Jessica McKinney

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Views From The Studio: What 'Life After Death' Did For Music

Birthed out of Bad Boy Records in 1997, which was still in its infancy at the time, Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death was poised to be a breakout album from the rapper, that would continue to push forward Puff Daddy’s dream of getting big and changing an otherwise saturated industry. READ: Family And Friends Of The Notorious B.I.G Celebrate His Legacy At Brooklyn Nets’ “Biggie Night” While the album would serve as the follow-up to his 1994 project, Ready to Die, unbeknownst to just about eve

Twitter Reacts to Emotional 'The Walking Dead' Season 7 Premiere

The cast of The Walking Dead wasn't lying when they told fans to grab their loved ones and a blankie before tuning into the season 7 premiere on Oct. 23. In just 60 minutes, the AMC series managed to hit fans with a barrage of emotions in what may be the most explosive season opener yet. Die-hard fans tuned into the insane season premiere, live-tweeting every moment. Last season left viewers on the ultimate cliffhanger, contemplating the fate of one (or many) of the members from Rick Grimes' cr

Twitter Reacts to the Insanely Confusing and Mind-Shattering 'Westworld' Finale

The Westworld season finale premiered on Sunday night, and just when fans thought they had everything figured out, the series writers threw one last curve ball (or a couple). While the season 1 conclusion didn't exactly paint the clearest picture about what the hell is going on in the park, it did provide more analysis on the hosts and the origins of the alternate reality. Fans are probably still scratching their heads after this ending. Viewers took to Twitter shortly after the 90-minute episo

‘Flip Or Flop’: Why Tarek El Moussa Is Asking Christina For Spousal Support — Lawyer Explains

Tarek El Moussa, 35, is reportedly demanding spousal support from his estranged wife Christina El Moussa, 35. If a judge signs off on his request, it will force Christina to give him a certain amount of money that will help him financially after their split. Yikes! spoke to California Divorce Attorney, David Pisarra, who told us EXCLUSIVELY that there are “several possible reasons why Tarek requested spousal support from Christina.” For one, “if they are on equitable ground fi

‘The Bachelor’s Liz Defends One Night Stand With Nick Viall: I Was ‘Wasted’ — Watch

Liz Sandoz and Nick Viall, 36, have been well acquainted once before, at least in the romantic department. According to a new preview clip for the second episode of The Bachelor’s 21st season, the two had a one night stand during Bachelor nation stars Jade Roper, 30, and Tanner Tolbert’s, 29, Jan. 2015 wedding! Although Liz was hesitant to confess their dirty little secret at first, the reality star explained just what went down between them! “I’ve been carrying around a secret — I met Nick at

Rhyon Brown Details The Next Chapter In Expanding Her Brand

Rhyon Nicole Brown is no stranger to the Hollywood industry. The multi-talented actress, singer-songwriter, and screenwriter has survived 20 years of making it with an extensive resume of recurring roles on shows like Lincoln Heights and That’s So Raven. But as of late, her name has made headlines and flooded newsfeeds for a new accomplishment: Surviving Compton. The actress recently starred in the Lifetime TV movie, Surviving Compton, a biopic about R&B singer and the original First Lady of De

Interview: Mahershala Ali Talks Role In 'Luke Cage' Series

If there’s two things that Netflix gets right with its Marvel series, it’s how to stock up on action-packed fight scenes and cliffhangers in merely 40 minutes or less, and how to create characters that tread the lines between good and evil. Up next to tackle that feat on the streaming service’s binge-watching roster, is Luke Cage. Following his debut in the Emmy Award-winning series, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter) has been tasked with his own storyline. The typical fight scene

Review: 'Atlanta' Might Be The Breakout Series Of The Fall

Leading up to the release of Donald Glover’s new FX series, Atlanta, there wasn’t much to go off of but a name, which took us on a one-way flight down south, a series of short clips with very little plot development, and Donald’s indication that the TV series would delve into what it’s like to be black. While the storyline follows the lives of African-American men leading “dollar and a dream” lifestyles as they attempt to carve out rap careers of their own, Atlanta is far from the stereotype. In

Kanye West Blasted By Fans For ‘Racist’ Casting Call For NYFW Show – See Tweets

Yikes! The people are not happy! “If you’re a fan & you can’t recognize when your fave is problematic, thats an issue. Ye’s model casting is that. Let’s not act otherwise,” one fan tweeted in response to Kanye’s, 39, casting announcement. Another pointed out why asking for “multiracial women only” was problematic. “We know ‘multiracial’ in this context means ‘ethnically ambiguous’ & ‘exotic’ regardless of your actual background,” another fan added. Some people even brought his daughter, North We

Lil Wayne Retiring? Fans Freak Out After He Says ‘He’s Done’ In Twitter Rant

Lil Wayne, 33, can’t possibly be leaving the rap industry! Fans just won’t allow it. “I can’t cope with Lil Wayne retiring,” one fan tweeted. “Lil Wayne being “dun” is not something I’m in the mental state to deal with rn,” another fan chimed in. Many others thanked the rapper for his contribution to hip hop, and even dubbed him the “greatest of all time.” “Lil Wayne will always be one of the greatest . his content is just too impressive . the fact is the game has evolved to a place he dont fit

Colin Kaepernick & Nessa Donate $60K Worth Of Backpacks To New York Students

Colin, 28, and TV and radio personality, Nessa Diab, 33, teamed up to bring a school drive to Harlem and the South Bronx. Having come from communities similar to these areas in New York, and since they’ve worked there throughout their careers, Nessa and Colin wanted to give back to the cities by “lessening one burden by providing Nike backpacks to students,” according to They definitely made an impact on both communities by donating $60,000 dollars worth of backpacks. OMG, that’s

Teacher Makes 4th Grade Science Look Cool In Epic Viral Rap Video — Watch

Is anyone in the mood to head back to elementary school? Okay, so we’re not exactly begging for homework or anything, but Dwayne Reed, a teacher at Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Illinois, definitely has us in the mood. The fourth grade teacher started the first day of the fall semester with a huge smile after he released his video for “Welcome to the 4th Grade.” In the funny music video, Dwayne is seen wearing a comical laboratory outfit as he raps about all of the fun things to expect i

NEXT: Lizzo Is Here To Lead The New Wave Of Girl Power

In the era in which the United States selected it first female presidential nominee to a major party, it’s an exciting and empowering time to be a woman. It’s been nearly 70 years since the fight for women’s rights began, but since its beginnings with leaders like Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony, it has blossomed into this gigantic family tree, welcoming individuals of all different shapes, sizes and colors. And in this new wave of feminism and girl power, a new leader has stepped up: Houst

'Kenan & Kel' Look Back On Their Hit Nickelodeon Show

Before the term was ever pegged, Kenan Rockmore and Kel Kimble were all of our “squad goals.” From their slap-stick humor in opening scenes before the curtain called, to the back and forth banter between bros, the Kenan & Kel show introduced a best friendship that would keep 90s kids rolling well into adulthood. Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years to the day since Kenan & Kel premiered on Nickelodeon on August 17, 1996. And although reruns of the hit sitcom can be caught after midnight (if yo

Interview: Shameik Moore Talks New Role In 'The Get Down'

For most millennials, it’s hard to imagine what a world without cellphones pinned to the hip and social media platforms like Twitter plugging our every move even looked like. But for the kids roaming the streets of the South Bronx in the late 1970s, that was all they knew. The 70s Bronx was a cellphone-less era for most POCs and definitely people at the bottom of the economic food chain. Instead, it was plagued with drug needles and junkies, plastered with graffiti, and its streets were overwhel

VIBE Talks To Yuna About Her 'Chapters' Album And More

It was around 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, and thanks to a harsh torrential downpour, the temperature had cooled from the blistering New York heat on the balcony of Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. Uber’s Summer Series was in full swing as a diverse group of guests flocked to the rooftop bar — buzzing with excitement. Small cliques of partygoers scattered around the area, indulging in the complimentary sushi bar and a selection of mixed drinks (including one blue beverage that was sure to knock yo

Chance The Rapper Humbly Paves His Way On 'Coloring Book'

All good things come in threes: Michael Jordan’s 3-peat championship, 3 lucky wishes, the 3 Musketeers, the 3 Kings, and Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book. In fact, the mixtape, informally known as Chance 3, is full of them: this makes the third mixtape; it’s been three years since Chance first popped up on the radar. And despite how skeptical some may be on the merit of this principle, it all becomes crystal clear as soon as the trumpets sound off in the intro. In simple, Coloring Book is the

NEXT: Kari Faux Is Slowly But Surely Finding Her Own Way

Kari Faux is unapologetically herself, and it shows. As she sits, laid back sporting what she labels as “comfy” in the VIBE headquarters, she remembers the process that ultimately got her to the reassured, 22-year-old girl here today. She laughs as she talks about her journey from Little Rock, Arkansas to the foreign, summery territory of Los Angeles. It’s quite a long journey, but even through those moments of uncertainty, Kari speaks about her travels and experience in the best way she can. S

Review: Rihanna's 'ANTI' Is Gold... If You’re Willing To Give It A Try

We’re all quite familiar with Unapologetic Rihanna. Bad Gal RiRi. The Rihanna who makes ordinary sidewalks her catwalk in anything from silk, slip dresses to outrageous, sometimes translucent, gowns. The girl unafraid to clap back at anyone who has a problem. Who we didn’t know was this Rihanna, ANTI Rihanna. After months of false alarms and eye-rolling anticipation, Rihanna has blessed her navy with her eighth studio album, her first in more than three years since her 2012 Unapologetic. And wi

Wild & Free: Nitty Scott's New Outlook On Feminism And Wanting To Reach New Fans

Nitty Scott, MC is a combination of sexy, intelligent, and talented. It’s not everyday that you find all three qualities wrapped into one woman, but you can say that the multi-dimensional appeal has always been a part of her story. READ: Game On Smash: The New School Of Latina Women In Hip-Hop Michigan born, Florida bred, New York remixed, Nitty Scott soaked in the various cultures she was exposed to throughout her coming-of-age. And although the backdrop might have changed a few times, her ho
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