“Some think that we can’t flow. Stereotypes, they got to go.” -Queen Latifah
I don’t remember when I was first exposed to Hip Hop. But I do know that I’ve always loved it. And while I’m a huge fan of Biggie, Tupac, Outkast, and Mobb Deep, nothing made me fall in love with Hip Hop more than knowing that women were using a platform-historically dominated by men-to get their points across.
It’s that time of year of again-time to recap the BET Awards, that is. Last night, our friends over at Black Entertainment Television delivered yet another captivating award show that we’ll remember for years to come. From amazing Prince tributes, to some not so amazing performances, the BET Awards, like always, if nothing else, gave us something to talk about. After watching, I have 9 pressing questions that I need answered.
Early this morning, many of us got the news that rapper Phife Dawg, of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest had gone on to Hip Hop Heaven. *Don’t question me, I’m sure that’s where he is. Most of us were overcome with a range of feelings-sadness, nostalgia, disbelief.
But me? I was mostly sad for another reason. Sure, I felt a void, knowing that Phife Dawg would never write another rhyme or bless another mic, but there was something bigger than that-I was mourning Hip Hop.
(ATLANTA) – January 2, 2016 – Last night, Lifetime and V103hosted a viewing party at Suite Food Lounge for the premiere of the new unscripted series “The Rap Game.” Executive producer Jermaine Dupri was on hand to celebrate the show’s debut with over 200 local VIPs, including Da Brat, Bryan Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Greg Street, D. Woods, Jacob Latimore, Michael Mauldin, Bryan Barber, John John Da Don, Vedo, Cyrene Tankard, Final Draft, 2-Crucial, Nue Era, Phresh Ali and many more. Atlanta-based “The Rap Game” cast member Miss Mulatto along with her parents Shayne and Misti Pitts were also in attendance to enjoy the festivities, as veteran DJ Jelly kept the energy high on the turntables.
You may only be familiar with Demetria McKinney from her brief stint on Real Housewives of Atlanta, but trust me when I tell you, this chic is different. As you could probably tell last season, Demetria walks to the beat of her own drum. She never really got caught up in the drama, and perhaps that’s why she didn’t make it to Season 8. But after hearing this cover of Adele’s “Hello”…I’m pretty sure she won’t be needing RHOA…like at all.
So after reading this, you’ll probably ask yourself, “What DOESN’T TeDarryl do?”
A singer, writer, actor, print model, stage director and scholar from Petersburg, VA, this guy has planted his feet firmly on the road to the success. With a nearly 4 octave vocal range, his deeply personal music crosses the lines of R&B, soul, experimental, hip-hop, pop & jazz. A two-time graduate of Virginia State University, TeDarryl holds degrees in communications, drama & media management. Impressive, right?
Tonight, get ready as Uncle Snoop prepares to host the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards. Let’s be real. Uncle Snoop is 80% of the reason I’m tuning in. You just NEVER know what this guy is going to say. You can catch the awards tonight on BET at 8p/7c.
Today marks the 14th anniversary of Aaliyah Haughton’s death. And anybody who knows me knows I was a HUGE fan of hers. I still am, really. I was a STAN before I knew what a stan was. Aaliyah gave me LIFE during my young, awkward tween phase, and it’s crazy how even in her death, she still breathes life into me, and so many others that loved her dearly.