Muse: Sinead O’Connor

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Birthdate: December 8th, 1966

Hometown: Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland

Irish singer-songwriter, Sinead O’ Connor hit the music scene in the late 80’s with her first album, The Lion and The Cobra. She gained even more popularity when she released her rendition of the Prince hit “Nothing Compares to You”.

Sinead used her powerful voice to not only serenade crowds, but used it to stand up for what she believed in whether it was controversial or not. After performing a cover of Bob Marley’s “War” on Saturday Night Live performance in 1992, Sinead shredded a picture of Pope John Paul II as an act of protest against sexual abuse.

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During her career, Sinead used her fame and platform to speak on war, gender roles, feminism, and religion. In 1999, Sinead became Mother Bernadette Mary. Though the Catholic church doesn’t recognize her priesthood, it brought attention to the roles of women in the Catholic Church.

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The Irish songstress has released 10 albums and won a Grammy in the early 90’s for “Best Alternative Music Performance”.

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LIFE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF CINEMATIC’S PHOTOSHOOT 4.1.15

Yesterday the whole Cinematic family had a photoshoot. Cinematic Music Group is an independent record label owned by my amazing manager Jonny Shipes! It was a fun afternoon of shooting and hanging with all the bros. Checkout some of the behind the scenes below:

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Yours truly. (photo by Europe Angelique)

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Make up by Tai Lotson.

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Colorful Vintage Gear.

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DSC05172Shot by Gari Lamar Askew II

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INVITE: WEBSTER HALL’S HOUSE PARTY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Can you believe it’s been a whole year since 1992 the Party has been at Webster Hall’s House Party?! Thank you to everyone who has ever come out to support the party. Even if you haven’t yet, come by tonight! DJ sets by yours truly, Funk Flex, Just Blaze, Jasmine Solano, and more! There’s also a very special guest performance by Fetty Wap…1738! Looking forward to seeing all you Trap Queens and Kings tonight!

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Muse: Celia Cruz

celia_cruzBirthdate: October 21, 1925

Hometown: Havana, Cuba

Celia Cruz, nicknamed The Queen of Salsa, was easily one of the most influential women in Latin music. After moving to New York during the height of the Cuban Revolution, Cruz and many other musicians combined a variety of rhythms, instruments, and their love for the culture to create salsa. With her powerful voice and lively presence, Celia was able to bring Latin music and culture to the attention of many Americans in the early 70’s.

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During her life, Celia Cruz recorded a whopping 70 albums, collaborated with artists such as Patti La Belle and Wyclef Jean, won seven Grammys, and starred in many movies that highlighted Latin culture.

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Despite her death in 2003, Celia’s lively legacy still lives on today.

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