Author Archives: Zakiyyah Woods

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Audio: Stella, “Fumes”

She may be the daughter of rock legend Carlos Santana but New York based singer-songwriter Stella is showing us all that she definitely wears her own crown with the premiere of her new song “Fumes.” Produced by Frankie P, the jazzy undertones of the track are laced seamlessly with Stella’s nostalgic, smoky blues club inspired vocals. Lyrically, the song delicately…

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Joe Gives A Glorious Cover to Adele’s “Hello”

Just when we thought it was safe to jump out of the feelings Adele threw us all into with the release of her new single “Hello,” award winning R&B crooner Joe sends us right back with his tear inducing cover of the emotional song. Joe has always delivered music that is sure to give you the chills, and…

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Zendaya, Malia Obama, Amandla Stenberg Named as ‘TIME’ Magazine’s Most Influential Teens

TIME magazine recently released it’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list, and amongst the 30 stellar teens rocking our timelines in 2015, we found three of our favorite girls: Malia Obama, Amandla Stenberg, and Zendaya . Here are a few reasons why these young darlings are making our future just a tad bit brighter: Amandla Stenberg first entered our…

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Zendaya Flawlessly Covers Flare Magazine

Hands down, 2015 has been the year that Zendaya continuously delivered black girl magic in the most electrifying ways possible and now, the 19-year-old multi-talented, feminist/philanthropist shares some of that magic with us in the December issue of FLARE magazine. Zendaya opens up to readers about the importance of maintaining power and control over her career choices and her image. She tells…

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A New Maya Angelou Documentary Is On The Way

When award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou wrote I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in 1969, readers were eagerly thrusted into pages of a Jim Crow-era Arkansas filled with religious zeal and spurts of triumph. Through her transparency in book one and the subsequent five books that rounds out Dr. Angelou’s autobiography series, it is…

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Erykah Badu’s New Mixtape Drops Next Week

Fairy soul godmother Erykah Badu will soon invade our television screens as she hosts the 2015 Soul Train Awards, and she will also bless our headphones next week with her anticipated BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE mixtape. The singer shared the release date in a new interview with Noisey, set for November 6. The project was announced a few…

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This Activist Held An Unique Protest Against The Prison System

It is not uncommon to stumble upon a silent protest aimed at raising awareness to a cause or condition in need of change while walking the streets of New York City, and this is no exception. Artist and anti-prison activist Lech Szporer welded himself in a cage on the corner of Center and White Street, while wearing…

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Listen To A New Single From Zhané’s Renee Neufville

It’s been a long time since we’ve had the honor of hearing the ultra smooth vocals of Renee Neufville flow through our speakers, now she’s back with her latest song titled “Watching Me.” Most may remember the singer as apart of the two dynamic R&B duo, Zhané, notable known for cuts such as “Hey Mr. DJ” and…

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This Angelic-Like Albino Photoseries Aims To Raise Awareness

As children grow and become more observant of the world outside of their family unit, one golden rule is repetitiously drilled into their daily list of manners: do not point and stare at people who are visibly different from you. Luckily for us photographer Angelina d’ Auguste, a senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology,…

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Misty Copeland’s Documentary Is The Beauty Of A Zealous Black Ballerina

When Misty Copeland received the news that she was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, the sound of shattered beauty standards could be heard thousands of miles away from the company’s New York studios. Everyone in the room was aware that this moment will go down in the history books — not just…

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Audio: Raury, “Woodcrest Manor II”

Atlanta native Raury takes his fans on a nostalgia filled ride with his new, emotionally-charged track, “Woodcrest Manor II.” The smooth instrumental and rich lyrics will spark a memory or two in the hearts of all who has ever dealt with the ill effects of love found and lost. Raury’s debut album All I Need is out now. Grab your…

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Audio: Arrow Benjamin, “Look At Me”

South London singer-songwriter Arrow Benjamin made his powerful debut by lending his vocals on Naughty Boy and Beyonce’s passionate, uptempo recent single “Runnin’ (Lose It All).” Now he returns the and today, Benjamin took center stage with the release of his new single “Look At Me”. Reminiscent of the Gnarles Barkley days, Benjamin belts strong, slightly raspy…

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