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Last Night In Atlanta: Stevie J, Toya Wright & more attend McDonald’s Flavor Battle Competition

On Saturday night, music industry elites came out to celebrate DJ Orange Calderon as she took home the $10,000 cash prize from the 2016 McDonald’s® Flavor Battle national DJ Competition. The Los Angeles native put forth her best skills to beat out DJ Iceberg of Atlanta and DJ Quiana Parks of New York after a live performance at Terminal West in Atlanta.

Legendary DJ and producer, DJ Drama, served as the host for this year’s Flavor Battle finale, while celebrity judges DJ Infamous, DJ Kid Capri and entertainment executive Kenny Burns evaluated each of the finalists’ mixing style, performance appeal and technique to determine who would be worthy of the grand title. Radio host and entertainment personality, Angela Yee, served as the social media correspondent providing live updates on each of the performance sets. Reality TV star, Toya Wright was present in addition to Atlanta-area DJ, Traci Steele also came out to show support to the aspiring finalists, alongside longtime record producer and reality TV star, Stevie J.

“Winning this year’s McDonald’s Flavor Battle competition is a huge accomplishment for me,” said DJ Orange Calderon. “Honestly, all of the DJs were great, and I’m extremely humbled to even be considered for the opportunity.”

In its sixth year, the competition brought out some of the biggest up-and-coming DJs in the industry with 12 DJs vying for the chance to win the grand prize. Over the course of four weeks, three DJs – one from the West Coast, East Coast and South – won over the stylistic preferences of online voters and fans with creative mixes that helped them advance through three rounds of voting on flavorbattle.com. The final three were active on social media encouraging their fans and followers to participate in the voting process using the hashtag “#365FlavorBattle.” Spinning on the 1s and 2s, the finalists competed live in Atlanta, putting forth their best amped flavor for the crowd and judges who would determine their fate as Flavor Battle champion.

“The excitement surrounding the 2016 McDonald’s Flavor Battle competition was solid and engaging,” said Adam Salgado, McDonald’s U.S. Marketing Vice President. “McDonald’s is an organization is proud to celebrate the diversity of its customers and one way to do that is through music. The excitement around the 2016 Flavor Battle demonstrates the impact of hip hop within our customer base and McDonald’s is proud to offer Flavor Battle as a platform for rising DJs to showcase their skills on a national stage.”

In conjunction with lifestyle network Complex Media, McDonald’s Flavor Battle launched in 2009 as an extension of the company’s 365Black initiative. McDonald’s 365Black platform was created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round. Be sure to follow the conversation using #365FlavorBattle.

Photo Credit: Donald Traill/Invision for McDonald’s/AP Images

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Ford Takes Over Magic City Classic with Yung Joc, Dana Dane and Chubb Rock

This past weekend, Ford went Further presenting the ultimate tailgate experience at the 75th Anniversary of the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, AL. Fans of all ages enjoyed interactive games and live performances by hip hop stars Chubb Rock, Dana Dane, Yung Joc and guest appearances by Angela Yee and DJ Envy of the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club. 

Photo Credit: Ford/Andre Thomas

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Last Night In NYC: Big Sean, DJ Khaled, G-Eazy & DNCE Hit the Stage for Bud Light Party Convention

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This past weekend, the Bud Light Party culminated its 13-city tour hosting the Convention of all conventions, with Big Sean, DJ Khaled, G-Eazy and DNCE. The evening was hosted by Power 105.1’s Angela Yee and actor Michael Pena at the Time Square Playstation Theater. Skating Aratas kicked off the night with an electrifying dance routine to get the crowd hype before Yi and Pena introduced DNCE to hit the stage. In between sets DJ ProStyle spun some of the biggest hip-hop and pop tracks.

G- Eazy then sent the crowd into a frenzy with his hits “Me, Myself and I,” “Order More,” and “Let’s Get Lost.” Angela Yi then stepped out and invited the crowd to “raise one to right now” and toast to the night with Bud Lights in hand. Shortly after, Big Sean stepped out and lit the stage ablaze calling the fans to rap along to “Beware,” “Clique,” and “IDFWY.” And just when fans thought it couldn’t get any better DJ Khaled joined the stage, bags in tow, and to speak with the crowd and play a bit of his club bangers.

Aside from the amazing performances, fans were able to grab cold brews and take part in various interactive activations onsite from a photo station to collecting cool Bud Light swag.  With the two of them on stage – the final Convention ended in a fashion befitting of the Empire State!

Photo Credit: Bernard “Beanz” Smalls 

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Last Night In NYC: Cast of FX’s “ATLANTA” Attend NY Screening

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Last night, FX hosted a private screening of their new original comedy series “ATLANTA” at the Paley Center for Media in New York. Over 300 local media and influencers packed the venue to get a sneak peak of the much-buzzed about show. John Solberg, EVP of communications a FX Networks, welcomed the guests and introduced the two 25-min episodes.

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A Q&A moderated by “The Breakfast Club” host Angela Yee and featuring “ATLANTA” cast members Donald Glover (also the show’s creator, executive producer, writer, director and executive music producer), Brian Tyree Henry and Zazie Beetz immediately followed the screening. Additional attendees included Elle Varner, rapper Consequence, Chef Roble, Cipha Sounds and more.

Filmed on location in Atlanta, “ATLANTA” chronicles the lives of two cousins who must work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.

“ATLANTA” premieres September 6 at 10/9c on FX. 

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Last Night in NYC: Angela Yee Hosts and Moderates WARCRAFT Screening & Q&A Session With Paula Patton

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ast night, June 9th, 2016 at AMC Loews located on 34th street,team SFPL attended a special advanced screening of action/adventure film WARCRAFT hosted by The Breakfast Club’s very own Angela Yee.

 

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Angela Yee who looked very FLY by the way, got things started as she introduced the film to the guest and gave a quick rundown about the film.
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Angela Yee introducing the film. Photo: Patrick Neree

Oh by the way if you want a close look at Angela’s Charlotte Olympia “Zena” shoes, don’t worry ladies we got you cause they are indeed FLY.

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Angela’s shoe game is mean. Photo: Patrick Neree

After the film, guests were told to remain in their seats because something special was indeed was going to happen. Angela Yee introduced Paula Patton who plays Garona in the film, a half-human, half-orc whom is very popular in the video game and plays a pivotal role in the WARCRAFT universe.

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Paula was very excited to talk to the attendees and eager to know if they enjoyed the film and her performance. Much to her delight many of the guests who were all fans of the video game gave her their seal of approval.

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Angela Yee and Paula Patton during Q&A session. Photo: Patrick Neree
Paul took time to answer questions from Angela and even fielded questions from the guest. Things got a bit emotional for Paula when she talked about the work she put into the film all the while dealing with certain situations in her life.

You can tell she put her all into this project and to hear the approval  of her performance after seeing the final product meant the world to her.

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We definitely enjoyed the movie and listening to Patton talk about her experience making the film and definitely felt her excitement for the movies upcoming release.
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Angela Yee and Paula Patton Photo: Patrick Neree

Stay tuned for our review of WARCRAFT which is in theaters tomorrow!

 

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Nas, Malik Yoba, Omari Hardwick, Angela Yee & more Celebrate the Italia Independent x Ghostbusters Eyewear Collection

 

Lifestyle brand, Italia Independent, celebrated its collaboration with Hip Hop icon Nas and Sony Music, in honor of the Ghostbusters movie, at the brand’s New York boutique in Soho at 85 Mercer Street.

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Thirty years after ‘Ghostbusters’ took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. To commemorate its highly anticipated release, Italia Independent and Nas curated a special capsule of eight models of sunglasses inspired by the film’s notable characters.

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The limited-edition Italia Independent x Ghostbusters collection includes iconic and oversize frames, as well as classic shapes with movie-inspired digital printed patterns. The collection will be sold at Italia Independent boutiques, on the brand’s e-commerce platform italiaindependent.com, at the online store hypebeast.com and at select retail partners including Ron Herman in Los Angeles and colette in Paris.

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During the event, Nas discussed his experience collaborating with Italia Independent. In his remarks he stated:

“Ghostbusters was one of my favorite childhood movies, and it was important to me to partner with a brand like Italia Independent for this collaboration because they understand style and culture. I wanted to design a collection that speaks to the nostalgia of that era while keeping it fresh fun, sleek and wearable.”

 

Celebrity guests and VIP’s including Omari Hardwick, Angela Yee, Malik Yoba, Wendell Pierce, Claira Sulmers and more shopped and mingled with the hip hop icon, while enjoying cocktails provided by Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Independent Prosecco and Peroni Beer. Other guests on deck were Jackson Harris (Singer), Sammy Adams (Singer) and Mike Hunter (NY Giants), plus more.

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Birdman Drops New Song “Respek”

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Just when you thought it stopped at the t-shirts….Nope! Birdman now drops a new song carrying the same trending title “Respek.”

In case you were under a rock, the popular saying comes from his recent interview/visit at Power 105.1‘s The Breakfast Club. Although, the conversation lasted for about two seconds, Birdman acknowledge how feels like he isn’t “Respek-ed” on the station from all “tree” members of the morning show: Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy.

Soon after, the video went viral and social media went into frenzy with the hilarious slogan(s). Days later, the Cash Money mogul created t-shirts and immediately started selling them online.

Now, he drops a song addressing the altercation, again in his own words.

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BirdMan’s Fashion Line “Respek”

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Well it looks like Birdman is trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents. While social media is clowning him, only thing on his mind is money. The Cash Money head honcho released a Respek clothing line featuring his hilarious lines from his recent interview with The Breakfast Club. Capitalization at its best!

Bird man posted three of his new items on Instagram. Respeck T- shirts are $30 while the hoodies are $50. Cop you one if feeling like people need to “put some respeck on your name.”

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If you did not hear the interview, you definitely missed out on a good laugh. But it’s cool, we got you covered. Here’s a recap:

Birdman was echoing the legend Aretha Franklin in his latest interview with The Breakfast Club. The Cash Money CEO demanded some “Respeck” be put on his name. He made Breakfast Club history as he gave them the shortest interview ever. The barely three minute long interview began rather abruptly with Birdman cursing everyone out…Yes, including Angela Yee.

“I want to start this thing off straight telling all tree (three) of y’all stop playing with my name. Stop playing with my f**king name” he yelled.

Apparently, Birdman did not go to talk business, he had more than a few things to get off his chest.

“N***a, when my name come up, respeck it. Stop playing with my f*cking name. I ain’t gonna say it no mo’.”

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While Angela Yee and DJ Envy looked dumbfounded by his shocking introduction, Charlamagne Tha God came to their defense. The two exchanged words back and forth as Charlamagne tried to get to the root of the problem.

Maybe he is the problem…Birdman threw some non flattering statements Charlamagne’s way.

“I wanted to see you. I wanted to talk to you as a man to your face. I knew a few places you was at. I could’ve pulled up, but I thought that was gangsta. I wanted to come look you in your face like a man and tell you how I feel.”

The Uncommon Sense host fired back by undermining Birdman’s gangsta. He questioned why the rap mogul was pressing him instead of Trick Daddy or Rick Ross, who clearly have beef with him.

“Why come for the radio guy” Charlamagne said.

Birdman left with his posse of 7 men. In a follow up interview, DJ Envy said he chopped it up with Birdman privately and he apologized for his outburst. I think it’s safe to say Birdman is no longer welcomed at TBC again.

 

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At the end of it all, Charlamagne did support the “Respek” movement by rocking the tee.

You gotta love C Tha God! Lol!

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The Word: Kevin Hart Chats With The Breakfast Club Discusses Upcoming Standup Special And Other Projects

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Kevin Hart stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club ahead of the release of his latest movie Ride Along 2, which hits theaters this Friday. The funny man discussed and shared his thoughts on Drake vs. Meek, his deal with Nike, his upcoming nuptials, new projects, his fashion faux pax while in Miami with Fabolous, and a slew of other things.

Hart’s friendship with both Drake in Meek Mill is well known, but rather then get caught up in the feud between his two pals the comedian’s chosen to remain neutral, and serve as a source of positivity.

“Here’s my take on the situation, and you know I’ve had conversations with both of them in the past. First and foremost it’s music. So nobody is going to be against a good back and forth between two musicians. I don’t mind that. You stay out of that as long as it doesn’t get stupid, and I’m glad that it didn’t get stupid. It didn’t get physical. But it’s about your music so ultimately, you should never lose sight of your music.”

Hart also shared the advice he gave to fellow Philly native Meek Mill.  

“At the end of the day, dude you’re Meek Mill now. You may not understand what that means, but other people do. That name holds a certain level of respect in a lot of different places. People support what you’ve built, people buy your albums. Get back to doing what you do in the studio, let that go. Drake is Drake. This can’t last that long, and go back and forth that’s not what you guys are about. That’s where I come in as a friend.”

It is no secret that the actor and comedian is extremely passionate about fitness, and overall maintaining a healthy lifestyle. From his #runwithhart movement with Nike that encourages fans across the country to join him on a 5k run, to his recent Nike sponsored high-intensity training camp in New York City, a sneaker with the prolific brand was bound to be in the works.

