JR Redwater: More Natives Succeeding

Editor’s Note: This dude is hilarious. I don’t know Jr. at all, but I’ve been an admirer for awhile. That’s right Mr. Redwater, you have a stalker. A big Blackfeet stalker. Scary. Change your locks. Hide your woman (ayyyeezzzz!!!!)

The truth is that there are a lot of Native comedians on the come up–obviously the legendary Charlie Hill and (less obviously) the silly Colville Vaughn Eaglebear come to mind, amongst many others. God bless all of them! Achieve those dreams! JR, however, is my favorite (for now!!! I’m fickle and always willing to change for cheap flattery!!)–he has a storytelling style that I’ve always appreciated from my favorite comedians: John Leguizamo, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, George Lopez. That storytelling style is the “old man’s” perspective–not “let’s run down the hill and make love to a cow,” instead it’s “let’s walk down to the hill and make sweet, passionate love to ALL the cows.”

That’s JR Redwater. He wants to make sweet, sweet Lakota-style love to all the cows. In a good way (I think).

He doesn’t rush a punchline. He doesn’t impatiently wait for people to “get it.” The humor is in the totality of his delivery and his story, not a single punchline.

He is funny incarnate–heck, I think if his jokes DIDN’T have a punchline (which, sometimes they do not), they would STILL be funny.

I’m not going to slobber all over this Standing Rock man’s microphone too much longer. I just felt that it was important to point out yet another Native person succeeding on a big level. It’s going to become an even bigger level. Promise. Thanks for following your dreams, JR (and all other Natives succeeding)!!!

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Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm  Comments (10)  

Repost: Litefoot an Example of Natives Succeeding

From Nativetimes.com

Editor’s Note: It seems like, so many times, the only thing that we celebrate in Native communities is the BAD stuff–the historical wrongs, the dysfunction, etc. etc. Yeah, all of us can claim those reasons/excuses as the reason that we don’t succeed. Still, there are so many examples of beauty and success within our Native people–I can run down a list of names off the top of my head! So I truly appreciate folks who go out of their way to NOT let those excuses get in the way of them achieving. There’s many examples of success within our communities–on my behalf, I’m gonna try to do a better job of celebrating those. Litefoot is but one of those examples.

Litefoot expands brand

Native American Hip Hop Artist/Activist/Entrepreneur/Actor Announces New Footwear Line, CD, Book, Film Company, College Lectures and Much, Much More

SEATTLE, Wash. – The year 2010 has been a busy one for hip hop artist/entrepreneur/motivational speaker/actor Litefoot. Litefoot, who is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, has an array of new projects.

He will debut his new abORIGINAL FOOT wear line, the “Litefoot” sneaker this October. With the launch of the “Litefoot” sneaker, Litefoot becomes the first Native American actor or musician to create a branded line of sneakers. The footwear line is a joint venture collaboration with Sole Nation Health, an American Indian owned footwear company. The Litefoot sneaker will be distributed throughout North America to Tribal Nations as well as through normal retail outlets and on line via http://www.litefoot.com

Litefoot, who launched the Native Style Clothing brand (www.nativestyle.net) in 2001, is also expanding its retail presence throughout North America and venturing into brand-specific marketing products for casino resort properties and for Native organizations and events. Native Style Clothing creates apparel featuring iconic contemporary Native designs.

Ever expanding his outreach, Litefoot has recently started work on an inspirational book, The Medicine of Prayer, detailing key events from his journeys throughout Indian Country over the last twenty years. The Medicine of Prayer will be self published. The Medicine of Prayer will be completed and available as an e-book and available as a paperback via http://www.litefoot.com on September 11, 2010. The Medicine of Prayer will also be available in late October on Apple’s ibookstore so it can be read via the Apple iPhone or iPad.

Litefoot continues to use his music to educate people about the Native American experience. In fact, his lyrics are now being used to teach high school and college-level students throughout the United States and as far away as Germany about historical and contemporary Native American issues and views. And he has lectured at various colleges throughout the United States including Virginia Polytechnic College and State University to Sitting Bull College. Most recently he spoke at Virginia Tech, on April 29, 2010, addressing the topic of “Building bridges between the Native American and African American communities.” Litefoot’s entire lecture at Virginia Tech will soon be available on DVD. In addition to the college circuit, Litefoot also spends a great amount of time each year speaking, holding workshops and performing concerts for elementary and high school student throughout North America.

