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Netflix – Cuties

By Cassandra Yany

One of Netflix’s newest films, Cuties, has garnered much attention and backlash since its Sep. 9 release on the streaming platform. The coming-of-age film depicts a young girl as she tries to navigate her life as a pre-teen growing up in a Muslim family living in Paris.

Many critics have spoken out against the film, which currently holds the no. 7 spot in Netflix’s ‘Top 10,’ for its depiction of 11-year-old girls dancing and behaving in an indecent manner. According to the New York Times, the movie was first deemed controversial in the U.S. in August when Netflix released the promotional artwork. The original marketing for the film displayed an image of four young girls in skimpy dance costumes posing provocatively.

This, along with the trailer, prompted opposers to start petitions online and call for the removal of the film from Netflix’s catalog. Netflix apologized and changed the artwork for the film to a more innocent photo of the same four characters walking down the street with shopping bags, donning bras and underwear over their clothes.

Last week’s release of the film has sparked conversation once again amongst parents, politicians and others, causing #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter. Lina Nealon, the Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has spoken out against the film saying “While we commend Director Maïmouna Doucouré for exposing the very real threats to young girls having unfettered access to social media and the internet, we cannot condone the hypersexualization and exploitation of the young actresses themselves in order to make her point.” She called for Netflix to cut the “sexually-exploitive” scenes from the film, or remove the film from the platform altogether.

On Friday, Hawaii Rep. Tulse Gabbard tweeted, “@Netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children… Netflix you are now complicit.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz penned a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr Friday calling for the Department of Justice to start an investigation into the production and distribution of the film to “determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved in the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

Cruz wrote that “the film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial nudity” falsely claiming that there’s a scene exposing a “minor’s bare breast.” The Associated Press reported that one of Cruz’s representatives, Lauren Aronson, said that the senator has not seen the film.

According to the Washington Times, some critics are even calling on the Obama’s— who have a production deal with Netflix— to take action against the film. Deadline stated that “The reality appears to have been lost in the storm, and the truth is very few of the people reacting so strongly will have actually seen the film.”

Netflix told USA TODAY “‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up— and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

Director Maïmouna Doucouré defends the film, saying that it works to shed light on these issues so they can be fixed. Cuties first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, where it won the Directing Jury Award for the dramatic film category. According to the New York Times, the movie did not stir up much conversation in France after its theatrical release (as Mignnonnes in French) in August.

Deadline reports that Doucouré did not see the promotional material prior to when it was circulated on the internet. She said that she received death threats as the outrage grew over these images. She told the news site that the film is not apologetic about the hypersexualization of children, but instead is her “…personal story as well as the story of many children who have to navigate between a liberal western culture and a conservative culture at home.”

Cuties was Doucouré’s feature directorial debut. Similar to the film’s main character, Amy, Doucouré is of Senegalese descent and grew up in a Muslim culture in Paris. In an interview at Sundance, she said she first had the idea for the movie after attending a neighborhood gathering in Paris where she saw a group of 11-year-old girls doing a stage performance of a “sensual” dance. She was shocked to see girls that age dance like that in short clothing. “We can’t continue to close our eyes about that,” she told the interviewer.

Doucouré researched for a year and a half, meeting with hundreds of pre-teens who told her their stories. She learned about their ideas of femininity, and how their self image is affected by the emphasis of social media in today’s society. According to IndieWire, the young actresses’ parents were on board with the project to spread awareness of the issue, and there was a psychologist working with the girls throughout filming who is still helping them throughout the release process.

The film is centered around Amy, an 11-year-old girl who has recently moved to a housing development in a poor suburb of Paris with her Senegalese, observant Muslim family. She looks out for her brothers, takes care of responsibilities around the house, and is in the process of being taught how to ‘be a woman’ by  her aunt.

One day after prayer, Amy walks by the laundry room and sees a girl her age dancing to music playing from her phone. In a subsequent scene, Amy is seen trying to straighten her hair with a clothing iron, burning part of it off as a result. 

Amy learns that her father, who is still in Senegal, has taken a second wife and will be coming to Paris soon to have the wedding. Her mother, Mariam, tries to hide her reaction to the news, but Amy sees her grow upset and take her frustrations out on herself. This is where Amy’s behavior begins to shift; she starts to reject her culture and identity, and instead tries to conform to fit in with the other girls at school. 

