Charlamagne Tha God recently released his book
“Black Privilege”. The book is very informative and takes you deeper into the life and mind of the infamous Charlamagne. If you've watched him conduct interviews, listened to him on The Breakfast Club, or watched him on MTV you already know he does not have a filter. He says whatever he feels and doesn't sugar coat any of his questions or comments. After discovering “Black Privilege” would be released soon, I already decided I was ordering the book via audio. I figured listening to C Tha God with his animated personality read his own book would not only be lively and entertaining but fascinating as well.
So over the course of a week I let the chapters play laughing at some parts, taking notes, and relating to different situations that he discussed. Throughout “Black Privilege” Charlamagne shares his love for hip hop by quoting lyrics of artist that have meant a lot to him, multiple principals, and raw honesty. He refers to honesty as being his best friend and secret weapon. Throughout his life he's realized that living his truth was more of an advantage than a disadvantage. He also embraced that speaking with no filter made him who he was.
I've always loved radio, interviewing and writing. I remember calling Power 99 as a teen and speaking to Charlamagne. I welcomed him to Philly and wished him good luck on his show. As I listened to the book I learned all about his ups and downs, interning, non-stop grinding despite being fired from radio four times and his will to stay motivated and not give up. I'm in my 20's and a lot of time I worry about not having it all together sometimes but as C Tha God said "You have to bust your a** in your 20's and 30's." That's true. His three P's (Passion, Poison, and Procrastination) stood out to me. Those are key points to realize at any age. The more we focus on our passion, the more we realize what our poisons are and stay away from them, and the less we procrastinate the better off we'll be. It's not about the pond, it's the hustle in the fish right?
Charlemagne gave really good pointers throughout "Black Privilege" ,like saying “F*ck you dreams”. In other words just because somebody else is doing it doesn't mean you have to. Find your own lane. Live your own truth! He states “Paths are different. Truth is more than enough to take you where you want to go”. He encourages reading and reflects on the “Book It” club. His mother was an English teacher. For those of you that don't know “Book It” is a program that's sponsored by Pizza Hut to motivate students to read. When a certain amount of books are read, the student receives a free pan pizza. I had so many Book It awards, pizzas, and an official pin on my shirt in elementary school. I was a whole nerd. I read a lot, wrote a lot and my mother was a teacher as well.
Over the course of “Black Privilege” Charlamagne discusses that his belief in God is essential. He believes that faith and determination can change any situation. That you have to pray and then go and put in the work. I'm a Christian and I agree faith and prayer can take you anywhere. Multiple things happened in his child hood and teen years but he didn't let it break him. He rose above it all and revealed his flaws and embraced them. Sometimes we have to reconnect with our child hood in order to move on, to live and succeed. Reconnect with old dreams and remember where we came from. He even reflects that his dad was hard on him because he didn't want him to make the same mistakes him or cousins made. Charlamagne high lights that “Hustle and determination would make him a fish that could swim to whiter waters”. There's so many things you can take from this book. Charlamagne also takes the time to talk about marriage and being a father, his heritage, slavery - including the story of Denmark Vesey a carpenter that played the lottery and brought his freedom (you all actually want to read more about Denmark Vesey it's interesting). That was the first time, I ever heard about Denmark Vesey so that was definitely new knowledge to me.
I promise I'm not spoiling the book for you book lovers. Charlamagne wants you to know that privilege is something everyone can access. It's so important to embrace your privilege and live your truth! So take some time and read or listen to “Black Privilege”. Congrats Charlamagne Tha God!
Alsina Nation it's official, August Alsina is going on tour. The New Orleans singer and songwriter is set to release his third studio album "DRUGS" soon featuring his singles "Drugs" and "Lonely". If you've been waiting for more music and videos from August, just know that they're on the way. I'm sure there will be some unexpected dope collaborations on this album . So if you can't get enough of August Alsina, please RSVP below for your spot at "DON'T MATTER TOUR " brought to you by The Circuit and Live Nation. You definitely want to see him and a few special guest shut down the stage in your city.
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Today mogul Shawn "JAY Z" Carter and Live Nation announced their exclusive touring partnership. Live Nation is the world's leading live entertainment company . Their ten year deal includes worldwide touring, in which Live Nation will produce and promote JAY Z concert events. President and chief of Live Nation Michael Rapino, stated "JAY Z is one of the world's preeminent touring artists. This strengthens the creative and business partnership of someone that continues to expand his touring base and reach."
"Live Nation and I entered unchartered territory in 2008. Over 9 years, we have traveled the world producing historic music experiences. Michael Rapino is an industry visionary, and this renewed partnership is a testament to our longstanding relationship and the talented individuals at Live Nation. For the next 10 years, we will continue redefining the live event landscape," stated JAY Z.
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THE MOGUL MINUTE : "BLOOD BROTHER" MOVIE STARRING TREY SONGZ , FETTY WAP, JACK KESY , AND CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN RELEASES IN 2017!
WWE Studios , LionsGate, and Codeblack Films will be releasing the film "Blood Brothers" this year. The film stars Trey Songz as "Sonny" , Fetty Wap as "Emilio" and China McClain as "Darcy". Jack Kesy, Ron “R-Truth” Killings, Tanee McCall, and Hassan Johnson also star in the film. The movie is written by Michael Finch , Karl Gajdusek, and Charles Murray . John Pogue directed the action -packed film.
Blood Brother's is set on the mean streets of a city in decay, where a recently released convict begins to take murderous revenge against his childhood friends, whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they collectively committed. As the bodies start piling up, one of the friends (Songz), now a cop, will stop at nothing to put an end to the rampage and right the wrongs of their violent past.
The release date hasn't been announced yet. However the 1:59 second trailer is proof that we are def going to see tons of twist and turns in "Blood Brother". Watch the trailer below and share it!
Meek released "MeekendMu$ic" on his birthday, along with the video for "Litty" featuring Tory Lanez. Meek just released his video for his new song "Left Hollywood" produced by Stoopid . The video was filmed in Philly including The Chasers and Omelly. Get "Meekend Mu$ic" and tickets to see him and Yo Gotti on the "Against All Odds Tour" Watch the video below!
The Mission Vision continues. The One Man Army Dee-1 has planned "Breaking Bread : The Nola Hip- Hop Sit Down". In the aftermath of BTY Youngn's tragic shooting, Dee-1 has extended an invitation to all New Orleans rappers to come together, have lunch, and converse about life on and off the mic. The event will take place May 13, 2017 at Studio BE 2941 Royal St at 3 PM. We Dats Chicken & Shrimp will be providing the meals for the event. As the flyer states this event is FOR RAPPERS ONLY not for managers, producers, promoters, singers, spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, fans or media. So if you plan to attend contact @JustDoIt_Rell or email email@example.com
Shoutout to Dee-1 for making this event happen and continuing to be be real, righteous, and relevant.
If you loved Elle Varner's "Perfectly, Imperfect" album and her mixtape "Conversational Lush" , I'm pretty sure you're waiting on a refill of more music, right? Elle has made performances and appearances at Dr.Oz Gala, The Food Bank 4 NYC awards. According to her Twitter , Elle has been in the studio and recording new music which she loves to listen to through JBL Professional Speakers. So, I take it we should be getting new songs soon. Elle has expressed her self in her music and on social media. I love Elle Varner's music and appreciate the fact that she's open with discussing her flaws, love, and more.
1. add some color in your life
Don't you love Elle Varner's song "So Fly"? The song embraces just being yourself and not trying to be perfect. Elle Varner is always adding colorful pieces to her attire as well as her videos. We all need to put some color in our lives. A little pizzazz, a pop of flavor, and a mix of colors could brighten any ones day.
2. HELP OTHERS
Recently Elle Varner spent some time speaking to the youth. She spoke to them about being in touch with their goals, drawing towards inner inspiration, benefits of college, and hard work and commitment. Its so important to give back to the youth and speak to them about life. Our experiences and obstacles may help and inspire others. If you were back in high school , wouldn't you enjoy Elle spending the afternoon with your class?
Yes! We all go through different phases in life. Each phase teaches us something. It makes us wiser , stronger, and more beautifully in touch with ourselves and with the world around us. Elle Varner is serving and slaying in this selfie posted to her Instagram. Sometimes you just have to get pretty , take a picture , and get back to business. The glow is real and you have to remember to shine.
THE MOGUL MINUTE : MEEK MILL AND YO GOTTI START THEIR "AGAINST ALL ODDS TOUR" IN JULY BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIVE NATION
After the Meekend, Live Nation just announced the official "Against All Odds Tour" starring Meek Mill and Yo Gotti. The two rap artist have collaborated on multiple songs and now they've teamed up to bring you a mix of Philly and Memphis for one night only. Both of these platinum certified artist are guaranteed to put on a hot show . These two guys know a lot of people in the industry so you never know which surprise guest they'll bring out during the tour. So if you want to see Dreamchasers own Meek Mill and CMG mogul Yo Gotti, shut it down in a city near you, make sure you get your tickets. All TIDAL member will have access to a special pre-sale beginning on
Tuesday, May 9th 2017 at 10am. Members can find details for purchasing tickets as well as enter for the chance win tickets to each show at TIDAL.com.
