2.22.2017

RECAP: "Four Tickets to Paradise"-The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions, E4

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Last night's episode of The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions was a game changer on a few fronts! 


Picking up from last week, we find that there's only four tickets left to make it to the Oasis. Latoya, Sylvia, Amanda, Nelson, Shane, and Anthony are all without a spot, and will still have to fight for one this week...either in the challenge or at elimination. But, until then, everyone is still struggling at the Shelter. Of course, no Challenge would be complete without hookups though. Kailah and Cory get cozy and end up making out. They both just like to have fun, and Cory is a major player, so I don't see it being anything real. Later, another potential couple emerges in Nelson and Latoya, as they bond and talk about the game. Later, they make out on their cots, and, since the Shelter is so open, EVERYONE can see them. The two get a standing ovation from the house before taking their romp to the beach!

2.21.2017

J. Cole Announces 4 Your Eyez Only Tour Dates

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J. Cole is hitting the road this year for his upcoming 4 Your Eyez Only tour, announcing 57 dates for the fans!


The tour kicks off on June 1 in Columbia, SC at The Musix Farm as Cole hits 13 more intimate spots before hitting arenas across North America and overseas through December. Literally half the year on the road...on the grind!

Check out the full list of tour dates below!


2.20.2017

In The Spotlight: R&B Singer Bahja Rodriguez


Another great spotlight to start the week!

Today, we have R&B singer Bahja Rodriguez (formerly of the OMG Girlz)! 


Bahja grew up on the Eastside of Georgia, supported by loving parents and others around her. “When I think about my childhood, nothing was impossible,” the singer said. “No one ever said to me, ‘You can’t do that.’” With that great mentality, Bahja started dabbling in singing at the young age of 5. She did a recording then of New Edition’s smash hit “Mr. Telephone Man,” along with Zonnique Pullins (daughter of singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris and former member of OMG as well). Though she started professionally at 12, she knew that day, at only five, that she wanted to sing forever!

MUSIC VIDEO: "Take Me Down"-Pop Singer/Songwriter Julia Carlucci


New music video this morning from Canadian pop singer/songwriter Julia Carlucci for her debut single "Take Me Down!"


Directed by Merik Williams, the video features Julia performing the soulful track with a full band and background singers underneath a spotlight. Though the track, produced by Cat Lewis and Andrew Kesler, is soulful and upbeat, it tackles "the age-old battle of 'head-versus-heart.'" Julia explained further, "Take Me Down is about falling for someone you know you shouldn't. It's when your head knows better but your heart is too curious to walk away. Although the lyrics are vulnerable, I always imagined the song with a strong sound and upbeat vibe, so the production needed to be just right. It needed to have that throwback feel but still punch like a contemporary pop record and I think we definitely achieved that."

The song is definitely fire, and it was great to watch Julia perform it as well in the video. Watch below!

#MondayMotivation

Today's a holiday for many of y'all, but still, here's some #MondayMotivation to get your week started off right! 


I love this quote. At the end of the day, you can't change the circumstances that come your way, but you can change not only the way you react to them, but how you work through them. Life is all about constant adjustment to obstacles, a lesson I'm glad to have learned early. Don't get so caught up in the bad that comes your way as you work towards your goals. Adjust your attitude about it and your actions, and keep working at your dreams!


2.16.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "Thnks fr th Mmrs"-Fall Out Boy


It's Throwback Thursday, and we've got another great jam from back in the day!

Today's throwback is a great one from Fall Out Boy! I'm not even the biggest fan of rock music, but I LOVED this song! The video was weird, but I liked the group's energy and performance style. Plus a younger Kim Kardashian was in this, which I didn't even realize back when it first came out! Really, really strange visual with these chimps all throughout, but this was still a great song. 

Watch the video below!

2.15.2017

RECAP: "Getting Served"-Being Mary Jane S4, E5

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This episode of Being Mary Jane took us back down to the ATL to check in on Niecy and the rest of the Pattersons!


Picking up from last episode, Niecy goes out for a night on the town with her girls, blowing more of her settlement check on a VIP table with plenty of hookah and bottles. They get to talking about Dante, with Niecy foolishly thinking that Dante wants to be a family with her, Isabelle and Treyvion (who isn't even his son), but really he's using her for her money.

In The Spotlight: Podcaster Loren "Lo Skeet" Gross


Happy to bring ya'll another great person to spotlight in 2017!

I recently linked up with a fellow BGSU alum, Loren "Lo Skeet" Gross, to speak about his podcast "Inaudible Raucous", which has currently been going on strong for 43 weeks straight! The podcast involves Lo speaking on a variety of topics including pop culture, health, sports, social justice, financial advice, etc. As a student of the radio art form since he was 13, Lo said he got the idea to do a podcast about three years ago when he started to see a shift in the radio industry. After much procrastination, the podcaster started his up last year in 2016. The idea for the name came after speaking with some friends about oxymorons that catch people's attention. From there, he thought of a "clever way to spin cliche terms like “Sounds from the Underground” or “The Quiet Riot." Lo stated, "I went to a thesaurus and picked those two words: Inaudible and Raucous."

RECAP: "Helter Shelter"-The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions, E3


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After this week,
The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions is about to get a lot more interesting! 


Picking up from last week, at the Shelter, the house gets a clue in a bucket: "Tomorrow's the only time in this game that you'll want to be a floater." Definitely meaning something with water! Surprise little twist, though: those have earned their way into the Oasis, though, get to kick back and watch! Looks like they get a break from competing since they've already won a spot in the real house!

2.14.2017

Alt-Pop Rock Group The Middle Ground Releases "Paper" Visual, Announces Tour Dates


Nashville's own alt-pop rock group, The Middle Ground, has released a new visual for their track, "Paper!"


The song itself is raw and emotional, as the group gives an acoustic performance of the track and roams the city streets at night.

Watch the music video below!

2.13.2017

Top Moments of the 2017 Grammy Awards

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The 2017 Grammy Awards had some awesome moments and incredible performances, and was overall great to watch. 


Hosted by James Corden, it was definitely music's biggest night, filled with its share of downfalls, of course, but the good outweighed the bad. Watch some of the top moments below!

List of Winners at the 2017 Grammy Awards

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Last night's Grammy Awards were great to watch, and it was interesting to see who did (and did not) take home an award!


Adele and Chance the Rapper were definitely the big winners of the night, with Adele taking home the biggest awards, including Album of the Year! David Bowie was also posthumously honored with five Grammys for work on his final studio album, Blackstar. Of course, because of time, the majority of the winners were not announced on air, but congratulations to all who took home the coveted award!

Check out some of the top winners below (the full list is available on The Grammys website)!

#MondayMotivation

Good morning everybody...it's Monday, and here's some #MondayMotivation to get your week started off right! 


The road to success is HARD, y'all. Very hard. No matter what you're working towards. Maybe it's getting healthier. Maybe it's building up your own business. Maybe it's trying to get that degree. No matter what it is, the journey to reaching a goal is quite difficult and tiring.

Yet and still, you can't stop when you're tired. When you stop every time you're tired, you're just prolonging the process of getting further along in your journey. You have to choose to push past feelings of fatigue, or insecurity, or doubt, to continue towards your purpose. If it was easy, everybody would do it. So don't stop when you're tired...stop when you're done. 


2.09.2017

Throwback Jam of the Week: "Heartbreak Hotel"-Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price


It's Throwback Thursday, and we're back with another jam from back in the day! 


It's crazy to believe that Saturday will mark five years since the legendary Whitney Houston passed away. Through all the ups and downs and even after her tragic passing, Whitney is still treasured in music and will forever be. Her voice was one of a kind!

One of my favorite hits from the singer was "Heartbreak Hotel" with Faith Evans and Kelly Price. Lyrically, it's a song of hurt and sadness, but musically, this joint is a BOP! And these talented three worked well as a trio on this song. When it comes on, I still sing and dance my heart out like I'm going through it myself...definitely a classic.

Watch below!

2.08.2017

RECAP: The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions Season Premiere

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Man, I missed The Challenge! The latest installation of the hit show is back on MTV, and I'm recapping every step of the way! 


This season is The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions...only the people in the house right now don't know that yet. In Krabi, Thailand, we see 18 underdogs — some who have competed before and some who haven't. There's a lot of new faces from these seasons of Real World and/or Are You The One (which I don't watch anymore so I wouldn't know who's who and where they're from) and some old. However, the common factor among them all is that none of them have actually won a challenge.

RECAP: "Getting Schooled"-Being Mary Jane S4, E4

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This season of Being Mary Jane is really looking to be one of growth for our girl MJ! 


Picking up from last week, MJ pitches a story idea about a kid in New Jersey, Calhoun Jeffries who was wearing a kilt out and about. His dad sees him, and smacks him around for it, eventually dragging him away, which sparks a conversation online about fashion statements like this and acceptance in the black community. Does it really determine gender or sexual identity, or is it just fashion...and was the dad in the wrong or was he just trying to protect his kid?

NEW ALBUM: 'Maj' - R&B Singer/Songwriter BrownBoi Maj


New music for y'all this morning...the debut album, Maj, from R&B singer/songwriter BrownBoi Maj!


Released via Team Jon Doe/Capital Visuals, the album is a mix of 90s pop/R&B with today's "new wave" sound. The album is said to give listeners "honest and pure music" that they'll be able to automatically relate to. BrownBoi Maj is "speaking for the broke boys…those who might be socially awkward. The ones who feel like they can’t get THAT girl," per press release.

The 11-track album includes BrownBoi’s latest singles, "Lo$er" feat. the artist's fellow Team Jon Doe recording artist, JusXJustice and "$he" along with other hit tracks, "Broke Boi," “Drip” feat. E-Batt & Davinci and “Drop” feat. Cruise & Loh.

Take a listen to the project below!


2.06.2017

Lady Gaga Announces Dates for Her Joanne World Tour


Lady Gaga is definitely capitalizing on her great performance at last night's Super Bowl Halftime Show!


For all of her Monsters, the singer has announced that she's heading out on her Joanne World Tour tour later this year, to support her latest album!

Check out the dates below!


#MondayMotivation

Good morning y'all...here's some #MondayMotivation to help you get through the week!

I am a planner. I have been a planner for a good majority of my life. If it's one thing life has taught me, after graduating college especially, it's that life doesn't always go according to how YOU planned it. Not Plan A, or Plan B, etc. etc. But you have to keep calm and keep going. Re-adjust and work some things around. Everything will work out exactly how it's supposed to, when it's supposed to. And often, it's not how you'd planned it...but it turns out to be even better!


2.02.2017

In The Spotlight: Radio Host/DJ/Podcaster Alex "A.D." Davis



Happy to bring ya'll another great person to spotlight in 2017! If you or your client is an upcoming artist, designer, etc., and would like to be featured on The Spotlight, please visit our Features/Submissions page for more info.


Today we have CBS Radio’s 98.5 KLUC DJ/radio host Alex "A.D." Davis



A.D. currently handles working at KLUC out in Vegas as the night jockey every Monday-Friday from 6p-11p. He also balances co-hosting the Fresh DOPE podcast, writing for music site GroundSounds.com AND operating the brand Elevated Livin’ LLC (Check out our spotlights on Elevated Livin' artists Sav and J. Smith)! We talked mainly about the podcast, some fitness and sneaker talk, and how A.D. balances it all!

Throwback Jam of the Week: "No More"-Ruff Endz


It's Throwback Thursday, and we've got another great jam from back in the day!


Ruff Endz is one of my favorite R&B groups, probably the most underrated on my list. Nonetheless, they had some hits including "No More!" On the track, Dante ("Chi") and David ("Davinch") called out their girlfriends for being golddiggers, and shut down all their VIP treatment in a pretty classic early '00s video!

The group is on the comeback, with plans to drop a new album on Valentine's Day. And I, for one, am glad they're coming back!

Check out the video below...

2.01.2017

Beyoncé is Pregnant....with Twins!!!!

I CANNOT BELIEVE!!!!!! LET ME CATCH MY BREATH!!!!


In a shocking announcement (on the first day of Black History Month no less), Beyoncé announced that she and husband Jay Z are expecting...and the blessing is TIMES TWO!

RECAP: "Getting Real"- Being Mary Jane S4, E3

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Finally, we got a new episode of Being Mary Jane last night! It’s been a few weeks, and I know I’ve definitely been missing it.


Picking up from the last episode, Mary Jane goes to visit Paul, Jr at a condo in NYC valued at $15 MILLION! I guess PJ’s into luxury real estate now. Turns out that he's managing the place while one of his clients is out of the country. Mary Jane wants him to find her a nice spot like that…but at a much lower price obviously.

At Great Day USA, Mary Jane has to now with the aftermath of Ronda backstabbing her and bringing MJ’s old producer Justin (Michael Ealy) in the mix. MJ and Kara see Justin playing around with the higher ups at the network, a way to suck up to them no doubt. So now these two have to figure out how to get better stories. At that moment, as if he overheard them, Justin comes over to tell them that a segment Kara’s been working on all morning is being bumped for another interview. Oh, this is going to be a longggg arc with this guy at the network.


Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West Are Releasing a Kids' Clothing Line

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West apparently are creating a kids' clothing line, and their baby girl North has showed off some pieces! 


Kim revealed a few of the pieces on Snapchat, as she filmed North strutting her stuff in a yellow sequin dress and matching yellow shearling coat.“Wait, let me see this outfit that you’ve got on. Do you see this Yeezy jacket? Is that a Yeezy yellow shearling?” Kim asked Nori.

Check out the look below! 

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