EZ-MAK Records & Entertainment has recently struck a deal with Universal for their artist Quanche and his “What You Got To Say” (Dream) single. Produced by Fonz of Dramatic Trax, this cutting edge lyrical rap etude of a person’s dreams and what his surrounding peers think about them. Accompanying this single release will be a video directed by Zion One and produced by EZ-MAK Records and Entertainment. The single is scheduled to drop in March 2012. Read more…
Female Dog Productions, in association with Alita Carter, is extremely pleased to announce the New York staging of BITCH, which opens off-off Broadway at Le Poisson Rouge (155 Bleeker St.) on Tuesday, April 3rd. Created by Bronx native Datra Martindale and writing partner Kim Williams, the two act play examines the range of emotions evoked by the incendiary five-letter word through a riveting series of chord-striking monologues.
BITCHmade it’s theatrical debut back in September 2010 at El Centro Theater in Los Angeles and received rave reviews:
“Bitch. It’s a noun, it’s a verb, an adjective…a feeling. BITCH is also a riveting, hilarious, thought-provoking stage play that will make you laugh, shout and think twice before you pull that five-letter word from your vocabulary again. A must-see!”
–Regina Robertson, West Coast Editor – Essence Magazine Read more…
Beyond Trayvon: Race & Justice In America airs TONIGHT, March 30th at 8p and 10p ET on CNN
CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien hosts a townhall on a controversial event that has gripped the nation: the shooting of Trayvon Martin. In this one hour special, several panels will examine and discuss the facts of the case and the many angles that have come into play including: the investigation, allegations of racial profiling, gun laws and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
In this clip, Trayvon Martin’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, questions the investigation. Read more…
REKS RETURNS WITH NEW LP STRAIGHT, NO CHASER
“STRAIGHT, NO CHASER” IS ENTIRELY PRODUCED BY STATIK SELEKTAH & FEATURES APPEARANCES FROM ACTION BRONSON, TERMANOLOGY & SLAINE
STRAIGHT, NO CHASER WILL BE RELEASED ON 4-24-2012
Still living off the praise of fans, critics and peers as well as sales of last year’s instant classic R.E.K.S (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme), REKS now sets out to take the next step in his progression with his official full length follow up opus Straight, No Chaser. Once again teaming up with super-producer Statik Selektah, the two combine like a modern day Gang Starr for Straight, No Chaser.
By Torrance Stephens
The question is why so many African-American members have been in the ethics violations and so few of any other races on Capitol Hill? Several reasons have been proposed. One is that African American politicians are being unfairly scrutinized. It has also been advanced that since many hold what are considered “safe” seats in congress, that they become too comfortable and forget to follow the ever changing standards for ethics in Washington. Last, it is speculated that another reason is due to a process that depends on outside information from watchdog groups like the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, who have their own agendas. Regardless the fact remains that African-Americans make up 10 percent of the House, but currently, five of the sitting six named lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee are African Americans.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, celebrated her 70th birthday in royal style on Saturday, March 24, in New York City. About 80 friends and colleagues gathered at The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan for the celebration, which included a four course meal and outstanding entertainment.
The guest list spanned the worlds of entertainment, publishing, media, business, and academia, and included: music mogul Clive Davis, Diane Sawyer, Rev. Al Sharpton, opera mega star Kathleen Battle, author and professor of sociology Michael Eric Dyson, BET President and CEO Debra Lee, ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks, entertainment attorney L. Londell McMillan, Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison, Harlem musical theater great Vy Higginsen, music great Nona Hendryx, and numerous others.