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Culture Creators

[Los Angeles, CA, June 23] Friday, June 24, Culture Creators gathered black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof for the third annual Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch. This year, the event took over The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and received the support of sponsors such as Remy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.

300+ guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude. Bringing the house to its feet in a roar of applause, Sylvia Rhone garnered the Culture Creators Icon Award.

Other recipients included Jemele Hill, who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more. Celebrity guests included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank, Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, and more. Once again, Culture Creators magnified the resonance of Black Culture’s Innovators & Leaders and kicked off BET weekend in uplifting fashion.

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LIST OF HONOREES

Honorees: Sylvia Rhone | President, Epic Records // Jemele Hill | Chief Correspondent & Sr. Columnist, The Undefeated ESPN // Lauren Wesley Wilson | President ColorComm, Inc. // Fatima Robinson | Choreographer & Director // Brea Stinson | Owner & Fashion Designer, STINSON HAUS // Jason Bolden | Co-Founder, JSN Studio/ / Charles D. King | Founder & CEO, MACRO // Kenya Barris | Writer & Producer, Creator of “Black-ish” // Rashaun Williams | General Partner, MVP All-Star Fund // Shawn Gee | President, Live Nation Urban // Tunji Balogun | Co-Founder, Keep Cool/EVP, A&R RCA Records // Jana Fleishman | EVP Media & Strategic Development, Roc Nation // Kristi Henderson | Co-Founder, WEEN // Carlos Fleming | Partner & Head of Sports Talent Marketing, WME // Rodney Williams | CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR

ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS

Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, KeKe Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. Culture Creators also partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies.

ENZI

Alt-pop-rock singer/songwriter ENZI backs up her dynamic stage presence with a voice of startling power, range, and expression. With a sound that’s youthful with an aggressive edge, her music rides an emotional range from ethereal to audacious. Her provocative lyrics, infectious hooks, and driving rhythms borrow attitude from rock but are grounded in earnest emotion.
ENZI’s 2016 EP, Echoes, released under her born name Kenzie Culver, is the result of a Denver talent search in which she was chosen from hundreds of competitors. Her enthusiastic online following has resulted in nearly 100,000 of YouTube views on her first music video, “Are You with Me”. The track is an anthem for a generation on the rise and for those, like her, who have struggled with serious health issues. “I’m a firm believer that music heals the soul,” ENZI says.

After her debut, ENZI has had the privilege of opening for national headliner’s such as Blue October, Parachute, Night Riots and TONIC.
ENZI’s recent single, “Afraid of Being Saved,” earned her semifinalist status in the 2017 Unsigned Only Music Competition, International Songwriting Competition and Music City Song Star. Additional awards include first place in both the Colorado You Got Talent Competition and the Keptone Battle of the Bands, advanced band division. She also earned the Stars of Tomorrow People’s Choice Award and was named the Colorado Ambassador for music therapy charity Blue Star Connection. She has played prominent venues throughout Colorado, including the famed Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Ryan Seacrest’s Denver Seacrest Studio, New West Fest, The UMS, and People’s Fair.
ENZI’s soon to be released song, “Flipside” just earned her a top 5 spot for iHeart Radio KTCL 93.3’s Big Gig 2018 show where she will share the day with 30 Seconds to Mars, K.Flay, Walk The Moon and more!
ENZI’s pop-alternative empire continues to grow with frequent airplay, streaming, and performances all around the state of Colorado, and soon across the nation.

JUKE ROSS x Fresh Roses

Today, Guyanese singer/songwriter JUKE ROSS returns with his latest single “Fresh Roses” via Republic Records.

Listen HERE.

“Fresh Roses” is JUKE ROSS’ first single following his debut EP “Grey.” “Like a Fresh Rose needs rain and nurturing so does new love. The song is about being caught in the space between trying to latch on to the bliss of new love while escaping the sting of the past,” say JUKE“Fresh Roses” showcases his signature acoustic style and sets the tone for what Juke has in store for 2018.

