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Singer/Songwriter Tristan Cole has definitely been on our radar for a few years since we first met him in NYC.The North Carolina native has truly made some waves in the music business since over the last for years , so it only made sense that we had to talk with him for a special feature. The triple threat who sites MC Hammer , Michael Jackson , Backstreet Boys & NSYNC as some of his earlier inspirations took to the stage just lik them at an early age and has never looked back. While embarking on his journey to music the southern crooner made his way to NYC to pursue his career in music and even had the opportunity to perform for music executive Lou Pearlman ( Britney Spears,Backstreet Boys,NSYNC ) himself. Now if that wasn’t proof that this rising star was well on his way, then i don’t know what is. Tristan even had the chance to work with the infamous singer/songwriter Andrea Warren as well collaborated with Jam Artist on his single ‘Fun’ and Jacob Colon on his single ‘Sweat’. The triple threat continued to make some noise over the past few years with his fan favorite singles ‘Lucky’ ,’Do It’ , ‘Magic’ & ‘With The Devil’ so of course he had to get back in the studio and give fans what they’ve been waiting for. Now he’s back with his new single ‘Body Shots’which features rapper Eddie Heartthrob and trust me when i tell you , this will definitely be the song of the summer that will instantly be in heavy rotation. With music like this , its clear why Tristan is one to watch , but if you don’t believe then you will just have to see for yourself because this video is only just a taste of whats to come. Check out our exclusive interview with him below then watch the world premiere of his new video for his single ‘Body Shots’ which you can download via Spotify HERE.

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Now its been awhile since we featured any new rap artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass up on this one. Rapper/Producer/Designer Unicorn aka Kherk Cobain is a rising star straight out of Newark, NJ who has been making some noise over the last year in the music game. The triple threat who sites artist like Calvin Harris , Wu-Tang Clan , Gucci Mane & 3 6 Mafia as influences has truly just started to make a name for himself. As a designer working with Coogi , he found a way to rebuild the iconic brand with his fashion sense and brought in a whole new fan base as a fashion trendsetter.Now if this wasn’t enough his music started to take off working with acts like DJ K Swift & more which helped him to form partnerships with brands like Nautica which was just the beginning for big things to come. Last year his music really took off with the release of his single ‘Its Time’ which has been featured on Hot 97 , Power 105.1 & Sway In The Morning. Now with the release of his upcoming EP its clear that his star is only gonna continue to rise. Listen to our exclusive interview below to see whats next for the rising star and check out the premiere of his new video ‘MEXSICKO BITY’ shot on location in Mexico City during the Dia De Los Muertos celebration for just a taste of whats to come.

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Check out the World Premiere of his new video for his single ‘MEXSICKO BITY’

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Now its been awhile since we featured any new r&b artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass up on this one. Singer/Songwriter/Dancer Nova RnB is a rising star born and raised right in the heart of Brooklyn , NYC. The triple threat always had a passion for music and at the tender age of 7 is when he first knew that he wanted to be an entertainer. The soulful crooner who sites Michael Jackson , Usher , Donnie Hathaway , Stevie Wonder , Brian McKnight , Biggie , Nas & Jay-Z as his inspiration was well on his way to pursue his dreams. Now as Nova began his journey in music and joined an r&b group he then teamed up with the infamous NYC Dance crew The Amount Boyz which opened him up to a whole new world. Now as a professional dancer & background vocalist working with the likes of Amerie & Jaheim , it was clear that Nova was born to be a star. Now while performing behind others , the triple threat honed his craft as a solo artist which meant it was only a matter of time before he stepped out on center stage by himself. With the release of his upcoming mixtape ’80’s Baby’ its clear that his star is only gonna continue to rise. Listen to our exclusive interview below to see whats next for the rising star and check out his new single ‘Guilty Conscience’ for a taste of whats to come.

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Last week we had the pleasure of coming out to the Public Theater for the first time to catch the play ‘Aint No Mo’ which everyone has been raving about. We first head of the show a month earlier after a friend of ours actor Khalil Kain spoke so highly of the show, so instantly i had to see what it was all about. The playwright Jordan E Cooper has truly put together a masterpiece that is like no other and to top of it, he also stars in the show as well. Now although i didn’t know exactly what to expect from the show , walking into the theater at LuEsther Hall was clearly going to be an experience i would never forget. The show which also starred an ensemble cast started out with a bang as a minster & his congregation mourned the loss of a loved one while celebrated the arrival of a new president Barack Obama. Within minutes of the show the audience was taken on a roller coaster of emotions as the room turned into a comical yet inspirational church service that had the audience engaged in every way like we were truly in our home church. But things quickly took a turn for the worse as the show jumped years ahead dealing with the toxic reality of the current president Trump in office.

What we experienced next was truly a sad look into what could be the future for many of us as an African American in a country where we may never feel like we truly belong. What Jordan and the shows director Stevie Walker-Webb brought to light was something that needed to be seen as many live in fear of what may possibly come in the near future. The play which is a satire in many ways finds comedy through the reality of darkness where some cant seem to find any light. Jordan touches on many different aspects of life when it comes to being black in America in this play from finding acceptance as a member of the LGBT community , black lives matter , abortion , reality tv stereotypes , prison & more. With the theme of returning to Africa for a better way of life throughout the show , one would think that this could actually be a possibility due to today’s social and political climate but what Jordan does with this show is exactly what is needed to have to start a real conversation.

The stellar performances from Jordan and his cast mates Marchánt Davis,Fedna Jacquet
, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ebony Marshall-Oliver & Simone Recasner
will leave you breathless and wanting more and from the looks out of it , it seems like we just might get exactly what were waiting for. If you haven’t seen this play yet , please do yourself a favor and see this incredible show before it closes on May 5th as tickets can be purchased HERE. This must see show is so powerful and deserves to be seen in every way possible and with the help of its producer Lee Daniels we can only imagine whats next to come for this masterpiece. Hopefully the show will make it’s way to the big stage on Broadway or in the form of a film but one thing we know for sure is that Jordan E Cooper’s work of art is something to be treasured. Check out our exclusive interview with the rising star as he opens up about his journey from Texas and why he is one to watch below.

Exclusive Interview


Now its been awhile since we featured any new r&b artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass up on this one. Singer/Songwriter/Producer JoeeBilli is a rising star born and raised in Charleston , West Virginia who now resides in Los Angeles with dreams of finally stepping into his own spotlight. Now it only make sense that the VA native was inspired by superstars like Pharrell Williams , Timbaland & Jay-Z who have all made their mark in this business , so its clear with his drive & ambition that he is ready to follow in their footsteps. After traveling the states as a DJ , Joee finally decided to pursue his talent as a producer and made the big move to LA. Joee Billi has worked with some of musics finest producing tracks for the late & great Nipsey Hussle , Tank , K Camp , Casey Veggies , Siya & more so of course of he could do it for them why not do it for himself. Finally he has released his new single ‘Feel Like This’ off his highly anticipated debut album ‘The Billi Show’ and trust me from the buzz hes been getting, this is one star that is clearly on the rise. Check out our exclusive interview with him below , then get into the video for his single ‘Feel Like This’ which is on sale now on all music platforms HERE. Keep up to date with Joee Bill on his official site at www.TheBilliShow.Com

Joee Billi Interview

“Feel Like This Video”

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So its been awhile since we have featured any new talent on here , but this is one women who was worth getting the spotlight attention. Actress/Writer/Producer and all around artist Shana Solomon is a rising star who has just began to take on the world of Hollywood. The Bronx,NY native first dreamed of becoming an actress after starring in a school play as Cinderella at the tender age of 8 and from then on there was no looking back, this was truly what she wanted to be. The Lehman College graduate paid her dues in NYC taking classes and perfecting her craft for years until she landed her first big break on TV on the groundbreaking NBC series ‘Law & Order SVU’. Now with an incredible resume this actress credits include roles on NBC’s “Shades Of Blue” with Jennifer Lopez, BET’s “First Wives Club” with Jill Scott, TBS’s “Search Party”, Amazon Studios “Modern Love”, HBO’s “The Deuce”, Steven Spielberg’s and Ed Burns’, “Public Morals” ,”The Big Sick” with Ray Romano, “Born Guilty” , “Crown Heights with Lakeith Stanfield & HBO’s “Divorce” with Sarah Jessica Parker its clear that Shana is already on her way to greatness.

With a resume like that one would think an artist would be satisfied, but that just wasnt enough for the actress. She decided to not just wait on a role and created her own one woman show ‘The Closet Bitch’ which she wrote , produced and starred in. Now with the success of her show , it only made sense that she would bring it to life on screen. She then teamed up with her partner director William Alexander Runnels to create her web-series and now the world is finally starting to see the brilliance of this seasoned actress that is just beginning to shine. Check out our exclusive interview with the shining star then tune into the web series which drops very Tues via Youtube at The Closet Bitch.

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Last night we had the pleasure of attending BET’s private screening of their highly anticipated series “American Soul”. The hour drama which is based on the late & great Don Cornelius and his iconic tv series “Soul Train” is sure to be a hit . The private event held at the New World Stages was beautifully transformed into a celebration of the iconic series which has been brought back to life with the help of executive producer Jessie Collins. Stars of the upcoming series include Sinqua Walls , Jason Dirden , Kelly Price , Jelani Winston , Iantha Richardson , Christopher Jefferson , Katyln Nichol , Shannon Wallace & Perri Camper and yes they were all in attendance for the big event. Other notable guest who came out to support included actress Naturi Naughton , singers Elle Varner , HoodCelebritty and Tony Cornelius the son of the late & great creator. The show will tell the story of how Don Cornelius made history and changed the world with his groundbreaking dance series which aired for over 3 decades. This scripted drama will show the journey of a man who wanted to be just more than a DJ and ended up changing black culture as we know it. Now of course we couldn’t just attend and not talk with some of the cast, so check out our exclusive interview with the men of the must see series and tune into the premiere when it airs on February 9th at 9pm only on BET.

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Last night i head the pleasure of attending Radio One’s first ever award show the Urban ONE Honors. The special event held at The Anthem in Washington D.C. was jam packed with media , entertainment , political & sports industry veterans along with fans Some of this years special honorees included Brandy Norwood , Jermaine Dupri , June Ambrose , Shaun King , Rotimi , Tom Joyner , Marvin Sapp , Teyana Taylor , Jade Novah , Benny Pough , Dr Nadia Lopez & Eleanor Holmes Norton. Now if that wasn’t enough for black star power , some of our favorites were also in attendance to present awards and hit the stage as performers. Stars like Elle Varner , Ray J , Da Brat , Traci Braxton , L.A. Reid , K-Ci Hailey , Johnny Gill , Q Parker(112) , Bryan Michael Cox , Donnie Simpson , Roland Martin , Vann Jones , Avery Sunshine & Michael Eric Dyson came out for the special evening which was definitely one for the books. Check out pics and our exclusive interview as we talk with some of this years honorees and look for the show hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley to air soon on TV One.


This past weekend some of Hollywood’s finest took over The AMC Empire 25 movie theater in NYC for the 2018 UrbanWorld Film Festival. Press , filmmakers & some lucky fans came out daily to attend special screenings of highly anticipated films , tv shows , panels & more exclusively before they are released to the general public. Thursday “PIMP” which stars KeKe Palmer was just the beginning of incredible films to be screening for the festival and trust me this movie was a must see. The Lee Daniels produced film took home the Audience Award for Best feature film due to the powerful performances from KeKe & Aunjanue L. Ellis. Friday’s Spotlight feature was “Widows” and it was clear that UrbanWorld knew exactly what the audience needed to see. The explosive film which stars Viola Davis , Liam Neeson , Michelle Rodriguez , Cynthia Erivio , Daniel Kaluuya , Colin Farrell & Elizabeth Debicki had the audience on their edge of their seat one minute , then screaming or gasping next at the action packed film which is sure to take over the Box Office when it’s hits theaters in Novemeber.

Now if that wasn’t enough , Saturday was jam packed with so much black star power in the building for the festivals closing night. Comedic superstar Lil Rel Howrey stopped by the festival to preview a new episode of his upcoming FOX series “REL”.
Superstar actress Tasha Smith was joined by legendary actress Telma Hopkins and other cast members to premiere their upcoming BET film “Running Out Of Time”. The special screening ended with the cast sitting down for a Q&A as they dropped gems on the crowd of aspiring actors , directors & more who clearly loved every minute of the action packed thriller. To close out this year’s festival , the spotlight feature was the highly anticipated 20th Century Fox Film “The Hate U Give”. Two of the film’s stars Amandla Stenberg & Algee Smith were in attendance along with the film’s director George Tillman to premiere the emotional film which left everyone speechless. Notable stars also in attendance to see the must see movie of the year included Boris Kodjoe , Niecey Nash , Joe Morton , Simone Missick and Omar Dorsey. The movie which hit home for the audience due to the film’s portrayal of a girl and her family dealing with the aftermath of another innocent black man being killed by Police Brutality , was just the film we needed to see to keep the conversation going that Black Lives Matter.

The movie which sent us on an emotional roller coaster was beautifully done so it was only right that we all stood up to give their brilliant work of Art a standing ovation. Oscar nominated director Ava Duvernay joined the cast and director for a special Q&A to talk about the powerful film which were sure will be the movie of the year. Amandla Stenberg’s brilliant portrayal of “Starr” will definitely be praised by the masses and every award she receives is well deserved. This year’s film festival once again proved that African Americans and other minority’s are just as powerful on the screen and behind the lenses and one things for sure , I will always support this festival whenever i can because it shows us that our work is just as important , powerful and brilliant when given the right representation. Hopefully you were there this year , but if you weren’t check out exclusive footage from this year’s festival below.


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Now its been awhile since we featured any new r&b artist that was worth getting our spotlight attention, but we definitely couldn’t pass up on this one. Singer/Rapper/Songwriter Shade Valintino is a rising star born and raised right in here Queens/Long Island New York who grew up singing at the tender age of 8 . His early inspirations include a mixture of artist including LL Cool J , R.Kelly , Mase & Nelly which you can definitely hear and see in his artistry. Now with his team Vali Boyz the father of two who sites his kids as the reason why he grinds so hard , created a movement which has allowed him to grow a nice fan base that’s clearly helped him to travel the states promoting his music.

The rising star has hit the stage opening up for legendary acts including Wu Tang Clan , The Lox and most recently The Diplomats on their Dipset Forever Reunion Tour. With the success of his fan favorite single ‘Hit It’ which features rapper Jaquae , Shade was able to secure a distribution deal for ‘his new singles ‘I Got It’ & ‘Beautiful Bad’ with EMPIRE . Now that alone is huge accomplishment in itself so with all this success early on , its clear why Shade Valintino is getting on everybody’s radar. Check out our exclusive interview with him , then download his debut album ‘Small Budget Big Dreams’ along with his new singles ‘I Got It’ & ‘Beautiful Bad’ below.

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