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Karen Civil Presents “Atlanta Live Civil Tour” Brunch, Jan 18th 2015

On the 18th of January Level Up, in conjunction with the Live Civil Tour is inviting you to their brunch series featuring cultural artige’ & digital renaissance woman, Karen Civil.

This event highlights an intimate conversation with Karen discussing some of the most valuable lessons learned on her journey as well as a Q & A immediately following. Seating is first come first serve so come early for preferred seating areas.

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Share Your interactions via hashtags: #LevelUpBrunch, #20GrandVodka and @KarenCivil

The Barbershop Cypher: Female MC TakeOva & invite you to witness an ATL based all female freestyle cypher on September 16th. The cypher will feature Losa, Relly Jade, Chyna Dee, Chiiirp, Lady Murk, and Salma Slims.

What: The Barbershop Cypher: Female MC TakeOva
When: Sept. 16, 2014
Where: Golden Clippers Barbershop – 2538 S. Hairston Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30035
Host(s): Ashley Marietta + BFPL’s Big George
Filmed by: 8690 Productions

Beat provided by Drumaticz

Follow @Broke2dope + @FreeThinkMvmt

Knuckle Up! Undisputed Productions Hosts MMA Championship Fight

There’s nothing like watching a good fight, and on Saturday, April 19 that’s exactly what’s going down! The MMA fight event of the year will be held at Wild Bill’s and will feature some of today’s most fearless fighters.

The NFC is known for showcasing the Southeast’s young and talented up-and-coming mixed-martial artists. This year, all eyes will be on Devorius Tubbs, who will be making his Muay Thai debut, when he squares off against Derek DeAnda, who is also making his professional debut. Tickets are now available! For more information on this upcoming event go to following link ~~~> click

Atlanta’s Streetz 94.5 Radio Station Invites You To StreetzFest 2014!

Get yourselves ready for the hottest event the spring season has to offer! Atlanta’s own Streetz 94.5 Radio Station is set to bring you a show that you don’t wanna miss! With names such as Young Thug, Rich Homey Quan, Que, PeeWee Longway, The Migos and more. Going down at the Masquerade, be sure to grab your tickets now! For more information and exclusive details, go to ….

See you there!

Tessanne Chin Shuts The White House Down, Serenades Obama

Still mesmerized and living a dream that has come true, Tessanne Chin made her presence felt with her ‘Women of Soul:Performance at the White House’.

The recent winner of ‘The Voice’ had President Obama, The First Lady Michelle, and the rest of the exuberant audience in awe as she belted out an impressive reprise of Donna Summer’s hit record, ‘Last Dance’.

The Jamaican-born starlet is continues to fascinate us with her girlish smile, graceful charm, and soulful voice.

Atlanta’s Annual Dad’s, Daughters and Dolls!

Aside from the cold weather that we are accustomed to during the Christmas season, it is the spirit of giving and love that resonates with most during this time.

Unfortunately for those who are not able to spend the holidays with friends, family, and loved ones, this time of year could feel even colder.

The good folks at Outside Looking In and various other contributors have come together to assemble the annual Dad’s, Daughters and Dolls. This event is dedicated to the young girls with incarcerated fathers who will not get the opportunity to make precious memories of the holidays together with your fathers. The meaning behind the program is an ode to the spirit of love and what a person is able to accomplish during the most trying times. We applaud the people behind the scenes who put this organization and event together. Sometimes we get above ourselves and tend to forget what’s really important in life!

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For more info click here

Can 50 Cent and Fat Joe Bring Back New York Hip-Hop?

Lets just explore this concept based on a timeline and you can see exactly what we mean. Now unless you have been living under a rock or you just take life too seriously, you know the history between 50 Cent and Fat Joe.


As you may also know, have recently 50 Cent and Long time nemesis Fat Joe called a truce live on stage in the soon to air, “2012 BET Hip-Hop awards”. The truce comes as a surprise to many who have watched for almost a decade the two New York based artist/moguls exchanged harsh words publicly, humiliation, threats and disrespect.

In 2005 during the VMA’s 50 Cent and G Unit “Capo” Tony Yayo, after performing Yayo’s hit “So Seductive” screamed continuous insults towards the Bronx MC.

The beef according to 50 in a recet interview with NY Power 105.1 Breakfast club, was insinuated by what he called Fat Joe’s loyalty to Murder Inc’s boss Irv Gotti. Fat Joe had long established a business relationship with Irv and even worked on one of Fat Joe’s biggest hits to date ft Ashanti “whats luv”.


