KARIN + RAOUL & Damon Dash celebrate “Pulchri’TUDE”



where sexy arrogance thrives.

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Marsha Ambrosius & Jesse Boykins III At SOBs

Last week we all came out to support Jesse Boykins III at SOBs. Truthfully, that was one of the best line-ups in a long time. Photography by Mel D. Cole

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GFCnewyork Memorial Day Weekend All White Affair!

Kwasi & Nakim of GFCnewyork
Present “The Hamptons come to The Hill” ALL WHITE AFFAIR

Party with Fashions Elite Tastemakers, Stylist, & Designers at this All White, All exclusive Event. Sunday May 30th (memorial weekend)

Door opens at 10

The Hill is located at 416 3rd Ave BTWN 29th & 30th St

RSVP to: HamptonstotheHill@gmail.com

For Bottle Service/ Birthday Specials contact:

Sonny 914.426.1161 or Nakim 862.452.6184


*Must be 21 and over to attend

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GoodWood X GFCnewyork – “The Black Apple” Piece

Listen up hustlers if you still living, still grinding, still on the pursuit of being on top shining. The Black Apple represents you, the grind, the ambition that keeps dollar signs on your mind. From Hollywood to Harlem, B+ students working on A’s, rappers trying to sell their tape to cabbies riding around for days. From freelancer’s trying to get paid to barbers up early giving the whole block fades. The Black Apple is you, it’s us, it’s the past, present & future. GFCnewyork’s Kwasi & Ronin/SS designed it in collaboration with GoodWood. The Black Apple piece embody’s all of us, so that we dream bigger & become legendary. For inquires contact Rico at pb.rico.ny@gmail.com. Hit the jump for more images.

Photography By LabelxLove

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Mickey Factz Signs To Battery/Jive Records

Rising Hip-Hop artist Mickey Factz has found a home at Battery Records, the label revealed to AllHipHop.com today (May 13th).

After releasing six mixtapes independently and landing spots in advertising campaigns with Honda, the 24-year-old New Yorker signed with Battery because of the label’s “creative vision.”

“My career as an artist has been a grand journey up to this point for my team GFCnewyork, and myself,“ Mickey Factz told AllHipHop.com. “Battery is the greatest compromise as they understand my vision and where we will be taking it. I’m glad to welcome them as a part of my team and The Black Apple experience. Truthfully, let the games begin.”

Mickey Factz was one of the most sought after unsigned artists before inking his deal with Battery.

According to Neil Levine, GM and Senior Vice President of Battery Records, Mickey Factz is a complete artist.

“He’s really put the work in to be a real star and Battery is very pleased to welcome him as our newest signing,” Neil Levine said of Factz’ independent hustle.

Mickey Factz left NYU Law School in order to pursue his career as a rapper.

According to Jeff Sledge, Battery’s VP of A&R, the rapper has developed his skills considerably while honing a unique sound.

“I have been working with Mickey for four years now. He has grown as an artist and developed a sound that separates him from other artists,” Sledge said. “I am excited to sign Mickey and have the opportunity to show the world the amazing artist that he has become.”

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The Menthol Show – Live At The BBQ

Last month Cinematic Music Group, LRG & Creative Control did a BBQ for Smoke DZA/420. The Menthol Show was there to capture it. Check it out


Mickey Factz “ALPHA” [Video]

The New Beginning

Director: Kwesi James
Producer: Alex Bittan & Kwesi James for Looseworld NYC

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La Esquina “Shutdown”

If you’ve been on Kenmare & Lafayette recently, you’ve noticed that the active eatery and social hotspot, La Esquina, has been rendered inactive.  After complaints by neighborhood residents, due to noise and hazard of life issues.  The NYPD and The New York’s Department of Buildings raided the restaurant last Thursday.  Citing that the “conditions in this premises are imminently perilous to life” the space has been shut down, till further correction and inspection.

Let’s hope the owners can make the necessary adjustments to reopen the restaurant.  Downtown and Black Apple nightlife wouldn’t be the same without it.

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Lena Horne [1917-2010]

Yesterday, we lost the New York legend that is Lena Horne.  Having paved the way for actresses such as Halle Berry, Paula Patton, Vanessa Williams, Kerry Washington and others.  As well as singers such as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Beyonce and more.  A woman with such grace, beauty, independence, and dignity will be forever missed.  She left us at the age of 92, survived by her daughter Gail Lumet Buckley and grand-daughter Jenny Lumet.  As well as her late son, Edwin Jones’ children; grandson Teddy Jones and grand-daughter, Lena Jones.

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Flashback: March 15th, 2007 Swagger US Launch Party

On March 15th, 2007, New York was in full effect as music bumped throughout Stereo. Hip-Hop heavyweights like Just Blaze, DJ Soul, & Clark Kent contributed to the musical landscape as they held down the 1s and 2s. Folks from Lemar & Dauley, Alife, Laced Magazine, Stacks & Bundles, Kilo Goods, Belchez, Scott On The Rocks, Flight Club, A.L.I.E.N., Nom De Guerre and more were in attendence. And performances from Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco solidified that this event was Big Business.

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