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New R&B Joint: Maxwell - 'Gods' (Lyric Video)

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Liberating more music off his anticipated album "blackSUMMER"Snight," a follow up from his 2009 project, Maxwell plugs listeners to a new tune called, 'Gods.

Smoothin' it out on the mic, Maxwell bellows his lyrics about the struggles of relationships and the drama some people stir in hearts. Ironically comparing it to a game played by Gods, makes sense though. Because it takes a special kind of power to penetrate hearts without any spears. Something like that would make an individual sort of mystical. 

"With your crimes you convicted me. / As you swore so convincingly, / you play the game of Gods."

Maxwell is currently putting the finishing touches on the installment of his fourth studio album, which will debut on July 1st. 

Until then, well you know the drill. 

And just incase, you missed Maxwell's music video for "Lake By The Ocean," hit the play button and check it out below. 


New TV Show Trailer: 'Queen Sugar'

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Premiering in Autumn, the trailer for 'Queen Sugar' was released. The TV show is directed by Ava DuVernay, a series that will be broadcast on Oprah Winfrey's entertainment network, OWN

Ava DuVernay is the acclaimed director for the Oscar, Golden Globes and NAACP awarded movie, 'Selma.' DuVernay also, directed 'Middle of Nowhere.' Trying to raise the bar and diversify Hollywood, Queen Sugar features an all women behind the scene staff of directors, including Oprah who is the executive producer. The trailer was presented by OWN and it is filmmaker's first project working with the broadcasting media company.  

True Blood's actress, Rutina Wesley stars in Queen Sugar, with Kofi Siriboe and Dawn Lyen-Gardner.

Not much is known about the storyline, plot, theme and etc. With the exception of the setting based out of Saint Josephine, Louisiana and just a snippet about the characters. 

In the meantime, check out the trailer below.


President Barack Obama Wants to Get Into the NBA Business & Become an Owner

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Now we know President Barack Obama has some skills when it comes to basketball. Whether in a suit and tie, 

 or displaying his blacktop, street-ball blocking techniques,

and even, in some sweats, the president got game!

Carrying the dream of owning his own NBA team one day, since he was a child, President Barack Obama is ready to make it into his reality.

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In a recent article published by ESPNJosh Earnest who is the press secretary at the White House, conceded that Obama is interested in partaking of an ownership group in the NBA. He affirmed the president would pursue it based on these terms below: 

"potentially ... under the right circumstances."

This is not first time President Obama expressed interest in becoming an NBA boss. During an interview with GQ back in 2015, Barack opened up about becoming an owner, when he was questioned about it. Hmmm, seems like a calling. And it's just going to keep calling like AT&T until he answers and says, "I'm an NBA owner." Because after all, how can you escape a dream that is within you. 


Article Reference: ESPN


Recap of Cleveland Cavaliers' Championship Parade

Posted On: June 24, 2016

On Wednesday (June 22nd), the city of Cleveland in Ohio was filled to capacity of over a million people came out to the celebrate the Cleveland Cavaliers' Championship from the 2016 NBA Finals. 

Amidst the celebration, leading the way was the Cavs' MVP, LeBron James and his whole family. 

Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Champions

Fans and people from all across the nation came together in unison to celebrate Cleveland making NBA history. And they partied like it was 1999. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers, along with LeBron James took pictures with fans. King James donned with a cigar, Kyrie Irving pop a bottle of champagne and J.R. Smith flexed his muscles, parading through the crowd shirtless.

Along with Iman Shumpert who interacted with fans, as he walked and took part in the parade. 

Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Champions

Overall the Cleveland Cavaliers' Championship parade was a peaceful one, with usual reports during a parade of traffic jams and street closures. In spite of that, Cleveland authorities reported a couple people being hospitalized, a few disorderly conducts of some patrons going through street barricades and minor reports from business owners, due to the over crowding in the streets. Beside all that, everything else was good and positive energy filled the air of Cleveland. 

Check out the recap video of it below with cameos by legendary Jim Brown and more. 


New Tunes: Miguel - 'Come Through & Chill'

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Slowing it down, just a little to get the tunes right on this beautiful Friday (June 24th) afternoon, with a new cut from Miguel titled, 'Come Thought & Chill." 

The track was produced by Salaam Remi and features mellow, soulful rhythm and blues sound elements. It's a song for those summer backyard parties, a record to spin and kiss under the moon and just chill out to. 

Grab your earphones and plug to it below.


Sixers Choose Ben Simmons as Their #1 Pick & Full List of The 2016 NBA Draft

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Seems like an annual thing, during the course of four years, the Philadelphia 76ers' selection during NBA Draft Picks have been frontcourt players. This year (2016) was no different when the Sixers chose Ben Simmons as their number one pick in the draft line up. 

Overwhelmed with anxiety last night (June 23rd), Ben Simmons conveyed to news reporters that he felt relieved of a certain amount of tension, once he discovered which team he would be on and the awareness of where his focus would be. 

"It honestly feels like all this pressure just has hopped off me."

"Now I can relax, but now I know where I'm going to be. More importantly, I know where I'm headed and know I can really start working on what I need to work on for the team."

With stats of: 19.2 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, and 4.8 assists per game on 56 percent shooting, the Sixers had a keen eye on Simmons, whose overall vision on the court is his best qualities. 

Basketball operation president, Bryan Colangelo believes in Ben Simmons' qualities towards improving the game plays and determination of Sixers' team. Noting their admiration of those virtues. 

"He's going to make the players on the court that he plays with better."

That's one of the key characteristics or traits that we liked about Ben," Colangelo expressed. 

Bryan also, indicated other characteristics of Simmons (pictured below with NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver) and his physical components. 

"He's a mature individual."

"He's physically developed," Bryan Colangelo explained. 

Before making a choice of their top pick, the Philadelphia 76ers developed a bond with Ben Simmons. The Sixers' head coach Brett Brown coached Simmons father thirty years ago. He disclosed it during an interview back in November of 2015. 

"I was his dad’s assistant coach when I was with the Melbourne Tigers and his mom was the head cheerleader and then here comes Ben Simmons."

Hailing from Australia, the 6"10" LSU point forward was ecstatic about being chosen and has high hopes of what he'll bring to the team. 

"I always want to be the best player," Ben Simmons stated. 

"They selected me, so it means a lot. They believe in what I can bring to the franchise."

Below is footage highlighting the journey of Ben Simmons and the road to becoming the 2016 NBA #1 Draft Pick

He then went on revealing how one of his basketball idols is Allen Iverson, who was ironically Philadelphia 76ers' number one pick twenty years ago. 

"A lot of people don't know that I actually had a poster of A.I. when I was young in my room."

The 2016 NBA Draft Pick list continues with Brandon Ingram coming in second place, selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. Jaylen Brown is third, recruited by the Boston Celtics. Dragan Bender is the fourth pick, heading to the Phoenix Suns. And the list continues below. 

  1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons (F, LSU)
    2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram (SF, Duke)
    3. Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown (G/F, California)
    4. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender (PF, Croatia)
    5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kris Dunn (PG, Providence)
    6. New Orleans Pelicans: Buddy Hield (SG, Oklahoma)
    7. Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray (SG, Kentucky)
    8. Sacramento Kings: Marquese Chriss (PF, Washington) | Traded to Phoenix Suns
    9. Toronto Raptors: Jakob Poeltl (C, Utah)
    10. Milwaukee Bucks: Thon Maker (PF, Australia)
    11. Orlando Magic: Domantas Sabonis (PF, Gonzaga) | Traded to Oklahoma City Thunder
    12. Atlanta Hawks: Taurean Prince (SF, Baylor)
    13. Sacramento Kings: Georgios Papagiannis (C, Greece)
    14. Chicago Bulls: Denzel Valentine (G/F, Michigan State)
    15. Denver Nuggets: Juan Hernangomez (PF, Spain)
    16. Boston Celtics: Guerschon Yabusele (PF, France)
    17. Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin IV (PG, Vanderbilt)
    18. Detroit Pistons: Henry Ellenson (PF, Marquette)
    19. Denver Nuggets: Malik Beasley (SG, Florida State)
    20. Brooklyn Nets: Caris LeVert (SG, Michigan)
    21. Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Bembry (SF, St. Joseph’s)
    22. Sacramento Kings: Malachi Richardson (SG, Syracuse)
    23. Boston Celtics: Ante Zizic (C, Croatia)
    24. Philadelphia 76ers: Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (SF, France)
    25. Los Angeles Clippers: Brice Johnson (PF, North Carolina)
    26. Philadelphia 76ers: Furkan Korkmaz (SG, Turkey)
    27. Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam (PF, New Mexico State)
    28. Phoenix Suns: Skal Labissiere (PF, Kentucky)
    29. San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray (PG, Washington)
    30. Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones (C, Vanderbilt)


Video by: Too Mainey 


Angela Bassett Partners With Dr. Barbara Sturm to Release Skin Care Products to Treat Darker Skin

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Going through years of finding the right skin care products to treat and maintain the health of her skin, Angela Bassett had difficulties finding a product that actually worked. Most skin care lines in the market are targeted and geared to treat mostly White skin. Also, the ingredients contained in those products are not receptive towards taking care of African-American skin, due to their properties and the difference of issues in skin and tones. 

Seeing the need for innovation in modifying the skin care line market, with more products that served and catered to darker skin; Angela Bassett was motivated to revolutionize the merchandising and retail of skin care brands. Joining forces with a long time friend and also one with medical expertise in skin care, Bassett has partnered up with Dr. Barbara Sturm (pictured below) to release "Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm" to treat and help African- Americans maintain the vigor of their skin. 

The idea was seeded when Angela tried Dr. Sturm's skin care line 'Dr. Barbara Sturm Skincare Collection,' prior to their launch and none of the products worked for her. Most of the merchandise was created to treat anti-anging. Bassett has opened up to Dr. Sturm's about the issues she was dealing with her skin such as: irritations and breakouts. Angela also, confided to her friend about other issues Black people face with their skin, dealing with hyperpigmentation and inflammations. In wanting to provide treatment and the resources to help alleviate those problems in darker skin, Bassett and Dr. Sturm began creating and developing solution based products. This has been in the works for the past two years. 

Referencing an article from WWD, Bassett verbalized that she wanted to improve the self esteem in African-Americans, for them to become more acquainted with their skin and complexions, by contributing products that actually worked; and inspire them to embrace their reflections of their mirrors. 

"And to see what is good for it and ingredients that are helpful — and not invasive or irritating. I like them to be pleased when they look in the mirror, to feel good about themselves and the condition of their complexion."

Barbara revealed the ingredients that are in Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm to WWD, she disclosed that purslane was the main factor and how it is an herb.

"Our main ingredient which goes through our whole line is purslane." 

"It’s also an herb, and it has such powerful properties in every direction."

She also elaborated about its elements and how it works on skin. 

"What I like the most is actually is the youth enzyme, this telomerase activator. The telomerase activates an enzyme to keep those ends of the chromosomes long, which actually works against natural programmed cell death and that’s the key. So not only do we have anti-inflammation and the evening out of skin tone but also a big thing for antiaging."

In continuation with her interview with WWD, Dr. Sturm talked about her interest in treating inflammation, its connection to aging the skin and wanting to clarify people's skin of that problem, especially with African-Americans. 

"It is, to me, the key factor to causing any skin problems or any problems in our body, but also it is mainly responsible for aging. So I was always very interested in anti-inflammation. Since African-American, or skin of color, problems [revolve] mainly [around] inflammation that is why I especially took care in this range. It has real ingredients, which are scientifically shown to address inflammation."

Angela and Dr. Sturm opened up about launching a line of skin care aimed at teenagers. From her medical experiences, Barbara expressed the issues in skin starting around those time and wants to address them. 

"I think the underlining problem starts with the teenage years,” Dr. Sturm revealed.

"We have to find something just a little more affordable and start at an early age and give them something that they don’t even have to deal with the symptoms in later age."

Angela Bassett's skin care brand, Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm, in association with her friend will consist of five based items. It includes two different kind of face creams, serum, foam and enzyme cleansers. Retailed from $58 to $335 and will exclusively be released at Harrods' store and online next month (July). 


Article Reference: WWD


7-Year Old, Morgan E. Taylor Writes Book to Inform Black Girls that They Are Also Princesses

Posted On: June 24, 2016

During a conversation with her father, seven year old Morgan E. Taylor was baffled and wanted to know why there were no princesses in books and movies that looked like her. Morgan's father expressed she could be and how Morgan was a princess too. Since that conversation, something sparked in Morgan because she developed a passion to innovate change and informed little Black girls like herself, that they too are also princesses. 

Morgan E. Taylor went to work, with the guidance of her father , G. Todd Taylor, the seven year old wrote her first book and became an author. She was inspired by the conversation she had with her father, which motivated her to become a young leader in implementing change for a better world. 

The book is titled, "Daddy's Little Princess" and was co-authored by her father Todd, purposed to reassure and instill the knowledge into adolescent African-American girls that regardless of their colors and tones, they are princesses. Daddy's Little Princess' storyline introduces its readers and based on facts about princesses and queens of African-American origin from all over the world. Presenting princesses such as: Princess Elizabeth of Toro, Princess Angela of Liechtenstein and more. It's also composed of empowering fundamentals to uplift the self esteem of little Black girls. 

During an interview at Morgan's book premier and signing, her mother Diane Taylor spoke to news reporters and talked about how special Morgan is. And how after her father told her she was a princess, the notion of it inspired her to let other little Black girls know as well about their crowns. 

"Morgan is special and I know everybody's child is special. The idea that she could take something from her head and make it into a movement is amazing," Morgan's mother conveyed. 

Daddy's Little Princess also wants to empower other little girls that they are princesses, no matter their color, culture, heritage, background; and etc. From the launch of this book, Morgan wants to go forth and write her second book (You go girl!) about teaching girls about the importance of saving and money management. 

Clap it up for the young queen in training, Godspeed to Morgan! 


Big Sean Bestows $25,000 to Eradicate Student Homelessness at Wayne State University

Posted On: June 23, 2016

Trying to make a difference and going beyond the domain of music, Big Sean recently made an investment in humanitarian services, by contributing to a great cause. 

With a bag full of money, Big Sean bestowed 25,000 dollars to eradicate and help rectify student homelessness at Wayne State University The donation will be implemented into Wayne's HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) program to elevate, guide and provide backing in short term housing, services in child care; and food assistance. 

The program was launched in 2013 with a purpose to facilitate financial compensation and reinforcements in providing resources for students in education, support and long term stability. Founded by Jacqueline Wilson, HIGH devotes an oath of helping those in need. 

Big Sean is devoted as well with his own foundation called, Sean Anderson Foundation which makes donations to programs like the one at Wayne State University, pledging to change the world through humanitarian efforts and innovate the betterment of mankind. It's also a family affair with Big Sean's mother, Myra Anderson who is the president nurturing the foundation. 

In a press release about the Wayne State University contribution, Myra Anderson stated the vision of the funding was to trigger the rate of graduation and saw HIGH program the ladder for students to rise to the occasion. 

"We see the HIGH Program as an important component of ensuring success at Wayne State, and we are proud to help strengthen its mission."

"We aim to boost graduation rates at the university by providing support to students facing hardship," Anderson elaborated. 

Big Sean continues to make his mark in the world, a couple of months ago during the Flint Water Crisis, Sean founded and kicked off a campaign called, #HealFlintKids. The mission was to implore others like himself, to get involved and assist those who were affected by the Flint Water Crisis.  


Westside Remix: Fat Joe and Remy Ma feat. Snoop Dogg, The Game & E40 - 'All The Way Up'

Posted On: June 23, 2016

Hip Hop heavyweights from Cali, link up to remix Fat Joe's and Remy Ma feat. French Montana's summer anthem, 'All The Way Up.'

Titled the 'Westside Remix,' the Godfather Snoop Dogg sanctifies the track with his smooth and fluid flow. The Game comes on and makes his play referencing Ol' Dirty Bastards signature voice caricature and macs on the track. E40 twist things up with plethora of his lyrics

All The Way Up has been remixed by HOV, Meek Mill, Jadakiss, Daddy Yankee and more. 

Bang to it below. 


Michael Jordan Devotes Half a Million Dollars for Literacy Programs in Charlotte, N.C.

Posted On: June 23, 2016

Since becoming a billionaire in 2015, Michael Jordan is utilizing his wealth to enrich the lives of others. Over the course of his basketball career, Jordan has networked contracts with Nike, Hanes, Gatorade and etc. to elevate his networth. In doing so, MJ was able to invest in the Charlotte Hornets with 90% ownership of franchise sales and business dealings. 

Knowing all the plays on the basketball court to score and win, Michael Jordan demonstrates plays in the business world. Partnering and developing entities from structured investments, MJ continues in investing of other endeavors and ventures. His recent one was announced earlier this week, when Jordan, in affiliations with contributors from Lowe's and Bank of America made a half a million ($500,000) dollar expenditure to finance literacy programs in his hometown, Charlotte, N.C. 

Referencing an article from the Charlotte Observer, the $500,000 will go to these organizations listed below. 

"Funding for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Freedom School Partners, Child Care Resources Inc., and CrossRoads Corp. Jordan and the team also plan to help build 18 libraries around the city and donate thousands of books."

During the Hornets' annual day of community service, Michael Jordan made a statement about interlacing the Charlotte Hornets back into the community and his effort of making that impact of unity. 

"When I took over majority control of the team, one of the biggest impacts I wanted…was to reconnect back to the community." 

"I felt (that connection) was lost a little bit with the previous ownership, and I felt it was very important," Jordan revealed. 

Indeed Michal Jordan has already and continues to make an impact, since he became the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, making investment in the community estimated at $3 million dollars. Prior to that, in 2010 he donated $250,000 to maintain the sports program at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Continuing to fund education, MJ is taking a shot at literacy to provide resources for children to learn and maximize their abilities in reading and writing. At the rate Jordan is going with his philanthropic investments and ventures, he has the potential of manifesting himself into a multi-billionaire. 


Article Reference: Charlotte Observer 

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