New Music: DJ Khaled feat. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih & Future ‘Hold You Down’

02drunk190.1DJ Khaled may be spotlighting his metamorphosis on his forthcoming album I Changed A Lot but his latest release remains true to his “We The Best” mantra. For “Hold You Down,” Khaled celebrates the ladies by tapping every chart-topping R&B dude to sing to ‘em including Chris Brown, Jeremih, August Alsina and (if you count AutoTune wailing serenading) Future. The hip-hop ballad serves as the follow-up to his rap star-studded street anthem “They Don’t Love You No More,” which Remy Ma recently blessed with a remix. Hop into bed with the Bkorn, Lee on the Beats, & LDB-produced after hours banger below, courtesy of Miss Info. “Hold You Down” makes its worldwide debut on BET’s 106 & Park today (Aug. 11).

Barneys Settles Racial Profiling Allegations For $525K

realtalklogoBarneys has agreed to a $525,000 settlement for racial profiling after a nine-month investigation found that the security and staff personnel of its flagship store on New York’s Madison Avenue were targeting minority customers.

According to the New York Daily News, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigators interviewed nearly a dozen complainants, including customers and former employees, who noticed a pattern of racial profiling began last year following a “dramatic spike” in shoplifting and credit card fraud.

“This agreement will correct a number of wrongs, both by fixing past policies and by monitoring the actions of Barneys and its employees to make sure that past mistakes are not repeated,” Schneiderman said.

In April 2013, a 19-year-old college student named Trayon Christian said he was racially profiled and accused of fraud by two undercover cops after purchasing a $349 Ferragamo belt at Barneys. Two months prior, 21-year-old nursing student Kayla Phillips said she was also accused of credit card fraud by four plainclothes cops after buying a $2,500 Celine bag.

Rap mogul, Jay Z, came under fire last fall after teaming with Barneys for a holiday collection. He issued a statement, saying, “I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles?” Continue reading

Watch: Raekwon Brings Out Troy Ave, Bobby Shmurda, AZ & More At 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

raekwon-bk-hip-hop-festivalThis year’s tenth anniversary celebration of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival brought a slew of hip-hop heavyhitters to Williamsburg. Following Jay Electronica’s set featuring Jay Z, J. Cole, Talib Kweli and Mac Miller, the legendary Raekwon had a few tricks up his sleeve for his headlining set as well.

While fans may have anticipated a Wu-Tang reunion on the stage, Raekwon switched things up for the crowd by bringing out Internet rap sensation Bobby Shmurda. The newcomer performed his viral hit “Hot Nigga.” The Chef also brought out other natives of the borough: Papoose, Troy Ave, and M.O.P.’s Lil’ Fame. Fans of classic rap got a special treat as well, with an appearance from AZ, who took the stage with “Life’s A Bitch.”

As if seeing Raekwon wasn’t enough. Peep clips from his Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival set below:
http://www.vibe.com/article/watch-raekwon-brings-out-troy-ave-bobby-shmurda-az-more-2014-brooklyn-hip-hop-festival

The Empowerment Campaign and its Dividends

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There is one image from these last few days in Colorado that is going to stick with me, and it is perhaps an unlikely one.  Gabe Cohen , a 33-year-old white guy in a Patagonia jacket, knocks on the screen door of a ranch house belonging to middle-aged black voter. “Hi there,” he says. “I’m with the president’s campaign.” The voter smiles. That’s it. What struck me right then was the power in the word “president,” and the power of what it meant, in that racially mixed neighborhood on the outskirts of Denver, for that word to mean not “them,” but “us.” And that, for a fleeting moment at least, the “us” here was a kind of community encompassing both a white Jewish kid and an older black man. It is an aspirational “us” that, as we saw last night, drove Latinos, and young people, and women, and African-Americans to the…

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Maxwell Hitting the Road for 6 Super-Sexy Concerts – Will You Be There?

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TUESDAY APR 17, 2012 – BY  BRITNI DANIELLE  — Just in time for summer, soul singer Maxwell recently announced that he’ll be crisscrossing the country to perform at areas in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Newark for two nights only. During his  6 show tour , Maxwell will perform each of his albums in their entirety. On the first night, the  Fortunate  crooner will perform each song from his critically acclaimed debut  Urban Hang Suite  and follow-up effort  Embrya , and he’ll tackle  Now  and his latest effort BLACKsummers’night  the second night. While the shows will definitely be all about Maxwell and his art, the singer wants to give a little something something back as well. At the concerts, fans will also be able to purchase Obama-Biden t-shirts, stickers, and other merchandise that will support the President’s reelection campaign.

Check out Maxwell doing what he does best…live! 

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OutKast To Headline BET Experience 2014 In L.A.

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Outkast can now add another festival to their 40 date comeback tour. The Atlanta duo will be headlining BET Live in Los Angeles, a three day music festival (June 27th-June 29th) housed in the L.A. Live complex downtown. This year’s festivities will include concerts, celebrity panels, wellness expos, exhibits and fan expos. After Maxwell and Jill Scott kick off the weekend with performances at the Staples Center. Outkast is set to hit the stage Saturday (June 28th) night along with A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla Sign, August Alsina, K. Michelle and Rick Ross. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and more are set to perform at concerts leading up to the BET Awards Sunday night (June 29th) at the Nokia Theatre.

Before they hit the BET Live stage, Outkast is slated to perform at the Governor’s Ball June 6th-8th in New York, and then’s Drake OVO Fest in Houston, TX on August 3rd. Check out the full BET Live Line below.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27:

Staples Center
Maxwell
Jill Scott joined by Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Glover

Club Nokia
ComicView Live! Hosted by Sommore featuring Karlous Miller, Lil Rel Howery, Ray Grady, Sydney Castillo and Zainab Johnson

Future kicks off the Late Night Concert series with DJ Khaled and friends

SATURDAY, JUNE 28:

Staples Center
OutKast, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, K. Michele, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina hosted by DJ Khaled

Club Nokia
The Next Comedy All-Star hosted by Joe Torry featuring Red Grant, Gary G-Thang Johnson, Nika Williams, Malik S., Rudy Rush

The Roots Present Hip-Hop with Special Guests

SUNDAY, JUNE 29:

Staples Center
Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and Jennifer Hudson

Nokia Theatre
BET Awards 2014