Daily Archives: March 2, 2016

Nina Trailer

Entertainment Weekly debuted the trailer for the Cynthia Mort-directed Nina. Zoe Saldana stars as Nina Simone and the internet is already criticizing Saldana’s heavily made-up appearance as Simone. Many people feel that Saldana’s appearance is disrespectful to Simone’s legacy as a proud dark-skinned Black woman who spoke openly about her challenges in a world that deemed her ugly. When Saldana was initially cast as Simone, onlookers questioned the choice and wondered why another actress like Adepero Oduye, Teyonah Paris or Lauryn Hill were not considered for the role. The movie looks at Simone’s life as a trailblazing artist, her depression and her relationship with Clifton Henderson, played by David Oyelowo, who was her assistant and became her manager. Nina will be in theaters and  available as VOD on April 22nd.

Tarica June-But Anyway

Tarica June is back with a new politically-oriented song and video, “But Anyway.” The DC rapper directed the clip where she walks through the neighborhood and levels a critique of the criminal justice system and the music industry but also celebrates the former community she saw growing up. June is currently prepping her Stream Of Consciousness EP.


Jus Friends Presents The Detroit Techno All Stars In Support Of Flint


On Friday, March 11, 2016, from 8 pm to 2 am at TV Lounge in Detroit, Michigan, Jus Friends presents the Detroit Techno All Stars in Support of Flint for a special event, “Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)”. In response to the Flint water crisis, the newly formed initiative has collaborated  with prominent Detroit promoter to raise awareness in the electronic music community while providing world-class entertainment from Detroit’s best and brightest ‘All Stars.’ A first of its kind fundraiser within Detroit’s Techno and House community, 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit Flint by providing financial resources for Flint residents and donations to the Child Health and Development Fund. The location offers 3 stages of music with a line-up of over 35 DJs and artists. Highlights of the event include appearances by DJ/Producer Moodyman, techno legend Kevin ‘KMS’ Saunderson as celebrity guest bartender, acclaimed group Detroit Techno Militia and poet Jessica Care Moore. Live acts, vocalists, and on-site live painting will create a unique experience. Tickets are $10, pre-sale online. The sponsors and promoters invite you, Detroit dignitaries, friends and community to attend this very special benefit in support of Flint’s water crisis within the groovy atmosphere of internationally renowned TV Lounge. Buy tickets here. Connect with the event’s Facebook page here. The email address for event inquiries is [email protected]  TV  Lounge is located at 2548 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48201.


Afropunk Announces The Second Inaugural Afropunk Paris


Afropunk just announced their 2nd Annual Afropunk Paris event and the full lineup. The festival will take place June 3rd, 4th and the 5th at the Le Trianon in Paris. Saul Williams, Angel Haze, Cakes Da Killa and Michael Kiwanuka are confirmed with more TBA. Afropunk is also bringing the first ever Race Music Event to Paris on March 22nd along with an Afropunk Battle of the Bands. The Race Music event is named after Race Records, which was the term used to categorize music marketed to African-Americans from the 1920s-1940s. The focus of the event is on African-American history from segregation up until today and the music that accompanied each of those eras. The Race Music series has events in New York and Atlanta and each instance ends with a film about African-American history and a related performance. Buy tickets for Afropunk Paris here .


Legendary Comedienne Marsha Warfield Headlines Funny Lady Hope Flood’s 5th Annual Comics Rock! Convention


Los Angeles – Five years of funny is no small feat when you are a female in a male-dominated industry coordinating an annual comedy fest. In fact, it is literally not a joke. But comedienne Hope Flood has handled it with amazing finesse and style as her Comics Rock! Convention returns, April 26 to 30 at J. Anthony Brown’s JSpot Comedy Club, located at 5581 W. Manchester Boulevard inWestchester, CA. Celebrating five fun-infused years, Comics Rock! Convention has become a “must attend” industry event with its presentation of workshops and seminars for aspiring comedians, actors and producers, where they network and showcase their talents.

Legendary funny lady Marsha Warfield will headline the festivities moderating the highly anticipated “Comics Rock! Forum” from noon to 2:00 p.m. PT onTuesday, April 26 at the JSpot Comedy Club and she will celebrity host a Comedy Night Showcase later that evening, starting at 9:00 p.m. at The Ha Ha Cafe at 4712 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.  The “Comics Rock! Forum” is a special gathering where up and comers have the opportunity to ask questions and seek counsel from veteran talent.