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***Movie Trailer*** Southside With You

Southside With You is based on the true events of President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama on their first date. It stars Tika Sumpter as Michelle and Parker Sawyers as Barack. It depicts black love at it’s finest, with Barack showing Michelle his take on the city of Chicago and what his plans are in the future. I love that this movie is about love sans gangs and violence. It’s also executive produced by the wonderful John Legend. This is due to come out in the summer! I am predicting a box office HIT! Check out the trailer! Let me know what you think!

 

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Lauryn Hill Signs a Deal With Sony World Wide

gallery-showbiz-lauryn-hillIt’s been reported that the legendary Lauryn Hill has signed a contract with Sony for $1 million dollars to pay off the tax debt. For longtime fans, like myself,  there will be a new album since the MisEducation of Lauryn Hill. This is the first full album since the last effort 18 years ago. She released her statement on her tumblr today.

It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.

I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.

It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need theproper platform to do so.

The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).

Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.

Are you as excited to get a follow-up to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as I am?

Shout out to Ms. Hill for taking the time to bring her audience new music! What are your thoughts?

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High School in North Carolina Teach Money Management by Adding a Bank

Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina began to take the money man by the hand by opening a bank and teaching students how to manage finances. The school offers finance classes to learn financial literacy, and they employ the students and also make them interns.

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This is the first branch that the bank has opened at a high school, according to the bank’s senior vice president, Jessica Valentine. The initiative was supported and applauded by State Treasurer Janet Cowell, who stated, “I’m looking forward to traveling the state to emphasize the importance of building better money management life skills and saving practices that will benefit North Carolinians from early childhood through retirement.”

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This is a great look for the students and hopefully they take full advantage of it all.

 

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Emmy Nod for Beyonce?

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Photo credit: Variety

 

It has been said that HBO is considering submitting Beyonce’s new visual album “Lemonade” for an Emmy! If she wins it would be a first for the Queen Bey. “Lemonade” which aired on Saturday was a smash among the Beyhive and is still buzzing across the internet.

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Whether Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé herself, the credited directors of the piece, can be joined by “additional directors” Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Akerlund and Mark Romanek remains to be seen. HBO is in the midst of working out those details.

In 2015, the Emmy for outstanding variety special went to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special,” which edged out, among other nominees, “The Kennedy Center Honors” on CBS.

Meanwhile, “Lemonade” should be a shoo-in for consideration in the lighting design/lighting direction category, given the lush imagery from vignette to vignette. The frames conjured by the seven d.p.s credited on the film have drawn comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick, and the project does have one definitive connection to the reclusive director: Joseph shot behind-the-scenes footage for Malick’s 2013 film “To the Wonder.”

Go Beyzus! This is a good look!

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Divmond Kut Kouture Presents Chase Your Dreams Clothing

I love women in business, ESPECIALLY Black Women in Business! This young lady I am highlighting, Shanita Denton, is very fashion forward. Not only is she the owner and master designer at Divmond Kut Kouture, but she has just started a new line of boys clothing called Chase Your Dreams Clothing. She was inspired by her young son, Chase, and has created a custom line of clothing for little boys. She has been consistently creating opportunities for herself in the fashion industry getting her clothing on the likes of even Cynthia Bailey, but the children’s line is causing a stir!12417964_1005963696116629_2545418756911875928_n

It helps that her son has the cutest face ever! Many blessings to the seamstress and all her endeavors! This is definitely BiBi Approved!!!

12974459_1056831354363196_1356964142706518811_nHere’s the link below to find all these great fashions at Chase Your Dreams Clothingand to see the lookbook for Divmond Kut Kouture!

http://divmond-kut-kouture.myshopify.com

 

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AnneorShine DIY Desk Update

I am a DIYer at heart, and my favorite youtuber is AnneorShine! I came across this DIY project and couldn’t resist posting! I thrifted a small desk two weeks ago and am dying to repurpose it! I loved the marble idea, so I am going to definitely try my hand at this! I will come back with my update as soon as I make it happen! Until then, watch this DIY and tell me if you love it or hate it!

 

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Is Blac Chyna Rob’s BABYMAMA?!

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We’ve seen the shade of the century occur between the Kardashian/Jenner family and Tyga’s baby mama Blac Chyna all year long! However, today they seem to be on a united front as rumors swirl that Rob and Chyna may be expecting a bundle of joy! I don’t know about you, but I believe this may change the game for Rob and his family! We know how babies have a way of changing things, hopefully they will change for the better!

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Photo credit: YBF

It’s reported that Kim and Rob tagged along to a lady doctor with Chyna, but hey we are only speculating! Seven to nine months will be the indicator of if this is actually a factual story! If so, I am happy for the couple! Chyna seems to make him happy, and I love to see him smile! I hope our congrats isn’t too premature!

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Here Comes The Bride! Angela Simmons is ENGAGED!

The 28 year old daughter of Rev Run is ENGAGED! Congrats to her and her non celeb boyfriend Sutton Sean Tennyson. Since finding out what that the second season of “Growing Up Hip Hop” has been renewed, she’s been serving up hot deets that are sure to make the production floor.

Aside from great things taken place in her life, her ring is EVERYTHING, and Ms. Simmons is taking every opportunity to share!

Congrats Ang! We can’t wait to see how you slay on your wedding day!

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