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 watched VH1 DIVAS show last night with great expectations to see supercharged performances by Kelly Rowland, Adam Lambert, Keri Hilson and more then you weren’t the only one. Host Adam Lambert kicked off the show with a hilarious sketch featuring RHOA diva Nene Leakes. Nene’s “Diva Bootcamp” sketch was really funny and set the bar for a great show filled with performances! Check out a few noteworthy performances below…
Donna Summers (Disco) Tribute: Featuring Adam Lambert, Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson
Whitney Houston Tribute: Featuring Sparkle star Jordin Sparks, alongside Melanie Fiona and Ledisi
Were you watching the show? Am I the only one a little annoyed that Brandy didn’t play a larger role in the Whitney Tribute? Share your thoughts below…
The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) hosted PROJECT REALism on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in New York City. The standing-room only event had a line wrapped around the corner as more than 147 young women participated in an interactive panel discussion with their favorite stars on the impact of reality TV on young women.
Participants included: WEEN co-founders Valeisha Butterfield – Jones, Kristi Henderson, Lauren Lake and Sabrina Thompson, also the runner-up on CBS’ Survivor, celebrity host Amanda Seales, Emily B, Mashonda, Somaya Reece and Yandy Smith, all formerly of Vh1’s Love and Hip Hop, Adrienne Bailon of the Style Network’s Empire Girls, Andrea Kelly of Vh1’s Hollywood Exes, Meeka Claxton formerly of Vh1’s Basketball Wives, anti-domestic violence activist Sil Lai Abrams, psychologist/author Dr. Michelle Callahan and others.
Panelists shared insights on their reality TV experiences and reality TV in general…
- Andrea Kelly (VH1’s Hollywood Exes) – “Don’t be a fool and you won’t get fooled”,” Be a living example”
Adrienne Bailon (Style TV’s Empire Girls) came from humble beginnings, grew up in the projects in the lower east side, her mother still works at a local hospital. She wanted to work with a network that displayed positive images of women. She selected the Style Network because of Kimora Lee Simmons and her show “Life in the Fab Lane” She wanted show people what she was doing to break out as a solo artist after her stints with 3LW & Cheetah girls.
Meeka Claxton (VH1’s Basketball Wives), came on the show to shed a positive light on being a basketball wife, although she is married to a basketball player she created her own wealth, she wanted to show viewers that you can make your dreams come true. She stated she is a business woman, wife, mother, sister and daughter. She is a business owner who has two successful businesses. One being a real estate business where she travels with athletes to help them buy property.
Yandy Smith, (VH1’s Love & Hip Hop) worked behind the scenes for the first season of Love& Hip-Hop but came to the forefront on the second season as an Entertainment Manager and an Entrepreneur. She said she came on the show to show young girls that you can have your own if you work for it. You can have the nice car, clothes, shoes and all the above if you work for it. She wanted to show that her success was not connected to a man.
Rating were identified as the primary reason for the continued imbalance on reality television with regard to how women of color are portrayed among other environmental and cultural factors. WEEN announced clear action items and next steps, including: each person in attendance to join weenonline.org, to sign-up to mentor at least one young lady, and to commit to joining WEEN’s future PROJECT REALism programs to empower young girls. The mentorship programs are ongoing and an opportunity for WEEN members to get involved. In addition, WEEN announced upcoming television and online programming with more balanced content currently in development and attendees were asked to stay tuned, get involved and support.
For more information on WEEN and to get involved, go to www.weenonline.org
credit: Johnny Nunez
If it’s been 10 days since you’ve witness your favorite ratchet programming on VH1, BET or more – then your wait is finally over. Viacom and DirecTV announced this morning that they have reached a deal, putting aside their dispute and allowing programming to return to the airwaves.
The agreement ends a dispute that has interrupted programming since July 10.
“It’s unfortunate that Viacom took the channels away from customers to try to gain leverage, but in the end, it’s clear our customers recognized that tactic for what it was,” said Dereck Chang, executive vice president of DirecTV. And by customers, that includes displaced reality TV / New Jersey Nets Blake Griffin…
Viacom was seeking what DirecTV claimed was a 30% boost, or an extra $1 billion, on top of its prior deal. Viacom countered that the hike it sought was just “a couple of pennies per day per subscriber.”
The companies did not provide a dollar figure for the new deal.
Opulent. Decadent. Distinguished. These are just a few of the attributes that Author and Celebrity Stylist extraordinaire June Ambrose, embodies. In a world where image is everything, few stylists have the power of June Ambrose, whose agency the Mode Squad, Inc. is responsible for the stylistic evolution of some of today’s most influential entertainers and recording artists. Working with such megastars as Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray and more – June Ambrose’s new show on VH1 “Styled by June” has the fashion world buzzing premiering March 19th!
If you love June Ambrose like we love her (we got a chance to chat celebrity style with her –(Running of The Brides: Style Conversation with June Ambrose) you’ll definitely enjoy this full episode sneak peek below. In the first episode June hears from actress Mischa Barton, the Hollywood “It Girl” who hasn’t been on the scene for quite a while and wants a total rimage.
Make sure you share with your friends and tune in to June Ambrose’s new show, Styled by June, on Monday, March 19th at 9:30pm!
(Thanks D&D reader MeShun for sharing!)
Last night, VH1 Divas aired and it was a star studded event! The night honored Divas of Soul and soul cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Philly and even honored the UK’s soulful sounds. I enjoyed the fact that the show honored artists like Amy Winehouse, Adele, Marsha Ambrosious and other soulful UK artists whose vocals have impacted soul music.
The show opened with JHud, Kelly Clarkson and Mary J. Blige. Their performance set the standard for the night and this was honestly one of the most amazing shows I’ve seen on television all year.
Other performers of the night included Erykah Badu, Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, Jessie J (British soul singer who became a household name after she performed on the VMAs), Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Estelle, Black Thought, Boyz II Men, Travie McCoy, Sharon Jones, Martha Reeves, Mavis Staples and tons of other great artists.
Good moments from the show included the amazing duets, including MJB and Chaka Kahn singing “Aint Nobody”, Erykah Badu, Black Thought and Jill Scott performing “You Got Me” and Ledisi and Marsha Ambrosious performing “Sweet Love”.
Bad Moments from the night included, legend Wanda Jackson singing a duet with Sharon Jones for the Amy Winehouse tribute. Poor Ms. Jackson didn’t know half of the words and performed in a half-hazard manner. Their performance was reminiscent of a geriatric talent show in my own opinion :/.
And Ugly Moments from the night included Estelle and Travie McCoy singing “Wake Up Everybody”. I’m sure everyone can agree that when Travie McCoy began singing in an off-tune note, coupled with Estelle’s raspy, inconsistent voice, it created an awkward and uncomfortable sound for everyone’s ears.
Nonetheless, the overall show was simply amazing and a great treat for the holidays! I highly suggest watching the encore performances on VH1!
Last night, Divas (and Divos) assended upon the red carpets of VH1’s Divas Celebrates SOUL television special. Red carpet arrivals include Chaka Khan, 50 Cent, LaLa Anthony, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Jesse J and more! The star-studded show, filled with unforgettable moments will air tonight on VH1 – but before the show airs, we decided to take a moment to take in some of the fashion of last night’s event. What do you think?
Check out more fabulous arrivals to Hammerstein Theatre in NYC and be sure to watch VH1’s Divas Celebrates SOUL with performances by Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkston, Jesse J, Jill Scott, Ledisi and more tonight at 9pm. *And stay tuned for our interactive tweets during tonight’s show & full recap online tomorrow*
The No. 1 Latin music artist on MySpace, Somaya Reece has leveraged her popularity on the site to build a thriving career as an actress, personality, and musician. As a leading lady on Vh1’s new breakout show ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Somaya Reece sat down with DivasandDorks.com to dish about the show and chat about her passion for music, fashion and tech.
Tell us what’s new with you since the premere success of the show Vh1’s LOVE & HIP HOP.
– “I’ve been meeting with several labels who have great offers out there currently I’m promoting my next single ‘Dale Mami’ featuring Lumidee. My single ‘Oh Baby Baby’ which you heard on the show has done really well – it’s being featured in an upcoming Lionsgate film “Go For It” which I have a role in as well being released nationwide in May.”
From the tv to the big screen, speaking of screens… In the opening sequence of Love & Hip Hop it’s noticeable that you were filmed seperately in all black while the rest of the cast were altogether in white. Do you think that was created on purpose to vilianify you?
– “Well that’s just who I am. I’m very dominant, a hustler who isn’t down with “cliques” . I’m all about empowerment, the ‘Boss Lady’ movement but I also know that bickering and fighting isnt it. I look at the bigger picture and not the poloroid.”
So with that being said, who would you consider yourself closest with on the show?
– “Definitely Mashonda, Emily & Jim Jones’ mother Ms. jones. I primarily do most shows with these women and by Emily & myself being Latina we have s a lot more in common.”
One common thing that we talk about on DivasandDorks.com is tech gadgets and fashion. Are you a tech girl on Team iPhone , Team Blackberry or Team Bi-cellular?
– “Well I was definitely Team Bi-Cellular at one time, I went both ways. But now I’m content being team iPhone. Since I’m on the web a lot, the iPhone works best for me.”
Spring is finally here which means that Summer is right around the corner. What’s your favorite MUST HAVE for summer fashion?
– “I loooooove summer dresses and big roomy bags. My favorite would have to be by Prada and Louis Vuitton. Oh, and I can’t forget big sunglasses. Since I’m working in the studio all night, my eyes are super sensitive to sunlight so I definitely can’t live without my big framed sunglasses.”
For More On Somaya Reece Check Her Out On VH1’s LOVE & HIP HOP Mondays at 10:30pm (E) / 9:30 (C).