The beef would eventually be made apparent when Fat Joe was included in Ja Rule’s biggest come back street record “New York”. 50 would then respond with the release of his disrespectful “Piggy Bank” that featured some low blows from the Queens bred MC.

Fast forward to 2012 things have changed for NY and few from the birthplace of hip-hop have managed to remain relevant in this predominantly southern era.

Heavy weights like 50 & Joey Crack have sustained off the star power while a majority of upcoming acts have struggled to keep the region represented on a mainstream level with the exceptions of few. New York will always be where the culture originated and the game needs New York just as much as it needs every other region.

What happened to New York after 50 Cent and Fat Joe collided in the mid 2000’s almost marked the end of East Coast relevance. If you recall 2004-2005 there was a balance thats saw all regions seamlessly share the airwaves including the West Coast. Today mainstream music is segregated regionally and the lack of integration has resulted in an imbalance that could be offset a result of this truce.

We commend both parties for assessing the situation and finding it within themselves to over look the passed as a respectful gesture to their shared mentor the late “Chris Lighty”.

According to both Fat Joe and 50 Cent, Chris was solely responsible for helping the two artists establish their careers. Fat Joe during an interview with Q Deezy stated that Chris had tried for years to mediate the feud but to no avail and neither party would concede.

So as a show of respect to their late friend the two have put their differences aside and have even gone as far as exchanging some friendly tweets over the passed couple of days.

Hopefully this same thing happens in the West Coast, we can probably hope to eventually see Snoop, Dre and Suge hug with a Tupac Hologram standing next to them…just a though!

One Step Ahead: Kenyans Make Presence Felt Throughout Olympics

HHABC salutes Team Kenya during Olympics 2012

Kenyan Pride Shines Through

London (UK) – The Olympics of 2012 brought a bundle of joy to various countries around the world. Every time the games come back around, each country is sure to send their most elite athletes to represent their respective flags and is expected to bring home a medal — hopefully the gold! But one thing is for sure, their is no country more prideful and supportive of their athletes than Kenya. This country is known for breeding some of the fastest runners in the world who usually have no problem dominating long-distance running competitions.

Heavily favored to do well in this year’s Olympics were Kenya’s David Rudisha, Linet and Moses Masai.

On The Contrary
Team Kenya took home 11 medals during the events but some say this was almost ‘shameful’ because they were expected to dominate even more.

Upon competing in the Beijing Olympics, which yielded Kenya a total of 14 medals, Team Kenya’s performance was held to a high standard. Supposedly, Kenya will launch an investigation in order to get better understanding as to why the team did not meet certain expectations. Some believe that it was a lack of thorough coaching.

Talent:  Superior and Beyond

Kenya’s triumph can be summed up with one name — David Rudisha. A top-notch by-product of Kenya, David Rudisha made his presence felt at home, in London, and most importantly worldwide. Rudisha celebrated humbly after setting a world record and winning the men’s 800m final. To make victory even sweeter, he did it as his idol and friend Seb Loe, who himself, held the world record (1981-1997) in the event. David Rudisha’s 1min 40.90sec victory will forever be one of the world’s most remarkable feats. Yes there should be some concern for Kenya’s shortcomings in the London Olympics but for the most part, the main focus, for now, should be the accomplishments of their athletes. Enjoy the moment, Kenya’s time is NOW!

“Today the weather was beautiful… I decided to go for it.”
                                          David Rudisha                                      

Next stop: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Michael Jackson’s Daughter, Paris, Opens Up In Interview With Oprah

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but 3 years has gone by since the death of music icon Michael Jackson. As his family still tries to get back to somewhat of a normal life, many of us wonder how they are coping with the legend’s absence. In an intimate interview with Oprah Winfrey (Oprah’s Next Chapter), Michael’s daughter Paris, lets the world in on her life and the person that she knew as ‘Daddy’.

Watch Paris Jackson on Oprah’s Next Chapter to be aired on OWN. Episode will also include Oprah’s interview with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson.

HBO’s ‘The Wire’ To Become A Musical…

Many of us wanted to see the return of HBO’s hit series ‘The Wire’, but sometimes we have to be careful what we wish for. The Wire is back but not exactly how it was imagined. This time around it comes in the form of a musical. The entire cast original cast will not be performing but the infamous villain Omar’s role will be reprised by Michael Kenneth Williams, who brought the character to life in the original series. Also returning is Sonja Sohn (Kima) and Felicia Pearson (Snoop). I don’t know about y’all but do we really need to see Omar singing?

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