MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE TOP FIVE TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 9th ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS
TOP FIVE, WRITTEN, DIRECTED BY AND STARRING CHRIS ROCK, AND PRODUCED BY SCOTT RUDIN AND ELI BUSH, OPENS NATIONWIDE ON DECEMBER 12th, FROM PARAMOUNT PICTURES
QUESTLOVE SERVES AS EXECUTIVE MUSIC PRODUCER AND CO-COMPOSER ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
HIP-HOP SOUNDTRACK FEATURES JAY Z, KANYE WEST, THE ROOTS, SLICK RICK, DMX, LL COOL J, PUBLIC ENEMY, JADAKISS, JA RULE, YOUNG CHRIS FEAT. RICO LOVE, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, SALT-N-PEPA, RAKIM, AND SCARFACE
(Nov. 24, 2014 – New York, NY) Def Jam Recordings, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), will digitally release the music from and inspired by the motion picture TOP FIVE on December 9th. The star-packed film, written, directed by and starring Chris Rock, tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. TOP FIVE, produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush and distributed by Paramount Pictures, opens nationwide on December 12th. Read more…
THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES 2015 DATES AND HOST CITY
FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO SHOWCASE DIVERSITY IN TELEVISION
November 19, 2014, New York, New York – Film Life, Inc., is pleased to announce the 19th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will take place in New York City, June 11-14, 2015, at the New York Hilton Midtown and AMC Empire 25 Theater. Originally established to increase diversity in the film industry, the four-day festival is expanding its program to include a TV Writers Workshop, Network Expo, and case studies of popular current television shows. HBO® returns as the festival’s founding sponsor.
“With the renewed prestige of mainstream television and the proliferation of multi-platform distribution, the ABFF will now feature more television-related content that networks can draw on to connect with and promote programming to African American viewers,” said Jeff Friday, founder and CEO. “The festival hopes to attract new broadcast partners – network, television and Internet – who are strongly committed to speaking to a diverse audience.” Read more…
DEF JAM RECORDINGS PARTNERS WITH iHEART RADIO AND RESPECT MAGAZINE FOR #DEFJAM30: 30 DAYS, 30 DJ’s, 30 MIXES ON iHEART RADIO’s DEF JAM CHANNEL
DEF JAM RECORDINGS PARTNERS WITH iHEART RADIO AND RESPECT MAGAZINE FOR #DEFJAM30: 30 DAYS, 30 DJ’s, 30 MIXES ON iHEART RADIO’s DEF JAM CHANNEL !
BEGINNING NOV. 1st, A NEW 30-MINUTE DJ MIX OF DEF JAM MUSIC LAUNCHES AT MIDNIGHT EACH DAY, AS MIXED BY DJs FROM DIFFERENT MARKETS THROUGHOUT THE NATION
DEF JAM 30th ANNIVERSARY YEAR CELEBRATION CONTINUES, FOLLOWING SEPT. 16th RELEASE OF DEF JAM 30 LIMITED EDITION, ULTRA-DELUXE BOX SET, AND OCT. 16th HISTORIC CONCERT EVENT AT BARCLAYS CENTER !
(Nov. 1, 2014 – New York, NY) Two weeks after the historic all-star once-in-a-lifetime Def Jam Recordings 30th Anniversary Concert raised the roof at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the ongoing #DefJam30 celebration launches a new component in partnership with iHeart Radio and RESPECT magazine: #DEFJAM30: 30 DAYS, 30 DJ’s, 30 MIXES.
Pete Rock Announces ‘Village Soul’ DJ Residency In NYC
|Once a month Pete Rock and his favorite guest DJ alongside Deadly Dragon Sound will play the finest in Soul, Reggae & Hip Hop hosted by The 303 at Louie & Chan, located where the lower east side and old Chinatown connects; and its free and open to NYC music elite (RSVP is mandatory and is the only requirement). Read more…|
NBC’s Sing-Off Season 2 Winner “Committed” to Release Holiday Album November 18th
|For Immediate Release
NEW YORK, October 28, 2014 – After a triumphant win of season two of the hit NBC’s a-capella competition series ‘The Sing-Off,’ a release of their self-titled debut album Committed on Epic Records, Committed has a new label home and getting ready to release their first ever Holiday Album. Read more…
Author Frans Johansson and Film Director Gina Prince Bythewood Added to the 2014 Plunge Conference Lineup
AUTHOR FRANS JOHANSSON AND FILM DIRECTOR
GINA PRINCE BYTHEWOOD ADDED TO THE SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF SPEAKERS AT PLUNGE 2014
AUTHORS, FILM DIRECTORS AND GREEN LIVING EXPERTS JOIN THE FIRST PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE FROM NOVEMBER 6-8
AT THE EDEN ROC MIAMI BEACH
October 1, 2014, New York, New York – Film Life, Inc., announced today two additions to the 2014 Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference speaker and event lineup. Along with green living expert and author Danny Seo and the Black Enterprise Innovation Slam Competition, Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect, will participate in Plunge Talks on Friday, November 7. On Saturday, November 8, film director Gina Prince Bythewood will screen her new film, Beyond the Lights, this year’s Plunge Premiere, followed by a Q&A with conference attendees. The conference is produced in association with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMVB).
Frans Johansson spent three years talking with individuals and teams who were at the intersection of various disciplines and cultures. He combined the results from those interviews with decades of existing research in psychology, economics and management of creativity and innovation. His book, The Medici Effect, fully explores the concept of cross-field and cross-cultural combinations and offers guidance on how to make such an approach work effectively.
At Plunge Talks, Johansson will share his insight on how “Diversity Drives Innovation.” Acutely aware that, “In this new order of rising economies and beleaguered markets, understanding how to use diversity as power is more important than ever,” Frans Johansson redefines diversity beyond traditional social identifiers and demonstrates how today’s most innovative companies have used their existing diversity as a strategy to drive growth and profitability. Johansson will deliver a roadmap for how any company can make diversity its most powerful competitive advantage on the innovation front. The Plunge audience will have a front row seat at the heart of this dynamic conversation and learn how diversity is affecting society globally.
This year’s Plunge Premiere, Beyond the Lights, is Gina Prince Bythewood’s newest film. Bythewood’s directorial credits include The Secret Life of Bees, Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball, produced by Spike Lee and starred Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, which won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, among other honors. A Q & A with Gina Prince Bythewood will follow the screening.
Beyond the Lights will be released nationally on November 14, but Plunge attendees will view the Miami premiere of the film courtesy of Relativity Media. Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge–until she meets Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker), a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Visit www.PlungeCon.com for additional speaker and event updates.
The Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference is a multicultural networking event showcasing extraordinary people credited with groundbreaking work in the arts, entertainment and sports, lifestyle, media and technology. The three-day event will include inspiring talks, culture classes, film screenings, networking sessions and the Innovation Slam programmed to be both intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. The conference is produced by Backdrop (the tourism consulting arm of Film Life, Inc.) with support from the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).
About Film Life
Film Life, Inc., is a multifaceted entertainment company headquartered in New York City. The company was founded in 2001 by Jeff Friday, its current CEO. The company’s operations center on event production, developing innovative content across all forms of media and providing strategic advisory services to a wide range of corporations in the entertainment, tourism and consumer product industries.
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Food Bank for New York City, Broadway’s Keke Palmer and Brooklyn Nets star Brook Lopez teamed up to “Change One Thing” for students
FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY TEAMED UP WITH BROADWAY’S KEKE PALMER AND BROOKLYN NETS ALL-STAR BROOK LOPEZ TO “CHANGE ONE THING” FOR STUDENTS
Opportunity Charter School Students Pledge to Live Healthier and Focus on Nutrition
[MEDIA RECAP] NEW YORK, NY, September 23, 2014 – Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens in Harlem on Tuesday, September 23, with surprise celebrity guests Keke Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star center for the Brooklyn Nets. The event was in support of Food Bank For New York City’s Change One Thing initiative, a social campaign that aims to guide teens toward healthier choices by changing just one thing in their diet at a time.
Lifestyle Brand That Represents The Bond We Share
New York, NY, September 24th, 2014 – Kinship is proud to announce the release of their new bomber jacket celebrating 20 years of Bad Boy Records.
Previously, the brand released Golden Era and Dipset versions. The Bad Boy Bomber features an all-over print of all of the label’s greatest albums, from the Biggie reign to modern day.
“I wanted to create pieces that pays homage to the music I was raised on,” said Kinship Founder Reggie Thomas, “Bad Boy definitely deserves major recognition. Hopefully people will appreciate it just as much as i did.”
The jacket is 100 percent satin with a purple satin lining and a full zipper front. The albums featured include classics from Notorious B.I.G. and Ma$e alongside more current records from the likes of French Montana and Janelle Monae.
This bomber and more are available through the Kinship site. Shop now >
TRIBECA FILM DOCUMENTARY “NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC” TO DEBUT IN SELECT THEATERS NATIONWIDE STARTING OCTOBER 1 AND LIVING ROOMS EVERYWHERE ON OCTOBER 3
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The documentary on legendary MC Nas’ making of the 1994 landmark debut album ‘Illmatic’, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, will release theatrically in New York and Los Angeles starting on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 then hit movie theaters across America on Thursday, October 2 for a one-night-only special showing of the film. Audiences nationwide will have the rare opportunity to experience the story behind one of hip-hop’s most influential albums of all-time on the big screen, distributed by Tribeca Film. Read more…
ASPiRE Announces Partnership with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
ASPiRE ADVANCES ITS EDUCATION OUTREACH
THROUGH A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Network Aligns with the Billion Dollar Roundtable to Sponsor the Inaugural Class of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ HBCU All-Star Students during the
2014 National HBCU Week Conference in Washington, DC
ASPiRE Will Produce ‘I ASPiRE’ Profiles Highlighting HBCU All-Star Students and “ASPiRE to Change the Game” Vignettes
ATLANTA – September 19, 2014 – ASPiRE, the television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans, announced today a partnership with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) to increase awareness of the value and the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to expose college students to entrepreneurs and professionals in corporate and private businesses and, to guarantee the future success of African-American students, our communities and our nation. The strategic collaboration is a part of ASPiRE’s initiative to promote excellence in education among African-American students at HBCUs and to provide those students with professional development and support.
GREEN LIVING EXPERT DANNY SEO JOINS THE 2014 PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE IN MIAMI AS A SPEAKER FOR PLUNGE TALKS!!!!
GREEN LIFESTYLE EXPERT, BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DANNY SEO CONFIRMED TO SPEAK AT THE 2014 PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE, NOV 6-8 IN MIAMI
NETWORKING EVENT TARGETING MULTICULTURAL INFLUENCERS IN ENTERTAINMENT, LIFESTYLE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
Film Life, Inc. announced today their first speaker confirmed for the 2014 Plunge Culture & Creative Conference in Miami from November 6-8 at the Eden Roc Resort Hotel.
Green Lifestyle Expert, Bestselling Author and Editor-In-Chief, Danny Seo, will join the weekend of creative, innovative and cultural events, classes and discussions to kickoff the Plunge Talks series.
Through his best-selling books, television programs, products, syndicated column, and his new national magazine “Naturally, Danny Seo,” environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo shares the creative ideas that have made him America’s leading authority on modern, eco-friendly living. Read more…
Couture Confidence Camp Launches Global Call To Action Encouraging Kids And Teens To Wear Their Confidence
(NEW YORK) – July 29, 2014 — The wait is over! After making MYX Fusions Moscato the fastest growing wine beverage in the U.S., fans demanded more and the makers of the bubbly brand are giving consumers exactly what they asked for – MORE MYX! New Mango flavor offers twice as much MYX!
The new, logo-embossed signature cobalt blue bottle is double the size of the original product with 375mL of fruit-infused, refreshingly carbonated Moscato.
A heavily interactive and consumer-friendly brand, MYX Fusions Moscato took to social media to engage consumers with the campaign: “Do you want more MYX? Help Nicki Minaj choose the next flavor.” The response was overwhelming, and the winner was the tropical, juicy taste of Mango.
By 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.
Multifaceted 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.”
The Cast of HBO’s The Wire Share Unheard Behind The Scenes Stories and More via Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv
TAKE IT PERSONAL Will Feature Hip Hop’s Elite Each Show
New York, NY, July 3, 2014 – On Friday, June 27th, 2014, actors J.D “Bodie” Williams, Felicia “Snoop” Pearson and Julitio “Naman” McCullum from HBO‘s hit show The Wire stopped by FIT for the special DCM edition of The Hip Hop Improv Show – TAKE IT PERSONAL. The improv show is 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 [Lydia Hensler, , Brandon Gardner, Sean Diston, Natasha Rothwell, and Cipha Sounds] reenacted stories originally told by the cast of “The Wire.”
Entering a field and/or a position where you are in the minority can be challenging and essentially places you in the spotlight. But it also gives you a chance to shine by becoming the best you can be because you are in the minority and you will be noticed.
In the world of sports, blacks are in abundance on the field and on the court, but when it comes to management, ownership and representation, the numbers fall off drastically. You would think that in this day and age, black players would feel comfortable being represented by other blacks, but sadly, it isn’t so.
Sports agent, Nate McCray, wants to help change the perception that blacks are only good for playing and not successful off the field. This is what makes him work three times harder than his white counterparts to represent his client to the best of his ability to help sustain a successful career on and off the field.
The Industry Cosign got a chance to speak to McCray as he expresses what makes him go and his desire to get his clients to see the big picture and focus on what really matters in terms of life as opposed to bling-bling and purchasing the latest automobile. Read more…
In an effort to inform and transform urban youth into cognizant leaders of tomorrow through distinct travel, cultural service, and international experiences, PYNK Magazine and PYNK Girls Care have partnered with non-profit organization, TWIYO (The World Is Your Oyster) to provide the opportunity for students from underprivileged areas to travel to Martha’s Vineyard over the July 4th holiday weekend.
On July 2nd, the students will travel from East New York Brooklyn to Martha’s Vineyard. The students will go on a tour of Martha’s Vineyard TV studios, as well as participate in other activities to expand their horizons.
“Meeka Claxton and I as well as the other board members of PYNK Girls Care felt it was important to partner with TWIYO to give these children the opportunity to see something outside of their neighborhood. We had a chance to meet many of the students involved and they honestly all deserve this trip and so much more. We are honored to be a part of this cause and ask that you support this very deserving organization and initiative as we work together to make these children aware that their possibilities are endless and that the world is truly their oyster.”- Mecca Moore (Founder/Publisher, PYNK Magazine) Read more…
ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA CEO KEVIN LILES ANNOUNCES GO N’SYDE’S NEWEST FLAVOR ‘BUTTERFLY’ WITH GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MARIAH CAREY
ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA CEO KEVIN LILES ANNOUNCES GO N’SYDE’S NEWEST FLAVOR ‘BUTTERFLY’
WITH GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MARIAH CAREY
Go N’Syde Beverage Company Partners with Mariah Carey to Create Revolutionary Beverage Brands
Go N’Syde Packaging is First to Provide Augmented Reality Channels Featuring Mariah Carey’s Butterfly and Jay Z’s 40/40
NEW YORK (June 16, 2014) – Powerhouse entertainment executive, former CEO of Def Jam and Founder of KWL Enterprises Kevin Liles is pleased to announce the launch of Go N’Syde’s newest flavor ‘Butterfly’ beverage in collaboration with Mariah Carey. All Go N’Syde beverage bottles include an Augmented Reality integration platform. The unprecedented move brings an exclusively curated virtual entertainment network to the masses via any smart phone device and a Go N’Syde bottle. Go N’Syde Butterfly is now available exclusively in 7,500 Walgreens nationwide and NY Metro area Duane Reade locations.
By holding any smart phone device up to a Go N’Syde bottle, customers will be able to access an entertainment network curated by Global Superstar Mariah Carey, allowing them a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her world — #NoFilter! Customers will be treated to a private experience, blurring the lines between consumption, culture, entertainment – and reality. The ground-breaking collaboration is launching with a multi-million dollar campaign and commercial using Mariah’s hit song, “Thirsty” from her critically-acclaimed new album, Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. Read more…
The North Star Group/Aratek Entertainment Recording Artist
Keke Wyatt’s Self-Titled Music Project Enters at
#1 on iTunes Top 100 R&B Albums
Ke’Ke Debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Mp3 Hot New Releases
R&B Albums and #1 Mp3 R&B Soul Albums Best Sellers
The Physical CD of the EP Will be Available at Major Retail Outlets in July
MINORITY INDEPENDENT PRODUCER SUMMIT ANNOUNCES
NEW GAME-CHANGING SUMMIT COMMITTED TO PRESENT UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS OF
FILM, TV & DIGITAL CONTENT
MIPS 2014 Opens June 25 – 27
At Tribeca Cinemas and MIST Harlem
Registration Now Open
New York City (May 22, 2014) – Minority Independent Producers Summit (MIPS), a non-profit organization, has announced a progressive new plan of action in an effort to promote and boost diversity within the industry for content creators. MIPS 2014 conference will be the first of its kind to present premium opportunities for the underrepresented communities within the entertainment industry including: blacks, Asians, Latinos, women, Middle Easterners, the LGBT and the disabled.
NICKELODEON, FRENCH EMBASSY
HONORED AT ‘MY DREAM SPEAKS’
Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor for France in the United States poses with the voice of Nickelodeon’s “Dora The Explorer,” Fatima Ptacek and Angela Jackson, Founder of the Global Language Project
Music is one of the only constants that has and will probably always exist for us as a society. Be it the sounds of nature or the rhythms of early tribes or the nursery rhymes we hear from the lips of our mothers and grandmothers growing up. Whether melodies, the timing of the songs or anything associated with music, it will stay a part of our lives.
The thing that may change is how and/or where we hear it. This is where radio plays an important part in our everyday lives. Radio is still an integral part of the human experience. At one point in time, we’d only have one place to consume it.
Not anymore. With us being able to listen it to it online, on our phone and if we are lying down in bed at home, we can bring it up on the television screen. And for this reason, Helen Little, will always be relevant and have a place where we can hear her voice. On any weekday afternoon, you can turn on New York’s 106.7’s LiteFM or go online, no, scratch that, click on your smartphone app and catch her on iHeartRadio.
Little took a moment to speak to The Industry Cosign about how the landscape of radio has changed, penning her first novel and transitioning between industries. Read more…
Kevin Liles,GO N’SYDE Beverage Company and 40/40 Clubs Launch GO N’SYDE, First Beverage Packaging to Bring Sports and Entertainment Icons to Life via Augmented Reality
ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA CEO KEVIN LILES LAUNCHES GO N’SYDE
Go N’Syde Beverage Company Partners with The 40/40 Clubs to Create Revolutionary Beverage Brands
Go N’Syde Packaging is First to Provide an Augmented Reality Network Featuring Today’s Biggest Icons in Entertainment and Sports
NEW YORK (June 3, 2014) – Former CEO of Def Jam and Founder of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles is pleased to announce the launch of Go N’Syde beverages in collaboration with The 40/40 Clubs. The partnership is the first of its kind – All Go N’Syde beverage bottles include an Augmented Reality integration platform. The unprecedented move will bring an entertainment network to the masses via any smartphone device and a Go N’Syde bottle. Beginning June 1st, Go N’Syde beverages will be available exclusively in 7,500 Walgreens nation-wide and NY Metro area Duane Reade locations.
By holding any smartphone device up to a Go N’Syde bottle, customers will be able to access an entertainment network curated by Kevin Liles in collaboration with the 40/40 Clubs, allowing them to ‘Go N’Syde’ the world of today’s biggest icons and events. Customers will be treated to a private experience, blurring the lines between consumption, culture, entertainment – and reality. Read more…
dads, kids Gear UP FOR Father’s day
with Real Dads Network Events scheduled ACROSS New York City
(New York City, NY) – May 29, 2014, Real Dads throughout the New York City tri-state area will join hundreds of their peers across New York City to celebrate the seventh annual Real Dads Network week-long events from Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Saturday, June 7, 2014. The events are free and open to the public, excluding the Daddy Daughter Dance. Registration is required for all events.
In preparation for Father’s Day, Real Dads Network expects hundreds of men, children and women of all ages to celebrate and honor Black dads who are both exemplary role models and community leaders. The events will incorporate social, cultural, and intellectual activities and a town hall meeting. Women are highly encouraged to participate along with the fathers to serve as support systems.
The Hechinger Report, a non-profit organization that contributes stellar reporting on education issues, asked Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Nick Chiles to go to Mississippi to start chronicling the educational and societal woes of Black boys in the state, he jumped at the chance. Following is an excerpt of his first dispatch. We are pleased to share it here, at MyBrownBaby.
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Howard Stevenson is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania whose area of specialization is a topic most white educators would probably rather sit for a root canal than confront head-on: How their unwillingness or inability to deal with their own racial biases and stereotypes leads to horrible and stressful interactions with black boys in their classrooms—interactions that can have a devastating effect on the boys’ academic achievement.
For whites and certainly even for African Americans, thinking about, discussing and recounting a racial encounter can be enormously stressful. Stevenson demonstrated by having the participants in his Coseboc workshop pair up and tell each other about any racial incident that came to mind. When asked to share their feelings later, the participants were surprised and alarmed by how much stress they felt during the retelling, almost like they were living through it again. Read more…
“Love Handles” Is Back With New Episodes For You To Binge Watch!
New York, NY (May 22, 2014) — Celebrity blogger Carlton Jordan and his film-making partner Crystle Clear Roberson are back with their hilarious web series “Love Handles.” Carlton and Crystle decided to give the fans and viewers what they want — a binge watching episodic format. Season one episodes of “Love Handles” are available today. “We felt rather than spread out the episodes and air new ones every other week or every month, why not release the entire season in one shot” says Carlton Jordan.
“Love Handles” the web series is Executive Produced by reality TV show runner, Benjamin Hurvitz of Benjamin Films. “Viewers have been shocked by some of the things seen and heard in the first episode, all I can say is, yall ain’t seen nothin’ yet” says Crystle. The premiere episode has received over 40K views and has online taste-makers calling the web series a “must watch”!
Here’s what the world is saying about Love Handles so far! Read more…
Chinx Holds Private Listening Session in NYC For CR4
Cocaine Riot 4 is Out via Datpiff.com
New York, NY, May 15, 2014 – On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, The Legion Media Group and Four Kings Management held a private listening session for rapper Chinx for the release of Cocaine Riot 4 Woulda Been Here Sooner at the legendary Jungle City Studios in New York City.
Chinx wowed the crowd with his performance of various tracks off of CR4 including smash hits “Couple Niggas” and “Feelings.” Music was provided by DJ Amazin. Notable guests include Lenny the Barber, Hot 97’s DJ Bobby Trends, Big Kapp, Hot 97’s Dominican Drew, Dancehall artist Lady Saw, Rapper Smoke DZA, Da Union’s DJ O. Minaya, producer Buda Da Future, Willy Dope and Gif the Great of Par-City, DJ Drewski, Sirius XM’s DJ Juanyto, DJ Zeke, Hot 97’s DJ Spynfo, P.A. The Lemonade Man, singer Jey Gibbs, as well as Love and Hip Hop’s Kaylin Garcia.