Jay-Z Presents J. Cole with Grammy Gifts

J. Cole may have lost the Best New Artist however he will always be a winner in the eyes of his label boss Jay-Z.  Mr. Carter and his Roc Nation family sent Cole a pop-up card of the Hollywood Bowl that read, “You already won!  Living your dreams!” and a $2000 bottle of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac.

Scientist Names Rare Horse Fly After Beyoncé; California Marijuana Strain Named After Blue Ivy

Over the years, Beyoncé Knowles has amassed numerous honors in the world of music. Now the chart-topping vocalist can add another, as her name has been given to a previously un-named species of horsefly.

According to csironewsblog.com, the horse fly’s golden lower abdomen prompted Australian National Insect Collection researcher/ Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientist Bryan Lessard to officially “describe” the fly as Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae.

“It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species,” Lessard said.

Sharing a name isn’t the only thing Knowles has in common with the horse fly. The site reports that the Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae, a rare species, was collected in 1981, the same year Beyoncé was born, from north-east Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands, together with two other previously unknown specimens.

Beyoncé’s inclusion in the insect world follows recent news surrounding her new daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. TMZ states that several weed dispensaries in Hollywood are selling a new strain of marijuana called “OG Blue Ivy.” At this time, Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, have not issued a legal notice to the dispensaries regarding this situation.

Flight Attendant Becomes Viral Internet Sensation For Rapping Flight Instruction To Passengers [VIDEO]

Passengers on a U.S. flight were greeted rather differently by one member of cabin crew after he rapped the pre-flight instructions! And of course the whole episode has been posted up on Youtube. Those seated on their way to Oklahoma were certainly not going to switch off from the announcements before take-off on Southwest Airlines flight 372.  Grabbing the telephone that transmits throughout the cabin, one confident member of staff started by telling passengers that ‘they do something a little bit different on Southwest.’

Proceeding to get everyone clapping to a rhythm, the man went on to rap words that are often ignored by passengers eager to relax ahead of their flight journey. There was certainly nobody nodding off this time! Who makes up the cabin team, what drinks are on offer, and a warning to turn off electronic devices were all delivered by the happy-go-lucky attendant. He then tells the customers to ‘sit back, relax, have a good time. It’s almost time to go so I’m done with this rhyme.’ His crowd are obviously pleased at what they have witnessed, with loud clapping and cheering greeting the end of the performance. But he’s not quite finished as he delivers his special finale. ‘You will not get that on United Airlines, I guarantee you’, he adds as the passengers slink back into their seats.

Lala & Carmelo Underwater Fun

Lala Vazquez has re-launced her personal blog site IamLala.com, which she openly shares intimate moments, interviews, photos and videos with fans. She recently took a family trip to Cabo and had a fun under water experience.

Nous Sommes Jimi Hendrix Pendants

Nous Sommes have already created a handful of dope pendants including Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Spike Lee and Lady Gaga. This time, they’ve chosen to go for Rock & Roll icon, Jimi Hendrix.

What I love about Nous Sommes pieces is that they are so detailed and accurate, yet still have a bit of caricature about them. This one is no different, with Jimi’s signature headband holding down his locks and his open collar jacket. What makes it even more delightful, is it’s probably the kind of pendant that Jimi himself would wear…

Available in black, silver or gold, you can grab yours from noussommes.fr  upon release

Video: Common Performs at White House; No Mention of Controversy, Plus Actual Poem He Read

Courtesy of Whitehouse.org

Without mention of the controversy surrounding rapper Common’s participation, President Obama welcomed an audience to the White House’s “Evening of Poetry” Wednesday night, revealing that he, too, considers himself a poet.

“I have actually submitted a couple poems to my college literary magazine and you will be pleased to know what that I will not be reading them,” President Obama joked from the East Room of the White House Wednesday evening.

The president also spoke about the emotion of poetry.

“The power of poetry is everybody experiences it differently. There are no rules on what makes a great poem,” Obama said. “Instead, a great poem is one that resonates with us and challenges us and teaches us something about ourselves.”

Some critics of the participation in the White House event by Common were upset that the rapper and actor — who has recently appeared in a romantic comedy opposite Queen Latifah and contributed to a Jonas Brothers song — has previously slammed former President George W. Bush in his poetry.

During Wednesday’s celebration, Common recited lyrics to a rap song in poem form, which tipped his hat to the nation’s first African American president and started and ended with words of Martin Luther King playing over the loud speaker.

