Sunday, August 31, 2014

PE Chuck D Speaks as Rappers Moves As Force For Michael Brown

When Chuck D Speaks the true voice of Hip Hop it's time we all listen!

Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.
"It's really important to see hip-hop's role of being some grown-ups and doing some really stand-up, grown-up stuff," Public Enemy's Chuck D, one of rap's most powerful voices, said in a recent interview. "These people have actually stood up ... and that has to be saluted."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said he's impressed with rappers such as J. Cole, who released a heartaching, tearful song called "Be Free" inspired by Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by a Ferguson officer on Aug. 9.
Others in rap also have lifted their voices: Talib Kweli, like J. Cole, marched in Ferguson and spoke out about injustice; David Banner appeared on CNN; Nelly started a scholarship for teens in honor of Brown; and Lauryn Hill dedicated her song "Black Rage" — which uses some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things" — to the Ferguson community.
"When the dogs bite, when the beatings, when I'm feeling sad I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don't feel so bad," she sings.
The largest hip-hop gesture for Brown, who was an aspiring rapper, came Wednesday when the Game released the song "Don't Shoot," in which he's joined by all-stars like Diddy, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz, among others. Sales from the song will benefit the Mike Brown Memorial Fund on GoFundMe, which has raised nearly $300,000 in two weeks.
"I wanted to do my part in bringing awareness to it, so that at the end of the day that I can sleep well knowing that I used my voice correctly," the Game said in an interview Thursday.
Other black entertainers have spoken out including Kerry Washington, Jesse Williams and Spike Lee, who attended Brown's funeral on Monday. At a concert last week where he performed Marvin Gaye's seminal "What's Going On?" at the Hollywood Bowl, John Legend wore a shirt that said "don't shoot."
While a number of members of the rap community have come out in support of Ferguson — including Russell Simmons, Killer Mike, Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa — others have wondered if hip-hop's most prolific and popular stars will chime in, from Jay Z to Pharrell to Kanye West to Lil Wayne.
"I don't believe everyone has a role for this, and I also don't believe quantity takes over as quality. I think we have a quality combination in there," Chuck D said.
Though hip-hop has been criticized for glorifying sex and violence, its musicians have a history of standing up against perceived injustice, especially in the genre's early years, with songs like "Fight the Power" and "The Message." A more recent example came after Trayvon Martin's death in 2012.
Last week, T.I. released the song "New National Anthem," which he wrote after the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Martin. He says he hopes to start a dialogue between the community, city leaders and police.
"This is not to divide race, color, generation, region. This is not to incite or encourage people to go against to the police. This is to bring about change by way of creating awareness of the current status in America in these inner city areas for our young black men and young black people," the rapper said in a recent interview.
T.I. said songs like his and J. Cole's can serve as a voice for those who don't have a platform like famous rappers.
"We are the voice for those without a voice," he said. "Our messages reach the ears of people that most common men in America can't reach, and I think that has to be used to the advantage and the greater good of the masses."
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AP Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson contributed to this report.

Actress M. MICHELE Designs By Michael Michele

Beautiful fashion shouldn't be "Exclusive". M.Michele Designs allows every woman, the privilege of high-fashion and timeless pieces.
Too often, quality fabrications, cut, and design, have had price tags to match. Being stylish shouldn't cost women a fortune.
A sense of style and an appreciation of all things elegant have no regional or social-economic exclusivity. All women can achieve their "inner-fashionista", if high fashion is created to be affordable.
Our closets should contain a wardrobe that is interchangeable and timeless. Who desires to make a purchase each and every time there's an event, special occasion or change of season? Clothing should accompany our lives, not the other way around.
Everyone has the ability to look and feel beautiful. Clothing can be transformationalĂ‚­. We women have mastered the art of nurturing others; often leaving ourselves yearning for our own little pleasures. Those innocent pleasures have often included, browsing and desiring the latest blouse, shoe, or dress. It should not create a financial debt in the process.
Lastly, but certainly not least of all: First impressions are lasting impressions. Fashion has the ability to speak volumes without the utter of a spoken word. We should wear the clothes. The clothes should never wear us.

M. MICHELE DESIGNS
 For more of Michael Michele Designs visit her website http://www.michaelmicheledesigns.com/ and follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/MichaelMichele
Another Phenomenal Woman On www.whosthatladyent.com

WORDS FROM BELINDA TROTTER JAMES WTLE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As the executive director of Who's That Lady Entertainment, I would like to send out a special thank you to all my super celebrity friends, colleagues, supporters, sponsors, advertisers, my new celebrity friends and new fans of the site. We have only been up and running for a few months, however we have tapped into an area where we can bring you thought provoking news from around the world, announcements of new celebrity product lines, new music releases from some of your favorite recording artists, concert tour information and more with no gossip.


There is no way this ship would be able to move without a special thanks to our director of marketing/associate writer Lunell King, Dee Jay 360 who keeps the music flowing for WTLE and delivers incredible on-air celebrity interviews and of course, the technical Blandshaw team who keeps everyone on the site linked and connected.

 My new girlfriends in my head include Richard Pryor's crazy baby girl Rain Pryor https://twitter.com/RainPryor  , CNN and FOXNews political strategist Eboni K Williams https://twitter.com/Eboni_K , Christina Johnson https://twitter.com/Innerpiece/Torrei Hart https://twitter.com/Torrei_Hart of Atlanta Exes, bad girl of comedy Luenell https://twitter.com/Luenell, Johnnie Walker http://www.memphismusic.org/Aboutt/ExecDirector.aspx who keeps women executives empowered through NABFEME, executive producer of MSNBC's Jansing & Company Rashida Jones https://twitter.com/RJonesNews, the phenomenal songstress Miki Howard https://twitter.com/MikiHowardlive, Jackie Christie https://twitter.com/JackieChristie of LA Basketball Wives and producer/actress Erica Hubbard https://twitter.com/EricaHubbard just to name a few. And I can't forget Vanessa Bell Calloway https://twitter.com/nessabcalloway and Tracey Edmonds https://twitter.com/Traceyeedmonds Their words of wisdom triggered the inspirational interviews you see on our site.
Life is so funny... I had no idea that being the founder and creator of Hype Hair and several other national fanzine magazines would lead to creating a no gossip site that assists in announcing celebrity brands to fans and connecting them through their social media networks. This is some serious girl power. Other than reading about Christina Johnson's https://twitter.com/Innerpiece marriage to CeeLo Green, I had no idea Christina was launching a lipstick line until I started digging through information and listening as she told me all the hell that plagued her life. She has come through hell victoriously and looks fabulous.  Through her story other women who have journeyed through hell now know how to make it through and have the fabulous life they deserve. I know about Jackie Christie's https://twitter.com/JackieChristie cognac because it was an episode on LA Basketball Wives. Torrei Hart's mixers are sitting on the shelves at Walmart. These are just a few examples. Now Who's That Lady Entertainment is a permanent place to spotlight products, services and upcoming projects from those who give their lives to the business we call entertainment.

Our upcoming Sista Girlfriend tour will be a spectacular meeting of the minds to mentally, spiritually and physically push each other to the top starting next year.  Believe it or not there is room for everyone. I cannot go shopping by myself. I need my sister girlfriends by my side. Some of you have my personal contact information and I appreciate you sending me your banners along with photos of your products, services and events.  We are determined to blast it to the world through linking you to our social media network. Don't hesitate to reach out to me to let me know how I can assist you and your staff.

I am so inspired with all the women on Who's That Lady Entertainment. However, I could not resist telling you about some of our phenomenal men who are also doing great things. Girls, wait until you see some of the fine hunk of talented men included on our site. It sends chills up and down my spine ;). I like to thank all who have also sent me a copy of their book to review and feature in our celebrity book section as well. If these stories don't move our readers into action to live life to the fullest, I don't know what will. It seems as though celebrities go through the greatest challenges because millions of God's children are watching and going through the same thing and may give up. However, when they see their favorite celebrity go through life's challenges and rise up victoriously, they realize life is precious and you never give up.  Christina Johnson said it best when she told her fans while going through her illness, "Watch what God is about to do in my life."


Moving forward we are about to do phenomenal things together.

Peace and blessings to you all always.

Phenomenally yours,

Belinda Trotter-James

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MUST WATCH- Black Man Arrested While Picking Up His Kids

A controversial video documents the St. Paul resident being harassed and tased.

So a man waiting to pick up his kids from school sits for a few minutes in a seating area where he reasonably thinks he has a right to be, private security asks him to leave, he thinks they're harassing him because he's black, and they call police. This is where the video begins, and that conflict is already over. The man is walking away from it and toward the nearby school where he is to pick up his kids.
So problem solved? It could have been.
Instead, this happened:
 TO READ MORE http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/08/the-problem-is-im-black/379357/

Friday, August 29, 2014

Video- The Furious 5 Classic "Sun Don't Shine In THe Hood"

The Furious 5 formerly known as Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5, the 1st Hip Hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, The group that gave you "THE MESSAGE" WHITELINES, IT'S NASTY, FREEDOM plus many more historical hits.
The group that paved the way for all in Hip Hop recorded this song 20 years ago, so there no need to post any new song regarding on what going on today because it was already said before from the heart not the pockets or publicity.
SUN DON'T SHINE IN THE HOOD relates to all problems we are facing today from Fergurson to an ghetto in America.

VIDEO #LHHATL star @ThaRealMommaDee Single Release Party in Atlanta!

Yes Momma Dee is on Who's That Lady Entertainment The Phenomenal Women website THE NO GOSSIP WEBSITE.
So we all know she was working on her new song and here her video from Momma Dee Single release Party. But here the kicker Momma Dee will be granting us at Who's That Lady Ent with an exclusive interview real soon.
Visit our website http://www.whosthatladyent.com

Follow Momma Dee on twitter https://twitter.com/ThaRealMommaDee

SWV REUNITED SEASON #2 COKO, TAJ AND LELEE ARE BACK!

In the '90s, the ladies of SWV—Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George—were on top of the music world. From the streets of New York to superstardom, they had a string of top ten R&B hits including “I’m So Into You,” “Right Here,” “Downtown,” “Weak,” and “You’re Always On My Mind.” With over 15 million albums sold, a Grammy® nomination, an American Music Award nomination and 11 Billboard Music Awards nominations, SWV was unstoppable. But while they seemed to have it all, the drama behind the scenes tore the group apart. It didn’t just end, it ended badly; and in 1998 the members of SWV went their separate ways.
After marriage, kids and other endeavors, the trio decided it was time to reunite for a chance to recapture their fame. 1n 2012, their sultry sound was introduced to a whole new generation of fans with new album I Miss Us, which earned a Grammy® nod in 2013 for “Best Traditional R&B Performance.” SWV REUNITED follows these three strong and talented women as they figure out how to trust again—on and off the stage—and perform with each other. The premiere episode follows SWV on the first stop of the comeback tour at Wembley Stadium in London, but new secrets about Coko’s health threaten the rehabilitated bond of the group.
This season, SWV begins to record a new album, but shocking secrets from the past, management drama, health emergencies and devastating personal problems threaten the future of the group. 



Follow SWV On Twitter
Coko https://twitter.com/Only1Coko 
Taj https://twitter.com/TajGeorge
Lelee https://twitter.com/LeleeLyons 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amber Alert: 6-Week-Old Delano Wilson Kidnapped At Gunpoint

The mother of Delano Wilson, a 6-week-old baby boy who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Indianapolis Wednesday, has made an impassioned plea for his safe return.
"Please, just please bring my baby back," the boy's mother, Taniasha Perkins, told reporters on Thursday. "He's just one month old. I love my child. I just gave birth to him. He is my one and only son, my first born."
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued an Amber Alert following the kidnapping, which happened around 12 p.m. Wednesday, in an alley in the 1400 block of Henry Street. The child is believed to be in extreme danger.
According to police, 23-year-old Willie Wilson was walking in the alley holding Delano when an unidentified white man and an unidentified Latino female approached him.

TO READ MORE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28/delano-wilson-kidnapped_n_5731052.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

Wow Photo of Egyptian Newspaper Racist Headlines- NIGGERS


I just like to say thank you to all you that decided to make a song using the term"Nigga" and try to explain it does not mean the same as it did years ago. Wrong. The police are killing us left and right, every hateful person damn near called out POTUS the N- Word and we continue to not understand what is really going on. They got some of us dumbdown, yes dumb down from the Music to the T.V Shows. But this is just an trail basis of what they really want to do and all we do is continue to feed into how stupid alot of us can be..

The Egyptian newspaper Youm7 shocked and disgusted readers Thursday with its front page headline that uses extremely racist language to describe the issue of African gangs in Cairo.
WARNING: This article contains explicit language that some readers may find offensive.

 The rest of the headline apparently reads, "Black Terror Gangs in Cairo," according to Twitter user Mona Eltahawy and others. Readers called the headline "disgusting," "gross," "a disgrace," and called for the paper's editor-in-chief Khaled Salah to either resign or be fired.
TO READ MORE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28/egypt-newspaper-racist-n-word-cairo-gangs_n_5729978.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

Cops Who Killed John Crawford III At Ohio Walmart Shot Him 'On Sight': Attorney

Surveillance video from an Ohio Walmart shows that a man fatally shot by police earlier this month had his back to officers and was talking on a cell phone, an attorney for the man's family says.
John Crawford III died Aug. 5 after Beavercreek police responded to reports of an armed man at a Dayton-area Walmart. Crawford was not armed -- he had a pellet gun with him, which he had picked up in the store's toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright said that the video, which he was allowed to view with the man's family, contradicts statements by police and witnesses that Crawford ignored commands to drop the gun and “looked like he was going to go violently.”
“John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said in a statement. He said the 22-year-old father of two was shot "on sight" in a "militaristic" response by police.
LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford's children, was on the phone with him when he was shot. She told the Dayton Daily News:
TO READ MORE OF THIS STORY  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/27/john-crawford-killed-walm_n_5721676.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Black TV Producer, Charles Belk, Arrested By Beverly Hills Cops Who Thought He Robbed A Bank

As the nation continues to grapple with police discrimination in America, a number of incidents are now surfacing more than ever thanks to the power of social media.
One recent encounter took place in Beverly Hills Friday, Aug. 22, during Emmy Award weekend between local authorities and television producer Charles Belk who said police arrested him as he was walking from a restaurant where they reportedly accused him of “armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.”
Belk penned a post on Facebook describing the “life altering experience,” saying his only crime was fitting the description of a “tall, bald head, black male.”

TO READ CHARLES BELK FACEBOOK POST ABOUT THIS MADNESS http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/26/charles-belk-beverly-hills-police_n_5716897.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Exclusive Interview with Nadia Crow News Anchor ABC4 Salt Lake City, Utah


FACING LIFE BY FATE
By Lenell King
Nadia Crow is the first African American news anchor for Salt Lake City, Utah.  Utah, Utah? That's the question many family and friends asked her prior to accepting the job.  Nadia has worked in Indiana and the cornfields of Iowa.  Strange for a former Chicagoan, but Nadia has accepted the experience as a part of her journey that has led her to the wonderful career that she has today. 
LENELL:  You have moved around a lot as a child.  Tell us a little about your life growing up.
NADIA:  I grew up primarily in the suburbs of Chicago. I went to Downers Grove Public High School and I finished at what is now Plainfield Central High school.  I spent a little time moving around when I was younger.  I was born in Texas and spent about six years of my childhood in Norfolk, VA; my dad was in the Navy. I lived in Missouri for a little bit, and then settled in the suburbs of Chicago. I’m used to the cold, windy weather.
LENELL: What really inspired you to pursue a career in journalism?
NADIA: My older sister, Latasha and I would start our day watching court shows on TV like Matlock and The People’s Court; then we would watch the news.  We would watch 20/20, Oprah and different entertainment and talk shows and I  thought,  “Ok, that looks like something  I want to do.  The hosts would interview really great people and they got a chance to do really fun stuff like ride in a helicopter and  try new foods in the cooking segments. So, I just thought if people can do that every day and get paid to do it; sign me up.  My sister is now a lawyer and I am an anchor reporter.   We both went into the very careers that we said we were going to do when we were little kids; that almost never happens.
LENELL:  That is wonderful.  I’m sure your parents are ecstatic.
NADIA:  They are; they seem pretty proud along with my grandparents. When I got into college, I thought that I would be a magazine reporter. The show, “Living  Single”was one of my favorite shows.  Kadijah’s character owned “Flavor” magazine and I wanted my life to be like “Living Single”.   However, as I got into school and I understood the power of TV and media, I realized there was a lack of representation for women of color in general, especially positive role models in the era of booty shaking videos. That’s how people viewed Black women on TV.  That didn’t reflect the Black women that I grew up with which included my mom, my grandmother and other Black women who were important in my life.  I knew then that I wanted to be a broadcaster.   I grew up watching Tamron Hall when she was on Fox Chicago and Soledad O’Brien for many  years and it really left an impact on me.  I finally settled and said, “TV news, yep, that’s for me.”
LENELL: What was your experience like as being the first Black anchor in Utah?
NADIA:  When I took the job I didn’t know that I would be the first. It did cross my mind to think Utah, what’s in Utah? Are there people who are going to look like me?  When I was being interviewed by the person who is now my boss, I remember asking him, ‘When I go to the grocery store, will I see people who look like me?  Will I be able to find a place where I can get my hair done? Not everybody can do our hair.’  They were really simple questions that I was really concerned about.  I knew that there would be a small percentage of Black people in Utah.  Later I learned that there is a 2% population in the entire state which is not huge.  I lived just outside of Chicago which has a huge African American population.  When I came here people kept saying, ‘I think you’re the first African American anchor’.   However, I later found out that there were a few Black women before me.  There was one woman who was a weekend anchor and another who did fill-in work, but I am the first primary weekday anchor. It’s much different from having a weekend anchor job when you’re just on two days a week or days when you have fewer viewership versus having a primary anchor spot when you’re only representing really 2% of the population.
It was a huge deal that I didn’t realize was going to be such a big deal until I got here and then Essence called. I remember calling my mom and my grandmother saying, ‘I’m going to be in Essence magazine!’ Then I thought, ‘Oh no, what if this is a prank.’  When you think about black families growing up, you had three magazines on your coffee table; Essence, Jet, and Ebony. To be in one of those magazines was an honor.  I remember my grandmother started crying. I left a message for my dad, and he called back saying, ‘I think you said you were going to be in Essence.’  He said, ‘Did you get cut off or did I not hear that message right?  It was really cool.
Many people write letters, send emails, write me tweets and hit me up on Facebook just to say they are so happy to have me here. Utah needed this.  Black people, Hispanic people, just people across the board, and every generation as well have been supportive.  You never know what’s going to happen especially with the older generation that’s a little more settled in their ways and they are  used to seeing things how they see them.   I didn’t expect all of this when I first moved here.  I didn’t know what it would mean when I took the job.   I have had nothing but really great feedback.  I was really nervous about it, but it has been good.
LENELL: We live in an age where woman have really made their mark on the world of journalism like Barbara Walters and Robin Roberts. Previously you mentioned Tamron Hall and Soledad O’Brien inspired you; were there other influences?
NADIA: I think my biggest influence initially growing up was probably Oprah. Knowing that she was just in downtown Chicago was great. I remember my dad and grandmother pointing out Harpo Studios. It just seemed so close, but yet so far away. Oprah was definitely an influence because she can do whatever she wants because it’s the Oprah show. She had fun and she got to do really cool things.  She had shows that were really indepth and investigative pieces covering topics that made people uncomfortable. I just loved watching it.  My grandmother was Oprah’s biggest fan.  I could always talk to her about what was happening on the show and that made me feel like I could do it. It showed me that I could be smart, intelligent and funny as well as be serious and be taken seriously all at the same time. I think that was really important for me growing up to see all that through Oprah.
Once I got older and really started watching the news, I saw Tamron Hall on Fox Chicago. I remember thinking, ‘Man, she is so good at her job.’  I felt like I knew her.  I felt like she was almost a member of our family because you watched her every single morning.  I remember seeing her at the Chicago Auto Show. She was doing a live report that day and I can remember standing there and staring at her telling my dad, ‘That’s Tamron Hall.’  I whispered because I didn’t want her to see me.   I was so happy and nervous. She was like this larger than life figure and I followed her career on MSNBC and the Today Show. It’s been awesome; I feel like I have been there from the start.   I would be remised if I didn’t mention Soledad O’Brien.  I met her in college.  It was my freshman year at Syracuse University and I was just starting out in the Journalism program.  Meeting her brought me to tears.  I had just sat down and listened to her speech about returning from Guantanamo Bay.  After her speech, she came to a meet and greet where she was able to speak with a lot of the students and I can just remember being so awestruck. I can meet any celebrity or actress in person and be like, ‘Who’s that?’ However, meeting one of my role models in person really shook me.  She sat down and told me that I can do this; I can have a family, and I can do this business. If I wanted to be on CNN one day I can do it. Just offering those words of wisdom and that advice really meant a lot to me especially when I was starting my first year of school in the journalism program. I still have that picture with her and my micro braids. (Laughing)

