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Essence Black Women In Music Kicks Off Grammy Weekend Honoring Jill Scott

February 6th, 2015 by Christen

Black Women In Music


Lincoln Motor Company was the presenting sponsor for ESSENCE’s 6th Annual Black Women in Music Event in Los Angeles at Avalon Hollywood.

The 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music took both celebrity attendees and consumers on a journey through four decades of music with performances by Chaka Khan, MC Lyte, Brandy and Lianne La Havas. The event honored Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Jill Scott.

The all-new Lincoln MKX shared the red carpet with celebrity arrivals, alongside the 2015 Lincoln MKC, Black Label trim.


Chaka Khan Black Women In Music


2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music kicked off Lincoln’s “The Music Selfie Experiment,” that allows users to upload a selfie and have it set to a music track based on their facial features.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Music Event, now in its sixth consecutive year, is noted as one of the must-attend events during Grammy week.


Jill Scott Black Women In Music

Check out more arrivals from last night’s haute event below!

Chrisette Michelle Black Women In Music



Audiophiles Rejoice! August Audio Fest Is Going On Now At Best Buy #AudioFest

August 4th, 2014 by Christen

Do you love listening to your favorite music in your home or office?  Are you a self-proclaimed audiophile that has to have the best in sound in order to truly enjoy the music that makes your world go round?  REJOICE!  August Audio Fest featuring only the best in audio equipment, wireless Bluetooth speakers and is going on now at Best Buy!  Best Buy helps you enhance your home entertainment experience and upgrade your sound with additional components, speakers and headphones.


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August Audio Fest is going on now at all Best Buy stores all month long!  Best Buy is offering unbelievable offers on the best audio products throughout the entire month of August featuring deals, audio specials, events & more.  Visit a Best Buy store to test & try the latest & greatest in audio – from portable Bluetooth speakers and headphones, to home theater solutions and car audio.  Best Buy has the best selection of audio products and the staff offers specialized advice on how you can upgrade the way you hear your favorite music.



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Recently, I had the opportunity to upgrade my in-home audio system using HEOS by Denon wireless sound system.  What is HEOS you ask?


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HEOS by Denon is a Wireless Multi-Room Sound System comprising a family of great-sounding music players for your whole home. You can enjoy your favorite streaming music services, internet radio or your own music collection and set-up is a breeze. There’s even a free app to control them from your iOS or Android phone or tablet.


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The HEOS5 is ideal for medium to large rooms such as dining rooms, larger bedrooms, offices or smaller living rooms.  Because the HEOS5 is pretty portable, I’ve been enjoying my upgraded listening experience in my bedroom as well as using it in the kitchen as well.  If you live in large home, the HEOS system of multiple portable speakers is for you.  The HEOS3 ($299.98) is ideal for smaller rooms, such as bedrooms or bathrooms, and are easy to move around the home. The HEOS7 ($599.98) is ideal for large spaces, such as living rooms, great rooms; etc.



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And if you have multiple HEOS speakers throughout the home, you can enjoy streaming your favorite music on multiple speakers all at once.  That’s right, you can combine all three Denon HEOS wireless speakers to create a multiroom listening experience throughout your entire home.

Using the free HEOS App, I’m able to stream music stored on my iPhone and for a little variety, I can use Spotify, Pandora, Beats Music and more.  The stylish appearance of the HEOS5 produces dynamic, accurate sound for a truly upgraded listening experience.

If you’re interested in upgrading your home or office listening experience, check out August Audio Fest going on now if Best Buy stores everywhere today.  Stop by your neighborhood Best Buy location for special deals and events just for aspiring audiophiles like you! Want to learn more?  Connect with Best Buy online at or get social on Twitter and Facebook today.



Disclaimer: The author has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Austin Uncovered: I’m Heading To SXSW 2014

February 17th, 2014 by Christen



Every year, an oasis of new media thinkers, music lovers and film fans migrate to Austin, Texas for an amazing week of learning, entertainment and more – this is known as South By Southwest.  The SXSW 2014 festival hosts over a week of entertaining keynotes, sessions, film premiers and concerts and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.


Just what am I looking forward to at SXSW 2014?  


There are tons of sessions for entrepreneurs, techies and social media savants to choose from.  Just a few of the Interactive sessions I’m excited to learn from highlight Black Social TV talks and even tackle the subject of the Black Twitterverse jumping into the Startup life and being a real woman in a new media world.  I’m beyond excited to catch up with friends and make new connections during my SXSW Interactive experience in Austin.

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“JIMI: All Is By My Side” starring Andre (3000) Benjamin as the iconic Jimi Hendrix.


One of the most entertaining moments of SXSW take place during many of the first look film screenings.  This year, I’m looking forward to attending the screening of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, “JIMI:  All Is By My Side” starring Andre (3000) Benjamin as the iconic Jimi Hendrix. With celebrity lead talks from the likes of Mike Myers, Tilda Swinton, Jason Bateman and more – the film sessions and screenings will be another huge highlight of the entire SXSW experience.



Prince performed at SXSW last year…Who knows who the headliner of SXSW 2014 will be?


While I’m not exactly certain what new music and musicians I’ll discover this year, I will say that the likes of Prince, Jay Z and others have graced Austin during the SXSW festival and this year is sure to be no different.  I mean, last year I literally bumped into Macklemore while in the city streets of Austin and a year later he’s one of music biggest stars to date!  With performances by NAS, SchoolBoy Q, Bridgette Kelley and Slaughterhouse already scheduled the surprise performances will only heighten the musical expectations for the year. The SXSW music festival of shows will definitely be the grand closing of my Austin experience and I can’t wait to see what musical experience it holds.



“Austin Uncovered”

Can’t make it to Austin for SXSW this year?  Don’t Worry!  Catch all the SXSW fun and get a unique Austin experience with “Austin Uncovered”. The “Austin: Uncovered” web series highlights all best that SXSW has to uncover, plus the best in food, sights and entertainment that you can find in Austin all year long — and it’s hosted by me! [Sponsorships Available]


About SXSW:  The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. The SXSW® Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drive entertainment and media, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition. South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, the world’s leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music is now in its 28th year.


Beyonce, Jill Scott & More Rock Essence Music Festival (Pics/Video)

July 9th, 2013 by Christen

What happens when celebrities, international entertainers and tourists from all over invade the city of New Orleans… it becomes the most epic Essence Music Festival experience ever!  Over 540,000 attendees from around the globe descended upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival, making 2013 the largest in the event’s 19 year history. (It’s no wonder why has listed New Orleans, LA the most searched destination for 4th of July Weekend!)

The epic weekend included:

The All-New ESSENCE Family Reunion Day hosting more than 55,000 people in Woldenberg Park featuring empowerment panels, family-friendly games and activities, exciting musical guests, delicious food from New Orleans’ best barbecue vendors, cooking competitions, fireworks and exciting musical guests.

First-ever partnership with MSNBC to broadcast live throughout the weekend from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, featuring shows PoliticsNation and Melissa Harris Perry, among others.

First official ESSENCE Festival App garnered 14,500 downloads and tripled ESSENCE mobile consumption throughout the weekend.  Plus, ESSENCE Festival was trending across social media, e.g. close to 50,000 Instagram posts and more than 24,000 uses of #essencefest on Twitter

An incredible performance by Beyonce to a packed Superdome stadium to close out the Festival, plus headliners Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Brandy, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and many others – comprising more than 50 R&B, pop, and soul artists across 5 stages each night at the Superdome.

One of music’s biggest weekends has come to a close, but the excitement is still going strong!  Check out some of our favorite celebrity moments, performances and candids of Essence Music Festival Weekend below…


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Beyonce seduces the stage during her performance of “Naughty Girl”

TGT got fans excited about their new album – Three Kings.


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Janelle Monae rocks the main stage in New Orleans!


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Maxwell got the Super Dome lifted…


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The ladies love LL Cool J in concert.


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Chrisette Michelle


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New Edition lit the stage afire…





Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

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Sponsors of the 2013 ESSENCE Festival™ include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors FordMcDonald’sMy Black Is BeautifulStateFarmVerizon and Walmart as well as official sponsors MSNBC, Coors Light, TV One and Visa Prepaid.


Did you check out the Essence Music Festival weekend fun in New Orleans or online?  Share some of your favorite moments below! 

Who’s That Girl? Rapper Eve Back on the Scene!

May 1st, 2013 by Simone

Eve is back on the scene! She premiered her new music video directed by Peter Hamblin on BET’s 106 & Park this Monday. The track entitled E.V.E. is from her upcoming album Lip Lock to be released on the record label From the Rib.

Eve Album  Cover Copyright- Amarpaul Kalirai

Before we get into the video, let’s talk about the name of the record label she’s signed to for a second, and how this may be a match made in heaven! We all know the biblical story about how Eve was created to be the first woman on earth. Well, the rapper who shares her name may not have been the first woman in hip hop but she definitely made her mark as the first lady of the RUFF Riders crew when she debuted on the scene. Let’s be real, Adam’s life didn’t get interesting until his lady appeared. With this new release Eve is metaphorically stepping out of the rib that is the male dominated rap industry, announcing that she never left as she chants on the chorus, “Ain’t no guessing it’s E.V.E / I’m the champ they wish they be… Stay on top, no touching me.”

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The beat on this song “goes hard” as the young say.  It has an edgy sound that is accompanied by the necessary authoritative lyrics to make a hit. She opens it up by reintroducing herself just in case you forgot and then takes a moment to pay tribute to her long-term fans in the second verse. At the beginning of the video Eve is wearing a military inspired look probably to reinforce her standing as one of the matriarchs in the game. She spends the rest of the video walking through the streets and cruising in the back seat of a car wearing a gray tank, high-waist jeans, a simple necklace and an assortment of gold bracelets. Her makeup is flawless and her long tresses frame her face partly covered by a slouchy hat. A very classy-gangsta look we could expect from the first lady of rap.

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 Lip Lock will be Eve’s first album since 2002. From the sound of this song and her presence in the music video it looks like Eve is coming to stomp the competition …in heels! Lip Lock, is set to be released on May 14, 2013.

See a clip of the video here:


Five Artists On The Rise To Add To Your Digital Playlist

March 1st, 2013 by Lifestyle Staff

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

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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

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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$$

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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.


4.   Ab-Soul

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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

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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?

Timbre: It’s Not Just A Noun, It’s Also A Music App Too

February 13th, 2013 by Tech Staff


Timbre.  – It is the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity. It is also the name of an app, developed by Intrepid Dev, that gives users a list of concerts based on their location.   Discover how the Timbre app can help you score those hard to find tickets near you. If you’re an iPhone user who loves live music, I’d say give the Timbre app a download today – discover why below…

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How it works: Tap the Timbre icon. With that tap, the app finds your location and compiles a list of events near by. Once you get your list and find an artist of interest, users can click on their name, listen to a snippet of their music and get directed to SeatGeek, where their can purchase to the concert at the selected venue on their selected date. Timbre can search between a 1- and 50-mile radiuses.  You can also use the search bar to browse events in other locations. This is a great feature for Divas who travel.


According to a piece on Fast Company, Intrepid Dev CEO Mark Kasdorf says the app development firm is planning to expand the app to do even more. One of these new features will be a map that will show all of the nearby venues.


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timbre app


With the hype surrounding Sunday’s  55th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Timbre created a list of category nominees. Using the app, I looked up some of them to see if they had concerts any time soon. Here are events on the east and west coast happening over the month featuring Grammy-nominated artists.


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Pink at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 16th, 2013. Buy tickets.


Maroon 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 16th, 2013. Buy tickets.


Alicia Keys and Miguel at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 12th, 2013. Buy tickets.


Are there any other mobile apps you can use to buy concert tickets?


Have you tried Timbre? Still looking for Beyonce tickets?  Maybe you should give Timbre a try…



We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston

November 19th, 2012 by Christen

If you were tuned into to television on Friday night, you would’ve noticed R&B superstars Jennifer Hudson and Usher were among the singers and celebrities who paid tribute to Whitney Houston during the CBS special ‘We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston,’ which aired Friday (Nov. 16).



Actors LL Cool J, Taraji P. Henson and Halle Berry also paid tribute to Nippy during the telecast. “She inspired a generation of little girls and women to believe in their own dreams and to know that they had within themselves the greatest gift of all,” a choked-up Berry said. “I was one of those little girls who then became a woman who never ever, ever stopped loving Whitney Houston.”


The late pop icon, who passed away on Feb. 9 of an accidental drowning, had a major influence on everyone involved in the show. Although Whitney is no longer with us, her musical legacy continues to gloriously live on.

The standout fashion performance of the evening was undoubtedly Celine Dion.  A dress clearly designed with the use of virgin fairy dust & freshly spun gold, days later this dress still leaves a magical impression.  Celine lends her talents and amazingly magical styling to the evening, performing a rendition of ‘The Greatest Love of All”… see her magically delicious dress and performance below…





Did you watch the special?


What was your favorite moment of the night?



American Music Awards 2012 – 40th Anniversary Fashion Winners (and Losers)

November 19th, 2012 by Christen

The 40th Anniversary of the American Music Awards aired Sunday night on ABC with memorable performances, award wins, fashion wins and notable fashion losses.  Here’s a rundown of the winners with a few fashion winners and losers below… (you be the judge…)



Jordin Sparks hits the red carpet at the 40th annual American Music Awards showing off her killer bod in a sexy, skin-baring printed dress layered over black fishnet. Paired with a slick ponytail, Sparks is giving a majorly sleek, just-vampy-enough look.


Kerry Washington arrives on the 2012 American Music Awards red carpet.  Gladiators REJOICE!  ‘Scandal’s Olivia Pope, looked gorgeous on the red carpet wearing a yellow lace dress from Stella McCartney.  What do you think of her look?



Golden delight or Not Quite Right?  R&B Songstress Brandy and Pop’s Provocateur Pink arrive dazzling in gold, but something is missing with both looks.  Brandy’s look is far from “gold star” rating while Pink’s look is giving some sort of modern day Roman-esqe soldier.



Maybe Pink coordinated her look from an unlikely source….like Kim Kardashian?  After all, Kim did debut a similar Kardashian look in blue earlier this year…



Who do you think rocked this stylish, floor length frock better?  Pink or Kim Kardashian?



Nicki Minaj has the internet buzzing over this neon green gown.  This look is a bit more mature for Nicki who’s known for donning multicolored hair and hot pink chicken wing necklaces.  But alas, it is the American Music Awards.  What do you think?




Taylor Swift arrives wearing a long-sleeved Zuhair Murad mini featured a seriously sexy open back and gorgeous gold detailing. While the star may have stayed away from her signature, (a shimmering, strapless gown silhouette), she still opted for a little gold sparkle, giving us a hint of Taylor in a whole new sexy style.


Carrie Underwood opted for a wine colored Abed Mahfouz frock for the red carpet and walked away looking stunning…


“Call Me Maybe” singer Carlie Rae Jepson opted for more all-over shimmer in a halter dress by Gomez Gracia. With a floor-skimming length and a body-hugging silhouette, she manages to work the formal number without making it look like she’s on her way to prom.




Kelly Rowland went for a subtile icy look with Naeem Kahn on the red carpet.  The “Ice” singer went for an overall sleek look to combat the graphic detail dress.


photos via Jason Marritt, Kevork Djansezian/AMA2012/Getty Images

For The Rihanna Stans… The Ultimate Diamonds CD Box Set

November 1st, 2012 by Tech Staff

Rihanna’s new single “Diamonds” has her most loyal stans anticipating the release of her seventh album, Unapologetic, due out on November 19. The disc also has another pricier limited edition set outside of the standard or deluxe versions.


Rihanna is offering a “Diamonds Executive Platinum Box” that will be released on December 11. It will run at a price of $250. What you’ll receive for the big purchase is plenty of collectible items—including a T-shirt, seven art-print lithographs, and a vinyl record with remixes of “Diamonds.”



  • A Rihanna Unapologetic 2GB Credit Card style USB Flash Memory Drive with plentiful room for high-definition photos, graphic-intensive documents, videos, spreadsheets, presentations, term papers and music that can be stored and retrieved in a flash.
  • A unisex shirt featuring a stunning Michael Muller photo of Rihanna taken during her Unapologetic album photo shoots spanning several weeks. Printed on a black 100% soft cotton shirt.
  • 7 Art print 12 x15 lithographs featuring Michael Muller photography, a Magnus Voll Mathiassen illustration and exclusive never-before released Rihanna Unapologeticimages, bound together with her iconic handwritten R logo band.
  • 3 Device Adhesives featuring Rihanna’s Unapologeticcover, logo and image, compatible with iPhone, Blackberry and all other smart phone devices.
  • 7 Laptop stickers featuring artwork by Mario Hugo,Unapologetic album and “Diamonds” single artwork, and other Rihanna surprises.
  • 11×17 Rihanna handwritten personal note to her Navy
  • A collectible colored vinyl featuring Diamonds Remixes.
  • A Rihanna 3D experience available exclusively in this boxset. Collect this exclusive custom-made white View-Master with silver detail including a collectible vintage reel of never-before-released 3D images depicting Rihanna’s iconic style transformation.
  • A 40-page custom Rihanna Notebook with handwritten notes and lyrics.
  • Unapologetic Deluxe CD version with a 28-page photo and art booklet featuring Michael Muller and Melissa T. Forde photography and a 20 minute DVD featuring never-before-released footage, a First Look from Rihanna’s sold-out Loud Tour performance Live from London’s O2 arena.
  • Exclusive Fan Mosaic poster featuring members of Rihanna’s Navy and a breathtaking Unapologetic image


That’s a lot of stuff, $250 worth of stuff? Maybe not, but I’m sure there are plenty of Navy-members just waiting to get their hands on this exclusive set.  Will you be one of them? 





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