Belle film trailer 

3 weeks ago · 0 notes

Excellent film, Belle is now in theaters. If you haven’t seen it already, hurry and do so before it leaves the big screen. Exceptionally done! 
View the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/cJ3VUbfJWD0

Excellent film, Belle is now in theaters. If you haven’t seen it already, hurry and do so before it leaves the big screen. Exceptionally done! 

View the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/cJ3VUbfJWD0

3 weeks ago · 0 notes

Movie Review: Gimme Shelter is Worth the Watch

Gimme Shelter features Vanessa Hudgens in a starring role and is about a girl struggling to find a place that feels like home. The DVD for Gimme Shelter was recently released and is available now.

Seeing the film for the first time, I did not know what to expect. Gimmie Shelter is one the first films I would consider a “hard-core” acting role for Vanessa Hudgens who started out her career in the High School Musical films with Disney and later acted in Beastly. Gimme Shelter is a far cry from High School Musical and yet it remains a “watchable,” harrowing experience. Vanessa does an excellent job of capturing the main character’s trials and emotional conflicts. She does more than just cut her hair, mess up her makeup, and cry a few tears. Vanessa truly “owns” the role she plays and as this film is based on a true story… it leaves you reflecting on the reality of homelessness.

From the opening of the film Vanessa’s facial expressions, to the change in her walk and voice, embodies the character.

The supporting cast of James Earl Jones, Rosario Dawson, and Brendan Frasier also add to the intensity of the film.

This film should be given more attention. It’s moving and it’s more than your average independent movie.

2 months ago · 2 notes

Lupita Nyong’o ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Speech

3 months ago · 0 notes

Jeremy Passion & Tori Kelly - Brokenhearted (Cover) Original song by Brandy ft. Wanya Morris.

You will like the sound of this acoustic, R&B duet by Jeremy Passion and Tori Kelly. Tori’s voice is similar to Jojo, while Jeremy’s voice has a very “easy listening” sound. 

5 months ago · 11 notes

Jesse McCartney is “In Technicolor”

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Just to catch everyone up, towards the end of 2013, Jesse McCartney announced through an interview with Billboard that he would be releasing a new album in 2014 called “In Technicolor.” Part 1 of In Technicolor (a preview of what’s to come for fans) can be purchased on iTunes & Amazon now.

McCartney says that “In Technicolor Part 1” will expand upon the sonic vibe and romantic undertones of “Back Together.” “In my mind, we’re all on this planet for one reason, and that’s to find somebody to share your life with, that sees you for what you’re worth,” he says. “I feel like that’s what colors your world, and everything else is black and white. (Billboard)

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Jesse is releasing the album under his own label Eight0Eight records which he developed himself after leaving Hollywood Records, which he has been with for 10 years. I was excited to learn that “In Technicolor” will feature live instrumental and will be a “throw back” album that will take inspiration from Michael Jackson and Kool & the Gang, while adding a “70s disco-pop” sound to the album.

In August 2013, Jesse released the single “Back Together,” which is featured on the In Technicolor track-list, and we posted his live performance of the Motown-inspired single.

I must say I am completely impressed already by Jesse’s undertaking. He has re-invented himself successfully before and I believe he can do it again. I also think using live instrumental is a brilliant idea that will set him apart from other pop/R&B musicians today who use computer-generated track beats behind their voices. Jesse’s last album to date is Departure, an R&B record that was released in 2008.

What do you think about Jesse’s upcoming album? Message us your thoughts!

Source (Billboard, Jesse McCartney Returns with In Technicolor Part 1)

6 months ago · 10 notes

Downton Abbey Season 4 Premieres Jan 5th!

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For all the Downton Abbey fans, my family and I were invited to a special pre-screening of season 4, episode 1! We were able to view the first hour of the newest season set to premiere on January 5, 2013. Although, I will not be posting any spoilers, I will say that you will not be disappointed! Check your local listing for the time. Three cheers for Downton Abbey!

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7 months ago · 2 notes

Pentatonix - Go Tell it on the Mountain

I heard this on the radio the other day and was so excited! “Go Tell it on the Mountain” by Pentatonix is powerful with moving, soulful vocals. I do believe group member Mitch is singing at the beginning of the song; he is a very high tenor. (; Enjoy!

