All Articles Tagged "concert"
Well, the students are enjoying the rest of their Sunday while dreading Monday morning classes and out of town alumni are heading home after what was surely a great weekend. But, the Howard Homecoming festivities took an early turn for the worst.
On Friday afternoon, during Howard University’s annual Yardfest mega-concert, police were called to the campus after reports of students jumping a fence to gain entry.
The yard was full of energy, as usual, as students waited for the concert to start. But according to the Washington Post, the organizers of the event cut the music before the event was scheduled to start because people who weren’t allowed in got a bit testy and tried to rush the fence anyway.
The Yardfest concert has always been free, no matter who performs, but this year, the university decided they would charge $5 per person. Once their targeted number of persons allowed in had been reached, the fences were locked.
In total, the disturbance sent eight people to various hospitals, including two police officers, but thankfully, the injuries were all minor.
The Yardfest mega-concert proceeded around 4:30 pm with performances by Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Young Dro, and Mack Wilds.
Howard University has had some hiccups within this year alone, but it looks like after this most recent one, the homecoming festivities continued without a hitch.
Did any of you hit any of the Howard Homecoming events?
“I’m Not Your Friend, I’m Your Mother!” Mom Sells Daughter’s One Direction Tickets On Ebay As Punishment!
A woman in Sudney, Australia recently embarrassed the you-know-what out of her daughter on Ebay of all places after she got to the truth about her child’s recent indiscretions.
A user known as “tsfe” posted her daughter’s four tickets to see One Direction on Ebay this week after she found her daughter had been lying about creeping around with older guys. HEr description of what she was selling likely goes down in the parental hall of fame.
“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your bitchy little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken. Anyhow. Your loss someone else’s gain who deserves them! THE TICKETS ARE SEATED IN ROW O section 57. REMEMBER AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 TICKETS and will be sent registered post
…OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived …..And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!! I’m not your friend. I’m your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now….. But I don’t care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child.”
If you know anything about pop culture, then you’re aware that One Direction is possibly the biggest group on the planet right now. For this girl and her friends to miss an opportunity like this is surely crushing her heart at this very moment.
The auction has been taken down leading us to believe the tickets have been sold, but you can still check out a screenshot over on PEOPLE.com.
Lord knows — and we do too — Rihanna has thrown more than her share of shade ever since Twitter was born and now it seems she’s getting some of that karma tossed back in her direction, literally.
During her recent performance in Manchester, a fan (or maybe two) of Ri Ri’s got a little unruly and started throwing food at the Bajan singer. The grocery item of choice? Potato chips of all things.
As expected, Rihanna was not the slightest bit amused by the antics, which is why she offered a verbal lashing to the concert goer, saying:
“There’s a good crazy and there’s a bad crazy. When you throw s*** up here, that’s an epic fail. I swear to God, cut that **** out. Really, chips? Chips though?”
Speaking of good crazy, bad crazy, and epic fails, which category would you put Rihanna’s new grey ‘do in?
I think the accessibility fans have to their favorite celebs on social media networks has made them feel they’re entitled to that same accessibility in person because lately we’ve seen one too many instances of people getting out of hand at concerts. Beyonce got it twice, first, when she tried to walk through the audience and people starting yanking her hair, then the second time a guy smacked her on her butt like that was supposed to be OK. Now Rihanna had to take matters into her own hands when a fan wouldn’t let her go during a performance.
While Ri Ri was walking along the edge of the crowd at her Birmingham, UK, show, an eager attendee refused to let her arm go — even though the singer’s body guard was right there. You know the saying, give an inch, take a mile? It wasn’t enough that the girl was right in her fans’ faces and they were even allowed to reach out and touch her, this character had to grab and pull extra hard like they would want somebody doing that to them. Perhaps this particular person wasn’t familiar with Rihanna’s exceptionally low tolerance for B.S. because after one too many tugs, she not-so-politely popped the fan right in the head with her mic.
Assault much? JK Check out footage of the pop heard around the arena. Thoughts?
Billboard crunched the numbers. Beyonce spent six nights at London’s 02 Arena as part of her international Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, and raked in $9.7 million in gross sales.
Days after she wrapped London, Bey headed to Manchester, playing three shows at the city’s Manchester Arena, bringing in an additional $4.65 in gross sales.
Figures from these shows indicate Beyonce is making on average $1.55 million to $1.6 million per show in gross ticket sales. With a total of 65 tour stops, Beyonce will likely gross more than $100 million in ticket sales.
Beyonce is scheduled to continue her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour throughout the summer, kicking off her shows in the United States on June 28. The final stop on the tour will be held on Sept. 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Read more at Eurweb.com
It’s a good thing Waka Flocka didn’t decide to retire from rap after all. Otherwise, a 53-year-old Florida woman might have never gotten her new lease on life as a single woman.
