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06
Feb

Hidden Figures Private Screening in Nashville

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By: Jeanice McCord

A private screening of “Hidden Figures” was geared toward minority students and students of HBCU’s throughout the Nashville area along with local influencers were also invited to join Derrick Morgan (NFL Player, Tennessee Titans, Huddle Ventures), Rodney Sampson (TechSquare Labs, Opportunity Ecosystem), Michael Peterson (Huddle Ventures, Opportunity Ecosystem) Kelli Nowers (Nashville Entrepreneur Center) and Rashaun Williams (MVP All Star Fund + Fisk University Board of Directors).

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“Hidden Figures” is a film that stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. This story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S Space Program. The film concluded with the hosts emphasizing the importance of tech and STEM programs that included an in-depth conversation on minorities in the tech space and the opportunity to attend SXSW (South by Southwest). For more information on SXSW, click the link below.

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01
Feb

Congatulations to Queen Bey!

Today Beyonce broke the internet and made a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT..she and hubby Jay Z are #pregnant with #TWINS! Yes that’s right Blue Ivy will be a BIG sister!

Check out some of the latest photos of her showcasing her mommy glow and belly below:

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Thoughts? What do you think they should name the Twins

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29
Jan

The New Edition Story

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23:  (L-R) Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Bobby Brown pose as New Edition is Honored with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on January 23, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Bobby Brown pose as New Edition is Honored with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on January 23, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

This week was an EPIC, explosive and HISTORICAL movement with BET airing the highly anticipated and much awaited , “New Edition Story” which gave all the NEW EDITION FANS “NE4LIFERS”. They made history this week as they made their mark on the BIG SCREEN AND EVEN THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME!

LONG OVER DUE..INDEED! WE ARE SO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR THIS AMAZING BOY GROUP WHO PAVED THE WAY AND STARTED IT ALL FOR SO MANY GROUPS WHETHER IT BE BOYS 2 Men, SWV, SHY, or Jodeci they are all with us because of New Edition.

Man what a movie?! The cast was amazing from beginning to end as they took us on their journey. Who knew they went through so many trials and tribulations! They literally worked their way from the bottom to the TOP AND THEY ARE STILL SUCCESSFUL TODAY!I was so happy I got to see them live in living color last year at Essence 2016.

Well check out some of the clips below! What was your favorite part or what did you enjoy most?

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23
Jan

The Total Blackout Tour with Chris Rock

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By: Jeanice McCord

Chris Rock graced the Music City for five consecutive nights, performing two shows a night at the infamous Zanies Comedy Club. Rock sold out ten shows in the Music City giving us a taste of his upcoming Total Blackout Tour. I got to laugh and listen to Chris Rock on Friday and Sunday’s show. I have added a few excerpts below with talking points. Please note that these jokes are paraphrased and adult language is used below. These jokes aren’t my original content and do not belong to myself or stylistakt.com.

Infidelity

I’ve been married for 16 years that’s like 40 years in today’s time, because of cell phone usage. Today you text your wife and say, “Honey, how was your day?”. Now you already know how her day was because you texted her all throughout the day. In the old days, my Dad actually wanted to know how her day went because he hadn’t spoke to her all day.

Marriage is hard you can’t be a chef, when you only worked at Burger King. In marriage, my ex hired someone to cook for me, to clean for me and eventually I found someone would sleep with me. You can’t hire everyone to do everything.

Marriage is hard, you better look out the way because there are gonna be some days you are Beyoncé and some days you are Kelly and sometimes you’re the tambourine player and you just better play the shit out of that tambourine.

I did about 80 shows across the country and had about half a million people come visit me. I only cheated with three people, all the women right now think I am the worst person in the world and all the men think I am a saint. It was with a newscaster from Kansas City, a girl that was a student at Syracuse and worked for Sephora, and a member of Destiny’s child and it wasn’t Beyoncé. That is why I took up your phones, I’m not going to end up on World Star.

Dating

Dating is hard and I feel like Austin Powers in the dating scene. I had a date with some younger girls and they fuck fast. I mean they are doing anal on the first night and I’m like damn slow down. I also have a Tinder profile of my real name on it with a picture of me hosting the Oscars. My friends told me not to put my real name on the profile because they will only want to date me because I’m Chris Rock. Well, I am Chris Rock and when I swipe right, we are fucking.
Also these young girls have sex with you, don’t call you back, and leave. I am like damn I’m at your place.
Dating a girl and in her 40’s is expensive, you have a have about $30,000 of disposable income, because she’s going to want to vacation and wants to do something in the summer. You have to give her like five gifts, one for her birthday, one for Valentine’s Day, one for Christmas and two gifts just because it’s Tuesday.
Girls in their 20s , You can spend $88 on her, get her some sweet potato fries and she’ll be so enamored. Oh my gosh it’s a dessert and vegetable.
All they want to do is get on top during sex, I don’t know whether I’m getting fucked or changing oil.

Divorce

When you get a divorce, you have got to go through alot of shit if you’re a guy. If you are female you don’t have your kids, you gotta be real messed up. I mean Brittney Spears has her kids and Whitney had more custody of Bobby Kristina when she died over Bobby.
When you’re a guy you better have fucking pictures or as I call them, receipts of love. When you feed then, you take a picture, when you buy them clothes, you better take a picture of. If not, they are going to treat you like shit. I literally bought a house right around the corner from my other house and they wanted to know if I have rooms in it and a refrigerator. Every time, they come over I make sure that I maximize that shit one thousand percent. Tell your mama Obama helped you with your homework and that Beyoncé made you a grilled cheese sandwich. Divorce took a lot of my money, so you may see me on some questionable shows like, “Dancing with the Stars”. I’m gonna play a dead man on Law & Order. I was also on “Empire” last season. I am in room with her three lawyers that I have to pay for and my three laywers, and their job is to take my money. That is when I knew I made it.

Tennessee Cuisine

Tennessee it seems like every restaurant has ribs and chicken, even the milk got mac and cheese in it. The tea is like a sugar shake. It’s like damn, Tennessee do you have any fruit around this MF!!!

I Hope I Find God Before God Finds Me

I gave a homeless man five dollars but I had $300 in my pocket, so I had to pass 20s and 50s before I gave him the $5.00 and then I told everyone that I talked to that I gave a homeless man $5.00.

Women’s March

The Women’s March in Washington is kind of a little too late. We should’ve marched on election day and now we got the orange terror in office.

Marriage Equality

You know how to keep gays from getting married, let them get married.

Police Brutality

I hope they shoot as many white kids as they do black kids. I mean I want true equality all around. I want to see a White Mom crying with Al Sharpton, saying why did they have to shoot Chad, all he was doing was leaving racquetball practice. Compare police officers with Burger King employees. NYPD makes about $15 an hour. So, would you give the guy that serves you fries a gun. Its like American Airlines, you couldn’t say that only some of your pilots can land a plane, so why would you give a loaded weapon to just any person with a badge. I’m a nigga who owns property, so if I get robbed I’m not about to calling the Crypts, I’m calling the police. Plus, I’m a only a nigga till you get about three feet upon me and recognize me like, then you like oh shit, it’s Chris Rock. We used to have undercover cops all the time in my neighborhood. An undercover would walk up to you and ask you where the weed guy was, I would tell him and get arrested for being a good neighbor.

On the Seventh Day God Made: Mistakes

They say God don’t make mistakes but he rested on the seventh day. You don’t rest when you doing something perfect, you rest when you have fucked some shit up. A porcupine, for example it’s ugly, you can’t eat it,— mistake! What about quick sand, it’s sand you can drown in, a dry death–mistake! Have you seen Mississippi, unless your a running back you should never go to Mississippi–mistake!

School Orientation

I went to my daughters orientation and I hate going to orientation, it’s bullshit. They tell the kids they can be anything they want. If you can be anything you want, you’re telling me that you wanted to grow up and be a principal. Really, why don’t you tell the kids that they can be anything that they’re good at, like if I wasn’t doing comedy I would be a UPS driver. Oh, I would be the funniest UPS driver ever, you would want to order packages, so that way you can get me to deliver your packages.

Bullies

Kids need bullies. You can’t make diamonds without pressure. Do you think Bill Gates didn’t get bullied, with his big Ovaltine head, nerdy looking ass. What about Mark Zuckerberg, fuck you Zuckerberg you didn’t have any friends until you built Facebook, Fuckerberg.

Game

You know hunting isn’t for game. Game is where the other person has a chance of winning you never go to a deer’s house and see a Puerto Rican’s head on the wall. Did you ever think that a caveman would pass a grocery store and didn’t want to stop at Whole Foods. You just want to stop something’s heart from beating, you don’t need it to eat. You pass a grocery store on the way to kill an animal.

Gun Control

You don’t need a gun to protect your family. You know the only serial killers are the people that live at home with their mothers. People who should be allowed to buy guns are the ones with a mortgage. Nobody with a 739 credit score ain’t going to shoot nobody. Even if you go to prison and you get out in twenty years, you still got a mortgage, you can’t refinance your home from jail.

Chris Rock Total Blackout Tour dates can be found at the links below.
https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/chris-rock

20
Jan

Thank You Obama and Biden Family!

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Today is a day that I am at a lost for words. It is the last day we see our 44th President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House and handing over to the 45.

Thank you Barack Obama and Family as well as The Bidens for ALL you have did for our nation we salute you and wish you the BEST in your new chapters!

You have accomplished so much and made history. We appreciate you!

Here’s a little Obama tribute something *tears*

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18
Jan

MY BIG BABY D.R.A.M EXPERIENCE

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By: Jeanice McCord

Opening night for the Big Baby D.R.A.M. Tour at Exit/In and I really didn’t know what to expect. Arriving to Exit/in at a little after seven, I thought I would have seen a line down the street, but it was empty. I mean no line whatsoever for a performance that started within the hour. That never happens in this town. I walked in to what I thought was going to be chaos, but it wasn’t, one Merch rep putting out T-shirts of D.R.A.M’s infamous debut album with his dog, Idnit on the front as well as River Tiber shirts along side. Bartenders getting ready for the rush behind the bar, a tech guy working on the stage lighting that consisted of two keyboards, a drum set, a spin table, and a couple of microphones with huge golden lettered balloons that read “PHO” up above the stage. HD multicolored lights highlighted the congested stage with D.R.A.M.’s debut album titled highlighted. The show was almost ready to go and I had a front line view.

“Pho” the debut album of D.C.’s, Ari Lennox, new First Lady of Dreamville, and the one to watch (believe me she is the millennial Erykah Badu). I was excited, waiting for the flood of people to come in and bring this place to life. I was anxiously waiting to be ravaged by the lyrics and the melodies of hits like “Backseat” and “LaLaLa” that I had been playing on my Spotify for months. Ari drifts onstage after 9 P.M. where she is excited to kick off the tour. Ari embodies a quiet confidence, she walks onstage ready to own it and she didn’t disappoint. Ari opened up to a sold out crowd in a casual green jacket, skinny jeans, and Vans with her wild and natural fro ready for her opening number. Most of the audience sang and swayed to her lyrics. Ari gave us tidbits into her life that influenced some of the songs on her record like “Cold Outside” and “Backseat. Ari introduced us to her band, DJ Komari and keyboardist, Jason accompanied her on hits like “GOAT”, “Cold Outside”, and “Night Drive”. (Side Note: I was slick harassing someone from Dreamville to get an interview but no luck). With “Pho” and “Ariography” under her belt, Ari Lennox will be the one to watch in the future.

Next up was 24-year old, Toronto’s own, River Tiber also known as Tommy Paxton-Beesley with hits like “Acid Wash” and “West”. River Tiber’s ethereal beats resonated with me on some dark and twisted level. He has worked with some artists you may be familiar with like Drake, Ghostface Killah, Dukes and BADBADNOTGOOD. River Tiber and his two other guitarists indie sounds intoxicated the audience with true artistry and musicianship that is as technical as he is visual.

Grammy Award nominee, Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith also known as D.R.A.M. (Does Real Ass Music) lit the stage up with his band and DJ warming up the audience to an anxious Nashville crowd. D.R.A.M has an energy and a smile that is so familiar even child-like that you are automatically taken in by his energy and presence on-stage. D.R.A.M opened up with “Get It Myself” and “Misunderstood”. He moved back and forth onstage with his signature BIG BABY D.R.A.M. logo illuminating on stage in his signature hat and locs shaking to the beat. “Signals” and “Outta Sight” took the audience on a psychedelic journey that you can tell is influenced by Funk artists like George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. D.R.A.M then went on to crowd banger, “Cute” and two of my personal favorites, “Wi-Fi” that features legendary Erykah Badu and “Caretaker” with SZA. He caresses the crowd with “Sweet VA Breeze” giving homage to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia. D.R.A.M and his assistant then begin to shoot out D.R.A.M. money from cash guns into the audience, then flowed right into radio banger, “Cash Machine” which sends the crowd into a frenzy. D.R.A.M. then crooned the audience with hit single, “Cha Cha” that had me ready to Bachata with the guy next to me. D.R.A.M sang “Special” which some folks in the crowd began to slow dance with themselves or with their significant other. D.R.A.M. exited the stage, indulging the audience for more, in which they eagerly agreed. D.R.A.M. beaming ear to ear, came back onstage to sing his final number, “Broccoli” (which features Lil Yachty and is nominated for a Grammy). D.R.A.M. feeding off the energy in this number literally goes into the audience, where he is bombarded with selfies and fans eager to get close to the Virginia native. The crowd is so energetic and feeding off his energy, that D.R.A.M. performs this hit single, “Broccoli” again for a crowd that is literally hanging on to his last word.

All in all, if the Big Baby D.R.A.M. tour is coming to your city, get your ticket, you will thank me later. Check out my snaps and see if the tour is coming to a city near you.

http://www.bigbabydram.com/tour/

13
Jan

BIG BABY D.R.A.M. TOUR IS COMING TO NASHVILLE

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Rapper, D.R.A.M (Does Real Ass Music) will be performing in the Music City tonight at Exit/In. Hit singles, “Cha Cha”, “Cash Machine”, “Signals (Throw It Around), and “Broccoli” put the new artist on the chart and as a new Grammy Nominee for his rap single collab, “Broccoli” with Lil Yachty . Dreamville’s, Ari Lennox and Universal Music (New Zealand) River Tiber will be the headlining openers for the Big Baby D.R.A.M Tour. This show will be sure to sell out so be sure to get your tickets at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1346891?utm_medium=bks.
Click on the link below to check out some music from D.R.A.M., Ari Lennox, and River Tiber.

By: Jeanice McCord

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