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Musiq Soulchild Releases New Single “START OVER”

MUSIQ SOULCHILD’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM TO BE  RELEASED THIS SUMMER!

Musiq Soulchild has a new album releasing this Summer!

Musiq Soulchild is a Hip-Hop soul artist that was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He built a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MC’s, free styling on the open mic circuit or just performing acappella for strangers on the streets.
Musiq Soulchild releases a New Album this Summer!
New Album Releasing This Summer!  
Deeply inspired by the R&B/Soul sound of the 70’s he uses the name “Soulchild” as a way to show respect and admiration to his biggest musical influences such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and many others. In April 2016 he released his 7th studio album entitled “Life On Earth” leading with the new hit single “I Do”. The album peaked at #2 on Billboard R&B album charts and # 3 on the Top Hip-Hop R&B album charts. He has received awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train.  (musiqsoulchild.com)

 

 

 

 

Musiq Soulchild

“Love, there’s so many things I’ve got to tell you, but I’m afraid I don’t know how, cause there’s a possibility that you’ll look at me differently, Love”….Okay sorry I went back to a moment in time when R&B music was still sensual. His music tends to do that to you, and many of us have probably rehearsed the lyrics to his songs such as this one over the years. Now we can get ready to check out some new music from the R&B Artist!

Musiq Soulchild

(April 3, 2017) — Grammy nominated R&B singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild releases his new single “Start Over” today on SoulStar Music Company / eOne Music. He will release a new studio album this summer.  More details to be announced shortly. Musiq released the first track from the forthcoming album a few months ago.  The aptly titled ‘Simple Things’, written by Musiq and produced by J. Troy, is about not taking the small things in life for granted.
Musiq just wrapped up the two-month Nu Soul Revival Tour, which also featured  Lyfe Jennings, Kindred The Family Soul and Avery*Sunshine, with other guests in select cities. 
Among his many accolades and accomplishments, Musiq Soulchild has had two RIAA certified Platinum albums, two Gold albums and eight hit singles. His awards include honors from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train. He has also been nominated for several others, including recognition from MTV, the American Music Awards, the NAACP, and 12 Grammy nominations, including one for the single “I Do,” from his 2016 album Life on Earth.
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Musiq Soulchild
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Taraji P. Henson is Over “Cookie Lyon!”

 

Taraji P. Henson’s ‘Cookie Lyon’ is the best thing about FOX’s ‘Empire’, and with the show entering it’s fourth season, Taraji is keeping it real about having to let ‘Cookie’ go in the future.

Via Page Six:

 “I could not do this forever. No. Cookie wears me out!” Henson exclaims during a recent interview with Variety. “She drains me,” the actress adds with a laugh. “She is emotionally all over the place. Those writers, they just keep pushing my emotions with every episode. By the 18th episode [of each season], I’m dead. I got to get far away. I don’t wear animal print. I cut my hair into a bob. I don’t wear a weave because I’ve got to get as far away from Cookie as possible.”

When asked if she has a number of seasons in mind she’d like “Empire” to stay on the air, Henson quips, “Once it’s syndicated — and then I’m like, ‘Thank you. Goodnight!’”

“I learned this from the women of ‘Sex and the City’ — you’ve got to know when to go out. You don’t want to overstay your welcome. You want to go out on a high. You want to be remembered as the number one show on network,” Henson adds. “I’m going to lose my passion, I know me. And Cookie is enough. I can’t do that for so long.”

While playing Cookie is an emotionally taxing role, Henson wasn’t always confident that her erratic character would resonate with audiences. When she first read the script for “Empire,” she says, she was “scared to death.”

“I thought people would hate her,” Henson admits. “Because of the things that she says, it was very risky, because that’s a character that if it’s not handled correctly, it would turn the audience off.”

Henson could have never imagined the success “Empire” would become — many would say, in large part thanks to her Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as Cookie — but she originally signed onto the Fox pilot because the character frightened her.

 

“Any role that scares me is a challenge and I don’t back away from challenges. That’s how I pick roles — if it scares me, I have to do it,” she explains. “Cookie scared me a bit and the challenge was, how do I make the audience connect and feel and empathize for her? Once I did that work, I was like, OK, people are either going to love her or hate her. Thank God it worked. Phew!”

Henson also admits that the importance placed on overnight ratings is part of the reason why she actually prefers working in film than TV. We all know that recently she starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.”

She stated,

“I’m in a unique position on my television show, ‘Empire,’ because I think sometimes television is kind of corporate, and I’m an artist and my brain doesn’t work like that. What I mean by corporate is that it’s like a government job almost — you’re still acting, but it’s a different set-up,” Henson explains, continuing, “Film, I like better. You have a day to shoot one scene and you get to let it breathe, and you have one writer for your character so your character doesn’t feel schizophrenic — sometimes, my characters feel schizo on television because there are so many opinions and so much input … that’s why I like film a little better. One writer, one director, one [studio] head. Not all those voices.”

Although the role of ‘Cookie has been a successful role. I’m sure we all can relate to becoming drained with constantly seeing the typical black woman stereotype in film & on TV.

We know all too well the angry black girl narrative. You know, the one you see on TV: the lady whose always yelling, hand gestures everywhere, neck rolling – the bubble-gum-popping black girl who always has plenty to say, usually something nagging, loud and confrontational. You’ll see her on “reality” TV shows such as Love & Hip Hop and Bad Girls Club, or go back to the 1930s and she was Sapphire on the radio (and later TV) show Amos ‘n’ Andy.

The stereotype has parallels in the “strong black woman” and the “strong independent woman” (of any race): all limit our ability as women to emote, as if the only emotion we can express is anger and our only quality is strength.

 

These images of black femininity are constantly force-fed to us through the media, and it’s time we started questioning why. The fact that we are consistently portrayed this way says a lot about society’s treatment of black people – the lack of respect and even kindness towards black women.

It’s mentally exhausting to keep seeing these roles in the highlights when it comes to gaining good ratings.

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Taraji P. Henson

 

 

#Starrdom100 Who Is Derrick Jaxn?

“A man is as a man does; not says, hopes, or promises.”

-Derrick Jaxn

 “Derrick Jaxn (Jackson), a native of Enterprise, Alabama, found his purpose in his exceptional ability to impact lives by relating to others through the written world. The former student athlete turned author and spoken word poet grew up as the youngest of 5 in a single parent household. Jaxn witnessed his mother overcome life threatening illnesses while working multiple jobs, which would later become the catalyst in his drive to impose a standard of excellence, logic, and originality on a world dictated by blind conformity.”{Biography.derrickjaxn.com}

Women across social media to include myself  have grown quite excited as they encounter weekly videos posted on social media from Derrick Jaxn who puts out some amazing information for women and men. I can assure you that Jaxn brings the heat as he delivers nothing but honest truth even if its stepping on a few of the guys toes. I have been following a lot of his quotes on the social media site Facebook for a while now and became quite in awe at the things he had to say to women and men. You don’t find too many men really stepping out to speak on topics that educate our women and shine the light on a lot of issues within the man.

At first glance the average woman would simply be raptured up by his great looks and amazing physique before she has the chance to notice how bright and intelligent he is. Derrick Jaxn is not only a lifestyle blogger but is also a gifted man of speaking the poetic word. His poetry can be found on his YouTube page. Jaxn has also written novels such as his first novel “A Cheating Man’s Heart”, which currently holds the spot in the top #25 in genre fiction/biographical on Kindle.

Jaxn is known also for popular articles such as “12 Things She Wishes You Understood” ,”The Wake Up Call, and Sincerely Trayvon Martin” all of which have been shared virally all over social media networks. Derrick Jaxn definitely captures more than the eye but also the minds of many with his profound hardcore knowledge spreading to all who are willing to listen.

I truly adore his honesty and as many of you should know, he also has an online store that brings his realistic quotes to life. You can check out his clothing line by visiting www.shopderrickjaxn.com.

Derrick Jaxn also appeared on CNN back in 2013 speaking out on “Police Brutality”. He is not only a man of major words but a man who puts action behind his words. He has proven to not be afraid to step out and speak his mind which is why his followers adore him and his fan base continues to grow massively. I believe nothing attracts the attention of women more than a man who is educated and knows what he is talking about when he pours out the advice he gives from the heart. You can tell that by watching and reading what Jaxn has to say comes from a place of experience.

 

So whether you just took notice of Derrick Jaxn because he was major eye candy or because he made you think about the facts of life. You can continue to stay motivated by him by following him on all social networks. Be sure to also visit his site www.derrickjaxn.com. We all are watching Derrick Jaxn and of course its for more than his physique!

“I don’t try to change minds, I try to open them. It doesn’t matter what treasure is on the other side of the door, you can’t claim it if it is closed”.

-Derrick Jaxn

Here Comes Harletson!

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Harletson Band

Get Ready To Fall In Love With Harletson!

A series of encounters through the open-mic night scene in Los Angeles, transpired into the formation of a band with each member sharing a mutual passion for ’60s and ’70s music. The chemistry was inevitable, and their musical styles complimented one another. This lead to a permanent collaboration known to the world as, Harletson! Known for their creative covers of songs in various genres, the band delivers a “sweetly soulful brand of pop. This display has been unheard of since the era of the Eagles & Crosby, and Stills & Nash,” which were popular folk rock bands in the late ’60s.

 Rising to stardom at a very fast pace, the trio’s melodic harmonies have graced even bigger stages across the country, performing their debut single “Say Our Goodbyes on the Hollywood Today Live show in the heart of Hollywood. With a unique passion for storytelling through their music, the group was able to merge their personal stories of the journey to L.A. through the single, while yet managing to send a deeper, inspirational message to their audience. “When you really look at it, the song’s an encouragement to keep fighting for whatever you’re passionate about“, band member Jackson Singleton said.

Harletson Band Members
Harletson Band

  The band’s name, Harletson, derived from each of their last names: Nathan Harrington, Jackson Singleton and Weston Wilson. It won’t be long until the group brings their musical experience to a city near you!

Harletson band, gives major insight to having grasped great inspiration from role models in the likes of, ‘The Beatles’, ‘Eagles’, ‘Crosby Stills Nash’, and ‘Fleetwood Mac’ states band member Weston. “As for current artists we love Ryan Adams, ‘The Lumineers’, & The 1975”, adds band member Nathan Harrington. Despite starting out with solo careers prior to Los Angeles, the band managed to naturally come together with their diverse backgrounds.

 “I think it was a collaborative effort. We all just loved the same music and it happened very naturally!” -Weston

 “We met in LA through a mutual friend who introduced me to Jack & Weston, we started jamming, & got excited about what we were doing together, so we decided to do this thing for real.” We came together & worked as a unit so fast. It felt so natural that we all knew we needed to form this band. “

-Nathan Harrington

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Harletson Band Performing Before Thousands

The coming together of this amazing band was destined for the ability to reach the world through their display of unique instrumental and vocal talents. As with any band, the goal is to inspire people all over the world through music. Harletson compares their inspiration of music to giving off more of an old school vibe instead of the new school. Weston states, “Although we love some new things, old school is the way to go!” Nathan Harrington went on to add, “I would say both. We definitely have old souls, but there does happen to be some great music happening right now.”

 

The band, which is currently on tour, plans to rub off some of that glorious mix of old school for fans abroad. Jackson states, “We want to leave people encouraged, and motivated to create something positive in this world. The kids who come to the shows are just like us in that a lot of them want to see change. We are just three voices in a sea of the coming generation that want to create Art that impacts people.” Upon completion of the tour, Jackson added that the band will definitely be delivering some new music for fans this year! So get ready to fall in love with Harletson!

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Harletson Band

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