Yes, yes, ya’ll! This weekend The Queen’s Castle will be in Cincinnati, Ohio for the 2010 Macy’s Music Festival (July 30 -July 31). The event is celebrating its 46th annual offering, which will be hosted at the Paul Brown Stadium (Home of the Bengals).
On Friday, the show lineup includes Charlie Wilson, Teena Marie, Jaheim, Melanie Fiona and Cameo.
Saturday’s ticket holder’s will get to enjoy Erykah Badu, Frankie Beverly and Maze, K-Jon, Raheem DeVaughn and EnVogue!
If you’re in the ‘Nati this weekend, don’t forget to head over to Macy’s Fountain Place (Downtown—505 Race Street, 45202) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST for autograph signings, meet-and-greets, trunk shows, contests and live music! Fountain place will also host appearances by “Uncle Charlie” Wilson on Friday at 6 p.m. EST and on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EST maybe Raheem DeVaughn will serenade us to my favorite song, “My Wife,” from his Love & War Masterpiece album.
Even though the forecast is calling for a 30 percent chance of rain on Saturday, rain or shine we’re gonna have a ball! Tickets for this event started at $48 and special group rates are also available. So, if you weren’t able to go this year, don’t worry, we’ll give you the inside scoop when we get back! ;)
Marsha Ambrosius (@MarshaAmbrosius) Take Care Yours Truly
You know this voice, does it sound familiar? It’s Marsha Ambrosius! You probably remember her distinct sound as half of the group Floetry. Yeah, you remember them, burst on the scene with an R&B/Hip-Hop flow back in 2002. Hailing from London, England, the group formed in 1997, and was able to sell more than 780,000 copies of their first release, Flo-etic, in the United States.
Their second and third studio releases weren’t as successful, and when “Floacist” Natalie Stewart left the group, she was replaced by Amanda Diva (MTV personality / Artist / Rapper) for tours in 2007, but the group separated shortly thereafter.
Now, Marsha is signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label as a solo artist(we won’t even start talking about his long-awaited follow-up to Chronic, although the track making your head nod in his HP laptop commercial is banging). She released an eight track mixtape, Yours Truly (2008), compiled by Don Cannon and produced by Focus. You’re listening to and enjoying number eight, “Take Care.” According to industry buzz, the album artwork for her upcoming release is circulating and Queen Marsha is ready to change the game once again and take R&B/Neo-Soul to another level. I’m so ready.
Officially Crowned: Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni
I was born in the congo I walked to the fertile crescent and built the sphinx I designed a pyramid so tough that a star that only glows every one hundred years falls into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad
I sat on the throne drinking nectar with Allah I got hot and sent an ice age to europe to cool my thirst My oldest daughter is nefertiti the tears from my birth pains created the nile I am a beautiful woman
I gazed on the forest and burned out the sahara desert with a packet of goat’s meat and a change of clothes I crossed it in two hours I am a gazelle so swift so swift you can’t catch me
For a birthday present when he was three I gave my son hannibal an elephant He gave me rome for mother’s day My strength flows ever on
My son noah built new/ark and I stood proudly at the helm as we sailed on a soft summer day I turned myself into myself and was Jesus men intone my loving name All praises All praises I am the one who would save
I sowed diamonds in my back yard My bowels deliver uranium the filings from my fingernails are semi-precious jewels On a trip north I caught a cold and blew My nose giving oil to the arab world I am so hip even my errors are correct I sailed west to reach east and had to round off the earth as I went The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid across three continents
I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal I cannot be comprehended except by my permission
I mean…I…can fly like a bird in the sky…
Ego Tripping is one of my favorite pieces of poetry ever written. Thank you Ms. Giovanni.
Kelly Rowland’s presence filled the entire in-studio interview room at 92Q’s Cumulus Radio Station. Kenny Smoov, Radio Ink and SEA Program Director of the Year (2009), didn’t have to solicit cheers as the Nashville crowd welcomed the international superstar into the standing-room only space. She’s busy getting the word out about the anticipated release of her third solo album, expected to drop October 2010.
Rowland’s experience in the industry as a member of Destiny’s Child and a solo artist, allows her to fully understand the power of her fans. Overseas their force has continually helped her garner spots on the European Hot 100 charts. Here in the States, her singles “Commander,” “Grown Woman” and “When Love Takes Over” have made their mark on Billboard’s Hot 100 in Dance/Club and R&B/Hip-Hop genres. Currently, Kelly is searching for a band and a name for her album.
A true Queen, Kelly expressed gratitude for the ability to live her life long dream, while she encouraged the in-studio crowd to do the same. Both humble and poised, she understands that to whom much is given, much is also required. Although, she was on her way to catch a plane to New York, Kelly stayed to take pictures with her fans and answer additional questions. Before she left the building, Kelly made the day of intern, Tiffany Wade, when she gifted her with an autographed pair of shoes.
If you want to find out what Kelly’s up to, help name her album or have the talent to join her onstage, you can find out more information about her music, band try-out locations and contest prizes at www.kellyrowland.com or www.kelly-rowland.net.
LIFE asked me to meet her at PURPOSE to talk, today. I replied, “I’m in a jam that stretched from FAILURE to NEGATIVITY,” but was en route. She advised me to stop at PRAYER and PRAISE. GRACE, MERCY and FAVOR were close by too and they could pick me up. When we arrived, I asked what was the occasion. They all replied, “We’re celebrating the birth of DESTINY!”
R&B crooner Ne-Yo is set to release his second LP, “Libra Scales” on September 21st. I found this video on “You Heard That New.” Not only do I appreciate Ne-Yo’s artistry, as a Libra that is planning to CEL-E-BRATE her born day on 10-10-10 this year, I’m X-tra excited about the release…
P.S. Shout out to @LowKeyUHTN and Illionaire for the scoop!! ;)
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”—This quote is often attributed to Nelson Mandela, but the source is Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992.
Known for using unconventional acrylic as her medium, Melody Ehsani is gaining the fashion’s industry’s notoriety and respect. Her shoes and accessories have been rocked by well-known celebrities including Angela Simmons, Alicia Keyes, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Erykah Badu, Rhianna and a host of others.
I’ve been watching Melody for a minute. Her style is authentic. I probably have a fetish for her work because I worked with acrylics in junior high school. Using hot stoves, glues and blades to craft the perfect piece; I think my best work was a picture frame, LOL!
If you appreciate fashion, check Melody out. I promise you, this may be the first time you’ve heard of her, but it definitely won’t be the last…
P.S. Her “Chain POW Gun Ring” is BANANAS HAUTE! #thatisall
Mt. Zion Baptist Church is nesteld in the heart of Nashville, Tennesese, a Word-centered ministry, designed to evangelize the lost at any cost, equip and empower the people of God, and provide holistic ministry to our community as well as the world.
Seeking to minister to the total person, we are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural ministry impacting the world in which we live with the uncompromising message of Jesus Christ.
Committed to the spirit of excellence, we are striving to become an oasis of hope within the Nashville community, by promoting and providing education, awareness, as well as financial independence.
We believe that God must be worshipped in spirit and truth. We embrace freedom in worship because the Word says, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Our foundation is the Word of God and we believe It in Its entirety. We believe we can do what It says we can do, be who It says we can be, and have what It says we can have.
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Earlier this year, I found my father after a period of not seeing or speaking to him for more than 10 years. In that time span, I got married, had two children, graduated from college and had a multitude of other life experiences…
…the link above is to one of my other favorite sites on the web, blog superstar, Necole Bitchie, she chronicles the lives of celebrities and other pop culture influenced stories. Today, she posted a story about a man, a Princeton grad and former lawyer for a government agency that is reportedly suing LeBron James and his mother because he’s claiming to be his father. In the litigation he claims LeBron’s mom altered the DNA tests that would have proven he in fact is his biological father.
Not that it isn’t enough, but why would this lawsuit be made public on the eve of a potentially career altering announcement for James?
I don’t know, the story just made me think and wonder if me or any of my fatherless friends were multi-million dollar WNBA/NBA basketball players and/or product brand stars, would our fathers sue our mothers to prove they were indeed our “Daddy”?
Janis Middleton’s shoe style is unmatched. Based in Atlanta, Georgia her blog offers the BEST commentary on high, moderate and affordably priced shoes, while featuring the HOTTEST shoe fashions! Own a shoetique or shoe store, let her know; she’ll create the BUZZ you need…
You can follow her steps for the inside scoops on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CaMillionShoes! Janis’ motto: “If you can count the number of shoes you have, then you don’t have enough!!” Woman of my own heart! ;)
@JaneeTMB turned me on to @BobATL of “Nothing on You” fame, before the industry was even whispering about him. I respect her ear and the eclectic blend of music, art and life her blog, “I Fux Wit It (IFWI),” offers. Always, providing the newest variety of underground and mainstream music, @JaneeTMB and @HipHopObama continue to bring the fresh-er artists and talent to their space of the ‘net.
When I want to know what’s about to happen in music, Ifuxwitit. To see album artwork before it hits the shelf, Ifuxwitit. If I want links to the best underground music, Ifuxwitit. If you have the desire to be up on the HAUTEST before most even know it exists, you too should fuxwitit! ;)