ERNESTINE BOWDRY AKA CALI SWAGG WAS BORN IN GARDENA CA. AUG. 28th, 1986 AND WAS RAISED IN LOS ANGELES CA. CALI WAS BRED INTO MUSIC AND HAS A LONG LINE OF FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. SHE GOT HER START IN THE CHURCH SINGING GOSPEL MUSIC. AT THE AGE OF 11 CALI SANG HER FIRST SOLO ” HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW”AT A YOUTH CHURCH REVIVAL WHERE SHE RECEIVED A STANDING OVATION.IT WAS THEN, SHE KNEW MUSIC WAS HER PASSION AND SHE WOULD MAKE MUSIC AS A CAREER. IN 2009 CALI DECIDED TO START HER OWN INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL “GROUND BREAKING ENTERTAINMENT” SHE RECORDED A GOSPEL SONG”HANDS UP” SHE WROTE AND THAT WAS PRODUCED BY “THE PROFESSOR” AWARD WINNING PRODUCER OUT OF HOLLYWOOD, CA. THIS SONG IS CURRENTLY #1 ON THE CHARTS! IN 2011,CALI MOVED TO FORT WORTH TX, WHERE SHE REVAMPED HER LABEL RENAMING IT JUS’BLAZE ENTERTAINMENT. CALI SWAGG IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON HER ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ENTITLED: “LAVISH LIFESTYLE”WITH HER SINGLE OUT NOW CALLED “I’M FRESH”. CALI BRINGS A FRESH,SOULFUL, SOUND TO HIP HOP AND R&B WITH HER AMAZING VOCALS!!!! IT IS HER DESIRE TO SING MUSIC THAT IS OUT THE BOX CROSSING ALL MUSICAL BARRIERS CREATING A LASTING SOUND THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER!!!!
East Saint Louis own J Traxx presents the highly anticipated single “All she do is Shake” with an world wide visual. . . Being creative with a catchy rhythm allowing the females to interact and give life to the dance floor.
The 1st single off the Soon-to-be-Classic “Intellectual Property: SOI2” Freddie Foxxx and Onyx join forces with Ras to make the Official #antitroll/internet thug Anthem. Produced by iLLinformed w additional production by Felony Muzik. Video directed by Guerilla Press
As Britain celebrates the Black Histry Month, All lovers of arts, film and culture are encouraged to join the celebration of excellence in Nollywood, Black British Film & TV Stars on SATURDAY 5/NOV/ 2016 at STRATFORD TOWN HALL 29 The Broadway Stratford, London E15 4BQ. Red Carpet & Drinks cocktail from 6.00pm. Awards ceremony, comedy, music, dinner and dance thereafter.
Meanwhile, the list of UK Nominees for the 20th African Film Awards 2016 is out.
Among the British Black Film & TV stars and UK Nollywood, it is an extremely tight contest among some experienced and new entrants. The jury has described it as the most competitive ever.
Also, in the UK TV series, you have the competition among producers of the established programmes and the new ones. A new drama series “Concealed”isshortlisted alongsideHousewives and Girlfriends and Meet The Adebanjos.
