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RISE AND GRIND! MORNING MUSIC NEWS: 50 Cent & Trey Songz Release New Radio-Friendly Song “Smoke,” And MORE!

Originally posted on Global Grind:

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Could this be a second wind for 50 Cent’scareer? We say, “yes.” After releasing “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It ” featuring Memphis rapper Yo Gotti, 50 teams up with R&B crooner Trey Songz on a new radio-friendly song titled “Smoke.” Take a listen below. [HHNM]

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They’re loving the crew. As the European leg of Drake’s “Would You Like A Tour” ends, the Toronto native teams up with his R&B homie The Weeknd to perform their Take Care collaboration “Crew Love.” Watch it all go down at HypeTrak.

As the 20th anniversary of Nas’Illmatic quickly approaches, the Queens emcee kicked off the celebration with a full performance of the album for the “One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide” festival at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Watch Nas’ performance at MissInfo.

It’s official: Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, Xscape, will be released on May 13. Mogul…

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Germany’s ARD Adopts Andy Samberg, Taylor Lautner Comedy ‘Cuckoo’

Originally posted on Variety:

LONDON — ARD in Germany, the world’s second largest public broadcaster, has acquired the first two seasons of comedy “Cuckoo.” Season one stars Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and the second stars “Twilight” thesp Taylor Lautner.

The deal with distributor FremantleMedia Intl. marks the first time in more than a decade that an acquired series has made it into ARD’s access primetime schedule, which before now has focused on local productions. ARD looks to premiere the series this autumn.

The latest sale for “Cuckoo” follows on from a deal completed with HBO Central Europe that sees the series go to 16 territories within the region. The sitcom can now be seen in more than 70 territories worldwide, including Australia (Foxtel), New Zealand (BBC), Russia (Amedia and 2×2) and Africa (MTV).

Produced by Roughcut TV for U.K. youth channel BBC3, the first season of “Cuckoo” pits Samberg against British comedy thesp Greg…

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A Farewell to Women’s History Month

lboogie81:

As we end Women’s History Month today, let’s make an effort to incorporate these amazing women in our everyday conversations and creative processes!

Originally posted on theradicalidea:

Just like last year, Women’s History Month (aka, March) got the best of me and I didn’t manage to post NEARLY as much content as I had originally intended.

For example, I had intended to write a post about CEDAW, and the epidemic that is gender-based violence, but I never got to. (Stay tuned, though, it’s still coming).

I meant to write up more profiles in history, but I never got the chance.  I hope to be able to put up that content eventually as well, and why not?  Why should women’s history be confined to one month?  Women have been a part of the history of every society.  We have played a role in numerous social movements, been a driving force behind several of them.  Women’s history shouldn’t even BE a separate subject from the rest of history, and it is my goal to publish the rest of my…

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Fashion Brand Provides Ugandan Women With Employment, College Opportunities

lboogie81:

What a wonderful altruistic gesture!

Originally posted on News One:

sseko brand ugandan women Sseko , an American fashion accessory brand is empowering the women of Uganda with employment and college education, the New York Daily News reports.

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Operating from the Kyebando area in Kampala, Uganda’s largest city, Sseko — per its official website — “hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams.”

In addition to creating sandals, the women also craft scarves, leather bags, and hand-dyes totes, among other items. The brand comes at a time when Ugandan women often have limited resources and very little control over what they produce, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

“If they do find jobs, there is a lot of family pressure on these women when they start making money…

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Movie Music Scenes That’ll Make You Dance, Sing And Upload To YouTube

lboogie81:

I love great moments in movies that make you want to get up and dance! These are a few of my favorites!

Originally posted on ALL THINGS MICHAEL! ♥:

Source: Huffington Post – By Alexandra Zaslow

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We’d like to think the greatest cinematic moments happen when a music scene induces some serious audience toe-tapping and head-bobbing. Then head-bobbing gets you chair-bouncing. And chair-bouncing just turns into all-out dancing like a fool. All while singing along as if you’ve missed your true calling in life, of course.

Check out our list of the happiest music movie moments that we turn to over and over again.

13 Going on 30: “Thriller”
In an attempt to liven up the crowd, Jenna (Jennifer Garner), a 13-year-old who woke up in her 30-year-old body, gets the DJ to spin the Michael Jackson classic and makes her way onto the dance floor alone. At first, everyone thinks she’s crazy as she lets her inner teen shine through, but, of course, by the end they’re all doing the classic “Thriller” dance, too.

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