In one of the most interesting, and oddly inspiring, blog posts we’ve come across in a long time, Dianne D. details the story of ”How a Waka Flocka Flame Concert Ended My Marriage and Saved My Life,” writing that “[g]oing to see Waka Flocka Flame in concert was a nail in the coffin of my previous marriage.”
Dianne, who works as a social media communications advisor, details how she had written an article about rappers using social media and said that Waka Flocka had gotten it right. When the rapper got word of her post he retweeted it and began following her on Twitter, a move that the then-married writer says gave her a much needed career boost:
This truly changed my life. As I learned more about Waka (and the entire Brick Squad Monopoly group of talented artists) I got back in touch with my musical roots and interests, and began expanding my follows to include more rap and hip hop artists than social media experts. Through this period, I began blogging reviews of upcoming artists. I was able to meet (via Twitter) some amazing artists and talents, and not just rap musicians but actors, writers, country and rock artists…a truly awesome mix of talent and celebrity.
So Waka’s following and retweeting me gave me happiness, more followers and credibility. He started my new career of reviewing rap artists. I can’t ever thank him enough.
Unfortunately, Diane’s husband at the time wasn’t quite as taken by his wife’s new obsession and when she told him she was going to attend one of the rapper’s concerts, his true colors began to show. She wrote:
My ex NEVER liked rap, my interest in rap & rap artists, or my blogging about rap. When I knew Waka was coming to Ft. Lauderdale, my husband basically said he wouldn’t prevent me from going (as if) but he didn’t want me to go. When I didn’t immediately agree not to go, things got worse. He basically implied that (and I’m paraphrasing) “many black men would be putting their bodies in close proximity to mine.” Also, “since I was so enamored of Waka, if Waka asked, I might go out clubbing with him and end up doing something I’d regret.”…
Of course, my ex probably didn’t really think Waka would ‘co-mingle’ with me, but it was the fact that he even suggested this kind of bullshit scenario that made my mind up for me. I got my Waka concert ticket. I went by myself. And guess what? There were more white people there than anything else, and people from every age group….
Dianne also went the extra mile of paying for a meet and greet session with Waka who remembered his Twitter follower when he saw her in person. All of these elements combined inspired Dianne to go ahead and file them papers. She said:
“[B]asically, the experience with my ex of the Waka concert made my mind up for me. It was time to make that break, and live my life without looking over my shoulder or being beholden to a man who didn’t appreciate me or the interesting turns my life might take. We’ve been divorced for a few months now. I couldn’t be happier.
The moral of this story? Don’t EVER let anyone else keep you from your bliss, no matter what that may be. If someone truly loves you, they will come along for the adventure. Otherwise, get the heck out and live your life to the fullest. Believe me, you’ll sleep better at night and have a song in your heart.
The song in MY heart will always be a song by Waka Flocka Flame.
Who knew you could get all that from a man yelling “brick squad” every two seconds? Congrats to Diane for making the moves she needed to make!
Alicia Keys Says Music Is A Universal Language And She’ll Still Perform In Israel, Despite Alice Walker’s Objection
Alicia Keys is NOT changing her plans to play in Tel Aviv on July 4, despite protests from author Alice Walker and other notables such as musician Roger Waters that she not do it because of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
In a letter posted at the website of a group called the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, Waters (from the rock band Pink Floyd) asked Keys “to join the rising tide of resistance.”
Waters’ letter said: “Please, Alicia, do not lend your name to give legitimacy to the Israeli government policies of illegal, apartheid, occupation of the homelands of the indigenous people of Palestine.”
Also, as we reported, Walker, author of “The Color Purple,” wrote in her own open letter that, though she and Ms. Keys had never met, “I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work.” Ms. Walker continued: “It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists.”
Read Alicia Keys’ statement to The New York Times on the situation at EurWeb.com.
Alice Walker Writes An Open Letter Begging Alicia Keys Not To Put Her Soul In Danger By Performing In Israel
If you are unfamiliar with the social politics of Israel, you may not be alone. Author and activist Alice Walker is giving us all a lesson on the struggles going on in the country by way of an open letter she wrote to singer Alicia Keys. Alicia, who is currently on her “Set The World On Fire” Tour is slated to perform in Tel Aviv on the fourth of July, but if Ms. Walker has anything to say about it the show will never happen due to the harsh treatment the people of Palestine have endured at the hands of Israelis. That conflict is the basis for the letter Alice Walker wrote Alicia, imploring her to rethink her scheduled concert. Here’s what it says:
Dear Alicia Keys,
I have learned today that you are due to perform in Israel very soon. We have never met, though I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work. It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists. You were not born when we, your elders who love you, boycotted institutions in the US South to end an American apartheid less lethal than Israel’s against the Palestinian people. Google Montgomery Bus Boycott, if you don’t know about this civil rights history already. We changed our country fundamentally, and the various boycotts of Israeli institutions and products will do the same there. It is our only nonviolent option and, as we learned from our own struggle in America, nonviolence is the only path to a peaceful future.
If you go to my website and blog alicewalkersgarden.com you can quickly find many articles I have written over the years that explain why a cultural boycott of Israel and Israeli institutions (not individuals) is the only option left to artists who cannot bear the unconscionable harm Israel inflicts every day on the people of Palestine, whose major “crime” is that they exist in their own land, land that Israel wants to control as its own. Under a campaign named ‘Brand Israel’, Israeli officials have stated specifically their intent to downplay the Palestinian conflict by using culture and arts to showcase Israel as a modern, welcoming place.
This is actually a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about something sorrowful, and amazing: that our government (Obama in particular) supports a system that is cruel, unjust, and unbelievably evil. You can spend months, and years, as I have, pondering this situation. Layer upon layer of lies, misinformation, fear, cowardice and complicity. Greed. It is a vast eye-opener into the causes of much of the affliction in our suffering world.
I have kept you in my awareness as someone of conscience and caring, especially about the children of the world. Please, if you can manage it, go to visit the children in Gaza, and sing to them of our mutual love of all children, and of their right not to be harmed simply because they exist.
With love, younger sister, beloved daughter and friend,
So far Alicia Keys hasn’t issued a response, but it will certainly be interesting to see if the show must go on or she pulls out based on this information.
What do you think about Alice Walker’s letter?
Melanie Fiona Says Her Life Will Never Be The Same After Seeing Lauryn Hill Murder The Stage In Concert Tuesday
On Tuesday night, Lauryn Hill held an impromptu concert at the Williamsburg Hall of Music in Brooklyn to introduce her new single, “Neurotic Society Compulsory Mix.” Reaction to the news was mixed, considering everyone knows the singer is headed to prison in a month to serve a three-month sentence for tax evasion. But one person who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see her idol live was Melanie Fiona.
The Canadian singer took to Instagram to post a pic of her with Lauryn and express her feelings about seeing such an icon in person. She wrote:
I have had many blessed, spiritual, and unforgettable moments in my life… But none more inspiring and life altering than last night. For those of you have ever listened to my music as a full body of work, heard any of my interviews, or have been to any of my live shows… Knows, that Lauryn Hill is a driving force of inspiration in everything I do. There would be no first audition for me if couldn’t sing her version of “his eye is on the sparrow”… There wouldn’t be “Felony Miona” …. There wouldn’t be the artist you see today who isn’t afraid to bare her soul about life and love. And last night, I got to tell her that.
After seeing her murder the stage…I personally got to express my teary eyed gratitude. A REAL dream come true for me. Lauryn Hill is the true essence of artistry that I aspire to represent… One who can break barriers, colour lines, industry standards, and ignorant minds… All while making amazing heartfelt educated music. My life will never be the same… It will be better… For what I received last night in energy and inspiration will most definitely make me a better artist and woman in this industry. You will feel it. Thank You #LaurynHill… You are singlehandedly, hands down, the greatest to ever do it ALL… Triple Threat… And to inspire a musical generation so starved that we still anticipate any and everything that you will do in the future. With Love, Respect, Support and Gratitude, MF xo
Have any of you had a chance to see Lauryn Hill in concert? Can you identify with what Melanie Fiona felt?
Stop Hanging ‘Round Breezy: Kevin McCall Attacked During Concert For Telling Men ‘I’ll F**k Your B***h
It pains us to report this news, especially after Kevin McCall and all his choclatey goodness came by our office not too long ago. But we can’t be held responsible for this man’s foolishness, although we hope his team holds him accountable for his latest antics.
Mr. McCall, the man put on by Chris Brown thanks to his vocals on the singer’s hits “Deuces” and “Strip,” seems to be proving birds of a feather flock foolishly together, as his mouth entitled him to a royal butt whooping during a concert this weekend. The singer/rapper was in Melbourne, Australia, giving a concert when he pulled one of Breezy’s “that pu**y is mine baby” moves and began serenading a woman on stage.
When the crowd began to boo Kevin, he flipped out threatening to whoop the heckler’s you know what in front of everybody and encouraging him/them to come on stage if they really wanted to do something. Noticing there were no takers, Kevin proceeded to let the male audience members know in no uncertain terms, “I’ll f**k your b***h,” and just about as soon as the h sound left his lips, the men in the crowd let him know they don’t tolerate disrespect — with their hands, fists, and feet of course.
Can we say SMDH?
I’m really started to get disturbed by this new trend of concert-goer disrespect. While audiences do need to remember entertainers have feelings like everyone else, when people pay money to be entertained, they’re entitled to voice their opinion. What’s not acceptable, however, is how these entertainers (Read: Kevin McCall, Keyshia Cole, K. Michelle — hmm notice a pattern?) think it’s cool to like completely cuss out their fans like some randoms on the street. I mean they do know fans are their bread and butter right? If not, someone please remind them.
Eva better get her boo.