To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, Hennessy and my girl Nicky Garcia‘s Her Own Lane brand partnered up to honor 20 Latina women in media. There were women there from radio, TV, publicity, record labels and more.
I love how we all truly support and uplift one another! Unidas somos más poderosas!
For our 2nd edition of the Jersey Music Meeting, artists from all across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut were treated to some heavy knowledge bombs from a new round of panelists consisting of a few elite faces of the radio and music industries.
Taking over Elizabeth, NJ’s Dolce Lounge once again, our exclusive panel included Hot 97‘s DJ Enuff and Megan Ryte, Scottie Beam of the Hot 97 Morning Show, and Atlantic Records Director of A&R, Orlando Wharton.
Overall, we’d say that this time around, some good questions were definitely asked and the passion in the room was on a thousand! We’ve compiled another list to expound on all the free game that was given out last night, so think of this as your 2nd study guide to the music biz, and see our top 10 tips on artist development below! See tips from our last Jersey Music Meeting here.
On Thursday night, I had the pleasure of attending the exclusive launch party for Urban Decay‘s makeup collection with Gwen Stefani. The collection includes an eyebrow palette, a blush palette, an eyebrow kit, lip liners and a selection of lipsticks – which features a wide range of vibrant reds (very Gwen-like) with equally Gwen-like names such as “Spiderweb,” “Phone Call” and “Ex-Girlfriend.”
The event was everything you’d expect from something with the former No Doubt frontwoman’s name on it, with Vashtie providing music as the cocktails flowed, and even a live band coming in later on in the evening. I was BEYOND excited that we were treated to the entire collection, and I have been switching up my lip color ever since! Stay tuned to my Instagram for previews of each shade.
In the meantime, hit the jump for a few pics of the collection and our night. The collection will be available soon here. Thank you to Urban Decay and Laura Stylez for the invite!
Last night was a night of epic proportions for the entire state of New Jersey. The first official Jersey Music Meeting was hosted by our very own Marisa Mendez and DJ Drewski of Hot 97!
Taking place at Dolce Lounge in Elizabeth, NJ, over 300 people packed out the 2-room venue for an exclusive Q&A session with the most prominent faces of New Jersey including Hot 97 music director, TT Torrez, DJ Bobby Trends, Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature, Itchy House Productions, and OVO Sound producer, Mike Zombie.
Although the event was geared towards musicians, all creatives were invited to show up, ask questions, network, and get answers to their most burning questions about their respective industries. So much knowledge was offered at the event, and incredible gems were dropped about how to further yourself in whatever path in life you choose.
Read on below for the best tips we got from our first Jersey Music Meeting!
Yesterday marked the 23rd annual Summer Jam concert from Hot 97, and another epic night for the record books! I was frazzled for a majority of the show because I signed up to work, and was assigned to handle all things Fetty Wap and Ty Dolla $ign…which sounded fun in theory, but DAMN it was a lot of work! Needless to say, I missed about 90% of things that happened – and that includes all that drama outside. My mother actually was texting me in a panic making sure I was okay, and I had to ask her what she was talking about because we were calmly sitting around sharing “deez nuts” jokes backstage at the time. LOL! It’s a shame a few bad apples attempted to spoil the whole bunch, but they ultimately didn’t – as the show went on inside without incident, and for the tens of thousands that did get in, it was an amazing time!
SO much went on behind-the-scenes and on the stage, so I’ll start from the beginning at the Festival Stage.
This past weekend was Willingboro, New Jersey‘s first annual celebrity basketball game, brought to us by our very own Mike Zombie! Since unveiling himself to the industry in 2013 by producing Drake‘s super-successful “Started From the Bottom” single, Zombie has put his town on the radar for many of music’s elite underground and mainstream leaders, and continued his momentum by hosting a charity event for the town’s community sports teams.
Taking place at Willingboro‘s John F. Kennedy Recreational Center, the Panthers basketball teams were split into the Blue team and the White team, consisting of some of the most prominent local celebrities that dominate both the music and sports industries. Just a few of those names include legendary battle rapper Tsu Surf, Big OOH!, Gillie Da Kid, NY Jets safety Calvin Pryor, Porta Rich, Empire‘s Black Rambo, Kazzie, Chill Moody and plenty more. Over 200 people packed the newly renovated JFK gymnasium, making for an excellent turn-out.
I’m not even going to pretend like I know how to describe a basketball game, so I’ll say that no one expected the Blue Team (Zombie‘s team) to come out with such a victory of 57-41. The most entertaining players to watch were Gillie Da Kid, who landed 3-pointers back to back accompanied by a smug smile and an energetic and warm attitude, and Calvin Pryor of the white team, who had a good start in the first quarter, weaned by the second, and came back to finish strong by the last quarter.
“No ribs, no rice, no champagne,” surely comes to mind when looking at the two paintings in the above photo, and the beauty in the middle is the brainchild of it all. Burgeoning artist Rebecca Maria‘s first solo show paid homage to the classic film Paid In Full, featured at Poppington Art Gallery in NYC yesterday.
The exhibit, which featured Rebecca live-painting one of her 14 pieces of work, was accompanied by 80s and 90s-themed music, giving guests a feeling of nostalgia. “This is a great addition to the Paid In Full legacy,” one attendee noted, referencing the almost 40-year history that includes a movie, Eric B. & Rakim‘s album, and the true-life story of Rich Porter, Alpo and AZ.