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Brandy Norwood Covers Uptown Magazine and She Indeed Looks FLY!

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20 years in the game and still going strong!

The funky soul diva and Chicago star, Brandy Norwood delivers some good brown skin and high fashion on the June/July 2015 cover issue of Uptown Magazine. The photoshoot was shot at The Skylark right in the heart of NYC.

Soon to be hitting the BET screen starring in her very own sitcom, B-Rocka glams it up for the esteemed Harlem, New York based mag, wearing; Pony skin corset by The Blonds; Skirt by Cheng; Sandals by Prada; Rings by Mike Nekta and Leon Diamond; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs. 

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Back To The Future: Dress by Augustin Teboul; Lace bra by Victoria’s Secret; Earrings by Alexis Bittar; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs

In the cover story, Brandy speaks about her long-lived career, finding her purpose, what makes her happy, starring in the Broadway show CHICAGO, Whitney Houston and more.

Quotes from Brandy:

I don’t view myself as a celebrity. It’s all about the intention. It’s not about me. I thought that it was before. But, now I know that it is about other people. Who else could it be about?

I stepped into something that I was born to do and I didn’t know it. I walked on the stage and my entire life reawakened. It’s about making people feel good about themselves and helping people dream. The vain stuff, like the pictures I took for this magazine and being in shows, I love! But it is all just the polish. I’m not a celebrity. A star guides. There is a difference.


ZZ Top Corset by The Blonds; Crystal-banded boots by Giuseppe Zanotti Design; 14k gold fingernails by Erica Diggs
ZZ Top Corset by The Blonds; Crystal-banded boots by Giuseppe Zanotti Design; 14k gold fingernails by Erica Diggs

About Whitney Houston:

I think about her every day,” she admits. “She is everywhere. She is with me all the time. She’s always there. Whitney was the possibility of dreams coming true. I loved her. I loved her personality. I loved the way she danced. I loved her smile and her voice.


Pony skin corset by The Blonds; Skirt by Cheng; Sandals by Prada; Rings by Mike Nekta and Leon Diamond; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs.
Pony skin corset by The Blonds; Skirt by Cheng; Sandals by Prada; Rings by Mike Nekta and Leon Diamond; Gold fingernails by Erica Diggs.




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Last Night In NYC: Uptown Magazine & Dusse’ presents ‘Meet & Greet with Int’l Reggae Artist PRESSURE’


Known for his massive 2007 single-cut “Love & Affection,” reggae artist Pressure is back with more new music for 2015!



This week, the talented artist made his way over to Jay Z‘s very own 40/40 Club to celebrate the upcoming May 2015 release of his album Lovers Rock, intertwined with an official ‘Meet & Greet’ and ‘Listening Session’ for a few lucky fans and NYC’s top-tier press outlets; sponsored by D’usse CognacUptown Magazine, Marriott Resort Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pressure also holds the position as Ambassador for Travel & Tourism of the western island. Yes, this guy is doing big tings!


Even model Tyson Beckford was on-hand to celebrate with Pressure, pictured above, along with the artist’s publicist and Tyson’s best-friend, Trevor Julien!

SFPL‘s very own Rae & Gabriel sat down with Pressure to talk music, Lauryn Hill, fashion and more:

What has been up with you?

I just got back from a spiritual trip in Ethiopia and I released 2 albums last year “The Sound” and “African Redemption”. We are trying to get more music for the females, love songs. My first song was “Love and Affection and the females were really feeling that so we are working on more records for lovers.

You learned how to play trumpet at 9 years old but people are not interested in that today. What do you have to say to the youth today about music?

A lot of people see the money before the talent. I started playing trumpet, then the steel drums and then the drums. My dad was a drummer and I wanted to be just like him. I joined jazz bands and played for everyone but I didn’t do well in school so my mom sent me to live with my Uncle. My uncle he stopped me from playing instruments to focus more on my schoolwork, so I started writing. I listened to a lot of Sizzla and Capleton and I decided to write my own music. My friends started to love it so I begged my Uncle to let me go to the studio with my friends. He kept saying no. After I brought my grades up he allowed me to go to the studio. I recorded my first song called “Ghetto Youth”. I sent it to VI and everyone loved it! It made me want to go back home, so I moved back to VI and finished high school. Me and my friends had talent shows at school and people kept talking about us and how they loved our music. We went to the rival high school to perform but then we decided to put our talents together and perform as one. The seven of us put together a group and we opened shows for Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Sizzla. We were the talk of the town! I then decided to go solo and ended up working with a producer from Saint Croix and I got great reviews. Don Corleon heard my tracks and loved it. He called and the sent me 13 tracks. The first track ended up being “Love and Affection”. Women loved it! That song blew up and everyone wanted to hear more because they wanted to hear more about me and what I do.

How does fashion influence your music?

I’ve got to step it up cause its 2015, got to make dem gurls say yea! I like to stay clean and let the people know that we are nice and decent people and let them know that we can all get along!

Reggae has major backing since it has gotten to the US and is its own genre that you have contributed a lot to. How does it make you feel? 

I’m being myself in everything that I do. I like to try things and I’m not afraid to try if it’s going to being change and help me. Lyrically my background is in roots and culture. I love roots and musical inspiration. You will never hear me talk about doing “bad man” stuff cause I am not one, even I come from a “bad man” place. I choose to love women and give thanks to the Lord. Rastafari, roots and culture is my platform.  I am who I am and I’m unapologetic.

What are you bringing to the table that separates you from the ones before you?

Truth, happiness and fun. Music is supposed to inspire, as Lauryn Hill says. Music is about expression and I want to make people feel good. That’s what music is there for. Its supposed to raise your spirit. Its not about getting rich, its to inspire.

Are you and Lauryn Hill going to work together?

I would love that! That is my utmost favorite artist. She is untouchable. She is the female Bob Marley, unapologetic.

We are Stuff Fly People Like so what does fly mean to you?

Fly means get high, high above the sky. The sky is the limit, there are no limitations- FLY!

Congrats to Pressure!

-Stay Fly!

Photos by Bernard “Beanz” Smalls

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[Mag Cover] Jada Pinkett-Smith Covers Uptown Magazine

Jada Pinkett-Smith pairs up with Uptown Magazine for an awesome cover.

Entering the third season of her TNT series, Hawthorne, Jada talks family, career, sacrifice, and the future. Read on for snippets of the cover story and behind the scenes photos of Jada Pinkett Smith at Uptown Magazine.

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Fly-Lights: RHOA Cynthia Bailey’s and Peter Thomas Cover Essence…

This wedding of Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas will end this season of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” . All season long they’ve been battling over money, drama and Peter’s temper.

But it appears that they made it…

Cynthia wore a non-traditional stunning silver gown with a neck wrap and bow, while Peter looked dapper in his light gray tux. The photo appears in the current issue of ESSENCE, and more pics of the couple’s wedding will be on the site February 2nd.

BONUS: Cynthia is also on the cover of UPTOWN Weddings and Travel MAGAZINE wearing a beautiful wedding dress.



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The FLY Guy Jamie Foxx covers UPTOWN Mag! Jamie is really bringing his fashion game up to part I see, with a little help of course.

Not bad Jamie!