Purchase Pentatonix Christmas album with songs like this on iTunes or at their official website.

7 months ago · 0 notes

Pentatonix - Carol of the Bells

You may remember Pentatonix (PTX for short) from their explosive performances on season 3 of The Sing-Off, an a cappella singing competition on NBC. Pentatonix is an a cappella singing group with five members, hence their name which is spelled similar to “pentagon.”

Pentatonix is sure to blow you away with their creative and detailed musical arrangements. Their arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” is beautiful! Purchase their Christmas album, PTXmas, on iTunes or at the their website. The album features other great selections like “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “Little Drummer Boy.”

7 months ago · 0 notes

Sorry Bieber, But Only Alicia Keys Can Read Her Diary as a Song

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And this is coming from a Bieber fan who is sorry to say that she is not impressed with Justin Bieber’s Music Mondays, featuring songs written by the artist with lyrics more or less taken from his journal pages. Music Mondays are a part of Bieber’s advertising campaign to re-engage his fans before he releases his Believe 3D film in December. The songs like “Heartbreaker”, “All that Matters”, and “Bad Day" are singles that will give fans an inside look into what the artist has been thinking about recently. In other words, listeners can glean the music lyrics as if panning through pages selected from Bieber’s personal journal.

Why I am Not Impressed

First there is the fact that Music Mondays is most likely a carefully constructed campaign to boost the morale of Bieber’s fan base. This I could have ignored and possibly even anticipated if the music being released was innovative and well… interesting. Of the songs Bieber has released, not one has caught my interest in the subject matter of the lyrics or in the catchiness of the beat. The lyrics for the most part are very introspective and include the word “I” a lot:

Lyrics from “Heartbreaker” Justin Bieber

Girl you say that you don’t wanna talk but it’s cool
I’ve been thinking ‘bout you all day long
Hoping you’ll pick up your phone
Girl I know that I don’t wanna lose your love
Oh baby (oh baby), oh baby

I still believe in love
I still believe in us
I hope you believe in us
The way I believe in us
You don’t see
‘Cause what you don’t see is when we don’t speak I really don’t sleep I wanna talk to ya
And if I had the world in my hands I’d give it all to ya
I wanna know if you’re feeling the way that I’m feeling
I wanna know if you’re feeling the way that I, the way that I
You told me to be careful with your heart, your heart
You told me to be careful with your heart, your heart
With your heart

When an artist states that they are going to be writing their diary, I expect something along the lines of Alicia Keys (“Diary”) or Aaliyah (“Four Page Letter”). It seems like Bieber wants to attract a mature audience now that he’s growing older and that he wants to transition into more R&B music. If this is so, I think he needs to put his music into context, revisiting and exploring the music of artists that have written hits in the genre before him.

Then there is his singing… or should I say imitation of it? When Bieber released his single “Mistletoe,” there was an old-school, reggae-inspired beat that made the song infectious. Bieber’s voice was at the time still developing and he seemed to be honing in on a new sound for his pop/R&B music. On the Music Monday tracks, Bieber’s voice is somewhat lacking its usual appeal. Where is the clear-as-a-bell voice? In fact Bieber’s voice sounds almost muddled, like his lips were too close to the mic during recording. Without watching a lyric video, it would be hard for me to understand exactly what he is saying.

In short, I cannot promise that I will continue listening to Bieber’s music in the future. For all of his doubters, this is Bieber’s moment to prove himself as more. It may be a challenge, but anything less will not suffice for me. 

8 months ago · 0 notes

"Still with You" is a sweet lullaby by Eric Benet. A true crooner and R&B artist, Benet’s smooth vocals are highlighted in this ballad.

Part of our This is Real Music Series

8 months ago · 2 notes

Corinne Bailey Rae - “Butterfly”

Part of our “This is Real Music” series, we will be featuring musicians that have largely been forgotten, overlooked, or just have not been listened to enough recently. Excuse us while we brush off old records and open CD cases to vibe out to what we like to call “real music.” That is music that tells a story besides “I can’t breathe without you” or “I’m over you” and taps into the soulfulness of genres like R&B, Soul, Jazz, and whatever other gems of music we can find. 

9 months ago · 0 notes