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London-based Singer/Songwriter @SharleneMoniq released New Video 'You'

London-based Singer/Songwriter @SharleneMoniq released New Video 'You'



Sharlene-Monique, a London-based singer/songwriter, released a music video to her debut single, 'You.' Directed by Rebecca Coley, 'You' is a emotionally passionate cinematography that reflects elements of Sharlene-Monique's past.
"I'm really excited to be releasing music that I feel so passionate about. I really hope people connect with the message of the song. The video stirred up so many emotions inside because it reflects elements of my past." - Sharlene-Monique
A Media Performance graduate, Identity Drama School attendee and founder of award nominated blog and empowerment "Be Uniquely You," Sharlene-Monique is now successfully tackling a new kind of creative challenge; sharing her personal message of self-acceptance, self-love and self-empowerment to any and all who will lend their ear to her first release of her debut single, 'You.'

The multi-skilled musician hails from a past of singing dancing and teaching across the UK and Europe, and has successfully earned her stripes in the lead up to a timely decision to begin practicing what she had so confidently shared to others for a number of years.  Starting off her campaign with a very successful headline & support promo tour around the UK, Sharlene is left with just two shows remaining in Glasgow and is finishing off in the city of London.

Speaking of her music video for her debut single 'You,' Sharlene-Monique says, "I'm really excited to be releasing music that I feel so passionate about. I really hope people connect with the message of the song. The video stirred up so many emotions inside because it reflects elements of my past."

The song was written by Sharlene-Monique and produced by her husband Chris Morris (chrismorrismusic.com). Mixed by Grammy-Award winning mix engineer Alan Branch, 'You' tells a heartwarming tale of a young lady metamorphosing through a series of personal challenges, and her journey to discovering, accepting and enjoying her true self.

Emotive visuals, together with a cleverly constructed piano instrumental from international Jazz extraordinaire, Robert Mitchell makes for the perfect source of musical inspiration.

'You' is now available for download via iTunes. Follow Sharlene-Monique on her Official WebsiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and SoundCloud.

Watch the music video below.
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Album Review: @LouFromQueens -  #TheSouthSideOfThings / @BigCapitalO

Album Review: @LouFromQueens - #TheSouthSideOfThings / @BigCapitalO



New York rapper L.O.U. began his musical journey in 2011 when he released his debut mixtape "Let's Obliterate the Universe." He went on to drop two EPs "Life Through a Broken Hourglass" and "Devil on the Clouds" in 2012 and 2013 respectively with producer Maze Rockwell.

This past May, L.O.U. released his latest album, "The South Side of Things," via Vintage Soundz Productions. With the project produced by Orlando Big "O" Turner, "South Side of Things" embodies 12 reflective tracks about L.O.U.'s upbringings in South side Jamaica Queens and the challenges of reaching the next level as he progresses into the music industry.

On the tracks 'Meet the Parent' and 'South Side of Things,' L.O.U. lays out how his parents questioned his "lifestyle" of being a rapper. Both tracks cover L.O.U.'s disconnection with his mother and the lack of support from his father. Due to this misunderstanding, this made L.O.U. fight harder for his musical career. The title track features songstress Raye Cole on the hook.

'Who've Would of Thought' (featuring rapper Skyzoo) we hear L.O.U. rap over an upbeat tempo celebrating how far he's come in hip-hop and there's nothing holding him back from moving forward. L.O.U. declares on 'No Hold Backs' that he will not be stop from rising to the top.

Overall, I really enjoyed this album... the rawness and open honesty of it all. "The South Side of Things" is a pure manifestation of triumphing through life obstacles without letting those situations slow down your morale.

Positivity runs rampantly through this album while L.O.U. shares his story hoping it'll reach the masses to keep pushing for your own greatness. This positivity is definitely reflected in the track 'No Way - No How.'  L.O.U. exclaims to his listeners to never hold your down. 

"The South Side of Things" is available now on iTunes and Spotify. Follow L.O.U. on Twitter and Facebook. For now, listen to "South Side of Things" along with watching visuals from this album all below.
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Swedish Beauty Brand FACE Stockholm to Release Reebok Classic #FW17 Collaboration this August

Swedish Beauty Brand FACE Stockholm to Release Reebok Classic #FW17 Collaboration this August


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Five years and going strong.

Swedish beauty brand, FACE Stockholm unveiled their newest collaboration with Reebok Classics that expected to be released on August 28th. The FW17 collection is inspired by the cosmetics' brand tag line: 'Beauty, Wit and Grace.'

The best things come in threes so with this collaboration, FS x RbC combined their bold color palettes and iconic silhouettes respectively to create a hip, fun and fashionable look for this upcoming fall season. Expect to see a palette of blue, burgundy and beige within the FW17 collection.

FACE Stockholm is the only Swedish cosmetics company to give you makeup and skin care that is true to the Swedish beauty ideal—natural, trend-forward, simple, clean, gorgeous and fun! FACE Stockholm offers a spectacular range of colors and uses only the highest quality and most natural ingredients. With more than 200 lip shades, over 150 eye shadows, blushes, foundations, powders, professional makeup tools, and a natural skin care line, FACE Stockholm is eco-conscious, using minimal and recycled packaging and never testing on animals.

Follow FACE Stockholm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  Hit up Reebok on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

View a snippet of their upcoming collaboration below.
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NEW EDITION Commands the Stage at the #BETAwards2017 + View the Winner's List

NEW EDITION Commands the Stage at the #BETAwards2017 + View the Winner's List


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Named the recipients of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, iconic R&B group New Edition put on a show-stopping performance at the 2017 BET Awards last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Being the highlight of the night, the young and adult cast members of 'The New Edition Story' performed alongside the original members performing classic tracks from "Candy Girl," to Johnny Gill's "My, My, My," to Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative."


Luke James really stole the show with his velvety, smooth vocals while singing "My, My, My" and Woody McClain danced his way into the audiences' (including me) hearts when he performed Bobby Brown's unforgettable hits.

The original members also performed a medley of their hits including "Mr. Telephone Man," "If It Isn't Love," and "Can't You Stand the Rain."

SHETHER... Remy Ma won "Best Female Hip-Hop Artist" which broke her "nemesis" Nicki Minaj's 7 year long holding record and of course, Queen Bey (and new mommy to a set of twins) took home an award in every category she was nominated in for songs/works featured on her colossal hit album, "Lemonade."

Solange took home the "Centric Award" for culture classic album, "A Sit At The Table" while rapper Chance the Rapper won awards in the categories for "Best New Artist," "Best Collaboration," and "Humanitarian Award."

The 2017 BET Awards will re-air tomorrow on June 27th at 4pm ET/3pm CT.  View the Winner's List below!
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