As some of my readers know, I grew up in Philly and know just how rough it can be, especially for the youth. National news has reported about the Philadelphia School District and its struggling financial status. Kevin Hart recently donated $250,000 to buy new computers for students and now Drake has jumped on board. What has once felt like a forgotten city, is now the recipient of some huge donations; people actually do care. ABC News did a report (click here) on a well-known Philadelphia school, Strawberry Mansion, and it inspired rap star, Drake. Diane Sawyer highlighted the grim financial state of the school that can barely afford school uniforms, but is trying to be known for something more than its violence.
Drake saw the report and said, “I was so heavily effected that I started questioning major aspects of my life.” He surprised Strawberry Mansion students and faculty with the announcement that he is building a recording studio. Knowing how some of the city’s schools struggle, it means a lot to see such big names in the industry taking notice. Not many celebrities look students in their eyes and say, “This is about you, this is about your school, this is about your principal!” Take a look at how Drake surprises students:
My brother sent me this video and I would be selfish if I didn’t share it with my readers. The reality is, we all worry about things that, in the grand scheme of things, won’t matter down the line. So much of our focus is spent on not living in the moment; a hard ability to master. Check out this great video and leave your thoughts!
Michael B. Jordan is by far one of the best young, black actors in Hollywood. He is best known for his breakout role in the hit series, The Wire. He most recently stole hearts in the gripping film, Fruitvale Station where he depicted Oscar Grant; a young black man who was wrongfully shot and killed by transit police in the Bay Area. GQ has honored Michael as Breakout Man of the Year; a very well-deserved honor.
The GQ article describes his iconic work and the pain felt around the world when his character was killed off in The Wire. It states:
Now, again, a few earnest souls in our film industry are taking steps from the beaten path to present the human-scale cost of our racial pathology. And the right actor is again required to take a bullet in such a way that we will feel the loss in all of its intricate detail.
No surprise who gets the call. Now Michael B. Jordan, an actor honed by a decade of meaningful work, turns in a performance that surrounds the doomed Oscar Grant, making him seem idiosyncratic yet average, ordinary yet precious. That’s the power of Fruitvale.
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It is beyond sad to know that Hollywood lost such a young soul this weekend. Here, we are paying tribute, as it is a shock when a life is taken so unexpectedly. As many around the world now know, Paul Walker was best known for his role in the Fast & Furious series. With his death, many are left to wonder what the future holds for the popular film series that also stars Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson.
Walker died on the scene of a crash on November 30th where he was a passenger, along side his racing teammate Roger Rodus. Speed was a factor when the car slammed into a pole and was quickly engulfed in flames, trapping both Walker and Rodus. The irony of the cause of death is the least of our worries, but something that cannot be ignored. May both Paul Walker and Roger Rodus rest in peace.
There’s nothing more breathtaking than beautiful people captured in time via an amazing photograph. Let’s just say, Ciara’s latest photo shoot for GQ Magazine is HOT, HOT, HOT! Shot by the Gomillion and Leupold photography team, justice was once again given to Ciara’s picture-perfect sculpture. Check out her latest photos:
It must be tiring for Solange to constantly be compared to her powerhouse sister Beyoncé. For years, Solange has been proving critics wrong by remaining on her own path and creating her very own brand that stands out. I’ve always respected her ability to not only handle the criticism gracefully, but to also create artistic masterpieces through music and fashion. Solange’s latest achievement is being named an Art Director and Creative Consultant for mega footwear brand Puma. She has proven that originality and individuality will get you far! Check out how she feels about her new role by reading her recent Facebook post:
After years of art directing my own projects and visuals, including music videos, photo shoots, album artwork and web content among many others, I am extremely excited to announce that I am now able to apply my passion for all things design into my new roll as an Art Director for the iconic PUMA!!!
It is in my new role that I am able to express my love for not only design but the conception of creative ideas, and the execution of them by curating amazingly talented teams. I’ve had so much fun producing special content, ad campaigns, events, and working alongside the awesome Puma team with some of my favorite emerging artists, photographers, graphic designers to create activations that really celebrates both mine and PUMA’s approach and philosophies.
Over the summer, I paired four incredible designers (GERLAN, WILLIAM OKPO, HISHAM BAROOCHA) to interpret a personal favorite of mine, the classic Puma Disc. Each designer incorporated and infused it with their own distinctive aesthetic to present our collection, “GIRLS OF BLAZE”, inspired by the sights and sounds of Brazil. I couldn’t be more excited about the results. The shit is wild, and come February I hope you will be just as in love as I am. This has been a dream job, and the ride has just begun!
This just so happens to be my favorite track off of the Yeezus album! Kanye West paid a visit to the Ellen Show and premiered his new video for Bound 2. The video…well, I will let you all judge for yourself, but it features Kim Kardashian who appears to be topless for the entire thing. Check it out!
Rihanna certainly stretches the boundaries in her latest video, What Now. As she grows musically and artistically, her work is becoming more abstract, which I think is actually nice to see. It’s certainly a fresh of breath air and a break from one dimensional videos that are making the cut these days. Kudos to Rihanna! Check out the video and enjoy!
Straight and to the point…go see it! It is so refreshing to see a great black film with good actors and a strong storyline. There were some surprises that I don’t want to give away, but know that all of your emotions will be tugged at. Also, Morris Chestnut…YAASSSS HONEY! He did an amazing job and looked as though he was in the best shape of his life (ladies, trust me…you don’t want to miss it)! His roles are usually static with no real emotion, but he did some of his best work in The Best Man Holiday.
Normally, a sequel doesn’t hold up as well as the first, but in this case it is just as good, if not better. Please go support the film and also if you’ve already seen it, let us know what you think!
While I share dreams and journeys of people who are working hard on their passions, there is also an adverse side that can often times be ugly. The entertainment industry is full of scandal, lies and simply hard roads and this is a reality that anyone wishing to become apart of it, must realize.
Since TLC aired their “true story” on VH1, a storm has come about and the world was able to witness the ugly side of the business. While viewers and TLC fans have been slamming Pebbles with hateful slurs and accusations, she is fighting back to protect her image. Of course, there are two sides to every story and Pebbles will be sharing her side in an upcoming book. She sat down for an exclusive interview with Wendy Williams to set the record straight. Check it out and let us know your thoughts: