Anonymous DaBand is a multi-talented band made up of unique young men from nineteen to twenty-two years old
Host: Tomeka M. Winborne
Description: Anonymous DaBand is a multi-talented band made up of unique young men from nineteen to twenty-two years old
Runtime: 26:58 minutes
Who Is Anonymous DaBand?
The special thing about this talented group and is the overwhelming humble spirit that surrounds them-hence the name Anonymous. Each member is a master of his own instrument and they come together in perfection to share their awesome talents. The group has performed around the Atlanta area for various benefits, social events, and festivals including the Atlanta Jazz Festival. As the opening acts for the likes of Najee, Chrisette Michele, and Pieces of a Dream and other top performers they have become Atlanta's #1 Teen Instrumental Band and are poised to make a huge impact on the music world! Members of Anonymous DaBand are:
Xavier Toodle Jones
Xavier holds down the funky bass line for the band. This multi-talented nineteen year old started playing drums at the age of two and by the age of four, he was the lead drummer at CLC Praise and Worship Center in College Park, Georgia. Although a drummer at heart, he also plays piano, upright bass and has found a love for the electric bass with Anonymous. He is a sophomore at Kennesaw State University where he is majoring in Computer Science
Saxophonist Langston is able to pull out all the stops when it comes to performing. At 21, the "old man of the group" has been around music since he was a baby, but picked up a horn in middle school band class-and hasn’t put it down since then! Langston's musical influence is Mr. Maceo Parker. Langston most recently opened for rap superstars, Rae Srummerd. In addition to music, Langston is a junior majoring in Biological Science at Wake Forest University.
Anonymous is proud to join forces with their newest member of the band, Atlanta native Xavier Davis. Xavier is a 19 year old keyboardist and mellophonium horn player. He attends Hampton University and is active in the marching band. When he’s not making music you can find him on the tennis courts smashing a big forehand!
Well-known for his first place wins at Amateur Night at the Apollo in NYC, 19 year old Justice (aka Just Ice) is quickly becoming Atlanta’s new drumming sensation. As the youngest member of the band, Just Ice brings some deep-rooted, complex, and awe-inspiring beats to the stage. Justice is a freshman at University of Miami, Frost School of Music majoring in Musicianship Artistry Development and Entrepreneurship (MADE). Justice is an endorsed artist for Amedia Cymbals and Prentice Practice Pads . See more about Justice at www.JustDrumming.com
Anonymous looks forward to future opportunities to entertain throughout the nation!
In conversation, NPR’s Ailsa Chang sat down with Angie Thomas, the acclaimed author of The Hate U Give, and the movie’s director George Tillman Jr., to discuss how the book and film connected with their own personal experiences.
The Hate U Give tells the story of a teenage girl, Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who is a part of two worlds: the poor, predominantly black neighborhood where she resides, and the white, affluent prep school that she attends. Her worlds are turned upside down when she witnesses the fatal police shooting of her childhood friend, an unarmed black male teenager. Following the tragic shooting, Starr is drawn towards a life of activism to stand up for her friend, who is called a “thug” and other misinformed names by the media, and to protest the wrongful actions of police brutality.
George Tillman Jr., the director of the film, spoke with Chang about what it was like to base certain scenes from the movie on actual talks he received growing up. He discussed how emotional it was to bring these scenes to life, particularly because he now has a teenage son himself. “This deals with history,” he said. “This deals with survival and how we can continue to stay on this earth without police brutality or being shot or being killed. You know, this is part of the fear of the African-American community.”
Another significant theme in the book is how Starr navigates between her two worlds, and how she feels an internal pressure to erase her blackness while at her fancy prep school with her white classmates. Certainly, many of us can relate to this uneasy pressure growing up or currently in the workplace, and this double life is actually based on author Angie Thomas’s life experiences.
Growing up, Thomas also lived in a mostly black neighborhood while attending a predominantly white, private college in Mississippi. She described her own experiences as a struggle, and practiced the art of code switching. “I would make myself more presentable I thought. I was careful of how I spoke. I was careful of how much emotion I showed,” Thomas said. “And it was a struggle because so often I was silent on things that mattered to me. And I would experience microaggressions from my classmates, and I was silent about them. I never called out the racism.”. READ MORE........