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Alicia Keys’ The Gospel is Fantastic

Alicia Keys‘ “The Gospel” is a short film that gives the viewer a snapshot into the many lives of New York City residents. Snippets of her latest album Here is interspersed throughout the moving visual. Grab your popcorn and enjoy.

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The Pearl Mic is Back

So, during my year-long hiatus from my little space on the web, I had time to think about what I wanted as a woman and as a media professional. After fasting from music and working a couple of marketing jobs, I realized that I REALLY enjoy writing and discussing music, film, food, and style. Lighthearted fun content that brings a smile to my readers’ faces. I like curating content that promotes creativity. With that said, I’ll be updating this blog with fresh content. It may take me some time to get a schedule going, but it’s going to happen.

Also, I am excited to announce that I helped launch a new music venture called MUSIK !D TV!

MUSIK !D TV is for the aspiring and independent musician. We are pulling back the veil of the music industry for the aspiring and independent musician. Our videos and blogs will provide transparent information about the business models for music stores or what we would now call streaming services. You will also read about current events in the market that would affect the music economy and the livelihood of aspiring musicians.
Stay tuned!


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Watch: Official Trailer of the Amy Winehouse Documentary, ‘Amy’

If you are a Pearl Mic’er, then you are familiar with how I feel about Amy Winehouse’s untimely death, in this blog post. At 27 years old she was at the prime of her career that most people only dream about, but the wrong kind of love, too much drugs, and the pressures of the industry turned her into someone her family no longer recognized. Though we are all aware of her tragic ending, the documentary Amy hopes to dispel some misconceptions of the Grammy award-winning singer. From her humble beginnings to her controversial ending, viewers will get to see an up-close look at the woman underneath the signature black beehive and wing-tip eyeliner. Here’s a sneak peek of the documentary:

Source: Billboard

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Watch Emily King’s Colorful New Video “The Animals”

Emily King - The Animals - The Pearl Mic
“Don’t fear.”

We’ve all heard breakup songs or the I-don’t want-to-get-hurt-again songs that left us feeling more depressed after listening to them. Yet, here is Emily King, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who somehow makes that I-don’t want-to-get-hurt-again song triumphant with “The Animals”. Upon the second listen (OK, maybe it was the third, fourth, or fifth time, but who is counting?), the listener will discover that she is also talking about not feeding your fears too. Check out the cool, chromatic video:

“The Animals” is from Emily’s forthcoming album, The Switch, out on June 26th

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Lianne La Havas is ‘Unstoppable’ in New Video

“…Let’s be at peace, we’ll fly/Our hearts collide/Can’t escape from the magnetic side.”

Lianne La Havas let down her bun and is having way too much fun in the latest visual for her popular new single, ‘Unstoppable’, from her forthcoming album Blood.

The smooth R&B track matches the video – it’s simple, delicate, and lovely. Lianne shows fans her sleek and unique dance moves as she spins and twirls in stylish navy jumpsuits (by the way, we’re loving the gold and navy one. Please and thank you!). Of course, as curly girls ourselves, we couldn’t help but stare at her admirable dark curls spilling across her face. OK, we’ll stop gushing, so you can check out the loveliness:

Blood is out July 31st. Pre-order now and get ‘Unstoppable’:

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Here’s a Quick, Beautiful Lesson on Black History

“Deep in my heart, I know everything is going to be alright. #AllLivesMatter,” states musician, Raury in the description of his new video “Fly”.

If you could stomach the news over the past year, you should be familiar with the current police brutality cases in the United States. It’s like some sick agenda that’s constantly being swept under the rug.

However, we have talented musicians like Raury and directors like Malia Murray, who team up to create works of art that allows us to reflect and gives us hope. In the visual for Fly, the viewers are given a quick Black History lesson. Through animation, we follow a young black man who hops into a history book to revisit gruesome and glorious highlights in African and African American history from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter.

Peep the video and share your comments below.

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WATCH: Tamia Brings Grown & Sexy to ‘Sandwich and a Soda’

Tamia has been in the game for two decades and she is still gorgeous, fresh-faced, and classy! Her latest single, “Sandwich and a Soda” shows that the crooner has the voice to handle an upbeat tempo and soul-stirring ballad. With a low-key, small community as her backdrop, she saunters through town in little-bitty shorts professing her love for her boo. The track is from her upcoming album, Love Life.