At school, Amy is teased for her clothes and lack of fashion sense, so she begins to wear her younger brother’s t-shirt to match the crop tops that her classmates wear. After seeing a group of girls her age dancing after school, Amy steals her cousin’s iPhone to learn how to dance, herself. She comes across their social media accounts and begins taking selfies, imitating what she sees on their profiles. 

Amy finds herself a spot in the girls’ friend group and dance troupe, and as a result, begins to neglect her responsibilities at home. Amy starts to show more self expression, wearing her hair natural rather than pulling it back. She also begins to explore the internet more, finding videos of almost-naked women dancing rather suggestively and moving their bodies in ways that an 11-year-old probably shouldn’t be watching. 

Taking what she found online, Amy practices dancing with her friends and teaches them how to twerk. This is where the movie begins to make viewers slightly uneasy. It was jarring to see these young, innocent girls tainted by this inappropriate content and doing dance moves that they didn’t understand the implications of. It appears that this was the intention of director Doucouré, as she stated in an interview with Netflix that the film is “…a mirror of today’s society; a mirror sometimes difficult to look into and accept but still so true.”

Some of the scenes, frankly, are very disturbing to watch. These include the girls dancing provocatively for two older male workers at a laser tag facility so that they wouldn’t get in trouble for sneaking in, as well as Amy beginning to undress for her cousin once he found she had stolen his iPhone in an attempt to smooth over the situation. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when Amy takes a picture of her genitals to post on her social media profile so that people at school would think she’s mature. While there was no nudity shown in this scene, the implied action was horrifying to watch. 

At the end of the film, Amy performs with her dance troupe at a local competition. Dressed in revealing outfits, they dance immodestly in front of a crowd of people who quickly seem unsettled. (This is the scene from which the original promotional photos were taken.) Toward the end of the song, Amy freezes as she begins to think about her mom, then runs off the stage crying. She goes home where she asks her mom not to attend her father’s wedding. Her mom continues to get ready for the event, but tells Amy that she doesn’t have to go.

Instead of going to the wedding, Amy steps outside and begins jumping rope. This scene depicts a mixture of her two identities: she is wearing jeans and a crop top with her hair down, but is surrounded by people of her culture dressed in traditional garments. After suppressing her family’s background for a majority of the movie, Amy is finally able to find the balance where her multiple cultures intersect in order to be her honest self. 

After watching Cuties, it is evident that it is not meant to promote this behavior among young girls, but instead provide commentary on what is happening today and warn the adults who see the movie. The harsh reality is that more pre-adolescents are exposed to this type of content than we think. Any child who has access to a smart device and social platforms have the potential to see a video not meant for them. Take TikTok for example: racy dances to Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” as well as a recent trend where women make “thirst traps” to Beyoncé’s “Rocket” are some of the most popular videos on the app right now. Young TikTok users can easily see creators on their For You Page enjoying themselves while engaging in these trends, causing the young viewer to want to do the same.

When speaking to Deadline, Doucouré said, “What happens is young girls see images of women being objectified, and the more the woman becomes an object, the more followers and like she has— they see that as a role model and try to imitate these women, but they’re not old enough to know what they’re doing.” In a separate interview, she posed the question, “Isn’t the objectification of a woman’s body that we often see in our Western culture not another kind of oppression?”

Overall, Cuties shows the dangers of uncensored media for young children and displays how impressionable they can be. It also shows the journey of Amy’s self-discovery and learning how to blend her multiple cultures in order to shape her identity. Unfortunately, the risqué nature of the film overshadows the storyline and the message is lost for a number of audience members.

In various articles, Doucouré is quoted discussing the meaning of the film in the broad context of femininity and what it means for young girls to enter womanhood in this digital age. During her aforementioned interview with Netflix, she stated “The real question of Cuties is can we, as women, truly choose who we want to be, beyond the role models that are imposed upon us by society?”

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Independence Day Drink

2020 Labor Day Celebrations

By Cassandra Yany

In the face of COVID-19, Labor Day weekend looked very different his year. Absent were the large family cookouts and pool parties, or the big end-of-summer beach crowds. Many cities even had to omit public fireworks to prevent mass gatherings. Though the long weekend did not bring the celebrations we’re used to, there were still plenty of safe ways to enjoy the holiday.

Virtual events allow you to take part in more activities in different locations than you would have been able to physically. Made in America, a festival started by Jay-Z in 2012, was set to take place in Philadelphia this past weekend. On July 1, festival organizers announced that it would be rescheduled to Labor Day weekend 2021. They said in a statement “Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, COVID-19, systemic racism and police brutality. Now is the time to protect the health of our artists, fans, partners and community as well as focus on our support for organizations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country.”

This year’s lineup went unannounced, but last year’s festival was headlined by Travis Scott and Cardi B. Since the physical festival was canceled, a livestream showcasing the best performances took place on the music streaming service TIDAL throughout the weekend. The virtual festival included sets from Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lizzo, Coldplay, Rihanna and many other chart-topping artists.

Nationally, a Labor Day virtual race was held by The Best Races for runners to run anywhere on their own time and submit their results. Participants who registered for the full package received a personal coach who was available Monday through Friday to provide help and answer questions during training, and provided encouragement and support on the day of the race.

Runners across the country were able to choose the distance of the race they wanted to participate in. Depending on what package they signed up for, they received a certificate of completion and digital medal, a 3-inch medal sent to their homes, a printable custom bib, a custom digital photo card that contains the race results, a digital running journal, a t-shirt, optional course maps and an optional pen pal program. 

Based in Portland, the Oregon Labor Movement held a statewide virtual Labor Day celebration and call to action on Monday. The organizers brought light to issues taking place in the state saying, “Working Oregonians are facing three crises at once: a deadly global pandemic, an economic free fall, and long-standing institutional racism.”

The event began at noon and featured talks from Oregon’s labor leaders, elected officials, and working Oregon citizens regarding their desire for change and their pursuit toward justice for workers. This event came after Portland’s rise to national prominence for their Black Lives Matter demonstrations and federal agents entering the city in recent months.

A number of virtual events were held in Los Angeles this past weekend, as well. HomeState, the LA-based Texas Kitchen, held its first Margarita Showdown in 2019, but had to move it online this year due to the pandemic and social distancing measures. The virtual event took place Saturday via livestream. Margarita makers in the area competed to see whose drink was the best.

Voters received eight bottled margaritas, along with limes and garnishing salt to try the different submissions from the safety of their homes. The winner chosen was El Compadre, a local Mexcian restaurant. The event was hosted by comedian Cristela Alonzo, and featured musical performances by Chicano Batman, Spoon, Questlove, Fred Armisen, Local Natives and Angela Muñoz. All proceeds from the event benefit the organization No Us Without You! and the Watts Empowerment Center.

The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories in Santa Monica hosted a virtual Labor Day Pies class on Sunday. In the class, participants were taught how to make a s’mores pie and key lime pie. Registration for the class included access to the Zoom video meeting, as well as the recipe and shopping list. Recipes can also be found on Gourmandise’s Instagram.

Some cities were able to hold in-person events following social distancing guidelines. Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, located in the Seaport District, upheld its tradition of free admission on Labor Day. The museum is typically closed on Mondays, but was open from 10 am to 5 pm for guests who reserved tickets. 

Monday was the last day for guests to see the exhibits Tschabalala Self: Out of Body and Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas. Also on display were the Sterling Ruby, Nina Chanel Abney and Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama exhibits. The ICA has increased cleaning and follows Massachusetts COVID guidelines by requiring all staff and visitors to wear face coverings, and allowing a restricted number of guests each hour. Spaces that don’t allow physical distancing are temporarily closed, and exhibition labels and printed materials have been made available online to reduce touch surfaces.


In New York City, a Labor Day Paint in the Park event was held in Central Park. The two-hour socially distant class was led by a master artist who gave step-by-step painting instructions. Participants were required to wear masks and sit six feet apart. Admission included a pre-sketched canvas and painting supplies, and parties were encouraged to bring food and drinks to snack on during the class.

For those who wanted to enjoy the holiday by relaxing at home with their favorite movie or TV show, a number of stores had sales to mark the end of summer. There were countless deals that shoppers could take advantage of to celebrate their work.
Many workers have faced great adversity within the past eight months, some losing their positions and having to move quickly to find a new one, and others doing their job in a way they never thought they would have to. Whether you stayed in or got out of the house for some socially-distant fun, Monday was definitely a day worth celebrating.

Mulatto of Altanta inside 360 MAGAZINE illustrated by Rita Azar.

Mulatto – Queen of Da Souf

Today, Mulatto cements her position with the release of her RCA Records debut project Queen of Da Soufclick here to listen. To usher in the long-awaited release, Big Latto premieres the Sara Lacombe-directed video for “Youngest N Richest,” one of the many standout tracks from the energetic project – click here to watch.

This year continues to be a stellar one for the 21-year-old Atlanta-based rapper. Her track,“Bitch From Da Souf (Remix)” featuring Saweetie and Trina, was recently RIAA-certified Gold, making Mulatto the first solo female rapper from Atlanta to accomplish this feat. As Mulatto continues to climb the charts –#3 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart and Top 10 on the Nielsen BDS Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart this week, theMuwop” video featuring Gucci Mane has reached 10 million views. Revealed last week, Latto is one of only two women inducted into the XXL 2020 Freshman Class, earning her another major milestone in her burgeoning career. In addition to her own music, Mulatto has been inescapable; from her recent cameo in Cardi B’s “WAP” video featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to countless features including NLE Choppa’s “Make Em Say,” and Hitmaka’s “Thot Box (Remix),” proving that Big Latto is bigger and better than ever before.

On top of her recent accolades, Queen of Da Souf solidifies Mulatto’s place in hip-hop as she displays her talent as a lyricist with witty, raunchy and raw bars. Gucci ManeCity Girls21 Savage and 42 Dugg make guest appearances, while producers Bankroll Got It, Hitmaka, Murda Beatz and more provide the addictive beatsThe project includes previously released tracks “Muwop” featuring Gucci Mane, “Bitch From Da Souf (Remix)”featuring Saweetie and Trina“No Hook” and “He Say She Say.” 

Queen of Da Souf Tracklist:

01 Youngest N Richest

02 Muwop feat. Gucci Mane

03 In n Out feat City Girls

04 He Say She Say

05 Pull Up feat. 21 Savage

06 Toya Turnup Talks

07 On God

08 Look Back At It

09 No Hook

10 Off Top feat. 42 Dugg

11 My Body

12 Blame Me

13 Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) feat. Saweetie & Trina

New Duke Dumont Music Video

Duke Dumont released a new video for his single “Nightcrawler” on Tuesday.

The song features Say Lou Lou and is the lead single from his debut album “Duality,” which was released in April. The video depicts two women driving around the streets of Los Angeles, collecting money and and hitting targets, but a final twist in the story shows us that you never know who you can trust.

“Nightcrawler” is produced by Obra House, who has worked with artists like Lil Nas X, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

Dumont hails from the United Kingdom and has used his love for electronic and techno music as inspiration since 2007. Dumont has racked up over 3 billion streams, and his 2015 single “Ocean Drive” went platinum.

Known for his catchy hooks, precision arrangement and powerful emotion, Dumont has kept clubs going deep into the night his entire career.

You can check out the new video for “Nightcrawler” by clicking right here.

Cardi B illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Cardi B × TIDAL

Following a nine-month hiatus, Cardi B joins Elliott Wilson exclusively on TIDAL Check In to discuss her latest track and music video “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion. 

The interview can be viewed on TIDAL or on TIDAL’s instagram.

Cardi B talks about the stress involved with producing content during the pandemic, navigating shyness and anxiety, and how she met Megan in the whirlwind that this year has been. The Grammy award-winning rapper also details her struggle to make a clean version of WAP, what Offset’s reaction was to the new single, and why she finally decided to do PRESS.

This interview adds to the growing list of exclusive content and unique experiences available for TIDAL members, including CRWN with Megan Thee Stallion, Rap Radar with Drake, Car Test with Jhene Aiko and more. The interview further solidifies the platform’s commitment to elevating the connection between artists and their fans by providing subscribers with more than just great music.

To help keep everyone up-to-date on some of their favorite artists during quarantine, TIDAL rolled out an ongoing “TIDAL Check Ins” series hosted by Elliott Wilson on TIDAL IG Live. Previous TIDAL Check In guests have included Fabolous, T-Pain, Big Sean, The-Dream, Swizz Beats, Snoop Dogg and more.

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The Fader – Digital FORT 2.0 × Dolby

Earlier this week, The FADER announced its line-up for their Digital FORT 2.0, with over 30 + exclusive performances from both acclaimed and emerging artists in support of several charities, including Trap Heals, the NAACP, For The Gworls, Arts & Parts, Gideon’s Army United and more.

In addition to the set times, today the FADER is excited to announce their new partnership with Dolby.  

New to Digital FORT is a short film featuring acclaimed jazz artist and producer Terrace Martin as Dolby and The FADER explore the places, the process, and the people that inspire his creative hustle. The film kicks off the “Inspired to Inspire” Artist Spotlight Talent Search.  Additionally, The FADER, in collaboration with Dolby, will host a social media talent search, encouraging artists to create and submit a performance using the free Dolby On recording app for a chance to win an Artist Spotlight interview and video premiere on The FADER, written by our award winning editorial team.  

The submission contest aims to champion creatives to use their voice by giving them a once-in-a-career opportunity to align with some of the biggest names in music. All entries must be of original material up to five minutes in length and entered through the submission form HERE. Submissions must be made using Dolby On, a free app, available HERE. Entrants are also encouraged to post their submissions to social media using the hashtag #DolbyInspiredToInspire. The entry period begins July 25th at 5:00 PM EST and ends on August 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced on TheFADER.com by August 31, 2020.  

Digital FORT 2.0 is set to take place on Saturday, July 25th, beginning at 5 PM EST, and will host a mix of performance pieces and exclusive content from both acclaimed and emerging artists.  

The broadcast will be embedded for viewing on The FADER’s website and live on The FADER’s Official YouTube Channel, with select content remaining available on VOD for one week following the event.  

“As much as we miss interacting in person with our audience and the artist community at FADER FORT and The FADER events, the response to our first Digital FORT was truly incredible,” says Jon Cohen, co-founder and co-CEO of The FADER. “It really captured the community that we have built around FADER FORT. We are honored to have a platform in FADER FORT that artists continue to want to use to showcase their talent and creativity. With Digital FORT 2.0, we have expanded our partnerships to not only elevate the quality of our production, but give our audience an even better experience.”  

Sponsors to Digital FORT 2.0 include Dolby, D’usse Cognac, and YouTube.  

Digital FORT 2.0 will also continue to hold a charitable element as a call to action, as the world continues to cope with the current musical, social, and political landscape. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, worldwide demonstrations have shed light on police violence, racial injustice and political indifference.  

Visitors to the Digital FORT 2.0 will be encouraged to donate to Trap Heals, among others.  

Trap Heals is a creative agency and collective of artists based in South Central Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA that focus on the intersection of art, culture and activism to cultivate community engagement and social equity. Through the use of visual art, brand development and creative strategy, Trap Heals has collaborated with numerous non-profits, political movements and brands to reimagine culture and community healing.  

“For an entire generation, The FADER has represented the highest levels of boundless creativity, genre-bending sonic landscapes, and awe-inspiring artistic vision, says Damon Turner, CEO and Founder of Trap Heals.  

“We at Trap Heals are honored to be a part of that vision. We believe in healing for our community through music and creativity. And with our shared visions will create an opportunity for ultimate transformation – personally, politically and artistically.”  

In addition to Trap Heals, Digital FORT 2.0 will lend its platform to a variety of organizations such as The NAACP, For The Gworls, Arts & Parts, Gideon’s Army United, and more curated by the artists of the Digital FORT 2.0 lineup.  

“Music has always had the ability to inspire and uplift during challenging times,” says Rob Stone, co-founder of The FADER. “We’re humbled by the great talent that chose not only to participate in the first Digital FORT in March, but who are open to sharing their work at a time when the music community needs it most this July.”  

D’USSE

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TRAP HEALS

Trap Heals is an Incubator and Accelerator program based in South Central Los Angeles that is focused on building the work and life skills, economic literacy, and professional development for creatives and artists who have been historically disenfranchised in order to promote community healing and economic equity.  

YouTube is a video-sharing website whose mission and vision statements have not only revolutionized entertainment but also related businesses. With over 2 Billion users worldwide, YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. In 2018, YouTube announced YouTube Giving, a fundraising platform which enables creators to raise awareness, and money, for their chosen organizations via the video platform.  

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More about FADER FORT Digital

Each year, Austin’s SXSW draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe – and many share the same goal: Score a pass to get into the invite only FADER FORT. Due to the spread of the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, Austin cancelled SXSW and all other live music events followed suit. Devastated by the festival’s cancellation along with the nation on lockdown, globally renowned brand, The FADER, along with 100 musicians came together to bring FADER FORT to their fans living room with a one-time digital broadcast event. Tagged as “Your Online Music Care Package”, The FADER Fort Digital Broadcast launched as a collaborative incentive for artists and The FADER to raise money for various charities hit the hardest in the music and entertainment industries.  

Initially announced as a nine hour event, due to an overwhelming response from the music community, The FADER extended to two days, March 31 and April 1.  

The Eighteen hour broadcast event featured original performances and a mixed bag of exclusive content from both acclaimed and emerging artists. Participants included DJ Shadow, Phantogram, RMR, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter- Patrisse Cullors, Ari Lennox, TOKiMONSTA, Childish Major and many others.  

FADER FORT’s digital debut amassed over 150 million impressions on social media and raised over $25,000 for charity. Due to popular demand and the success of The FADER Fort’s Digital Broadcast debut, The FADER announces DIGITAL FORT 2.0 in July.  

The FADER FORT has been a platform for musical discovery, often launching the careers of artists who perform at the event. In previous years, The FADER FORT has hosted surprise and scheduled performances by Drake, Cardi B, Kanye West, Diddy, Lil’ Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and other notable acts – often before they became household names.

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Teyana Taylor’s Exclusive Celeb Listening Event

Cardi B, Offset, Quavo, Winnie Harlow, Lena Waithe, Terrence J, and more joined Teyana Taylor at an exclusive LA listening event for THE ALBUM.

THE ALBUM, releasing Juneteenth, features special guests Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Quavo, Missy Elliott, Future, Big Sean, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and more.

About Teyana Taylor

Being a jack of trades has enabled Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the R&B superstar entertainer dips in dives between her talents as singer, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, model, and mother. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.

“I literally can do everything. I never look at anything as being impossible,” she explains. “I exhaust all options to make what happen when I need to make happen.” Her mantra made her an early favorite to artists like Pharrell, who she signed her first deal with, and later choreographed videos for artists like Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In 2014, Teyana’s love for the arts and R&B earned her the title of the first woman signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint.

Between R&B’s identity crisis in the 2010s, Teyana dropped her debut album VII, with tracks like “Maybe” (featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T) and the sultry “Just Different” shaping her musical persona. The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her position in today’s modern R&B field. “I fought for that raw, hood necessary R&B and now I feel like it’s better than ever,” she says.

After spicing up the R&B charts, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert in 2015. “I do all of this for my baby. She’s who I do it for,” she says about Iman “Junie” Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration. “I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she’s a female doing it all.” Soon after, Teyana went on to star in the internet-breaking video (https://defjam.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b52e78ece97447e472590f343&id=ebb0bed877&e=4792530c9f) for Kanye West’s “Fade,” and scored her first MTV Moonman for “Best Choreography” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

But it wasn’t until the release of her second album project K.T.S.E.(released June 2018) that the world caught up with Teyana’s talents. With her all-female production company The Aunties, Teyana self-directed videos for “WTP,” the RIAA gold-selling single “Gonna Love Me,” (whose remix features Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon), and recently, “Issues/Hold On.” Teyana has also directed videos for her peers like T.I. (“You”), Monica (“Commitment”), and Lil Duval (“Pull Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign) with fans like Ms. Lauryn Hill and Elton John praising her boss moves.

Part of what makes Teyana stand out from the rest is her ability to move with precision and poise in everything she does. From the studio to the stage, every idea is a project with the singer front and center with a vision all her own. With her musical inspirations like Aaliyah, Teena Marie, Mint Condition and Janet Jackson speaking to her soul, Teyana is aware her mission is larger than life. “I’m working on me every day and I think that’s my purpose,” she says, comparing her life to a never-ending book. “I’m still going, still mastering and being a better me.”

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Cardi B × Anuel AA

Cardi B and Anuel AA Join Black Jonas Point, Secreto “El Famoso Biberon” and Liro Shaq to Release “La Bebe” Remix

Rap superstar Cardi B and the king of trap Anuel AA have teamed up to join rising urban singers Secreto “El Famoso Biberon,” Black Jonas Point and Liro Shaq to release “La Bebe” remix. The song, released by the labels GLAD Empire and Flow La Movie, is available today on all digital platforms.

“It is exciting to know that Cardi B and Anuel AA are joining us to release the La Bebe remix. It’s more than a dream come true and we hope all of our fans enjoy it to the fullest,” said Secreto “El Famoso Biberon,” Black Jonas Point and Liro Shaq.

The original version of “La Bebe” was produced by BlackFreestylo and Geral La Melodia and released in 2019. The new version features Cardi B rapping entirely in Spanish with Anuel AA who in turn gives his personal touch to the spicy lyrics.

Flo Milli

Flo Mili – Not Friendly

FLO MILLI RELEASES NEW TRACK “NOT FRIENDLY” VIA RCA RECORDS

Today, 20-year-old Alabama rapper, Flo Milli releases her new track “Not Friendly” via RCA Records.

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“Not Friendly” follows the release her most recent single “My Attitude” which was met with great critical acclaim upon release with The New York Times including in the track in “The Playlist” and describing her as “A clever, cheerful lyricist” and explaining, “‘My Attitude’ might be her best to date, a persistently tough blend of aw-shucks sexual candor and eye-rolling dismissals.” The track also received a rave review from NYLON and its video premiered on The FADER who describes her, “Aside from her flows and lyrics, Flo Milli has a good sense of melody and knows where to sprinkle it in.”

Flo Milli first broke onto the scene in 2019 with her track “Beef FloMix” which landed on the Spotify US Viral 50, peaking at #2. The track then began taking off on TikTok with thousands of original videos, with Rolling Stone covering its success on the platform and NPR Music naming the track “5 TikTok Songs From 2019 We’ll Actually Remember.” With “Beef FloMix” and the release of her follow up track “In The Party” she became a TikTok sensation with over half a million videos created with millions of views.  Combined she has amassed over 100 million streams worldwide.

All of the success led to co-signs from the likes of Halle Berry, SZA, and Cardi B on Instagram, as well as Lil Nas X and PAPER Magazine using her lyrics on an Obama meme. Complex has also included her in their “20 Rappers to Watch in 2020” list.

Listen to “Not Friendly” and keep an eye out for more from Flo Milli coming soon.

Watch the video for “My Attitude

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Rvssian – Only The Team

PLATINUM CERTIFIED PRODUCER RVSSIAN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “ONLY THE TEAM”

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Platinum-certified producer and artist, Rvssian has today released a new song “Only One Team” featuring young hitmakers Lil Tjay and Lil Mosey. The single has all the makings of a hit single with its synth laced beats and Rvssian’s pension for addictive melodies. “Only One Team” is a departure from Rvssian’s usual dancehall and Latin trap sounds but an evolution of the work he’s done following past collaborations with French Montana, Cardi B, 21 Savage and more. The song follows previously released single “IDKW” featuring Shenseea, Swae Lee and Young Thug and appears on his label Rich Immigrants, a joint venture with Interscope Records. Speaking more on the making of the song, Rvssian had this to share:

“This song is a new sound, coming from Lil TJay’s past music with added rock influence in the guitar production and his unique flow and melodies. Bringing in Lil Mosey and his signature cadence make the whole thing certified.” Lil Mosey added “Rvssian and I have been talkin’ about getting a song together for a min. Me and Tjay both young and getting money so it’s a dope moment for our generation.”

Stream/Save “Only The Team” HERE

About Rvssian

Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston, a young Uptown kid from Kingston, Jamaica started his music career at just 16 years old. He established his independent label Head Concussion Records and began producing. An ear for platinum hit-making sounds, Rvssian’s success knows no border or genre lines. His catalog has surpassed over four billion streams across platforms with multiple of those becoming certified platinum hits. He has successfully pioneered the dancehall and Latin music spaces and is now looking to take over the mainstream worlds of pop, hip hop and rap. Now at home at his new label, Rich Immigrants (a joint venture with Interscope Records) Rvssian puts on his executive hat to help break artists who live in the Caribbean diaspora towards mainstream popularity. Shenseea, Jamaica’s reigning princess of Dancehall, is the first artist signed to the label and she is joined by Kosa and Big Bvng (childhood friends from Belize). Rvssian also continues to experiment with his own music releasing one-off singles that continue to place him in the cultural zeitgeist of music and on the charts.