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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.

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“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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Ayo & Teo Discuss Who They Are Crushing On, Favorite Rappers & More!

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Ayo & Teo (Ayleo and Mateo Bowles) are a duo of American dancers who have appeared in music videos for Usher’s “No Limit” and Chris Brown’s “Party”. Their song “Rolex” peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100. These two siblings built a rapid online following by posting videos of themselves dancing to the hottest new songs and inviting fans to do their best takes.

In a recent interview on The Domenick Nati Show today, the duo discussed owning a rolex, their celebrity crushes, and more!

Of course since their popular song, “Rolex” was a major hit, some probably wondered if the company for Rolex had even considered contacting the duo for bringing them so much exposure. That question from Domenick of course brought a few laughs as they gave their response stating, “We wish…I think somebody with our management team reached out to them and that didn’t work out.”  

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With the increased rise of rap artist in the music industry, Ayo and Teo shared their thoughts on who they felt was the most underrated rapper out today.

“I swear this person is so underrated…..Roy Woods. He is a beast and he is very inspired by Michael Jackson. Just go look at Roy Woods one day.” -Ayo

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Besides staying busy with their amazing abilities to bring attention to the art of dance, these two shared who they were crushing on in the entertainment industry. Teo shared that his celebrity crush is Cardi B and Ayo’s is Actress Madison Pettis. When asked if they would love to do a song with Cardi B if the opportunity came up. They stated,

“That would be lit, we can make an anthem out of that.”

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Okay Cardi B, make sure you team up with these talented young guys for your next hit single.

Now just about every artist of course, has those in the music industry that they may admire or look up to. When it comes down to who these young men consider to be their top five rappers of all time, there was no hesitation in making that known.

“Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Kendrick, Migos and recently my boy Trippie Red” -Ayo

“Kanye, Kendrick, XXXTentacion, Rae Sremmurd, and Migos” -Teo

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Check out the interview Ayo and Teo had today on The Domenick Nati Show below!

 

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Diddy Tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Musicians of 2017 List

Nothing shows success like topping the list with Forbes! Um…currently in need of some tips from Diddy at the moment since he is topping the list for being the highest paid musician! This man knows how to invest and make money!

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Forbes has revealed its annual list of the highest-paid musicians, with artists including Coldplay, Beyonce, Diddy and Justin Bieber all among the top earners. Diddy [Sean Combs] was named the highest earner, raking in $130 million, with much thanks to his deal with Ciroc vodka, the sales of one-third of Sean John for $70 million, and a Bad Boy Family Reunion tour.

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“I’m the average person,” Diddy told Forbes, rather hilariously, earlier this year. While he might not have started out that way  of course, “I started looking at business at the age of 12, from delivering newspapers to working in gas station bathrooms, or even doing things like being a background dancer or a stylist,” he continued, and now he’s anything but average today, as his status at the top of Forbes’ annual world’s highest-paid musician list shows. In the top 5, Diddy who brought in $130 million is followed by Beyonce, Drake, The Weeknd and Coldplay.

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The list is based on pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, and does not subtract fees charged by agents, managers and lawyers. Data was gathered from Nielsen Music, Pollstar, the RIAA and industry insiders.

  1. Diddy ($130 M)
    (Cash cows: Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Ciroc vodka deal, estimated $70 million sale of one-third of Sean John fashion line)
  2. Beyoncé ($105 M)
    (Cash cow: Formation tour)
  3. Drake ($94 M)
    (Cash cows: The world’s most-streamed artist, Boy Meets World tour, deals with Apple, Sprite and Nike)
  4. The Weeknd ($92 M)
    (Cash cows: 5.5 billion streams in two years, touring)
  5. Coldplay ($88 M)
    (Cash cow: Head Full of Dreams tour)
  6. Guns N’ Roses ($84 M)
    (Cash cow: Not in This Lifetime tour)
  7. Justin Bieber ($83.5 M)
    (Cash cows: One billion-plus streams, Purpose tour, Calvin Klein endorsement)
  8. Bruce Springsteen ($75 M)
    (Cash cows: The River tour, “Born to Run” memoir)
  9. Adele ($69 M)
    (Cash cow: “25” album and tour)
  10. Metallica ($66.5 M)
    (Cash cows: WorldWired tour, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” album)
  11. Garth Brooks ($60 M, tie)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “The Anthology Part 1” book and boxed set)
  12. Elton John ($60 M, tie)
    (Cash cow: Touring, Las Vegas residency)
  13. Paul McCartney ($54 M, tie)
    (Cash cows: Touring, Beatles and solo catalogs)
  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($54 M, tie)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Getaway” album)
  15. Jimmy Buffett ($50.5 M)
    (Cash cows: Margaritaville franchises, including hotels, restaurants, merch)
  16. Calvin Harris ($48.5 M)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” album)
  17. Taylor Swift ($44 M)
    (Cash cows: Endorsements, catalog)
  18. Kenny Chesney ($42.5 M)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Cosmic Hallelujah” album, Corona and Apple deals)
  19. Luke Bryan ($42 M)
    (Cash cows: Touring, Outdoor Channel reality show Buck Commander, Cabela’s and Miller Lite endorsements)
  20. Celine Dion ($42 M)
    (Cash cows: Touring, Las Vegas residency)
  21. Jay-Z ($42 M)
    (Cash cows: $200 million Live Nation deal)
  22. Bruno Mars ($39 M)
    (Cash cow: Touring, “24K Magic” album)
  23. Tiësto ($39 M)
    (Cash cow: Touring)
  24. The Chainsmokers ($38 M)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Memories… Do Not Open” album, streaming)
  25. Jennifer Lopez ($38 M)
    (Cash cows: Las Vegas residency, “World of Dance” TV show)

Diddy is truly living his dreams, and continues to be a successful example for those who also desire to pursue theirs. You can catch him along with DJ Khaled and others on the new show TheFour which airs on Fox network, January 4, 2018!

Protest for Social Justice

 

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Colin Kaepernick, right, and Eric Reid kneeling during the national anthem before an N.F.L. game last year. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

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The National Anthem has become the topic of discussion this week after coaches and players protest on NFL Sunday by taking a knew during its singing across the league. Former San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has become a household name most notably for his kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem last year.

Colin Kaepernick’s protest has stirred up a lot of controversy starting last year and entering into this current season. Resulting, in outcries for a cultural ban of the NFL in the black community. We must first reiterate the reason why Colin took a knee protesting the flag in the first place. Last year the ex-NFL quarterback took a knee to protest the murdering of black males in America by police officers. This protest had nothing to do with Military veterans; this has everything to do with the unjust treatment of Blacks and Minorities in America.

This ongoing protest has drawn a lot of attention by the national media. Nick Cannon has always been vocal about social justice and equality. He joined members of the community in St. Louis, Missouri who were marching after Jason Stockley’s acquittal for killing Anthony Lamar Smith. These protests have been receiving more attention after POTUS stated “Get these sons of b****es off the field”.

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#Stand4What? #Food4Thought /via @NickCannon #SpokenSundays #StandForWhat #poetry Swipe 👈🏾 (Full poem on Facebook.com/NickCannon) Stand For what?! You want me to stand for a song that continues to remind me of all the harms that have done me wrong? Stand for what?! For your Army that none of our sons truly belong Stand for what? The 100 years it took them to convince Congress to become the anthem after 40 failed attempts Stand for what? Your forefathers who really just Pimps. Stand for What? A song about War, not freedom That's how you want to lead them Brainwash your people? that's how you want to treat em Slavemasters whips to Cops night sticks, that's how you continue to beat em. Stand for what the beginning of Slavery in 1619 Or the end of those Black Marines of 1814 That's really what the lyrics are about They may have taken the word slave out but they forget to remove the slave connotations from their brains and they mouth The mentality to make America Greater than your imagination is how you pout Hating because we burned down their White House Gave proof through the night, that its light out For the old elitist white man thinking Drunk off they ass with power at baseball games singing and drinking Man stand for what? Stand for something or fall for dumb shit! Stand for what To salute the Red White and Blue, on a Flag where my Colors not reflected Stand for what To uphold laws that were embedded to have my community negatively affected Stand for what Your racist systemic melodies of mind manipulating rhetoric? Did you know the government pays Sports organizations for plays, to make people more patriotic This MK Ultra Soul control needs to stop it I can still love my country and hate that fucked up song about rockets, and bombs bursting air Reminds me of Charlottesville's vicious glares And police shootings with no care like the dash cameras wasn't there. Stand for what Monuments and statues of old slave masters Constant reminders of our nations disasters The Heros in Houston, the Doctors, the Poets and the Pastors. That's who I want to shape our greatness after I honor and respect our men and women of service But we've been taught to idolize wars wi

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I believe those remarks speak volume about the current state of the nation. I am not now nor will I ever be a fan of silent protest and marching. Protests, rallies, and marches are easily dismissed by the main stream media and very seldom taken seriously. When has this country ever stood up for the rights and freedoms of all its citizens? When has the concerns of the misrepresented or disenfranchised ever been addressed on a national scale?

This country’s very system of politics and government has been built off the oppression of the minority. We cannot forget the history of the country because history without fail will repeat itself. What is under scrutiny? The systematic mistreatment of not just the minority, but the voiceless majority is under protested. The rhetoric explaining the righteousness and honor of this American system is spread by those that have a voice of influence in the media and news.

                  The truth will never see the light of day when the liars of this system are controlling your access to information. It is not a person that we are warring against. Nor is it a group of people that we are in opposition to.  American ideologies has conditioned people to justify the murder of unarmed civilians. It is the indoctrination of American people that is the true adversary.

The national attention that this protest is receiving can either be good or bad. It can either bring light to an existing problem or it can cause a further racial divide. One thing is for sure, the struggle for equality and justice continues. We as a people must realize the grave injustice that has struck this country.

 

Sammie & Tank Delivered A Hot Performance In Mobile, AL for the #SavageTour!

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Event Photography By: Terrence Smith 

R&B Atlantic Records recording artist and multi-Grammy nominated R&B star Tank has been making his way around on a 14 city “SAVAGE Tour,” in support of his new album. The tour kicked off on September 5 at the City Winery in Nashville and will wrap up on September 27 in Pittsburgh at the Rex TheaterTickets for the tour can be purchased via Tank’s website (Click Here).

R&B singer Sammie who has been on the music scene since 1999, known for his chart topping billboard hit singles such as, “I Like It”, “Crazy Things I Do”, “Come With Me”, and more, opened up on the tour during their performance recently in Mobile, Alabama on September 17th at the Soul Kitchen. The show was hot, but what can you expect when you bring two powerful R&B vocalists on to a stage in one building!

The show kicked off at 8:00 pm and shortly after, Sammie hit the stage performing some of his hit singles, as well as songs from his latest album. His new album, “Coming of Age,” dropped on September 15th, and was perfect timing for the tour. I had a moment to speak to Sammie backstage and he mentioned that he had been knowing Tank for a while and that’s how he ended up being part of his tour. Sammie also told me that his new album had been in the works for a while now and of course just listening to it, you can tell he took time to master it. If you all have not got your copy of it yet then you definitely should.

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Coming of Age is Available on Google Play, Spotify & ITunes!

Meanwhile, ladies of course went wild during Sammie’s performance! When he took off his shirt and started performing one of his prior mix-tape singles, “Wetter”, the atmosphere in the room got really steamy!

Sammie recently shared a clip from his performance on Instagram.

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Tank will be releasing his eighth studio album SAVAGE this fall. The 11-track LP features appearances by Candice BoydJ. ValentineLudacris, and labelmate Trey Songz as well as production from Da InternzHarmony Samuels, and Cardiak. The lead single “When We” is a sensual “how to” that will lead listeners to a night of high powered unadulterated passion. Currently available for purchase (Click Here), “When We” is also the #1 Most Added song on the UAC charts playing in various cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Little Rock as well as SiriusXM.

The album will be sold via all digital retailers as well as in stores.

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Tank put on an amazing performance as well! He lit up the stage with some of his hit singles like, “Please Don’t Go”, “Maybe I Deserve” along with more songs from his soon to release album. Tank also showed major love to those celebrating their birthday’s by blowing out cash into the crowd! Let’s also add that when his shirt came off to reveal those ab’s, I’m sure many probably forgot what he was singing. Check out the clip below of his performance shared recently on his Instagram.

 

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Tank/Photo Credit: Terrence Smith

Tank and Sammie along with other opening acts put on an amazing performance in Mobile, Al and I can’t wait to see these two back on stage again! 

 

 

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