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Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks On “Girl’s Trip,” Relationships, Tupac, And Diversity In Hollywood (Video)

Jada Pinkett Smith’s book could be lit… VERY! Details on her movie “Girl’s Trip,” her relationship with Tupac Shakur, her drug dealing days… yep! She talks about it some in this interview, but is careful not to tell all.

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Freshco Shares Memories of Working with The Notorious B.I.G. (Video)

For those who don’t know: Freshco (aka Shawn Conrad) is FIRE on a mic! I’ll post my all-time fav joint from him after the jump. But for now, take my word if you have no other reason to care. Then click play and consider that Biggie mostly worked with microphone masters back in the day. And he wanted to put something down with Freshco. That ought to tell you something!

But let me tell you something… Freshco has a previously unreleased track featuring himself and the Notorious B.I.G.! However, the lionshare of Freshco’s talk is about memories of B.I.G., not that track.

Come back with me to 1993 when Biggie and I met and did some music together. Before the Tupac beef. Before the King of New York.
Shawn Conrad

@ojones1

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Meek Mill Speaks About Being In The Middle Of Several Beefs, Making Amends And Moving On To Being Grown (Video)

Alright. I’ll fess up: I barely listen to Meek Mill’s music. Got sucked into the non-rap related beefs & bullsh!t he was in and wasn’t even really a fan of any of that. But this interview… He sounds like a man who has been through some things, learned something from it, and will likely go through a little less of them. He mentions being 30 years of age, but I can tell you: The passage of years has nothing to do with attaining the wisdom they should give you. How to focus ‘thug’ energy on standing firm in the face of adversity (esp. that which you brought on yourself). Having realized that sometimes it is best to stay low instead of high posting all the damn time. Wisdom!

Of course, Meek is still about with the sh!ts. He starts the interview with some of that. But there’s less of it around to smell up the joint. Good interview!

@ojones1

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Black Chyna Sends Racy ‘Hate Me Now’ Footage To Ex Rob Kardashian (Video)

Black Chyna & Rob Kardashian are no longer sitting in that tree kissing. Okay, people move on. Life goes on. Rob goes online and puts Black Chyna on…BLAST for cheating. Sooooo, the PETTY goes on as Black Chyna claps back with a vid of her lip smacks on her new boo-boo (boxer J’Leon Love). Wowwwww!

(She sexy af though.)

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DJ Jazzy Jeff x Mick – “Summertime Vol. 8” (Mixtape)

Well, it’s about time! Now the summer, summer, summertime can truly begin. This is the “Summertime Vol. 8” mixtape. Can you believe DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick have been putting these dope sets of mixes, blends, and exclusives out for eight years??? Salute to the duo.

DJ JAZZY JEFF X MICK – SUMMERTIME VOL. 8 (MIXTAPE)

That Spike Lee Joint, She’s Gotta Have It, Is Now A Netflix Series (Trailer)

Wow! All the way down to the “Please, Baby Baby, Please!” This is ‘sho nuff’ gone be the good stuff, ‘ya dig?’

Nola Darling is back. See her struggle to define herself and divide her time among friends, job, and three lovers in this new take on Spike Lee’s classic film. Coming to Netflix this Thanksgiving.
– Netflix

And like in the namesake movie decades ago, they made the Nola character extra sexy, free-spirited and irresistible (yes). Sure “She’s Gotta Have It” but so do WE! Can’t wait ’til November.

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La La Anthony Speaks On Parenting & Life Apart From Carmelo, Her Career And More (Video)

Have you SEEN La La looking so so DELICIOUS on “Power” on Starz? Have MERCY, she is so fine! Plus, an actually good actor.

LaLa breaks it down with ‘Ebro In The Morning’ on how she feels about Phil Jackson being fired, where her and Melo stand right now, and how she got her first big break.
– Hot 97

Great interview. Real talk. Gotta imagine that her radio background helps her communicate all this so well, too.

Around the 10-minute mark – even the list of friends is HOT, and ‘bye Phil-lecia’ hahaaa!

(Confirmed: La and the homie 4-IZE did ‘live together’ back in the day, just like he rapped on “How’d That Work Out?” She said it in here! Salute to the homie.)

@ojones1

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Comedy: When She’s That Fine, You Gotta ‘Shoot Your Shot’ Like This, Player (Video)

So a potential boo walks through while you are out with your crew… looking fine like Bonita Applebum and then some! How do you muster the courage and make your play for her before she walks away?

Ladies what if I shot my shot like this? Would you give me the number??? Every man needs a hype man like Tahir Moore.
Clint Coley

Hey, man. Gotta give points for creativity, effort, and TEAMWORK.

(Now, me? I see her wearing a Daft Punk shirt… So I’d be busting out my best Pharrell singing voice, dancing like Stephen Colbert and trying to “Get Lucky!” Hahaaa!)

@ojones1

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Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Are ‘The Defiant Ones’ (Video)

Getting close to the HBO four-part docu-series debut date: July 9th. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are “The Defiant Ones”. Got the latest trailer for that cued up above.

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Flashback Footage Of Stephen A. Smith’s Strong Views On Black Men & Women, Dating And More (Video)

Yoooo! Okay, so Stephen A. is a man with priorities… getting his hands on the booty and them legs… PRIORITY! Ha! Can’t be mad at that, or at the frankness of these clips (above, and after the jump). Check out ‘another side’ of the sports commentator. Still giving out strong opinions though.

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Comedy: Do You Like My Head? (Video)

Okay, please accept my late pass for this sketch post, but it’s hella hilarious. And J Snow doing that  Lebron-level big game sudsy money shot… Yooooooo, cleanest dirtiest innuendo everrrrr!

Plus the cute Eye Candy (Cynthia Luciette, found her on IG) in there looked sweet. Can’t imagine being mad at her for any period of time!

@ojones1

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The First 10 Things A Woman Notices About A Man (Video)

Not sure how much rigor went into the research behind this knowledge, but Antonio has a list that ensures a dude cannot miss… with the ladies! Here are the 10 things he says you must have on point: Your Silhouette, Your Body Movements, Your Hands, Your Face, Your Smile, Your Clothing, Your Mannerisms, Your Language Ability, Your Smell, and Your Style Details.

Check it out. May well be some ‘news’ you can use in this.

@ojones1

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Why Drake And The-Dream “Shut It Down” As A Team After 2010 (Video)


Ha! Read that title and in for the dramaaaaa, huh? Nope. No real drama. Just grown men. Artists who collab’d for a killer cut; whose time was up. Each ‘reaching out’ in their own ways, their ways just didn’t jibe. And thus, no follow-up collaboration. It happens. Dr. Dre and Rakim, R. Kelly and Jay Z… things run their course; some courses shorter than others.

In 2010, The-Dream collaborated with Drake on “Shut It Down” from his album ‘Thank Me Later.’ In this excerpt of the first installment of Genius Level, Terius “The-Dream” Nash explains why the two haven’t worked together since.
– Genius

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Ice Cube Confronts Bill Maher About His Use Of The “N” Word (Video)

That’s our word now, and you can’t have it back.
Ice Cube

Certainly not ‘nothing’ and much ado should be made of it. Uber-Progressive, sh!t-talking talk show host who walks the talk Bill Maher opened the can and got himself into a jam loaded with n-word on a prior show. Bitter n-word use that left a BAD taste in everyone’s mouths, esp. Black people’s). Just used that word like he was one of the the n—

(Nope. Not gonna.)

But you know what? This is a teachable moment. And like an adult, Bill went to the cabinet and took his medicine. He had Michael Eric Dyson AND Ice Cube on the very next show. And they addressed that sh!t. Worked it out. No sugarcoating. Very frank, to the point, grown-folk talk about what Bill knows: It is NOT okay for him (as a White person) to invoke the n-word.

Watch and be impressed how the NWA (irony much?) articulated the matter and what was the matter to Maher and by extension to the millions of people who follow his lead (including many who might be getting a bit too comfortable using the n-word). Teachable moment…

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Ishawna Speaks On Her Career, “Equal Rights” And More (Video)

Fair warning: You are going to fall for Ishawna’s voice almost as fast as her fineness. Interesting talk about her being where from where so many other Dancehall greats are from, her coming up and her uniqueness in the genre. Of course, Sway and Ishawna had to get into all the dirty and the ‘dutty’ in her hit “Equal Rights” (hot). All kinds of great convo. Watch!

(Oh, Ishawna! The one Jah Prince interviewed back in the day. She mighty fine and stayed on the grind. That’s maaahd!

@ojones1

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Ashley Graham Tells Us “What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like” (Video)

Right from the start, I gotta ask: She’s shot nude??? A LOT??? Where the footage at, Ashley? Please! After the interview? Okay…

Ashley Graham came by Sway in the Morning to talk about her new book, “A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like” and opens up about growing up curvy, drugs and accepting her body.
Sway’s Universe

Yes, Ashley’s life has been a wild ride, rife with challenges and complexity. Several revelations and messages in here. Definitely worth clicking play, so y’all do that… while I go looking for them nudes.

@ojones1

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Food: South L.A.’s African-American Taco Movement (Video)

Okay, you know Memphis for the barbecue and Philly for the cheesesteak… Basically, there are a lot of cities with food that reps. Check out a new food movement: South Los Angeles’ African American Tacos. Just a taste of Food Grails, a new First We Feast travel series.

Welcome to Food Grails, a new First We Feast travel series hosted by Miss Info. As a music journalist, she’s travelled the world and seen the power of artists who rep for their hometown sound. Now, she wants to discover how foods define a city’s flavor—from Atlanta’s lemon-pepper wings, to NYC’s beef patties. These are America’s food grails.
First We Feast

Learned some math: Profit from slanging tacos > profit from selling weed (wow, plus weed heads probably come through with ‘the munchies’ yo). Serious business here. Watch.

@ojones1

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Kevin Hart Speaks On His Life, His Book, His Inspirations And More (Video)

Fellas, if you are ‘blessed’ below you are blessed for sho’ no matter how bad your life might go. Just paraphrasing some of the hilarious, but real, talk that this clip starts with. And then we quickly move to Kevin’s dad getting hit with an axe (wait, WHAT??!)… and it keeps getting realer, still real funny, while slipping in some real motivation & inspiration.

Kevin Hart is Brutally Honest in His New Book ‘I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons’ + Learning from Legends in the Industry & Speaks on New Partnership With Lionsgate.
Sway’s Universe

Lots to unpack in the above interview. Good stuff.

@ojones1

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Karyn Parsons Talks A Bit About Her Sweet Blackberry Foundation, Being Close To ‘The Fresh Prince’ & Cast And Her Life Since Being ‘Hilary Banks’ (Video)

Maaaan, Karyn Parsons was and IS that kind of fine that makes you wanna cuss out loud and call a friend over to celebrate her hotness with you. But you don’t cuss, you don’t call out… You stay put and stare, engaged, not even sure how you’d react if she gave you convo; let alone “a shot.” Yes, gentlemen and ladies, you would so wanna ‘cuff’ Karyn. Even now that cuffing season is over. Even more so after you watch this interview.

You’ll remember today’s guest from her role as Hilary Banks from the popular NBC sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Today, actress and writer Karyn Parsons is the founder and president of Sweet Blackberry, a foundation that aims to teach children stories of African American achievement. Parsons stopped by ‘Sway in the Morning’ to tell us all about her Sweet Blackberry initiative, being a mom, and her acting career.
Sway’s Universe

Oh, sooo Karyn is already married with children and making moves to benefit all our children. Wow, bittersweet. Know what though: She is so wonderful and worthwhile, you gotta still wish her well. Great interview. Worth the watch!

@ojones1

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Do You Know Mindfulness Coach George Mumford? Michael Jordan And Kobe Bryant Do (Video)

The best way to score is not to try to score… You form an intention and then you have to allow it to happen.
George Mumford

Not too far a stretch for two players coached by Phil Jackson to be into meditation. Jackson was known as ‘The Zen Master’ of course. However, this Daily VICE video is going to adjust the spotlight so it shines on the guy that really helped Air and The Heir Apparent to get their minds right, meditation guru George Mumford.

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