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J. Prince: Respect On the Red Carpet

J. Prince, the iconic founder of Rap-A-Lot Records and the man who is arguably most responsible for putting Southern Rap on the map, has shared some of the lessons he’s learned along the way in his newly released book titled The Art & Science of Respect. We caught up with…

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Black Pyramid PopUp Shop

by: Darrin C. Clifton (@htownsfinest9)

Black Pyramid clothing brand, owned by Grammy winning superstar Chris Brown, held a pop-up shop at fashion store Agenda (Galleria Location) in Houston on June 28th. Curated by Supervision Marketing and Management, and in concert with Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon tour later that evening, fans could shop and browse…(Full story and photos available EXCLUSIVELY on the 2LOUD APP.

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RECAP: Migos, Diplo, J Balvin and more celebs celebrate Thomas Henry Jr.’s $4 million birthday extravaganza

Whoa! This is one to remember, a birthday party for Thomas Henry, son of Azteca and Thomas J. Henry (a renowned attorney) and sister of Maya Henry, dubbed the “ luckiest Teen on Earth” after her $6 million Quinceanera went viral in 2016. Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded $4 million birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!

 

 

The Henry family show each other love while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and Latin Grammy winner J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!

The Henry family show each other love while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and Latin Grammy winner J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
The Henry family showed each other love while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration with Dallas star Josh Henderson at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and Latin Grammy winner J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Latin Grammy winner J Balvin performed “Mi Gente” at Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were other performances by Migos, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
4-time Grammy nominee Diplo spun some of the hottest beats while performing at Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, another special DJ set by DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more! 
BET award winners Migos performed “Slippery” at Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were other performances by J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Empire star Rumer Willis, Lance Bass of N*Sync and hubby Michael Turchin enjoyed taking photos with the Henry family while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Pop sensation Austin Mahone was all smiles as he snapped photos with Thomas and Maya Henry at Thomas’ star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Producer Dylan Marer posed for a picture with Grammy winner Ashanti as she arrived at Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Birthday boy Thomas Henry Jr. rocked it out on stage with hip hop moguls Migos as they performed at his star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were other performances by Latin Grammy winner J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
4-time Grammy nominee Diplo kept his cool while snapping photos with Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, another special DJ set by DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more! 
The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon wore a festive gown while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’sstar-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Pop sensation Austin Mahone looked dapper as he attended Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
The Arrangement star Josh Henderson kept it casually chic while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
 
Supermodel Joanna Krupa had fierce presentation on the carpet while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and Latin Grammy winner J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Dumblonde singer Aubrey O’Day matched the Gatsby-theme while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and Latin Grammy winner J Balvin, a special DJ set by Diplo and DJ Ruckus, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
Renowned musician DJ Ruckus kept fiance Shanina Shaik close while attending Thomas Henry Jr.’s star-studded 4 million dollar birthday celebration at Hotel Discotheque over the weekend in San Antonio, TX. There were performances by Migos and J Balvin, another special DJ set by Diplo, aerial performers, burlesque dancers, contortionists and more!
 
 
The star-studded birthday affair for Thomas Henry Jr. was held at the radically transformed Hotel Discotheque lounge in San Antonio this past weekend. As in usual tradition with the Henry’s decadent celebrations, art, fashion, and celebrity performers were just a few of the innovative elements of the opulent affair, which was produced by television-acclaimed, celebrity production designer Dylan Marer. 

Marer and his team from Hollywood transformed the venue to transport guests to a modern Gatsby-esque world all its own, complete with floor-to-ceiling decor, art installations, aerial performers, burlesque showgirls, provocateurs dancing in birdcages, and contortionists swimming in oversized martini glasses. The venue boasted a cigar and whisky lounge and a one-of-a-kind ice bar experience. Guests were treated to a carefully-curated tasting menu which included a lobster and caviar bar while world-class mixologists prepared whimsical libations. In classic Gatsby fashion, the champagne flowed all night.

 

 

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Lil’ Yachty Announces ‘Yachty’s Pizzeria’ at Famous Ben’s Pizza in NYC

Lil’ Yachty and Bravado will launch Yachty’s Pizzeria, a pop-up pizzeria concept by Lil Yachty that will take over Famous Ben’s Pizzeria this weekend in New York City. The Atlanta-born artist will offer New Yorkers a unique opportunity to enjoy a legendary slice while shopping limited-edition exclusive merchandise inspired by Yachty’s Pizzeria.  The pop-up will offer six styles available for purchase, including a short sleeve tee for $30, long sleeve tee for $40, hoodie for $60, satin bomber jacket for $100, hat for $30, and a refrigerator magnet for $5.

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Demi Lovato joins Van Jones on WE RISE AGAINST HATE Tour in Nashville

Last night, renowned activist, CNN commentator and two-time New York Times bestselling author Van Jones took his WE RISE AGAINST HATE tour powered by #LoveArmy to Nashville, in partnership with Roc Nation.

The event took place at the Langford Auditorium where Jones was joined by GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter, actress and philanthropist Demi Lovato and Jessica Jackson, co-founder of #cut50.

 

The stop is part of a 14-city tour that aims to address the current divisive climate in American and engage local communities andchangemakers to help address some of the most pressing issues facing America — including climate justice, criminal justice reform and equal access to opportunities in tech. 100% of net ticket proceeds will go to Van Jones’ nonprofit, the Dream Corps, its initiatives, and local partner charities. America is facing a new splintered political reality preventing needed conversations about our nation’s future. WE RISE AGAINST HATE TOUR powered by #LoveArmy empowers local communities across America and to facilitate conversations to drive progress for our nation forward.

  

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Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, and more talk representation for powerful new Netflix campaign #FirstTimeISawMe

Seeing someone that looks like you and deals with similar stuff that you have to deal with is powerful, because you inevitably feel like you can conquer your issues once you see someone else on screen do it first.

Do you remember the first time you saw yourself on screen? Do you identify with any character on TV today? @Netflix is championing a conversation (#FirstTimeISawMe) about representation in entertainment and would love to get you involved!

 

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Gucci Mane and his fiancee, Keyshia Ka’oir Have New Reality Show On The Way

Gucci Mane and his fiancee, Keyshia Ka’oir, have their first reality show on the way…
Sources close to the BET show say the couple’s been filming everything in their lives leading up to their $1 million dollar wedding in October, including the planning for the big day which is set to go down in Miami.
Celebrity cameos are expected — Trina and Monica have already taped — and Gucci’s performance with Fifth Harmony at the VMAs later this month will be included too.
We broke the story … the rapper and his fiancee scored a fat contract for their BET show, which conveniently includes their wedding costs.

 

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Vivica A. Fox Stars in the New Season of Worst Cooks In America: Celebrity Edition

Food icons Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a star-studded culinary boot camp for cooking-challenged celebrities this summer with a brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Wednesday, August 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.  Anne and Rachael each lead a team of recruits through the intense kitchen challenges, but only the most improved star wins a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team master.  The new celebrity recruits are: Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, Vivica A. Fox, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Sean Lowe and Melissa Peterman.

 

“Anne and Rachael have their culinary work cut out for them with this batch of celebrity recruits – and the results are high-energy and hilarious,” said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming Scripps Networks Interactive.    “These stars enter boot camp with less-than-impressive cooking skills and watching them gain confidence in the kitchen is remarkable.”

Carmen Electra

Vivica & Perez Hilton

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Ty Hunter & Bonang Matheba Host Houston Iconic Fashion Week

 

Houston Iconic Fashion Week is the premiere fashion event offering an innovative platform for emerging and established designers around the world.  This years event was hosted by Ty Hunter and Bonang Matheba and featured the newest cutting edge designs from the Godfather of Urban fashion, Karl Kani, as well as designer Travis Cal, the Christen Collection, and Tomas Benitez. Also in attendence were The Fashion Bomb Daily’s Claire Sulmers, Devi Dev, Candace Ford, GooGoo Atkins, & Project Runway finalist Laurence Basse.

For nearly two decades, Hunter has styled the flawless and exemplary Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.  Not only has he assisted in shaping the hot, fashion forward brand of Queen Bey, but as an established fashion designer with impeccable style, Hunter’s hot brand “With Passion” is setting forth new trends and innovation in design.