That day is closer than you think, the sneaker collaboration between Hart and Nike dubbed the ‘Hustle Harts’ is due out in April. The sneaker will be available in two colorways red and blue; which Hart revealed in the interview represent his son and daughter’s favorite colors. Hart also shared other details regarding his foray into sneaker design.

“It’s not a sneaker for fashion. I have a cross training sneaker. This is the first sneaker that’s basically built for everything. I run, jump, cut, I do lifting, I do it all. I got a sneaker that basically serves every purpose that I need in my workout realm. Listen, it’s a good shoe. “

The Philly native is more than happy about his partnership with the Nike brand.

“I personally think that my relationship with Nike is amazing. I’m with a company that understands my feeling, about bridging the gap between professional athlete and average individual that doesn’t understand that there’s an athlete in them.”

The family man also opened up about his fiancée Eniko Parrish and their upcoming nuptials. Hart refers to her as his rib and went on to explain that the bible term, is representative of something you cannot live without. Hart even went as far as to admit that he made plenty of mistakes in his first marriage, and that the then 22 year-old wasn’t ready to be married. However, now at 36 years-old he’s wiser and better understands what a successful marriage entails. He’s looking forward to his wedding now that he’s found a “good one” in Parrish and is excited about his son being his best man.

Being a comedian means Hart always has a joke up his sleeves, but he isn’t the only one packing comedic punches among his group of friends. While in Miami with friend Fabolous, Fab was the one who had jokes.

“Fab is the funniest guy. We were in Miami and I came out. I had some sweatpants on, I forgot what kind of sweatpants they are, but I really thought it was a good look. They didn’t go all the way down like they stopped at the bottom of my calf. So I come out, and he just gets back in his car. I’m like “yo, what chu doing? I thought you was coming in?” And he says, “Not like this.” “What chu talking about?” You gotta do something, I’m not going anywhere with you in those pants. It’s not a good look for us.” He made me go upstairs and change my pants.”

When Charlamagne Tha God asked him if he did in fact change he answered,

“Yes! I don’t care how secure you are, you can can only fight it a little bit. I’ve only been insecure twice with my clothes, that moment and that leather shirt. I thought I was going to shut down the gram.”

Hart did indeed shut down Instagram, but not in the way he expected. Drake, Meek, and a few comedians clowned him for his fashion choice. Hart does wish he would have posted the picture before the tapping of his show that night, so he could have at least had the chance to change; but now the fashion faux pas is immortalized forever.

There’s no denying that Hart is a star with his hands in television, comedy, and film. However, the actor and comedian rather focus on building his empire than getting caught up in his own hype.

“Opportunities are getting bigger and better; but the scaring thing is keeping that realistic point of view that at anytime it could be taken away. So you take it for what it is. This is great and I’m going to do anything and everything right now and set myself up long term. That’s where the business comes in show business. You have to be smart. That’s why I set myself up as a mogul. That’s why I’m producing, writing, [and] directing. That’s why I’m funding projects. That’s why I’m eping (executive producing) certain things. That’s why the tour branches off into me producing specials for other comedians. I’m setting up the brand for the brand to last regardless of my, you know longevity. Granted I plan on being here for a long time, but who knows.”

You can check out Kevin Hart’s full interview on The Breakfast Club below. Hart’s movie Ride Along 2 also starring Ice Cube and Olivia Munn opens in theaters January 15th.

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Trick Daddy Speaks On The Rap Game: “4 out of 5 New Artists Sound Like Future” [Video]

Trick Daddy is back! Representing the city of Miami, the veteran southern rapper keeps it all the way trill touching on subjects of; music, sex, waist trainers, instagram and rap names, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Vivica Fox, East vs. West coast, family and so much more.

A few quotes from Trick Daddy Dollars:

The Rap names are worse than some of these instagram names.

The last couple of years, I was not interested in doing music, I didn’t care nothing about music because I saw where it was going, I hated it.

About allegedly being an “old bitter rapper” based off the interview:

See one thing about it, you have to live to get old. I don’t do nothing I can’t do. I stay in my lane and I do what I can do. I don’t consider myself a rapper, and yes i’m getting old. I thank God I can get old. My oldest child is 20, my next child is 14 — if I can live to see them get grown and see my grandchildren, then i’ve done enough for the world. The truth ain’t gon’ never be fake, and the lie ain’t gon’ never be the truth.

There’s so many gems that we would be literally typing ALL DAY. You gotta watch this FULL interview below: