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The Movement

by Melange Lavonne

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Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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1. Gay Bash
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2. Hip Hop Drama
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3. Cast The First Stone
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4. Leave You Updated
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5. Taking It Back
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6. The Game
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7. I Got You
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8. A Better Place
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9. Domestic Violence
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10. Sick Sad World
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11. Ugly
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12. Future President
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13. Melange Melange!
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14. Marry Me
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15. Here We Go
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16. Daddy & Step Daddy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Biography of Melange Lavonne




Native to California, Melange Lavonne, an outspoken advocate for God, openly black lesbian hip-hop artist & activist whose song "Gay Bash" delves into the death of her best friend Kevin at the hands of gay bashers. The video for the song was shot 2007 and has been aired on MTV Logo's Click List, and voted The Best Music Videos for MTV Logo's New Next Now 2007. Lavonne, who has just completed her new album, titled "The Movement" brings all of herself — including her sexual orientation — to her music despite the fact that hip-hop is often experienced as misogynistic and homophobic.

"I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease around the same time my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer," she said. "I had one and a half years of radiation therapy and was home-schooled. … To boost up my confidence, I took up sports." Her father, with whom she was living with at the time after her parents' divorce, was a former basketball coach and encouraged her to shoot hoops. Unfortunately, her battle with cancer is not over.

"In April 2005, another tumor developed, and in the process of removing it, they found a rare type of cancer called SETTLE tumor [Spindle Epithelial Tumor with Thymus-Like Differentiation]," she said. Lavonne does not let it slow her down, though. In addition to writing songs, dabbling in music production and touring with HomoRevolution, she's also done some modeling and acting and is attending school, majoring in graphic design and computer networking.

She now lives in Palm Springs, Calif., away from the ruthlessness she found when living in Hollywoodand records in Palm Springswith her producer & cousin, King Beats. I love hip-hop because I can articulate in about four minutes what I cannot in a conversation. In 48 bars, I can get my point across." She has toured extensively around Southern California, is touring with the homorevolution which was about of the True Colors Youth Conference at Uconn, touring in New Jersey, New York, and is recently working on her new video "I Got You aka Gay Parenting. Ironically, Lavonne didn't grow up listening to rap and hip-hop and doesn't listen to it much now, other than when visiting clubs.

"There's a wide variety of music I listen to now: jazz, classical, rock, alternative. I love, love, love Michael Buble." Her outspokenness definitely carries over to her music as well. Her song "Sick Sad World" decries racism, abuse, poverty, anorexia and prejudice. In "The Game," she exposes some of the problems of the hip-hop world, saying, "the music industry is a pimp and they see you as a ho." "I got you" addresses Gay parenting and "Future President" addresses the fate of the nation. She also touches issues on Domestic Violence, A.I.D.S, Gangs, and Global Warming Despite hip-hop's negative rap, Lavonne is clearly in love with the genre. She adds, "I'm married to hip hop; it's my dedication."

For more on Lavonne, visit her official website or her myspace.com/melangelavonne

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William Hobbs

I LOVE IT
Girl you are taking the stand of a life time. I absolutley love the album and can't wait to see what comes next. Thank you so much.
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shane

gay bash
what a song i dont know what to say apart from thanks because this song i can relate too.
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Kyra


This CD is so AMAZING! I have yet to take it out of my CD player in my car and I bought it about a month ago. All I can say is thank you. Each song helps me get through everyday struggles. Specially "Marry Me", my partner has been in the military for some time now. Some days I wake up wondering if I'm wasting my time, than I listen to that song and it reminds me how much I love her and that waiting for your true love is all well worth it. Can't wait for the next CD to come out. Looking forward to the NYC Pride Rally 2009.
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Marjie O'Brien

The Movement
Love it! Keep up the good work girl!
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Debbi James

ABSOLUTELY A GIFT FROM GOD!!
The cd is AMAZING!!! You are TRULY a gift from God and he will continue to bless you for all you do!!! You've touched my heart with the words in your songs...and with your friendship!! Love & Hugs!!!
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OutHipHop.com

Melange Lavonne IS the Movement
The Movement is Mélanges sophomore effort, and I must say that it was executed proper. This Girl has got her A game on and in full effect! Mélange delivered solid on every track. Her word play and ability to tell a story makes her stand out in a crowd of MC’s that want to “Lean With It” or “Party Like A Rockstar”. There is so much substance in this album with songs like “Gay Bash”, which has a video on logo, and “Taking It Back” that bring real world issues to light. I was surprised to see some tracks from her first cd appear on this album, but I can say that the ones that were chosen definitely fit in with this album also. The Movement is more than an album or collection of songs; it’s an eye opener, a wake up call, and most of all a message. Mélange touched on subjects that most MC’s would consider taboo; from gay marriage, gay parenting, and back to domestic violence…Home girl handled it!!! Mélanges production team, “King Beats” really came thru on the beat/production tip. There are party vibe tracks as well as tracks that you can just ride too, the entire spectrum is covered. The Movement is an album that you can listen to all the way through without skipping a track, and know where the artist heart is at. I suggest you pick up a copy before it’s too late!!!!

The album opens with “Gay Bash” a song that is about Kevin who was beat to death for being gay…can we say powerful! I also really liked the creative aspect of “Taking It Back” Mélange being the voice of god and taking back mother earth because we have abused her so much. “Ugly” is a track about someone being hot as hell on the outside, but there soul and personality make them ugly…I’m sure all can identify. “The Game” takes on the state of commercial hip hop and the way rappers just want money, fame, and flash. Mélange lets us know real quick that all MC’s are not like that. If I had to really describe what The Movement is in one word it would be “complete”. Complete meaning that, it was put together with thought and creativity, and not just thrown together to put something out as a lot of artists do.

Mélange has created much more than a sophomore album, she has created...well a movement, as she intended!

I have to give this record 4 rainbow mics because she did her thing in creativity and execution.

*Some stand out tracks are*

“Gay Bash”, “Taking It Back”, “I Got You”, “Ugly”, “Here We Go”
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Jamal Howard


This CD is tight. I am feeling the whole project. When I saw the video "I Got You", it touch my spirit. I agree about the part that gay couples can make better parents than straight couples.
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Christina aka Lyric

Amazing
I listen to your cd everyday. Its like my bible. I cant get ready without listening to your cd. And I cant go to sleep without listening to it. I take it everywhere with me. You are a beautiful soul.
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Ryan Lacle

FANTASTIC!!!
This music deserves constant airplay on the radio!!!
This completely surpasses the level of general queer hip hop musicians (as talented as many are), & enters mainstream territory!!!
It sounds corny to say but I mean it when I say, her music makes me feel even more proud to be who I am! So a big 'thank you' to you Ms. Lavonne!!!
I can't wait for her to start topping the mainstream charts! :)
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Elodie

a great discovery!
I am so happy I have come across such an artist. You can't regret buying this album. I love her strength, her music and what she actually says. Bravo! (looking forward to next one!!!)
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