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JAY-Z '4:44' Drops

Highly-anticipated and long overdue, we have the 13th studio album from the man, the myth, the mogul himself: JAY-Z. Amidst business deals with Sprint, name re-hyfenations and the ongoing silence of frequent collaborator and recent beef-instigator Kanye West, the roll-out of this album commenced. Esoteric, mysterious and cryptic are all words I've seen/used to describe the announcement of JAY-Z's 13th studio album.

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Kendrick Lamar Lyrical Controversy

There I was, working from home like I usually do when I got the typical every-15-minutes email refresh. Most days the notifications are filled with Living Social Deals or Air Fare Watchdog Fares (I told you I'm a frugal dreamer), but this time there was something different. It was *gasp* my first booking request!

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15 Quotes About Positive Self-Talk

The thing about positive people (and in a lot of senses successful people) is that these people are masters of creating a positive internal dialogue. It's the internal dialogue that dictates what is happening on the outside. If you are speaking positively internally, there's almost no way that this will not translate on the external. The same thing with negative internal talk: it will inevitably translate into your external being as well.

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"The Woman Who Would Be King" comes to DC

 On March 25thThe Woman Who Would Be King is making its way from South Africa all the way to Washington, DC. This one woman fictional play is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, who is known as one of the greatest women in history. In this play, the audience will be able to step into the shoes of a woman who strategically mastered her adversities to emerge as the first female ruler of ancient Egypt.

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Weekend Round-Up

Been too busy to keep up with the good news of the week? Look no further: I'll attempt to give you some stories from the week that were either inspiring or good topics of conversation for your date Saturday night or brunch with the crew on Sunday. Let me know if you like the idea, and I'll do my best to make it a weekly thing.

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Ladies in the Industry Conference

No two women are created alike, and it's our differences that will allow us to create our version of success in our lives. That was my major take-away after attending the Ladies in the Industry Networking Conference curated by Serene MGMT and held at the Sheraton in Silver Spring.

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6 Stylists, 1 Winner: Battle of the Sexes

 Indie Fashion Week, DC kicked of this Monday with #ModelMondayz, "Battle of the Sexes", a networking social and styling competition at Exhale Lounge and Bar in the District. Sponsored by Mountain Dew Black Label, I was ecstatic to be invited to judge the competition as part of the Style Committee. Upon my arrival at the dual-level comfy and classy space, models were being dressed and prepped for what I'd like to deem a stylish free-for-all! Creative silhouettes and layering dominated the competition which had a theme of Contemporary Vintage.

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Do It #ForTheCuture

In the midst of Black History Month (or is it African American History Month?), the city of Washington, D.C. celebrated with numerous activities and events that applauded the achievements and accomplishments of many distinguished members of the community. We are also lucky to be in an area that abounds with cultural creativity and excellence. The event #forthecuture made sure to highlight some of the DMV's massive amount of talent.

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Rihanna to be awarded Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard Foundation

Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty has sold more than 200 million records to date at the ripe-young age of 29. While she shows no signs of slowing down in her music career, the trajectory of her humanitarian efforts seem as brilliant as her musical accolades. This time she has been awarded "Humanitarian of the Year" by the prestigious Harvard Foundation. *blows blow horn Caribbean style*

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Jay Z inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

With 21 Grammys, a superstar wife, his own legacy as multi-hyphenate media and business mogul and a plethora of other accolades and accomplishments, Jay Z can now officially add member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame to his repertoire.

 

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Hidden Figures: A Story That Needed To Be Told

I had the honor of attending a special screening of the film Hidden Figures last night at the Regal Cinema Theater in D.C.'s Chinatown.  It's the true story of 3 African American female engineers and mathematicians that each, in their own remarkable way carved their own place in history.

As this film is set to premier in theaters nationwide on January 6th, I won't spoil the details. What I gathered from this film was more pride than I ever thought imaginable.

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Kid Cudi Defines Introspection On "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'"

The long awaited drop of Kid Cudi's new album, "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'" is finally here. I won't go into the details of his recent headlines: you guys have Google. What I will say is that I didn't expect this album to hit me so hard.

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J. Cole teases new album '4 Your Eyez Only'

I am a big J. Cole fan.  I don't remember exactly when I latched on, but it was enough for me to go to the Forest Hills Drive concert alone.  Last night, shortly after midnight, Tidal notified it's subscribers of a near 40 minute documentary (appropriately titled "Eyez") featuring behind-the-scenes footage of J. Cole in the process of creating this album, due on December 9.  Christmas came a little bit early for his fans, because in the midst of the documentary, we were treated to two tracks that are likely to be on this new project.

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10 Laws of Power That Kanye West Has Seemingly Mastered

"No one man should have all that power."--Kanye West

If you don't have a copy of Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power, I suggest you add it to your library.  The book is dense. It is filled with old age wisdom from a new aged approach.  You'll read stories that support the observances of each law as well as anecdotes that break many of the lessons down into easy to grasp and understand messages.

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New Music from Alicia Keys, HERE

HERE is the follow up to Alicia Keys' 2012 album Girl On Fire.  The much anticipated album is available now on Tidal, iTunes and Spotify.  With an 18-track offering, the album is reminiscent of old-school New York while feeling fresh.  With themes of empowerment, love, struggle and finding power in our difference, this album is right on time. Alicia Keys is a legend in her own right, so I am so happy to digest this album over the weekend. 

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Common is back with Black America Again

With so much going on in the world in this very moment, it can be difficult to sift through the soap operatic news cycle, the  numerous memes and the unavoidable distractions to find something worth spending time with. So I say with excitement that I am looking forward to Common's new album, Black America Again, which drops tomorrow, November 4.

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TIDAL x 1015

You knew I was going to blog about it, but I will spare the nuts, bolts and fancy details to say this is more of a thank you letter. Sorry for the delay, but this will be in several parts. There were a lot of acts, and the show ran a glorious four and a half hours. I may not mention every performance, but I will say I think this is sort of what it must feel like to go to a big music awards show. Shoutout to Angie Martinez for keeping the flow going between performances and giving us valuable reminders about the importance of education and how a good teacher can change the lives of their students for years to come.

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#WeVote - A Millennial Conversation

Thanks to a good friend, I was able to attend the #WeVote - A Millennial Conversation and Panel Discussion yesterday at Bonfire DC.  The invitation read: #WeVote has invited the DNC to join a "Millennial Conversation" on the intersection of politics and hip-hop and the critical issues facing young black people in 2016.  To say I was thrilled to attend is an understatement. 

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Yeezy Season 4

I have to admit, when I first saw the notice for the Yeezy Season 4 casting call, I felt some type of way. It was a familiar feeling when it comes to Kanye West--here we go again. I found myself checking my loyalty as a fan, but I had to, once again, stop and ask: what is the "deeper" meaning?

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DMV x New Balance. Introducing the DMV 990

I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for the New Balance DMV 990 launch at Lost Society in Washington, D.C. You could feel the energy and excitement in the room now that the DMV finally has it's own New Balance show in partnership with DTLR. DC's showed up and out for this event with everyone from Chaz French, Will Tha Rapper, Fat Trell, Joe Clair, DJ Quicksilver, and Greenspan all making appearances.

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