What’s Poppington: Dick Gregory Say’s “Give Them Something To Lose”

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While watching Dick Gregory speak in an interview by Comedy Hype, I swear to you it felt like I was sitting down patiently listening to my grand dad speak wisdom mixed with a touch of cra cra. Gregory spoke on the current issue of killings by the hands of police officers that blacks face in America. He gives his thoughts on how to correct the problem and what will bring the shootings to a drastic halt. Dick Gregory say’s, “give them something to lose.”

While watching the clip below please be prepared for rough language. Although Dick Gregory expresses himself in a colorful way, the message behind his words can change Americas police brutality issues for lifetimes to come.

How do you make a cop change? It’s simple.. you pass legislation and say every cop has to be insured… Everybody carrying a gun has to be insured. The first time you violate that, you lose your license…. Now do you hate niggas more than you like feeding your family?… Give them something that they can’t afford to lose.. -Dick Gregory-

What’s Poppington: Love And Hip-Hop Hot Summer Reveal

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Tonight was the night for the hot Summer reveal of Tammy Rivera’s swimwear line on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta. Tammy Rivera is the wife of rapper Waka Flocka. Tammy has now stepped into the fashion designer lane making an even bigger name for herself and making a loyal customer out of me.

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With celebs like NeNe Leaks and gal pal Bambi rocking her line fans all around will have these suits flying off the shelves. If your shy on showing skin, this line of swimwear may not be for you. Lets just say these suits are more for wear and stare instead of fun in the sun. When you attend your next pool side event that doesn’t really require a fun dive into water, grab your hottest pair of stilettos and Tammy Rivera Swimwear.

What’s Poppington: The Black Cultural Smudge

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Do you all ever wonder where the originators of hip -hop dancing went? I’m talking about the original you got served style of dance. The Omarion and Marcus Huston type dancers before things, “changed”. What about the beginners of authentic rap music and  hip hop before it became “mainstream” and replicated by the “masses”. How about the authentic ethnic beauty features of a black woman like the beautiful and cornbread fed Porche Williams, full lips, full hips, and plump derrieres, before the Kim K’s, and Kylie’s bought and attached those features to their bodies and made it “a thing.” Do you ever wonder what happened to these people, the originators of black culture? Well, we’re still here living and still having our culture smudged. Is it okay to become obsolete in specific areas while other people adopt, and/or steal our culture? Does it affect our identities? What do we do about the black culture smudge?

What’s Poppington: 25 Summer Getaways For The Black Professional

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Are you ready for that much needed Summer vacation? Are these two plaguing questions, where to go and what to do, stopping you from figuring out where the black professionals go to cut loose and have a good time. Well, worry no more. I have found a list of 25 top getaways provided by www.idontdoclubs.com . This top 25 list of festivals, parties, solo getaways, and conferences will satisfy your need to “duck off” for summer vacation is one you should bookmark.

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, MA

August 8 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival 2016Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present films by African-American directors from around the world.
mvaaff.com, @mvaaff

NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Washington, DC

August 3 – 7, 2016, add to your calendar
NABJ Convention 2016National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annually holds the nation’s largest journalism convention and career fair each summer with plenary sessions and workshops for career and professional development. This year they’re partnering with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
nabj.org/event/nabjregistration2016, @nabjofficial

National Urban League Conference in Baltimore, MD

August 3 – 6, 2016, add to your calendar
National Urban League Conference 2016An inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.
The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), is a National Urban League volunteer, member, auxiliary that targets professionals ages 21 – 40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.
nul.iamempowered.com, @naturbanleague

Oakland Art and Soul Festival in Oakland, CA

August 20 – 21, 2016, add to your calendar
Oakland Art and Soul Festival 2016Two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.
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Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, PA

June 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Odunde Festival 2016The largest African American street festival on the east coast with 500,000 people, over 12 city blocks, and two stages of live entertainment.
odundefestival.org, @odundefestival

One Music Fest in Atlanta, GA

September 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
One Music Fest 2016One Musicfest brings together different artists to perform on their own terms, setting the stage for music genres to bleed into one another. One MusicFest creates the magic of a unique urban music experience inspired by alternative culture, sound and thought.
onemusicfest.com, @onemusicfest

Parlour Magazine’s #TravelFly Solo Weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands

June 9 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
TravelFly Solo Weekend 2016The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is a 5 day/4 night self-care inspired trip that is dedicated to whatever your heart desires. Designed as a “solo trip,” there is no large crew required, just you (and a bestie if you wish!), our “solo” guide to the islands and no group-think or pre=planned itineraries.
parlourmagazine.com/2015/12/the-travelfly-solo-weekend, @parlourmagazine

The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA

June 4, 2016, add to your calendar
the roots picnic 2016The Roots want to “break you off” at their annual event in it’s 9th year.
rootspicnic.com, @rootspicnic

Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD

May 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Sweetlife Festival 2016A two-day festival featuring over 22 hours of music and more than 25 of our favorite artists. “Sweetlife” is about meaningful living and authentic relationships.
sweetlifefestival.com

UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Napa Valley, CA

July 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival 2016Enjoy a uniquely curated, 5-star immersion into Napa Valley culture with private vineyard tours, wine tasting, golf, yoga, live music, spa, comedy and culinary delights prepared by renowned chefs.

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What’s Poppington: Jessie Williams Guns Fired and Drop The Mic Amazing Speech

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Jesse Williams, man oh man, I was left speechless along with thousands of others after watching the 2016 BET Awards Humanitarian recipients’ speech. This man is more than a fictional character suited in medical scrubs and a lab coat as seen on Grey’s Anatomy. Jessie Williams is for the fight and for the uplift-meant and equal rights of black Americans. He stands on the front lines supporting, and fighting for equality that’s much needed still in 2016. Watching him speak made me feel like I was apart of something great, he spoke like a passionate activist ready to employ change by any means necessary. Click play and watch Jesse Williams in action.

What’s Poppingtion: Panda Desiigner vs Karmin Who Did it Better?

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Karmin? Who’s Karmin? Karmin is only the dope ass duo that became YouTube sensations after covering Chris Brown’s look at me now featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes a few years back, April 12, 2011 to be exact. If that hasn’t refreshed your memory you need to come out from under the rock you’ve been sleeping under, but until then I’ll just tell you more. Amy Heidemann, the female half of Karmin, has amazing vocals and a natural flow when it comes to rap. Rather she’s rapping a cover or her own bars she kills it every time. Her fiance, Nick Noonan, is the talented keyboardist in the background doing his thing. The two got signed back in 2011 and now has out two singles, “Hello” and “Brokenhearted” they both have landed in Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and reached number one on the dance chart.The two are at it again with their new remix cover of Panda, by Desiigner. And for the record, I like their version better, but don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself and tell me know what you think below.

What’s Poppington: Black Love, Get Some

This guy is so emotional over seeing his bride walk down the aisle is so heart jerking how he can’t contain himself. Man oh man, this is beautiful. I feel like this could be me one day living in a real life bridal fantasy of black, successful love. Black love is beautiful. Get some.

Whats Poppington: PrettynPoppington and Gripp Ent Unplugged

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Have you ever walked into an event not having expectations and was elated to be completely blown away? Well, I just had my first experience of real and raw musical emotions. J Vive, Carolina Breeze, Savvy, and Main of Gripp Ent, are four musically talented individuals in Charleston SC doing big things in these streets.You don’t have to take my word for it, so watch for yourself. I’m more than sure you too will be bopping your head with a sick groove, and when you do make sure you don’t miss the next Gripp Ent Unplugged event.

PrettynPoppington Grip ENT Unplugg from Pretty-N-Poppington TV on Vimeo.

Whats Poppington: Hip Hops Female Competition

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VH1 did an article on the top 15 female rappers to look out for in 2015, The list is quite interesting. Some of the MC’s that made the list has definitely made an impact this year and will continue to make their mark into 2016, and others I haven’t heard of. That’s not to say that they’re not doing big things, I simply haven’t heard of them. I’m no rap authority, I just like what I like, which just so happens to end up very popular or mainstream. So, with that being said, I have an eye for things and people that are poppington (pun intended).The top 15 ladies that were selected by VH1 are Angel Haze; Lizzo to Jungle Pussy; Tiffany Foxx to Nyemiah Supreme. Didn’t I just say that i’m tuned in to all things/people that are and will be poppington. Tiffany Fox, yes mam. I did a post on her a few years back (I’m tooting my horn) because I knew she would certainly make a mark, Nyemiah Supreme was also featured on a PrettynPoppington post along with other female MC’s apart of The Sisterhood of Hip Hop, a reality show that show cased women and their journey to success in the hip hop industry. I feel that VH1 has a pretty accurate list. My top three female MC’s for 2015 are as followed and check out hip hops female rap competition below.

Whats Poppington: Hip-Hop’s Competition Tiller, Lanez, and Leon

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Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, and Sean Leon are three men putting in work to be the best. These guys are musical artists making their mark in the world of hip-hop. They are beating the odds when it comes to the quintessential dreams of most artist to “make it big” in the industry. With consistent radio play well over 200 thousand likes on YouTube and other social media outlets these men are hip-hops competition. It’s amazing what independent labels, self determination,  unique style and talent can get you. Remember these names, I’m sure you’ll see them again.

Whats Poppington: A ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Sequel Is Already In The Works?

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Given the success of Straight Outta Compton, its clear that the West Coast’s hip-hop golden age still needs proper storytelling for a new generation. With that in mind, word circling the rumor mill is that the film will be followed up by a film charting the rise of Death Row Records. According to Dogg Pound lifer Daz Dillenger, Tupac and Snoop Dogg will be the subjects of “Dogg Pound For Life,” which also necessarily includes the story of one Suge Knight – who in real life wasn’t exactly enthralled with his portrayal in Straight Outta Compton. Although no casting has yet been confirmed, Dillenger did mention that Dr. Dre’s son – Curtis Young – will likely assume the role of his old man. Stay tuned for more information on “Dogg Pound For Life” as it arises.  Author: Josh Davis Source: HYPETRAK

Whats Poppington: Jazmine Sullivan: Let It Burn

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On the drive home “Let It Burn” came on the radio, yes I still listen to the radio, and I swear this song took me somewhere that I haven’t been in along time. I felt like I was on a mental trip to the land of loves milk and honey. Not that I’m in love or anything, nor have I found the love of my life (that ship has sailed and sank) but It felt wonderful to feel love through music. That’s the reason why Jazmine Sullivan is one of my favorite R&B artist. Her music is true blue R&B with soul that has a classic funk. I love this single. Check it out and fall in love along with me.

Whats Poppington: Kendrick Lamar Interviews NWA: Straight Outta Compton

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Kendrick Lamar interviews members form NWA in an informal sit down that discusses their thoughts on how they’ve evolved from the hard life of growing up in Compton LA, to how their lives have changed. Are they still the same young men that came straight out of Compton? Do they still relate their millionaire and billionaire status to the life and culture of gansta rap?  Check out the interview and see for yourself.

Whats Poppington: “Carolina All Day” Another J-Vive Post

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Joshua J-Vive Harper a super talented musician in the classical and contemporary sense. This man plays instruments, (Don’t ask me how many, just know its a bunch) he can sing…sang! and he is a conscious lyricist. Why conscious you one may ask, because he cares about the lyrics that comes out of his mouth. They mean something.They’re not just a bunch of words that rhyme with word play mixed with a catchy tune. Lets be real that’s the basic recipe for a lot of these mainstream and some indie rappers today. With all his talents we can officially call him an artist, due to him being multi faceted in several areas of the arts and entertainment.  Below is the video “Carolina All Day”, Charleston South Carolina that is. If your aware of current events and what takes place in US news then you’ll know that our city has been involved in quite a bit of issues lately. This song speaks to that and it has a cleaver twist at the end. Check it out leave a comment.

Rachel Dolezal Identity Crisis or Naw?

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Rachel Dolezal is the number one topic of news outlets across the US. For obvious reasons. If you don’t know what those reasons are well just keep reading. Some people feel that her identity issues has helped the black American cause, when in all actuality it’s not her identity that’s helped black American causes it’s her body of civil work that’s supported black Americans and the issues they face. So why couldn’t she just remained a white woman while fighting the good fight? Was she taking advantage of her passion for black equality by disguising herself as a black woman or does she truly identifies herself as black and has a server identity crisis that requires her laying on a sofa with a licensed mental health professional? Personally I feel that she’s passionate about aiding in anyway possible towards the  “black struggle,” however I do feel like she has an identity crisis. No one should have to change their natural born race for any reason, or circumstance at all. Passions, and good causes aside, I think Rachel Dolezal needs to lie on the sofa. She’s clearly going through a sever identity crisis that requires professional assistance. None the less she has done her due diligence with helping and portraying herself as a natural born black women, now maybe she can do the same and seek help for obvious identity crisis.