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The Universal Hip Hop Museum Fundraiser at Barclays Center March 26, 2016

c53b8558edbebe052eb181c5a988cc68If you are a lover of music, perhaps Hip Hop is a music of choice. Hip hop as music and culture formed during the 1970’s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among African-American youth. Since that time, Hip Hop has increasingly grown and become popular in the United States and all over the world. This genre of music has become so ingrained in our culture that it has influenced so many people.

The music has inspired fashion, movies and many young people. There are various awards shows only featuring hip hop artists and within the years, it is definitely safe to say that hip hop or what some call rap music id hear to stay.

Writer, Judith Davis and Rapper Roxane Shante at the Hip Hop Museum fundraising event. in Brooklyn.

Writer, Judith Davis and Rapper Roxane Shante at the Hip Hop Museum fundraising event. in Brooklyn.

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, the Universal Hip Hop Museum host a fundraiser and party in Brooklyn, New York at The Barclays Center. The party was host my none other than Cynthia Horner, the Editor-in-Chief of Hip Hop Weekly. Horner may also be known as former Editorial Director for the classic RightOn! Magazine.

Also, in attendance was hip hop legends Kurtis Blow and Roxanne Shante. They were on hand for press pictures, but the audience was also treated to a rare and awesome performance by Kurtis Blow. Blow is known for rap anthem such as: “The Breaks,” “Basketball,” “If I Ruled The World,” and “AJ Scratch,”just to name a few.

The performance and the house band together go the crowd in the mood to enjoy themselves and even donate to the cause. The Universal Hip Hop Museum has Kickstarter campaign for all who are interested in contributing. The purpose of the music is to preserve the proud history of hip hop, educate a worldwide audience on the five elements of Hip Hop. It is also created to honor the trailblazers who paved the way. With immersive exhibits, live events, impactful educational programs, and a powerful new expression of the art form by keeping hip hop at the forefront of our global audience.

Writer, Judith Davis and Legendary Rapper Kurtis Blow at the Hip Mop Museum Fundraising event in Brooklyn.

Writer, Judith Davis and Legendary Rapper Kurtis Blow at the Hip Mop Museum Fundraising event in Brooklyn.

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UBC-TV Network launches with first national live broadcast of ABA Basketball

38x92g5winb12dk5igd6The Urban Broadcasting Network (UBC-TV) will officially launch on Saturday night, December 8, 2012. UBC-TV Network is a new urban lifestyle cable network that has national cable and satellite deals in place that enables its programming to be seen in over 50 million households. UBC-TV Network will produce original content that will be distributed over multiple platforms which will include cable, VOD, online, set-top boxes, mobile, wireless-devices, social media and other platforms.

The first program broadcast by UBC-TV will be a broadcast of the American Basketball Association game featuring league power The Jersey Express vs. The Connecticut Topballerz on December 8th at 8PM live from Centenary College Reeves Gymnasium, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ. The broadcast will launch the network and is the first of a minimum ten game schedule of ABA games to be broadcast on the network, making history as it marks the first time the famed ABA will have its games broadcast live on national television.

In keeping with the spirit of the fabled ABA that gave the world the 3 point shot, the shot clock, the red, white & blue basketball and basketball legends like Moses Malone, George “The Iceman” Gervin and Julius “Dr. J” Erving the UBC ABA game broadcasts will feature halftime concerts, celebrities in a special interview lounge and more. The slogan of the ABA is “more than just a game” and the broadcasts of the ABA on UBC-TV will be more than a regular basketball game telecast. Saturday’s broadcast will feature a performance of the National Anthem by former NBA guard Kareem Rush, halftime performances from up and coming artist Anthem and The UBC MIX Dancers plus appearances from Boxing great “Sugar” Shane Mosley, NASCAR’s only black female driver Tia Northfleet, R&B star Ray J and more.

“The ABA televised games will establish a new paradigm in professional sports television with the true fusion of musical entertainment with sports,” stated UBC-TV CEO Peggy Dodson. ,” Joe Newman, ABA CEO, added “UBC-TV has put together a programming format that should have huge appeal combining entertainment, news and sports with an “out of the box” approach that will make it a very popular network with a diverse audience of people of all ages. We are very pleased to be a part of it and will make watching ABA games a very enjoyable experience.”

