Azealia Banks Explains the Real Reasons Behind Her Issues With Iggy

Azealia shares a passionate and uninhibited interview on the Hot 97 morning show, airing out her concerns with T.I. and Grand Hustle’s leading lady Iggy Azalea. Along with chopping up her ‘beef’ with Grand Hustle, Azealia flips to a much deeper side of the whole matter and shares her honest frustrations and heartfelt concerns on the misappropriation of black culture in america.

What are your thoughts? Chime in below.

10 More Truths

 

10 More Truths…

By Ryan Chandler~@NayrRyChi

  1. Chase success, not money…Don’t allow your reality to kill your dream
  2. Acknowledge what people have done, instead of what they have not
  3. Sex is an expression of love, lust, or curiosity
  4. Two types of guys that will forever attract women are: Funny Guys and Bad Boys
  5. When two “friends” have sex for the first time it is now the beginning of something great, or the beginning of the end
  6. Listening and hearing are two different things
  7. There is a lack of Alpha Males
  8. Some men tend to get lazy once comfortable in a relationship
  9. A man will do to a woman whatever she allows
  10. Social Media has changed the dynamics of dating

 

 

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Ryan Chandler is a 23 year old south side Chicago Native and emerging hip-hop journalist. He is an avid hip-hop enthusiast who is not only immersed in the music but the dynamics of the culture, as a whole. Ryan aims to use his passion for hip-hop and people to further elevate the community. He has written for notable Chicago blogs such as FakeShoreDrive and is a welcomed contributor to the Street Intell brand.

 

 

Movie Trailer: Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Star in New Romantic-Drama, ‘Beyond the Lights’

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Beyond the Lights is the story of a troubled singer (Noni Jean) on the verge of super stardom. Noni Jean is played by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw know notably for her performance as the main character in the indie film,  Belle (18th-century historical piece about a black woman raised as almost an equal in a white household.). In the film, Gugu’s character (Noni) struggles with her identity and the pressure of becoming a world renowned super star, who contrary to her personal aspirations is forced to sell an overly sexy image of herself. Noni ends up finding solace and self-acceptance after meeting co-star Nate Parker’s character Kaz Nicol. Parker’s character, Kaz is an up and coming police officer and aspiring politician assigned to serve as protection for the superstar but later finds himself over the edge for the pop damsel in distress. Instantly, Kaz and Noni find themselves in a hot and heavy romance despite the disapproval of those around them. In the end, Noni discovers her courage and voice through Kaz’s love; which pushes her to be the artist she always wanted to be.

 

‘Beyond the Lights’ was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood  the creator of the now classic american film’Love and Basketball.’ According to reports from the Star, the film has already premiered at TIFF and is set to hit theaters November 14th, 2014. View the trailer below and be sure to leave us your comments, thought and opinions.

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

 
sicklecellmonthSickle Cell Awareness Month is a national initiative kicking off this month that helps raise awareness about a condition affecting more than 100,000 individuals living in the United States and millions more worldwide. September is the targeted month designated to bringing  more awareness to the issue in the hope of not only informing individuals but encouraging them to help raise funds to eventually find a cure. 
 
 

Sickle Cell Disease Occurs in 1 out of every 500 American  African births and 1 out of every 35,000  Hispanic American births. Sickle Cell trait occurs in approximately 1 in 12 American Africans.

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What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. The main purpose of red blood cells is to transfer oxygen to the body.  Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that carries the oxygen. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. Sickle shaped blood cells are stiff, sticky and rigid cells that impede the flow of blood through the bodies blood vessels causing individuals to have moments of excruciating pain, which many refer to as “being in crisis.” When this blockage occurs blood cannot reach the different parts of the body and in turn damages tissue. As a result,  this damaged tissue is what leads to many complications for individuals living with this condition.

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We can’t stress enough the importance of sharing the information on Sickle Cell and how much of an impact just knowing more about the condition can have on not only a family but communities as well. Awareness and education make all the difference that is why we want to take this chance and stand in solidarity with individuals living with this condition by sharing the knowledge with everyone. Therefore please share the Street Intell and get more people involved. Visit sicklecelldisease.org for more ways to help.

For some informative and inspiring stories check out Sickled Sisters, a blog shared by two women personally affected by sickle cell and pulmonary hypertension. Both dedicated to the advocacy, awareness and support of individuals with chronic illness. Join their journey by clicking the image below

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Source: sicklecelldisease.org

ARTivism: Confronting Mass Incarceration Through Art [Video]

Tony Lewis, Jr. is a dedicated community leader, philanthropist, mentor and avid advocate for the under served citizens of Washington, DC.  For several years he has been organizing community initiatives dedicated to supporting those in need. He has used  his and resources to be the voice of the people by creating organizations like Sons of Life that uplift, build and advocate for young black males. He has tirelessly working in the streets using his platform and network (DC or Nothing) to propel the concerns of DC constituent to the forefront.

He is dedicated to sharing his struggles and acting as a conduit for success for so many people living in the District of Columbia, especially young black males and ex-convicts. We shine a light on him because as a true Street Intellectual he is dedicated to uplifting his community through action and empowerment. Along with Mark Thomas, Mr. Lewis has created a new campaign using the visual medium of photography to help share the stories of individuals connected to loved ones that have been affected by mass incarceration.

Check the videos out, leave a comment and as always share the Street Intell.

 

 

 

 

Breaking News: Actor and Comedian, Robin Williams found dead at 63

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Williams and his daughter Zelda| Image via Instagram @therobinwilliams

According to reports from Marin County Sheriff’s office the  63-year-old actor was found dead inside his home around 12 noon Monday.  It was further suspected that the Oscar-winning actor’s cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia. However a more thorough investigation is to be conducted before a final determination is made.

Susan Schneider, wife of Robin Williams released a statement earlier today saying:

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions”

 

Robin Williams was best known for his roles in such classic American films like Aladdin, Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook and Goodwill Hunting. He’s brought smiles to the faces of many children and adults all across the globe.

Many people are aware however that Williams struggled with depression and alcoholism. He had reported being sober for over 20 years but suffered a relapse late 2005 and checked into a rehab facility last month. We acknowledge his struggles but we choose to uplift his memory and legacy by remembering the joy he brought to countless lives.

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What was your favorite Robin Williams role (or film)?

Share your comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

Flavor of Fashion: 08.14.14| Tailored and Bowed

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Street Intell and Fred Events have joined forces to not only entertain but educate the DMV on a few of the rising trends in Menswear Fashion.

Come out and mingle with some of DC’s most stylish people and experience the different Menswear trends in a mini showcase from a few dapper and chic individuals.

There will be food, drinks and style galore at this event. So make sure you’re photo shoot ready, bring your friends, and prepare to have fun at this exciting and new fashion networking mixer.

 

RSVP for this FREE event here!

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Special Guest Brands include…

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DC based image consultant, Norris Phillip has a fresh new take on men’s fashion with his polished yet approachable aesthetic. Norris works with clients to create high fashion looks at retail prices that can carry any gentleman from board room to the lounge in comfort and confidence.

Image consulting goes beyond wardrobe changes, fashion is the first step in Norris’s agency, Shuffle Designs’ image plan. Norris works with you to improve all areas of life by discussing posture, poise, conversation and how to approach the fast-paced, ambitious lifestyle that is inevitable in the DMV.

Want to learn more? Check out http://www.shuffledesigns.net to get started!

 

 

 

 

bespokeJames Hackley is the owner and Chief Style Officer (CSO) of Bespoke Not Broke. Bespoke is a wonderfully unique men’s boutique that specializes in vintage and upscale resale clothing, shoes, and accessories.

The company was launched to help bridge the economic gap that has always existed between the “haves” and “have nots” when it comes to fashion and style.  Many of the unique items found on the site are directly linked to being owned by professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, lobbyists,  Congressmen and C-level business executives in the Washington D.C. area. However, Bespoke also makes regular trips from coast-to-coast scouring many of the Nation’s best consignment, vintage and thrift stores in search of elusive custom pieces.

Take a further look at http://www.bespokenotbroke.com

 

 

 

nikkiNicolette Orji also known as Nikki Billie Jean is the Founder, Owner & Designer of Billie Jean Bowties and Designs she is also the Editor-in-Chief of the popular fashion blog AllThingsAnkara.com. She is the Nigerian-American designer in charge of Billie Jean Bowties & Designs, an African menswear inspired accessory line that caters to both men, women, and children. Her sense of fashion is inspired from the 60/70s era, her  African roots and celebrity singer Janelle Monae.
Find out more about this amazing stylish, designer and blogger by visiting http://www.nikkibilliejean.com