Icon Talks Honors Fabolous at Historic Borough Hall

On Thursday March 9th, Brooklyn’s prestigious Borough Hall stood illuminated in a glow of purple, red, and green as various influencers and artists gathered to witness Icon Talks honor a true hip-hop legend: entertainment mogul and philanthropist John David Jackson, better known as F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S.

Taking place on the 20th Anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely death, a fitting tribute to a fellow Brooklyn emcee and as it was later revealed an intentional choice by Fab; the night perfectly embodied the style and essence we’ve come to expect from Jackson.

Sponsored by Porsche, the evening began with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception in the historic landmarks grand rectangular rotunda beautifully anchored by marble staircases on opposite sides. Guests included Rotimi, Wale, Doug E. Fresh, Ryan Leslie, Lenny S, Tahiry Jose, DJ Vlad, DJ Clue, DJ Self, Rob Markman, Mysonne, Grady Spivey, and The Source Magazine’s Londell McMillan.

The second half of the night took place in the majestic Grand Courtroom. Leslie paid tribute to his longtime friend with a few words. Touching on Jackson’s ability to remain humble amidst all of his success and offering a brief reminder of Loso’s most recent musical hits, he went on to thank him for “allowing me to be part of the soundtrack of New York City.”

Surrounded by ornate gold and white details under a regal and magnificent white chandelier; the perfect backdrop for this intimate conversation, we get to know Jackson a man from humble beginnings and Fabolous the slick talker with a lucrative 16-year career. Led by Icon Talks co-founder John Burns, Fabolous provided a view into his life sharing the keys behind his success and philanthropic endeavours.

Born in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fab recalled growing up in the Breevort Houses looking at his environment and deciding that he wanted more for himself. With that mindset he went on to reach incredible heights of success, which he credits to making the most of the opportunities he was given.

On the differences between John and Fabolous

Fab is an alter ego of John. It’s like when Clark Kent goes in the booth and turns into Superman. Still the same guy just one has more flash.

On how to measure success: 

Success can be measured in so many ways. You can achieve success within yourself. Success is anything you put forward to do and that you achieve. There’s different levels and different ways of achieving and acknowledging success. I was given opportunities and those opportunities are successes.

On the importance of empowering young people who might doubt their potential:

Stay determined. You may not get it the first shot. Everything is microwaved. There are those with overnight success; but for most, you will not be overnight successes. Stay determined. If it didn’t work this way let’s try another way. My plan B is another way to make my plan A work. We are going to get plan A.

On his foundation A Fabolous Way: 

A Fabolous Way was created because I wanted to help inner city kids. I was once an inner city kid looking for things to do. It’s easy to find trouble. When you give [kids] the opportunity they can do so much more and keep away from trouble. Give them opportunities outside of just sitting around doing nothing or worse. Opportunity is golden. Someone gave you an opportunity to even be in this room today. There are a lot of talented people who don’t have the opportunity to show their talent. Kids come up to me and sometimes I may listen to them spit and that may inspire them. Giving kids opportunities are priceless.

On when he recognized his potential: 

I thought I was pretty good. I can’t say I knew my full potential. When I went to meet DJ Clue I thought I was just going in to say what’s up. I wasn’t enthused but when I got there Clue says, “We gonna go on commercial break and when we get back my boy is going to rap for you”. I thought I was just going to shake his hand. Back to the idea of opportunities. I looked at it as I have to do the most with this and give it my all and whatever happens from there just leave it to God.

On what Biggie meant to him:

He’s our hero. We seen Biggie come up. It’s the story of where you see a guy come from the mud and become a star and it’s like you right there along with him. B.I.G. always represented Brooklyn and shared everything he ever achieved with Brooklyn. He was our hometown hero. Losing him so soon we didn’t see what he would have blossomed into, and that’s one of the most disappointing parts about losing him.

On what he hopes he’s best remembered for: 

I hope [I’m remembered] as somebody who made the most of an opportunity. I was a kid who was observant and looked around to see what was in the world and my world was a 4 block radius in a housing project, but I knew there was more. I said I wanted to do more than this and when opportunities came to do that I took them. One opportunity can lead to the next one.

In the spirit of the evening three Brooklyn 12th graders who were identified by their teachers and community leaders as future icons of tomorrow were awarded the Icon Scholarship.

At the end of the talk Sharon Carpenter and fellow Icon Talks founder, John Hartsfield presented Jackson with the Icon Award.

The night culminated with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presenting Fabolous with the Key to Brooklyn and Proclamation for his contributions to the community.

The previous night at the Icon Talks dinner longtime friend and collaborator Swizz Beatz had this to say about the 39-year-old father,

“Congratulations to my brother Fab for being the secret weapon. I call him the secret weapon. He’s the secret weapon for fashion, the secret weapon for music, the secret weapon for creativity, he’s the secret weapon behind a lot of artists doing what they do today.”

Swizz concluded,

“We gotta get this new album out. No more mixtapes.”

Congratulations to Fabolous on receiving the Icon Award, Key to Brooklyn, and Proclamation. We salute you for your continued commitment to supporting underprivileged youth.

We’ll be on the lookout for the new album. In the meantime, take a peek at the Icon Talks Dinner held at Manhattan Motorcars.

About Icon Talks:

Icon Talks is an intimate discussion with icons from various walks of life, from music moguls to professional athletes, CEO’s, actors, and activists. The conversations will explore their path to success and provide a platform to engage, entertain and inspire.

Founded by John Burns and John Hartfield on the principle that an icon is someone who inspires not only through their innate talents, but someone who manifests their purpose and passion in how they live their life and touch the lives of others. With that mantra as our driving force, we identify and work with the icons who are not only celebrated in their own profession, but who are passionate about inspiring others through their triumph, determination, and good will.

Icon Talks directly funds and benefits nonprofit, Icon to Ican. Icon to Ican is a charitable organization offering a multitude of youth development programs for disadvantaged and/ or disabled children. Icon to Ican provides mentorship and developmental opportunities for kids from the distressed areas; offering inspiration that they CAN overcome barriers and also come become an ICON.


Angie Martinez Celebrates The Launch of New Book ‘My Voice’ with Adrienne Bailon, Victor Cruz, Fat Joe, Estelle, Emily B & more


Multi-media personality Angie Martinez hosted a launch party last night in New York City to celebrate the launch of her new book My Voice. The event featured music from DJ SUSS ONE and guests enjoyed specialty D’USSE Cognac cocktails throughout the evening. Guests were treated to a early preview of the audiobook version of  “My Voice” on PRYMA Headphones.

Available now through Celebra/Penguin Books, ‘My Voice’ features Angie Martinez candidly recounting the story of her rise to become an internationally celebrated hip-hop radio icon.

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Attendees included: Adrienne Bailon, Fat Joe, Victor Cruz, Estelle, DJ Clue, Emily B, Miss Info, Laura Stylez, Ebro Darden, DJ D-Nice, Legendary Damon and much more.

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Last Night In NYC: FABOLOUS’ 90’S PLATINUM PARTY BIRTHDAY with Diddy, Lil’ Mo, Faith Evans, 112, Ty Dolla $ign, Swizz Beatz & more


Last Night In NYCFabolous celebrated his birthday on this past Tuesday, November 18th in NYC with a star studded 90’s Platinum Party produced by The Vanity Group and sponsored by Royal Elite Vodka, DUSSE & Moet Chandon Nectar Rose.

The event featured music by DJ DNice, DJ SNS & DJ Boof as well as performances by Diddy, Swizz Beatz, Faith Evans, 112, Case, R.L., Horace Brown, Lil’ Mo, Ty Dolla $ign and The Dream.

Other attendees included Angela Simmons, Vashtie, Joe, DJ Clue, Misa Hylton, Justine Skye, Mack Wilds, A$AP Ferg, Emily B. and more!

Photo Credit: J Martin Visuals & Jerrit Clark/Getty Images

Peep the FULL gallery below:

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SFPL Music: DJ Clue & Rick Ross – “Get Mone” (BBB Freestyle)


The legendary Mixtape King, DJ Clue joins forces with Miami’s own Rick Ross to delve into Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Get Money,” newly named as the BBB (Black Bottle Boys) Freestyle.

Check it out below:

Rick Ross’ Black Market drops Dec. 4th.

Photo Credit: USA Today/Bluntiq

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Listen: Justine Skye, Chedda Da Connect + DJ Clue, King Los, De La Soul + Nas, Troy Ave [Fly Music]


Check out new music from your favorite artists after the jump….

