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Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil brought some tips on screenwriting to the American Black Film Festival this past weekend. In their Q&A-filled Industry Coaching seminar, the two provided candid and practical advice on how to effectively navigate the film and television landscape. 1. Always Work Hard and be Dependable Starting out, Mara worked as a production assistant and wrote when time allowed. She emphasized that writers write; you have to put in the work in order to reap the benefits of real, sustainable success. But never underestimate the power of hard work; “I was dependable and a hard worker. People can, [...]
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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Motown Records has released a special 10” vinyl EP of Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On in celebration of the classic albums 45th anniversary. The EP features the original 7” mono single versions of “What’s Going On” and “God Is Love,” as well as two “Motown: Re-imagined” versions of the title track: a unplugged “Coffeehouse Mix,” and a posthumous duet with Motown signee BJ the Chicago Kid. “Singing alongside Marvin Gaye is truly a dream come true for me. Uncle Marvin is, and will always be one of the greatest,” BJ told Pitchfork. “This collaboration also solidifies why I’m here in a time [...]
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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The BET Experience weekend officially kicked off on Friday night in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center, with a concert by Usher, Bryson Tiller, Kehlani and more! Usher, who headlined the show, surprised the stadium audience by bringing out special guests Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Wale, and Young Thug, during his set. The R&B superstar performed hit-after-hit from his massive catalog, including such old favorites as “Confessions,” “Nice & Slow,” and “U Don’t Have To Call” which he did along with Snoop as a mashup to the West Coast legend’s hit Pharrell collaboration, “Beautiful.” Tiller showcased his live performance with breakout singles “Don’t,” “Exchange,” [...]
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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By Jared Brown, Operations Director, Black upStart My uncle Marvin contracted HIV in the early ’80s. Years of suffering slowly stripped a good-humored, exuberant, and charismatic man of his will to live. The final stages of his life were miserable and hopeless. He suffered from chronic colds, severe pain, and organ failure. He died from AIDS-related complications in 1999. Though HIV/AIDS was crippling, the harsh words spoken by people in our community were equally debilitating. I was seven years old when I first heard someone call Uncle Marvin a “sick faggot.” I was at church. This not-so uncommon practice of using such [...]
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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business
Friends are great to share secrets with, go to brunch or take a vacation with, but when it comes to being a part of your business, friends may be off limits. You see, your brand is the visual to the essence you exude. How you interact, what/who you align yourself with, how you react towards situations, your style, and the list goes on. Your brand is your child and like a child it must be guided, nurtured, and protected. You wouldn’t allow your child to be exposed to negative influences, so neither should your brand. While your friends’ intentions may be good, [...]
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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Tory Lanez is falling deep, in the video premiere for his new single “LUV.” Rocking his now signature international flag leather jacket, the Toronto native cuddles up with his new bae as they ride through a desolate highway in their vintage convertible Chevy. After meeting at a house party the two enjoy each others company, and even make-out underwater. The Dancehall inspired record, produced by Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat, is the second single lifted off Lanez anticipated debut album, I Told You, due out later this year. The record borrows from the classic single “Everyone Falls In Love” by Tanto Metro [...]
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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(All Images: Huluku Photography) “Building the physical muscle to get through the hard poses, the tough poses, the challenging poses on the mat will help you get through the hard, tough, and challenging parts of life…” “When you practice wellness, your light shines brighter and those around you benefit. Practice yoga to shine your own light brighter with your children…” “The practice becomes a game of seeking out stress, tension, worry and doubt on the mat to work through with different poses, paces, and people…” “Practice yoga because you are a reflection of the highest power, everything is everything, and you deserve [...]
Sat, Jun 25, 2016
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