Monthly Archives: December 2015

Community Corner….Justice For Tamir Rice

If Your In The Indianapolis Area…

JUSTICE FOR TAMIR

The Social Influencers That Ruled the Style Scene in 2015

Social It Girls

The Social Influencers That Ruled the Style Scene in 2015

Celebs in Memoriam 2015: A Final Farewell

Celebs in Memoriam 2015: A Final Farewell

Thank You….

 

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“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”

Maya Angelou

What will you remember about 2015?

For me personally it was a year to make bold moves, launch new territory with my brand and YOU. All are evidence that we want to provide a platform for solutions and experiences that will move us all onward.  Looking back at this year we saw how much you enjoyed  sharing via social media , I am humbled by how much our brand means to so many just to stay connected in the movement for Your Lifestyle & Community Affairs. The persona of  “Stand Your Ground”, “Black Lives Matter”, Women In The White House, Our Children, Our Lifestyles and more;  daily reminds me and our entire team that we must continue to raise the bar.

I’m not a journalist just a media group entrepreneur, lifestyle  guru, social enthusiast and single mom on a mission to have you live your best life and express social responsibility in our communities and my God given gift to serve :). Looking forward to 2016, we plan to further inspire and excite you to create a life of infinate possibilities. THANK YOU for caring about this brand and letting us know how much you appreciate what we do and I appreciate what you do.

Love Life…Do Good…Live Well!

“C”

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Crystal Dixon
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Evolution Events, LLC
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

 

Since I could remember I have been a fan of performing arts, growing up in NYC has given me that privelage to be exposed to one of my favorites ballets. I love the storytelling, the culture and what it represents in the craft, as I was growing up my godmother made it her mission to take me to these extrodinary places, which soon became traditions. So there is no secret that when I am in the city I am always overjoyed with the smell of sugar cookies and walking along the strips and checkin out some upcoming performances. The amazing talent this company stand for each time they perform in the NYC for the holidays, well let me just say the experience is beyond of what can be shared amongst this blog (hint: you have to see it for your self) 🙂

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Otherwise known as the best modern dance company around.

Now’s the perfect time to start your own family tradition with a trip to see this mesmerizing ballet company. Not only is it a great way to introduce your littles to the magic that is theater, but it’s also a great conversation starter and a great way to start talking about the many ways in which dance will move you.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater runs through January 3, 2016 at New York City Center and tickets start as low as $25. Visit the website to grab your tickets and prepare to be inspired.

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Rachael McLauren. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

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AAADT’s Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Yannick Lebrun
and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Relevations. Photo: Andrew Eccles

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AAADT’s Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Alicia Graf Mack and
Demetia Hopkins in Revelations. Photo by Gert Krautbauer

http://www.alvinailey.org/citycenter

 

 

Music Mixx….Eryn Allen Kane

New & Next: Meet Eryn Allen Kane, The Powerhouse Vocalist Prince Loves! You Will Too

 

Eryn Allen Kane

As Eryn Allen Kane tells it, she got her start in the most cliché way: in the church.

Kane was raised on Detroit’s east side attending Detroit School of the Arts—the same as the late Aaliyah, which was a huge driving factor in her enrollment there. After a sticky development deal gone wrong she spent her college years focusing on acting. Shortly after college she found herself longing to sing again. A summer in Australia led to her unleashing creativity in a minimalist fashion, recording songs comprised purely of vocals for horn sounds and lyrics with her beating on tables and baskets for percussion. She returned to Chicago with a compilation of songs and a spark that indicated she was ready to launch her career.  

At what point did you decide music would be your focus?
I was a little confused and went to Australia just to clear my mind. That’s when I got in touch with myself and realized I wasn’t living up to my fullest potential and wasn’t doing what I love. At first it was therapeutic for me. It ended up being something where I was like I need to do this for myself for my own happiness. I went back and I got to work.

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How did the “Baltimore” collaboration with Prince come about?
A couple years back I released an acapella song called “Hollow.” We shot the video and put it out. It was my first song ever to be really put into the universe. Prince got a hold of it. He tweeted out the video and said “Wallow Hollow” or something like that. His people contacted my manager saying they wanted to meet up. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Two years later I released “Have Mercy.” I guess he kept his eye on me because a couple of days later he hit us up and was like ‘That song you released is great. Do you want to be on this song I have?’

And then?
He flew us to Minnesota. We got in the studio and he gave me the freedom to do whatever I pleased. He said, ‘I need your soul on this track.’ The day after it was released he asked if I wanted to come perform with him for the peace rally [in Baltimore]. I was just blown away. It was just all a little bit too much for me. It’s been an amazing ride. I’m so thankful for him coming into my life and believing in my music. He’s sort of a mentor right now.

What kind of advice has Prince given you?
He really wants to see young talented artists thrive. He wants to see real musicians get shine. He tells me to stay true to myself even though my music isn’t the type of music that’s being  played on the radio all the time it’s important for people to hear it. He’s like, it’s up to you to be authentic and stay true to who you are at all costs because that is going to give you a long career.

He encourages you to be authentic.
Yeah, authentic and not let people have you like, ‘Oh you’re supposed to make this kind of club song or this kind of … We’re supposed to add this to or these cents and this and that.’ He’s like, ‘Your generation is going to be the generation that needs to change some of the bad things that are happening with artists in the music business right now so it’s up to you to be authentic and to stay true to who you are at all costs because that is what’s going to give you a long career.’ That’s exactly what he is an example of, staying true to who you are no matter what. It’s a really good example to look at and to follow after.

The first song I heard of yours was “Have Mercy.” You created all of the instruments and the background yourself.
Yeah, that’s all me. That’s how I create music. I do the entire thing just like that. Then for my EP I did all my songs like that and then gave it to my friends who are instrumentalists and said, ‘Okay can we translate these vocals into the percussion, the horn sections and the guitar, and this and that?’ They just mimicked the vocals that I was doing on their instruments. That’s how we made the EP. “Have Mercy” is the only all vocal song on there. The rest is live band, but it was made like “Have Mercy.”

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Who else has influenced your sound?
Gospel. My mother’s a really big Chaka Khan fan and Aretha Franklin fan. Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Nina Simone, all the greats. I was really into gospel singers for a minute.

Who are some current artists that you relate to or maybe get influenced by?
I’m really into the Alabama Shakes right now. They’ve just released an album that I’ve been listening to front to back since it came out. The lead singer is a very powerful singer. She’s got a really strong presence and soul presence. She’s someone who I’d say… she’s just amazing. That’s an amazing band too. I love the whole live instrument aspect of that. Yeah, they’re one. Leon Bridges is really great. I’m into his stuff right now. Jack White, I’ve always been a fan of his—rock n roll guy from Detroit where I’m from. They’re all amazing artists that I really respect.

Finish this sentence, “My music is…”
Timeless.

Eryn Allen Kane’s forthcoming EP, Aviary, is expected to be released this

 

Year of the Carefree Black Girl….

The Year of the Carefree Black Girl

17 Reasons Why 2015 Was Year of the Carefree Black Girl

Holiday Cocktails….

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10 Wintery Cocktails for Your Holiday Party

December 22, 2015

The holidays are here and, like every year, parties are popping up everywhere. For your own holiday party, why not break away from convention. Instead of Mulled Wine or Champagne, serve some creative cocktails. Here are ten options that will put your guests in the holiday spirit—from a few twisted takes on the Toddy, to a traditional Glögg and a Sour that will leave them delighted.
 

About The Rudolph’s Nose Cocktail

Anchor’s Christmas Spirit is the merry result of distilling Anchor Brewing’s Christmas ale, which creates a smooth, winter-spiced spirit that’s ideal for holiday cocktails like this one, mixed with maraschino, cognac and bitters.

Ingredients in the The Rudolph’s Nose Cocktail

1.5 oz
Anchor Christmas Spirit
.25 oz
Luxardo Maraschino
.5 oz
Chateau Montifaud Pineau de Charentes Rosso
.75 oz
Gran Classico bitters

 
Garnish: 

Music Mixx….TRAEDONYA!

News: TRAEDONYA!

FIRST ARTIST AMBASSADOR FOR BAND & ME APP

For Immediate Release

 

Prohibition Entertainment in Nyc is excited to announce a strategic marketing alliance with the new app Band & Me. As part of the collaboration Prohibition vocalist TRAEDONYA! aka The Bride Of New Funk Hipopera is the inaugural ”Artist Ambassador” for the Band & Me app brand. The marketing collaboration will involve exclusive content windows, marketing spots, contests and tactical data analysis. For the foreseeable future all of TRAEDONYA’S! new media and content will premiere thru the Band & Me app for short windows of time. Tocelebrate the launch of Band & Me TRAEDONYA’S! new single Brooklyn 2 Grenada Ras Abda.

I am amped about being part of something from inception. I feel this app is a must have for all serious music fans around the world! says TRAEDONYA! See the link below to learn about the benefits of the Band & Me app. Download the app to get her new single.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=XZabxazvCaU

www.bandandmeartist.com – listen 2 Brooklyn 2 Grenada

Band & Me is a mobile app that lets fans share in the music journeys of their favorite bands. With Band & Me fans can stop searching for news about the bands and artists they love because it’s all in a single location. The most recent items appearing in  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Youtube and other pertinent information about those artist you care about. Members of the app get a direct connection and special access to bands and artists they are passionate about.

The bands and artist can deliver personal messages, ones that can give something special…Recognition, exclusivity and participation in exclusive events. The Band & Me app is exclusive to the Itunes app store.

Download app here – https://itunes.apple.com/cg/app/band-me/id895503090?Mt=8

For Android family users won’t be left out TRAEDONYA! has joined the Noise Trade is a platform where music is the whole point!  TRAEDONYA! has released a 3 song sampler including her brand new single Brooklyn 2 Graneda to introduce herself to that community of 1.3 million music lovers. Android users join Noise Trade to get the new single. See the link below.

http://noisetrade.com/traedonya/traedonya-sampler

The new song will only be distributed from these 2 platforms only. To learn more about TRAEDONYA! go to her social links below.

http://twitter.com/traedonya

 

http://facebook.com/traedonya

 

http://youtube.com/traedonyatourstation

 

 

 

Looking Back At 2015….

Dear 2015: A Look Back at the Year in Black Culture

2015 Missy Ava Amandla

These moments inspired us, cracked us up, devastated us and left us scratching our heads.

JANUARY
It was a rough start to the New Year—Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home. Things picked up when Uzo Aduba gave a tear-inducing speech after she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, but then Madonna filled a rage hole in our hearts when she promoted her new album by Photoshopping ropes over the faces of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. Thankfully, we were able to hop off the emotional roller coaster when a little show called Empire premiered on Fox.

FEBRUARY
What was more surprising: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failing to nominate a person of color for an Oscar in any of the acting categories even though Selma was eligible, Missy Elliott‘s Super Bowl appearance, or the touching Black Lives Matter tribute during D’Angelo‘s performance on Saturday Night Live? None of these. The biggest surprise was that Beyoncé launched a vegan meal delivery service. You can’t rule the world if you’re constantly full of cheese.

MARCH
The Transportation Security Administration agreed to retrain agents on how to search Black women’s hair at airports, so we could finally stop getting all up in our feelings every time we took a flight. Scandal‘s “The Lawn Chair” episode focused on police brutality and simultaneously gave us a break from the Olivia/Fitz cycle of romantic violence. Black excellence was on full alert this month—Rihanna became the first Black ambassador of Dior, Jay Z launched the music streaming service Tidal, Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp a Butterfly and Tituss Burgess sang his way right into our hearts with a truly moving, ad-libbed song about wine on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

APRIL
When 25-year-old Baltimore resident Freddie Gray died in police custody under suspicious circumstances, we were thrown into a tornado of disbelief and confusion about how and why this keeps happening. Eight days later, Loretta Lynch was finally sworn in as the first Black female U.S. Attorney General, and she made quick work of starting a civil rights probe into the case. Activist and Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams prompted us to use broken heart emojis with his insightful tweets on the Black Lives Matter movement. Speaking of hearts, Ava DuVernay was honored by Barbie with her own doll, and actress Amandla Stenberg‘s viral video about cultural appropriation turned us into clapping, hand-waving believers that children really are the future. We waved our hands in a different way when NeNe Leakes broke down in a flood of tears and left during the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion. Girl, bye.

MAY
Prince released a Freddie Gray tribute song and brought his Afro to Baltimore to headline the Rally 4 Peace benefit; Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj released the “Feeling Myself” video on Tidal and wore matching outfits to their cheeseburger-eating party. Queen Latifah blazed in Bessie, the HBO biopic about legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. But the shining star of this month, this year and possibly this lifetime was 2-year-old Riley Curry, daughter of NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, with her supercute antics at the Western Conference Finals press conferences.

JUNE
Just in case we were worried that art doesn’t imitate life anymore, basketball stars and future soap opera cast members Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson had their marriage annulled within a month of walking down the aisle and in the midst of domestic violence claims. Johnson was pregnant with twins. Sean Combs was arrested and accused of assault after threatening his son’s football coach with a kettlebell. Rachel Dolezal took Black Like Me a little too seriously: She had masqueraded as a Black woman for years and even became president of her local NAACP chapter. When she got busted, the world was sent into a frenzy of discussion about what it means to be Black. The heartbreaking, racially motivated massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, left us all in a daze. In response, Bree Newsome soared into history when she climbed a pole and removed the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina statehouse. Janet Jackson saw our Bat signal and sensed how much we needed her, so she released her first single in seven years, “No Sleeep,” shortly after she won the inaugural BET Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award.

JULY
The misery train went full steam ahead this month. Bobbi Kristina Brown died, and the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody hashtag gained traction when Sandra Bland was found hanged in her jail cell after being arrested for a minor traffic violation. Key and Peele decided to end their show, and a powerful New York magazine cover depicting 35 women who’ve accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault dropped shortly after court documents revealed Cosby admitted to drugging women. There was some injection of joy into our lives when Serena Williams won Wimbledon, and Magic Mike XXL somehow managed to make a movie about male strippers feel like a feminist extravaganza, and even included Donald Glover‘s soft-talking poetry disguised as rap.

AUGUST
Civil rights leader Julian Bond died at age 75, and Broadway star Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first Black actor to play the lead role in Les Misérables, lost his life at age 21 after falling from a fire escape. The N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton premiered to huge numbers; and even though the movie skipped over the terrible ways the group treated women, Dr. Dre apologized publicly to the women that I’ve hurt.” Better 24 years late than never? A state of emergency was declared in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown‘s death.

SEPTEMBER
Ta-Nehisi Coates revealed that he will write a Black Panther comic for Marvel, and then he won a MacArthur Genius grant. Kids, please remind your parents that comic books are not only good for you but could also one day help you land a grant for more than half a million dollars. Matt Damon earned the scorn of social media when he tried to explain diversity in Hollywood to Black movie producer Effie Brown. And our Ava DuVernay struck again with her Apple commercial featuring Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson. Wasn’t it so much fun to see a group of carefree Black women cutting up and dancing around to an old-school mixtape? Grace Jones released a memoir, and Viola Davis gave an unbelievable acceptance speech at the Emmys that brought people to their feet and Hollywood to its knees when she said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”

OCTOBER

Will Smith shared that he has new music in the works and a tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff is in the works. All across the Black universe a collective sigh was let out when Raven-Symoné said “I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea!” on The View. Former NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel with cocaine in his system. A year after the tragic accident that left Tracy Morgan severely injured, the comedian made his TV return to host Saturday Night Live and proved that one thing hasn’t changed—he’s still funny as ever. A South Carolina Police Officer violently attacked a Black female student as she sat at her desk at Spring Valley High School. Russell Simmonsprepaid debit card company, RushCard, suffered a a major glitch that left thousands of users without access to their paychecks. “Ladies, how y’all feel? Brothas, y’all alright?” Erykah Badu announced the release of her new mixtape, But You Cain’t Use My Phone and it sounds like everything we need to hear and more. #BossMovesOnly: Rihanna secures a partnership with Samsung Mobile for $25 Million to sponsor her upcoming album, ANTI, and a world tour.

NOVEMBER

A nine-year-old Chicago boy, Tyshawn Lee, was lured into an alley and shot execution style. In her memoir, Year of Yes, TGIT mastermind Shonda Rhimes detailed lessons learned by simply saying “Yes.” Vivica Fox appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live where she made some pretty insinuating comments about ex-boyfriend 50 Cent‘s sexuality. A social media clap back ensued. #ConcernedStudent1950 at The University of Missouri took the nation by storm when they forced university president Tim Wolfe to resign following multiple racial incidents on campus. President Obama became the only commander-in-chief to have a personal page on Facebook where he hopes to engage in real conversations with constituents. The White House announced an initiative to help improve the lives of women and girls of color with the help of a $118 million grant over the next five years. Prayers of peace and protection were extended to Paris after terrorists targeted the Bataclan Concert Hall killing at least 128 people and injuring 180 others. James Wright Chanel posted a review of the Wal-Mart exclusive Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie on Facebook and #PattiPies sold out in record timing and even scored Wright an invitation to the “If Only You Knew” singer’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. We’re still mad we couldn’t get our hands on a slice of some of that pie. Taye Diggs doesn’t want people to address his 6-year-old son referred to as Black. He would prefer he be identified as biracial. A judge ordered the Chicago Police Department to release footage of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a police officer in October 2014.

DECEMBER

Keyshia Cole announced her engagement but she’s remained pretty tight lipped as to who the lucky guy is. Spike Lee is releasing a new film, Chi-raq, and people have an awful lot to say about it. The Wiz Live, is set to debut and the star-studded cast is bringing us lots of great musical moments in the new adaptation.

What a time to be alive!

Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) is a New York City–based writer and the author of Feminist Ryan Gosling (Running Press).