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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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Inspiration Nation

From Her Perspective: Stori – Singer-Rapper-Songwriter

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Stori’s response to how a rapper who is white and female, responds to hostility:

“Well you know what, I’m sure it’s out there, but I haven’t really felt that specific hostility yet. But I think it’s just extra hard because obviously I’m white. And obviously I’m a girl, so it’s like a double thing, you know? I’ve just gotta go extra hard. But I think the music really speaks for itself. I’m not robbing people. I’m not speaking about how you need to hide your kids and hide your wives because I’m about to take everything up in here. (laughs). The stories are in the music. Just because I ain’t been to jail or I don’t have balls, people can connect to the music. So as long as people can find something to connect to, they can hate you if they want to, but they’re still going to talk about it. I just don’t pay attention to that.”

Read the rest of the interview on RESPECT.

Photo from Stori’s Tumblr
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Cool Interviews

Janelle Monae says, ‘I don’t believe in doing drugs, I feel like I am drugs’ in Recent Interview

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I don’t believe in doing drugs, I feel like I am drugs.” – Janelle Monae

We like that Soul Culture is taking a stand for mental health with their #OKNotToBeOK campaign. In SC’s latest segment, singer-songwriter Janelle Monae expresses the importance of asking someone for help and what sparks her creativity.

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From Her Perspective: Lianne La Havas

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Lianne’s response to her experience growing up bi-racial (Greek-Jamaican).

“This subject really interests me. I knew that I was brown, let’s say, but I never felt like I belong necessarily to any racial group. At school, there would be a lot Muslim girls hanging out with other Muslims and a lot of African and Jamaican girls hanging out together. That was never my thing: to be part of a group that you’re the same as. A lot of it was music related too, like goths and grunge kids. I was with the group that wasn’t with any other group. It had an African girl, some very English girls, a Bangladeshi girl, and it didn’t really matter. We all knew where we came from, we knew our parents were from different places, we just thought that we were all hilarious and we hung out with whoever we thought was the funniest. Doing what I do now and seeing the plethora of creeds, colors, and religions I’m reaching with the music I’m making—it’s amazing. This is going to sound cheesy, but I think the beauty of music is that it doesn’t see color. The kind of music that I’m doing comes from many different worlds. I like to think that it doesn’t matter anymore.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

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From The Pearl Mic Inbox – New Music by Freddy Hefner {Stream}

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Freddy Hefner,22, calls herself a “Strapper.” First image that comes to mind is a gun-blasting vixen, but no, it simply stands for “singer-songwriter turned rapper”. The Los Angeles native just graduated from St. John’s University, and plans to display her versatility as an independent artist. She recently sent us a couple of new tracks, “The Come Up” and “Imaginary Friend,” from her second EP, Time Machine.

The Come Up

Imaginary Friend

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Watch It: Stacy Barthe’s “Hell Yeah!” ft. Rick Ross {Video}

Singer-songwriter, Stacy Barthe trots down the New York streets in all her royal purple glory as she observes injustices in her community in the visual for “Hell Yeah!” featuring Rick Ross. The track is from her EP, P.S. I Love You.

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