THE MOGUL MINUTE : USHER'S NEW LOOK FOUNDATION "DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION SUMMIT " IS INSPIRING HUNDREDS TO BE LEADERS
Usher Raymond IV founded the New Look Foundation in 1999 to develop the Next Generation of Disruptivators! Over the weekend the New look Foundation brought together 300 youth leaders to take part in the Disruptive Innovation Summit! The 2-day summit includes the Spark Tank Competition, motivational speakers ,networking opportunities, and various other fun and educational activities, performances & more. Young people from the ages of 17 to 24 years old that desire to use their "spark" to make a positive change in the world attended the summit presented by Imagine World, Atlanta Teen Magazine, and sponsored by WM Events, General Electric , AT&T , Ford and South West Air. Usher kicked off the conference. The first panel included Disruptivators of the Internet including Jay Versace, Barry White Jr, and Vanessa Wilson. Other speakers included CEO Of Lava Records Jason Flom, Political Educator - Popular Education Project Ciara Taylor, Executive director Hudson - Sean Pica, Education director, Anti-defamation league - Erin Peachman , Mew look student, activist & politician - Mary Pact Hector, Author, Speaker & mentorship specialist - Shawn Blanchard, Executive Director, Choose ATL & Founder, Kate's Club - Kate Atwood, Singer, Songwriter & Actress - Starshell, Violinist, Composer & Inspirational Speaker - Eric Stanley , Founder, NYC Together - Dana Rachlin, Disruptivator Award Honoree - William Kamkwamba, FOUNDER, Partpic Jewel Burks, Founder, My Scholly app - Chris Gray, Artistic Alchemist Brandan 'B-Mike' Odums, Founder, Love Beyond Walls - Terence Lester , and Disruptivator Award Honoree Drew Charter - Inven Team. The panels are going to be very informative and all attendees heard stories and speeches from various game changers and leaders. During the Spark Tank competion one attendee will walk away with a 5,000 dollar check to invest in their idea. Tony Beton Jr, served as the moderator for the summit. Global Ambassador Of Youth (Ushers New Look Motivational speaker 1/2 Urban Republic , CEO of Loudpack Productions Dewey Da Don also spoke attended the event.
Although there will be tons of educational segments there will also be an opportunity for the youth to mix and mingle with 300 of their fellow Disruptivators at a networking party featuring Music, "Disruptive" Performances , the AT&T Dream Market & more. Performers are AYO & TEO , Cashae, Torion, and Jasmine Pollard. This 2 day event took place at SunTrust Park 755 Battery Avenue SE in Atlanta, GA . I think its amazing that the attendees received this opportunity and all the speakers cut out time in their schedules to offer their voice to the youth. The goal of this event is set out to connect passion, career & service and for each person to leave with a blueprint for living on purpose. During the summit the $5,000 funding check was awarded to Justina for her innovative idea, an organization that helps connect adopted people with their families via Ancestry DNA. Overall this two day conference inspired the youth to be passionate about their ideas and innovate great things. Huge shoutout to everyone in attendance and the entire New Look staff!
Pretty-N-Ink CEO Dutchess Lattimore, has been inking skin from coast to coast. The Charlotte ,North Carolina beauty has been focused on branding and making big moves. Beyond tattooing , Dutchess has also put her ink to paper. Today she released her first track "Mad" produced by Akeem. J.Wells on multiple streaming services including Apple Music, Tidal , and Spotify. In celebration for her new single ,she's having a red carpet release party at Studio Music Grill in Epicentre-Charlotte. Check out the track below and visit www.dutchessofink.com
THE MOGUL MINUTE : LITTLE MISS FLINT LAUNCHES #PACKYOURBACKCHALLENGE TO GET OVER 100 BACKPACKS FOR KIDS IN FLINT, MICHIGAN
Amariyanna "Mari" Copeny AKA "Little Miss Flint" just celebrated her 10th birthday this month. At 10 years old she is already changing the game and taking great strides to make epic changes in the world. She recently was interviewed at the "Girls Up" Summit and spoke about justice , girls rights , and wanting change. Despite there still being a water crisis in Flint , Mari wants to bring smiles and help her fellow peers in a major way. Today she announced her #PackYourBackChallenege. She wants to get 100 + backpacks stuffed with supplies donated for the kids of Flint, Michigan. Mari is all about helping others and this donation of school supplies will greatly help the children of Flint. Pack Your Back is an organization that is committed to providing resources to students in need . I agree with their message that the only way a student can succeed in school is if they have the proper supplies to do so. So with that said , the links to donate are listed below . Mari you truly are a leader , continue to have a big heart and be the incredible young lady that you are.
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THE MOGUL MINUTE : " wins and them losses turned us to bosses" - MEEK MILL RELEASES #winsandlosses album!
Over the past couple weeks Meek has live streamed him in the studio sharing a few snippets , releasing Meekend Music I and II, a few music videos, followed by his singles "Whatever You Want" , "Glow Up" , and "Young Black America". So Meek was serving up some heat to hold us over until the official release date for his third album.
"Wins and Losses" the new album from Philly's own Meek Mill officially released at midnight on all music streaming services. The 17 track project takes us on a ride through the highs and lows Meek faced. The album starts off with a positive message from Eric Thomas the hip hop preacher , followed by Meek quoting Isaiah 54:17 . Whether he's discussing personal relationships, fame, the streets, losing people he loved , living lavish ,making it big from nothing, or just getting litty. You are tuned in word for word. This album is undoubtedly personal. He expresses on his song "Heavy Heart" how he's been hurt for multiple reasons and how it's still troublesome to him in a way . He also speaks on having serious trust issues. Yet and still Meek appreciates his DreamChasers family and his supporters that ride for him regardless. The death of his friend/lil brother and artist Lil Snupe and other friends he's lost to the streets still way heavy on his mind and heart and has greatly affected him . However, Meek still pushes towards greatness and doesn't forget them no matter what he achieves . You already know Meek is going to put out catchy fire songs and spill his feelings at the same time. He also is going to put some super lit tracks to get you turnt up whether you're home , in the club , or in the car . Meek also expresses that he's forever thankful for Rick Ross signing him and loves that he can take care of his family and that there's no better feeling than his son Papi speaking French to him . The album def has hot producers and dope features. All in all Meek Mill just wanted to speak on everything that got him to where he is today.
1. “Wins & Losses” prod - Pampamitrou
2. “Heavy Heart” prod - Tarik Azzouz & StreetRunner
3. “F**k That Check Up” Feat. Lil Uzi Vert prod - MP 808
4. “Whatever You Need” Feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla Sign prod - DJ Mustard
5. “1942 Flows”- prod Dougie
6. “Issues” prod - Cardiak & Dougie
7. “We Ball” Feat. Young Thug -prod- Wheezy
8. “These Scars” Feat. Future & Guordan Banks - prod - Pampamitrou
9. “Connect the Dots” Feat. Yo Gotti & Rick Ross - prod- Pampamitrou
10. “Fall Thru” -prod - GKoop & IBeatz
11. “Never Lose” Feat. Lihtz Kamraz - prod- Infamous Rell & Illmind
12. “Glow Up”- prod-Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E
13. “Young Black America” Feat. The-Dream - prod - Street Symphony
14. “Open” Feat. Verse Simmonds -prod- Streest Symphony, DO Speaks, *x*
15. “Ball Player” Feat. Quavo -prod- Maaly Raw
16. “Made It From Nothing” Feat. Teyana Taylor & Rick Ross -prod- Tarik Azzouz & Street Runner
17. “Price”- prod- Tarik Azzouz & Street Runner
Watch Meek's music videos below and all four parts of the Wins And Losses Movie produced by directed by Spike Jordan .
Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing and Beats By Dre have officially launched the "Balmain Beats" Collection. The collection features two exclusive custom designs of Beats including the popular Powerbeats3 Wireless and Beats Studio Wireless headphones. Apple Music has chosen the beautiful entrepreneur and social media captivator Kylie Jenner as the new face of the partnership . The launch was perfectly timed with the opening of the Balmain Flagship at 8421 Melrose Place in Los , Angeles. According to www.beatsbydre.com Olivier Rousteing said "The best of music can only be paired to the best in design. Seeing music and fashion as completely intertwined simply reflects how my generation grew up-we simply cannot conceive of one without a full helping of the other."
[Both Beats by Dr. Dre and Balmain are connected by a love for music, fashion and culture. We celebrate diversity, innovation, and the constant challenging of status quo. It's with this very connection that our unique partnership was born. A shared belief that without the diversity that music brings us, our world would be nothing. Music is the thread that connects us all, allowing us to dream, and giving us a way to escape.]
Jaira Burns song "UGLY" was featured in the the clip for the official launch
Mogul Daymond John has mastered the power of using all of his experiences , knowledge , and drive to achieve greatness and motivate people globally. Whether he's writing book , speaking on stage , or sitting in the boss chair on Shark Tank, Daymond is a true go-getter and he wants you to be the same way. I had the opportunity to see him speak live at the "Get Motivated Seminar" in Philly in 2016. I told myself all day I'd get a chance to meet him, I didn't but I will one day . I listened closely as he told the story of his mom teaching him how to sew and creating his FUBU clothing line . As he spoke about how his life progressed over the years and how multiple business opportunities changed his life , not only was I intrigued but deeply inspired.
This morning as I check Twitter, I see a post from him , click on the link and press play on "Think It's A Game- Haters (Part 1) " and I'm so glad I did . Everything he said touched my heart. and it's exactly what I needed to hear this morning for various reasons. A lot of us deal with so many issues, rejection, self - doubt, physical pain , emotional damage and so much more. Yet we have to stop being our own haters and love exactly who God made us to be. I'm going to play this 3:42 track every morning after my prayers . This track is motivational and uplifting. No matter how hard life is , it's a lesson, and failure is a process, and we can't quit despite all of it's mishaps. Just think about it , if Daymond John didn't sit down and learn to sew , FUBU wouldn't have been created. What if he quit, he would've never been in the position be on Shark Tank and invest in other people's dreams and change their lives for the better. If he would have let failure define him , he wouldn't be able to stand on stages across the world and say things that affect people in ways they can never forget. If he would've just stopped when things didn't go his way , he wouldn't have been able to record this track that I needed to hear at this point and time in my life. So for that, I want to say thank you . So everyone listen to this Daymond John Track with DJ Dirty Harry and achieve your goals.
Zendaya is a multi-talented courageous young woman that is willing to step outside the box to make a difference. Throughout the years she has expressed her feelings about various situations going on in the world as well as In the industry. Her bravery, beauty , creativity , humor ,and boldness has always shined brightly. Tonight the entertainer , designer, artist, and actress took to Twitter to announce her new show "The Bazics" with her mentor and brother Ise Lyfe. Ise Lyfe is the director of Lyfe Productives, Huffington Post,HBO Def Poet,Emcee,author of Pistols & Prayers . Zendaya tweeted [ "As a young person I feel that sometimes it's hard to find a way stay updated and educated on important political topics... ..without either being bored to death or just confused... So we said...let's make it simple, real, quick and strip it down to the basics. + we don't just focus on hard hitting topics,we always make sure we uplift people with good news.Positive stories to motivate & inspire. We hope to keep this going, tell us what you think the rest of the episode is up now" .] So go check out the first episode and definitely let them know what you think. The first episode discusses police brutality. The topic of police brutality affects us all . In the first episode Ise Lyfe brings to the forefront that statistics show that 611 victims have been killed by police within the last two years. It's heart breaking to continuously see victims being killed by police and there being no justice. Although this topic is hard hitting it's highly important and it's definitely one that needs to be talked about. I think that it's awesome that Zendaya and Ise Lyfe are doing this show. Good job to you two , and I wish you all the best.
Sony Pictures presents "Proud Mary". The action packed movie stars Taraji. P. Henson as a bold, bad ass, and fierce hit woman. Mary works for an organized crime family in Boston , whose life is changed forever when she meets a young boy named "Danny" ( Jahi Di’Allo Winston) . Their paths cross when a professional hit goes bad. The film is directed by Babak Najafi , written by John Stuart Newman , Christian Swegal and Steven Antin. The feature film is produced by Paul Schiff , Tai Duncan, and executive producers Glenn S. Gainor and Taraji P. Henson . The movie also stars Billy Brown and Danny Glover . Taraji took to Instagram a few weeks ago to express her excitement about her new role as "Mary". So make sure you follow her for updates and more on the film. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Taraji take on this new role as "Mary" Jan 12 , 2018 .
Honestly, every time I think about this movie nothing but pure joy and laughter comes across my mind. I covered a private screening of the film Tuesday night in Philly. The the theater was full of women and a few guys too. The excitement for the highly anticipated film was definitely felt in the theater. I brought one of my favorite girls ( my grandmother ) as my special guest. I figured it would be interesting to hear her thoughts on the film since we are 64 years apart. Might I say it was absolutely hilarious to watch her reaction to certain scenes ( just thinking about it makes me want to put crying emojis continuously in this space) . Anyways, Girls Trip is for every women just like the 1978 hit single "I'm Every Women" written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson , Performed by the great Chaka Khan and then remixed by the incredible Whitney Houston in 1992. This film is exactly what we needed in this generation. Each character depicted a different relative story that each lady could relate to and yet they all shared some similarities. I'm definitely not going to spoil the movie for you in this review because I want you to have the best time seeing this beautiful cast of amazing women and handsome talented men. All in all this movie is going to a favorite new-school classic. One things for sure I have to go to New Orleans and Essence Festival with my girls. From beginning to end the theater was full of laughter , smiles, and outburst from different audience members during different scenes. However, we all had a great time. I also met some really cool ladies at the screening. That's what it's about ! This film was needed. The director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer did an outstanding job along with the writers Kenya Barris , Tracy Oliver, from a story by Erica Rivinoja, who based the script off their own experiences of going out with her girlfriends . Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate Mike Colter, and Kofi Siriboe star n the film. You're in for a non-stop treat of sugar, spice, and everything right with this film. So let's go break the box office and support these amazing entertainers. So grab your girls , mom , aunt, cousins, sisters , or grandma and get the theater July 21, 2017 (opening day ) and go see "Girls Trip" .
I am a proud Sprint customer . I am very appreciative up my service as well as the numerous sales and opportunities that they provide. So I was thrilled to learn the Sprint Foundation launched the 1Million Project . The new initiative will ensure more high school students have the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential.
According to statistics 70% of America's high school teachers assign homework which requires internet access. Yet more than five million families with high school students do not have internet access at home. This creates the "Homework Gap". Growing up, I remember a lot of students went to the library or stayed later after school because they didn't have a computer yet alone internet. I appreciated my family for providing me with and computer and the internet.
So for the next five years Sprint's 1Million Project will provide one million free devices and free wireless service to low income high school students to complete their assignments in the comfort of their home.
Sprint hopes that this initiative will help students like Armelia who travels to her aunt's home at 11pm after she returns from work so she can do her assignments online. Or, Rhea who goes to school an hour before the doors open so she can sit on the front steps to connect to Wi-Fi and finish her homework. At Sprint, we feel that we have to do what we can to erase these obstacles to learning and succeeding.
The journey to fulfill 1 million students homes with internet ready devices is a big effort . This will affect the students in great way and it will bridge the homework gap . This initiative needs your help, and Sprint hopes you'll join the mission. We've made it easy. Just go online or visit a local Sprint store to make a donation.
"Also, Sprint and our music partner TIDAL have teamed up so that Sprint will contribute $2 for every new phone activated thru 12/9/17 up to a maximum of $1 million to support the 1Million Project. So, there are many ways you can help us make a difference . For more information, please click here.
Thank you for considering a donation of any size that will help create more opportunities for these young people across the country" .
President, 1Million Project
Visit for more information, and follow and support the program on social media by using the hashtag #1MillionProject.
Let me start this off by saying Happy Birthdayyyyyyyy ! Over the years Shawn Smith ( Young Savage in my heart forever lol ) has grown into such a strong, unstoppable, continuously creative, giant with the lyrics that just straight up blow your mind. Coming from the same city (PHILLY ALL DAY ) and being one of the first artist I interviewed on camera it will forever mean the world to me. Not because we're from the same city, not because he's truly talented, but because I gotta watch all the greatness that was to come . Shawn Smith has consistently showed his ability to flat out demolish any beat. I'm proud of him from his 20 minutes freestyles , to multiple mixtapes , to just rocking Sway in The Morning , to spamming people inbox and tweets with his links , to his whole Sink or Swim movement , to his project The Shawn Smith Story. I am forever proud and he's not afraid to let his love for Jesus Christ be shown and that's real ( that's what it's about we cant do nothing without God). So with that said Happy Birthday Shawn Smith ! #SinkOrSwim
Where my girls at ? Yes, we could all use a vacation but for now we're heading to the movies. Universal Pictures present the new feature film "Girls Trip" starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah , Tiffany Haddish , and Jada Pinkett Smith. I'm loving this cast already . There's so much beauty , power and one things for sure we are bound for some much needed smiles and laughter. I remember hearing about this movie being filmed ( I wanted to be apart of it sooo bad ) and I literally could not wait for its release. So of course with glamorous queens like this , we're also in for some appearances from handsome male co-stars including Larenz Tate, Kofi Siriboe, Mike Epps , Diddy , and so many more. we are definitely in for a treat with this film. The film is directed by Malcolm. D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris, Karen McCullah , Tracy Oliver and Erica Rivinoja. Aren't you excited ladies ? The cast also looked beautiful on the cover of the July issue of Essence magazine. so grab your girls ,sisters, and special ladies in your life and head to the theater to see "Girls Trip."
Film Synopsis : When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
Girls Trip opens July 21, 2017
THE MOGUL MINUTE : YOU READY ? MEEK MILL IS PULLING UP IN NYC , PHILLY , AND D.C for tidal x pop up concert series !
Multi-platinum selling rap superstar Meek Mill and TIDAL have announced a series of intimate pop-up concerts to celebrate the rapper’s highly-anticipated third studio album, WINS AND LOSSES, available everywhere this Friday, July 21st. YES! THIS FRIDAY! The shows will give TIDAL subscribers the opportunity to see the rapper bring his high energy stage, super dope performance , and Dreamchaser lifestyle show to New York City, Washington D.C. and my city of Philadelphia.
WINS AND LOSSES is the follow up to his critically acclaimed Gold-certified, chart topping sophomore album, DREAMS WORTH MORE THAN MONEY (DWMTM) and most recently, DC4, released in late October, which features the Gold-certified single “Litty (feat. Tory Lanez).”
Meek is a storyteller both lyrically and visually, Meek will accompany the release of WINS AND LOSSES with a powerful short film. Directed by longtime collaborator Spike Jordan, the powerful visual brings Meek’s strikingly emotional verses from the album to life with a moving story exposing events often experienced by young black Americans today. Check out the trailer to this story and more on MeekMill.com now.
TIDAL subscribers can head to TIDAL.com/MeekMill for a chance to attend one of the pop-up concerts in their city.
Please see below for the “Wins And Losses” pop-up concert series schedule:
• 7/21 – New York City (album release date)
• 7/24 – Philadelphia
• 7/26 – Washington D.C.
The “WINS AND LOSSES” pop-up concert series adds to the growing list of unique fan experiences for TIDAL subscribers, including the 4:44 listening parties, Fat Joe & Remy Ma “Heartbreak” screening event, Desiigner “New English” listening event, DJ Mustard “For Every 12 Hours” screening event and more!
TIDAL is a global, experiential, entertainment platform built for fans, directly from artists around the world. TIDAL members enjoy exclusively curated content that directly connect artists with their fans in multiple ways. The service offers high-fidelity, CD sound quality music, high resolution video, an opportunity to discover new artists via TIDAL Rising and unique experiences via TIDAL X. TIDAL is available in more than 52 countries, with more than a 49 million song catalog and 179,000 high quality videos. For more information, please visit www.tidal.com.
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New York, July 14, 2017- Today, Roc Nation and art collective MSFTSrep announced a joint partnership. Roc Nation will work closely with the label arm of MSFTSrep, MSFTS Music, which includes artists Jaden Smith, Willow Smith and Harry Hudson. The partnership will debut with new music and content from all three artists with Jaden releasing two songs today. On "Watch Me," Jaden shared, “This song represents the revolution of my youth.”
MSFTSrep is a art collective and lifestyle brand that encompasses music, fashion, education and more. Each of the MSFTS artists (Jaden Smith, Willow Smith and Harry Hudson) has their own style and form of musical expression. The larger MSFTS collective is set on pushing the boundaries of the unknown and creating a world where free-flowing expression, personal growth and individuality are encouraged and celebrated. Roc Nation will help amplify this mission.
On the partnership, Jaden Smith says, "The collaboration between Roc Nation and MSFTS Music is empowering for the youth and flat out legendary. Having the support of Roc Nation to get our music to the masses and change culture is a dream come true and a blessing. For My Republic I Stand MSFTS Over All, Thank You."
On MSFTSrep joining Roc Nation, Jay Brown, CEO, says, "The mission behind MSFTS Music is inspiring. Jaden, Willow and Harry are embracing their individuality and turning it into art. MSFTS Music promotes and believes in freedom of expression and Roc Nation is proud to support and promote that message.”
Since it’s founding in 2008, Roc Nation has grown into the world's preeminent entertainment company. We work in every aspect of modern entertainment-with recording artists and producers, songwriters and athletes. Our client list includes some of the world's most recognizable names: from Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, and Big Sean to Yoenis Cespedes, Kevin Durant, Dez Bryant, and Robinson Cano. We are a full service organization, supporting our diverse roster of talent via artist management, music publishing, touring, production, strategic brand development and beyond. We've forged strong partnerships with the world's leading experts in artist management, technology, fashion, and philanthropy, and are redefining the business of entertainment.
Jaden Smith “Watch Me” eSingle
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Jaden Smith “Batman” eSingle
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I've always been highly intrigued by Willow and Jaden's talent and creativity ! I think they're amazing artist . Check out this article (here) . Harry Hudson is also an interesting artist and I think it's awesome that they have collaborated with RocNation.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Dr.Martin Luther King Jr
After watching Meek Mill's new video "Young Black America" and "The O.J Story" along with the Footnotes by Jay Z I decided to write this article. I've always been very open about my feelings about racism and the mistreatment of blacks here in America. Recently I saw a video of a black man being attacked by a K-9 regardless of the reason he was being arrested, he was handcuffed, not fighting back , on the ground and the dog was still biting him. The officer had no control over the dog at all. It made me think of the black and white Civil Rights videos I saw growing up when the dogs were attacking black people for no reason. There are so many videos of blacks being mistreated, and hashtags of victims who have been murdered by police it's beyond heart breaking . Recently in the case of the murder of Philando Castile the cop was acquitted. A murder was live streamed and there was no punishment , that is a tragedy and its sickening and continues the injustice here in America. We wait for justice and it doesn't happen.
Poverty, unemployment, drugs, the school system lacking funds and credible teachers to educate students, single parent house-holds, little to no community funding, continue to create problems in communities nation wide . There are so many issues that one faces growing up dealing with these issues and some people go on to be great leaders and game changers and inspire others from the neighborhood. This only goes to show that your surroundings can either build you up, break you, or make you stronger.
There is a problem here in America where black men report that their job told them "The microwave and water fountain were for white only". Sad right? Racism is still alive! Let me make this clear as I have plenty of times before there is good and bad in all people including cops. It doesn't matter what race you are, if you're a good person or a bad person it shows through your heart , actions, and character. However, if your bad it shows too. The mass incarceration of black males is modern day slavery. Did you know in 2016 black males were still picking cotton at the Louisiana State Prison known as "Angola"(the country in Africa, from which many of the enslaved Africans came who worked on the former plantation that occupied this territory). Some prisoners get paid as little as two cents an hour.
The more we come together, build up ourselves and the communities the better we can be. Do not give up on yourselves. The stories that I've seen and heard from black males, my heart hurts for them. The fact that they feel as Michael B Jordan says " Being black in America is being in a tiny compressed box sinking in the bottom of the ocean with 10,000 pounds of pressure on you at all times". Listening to Marsha Ali say " The difference between black men and white men is black men move through the world playing defense". Keep these black males prayed up and uplifted. I put this Young Black America playlist together with songs from black hip hop artist whom are telling their stories, views, and experiences through music. I've also included some videos I think are important and should be viewed. No matter what we are all strong , we all face difficulty (males and females) but we have to face it and continue to push for greatness because Black Excellence is real.
"When they go low, we go high"
- Former First Lady Michelle Obama
Former First Lady Michelle Obama to Join in a Conversation at Pennsylvania Conference for Women Mrs. Obama will make her first appearance at the region’s largest gathering for women in Philadelphia. The 14th annual Conference will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017. More than 10,000 are expected to attend the event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Mrs. Michelle Robinson Obama served as First Lady of the United States, from 2009- 2017. During that time, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives: Let’s Move , to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.
Before becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law
School. She started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm, Sidley & Austin, where
she met her future husband ( future President) , Barack Obama. She later worked in the Chicago mayor’s office, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in
“We are honored and thrilled to have Michelle Obama, one of the most respected women in
the world, join us at this year’s conference,” said Leslie Stiles, Board President of the
Pennsylvania Conference for Women. “With her career long devotion to improving the lives of
children, increasing nutrition awareness, and advocating for equal access to education, Michelle
Obama's impact clearly extends beyond her White House years.”
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Pennsylvania Conference for Women offers a full day
of networking,inspiration, professional development and personal growth. In addition to a standout lineup of keynote speakers, the Conference will feature breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of
business, philanthropy, leadership, finance, media and professional development.
Previously announced keynote speakers include Dr. Brené Brown, courage and vulnerability
researcher, #1 New York Times best selling author and one of the top five most viewed TED speakers in the world; Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage ; and Carla Harris, Wall Street executive and author. The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is presented by
Beneficial Bank and Beneficial Foundation and generously sponsored by Bristol - Myers Squibb; Cisco; Drexel University LeBow College of Business ; GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson; PECO; Prudential;
QVC Inc. State Farm; Chase ; DuPont ; Macquarie Investment Management ; Mastercard; Penn Mutual; Poo Pourri; State Street Corporation; Villanova School of Business ; ACME Markets ; Amtrak ;
Dow Chemical Company ; Erin Condren ; Fine Wine & Good Spirits; Merck ; PNC ; Shriners Hospitals for Children ; The Philadelphia Foundation ; United Airlines and media sponsors WPVI TV 6abc ; Philadelphia Magazine ; Philadelphia Media Network ; and iHeartMedia
"We are proud to welcome one of the most inspirational women of our time," said Joanne
Ryder, Chief Administration Officer for Beneficial Bank. "Michelle Obama continues to be a
force for good and for progress in advancing the interests of women and girls around the
I covered the Penn Women Conference a few years ago and my experience was amazing. I learned so much and met so many inspirational women. This year its going to be even more incredible with the numerous women speakers, group sessions, key note speakers and our former First Lady Michelle Obama will be there. It is going to be an awesome day! Mrs. Michelle Obama is so motivating , beautiful , and embodies so much strength as a wife , mother , educator , and influencer. So covering this year would be great plus its two days after my birthday , talk about an incredible gift. Here's the link to my previous experience and interviews at the Penn Women Conference.
Omarion released his visual for "Word For Word" aka "W4W". The video is almost nine minutes long and filmed somewhere in Japan. Omarion incorporated the Japanese culture, dancing, as well as beautiful scenery from Japan in his video. Omarion also shows off some awesome dance moves in the video. So watch the video and make sure you stay tuned for updates on his album "REASONS".
It's currently 4:35 A.M I should wait until 4:44 to start writing about how enlightening, transparent, didactic, and epic Jay Z 's 4:44 album is. Jay Z released his thirteenth solo album June 30,2017 on his music streaming company TIDAL exclusively to Sprint customers. In January Sprint invested $200 million in TIDAL. As a proud TIDAL subscriber and Sprint customer I was ecstatic when I heard the news. The album is produced by NO I.D and Jay Z . The ten track release features Gloria Carter (his mother ) , Frank Ocean, Beyonce and Damian Marley. The album includes samples from The Alan Parsons Project, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, Sister Nancy, Jacob Miller & Inner Circle, Fugees, Notorious B.I.G, Quarteto 1111, Donny Hathaway, Raekwon, Toto La Momposina, and Sylvia. Jay Z also released some visual clips to accompany the exclusive release including Adnis, MaNYfacedGod, Kill Jay Z , The Story Of O.J, and The Story Of O.J Footnotes . The Story of O.J Footnotes was super interesting. The video features clips from celebs like Chris Rock, Michael B Jordan , Kendrick Lamar, Mack Wilds , Marsha Ali, Will Smith , Lil Rel and more . These men discussed racism , switching up the system, slavery, being black , success, and how there's so much pressure on black men. That impact of that video shed light on so many issues that black males face but at the same time inspires them to surpass and exceed even with the bad cards they may have been dealt .
The 4:44 album is fundamental and sincere. Jay Z released the meaning behind each song a to give listeners insight on each track. Jay Z opened up about his career, the ups and downs of his marriage to Beyonce and falling short as a husband , his childhood , his search to find God, his children , the system , investing , love, growth , business , phoniness in the industry , and surviving no matter how hard it gets . As a mogul Jay Z has conquered both the music and business world . His song "Legacy" is highly important. Not only is Jay Z a super star , he also is a husband and a father . As a young black woman, I discuss with my mom and grand-mom how important it is to have a legacy . In a lot of other cultures children continue their family business that their family owns. In some cultures it's tradition. However in the black community legacies really aren't thought about as much because surviving at the moment is hard enough. In some cases it's a let's make it through point A so we can get to point B and we'll figure out the rest from there kind of situations . In reality when you launch a business and begin to generate wealth in high levels , it changes the whole dynamic of family and takes you to new heights . I think we all should want to leave a legacy, own instead or renting or borrowing , and invest so that our future generations have better opportunities and foundations to stand on . Jay Z and Beyonce have created a way for their family to eat and be taken care of for years to come ( #WhatsBetterThanOneBillionaire? Two)
The album titled track "4:44" discussed Jay Z and Beyonce's separation , his unfaithfulness, apologizing , and wanting to be a better father and be the husband she needs . Beyonce opened up about her pain and damage on her "Lemonade" album and Jay Z confirmed it on this track. Beyonce is an incredibly beautiful mother, wife, singer , and business women . Yet they are both human. They go through obstacles that we face too. I'm just happy that they were able to work their marriage out despite the hurt . Throughout the album Jay discusses his transformation from Marcy Projects in New York to fame, yet Marcy is always a part of him and that no matter his "financial" accomplishments he is STILL BLACK!. He incorporated all of his maturity , rough times , adversities , and happiness to make this ten track album . He even quoted Shakespeare's "Hamlet" Act 4 , Scene 5 with Claudius and Ophelia "Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be". In the Story Of O.J Footnotes Jay said "I had a strong belief in my talent ". So even though his life wasn't the way he wanted it to be as a child, he knew good things were going to happen in the future . "BAM" is another favorite of mine on the album in particular the line when Jay says "I'll line you all up with one finger wave , Make n***** weave, n***** is out here fake , Laced front to the back, don't front . Y'all gonna make me wig, I'ma give y'all what you want". The way he flowed that was just so dope! As of yesterday 4:44 has already reached Platinum status . I had a feeling it would, so I waited to write this review . Also I had a feeling some more content would be released and I was right. Jay Z has planned to release physical copies of the album which features bonus tracks . One of the bonus tracks is "Blue’s Freestyle/We Family" which features Blue Ivy rapping a few bars. She's the daughter of two of the top entertainers in the world, so boom shaka laka music in her genes. The new big sister to the Carter twins sounds adorable on her daddy's song . I can't wait to hear the full track. Beyonce also blessed the album with her amazing vocals on Family Feuds. He also released a 4:44 visual . All in all Jay Z spoke on numerous topics and also took the time to speak on issues of the industry. This album is definitely a guide and gives you a new perspective on Shawn Carter "Jay Z" . Life is all about making mistakes, trusting God, loving what he's given you and not risking losing it or taking it for granted, beating the system and not letting life's obstacles hinder you , and success not just in money or fame but being good at heart, honesty, and using your life to build , make a way for others, and leave a legacy. Congrats to the Carters. I really enjoyed the 4:44 album.
Jay Z inspired me when he said “Every human being has genius level talent, there are no chosen ones, God has gave everyone genius level talent, you just have to find what your good at, and Tap into it". So much so I designed a shirt with "Genius Level Talent" on it!
I dream it, I work hard, I grind 'til I own it
I bet you started singing the rest of the song right and dancing a little ? Yes, Formation! Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing actress and fashion designer Iyana Halley . The young entrepreneur and entertainer is locked in on her dream and working hard to accomplish her goals.
Iyana stars as Bria in the upcoming movie "True To The Game". The film is based on the urban fiction novel written by Teri Woods. Teri Woods is an incredible author and she's from my city of Philadelphia. I can't wait to see the movie . The feature film also stars
Vivica. A. Fox, Columbus Short, Draya Michelle, Nafeesa Williams , Nelsan Ellis, and Erica Peeples. The "True To The Game" book trilogy takes tons of twist and turns. Visuals for the three part series have been highly anticipated since part one. A trailer for the film ran during this years BET Awards celebration. It was time for the world to get a first look at trailer . Iyana is excited about her role and her fashion design company , "Haus of Halley (Haus is "house" in German) . So let's get into this interview with the beautiful Iyana.
1. If you could be president for a day, what holiday would you invent ?
I’d want to invent some kind of day where the hard workers can get a day to fully relax. Its so many people who work hard daily to support their families and never get to have time for themselves. I know a few. This day would be a fully compensated day without the work. Instead, they’d get to travel to a local beach or spa or whatever they want.
2. Congratulations you're in the film "True To The Game" based off the book , how does it feel , what's your role ?
Thank you so much! I play Bria in the movie. If you’re familiar with the book, you’d know Bria was a twin. For movie purposes my twin doesn’t exist LOL! It was so fun playing Bria though. She’s pretty sassy but she’s also really smart at the same time. When I play different roles I always find our similarities and in a lot of ways, Bria is really like me. I’m excited for everyone to meet her. True to the Game is the first feature film I did and the cast is incredible. I got to do scenes with Vivica Fox, Columbus Short and Nelson Ellis who has been in the acting game for a while. Working alongside them was a great learning experience. The whole cast was amazing.
3. If you could change anything about the entertainment industry for females , what would it be and why?
Even in 2017, a lot of things aren’t equal with the women and men in the industry. If I could change something it would just be more about equality. I do see a lot more women producers, directors, etc getting the shine they deserve which is important.
4. Family is so important. What's two things have you've learned from your family that you cherish and will never forget ?
I’m very very close with my family and BOTH of my parents are very hardworking. I’ve learned a lot about just being a hard worker from them. My dad literally talked about producing his OWN movie one day and fully did it on his own someway some how. My parents come up with ideas and they actually fully execute it. My mom is always so supportive as well so not only do I work hard but I realize how important it is to just be a supportive person as well. They’ve taught me so much and honestly still teach me new stuff everyday.
5. What is your all time favorite song of all time ?
My all time favorite song would have to be anything Beyonce! But as of RIGHT NOW… Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson) is bumping. I can’t get in my car without playing that song! I also love the song CREW by GoldLink!
6. If you could've been in any movie from the past what would it be and why ?
I’ve always loved the movie the Wood. Malinda Williams did her thing as Alicia but I could definitely see myself playing that role as well! I'm actually really in love with time pieces (where the films are from the 80’s/90’s). I recently has a small scene in a Bounce TV show where I played a younger version of a character in the 90s. SO MUCH FUN! I love back in the day roles :-).
7. What are some other things besides acting that you love to do ?
I absolutely love designing! I love to go think of my own different designs in my head and go to my local fabric stores and pick the best fabrics to bring my visions to life. I’ve been designing on and off for a couple of years now. I also love shopping and I'm getting more into makeup now!
8. Social media has given thousands of opportunities to promote oneself , and inform others of their career , music , etc . How has social media impacted your life ?
Social media is so powerful and I love it. As I’ve stated, I design clothes. I have an Instagram page for my designs(@hausofhalley) and simply because of my IG , I’ve received several orders and inquiries. You truly can make so much money if you use social media in the right way.
9. A lot of young women and men need encouragement to go after their goals . What advice do you have for them ?
I really just have to say DON’T GIVE UP AND REMAIN CONSISTENT. That really sounds so cliche and I think everyone hears that all the time. But for those especially pursuing acting, I must say its HARD! You can go to a bunch of auditions and not hear anything for a while. Most people would give up and just think its not for them. With me, I remain consistent and keep training and simply remain patient. Timing is everything with any career choice and just because you may think its your time…God may have another time set for you. Relax. Train. And Keep going!
10. Is there anything else you'd want The Mogul Minute readers to know about you ?
I have a couple of projects I’ve been working on and I’m so excited for everyone to see them. I’m new and up and coming so I appreciate the support from everyone! I’m so happy to be featured on this site and I hope that I can inspire someone to keep going and to never give up. Thank you!
I'm so looking forward to seeing Iyana on the big screen and stay updated on her fashion designs. "True To The Game" is an Imani Motion Pictures film directed by Preston. A. Whitmore II , produced by her her parents Manny and Yolanda Halley along with Columbus Short. The movie definitely looks interesting and you can see it at the movies this fall . For more on True To The Game book trilogy and the movie make sure you're following@TrueToTheGameMovie . Congratulations to Iyana , Manny and Yolanda Halley , and the whole entire cast and crew.
Use everything as a lesson turn everything to a bLessing , I swear I'm never contesting that's God's Work - Westside Boogie
So recently I saw Westside Boogie's video for "N*gga Needs" and visually the video is not only powerfully- attention grabbing but the lyrics are real talking the hard times, being a church boy, Westside banging, finding balance, being real not being a fraud, and what's needed. After seeing the video I had to go watch his other videos and then I realized I heard "No Way" months ago. I'm sitting there like why didn't I listen to more after hearing that lit song.
After listening to Thirst 48, Thirst 48 Part II, and The Reach let me just say Boogie is on my favorite lyricist list. Straight up it's just something special about his delivery, his beat choices, the topics he elaborates on in his raps, the fact that he loves and is proud of his son, you just feel something different while listening to him. Man, on "Sunroof" I literally feel like I'm riding through the Westside with my fingers through the sunroof just vibing, soaking up the sun. His music just reaches you and makes you thirst for more. I'm loving what I'm hearing from the rapper from Compton. His mix of church (gospel background) , his Compton roots , and life experiences , create undeniable epicness. You can't help but feel what he's saying. I definitely can't wait to interview Boogie and see him rap live. So I'll save the rest for the interview write-up , I gotta speak it into existence.