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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.

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Wigs Come off In The Super Trailer For Season 7 of Love of Hip-Hop NY!

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Love and Hip-Hop NY is back for its seventh yes you heard right seventh season!  This season looks to pick up right where the drama left off last season. Yandy makes her triumphant and she is trying to make peace with her husband Mendeecees baby mama for the sake of the kids.

The creep squad composed of Rich Dollaz , Cisco Rosado, Peter Gunz and DJ Self are still together. Things  seem to get hectic between Self and Cisco over the contract of Mariahlynn.

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Our favorite from last season Cardi B also returns along with her sister Hennessy, yes you read that right her name is Hennessy.

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Cardi B is enjoying her newfound fame and has put her marriage plans with felon bae on hold. That doesn’t mean Cardi isn’t out here getting action. Cardi has a thing for her producer Swift Star . We know in the Love and Hip-Hop world no relationship comes without drama. Swift is shooting his shot at Cardi but he also has a girlfriend and she is not here for Cardi B at all.

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Cam’ron and Juju make an appearance in the trailer as well, it looks like though Cam is not an official cast member and took to Instagram to clarify that.

Newcomer to the LHHNY scene is Felicia “Snoop” Pearson from the hit HBO series The Wire. She looks to be battling some insecurity issues with her girlfriend after she watches a video with Snoop and our FLY gal Sofi Green hanging out.  Also new to the Love and Hip-Hop universe is Hot 97’s own DJ Drewski. It seems Yandy’s young protege Bianca has eyes from the blue-eyed record spinner bu his girlfriend has something to say about that.

Original cast member Kimbella returns to the Love and Hip-Hop franchise with her boo Juelz Sanatana. Juelz wants his girl to make things right with Yandy but is it too late for all of that?

Last not but not least Remy Ma and Papoose return for another season. Papoose is on a mission to knock up Remy and at the same time they have to mentor their two oldest kids whom also want to tackle the music industry.

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*Bonus* hit the next page to see the first 6 minutes of season 7 of Love and Hip-Hop NY.

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Last Night in NYC: Cassie, Mack Wilds, Tahiry Jose and More Attend Advance Screening of The Perfect Match!

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Last Night in NYC, team SFPL was invited to a special advance screening of the highly anticipated film The Perfect Match at AMC starring Terrence J,Cassie Ventura, Lauren London, Donald Faison, French Montana, Dascha Polanco and Robert Christopher Riley held at AMC’s Loews 34th street location.

Tastemakers, influencers and celebrities as well as the general public filled the theater to get an early look at the Billie Woodruff directed rom-com.

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The screening was hosted by Natasha Eubanks of the insanely popular entertainment blog THE YBF.com.

Notable guest in attendance were Power 105.1’s own DJ Self and DJ Suss One, Tahiry Jose, Mack Wilds, Claire Sulmers of the The Fashion Bomb Daily and beauty blogger Tiarra Monet and the star of the film Cassie Ventura.

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Following the screening attendees were treated to a Q&A session with Cassie moderated by Natasha. Fans asked her about making the intense love scenes with her co-star Terrence J, new music, and if they can look forward to seeing her in more movies.

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Cassie answered all questions thrown her way, she revealed that she is indeed working on a new film and new music.She also shared laughs with attendees including her family who watched the film with her for the first time and got to see her in action.

It was a FLY night indeed!

Peep more photos from the night in the gallery below and catch The Perfect Match in theaters nationwide tomorrow March 11th.

Photos: Patrick Neree/Bernard Beanz Smalls

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Fly Lights: Celebrity Photographer Calligrafist Curates The 366 Photo Series

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Visual artist & celebrity photographer Ismail Sayeed better known as Calligrafist has significantly been on the rise in his respected field. He recently created a photo series highlighting a slew of different artists, celebrities, and lifestyle influences that will continue through out the year of 2016. Show casing individuals of all walks of life and describing each experience via Instagram.

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The series platforms his work and draws in a diversified crowd who can potentially appreciate the motive of his artistry. Take a look at the most recent photos added to the collection. One, featuring SFPL‘s very own Rae Holliday! Let us know your thoughts below:

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Look out for more story lines and dope photo’s from The 366 Photo Series on Instagram:

@CalligrafistPhotography & his main page, @Calligrafist

-Stay Fly

Lisa Brittany

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On The Gram: Love And Hip Hop New York Sparks The Internet To Go Off With Memes

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Its official, when it comes to Ratchet TV Monday’s, the internet has no chill. Back at it again, from the new cast members to all the familiar faces, tonight’s episode sent the Gram on a meme frenzy! Here’s 15 of the most funniest posts we found after tonight’s show. Check it out 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.

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L.A. Reid was in the building.

Shoutout to DJ Clue.

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

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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!

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Last Night in NYC: Waka Flocka and Friends Live At B.B.Kings Sponsored By The Source Magazine

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Last Night on a very cold night in NYC Team SFPL was in the building as Waka Flocka hit the stage at the world-famous B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square NYC. He celebrated his hit single “No Hands” hitting triple platinum status and at the same time performing for a good cause as all proceeds of the show went to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Renowned hip-hop publication The Source Magazine sponsored the event while DJ Self and Team GWIN kept the crowd “Turnt Up” at all times. Waka wasn’t alone as he brought friends along to celebrate the occassion, Erick Sermon, Raekwon, Swizz Beatz, Maino and Wyclef all hit the stage and performed. Others in attendance were Scarface, Audra The Rapper and Chris Brown’s artist LoverBoy TJ .Checkout the rest of the pics from the night below.