he signed with Don Cannon, DJ Drama, and Leighton Morrison’s label Generation Now and Atlantic Records.

Uzi Vert recieved public recognition after featuring on Carnage’s single “WDYW,” who is an American DJ and record producer, along with two other hip hop artists, ASAP Ferg and Rich The Kid in 2015.

Although there may be a number of individuals who may not share interest with Uzi’s artistry, several media outlets are agreeing that the artist is one to be watched after. Complex stated, Uzi is “one of those names to pay attention to in 2016.”

Spin agrees by stating, “the 22-year-old has solidified his spot as one to watch…(with) his signature rapid delivery.” And lastly, the TV series “Noisey.” The series launched March 2, 2016 on Viceland. The show educates and enlightens people about music culture around the world, whilst understanding problems that may arise within youth and crimes that associates themselves/itself with music.

LilUziVert released his third mixtape “Luv is Rage” on December 18, 2015. And, he realeased his fifth mixtape “The Perfect Luv Tape” on his 22nd birthday.  This mixtape features artist like Future in one of his songs “Seven Million.”

LilUziVert, on June 13, 2016,  was named one of the ten 2016 XXL Freshman. In an interview with Complex, LilUziVert stated his influences are ASAP Rocky, Marilyn Manson, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, and the Ying Yang Twins.


The Voice Judge’s Special Performance. 

By Trissean McDonald

On June 30, 2016 The Voice is scheduled to air a live performance with judges Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys at Universal. As crowds are increasing, the sun pratically scorching almost everyone in its sight, a certain crew member is perhaps affected somehow by it all. I mean, not giving me a disclaimer to sign even after I informed the member of not signing a disclaimer? Oops. The member shunned the issue and had me proceed, as I did.

*With that said, I have impunity over the disclaimer.

Although the preparations are time consuming, hours of downtime without a cellphone to pass time, people still have ways of keeping themselves entertained. The crew members also assists in entertaining people. One crew memeber engages in impersonations of well-known celebrities, including Miley Cyrus; however, ended up making a fool of himself. Not because of him pretending to be Miley Cyrus; however, it’s because of the crew member not knowing the words to her songs that made him look rather foolish.

Almost any person he impersonates, he makes that person out a disaster. Nevertheless Miley Cyrus, yes the real Miley Cyrus, was absolutely phenomenal. Before seeing the judges perform, everyone is waiting outside by the famous clock tower from the movie “Back To The Future.”

In the background you could hear Adam Levine warming up; however, he isn’t visible due to it being a rehearsal. What song is he singing? Not “This Love” or “Sugar.” Would you have guessed “Dream On” by Aerosmith? Yes, all the judges are singing “Dream On;” yet, you only hear Levine rehearsing that high “Dream On, Dream On” with the final “Ahhhhhh.”

Luckily, I am front crowd. I see the judges face-to-face. Adam has on a dark-colored tank-top with white horizontal stripes, Blake has on a blue button down, Miley has on a red and white suit, Alicia has on a white jacket with artistic colorful designs and a head wrap to match.

Selected individuals were given illuminating wristbands prior entering the stage. Once escorted to the stage, there are stunt personals standing on top of roof sets, sitting on the edge of window sets, and even sitting on the edge of banisters. They all have on an illuminating wrist band.

Cameras are everywhere, practically 360 degrees. The lights are dim and the spotlights are on. As the crowd is being prepped, the stunt personals are seen making hand puppet shadows, amusing several onlookers as myself. Great energy from the crowd and judges, perticularily Miley Cyrus. She displays so much energy. A fan actually agrees by detaching her bra and giving it to Miley. Miley wits, “See what happens when you don’t wear clothes, people just start giving you theirs.”

There are about 3-4 takes and it is all over. Everyone departs and heads back towards the shuttle to be taken to the starting point. This is set to air September 19, 2016. Check out Miley Cyrus Instagram for more information:

You Got This

By Trissean McDonald

The consistency of not progressing is suicide within itself. To remember that hardship comes with every approach towards success, life will become a lot more adaptable.

Hard work is not easy work.

Nevertheless, the outcome of all of your hard work will amount to plenty.

Let nothing separate your efforts towards moving forward, changing your prospective of the world as well as yourself, and making a difference for yourself and the world around you.

It is hard work that inspires us to live on; a task in which we enjoy, yet it comes with many depressing moments.

Layers of Life

By Trissean McDonald

At the Painted Brain Academy on February 26, 2016, 2500 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90057, a group by the name “Chicken Lobotomy” engaged in an experimental process that involved the actual dissection of a piece of chicken; the piece of desired corpse, a chicken leg.

The “Chicken Lobotomy” microscopically examined the skin, the bone marrow, the actual bone, and muscle/meat of a chicken. Afterwards they posted their images on social media, with hashtag descriptions of what was viewed under the microscope. Their conveyable objective is to inform their audience of some of the imperative components of life’s make-up, in which on numerous occasions gets ignored or less attention.

For instance, bone marrow. The marrow of the bone is a key factor of blood cell make-up and distribution; however education surrounding the topic of bone marrow, is usually only available in the case of terminal illness. The bone marrow is a tissue that’s inside the bone, producing mature blood cells that passes throughout the whole body via the blood vessel’s endothelium. Without the bone marrow you’ll produce zero blood cells, the most important factor of life itself.

Additionally, the bone as well, plays a key role to life’s make-up. The bone is not only the home of marrow, it’s the home for multiple internal organs. Its functions are to support and protect various sensitive internal organs such as: the brain ( skull), the heart and lungs (ribs), and vertebrate (spinal cord). As a reminder, the bone produces red and white blood cells, and is also a connector of tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles. These components work together to manipulate the entire body in a three-dimensional space.

Collectively, to bring everything as one body, the skin is the master component. The function of skin consist of protecting the body against pathogens: anything (such as a type of bacteria or a virus) that cases disease. Additionally, it aids in regulating temperature, pressure/vibrations, touch and tissue injury. Probably the most crucial function, it protects the body from excessive fluid/water loss by having a dry and semi-imperable barrier.

Lastly, the muscle. The muscle is the “soul” of life. Muscles are known for their two functions: involuntary and voluntary. Without muscles, the heart wouldn’t beat, the brain wouldn’t function, and the stomach definitely wouldn’t churn food. These are all involuntary functions. Some voluntary functions may involve flexion and stretching.

The Painted Brain Academy is an organization that focuses on photojournalism tactics, journalism, and social media literacy.