Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Music: Thoughts on Joe Buddens OLS4 (explicit)?



Music in any form has always been about expression, feeling, emoting.. Some rappers are better story tellers because they better express themselves in their lyrics. It's honorable in today's music scene to have a rapper who will be open and express their sensitive side vs rap about clubs, money, hoes, things that don't mean anything in the end.

Tyga Opens Up: Says Drake is Fake, Talks Why He Had to Take a Break From Chyna & More


Young Money seems to be one of the tightest crews in the game. The artists are forever repping their set, with very few instances of any one of them showing unhappiness with the way things work over there. We've heard rumors in the past about Drake being unhappy at times, money issues, people not seeing checks, but that stuff usually comes and goes..until recently.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

11yr. old Madyson Symphony Covers Ariana Grande's "Almost Is Never Enough"



Madyson Symphony has been stealing hearts with her beautiful voice on youtube since she was 3. Now, she's in the 6th grade, and her voice is still just as beautiful.

When she isn't singing around her home town, Madyson is enjoying playing basketball for her school, Bloomington Jr. High.When asked why she chose Ariana Grande this time, she said that she just loves her voice. She said that Ariana has a skill and tone that she really likes, "her songs are singable" is how she put it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yess! Brandy, MC Lyte, YoYo, & Queen Latifah Reunite for I Wanna Be Down Remix Performance



Brandy fans have been celebrating 20yrs of Brandy's reign as the best vocalist in the game all year. The BET Hip Hop Awards paused to recognize the singer and her throwback jam premiere single- I Wanna Be Down. The remix featured some of hip hops best MCs who happen to be women.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

World News: President Obama reviews foreign, domestic response to #Ebola


With all the hysteria among Americans about the Ebola virus making its presence known in the United States, President Barack Obama implored his national security and public health officials to incorporate lessons from the most recent infection in Texas into our country's response to the deadly virus.


Share 2 Inspire: Inspired by TDE's SZA


Sometimes we all just need a moment to reflect and music has always been a way for me to escape. Certain artists have the ability to create music that inspires me to just travel with my thoughts. Erykah Badu, India Arie and Jill Scott to name a few but lately, TDE Recording Artist SZA has been taking me to another place with her recent EP release, Z.

Patience Tested...Yoga Improved



The year I started my doctoral program, I was still a full time 12th grade AP English teacher. I didn't realize just how much patience I didn't have until, one day I asked my students to pass up papers. The students began to pass the papers toward my desk. Not even a second later, I said pass up the papers. Then one more second passed, and I said it again. If you know 12th grade students, one of my kids said: Ms. Woods, chill! We are passing the papers up.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Video: Reality Stars and Atlanta's Who's Who Make Cameos in Dri Jack's New Video for GOSSIP!



Tonight I joined a crowd of movers and shakers, creatives, and media outlets for an exclusive viewing of Glam Rock Soul Princess Dri Jack's new video for her banger Gossip. The room was packed as we mingled and prepared for the premiere. Dri entered decked out in a black and white number. She's so small and unassuming, but her personality and voice are huge! We all sat in anticipation of what Dri and her team had come up with for the visual.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Jagged Edge & B. Cox Host Private Listening Session for New Album- JE Heartbreak II



Last night just as stores were closing, some exclusively invited guests packed out the location where a private listening session was being held for Jagged Edge. The place filled up quickly, and the energy was thick. The fellas have written and produced (along with Bryan- Michael Cox who sort of MC'd the whole session) an album that fans and supporters will love. 

Jagged Edge maintains the same sound and approach to music that they've had since the beginning. Brandon and Brian elaborated on why that was important saying that they simply sing to and about women. The twins were there for the entire night. They were joined towards the end of the night by other member Kyle, but made sure to make note that they are still a group, the other two fellas were just unavailable.

First Steps: Yoga PhD Explains How Yoga Became A part of Her Life



I will never forget the day I was riding in the car with two women I admire, Traci and Nahliah, expressing how stressed I was. I had just finished my first semester as a part-time doctoral student, and a full time 12th grade Advanced Placement teacher. Nahliah, stated, "Kisha you have to take care of yourself." It wasn't something I hadn't heard, since Spelman. My parents did not have money to help me throughout college, so I worked full time at the Atlanta Airport and Forver21 to cover my bills, while going to Spelman full time.