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Tamyra Gray - Rent-ing Space On Broadway

Tamyra Gray – Rent-ing Space On Broadway

  Story by Terry ShropshirePhotos by Risasi Dais for Steed Media Service NEW YORK – It was year one of the international television phenomenon “American Idol,” yet this spectacular ratings bonanza was about to erupt in scandal and intrigue. Something transpired that made Simon’s rectangular grill radiate disgust and outrage – looking as if someone […]

albright featuring vivian sessoms – sunny one day

Baby Buddha Records When Albright met Vivian Sessoms over 10 years ago, the pair sharpened each other’s writing and production talents and made their mark on the music industry, successfully orchestrating songs for Lala Hathaway and composing jingles for companies like Hanes and Dark & Lovely. On their debut release, Sunny One Day, the duo […]

thunderkatz- trojan band

thunderkatz- trojan band photo by steed media service Recording Artists After performing a set at Atlanta’s Masquerade, the Thunderkatz emerged from backstage to mingle with the lingering fans. ro spoke with group member o8o about their rapidly expanding fan base, new record deal and their niche in the music industry. Congratulations on all the success. […]

supastishun- sweet success

supastishun- sweet success photo by steed media service sweet success If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. That seems to be Atlanta rapper SupaStishun’s motto. “I started singing at first and wasn’t really good at it so the next alternative was to rap,” says the winner of Blackplanet.com 2007 Amplify Talent Search. BlackPlanet.com […]

irv gotti- how to make executive decisions

photo by steed media service CEO, The Inc. Irv Gotti is no stranger to the limelight. In fact, as a multi-platinum producer and CEO of The Inc. (formerly known as Murder Inc.), Gotti has long established himself as a trusted source on what it really takes to become a successful businessman in the music industry. […]

the core djs retreat 7 spins through dallas

the core djs retreat 7 spins through dallas

the core djs retreat 7 spins through dallas photo by steed media service Some of the most influential DJs in America converged in Dallas for the 3rd Annual Core DJs Retreat 7. The 3-day retreat featured an awards show, several panel discussions and a new artist showcase. Notable artists in attendance included Erykah Badu, Three […]

johann michael - out of the box

johann michael – out of the box

johann michael – out of the box photo by steed media service R&B/ Opera Singer In this day and age of cookie-cutter performance artists, it’s always a surprisingly refreshing experience when you encounter an artist unafraid to go against the grain of traditional musical thinking. Enter Filipino sensation Johann Michael. As the buzz continues to […]

ax boys- triple threat

lax boys- triple threat photo by steed media service Rappers, The Arrival Like many children growing up in the hip-hop generation, Cali-bred brothers Poke and Spank along with their cousin, Xay Xay, love hip-hop music and can recall the moment they fell in love with the culture. “We were all kids and used to have […]

scenic woods- the blonde bomb

scenic woods- the blonde bomb photo by steed media service R&B/Funk Singer While Scenic Woods is on the verge of releasing her first solo album, she isn’t a newcomer to the music industry. After signing with Erick Sermon’s Def Squad label as a member of the group Tha Truth!, Woods collaborated with artists such as […]

phoenix the firestarter

phoenix the firestarter photo by steed media service Rap-Rockstress, “Pull On My Weave” Atlanta is one of the entry points to music industry success and Phoenix the Firestarter is bangin’ on the door. The young female MC sells her own CDs, performs around town at the drop of a hat (or rather a beat), and […]

fred jerkins- 100 percent inspiration

fred jerkins- 100 percent inspiration photo by steed media service Producer In the music industry, the Dark Child label is synonymous with chart-topping musical production. Most fans can identify the label’s work through a myriad of R&B hit singles like Mary J. Blige’s, “Enough Cryin’ ” and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s collaborative single, “Déjà vu.” Producer […]

darrin’s dance grooves 2

darrin’s dance grooves 2 Urban Works Darrin Henson has choregraphed dance routines for many superstar artists including Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez. And for those who aspire to crunk dance their way to the top, his DVD, “Darrin’s Dance Grooves 2″ gives step-by-step instructions on how to help make it happen. With over an hour […]

brian jennings- making stars and building a community

brian jennings- making stars and building a community photo by steed media service Vice President, Taylor’d Entertainment Before the spotlight shines on center stage and the red velvet curtain goes up, and even before the fans and the fame, every recording artist starts out being just a person with talent. Taylor’d Entertainment has the industry […]

Celebrity and corporate photographer Thaddaeus McAdams: 'A guy with a camera and a dream'

Celebrity and corporate photographer Thaddaeus McAdams: ‘A guy with a camera and a dream’

How did you get started? I got my start on Young Jeezy’s TM102 promo run in 2006. My man, Twin, gave me a chance. I was just a guy with a camera and a dream. Shortly after the promo run ended, a magazine came across some of my pictures and reached out to me. I […]

Meelah Williams dishes on the new season of 'R&B Divas: Atlanta'

Meelah Williams dishes on the new season of ‘R&B Divas: Atlanta’

Meelah Williams dishes on “R&B Divas” Meelah Williams, the sexy songstress and the “voice of 702″, is taking to television to spill on her solo career and personal life. The classy chanteuse is one of two new cast members on TV One’s “R&B Divas Atlanta” and will share how she navigates the southern city’s music scene […]

Tiny Harris, Dwight Eubanks dish on 'The Real Hair Stylists of Atlanta'

Tiny Harris, Dwight Eubanks dish on ‘The Real Hair Stylists of Atlanta’

“The Real Hairstylists of Atlanta” press conference Atlantans should prepare for yet another reality TV show centered on the city and its colorful occupants. Tiny Harris and Dwight Eubanks recently introduced the press to the producers for their forthcoming “The Real Hair Stylists of Atlanta” show detailing the lives of local beauticians, makeup artists and […]

10 reasons your favorite rapper is no longer relevant

10 reasons your favorite rapper is no longer relevant

The rap industry has a way of making the hottest emcee obsolete. Some rappers who were hot in 2004 can’t even be found on the back of a milk carton just 10 years later. But there are several reasons your favorite rapper falls off. Mistakes and bad timing can leave a platinum-selling rapper searching for […]

BH Group USA exec Kelly L. Ross Robinson wants all eyes on his brand

BH Group USA exec Kelly L. Ross Robinson wants all eyes on his brand

The erudite Kelly L. Ross Robinson is the director of sales and marketing for BH Group USA.  Read what he has to say about what he loves about his job, how art and music impact his life, and why he’s happy with the way God made him. What inspires you to show up at work […]

Architect Dietrich T. Logan on global expansion and lifelong learning

Architect Dietrich T. Logan on global expansion and lifelong learning

“Be it a private family dwelling, a significant commercial structure, or a custom-designed dream space, Logan Design Group is achieving your ultimate vision” vaunts Dietrich T. Logan on his social media summary. An architect by trade, his company, Logan Design Group International, specializes in high-end residential design, project management, construction administration, commercial infill, and project […]

Eshe of Arrested Development explains why she's happy on her own

Eshe of Arrested Development explains why she’s happy on her own

Eshe has the joyous demeanor of a woman coming into her own. The former vocalist/dancer with Grammy-winning hip-hop collective Arrested Development, Eshe has been forging ahead as a solo artist in the past year, releasing heartfelt and rich songs that reflect her perspective on life and love. And she explained to RO why she’s in a great place creatively now that she’s able to present herself to the world–unfiltered.

Ted Nugent: 'I hang around with a lot of n------ and they use the word'

Ted Nugent: ‘I hang around with a lot of n—— and they use the word’

Rabid racist Ted Nugent going off on bigoted tirades may seem like a recent phenomenon. But according to a 24-year-old interview that is now posted online, the uncouth Nugent has been dangling off the racial cliff for a long time. Excerpts from “Ted Nugent Grows Up? Older, Bolder, Cruder, Ruder — And More Unprintable Than […]

Photographer and filmmaker Samuel Trotter

Photographer and filmmaker Samuel Trotter

How did you arrive at this career choice? Was it a deliberate decision or a gradual and natural evolution? I often explain to people that I fell into photography, writing, and everything else that I do. As a kid my only aspiration was to become a lawyer, and for some reason I linked this to […]

Sevyn Streeter gets scandalous at SOBs in New York City

Sevyn Streeter gets scandalous at SOBs in New York City

Ingenue Sevyn Streeter took the stage at SOBs in Manhattan last night (March 24th) and proved that after years of building a name as a songwriter and after catching fire with “It Don’t Stop,” she’s ready for superstardom.

Ciroc's Ashley Cleveland discusses branding and provides advice for business students

Ciroc’s Ashley Cleveland discusses branding and provides advice for business students

Ashley Cleveland serves as the brand ambassador for Ciroc in Atlanta. Along with her role at Ciroc, she also manages other brands owned by Diddy that include Revolt TV and AquaHydrate Water. Cleveland recently stopped by rolling out’s Atlanta office to discuss the business of branding and gives advice to business students. What are your […]

Big Boi makes major move, signs with Career Artists Management

Big Boi makes major move, signs with Career Artists Management

Big Boi is having a banner year thus far in 2014. As he and his musical partner Andre 3000 have re-formed as OutKast and embarked on a series of sold-out shows at musical festivals across the country, the Atlanta-based hip-hop star has also just signed a major management deal.

Eminem, Skrillex among 2014 Lollapalooza headliners

Eminem, Skrillex among 2014 Lollapalooza headliners

The headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza festival have been revealed. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys are among the major acts

Who will fight the negative images of black women in the media?

Who will fight the negative images of black women in the media?

Words by: A.R. Shaw Images by: DeWayne Rogers Model: Demi Grace Makeup: Marissa Ross The black female image is in trouble. If you rely solely on media to depict what it means to be a black woman in 2014, it’s highly likely that the takeaway would be overwhelmingly negative. But things haven’t always been this […]

MIZANI hosts I'mPossible conversation with Estelle

MIZANI hosts I’mPossible conversation with Estelle

Women like Michelle Obama, Oprah and most recently, Lupita Nyong’o, have given women of color hope that whatever dreams they have can be attained through preparation and hard work. In addition to the inspiring women of color we read about, it is important for women to have real conversations and engage with other women. In the U.K., […]

Russell Taylor discusses creativity

Russell Taylor discusses creativity

Russell Taylor was crowned VH1’s first-ever crowd-sourced “You Oughta Know” winner and VH1 unveiled the New York native’s “War of Hearts” video back in December. We were able to catch up with Russell Taylor and ask him about his success. What do you do and why do you pursue your passion? I am a singer, […]

Violinist Daniel D

Violinist Daniel D

What inspires you to show up at work every day? Knowing how great I can become. The history I can and will make. The lives I will touch along the way. I remember about two years ago being faced with a challenge of possibly not being able to play my violin again. I had problems […]

Kat Graham, A.J. Johnson walk the red carpet at the Black Women Film Network luncheon

Kat Graham, A.J. Johnson walk the red carpet at the Black Women Film Network luncheon

The Black Women Film Network red carpet In addition to inspiring stories from stars and honorees, the Black Women Film Network luncheon featured a red carpet. Just before the “Untold Stories Awards” and Scholarship Luncheon Friday at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta,  actress Katerina Graham and wellness/life coach A. J. Johnson posed for photographers. They were later […]

'Tanning of America' downplays South, West hip-hop contributions

‘Tanning of America’ downplays South, West hip-hop contributions

Produced by Steve Stoute and featuring commentary from luminaries ranging from famed emcee Nas to civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, the project took a look at how hip-hop’s emergence into a major cultural force shaped a generation and American culture over the past 40 years. But the documentary, an ambitious and engrossing look at hip-hop as both art and commodity, virtually ignores the contributions and histories of hip-hop locales outside of the mecca of New York City. Even the participants themselves, save for hitmaking superproducer Dr. Dre, tended to be mostly from the Big Apple.

Seasoned marketing and branding exec Gwen Thomas launches PR agency in DC

Seasoned marketing and branding exec Gwen Thomas launches PR agency in DC

What inspires you to show up to work every day? Well first of all, Gwen Thomas PR is my brand new baby. So, I am in a new year, a new town and have renewed energy with great new people. I love what I do. I enjoy all aspects of marketing, public relations and event […]

Mita Vain: Making a mark in theater and television

Mita Vain: Making a mark in theater and television

Since starting her company in 2007, Mita Vain has seen it’s popularity grow steadily and reach heights she never imagined. 2012 proved to be an especially historic year for Mita Vain Inc., as this was the year that her company made waves within Chicago’s ever difficult theater community. Mita’s vision of creating and delivering one of a […]

Jennifer Hudson covers 'V' magazine

Jennifer Hudson covers ‘V’ magazine

Jennifer Hudson shows off her banging new body in a full fashion spread for V magazine. In the latest issue of V, shot by celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, J Hud sexes it up in black, complimented with light makeup and wet, shoulder-length hair. In the pages of V, Hudson comments on the growth of her […]

Turntable Tuesdays: DJ Geno

Turntable Tuesdays: DJ Geno

“I never thought I’d be rocking arenas!” says Chicago’s own DJ Geno. Starting out primarily as a club DJ, Geno has managed to take his career to heights unparalleled by others. Not many can say they were among the first to put out all Chicago artist’s  mixtapes in the 90′s (Residential Anger and Papeon’s Revenge). Not many […]

Chanti McCoy: Brooklynite reps for GMG and 'street-hop'

Chanti McCoy: Brooklynite reps for GMG and ‘street-hop’

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Chanti McCoy isn’t afraid of anything. The First Lady of GMG is standing at the edge of stardom, and her mix of sex appeal and street-hop has made her one of New York City’s most promising up-and-coming female rappers. If you’re going to roll with a rapper as brash and confrontational as Brooklyn’s Uncle Murda, you better be able to hold your own. And Chanti is more than capable. The rhymer from Coney Island isn’t afraid to make herself heard, especially in the male-dominated world of hip-hop. And she says being around a bunch of street guys has only made her more outspoken.

Uncle Murda previews 'Ain't Nothin' Sweet' at Daddy's House

Uncle Murda previews ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Sweet’ at Daddy’s House

Uncle Murda has been grinding. The brash rapper from East New York hasn’t taken a moment to rest since hitting the industry almost a decade ago. Despite not having released an official studio album since 2006, Murda has dropped mixtape after mixtape, keeping an ear to the street and keeping his fans’ happy with a steady stream of hardcore street-hop. His latest mixtape is Ain’t Nothin’ Sweet, and Murda threw a bash at Daddy’s House recording studios in Manhattan to celebrate the release.

Nicki Minaj sued by ex-wig stylist

Nicki Minaj sued by ex-wig stylist

The drama between Nicki Minaj and her ex-stylist Terrence Davidson continues. Yesterday morning, Terrence Davidson (the man responsible for Minaj’s attention grabbing multi-colored wigs) filed a lawsuit in an Atlanta district court, claiming that his former friend and client, Nicki Minaj, stole his wig designs. He also alleges that the “Beez in the Trap” rapper […]

Wayne Sutton, digital media master, works with AT&T 28 Days in honor of Black History Month

Wayne Sutton, digital media master, works with AT&T 28 Days in honor of Black History Month

Wayne Sutton’s is the quintessential technology and digital media savant. As a testament to his social media prowess, this tech journalist, high-tech entrepreneur, analyst and speaker is one of the few blacks who are not celebrities with Facebook and Twitter Verified accounts because of his wide-reaching work with the redoubtable Silicon Valley in Northern California. […]

Frank Ocean in trouble with Mary J. Blige's camp

Frank Ocean in trouble with Mary J. Blige’s camp

Looks like Frank Ocean will have some explaining to do in copyright court soon. Ocean is being accused of illegally sampling Mary J. Blige’s 1992 hit “Real Love” during the bridge and outro of his song “Rich Kids” from his Grammy Award winning debut album, channelOrange. If there is a bright side to Ocean’s legal situation, it […]

Nick Cannon's career and impact celebrated at STK in NYC

Nick Cannon’s career and impact celebrated at STK in NYC

BLEU Magazine’s cover release party was held yesterday in downtown Manhattan’s STK Steakhouse with actor and comedian Nick Cannon, who’s on their next month’s cover. The founder and creator of BLEU, Devon Christopher Johnson, wants to honor those in the African American community who are striving towards greatness.

Shaquille O'Neal to launch menswear collection at Macy's

Shaquille O’Neal to launch menswear collection at Macy’s

Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal is taking his empire to the next level, by branching into the million dollar fashion industry. In a new partnership with Peerless Clothing, O’Neal is set to launch a chic menswear line, to be sold exclusively at Macy’s. “Shaq is one of the biggest stars in sports with a huge fan […]

77 percent of Nigerian women use skin-bleaching cream 'Whitenicious'

77 percent of Nigerian women use skin-bleaching cream ‘Whitenicious’

Nearly 77 percent of Nigerian women use skin-lightening products on a regular basis, according to the World Health Organization. It is the highest percentage in the world. “Skin-whitening products represent one of the rapidly growing segments in the global beauty industry,” reports Companies and Markets. “With the concept of beauty in the 21st century revolving […]

Sexy birthday photos of Brandy

Sexy birthday photos of Brandy

Happy 35th birthday Brandy! Brandy, she gained fame by starring as “Moesha” on the TV show by the same name and in 1994 released the #1 R&B singles, “I Wanna Be Down” and “Baby.” Brandy, he grew up in a family of musicians, and dropped out of high school in order to pursue a full-time […]

Black record label brought the Beatles to America, not Ed Sullivan

Black record label brought the Beatles to America, not Ed Sullivan

For all of the attention that the Ed Sullivan appearance garnered, it wasn’t America’s very first introduction to the Beatles. The first American record label to jump on the group’s potential was a small, black-owned label based in Chicago.

BET Honors 2014 honorees

BET Honors 2014 honorees

BET Honors 2014 hosted by Wayne Brady will air Feb 24th at 8pm. Take a peak at who BET will be honoring. -Joi Pearson Above, Ice Cube  is being honored for his contribution to the Entertainment Industry.

Jamall Bufford: Rhymer from Michigan refuses to play by the rules

Jamall Bufford: Rhymer from Michigan refuses to play by the rules

Jamall Bufford has been grinding in the hip-hop game long enough to know that perseverance sometimes outweighs instant popularity. The rhymer from Ann Arbor, Michigan has gone through many different phases in his career

50 Cent checks Kanye: 'It's not something that just happens'

50 Cent checks Kanye: ‘It’s not something that just happens’

In a recent interview with XXL, rapper 50 Cent spoke about Kanye West’s frustrations with the fashion industry. In 50′s opinion, Kanye needs to be patient and understand that his name will only get him so far.

Happy 33rd birthday Justin Timberlake

Happy 33rd birthday Justin Timberlake

Happy 33rd birthday Justin Timberlake! Timberlake made his start in the industry as a child star on Mickey Mouse Club and was a member of the popular boy band ‘N Sync. He launched a Grammy Award-winning solo career that included the No. 1 singles “Sexyback,” and “My Love.” He was raised Baptist in Tennessee, and played a role […]