@Rapsody, @MyFabolousLife & More Tear Up Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay. 

Dumbo transformed into a mecca for Hip Hop culture as fans gathered to celebrate music, art and history.  The 12th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, curated by Brooklyn Bodega, was a space for audiences from all ages to come together to enjoy the art of Hip Hop and its culture in Brooklyn.

The magic stemmed from artists from various calibers performing on the same stage for the same crowd.  From old school to new school, signed and unsigned, this was a place for people who just appreciated good music.  These hip hop heads didn’t even let a little bad weather block their love for the art,  Hands still raised high and chants were at full volume as the rainstorm hovered over the stage for a little while.

This year, Wes Jackson and the Brooklyn Bodega team breathed some fresh ideas into the festival.  Through a week’s long of programs, panels, and performances, Brooklyn Hip Hop festival was an experience to get involved in, not just something to watch.

Saturday’s concert was just the last piece of the hip hop puzzle.  With acts like Dime a Duzin, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, and Nas, all on the same stage, you could see the young and old crowd come together for the love of music.

Check out the recap video below.

 

@FaithEvans Talks New Music & Touring at Essence Fest 2016

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay.  Published on Tha L Spot on July 6th, 2016

R&B Legend Faith Evans shared all of her upcoming projects during the Essence Festival stage.  She talked about preparing for her Essence Festival Performance, new music and even spilled some tea on past Bad Boy stories.

Check out her visit to the Essence Festival Stage below, and watch more from our trip to essence festival here.

 

“Black Girl Magic” Docu-Series Screening at @EssenceFest 

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay. Published on ThaLSpot on July 2nd, 2016

In celebration of the greatness of Black girls all over, Essence launched their Black Girl Magic initiative, which consists of a six part docu-series that captures the stories and lifestyles of six young women from across the country who epitomize “Black Girl Magic.” During their annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, Essence screened an episode of the series directed by Nailah Jefferson.

Moderated by MTV’s Alesha Renee, the discussion covered the stepping stones that black women go through to achieve their goals. The episode focused on the story of a young girl from Louisiana, Berneisha Hooker.

Juggling an unsteady home life, high school and college courses, and graduating top five percent of her class, Berneisha is an aspiring artist and director. Through her craft, she developed an African American History Month platform at her school. She also wrote plays that focused on the plight of the black girl.

She has a wisdom we don’t have,” said Jefferson, “we don’t know where she is going but we know she is going somewhere.”

After watching the episode, Berneisha left the audience with this: “I hope that people are motivated by the story. Whether you are on the top or the bottom, you can always be better.

Check out the panel discussion below and visit Essence to watch the series.

 

RECAP: BET Experience 2016 Saturday, June 25th

Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016

Downtown Los Angeles was the home to the BET Experience and it took over the Staples Center. In a blend of musical, cultural, and technological events, the BET Experience was filled with activities anyone would enjoy.

The momentous weekend included various panels, performances, and activities and was sponsored by companies such as Coca Cola, Nissan, and Cover Girl, in celebration of the BET Awards.

Rae Sremmurd, Rotimi, & Floyd Mayweather were a part of the 106 & Park Live taping while Jacquees and Chloe x Halle took on the Coca Cola stage.

The Sneaker Expo held thousands of exclusive footwear and artists like BJ The Chicago Kid and Anderson Paak gave the audience at the BET X Stage a show.

Check out our coverage of it all below. And visit Tha L Spot website for more updates on BET Weekend 2016.

 

RECAP: BET Experience- BET X Stage Featuring @AndersonPaak @LifeofDesiigner @FatJoe Remy Ma and more!

Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016.

The BET X stage was a highlight of Saturday’s nights festivities during BET Weekend 2016. Sponsored by Nissan and J.G Wentworth, the stage hosted acts such as BJ The Chicago Kid and Anderson Paak, each of which, who went hard on the vocals as well as a tore up a drum a solo. Dreezy and her dancers did a nice rendition of her hit single Body. Desiigner got on the stage and went HAM, doing all kinds of dances during his performance of Panda. He also showed us his new dance and single Zombie Walk.

O.T Genesis had the place turned up for his hits, especially his latest jam Cut It. Kevin Gates got to perform his hits like 2 Phones but once Fat Joe and Remy Ma hit the stage, the crowd went crazy. The pair had the place bumping to their throwback hits like What’s Love and Conceited. All the Way Up was a crowd favorite and closed the show.

Watch some of the highlights below:

 

Sneaker Heads Unite for BET Experience Sneaker Expo

Written, shot and edited by Camille Jay and Published on Tha L Spot on June 28th, 2016

Lines wrapped around the Staples Center as sneaker fans of all ages hoped to buy, sell, or trade some of the worlds most exclusive sneakers.

Vendors from all over the country set up shop while The Sneaker Con Expo during BET Weekend in Los was designed for tons of sneaker vendors to set up shop and show off the hottest kicks out. Some of the most exclusive and expensive sneakers were collaborations, in which two brands come together to create something exclusive. Some of the most sought after shoes included Yeezys, Don C and Air Jordan collab and Supreme collabs. Some of these sneakers went for over $1000 dollars above retail value. Talk about a come up.

Fans were also able to bring in their own sneakers, in hopes of selling them or trading for something better.  The more exclusive your sneaker was the more money you could get for it. Sneakers had to be rare in popularity as well and barely, if ever, worn. One fan brought in 20 pairs of sneakers with plans to purchase a car with his earnings.

The sneaker culture is alive and well and doesn’t seem to be dying down. Instead it evolves and adds to the artistic element that is sneaker collecting.

Watch below a recap of what we captured: