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DaniLeigh

When the end of Summer hits, the desire to rewind time kicks in, reliving every magical moment from the season’s past. It’s a vibe that newcomer DaniLeigh has managed to encapsulate in her debut EP Summer With Friends, coming soon. The 22-year-old singing and dancing phenomenon cut her teeth in the business when she directed a music video for her late mentor, Prince. She enhanced her buzz with back-to-back jams “Play” (featuring Kap G) and “Lurkin’”, and is here to continue her mission of making music that both sounds and feels good.

The South Florida native had music in her blood, singing from a young age. As an early teen, DaniLeigh recorded YouTube covers of songs like Musiq Soulchild’s “So Beautiful,” though she wasn’t quite ready for the big time. “I was really shy,” she admits, “and I didn’t realize the unique sound of my voice until later on.” It wasn’t until a few years later when she moved to Los Angeles at 16 that DaniLeigh began harnessing her craft. In LA she found her footing in the music industry, starting with dancing. “I was dancing in music videos, commercials, you name it,” she recalls. “From there, I met a lot of producers onset and just networked.” Singing became the secret weapon, as DaniLeigh would reveal her chops and be invited to studios for recording sessions. However, a life-changing encounter with the legendary Prince would be the real catalyst.

After learning of DaniLeigh’s talents as a dancer (through a one-minute video clip), the Purple One reached out to have her direct his video for “Breakfast Can Wait” at just 18 years old. The video hit worldwide, appearing on networks like MTV, BET, and REVOLT. Prince ultimately took DaniLeigh under his wing, mentoring her budding singing career. His untimely death in 2016 left a void in DaniLeigh’s life, though his presence is still felt as DaniLeigh’s star is only getting brighter.

“Play” truly kicked things off. The high-energy single is described by DaniLeigh as an empowering anthem for women. “It’s a bold statement,” she says of the cut, which carries a message of “making a play” in all areas of life. “I’m a very positive person and this song I feel can help motivate people to put in that work,” she says. Bringing Kap G (who is of Mexican descent) into the fold as a feature was her way of uniting more Latinos in music, as DaniLeigh’s Dominican heritage is evident in both her style and sound. The single “Lurkin’” immediately followed, as a slick nod to social those stalkers who don’t congratulate moves, yet look on from the social media sidelines. The song even made its way to the HBO hit series Insecure. The stage is now set for DaniLeigh to show the diverse angles of her talent on a grander scale.

Aptly titled Summer With Friends, the upcoming EP sums up DaniLeigh’s past few months, which she lightheartedly describes as “just having fun and working.” The relatable nature of the project brings forth the aforementioned singles, along with feel good songs that channel the young artist’s inspirations including Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, and Drake while showing her ability to fuse hip-hop and R&B with poppier electronic-driven vibes. Songs like “Questions” playfully target those relationship interrogation sessions (Where were you? Who were you with?), while “Ex” is a self-explanatory track about the now-single artist’s previous romance. “He got one song,” she jokes. Other cuts like the infectious “On” and “All I Know” show DaniLeigh’s versatility within the pop-urban landscape, while “All Day” highlights her Dominican roots. “That’s a bachata beat underneath [the production],” she proudly points out. “The time right now is in alignment, showing that things are going the right way.” As DaniLeigh unveils her debut Summer With Friends and the projects that follow, she maintains her goal of positive music, though has one wish involving one important angel by her side. “I always say I wish Prince was here to see all of this happening with me right now,” she says. “It’s okay though. I know he’s watching.”

Sundance 2018

Actor Issa Rae (‘Insecure’) among the celebrities to attend The Blackhouse’s Killer Creativity: A New Breed Panel, sponsored by BET Networks, at Sundance 2018, seen here with BET Fellows 

(photo credit: Eric Umphery Photography) 

 John LegendIssa RaeDebra Lee and Bevy Smith were among the guests in attendance for the first two days of programming at The Blackhouse during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. 

 

Filmmakers and industry insiders packed into the Blackhouse’s Sundance headquarters to listen to their peers discuss topics ranging from diversity and inclusion in filmmaking to discussions around the premiere of one the biggest films at Sundance, Monster, all before jamming to the sounds of Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Vikter Duplaix at the official Blackhouse Party.  

 

Attendees mixed and mingled while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres, but the Blackhouse’s co-founder, Brickson Diamond, made it clear that while having a good time is important, Blackhouse means serious business, “It’s not about a party. It’s about the mission of expanding access and opportunity. It’s about getting our stories told, distributed and our artists heard again and again.” 

 

The Blackhouse Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create a community for black content creators, is in its 11th year at Sundance and will be at the 2018 festival from January 19-22. Programming highlights this year include a conversation with Grammy-and-Oscar-winner John Legend and Tonya Lewis Lee about film Monster premiering at Sundance and a discussion about ways in which black women are leading the revolution featuring activist and commentator Angela Rye and sponsored by Color of Change and Planned Parenthood. 


The Blackhouse Foundation welcomes and thanks the following sponsors for their continued belief and support: Comcast NBC/Universal returns as a full-year sponsor. BET sponsors the Blackhouse Fellows Program bringing 10 Howard University MFA students to the festival and serve as a Creative sponsor. Official sponsors include AT&T Hello LabFacebook, and 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion. Supporting sponsors include NETFLIX and HBO. Creative sponsors include CAA, Planned Parenthood/Color of Change, SAG-AFTRA, The Will and Jada Smith Family FoundationStarz, UMC – The Urban Movie Channel, Eos and more. 

Grammy and Oscar-winner John Legend, Producer Tonya Lee Lewis, and SAG-AFTRA Diversity Advisory Committee Chair Jason George, along with the director, writers, and cast during “The Making of ‘Monster,’ presented by SAG-AFTRA” (photo credit: Eric Umphery Photography) 



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BACARDÍ and Swizz Beatz Shut Down Wynwood with All-Star Performance Line-Up featuring Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Surprise Guests A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes

NO COMMISSION: Miami Brings Out A-List Crowd for an Epic Closing Night: Issa Rae, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Broderick Hunter, Rotimi and Sarunas J. Jackson

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What:                 BACARDÍSwizz Beatz and The Dean Collection brought the house down with an epic finale showcase, bringing out A-Listers and surprise performances on the last day of NO COMMISSION: Miami.

                             In front of 3,000 guests – shutting down the block around Soho Studios – 2 Chainz opened and got the crowed hyped for headliner Lil Wayne, who performed a full 45-minutes, including crowd favorites, “Lollipop,” “I’m the One,” and “A Milli.” Swizz Beatz took the stage at midnight, bringing out surprise guests A$AP Rockybirthday boy DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes.

                              When surprise performer DJ Khaled took the stage, he switched his phone to selfie mode to capture Swizz Beatz and the wild crowd wishing him a “Happy Birthday.” Swizz Beatz and Busta Rhymes gave a heartfelt toast to BACARDÍ for supporting emerging artists and championing creative visionaries.

                              Backstage, Swizz Beatz brought out Hollywood’s elite, including wife and Grammy Award winning artist Alicia KeysInsecure lead actress Issa Rae, critically acclaimed actress Rosario DawsonPower actor Rotimi and Issa Rae’s Insecure co-stars Broderick Hunter and Sarunas J. Jackson.

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NO COMMISSION: Miami was a three-day (December 7-9, 2017) art, music and cocktail experience hosted at Soho Studios in Wynwood. NO COMMISSION is a roving experiential platform, by BACARDÍ and The Dean Collection, that forges a direct link between art and art patronage – all artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly to the artists.

Where:                Soho Studios

                              2136 NW 1ST Ave.

                              Miami, FL 33127

When:                  Saturday, December 9

                              12:00 – 5:00 PM – General Admission

                              7:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Invite Only

Who:                   Performances by: Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Surprise Guests A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes; DJ Runna, Silent Addy and Eli Fola

Appearances by: Issa Rae, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Broderick Hunter, Rotimi and Sarunas J. Jackson

  

Artists:                No Commission: Miami hosted more than 30 pieces of artwork – ranging from $50.00 to $30,000. A full list of artists can be found below.