My heart is still beating heavy with pride, my spirit is forever moved, and fists are raised high cheering for Kendrick Lamar. His performance at the 58th annual Grammy Awards was exactly what America and the world needed to see and hear. I've seen so many articles that read his performance was controversial or not appropriate for TV. However in my mind what's not appropriate is the injustice of the legal system, the multiple murders of African American men, women, and children at the hands of police, mass incarceration, racism, discrimination from jobs, the lack of support of African Americans in entertainment , gentrification, poverty, and slavery are controversial however it's reality for African Americans. Kendrick Lamar used his opportunity and platform to highlight these problems in front of millions Sunday night. The visuals Kendrick displayed during his set were beyond powerful and strong
- Kendrick walked on stage chained with other black men chained and behind a cell for his performance of "The Blacker The Berry" (Symbolized slavery and mass incarceration) I attended a natural hair convention two years ago and I touched real chains that were used during slavery times. The weight made my mother and I teary eyed. Just to know that our ancestors walked with these on for miles. Also the man that played the saxaphone during his set also showed how much talent is hidden behind bars.
-Then he performed "Alright" accompanied by men in women adorned in African tribal wear . They did a native dance in front of a bonfire . The men from the previous set were unchained and dance along with them . (Symbolizing that we as African and African Americans are one and no matter what we are going to be alright).
Kendrick Lamar also performed another song "Untitled 3". The lyrics represented heart , power, and respect. They are Hiiipower words that elated a heavy message.
Overall seven time Grammy award winner Kendrick Lamar let it be known that although African Americans deal with numerous issues we are proud to be black. He even displayed "Compton" over a outline of Africa. This was not only a tribute to both but another message symbolized "HOME".
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"Music Unleashed Us" Was The Theme For This Years 56th Annual Grammy Awards Hosted By LL Cool J . Power Couple Beyonce & Jay Z Opened Up The Show With A Sizzling Performance Of B's Latest Single "Drunk In Love". Beyonce's Self Titled Album Is Currently Topping The Billboard Chart. Music Artists Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Won The First Grammy Award Of The Night For Best New Artist. Lorde Then Hit The Stage For A Very Intimate Performance Of Her Single "Royals". Hunter Hayes Debut His Song "Invisible". The Grammy Audience Was Filled With Your Favorites Such As Ciara, Ariana Grande, Ashanti, Paula Patton, And Many More. The Best Pop Duo Group
Award Went To Daft Punk And Pharrel For The Upbeat Hit "Get Lucky". Their Award Win Was Followed By A Performance Of "Dark Horse " From The Beautiful Katy Perry And Juicy J. The Oh So Smooth Robin Thicke Performed Classic Hits Alongside Chicago Followed By A Performance Of "Blurred Lines". Keith Urban And Gary Clark Jr Performed "Cop Car". The Incredible John Legend Dedicated His Song "All Of Me" To His Wife Chrissy. Actor And Comedian Kevin Hart And Uncle Charlie Presented The Award For Best Rock Song To Paul McCartney "Cut Me Some Slack". The Swifties All Over The Globe Requested That Taylor Swift Perform Her Song "All To Well" And She Did It Beautifully For Her Adoring Fans. Pink And Nate Russ Performed "Just Give Me A Reason" And Wowed The Crowd.
Miguel And Ariana Grande Presented The Award For "Best Pop Solo Performance" To Lorde For "Royals". The Amazingly Talented Ringo Starr Performed "Photograph". Actor And Singer Jamie Foxx Presented Justin Timberlake And Jay Z With A Grammy For Best Rap/Sung Collaboration For "Holy Grail". Jay Z Joked About Having A Gold Sippy Cup For 2 Year Old Daughter Blu Ivy. Rapper Kendrick Lamar And Imagine Dragons Hit The Stage To Perform "M.A.A.D City And Radioactive". Their Performance Was Followed By Grammy Award Winner Kacey Musgraves
"Follow Your Arrow". The Legendary Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr Performed Together. Pharrell Picked Up A Grammy Award For Producer Of The Year. Bruno Mars Picked Up A Grammy For Best Pop Vocal Album For 'Unorthodox". Willie And Kris Kristofferson Perform "Okie From Muscogee" Alongside Blake Shelton And Merle Haggard. Best Country Album Went To Kacey Musgraves For "Same Trailer Different Park" . The Staples Center Was Electric Daft Punk , Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, And Nile Rodgers Performed "Get Lucky" . As You Can See The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Was Jampacked With Winners And Performances. Sara Bareillies And Carole King Performed
"Beautiful/Brave " . Lorde Picked Up A Grammy For "Royals" As Song Of The Year. Jared Leto Did A Tribute To Vocalist And Guitarist Lou Reed. Metallica And Lang Lang Performed "One" Live For The Grammy Audience. The Record Of The Year Award Went To Pharrell And Daft Punk For "Get Lucky". Four Time Award Grammy Winners Macklemore And Ryan Lewis, Trombone Shorty, And Mary Lambert Performed "Same Love". Their Performance Was Epic. Queen Latifah Took The Stage With Madonna To Perform While 30 Couples Both Gay And Straight Exchanged Their Vows. That Moment Was Beautiful It Brought Tears And Smiles To So Many Eyes. The Album Of The Year Award Went To Daft Punk For "Random Access Memories". The Show Closed With A Performance With Nine Inch Nails , David Grohi, Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac , And Queen Of The Stone Age. The Grammys Was Great This Year , Good Music And Talent Was Definitely Unleashed.
Throughout The Years Tyrese, You Have Given Us All A Open Invitation Into Your Life And Career And We Have Enjoyed It. Now Its Time , I Type An Open Letter To You On This Very Special Day! On December 30,1978 God Blessed The World With A King In The Flesh A True "Black Rose". You Are Powerful And You Have Used Your Voice And Many Talents To Provoke Thought , Actions, And Power. I've Had The Privilege Of Interviewing You Twice And Each Time I'm Influenced, Inspired To Be Greater, And To Do More Than I Did The Day Before. From A Distance You Have Made Such An Impact On My Life And I Am Thankful. Your Birth , Your Time, Each Second, Minute, Hour, And Year You Have Spent On This Earth And Each One That You Continue To Spend Is A Reason To Celebrate. The Words That God Allows To Pour From Your Heart, Mind And Soul To Fill The Pages Of A Book From Cover To Cover Speaks Volumes And Is Life Changing and Luxuriant. You Are A Blessing In Itself, In Every Aspect of The Word. Although You Are A Father To Your Beautiful Daughter Shayla , Abraham In The Bible Was Also A Father To Many Nations ( Think About It). You Are Great And You Will Continue To Be Phenomenal In All You Do Whether Is Music , Acting, Producing, An Author, Being A Mogul, A CEO, And The List Goes On.
I Pray Everything You Dream Of And Hope For Becomes Existent In Your Reality . You Are A Special Man With A Prosperous Impact And Influence ! Happy Mogul Birthday!!
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Rihanna Released Her Official Video "Stay" Directed By British Music Director Sophie Muller. The Video Premiered On E At 8:18 EST Introduced To The World By Ryan Seacrest. The Stay Video Is Very Intimate, Affectionate And Up-Close And Personal. Rihanna Performed Alongside Mikky Ekko At The 55th Annual Grammy's Last Night! "Stay" Is The Newest Single Off Of Rihanna's Produced By Elof Loelv And Co-Produced By Justin Parker. 7th Album Unapologetic Which Can Be Purchased Here On iTunes.
Rocking Rihanna Arrived To The 55th Annual Grammy's In A Stunning Custom Azzedine Alaia Dress. She Chatted With Ryan Seacrest On The E Red Carpet And Announced Exclusively That The Official Video For Her Single "Stay" Would Premiere 2/11 At 7 PM EST On E! Rihanna Looked Sexy And Beautiful As Always. Rihanna Performed "Stay" With Mikky Ekko At Tonight's Grammys. Mikky Ekko Wrote "Stay" And He Will Appear In The Music Video. The Single "Stay" Combines Performance Embodied Passion, Emotion, And Love And Rihanna And Mikky Brought That To Power To The The Stage Tonight! Check The Performance Below And Get The Single "Stay " Off Her 7th Album "Unapologetic" On iTunes (Here)
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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards Hosted By LL Cool J Will Air Live From The Staples Center In Los Angeles On February 10,2013. The Stars Will Be Definitely Glam Up The Red Carpet And Shine Like Diamonds As 81 Nominees Take Home Their Grammy. For The Full Grammy Nominee List Visit (Here). Rihanna's Grammy 2013 Grammy Ad Was Released Today. Rihanna Is Nominated In Three Categories : Best Pop Solo Performance “Where Have You Been" , Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “Talk That Talk”, And Best Short Form Music Video “We Found Love”. Mogul, Singer Songwriter, Author, & Father, Tyrese "Open Invitation" Is Nominated For Best R&B Album . There Are So Many Nominees Chris Brown Is Nominated In A New Grammy Category Best Urban Contemporary Album For His Album "Fortune". A Few Other Nominees Are Pink, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Goyte, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Wiz Khalifa, Maroon Five, Drake , LMFAO And Many More. You Do Not Want To Miss This Years Grammy's At All !! Make Sure Your Tuned In And Follow @TheGrammys On Twitter For Updates On Your Favorite Nominee.