6th man of the Year and LA Clipper, Lou Williams, Annual Basketball Camp In Atlanta Is Here!







JULY 23 – 26, 2018 FROM 9AM – 3PM






Registration link : https://form.jotform.com/81425426684158

Private Internet Access Partners With Jersey City To Present The Fifth Annual Hudson Waterfront Independence Day Celebration

Snoop Dogg to Headline Free 4TH of July Music, Arts, and Technology Festival On Jersey City Waterfront for The Greater New York Area
The All-Day Experience on the Hudson River Waterfront Draws Hundreds of Thousands; Headline Performance to be Followed by Regions Largest Firework Display 
Mayor Steven M. Fulop presents his fifth annual July 4th festival on the Hudson Waterfront to celebrate Independence Day.  The carnival-style spectacle, branded 50STAR FIRESHOW, spans the entire Greater New York City Area and will feature a headline concert performance by Snoop Dogg on the Private Internet Accessstage in front of a 200,000 person audience lining the Hudson River Waterfront and area surrounding Harborside.  The all-day music, food, technology and entertainment experience boasts views of the New York City skyline, and will become the scene of the state’s largest fireworks show.
Mayor Fulop and the City have continued to expand on the day-long, outdoor celebration on the Hudson River waterfront, now in its fifth year.  The celebration will begin at noon with a full-scale carnival, continuous entertainment, several beer gardens, and an elite conglomerate of food trucks.  The show will culminate with the world-renowned fireworks company Grucci lighting up the skyline from multiple barges on the Hudson River.
“The synergies between music and tech are stronger than ever,” says music executive Akino Childrey, president of Private Internet Access’ parent company LTM Life and manager to rapper Royce Da 5’9.” “We are not only invested in customer protection and privacy online,  we are also invested in educating the youth who will ultimately be responsible for creating the next Internet, a new world and beyond. We want to inspire kids to become more than just customers for streaming platforms and gaming systems. We want to continue to show the next generation how important it is to understand both music and Technology. Our partnership with Mayor Fulop on July 4 will allow Private Internet Access to take steps towards our goal.”

Mayor Fulop brought back Jersey City’s annual 4th of July attraction in 2014, in pursuit of his vision to create a July 4th celebration on a global scale, making Jersey City the epicenter for Independence Day event activity; the Independence Day equivalent of “The Ball Drop” on New Year’s Eve in Times Square.50STAR FIRESHOW creates history by showcasing the Hudson River, providing a fireworks super show to spectators throughout North Jersey, as well as the entire West side of Manhattan.  Since New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s relocated the Macy’s fireworks show to the East River, the Jersey City celebration has continued to grow momentum, attracting nearly 100,000 from throughout the region in 2017, with plans to grow the event exponentially in future years.  In taking steps to preserve and highlight that growth, Jersey City has engaged hospitality stars Michael Satsky and Brian Gefter.  Partnering with Satsky & Gefter of Provocateur Global Holdings brings a wealth of food and beverage, talent booking and concert production knowledge to help grow the annual experience from the grandest local celebration into the greatest 4th of July event in the region.

“I think the Jersey City side of Hudson River is going to be the place that people want to be for the 4th of July this year. Period.  Between Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Grucci, and Snoop, we are raising the bar” said Mayor Fulop.

50STAR FIRESHOW’s headlining stage, presented by our title sponsor Private Internet Access, will be located in the Exchange Place Plaza. Attendees will have a true concert experience with Snoop Dogg within view of the Freedom Tower and Downtown Manhattan. Additionally, Private
“Private Internet Access has been a synergistic partner.  Keeping the residents of the City secure is clearly a priority and by adding the PIA technology which allows people to shield their IP address, protecting families from identity theft is just another example of this initiative.” said Mayor Fulop.
Grucci, who will operate the fireworks display, is a sixth-generation, family-owned and operated fireworks company that has developed a prominent reputation; having performed at eight U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, Olympic Games, World’s Fairs and earned the Guinness World Record for “largest fireworks display” ever recorded.
Spectators are encouraged to arrive by public transportation to the festival area, which is conveniently located with easy access to PATH trains, NY Waterway ferry service from Manhattan, and NJ TRANSIT’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Anyone attending the event should also be advised that any bags or backpacks brought into the designated area are subject to search, and attendees are encouraged to pack belongings in clear bags that show contents. Coolers will not be allowed.
All media wishing to cover the event must RSVP with the City of Jersey City by filling out the Google Form here: https://goo.gl/forms/mTKmaqIYbwFCe80H2. Any questions or concerns can be emailed to Hannah Peterson at hpeterson@jcnj.org.

Lou Williams of the LA Clippers Named 2018 KIA 6th Man of the Year at the 2nd Annual NBA Awards

NBA veteran guard, Lou Williams, has been announced as the 2018 NBA 6th Man of the Year. This will be the second time Williams will have received this award, being named previously with the Toronto Raptors in 2015. Williams had a stellar 2017/18 season reaching career high stats of 22.6 PPG, 5.3 APG and 2.5 RPG, while averaging 24.4 minutes.

Williams has been a secret weapon for many teams in his 13-year career, showcasing the skill set any true NBA team would adore in a 6th man. After being named Western Conference Player of the Week twice and being the highest scoring NBA player in the month of December, Williams had a strong fight in the 2018 NBA All Star run, which is almost unheard of for a bench player.

Williams single handedly kept an injury-stricken Clippers team alive and in the playoff run. After scoring his career-high of 50-points at the age of 31 against the reigning NBA Champions,Golden State Warriors, Williams was proven to be one of the top scoring athletes in the league.

“I’m grateful to hold this title for a second time in my NBA career. I’ve always stayed true to being considered the ‘Underdog’ that my teammates can turn to for efficient scoring off the bench. It’s a great feeling to be recognized for my hard work and dedication to my role and the game.” Williams states, “I also want to congratulate Eric Gordon and Fred VanVleet as well for their great performance this past season. Thank you NBA and KIA.” Williams continues to grow and improve in his years in the NBA, proving he is still a major force to face in professional basketball.

No I.D, Dallas Austin, Don Cannon, Cee-Lo Green, Killer Mike, P of Quality Control Music, Kawan “KP” Prather and more Celebrate Grammy-Award Winning Songwriter Poo Bear in Atlanta

Poo Bear at The Gathering Spot

Last week, 4x Grammy-Award Winning Songwriter, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, celebrated the release of his latest project entitled “Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music”, in Atlanta. The two-part event series consisted of an exclusive panel moderated by ASCAP’s Jason Reddick alongside of Multimedia Personality, Rashan Ali as well as a private intimate dinner at the Martell House. Atlanta’s leading hip-hop and R&B festival, One Music Fest, teamed up with ASCAP and Atlanta’s private members-only club, The Gathering Spot, to deliver an in depth discussion surrounding Poo Bear’s musical career.

On Wednesday, Hundreds of music lovers, aspiring songwriters, producers, artists and Atlanta culture shifters gathered together to learn from one of the music industries most sought after talents. The conversation delved in to Poo Bear’s musical start, his illustrious 20+ career which has found him penning for some of the greatest music acts like Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, J. Balvin, Mariah Carey and more. The pair also discussed his influence to the Atlanta sound and ability to cross over genres, fluidly.

Pictured (L to R): Hurricane Dave, Don Cannon, No I.D., Poo Bear, Killer Mike, Kawan “KP” Prather, Courtney Sills (Music Industry Vet, discovered Poo Bear), Slim of 112 and Moetown Lee

The following evening, Martell Cognac powered a private dinner for Poo Bear and some of his close friends and music industry powerhouses at their secret Martell House. Guests such as Super-Producers No I.D., Dallas Austin and Don Cannon, Comedian Lil Duval, legendary artists Killer Mike, Cee-Lo Green and Slim of 112, music execs Kawan “KP” Prather, Fly of T.I.G. and P of Quality Control Music, all shared conversation, business ideas and cocktails over dinner. Longtime friend and colleague, Moetown Lee, announced at dinner that Poo Bear received his proclamation from the city of Atlanta that June 14th is officially “Poo Bear Day”.

“I had an amazing time in Atlanta last week! I am humbled and appreciative of everyone showing so much support of my music and my artistry. I would like to thank my cousin Courtney “Bear” Sills and Motown Lee for putting this together. Happy Birthday!” Poo Bear stated.

His project, “Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music” is available on all platforms.

Jason Reddick (ASCAP)

Rashan Ali (Personality)

No I.D., Jason Reddick, P of Quality Control, Courtney Sills

Dallas Austin, Poo Bear and No I.D.

Forte Bowie, Fly (T.I.G.)

Slim of 112, Cee-Lo Green

Lil Duval

Sean “Diddy” Combs And Joe Budden Offically Ink Revolt TV Deal

Sean “Diddy” Combs announced today that Hip Hop’s preeminent media pundit Joe Budden has inked a deal with his network, REVOLT MEDIA & TV. Budden, a veteran MC known as one of the most outspoken voices in hip hop, will create, executive produce, and host “State of the Culture,” a brand-new talk show due to premiere this summer, where he’ll lend his distinctive voice and unique perspective on current topics, politics, social issues, and more, all through the lens of hip hop. Compared to standard talk shows, “State of the Culture” will deliver raw, unfiltered, and informative debates and interviews where Budden digs deep with prominent celebrities, artists and personalities.

“Finally, Joe Budden is officially part of the REVOLT family,” said REVOLT Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs. “Joe has an authentic approach and he’s never afraid to speak the truth. His many talents deserve a platform that pushes the culture forward and we are excited to produce next-level content with him.”

“It was important to partner with a company that recognizes the growing need for our voices and ideas to stream freely without interruption. That was a much prettier way to say, we bout to be with the shits,” said Joe Budden. “Thank you to my business partner Ian Schwartzman and REVOLT for the opportunity to highlight my brutal honesty, passion and integrity.  I love REVOLTING!! Together, we will continue to take this thing to heights unseen.”

“We are excited to launch a new era of REVOLT content with Joe Budden,” said REVOLT CEO Roma Khanna.  “This is just the beginning of more great things to come as REVOLT leads from the center of Hip Hop culture.”

Joe Budden comes to REVOLT after hosting the network’s 2017 year-end special entitled This Year Was Dope/Trash, with co-host Charlamagne tha God. During Diddy’s recent New Year’s Eve bash, the mogul and Budden teased their partnership in a video clip posted to REVOLT’s Instagram page. “Are you ready to get money with me?,” Diddy said. “Are you ready to put this Black excellence on a whole other platform?”

Budden currently hosts his own groundbreaking podcast The Joe Budden Podcast, alongside Rory & Mal. Prior to being an on-air personality, Budden was an esteemed rapper, both as a solo-artist and as a member of the super-group Slaughterhouse. Joe’s most recent project, 2016’s Rage & The Machine debuted at #1 on the iTunes & Billboard’s Rap/Hip-Hop chart.

To learn more about “State of the Culture” visit REVOLT.tv.  To watch REVOLT check local listings here. Join the social conversation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Naoka Foreman Examines “Humanomics” With Meek Mill

With the very first of The Majority, entitled Probation: The Leash, being about the disproportionate incarceration of rapper Meek Mill, social activist, Naoka Formandecided to make her sixth issue about Mill’s release from prison. In this month’s issue Foreman compares the treatment of Stanford University swimmerBrock Turner, to musical artist Meek Mill and how their social relations create different outcomes within the justice system. Foreman goes in-depth about how an affluent pedigree can alter judgement in a system that is presented to be fair and just. Astounding and appalling, she ties in how social capital is a luxury, inherited by class privilege and “promotes the development or underdevelopment of a human being.” Digital and print copies are expected with upcoming releases.

Ryan Wilson Shares with Dartmouth Students How a Jay-Z Tweet Motivated Him to Launch a Multi-Million Dollar Business Venture

Ryan Wilson, CEO & Co-Founder of one of the fastest rising private membership clubs – The Gathering Spot, recently was selected to speak at Dartmouth College to their Undergrad and Tuck MBA students. Ryan discussed his entrepreneurial journey and the process of starting his business highlighting several key points and lessons such as the fact ‘your idea is not a business model, you have to figure out how that idea makes money’. One of the most memorable aspects of Ryan’s speech was the motivating factor for this African-American young professional (under 30) to launch his 7-figure brand… a Jay-Z tweet.

n July of 2013, Jay-Z tweeted that his biggest entrepreneurial lesson learned was ‘don’t listen to anyone, everybody is scared.‘ This social media post lit fire in the undergrads body to push forward and begin the process of creating a business model that is disruptive, unique and culture shifting. Ryan partnered with his then Georgetown roommate TK Petersen and developed The Gathering Spot – an award winning, highly acclaimed private membership club. Dartmouth (being one of the nations most prestigious Ivy League colleges) and their business students, will forever remember the young man who referenced pop culture to building a successful start up business.

About the Gathering Spot

The Gathering Spot is an award-winning private membership club in Atlanta. The acclaimed facility, located minutes from the new Mercedes-Benz stadium, is an invitation-only, avant-garde, private membership club built to foster culture, community, collaboration and one-of-a-kind experiences. The club brings together a diverse community of creatives, disruptors, entrepreneurs, and corporate professionals who utilize the club’s restaurant, bar, co-working and events spaces as well as networking with like-minded professionals.

Ryan Wilson (L) & TK Petersen (R)

Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen, two 27-year old African-American men who were once roommates at Georgetown University, founded the club with a vision to reinvent the city club experience. The duo raised north of three million dollars of private capital from investors over the course of two years to open The Gathering Spot. After completing the build-out of a former historic railroad landmark, the club is now home to over 1,500 members and has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. In addition, the space has hosted over 2,000 events with brands such as Google, Netflix, Spotify, and Coca-Cola; as well as curating members-only experiences with celebrities including Ludacris, T.I., movie producer Will Packer, Atlanta’s new Mayor – Keisha Lance Bottoms and Civil Rights Leader Ambassador Andrew Young.

After two years of being the cities top connectors between the entertainment, sports, corporate and political markets, the dynamic pair announced that they will take the successful business model to where the idea began, in the heart of D.C.

Learn More About The Gathering Spot Here

Kool Moe D, Killer Mike, David Banner, Lecrae, Gangsta Boo and More Celebrate Rap Legend Roxanne Shante at the Atlanta Screening of Netflix Movie ‘Roxanne Roxanne’

Last week, I am OTHER and Netflix partnered for a private screening of the original Netflix film, Roxanne Roxanne, in Atlanta. Held at the city’s premier members-only club, The Gathering Spot, Hip Hop’s finest MC’s, execs and industry affiliates came out to support one of Hip Hop’s legends, Roxanne Shanté. Acclaimed music executive and Hip Hop historian, Chaka Zulu, welcomed guests to their seats to the private screening and began the show.

Immediately following the screening, Chaka welcomed Roxanne Shanté, debut actress, Chanté Adams, Producer & Chief Creator Director for I am OTHER, MiMi Valdes, and Grammy Award-Winning Executive and Head of Music for I am OTHER , Kawan “KP” Prather, to the stage. The group conducted an intellectual conversation about the film, Roxanne’s life and journey as well as the impact she left on the music scene, today.

During the panel an honest exchange between Hip-Hop vet, Killer Mike and Roxanne Shanté took place, as he professed to the audience how Roxanne was the reason for him believing in himself which led to him starting his music career.

After the panel discussion, guests were invited to the after party in The Gathering Spot, where Martell Cognac powered movie-inspired cocktails all evening such as the crowd favorite, ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’. DJ A&R kicked off the after party spinning classic Hip Hop records and KP The Great (Kawan Prather) controlled the music the remainder of the night fusing songs from Roxanne Shanté, classic ATL records and today’s hits. As a special surprise, Atlanta’s leading dance studio, Dance 411, performed a tribute dance routine to one of Roxanne’s hit singles “Have A Nice Day”, that had everyone in awe.

“This was the first event where we had hip hop icons and fans coming together to celebrate their love for Roxanne Shante and her story. From Killer Mike crediting her for inspiring his career to audience members mentioning how grateful they were that this time in hip hop was now documented, it was an incredibly beautiful event. The more we can come together to celebrate our stories, the stronger our culture becomes”, stated producer MiMi Valdes.

Roxanne Roxanne Is Now Available On Netflix.

Notables in Attendance: Roxanne Shanté, Chanté Adams, Kool Moe D (Hip Hop Icon), Sparky D, Killer Mike, Big Gipp (Goodie Mob), David Banner, Honorable Judge Hatchett, Gangsta Boo (3-6 Mafia), DJ Nabs, MC Shan, Maddie Jay (Actress), Scotty ATL, Kap G, Lecrae, Tedashii, KCamp, Yung Booke (Hustle Gang), and Lil’ Zane.

Special Thank you to the Event Sponsors: Netflix, I am OTHER, Significant Productions, The Gathering Spot, Martell Cognac and Theory Communications.

Tedashi, Kool Moe D, Kawan “KP The Great” Prather, Lecrae, Killer Mike, Big Gipp, Scotty ATL, David Banner

Chanté Adams, Roxanne Shanté, MiMi Valdes

KP, Gangsta Boo, Kap G

Dance 411

Judge Hatchett

David Banner

Big Gipp of Goodie Mob

MiMi Valdes (IAO), Chanté Adams, Roxanne Shanté, KP Prather and Justin Moyer (IAO)

Yung Booke

KP The Great

Photo Credit: I’m That Photo Chick/Briana Crudup