Olivia Brown (Tia Scott) is a music journalist, freelance writer and blogger. She loves Hip-Hop and she lists good food, sex and intelligent conversation over white wine set to the tune of Sade or Jay-Z as her weaknesses. She’s also a Flint, Michigan native, like me, and her Freshman 10 of Flint list recently caused an uproar in the underground music world. Read more to find out why…
When did your love affair with music/hip hop begin?
I’ve always loved music. In fact, the only way I can remember certain milestones in my life is by music. I can recall playing with my Barbie’s and listening to Cameo’s “Word Up” when I got my first period, lol. As far as Hip-Hop, I had an aunt and uncle who were younger than my parents and really into Hip-Hop who introduced to me to the budding genre and I fell in love with it while watching YO! MTV Raps and Rap City with them. I was just a youngin’ but I understood the significance of the culture and loved it ever since. Being a natural-born writer and lover of Hip-Hop, I learned that I could incorporate the two by looking up to people like Dream Hampton, Kevin Powell, Bobbito Garcia and Danyale Smith.
You once dated hip hop artist, Jon Connor, do you miss him?
I dated Jon for about 4 years and it was one of the most significant relationships I’ve ever had. We went through a lot of ups and downs, joys and pains and we learned so much from each other. We came in the game together; I was with him when nobody knew his name. I was passing out CD’s and doing the whole Myspace grind when it was popping, lol. We met celebrities together and learned how the industry works so we will always have that bond. Although we went through a bitter breakup, we worked through it and became very good friends. Despite his new-found fame, he’s still down to kick it, laugh, shoot the ish and vent when he needs to and I can also do the same with him. So as far as missing him, I never really have a chance to because he’s always there lol. Plus, I’m involved with someone pretty special to me so the only person I ever miss is him.
Would you date a musician again? Why or why not?
I dated another musician after Jon and it just didn’t work out so I’d have to say no. It takes a lot of patience and strength to deal with someone who an unusual amount of women want to be with as well. I can’t really keep up with the whole “going to every show, sitting in the studio, keeping the groupies at bay” life and it’s mainly because it doesn’t feel natural and I have a lot of things going on myself. The thing that I found with dating rappers is that they expect for their women to support everything they do without complaints or reciprocation. I wanted for someone to be there and pat me on my back when great things happened to me but I just didn’t find that in musicians.
Why is sex a weakness for you?
It’s a weakness for me because I feel like it’s a necessity, sex is on the same level of breathing, eating and sleeping to me but not on a compulsive, addictive level. I understand its sacredness and beauty and the very thought of it boggles my mind and turns me on at the same time. On the flip-side, I try to keep myself in check because sex can send you over the deep end if you don’t have a proper understanding of it or your own wants and needs. So sex may be my weakness but it will never have me weak.
Like me, you’re known by more than one name. Is Tia Scott your birth name?
Yes, Tia Scott is my birth name and it’s cool but I think Olivia Brown is way better, lol. I chose to write under an alias because I felt like my name wasn’t appealing enough and I wanted something simple but potent enough to stick with you for the long run.
You recently took a lot of heat for your Freshman 10 of Flint list. How did that make you feel?
I knew beforehand that I would catch some kind of heat for the list but I did not know it was going to be as crucial as it was. People were sending me death threats and calling me all kinds of foul names. Like, people I didn’t even know and never seen before in my life were coming for my head over a list that was solely based on my opinion. But even through all that, I didn’t feel bad for one second. I wanted a reaction, good and bad. I knew the list would ruffle feathers and have people talking and honestly, we need that in the city. We need to wake people up and make them aware of our music scene. Flint’s too small not to know who all makes music here.
I love your website, Olivia Brown’s Dope Show. I hear you will be shooting a TV pilot soon with the same name. Spill the beans!
I’m in the midst of shooting a pilot show for Olivia Brown’s Dope Show that will basically be a live version of my blog. The show will basically be a cross between Yo! MTV Raps and Carson Daly’s Last Call. If all goes well and I get enough views and support from the people, I plan to pitch the show to Fuse TV or MTV2 for a chance to have it aired on TV. For now, the show will be aired on my blog and I’m terribly excited to get started.
You post some of the most saucy tweets on Twitter. I recall at one point you also took a lot of heat for that and you were going to stop tweeting about certain things, but I’m glad to see you’re back to talking about things like peen (penis) and Hennessy. What happened?
I took some time out to evaluate how people view me via Twitter. I didn’t want to be known just for sex and alcohol so I fell back for a bit. But after a while, I came to the conclusion that I’m a complex person as we all are and I should talk about anything I want to talk about as long as I don’t confine myself to specific things. So yes, you may see me tweet about sex and Hennessy from time to time but it’s not my life, just things that I enjoy…a lot, lol. I learned to be more diverse with my subjects without being boring and concentrated on branding myself without losing my personality or humor. I think it’s working pretty well for me now.
You describe yourself as weird, why?
I describe myself as weird because that’s all I ever heard while growing up. I listened to Hip-Hop but I also had No Doubt and Bush CD’s in my collection. I cried when Kurt Cobain died while my cousins looked at me like I was crazy. When people were worrying over prom, I was worried about Beanie Sigel doing proper numbers when his debut album, The Truth, dropped. Between all of that and being a huge fan of WWE, anime and Spike Lee films, I can see why people labeled me as weird, lol.
Who are you dying to interview?
Jay-Z, that’s all, Jay-Z . He’s the ultimate interview that I hope to get one day, simply because I grew up on his music and came to terms that he’s one of the best to ever do it. His music is more than music to me. I’ve actually gotten many life lessons from Jay’s music. In fact, I’ve learned that there’s a Hov line for every situation in life. Someone’s sick? There’s a Hov line for that. Feel like giving up? There’s a Hov line for that. Falling out with a life-long friend? There’s a definitely a Hov line for that, lol.
I recall in December of 2011 you announced a pregnancy, but I don’t recall hearing anything since then. Did you have a miscarriage?
I was actually on the verge of having a miscarriage as soon as I announced the pregnancy. The pregnancy was completely unexpected and I was shocked when I found out. The guy I was dating wanted to get married and the whole 9 so I decided to just let life play out. I took my vitamins, ate right and everything but as I got further along, I became sicker and sicker and my doctor told me that my system was actually rejecting the baby. I was cramping a lot and bleeding and thought that it would soon stop but it never did. My doctor basically told me that I should get an abortion to avoid an inevitable painful miscarriage because although the baby was healthy, my uterus could push it out anytime because it wasn’t agreeing with what was dwelling inside. I had never heard of anything like this before but my pain was real and I knew I had to make a decision. I opted for the abortion and slowly recovered. When I look back at that situation, I understand that it was all God’s will. I seriously didn’t need to have another child at that moment, especially by someone I didn’t really see myself being with forever, so it was a learning experience that shook my world and grounded it all at once.
WorldStarHipHop, affectionately named the CNN of the Ghetto, keeps its viewers up to date with the latest shock videos and entertainment in the world of Black pop culture. Here are 5 of the most shocking videos from WorldStarHipHop.
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62-year-old Charles Marvin Green Jr., otherwise known to YouTubers as “The Angry Grandpa,” is an unintentional Internet personality. Various videos tapped by his prankster son detail Angry Grandpa’s extremely loud and opinionated views on everything from Justin Bieber, 2 Girls 1 cup, and even major court cases.
Here, we see his violent and destructive reaction to the recent “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. What’s most shocking about this video is that Angry Grandpa hasn’t had a heart attack from all of his vehement rage.
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Who knew that Peter Parker and Tony Parker were related? In this video, we see Spidey using a combination of his famous agility, cunning, and spider-senses to dupe several people at 1-on-1 basketball games in a local park.
This masked crusaders offers up some very nimble and innovative feats of basketball trickery on par with any Harlem Globetrotter. The shocker? That a guy in tights and a covered face could win so easily at 1-on-1. Definitely one of the more family-friendly videos on WorldStarHipHop.
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These cops decided to go just a bit too far when it comes to fighting crime. A couple of women returning from the beach were pulled over for a routine speeding violation when one of the cops claimed he smelled marijuana.
After already finding a small amount of burnt marijuana in the car, he somehow thinks this is just cause to breach the women’s 4th amendment rights (protecting American citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures) and orders a full body-cavity search right there on the side of the road. Overkill? Yes. Shocking? Yes. But I suppose that’s the price we pay for the infallible war on drugs.
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As if the quality of Golden Corral’s food wasn’t questionable enough, this video out of Port Orange, FL is simultaneously shocking and disgusting.
A local employee takes viewers on a guide of the buffet chain’s dumpster area, showing piles of unsold and uncooked food placed haphazardly in disgusting conditions next to flies and other contaminants. Who thought that would be a good idea?
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Deepak, a young Indian boy, has a strange problem — he was born with half a twin attached to him that continuously grows from his chest. It’s hard to explain, so check the video for more information about this biological oddity.
Thankfully, a team of Bangalore surgeons was able to successfully able to remove the half-twin. Shocking and inspiring at the same time, this video will surely brighten your day.
Whether you’re looking for fistfights, shouting, or bizarre and humorous stories, you’ll definitely get your fill at WorldStarHipHop.
