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Afeni Shakur Davis, Tupac’s mother, dies at 69

(CNN)Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of one of hip-hop’s most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur’s mom, Shakur Davis also was a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in her later years.
“Sheriff’s Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur’s death,” the office said in a tweet.
Afeni Shakur Davis in 2003.

Shakur Davis was a “well-loved, well-respected” member of the community, Pittman said.
“Miss Shakur has had an extensive background not only in the community but her involvement with so many things,” he said. “She’s been a leader, a person people followed. All that said about who she’s been and where’s she’s at now, this is a tragic loss for this community.”
The Shakur family, in a statement, said she “embodied strength, resilience, wisdom and love. She was a pioneer for social change and was committed to building a more peaceful world.”

From drugs to arts

In a 2005 interview ahead of the opening of the now-shuttered Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Shakur Davis recalled how her life was almost derailed by drugs and how her son got it back on track.
Her drug use made her so oblivious to what was happening in her life that when someone told her in 1990 that her son — then on the precipice of becoming the biggest name in hip-hop — was going to be on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” she thought the person was lying, she said.
In the mid-1980s, she was homeless in New York and “messing around with cocaine,” Shakur Davis said. Despite the drug use, she was still coherent enough to realize that Tupac would become a product of the streets if she didn’t make different choices.
“I was running around with militants, trying to be badder than I was, trying to stay up later than I should,” she said in the 2005 interview.
She decided to enroll Tupac in the 127th Street Ensemble, a Harlem theater group, something she called “the best thing I could’ve done in my insanity.” They later moved to Maryland, where she enrolled him in the Baltimore School for the Arts, and then to a small town outside Sausalito.
It was there that Tupac confronted her about her cocaine use.
“He asked me if I could handle it, and I said yeah because I’d been dipping and dabbing all my life,” she said during the interview. “What pissed him off is that I lied to him.”
‘Pac told the local drug dealers not to sell to her, she said, and he told his mother to get clean or to forget about being involved in his life.

‘Arts can save children’

She got clean in 1991, she said, and when her son was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996, she resisted the urges to delve back into her old bad habits. She instead founded Amaru Entertainment to keep her son’s music alive.
Later, she realized that her life — mistake-ridden as it may have been — might serve as a lesson to others.
“Arts can save children, no matter what’s going on in their homes,” she said. “I wasn’t available to do the right things for my son. If not for the arts, my child would’ve been lost.”
She provided the majority of the money to begin the $4 million first phase of the arts center, while her Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation hosted poetry and theater camps for youngsters in the Atlanta area. The family said she established the foundation to “instill a sense of freedom of expression and education through the arts.”
“I learned that I can’t save the world, but I can help a child at a time,” she said, pointing out that her new life of philanthropy wouldn’t have been possible without the influence of her legendary son. “God created a miracle with his spirit. I’m all right with that.”
And as much as she credited Tupac with inspiring her to help others, the tribulations she endured in raising him weren’t lost on the multiplatinum artist. He regularly invoked her in his music, perhaps never as directly as in his chart-topping song, “Dear Mama.”
In it, he rapped, “And even as a crack fiend, mama, you always was a black queen, mama/I finally understand, for a woman it ain’t easy trying to raise a man/You always was committed, a poor single mother on welfare, tell me how you did it/There’s no way I can pay you back, but the plan is to show you that I understand.”
Shakur Davis is survived by a daughter, Sekyiwa Shakur.

Nas & Mary J. Blige Announce Joint Summer Tour 2019

Music legends Nas and Mary J. Blige are set to tour together for the first time ever. The Hip Hop and R&B greats have announced a 22-city run of shows that will take place throughout North America. Check out the tour dates below.

July 11 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

July 13 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds

July 14 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place *

July 16 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

July 20 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena *

July 21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

July 24 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

July 25 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

July 28 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 31 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

August 2 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 3 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater

August 6 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

August 9 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion

August 14 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

August 16 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint *

August 17 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint *

August 20 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

August 22 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

August 25 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

August 31 – Syracuse, NY – St Joseph’s Health Amphitheater

September 1 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center

September 10 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage*

Meek Mill – Going Bad feat. Drake (Official Video)

 

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Nas & Lauryn Hill To Perform In Australia – February, 2019

Lauryn Hill will be taking her The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour to Europe this winter. The artist has three confirmed dates in Australia: February 7th at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney; February 10th at the Riverstage in Brisbane; and February 13th at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.

On all the aforementioned shows Lauryn will be accompanied by hip-hop giant Nas.

Protoje’s Tour Dates: Oct. & Nov. 2018

Below are the dates and locations for Protoje’s upcoming Euro Tour. For additional information, persons should visit his official 

OCT 26, 2018 – FESTIVAL DES LIBERTES – BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
OCT 27, 2018 – BACO REGGAE FESTIVAL – PARIS, FRANCE
NOV 3, 2018 – NALEN – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
NOV 6, 2018 – PAARD – DEN HAAG, NETHERLANDS
NOV 7, 2018 – MELKWEG – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
NOV 8, 2018 – KULTURFABRIK – ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, LUXEMBOURG
NOV 9, 2018 – LES DOCKS – LAUSANNE, CH
NOV 10, 2018 – ROTE FABRIK – ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
NOV 13, 2018 – LISBOA AO VIVO – LISBON, PORTUGAL
NOV 16, 2018 – LES ABATTOIRS – BOURGOIN JALLIEU, FRANCE
NOV 18, 2018 – LA MOBA – BAGNOLS-SUR-CEZE, FRANCE
NOV 20, 2018 – ROCHER DE PALMER – CENON, FRANCE
NOV 22, 2018 – NOUMATROUFF – MULHOUSE, FRANCE
NOV 23, 2018 – LE MÉTAPHONE – OIGNIES, FRANCE
NOV 24, 2018 – FESTIVAL REBEL ESCAPE – TOURNEFEUILLE, FRANCE

MEET & GREET WITH ACTRESS / PRODUCER – MICHELLE DIBERNARDO @ Tri-State Meltdown at Infuse Marlton NJ 28th July 2018

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Michelle DiBernardo will be at the Tri State Meltdown on 28th July 2018 in Marlton in New Jersey to meet and greet and party with us at Infuse.

Michelle DiBernardo is a lifestyle model, actress, portrait photographer, co-producer, director, director of photography, post production, certified makeup artist and a director of education for a well known acting/modeling school. She previously was a lead theatre advisor. Michelle has been acting and modeling since 12 years old. She currently holds her NYS teaching license for Acting/Modeling. She is represented by multiple agents across the US. She has played background in countless television shows such as: Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Hostages, I Just Want My Pants Back, The Leftovers, Smash, Unforgettable, etc. Michelle has also appeared on local print ads, billboards and commercials for Americu Credit Union. She has experience in voiceovers, commercials, runway, short films, feature films, music videos, theatre, promotional modeling and print.

Some of her most recent accomplishments are Co-Producing alongside of her business partner Tamara Reese, Directing, Director Of Photographer and Post Production for CJack Run Networks: Visionary Minds- Inspirational Woman Of Syracuse, Inspirational Men Of Color In Syracuse, Survivors & Broadway Comes To Syracuse: Disney Presents The Lion King, Visionary Minds Presents: Syracuse’ Stage’s Wizard of Oz. Lillith in “Lillith” for Mad Angel Films, Patrice in “Manners Matter”, Lisa in “Look Mom & Dad” all 3 were short films.  Nurse Joanee in “12 Days Of God”, Mina in “De Ja Vu” for Mad Angel Films, a Publicist and Behind The Scenes Photographer for “Priest-The Lost Son’s ” trailer, Sharon in Syracuse University’s short film “Dessert”, Makeup Artist for “Still Life With Family”, the Duchess in  Sage Cat Media’s “A.K.A. Alice”, Background in the Feature Film “Wolves”, Background in the Ron Pearlman’s Feature Film “Asher”,  Background in “Mountain” starring Jeff Goldblum, a Detective in “Da Citi” Feature Film, a Corporate Video for Otto Media, Supporting in Peppino’s commercial, Principal in Mooradian’s Furniture Commercial, Background in Fountainscape Commercial and Principal in “ I Love NY app” Commercial.

