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Fly Interview: Le’Andria Johnson Talks New Album (Out Today!) & more

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Le’Andria Johnson recently stopped by SFPL TV to discuss her new project Bigger Than Me which is available on all music streaming platforms today, plus more!

Fun fact: Le’Andria also told us that she has so much love for Tupac Shakur as his lyrics and truthfulness inspired her in the early years while growing up.

Check out the full interview above.

Download ‘Bigger Than Me’ on iTunes HERE.

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Music

New Video: AR-Ab feat. Velous – “No Smoke” (Directed By Benny Boom)

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Today, with a sizable amount of momentum, rapper ARAb looks to take things up several notches with the new official music video for his single “No Smoke.” Having already premiered via BET Jams, the track features Grammy-nominated producer Velous (Kanye West, J. Cole) and finds the pair contrasting street-edged rhymes with a bouncy hook. Directed by fellow Philadelphia native Benny Boom, the man behind the much-hyped Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me, the visual brings out refined aesthetic to Philly’s grittiness. Be on the lookout for AR-Ab’s forthcoming project titled Road To Glory, which is slated for release later this year via OBH Records/Sony Red
Having been a mainstay in the Philadelphia rap scene for some years, AR-Ab is no stranger to getting things via the road less traveled. Serving as a founding member of the OBH collective, Ab was thrust into the mainstream consciousness when he was famously name dropped on Drake’s on seminal “Back To Back.” After a short-lived affiliation Birdman’s Cash Money Records, Ab take matters into his own hands, releasing the first installment of his mixtape series titled “The Protocol. Vol.1.” 
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Entertainment

Watch: The New Official Trailer For The Tupac Biopic ‘ALL EYEZ ON ME’

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Today, the official trailer for the Tupac Biopic ALL EYEZ ON ME has been released and you can view it right here at SFPL! The film is set to hit theaters on June 16, 2017. The biopic will also be closing out this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on June 17.

Directed by Benny Boom, the story stars Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira and Demetrius Shipp Jr. as “Tupac Shakur”, and produced by L.T. Hutton, David Robinson and James G. Robinson.

About the biopic:

‘ALL EYEZ ON ME’ tells the true and untold story o a prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics, and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.

Follow All Eyez On Me on Social Media:

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

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Entertainment

Watch: Sway Remembers TuPac 20 Years After His Passing [Video]

This week marked the 20th anniversary of the untimely passing of hip-hop culture icon TuPac Shakur. In the video below, radio host Sway Calloway, who did one of the final interviews with TuPac remembers the day Pac passed and talks his struggle with not being able to listen to his final interview with the legendary rapper.

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The Daily Word

Jada Pinkett-Smith Pens Open Letter To Afeni Shakur

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In the midst of Afeni Shakur‘s sudden passing, friend of the family and Tupac‘s childhood best-friend, Jada Pinkett-Smith pens an open letter paying her respects to the Black Panther activist and Philanthropist.

Check out below, as she pays tribute to who the world called their ‘Hero.’ She was definitely a strong woman.

Today I woke up to the news that Afeni had passed. My first thought was of Sekyiwa and the entire clan that loved Afeni. Then I remembered that I was in NY to attend a Mother’s Day event named after a song written about Afeni, Dear Mama. My heart tightened and then all kinds of memories flooded in. I quickly remembered how calm Afeni was especially during any crisis. She always had a way of making me believe all would be well. But my fondest memories of Afeni was spending time with her at Jamine Guy’s house as Jasmine was writing Afeni’s book. Tupac had passed, and now I was a business woman, wife, and a mother and we could talk real and I mean really real. I got to see where Pac got his passion, his ideals for equality and justice but most of all his depth of thinking. Afeni was a giant in her own right. Today she is reunited with her son and Sekyiwa has two majestic angels to look after her. One for each shoulder. Rest in peace Afeni, and give Pac a hug and a kiss from me.

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R.I.P to the great Afeni Shakur. Our prayers are with Jada and the Friends & Family of Afeni.

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FLY NEWS

Fly News: ANGIE MARTINEZ TO RELEASE FIRST MEMOIR ‘MY VOICE’ IN MAY 2016

 

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Radio Icon and multimedia personality Angie Martinez will release her first memoir, entitled MY VOICE this coming May through Celebra, an imprint of Penguin Random House. For the first time, Angie will detail her story, which includes an empowering account of her climb to become a multimedia icon in the world of entertainment universally known as “The Voice of New York.”

In ‘MY VOICE’ Angie shares her personal recollections. From her roots in Washington Heights to her formative years being raised by a single mom in Brooklyn, she quickly found her calling while answering phones at Hot 97 as a teenager. After getting her first shot behind the mic at Hot 97, she burst on the scene as a young female jock whose on-air “Battle of the Beats” not only broke records but also became a proving ground for emerging artists like a young JAY Z, she quickly became known for intimate conversations with artists such as her interview with the late Tupac Shakur in Los Angeles. His last no-holds-barred interview has never been discussed in detail– until now.

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Angie Martinez also reveals the reason behind her highly publicized departure from Hot 97 to her current home at Power 105.1, where she is host of her consistently rated #1 iHeartRadio afternoon show The Angie Martinez Show. She discloses intimate details behind some of her most notable and compelling interviews, whether it’s mediating feuds between artists or delving into the most controversial issues in hip-hop and pop culture. Her on-air talks range from conversations with key political figures including President Barack Obama to major music icons and movie stars.

‘MY VOICE’ will be available May 17, 2016 at all bookstores and digital retailers.

Pre-order available now HERE.

Also, be sure to check out her exclusive interview with PEOPLE.com HERE.

Photos Courtesy of RocNation for SFPL

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Entertainment Music

Fly Music Exclusive: Jermaine Riley – ‘#BAE’

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If your boo’d-up this holiday season then this may be the right tune for you and yours!

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Fly FREE Mixtape: Presice – ‘Love People But Hate Crowds’

Presice‘s highly anticipated mixtape I Love People But Hate Crowds is finally here! 21 tracks of amazing lyricism, honesty, reflection, regret and reward. It’s for the people by the people with the hopes to push back conformity and crowd mentality. This project is about finding oneself and standing firm as an individual.