Onika is known now as Nicki Minaj the infamous rapper, but she started as an actress.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Diddy Spends Christmas in St. Barth with Kids, Kim Porter, Russell Simmons & Fam, + Andre Harrell & Fam
Luda pulled off the perfect "Mile High Proposal" for long time girlfriend the beautiful Eudoxie Mbouguiyengue. The two are currently on a couples trip with a few other celeb couples we love. Headed to Costa Rica, Luda popped the question in a super cool way. As you see above the aerial view was beautiful, and Eudoxie looked completely stunned.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
We'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! May we celebrate the birth of Christ with our loved ones and count our blessings! This is my favorite Christmas song and you guys know India is one of my favorite voices. This is perfect!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
If you've been paying any attention to hip hop news lately, you know that a few people are in their feelings over the success of rapper Iggy Azalea. The general consensus for some is that Iggy is just another example of the ever present "white washing" of black culture. There are some people (including Iggy) who can't seem to understand what the problem is.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
My excitement is so real right now. Music lovers have waited 14 long years for one of the best contributors to music history to drop another album. D'Angelo is arguably this generations best soul artist. He captured listeners almost twenty years ago with his incredibly smooth falsetto and his effortless sex appeal.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Labels: Jhene Aiko
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Yesterdays Cavs vs. Nets game was super cool for a couple of reasons. For starters Jay Z and the athletes used their platform to get behind the social movements for justice. The hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #ICantBreathe have been circulating the Internets for days now following the murders of unarmed black men and women at the hands of "police". We've been following a few of the stories. Mainstream celebrities like Jay Z are always scrutinized by people who feel like they don't take a stand and get involved. Last night Jay Z posed with a few athletes pregame wearing black I Cant Breathe shirts, but of course this wasnt enough.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
While we've heard talk of Cash Money records mishandling their artists and their artists' money before, I doubt that any of us ever thought it would be Wayne speaking on it. This week rapper Lil Wayne- who by all means has carried Cash Money on his back took to his personal twitter account to share with fans the real reason his highly anticipated Carter V album has yet to be released.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Brandy's Exclusive Interview with The Brandy Blog- Talks New Album, Spirituality, & Wanting to work with Jhene Aiko
Music and artistic expression is usually at it's best during time of personal struggle or celebration. This best is magnified when that struggle or celebration is shared with others. America as a whole is definitely struggling right now.
Just yesterday, it was announced that the cop responsible for the death of Eric Garner would not be indicted. This announcement came on the heels of the announcement that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Mike Brown. Many people took to the streets in protest (me being one of them). The wheels have started to turn more vigorously, and people are strategizing and plotting ways to better affect necessary change in our society regarding the worth of black lives.
Wah! Today is my fave's birthday. If you want an example of how you can make change as a human being (even though he's suggested that he'd never change) take a minute to learn up on Shawn Carter. As a fan I always believed that this guy was a family guy, and someone who really did want to live in a better society than that which birthed and raised him.
Labels: Jay Z
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Chris Rock is arguably one of the funniest people to ever live, so to say he's smart is sort of like a given for me. Most really great comedians are smart. They have to be. They have to be extremely witty, quick on their feet. They also have to be one of those people who just knows everything.. random things.. smart.
Chris recently sat down with Frank Rich from New York magazine and gave one the most brilliant interviews I've ever read from top to bottom. He covered the tough questions with so much simplicity and accuracy(in my opinion) that it feels like he needs a job as an advisor somewhere. I won't say much more because his interview is quite lengthy, but man is it good. Salute to Frank Rich too because a good interview always starts with the questions. Rich's questions are in bold.. Rock's answers follow
Monday, December 1, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Todays media culture LOVES the dismantling of romantic celeb relationships. We praise them until they collapse and then we indulge in their demise. Halle's separation from model Gabriel has been a spectacle for media attention mainly because caught at the center of this is their darling little girl- Nahla. The relationship has been of little interest to me, until now.
Friday, November 28, 2014
One of our favorite artists/songwriters to ever do it- James Fauntleroy just released 10 brand new tracks for the Christmas season. He tweeted last night that his Christmas record was nothing but slow jams and that fans would be getting their hands on it soon. As promised the soundcloud link to The Warmest Winter Ever was posted shortly after.
Labels: James Fauntleroy
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I don't have many words to say right now at this time. They will come later, but I do send up prayers for the family of Mike Brown, the people who have peacefully protested on the streets of cities worldwide, and our black children in this country.
Just wanted to post something for him today. As most times, when I'm out of words to say.. music comes through with the boom to get my point across. This song, "I Find it Hard to Say" written and performed by Lauryn Hill at her infamous, Unplugged session for MTV is perfect for this moment. When Lauryn speaks of rebelling.. she's calling for us to go outside of the norm to excite change.
Monday, November 24, 2014
In the wake of a tragedy like the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, many people find incredible ways to stand up for their beliefs and move a cause forward. Thats the case for Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills. These two men decided to run more than 540 miles from Atlanta, GA to Ferguson, Missouri in an effort to not only bring awareness to whats happening there, but really whats happening to our boys around the nation.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Yonce is full of surprises lately. This week two of her unreleased records "leaked" to the internets. Fans went crazy over the fun & ratchet "7/11" song as well as one where Beyonce apparently sings to her mom about divorcing her dad - a song titled "Ring Off". Both songs are set to be on the rerelease of Bey's self titled album that she sprung on us.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for simply getting an education, won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, and she's donating her earnings towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Resilient. Sensual. Confident. Brave. Strength. Beauty. Wisdom. Passionate. Genuine.
These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Jada Pinkett-Smith. She wears many hats in the industry that range from actor/writer/director to an active advocate for women. She is also happily married to actor, Will Smith, and mother to Willow, Jaden, and stepson Trey. One of my favorite things about Jada is her vulnerability and passionate expression about the things that are important to her, whether it be about family or fighting against sex trafficking (Check out the trailer for the documentary "Rape for Profit"executive produced by Jada Pinkett-Smith). She exudes a calming and peaceful energy and insurmountable strength. And I think it's safe to say that she epitomizes the essence of womanhood and female strength.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I've been really trying to hold on to my seat about this album guys, and it's finally here. Fred Hammond is solely respondible for my love of Christian music. At a very early age, he was my favorite. His sound, his lyrics, the fact that his background and band was always so solid.. I just loved it. I remember my mom going out and buying me the new albums and/or DVDs when they dropped- I was that into it.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Concert For Valor Was Star Studded - Jessie J, Rihanna, Eminem, JHud, Carrie Underwood, & more! (vid)
Omarion has been in the news lately because of his role on hit reality show Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. Just last night we witnessed his girlfriend give birth to their son. It was a beautiful scene and we're wishing their new family nothing but the best.
Monday, November 10, 2014
When I began my doctoral program two years ago, I knew it would be hard, but I really had no idea! I have always been really good in school, and have maintained A's throughout high school, college, and grad school. But this PhD life required another level of thinking! I felt like each day that I left class, I didn't know or understand anything that the professor went over that day! What always trips me up, are theoretical frameworks! There are hundreds of theoretical frameworks, that a doctoral student can utilize to frame or guide their research study. But I am always finding too many that could definitely guide my dissertation. Every professor says, you do not have a study if you don' have a theoretical framework. Just know that I have one semester left to find a theoretical framework.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Jay Z is a trend setter. He's used to introducing products to the masses and them becoming "the it thing." From whats hot to wear, to whats hot to collect, and even whats hot to drink- Jay is one of a handful of celebs who hugely impact the culture. We used to hear him rap about Cristal in every rhyme until his boycott of the brand back in 2006. He soon switched over to "Ace of Spades" and has been rocking with it ever since.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Ariana Grande just released her new visual for her jam Love Me Harder. The video features her collaborator for the track- The Weeknd, and it's pretty sensual and graphic. The footage gives us a look at Grande's sexier self which is not surprising. It's my guess that she and her team are slowly but surely trying to break away from the little girl image that Ariana is known for. This transformation also comes on the heels of a new boo- Ariana is now openly dating rapper, Big Sean.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mo'ne Davis was first feature on here a few months ago after she made Little League World Series herstory ;) Since then, she's been everywhere showing off real girl power.
Recently, she was photographed for a Teen Vogue feature. She strikes a power pose in the above photo, and I think it's befitting. Mo'ne is gorgeous, but more important she's super talented. She's established her name and arm as a force among young and old athletes alike.
Before I get into talking about this video, I want to let you guys know how awesome Sarah is. In the spirit of social media.. let me give her my W.oman C.rush W.ednesday! Sarah Jakes was introduced to me on twitter. I knew of the last name, but I didn't really know anything about her. We followed one another on twitter, and then she heard my weird cry of having 999 followers on IG, and she came through with the BOOM to get me away from that weird number (LOL). She just comes off as genuine and querky, and semi reserved in a sense. As I started to pay Sarah attention I saw a lot of myself in her.
We have very similar backgrounds.. popular Pastor dads, powerful mothers, talented siblings, and the all too familiar microscopic lens on our lives because of it. As I read her book, Lost & Found I read so much of my own life story.Of course Sarah being Bishop Jakes' daughter was a whole next level kind of situation. Even though my microscope was city wide and hers nation wide, I felt her heart SO much. The lessons found in Sarah's life speak to all people, but as a Pastors kid, I was really thankful that there was finally a voice that not only spoke on our behalf, but that could also help Pastors and other leaders learn about what their children face. Excellent work.
Monday, October 27, 2014
This weekend was amazing for Atlanta Rihanna Navy. Rih flew into Atlanta for just one day to celebrate the launch of her Men's fragrance ROGUE here at Macy's (Lenox Mall). The first few hundred fans to purchase the fragrance on Friday were guaranteed a meet and greet with Rihanna when she stopped by.
Last week there was a buzz on the internets that singer/writer & business woman Tameka Tiny Harris (also TI's wife) had posted a photo on instagram claiming to have permanently changed her eye color. At first sight, I assumed it was just another random photo shopped photo floating around twitter, because obviously that’s a popular occurrence.
When I first started my doctoral program, I was super lost! I am pursuing my PhD in Teaching and Teacher Education and minor in Education Policy. Because I am pursuing PhD and not an EdD, it requires a different level of thinking. I had never taken an philosophy course, or statistics course in my life! I began to doubt my abilities and my purpose of changing the arena of education for students of color. I knew that I was supposed to be in a doctoral program, but the only way that I was going to survive was to build relationships with people to develop skills that I lacked in, and further develop my strengths. This seems like a no-brainer right, but it was a bit intimidating being the only Black person in classes advocating for students of color that didn't reflect a deficit paradigm. (This is a different subject for another post.)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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.
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
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
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
This past weekend, Brandy celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first album, Brandy. For many artists and music lovers alike, that album introduced us to a voice and talent that we'd never experienced before. Since that release, Brandy has continued to set the bar very high when it comes to vocal production and musicality.
How cute. Over the weekend music lovers got a huge treat in the form of the Global Citizen festival. Jay brought Beyonce out as a surprise (maybe not), and many more artists/celebs were in attendance. This photo shows the Deans and the Carters hanging out in the cut- probably having regular married couples convo.