Citi® is the official credit card of the Against All Odds Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets also beginning Wednesday, May 10th at 10am through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
General public can purchase tickets beginning Friday, May 12th starting at 10am.
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Over the years music has become a major part of our lives. No matter what genre of music, it has the power to affect ones mind, attitude, emotions and soul. Hip Hop artist "Gary Soulz" is on the rise and he's ready to go straight to the top. He's released songs such as "Count On Me", "Stressin" , "Issues" ft BJ the Chicago Kid, "Figure This Out" , "My Luv" ft Ye Ali and his new single "Vibe". Gary Soulz lyrics are very relative as he speaks on life's ups and downs . His tone is calm, cool, and collective yet his lyrics are solid and original. His newest single "Vibe" has accumulated tons of hits on music streaming apps .The official "Vibe" video has over 30,000 views on YouTube. Gary Soulz support base continues to grow and he is working hard to make sure you all hear his music and his message. Listen to my exclusive interview with Gary Soulz and follow him to stay updated on what he's up to next.
Just in time for Mother's Day "Snatched" opens in theaters nation-wide on May 12, 2017 . The new film directed by Jonathan Levin and written by Katie Dippold will definitely make you laugh. The film is produced by Peter Chernin , Jenno Topping , Paul Feig , and Jessie Henderson.The soundtrack by Theodore Shapiro and Chris Bac0n features "Put Your Hands Up" by Photonrique, a track from M.I.A and more . The star-studded cast includes Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni. So grab your mother , grandmom, aunt, sister , or best friend and head to the theaters to see "Snatched".
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz ("Neighbors"), Wanda Sykes ("Bad Moms") and Joan Cusack ("Working Girl").
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Meek Mill released "Meekend Mu$ic" on
My Mixtapez in celebration of his 30th birthday.
The project features the following track list.
1.$lay ft Asap Ferg - Prod By Honorable C-Note.
2.Backboard Ft Young Thug - Prod by Maaly Raw and Murda
3.Left Hollywood -Prod by Stoopid
Check out the project and wish Meek Mill a Happy G-Day. I have a feeling more music is coming soon, so stay tuned to his post for the announcement.
Since the release of DC4 in 2016 , everyone has been waiting for the next project from Meek Mill. He's been in the studio and rocking stages from headlining his own show " Meek Mill and Friends" concert in Philly , the V-103 Live in Atlanta, the Make Trap Great Again at SXSW , a concert in New York, to performing and partying in Dubai. Footage of Meek Mill freestyling on the tour bus hit the internet in February , his "King" track was featured on the Ethika mixtape (listen to it here) . He also spit fresh lyrics on "Lamborghini Doors " a track on the "Rather You Than Me" album by Rick Ross. If you caught his live a few weeks ago , you can definitely tell that he is about to drop a fire project with some hot features. "The Price Of Being Great" from the clip he posted definitely sounds like a new classic from Meek Mill. So stay tuned to his Instagram for updates on what he's releasing and celebrate his bday with the DreamChasers tomorrow .
It's a party! A Chris Brown Party that is. Today is his 28th birthday. The singer, songwriter, dancer , producer, director, clothing line designer, is currently on his "The Party Tour". If you haven't been to one of Breezy's shows you definitely need to get your tickets ASAP. I went to the Philly show and Chris's performance as always is exciting, turned up , and phenomenal ! You don't want to miss the tour. You definitely want to be in the building to Party with the legend himself along with ,Fabolous, Kap G, Casanova , OT Genasis and more of his surprise guest! Over the years we've seen Chris Brown continue to rise and become the superstar, father , and business man he is today. He recently released the track list for his double album "Heartbreak On A Full Moon" . This is his eighth studio album. He also is releasing his " Welcome To My Life Documentary " in theaters June 8, 2017 directed by Andrew Sandler of Riveting Entertainment . You can purchase tickets now to see the film. Team Breezy is behind Chris Brown till the end. So check out the official playlist I created below called "Party With Chris Brown". It features his top tracks off of his previous albums and his singles "Party" and "Privacy" . Happy Mogul Minute Birthday Chris Brown .
THE MOGUL MINUTE : JUST "LISTEN" TO THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC MADE BY RON BULTONGEZ ( INTERVIEW WITH THE MOGUL GIRL )
I'm scrolling through Periscope a few weeks ago when I discovered this young man playing his guitar and singing. It only took a minute to see and hear the beautiful talent of Ron Bultongez. His voice literally gives you the chills. Its so pure and heart warming . I could not wait to interview him about his music and get to know more about Ron Bultongez . His voice is magical and the emotion, soul, genuine passion, positive words will quickly intrigue you. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, currently in Plano, TX Ron is continuing to let his voice be heard. He just wrapped his tour and is set to work on his full project. His new single "Listen" is on iTunes, Spotify, Soundclud and more . He wants to create music that positively changes lives and heals pain. Overall, Ron want his music to be loved while spreading love through his music . He also wants to share his story that despite how or where you grow up you can follow your dreams , and he wants to leave a positive impact on all who hears him.
Nicki Minaj released her highly anticipated video "Regret In Your Tears" . The song is a single from her forthcoming fourth album. The song is produced by Boi-1da, Frank Dukes, and Allen Ritter. Since the newly acclaimed "Degenerous Queen" wasn't releasing her video last night she went live instead on Instagram with camera guy Grizz. Nicki shouted out her fans, played Regret In Your Tears, said that "We are going to f*cking love her" in regards to her new album, plugged her Tidal playlist " Queens Got Da Crown", and even played a snippet of a new track all while looking beautiful in her H&M robe. She also said she hadn't slept for three days and worked on editing the video. She's such a boss! So a lot of hard work went into the video shot by Mert and Marcus. It also stars the incredibly handsome French model , Willy Monfret from her 2010 "Right Thru Me" video . Nicki is glowing and you can catch Ms.Minaj performing on the 2017 Billboard Awards.
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The Budweiser "Made In America" line up and pre-sale tickets released today. If you are a Tidal subscriber then you can grab your tickets early before they're available to the public. The MIA Festival brought to you by Budweiser, Live Nation, Citi, Tidal, ACLU, and Live United is dated for September 2-3 2017. Every year the MIA festival gets bigger and bigger and brings out so many diverse and top artist in the industry. This year Jay- Z and J.Cole are headlining are heading the two day concert. That announcement alone has people everywhere excited about the festival that's five months away. However , at the rate this year is going, five months will be here in no time. Hence it's already May. I must say that this line up has a flavors from all artist including Philly's own PNB Rock, NY's own A.Boogie, THEY , Ari Lenox , Lizzo, DMX, THEY, Kelela, Marian Hill, The Chain Smokers, Stormzy, DJ Mustard, Migos, 21 Savage , Sampha, Vic Mensa, and Solange to name a few ! Are you pumped for this fest or what? So if you want you spot early or for official rules for the MIA festival check out the links below and the full list of artist. So if you'll be heading to my great city of Philadelphia for the show , this year make sure stay tuned to the website links for details and exclusive updates.
THE MOGUL MINUTE : INSTAGRAM SPEAKER SERIES KICKS OFF WITH CEO & CO FOUNDER OF INSTAGRAM KEVIN SYSTrom AND MODEL ASHLEY GRAHAM
If you love viewing live-feed from your favorite celebrity , you'll enjoy the new "Speaker Series" brought to you by Instagram. A day ago Kevin announced there are 700 million Instagram users . Today CEO & Co Founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom interviewed model, designer, and author Ashley Graham. As an interviewer myself, I have to give Kevin a super thumbs up for asking Ashley some really cool questions about her new book, being in TIMES top 100 most influential people, and of course being a model. It was awesome watching the two interact and of course Ashley joked about the lighting being good, hey she's model after all right? Kevin stated that he's def going to read her book "A New Model" : What Confidence, Beauty , & Power Really Look Like .Ashley also discussed being a role model for her sisters, venturing into modeling, and having beauty , confidence , and power . She also loves to encourage others to love yourself , embrace your cellulite, and everything that makes you, you. Kevin Krieger also had her read "Kind Comments" a segment that he and Co-Founder of Instagram Mike thought of where, celebs get to read kind comments people said about them online instead of mean ones . I don't know about you but I'm anxiously looking forward to more of the Instagram Speaker Series and reading Ashley's book. If you're excited about her book and love Ashley , look out for her tour she'll be visiting Jersey, Nebraska, Brooklyn , and more. So stay tuned! Summer, arrived early this year, so if you are looking for a bathing suit Ashley Graham's swim line " Swimsuits For All" is available now. Congrats to Ashley , Kevin, Mike, and the whole Instagram team that keeps Instagram absolutely awesome.
Wale released his highly anticipated fifth album "SHiNE" . Prior to it's release ,the Maybach Music Group lyricist put out his "Before I Shine" project curated by DJ Luna EBM. His singles PYT, Running Back, and Fashion Week, were also released to keep his listeners geared for the full album. Wale has always had unique wordplay and fascinating lyrics. The album features Lil Wayne, Major Lazer, Wizkid, Dua Lipa, G-Eazy, J Balvin, Travis Scott, Davin & Olaminde, Chris Brown, Phil Ade, and his beautiful daughter Zyla Moon. Zyla Moon is also featured on the cover of "SHiNE". Each track remits diverse vibes. Wale always has deeper messages in his music too, so you might have to run it back just to get it . That's gifted and genius ! So go grab the album! Speaking of Genius, shout out them to for doing a live interview and listening of the album exclusively. Overall the album is lit, fun , energetic , informative , and it's a must have. So remember to SHiNE. In other words Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy . Yeah I def feel you on that one Wale !
In one of Mrs.Tina Lawson's speeches she said "God works even when you don't understand. He is giving you things that you can take out the tool box and use even when they seem bad" . Powerful words right? The very things that we learn or go through are the very tools we need to succeed, get free, and free others. Mrs. Tina Lawson is a mother, a wife, a grandmother and a successful business women. There's so much that we as women and entrepreneurs can learn from her.
Mrs.Tina launched her mentoring group "Tina's Angels" , that meets on Saturday mornings. It's a program for girls ages 12-14 to learn about not judging others, posture, to be kind, learn to be compassionate, hygiene advice, self-esteem, and more. So far Mrs. Tina has had a few meetings with the girls. She's also taken them to see a show Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, where her husband actor Richard Lawson taught the cast. The girls had the opportunity to see the show and meet Beyonce back stage. There's nothing but pure joy on the girls faces. How truly amazing? Mrs.Tina posted a video a while ago with the girls in "IVY PARK" clothing. This weekend Shea Moisture donated hair and skin care products to the girls . They were super thankful to receive the gifts. Mrs.Tina also gave the young ladies locked journals with their names engraved on them. Mrs.Tina encourages others to get a group of kids from your local church or neighborhood and mentor and spend time with them .Show the youth some love and attention. She says "It's rewarding and you can change their life" . I love that she also wrote that they are teaching her as well. It's true in life we all can learn from each other. A snippet of a short film about "Tina's Angels" was posted to her Instagram today. The film is shot by Bianca Ramirez one of the 2017 Boston Marathon Runners. Bianca was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and she received the proper medical care however she took into account that there are children who aren't getting the proper care. So she is running to raise money for the David Oritiz Children's Fund this month. All of our stories are important and helping one another rise is what it's all about. Mrs.Tina wants you to "B an Angel" , and empower the youth with love and time. Mrs.Tina is a mother to Beyonce, Solange, and her bonus daughter Bianca Lawson, a wife , a grandmother, a business woman, but she's also an angel for starting "Tina's Angels" to inspire the next generation to be powerful young women and use the very tools God gave them to use for good even when things seem bad. So congratulations to Mrs.Tina Lawson , Bianca Ramirez, and all of Tina's Angels. I wish you love , blessings and joy ladies. Power to you all!
Here are video clips of "Tina's Angels"
It's a little after five in the morning. I'm wide awake as usual. I just checked out Hip Hop Mike's show on Hot 97. He's on air live, Mondays through Thursday from 12 A. M - 5 A.M . I'm getting ready to interview him in a few minutes. I came a cross his show via Periscope a couple weeks ago and I've been tuned in ever since. As an interviewer it's always an awesome experience to interview another radio, hip hop lover, and host. I've heard Mike mention during his live streaming that he faced various adversities growing up however he didn't allow that to stop him. I believe that our hardships make us stronger and push us in the path that we're suppose to be in. During our interview Hip Hop Mike expressed that “Radio found him”. Those words are so powerful. The radio, hip hop, and music is staple in my life, so to see and hear him express the importance of music, business, and staying true was so inspiring. As a teen he used the internet to reach out to Hot 97's crew and the renowned Host/DJ Rosenberg was the only one that responded back to him. His passion for radio and love for music never changed. MIke attended college but it didn't fit him. He also didn't take “No” for answer. His will and drive to be a part of Hot 97 never stopped. His respect for Rosenberg the man who gave him a chance to fulfill his dream is evident.
Hip Hop Mike is definitely a dynamo, achiever, and he loves pizza! All in all I had an awesome time interviewing him. From my home, my city of Philly to the legendary Hot 97 in New York City. Listen to my interview with Hip Hop Mike.