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The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) presented its annual “Untold Stories Awards” and Scholarship Luncheon yesterday (March 7) at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta
This year’s honorees included actress Katerina Graham, “The Vampire Diaries;” wellness/life coach to the stars – Gabrielle Union, Lindsay Lohan, Anne Hathaway – A. J. Johnson; actress Crystal Fox (OWN/Tyler Perry’s “The Have and the Have Nots;”); Bernard Bronner, film investor, founder of UPSCALE Magazine and CEO of Bronner Brothers Inc.; Kashira Alexander (executive producer, The Weather Channel); Jocelyn Dorsey (editorial director of WSB TV2); Deidre McDonald (artistic director, BronzeLens Film Festival) and Evelyn Mims (community relations director, WXIA-TV).
Egypt Sherrod from HGTV’s “Property Virgins” and 11Alive News anchor Karyn Greer co-hosted the event. Music was provided by DJ Salah Ananse.
A scholarship was presented to Temple University film student Gabriela Watson Aurazo. Additional attendees included Ebony Steele (Dish Nation/Rickey Smiley Morning Show), Traci Blackwell (VP Programming, The CW) , Kysha Cameron (CEO, Ryan Cameron Foundation), Sheila Bronner (Publisher, UPSCALE) and Adrene Ashford (owner, House of Adrene).
Special thanks to our sponsors: BET, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Publix, UPSCALE, Einstein Bros. Bagels, LAMIK Beauty, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Spelman College.
Established in 1997, the Black Women Film Network is a 501©3 non-profit with the mission of increasing the numbers of women of all cultures in the film industry and related areas. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of Black women, and unheard part of Black History, through programs that empower and educate.
Photos: Chris Mitchell
When word got out that rapper Lil Boosie was finally released from prison, the social networks exploded. As Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others do any other time when a popular celebrity’s life make interesting news, members share their excitement through 140 characters or pictures/memes. In this case, Lil Boosie’s welcome home was exaggerated with memes saying #BoosieFree #BoosieBack etc. Even video grams were created to show love to the emcee. While many people cared, some could care less though about Boosie’s return to civilization.
One person in particular who was a little “put off” by the celebration was actor Jason Weaver. You may remember him from the “Michael Jackson Story”, “ATL”, and countless other films and television shows. Weaver took to his page to verbalize his frustration with people not celebrating the positive accomplishments of Black brothers. Here’s what he said…
“Ok so…. I see a lot ppl on IG posting stuff about Lil Boosie gettin out of prison, talmbout ‘Welcome Home’ ‘Boosie Back’ and all kinds of other coon shit. Listen man, no disrespect to Boosie or anyone else for that matter who has ever been incarcerated, but the problem I have with the IG posts regarding him gettin out is it’s being displayed like it’s some kind of thing to celebrate. I’m sorry man, but why can’t we celebrate young black men who have stayed OUT of prison? I’m not judging Boosie or any other individual who may have faced similar circumstances. It would sure be cool though if we posted more pics of our young brothas receiving high school diplomas, college degrees, and cool shit like that instead of a playa gettin out of prison mane. I’m about celebrating milestones in young black men’s lives that we can REALLY be proud of! Like for real… C’mon son!! Sorry for the rant, but I just had to say it.#KanyeShrug”
DO YOU AGREE WITH JASON’S COMMENT?
While Weaver’s comment was from a “concerned” place, some people look at Black men being released from serving time as a “positive” thing. We are not sure if Weaver has had family members or friends that have been in this same situation. But, we are sure that if he has, in some form or fashion, Weaver himself probably celebrated their return home. If so, why is this any different? Was the IG uproar different because it’s on a grander scale?
Regardless, however, Weaver did make a point. There should be some balance. Depending on who Weaver follows on IG, there are young men being celebrated for graduating college, opening a new business, etc. It’s just a matter of that person’s level of popularity. Not many who accomplish these things are as popular of a star as Lil Boosie. So, by it being Boosie, the celebration was bigger visually.
We hope Lil Boosie and/or his camp don’t take Weaver’s comment out of context. This is just a great start for dialogues regarding changes needed in our society as a whole.
Yes, the city backdrop is the same as the former reality show “Sister Wives”, but the characters and approach is a bit different on their new series that aired Sunday night.
TLC’s new reality show “My Five Wives” battles the subject of polygamy through the lifestyle of the Williams household. Brady Williams , 43, has five wives and 24 children. They all live in a small community not far from Salt Lake City, Utah. Unlike “Sister Wives”, the Williams family doesn’t practice polygamy because of religious beliefs. Instead, they simply prefer the lifestyle. Also, using the reality show platform to showcase their family life is not a big deal to them. In fact, the experience has become very liberating for them.
“It really is like coming out of the closet,” said Brady Williams, 43. “It’s very liberating.”
His wives feel the same way, including his second, Robyn Williams, 40, who said: “I feel more free to just be who I am and not be so afraid.”
The Williams family owe a sigh of relief to Kody Brown of “Sister Wives”. Brown and his four wives’ show forced the state of Utah to do-away with a few of their laws against polygamy. Many lawmakers believed that polygamy was a breeding ground for child predators. But, reality shows like “Sister Wives” allowed lawmakers to take another look at the lifestyle and see that these are normal non-voilent, molestation-free households that are capable of rendering loving relationships.
The family that brought that lawsuit against the state of Utah, Kody Brown and his four wives from TLC’s “Sister Wives,” is credited with helping create greater acceptance for plural families. Their show, which debuted in 2010 with footage of the family at their house in northern Utah, was ground-breaking in demonstrating to viewers across the country that not all polygamists are child predators like Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect on the Utah -Arizona border.
Brady Williams and his family is willing to put their lifestyles on television for millions to see as well. There are various parent-parent, parent-child, child-child situations that go on this season on “My Five Wives”. TLC insists that there are dynamics within the family that should keep viewers interested.
TLC is banking on viewers being fascinated by the unique dynamics of a plural family: regular family sit-down meetings among the adults where Brady Williams follows an agenda written on a notepad; side-by-side multiplexes where they live; and nightly family dinners where the children line up like kids in a school cafeteria to get their food.
Then there’s the always-intriguing dynamic among the wives who share a husband. In the first episode, Brady Williams suggests the women work out their issues directly with one another rather than always coming to him, only to see it lead to hurt feelings and shouting.
Among the topics discussed by the family during the season is a possible move out of Utah, maybe even to Washington state.
Meet the family…
“My Five Wives” airs Sunday’s at 10PM Est on TLC.
When Walter West (The Genius) and Samuel London (The Gentlemen) released their mixtape, which is titled The Genius & The Gentlemen on Valentine’s Day for all the lovers, it was an instant hit. The mixtape includes 15 tracks with these guys singing, rapping and story-telling. For everyone who enjoys music which is a bit explicit and puts them in mind of R. Kelly and Pleasure P or even H-Town and Silk lyrics, then this mixtape was made for them.
After wheeling in their audience for two week, the artists spent their weekend hand delivering their CDs to fans and even signing autographs. If that isn’t dedication then what is? The mixtape is available on Datpiff, and if you enjoy this, then you’ll be excited to know that this is just the beginning of a long musical career for both of these young men.
By: LaQuesha Williams, contributing intern for STACKS Magazine
We first heard of Kap G during the AC3 Hip Hop Music Festival. He performed the infectious “Jose’ Got Them Tacos” and suddenly a fan was born. It’s something about witnessing an authentic Latino rapping about Migos stuff. Not taking away from any other rapper who uses the Spanish language. But, the lingo just comes off with more integrity if a REAL Hispanic uses the native language.
Anyway, Kap G has a new mixtape out. Like A Mexican gets the “thumbs up” from DJ Drama‘s The Academy. Hosted by DJ Blu and DJ Ray G, the project features quite a few heavy-hitters, which seems to have the possibility to be very beneficial for the rapper. On the mixtape, production credits are earned by Bangladesh, Drumma Boy, Pharrell Williams, Fat Boi, Squat Beats, Durdy Beats and Kid Cray. Fellow rappers featured on the project are Jeezy, Chingo Bling, Young Dolph, Wiz Khalifa, Kirko Bangz, and Spenzo.
Listen to the streaming audio below and download Like A Mexican now on Livemixtapes.com!
Rapper YG hit the ATL on Tuesday (Mar. 4) to promote his upcoming project MY KRAZY LIFE. It was apparent that there was a full day planned out for the west coast emcee.
First, YG stopped through the West End Mall area to meet-and-greet the locals. The Athlete’s Foot sports store was packed with fans eager to snap a photo and obtain an autograph. Check out a few photos from the in-store:
Recently, the RIAA announced that YG’s single “My Ni$$a” sold a million copies, certifying its platinum-selling status. The single, which featured Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, originally appeared on a CTE compilation mixtape and soon after became a radio and club favorite. The song has a remix version as well and it features Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj. Many people wonder, however, will YG be able to produce another platinum-selling single or a platinum album. We’ll have to wait and see. But, he did host a listening session later in the evening over at Patchwerk Studios.
