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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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Last Night In NYC: SALT-N-PEPA HONORED AT ASCAP 7TH ANNUAL “WOMEN BEHIND THE MUSIC” SERIES

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Last Night In NYC…The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted their 7th Annual ‘Women Behind The Music’ series at the Meat Packing District’s swanky nightlife spot, Subrosa.

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This years one-city series, which encourages and recognizes women in the music community, honored the trailblazing and GRAMMY® Award-Winning rap group, Salt-N-Pepa, for their 30-year career and accomplishments within the music business.

During their interview, Salt spoke on how they received recognition back in there hip-hop beginnings:

Do the 80’s Babies agree? The music royalty duo gave out a few gems of wisdom about the music business as well. It was definitely a treat. To add, Salt-N-Pepa also revealed that they didn’t get a “thumbs up” from music mogul and entrepreneur, Russell Simmons early on in their career. It was more of a “thumbs down” from Simmons, as he thought the ladies would fail from the jump. Guess they proved him wrong! 30 years strong!

The evening featured musical sounds by DJ Quiana Parks and a special performance of hit single “Shoop”by Salt-N-Pepa themselves.

It was such an honor to see this up close and personal!

 

ASCAPs EVP Membership John Titta and VP Membership, Rhythm & Soul Nicole George-Middleton were also in attendance and presented Salt-N-Pepa with honorary plaques for their monumental contributions to the music community.

The intimate evening offered sponsored pours of BelAire Rose.

Photos by Gabriel Williams (of SFPL) 

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Last Night In NYC: Va$htie, DJ D-Nice, The Rawyals, Bizzy Crook & more invade Intermixx Marketing Group’s #BrunchnBeats Summer Finale

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If you weren’t doing anything this Labor Day in NYC, you lost in a MAJOR WAY!

Intermixx Marketing Group hosted their final #BrunchnBeats party at La Marina in NYC and it was the best imaginable way to end the summer.

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With plenty of Premium Ciroc Vodka flowing for the beachy and elegant La Marina, Va$htie, DJ D-Nice, Quiana Parks, DJ Juss, DJ First Choice and DJ Desim spun a mix of EDM, Trap, and Hip-Hop for most of the afternoon to keep the dance floor packed. With over 900 beautiful guest in attendance #BrunchnBeats has once again lived up to the hype for 2 straight summers as they completely shut down the ultimate hotspot, that is La Marina.

The highlight of the night had to be with the special performance by R&B girl group the Rawyals and fresh from the Budweiser‘s Made in America Festival Miami native hip-hop artist Bizzy Crook.

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Sponsors on deck were: Nick Storm and the Ciroc Team, MyFreeConcert, Barrington Bennett and the #BeTheBetter movement, Red Bull and La Marina NYC.

Check out the video recap above and some pictures from the event below:

Pictures & Video: Jamaal DeVore aka The Don Like Cheadle of Intermixx Marketing Group

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Last Night In NYC: DJ Quiana Parks & Puma Launch DJ FOR A CURE Gallery With Guests Luke James, Ty Hunter, DJ D-Nice, DJ Kiss, DJ KalKutta, DJ MOS & More!

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DJ Quiana Parks and Contemporary Lifestyle & Sports brand, Puma, launched their first annual DJ For A Cure Gallery Presentation recently in NYC. In partnership with The Leukemia Lymphoma Society, DJ For A Cure aimed and succeeded to raise awareness around the seriousness of blood type cancers.