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VH1’s Black Ink Crew Dropping 5 New Specials Before Black Ink Crew: New York Returns In April 

Black Ink Crew cast

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VH1 reality series Black Ink Crew has long become a bonafide franchise. Today (March 5), the network announced it will be airing five new specials that will get fans ready for the return of Black Ink Crew: New York in April.

Touting the return with the hashtag #blackinbusiness, the specials get set off with Black Ink Crew: Secrets Unlocked on Monday, March 15 at 9PM ET/PT and then two weeks later Black Ink Crew: Confessions will premiere on Monday, March 29 at 9PM ET/PT.

Black Ink Crew: Secrets Unlocked is a 2-episode special (the second airs March 22) that will celebrate all three Black Ink Crew series (New York, Chicago and Compton). Hosted by Eva Marcille, it will feature Ceaser, Charmaine, Danielle, Don, KP, Lemeir, Miss Kitty, Phor, Puma, Ryan, Tatti, Teddy, Young Bae and more, along with special guests.

A week later, Black Ink Crew: Confessions will bring together that casts each of the aforementioned in a more reunion-like setting. Starting with Black Ink Crew: New York Confessions on March 29, followed by Black Ink Crew: Compton Confessions on April 5 and Black Ink Crew: Chicago Confessions on April 12—locking fown your reality TV fix on Mondays—the cast will update fans on what’s gone on since the conclusion of their previous seasons. Hosting duties will be handled by Marc Lamont Hill.

If you haven’t been keeping track, that’s five episodes before Black Ink Crew: New York properly returns for its 9th. We expect nothing but entertaining foolishness and madness during each and every one of these specials.

Watch the official promo below.

 

 

 

 

New First-Look Photos Give Us Our Best Look Yet At LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ 

New Photos Give Us A Better Look At LeBron James' 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

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As we get closer to LeBron James’ Space Jam: A New Legacy’s release date, we are now getting more information and a much better look at the film that puts a whole new spin on the first film’s premise.

Entertainment Weekly, who also gave us an in-depth look at another Warner Bros. title Mortal Kombat is now doing the same for Space Jam: A New Legacy, which grabs the cover of the magazine and features Bron Bron surrounded by his Tune Squad teammates Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Tazmanian Devil.

In the cover feature, Bron speaks about the film, which is technically not a sequel to the first film but a whole new adventure, and points out that the Space Jam franchise is and will always be Michael Jordan’s baby.

“It’s something Mike [Michael Jordan] created and is his,” James tells EW. “I held that with a lot of responsibility.”

James business partner and good friend Maverick Carter who serves as a producer on the film, shared the same sentiments saying, “It was always about respecting [Space Jam], but also, how do we make a film that’s interesting, matters to the culture, and is about something.”

Producer Ryan Coogler spoke on the creative process of making the film and working its animated stars, the Looney Tunes characters.

“We were reminded very quickly why the Looney Tunes work,” the Black Panther director told EW. “When we watch the parts of the film [featuring] the Tunes, you have a smile come over your face because, if you’re from our generation, you miss them.”

Speaking of the characters, the film was already being met with skepticism due to fans’ attachment to the first Space Jam movie, which is considered a cult classic. Following the photos’ release, which showed Lola Bunny’s new design that director Malcolm D. Lee admitted needed to be updated, Twitter reacted rather unfavorably to Lola’s new toned-down look.

People clearly have nothing else better to complain about.

The photos also give us our first glimpse of Don Cheadle as the movie’s villain AI – Rhythm. James spoke about working with the actor and how he was a mentor to him while on set, likening it to being coached on the basketball court.

“Just like in the NBA, I like to be coached by my coaches,” James shared with the EW. “I was the same way on set.”

Lee also boldly declared in the EW cover feature that Space Jam: A New Legacy will surpass the 1996 original film calling it “a better movie than Space Jam.”

We shall see when Space Jam: A New Legacy fast breaks into theaters and on HBO Max July 16.

Photo: Harry How / Getty

Kim Kardashian To Keep Hidden Hills Mansion After Divorce From Kanye West 

Celebrity Sightings By Will - 2012

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may be splitting up, but it seems that the two are doing so amicably.

According to published reports, amid her divorce from Kanye West, Kim Kardashian will not be moving out of the $60 million mansion the couple shared in Hidden Hills. PEOPLE adds that per a statement from an exclusive source close to the couple, that two came to the decision based on the fact it’s both best for the kids and where they primarily reside while Kanye usually traveled between the Los Angeles mansion and their Wyoming ranch.

“Kim plans on staying at the Hidden Hills house with the kids. This is their home and Kim doesn’t want to move right now at least,” the source told the publication. “Kanye lives elsewhere but is happy that Kim is staying at the family house. They both agree that the less stress the kids experience, the better. Kanye loves his kids. He wants them to be happy. He doesn’t want to fight with Kim about anything.”

While it’s clear that Kim and the children will remain in Los Angeles it’s unclear whether Yeezy will remain primarily in Wyoming or if he will settle in Calabassas, CA where the super producer has been most recently spending his time. Most recently the Jesus is King rapper was photographed rocking the ring on his left hand as he arrived at an office in Calabasas on March 4. While Yeezy is seemingly holding on to the commitment publicly, Kim was previously spotted sans her wedding ring a month prior to their split.

The couple purchased the Los Angeles mansion in 2014 for a reported $20 million in 2014 before conducting a top to bottom remodel. West collaborated with Belgian architect Axel Vervoordt to create a living space with a restrained palette, almost church-like architecture, and minimal furnishings. The family finally moved into the property in December 2017 and Kris Jenner tweeted in 2018 that the house is now worth $60 million.

As previously reported, Kim K. officially filed for divorce ending their seven-year marriage back in February citing Yeezy’s political aspiration as the reason for the dissolve. While no date of separation has been listed in the documents turned in by high-profile divorce attorney Laura Wasser, it’s no secret that the couple has been living apart for months prior to the decision.

Despite Kim’s silence on the matter, fans are expecting to watch the end of their union play out on the upcoming final season of her hit reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, which is slated to premiere in two weeks.

Revisit the finale trailer below.

Cottonelle Teams Up With BLKHLTH To Fight Colorectal Cancer & Racial Disparities 

Cottonelle Teams Up With BLKHLTH To Fight Colon Cancer & Racial Disparities

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While COVID-19 is dominating the headlines, colorectal cancer is still silently taking the lives of Black people. Cottonelle and BLKHLTH are teaming up to keep the awareness about the disease high and at the same time tackle the racism that plagues the health industry.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Americans, but even more deadly among Black Americans, with a 40% higher death rate than white Americans. Fortunately, colon cancer is highly treatable if caught early, and there is a 90% survival rate.

Right on time for colorectalal cancer awareness month, Cottonelle, a brand dedicated to helping people take care of themselves “down there,” has announced it has donated $750,000 and is partnering with BLKHLTH, a nonprofit organization that focuses on reducing the impact of racism on Black health by using education and action.

Working together, Cottonelle and BLKHLTH will normalize conversations about colorectal care and provide education resources and free at-home colon cancer screening kits to help break down the barriers that often affect Black people. There is also help coming to those who need financial assistance when trying to get colonoscopies and follow-up care, thanks to the two companies partnering with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.

To help spread the word, the brands have enlisted Black-ish actor and comedian Deon Cole to push the message of getting screened early by sharing a personal story about a close friend who is currently undergoing treatment. If you’re interested, here is how you can sign up and get the information you need.

  • Sign up for a free at-home colorectal cancer screening test (while supplies last) – visit www.Cottonelle.com/GoodDownThere.
  • Engage on social media and post your commitment to getting screened by sharing #GoodDownThere and tagging three loved ones, encouraging them to do the same
  • Join our virtual roundtable discussion on March 18 at 6:30 p.m. EST where Cole, alongside Gastroenterologist Dr. Fola May and BLKHLTH Co-Founder Matthew McCurdy, will talk “down there” to drive awareness for colorectal cancer realities within the Black community.

Discussions about colon cancer increased after the surprising and tragic passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman who secretly battled the disease for years. Following his death, the focus on pushing Black men who are at the greatest risk of dying from colon cancer was at an all-time high.

Salute to Cottonelle and BLKHLTH for keeping the momentum going.

Photo: Cottonelle / BLKHLTH

DuPont Brass opens up the class with ‘Music Education’ 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. The 9 man piece is made up of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists who have joined forces to make timeless music. The band started out by playing at the local metro stations to playing at weddings and private events. The band moved to play at various festivals such as D.C. Jazz Festival, The Washington Performing Arts Society, and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

The genre-bending band might be classically trained but their repertoire takes elements from all kinds of genres such as jazz, hip-hop, and R&B and on their newest full-length release titled Music Education, they show us exactly why they are masters at their art.

The project’s “Intro” is a horn-driven piece that is 30 sections long and serves as a reminder of where the band is coming from. The follow-up “Round Midnight” is a smooth blend of improv jazz and R&B sensibilities. The sublime vocals add contemporary vibes while the band creates the perfect backdrop for the grinding anthem. “Bring That Ass Here” is a horn-laden love ballad that dwells on love, at first sight, and it’s ripe with soulful vocal runs, rumbling drum fills reminiscent of classic soul tracks where the yearning for someone’s love was the norm. “To Be Continued” is a 3-minute epic soulful ride that starts off slow and switches into a punchy 4 to the floor drum pattern that breaks down when the rap verses come in. There is so much to unpack and the way each instrument blends in is just too splendid.  Tracks like the money anthem “Cake Up” and “Drippin” show different sides and styles of the band and offer a versatility that is unmatched nowadays.

The track “Sometimes” sees them teaming up with Halo Wheeler and Matte Black for a somber and reflective ballad that dwells on inner pain and daily struggles. The track is bolstered by the emotive keys, warm basslines, and uplifting lyrics that implore listeners to find the light within the darkness. The project closes out with the vibrant and bright vibes of “Let’s Go” featuring ADÉ. It’s a celebration for everyone on this one and aims to get everyone on the dancefloor and dance their sorrows away. With its snapping clap-laden drums, lush textures, and catchy melodic hook it serves as an anti-bad vibes song and a wonderful way to close the project.

Support the band on Soundcloud and make sure to give them a follow on all Social media platforms.

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Jon Hope drops new project and visuals for “Bluest Moon” featuring RagzdDaArtist [video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


R.I. native Jon Hope recently put out his new project Hope All is Well, a 9 track body of work that explores his life, inner turmoil, and more. The project is also bolstered by the visuals of the reflective track titled “Bluest Moon.” The track sees him working with producer  Bongo By The Way who crafts a soulful and bouncy backdrop to fit the insightful lyrics that dwell on overcoming the need for validation. The heartwarming chorus is supplied by singer RagzdDaArtist who joins Hope on the track.

The visuals were shot by director Eric Galano who taps into the core theme of the song and delivers a heartfelt piece that reflects Hope’s true mindstate as clear as possible.

Regarding the album’s title, Hope explains that HAIW embodies the reckoning he had that he “was carrying a lot of bullsh*t in my life and normalizing some real hood trauma.” He continues: “I want to raise expectations about what it means to be a ‘real n***a’ and remove the stigma in our culture that’s attached to being positive and wanting better than the cliched hip-hop tropes we come to love.”

Hope accomplishes his goal through tracks like the supremely powerful “THS (feat. Israel Wusu),” a soulful and uplifting anthem, and the gripping album intro, “Where We Come From,” which features words of wisdom from NYC rap titan Jim Jones. Never one to take full credit, Hope points to his collaborators—namely producers/friends Wattz Beatz and Danny Keyz—as being equal architects to the creation of HAIW. And it’s with their shared vision and guidance that the emcee was able to record the type of album that the world truly needs.

Hope All Is Well is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms via Perfect Time Music Group.

Tracklist:
01. Where We Come From (feat. Jim Jones) [prod. by Danny Keyz]
02. THS (feat. Israel Wusu) [prod. by Wattz Beatz]
03. BLACK ROSE (feat. Mary Gipson) [prod. by Wattz Beatz & Danny Keyz]
04. My God (feat. CEEZ) [prod. by Wattz Beatz]
05. House of Cards (feat. CEEZ) [prod. by Danny Keyz & MTWO]
06. Bluest Moon (feat. RagzDaArtist) [produced by Bongo By The Way]
07. Winner’s Story (feat. OT The Real) [prod. by Danny Keyz, MTWO & Scino Beats]
08. Look What I Built (feat. Luke Bar$) [prod. by Latrell James]
09. African Boy (feat. RagzDaArtist) [prod. by Wattz Beatz]

Get it on all DSPs here.

 

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Top submissions EP1 Mar, 2021 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


The weekly Top Submissions aims to showcase a selected crop of acts that cross our paths. From the best tracks/videos from far and wide, we gather the upper echelon of artists you can find and give them a platform to be further recognized for their works. So, sit back and tune in, and don’t forget to show them some love by following them on all social media platforms

If you like this article check out our previous entries HERE

 

Tayong – “Destined”

 

UK emcee Tayong comes through on a grand note on his new single “Destined.” Backed by a moody and punchy backdrop, he delivers a fiery performance laced with vivid imagery and bravado. He does away with the fancy hooks and goes in without holding anything back.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

 

Aligo – “Elevate” Feat. Marie Dahlstrom

 

Emcee Aligo teams up with longtime collaborator Marie Dahlstrom for his new single titled “Elevate” which comes off the heels of his numerous collaborations with Dahlstrom, J Warner, Linda Diaz, Dan Diggas, and others. The track is a somber and reflective piece that dives into self-growth and realization of one’s true purpose. “Elevate” the lead single from his new EP.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud/

 

Jamar Carr x D. Thompson – “The Mud”

 

The dynamic duo made up of Jamar Carr and D. Thompson come through with “The Mud” an anthemic track for the go-getters out there trying to succeed despite the madness surrounding them.

 

 

A.L. Laureate x Liana – “A Love Like”

“A Love Like” is a heartfelt track that sees emcee A.L. Laureate pouring adulation on the culture he loves the most. He pays homage to the art form with detailed lyrics, wordplay, and moreover a guitar-driven backdrop while singer Liana adds a melodic chorus to tighten things up. “A love like ” is taken from his upcoming Album Intrepid Perspective.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

Paragon Don – “Slick Jordan Woods”

“Slick Jordan Woods” is a bravado-laden tack that sees Paragon Don teaming up with fellow emcee David Lewis for some verbal sparring. Over a somber sparse backdrop, they both go back to back with lines with no chorus.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

Matthew Cuban – “I’m Good”

Matthew Cuban goes into introspective mode on “I’m Good” a somber and reflective track that dwells on inner turmoil, personal loss, and life as a whole. It may be gloomy but Cuban finds a way to keep his head above water.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

Latino Perrico x Jian J x Kris the $pirit – “Wolves don’t Sleep at Night”

Producer Latino Perrico teams up with Compton rapper Jian J and Kris the $pirit for a smooth collaborative track titled “Wolves don’t Sleep at Night.” Backed by a slapping 4 to the floor bounce, lush textures, and dark vibes, the emcees come through with vivid lyrics and off-the-cuff performances.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

Major XP – “Bouncin Like 64s”

Major XP comes through the list with a heavy tune titled “Bouncin Like 64s.” Bolstered by a punchy cinematic synth-driven backdrop, he celebrates his successes and wins. This is solid from start to finish.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

 

 

Abstract Soundz – “Perfect Timing” (feat. Lady Sanity)

Producer Abstract Soundz teams up with lyricist Lady Sanity for this impeccable collaboration titled “Perfect Timing.” Bolstered by a laidback reflective texture and rumbling boom-bap drums, Lady Sanity delivers a no-holds-barred performance tackling real-time issues and then some. This song is the lead single from Abstract Soundz new album Abstract Archives.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud//BANDCAMP

 

SOUL GHETO – “Skinny Lil Dawg”

on “Skinny Lil Dawg”, SOUL GHETO delivers a fiery performance over a somber piano-driven backdrop. He reflects on his life from a young age till now and all the crazy things he did in the past and how he is trying to be better.
Get it on Apple Music

 

 

HUNYMOONFAZE – “Happy”

Emerging artist HUNYMOONFAZE delivers a melancholic tune titled “Happy.” The song is a somber track that sees him reminiscing over lost love and how unhappy he is in his current state. It’s quite relatable and heartfelt.
Get it on Apple Music

 

The Colour – “Lay Down”

Mokhalaka Moteetee, widely known as, The Colour, delivers an enthralling single titled “Lay Down.” Ripe with moody and somber textures and his soft vocals, the track is as atmospheric as they come.
Get it on Deezer

 

 

Be Kind – “A Final Toast”

Australia-based UK singer/songwriter Be Kind caught our ears with “A Final Toast” which is the 4th and final track of his psychedelic session. The track has a smooth and reflective moody texture and is peppered by his mellow angelic melodic runs and vivid lyricism. He sure holds down the fort on many fronts from singing to rapping.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud/

 

 

IOM – “Snow & Faces”

Austrian rap act IOM appears on our list with “Snow & Faces” a laidback and moody piece that dwells on self-growth and a whole lot of reflection. his style is quite interesting as he delivers with a low tone, monotonous flow that works well with the melancholic backdrop.
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer

 

 

Domino – “Reload” feat. Teeze (Bonus Track)

 

Domino is an emerging independent rapper/producer from Philadelphia, PA. His new release “Reload” sees him working with Teeze. The track has fun-filled energy with the rapper flowing with ease and the smooth bouncy backdrop merging perfectly.
Get it on Apple Music///Soundcloud

 

 

Zoka The Author – “The Mindset” (official video)

 

East London-based rapper Zoka celebrates the anniversary of the release of his debut single, “The Mindset,” with a music video and accompanying documentary. The song which deals with mental freedom and self-realization is heartfelt and thought-provoking as well. The video is directed by Perspective while the beat is produced by Domwitdaheat.
“The Mindset” is taken from his debut EP, Reflections. Stream that here.

 

Trequad – “Top Down” (prod by DJ Pain 1)

Trequad got his mind on the prize on his new single “Top Down” where he teams up with DJ Pain 1 who helps him with a cinematic boomy backdrop.

 

Liam – “Smackin'”

Emerging emcee Liam takes time to reflect on his life on the somber and nostalgia-inducing track titled “Smackin’.” Armed with a laidback smooth flow and vivid lyrics, he details his thoughts eloquently with an emotional punch to boot.
Get it on Soundcloud//Deezer

 

 

Walther, angenehm. x Ill Chill – “Lost”

 

Walther, angenehm is a German 4 man band that caught our attention with their new release titled “Lost.” Ripe with live instrumentation, solid lyricism, and genre-bending sensibilities, the band delivers a solid, reflective cut we all can vibe to.

 

Osbe Chill – “Spark”

South Central, Los Angeles emcee Osbe Chill shares the visuals for his heartfelt song “Spark.” Backed by the dreamy soulful backdrop courtesy of North Carolina-based producer GiveEmSoul, the emcee gives us a glimpse of his life from the hopes, dreams, and ambitions. The first leak from this forthcoming album Soul Rap (which drops on March 12th via Doughboy Networkz ).
Get it on Apple Music//Deezer//Spotify

Gutty shares new single “wide eyed and hopeless” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Rapper/producer Gutty caught our ears with his style of witty raps laced with personal anecdotes on his new release titled “wide eyed and hopeless.”

The title stems from his recent foray into adulthood amidst the growing pandemics he tries to figure out what to do next. Bolstered by a smooth but punchy backdrop, he delivers an honest, unapologetic view of his mindstate and throws in some stylish bravado elements as well.

Get “Wide Eyed and Hopeless” on Apple Music//Deezer

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Tyler J shares “One Of These Days”/”More” and “A Change Gon Come” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Emerging Gospel emcee Tyler J  shares three joints from his stash with us. Working with Kirko Bangz , Tiffany Nicole, Charlie Clips, and T-Moe, he delivers some thought-provoking and insightful cuts

The first cut titled “One Of These Days” is an uplifting and personal cut that details his struggles and tribulations. Over a smooth Donnie Hathaway sample and punchy drums, Tyler J reflects on the numerous struggles of life and how being faithful will result in overcoming them. The track is bolstered by a smooth, melodic chorus courtesy of singer/rapper Kirko Bangz. The video was shot in Houston, TX during the covid pandemic.

Get “One Of These Days” on Apple Music//Deezer//Spotify

The second track “More” has a somber vibe and features singer Tiffany Nicole who delivers a heartwarming and glorious chorus over the lush backdrop. Tyler J uses this track to reflect on the guidance of God and how he needs him in times of distress when he can’t push through alone.

 

Get “More” on Apple Music//Deezer

 

The third track flips Sam Cooke‘s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and sees Tyler J teaming with lyricists Charlie Clips and T-Moe for a heartfelt track that talks about overcoming life’s hardship.

Get “A Change Gon Come” on Apple Music//Deezer

 

 

Keep up with Tyler J | Spotify: Instagram

Jeremiah Stokes’s”Corona” is a tribute to his late friend 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Jeremiah Stokes shares this track “Corona” from his stash with us. The record was birthed after his friend was killed in a home invasion and that really affected Stokes to pen something to ease the pain.

The Z. Will produced record has a warm and soulful texture with bouncy drums to match Stokes’s fluid and vibrant delivery. He takes time to detail his own troubles and tribulations as well and looks at how forgiveness can go a long way in mending friendships before it’s too late. He also touches on other issues from failed relationships, fake friends, and naysayers who were leeching off him at some point but he found a way to distance himself from them. As for the title, he states that it has nothing to do with the pandemic but rather a reference to the outer atmosphere of the sun.

The single is off his project BLKBRD.

Get “Corona” on Apple Music//Deezer//Soundcloud

 

 

Keep up with Jeremiah Stokes | Soundcloud: Website: Twitter: Instagram