Saturday, April 30, 2016

LOW BAR SET For DONALD TRUMP On LARRY WILMORE!!!



Thursday, April 28, The NIGHTLY SHOW With LARRY WILMORE Host LARRY WILMORE moderated a Panel Discussion between CNN Contributor/former SOUTH CAROLINA Rep. BAKARI SELLERS (D: 90), and NIGHTLY SHOW Contributors HOLLY WALKER and RORY ALBANESE to discuss/debate the low bar set for DONALD TRUMP, and Trump gearing-up to face-off against HILLARY CLINTON during!!! the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!!!

-CCG


#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - RED CARPET @ 2016 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION DINNER!!!

102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

KERRY WASHINGTON


#BLACKGIRLMAGIC is casting its spell over WASHINGTON, DC, this evening as President and First Lady BARACK and MICHELLE OBAMA are hosting the 102nd ANNUAL WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION DINNER at the WASHINGTON HILTON HOTEL... their eighth and final opportunity to host this occasion!!!

Feast, Salivate, and Lick Your Lips over some of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Gorgeous Gems who carried their Candy Cakes down the catwalk, 'cause #BLACKGIRLSROCK on the 2016 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION DINNER RED CARPET.

-CCG


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

SHONDA RHIMES


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

ARETHA FRANKLIN


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

GAYLE KING


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

VIVICA A. FOX


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

GABRIELLE UNION


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

ROSARIO DAWSON


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

JADA PINKETT SMITH


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

RAVEN-SYMONE


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

NENE LEAKES


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

LA LA ANTHONY


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

TAMRON HALL


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GUGU MBATHA-RAW


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REGINA KING


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

OMAROSA MANIGAULT


102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

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PRINCE On ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MAG!!!



Last Thursday, April 21, HIP ROYAL PURPLENESS Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Producer/Bandleader/Actor/Philanthropist PRINCE ROGERS NELSON  passed away at his MINNEAPOLIS, MN, home/studio at the age of 57!!!

Because of his worldwide influence, the PRINCE magazine tribute issues continue to pour onto the newsstands.

The PURPLE ONE covers the new issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Magazine.


-CCG



BRAZILIAN Photographer HELEN MOZAO Presents GORDA FLOR!!!


SALVADOR, BAHIA, BRAZIL Photographer HELEN MOZAO presents a Body-Positive, Fat-Empowerment editorial series for BIG BEAUTIFUL WOMEN Of COLOR - GORDA FLOR (FAT FLOWER)!!!

GORDA FLOR was shot on the sunny streets of the beautiful SANTO ANTONIO neighborhood of SALVADOR, featuring Models DANDER FRANCA, LIANE DOREA, LOURANI MARIA, NAJARA DOS SANTOS SOUZA, and TANIA NERES.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

PRINCE On BILLBOARD MAG!!!

Last Thursday, April 21, the world really found out what it sounds like when doves cry as HIS ROYAL PURPLENESS Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Producer/Bandleader/Philanthropist PRINCE ROGERS NELSON  passed away at his MINNEAPOLIS, MN, home/studio at the age of 57!!!

In memoriam, PRINCE covers the new issue of BILLBOARD Magazine.

-CCG



RELATIONSHIPS FRIDAY: MICHELLE HOPE On THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!


GOOD FRIDAY!!!

Friday, April 29, in NYC, Human Sexuality Educator/Trainer/Media Personality MICHELLE HOPE was at the POWER 105.1 studios for an interview with THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!

During the session MICHELLE and TBC discussed a myriad of topic including Sex Education for Children, HIV/AIDS, Discussing Sex before Having Sex, Introducing and Furthering Foreplay, Having Survived Multiple Episodes of Sexual Assault and Referring to Herself a RAPE THRIVER, and so Much MORE.

HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS FRIDAY!!!

PEACE, LOVE, And RELATIONSHIPS FRIDAY BLESSINGS;

-CCG



SLAM 200 READERS SURVEY: PART 2!!!



In anticipation and preparation for their forthcoming SLAM 200 issue, the really good folks at SLAM Magazine are presenting part two of their SLAM 200: READERS SURVEY, where they are requesting your input on all things from the SLAM ERA (1994 - PRESENT)!!!

If you have a few minutes of spare time, click on over and complete SLAM 200: READERS SURVEY - PART 2: The PLAYERS.

-CCG

Thursday, April 28, 2016

HOW JAZZ SAVED HIP HOP AGAIN On PLAYBOY MAG!!!



Nothing more influential than rap music
I merge jazz fusion with the trap music
I mix black soul with some rock and roll
They never box me in.
—KENDRICK LAMAR, BLACK FRIDAY
These lines, taken from a freestyle that Compton artist KENDRICK LAMAR released in late November 2015, land between a riff about what the WHITE HOUSE would be like if KANYE WEST took over and a slick comparison of Lamar’s DNA to the psychedelic drug DMT!!! 
As usual, the rapper delivers a blast of quotable lyrics across the track, but it’s the above salvo that sharply sums up Lamar’s TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY—the 2015 album that garnered him a historic 11 Grammy nominations—and the small, tight-knit cast of L.A. jazz musicians who helped create it.
Saxophonist KAMASI WASHINGTON, Producer/Saxophonist TERRACE MARTIN and bassist STEPHEN THUNDERCAT BRUNER are all second-generation musicians, now in their early to mid-30s, who grew up together in SOUTH LOS ANGELES (The L.A. City Council formally changed the name from “South-Central” in 2003 in an effort to downplay the area’s longtime association with gang violence, riots and poverty.).
Double-digit murder rates and gangsta-rap videos don’t tell the full story of the L.A. into which these artists were born.
Theirs was also a world of multi-school jazz bands and such venues as the WORLD STAGE PERFORMANCE GALLERY, a pocket-size arts space in the Leimert Park neighborhood that has hosted Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean and Art Blakey. 
Founded in 1989 by Drummer BILLY HIGGINS and Poet/Community Activist KAMAU DAAOOD, the Stage provided a place for jazz musicians to learn from—and spar with—the greats.
TERRACE MARTIN met KENDRICK LAMAR when the rapper was still in high school. Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, which would become Lamar’s label, had a small home studio in Carson, where he let Martin make beats. Lamar, Top Dawg producer Sounwave and rapper Jay Rock were also around, tending to their nascent careers. 
TERRACE said;
“We did a song together to get a deal at Warner Bros. - 'I’ma Tell My Mama on You,’ with Kendrick on the hook. 
They’re gonna hate me if anyone ever hears that song.” Martin and Lamar have been tight ever since.
JAZZ and HIP HOP are arguably America’s first and last true art forms, and have enjoyed a rich if complicated relationship since the early 1970s.
Before old jazz records became a go-to resource for hip-hop producers, the biggest rap records of the 1980s were largely derived from contemporary pop. But with Run-DMC’s early use of James’s songs and Eric B. & Rakim reintroducing James Brown’s funk on their debut album, hip-hop opened up a new lane for recordings that had mostly gone unnoticed by young people in the 1980s. Some established artists balked at the sample use, and rappers retorted—most notably the first hip-hop band, Stetsasonic, with its 1988 single “Talkin All That Jazz.”
Eventually rappers and producers worked directly with traditional jazz musicians. 
Legendary saxophonist (and notorious rap critic) Branford Marsalis tapped DJ Premier to co-produce his crossover album Buckshot LeFonque. Premier also contributed heavily to his late partner Guru’s Jazzmatazzseries. Miles Davis’s posthumous album Doo-Bop, a collaboration with Easy Mo Bee, was the visionary trumpeter’s own version of hip-hop.
Since its inception, rap has gone from subculture to corporate juggernaut to some odd hybrid of the two, all while spawning countless mutations. Its relationship with jazz has withstood each era, less popular but just as potent, thanks to standout music from Madlib, the Roots, J Dilla and the Beatniks. 
But it took COMPTON Rapper KENDRICK LAMAR and that small brotherhood of L.A. jazz players to bring it back to the forefront.
PLAY'BOY Journalist BRANDEN PETERS brings forth the words and Photographer OLIVIA JAFFE presents the images give us the full story on HOW JAZZ SAVED HIP HOP AGAIN.
-CCG





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RED CARPET @ 2016 TIME 100 GALA!!!

2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

NICKI MINAJ


Tuesday, April 26, the stars came out to shine in NYC for the 2016 TIME 100 GALA: TIME 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE In The WORLD that took place at JAZZ At LINCOLN CENTER!!!

Feast, Salivate, and Lick Your Lips over some of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Glamorous Gems who carried their Candy Cakes down the catwalk for the 2016 TIME 100 GALA RED CARPET.

-CCG


2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

GAYLE KING



2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

JAHA DUKUREH



2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

GINA RODRIGUEZ


2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

TINASHE


2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

OBIAGELI EZEKWESIELI


2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

PADMA LAKSHMI


2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD



2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

PRIYANKA CHOPRA



2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet

WENDY DENG



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DOITALL: UNDERGROUND!!!



You will probably remember DOITALL as one-third of legendary NEWARK, NJ-born-and-based Hip Hop group LORDS Of The UNDERGROUND!!!

Rapper/Producer/Activist/TV-Film Producer DOITALL drops the fresh-out-the-lab visual treatment to his new single, UNDERGROUND.
Press PLAY and ENJOY!!!






-CCG





KEY & PEELE On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!


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Actors/Comedians/Filmmakers KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY and JORDAN PEELE are the notoriously popular duo, KEY & PEELE, who host the COMEDY CENTRAL show, KEY & PEELE,, have a brand-spankin' new film KEANU, that opens Friday, April 29, and they cover the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

On how the "Mr. GARVEY" sketch addressed BLACK PEOPLE reclaiming their identity via naming their children:

“What’s interesting is if you think about it, it’s the first time something has happened like that in thousands of years where people said, ‘we are going to repurpose our own experience. [A] name such as Dejaquan is not African, it’s not American, it’s African American. In the ’60s and ‘70s, it started to become a creative thing. It’s really a uniquely American experience.”

On how the LUTHER sketch addressed BLACK MEN being perceived as an aggressive threat, how President BARACK OBAMA is not immune to that stereotype:

“The ‘Luther’ sketch was originally our attempt to say what we felt like everybody in the country was observing or thinking about the way Obama was being treated. You had Trump throwing out the birth certificate stuff and questioning Barack Obama’s citizenship. Just like those deep insults. So, for us, it was like Luther bubbled out of us as someone that can say what everybody is thinking. So we know Barack Obama is thinking it as well. If Obama gets too angry or shows too much of his aggression, people are going to think he is just an angry Black man. I think we’re still living in that country.”

On the comedic influences of RICHARD PRYOR, DAVE CHAPELLE, MARTIN LAWRENCE, GEORGE CARLIN, BILL COSBY, and the recent tragedy of Bill Cosby:

PEELE said;

“Honestly, it’s a sad and confusing situation. There is no real right way to deal with something like this. I like to think that you can enjoy comedy as something that’s universal and you can separate what you know about a person from when you listen to one of their albums. I like to think that, but I’m not going in there for some more Cosby right now.”
KEY said;
“We like to think we can be objective about the art, but it’s the same thing like the baseball records that are held by Ty Cobb. No one can top them and he was a horrible human being, so we don’t talk about the records that he still holds. I think you’re inexorably linked. Who you are as a person and how you much you give of yourself truly and authentically, will always be linked to the work that you do. I don’t know if you can separate it. You should be able to separate it like you said, I think you should be able to. It’s weird. Pablo Picasso was apparently a horrible misogynist, but people still go and celebrate the work. When it comes to Cosby, the character, the persona that we all grew to love, I think we all feel betrayed. We thought that was part of what made the comedy work and maybe it didn’t. Maybe it was just good writing. It’s tough.”
On how they hope the court of public opinion will  new the legacy of their work"
KEY said;
“If our movies and our sketches can be seen like Trains, Planes and Automobiles we’ll take that because that will never not be funny. That movie will always be funny. I’d liked the next generations to not understand what the fuss was about. That’s what I would love. I would love for them to say, ‘So it’s a comedy sketch, so it’s funny, so what?’ The most wonderful legacy would be for us to be irrelevant to the next generations, racially not comedically. I would love for the sketches to stand on their own comedically and what it made it special. And hopefully, judged by the fact that we were funny and not judged by being people of color.”
CCG


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I LOVE 2 EAT #109: FOOD LOVERS - CHEESE On ATLANTA MAG!!!

Meet ATLANTA Cheese Pioneer RUSS McCALL discover the TOP 12 ATLANTA CHEESE DISHES, learn as  ZEB STEVENSON TEACHES The COMPLEX ART Of The SIMPLE GRILLED CHEESE, and so Much MORE in The FOOD LOVERS GUIDE: CHEESE EDITION of ATLANTA Magazine!!!

-CCG

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