Roots Miniseries: A Cultural Phenomenon

In the simpler media landscape of the late ‘70s, networks considered a show a blockbuster if it was watched in three of every 10 households. When “Roots,” a 12-hour miniseries exploring the multi-generational story of an African-American family, made its historic premiere on ABC during the last week of January in 1977, it could be found on more than half of the nation’s televisions (that night in Los Angeles, the share was 67 percent).

When putting the estimated audience of 130 million into perspective, one network executive said, “it’s like millions of people reading the same book simultaneously.”

Author and journalist Alex Haley made his name exploring different chapters of the African-American story, from Malcolm X to Miles Davis, and the blockbuster miniseries adaptation of his best-selling 1976 masterpiece “Roots” was a prologue to them all. Haley’s family story tells “the symbolic saga of a people,” a tale far more universal than even the most compelling celebrity interview.
Chasing the answer to a simple question of origins, which required the author to spend 6,500 hours in 57 libraries and archives, led to profound answers.

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).

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

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.