LENELL:  In the wake of the controversy with the Michael Brown situation, do you find yourself uncomfortable with stories that have racial substance especially being in an area like Utah? Does that personally affect you?
NADIA: We talk about it here.  A lot of producers would say, ‘Hey read this story. What do you think?’ Recently, I was asked to be a part of a documentary from some filmmakers here in Utah called, Two Percent.  They are looking at the history of the 2% Black population in Utah. They are looking at the history of how Black people got to Utah and at the ones who are making history now.  So we started talking about the documentary and I told my news director that this is really important.  This is such a small population of the state, but they have a voice and they have a history. Black people have been dated back in Utah since 1847, 1848 with the Mormon pioneers and most people don’t know that. However, the Black population has always remained at 2% and hasn’t grown like the other ethnic groups.
I do think that when you talk about any story when it comes to race, the thing that I struggle with the most is making sure that I’m not speaking for my entire race. I am one person, I am one human being, I have my own thoughts; I have my own opinions, but I do not speak for all Black people around me.  If you put ten people from my family in one room, we wouldn’t agree on everything.  If you put me and my sister in a room, we would have our own opinions. So when people in my newsroom ask me, ‘Hey Nadia, what do you think about this?’, I struggle to answer because I don’t want them to think, ‘Well if Nadia says or feels this way, all Black people may feel the same.’   Since I am one of three black women in the entire building and the only on-air person at the station, what I do and say becomes what all Black people do and say. It becomes almost a burden. You may find that coming into any job.
I also find myself as an educator more than what I thought I would be. The questions of, ‘Do you tan?, Do you get sunburn?’, allows me to teach people that skin is skin and at some point it can burn.  Those are some of the simple things that you have to teach people.
The Michael Brown story is a very delicate situation, no matter if I was an anchor in Detroit or an anchor in Salt Lake City. We don’t have all the facts; we weren’t there.  When you add in race, a lot of feelings and emotions get into that. So I try my best as a journalist to make sure that I am non-biased and to make sure that I’m reporting all the information as I know it. People will call me out on twitter and say, ‘Nadia, the police should have did this or the police said that’. It’s not my job to interpret what happened. My job is to relay the facts and say this is what happened.  This is what the police said. This is what Michael Brown’s family said and that is for any story.  I let my viewers make their own decisions. So when it comes to a Michael Brown story, a story that is racially charged I have to keep my own feelings and emotions out of that.
 LENELL: Outside of being a journalist what does Nadia do for fun?
NADIA: It is so funny when I said,  ‘I‘m moving to Utah.’  My family said, ‘What?  Utah, Utah?’  Or, ‘Utah, Florida?’ I said I was going to be a Utahan through and through. Utahans ski, camp, hike and do all those things I never thought that I would do; I have done. I‘ve gone skiing for the first time this past season. I’ve been hiking. Utah has five national parks, which is unlike any other state. I’ve been to two of them so far.  I’ve done some crazy hikes. There’s one called Angel’s Landing and that’s in Zion’s National Park, down in Southern Utah where you are hiking up, holding onto chains because the trail really isn’t a trail.  You’re actually climbing up rocks and there is a 1400 foot drop off on each side of you. People have literally died on this trail. It is scary.
LENELL: Oh My God!!!!!!!
NADIA: I said I’m going to do it, why not; I’m going to do it. I did it, and I have never been so proud of myself.  When I got to the top and looked down, I thought, ‘Man, to accomplish this is so cool.’  When I went skiing and posted a picture on Facebook, my dad wrote, ‘Dear Lord, watch over my child.’ He just thought, ‘What are you doing?  What is going to happen to you?’  It’s been really, really fun. I can honestly wholeheartedly say that when I look back over this period of my life, I know that I would be able to smile, laugh, look at pictures and say, ‘Wow, I was so crazy and I thought I was invincible.’  That’s what you do when you live in Utah. When I lived in Indiana and Iowa, I embraced the experiences. You go out; you do what the locals do and just kind of take it all in. Surprisingly, I love hiking and camping and I never thought I would. However, I do not like skiing. I will not do that again.
LENELL: What does the future hold for you, personally and professionally?
NADIA: That’s such a tough question. We just had our summer interns come to the station and that was one of the questions that a lot of them asked, but I have never been able to answer that question definitively because I have always left it up to chance or fate. When I look back over the stations I have worked at, I never thought that I would live in Indiana. Iowa wasn’t on my radar and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would call Salt Lake City home.  Yet, here I sit. When I was at Syracuse, I thought I would be an International Journalist.  I would work for the BBC or for Sky News. I studied abroad in Spain and traveled all over Europe and Northern Africa and I just thought I am never coming back home.  I’m going to stay over here and be an International Reporter.
That was my goal and then life kind of hit me. I missed my family; I missed some funerals while I was in Europe because the tickets were so expensive that you just couldn’t fly back on short notice.  I got a little homesick and just wanted to be around my family.  My grandparents were getting older, and so that changed my dreams.  I thought for sure that I would just want to be a reporter and work my way up through the networks. Halfway through, I decided maybe I just want to try this anchoring thing out. It’s too hard for me to say, I‘m a little bit of a free spirit. I like to take on adventures and challenges. Today, I may think one thing; tomorrow I may wake up with an epiphany and think this is what I’m supposed to do.
LENELL: What advice would you give an aspiring journalist who may be faced with a challenge like accepting a position far away from family and friends?  How do they prepare themselves?
 NADIA: I’ve moved around many times. This is my fourth station. As I moved around the country, following my career, following my dreams, I tried to embrace wherever I lived. So when I was in Iowa, I went to the Sweetcorn Festival. I did stories at different farmsand I tried to learn as much as I could about agriculture. Iowa was really cool because I got a chance to be a part of the first Caucus. It really affected the political shape of the country. I wasn’t really into politics before I got there, but I sure researched it, learned and interviewed all the key players when they came to town. I really dug into that assignment.
My advice to people would be that if you get your first job in Idaho Falls, Idaho or North Dakota, go there with a smile on your face. Make the best of each day because you may be there for six months or six years.  Tell yourself that you are going to walk into the newsroom to learn from the people who are here.  Do your best every single day so when you look back, you can be proud of yourself. Think of all the adventures that you were able to do.   There are so many things that I was able to do because of my job and live in places many of my friends may never experience.
LENELL: I’m sure this is the question that everyone wants to know… Where do you get your hair done in Utah? (Both laughing) Inquiring minds want to know.
NADIA: Everybody at the station who is on air goes to one stylist. That’s where we have our trade agreement.  I went to him and said, ‘Can you do my hair?’  He says, ‘Oh no, I can’t do your hair.’  I thought, ‘Oh, well neither can I.  Now we are both stuck.  I am not a stylist; that is not my thing.’  He referred me to another salon.  I went there once or twice, but wasn’t really happy with their work. A woman actually reached out to me on Facebook and stated her husband does hair. His name is Tim Muir, (Alter Ego Studio Salon- South Jordan, UT). He does great work; please check him out.
At this point I was living in Utah for eight months.  When I visited my sister out in Los Angeles, I would get my hair done at the salon she goes to. I knew I could not keep  flying back and forth to LA every time I need to get my hair done; I have to find somebody in Utah.  So I went to Tim Muir and he is phenomenal. He is the best hairdresser that I have ever been to and I’ve had my hair done in LA, Chicago, New York, Syracuse, and Madrid. I have had my hair done all over the world and he is the best.
Fans can stay in touch with Nadia on Facebook at Nadia Crow and on twitter  https://twitter.com/NadiaNewsNow 
Also visit Nadia's website http://www.nadiacrow.com









Icon Regina Belle New Music and Tour Dates!

 Regina Belle is a virtuous woman and she has lived her life and career with an integrity that has always been apparent in her music. After the chart-topping success of the traditional, foot-stomping record “God is Good” from her gospel debut, Love Forever Shines, Belle is prepared to take her integrity to another level with her newest gospel opus HIGHER (Pendulum Records/Walker Davis Entertainment).
“What happened with ‘God Is Good’ on the first project was just surreal. I knew that I wasn’t going to have to start to the bottom because I do have a name and a very blessed career, but I had no idea that the church would be as receptive to my music as they were. I guess they felt safe because my (R&B) music has always maintained the decency factor and there was always integrity in everything I sang about in my songs.” The intention of her debut into gospel music was important, since Belle was raised in church singing gospel from the age of 8. “ I was purposeful in making sure that the music fans and people who were seeking God, that might not have been churchgoers, were able to see that God was using the same person—Regina Belle.”


VISIT REGINA BELLE WEBSITE http://www.reginabelle.org/index.html 

NEW MUSIC BY REGINA BELLE AND TOUR DATES http://www.reginabelle.org/tours.html
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Lauryn Hill Releases 'Black Rage' Song In Light Of Events In Ferguson

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill was performing her song "Black Rage" long before the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, began, but it's only now in the light of the protests that she's made public an old recording of the song.
It's eerie how well Hill's lyrics fit the situation and further prove how the shooting in Ferguson and the country's response reach far beyond Michael Brown.
"Black rage is founded on draining and draining. Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining," Hill sings, her farsighted words mirroring the reality in Ferguson, where protests were met with "militarized" police and journalists were arrested.

TO HEAR THE SONG AND READ MORE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/25/lauryn-hill-black-rage-ferguson_n_5709831.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

Tom Joyner Family Reunion ft The Jacksons,BabyFace, Kurtis Blow Plus More

For the last several years, radio host Tom Joyner has had a family convention and expo called the Tom Joyner Family Reunion that is full of entertainment for his radio listeners and fans during Labor Day weekend in Orlando. The event has brought out over 12,000 families in years past and continues to get bigger. Most recently, the event has been held at the Gaylord Palms. The entertainment at the 2014 event will include some of the top R&B, hip hop, jazz artist, and comedians. The 2014 lineup features Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Jacksons, Chubb Rock, Kid n’ Play, Kurtis Blow, and many more.
2014 Event
As in previous years, the 2014 event will be held during the extended weekend of Labor Day, August 28th, 2014 through Monday, September 1st, 2014 at the Gaylord Palms Resort. The event website has the phone number of 407-248-9191 listed to find out more information about the event.

For Tickets and more information visit http://blackamericaweb.com/category/tom-joyner-family-reunion/

Jody Watley Live ft Lillo Thomas @ Tower Theater Philly,Pa 11/15 Tkts On Sale!

This will be my only East Coast performance this year – don’t miss it! Get your tickets today  – don’t delay. It’s important to get advance ticketing to avoid cancellations (nervous promoters), to get the best seats and to plan ahead. Concert promoters monitor these things closely – so let’s pack this place out! Also on the bill Lillo Thomas for the ladies.
 TICKETS ON SALE NOW! http://www.philadelphia-theater.com/theaters/tower-theater/tickets.php?eventName=Jody+Watley+%26+Lillo+Thomas&cmsEventId=&buy=true&eventID=2397453&edate=2014-11-15UTC20:00

Sir Mix-A-Lot And His Anaconda Are Fans Of Nicki Sampling ‘Baby Got Back’

The 'Baby Got Back' MC tells some of the back story to Nicki's new single.

Nicki Minaj’s new single, “Anaconda,” has a bit of a musical forefather in the form of “Baby Got Back.” The ubiquitous 1992 hit from Sir Mix-A-Lot is sampled in the beat for the Young Money rapper’s new song, which dropped on Monday (August 4), and some of his iconic lines — “My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun;” “Little in the middle but she got much back;” “Oh my gosh, look at her butt” — are used throughout.
“Initially, it was more the music, and she was trying to weigh out a chorus,” Sir Mix-A-Lot told MTV News, adding that her managers at first reached out asking to sample the song, and he and Universal cleared the move. “Next thing I knew, she was feeling good about it. And the ‘Anaconda’ version, I never heard until she was done; I heard it with everybody else.”
TO READ MORE http://www.mtv.com/news/1888826/sir-mix-a-lot-nicki-minaj-anaconda/

Sunday, August 24, 2014

VIDEO- Nicki Minaj Performs Anaconda Live At 2014 VMA Awards


Suge Knight shot multiple times in Hollywood nightclub

 Former Death Row Records CEO is reportedly undergoing surgery following the shooting at an unofficial VMA pre-party

Suge Knight, the onetime Death Row Records CEO, was reportedly shot multiple times early Sunday morning (August 24) at West Hollywood nightspot 1 Oak. The imposing former label boss apparently was able to walk out of the unofficial pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown but was led to an ambulance by police, according to TMZ.
Details are few but the site broke the news, reporting that four shots were fired around 1:30 a.m. PT inside 1 OAK’s Los Angeles outpost on the Sunset Strip. In a 61-second video obtained by the website, a man resembling the exec (born Marion Knight Jr.) is seen being wheeled out on a stretcher by emergency workers; a number of police vehicles are on the scene. Knight’s family and sources close to TMZ seem to confirm his injuries were not fatal and that he was undergoing surgery in the pre-dawn hours.
At 9 p.m. PT on Saturday, Brown — an MTV VMA nominee at tonight’s show — posted a promo for the 1 OAK bash on his Instagram, adding the anticipatory caption, “We bout to turn the [f--k] up!!!!” But by Sunday morning, Brown had taken to Twitter to vent about the aftermath of the shooting, writing, “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bullsh–!!!”
TO READ MORE http://www.mtv.com/news/1908991/suge-knight-shot-twice-pre-vma-1oak/

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Graphic Videos Police Violence Has Been Going On Forever




Protests continue following the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The marchers, though, are not just protesting Brown's slaying. They are also voicing pent-up anger at an old problem: police violence, often directed at black and brown people.
The horrific beating of Rodney King by five police officers in Los Angeles in 1991 -- and the subsequent acquittal of his assailants -- sparked the L.A. riots of 1992, leading to 53 deaths, some at the hands of police. It was also a video introduction to police brutality for those in America who may have doubted its severity.
Twenty years later, a police beating or shooting has a decent chance of getting caught on camera -- either the one on the phone in everybody's hand or the surveillance camera pointing down at the street. The latter captured Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man, being beaten to death by authorities in Fullerton, California, after being mistaken for a suspect in a series of car break-ins in the area. They, too, were acquitted.
TO READ MORE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/23/police-brutality-michael-brown_n_5700970.html

