Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Time Warp...1995: Can't Be Wasting My Time | Mona Lisa x Lost Boyz

Circa 1995.
There were A LOT of elusive r&b gems throughout the 90s.  Each time I stumble across an old jam, a memory is unlocked.  A smooth version of the KRS sample.  Sidebar: Cheeks verse *proceeds to bankhead bounce.
Communication is the key to our happiness
If we just talk about it
Maybe we can make some sense.  


Happy Birthday Tony.  Rest Easy.


So Ambitious: Pharrell is Auctioning Off his Personal items on JOOPITER


Can I have it like that?  You got it like that.
Skateboard P is capitalizing off his trendsetting fashions and swag with his latest venture, JOOPITER.
JOOPITER is a space for "today's collector" founded by Pharrell where many of his personal items will be digitally auctioned off. 


The idea behind JOOPITER is to embrace the energy that is released when objects change hands, and to respect the value that’s been created around these objects...

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Time Warp...1993: Whatzupwitu | Eddie Murphy x Michael Jackson


Circa 1993.
Ya'll remember this one!?  Aside from the song, I love Eddie and Mike's chemistry.  Each time you saw them together, you could tell they were friends in REAL life.  I'm sure this was a fun time on set.  
Waaaazup...Waazzup...Whatzupwitu?  


{Personal Post} PHOTOS:: London, United Kingdom (Part. II)


Who killin em in the U. K?- K. West
Ahh London.  My unrequited love.  
I presented part I last month.  As promised, here's part II...


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

5 R&B Records that Could Have Been Gospel Songs


You ever have a record hit you with spirit out of the clear blue sky and realize it's not a Gospel song?  Like mid song... mid sing.  WHAM!  right in the chest.  Message!  The lyrics express a level of love that is immeasurable.  There are several that fit in this category and undoubtedly some I've never heard before.  I've compiled a list of 5 that hit every single time:


5.  He Is- Brandy
It's the only explanation to the question at hand.  Like years of pain, gone away, in a single day.  There's nothing that compares...
If there weren't key indicators like 'kiss on my lips' or the 'love you made with me' etcetera
floating in the lyrics, this right here is giving praises to the most high.  Also, to find Warryn Campbell wrote/produced this lets me know there could have been some gospel influence.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

"The Love Fridge" is Supporting Chicago Communities with Food through Solar Energy

I was first introduced to community fridges while researching aid for those affected by the Texas Winter storm last year.  I am truly amazed at the things humanity comes up with when it's time to pull together.  If you aren't familiar, community fridges are just that.  Refrigerators operating in public spaces that provide free food in the community. 

"Take What You Need, Leave What You Can" 

There are currently 24 Love Fridges across Chicago.  Earlier this month, their first ever solar powered community fridge was opened in the Englewood community.  

{Listen}:: Wiz Khalifa Vs Curren$y by. DJ FreshYourHighness


Starsky and Hutch minus the fuzz...

Taylors and Lifers are in for a special treat with this one.  DJ FreshYourHighness dropped an insane mix of Curren$y and Wiz records.  Their JOINT run??  What. A. Time.  
Take a listen after the jump!

Megan Thee Stallion launches Online Mental Health Center: Bad Bitches Have Bad Days Too.


 Yes, we do.  
The misconception that everything is always together at all times simply from how you present yourself needs to be debunked.  Many are battling things internally and fighting alone.  Meg, one who faces criticism daily courtesy of her celebrity status, can attest to that and has often shared when things become too much.  

Bad Bitches Have Bad Days Too is an online mental health haven of therapy platforms and mental health resources (i.e. suicide,

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

How You Can Still Help Those in Need affected by the Jackson, MS Water Crisis

via MSNBC

Last month, the Pearl and other Mississippi rivers began flooding due to heavy rain pour. During that time, the O.B. Curtis and J.H. Fewell treatment plants were damaged causing an interruption with water pressure.  The water pressure was restored on 09/05 and the ongoing boil water advisory was lifted 09/15, which was in place for more than 40 days.  Yesterday, news outlets reported that many residents have filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Jackson (specifically officials, corporations, etc).  The lawsuit is in efforts of seeking relief for damages, removal of contaminated pipes, cancellation of bills and so forth. 

via CNN

While there has been progress with restoring regular water during this crisis, they could still use a helping hand there.  Here's how you can do your part:  

{Personal Post} PHOTOS:: H St Festival 2022 | Washington, DC


This festival started as a block party 12 years ago and has grown into a massive participant 11 block long event.  The weather was perfect on this day.  H St Festival is a celebration of culture, art, fashion, poetry, music, food and more.  There were, also, different staging areas where different genres of music were performed.  Several vendors and unlimited attendees.  Fun fun fun.  Check out my experience this year:  



{Watch/Trailer}- NETFLIX presents... "The Redeem Team" : the Story of the 2008 US Olympic Men’s Basketball Team


Carmelo Anthony.  Carlos Boozer.  Chris Bosh.  Kobe Bryant.  Dwight Howard.  LeBron James.  Jason Kidd.  Chris Paul.  Tayshaun Prince.  Michael Redd.  Dwayne Wade.  Deron Williams.  
The Redeem Team.

This documentary will explore the untold story of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team road to redemption after the appalling performance from the previous team in 2004.  LeBron James and Dwayne Wade both serve as executive producers.  The Redeem Team contains unseen and behind the scenes footage,  interviews, and more.  
Premiering October 7, Watch the full trailer below:

Sunday, September 18, 2022

A $5 Billion Moon shaped Luxury Resort is coming to Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has surged tremendously in tourism over the last few years.  The city is known for its modern architecture, shopping, and appealing glamour.  Can we get much higher?  The answer is yes.  It was recently announced that a luxury hotel resort in the shape of a full moon, 735 feet tall, will make its landing in Dubai.  The hotel is said to feature: 300 private residential 'Sky Villa' units, private club room, night club, spa, 'moon shuttle', event center and other attractions.  

Those involved in the project assure that it will be an interstellar and immersive experience for all guests.  The decor is said to include lunar-themed flooring to create a "walking on the moon" feel. Designed by Canadian architectures, Moon World Resorts Inc., the project is set to be complete in 2 years.  Check out @moonresortsinc on IG for more info.  This sounds for certain sounds like a sight to see.  I suspect the final product will be out of this world.  No pun intended.

 
s.o. to MyModernMet

{Watch}:: Usher's Mini-Documentary... 25 Years 'My Way'


I'ont turn no tricks, they turn for me...
09.16.1997.  Usher's sophomore album released and took over the radio waves.  I had the cassette tape. Every single from the 7x Platinum record was a hit and shot his career straight to mega-stardom.  25 years later, we revisit 'My Way' and the impact it and the icon Usher himself had on the R & B game.  


Watch the Mini Doc after the jump!

{Personal Post} PHOTOS/VIDEOS:: NY State of Mind Concert- Wu-Tang x Nas x Busta Rhymes


Nothing's equivalent...
These tickets were purchased in April.  The day finally arrived: 09/16/2022.  The NY State of Mind Tour made its way to Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live.  Hype is an understatement.  Stoked is appropriate.  So yea, let's get into it...



Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Lil Yachty Launches his Frozen Pizza line, "Yachty's Pizzeria"


I know you want this for life.
Calling all pizza lovers.  Lil Yachty has never been shy about his passion for this Italian origin dish.  A few years back, he held pizzeria pop-ups in various cities.  Now, the boat has launched his own frozen pizza line, Yachty's Pizzeria.  

2017 NYC Pop-Up.  

Yachty's Pizzeria offers four flavor options: Buffalo Style Chicken, Hot Honey Cheese, Pepperoni & Bacon, and Veggie Supreme.  

I’ve loved making and eating pizza my whole life, so this is a project I’m really excited about and have been for a long time. We made some wild flavors but there’s still something for everybody. I take my pizza seriously so I’m looking forward to seeing what people think.

{Personal Post} PHOTOS:: The Velvet Rope Experience Aaliyah Themed Arts Showcase

*cues We Need a Resolution.
Am I supposed to change?  Are you supposed to change?

On August 26th, the following day of the 21st anniversary of her death, The Velvet Rope Experience held an Arts Showcase celebrating the life and legacy of Aaliyah.  Vendors, Live Art, Aaliyah spun tunes, and so much more filled the Creative Saints loft that evening; including Shari's InspireTheTribe.  The turn out was fantastic.  The vibe? Hot Like Fire.  
It was truly an experience.  In between working (i'll get to that), I was able to capture the moments through photos.  Take a glimpse...



via @photo_sensai

Film to Theatre:: New Jack City- Live on Stage

Flex Alexander, Allen Payne, Big Daddy Kane, Treach

 The promo poster began circulating on Twitter yesterday and many people questioned was it real?  The answer is YES.  It is 100% real.  Je'Caryous Johnson is presenting a live adaptation of the film to the theatre stage, from Nov. 4, 2022- Jan. 22, 2023.  Tickets are on sale now and there is currently a code offered to get $20 off per ticket.  

All Black-Women Crew operated American Airlines flight to honor Bessie Coleman


This year marks the 100th anniversary of Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a Pilot's license.  Two weeks ago, American Airlines honored this commemorative mark in history by operating one of their flights out of Dallas, TX with a flight crew comprised solely of Black Women.  Pilots, Flight Attendants, Cargo Team Members, Technicians and so forth.  
Empowering.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

{Personal Post} PHOTOS:: Chuck Brown Day 2022 x No Kids Allowed Black Owned Business Month Spotlight



The weekend of August 20-21 was pretty busy.  Soooo many things were happening in the city.  Chuck Brown Day and No Kids Allowed (NKA) black owned business month pop-up are highlighted in this post.  That Saturday, the 8th Annual Chuck Brown Day kicked off to celebrate the life of the music and DC legend himself @ Chuck Brown Memorial Park featuring Rare Essence, Doug E Fresh, the Chuck Brown Band, Vendors, Food Trucks, kid activities and more.  

On Sunday, No Kids Allowed held a pop-up to spotlight a Black Owned Business that week: Inspire The Tribe.  ADDICTION followers are no stranger to her or her business here.  Many of joint shenanigans and business promote posts throughout the years.  

Take a look into a visual recap of how both went.... 


{Watch}:: "We Cry Together"... a short film by Kendrick Lamar featuring Taylour Paige


Months ago, this released for an exclusive viewing in a select LA theater for a limited time.  Today, Kendrick released it to the masses.  The song was already a conversation starter when the “Mr. Morale &  The Big Steppers” album hit the waves.   Directed by Jake Schreler, Dave Free & Kendrick himself, the 'We Cry Together' short film is a parallel picture painted.  
Stop tap dancing around the conversation.
 Watch in full below:

Nigeria Announces New Ban of Foreign Models


 Effective October 1, Nigeria will be the first country to ban the use of foreign models and voice-over artists from their country.  The ban has been fueled with a desire to boost and promote those within the advertising industry from their own country.  


In true media fashion, the ban has been spun into a false narrative of banning "white" models only.  

Giving Back:: Kodak Black Donates Thousands of Cases of Water to Haiti


Kodak Black has contributed a large donation to help his native country, Haiti.  Recently, the rapper has spent over $50k to supply more than 35,000 bottles of water to residents in Haiti.  His attorney, Bradford Cohen, confirmed Kodak partnered with a Miami supplier to bottle/process alkaline water to deliver on a cargo ship.  


Haiti is currently undergoing strife since the assassination of their President, Jovenel Moise, a year ago.  Millions of residents are unable to afford basic necessities.  While Kodak is often in the news for troubled activities, I felt it was necessary to share light on a good deed.  Specifically, when it includes helping your own people.

Kevin Hart x The Children's Place Open 1st Community Learning Center in Harlem, NY

via Getty Images


Kevin Hart partnered with The Children's Place on their 2022 Back-To-School campaign initiative to revitalize 10 public spaces in underfunded communities into learning centers across the U.S.  
At the end of this past July, Hart and The Children's place opened the 1st learning space at a community center in East Harlem, NY via the Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center.

via Getty Images

Books, School Supplies, and other products were also donated to children in need.  Hart, who is a father of 4, acknowledges first hand that he sees the challenges children face...especially during a pandemic.  Now that the world is opening up slowly but surely, Hart expresses that the center will serve as a safe place for children to create, to be active, and to dream.