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Entertainment Health

Happy Memorial Day Social Distancing!

I hope everyone is practicing social distancing.

But I know you guys aren’t. So, here’s a list of precautions to take while you’re out of the house.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others, including when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Practice continued cleanliness

And just in case you’re planning on having a club quarantine cookout check out the playlist below. Tune in today’s latest Hip-Hop hits.

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Entertainment Interview

Exclusive Interview with Brett Gray

Now is The Time: On My Block’s Brett Gray talks

Brett Gray serves as the comedic relief to a familiar yet, entertainingly unique teen drama, “On My Block.” The show centers four inner city LA teens transitioning into adulthood.

The young actor spoke with Pentagon Mag about his role and branching out into the music world. Gray is from the great city of Philadelphia, PA. The hometown of his acting idol, Will Smith. We shared a few laughs about being from the same city and chatted about his first rehearsal for “On My Block.” Co-Star Peggy Blow, noted his timing was spot on of a young Will Smith. She starred in an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The whimsical star began his career in Musical Theater, having his first role be in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Brett has been a very busy bee. While wrapping up filming for ​On My Block, ​he’s also simultaneously filming the ​Secret Life of Bees (musical)​ and​ ​another Netflix original; “​When They See Us​.” The series was written and produced by Ava DuVernay. It exposes the U.S. criminal justice system during the ‘​Central Park Five’​ case. Gray makes it a point to play roles that tell stories that are encouraging to young black men. He plans to release an inspiring single “Our Day” for the series.

What’s your favorite characteristic of Jamal?

“​He is hungry, driven, and determined​.” Jamal would not give up the Rollerworld money hunt until he found the fortune, no matter who believed him.

When did you learn you could sing?

Gray says he could always sing since a child. His roots in Musical theater have helped the advancement of his vocal range. Brett says he went to the studio last year and then decided to drop some music of his own. “…​After On My Block, I focused and went to the studio and made my first project.​ ”

We began speaking about the rich musical history of Philadelphia. Home to artists such as: Gamble and Huff, Jazmine Sullivan, Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, Meek Mill, The Roots, and so many other greats. Gray will be apart of the greats our city has produced. His most recent releases include a debut EP, Easy Haze. Along with the video release for single S.O.S. Brett is very much so in-tune with the current wave of music. “I love Tierra Whack and Bri Steves,” he says. Both are fellow rising artists from Philadelphia.

How do you get into character?

To my surprise he answered, “I’m an over-thinker I try not to think about it at all. I just try to remember lines…I really lose myself.” An actor true to his craft, Gray submerges himself into any role.

What’s your dream role and if you don’t have one create one.

I have so many. Comedy, drama, avatar movies, I want to do everything. More live plays; My dream role is The Joker.” Which I could totally see, Gray has the chops to teeter the line of intense drama with a faint hint of humor. He declares he will do an amazing job and I agree. Look out for this promising young actor. He’s setting his own trail ablaze.

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Entertainment Love Music

Pink Sweat$ Tugs at Our Heart Strings

Born on February 14th, it’s Valentine’s Day 24/7 in the world of Pink Sweat$. Whether you’re a lovesick pup or totally encapsulated by the feeling, the intense strumming of an acoustic guitar almost syncs with the beating of your heart.

Sweat$ is from the home of soul singers like Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild, and R&B greats Boyz II Men. Pink Sweat$ hails from the city of brotherly love. The singer/songwriter produced for fellow rising artist, Tierra Whack, who recently was nominated for a Grammy and appeared on XXL’s 2019 Freshman Class.

Pink Sweat$ dropped his debut project Volume 1 in 2018 and followed up with its sequel in 2019. Both projects poignant and passionate, Sweat$’ silk vocals soothe the remnants of heartache.

Stream both projects below and stay tuned for more Pink Sweat$.

Volume 2.

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Film School Speaking Engagements Video

Siani Leigh Speaks with Students at the Academy at Palumbo

I had the pleasure of speaking with charismatic High School students at the Academy at Palumbo in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA! Their English instructor, Rob Paul reached out to have me come in and speak about journalism.
I shared the beginnings of my career as well as my opinions on today’s musical climate and how I maneuver the entertainment business. The conversation was very open. I kept it very candid with students and let them know the truth about how things work in the real world.
I let them know that this has been a beautiful struggle. Pursing your dreams is never an easy thing. The first word I ever remember learning that stuck with me: Perseverance. I remembered it b/c it was such a big word for us in kindergarten and I was determined to learn and remember it forever! Who knew that I would grow to actually embody the word. Perseverance means: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Watch me connect with the youth below. We discussed how I choose which music to write about, Gunna, Lil Baby, Jacquees, Tekashi, and more! I hope you all enjoy it!

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Art Entertainment Love Music

All Eyes are Watching Tierra Whack

Tierra Whack reminds us of expressive rap and unleashes Whack World.

Women are stepping up and showing out in Hip-Hop and Tierra Whack is the front runner.
Whack World is perfection and a great introduction to Summer. The project features 15, 1 minute melodic tracks. It’s accompanied by an equally original visual album that is seamless, and can also be enjoyed separately.

How ingenious!

Being a Philadelphian has granted me an early ear to Whack’s music. Starting out as “Dizzle Dizz,” Whack followed suit of most talented Philly rappers. She appeared in many battles and cyphers. As she grew through her art, her rap style matured into what we hear today; whimsical and reminiscent of Missy Elliott and Outkast. The artwork of her music caught my attention initially, then I was mesmerized by her assault on wax. The exaggeration of her cover art reminds me of the infamous covers of MAD magazine.  Always lively with cryptic messages left open for interpretation. Her breakout hit Mumbo Jumbo, propelled her to music stardom. After garnering praise from Solange, Meek Mill, and Kehalni. Now, all eyes are watching Whack.

Whack is a lyrical assassin in the forever refreshing, Toe Jam. An early single in a string of releases where she doesn’t waste a second of the beat. Delivering bar after bar, she progressively packs in more punch.
 

Whack World opens with Black Nails, a declaration of uniqueness as she promises, “Best believe I’m gon sell, if I just be myself.” Whack cleverly finds a way to talk about everything; From Cable Guy, where she parallels dealing with an estranged lover to the hassle of having cable. To 4 wings, where she lightly explores inner city culture. Where the neighborhood Chinese store is a regular hangout. A hangout where many pull up to flex, shoot dice, or conduct business. Whack raps “my city needs me, I promise I wouldn’t fail em.” as she reminisces the loss of a friend. In Hookers, she refutes claims that she needs anyone to provide for her.
In Silly Sam, the subject is relationships and we’re all getting played. See if you can keep up with how many games Whack mentions in 60 seconds. Sore Loser recognizes the need of a new boo after an old one gets boring.
Tierra Whack gives us more than we bargained for and runs laps around everyone with the release of Whack World. Check it out below and drop your favorite songs in the comment section.
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Art Entertainment Fashion Music

It’s C.R.I.M.E. Time!

C.R.I.M.E. has found their true image in 2016, reviving their childhood, mixing imagery and hardcore storytelling trap, truly defining youth.

C.R.I.M.E. CHILDREN is a lifestyle group that is a compilation of members originating from the heart of Philadelphia. Short for Conscious, Rebels, Inspiring, Modern, Enlightenment, the 3 original members and talents are artists: Manna Maestro ($tro), Rax, and RoeDidIT. Drawing inspirations from the various sectors of the urban culture, the group quickly caught the ears and eyes of many with their catchy hooks and their electrifying performances. Unfortunately, in May of 2015, the group lost Rax due to a homicide. Rax was a creative, brilliant and an influential individual. He had an unbelievable way of touching the hearts of anyone that crossed paths with him.

C.R.I.M.E. has found their true image in 2016, reviving their childhood, mixing imagery and hardcore storytelling trap, truly defining youth. Despite the tragic deaths of their best friends (Rax & Hulito) , they were able to strive and work hard to recently be given the title as “the next biggest thing out of philly”. They’ve partnered up with business man Kyhare Moore and have been hanging out with Miss Tierra Whack.

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Art Entertainment Fashion Music

It's C.R.I.M.E. Time!

C.R.I.M.E. has found their true image in 2016, reviving their childhood, mixing imagery and hardcore storytelling trap, truly defining youth.


C.R.I.M.E. CHILDREN is a lifestyle group that is a compilation of members originating from the heart of Philadelphia. Short for Conscious, Rebels, Inspiring, Modern, Enlightenment, the 3 original members and talents are artists: Manna Maestro ($tro), Rax, and RoeDidIT. Drawing inspirations from the various sectors of the urban culture, the group quickly caught the ears and eyes of many with their catchy hooks and their electrifying performances. Unfortunately, in May of 2015, the group lost Rax due to a homicide. Rax was a creative, brilliant and an influential individual. He had an unbelievable way of touching the hearts of anyone that crossed paths with him.
C.R.I.M.E. has found their true image in 2016, reviving their childhood, mixing imagery and hardcore storytelling trap, truly defining youth. Despite the tragic deaths of their best friends (Rax & Hulito) , they were able to strive and work hard to recently be given the title as “the next biggest thing out of philly”. They’ve partnered up with business man Kyhare Moore and have been hanging out with Miss Tierra Whack.