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01
Oct

SNL Recap Premiere

SNL Premiere light was just what the doctor ordered as they showcased the real thoughts and viewpoints so many of us as Americans have had with 45’s acts of unkindess.

Take a look as we review the highlights:

Jay Z came to the show with a major PSA rocking his Colin K jersey with a major assist with Damian Marley

Thoughts?

30
Sep

Snoop Dogg Gospel Album

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Snoop had always been thinking of adding a gospel album to his musical resume and after speaking to his mother I had his final confirmation. See the conversation below.

Snoop is like family to us here and we are so excited for his new chapter! WE get to see him on TV with a new reality show set in motion to showcase the new gospel album you dig?

Earlier this year the 45-year-old forefather of G-funk shared that Mary Mary, Fred Hammond and others had planned to record music for the album. In a Beats 1 interview, Snoop shared that putting together a gospel album has “always been on his heart” and that no time felt better than the present.

Snoop Dogg appeared on the Steve Harvey Morning Show Friday to plug his new project, a gospel album titled Bible of Love. When asked what inspired the change in his music, he explained that his love for God has always been prevalent in his music but people never paid much attention to it.

“I’ve always been thankful, I’ve always been blessed and I’ve always testified to who I’ve loved and believe in. And at the same time, it’s never been on the forefront. Now was the time with all this negative energy in the world and all of this madness to put together something that could represent peace, love and harmony for everybody and anybody. This is a Bible of Love and love is the only way we can cure hate,” he explained.

Listen to the Steve Harvey interview here.

Bible of love. @fredhammond. 🙏🏾👊🏾🌹

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Confirmation 🙏🏾🌹

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Bible of love. @fredhammond. 🙏🏾👊🏾🌹

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Be sure to follow @Snoopdogg journey on his Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat! Salute Family Peace and Blessing

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30
Sep

Devon Franklin visits Breakfast Club

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By now you have probably heard of the new book by Devon Franklin titled, “The Hollywood Commandments.” He has wrote two books already, is a producer, best-selling author renowned preacher and a motivational speaker. Of course, he is also recognized as Meagan Good’s husband you can see them on the new Oprah series, “Black Love.”

Check out this great interview as he speaks on his new book, background, wife and so much more.

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28
Sep

RIP HUGH HEFNER

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As I woke up in the middle of the night, I looked at my phone because it was lighting up and I  see the sad news that Hugh Hefner has passed at 91.

Hugh Hefner was highly recognized for being founder of Playboy …however I need the  world to realize he was so much more!

On a personal note, he was an ICON, he paved the way starting as a writer with Esquire, speaking out  for freedom in a world that didn’t want to highlight sex, interviewing greats like Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and he lived life to the fullest wearing that big smile.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE LEGEND:
The first centerfold was Marilyn Monroe

MARILYN

 

He will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe… ( yes I ‘ m a  Marilyn Monroe fan)

They might not have been close in life, they will, however be very close in death.

He chose the vault next to hers at the at the Westwood Village Memorial Park. 

Westwood Village Memorial Park.

In  a CBS interview Hefner shared, “I will be laid to rest in a vault next to hers. It has a completion notion to it. I will be spending the rest of my eternity with Marilyn.”

Like many who believe the truth of Monroe’s mysterious death will never be fully known, Hefner says, “I feel she killed herself. But it’s still not resolved … and never will be. There are uncertainties related to her death.”

 

They might not have been close in life, they will, however be very close in death.

He chose the vault next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park.

“I will be laid to rest in a vault next to hers. It has a completion notion to it. I will be spending the rest of my eternity with Marilyn.”

Like many who believe the truth of Monroe’s mysterious death will never be fully known, Hefner says, “I feel she killed herself. But it’s still not resolved … and never will be. There are uncertainties related to her death.”

 

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If you attended a communications school like i did (MTSU ) then you were taught this case beginning to end US VS PLAYBOY ENTERTAINMENT

 

CASE BACKGROUND: The scenario goes a little something like this

Section 505 required cable television operators providing channels “primarily dedicated to sexually-oriented programs” either to completely scramble or otherwise block those channels, or to limit their transmission hours to when children were unlikely to watch.  Administrative regulations defined children as unlikely to view programming between 10 pm to 6 am. ( apparently these were good kids back in the day..10pm?) 

 

 

Playboy fought back and challenged Section 505’s  constitution saying it violated first amendment rights! ( Upper cut punch)

Then the district court held Section 505 was content based restriction on speech with strict scrutiny. They had to PROVE THEIR COMPLAINTS!

The Government offered three interests to justify Section 505: (1) protecting children from being exposed to sexually explicit material; (2) supporting parents’ rights to raise their children as they see fit; and (3) ensuring an individual’s right to privacy in the home.

The District Court agreed that the interests the statute advanced were compelling but concluded that it violated the First Amendment because the Government might further its interests through less restrictive alternatives. One less restrictive means is Section 504 of the Act, which requires a cable operator, upon request of a subscriber to fully scramble or otherwise block a channel that the subscriber does not wish to receive.

The United States appealed directly to the Supreme Court, seeking to have the judgment reversed.

A group of sexologists filed a  amicus brief on behalf of Playboy arguing that there was no state interest in shielding minors from sexually explicit signal bleed. 

 

Did you know in 1953 his magazine became popular because of his Marilyn Monroe photos? ( yes I love Marilyn)

 

 

As the host of a television series, “Playboy’s Penthouse,” Mr. Hefner paved the way as the first televised program to feature mixed groups of African American and white performers and audience members together. He also fought against the racist Jim Crow laws in the South by integrating Playboy Clubs in Miami and New Orleans.

When the U.S. Post Office refused to deliver Playboy to subscribers through the mail, he fought all the way to the Supreme Court, winning a landmark decision which was widely considered a victory for free speech.  He fought the country’s archaic “sodomy laws,” firmly believing that the government had no place in American bedrooms. His work in this area has been recognized as influential by historians of the gay rights movement.

In 1980, Mr. Hefner championed the reconstruction of the Hollywood sign and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his efforts. In the shadow of the sign that he helped to preserve, Mr. Hefner stages the annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, an event which is in its 39th year.

This year, a 10-episode docudrama series on Mr. Hefner’s life, entitled American Playboy, appeared on Amazon.

HE WAS ICONIC FOR THE HIP HOP CULTURE ALL HIS FASHION, MUSIC, BIG PARTIES ..YES I WORE MY PLAYBOY SHIRTS IN HIGH SCHOOL .. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8pqcxfNlTQ

Mr. Hefner is a recipient of numerous accolades and awards for his contributions to society and the publishing industry, including:

  • Received the 1996 International Publishing Award from the International Press Directory in London and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors at its 1998 ceremonies in New York.
  • In September 2001, inducted into the New York Friars Club as an honorary Friar on the occasion of his gala Roast in New York City, an evening of uninhibited comedy subsequently aired nationwide on the Comedy Central network.
  • In January of 2002, received the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, the highest honor of the Magazine Publishers of America.
  • In March 2002, inducted as an honorary member of the Harvard Lampoon, which named him “Harvard Lampoon’s Best Life-Form In The History Of The Universe.”
  • In 2008, honored by Spike TV with their Guy’s Choice “Alpha Male” lifetime achievement award.
  • In 2010, received both the Award of Honor and the First Amendment Award from the prestigious PEN Center USA organization.
  • In 2011, honored by with their “Mr. Wonderful” award for a lifetime of philanthropy and that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles Press Club.
  • In 2012, received the “Treasures of Los Angeles Award” from Central City Association of Los Angeles and was also honored with “The Distinguished Service Award” by the HollywoodChamber of Commerce.
  • A two-time Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the longest running editor of a magazine and for having the largest scrapbook collection, which currently consists of more than 2900 volumes.

Today, through its websites, its storied U.S. magazine and 20+ licensed international editions, Playboy reaches more people than ever before in its 64 year history.

Hugh M Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal, four grown children, Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston and Cooper, who currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at the company.

REST IN HEAVEN HUGH HEFNER! WE KNOW YOU WENT TO THE HIGHEST MANSION AND THEY ARE HAVING A BIG PARTY RIGHT NOW! BLESSING AND LOVE TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS!

 

 

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26
Sep

Congratulations to Cardi B topping the Billboard Charts!

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Cardi B has officially made history as the first solo female rap artist since Lauryn Hill to top the Billboard single charts! Yas go girl! She has been everywhere performing and making her presence felt around the music world. She has received love from Beyonce, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, TI, and fans. This is a win for the hip hop culture! She knocked Taylor Swift right out of that spot and claimed the throne with her no. #1 Single, “Bodak Yellow.”

When you stay true to yourself and put God in it there is NO LIMIT! Cardi B is making MONEY MOVES AND MUCH RESPECT AND LOVE TO HER!

Lyrics:

Bodak Yellow”

KSR (ooh)
Hah, it’s Cardi, ayy
Said, “I’m the shit, they can’t fuck with me if they wanted to”
“I don’t gotta dance”

Said, “Lil bitch, you can’t fuck with me if you wanted to” (ooh)
These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes (ooh)
Hit the store, I can get ’em both, I don’t wanna choose (bah)
And I’m quick, cut a nigga off, so don’t get comfortable, look (ooh)

I don’t dance now, I make money moves (wave, ayy)
Say I don’t gotta dance, I make money move (ooh, ooh)
If I see you and I don’t speak, that means I don’t fuck with you (ah)
I’m a boss, you a worker, bitch, I make bloody moves (bags)

Now she say she gon’ do what to who? Let’s find out and see
Cardi B, you know where I’m at, you know where I be (ooh, ooh)
You in the club just to party, I’m there, I get paid a fee (bah)
I be in and out them banks so much, I know they’re tired of me
Honestly, don’t give a fuck ’bout who ain’t fond of me (who)
Dropped two mixtapes in six months, what bitch working as hard as me? (yeah)
I don’t bother with these hoes, don’t let these hoes bother me
They see pictures, they say, “Goals,” bitch, I’m who they tryna be
Look, I might just chill in some BAPE (ooh), I might just chill with your boo
I might just feel on your babe, my pussy feel like a lake
He wanna swim with his face, I’m like, “Okay” (okay)
I’ll let him get what he want, he buy me Yves Saint Laurent (yeah)
And the new whip, when I go fast as a horse, I got the trunk in the front (vroom)
I’m the hottest in the street (pew, street), know you prolly heard of me (yeah)
Got a bag and fixed my teeth (teeth), hope you hoes know it ain’t cheap (cheap)
And I pay my mama bills (bills), I ain’t got no time to chill (blah)
Think these hoes be mad at me (ooh), their baby father want a feel (ooh)

Said, “Lil bitch, you can’t fuck with me if you wanted to” (ooh)
These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes (ooh)
Hit the store, I can get ’em both, I don’t wanna choose (bah)
And I’m quick, cut a nigga off, so don’t get comfortable, look (ooh)

I don’t dance now, I make money moves (wave, ayy)
Say I don’t gotta dance, I make money move (ooh, ooh)
If I see you and I don’t speak, that means I don’t fuck with you (ah)
I’m a boss, you a worker, bitch, I make bloody moves (bags, bags)

If you a pussy, you get popped (popped), you a groupie, you a opp (opp, blah)
Don’t you come around my way (way), you can’t hang around my block (block, nope)
And I just checked my accounts, turns out, I’m rich, I’m rich, I’m rich (I’m rich)
I put my hand above my hip, I bet you dip, he dip, she dip (grrrah)
I say I get the money and go, this shit is hot like a stove (ooh)
My pussy glitter as gold, tell that lil bitch play her role (ah, ah)
I just a-rove in a Rolls (oh), I just came up in a Wraith (yeah)
I need to fill up the tank, no, I need to fill up the safe (ooh)
I need to let all these hoes know that none of their niggas is safe
I go to dinner and steak (blah, yeah), only the real can relate (yeah)
I used to live in the P’s (ooh, ooh), now it’s a crib with a gate (ah)
Rollie got charms, look like Frosted Flakes (bling)
Had to let these bitches know (yeah), just in case these hoes forgot (oh)
I just run and check the mail, another check from Mona Scott (oh)

Said, “Lil bitch, you can’t fuck with me if you wanted to” (ooh)
These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes (ooh)
Hit the store, I can get ’em both, I don’t wanna choose (bah)
And I’m quick, cut a nigga off, so don’t get comfortable, look (ooh)

I don’t dance now, I make money moves (wave, ayy)
Say I don’t gotta dance, I make money move (ooh, ooh)
If I see you and I don’t speak, that means I don’t fuck with you (ah)
I’m a boss, you a worker, bitch, I make bloody moves (bags

24
Sep

Rihana Takes over Madrid with Fenty Beauty

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Well Rihanna is taking the world by storm with her new beauty products Fenty! Which has the stores sold out, people raving at the affordable pricing and more importantly the variety of colors represented that are usually so hard to find as African Americans.

PRO DIVERSITY #fentybeauty

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Thank you RiRi for answering our Beauty prayers! I recently tried to visit my local Sephora store in Murfreesboro,TN and guess what it was SOLD OUT!!! YES HUNTY!

So I did find a sample of that Trophy and it’s so good too! Definitely a bronzer you want to have in your collection ladies and gents!

Well check out this clip from her debut in Spain:

The #GLOSSBOMB life. @badgalriri @sephora_spain #fentybeautyxsephoraspain

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24
Sep

2017 African Street Festival – Nashville

Today, I was able to stop by the 2017 African Street Festival, held at Hadley Park in Nashville, TN. Of course, this is an event that we ALL look forward to for various reasons: food, music, shopping for the hottest fashion trends ( music, shades, jewelry, T-SHIRTS, artwork, etc.), performances,and of course to be a part of the culture.

Well here is sampling of what I saw today and I know there was plenty more to see:

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