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

Recap: Broccoli City Festival Feat. Cam’Ron, Just Blaze, Vashtie, And More

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A cool, calm, and collected Cam’Ron returned to Washington D.C. Saturday (April 19) evening for the second annual Broccoli City Festival. Cam was humble, and far less flashier than when he last visited the city — five years ago. No fur coats, no Lamborghini, and no cape. Instead, he arrived in orange reflective shades, a single gold diamond encrusted Jesus chain, and a bullet proof vest beneath his t-shirt.

He performed a medley of hits from his extensive catalog, inciting attendees with his verses from “Hey Ma,” “Oh Boy,” and the crowd-pleasing “Touch it or Not.” After DJing an energetic set before Cam hit the stage, Just Blaze joined his pal to perform their most successful record, “I Really Mean It.”

The hybrid festival, in its second year of existence, managed to round up a few thousand people in south east D.C. for a day filled with fitness, fun, food, and live music. City officials hope the newly renovated Gateway Pavilion will attract visitors to an area previously known for its high crime. Additional highlights from the day included D.C. natives Reesa Renee and Kelela crooning for the crowd, Karreuche Tran and Teyana Taylor sightings and the Zumba taking place on the lawn across from the stage.

In two weeks, (May 3) Broccoli City will trek across the country to host its second festival in L.A. Cop your tickets now. You won’t want to miss it.

New Music: Jennifer Lopez Feat. French Montana, Big Sean, Tyga And DJ Khaled ‘I Luh Ya Papi (Remix)’

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Here’s a true monster remix to set New York City off for the summer. Ms. Jenny From The Block has finally delivered her much talked about “Luh Ya Papi (Remix).” With DJ Khaled behind the wheel, JLo taps her boys French Montana, Tyga and Big Sean to turn this party up. Taking cues from Jay Z’s 2000-smash “Hey Papi,” Jennifer and the boys show out for the dancefloors. Jenny’s 10th studio album is set to be released on June 17 and features appearances from Robin Thicke, and a duet with Maxwell. Here’s a true monster remix to set New York City off for the summer. Ms. Jenny From The Block has finally delivered her much talked about “Luh Ya Papi (Remix).” With DJ Khaled behind the wheel, JLo taps her boys French Montana, Tyga and Big Sean to turn this party up. Taking cues from Jay Z’s 2000-smash “Hey Papi,” Jennifer and the boys show out for the dancefloors. Jenny’s 10th studio album is set to be released on June 17 and features appearances from Robin Thicke, and a duet with Maxwell.

Here’s a true monster remix to set New York City off for the summer. Ms. Jenny From The Block has finally delivered her much talked about “Luh Ya Papi (Remix).” With DJ Khaled behind the wheel, JLo taps her boys French Montana, Tyga and Big Sean to turn this party up. Taking cues from Jay Z’s 2000-smash “Hey Papi,” Jennifer and the boys show out for the dancefloors.

Jenny’s 10th studio album is set to be released on June 17 and features appearances from Robin Thicke, and a duet with Maxwell.

CHECK IT OUT ON SOUNDCLOUD BELOW:

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Review: Good Performance By Andre Benjamin Isn’t Enough To Bolster Hendrix Biopic ‘All Is By My Side’

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A little over a decade ago, VH1 premiered one of its many mediocre television biopics, Hendrix. Playing well against type, Wood Harris starred as the iconic guitarist, alongside Vivica A. Fox (as girlfriend/groupie Faye Pridgeon), and Billy Zane. A general overview of Hendrix’s life, the film chronicled his time playing with black artists like Little Richard, his period as a recording artist in London, his breakthrough performance at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and his untimely death at the age of 27. It had all the hallmarks of most rock ‘n roll biopics: the tough childhood, the discovery of genius, the hit single, the hard partying, the groupies, the hangers-on, the drug problems, the fall from grace. But it was missing something, one major element. The music. Getting music rights has been an uphill battle in many a musical biopic, and last year, with the announcement that a new Hendrix movie called All is By My Side was set to begin production, getting rights to the rocker’s extensive discography once again became an obstacle for filmmakers. Hendrix’s estate withdrew all support for the movie, and barred writer-director John Ridley (who paradoxically also wrote 12 Years a Slave and Undercover Brother) from using seminal Hendrix songs like ‘Purple Haze’, ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and the ‘Hey Joe’ cover in the movie. Ridley, determined to tell his version of the Hendrix story, sidestepped this slight inconvenience by crafting a story set specifically before the debut of Are You Experienced. Andre Benjamin plays Hendrix, discovered by Keith Richards’ girlfriend Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) while playing backup guitar at New York’s Cheetah Club. The two strike up a romantically-tinged friendship, as Linda works tirelessly at helping him find a manger and get a record deal. Eventually, under the management of former Animals member Chas Chandler (Andrew Buckley), Hendrix moves to London, shacks up with feisty party girl Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell), and begins his journey towards starting The Jimi Hendrix Experience and becoming one of if not the greatest guitar players of all time. Continue Reading

Beyoncé Covers Out’s May Power Issue

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On the cover of Out magazine’s annual May Power Issue (on newsstands April 22) is one of the most powerful women in music: Beyoncé Knowles. The singer, who defied traditional marketing tactics late last year when she released her surprise self-titled video album, is the perfect representation of what it means to be powerful. She’s poised, she’s commanding, and she does it all at her own pace. Like any powerful person, there’s an army of supporters who follow. Aaron Hicklin, Out magazine’s editor in chief, got unprecedented access inside Parkwood Entertainment, the camp that makes up “team Beyoncé” in order to learn just how the singer landed the industry’s biggest coup. On Tuesday, April 8, the singer takes over the site with exclusive remixes, never-before-seen photos, and interviews with some of the most powerful people in the industry.

#BeyOut will have fans bowing down to the “XO” singer.