Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl
Aug04

Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl

I dash through the mini-streets of the Hollywood Bowl. The siren songs of Diana Ross reverberate through the cool, humid air. I bounce from entrance to entrance trying to find the ticket stand. Moments later I make my way into the egg shaped bowl where Ross stands in pleated gold lemme gown. The music venue is full with representatives of every race, creed, and age—most are standing and full of elation to be there. The crowd has...

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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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Jason Derulo Joins The Wax Club
May23

Jason Derulo Joins The Wax Club

Photo: Jason Derulo Photo Credit: Getty Images What do Madonna, Julia Roberts, and Jason Derulo all have in common? Wax.   On May 19, an exciting Thursday evening, another phenomenal artist was added to a vast collection of stars. After selling over 55 million singles worldwide, accumulating eleven Top 10 singles, and achieving many more accomplishments, Jason Derulo’s rise to fame was finally solidified. The result of 6 months, over...

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Hillsong United and Lauren Daigle: Balladeers for Jesus
May23

Hillsong United and Lauren Daigle: Balladeers for Jesus

Photo: Hillsong United’s “Empires” tour opening act, Lauren Daigle Photo Credit: Jeremy Bamidele   Christian singer Lauren Daigle opened up Hillsong United’s “Empires” show at Inglewood’s Forum. Daigle magnetized fans onto their feet as she set the worship atmosphere with her single titled, “First.” Fans out cried emotions of joy and pain; sounds that echoed that of a child’s birth. Daigle briefly stopped...

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