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|Tue, October 27, 2020 at 3:29 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It has been nearly two decades since the death of R&B singer, Aaliyah. Her influence continues to shine throughout many of your favorite singers of today. "Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah," written by author Kathy Iandoli, will be released on August 21, 2021, which is four days before the 20th anniversary of the singer's death.
The biography book promises to give an in-depth look into her life, including never before heard stories, personal memories from people who knew her, and more. According to the press release obtained by HipHopDX, the Simon & Schuster/ Atria Books will cover the unparalleled career of Aaliyah as a fashion icon, and investigate the singer's "volatile entanglement with R.Kelly and an intense investigation on the crash that ended her life."
Kathy also wrote about Kellz being featured in the book:
"For all the Aaliyah fans out there, I just want to make something very clear: with regard to R. Kelly, I have chosen to discuss how despite his abusive patterns, Aaliyah survived and became an icon. The book in no way glorifies his predatory behavior, nor does it take up a large chunk of the book. Quite frankly, he doesn't deserve it. I know news outlets have chosen to make that tiny piece their whole headline, but trust that's not what the book will reflect. This book is about a musical genius who is the reason most artists of today even have a career, but in order to discuss her enduring strength, I had to discuss a little bit of what made her so strong."
|Fri, October 23, 2020 at 3:30 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 50 Cent's G-Unit Film and Television is partnering with Eli Roth's Arts District Entertainment Production company and the 3BlackDot independent film studio to create three horror movies. 50 Cent, Eli Roth and 3BlackDot's James Frey collectively came up with the idea to produce three horror films.
"Both 50 and James [3BlackDot] have never shied away from controversial, boundary-pushing material and have made massive global cultural impacts from their raw creative energy," Roth said in a statement. "We want to bring that same fun and danger to this new fantastic slate of elevated scary films. We want to make the movies others are too afraid to make," states Eli Roth. Roth is well known for his horror films like Cabin Fever, Hostel and Hemlock Grove.
"Eli, James, Roger, Michael, and 3BlackDot will be great partners in G-Unit Film and Television's takeover of the horror genre. I can't wait to show the world what we're building," said 50 Cent.
There is currently no release dates.
|Sun, October 11, 2020 at 11:46 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
New York (CNN)A new majority Black and Latinx-owned and operated digital bank hopes to make supporting Black-owned banks and businesses a little easier for consumers.Greenwood was created by Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover and his close friend, rapper-activist Michael "Killer Mike" Render. The leadership team at Greenwood, which includes former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, unveiled their new platform on Thursday after raising more than $3 million in seed funding in June.Glover has been working on Greenwood since early 2019, but he said interest in the venture spiked after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a nationwide reckoning with racism that has inspired many Americans - including manyin the corporate world - to support Black-owned businesses and financial institutions.While the bank doesn't open until January, the company launched its website on Thursday and there is already a waiting list for those who want to open a Greenwood account.
"I will say we're in the tens of thousands," Glover told CNN Business on Friday. "That number is increasing by the day."
What is Greenwood?
Like its competitors Chime, Aspiration, Money Lion and Vero, Greenwood is a digital bank whose financial services - including checking and savings accounts, mobile deposits and peer-to-peer transfers - are fulfilled almost entirely online. The bank offers a global ATM network, Apple and Android Pay services, and two-day advances on paychecks for customers who sign up for direct deposit.
Unlike its peers, however, Greenwood's target audiences are Black and Latinx communities and anyone else who wants to support Black-owned businesses. Glover says the bankwill specialize in financing Black and Latinx entrepreneurs who typically have a harder time securing loans from mainstream commercial banks."In order to build wealth, you need bank capital," Glover said. "We will identify qualified entrepreneurs, business owners and creatives to equip them with the capital needed to make their dreams a reality."Greenwood is named after the former Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, an early 20th century African-American business community that was so prosperous it was nicknamed Black Wall Street. A mob of White Americans destroyed the Greenwood district during the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.
Why bank Black?
Before it was destroyednearly a century ago, Glover said,a dollar spent in Tulsa's Greenwood district would circulate 36 times before leaving the community."Today, a dollar circulates for 20 days in the White community, but only six hours in the Black community," Render said in a written statement. Black Americans are twice as likely to be denied mortgage loans by traditional banks, but minority depository institutions have a better track record of lending to non-White individuals."This lack of fairness in the financial system is why we created Greenwood," Render added.
Why create a digital bank?
Killer Mike of Run the Jewels performs at FYF Festival on July 22, 2017 in Los Angeles.Glover points out that Americans have been banking online almost exclusively at higher rates in recent years. It's a trend major commercial banks have been slow to embrace and a sector Glover says hasn't done much to reach out to minorities."There were no digital banking solutions that cater to the African-American or Latinx communities until Greenwood," Glover said.In 2017, about 17% of Black Americans didn't have a bank account, compared to just 3% of White Americans, according to an FDIC study.There are only 23 minority-owned banks in the US today. Glover says those brick-and-mortar institutions have done a "fairly good job" supporting minority communities over the years, but "today is a new day.""We believe there is an opportunity to continue to super serve our community by creating a digital bank that maybe the traditional African-American, Latinx banks just don't understand," he said. "We certainly know the traditional larger banks don't understand our community."Glover founded Bounce TV in 2010 before it was sold to TV station owner E.W. Scripps in 2017 -an acquisition deal that included two other networks - for $292 million, according to Deadline. The self-described serial entrepreneurwas inspired to create Greenwood in 2018 after noticing his son and daughter did all their banking online."I believe digital banking is the wave of the future, not just something that's popular now," he said.
courtesy of CNN
|Wed, September 30, 2020 at 9:55 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Memphis, TN - Memphis native Cris Cola (born Christopher Reed Johnson) is only 23, but he's wiser than most middle aged men you'll meet. In an industry where rap and hip hop is saturated with anger, the young artist is determined to be a voice of clarity. Cola wrote his first rhyme when he was only 9 years old, and something inside him clicked; an artist was born. He filled pages and pages full of lyrics - purging his emotions and adolescence onto the paper. He explains, "Instead of losing my mind or snapping, I put all the anger I had towards certain family members, or friends that did me wrong, I just put it on paper." The artist didn't know then that what he was doing could one day be his true purpose. It would take many years, and a lot of maturing, before the budding star would be ready to turn his life long passion into a career. "If I'd had this mindset at 18," he muses, "I would've been successful already." Even though Cris Cola was later to the party, he's here to stay and make a name for himself. His music has a powerful quality to it, transcending race and age to start a conversation about personal and worldly things that weigh heavily on his mind and heart. Cris Cola writes about his personal perspective, but also speaks to cultural and societal issues as well. In a social climate rife with racial disparity and crime, Cola is dismayed - his community needs help, and is turning to all the wrong people and places looking for answers. Much of the music is angry, and perhaps rightfully so, but Cola suggests that his community needs to band together to create positive change and intelligent discussion. "We should, as a culture and as a people, come together. We need to have a better message within the music. There's a lot of stuff going on, but at the same time we're our own worst enemy."
His single, "Going Insane," was recorded in the beginning of 2015 and it speaks to Cola's frustrating feelings about the world around him. Friends facing legal troubles and arrests, family issues, disloyalty and heartache led him to feel like he was "going insane" as the song suggests. His music is, as he calls it, "good riding music. You can play in the car and forget about everything else. It's reality. Some of the stuff I say, you might already be thinking about." Cris Cola is giving a voice to the unheard and is a refreshing departure from run- of-the-mill music. He's ready to be heard, and never willing to be put in a box.
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