Hip-Hop duo PurpleWave$, consisting of emcees Poeticlifestyle and Ruben Jay are set to release their upcoming joint project this month, titled Secret Society. To build momentum, they serve up a new visual for their single "All Against Me." Watch below.
King Build-A-B!tch... BWAAAAAHAHAAA!! Floyd Mayweather is speaking on ALL topics and people - Pacquiao, Trump, Nelly, 50 Cent - no topic is off limits in this five-part series. Each part is about an hour-long. So many wowwww moments like:
Young Thug is extremely talented?
Future was supposed to be signed to Mayweather?
Mayweather Money ain't like 'other' money; neither is his fashion. True Religion, Jordans, that's for others.
Traveling... Ibiza.... San Trope.... Floyd's been there and all of there. Not impressed.
To Kanye West: Keep up the good work ...really misunderstood.
It's not all about the money... but he is 'Money' Mayweather.
(Biggest 'wow' though: Melyssa Ford like WOWWW! Still sexy.)
Man WHAT? Countless survivalist shows all over TV will demo making fire with sticks, each sure to tell you how hard it is. But for this dude Kap... child's play. Watch and learn, rookies. Then see how he flips the skills and breaks it down for the ladies. Putting that primal game down to 'em... like... if your man doesn't smell like that real smoke, he is not 'cooking' for you. That smoke is older AND spicier than Old Spice, too. Hahaa!
But the real question: Who weaved up that grass headband?? Don't act like you wouldn't rock that on some tropical 'ish!
Whoa. Dax Shepard with a lot of pauseworthy moments in this Conan segment. Haha! But you know Conan will get right in there and keep the funny going. But hey, wait, Amber Rose is there. So, if they want this convo to get next level freaky, all they have to do is ask.
Done and done! Thank you for the word brother. Relevant convo, especially for the trying times of today for our people.
I hate to say it... My Instagram feed has been looking like a slave movie.
Damn. Usually, the MCM podcast is on some other sh!t - funny, male-centered, NY-bred flavor - but this episode...whew! Though it started mostly light, the fellas had to give way to the seriousness of the #BlackLivesMatter themed discussion kicked up to next and next levels by guest Samm Wilson who declares:
I've had run-ins with a lot of cops who just didn't see me as a regular citizen.
Well... THAT'S what up with your 'All Lives Matter' folks. Not to everyone. Listen up.
Cam'ron goes Sneaker Shopping. A self-declared Reebok guy; but he loves Jordans. But do not twist things up... Cam is 'bout the biz. Shoemakers need to holler at him about his Killa Pink (the album and the color) coming soon. Watch him and Joe La Puma chop and check out what to step into.
I believe everything has an expiration including people. I strongly believe if you're not meeting new people and still hanging around friends since elementary school you have not grown. I never understood why people get upset when friends go in different directions . (People) " you and so and so don't talk no more" (me) "we grew apart". Drama people will never understand the meaning of growing apart. They will always think you and your ex friend/friends hate each other, but in reality it's ok to outgrow friends.
My experience : I had a friend where her and I use to talk all the time, hung out, and now we only see each other on social media. I don't know her reason but my reason is we grew apart. You can't waste time dwelling on why you and someone not tight like you use to be. If it's that serious pick up the phone and ask what went wrong. Before any relationship ends you see it coming. So I actually saw this coming and I still wish her nothing but love and success
7 signs you've outgrown a friend1) You have nothing in common anymore2) Neither of you prioritizes the friendship3) They don't celebrate your success4) You've formed new, stronger friendships5) You find their behavior childish6) They have the exact same problems they did years ago7) Memories is the only thing holding your friendship together
Growing apart from people is not bad. Everyone that's in your life right now should serve some sort of purpose. Once their time is up God will kindly take them away from you and replace them with people who will actually help you continue to grow. It's up to you to be welling to try new things, which include gaining new relationships
To borrow from Donald Trump, HUGE things happened last week on "Empire" with Camilla Marks (Naomi Campbell) going out 'ding dong, that b*tch is dead' style at the end of episode 12 and pulling her wife Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei) with her into that cold hard grave. Considering all of that drama, it wouldn't have been unexpected for yesterday's episode to have been much chiller and tamer with regards to the eye popping episodic business preceding it. To that end, early on at the start of episode 13, it was looking like everyone was taking it nice and normal with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) wanting all her Lyons together in a Huxtable family way to celebrate her first birthday outside of jail, bi-polar Andre (Trai Byers) back on his meds and apologizing for accusing his wife Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) of being a ho, and Lucious (Terrence Howard) finally working through his serious issues with his mother (Kelly Rowland). However in the end, much like the whole pristine image of "The Cosby Show" going kablooey from the inside out, all of that calm got pretty much blown to hell by the time the credits were rolling. So let's get down to the best moments of that televised train wreck that we just can't stop watching every Wednesday night even if we wanted to ***Spoiler Alert***:
Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) gets engaged to Laura Calleros (Jamila Velazquez). In the big moves and grand gestures that we should come to expect from the youngest boy of Lucious Lyon, Hakeem goes for broke and proposes to his innocent lady love Laura right after one of her shows as the opening act for his ex girlfriend Tiana (Serayah). Even though it looks like the real thing, you just know from the look on Tiana's face and baby in Anika Calhoun's (Grace Gealey) belly that this path towards true love will not be running smooth. For that matter, if folks aren't careful, it might entirely jump the tracks before even getting close to the chapel.
Lucious reveals that as a young boy he witnessed as his mother took her own life. Working through his music video with Cookie, Lucious puts together all of the flashbacks from his boyhood and reveals that not only did his mother nearly drown him in a deluded attempt to cleanse him of his sins, but after she realized what she had almost done, she put a bullet in her own skull to atone with him as her only audience. Now that's a family history you don't want to see visited on anyone - no matter what dirty deeds they have done in the present.
Lucious admits to withholding the information that Andre's mental issues likely come from Lucious' own mother. When images of Lucious' mother putting a gun to her head in Lucious' music video trigger Andre's memories of putting a gun to his own head in a depressive mental episode, Andre confronts Lucious for keeping this vital information secret rather than revealing it in order to help with Andre's treatment and mental well being. Lucious is unapologetic for the lifelong omission, defending his actions as the better part of strength via refusal to admit any genetic weakness borne of the Lyon family tree. Yet another anti-father of the year moment for Lucious.
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) steals Freda Gatz (Bre-z) from Lucious and Cookie learns that Freda Gatz is Frank Gather's (Chris Rock) daughter. In a turn that was bound to happen with Freda playing Lucious' adopted daughter, Freda learns the hard way that Lucious truly has no allegiance to anyone - especially his own children be they biological, musical or adopted. When Jamal finally gets Freda to see this, she comes to a recording session with Jamal and admits to Cookie that she is the recently murdered Frank Gathers' devoted child. Need we remind everyone that Cookie and Lucious are the ones who plotted and executed the murder of Freda's dear old dad? Yikes.
Rhonda Lyon makes plans to stay at Anika Calhoun's home as a 'safe haven' from Lyon family drama. Ugh! Talk about not having good instincts when it comes to dangerous female frenemies like Anika that would sooner cut somebody's throat out than have another woman carrying a Lyon dynasty fetus beat her to the delivery table. Now, we're not saying that Anika is the baby killer who pushed Rhonda down the steps causing Rhonda to miscarry, but Anika certainly isn't crying about that unusual turn of events either, now is she? Rhonda going to live with Anika instead of Andre or just about any other random person just isn't a move that is going to play out well for anyone other than Miss Anika Boo Boo Kitty herself.
"Empire" can be seen on Wednesday nights at 9/8 central on FOX.
Have you ever noticed a link between celebrities and persons of wealth? The link is their mindset. SO many people lack the understanding of the power in words and goal setting.
"Riches begin within a state of mind"-Napoleon Hill Success and wealth will NOT be inherited overnight. Your gifts and talents need time to mature, toe develop your own personal success. Before success comes a disciplined mind and a positive mindset is necessary to progress.
"Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief" -Napoleon Hill
1. The mindset begins with stating who you're and exactly what you want to be.
2. Have a desire and passion for your field of success.
3. Plan how you think you will be successful. (We will never know how, but planning provides a clear direction.)
4. Be consistent and have a reason behind wanting to succeed. (This all depends on what your rendition of success is).
5. Expressing gratitude
6. STOP being directed by people who don't have their own lives together
"If you are influenced by the opinions of others you have NO desire of your own" -Anonymous
As "Barbershop: The Next Cut," gets closer to it's nationwide theater release date of April, 15, 2016, AllHipHop's Los Angeles correspondent Kylie Krabbe was able to get some exclusive on set details from star Regina Hall on subjects as varied as what it was like to integrate the formerly all male Barbershop as newcomer, as well as the on set atmosphere between female rap stars Eve and Nicki Minaj. Read all about it below:
A lot has been made of the subject of violence and the possibility of violence between men and boys in this movie. What do you think a woman's role is in that sort of a reality, via your character Angie, the new co-owner of the barbershop?
Women are nurturers and we're loving. I think Angie actually is that in the counterpart to Calvin (Ice Cube). I think the presence of men is really important for other men to teach men ways to connect with one another so that there aren't gangs that can come in and play a parental role. I think we see the importance of fatherhood positive role models and I think women, we're balance. The reason it takes two to make one. I think they each play very specific and important roles.
You've worked on so many projects - comedic and serious, movies and television. How would you rate this experience on "Barbershop: The Next Cut" amongst them?
It was great. One of the great things about it is it was new, but it was also familiar because there was Malcolm ( Director Malcolm Lee) who I had worked with before and Cedric (Cedric The Entertainer) who I had worked with before and Cube who I had worked with. But also, it's always scary to walk into somebody else's franchise. I mean you don't know. Are people going to like Angie or be like, 'I liked it when it was...where's Latifah?' You don't know how people are going to respond to a franchise with new characters. So this was great because it was kind of a mixture of a lot of different feelings, but it felt good when we were shooting it and you can kind of tell that. I was happy to watch it and see how it came out.
You seem to have developed a really tight relationship with your "Barbershop: The Next Cut" co-star Eve. You've even gone so far as to say that you want to manage her and help her to get out her next album which has been a bit of time coming. Can you tell us a little more about that?
Eve and I had done "With This Ring" last year. So we already had become friends before this movie and it was more like, 'oh good, Eve is going to be there, so we'll hang out.' And then you end up loving the other girls too, like Margo (Margo Bingham) who's in the movie. She's wonderful. And Nicki (Nicki Minaj) we did love and we would have hung out, but Nicki traveled on weekends cause she had to go do concerts. She'd have weekends where she'd literally go to do a show as soon as the set wrapped and be back Monday to shoot.
So it was a very close knit cast on set amongst the men and the women?
Yeah. It was a close knit cast, which is kind of great because you needed them to feel close when you watched it.
Just now seeing the two of you together having a good time promoting "Barbershop: The Next Cut, " you seem pretty emphatic with Eve about her need to get out some new music. Are you seriously going to try to be a part of that?
I've been encouraging (Eve) forever. I don't think I'm going to be able to manage her but I'm really excited for her. She's super talented and for me it was more just reminding her that people love her. I think sometimes you forget. She lives in London and she's married and happy and still doing her acting and still shooting. Eve's very creative on a lot of other things so I think you wonder, 'do people miss me at all?' So I'm like, we miss you. We miss you. People love you still. So it's exciting. I mean, I think even when we first started shooting - that's what I loved about seeing her and Nicki together. They had such a mutual respect for each other as musicians and artists and even (Eve) completely understanding (Nicki's) twitch to acting and Nikki completely loving (and) knowing Eve as an example of somebody who had done that before. They had a pretty amazing dynamic.
Lastly - we loved your blue hair. You fought hard for that hair style with director Malcolm Lee, who initially wasn't so sure about it as a part of Angie's persona. Why is hair such an enduring and important part of creating all of the characters that you play - in this movie and others?
I feel like with women, we do our hair, it's our thing. Especially as a black woman, there's so many options yet none. So I'm always trying to figure out what is that? I mean, we do have this hair that can do a million things but maybe we always can't do it. Maybe there's not the time and then our hair is strong and yet specific, though it has a fragility to it and then it has a temperament. Then there's finances. Our hair is a little, 'do I add a hair? If I add hair, I'm going to buy hair. Is that hair expensive?' It's like I have full freedom to do whatever and yet I'm imprisoned by it. It's a coin with both sides.... I'm like I can't do anything with my hair but maybe it's the work that I'd have to put into it to get it done.
So it's a whole relationship?
It is. It is.
"Barbershop: The Next Cut" opens nationwide in theaters on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Yesterday, Warner Bros. Pictures released their spanking new blitz trailer for "Suicide Squad," as yet another motion picture high octane ode to heroes with a less traditional view of crime fighting - courtesy of DC Comics. As today's on trend cinematic superhero seems to be morphing hard into the less "perfect" superhero as the "cooler" subject matter on the heels of the unprecedented success of Marvel Comics' "Deadpool," it should be fun to see if "Suicide Squad" can deliver equally as well if not better for fans and moviegoers alike when it arrives in theaters nationwide on August 5, 2016. Starring Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Adewale Akinnuoye - Agbaje, Cara Delevigne, Jai Courtney and Common, it should be interesting to see how this creative remastering plays out as previewed here full throttle:
In a final press conference that was more of a peaceful campaign stop for Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13KOs) alike, both fighters were as talkative as they were oddly pacifist in demeanor when it came to promises of real fireworks in what is being billed as their last chance to fight one another in a boxing ring, as well as Pacquiao's last professional fight as a professional boxer period in deference to his political career and aspirations in the Philippines.
In their Wednesday, April 6th final press conference before tonight's fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bradley took a very emotional tone at the outset, taking pains to thank his whole team, referring to them as being "a small unit, but we are powerful," and crediting his wife/manager Monica Bradley as a veritable "superwoman," and his new trainer Teddy Atlas as helping him to grow inside and outside of the ring as "a person, as a man and as a fighter." Bradley then departed from the script of most final prize fight press conferences by chiding members of the Philippine press who would link his opponent Manny Pacquiao's future political success to a favorable outcome in tonight's fight:
"I read something the other day that someone said that Pacquiao, in order to win his campaign, in order to win what he wants... he has to win this fight. I think that is baloney. I think that is garbage," said Bradley, continuing: "I don't think that this fight has anything to do with what this man has shown to the Filippino people... to not get what's rightfully deserved and sooner or later become governor of the Philippines.... (Pacquiao) is truly truly to me the only one out there that's going to do right for the Filipino people in the Philippines. So y'all need to get right in the Philippines. Whoever wrote that needs to stop.... I think (Pacquiao's) right for the job."
After this rousing and highly unexpected endorsement of Pacquiao, Bradley let it be know that despite his political support, he is still more ready than ever before in his career to win uncontestedly against Pacquiao: "If I'm going to win this fight, it's now...this is my last opportunity and I am ready for it," stated Bradley.
In keeping with the atypically complimentary and conciliatory tone Bradley set as the first fighter to address the press, Pacquiao was equally kind to team Bradley, going so far as to voice his strong belief once again that the addition of Teddy Atlas as trainer has made all the difference to Bradley's game: "It (will be) more action compared to the last two fights," predicted Pacquiao of this final fight, adding: " Teddy (Atlas), he did a good job for Bradley and we saw that in (Bradley's)last fight. He added more strategy and technique for Bradley and that makes more action in the ring."
Hopefully this "kind" and highly civilized talk is setting the stage for what will be a very good and competitive final fight for both Pacquiao and Bradley tonight. If this fight ends up being a dud or a bust, much will likely be made of the fact that Pacquiao was markedly more political and more religious going into this final press conference than any other of his past fight press promotions. Using much of his time on Wednesday to talk about religious concepts and political hopes for his country in lieu of boxing for boxing's sake, it would seem that Pacquiao is already well on his way to making a departure from his more iconic and more internationally known boxing persona for a more decidedly regional political identity. With a sizeable portion of what he said to the press on Wednesday relayed only in Tagalog, Pacquiao had these final thoughts for international boxing fans and others as to what he wished to leave as his mark on boxing on the eve of his final fight: " Even though I (have) accomplished everything in this arena of boxing, I want to give inspiration to everybody that whatever we have done and accomplish in life (sic) we should humble ourselves before God and before man" stated Pacquiao, continuing, "Each and everyone of us one day one day will face judgment and that judgement - it's up to us where we are going to choose." As for his final words on the subject of his final fight and his opponent Bradley, Pacquiao had this closing comment to the press: "We don't need to fight each other. We save that for Saturday."
Hopefully what has been saved for last will be reaped tenfold in tonight's battle.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley is scheduled for April 9, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be broadcast live at 9PM et/6PMpt on HBO Pay Per View.
The guilty pleasure that is the Fox television series "Empire" certainly did not disappoint yesterday with it's second run around the track. In the mad style of a truly great Hip Hop Opera, just when you're thinking that they couldn't possibly take it any further than going "there," they go and show you that what you thought was "there" was just another bump in a much crazier and much more scandalous road trip. To that end, with a big spoiler alert warning, here were some of our favorite knocks in that episode 2, season 3 road:
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Becky (Gabourey Sidibe) getting surrounded and read broadway theater style by male members of the gay community for Jamal's flip flopping on the sexual tip with Skye Summers (Alicia Keys). This scene not only demonstrated great choreography and the best use of multicolored flip flops ever as a prop to deliver shade, but you had to love the lyrical rearrangement of Hakeem Lyon's (Bryshere Y. Gray) hit "Drip Drop." Poor Becky did her best to tell them that it wasn't even Jamal's song, but it was just too bad of a sneak attack burn to begin with. Ouch, bitch... just ouch.
Hakeem remaking the Empire Logo in his own image. Hakeem performs the penultimate Hip Hop song about power and then he figuratively drops the mike by unveiling his unique and artistic coup de grace on the Empire logo to the shell shocked reactions of Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Andre (Trai Byers) and Jamal. Let's not even start on how big daddy Lucious (Terrence Howard) will react when he gets the time to really savor this piece of work.
Tiana's (Serayah) number "I Just Came In Here To Dance". Skin tight, barely there sparkly body suits, and all of that shaking and popping from Tiana and her all girl army gives even our lady Beyonce a good run for her money. Can you say "All The Single Ladies?" A lot of folks could after seeing this.
Jamal letting it slip to the press that Lucious Lyon's real name is anything but Lucious Lyon. Sometimes the worst cuts come from those who know us best. Be good to your kids or suffer that grassroots homegrown fury. Enough said.
The all hands on deck machiavellian demise of Camilla Marks (Naomi Campbell) and Mimi Whiteman (Marisa Tomei). When it comes to all business Empire, the family that slays together stays together... or at least keeps it's business firmly within the family bloodline. Mimi and Camila were slick, but they just had no chance when it came to the Slick Rick capabilities of the Lyon family. With Rhonda Lyon (Kaitlin Doubleday) getting in close to Camilla through Camilla's fashion line at the behest of Cookie, Jamal and Andre, and then Hakeem sending a sex tape of himself and Camilla to Camilla's jealous and ailing wife Mimi Whitman, the stage was set for a simple business takeover, game, set and match. However, when Camilla then kills Mimi to regain the upper hand and is caught read handed by Lucious Lyon, who more than understands the cause and effect knee jerk reactions of power hungry people like himself and Ms. Marks, it's only a little shove to get Camilla to kill herself rather than face jail coupled with complete and utter financial ruin.
"Empire" can be seen Wednesday nights at 9/8c on Fox.