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SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: ESSENCE.COM OP-ED

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pens an exclusive op-ed for ESSENCE.com entitled, Closing the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Good. In this piece, she talks about the threat that young students of color face every day, rethinking the approach to public education and public safety and more. She states:

“In the 1990’s, hundreds of police officers were deployed to public schools across the country as a component of the war on drugs and later in response to school shootings. Today, at least fourteen million students attend schools staffed with a police officer — but without a single counselor, social worker, psychologist, or nurse.

The result is that in many cases, an infraction as simple as back talking or skipping class that should end in detention or administrative intervention can end in arrest. Over the years, the implementation of policies from Zero-Tolerance to surveillance to criminalizing lateness and absenteeism have created a system of loopholes that trap our most vulnerable students in a pipeline kept alive by the for-profit prison system. It’s a system that disproportionately hurts black and brown students and undermines their learning…As President, I will work to close the school to prison pipeline, by rethinking our approach to public education and public safety…”

In addition, she reflects on her recently revealed plan to invest $800 billion in public schools and how she would invest “an additional $100 billion in ‘Excellence Grants’—that’s equivalent to $1 million for every public school in the country—to invest in things like after school arts programs and school-based student mentoring programs…” This would be in an overall effort toreduce the impact of systemic racial and economic disadvantage on students.

For more, visit ESSENCE.com.

Welcome To Mirrorland

Dreamville/Interscope Records duo, EarthGang, comprised of Olu and WowGr8, have released their highly anticipated debut album, Mirrorland. The long awaited project from the Atlanta natives packs a punch with 14 meticulously curated tracks, including previously released “Proud of U” featuring Young Thug, with 10 million Spotify streams, and “Up,” which first premiered on COLORS Berlin almost a year ago to this day. Mirrorland is a reimagination of “The Wiz,” a love letter to EarthGang’s hometown of Atlanta; the pair have spent two years creating a fluid project that ebbs and flows in multiple directions, held together by its homage to the various eras of hip hop. With the release of Mirrorland, combined with their multiple contributions to Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III album, EarthGang prove that they are artists with technicolor vision and a mission to succeed.

Also this week, EarthGang announced their debut worldwide headlining tour, including dates in North America, South Africa, Europe, and Australia; full list of dates and tickets available at hereThe duo also released a limited edition 8-bit game featuring storylines from the album, as well as Easter egg caricatures of their Dreamville label mates. The game, which debuted at #2 on Apple’s Top Mobile Games charts, is available now for download.

EarthGang — Mirrorland Tracklist

  1. La La Challenge
  2. UP
  3. Top Down
  4. Bank
  5. Proud of U feat. Young Thug
  6. This Side
  7. Swivel (first premiered on Revenge of The Dreamers III)
  8. Avenue
  9. Tequila feat. T Pain
  10. Blue Moon
  11. Trippin feat. Kehlani

   12. Stuck feat. Arin Ray

   13. Fields feat. Malik

   14. Wings

EARTHGANG – Mirrorland

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Young Thug’s Artist, Strick drops The Machine Vol. 1

Young Thug’s artist, Strick released his new project, The Machine, Vol. 1. The 16 tracks has amazing guest features from Young Thug, T-Shyne, HiDoraah, Young Jordan, and Zelly Vibes. Ahead of the project’s release, Strick dropped stunning visuals to the singles, “Vevo” and “Whoa Whoa” which premiered via Hypebeast.

“The Machine Vol 1 is a compilation that embodies my work ethic. I got the nickname The Machine from my cousin, Az, because he noticed I’d make 6-7 songs each recording session and that I recorded everyday without fail. I decided to title a mixtape series after that name and give fans a variety of records that I’ve been working on leading up to my album,” said the rapper.

The Machine is undoubtedly one of the North Carolina’s best releases to date. He rides the elevator to the top of each song’s production with candid lyrics and addictive ad-lids

There is no stopping the now Las Vegas resident, as his first label release, See You When I Land  debuted this past December with powerful guest appearances from Gunna, Young Thug, and Duke.

Strick is a robust and multifaceted recording artist hailing from North Carolina and currently splitting his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Best known for honing his skills as a clever wordsmith and adept songwriter, Strick has garnered a reputation for tapping into his diverse professional background both in business and in the U.S. Air Force to elevate both his business acumen and genuine creative output alike.

After relocating to Atlanta in 2012 and founding his own branding agency for aspiring musicians Foundation 86, Strick moved to Los Angeles to pursue his own career as an artist. He then landed his first official placement on Kanye West and Juicy J’s “Ballin’,”leading him to work with artists such as Travis Scott, Jeremih, K. Michelle and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, Strick earned his first platinum record “coordinate” off Scott’s ​Birds in the TrapSing McKnight ​album, further igniting his hunger to continue developing his skills as a songwriter. That same year, he went on to join Young Thug on several tours, including the Hi-Tunes tour (2016) and the Hi Horse’D tour (2016/2017). Most recently, he was invited to join Young Thug and J. Cole on the ​K.O.D​ tour (2018).

In July 2017, Strick dropped his debut EP, ​Risk=Reward​. In 2018, he released January’sRisk=Reward 2​ and April’s ​Pairadice​, going on to ink a deal with Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment. He appeared on Young Thug’s 2018 ​Slime Language​ compilation, with their collaboration “STS” going on to be streamed in the millions. Strick’s talent for creating songs with deeper meaning that don’t sacrifice their radio replay value is propelling him to the forefront of the ever-evolving hip-hop landscape.

THE MACHINE, VOL. 1 TRACK LIST

1. “Wake & Cake”
2. “Blur” feat. T-Shyne
3. “Whoa Whoa”
4. “Vevo”
5. “Top Dog”
6. “No Flash”
7. “Everlasting”
8. “Quality Control”
9. “Fendi Napkin”
10. “Best Move” feat. HiDoraah
11. “Nothing Cheap” feat. Young Thug
12. “Zoom” feat. Young Jordan
13. “Cash On Demand” feat. Zelly Vibes
14. “1,000 Vibes”
15. “Popsicle”
16. “Sworn In”
LISTEN – THE MACHINE, VOL. 1: 
WATCH – VEVO: 

ONE Musicfest Reveals Lineup

Celebrating 10 YEARS with its biggest, boldest, and best billing yet, ONE Musicfest unveils a blockbuster lineup for 2019.
Set for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, the two-day festival welcomes legends such as Gucci ManeWu-Tang Clan, and Rick Ross in addition to 21st century superstars including Rae SremmurdTeyana Taylor, and Summer Walker and once-in-lifetime sets from KP The Great & His Superfriends featuring Pharrell Williams, Usher and surprise guests. Tickets on sale NOW
Check out the full list of confirmed artists below.
For ten years, ONE Musicfest has maintained its place at the forefront of the culture as a platform for timeless icons and explosive upstarts alike. It has notably played host to everyone from the Dungeon Family Reunion featuring Outkast’s last performance, Davido, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, Migos, Jill Scott, NasMiguel2 Chainz, and George Clinton. Not to mention, it regularly attracts plaudits from USA TodayBillboardConsequence of SoundRolling Stone, and more in addition to trending across the internet.
“I started the festival with the intent of creating a space where all corners of urban music and subcultures felt welcomed. From Afrobeats to Trap Music. From Alternative to Reggae. A generational oasis of progressive minds and talent. We use music as the catalyst and unity is the outcome. What started as a 2,000 person block party has evolved to a 50,000 person cultural celebration.” – Jason “J” Carter, Founder

Complete List of Currently Announced Performers for ONE Musicfest 2019 (in alphabetical order):
  • 7AM
  • ARI LENNOX
  • BABY ROSE 
  • CHRONIXX  
  • DMX  
  • FLORIDA ALL-STARS FEATURING * T-PAIN * TRINA * TRICK DADDY
  • GUCCI MANE   
  • JAMESDAVIS
  • KEY!
  • KOFFEE
  • KP THE GREAT & HIS SUPERFRIENDS FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS, USHER AND SURPRISE GUESTS
  • LOLO ZOUAI   
  • MUSIQ SOULCHILD
  • PHONY PPL   
  • QUEEN NAIJA  
  • RAE SREMMURD   
  • RAPHAEL SAADIQ    
  • RICK ROSS
  • SNOH AALEGRA  
  • SUMMER WALKER   
  • TAYLA PARX
  • TEYANA TAYLOR    
  • THE BONFYRE  
  • THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION FEATURING JUICY J, DJ PAUL, GANGSTA BOO AND CRUNCHY BLACK
  • TOBE NWIGWE
  • TORY LANEZ
  • WIZKID   
  • WU-TANG CLAN – 25TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE         
  • YUNG BABY TATE 

Vevo and Jacquees Release Live Performance of Who’s

Vevo announces the release of Jacquees live performance of Who’s The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter has cooked up his own smooth, slick, and simmering brand of 21st century R&B with an old school twist. Jacquees first taste of the spotlight came at a young age, explaining, I got inspired and with encouragement from my mom I signed up for my first school talent show in 2004. He went on to win the show for the next four years. 

