Babyface & L.A. Reid Signs New Artist KES to First Joint Deal In 25 Years [EP Stream + Free Download]
They made history with LaFace Records. Now, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and L.A. Reid are coming together again to create the next singing superstar.
The talented artist is name Kesington Kross (b.k.a. KES). He’s was born in Orange County, California, but later moved to Compton. Babyface discovered KES during a writing session and instantly knew there was something nostalgically unique about the singer/songwriter. Therefore, he introduced KES to L.A. Reid and the two immediately signed him to Epic Records as a joint venture. This is the first time in 25 years that L.A. and Babyface has done a record deal together.
For those of you music lovers who are fans of David Bowie, Rick James, and Phil Collins, will enjoy KES’s sound. He brings a modern approach to 80′s music in which he fuses rock-n-roll, R&B, and rave music together subtley, but with noticible impact.
Download here: http://www.audiomack.com/album/kes/audio-justice-ep .
Source: Audible Treats
Tamar Braxton is living out her dreams. Despite the setbacks and meaningless feud with another R&B singer, Tamar continues to overcome the obstacles by making sure her voice is heard.
This week, her fans were treated to two new video releases from her Love and War and Winter Loversland albums. Both videos are touching in that they talk about issues that can occur within a relationship. We’ve all been there before. So, it’s refreshing that Tamar reflects on experiences that we all can relate to.
Check out “All The Way Home” and “She Can Have You” below:
Both albums are in stores and on iTunes now!
Corporations and brands have been known to use third party firms to collect consumer data. But, those days are soon long gone.
According to a recent video on WSJ.com, there’s a new app that will allow consumers to rate products directly through their iPhone or Android. The app is called Rewardable. It is a data collection app that helps brands determine the marketing strength of their products. Most third party consumer survey companies are known to pay individuals $25 to $200 to participate. Now, through the Rewardable app, people can earn money on the spot, while shopping in their favorite store.
The money earned goes directly into your PayPal account. This totally cut out the middle man.
To learn more about the app, watch the video below:
Tiffany Foxx celebrated her birthday recently in her hometown of St. Louis. She did it big with celebrity friends and family. Alongside her, of course, was her boss lady Lil Kim. In honor of her birthday, Lil Kim presented Tiffany with a chic powder blue mink coat. Check out the coat’s fabolous-ness below in these exclusive photos:
Source: Arenia “ReinChild” Plowden, ReinChild PR
Last week, we mentioned that Tameka Raymond was honoring the life of her son in a special way.
Well, many people came out to support Tameka Raymond on Saturday. Despite the cold weather, those who wished to show their support (and get a little fitness time in) joined in on the beautiful occasion. Several known celebrities were in attendance to get their 5K run/walk on: Syleena Johnson (singer/”R&B Divas”), Monifa (“R&B Divas”), Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game Foundation), Rashan Ali (Streetz 94.5FM) and many others.
In case you missed out on the fun, here are a few photos from the walk:
For more information on the upcoming events or ways to donate, visit www.KilesWorldFoundation.org.
Special thanks to Jakeem Smith, of Jay Productions, for the exclusive photos!
Jay Z celebrated his 44th birthday yesterday (Dec. 4). Sadly enough though, the day is the same day UGK member Pimp C passed away. So, in a nice commemoration of the Texas legend, Jigga released a new version of his Magna Carta, Holy Grail hit “Tom Ford”. The remix contains unreleased bars from the great Pimp C aka Sweet Jones.
Check out the remix that premiered on Funk Flex’s radio show in NY:
According to the 2013 Nielsen Ratings report on the Asian-American consumer, data collected suggests that their economical impact is becoming more evident. To come to this conclusion, Nielsen took an in-depth look at how much Asians spend, what they spend it on, how much is their annual household income, their spending patterns, and lifestyle trends.
Here’s some top-level highlights from the report:
- Asian American buying power continues to increase and is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2017.
- Asian Americans spend 33 percent of their dollars on deals, compared to 27 percent of non-Asians. About 78 percent of Asian Americans say they like to shop around before making a purchase, and two-thirds say they are willing to pay more for quality.
- Eighty-six percent of Asian American households have some sort of savings account, compared to 76 percent of the general U.S. population. In addition, nearly one-third of Asian Americans surveyed keep money in certificate of deposits, a rate 86 percent higher compared to 17 percent of the general U.S. population.
- Ads featuring culturally relevant situations and characters make up 65 percent of top ads among Asian Americans.
- While Asians Americans are known to be tech savvy, many still use traditional media outlets such as TV, radio and print to get culturally-relevant entertainment and information.
“Nielsen’s information shows that Asian Americans are a unique, multifaceted group of consumers with different purchasing behaviors and viewing patterns from the general population,” said Betty Lo, vice president of public affairs, Nielsen. “Building on their heritage, academic achievement, adaptability and rising spending clout, Asian American consumers are a powerful economic and influential force.”
What this is means is that over time, we will begin to see more advertisements featuring Asian-Americans. Brands typically begin to construct their marketing campaigns around the who their consumers are. In this case, we will see this happen with Asians in the forefront.
Will the Black or Latino dollar become extinct? This is an area we need to pay close attention to. Because if the urban community aren’t spending as much, then that means that salaries are lessening and our economic power is diminishing.
This is definitely something to think about…
Mike Will Made-It Put On for ATL w/ T.I., Jeezy, Project Pat, 2 Chainz, Trinidad & More [PHOTOS & VIDEO]
The city of Atlanta was in for a treat on Monday night. Local producer extrodanaire Mike Will Made-It, held a live concert boasting some of the biggest names in rap music. The event was held at Terminal West and we heard the place was packed out. For the past week or so, the event was being marketed without listing Mike Will’s “special guests”. With the laundry list of hits the young producer has, it was no surprised when certain celebrities hit the stage.
Performances were given by T.I., Jeezy, Project Pat, 2 Chainz, Trinidad James, Migos, Johnny Cinco, Pastor Troy, Cyhi The Prynce, Been Trill Boyz, and Two 9. Also, Mike Will introduced the brain behind the Pyrex and Been Trill clothing lines, Virgil Abloh.
For more photos and concert footage, visit ATLNightSpots.com!
Tumblr, the blogging site that attracts an eclectic group of 35 and Unders, was recently purchased by Yahoo for a cool $1.1 billion. The attraction to the site was due to its hip and wildly witty demographic. Of the 170 million Tumblr users, half of them are under 35 years of age. On any given day, you are liable to see the quirkiest of comments, humorous posts, and even some risky images. These are just a fraction of what attracts certain people to the site. This internet hub has become one of the hippest of social media sites.
With all big acquisitions, the ability for the company to make money is what lingers in the balance. So of course, Yahoo is now pressuring Tumblr to sell more ads. As part of Tumblr’s “Year End Roundup” event, Yahoo will highlight the best ads that appeared on the site in 2013.
On HTTP://YEARINREVIEW.TUMBLR.COM, there will be an exploration of 20 categories ranging from the most popular musical groups to the most interesting architecture of 2013. Boasting a plethora of images, the review will continue through December with daily posts spanning 40 more categories that will culminate on New Year’s Eve with the best fireworks displays featured on Tumblr during the year. – AP
Okay so… most of us heard the news that ADIDAS has offered Kanye West a deal worth $10 million. This amount of money could be considered small change to Kanye. But, unlike his former deal with NIKE, ADIDAS is offering royalties that will allow West to secure his child’s future and generations after.
His strong desire to create clothing, shoes, etc has caused many people to label him as being “crazy”. Kanye’s main goal is to use his relevancy to gain the respect and opportunities from the fashion industry. After two failed attempts with NIKE and Louis Vutton, ADIDAS has heard his cry and will partner up with the rapper/producer/designer on several new projects.
ADIDAS released the following statement:
“For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
For the last several weeks, West has been on a radio promo tour that has fueled a lot of emotion. His most talked about radio interview is the one with Sway (“Sway In The Morning” Show) where he allowed his frustration to cause a little rift between them. From watching the video it is clear that West had a lot on his mind and was reaching his breaking point. All he want to crack open the hardened eggshell of which is the fashion industry. Sadly, the old money that runs the major fashion houses is making it difficult for him to break-in.
Sway didn’t have the answers nor does anybody else let Kanye tell it. But, one question that has been on my mind is… why doesn’t he invest his own money into building his own factory??
Not having access to these factories, is one of Kanye’s biggest gripes. I’m sure if he doesn’t have enough money to build one on his own, there’s a great possibility that investors would come in to take up the slack. Take Richard Branson for example. He’s always stepping out there and building his own (like the Virgin Galactic Spaceflight). Branson is a billionaire, however, he’s a creative just like Kanye. His ideas go beyond the average thought process. He’s innovative and he doesn’t allow anyone to stop him from accomplishing a goal.
Kanye West has the ability to do that as well. He can open up his own factory. He can manufacture his own products. Why he doesn’t understand that…I’m not sure. Yes, he’s trying to jump into the high-fashion industry quickly. This is why others believe that he hasn’t crawled enough to be expecting opportunities to be handed to him. One day he has to realize that (although he may be at the top of the music business), he’s at the bottom of the totem pole in fashion. It will some time for him to crack open those doors. However, the best way to combat the opposition is to take matters into your own hands.
Kanye…just build your own factory!
‘The Sisterhood’ Star, Domonique Scott, Indicted On 1st-Degree Forgery Charges + Exclusive Interview with Husband [VIDEO]
Labeled by viewers as one of the most outspoken of the cast members of TLC’s reality show “The Sisterhood”, Pastor Domonique Scott is back in the spotlight again. Unfortunately, this time it is not in a good way.
On Tuesday, November 26, Domonique Scott was indicted on forgery charges. A Fulton County grand jury found Scott guilty of first-degree forgery and three counts of giving false statements. Prosecutors were able to prove that Scott claimed ownership of a tutoring company in order to illegitimately secure federal funding. In order to qualify for the federal Supplement Education Services tutoring program, she filed fake documents containing false accounting of assets and liabilities.
According to the AJC, Scott submitted a false balance sheet, false statement of net income, a program summary listing a false start date of her company, and a forged letter from a fictitious bank listing an non-existent cash line. Clayton, Dekalb, Bibb, and several other GA counties solicited the tutoring services of Scott’s company based on the information provided on the documents, which were later deemed fraudulent.
The Supplement Education Services program eventually removed Scott’s company from their program.
In related news…
STACKS Magazine had the opportunity to sit-down and talk with her husband Brian Scott back in June of this year. We were invited to an Organo Gold (coffee) marketing event in downtown Atlanta. The initial plan was to interview Domonique. But, she changed it up that night without notifying us earlier in the week that she wasn’t going to do the interview. At the time it was baffling somewhat as to why she didn’t want to sit down and chat. Considering the recent events, maybe this criminal issue was what deterred her.
