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DJ BLAK MAGIC Teams Up With Usher To Celebrate 15 Years Of Usher’s New Look

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On Thurs., Jul. 31, 2014, DJ BLAK MAGIC teamed up with global superstar Usher to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his nonprofit organization, Usher’s New Look Foundation (UNLF), at the St. Regis Atlanta. His 501c3 initiative that encourages youth to find their passion and succeed in the areas of talent, career, education and service.

Hosted by hip hop artist/friend Ludacris, the hitmaking Grammy winner’s outreach program has impacted the lives of over 21,000 young people worldwide. UNLF has afforded kids the opportunity to shadow corporate executives, provide relief efforts to the less fortunate, lobby before Congress, conduct and receive Powered-By-Service (PBS) training internationally, register voters and participate in digital curriculum.

Program participants, along with actor Robert DeNiro and songstress Alicia Keys, delivered video presentations describing how UNLF impacted their lives. This season’s winner on NBC’s The Voice and member of Usher’s team, Josh Kaufman, gave a special musical performance.

Among this year’s honorees at UNLF’s Presidents Awards Luncheon include:
• Cory L. Nettles – Founder/Managing Director, Generation Growth Capital, Inc., and Counsel for Quarles & Brady, LLP (Servant Leadership Award);
• Kami Luigs – Executive for Citizenship & Volunteerism, GE Foundation (Youth Catalyst Award);
• Mary-Pat Hector – Activist (Global Youth Leadership Award);
• Jasmine Pollard – UNLF Mentor-In-Training (MIT) (Youth Achievement Award);
• Mayor Kasim Reed – City of Atlanta (Service Legacy Award);
• Shawn H. Wilson – Former UNLF President (Godfather Award)

Check out my video recap of the event:

Check out a few pics from Ushers New Look 15 Year Anniversary Luncheon:

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*Photo Credit: Moses Robinson, Imed Patman and Joni Heart Photography

Exclusive Listening Session For Young Jeezy’s New Single “Me OK”

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A couple of weeks ago Young Jeezy invited me and some of the hottest DJ’s in Atlanta to an exclusive listening session for his brand new single “Me Ok”.  The Drama Boy produced single is the first single off of Jeezy’s upcoming fifth studio album “Seen It All”. The listening party, which was held over at Means Street Studios in downtown Atlanta, was a way for Young Jeezy to give back and show his support to all the DJ’s that have been supporting him over the years.  Jeezy made sure the Avion bottles were pouring and he also treated us all to exclusive apparel from his clothing line “8732″. #DopeEvent

Check out a few pics from the event:

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Big Shout out to Young Jeezy for the Co-sign:

Check out some behind the scenes footage of the listening party:


*Photos courtesy of Joni Heart Photography

BMI Presents The 2014 Beat Summit

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On April 16, 2014, Broadcast Music Incorporated and the production team The Flight School presented The Beat Summit at Terminal West here in Atlanta.  New Orleans Super Producers Mannie Fresh and KLC  and Atlanta Producer DJ Toomp all took on each other in a no holds barred battle of the beats. Each DJ/Producer played beats from their arsenals of hits as well as some unreleased tracks.  T.I. , Pastor Troy, Killer Mike, Big K.R.I.T. , Bobby V and a host of other artists and DJ’s all came out to show their support for the event.  At the end of the event BMI presented DJ Toomp with the 9th annual Legends of ATL Award recognizing his work and contributions to the Atlanta music scene. While at the event I got a chance to catch up with Mannie Fresh to chop it up with him. Check out my interview with DJ Mannie Fresh:

Check out a few pics from the event:

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Photo Credit: Ben Rose

Check Out A Video Recap of the 2014 BMI Beat Summit:

DJ BLAK MAGIC Interview With Kat Stacks

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Andrea Herrera is known better in the Hip Hop community by her street name Kat Stacks. The Venezuelan born video vixen became famous and helped to boost WorldstarHipHop.com internet ratings by releasing videos putting the rappers on blast that she had relationships with. Stacks, who was almost deported from the United States is now laying low after spending two years in jail fighting immigration charges.  She was recently released and I recently got a chance to sit down with her to talk about her life, her upcoming book and her experience with Q from Worldstarhiphop.com.  In the interview she talks about how Q treated her and how he held her back from various opportunities while she was with him.

Check out the interview With Kat Stacks:

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Kindred The Family Soul Performs At Center Stage

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On March 8, 2014, Yours Truly opened up the show and provided the musical soundtrack for Kindred The Family Soul’s sold out concert at Center Stage here in Atlanta, GA. The show was hosted by the married couple’s brother Moses The Comic and featured an exclusive album listening party for KTFS’s upcoming project “A Couple Friends”.  Kindred gave the concert attendees (which were mainly married couples) a great show performing hits that span a decade, giving everyone a musical experience that they will never forget. Make sure you guys purchase / download /support Kindred The Family Soul’s upcoming album “A Couple Friends” when it drops on June 10, 2014. Big shout out to Kindred The Family Soul for a really dope show!!

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Check out the lead single from “Everybody’s Hustling” off of the Upcoming Album “A Couple Friends”:

 

Rick Ross Hosts Def Jam Album Listening Party For His New Album ‘Mastermind’ At Tree Sound Studios

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Rick Ross and Def Jam Recordings hosted a private album listening session for his upcoming album ‘Mastermind’. The listening was held over at Tree Sound Studios here in Atlanta, GA and was sponsored by Red Bull, Heineken, Dusse, Ciroc and Belaire Champagne.  At the private party Rick Ross previewed the new album in its entirety to a host of DJ’s, Bloggers, Tastemakers and Music Industry Execs. Lyor Cohen, Lil Wayne,  T-Pain, Trae The Truth, Big Tigger and Terri Vaughn, all came out to show their support for the new album which is slated for release on March 4, 2014.  I think that the album sounds dope and there is something on it for everybody. The album is his 6th studio album and features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kayne West, Meek Mill, Big Sean and The Weekend. Make sure yall go out and support the project when it drops.

Check out a few pics from the event:

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Tracklisting

1.  Intro
2.  Rich Is Gangsta
3.  Drug Dealers Dream
4.  Shots Fired
5.  Nobody (feat. French Montana)
6.  The Devil Is a Lie (feat. JAY Z)
7.  Mafia Music III (feat. Sizzla & Mavado)
8.  War Ready (feat. Jeezy)
9.  What a Shame (feat. French Montana)
10.  Supreme
11.  Blk & Wht
12.  Dope Bitch Skit
13.  In Vein (feat. The Weeknd)
14.  Sanctified (feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)
15.  Walkin’ On Air (feat. Meek Mill)
16.  Thug Cry (feat. Lil Wayne)
17.  Blessing In Disguise (feat. Scarface & Z-Ro)
18.  Paradise Lost
19.  You Know I Got It (Reprise)
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Click Here To Order ‘Mastermind’ by Rick Ross on Itunes

DJ BLAK MAGIC Interview With The RZA

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Founding Wu-Tang Clan member The RZA, will star in the upcoming Fox television series “Gang Related”. The new television series is about the L.A.P.D. Gang Task Force and their efforts to bring down the some of the most notorious gangs in the Los Angeles area. On the show RZA plays Cassius Green, a street smart D.A. agent from N.Y. who specializes in the narcotics division. RZA is no stranger to Hollywood and has landed roles in movies such as American Gangster, Due Date, G.I. Joe Retaliation and Afro Samarai. He also starred, produced and directed the movie The Man With The Iron Fists back in 2012. Recently while RZA was in Atlanta at A TV Fest, I got a chance to sit down and chop it up him. In the interview he talks about how he feels he has grown as an actor and he also discusses how the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan reunion album is coming along.

Check out the interview below:

Check out the trailer for the tv show Gang Related which premieres on Fox on May 20, 2014 immediately following the American Idol finale. Make sure yall tune in!!

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Phife Dawg From A Tribe Called Quest Honors J. Dilla with His #DearDilla Video Premeire In ATL

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Anyone who personally knows me knows that A Tribe Called Quest is my favorite Hip Hop group of all time. With that being said, I was delighted when I got invited out to Phife from A Tribe Called Quest’s exclusive Atlanta video premiere for his new song ‘Dear Dilla’.  The exclusive video screening  was held at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Theater here in Atlanta GA.  At the screening the “5 footer” debuted the visual to his new single which pays homage to legendary Hip Hop producer J. Dilla who passed away from complications from lupus back in 2006. The screening also featured a short Q&A with Phife as well as with the video’s director Konee Rok.  ‘Dear Dilla’ is Phife’s first solo release in 14 years and is the first single off of of his upcoming album “MUTTYmorphosis”.  While at the premiere I got a chance to interview Phife.  In the interview he talks about why made a tribute song for J. Dilla, what artists he’s checking for in 2014 and how he felt about Macklemore winning all those Grammys.  Check out the interview below:

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Pics courtesy of Kat Goduco

Check out the visuals for Phife’s new single #DearDilla:

Click HERE to purchase “Dear Dilla” on Itunes

The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards

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Xernona Clayton created the Trumpet Awards Foundation and International Civil Rights Walk of Fame to honor and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of African Americans who have overcame unconquerable odds.  Every year for the last 22 years the Trumpet Awards has paid homage to various unsung heroes who have made a difference within the African American community.  Yesterday I got a chance to attend the taping of the 22nd annual Trumpet Awards.  The awards were held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and was hosted by Laz Alonzo and Melissa De Sousa. This years honorees were:

DeVon Franklin – Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures
The Honorable Kamala Harris – Attorney Gerneral Of California
Deryl & Cheryl McKissack- President and CEO McKissack & McKissack
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr – Professor, Harvard Law School
Steve Pemberton – Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens
Alfre Woodard – Actress
Bronner Brothers – Entrepreneurs
Williams Sisters – Entrepreneurs
Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff – Award Winning Producers / Songwriters

The highlight of the show for me was seeing Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Chubb Rock and Kid & Play open up the show. The 22nd annual Trumpet Awards will air on TV One on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8PM EST.  Make sure yall tune in!!!

Check out a few pics from The 2014 Trumpet Awards.

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The Atlanta Unveiling of The Maserati Ghibli

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On Tuesday December 10, 2013, Maserati Atlanta partnered with Atlanta’s Modern Luxury magazines, Jezebel and Men’s Book to present the Atlanta unveiling of the new Maserati Ghibli. The private unveiling was held at the Maserati Atlanta dealership located in Roswell, Ga.  Over 200 excited individuals packed the Atlanta show room to see the launch of the new highly anticipated sports sedan.  The starting price for the new Maserati Ghibli is $65,000, making it easier for the younger buyer to own a piece of the iconic luxury automobile brand.  The event was sponsored by Grey Goose and was catered by Chef Anthony’s Catering. Big shout out to Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta. I really had a great time at the event!!!

Check out a few pics from The Atlanta Unveiling Of The Maserati Ghibli:

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Check out a few pics from Maserati Atlanta’s Facebook page:

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