The official trailer has dropped for Alice Through the Looking Glass!
The film is the highly anticipated sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). For this sequel, Tim serves as producer, while James Bobin takes the reins as director. The majority of the original cast has returned as well including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter and the voices Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman and Michael Sheen. We also see Sacha Baron Cohen, new to the franchise, playing the part of half-human, half-clock Time.
Very rarely do I write editorials like the one I’m about to write, but this thing bothered me something heavy all day.
By now, many of us have heard that singer Kehlani has been hospitalized after reportedly tried to commit suicide yesterday (March 28). The reported attempt comes shortly after Kehlani’s ex Partynextdoor posted a picture on Instagram. The two of them are holding hands in bed, sparking rumors that she was cheating on Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom she’d confirmed a relationship in January. From that ONE picture, people went in on her calling her a cheater and a hoe, as if they know her and her situation.
R&B singer Todd Zack, Jr. has released his lead single, "sweetpotatopie.” for listeners!
The track, which was produced by JBird, is the first official single from the artist's upcoming project betterwithtime., which is set to be released on April 16th. Todd uses his favorite dessert, sweet potato pie, to describe the new love in his life. "I used the inspiration behind that, to play off the title into writing about a woman being the new favorite in my life, similar to how the pies are my favorite dessert. Hence, she's my sweetpotatopie," Todd noted on his SoundCloud. The song is true R&B, and great to vibe to!
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Today, we have indie pop singer/songwriter, Chloe Baker, better known as Bitter’s Kiss! Hailing from New Jersey, Chloe grew up in a musical family and got the bug when she was really young. “I grew up around instruments and have been singing ever since I was really little,” she said, also stating that she loved writing and musical theater as well. “This love of writing and singing meant making music from as young as I can remember.” With a recording studio in her family home, Chloe’s father eventually allowed her to record her first original song when he though she was old enough.
It only took two episodes for NBC to renew Little Big Shots for a 13-episode second season!
According to Deadline, the network expected that the show would do well, and already it's been great to watch! Host Steve Harvey said, “I’ve been amazed at how smart and talented these kids are." Ellen DeGeneres, who is executive producer of the series along with Steve, added, “They may be small in stature, but they’re giants in what they’re able to do.”
As a part of both her Let Girls Learn initiative and the White House's #62MillionGirls Campaign, the First Lady has dropped a new track called "This Is For My Girls!"The song features top musical acts Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele, Chloe & Halle and Jada Grace to help promote the two programs.
Back in December, we featured electro/R&B artist Devin Nash, a talented singer currently based out of Atlanta. Well now Devin has released his new EP entitled Her!
As we reported previously, the project takes listeners through Devin's journey of love, from the beautiful beginning to the bitter end. It's definitely a vulnerable, soulful project that I think you guys will enjoy.
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Today, we have hip hop artist Tony Benefit! Hailing from Chicago, Tony began freestyling around the age of 14. He was found one day rapping on the corner by Carlos Polk, a member of legendary Chicago underground group, Eratick Statik. Carlos brought Tony to the group’s shows and studio sessions, where Tony started at the bottom, throwing water and t-shirts to the crowd. Eventually though, the artist was able to spit his own rhymes at the shows. “Once the crowd was receptive to what I was doing, it just kind of built from there,” Tony said. “I became a bigger part of the show, and, once I went on the road with them, I started building my own following.”
Move over Genius! (just kidding!) Looks like someone has gotten hold of the lyrics of the late West Coast legendary rapper Tupac Shakur! According to Rolling Stone Magazine, three notebooks owned by Pac, containing handwritten lyrics, music video ideas and other notes will be auctioned for fans!
MTV has announced the nominees for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, which will be hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, on April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This year's show will also mark 25 years that the awards have been airing, so it's definitely going to be a great show! Star Wars: The Force Awakens leads the pack with 11 nominations, with Deadpool snagging 8 noms! The nominations include typical categories like Movie of the Year, Best Male and Best Female Performance, etc, but also MTV's standard, creative categories like Breakthrough Performance, Best Kiss, and Best Fight! Fans are able to cast their votes for their favorite movies online now through March 20, so get to voting guys!
Check out the list of nominees for the MTV Movie Awards below and see if your favorite movie or actor scored a nom!
I was happy to reviewAlessia Cara's album Know-It-All, when it was released this past November. Now the singer is back with a new video for one of my favorite tracks on the project, "Wild Things!"
In the beginning, Alessia introduces the video, along with a group of her friends, explaining the concept of the song. "To me, 'where the wild things are' is a place that exists in our minds. It's a place of liberty and shamelessness," she said. "It can take a split second of our lifetime to find it, but once you do you’ll be free."
The video itself is very carefree as the singer and her crew hang out, roam the streets, play music and even light up some fireworks. They're perfectly fine with doing their own thing, and resisting the urge to follow the norm. That's what I love about Alessia in general. She creates her own cool.
Singer Timothy J. Wilson has released a new 2-in-1 music video that y'all should definitely check out!
The artist drops two visuals for tracks "Dance With Her" and "So Bad," both featuring model Fania J as his leading lady! Both tracks and videos bring the funk that Timothy is known for, as well as the electric chemistry between him and Fania (great acting)!
Of course, since we featured him on The Spotlightback in August, we've seen this talented singer on the grind, releasing the project and several music videos since. He definitely has a lot of things up his sleeve, and we look forward to seeing more.
Jessica Simpson has released her new ad campaign for her Spring/Summer '16 collection!
According to PEOPLE, this line is definitely boho-chic, incorporating prints and fringe. In the ad above, Jessica shows off her legs in an olive green romper ($89) that looks gorgeous on her, complete with floral printed platform heels and a yellow leather purse. “My mom and I worked together on the styling for this shoot, and as luck would have it, a trunk from our showrooms in NY was lost in transit the day before the shoot!" Jessica said of her experience shooting for the ads. "We had to rework a few of the looks last minute and we really love how the styling turned out. It was a blessing in disguise.”
Actress Ruby Rose has snagged a new opportunity as spokesperson of beauty brand Urban Decay!
According to Refinery 29, in a statement yesterday (Mar. 2), the brand announced the new collaboration with the bold and sexy Orange Is The New Black actress. They even gave her the title of Most Addictive New Vice!
The official trailer for the biopic surrounding Nina Simone's life, entitled Nina, has been released!
Of course, the movie, which stars Zoe Saldana, has been met with much controversy, specifically around the concept of colorism. Originally shot some years ago, the film features Zoe in heavy makeup and prosthetic makeup to create the illusion that she is as dark as Nina was. Many are in an uproar, stating that there were other dark-skinned actresses that could've played Nina, and that's true. However, I respect Zoe as an actress, so I might go see this. I will say, though, that this make up simply did not work for her.
The movie has already been put on blast by Nina's own daughter, Lisa Celeste Stroud, known by her stage name, Simone. A tweet even went out yesterday from Nina's official Twitter account stating to Zoe, “Cool story but please keep Nina’s name out of your mouth. For the rest of your life.” Wow.
Nina is set for release on April 22. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Another great feature for you guys today! As always, if you
are or represent an upcoming artist, designer, writer, etc., please visit our
Features/Submissions page for more info!
Today, we have writer Dee “Mz DeeVa” Shields! Raised in the
live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas, Dee was born into a family of
musicians and writers. “I took on more of the skill of writing, alongside a
deep love and appreciation of music from many genres,” the writer stated. Dee graduated in 2000 from Austin Business
College with a degree in Administrative Specialization, but went on to study
Social Work and Psychology at Central Texas College and the University of
Mary-Hardin Baylor. She is also set to receive her Bachelor’s degree in
Psychology from the University of Phoenix this spring, and will continue on to
receive her masters and eventually doctorate in the field.
In the midst of her studies, Dee went on to develop and grow
with her writing over the years.
Atlanta-based singer SHADED FOREVER has released his debut single, "What You Want," for listeners!
On the track, produced by Soslo, the artist sings of being the best option for a special woman in his life. Out of all of the other guys that may be pursuing her, he confidently believes that he brings the most to the table. "I know what you want....girl I'll ride for you, give my life to you," the singer croons.