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Watch: Chadwick Boseman Gives His ‘Hero’ Award to Real-Life Waffle House Hero James Shaw Jr. [Video]

 

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Chadwick Boseman won an award for playing a super hero on the big screen, but being the honorable man that he is, he passed his award to a real-life hero in the audience — James Shaw Jr.

via TMZ:

The “Black Panther” star won the Movie award for Best Hero Monday at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards … and he thanked the fans for making ‘BP’ a monumental success. But then something incredibly special happened … so, get ready for goosebumps.

Watch the clip … Chadwick turned the spotlight — rightfully so — on Shaw … who heroically wrestled an AR-15  from a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee back in April.

 

Christopher Martin of “KID N’ PLAY” Discusses His Journey in the Music Industry & New Hip-Hop Film Documentary!

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During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the voices of Hip-Hop were starting to be heard across cultural and socio-economic lines bringing light to the street life. One of the crews that played a major voice in this era was the hip hop duo known as, Kid N’ Play.

Christopher Martin most popularly known as “Play” from the late 80s/early 90s Hip Hop duo, Kid N’ Play, is one of the iconic pioneers of the Hip Hop culture when it comes to music and dance! Christopher “Play” Martin along with co-member of the group, Christopher Reid formerly known as Kid, helped to pave the way and open doors to the social revolution of dance within the hip hop culture!

Outside of memorable lyrics and the group’s famous dances known as the Kick Step and the Funky Charleston, the group aided in bringing attention to the art and creativity of dance.

Classic films like ‘House Party’, ‘Class Act’ and even a popular animated 90s cartoon series based on the real life of the hip-hop duo, was just one of the many amazing creations behind the multi-talented group.

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The New York native, Christopher Martin now has a new film documentary called, “ANDiDANCED” which is about the women and men who danced and helped to make a lot of the 80s – 90s rappers and singers performances exciting, and unforgettable. (ANDiDanced.com)

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In the documentary, he plans to travel from city to city to speak with the dancers responsible for the videos, dance shows and images we enjoy til this very day. A few of the rap artists appearing in the documentary include, LL Cool J, NWA, Salt ‘n Pepa,  MC Hammer, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D, Slick Rick, Kid N’ Play, and a host of others!

The executive producers of the show are Christopher “Play” Martin and Cheryl “Salt” James. Producers are Shane Johnson and Donielle Artese.

Recently I had the honor and the pleasure of interviewing the Hip Hop icon, Christopher Martin on my radio show (Starrdom100 Radio) and he discussed his journey into the hip hop culture as well as shed some light on his new film documentary, “ANDiDANCED.” As a 80s baby and true fan of Kid N’ Play, the experience was exciting! Take a brief look at a few excerpts from the interview below.

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Tanisha Davis: Who was Christopher Martin before being known as “Play”?

“Christopher Martin was an accident waiting to happen. Coming up in the streets of New York, you didn’t have the images or the inspiration that you have today, especially in Hip Hop because it didn’t exist. Matter of fact it was an era and a time believe it or not on this planet where Hip Hop didn’t exist, and when it did begin to come, it wasn’t even called Hip Hop. So I wasn’t really relating to what was happening in the schools, I was more attracted to what was happening in the streets because that’s what looked like success for a young black boy or teenager. I was attracted to a lot of the negative elements in the streets, and that was becoming my aspiration and inspiration. My father was doing his thing successfully or so I thought in the streets, so I wanted to be with him and then combine that with the images I was seeing in the movie theaters. I was just going to be the best, I guess, criminal I could be and I flirted with that, tampered with that, and thank God he used something that was eventually going to be called Hip Hop to save my life.”

Tanisha Davis: You have a new documentary film called “AndIDanced” tell me about that.

“It’s something I have been working on for many years now, it took that long to be able to accomplish it. I have been traveling around the country and trying to find a lot of old friends to have great conversation with, which included many of the dancers who were responsible for the success of a lot of entertainers, rappers and singers……..It’s really just talking to them about how they started out in low budget videos and R&B videos that are now considered R&B & Hip Hop classics.”

 Tanisha Davis: What are your thoughts on NBA player Lebron James doing a House Party remake?

“I think it’s great. Lebron James has always shown nothing but love for Kid and I. It’s very apparent how much he loves the work that we have done. There have been times where he has even posted pictures of his two sons with haircuts that he did to recreate the looks of Kid N’ Play. We did an Allstate commercial with him at one time, so he’s a great person, and I know what he is trying to do and what he is doing with accomplishing and trying to make a difference in entertainment. So no, I have no problem with that at all. They say the highest form of flattery is imitation.”

 

Take a listen to the full interview with me and Christopher “Play” Martin below.

Keep Up with Christopher “Play” Martin on Instagram (@the_Playgroundz) & on Twitter (@thePLAYgroundz).

Discover more information about his new film documentary by visiting www.ANDiDANCED.com!

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Interview featured on SheenMagazine.com!

 

 

 

 

 

Bhad Bhabie says Cardi B is going to win “Top Female Artist” Instead of Nicki Minaj

The 2018 Billboard Awards is right around the corner and the nominations are already attracting a lot of attention!

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Written By: Gisselle Alamanzar

15-year-old Danielle Bregolie know as “Bhad Bhabie” was nominated by Billboard Music Awards as the Top Rap Female Artist Along with the hottest and popular rappers in the game Nicki Minaj and new artist Cardi B.

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TMZ Paparazzi asked if Bhad Bhabie “was expecting “to be nominated and she replies “Not really” Bhad Bhabie says “she already won” by simply being nominated along with the hottest artist in the game, but also says “Cardi is going to win and she deserves it.

Bhad Bhabie explains why Cardi B is better than Nicki Minaj and seems to not like Nicki Minaj as an artist.

Although a lot of different artist such as 50 Cent, are surprised with the nominee, it may be a difficult competition. Nicki Minaj has hit the Billboard Hot 100 many times. Bhad Bhabie has just started out and her “Hi B*tch” single was a success. Cardi B had a huge breakout year last year with her number 1 single “Bodak Yellow” and her new album “Invasion of Privacy” debuted on No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts this year.

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If Cardi B doesn’t win the Top Rap Artist, she still can earn the award for Top Female Artist against pop artist.  Cardi can also earn Top Streaming Songs Artist, Billboard Chart Achievement Award, and Top Streaming Songs (Video).

What do you think about this prediction?

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Lauryn Hill Announces ‘Miseducation’ 20th Anniversary Tour

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Lauryn Hill is back honey & celebrating the 20th anniversary of her multiple-Grammy-winning debut solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” with a North American tour, with international dates to follow.

Via Variety:

The tour kicks off on July 5 in Virginia and is produced by Live Nation (full dates below).

Tickets and VIP experiences go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. local time. A portion of the ticket sales go towards the MLH Foundation, which directly contributes support for education, health, agriculture, technology, and community based businesses and development initiatives “throughout the Diaspora,” according to the tour announcement.

Hill said in a press release on Tuesday April 17,

“This album chronicled an intimate piece of my young existence. It was the summation of most, if not all, of my most hopeful and positive emotions experienced to that date. I Loved and believed deeply in my community’s ability to both Love and heal itself provided it received the right amount of support and encouragement. Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression. I hope the Love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with Love and optimism at the helm.”

The singer delivered a rousing rendition of the late Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland last weekend.

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In addition to her scheduled tour dates, Hill will be playing at New York’s historic Apollo Theater on  May 1 exclusively for Citi cardmembers. The tickets will be $20 in honor of the album’s 20th anniversary. All ticket proceeds will go directly to the MLH Foundation:

Lauryn Hill 2018 Tour Dates:

Thu Jul 05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Sun Jul 08 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

Wed Jul 11 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Fri Jul 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Sun Jul 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Wed Jul 18 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Fri Jul 20 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

Wed Jul 25 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Thu Jul 26 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater

Sun Jul 29 – Tampa, FL – Al Lang Stadium

Tue Jul 31 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater

Thu Aug 02 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place

Fri Aug 03 – Atlanta, GA – State Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park

Sun Aug 05 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Wed Aug 08 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Fri Sep 07 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

Sun Sep 09 – San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre

Wed Sep 12 – Portland, OR – Portland Memorial Coliseum

Fri Sep 14 – Vancouver, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park

Sat Sep 15 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center**

Thu Sep 20 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Sat Sep 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Mon Sep 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Wed Sep 26 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater

Sat Sep 29 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

Sun Sep 30 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Wed Oct 03 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena

Fri Oct 05 – St Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena

 

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Watch: Martin Luther King Jr’s Granddaughter Speaks at March for Our Lives Rally [Video]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King, joined thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C. to demand common sense gun control laws in the United States.

via Complex:

“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” she said to a while referencing MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he also delivered in D.C. “I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world. Period.”

The young activist also led the protestors in a chant: “Spread the word, have you heard, all across the nation, we are going to be a great generation.” Then, when they got the hang of it, she challenged them to “say it like you really, really mean it and the whole world can hear you.”

The D.C. rally, March For Our Lives, is just one of around 800 protests going on around the world. The protests were sparked by survivors of the Valentine’s Day school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead. One of the survivors is 17-year-old, Jaclyn Corin, who stood and held Yolanda’s hand on stage as she gave her powerful speech.

Check out the video below.

 

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Black Panther Review: Greatest Inspiration Created By Marvel

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                                Written By: Tanisha D. Davis

Where do I begin to express how amazing this film was?

Let me first say that this film is everything that we imagined it would be, and well worth the wait. After seeing numerous trailers and watching countless interviews from the cast about what to expect from the film, I am well pleased that the long awaited anticipation was everything I hoped it would be. Outstanding job from the entire cast and the producers of this sensational film, that managed to ignite my mental in every way possible!

This film was filled with so much passion and emotion for the culture that was represented in this fictional African nation called, Wakanda. There were times when watching the battles that I myself was ignited with a fire deep within that yearned to be part of such a great nation as this fictional place. There was a powerful message that I discovered in the film that I was not expecting.

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I imagined a battle that would take place among outsiders but realized later on that the largest battle was within for Wakanda. We had created a battle within ourselves because of a bad decision. We had left behind something that was part of us because we were afraid of what it could become, therefore creating a monster.

This message once discovered spoke volumes to my soul. As a young African American woman, my mind began to think about what all we as a nation of intelligent black people could have had if we had not grown up neglected away from our true culture, and who we really were before being stolen from our lands. We were lied to and taught to hate ourselves, therefore creating monsters within because we were not welcome or felt that we belonged anywhere. We were lost, awaiting the moment to be found or an opportunity to get back to where we came from.

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There was pain, anger, and sympathy in the film for Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) because we all can relate to the feeling of growing up in a land separated from a royal nation of intelligent people. Imagine being of a royal background and being left out of the experience and lifestyle that you could have been living. Imagine being rich but what you see around you has taught you that you are poor and nothing.

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Think on that. Imagine the anger that would build up inside you causing you to fight daily and be angry not because of where you are, but because you never knew that where you are right now, is not who you ever truly were created or born to be.

It made sense why he had spent so much time seeking a way to get back to his roots and claim a privilege that had been taken away from him without choice. Erik Killmonger is an example in many ways of black people in America.

Many of us are still fighting to identify ourselves and be restored back to the culture that we had stolen away from us.

This film made you think and long to be part of something greater than what you see around you everyday. It was action packed and the special effects were amazing!

There were scenes that made you emotional and almost lose hope, but only for a moment, as you watched on the edge of your seat in admiration of that hope being restored by watching the Black Panther rise and conquer!

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Through this film we discover a passion to rise up and fight against anything that comes to take away our peace. We see a strong, powerful, and intelligent nation of people! The fictional nation of Wakanda was ready to battle each other and others to protect itself from the possible destruction of outsiders. There was a unity like no other!

I encourage everyone to go out to the theaters this weekend and experience this powerful historical film! This is by far the most inspirational black film created by Marvel, and I am very much in anticipation of a sequel, because something tells me that the world is about to know Wakanda and feel the power of the Black Panther!

 

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Sammie Is Helping Us “Get Right” With Sneak Peeks of New Music!

R&B artist Sammie has managed to continue sweeping us off of our feet with sneak peeks of new music from an upcoming album.  Last year Sammie received an average of 1.4 million streams per month on Spotify, and his album “Coming of Age” made the top 20 on the R&B charts for iTunes. This year it appears that fans are in for an even greater treat from the savior of R&B himself!

Recently he released snippets for one of his singles via Instagram titled, “Get Right” and honey I’m here to tell you that I am all for this single! Sometimes we do our best to attempt to allow the ones we love to gain that space needed to get it together. Getting it right means leaving the old things behind, so that you can move forward to better things, because a person who loves you, does not deserve to pay for another person’s mistakes. Let’s also be mindful that a person can only handle so much before calling it quits. The single captured the attention of R&B singer, Keyshia Cole and led her to expressing some pointers that he should add to the track. Hopefully fans could look forward to maybe a possible duo on this very song from Keyshia Cole and Sammie. Now that would be epic right? Come through for the fans you two!

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I truly believe we all have discovered the guilty actions of allowing the ones we love to suffer because we have not healed from those past hurts. But what makes a relationship strong for any woman is having a man that is willing to fight to love a broken woman. Let’s admit, we all have been hurt by some people we never thought would let us down. I mean seriously how many men out there are actually interested in loving a painting that is not fully complete? We all want someone that is ideally perfect in our eyes but the truth is that none of us are without flaws. So to find someone who is willing to nurture those wounds means a lot. Just the right amount of love and attention can make any flower bloom, so a man who is down to help that Queen “get right” is truly a keeper.

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What I adore about this single and so many others to date by him is that he brings to the surface our thoughts and feelings through his music. I’m sure we all remember that music from back in the day that left you feeling like the artist had been sitting in your room when that heart break happened.

Check out what he shared recently on his Instagram from the upcoming single,  “Get Right” below.

After listening to those verses, it’s definitely safe to say that he has another winning album on the way for 2018.  And no the Queens are not just in love with the handsome lion because of his persuasive ability to steal our attention during the day, but we truly recognize talent and Sammie has managed to deliver us the music we first fell in love with him for consistently throughout the years.  Like wine, he simply just gets better over the years and I’m here for every moment!

 

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Black Panther Comes Alive in Best Trailer Yet! [Watch Trailer]

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Marvel: Black Panther

Marvel revealed its newest look at the studio’s first big blockbuster of 2018, Black Panther.

The new Black Panther trailer played during the halftime show of a big football game, this time at the National Championship Game in Atlanta. The trailer, billed as a “Special Look,” debuted following a halftime performance from Kendrick Lamar, who late last year hinted that he was working on the Black Panther soundtrack. The 8-minute or so set featured a medley of hits including “DNA,” “Element,” “Humble” and “All The Stars” — the latter being the first single from the Black Panther soundtrack. Lamar ended the set by saying “This is TDE… Black Panther” and then walking off stage.

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At San Diego Comic-Con in 2017, an exclusive trailer for Black Panther was shown to the 10,000 people gathered in Hall H. The trailer was set to the tune of Lamar’s “DNA.” Director Ryan Coogler told the Los Angeles Times that Lamar created a perfect anthem, which summed up his feelings on the story of T’Challa, Wakanda and Black Panther at large.

Black Panther will be released on Feb. 16.

Check out the trailer below!

 

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Oprah Winfrey Delivers A Touching Golden Globes Speech [Watch Video]

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Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday and delivered a moving speech that brought men and women in the audience to their feet.

 

Below is a full transcript of Winfrey’s acceptance speech.

“In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman who has been my rock — just a few to name.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man — every man who chooses to listen.
In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.”
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