[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.
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.
TEYANA TAYLOR RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM K.T.S.E. VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
(June 22, 2018 – New York, NY) R&B superstar, dancer/choreographer, actress, model, and Harlem native Teyana Taylor releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, K.T.S.E. today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Produced entirely by Kanye West, the seven-track album is the fifth and final installment in the historic weekly series of G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam releases this month.
K.T.S.E.– Keep That Same Energy – is the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s VII, Teyana’s G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam debut album. VII’s top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T has collected over 16 million YouTube views to date.
K.T.S.E. was unveiled Thursday night at a livestreamed listening event on the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles. Universal’s famed “New York” set was transformed into Taylor’s native Harlem, with street signs pointing to 141 Street and Lenox Avenue, while mock-NYPD cruisers flashed their blue and red lights into the Hollywood night. The event was livestreamed on Twitter, and featured merch designed by Cali Thornhill DeWitt. Teyana Taylor merchandise is available now at her exclusive online store: https://shop.teyanataylor.com/
Teyana Taylor is one of the most versatile entertainers of her generation. As a respected recording artist, dancer, choreographer, fitness aficionado, actress and model, she has made waves across a variety of fields. Her Vh1 reality show Teyana & Iman was highly successful, with the finale coming in as the #1 watched show on cable television on a Monday night in the 9pm time slot. Teyana opened Junie Bee’s Nail Salon, a 90’s inspired salon in Harlem in an exclusive partnership with OPI Products. Coming up, she will star alongside Blair Underwood and recording artists French Montana in the Netflix film The Afterparty. She will also star in BET’s scripted series, Hit The Floor, premiering on July 10, with upcoming movie The Trap with Mike Epps and T.I. following. Her collection with GCDS launched recently in addition to her ongoing partnership with her own Reebok shoe line. Her recent Pretty Little things x Karl Kani collaboration sold out in a whopping 19 minutes.
Teyana’s dance performance in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video became a global viral sensation, attracting 100 million + YouTube views, and won the 2017 MTV VMA for “Best Choreography”.
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.
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
Dave Matthews Band: Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)
“The Tonight Show” airs weeknights at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.
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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