Artist Hebru Brantley unveils ‘Parade Day Rain’ in Chicago

R Renowned artist Hebru Brantley recently celebrated the launch of his brand-new art show titled “Parade Day Rain” presented by Hennessy VS at the Chicago Cultural Center. Brantley, a Chicago native,  was joined a the event by his girlfriend, Angela Carrol, close friends, and a number of well-respected art collectors. Some of Chicago’s top movers […]

K. Michelle confronts ‘Breakfast Club’ host Angela Yee on air

K. Michelle

Over the last couple of years, “The Breakfast Club” morning show, hosted by Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God, and DJ Envy on New York City’s Power 105 FM, has proved to be a go-to destination for entertainers to keep it absolutely 100 and speak their minds. Unfortunately for Yee, K. Michelle had a lot to get off her chest […]

Lamar Odom reportedly back to boozing

It appears that Lamar Odom may be back on the sauce. The former NBA star, who is still on the road to recovery after months of medical treatment following a near-death episode, reportedly went out drinking with friends the night before going to Easter Sunday church services with the Kardashian clan. People Magazine spoke with […]

Chicago rapper Landon Battles talks hip-hop and making a difference

Landon Battles

In a word, up-and-coming Chicago-based rapper Landon Battles is versatile. His live-wire personality, insightful yet witty lyrics and overall creativity set him apart from the increasingly crowded Chicago rap scene, where at times it’s hard to tell one rapper from the next. Describing his sound as “trill conscious,” Landon not only wants to make a powerful impact in music, but in […]

LaMonica Moore of The BOSS Network details how to monetize your brand

LaMonica Moore-Madden is a brand monetization expert and the founder of the Monetize Your Brand business school. She specializes in teaching personal brands how to become profitable by helping to turn her clients’ knowledge, experience, and expertise into lucrative products, programs and services. Moore-Madden is also the founder of a nonprofit organization called B.L.A.Q. (Beautiful Leaders and Queens) that […]

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Dr. Steve Perry team to open charter school


He may be a “Bad Boy for life” but Sean “Diddy” Combs is doing something distinctly good in the ‘hood. The 46-year-old music and media mogul recently announced plans to open a new charter school in his native of Harlem, New York. According to reports, Diddy had been secretly meeting over the last five years with a […]

Celebrate Your Curves women’s plus size fashion review event

Celebrate Your Curves

Popular Chicago based fashion stylist Danielle Seals, aka Dr. Dannie The Fashion Doctor, recently held her quarterly fashion review at her chic boutique Fashionable Addictions, which is located just outside of Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois. Titled Celebrate Your Curves, the fashion review event was put together with the plus size woman in mind to show that […]

Gwen Stefani joins Beyoncé and Lauryn Hill in elite club

Gwen Stefani

As the saying goes, third time is a charm for Gwen Stefani as she tops the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in her career as a solo artist with her latest album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Led by her current Top 30 hit single, “Make Me Like You,” TIWTTFL tallied 84K […]

5 bizarre and intriguing cases of rappers committing murder

G Dep

Rap by nature is a boastful and competitive musical genre. No one blinks twice when rappers brag about how big, bad, and tough they are. Even bragging about the various ways in which they’ll kill someone hardly raises an eyebrow because it is generally assumed that the rapper is exaggerating for creativity and entertainment. But […]

Drake’s alleged ghostwriter says Meek Mill’s crew jumped him


From all indications, the beef over ghostwriting allegations that erupted last summer between former friends Drake and Meek Mill remained on wax as a war of words and nothing more. Ironically enough, it was the unsuspecting man caught in the middle, Quentin Miller, who would catch a bad one. As you may remember, Miller is […]

Twista busted on drug charges before performance

Thursday night, fans in Valparaiso, Indiana were left feeling disappointed after learning Chicago rapper Twista would not be making a scheduled performance at the venue Big Shots because he was detained and arrested while on the way to the show. “Disappointing..great show though..screw you Porter County!! #‎critical219‬ ‪#‎twista312‬ ‪#‎bigshotsvalpo‬,” one fan vented on the show’s event page. According […]

Lee England Jr.’s Love Notes Music Organization holds black-tie gala

Love Notes

International recording artist and virtuoso violinist Lee England Jr. recently celebrated the launch of his Love Notes Music Organization initiative with a charitable gala at the newly renovated Genesee Theatre in his hometown of Waukegan, Illinois. The black-tie affair kicked off with red carpet photo ops and a private VIP reception. Once inside, attendees enjoyed the sounds of […]

Phife Dawg of legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest dies at 45

Phife Dawg

Sad news from the Hip-Hop world. Phife Dawg, founding member of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest, has reportedly died at the age of 45. Although an official cause of death has yet to be reported, Phife was very open about his struggles with diabetes after being diagnosed with the disease in 1990. It […]

How Drake helped inspire documentary on late Bay Area rapper Mac Dre


“Rest in peace Mac Dre / Imma do it for the Bay” is what Drake rapped on his 2011 hit “The Motto”. And while some thought Drizzy’s unexpected shout-out to the Bay Area legend was a bit of wave riding and pandering, it now looks as though the Canadian rap star’s admiration is authentic. In a […]

New Orleans teen job hunting at Popeyes stops robbery

Devin Washington

It was just supposed to be a normal Saturday afternoon for 18-year-old New Orleans native Devin Washington. He had an interview scheduled at a neighborhood Popeyes restaurant and he was hoping to make a good impression on the manager set to interview him. According to New Orleans Police, Devin got more than he bargained for […]

5 questions with Alicia Bowens of The Boss Network

Alicia Bowens

Known as a “corpora-preneur,” Alicia Bowens is a woman of many talents. She is an IT professional by day, and a sought after speaker, author, coach, and radio host outside of her 9-to-5. The certified life coach is the founder of two businesses — BE IT LLC, an IT staffing and consulting company, and BE L.O.V.E. LLC ,  a […]

Lee Daniels talks Donald Trump: ‘I’m not laughing, this ain’t funny’

When Donald Trump initially launched his bid for the GOP nomination to become the next president of the United States, the world, for the most part, collectively laughed. Months later, however, as the GOP’s field of contenders continues to narrow, many are starting to realize that the joke is over and it’s time to get serious […]

Rihanna reclaims top spot on Billboard 200; sets new personal record


Rihanna and her Navy continue to ride high as her latest album, Anti, once again lands atop the Billboard Top 200 chart. Propelled by her Drake assisted hit single “Work,” which has ruled the Hot 100 chart for a little over a month, Anti registered 54K equivalent albums (17K in pure sales) last week to push past […]

Cleveland EMS captain fired for saying he wished he’d shot Tamir Rice

A little more than a month after the family of Tamir Rice was distastefully hit with an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) bill in the wake of his being shot and killed by Cleveland Police Oficer Timothy Loehmann, comes the news that the city’s EMS captain has been relieved of his duties after making disparaging remarks […]

Chicago police injure 82-year-old great grandmother in botched raid

Elizabeth Harrison

More bad press for the Chicago Police Department. This time the CPD find themselves having to explain how and why they managed to send an 82-year-old great grandmother to the hospital after allegedly raiding her home by mistake. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the incident happened earlier this week when police were issued a warrant […]