Young M.A’s Cypher Lines the BET Hip Hop Awards Didn’t Air | @YoungMAMusic @MusicChoice

Young M.A’s Cypher Lines the BET Hip Hop Awards Didn’t Air | @YoungMAMusic @MusicChoice

Best known for her viral Chiraq freestyle on YouTube, Young M.A was the Summer’s quintessential golden girl, proving to be one of the hottest female lyricists in the hip hop game with her smash (and mostly remixed & covered hit) “Oouuu”. She sits down with Music Choice and spits the cypher lines that made it on the cutting room floor of the 2016 BET Hip Hop Music Awards. Her debut album, Sleepwalkin‘, is out now on all digital music sites.

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@MusicChoice Exclusive: @FifthHarmony Talks “7/27”

@MusicChoice Exclusive: @FifthHarmony Talks “7/27”

Fifth Harmony is an all girl group that originated from the second season of X-Factor and consists of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jauregui. I remember watching them on the show with my aunt and we both said that they were gonna go places. Unfortunately for us both, they didn’t win the season, but they definitely made moves, blasting on the scene last year with their debut album, Reflection, which included the triple platinum smash hit, “Worth It”. This year, they will drop their new album, 7/27, on May 20.

They named it 7/27 for a reason and a sentimental one it is: That was they day they formed on X-Factor. The lead single from their sophomore record, “Work from Home”, featuring American singer Ty Dolla Sign, was officially announced the same day and was released on February 26, 2016.

The girly quintet stopped by Music Choice Studios to talk more about 7/27 and what the fans can expect from it.

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The Warriors: The Last Ride Home

The Warriors: The Last Ride Home

The cast of the 1979 cult flick, The Warriors, decided to once again take that long ride on the Coney Island bound Q train. I was only a year old runt when this was released, but that hasn’t stopped me from watching it when I came of age.

To all of you grasshoppers out there not familiar with the movie, it was all about the streets, respect and survival when a turf battle between New York City street gangs rages from Coney Island to the Bronx. The Warriors are mistakenly accused for the killing of Cyrus, a respected gang leader who wanted all the gang members borough wide to call a truce and make peace with one another. Soon they have every gang in the city out to get revenge and they must make their way across the city to their own turf. The movie became an inspiration and an instant classic to all street gangs and pop culture fans alike.

RollingStone.com captured Michael Beck (Swan), David Harris (Cochise), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Terry Michos (Vermin) and Thomas G. Waites (Fox) as they rode the Q Train to Coney Island Sept. 13 for a fan-organized event near Luna Park. If you are a die-hard fan of the movie like me, this will be something to remember. Can you dig it?

@TherealTaraji Plays Fast Family Feud With @JimmyFallon

@TherealTaraji Plays Fast Family Feud With @JimmyFallon

Empire’s leading lady Taraji P. Henson goes full Cookie as she squares off with Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon on a friendly, yet hilarious game of Fast Family Feud. The answers were off the chain. Enjoy!

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Empire Star @SerayahLove Announces Upcoming Mixtape

Empire Star @SerayahLove Announces Upcoming Mixtape

She is the hottest new actress on television and fans have been going crazy every Wednesday night for “Tiana Brown” on FOX’s hit new drama, Empire. “Tiana Brown” is played by the beautiful Serayah McNeill. Serayah has been captivating audiences with her character’s shocking plot twists and show stopping musical performances.

Her role on Empire is Serayah’s very first acting job and she has hit a home run with a role on the most popular show on television! Now Serayah is capitalizing on her rise to fame by returning to her first love… music. Before her role on Empire, Serayah was receiving raved reviews on her Soundcloud account for her original music and incredible covers.

Due to popular demand Serayah has agreed to release her first mixtape this summer as an independent pop artist. “I couldn’t be more excited for the direction my acting and modeling careers are going in, but I will never neglect my love for music,” says Serayah. “Thank you to all my fans for insisting I release a new project and I promise this new mixtape will be my best one yet!”

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Blessing Offor

The Voice - Season 7Nigerian born singer/songwriter Blessing Offor likes to create songs that leaves people with something to think about. Though legally blind, he wowed the judges and made his mark as a contestant on Season 7 of the smash hit competition series, The Voice.

Growing up Hamden, CT, he saw the artists of Motown as his inspiration for singing. “I grew up listening to Lionel Richie and all of them,” he said. “They knew what to do and how to do it right. I really didn’t start to take it seriously at first, but then I started to play piano and I found out, ‘Hey, I’m not bad at this.’ Plus, all of the girls liked it and were really digging me. Not bad for 12 years old.”

Blessing spoke of his time on The Voice, which he said was a great experience. “When I did the blind audition, I was pumped!” he explained. “I did the sound check, there were NO MONITORS and I couldn’t even hear myself. The crowd was really loud, but I told myself, ‘Time to be professional. don’t stop and there are no second takes. Wound getting all chairs turned around. Everyone said for me to pick Gwen (Stefani), but I decided to go with Pharrell. It until was the battle round and I was performing Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do” and I was saying to myself ‘Wow that’s not even original.’ (He is not a fan of doing covers) I went up against Katriz (Trinidad) and she wound up winning.”

It’s never over for Blessing, for he is still doing shows and performing at The Kennedy Center for the Arts. He is planning some tour dates and has plans for an upcoming album.

“I remember it was not too long ago, I was doing a guest spot at a show,” he told. “I was talking to the crowd and was waving my hand to the band for direction. I got no response, so I did it again. Someone had to tell me that the band already left the stage.”

It’s pretty safe to say that he really loves what he does.

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The Brick House: Elease Donovan

eleaseSultry, sexy and sweet, Elise Donovan was one of the Bad Girls of Season 8 of Oxygen’s smash hit reality series, The Bad Girls Club. Here she speaks about what she learned being on the show and speaks more of her Elise Donovan Swimwear collection.

Pinkie: I was having a conversation with a friend of mines on Facebook and he was telling me how the girls on BGC qualified for being bad girls because of the “issues” they have. I profess otherwise because you were the most nicest out of the bunch. My question to you is: In your opinion, what makes a “bad girl”?
Elease: I feel what makes a bad girl, it has nothing to do with issues. It’s just how you carry yourself and how you react to certain situations, you know? And I think one thing we might all have in common is that we aren’t going elease4to let anyone talk to us any type of way. Everyone’s gonna stand their ground. Everyone reacts to situations differently. Some girls are confrontational. Me, myself, I am non-confrontational, so it’s one of those things like it depends who you are and how you react to things.

Pinkie: What life experiences have your learned from The Bad Girls Club?
Elease: Just pretty much in everyday life, when I used to be on the show…don’t let anybody push you around, tell you what to do. Long story short, don’t even be a follower. A lot of people in everyday life, if they see someone doing this, they wanna do it too and that’s not how it should be. Always stick to your first instinct, if you feel that something is wrong, stick to that. don’t feel if anyone else is doing it, you should too because later, you would be like, ‘Damn, I should have listened to myself the first time.’

Pinkie: Do you keep in touch with the cast?
Elease: NO WAY. Gia, occasionally, that’s the only one I will talk to. The other girls, I just don’t get along with girls. I walk in the room and they just don’t like me. I’m a really nice person and these girls…they see me and they see I have a good head on my shoulders and they are jealous of that. So in real life, outside of the house, we will never get along. We don’t have anything to talk about because they are not even on my level.

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Pinkie: Okay, enough about the past.  Let’s talk about the Elease Donovan Swimwear line. Tell me more about it and how the concept came about.
Elease: Right now, I’m on my 3rd collection. It’s launching early January and not to mention, i have a T-shirt line coming up next month, as well, but with the concept of the line…pretty much…long story short, i went to school for fashion merchandising and I always wanted to do something in fashion because growing up, everyone looked up to these reality shows and stars and the videos that they send and I wanted to something different, so I was like, ‘You know what? I’m gonna start something that is more for me elease5and I love Jamaica and I can never find a swimsuit whenever I’m looking for one. So let’s start something great and move on to something else. So I have the swimwear line, I’m working on my t-shirt line and hopefully we’ll move on to other things, like a full men’s line, you know,  so if I see an itch, I’m gonna go for it.

Pinkie: Is there any way for people to pick up your line?
Elease: I think I’m gonna wait for my 4th collection to bring it heavy to the stores because I don’t want to make it seem like the baby steps of it. Plus when it’s in stores, you don’t know how good it’s doing ot if it’s just sitting there on shelves, so it’s better to wait.

Pinkie: Any chance of a lingerie line?
Elease: Well, I don’t have a look for it. On my dates or special occasions…it’s not an everyday thing. I have my own Victoria’s Secret, but if I don’t feel 100% about an idea, then I’m not gonna go through it at all.

Pinkie: What’s next for you?
Elease: I really wanna try my luck in acting or VJing. I just say Hey, you live once, so you should try everything once, just to say you did it. Growing up I used to watch LaLa (Anthony) as a VJ, watching MTV Jams and I say to myself, ‘I’ll be good at that’ So one day I would love to do something like that.

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www.eleasedonovanswimwear.com