♥♥ The legendary singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the age of 92. With a voice as beautiful as her presence, Lena Horne entertained the world with songs and films such as Stormy Weather, Cabin in the Sky, Panama Hattie, and The Wiz, among many others. She shattered racial boundaries and changed the way Hollywood presented black women by becoming the first African American woman to sign a meaningful long-term contract with a major studio. Her contract stated that said she would never have to play a maid. She lived a life that was extraordinary and full! Her beauty, grace, and elegance will be truly missed, but never forgotten! Read the story over at Entertainment Weekly.
♥♥ Kanye West took to his infamous blog on Monday and posted some AMAZING pictures from his “Glow in the Dark” book. The hardcover book was released in October 2009 and features some stunning photography by Nabil Elderkin, as well as an audio CD with unreleased instrumentals from the show. Even though it’s been almost 2 years since the tour, I think Kanye knows a girl needs to be reminded every now and then of the reason she fell for you in the first place. The book is available at Amazon.
♥♥ Speaking of Mr. West, did you see the pictures of his L.A. Home up for sale? It’ s filled with pop art, Kaws toys, cartoon characters, modern Italian furniture, and more! 4 Million USD and it’s yours! Check out pics at Rap Radar.
♥♥ Pop, Electronic, and Hip-Hop duo Christian Rich are back yet again with some really dope visuals for the single “Hello Virgin” The single is off Christian Rich’s mixtape, The Decadence dropping May 31st. The video uses an art Basel style approach to explain virginity in life. Check it out!
♥♥ Master turntablists will enjoy DJ Hero’s Domination Mix Pack, featuring a trio of hot new house and electronic music mashups by Darude, Josh Wink, Wolfgang Gartner, and Danny Byrd.
♥♥ Singer Katy Perry earned the number one spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 List for 2010. She just dropped a new single “California Girls” featuring Snoop Dogg and preparing to deliver her new album Teenage Dream to the world on August 24th! Take a listen to the track on Katy’s website.
♥♥ Christina Aguilera and Nicki Minaj get together on the Polow Da Don produced track “WooHoo” Ehh…I don’t know about this one. What do you think? Take a listen courtesy of Miss Info!
♥♥ Collectively, rapper Talib Kweli and DJ/producer Hi-Tek are known as Reflection Eternal. Since the release of their first album Train of Thought back in 2001, I’ve been eagerly anticipating more! Their second album Revolutions Per Minute is expected to release May 18, 2010. Here’s the new video to the first single “Midnight Hour” featuring the lovely Estelle!
♥♥ America’s Sweetheart Taylor Swift Donates $500,000 For Nashville Flood Relief.
♥♥ Electro-rock duo Sleigh Bells debuts their album Treats, powered by M.I.A. Take a listen to Treats at NPR.org
♥♥ Speaking of M.I.A., Did you hear the newly leaked single “XXXO”. Check it out at Idolator!
♥♥ Billboard’s Mashup Monday features Canadian songstress Melanie Fiona belting out the Sam Cooke classic “Cupid.” Awesome!
♥♥ Poet Caits Meissner recently released her second EP, The Wolf & Me, featuring production by Blu, Cazeaux OSLO, Just Plain Ant, Bisco Smith, CAV3 and The Aftermath. You can download the single “Blackest Blood” on her website.
♥♥ Aussie Matt Van Schie’s “Journey (Memory Tapes Version)” is like an electronic, disco-filled dream!
♥♥ Jazzy’s long awaited mixtape Beauty and the Beat, featuring Melanie Fiona, Kandi Burruss, Eric Roberson, and Christian Rich is finally here!
♥♥ Check out Poirier’s classic rave nod “90’s Backyard” from Swiss producer Wildlife!
♥♥ Take a listen the first single “Super x Mega x Sonic” off of the new Smoke Screen LP Imagination Beyond Illustration out May 14th!
♥♥ Modern Shark is a new independent record label owned and operated by Mike Tumbarello AKA Baje One of Junk Science. Check out the Modern Shark Sampler Tape #1.
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