Life often presents us with tests and trials just to bring us full circle to meet our destiny. It is within these tests and trials that we form our testimony and discover our life’s purpose. 22-year-old Cameroonian-born, Atlanta-based singer/ rapper/ songwriter Lorine Chia may have taken the long and winding road to her luminous destiny. But soon the world will know her name upon the release of her eclectic and highly anticipated EP Sweet Noise, produced by Rami Beatz (Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Juicy J). Her deep, velveteen vocals have been praised by the likes of Complex, Fader, and Billboard.
Born in the West African country of Cameroon, Lorine Chia was reared in an environment that instilled the importance of survival skills early on. “Being a child there, you’re raised so much quicker,” she recalls. “Because the main focus is survival and making sure you’re independent. Every morning, you’d have to get up and walk two miles to school.” Spending her early years in Cameroon informed Lorine with a strong sense of self sufficiency and determination that would prove integral in her future. Checkout our latest interview with Lorine Chia.
Ryan Henry is the owner and creator of 9Mag, a prominent tattoo shop. He brought together his team, who are the most talented artists in the city, to help build his tattoo empire in Chicago. Ryan grew up on the streets of the south side of Chicago. Once he got into tattooing, his sister Nova helped fund his blossoming career. Not long afterwards, she and Ryan’s niece Ava were murdered by an ex-boyfriend. At that point, Ryan’s life was forever changed. Ryan put the money towards 9Mag, which stands today as a tribute to his sister.
Though a bit moody and unpredictable, underneath Ryan’s tough exterior, is a loving and extremely caring guy. Ryan’s family is everything to him and his world rotates around his son, Mason. Ryan turns to tattooing to clear his mind and to cleanse his soul. Unbeknownst to most people, Ryan is part Japanese and he searches for a deeper connection to his heritage through traditional Japanese tattooing. Checkout our latest interview with Ryan Henry of Black Ink Chicago.
Speak to this dynamic artist about his sound and he’ll label it contemporary soul. Challenge him to rattle off his list of influences and he’ll give you a spectrum ranging from Nat King Cole to Anita Baker to R. Kelly. He’ll speak of his gospel upbringing—his parents were both pastors and singers; his sister, a musician. And his instrumental prowess will show him to be fluent on the piano, saxophone and drums. Wash is truly rich in depth; both the artist and the man. While his musical expertise is astonishingly mature, the 24 year old still finds a way to hold his own among his fellow R&B crooners. Signed to AyeGirl Music/Interscope Records, his debut single, “Can’t Trust Thots” features label mate and wildly successful rapper, French Montana, while cleverly paying musical homage to artists such as TLC and BBD. His smooth vocals are gripping and the upbeat record fits seamlessly into any of today’s contemporary playlists. Checkout our latest interview with Wash.
Since she first came onto the R&B scene in 2000, Ledisi has been wowing fans and earning critical acclaim. In 2007, she caught the attention of Verve Music Group and recorded her third album, Lost & Found. The album earned her two Grammy Award nominations, including “Best New Artist”. She continues to be acknowledged by her peers, receiving seven additional Grammy nominations to date. In 2014, Ledisi released her fifth studio album, The Truth, which spawned the singles “I Blame You”, “Rock with You”, and Grammy nominated “Like This”, among others. She headlined two national sold-out tours, appeared onstage alongside Kelly Clarkson and Jill Scott, and on nationally recognized shows like Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, HBO’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and VH1’s Divas Live. The big screen came alive in 2014 with Ledisi’s portrayal of gospel great Mahalia Jackson in the Oscar-nominated film Selma. Ledisi’s rendition of the Thomas Dorsey hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” reverberates with viewers everywhere.In 2016, Ledisi will join the likes of Kerry Washington, Hill Harper, and John Legend when she receives The Advocacy Award presented by The United States Conference of Mayors. Checkout our latest interview about her album “The Truth”.
Bianca Bonnie (formerly known as Young B) is a singer, dancer, songwriter, and actress from Harlem USA. Writer and performer of the worldwide hit “Chicken Noodle Soup” when she was just fifteen, Bianca was able to hone her talents ahead of her time. The smash hit earned the young songstress the highly acclaimed “Best Hip Hop Dance” Soul Train Award along with appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Regis and Kelly, Ellen De Generes, 106 & Park and even Sesame Street. Bianca Bonnie has a unique brand appeal that provides a young and refreshing feel. Combining her classically trained dance skills with her uptown New York lyricism Bianca brings a new flavor to hip hop. Her highly anticipated album “The 9th Year” is set to be released Summer 2016.
Recently cast on the upcoming Season 6 of “Love & Hip-Hop: New York” Bianca Bonnie is now positioned to make her comeback debut to the industry. At a fresh 23 years, she is older, sexier, and her talents have grown innumerably. With remixes including Lil Wayne, Trina, and Fabolous and shows at the famed Madison Square Garden and The Apollo under her belt, the industry is anxious to see what this seasoned starlet is going to bring to the game her second time around. Checkout our latest interview with Bianca Bonnie NOW !
Mindless Behavior is the R&B trio that includes Princeton, E.J. & Mike River. The group recently made their comeback with their breakout song, #IWANTDAT, reaching over a million views in less than a week. Their new album #OFFICIALMBMUSIC is slated to be released this summer.
The group officially arrived in 2011 with their major label debut, #1 Girl. In addition to bowing at #7 on the Billboard Top 200, the record yielded hits such as “Mrs. Right” feat. Diggy Simmons” and “#1 Girl,” which collectively surpassed 5.5 million ringtones and 845,000 single sales. Along the way, they garnered honors such as the “Coca Cola’s Viewer’s Choice Award” at the BET Awards, as well as nods at The People’s Choice Awards and MTV VMAs. Additionally, they have shared the stage with musicians such as: Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, and Janet Jackson. They also performed for the First Family at The White House. 2013’s Their album, All Around the World topped Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and landing at #6 on the Top 200.
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Long Beach, California’s Jonathan McDaniel formerly “J”, and “Lil J” started his career at the very young age of five. He showed signs of natural talent from the very beginning; always exhibiting true charisma and a strong desire to entertain. J’s mother recalls him missing on one Saturday morning, only to find him performing in front of the local K-Mart with a bucket to encourage tips, for his rapping and dancing. He used his earnings to help finance his demo; and thrived on his captive audience, and the reaction that followed. Jonathan’s currently starring in a hit T.V. Show “HIT THE FLOOR” on VH1, Created by James Larosa he acts alongside Actors; Dean Cain, Kimberly Elise, Taylour Paige and others, he has completed season 1, season 2, and season 3 which begin airing January 2016. Checkout our exclusive interview with Jonathan McDaniel now !
Smooth-talking heartthrob of VH1’s hit scripted series “Hit the Floor,” MCKINLEY FREEMAN hypnotized viewers as star basketball player ‘Derek Roman’ of the L.A. Devils and love interest of female lead Ahsha, portrayed by actress Taylour Paige.
Born and raised outside of Chicago in the college town of Champaign, Illinois, McKinley started as a basketball player for the University of Illinois. From an all-star basketball player, he then found himself working for IBM doing worldwide marketing and business development. With these two completely different paths in hand, he then reached a crossroad in his life where he had to decide whether to stay where he was, or take the plunge to follow his heart, thus leading to his first audition where he landed a role on ABC’s “All My Children.” Despite his late entry into the acting world, Freeman has already established himself through his ever-growing resume. With appearances on award-winning shows such as ABC’s “General Hospital’ and NBC’s” Days of our Lives,” McKinley has begun an era for himself. He continues to shine with a role on FOX’s “Bones” as well as the feature film END OF WATCH alongside stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. From the average everyday lifestyle to becoming a hit celebrity, McKinley’s turn of events definitely took a turn for the better.
When he’s not filming, McKinley enjoys playing basketball, cooking and working out doing various forms of boxing, kickboxing and martial arts, which include Bojuka, Jeet Kundo, Muay Tai and much more. Also being an active poet, he often finds himself writing whenever he feels inspired, which led to his first self-published e-book. Additionally, he is involved with Covenant House and the Boys & Girls Club of America, seeking to use his basketball skills to help children. It’s to no surprise that his never-ending talent has led McKinley to where he is today. Checkout our latest interview with McKinley now !
Her undeniable talent, incredible voice, and striking beauty are the reasons she stands out from the rest and the reasons why she’s had staying power in the fickle, precarious music industry. Since emerging on the scene, songstress and songwriter Tweet, born Charlene Keys, has been a favorite for R&B music lovers. Now, after a six-year hiatus, she is back with her third studio album Charlene, a testament to her professional, personal, and emotional evolution. Charlene is more than just what some might call a “grown and sexy” album. It’s a soulful, beautifully candid album that showcases Tweet’s dynamic vocals, and her artistic writing ability. Charlene is food for the soul that will feed Tweet’s loyal fan base hungry for her return, and also pique the appetite of new fans with its powerful, expressive tracks delivered with passion and fervor, and a different, more mellow and poised sound than her previous hit albums, Southern Hummingbird and It’s Me Again. It’s been quite an exhilarating and enlightening journey for Charlene Keys, who has carried the nickname Tweet since childhood. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Tweet grew up in the church, sometimes attending service seven days a week, and it was in the pews that her love for music began. She sang in the choir for years as a child, played the drums in the church band, and even became part of a gospel group that performed all over Rochester. She signed with eOne in 2012and got back into the studio with her longtime friends and producers Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, John “Jubu” Smith, and Charlie Bereal to record Charlene. From the first single “Won’t Hurt Me,” an anthem for women completely over a bad or ungratifying relationship, to the alluring “Magic” where Tweet croons in her angelic voice, “It must be magic/ Cuz what you do to me, I can’t understand it,” to “Neva Shouda Left Ya,” where Tweet sincerely regrets ending a relationship, lovers of pure R&B music will find themselves in sonic heaven. Missy also makes an appearance on the new album and the musical chemistry that she has with Tweet on the Timbaland-produced track “Somebody Else Will,” is quite evident and nostalgic. Because of the many gems on Charlene, it is the type of album that can be listened to all the way through, over and over again. Checkout our latest interview with Tweet and go get your copy of the new album “Charlene” now.
Angela Raiola aka “Big Ang” was the niece of Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Angela, a single mother of 2 was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with her two sisters and four brothers. Big Ang always strived to be popular with “the mob”. She is what many consider a “mob moll”. Owning many mafia hangouts over the years, she became like “one of the guys” – even catching a case with some high ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all. She is like a character straight from the movie Goodfellas and lives by the lifestyle code. Ang has dated many gangsters throughout her life but has always remained independent. She is not the typical woman who would depend on a man. Big Ang has managed to make her own way and provide her own means within this world, though she was always lavished with houses, cars, jewelry, furs (you name it) by many well known mob wise guys.
Unfortunately on Thursday, February 18th at 3:01am EST, Angela passed away from lung & brain cancer. We were grateful to have interviewed Angela back in February 2013, She was such a individual who filled with so much life. We send our prayers to her loved ones, We love you Angela and Thank you for your amazing spirit !