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Poetic Mystic :: Faylita Hicks Steps Forward With ‘A New Name For My Love’

I’ve been a friend and fan of Faylita Hicks for quite a while, and watching Faylita‘s journey as an artist, performer and creative has been a pleasure and a joy.  Faylita marched into the darkness of 2020 with the release of HOODWITCH, a stirring collection of poems and images that reflected Faylita‘s past, both bad and good.  Out of this book release came notoriety, opportunities and accreditation, so it makes sense that with such accomplishment bolstering Faylita at the present, the next step would be a new project in the form of A NEW NAME FOR MY LOVE.  The roster, aside from the poetry of Faylita, includes production by Hanz Nobe and Chris Varvaro and guest vocals from SymmaTree, making the album as much of a family affair as it is a personal statement.  Let’s get the numbers run up on A NEW NAME FOR MY LOVE so that the next time we’re talking about Faylita Hicks, we’ll be talking about Grammy consideration and nomination.


Sacred Text :: Faylita Hicks Releases ‘HoodWitch’

First and foremost, as a friend and a creative peer, I am extremely proud of and happy for Faylita Hicks.  I’ve watched her grow from a poet into a hip-hop artist, from a hip-hop artist into an activist, and so on.  A couple of years ago, she first started talking about her journey towards becoming a published author, and just like clockwork, about a year ago, she mentioned locking down a deal with Acre Books for the publication of HoodWitch, a collection of poems that reflect on her personal experiences, as well as experiences of black women in America on the whole.  Now, here we are, about a year from that time, and the book has rolled out to respectable amounts of success.  The first pressing sold out in rapid fire fashion, the feedback has been positive, and Faylita has been given the opportunity to do appearances in bookstores she frequented as a customer, only now she finds herself (and her work) placed among the very same pieces of literature that once inspired her to reach these heights.  If nothing else, Faylita Hicks is living proof that a vision backed with pure drive and determination can become reality.  Check out HoodWitch sooner than later via the links in the video description, and help Faylita Hicks reach a level where her books are on demand.


Best Life :: Poolboi Blu, Sincere (Volume 009) And Living The Good Life


poolboi blu has a lot to celebrate these days… his show schedule has been busy, the latest Faylita Hicks release was exclusively produced by him, he has new merch available for the summer, and poolblu.com recently went live.  poolboi blu has always been one to spread the goodness around, and it seems his idea of celebrating this latest wave of good would be via the release of the latest mix in his now iconic series, sincere (volume 009).  There’s been a bit of mellowness on the last few mixes, but for the most part, this one is a bit more high energy.  Otherwise, it’s up to par with all that you’d expect from the series… on point track selections, clean mixes and transitions, and it’s long enough for you to vibe to while being short enough to leave you anticipating the next volume.  The sincere series seems here to stay, as does poolboi blu, so do yourself a favor and get hip (if you’re not already).


Indelible Force :: Faylita Hicks Releases ‘Onyx’


The things that Faylita Hicks has accomplished on the spoken word scene are numerous and valuable enough to give the average person a sense of career and artistic fulfillment.  Like many of my central Texas peers, however, I know Faylita is not satisfied with conquering the obvious, and all of the work she has put in has led her up to the point to transition into something greater.  That being said, the seeds she has planted over the years are coming to fruition in 2019, as a secured distribution deal for her book #Hoodwitch has provided her the opportunity to release a warning shot in the form of Onyx, her latest spoken word release.  A collaboration with producer poolboi blu, the project showcases a handful of poems from #Hoodwitch, which allows us to get a sense of the deeply personal and thought provoking words that Faylita plans to share in her book.  Don’t forget to check out the artwork for the individual tracks as well, especially while taking a moment to read along with the performance on the track.  Trust me, this is one experience you will not want to miss.


Blue Collar :: Faylita Hicks Unviels ‘Verses & Tips’ Series With ‘Wolf’

Like most every independent creative, Faylita Hicks spends the moments that she isn’t creating slaving away at a day job.  Most all of us creatives have visions of one day making a living off of our art, but sadly, that cannot be the case for many of us.  As a way to bridge that gap between making a living off of her creations and making a living off of a day job, Faylita Hicks has started the Verses & Tips series, where she performs online and gives fans/supporters the opportunity to donate money via one of several digital funds transfer services.  Her latest poem in the series, Wolf, was chosen by fans out of the many published poems that Faylita Hicks has written, so definitely check it out and throw some money her way if you can.  If you can’t, be sure to share the video around so those who can may become aware.


Friendly Competition :: Other Entries From The San Marcos Cinema Club’s ’72-Hour Film Race’

Taking part in the 72-Hour Film Race, presented by the San Marcos Cinema Club, and being a part of a team that placed second, was a true honor.  Being connected to so many talented filmmakers and personalities was an equal honor.  Here are a few of the other entries that I managed to find on YouTube, including the contest winner How Art Makes You Feel


Curating Culture :: Faylita Hicks, Arrondi Creative Productions, Ripple Market And Much More

Poet, songwriter and photographer Faylita Hicks has always had vision.  Over the past year or two, I have watched her become inspired, crystallize her vision into the formation of Arrondi Creative Productions, and slowly make headway towards unification of the artists and businesspeople of San Marcos.  With events like The Ripple Market and more becoming regular installations in the scene, the hope for artists to be able to make a living wage in this creative oasis is slowly turning from dream to reality.  Be sure to support Faylita HicksSplash Coworkings, and all of the creative endeavors that exist and are sure to come.


Depths Explored :: Faylita Hicks Presents ‘With No River’

If there is one thing that Faylita Hicks has never been afraid to do, it’s been the process of diving deep into any given topic, no matter how uncomfortable it may be, and exploring it with the detail and urgency it deserves.  I mention urgency because Faylita recently took part in the San Marcos Cinema Club‘s 72 Hour Film Race contest, and With No River was the result of her 72 hours.  Needless to say, I am excited to see what Faylita and her venture into the growth of her brand, Arrondi Creative Productions, brings forth.  Props to her for addressing the homeless situation in the central Texas corridor as well.


Too Much Too Soon! :: New Music Update

There is so much new music available right now from folks that I know, I’m finding it hard to keep up.  Just this once, I will do a shared post… here is a nice cross section of new music from all over the globe, but with many Texas roots, to keep your heads nodding, whatever you may dig.

That should hold you over until the next go round… enjoy!