Michelle had trained with Robert Russell in 1 on 1 sessions for over a year. Currently she is on her 8th Screenwriting class with Jeremy Garelick. DiBernardo has taken an online Theatre and Globalization class. Other recent training she has recently taken are with Dennis “LA” White, Tom Logan and Ryan Glorioso.

Event Page for MEET & GREET WITH ACTRESS / PRODUCER – MICHELLE DIBERNARDO @ at 28th July 2018 >  https://www.facebook.com/events/190675181636092/ <<<

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Event P Square Live in Abu Dhabi UAE 6th April 2018 – Tickets Out Now

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#PSquare Live in #AbuDhabi #UAE – 6th April 2018 by #TheProject & #MackieEntertainment with official Radio Partners #BombayHottRadio – Get Your Tickets now!

International artist Mr. P of (P-Square- The Official Page) is coming to the capital for the very first time on the 6th of April 2018!

P-Square’s music is uplifting and incredibly hard not to dance to! Some of his best hits include “Personally”, “Alingo”, “Cool It Down”, “Shekini”, and much more!

So bring your dance moves to the BIGGEST beach party in town!

✮ Friday, April 6th 2018
✮ 8pm – 3am
✮ Hiltonia Beach Club, Fitness & Spa

Dress Code?
Whatever makes you comfortable 😉

Get your early bird tickets (until March 11th) now from Platinumlist.net http://bit.ly/2FX9mXS

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Table packages available upon request.

Keep an eye on the event page as we reveal more exciting details and giveaways!

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STREAM NIPSEY HUSSLE’S DEBUT ALBUM ‘VICTORY LAP’

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Today Atlantic Records and All Money In recording artist Nipsey Hussle celebrates the release of his long awaited studio debut album, “VICTORY LAP.”

“VICTORY LAP” includes an array of electrifying new tracks, including “Last Time That I Checc’d (Feat. YG),” “Rap N*****s,”and “Dedication (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. His first two singles off the album are joined by provocative companion visuals; “Rap N*****s” has earned over 7 million individual views at YouTube, while “Last Time That I Checc’d (Feat. YG)” has now logged over 4.5 individual plays.

In addition, “VICTORY LAP” sees Hussle teaming up with a stunning assortment of featured guests, including Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy, The-Dream, Ceelo Green, and more (track listing attached).

Hussle has spent much of this past week taking a pre-release “VICTORY LAP” with a series of high profile hometown events, highlighted by the sold out “All Star Weekend – Los Angeles” concert, last night at the world famous Hollywood Palladium. Fans lucky enough to attend “All Star Weekend – Los Angeles” were among the first to hear tracks from “VICTORY LAP” performed live.

In addition, Hussle will celebrate the release with a private album release party at an undisclosed location this evening. Saturday February 17th he will participate in fellow Los Angeles native, YG’s first annual “The Boogie” basketball tournament as a celebrity coach. Later in the evening he will continue celebrating the release with his fans at the famous World On Wheels roller skating rink located in Los Angeles, CA.<

Perhaps more significantly, Hussle cut the ribbon and celebrated the grand opening of his new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative with the official opening of the “Too Big To Fail” center in the South Los Angeles area yesterday February 15th. Created in partnership with Vector90 and Dave Gross, STEM encourages design thinking and innovation in local youth, centered around impact hubs where neighborhood youth can feed off of each other’s talent, creativity, and support. Additional STEM academies are schedule to open throughout the year. For more information, please seewww.toobigtofail.org.

Additional releases have preceded “VICTORY LAP,” including the non-LP track, “Been Down (Feat. Swizz Beatz),” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. What’s more, “10 Rings,” an exclusive mini-documentary detailing Hussle’s extraordinary 10 year journey from independent rapper to major label superstar, premiered last month and can be viewed now exclusive at Tidal.

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