Daily Archives: May 18, 2016


Sza’s “twoAM” is her take on PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake’s “Come and See Me”  Thankgod4cody, Carter Lang and SCUM produced the song that comes as a prelude to her sophomore album coming out later this year. The Top Dawg Entertainment artist emerged in 2014 with her Z EP and is currently working on her first full-length project.


KEMBA-The New Black Theory

YC The Cynic has reinvented himself as KEMBA and “The New Black” is the first single from his upcoming Negus debut album. The song references Pharrell Williams’s term that positions Blackness as a mentality that is free from victimhood and asserts itself through mental stamnia. KEMBA is  also talking about respectability politics and uses the likeness of Raven Symone for the artwork as an example. He describes it as “A portrait of the oft tone-deaf, oft-offensive, torch bearer of the New Black theory Raven-Symoné.” Negus comes out independently on July 22nd via all digital platforms.


Tracklisting for Negus:
1. FLY (Intro)
2. Caesar’s Rise
3. Kings & Queens
4. The New Black Theory
5. Super Hero
6. Already
7. Psyrens (Curious)
8. Greed
9. Heartbeat
10. Hallelujah
11. We Made It
12. Brown Skin Jesus (Outro)

Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant Announces Nationwide Registration for 23rd Annual Event


On Sunday, August 7, a very lucky group of young women will be inducted into a program that has become a national tradition for 23 years now. The date marks the return of the 23rd Annual Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant.Lisa Ruffin, actress, choreographer and creator of the pageant, is confirming girls for the event with a nationwide registration that is open until June 10, 2016. This year’s pageant will be held at the Music Center’s Mark Taper Theater, located at 135 N Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Girls, between the ages of six and 12 are welcome to apply at http://littlemissafricanamerican.org  by the deadline date.

The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is the longest running pageant of its kind and is dedicated to the intellectual and artistic success of young women. Mentors from Julliard, USC, UCLA, Howard University and the Broadway stage participate by teaching an eight-week educational program that culminates with the pageant event. The girls are afforded a prime opportunity to experience lessons they won’t learn in the traditional classroom. Over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes are awarded at the final event. Over the years, celebrity participation and support has included Jay Leno, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Laila Ali, and Meagan Goode.

Actress, choreographer and pageant creator, Lisa Ruffin
photo by Dr. Boogie
“The pageant is an on-going dream come true each year,” cites Ruffin. “Hundreds of the past contestants are all grown up now. Many have graduated from college, some have professional careers and some are wonderful mothers now. All of them are making a difference in this world. The scholarship pageant has become a  milestone in their lives.”
This year’s educational component will see the young misses deal with issues related to bullying and being judged by their peers; learning about their genealogy and building their family trees; and nurturing healthy body images with nutrition, exercise and focus.
For more information about registration and to purchase tickets go to http://littlemissafricanamerican.org/ .registration and to purchase tickets go to http://littlemissafricanamerican.org/ .
For a visual overview of the pageant and its impact on contestants: