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Exclusive Interview: Ava Gold

Singer-entertainer Ava Gold is teaching her fans how to act “Classy” when it comes to dealing with negativity. Gold is known for her role as Kiki on Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band and the new animated show Fresh Beat Band of Spies, and not only is she also concentrating on her songwriting career with BMG, but she’s also giving back to people in need through her charity work.

I was happy to interview Gold via email to learn more about her career, her new single, “Classy,” and what fans can expect from her in the future. Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Ava Gold

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Exclusive Interview: Jaafar

Music fans need to pay attention to a new voice in music, Jaafar. The upcoming singer/songwriter is now getting the attention of America with his new single, “Sixteen” and I was happy to speak with Jaafar about his single, his unique sound, and what fans can expect on his upcoming album.

You can learn more about Jaafar at his website and make sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud. Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Jaafar

Tweets from the Blackout Music & Film Festival Show Solidarity, Activism and Fun

The Blackout Music & Film Festival took place this weekend, and I’m mad I couldn’t go, seeing how I’m not in Los Angeles. But, thankfully, Twitter was able to keep me updated as to what went on. If you were like me and couldn’t go physically but was there in spirit, here’s some of what went down. Thanks, Twitter! Continue reading Tweets from the Blackout Music & Film Festival Show Solidarity, Activism and Fun

Watch Film, Listen to Music, and Nurture Consciousness at the Blackout Music & Film Festival

One of the coolest events is happening in Los Angeles tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 29) called the Blackout Music & Film Festival. The event, which will take place primarily at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, will feature tons of entertainment, but also a socially conscious message of awareness and activism.  Continue reading Watch Film, Listen to Music, and Nurture Consciousness at the Blackout Music & Film Festival

MOC Monday: Jidenna

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Janelle Monae. I think her message of being who you are, regardless of if others think its “weird,” is so empowering, especially to young girls of color who are afflicted by Eurocentric ideals of beauty and conventionality. Thankfully, Monae knows how to pick her proteges, since all of them express that motto of being yourself in order to lead others. Jidenna seems to embody this in spades, from his bespoke suits to his coiffed hair. Continue reading MOC Monday: Jidenna

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift: The VMAs, Feminism, and Music Videos

Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift have been in the news recently. I’m sure if you’ve been on Twitter within the last four days, you’ve heard about Nicki Minaj taking the VMAs to task for not nominating “Anaconda” for Music Video of the Year. If not, here’s the quick rundown:

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to address her annoyance at MTV for not nominating her music video for “Anaconda” for Music Video of the Year, while nominating other music videos, which contained slim white women, chief among them being Taylor Swift’s music video for “Bad Blood,” which is full of her supermodel and actress friends. Continue reading Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift: The VMAs, Feminism, and Music Videos

Exclusive Interview: Lee Mazin

Do you need some new music to add to your playlist? If so, Lee Mazin is someone you need to be looking out for. Mazin has been named by Meek Mill as the First Lady of his Dreamchasers label, and it’s easy to see why. To me, Mazin’s raps and songs are very much a part of the new age of rap and hip hop, a lane occupied by Sharaya J., Jidenna, and Tink.

I was excited to be able to speak to Mazin in advance of her performance for the Power 99 Powerhouse in Philadelphia, her hometown. Read below to see who her inspirations are, how she gives back to the community, and where she sees rap going in the future.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Lee Mazin