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Iconic Filmmaker Spike Lee visits Atlanta to Promote 30th Anniversary of “School Daze”

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The award-winning director, actor, producer and cinema legend was in town last night to promote the 30th Anniversary Screening of his film, School Daze, which took place on Monday, February 19 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

School Daze is arguably one of the best films on HBCU life and culture and is centered on a battle between the “Wannabees” and “Jigaboos” during homecoming weekend. The film also touches on the taboo subjects of colorism and beauty standards within the Black community and features an all-star cast including Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell and the late Bill Nunn, Ossie Davis and Phyllis Hyman. – Ray Cornelius

 

 

Karrueche Tran and Victor Cruz Are Dating!

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Karrueche Tran and NFL star Victor Cruz are officially seeing each other,

The couple was spotted holding hands while on a date in L.A. back in December. Reliable sources say “Victor and Karrueche have been hooking up for a long time. The timing was just never right and they were never in the same place at the same time. Now she has a lot more free time and for the time being so does he, so they are doing their best to make things work. She’s super into him and he’s head over heels for her. It’s adorable and she’s loving it.

 

 

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This Day In Hip Hop -Ice T

Happy Birthday Ice-T

Written By @daniurbane

February 16th, 1958 – Today marks a day of celebration for a true Westside OG, Ice-T. He was born in Newark, NJ in 1958 and later moved to Los Angeles upon the traumatic deaths of his parents.

In the late 1980s, Ice-T released his debut album, Rhyme Pays. He would eventually collaborate with punk rock bands like Body Count and release a politically incorrect single such as “Cop Killer”. His controversial lyrics caused some static and made him a federal target, but to Ice-T he was simply telling the world about police brutality within LA.

During the growth of his career, Ice-T became an actor and officially stamped his career within the entertainment industry. Appearing in movies like New Jack City and securing a long run with Law in Order: SVU, he is known as a mogul.

Now he is married with children and giving back to his community to stop gang violence in his hometown of Los Angeles. Let’s show him some love and much deserved respect, happy birthday @icet !

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This Day In Hip Hop

1st Rap Group to Perform on National TV Goes to Funky Four + 1

Written By @daniurbane

FEBRURAY 14th, 1981 – Hip Hop started in the late 1970’s and changed the world drastically. Amongst some of the first rap groups was the Funky Four + 1. This group was known to be one of the first to feature a female rapper as their + 1 who is none other than Sha Rock.

There is much to debate about who was the first to do this or that within Hip Hop, and although many thought that Run DMC was the first rap group to perform on television, they’re wrong. Funky Four + 1 was invited as a special guest on Saturday Night Live by Deborah Harry, the lead singer of the punk group Blondie, who was also a close friend to the rap group.

The world was shaken when Hip Hop began to make its way across airwaves and television screens. Reaching millions of watchers, this was a pivotal moment that shifted the Culture. With their cool lyrics, syncopation, and style, the Funky Four + 1 made history as we know it.

#hiphop #history #funkyfourplusone

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THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS 2018 Held at Tyler Perry Studios!

February 12, 2018 – BET Owned Social! “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” was the biggest celebration of the genre EVER! Music and television stars Erykah Badu, Tony Rock, Justin Combs, Amanda Seales, Reginae Carter, Symone Sanders joined social superstars Kash Doll, Blame it on Kway, La La Sizahands, Amara La Negra, Jess Hilarious and more to set the inaugural social kudofest on fire! The African king of comedy Michael Blackson hosted the show live from Tyler Perry Studios Ft McPherson in Atlanta.   Executive produced by Mike Epps, this first-of-its-kind awards show celebrated all things social media over the past year. Watch all the must see moments now at BET.com/Social and on social platforms by following the hashtag #BETSocialAwards. In case you missed the show LIVE, catch an encore airing of “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” Monday, February 12 at 10 PM ET/PT on BET.

The night opened with a high-energy medley of the top dances of 2017 starring social media sensations Blame it on Kway and Lala Sizahands followed by Michael Blackson who took the stage with an African-inspired dance number. From President Trump to Tyrese to Kevin Hart, nobody was off limits – including Blackson himself. He was joined by his “For the D and P Challenge” co-star Erykah Badu who roasted Blackson’s outfit, as she took the stage to present the ‘Issa Wave’ award.

The night honored the celebrated hashtag #BlackGirlMagic with a spoken word tribute by comedian and actress Amanda Seales and “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” honored the founders of the Women’s March, organizers Tamika D. Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. Actor and comedian DC Young Fly was given the Social Verified Award by Executive Producer Mike Epps. 

Performing live, femcee Kash Doll ignited the crowd with her hit “For Everybody”, while YFN Lucci closed out the show with a medley including his mega-hit “Everyday We Lit.”

Additionally, viewers received an all-access pass to all of “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” action with the BET It GirlsJasmine LuvLeomie AndersonSandra Lambeck and Jasmin Brown, who took their followers into the ultimate VIP adventures through Atlanta and also gave fans a full 360 degree look at “THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” with the exclusive 360 Facebook Live during the LIVE broadcast.

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Walmart Hosts Special Atlanta Screening of Black Panther! T.I. To Appear!

Walmart is offering FREE exclusive advanced screening tickets for the new film,Black Panther to screen Tuesday, February 13th at Atlanta’s Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 @ North I-85, 3265 Northeast Expressway Access Road, Chamblee, GA 30341. Joining in on the excitement is three time Grammy Award winning artist, producer, rapper and actor T.I. along with specially invited Atlanta based VIP. Doors open 5pm, and screening begins at 7:15pm but arrive early to avoid the long lines.
WHERE CAN YOU GET TICKETS? Free advance screening tickets will be distributed by Walmart Associates on Monday, February 12th at Walmart located at 1105 Research Center Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 (off Cascade Road). Walmart associates will be handing out tickets by “Black Panther” signage in the toy aisle at 5pm EST. Each customer can receive up to four tickets.

Critics are hailing “Black Panther” and praising it for its cultural significance being the first black superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

. Filmed in Atlanta, Black Panther generated more than $83.9 million to the local economy and contributed more than $26.5 million in wages to more than 3,100 workers across the state. Production not only filmed in downtown Atlanta, but also on location at Piedmont Park, Castleberry Hill, Mechanicsville, West End, Vine City, Decatur, Marietta, Cartersville, and other locations across north Georgia and metro Atlanta.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” stars Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuva, Letitia Wright and more. Opens in theaters nationwide on February 16th.
Walmart is the destination for all things “Black Panther.” Customers can enjoy shopping for exclusive “Black Panther” action figures, toys, merchandise, and apparel and take selfies with “Black Panther” signage using #BlackpantherATL.
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March Madness Columbus Georgia

The Bridge Is Hip Hop has exclusive coverage to the hottest event to hit the city of Columbus, GA with Headliner Yo Gotti, Blac Youngsta, Moneybagg Yo, PeeWee Longway & Jacquees with more artist to be added set your calendar for March 10, 2018 this event will be epic

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Model of the Week @johaniet

In the 80s there was a movie called “Weird Science”. In that movie 2 nerds designed their version of the perfect woman on a computer and an electric storm accidentally brought her to life. Kelly LeBrock was never my idea of the perfect woman but Johanie Taylor is. A talented actress with a sophisticated mind, morals, humor, a pinch of Virgin Island feistiness and a beauty only paralleled by the queen Aaliyah herself. ~@adrian_zeno

#wcw #beautyoftheweek #modeloftheweek #actress #model #beauty

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DMX Going Back To Prison

DMX will be returning to prison after failing several drug tests in turn violating his probation. He was supposed to complete rehab while on probation but recently tested positive for cocaine, opiates and oxycodone.

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#DMX #paroleviolations

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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana reportedly dead at 27

Chicago drill rapper Fredo Santana, the older cousin of Chief Keef, has reportedly died at age 27.

Several of Santana’s fellow rappers and friends — including Canadian rapper Drake, Chicago artist Lil Durk, record producer Maxo Kream and California rapper Lil B — took to social media early Saturday to announce the news and mourn his death.

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Kodak Black’s Drug and Weapons Bust Sparked by Instagram Video

Kodak Black got busted after cops saw his infant child surrounded by drugs and a handgun during an Instagram Live broadcast.

As we reported, the rapper got arrested Thursday in Florida and was booked for 7 charges … including drug possession, child neglect and grand theft of a firearm. According to police docs, obtained officers responded to Kodak’s home after someone observed the IG vid of multiple men in a bathroom rolling joints and playing with a handgun.

Police say the final straw came when Kodak’s kid was brought into the bathroom, and was just inches away from a lit joint, and the weapon. Police say Kodak did nothing to get the child away from the danger.

The IG Live broadcast was still rolling when police came into the house.