YG’s listening session for MY KRAZY LIFE, brought out several artists and local industry cats. Jeezy, Don Cannon, Slick Pulla, DJ Aaries, A1 Super Group, Que, and many others showed up to support.
Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will also receive three tracks (“Who Do You Love” feat. Drake, “Left Right” feat. DJ Mustard, and “My Ni$$a” Remix).
MY KRAZY LIFE hits stores on March 18th!
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE!
Photo Credits: STACKS Magazine & Desmick Perkins
The new business-building book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, debuted recently in nationwide bookstore outlets. Its author Ben Horowitz is a venture capitalist and apparent hip-hop head who co-founded, Netscape Communications. Horowitz is also the brain child of AOL, Inc, LoudCloud, and now runs a venture capitalist firm alongside, Marc Andreessen.
In his new book, the Silicone Valley guru showcases his love for the hip-hop culture by writing raps to relay key principles of managing a business.
To punctuate his points, Horowitz quotes the hip-hop lyrics of rappers such as Kayne West, Jay-Z and Nas, almost as frequently as he cites the insights of high-tech luminaries like Andreessen, former Intel Corp. CEO Andy Grove, former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and CEO coach Bill Campbell. His hip-hop references include repeated uses of the N-word and Horowitz drops “f-bombs” throughout the book.
He believes the coarse language helps convey his message.
“The confrontations and the conversations that I write about in the book are hard,” Horowitz said. “The lyrics I use express the emotional intensity that goes with the logic in the book.” (Source: AP)
Horowitz is a multi-millionaire who doesn’t boast about his net worth. However, he uses the harsh realities of ever-changing ups and downs of running multi-million dollar companies with lyrical wittiness that can surely attract the attention of those consumed by hip-hop. And if you think that Horowitz used the “rap thing” for publicity purposes, think again. The former Columbia University college student actually formed a rap group in the 80s called Blind and Def. The three-man group recorded four songs, but never obtained a record deal. He has been a fan a rap music since its inception.
If you think “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building A Business When There’s No Easy Answers” may be a good book to read, go over to Amazon to purchase it now for $21.77!
Actor Terrance Howard and actress Taraji P. Henson will star in the upcoming Fox drama series “Empire“. The additional great news is that super-producer, Timbaland, has signed on as the official songwriter and producer for the show pilot.
“Empire”, which was written by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, is a fictional story about an overachieving businessman Lucious Lyon (Howard). Set within the backdrop of hip-hop, Lyon is on a mission to make his company, Empire Entertainment, bigger than life by going public.
While Lyon goes above and beyond to maintain Empire Ent., his wife Cookie Lyon (Henson) is ready to take back what’s hers – after spending 17 years in prison for dealing drugs. Apparently, the drug money has been the bread and butter for Empire Ent..
Sounds interesting…will you be watching if/when “Empire” comes to television?
Who knew that musical talent runs in the Minaj household. Apparently, Nicki Minaj isn’t the only one than belt out a note or two.
Carol Minaj recently posted a brief audio of her new song “God’s Been Good”. The gospel song is reported to be included on a full album project, stated to be released sometime this year.
If you want to check out Ms. Minaj’s songbird abilities, listen to the snippet below:
What do you think? Does Carol Minaj have a shot at musical stardom?
Definition: A performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments.
The best way to understand what a ROI is, is to look at how it is calculated. To calculate the ROI, use the following formula:
ROI = (Investment Gain – Cost of Investment) / Cost of Investment
The final number is either captured as a percentage or ratio. Regardless, what the formula does is show the investor if the investment is worth undertaking. With all investments, you take risks. But, by calculating the ROI, you as the investor can get a glimpse into the profitability potential of that investment.
At times, however, the circumstances surrounding that investment may cause additional fees or returns. So, although the formula above is the way to calculate your ROI, there is room for modification.
To learn more about ROIs, visit www.Investopedia.com.
Fashion is popular, always has been and always will be. We’ve seen clothes come in style, leave and return, sometimes even less than a decade a later. That’s the fashion life. But, how old is too old for older men and women (especially the women) to wear a certain attire?
Recently, I was shopping with my friends and a woman (who was probably close to 50 or maybe older) was trying on an outfit at the same time as one my friends. She stared at herself for several minutes in the mirror before turning around asking for my opinion. “How does this look?” Inside I was talking to myself like Mo’Nique did in Phat Girlz (when she didn’t want to say the truth aloud). I said, “nice.” But in my head I added, “if you were celebrating your 21st birthday.” She wore daisy dukes, with fishnets and a top exposing almost all of her breast. She also had a tattoo on her cleavage. Is this appropriate? Maybe to her it is, but to others it may not be.
