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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Singer Mario Starts Substance Abuse Program for Baltimore Students

We haven’t heard much music from Singer Mario lately but he has been out and about making positive moves for his community.

The Baltimore native has never kept his mother’s substance abuse a secret and has been very upfront about his experiences. Now Mario is using his experiences to help other kids in a substance abuse program targeted to middle and high school students in the Baltimore area. The Mario Do Right Foundation and the REACH! School have teamed up for a:

program will promote healthy alternatives to smoking, alcohol and drug use. It will also teach the kids techniques to resist peer pressure to engage in these activities. There will also be referrals for parents to the University of Maryland Medical Center for substance abuse treatment. [SOURCE]

Way to go Mario for turning a negative experience into positive energy.

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Diddy to Launch Revolt

Cathy Hughes, Oprah and now Sean “Diddy” Combs. Though concrete details are hard to come by when it comes to this venture, it has been reported that on 12/12/12 Diddy will launch Revolt, a music-themed cable network. Revolt is being described as the new “old MTV” but will cater to African Americans.Comcast and Time Warner Cable are already in talks of distribution.

Sounds like MTV with a BET twist to me.

 

Etta James Passes At the Age of 73

On Friday, January 20th we loosed blonde songstress Etta James. James passed at the age of 73 in a Riverside, California hospital. In 2010, the six-time Grammy winner was diagnosed with leukemia. Complications with her leukemia was reported to be the cause of her death.

You may remember Beyoncé playing Etta James in the movie Cadillac Records. After she heard the news, Beyoncé wrote:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.” [SOURCE]

Beyoncé is right. We don’t get music like James’ music any more. She will be missed.

On of my favorite songs of all time…

Etta James – “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Wendy Williams Campaigns to ‘Save The Twinkies’

Earlier this month, Hostess filed for bankruptcy. A bankruptcy filing could mean that we may have to say good-bye to the cream-filled sponge cake forever. While some are preparing for the beloved Twinkie‘s departure by stocking up, Wendy Williams has decided to save America’s favorite treat with the sweetest campaign ever.

In a humorous video, Wendy rallies her viewers to join her Facebook campaign to save the Twinkie. Although, I may have stayed away from the ever so delicious snack since graduating from college, I have to admit that Wendy just may be my hero. Yes, it’s true. Twinkies are a diet’s worst nightmare but walking into a store and not seeing the golden sponge cake on the shelf is just sad. Thanks Wendy for leading this campaign!

Artist To Watch: @IggyAzalea

As of September of last year, the internet world has already deemed Iggy Azalea an Artist To Watch. Ever since, Azalea has managed to command attention and in doing so, created a pretty big following of #Azaleans.

If you frequent GMPR, you already know how much I love a good female rapper. In an industry that is male dominated, I think a female rapper either established or on the come up is a huge statement for women in general. Although most women wouldn’t want to be defined by some of their lyrics, you can’t help but feel a sense of empowerment when a track from a female rapper comes on the radio, in the club or on the net. With all that being said and my anger towards Remy’s continued stint in jail, I am super happy to see another female gracing the rap scene.

21-year-old Austrian native and LA based rapper, Iggy Azalea is stylish and lyrically bold. Azalea’s latest mixtape, Ignorant Art  and accompany visuals are a little all over the place but it’s provocative and fun and I appreciate that. Influenced by Tupac Shakur, her raw and hardcore tracks have led industry mavens to believe she is the next big thing in Hip Hop. She definitely has my attention and I’m interested to see how she will stand out in a land of Nicki Minaj.

Despite constant racial comments and  numerous comparisons, Azalea is steady making moves. It is not official but word is she is on the brink of a deal with Def Jam. Also, she admits to being linked to rapper A$AP Rocky. In an interview with VIBE she admitted that an attempted collaboration turned into something more substantial.

Seems like Iggy Azalea is on her way to having it all. If you aren’t familiar get acquainted with her work below.

DOWNLOAD IGNORANT ART

The Helps’ Viola Davis Deleivers Emtional & Touching Acceptance Speech

Need some inspiration today? Viola Davis gave enough inspiration for months to come in last night’s acceptance speech for Critic’s Choice Movie Awards‘ “Best Actress”. The actress who played Aibileen Clark, a maid living in Mississippi during the 1960’s in The Help started by saying, “I am absolutely so humbled.”

She continued on by sharing her “dream big” mentality and went on to warm the hearts of those watching. The Help finished the night with three awards in all including best supporting actress for co-star Octavia Spencer  and  best acting ensemble award for the entire cast.

Watch Davis’ acceptance speech below.

Super Model Naomi Campbell Stars in Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2012 Ad Campaign

If you haven’t admitted it yet no worries, I got you. I will admit it for you. Everyone LOVES a good fashion ad campaign. On top of a good campaign, I’m a sucker for anything gold. With that being said, I am loving the new ad campaign for Italian Fashion Icon Roberto Cavalli’s latest spring 2012 collection shot by Steven Meisel. The ad campaign stars 41-year-old supermodel Naomi Campbell and features models Karen ElsonKristen McMenamy and Daphne Groeneveld.

Vanessa Announces Lingerie Line

For years, Vanessa Simmons has been whipping up an eclectic mix of pastries for your feet. This time, Simmons is announcing an even sweeter treat  but, for the bedroom.

ROSE by Vanessa Jean will offer superior quality, signature fabric’s with cutting edge designs to include bejeweled lingerie with diamond and jewel accents for your special occasions providing woman of all sizes with a unique experience that only a clothing item as intimate as lingerie can provide.[SOURCE]

The line includes three designs: “Naughty Lil’ Princess,” a classic collection filled with diamond embellishments; “Rock Your Sexy,” a collection specifically for the girl who fearlessly expresses her sexuality; and “Vintage Chic,” an Old Hollywood 1960s glamour collection.

Watch Vanessa’s announcement below:
http://vimeo.com/34634232

Mr. West Announces DONDA

Rapper Kanye West took to Twitter to announce his new creative business venture:

I have started a new company and I’m so excited about the name…. it’s got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!…. The name of the company is DONDA. DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas… I used to blog all the time an fit was a way to get my opinion out…Dr Dre redesigned headphones and made more impact off of one product. I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts…app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist … doctors, scientist,teachers… DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford… I want to put creatives in a room together with like minds that are all waaaay doper than me. We want to help simplify and aesthetically improve everything we see hear, touch, taste and feel…To dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need.. To marry our wants and needs. DONDA. This will all take time but I wanted everyones to know what I really care about… I care about people. I care about my fans… I care about people who have never heard of me…

Sounds amazing to me. I would love it if DONDA would hire some of us struggling college grads. Speaking of hiring…if you want to try your luck, you can contact Kanye’s team at contactDONDA@gmail.com!

In other DONDA news…Jimmy Kimmel started pushing DONDA on his late night show with an entertaining commercial. Peep it below.

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