Last night Grammy Award winning rap superstar Kanye Wesr took the stage last night at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC during the Adult Swim Upfronts. Watch as he performs some of his classic hits as well as a new track Awesome off his upcoming album which possibly might hit store this summer.
Last night music exec LA Reid held a private showcase for his latest rising star on EpicGinny Blackwell. Guest who came out to show love included label mates Ciara, Leah Labelle, Karmin as well as Nicole Scherzinger , Polow Da Don& more. Peep more shots from the special event below.
Last night we had the pleasure of attending a private screening of Grammy Award winning rapper Common’s anticipated film LUV. The screening in NYC held at the Crosby theater was perfect for this coming of age story between a man and his nephew which showed a day in the life of a Man in Maryland. Though Common was incredible in the film the breakout star is definitely NYC native Michael Rainey JR. The movie directed Sheldon Candis by also stars Charles S Dutton , Danny Glover, Michael K Williams, Dennis Haysbert , Meagan Good & Lonette McKee. Make sure you go out and see the film in theaters on Jan 18th and if you need any convincing watch footage from the private Q&A session that took place right after the screening below.
Last night Mona Scott Young brought out the heavy hitters in media to attend a private screening for the premiere of season 3 of her hit VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop. The cast which included Yandy Smith, Joe Budden (with girlfriend Kaylin Garcia), Tahiry Jose, Erica Mena, Rich Dollaz, Consequence, Jen the Pen, Raqi Thunda, Lore’l, Winter Ramos, and Rashidah Ali where all turned up in attendance minus (Olivia Longott who was in Italy sadly. Peep pics and exclusive footage from the question & answer session hosted by Hot 97’s Laura Styles and J. Medina below and look out for the season 3 premiere on Jan 7th at 8pm on VH1.
Last night rap superstar Jay-Ztook the stage at the Barclay Center for his New Years Eve concert with Cold Play. Check out a clip of Hova bringing in 2013 with Chris Martin & Bridget Kelly on stage below.
Last night we had the pleasure of seeing Grammy Award winner Melanie Fiona perform live in NYC at the Grammercy Theater and lets just say if you wasnt there you missed one hell of a live show. The Toronto born diva performed all of her hit singles like ‘ Give It To My Right ‘ ‘ It Kills Me’ ‘ 4 Am’ ‘ Change The Record ‘ Fool For You ‘ among other classic fan favorites from her 2 albums. We also got to speak exclusively with the Roc Nation diva about her recent Grammy Nomination and whats to come in the future for the shining star. Check out what she had to say below then watch exclusive footage from the show if you couldn’t be there, and if you was then just relive some classic momwents.
MELANIE FIONA INTERVIEW
Pics courtesy of Christina Mallas aka Dirty Souf Yankee
Last week we had the privilege to stop by the 1 Act Give Back event in NYC which brought together kids of all ages to help victims of Hurricane Sandy while promoting health and fitness with Waa-Tah. Young rising stars Jordan Newt, Angelique Sabrina & Ryan Beatty performed for the special event which was the perfect way to spread the word about staying healthy and promoting awareness about giving back. Watch exclusive interviews with the rising stars as well as footage from the performance below and see why you should join them and help give back because every little bit counts. #1ACTGIVEBACK
Check out this exclusive interview with singer/actress Lamyia Good. The r&b diva spoke with YIF exclusively about her new projects including the group Hello Girls with her sister actress Meagan Good, her solo project, acting & more. Get to know the rising star below then check out the video for her latest single ‘Graduate Me’ featuring Tyga.
So When did you first know you wanted to be an entertainer? How did u get into acting,And what was your first big break?
A. I guess there’s a difference between ppl who are just born entertainers there’s no lightbulb that goes off one day and says “I want to be an entertainer” but for most there is a moment of understanding what you need to do in order to pursue it as a career and for me it came around 13 I was always singing dancing acting for as long as I can remember. Lol…as far as my big break Lol I don’t think I’ve had it yet but I def had my 1st door of great opportunity open with my record deal with my 1st group ISYSS to La Ried at ARISTA records.
Who inspired you growing up?
A: I absolutely have to say one if my major influences was Janet Jackson! I sang all her stuff! But I have a grocery list of artist who inspired me as an entertainer both musically and Acting
Did you and your sister Meagan have any sibling rivalry growing up?
A: Lol sibling rivalry…NO… But we did not get along in our early years from about 9 up to about 14 lol we are just two completely different ppl and as a child u have to LEARN how to appreciate people differences and once we did that we fell in love…. inseparable. As far as The business goes…it was just that to us …business we just enjoyed performing whoever it was who was working at the time the other was just happy to be there lol
How was your experience being in Issys? And do you keep in touch with any of the girls now?
A: some of the best years working in the music business to date! We had a ball!!! Learned and grew as people and as artist..of course we had trials and tribulations as well but we are sisters. We were friends working together looong before we got our deal at ARISTA and I am STILL close to all of them they’re family we’ve been thru weddings and even one of us bringing a beautiful baby girl into the world! Nothing but love there!
Describe yourself as an artist/ sound/style ?
A: My sound as an Artist is smooth sensual vocals over bass driven tracks with an unmistakable edge def r&b but I love doing dance music too!
We recently featured ur video with the Hello Girls for Beep Beep. How did the group with your sister n other members come about?
A: short version..we are childhood friends and family we are ALL actors/artist we spend a good 75% of our time together and share a common goal of shining a more positive light on young woman thru our music! Only made sense to unite our skills…Waaalaaa “magic” lol birth to the HELLOGIRLS
What can we expect from yall?
A: An Empire infused of music, movies entertainment and community work last but certainly not least woman supporting each other’s talent and skills!
Now what made you want to do the solo thing at the same time and how did ur collaboration with Tyga for ‘ Graduate Me’ Come about?
A: we are all doing our individual projects in music and film that’s kinda what our group represents the unity of 4 solo entities to create a super presence! The song “Graduate me” was produced by my long time and ridiculously talented friend Riley Urick and Me,Lambolux,Knotch,BMAC,and our boy Phonix added his touch on the track. It was a record to represent the place I was at in relation to what I want out of my relationship. They are a give and take but at that time I was in need of being the student to learn to grow, its what I was longing for. The more I listened to the record I knew that TYGA was who I needed on it … It was edgy and sexy I’m a fan of his so my sister and I reached out to him and asked him to be a part and soon as he heard it he understood it! Perfect fit! to the record I was truly blessed to work with this group of ppl they are at the top of their game and on a fast track to the top of THE game!
We recently peeped you in ” video girl” do you have more things in the work on the acting side?
A.Absolutly! I started in acting i took a break after getting signed with ISYSS and I recently got back in the game I’ve got two more movies “Act Like You Love Me” and another TY hodges film called “Trevor Charlie and a girl named savanah” ive also got a few more projects I’ve been cast in and am pursuing producing as well. Lots to look forward to in the near future I’m exited but most of all Grateful to God for the blessings he’s pouring down on me and my family…truly Grateful.
Last night r&b diva LaTocha Scott formally of the hit group Xscape hit the stage in NYC at BBkings as one of the featured guest for RnbSpotlight alongside soul singer Kenny Lattimore. The soulful diva performed a medley of her Xscape hits as well as her new single ‘ Bad Timing’. Peep her performance from last nights show below and see why you shouldnt miss the next showcase.
Last night the cast of VH1′s hit reality series Love & Hip Hop Atlanta held a private meet & greet with press & media in NYC at the Griffin to of course answer the questions that everyone’s been trying to ask since the start of this hot new season. Cast members Stevie J & his protege Joseline were in attendance along with r&b diva K. Michelle & rap star Scrappy. We were able to watch the latest episode with the cast as well as executive producer Mona Scott Young before the Q&A session took place. Check out pics & exclusive video from the event in which Stevie J & Joseline of course dodge the relationship answers but speaks on their working relationship. Scrappy of course had to answer the questions about how he really feels about his baby mother Erica, his overbearing mother & of course his rap career. K. Michelle revealed all about how she really feels about the Memphitz situation, her upcoming new music & more.
MONA SCOTT YOUNG SPEAKS
STEVIE J & JOSELINE SPEAKS ON RESPONSE & RELATIONSHIP
K MICHELLE SPEAKS ON MEMPHITZ & TOYA
K MICHELLE SPEAKS ON FAN RESPONSE
WILL STEVIE J WORK WITH SCRAPPY & K MICHELLE
THE CAST SPEAK ON WHAT THEY LEARNED SINCE FILMING THE SHOW & K MICHELLE SINGS