Tuesday, August 31, 2010

(NEW VIDEO) HOLDING YOU DOWN - JAZMINE SULLIVAN

The new video for the first single off Jazmine Sullivan album (slated for a Oct. 5th release) feat. Missy Elliott - Holding You down (Going In Circles) has been released. I am loving the 80's feel and I can hear a few of my favorite past songs sampled. Watch it and let us know what you all think...

MeaLee
P.S. Give me those Glasses and earrings Ms. Sullivan.. Please & Thank you!

CLICK HERE for the BLAKstar's Post on when the single was first released.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"My Mic Sounds Nice:A Truth About Women In Hip Hop" On BET






For the first time BET (Black Entertainment Television)has finally created a documentary showcasing some of the rawest female talent we have had a chance to listen to throughtout the years, such as, Queen Latifah, Rah Digga, Eve, Mc Lyte and many more. The documentary airs tomorrow August 30th at 10pm EST. Tune in. Throughtout the years the female rap presence was surely missing or was badly promoted. Starting a new generations of fresh voices and styles maybe what we need to keep our women of hip hop on the forefront or,  maybe we will relive this void once again.



Check the trailer above.

-Destiny Chanel

Lil Wayne ft Drake "Right Above It" #1 on the Billboard Charts


Currently Lil Wayne ft. Drake "Right Above It" is sitting in the #1 position on the Billboard Charts for the most download digital song and #6 on the Hot 100. This one of the many songs that will be included on his EP titled "I'm Not A Human Being," which is set to drop on September 27th. Have a listen below, what do you think.





-Destiny Chanel

Image via SOHH

Friday, August 27, 2010

NEW MUSIC: LIL JOHN Ft. 3OH!3 "Hey"



Song can be found on the Jersey Shore Soundtrack and Lil Jon Crunk Rock Album, Both Available Now








-Destiny Chanel 

Jersey Shore...No More... Some Wish

The fire is burning and doesn't seem to be going out for MTV's latest reality show Jersey Shore. MTV is currently on Season 2 bringing back the original cast members after skyrocking ratings from the previous year. A little background on the show is they brought together 8 strangers all of Italian decent from the Jersey/Staten Island/Rhode Island area to spend the summer under one roof, in hope to survive and work together. They  are all young adults over the age of 21 trying to enjoy their summer on the shore, and currently now in Miami for Season 2. Like many of MTV's shows there will arise times when a group if not all individuals in the house will run into issues with each other. Their actions unfortunately not always the great but in the end it is a reflection of who they are.

BLAKSTAR NEWS - 3 YR OLD WALKS TWO BLOCKS TO SAVE HER FATHER

People always wonder when is the right age to begin teaching their children certain things. I am a firm believer that in many cases the earlier the better. Such is the case of 3 year old Alesaundra Tafoya of Northern California. She was home with her father when he, as she put it was "frozen" and would not wake. Her parents had been teaching about safe havens and places she could go for help or that were safe in her neighborhood if something was wrong. When her father had took a wrong dose of medication and would not wake up she walked two blocks to the fire station she had seen many times on her way home.

The firefighters said that in the years they had been there they had never had a toddler come up to their station and ask for help. Alesaundra led the men back to the house where they found her father in need of urgent medical care. Needless to say her parents were happy that their little girl had been listening.

See parents - never too early. Kids are like sponges they soak up everything even when we think they might not be listening.

MeaLee

CLICK HERE for the Full Story via CNN affiliate KOVR

DOVE - EVERY YOUNG GIRL SHOULD SEE THIS

I am sure that some of you have seen this and seen the efforts that Dove has made to redfine beauty in the media over the last few years. They have had beautiful women of all shapes and sizes modeling in their campaigns and I must say I do love what they are doing, not just talking about a problem in our society but trying to create a solution. I always knew they airbrushed, photo shopped and manipulated photos but after watching this video and seeing the process from start to finish over time laspse video, really made me say wow. It's been floating around my home feed on facebook, posted by several different friends and I want to share it with the BLAKstar readers. Every young girl - everyone period should see this. What do you think after watching?

MeaLee

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

REMEMBER: AALIYAH DANA HAUGHTON


Today marks the the ninth anniversary of the star's tragic death at age 22.
WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

Check out the MTV Diary series featuring Aaliyah after the jump...

COMING SOON: L.E. - THE MEASURE



Check out this promotional video by L.E.

