Chicago Spotlight: The Young Guns

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Thanksgiving night holds a special treat for Chicago.  The Chosen Few DJ’s present, “The Giving“ with special guests, Young Guns.  This is a special event as it features two rising stars in the house music scene; 11-year-old DJ Marcellus from Chicago and 16-year-old DJ Ameer from New Jersey. 

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DJ Marcellus, Age 11

11 year old, DJ Marcellus is a driven young man who loves house music and R&B and recently started DJing in 2017.  As the son of a DJ, he was exposed to house music at an early age.  According to the recent article in N’Digo Magazine, Marcellus debuted professionally this summer at a Daley Plaza House Music Lunch Time mix where he opened for three veteran DJs, becoming the youngest DJ to spin house music at that event.  A Chicago Native, this 6th grader says he loves to see people dancing to his music and hopes to eventually be on the radio. Excited to join the Chosen Few DJs on Thanksgiving night, his set opens at 9 pm.  Check out the full article on DJ Marcellus here

This young man’s performance has inspired our young people, especially with all the negative publicity and violence among our youth in Chicago
— Valencia Dantzler (on DJ Marcellus)

DJ Ameer, Age 16

16-year-old DJ Ameer is causing quite a stir in the house community.  This high schooler already has a radio show, Opening for Timmy Regisford and Louie Vega at WMC 2017 (Winter Music Conference) and does it all while balancing his work as an honor roll student.  At the mere age of 7, he already had his first controller.   In addition to being an honor roll student and DJ, he holds fundraisers in his hometown of New Jersey to raise awareness for Men against rape and Domestic violence against women.  Excited to join the Chosen Few DJs on Thanksgiving, this young man has dreams of playing at the Chosen Few Festival in Chicago.  His goals are big and ambitious.  According to the Jet article, DJ Ameer wants to produce an album, become an international DJ and in 10 years obtain his P.H.D. in epidemiology! Check out the full interview with DJ Ameer with Jet Magazine here.

It is very hard to balance work and school in the fact that the work that I get takes me a while to complete because I am in all honors classes… I DJ for about an hour every day after my homework. I would say that homework takes about four hours to do every day. So my routine is usually that I get home around 4, walk the dog, go do homework, then practice DJ’ing. So from 4 to about 5, I’m walking the dog, 5 to 8 I’m doing homework, and 8 to whenever I need to go to bed (around 10) I DJ.
— DJ Ameer

I’m looking forward to listening to these two talented young men out on Thanksgiving. Come out and support the Young Guns and the Chosen Few DJs Thursday Night!

See ya on a Dance Floor,

Black Widow

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Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on www.blkwidowmusic.com and on her book’s website, www.thesumofmanythings.com.  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.