Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Take it Off by Lil Jon ft. Yandel & Becky G.

Take It Off is a hot new jam by Lil Jon featuring the talented Yandel and Becky G. This is one of Lil Jon's best tunes yet. If you haven't heard it, you truly need to. There is nothing like this song. If you can imagine a mixture of EDM with a hint of hip hop, R&B and Latin flavor this is the result. Check out the new video below.
 


If the video is not working, simply click here to watch it on YouTube. A few years ago I had the opportunity to speak with Lil Jon. Check out my interview with him here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CMT to honor Shania Twain

Shania Twain signing autographs.
(Photo by JDaykin/Flickr)
As a five-time Grammy award winner, Shania Twain is clearly the Queen of Country pop music. As a pioneer of the country crossover genre, Twain is one of the greatest artists ever in music. Selling over 75 million albums world-wide, her album "Come On Over" sold over 15 million copies alone making it the #1 album by any female country artist ever and the best-selling album by any female artist.

I have been a fan of Shania Twain since a child. Her music is very inspiring and uplifting and really brings something new and unique to music. Without Shania Twain, many artists such as Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood would have never had the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.

Announced today by CMT, Shania Twain will be honored. She will be the first female artist in history to receive the prestigious "Artist of a Lifetime" award. Previous winners of this award include Kenny Rodgers and Merle Haggard who were awarded in 2014 and 2015.

Taped live at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 7th annual “CMT Artists of the Year” will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by Country Music Television as the best artists of 2016.

CMT Artists of the Year will premiere Thursday, October 20, 2016. For more information visit CMT today. #CMTAOTY

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tavalodet Mobarak Morgan Ingram

Light a candle to remember
Morgan Ingram and her life.
Morgan Ingram was a beautiful and bright soul with a bold personality to match. She had more drive than NASCAR and a penchant for the pen, but one dark day in December it was all taken away from her.

You see, Morgan was an individual who welcomed many different people into her life. As some of those people were light who shared the same big dreams and passions, there were those who were dark and had no direction unless it was to the nearest party to get loaded and laid.

As a gifted woman with a polished yet free-spirited personality, Morgan was stalked. Of course, if you have never been stalked, you would have zero idea of what she went through. As a result, her entire life was turned upside until one day everything changed forever.

Morgan Ingram was murdered on December 2, 2011 in her Carbondale, Colorado home. Today, we honor the force and face of stalking, as we celebrate her birthday. I decided to light a candle and I encourage you, my readers and friends to light one too. May karma find its way, so we can eventually have justice one day. Gone, but never forgotten. RIP Morgan Ingram!

August 16, 1991-December 2, 2011

For more information about Morgan Ingram, visit the official site today.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Candace Smith introduces the Lady Warrior shirt

The beautiful Candace Smith
wearing one of the Lady Warrior
shirts.
If you haven't noticed this Summer, Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" made the move over to WE tv and rebranded the show as "Million Dollar Matchmaker".  There is a new format along with matchmakers from the past, but one thing remains the same is Candace Smith. In fact, matchmaker Candace Smith returns as a senior matchmaker; actually the only matchmaker to appear in every episode this season. In true Candace fashion, she keeps it sexy and so much fun every Friday night at 10pm/9c.  
 
In addition to the new show, Candace stars in the film My Father, Die, which premiered at South by Southwest and will be in theaters at the end of the year. This action thriller is set in the South and is written and directed by Sean Brosnan and produced by Pierce Brosnan, Sanja Banjic and Orian Williams. Amazing right?
 
And if that wasn't enough, the beautiful and brilliant philanthropist created the Lady Warrior Shirt, which gives a portion of proceeds to the Downtown Women's Center in the heart of Los Angeles, where she has been a longtime volunteer.  
Miss Hawaii 2014 Moani Hara
wearing the Lady Warrior shirt.
The Lady Warrior shirts are available
at Candace's official store.
 
When asked about the inspiration behind the shirts, Candace said, "The Lady Warrior Shirt was inspired by all the fascinating women in my life who are not at all the one-dimensional image perpetuated by the media. Some of these women include the young girls I have the pleasure of coaching; the resilient women at the Downtown Women’s Center I interact with; the boss women in the entertainment industry; the strong, Southern women in my family and my Miss USA sisters."
 
"Many have endured much more than anyone would ever know because of how high they hold their heads, the warmth in their hearts and the swag in their steps. I worked closely with Frank Denbow of Startup Threads (Shopify) to bring my vision to life and I'm eternally grateful," she continued.
 
What is Candace's mission? What inspired her to create the Lady Warrior Shirt? "I hope to not only spread awareness for the Downtown Women's Center but to also empower women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to find their inner warrior.  We are taught as young women to be ladies but it is also crucial that women learn to be fighters as well.  Women should be comfortable with this duality and celebrate it," she shared.
 
The Lady Warrior shirt is all about
women's empowerment. An
incentive to the soul.
So, how will the purchase of a shirt help the Downtown Women's Center? According to Candace, they will help the shelter immensely. "I worked with the Downtown Women's Center, where I have volunteered for many years, to arrange for a portion of all proceeds to go directly to the center. The Downtown Women’s Center is so important because it is not just a shelter; they provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability with the goal of supporting the women until they feel strong again to be independent."
 
To support the Downtown Women's Center, simply purchase a Lady Warrior Shirt at Candace's official store. Just remember, when you do rock it to share the link along with the hashtag #LadyWarriorShirt all over social media.
 
Catch up with Candace on her official website as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
Check out my latest interview with her about Million Dollar Matchmaker here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup

When it comes to music, one of the hottest events of the year is definitely the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Announced only an hour ago, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be held on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th at the T-Mobile Arena. Starting at 7:15 pm in the heart of Las Vegas, this is truly an event you're not going to want to miss. With millions upon millions of listeners worldwide, iHeartRadio has the largest audience in both radio and television in all of North America.

“When we first launched the festival six years ago people wondered how such a diverse line up of artists would play together on the same stage," said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia and producer for this year's event. "The fan reaction was immediate, and overnight the Festival became known as the year’s ultimate celebration of the best in all genres of music," he shared.

So, what will be the lineup for 2016? Who is performing? The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival will feature performances by U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, Twenty One Pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull and Usher. The iHeartRadio Music Festival will also include performances by this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5.

“After five years of producing some of the best lineups to ever take the stage, we’re excited to unveil one of the strongest iHeartRadio Music Festival rosters to date,” Tom Poleman, President of National Programming at iHeartMedia shared. “This year’s show is a complete cross section of the best artists from every genre of music. The weekend will be a true representation of the diversity of our iHeartRadio stations across the country as well as the music you find on the iHeartRadio app,” he added.

The action doesn't stop there. The Daytime Village at this year's festival will return to the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor hotel and casino on Saturday, September 24th with performances by Sam Hunt, Panic! At The Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Jeremih, Lissie, Cold War Kids, Daya, Cage The Elephant, The Chainsmokers, Bryson Tiller and DNCE. The Village will also feature fan zones and specially curated interactive experiences by iHeartRadio’s brand partners. The tickets for the Village will be available here.

Proud sponsors of this year's festival include: MasterCard, T-Mobile, Garnier Fructis, ULTA, Taco Bell, Macy's, Ideal Image, Jack Link’s Jerky, Mazda, MGM Resorts, Mondelēz International (the maker of Oreo, Ritz, Trident and Sour Patch Kids), State Farm, StubHub, The CW Network, The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld, X-Out (from the makers of Proactiv) and the TWIX brand.

Amazing right? And guess what? As of right now, MasterCard holders are allowed access to a limited number of tickets through a special pre-sale for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. To purchase tickets right now, simply click here.

Tickets go on sale to the general public (and non-MasterCard holders) this Saturday, July 30th at 1 p.m. EST. For more information about the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival, simply click here today. To purchase tickets visit AXS now. #iHeartRadio

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Examiner.com is closing: How to save your work

As you may or may not already be aware, Examiner.com is shutting down on July 10th. The website announced the close via email July 1st (Friday) with no real explanation. Media consumption has transformed dramatically over the years and as a result, content has been made more about the business priority rather than the meaning behind it. As of July 1st, Examiner.com is no longer taking submissions. With only 10 days to save your work, it can be modestly time consuming and virtually impossible if you have no help and thousands upon thousands of content. Today is July 5th so you now have only 5 days to save your work.

Although it's great to have a helping hand (Thank you so much, Joe, I love you) not everyone has the luxury of having someone help them backup their content. Recently, I discovered a program that has made this so much easier. You have no idea. It is called the Local Website Archive. You can download the program here.

Go to the page you want to save, select 'Add' followed by 'Continue' and let the program guide you through the rest. It's simple and allows you to save your work with just the click of your mouse. The Local Website Archive is efficient and quite effective when saving individual pages.

Since Examiner.com is closing, I will be writing with AEG's entertainment site, AXS.com who purchased Examiner.com in 2014. As always, I will continue to publish and share great content with you. If you haven't already applied to write for AXS, I highly encourage you to do so as it is a great platform.  

In the words of Farrokh Bulsara aka Freddie Mercury, The Show Must Go On.