L.E upcoming project, The Measure drops August 31, 2010

KATRINA AFTERMATH: "IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON’T RISE"


Spike Lee returns to New Orleans Five years after Katrina for a two part documentary titled "IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON’T RISE."

This four hour, two part documentary will be airing exclusively on HBO.

~♥Shené

Check out the Spike Lee interview after the jump...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

MOVIE TRAILER: DUE DATE



Hilarious!

According to IMDb:
High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

~♥Shené

Friday, August 20, 2010

BLAKSTAR NEWS: PAKISTAN FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS

Earl ier this month the country of Pakistan experienced large flooding and it has devistated the country and it's people. In a time where natural disasters of this magnitude aren't so uncommon it is our time to . CLICK HERE to view the time line and press releases from the US government.

To help you can Text FLOOD to 27722 - $10 will go to the State Department Fund for Pakistan Relief Secretary Hilary Clinton announced August 19th. Also visit the U.S. State Department's Pakistan Relief Page

MeaLee

OPERATION BEAUTIFUL

Some people read the newspaper or watch the news in the morning to start their day. I usually don't, but what I will do is go through some of the blogs and websites I follow to see what the bloggers have posted. During my morning view of tumblr (make sure to visit BLAKstar's Tumblr ) I came across someone's post on this site called Operation Beautiful - they say they are "changing the way you see yourself one post-it at a time". I dug into their site and I must say I think what they are doing is...beautiful.

Operation Beautiful's mission is to end negative self-talk and to get people (specifically women) to see that when we speak negatively about ourselves it hurts us spiritually, emotional and physically.

The movement was started by Cailtin a 26 year old woman living in Charlotte, NC. She began by posting notes in restrooms, gym locker rooms, grocery stores and other places that random strangers could read and hopefully be inspired by the words of encouragement.

I am staring at the post-it notes sitting here on my desk..I think I will post some Operation Beautiful notes and I think all of you should too! Make sure when you do post some notes you email photos of them to Operation Beautiful as they like to read the notes and see the differences people are making, as well as they post a lot of them on their site . Email them HERE

MeaLee
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "WAKE UP EVERYBODY" - JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS FEATURING MELANIE FIONA + COMMON



The first official video from John Legend and The Roots’ collaborative album Wake Up! The album should be in stores on September 21st.

~♥Shené

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "MISS ME" - DRAKE



~♥Shené

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

LEBRON JAMES COVERS GQ

Lebron covers the September issue of GQ and discusses the Cleveland Cavaliers.
I'm gonna pick it up...what about you?

~♥Shené

90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT

Pictured above is Mary Church Terrell who organized African American women to take part in the 1913 march in Washington, DC. for Women Suffrage
19th amendment

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
 Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Today is the 90th anniversary the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the one that gave women the right to vote after a full century of organization, agitation and marching.

On this date in 1920 the Tennessee General Assembly became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, thus making it official. Few folks remember, however, that the historic ratification occurred by just one single vote, a man, of course, in those days. It was Harry T. Burn, a lawyer and later a banker. He had settled on his opposition to this suffrage nonsense.

The General Assembly suffrage amendment vote came up a 48-48 tie. Burn's vote would defeat it and postpone national ratification at least another month until the Connecticut Legislature vote. But shortly before the historic legislative tally, Harry T. Burn received a long letter from his mother back home in Niota.

She said, in part:
I have been watching to see how you stood, but have not noticed anything yet. Don't forget to be a good boy.
Harry T. Burn behaved himself. He changed his "nay" vote to "yea." The rest has become history.



~♥Shené

Saturday, August 14, 2010

BLAKSTAR - THE LISA LOPES FOUNDATION THIS WED.

This Wednesday night 10pm EST on BLAKstar we will be speaking with The Lisa Lopes Foundation. YOU DO NOT want to miss this show! Tell a friend, neighbor and all your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.. whatever network you are working! Call In Live 914.338.1556 www.blogtalkradio.com/blakstar

Follow Us on Twitter @BLAKstarTalk

Visit the Foundation at http://www.lisalopesfoundation.org/

This Wed. The Lisa Lopes Foundation on BLAKstar. http://www.blakstartalk.com/
Have any question for the Foundation? Email us at get@blakstartalk.com

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "XXXO" - M.I.A.


M.I.A new music video directed by Hype Williams...What do you guys think of the video?