The excitement kicks off with the first broadcast this Saturday, December 8th at 8PM. The UBC-TV broadcast of The ABA and its subsequent programming will be available nationally on Direct TV channel 63 or 895, DISH Network channel 63 or 8115 and throughout throughout the Northeast on Time Warner Cable channel 63, Verizon FIOS channel 18, RCN channel 19, Cablevision channel 20 & NuVisions channel 78. Check your local listings for the channel in your area or call your cable carrier and ask for UBC-TV Network and ABA Basketball. You can also watch the LIVE Stream of all the ABA Basketball games Online through www.ubctvnetwork.com

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Celebrate “Holidays at the Apollo”With Programs for Audiences of All Ages

Holiday Highlights

Coca-Cola Winter WonderlandApollo2011– Free Event
Saturday, December 15th – 2pm -6pm

Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow with Guest Artist The OMG Girlz
Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm

Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
Thursday, December 20th – 8pm

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm

(Harlem, NY)— This December, the Apollo Theater will present a series of holiday programs designed to celebrate family, culture, music, comedy and community. Throughout its legendary history, the Apollo has consistently been a model of innovation and excellence, and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the nation. This year’s holiday programming represents the range and vibrancy of the Theater’s artistic offerings.

Saturday, December 15th – 2pm -6pm
Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland
Before the show, the Apollo and Coca-Cola are partnering to bring the magic of the Holiday season to Harlem. Under the Apollo’s iconic marquee, Coca-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and performances free and open to the public. The festivities include picture taking with Santa Claus, giveaways and performances by two of New York City’s best choirs, ARC Gospel Choir and Refining Faith. Additionally, in the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy drive benefiting HELPUSA, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless. Hosted by Billy Mitchell, Apollo Theater historian and tour director. This event is free and open to the public

Saturday, December 15th -7:30pm
Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow With Guest Artists the OMG Girlz
The legendary Apollo Theater lights up this holiday season with the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the 3rd Annual event under its signature program Amateur Night, showcasing recent winners of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. Featuring an incredibly talented array of instrumentalists, singers and dancers from ages 8-18, this program captures the spirit of young performers all hoping to follow in the footsteps of Apollo Legends like Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald, whose careers were launched on the stage of the Apollo. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special will be hosted by Capone.

Stars of Tomorrow Performers include: Solomon Hicks, Arianna Dempsey, Tiffany Obi, Austin Paul, Jr., Lianah St. Ana, Andrew Malabunga, Matthew Whitaker, Hannah Richardson, The Midas Touch, Mirei Tohyama and Michael Woodard.

Special Guest Artist: The OMG Girlz is a teenage girl singing group whose current members include Bahja “Beauty” Rodriguez, Breaunna “Baby Doll” W. and Zonnique “Star” Pullins. The group was formed by Grammy Award winning Singer/Songwriter, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, formerly of the multi-platinum girl group, Xscape. The OMG Girlz have quickly risen in popularity with their hit “Gucci This (Gucci That)” and have been featured on BET’s 106 & Park and as part of the Scream Tour with Diggy Simmons in 2011.

Tickets are $19, $25 and $29. Groups & families (4 or more): $9.50, $12.50, and $14.50. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253
West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, http://www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets on Sale Now!

Thursday, December 20th – 8pm
Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays
This internationally renowned all-female a capella ensemble, will star in a one-of-a-kind holiday season concert on the legendary Apollo stage! Sweet Honey In The Rock will celebrate music from many faiths and religions around the globe through stunning vocals rooted in the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. This concert marks the first time this Grammy Award winning troupe, will headline at the Apollo. In 2009, Sweet Honey In The Rock performed as part of an African American cultural legacy festival.

Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton (American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter ) comprise the current ensemble. The group has incorporated ASL into their live performances since the early ’80s.

Tickets are $25, $45, $65 and $75 Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000,

Friday, December 28th at 7:30pm
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the
renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance
Theatre, guest performances by the Songhai Djeli and Flute Visions and Queen
GodIs and members of the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature’s Youth Academy. Since 2006, the Apollo has established an annual show to celebrate this holiday tradition on one day of the Kwanzaa holiday. The Apollo’s celebration is a joyful evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture. Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, Regeneration Night Kwanzaa Celebration has become a fun and affordable Apollo tradition for the entire family. Hosted by radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd.

Tickets are $16; Groups (5 or more): $13. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000,

Apollo Theater Information
Box Office Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday – 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 12:00 pm – 6:00pm

About the Apollo Theater

The Apollo is a national treasure that has had significant impact on the development of American culture and its popularity around the world.  Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. The Apollo Theater’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy.  New Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations.  The Apollo will continue to present historically relevant presentations, as well as more forward-looking, contemporary work. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

Holidays at the Apollo is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.  Additional support for the Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night provided by Macys.


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The Truth About Living Well in Manhattan

If you want to stay solvent, you may not want to take tips from Sex and the City for tips on shopping.  It is a great show and a lot of fun to watch, but a little unrealistic.  Many people have in Manhattan 8 years and spending money on lavish products is not always possible.  If you do, the realistic Manhattan girl or guy will have to make the choice of living in a studio apartment with 5 roommates or making a comfortable cot on the street.  This is not to say that you can’t enjoy living in NYC.  Most people love the city.  You get to be a part of some amazing events, but you do have to smart and responsible.

The truth is there are ways to look stylish in NYC without spending all your hard earned money.  Most people love hit movies and TV shows about the lives of people in New York City.  Their lives seem so glamorous, and it appears that most have more than enough money to burn while dating and having fun.  That can be misleading to young people living outside of New York because while there is a tremendous amount of wealth in New York, it is usually not the 20 something or 30 something’s that have this money.  Well, not unless they are privileged kids who have a trust fund or a superstar.   Coming to NYC with expectation such as this can be a harsh reality for many.  Unlike the shows How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Seinfeld, and Sex and the City, there are choices to be made to stay in the city.  Not many people can hang out with their friends all day and party all night and expect to keep an apartment.  They have to work all day and budget their money wisely.  People who live in Manhattan know that having the convenience of being in the city means that there would be some compromise especially in the area of shopping.

If you remain her long enough, you can find ways to shop at little boutiques, discount stores, consignment shops and even major department stores when they have sales.  If you save your money you can even treat yourself to the occasional new designer outfit.  There are just some things worth more than having the latest and most expensive fashions.  So while your friends are consumed by credit card debt, have long subway and commuter train rides to the outer boroughs, you can stroll through the streets of the city on your walk to and from work sporting the latest in discount clothing.  They may wear the latest and most expensive fashion, but you will be living in your conveniently located apartment in the city.  That just might be worth more than the $400 shoes.

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Knox Gallery – More Artistic Treasures in Harlem, New York

Harlem is always known for its history, music and art. You can live here for years and one day walks down a specific street and see something new. Like most of  New York City it is all constantly changing with new and exciting restaurants, stores, etc.

If you are looking for a place to go for some spectacular art exhibit, walk over to 129 th Street near Leno Avenue and you will find Knox Gallery.

Knox Gallery is an exclusive exhibition space that displays the work of emerging and established fine artists of high quality and unique perspectives. Knox offers to serious collectors and art lovers the opportunity to participate in art experiences, to dialogue with the artists, and to purchase fine works at affordable prices. Our calendar has a list of selected artists, chosen for their well-seasoned and eccentric styles.

Knox specializes in showcasing the work of artists whose work reaches beyond the boundaries of the mainstream, focusing on different branches of contemporary art. These can include installations, conceptual art, visionary, esoteric and spiritually-inclined art, and art of the just cause.

The Gallery also features the artwork of Ms. Myra LaSister on permanent installation. Her work on display is from the archives of her original paintings dating back to the 1960’s. In this tasteful installation Myra’s son, Charles Knox LaSister, Chairman of the Board of Knox Gallery, pays homage to his mother. Entering the main gallery rooms at the top of the stairs, visitors will enjoy the wide-open and spacious, contemporary renovation. The atmosphere is charming, like a miniature ballroom with beautifully lit artwork as its intended dancers. Viewers will have plenty of space to move about as they freely flow from room to room.

Knox Gallery has a welcoming and homey feeling, yet its look is polished and elegant. The gallery finds its home in a beautiful brownstone on a tree-lined street in historic Central Harlem, in close proximity to public transportation. Open for special events and by appointment only: We look forward to your visit!

Check out the website at: http://knoxgallery.com/index.htm

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Attending the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC

Lights! Camera! Action! The Tribeca Film Festival has begun in Manhattan. The festivals dates are: April 18, 2012 and run through April 29, 2012.

Many celebrities and high profile individuals are in New York City to celebrate the festival. The exciting thing about this year is this marks the 10th year of the event. Tribeca Film Festival was started by Academy Award winning actor, Robert De Niro and his business/producing partner Jane Rosenthal in 2002. The festival was created as a result of the effects on business in downtown New York following the September 11,2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The actor felt that this was a way to rebuild downtown NY and excite all New Yorkers along with the Entertainment community.

Tribeca Film Festival has now become of the many large festivals in the world along with Toronto, Cannes, Venice, Sundance among others. With the festival now 5 days into the festivities, there is still time to catch some great movies, events and panels. Click here for the more information.

If you happen to be in New York and have the time, take a moment to checking something out and be a part of these exciting events.

And if you think you can’t afford the festival, there is good news. There are many free events you can attend. Check out the Tribeca Film Festival event guide.

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Hill Harper at the Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem, New York

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