*The HELPPPP agency is back at it again with a new star-studded line-up of artists and Slam Dunk Honorees for the 7th Annual All-Star Gospel Brunch & Extravaganza.
The All-Star Gospel Brunch, in conjunction with NBA Entertainment, will celebrate local leaders in the Orlando area that have made a difference in their communities. The event will be held during the 61st Annual NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando, FL, Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“NBA All-Star Weekend is always an exciting time for the local community, NBA players, NBA legends, NBA moms, and NBA wives,” exclaims event producer Tomeka Holyfield. “For the past 6 years, NBA Entertainment continues to recognize that many players and their families appreciate the opportunity to pause a moment and enjoy the inspiration that this event delivers. It’s an awesome platform for athletes, current and former players and executives alike to come out and share in the accomplishments of leaders in the community who make a difference.”
This year’s host will be actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and comedian Jonathan Slocumb.
Special honorees will include Jonathan McKnight, Willie C. Barnes, Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. and Clint Brown and a special tribute will be made to Zackary Tims.
*Kevin Durant showed off Monday night at Harlem’s Rucker Park scoring a phenomenal 66 points on the court. Despite the NBA lockout, the pro-baller is finding ways to showcase his talent and continue his development as an athlete.
The Oklahoma City Thunder player helped bring the DC Power to victory over the Sean Bell All-Stars with a tight score 99-93.
He had the crowd going, especially when he made five three pointers in a row, three of which were well beyond the NBA three-point range. Altogether, he made nine of his 11 three-point attempts all night.
However, his performance is only second rate to the recorded best game at the park. According to the New York Post, Joe “The Destroyer” Hammond shocked audiences with 74 points in 2007 and former Iona Gaels player Steve Burtt Jr. scored 67 points.
*Just in time for the down stretch of the NBA playoffs, TyDolla$ (TD$) has released his debut solo single “All Star,” produced with West Coast bumpin’ bass and head-nodding rhythms featuring Swedish House Mafia and Joe Moses.
“All Star” was quickly picked-up by Los Angeles hip-hop radio station Power 106 FM and has received regular spins at more than 50 stations within its first month.
Sports fans at L.A. Lakers and San Antonio Spurs basketball games enjoyed an early release of the energetic hit. In fact, TD$ has just completed team-tailored remixes – NBA versions for the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma Thunder; and MLB versions for the L.A. Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamond Backs, Colorado Rockies and S.F. Giants. His remix for the Dodgers includes a shout out to centerfielder Matt Kemp.
The Los Angeles native achieved his most recent success with producing and featuring on Island Def Jam recording artist YG’s debut single “Toot It and Boot It.” The explosive popularity of the song was a surprise, albeit pleasant, to TD$. “It was a 5 minute beat… 808s, the hi hats and a snap,” he explained.
The success has opened the door for him to share more of his talents. Big Jon, president of EMI, signed TD$ to a publishing deal earlier this year; “All Star” was released; and his new mixed tape experience, “House on the Hill” will drop on May 2, 2011.
TD$’s musical history can be traced back to his days as a toddler.
“I’ve got photos from when I was 2 years old, just beating on the pillows with drumsticks. There’s also recordings of my beats back then,” said the self-taught musician. “I can play almost every instrument except horns- guitar, drums, bass, keys.”
TD$ continues a family legacy. His father, Tyrone Griffin, played keyboards and provided background vocals with the ’70s phenom group Lakeside.
Although undeniably West Coast, it’s obvious that you can’t put this artist into a box.
“I’ve never really adapted to a certain style, I just want to give the fans what they want.”
To that end, he believes that the future of hip-hop and rap will be fan driven.
“When they want more dance and house, it will be driven there. If they want to go back to drums and sampling, then it will go there. It’s whatever they want it to be.”
We expect big things from TD$ as he stretches his art.