~♥Shené

NEW MUSIC: "SEE ME NOW" - KANYE WEST FEATURING BEYONCE + CHARLIE WILSON

See Me Now - Kanye West featuring Beyoncé & Charlie Wilson


~♥Shené

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "DRUMMER BOY" - ALESHA DIXON




Alesha Dixon is an English singer/songwriter and her new single, “Drummer Boy” is from her upcoming album title, The Entertainer.

~♥Shené

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cuts To Community Colleges

If things couldn't get any easier for a student wanting to persue a higher education. Nationally Community Colleges are seeing an increase in attendance but a decrease in funding. Due to the low funding many schools had to cut a decent amount of classes, which in turn resulted in over populating the classes they do have. Schools are faced with the option to limit the amount of students enrolled until more funding comes in.

Students have chose to attend Community Colleges for the low cost, compared to a 4-yr college, and as a perfect place for our adult students to get re-trained in different areas, to expand their skills, as they move to different job positions in the job market. The school officials are trying to accomodate as many students as possible, but are limited and what they can do.

Funding has always been issue regarding our youth. Will government officials finally re-evaluate our education budget and overall issues, so they can possibly be addressed?

-Destiny Chanel

via msnbc
image source

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "CAN'T DO THIS" - K. MICHELLE



K. Michelle who hails from Memphis, debut album, Pain Medicine, is set for release in October.
~♥Shené

Friday, August 6, 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "POWER" - KANYE WEST



~ ♥Shené

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE" - EMINEM FEATURING RIHANNA



~♥Shené

SPITTIN INK - A DOCUMENTARY

A few of you know that I (MeaLee) am a poet and that I love all things poetry - this is not why I am telling you to check out Spitting Ink - A Documentary about my love [poetry] - I'm urging you because it looks like it will be a good film showing a cultue that continues to grow and expand every day. Many are intrigued by the poetry community but really don't understand it - I promise it's really easy to - it's really just a big family lol. Also this film is a true testament that it doesnt take much - you do not have to have a Hollywood budget to get something done.

Spitting Ink directed by Ralph De Haan and Lars Siemens was shot with just a 3 man crew using a DAT recorder and  a very old 16mm camera. It doesn't take much to leave a positive imprint of you somewhere in the world. Check out the site, join their Facebook page and support the Arts!

MeaLee

Summary (per Spitting Ink's Facebook Page:
Spoken word artist Mike Ladd talks about the roots of today's underground poetry movement and if it will have mass appeal. Six other contemporary poets talk about their love for words, why they write, and what inspires them to continue writing. They depict why poetry is still a vital written and oral tradition. Graffiti covered New York streets and bars are their stages. A stylized portrait of a worldwide underground phenomenon shot by a 3-man crew with a beat-up DAT recorder and a 40 year old 16mm camera


Spitting Ink Trailer from DIKKE DINGEN on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO - JANELLE MONAE "COLD WAR"

I'm so excited to see this video I'mnot sure what to say! LOL If didn't know how much I (and BLAKstar) loves JM just search her name on our site and you will see. She is definetly a creative and artistic super genuis. Enjoy!
MeaLee




GOOGLE WAVE IS HISTORY

I remember when I first heard about Wave - a new product from internet giant Google. After watching the promotional video and reading about what all it would do I was excited lol. No more having to always sit in meetings that took 3 weeks to schedule because everyone who needed to attend are so busy. I believe Shené and I have perfected the use of the video chat to conduct meetings as needed between us and BLAKstar staff but we always had something missing. We needed an afforable (if not free) interactive application or software, where we could change the document or whatever we were working on in real time and all those with access to the chat could as well. Google Wave  was what we had been looking for - that and much more. It hooked us in with it's promises of real time editing features for what you were working on as well as it recorded everything with in the video chat so that people who could not make it to the scheduled meeting could come back hit play and watch what they missed, then add notes, changes, updates and their own video message and it would be there for everyone to see. Exciting right? Sadly it wasn't the easiest thing to do. The navigation of the application wasn't the easiest and getting it to do what it said it would proved to be frustrating at times. It was a great thought and I think someone will actually make this happen but the question is who?  Facebook?

MeaLee

Via CNN Tech
By Peter Cashmore Founder and CEO of Mashable

(CNN) -- Google this week abandoned "Wave," its much-hyped social collaboration tool. Wave was perhaps the prototypical Google product: Technically advanced, incredibly ambitious and near-impossible to use.