On a separate occasion, I was in the Kids aisle and there were lace and netted shirts for the young girls. The shirts, in my opinion are too sexy for anyone who haven’t even reached puberty yet – and even then, it’s still questionable as to whether it’s appropriate or not. The same thing with leggings. I feel like little girls shouldn’t wear them. These days, kids bodies mature a lot quicker than they did back in in the day and leggings shows it all and bars none.
I also began questioning my own appearance at one point of time. When I was 20 and a junior in college, I became a substitute teacher. I enjoyed it. I felt like I dressed appropriately until students would walk up to me and talk about they have the same outfit as I do. When this was happening, my students thought that they could have friendship with me, not only because I was young, but also because our dressing styles were very similar. As the time went by I completely changed the way I looked when going into work. I learned that students actually have more respect for you when you look like a teacher instead of their peer.
The way a person dress not only says a lot about your character, but it also plays a role in respect. For example, the woman I seen with the daisy dukes on would most likely get less respect than a woman of her same ethnicity and age with nice slacks and a blouse on. This issue is also big with celebrities who wear skimpy clothes and still dress as if they’re in their early 20s.
So, we’re back at the same question again…should certain clothes have an age stipulation? Should we dress a certain way after we hit a certain age?
Photo Credit: www.Express.co.uk
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One of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the company will be teaming up with American Girl to present “Truly Talented You,” an event for girls ages 8 and up, in all of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores from March 8-15. Through activities, journaling and crafts, this free workshop will help girls learn to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate their own special talents with the help of American Girl’s newest Girl of the Year®, Isabelle Palmer. Isabelle is a dynamic, talented girl who loves dance and fashion design. When Isabelle doubts her skill as a dancer, she uses her love of design to remind herself that everyone’s talents are unique, and a person shouldn’t compare herself to others. Participants will also receive an American Girl poster of Isabelle.
American Girl, a leader in providing top advice books for girls, developed the events using content from the Isabelle book series by award-winning author Laurence Yep and several of their advice and activities books, which have been hugely popular with girls and parents at Barnes & Noble.
“American Girl is dedicated to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12 with fantastic resources,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We’re thrilled to partner with American Girl on a nationwide event that will encourage girls to develop and celebrate their own special talents—and dream, grow, aspire, create and imagine.”
Space and free promotional items are limited at this event. Parents and girls interested in participating may contact their local store for details on how to sign up. Visit www.bn.com/storelocator for store locations and additional details. Events are free and open to the public. No purchase is required to participate.
Visitors to www.BN.com can also explore the other titles in the American Girl family of insightful books and age-appropriate and educational products, many also available as NOOK Books®.
VIDEO: Fans Show Major Love During HBK Day + @Iamsu feat. @2Chainz & @SagetheGemini – “Only That Real”
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Last weekend Iamsu! and his HBK Gang brethren threw a series of events to celebrate HBK Day, including an in-store event to launch his limited-edition capsule collection release with Pink Dolphin, followed by a free secret show that night. Last Saturday, over a thousand fans rushed to Pink Dolphin’s flagship store in San Francisco, waiting in a line that wrapped around the block, to meet Iamsu! and get first dibs on the release of his 8-piece capsule collection.
Fans also received an exclusive CD and a wristband granting free entry to a secret show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall later that night. The CD, Su’s Camo EP, includes several previously unreleased songs in addition to “I Love My Squad,” which was featured on the L.A. Leakers’ latest mixtape and his latest single “Only That Real,” featuring 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini, which the trio recently shot a video for. The energy at the Pink Dolphin store translated to a high-octane concert, as the jam-packed audience waved their hands and rapped along with Iamsu, P-Lo, Skipper, Kool John, CJ, Rossi, and Jay Ant throughout the HBK Gang’s performance.
Iamsu! is gearing up for the release of his upcoming debut album Sincerely Yours and will soon begin his Only That Real Tour, stopping by for a few shows at SXSW 2014. Tour dates here: http://tinyurl.com/OnlyThatRealTour .
Other forthcoming HBK Gang releases include Sage the Gemini’s debut album Remember Me on March 25th and Kool John’s mixtape Shmop Life on April 7th.
HBK DAY Recap:
In case you missed Iamsu’s joint with 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini, take a listen below:
Source: Audible Treats
As previously posted on February 11, the 4th Annual Legendary Awards went underway at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. This special event honored local and national individuals who has impacted their careers, industry, and the people around them. This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedian Rodney Perry and actress Kendra C. Johnson. Those honored were Joe Louis Reliford (World’s Youngest Pro Baseball Player), Jonathan Babineaux (ATL Falcons player), Sugar Shane Mosely (boxer), Cameo (music group), Elisabeth Omilami (actress/activist), Shanti Das (entrepreneur), Madeline Nelson (Sony Music VP). The Lifetime Achievement Award (and most special awardee for the night) was presented to Jim Kelly, NFL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills Quarterback.
Due to this ocassion being titled the “Legendary Awards”, STACKS Magazine took to the meet-and-greet area to find out exactly what being “legendary” truly is. Our on-site media reporter, Bianca Hawkins, had the opportunity to learn first hand the definition of being “legendary” from Q. Parker (group 112), Sharlinda Parker (entrepreneur/reality star), Sabrina Rowe (entrepreneur), B Angie B (singer), Sonia Booker (wealth expert), Reigndrop Lopes (artist), Case (artist), and Karyn Greer (11 Alive News anchor and recipient of the Media Icon Award).
The 86th Academy Awards went underway last night. Hosted by comedian, Ellen Degeneres, the Oscars brought out the brightest stars as the Academy honored those who did an outstanding job in film. What was deemed as a precedented evening, the movie 12 Years A Slave took home two top honors. Its director/producer, Steve McQueen became the first Black director and producer to win Best Picture. Also, the films shining young starlet Lupita Nyong’o became the 7th Black actress EVER to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role (12 Years A Slave).
Special congratulations to McQueen and Nyongo on their wins.
Here are the remaining winners for the evening:
Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature – Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
Best Cinematography – Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
Best Directing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Best Documentary Feature – 20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers)
Best Documentary Short – The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
Best Film Editing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Best Original Score – Gravity (Steven Price)
Best Original Song – Let It Go – Frozen
Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Best Animated Short Film – Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
Best Live Action Short Film – Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Best Sound Editing – Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
Best Sound Mixing – Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
Best Visual Effects – Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Best Original Screenplay – Her (Spike Jonze)
The music scene, especially in Atlanta, is never a dull moment. With the city claiming home-base to many of the industry’s top songwriters and producers, you are always running into a hungry young artist ready to make his or her mark in music.
One of those new artists is Devin Michael.
Last Thursday (Feb. 27), he hosted an album release/listening party at Nancy’s Pizza-Buckhead. The event was well-attended with his industry peers and local socialites. STACKS Magazine was on the scene as well to show support, although we had the pleasure of meeting Devin a while ago. During our initial conversation, Devin Michael seemed very genuine. You don’t meet many aspiring (or veteran) artists who are naturally sincere. So, it was refreshing to speak with Devin as we got a chance to get to know more about him. At that time, he spoke of the new project, which he premiered on Thursday night called L.O.V.E..
The acronym L.O.V. E. is defined as “Letting Out Various Emotions”. Devin said that, “each song is going to touch on a different emotion that you feel while you’re in love. Be it “jealousy”…sometimes you be in love and you get jealous. Or “happiness” because love is happy. But you know, just different emotions is going to be on it [the album].” The free album encompasses the emotions indeed, which may attest to his fondness of R&B singer Brandy. As his all-time favorite artist, Devin is highly inspired by Brandy’s vocal sincerity and technique.
The Portland, Oregon native has big plans for his future, which is also a surprise. Some indie artist have a difficult time planning for the next day, let alone 5 to 10 years down the road. When we spoke, Devin assured us he has goals and a 5 year plan mapped out.
In 5 years, I want to be on album number 2 or 3. Album 1 will be a couple songs platinum. I’m on the road and writing a song for Beyonce’s new album. Working on my first movie. And I have 3 songs on the Top 10 on the charts (one of mine, one is a duet, and the other is one of me singing and rapping).
And I want to have writing credits on every song.
I feel like a lot of male artists just want women; you got to be beyond that. It’s only going to last for so long if you are just thinking about that aspect. I got goals. So, I want to get to those goals. And the women will come.
Devin Michael has his career well-planned. With the assistance of a great team, we are sure all of his musical dreams will come alive.
Here are few photos from his L.O.V.E. release party:
To see the full gallery, CLICK HERE! Follow Devin Michael at @IAmDevin on Twitter.
Special thanks to Devin Michael & Jakeem Smith for the invite!
Pharrell’s new joint featuring Justin Timberlake, “Brand New“, puts me in mind of Michael Jackson. The tone of their voices and the beat they’re singing on has MJ inspiration written all over it. This song is on G I R L, Pharrell’s new album, which was just released.
It’s about time these two finally reunite and remind the audience what they can do as a team. Check the song out; let us know what you think of it.
By: LaQuesha Williams, contributing intern for STACKS Magazine
Some interesting information was reported today on CNN Money. The popular source for financial news and resources made claims that fast food and retail store jobs aren’t the only ones making the bare minimum. As you know, Americans working in those industries have been fighting with the corporations and Congress to increase the national minimum wage. President Barack Obama is also pushing for an increase. But, surprisingly, there are other more difficult/hourly engaged jobs that are affected by low wages.
If you could guess which professions are also being impacted, could you? Probably not. For, some of the professions listed below were even hard for me to believe. Check out the list:
Average annual salary: $22,400
Average hourly wage: $10.75
Becoming a regional pilot requires a tremendous amount of time, training and money. Federal rules stipulate that commercial-airline pilots have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight experience, and the training can cost more than $100,000.
But starting salaries for full-time pilots at regional airline carriers average about $22,400, according to data from the pilot union Air Line Pilots Association. For a 40-hour workweek, that would mean these skilled professionals are taking home about $10.75 per hour.
Average annual salary: $21,600
Adjunct professors teach the same kinds of classes as full-time, tenured faculty members at many colleges and universities. Adjuncts have advanced degrees and spend similar amounts of time grading papers and tests.
But because they are not considered full-time, adjuncts are paid far less. According to the American Association of University Professors, a 2010 survey found that their median pay is $2,700 per 3-credit-hour course. This means that even if an adjunct professor teaches between two to four classes per semester, as most tenure-tracked faculty members do, they would still only make up $21,600 per year.
By contrast, the average salary for full-time faculty members was $84,112 and the average pay for a full-time professor at a university that grants doctoral degrees was about $135,000.
Average annual salary: $26,110
Average hourly wage: $12.55
Modeling sounds glamorous, and expensive: walking down coveted runways decked out in thousands of dollars of clothes, being watched by mega celebrities, getting photographed for top fashion magazines, or jet setting around the world.
What’s not to love about that, however, is that despite the 18-hour days and the huge profits they help bring in for fashion houses, models are among the country’s low-wage earners with an average of $26,110 per year, according to U.S. government data.
Home Health Aide
Average annual salary: $21,830
Average hourly wage: $10.49
The home care industry has been booming in recent decades, as more elderly Americans choose at-home care instead of nursing homes. Aides can be responsible for dispensing life-saving medication, as well as playing a vital role in ensuring access to high-quality nursing care in people’s homes.
And though their work has required more training and responsibility, home health aides’ pay remained among the lowest in the service industry. A study released by the National Domestic Workers Alliance shows nearly a quarter of home health aides earn below minimum wage.
Average annual salary: $31,470
Average hourly wage: $15.13
Becoming a veterinary technician requires attending a two-year program to gain an associates degree, and veterinary technologists need a bachelor’s degree in order to perform their jobs. They draw blood samples, assist veterinarians during surgery and perform a number of medical tests on animals.
Yet they’re paid an average of about $15 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wow. Do you agree that these professions should be considered too for a wage increase?
NEW MIXTAPE: @SnoopDogg x @DJDrama – ‘That’s My Work Vol. 3′ + VIDEO: “What’s Your Pleasure” feat. @DazDillinger
Snoop D-O-G-G…sure knows how to maintain his place in the game. This time he shows us that the love for the music will never cease with the release of “That’s My Work Vol. 3″. The third installment to his TMW series continues with DJ Drama and features from several of his peers: Kurupt, Daz, Warren G just to name a few.
If you were a letting put off by Uncle Snoop’s reggae-inspired album, hopefully this new mixtape can regain your faith in one of rap’s beloved emcees.
PHOTOS: @BobbiV @Dondria, @IamLaTavia @MarlonWayans Support Hair Product Line @ Bronner Bros. Hair Show
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Various celebrities and hair brands descended upon Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual Mid-Winter Bronner Bros. Hair Show. Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, R&B singer Bobby Valentino, So So Def’s Dondria and singer/”R&B Divas Atlanta” star Latavia Roberson all stopped by the Strength of Nature booth to get a glimpse of their newest product, the Beautiful Textures Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System.
For information on the Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System, visit www.beautifultextures.com.