Located on South America’s northern mainland, the celebratory and life-affirming spirit of Guyana remains an undercurrent of JUKE ROSS’s songwriting. The youngest of 14 siblings, he can recall falling in love with music at a young age. The family radio played everything from Caribbean standards to Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson, and he would sit and listen for hours on end. Inspired by his nurse mom, he enrolled in medical school. In the midst of his studies, guitar beckoned to him. JUKE feverishly began penning music. Among those early compositions, he created “Colour Me, which became an independent phenomenon, landed him a deal with Republic Records, and positioned him as one of 2017’s most exciting artists to watch!

360 × Shade Room

360 was featured on the Shade Room starring Jacquees! View the post HERE. Jacquees is an American singer and songwriter from Georgia, currently on a tour with Chris Brown. He has been signed under Cash Money Records since 2014 and he recently released his debut album 4275 on June 16, 2018. His album is out now and is inspired by his experiences and lessons he learned while growing up. The album’s catchy name is also named after his old street address, since his home was the start to all the dreams and his neighborhood was the place that motivated him to do what he has become today.

Culture Creators

Written by McCellies Mason II

Edited by Vaughn Lowery

Photo by Krishan Narsinghani

Remy Martin and The Mane Choice presented the 3rd Annual Culture Creators Innovators and Leaders awards brunch in Beverly Hills. Attendees were treated to a wonderful brunch alongside of mimosas and pastries as the stars filtered into the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Other sponsors for the ceremony included Morgan Stanley and Beats by Dre.

The two 2018 honorees were Host and Master of Ceremonies A.J. Calloway, Mistress of Ceremonies Tanika Ray. Other award winners were: Sylvia Rhone [Icon Award], Jemele Hill [The Defiance Award], Lauren Wesley Wilson [Business Award], Fatima Robinson [Dance/Art Award], Brea Stinson [Fashion Award], Charles D. King and Kenya Barris [Film +Television Awards], Rashaun Williams [Finance Award], Shawn Gee and Tunji Balogun [Music Awards], Jana Fleishman [Public Relations Award], Kristi Henderson [Social Activism Award], Carlos Fleming [Sports Award] and Rodney Williams [Technology Award].

Other guests included: Will.i.am, Draya Michelle, Tank, Waka Flocka and Tammy Rivera, Tika Sumpter, BJ the Chicago Kid, Marsha Ambrosius, Luke James, Ray-J, Yandy Smith and Erica Campbell amongst many more.

Culture Creators was founded by Joi Brown, who is also Sr. Veep of Marketing & Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records. “We must create a door that stays open for people of color, while reaching back and pulling forward our future generation of leaders,” Brown said in a statement to Billboard. “Our goal is to not only praise those behind the scenes who are real ‘culture creators’ but to further the conversation on diversity, opportunity, fiscal responsibility and investment, community building and dream defining. We want to ensure that we are creating space for more leaders in various industries who are empowered to be the curators of black culture and business globally.”

Will.i.am, Culture Creators

Delivering the Hype

Delivering the Hype was founded in November 2017 by Thomas Gigante a Business and Management student at the University of Kent (UK). At the time he started proposing his business plan and calling selected business contributors to become team members and since then the business’s main purpose has been to provide exclusive services to the public; such as the most famous one, the VIP service. It all started by analysing the markets of the sneaker and streetwear industry, which are notoriously competitive. The gap in the market was the difficulty in obtaining a certain product from brands like Supreme, Palace and other similar brands. The main goal of the successful company is to provide highly limited sneakers and streetwear clothes to the public, at a fair, reasonable as well as competitive price. The name is easy to find and eye-catching; by now anybody who is passionate about hyped brands or in the streetwear community knows and easily recognises what Delivering the Hype is all about; delivering “hyped” products to the client. The DH team is formed by people who have different backgrounds, cultures and come from all over the world. Thomas says: “ We’re constantly growing, and we are always improving our website and services. In the future DH expects new services to be opened, a greater clientele and to expand our team. Our VIP service is very easy to use, like the other services, you just need to fill in the form that is given on the page, giving us the right info on the product you want (what is it, date of release etc.) and by filling in and sending the form we will do the rest. We have got a large number of trusted clients who always buy from us”.
For more info, just visit the website:www.deliveringthehype.com

STANAJ “DIRTY MIND” VIDEO

STANAJ RELEASES VIDEO FOR “DIRTY MIND” FEATURING TY DOLLA $IGN WATCH HERE

THE VIDEO PREMIERED EARLIER TODAY VIA COMPLEX AND MTV

“If this doesn’t put you in the summer mood, we don’t know what will….it’s a glossy video that pairs incredibly well with the upbeat track about young love and desire.” – Complex

Since arriving in 2016, New York-born and Los Angeles-based Albanian-American singer, songwriter, producer, and rising star STANAJ has consistently floored audiences with his powerhouse voice. He earned a bona fide hit with “Romantic” (NOTD Remix)—which clocked 100 million Spotify streams—as he regularly averaged over 2 million monthly listeners on the platform. A pair of EPs, The Preview and From A Distance, both bowed in the Top 10 of the iTunes Top Pop Albums chart. Moreover, he unassumingly transformed everyone from Drake and Chris Brown to NBA star Brandon Jennings and Kim Kardashian West into fans as they gave him love on social media in viral posts. He has toured with JoJo and Jessie J in addition to making his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside Justin Timberlake who went on to also give a co-sign.

During 2018, he locked himself in the studio resulting in his new single “Dirty Mind” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. Lush and lively production underscores playful and head-turning lyrics before his show-stopping falsetto takes hold.  Meanwhile, Ty drops by for a striking and soulful cameo of his own. Check it out HERE.

There are many more big moments to come from STANAJ as he prepares his full-length debut album—stay tuned.

Watch a profile of how STANAJ came up via Complex HERE.

Watch STANAJ’S debut television performance on Fallon HERE.

Dave Matthews on Fallon

Dave Matthews appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night. First, Dave Matthews covers hit trap songs including Migos’ “Stir Fry,” Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” and Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.” Following the segment, Dave Matthews Band performs “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” from their new album, “Come Tomorrow.”

Dave Matthews Sings Cardi B, Lil Pump, Migos

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yEMyY7C8Xg

Dave Matthews Band: Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoYpQxZs8bY

“The Tonight Show” airs weeknights at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.

Rilès releases “!I’ll Be Back!” & Tour

NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2018) — Today, buzzing French hip-hop artist Rilès releases his new single “!I’ll Be Back!

Get it HERE via Republic Records.

Driven by roaring horns and an airtight beat, the track showcases his off-kilter creativity and inimitable charisma. Over this unpredictable soundscape, he drops clever rhymes and a catchy chorus. It’s emblematic of his outlier approach and show-stopping style.

The song represents the culmination of a massive undertaking by Rilès. It all started in his bedroom—which doubles as a creative hive. He produces, writes, and records music in this tiny space (it’s also where you can find him often painting and crafting visual art as well). From that D.I.Y. headquarters, he made the decision to release one new song per week (52 in total) as part of his highly touted Rilèsundayz initiative. He kept the promise with a slew of songs on a weekly basis, and it finally concludes with the unveiling of his new major label single “!I’ll Be Back!”

“!I’ll Be Back!” arrives hot on the heels of his U.S. debut single “Should I, which has already cracked 4.8 million Spotify streams. Meanwhile, the song’s self-directed music video just crossed the 4-million-mark on YouTube within a month’s time.

Be on the lookout for more from Rilès soon as he is currently on his Summer Festival tour, the remaining tour dates can be found below.

Out of a tiny makeshift bedroom studio, Rilès became the talk of Europe and Africa. Between graduating from a French scientific high school and studying English literature at the University of Rouen, he began painting, producing, writing, recording, mixing, mastering, and engineering an undeniable underground catalog in this tiny space. His YouTube channel impressively exceeded the 100-million-mark on YouTube by dropping one song per week from September 2016 through September 2017. Additionally, he sold out every date of his first tour as “Brothers” cracked 11 million Spotify streams with “Thank God” eclipsing 9 million on the platform.
SUMMER FEST 2018 SCHEDULE:
June 24 – Solidays Festival – Paris, France
June 26 – Mawazine Festival – Rabat, Morocco
June 29 – Garorock Festival – Marmande, France
June 30 – Europavox Festival – Clermont-Ferrand, France
July 5 – Les Ardentes Festival – Liège, Belgium
July 6 – Eurockéennes Festival – Belfort, France
July 8 – Les Déferlantes Festival – Argelès-sur-Mer, France
July 13 – Musilac Festival – Aix-les-Bains, France
July 20 – Vieilles Charrues Festival – Carhaix-Plouguer, France
July 21 – Art Sonic Festival – Briouze, France
July 22 – Paléo Festival – Nyon, Switzerland

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

Veteran US Diplomat Fears for Missing & Displaced Immigrant Children

Former U.S. Ambassador of Senegal Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, who currently sits on the advisory board of the University of Central Florida‘s The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery program, is concerned about the welfare of approximately 1,500 missing immigrant children, as well as the most recent group separated from their parents at the border.
As someone who has personally witnessed human trafficking, I know how crucial it is for us to police the police, says Elam-Thomas. What is the vetting process for those responsible for these children? Who is accountable for keeping track of them? There needs to be a thorough investigation into their safety, and the loopholes that make children vulnerable in a foreign country with no parent to protect them.
A Career Minister, with 42 years in the U.S. Department of Americas Foreign Service serving in France, Turkey, Greece and Africa, the former Ambassador is heartbroken by the inhumane treatment of immigrant families seeking asylum.
My heart is heavy, my soul is troubled and my faith in my country is being tested each and every day. Where is our conscience? Where is our sense of justice? Where are our morals? Where are we?
Historically, America has a different approach to non-Western or Eastern European refugees or laborers attempting to immigrate to the U.S. The Polish, Irish, Lithuanians, and other white immigrants had the privilege to acquire ambiguous last names and assimilate into society. Black, brown and yellow people cannot hide or become invisible.
Despite our frequent condemnations of other nations human rights violations, our history of human rights violations is not one for which we can be proud. A country that was founded on slavery, racism and unequal treatment of others is repeating the ugly history we would like to forget. I still remember images of children torn from their mothers’ arms and sold at the slave markets. The new Smithsonian Museum – The National Museum of African American History and Culture begins with that sobering history. Scores of people of all races visit there on a daily basis (8,000 per day). Sadly, our current Administration continues to be insensitive to the suffering of innocent children. I doubt the toddlers,orthose young teenagers seeking asylum with their parents, are members of M-13.
From 1942-1945, the U.S. Government instituted laws to intern Japanese citizens after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese internment camps have come to be considered one of the most atrocious violations of American civil rights in the 20th century.
Until the presidents recent executive order, America was guilty, yet again, of manifesting the total opposite of the values that supposedly sets America apart from so many other governments. I cannot imagine being abroad and trying to explain the U.S. Government policy to foreign audiences this past month, or year.
Silence is consent. The unanimous outrage of so many citizens sparked change. We all must continue to use our voices and speak out against the atrocities happening on American soil.
Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas is Director of the University of Central Florida Diplomacy Program and author ofDiversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar.” Elam-Thomas’ stellar career with the U.S. Department of America’s Foreign Service spanned forty-two years, during which time President Bill Clinton appointed her to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal
The retired Ambassador will be in New York City from
June 25-July 2, 2018, to launch an initiative titled,
“CIVILITY STRATEGIES: HEALING APPROACHES THAT UNITE PEOPLE AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY.