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Dame Grease On VIBE's Best Producer Contest: 'I'm Kicking Ass'

The first round of VIBE’s Best Producer of All Time competition is underway, and it’s already sparked some heated debate among fellow producers, artists and those who were left off the list.

Yonkers, N.Y., native Dame Grease, who’s the 14th seed in the Boom Bap category, is currently up against third seed Marley Marl. And Grease wants your vote. Despite the stiff competition, the beatmaker behind much of DMX’s multiplatinum debut, It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, thinks he’s got this locked. 

“I’m kicking ass. I mean, right now more kids know who I am than Marley Marl so just on the competition, I have to crush him. I respect him but I’m taking this," Grease tells VIBE. "Nah actually, Marley is the O.G. I’m honored to fucking go up against Marley Marl. That’s Marley Marl. He got Kool G Rap and all this shit, the music that I actually started on. I like the boom bap. The street thing is my day job, but you should have me in the film-scoring category. Nobody could fuck with me in the film-scoring category. [Laughs]"

While Grease has nothing but respect for the pioneers, he’s confident he’ll advance to the second round, where he’d battle it out with Q-Tip or Large Professor.

“I’d crush Large Professor but I’m a fan of Q-Tip’s. To tell the truth, nobody has the relevance of 13 years in their career like I have,” says Grease, adding that the young Internet voters may cause some major upsets. “Right now it's really based on relevancy. Of course, everybody love [Dr.] Dre but it looks like Dre’s getting bumped out by Toomp. When you think about kids right now today logging on, they know what the fuck they know. They know T.I., they know Snoop, they know X from going to jail and shit. I’ma keep it one hundred, if I win over Marley Marl people gon’ be mad. They mad already over this shit. Like, 'Goddammit, Grease again, we can’t get rid of him!' You damn right. [Laughs]”

If Grease could only cosign one other producer on the list, he says he’d go with Easy Mo B, because of his “monumental” work with Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack and others. “Through all this shit, I respect him as a person,” says Grease. “Producers, we hear things that other people don’t hear so he pulled me to the side [once], like, ‘Yo Grease, that whole string style with all the strings that Dre used, I know you started that. I’m like I know, I’m glad you hear it too.’ [Laughs].”

While he continues rallying votes on Twitter (@DameGrease), Grease has some last words for voters: “Let’s look at the statistics," he says. "Shouts out to all the producers. I actually like this [competition] because it really showcases producers and the work that they’ve done, not just the main singles but their work entirely.” --Clover Hope

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Issa Rae Is Now Co-Owner Of A Natural Hair-Care Brand

Issa Rae is expanding into the world of natural hair care. The Insecure creator and star became the co-owner and face of Sienna Natural, a vegan product line for textured hair.

Rae partnered with Sienna Naturals CEO Hannah Diop to rebrand the company. “I think hair has always been part of my identity,” Rae told Allure. “[Even my] debut was a big chop that I did for Awkward Black Girl.”

Rae’s interest in the natural haircare industry was peaked after watching Diop’s “journey,” in products creation. “I’d been watching Hannah's journey for a while, seeing her developing these products. I got interested in the natural, organic side of hair care. I felt like this was a great opportunity to partner up — not to mention obviously loving what the products did for my own hair.”

Sienna Naturals products are made from “lightweight natural ingredients free from synthetics, harsh chemicals” and “heavy oils.”

The product line includes a Salon in a Box collection for $75, H.A.P.I. Shampoo ($18), Dew Magic leave-in conditioner, and Plant Power deep treatment ($22). Shoppers can visit the Sienna Naturals website to get on the waitlist for product restocks and updates.

 

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Allow us to reintroduce ourselves… ✨ We are Sienna Naturals and the countdown begins until we’re fully restocked in your shower, so make room! 🚿 Our products are made with lightweight natural ingredients, free of synthetics, harsh chemicals or heavy oils— formulated by women with textured hair for women with textured hair.
 We are so excited to be back with: 💫 Larger product sizes 💫 More accessible price points 💫 A whole new look and whole new face Join the waitlist to get your favorites the second we’re back! Link in bio. Also, here’s your friendly reminder to check your voter registration status.

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Mural Honoring Chadwick Boseman Unveiled At Disneyland

A new mural honoring Chadwick Boseman made its debut at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney on Thursday (Sept 24). The beautiful art work was painted by Nikkolas Smith, a former Disneyland Imagineer.

The art installation includes an inscription from Smith that reads: “As a former Disney Imagineer, I had the honor of working on a major children's hospital initiative and Avengers Campus as my final two assignments. Seeing Chadwick's heart for people in-person, and later discovering his courageous battle with cancer, I was inspired to create this tribute to honor his life and legacy. To us, he was and will always be T'Challa. Long Live The King.”

The image shows Boseman kneeling alongside a child in a hospital gown while both make the Wakanda salute. The photo is a nod to Boseman’s many hospital visits with sick children, all while he secretly battled colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor passed away from the disease in August.

 

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The piece, which will be on display until the end of the year, was Smith's final project as a Disney Imagineer, a job that he held for 11 years.

“This one is special,” he explained in an Instagram post. “My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the ‘Avengers’ Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way.” Smith added a note of gratitude to Disney for being supporting of his artistic journey.

See more photos of the mural below.

 

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This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. 🐾 It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist. @waltdisneyimagineering @disney @marvelstudios @disneyland 🐾✨ #LongLiveTheKing #KingChad #WakandaForever #Phambili #DowntownDisney #BlackPanther #ChadwickBoseman #RIPChadwick #WDI

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Breonna Taylor’s Mother Speaks Out After Cops Who Killed Her Daughter Get Off Without Charges

Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, says the system failed her daughter. Palmer posted a painting portrait of Taylor on Instagram on Wednesday (Sept. 23) which she hashtagged, #ThesystemfailedBreonna.

The Instagram post serves as her first public response to a grand jury failing to bring charges against three Louisville police officers for killing Taylor. On Thursday (Sept. 24), Palmer shared a photo of a woman carrying a sign with the Bible verse: “It’s wrong to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from getting justice.”

 

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It’s still Breonna Taylor for me💙💔💙 #ThesystemfailedBreonna

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron held a press conference on Wednesday where he announced that no charges would be brought against Louisville officers Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison for killing Taylor. Hankison was the only one among the three to be charged, but not for Taylor’s death.

In an interview with NPR last week, Palmer expressed her hope that charges would be brought against the officers. “I’m hoping to hear that there will be charges,” she said at the time. “That these people will be fired and arrested.” Hakinson is the only one of the three officers to be fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department after Taylor’s death.

Speaking to her daughter’s character, Palmer stated that the 26-year-old emergency room tech was a “beautiful person inside and out.” She pointed out that Taylor “kept saying that 2020 was her year.”

“And she was absolutely right,” said Palmer. “I hate that it came in that form, but it definitely is her year.”

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