“…bleed music, invest, enterprise, take lucrative steps…”
Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾 In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.
If you got something to say…say it and mean it!
And this time he is WINNING!
“We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who is doing what no president in our lifetimes has come close to do doing, and that is trying to divide us up…It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated, because I think it is unacceptable and un-American, to be frank with you, that we have a president who is a pathological liar…”
Although it won’t be easy second-time around, Bernie hasn’t given up on his “radical ideas” from 2016 on raising minimum wage, providing universal healthcare and tuition-free public higher education.
So bust out your FEEL THE BERN bumper stickers…join the revolution…because hindsight is 2020! GO BERNIE!
A good high deserves good music! So while you ascend to cloud nine, descend your long-ass day with these hand-picked selections…
Known as the East-African Queen of Music, this Tanzanian Goddess kicked off 2019 by dropping her first international single, That’s For Me…
The insanely-addictive song also features South African duo, Destruction Boyz.
When Vanessa is not making music she can be found on Tanzanian TV and Radio, or running her own music label Mdee Music or being a youth activist…
“…The core and soul of our content is that it’s very—in my case—Tanzanian. I think that’s a big, big part of my identity. I never sway from the fact that whether you know me or don’t know me, if you’d research about me, I am a big ambassador of my home and my culture…that makes my sound and my style the most appealing…”
It’s not easy juggling careers, love, men, sex (or lack of) in a country constantly battling traditional versus modern…
“On Indian screens, sex is done to women, you’re either objectified or it is always associated with something bad…this is a show about women and their sexuality…”
Meet Damini, Umang, Anjana and Siddhi…the Indian women of 2019!
They drink, they swear, they masturbate, have unapologetic sex with men (and women!), fantasize about their gynecologist, all while upholding tradition when around their parents!
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Mental illness doesn’t discriminate against race, color, creed, financial status, religion or gender.
Taraji understands that and this is how she plans to make a difference!
Launching her very own non-profit organization, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, Taraji wants to lift the “taboo” in the African American community regarding mental health.
“…we don’t talk about it in our community…it’s looked upon as a weakness or we’re demonized for expressing rage for traumas we’ve been through…”
The cause hits home for two reasons. Her son and her late father.
“…I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues. My dad fought in The Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they’re black…”
The foundation will also fight to increase diversity in the psychiatry field.
When her son’s father was murdered back in 2003, Taraji struggled with finding a psychiatrist for him that he could…
“…trust, someone that looks like him and could understand his struggle…It was like looking for a unicorn, and the reason that happens is because we don’t talk about it in our community…”
On Saturday Taraji…
“invited guests to purchase her personal dresses, shoes and purses in a special LA fundraising event.”
The money raised accomplished the foundation’s first mission…
“…bringing art to the bathrooms of inner city schools to help combat depression, bullying and suicide.”
Because school restrooms are notorious for fights and bullying situations…
“…I thought that was a great thing to do to flip it. You go there to get your head together and instead of seeing hate stuff or whatever madness kids put in there, we decided to turn it into art.”
If you would like to donate your time or funds or help in way possible…please click HERE!.
Intimate, raw, beautifully-haunting, and full of soulful screeches, Piano and a Microphone makes us a fly on a wall as Prince creates music!
The 34-minute session was never intended for our ears let alone to be released as an 9-track album…
…it’s simply a cassette demo itched in a slice of musical history, recorded right before the release of Purple Rain…elevating Prince from musician to ICONIC!
Originating in a basement in one take, you’ll hear Prince exploring vocal approaches, sketching out his “little grooves” as they say and a brief snippet-rough cut of what would become purple rain.
I can’t help but wonder…would he approve of us eavesdropping like this?
Lesson of the day kids…NEVER FORGET WHERE YOU COME FROM!
Atlanta natives, 6lack and Future, take us thru Zone 6 with it’s respective ups-and-downs in this beautifully crafted hometown homage.