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New Orleans’ Pinkroom Project Emerges with “Back To 99”

One of my earliest memories of “leaving your woes on the dance floor” was at about five years old, when my big cousin and her friends put on this bomb bounce cd, and as New Orleans folks do, proceeded to catch every wall in my family’s living room! My mom heard all the noise from the…

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Revisit Handwritten Notes From Our PROCLAMATION! Event In New Orleans

The Saint Heron team brought our PROCLAMATION! party series back to our colorful city of New Orleans! Party patrons left it all on the floor as KYWO delighted with our favorite R&B and hip-hop sounds from the early 2000’s. Wrapped in urban industrial decor, New Orleans vibed like only we could — with the mystical assist…

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Interview: Maurice Harris of Bloom & Plume Gives A Vibrant Take On Floral Arrangements

Flowers are probably the most beautiful things to come from nature. So beautiful, we adorn them in our hair and watch as they majestically bloom with every turn. They elevate our first dates and reassure us that we are just as special as we actually are. For some, they’re even an anchor, grounding those butterflies for that…

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Audio: KeKe Palmer, “I Don’t Belong To You” (Remix) Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Dej Loaf

As if the original weren’t the moody R&B jam we all needed, KeKe Palmer hits up Ty Dolla $ign and Dej Loaf for a remix to “I Don’t Belong To You” that flips the song from a classic break-up track to an anthem for those with problematic side chicks and side dudes. Def Loaf raps, “if…

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Taraji P. Henson Wins First Golden Globe Award

“Cookie for you. Cookies for everyone tonight!” After 20 long years in this business, Taraji P. Henson snagged her very first Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama for hit show Empire. Channeling her inner Cookie Lyon’s hilarity and outright outlandish attitude, Taraji grabbed a handful of cookies off her table and handed them…

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Denzel Washington Honored With Cecil B. DeMille Award At 2016 Golden Globes

“A single name can define an artist who is a peer and equal of all the legends. And if ‘Washington’ doesn’t ring out loud enough, then let that first name carry all the weight: that name is Denzel.” —Tom Hanks Denzel Washington was honored at the 2016 Golden Globes by friend and peer Tom Hanks with…

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Earl Sweatshirt Teases Five New Songs At Live Show

Earl Sweatshirt debuted five brand new tracks this past Monday during a stop at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. The fan-recorded clips show the Los Angeles-native rapping aggressively (so aggressively, he apparently lost his voice) over the sounds of melodic strings, brass instruments and airy owwhs and aahs. The never-before-heard tracks appear to be a departure…

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Edward Buckles To Curate ‘Katrina Babies’ Documentary

A winter-welcoming chill was in the air as 20-something, New Orleans’ filmmaker Edward Buckles took his seat, poolside at his charming apartment. Soothing jazz mellowed in the background as Edward recanted the year, recently graduating from Dillard University and landing a teaching job at the inner-city Algiers Technology Academy. In between takes of teaching young…

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Kindness Discusses Homophobia and Transphobia Within The Music Industry

Electro-funk singer/producer Kindness has had unfortunate run ins with homophobia and transphobia in the music industry. So intense, the British artist – real name Adam Bainbridge – left London and thought he was done with making music forever. During a lecture for Red Bull Music Academy in Paris, Kindness recalled an instance when a “toxic”…

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KeKe Palmer Connects With Cassie & Rotimi For Steamy “I Don’t Belong To You” Video

Alright now, KeKe! Miss Palmer sheds that child star image and reassures she is grown and sexy in the visual for her moody R&B jam “I Don’t Belong To You.” The darling singer-meets-actress takes a break from filming hit show Scream Queens to deliver crisp and airy vocals over her synth and bass-driven single sure to be…

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Audio: Kelly Rowland, “Dumb”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard new music from our girl Kelly Rowland. With marriage, motherhood and appearing on this season of Empire, when did she find time to go this “Dumb” in the studio? This track is a serious west coast bop that has a nice New Orleans bounce shoutout around the bridge, where Kelly flaunts how…

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Miguel Shares a Song He Recorded When He Was 14

Who knew a 14-year-old Miguel was just as smooth as he is today? He took us back to 1999 in this unreleased, Anthony Williams-produced track that is sure to have you feeling nostalgic. It’s amazing how developed Miguel’s voice was at such a young age. Plus, the silkiness of his voice and rap intro by Blu serves serious throwback R&B vibes. Better…

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