Music Break

Alicia Keys’ The Gospel is Fantastic

Alicia Keys‘ “The Gospel” is a short film that gives the viewer a snapshot into the many lives of New York City residents. Snippets of her latest album Here is interspersed throughout the moving visual. Grab your popcorn and enjoy.


Who is Excited for Issa Rae’s New HBO Comedy Series, Insecure?!

Fans of  The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl series knows that Issa Rae has been talking about this HBO premiere for some time now. I am so so so SO overjoyed for this project because I relate to many aspects of her character’s life.

Will you be watching?

Insecure premieres Sunday, October 9th at 10:30pm on HBO.

LIFE, Music Break

The Pearl Mic is Back

So, during my year-long hiatus from my little space on the web, I had time to think about what I wanted as a woman and as a media professional. After fasting from music and working a couple of marketing jobs, I realized that I REALLY enjoy writing and discussing music, film, food, and style. Lighthearted fun content that brings a smile to my readers’ faces. I like curating content that promotes creativity. With that said, I’ll be updating this blog with fresh content. It may take me some time to get a schedule going, but it’s going to happen.

Also, I am excited to announce that I helped launch a new music venture called MUSIK !D TV!

MUSIK !D TV is for the aspiring and independent musician. We are pulling back the veil of the music industry for the aspiring and independent musician. Our videos and blogs will provide transparent information about the business models for music stores or what we would now call streaming services. You will also read about current events in the market that would affect the music economy and the livelihood of aspiring musicians.
Stay tuned!


Music Break

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

Music Break

Watch Emily King’s Colorful New Video “The Animals”

Emily King - The Animals - The Pearl Mic
“Don’t fear.”

We’ve all heard breakup songs or the I-don’t want-to-get-hurt-again songs that left us feeling more depressed after listening to them. Yet, here is Emily King, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who somehow makes that I-don’t want-to-get-hurt-again song triumphant with “The Animals”. Upon the second listen (OK, maybe it was the third, fourth, or fifth time, but who is counting?), the listener will discover that she is also talking about not feeding your fears too. Check out the cool, chromatic video:

“The Animals” is from Emily’s forthcoming album, The Switch, out on June 26th

Foodie Goodie

Cool Find: Plart! Original Works of Art on a Dinner Plate


You know that question, if you could invite five people to dinner – dead or alive – who would it be? Well, artist, Jacqueline Poirier aka The Crazy Plate Lady sort of makes that possible. The Toronto-based artist can paint anyone or anything on a white charger plate. You can bring Rhianna, Al Pacino, Ryan Gosling, Martha Stewart, and Morgan Freeman (imagine that dinner party!) to your table with no fuss; or dazzle your dinner table with landscapes or yummy-looking dishes. Her paintings are displayed in the Ritz-Carlton Toronto’s TOCA dining room where she is the resident artist.

To many burgeoning artists, her career launch reads like a fairytale. Four years ago she was hired as a waiter by the Ritz-Carlton Toronto. After Jacqueline had competed in an art competition at the hotel, her intricate free-hand paintings got her manager’s attention. He then requested for her to create custom designs on a few plates.


“The painted plates ended up looking really nice on the tables, so I just went with it! I received really great feedback from guests at the restaurant,” she shared in an interview. “I ended up painting over 120 plates in about two months (all unique and completely different images). They’re now a signature part of TOCA restaurant. From TOCA, I have been able to start up my own “Plart” business, creating custom designed plates for all sorts of occasions.”

Check out her one-of-a-kind pieces at or the TOCA restaurant.

Source: The Chic Canuck
All photos are from Jacqueline Poirier’s Website.
Music Break

Lianne La Havas is ‘Unstoppable’ in New Video

“…Let’s be at peace, we’ll fly/Our hearts collide/Can’t escape from the magnetic side.”

Lianne La Havas let down her bun and is having way too much fun in the latest visual for her popular new single, ‘Unstoppable’, from her forthcoming album Blood.

The smooth R&B track matches the video – it’s simple, delicate, and lovely. Lianne shows fans her sleek and unique dance moves as she spins and twirls in stylish navy jumpsuits (by the way, we’re loving the gold and navy one. Please and thank you!). Of course, as curly girls ourselves, we couldn’t help but stare at her admirable dark curls spilling across her face. OK, we’ll stop gushing, so you can check out the loveliness:

Blood is out July 31st. Pre-order now and get ‘Unstoppable’:

Inspiration Nation

A 102-Year-Old Harlem Renaissance Dancer Watches Herself on Film for the First Time

“I used to often say to myself that I am being paid to do something, that I enjoy and I would do it for free.”

-Alice Barker

This story shows two things: 1). There are still kind and generous people in the world, and 2). Being happy makes a person live for a long time.

David Shuff, a videographer, director, and editor spends his spare time volunteering at nursing homes with his therapy dog, Katie. Eight years ago, he met a woman named Alice Barker, whom he heard was a lovely leggy dancer back in the Harlem Renaissance era. She sashayed and shimmied at nightclubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends such as Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Sadly, Alice lost all of her memorabilia so she had no access to her work. So guess what this lovely man does? He teamed up with Jazz on Film to track down her footage.

Check out her heart-warming response and stories.

Source: Mashable

Music Break

Here’s a Quick, Beautiful Lesson on Black History

“Deep in my heart, I know everything is going to be alright. #AllLivesMatter,” states musician, Raury in the description of his new video “Fly”.

If you could stomach the news over the past year, you should be familiar with the current police brutality cases in the United States. It’s like some sick agenda that’s constantly being swept under the rug.

However, we have talented musicians like Raury and directors like Malia Murray, who team up to create works of art that allows us to reflect and gives us hope. In the visual for Fly, the viewers are given a quick Black History lesson. Through animation, we follow a young black man who hops into a history book to revisit gruesome and glorious highlights in African and African American history from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter.

Peep the video and share your comments below.

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WATCH: Tamia Brings Grown & Sexy to ‘Sandwich and a Soda’

Tamia has been in the game for two decades and she is still gorgeous, fresh-faced, and classy! Her latest single, “Sandwich and a Soda” shows that the crooner has the voice to handle an upbeat tempo and soul-stirring ballad. With a low-key, small community as her backdrop, she saunters through town in little-bitty shorts professing her love for her boo. The track is from her upcoming album, Love Life.