Co-hosting with Hunter wass the phenomenal Bonang Matheba. Known world-wide as “The Queen of South African Social Media”, Matheba has garnered over 4 million followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  Matheba’s elegance and glamorous style has been seen as one of the beautiful faces of REVLON cosmetics, and her exceptional skills and talents have even contributed to her earning the Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Award for Best South African DJ.

 

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RECAP: Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion Miami Swim Weekend

Art Hearts Fashion kicked off Miami Swim Week at Funkshion’s Collins Park Tents, with Nick Cannon opening the show. The opening night featured 8 designer including: Vichi Swim presented by Best Talent Group, The Eight Continent, Grayson Boyd, Courtney Allegra, Hale Bob, Cirone Swim, Elie Madi, and the grand finale presentation by none other than Mister Triple X by Erik Rosete who’s show opened with Men’s Physique world champion Michal Komosny and closing with Nick Cannon. Guests enjoyed amazing shows, a great reception with complimentary sponsored goodies, and an art presentation by Miguel Paredes. Following the shows all guests were invited to the after-party Swim Gala taking place at Ora Nighclub Miami with a special performance by Zoey Dollaz.

On Friday July 21st the Art Hearts Fashion swim weekend team joined forces with Planet Fashion to produce shows for OMG Bikinis, Karma Bikinis and a closing showcase by DSquared2 at the SLS Hotel South Beach.

On Saturday July 22nd Art Hearts Fashion closed out its 3 days of shows with an epic finale at the SLS Hotel. The event featured 3 designers,Du Aqua Swim, Argyle Grant, and Holidolls Luxury Swim. The opening showcase was followed by Gabriela Pires and Just Bones boardwear presented by Planet Fashion. The event wrapped up in an epic manner with Billboard chart topper Dyson opening for the finale presentation featuring Honey Bee Swim, Alina Petra, Courtney Allegra and Rocky Gathercole. Guests enjoyed a closing party at Hyde Beach.

MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Courtney Allegra at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: Models pose backstage for Art Hearts Fashion, Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: Model appears backstage for Art Hearts Fashion, Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: Models pose backstage for Art Hearts Fashion, Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Best Talent Group Presents VICHI At Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Best Talent Group Presents VICHI At Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Best Talent Group Presents VICHI At Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway The 8th Continent At Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway The 8th Continent At Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: A model walks the runway at the Holidolls fashion show during the Art Hearts Fashion at Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: A model walks the runway at the Holidolls fashion show during the Art Hearts Fashion at Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: A model walks the runway at the Holidolls fashion show during the Art Hearts Fashion at Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: A model walks the runway at the Holidolls fashion show during the Art Hearts Fashion at Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: A model walks the runway at the Holidolls fashion show during the Art Hearts Fashion at Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Hale Bob at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Hale Bob at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Hale Bob at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway Grayson Boyd at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway Grayson Boyd at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: A model walks the runway at the Du Aqua fashion show during the Art Hearts Fashion at Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 22: A model walks the runway at the Du Aqua fashion show during the Art Hearts Fashion at Miami Swim Week at SLS Hyde Beach on July 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)

MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Courtney Allegra at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Courtney Allegra at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Courtney Allegra at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: A model walks the runway during Courtney Allegra at Miami Swim Week Art Hearts Fashion at FUNKSHION Tent on July 20, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts)
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Hip-Hop Mogul Kevin Liles Is Searching for Houston’s Best Emcee

300 Entertainment CEO Kevin Liles, mega producer London On Da Track and Verizon are teaming up with 97.9 The Box to find the best rapper in Houston as part of the #freestyle50 challenge. On a mission to discover the next voice of hip-hop, the national talent competition will award one aspiring artist with a single record deal with 300 Entertainment, $10,000 and more. The #freestyle50 challenge was inspired by Verizon’s 8GB for $50 prepaid offer available exclusively at Walmart. It’s the inspiration and driving force behind this awesome challenge that is going to change one talented rapper’s life! 😊

97.9 The Box is searching for a local emcee to represent Houston at the national #freestyle50 cypher in LA on August 30th. To enter, you must post a video of themselves freestyling to Tee Grizzley’s ‘No Effort’ to Instagram or Twitter with #freestyle50challenge and tag @verizon and @979TheBox. Five semi-finalists will be selected and invited to compete in an on-air battle at The Box. The winner will be flown to LA to compete with 7 other national finalists for the grand prize.