Photo Credit: James Hogan, Joi Pearson
Special thanks to Saptosa Foster, of the 135th Street Agency!
Jermaine Dupri is in the news again. To no surprise, however, it is due to another financial mishap. This time with one of his ex-business partners.
In January, Eddie Weathers filed a $1 million civil lawsuit against Jermaine Dupri for unpaid profits earned from a business they both owned. According to the court documents retained by RadarOnline, both men established Dieniahmar Music LLC in 2005. The name derived from the names of Dupri and Weather’s first born children. A year after the business was established, Dupri entered a co-publishing deal with EMI Music. Weathers says that Dupri told EMI, “he was the sole owner of Dieniahmar Music, when in fact he was not.”
Therefore, from 2006 to 2013, royalties were paid to Dupri and his business manager directly from EMI.
“On April 11, 2008, Weathers received a check from Mauldin’s new business manager…in the amount of $275,752.97 which represented two years of back pay royalties due Weathers,” the civil suit states.
Weathers claims that when Dupri hired a new business manager in 2011, Willie Carter, his payments ceased, or came late, or were just a fraction of what he was owed.
And when Dupri told Weathers he planned to sell Dieniahmar Music to EMI in April 2013, he claims he was promised a $238,000 cut — which he never got.
Weathers is suing Dieniahmar Music, Jermaine Mauldin, and Willie Carter for $250, 000 plus any other royalties owed. He is seeking $1 million.
R&B singer, Ashanti, has partnered up with Pandora to stream her upcoming studio album in its entirety. Due on March 4, Braveheart LP will include 13-tracks which features the Rick Ross-assisted “I Got It, “Love Games” featuring Jeremih, and “First Real Love” with Beenie Man. The only other feature on the album comes from rapper French Montana.
Ashanti – Braveheart (Tracklisting):
5. “Early in the Morning” (Feat. French Montana)
6. “3 Words”
7. “Love Games” (Feat. Jeremih)
9. “Never Should Have”
10. “She Can’t”
11. “Don’t Tell Me No”
12. “I Got It” (Feat. Rick Ross)
13. “First Real Love/Outro” (Feat. Beenie Man)
Click her for album stream: Ashanti – Braveheart
A snippet of this track actually premiered in January on ATL’s Streetz 94.5 Morning Grind show. But, the full version was never released. Somehow, a full version made it to our mailbox last night. Was it leaked??!!
Back in January, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” co-stars Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez visited the show to discuss their lives and relationship. During their visit, the city of Atlanta were the first ones to hear a snippet of the new song, which was recorded with singer/songwriter, Kandi Burruss.
Although the sound was a bit faint, the song is called “Goin Down” and features Stevie singing the panties off of the ladies. True to the R&B flavor of the 90′s, Kandi and Stevie’s collaboration may surprise fans.
Listen and/or download the leak by clicking HERE!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF “GOIN DOWB”? IS IT A HIT OR NAH?
Chicago-born rap artist/actor/author, Common, recently spoke on why he refuses to stop using the word “n*gga”. Over the years, well-respected individuals has spoken out against the word like Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Maya Angelou, and many others. Although some believe the word should not be brushed off as a form of slang and granted usage by our Black society, there are quite a few people that embraces it as part of the culture’s vocabulary and shouldn’t be taken so serious.
As this back-and-forth dialogue continues in our society, here’s what Common had to say about it:
“At one point, my mother asked me not to use it, at one point Dr. Maya Angelou said she didn’t support it and you know, I love her. I told mom, ‘This is the way we talk. This is part of the language and when I’m speaking to the people that need to receive the word, I’m speaking in the language that we do talk and if I talk over those people’s heads or I don’t use language that I naturally would speak in my raps, they may not get the message and that’s what I think our attention behind the usage of the word has to be understood.
I won’t stop communicating like that but I will make people aware that it’s certain people who shouldn’t use this word because of the root of the word. Yeah we took it inside our house and made it our own and now we brought it out to the world. Fortunately hip-hop is at the level it is but unfortunately some people don’t understand that they shouldn’t use it so we gotta make them aware. ‘No, you can’t use this word. This is something that’s off limits to you.’”
What do you think? Is Common reasoning okay? Or should he consider not using the “N” word anymore?
Source: Diary of Hollywood Street King
OK so…if you purchased Beyonce’s self-titled album, then you’ve been privy to the accompanying visuals she included in the iTunes purchase. Videos for all of the tracks were included, which gave fans an opportunity to see first hand a birds eye understanding of what each song meant to Beyonce. Well, one of those highly sexual tracks has been officially released as a new single. And guess what? The clean version of the song has been released in video format as well.
