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Count it All Up: Mississippi Indie Artist Counts all of His Blessings in New Single ‘I Needa Bag’

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Kelo ‘Countitup’ is an independent artist from Mississippi who has a passion for the music world.  He started his music career after losing loved ones to gun violence and cancer.  Kelo got bit by the music bug by the age of ten where he began creating music.  It wasn’t before long that him and his brother invested in a studio  where he created his first three series underground mix tape.  His new single ‘I Needa Bag’ is based off of struggles and his rise to success. 

TRGB MEDIA: I WAS READING YOUR BIO AND SAW THAT YOU STARTED YOUR MUSIC CAREER AFTER LOSING LOVED ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE AND CANCER.

KELO: When I was six, my uncle got murdered by his fiancé.  It’s crazy because every time I see them they are smiling and in love.  You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Me and my little brother used to play on this teddy bear that my grandma got us for Christmas.  It was a hip hop teddy bear and when you squeeze it, it records up to 30 seconds.  We would go back in forth playing rapping not thinking what was going to come out behind all of it.

TRGB MEDIA: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS MUSIC INDUSTRY?

KELO: I have been recording music professionally for twelve years.  But when it comes down to major platforms, this is my first year.  I’m a newbie when it comes down to the world-wide.

TRGB MEDIA: WITH YOUR NEW SINGLE, ‘I NEEDA BAG,’ WILL THAT BE APART OF AN EP OR ALBUM?

KELO: I just can’t talk too much about what I’m going to put on the EP because I haven’t really set a title for it yet.  I want to go hard and give them all new music; like when I drop my EP, I don’t want nothing old on it.

TRGB MEDIA: DO YOU THINK THE MUSIC IN TODAY’S GENERATION IS GETTING BETTER OR WORSE AS FAR AS LYRICS, SOUNDS AND BEATS?

KELO: I like the new vibe, but I’m stuck on old school.  Some old school just depends on the artist.  I can listen to 2-PAC all day and Snoop Dogg.  The wave wasn’t the trend back then. I even listen to blues and gospel; I’m all over the place.

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR MUSIC AND OTHERS?

KELO: When you get through listening to my music, it’s all positive vibes.  Majority of my music is motivation.

TRGB MEDIA: AS FAR AS DEFINING MUSIC, WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?

KELO: Music means everything.  Music helped me through a lot of stuff.  I don’t know how I got through a lot of stuff without music. It is like air, you got to have it!

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND ‘I NEEDA BAG’?

KELO: Man the song speaks for itself.  When the music started getting professional and real things started going on, and real opportunities started opening up, like a lot of financial problems starts hitting.  That’s definitely my motivation.  I started perfecting my craft and pushing my brand.  I sold three tracks back to back less than two weeks.

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TRGB MEDIA: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED SO FAR?

KELO: Number one, instrumental.  You don’t want to know what it costs to get the instrumental rights, putting the right studio to go to and making sure you got a good engineer; you need a good engineer and whoever you got promoting your music, make sure they are legit because there are a lot of scams going around.  You don’t want to loose money as an independent artist.

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR 2019?

KELO: I expect to do at least two features with a celebrity; somebody in the industry.  I plan to have my own tour going on, my EP dropping at the end of the year, that’s going to go crazy, I’m going to have a celebrity on that and I expect to go overseas by the end of the year.

TRGB MEDIA: ARE YOU PLANNING ON DOING ANY EVENTS WHEN YOUR PROJECT DROPS IN MISSISSIPPI?

KELO: I plan on doing a tour, but I don’t have a date yet.  Also I will be doing a release party real soon.

TRGB MEDIA: WHAT’S NEXT FOR KELO?

KELO: First I’m dropping my video, ‘I Needa Bag,’ I got this new single called ‘Shot’  It has a little thug title of the song, but that’s not the concept. The concept of the song is you miss all the shots you don’t take.

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Virginia Native and Music Artist Taz Releases New EP ‘Mentally Ill’

It’s officially out! Hampton, VA native, Taz has just dropped her new EP called ‘Mentally Ill”.  The short album has seven songs you do not want to skip! With her unique barz that tells a story of her depression and dealing with anxiety, it is more than an EP.  This teaches others about mental health and how it affects those living with it.

“This is the best project I’ve ever made and I’m excited to share it with the world, this is the most vulnerable and transparent I’ve been” stated Taz”

You can download the new EP wherever music is streaming and you can also download on Apple Music as well! This is one of those projects where it really shows you and teaches you what someone is going through.  Suicide and mental health is definitely important and if you know someone who is going through, please try to get them help as soon as possible.  Not only is Taz a music artist, but she is an entrepreneur of her own business/record label called ‘C.A.S’

 

The EP includes:

  1. F***ck Your Feelings
  2. Snatch Yo Soul (featuring Ventage)
  3. Look What You Did
  4. On God
  5. Mentally Ill
  6. Damaged Goods
  7. The Great Depression

 

You can connect with Taz on IG @tazmaniashow 

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Michael B. Jordan Kicks off First Campaign with Coach

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This millennial actor is no stranger in the film industry and definitely knows how to flaunt style with that 1 million dollar smile in all of his photos!  It was announced last year that Michael B. Jordan will be the new face of Coach.  He is surely kicking off the new year with plenty of chic style.  

Bringing heat to the Spring Menswear Campaign by Coach, Jordan shares with his fans on social media thanking his photographer Craig McDean.

According to Foot Wear News, Jordan is the first celebrity to represent the men clothing line with Coach. What an honor!

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Photo Credit Craig McDean and Michael B. Jordan Instagram page. 

 

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Congratulations to Regina King and Mahershala Ali on their Global Win

The 76th Golden Globes Awards was filled with laughter, tears and a lot of great wins! But the two wins that stood out the most from the African American Film Industry are two familiar faces that we all have seen on the big screen before.  ‘Moonlight’ star Mahershala Ali and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk‘ star Regina King has set their mark in their careers taking home the win of ‘Best Supporting Actor/Actress of a Motion Picture’ category.  This is both their first win for any Golden Globes Award, but for Regina, she won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film ‘Seven Seconds’  

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The speech King made was very heart-warming and encouraging women.  (Rolling Stone) “Regina King Speech

 

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BET New TV Series, ‘Fall Girls’ is set to Premiere January 2019

BET is kicking the New Year off right in the TV industry bringing a hot new show with hot actresses to the big television screen.  The new TV series ‘Fall Girls’ premiers Saturday, January 12th at 9 PM on BET.

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Starring Love N Hip Hop Miami Star and Singer Amara La Negra who plays Paige Davis, Simone played by Joely Fisher, Keke played by Love N Hip Hop Star Paris Phillips, Tyra played by ‘Let’s Stay Together’ star Erica Hubbard and others to star in the series is Erica Peeples (True to the Game) and Tami Roman (Carl Webber’s The Famlily Business) 

Official Trailer Video Courtesy by Los Angeles Sentinel

Add this new TV series to your bucket list!

 

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Love N Hip Hop Miami Heats Things Up

If you missed season 1, then you are missing out something interesting with new cast, new vibes and new drama! The Love n Hip Hop franchise continues now in Miami.  The cast includes, singer and dancer Amara La Negra whose looks are more than an Afro, Rappers Trick and Trina, Bobby Lytes and more!  This season just got even hotter so make sure you are well hydrated because the thirst gets real! Season 2 premieres on a new night Wednesday January 2, 2019 at 8 Pm on BET

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You are Definitely One in a Million: RIP Sweet Aaliyah

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“Your love is a one in a million, it goes on and on and on, You give me a really good feeling, all day long” ~Aaliyah

The Princess of R n B was definitely a one in a million.  Only 22 years old when she departed this Earth.  She had some banging albums and songs that will make you fall in love all over again.  You will never be forgotten! RIP baby girl! Here are some of Aaliyah’s hottest hits on her albums.  

We Need a Resolution

Are you that Somebody

4 Page Letter

Rock the Boat

One in a Million

Age Aint Nothin but a Number

Back N Forth

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Taraji P. Henson Launches Foundation to Bring Awareness for Mental Health and to Honor her Dad

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Actress Taraji P. Henson just launched a new foundation called “The Boris Henson Foundation” in honor of her late father that passed away in 2006 due to liver cancer.  But the main reason why Henson is doing this is to increase awareness for mental health among the black community.  

Her father also suffered with mental health so Henson wanted to do something revolving around that.  He was also a Vietnam veteran who suffered through various of things; being homeless was one of them.  Henson named the foundation (BLHF) after her dad is because of his unconditional love.  The foundation will launch a special fundraiser called “Taraji’s Boutique of Hope” which will be held on September 22nd in Beverly Hills.  The goal of the fundraiser is to raise funds to provide resources to increase mental health support in urban schools. 

 

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Are Your Curves Worth DYING For?

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A new show is coming to BET called Killer Curves: Bodies to Die for is produced by Lala Anthony.   So many women in the industry has leveled up to certain expectations that having a phat butt and large breasts and thighs will make them look physically attractive and hot! Maybe in that case, but what about the health side affects or the after math years down the line? A lot of black women; especially on reality TV is getting butt injections, breast implants and even lip injections just to have that banging body.  Personally I don’t think that is worth dying for.  

K-Michelle who an R and B singer and a reality star on Love N Hip Hop Hollywood has had butt injections and has paid the price for it when she started getting sick and getting headaches all the time.  “After I got my butt shots, I felt like I had confidence,” stated K. Michelle in an article on The Source. 

She will be on Killer Curves: Bodies to Die for which airs tonight on BET at 10 pm EST. 

 

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J. Cole’s Album “KOD” Breaks Spotify’s Record for Streaming

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J. Cole is here and he’s hear to stay.  The release of his new album, KOD has already broken the record on Spotify  streaming 4.2 million times in the 24 hours that the album was released.  Kudos to Jermaine! 

His surprise album which stands for ” Kids on Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons, dropped on April 20th which got some fans wondering and anticipating what his last song on the album “1985 ( Intro to the Falloff) which is a song dedicated to all the new rappers of the new generation.  J-Cole got mad bars on this track! Whoever he is dissing or talking about on the song, he has already said what he has to say and I’m pretty sure there may be some dis tracks to the song coming very soon.