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DAYMOND JOHN’S BLACK ENTREPRENEURS DAY: A HIP-HOP CELEBRATION OF BLACK EXCELLENCE

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Watch here: https://blackentrepreneursday.com

In a star-studded event live-streamed on November 1st at the iconic Apollo Theater in New York City, FUBU CEO and the renowned “Shark” from the popular TV show Shark Tank, Daymond John, curated the fourth annual “Black Entrepreneurs Day.” This event was a powerful celebration of Black entrepreneurship, designed to inspire, educate, and provide essential resources to Black business owners. With notable guests like Whoopi Goldberg, Shaquille O’Neal, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, and Ice-T graced the iconic stage in a series of Game Changer Conversations, the night was nothing short of iconic.

Co-hosted by Angela Yee, this year’s Black Entrepreneurs Day held an extra special note. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the event featured electrifying performances by none other than hip-hop heavyweights Rick Ross and Flavor Flav. Their live sets paid homage to the genre that has not only reshaped the music industry but also played a significant role in shaping the cultural and entrepreneurial landscape of Black America.

Beyond the musical celebrations, the event shone a spotlight on the pivotal role played by Black-owned businesses in the U.S. economy. Recent years have witnessed a surge in efforts to support and invest in these businesses, addressing the unique challenges they often face when it comes to securing funding and support.

Mayor Eric Adams lent his support to the event, officially proclaiming “Black Entrepreneurs Day” in New York City. The choice of the historic Apollo Theater as the venue was symbolic, given its rich history and deep cultural significance within the Black community.

Black Entrepreneurs Day provided a wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs, including the prestigious Shopify Pitch Competition, where the winner received a generous $25,000 in funding to scale their business. Event organizers also established the “NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur Grant,” which distributed over $200,000 in grants to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.

In addition, Black Entrepreneurs Day featured renowned figures such as broadcast journalist Cari Champion and American tennis player Sloane Stephens, further enhancing the event’s star-studded lineup. The speakers throughout the day delved into essential topics like branding, mentorship, and funding, underscoring the significance of resilience and determination in the field of entrepreneurship. Black Entrepreneurs Day serves as a dynamic platform that not only champions Black-owned businesses but also fosters an empowered community that actively drives entrepreneurship, investment, and innovation.

Black Entrepreneurs Day 2023 was an electrifying celebration of Black entrepreneurship, steeped in the cultural influence of hip-hop. As we celebrate this day, we pay tribute to the resilience and innovation of Black business owners, reinforcing our commitment to a more inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem for all. Watch here: https://blackentrepreneursday.com 

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Chelsea Pastel Drops New Track “2 Much”

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If sharing the same bill as Rapsody,joining Ebro forApple Music‘s DISCOVERED, catching the attention of HOT 97 as well as iHeartRadio, and being added to TIDAL‘s Hip-Hop: RISING playlist all while consistently releasing quality content wasn’t enough to convince critiques that Cleveland‘s Chelsea Pastel (@chelsea_pastel) is poised to be crowned Rap royalty, her newest release is sure to solidify just that. On “2 Much,” the follow up to “Greener” & “Price Going Up,” the Ohio outlier partners with MajorStage (@MajorStageMusic) to deliver a unique live performance experience that personifies song lyrics “too much talk with no action where I’m from we call it cap.” 

Starting with a powerful intro, “2 Much” explodes into an earthshaking drop, featuring a hook so addictive you’ll be shouting it all day long. Channeling the gritty sound pioneered by acts like Three 6 MafiaA$AP MobFather, and Key!, the song successfully brings nostalgia while putting a fresh twist on the current female rap scene. Recorded in a home studio session amongst friends, the infectious energy of “2 Much” shines through every bar. 

Born and bred in Forest City, Chelsea found her passion for music early on, which led her to enroll in the Cleveland School of Arts. After graduating, Chelsea began to make a name for herself throughout the Midwest and beyond. Her unique sonic style, catchy hooks, and lyrical prowess have earned her the title of Cleveland’s Next Up talent.

Apart from accolades, which include being featured regionally on WKYC and Dirty Glove Bastard as well as national recognition on top-tier entertainment networks like BET, Chelsea is a self-taught instrumentalist who often handles her production, writing, and engineering. Her unique brand of ballads can be best classified as a fusion of Rap and Pop with a touch of Rock accented by old-school flavor.

Stream the Cassius G-produced accompanying audio on your DSP of choice below via MajorStage andstay tuned for the Miguel Ramos-directed live performance visual.

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CARLY SHEA – “LOVESICK”

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NYC singer/songwriter Carly Shea presents the official music video for her new single “Lovesick”, coming on the heels of visuals for her previous single “Problems” (watch the official music video on Youtube). Shea utilizes her style of smooth, contemplative alternative-R&B to lean into her New York City surroundings on “Lovesick”, which she says is based on “the dreamy diner scene in the 90s film Meet Joe Black – I wanted to capture that lovesick feeling musically.” “Lovesick” is out now.

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(Audio) Elijah the Boy – “EGO” @ElijahTheBoy_

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After dropping his 2023 iTunes #1 EP ‘First Summer Without You’ and a string of single releases in 2024, the South Bronx, NY native Elijah The Boy readies us for summer with new heat. His newest offering “EGO” is a vibrant single that switches up the tone of his recent drops.

With a distinct blend of hip-hop, Jersey club drums, and Brazilian Phonk, the Puerto Rican lyricist flexes his powerful delivery over the alluring, rhythmic record that is intricate and aggressive all at once. Elijah explains that the production on “EGO” features heavy influence from the Bronx club scene, which undoubtedly showcases his outstanding level of sonic versatility and inventiveness.

“My new single is inspired by the hip-hop/Brazilian phonk music that I started hearing in the NY nightlife scene. I’ve always been a fan of music from different genres whether it was Latin, Afro beat, or Brazilian Phonk, and am attracted to the cadences they use and pockets they are able to find within the beat. I wanted to create a song that made people dance and feel good and forget about the problems with catchy bars and word play that was fun. One day I was in the studio with my producer Navi Beats and my Engineer Mixed By Auden, and we were brainstorming ideas. I thought of blending Brazilian Phonk with my usual sound. We ended up making this fun, catchy braggadocious record that in the end was only right to titles it ‘EGO’” – Elijah The Boy

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