Lexus 0 to 60 Launches Season 3 With John Salley, Mekhi Phifer, Big Tigger, Carmelita Jeter And More (Video Recap)

Also Appearing On Lexus 0 to 60 are Big Tigger, Jaleel White, Omar Benson Miller, Mekhi Phifer, Curtis Hamilton, Scott Pruett, and Jack Hawksworth

It’s the battle of the returning champs in season three of the Lexus 0 to 60 Challenge. This intense, fun-filled racing competition pits two celebrity teams against one another to see who will reign supreme on the road and it’s all hosted by Big Tigger.  The new season is live now on the Lexus YouTube channel.  

Team Salley is made up of actors Jaleel White (Family Matters, Me,  Myself & I) and Omar Benson Miller (Ballers, CSI: Miami) with NBA legend and season one Lexus 0 to 60 winner John Salley taking the spot of team captain. Their coach is Scott Pruett, one of the most decorated race car champions of all time. 

Team Jeter is led by three-time Olympic gold medalist and season two Lexus 0 to 60 champion, Carmelita Jeter with actors Mekhi Phifer (The Bobby Brown Story, Canal Street) and Curtis Hamilton (Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge and Michel’le) holding their own as well. Team Jeter’s coach is Jack Hawksworth, one of today’s fastest and most versatile professional racing drivers.

Both teams will hit the course at the notorious Laguna Seca, an 11-turn, 2.2 mile paved road course on the beautiful coast of central California. Each celebrity teammate will take to the road in either the Lexus GS F, LC 500 or RC F Track Edition.

Lauded as equal parts luxury and performance, the Lexus GS F sports sedan holds its own as an exhilarating and worthy contender. With enhanced steering, suspension and braking systems, the LC 500 is known as one of the most responsive Lexus models available commanding attention on the road and at Laguna Seca. The Lexus RC F Track Edition boasts a plush interior, quiet engine and is regarded as an exciting addition to the increasingly rare V8 sports car landscape.

Over the course of the two-day shoot, both teams took to the road to compete in five different challenges including the Slide & Shalom Challenge, the Corkscrew Challenge and the Team Relay — each designed to test the cars and teammates’ abilities behind the wheel. The winner of the competition gets to take home bragging rights and one of the featured cars for a year. 

Season three promises to deliver the same action-packed excitement of the previous two seasons plus more car, more talent, more stunts and more antics from the celebrity teams.

So, who will win this year’s Lexus 0 to 60 Challenge?  Tune in to find out when the season premieres April 29th exclusively on the Lexus YouTube channel.

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V-Lo The Maestro Makes His Way to BET with Can’t Phase Me Video | @vlosworld

V-Lo The Maestro has had a lifelong passion for music. Like so many independent rappers, his dream was to be able to see his music video on BET television, a goal that he’d held on to ever since he was a child in his rural hometown of Washington, Louisiana.

With a population of roughly 943, Washington, Louisiana is a small town with one stoplight and no Walmart. Here, students are transported by yellow school buses to the nearest city for classes. Washington is the place where V-LO The Maestro, as an independent rap artist, began to think outside of the box and reach for opportunities beyond what he was limited to locally.

“I always knew if I made the music and produced a quality product, I’d find a market. The Internet has made it possible to take the sound out of the country, around the world, and bring it back home.”

V-LO has been able to build his music audience organically, through grassroots efforts and an active Social Media presence. He’s grown his Instagram to over 100,000+ followers and his collaboration, “Tipsy,” featuring Kevin Gates, the impassioned rapper from Baton Rouge, earned 25,000 Spotify downloads while the music video reached over 1 million views on V-LO The Maestro’s Facebook artist page. V-LO’s music has made its way into rotation by famed DJs, including DJ Flex. These milestones helped pave the way for what had been V-LO’s dream for quite some time.

Directed by Majacul, footage for “Can’t Phase Me” was filmed with permission at Nissan Stadium and features a string of exotic race cars—the Ferrari F430, Rolls Royce Ghost, Corvette, and BMW i8. The video tallied 200,000 views on Youtube. On April 4th 2019, the music video for “Can’t Phase Me,” by V-LO The Maestro made its BET television debut, an achievement that is also a monumental first for the residents of Washington, Louisiana.

In recent years, New Orleans had become the state’s pipeline for rap talent, introducing Cajun flavor to rap music lovers through the likes of a bevy of artists, including Master P and son Romeo, Silk the Shocker, Mystikal, Birdman, and Lil Wayne (Weezy). They are among the most influential rappers in the industry, and their signature sound has become coveted by audiences worldwide.

According to Nielsen Music reports, Hip-Hop/R&B is now the most dominant genre in the United States. Music streaming has now become the preferred medium, with rap artist Drake shattering music streaming records with an astounding 8.2 billion plays. One added benefit of digital distribution is that it also opens up opportunities for focused, independent music artists. A rap artist like V-LO The Maestro from Washington, Louisiana, a rural area nowhere close to New Orleans, could create and promote music from his hometown that reaches audiences in major cities, as well as in other countries.

“Not everyone is going to believe in your dreams,” says V-LO. “Some might even come out and tell you your ideas are crazy because they don’t believe what you are trying to do is even possible. But whatever your talent, do it well. Do it with passion. Own it. And be bold enough to represent. I’m from a small town, but I didn’t let that stop me. I am so grateful that BET television has given me this opportunity.”

Philanthropy Event Recap For Your Posting Consideration – Girvan “Fly” Henry and his Trust In Giving Foundation Hosts Inaugural TIG Kids Shark Tank In Atlanta

The Trust In Giving Foundation continues to make dreams come true.  This time for sixteen (16) pre-tweens, tweens and teens between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) are offered funding and/or mentorship for their businesses. The finalists traveled from as far as New York City to take part in Trust In Giving’s inaugural TIG Kids Shark Tank session on Saturday, April 27th in Atlanta.

Held at the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA, the children pitched to seven (7) business leaders aka sharks in Atlanta, that wholehearted supported every pitch received.  The panel of sharks was comprised of TIG/Trust In Giving Founder Girvan “Fly” Henry, ultra-influencer and Founder/CEO Snob Life, Inc. Ming Lee, HBCU SXSW Founder and Partner TechSquare Labs Rodney Sampson,  Partner Collab Venture Fund Barry Givens, Founder/CEO Goodr Jasmine Crowe, real estate developer Cliff Palmer, and The Gathering Spot co-Founder TK Peterson.

“Trust In Giving’s main goal with the TIG Kids Shark Tank is philanthropy.  We want each child that participates to be given the opportunity to receive mentorship from business leaders as well as expose their business to the possibilities of funding.  We’ve heard some very exciting and enterprising pitches and are looking forward to helping the finalists achieve every success.   Every kid walked away with either mentorship, financing or both.” states Trust In Giving Founder Girvan “Fly” Henry. 

Shark Barry Givens awarded siblings Greg Jackson (11-year-old) and Taleya Holbert (18-year-old) from Washington DC crowd sourcing services for their creation of the 3D Affirmation Nightlight, while the scientific tween and pre-tween founders of Atlanta’s Gooiii Kids received a monetary investment from shark Cliff Palmer.  Gooiii Kids founders are 10-year-old Aiyanah Glinton, 11-year-old Jolen Roya, and 6-year-old Destiny Answer.

From Left to Right:  Greg Jackson and Taleya Holbert/3D Affirmation Light
From Left To Right:  Jolen Roya, Aiyanah Glinton, Destiny Answer/Gooiii Kids with Shark and Goodr Founder Jasmine Crowe

Watching these kids pitch has been the highlight of my year.  I am looking forward to growing this initiative to give more children the opportunity to grow their businesses,” continues Trust In Giving Founder Girvan “Fly” Henry.

Sample Of Inaugural TIG Kids Shark Tank Finalists Bios

Kool Kidz University – Atlanta, GA

Ryan Brown launched Kool Kidz University at 7-years-old. Ryan’s clothing line is highly influenced by HBCUs he wanted to create his own school of thought with “Kool” sayings and images that promoted education, positivity and individuality.

COOL World Ice Cream Shop – Atlanta, GA

14-year-old entrepreneur, Victor “Beau” Shell began building his ice cream empire at the age of 8-years-old. Since starting his business, Beau has published his first children’s book, spoken to youth all over the country and received numerous entrepreneur awards and recognitions. Now in his 8th year of operation and after working over 600 events, Beau is weeks away from opening his first ice cream shop, COOL World.

Geordynn B Boutique – Richmond, VA

7-year-old kid influencer Geordynn B is the owner and personality of Miss Geordynn B Boutique. She told mom I want every little girl to just be happy so she added affirmations to bows. Geordynn’s sassy personality aims to encourage girls all over through motivational affirmations.

From Left To Right:  HBCU SXSW Founder and Partner TechSquare Labs Rodney Sampson and wife, finalist, and co-Founder The Gathering Spot TK Peterson

More TIG Kids Shark Tank events will be announced in the coming months.

Photos can be credited to TreMedia/Trust In Giving.

Bnkroll Benny ft. $tupid Young – All She Get / Dos Rollies

Bnkroll Benny debuts two new songs “All She Get” and “Dos Rollies” on the site. The Los Angeles rapper teamed with Long Beach rapper $tupid Young for the hypnotic club-ready anthem “All She Get” about how to deal with females looking to take your money and ride your fame. “Dos Rollies” has Bnkroll staying focused on the grind to get the paper. Check out both tracks below.

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NFL Players Malcolm Jenkins & Derrick Morgan, India.Arie To Join NMAAM’s “Sounds of Social Justice” Event

 The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will host Sounds of Social Justice, a fundraising event focused on the intersection of music, athletes and activism, on Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, located at 611 Commerce Street.

The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University professor, activist, media personality and renowned author, with the following panelists:

* Malcolm Jenkins, two-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Pro Bowl safety (Philadelphia Eagles) and co-founder of Players Coalition, a nonprofit organization created to impact racial and social inequality

* Derrick Morgan, nine-year linebacker with the Tennessee Titans

* Dr. Dina Bennett, senior curator for NMAAM

Following the panel will be a live auction featuring artwork focused on the music and artists of the social justice movement. The night will conclude with a musical performance by India.Arie, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and national chair of NMAAM, local soul singer Jason Eskridge, and local female R&B trio The Shindellas.

“Music, like sports, can bring people from all facets of life together. Some of the most influential and popular musicians have successfully used their platforms to draw awareness to societal issues, such as racism and criminal justice reform, as well as to express frustration and hope with the goal to make the world a better place,” Jenkins said. “The National Museum of African American Music is honoring decades of musicians for their cultural influence. This event will challenge and reflect how music and athletes are contributing to societal change.”

NMAAM, set to open in early 2020 in Nashville, is dedicated to educating, preserving and honoring the legacy of African Americans and their contributions to music. With over 1,400 artifacts already collected, NMAAM will be the only museum in the world whose mission is solely focused on black music.

“Teaming up with athletes and artists who have made an impact through their activism is really exciting for us because we share their commitment to social equity and education,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, CEO and president of NMAAM. “The history of American music is one of struggle and triumph, just as it is with athletes. We’re honored to join forces in celebration of the ways in which music and sports can come together to advance our nation.”

As part of the event, a curated exhibit of artifacts from Sam Cooke, James Brown, Alicia Keys, Paul Robeson and Malcolm Jenkins, all of whom used their profiles to advocate for social justice, will also be on show.

All proceeds from the event, including ticket sales and money from the live auction, will go to NMAAM. The event begins at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by the panel discussion at 6 p.m. and musical performances at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $100 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sounds-of-social-justice-tickets-59078341911.