As we all settle back into our random routines and reflect on yet another Labor Day holiday gone past, it seems there’s been some funny business going on that caught my attention.
It’s no big secret that companies tap artists to inject product placement ideas into some music… But I’m sure nobody knew how far the advertisement goes –particularly in hip-hop.
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Today’s “hit” songs are nothing more than highly evolved advertisements that may be brainwashing you to drink, smoke or partake in activity’s unbecoming of your spirit, and your powerless to stop it.
Research has revealed a very disturbing new trend in the music business.
Get your mind right because we’re going in… Continue Reading…
Summer is almost over but we can still take advantage of the great weather for at least a few more weeks.
That being said, AT&T has partnered with me to offer a few readers a nice end of Summer gift.
With the end of summer rapidly approaching, it seems like the right time to look back at what songs dominated not only music charts, but our playlists.
From Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” to Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” (admit it… you love it!) and beyond, it’s pretty clear that our smartphones and iPods got a huge workout this summer.
So in celebration of all things music, I’ve been asked to entice readers to share their ultimate “end of summer playlist” for a chance to win two great prizes.
I have in my possession an HTC One from AT&T along with a BeatboxTMPortable by Beats to give away to two lucky winners.
[Sidebar: After all, smartphones and portable speakers are a great way to take your favorite songs with you wherever you go – from the backyard to the beach and beyond. Right?]
But I digress… 😆
**UPDATED: WINNERS LISTED BELOW: Continue Reading…
Rapper DMX and his high octane antics has made headlines yet again. And this time the embattled MC’s peen decided to get in on the action.
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We all know that Earl Simmons’ immense talent doesn’t come without its fair share of bat sh*t crazy.
[FLASHBACK: DMX on Iyanla: “She didn’t ‘Fix’ My Life!” + Watch Full Episode…]
And that thought has never been clearer now there’s video of the rap heavyweight jogging laps around a Detroit area hotel.
Details + video below… Continue Reading…
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That being said, today’s ‘fan mail’ is about Lil Scrappy of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and a 17 year old aspiring rapper who claims Scrappy ran off with $600 of his hard earned dough.
Read it below… Continue Reading…
R&B crooner Ne-Yo (above with daughter Madeline) joined Olympic track & field legends Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gail Devers in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park for National Day for Kids last Saturday (September 7, 2013).
Atlanta was host to the national kick-off event, which was held to raise money and awareness for The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
National Day for Kids is a day dedicated to having fun with a child in your life and to bring a national spotlight to BGCA. Additional events will be held in Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas throughout the month.
“Research shows that when adults spend meaningful time with children it helps them develop a positive self-image, sense of belonging and purpose,” said a statement from Boys & Girls Club of America.
The ‘Day for Kids’ was the kickoff of the BGCA’s efforts to celebrate and honor children throughout the entire month of September through the gift of meaningful time.
More photos + details below… Continue Reading…
Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and her fiancé Todd Tucker were all smiles as they shared date night with daughter Riley for the opening night of ‘Da Kink in My Hair’ stage play (September 6, 2013).
[READ: Shocker! The Kandi Factory Gets Kancelled… ]
Trey Anthony’s 4 time NAACP Award winning stage play debuted in Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center with a stellar cast consisting of 2-time Grammy Award winning R&B artist, Melanie Fiona, R&B Divas’ Angie Stone and Actress Terri J. Vaughn.
In addition to Kandi and her crew, other attendees included Q. Parker, Sharlinda & Sabrina Rowe, celebrity hairstylist/’Fashion Queen’ Derek J, radio personality Kendra G, Towanda Braxton, Demetria McKinney & More.
Photos below… Continue Reading…