Nas Is (Still) Like: 8 Lyrics By The G.O.A.T. That Are Still Relevant Today

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One of the greatest emcees of all times turns 46-years old today, and still can rap circles around rappers more than half his age.

Nas has been dropping bars since before most of us millennials were born, and managed to solidify his space in the music game quickly. It all all started 25 year ago when the Queensbridge native released what is now known as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time was released.

Not only did Illmatic give a whole new meaning to what it meant to be a dope emcee — Nas dropped enough gems on the album to last us a lifetime. A true visionary:

Almost 30 years in the game and Esco is still dropping knowledge without effort. Check out some of Nas’ classic lyrics that still resonate with the times today.

“Boys and girls listen up / You can be anything in the world, in God we trust / An architect, doctor, maybe an actress / But nothing comes easy it takes much practice” – I Know I Can

Facts.

“Too many rappers, athletes, and actors, but not enough n****s in NASA. Who gives you the latest, trends and fashions” – America

Still mostly true.

“Some seek fame cause they need validation / Some say hating is confused admiration” – Stay

A.k.a. social media trolls.

“Cause you could have all the chips, be poor or rich / Still nobody want a brother having shhhh” – If I Ruled The World

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Yes, We Still Love You Tomorrow: 27 Rare Pics Of A Happy Amy Winehouse

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Wow! It’s really been eight whole years since, music fans woke up to the devastating news that their beloved Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home. Although the news was heartbreaking, it wasn’t extremely shocking due to Winehouse’s past issues with drugs and alcohol. Amy  had a successful music career in the UK for many years, but became a world-wide music sensation back in 2006 with the crossover hit “Rehab.” Now, she’s an unfortunate part of the “Forever 27” club, which is a group of music’s most influential artists that didn’t make it past the age of 27–including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain.

Although she’s not physically here, Amy’s dad Mitch claims that he talks to his daughter almost every night. He told The Sun:

“She’s in here now saying, “Just get on with it, Dad.” I’m always speaking to her, all day, every day.”

Amy’s voice was unmatchable and her legacy will continue on forever. Even with all the talented new superstars with powerhouse voices that we adore today, 99 percent of them don’t even come close to the UK native.

Happy Birthday, Amy. Check out our gallery of the lovely “Valerie” singer throughout the years.

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Diddy Boppin’ Through The A: Ghetto Film School And AT&t Announce REVOLT Summit In Atlanta

AT&T and Ghetto Film School Announce REVOLT Summit in Atlanta

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Under the guidance of GFS alum with deep industry experience, five creators will use a variety of film techniques they are being trained on to develop five video featurettes. This year’s winners include Markel Dantzler, Kaylee Warfield, Vyvy Thai, Janey Bronson and 2018 alum of the AT&T Believe Atlanta Westside Storytelling Competition, Quatez Oliver.

AT&T and Ghetto Film School (GFS) collaborate to offer local Atlanta filmmakers access to industry connections and mentors, and the opportunity to attend and document their experience at the REVOLT Summit. They’ll be able to explore the intersection of media, hip hop and technology within the evolving culture of Atlanta at the summit held September 12th through the 14th.

If you’re in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss this! The Combs family and a host of celebrities and innovators in the culture take over ATL as REVOLT brings the industry to the south side. For more information, check out REVOLT.tv.

FYI: Chrissy Teigen Says She Planned Her ‘P**** A** Bit**’ Trump Tweets With John Legend

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Chrissy Teigen continues to prove herself as a formidable force against Trump and now she’s revealed that there’s a process to her insults.

The model and media personality recently went viral when she called Donald Trump a “pu**y a$$ bit**” on Twitter. The comment was a response to Trump referring to Teigen as John Legend‘s “filthy mouthed wife” when he was mad that he wasn’t getting enough credit for his criminal justice reform act. Trump tagged everyone in his whiny tweet except Teigen. This is when she responded:

“lol what a pu**y a$$ bit**. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.”

Receipts below.

Teigen and John Legend then went on to tag-team Trump with a flurry of tweets and eventually “PAB” and “pu**y a$$ bi**ch” started to trend on Twitter.

Apparently, a lot of thought went into Teigen’s and Legend’s insults. She went on Ellen recently and explained:

“We spent the entire rest of the night just sitting…next to each other handing each other our phone. ‘Should I say this? Should I say this? No. Should I say this? No. No, it has to be funnier. No, no ’cause we’re mad. Yeah we’re mad!’ [laughter] And it just went on all night.”

#CoupleGoals

Watch Teigen describe her Trump dragging process in the clip below!

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Koil Kween: Tracee Ellis Ross And Her Carefully Curated Mane Cover Essence Magazine’s Hair Issue 

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Tracee Ellis Ross Covers Essence Magazine Hair Issue

Seriously though. Is there anything that Tracee Ellis Ross can’t do? The actress and CEO of Pattern Beauty graced the cover of Essence Magazine’s October Hair Issue and literally stopped the Internet with flawless flicks from the spread.

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In the mag, Miss Ross: The Beauty Boss gushed about the new chapter in her life as the creator and founder of her very own Hair Care Company which celebrates the different curl patterns of naturalistas all over the globe.

“It’s called Pattern because it is about the magical patterns of our hair. I am launching a haircare line for curly, coily and tight, textured hair to empower people and meet the unmet needs of our community at a price point we can afford, because we know that we need a lot of product in all this hair.”

But just as the case is for most women of color, it was a long, hard journey for Tracee to embrace the beauty in her Blackness.

“It took me way longer than I wish it had. I’d catch glimpses of people who saw beauty in ways I had missed because of the blinders society gave me. Then one day I was watching a Nina Simone documentary and I thought: Wait. It should be her name next to the word “beauty.” Why was I sold the wrong vision? My heart knows that’s beauty.”

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However, despite how long the journey to pride took, the Black-ish star has always been relatable and woke.

“A lot of people are awake right now, and thank God. I think I’m learning. I think I’m growing. There is a war that is happening, a fight for control over women’s bodies. Children in cages. Concentration camps in our country, right now. It keeps me up at night.”

We love of woke, inspiring CEO! Pattern Beauty Products are officially available for purchase at patternbeauty.com. Hit the flip for more Tracee Ellis Ross in Essence Magazine’s October Hair Issue.

Behind The Scenes: Gabrielle Union Preps New Pole-Dancing Dramedy Called ‘Tips’

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Gabrielle Union is on a roll with her behind the scenes projects and now, she’s gearing up for a new series headed for Spectrum Originals.

According to Shadow and Act, Union will executive produce Tips, an upcoming dramedy taking place at a bikini bar. The series is backed by Sony Pictures TV where Union’s I’ll Have Another production company has a deal.

The show is created by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and it “centers on a young woman who finds an escape from a soul-sucking day job and recent breakup in an unexpected place: pole dancing at a bikini bar.”

This is Union’s second project with Spectrum Originals, considering she produces and stars in their series L.A.’s Finest. The Bad Boys TV spinoff co-stars Jessica Alba, and it has a buddy cop dramedy vibe to it. The series was just renewed for a Season 2 earlier this year.

If you want to catch Gabby’s new projects, you’ll have to sign up for Spectrum cable, which will grant you access to Spectrum Originals. The platform has more shows planned for the future, including a reboot of the 1990s sitcom Mad About You, starring the original cast Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as Paul and Jamie Buchman.

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Sorority Sisters Fight To Survive Their Holiday Break In Stabby “Black Christmas” Trailer

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New “Black Christmas” Trailer

We might finally get an enjoyable holiday Horror flick–this time, based on the 1974 cult classic where a campus killer comes mask-to-face with scrappy sorority sisters during holiday break.

Check out the stabby trailer below!

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“Black Christmas” stabs its way into theaters the Friday the 13th of December.

Beard Or No Beard: Do You Prefer These Famous Men With Or Without A Beard?

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Just as makeup does for some women — beards have the ability to transform men into totally different people. Most women feel that the thicker and more groomed the facial hair, the more attractive and manly you are. However, there are some who feel that a clean face is the way to go.  At the end of the day, facial hair is a subjective thing, but are men with beards more desirable?

According to the New York Times:

Barnaby Dixson, a human behavioral ecologist at the University of Queensland and a co-author of the beard length study, research has also found that facial hair is associated with some antisocial traits, such as aggression and social dominance. While these traits might not be pleasant if you’re looking for a fun fling, they might be alluring if you want an alpha male to support your family and fend off predators. It’s not just women who prefer bearded alpha males — men also prefer men with facial hair. Dr. Dixson and colleagues asked 1,577 men and women from Brazil and the Czech Republic about facial hair. Compared to heterosexual women, gay men had stronger preferences for men with more facial hair.

Usually, we honor the beard-toters during No Shave November. But today is National No Beard Day, and guys often celebrate by shaving their beloved beard and starting from scratch.That made us think of some of our favorite beards in Hollywood and if we prefer the men with or without the facial hair?

Hit the flip and you be the judge! Share your thoughts with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Bars: Casanova’s “So Brooklyn” Challenge Has Rappers Dropping Heat From BK To London

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Once every blue moon, Brooklyn will happily remind you that they’re one of the undisputed leaders of hip hop.

Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. and Big Daddy Kane are just a few greats who’ve hailed from the New York City borough and now, Casanova is reminding the world why we should always take notice to BK with his track “So Brooklyn.”

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The song, which features fellow Brooklynite Fabolous, has inspired other natives of the borough to show off their rap skills with the #SoBrooklyn challenge. So far, the hashtag has inspired over 5,000 posts on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, where rappers are sharing their best bars.

Even prominent rappers, who’ve been in the game for years, have joined in. Rapper and host of Genius’ For The Record, Rob Markman, repped Flatbush to the fullest.

Memphis Bleek also dropped bars repping BK and Marcy projects.

Papoose let his Brooklyn pride shine with his own freestyle.

Eventually, the challenge transcended New York and rappers from Virginia, to New Jersey to Philly were showcasing their skills.

Hit the flip for some more freestyles sure to grab the attention of rap fans across the globe.

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New Movie Trailer Starring Sterling K. Brown Will Have You In Your Feelings Like ‘This Is Us’

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Once again, it seems like A24 is coming for hearts and Oscars with a new trailer for an upcoming drama. The studio known for such award-winners like Moonlight dropped the trailer for their highly-anticipated movie Waves.

According to Shadow and Act, the film is written and directed by Trey Edward Shults and stars heavy hitters like Sterling K. Brown along with Kelvin Harrison Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie and Lucas Hedges. The flick was met with critical acclaim at the Telluride Film Festival and it’ll head to the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

The description of the film reads:

“Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.”

You can check out the trailer for yourself below!

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Sterling K. Brown is still drawing in a major audience thanks to his lead role on the NBC series This Is Us. Meanwhile, Kelvin Harrison Jr. has had sort of a breakout role in this year’s psychological drama Luce, starring Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts. With Waves aiming for a November release, it’s a prime candidate for Oscar season and surely the whole cast could cement their star status.

What do you think? Will you be heading to the theaters?

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Tracee Ellis Ross Talks “Mixed-ish” And Pattern Products On “Good Morning America” [VIDEO]

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Tracee Ellis Ross Introduces First Clip Of Her New Show “Mixed-ish”

We stan Tracee Ellis Ross… BIG TIME!!! This morning, Executive Producer of ABC’s, “Mixed-ish,” Tracee Ellis Ross joined Michael Strahan, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America to discuss the upcoming Black-ish spin-off series and the launch of her new product joining the natural hair movement! Women with curls, coils and tightly textured hair around the country were excited, not only to hear about the launch of her new hair care brand, PATTERN but also to learn the importance of Mixed-ish to Tracee – as it offers “space where all of us can feel empowered to be our true selves in our own unique glory.”

Ross introduced a clip for the show saying, “the beauty of the tapestry of this country and the world that we live in is that there are so many different kinds of people, different cultures, different traditions and that’s what makes this world so beautiful. And then, the humanity that connects us.” “We all have that heart that is the same place.” Check out the clip below:

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We’re excited for “Mixed-ish”! The show premieres Tuesday, September 24 At 9|8c on ABC

Will you be watching?

Behind The Scenes: Wendy Williams Preps Stand-Up Comedy Special Aimed For T.V. Or Streaming

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Wendy Williams is not stopping anytime soon, despite health issues and marriage woes. Along with gearing up for a biopic, Wendy is lending her voice to the stand-up comedy world with an upcoming special she’s shopping around to premium networks and streaming platforms.

According to Deadline, Wendy is pushing the special fresh off her own live stand-up tour earlier this year. The T.V. special will be called Wendy Williams & Friends Presents: For The Record and the 90-minute show will feature Wendy’s take on a variety of topics. Of course, she’ll tackle the ups and downs of her own life, but she’ll also tackle the tabloid headlines similar to how she operates on The Wendy Williams Show. The special will also include other stand-ups like Royale Watkins, Carmen Barton, Mark Viera and newcomer Kristen Sivills. 

The special will be produced by Back Roads Entertainment, which is responsible for BET’s 50 Cent show 50 Central.

Wendy explained:

“Listen, people are talking about me and my life, but they have no idea. And since comedy has always been the best source of therapy for me, I’m using this special to tell some really good stories and have my comedian friends do some great comedy we can all relate to.”

It should definitely be a “Hot Topic” once released.

Now to find the right network!

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