It is known that the Scott’s lost their church, The Good Life Ministry. After speaking with Mr. Scott, Domonique’s clothing boutique may have faded away as well. Some of the answers he provided were vague. Our discussion, however, did confirm to us that the Scott’s are constantly having financial issues. This revelation was also backed by several public documents involving foreclosures and landlord/tenant citations.
Check out our exclusive footage of that interview below:
Most people know that once you fall deep into debt, it is very hard to get out of it. Sometimes, financial hardships can push people to do certain things that aren’t always legal. Was this the case for Domonique?
With her indictment, Scott faces up to 25 years in prison and up to $400,000 in fines.
We reached out to Mr. Scott for an official statement. He hasn’t responded as of yet.
We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
If you pull up to the McDonald’s drive-thru on Thursday (Dec. 5), don’t be surprised if no one is there to take your order.
Fast food workers in over 100 cities are expected to walk off their jobs this week. This nationwide protest is the continuation of a ongoing fight for higher minimum wage. Currently, the U.S. minimum wage is $7.25, which is seen as an absurd amount to live on for many workers. The campaign is backed by unions and other advocacy groups. Their aim is to get the minimum wage increased to $15 a hour. However, many of the fast food companies find that request unrealistic.
President Obama is even supporting the campaign. Just last month, he said that he would support Senate’s efforts to raise the federal minimum wage rate to $10.10 a hour.
Advocacy groups believe that the fast food industry hasn’t restructured its thoughts to modern times. Today, many workers aren’t teenager or young adults working their way through school. Instead with the unemployment rates, older individuals are applying for jobs at fast food joints. Adults have more household responsibilities. The federal minimum wage is simply not enough to survive on.
Do the strikers have a point? Or should they be thankful that they’re getting a paycheck period?
When the STACKS Magazine journey started, I was in my 30s. Even though the dreams of having a magazine frequented nightly sleeping sessions, putting forth the effort was constantly met with procrastination. Having a full-time job, also killed any moments that required me to pull out a pen and pad and begin brainstorming.
People go through these setbacks everyday. But, what I wanted to one day prove was that I was different. The need to release my creative juices began to revisit my thoughts year after year, day after day. The one thing I knew was that time was not on my side. Instead of holding myself back, soon I decided to empower myself with the Nike motto and “just do it.”
I remember having a discussion with a corporate executive in his mid-40s. Our conversation started off with me getting advice on best practices that will help me move up the corporate ladder. As we talked further, we began to share our non-company related talents and hobbies. I found out that he was a writer and that he’s always had an affinity for the hobby. At that point, we both realized that we had something in common. While I sat there in his corner office, inside I was thinking why he didn’t pursue that as a career choice. Why did he allow time to catch up to him and prevent him to write books? That was something I didn’t want to happen to me.
I could tell writing was something he truly enjoyed doing. I could see the joy in his eyes. I’m sure he could see the joy in my eyes as well as I revealed to him that I write too. I’m sure he could also see disappointment. I had reached my ending point at the utilities company. My work ethic and accomplishments weren’t being recognized by my manager. After giving the company 8 years of my life, I was at my wits end. I knew it was time to go and pursue my dream.
For individuals, especially creatives, your talents haunt you over time. If you are out in the working world, not doing what it is that you love, you’re never satisfied. You become a little depressed. Sometimes a light goes off however that motivates you to start putting your dreams in motion. Although, my want to leave corporate America started developing years before I even sat down with the executive, that one-on-one meeting was the defining moment. I knew it was time to go full force on this magazine idea that I had been slowly cultivating outside of my job.
Time is not on anyone’s side. Each year we get older. We must understand, however, that it is never too late. We hear stories about older individuals in their 70s or 80s finally getting their high school diploma or college degree. We hear inspiring stories like Tamar Braxton’s most recent Soul Train Awards speech. In her speech she talked about being 36 years old and having the courage to keep striving to become a top R&B singer. She started in the business as a backup singer for her sister Toni Braxton. Tamar survived several failed record deals and solo albums. But, she persevered. Now, she’s a household name with her singing career off to a good start and two hit reality TV shows. Again, Tamar has persevered despite her age. In the music business, age plays a major part in how labels devote time, effort, and money into the artist. So, the fact that she’s out living out her dreams while being in her late 30s (which is against music business standards), is a testament that anyone can do whatever they want at any age.
Dreams aren’t meant to fade away. In fact, they are present in our minds so that we can manifest them. Talents given to us as gifts from God aren’t meant to lie dormant. They are within us so that we can share them with the world. If you have been contemplating whether or not to pursue a new career, go back to school, or start a business…now is the time to do it. Keep in mind, you may be too old to pursue that dream of becoming a star basketball player. In your 50s, you’re bones may not be as strong as they used to be. But, that doesn’t mean you trash your dream. Renovate your dream and try the coaching route. Start a basketball camp and enlist some top ballers in your city. The key is to still try to achieve what it is you love, even if it is in a different shape or form.
You only have one life to live. Live it up while you can and don’t allow age insecurities deter you from following your dreams.
Photo Credit: BET/Getty Images
Here’s a new mixtape from rapper K Camp, In Due Time. If you’re down south, you may be familiar with the club hit “Money Baby”. Well, he’s let loose 11-tracks so us rap lovers can get to know him and what he stands for.
From first listen, the stand out tracks are “Turn Up For A Check”, “Make A Wish”, “Turn Up The Night”, and a motivational song “Think About It” featuring Cyhi Tha Prynce. But, the other 7 tracks are worth listening to. K Camp definitely has some club bangers. But the question is will he be able to expand into more creative projects. Time will tell…
Strangely, rapper The Game’s name has been brought up in a copyright infringement lawsuit between Sony/ATV and a 1970′s/1980′s rock group.
Donnie Iris and two others associated with the rock group, The Jaggerz, have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Pittsburgh. The lawsuit claims that their song “Memoirs of a Traveler” was sampled in the song “Letter to the King”, which was included on The Game’s 2008 album LAX. Iris, his co-writer Eugene “Benny” Faiella, and the estate of their former manager Joseph V. Rock are claiming that there are a substantial amount of unpaid royalties not accounted for. Thus, they are suing Sony/ATV.
But why if The Game is signed to a different label?
The Game is signed to Geffen/Universal. However, the label says that the royalties from the song were paid to EMI Publishing Company. Unfortunately, the lawsuit states that EMI never passed the money on to the plaintiffs. Plus, Sony bought out EMI in June 2012. This is why Sony is being sued.
The plaintiffs also claim that they have tried several times to settle this issue out of court. But, since January 2013, they believe Sony hasn’t made any real effort to pay them, even after being sent several correspondences throughout the year.
The guys are simply tired of waiting. Therefore, a lawsuit was filed last Wednesday. The amount the songwriters are suing for are unknown.
Over the weekend, rapper Yo Gotti stopped through Atlanta for an album signing and club appearance. As you know, his first studio album “I AM” is currently in-stores and Yo Gotti has been on the road for months promoting the project.
This Saturday, November 29, he stopped through DBS Sounds (in Riverdale) to greet the fans and show love. STACKS Magazine was onsite to capture the moment as the Memphis-native autographed copies of the album and took pictures with his supporters. Here’s a few pics from the in-store:
The in-store was hosted by Streetz 94.5FM.
Black Friday has came and went with no release of Hardcore 2K13. But, Lil Kim ensures fans that she’s making it perfect before putting it out. In addition to 3 bonus tracks that will accompany the mixtape, the Brooklyn rapper let loose one of the songs off the project “I AM Kimmy Blanco”.
The song, of course, maintains its street edge as Kim spits a little ether into the mic. It’s good to hear that she isn’t venturing off too much into new sounds and new flows. Instead, she’s sticking to the hardcore script. This is something her millions of fans will definitely appreciate.
Take a listen to her new joint below:
Paul Walker, actor and star of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, died in a car explosion over the weekend in California. The details of the accident concluded that he was the passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a tree then pole after riding at an excessive speed. The driver was Walker’s close friend and business partner, Rodger Rodas.
Walker was on a brief break from filming the seventh installment of the ‘Fast and Furious’ series. He was in California for his charity event which raised funds for the victims of the devastating typhoon (Haiyan) that recently hit the Philippines. His charity was called Reach Out Worldwide and it focused on helping those who are struck by natural disasters. The organization was founded in 2010.
The unfortunate and timely death of Paul Walker stunned the film community and his peers. Vin Deisel, Tyrese, Ludacris, and countless other celebrities shared their words of sentiment on social media (i.e. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). Also, Walker’s Universal Pictures family were devastated by the news.
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the `Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”
The fans especially took Walker’s death hard. Because of his likability, the actor seemed like one of “us”…just a regular guy who’s down-to-earth and very approachable, unlike many celebrities we come to know of.
Walker’s background may come as a surprise to some. Although he’s not the biggest name in Hollywood, he’s been in the film industry for quite a while. Here are some fun facts about Paul Walker you may not have known:
1. He’s the oldest of 5 kids, and son of a model and sewer contractor.
2. He became a child model at the age of 2.
3. He grew up as a Mormon.
4. His first jobs as an actor were small parts on the 80′s hit TV shows,”Charles In Charge” and “Who’s The Boss”.
5. His first movie role was in the 1998 comedy “Meet The Deedles”.
6. After starring in the 2000 film “The Skulls”, Neal H. Moritz discovered him and cast him as an undercover police officer in the first “The Fast and the Furious”. Walker didn’t become a lead in the film until the second installment.
Paul Walker’s legacy will live on through the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise and its cast members. He was gorgeous young man with so much more to accomplish in life. But, his presence was felt in a short amount of time and his friends and family are grateful for that.
Walker is survived by his 15 year old daughter.
Underground Luxury hit the streets on December 17. Until then, B.O.B. and his camp is flooding the streets with new music from the album.
This new joint “Throwback” features Chris Brown and has a great groove to it. The ladies are going to love shaking their tailfeathers to it . Check it out now below and let us know what you think:
Pre-Order “Underground Luxury” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/undergroundluxury .
It is always a pleasure to see people, especially young Black men, doing their part in the community. We often times hear about their shortcomings or issues in the media. But, we hardly ever see any press announcements about the good that they do.
This Thanksgiving, several of our favorite rappers went back to where it all started to show a little gratitude. In Atlanta, T.I. handed out turkeys (and other food items) to the city’s Westside community. The “give back” event was held at the Adamsville Recreation Center. Not too far from the Harris clan, Jeezy took a different approach this year for Thanksgiving. Normally he would load a truck up full of turkeys and head over to the 4th ward area to hand them out to the less fortunate. But, this year he teamed up with Shanti Das over at the Atlanta Mission, and prepared meals for the people at the shelter.
Meek Mill took the opportunity to show his homeland of Philadelphia some major love. This was his first annual ‘Dreamchaser’s Thanksgiving’. The event turn out was great and Meek was elated to know that he could do a small part for one of Philly’s areas (North Philly).
“I show love back for the support they’ve given me, but you know this is like one of the easiest things we do during the day like turkeys and food and nothing involved. When it’s big, it’s about showing the kids you can come from nothing and become something, they can be in my position and help give back to the community anytime,” Mill said.
Big Sean and Mike Epps joined forces to give their hometown citizens. Since Big Sean’s start in the rap game, he’s always shown his appreciation to Detriot with free concerts, holiday give-backs, etc. So, he’s no stranger to it. The essence of being a stand-up guy lies definitely inside of Big Sean.
Countless other celebrities made the most of their holiday time this year. Kudos to everyone that acted unselfishly by supporting a cause or being the driving force behind your own “give-back” initiative.
What would you call an awesome three-some? Eve, Lil Kim, and Tiffany Foxx.
The three rap goddesses hit the stage on November 22, in London, to give the English fans some of that American flavor. The trio showcased their talents and old and new material. As you know, Eve dropped her long-awaited album Lip Lock. She’s been on the road ever since in order to promo the project alot of her American fans overlooked. The pitbull in a skirt definitely still have skills. So, you’ll need to go cop that.
The Queen B, Lil Kim has been hyping up her upcoming mixtape Hardcore 2.0. It is supposed to be released today. We can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us ride or die chicks who’s been holding it down for the New York native since Junior Mafia.
Tiffany Foxx, a protege’ to Lil Kim, is a St. Louis native but has enough sophistication and street to rock with two legends. Foxx’s blond bombshell and thick stature immediately grabs your attention. But, when she spits, it’s like a whole other wave of shock takes over. We’re sure it was a pleasure to grace the stage wit these two rap veterans. Fans are anticipating what Tiffany Foxx has up next.
Today, Foxx is celebrating her birthday in St. Louis with an old school 90′s party. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you may not want to miss this!
Here are a few performances from the London show:
Exclusive: RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey Talks ‘Carry-On Baggage’, Bar One’s Foreclosure & Why You Must “Do Your Research” Before Starting A Business
As a one of the stars of Bravo’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Cynthia Bailey is no stranger to the spotlight. She became one of the most sought after African-American supermodels, gracing runways and editorial spreads worldwide. With her caliber of beauty and poise, many would be surprised to know that she’s a small-town country girl from Alabama. Cynthia’s escape from the backwoods to the bright lights is a testament to her tenacity and desire to use her talents to help other women entering the industry.
From New York to Atlanta, Cynthia is now a household name that manages to jungle her role as wife, mother, television star, and businesswoman. When she’s not taping for RHOA, she oversees the daily operations of The Bailey School of Fashion. In addition, she continues her entrepreneurial efforts with the opening of Industry Studios along with hubby, Peter Thomas.
Speaking of the two, Cynthia and Peter also penned their first book. ‘Carry-On Baggage: Our Non-StopFlight’, is a relationship book that reveals the “real” about their union. Most viewers of the show have seen them hit a few rocky spots. Whether it was Cynthia’s family not approving their marriage to their ongoing financial disagreements, the couple has spared none. They’ve also had to rebuke several allegations made in the media regarding a pregnancy and the pending foreclosure of their Atlanta-based tapas lounge, Bar One.
Throughout it all, Cynthia has been a soldier. At a point in her life where she’s not afraid to speak her mind, she remains a class act while throwing “shade” with style and subtlety. Her overall presence is impeccable. Thus, she was selected as the first celebrity to have her own signature doll in conjunction with the The One World Doll Project (www.cynthiabaileydoll.com).
Recently, she hosted a fashion and beauty show at Walmart on the southwest side of Atlanta. At the event, I had the pleasure to meet Cynthia and find out about her new book, her business ventures, and what was really going on with the Bar One’s existence.
On Peter and Cynthia’s new book…
The book ‘Carry On Baggage’ Peter and I wrote it. It is about our life and our relationship. How we got together. How I moved from New York City to Atlanta. How we ended up on the show ["Real Housewives of Atlanta"]. It is not an advice book. It’s more of us just telling our story. We got married on the show, a lot of people knew of our whole relationship from the show. You guys (the viewers) been through the ups and downs with us…the highs and lows. And, I feel like you guys only really get to small parts of our life. The book was a great opportunity to give you guys the full story – the back story of who we make it work.
On their new facility across the street from Bar One…
Industry Studios, which houses Derek Blanks Photography, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, and also Peter Thomas Entertainment. So we just located to a bigger space and it’s huge and beautiful. I think you may have saw it on the first show (episode of Season 6) with the all-white party. That’s Industry Studios. I’m still doing my pageants. I’m still doing the model search. We have the book out. Peter has Peter’s Brew Coffee. Bar One is still doing very well. We are also opening up a Bar One in Charlotte, NC. So, you know we’re working.
On being an African-American woman in business, what type of advice would you give to young girls that want to get into modeling, fashion, or entertainment? What are some key things they should know?
I think one of the key I should tell anyone that is trying to get into the entertainment business, is DO YOUR RESEARCH. Make sure you have some kind of knowledge to even…by the time you get to someone like me, I need to feel like you are serious about it. Really make sure this is what you really want to do. No one wants to waste a lot of their time talking to someone who is on the fence. So, decide what you want to do, then do your research. And then connect with the right people that can help you get you to where you’re trying to go. But, have it together before you get to me because we don’t have to fool with you. [Laughs]
On the rumors surrounding the foreclosure of Bar One…
Oh, we are definitely having some issues with Bar One. It has nothing to do directly with Peter and I. Peter pays the rent for Bar One every month. But the landlord was not paying the bank. So there’s some issues going on. We pray that’s all going to be worked out in time. So just pray for us. We’re working it out. But again, we were doing what we was supposed to be doing. Life happens…
You can catch Cynthia Bailey, on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 6, every Sunday night at 8PM EST on Bravo TV!
It’s that time of year, where families (or individuals) escape the work week in order to spend time with their loved ones. Most times, spending time means that they will have to travel some distance. When traveling domestically or internationally, however, the costs to purchase an airline ticket or rent a car can become overwhelming to your wallet. So, what should you do if you need to make a quick trip someplace? Here are some simple tips to help avoid going over budget.
1. Check and purchase airline tickets from discount websites – Try to avoid booking tickets directly from carrier sites. Delta, AirTran, United, and others will charge you absurd amounts when booking fares from them. The best thing to do is check sites like Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, CheapAir for the most inexpensive flight. Sometimes, less costs may mean that you will have to lay over somewhere. But, as long as you can spare a hour or two, making one-stop shouldn’t be a big problem. Another great site to check is AirFareWatchDog.com. If you sign up for their email list, they will send you daily or weekly emails listing the best rates among all airlines. Once you get the email, you can click on a price and go straight to the corresponding website to make your purchase.
But note…most discounted flights will have travel date limitations. So, be sure to make sure that the special offer concurs with when you are planning to travel.
2. Lower costs by avoiding the simple pleasures (i.e. WiFi) – Nowadays, airlines are trying to stay one step ahead of the competition by offering a more enjoyable flight experience. They do this by offering WiFi, seating with extra leg room, select meals, alcohol, etc. Even though these nice additions may make your flight more comfortable, the extra fees attached to them may disappoint you. Avoid putting a dent in your pockets by buying a standard/economy seat. Unless, you are 6 feet tall, your legs will survive a short flight (stand up and stretch during the flight). Also, use your flight time to catch up on some reading. Bring a book instead of purchasing WiFi. If your flight will only take two hours, your friends on social media will not fret about you being away for that long.
For meals, save money by packing some snacks at home or stopping by your favorite fast food spot. If there are food restrictions when boarding your plane, just hide your goodies in a purse or carry-on bag.
3. Pack lightly – A major headache for most travelers are the extra baggage fees. Delta, for instance, charges $25 for a second carry-on. Also, if your luggage is over the 50lb limit, you’ll incur more fees. So, save up some extra spending money by packing lightly. Only carry with you the bare necessities. Weekend trips should only account for one bag. If so, one carry-on bag will be at no cost to you.
4. Take advantage of corporate/government discounts on rental cars – A lot of us forget that our company or state agency have discounted rates at selected rental companies. Check with your job first to see if they offer such a thing. A corporate discount may only be 10-15% of the rental cost. But at least that will knock down the final rental rate. Also, corporations or AARP rates come with special privileges like renting without confirming payment or preferred status which allow you to reserve a car during busy holidays.
Thanksgiving will be here in a few days so it may seem last minute. And with last minute reservations come high costs. But don’t worry, there will be people who will cancel their reservations. If so, this will free up seats on flights and cars in the lot. Airlines and some rental companies offer “last minute” deals anyway. You may just luck up and cop a deal for little or nothing.
A very progressive move was made today with the release of One Direction’s new album, Midnight Memories. The Sony/Columbia label partnered up with one of the tech world’s most popular social media apps, Kik. With Kik’s ability to reach over 95 million users, One Direction’s new project was able to reach new plateaus in global marketing abilities.
Fans across the globe was introduced to a 1D Kik Card, chat with friends, and unlock exclusive content from an unique “unlocking” program designed for the music group. The card has the ability to let fans share videos, photos, news and their own exclusive One Direction content.
“We believe that messaging tools will be dominant in millennial communication, and that music will be a prominent vertical in that space. We’re excited to help Columbia get out there early to take advantage of this growing marketplace, and we’re confident other labels and brands will follow their lead.” said David Rosenberg, managing director, IPG Media Lab.
he IPG Media Lab connected Kik with Columbia Records and designed an exclusive community-driven opportunity for fans to get first looks, and connect to each other and the band. The card also gives One Direction a 24/7/365 presence on Kik and a new channel to drive engagement, making it a strong indicator of where music and brand marketing are heading in the space.
“We’re excited to provide One Direction with a fun, authentic new way to reach millions of their fans,” said Kik CEO Ted Livingston. “Brands and marketers are beginning to realize that messaging is the killer app in mobile, and we’re looking forward to working with IPG Media Lab to help more incredible brands like One Direction connect with their audiences.”
To access the 1D Kik card: Download and install Kik, available at Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Kik, go to www.1dkikcard.com on your iPhone or Android smartphone.
One Direction- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe. With two albums to date, UP ALL NIGHT and TAKE ME HOME, they have impressively sold over 36 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 67 number ones. It’s been an incredible year for One Direction as they took home a BRIT Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 Teen Choice Awards and received a moonman for Best Song Of The Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. This summer, One Direction made their movie debut with their massive hit 3D concert movie and documentary One Direction: This Is Us. The film has been a phenomenal success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing an incredible $67 Million worldwide. The band will release their third studio album MIDNIGHT MEMORIES on November 25th which includes the worldwide smash hit “Best Song Ever” and the current single “Story Of My Life.”
Designers and product merchandisers beware!!! Kanye West is on a rampage and it doesn’t look as if he’s going to stop any time soon.
As we’ve seen and heard, West has been on this anti-fashion industry rant lately. He’s had quite a few choice words for the international fashion community (i.e. Louis Vutton) not allowing him and his design team become apart of their world. Well, he has know took a jab at a popular merchandise e-commerce CEO and his website, Zappos.com.
During a podcast with novelist Bret Easton Ellis, West was captured saying, “I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he’s trying to tell me what I need to focus on. Meanwhile, he sells all this sh-t product to everybody, his whole thing is based off of selling sh-t product.”
Zappo’s CEO Tony Hseih didn’t appreciate West’s claim. So without saying alot, Hseih created a product aiming at the Chicago rapper.
The “Sh-t Product” is being sold online on Zappos.com for $100,000. According to the item information outlined on the website, this may be the perfect jab back at West.
Interested in buying sh-t product? You’ve come to the right place! Here at Zappos.com, we happily sell sh-t products to everybody! This is the throne, everyone has been watching. Whether you’re #1 or #2, your clique will show no mercy, even in Paris.
- The perfect gift for the man that has everything
- Requires lots of “focus” for most productive use.
- Considered a “safety zone” when in arguments.
- Makes giant arguments seem much smaller.
- Caution: Do not place our Sh-t product near any fans.
- Avoid storms.
LOL! This is hilarious.
But, I do wonder if all of this ranting Kanye is doing is just a publicity stunt. I mean…his Yeezus tour is going on now and what better way to help sell out shows. As long as you keep your name in the news, you keep the attention on you..right???
Rihanna Stuns Audience w/ Wrapped Hair & Bobby Pins, Wins AMA’s ‘ICON’ Award & Rocks “Diamonds” [Video]
Rihanna stole the show last night at the 2013 American Music Awards. From her banging body in that little two-piece black ensemble to her facial beauty, the Barbados-bombshell couldn’t be denied among her peers in the Nokia Theater. The audience and the television viewers were in awe as Ri Ri stunned everyone by rocking a half-done do. In what has to be a “first”, Rihanna strutted her stuff while in a wrap hairstyle adorned with embellished Bobby pins. LOL.
Only Rihanna could have pulled this off…and she did! She still looked stunning without having to wear the latest hair trend. She definitely made a statement last night that she is bold, beautiful, and could care less what we think!
In addition, yesterday evening was an pivotal moment in Rihanna’s career as she was awarded the AMA’s “Icon” Award. The Icon Award is given to artists who has transcended way beyond the norm for most. An icon is an individual who’s name, prescence, spirit, and influence is undeniable and has impacted millions of fans throughout the world. Although some people believe it may be too early for her to receive it, the AMA team of board members apparently didn’t think so. And Rihanna didn’t mind receiving it as she graciously accepted the award.
“I’m so nervous right now. I’m terrible at giving speeches. I’ll just start by saying, twenty years ago is when I really started to make your life a living hell with my annoying little husky man voice you called it. I mean, just disrupting the entire neighborhood…I annoyed every one of my neighbors and ten years later I was blessed enough to meet Evan and Carl and I was working with them.
I auditioned for them at fifteen — my mom came and she was looking at us like, ‘You’re in school uniform and you still have some stuff to finish before you can think about doing this’ and I literally begged and pleaded and she finally said ‘yes’ and I thank you for that yes because that was the beginning of it all.
Shortly after that, my demo was done and I met Jay Z and Jay Brown and those are the guys who really believed in me, L.A. Reid. So many people I have to thank for the success of keeping me sane, my friends, my family, my brothers, my glam team for making me look cute all the time!
My fans I love you so much, you have no idea. You keep me driven. You keep this thing special. I can’t believe I’m 25 years old and I’m holding an icon award. That is weird to even say out loud. I thank you and I’m grateful. You all play such an important part. I’m only as good as my team so I love you guys so much. Thank you!”
After receiving her prestigious award, she took to the stage to perform her hit “Diamonds” off of her Unapologetic album. The song was certified as one of Rihanna’s best songs to-date. The song, written by Sia Furler, has went on to sell 7.5 million copies worldwide.
What Do You Think Of Rihanna’s AMA look? Did She Deserve the Icon Award?
The 2013 American Music Awards aired last night live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. One of the biggest nights in music captures many great moments as your favorite artists were awarded top honors. From the bunch, Taylor Swift came out a big winner along with Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and One Direction.
Our girl Rihanna took home Favorite Female Artist, Pop/Rock, while newbie Ariana Grande was awarded New Artists of the Year. Several hot performances also took place at the AMA’s. Lady Gaga and R. Kelly hit the stage together and Katy Perry, Pitbull, Miley Cyrus and more kept the show well worth the watch.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Favorite Male Artist, Pop/Rock
WINNER: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist, Soul/R&B
Favorite Album, Country
Luke Bryan/Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line/Here’s To The Good Times
WINNER: Taylor Swift/Red
Favorite Album, Rap/Hip-Hop
Jay Z/Magna Carta…Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar/good kid, m.A.A.d city
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/The Heist
Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock
WINNER: Imagine Dragons
Mumford & Sons
Favorite Artist, Latin
WINNER: Marc Anthony
Favorite Album, Pop/Rock
WINNER: One Direction/Take Me Home
Justin Timberlake/The 20/20 Experience
New Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
WINNER: Ariana Grande
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B
WINNER: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist, Country
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Single of the Year
WINNER: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell and T.I.
