Women’s Month: Jada Pinkett Smith

Who doesn’t love Jada? We all know her for being a dope actress in movies such as Set It Off, Low Down Dirty Shame and plenty more. She’s married to one of the dopest, coolest actors Will Smith and more recently she’s served as a voice of reason and even a therapist to entertainers in the industry.

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Jada sat down with her husbands ex-wife and talked about the power of coparenting and blended families.

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She sat down with Gabrielle Union to talk about their unknown beef with each other.

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Shes discussed mental health with Kid Cudi

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Jada was a big help in August Alsina’s addiction recovery

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More recently, she had Jordyn Woods on her show to discuss the scandal she was involved in with Khloe Kardashian’s baby father. She let Jordyn speak her peace and whether it’s true or not, Jada gave Jordyn the platform to speak.

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Jada doesn’t steer away from any topics. She’s even opened up about her and Will’s relationship which has been in the headlines. All in all, Jada is dope and we should appreciate her more.

Comment your thoughts on Ms. Jada below.

Danii Gold out! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

 

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August Alsina Forever And a Day EP Review

It’s been a while since August Alsina blessed us with a collection of music and might I say, I was ver excited when he dropped it.

It’s no secret that he was battling a lot, from collapsing at a concert and dealing with health issues, to becoming addicted to prescription drugs to recently losing his sister in law to cancer and having to take care of his three nieces. August has been through a lot, from the broken relationship with his mother to losing his brother to gun violence. He channels his pain through his music and blesses us with it.

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His newest EP “Forever and A Day” talks about love, pleasing a woman, and just being there for her. The sound is sensual and sexy. He does a lot of background vocals which is unique AND he threw a couple features on there.

To break down each song; The Ep titled intro “Forever and A Day” song is about loving a woman (or a man, for the women) for forever and wanting to keep that same love for forever.

The second track “Be Love” expresses the want of being there for a woman (or whomever) and wanting to give her the love she deserves. AIN’T THAT SWEET!! 🥰🥰

The song “You” featuring Keith Sweat, is one of my favorites, especially the background vocals. This song is a love making song, and he says it in the song lol. He has Keith Sweat in the chorus and August ironically adds the line “Who can fuck you like me? (Nobody) And who can give you what you need? (Nobody, baby)”

Control” is self explanatory; it’s about not being able to control yourself around someone you’re involved with. August got Ty Dolla $ign on this one to help with the chorus, another enjoyable hit.

The fifth track “Secret” is about someone bringing out your sensitive side and you don’t want them telling anyone because it’s not part of your normal character. But he also says it’s not that big of a secret because it’s hard for him to hide that fact he’s in love with this girl.

“Go” is so sweet to me; it’s about not wanting to see your girl leave and telling her that y’all can do whatever she wants to do, as long as she stays. The translation is “Just say go and we’ll go.”

The song “Lost,” is about getting lost….in sex. Just getting lost in the moment that’s filled with kisses and hitting spot 👀 👀 okay August!

August closed out the EP with the last track titled “Us,” which is about you and your significant other only having each other, “All We Got Is Us.” Everyone has heard of that saying before, whether it’s in a relationship, friendship, or just yourself on some ‘Me, Myself, and I’ type ish.

I will say that the songs were short and were literally between 2-3 minutes. There weren’t any bridges in the songs, just verse one, pre-chorus, chorus, verse 2, pre-chorus, chorus, then the song ends. Short and sweet to say the least.

I enjoyed the EP, because it was nice hearing a collection of work by him. He last came out with a joint project with Cassius Jay in 2017, but before then, his last actual album was “This Thing Called Life,” which I REALLY enjoyed, came out in 2015. I hope to hear more of his music and an actual album because he is talented, FINE, and he has a lot to speak about.

Have y’all listened to the album? If so, what are your thoughts? Comment below and let me know!

Danii Gold out!! ✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

BET Awards 2015

 

WOW! This year’s BET Awards was one of the best that the network has had in a while. From bringing out Bad Boy to doing the Smokey Robinson tribute AND a tribute to Janet Jackson.

Kendrick Lamar opened up the stage with the American flag waving while he performed on a graffiti filled police car. His performance related to what’s actually going on in the real world with police brutality and the confederate flag issue. K-Dot, his new nickname, set the stage on fire performing his new single “Alright.” The hosts of the show Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross made their appearance in leotards, singing “Conqueror” by Estelle and Jussie Smollet, while Ms. Tracee was swinging from a harness. Entertaining to say the least.

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Actresses Laverne Cox and Gabrielle Union presented the first awards wearing the same chic white dress. They announced that Terence Howard won the best actor award for his work in the FOX show “Empire”, so you know my girl Taraji P Henson had to win the Best Actress Award. Janelle Monae tore the stage up switching her style to sexy and seductive, singing her new song “Yoga” then new artist Jidenna came out singing “Classic Man”, and his attire matched his song title.

OF COURSE Nicki Minaj took the award for Best Female Hip Hop artist,who else would EVEN come close to winning that award in that category…NO ONE! K-Dot took the award for Best Hip Hop artist in a tough category with J.Cole, Drake, Common, Big Sean and Wale. The lovely Sam Smith won the award for Best New Artist, but he was not there to accept….because he is white and he didn’t think he would win LOL, says the comedian Anthony Anderson who accepted the award on his behalf. CB (Chris Brown) took home the award for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist AND The Fandemonium Award, as well as the Viewer’s Choice Award for the song “Only” alongside with Nicki Minaj, Drake and Wayne. Ms. Bey won the award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Video of the year for her video “7/11″ and she was in those categories with some great artists……..who were actually at the awards. How many years has it been since she was at the awards??? ANYWHO, the group Rae Sremmurd won the Best Group Award for their songs ” No Flex Zone” and “Throw Some Mo”. The Best Collaboration category, was a competitive one with Chris Brown featuring Tyga and Lil Wayne, Big Sean & E-40, August Alsina (BAE) & Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown AGAIN featuring Usher & Rick Ross, Common & John Legend, and lastly Mark Ronso & Bruno Mars but the song “Glory” by Common & John Legend took home the win, which was on the Selma soundtrack. The film won the Best Movie Award as well.

OMG, the performances though…AMAZING!!! As I said before Kendrick hit the stage, then of course BET has their Music Matters singers that they showcase; Andra Day and Avery Wilson “sang” their hearts out. The Weeknd performed his new single “The Hills” and “Earned It” with Alicia Keys helping him on the piano. One of the BEST performances of the night was the Bad Boy Reunion. Diddy came out rapping “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” then of course he had to bring MA$E out to help him sing the anthem “Bad Boy.” THEN 112 came out singing “Peaches & Cream” THROWBIKE *Plies Voice*. The stunning Faith Evan sang “Love Like This.” Jadakiss came out with the crew to rap “All About Benjamins”…thennnnn Diddy fell, but he bounced back real quick, then Lil Kim popped up…literally to spit her verse. The song then shifted to the crew rapping “Mo Money Mo problems” and ending the song with Biggie’s verse. The reunion performance ended with Pharrell and Diddy singing “Fenna Get Loose” and with back up dancers killing a soul train line.

 

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The other BEST performance of the night, was the Smokey Robinson Tribute. Tori Kelly sang the Jackson 5 hit “Who’s Loving You.” When I say that girl killed that performance, she did just that! She’s got some people asking “Who is this gorgeous white girl with the lovely voice?” Well Tori Kelly started making YouTube videos of her singing covers of songs at age 14. She is a former American Idol contestant of Season 9 but unfortunately didn’t make it to the top 24 contestants; but that didn’t stop her. She started working independently writing and producing her own music, until she got noticed by Capitol Records, and got signed to them last year. More recently, she debuted her first album “Unbreakable Smile” this past June. Robin Thicke also performed in the tribute singing the 1965 classic “Ooo Baby Baby”. Ne-Yo hit the stage singing “The Tears of a Clown.” Then Mr. Smokey himself had to shut it down singing “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Cruisin.” Then all four artist ended the tribute singing “My Girl.” He also accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

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The last great performance was the Janet Jackson tribute. Singers Tinashe, Ciara and Jason Derulo paid homage to the Ultimate Icon. The humble Janet Jackson accepted her award being so soft spoken and grateful for her award.

Other great performances of the night was Big Sean rapping “IDFWU”, “Blessed” and ” One Man Can Change the world”, then Meek Mills, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj their new hit “All Eyes on You.” Of course it was adorable since Meek and Nicki are dating.

Tom Joyner took home the award Humanitarian of the Year for donating over $65 Million to HBCUs. Lastly Fetty Wap closed out the Awards singing the well-known hit “Trap Queen.”  BET did their thang with this year’s award show. I’m definitely looking forward  to next year.

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