Friday, May 30, 2014

DAMON DASH SPEAKS ON SOLANGE-GATE, STEVE STOUTE "BREAKING BLACKS UP" & HIS NEXT VENTURE!


L-R: Dame, Jay Z and Biggs

I have always been intrigued by the story behind the dismantling of Roc-A-Fella Records. A lot of it has to do with the fact that growing up I watched the label go from Jay Z being its sole artist and releasing the hit club single Ain't No N****  to the Roc-A-Fella brand morphing into a conglomerate of sorts with its record label, clothing line (Rocawear), film company (Roc-A-Fella Films) and alcoholic beverage venture (Armadale). The co-owners of Roc-A-Fella --Shawn "Jay Z" CarterDamon "Dame" Dash, and Kareem "Biggs" Burke reminded me of guys I grew up with, so to see them succeed on that level was a source of inspiration. 

Not to mention I really enjoyed seeing the camaraderie amongst the guys. You could tell they truly enjoyed being around one another and lived by the creed Jay Z once rapped: If every n**** in your clique is rich, your clique is rugged, nobody will fall 'cause everyone will be each others crutches

So whenever the opportunity presents itself and more information surfaces about the demise of Roc-A-Fella (thanks Dame!), I'm always game to blog about it!


Former Roc-A-Fella Records co-owner Damon "Dame" Dash recently commented on the EPIC altercation --or as I like to call it Solange-gate, that occurred between Solange Knowles and his former close friend and business partner Jay Z, during the MET Gala festivities earlier this month.
                              

Like the majority of us, Dame thought the leaked video was funny! He explained, "nobody teases Jay except [me]. He added, "this was the first people were [able to] freely express themselves about Jay." 

Listen to Dame discuss his thoughts on the rumors that Solange-gate stemmed from Jay Z and his ex-wife (whom he still refers to as his "wife"), designer Rachel Roy, engaging in an inappropriate relationship; why he feels Steve Stoute "breaks blacks up" to get robbed by corporation; and what's up next for Dame, after the break!

Monday, May 19, 2014

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FIX: BEYONCE AND JAY Z'S STAR-STUDDED "RUN" + MORE!


Beyoncé and Jay Z released through Parkwood Entertainment and Roc Nation, their respective management company, a star-studded "Run" video trailer. 

The trailer was released just in time to promote the couple's upcoming 16-city "On The Run" tour. This video also puts some distance between the couple and that EPIC video that hit the net last week.

The "Run" video was directed by Melina Matsoukas who has directed several videos for Beyoncé from "Upgrade U" to her current video "Pretty Hurts", off her self-titled album.

Check out the video plus MORE after the break!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 MET GALA RED CARPET: THE 13 BEST DRESSED!


The annual Met Gala took place last night (May 5) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and notable figures in the fashion, arts and entertainment world, strutted their designer ‘fits on the red carpet.


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The primary goal of the Gala is to raise money to support the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. A ticket to the Gala can cost a whooping $25,000.  Last years Gala raised a reported $9 million. 

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The gala also serves as an opening celebration for the Institute's annual fashion exhibit. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue Magazine and chair of the event, oversees both the benefit committee and the guest list. 

Needless to say, only those Ms. Wintour deems worthy to sit with her make the guest list though she’s not above doing a favor or two for a friend.

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Each year the Gala has a theme. This years theme was: Charles James: Beyond Fashion. James was a fashion designer known as "America's First Couturier” (high fashion/haute couture designer) because of his skillful cutting and highly structured designs.

Speaking of designs, check out my pick of the 13 best dressed after the break!