I was roped into the new jam “QueenS” by the band THEESatisfaction because I read of their connection to Shabazz Palaces, but found that their music stood up just fine on its own. “QueenS” is a the lead track from the groups forthcoming Awe Naturale LP and is a slice of futuristic neo-soul. The track is lightweight and breezy, with soulful pop vocals bringing the track down to earth. Like their pals Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction seem determined to make classic music with a slightly off kilter touch. Time will tell if they can do it on the scale and scope that Shabazz Palaces were able to, but “QueenS” is an interesting start.
JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR TAKES TOP PRIZE AT REP. BECERRA’S STUDENT ART COMPETITION.
States News Service April 13, 2012 LOS ANGELES — The following information was released by the office of California Rep. Xavier Becerra:
Congressman Xavier Becerra announced the winners of the 19th annual Student Art Competition during a ceremony at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights.
This year’s competition drew 176 entries from high schools and community organizations throughout California’s 31st Congressional District, reflecting the theme “Los Angeles: What does your community look like?” “At a time when schools continue to face budget challenges, our talented students still shine,” Rep. Becerra said. “I salute the student artists who produced these inspiring works and their teachers who nurture creative talent in the classroom. Today, we recognize the hard work of our local student artists and their pursuit of artistic expression.” The first place winner of this year’s competition is Natasha Carovska, a junior at John Marshall High School, for her entry “The Life of My Community.” Rep. Becerra with first place winner Natasha Carovska Natasha will receive a trip for two courtesy of Southwest Airlines to Washington, D.C. to see her work on display in the halls of the United States Capitol, where it will hang for the next year. Other contestants’ artwork will be displayed at Plaza de la Raza’s Historic Boathouse Gallery through April 21. website marshall high school
Additional winners of Rep. Becerra’s 2012 competition include:
Second place: Sang Joo Lee, a senior at UCLA Community schools, for the entry “Hope for the Hopeless.” Third place: Karina Angel, a senior at Wallis Annenberg High School, for her entry “Life Moves Fast.”Honorable mention: Maricruz Hernandez, a senior at UCLA Community Schools, f or her entry “My Los Angeles.” Honorable mention: Christine Jung, a senior at UCLA Community Schools, for her entry “An Attempt to Give Happiness.” Honorable mention: Yvette Ramirez, a senior at Los Angeles International Charter, for her entry “Community Scenes.” All participants received tickets to attend a Dodger game this summer, where the top three winners will be featured on Dodger Vision before the game. in our site marshall high school
Each year, thousands of young artists nationwide participate in the national congressional art competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” in which members of Congress across the country have the privilege of finding many of tomorrow’s great artists. Since 1982, over 650,000 high school students have entered their works of art for consideration.