Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned consumer technology company, which merges content, community, and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color, has recently announced that it has partnered with Full Circle Festival, LLC to create the ESSENCE Full Circle Festival. The festival is meant to portray everything positive with Africa: Strengthen the public image of [More]
Mychel "Snoop" Dillard partners with rapper 2 Chainz to open new restaurant Crave in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, GA. Dillard is one of Atlanta's leading ladies in hospitality and restaurants. She has had many business endeavors creating over 100 jobs for minorities in the Minority Entrepreneurial Capital of Atlanta. The business owner went to college at the [More]
Pop songs that dominate the airwaves can often be cynically derided as simplistic or generic, but there is a rigorous creative process that goes into crafting the perfect pop hit. A previously indefinable quality of many successful pop songs has now become known and observed as the Millennial Whoop, while listeners are becoming increasingly aware of pop's reliance on certain [More]
As a college student, breaking into the entertainment business can often time be a challenge, but having experienced individuals within the faculty can make things all the difference. Congratulation is in order to 20+ year entertainment industry veteran, Sonja Norwood, who now joins The Los Angeles Film School faculty. Mrs. Norwood, best known as the mother of Grammy Award winner, [More]
Eight hundred and fifty radio stations felt the heat today when its operator iHeartMedia submitted paperwork for bankruptcy. In an effort to restructure debt – caused by a leveraged buyout of Clear Channel Outdoor in 2008 along with the declining radio business – the company showed its crafty resilience by also announcing an agreement made with creditors and investors to [More]
A recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) will raise mechanical royalty rates paid to songwriters by nearly 44 percent over the next five years. The rate hike is the largest in CRB's history and will impact works streamed via on-demand subscription services such as Google, Spotify, Apple, and Amazon. The decision is a monumental win for songwriters, who [More]
Say what you want about Ray J, but you have to respect his hustle! The singer, actor, and businessman recently landed a hefty eight-figure deal to expand his Los Angeles-based electric transportation startup. Rebranded from Raytroniks to Raycon, the company received a $31 million exclusive distribution deal with Cowboy Wholesale, a New York City-based leading distributor of consumer electronics. The [More]
Iconic artists have a habit of influencing the things we listen to. It's inherent in their job description, after all. Some of the biggest stars out there have branched out beyond their hits and instruments, and have got us all playing their very own branded games, too. The following artists have provided an entirely new dimension to fans who just simply [More]
After recently unveiling her Atlanta-based restaurant, K. Michelle gets to celebrate the launch of Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails’ newest flavor, Southern Peach.
Considering the huge fame of many music stars, it is often unsurprising to see them branch out into other areas and take advantage of the strength and appeal of their ‘brand’.