When did you fall in love with hip hop? Honestly, truly? For me, it was sneaking to watch music videos at my grandmother’s house and witnessing a rambunctious trio known as T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli singing, rapping and causing mayhem in their first music video “What about your friends?” — and just like that, I was hooked! As an 80’s baby, growing up in the golden era of music, expression and creativity was something that has shaped the way I work, live and play today. (Remember the calculator watch?) Eclectic beats and styles inspired “around the way” girls everywhere to love extensions in their hair, and bamboo earrings (at least two pair).
Nowadays, it’s that same freedom of expression that has influenced the retro styles in music, fashion and even technology today. Love the nostalgic look and feel of turntables scratching and mixing from pubescent school dances? You can bring memories back to life with mixing turntables or a retro bluetooth boombox.
When it comes to music, I live by hip hop nostalgia playlists on iTunes featuring Notorious B.I.G, TLC and Kris Kross. (Who remembers the East Coast family of BBD, Boys II Men and The Boys? Say I!) What about the 80’s and 90’s style? From designer takes on the trends, like Gucci belt fanny packs and gigantic gold bamboo earrings to New York Fashion Week trends of bra tops, shearling coats and bright bold colors – the Hip Hop era of the 80s and 90s will forever inspire and shape the things we love and enjoy today.
I’ve partnered with VH1 to share my love of Hip Hop and if you love nostalgia like I do, then you’ll love this amazing giveaway! In celebration of The Breaks return to VH1, we’re taking you back to summer with your chance to win a $100 iTunes Gift Card to purchase a Season Pass to VH1’s NEW Original Scripted Series, THE BREAKS, your favorite Hip Hop music from the 80’s/90’s and more! Find out how you could win below!
The Breaks series picks up where the successful VH1 original movie leaves off. It is 1990 in New York City at the height of rap’s “Golden Age” of creativity, but corporate America has been hesitant to embrace the genre. Nikki (Afton Williamson) lands a dream job as the assistant to the legendary and out-of-control Barry Fouray (Wood Harris). Her best friend and producer DeeVee (Mack Wilds) is working with rapper Ahm (Antoine Harris) who is currently under investigation by the police for murder. How far will these driven young people go to rise to the top of the hip-hop world? Stay on top of the twists and turns of this new series and get your Season Pass for VH1’s The Breaks now on iTunes.
The Breaks series airs Monday nights on VH1.
To enter, head to our Instagram and answer the question “When did you fall in love with Hip Hop?” or “What 80’s/90s Hip Hop song describes you?” One (1) lucky winner will be selected at random.
This post is sponsored by VH1 The Breaks. All opinions expressed and shared are my own.
If you are one of those people that carry around a moleskin journal, just in case at any moment you get a creative idea, you can quickly sketch it out, write out your thoughts, and your dreams? Maybe you are a visual thinker and express yourself in pictures. You can take sketching and note taking to the next level! I’ve found something beautiful created just for you.
What is The Paper App?
An app (for Apple iPad only) – This is your digital pad of paper, a beautiful artist pad that is simplistic for anyone to learn but has the best technology for a smooth artist touch. The Paper App is great app for those who always feel the need to create on the go. It was actually designed for mobile creations. Using the iPad’s stunning retina display (2048 x 1536). It won “App of the Year” in 2012.
How Does the Paper App Work?
Designed for the tip of your fingers, but also is built for a stylus. Your art creations are cataloged in individual digital journals that you create and build, creating your own cover art. Inside each journal are pages for your creations with stunningly real like pages. Your tool box includes a fountain pen and you can purchase extra implements for coloring, sketching, and outlining. There are several pallets to choose from that can be layered and blended for a beautiful creation.
Your art can be downloaded to a PDF file, iBooks, Nook, and several other book apps. They can be emailed, shared on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Let your friends see your creative side. There is also a section where you can see creations by other Paper App users.
“Paper” by FiftyThree App – Free
Operating System: iOS 5.0 or later
In-App purchases: $1.99 – $6.00
Let us know how the Paper App works as a digital sketchbook!
There’s nothing better than something new and new music is always “music to my ears”. (A phrase coined to describe news that is pleasing.) Music, too, should be pleasing to the ears in the same way that good news is when someone uses that phrase. If you feel the radio waves are not delivering the best right now, like we do, here are some up-and-coming artists whose music will definitely bring fresh sounds of pleasure to your ears. Here are five artists on the rise to add to your digital playlist, now!
1. B.J. the Chicago Kid
B.J. the Chicago Kid has been in the music industry for a while but has always been in the background as a back-up and songwriter. Finally the South Side Chicago-bred guy is now at the forefront. Signed to Motown shortly after being featured on some Kendrick Lamar records and releasing his debut album Pineapple Now-Laters, B.J. the Chicago Kid seems to have a promising future. Download Pineapple Now-Laters and other tunes from B.J. the Chicago Kid on iTunes orAmazon.
2. Marian Mereba
Marian Mereba is an Ethiopian-American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has been honing her artistry in Atlanta, GA. She’s gained a diverse fan-base from her fresh sound and intimate presentation. With production assistance from Berklee College of Music graduate John Key and Wondaland Arts Society‘s young prodigy Roman GianArthur, Marian has created a one-of-a-kind sound with the Room for Living EP. This is the first release from the independent artist, and was recorded entirely in her living room! These are the type of albums that will resonate with music lovers across the world. Download it on her Bandcamp!
3. Joey Bada$$
Joey Bada$$ is young and talented. Born in 1995 and raised in Brooklyn, New York the rapper has been described as “nice.” He is an independent artist and producer who is also a member of the hip hop collection Pro.Era. With the release of his mix-tape 1999, released in June of 2012, Joey Bada$$ received a lot of recognition and offers from record labels. He is still independent but with all he has his hands in we can expect to see much happen in 2013. Download 1999 on DatPiff.
Top Dawg Entertainment signee Ab-Soul is just that; Soulful in the way he delivers lines. From Carson, California he is ¼ of the Black Hippy movement. You’ve probably heard Ab-Soul, who calls Kendrick Lamar one of his inspirations, on Kendrick’s Section.80. Download Long Term and Long Term 2 on DatPiff. Download Control System on iTunes.
5. Jhené Aiko
This Los Angeles based artist has been seen opening for Nas and Solange for some time now. She considers herself a writer, a singer, and a student of life. Aiko was signed by a record label at the age of 12, but is coming into her own and garnering support in her early twenties. Her Facebook page reads, “sailing soul(s) is my first of many offerings to any and everyone who will listen and pay attention.” Download her offering on her official website.
Have you been playing any of these artist in your ear buds? Who are some new artists you have been listening to lately?
“Think Like a Man,” based on Steve Harvey’s dating-advice best-seller, debuted as the top weekend draw with $33 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s almost double what studio executives had expected for the Sony Screen Gems ensemble movie, which features Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.
Produced for about $13 million “Think Like a Man” took in nearly that much on opening day Friday alone, with business getting even better on Saturday. Sony executives had figured the movie might pull in about $17 million for the whole weekend. Now you can take “Think Like A Man” with you on your smartphone with the Think Like A Man iPhone App!
To help bring awareness to the movie, you can play the dating game with the Think Like A Man App for iPhone. This app lets you play along with characters straight from the movie. You choose either a female or male date and go through a series of comments throughout a lunch, dinner, and desert. The responses range from funny to serious. Make sure you choose the appropriate answer to advance your date. If you need help with an answer you can ask for help from Cedric’s Words of Wisdom which will have you rolling in laughter. The app is FREE and available in the Apple App Store.
Have you checked out ‘Think Like A Man’ in theaters this weekend? What did you think? Did you like it enough to download the app?
Yesterday, I saw a poor guy typing on his iPhone get pummeled by a bicyclist in Union Square and I though to myself, “If only he had the Type N Walk app…” (well, at first I thought…. Daaaaaaang, he really should’ve been looking up! Then I thought about the app.) What is the Type N Walk app you ask?
Type n Walk is a new iPhone app that lets you see what’s in front of you while typing and walking.
How does it work?
Type n Walk displays a transparent viewport of what’s directly in front of you. This combined with your peripheral vision is just enough visual information to help you avoid obstacles — like walking face-first into a tree!
Despite the name, Type n Walk is useful while you’re sitting or standing too. Use it anytime you would like to keep an eye on your surroundings while you type.
What can you do with it?
Type n Walk was designed to work with your favorite apps — not try to replace them. Use it to compose your email, text message, status update, or tweet and paste it into your target app (or the browser) to send.
Some examples of use:
- Tweet — paste into your Twitter client of choice (or website) and send.
- Facebook status update — paste into the Facebook app (or website) and send.
- Texting (SMS) — paste into the native Messages app and send.
- Email — paste into the native Mail app (or web mail) and send.
In fact, Type n Walk works with any app that accepts copy and paste and any website that works correctly in Mobile Safari. And for $0.99 in iTunes (Android users there are some similar apps for download as well.) it’s a great app to buy for those moments where multitasking can become deadly. (I’m just sayin…and by the way, the guy was alright but he had the nerve to be mad afterwards! LOL)
The good news is that cheaters get caught. The bad news is they only get caught after they cheat. Now there’s a test to catch his cheating ways BEFORE they start!
Finally! An app to help you tell if a guy will cheat BEFORE he actually does. The Cheater Meter is an extremely simple but extremely accurate 10 question quiz that tells you if your guy or any guy, will or will not cheat.
Ish Major, MD explains, ‘Most women report their biggest fear in a relationship is being cheated on. As a Dr. I run tests for tons of medical problems every day. Now I’m giving women the power to run their own test for relationship problems just as quickly! You can meet a cheater at anytime and anyplace. You should have the ability to put him to the test at all times as well!”
By combing through years of research about relationships, marriage, divorce and cheaters Ish Major, MD has uncovered the secret formula for the ingredients of a Cheater! He’s taken it one step further and made it available in a quick and easy mobile iPhone app!
Major, a psychiatrist who specializes in women, children and families, says the majority of his patients come to him because of relationship problems in their past or present. With his new app, The Cheater Meter, Major wants to empower women to level the playing field when it comes to finding Mr. Right before they find out he’s really Mr. Wrong!
In a witty, charming and brutally truthful interview, Major can reveal:
- Why men cheat
- What are the signs someone is cheating
- The Top 10 Cheater Traits
- How to prevent it from happening
- Damage control in the aftermath
Ish Major, MD is the author of Little White Whys, A Woman’s Guide Through the Lies Men Tell and Why and has been named as One of America’s Top Psychiatrists for 2011. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television with appearances on FOX, GMA and The Today Show.
The Cheater Meter is available in the app store on iTunes and on Thecheatermeter.com.
Would you be willing to test out guys with this mobile app?
Have you ever used technology to bust a guys’ cheating ways?
Today announced the beta launch of Snapette, an application that enables fashion-savvy women to discover and share photos of in-store products by location and social recommendations.
Snapette is the first mobile fashion application that lets users browse products near their current location, allowing them to easily see what shoes and bags are in nearby stores. Women can also see what’s trending globally by viewing what users around the world are sharing from their favorite stores in real time.
Users launch Snapette from their mobile device, and the app connects them with products through social features and crowd-sourced photos and descriptions that other “Snapettes” have shared. Users can search by brand, store or description, or by what’s rated “New”, “Near” and “Hot”, and share photos and comments with other users.
“While you’re out shopping, you can snap and share photos of your great shoe and bag finds, check Snapette to discover what styles are in stores near you, and also see what’s trending right now in New York, Paris, Tokyo or anywhere around the world – it’s like window shopping right from your phone,” says co-founder Kim. “Plus, if you find another Snapette with great style you can ‘follow’ her and get updated on all her latest fashion finds.”
Each user has a “virtual closet” profile page that collects and showcases photos of items they’ve Snapped, Like and Want, and integration with Facebook and Tumblr allows for easy sharing on these social platforms as well.
In a separate section of the app entitled Featured, Snapette showcases boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. Snapette has partnered with select retailers to provide users an exclusive mobile view of the stores’ current product offerings.
“We know options can be overwhelming – with so many stores, each with so many products, plus constantly changing trends and inventory,” adds Paiji. “Snapette helps make sense of the endless options by helping you find what’s near you and what’s trending.”
Snapette’s all-female team is led by co-founders Kim and Paiji, who are Harvard grads separated by more than two decades. Kim also attended Parsons in New York City, and has designed for Ralph Lauren and founded an e-learning company. Paiji is a current student at Harvard Business School who previously worked at firms Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co and Berkshire Partners advising retail and tech companies.