“Partition”, which happens to be a fan favorite, shows Beyonce in all her glory as she seduces her husband Jay-Z throughout a dreamy night in Paris. Jay-Z rightfully appears in the video and can be seen fully enjoying himself as he wife seduces him with strip tease acts and back-seat love shots. These two personifies what a marriage should ALSO entail…love, seduction, and sex sex sex!
Watch video below and let us know what you think.
In what may be the biggest lawsuit seen by the makers of the “Grand Theft Auto V” video game, one of the former cast members of VH1′s “Mob Wives” is playing no games when it come to her life.
According to the Examiner, Karen Gravano, the daughter Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the makers of the massively popular game, claiming her image and life story have been incorporated into the mafia-themed game without permission. Here’s the scoop:
The character that Karen believes is based on her is Antonia Bottino, whose father, former Gambetti family underboss Sammy (Sonny) Bottino, became a snitch. The online synopsis for the game states that Antonia and her family was forced to move from town to town to remain safe.
Karen’s own father, Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, was a Gambino underboss who snitched, helping to bring down famed mob boss John Gotti.
In what may be the most obvious reference to Karen, the character Antonia is not allowed to join a TV show called “Wise B***hes.”
The former reality TV star wants $20 million in compensation and $20 million in punitive damages.
But, isn’t Grand Theft Auto an animated parody of some sorts? The game depicts the life of ball players, celebrities, etc and put them in game-life form. Is she mad because the makers didn’t ask for permission? Or nah?!
The city of Atlanta was in full go-mode this weekend with the Bronners Brother’s Hair Show and various other events. Many celebrities embarked on the city to capitalize on the crowd by promoting their new projects. One of those individuals was actor/comedian/film writer and producer, Marlon Wayans. Besides attending the hair show for autograph signings and meet-n-greet, the comedic genius hit the city to promote his upcoming film A Haunted House 2.
On Monday night (Feb. 24), Wayans hosted a exclusive press reception for over 80 journalists. The journalists and bloggers got the opportunity to ask questions about everything from his family’s legacy to the Oscars.
Here are a few pictures from the reception:
For information on A Haunted House 2, visit www.facebook.com/AHauntedHouse.
Hash Tag #AHauntedHouse2
Follow him on Twitter @MarlonWayans .
Photo Credits: James Hogan, Joi Pearson
Special thanks to Saptosa Foster, of the 135th Street Agency.
With the success of his highly successful, “Happy”, Skateboard P aka Pharrell is moving forward with the release of his next solo project. the new album titled, G I R L, will hit stores on March 3rd. The album features from Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Jo Jo, and others.
Fans can now stream the album for FREE now on iTunes…CLICK HERE!
After taking over Larry King’s primetime spot in 2011, Piers Morgan will soon say goodbye to the network.
With ratings falling short, CNN is calling it quits to “Piers Morgan Live”. The inability to gain traction from viewership in the 9pm time slot has caused the program to dip in ratings. Although “Piers Morgan Live” continued in the same realm as Larry King’s show, Morgan believes his British background and views on gun laws are also causes for the show’s demise.
“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing,” he said. “There is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.”
A spokesperson for CNN says the network does not have a final “end” date as of yet. But, the network does plan to re-energize their primetime programming.
Read more HERE…
Chile…it has to be embarrassing for both parties when news like this won’t seem to go away.
Ludacris is back in court regarding parental authority over his newborn child, Cai Bella. As some of you may remember, news broke last year that Ludacris had a child outside of his long-time relationship with another woman name Tamika Fuller. Fuller, a former waitress at Atlanta’s Magic City exotic dance club, took Luda to court and requested an absurd monthly child support payment ($17K). But, the rapper/actor fired back at her claiming to be broke, thus asking the judge to reduce the amount to $7K. The judge sympathized because of the recent death of Luda’s Fast & Furious co-star, Paul Walker, which caused production of the film to be halted.
Now, TMZ is reporting that Ludacris has turn the tables again on Tamika. He is know fighting for full custody of the baby and for the mother to pay him child support.
The rapper now says in legal docs he’s a “fit and capable parent” and should get full physical custody. He offers up his parental resume, saying he’s always been “an active father” to his 12-year-old girl.
Baby Cai Bella was born only two months ago and has been taken care of by Tamika. Tamika recently took to Twitter making claims that Luda has yet to make efforts to even see the baby.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD LUDA FIGHT FOR CUSTODY? OR NOT?