Rihanna and other Celebrities Shine Bright at her 3rd annual “Diamond Ball”

She's arrived! Rihanna arrived at her 3rd Annual Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball in New York on Thursday in a dramatic black gown

Rihanna celebrated her third annual “Diamond Ball,” which benefits the Clara Lionel Foundation.  Dave Chapelle hosted the event and Kendric Lamar handled performing duties.  Other celebs in attendance included La La Anthony, Lil’ Kim, Beyonce and Jay Z, Future, and Jamie Foxx to name a few. Rihanna launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 and named it after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. 

The foundation said at the event they were among the first responders to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and that they’re currently strategizing how best to support victims of Hurricane Irma. The organization has a scholarship program and an oncology and nuclear medicine center in Barbados.

Causing a stir: The Bajan beauty wore a Ralph & Russo Couture dress which was short at the front and featured a long train at the back

Hot metal: Lala Anthony accentuated her curves in a silver dress with delicate fringing and slit at the back

Blonde bombshell: Rapper Lil Kim squeezed herself into a metallic mini dress with thigh-high boots

Going all-out: Rapper Cardi B brought the drama in a pastel green ballgown 

Killing it: Future, Fabolous and Victor Cruz showed off their flair for red carpet style at the annual bash

Killing it: Future, Fabolous and Victor Cruz showed off their flair for red carpet style at the annual bash

Killing it: Future, Fabolous and Victor Cruz showed off their flair for red carpet style at the annual bash

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VLOG: FRESH OFF THE PRESS PREVIEW: MIKE D’ANGELO

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Fresh of the Press debuts a new preview video of the upcoming vlog series which is set to cover an array of entertainment/media and community activism/leadership in the DMV area and abroad. First up is Mike D’Angelo, upcoming artist from Edgewood Northeast, DC who has been grinding it out and making a name for himself.  He recently signed a deal with MHG/Cash Money and has a real story to tell. Check out the preview below:

Big Congrats to DC’s Own Black Alley

Did u catch @weareblackalley on @fox5dc this morning?? Congrats to @animalblkalley and the whole squad for winning first place over the weekend at Paisley Parks inaugural Battle of the Bands! Well deserved, hard work and dedication never fails!! #dc #dmv #dcornothing #acreativedc #ontherise #artists #creators #entertainment #media #livemusic #livingthedream #nevergiveup #success #gogetit 

2017 Coast 2 Coast Music Convention

The 2017 Coast 2 Coast Music Convention was a success. After winning 3rd place in Los Angeles back in March, my journey continued in Miami. I met so many awesome people who are well connected in the industry. I had a chance to attend some panel discussions which featured the director of A&R at Atlantic Records, legendary producer Rockwilder, and well known and respected PD Jill Strada from 99 Jamz in Miami. I am looking forward to following up and building with the connections made.  Motivated Elevation Music and Publishing here we come!! Shout out to all the other DC artists that represented the District well. 

Happy Birthday Queen

Happy Birthday to the one and only Beyoncé!! So much can be said about this woman, but she continues to be a trailblazer for women and I respect that 💯💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💯! Often imitated but can never be duplicated! We love you Bey!!

DMV’s Own Logic Sparks the Conversation About Suicide During VMA’S as “1-800..” Single Races Up Charts

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DMV’s own Logic represented in a powerful way at Sunday’s VMA’s. He performed his single “1-800-273-8255,” which is the actual phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  He rapped lyrics like “I want you to be alive / You don’t gotta die today,” he stood alongside survivors of suicide attempts and individuals who lost people in their lives to suicide. The song touches home for me because I have been personally affected by suicide and people who deal with depression.

Logic performed the song alongside Alessia Cara, Khalid, and suicide attempt survivors.

The statement of support for people dealing with depression and other mental illness appears to have left an impact on viewers. Billboard reports there was a 50% increase in calls to the number after Logic’s performance. The Lifeline’s Director of Communications Frances Gonzalez stated, “Sharing that healing and hope are possible helps individuals in crisis, [and] as changes the conversation around suicide from one of isolation to one of hope and connection.”

The song is also impacting charts as the national platform of the VMA’s gave awareness to the positive song. According to HitsDailyDouble , “1-800-273-8255” saw a sales boost after the VMAs. The song jumped from #18 to #3 on the iTunes Store chart after his performance.