#KNUCKLEUP: Journalism Legends Andreas Hale & Chuck Creekmur Introduce KNOCKOUTNATION.COM For The Fighter In You
BECAUSE, WELL, MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT!
Urban Journalism Legends Chuck Creekmur & Andreas Hale Debut
Site Provides “Perfect Marriage” of Combat Sports & Entertainment
[NEW YORK, NY] In 2014, anyone looking would be hard pressed to find a sport that hasn’t been touched (in a good way) by the dominant influences of Hip-Hop and Urban Entertainment. The culture is ripe for rebellion, and today’s “Bad Boys of the Ring” lend just the right brawn and bravado to keep things exciting for the fans.
Long before 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather’s Money Team ever existed, the worlds of boxing, mixed martial arts (MMA), and pro-wrestling intertwined with all things Urban, and until now, there hasn’t been an outlet dedicated to the perfect marriage between fighting and the predominant culture of the streets.
THE WAIT IS OVER
GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MARIAH CAREY ANNOUNCES MAY 6th ALBUM DATE FOR THE MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE YEAR!
MARIAH LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE “YOU’RE MINE (ETERNAL)” ON FEBRUARY 12TH
IN KEEPING WITH HER COUNTLESS ARRAY OF MEGA-HIT LOVE SONGS, MARIAH HAS CREATED ANOTHER CLASSIC ANTHEM – JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!
MARIAH AND MTV JOIN FORCES FOR EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE “YOU’RE MINE (ETERNAL)” VIDEO PREMIERE
N.O.R.E, Ja Rule, and Chris Rivers Pay Tribute to Big Pun via Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv TAKE IT PERSONAL
N.O.R.E., Ja Rule, and Chris Rivers Pay Tribute
to Big Pun via
Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv
TAKE IT PERSONAL Will Feature Hip Hop’s Elite Each Show
New York, NY, February 12th, 2014 – On Friday, February 7th, 2014 NYC native rappers Ja Rule and N.O.R.E along with Chris Rivers (Rapper and son of Big Pun) stopped by Friday evening as the featured guest in The Hip Hop Improv Show – TAKE IT PERSONAL presented by Hot 97′s Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theatre and school in NYC. Improvisers from Cipha Sounds’ team A Tribe Called YES [Jon gabrus (MTV's Guy Code and Wild n Out), Natasha Rothwell (Wild N Out), Abra Tabak, Shaun Diston, Christian Capozzoli and Cipha Sounds] whom reenacted stories originally told by both Ja Rule & N.O.R.E. Read more…
Vinny of Jersey Shore Shares Lil Wayne & Nicky Minaj Encounter via Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv TAKE IT PERSONAL
Vinny of Jersey Shore Shares Lil Wayne and Nicky Minaj Encounter via
Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv
TAKE IT PERSONAL Will Feature Hip Hop’s Elite Each Show
New York, NY, January 29th, 2014 – On Friday, January 24th, 2014 resident shore man Vinny Guadagnino, of MTV‘s hit show Jersey Shore as well as the star of The Show With Vinny, stopped by Friday evening as the featured guest in the Hip Hop Improv Show – TAKE IT PERSONAL presented by Hot 97′s Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theatre and school in NYC. Improvisers from Cipha Sounds’ team A Tribe Called YES (Anthony Atamanuik, Christian Capozzoli, Lydia Hensler, Shaun Diston and Cipha Sounds) whom reenacted stories originally told by Vinny Guadagnino.
During the show, the actor/ reality star shared with audiences, how his first interviewee on The Show With Vinny came to be none other than Young Money frontman, Lil Wayne after his stint in Rikers, and what it was like to have the native New Orleans rapper at his home in Staten Island, along with his entourage in tow as Vinny’s mother laid out a massive Italian style spread for visitors. During the set, Vinny references Weezy’s weird fascination with the Guadagnino family’s pet Parrot, and his short lived career as a “Freestyle King” in High school. Cipha Sounds said, “It was great to have Vinny come out and tell us what life after Jersey Shore for him has been like.”
ROSA ACOSTA STUNS ON NEW COVER OF KING MAGAZINE COLLECTOR’S EDITION & RELAUNCHES HER WEBSITE WWW.ROSAACOSTA.COM
The Dominican beauty is tapped for the cover of the highly coveted men’s magazine yet again
LOS ANGELES, CA (Dec. 5, 2013) – Video vixen, fitness expert and entrepreneur Rosa Acosta stuns in a jaw-dropping photo on the cover of KING Magazine’s new collector’s edition – just in time for the holidays. This is the second time the buxom beauty has graced the cover of one of the country’s hottest urban magazines. As the clock strikes 12:00 pm this Friday December 6, 2013 Rosa Acosta will re-launch her highly trafficked website www.rosaacosta.com viewers can plan to experience more things Rosa with a new design and ultra high resolution images of the sexy actress / model. Read more…
Who: Tola Lawal
What: BET/ SixOne7Creative
Why: Tola Lawal, native New Yorker and graduate of Pace University has the breadth and depth of experience of professionals twice her age. Having worked for media giant Viacom subsidiaries MTV and BET, and hip hop mogul Sean “P.Diddy” Combs’ wildly successful Blue Flame Agency, Tola has had the opportunity to create and lead successful public relations, traditional and digital marketing campaigns that have transformed brands into national media hallmarks. One of her remarkable accomplishments includes successfully launching the Digital Ambassador program while at the Blue Flame Agency, which increased the digital conversation surrounding the Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka, and the Diddy Dirty Money “Last Train to Paris” album.
In addition, Tola has led her own SixOne7Creative imprint to secure a respectable client portfolio that includes Carol’s Daughter, VH1, Reality Star Tami Roman, Ryan Leslie, Super Producers The Olympics, Columbia Pictures and a bevy of other known brands. With a specialization in strategic marketing for youth, influencer and super-mom consumers, Tola’s work has truly shaped how firms market products to a younger generation of consumer. Read more…
Several weeks ago, Mike Muse, New York City’s own purveyor of politics and pop culture, affectionately known as ‘Obama’s Million Dollar Baby’ celebrated his birthday at the lush Preserve 24. It was a welcomed break from his political fundraising trail for New Jersey Senate hopeful, Cory Booker, the New York Mayoral race and media rounds breaking down the meaning behind Jay-z’s “Picasso Baby’ and the influence of hip hop and high society art.
Rocking with DJ MOS were a bevy of wall street executives, restaurateurs and entertainment industry socialites, from Roc Nation and Universal Records including Filmmaker Dominga Martin, People Magazine writer, Carlos Greer, MTV’s Sway Calloway, celebrity publicist Tasha Stoute, entertainment journalist Big Ced, BMI’s Ian Holder, Icon Marketing’s Annette Davidson, Broadway/TV Producer, Randolph Sturrup, Playwright Dominque Morrisseu, TV Personality, Kwame Jackson, political strategist, Tara Dowdell and STEM University CEO, Andrea Peterson. Read more…
DJ CASSIDY JOINS MTV’S VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP SUNDAY
Fresh off the “Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour” alongside Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, internationally revered DJ Cassidy has been tapped as the MTV Video Music Awards house DJ this Sunday, August 25.
DJ Cassidy will soon release his debut album via Columbia Records. With a mission of returning the greatest dance music of all time to the dance floor, Cassidy has united the most legendary musicians from the late 1970s and early 1980s with some of today’s recording superstars to write and record original songs for the collection. Further album details will be announced in the coming weeks. Read more…
YUNA RELEASES NEW SONG “FALLING” WITH VICE/NOISEY
“NOCTURNAL” TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 29
Los Angeles, Ca – August 23, 2013 — Breakthrough singer/songwriter Yuna has teamed up with VICE/NOISEY to release her intoxicating new track, “Falling.” Produced by Robin Hannibal of the soul-pop group Rhye, “Falling” offers the first taste of new music from Yuna’s forthcoming album “Nocturnal.” Read more…
Oxygen Network Bad Girl Tanisha Thomas and Hot 93.7 own Jenny Boom Boom were spotted at Connecticut’s swanky Us restaurant last night hosting a private dinner event. They were accompanied by Reality Tv Stars BGC10 Paula Hellen, BCG10 Stephanie George, MTV Tanyka Renee & Celebrity Publicist MarieDriven. The event was sponsored by Urban Health Magazine, Us Restaurant own Kendra Agaro, and Chef Jay. Tanisha was interviewed by press in anticipation of her upcoming birthday extravaganza later this month.
Photography by Robert Douglas
KANYE WEST SET TO MAKE HISTORY WITH SEVENTH VMA PERFORMANCE
WEST’S “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” TO MARK TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE “2013 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS”
STAGE LIVE FROM BROOKLYN’S BARCLAYS CENTER ON AUGUST 25 AT 9:00PM ET/PT
Fresh Off the Critically-Acclaimed Release of the #1 Groundbreaking Album, Yeezus, West Set To Tie Madonna for Most VMA Performances
1-Hour Block of Kanye Music Videos and Performances Airing on MTV Hits and MTV Jams today from 4-5pm ET/PT
New York, NY (August 5, 2013) - MTV announced today via its various social media platforms that megastar Kanye West is set to perform on the “2013 MTV Video Music Awards” stage LIVE from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 25 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Following his performance of “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD,” – from the acclaimed, controversial #1 album YEEZUS – Kanye will triumphantly enter the history books by tying Madonna as the artist with the most VMA performances. Both artists have notched performances at seven separate VMAs. In celebration of the forthcoming performance and feat, MTV Jams, MTV’s 24-hour hip-hop music channel and MTV Hits, MTV’s 24-hour music channel, will feature an hour block of Kanye West videos and performances from 4-5pm ET/PT. On Wednesday morning, MTV’s AMTV will feature playlist of Kayne videos and performances. The announcement was made today from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and shared across MTV’s social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine. Read more…
The task of ensuring the entertainment value of a network is a daunting one. The role of putting on a very successful awards show for a finicky crowd after doing it for many years, can be complicated. The job must be done by someone who can juggle the responsibilities of putting on a great show, satisfying a critical audience, meeting advertiser and sponsor goals, as well as dealing with talent so diverse that no two are alike.
Patience, knowledge and a great team will go a long way in the entertainment business and Stephen G. Hill, president of music programming and specials at BET Networks, knows this as he leads his troops into The BET Experience, a weekend-long show of entertainment, seminars, empowerment and information that culminates into this year’s BET Awards.
Before we go into The BET experience, who is Stephen G. Hill and how did come to your current post as president of music Programming and Specials for BET Networks?
I am the son of Wanda and Caesar Hill, brother of Gary, and you know what, so many people and events led to it. It started with a passion for music and a desire to just be enveloped by it at an early age. My first hero was James Brown, and my second, probably the Jackson Five, but there was always an obsession with music. I have a nephew now who is obsessed with sports and he is eight years old. I look at him and think, ‘Wow, by the time I was [his age], I had already bought Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “More Love” and The Temptations [album] and was playing them incessantly.’ So it really started with a passion for music and that passion goes for shows and everything I do now.
You transitioned from working radio to TV. How were you able to do that, and what would you say was the most telling sign that you were going to be successful at BET? Read more…
TLC SET TO RECEIVE LEGEND AWARD WITH TRIUMPHANT PERFORMANCE AT MTV VMAJ 2013
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Celebrates TLC’s 20th Anniversary And Contributions To Music
(Atlanta, GA) R&B super group TLC was unveiled to hit the stage of the MTV VMAJ 2013 with their first ever “Legend Award” in hand, the news was announced today by MTV Japan. The 12th annual MTV VMAJ 2013 takes place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday, June 22. The show will premiere on MTV Japan on Sunday, June 23 at 8PM (Tokyo), and will be broadcast worldwide on MTV channels at a later date with potential viewership expected to reach over half-billion households. Read more…
Who: Sandra Piedra
What: MTV News
Why: Celebrity Talent Booker for MTV News for daily and breaking news, Rapfix Live, a livestream hosted by Sway and runs every Wednesday at 4pm on MTV.com, “When I Was 17″ which will be coming back with 8 new episodes on MTV2 in mid November and a brand new show, “This Is How I Made It” premiered on MTV on Saturday, October 13 at 12p EST. Please check out the trailer: http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/840268/this-is-how-i-made-it-trailer.jhtml#name=news&id=1694580
Where: Headquarters in New York City
When: since 2009
3rd Annual Halloween Baller’s Ball At Maison! Featuring Mannie Fresh, Earphunk, Hood Internet, Nikki Da B, Lemonhead and special surprise guests
This year the Baller’s Ball promises to be the best one yet! An all-night, musical extravaganza, featuring amazing performances, headlined by none other than, Mannie Fresh. If the Zombie Apocalypse is coming you might as well spend it at the best party on earth. Every year the Halloween block party on Frenchmen Street gets bigger and better and this year everything is going to be more balling! Maison is located at 508 Frenchmen Street, Mannie Fresh is kicking off the party on Saturday, Oct. 27th, from 10:00 PM-4:00 AM. As Mannie Fresh works his multiplatinum magic on the mic and turntables, he will be joined by, The Hood Internet, a Chicago based band specializing in hip hop, indie rock, mash-ups. Earphunk, a local band with a truly, funky sound that always turns the party out. Lemonhead, an incredible DJ on the forefront of the local electronic scene, mixes it up with all genres of music; dance, dubstep, hip hop, etc. Nikki Da B, a bounce rapper has been busy; currently making noise all across the world, in heavy rotation on MTV and featured on Diplo’s smash hit, “Express Yourself.”
MTV IGGY ENLISTS GYPTIAN FOR ‘COVER THE WORLD’ WITH CHEVROLET
Reggae Star Set To Release SLR EP on October 16th and New Studio Album Early Next Year
This week MTV Iggy announced that Gyptian, who is gearing up for his upcoming six-song SLR EP, was chosen for “Cover the World.” This is a partnership with Chevrolet in which four global musical artists (Gyptian along with South Korea’s WonderGirls, Australia’s Angus Stone, and America’s All Time Low) will each cover an iconic song chosen by fans online. Each artist will bring their own regional flavor to the recording to celebrate the arrival of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark in the United States and Canada. Read more…
Hip Hop 2 Vote is hosting a nationwide event to discuss and examine the most important issues on the ballot this year to the hip hop community. Hip Hop artists & Activist, Hakim Green, Queen Yonasda and Malika from MTV’s Making The Band are some of the few organizers that have set up panels that will combine live performances and round table discussions with community leaders and entertainers across the country to bring attention to the issues.
As we approach the crossroads of this crucial Presidential election it’s important to understand exactly where the candidates stand to identify exactly what are the issues and how they will affect each and every one of us. Hip Hop 2 Vote is a non-partisan organization created by Jay Waddy to educate and engage young adults in urban communities by empowering them and encouraging them to use their right to vote!
Global superstar Justin Bieber officially takes the wraps off his eagerly anticipated new studio album today, BELIEVE, scheduled for June 19th release by the Island Def Jam Music Group.
BELIEVE takes flight on the wings of “Boyfriend,” its first worldwide smash single, which hit #1 at iTunes the second it was released, and set a world-record for debuting #1 on iTunes in 32 countries. The “Boyfriend” video has shattered all YouTube records since its MTV premiere (on May 3rd). The clip generated 8 million views in its first 24 hours, and has garnered over 44 million views to date.
BELIEVE is Executive Produced by Scott “Scooter” Braun and Usher Raymond IV, and track producers include Max Martin, Mike Posner, MdL, Diplo, Hit-Boy, The Messengers, Zedd, Rodney Jerkins, and Justin’s vocal producer, Kuk Harrell. The album features guest appearances by Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Big Sean.
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Soca Star Receives Critical Acclaim from MTV and
The New Yorker
EST 19XX/BAD BOY/INTERSCOPE RECORDING ARTIST MGK ON
RECORD-SETTING 2012 HOSTILE TAKEOVER TOUR
MTV’s 2011 HOTTEST BREAK-THROUGH MC SETS OUT
CROSS-COUNTRY FOR 90 SHOWS IN 99 DAYS!
by Calvin Davis
In a rap climate where dance songs and drug tales are the norm, Kidz In The Hall are two Ivy Leaguers who managed to build a solid industry presence. Naledge and Double O are preparing the release of their fourth studio album, Occasion, and shooting a second season of their hit MTV reality show, “Here and Now”, proving that hip hop truly has unlimited origins. TWV caught up with the duo shortly before they departed to Europe to shoot footage for the show and discussed their new album, their relationship with super-producer Just Blaze and the importance of creative control. Read more…
Cult rap duo Mobb Deep has officially announced the first release on their newly formed Infamous Records imprint. The group has also revealed that the EP Black Cocaine will be a limited release. Black Cocaine will be available in two different packaging’s, both of which will be released as a limited edition: a five song EP will be available at major retailers, as well as indie record stores on November 21; a seven song deluxe package will be available only at indie retailers as of November 25th (Black Friday.) Both editions will be a one time print run and will be available until the end of stocks at both major and indie retailers.
The EP is the first studio project by the duo since their last album and it’s a prelude to Mobb Deep’s official full length release that is expected in the first quarter of 2012. “We wanted to give something to the fans that have been waiting for new Mobb Deep music ” says Prodigy. “This limited edition EP is a collectors’ item for die hard Mobb Deep fans” adds Havoc.
Who: Diedre Yvonne
What: Direct Visual Marketing (dvm)
Why: DVM is the leading music video promotion company with over15 years of experience working with various artists and labels. The goal is to maximize exposure of your artist’s music video while ultimately making the artist a household name through national/international outlets such as MTV, BET, CENTRIC, VH1, FUSE, MUCH MUSIC, MUN2, MUSIC CHOICE and local/regional shows, including record/retail pools and digital media outlets
Where: Based in New York
When: Established July, 2000 Read more…