Tuesday, June 30, 2009

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Mr. Hudson - Supernova

Meet Kanye's new artist Mr. Hudson. I(Shené) Kanye and his eclectic flavor!

VIBE magazine FOLDS

Vibe magazine, the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones, is the latest victim of the media recession. Check out a few of my favorite covers below:




NEW MUSIC: Consequence - Whatever You Want featuring Kanye West and John Legend




Consequence - Whatever You Want featuring Kanye West and John Legend

Click here to download Whatever You Want!

Sean Combs purchases ENYCE Clothing Line


This brand was popular in the 90's and has fizzled somewhat since then. It will be interesting to see how he "rebrands" Enyce.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: LeToya Luckett - She Ain't Got Ish On Me

Looks like someone is going pop...do we like?

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Ace Hood - Champion featuring Jazmine Sullivan

Monday, June 29, 2009

So who going in on this with me???


Introducing the Can-Am Spyder for about $18k

Is this for REAL???

TV ONE does a Magazine Collage

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Jay-Z - Death of Auto-Tune

HE'S BACK!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

LUPE FIASCO "THE L.A.S.E.R.S. MANIFESTO"

Informercial KING Billy Mays Died

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Kanye West - Street Lights

NIKE TERMINATOR HI - MATTE SILVER - BLACK


I want them...enough said!

It is TIME


Michael Jackson will be on the cover of a special commemorative edition of Time magazine which will hit stands on June 29, 2009.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Shaq officially apart of the Cleveland Cavaliers


Suns trade Shaquille O'Neal to Cavaliers for Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Get Down - Young Wise



twitter.com/darealyoungwise

The King of Pop Michael Jackson Dies








It is with great sadness for BLAKstar to report the death of Michael Jackson. He was the most successful and influential performer of our time. Entertainer Michael Jackson died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday having suffered cardiac arrest, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said. He was 50.

Paramedics took Jackson from his west Los Angeles home Thursday afternoon to UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians attempted to resuscitate him for more than an hour, said his brother Jermaine Jackson. He said the famed singer was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PT.

An autopsy is scheduled Friday, Jermaine Jackson said. Results are expected Friday afternoon, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles coroner's office, who added that Jackson was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital.

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN paramedics were sent to a west Los Angeles, California, residence after a 911 call came in at 12:21 p.m.

Law enforcement officials said the Los Angeles Police Department robbery-homicide department opened an investigation into Jackson's death. They stressed there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Still, officials said they would conduct interviews with family members and friends.

During his nearly half-century career, Jackson recorded a series of pop classics as part of the Jackson 5 and then became a massive solo star. His 1982 album Thriller has been certified platinum 28 times in the U.S. and is the best-selling original collection ever released.

Jackson was born in Gary, Ind., on Aug. 29, 1958, and by the age of 6 the prodigiously talented singer and dancer was performing alongside his brothers. The Jackson 5 signed to Motown in 1968 and released a string of huge hits including “ABC” and “I Want You Back.” Jackson entered the charts as a solo artist in 1972 with the song “Ben,” and in 1978 he appeared in the big screen musical The Wiz alongside Diana Ross. The following year, his album Off The Wall established Jackson as a solo superstar. Yet, even the success of that release would be dwarfed by Thriller, which included a raft of global smashes, including “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.”

Jackson followed up Thriller with 1987’s Bad, which itself eventually sold in the region of 30 million copies worldwide. But the star’s public profile was badly damaged in the '90s when he was accused of child sex abuse, and in recent years he had become an extremely reclusive figure. Despite his reputation as one of pop’s greatest dancers and all-round in-concert showman, he also effectively abandoned touring. However, Jackson had planned to play a series of dates in London, starting next month.

While his personal life often attracted criticism and controversy, the oft-dubbed King of Pop’s influence on the musical realm is unarguable. That influence was demonstrated in 2008 when Kanye West, will.i.am, Fergie, and Akon all contributed to the remixes featured on the 25th anniversary reissue of Thriller. In his long career Jackson also worked with some of pop’s most talented artists, including both Paul McCartney and Thriller producer Quincy Jones.


Actress Farrah Fawcett dies at 62



Fawcett, 62, died Thursday morning at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, nearly three years after being diagnosed with anal cancer. Ryan O'Neal, the longtime companion who returned to her side when she became ill, was with her.
"After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away," O'Neal said. "Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world."

In the end, Fawcett sought to offer more than that, re-emerging in the spotlight with a new gravitas.

In "Farrah's Story," which aired last month, she made public her painful treatments and dispiriting setbacks — from shaving her golden locks before chemotherapy could claim them to undergoing experimental treatments in Germany.

"Her big message to people is don't give up. No matter what they say to you, keep fighting," Alana Stewart, who filmed Fawcett as she underwent treatment, said last month. NBC estimated the May 15, 2009, broadcast drew nearly 9 million viewers.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Sean Paul - So Fine

NAS & DAMIAN "JR GONG" MARLEY DISTANT RELATIVES preview

NAS & DAMIAN "JR GONG" MARLEY DISTANT RELATIVES preview from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

D4L..on BLAKstar Tonight

Tonight on BLAKstar
Hannah Bezeredi and Shareena Rhodes of Dance 4 Life


Dance4Life works with young adults between the ages of 13-25 to help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS through unique school iniatives and concerts that bring together youth in a challenging and exciting way. Rather then being an organization that solely promotes AIDS awareness, Dance4Life promotes Action against Aids, and mobilizes young adults to get involved in the process and actually learn about the risks surrounding it. The organization currently operates in over 20 countries and growing and has amassed a large following. Young adults have really connected with the organization because of its feel good nature even in dealing with such a serious issue as the AIDS virus. Young adults find that with Dance4Life, they can be themselves, help to raise awareness among their peers, and dance while doing so! It doesn’t matter if you are from Rwanda or Rio De Janeiro because when it comes to Dance4liFE, movement is something we can all understand.


Hannah Bezeredi began the D4L Columbus group has a volunteer project after she read an article about their work. She was inspired by the organization because of their unique ability to connect with young adults and to relate to them in such a profound way. She has volunteered for the project for over 5 months now and has grown the grassroots movement for D4L to include an event planning committee, a network of artists, and a host of professionals from the Columbus community. She would like to conclude her project with D4L by the end of this year and begin work her own nonprofit organization. She is a student of International relations and an avid supporter of the arts in Columbus


Shareena has taken her music minor from Otterbein College and turned it into a major application towards the Midwest music scene. After years of worldwide traveling in a live hip-hop group, she realized she wanted to do more with her God-given talents. Shareena started coordinating for non-profit organizations as well as events tailored specifically for giving back to the community. She now brings that experience, energy, and passion to the D4L Columbus movement. Shareena believes that through the self-expression of the arts, awareness can be raised and empowerment can begin.

Summer Jam 614 Part Deux

BLAKstar Media UPDATE

Fly U "Fat Gold Chain" LIVE @ Summer Jam 614

More footage...more coming. It's a two person crew (Shene and I-MeaLee) against 3 hours+ of raw footage. And to the artists who are asking: If you would like your personal photos and Summer Jam footage BLAKstar has email us and we will let you know how much and the time frame to get it to you. blakstar@blakstartalk.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TV host Ed McMahon is dead at age 86



LOS ANGELES - Ed McMahon, the loyal “Tonight Show” sidekick who bolstered boss Johnny Carson with guffaws and a resounding “H-e-e-e-e-e-ere’s Johnny!” for 30 years, died early Tuesday. He was 86.

McMahon died shortly after midnight at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his wife, Pam, and other family members, said his publicist, Howard Bragman.

Bragman didn’t give a cause of death, saying only that McMahon had a “multitude of health problems the last few months.”

SOURCE

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Jam Photo Sneak Peek

What's up everyone? I just have a quick blurb for you then it's on to posting the goods! If you were anywhere in Columbus other than Summer Jam 614 at Skully's on High St. this past Friday night, sorry for you! You missed it! Who says C-bus has no talent? This show proved that Columbus Talent is WORLD CLASS talent. These acts put it down to say the least. Here are some of the flix from my cam (MeaLee) Shene will be posting all the footage soon as I will post some more videos I took. Summer Jam is only the beginning. Columbus is a force to be reckoned with.



Friday, June 19, 2009

Big Sean Big Break



The story how Big Sean took destiny into his own hands is awesome. BLAKstar family you have to chase your dreams. Create opportunities and bust down doors. When someone tells you that you aren't going to make it, you can't make it use that energy to fuel you. You have to believe in you and your ability. Trust me I know sometimes you can feel like you aren't going to make it and people rather tear you down than uplift you. First of all, watch who you surround yourself with! Second of all, write down where you want to go and be and start on a path. Lastly, stay working on your craft whatever it may be.

ALWAYS REACH FOR THE STARS!

*I (Shené) had to get on my soapbox this morning.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Busta Rhymes - If You Don't Know, Now You Know featuring Big Tigger

FABO & THE DREAM


Q-TIP Honored at the OSS Conference



I Q-TIP

BLAKstar Interviews Chrisette Michele



The beautiful and talented Chrisette Michele allowed BLAKstar the opportunity to interview her while on the Keeping It Cool Tour. She was so sweet, real and down to Earth. She gave BLAKstar mad LOVE and we of course LVE Chrisette Michele.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

BLAKstar Wednesday: First Annual Women's Poetry and Performance Retreat & Summer Jam 614



Tonight BLAKstar has the honor to speak with the creator of the Hope Springs Institute First Annual Women's Poetry and Performance Retreat and Fundraiser: Chauncey Beaty and many of the workshop leaders and moderators such as world reknowned poet Rachel McKibbens.

Chauncey in short is: Nothing and Everything. Art and Absence. Life and Death. Beauty and Repulse. Scholar and Idiot. Love and Disgust. Rare and Universal. Forever and Never. Punk and Assassin. Bliss and Wisdom. ALL that is in between...ALL that ever was...ALL that ever will be.

The Retreat scheduled for July 16-19th - (there are still a few spaces available.)

Performance July 19th - Jessica Care Moore , Sunni Patterson, Gina Loring, Alice Lovelace, Rose Smith, Rachel McKibbens, Rosemary Daniell, Chauncey Beaty and morebat the Lincoln Theater - 77 E. Long St Columbus, Ohio - 2:30 pm - $25




If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area...SCRATCH THAT...You NEED to make your way to Columbus Ohio to listen to some real Hip Hop artists at the Summer Jam 614. The line up in no particular order is as follows: The 3RD, J. Osceola, B. Yonest, Skeptik, Daniele, Young Wise, Kadiz, Cridie Mack, Debonair, Blaze. The event will be hosted by Elevator Music's own Rashad and BLAKstar affiliate DJ Krate Digga will be apart of the event. You know Mea and I (Shené) will be doing some backstage interviews. Tickets are currently on sale for only $5.00!!! So ther's no reason we shouldn't see you there ;)

Follow our people on TWITTER:
DJ KRATE DIGGA
SKEPTIK
CO CITY
YOUNG WISE
B. YONEST
J. OSCEOLA
5 STAR HIP HOP

DOWNLOAD THE 1ST ANNUAL SUMMER JAM 614 FIXTAPE

What in the WORLD??? - Taylor Swift - Thug Story featuring T-Pain

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

NEW MUSIC: Lupe Fiasco - Shining Down



Here's the first single off Lupe's third LP We Are Lasers.

Lupe Fiasco - Shining Down

NEW MOVIE: Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island



Ok I'm freaked out but I will be checking this movie out!

Is Eminem OBSESSED?


Eminem’s “Bagpipes from Baghdad" recently asked: “Mariah, what ever happened to us, why did we have to break up…Nick Cannon better back the f#?k up. I’m not playing, I want her back, you punk.” Now, Mariah Carey came back with a song titled “Obsessed” from her forthcoming Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel album.

MC sings with Auto-Tune assistance: “You’re delusional, boy, you’re losing your mind.” “It must be weed, it must be the E,” she continues. “Why are you so obsessed with me? Lying that you’re sexing me.” The song continues singing: “Telling the world how much you miss me, but we never were so why you trippin’. You’re a mom & pop, I’m a corporation. I’m a press conference, you’re a conversation.” Ahh man I may have to use that...lol!

Memoirs of a Perfect Angel is set for release on August 25.

Mariah Carey - Obsessed

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Beyoncé - Broken-Hearted Girl

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR



Monday, June 15, 2009

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Baby & Lil' Wayne - Always Strapped

EGO REMIX with KANYE WEST

368 MUSIC GROUP



RAHEEM DeVAUGHN - THE ART OF NOISE MIXTAPE
I am in with Raheem DeVaughn and as soon as I got word of his mixtape I went to download it and of course I wasn't disappointed. I am extremely drawn to talent and Raheem is definitely an attraction.

Go to http://www.368musicgroup.com/ and subscribe to download the free mixtape.

368 Music Group is an Independent Hip Hop Label/Production Company founded by Jive Recording Artist Raheem DeVaughn & his partner Andre "Dre the Mayor" Hopson. They have an artist on the label named Phil Adé.


PHIL ADÉ


Phil Adé has a slick classic hip hop flow. His wordplay is bananas and I'm anticipating his album. The 368 Music Group is going to bless us with a mixtape first titled Starting on JV. It will be available for download July 10th so stay tuned.

Check him out below:

Click here to download GOING OFF by Phil Adé

Sunday, June 14, 2009

SUMMER JAM 614



If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area...SCRATCH THAT...You NEED to make your way to Columbus Ohio to listen to some real Hip Hop artists at the Summer Jam 614. The line up in no particular order is as follows: The 3RD, J. Osceola, B. Yonest, Skeptik, Daniele, Young Wise, Kadiz, Cridie Mack, Debonair, Blaze. The event will be hosted by Elevator Music's own Rashad and BLAKstar affiliate DJ Krate Digga will be apart of the event. You know Mea and I (Shené) will be doing some backstage interviews. Tickets are currently on sale for only $5.00!!! So ther's no reason we shouldn't see you there ;)

Follow our people on TWITTER:
DJ KRATE DIGGA
SKEPTIK
CO CITY
YOUNG WISE
B. YONEST
J. OSCEOLA

NEW MUSIC: Co City - Ayo



Co City - Ayo

Click here to download Ayo!

The LA LA Remix



The beautiful La La took the Cassie hairdo to the next level. I love it!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

BLAKstar TV: JamieFoxx Performs Digital Girl featuring Drake



This was Drake's network TV debut on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" on Friday June 12, 2009.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Alchemist - Smile featuring Twista & Maxwell



I the VIDEO!

Kanye West Explain LOOP DREAMS

The Puppet Commercial PARODY


Hilarious!!!

Disney's First Black Princess causing controversy


It is really that surprising that OUR first black princess is with a Prince not of her race? I mean is that not a reflection of our environment today? W\You guys let me know your thoughts on this so called controversy

Jeremih rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon In The Sky"

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Rick Ross - Mafia Music REMIX

NEW NIKE COMMERCIAL FOR 2010: LEBRON WILL BE BACK



Don't Worry Lebron will be back!

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Cassie - Must Be Love featuring Diddy


I'm not going to make any speculations about this video!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

FASHION: Nike Elite





PURCHASE AT SNEAKERSNSTUFF

Has the Inc. been Murdered?



R&B singer, Lloyd has announced that he will be leaving Murder, Inc., the label that has been molding his career for quite some time now. He is claiming that there is no bad blood, but he just wants to be more in control of his career. Wow, first Ashanti, and now Lloyd. Who's next?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

BLAKstar FEATURE: Wali "Mr. Nice Guy" Crowder



"Wali" Crowder aka Mr. Nice Guy Specializes in Violence Prevention and is a Professional Spoken word artist. He has performed at youth conferences and events across the nation as a part of Clarity Creative Institute. Currently he can be found over the airwaves on Power 107.5 FM for a weekly Tuesday segment of spoken word advocating against violence in the urban community. He is also a member of Writer’s Block 2009 National Poetry Slam Team. Mr. Nice Guy currently has a weekly relationship & events newsletter through his group. the Mr. Nice Guy Movement. Mr. Nice Guy also writes a weekly column for the Flypaper online blog.

Mr. Nice Guy Contact Information:
The Creative View

TWITTER MR. NICE GUY

MR. NICE GUY MYSPACE

JOIN THE NICE GUY MOVEMENT ON FACEBOOK

Wali is a PROUD participant of The Writer's Block team that will be representing Columbus at the National Poetry Slam in West Palm Beach, Florida from August 3rd - August 8th. The costs for the trip is over $2000.00 so please help them reach their destination by making a donation.
DONATE!

Oh I Just Can't Wait to be KING!

J. Cole


For those who have been sleeping here's your wake up call. WAKE UP! As some of you know I (Shené) love several things in this World. God, first and foremost, Myself then anything creative which consists of a long list. But MUSIC is definitely prominent on that list. I love listening to artists who haven't got the Hollywood head, who are thirsty and passionate about what they put out. Let me introduce you to Jermaine Cole who was signed by Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)under his Roc Nation label. You may know him as just J. Cole and he was the first signed to the label and he has been ready for this opportunity. He's 24 years old North Carolina native and a graduate from St. John's University. So not only is the brotha fine, athletic and intelligent but can spit. His mixtape "The Warm Up" will be dropping June 15, 2009 and hopefully BLAKstar can get an interview with him! That would be so RIGHT!

Download his First Mixtape "The Come UP"



Check out the Warm Up Sampler



Additional J. Cole Music:
J. Cole - Heartache

Click here to download Heartache!

J. Cole - Dead Presidents II

Click here to download Dead Presidents II!

Dwight Howard gets his Commercial

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Nike’s Air Yeezy Commercial



Team Guerilla Films presentation entitled “The Traveler” inspired by The Air Yeezy’s. Directed by Samtubia Edwards.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Eminem - Crack Bottle



This video was a little odd...but that's Eminem for you!

What's Lebron doing during Finals??

DJ Jazzy Jeff kicked off racist stage?

Legendary party-rocker DJ Jazzy Jeff was kicked off stage during a Kansas City stop on the Bacardi B-Live tour on June 6, due to a racist establishment, the Kansas City Star alleges. According to the paper, "The black community has been in arms about perceived racism at the entertainment district, a place their tax money helped fund." The Jazzy Jeff incident clearly does not help matters for the city.

Apparently, Jeff was instructed by a Power & Light (entertainment) district official to play Top 40 hits. He was several songs into a set of pop records that included songs by Jay-Z, Rihanna and Biz Markie, when his performance was cut short due to an issue with the style of music he was spinning.

"My road manager walked up to me and said they were having problems with the music I was playing," Jeff told the paper. "They said I had to kick Skillz off the stage, change the format of the music I was playing or quit. They said if I continued playing they had 30 cops ready to come escort me offstage. So I stopped."

Jazzy Jeff, who is arguably the world's best party DJ, though he's best known for his affiliation with the Fresh Prince, now known as Will Smith, and for inventing a seminal scratching technique called "transforming," collected the first hip hop Grammy award and spins close to 300 nights a year. This was his first time DJing in Kansas City.

Jon Stephens, an official from the Power & Light district, where the performance took place, contended that the issue was Jeff's volume rather than his selections.

"Obviously we have a desire to book a diversity of acts," Stephens said. "We booked Jazzy Jeff on a Saturday night, the biggest night of the week in the district. We were excited to have him there. It's unfortunate that his sound and management people had problems adhering to the sound and audio rules."

Jeff says they explicitly took issue with music he played and complained about his hype man, Skillz, before threatening to forcibly escort him off stage.

"They said they didn't like Skillz' posture. They said he made gang-like signs and grabbed at his genitals," Jeff stated. "I play rock, funk, soul, pop, hip-hop, reggae. I don't play for a certain genre, race or gender. I play for music lovers... I didn't understand what element they were talking about. I looked out in the crowd and it was multicultural, but about 75 percent white. Everyone was having a great time. I wondered what was so offensive. I never had a race issue. I didn't know how to feel. I was playing [Biz Markie's] 'Just a Friend.' Is that offensive? What element? It's uncomfortable when you feel unwanted."

Jeff stated that he intends to return to Kansas City to play for the fans who missed out on seeing him perform.

SOURCE:The Boombox

Sunday, June 7, 2009

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