The Inaugural Ultimate Disco Cruise Adds Yvonne Elliman & France Joli To Lineup

    StarVista LIVE, the leader in nostalgia-based music cruise experiences, is adding a pair of classic dance music’s legendary divas ― Yvonne Elliman and France Jolie ― to an already unprecedented superstar lineup for its More »

The Music Modernization Act Passes Clears New Way For Royalty Payments

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act of 2018 Tuesday night despite recent conflicts about it within the music industry. The legislation will not be complete until the House Of More »

The Styles Of Laurence Fishburne And Audrey Hepburn Included In Digital Series Reimagining Iconic Movie Wardrobes In Africanized Versions

LOS ANGELES – Just in time for New York (and Harlem) Fashion week, The Africa Channel launches a 10-part digital series that asks a simple yet compelling question, “What if movie icons More »

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 Shabazz Palaces’ released the video for “Quazarz On 23rd” today. The spiritual storyline is written and directed by Nep Sidhu who also provided the artwork. The short film is a poetic adventure More »

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Taps YBN Cordae as Youth Leader to Raise Voter Awareness

On Friday, September 14th, representative Maxine Waters celebrated hip-hop culture at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th annual Legislative Conference and welcomed YBN Cordae to join Common and others on the Young, More »

The Inaugural Ultimate Disco Cruise Adds Yvonne Elliman & France Joli To Lineup

 

 

Yvonne Elliman (left)
France Joli (right)

StarVista LIVE, the leader in nostalgia-based music cruise experiences, is adding a pair of classic dance music’s legendary divas ― Yvonne Elliman and France Jolie ― to an already unprecedented superstar lineup for its newest uniquely themed voyage, the 2019 Ultimate Disco Cruise.

Yvonne Elliman and France Jolie join a phenomenal gathering of pioneering musical artists who helped make dance music a lasting part of all of our lives: KC and The Sunshine Band, Kool & The Gang, The Spinners, Gloria Gaynor, the Village People, Tavares, Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson & Luci Martin (formerly of Chic), Rose Royce, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Thelma Houston, The Trammps featuring Earl Young, Musique, the Australian Bee Gees Show – a Tribute to The Bee Gees, and just added, the Boogie Wonder Band, Keith & Leslie Ferguson and comedian Kivi Rogers – with more coming! Together, they’ll “rock the boat” for five incredible nights, with live concerts anchoring a cruise that brings the cultural phenomenon of the 1970s from the dance floor to the high seas on a luxury ship that will wind its way through the Gulf of Mexico from February 14-19, 2019.

Famed choreographer and “Dance Fever” TV host Deney Terrio, the man who taught John Travolta his Saturday Night Fever dance moves, hosts one of the greatest lineups of classic disco stars ever assembled –and so much more – aboard the award-winning Celebrity InfinityÒ

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Chelsi Lauren Shares Dancehall-Inspired Single No Other

Chelsi Lauren is known for her work with rappers Giggs and rap duo Krept & Konan in their native Britain. The UK singer has not confined herself to any sound and today she debuts her new dancehall single “No Other.” The wavy pulsation of the beat and Lauren’s lyrics dedicated to her one and only love emote is a match for a club atmosphere or a night party on the beach. Producer Markus Myrie grasped the last days of summer inside “No Other’s” R&B and dancehall vibe. Lauren’s sophomore EP is coming in December and “No Other” is her third single this year following “In My Feelings” and “Teyana.” 

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The Music Modernization Act Passes Clears New Way For Royalty Payments

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act of 2018 Tuesday night despite recent conflicts about it within the music industry. The legislation will not be complete until the House Of Representatives approves it and President Trump signs it. The act is designed to make it easier for copyright holders, producers and engineers to be compensated. Sirius XM and Music Choice opposed the bill with the former taking issue with recordings made before 1972 being recognized. Sirius XM also had a problem with terrestrial radio being exempt from paying royalties for master recordings and was lobbying against the act. 

Two-hundred artists including Paul McCartney and John Legend signed a letter threatening to boycott Sirius XM if they did support the bill. The company ultimately supported the bill after some last-minute compromises were made that included the promise from the RIAA and record companies to give them a fixed rate through 2027. 

The legislation is now called the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act because of Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) vehement support of the bill. Hatch is also a songwriter and him along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called the act “the most important legislation in a generation.” The changes will streamline and ensure that artists, songwriters, producers, engineers and other music contributors receive royalty payments. 

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The Styles Of Laurence Fishburne And Audrey Hepburn Included In Digital Series Reimagining Iconic Movie Wardrobes In Africanized Versions

LOS ANGELES – Just in time for New York (and Harlem) Fashion week, The Africa Channel launches a 10-part digital series that asks a simple yet compelling question, “What if movie icons wore African fashion?” The answer to this provocative query can be found in each of the episodes that utilize a diverse range of models to creatively reimagine celebrity styles in Africanized versions of iconic movie wardrobes. In one of the pieces, model Elle Drane pays Africanized homage to Audrey Hepburn’s celebrated couture clothing in the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In another, model Jordan Swain transforms into the African swag-forward version of Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne’s character in The Matrix.
Produced by The Africa Channel, who partnered with Vanichi Magazine, this Afro-futurism spin on Hollywood designs shines a spotlight squarely on the rich textures of the African diaspora. Designers Obioma (Nigeria), Kenneth L. Nicholson (Los Angeles), Ammanii (Egypt), Sarayaa (Senegal), and M. Andrews (Texas), to name a few, utilized their enormous collective talent, along with bold fabrics, intricately-designed jewelry, and hand-made wares to help make this intriguing series more than just a fashion statement.
Narendra Reddy, Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Africa Channel, had this to say about producing this innovative series, “We are excited to partner with Vanichi on this campaign that fits perfectly within our mission to amplify the cultural conversation between Africa and the rest of the world.”
As the African fashion industry inches closer to the one-billion-dollar mark, Joy Donnell, Vanichi Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief said this about her involvement in the series and the fashion industry as a whole, “There is inherent luxury, inherent glamour in the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora. This campaign allowed us to creatively celebrate this ideal by reimagining iconic Hollywood film characters in modern, handcrafted fashion from designers of Africa and the diaspora.”
The Africa Channel and Vanichi Magazine have shone a spotlight squarely (and unapologetically) on the Motherland while touting its cultural viability. All 10 episodes, plus a bonus overview, are currently available on The Africa Channel.com and Demand Africa.
The Africa Channel (www.theafricachannel.com) and its production arm, TAC Studios, is a showcase for the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies and cultural and historical content. The channel’s mission is to open up a daily window into modern African life and, in the process, help demystify Africa for viewers globally.
The Africa Channel is based in Los Angeles and is available in approximately seven million homes in North America and the Caribbean on cable systems such as Comcast, Charter/Spectrum, and the Caribbean Cable Cooperative. In addition, it’s streaming subscription video-on-demand platform, Demand Africa.com is available worldwide on the web, mobile and connected devices.
Vanichi Magazine (https://vanichi.com/) scours the planet seeking and finding beauty. From artisan, limited edition, emerging brands to heritage labels to highly-anticipated capsule collections, we cover edgy, informed men’s and womenswear. We also cover beauty/men’s grooming, tech, travel, leisure, art and culture. We celebrate diversity because we live in a diverse world. We believe you should do, wear, and surround yourself with what thrills you.
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Little Simz Has Lyric Video For Offence

Little Simz returns after the release of her Stillness In Wonderland debut two years ago with a lyric video for new single “Offence.” Her words are all over the frame against a black and white photo she took of four young people. She is excited to share her new music and to let her fans know how happy she is to be living out her dream. The U.K. rapper discussed “Offence” in an interview with Zane Lowe.  

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