Arts & Culture

Nowness: Desert Son; Shamir Bailey (Video)

Nowness: Desert Son; Shamir Bailey (Video)

via: Nowness Directed by: Babak Khoshnoud and Will Abramson   North Las Vegas, known as Northtown, seems an unlikely musical inspiration—yet the area’s apparent absurdities and contradictions seem almost quintessentially American. A sprawling gambling resort surrounded by industrial parks and strip malls are all set against a backdrop of beautiful but unforgiving desert. 19-year-old singer Shamir Bailey, is(…)

Sweet Potato Soul; Healthy Vegan Tips & Recipes (Part 1)

Sweet Potato Soul; Healthy Vegan Tips & Recipes  (Part 1)

Meet Jenne’ Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul; a lifestyle blog on all of your vegan needs. A certified holistic health counselor and a personal vegan chef in NY, Claiborne provides a one stop platform, creating recipes and educational videos on her passion of healthy vegan eating.       Not only get to know Claiborne(…)

Essence.com: Cipriana Quann’s Top Festival Hair Moments

Essence.com: Cipriana Quann’s Top Festival Hair Moments

Hitting a record attendance of over half million attendees this year at the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Festival, it is no wonder this year was not only record breaking but a momentous one. A four day celebration held in New Orleans, the energy and excitement of the festival was instantaneously contagious. As a first(…)

Music: Christian Scott & Isadora Mendez Perform Live In Battery Park Tonight

Music: Christian Scott & Isadora Mendez Perform Live In Battery Park Tonight

If you you are in the New York area come join me tonight at Battery Park’s free concert series at 7PM tonight, with Grammy nominated Jazz Trumpeter/Producer/Composer, Christian Scott and Singer/Songwriter, Isadora  Mendez (along with the Christian Scott Quintet). Relax with the backdrop of the historic Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, while watching this incredibly(…)

Jesse Boykins III: Love Apparatus Project

Jesse Boykins III: Love Apparatus Project

Love Apparatus jbiiimusic.com   “Creation is the vessel that molds life, without a woman art would not be so courageous. I find peace in openness, so I am grateful for the expression of self and I am aware of the power in vulnerability and the connection it brings about. Love Apparatus is for the heart(…)

Watch Lupita Nyong’o in “Braids”, An Original Vogue Short Film

Watch Lupita Nyong’o in “Braids”, An Original Vogue Short Film

“When I got back from school learning how to braid hair in Kenya, I also decided it was going to be my side hustle, I was going to make some money braiding people’s hair. So I went through the great troubles of creating a poster but I just didn’t have the heart to charge anyone(…)

Behind The Scenes: HBO Premiere of ‘The Leftovers’

Behind The Scenes: HBO Premiere of ‘The Leftovers’

Imagine if 2% of the world’s population (approximately 140 million people) inexplicably vanish? Well that is the reality in HBO’s new show ‘The Leftovers‘. Cordially invited by HBO, I attended the premiere on Monday June 23rd, held at NYU Skirball Center in New York. Armed with m&m’s, strawberry/banana gummy bears and dearest friend, I settled in to watch(…)

Poet/Performer Aja Monet

Poet/Performer Aja Monet

via: ajamonet.com   Described as “The true definition of an artist” by iconic Actor and Activist, Harry Belafonte, Poet/Performer, Aja Monet, uses words in a way that simultaneously creates silence and commands attention. In deep rich soothing monotones, her voice alone could be defined as a lullaby, if it wasn’t for the mesmerizing potency behind each prolific piece.   “The(…)

Music: Shadows On Stars (Part 1)

Music: Shadows On Stars (Part 1)

Self described as “indie pop with an urban flair”, Producer; Brian Vincent and Singer; Randa Leigh make up Portland based band, ‘Shadows on Stars‘. Blending electronic, punk and rock to their  self described “indie pop with an urban flair” Shadows of Stars creates a sound that is hard to define, falling seamlessly in a genre all of(…)