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SFPL RECAP: The Road To Boston With Amtrak

The last two years of my life have taken an exciting turn as some of my dreams as a young brown boy growing up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, have really come true. I was no stranger to imagination as a child, but there was one thing that fascinated me way more than anything, and that was travel. I dreamed of getting on planes, running late for trains and hopping into taxis, just like I saw in my favorite movies and television shows.

At the top of 2016, in an effort to create realistic New Year’s resolutions, I vowed to visit every state in The United States. I mean, why not? I was born and raised in America, Who said I needed to stick to a few states and never visit the others? In order to do that though, I’d needed to do it in a way that would factor in my busy work schedule. Oxymoron right? I thought so too, until I found the best solution imaginable, Amtrak.

I represent the social generation and just happen to have a job that relies on the pulse of social media. So I can’t afford to take many pauses in my line of work. A few hours away from social media can result in missing breaking news and reporting it in a timely manner. Hopping on a plane can be a nightmare if the Wi-Fi isn’t working properly, not to mention the extra cost considering the fact that plane tickets are not cheap.

Amtrak was my ride of choice when I made my first visit to Washington D.C., and I couldn’t forget the supreme luxury and comfort of the quiet car (I’ll get to that in a second), oh, and did I mention no traffic? So now I had my sites set on discovering my next state, Massachusetts. Specifically, Boston. Best known for fish & chips, the Freedom Trail and “Cheers”, among other things, I was ready to add another notch to my belt, Amtrak style.

All aboard! Business Class!

I took my best friend, Harlem, who had also never been to Boston with me to enjoy the festivities. He’s a head chef at a busy Manhattan eatery and could have used some relaxation just as much as me! The boarding process was effortless. My tickets were scanned quickly, and I wasn’t asked again for the remainder of the trip. I couldn’t have asked for a better seat, because there is NO MIDDLE SEAT! The overhead compartment was perfect for our overnight carry-ons. And I couldn’t recline fast enough! The legroom was reminiscent of the space I’m use to in the comfort section of my favorite airline. I can’t tell you how priceless that is. The ride was smooth, the sights were so lovely they distracted me from my computer a few times (the complimentary Wi-Fi was very speedy might I add), and I took advantage of the café car on my arriving and departing trains. I must mention that the wine and cheese basket was amazing, and put me in the mood to catch a quick much needed nap before I returned to NYC.

How was Boston, you asked? Clean as a whistle. I didn’t get fish & chips, but I did take in some authentic tacos that were absolutely scrumptious! I stayed at the Boston Wyatt Waterfront, luxuriated in the Jacuzzi, and took a few walks on the waterfront. Because I was able to get some work done on the way there, I was able to unplug, which was priceless.

I’m super excited for my next state, as Amtrak will definitely be my travel choice. I already have my heart set on the quiet car in business class, but #staytuned for that adventure!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Amtrak, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make our blog possible.

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Music

SFPL Exclusive: Jkinggz ‘Patek.’

 

You might remember Jkinggz from his trio membership in the group 3kz, that we posted not to long ago. Well, he’s back with a solo track and video for his newest contribution, Patek.

After recently being sentenced to 30 days, Jkinggz spent all of his free time on creating new music. After living a life of fear based on his past, he is now free to flourish in his passion. Here is his offering.

Check it out!

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Music

New Music: Sade Serena ‘Swerve’ Featuring

Caribbean Pop Princess, Sade Serena just released her most recent single, “Swerve.”

“I am a sucker for love, so I feel like a lot of the content of my music is geared towards not only my anger or my sorrow, but really just my lessons in life with relationships, as far as men, or even friendships,” gushed the singer.

For this single, the singer brought on legendary Jamaican artist Elephant Man for double the energy paired over her  soulful vocals. Listen to the dancehall vibes below…

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Music

FLY VISUAL: You Won’t Get “No Apologies” from KAY LEI

#FlyGirl, Kay Lei, just stopped by to drop off the visuals for her debut single (and BOP!) “No Apologies“.
According to the streets, the Bostonian-teen-songstress has been taking the industry by storm with her unique tone and charming demeanor readying for her mainstream breakthrough.
As the song goes..
You won’t get no apologies tonight
And I don’t need to explain my reasons why
But you can watch why, Step into the video below …

 

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Music

FLY Music: Coi Leray “Huddy”

If you woke up this a.m. ready for something fresh, step into New Jersey artist, Coi Leray who delivers a West Coast Meets East Coast vibe, sprinkled with the Dirty South in her new single “Huddy”.

 

We seriously can’t get enough of dope female rappers.

#WeLIKE

Fresh off the heels of her ode to loving one’s self, By Myself , produced by Emdot, Coi is quickly aiming to make sure that hip hop is hers for the taking. Take a listen for yourself.

 

 

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Fly Reviews

FLY EXCLUSIVEs: The Cast Of Beautifully Broken Defines The Title

We recently took our talents to Nashville Tennessee for the world premiere of, Beautifully Broken, a film that explores a refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise, and a daughter’s painful secret that converge in this inspiring true story of hope.  As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

To say this film is amazing is an understatement. Not only was it memorable, but it lives up to it’s name. But what does Beautifully Broken mean? We caught up with the films executive producer, stars and the beautiful CeCe Winans (who is on the soundtrack) to get their take on the beautiful meaning of the title of this film.

What does the title, Beautifully Broken, mean to you?

“We are all broken, But God still has a beautiful plan for us. If you keep the faith, and keep moving forward, he can turn it around. It’s like stained glass, it’s all shattered, but put together it’s the most beautiful art there is.”

-Executive Producer, Randy Hartley

‘Wow, well they mean a lot. But mainly, beautifully broken means if you have pain, you are not alone. I think it’s our honesty and authenticity with each other that builds a brighter community, and beautifully broken is all about that.’

-Actress, Emily C. Hahn

“Living in such a social media age, where everyone is posting their high peak moments, I feel like we need to uncover our flaws and have more authentic relationships, so I love the title from the beginning because of that is what it means to me.’

-Scott Williams Winters

“Well, God is close to the brokenhearted, and so many times the enemy will make you feel like everything is over and broken because you’re hurting. But God has proven time and time again that he will take your brokenness and turn it into something pretty. So I think it’s a powerful movie, a powerful message and a powerful song.

-CeCe Winans

The Beautifully Broken cast includes Scott William Winters (Lethal Weapontelevision series, Good Will Hunting)Benjamin Onyango (God’s Not Dead, Inception), Emily C. Hahn (Toy Story 3, Fresh Off The Boat television series), Jessica Obilom (Trafficked), Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (Nashville television series), Alan Powell (Quantico television series), Eugene Khumbanyiwa(District 9), Tammi Arender (Pitch Perfect 2), and television personality Thomasina “Goo Goo” Atkins (Mary Mary series). Christian music legends Toby McKeehan and Michael W. Smith also make appearances in the film.

Beautifully Broken is in theaters now.

-Stay Fly!

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Last Night in NYC

Fly Exclusive: Afropunk & Toyota Get The ‘Green’ Conversation Started In Brooklyn

Before we took our talents to this year’s Afropunk Festival, as part of Toyota’s overall Afropunk Brooklyn experience, we were privy to attend a special dialogue/panel (done over brunch) which promoted and discussed the growing community of African Americans engaging in and practicing sustainable living.

Held at Brooklyn’s newest obsession, Sweet Chick (the downtown Flatbush location), tastemakers and members of the elite brown press in NYC congregated over the franchise’s signature chicken & waffles, mac & cheese, mimosas, bloody mary’s and more over a smooth Brooklyn soundtrack as the conversation started up.

Kerene Tayloe, policy director for Green For All, a national organization working to ensure people of color and working families have a place and voice in the climate movement, lead a panel conversation with sustainability advocates and TGI coalition members, hip-hop artist Stic of Dead Prez, selfproclaimed “Queen of Green”, Yoli , as well as, Yvonna Wright of Lomar Farms.

The group kicked off the conversation about the emerging green movement among people of color and the importance of building a coalition of green advocates in those communities at an intimate brunch near the festival.  Needless to say it was a much needed conversation, and we were glad to be in attendance.

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SFPL's New Music

Fly Visual: Estelle Wants Us To Be ‘Better.’

Earlier this month, Fly Girl, Estelle exclusively premiered the official video for her latest single “Better” (directed by Estelle and Denzel Williams) on Apple Music. Today, the visual is now available to the masses, and we got you covered!

Produced by Harmony Samuels [Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande], ‘Better’, is the first single from Estelle’s forthcoming new reggae album, Lover’s Rock due out in September 2018. “Better” is the follow up to her previous single “Love Like Ours” off the album which has already garnered over 4 million streams on Spotify and over 2 million views on all digital platforms.
Boom!
Ya’ll know we LOVE Estelle, she’s been a HUGE supporter of Stuff Fly People Like since day 1, and we are uber excited for her new music!
Lover’s Rock is on track to be Estelle’s most personal album to date, as she centers in on her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album. On this LP, Estelle has assured to fuse her signature R&B and hip-hop sound while paying homage to her Grenadian roots as she concentrates on reggae, but also embraces Afro-beats and Soca music.
We are in!
Step into her new video below….

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FLY Interviews

Fly Interviews: SFPL Chats With The Cast Of Power Season 5

Everybody’s favorite show, Power is BACK to give us a huge amount of anxiety and stress, as is the norm! Our own Rae Holliday caught up with the cast to talk about the new season of the blockbuster show.

Step into our chat with your favorite characters; Tasha, Tommy, Dre, Kesha & Angela.

 

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Music

FLY Visual: Ciara Motivates Us with ‘LEVEL UP’

Now Listen Ya’ll, CiCi been through some thangs.

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A few bad relationships, some discouraging album sales, a bad decision on social media or two, but she always LOOKS GOOD THOUGH!

Hey Boo, Hey!

Welp, the pop Queen announced via social media a few days ago that her new single, Level Up would drop on 7.18.18, and as promised it has arrived. But wait, these lyrics tho?

Them old mistakes are gone
I won’t do them no more
That’s old news, there’s new news
I done did that before
I turned them into something
My comeback on one hunnit
Less talking, more action
You just gon see Ci coming
I just keep elevating
No losses, just upgrading
My lessons, made blessings
I turned that into money
Thank god I never settled
This view is so much better
I’m chilling, I’m winning
Like on another level

Sometimes it takes a few bumps in the road to get to a place of true happiness, and her union with Russell Wilson has definitely helped CiCi get to a place of GOOD ENERGY. Step into the video below and let us know your thoughts!

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