The Hilltop Business Association is open to business owners with an interest in growing the Hilltop area of Tacoma.. You can become a member for just $100 and a commitment to participate in the economic planning of the Hilltop. You can start today. Just send us your information to get started.
The Annual Sporting/Networking/Social celebration will take place at the PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Chart-topping group Guy, pioneers of the New Jack Swing sound, featuring R&B singer-songwriters Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling, will join 800 of the nation’s top African American entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals at the inaugural Black Men XCEL Summit Wednesday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 3, at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
This annual celebration will draw hundreds of attendees, including some of the nation’s top corporate executives, professionals, tastemakers, and entrepreneurs for fun in the sun, top-notch entertainment, and luxurious services in a relaxed and engaging environment. Whatever the agenda—be it entertainment, lounging poolside, hitting the links or courts, or being pampered at the spa—power networking, luxury, and fun is the bottom line at this one-of-a-kind Labor Day weekend event.
This bold, festive, and exciting event was developed to celebrate the many contributions and achievements of today’s black men.
To register for the Black Men XCEL Summit or for more information, visit www.blackenterprise.com/bmx. You can also search #BMXCEL for additional updates and information about the Summit on social media.
The 2017 Black Men XCEL Summit is hosted by FedEx, with title sponsors AT&T, Genesis, and Prudential. Corporate sponsors include Carnival, Dell, Discover The Palm Beaches, Georgia-Pacific, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Walmart.
Black Enterprise, your ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 6 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Visit www.blackenterprise.com for more information.
Tone-Loc (born Anthony Smith) soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song “Wild Thing” (using a sample from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin'”) a massive hit. The song was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, as was the second single smash, “Funky Cold Medina.” The album Loc-ed After Dark became the second rap release ever to top the pop charts. Tone-Loc expanded his horizons into acting in 1992 and 1993, appearing a few times on the Fox sitcom Roc. He was also in the films Posse and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and in 1991 returned to recording with Cool Hand Loc.
This vocal quartet formed as high school students in Oklahoma City before relocating to New York. They proved adept at both churning dance tunes and sincere ballads. Signing to Giant Records, they broke through in 1991 with their performance of “I Wanna Sex You Up” on the soundtrack of New Jack City. Released as a single, the song topped the R&B charts, went Top Five pop, and enjoyed double-platinum sales. They followed it with the gold-selling “I Adore Mi Amor,” which hit #1 on both the pop and R&B charts. The singles set the stage for the first Color Me Badd album, C.M.B., which sold over three million copies and spawned the gold-selling number one pop hit “All 4 Love” as well as the Top 20 singles “Thinkin’ Back” and “Slow Motion.” Color Me Badd’s next single was another movie soundtrack song, “Forever Love” from Mo’ Money, their sixth consecutive single to reach the Top 20. They finished 1992 second only to Boyz II Men as the top pop singles act of the year. After slating fans’ thirst for a new album with the remix collection Young, Gifted and Badd – The Remixes, the group issued their second album of new material, Time and Chance, in November 1993. It featured two Top 20 pop singles, the title track (which also made the R&B Top Ten) and “Choose,” and went gold, but that was a commercial disappointment after the enormous success of the first album. Now & Forever (1996) gave Color Me Badd a final Top 20 pop single in “The Earth, the Sun, the Rain,” but it barely registered in the charts. The group switched to Sony for a final album, Awakening, but its commercial failure led them to disband.
With his hit single “Ice Ice Baby” and its accompanying album, To the Extreme, Vanilla Ice became the second white rapper to top the charts. Unlike the Beastie Boys, he didn’t have any street credibility, so the Miami-born rapper decided to invent some of his own, claiming he had a seriously violent gangster past. Nevertheless, “Ice Ice Baby” became a number one hit late in 1990, thanks to the pulsating bass riff from David Bowie and Queen’s “Under Pressure.” To the Extreme also went to the top of the charts, spending 16 weeks at number one and selling over seven million copies. Ice began filming a feature film, Cool as Ice, in the spring of 1990, but by the time the film came out in the fall, his star had fallen dramatically; To the Extreme was at number one longer than the soundtrack to Cool as Ice was even on the charts.
Sensing that his time had passed, Vanilla Ice took a couple years off, re-emerging in 1994 with Mind Blowin’. Dispensing with the pop-rap formula of his debut, the rapper adopted the lazy, rolling funk of Cypress Hill, as well as that trio’s obsession with pot. The album was a commercial disaster, disappearing from sight immediately after its release. With 1998’s Hard to Swallow, Ice attempted to reinvent himself as a hardcore, gangsta-styled rapper; again the public wanted no part of it. A similar attempt, 2001’s Bipolar, tried to reinvent him as both rapper and rocker, much to the public’s general disinterest.
Salt-N-Pepa’s first major hit was the song “Push It,” which had originally been recorded as a B-side. Remixed and released on its own, it caused a sensation in 1988. Soon afterward, they hired Deidra “Spinderella” Roper (now known as Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper) as their new DJ. Their second and third albums, A Salt with a Deadly Pepa and Blacks’ Magic, featured energetic rapping and direct, sometimes provocative language on singles like “Shake Your Thang” and “Let’s Talk About Sex.”
In 1993, James, Denton and Roper released Very Necessary, the most popular album of their careers. With this album, and its hits “Whatta Man” (recorded with the female R&B act En Vogue) and “Shoop,” Salt-N-Pepa proved themselves not only as groundbreaking female figures in rap but also as chart-toppers in the pop music world. Their single “None of Your Business” was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
However, Salt-N-Pepa’s album Brand New, released in 1997, was less successful. By this time, the group had begun to suffer some internal stresses. Although they still performed together, the three women began to discuss breaking up. James, in particular, wanted to make changes in her life: She was now a devout Christian (she collaborated on a contemporary gospel recording titled “Stomp” with the singer Kirk Franklin in 1997), and she was struggling with depression and bulimia.
Salt-N-Pepa officially disbanded in 2002. After a few years’ hiatus, James has reunited occasionally with Denton and Roper for Salt-N-Pepa concerts and special events. The three women also appeared together on the reality television series The Salt-N-Pepa Show in 2007-08.
James and her fellow bandmates are still considered groundbreaking figures in the music world of the late 1980s and early 1990s, both for their role as women in rap and for their unprecedented success on both the hip-hop and pop charts.
Washington State Fair is proud to Host I Love The 90’s featuring the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa, including Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper, Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton. The trio released several successful albums in the late 1980s and ’90s, including A Salt with a Deadly Pepa and Blacks’ Magic, which provided such hits as “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man.”
The 5th Avenue Theatre to Produce Compelling New Staging of Ragtime, the Celebrated Tony®-Winning Musical Masterpiece
October 13 – November 5, 2017
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder
Produced in collaboration with Asolo Repertory Theatre
The 5th Avenue Theatre is creating a rich and evocative new production of Ragtime, a tale of family, heart and perseverance at the turn of the 20th century that is a timely story about the immigrants who helped make the United States the diverse and thriving nation it is today. As a leading producer of innovative and cutting edge musical theater, The 5th is excited to bring Peter Rothstein back to Seattle to continue to develop an intimate 16-person staging of the sweeping epic, which is based on his previous direction of the musical at Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis. Rothstein, whose previous 5th Avenue credits include Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma!, has been developing this new staging of Ragtime for several years. Playing October 13 – November 5 (press opening Friday, October 20), tickets for Ragtime start at $29 and will go on sale August 16. Tickets can be purchased atwww.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900 or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle.
Set in the volatile melting pot of New York City, this musical theater masterpiece weaves together three distinct American stories: an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician, all united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Ragtime’s glorious Tony Award®-winning score has scintillating music and an intensely compelling story of love at its core. Ragtime features a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and a Tony Award-winning score by Stephen Flaherty with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.
Ragtime will feature a stellar cast of local, national and Broadway acclaim including: Joshua Carter (5th Ave: Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot) as Tateh, Kendra Kassebaum (Broadway: Come From Away, Assassins, Wicked) as Mother, Douglas Lyons (Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Danyel Fulton(New York: Jasper in Deadland, National Tour: Hair) as Sarah, Matthew Kacergis (5th Ave: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Village: Billy Elliott) as Younger Brother and Louis Hobson (5th Ave: A Room with a View, Assassins, Paint Your Wagon) as Father.
Previews begin Friday, October 13, 2017
Opening Night: Friday, October 20, 2017 (press night)
Closing Performance: Sunday, November 5, 2017
SHOW Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – 7:30 PM
TIMES: Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Special thanks to production sponsor 4Culture. Additional thanks to The 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2017/18 season sponsors ArtsFund, U.S. Bank and Alaska Airlines.
About The 5th Avenue Theatre
The non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre is the nation’s premier incubator for new musical theater. Since 2001, the Seattle-based company has produced 18 new musicals. To date, nine (including the sensational hitDisney’s Aladdin) have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 15 Tony Awards®, including two for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.
Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, this non-profit theater company attracts an annual attendance of more than 300,000, including over 20,000 subscribers—one of the largest theater subscriptions in North America.
In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to encouraging the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive educational outreach programs. For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.5thavenue.org.
Continuing our series of documentary films highlighting little known African American histories and discussion of their impacts affecting society today, Northwest African American Museum presents, Business in the Black: The Rise of Black Business in America 1800’s – 1960’s.
Business in the Black is a documentary that examines how slaves went to college and what racists did to destroy black business districts. The film goes on to highlight successful businesses and organizations as well as Black entrepreneurs who were millionaires between the 1800’s -1960’s. It also features captivating interviews with people and organizations that helped foster black business development.
Following the film, there will be a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Anthony Brogdon and DeCharlene Williams of the Central District Chamber of Commerce.
Check out the documentary TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2sZxxhf
It’s that time, The 15th Annual Rainier Beach Back2School Bash on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 12pm – 4pm at Rainier Beach Community Center 8825 Rainier Avenue South. Many have sponsored this event since 2003 and for that we are grateful. We wouldn’t be able to do this event without their support. The purpose for this event is to motivate students and their families who reside and attend school in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood. We provide easy access for families to learn about available resources that can improve their quality of life.
There’s many opportunities to support this event by volunteering the day of; set-up, greeters, food server’s fun activities, face painters, backpack and school supply giveaway, clean-up and more, we need volunteers between 9am – 4pm.