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Amber Streeter, widely known as Sevyn Streeter has been taking the R&B game by storm with her new music, including the jams “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown, “nEXT” featuring Kid Ink, and “I Like It.” But before she was stepping out on her own to have success as a solo artist with EPs like Call Me Crazy, But…, like so many other musicians these days, she was a thriving songwriter, and really, she still is. She’s behind some recent big hits, as well as deep cuts off of albums from some of our favorite singers over the last few years. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself. Here are 10 songs written or co-written by Sevyn Streeter that we’re sure you’ve tried to sing or danced to before…
“Yeah 3X” by Chris Brown
It was the first time Streeter and and Brown worked together, but it wouldn’t be the last. He was so impressed with her writing skills (she co-wrote the song), and of course, her voice, that he made her his protege. Who wouldn’t? “Yeah 3X” was a massive hit internationally and helped his fourth album, F.A.M.E. sell well and get attention back on his music after being blacklisted on the radio after his assault on Rihanna in 2009.
With all the stories in the news about young men and women around the country beating the odds and being accepted in a handful of Ivy leagues schools (we love those stories!), we thought we’d show some love to all the ladies who attended Ivy League colleges over the years (including Brown, UPenn, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, and Cornell–none tried Princeton). Not every woman on the list was able to graduate (some left to pursue surefire opportunities in the fields they majored in), but kudos to them for getting accepted in and being able to walk the halls of the “ancient eight” schools at one time or another.
And before you check me, everyone already knows Michelle Obama attended Princeton and Harvard, so that’s the only reason her fabulous self isn’t on this list. Enjoy!
The funny lady and co-host of the CBS show The Talk attended Dartmouth. She obtained her degree in environmental policy (very far from the comedic work she does now), and was very involved in campus activities. She was part of the co-fraternity, The Tabard, and started an all-female acapella group called The Dartmouth Rockapellas.
How cute is this little guy?
While mom Alicia Keys, and dad Swizz Beatz are known for their music, little Egypt Dean entered into the world of modeling earlier this week with both proud parents looking on. He was one of many kids who hit the catwalk in Ralph Lauren designs for fall, and he looked quite snazzy in his plaid green pants, sweater, button down, tweed jacket, and his signature mohawk. The show took place in NYC, and all the children walked in support of the New York Library, helping to spread the word in their own way about the importance of literacy. Dean is doing his part to be a little philanthropist, like his mom, who has done great work over the years with her charity, Keep A Child Alive, which raises awareness about AIDS. And we can’t forget about Swizzy, who gives to a variety of charities, including hosting fundraisers for the Bronx Charter School For The Arts.
Alicia Keys couldn’t hold back her excitement over her son’s first big runway show, saying on Instagram, “Egys[sic] first runway show!!!!! Wooooowwww!!!!! My lil baby!!!! #proudmamamoment!!!”
And Swizzy had this to say: “Egypt said to tell uncle Kanye he’s walking with that Ralph tho. our lil guy 1st show”
Check out more pics, as well as a short clip of Dean doing the finale walk hand-in-hand with designer Ralph Lauren. Too cute!
What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.
We would have thought Alicia Keys has already made this career step, but the “Girl On Fire” singer just inked her first ever beauty contract. She is now the new face of a new fragrance from Parfums Givenchy, to hit stores in September, reports Hello Beautiful.
“This marks the first time that the Grammy Award-winning singer has ventured into the beauty biz. Most of her attention, beyond music, has been focused on fashion — namely her collection of signature kicks for Reebok Classic,” reports The Huffington Post. Liv Tyler, Justin Timberlake, Uma Thurman and Amanda Seyfried are among the other celebrities who have fronted Givenchy perfumes.
“Givenchy has long been one of the world’s most iconic luxury fashion houses, and a personal favorite of mine,” Keys said in a statement.
Keys recently released another Reebok collection of Reebok Court sneakers, following the success of her 2013 sneaker collection. Keys has also been promoting her track “It’s On Again,” done with Kendrick Lamar For The Amazing Spider-man 2 soundtrack. She performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon recently. That clip below.
Jay Z went from being a Brooklyn drug dealer to a rapper to a business mogul worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Though some might consider the Bed-Sty native crude and self-serving, once upon a time he didn’t have a problem helping a few ladies climb the ladder to success right along with him — or at least climb the charts for a few weeks. In case you didn’t know, here’s a list of women Jay Z helped put on throughout his career.
For more on Jay Z, check out A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized story of Jay Z.
They say you can’t go wrong with a track when Pharrell is in the mix and Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar are seeking to prove that with a new track they just released. Titled “It’s On Again,” the song, which is being pegged as a “Neo-soul Superhero Anthem,” according to Shadow and Act, will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
The disco beat is the biggest giveaway that Pharrell produced the song, which only features a short verse from Kendrick. Otherwise the song is all A. Keys, singing about being a lonely hero trying to fight her battles. In a press release she said of the single:
“I’m very excited to be a part of such a powerful collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. This is the next chapter in the ‘Spider-Man’ legacy and we really feel ‘It’s On Again’ captures the experience, the story — and most importantly — the meaning behind the film, which is that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. There’s a little bit of a super hero in all of us.”
Listen to the track below and tell us what you think. Does Pharrell have another “Happy” on his hands or is this “Girl on Fire” part two? See behind-the-scenes pics of Alicia, Kendrick, and Pharrell on set for the music video for “It’s On Again” on the next few pages.
Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh eh, it’s a new daaay! And Alicia Keys has a new haircut.
Yesterday, Alicia Keys posted a pic on Instagram with a simple “Hi….;-)” showing off a new haircut. A. Keys still has a bit of a short pixie, but she updated it with shaved sides and a tail that makes us say we most definitely approve.
Proud hubby Swizz Beatz reposted the pic of his wife on his own IG page with the simple hashtag “#motivation” which we assume is supposed to be a message for the ladies out there. We’re not 100 percent sure what that’s about, but we’re happy to see him shout out his lady and we can’t wait to see more pics of Alicia’s new style.
Are you feeling Alicia Keys’ new haircut?
As a Kanye fan I’d heard Warryn Campbell’s name and I learned he was a producer when I started watching Mary Mary’s reality show. But I never really made the correlation. And while I watched him craft Mary Mary’s Grammy winning song, “Go Get It” and knew he’d worked with Death Row in the past, I had no idea that Warryn’s work was so heavily reflected in my personal musical collection.
Though he got his professional start under the tutelage of DJ Quik, Campbell began playing music at a young age. By 15 he’d mastered the drums, bass, guitar and the piano. By 16, he joined a gospel group called New Vision where he discovered his gift for musical production. Afterward he met Quik. From there he worked with Death Row and the rest is history.
Check out the songs you probably had no idea he helped to write, produce or both.
Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.
When fans met Tamar Braxton as part of the hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” she was adamant about not having a child at the time. Ready to finally kick off her solo career just right, the baby sibling of six wanted to focus on her singing even though husband Vince was ready to become a father. Last June, Tamar gave birth to her son Logan and insisted this will be her first, her last, and her only.