Its demise is the canary in the coal mine for Google's social networking plans: Facebook is destined to build the Web's next wave, as Google continues to tread water.

Wave was a testament to Google's technical prowess: A real-time communication platform that combined elements of instant messaging, e-mail and collaboration software. The only problem: With its many dials and switches, mastering Wave was the web equivalent of programming your VCR.

Read the rest of Peter Cashmore's article after the jump

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

BLAKSTAR WEDNESDAY: DOMINIQUE DAWES & JACKIE RICHARDSON


~♥Shené

SHAQ JOINS THE CELTICS?

Reports are saying that Shaq has decided to join the Celtics. As if Lebron leaving Cleveland didn't already cut deep, Shaq leaving is really just pour salt into the wound. My heart goes out to that city's dedicated fans.

MeaLee

report via NBC Sports

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Our President turns 49 years old today!

~♥Shené

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

SCULPTURE OF OUR FIRST LADY



Sculptor Daniel Edwards has created a bare-chested bust of aspiring first lady, Michelle Obama, that has raised some eyebrows.


The bare-shouldered sculpture, called Michelle Obama’s Makeover for America, highlights Obama’s ethnic African roots while casting her as a US patriot with an American flag etched on her upper right chest. Her hair shaped into a wavy crown adorned with a stone-encrusted Afro pick with large hoop earrings. The Michelle Obama bust is scheduled to be unveiled at the Leo Kesting Gallery in New York City on October 1st.


"Michelle Obama’s Makeover for America" presents an accessorized mannequin bust of Obama that foregoes the conventional pearl necklace, and provides for her a 'signature look' to take to Washington. "The goal is to create a look for Michelle Obama that eliminates excessive comparisons to Jackie Kennedy."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? COMMENT BELOW PLEASE
More pictures of the sculpture after the jump...

JENNIFER HUDSON - SHAVING OFF HER HAIR?

Bald heads seem to be the thing now. Between Cassie, Amber Rose and Chrisette Michele among others we get an eyeful of of beautiful fades and feminine bald heads. They prove that you do not have to have hair to be sexy. According to a recent interview with InStyle the now size six Jennifer Hudson talks about how she is considering shaving her head too.

"I am actually thinking about shaving my head. Because I feel I've got a good structure. ... My cousin's a beautician and she's always saying, 'You could wear any hairdo.' So I'm thinking, what if I shave my hair? Not completely off, but low. I think that would be so hot. With my diamonds studs? But with a cut like that, your face has to be made up at all times."

JHud with a fade - I think I could see it. Many of the women in my family rock fades and I must say I love it. All I can say is get it girl - if you gonna rock it make sure you rock it hard. Check out Jennifer's entire interview in the current issue of InStyle



MeaLee

NEW MUSIC: "GONE ALREADY" - FAITH EVANS



Here’s the official single from Faith Evans off of her upcoming album Something About Faith, which is slated to be released on October 5th. Not a fan of this picture...but let me know how you feel about the music. She still got it???


Gone Already - Faith Evans



~ ♥Shené

Monday, August 2, 2010

WEDDINGS GALORE THIS WEEKEND!




The couple, expecting a child together, held a wedding celebration on the island of Corsica on July 31, 2010, where the guests included Bono and Queen Latifah




Rapper T.I. and singer-songwriter Tameka "Tiny" Cottle arrive at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2009. The couple, who have two sons together as well three other children, were married in Miami Beach on July 31, 2010.

Chelsea Clinton walks with Marc Mezvinsky after their wedding ceremony at Astor Court in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on July 31, 2010. Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter married her long-time boyfriend in what has been dubbed America's royal wedding

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

~♥Shené

JILL SCOTT - NEW ALBUM "THE LIGHT OF THE SUN"

Get geeked, get pumped, get whatever you get when you hear such news as this! I am so ready for Ms. Scott to drop her new album! I love her style, her talent and she is just a bad bad girl (in a very good way lol). Her music is timeless, classic and her stage presence is electrifying. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us this go round.

Her new album titled "The Light Of The Sun" is the fourth installment of her "Word and Sounds" series. As of now it's on schedule to be released later this month or early next. I'm doing my happy dance right now! I will be purchasing this - not just digitally but also an actual CD - Jill is so worth purchasing an actual CD.
MeaLee

Take a look at her trailer promoting her upcoming album.

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