Levina Lye

July 30, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo levina-lye-the-industry-cosign_zps70dce74a.jpgBy Bobby J.

As one of the first media outlets to spot Levina Lye’s incomparable talent, we are proud to see how far she has come in a short period of time.  Her  debut project, Pieces of Me, she wrote and executive produced has received acclamations from music critics around the globe with singles charting overseas. Never one to forget those who have supported her career since the beginning, the  remarkable Bronx bred 23 year old  took a break from her #LoveIsSuicide tour to bring us up to date.

 

Now that you EP has received so much praise by so many music execs, how do you feel about the overall perception?

I think my EP has been well received by the people but most importantly it’s relatable. It was created to be real and people like that. I want people to know I’m no gimmick. I’m the real thing.

What is your favorite song off the EP and why?

Abandoned is my favorite song off the EP  because I really felt that way at one point. All the songs are written from the heart but Abandoned is so deep to me. The melody and harmonies make me love it even more.

As the executive producer, you arranged the songs in a specific order to narrate a story.  Please explain why it was important to you?

I always need things to make sense. Everything I do comes from a creative place. Pieces of Me tells my story of past experiences in order. It has its highs and its lows ,just like life.

Having written from personal experience, has completing Pieces of Me been therapeutic? If so, in what ways?

It definitely has helped me to move on and overcome past experiences. Writing Pieces of Me has taught me so many things about myself, most importantly how strong I really am. It’s a message to people that no matter how bad it seems sometimes, there is always a way to find positivity.

You have been performing all over NYC, what has the experience been like for you as an emerging artist?

It’s exciting and it is honestly so humbling. I get to do what I love and share my music with the world. It’s a beautiful thing to get up on a stage and have people appreciate my art.

What has been the biggest disappointment to you since the EP dropped?

I can honestly say there are no disappointments at all. I accomplished what I set out to do as far as completing the EP. I’m currently touring and I love it!  I tend to try and look for the best in every situation. I expect there to be doubters and people too proud to support but at the end of the day I know what it is. My talent and humility will speak for itself. Like my project manager/ partner says, “You have to take the sugar with the sh*t.”

As an acclaimed singer/songwriter, you have turned down several songwriting opportunities.  Can you explain why it so important that you perform your songs exclusively? Has there been any backlash?

My songs are so personal to me that I couldn’t imagine anyone else singing them. I hold my words close to heart and so they are really hard to let go. So far there’s been no negativity, I think my sentiments are appreciated.

You have accomplished so much in such a short period of time, what would you consider the key to your success?

I just stay focused on moving forward. This is my dream, my biggest passion in life, so I’m determined to make it happen.

One of the few independent artists to own their masters independently, what advice do you offer aspiring talent as far as business?

Do as much as you can on your own. Most importantly, invest in your dreams. It’s a beautiful feeling to make things happen. Remain consistent!

Are there plans for a complete project? If so, when?

I’m always working so new music is definitely on the way soon. I really want the world to hear Pieces of Me so that’s my main focus for now.

 

Shout outs? Shout out to #TeamLevinaLye My supportive family, and Be’n Original for believing in my dream.

My Ghetto – Chris Rivers Feat. Termanology

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The Apollo Announces Harlem Healthy Soul Festival Hosted by Dr. Ian Smith & Featuring Faith Evans

July 30, 2014 Leave a comment

THE APOLLO THEATER

PRESENTS

THE 2ND ANNUAL HARLEM HEALTHY SOUL FESTIVAL

 

Event Will Educate the Community about Local Health Resources and Feature Fitness Demonstrations, Family Activities, Live Music, and More

Hosted by celebrity health expert Dr. Ian Smith

Featuring a Special Performance by R&B Star Faith Evans

An Appearance by Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan

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Sports Activities with the NY Knicks

 Saturday, September 13, 12-6PM

Free and Open to the Public 

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MEAL PREP: THE ANSWER TO THE WINTER BULGE

July 30, 2014 Leave a comment

by Celebrity Fitness Instructor Charity Lynette

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As the Summer moves on and the Winter rolls in, soon those that worked hard for that Summer body may start to store those winter pounds.  Here is my personal tips on Meal Prep and maintaining that positive weight as a lifestyle and not just as a seasonal goal.  Taking the time to do meal prep for the week is a great way to save money, time, and to keep you from eating out as much. The first thing you need to do is figure out the best day to prepare for your week.  Other factors that need to be considered, which meals are you planning for, your grocery list, and tupperware containers. Make sure the containers has enough room for a 4 to 5 oz (fist size) protein portion (chicken or turkey patty), a section for your veggies, you can’t forget a section for your good carbs and finally make sure the containers are freezer safe. Determining which meal you are prepping for is going to aid in your grocery list. So you will need a prep time of about 2 hrs once you have all ingredients in the kitchen and ready to cook. Here is a list of foods that you are going to need: Read more…

Janelle Monáe – Electric Lady

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Liam Bailey “On My Mind”

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T.I. ft. Victoria Monet “Stay”

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Avery*Sunshine – Time To Shine

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Saigon ft. Papoose & Omar Epps “Sinners Prayer”

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The Festival of Praise Tour 2014 featuring Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin

July 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Face To Face, Inc. Presents

The Festival of Praise Tour 2014

Featuring Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin

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Festival of Praise Kicks-Off in September during

Gospel Music Heritage Month

 

(Dallas, TX – July 23, 2014) – Face To Face, Inc. Presents the Festival of Praise 2014 Tour featuring multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. The national tour kicks-off at the Verizon Theater in Dallas, TX on September 18, during Gospel Music Heritage Month (see tour schedule below—more dates to be added in the coming weeks).

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DJ Vlad On Jay Electronica’s Diss, Rappers in Sports Management & French Montana W/ Khloe

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HGTV Host Egypt Sherrod’s “3rd Annual Rising Media Stars Boot Camp”

July 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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Egypt Sherrod & Host of 11 Alive’s “Atlanta & Company”, Rashan Ali, share a moment with Rising Stars Media Bootcamp Participants

 

HGTV Host Egypt Sherrod’s “3rd Annual Rising Media Stars Boot Camp” Impacts Promising Teens With Behind The Scenes Day Of Shadowing At Award-Winning Television, Radio, Production and Digital Media Companies

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Malacka Reed: Makeup and Motivation

July 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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Struggles. We all experience them somehow— some of us more often than others. What separates people is whether they can overcome them or allow it to consume them. There are many who use their struggle as a means to fuel their success, or at least they won’t let it overtake and defeat them.

This is the story of motivational speaker, Malacka Reed. To understand that you have a gift is one thing. To understand that you should utilize that gift in order to help others is in itself a different gift.

When you can motivate others who are going through what you went through and make a career out of it and feel good in the process, then you know you’ve chosen the right field.

The Industry Cosign spoke to Reed about what motivates her, her past, present and future journey.

Who is Malacka Reed and why should we know you? Read more…

FUBU Company Launches “Natural Style by FUBU” Hair Care Line

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Angie Martinez – THE TRUTH With Elliott Wilson

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HBO/CINEMAX VIP Premiere of new drama series THE KNICK

July 26, 2014 Leave a comment

CINEMAX PREMIERES NEW DRAMA SERIES

THE KNICK AT THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE IN HARLEM

Photos of THE KNICK star, Andre Holland, Supervising Producer, Steven Katz and Cast Members Dave Fierro and Leon Addison Brown.

Elle Varner, Teyana Taylor, Hip-hop artist, Prodigy; Dr. Jeff Gardere and more.

– Cinemax’s THE KNICK premieres Friday, August 8 at 10 p.m. ET on Cinemax

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On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Cinemax hosted a special screening of the new drama series, THE KNICK (http://www.cinemax.com/the-knick/), from Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh, to a VIP audience at The New York Academy of Medicine in Harlem.

A special Q&A and panel discussion followed, featuring one of the stars of the series, André Holland (“42”, ABC’s “Friend’s with Benefits” “Selma”), who delivers a gripping performance as Dr. Algernon Edwards, a gifted African-American Harvard graduate who joins a team of surgeons, steered by Doctor John Thackery, played by Clive Owen. Together they embark on a ground-breaking voyage to save lives, revolutionize medicine and seek reverence in the shadows of corruption and discrimination at an economically challenged, all-white facility.

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Popoff – “They Wanna Know”

July 25, 2014 Leave a comment
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New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring Pupa Leendi, Fada Moses, Terra Kid, Kwesi Fontinelle, Denice Millien and More

July 24, 2014 Leave a comment

WIZ Records Toots the Horn Child Riddim

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WIZ Records presents its newest hit compilation, Various Artists – Horn Child Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on July 22, 2014, from FOX FUSE.

Producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell, who is at the helm of WIZ Records, is enjoying success this year with many of his new releases, which are mainstays on soca charts and playlists and have been taking center stage at the various carnival celebrations around the Caribbean. In fact, Horn Child Riddim is a follow-up to the massively popular Vintage Riddim, which birthed two major hits and achieved much success at this year’s Trinidad Carnival, with Tallpree’s “Jab Jab Nation” as a contender in the International Groovy Soca Monarch competition and Benjai’s “Come Out To Play” placing third in the Road March competition. Read more…

Big Tigger: Utilizing That Entrepreneurial Spirit to Strengthen the Brand

July 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Big Tigger

The Bronx, New York: Home of the greatest sports franchise, the New York Yankees and also the place that birthed hip-hop. More than likely, growing up in the ’80s, a New York kid had dreams of being involved in the business of hip-hop and or sports. The environment provided kids with the opportunity to use whatever talents they thought they had and seeing people like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash succeed in music, and listening to the sounds of KRS-One, gave a lot of kids from the Bronx, the hope to “make it big.”

Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan, Bronx native, Truman High School graduate, was one of those kids. The lure of success in the hip-hop game led him to participating in several aspects of the culture, including rapping, break dancing and, of course, DJing. As an intern at Washington D.C.’s WPCG 95.5, the Big Tigger brand was just formulating, success was within reach. Twenty years later, Big Tigger is STILL here, still building and it may take another 20 years for him to slow down.

The Industry Cosign spoke to the radio personality from Atlanta’s V-103 FM, who can be heard weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. He discussed the business of his brand, how he got his start and why he doesn’t “want no issues with the MOUSE!”

You’ve been in the game for a number of years now, being successful in the radio and TV arenas, what prompted you to make this your career? Was this something you set out to do? Read more…

Lloyd “All I Need”

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Dana says, Tana says – Season 3 Ep. 1

July 23, 2014 Leave a comment

NEW FAITH BASED FILM “THE IDENTICAL,” STARRING ASHLEY JUDD, RAY LIOTTA, SETH GREEN & MORE IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 5th

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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THE LOVE OF MUSIC REUNITES TWINS SEPARATED AT BIRTH IN GRIPPING NEW FAITH BASED FILM “THE IDENTICAL,” IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 5

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM MOVIE SHINES AS LOOSELY BASED SPIN ON STORY OF KING OF ROCK N’ ROLL ELVIS PRESLEY

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – City of Peace Films production, in association with The Identical Production Co., presents “The Identical” – a new faith based film that tells the tale of twins (Blake Rayne) separated a birth but spiritually bound together, and ultimately reunited, by their love of music, in theaters nationwide September 5th.

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Chronixx Bringing ‘Trouble’ to Free Show in New York’s Central Park

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

CHRONIXX TO HEADLINE FREE SHOW AT CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE       

            Reggae’s Newest Superstar To Perform Alongside Junior Reid and Rice and Peas Crew at July 26 Concert Presented by LargeUp,
Okayplayer and Federation Sound

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Kirko Bangz – Rich ft. August Alsina

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment
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ATLANTIC RECORDS AND TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES GET “SHELL SHOCKED”

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

ATLANTIC RECORDS AND TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

GET “SHELL SHOCKED” ON STAR-STUDDED NEW SINGLE;

FIRST TRACK FROM PARAMOUNT PICTURES & NICKELODEON MOVIES’

EAGERLY ANTICIPATED TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

STARRING JUICY J, WIZ KHALIFA, TY DOLLA $IGN,

AND FEATURING KILL THE NOISE & MADSONIK;

“SHELL SHOCKED” HITS ALL DSPS TODAY;

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ARRIVES IN THEATRES ON AUGUST 8TH

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Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign (Ft. Kill The Noise & Madsonik) “Shell Shocked”

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CELEBRATED SINGER/SONGWRITER CECIL THORNTON and TRANSPARENT RETURN WITH EXTRAORDINARY NEW SINGLE “NO ORDINARY LOVE”

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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CELEBRATED SINGER/SONGWRITER CECIL THORNTON & TRANSPARENT RETURN WITH EXTRAORDINARY NEW SINGLE “NO ORDINARY LOVE”

Emotional Tune Beams As First Release from Group’s Long-Awaited New Album VARIATION

Song Available For Free Download

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Multifaceted Artist Jahna Sebastian Releases Much Anticipated EP ” I Am Free”

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo Jahna-Sebastian-I-Am-Free-the-industry-cosign_zps1b9c39f0.jpgMultifaceted Artist Jahna Sebastian releases much anticipated EP “I Am Free”. Earlier this year Ms. Sebastian debuted the “I Am Free” video on All Hip Hop. The songs featured on the EP are: 1. I Am Free 2. Lift Me Up 3. Time to Love 4. Do It for You 5. Do It for You Remix 6. Do It for You instrumental (City Lights). The “I Am Free” EP was produced, written, recorded, mixed and arranged by the lovely songstress in her studio in London, Multivizion Music.

 

When asked what thoughts crossed her mind when writing the “I Am Free” EP and what was her inspiration, Ms. Sebastian states “After moving to London in 2006 and starting my life from scratch on my own, while stepping into adulthood I have seen many contradicting sides of it. Starting my business, having my child at the age of 21, sudden detention by mistake made by an immigration officer, a case which rose important questions within myself and took a couple of years to resolve.”

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The Art Behind The Tape x Clark Kent- Park Jam Tape Era

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

5 Questions With Avery Sunshine

July 21, 2014 1 comment

 photo 5-questions-with-avery-sunshine-the-industry-cosign_zps79aa91b4.jpg1. What gives you inspiration to, not only perform music, but to create it?

LIFE EXPERIENCES inspire me to create music and my love for interacting with people inspires me to perform.

And how is your approach when you’re in creative mode?

I may start with piano or Dana may start with some guitar chords. Other times, the lyrics come first. It really varies.

 2. How did you and Dana ‘BigDane’ Johnson connect and when it comes to working together, how important is the chemistry and/or approach you have to the music being created? Read more…

The Wayans Brothers Speak on Growing Up Poor & Eating Syrup Sandwiches to Their Own Comedy Show

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment
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