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Storm Ford Signs with LVRN and Warner Chappel

Artist, singer, and songwriter, Storm Ford has signed a publishing deal with Atlanta-based label Love Renaissance (LVRN) and Warner Chappel. 

On the special signing, Ford shares “LVRN just makes sense. It feels right. In some ways I feel like they’ve courted me as a writer; they pushed me creatively & taught me important lessons about this industry whether they intended to or not. And they’ve made me feel welcomed into the family they’ve created. Justice (Baiden) is ‘goated’ for doing those IG Live talent shows. That really changed my life.” 

This announcement today stems directly from the connection Storm made with Founder/Head of A&R at LVRN, Justice Baiden, during his Instagram Live songwriter talent search where Storm blew him and the viewing audience away, performing her own acoustic songs in her Grandma’s kitchen. During the beginning of quarantine, as many turned to hosting open mics and competitions on Instagram Live, Storm seized her opportunity and claimed her moment. The rising star dominated Instagram, winning a competition curated by media personality Scottie Beam and performing on the United Masters’ Instagram Live, where she then received an invite to sing on the NBA’s weekly artist competition via the NBA Instagram account. Music mavens T-Pain and Anthony Hamilton, who were selected as judges, praised Ford for her distinct sound and budding success. 

In October 2020, after further developing a relationship with the label, Storm was invited to participate in LVRN’s month-long songwriting camp in Atlanta. She knew it was the opportunity she dreamed of to take the next step in her career. With her guitar and two suitcases full of her most important belongings, Storm made the permanent move to Atlanta. Since making the move she has already left her mark on the city, amassing co-signs from the likes of Diddy, London on da Track, MikeWill Made-It, and more.

Home to an array of breakout artists from the likes of Summer Walker and 6lack to Shelly (fka DRAM) and Westside Boogie, Ford makes history as the first and only songwriter signed to the trailblazing label under LVRN’s new publishing partnership with Warner Chappel. No stranger to making waves in the industry for some time now, Ford is most known as an artist, having released two independent projects and is currently recording for her third. Highest Mountain was unveiled in 2018 as a deeply personal project, detailing the peaks and valleys of various loves. Her most recent body of work In the Moment: A Process, was released in 2019 as a unique, soulful collection of voice notes and demos reflecting on growth and the internal Process. 

More recently, Storm was invited to the HBO’s hit series’ Insecure season five writing camp under Issa Rae’s music conglomerate Readio.  

About Storm Ford

Storm Ford is a 21-year-old R&B/Soul singer-songwriter from Providence, Rhode Island. Her honest and poetic lyricism invites listeners to heal and grow from past relationships, old wounds or just the challenges of life. Her two projects, Highest Mountain, released on Valentine’s day of 2018, and In the Moment: A Process, released in November of 2019, are full of ideas, representing Ford’s journey towards self-love and acceptance of the things we can’t change. Family, love, lust, hurt, and healing are themes that weave their ways through Storm’s music and what has inspired her audience to connect so deeply, not just with her gift, but with Storm as an artist. Storm’s music has saved lives and she hopes to continue that healing work with her next project which she is currently recording for.

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ESSENCE × Jazmine Sullivan

ESSENCE’s July/August 2021 issue features GRAMMY nominated singer Jazmine Sullivan and EMMY award-winning actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on its two covers dedicated to the “ESSENCE Festival of Culture” and “Summer Screen Kings” respectively.

In the piece, Jazmine’s Tale, the singer and ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola headliner (which will stream across two weekends June 25-27 and July 2-4 on ESSENCE’s website and on ESSENCE Studios) slays in bold colors and white-hot looks from Stella McCartney, Fendi, Cong Tri, Aliette, Alix NYC and more. She opens up to Insecure co-creator/writer/producer Issa Rae about the importance of holding space for Black women, therapy and the freedom of sharing her own journey. She talks to Rae about:

  • ON HAVING A MASTER PLAN…OR NOT: “I wish I could say I had a master plan, but I really didn’t. I was just doing what felt natural, and luckily I had gotten with a record company and with people who allowed me to do that. But for me, I just wanted to express myself in the most natural way, and that means me writing my stories. So many of the songs at that time came from a lot of the childish stuff I was going through. For example, busting windows out of an ex’s car and literally going straight from doing it to not being able to sleep. I was restless, because I was still in the moment. And so I just started writing about it. I let my girlfriends hear it, and they were like, ‘Girl, do your thing—whatever this leads to.’ And it led to my world opening up in such a different way…”
  • ON TELLING BLACK WOMEN’S STORIES: “Before now, I had really just been concerned about expressing myself and getting my story out there—and people have connected to that. But for this project, it was important for me to share the stories of the women I love and hold dear to my heart. I feel like they are just as banging and dynamic as me. And I want to give space and opportunity to women, period…”
  • ON MAKING SPACE FOR OTHER BLACK WOMEN: “I feel like we get caught up in thinking there’s ‘only one’ of us. There can only be one R&B superstar; there can only be one rap girl at a time. That’s not true. God was not stingy when He was giving out gifts. And you’re not the only person. There are many other women, especially Black women, who can do what you do. And let’s all create spaces for each other to get out there and do that…”
  • ON FINDING THE RIGHT THERAPIST: “The first five minutes I was holding back tears, because I was like, ‘Wow, this is the first time I’m actually speaking about my feelings. And it’s not in a song. It doesn’t require notes. I don’t need to impress anybody with what it is that I’m actually doing. This is the first time.’ So I was holding back tears even doing that. But after that first five minutes, I was surprised by how much I was enjoying speaking to somebody, and somebody listening to me, and I didn’t have to perform to do it. But finding the right therapist is a process—because I went to therapy one time, years ago, and I hated the experience, and I feel like it stopped me from going for a long time. And then I found this new lady, and it’s a totally different experience. So you have to find the right person for you, that you actually want to open up to. But once you do that, a weight lifts off of you—just from speaking, just from telling your story. And that’s what Heaux Tales was. It’s like, ‘Tell it, girl. Tell it. Set yourself free.’”

In the piece, Summer Screen Kings, it’s obvious that leading man Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is here to stay. Given the space he has carved out for himself in Hollywood, the meaning of his name (which, roughly translated from Arabic, means “Graced by God”) seems particularly prescient. At 35 and a towering 6 feet 3 inches tall, Yahya’s imprint in Hollywood continues expanding. Weeks away from the release of his first leading role in Candyman (in theaters August 27), Yahya will also star in The Matrix 4, the newest installment in the Matrix franchise, as well as his third action flick, Ambulance, next year. As he heats up the issue in designers including Fendi, Hermes, Gucci and more, he talks to ESSENCE Senior Entertainment Editor Brande Victorian about what really drew him to acting, his definition of sexy and whether a rom-com is next on his list of achievements:

  • ON WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE SEXY: “I don’t think sexy tries. Ease is sexy. It’s nice to have a little bit of mystery, and if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s not for me to say whether I’m attractive or not. It’s for me to have self-confidence. Confidence is sexy…”
  • ON HOW HIS CURIOSITY DREW HIM TO ACTING: “I wasn’t itching to be a star or anything like that. I wasn’t thinking about movies or television. I just started following my curiosity…I got here by staying curious, by staying humble, and also knowing that there’s so much more that I want to do…I think I’ve done a lot on other people’s terms. I’ve been able to step into projects that were already written before my name was attached, and I’m so thankful that I was able to step in and support those projects. But now I’m at a place where I’m looking to come into rooms with my own ideas, and develop those ideas and tell my own stories. I think that’s the next chapter…”
  • ON WHETHER A ROM-COM IS IN HIS FUTURE: “We need more romance…We have adventure. We have action. We’ve got a lot of stories about trauma, because trauma is very present in our world right now. But we also need love. We need more straight-up, old-school romance. I don’t mind putting my hand up and stepping into that place to say, ‘I’ll be your man, girl.’ I don’t mind that at all…”
  • ACTRESS/DIRECTOR REGINA KING ON YAHYA’S DEDICATION TO THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE: “That man talks about his sisters and his mother with so much love and so much appreciation…I think that was one of the reasons why we connected so well. It doesn’t always work that way with actors, that you feel safe enough to be so forthcoming with your personal life, but we did that literally day one. His love for the women in his life, he leads with that…”

ESSENCE’s “Summer Screen Kings” package also features hot actors Don Cheadle (Space Jam: A New Legacy), Omar Sy (Lupin), Aaron Pierre (OLD) and Mekai Curtis (Raising Kanan). For more on this issue, which hits newsstands on June 29, visit ESSENCE For more information on the virtual ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola, visit ESSENCE’s Festival website

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TT The Artist illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

TT the Artist × Netflix

TT THE ARTIST’S GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY

“DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT “

LANDS AT NETFLIX

Tedra Wilson A.K.A. TT The Artist Directorial Debut Produced by ColorCreative

Netflix has licensed multi-hyphenate director, Tedra Wilson a.k.a. TT The Artist’s, critically acclaimed debut documentary musical, DARK CITY BENEATH THE BEAT.  Winner of the Bushwick Film Festival for Best Feature Documentary 2020, the doc takes you on a journey about the rising Baltimore club music and dance culture.

The film is an audiovisual experience that defines the soundscape of Baltimore city. Inspired by an all-original Baltimore club music soundtrack, the film spotlights local club artists, DJs, dancers, producers, and Baltimore’s budding creative community as they are realizing their life dreams. Rhythmic and raw, these stories illustrate the unique characteristics of the city’s landscape and social climate to its creative LGBTQ community and showcases Baltimore club music as a positive subculture in a city overshadowed by trauma, drugs, and violence. 

The film is a noted love letter to Baltimore that uplifts the narrative of the city and is produced by Issa Rae and Deniese Davis through their management production company ColorCreative. In addition to the Netflix premiere, TT will also be dropping its soundtrack through Issa Rae’s Raedio

The soundtrack, titled, Dark City Beneath The Beat Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a fusion of Baltimore club music intermixed with poetry, hip hop, house, and soul. Executive produced by TT The Artist and Baltimore club music hero Mighty Mark, the eighteen track project features local artists on the rise from the “Charm City.”  The soundtrack is available on all digital streaming music platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal among others. The documentary feature will premiere on Netflix April 15, 2021.  

About TT The Artist:

TT The Artist is a multi-hyphenate filmmaker whose work is an intersection of music, art, fashion, and film. Her bold and colorful visual storytelling is influenced by her love for black cinema and narratives that expand the representation of women of color and LGBTQ stories on screen. TT The Artist has worked with influential DJs and producers in the music industry such as Grammy award winning producer Diplo. TT The Artist’s musical success in the television and the film sync world has secured her placements on The Chi, Twenties, Netflix’s Nappily Ever After, HBO’s hit series Insecure, and more. Stepping out of the recording studio and into the director’s chair, TT The Artist was selected as a shadow director for Insecure’ s highly anticipated season 4. TT has directed many of her own videos such as CENTER OF ATTENTIONPAYROLLBLACK HERSTORY, and WOAH. TT The Artist is also a participant in Powderkeg’s 2020 FUSE Program, founded by Paul Feig. Most recently, TT shot WHEW CHILE for Dai Burger, which debuted on Paper Magazine.

TT The Artist is represented by ColorCreative management and the law firm of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.

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BUDWEISER – WHASSUP

Budweiser unveiled a contemporary and timely version of its iconic “whassup” commercial as a reminder for America to prioritize check-ins with loved ones as the country endures unprecedented social isolation to combat COVID-19. The new spot is part of a broader PSA that features weekday programming across Budweiser’s digital platforms to encourage check-ins with family and friends.

The original “whassup” ad rose to pop culture prominence in 1999, creating a widely-used catchphrase that manifested itself in different corners of culture and achieved industry-wide acclaim. Now, Budweiser was compelled to bring back the commercial for today’s times as the country comes to grips with uncertain periods of isolation. Bud has collaborated with Dwyane Wade and a collection of athletes, musicians and celebrities from his close network to bring back the commercial as a PSA for connecting with each other in order to stave off isolation and loneliness.

“Thanks to modern technology, we’re able to remain virtually connected in ways that otherwise we would not have been able to within the current distance-mandated climate,” said Monica Rustgi, Vice President of Marketing for Budweiser. “In times like these, something as simple as a hello, or in this case ‘whassup,’ means a lot. Following the unbelievable success of the original ad campaign, we found this to be a meaningful opportunity to revisit the original spot’s simplicity and focus on human connection in a time when people may be feeling hopeless, uncertain, and alone. Our hope is that by getting people to check in, we can play a small part in bringing the world closer together during these trying times.”

The campaign’s second episode features Gabrielle Union, joined by Wade, and fellow actors Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Broadway star Daveed Diggs. Watch the new spot here.

The campaign’s first episode launched last week, featuring Wade and Union checking in with Chris Bosh, Candace Parker, and DJ D-Nice.

“My wife and I wanted to partner with Budweiser because we believe the message is crucial,” said Wade. “We both remembered the original ‘whassup’ ads and love the idea of bringing them back as a genuine PSA to connect with each other. We encourage everyone to take a moment out from their day to check-in with their friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Budweiser has partnered with The Salvation Army as part of the PSA campaign. In response to rising levels of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the pandemic, The Salvation Army launched a nationwide hotline in April.

“During times of crisis, feelings of isolation and fear can be overwhelming, and we want people to know there’s someone here to listen,” said David Hudson, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “The unknown is the hardest part, but thanks to Budweiser, more people will know that they’re not alone. We’re going to get through this—together.”

As part of the campaign, Budweiser will make a donation to The Salvation Army for essential support of those in need due to COVID-19.

Everyday at 6:00 PM EST, Budweiser will be offering its community the chance to say “whassup” through a host of interactive activations on its social platforms. This is headlined by “whassup” live chats every Thursday via Instagram Live on @BudweiserUSA where different celebrities will check in while having a Bud and answering questions submitted by fans. The program will kick off with Dwyane Wade tomorrow, April 30, at 6:00 PM EST. A full list of activities can be found in the notes section.

The Salvation Army has trained staff available for English and Spanish speakers every day from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM EST at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Callers are encouraged to leave a message if they call after hours.

For more information, visit Budweiser on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

JD McCrary Stuns at LA Premiere

‘The Lion King star JD McCrary Stuns at LA Premiere in Custom Balmain Suit’

The Lion King star JD McCrary (Young Simba) stuns audiences on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere in a custom Balmain suit created by Olivier Rousteing and styled by Ugo Mozie.

The 11-year-old triple threat wears the suit beautifully, with gold and silver handcrafted embroidery made in Paris, fit for a young king. McCrary plays ‘Young Simba’ singing 2 of the movie’s most iconic songs. He also has made history by being the youngest male solo artist to ever be signed. His first EP released April 19th, 2019, and one of the hit songs “Stole My Heart” is produced by music legend Jermaine Dupri. He also starred in the movie Little alongside Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall in theaters now. With more music on the way, it’s safe to say this will be the summer of JD.

In 2018, he made his primetime debut at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards where he wowed audiences around the world performing the hit song “Terrified” with Childish Gambino. He also performed a duet with legendary music icon Cyndi Lauper for WE DAY Live at the Forum.

Together, they sang a special rendition of “Ooh Child,” that was televised live on ABC. JD has also been invited to sing The National Anthem for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and the 2019 Pro Bowl which was live televised on ESPN as well as ELLEN. He was also named on Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood List.

ComplexCon Day-2

The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.

Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.

To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.

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DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.

Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.

Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.

Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.

As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.

Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.

Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.

GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.

Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.

Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.

Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.

At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.

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Def Jam Recordings to Release The Hate U Give Official Movie Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings, the iconic label and global brand synonymous with hip-hop culture, partners with 20th Century Fox on Oct. 12th release of the Official Soundtrack to the highly-anticipated film The Hate U Give.

Def Jam Recordings’ next generation of stars, Arlissa and Bobby Sessions, join an all-star cast cast of contemporary and legendary artists including Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Logic, Jadakiss, and Tupac Shakur for the official soundtrack of The Hate U Give.

Arlissa and Bobby Sessions introduce new, previously unreleased songs on the soundtrack, which Variety raves, “cleverly mimics the film’s outlook by oscillating between snatches of 2Pac and modern R&B;” South London-bred, 25 year old siren Arlissa, who appeared in the August issue of Vogue, experienced her first real taste of success with her breakthrough track “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie.”

Arlissa’s defiant anthem “We Won’t Move” from The Hate U Give soundtrack garnered early buzz at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of T.H.U.G., with Toronto’s NOW exclaiming “the soulful ballad has got ‘Oscar nominee’ written all over it.”

Listen to it here!

“It’s been a true honor to be involved in something so significant and relevant to today’s social climate…I was one of the millions of people who were deeply touched by the book, so to be able to contribute to the movie, which shines such a strong light on inequality, has been a responsibility I’ve taken with such pride and care. This is not just a film, this is education,” says Arlissa.

Fiery Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions, who NPR raves, “confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring,” and whose debut EP “channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle is systematic racism” according to XXL, performs the eponymous title tune, “The Hate U Give.”

Shaping up as one of the fall season’s breakout movies, The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a teen who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. Amandla’s original song “Always” closes out the soundtrack.

The Hate U Give also stars Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common, and Anthony Mackie. The film was directed by George Tillman Jr. (NotoriousMen Of Honor), and produced by Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr., Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey.  The Hate U Give, whose screenplay was written by Audrey Wells (A Dog’s PurposeUnder The Tuscan Sun), is a Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures, and Temple Hill Entertainment production, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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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Rotimi, A$AP Rocky, Swizz Beatz, BACARDI And The Dean Collection Bring NO COMMISSION Back To Miami To Celebrate Island Might - Saturday December 9.jpg

Sarunas J. Jackson, Broderick Hunter, Guest, BACARDI, Swizz Beatz And The Dean Collection Bring NO COMMISSION Back To Miami To Celebrate Island Might - Saturday December 9.jpg

Issa Rae, Swizz Beatz, BACARDI And The Dean Collection Bring NO COMMISSION Back To Miami To Celebrate Island Might - Saturday December 9.jpg

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.

 

AMINÉ 

AMINÉ SHARES “SPICE GIRL” MUSIC VIDEO TODAY FEATURING APPEARANCES FROM ISSA RAE & MEL B

WATCH HERE

Today, multiplatinum-certified Portland, OR rapper Aminé shares the music video for his brand new single “Spice Girl.”  

Watch it HERE

Personally directed by Aminé, the clip offers a vignette inside of the multi-faceted artist’s head. The bright colors and gonzo visuals—such as a giant soap dispenser—prove instantly unforgettable. It upholds what’s becoming a tradition of delivering wonderfully wild videos.

Aminé just kicked off his headline “Tour For You.” Check out the dates below!

Get his debut album Good For You HERE.

 Every once in a while, an artist comes along and rewrites the entire rule book for a genre. That’s exactly what Aminé did with “Caroline” in 2016. Taking rap to a new frontier, it earned an RIAA triple-platinum plaque as he delivered a kinetic performance of the anthem on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon between constant touring. “REDMERCEDES” and its high-profile official remix with Missy Elliott and AJ Tracey saw him lap the competition yet again.

 

TOUR FOR YOU DATES:

10/12 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze

10/13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II

10/15 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

10/16 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House

10/17 – Detroit, MI – El Club

10/19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

10/20 – New Haven, CT – Toads

10/24 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

10/26 – Washington, DC – The Howard

10/27 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

10/31 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade-Heaven Stage

11/2 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

11/3 – Dallas, TX – Trees

11/5 – Houston, TX – Warehouse

11/7 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine

11/8 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red

11/10 – San Diego, CA – Observatory

11/11 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

11/13 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore

11/14 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

11/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Novo

 

GOOD FOR YOU TRACKLISTING:

  1. Veggies Feat. Ty Dolla $ign
  2. Yellow Feat. Nelly
  3. Caroline
  4. Hero
  5. Spice Girl
  6. STFU
  7. Wedding Crashers Feat. Offset
  8. Sunday
  9. Turf
  10. Blinds
  11. Dakota Feat. Charlie Wilson
  12. Slide
  13. Money
  14. Beach Boy
  15. Heebiejeebies feat. Kehlani

 

Good For You Links:

iTunes: http://amine.lnk.to/GoodForYouDL/itunes

Apple Music: http://amine.lnk.to/GoodForYouDL/applemusic

Spotify: http://amine.lnk.to/GoodForYouDL/spotify

Google Play: http://amine.lnk.to/GoodForYouDL/google-play

Amazon: http://amine.lnk.to/GoodForYouDL/amazon

TIDAL: http://amine.lnk.to/GoodForYouDL/tidal

Deezer: http://amine.lnk.to/GoodForYouDL/applemusic

 

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.