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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.

Teyana Taylor

TEYANA TAYLOR RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM K.T.S.E. VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS

K.T.S.E. (KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY) PRODUCED ENTIRELY BY KANYE WEST
LISTEN TO KTSE HERE

(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 × 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.

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

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.

Vevo Announces Lil Xan as Latest LIFT Artist

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Today Vevo has announced Lil Xan as their next LIFT artist, and first for 2018. Lil Xan will be partnering with Vevo to release exclusive content, performances and behind-the-scenes footage over the coming weeks bringing fans closer than ever to the rapper, who recently released his debut album Total Xanarchy to critical acclaim, and huge buzz across social media.
The first of the Vevo exclusive content is an ‘alternate’ music video for the hitmaker’s Danny Wolf-produced single “Wake Up”. The video features Xan waking up to spit bars in a psychiatric ward, with flashes of color as the song reaches its climax, in a powerfully reimagined visual representation of the song.
Launched in 2011, Vevo’s artist development program, Vevo LIFT shines a spotlight on the world’s freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Sam Smith, Khalid, SZA and Julia Michaels who all gave their fans a sneak peek into their early careers via the series.
ABOUT VEVO
Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. With over 300,000 videos and 25BN views a month globally Vevo connects artists with audiences from all over the world, providing exclusive music content, original programming and official music videos to fans.

Bria Lee Debut Single “Purple Clouds”

NEW YORK, NY (June 22nd, 2018) – Today, New York-based vocalist and songwriter Bria Lee makes her debut with her song, “Purple Clouds”—listen and share here.

Backed by a fuzzed-out cackle of an old school phonograph, Bria Lee intoxicates and intrigues on her debut single, “Purple Clouds.” A puff of smoky soul strained through glitchy beats, her voice immediately seduces on confessions, “The liquor it keeps taking over” and “Lately, I be gettin’ so high I feel like a pilot.”

Of the track, Bria Lee says, “With ‘Purple Clouds,’ I tried to take my listeners to the place that I go when I’m writing and recording music, sort of like going to another planet. This song is special to me because it evokes the outer-body experience that I have when I’m making music that I love.”
LISTEN TO “PURPLE CLOUDS” HERE
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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.