Favorite Album, Soul/R&B
Robin Thicke/Blurred Lines
WINNER: Justin Timberlake/The 20/20 Experience
Favorite Artist, Electronic Dance Music
Favorite Male Artist, Country
WINNER: Luke Bryan
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop/Rock
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
WINNER: One Direction
Artist of the Year
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Favorite Female Artist, Pop or Rock
WINNER: Taylor Swift
Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Country
The Band Perry
Florida Georgia Line
WINNER: Lady Antebellum
Favorite Artist, Rap/Hip-Hop
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary
WINNER: Maroon 5
Favorite Artist, Contemporary Inspirational
WINNER: Matthew West
The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film
WINNER: Pitch Perfect
Before the show, there’s always the infamous red carpet where celebrities get to show off their bods in the latest fashions. Peep a few of their looks below:
Photo Credit: Getty Images
So, who do you think rocked the red carpet?!!!
Chox-Mak is not your everyday artist he knows how to work the media and push his music all at the same time. Chox-Mak recently said in a interview that connecting with DJ YRS Jerzy is the best thing that happen for his music career. Now with these two dropping projects almost every week now it just shows how serious they are about their careers and where they see themselves being in the next couple of months. These two bring you another classic called “Jax The Ripper” which is a track with a old school meets new school type of vibe to it. They rarely disappoint the people that follow their movement so “Jax The Ripper” should be another dope track from Chox-Mak. This track was also produced by Pepsi Kalisz.
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/iamdjyrsjerzy/chox-mak-ft-dj-yrs-jerzy-jax
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9FeDLJjixY
Twitter: @Chox_Mak910 @IAMDJYRSJERZY
It’s been 20 years since “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” was released by one of hip hop’s most influential rap groups. Wu-Tang’s affect on the culture made labels, music lovers, and corporations realize the potential rap had from a production, lyrical, and merchandising standpoint. In the mist of their 20 year anniversary comeback, their highly anticipated new album (unfortunately) hangs in a balance.
See, the group’s head RZA recently revealed that the process in making their new album “A Better Tomorrow” has been difficult. He told the Associated Press…
“When you’re a young man, you’re hustling and you’ve got 12 hours a day to dedicate to music. It might be more than that,” said the rapper, whose real name is Robert Diggs, in a phone interview. “The energy that’s important is constantly pouring out. But when you’ve got to go seek for the energy, it becomes a little more difficult. Wu-Tang is forever, I’ll never take back that statement. But we haven’t recorded a lot of studio albums. This is the first album we’ve recorded in seven years, actually. And we can’t wait seven years for another album.”
RZA foresees a future where the spirit of the Wu-Tang Clan lives on in the children of the original nine members of the New York-based collective and in the untold scores of rappers, producers and entrepreneurs influenced by the group – folks like Drake, whose “Wu-Tang Forever” drew a lot of attention earlier this year. He’s had trouble wrapping up the collective’s plans in the now, though.
Although RZA estimates the album will be finished by the top of the 2014, the recording process has also been a drag because of the lack of participation by Raekwon. The riff between the two has been made public, but many fans are confused as to why Raekwon isn’t so enthused by the new project.
In an interview with RapFix, Raekwon expressed that there’s a disconnect with the group’s individual opinions about the album and their approach at this historical reunion.
“The bottom line is: Of course I want to see a Wu-Tang reunion. Of course. Who wouldn’t? I just want everything to be right, the business. When we made a lot of our great music, it was because we were in harmony. You cannot put guys together if there is no harmony, and on top of it, we’re doing business. As a man with children, I have to always look at that. It’s bigger than sometimes just the thought of it, the fact of it, it just gotta make sense.”
Is there money issues still brewing between the members? In the past, there were rumors that the dismantle of the group was due to RZA’s control over the business. We wonder if Raekwon still feel some type of way about it. Regardless, the fans are waiting patiently on “A Better Tomorrow”. Wu-Tang, as an entire unit, would give her legacy another great look if they can come together on this project. If the album is released without Raekwon, it just wouldn’t be right.
Hopefully, the guys will iron out their differences soon.
One of our favorite teams on cable television has returned with an all-new action packed season. The crew of Tremont Towing is serving up more drama and pulling more cars on the streets of Miami, Florida.
“South Beach Tow” has garnered viewers from all over creating a cult-like following. You can credit the crazy antics of the cast members for solidifying the show as a certified hit for the network. Now in season 3, the Tremont Towing crew (Christie, Bernice, Robert Jr., Eddie, Jerome, and Perez ) is no longer under the direct guidance of the owner, Robert Ashenoff. The garage is now overseen by its new General Manager, Christie. She has her hands full, not only with the team, but also with the eccentric group of disgruntle drivers who enter the facility on a daily.
This season, Tremont Towing moves from their old spot to a new tow yard. But, the new location only fuels the shenanigans between the drivers. Our girl, Bernice, continues to show everyone who’s boss. She is dealt with a leg injury this time around. However, this doesn’t slow her down from doing her job and getting that check. She tells it like it is and that’s why she’s still a fan favorite. STACKS Magazine had the opportunity to interview Bernice during Season 1 and 2. Check it out by clicking the links below!
“South Beach Tow” definitely gives viewers enough excitement to hold them over from week to week. So, join the hype and tune in to Tru TV every Wednesday @ 10PM!
Watch the latest Season 3, Ep. 4 below: