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Skye Morales “Video Premiere & Single Release” [ATL Event]

Artist development is becoming a lost art. These days artists record vocals on a laptop upload it and claim they are a recording artist. Well I have watched Skye Morales grow and with the assistance of super producer WLPWR she is setup for success. You not familiar with Skye Morales well let me introduce you. She is a talented songstress based in Atlanta, GA surrounded by a talented team backed by Gray Matter Collective. She has released snippets of her new music on her social media. The time has come to hear more than a few seconds of what she has been cooking up. This Saturday September, 9th 2017 the single release and video premier celebration for her track “New One” goes down. It will take place at Galleria 314 810 Huff Rd NW at 10 pm. I also forgot to mention our good friend Fort Knox will be hosting the event. So that means pending pandemonium on a Saturday night! Make sure you click RSVP link below. Lastly let me give the biggest shout out to Gray Matter Collective CEO Angela Woodley who has played the biggest role in getting Skye where she is. So are you ready for a New One? RSVP and be at Galleria 314 to witness it live!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR EVENT

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Tennessee Bests Georgia Tech By One Point, 42-41, In Overtime, At Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Video)

Okay, stay with me. The Saturday Florida State vs. Alabama game was the college football debut for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the kickoff for the season. But last night was the Chik-Fil-A Season Kickoff. Got a problem with two kickoff games at Atlanta’s premier football venue. Can you get over it if you do? Let college football be great!

And it was great, esp. last night. While Alabama put Saturday’s game (highlights here) in the books well before the end of regulation, the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets kept kicking and stinging and fighting… all the way through intense overtime play. A true nail-biter to the end that, which should make broadcast advertisers and event sponsors hella happy (as there was NO turning away).

Watch the highlights above. And MAAAAAD respect to Georgia Tech for going for two and the win at the end. That’s guts. THAT’S FOOTBALL!

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Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium Opens College Football With Alabama Vs. Florida State (Video)

In every good way, it was a great kickoff for the new home to Atlanta football, Mercedes-Benz Stadium… and a bit ‘greater’ if you are a Crimson Tide fan. A good look on TV and it looked like an epic event was being enjoyed by those fortunate enough to be at the FSU vs. UA game live. Very unfortunate late game injury to FSU Seminole quarterback Francois though.

Watch the game highlight reel above.

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Atlanta Fans Are Excited About The New Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Video)

Falcon Fans, college football fans, fans of spectacle… REJOICE! And witness opening day at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Complete with attendee comments and cute cheerleaders. Now all that’s left is the Florida State vs. Alabama baptism next weekend.

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Live Footage From ‘United We Stand: Rally for Colin Kaepernick’ (Video)

When does a protest gesture become a movement? When others get involved. Rosa Parks took a stand by refusing to stand and go to the back of the bus, then boycott, then movement. Kaep took a stand by taking a knew because he felt he could no longer stand our American nightmare (injustice, police brutality) that is our current situation. You have no doubt heard talk about boycotting the NFL. Do we now have a movement?

Time will tell. But for right now, we do have a rally. Check it out.

We’re live at the NFL headquarters in NYC as demonstrators rally in support of unsigned quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
– HuffPost Black Voices

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VICE News Reports On ‘Race and Terror’ In Charlottesville (Video)

Here is a VICE News piece on the protests, counter-protests, why everyone is REALLY there, the points of view, passionate responses and tragedy coming out of Charlottesville.

On Saturday hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one protester, and two police officers – and many more injured.
– VICE News

The lens through which we observe events that affect us should be handled responsibly. The lens in this instance is journalistic reporting. There is stuff we ought to know. A free press should (read again: SHOULD) keep our eyes on what is important, tell us why, and provide proper focus long enough for us to make up our own minds about it. Extending the metaphor, the lens should be kept clear of clutter so we can see the TRUTH. That truth is left to each of us to find for ourselves.

On what’s going on in Charlottesville, VICE News does that. Like they always do: They go to the hot spot and embed, clear out the clutter and show us what it going on and why we should care; and viewers can go from there. Elle Reeve was there for VICE News to show us the raw truth, including what everyone said… including the U.S. President and White supremacist leader Chris Cantwell. Their words. Footage of actions and aftermath. Truthfully presented. Point blank period.

(You will likely feel enraged, sad, confused, helpless, or some combination. But if you feel anything like akin to Cantwell’s smirk at the end of this piece, LEAVE. And NEVER come back!

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Save The Date: The ‘Eclipse Across America’ Occurs On August 21st (Trailer)

Just imagine back when eclipses were ‘magical’ events, mysteries that caused anxiety in the hearts of all around when they happened unexpectedly. But not today, we predict when they are coming… even tell you how to get the best look at them… But this ‘Eclipse Across America’ is one of those that still might cause a ‘stir’ within even the most experienced observers of eclipses.

On August 21st, as the Earth, Moon and Sun align, a total solar eclipse will blaze a brilliant path across the continental United States. For millions, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make the most of it with our new exclusive 4-part series, where we reveal the best way to watch, dive deep into the science, and explore the high-tech experiments ready to capture the event.
– CuriosityStream

Watch the trailer for this documentary mini-series.

@ojones1

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The Do Over is Kicking it Back in Atlanta [ATL Event]

One thing we enjoy in Atlanta, GA is a good time. So when you combine good music, adult beverages, an international traveling party, and a world renown footwear brand you have one heck of a kick back. On July 9th that’s what we have when the Do Over party arrives back in Atlanta powered by Adidas and Miller Lite to take over the Sound Table on Edgewood. This day party wont be confined to just the sound table it is an official block party so prepare to dance in the streets of Atlanta while sipping come cold brew (If that is your choice of course). All you have to do in RSVP for entry and you are in the game. You know they will have a killer lineup of DJ’s thats a prerequisite for all Do Over events. They have not released that information yet but with the many great DJ’s in Atlanta and they always have surprise guests so no need to worry. Here is some video footage from previous Atlanta Do Over and RSVP link below.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR ATLANTA DO OVER

ArtByOdell

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Look At All The Women With Their ‘Buns’ Out And Trucks Doing ‘Burnouts’ At California Truck Invasion 2017 (Video)

These women love trucks, the smell and smoke from burnt rubber, and live bands! And daaaaaamn… California Truck Invasion 2017 certainly does bring out some deliciously thick Eye Candies, doesn’t it?! NICE! Nice music for this video montage, too. Check out the Eventasy’s IG for this event.

Check out the Instagram, too.

EVENTASY ON INSTAGRAM

@ojones1

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Ice Cube Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame (Video)

I’ll admit that I had not given much thought to stuff like this, mainstream Hollywood’s recognition of Ice Cube’s work, but it’s about time! Now, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer can point to his own star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. That’s cool. Very cool. Congrats, Cube!

@ojones1

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Girls Gone Viral: Black Beach Weekend 2017 (Biloxi, Mississippi, USA) [Video]

Wowzerrrrs ma’ams and sirs! By now you know, or ought to know, that I am from Alabama. Begs the question of me: WHERE did all them thick Alabama molasses asses in this vid come from, and WHY did they all flood Mississippi like this and not tell me???

Oh, Black Beach Weekend. They still do it like that? Apparently so. And I’ain’even know must be getting old *sigh*

Now, it might just be me, but I must warn y’all that there is a HIGH degree of ratchet roaming about. Not mad at that. Folks getting ratchet provide the best batches (drink, smoke, photos, videos, and all kinds of ASStonishing things). The music you’ll hear is the perfect soundtrack for all that hood hectic (fair warning). Young Black folks going WILD for sure. But I saw some hustlers handling biz, too. Every archetype from the trickster/gambler, to the curbside fry cook, to a weed edibles salesman. Then you see folks walking and flashing the fly liquors and folks riding in the big body vehicles with even bigger rims. All that kind of stuff I remember from back in the day for the most part.

But THEN you get new school star power. Sure, rumpshakers alone will get views. But how about folks who are already viral stars out there? Coming to the stage NOLA’s own PATTIWHACK and Dancing DanRue (around the 7 minute mark) getting live baaaaby with the ‘Peter Piper pick a pan… Yeeeeaaaah!’

Hahaaa! I’m not mad at y’all overall Biloxi (but some YouTube commenters are apparently… chill will’ya… sheezus). Do you! But at least send home some of them juicy ‘Bama yum-yums though.

@ojones1

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Feature Presentation: Man On Hoverboard Delivers The 2017 Portuguese Cup Final Game Ball To The Official (Video)

Dear real American football: You took an L for this round. Have you SEEN this technical extracurricular activity they had poppin’ at the football (okay futbol, happy?)?? A hoverboard pilot delivered the soccer game ball to the official like a f#cking superhero (well, supervillain, if you go the Green Goblin route)!

The match ball for the 2017 Portuguese Cup final was delivered to the referee by a man on a drone. The man rode the spider-like drone around 70m in driving rain before landing by the match official near the halfway line and handing the ball over. Benfica won the game 2-1, beating Vitória de Guimarães and completing their 11th league and cup double.
– Guardian Football

Even if you aren’t into this kind of ball, you gotta admit that this clip is baaaallinnnn’!

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Politics: Former President Obama Goes To Germany (Video)

I believe that the Barack Obama post-Presidency has the potential to be even more impactful and far-reaching across the decades than even former President Jimmy Carter’s. And that’s a high bar. In my lifetime, Carter was one of the few U.S. Presidents that have done more than had a big library built. Google his accomplishments as Ambassador, as a peace negotiator, working with the Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity… and both Carter and Obama have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

A massive crowd gathered in Berlin to listen to former POTUS Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak about democracy.
– CBS This Morning

Watch this clip. Just a warm up. But it looks like the former Prez is done with the water skiing vacations and is getting ready to go back to work making the world a better place.

@ojones1

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ESPN President John Skipper Speaks At The Tuskegee University Commencement And…

…it was a CELEBRATION! Strike up the band… the best band in the land, the Tuskegee University Golden Virtuosos!!

Wow. I have a LOT of family and friends who are Tuskegee Institute and Tuskegee University alumni. I may well have attended myself, but The University Of Alabama ended up being the best option (financially, mainly) for continuing my education post-high school. However, anyone who grew up in ‘Skegee can tell you that TU and the town that surrounds it are bound in many ways; especially on Football Saturdays (Homecoming Weekend = Off The Meter!) and special commemorations. So, I may not be a TU alum, but I am a true Tuskegeean (46!)… and trust me, that is way past close enough for me join in celebrating this.

See more footage and some of what students and Presidents Skipper and Johnson had to say on this occasion after the jump.

(Wonder if any of this made SportsCenter over the weekend? Best bet for worthy coverage is ESPN’s ‘The Six’ with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith.)

#ESPNSportsCenterTheme #TUBallandParlay #MCP #TUCommencement2017#CelebratingTUBestandBrightest

@ojones1

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival Celebrates 40 years: Memorial Day Weekend

 

It is cause for a Celebration because the Atlanta Jazz Festival is going into it’s 40th year of operation.  This is no small feat considering it is one of the top free Jazz Festivals in the country.  It all happens Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28) at historic Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA.  Three days filled with great music from Jazz legends and new artists on the rise.  We are talking about The Robert Glasper Experiment, Macy Gray, Regina Carter, and Freddy Cole just to name a few.  So if you are in Atlanta or the surrounding areas make your way to Piedmont park.  Get there early with your blanket, picnic basket and enjoy some great performances courtesy of the City of Atlanta.

ArtbyOdell Twitter / SoundCloud

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Hasan Minhaj (Of The Daily Show) Gives An Roast Epic Speech At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Video)

Ohhhhhh shhhheeeeeeeiiiit! I wanted to categorize this as comedy, but this is more. This is even more biting than mere satire; plenty of BITE. Don Rickles (RIP) level roasting of an entire room AND of The President… you know, at the WHITE HOUSE Correspondents’ event that they have EVERY year.

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj took full advantage of Donald Trump’s absence by taking aim at The President and his administration during his monologue at the White House Correspondents’ dinner.
Global News

I’m sure it was on his calendar. But hell, I cannot blame him. Some of this sh!t BURNED, but it seems like everyone took it in stride. And I do mean everyone, because ‘The Daily Show’ Correspondent Hasan Minhaj gave a taste to EVERYONE: Not just the POTUS, but key officials in his Administration, with shots for Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, even C-SPAN (who broadcasts the event annually)!

You HAVE to watch, but strap up and sack up. Hasan is hella funny, but his speech hits hella HARD! Whew.

@ojones1

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The Penn Relays 2017 by Jamaine Mungo For JAYFORCE.COM (Video)

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Posted this little snip so you all can see what it is like to be in the midst of massive pure human energy on level 12! Anyone who might have seen the subject of this post and thought, “Penn Relays… so that’s a big deal?” YES! It’s a big tings a Gwan!!! Peace to the homie “Maine” for sharing this firsthand experience for this piece, too.

Began running track my freshman year in high school, attended Maple Shade High School, New Jersey. My events were 400m, 800m and the 4×400 meter relay. Along with my teammates, we always trained hard and wanted to win. Our mindset was that hard work pays off and it certainly did. The start of outdoor track & field started in March and we all knew that once April approached it would be time for the Penn Relays. We knew that once we stepped on that track at Penn Relays, it would be “Game Time”. It is an indescribable feeling of pure energy, excitement, and adrenaline once you step on to the track at Penn Relays.

After high school, I continued my track career at Virginia State University running the 400m, 800m and 4x400m events. Throughout my time at VSU, I ran the 4x400m, sprint medley and distant medley relay events at the Penn Relays. Every year that I’ve run at the Penn Relays, there was that same electrifying feeling was always there and I always ran my personal best time.

There is an overall natural feeling of excitement for any athlete from high school, collegiate to olympian who steps onto the track at the University of Pennsylvania for the Penn Relays. A majority of athletes run their fastest times at the track that is known as a “fast track”. The Penn Relay carnival kicks off on a Tuesday and goes until Saturday. Athletes range from all age groups from middle school, high school, college, Olympians, and masters groups whom still compete at the golden age of 75+ running the 100m dash.

This is the largest Track & Field competition that is hosted where you can see all forms of athletes from all different age groups, various events and guaranteed to see some fast times on the track from the world’s best athletes.

So, you got a stadium packed with 90,000 fans – cheering, shouting, blowing horns, rattling all kinds of noisemakers and reveling with each other –
transferring that energy to the athletes who are now overcharged to run their fastest. Tradition, excellence, positive potential energy turned kinetic in the best ways. The Penn Relays started in April 21st, 1895 and is showing no signs of slowing down. It continues to get larger each year. The last race this year ended early Saturday evening, and just like that, it is over… until next year! – Jamaine

Hit the jump for a couple of images of Jamaine Mungo from Penn Relays Years Ago.

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The 2017 NFL Draft Experience: Takeaways From JAYFORCE.COM Sports Team In Philadelphia

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The 2017 NFL Draft In Philadelphia was the 1st time the NFL Draft would be held outdoors. The NFL draft in Philadelphia drew over 250,000 people with plenty of activities for adults & children a like as fans packed Philly’s Benjamin Franklin parkway up to Philadelphia’s Art Museum aka the “Rocky Steps” made famous by Sylvester Stallone.

There were a wide variety of activities in the park before & during the NFL draft that were free of charge most likely leveraged by the variety of corporate sponsors participating. Zip lines, kids events, & even a Lombardi trophy was on hand for fans to gawk or flick it up with.

A few things we noticed included the price of beers that were $12 a can which made it more difficult for anyone to get too rowdy & drunk during the festivities. Although the beers were expensive, the purified water at various stations throughout the park was free.

Public transportation from the suburbs & back on Philadelphia’s Regional trains was free for anyone who stepped foot on board. Philadelphia did an excellent job hosting the NFL Draft outdoors on the parkway.


Not only did it turn out successful, but it also allowed the NFL to break attendance records for the NFL Draft as various people were moved in & out of the seating area for a chance to witness the draft up close. Check out more video, pics, & thoughts from the Jayforce.com sports crew about the experience below…..

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Stephen Colbert With A ‘420 Monologue’ To (Not) Remember [Video]

Wonder if Stephen ever ‘inhaled’ though. But he and intern Stoney Von Dankington have this same convo every year on this date. Yes. THAT is the real meaning behind 4/20 – a commemoration of their hilarious conversation.

(That… and puff-puff-PASS maaaaan. Hahaaaa!)

@ojones1

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Detroit Artist-Producer Tall Black Guy Speaks On His ‘Playlist Retreat’ Experience (Video)

At first, watching this we’re going, “Really, Tall Black Guy. You feel the need to tell folks WHO The Magnificient DJ Jazzy Jeff is.” Then we think about it… Jeff has had an INCREDIBLE career that spans DECADES… appreciated by fans who were barely walking (or not even conceived) when he was with The Fresh Prince on the reg. So cool. Also cool, and very appreciated, is this clip of TBG speaking on how dope it was being at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s annual Playlist Retreat.

Dope! If you look back on here, TBG did a li’l som’n som’n on the 2015 event #DownSinceDayOne

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