REVIEW: Holler If Ya Hear Me: Tupac Shakur on Broadway

As a Tupac fan and lover of QUALITY Hip Hop, I am so excited about this production!

TIME

The first thing people are likely to notice when they walk into the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where the new Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me has just opened, is a lot of empty seats. Most of the orchestra section has been cleared out, and a new tier of stadium-style seating erected just above it, connecting with the mezzanine to make a smaller, more intimate theater space. But what about those unused seats? A refuge, I wondered, for the old-fogy theatergoers who might wander in by mistake and get driven out by the rough language, the rap music, the hard-edged ghetto ambience, the N-word?

Rap music and Broadway have had only passing encounters over the past two decades. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning In the Heights used rap music as a narrative device and a few off-Broadway shows — like the Shakespeare send-up The Bomb-itty of Errors and Matt Sax’s…

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Down-To-Earth Diva: Mariah Carey Wore An Evening Gown On The NYC Subway (PHOTOS)

AHHHH!!! I’m loving Mariah EVEN MORE now!

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2014 Fresh Air Fund Honoring Our American HeroMariah Carey! She’s just like us! Except way more rich, and way more glamorous.

Yesterday, she attended the Fresh Air Fund Gala looking pretty perky with her other favorite set of twins on full display on the red carpet, in a very low-cut Atelier Versace gown paired with Chanel gloves.

But afterward, Mariah decided to do what the New Yorkers do–take public transportation and give her limo driver the evening off, we presume.

She was “underdressed” anyway, so why not?

But her Sergio Rossi shoes were definitely not a practical choice.

They couldn’t stop the Elusive Chanteuse from having a “joyride on the 1 train,” where she and Jermaine Dupri had a grand ol’ time…

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After she served “#subwayincouture.”

Mariah Carey On The Subway

Hahaha, Mariah, you’re just so down to earth.

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Getty

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See The NYC Hot Spot Where Cartergate Took Place

Travel spot, maybe!?

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TOS5 The fireplace where Jay-Z sat at Top of The Standard NYC. Best seat in the house.

A while back, I was in NYC on business and stopped by The Standard Hotel’s restaurant/lounge, “Top of the Standard” for a little pleasure.  Little did I know that the NYC hot spot, formerly known as The Boom Boom Room, would become the center of one of the biggest pop culture scandals–Cartergate.  I sat by the same fireplace as Mr. Carter and rode the same elevators where he caught a beat down from his sister-in-law.  It occurred to me, that you might be interested to see the beautiful place where something so ugly went down.

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Obama At New 9/11 Museum: ‘Nothing Can Ever Break Us’

I just watched the dedication online and I was deeply inspired by the President’s words.

CBS DC

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama says no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. He says, quote, “Nothing can ever break us.”

Obama is speaking at the dedication in New York for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. He says this museum tells the story of 9/11 so that future generations will never forget.

Obama says it’s a moment to reflect on the true spirit of 9/11 and enshrine it forever in the nation’s heart. He says that spirit encompasses love, compassion and sacrifice.

Obama is praising the men and women who helped save lives in the attack, including those who gave their lives in the effort.

He says the deceased live on in us and in their friends and families.

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Underdog ‘Rocky’ The Musical Proves To Be A Broadway ‘Hit’

Yes, you read that correctly! Rocky IS a Broadway HIT!

CBS Detroit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Since its premiere as a movie in 1976, Rocky has been an icon of the American working-class hero.

So when Sylvester Stallone decided to remake his Oscar-winning movie into a musical, even the show’s director, Alex Timbers, wondered if it could work.

“It definitely sounded, I think to me and also to the writers, an unlikely idea,” he told CBS New York’s Kristine Johnson.

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Timbers — at 35, already a Broadway veteran — admitted he had not even seen the “Rocky” movies before being hired to lead the Broadway show.

“I thought it actually was an asset,” he said. “You treat the script like a dramatic text, so I went to the New York Public Library, and I spent three days pulling pictures, like, ‘This is what the boxers look like,’ ‘This is what Philadelphia looks like.'”

“Rocky” was…

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