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Last Night in NYC: L.A. Reid, DJ Clue and More Attend Yo Gotti’s ‘I Am’ Listening Session

Last Night in NYC the King of Memphis Yo Gotti hit NYC’s legendary Jungle City Studios. Gotti previewed his forthcoming album ‘I Am‘ to a packed house which included the likes of  DJ Clue, DJ Self, and Epic Records ceo and chairmen L.A. Reid. Yo Gotti recently took his CMJ imprint over to Epic Records. Attendees enjoyed cocktails provided by Ciroc while they listened to Yo Gotti’s new album. Standout tracks of the night on the album “Cold Blood” featuring J.Cole “F.U.” “King Shit” featuring T.I. and lead single “Act Right” feat Young Jeezy and  YG.  Guests were also treated to gift bags from luxurious headwear company Flat Fitty. Checkout more photos from the night below.

Yo Gotti enters the building.

The sponsors for the night.

L.A. Reid was in the building.

Shoutout to DJ Clue.

Yo Gotti talking about his new album ‘I Am’.

Yo Gotti and L.A. Reid

Congrats to Yo Gotti on the new album. ‘I Am’ is officially in stores in November 19th, it’s definitely a very solid project.

Shoutout: Epic Records, CMJ, Ciroc and Flat Fitty

Photos Courtesy of SFPL’s own: Bernard Beanz Smalls 

Stay Fly!


DJ Clue ft. Future Hendrix, Nicki Minaj, French Montana & Juelz Santana – “Rich Friday”

Produced by #TheTurnUpTeam, DJ Clue is back in the forefront with a new major collabo entitled “Rich Friday”, which features; Future Hendrix, Nicki Minaj, French Montana & Juelz Santana. Peep the new tune below…

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FLY Events: McDonald’s Honors Black Media Legends and Trailblazers At The Plaza Hotel For The Faces of Black History Awards Ceremony.


Friday February 1st SFPL was in attendance as McDonald’s kicked off Black History Month with its annual event honoring the achievements of Black Media  Legends and Trailblazers. The event was hosted by past honorees Brenda Blackmon of (My9 WWOR-TV),Elsie Finch (Meteorologist, CBS2 News) and Mike Woods (Fox 5 Weather Anchor).  This years list of honorees included  DJ Clue (Power 105.1),Jay Dow (WPIX-TV/PIX11), Edward Harris (WNYW/WWOR), Don Lemon( CNN),Deon Levingston (WBLS/WLIB),Errol Louis (NY1),J.L. Mitchell (WNYW-TV), Robert F.Moore (New York Daily News), Fatiyn Muhammad (WBLS), John Noel (WNBC), Troy Roberts (CBS News), Sue Simmons (WNBC), Walter Smith (New York Beacon & Philadelphia Observer),Joy-Ann Reid ( Pat Stevenson (Harlem News), Saundra Thomas (WABC-TV) and Earl VanDyke Toliver (WNYW Fox 5). The Awards Ceremony also served as the unveiling of the 2013 Faces of Black History Poster featuring the honorees. You can get the poster for free at your local McDonald’s restaurant.  It was honor to be surrounded by such legends in the media industry, meeting people I grew up watching on television and listening to on the radio was definitely an amazing experience. Checkout the photos from event below.

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[Last NIGHT In NYC] Trey Songz Album Release Party


Last night, R&B Crooner, Trey Songz celebrated the release of his fifth studio album, Chapter V, at Bagatelle in New York City.

The evening began with an intimate dinner of 50 of Trey’s friends and family.

Immediately following, DJ D-Nice took to the DJ booth and got the crowd going, premiering the Chapter V album for guests while they enjoyed GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir cocktails that were inspired by album tracks, including the Simply Amazing, Dive In and 2 Reasons.

Notables included; Kevin Liles, DJ D-Nice, Kenny Burns, Angie Martinez, Fabolous, Emily B, Adrienne Baillon, Rico Love, Tyson Beckford, Julissa Bermudez, DJ Clue, Irv Gotti, Angela Yee, Mashonda and JR Smith, just to name a few.

Friend of the Fly People, Stylist, Emily B was in the building on the arm of her boo, Fabolous.


Trey’s new album, Chapter V,  is available on iTunes NOW!

-Stay Fly!