Monday, March 31, 2014

Nicki Minaj, John Wall, & Fans Make 5 yr old's Dream Come True

Rapper Nicki Minaj with the urging of ball player John Wall helped to make a little girl's dream come true. Wall posted a moment he had with the little angel on his personal instagram account & social media went on an all out campaign to get Nicki's attention so that she'd know the little girls dream was to meet her. The hashtags #HelpMiyahMeetNicki & #PinkWig4Miyah took off and it seemed like everybody got involved!

Press Play or Pause New Music: Rita Ora- I Will Never Let You Down

Roc Nations Rita Ora has had some success in the UK since she officially came on the scene a few years ago. The blonde beauty is now ready to bring that energy over to the US with the release of this fun record, I Will Never Let You Down.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Columbus Short Sings Too! Hear His New Track - Gave Ya

Columbus Short has just shown us that he is in fact multi talented. The actor who plays the sexy and dedicated Gladiator on the hit series Scandal is obviously also a singer. Today he released this smooth r&b track in celebration of a woman's beauty.

Friday, March 28, 2014

NY Magazine's Iconic Jay Z Cover

He is the reigning King of New York, so it's only fitting that this classic Jay Z photo grace one of the covers of this special edition of NY Mag.

New Video: Sevyn ft. Kid Ink- nEXt Remix

Sevyn Streeter just released a video for the remix of her jam, nEXt from her EP Call Me Crazy But.. The record  and video features Rapper Kid Ink and is inspired by the hit TV series, Being Mary Jane.

The r&b track is about a feeling we all know too well, that on and off again relationship with the people we love. The visual for the song follows the same story line, and was directed by Derek Blanks. Check it out below.

Tiarah Speaks: Painted Faces, Racism and Exploitation in 2014

I may get the side eye for this but...

A white man dressed in blackface vs. a black man in whiteface. Is it racist or not? It is the year 2014, and while it is clear racism is still alive and well here in the United States, I will have to say that in the case of Nick Cannon and his "white face", it is not racist. Offensive to some? Sure, but not racist. The dictionary definition of a racist is: a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others. From what we all know about Mr. Canon, is that he's an actor, a rapper, and a comedian. Why is it that "racist behavior" is automatically questioned and associated with this stunt of his?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Watch: The Fabulous Life of Beyonce and Jay Z (Full)

This is hilarious. I can't take the narrator seriously. "Bay Bay", "Bay Z", and all of the other things he's saying had me in tears. It's very clear that Bey,Jay, and Blue live fabulously. IF you had any doubt, watch the below episode of VH1's Fabulous Life .. man listen..

India Shawn + James Fauntleroy Premiere Floating Away Off of their Upcoming Collaborative Album Outer Limits

Two of my absolute favorite artists have announced a collaborative album. This is perfect. India Shawn and James Fauntleroy are among some of the most respected and loved creatives in the game. Neither is a stranger to this site, but if you are- India is a songwriter/singer whose voice is likened to honey, clear skies, and angels... and James Fauntleroy.. a songwriter/singer whose voice is pretty much like Sunday morning.

Monday, March 24, 2014

If Jay Z Wants to Diss You, Let Him

Jay Z & Jay Electronica

The early years of my Jay Z fandom were tough!  I was writing lots of  poetry and somewhat introduced to the rapper Jay Z by my love for the rapper Nas. As I began to study Jay lyrically I was impressed by his word play, and really how smart he is. I was intrigued by the idea that he hadn't had an extensive formal education, but he studied things..and people. I really liked his composure. His confidence which border lines arrogance at times was appealing. Jay talked a big game on his now notorious radio "freestyles", and made himself and his movement appear bigger than the game- even if at the time,  they weren't.

Anna Wintour Releases Statement on KimYe Vogue Cover

The internets went crazzzzy Friday when Vogue dropped their KimYe cover. Kim Kardashian has had her eyes on the cover of Vogue Magazine for a while, as has every fashion lover in the world. It's holy in the eyes of fashionistas. So, it had to be disheartening for Kim Kardashian to hear that Vogue's Head Fashionista in Charge, Anna Wintour just didn't see it for her or her family.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

World News: Photographer Lisa Kristine's photos of modern slavery

For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world documenting the harsh realities of modern-day slavery. Yes, slavery still exists in places you wouldn't imagine (have you heard the city of Atlanta is named the capital of sex trafficking in the U.S.?), and Kristine's beautiful and haunting images will leave you speechless. 

World News: Indian diplomat re-indicted after U.S. court acquittal

Here we go again.

A report by the IB Times this week said a grand jury in the United States has re-indicted Indian Diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the visa fraud case which led to retaliatory measures from India and strained relations between the countries.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Male R&B Group You've Been Missing Is Here: MPrynt Touring with Marsha Ambrosius!

