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Coachella Weekend Round Two: Major New Artists to Catch

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:55am

As Coachella enters its second weekend with jaw-dropping performances from major artists such as Beyonce and Eminem, the festival has also proven to be a rich source of newer hip-hop artists and groups. While the talent pool is extremely large and competitive, some new artists to watch out for include:

The Blaze

Not to be confused with the right-wing news outlet of the same name, The Blaze is a French duo out of Paris and have been taking the international music festival circuit by storm this year.   Known for their mesmerizing beats, powerful lyrics, and poignant melodies, the group vacillates between fierceness and sensitivity with a sound that is both authentic to French hip-hop with a great deal of African musical influence and a dash of EDM. They will be performing at Coachella on Friday.

Jorja Smith

Another Eurpean sensation, Jorja Smith has been making waves on both sides of the pond for the last several years. The R&B artist gained not only critical acclaim for her soulful style, but also the attention of major artists such as Drake, Stormzy, Kali Uchis, and more- all of whom she has collaborated with.  In 2018, she won the Brit Critics’ Choice Award. Much like the name of one of her many hit songs, Jorja Smith’s voice and sound epitomizes our Teenage Fantasy and brings emotion to life. She performs Saturday.

Jidenna

Perhaps the artist with the most diverse background, Jidenna has been a teacher, rapper, producer, songwriter, fashion designer, small business owner, and most recently, an actor in Netflix’s Luke Cage series. His musical inspiration is every bit as diverse as his background with him crediting everything from KRS-One to West African beats as major influences. With his ambition, talent, and presence, “Long Live the Chief” will be more than Jidenna’s hit song, but his lasting legacy as he rises to the top of the hip-hop game. He performs on Sunday.

Can’t make it to California? No problem. The festival will be streaming live via Youtube. Stay tuned for weekend two’s preview as well!

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Tried to Compare Colin Kaepernick to Donald Trump

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:49am

Just because you’re on television, doesn’t mean you’re smart. During a segment of ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith went after Colin Kaepernick who tweeted a quote given by Jackie Robinson in regard to the national anthem.

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— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 16, 2018

Smith went on to outline the differences in the times that Robinson grew up in compared to Kaepernick’s circumstances. The ESPN host explained Robinson faced blatant racism and segregation while Kaep had more opportunities.

“You know one thing that folks haven’t realized that Colin Kaepernick is actually comparable to? … He’s actually comparable to President Donald Trump,” Smith adds. “Donald Trump was the former owner for the USFL who tried to sue the NFL for $1.7 billion. He won the case but one a grand total of $1. It ruined the USFL, certainly ruined his chances of ultimately getting what he really wanted, which was to own an NFL team.”

During Smith’s ridiculous rant, his co-host, Max Kellerman, shook his head with displeasure.

Smith might not be a fan of Kaepernick, and that’s cool,  but to compare him to Trump is very foolish and juvenile. Kaepernick is trying to bring attention to social injustice going on in this country, while Trump wants to bring us to war. Huge difference between the two men.

 

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Merging the Classics: Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Homage To Home”

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:38pm

Jordan Brand is having a homecoming of sorts this weekend with the release of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Homage To Home”.

The two-toned set of kicks combines the “Chicago” and “Banned/Bred” colorways — arguably two of the most regarded AJ1 colorways ever. The design is split straight down the middle, with the “Chicago” theme adorned on the inner portion of the shoe while the “Banned” theme hits the outer portion. The Nike Air is also split-colored on the tongue, finished off with a White midsole and Red outsole.

The Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Homage To Home” will arrive in two drops: one set to release this Saturday (April 21) exclusively in Chicago, followed by a wider release that hit stores on May 19. The former version is limited to only 2,300 pairs, comes individually numbered, and includes the words “From” and “For” on the heels. Both will be priced at $160.

Take a look at a few other shots below, and let us know what you think of this mashup:

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Snap Back To Reality: Eminem Debuts Augmented Reality App At Coachella

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:14pm

Eminem is known for raging against the machine, but it’s a new year, and it seems like he’s viewing things through a different lens now that he’s given fans an Augmented Reality with his new app, which he introduced during Coachella.

While the highlight of Coachella has been Beyonce’s unforgettable two-hour performance — hence Solange’s push to rename the California music festival #Beychella in a since-deleted IG post — Eminem embraced a new app to carve out a piece of the spotlight for himself. Recognizing that a new generation of concertgoers feel a need be on their phones or smart devices during concerts and live events, the Detroit MC introduced fans to Eminem Augmented. 

For those of you who are late to the tech party, augmented reality allows interactive superimposed CGIs (computer generated images) to alter a person’s view. In other words, it allows images to be layered over what a device — in this case, a phone — actually sees.

Snap back to reality… Get #EminemAugmented – Augmented Reality app for visual AR experiences during 2018 live shows STARTING THIS WEEKEND AT COACHELLA. Bonus AR you can do anywhere also. https://t.co/etv8pxtlXf pic.twitter.com/D7FgOhguy1

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 13, 2018

Drive Studios, the multimedia production company behind the app, curated an experience that provided onlookers with a unique experience beyond those viewing the show with a naked eye. Through Eminem Augmented, festival goers were met with a Godzilla-sized Marshall Mathers knocking down buildings, swiping at helicopters and a floating Jason mask with butcher knife and chainsaw cutting into the crowd.

The app made the 8 Mile star’s stage show seem larger than life, and changed stage sets from song to song.

Though Eminem did or did not get down with technology and its impact on hip-hop before, it’s clear he knows the importance of evolving with his fanbase.

He, like many performers these days, get bothered by the fact that fans are always in their phones while a killer show is happening live on stage. But he understands people now have shorter attention spans. Not to forget phones and smart devices are now part of everyday life. By catering to this growing, societal shift, Em was able to provide Coachella attendees with something they have never really seen before. And yes, AR us often seen in Pokemon Go! and Star Wars stickers, but this Drive Studios collaboration is refined for a live show and gives fans the ability to share their technological experiences via social media.

For one of music’s most attended and publicized events, Enimem still manages to break out from the pack.

When eminem said I’m performing at Coachella 2018 RT pic.twitter.com/rlFBfbWU4x

— EMINEM TV (@Eminemtvnews) April 14, 2018

 

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Reminder: Supreme x Lacoste Spring 2018 Collection Drops Tomorrow

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:47pm

Supreme‘s legendary line down Lafayette is in full swing yet again, this time for the brand’s latest collaboration with French clothier Lacoste dropping tomorrow.

Complete with the crocodile emblem that’s become synonymous with René Lacoste’s namesake brand, the collaboration offers a wide array of shorts, carryalls, sweatshirts and outwear in summer hues, with a keen focus on the classic polo shirt.

Standouts include a Wool Varsity Jacket, available in three spring-appropriate color options, and the Velour offerings arriving as a Half-Zip Track Top, Track Pant, Bucket Hat, and Polo four-piece set.

Also in this roundup are iterations of the Nylon Anorak and Track Pant that features an all-over 3M® reflective crocodile-grid pattern, a Nylon Camp Cap and Twill 6-Panel Hat.

The Supreme x Lacoste Spring 2018 collection arrives online alongside the store drops in NY, LA and European locations beginning tomorrow (April 19), followed by a later release in Japan on April 21.

As an added bonus for those that haven’t and/or refuse to line up at Supreme, Lacoste will also be making the collection available on its web store starting April 20 in the U.S. and Europe and April 21 in Asia.

Peep the full product stills lookbook below:

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Beyoncé Enlists Harlem Ice Skaters to Help Show Off IVY PARK Spring 2018 Collection

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:09pm

After a stellar, nearly two-hour set at Coachella this past weekend, Beyoncé is back to work on a new sportswear collection for her brand IVY PARK.

To help show off some of the pieces from the set, King Bey joined with the young ladies of Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), who together supply a grace that’s “strong beyond measure” —  the motto for IVY PARK this time around.

Debuting for the spring 2018 season, the collection comes draped in an assortment of colors, showcased in the video below with confidence, laughs and smiles as the girls of FSH elegantly chassé like swans on calm waters.

Here’s how one talented skater describes the powerful feelings evoked by skating:

When I skate — I don’t know, something inside of me just, like, lights a fire. My soul just starts burning…and I just express what I feel.”

Open to girls ages 6 to 18 residing in Harlem and the lower Bronx , FSH requires that the girls commit to academic excellence in addition to 15 hours a week on the ice. Those with B and C averages are also provided homework help and tutoring.

The organization’s founder Sharon Cohen is overjoyed to partner with Queen Bey and IVY PARK, stating, “Beyoncé is a fierce, authentically powerful woman of color. She inspires young women and girls globally who look just like her to do the exact same—to be fearless, free, and proud of themselves.” 

Check out the video below to see the new IVY PARK Spring 2018 collection in motion:

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DJ Megan Ryte Announces Release of New Single & HOT 97 Summer Jam Main Stage Appearance

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:59pm

DJ Megan Ryte is the midday voice for New York’s radio powerhouse, HOT 97, while simultaneously providing the tunes for that same time slot as a DJ. From touring with the likes of K. Michelle, The Game, and Justine Skye to even being a television personality for WNYW-FOX 5 and KRIV-FOX 26, it’s quite obvious that Ryte masters any lane she touches and has recently added some prominent credentials to her already impressive resume.

Ryte took to Instagram to announce her recent signing to Interscope Records with a compilation album already in the works. Ryte’s HOT 97 counterpart and legendary DJ, DJ Enuff, will serve as the executive producer of the album.

Following the IG announcement, Ryte released her debut single “On & On” featuring Tory Lanez and Hood Celebrityy. The upbeat track is the perfect song to jumpstart the summer — with island vibes and mellow flow that adds plenty of sex appeal.

Adding icing to the already layered cake of recent accomplishments, DJ Megan Ryte will officially be hitting the HOT 97 Summer Jam main stage alongside Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Remy Ma, and some very special surprise guests to accompany her on stage.

Congratulations are definitely in order as Megan’s moves prove why you’ve always have to #RespectTheDJ!

Be sure to take a listen to “On & On” here.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Backs Cardi B Call To Strengthen Social Security

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 2:39pm

On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed for improvements to the Social Security system by piggybacking off rapper Cardi B’s recent praise on Twitter for former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Cardi B is right. If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve. https://t.co/B8cOkoOdLc

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 18, 2018

In a recent profile in GQ Magazine, Cardi B showed off her extensive knowledge of presidential history. She said she loves Roosevelt and praised his policies and value system for the country.

“He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security,”

she told GQ.
Sanders has long been an advocate of strengthening or expanding social welfare programs like Social Security and Medicare.

The senator introduced legislation last year that would have required high-income earners to pay more into the retirement system, resulting in a higher payout for seniors who make less than $16,000.

Sanders is considered a likely candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Australia’s Legendary Nuffsaid Records Turns 25 With a Legacy That Lives Forever

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:46pm

Record labels come and go — that’s just the way it works, especially for many of the independent labels out there. However, to be a presence across multiple decades and in multiple countries is a milestone reserved for a select few. Enter Nuffsaid Records.

The Melbourne-based imprint has been home to raw underground hip-hop since 1993, way before radio play, most national tours, video clips and even CDs really entered the hip-hop landscapes Down Under.  Nuffsaid Records implemented its strong international reputation by working with the likes of Esoteric of Czarface, DJ Kool Herc, Milano, Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, DJ Noize from Denmark, Murs, the UK’s Mark B (RIP), Skinnyman and British hip-hop producer Mr. Thing. Outside of label releases, NS artists released further international collaborations with the likes of Thirstin Howl III  — a winner of The Source‘s Unsigned Hype Award back in 1997 — Rack-Lo, MF Grimm, and Celph Titled, along with albums from New Jersey’s own Shawn Lov and South African wordsmith Tumi.

Above everything though, Nuffsaid provided a key link to the development of quality hip-hop music in Australia that can never be understated. The first few years of the label’s existence saw the release of four important cassettes: Prowla’s debut Tha Prowls and MC Que’s Telling It Like It Is in 1995, followed in 1996 by Prowla’s sophomore LP Recognition and Raise’s Tha Essence — our first introduction to Rob Natrule, Trem and Bob Balans of the now legendary Lyrical Commission crew. The DIY work ethic and no-frills marketing really set the tone of Nuffsaid as one with no gimmicks or filters to hide behind. It was straight up rap music for pure rap heads.

1997 was a significant level up for both the label and hip-hop music in Australia, when Prowla released his LP Money Walks. Prowla, along with Dedlee and Jase behind the boards, shaped the sound of what the Nuffsaid logo went on to represent as a quintessential part of Australian hip-hop listening. It also marked the year Prowla started to receive recognition overseas, as a young Boston duo by the name of 7L & Esoteric (now members of Czarface with Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck) released “Protocol” to his production credit.

Nuffsaid has always had a close relationship with the graffiti world, predating the days before the label was even a tangible business. But in 1999, they released Rock Da City, an 11-track compilation record that coincided with a limited edition magazine showcasing the work of various graffiti writers. This compilation made waves through the country and played host to Dedlee’s “32 Lines” – a track so revered that Suffa of the Hilltop Hoods eventually re-flipped it as a tribute on the Golden Era Records Mixtape in 2013.

By the turn of the decade, it was clear that this label wasn’t a flash in the pan by any means. Nuffsaid went on to release the first two solo projects by producer Plutonic Lab, who now handles tour drummer duties for the ultra-successful Hilltop Hoods. Plutonic pushed boundaries as far as sampling and sound use is concerned, particularly with Give Me Sabotage Shell (2001) and Collision Of Days (2004). Both were some of the first instrumental hip-hop albums to gain notoriety in the local scene, with help from Nuffsaid’s guerilla style of marketing that included samplers, split EPs and compilations distributed to graffiti and hip-hop stores around the country. As a result, fans were the first to know when up-and-coming releases would drop, like the two-part 2005 compilation series In Case You Didn’t Know / Now You Know that featured Nuffsaid regulars and assorted guests both national and international.

In 2005, the shift in Australia hip-hop from niche to mainstream was well underway. Radio stations were picking up albums and singles, video clips were being put into production, and acts were touring on festival bills. In the midst of it all, one of the countries most decorated and well-known battle MCs was getting ready to release his debut LP. Delta dropped The Lostralian in 2006 through Nuffsaid, giving the label yet another historic benchmark alongside UK producer Mark B. The album featured UK legend Skinnyman, L.A. underground head-of-state Murs and a closing posse cut that saw Prowla back on the microphone with Trem and Motion. The label also put out Delta’s next two albums that featured D.I.T.C.-affiliate Milano, Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, M-Phazes (producer for Eminem, Talib Kweli and Logic), Lazy Grey and more. Delta has gone on to release two more albums on Nuffsaid, with a fourth currently in the works.

In the 20-plus years that Nuffsaid has been releasing music, the label has raised the bar several times over and proved that you don’t need “the next big thing”; you just need consistently dope product. You would be hard-pressed to find an established Australian artist that doesn’t somehow fit into this web as either a collaborator or a fan, and the output has definitely influenced your favorite acts.

The pioneering Nuffsaid Records will forever be one of the most respected, important and ultimately influential music labels to emerge from Australia.

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SOURCE LATINO: Puerto Rico Hit With Island-Wide Blackout

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:04pm

Puerto Rico, suffering from an unstable power grid since Hurricane Maria, has been hit by an island-wide power outage, the Associated Press has reported, suffering unstable power grid following hurricane on Wednesday.

The hurricane inflicted widespread damage to homes and infrastructure when it hit Puerto Rico in September, including wiping out power across the Caribbean island.

This just adds insult to injury after last year’s hurricane left the island crippled for most of 2017.

TheSource.com will update this story as it develops.

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EXCLUSIVE: NYC’s City Parks Foundation Announces The 2018 SummerStage Lineup Including Talib Kweli, Big Daddy Kane, Young M. A. And More

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:27pm

City Parks Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2018 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival, presented by Capital One, will showcase over 200 unique artists hailing from New York City and around the globe, performing shows across a diversity of genres and disciplines, including indie-rock, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, R&B, salsa, opera, contemporary dance, and spoken word.

The festival’s season of free shows will kick off at SummerStage in Central Park on Saturday, June 2 with jazz great Gregory Porter and rising star Victory Boyd, serving as a full circle moment for the young soul-folk singer who first garnered acclaim busking in the park, before being signed by Roc Nation in 2016. Other highlights in Central Park include 2017 MacArthur Genius grant recipient and Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder Rhiannon Giddens performing on June 16 with blues musician Son Little, two kings of salsa Eddie Palmieriand Tony Vega joining forces on August 26, up-and-coming electronic musicians Mura Masaand Jessy Lanza lighting up the stage on August 18, and renowned contemporary ballet company Alonzo King LINES Ballet on July 25. Citywide, Brooklyn based indie rock group San Fermin will kick off SummerStage’s four-day run in Red Hook’s Coffey Park on June 21, legendary Hip Hop group Jungle Brothers and friends will take over Queensbridge Park on July 15, and beloved dancehall singer Sister Nancy will perform with reggae hitmaker Shinehead in Crotona Park on August 4.

This season, SummerStage will continue its decades-long tradition of bringing stellar artists and important voices from around the world to perform in New York City, some for the very first time. In Central Park, Portugal’s biggest fado superstar Mariza will perform with support from countrymen Noiservand Renato Diz on June 23, and on July 7, Soft Lipa, Sheng Xiang & Band,and Elephant Gym will showcase the best of Taiwanese tunes ranging from hip-hop to rock. Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actress and activist, Angelique Kidjo, will perform on September 27, with the New York City based Resistance Revival Chorus, and Nigerian musician and activist Femi Kuti will deliver his iconic Afrobeat rhythms on July 29 with the exciting rising stars and Congolese band Jupiter & Okwess. On July 1, Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene will show off their “Northern Beats” and on August 11, Korean-American musical forces ToKiMONSTAand Kero One will perform an eclectic mix of lyrical jazz hip-hop and atmospheric electronic hits.

This year, SummerStage has also given special focus to bringing international artists beyond Central Park, presenting them directly in the neighborhoods where immigrant communities from the artists’ home countries live and gather. For the first time, SummerStage will present a full lineup of Colombian musicians in Queens’ Queensbridge Park, featuring Systema Solarand Very Be Careful on July 12. In Springfield Park, also in Queens, SummerStage will celebrate Haitian music and culture with a stacked bill featuring legendary Haitian rasin band RAM and up-and-coming singer-guitarist Paul Beaubrun, on July 5. And in Harlem, Senegalese mbalax star Pape Diouf and his band la Generation Consciente will bring their singular sound to Marcus Garvey Park on August 18.

As always, New York’s own finest musicians and performers will also be well represented at SummerStage, with acclaimed Brooklyn rappers Talib Kweli, Big Daddy Kane, and Young M.A putting on hometown shows in Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park on June 30 and the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island on June 20 and July 29, respectively. In Crotona Park in the Bronx, the local Bodoma & Garifuna Culture Band will perform with salsa star Tito Nieves on August 1. And on Staten Island, local NYC collective M.A.K.U. SoundSystem will share their “immigrant beat” alongside Los Angeles based Chicano band Las Cafeteras and Brooklyn DJ duo iBomba, in Corporal Thompson Park.

For the 26th year, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival,New York City’s annual salute to the eponymous late saxophonist will return for three days of live jazz in the Manhattan parks near where Parker worked and lived: uptown in Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and downtown in Tompkins Square Park. Running August 24 through 26, the festival will feature performances from Monty Alexander – Harlem Kingston Express, Buster Williams with a surprise guest, Jack DeJohnette, Catherine Russell, Amina Claudine Myers, the Gary Bartz Quartet and many others.

SummerStage’s pre-show workshop offerings will expand this year through two new season-long collaborations with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and VOICES. In celebration of the iconic dance company’s 60th anniversary this year, Ailey instructors will be hosting free and open to all levels dance workshops prior to five select SummerStage shows citywide that will teach choreography from the company’s signature work, Revelations. SummerStage is also excited to collaborate with VOICES, a non-profit arts, education and social justice organization originally founded by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, who together edited the book Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery, protesting war, creating unions, advancing women’s rights and LGBTQ liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. Five SummerStage VOICES programs will feature contemporary artists and authors who will use events and words from our nation’s history as inspiration for new discussions. The series will culminate in Central Park on August 28 with a day long showcase of live readings, dialogue, and celebration with very special guests. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—SummerStage and VOICES seek to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.

The five-month long SummerStage festival will also feature a number of benefit shows in Central Park to help support City Parks Foundation’s free programs for all New Yorkers. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and fellow Brit rocker Richard Ashcroft, psychedelic pop-punk singer Mac DeMarco, New Orleans Jazz sensation Trombone Shorty, jam band juggernaut Dispatch, R&B and electronica artist Blood Orange, California born-and-bred singer-songwriters Jason Mrazand Brett Dennen, YouTube star Jake Paul, and rock band O.A.R. have been confirmed with many more to be announced. All benefit concerts are produced by The Bowery Presents

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Paula Patton Talks New Thriller ‘Traffik’ and What She Wants Everyone to Know on How to Live Your Best Life

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:13pm

You know what they say about a woman who cuts her hair? She’s about to take over the world. Allow Paula Patton to re-introduce herself. The Los Angeles native chopped off her long, chocolate locks for a short, platinum blonde coif. Promoting her newest thriller, Traffik, an action-packed flick- which she also co-produced with her company Third Eye Productions along side writer and director Deon Taylor, Patton is a new woman.

In Lionsgate’s latest action-packed spine chiller, John, played by Omar Epps (Almost Christmas, Love and Basketball) and Brea, the hard charging investigative reporter played by Baggage Claim starlet, plans for a romantic weekend getaway at a secluded mountain estate. Their getaway quickly turns to terror when the couple accidentally discovers the hidden world of a brutal biker gang. Joined unexpectedly by their friends, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez), the foursome is forced into a deadly fight for their lives against the gang who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets from getting out.

Patton’s Hollywood tenure includes a bit everything since her movie debut in Will Smith’s Hitch over ten years ago. From the sweet Ms. Rain from the critically acclaimed Oscar nominated film Precious, to the smooth singing Angel Davenport in the 2006 musical drama Idlewild, versatility is her bread and butter. With her new film Traffik, the gorgeous 42 year old is re-charged, from the inside out.

We caught up with the actress as she talked about her new movie Traffik and her life changing advice she’s learned everyone should read.

The Source: Tell us about your character Brea. Paula Patton: “My character is a journalist whose having a rough time at work. Her boss is asking her, ‘Can you dig deeper to tell the truth more.’ She’s a woman that’s clearly been through some heart pain- but she’s in love, but she’s scared of it- scared of commitment. Then she goes to this weekend getaway with her man, taking a leap of faith to try to love. Then they make a truck stop and from there, their life gets turned upside down. And that’s when you get to see who she really is- that’s the beautiful thing; real heroes are the people that don’t just think of themselves in these trying times. And clearly she has some type of moral compass and a fire in her that doesn’t just make her want to save one person or just herself and her man, but sees that’s it something far much greater to effect change. And that’s what true journalists really feel.   You get in that world with the money and the corruption and the fame and the big companies that get in our way of telling these kinds of truth.” She sounds really deep. “That’s what I wanted to do with this film when I talked to Deon [Taylor] about it: you have a great genre of movie, but how do we make it more specific? Like “Seinfeld!” That’s what was so brilliant about it- he saw all these things about human nature we all notice but never talk about. Traffik defies genre because it’s a love story, then it’s a thriller suspense and then there’s this social, political commentary that comes out of no where, but somehow works.   I think it’s fun, no more rules – after last year everything blew up; left was right, right was left, up is down and down was up! We should all be asking questions. I used to think, ‘Well, that’s just how it is!” But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? Just reverse that thinking because we’ve been lied to a lot. We need to be vigilant about telling the truth and exposes the truth.” Can you relate to your character Brea? “You know I can!” *laughs*   “I feel like there was a chance with Brea to deal with some of the things I’ve been dealing with. I’m 42 years old, I’ve been up and down and all around! It was a new Paula in that way. But no matter what you bring your life experiences to whatever you’re playing.” Now the saying goes is when a woman cuts her hair she’s ready to take over the world! *laughs* “Because we don’t care what men think!” What inspired the new look? “I think it was a Joan of Arc moment. I cut my hair, then I cut it once more, then I thought to color it. It was really freeing. I never had my hair this short. I look in the mirror and sometimes I look like a dude to myself- like it was really weird. But then I became less vain. There’s no hair to hide under anymore. Although it takes a bit longer to do my hair, I’m straight out the door, like men! It gives me so much more time to enjoy life, jump in the pool and get my hair wet! Women come to me like, ‘I’d cut my hair but my man…” Yeah, that’s a man who wants to hold you and control you, but he’s over there looking at the short haired woman! Not that that should matter, but my point is don’t life for anyone else but yourself.” You preachin’! “I am a little bit because I’ve been through a lot and I want to share with people. Don’t come to 42 years old and make the same mistakes I’ve made. People suffer too much and get caught up in your head and try to please other people, always worried about what other people think when actually no one really cares about you. Even if you’re a celebrity- they talk about you for a second then they got their own life to think about. Don’t make yourself so important to anybody. People tend to worry like, ‘Oh, I’ve wore this before!’ When they’re worrying about they’re wearing, they’re not thinking about what you’re wearing, they can’t remember! So if we start to do that- we’ll have a lot more happiness and peace.” What’s something every woman should try at least once in her life? “Everything! Everything she wants too. And don’t be scared. Fear is the most paralyzing thing. And it’s pointless and it’s no faith in that. Don’t tell me you’re a Christian and you believe in God and tell me you’re stressed out and worried. That means you have no faith. Faith loves the fearless and if you have faith you know you’ll be taken cared of. I’ve lived long enough to tell you that some of the most horrible things I thought would kill me, didn’t. So, why spend anytime worrying about it when you can enjoy all that time until that shit happens, then you deal with it. You’re going to be OK. And you’re gonna keep moving forward. Then you’re going to look back and think, ‘Thank you for that hard thing that I wish had never happened because I’ve grown.’ I’m a hard head. I clearly have to learn the hard way, about everything. Don’t be hard on yourself. Forgive yourself and forgive others. Truly. It’s pointless. You’re not proving any point by staying angry at someone thinking they got away with something. No, let them hold everything and walk off with peace. Let it go. My son said it so great, ‘That was then. This is now.'”   Traffik slams into theaters this Friday, with advance screenings on Thursday. Click here for your tickets! Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi

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Smokepurpp Calls Waka Flocka a “Hater,” Says Lil Pump is Better Than J. Cole

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:07am

There’s a new rapper killin’ the game, and his name is SMOKEPURPP. The Florida rapper was signed to Interscope Records & Alamo Records in 2016. Under this new label, he released his first single called Audi” in 2017, racking up in numbers with over 25 million streams on Soundcloud and 33 million streams on Spotify.

In May 2017, SMOKEPURPP released a new mixtape called Deadstar, with features from Chief Keef, Juicy J and Travis Scott. The mixtape later hit #42 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Succeeding the release of Deadstar, he is currently signed to Cactus Jack Records.

The rapper sat down with Source TV to discuss his success and collaborations with Travis Scott and Murda Beatz, and also mentions Drake as one of 2018’s most hottest hip-hop acts. 

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Get Ready for Season Two: “The Four: Battle for Stardom” Returns to FOX

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:02am

CHALLENGE!” – Diddy

Season two of the hit music competition series “THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM” smashes back to the silver screen this summer on FOX. Grammy®Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean “Diddy” Combs; super producer DJ Khaled; and Grammy® Award-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor will return as panelists, alongside multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie who will return as the series’ host.

Last season, Memphis vocal powerhouse Evvie McKinney was crowned the first-ever champion and received the ultimate prize: career mentorship by the panel of experts. McKinney, who’s currently is in the studio recording her first single under the guidance of the panel, took the show by storm with her high energy performances and raging vocals. Once the single is released, she will be featured as an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist. Season two will introduce an entirely new group of “vocal gladiators” who will battle for super stardom.

Season one of “THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM” was FOX’s highest-rated new unscripted series in nearly four years, both among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. Additionally, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was the No. 1 most social new TV series this season with 5.5 million total social interactions.

“THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM” premieres Thursday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Will you be tuning in?

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Teyana Taylor Surprises Her Nana With A Brand New Beamer

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:22am

Words by Chelsea Deline

Teyana Taylor left her Instagram fans drenched in tears as she surprised her grandmother “Nana” with a new car on her birthday as a retirement gift.

After 52 years, Nana decided to retire. As a gift for all of her scarifies and commitment to raising her daughters and grandchildren, Teyana surprised her Nana with a brand new BMW. As they walked into the garage and Nana realized the car wrapped in a gorgeous red bow was hers, all she could do was burst into tears and shout, “To God be the glory”.

Here was her successful granddaughter she helped raised, returning  to share her blessings and do something honorable and proud.   Silence grew over the family as her husband,  daughters, and granddaughter circled her with a warm embrace. The Instagram video was already heart warming, but Teyana’s caption was even more heartfelt.

You’ve worked so hard for 52 years straight, barely taking a day off! Even when I told you that you never have to work another day again in life, You continued to work anyway, because you loved and enjoyed your craft! U deserve the world Nana!! Me, my mom & aunties wouldn’t be the women that we are today if it wasn’t for you. Your unconditional love & prayer is what keeps us all sane & on the right path. I love you so much Nana.. I can’t begin to thank you enough. You took care of us, now let us take care of you! Enjoy your retirement! Just sit back, relax, exhale, ride in style & let me spoil you… I love you so much my beautiful Nana! Congrats again on your retirement!!

A post shared by Jimmy Neutch- Shumpert (@teyanataylor) on Apr 17, 2018 at 10:20am PDT

It is safe to say that Teyana Taylor has been showing pure Black love in all facets of her life. From her new show with husband Iman Shumpert and baby Junie, to surprising her Nana and giving back in  a very special way.

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Rev. Al Sharpton: I Liked Jay-Z’s Music Until He Took Shots At Me On ‘4:44’

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:06am

Last summer, Jay-Z dropped his groundbreaking 4:44 album. He mentioned many by name even civil rights leader and MSNBC personality, Rev. Al Sharpton.

On the single, “Family Feud”, Jay-Z mentioned Rev. Sharpton and embattled comedian, Bill Cosby, rhyming,

Al Sharpton in the mirror takin’ selfies

How is him or Pill Cosby s’posed to help me?

Old niggas never accepted me..

The selfie reference was pointed at Rev. Al’s daily workout routine which he documents on his Instagram account. Appearing in a quick Q&A with on the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Sharpton says he’s a fan of Chance the Rapper.

“I like some of what Jay-Z says,” Rev. Al Sharpton said.

“Until he takes a shot at me. But he’s been good to me too.”

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Brandall Malik Trying Hand At EDM Music Scene

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:56am

Show business is all Brandall Malik knows.

Casted in both Marvel’s Avengers Civil War and HBO’s Vice Principles, he’s making a steady life for himself post college grad life at Pfeiffer University.

The four year baseball letterman played the the outfielder position and was a member of the Academic All-Conference team. He also played in 31 games, accumulated 72 at bats, scored 12 runs and stole a team-high 10 bases, had one double and one triple and recorded a .360 on base percentage.

While sports, acting and education are great, he’s now exploring his next act: music!

The first musical act signed to Peters Industries, Brandall Malik is ready to take the EDM / Trap music scene by storm.

He decided to focus on music which led to him being signed by Miami EDM / Trap label Peters Industries. Brandall’s first single “Cant Get Over You” is a record which incorporates elements of EDM, Pop & Hip Hop.

Brandall is currently working with producer and former lead R. Kelly backup vocalist John Hill out of Chicago who is the male vocal for Can’t Get Over You.

Brandall’s next release is a rap / trap record rumored to feature Fat Boy SSE and 52 Savage. Make sure to look for Brandall this summer who plans to be highlighting your favorite festivals.

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Stormy Daniels Shows Sketch Of Man That Allegedly Threatened Her

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:44am

Former adult film actress Stormy Daniels injected fresh drama into the sensational story of a president, a fixer and a porn star on Tuesday, releasing an artist’s sketch of a man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about her sexual tryst with President Donald Trump.

The adult film actress unveiled the image on ABC‘s The View, immediately prompting online speculation about the identity of the even-featured young man in a hoodie. Daniels says she was threatened by the man in 2011 to keep quiet about a 2006 tryst with Trump.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, said she did not report the threat at the time because she would have had to reveal the alleged affair and she was afraid.

Daniels says she had sex once with Trump in 2006 and that Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 days before the 2016 election for her silence.

Staying in the headlines as she seeks to invalidate a pre-election nondisclosure agreement, Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, have slowly offered more information about the alleged threat. More than a week ago, Avenatti tweeted a photo that he said showed Daniels sitting with a forensic sketch artist.

Avenatti says they are now offering $100,000 for information leading to the man’s identification.

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BlocBoy JB Continues To Capitalize In New “Prod By Bloc” Video

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:27am

The power of a Drake cosign is still immense. BlocBoy JB, Drake’s latest cosign has parlayed the attention given to him by churning out new music. Today, (April 17) BlocBoy released a new track and video called “Prod By Bloc.” The video captures the energy of the track, with BlocBoy hitting his signature “Shoot” dance. Utilizing the Drake cosign also helped land Blocboy with collaborations with A$AP Rocky & 21 Savage over the last month. With the release of “Prod By Bloc,” it appears that the Memphis up-and-comer is only getting started. Check out the track and video above to see if it bumps for yourself.

 

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NJ Mayoral Candidate Michael Jackson Claims Fetty Wap Is A Political Benedict Arnold

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:21am

Is Fetty Wap becoming a political figure in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey?

Paterson mayoral candidate Michael Jackson alleges that the “Trap Queen” rapper has switched sides of allegiance in the mayoral race, with Wap now supporting another candidate, Pedro Rodriguez, in the mayoral race, with the election approaching on May 8.

Jackson claims that he supported Fetty Wap in his community work early in the hometown rapper’s career.

“Pedro has never supported Fetty Wap prior to his making it,” Michael Jackson told the media. “But it’s not surprising he’s seeking his support now. It’s sad that Fetty Wap would allow this to happen.”

Rodriguez is supported other Hip Hop notables from New Jersey including internet personality and comedian Fatboy SSE.

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