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Dee-1 Performs at Staples Center in LA & Says “Do What You Love”

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Dee-1 is reaching new heights in his career! His most recent win was performing at the Staples Center in LA! He first made the surprise announcement on instagram while getting his fans involved asking them to help choose which songs he should perform. The announcement came shortly after he shared his concerns on instagram about having anxiety concerning his coming tour which is now only a couple weeks away. 

Dee-1’s transparency about anxiety did take some of his fans by surprise, but overall they welcomed his honesty and replied only with high praise and excitement regarding the coming tour!

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Some might think that Dee-1’s recent nervousness could be coming from the fact that he is now a fully independent artist. But, according to Dee, while he may experience nerves from time to time when touring, he continues to express his excitement to continue the pathway of running solo without a label which seems to be offering him more flexibility and options within his career. In addition to opening up for the LA Clippers game, Dee-1 recently facilitated an interview with the mayor of New Orleans where he had the chance to speak with him about Education, Criminal Justice Reform and Healthcare. Dee-1 is the first hip hop artist in New Orleans to interview the governor.
 

 
“We need our voice and perspective heard and respected in politics. We have an important election coming up, and I feel like Hip Hop needs to be represented” says Dee-1.
 
Dee-1 is using his platform to encourage those within the Hip Hop community to show up to the polls when it’s time.
 

It’s clear that Dee-1 is focused on more than just packed out shows. He really wants to continue to make a difference in his community and in our culture as a whole. He’s going hard in purpose and it’s working for him! This fall, he has performed on stage at the Black Music Honors during a tribute to Speech and Arrested Development (a pioneer of positive rap in hip hop culture). He toured his hometown bringing Opioid awareness to students and the community. He announced a giveaway in partnership with SallieMae offering over 200,000 for one lucky student. He also appeared on Hot 97 and has been seen rubbing arms with a number of high profile figures in entertainment.
 
He seems to be living out the lyrics to one of his most popular song: “I know God’s got a plan for me. I don’t know what it is, I’m just out here trying to handle my biz.”
 


 
In 2016, Dee spoke to JET Magazine about his purpose:
 
“I definitely see myself as more of a teacher than a rapper. I feel like a revolutionary. I know that I’m going against the grain, and I’m attempting to eradicate a lot of things that have been wrong with society and the music industry through my walk and my musical catalog. I’m actually using rap to get my message out there.”
 
Dee-1 is continuing the legacy of positive hip hop in both Christian and non-Christian areas and along with a lot of hard work, he’s having fun along the way! “Whatever it is you love to do in life, just do it!” says, Dee-1.  “Do it for the love. Do it before you get paid for it. Perfect your craft and get great at it! With God in the mix and you’re doing something you’re talented to do, you’ll get there!”
 

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Jonathan McReynolds Releases New Single “People”

Jonathan McReynolds just released his newest single “People” and all of us can relate! Haven’t we all dealt with hurt, disappointment, shade, jealousy, entitlement and deceit – all from people based on their perception of us? Jonathan shares his story.

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Jonathan McReynolds just released his newest single “People” and all of us can relate! Haven’t we all dealt with hurt, disappointment, shade, jealousy, entitlement and deceit – all from people based on their perception of us and who they believe us to be? Have you ever felt like you just needed to be delivered from people? If you’ve been there, let this song speak to your heart.

 

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Chicago Filmmaker Wins Oscar for “Hair Love” & Brings Special Guest Teen On The Red Carpet With The Team

Chicago filmmaker Matthew Cherry took home the Oscar for best animated short film for “Hair Love,” a six-minute short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

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Chicago filmmaker Matthew Cherry took home the Oscar for best animated short film for “Hair Love,” a six-minute short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

Matthew and the “Hair Love” team brought the Texas high school teen DeAndre Arnold who’s story has recently gone viral in the news for refusing to cut his locs. DeAndre was suspended for wearing dreadlocks and told he couldn’t attend his graduation ceremony in the spring unless he cut them in accordance with school dress code. Arnold, who has been growing his hair in locs since the seventh grade, has said that his hairstyle —rooted in Black pride, culture and sometimes religion — is a nod to his Trinidadian heritage.

As a surprise to Arnold, Cherry teamed up with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade (who helped produce this short film) to create a special video invitation for the Texas teen. On Oscar Sunday, DeAndre walked the red carpet and attended the full Oscar’s ceremony along with the “Hair Love” team. During the acceptance of their award, Matthew directed the following statement to DeAndre and the crowd saying, “I want to say “Hair Love” was done to normalize black hair.”

 

Alongside co-producer Karen Rupert Toliver, Cherry who also directed and co-wrote the film gave tribute to Kobe Bryant saying, “May all our second acts be as great as his”. Bryant and Glen Keane won the best animated short film Oscar in 2018 for “Dear Basketball.”

When speaking of the inspiration behind the short film, Matthew shares his personal story. As a former NFL player and graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette and the University of Akron, Matthew shared: “You have a situation where Mom may have to go into work early and Dad has to get the kids ready. The gender norms that existed back in the day aren’t really the same as they are now.

“I feel like everyone has to step up and get it done. Black fathers have had one of the worst raps in mainstream media as being portrayed as being deadbeats and not being involved.”

“It was important to us to showcase a black father that was young, that had tattoos. I think if you saw someone like him on the street, you would assume that wasn’t a loving father that does his daughter’s hair,” Cherry said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re just trying to change the conversation, one project at a time.”

Our hair is an extension of ourselves,” Cherry previously told HuffPost speaking about the short film. “And the cool thing about this story is that it really represents pure love: what we’re willing to do for the people we love even when they ask us to do something we don’t know how to do.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Master P and Romeo Now Making Christian Films – “I Want My Career to Be About God”

Master P and Romeo recently announced that they are working on a new faith based film called “God Is Real”. This isn’t their first round of inspirational films. Released under Master P’s new production company Genius Minds Pictures, he also released the film “Can You Hear The Lamb” which stars Romeo. This time around Genius Minds in connecting with Romeo’s new company “Romeoland” to release their coming project “God Is Real”.

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Master P and Romeo recently announced that they are working on a new faith based film called “God Is Real”. This isn’t their first round of inspirational films. Released under Master P’s new production company Genius Minds Pictures, he also released the film “Can You Hear The Lamb” which stars Romeo. This time around Genius Minds in connecting with Romeo’s new company “Romeoland” to release their coming project “God Is Real”.

Why Christian content? Why now?

Master P spoke up loud and clear with that answer to the Christian Post at this year’s Movieguide Awards saying, “Don’t be afraid to grow and change. You know I come from the streets and I come from the pain. Without God I wouldn’t be here. So, why not change and grow up and do right?”

Romeo also spoke up about why he is choosing to create more inspirational content in his future:

“I’ve had a lot of success in this industry…over 19 years. That success really is because of God. I’ve seen  a lot of my cousins pass away when I was younger. I saw my cousin die when I was 8 years old. In that moment, I knew that we are on this earth for a reason. It’s a bigger purpose. You can’t let instagram and social media push you away from what your purpose is. I think we compare too much in this generation. I wanna just make content and movies and let my career be about God and showing kids that we’re all masterpieces you know?

That’s what this next go round is about for me and my pops is about…making sure we get the right content out there that’s leading people in the right direction as well.”

 

 

MASTER P SPEAKS MORE ABOUT NEW FILM “God Is Real”

 

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