St. Pablo Tour stops in Grand Rapids

Considering I haven’t been to a concert since, B2K was a thing. Going to the St. Pablo
Tour was another great experience for 2016. I was able to see why people pay the big bucks for the closer seats, although my seats were just as great. The concert took place in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI., where the streets flooded with people from all over West Michigan to experience Mr. West and his hovering stage.

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Kanye hit the platform at 9:21p.m., and the crowd went crazy. I’ll be honest, I enjoy Kanye as an artist and producer, but I really wasn’t a die hard fan–until now. The energy in that arena was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it.

He performed several hits like, Jesus Walks, FourFive Seconds, Can’t Tell Me Nothing and several songs from Life of Pablo, obviously. Opening  with Father Stretch My Hands.

As I said before, I hadn’t been to a concert since watching Omarion glide across the stage at Joe Louis Arena, or maybe it was Lloyd…I’m not sure, but it has been a while. Of course, me being “Jill the camera lady” I wanted to capture so many great moments, for this post specifically. I had my phone out the entire time, recording and taking pictures.

I joked about how the set up and lighting made me feel like I was standing in the middle of Zion in the Matrix movie, because that’s exactly how it felt. The yellow lights gave it a real ambient touch. Listening to the crowd sing all the lyrics as if they were on stage performing. Needless-to-say, I had a ball and I need to learn more Yeezy songs new and old.

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Release your inhibitions

In today’s society of social media, selfies, big butts, and Brazilian bundles… chances are scrutiny is everywhere: at home, in the workplace, in clubs and organizations, and even when we’re just out and about. From our hairstyle of choice, to our selection of clothes, down to the God-given quality of our skin, we’re constantly under a magnifying glass by people we don’t even know.

We’re judged on how we talk, how we walk, our demeanor, our orientation, the length of our hair, the tone of our skin, the fullness of our lips, the bone in our hips, and even the ridges in our teeth.

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Because of these close examinations, it’s no wonder we take special care to make sure our hair is neat and tidy, our clothes match and have decent quality, and that we speak with articulation, but at some point we have to realize that enough is enough. Our life is our own and no one should be able to dictate how we should be our own person. From social media to that nosy co-worker to that hating  “friend”there’s always someone trying to dim our light, trying to downplay our highs and broadcast our lows. A promotion, big purchase, new car, closing on a house, acceptance letter, even a new hair color…those people will come around trying to tell you what you “shoulda, coulda, woulda” did and why you made the wrong choice and that they probably could’ve done it too. For some reason people will try to find a way to rain on your parade but it’s you, yourself, and I marching through this thing called life.

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This past Sunday’s church service delivered a great message- “Don’t allow others to trick you out of your blessings”. In short, if you like something, if you want something, if you have your heart set on something and you’re in route to get it…don’t allow someone to talk you out of it. Many will try to tell you what they would do if they were you but the simple, yet humorous fact is… they’re not you.

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If you want to rock a blue afro then shave it off the next week, do it. Do it because that’s what you want to do. WorldStarHipHop, TheShadeRoom, BallerAlert, MediaTakeOut, Tumblr, and many more have been the home for “embarrassing” memes of people getting called out. Whether it was a video that went viral for an obese woman wearing too small clothing, a man receiving a lace front, or someone inside of McDonalds cursing the cashier…sure it’s funny but why do we care? What does it matter that a man wants to feel confident and extend his locks. Who are we to judge a woman who may not be able to purchase a new wardrobe. It may be funny to watch and listen to but, who knows if the man had to really find the money to buy a meal and why shouldn’t he deserve to have it prepared in the way he desired. This viewpoint may be playing the devils advocate, but moral of the story, we’re all living our own life the way we know how, who knows what the other deals with on a daily basis while we pass such harsh judgement.

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If you’ve heard the catchy YouTube hit “She Ratchet”… then you’d recognize the meme included above, and for others…this just may be your mantra…constantly judging people while you’re not such hot stuff yourself. By all means if you want to come outside wearing red weave, green nails, and yellow teeth…go ahead; theoretically speaking (haha!) On the other hand why do we act and live life through others eyes. We might not buy a shirt that we like because someone we know has it or we might not go to the party on Saturday because the outfit we want to wear isn’t “good enough”. If we made decisions based on others opinions throughout life, we’d never find happiness. So many people have harshly judged men in the African American community for pressing or perming their hair. Sure, for some it may seem odd for a man to adjust his natural hair as it’s more accustomed to by women but, if a man chooses to jazz himself up, who is he hurting?

It all starts as fun and games-the teasing and poking fun at the “odd” ones, but what about those that feel conscious about some decisions for fear of what society may say. To some extent we’ve all done it. That second guessing yourself when it comes to a second helping of food, the decision to make a new purchase, or even to wear a bikini.

Who cares about him, her, he she, them, they…

do YOU!

“They don’t want us to eat…”

“They don’t want us to live…”

“They don’t want us to succeed…”

“They don’t want us to win! So, We’re going to win more!”

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Ashley Everett is Engaged 

You’ve seen her, always on the queens right hand side–killing the choreography with sass, technique and now a diamond.

Ashley Everett, one of Beyoncés back up dancers is now happily engaged! Fans broke the internet with the news. She and her now fiancé John Silver, has agreed to tie the knot as millions were there to witness. 

Before Bey and her team performed Single Ladies at her show in St.Louis, the surprised was revealed. Beyoncé teased Ashley about her ability to do the forever famous single ladies choreography with all the excitement. Ashley fiercely slayed the stage, showing off her new stunning ring.

Watch the full proposal here.


Congrats Ashley and John on the engagement!

#NOMAKEUP

Soulful, raspy, sensual, humble, curvaceous, stylish, humanitarian, mogul, actress, pianist, director, singer, and mother, are just some of the words used to describe the one and only, Alicia Keys.

She stole our hearts at the peak of the 2000’s with Fallin’ and kept leading us on with songs like Diary, You Don’t Know My Name, No One, and Girl on Fire. She’s taken a break, started a family, begun directing plays, began fighting for human rights, and somehow in between it all she still managed to make music. It seems that she has a new sound and a new outlook on life based on one of her newest singles, “In Common”. It’s a fresh take on a new love. The song talks about the joys, surprise and worry that someone could possibly love her and accept her for who she is.

One of her newest mantras is the no makeup movement. In the world of today, with no shortage of hip, butt, and lip injections, breast augmentations, skin bleaching, weaves, and makeup it’s no surprise that our girls are beginning to look like full blown women at such a young age. Makeup and the other assets is something women indulge in for various reasons, whether it be simple self-expression or possibly concealing a flaw they may not like, but as a young child turning on the television or even going to the store, seeing everyone dolled up, with extreme curves…I can only imagine going through puberty during this epidemic. Now more than ever, seeing these things could lead the youth to develop low self-esteem, absence of confidence among other things with no one to look up to. Thanks to Alicia Keys and many other women in the industry, we can finally find some inspiration for our girls instead of weeding out all the celebrities.

Alicia Keys published a piece in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter and made several statements that really made me stop and think.

“Does it start somewhere in second grade after picture day when you wear your frizzy hair out ’cause your mama says it’s beautiful but all your “friends” laugh at you?”

Deny as we may, we’ve all had this feeling. Our outfit wasn’t the best, our shoes weren’t the newest, we might’ve been “late bloomers”, we may have had to wear braces, might’ve had acne, our voice may have been a bit funny sounding, our hair wasn’t the longest or straightest, and our skin wasn’t the smoothest or lightest-as society has taught us, or it might’ve just been a bad day and we forgot to care about how we look for others sake.

“You grab the brush and gel and pull your beautiful big hair back into the tightest ponytail you possibly can to contain your unique hair in a bun — hiding a piece of who you are in order to fit into a picture of what others seem to see as perfection.”

I can remember in elementary school seeing movies like Clueless or Bring it On, and even seeing celebrities like Aaliyah and Beyoncé and looking up to them, in a sense kind of wanting to be them, because they’re so beautiful and must live an awesome life. I can remember in high school, if you didn’t have the new Jordan’s, a pair of True Religions, a designer purse, the most “laid” sew in…. well, you know the rest. At such a young age it’s instilled in us, somehow, that we need to look like this, have this, do this, talk like this, walk like this, etc.

“Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

I wish I could’ve included the entire article because it was so raw and real. The stigma that Alicia Keys along with many everyday women experience is real! There are many who like putting on a “face” simply because they like it and there are also those who really struggle with their inner happiness and acceptance. They’re not curvy enough so they have to get injections, their butts are a little flatter than some so why not pump it up, lips aren’t as full as her’s: Botox! The list goes on and on. One problem I’ve identified is that we can find 1,000 flaws, but can’t seem to recognize 10 beauties. Alicia Keys wrote a song, “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself”. The lyrics are inspiring: In the morning from the minute that I wake up , What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup, Who says I must conceal what I’m made of , Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem. After receiving so much flack at the recent VMA’s, Alicia Keys tweeted, “Y’all, choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!”.  It seems as though people were confused. Alicia simply means that she no longer wants makeup to be her go-to when it comes to being beautiful. She doesn’t want to feel obligated to plaster it on before she leaves the house. She also doesn’t want to put anyone down if they do choose to indulge in it.

The key is self-worth, confidence, and acceptance. Be unashamed, proud, and unapologetic. If you like it wear it, if you want it get it, but if you’re not happy with yourself then you’ll never be able to accept you for you. TLC may have been the best to say it:

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow

You can fix your nose if he says so

You can buy all the make up

That M.A.C. can make

But if you can’t look inside you

Find out who am I too

Be in the position to make me feel

So damn unpretty

I’ll make you feel unpretty too

Let’s follow in Alicia Keys’ footsteps and set an example for others, including our youth.  Here’s a link to the full article. http://www.lennyletter.com/style/a410/alicia-keys-time-to-uncover/

 

#BlackGirlMagic

#WomenofColorWednesday

 

Don’t Get Caught Behind

IOUs are cool until you’re up to your eyes in debt. In college, credit is like handing a child a bucket full of candy and being told to eat it “responsibly.” Yeah, not going to happen, especially since panties at Victoria Secret are 5 for $26 and I have a $250 credit limit. All of a sudden I’m looking like a VS Brand Ambassador.


During my college career, having extra money to buy clothes seemed ideal. However, every time it was time to pay the minimum $25 a month, I found paying for other things to be more important. Now, my mail looks like this


Here’s a few tips on budgeting while in college.

  1. Each time you get paid, pay all your bills first. If you’re a freshman living in the dorms, you don’t have many bills to worry about. So buy your toiletries and groceries first, pretend thats a bill. 
  2. Commit to saving $10 each time you get paid. Set a quota that you have to reach before you spend any of it.
  3. Stay in for dinner. Hanging out with friends at Applebee’s on Friday night is great, but if you know you don’t have the extra cash don’t go. Cook dinner instead, propose a potluck style friend night.
  4. DON’T SIGN UP FOR STORE SPECIFIC CREDIT! I cannot stress this enough. If shopping at VS or The Limited (for example) isn’t a necessity, you don’t need their credit card.  You can’t use their credit for gas to get home on the weekends.
  5. Use Cash. Remember being a kid and not owning a debit card. We weren’t swipe happy. We always knew how much money we had, because it was right there. No login necessary. Go back to those habits. Take out enough cash and leave your card at home. Once you’re out you’re out. 

Budgeting is hard, but so is calculus and chemistry and all the other class you have to put effort into to pass. I know you can do this! Spend smart!

Going For The Gold

AND THEIR OFF…..

Its mid-August and the summer 2016 Olympics are off to a wonderful start. The USA is in the lead! We currently have 16 gold medals and it’s just the start for the rest to come. With all of the events still going on, there are presently 11 gold medals from swimming, 1 from shooting, 1 in judo, 2 in gymnastics, 1 in cycling, and our USA basketball team, comprised of star players like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving, have a #1 position in the events, to say the least.

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We all know of Donald Trump’s infamous slogan, “Let’s make America great again”, well… If there was ever a time to be a proud American, right now is it.

So, word on the street is that it’s a good day to be a Simone.

If you’ve been under a rock, cramped up in your apartment for the past week, or simply have had no communication with the world, chances are you don’t know what’s going on with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chances are also slim that you’re unaware of just who “the Simones” are.

For those that don’t know, “the Simones” are made up of two young women, both named Simone, representing the USA in the Olympics. Simone Biles is a 19 year old young woman from Spring, Texas.

Starting gymnastics at just six yeapic.jpgrs old, but according to usagym.org, Simone now holds multiple titles such as, the 2016 Olympic individual all-around champion, three-time world all-around champion, three-time world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion, four-time United States national all-around champion, and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, the 2015World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

What a resume! The Olympics are far from over, but Simone is already being called the world’s best gymnast. She even has a signature move named after her that no one has ever completed before. Simone has even received flak from other competitors claiming that they’ve been discriminated against because they aren’t black. Despite trials and tribulations, she’s overcome it all. Simone is just getting started and shows no signs of slowing down!

Simone Manuel, makes up the other half of the dynamic duo. Simone is a 20 year images.jpgold swimmer from Houston, Texas. Simone swam locally within her home town through clubs and organizations. Simone has competed in trials, relays, and other championships, earning multiple silver and bronze medals.

In 2015, Simone became one of the first three African-Americans to place in the top three spots in any women’s division I NCAA Swimming championship. In 2015, Simone had a personal best in the 50 meter freestyle of 24.47.  Simone recently received the gold medal for her swimming event, that’s a first for an African-American woman, with a time of 52.70 in the 100 meter freestyle!

Society has a habit, when concerning sports, to think of men and men only. Some people have even made silly statements saying that there’s no room for women in the athletic world, but women are quickly ending that hysteria. In 2012, Gabriel Douglas, gymnast, made us all proud as she took home the gold. She was welcomed on the covers of magazines, talk shows, marveled by celebrities, even the topic of discussion in songs. This time around, team USA as a whole can be proud of this second reign that “the Simones” bring and African-Americans can look up to these young women who have eliminated the stigma, gone above and beyond, and conquered!

If it weren’t enough to be an African-American, being a woman can be even harder. Double minorities often get the odd end of the stick and too frequently do we settle for what we’re given. Aside from stereotype, stigma, trials and tribulations we all have the ability to ignore the negativity and go for the gold! Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Tracy Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, Toni Morrison, Dominique Dawes, and Gabriel Douglas among many more, are all role models that we can epitomize.

Simone Biles and Simone Manuel can join that list proudly and show off their #Blackgirlmagic! Some of the qualities these athletes have down pat is persistence and humility along with  resiliency, diligence, focus, and  strength. These athletes aren’t simply drafted to compete in the olympics. The olympics is a competition that happens every four years. Athletes train year round, compete in trials, hire the best of coaches, eliminate their social life, and the list goes on. Some may simply see it as a sport but for these competitors it is their dream, all coming true before their eyes.

Instead of Keeping up with the Kardashians, or keeping up with the Jones’s…Keep up with Team USA and the many paved paths these awesome athletes are making! Going for the gold doesn’t necessarily mean to  become the doppleganger to Usain Bolt and win a world title for sprinting, but insted, to simply follow your dreams to the fullest and allow nothing to get in the way of it.

All of this #blackgirlmagic has me proud! Have you been keeping up with #TeamUSA? How do you plan to go for the gold?

 

Who Can And Who Can’t

Recently there has been a controversy on Michelle and Barak Obama’s oldest daughter Malia Obama. Malia Obama went to the Bryson Tiller concert for her 18th birthday with friends. Cute? I know right. Well not only was the first daughter in a bandu top and shorts, but there was also a video taken of her dancing pretty sexy at the Bryson Tiller concert. Many people felt that she should have not been behaving that way because she is the President’s daughter and others felt that she is a normal 18 year old girl who has the right to have fun.

Later, Kylie Jenner,who is also 18 years old, posted a snap chat dancing very sexy showing off her curves. Since Jenner has got her new body everyone idolizes her. Jenner’s lip kit sold out within seconds and also her new eye shadow. When Jenner posts sexy pictures and videos everyone loves them. We speak about how Jenner is like a mini Kim Kardashian, if not bigger!

So why is it normal for Kylie Jenner to post revealing pictures and videos, but when Malia Obama does it she is criticized. I have seen the video myself and yes Malia is dancing pretty sexy, but I also remember being 18 years old at concerts with my friends dancing. Our society has put a cap on who can do certain things and who can’t. Who can be sexy and who can’t.

Kylie Jenner is 18 years old and has a boyfriend that is 26 years old. However, no one criticizes that right? The media puts Kylie Jenner and Tyga’s relationship on a pedal stool. Malia Obama is a regular teenager having fun and society should stop picking and choosing who can do what. Let Malia live!

-Paisley Graham

 

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Changing The Movement: Why It’s Not Enough To JUST Protest

In light of the recent tragedies that have occurred around the United States, citizens are taking to the streets, outraged with the reoccurring issues of police brutality and social injustice. This year alone, about 561 people have been killed by the police.

Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing wrong with protesting. It’s an act of standing in solidarity, making a physical statement against injustices in our society. Protesting is a way for individuals to be heard and seen in the public eye, demanding justice to be served. However, it’s not enough to just protest if we want to see real, significant changes being made in society.

Recently, I read an article called “Why Street Protests Don’t Work” written by Moisés Naím. Though it was published back in 2014 and is not geared directly towards police brutality, it’s still extremely relevant, probably more than ever.

Naím suggests that the problem with protesting is what happens after we protest. Most people that participate in protests have “no formal affiliation with one another, no clear hierarchy, and no obvious leaders.” For the most part, these protests lead to little to no government response and no major political reforms. She asks: “How can so many extremely motivated people achieve so little?” Answer: “Behind massive street demonstrations there is rarely a well-oiled and more-permanent organization capable of following up on protesters’ demands and undertaking the complex, face-to-face, and dull political work that produces real change in government.”

According to Zeynep Tufekci, “Before the Internet, the tedious work of organizing that was required to circumvent censorship or to organize a protest also helped build infrastructure for decision making and strategies for sustaining momentum. Now movements can rush past that step, often to their own detriment.” You see, protesting and ranting is appealing to Twitter and Facebook. However, it takes more than a few tweets, Facebook statuses, and signs to achieve the change that we need. Ranting on social media and protesting without a real plan of action is not equivalent to activism that effects change.

Protesting and viral hashtags were okay at first, but now we need to take different means of action and start asking serious questions. Being a “social media activist” and a protestor creates a feel-good illusion that weakens true activism needed to make significant changes. We can’t just protest in large numbers when someone dies at the hands of police for two weeks and then let the issue fizzle itself out. We need to start implementing more permanent, political work every day and fully devote ourselves to building stronger, political organizations that form energy and outrage into real public policies.

Police brutality and gun violence happens far too often to continue to do the same tiring routine. I’m tired of shouting ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter yet nothing is being changed. I’m tired of having to explain how “black on black crime” is different than civilian fatalities by the police. I’m tired of people profiting off of black bodies. EVERY single police/black shooting that was publicized by the media has made a profit off of someone’s life, making us think that our lives can be bought. I’m tired of having to prove the worth of human lives in general.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of just marching and protesting and not seeing any results. I’m ready for real change.

Protesting is a great way to get our voices heard, yes. And this movement has and continues to make great strides in race relations and social issues within the black community. However, it’s not enough to just yell in the streets with signs and speeches without targeting the real work, too. We also need to be engaged in political processes and implement sustainable, political organizing if we really want to change society. The same problems keep reoccurring over and over and over again. It’s time for a different narrative, a different means of action.

Enough is enough. We need more than a movement. We need a revolution.

Women of Color Wednesday: Laurie Hernandez

Lauren (Laurie) Hernandez is the first US-born Latina to make Team USA for the Olympics since Tracee Talavera in 1984. Hernandez is on her way to the Olympics in #Rio2016, and is excited to be representing Puerto Rico and Hispanics everywhere. 3a4b04_746e3599a6734aad8ce298c294d8d30d.jpgHer floor routine truly embraces her roots, which is an infusion of Latin-inspired music and dance moves.

The second generation Purtero Rican was born in New Brunswick, NJ, on June 9, 2000.

The very sassy, “young Shakira” started gymnastics at the young age of 5 years old. Currently, she is one of the youngest American athletes to compete at this year’s Olympics. Wowing the judges at the Olympics trial, Hernandez scored first place in Beam, and second in All-Around.

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Her road to stardom was not easy. She had to take six months off in 2014 after a series of injuries, including a fractured wrist, torn patella ligament, and dislocated knee. However, she overcame her injuries and came back stronger than ever.

She will compete on the USA Gymnastics team alongside Simone Biles (19), Gabby Douglas (20), Ally Raisman (22), and Madison Kocian (19).

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I cannot wait for #Rio2016. I will be rooting for you, Laurie Hernandez. Stay sassy, and I know you are going to KILL IT!

The AllenMichael Virgin Hair Experience

After being a living testimony by experiencing Autism and ADHD through a close relative all while having a passion for hair, the 21-year-old entrepreneur Tiana Bell created the infamous AllenMichael Virgin Hair extensions.

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Validation Comes From Within: Meet Detroit Hip Hop Artist Valid

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By: Bre Nicole J Instagram: @bre_nicolej

What’s in a name? For the past  five years, Serbian Hip Hop artist, Valid,  has been working very hard on his artistry, gaining recognition in  Toronto, St. Louis,  Chicago,  Serbia, Africa and his hometown, Detroit.

The upcoming star has just released a new album called ” Reach High”, that introduces who the rapper  is with a song called “Validation”.  The song, produced by Fresh Kills and cut by Dj Los,  paints a picture of how any rapper can “touch mics, bust flows, but the real reward is that you touch souls”. He makes it clear that rap is bigger  than  the paper game and fame. What he wants listeners and fans to understand is how hip hop was and still is a movement that unites all people and paints a story illustrating a revolution, artistry, power, and creativity.  With lyrics  such as ” to me authenticity is a stamp of approval”, he needs no validation because Big Valid is his name.

While signed to Titan Records, Valid has gained the respect and notoriety of Dj Butter,  Producer Topp, DJ J Mac from Beyond Physics. Receiving radio air play at FM 98 WJLB, Detroit’s home for hip-hop and R&B, Valid has also been featured in an ad inside  XXL Magazine and on Vladtv.com for the song Competitor, that was a collaboration between him and SupaEmcee. The artist has worked with 7 The General, Mr. Cliffnote, Pierre Anthony, Keith Murray, and Ellie Sandiego.

Valid , who received the name Mr. E aka “Mr. Everywhere”, was even requested to do a feature on one of Topp’s, albums called, “View from the Top”, which featured Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Kuniva and Bizarre of D12.

In 2012, Topp produced a track and used Valid as an artist along with Fat Ray, Stretch Money, Moe Dirdee, and Marv Won , called All in All, that hit No. 1 on 89.3 FM Top Twenty Hot List.

Recently Valid stopped by to holla at Dj Sic Musiq  at WIDR 89.1 in Kalamazoo, Michigan,  to drop the new album. The two sat down and talked on Valid’s musical influences,  such as Common, Mos Def, Nas, Talib Kweli, Slum Village and Andre 3000 just to name a few— as well as the new project , some special remixes coming up with familiar voices from Detroit, where the artist is heading in the hip hop game and who the artist wants to work with in the near future.   Some of the artists named drop include Freddie Gibbs, Dwele, and Big Sean.

Valid lives by the code of being authentic, allowing his listeners to savour every word he says in his verses. Valid’s music is poised with conventional substance of his struggles in the hip hop world trying to pursue his dreams while having many doubt him. Currently his new single “New Nasty” , produced by Nick Speed (producer of G-Unit and produced for Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli, Phat Kat, and  many other artists), is expected to ring bells, as Valid promotes the new definition of a classy “ride or die” lady in the streets and freak in the sheets.

Valid and a Serbian Hip-Hop, OLR, just dropped a new single “Underground” that is now international. And wait there’s more, Valid along with legends Nolan the Ninja, Semi the Six, and Foul Mouth, dropped the song “Alpha”, that’s laced with cuts from DJ Munja, who has built a highly respectable legacy throughout the years in the European Hip-Hop scene.
His new summer smash radio hit New Nasty ( Murda Mitten Mix), is filled with features from Dusty McFly and Neisha Ne’Shae! It’s one favorite that you won’t get tired of!
As the eye can see Valid has surrounded himself with some prominent names in the hip-hop community and is embarking on more.  There’s much to come from this hip hop artist!
Check out some of his work below!
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Bre Nicole is a multimedia personality working in front and behind the scenes. She founded a blog site called insidethegirlsroom.com, the fall of 2014, while studying Family Life Education and Communications at Western Michigan University. During her senior year at WMU, she received a full ride scholarship at Specs Howard School of Media Arts for Broadcast Media. Bre Nicole has also interned with Oh So Radio as a blogger, hosted on a TV show called 7 Mile 2 Belle Isle Reloaded and was a production intern for the Blaine Fowler Morning Show at 96.3 WDVD (Cumulus Media Detroit). She is currently an on air radio personality for Power96.5 in Lansing,Michigan. Media is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to Bre Nicole,this young,ambitious 24 year old has also interned as a suicide prevention specialist and has a nonprofit agency called Saving Our Sisters that focuses on breaking abusive family cycles and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities, while providing workshops on emotional well being and healthy relationships.

Don’t Let Personal Vendettas Keep You From Stacking Bread

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By Bre Nicole J

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It’s business nothing personal! Whatever ill feelings you’ve held against someone in the past is completely irrelevant! When you’re building a brand there are a few things you need to ask yourself— is it worth it? Will I make money? Is it beneficial for what I want to accomplish ? Why am I doing this in the first place? How can I make this happen? And what will it take in the process?
Holding a personal vendetta that has absolutely nothing to do with money or your brand is not one of those things you should allow to get in the way. If you inflict pain on someone else because that person hurt you, it’s not going to eliminate the pain you are currently feeling. The hurt will still be there . Don’t be the hurt person, who hurt you .

Most of the time the reason we are holding a grudge or wrongdoing against someone is because of another person. When it comes to being a woman, sometimes that other person, who is the cause of all the drama is a guy.

Back in college there were a few women who disliked me due to my connection to a guy that I was dating. There was always a new rumor being dished out about who I was as a person and my integrity because of my relations with him.

Of course many of the women who had their opinion about me were also women he had slept with. Others were just so unhappy about their own life that they tried so hard to make my life miserable with their personal beliefs about me.

Fight2I couldn’t let their opinions and grudges define my brand and define me. These women weren’t paying my bills, weren’t cashing my checks, and weren’t helping me build my brand or career so their opinions about me were invalid.

You have to remember what people say about you and how they feel about you, is really none of your business!

As career driven women the grudges held against other women and men can get in the way of making rational and logical decisions when it comes to gaining profit.

Of course you don’t want to do business with someone you don’t trust or has a hidden agenda, but if it’s about helping your brand as well as someone else’s brand, all personal issues on who screwed who back in high school and college, should get thrown out the window. No one cares anymore, except you.

It happened and it’s over and done with. Do not allow it to affect working with someone who may bring a lot of good to your business. No need to get revenge or angry about the past, it already happened and it ain’t nothing you can do about it.

If you inflict pain on the person who hurt you, it’s not going to eliminate the pain you are currently feeling. The hurt will still be there . Don’t be the hurt person, who hurt you . Allowing the actions of another person to control how you handle and run your business, or how you participate as a team member at a company takes more of a toil on you than the person who actually hurt you.

Remember bitter Betty’s never win in the end. Like Beyonce’ said in ‘Formation’ — ‘always stay gracious the best revenge is your paper’.

Here are a few ways to let go of past wrongdoings!

Take great care of yourself always (your mental /emotional well being, physical, and spiritual)
Read positive daily affirmations
Get an accountability partner who will tell you the right thing to do —who is the good angel on your shoulder not that trickling little devil
Substitute negative thoughts with positive thinking
Write a list of all of your best positive qualities
Surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself
Treat yourself to nice things
Write a letter about how that person made you feel and burn it
Keep writing the same letter if you keep having those same negative thoughts about how that person made you feel and then burn it once more
Fall in love with a better you
Remember that forgiveness is a daily process and we have to do it every day with cleansing and renewing our minds and hearts

Bre Nicole is a multimedia personality working in front and behind the scenes. She founded a blog site called insidethegirlsroom.com, the fall of 2014, while studying Family Life Education and Communications at Western Michigan University. During her senior year at WMU, she received a full ride scholarship at Specs Howard School of Media Arts for Broadcast Media. Bre Nicole has also interned with Oh So Radio as a blogger, hosted on a TV show called 7 Mile 2 Belle Isle Reloaded and was a production intern for the Blaine Fowler Morning Show at 96.3 WDVD (Cumulus Media Detroit). She is currently an on air radio personality for Power96.5 in Lansing,Michigan. Media is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to Bre Nicole,this young,ambitious 24 year old has also interned as a suicide prevention specialist and has a nonprofit agency called Saving Our Sisters that focuses on breaking abusive family cycles and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities, while providing workshops on emotional well being and healthy relationships.