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I'm so proud of my lil cousin/sister.

Wasssssssssssss up fam,

 

I just wanted to post this video of my cousin from the Nate Berkus Show today. She was able to be interviewed by Nate and had a chance to meet Star Jones. I'm so proud of her. This is one black young lady who is doing her thing. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College, a Master of Divinity Degree from New York Theological Seminary, a preacher at my home…

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Added by Cousin Ed on April 4, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

I wonder......

I wonder just how many people out there are actually listening to the podcasts and NDN radio.....
Just a thought that popped into my head just now at 5:40am.....lol figured I would blog it.......

Added by PrincefromQueens on March 27, 2010 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

My interview with Black Pearls Magazine

http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/emaginterviews



Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?

I am originally from NYC but have resided in NJ for the past 15 years. I began my writing journey as a child with short stories and poetry but it wasn't until I was in my mid-twenties that I published my first poem. It would be another ten years before my first book was published.



Ella: Ana, introduce us to your new book, LatinTemptress' The… Continue

Added by LatinTemptress on October 8, 2009 at 6:37am — No Comments

Remembering 9/11…..

I just want to pay tribute to the men, women, and children who lost their lives, the brave people who gave their lives, and the Heroes who responded to 9/11. I was in New York City when the World Trade Center was attacked. I will never forget the faces, I will never forget the sound, and I will never forget my friend who lost her life in the Twin Towers.

REST IN PEACE
9/11/2001

Added by Cindy on September 10, 2008 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ONE BEING TOUCHED A WORLD OF MANY?

My wonderful hood family......

I just finished watching what may have been the most emotionally draining memorial service I've ever endured. The one and only Michael Joseph Jackson has gone home to be with our Father. I sat here and cried as I watched and listened to Stevie bellow "Michael, why didn't u staaaaaaaay". I cried and listened as Lady Bernice spoke with such conviction and authority. I even laughed as I cried when Old Barry said Michael sang the song better than Smokie. His big… Continue

Added by Laydee Redd on July 7, 2009 at 3:50pm — 8 Comments

Will The Real Men PLEASE Stand Up!!!!!!!!

I was listening to Mr. Moody's Neighborhood (shout out to Moody, Cousin Ed, Naturel, and Tracy for an AMAZING show!!) and I was so intrigued by everything the crew had to say. So I'm pretty much just going to be piggy backing off of some of the things they spoke on. Granted there are some extraordinary men in the world and we have a great amount of them right here in the hood. Regardless of that fact there is a significant amount of men (or so called men I should say) who are not stepping up… Continue

Added by Lyrical Beauty on May 12, 2009 at 3:00am — 17 Comments

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Young, Black, and Fabulous

Rihanna Gets FAB & FRISKY At Friend Jenn Rosales' Wedding....See All The Pics!

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Just as we imagined, Rihanna is the perfect bridesmaid for a crazy fun bride.  Check out the pop star cutting up while looking fab at friend Jenn Rosales' 4/20 themed wedding in Hawaii....

They've been friends for years, so it's only right RiRi taks center stage at assistant/manager (she's played both roles) Jenn Rosales' wedding.  And based on how these ladies like to partake in the kush, the wedding date was 4/20.

Rihanna, Melissa Forde, and more put on their own purple dress -- in their shade of preference -- to walk down the aisle yesterday in Hawaii.  And the pics afterwards are crazy beautiful:

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Fun times.

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Rihanna gave a shout out to her girl posting the above pic saying, "Perfection. Gang$ta. 420. Davis'."

Before the I Do's, the trio napped the last pics before Jenn became a Mrs.  And in the way only they know how:

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Ha!  Ri was not putting that blunt down for ANYTHING yesterday.

Congrats Jenn!

 

 

Photos: @badgalriri/@mdollas11/@rihannanavi420

YBF DADS: Kanye West Graces The Cover & Opens Up In PAPER Magazine Essay + Swizz Beatz & Daughter Nicole Bring The Daddy-Daughter Cuteness

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Kanye West nabs the cover of PAPER magazine and he uses a different approach to let us inside his thoughts. Also, peep Swizz Beatz and his daughter Nicole bringing the cuteness inside….

Folowing his wife’s booty-ful cover in November, Kanye West graces the cover of PAPER magazine’s “American Dream” issue. And rather than a normal Q&A interview, Yeezy shares his thoughts across 12 pages in the publication to give us a sneak peek at who he is and his most inner thoughts in a candid essay.

In his PAPER essay, the "Only One" rapper opens up about his thoughts on what he believes the American Dream is where he reveals he yearns for a world filled with peace. He also talks about the importance of mentoring youger artists. He writes,

I know people want to talk about the American Dream, but my dream is a world dream. It's a world in which everyone's main goal would be to help each other. The first thing I told my team on New Year's Day was, "You know, people say bad news travels fast, but this year let's make good news travel faster." You get back what you put out, and the more positive energy you put out, the more positive energy you'll get back. We had to do a lot of fighting in the past couple of years to get people to understand what we want to do, what we will do and what we're capable of doing.

I think it's so important for me, as an artist, to give Drake as much information as I can, A$AP, Kendrick [Lamar], Taylor Swift, any of these younger artists as much information as I can to make better music in the future. We should all be trying to make something that's better. It's funny that I worked at the Gap in high school, because in my past 15 years it seems like that's the place I stood in my creative path -- to be the gap, the bridge.

 

Yeezy then goes on to also touches on being considered an official professional in the fashion industry & those who doubt his abilities:

I was speaking at a fashion award ceremony -- I gave the head of Milk Studios, Mazdack Rassi, the first award of the night -- and I talked about the concept of "the fashion insider." I believe that everyone is a fashion insider, because it's illegal to be naked. But in all seriousness, the fashion world can say, "Yo, you know what I mean: the inside insiders." I saw this article that asked, "Should Kanye leave fashion to the professionals?" That question is really ignorant, in a way, because the second I sell my first T-shirt or my first shoe, doesn't that make me a professional? And when you sit down with Riccardo Tisci at the Louvre and he pitches the idea of you wearing a leather kilt, which could be considered by all of your gangbanging friends as some sort of a dress or skirt, at that point you are now a part of the fashion world. You have paid your dues to be an insider. I paid my dues when I had to wear a kilt in Chicago, and friends would say, "What's your boy got on?" But there are warriors that have killed people in kilts in the past. Who gets to decide what's hard and what's not hard? When I saw this kilt, I liked it. I was into it. It looked fresh to me. I felt creative; I didn't feel limited by some perception.

He also shared childhood experiences that sparked his interest in the fashion industry and how he has transformed into an innovator:

When I was working at the Gap at 15, I don't think I had any desire to actually make clothes, but I always felt like that's what I wanted to be around. I loved the fabrics, I loved the colors, I loved the proportions. Abercrombie was too expensive for me and the Gap was too expensive for me. Even though I worked at the Gap, I didn't get enough hours to get a discount because I was a part-time employee, because I went to high school. At that time I focused mostly on painting and basketball, but then I took two steps away from my potential career as an artist. I had scholarships to Saint Xavier, the Art Institute of Chicago -- I went to the American Academy of Art on an arts scholarship, but I stepped back from that to paint in a different way. I chose to paint sonically. To chop samples in a Warhol-type way. I just looked at civilization: I'd have an assignment to do an ink drawing that took me two weeks, three weeks, and I'd show it to my friends and they'd say, "Cool. My friend can draw. Now let's go play ball. Let's go downtown and talk to some girls." But when I'd work on a track, I'd work on it for just that afternoon -- chop up a sample, put some drums to it. And if my friends liked it, we'd make a tape of it and play it all the way downtown. We'd listen to it all night, keep rewinding it. I made a decision at that point to focus on painting with sound instead of painting visually. I loved music. I loved it more than I love it now. But I think that can happen with anything. You can live in New York for 10 years and say, "I now want to move to San Francisco." It's just harder for me to do music now, period. It's easier for people who focus on it all day and who are younger in their concept of what they want to do with it. I am not what I would consider truly a musician. I am an inventor. I am an innovator.

 

Later, he addressed TIDAL being apart of the Illuminati in which he says celebrities don't "run anything" and that those type of rumors are ridiculous! He said:

I heard a comment -- a joke -- about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world. I'm tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That's ridiculous. We don't run anything; we're celebrities. We're the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don't lose money on a contract. Madonna is in her 50s and gave everything she had to go up on an award show and get choked by her cape. She's judged for who she adopts. Fuck all of this sensationalism. We gave you our lives. We gave you our hearts. We gave you our opinions!

 

Peep his full essay here.
 

Check out his full spread, shot by Jackie Nickerson, below:

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Ye's issue hits newsstands April 27th.

In other YBF dads news...

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Producer Swizz Beatz and his cute daughter Nicole Dean are spending some quality daddy-daughter time together today. Swizz cherishes each and every moment he gets with his baby girl as she lives overseas in London with her mother. So when they're together, it's special. And she's looking JUST like her daddy!

 

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Looks like he took his baby girl out for a little retail therapy before grabbing lunch: 

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And it appears they grabbed a bite to eat on campus at her pops' institution Harvard Business School. He captioned, "I think she's likes #Harvard" Adorbs.

 

Photos: PAPER magazine/Swizz Beat's IG

 

NEW COUPLE ALERT?! Did Ciara Join NFLer Russell Wilson At Seattle Mariners Baseball Game?

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Hmm…is Ciara still a single lady? She was spotted spending time with Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson over the weekend and now we're wondering if a couple alert should be sounded off.  Check it out inside…

While we believe Ciara is a single lady these days (after calling it quits with her baby daddy Future last summer), it appears she may be hopping back in the dating pool.

Yesterday, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hit up the Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers baseball game at Safeco Field in Seattle. And it appears that he brought Ciara along for a home run…we mean, a fun day out at the field. Nothing wrong with that. Russell's a single man after he filed for divorce from his wife of two years in April 2014.

Now...peep CiCi's attire in the picture atop. She posted the flick yesterday. Got it? Now peep the pic below:

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The tops appear almost the same in both pics. Peep Russell trying to blend in behind a pair of shades.

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And in this pic you can see the top of CiCi's head and her shades. Hmmm...looks like it could be her. If it is her, this is definitely good publicity for her upcoming album and tour both dubbed as Jackie, dropping May 3rd & 4th.

 

If the twosome are an item, we see this as an upgrade...for both. If not, nothing wrong with having friends.

 

Photos: Ciara's IG/@MLB/@hiphopnc

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