Anita Baker was honored with the Legend Award during the second annual Soul Train Awards ceremony held November 10th, 2010 in Atlanta.
The Legendary honoree was treated to a serenade from Faith Evans, Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway and more during the show but it was backstage, where Ms. Baker shared her thoughts on today’s music industry and up & coming female artists.
Anita Baker discussed backstage how she rejected pressures from her label back in the day to change who she was, including suggestions that she weave her signature short doo. She also spoke highly of today’s artists (like Chrisette Michele, Erykah Badu etc.) who reflect individuality and true talent.
Check out what Anita Baker had to say backstage at the 2010 Soul Train Awards PLUS more photos of the legendary diva below: Continue Reading…
I got a chance to get up close and personal with Lupe Fiasco last night as Atlantic Records held a private dinner reception/listening session for his upcoming “Lasers” project.
The event, hosted by Tree Sound Studios, was an intimate affair that allowed Lupe to discuss his vision amongst his A-town “family and friends”.
Lupe’s 3rd solo project,”Lasers,” is set to be released March 8, 2011 and Lupe is hot on the promo trail.
Lu admits that his music isn’t meant to be played in the club and that he actually seeks to inspire people and create thought provoking music… but sometimes smart doesn’t sell.
It’s like a revolutionary album. I was really inspired by inspiring social activism. So a lot of the music has a social kind of awareness edge to it… a social justice edge to it.
It’s less about making songs to make songs but making songs with a purpose. I actually tried to challenge myself on this album — compared to my last album — to make music that was a little more popular… not pop! but a little more “popular,” so that I can engage a wider audience with my music…
I agree. Sometimes you’ve gotta “dumb it down” to get people to pay attention… such is life.
Check out more of what Lupe has to say below PLUS listen to his first single “The Show Goes On”: Continue Reading…
I caught up with Dondria aka Phatfffat recently at her new musical home of So So Def Studios. The talented singer has a newly released single entitled, “You’re The One” and is anxious to release her debut album, Dondria vs. Phatfffat.
The hot single has already hit the airwaves and is a Bryan Michael-Cox/Jermaine Dupri production with strong emotional vocals reminiscent of a young Monica. Listen below:
You’re The One ~ Dondria
In case you’ve been under a rock, Dondria was discovered by Jermaine Dupri after she posted a series of videos on her YouTube channel displaying her talents. She says that she started posting the vids just to get input on her voice, she had no idea she’d get the responses she received. Some of her videos have over a million views and counting!
Check out my one on one with Dondria + her remix of Pleasure P’s “Under” below: Continue Reading…
Sheree´Whitfield from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta shares her tales of partying in the “A” way before the time restrictions were put into place. When JD’s verse from “Welcome to Atlanta” really rang true ~ “The party don’t stop til 8 in the morning…” When Club 112 was in the Kroger Shopping Center on Piedmont. When Deon Sanders played for the Falcons and had a club christened by his jersey number. When Dominique Wilkins still played for the Hawks. *sigh* Memories.
Yes…there’s still plenty of places to go party long into the wee hours of the morning, but if you’re leaving club that closes at 3am and don’t know where to go…. you’re just sh*t outta luck cause most of us ain’t gonna tell ya! <~~ I kid. but not really.
My all-time favorite ATLien, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton was honored this weekend by the Collective Renaissance Guild of the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF). The event, dubbed “The Art of Change,” was a star-studded celebration of Big Boi’s collaboration with the Atlanta Ballet in “Big” and he was awarded the 2008 Renaissance Award for “Artistic Innovation”. In a symbolic gesture of passing the baton from one generation to the next, Dr. Cornel West presented Big Boi the award after a crowd raising speech in the atrium of Mercedes Benz of Buckhead.
The event was hosted by Rashan Ali and Kenny Burns, while DJ Trauma kept the house rocking. Several celebs were also there to celebrate with Big Boi. Check out a few exclusive flix courtesy of NecoleBitchie as well as StraightFromTheA.com exclusive video footage of Dr. West’s speech and Big Boi’s acceptance of the honor below: Continue Reading…