Hidden Beach Recordings in conjunction with Centric TV Network are sponsoring a contest to promote The Have A Lovely Day Campaign, which was inspired by Jill Scotts cover of the Bill Wither’s classic “Lovely Day” from Hidden Beach’s soon to be released CD, The Original Jill Scott… which is scheduled to hit stores on Tuesday August 30, 2011. The contest encourages fans to submit a short video showing random acts of kindness and volunteering. Videos, are due by Monday, August 29th, and must be at least 60 seconds to 4 minutes in length. The first prize for the top-full-length music video is $500, which will be donated to the non-profit organization of the winner’s choice. The winning video will be featured on Centric and at www.centrictv.com. Other prizes include the deluxe edition of The Original Jill Scott from the vault vol. 1, Hidden Beach catalog prize packs and future releases from the label that includes Naturally 7, Glen Scott and Jeff Bradshaw please visit http://www.havealovelyday.org/release for more informationRead More
NEW YORK (AP) – Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, has died at age 70.
His longtime friend and former publicist Liz Rosenbergtold the Associated Press that Ashford — who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits — died Monday in a New York City hospital. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment.
Among the songs Ashford & Simpson penned are Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need To Get Byand Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Happy 50th Birthday to President Barack Obama!!! Our nation’s 44th President and the first African American to hold the office. He was born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI. He was a former 3-term, Illinois State Senator representing the 13th district from 1997-2004 and was elected U.S. Senator representing Illinois in 2004. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he was the first African American to ever become president of the Harvard Law Review. Before earning his law degree, he was a community organizer on the south side of Chicago. He worked as a Civil Rights attorney in Chicago and taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2004. His presidential campaign began in Feb. 2007 and after a close campaign he won the Democratic party nomination, beating Hillary R. Clinton. He defeated Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, in November 2008 and was inaugurated, as president on January 20, 2009.
He is the husband of Michelle R. Obama and the father of Malia and Sasha Obama.
The media would have us think President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything since he became president, but his presidency is easily one of THE most active in history. Click this link to see some of his accomplishments: http://darvish.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/the-244-accomplishments-of-president-obama-vote-on-nov-2nd/ and Osama Bin Laden was captured and killed on May 1, 2011 after President Obama authorized the CIA to conduct a raid, dubbed “Operation Neptune Spear.”
BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST is a documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seems to diminish.
A hard-core fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends and collaborators.
Rarely heard stories from New York’s legendary DJ Red Alert, Native Tongues members like Monie Love, the Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, and De La Soul bring an intimacy to the days when young artists discovered the freedom of artistic expression, while rejecting the confines of gangster rap and negative stereotypes. Chronicles of songs like “Scenario” and “Check the Rhime” paint a vivid picture of growing up in Queens, and how the band’s unique approach to hip hop helped transform and influence the genre for years to come.
A New York native, Rapaport’s lifelong love for hip hop helps achieve intimate, all-access interviews and cinéma vérité-style filmmaking, fostering a conversation for A Tribe Called Quest to determine if there is a possibility to mend the wounds from over the years.
In addition to chronicling the past, present and uncertain future of the band, the film includes interviews from the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, Pharrell, Mos Def, Santigold, Monie Love, Pete Rock, Large Professor, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Common, all of whom attribute some combination of love, respect, and inspiration drawn from the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest.
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