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The Conversation Continues: Lawful Gun Safety Vs Unjust Loss Of Life

Earlier this week the Republican National Convention set its sights upon Cleveland, Ohio. The city, known nationally for its decades long sports title drought had been experiencing its most fruitful summer in ages. The Cavaliers had won the NBA title; its native son almost single-handedly ending their sports suffering. The large banner displaying the city’s name on his back was the visage of many Ohioans: hope. It’s also the same city where in November of 2014, a 12-year-old boy named Tamir Rice was playing in a park with a toy…

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Behind the Music: Chinara Butler Discusses The Legacy of Pimp C & More Ahead Of “Long Live The Pimp”

Via: http://stylemagazine.com/news/2015/dec/11/behind-music-chinara-butler-discusses-legacy-pimp-/ If “heavy is the head that wears the crown,” imagine that of one forced to wear it in the king’s absence. Having stood firmly behind the throne of the man largely considered the “Underground King of the South,” for Chinara Butler the 2007 death of Pimp C meant the loss of her better half. Kind hearted, brash and unapologetic; let’s be clear, there will never be another Pimp C. His sudden passing dealt a swift blow to the industry, leaving a hole that has yet to be filled. Brimming…

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Cedric The Entertainer Tackles Diabetes in Houston With Step On Up Campaign

Via: http://stylemagazine.com/news/2015/oct/22/cedric-entertainer-tackles-diabetes-houston-step-c/ While he may forever be known to most as one of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” whether it be The Steve Harvey Show or his hilarious turn in Barbershop, there’s little that comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer hasn’t already accomplished. Now he’s added spokesman to his already impressive resume, using his massive platform to inform others about the dangers of diabetic nerve pain (also known as “diabetic peripheral neuropathy) through a campaign called “Step On Up”. Though you’ve probably seen the commercials, off-screen it’s a condition incredibly near…

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Building An Empire: “Why DJ Mr. Rogers Deserves To Flex”

Via: http://www.houstontrendmag.com/home/2015/10/19/article-building-an-empire-why-dj-mr-rogers-deserves-to-flex/ “Coming from Dallas we was fans of Watts and Screw so tough. We had never heard nothing like that and we just always listened to it. Then I came to PV and I got to see the culture and how much that music meant to the people out here. At that time that’s all we listened to. I wasn’t a producer first, I wasn’t a club DJ first; I learned how to chop and screw before anything else. That was the first thing I learned how to record,” –…

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10 SXSW Moments

Via: http://stylemagazine.com/news/2014/mar/18/10-sxsw-moments/ There are always life lessons involved in going to SXSW and this year’s was no different. From big brand showcases to the discovery of new artists and the overall wear and tear it does on your body – South By Southwest will always be one of those festivals you tell your friends about every year and even when you warn them, they still have no idea what they may experience. Here’s our main lessons to learn from those who went down to Austin last weekend. 1. Even Working The…

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August Alsina: “Laying Out His Own Testimony”

Via: http://stylemagazine.com/news/2014/mar/05/august-alsina-laying-out-his-own-testimony/ What seemingly “happens overnight” in terms of success for an artist; is more often than not, the result of years of work put in behind the scenes. At just 21 years of age, Louisiana native August Alsina seems ahead of his years, having transformed viral success into a viable career. Alsina’s debut album for Def Jam Testimony lands on April 15th, a significant date in his life as the day also is the tragic anniversary of the murder of his brother. He may currently have his own issues with…

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DJ YOUNG SAMM – “JACK OF ALL TRADES”

Via: http://www.houstontrendmag.com/home/2011/12/13/article-dj-young-samm-jack-of-all-trades/ There is an old adage that goes, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” For Sam Mercer, more commonly known as “DJ Young Samm,” this is a mantra that he has built his career upon. Crafting himself into a musical “Jack of All Trades” within the industry, he holds a dizzying array of capabilities including; rapper, producer, director, and graphic artist. Hailing from the infamous “Trinity Gardens” area of the North side of Houston, Texas, Samm was first formally introduced to music at the tender of age…

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Le$: “No Days Off”

Via: http://www.houstontrendmag.com/home/2012/08/01/article-l-e-s-no-days-off/ If there is indeed a distinction between old school Hip Hop and the music composed by today’s generation; Le$ is truly the bridge between the two. Fusing classic lyricism and a new age appeal, in any conversation about the hottest emcees in Houston right now, you damn well better mention his name. Originally from New Orleans, Les’s pursuit of higher education landed him firmly in Texas at the prestigious University of Houston, in pursuit of a Psychology degree no less. Although it seemed as if his career path had…

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Ronald C. Green: “Call Of Duty”

Via: http://www.houstontrendmag.com/home/2012/07/21/article-ronald-c-green-call-of-duty/ Given enough time everything evolves; even politics. Holding the distinction of being the 4th largest city in the country, Houston is a haven for diversity; and current City Controller Ronald Green seems to have a knack for catering to the needs of its residents.In a nation with shifting ideologies, a loosening of former social norms, and a rapidly changing ethnic composition; to be a politician in today’s world, one must be able to accept and connect with a variety of people in order to truly serve them. A native…

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Propain: “Dangerous Minded”

Via: http://www.houstontrendmag.com/home/2012/06/01/article-propain-dangerous-minded/ There are some artists that move your body, their songs instantly becoming your favorite when it comes on the radio or when played in a crowded club. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some artists that move your spirit, their songs stirring your intellect via clever wordplay and intricate storytelling. There are few artists that can drive their body of music well between both lanes…yet for Chris Dudley, better known as “Propain,” it’s something that comes naturally. With some of the best music originating from the…

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