Archive for December, 2005

27
Dec
05

Happy Holidays

FINISHED MY DUTY AS SANTA , NOW I’M BACK
With all due respect to those that celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas; (Kwannza doesn’t count) we wish you a healthy, enjoyable holiday. The KeyInfluencer newsletter has grown to over 3500 subscribers. This week we end the year with some predictions from a pretty exclusive list of “influencers” who all think they know their stuff! If you are not receiving it send your name/company/city/email address to keyinfluencer@gmail.com with SUBSCRIBE in the header. If approved you will begin to receive weekly. If not you can always RSS this page. Look who stopped by and checked us out this week:

  • Mandy Murphy (And 1)

  • Katrina Noles (TaylorMade Marketing)

  • Havelock Nelson (Goodman Media)

  • Sharon Heyward (The Solutionist, LLC)

  • Steve Conner (Burrell)

  • Deena Bahri (Reebok)

  • Bill Diggins (Diggit Entertainment)

  • Jill Bishop (GoodWorks)

  • Howard White (Nike)

  • Hadji Williams (Prodigal Pen)

  • Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (TLC/Chase’s Closet)

A LOT OF TALK ABOUT: Jack Bona (DJ Toomp artist), Astor Chambers, City Of Houston, Del.ici.ous.com, Bentley Fonsworth’s Album


VIRAL VIDEO TO CHECK THIS WEEK: http://www.vidiLife.com/reloc.cfm?cryp=010-1869FC79-781E-40EA-9495-F

NY Times dubs it “nerds in the hood, stars on the net” this upper west O.G. anthem features SNL actors/writers in the current buzz video of the month.

22
Dec
05

LAURYN HILL SNEAK PEEK ESSENCE COVER


MS. HILL ALL GROWED UP!

Thanks to my girl Joyce Davis in Atlanta (she’s such a maven!) I got a sneak preview of the Essence February cover of Ms. Hill. I’m not part of the crew that has jumped on the “What’s up with Lauryn?” bandwagon. I am blessed to have known her back in the S. Orange/Booga Basement/”Score” days and know that this woman has a lot to offer the world.

Writer Joan Morgan clearly agrees with me when she says in the article:

I am about to meet a woman whose creative brilliance not only gave birth to two of the most important albums in hip-hop history but whose very being —her rawness, her honesty, her vulnerability about love, her budding moral and spiritual consciousness —also shocked the world into realizing that hip-hop could still offer access to a higher plane. L-Boogie, as we once affectionately called her, was the hope of hip-hop, pure and simple. Chocolate. Visceral. Sexy. Smart as hell. Successful. Paid. And she bore not one but four of reggae legend Bob Marley’s grandchildren, for God’s sake. Lauryn’s iconic rise and international acclaim might just mean that the world was readying itself for Black Girl Rule.

Lauryn says about her hiatus:

It took a considerable amount of courage, faith and risk to gain the confidence to be myself. I had to deal with folks who weren’t happy about that. I was a young woman with an evolved mind who was not afraid of her beauty or her sexuality. For some people that’s uncomfortable. They didn’t understand how female and strong work together. Or young and wise. Or Black and divine.

I’ve seen my style, my look, everywhere. I wasn’t really trying to share my style, I was just trying to be me and exist. Instead I’’ve seen my concepts, my ideas, my creative birthright be exploited, appropriated, copied and reproduced. And that was painful
(I know how you feel L!)

Ok and when I read about her definition of why she wants people to call her Ms Hill it started to make a lot of sense. It was counter all the “diva gone mad” rumors I have been hearing. She says:

I’ve always been wise beyond my years. I’ve always been a teacher. When I was a child, I was teaching adults, because I was always learning. I’m Ms. Hill because I know I’’m a wise woman. That is the respect I deserve.



20
Dec
05

Gospel Music On The Rise/New Treo/Fox Goes Youth

I’m Really excited about what I believe can happen in Gospel music. I still feel that the marketing efforts are a little “antiquated” but with fans looking for inspirational music I believe it is one of the genres of music that has a lot of promise. I believe the Christian Rock scene would be the other bright spot. Part of the challenge I believe is calling oneself a “Christian” and/or “Gospel” artist. Right away I feel like that sets you up for “the box.” Why can’t you just be a great band/artist that is a Christian and actually represents “Christ.” One of the biggest bands in the world, U2, are professed Christians but you don’t see them fighting for the title. Marketing companies that get it include: FaithLogic Industries, Results, Inc., and Fo Yo Soul.

My picks to win: Canton Jones, Tye Tribbett, Mary Mary (on the more mainstream side)
On the indie side, you gotta cut me a check for the answers!
Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/18/2005 | Music to the ears of advertisers: Gospel

I’m a Blackberry person not a Treo person but this looks really good!
Gadgetell – www.gadgetell.com » Verizon’s Treo 700w to launch at CES

It’s really all about youth culture! Thanks Anastasia and Ypulse for this one.
Fox Film Unit to Focus on Youth – New York Times

19
Dec
05

DMX Leaves Def Jam!

DMX has left Def Jam and signed with Sony Music Group.

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19
Dec
05

Mike Lewis–Plan C–"After The Show"

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Mike Lewis/Plan C
San Francisco/Atlanta
mike@plan-c.biz

19
Dec
05

Love A Good Sidehustle!


A GOOD SIDEHUSTLE NEVER HURT ANYONE DID IT
In 2006, when we come back with KeyInfluencer, we are going to start highlighting unique gifts that people have. Some call it a “sidehustle” but it can be more than just picking up an extra check while doing your “day job” (though we know there is a lot that going on!). No I’m talking about the passion for art and painting that my guy Astor Chambers (School Sports) has. Chambers has a number of paintings sold; or the baking career that my girl Saptosa Foster (135th Street Agency/Writer) has on the side of running a marketing company. We have all seen the “sidehustle” that music “influencers” Kenny Burns, Ryan Glover and Derek Dudley created in RyanKenny in the last couple of years, all born out of a passion for fashion. Please let us know if this is something that you share. What hidden talents do you have and what will/are you doing about it in 2006.

On that note, I found a story about fmr San Antonio Spur and current Knick Malik Rose who has two Philly Cheesteak joints in San Antonio called Malik’s Philly Phamous. Now there are players with far more successful businesses but I appreciated his heart and passion to introduce a good ol “hoagie” to folks in Texas.

Get at us at keyinfluencer@gmail.com and let us know what you do when you do what you do.

Wrapping up this week’s issue of KeyInfluencer and will probably take a break till next week. Let us know if you don’t receive the email newsletter. We are getting a lot of RSS subscribers who I think may not even know we have an email newsletter. Have patience RSS crew, we will bring everyone up to the future by March!

08
Dec
05

Ludacris Remixes THE Clyde For Puma/Will Smith Rocks Atlanta..no for real!


WE HEAR THAT LUDACRIS HAS SIGNED A DEAL WITH PUMA TO RELAUNCH THE CLYDE SHOE

We are reaching out to Chaka Zulu and “Big” Jeff Dixon to confirm this but we hear that Ludacris recently did a deal with Puma to relaunch The Clyde. This Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and the DTP thing is slowly building an empire. Looks like 2005 brought a lot of checks to the ATL. Let’s see they had a highly sought-after JV with Def Jam, XM Satelite deal with Ludacris ringing the bell on Wall Street, 2 critically aclaimed films (Hustle & Flow, Crash), another big record with some big singles, a new single out with Jamie Foxx, took Bobby Valentino Platinum, video in South Africa, and I hear the guy bought a G4…..Flat out I think the guy has a big career ahead of him and he really doesn’t have to make any more reacords.

WILL SMITH ROCKED THE Q-100 SHOW IN ATLANTA
I really only went because one of my closest friends is his DJ, but I was pleasantly suprised to know Will Smith has still got it on stage. Jeff and Will have been doing shows all summer from Russia to Live 8 and Jeff was saying to me “Will’s show is really dope” but i had to see it for myself. In this age of today’s hip hop having absolutely no “showman” it was very refreshing to see someone actually go up there and rock a stage and move the crowd. He brought it to the “old school”, integrated all the necessary b-boy elements, and best of all entered in on a Christmas sleigh from the front of the house. And of course DJ Jazzy Jeff killed the set. Thanks to the ATOJ Crew: Skillz and Darnell as well as the Overbrook Family (Omar, Charlie Mack, Miguel and Will)




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