I've had so many great conversations recently about how badly a vocally solid, mature, male r&b group is missing in today's music! Just yesterday I entertained a conversation on my timeline reliving that all too perfect Boyz II Men sound. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

#PressPlay RHOA Porsha Williams - Flatline

One of the new faces of the hit TV series, Real Housewives of  Atlanta is taking her chances as a singing artist. Porsha Williams who we first heard sing auditioning for fellow cast mate Kandi Burruss' play seems to be taking her music career very seriously. She's said to be working on a full EP that speaks on all of the emotional ups and downs she's encountered during the past few years.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Is there enough freedom in self expression?

In a country where it seems we have more freedom than most, I'm realizing that may be a big fat lie. Is freedom really freedom if the subject at hand is not respected? What if the person expressing themselves is not being respected? Now through the social networking sites and the gossip blogs, I've seen enough that shows me that there is a serious lack of respect floating around when it comes to individuals expressing themselves. From the regular folks like you and me, to the celebs and people in higher places, there is always someone out there that has something to say. In most cases the attacked target may not even see such a negative comment headed their way, because they're too busy not letting outsiders ruffle their feathers (too much). However in some cases, the target may read a thing or three in their mentions/the comment section of a blog or Instagram post.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: Beyonce Partition Video

Video Director Jake Nava has been working with Beyonce for years. He's sort of her "go to" director. He's been able to capture some of our favorite visuals from Queen Bey, and the ever so sexy Partition was no different. In this BTS footage, Jake opens up about what it was like to film the visuals for Beyonce's recent hit album.

Drake & Rihanna Continue to Hang Tough in Europe

If Drake and Rihanna are not romantically involved they sure are making that hard to believe. Rihanna has been at almost every show of his Europian leg of  WYLAT since Paris, and she even hit the stage with him one night. They've been spotted at clubs together for afterparties, hotels, and last night the two decided to hang out at a bowling alley in Manchester with some friends.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Teaser for New DreamWorks Film, Home ft. Rihanna, J Lo, & Steve Martin

DreamWorks Films are releasing a few must see movies this year. One film movie goers are sure to love is one that takes them far outer space to encounter a group of aliens affectionately known as the Boov.

Brandy Shares Photo With the Love of Her Life

I love when Brandy shares photos of her baby girl. Sy'rai is a big girl now, but she's still obviously Brandy's baby. 

New Music: JLo ft. French Montana - I Luh Ya Papi

Jennifer Lopez is definitely trying to come back to a more hip hop feel with this latest project. Today she premiered a new song ft. French Montana called I Luh Ya Papi.

Friday, March 7, 2014

11 yr. Old Madyson Symphony Covers Anita Wilson's Speechless

Madyson Symphony made her Youtube debut at four years of age singing Donald Lawrence's Encourage Yourself. Now, that video has over 400k views, and her other videos combined with that one are close to a million hits. Madyson loves singing, and Speechless by Anita Wilson happens to be one of her favorite songs right now. She recorded a quick cover for you guys to enjoy.

Stay tuned for way more music from Madyson Symphony!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Kanye West's DONDA Music Now Managed by Roc Nation

This morning it was announced that Roc Nation is now partnering with Kanye West's multifaceted design and content company DONDA. Roc Nation will now manage all of DONDA's music branch.

United States preps aid package for Ukraine while Putin makes war declaration

The Obama Administration recently announced plans to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared his right to invade neighboring Ukraine in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

The Cast of THE GAME Stops By The Arsenio Hall Show (video)

The cast from BET's The Game visited the Arsenio Hall Show last night to have a few laughs and talk about their lives on set. It turns out that actor Coby Bell is a singer low key. According to Brandy the actor can really sing. Bell admits that he was a little more confident singing before he had to do it in front of one of the best to ever do it, Brandy herself. I mean, who wouldn't be intimidated?!

Monday, March 3, 2014

12 Years A Slave Has A Huge Night at The Academy Awards Watch Lupita Nyong'o's Beautiful Speech

Ever since it's premiere, the film 12 Years a Slave has received much praise. At first it was just a few black celebrities on twitter encouraging fans to check the film out. It wasn't very long after it's debut that the masses began to speak on the riveting portrayal of the story of Solomon Northup. The consensus early on was that the acting in the film was so good, that it was almost too hard to watch at times..

New Video: Tori Kelly- Paper Hearts

Yesterday Tori Kelly premiered her new video for the second single Paper Hearts off of her new EP- Foreword

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Personal Post: When Life Asks Us to Question God

It's been a long time since I opened up and shared a post so personal, but as I sit here pondering something so difficult I seek refuge in writing it out- sometimes that helps. Being a Pastor's/Preacher's daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, niece, cousin, sister.. I was pretty much all but conceived in church. I'm blessed with incredible parents who not only lived Godly principles before me, but they taught me the Word of God to my understanding. Being raised in the church granted me exposure to many religious ideas and practices. The ideas of what you can and cannot wear, what you can and cannot do, and what you can and cannot say were always around me. They didn't necessarily come from the Bible, or my parents, but they were around. One of those ideas is the all so popular conviction that, "You can't question God."