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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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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. 




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Creative Recreation FA17 Hits the Streets





Creative Recreation’s Fall 2017 collection is inspired by young creatives who strive to leave their mark on the world. Launching July 6th, the line will be available in male and female silhouettes, which prioritize the brand’s core belief that creativity matters.


“Creative Recreation has always been about embracing the creative community,” said Vance Hayes, President and General Manager of Creative Recreation. “This Fall campaign is an evolution of the creative spirit that continues to move our brand forward. We have embraced working with a variety of different individuals that are in the spirit of our core values.”

Each of the six distinct personalities embody a unique blend of artistic backgrounds, helping organically define the latest evolution of the footwear brand. For their Fall 2017 line, Creative Recreation turns their attention toward rising creatives as they push the boundaries of their craft.


Up first is San Diego native Rob $tone, who first shook hip-hop fans with his debut single, “Chill Bill,” which debuted in the US Billboard Hot 100. In September 2016, $tone released his second mixtape, which he is currently touring the country with.

Leaf, a fashion-forward rapper who recently signed with Fool’s Gold Records/RPM MSC, reaches the female fans of Creative Recreation via her compelling lyrics and contemporary perspective of feminism, anime and genre-blending hip-hop. This powerful Brooklyn native released her debut EP in 2015, and has since collaborated with Lil Yachty and Action Bronson. Today, she works to counteract demeaning hip-hop lyrics by writing her own dynamic tracks. Leaf has been drawn to the diversity of the Fall 2017 line, commenting “I think most girls recreate themselves every time they step out of the door. Every morning you wake up and you want to be something new.”

Dreezy completes this roster with her truly inspirational rise to success. The “Princess of Chicago Rap” grew up on the South Side and studied fine arts and songwriting to help overcome the adversities of growing up in the rough neighborhood she called home. Today, Dreezy has released multiple albums, mixtapes, and singles.


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(Los Angeles, July 5, 2017) — All Def Digital and Dormtainment announced today the release of SNAP!, a half-hour comedy special exclusively for YouTube Red.

SNAP! centers on the hottest Atlanta snap rap group of 2006, Stacks-4-Daze — except that was in 2006.  Now, the group members are all broke, working dead end jobs in Los Angeles.  But when a video of them accidentally goes viral on Worldstar, they get a second chance at fame.  Can they bring the stacks back?


 See the trailer here:

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Sampa The Great


Sampa The Great was Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and is currently based in Sydney, Australia. She is part of the emerging hiphop scene in there (The Guardian called her “Australian hiphop’s next great hope”) and HERoes Act 2 is the latest in Sampa’s exciting narrative series of songs and collaborative project that includes her debut The Great Mixtape

With creative influences that include Mos Def and Lauryn Hill, the 23-year-old Sampa The Great  is quickly creating her own musical path, with lyrics centered on issues close to her heart. She found a love for hip-hop at an early age and views music as the language of the soul, transcending borders and acting as an agent for positive change.  It’s a quality that is consistent throughout her debut release, The Great Mixtape, on which Sampa delicately entwines her poetry in each beat, playfully switching styles and engaging listeners on every level.  

Born in Zambia, at a young age Sampa Tembo and her family decided to move to Botswana, where she was raised.  Separating Sampa from her peers is the upbringing and life experiences that inform her lyrics. Once, a group of boys were set to perform a rap song at her primary school. She was intrigued by their performance and asked if she could join the group, the response: “You can’t rap with us, because you’re a girl.” From that moment forward she decided not only to be a great female artist, but a great artist period.

Sampa The Great’s new EP, HERoes Act 2, is out with Red Bull Sound Select. The 3 tracks on the EP all feature Estelle with production by Rahki.
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On today’s very special episode of EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska take over the BET Awards red carpet where they talked to the likes of Post Malone, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Irv Gotti, and many more. The episode also features sit-downs with Rae Sremmurd, who finally talked things out with Budden, and Migos, where things took a heated turn during the middle of the interview. The Rae Sremmurd segment begins around the 55-minute mark, while Migos come to the platform at the 1 hour and 16-minute mark.


Complex’s “EVERYDAY STRUGGLE,” is a new daily morning show covering the biggest news and hot-button issues facing hip-hop music and pop-culture. Serving as co-hosts, famed rapper Joe Budden and opinionated urban media commentator DJ Akademiks will face-off each day about the artists they feel deserve their top spots, who’s fallen off, wage their bets on brewing rap beef, analyze the latest social media buzz and determine which artists are moving the culture forward. Each heated discussion will be filmed in-studio and moderated by Complex News’ Nadeska Alexis. Conversations will get intense and opinions are taken to the next level as Joe and Akademiks battle it out every morning at11:00 AM on

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[CONCERT SERIES] Yellow Claw Conquers Space City


Our peeps in L.A. hit us and asked us to Drop in on Yellow Claw Saturday night in support of their sophomore effort Los Amsterdam. The mood was electric as we walked through the parking lot, and ran into a couple hundred fans buzzing with anticipation as they anxiously waited to get in the building. The heady performance was kicked off with a spectacular light show underscored by heart pounding, pulse quickening beats. Jim Aasgier and Nizzle masterfully controlled the crowd’s mood and energy as if it were an instrument in and of itself.  They artfully stoked the rising tide of excitement until it could no longer be contained and it erupted; unleashing  holy hell in Houston’s Stereo Live, leaving the crowd drenched in sweat and tingling as if released from the grip of gravity to be carried off into the weightlessness of space (city).

Los Amsterdam features the TOP 10 Billboard Dance Chart hit “Good Day (feat. DJ Snake + Elliphant).” LP also features collaborations with Juicy J, Quavo of Migos, Lil Debbie, Moski, Jonna Fraser, Rochelle, Tinie Tempah and Cesqeaux, and the pair have accumulated over 470+ million streams on Spotify and 415+ million plays on YouTube to date….as you can see, the show was lit🔥


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Puff Daddy Kicks Off Billboard Weekend at LIGHT Nightclub

For the first time ever, Puff Daddy invaded Las Vegas hotspot, LIGHT where he hosted the evening for thousands of Saturday night partygoers. Arriving with son, Justin Combs, and entourage in tow, Puffy headed to the stage where he was presented with a Cîroc bottle parade.

The music mogul transformed the nightclub into a birthday celebration of the late Biggie Smalls. The crowd erupted when he jumped on stage and did the infamous Puffy dance to Small’s hits like “Juicy” and “Hypnotize”. Puffy hopped on the mic and lead the crowd in a Happy Birthday song before joking about partying all night and not sleeping until the Billboard awards. Following his performance, Puff Daddy hung out in VIP as the DJ kept playing Biggie’s classic songs until the early morning.

Earlier that night, hip hop artist OT Genesis, hit the stage where he performed his top hits “Cut It” and “Push It”. The Miami artist, who was dripping in diamonds stopped his performance to take selfies with fans. Other celebs in attendance were award winning DJ and Producer, Metro Boomin, Darius Walker and Candice King of Vampire Diaries who was celebrating her birthday in a nearby VIP.

Video credit: LIGHT Nightclub

Photo credit: David Becker

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[REVIEW] Curious About Kurios?


Kurios is sexy enough for a hot new date, but fun and eye-catching enough for the entire family.

This is not your ordinary clowns coming out of tiny cars, large animals tamed by a whip, or white faced mimes clowning around kinda circus.

This show is sleek and tantalizing; delivering a dream-like glimpse into the inside of the Seeker’s (mad scientist) imagination. Through the Seeker’s exhaustive imaginings we’re able to see acrobats, gymnasts, contortionists, singers, jugglers and more go back and forth in time with a futuristic​ steam punk flair.

There is even a little person, Mini Lili, that lives inside of another character’s belly (Microcosmos)..

Would you think a finger show would keep your attention? Ha! Theater of hands will do just that. Multiple hands take us through a lifetime worth of events in minutes. The mini-dramas are projected onto a cloud.

I have to say my favorite performance is of the group of fish a.k.a female contortionist bending and twisting on a giant hand.

Each scene and performance is completely unexpected and delightfully unusual. You will definitely leave with an expanded imagination and tons to talk about. There was so much more to see, and we know you’re Kurios, but we won’t ruin it for you.

Check out photos and clips below!

All Photos: Martin Girard / Costumes: Philippe Guillotel © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

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[INTERVIEW] A Chat with Pop Sensation Didi J

Serbian pop songstress, model, and fashion designer DIDI J kicked off her first US Tour Say No More on March 30th in Los Angeles. Well known throughout Europe, and her home in the Balkans, DIDI J made her US debut with a 10-date tour in support of her forthcoming EP.

“I’m excited about bringing my music to the U.S.,” says DIDI J. “It is an amazing feeling to go on this tour and introduce my music to a new audience.  I want my fans to dance and have fun to it. My songs are made with the spirit of fun love, and I want to share that with the world.”

DIDI J premiered the music video to her debut single “Say No More,” featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Shaggy, earlier this year. Written about love, dancing, and being true to one another in love, the video – which has gained over 5 million views on YouTube – was produced by famed director Gil Green.

Peep the interview and video below!

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Another Dreamville Film. Cole and Scott Lazer team up for their second HBO special, J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, named after his chart-topping album released last year. It comes after 2015’s Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, which featured footage from the tour following Cole’s third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

The new special will combine music performances and intimate interviews that highlight underdocumented voices. We visited Atlanta, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ferguson, Missouri; and Cole’s native Fayetteville, North Carolina; as well as his father’s hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas, to discuss the issues.

The hourlong special premieres April 15 at 10 p.m. on HBO.


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Would You Pay $150K for Miami Music Week VIP Package?

Looking for something to set your weekend apart from all others?! How about giving this $150,000 “Flying High” travel package a shot. Made possible by JetSmarter and SLS South Beach & Hyde Beach, just in time for Miami Music Week.

Partygoers from around the world flock to South Florida for the annual Miami Music Week (March 21st -26th), and now with JetSmarter, SLS South Beach and Hyde Beach, they can do so in over-the-top style. The three luxury lifestyle brands have joined forces to create the ultimate party package for an epic weekend, perfect for music fanatics with exclusive tastes & deep pockets. (Contact us if you’re going, we wanna tag along!)

The “Flying High with JetSmarter and SLS South Beach & Hyde Beach” starts at $150,000, and includes the following:

  • Private jet roundtrip flight for eight people from anywhere in the world
  • One year JetSmarter membership (Valued at $15,000)
  • Chauffer pick up on Wednesday, March 22 just in time to kick off opening night of Miami Music Week at SLS South Beach
  • Dinner at Katsuya on Wednesday, March 22 for eight with a special presentation by Chef’s Omkase Menu and Sake Pairing
  • Four luxurious suites for a five night stay at SLS South Beach
  • All-access passes to backstage and celebrity and artist VIP lounge
  • Side stage DJ VIP Table with $20,000 in beverage credit kicking off with a personally engraved 3L bottle of Ace Of Spades, all week long
  • Your own opening DJ set at the closing party of SLS Music Week on Sunday, March 26th
  • Goodbye dinner at The Bazaar by Jose Andres featuring Chef’s Menu and Wine Pairing