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Dancing Machines! Ellen Invites Three Year Old YouTube Sensation & Mom To Dance On Her Show!

October 5th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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So by now, we hope you’ve heard about the YouTube video  of a New York City dance teacher and her then 2 year old dancing to Beyoncé’s “End of Time.” The video, posted in May, literally blew up over the last week as is almost at two million views. Well, leave it to Ellen DeGeneres to take things a step further.

On Friday, Ellen introduced the duo, mom Tianne and three year old Heaven, to her audience and everyone received quite the treat. Heaven, as cute as she want to be, was extremely friendly to Ellen and had quite the personality.  In fact, when Ellen asked Heaven if she wanted to be a dancer like her mom when she grows up, Heaven responded with, “I AM a dancer.” The crowd loved it.

After Tianne and Heaven finished making their national television dance debut, Ellen presented them with tickets to see Beyoncé at her Brooklyn, New York show in December as well as backstage passes so they’d have an opportunity to meet her. Beyoncé is already very well aware of the dancing machines: she posted the original YouTube video on her website.

Ellen also gave Heaven an even better gift: after Heaven reveled that she plans on being a butterfly for Halloween, Ellen gave her a deluxe butterfly costume full of glitter and glam!

Take a look at the adorable video! By the way, Tianne might want to think about posting more dance videos so she can gain even more visibility and possibly, more dance jobs!
Check out the video above and let the cuteness seep in!

“You Make Yourself Art!” Watch Jay Z’s Performance Art Piece For “Picasso Baby”

August 3rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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If there’s one word I can use to describe Jay Z, it would be…charming.

Friday night, HBO premiered Jay Z’s “short film” for his song, “Picasso Baby.”  In the beginning, Jay discusses how he believes concerts are “pretty much performance art” with different venues.  He goes to explain that by doing the video for “Picasso Baby” at a small venue like Pace Gallery in New York City, he’s able to have an exchange of energy between the crowd and himself.

As the performance starts and continues, you get to see Jay interact with different people in the crowd – both young and old.  In some capacity, almost everyone who comes face to face with him throughout the song is some type of artist, whether it be a singer, dancer, actor, designer or anything else you can think of.

There are a few people who stand out like actor Michael K. Williams from The Wire, actress Taraji P. Henson (who is clearly a Jay Z fan) and actress/activist Rosie Perez. By the way, Rosie is still as fly as she was back in the 80s.  There were also appearances by Wale, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Rowley and Fab Five Freddy.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Did you expect more?


We Bet The Police Know Your Name Too: Trey Songz Arrested For…Throwing Money At A Woman?

December 15th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Trey Songz has an amazing team because this went unnoticed by everyone.

According to the NY Daily News, Trey was celebrating the release of his album Chapter V in August at Perfections Gentlemen’s Club in Queens NY when he got into a “situation” with a lady at the club around 4am back in August.

Police wrote up a criminal complaint against Trey citing that he threw some cash at the woman (they haven’t released her name) and it hit her in the left eye causing a substantial amount of pain.  They also didn’t cite whether she was just a patron at the club or a possible employee.

But this ordeal wasn’t over because according to the News report, Trey was arrested a month later over the incident and charged with misdemeanor assault. There was also an order of protection issued against Trey on November 1st when he appeared in court.  He had to go back to court for the charge again in February.

While this is unfortunate for Trey who was arrested and the lady who was injured, it is a bit shocking that this was able to stay out of the media for so long.

Hopefully, making it rain won’t have Trey in this predicament again.

Evelyn Makes It Rain In The Strip Club

April 9th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Spending stacks on quality naked toe-touching is no longer just a man’s thing. This weekend, Evelyn reportedly made it rain “one George Washington at a time” at a popular Miami gentleman’s lounge.

While hosting an event at the G5 strip club, Evelyn spent around $2,000 on topless ladies, but to her credit it’s not as though she didn’t get anything out of it. The dancers were said to keep coming over to Evelyn and offering their services and some even showed her how to drop it like it’s hot for her (supposed) soon-to-be husband, Chad Ochocinco. Let’s just hope he’s not trying to invite any of the dancers into their bedroom after this.

Check out the photo sideshow of her night out here, if you are so inclined. Let’s just say she was awfully up close and very personal. She must be earning Nene’s “Real Housewives” money on “Basketball Wives.”

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Boogie Down On Broadway! ‘Soul Train’ Fans Pay Homage to Don Cornelius

February 5th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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If you live in NYC and are a lover of “Soul Train” you may have been on of the thousands of fans that boogied on  down Broadway wearing afro wigs and bell bottoms on while recounting your favorite episodes in tribute to Soul Train’s late creator, Don Cornelius.

About 100 dancers descended on Times Square in a “flash mob” organized through the Internet. As startled tourists looked on, they recreated one of the show’s “Soul Train lines” in which people would take turns dancing toward a TV camera while showing off their most outrageous moves.

“Don Cornelius was a big influence in my life, and I just wanted to pay tribute,” said disc jockey Jon Quick, as he held up a speaker blasting disco grooves. “He was playing the music that nobody else wanted to play. He was an amazing man.”

Cornelius, 75, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday. He had suffered from health problems, a difficult divorce, and had pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor spousal battery charge in 2009.

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The Smithsonian showcases Soul

July 3rd, 2011 - By Rashana A. Hooks
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture just boarded the hippest trip in America as it now includes artifacts from the popular 1970s-era TV Show – Soul Train.

The museum now boasts items such as the “Applause” signs, the 10-foot-wide neon “Soul Train” sign, the neon “Soul Train Awards” sign, silver African heads from the awards program, and the Scramble Board, on which dancer’s unscrambled word puzzles quickly, then broke out in dance.

The new acquisitions will allow the Smithsonian to tell the story of ‘Soul Train’, one of the longest-airing nationally syndicated first-run programs in television history. The show is an interesting snapshot of several generations of African American culture and style, and now its history can be seen for generations to come.

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Do you have any special Soul Train memories?

Misty Copeland: ‘I’m Proud to Represent Black Ballet Dancers'

June 16th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Amsterdam News) — Nearly one month ago at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Misty Copeland, the first African-American soloist in the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), shared an evening in conversation with Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American dancer hired as a permanent member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1954. The conversation was moderated by writer and performer Brenda Dixon-Gottschild.  This meeting, Copeland notes, was an opportunity that she will cherish. She confesses, “I’m so happy to have Ms. Wilkinson as part of my life.” This truth about being the “first African-American soloist with the American Ballet Theatre” sits just fine with Copeland because she is proud to carry this charge. “I’m proud to represent Black ballet dancers; it motivates me, it pushes me to give more to young dancers who look up to.”

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