The 2013 EOTM Awards are still months away but nominations are already flooding in from entertainment taste-makers hoping to help their clients catch a big win. The awards season is a great time to get dressed up, mingle with peers, strut the red carpets and after parties, all those things are somewhat what entertainers live for, but there is something else that gets ignored in all the festivities. That would be shining light on individuals that may not have had all the mainstream success the music industry has to offer…however…its by choice…in many instances. Those artists that decide to keep it positive, never selling out for success, but desperately pushing music that matters.
EOTM commends those artists who focuses on building bridges and connecting with the hip hop community positively and urges music lovers to step up and do the same.
Talib Kweli, is just one of the many artists that have been nominated for an EOTM Award. These individuals breathe all things conscious.
We hope you join us as we commend and honor these phenomenal entertainers. Kweli is nominated for best rap song/conscious single ‘Distractions’.
Member of the R&B singing trio Blaque,Natina Reed was struck and killed by a car as she walked across a state highway in Georgia, police said on Saturday. She was hit at about 10:30 p.m. Friday according to officials.
Singer and actress Natina Reed wears a winged outfit as she arrives for the premiere of her new film '' Bring It On'' in Los Angeles in this August 22, 2000 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Rose Prouser
The car’s driver called 911 and a passenger performed CPR but Reed was pronounced dead at an area medical center, police said. Authorities ruled the driver was not at fault and no charges were expected to be filed, Long said.
Investigators were trying to determine why Reed was in the road, Long said.
As part of Blaque, Reed performed the 1999 hits “Bring It All to Me” and “808″ with fellow members Shamari Fears DeVoe and Brandi Williams.
Reed also appeared in the cheerleader movie “Bring It On” in 2000, she would have turned 33 on Sunday.
The young entertainer’s fellow group member DeVoe said in a statement on Saturday that Blaque had recently reunited and the group was working on an album and a reality show.
“My world as I know it has forever changed,” DeVoe Tweeted on Saturday. “Until we meet again, may you find comfort in the arms of an angel. I love you Natina.” Union Tweeted, “#RIP #Sad #BringItOn.”
Reed, a New York City native, is survived by her son, Tren Brown, 10. The child’s father is rapper Kurupt.
Pop perfection does not come along often, but Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is flawless. The song is compelling enough with its intriguing, minimalist opening, tale of a relationship gone bad, and Gotye’s Sting style wail on the chorus. Then we hear the female side of this story, and “Somebody That I Used To Know” is elevated to brilliance. The song is not flashy, but it is instantly memorable and destined to be a classic.
Lady Gaga rocked the stage at ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ special last night, while encased in what resembled a black, sequined cocoon.
Gaga started out performing ‘Heavy Metal Lover’. She stripped off some of her black sequined cover up and there was some sort of cage around her head as she launched into ‘Marry the Night,’ which is a love song to her hometown of NYC and the most appropriate song she could have performed for this occasion.
Two of her dancers eventually offered an assist and removed the cage around her head. Then, Gaga danced and sang to tape while wearing a glittery, sparkly, bejeweled black catsuit and mask.
After performing the whole of ‘Marry the Night,’ she launched into a truncated version of ‘Born This Way,’ which ended with her and her fellow dancers putting their paws up.
When Ryan Seacrest interviewed the emotional singer after midnight and after the confetti fell only minutes after midnight, she was crying, and she could barely answer Seacrest’s questions. She could only compose herself enough to say that she wearing Versace!
What were your thoughts on the performance? Missed it? No worries, check the video out below.
Beyonce was set to appear on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve special on ABC tonight, but according to Ryan Seacrest:
While introducing a performance by Beyoncé for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2012 on ABC, co-host Ryan Seacrest announced that Beyoncé would not be performing live, with a great excuse: “Obviously, Beyoncé couldn’t be here tonight because she’s about to give birth to her first child.”
The show did air a pre-recorded performance of “I Was Here” that Beyoncé did in London.
It was rumored earlier this week that the singer gave birth at a New York hospital. Alleged baby reportedly named Tiana-May Carter. Dad is, of course, Shawn Carter, aka rap star Jay-Z.
Beyoncé’s official Web site originally said the Houston-born diva will perform her song I was Here on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the ball drop on Times Square.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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We look forward to seeing ALL OF YOU in 2012 so stay in touch! God Bless!
The latest music video to drop by Lady Gaga is here — and it’s more of an autobiographical mini-documentary than anything else.
A whopping 14-minutes long, Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” video relives what the pop star says was one of her darkest days during her rise to fame. “It was one of the worst days of my life and it happened quite quickly, but in my mind, when I think back on that period of my life, it all happened very slow,” she told E! prior to the world premier of the much-anticipated video Thursday, referring to when she was dropped by her first record label, Island Def Jam.
Directed by the Lady herself, the video starts off with the singer being wheeled along on a gurney by two Calvin Klein-clad nurses, her hair coiffed in a tousled brunette bob.
“When I look back on my life it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happened,” a robotic sounding Gaga says in a voice over. “It’s just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way.”
It’s unclear in video what’s brought the pop star to her bed-ridden state at what appears to be some sort of clinic or insane asylum, but an older nurse who delivered her from birth tells the “morphine princess” to stay away from intimacy for two weeks.
“I’m gonna be a star,” a teary-eyed Gaga tells her. “You know why? Because I have nothing left to lose.”
Flash forward, and the pop-star is a ballerina appearing alone on stage. The next minute, she is topless and laying in bed, when she gets a phone call.
“But I’m an artist,” she says into the receiver, before going absolutely ballistic.
She does what any rejected aspiring pop star would do: smashes mirrors, destroys her apartment and dumps a box of Honey Nut Cheerios over her head before collapsing in a tub. She begins dying her brown locks blond.
A Madonna-esque Gaga steps out in the next scene donning a bedazzled denim ensemble.
“I did what any girl would do,” she says in a voice over. “I did it all over again.”
As the song finally begins (eight minutes in to the actual video), Gaga tries to sneak into a car through the sunroof while around her, abandoned vehicles burn in the night.
Seconds later, she’s in a dance studio, practicing her best pop-star moves along with a host of other aspiring dancers.
The rest of the video is pretty tame by Gaga standards, save for a few flashbacks to her freaking out in a bathtub. She dances on the streets while wearing blue lipstick. She tumbles down some stairs. She lights a few cars on fire. And then it’s over.
What did the wacky singer think about the final production?
“It was intensely important to me that it was not too beautiful,” she told E! “It was an incredible experience. It was amazing. It was absolutely amazing.”
Gaga added that the video’s real message is about her marrying her own personal difficulties.
“I am destined to struggle, I am destined to write music about the struggle, and I accept it willingly,” she said.
Check out the video now — it was leaked yesterday on PEREZ TV. What are your thought on the video? Leave your comments below.
“A Indie Artist paying it forward to other Indie’s is what Musical Madness is all about. This show will feature some of the hottest indie artist across the globe, helping to catapult their careers to the next level,” a rep for the network said in a recent interview. Having the ability to show their talent as a artist, the creativeness of the lyrics is definitely what we look for in Indie Artist that are showcased. Having soulful hooks that stimulate the minds of people who love music, is what creates life long fans. As a lover of good music….I am a firm believer, things aren’t always as they seem; and that’s what you want your listeners to understand. Musical Madness brings all that out and so much more! It’s not just another music show. The Musical Madness Artists are the best of the best….they scream the WOW factor. It’s a win, win for all involved, especially the fans,” the rep shared.
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Christmas is right around the corner, but the Biebs is already in the holiday spirit. On Wednesday (November 23), Justin Bieber dropped the video for “Fa La La” with Boyz II Men. There are no reindeer or presents under the tree; instead, Justin and the Philadelphia R&B outfit sing of a warm love that will endure through the holiday season.
Shawn Stockman and Justin Bieber Photo: LiveWire Entertainment
The black-and-white clip begins in an empty loft, where Bieber sings alone, with his arms flailing and face slightly scrunching every time he hits those heartfelt notes. Justin’s solo intro leads way to a collaborative bridge, where Boyz II Men join in. “Baby you de-serve eve-ry-thing you want/ It’s your night,” they all sing in harmony as the “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” vocalists join the teenage star in song on the front porch of a brick house.
No elaborate set needed. With an empty city as their backdrop, the four crooners throw down in an old-fashioned sing-off. As the track builds, BIIM’s Wanya Morris really gets into it, pounding his chest and kicking one leg up to accentuate his performance. Bieber, who is dressed in a white tee and slim-cut leather jacket, tugs on his collar to let you just how much his words mean to him.
On November 1, Bieber teased the clip when he tweeted, “Killed it with @BoyzIImen on DWTS and then just shot a video for our song #FALALA with @colintilley – great night! living a dream. Thanku,” in reference to his appearance on “Dancing With The Stars” and the Colin Tilley-directed “Fa La La” video.
Maybe some of Boyz II Men’s subject matter was a bit mature for the pint-size Bieber, but they influenced him nonetheless. “He told us his mom didn’t want him to sing ‘I’ll Make Love to You,’ so he’d sneak and go sing it somewhere,” Wanya Morris told MTV News. “It’s also good to know we’ve influenced such a good artist. It’s something that makes us feel we’ve accomplished [something and] we’re doing our job, [that] a guy so young and so into his craft [is] influenced by three guys from Philadelphia that love to sing.”
Yes, “Fa La La” is the latest single from JB’s holiday LP, Under the Mistletoe, but Tilley and company didn’t overload the video with Christmas themes as to so implicitly tie it to December 25 — after all, true love should last all year ’round.
What do you think of the video? Let us know in the comments!
Special Guest: Free Thinker, Author and Entrepreneur M’Bwebe Aja Ishangi stops by to enlighten EOTM’s listeners on who is the Boule, the reason behind his mission to expose the Boule, the connection to Black fraternities, sororities, how W.E.B. DuBois is connected and more.
“The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity is one of the most influential organizations among Colored Americans. It receives only graduate members, and the Boules are located in the leading cities like New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Los Angeles, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Memphis and Atlanta. The Boule usually consists of about twenty professionals men and sometimes businessmen of a pretty high type. Their meetings are mostly social but they exercise a great deal of influence in public matters. Among their members are a large number of leading Negroes? Among the members are leading lawyers, physicians, a few judges, etc. Every year they hold a convention which is attended by the men and their wives and unmarried daughters.”
From Archon W.E.B.DuBois (while a member of Kappa Boule) 1937
As we come into knowledge of self, we must too become aware of who doesn’t want us to “know thyself”.
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