Tiësto drops new album, ‘AFTR:HRS’

Just in time for those Christmas and New Year’s Eve turn ups, Tiësto just dropped a compilation album: AFTR:HRS – Mixed By Tiësto. The deep house project has 14 tracks, and features CamelPhat, Autograf, One Day Hero, and more. The album premiered on SiriusXM on Dec. 22, and is now available in digital stores and streaming platforms. AFTR:HRS is also the name of Tiësto’s record label, and the album epitomizes his vision for the company. The Grammy Award-winning phenomenon does not disappoint on this passion project. Stream AFTR:HRS – Mixed By Tiësto here.

AFTR:HRS – Mixed By Tiësto Track List:

1. Nuits D’Etoiles – Un Autre Monde ft. Noémie

2. Niklas Ibach – The Blues ft. Dan Reeder

3. Florian Paetzold – Easy

4. Autograf – Heartbeat (Alex Schulz Remix)

5. Sultan + Shepard – Walls ft. Quilla (Deeper Shades Mix)

6. Benny Camaro – Las Dos Lunas

7. Ferreck Dawn – Mad Love

8. Loud Luxury & Ryan Shepherd – Something To Say

9. One Day Hero – Momentuum (MOGUAI Remix)

10. Florian Paetzold – Love Will Never Do

11. BLR – Nungwi

12. Baggi – Time Painter ft. Sylvia Tosun (Dub Mix)

13. CamelPhat – Raabta

14. Tiësto – Back In The Days


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Goodbye, Examiner.com

I can’t remember how I heard that they were hiring. Maybe it was on Craigslist? I started writing for them in December 2010 as a Cleveland nightlife journalist, and I really didn’t know what I was doing. I treated my articles more like blog posts than professional content, but Examiner.com gave me the freedom to figure out my writing style. I also had (nearly) complete latitude when it came to choosing what people, places, and events I wanted to cover. This autonomy is rare, and it was amazing.

When people ask me why I moved to NYC, I say, “Career.” The long answer is that Examiner.com gave me the inspiration, confidence, and contacts to become an entertainment journalist. Less than a year after I began writing for them, a publicist at Sony contacted me. They wanted me to come backstage at the Cleveland leg of the Scream Tour, and interview their artist, Jacob Latimore. I thought it was a joke at first. How would Sony know who I am? At the time, Examiner.com was getting tens of millions of hits per month, and was a top 100 site. That kind of traffic is extremely valuable, and opened up countless doors for me in New York.

After working with Sony, I thought I would try to make a career out of my passion for entertainment journalism. Examiner.com gave me the platform I needed to gain access to top celebrities and events, and I knew I had a knack for interviewing. Before Examiner.com, I co-founded an urban lifestyle blog called Media-n-DaHood, and created DoloHustle.com as an entertainment blog. One of my first interviews was with Dolla Boy (now known as Dillon Saks) of Playaz Circle. I met him and Tity Boi (now known as 2 Chainz) at a meet and greet in Cleveland, and Dolla asked if I wanted to interview him. Afterwards, he told me that they had just come from radio station Z107.9, and I conducted a better interview than the radio personality. And this was off the cuff! I remember my brother nodding approvingly as he listened to the recorded interview. I was on my way!

I informed Examiner.com that I was moving to New York, and picked up New York Nightlife and Music beats. It wasn’t long after I moved to Brooklyn that I was attending exclusive events, interviewing and partying with celebrities, and making memories that I will hold onto forever. As I started covering more celebrity charity events and product launches, I picked up a New York Celebrity beat as well.

Now, I get about 50 emails per day from publicists and business professionals who want me to cover their client or brand. I have interviewed dozens of celebrities, and some have become friends. I’m very happy and proud with what I’ve accomplished as a journalist, and I’ve had a wealth of amazing experiences in New York. I haven’t decided what my next move will be, but this is one chapter that is closing. Examiner.com emailed all of their contributors about two weeks ago, and told us that they were shutting down. Our content may or may not remain on online, and the full-time staff was laid off. I’m planning on reposting the articles that readers enjoyed the most on this blog, maybe in #tbt style. I am still writing for AXS, and am deciding what the next move will be. It has been an amazing journey, and Examiner.com was the catalyst for this adventure. I will always be grateful.

Mos Def force-fed under standard Guantanamo Bay procedure [VIDEO]

This is a vid from a year ago, but as long as Guantanamo Bay is open, this vid needs to be circulated.

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, volunteered to be force-fed in the same manner as Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are on hunger strikes. A tube is forced up their nose, down their throat, and into their stomach, and liquid food is pumped down.

The original video and article were published on The Guardian.


Black child stars who turned out sexy!

This post is inspired by Jeffery Wood’s cute self.  He played the little brother, Austin, on the TV show “In The House.”

Disturbing summer flicks

Recently on “Party Time With Brownie,” I discussed the television show “Devious Maids” and why it is horrible for so many reasons.   As the discussion carried over to Twitter, I commented that Hollywood must be lacking new ideas.  One of my followers countered that they are complacent.  I would call it lazy.  Laziness must also have been the driving force behind this year’s summer releases.

There’s a disturbing trend that is irritating me as a movie lover.  It involves pairing an older, talented, even Oscar-winning actor, with a younger, mediocre or poor actor whom white women find tantalizing.  On top of this glaring talent mismatch, the actors are cast in corny action-comedy flicks with nonsensical plots.

2 Guns
2 Guns

Case in point: 2 Guns (release date 8/2/2013) starring Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg (who should get an award for having the best agent).  I am a Denzel Washington fan, so it pains me to see him in a trailer for a movie that makes me roll my eyes.  Wahlberg has one facial expression.  Family Guy described it as “annoyed and confused.”  I think it’s more “shocked and confused.”  Any of us can do it.  Raise your eyebrows, widen your eyes, and open your mouth slightly as if you are shocked.  Then furrow your brow and squint your eyes as if you are confused.  Congratulations, you just graduated from the Mark Wahlberg School of Acting.

In 2 Guns, Denzel is a DEA agent and Mark is a Naval Intelligence Officer.  They are undercover partners but neither one knows that the other is undercover.  Mmmkay.  They realize they’ve been set up, they can’t trust their respective agencies, the Mexican drug cartel is after them, cars explode, they still don’t really trust each other, they get into petty arguments at the most inopportune times—you know the story.  The only good thing about this movie is that Mark Wahlberg’s acting may improve after spending so much time around Denzel.


Case in point #2: R.I.P.D. (release date 7/19/2013) starring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, and People Magazine’s 2010 “Sexiest Man Alive” winner, Ryan Reynolds.  The trailer for this movie is absolutely ridiculous.  Ryan is a cop who gets killed and recruited into the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.)– a supernatural police force that protects the living and captures fugitive souls.  0_o
The incredibly talented Jeff Bridges lost a bet and signed on to play Rooster Cogburn the veteran R.I.P.D. cop who shows Ryan the ropes.  Very Men In Black-ish but with worse CGI effects and without Will Smith’s charm.  I understand this is a comic book adaptation, but some ideas should just stay ideas.  In my opinion, this role is beneath Jeff Bridges.  It is like Daniel Day Lewis playing Deuce Bigalow.

White House Down
White House Down

Case in point #3: White House Down (release date 6/28/2013) starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, and People Magazine’s 2012 “Sexiest Man Alive” winner, Channing Tatum.  Reminiscent of Olympus Has Fallen, the movie is a “protect the President, protect the White House” action film with the added mission of Capitol policeman Channing Tatum also trying to protect his daughter.  People get shot and things explode and Tatum saves the day, the country, the President, and the (little) girl.  The movie wouldn’t be so bad were it not for the overly simplistic dialogue, bad jokes, excessive CGI, and endless clichés.  But then again, that’s the whole movie.

Denzel, Jeff, and Jamie: I’m sure these summer action flicks have huge budgets for you and are fun to shoot.  I’m sure most actors (and some actresses too) want to blow stuff up and handle big guns.  I get it.  Hopefully you got it out of your system.  Now get back to work.

Noel Ashman and Michael Bregman birthday party pics

Noel Ashman and Michael Bregman birthday party pics

These entertainment giants celebrated their birthdays at the sexy DL lounge (95 Delancey St.) last week.  At the event were Damon Dash (he was a jerk, as expected), DJ Stretch Armstrong (very nice and humble), Melle Mel (super cool and down-to-earth), Stephen Baldwin (*smile* check the pics of he and I), Thomas Fiore (cool), Luis Guzman (he was there for about 90 seconds), Dr. Georgina Rose (check my review of her last event here), and about a dozen other notable people.  It was definitely a memorable night 🙂  Pics courtesy of Cashin Design.

Sexiest men over 45

Those who know me and/or listen to my radio show know that I LOVE older men.  43, 46, 50, 52, mmm mmm mmm.  Many older men are sexy, distinguished, experienced gentleman, skilled at courting and much more.  Gotta love a man who knows what women want.  In Hollywood they tend to publish fake ages, so who knows how old some of these guys REALLY are.  Here are some celebrity hotties that just keep getting better with age.