Garcelle Beauvais' Children's Book, 'I Am Mixed,' Teaches Kids About Diversity


When actress Garcelle Beauvais first arrived in Massachusetts from Haiti, it was the first time she felt different from those around her. "When I went to school, I was the only black child, and the kids would touch my skin and feel my hair because they hadn't seen someone like me," she told parenting site Elizabeth St. "I never thought of myself as different until then."
Beauvais is drawing on that experience and that of raising three children, including bi-racial twin boys, in the first of a series of children's books entitled "I Am Mixed."
"[The book] is an invaluable teaching tool that all children from all races can learn from,” actress Halle Berry wrote in the foreword.
Like Beauvais' twins, "I Am Mixed" tells the story of siblings Jay and Nia as they explore the thoughts and emotions of being of mixed ethnicities. It's a topic Beauvais says she broached with her sons at a very young age -- 2 1/2. "I didn't want them to be asked why is your mommy brown and daddy white and not have them understand it themselves," she said in an interview with Lifetime's celebrity parents blog. "I wanted them to know that they're the best parts of us put together. What I wanted most of all is for them to be proud of who they are and celebrate themselves.”
"I Am Mixed" is the first in line of a larger series called I Am, which will tackle the issues of divorced parents and adoption in the coming months.

Make sure to support her a get your copy of her book
Visit our book store to get your copy http://www.whosthatladyent.com/#!Garcelle-Beauvais-I-Am-Mixed/zoom/cu0v/image1fsx or click the link http://www.amazon.com/Am-Mixed-Book/dp/0578110873


Vanessa Bell Calloway In The Company Of Friends Season #2 Must Watch!

Season 2 “Ladies Tea” promises to deliver fun and fabulousness with an all new cast! Join Vanessa as she entertains her friends Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy andWaiting To Exhale), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill andIndependence Day), Shanola Hampton (Shameless and Things Never Said), Edwina Findley (Treme and The Wire), Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained and Love Don’t Cost A Thing), and Robi Reed (VP of Talent and Casting for Original Programming at BET, Emmy award winning director and producer).

To see a preview of Season #2 visit http://inthecompanyoffriends.tv/season-2-ladies-tea-promo-reel/

Wow! Attacking Floyd Mayweather Reading Is Major News?

Floyd Mayweather

It is sad to see the blog sites and internet blowing up on a radio drop that Floyd Mayweather which implied the man can't read. Well there are many artists who are good at radio drops and some who suck because the microphone can make one nervous, some forget the lines or in some cases the mind goes blank. For real, is this really news or information for the dumb down listeners,haters and readers who have nothing to gain by reading negative information. If you wake up in the morning listening to negative music and reading negative info on the internet, then you only cater to those who are hopeless, have low self esteem and feel there is no way out and they base their lives on being negative.

Ok, let's say if Mr Mayweather can't read, we all know he can count the millions he has made in the ring after fighting other boxers and getting hit up side his head. Some may not even understand what that even feels like if you are not a professional boxer. Swelling on the brain which affects your thinking ability with some boxers. Ot how about the black athlete  who go to college and end up playing in the NBA or NFL and can't read. That was a subject not to long ago on ESPN. Where are we dong about that. Ebonics has cause this to be a major problem as well.
 

Floyd never lost a fight however he has been hit by the hand of a professional boxer.  If a professional boxer hit a regular person who is not a boxer, their hands would be considered a lethal weapon. Some may say Floyd has never been hit, well yes he has been hit to the head  the last 20 years. Win or Lose. Everyone's who is making fun of him or thinking he can't read has never been in a real fight or boxing ring.

Look at how many boxers that have fought wars who now can barley talk let alone read because of the blows to the head from the sport of boxing. The same guy you are putting down is the same guy you will be watching at his next fight cheering or betting against him.

Have you ever noticed how many boxer's speaking patterns have change over the years? Boxing has affected their reading and thinking.  Look at Muhammad Ali who was once a quick-witted talker.  Now he is suffering from Parkinson disease where his speech pattern was changing especially after fighting Joe Frazier.  Now he can barley talk let alone read and you want to make fun of this matter?
 

Who knows if Floyd can read or not.  Only those in his inner circle know what is really going on with him personally. I say making fun of one is nasty, negative, and a corplantation move. You work for the plantation and the plantation pays you a check to put one down. GOOD JOB! HOUSE NEGRO IN 2014!
 

We don't know what or if anything is wrong with Floyd Mayweather, but if this is major news to make fun of him because he couldn't read a radio drop, it's a sad day in America.  Right now we have issues with the police killing our brothers for no reason. Tell me where you stand as a Man, Not a Black Man, Just a Man.
This make me think of how far one will reach to make one look silly or show no remorse of what they have done.
Is this the Amos & Andy featuring Kingfish Era?