The Ability to Influence Distinguishes the Celebrities Who Have Power, the 5 most powerful celebrities in the world can influence their admirers and other business partners in a manner that cannot be duplicated by other celebrities. The daily actions of these individuals are monitored intensely by their followers and their individual skills are so great that their business partners understand that it is these individuals who are in charge of their businesses and direction, not those who pay them.
The 5 most powerful celebrities in the world are Oprah, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles and Taylor Swift. My list is very controversial as I have left out several very powerful people such as George Clooney, Jay Leno, Ellen Degeneres, Kanye West and Justin Bieber. However, the names listed above are considered the most powerful celebrities in the world because they are guaranteed money makers whose words can result in action throughout the world. In addition, these individuals are instantly identifiable worldwide. Let’s start with the most powerful celebrity in the world, Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey – The Most Powerful Celebrity in the World
This woman is one of the few people who influences individuals worldwide on a daily basis. Her personal talk show is seen throughout the world and whatever she says is deemed as “the gospel” and must be followed immediately. When Oprah decided to interview Lance Armstrong, the racing bicyclist who used illegal substances to compete in the Tour de France the interview became one of the most viewed interviews in the world. People who did not care about bike racing all of sudden felt the need to talk about it because Oprah had him on her show.
What Oprah discusses on television is considered important and that tells you how powerful she is. She is the queen of daytime television as she has several of the top daytime talk show hosts under contract as part of her television network. Oprah, through her television network in many respects influences the minds of an incredible number of people throughout the world either directly through her show or through the words of the television hosts whom she has under contract. When a celebrity can influence the way a person thinks, cooks and even votes you are a powerful celebrity.
Number 2 – Lady Gaga – The Untouchable
Lady Gaga is one of the few celebrities on this list who seems impervious to criticism and is an untouchable. She is a very talented singer and musical artist and this combined with her ability to create and control her own image has created a large and loyal following of people that has turned her into a powerful celebrity. Her musical followers have made her the second most powerful celebrity in the world. Her willingness to promote herself through all the social network and entertainment mediums whether it be YouTube or Twitter has ensured that she is known to all her followers and can influence merely by one tweet or YouTube interview or recording.
Number 3: Jay-Z – Hip Hop/Rap Music King and Business Mogul
Jay-Z is one of the most powerful celebrities in the world. His influence can be found throughout hip-hop music, business and professional sports. There is no question that he is without question the most recognizable rapper in the world. He may not be the best rapper anymore but there is no hip-hop/rap musical performer who is more respected or followed than Jay-Z. His music always finds its way to the top of the musical charts all over the world. Businesses race to his door to have him advertise products on their behalf. He has been a part owner of a professional basketball team and now is moving into the management of professional athletes.
Jay-Z is making the transition into becoming a music mogul and business mogul and he travels around the world to make sure that his influence can be felt in almost every corner of the world. Whether one travels to Eastern Europe or the West Indies or even China there is one certainty and that is you can listen to Jay-Z’s music and the young people follow his direction. When an individual can impact people throughout the world with their music then it is without question that they are powerful.
Number 4: Beyonce Knowles – The Woman With the Midas Touch
Beyonce Knowles is a box-office guarantee. When she releases an album it goes number one. She has been able to control her image and turn herself into a media darling and this although she is a good singer but not a great one. What Beyonce has been able to do is become a great entertainer with her singing and dancing that reaches every corner of the globe. Her image is carefully controlled and managed by her and she has not allowed herself to become over-saturated.
Beyonce is powerful because she can literally tell a record company or advertiser that she will guarantee that they will make money when she releases an album or endorses their product and they have to capitulate. She has created an image that has no blemishes and as such to many companies and parents, she is the golden girl. She represents a very positive, untarnished image for young women and in doing so she makes her business partners look very good and appealing to all.
Number 5 – Taylor Swift – The Swifties Say it All
There are very few people in the world who possess the musical ability of Taylor Swift. Like Lady Gaga and Beyonce, her musical ability and success is beyond question. No one can dispute that people find her music very appealing. However, its her connection with fans through the various social mediums and her songs that have made her incredibly popular.
Young girls throughout the world look at her as their representative because they feel they can relate to her. When she goes through a breakup and she sings about the individual in her songs, young girls worldwide feel as if she is talking for them or about them. Her musical success and the content of her songs has developed a loyal following that has made her a dominant business force.
Taylor Swift’s social network followers brought the clothing giant Abercrombie & Finch down to its knees for having the audacity to consider selling a shirt that made fun of Taylor Swift. Her followers did the same to actor Michael J. Fox for his criticism of her singing songs about her past boyfriends. The influence of this young woman is incredible when you consider how people, business and media individuals are unwilling to consider criticizing her for fear of how it can impact their sales and public persona.
The five most powerful celebrities in the world each is very successful financially but more importantly, they can inspire action, are followed worldwide. When an individual can impact people in every part of the world than they should be considered as incredibly powerful and each of the five people mentioned above meet this criteria.
Anna Brady is a senior writer at Eko Entertainment magazine, her interest spans across several sectors that include technology and Social Media.
Jay-Z’s new album is WACK AS FUCK. Sorry, but Kanye owned your ass this time, boo. Like. The beats are BASIC. This sounds like the reject shit. How do your proteges: J. Cole, Wale, and Kanye have some of the best hip hop albums of the year and they’re on your LABEL!? Wut?
A 24-minute documentary on Jay-Z‘s 8-show stint that opened Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in September was released via YouTube. One highlight of Where I’m From occurs when Jay takes the subway en route to his last show and sits next to a kind-faced older woman named Ellen who has no idea who the fuck she’s talking to. The ensuing conversation is infinitely sweeter and more humble than if she had.
See video at - Gawker.com.
If you have been pulled over for suspicion of a DUI or any other crime, you will likely feel scared and confused. While many police are cooperative and explain why they are requesting certain bits of information, you may be scared of what can be held against you in a court of law. While it is important to always cooperate with what the police are asking, it is also important to know your rights. You can still be cooperative but refrain from providing specific information if you do not feel comfortable doing so. This is typically advised, especially when there is not a lawyer present.
The following are a few rules of thumb to remember if you are ever pulled over by the police:
There are many emotions that you may feel as you see the flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror. If you were in a hurry to get to an appointment or if you have a fear of what the police can do, you may experience some anxiety. It is important to stay as calm and cooperative as possible. This will prevent a situation from escalating.
While you may not have anything to hide, consenting to a search of your vehicle can open up other avenues to them finding information that you may not realize. Instead, ask that they obtain a warrant first so that you can have a court monitored search and seizure of your belongings. Before the search begins, ask to see the warrant. On it, you will see the exact places the police have the right to search. This can prevent them from diving into your personal information on your computer or in your house, as they can with a verbal consent.
While you should always remain cooperative, you do not have an obligation to answer all of the questions the police ask. If you do not feel comfortable answering a specific question, especially if it does not pertain to anything in your case or the reason you were pulled over, you are able to respectfully decline their request.
You have the right to request help from a professional. By reaching out to a lawyer for help on your case, you will have time to calm down and the reassurance that their guidance will help prove your innocence.
If you are ever in doubt about how to handle a situation with the police, always use your right to request an attorney. Reach out to the Law Offices of William Fay, for example, for expert help in handling your case before opening yourself up for a search and/or questioning by law enforcement.
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Q: Do you believe that Blue Ivy is Beyonce and Jay-Z’s biological child?
A: My short answer is…YES, of course! My long opinion is this: Anyone who believes that Beyonce had a surrogate to carry her child and that Blue Ivy is not Beyonce and Jay-Z’s biological child is ignorant as hell! An image of Beyonce in a swim suit while she was pregnant was featured at DangerousLee.Biz and you can clearly see her exposed baby bump. Also, when looking at images of Blue Ivy I see the face of Solange’s son, Juelz.
Blue Ivy is a healthy dose of both of her biological parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Yes, she is light skinned (I mention this because ignorant people use her skin tone to prove their theory) but so is Beyonce, and ummm Jay-Z is not the darkest crayon in the box. I also believe that Jay-Z has family from the Islands, so like Beyonce he also has a mixed heritage…as most of us in America do!
I am sick and tired of people with the belief that Black people have to literally be black as tar to be Black. Wake up! Start by reading my three part article The Half Series: When Black People Look White. It was written two years ago, but continues to be relevant and unfortunately I believe it always will be.
Until next time, Keep it Dangerous!
Is it because rumors of her being pregnant started years ago? Is it because those who think she’s part of the Illuminati think she’s going to give birth to the devil? What is it?!!
When Beyonce revealed her pregnant belly at the MTV Video Music Awards it broke Twitter records with everyone repeating the news in their timeline. Yes, Beyonce is finally pregnant, but women getting pregnant is an everyday occurrence. Why are YOU obsessed with Beyonce’s baby bump?
“I started out writing songs, working with hip-hop producers A.P. and B. Corder. A.P. pretty much gave me the foundation I needed to get started. He taught me how to develop songs and tap into emotions when creating. Later I started doing hip-hop features for artists such as, Jon Connor, Glory and others on the Flint, Michigan hip-hop scene. I began performing at The Loft, and Theory allowed me to grace the stage for the first time in Flint. I’ve been rolling ever since.”
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