New Music: Dre Black – “All Night Long”


DC singer/songwriter Dre Black releases his new song “All Night Long,” as he prepares to debut the song at the Coast 2 Coast Music Showcase in LA this Sunday.  With his primary focus being his new Music Development & Publishing company, Motivated Elevation, LLC, Dre has transitioned into businessman.  He is now using his voice to demo tracks that he has written with business parter/producer ProjectGeniusCreationz for other artists. Also, honing in on Artist Development and Brand Imaging.

Dre is hard at work on his own EP, PerspectiveS which has been in the making for about a year. “You can’t force your creativity, you have to be inspired…and not let time force the process/experience,”Dre said.  The EP will be an eclectic mix of R&B/Soul and classic Hip-Hop with a hint of Trap and Dance.

Take a listen to All Night Long:

DC STAND UP: Chaz French Signs to Motown Records

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DC rapper, Chaz French has been grinding out for the past few years gaining national attention.  He released his debut mixtape back in 2014 with Happy Belated and has been gaining momentum ever since. Yesterday, French signed a new joint label deal with Motown/Capitol Records and his 368 Music Group, co-founded by singer Raheem Devaughn.

He also released his first single under the new deal called “Way Out.”

In a statement to Billboard, Chaz stated that “I’m happy for my label 368 and I love my new Motown family,” French, who was born in D.C. and raised in Maryland.  He has an incredible story, one who has endured both homelessness and a near-fatal car crash in his past.  “I’m super excited to represent the DMV. It’s not just about me, it’s about all of us.”

Check out his new single below:

Way Out

Meek Mill Arrested in St. Louis

Rapper Meek Mill was arrested at the airport in St. Louis for assault.

According to reports rapper Meek Mill was arrested at St. Louis International Airport today after getting into a scuffle with an airport worker who asked for a picture.

Meek, along with two airport employees, were booked on misdemeanor assault charges and hit with a summons to appear in court.

Meek is currently on probation for a 2005 gun charge.

Chicago Students Pens Open Letter to Chance the Rapper

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Following Chance the Rapper’s  $1 million donation to the Chicago city’s public schools, three local students wrote an open letter to the Grammy-winning star.

The Lake View High School students, Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse  Betancourt, published their letter through Billboard thanking Chance for his philanthropic works.

“We as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools,” they wrote. “As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.”

“You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life,” they wrote. “You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that’s something no one has done for us.”

“We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids,” they added. “As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.”

Chance read the letter and responded with promises of more to come. “I appreciate you guys, and you’ll be happy to know the work has only just started,” he tweeted. “Huge things to come over the next 2weeks.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama even celebrated Chance:

“Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much,” she tweeted. “You are an example of the power of arts education.”

Safaree Wants $2 Million From Nicki Minaj

Last week, in a sit down with Wendy Williams, Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend / ghostwriter Safaree Samuels had trouble coming up with a number after Wendy asked how much he thought he should be compensated for contributing to Nicki’s albums uncredited.

Safaree sets his price. He tells Thisis50:

“When [Wendy] said how much, I wish I would have said $2 million.“

“I know what’s really there. You can say, here…live your life, leave me alone. “

“It’s not like I’m saying I need half.”

Arrest Made in Murder of Toya Wright’s Brothers

Last year Lil Wayne‘s ex-wife Toya Wright’s two brothers, Joshua and Ryan “Rudy” Johnson, were shot to death inside their car in New Orleans 7th Ward.

A suspect has been taken into custody.

According to reports Antoine “Tweezy” Edwards, 31, was booked March 9 on two counts of second-degree murder after several witnesses came forward.

The suspect admitted to at least one person that he committed the crime and multiple eyewitnesses chose him from the police line-up.

The bond was set at $500k and Edwards is due back in court May 7.

“Insecure” Season 2 Sets Premiere Date

Last year, HBO secured a runaway hit with new series “Insecure,” featuring up and coming talented actress Issa Rae from the hit Youtube series, “Awkward Black Girl.”  Insecure was rated as one of the top new shows last year.  With all of its success, Issa revealed that the new season will start on July 23rd.

How many will be tuning in??


Gabby Sidibe Stuns for NYLON Magazine

Gabby Sidibe gets glammed up for the latest issue of Nylon Magazine.  In the new article, she dishes on everything from her weight to her recent weight loss, and her childhood.

Check out the pics below and click the link for full article:

On writing her memoirs:

“A lot of people will write a book and pretend that whatever they are writing about they are done with, and now they are perfect. I’m not perfect. I am just as fucked up. I am who I am, and all of this shit in my life will be a struggle forever…but I’m fine. Well, I’m becoming fine.”

On relationship with her birth father:

“For a long time, my father was dead to me,” she says.  “I didn’t want to justify his actions, but it’s interesting to see what’s behind them,” she says. “The six-year-old in me is still pissed, but I don’t think I am a victim. I don’t want people to shed tears for me. He beat me, but we have all been through shit.”




Beyoncé Gets Goth for Step-Dad’s Party

Beyonce has been making her rounds showing up in various places.  She recently attended The Alvin Ailey Dance Company performance where she surprised the dancers behind stage. Most recently Bey was spotted at her step-father’s B’Day party, where she stunned in an all black look with quarter length motorcycle jacket.

Check out some more pics below:

Get Out Passes $100 Million Mark

Get Out, the surprise hit horror film about racism, passes the $100 million mark in its third week.

According to reports Get Out has raked in over $111 million as of this past weekend on a $4 million production budget.

Get Out was written, directed and produced by comedian Jordan Peele who is planning to make more films about social taboos.