Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Double Sided Heart

Your words and passion are hot like fire
but his stability and sensibility makes me feel secure.
So hard to determine where my heart lies.
Mama never told me there would be days like this
where I would meet the one I love
yet to meet another who I feel the same
but in a different way.
Complex as it may seem,
to many it seems wrong.
But for me I know what I feel.
If you ask me to choose
I probably couldn't.
You both bring two different things to my life.
You bring a versatility & spontaneous spirit to my world
He brings focus & direction.
So how does one handle a double sided heart?
Very selfishly
(c) 2008 Trina Slade-Burks

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Enjoy your Holidays

Hoping all of you have a great holiday & that 2010 is a very prosperous new year for us all. Make this a year of no excuses.

Monday, December 21, 2009

About me

Born in Harlem USA, New York, raised in Marble Hill Projects in the Bronx, Trina Slade-Burks is from an artistic lineage. Her multimedia influences have included creative writing, visual arts, music and theatrical artistic art disciplines.

After graduating from college in Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Visual Communications in the late 80’s, the need to work creatively was very important. She moved back to New York City and was re-exposed herself to the creative flow she was longing for.

Since then Trina married a fellow artist Anthony Burks, whom she met in college, and together they have journeyed on to the next level of exposing people to what makes the world a better place. ART.

She has taken part in helping the development of art and culture within in Palm Beach County, Florida in groundbreaking projects with the goal of developing youth and adults alike souls creatively.

Trina published her first book entitled What is My Priority? in June 2009 which is a collaborative of poetry, affirmations & art. She is also writing articles & interviews for blogs Understanding the Arts as well as Afro Boy (with musician/writer Alexie F formerly of online hip hop radio show The Zro Hour) both found on From the hip hop generation, she manages to always keep her ear to what is up and coming in underground hip hop seen.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thank you to my supporters

Book two is on the way. I will have a dedication page in my next book (title unknown) with a collague of photos of many of my supporters.
photos of Perry Limes & Annette Cornier-Lopez

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Birth of Afro Boy Pt I

This is actually part one of the three part interview of Alexie F.
We learn about some of his influences leading up to the man he is today
Photo taken by Juan Figueroa (Alexie F's father) circa 1972
Trina: How & when did you discover you were an artist?

Alexie F:good question,,,,,i didn't really know until years later,,,that i was actually an artist,,, but there was always art and music around me,,,,my father was a musician & painter,,,, there were bongos, congas etc... @ 5 years old, I received a white marble lined set of bongos from my father,,,, i was also blessed to be raised in the projects where @ that time there was a lot of diverse people with diverse taste in music,,,,my dad adored music,,,he had an incredible collection of music

Trina: What are your loves? What do you really appreciate?

Alexie F: being artistic,,,, i love 2 laugh
joy is something that we all strive for,,,,but many don't know how to reach it,,,find ur nitch that makes u happy,,,,& don't be a Same shit different day person (man I hate that),,,,(
in a soft voice) i rather be a man going backward than forward (reflecting
) cuz people gave a shit back in the day,,,,unlike now people r only about themselves,,,,,that ain't love

Trina: Did your upbringing have any influence on your artistic ability?

Alexie F:in the beginning,,,,when my dad was around, i was always listening 2 music,,,if i wasn't doin' that,,,,i was up late nights watching nbc,,,,,,,carson,,,,,don kirshner's rock concert,,,,hahahaha,,,,when i really should have been asleep,,,,i also got 2 see my family jam 2 music w/my dad,,, & spend time with my grandfather in the summer in pr,,,so much incredible music around,,,i was very blessed 2 have grown up when i did

Trina: Name some of your artistic influences?

Alexie F: lucky enough,,,companies back in the day offered to send music for a penny

Trina: (snickering) Yeah I know I remember

Alexie F: i would randomly choose music & after a while i would run out of choices,,,,peter frampton's frampton album, billy joel, foreigner's 4,,,, my mom was listening 2 tom jones in the house,,,,came in late on the beatles,,,,i was introduced 2 them by my hippie babysitter,,,,(thinking)
hmmmmm,,,,,,,don't remember her name,,,she had me listen 2 the doors, jose feliciano, karen carpenter,,,,jimmy hendrix,,,they all left an impression on me.,,,my dad turned me on 2 led zepplin,,,i believe that they were a huge influence on the way i absorb music,,,they aren't just music, they r an experience,,, if u haven't heard it yet check out led zepplin III,,, listen 2 black dog,,,,one needs 2 be self influenced,,,& not let others totally influence them

Trina: What is your affiliation with the visual art world?

Alexie F: i have always been connected,,,my father was a painter, a poet, a musician,,,, my ex-girlfriend's father's friend was an art dealer so i would see a lot of great art all the time,,,,i started collecting recently,,,i have 3 of my best friend's works and 1 of her husband's pieces called mother nature viii,,,,i regret that i do not have any of my father's work

Trina: When did music become a part of your life?

Alexie F: music was always part of my life,,,it was always in my house,,,i grew up around it,,,i can't remember never having music around

Trina: What are some of your contributions to music?

Alexie F: 1st job,,,i was part of the staff @ sparkle management in the bronx which put out latin hip hop (also known as freestyle
) music,,, i went & begged for a job,,,,marc anthony came out of that camp,,,he wasn't the only freestyle artists who went to salsa,,,la india, 1 of the founding members of tka was also very successful in salsa music,,,not many succeeded like they did,,,but going back to what i did,,,, under george vascones direction,,,, i would get artists groomed for their opportunity to get seen

Trina: like Sean was for Uptown Entertainment. You were basically an A& R person

Alexie F: yes u can say that ,,,,i also have collaborated & written music with many different people,,,,house music, freestyle, r&b, hip hop

Trina: How many musical instruments can you play & are you classically trained?

Alexie F: piano, drums, congas, bongos & guitar,,,no i am not classically trained,, i mean i didn't attend julliard or anything

Trina: Hahaha

Alexie F: i mostly learned by listening,,,& i play by ear,,,i have had some lessons early on,,,but i went off on my own & did my thing

Trina: Is there one artist who you wish to work with?

Alexie F: musically? theatrically?

Trina: Either or both

Alexie F: currently,,,larry david of curb your enthusiasm & seinfield fame,,,,very gifted & funny man,,,,ted danson said on the george lopez show that he was a genus,,,,,that is true,,,musically? (pauses) WOW,,,,, there r so many people ,,,thom yorke (from Radiohead
),,,i think that his music is constantly evolving,,,i can listen to the album (Amnesiac) & hear something new every time i listen 2 it,,,his music is timeless,,,,timeless,,,what an incredible musician

Trina: What is your affiliation to Hip Hop?

Alexie F: that is a very interesting question ,,,,,,,,,,,,,i was born a few blocks away from where hip hop was created,,,,, i was born & raised in marble hill projects in the bronx,,,,,,, if u don’t know sedgwick/heath ave gave birth to hip hop,, i use 2 walk to school in the late 70’s early 80’s,,,hip hop was like a cousin, a nephew , a brother 2 me,,,,,it has always been part of my life,,,,song writing has always been part of my life,,,my luv 4 music lead me 2 hosting an online radio show called as u know the zro hour,,,, the web address

Sunday, December 13, 2009

2010 should be great

Hoping you all have a great Holiday. Many new things coming for the new year. Stay in touch

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Birth of Afro Boy

This is part of a three part interview I did on artist, innovator & radio personality, Alexie F. Many things have happened for this talented yet somewhat complexed individual. This very emotional cat has a way of making you laugh when you weren’t even prepared. This portion of the interview is part B of our interview. The reason he decided to release this part first, was to put to rest the questions that many of his fans had about his recent departure for the show that many learn his name from; The Zro Hour.

Trina: How long were you part of The Zro Hour?

Alexie F: (mild laugh) sorry 4 the chuckle

Trina: No Problem.

Alexie F: well 1st it needs 2 be said,,,,,I am a founding member,,,,even though it isn’t being mentioned right now,,,,,,,i have been a founding member of the zro hour for 6yrs,,,ahhhhhh yeah 6 going on 7yrs,,,, the show started on pirate radio in brooklyn,,,galaxy plus a haitian pirate radio station,,,,,, someone suggested to edaye that he should do radio,,,, he took it and ran with it,,,,,i will always give him his props 4 that,,,he asked me if interested in doing the show with him,,,,,i am down 4 whatever music related,,,,,hell I would run naked thru moscow 4 music,,,,,,hahahaha

Trina: hahahahaha

Alexie F: i said yes

Trina: What were your contributions in the beginning of the show & how did they differ later on.

Alexie F: it was always financial from the beginning,,,,creative yes,,,,,but it was ALWAYS financial,,,,,,before the resurrection show we had some creative differences & i decided 2 leave the show,,,,,,there was a gap where there wasn’t anything going on ,,,,I think edaye did 1 show during that lag time,,, the zro remained dormant 4 a while,,,,,i suggested that we do it again,,,,,,that came about when i let someone hear the show in my car,,,,,,,i didn’t tell them @ the time that it was me,,,,they didn’t even recognize my voice,,,,they said that the show was great and that the quality was 2 good 2 not continue,,,,i found monster,,, who has mad skills & who even closed out the zro hour 5th anniversary show,,,,i even introduced u into the movement & u pushed 4 bobbito

Trina: Hahaha. Very true. We will talk about that later. One of my favorite shows as you know is the Neosoul show with the Nucomme interview. How did that show come about?

Alexie F: at the time maxwell was hot with the cd NOW,,,,,,,& bilal,,,, big ups 2 bilal,,,,,musiq soulchild who I took edaye 2 see, when musiq was raw,,,,& sweetback which featured maxwell & 3 members from sade’s band ,,,stuart matthewman, andrew hale & paul denman. i met nucomme, who is the first lady of the zro hour & the 1st guest, on the d train playing music,,,it was an automatic connection the 2 of us,,,,,,& I am proud 2 say we r close,,,,she is a vibrant, talented leo,,,,,we share that leo connection,,,,,,she’s like a little sister,,,,as 4 the show itself,,,,i picked all the music,,,,,i picked the guest,,,everything else was just a natural flow.

Trina: Wow. Will you be collaborating with nucomme in the future?

Alexie F: she & i did discuss doing some stuff together right after the neosoul show,,,,,we hung out sometimes,,,but then we fell out of touch,,,,,,she said she would be moving & i just assumed it meant out of the new york city area,,,,, but turns out she is still here & ironically enough has the same number that i originally had,,,so we will see

The Bobbito Garcia Interview: When I initially approached the idea of potentially getting Bobbito Garcia to get interviewed by the Zro Hour, I asked Alexie F if there was an opportunity that the two of them would directly contact him. Reason being is that I had a direct contact that I may be able to get a hold of him. Alexie F. told me to go ahead and see what happens. I went to my contact (thank you Candy) and she told me he is very easy going, and that he would be easy to contact. He really was. And he agreed to do an interview. I contacted both Edaye & Alexie F separately about the opportunity and they were both equally excited. The premise in my approach was the obvious Boricua connection & the admiration from the hosts of Bobbito’s work. They often mentioned him on many of their shows. I had a trip to NYC planned the exact day the interview with Bobbito was to take place.

Trina: Alexie, I found out the day after I arrived to NYC that you were not part of that interview. Can you please set the record straight as to why you were not part of that interview.

Alexie F: set the record straight huh??? now we r getting into some emotional shhhhh

Trina: Yes. You and I never really got to discuss this.

Alexie F: when i first got word that it was going to happen,,,i was so excited,,,,so excited that i missed my turn going to the mountains on vacation,,, hahahaha,,,,,,,

Trina: Haha, I didn’t know that!

Alexie F: there were actually 2 reasons why i didn’t do the show,,,,,,first reason we were having more creative differences regarding the show,,,,,and 2 (silence) ,,,,,,,,,uum,,,,,, i got a call saturday @ my job ,,, before i got the call i wasn’t feeling right all day,,,,,,,(silence) i got the call,,,& that’s when i was told that both my sons were hit by an suv,,,a hit & run,,,,,,,,,,(takes a breath) i emailed edaye & told him,,,he expressed sympathy,,,,, i decided that i just wasn’t up 2 the interview,,,,, i got a voice message from edaye that said,,,,,(paraphrased) ,,,,,this is the date i picked for the interview, if u can make it see ya there, if not,,,,,fine

Trina: Wow, I am sorry I took you there hun.

Alexie F: thank GOD they r both alright now

Trina: Absolutely. …..Were you part of the planning of the New Zro Hour merchandise most recently launched?

Alexie F: no. i was saddened to see that there was merch with my face on it being used without my permission,,, (since then the merchandise with Alexie F.’s face was removed from the line)

Trina: Why are you no longer part of the show?

Alexie F: just before the release of the 5th anniversary cd , there was talk from edaye that he wasn’t gonna be on the grind with the show anymore,,,& i said do what make u happy man,,,,then I got a voice message a few months later saying that he was going to move forward with the show solo

Trina: How did you feel? Change is hard.

Alexie F: yes but necessary,,,,,i have a lot of other things going on,,,,i contributed 2 ur poetry book,,, i have several interviews coming up,,,,,writing projects,,,production projects,,,i stay busy,,,,not 2 mention my beautiful kids,,,the most important part of my life,,,,i love & am proud 2 being a dad

Trina: Do you have any fond memories from The Zro Hour?

Alexie F: absolutely,,,,I didn’t know how 2 hold a mike be 4 the show,,,,i use 2 be nervous & get sick,,,,hahaha,,,be 4 the 1st few shows,,,,the friendship between us (Edaye & Alexie F) started as music related,,,,mutual respect 4 the love of music,,,,we were introduced by a mutual friend(we’ll call him Ron),,,,i was reading a music magazine,,,that i won’t plug cuz their not paying me,,,haha,,,& ron suggested that we need 2 meet,,,,edaye & i also share that leo connection,,,we started doing tracks together,,,,,i would travel from the bronx 2 brooklyn 2 work on the show,,,,no matter what time,,,,early in the morning, late @ night,,,,it didn’t matter,,,i was down 4 whatever 4 the good of the show,,,,,we always did great shows,,,I can’t say that there was 1 show that sucked,,,i always told e that this was a great thing,,,,i always believed in the show & what we did,,,we had our rituals,,,be 4 & during the show that i vowed never 2 tell,,,& still won’t,,,,one of my person rituals was,,,, i would never take out my microphone until it is time 2 do a show,,,,,we never ate before a show,,,@ 1 point we took a break because he was going to audio engineering school ,,,where he landed an opportunity after school to intern for wyclef jean,,,,great memories,,,,,met great artists,,,i don’t regret any of it

Trina: What do your fans mean to you & what are you doing to maintain your connection with them?

Alexie F: WOOOOWWW,,,,my fans mean everything & more, authentically & sincerely,,,,they can follow u till the end of time,,,,when they love what u do they allow u 2 do what u love,,,,what i put into place to maintain a connection,,,though I oversee and manage all my pages, i asked 4 someone 2 assist me because it is a lot,,,and though my assistant has a lot of their own stuff to manage they help keep it all in order,,,1 fan or 1million fans they r all equally important 2 me,,,,i’m a struggling artist,,,,& i love that because i appreciate the hard work involved,,,,i wish i knew how many fans so i can tattoo it

Trina: Hahaha, Dude that would be difficult because it would always change. …..What do your fans have to look forward to from you?

Alexie F: reinventing alexie f,,,,,,hahahaha AFRO BOY!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Learn about the artist: Anthony Burks Sr

Getting to know South Florida's own Anthony Burks Sr.

Alexie F Interview coming soon

Stay tuned for my interview w/ a very dear friend of mine. Artist, musician, writer & personality; Alexie F. Coming soon.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Interviews coming soon

In the next coming weeks, I will be inteviewing artists in different disciplines so you can get a true feel as to what is is going on in these artists world.

Stay tuned

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Silent Auction for Painting by Numbers

Come to 403 Northwood Rd November 22, 2009 6pm-9pm
Each piece is made up of two 30"x40" cavases. The value of each painting is $2000. Concepts designed by professional artist Anthony Burks & student artists from Dreyfoss HS of the Arts in WPB FL & St Juliana in WPB FL

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Great Book Signing in NYC

October 23, 2009 I did my second book signing for What is My Prority? This one took place @ a lounge called Salud in Yonkers, NY co-owned by a personal friend of my Prophet Parra (of K7) & Sal Abbatiello (music mogul). The locate is great & we had a great vibe in the venue. Because I am still emotional about reading my work, I had friends from different parts of my life read passages from my book and express how the pieces resenates with them. Sheila Alagia, Lynne Lopez, Debra Slater, actor Luis Camacho, online radio host (formerly from the Zro Hour)Alexie F. And Prophet all expressed different levels of emotion in reading the poems.

The crowd consisted of great friends and family as well as unknowns alike who expressed profound admiration for the showcase.

Thank you to all who showed support that night.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Shades of Grey up for Auction

Artist TSB has her mixed media piece up for auction. Please note that this is one of the last images she created under the name. (TSB)

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The Zro Hour @ the BHHF

If you are in the Brooklyn, NY area check out Edaye & Alexie F @ The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. They will have a booth there from 12-6pm
Check them out @ Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, 1 Main Street, in DUMBO Brooklyn from 12 p.m.-6p.m.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Dubelyoo renders the Zro Hour

Check out artist Dubelyoo's rendering of the Zro Hour hosts for their soon to be released CD.
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Sunday, June 07, 2009

New items now available

A.T.B Fine Artists & Designers has four new items in their store. After a huge demand for black tee shirts, A.T.B brought 3 more black items on board.

The Official Sophisticated Lady Tees are till available and is still these most popular item next to the white Sunburst men's & women's Hoodies.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Rooted Ground Soon to be Uprooted

The ever popular series, Rooted Ground, created by Florida artist Anthony Burks Sr. has been on high demand for the last 3 years. The boldly colored field withe the trees exposing the deeply extended roots, was titled by Anthony's son, Anthony Jr. These images were initially created as one of a kind images with the intention of never to be reproduced as prints. Every drawing,created in its unique color scheme is solely one of its kind. Anthony decided in May 2009 he will discontinue producing them in their plain form with the exception of commissioned pieces.

"It's time to move on to something new" Burks says. The series has ran its course. "After the end of the year I will only do it by request".