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John Legend Challenges You To Take The Leap!

In the midst of an award season campaign for the song “Glory” off of the sound track for the movie Selma,  c0-written by and featuring rapper Common, John Legend, has teamed up with AXE® White Label Collective to develop a mentorship program — which spans music and style, and is dedicated to giving up-and-coming artists and creators the tools needed to take their talents to the next level. The multiple Grammy Award winning artist is inviting aspiring musicians to submit a YouTube video of an original performance on for the chance to work with him.  Five participants will...

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The Game Of Life And How You Play It With Video Game Critic Cara Ellison

“You need all your own napalm. Don’t waste any trying to help out people who don’t care about you. You will need the fuel to help people who love you and to cut your way through a lot of bullshit.“ Freelance game critic and UK based writer, Cara Ellison; is another millennial who decidedly paved her own way in the world through nontraditional means turning her voracious love for video games into a career that allows her to follow her passion doing what she craves. Having had enough of her gig on the QA team for GTAIV at Rockstar...

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How Azie Dungey Went From Her Ask A Slave Web Series To A Job With Tina Fey

This article 1st appeared in Manifest Magazine Feb/March/April, The Leadership Issue read below… Azie Dungey struck gold when you uploaded the 1st episode of her Ask A Slave web series to YouTube. The concept for the series was born out of Azie’s real life experience working at Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George Washington, a tourist site where guests are transported back to the 18th century by actors who stay in character, give guided tours, answer questions and depict life on the plantation. After graduating college, the Tisch School of The Arts at NYU and returning home to...

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Capitalism, Race & The Plight of Black Music

  The lack of a single Black artists being nominated in the categories of Best New Artist, Song of the Year or Record of the Year at the 2015 Grammy’s was simultaneously interesting, troubling and unsurprising. Black artists have been pioneers in the entertainment industry for decades, yet many of those same artists have been snubbed with a lack of mainstream acceptance and accolades. It hard to believe, but no major record label wanted to sign Jay Z or Kanye West; even The Beatles were first turned away by major American record labels. Black-owned labels gave all of them...

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