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Beyonce, Destiny’s Child Complex To Be Demolished!

Former Home To Beyonce And Destiny’s Child Will Be Demolished In Midtown Making Space For Midtown BMW

(Houston) Demolition excavators are parked and ready to start demolition on the site where Beyonce and Destiny’s Child once called home to their legacy at 2204 Crawford St. The home of Music World Entertainment, their former management company.

The property, until last year belonged to the father of Beyonce, Mathew Knowles. The Rice Mansion at located at 1505 Hadley St. housed his Music World Entertainment, until the sale recently. MWE represented Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, and Solange until 2011, when Tina Knowles filed for divorce.

Beyonce-Destiny’s-Child-Complex-To-Be-DemolishedA-1024x657 Beyonce, Destiny’s Child Complex To Be Demolished!The Knowles bought the 62,500-square-foot city block (1.43-acre) in Midtown in 2002 for a reported $2.5 million. Harris County currently appraised the block at $4.7 million.

The complex consists of the Music World Studios and the House of Deréon Media Center, and the 3-story former Rice Mansion.

 

Hunter Hayes, DNCE Headline Houston’s Fourth Festival

Hunter Hayes, DNCE Headline Houston’s Fourth Festival

Hunter Hayes, DNCE Headline Houston’s Fourth Festival

Houston’s Freedom Over Texas Celebration Includes Country Super Star Hunter Hayes and Pop Group DNCE with Joe Jonas.

(HOUSTON) — Five-time GRAMMY-nominated and CMA Award-winning artist Hunter Hayes heads to Houston, headlining the 30th annual Freedom Over Texas. Joining Hayes is multi-platinum selling and 2016 MTV Video Music Award-winning DNCE, with Joe Jonas.

The Houston tradition hosted by Mayor Sylvester Turner will include music, fireworks, and fanfare on Buffalo Bayou, nestled along Allen Parkway on Tuesday, July 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Houston is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day – the people, the patriotism, the community spirit and the corporate support create an outstanding celebration,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Multi-Platinum, singer, songwriter Hunter Hayes kicks of the music filled event. Haye’s No. 1 hits – the multi-Platinum “Wanted,” double-Platinum “I want Crazy” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” – will surely get country music fans feeling patriotic. Hayes has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist and won the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2012, along with three BMI Awards and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist in 2015.

DNCE, a group led by Joe Jonas first landed national acclaim in the summer of 2015 with the release of their debut single “Cake by The Ocean,” their now certified triple-platinum breakout smash which made them one of 2017’s most buzzworthy acts.

Local and regional favorites will be featured on stages throughout the site including Mango Punch! ThunderSOUL Orchestra, Lil Nathan and The Zydeco Big Timers, The Juke Box featuring Grammy Award-winning Regina Belle, Erin Stevenson, Chris Walker and the Ernest Walker Band and Vaudevylle, The Peterson Brothers.

ADMISSION: $8 per person June 1 – July 3 available online and $10 per person day of the show. FREE for children 5 and under. To purchase tickets visit www.freedomovertexas.org

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

 

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

(HOUSTON) – “In relationships you must have the wisdom to know when enough is enough,” says Music Bear Tony Banks, who describes himself as a gay, black man with the fun of Missy Elliot, the swag of LL Cool J and the dance moves of Heavy D.  “You gotta have the courage to make change and stand up on your own two feet and press forward. Life is too short to allow someone else’s self-destruction to bring you down.”

He sings about breaking free from static relationship cling in his new funky hip-hop track, “Static.”   It’s the first single from his upcoming album, Yes, Homo.

Along with the track, Music Bear is releasing a music video that stars Catalin Constantine as his boyfriend and features animation by wikistylista.

“Who has time to watch someone they love not love themselves?”  he continues.   He knows a thing or two about the difficulties of breaking-up.  Music Bear and his ex are in the midst of a divorce,  although their separation is not due to the level of destruction Music Bear raps about in “Static.” “Our relationship may have grown stale and staticky, to the point where we had to go our own ways, but we remain friends and that’s important,” he says.  “We still support and want the best for one another.”

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Not all of the songs Music Bear writes are about his life.  “I’m often inspired by people around me, and now and then, I’ll use their lives as subjects for songs.   For me, the power of music is about writing something I know someone out there needs to hear or feel me say.”

Still, he tries to stay true to who he is as a man and an artist. You’ll rarely if ever, hear Music Bear Tony Banks rhyming about “Popping Bottles” (he barely drinks) or “Fighting Bitches” (not his style).  In his upcoming album, “Yes Homo,” he tackles issues like love, lust, partying, the state of hip-hop and police brutality.  It’s meant to be a full depiction of what it means to be a black, gay, male, hip-hop artist in 2017.

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Music Bear Tony Banks was born in Brooklyn in the early 80’s.  He grew up during the golden era of hip-hop and believes that at its core, hip-hop is love.  It’s soulful, empowering, fun, beautiful and caring.

The music industry, however, is another monster all together. “The industry turns hip-hop into a misogynistic, homophobic creature that sells its soul for the promise of money, cars, and hoes,” he says.  “It then turns the people in it into that same image. Remember, hate is a learned behavior. No one is born homophobic but when hip-hop spreads that message to millions of people, for decades, it catches on and it’s hard to break away from.”

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The LGBT community is not much better, he contends.  “As a black, gay man of size, I sometimes feel ostracized from my gay brothers and sisters.  I  used to think that if I were a different type of gay, a more stereotypical skinny boy, and fancy dresser, I would have it easier in the community.”

But Music Bear has come to learn that being different isn’t always a bad thing.

“What I hope people who listen to my music and watch my videos take from me as an artist is: Don’t be afraid.  Embrace something different every once in a while. Break from monotony.  Cut the static.  You might just enjoy it!  In fact, I know you will.”

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Music Bear Tony Banks’  new single, “Static,” is available here. Follow Music Bear on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.

Free New York Pride Passes

 

Free New York Pride Passes

Are you heading to New York City for Pride? If So Get Your Free Pride Weekend Pass!

header_image Free New York Pride Passes(NEW YORK) – In celebration of Pride Month, party producer Jake Resnicow is launching ‘Pride With A Purpose’. He is calling for the LGBTQ community to volunteer at least eight hours of their time this month for a charitable LGBTQ cause. In exchange, he will give a free weekend pass to his Pride events in New York City, including the Matinée Main Event, a $600 value.

“The Pulse Nightclub shooting was a wake-up call,” he says. “It challenged us to consider how we can help make this world a safer place for the community.”

“It’s important that our guests understand that we have a history of being discriminated against and repressed. Violence against the LGBTQ community is on the rise. The ‘Pride With A Purpose’ program is about empowering people to do more, to donate their time and resources.”

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Those interested in participating in ‘Pride With A Purpose’ may volunteer for any LGBTQ charity, including the Ali Forney Center, the world’s largest agency that supports homeless LGBTQ youth. They serve over 150,000 meals annually, providing youth with three nutritious meals per day.

Another worthy cause is The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.

Once a volunteer has completed their eight hours, they may email documented proof to charity@matineenyc.com. They can then choose between the Ultra VIP Weekend Pass (includes admittance to Matinée, M.E.A.T., and Luvboat parties) or the Millennial Pass (includes admittance to Penthaus, U-Nite and Luvboat par- ties).

“My hope is that the initial eight hours impacts participants in such a way that they are motivated to continue volunteering,” says Resnicow.

Jake Resnicow is the leading nightlife producer behind a series of monthly mega-events in New York City, including M.E.A.T., U-NITE and VERS. In 2010, he brought the international Matinée party to the USA with events in New York, Miami, Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

This year, he has made a name for himself as a party-giving philanthropist. As the producer behind the annual TrevorLive After-Party, a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center and the It Gets Better Project, Resnicow has helped raise over $2 million for charitable causes. Most recently, he was tapped to produce the Official After-Party spectacle at Life Ball — Europe’s Grandest Philanthropic Event for HIV/AIDS.

“We can make a living by what we receive, but we make a life by what we give, “ he says.

The Pentaus rooftop party takes place Friday, June 23 11pm – 4am at Copa (268 W 47th St, NYC); Matinee Main Event is Friday, June 23 11:30 pm – 6 am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); U-Nite takes place Saturday, June 24 11 pm – 6 am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); M.E.A.T takes place Saturday, June 24 11:30 pm – 6:30 am at King (237 W 42nd St, NYC); and Luvboat takes place Sun- day, June 25 6 pm – 11 pm at Hornblower (Pier 40, NYC).

For more information, visit the ‘Pride With A Purpose’ website.