Here is the list of UK Nominees for the 20th African Film Awards 2016
1. Best Black British Actor
Damson Idris Snowfall
Chucky Charles Venn EastEnders BBC1 Soap
Tobi Bakare Kingsman: The secret Service
2. Best Black British Actress (TV Series)
Helen Adenike Osabutey Housewives and Girlfriends
Yetunde Oduwole Meet The Adebanjos
Christa King Concealed
3. Best Producer (TV Series)
Concealed Sandra Koree
Housewives and Girlfriends Rhoda Wilson
Meet The Adebanjos Debra Odutuyo
4. Best Actress Nollywood UK
Toyin Moore 69
Ngozi Igwebike Oxford Gardens
Sarah Okereke The Return Of The Don
5. Best Actress (Supporting Role) Nollywood UK
Tiya Busola Odebode 2nd Wife
Tolulope Yesufu Murderer In Law
Cordelia Imeh 69
6. Best Actor Nollywood UK
Danny Erskine Oga Detective
Olukunle Fafowora 2nd Wife
Malcom A Benson Return of The Don
7. Best Actor (Supporting Role) Nollywood UK
Collins Archie-Pearce Oxford Gardens
Ferguson Jack Housewives and Girlfriends
Oladapo Opayinka 69
8. Best Film Nollywood UK
2nd Wife by JOT Organisation
Oxford Gardens by Obi Emenlonye
Return of The Don by Benalex Media Production
9. Best Director Nollywood UK
Nelson Spyk 2nd Wife
Obi Emenloye Oxford Gardens
Malcom A Benson Return of The Don
10. Best Promoter (African Films UK)
Gladys Ndonyi Tantoh G CLASS Entertainment Ltd
Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade Nollywood UK
Euphemia Chukwu Fame Star Media
11. African Film Awards 2016 Rising Star
Vivi Amie Chris Oxford Gardens
Ene Oloye Housewives and Girlfriends
Jenneh Amadu Kamanda 2nd Wife
London will host the prestigious annual African Film Awards which promote and honour excellence in Nollywood, Best of African Cinema and Black British Stars in Film & Television on Saturday, 5th November, 2016 at the Old Stratford Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford London E15 4BQ Time: 6.00pm till late.
The African Voice Newspaper UK, organisers of the awards said, the special 20th anniversary edition of the African Film Awards looks to promote British Nigerian Film Collaboration. The awards is expected to be a glamourous evening with high net-worth individuals, film investors and experts in the film industry.
To further add value and build capacity in the industry, the Organising Committee has included a Master Class/Training Workshop in partnership with an award-winning Independent Producer/Executive Producer of 20 drama series, 6 TV movies and 16 feature films. Co-founder of Red Rooster Film and Television Entertainment Company.
The training workshop is designed to chart a partway to success for new entrants into the film industry in the areas of acting, film funding, distribution, producing, directing, short film, script writing and highlights on the essentials required to get films noticed by independent distributors.
Closing date: Interested participants should register by 31st October 2016.
Mike Abiola, founder of the African Film Awards said, “The 20th Special Awards Ceremony will be honouring deserving recipients who have contributed immensely to the growth of the film industry. Lovers of the fast growing film industry in Africa, Nollywood will have the opportunity to celebrate with their favourite stars at the glamourous film awards ceremony, evening of comedy, dinner, music and dance.”
The 20th Anniversary edition of the African Film Awards will be attended by top UK government officials, diplomats, head of multi-national organisations, delegations from Hollywood, Bollywood, BAFTA, BFI, practitioners from different African countries and film enthusiasts.
African Film Awards otherwise known as Afro Hollywood Awards has honoured over 300 recipients since its inception in 1996. The awards have served the purposes of promoting and advancing the dynamic growth of Africa’s Film and Arts in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom uniting the Africans and Caribbean communities.
Tickets to attend the glamourous film awards ceremony are currently on sale on
Meeting one of your idols can be a humbling experience. Even if you happen to be a platinum-selling, award-winning, record-breaking artist yourself. Last night (Oct. 15), Nicki Minaj ran into one of her favs, Lauryn Hill, while backstage at the Tidal X concert and almost lost her damn mind.
Video footage was captured of the touching moment, which shows Ms. Minaj breaking down in the presence of Ms. Hill. At one point, she literally gets on her knees, face in the carpet and bows at the feet of the former Fugees front woman. “I’m in love with you,” Nicki tells Hill while giving her a huge hug. “I’m in love with your spirit, your mind, everything about you.”
Minaj was clearly shaken by the experience and expressed her emotions in the caption. “Excuse me while I have an outer body experience. Shaking, crying, a MESS!!!! 😩 this lady is the reason. Omg. The QUEEN. Goddess! The epitome! The bar! The *faints*. Ms Lauryn Hill told me to keep “spittin dat fire”. Is this real life!????,” she wrote.
She later posed for pics with Hill (below) and was all smiles.
While Nicki loves Lauryn, the distinction of her favorite rapper happens to go to Jay Z. “I think everybody knows how obsessed I am with Jay Z. He’s always been my favorite rapper — him and Wayne,” she said in a past interview.
But clearly, she has already met Hov and Tunechi.