Here’s the poem in its entirety:

“I woke up with the sunshine. A sunshine I had never seen. There was light at the end of it. Reminded me to forever dream. I was dreaming I walked into the White House. With love on my sleeve. And love for each and every one of you. Reminding you to believe. These are the words of a believer achiever. Leader of the globe, feed the souls of those in need.  I bleed the blood of the struggle. Walking over troubled puddles. The hustle is in my chest. No hustle no progress. Extremities of life in this process. The birth of a son. The death of another. With love I caress both mothers. And told ‘em whose in control is the one that’s above is. I walk where money talks and love stutters. The body language of a nation. Going though changes. The young become dangerous. Spent into anger. Anger gets sent through the chamber. It’s tough when your own look like strangers. We are the sons of gangsters and stone rangers. If he could how would Ernie Barnes paint us? Look at the picture. It’s hard not to blame us. But time forgives in the shy where the young die often. Do they end up in a coffin because we haven’t taught them? Is it what we talkin’, we really ain’t walking. Dudes, hustlers, paid. How much did it cost them? I find myself on the same corner that we lost them. Real talkin’ in their ear like a walkman. My thoughts been around the corner to the world. So when I see them I see my baby girl. The Lord lives among us. The youngest hunger, recover. Means to get it by anyways necessary under pressure. Children feeling lesser with the spill upon the dresser. Killer, willer aggressors. Destiny’s children, survivors, soldiers.  In front of buildings their eyes look older. It’s hard to see blessings in a violent culture. Face against rappings. Sirens holsters – that ‘aint the way that Langston Hughes wrote us. So controllers on the shoulders of Moses. And Noah. We go from being precious to Oprah. Cultivated to overcome. Ever since we came over. Seize the day in the way that you can see the determined. The soul that keeps burning. Shorty’s know to keep learning. Lessons in my life are like stripes that we earning.  I took Grant’s advice that Christ is returning. Like a thief in the night. I write for beacons of light. For those of us in dark alleys and park valleys. Street hits spark valleys of the conscience. Conquerors of a contest . Even the unseen know that God watches. For one King’s dream he was able to Barack us. One King’s dream he was able to Barack us. One King’s dream he was able to Barack us.”

“Thank you and God bless,” Common said at the end of his poem, without referring to the controversy. “I appreciate being here.”

After Steve Martin’s band played following Common’s performance, President Obama stood up, clapping, and then brought everyone back onstage, thanking all of the performers by name.

Before exiting the stage, Obama gave Common a big hug.

Definitely, making a copy of this poem! Real, true, deep stuff!! Gotta love it!

Givenchy Studded Strap Backpack

This Givenchy Backpack ($1,526) from the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is a good look. It’s made using 100% leather and has a classic backpack construction with a front zip pocket and studded shoulder strap.



i-Gucci Grammy Awards Special Edition Watches

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards not only brought out the celebration of popular music with performances, celebrities and fashion, but it also brought a collection of special edition i-Gucci watches that go for ($1,345) each. These digital timepieces were designed by Gucci’s creative director Frida Gianni, and feature gold/black bezel cases that can come encrusted with or without diamonds. The straps are offered in black and white with gold logo branded buckles, and have Gucci and Grammy award engravings.

Nous Sommes Jewelry Celebrity Pendants

Nous Sommes (which is French for “We Are”) is a jewelry brand from Paris, France that is lead by designers Kizda and Jeremy, and has gained much interest because of their collection of pendants that resemble the faces of celebrities in the fashion and music world. Inspired by the popular Jesus Piece, these pendants features celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Spike Lee, Terry Richardson, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, Grace Jones, and Michael Jackson in gold, black, and old silver metal. They’ve already been embraced by many big names in the industry, and are price at (approx. $226-$292).


Black Enterprise recently sat down with art lover & collector Swizz Beatz for a one-on-one. In the interview, Swizz Beatz breaks down the beauty of investing in Artwork and what mistakes amateurs should avoid:
As far as investing in art there’s a lot of different ways that you can go about it. You can invest in things you like…you can invest just for the value of the art, which I really don’t recommend because I’ve did that before and I ended up with a bunch of expensive paintings that I didn’t want to hang on my wall. Yeah, the value is there but you invested in something that you put in storage until it’s time to sell it. You can make the money but you could have done something else with that investment. At least, if you’re going to invest in art, invest in something that you love and take the risk.

Right now, I like to invest in new artists because that’s the future. Imagine if everybody knew [Jean-Michel] Basquiat was going to be Basquiat at that time or [Andy] Warhol…whatever..they didn’t know that. I just think that the couple generations before my generation they didn’t really know what was going on until the passing of the artist. We have so much politics in art from the sellers, the buyers it became like a hustle. Art never depreciates so its like “Wow, how can I put my money into something that doesn’t depreciate?” Art. So then art became a storage house for the super wealthy and then it became like a betting and trading game. People would bet and trade through art, so that wall that was once forty thousand is [worth] fifteen million. It’s a reason and able to justify the reason because one he’s not there anymore so he didn’t produce a lot of work like Piscasso and Monroe….these artists had hundreds and hundreds of work like Basquiat. I could go on and on about this because there’s so much but to make a longer story short, I suggest that people invest in art that they love and just be smart about the research. At the end of the day, even if the value doesn’t grow at least you have something on your wall everyday that you love to look at and inspires you.

I can dig it!!  I love art and all kinds of it.  I definitely would like to travel the world and collect different pieces.  One of my favorite artists is Salvador Dali.