Allana Madyun, born in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1975, is an actress, educator, motivational speaker and interpretive Dancer. But writing and poetry is what truly moves her.
Allana’s neighborhood, called Homewood, was a very close knit community where block parties, street fairs and African-American entrepreneurs were commonplace. When I asked Allana what inspires her to write she responded; “I'm moved by feelings, thoughts or ideas that refuse to be kept dormant any longer. I'm inspired by my past and my hope for the future. My desire is to heal and to inspire human feelings in a world where everyday life can leave us numb.” Maya Angelou has always been her biggest poetic influence. She says that Maya’s work is so beautifully human.
Mostly known for her life changing poems using a warm conversational style and sultry voice. Her writings take everyday thoughts and happenings and bring them to life using words to motivate, stimulate and electrify. This Renaissance woman’s spirit runs as free as wild orchids. The Theater Arts Graduate from Cheyney University has involved herself in various independent film and theater companies along the east coast. Allana was also featured in Ebony Magazine as Miss Cheyney University. Her poetry has always had the ability to capture consciousness as well as take on serious issues like the compelling “Tribute to Diallo,” A deep look at the aftermath of the events in the 1999 NYC slaying of an unarmed African Immigrant Amadou Diallo.
Having been so inspired being the same age with a birthday only 2 days apart. “The Instrument“ was featured on hip-hop album Vocal Sport by Beneficence, while “Just Words “was featured in the distinguished International Book of Poetry “Timeless Words.” Allana’s debut poetry cd “Just Words” is a collection of soulful words available at many on-line stores. Look for more of Allana’s work in the near future.
When I'm moved by feelings, thoughts or ideas that refuse to be kept dormant any longer. I'm inspired by my past and my hope for the future. My desire to heal and to inspire human feeling in a world where everyday life can leave us numb. My early influences: "Maya Angelou has always been my biggest influence. Her work is so beautifully human."
Bigtrigger asked What is poetry? What is Jazz?
Poetry is an emotional expression that inspires thought. Jazz is a rhythmic expression that evokes mood. When Put Together: We witness the dance of mood, mind and melodies.
They are both so very important to our culture because they serve as a therapy, a salvation, a safe place we can go to feel human or to get away from the demands of being human.
Always advancing artistically, Allana is ready and willing to share her poetry and writings with the world.
Rob Juice, seasoned live jazz trumpet specialist, Songwriter, Producer, Composer, Actor. He is a computer Hardware and Software super wiz. Music and computers! He is the writer of theme songs for 2 Chicago TV talk shows 'My Brothers Keeper' and 'Lets Talk baby Girl' His name roles in the credits weekly in Chicago. Rob Juice has also performed in hundreds and hundreds of concerts on Trumpet with acts such as Chilites, Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, War, Tyrone Davis, the Dells, the Emotions, Nick Colionne and many other Top acts.
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Juice started playing the trumpet and writing music in the 7th grade. No one in his family played any instruments. He found out at an early age that he couldn't hit a basketball even with a large bat. So it seemed natural at the time to try to play trumpet. Rob Juice fell in love with music that very first year and was so into it he formed his first band and played at several libraries and school concerts. I can only imagine how those things sounded! Rob Juice had great band directors throughout his years in schools that really turned him into a life long musician. He continued playing in groups through high school and college. He was always putting together groups and trying out new things he had written.
Sensual Jazz Music is the next Big Thing!
Juice graduated college in the south, his Roots are legends he has studied with Donald Byrd in (NC) , Burgess Gardner, Bunkie Green in Chicago, The Great Benjamin Kirk in (NC), He attended Clark Terry's Jazz workshops at the tender age of 16.. His high school band teacher and mentor (a white teacher in a dangerous Chicago neighborhood back in the day) had him set up for success... He told Rob Juice ‘Poor is the student who does not surpass his master’. He was like a kung fu master to him.
Juice played trumpet hard from the start. He also wrote music from his heart and not from his ear. They called him a 'city boy with country boy ways'. He was a square but truly gifted... They said Juice was a natural.
Juice has been a regular Trumpet heavy weight guest on jam sessions all over the nation. This included many recording sessions and many appearances on the road with major acts. Concerts from 200 to 14,000 people indoors and outdoor concerts. Rob juice was on one recording session for a blues Star, He wrote the 80% of the song but got no credit (work for hire?, not even!), Estimated sells of 1 millions records for Buffalo Fish Records.
His revolutionary writing style and lifestyle go hand and hand. He works out 3 times a week does not drink or smoke. He is a Artist in training all he does is workout at the gym and write music and gig on trumpet and that set him on a course for success in music. He is a Recording studio computer Super wiz. His attitude, his love for the game clearly set him above many new artists on the circuits.
Rob Juice has stepped from the horn section to center stage. When an album like Rob's newly released CD "Bad Boy Love" brings a huge smile to your face in 10 seconds or less, you've got a winner. In an unprecedented way, "Bad Boy Love" has the ‘one hear appeal’... the sound we look for in today’s Soulful Jazz music.
Juice played trumpet hard from the start. He also writes music from his heart and not from his ear. As a young man, they called him a 'city boy with country boy ways'. Rob Juice fell in love at an early age with music and began playing the trumpet when he was in the 7th grade. Rob is well known for his songwriting talents, and has worn the hats of , producer, composer and actor. Rob Juice is a seasoned professional, live performer and jazz trumpet specialist.
He is the writer of theme songs for 2 Chicago TV talk shows 'My Brothers Keeper' and 'Lets Talk Baby Girl'. His name roles in the credits weekly in Chicago. Being a superb and recognized musician, Rob Juice has also performed in hundreds of concerts with many top acts out of Chicago and around the country. Playing trumpet with acts such as Chilites, Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, War, Tyrone Davis, The Dells, The Emotions, Nick Colionne and many other top acts.
In the album "Bad Boy Love", hits flow out of Rob Juice like popcorn and hooks pour like a Smooth butter knife. "Juicy Kiss Of Life" reveals Juice's extraordinary music writing art-form and with out question in line with today's urban R&B avant-garde Jazz music.
"BadBoy Love" is Sexy, tasteful, Hot, Wet and down right Devilishly unforgiving in a sensual way. "Bad Boy Love" brings to mind the adult colors of today’s Smooth Jazz topped off with Juice’s high-end urban almost Hip Hop beats.
Juice is flirtatiously true to the Miles Davis tradition of trumpet players that custom create their own genres rather than fit into one! Juice says he writes music in color and blurs the line between ART, Jazz and R&B.. Super WOW!
When Juice confesses he will make his horn beg, trust me, you have never heard anyone beg so sensually sweet as he blows his circle breath of passion into every silky note of each track. Rob Juice has that special something that is as recognizable as deep tan lines on the best body found under the melting sun. Want to know more but afraid to ask?
Clay Corley Sr.
My name is Clayton E. Corley, Sr. aka Big Trigger host and producer of an award winning internet program!