Years later, Jacquees decided to reach out to fellow rising star and frequent collaborator Rich Homie Quan about a meeting with Cash Money Records Co-C.E.O. Bryan Birdman Williams. Birdman saw the video for his swagger-driven soul anthem Soldier featuring Rich Homie Quan and offered him a deal with Cash Money Records and Rich Gang Management. Jacquees has one goal in mind  and it doesn’t differ much from that of his idols. I just want people to listen to my music and feel good. You know how a certain song will make you remember a certain time? That’s what I hope my music does. Who’s is streaming now on all platforms. Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world at YouTube.com/Vevo.

ABOUT VEVO: Vevo is the world’s largest all-premium music video provider, offering artists a global platform with enormous scale through its distribution partners. Vevo connects artists with their audience globally via music videos and original content, working directly with them to find unique ways to bring their music to life visually. Vevo also works with emerging artists, providing them with a platform of global scale and reach, to find and grow their audience. Reaching 26 billion monthly views globally, Vevo has over 350,000 music videos in its catalogue.

MONEYBAGG YO PREMIERES NEW SONG & VIDEO “BLAC MONEY” FT. BLAC YOUNGSTA

It’s going to be a Heartless Summer as Rap’s foremost Preacher, Moneybagg Yo, delivers his newest song and video “Blac Money,” featuring fellow Memphis rapper Blac Youngsta. Produced by DrumGod x DMacTooBangin, “Blac Money” is the first single from Moneybagg Yo’s forthcoming project 43VA Heartless, due this Friday via N-Less Entertainment/Interscope Records.

Listen to “Blac Money” by Moneybagg Yo ft. Blac Youngsta HERE.

Watch the video for “Blac Money” by Moneybagg Yo ft. Blac Youngsta HERE.

43VA Heartless arrives as the follow-up to RESET, Moneybagg Yo’s debut album for N-Less Entertainment/Interscope Records. Released last November, the acclaimed album includes guest spots from J. Cole, Future, YG, and Kodak Black and showcases the raw lyrical honesty that prompted The FADER to praise Moneybagg Yo as “Rap’s foremost Preacher.”

This summer, Moneybagg Yo will embark on a nationwide tour supporting Wiz Khalifa. Also featuring support from French Montana, Playboi Carti, Chevy Woods, and DJ Drama, the Decent Exposure summer tour kicks off on July 9 in Atlanta. See below for the tour itinerary.

MONEYBAGG YO TOUR DATES:

July 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

July 10 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion

July 12 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Banks Art Center

July 13 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre

July 14 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center

July 16 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

July 18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

July 19 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

July 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

July 21 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater

July 23 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

July 25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

July 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

July 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center

July 31 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Center

Aug. 1 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Aug. 2 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozarks Amphitheater

Aug. 3 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion

Aug. 4 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre

Aug. 6 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

Aug. 9 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre

Aug. 10 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 11 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion

Aug. 13 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre

Aug. 14 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER Debut US Showcase

BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT’S TOMORROW X TOGETHER DEBUT US SHOWCASE TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

SUPER ROOKIE BOY BAND WILL PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ORLANDO, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

Tickets for Big Hit Entertainment’s newest band since BTS, TOMORROW X TOGETHER first-ever US showcase tour go on sale TODAY at 4PM local time. The showcase, introducing fans Stateside to their fresh new sound, will kick off in New York City and will make stops in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas before wrapping May 24 in Los Angeles.

The band’s five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI are all excited to create an unforgettable experience for their fans.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on AXS for New York, Orlando, and Los Angeles.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketfly for Chicago and Dallas.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketmaster for Atlanta.

View all TOMORROW X TOGETHER SHOWCASE: STAR in US tickets HERE.

US SHOWCASE DATES

May 9 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre

May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater

May 19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

TOMORROW X TOGETHER is currently the highest-selling K-pop rookie act of 2019. With The Dream Chapter: STAR, TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists, World Albums & World Digital Song Sales charts, as well as became the highest charting debut album by an all-male K-pop group on the Billboard Top 200.

For more information on TOMORROW X TOGETHER, visit: HERE.

Watch the video for their lead single ‘CROWN’ HERE.  

STREAM/PURCHASE THE DREAM CHAPTER: STAR HERE

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy.

About Big Hit Entertainment

Founded in February 2005 in South Korea by CEO and Producer Bang Si-Hyuk, Big Hit Entertainment’s core business focuses on music production, artist management and publishing. Big Hit’s business ventures incorporate and develop a range of content produced from top-notch artists’ IP, including global boyband BTS and its newest addition TOMORROW X TOGETHER. With its mission of ‘Music & Artist for Healing’, Big Hit strives to impart a positive influence through content while providing comfort and inspiration to music fans worldwide.

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER US Debut

BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT’S TOMORROW X TOGETHER ANNOUNCE DEBUT US SHOWCASE DATES IN MAY

SUPER ROOKIE BOY BAND TO PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ORLANDO, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

“BTS’ young labelmates live up to the hype with an energetic smash.” – MTV

Today, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Big Hit Entertainment’s newest band since BTS, announce their first-ever US showcase tour dates introducing fans Stateside to their fresh new sound. The showcase dates come on the heels of the super rookie boy band’s chart-topping, record-breaking debut album “The Dream Chapter: STAR.”

TOMORROW X TOGETHER will kick off their US run in New York City and will make stops in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas before wrapping May 24 in Los Angeles.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER is currently the highest-selling K-pop rookie act of 2019. With The Dream Chapter: STAR, TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists, World Albums & World Digital Song Sales charts, as well as became the highest charting debut album by an all-male K-pop group on the Billboard Top 200.

“Oh my god, it’s finally happening. TXT just dropped their debut album called The Dream Chapter: STAR and it’s full of delicious new music the K-pop world is eating up.” – Elite Daily

The band’s five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI are all excited to create an unforgettable experience for their fans.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM PT/ 7PM ET on April 19.

US SHOWCASE DATES

May 9 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre

May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater

May 19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

For more information on TOMORROW X TOGETHER, please visit: https://txt.ibighit.com/.

Watch the video for their lead single ‘CROWN’ HERE.  

STREAM/PURCHASE THE DREAM CHAPTER: STAR HERE  

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy.

Follow TOMORROW X TOGETHER on Social Media

Twitter I Instagram I Youtube

MAEJOR RELEASES OFFICAL VIDEO FOR NIRVANA FEATURING YASHUA AND JEON

Debut Album Frequency To Be Released In 2019

Watch the Nirvana official video HERE

Stream Nirvana  HERE

Today, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, rapper and producer, Maejor, released the official video for his track Nirvana featuring Yashua and Jeon. The video was directed by Chad Tennies and was filmed in the streets of Atlanta. Rich with color, the video is a vibrant representation of the new track, which showcases Maejor’s unique style of Latin-infused hip-hop. Nirvana is the first single to be released from Maejor’s debut solo album Frequency, which is due later this year. Watch the official video HERE and stream the track HERE.

Nirvana follows a string of U.S chart successes, including Maejor’s hit single Lolly featuring Justin Bieber & Juicy J, which peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Vai Malandra  his 2017 collaboration with Brazilian superstar Anitta, which reached the #1 spot on the Brazilian charts as well as #18 at the Global Spotify chart. The video has been viewed nearly 300 million times and the song streamed over 200 million times worldwide. Maejor has written and produced for Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Keri Hilson, Ciara, T-Pain, Ne-Yo and Wiz Khalifa and is part of the alternative electronic-pop duo AREA 21 alongside Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix. Those successes have contributed to Maejor’s impressive following, which includes over 2 million monthly listeners a month on Spotify and 1 million followers on Instagram.

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AMS Vans/Athlete Award Van

Atlanta-based AMS Vans teamed up with the Aimee Copeland Foundation and FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) to present the keys for a wheelchair accessible minivan to the winner of an essay contest. The winner, Kendra Allen, is an Athens Tech college student whose essay detailed the challenges of growing up with cerebral palsy and her dream to help others with disabilities.

Allen’s prize is a 2012 Honda Odyssey wheelchair accessible minivan with $7,500 worth of reconditioning donated by AMS Vans, which will also provide free oil changes and tire rotation for as long as she owns the vehicle.

“I am so thankful for everyone who helped me get this minivan because it means I will finally be able to use my power wheelchair outside my home, making it so much easier to get to class at Athens Tech, see friends and eventually start my own business,” said Allen.

“AMS Vans is thrilled to help Kendra become more independent and we are inspired by her dedication to finish school and fulfill her dreams to create her own company to help others,” said Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of AMS Vans.

The minivan was donated by Aimee Copeland, a competitive swimmer and counselor who lost her hands, right foot and left leg from a flesh-eating bacterial infection in 2012. After receiving the vehicle as gift, she found new independence, started the Aimee Copeland foundation and became the official spokesperson for FODAC.

“This van changed my life and gave me freedom of mobility, and now I am paying it forward so that Kendra may have a better quality of life,” said Copeland. “We could not have done this without AMS Vans and FODAC, and I am grateful for their support.”

“As an advocate for those with disabilities we see first-hand how reliable transportation can change a person’s life by connecting them more readily to work and the community and we are excited to see Kendra succeed,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC.

Allen’s essay was selected from 60-entries submitted to the contest that ran from January 7, 2019 to February 7, 2019. Her essay has been posted in full on the Aimee Copeland Foundation Blog.