LL Cool J Comes To Hollis, Queens

20-aeLL Cool J was welcomed home with a lot of love. (photo by Yvette Brown)

Good weather, children and families, ice cream, a bounce house and competitive sports were all a part of LL Cool J’s 11th annual “Jump & Ball” charity event in Hollis, Queens.

On Saturday, rapper, entrepreneur, actor and Queens native James Todd Smith, otherwise known as LL Cool J, came to Daniel O’ Connell Park to celebrate his 11th annual charity event which takes place every August and aims to give back to his local community. This athletic five-week summer program allows children to have fun while promoting physical health and wellness and teaching them team building and leadership skills.

With welcome arms, the community gave James amazing love when accepting him back home, and he told TaniaOnTheScene it is always special to be back.

“It always feels good to come home, it always feels good to just be where it all started, you know it’s beautiful,” James said while watching the basketball tournament.

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Real Talk With Actress Dominique Elysee

Dominique Elysee is a Haitian native with a budding acting career.

From hosting on the red carpet to TV award shows, Elysee is currently working with some notable names to build her acting resume.

She has starred in The Vampire DIaries, Deadly Sins, including roles in theater, and appearing in music videos (Three Six Mafia: Stay Fly.)

We talk to the star to find out where it all started.

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Hangout Session with @memphisjoegotti

Joe Yung Spike has been shooting videos for over 15 years, creating joints for Faith Evans, Diddy, T.I and plenty more. You may not be familiar with him but odds are you’ve seen his work. As owner of House of Shoots, Atlanta’s biggest independent production companies, Yung Spike is a top choice among entertainment’s elite. He is the creative force behind the hottest music videos out today.

Yung Spike is currently doing a music video tour, traveling 50 cities in 23 states, giving up and coming talent the chance to work with the video director. As NYC being one of his stops, I traveled to DUMBO to speak with Yung Spike as he speaks on the tour, life on the road and tour horror stories.

@memphisjoegotti | House of Shoots

30 Content Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Grow Your Fan Base

Marketing yourself as an artist is an everyday thing. That’s the difference between marketing and promotion: marketing is an all the time thing, while promotion is for something specific (e.g., a music video), and it’s for a certain period of time.

Social media is a very important aspect of promoting your brand and music. Most artists have a love/hate relationship with it, most don’t use it properly, and some don’t use it at all. However when you get the hang of it, social media can help you reach a huge audience.

One of the biggest mistakes artists make when using social media is that they use it strictly for promotion. Social media should never be used strictly for promo. It’s called social media for a reason – you need to be social!

Think of it this way, social media should be:



People don’t want to see promotion all day. They will get annoyed and start to tune you out, so you need to produce consistent, entertaining content.

Here’s a list of 30 examples of content that you can use for promotion and your overall social media strategy:

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682 Varsity Ent Presents: Hop Cashay Day 2015



It’s in third year, the Family oriented Hop Cashay Day is an initiative spearheaded by BX recording artist Hop Cashay and his 682 Varsity Entertainment team members, whereby offering their time and funds to their community. In conjunction with Truco Barbershop, Hop Cashay Day is one of festivity which has seen countless children be given school supplies, free haircuts, food, and provided with positive entertainment the event has garnered an overwhelming amount of support. Hop Cashay has been recognized by The All Star Music Awards for his community service, and model accountability.

Watch this quick clip as Hop Cashay shares the mission

Date: Sunday August 30 12PM-6PM

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