Litefoot’s latest CD, The Testament, his 11th to date, will be released November 11, 2010. The CD will consist of 11 new songs and include a free bonus disc of 20 re-mastered Litefoot songs entitled, “Conscious Cutz.” He will also release an 11 album box set of his musical catalog entitled, “The Lite Years,” on December 11, 2010. All albums will be released on Litefoot’s own Red Vinyl Records and available via digital download or as compact discs via http://www.litefoot.com.

In other Litefoot Music news, the music video for his current single “My Chick” has received almost 300,000 views on YouTube.

By October of this year Litefoot will complete the fifth year of the five year long “Reach The Rez Tour” where will have traveled over 150,000 miles to nearly 400 American Indian Communities since 2005. The effort has served as the largest program of proactive outreach to Native American communities in the history of the United States of America.

On the Hollywood front, Litefoot, who has starred in various feature films including, Indian in the Cupboard and who has done several television guest appearances, just started along with Charlie Osceola of the Seminole Tribe of Florida “QCAM Productions,” a film production company that currently is developing a feature film script. QCAM will also serve as a production entity for various upcoming film projects. The name QCAM was created using the first initial from the first name of Litefoot’s son and Osceola’s three daughters.

Litefoot has also served in the past as the co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s American Indian Business Network. He has served as Vice President of the Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the worlds largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall.

Litefoot Enterprises, LLC also serves to create economic opportunities for the Native American community by bridging the gap between tribes and their partners. Litefoot Enterprises’ past and present project portfolio includes activities in real estate development, gaming, hospitality, “green” initiatives and wealth management. For more information: visit http://www.litefoot.com

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Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Smokin Hot Fridays

I love Sade.

‘Nuff said.

(New Album Out, “Soldier of Love,” I’d put a download link for a lot of different albums–all the Britney Spears, Jay-Z, etc–garbage. But not for real artists.)

Published in: on February 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm  Comments (2)  

Forge–A Different Kind of Cheyenne??

Some Blackfeet might say that ALL Cheyennes are mutants. 🙂 I wouldn’t say such a thing (otherwise Ruben might beat me up). Instead, I’ll say that at least one Cheyenne is admittedly a mutant…and it’s done very well for his career. Folks (non-comic book nerds), meet Forge.

See, most folks know that there is a friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) rivalry between the different Montana tribes, especially in regards to basketball and physical attractiveness. As a Blackfeet man, I grew up thinking that Blackfeet were the Indigenous Gifts to the Universe. Gary Crossguns, Alan Spoonhunter and my uncle Armand made me think that! These are Blackfeet men who did Blackfeet stuff in a very, very Blackfeet way (i.e, the very very best way possible).

Later on, of course, you realize that things aren’t quite so simple as that. There are Blackfeet who cannot play basketball and who aren’t incredibly attractive. Very few, but some. And there are Crows and Cheyennes who play basketball at a very high level!!! And there’s one kid–a Cheyenne AND Blackfeet kid, who play(s)(ed) basketball at a very very high level, and caused some tension in our very-convenient assumptions about all of our respective tribal superiority complexes.

The kid challenged my assumptions, just like Forge did. I thought that both of them reflected Montana Natives very well, despite their pedigree. Heck, I guess–to a comic book nerd like myelf–he represented me well!! I wanted muscles like him! I wanted to be able to do McIver-ish things like Forge! He was the dude.

But he was Cheyenne.

Like that Cheyenne and Blackfeet kid, I had to admit that sometimes tribe doesn’t matter (and later on, I realized that about "race" as well, for the most part)…there are great people of all tribes. I later made ’nuff Cheyenne and Crow friends and realized that if I were in trouble–some super-villains were attacking me–I’d want this musclebound Cheyenne to come bail me out.

Here’s to Forge. And ALL tribes, I guess–even Cheyenne.

Published in: on February 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment