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Esperanza Spalding Scores & Stars in Ray-Ban Film ‘Gaze’

Following behind last year’s short entitled Color Guard, scored by Kamasi Washington, Ray-Ban is back with their film series with the newly released Gaze. This time around, Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding both stars in the film and is the creative genius behind the beautiful accompanying soundtrack. Directed by Allie Avital, the film follows a photographer…

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Audio: NAO, “Girlfriend”

Following behind the release of a mysterious “Fool To Love” video featuring Top Boy actor Ashley Walters, UK singer/songwriter NAO is back in the studio with a newer track release entitled “Girlfriend.”  The seductive track is lifted from the songbird’s upcoming debut album For All We Know, which is slated for release on July 29th accompanied by…

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Audio: Liana Bank$, “Leave Me Alone”

Creating buzz for herself by writing songs for the likes of bad gyal Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, Queens singer-songwriter Liana Bank$ has stepped into the solo spotlight after releasing her debut single “LVLUP” followed by the release of “M.O.N.” With a mixtape in the works, slated to release soon, Bank$ has definitely leveled up with…

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Lupita Nyong’o Stars In First Trailer for ‘Queen of Katwe’ 

An adaptation of The Queen of Katwe, written by Tim Crothers, starring Lupita Nyong’o is back on the big screen in the inspiring Disney tale of a Ugandan 10-year old chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi. Lupita’s role is mother to the chess prodigy.  This film reveals the resilience of a child prodigy who finds an outlet in the…

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Kaytranada Creates A Dancing Robot In His “Lite Spots” Video

Kaytranada‘s debut album 99.9% was a highly anticipated one, especially among the underground dance and club scene. The Canadian producer never disappoints to get us out our seats dancing to his signature beats and sounds. Right on the heels of the album’s release, he’s returned as he shows of some of his own choreography as…

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Stream Salma Slims ‘Diary of Salma Slims’ Mixtape

Atlanta-based rapper and first female member of the hip hop collective Private Club Records, Salma Slims has released her first project The Diary of Salma Slims. The rapper gets personal through this 10-track offering, giving listeners a taste of who she truly is. Throughout songs like “Journal” and “The Diary,” the younger lyricist uses her…

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Kendrick Lamar Performs Spoken Word in His Latest Reebok Commercial

As if we didn’t already know he was a lyrical genius already, Kendrick Lamar teams up with the director of his “Alright” video, Colin Tilley, for a spoken word visual in his latest Reebok ad commercial. The rapper received a Reebok endorsement earlier this year with the releasing of his exclusive Kendrick Lamar Classic Leather sneakers.…

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Audio: St. Beauty, “Holographic Lover”

Anticipating the third and final installment of her mixtape series, Love The Free Vol. 3, Brooklyn sweetheart Kitty Cash has teamed up with Janelle Monáe‘s Wondaland duo St. Beauty for their love induced tune “Holographic Lover.” “I want to create a true story between the artists, the music, and the interludes,” Cash shared with NYLON…

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Audio: Jordxn Bryant & Aus Taylor, “For Now”

Baltimore rapper/crooner Jordxn Bryant returns alongside Aus Taylor with a fresh offering. The Howiewonder-produced “For Now” finds the duo delivering an all too relatable story of wanting someone but just not being able to commit fully. Staying true to the metaphor of being “Mr. Right Now,” the collaboration is cut short, but leaves us listeners…

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Afeni Shakur: The Life & Legacy of A Black Revolutionary

During my senior year in college, I took a Black Radicalism course that focused on the pivotal movements and united fronts that Blacks formed throughout our existence. It was there that I had gotten a deeper look into the life of Afeni Shakur. Up until that point, I had thought of her only as the…

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Get Lost in Corinne Bailey Rae’s Mesmerizing Visual for “Green Aphrodisiac”

Continuing the lead up to the May 13th release of The Heart Speaks In Whispers, Corinne Bailey Rae brings the sensual number to life with the assistance of director Eva Vazquez. Enveloped with whimsical keys and flowing strings, the song is looped with the Grammy-winning singer’s honey-sweet vocals blended with assistance from dreamy R&B trio…

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BET Networks Announce Cast For New Edition Biopic

With the announcing of the up and coming plans for BET networks at their annual Upfront presentation, network executives used it as a platform to discuss changes in programming and scheduling as well as series and shows they have in the works. Included in this line up is a biopic mini-series for the legendary group…

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