Category Archives: Music

Is It Fair to Sentence this Rapper to Life, Just Because of His Explicit Music?

Rapper may get life for making music
Brandon Duncan aka rapper Tiny Doo (shown on the left)

*I think we can agree that not every rapper makes the kind of music we’d be blasting from our stereo, but damn, if we start arresting them because of the content of the music they make, its safe to assume there will be a serious decline in the free population. Just look at the case of rapper Tiny Doo, whose album – No Safety – may very well put him behind bars…

For life.

Born Brandon Duncan , he made a mix tape that the San Diego County District Attorney’s office alleges is proof that he is an active member of a gang that orchestrated a series of shootings in California. A group of 14 men are currently awaiting trial for the attempted murders, and Duncan has been included in the bunch.

Why, because of his mix tape? Continue reading

It ‘Pays’ to Look Like Rihanna – Young Woman Gets ‘Crazy Money’ from Endorsements!

Rihanna (left) and her lookalike Andele Lara (right). Photo: Instagram
Rihanna (left) and her lookalike Andele Lara (right). Photo: Instagram

 

*Wow, the resemblance is uncanny, and you can’t blame a girl for  workin’ it to make a buck.

And that’s exactly what Rihanna look-alike, Andele Lara (shown above on the right) is doing. Only thing is, she’s making a lot more than a buck!

At 22-years-old, the Boston, Massachusetts resident is frequently mistaken for the sexy pop star, but what now serves as her attributes was a sore spot in her teen years. “Growing up, I was a very shy girl,” Lara told the Daily Mail. “I was known as the skinny girl with the big forehead.”

As time went on Lara began experimenting with her hair and clothes – being more trendy, and she soon started getting the attention from her classmates; who noticed her likeness to the Barbadian singer with the hit song “Umbrella” on the radio. “The comments started in my sophomore year. My friend had a magazine with Rihanna on the cover. He held it up to my face and was like, ‘You look like her!’” Continue reading

South Africa’s Isango Ensemble ‘Hits and Misses’ With Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ (Ends Today!)

2.Mhlekazi "Wha Wha" Mosiea (right) and Zolina Ngejane in the Isango Ensemble's "The Magic Flute" at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica
Mhlekazi “Wha Wha” Mosiea as “Tamino” (right) and Zolina Ngejane as “Pamina” in the Isango Ensemble’s “The Magic Flute” at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica

Final performance 4p.m. on Sunday, October 12

*South African Theatre comes to America! The Broad Stage hosts the internationally acclaimed Isango Ensemble to perform Mozart’s classic, “The Magic Flute” for six performances.

The story is basically about Tamino and Pamina – two young people who fall in love with each other based on being shown each others’ photographs, then go through a series of adventurous mishaps before they meet and can be together. Pamina is the daughter of the Queen of the Night and she was kidnapped by an evil man. Tamino is a traveler who vows to find her. Along the way he is met by three ladies who continuously compete with each other as they vie for his attention; a hilarious “bird-catcher,” spirits, and an assortment of other characters – all of whom lend themselves to the play’s chaos and order. Continue reading

MC Lyte & Common Unite for New Song, ‘Dear John’ (Listen)

MC Light
MC Light

*New music is on the way from legendary rapper MC Lyte. She has teamed up with Chicago-native Common and 10 Beats on “Dear John” a new track and open letter to black men; which will also be the first release from her upcoming LP.

This will be the rapper’s first studio album in more than a decade and it is slated to be released later this year. Continue reading

New Film, ‘When The Checks Stop Coming In,’ Reveals Bad Spending Habits of Celebrities

When the checks stop coming

(NEW YORK) – September 04, 2014 - Moguldom Studios, known for their revolutionary style of documentaries called “docutainment,” has released “When The Checks Stop Coming In,” an eye-opening and surprising new film about the bad spending habits of celebrities, and how some go from super rich, to super broke and filing for bankruptcy. The documentary was released on August 26, 2014 and is available for purchase on DVD, as well as digital download through online retailers including iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon.com and MoguldomStudios.com.

Keeping on the pulse of trending topics that are relevant in today’s ever-evolving world, Moguldom Studios is leading the way in producing non-theatrical films through digital networks.

“When The Checks Stop Coming In” is a candid investigation into the lives of black celebrities as they fall from fame and fortune to downright broke. It’s the life of a celebrity – ­­ one minute you are singing to an audience of thousands, playing to an arena of screaming fans, or performing on television for millions of viewers. The accolades are coming fast and furious and the money is pouring in. You think that the dream that you’re living is never going to end, but then you wake up one day and all your money and your livelihood is gone. Your worst nightmare has come true and you’re broke, the groupies are gone and the lifestyle has dried up. Continue reading

Stars Turnout for Steve Harvey’s 2014 Neighborhood Awards (Photos)

Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. (photo credit: Jerome Dorn)
Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. (photo credit: Jerome Dorn)

 

*Award-winning television/radio host and best-selling author Steve Harvey, hosted one of the hottest nights of entertainment at the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards on August 9th, bringing the 12th year of the awards show to Atlanta for the first time, before a packed crowd at Philips Arena.

Honoring businesses and community leaders, educators and more from across the nation, Harvey presented one of the biggest lineups of award-winning entertainment for the show, with performances from Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, Tamela Mann, India.Arie, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Sherri Shepherd, Shemar Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keke Palmer, Erica Campbell, Kirk Franklin, Holly Robinson Peete, and more, taking the stage to present the 12 Neighborhood Awards categories. Continue reading

‘Pornographic Performances’ Report Condemns Portrayal of Black Women in Videos (Watch)

Blurred Lines

*Researchers release a new report that revisits an age-old concern about how black women are being portrayed in music videos. Clearly, these so-called works of art are engulfed in overtones of racism and sexism, researchers say, according to the International Business Times.

The depiction of women in music videos “creates a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women and girls,” the IBT writes about the recurring theme, which is especially prominent in hip-hop lyrics.

The report, Pornographic Performances, was released in Britain by End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object, and condemns the portrayal of women in pop videos as hypersexualized and “endlessly sexually available” objects. Continue reading

Watch: Homeless Man ‘Will Sang 4 Food’ (And You’ll Be Glad He Did!)

Will Sang for food

*People are getting creative and using their innate talents as resources to get what they need. Just ask Byon Artrell McCullough, a homeless South Carolina man with a voice – a gift – that would make you scratch your head and question why he isn’t living the life of a John Legend.

The 28-year-old has been on the streets since he was released from prison, but he proudly wears a sign that reads, “Will Sang 4 food.”

And your ears will be happy that he did.

“Am I homeless? Yes. Am I a bum? No,” McCullough told the New York Daily News. Continue reading