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Alicia Keys #MakeUpFree at the VMAs

Unlike most of the stars who graced the 2016 MTV Video Music Award stage, Alicia Keys didn’t wear a hint of makeup, proving she’s keeping true to her #NoMakeup pledge.

After promising to go makeup free in an essay she wrote for Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny Letter, the 35-year-old singer/songwriter took to the VMAs stage looking bared-faced and beautiful.

“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys recalled in her essay.

On the red carpet, the newest “The Voice” judge wore a red and black printed long-sleeve maxi dress, while her hair was up in braids.

Source: Huffington Post

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Erykah Badu Donating Concert Proceeds to Clear Detroit Rape-Kit Backlog


Erykah Badu is donating the proceeds from her upcoming Detroit concert to a nonprofit that tests the city’s backlog of rape kits, the Detroit Free Press reports. Five dollars from each ticket sold for Badu’s August 12 performance at the Chene Park Amphitheater will go to the African-American 490 Challenge, which raises money to test the 11,000 abandoned rape kits found in a Detroit police warehouse in 2009. (Each test costs $490.) Badu will also donate the proceeds from the concert’s $100 “pre-show reception” and $1,000 “VIP reception” to the campaign, in what Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy calls a “phenomenal assist” to the cause. There are tens of thousands of untested rape kits across the United States.

Source: Vulture

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Lipstick Revolt Mixtape is here! Female rappers from around the country on one mixtape! #WOMENEMPOWERMENT

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From Brooklyn, NY to Orlando, Florida and back to the Nationals Capitol, Washington, D.C. Lipstick Revolt is proud to presents its Volume 2 mixtape of talented rappers. Art work by Zsudayka Nzinga, shows different elements of hip hop and a proud woman holding its spirit. That image is basically the energy of what you will hear from the beginning to the end of this mixtape. You hear female rappers speaking on their perspective of love, life, and mainly Hip Hop. People keep asking where are the female rappers are and this mixtape is the response. Just the tip of the iceberg, we hope this mixtape opens peoples eyes to the talent that exists in the music world and starts to use this platform as a way to support.

-Love,
Mana

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Female rappers around the country unite on one mixtape! “The Lipstick Revolt mixtape volume 2″ releasing August 1st, 2016

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August 1st will be the release of the Lipstick Revolt mixtape volume 2! Art by: Zsudayka Nzinga, representing Hip Hop and all its elements! There are 15 tracks from some of the best female rappers around the country. Stay Tuned lipstickrevolt.com

Check out lipstickrevolt.bandcamp.com for volume 1

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We’re Muslim Don’t Panic using Hip Hop to bring Faiths together

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Jennifer Lewis, Brandy, & Roz Ryan singing motivation

We love this video and its empowering energy! Shout out to Jennifer Lewis, Brandy, and Roz Ryan for being so gorgeously hilarious! They are true role models for strong women in the industry who are both talented and funny. Hoping for a movie to come soon with all three of them. That would be something we all would watch!

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Mana releases NEW video!

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All-girl vinyl DJ group, Chulita Vinyl Club, empowers women through music

Claudia Saenz is the proud founder of Chulita Vinyl Club in Austin, TX. It is an all-girl vinyl-spinning DJ collect that puts on shows across the state of Texas and in California.
Photo Credit: Mariana Gonzalez | Daily Texan Staff

BY ELIZABETH HLAVINKA

In Spanish, “chulita” means beautiful or sweet. But when girls refer to themselves as “chulitas,” the word becomes empowering and confident — like Beyoncé calling herself “flawless.”
The Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-girl, vinyl-spinning DJ collective, is full of confident women. The Austin-based group has 12 members who play shows in San Antonio, Austin, the Rio Grande Valley and California. Claudia Saenz, who founded the group in 2013, said their mission is to empower women through music, an art form typically dominated by men.

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Resurrecting Queenz Self Destruction Remix 2015

Watch 23 females come together in honor of their communities.
Shout out to Kenilworth Katrina for putting this project together!

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Watch “Bailout” web series directed by Iranian American Sara Zia Ebrahimi

With a unique perspective of the second generation children raised in American culture, Sara Zia Ebrahimi Does an incredible job of capturing the experience of a young woman trying to get her life together.

Bailout is set in 2009 and follows the story of Shalah or “Shay”, an Iranian American woman whose credit card debt presents a series of emotional and logistical challenges with her immigrant family. This is the 2nd episode of her web series which features the song “Azadi” by Mana, a Iranian American singer. For the whole series go to www.bailoutwebseries.com

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