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  1. In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A's first studio album, "Straight Outta Compton," stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles.

  2. Release date: August 14, 2015 (USA)
  3. Reviews
    Critic reviews
    A conventional music-world biopic in outline, but intensely human and personal in its characterizations and attention to detail. Full review
    Scott Foundas·Variety
    The film does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt. Full review
    John DeFore·Hollywood Reporter
    Straight Outta Compton aims to cross cultures and sanctify the wisdom of the street—to make a universal underdog story. It succeeds on a visceral level. Full review
    David Edelstein·Vulture
    But what stands is an amazement, an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now. Full review
    Peter Travers·Rolling Stone
    Straight Outta Compton covers a lot of ground in recounting N.W.A.'s story. It begins and ends on high notes, though it loses its way in the middle. Full review
    Nick Romano·Cinemablend
    Straight Outta Compton hurtles toward greatness only to fall short in execution. Yet, aiming high and falling short still results in a very good film. Full review
    Kofi Outlaw·Screen Rant
    N.W.A. always got right to the point with its music, so I'll do the same: Simply put, Straight Outta Compton is among the harshest films we've ever reviewed. Full review
    Adam R. Holz·Plugged In
    It simplifies N.W.A.’s arc to a gangster-movie knock-off about three friends from way back when who get driven apart by bad influences. Full review
    Ignatiy Vishnevetsky·A.V. Club
    In F. Gary Gray’s nuanced film, we see the habitual harassment by police and out-of-control black-on-black gang violence. Full review
    Jim Farber·New York Daily News
    This eye-opening and ambitiously scaled docudrama traces the rise of gangsta rap pioneers NWA (N--gaz Wit Attitudes) from its 1986 founding in Compton. Full review
    Lou Lumenick·New York Post











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Our Scholars Began Their Journeys 
at Dillard University This Week!

Thank You BET Networks for your generous donations and for helping to make the #EducateOurMen dream a reality. 


 

 

 
#EDUCATEOURMEN IS THE SIGNATURE INITIATIVE OF HIP HOP SISTERS FOUNDATION THAT SUPPORTS AND DEVELOPS AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN. 


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MUSIC MOGUL MATHEW KNOWLES' 
NEW BOOK REVEALS 
THE DNA OF ACHIEVERS
It is no secret that before Mathew Knowles was a Grammy Award-winning executive producer, he was Xerox's top sales executive, worldwide. Also not hidden from the mainstream are rumors about his keen marksmanship when it comes to helping artists hit targets of success. He has strategized superstar careers-not just for himself, but also for what appears to be his entire bloodline and other top acts. After more than 23 years of music moguling, what is newly worthy of the media's attention is his explosive new publication, "The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals" (Music World Publishing, 2015). The book is an Amazon #1 best-seller even before its official release. Why such an early fervor? Many come compelled by the book's description: the 10 traits of successful people (Passion, Work Ethics, Vision, Risk-Takers, Team Building, 
Talk-To-Do Ratio, Planning, Learning from Failure, Giving Back, and Thinking Outside the Box), and curious about the experiences of Mathew Knowles and others.
 
If any questions do arise over why to pick Knowles' book from the plentiful 
shelves of th
e 11 billion doll
ar self-help industry, the information shared by the achievers highlighted should answer them. Starting with Knowles' own 
acceleration 
from his days with Xerox,leading over 250 marketing and sales seminars,to his impact felt around the globe through 
award-winning, legendary musi
c icons, and top catalog compilations.
Under his leadership, his 
company Music World Entertainment grew into one of the world's leading conglomerates, with record sales exceeding 300 million.
There is also the human-interest appeal to grab readers: Knowles shares a journey that starts in Gadsden, Alabama with parents who were entrepreneurs from the 1960's, who instilled the enterprising work ethic he has made legendary. He also walks you through intelligent discussions on the impact of poverty and racism, on into what tools he has used to overcome. His authority on the subject of success 
becomes clear after a while, and the final question becomes how much of what is highlighted in the book will rub off on the reader. What they will find is information designed for anyone looking to reach previously untouched heights.
 
Music comers are certainly going to wonder if Knowles will dispense any 
pa
rticular gems from his double-decade 
plus knowledge bank, and they will not be disappointed. The title of the book might appear to hint that success is indeed a trait woven into the genetic make-up of some high achievers, giving them a predisposed edge. For anyone trying to find a way to get their own shot at excellence, Knowles' book helps to breakdown the traits,and points out how to integrate them into your life.  He dispels the myth that you have to own your own business to be termed an entrepreneur, rather he explains, "An entrepreneur is really a headset-it's a belief. So even as an employee I felt I was an entrepreneur in my approach, more so than a salesperson."  Although such a visionary appears fueled by pure determination, Knowles is quick to point out that the electrifying element that ignites him is something more, stating, "The beginning of this DNA, the root of being an achiever is based on passion." 
 
"The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals"is itself a passionately rendered,blueprint for hitting the high notes of success in any industry. The worldwide release happens October 15, 2015, (*with additional phase II presales opportunities coming in the interim). Meanwhile anxious readers can take away this inspirational nugget from Knowles about the primordial ingredient to it all:"The beginning of being an achiever is solely based on one's passion, because it starts right there. You can have all the other traits-in fact, they don't work without it. My philosophy is..."If you live in passion, you never work another day in your life."  To self-help readers curious about if what he will deliver is another trick, mastered by the clever; or if the methods of unraveling the DNA of the entrepreneurial mind offer the ultimate keys to self-empowerment, Knowles says the answer is quite simple-"Read the book!"
 
*Knowles is offering a special treat where, on a limited basis, you can get a free autographed, first-edition paperback book by going to www.dnaofachievers.com  or go to Amazon for your pre-sale Kindle e-book.   
 
ABOUT MATHEW KNOWLES
Mathew Knowles is the founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment (MWE), Its worldwide platforms include successful record label ventures; management services for recording artists and producers; artist development services; endorsement and partnership deals, performance and event facilities; a master catalog series; film and television ventures; licensed merchandise products; philanthropic work; and investment and property holdings. Knowles holds several recording imprints under Music World Music, including Music World Gospel, Music World Kids, and Music World Country/Compadre. A graduate of Fisk University, with a BA in Economics and a BS degree in Business Administration and MBA from Cornerstone Christian Bible College , holds a professorship at Texas Southern University, and is a popular keynote speaker/lecturer throughout the country and abroad. More at www.musicworldent.com


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Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ protegé is back on the scene with a hot new video and an even more inspiring story of survival
                                                                       

VIDEO: “Drop It Down” – T’Melle

ATLANTA, GA (Aug. 19, 2015) – R&B singer, songwriter and dancer and Hip Hop’s newly-minted “Bad Girl,” T’Melle, returns to the spotlight with a sultry new video for her mid-tempo single “Drop It Down.” The Philly-born, Atlanta-raised artist got her start as the protegé of TLC superstar Lisa “Left Eye Lopes,” but suffered near death injuries as a passenger in the fatal crash that took her mentor’s life.  In a recent interview, T’Melle unveiled what happened just before that crash and her unstoppable struggle to walk, run and now dance again. What the doctors said would never happen…DID.

“I'm the girl that still had hope when life took a turn. After a tragic car accident I was told I might never run or dance again. Losing “Left Eye,” the person I looked up to, who impacted the world, was one of the hardest things I've ever been through! I'm the girl that people told to quit and that this wasn't going to happen for me. I'm the girl who’s been told ‘No’ way more than the word yes! I believed! I still believe!” T’Melle proudly says.  “I represent Survival, Determination and Empowerment! And I say it through my music! I'm the person who motivates people like I motivated myself, to never give up! My music speaks volumes with my message and edgy R&G (Rhythm and Gangsta) content! 

As a teen, T’Melle moved to Atlanta to pursue her solo career and has worked with producers the likes of Usher Raymond, Tricky Stewart, Bryan Cox, and Rodney Jenkins. Now T’Melle takes over the summer with her sexy new single, “Drop it Down,” giving her fans just a taste of what new music is to come.  “[This is] a feel good video that moves you and put's you in a 90's feel where people hung out at the playground to get away from their problems. It’s about different age groups getting together and uniting but also how life can change in a minute all from a bad decision and what's going on in the world today!” the Philly native says.

Get To Know T'Melle on Instagram and Twitter: @ItsTMelle​ and stay tuned for more new music and visuals coming soon.

For more information contact Echoing Soundz:
Echo Hattix: echohattix@echoingsoundz.net
Moses Adam Hill: moses@echoingsoundz.net
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Written & Performed by
Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira
Directed by Ami Zins & Lew Levinson


THE MARSH | 2120 Allston Way | Berkeley | CA | 94705
Tickets: $20 – $35 Sliding Scale | $55 & $100 Reserved Seating
August 22 – October 3
No performance September 19
Saturdays at 5pm
83 minutes | One 15 minute Intermission | Ages 15+ | Parental Discretion Advised

BUY TIX:  www.themarsh.org
or by phone (Additional service fees apply):
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055

 

“There couldn’t be a more timely show than “Cops and Robbers,” Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira’s contemporary, one-man exploration of an officer-involved shooting in Oakland.” — SF Examiner


Cops and Robbers is a revolutionary look into the dysfunctional relationship between law enforcement, the media, and the Black community. Cops and Robbers takes no prisoners as it challenges the viewer to question all preconceived notions of “right” and “wrong.”

Jinho “Piper” Ferreira is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, rapper and police officer from Oakland, California. A founding member of Interscope Records alt-hip-hop group Flipsyde who toured internationally and boasts several multi-million-view videos on YouTube.  As a screenwriter he’s been awarded by The Tribeca Film Festival.  Having witnessed Oakland protests resulting from The BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant the rapper made a bold move and became a cop in hopes to become part of the solution from within.  After one year of living with the paradox of being a member of the Black community, an artist with multiple interests, and working day in, day out as a cop, the rapper / writer was inspired to write and act in his play “Cops And Robbers.”  He himself plays the role of all 18 characters in this “one man tour de force” that now plays to sold out theaters in The Bay Area and Universities nationally.  Recognition of his work as an actor and writer for the play is rapidly growing and includes praise from Newsweek, The New York Times, NPR’s Forum, The San Francisco Chronicle and SF Weekly.
(press links below)
 
Newsweek : Rapper Turned Cop Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira Tells Story Of Police Shooting From Both Sides
 
NEW YORK TIMES : an officer and thespian 
 
NPR FORUM : Rapper-Turned-Cop’s One Man Show Offers Unique perspective On Police Shootings
 
SF Weekly : Oakland Cop and Rapper Presents a Solo Show About an Officer-Involved Shooting
 
SF Gate : Cops And Robbers examines conflict. 
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MC Lyte Partners with International Speaker Dee Marshall and the National Urban League on the Women, Wealth & Relationships" Initiative & Hip Hop Sisters Foundation Unveils Celebrity Roster for The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience

Ft Lauderdale, FL - On Thursday, July 30, 2015, MC Lyte and Dee Marshall will speak at the "Women, Wealth & Relationships" forum presented by Hip Hop Sisters Foundation and the National Urban League, at the Ft Lauderdale Convention Center at Noon on the Expo Main Stage. Celebrity Financial Coach Lynn Richardson will moderate the discussion and will raffle off one free package for The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience (www.wealthexperience.info).  Winners must be present to claim the coveted prize.

"I am excited about partnering with the esteemed international speaker Dee Marshall (www.deecmarshall.com) and the National Urban League to present this year's financial empowerment platform and am looking forward to speaking to attendees around the country at our "Women, Wealth & Relationships" forum, says MC Lyte (www.mclytenow.com). "Hip Hop Sisters Foundation has touched so many lives since its inception and it goes without saying that this forum and the upcoming W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience new year retreat will provide the energy we need to continue to inspire people all over the globe to build and maintain wealth within environments that are as practical and down to earth as they are educational and informative."  

Foundation President/CEO Lynn Richardson, a celebrity financial coach featured on BET, Centric and in other media outlets (www.lynnrichardson.tv), will moderate the "Women, Wealth & Relationships" forum as she assists attendees with their top three issues:  their partner, their pocket book and their purpose. "MC Lyte and I are committed to creating programs that align with the foundation's mission of providing real tools to empower women and their families economically," says Lynn Richardson.  "I am even more excited about  Dee Marshall's participation and about expanding the upcoming W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience to include women from all walks of life who will convene at the beginning of the new year to take their lives and businesses to the next level (www.wealthexperience.info)."

This funny, enlightening, and conversation-oriented educational forum will entertain audience members as the celebrities share their down-to-earth and sometimes off-the-cuff money and relationship stories.  

 
MC Lyte and Lynn Richardson have called upon a select group of influencers, celebrities and change agents to help women from all walks of life (including those in entertainment, media, and business) achieve their greatest potential.  

KELLY PRICE, FAITH EVANS, GAIL PERRY MASON,
LORI JONES GIBBS AND MICHELE THORNTON 
HAVE JOINED THE ROSTER.

The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience is the only New Year women's retreat of its kind focused on helping women in entertainment, business, and media maximize the integration of their personal growth and development as they increase their money mastery skills and build their professional empires.

More Speakers to Be Announced.

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Tracklist:
1. Clarity (prod. by REL)
2. Silhouette feat. 1-O.A.K. (prod. by 1-O.A.K.)
3. On Time feat. Tanya Morgan (prod. by Trackademicks)
4. Dimensions (prod. by Trackademicks)
5. My Main Shit feat. Spec Boogie & Josie Stingray (prod. by 1-O.A.K.)
6. Go In (prod. by 1-O.A.K.)
7. Peace, Peace (prod. by REL)
8. Just Do It (prod. by Trackademicks)
9. Runnin’ In Place feat. Spree Wilson (prod. by Trackademicks)
10. Freedom (prod. by REL)
Cool Ass Life is a return to form for Mike Baker the Bike Maker, and just in the nick of time. The world's in a rough place right now, and music has always been our medicine, so it's only right that the HNRL's "good-time fella" comes through with proper summer and life motivation. 'Cool Ass Life' is about having fun and making the most out of life.
With production from Trackademicks, 1-O.A.K. and REL, and support from Tanya Morgan, Spree Wilson, Josie Stingray, Rob Cave and DJ Lindsey, Mike Baker the Bike Maker brings the slaps for summer, and the vibes to beat the heat as only he can.
Album art by Sophia Chang/Esymai.
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