08.02.14 | Sanaa Fest


The Sanaa Project is a movement created for artists by artists to promote creative expression by highlighting the struggles and triumphs of artists. Monthly parties served as the social aspect of the movement which provided an organic and sincere atmosphere that fostered a creative culture and fellowship among like minded individuals.

Sanaa is dedicated to ensuring that artists have access and exposure to the work and efforts of other artists within their communities. The Sanaa community strives to uphold a non-elitist standard where artists of all backgrounds may feel welcomed and celebrated. They believe in the power of networking, and encouraging artists to build and share—creating a self-reliant artist community. 

Check out our feature to get a more in depth look at this DC Based underground collective.

Sanaa has expanded into an annual festival and oAugust 2nd from 12-8pm a variety of musicians, artist, painters, poets and bands will come together to host the first ever SANAA FEST 2014.

New York based poet Falu will be this years special event host.The festival’s theme this is “Identity”, specifically touching on the under representation and misrepresentation of “The Artist”.

Hosed in and around the Mt Rainier artist loft of3311 Rhode Island Ave, Mt. Rainier Maryland the Sanaa tribe will be use the outdoor space to create an electrifying atmosphere of great music and elevation.

The festival will include live musical performances and DJ sets, 3 indoor curated art exhibits, Poetry, live painting, vendors, food trucks as well as information booths for several local non-profit organizations who do good work in the community.

Because Sanaa firmly believes in economically accessible art therefore this festival will be free 100% free however they will be accepting donations that will go directly towards advancing the aims of the Mousai House  (an organization created as an underground haven for artist; they provide free art programs, discounted music lesson and other educational resources for the community). For more information visit Mousai.org

We’ll meet you at the 2014 Sanaa Festival!



10 Truths

Everyone thinks they know everything there is about relationships and they journey from one experience to the next often times neglecting the writing on the wall. Here are 10 Truths that I’ve found to undeniably stay the same:


  • Every man was once a nice guy… but nice guys finish last.


  • Men and women can become intimidated by someone who has exactly what they want.


  • People make time for what or who they want to make time for.


  • We have all used somebody at some point.


  • “Friends with Benefits” has an expiration date.


  • Time “together” should not be measured by length, but by the events within the journey.


  • People want honesty but often times can not handle it.


  • A generation of dating is becoming NUMB.


  • Some Men look for a mother and a H@* in the same Woman.


  • Problems from past relationships can carry over to create problems within the new relationship.

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By Ryan Chandler | @NayrRychi


Ryan Chandler is a 23 year old south side Chicago Native and emerging hip-hop journalist. He is an avid hip-hop enthusiast who is not only immersed in the music but the dynamics of the culture, as a whole. Ryan aims to use his passion for hip-hop and people to further elevate the community. He has written for notable Chicago blogs such as FakeShoreDrive and is a welcomed contributor to the Street Intell brand.



Don Cheadle Begins Production On New Film, ‘Miles Ahead’

Don Cheadle

Miles Ahead, is a new biopic [of sorts] coming from acclaimed actor Don Cheadle, who not only produces and directs the project but stars as the legendary jazz musician, Miles Davis.

Davis who is looked upon as one of the leading innovators of Jazz music; is  a celebrated and iconic figure with a musical career spanning over five decades.

In what appears to be the season of biopics ‘Miles Ahead’ is sure to stand out amongst the pack and what better person to bring this story forward than Don Cheadle!

Cheadle has a true definitive love and admiration for Davis and his work so this is indeed a passion project.

What makes this even more remarkable is that not only has Don dedicated his time to directing and starring in the film, this project is also independently produced.

Yep, that’s what you read, there is no major studio backing the production.

Don Cheadle has breathed new life into the meaning of one of Miles Davis’s epithets as a “Social Musician” by incorporating the modern twist of crowd funding parts of the production.

According to EW.com Cheadle began shooting for the film this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Taking on the task of conveying Mile Davis’s life is not only a bold move but a grand undertaking yet we are certain that Don Cheadle has what it takes to pull it off.

Check out an except from an interview with Entertainment Weekly in which Cheadle expresses how his involvement in the project came to be.

This was something that had been a periphery for me. I never thought about portraying him, really. I had done several other quote-unquote biopics and was always struck by the limitations they presented, because they were trying to be historically accurate. Let’s be honest, any biopic is a series of omissions and conflations of events and amalgamations of characters. And you’re trying to have a movie experience under three hours, so in the process you condense people’s lives from cradle to grave, so things tend to feel episodic and event-oriented as opposed to a story about people and relationships and a character.

So I didn’t want to do another biopic. So when I heard the idea, from various people who had played with him, producers, writers, that this could potentially be something, I thought, ‘if the script is great, I would be open to it since he’s always been a fascinating figure to me.’

And then, in 2008, when Miles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his nephew was interviewed and was asked, ‘Would you ever do a movie on his life?” He said yes, and that Don Cheadle is going to play him. And I was like ‘I am?’

This film is already phenomenal simply because of its subject and we are curious to see how Cheadle will use his ingenuity and brilliance to explore the life and music of Miles Davis.

Keep and eye out for the film’s debut and as always share the Street Intell.

For more of Cheadle’s interview visit EW.com



Source: Entertainment Weekly

New American Girl Campaign

Senya D

Street Intell has joined on with our fellow Street Intellectual, Ms. Senya D. to support her campaign: The New American Girl.

The “New American Girl” campaign is aimed at rebranding the traditional “American Girl” image. The New American Girl has been infused with global culture and she is a citizen of the World. Senya hopes to use this movement to encourage girls to love themselves, stand up, and reclaim their own definitions of beauty.

Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, but if we learn to be beholden to our own beauty, we recognize that true beauty begins with self-love. Everyday we see the same images of what the media deems as beautiful. It is time for people to stand tall and reclaim their own definition of beautiful.

Join us in celebration as we honor this Natural Gem on her day of birth “July 4th” and salute women all over the nation who stand and claim independence from the traditional standards of beauty.Senya

The campaign launches today, July 4th, 2014!

Repost this picture to wish Ms. Senya D. (IG: @Bleroze) Happy Birthday and stand in solidarity, declaring beauty by your definition.

Don’t forget to use the Hashtag #NewAmericanGirl and tag @Belroze

Thanks for the support!

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Model: Senya “Bleroze” Donkor
Photographer: Phelan Marc
MUA: Stephanie Nimoh
Stylist: Terrence Miller
Model: Senya Bleroze Donkor

Dilated Peoples Announce “Word of Mouth” North American Tour

It has been eight years since fans have received anything new from Hip-hop heavy weights DILATED PEOPLES. Now Evidence, Rakaa (Iriscience) and DJ Babu are back and gearing up for the release of their latest project, “Directors of Photography”. In anticipation of the album—which is set to drop August 12th, the group has announced the Word of Mouth North American tour. The tour, will hit nineteen venues across the nation starting on July 9th at The Showbox in Seattle and wrapping up on August 3rd at House of Blues in Boston. The group will also share the stage with acclaimed hip-hop legends Jurassic 5.

View the visuals for their first single “Good As Gone” and pre-order the new album now on iTunes.

View the complete tour route below:
07.09.14 Seattle, WA | The Showbox
07.10.14 Eugene, OR | Cuthbert Amphitheater
07.11.14 Berkely, CA | Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley
07.12.14 Los Angeles, CA | Greek Theatre
07.13.14 Santa Barbara, CA | Santa Barbara Bowl
07.15.14 Salt Lake City, UT | The Complex
07.17.14 Las Vegas, NV | The Pool – The Cosmopolitan
07.19.14 Tempe, AZ | Marquee Theatre
07.21.14 Denver, CO | Ogden Theatre
07.23.14 Kansas City, MO | Crossroads
07.24.14 Milwaukee, WI | The Rave
07.25.14 Chicago, IL | Aragon Ballroom
07.26.14 Royal Oak, MI | Royal Oak Music Theatre
07.27.14 Columbus, OH | LC Pavilion
07.30.14 Pittsburgh, PA | Stage AE
07.31.14 Philadelphia, PA | River Stage at Penn’s Landing
08.01.14 Baltimore, MD | Pier Six Pavilion
08.02.14 New York, NY | Best Buy Theater
08.03.14 Boston, MA | House of Blues

The Weeknd Announces “King of the Fall” Tour


Summer literally just kicked off last week, but Abel is already prepping for the Fall. He’ll be accompanied on his tour by one of R and B’s leading ladies: Jhene Aiko, who happens to be killing it right now. Especially with the release of her latest single ‘To Love & Die.’ Also on the tour will be TDE rapper, Schoolboy Q; who has been receiving much love after releasing his album ‘Oxymoron’ earlier this year. The tour list seems pretty short with only four stops, so we’re hoping more dates will be added later on. In the meantime, check out the featured locations.

09.19 – Brooklyn, NY | Barclays Center
09.21 – Toronto, Canada | Molson Amphitheatre
10.09 – Hollywood, CA | Hollywood Bowl
10.10 – San Francisco, CA | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium