Lupe Fiasco to Retire from Rap
Jul14

Lupe Fiasco to Retire from Rap

  The fourth of July is a time to celebrate freedom, prosperity, and America. The FRDM fest was a place to celebrate our individuality. A place with freedom to be different but celebrate together. When festival goers arrived, they came nose to nose with games, fun, and food trucks. Three dueling stages pumped out beats for all tastes and preferences.  There were giant games of Jenga, sack tosses, and unidentified bucket fun that I...

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In Rap, It’s All About Respect: Snoop Dog, Birdman, and Jermaine Dupri
Jul03

In Rap, It’s All About Respect: Snoop Dog, Birdman, and Jermaine Dupri

The essential trait you must have in the entertainment business is respect. Birdman’s tagline “Put some respect on my name!” almost broke the internet after he demanded The Breakfast Club, a N.Y. morning radio program, show respect when they bring his name up. He elaborated on his feelings and reaction to the situation. “I just think, I’m a man, and you are going to respect a man period. I was just grateful I was able to control...

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The Real Look of Stardom: Fantasia Barrino and Anthony Hamilton
May24

The Real Look of Stardom: Fantasia Barrino and Anthony Hamilton

  Photo: Fantasia Barrino Photo Credit: Jeremy Bamidele   Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia Barrino are undeniable rock stars.  Though, neither has the typical look of a rock god. Their concert at the Microsoft Theater was extraordinary, fervid, and thought provoking.   Standards of beauty on this continent do not stand in line with the appearance of either Hamilton or Barrino. The Nordic appearance seems to be the most acceptable. Tall,...

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Laila Ali Knocks It Out At The Pink Pump Affair Benefitting Children With Autism And Special Needs
May19

Laila Ali Knocks It Out At The Pink Pump Affair Benefitting Children With Autism And Special Needs

  Photo: Areva Martin (left) and Laila Ali (right) Photo Credit: Anthony Turk   The Pink Pump Affair was an afternoon of beautiful women coming together to fight for the nation’s children. The Special Needs Network (SNN) is an organization determined to raise awareness of developmental disabilities including Autism. The SNN not only aims to impact public policy on this issue, but also to provide education and resources to...

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The CSC Laughs Its Way Past Cancer And To The Bank
May17

The CSC Laughs Its Way Past Cancer And To The Bank

Photo: Francesca Eastwood (left) and Frances Fisher (right) Photo Credit: Vince Bucci Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center (CSC) held its annual Gilda Award Gala to honor Frances Fisher, Joyce Green, and Matthew Loscalzo.   Francesca Eastwood described the mood best   “What struck me when I walked in was the message of love, hope, and positivity. I have never been to an event like this, and it’s not for lack of going to...

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