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February 25, 2013 Leave a comment
AN EPIC NIGHT: THE STARS ALIGNED FOR SO SO DEF’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri perform “Money Ain’t a Thang” at So So Def’s 20th Anniversary Concert
(ATLANTA) – February 25, 2013 – Music history was made in Atlanta on Saturday, asJermaine Dupri pulled off an epic concert at the Fox Theatre to celebrateSo So Def’s 20th Anniversary. “Backstage looks like the Grammys!” exclaimed Jay-Z moments after he stormed the stage for the classic JD collabo “Money Ain’t A Thang.” The reunion concert was like a “who’s who” in chart-topping acts, as everyone from Jay-Z,Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Lil Jon, Monica, Kris Kross, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Xscape (Latocha and Tamika Scott), T-Pain, Lil Scrappy, Youngbloodz, Bonecrusher, Dem Franchize Boyz, J-Kwon, Dondria, andPastor Troy took the sold-out crowd on a musical trip down memory lane. The Fox Theatre was alive with the sounds of classic songs like “Jump” (Kris Kross), “Yeah” (Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon), “Who Can I Run To” (Xscape), “Lovers & Friends” (Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon), “Where the Party At” (Jagged Edge & Nelly), “Welcome to Atlanta” (JD, Ludacris), “Give It 2 U” (Da Brat), “I Think They Like Me” (Dem Franchize Boyz), “Coming From Where I’m From” (Anthony Hamilton) and so many more! Read more of this post
February 11, 2013 Leave a comment
VIDEO MUSIC BOX KICKS OFF 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH AN EVENT AT THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL
February 6, 2013, New York City—Video Music Box (VMB) founder and Hip-Hop Icon Uncle Ralph McDaniels held his kickoff event at the Schomburg to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Video Music Box. The event was coordinated and hosted by Martha Diaz (The Schomburg Center’s Resident Hip-Hop Scholar), Director Dr. Khalil Muhammad and Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box’s Creator). February 2013 is the 87th annual celebration of Black History Month, which has evolved over time to acknowledge the accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices of African-Americans and other African Diasporas. 2013 is also the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop’s birth. One of the priorities in developing VMB30’s year long schedule of activities, is to acknowledge, celebrate and honor this auspicious occasion.
Events will be taking place throughout the year in New York and the Tri-State area. Uncle Ralph has been in the game for over 30 years and has been an important part of Hip-Hop Culture. Back in the days, when there was no MTV or BET, Video Music Box was the only vehicle available to promote Hip-Hop music and culture. The biggest stars in Hip-Hop and R&B have benefited from the success of VMB. Mr. McDaniels has also produced over 400 music videos, is an on-air personality for Hot 97 Radio, and has been involved with several feature films. His commitment to the community, addressing such issues as poverty, education, voter registration, obesity, and gun and gang violence has always been a part of what VMB is all about. Read more of this post
November 27, 2012 Leave a comment
November 21, 2012 Leave a comment
By BIG CED
Legendary is one of those words that is thrown around too often and it has, somehow, cheapened the meaning since it’s been used too many times to describe many people who haven’t earned that description. In the case of Lana Moorer, well, you may know her as MC Lyte, it is a title well-earned. She has enough accolades and has done so much in 25 years, that it would be an injustice if that word wasn’t used when speaking of her.
From the heart of Brooklyn, Lyte The Emcee, who ‘Crammed to Understand’ Sam’s crack addiction on her debut album, Lyte as a Rock. Then needed a ‘Ruffneck’ on her fourth album, Act Like You Know, to earn her first gold album; Lyte rose to become an artist in every sense of the word as she is also an actress, author, record executive, speaker, philanthropist and at the rate she is going, will be adding other titles to her name.
She has shown through her longevity in this industry that you have to know what you’re doing in order to thrive and still be taken serious. Who knew 25 years ago that her talent would lead to her being the entrepreneur she has become?
As one of her Brooklyn brethren, Jay-Z, once said, ‘I’m a business man.’ MC Lyte has proven that she is a business and just like her book of the same title, she is ‘Unstoppable.’
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September 4, 2012 1 Comment
Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Made a Smash Perfrmance at Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival During the Labor Day Weekend
Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Were the Only Gospel Artists Scheduled for the Two-day Festival
(Chicago, IL – September 3, 2012) – During the Labor Day Weekend, Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artists Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago made a smash performance at Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival in downtown Philadelphia on Sunday, September 2. At the outdoor venue, Park Stage, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, in front of a devoted and committed audience, Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago opened the festival with an hour concert—bringing the spirit and singing gospel songs from their current album, The Best of Both Worlds, currently #5 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. One of the highlights of the concert was their performance of their #1 praise and worship anthem “Awesome,” currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 12 weeks. The single is also #1 in listening audience at gospel radio. Read more of this post
July 1, 2012 Leave a comment
1. What do you feel are the most important qualities and/or qualifications to be a successful producer and/or engineer?
Well,talent helps, but the things beyond that which will help you become successful are drive, focus, work ethic, business ethic, trustworthiness, personality. Rarely do I meet a successful person in the music industry without all of these traits, at least most of them.
2. You’ve worked and work with some heavyweights in the industry (Kanye West, Heavy D, Aaron Hall, Eminem, Rick Ross, Drake, Jay-Z, etc.), how is your approach to work when working with such esteemed artists as opposed to, maybe, lesser known artists? Are there any specific techniques some are required to be done in order to satisfy the overall production of the record and/or project? Read more of this post
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During one of the worst economic times in the country’s history, 30-year old Ash Cash has decided to take a leap of faith and quit his six figure job as a bank manager to pursue a dream of becoming an entrepreneur and teaching financial literacy. Born and raised in a single parent household in the St. Nicholas projects in Harlem, it was believed by Ash and most of his peers that they would be dead or in jail by the age of twenty-five. Somehow through faith, family support, hard work and sacrifice he was able to avoid both.
With more than ten years of banking experience, Ash was able to work his way up the ranks from teller to personal banker, private banker and branch manager. Throughout his career he managed a book of 400 affluent clients with assets ranging from $100,000 to $22 million, coached and trained over 100 sales professionals, opened and managed six branches and brought in almost $90 million in deposits. Today he is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. He works with city agencies and organizations and teaches financial literacy in churches, colleges, and to undeserved, at risk, and incarcerated youth. Simply put, Ash is on a mission to Financially Re-Educate Every Spectrum of Humanity.
Ash believes that the biggest problem in the community, as it pertains to money, is that “we spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.” Read more of this post
October 5, 2011 Leave a comment
By Hana Glinski | twitter.com/mzhang
Have you recently taken note that more and more people are without jobs? Many of them are not job-less. They are entrepreneurs by choice, by alternative or by necessity. The younger generation view such entrepreneurs as Apple Inc.’s co-founder Steve Jobs, Facebook’s creator, Mark Zuckerberg, and Warner Music Group’s Vice President, Kevin Liles, as the faces of what’s possible – the new bridge to self-sustenance. So, is entrepreneurship the new “job?”
Kevin Liles’s rise to presidency at Def Jam Records [at the ripe age of 30 in 1998] has laid the foundation for countless other ventures to take shape, which has created jobs, inspired lives and changed the world.
Liles’s flatiron-district powerhouse is the place where his “Make It Happen” doctrine infuses our culture, daily. He shared his perspective about our evolving culture and our place within it.
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