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BlackLight Inaugural Pub Crawl…………..Sanlitur (Sanlitun, Beijing)

Last weekend BlackLight held its first, and certainly not last Pub Crawl.  The BlackLight Nation took over Saniltun in Beijng.  We had 15 people show up for the first event.  The stops included Kai Bar, Kokomo, Red,  First Floor, Bar Blu and The Door.   Reviews for each of these bars will be posted in the near future. We lost some good men and women along the way but all in all it was success.    Keep checking the website for info on the next BL Pub Crawl nearest you.

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1000 Views! Everybody Shines! 黑

We here at BL are pleased to say that we have reached over 1000 hits! We would like to thank you all for making this possible in such a short amount of time.  For up to date info about whats going on in the BlackLight community subscribe to the page by clicking on the BLL Nation icon in the left column.  Thank You All.

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Song of the Week (8) Survival of the Fittest…………Mobb Deep

Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo from Queens, New York, U.S., that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The duo is “one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast hip-hop groups.” The group is best known for its dark, hardcore delivery, as exemplified by the single “Shook Ones Pt. II.Mobb Deep have become one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop, having sold over 3 million records.[4] The majority of their albums have been critically acclaimed, in particular The Infamous, which is considered a classic. They are partially credited for the resurgence of East Coast rap in the early to mid-’90s. Havoc and Prodigy were also judges for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.

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Survival of the Fittest

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Bringing Hip-Hop to China

Andrew Ballen is a Black entrepreneur who moved from North Carolina to Shanghai to pursue a different lifestyle.  Landing in this foreign land all by himself, Ballen learned the native tongue through socializing, mimicking, and everyday life experience.  Hip-Hop was one of the sorely missed elements of his past life in USA, so Andrew Ballen started a night club and opened a recording studio.  Today, his initiative is to assist in bringing Hip-Hop to China.  Watch as Tavis Smiley, talk show host, author and philanthropist, takes us on a walk with Mr. Ballen as he shares his experiences living abroad in Asia.

The Process of Building


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Song of the Week (7) Tupac……………….Keep ya Head up

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli,  was an American rapper. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.   Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. In addition to his career as a rap artist, he was also an actor.[3] The themes of most of Tupac’s songs are the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur began his career as a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.


美国说唱歌手Tupac Amaru Shakur ( 1971.6.16-1996.9.13), 曾以艺名“2Pac”(Pac)和 Makaveli闻名于世。 Shakur到2007年为止已经卖出750万张专辑。这也使得他成为历史上最畅销的艺术家之一。 ”滚石“杂志将他评为历史上最伟大的第86位艺术家。Shakur不仅是一个说唱歌手,而且是一个演员。Tupac的音乐主题多为暴力,种族主义和其他的社会问题。在东西海岸的Hip-pop对立的时期, Tupac和其他的说唱歌手有很大的冲突。Tupac的职业生涯源于他”巡回乐队管理员“和地下hip-pop乐队的替补舞者的经历。

Keep Ya Head UP

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Tokyo Tower, Imperial Garden……………………Tokyo, Japan

A lot of people think Tokyo is just tall buildings and clubs but there is another side of the city you should see when you visit. If you party during the night, The Imperial Garden is a great place to see during the day to unwind. It’s in the middle of the city so it’s really easy to get to.  The Tokyo Tower is also quite a sight to behold.  It was modeled after the Eiffel Tower in France.  There are other attractions to see inside the tower while visiting  such as an observatory and a wax museum.

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Tokyo Tower (東京タワー, Tōkyō tawā?) is a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.5 metres (1,091 ft), it is the second tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.

Built in 1958, the tower’s main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening. FootTown, a 4-storey building located directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from here, guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-storey Main Observatory is located at 150 metres (490 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250 metres (820 ft).

Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居, kōkyo; literally , “Imperial Residence”?) is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo close to Tokyo Station and contains several buildings including the main palace (Kyūden (宮殿?), the private residences of the imperial family, an archive, museum and administrative offices. It is built on the site of the old Edo castle. The total area including the gardens is 7.41 square kilometres (2.86 sq mi).

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Song of the Week (6) Notorious B.I.G………..One More Chance Remix

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997) was an American rapper. He was popularly known as Biggie Smalls (after a character in the 1975 film Let’s Do It Again), Big Poppa, and The Black Frank White (after the main character of the 1990 film King of New York),but primarily by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G.  Wallace was noted for his “loose, easy flow”,dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities. Since his death, a further two albums have been released. MTV ranked him at #3 on their list of The Greatest MCs (Rappers) of All Time.  He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.

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One More Chance Remix

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Song of the Week (5) Truimph……………Wu-Tang Clan

The Wu-Tang Clan (pronounced /ˈwuːtæŋ/) is a hip-hop group from New York City that consists of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. They are frequently joined by fellow childhood friend Cappadonna, a quasi member of the group. They were formed in (and are associated with) the New York City borough of Staten Island (referred to by members as “Shaolin“), though some of their members are from Brooklyn and one is from The Bronx.

They have introduced and launched the careers of affiliated artists and groups,often collectively known as the Wu-Tang Killa Bees.  In 2007, MTV ranked Wu-Tang the fifth greatest hip hop group of all time, and in 2008, ranked them the number one greatest hip hop group of all time.

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Wu tang Clan…………………..Triumph

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Club Azure………………….Ark Shinsaibashi West.B1F, 2-17-3 Nishi-Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku Osaka Osaka, Japan

CLUB AZURE has been a staple of the Osaka underground hip hop scene for years.  Its one of the reasons why I think clubbing in Osaka wicked.  You have your bigger venues such as Pure and Grand Cafe that play more recent hip hop tunes.  But then you have venues like Azure that stay true to the roots of  the music.  This place gets packed quickly so get there early.  The size of the venue gives live shows  a more intimate feel then at other places.  I had the honor of seeing my favourite DJ (DJ Premier) there and it was a show I’ll never forget.  I knew some of the people running the event so I was able to see, up close, Primo do his thing on the ones and twos.   Azure caters to the reggae and R & B heads as well.   Check out their website to find out more info on special events.

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BLACKLIGHT Clothing Line

Blacklight is China FIRST hip-hop clothing line. This is the beginning of a movement. We are here in China to promote hip hop culture through fashion. To make orders send your requests to We are also currently looking for models. If you have any modeling experience contact the email address above.

Blacklight 是中国第一家 Hip-hop服装品牌。 这是我在中国推广Hip-hop文化的第一步。 如果你要下订单, 请发邮件到 我们同时也在寻找模特。 如果您有任何当模特的经验,也请发邮件和我联系。

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