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Beatboxing is the art of using the body to mimic drum machines, turntables, and other musical instruments. It’s a fantastic skill that has been dominated by men in the past, but that is changing. Holy cats, is it ever changing! Meet Kaila Mullady, NYC-based beatboxer extraordinaire who won the Beatbox Battle World Championship in Berlin in May 2015. Her performance in this video blew our collective socks off and yours are next. We know it’s hard to believe that all the sounds you’re hearing are coming from this one human being, but it’s all her and she’s super awesome.

When The Huffington Post asked Mullady what it’s like to excel in an arena typically associated with male culture, this was her response:

“Music is not gender specific. It’s about soul and expression. Anytime someone tells me I can’t it pushes me further. People just need evidence that it isn’t what everyone thinks it is. I’m here to be the evidence. More women should be heard,”

By the way, Mullady is also the current Vice Beatbox Champion, Loop station champion and three-time Beatrhyme Champion. Yep, pretty freaking awesome.

Visit Kaila Mullady’s website to check out more of her inspiring performances.

[via The Huffington Post]

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Love and Space Dust

5 Star Rated Poetry

“After spending over ten years in a literature club and hearing/reading more poems than I could count, I thought I had seen it all. I have never been so wrong. Love and Space Dust contains so many beautifully written poems that brought tears to my eyes that I didn’t put my Kindle down until I had read every single one of them at least twice.” Amazon.de Customer Review.

“Lovely book.” Amazon.com Customer Review.

“I really enjoy all of the poems. They make you feel like never before. By far some of my favorite poems.” Amazon.com Customer Review.

“LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS!!” Goodreads Review.

“These poems are so full of Pain and Darkness, but so full of Hope and Light.” Amazon.de Customer Review.

“This book is absolutely amazing and i hope there will be more to come!” Amazon.com Customer Review.

“Love this book so much!” Goodreads Review.

“Made me smile and moved me to tears.” Amazon.co.uk Customer Review.

Poems from my anthology, Love and Space Dust. The full book is out now and available as:

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*** FREE TO AMAZON PRIME USERS ON THE KINDLE ***

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Dominic Cavendish: Cate, is it true that you first acted in Gross und Klein as a student? 

Cate Blanchett: It was floating around everywhere as soon as it premiered in Germany. I first read it in the late Eighties and there was a very naive production I was part of, around 1987-8. My interest in the work was academic – I was interested in the play structurally. What has been remarkable [with this new production] is uncovering the humanity in the work. Maybe it’s my age but I also think it’s what Martin has unlocked. It still has this incredible rhythm and asymmetry, and yet it’s got a very beating heart.

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Some of these you can already find individually on this blog, but this is just a great compilation!