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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pre-Grammy Party Presented by 1500 or Nothin, Boss Lady Entertainment and DJ Snoopadelic

photos by Evan Jackson
Written By Evan Jackson

Grammys Weekend was especially lit with the Pre-Grammy Party Presented by 1500 or Nothin, Boss Lady Entertainment and DJ Snoopadelic aka the Hip Hop Icon Snoop Dogg.There were many appearances like L.A. Hip Hop Artists  O.T. Genasis and Casey Veggies . California Love was in the building! As well as notable Stars like 'Love Jones' Actor Larenz Tate and R&B crooner Eric Bellinger. Amazing sponsors like Ciroc provided drinks & Carls Jr. provided the great food. The big event was all in honor of Grammy winning CEO of 1500 or Nothin' Larrence Dopson who won for his work on Ella Mai smash hit 'Boo'd Up' ! 🙌🏾  Special thanks to CEO Kiki Ayers of Ayers Publicity.

My favorite moment was seeing Snoop express gratitude for his peers coming out to enjoy the night’s festivities. And it was very fun about the night was seeing his fellow artists all joy in on the fun. Right next to the Carls Jr. was a great taco stand. And throughout Snoop Dogg's Compound in Inglewood, where the event was held, there were vendors and attractions. What was interesting is I never saw Snoop Dogg enter, it's as if he appeared out of thin air! As he did the obligatory opening of a Carls. Jr. burger - he does what he has been able to do his entire career. He makes the mundane moment into a magnificent spectacle. He's cool about it, he's floating through the crowd, and he makes his way to the red carpet. Smiling from ear to ear he only gives one interview with Spectrum News. He emphasizes community and appreciation for everyone there. That's his legacy: an easygoing, crowd pleasing lighting rod of attention smooth talking people person. He'll always treat you with good greetings and of course there's no party like a Snoop Dogg Party, cause Snoop Dogg Party don't stop! 

Actress Taja V. Simpson

Journalist & Writer Bree Scott and Publicist Parker Scott

CEO of Young Bold And Regal Evan Jackson 
Snoop Dogg


Friday, January 25, 2019

J Cole : The Rap Game’s “Middle Child”


Written by: Nepri James

He’s coutin' his bullets, he’s loadin' his clips, he’s writin' down names, he’s making a list. As he tweeted, “This is going to be a tough year for the haters.” 

 J Cole took over 2018 with not only the release of his fifth studio platinum selling album,KOD, but also with having the hottest features of the year. J Cole : The 2018 Takeover Playlist

It does not seem that J Cole is stopping anytime soon. In fact, he is applying more pressure. On January 6th, Dreamville artist such as Cole, Ari Lennox, JID, and Bas began posting their invitations to the Revenge of the Dreamers III recording sessions in ATL from the 6th to the 16th. This marketing strategy has built up the hype for this album for sure. Some of the best artist and producers in the game received invitations to be apart of the project. Here is a list of all artist and producers that were apart of the recording sessions. Just look at the versatility!


 Ibrahim Hamad, J Cole’s manager and president of Dreamville Records, described the sessions as a camp. During his, IG live he explained how they wanted to bring a different energy and this list 
shows just that! The album has been completed and is rumored to be released on his birthday, January 28th. 

Cole also is bringing a different energy to his solo projects. It has been confirmed that he is currently working on his sixth studio album. In the meantime, he released his latest single Middle Child on January 23rd.



Cole partnered up with T-Minus (producer of Kevin's Heart  and Pretty Little Fears) for the track. Now most of you may be thinking “Is J Cole a middle child?” He actually is not! The title is a metaphor for his position in rap, meaning he is sitting between lyrical OG’s and today’s popular "trap" artist. He also used switched things up by using trap drums and autotune to utilize modern aesthetics but still remaining true to himself.

It seems that Cole is going to diversify his sound on these upcoming projects. Between his forthcoming solo project and ROTDIII, it seems that 2019 is going to be another Dreamville takeover. 




Sunday, December 9, 2018

BlackKkKlansman Review: A Timely Spike Lee Joint


written by Evan Jackson

Saying a Spike Lee Joint is "timely" may be redundant but it couldn't be any more true with his latest film 'BlacKkKlansman'. Based off the true story of African American Police Detective Ron Stallworth who went undercover at the Colorado Police Department to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Serving as only the voice behind the telephone, with his detective partner being the "Ron Stallworth" who showed up to the meetings. An obvious serious story that's deeply rooted in racism, politics, justice, and identity Spike Lee masterfully directs this film the only way he can. With just a tinge of satirical nature which is his usual style, he hones in on what this true story can mean for us today. Adam Driver is many of us in this film, coming to terms with his own Jewish heritage and how racism affects you even if you don't identify with your own. Actor John David Washington gives a sobering performance which serves the film well and dives deep into what it means to be Black and an authoritarian figure. Spike Lee Joints are always near and dear to my heart because they reflected the times and peaked into the future. His films are alternate universes that come to light in the real world. As scary as that is the hope he gives at the end of this film is that hate always loses when you laugh in the face of it especially when you stop it in its tracks.


Spike Lee creates his own world and once you step in it he reveals the truths many are afraid to speak of but that's what make his film so special. The truth about this film is the vitriol of hate groups are still present. Looking back  throughout the film there are clear links to Donald Trump and a coy  or how you take it a crude reference to O.J. Simpson. Steeped in recent history when Harry Belafonte is on screen with eager young woke minds huddled around him it's the one of the most gripping scenes of the entire film. Utilizing historical figures and placing them iconic scenes is what Spike Lee does best. What's more interesting is they aren't just used to draw the audience in; as Harry told a horrendous story about a hate crime committed against THE Emit Till the ongoing intensity of the film was heightened. Spike Lee Joints evoke that visceral feeling and when you step into his mind frame for a film it's all too real.


 Actor John David Washington & Actor Adam Driver's chemistry plays like a 1970's buddy cop all grit-no bullshit detective drama TV series. Both characters revealing insight on each other serves as a mirror. Ron Stallworth in the film pushes his partner to not only take his role as an officer of justice to the edge but helps his partner comes to term with his own Jewish Heritage. In seemingly quiet scene Ron asks his partner why the Jewish epitaphs spewed doesn't bother him. Simply saying he doesn't identify with being Jewish, Ron's retort is the erasure and degradation of your people's heritage starts with you denying it. And allowing other to shape that narrative through scare tactics and propaganda is a dangerous path. Adam Driver steps into this role so brilliantly, evolving from a state of  "I'm just doing my job here" to "Let's catch these racist fools" is a testament to his acting. To join in on the cause against hate, to have an ally, as Ron Stallworth did in real life was just as incredible.

Actor John David Washington, son of famed Denzel Washington, plays mostly reserved in this role. Stoic and yet conflicted in his own woke mind on what it means to be a detective, a precieved enemy of the people, and attracted to the activism of his fellow Black brothers and sisters. A victim of his own police department when it come to harassment the frustration comes out to how to change the system from the inside out. Instead of an overly emotional performance that could of worked, John's confidence in coolly playing a real life figure brings a calmness among the chaotic. Laura Harrier who plays woke bae and more importantly is Ron's window into the other side of the matter. That tug of war with identity politics: Can you be down for the cause & be a good cop at the same time? It may look as two opposing mindsets but this film brings it in the middle. To be highly conscious of the racial issues in your community and offer a great solution & be an officer of justice is two sides of the same coin. You can help your people by doing your job and utilizing your platform to stomp out oppression. You easily could of played the theme to Shaft when Ron Stallworth enters the KKK meeting escorting Klan Leader David Duke. That's why John David Washington got his recent Golden Globe nomination, in a such a high octane plot line his cool as a cucumber performance with answers to the character's identity crisis comes off so convincingly.



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Spike Lee has delivered a film that calls on today while taking a look at the past. What better way to hark on the feelings of those seeking to speak on racial issues without stepping on their mindsets. Through the art of film he encapsulates different perspectives so well. The driving force of BlackKklansman is yes, this is America. This is exactly the United States you live in that still has hate groups but this is the same America that has those who will oppose and end those hateful activities. The hope is you will be a vigilant enough to know the truth. And better yet use your platform to say your own truth.





Sunday, September 9, 2018

Ovrdsthebrand x UNFΛYN Women Empowermnet Mixer


Photos By Evan L. Jackson 
Written By Evan L. Jackson

Fall Fashion Season is upon us with New York Fashion Week underway and LA Fashion Week coming up in October. As a stylist and a master of Fashion Niko Brown had his first official event in the Women Ewmpowerment Mixer which was co-hosted by the social media curation company  UNFΛYN . The moderator for the evening's panel was the amazing Entertainment Personality Othelia Joy who has been a beauty paegent winner as well as interviewing celebrities and influential women across the world. The main theme of this mixer was to connect women with their brand awareness. How to be better in life which in turns make you a better bussinesswoman.
     One of the panelists was the beautiful and talented Celebrity Fashion Stylist Shelly Styles. She takes pride in customizing the look for women who want to feel good in the wardrobe there in. She exuded major confidence all while being generous on what she's learned from the industry. Actress Lilimar is the quintessential girl next door and it was especially sweet when she said her rock is her grandma and mom. How she utililies them as her team and a source for guidance when making tough career choices. Telli Swift was elegant and demure also being so warm when it came to offering her advice. The Southern Bell-esque way she offered her life lessons reminded me that you can be graceful in your apporach yet at the same time firey and passionoate about what you want out of life.
 This mixer was the brainchild of Niko Brown, coming from the LA Fashion Week team, I've seen his work first hand and his best quality is being personable. He gets it, he understands detail and more importantly is selfless in his efforts to give the best experience when it comes to Style.  We look forward to his events coming up simply based on the insight he provides and the calliber of talent he brings to his mixers.










    

Friday, August 17, 2018

Behind The Scenes At Demi In The City Dash Radio Show

DJ Demi Lobo & DJ Alysen James 

Photos By Evan L. Jackson
Written By Evan L. Jackson

Demi Lobo is a season vet when it comes to being the premiere DJ in the Los Angeles Area. As a native of Chicago she made her way to LA and made a name fast for herself. Every other event I attended and plenty that I've missed DJ Demi Lobo has spun at BET Award related events, women empowerment mixers and impressively was the DJ at Director Ava Duvernay's ARRAY NOW production space. So when Demi asked me to come in and do behind the scenes work for Demi In The City show for Dash Radio, I was automatically for it.

There is an art to being a DJ. Demi takes it so seriously and as a innovator on the turn tables you need to know the energy of the crowd, the timing it takes to spin in that next record, and the humility to become even better at your craft. Demi is a natural, as I saw first hand where she had the young girls who attended the 2018 Young African American Women's Conference in a frenzy with her DJ set. The lunch time was lit because of her. What I didn't know was how talented she was as a Radio personality. Going into the Dash Radio booth, perfectly place near the Dream Hotel, Demi was downright giddy about the alchemy taking place with her guests coming in and her connecting again with right hand woman DJ Alysen James. It was pretty awesome to see a one - two female combo. As the guests arrive and the interviews take place Demi brings the best stories out of them. She likens their pitfalls and successes to her own journey - that allows them to open up more. Demi treats her guests on the radio, listen by thousands of people, as an intimate conversation. Just her and the guest, going beyond the cliche and getting to the source of their motivation.

The key to radio, as I would see, is making your voice jump out of the booth. The commodity between Demi & Alysen was great, you can tell they have been friends for a long time, and once again Demi brought life to the interview. I feel each guest is actually in for a treat to see their story respected and explored as well as challenged by Demi who shows sincere interest. Next time tune in and make sure to listen to Demi  In The City.   
Actor Kris D. Lofton & DJ Demi Lobo 


DJ Alysen James 


Singer Brian McKnight Jr. & Demi Lobo 
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DJ Demi Lobo 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mogul Monday: Juka's Organic Company Founder Juka


Photos by Evan L. Jackson
Written by Evan L. Jackson

The most interesting conversations you'll ever have in life will take place at the dinner table - there is something about the alchemy of food, drink, and good company that elicits unity - a sense of togetherness. That atmosphere of care and coming together is exactly what Juka exudes, Founder of Juka's Organic Oils Company. Through her company they make Red Palm Oils and other organic oils, made in Africa Juka wants to bring the flavor she grew up with to the world. There is power in her being her own business woman as she tells me an anecdote of visiting the West African village ,where the product is made, and crowds of school girls coming to see her do calculations. It's amazing to see women like Juka be a the rule and not the exception. See her give her perspective on why you need juka's organic in your kitchen. 




Monday, July 2, 2018

Hustle Is Mandatory Celebrity Charity Game




Written By Evan L. Jackson 
Photos By Evan L. Jackson 

In the spirit of giving back the Hustle Is Mandatory Celebrity Charity Game was held at The Pacific Lodge, A Division Of Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services. The theme was 'I Took The Stairs To Success' and there was a great turnout. What was very interesting is that most of the celebrity guests told me it was important for them to not only play but speak with and bond with the youth there because they related to them. Most notably HBO Ballers Actor Kris D. Lofton who coincidentally plays a young star in the NFL who needs guidance himself after being seen as troubled. Just like his character Kris D. Lofton says sometimes a different voice from a more relatable source is exactly what these kids need. 

The youth there seemed genuinely hyped to play against the celebrities and what was very cool was seeing them talk and get to know these stars and seeing the realization that they are just like them.

Sponsors:
zumer sports
Macleem sportswear
RawFit Athletics
Miss Jessies
In-N-Out
Chick-fil-A
The Formula Entertainment
Alternative Retail
Perricone H2 water
7Percenter
DOPE
Grab a ball and Play Foundation
Power 106

Celebs that attended;
RaShaud (HustleIsManadatory)
Larry Sanders (Former NBA player; Cavaliers)
Enimal (HBO Insecure )
Kris Lofton (HBO Ballers)
JCthaBarber (Celebrity Barber)
John Jordan (Actor/Model)
Keiona Laude ( Fashion Model)
Mani (rapper)
DAX (Recording Artist)
Jay Brantley (CEO- Macleem Sportswear)
Robert Foster 

Host: GioVanni Watson ( Host of Hollywood Unlocked/Actor/Dancer) 



















    

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