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ASCAP Presents: Women Behind the Music Recap

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I had the honor of attending ASCAP’s 8th Annual Women Behind the Music event on Wednesday, October 12th in Hollywood; a celebration of the contributions women make to music. This year celebrated¬†Priscilla Renea¬†(singer/songwriter),¬†Dominique Dunn¬†(Vice President of Publishing at Roc Nation), and Eufaula Garrett (Manager/Brand Strategist). WBM¬†was a glamorous event held at an intimate bar in Hollywood’s Entertainment District and was hosted by¬†Moya Nkruma¬†(ASCAP Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul/Urban). Music was provided by¬†DJ Niena Drake¬†as guests mingled before and after the main event.

WBM started off with Continue reading ASCAP Presents: Women Behind the Music Recap

“A Seat at the Table”: A Necessary Discussion About Being Black in America

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Solange Knowles¬†released her highly anticipated self written, produced, and composed album “A Seat at the Table” Friday, September 30th after a 4 year hiatus. Staying true to her gift of provoking self love through her art, this album expresses not only empowerment for African Americans, but also the struggles of racism and mircoaggressions we face throughout our lives. The term “A Seat at the Table” is widely known to represent an opportunity to be heard and make a difference; the exact purpose of this album for the African American community.

“A Seat at the Table” serves as a soundtrack and a source of strength for African Americans as we are continuously, unrightfully, unjustifiably killed at the hands of police officers. When asked on Twitter how “A Seat at the Table” compares to her previous album “True”, Solange notes:

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“A Seat…” starts with a slow tempo “Rise” that instructs Continue reading “A Seat at the Table”: A Necessary Discussion About Being Black in America

Angie Martinez: The Voice of Hip Hop History

Angie Martinez, commonly known as the Voice of New York, did an interview on The Breakfast Club this morning to promote her new memoir, My Voice, that’s being released Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

I’m a huge fan of Angie! (I low key want to be the next Angie Martinez) If you’re a fan of hip hop, man or woman, you know and respect who Angie is in the hip hop culture. Her experience and influence in the industry is inspirational. If you watch or listen to her interviews you’ll notice that she has a way of making her guests feel extremely comfortable in a way that, as a viewer, you feel like you’ve eavesdropped in on a conversation between friends. She makes what she does look easy, but there is a real talent, skill, and empathy¬†that’s needed to make someone feel trusting enough to have an intimate conversation.

Angie gets personal in her upcoming memoir. Continue reading Angie Martinez: The Voice of Hip Hop History