Black Legends in Sports Entertainment: Boxing and the Impact of Ali

The sport of boxing for black boxers were personally influenced by racial injustice, instigated white riots and bias white press that only wrote crime news about blacks including any famous black athletes that encountered trouble with the law. During the rise of black boxers getting notoriety, from the beginning of the 20th Century, black legendary heavyweight boxers like Jack Jackson, once accused and arrested for violating the Mann Act and Joe Louis, who ran into legal issues with the IRS, paved the way for Muhammad Ali, who was convicted for willful refusal to submit to induction into the Armed Forces, continued the trailblazing legacy of black boxers whose image, sportsmanship and influence impacted the United States of America’s pop culture.

Since boxing is one of America’s oldest sport, even during a time when black people were being lynched, lawfully falsely accused with harsher penalties, and disrespected as a human being whose was considered a second class citizen due to racial discrimination across the world. During this phase in the United States of America, blacks were not respected as people in general but being a public black figure, like a black athlete for example, were treated a little better unless their reputation was in jeopardy and it made news in a negative way.

Jack Johnson is known to be the first black boxer to win a heavyweight championship and held this title from 1908 -1915, next another black boxer by the name of Joe Louis held the title from 1937 – 1949, and then Muhammad Ali held the title from 1932 – 1970.

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Ali became a famed and well-respected black boxer and he was known as, “The People’s Champ.” Ali, like the other black boxers before him, seemed to all be packed with diverse personality, fashion, style and poetic boasts. They’re personalities and charismatic attitudes towards using boxing are all similar in ways to how they drew an audience of fans, and people that admired them for being standouts in the sport of boxing.

Known as the most popular boxer of all time, Muhammad Al’s initial attitude, experience and desire to fight, came from his expressed feelings of dealing with ways to fight back when he was being bullied over a bike that was taken. Not knowing that fighting was a way for him to be introduced to professional boxing and learn the techniques to fighting. While still a young boy, it came in handy to get advice and guidance from a police officer and boxing trainer. This same officer who took young Ali’s, then named Cassius Clay’s police report from that stolen bike incident, lead him to boxing training.

During his adult career, Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight title is mostly known from him professionally boxing Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964 in Miami Beach, Florida.  At that time, Angelo Dundee, was the original owner who opened the famed 5th Street Gym, where Ali trained. He made Miami home and local residence of the black communities like Overtown and Liberty City’s Hampton House, carry clear memories of him walking the streets in the community, talking to people and even training around town.

Ali made it no secret that he wanted to use his celebrity profile to help black people’s environmental, social and economic disparity issues within this country and abroad. As he expressively voiced his concerns which were often intellectually verbalized, he captured the attention of local, state, and international leaders. At the same time, he was building a closer relationship between black communities by communicating their concerns publically in the media and on a national level. He is a black figure that represents black pride, culture and awareness across the world and used boxing to promote himself as a dominant leader whose earned his respect.

King of Street Lit: Author John Bryant Jr.

One of the most rewarding and life changing experiences for an aspiring journalist and news reporter is to interview a writer. Between a seven to ten-year span, writer, author, self-publisher entrepreneur, John Bryant Jr. says, “I love the life of writing.” He considers himself an urban fiction writer but when he started writing states, “I was called a black experience writer.” He later states, “Urban fiction writers write about what goes on in their community and a lot of people want to shield themselves from that reality.” His writings are from some personal life experiences merged with fictional storytelling. Black novelist like himself that are urban fiction writers today, collectively invite society into the world of black community life in ghettos across the world that have declined due to disparities. Bryant said, “This type of life that I write about surrounds us in the black community.” A written quote from him is on the back of each book cover says, “We are the forgotten people in the streets.” This reflects his commitment to inspire and open the eyes of mainstream American by writing and storytelling about black people living the black life experience.

Photo Credits: Jacqueline O.
Photo Credits: Jacqueline O.

Within the writer’s circle, a stand-alone term called, “Street Lit,” short for “street literature,” is used by black experience writers who reflect on the realities and lifestyles of actually growing up and living in Black American communities presently or in the past. The “street lit” genre’s written content usually incorporates stories that plagued the black communities with violence, guns, drugs and prostitution. It has its own language, a glossary of terms, and with minimum to no editing. Bryant said, “As a writer, writing isn’t the problem, being punctually correct as a writer can be a challenge and editing issues.” Blacks have a way of communicating with street codes and talk, to slang and made-up terms that they directly understand and relate to each other generally speaking. Bryant explained, “Writers need to be aware of plagiarism, paraphrasing and copyright protection, due to us distributing and exposing our works and ideas that can be easily stolen and infringed upon.”

Being a well-known self-published novelist and Miami writer, John Bryant Jr. states, “I’m the king of “street lit,” proudly from his home in the mist of Miami’s Historical Overtown, an all-black community. Currently, one of his career highlights is hosting a public group page on Facebook called, “We Love Urban Fiction.” The community of “street lit,” writers base their stories on one’s own life and shares it. Bryant validates this point by saying, “It’s actually a black experience novel.” He’s considered the authority on “street lit” to young black writers who follow his group and post their writings for him to review and offer feedback on. His environment of growing up in Rochester, New York’s Corn Hill Art District, influenced him to turn his attention towards art programs and focus on his academics, after being inspired by his older sister who always carried books and looked smart in his opinion. His turning point as a teenager was when he was exposed and then experimented with the street life. Bryant said, “At the age of 17, I was influenced by urban fiction writer Donald Goines and taught the school of hustling by real street hustlers.” Rerouted by lessons of the street life from street hustlers exposing him to women strippers and street workers, to pimping and later drug dealing, Bryant eventually overcame street life and embraced being blessed with a second chance because someone believed in him.

Bryant’s previous street image and fictional characters are a reflection of hip-hop music’s other genre, rap music. Rap music is lyrical fiction storytelling mixed with real life fantasies of the black experience dealing with drug dealing, prostitution, sex, pimping and murder. Bryant said, “But it isn’t reality, it’s more of a fictional account of what goes on.” For example, rap artist 50 Cent purchased Bryant’s first book titled, “Legends Story: The Tale of a Pimp,” and followed him on Twitter at one point. This shows how hip-hop music help shape the black experience expressions through lyrics and branding images.

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Photo Credits: Jacqueline O..

Today Bryant has self-published six books, which are displayed in Miami’s main library, sold on Kindle, has 6 videos on YouTube, while working on his seventh book titled, “The Internet Girls.” Bryant says, “After I met a real Internet pimp, I decided to write a fictional story on that lifestyle.” Bryant wants to continue to write as many books as he can and so far has titles and the stories to his upcoming books already in mind. Bryant explains, “My goal is to get stories I lived in print and help change the mind set of our people through my writings.” And explained that his novels have moral beginnings and endings, while the middle of his story deals with what really goes on, as Bryant puts it, “In the hood.”

Interview by: Jacqueline Oliphant, Entertainment Business, MS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami’s Historic Overtown Host First Annual REVOLT Film Festival

The historic black pioneer community of Overtown in the City of Miami host the first ever REVOLT Film Festival 2015.

Historic Overtown is known for entertainment and cultural events. Revolt TV and the City of Miami will help build a bridge to special music and entertainment events, alongside the Revolt Music Conference. Keith Clinkscales, CEO of Revolt TV said, “This partnership allows us to showcase that talent while providing an a opportunity for the local community to get involved.” The Lyric Theater in the Little Broadway district, at the Historic Overtown Folklife Village, known as their cultural and entertainment district, is the major center of entertainment. The Lyric Theater is home to literary, visual and performing arts events for tourist and residents.

Revolt TV is dedicated to providing a platform for young emerging talent by aiming to propel young filmmakers into the industry’s forefront and allow their work to be seen by professionals and executives. Young film directors between the ages of 18-25 years old showcase their talent in filming by competing on October 18, 2015 from 11am-7pm, at the Lyric Theater at 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. The festival spotlights up and coming international youth film directors. Kevin Rios, a Miami native was the finalist that won for his film, Made of Sugar. The kick-off event started with young talent poetry followed by the festival, then a conversation on gun violence in the community and concludes with an intimate reception hosted by City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon who said, “it’s a great pleasure to welcome Revolt TV to the Overtown community to showcase one rich cultural history and one promising destiny.”

2016 American Black Film Festival: Back on the Beach!

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), #ABFFBackToTheBeach, announced its return in the historical all-black community of Overtown, in Miami, at the Historic Lyric Theater. In attendance was the City of Miami’s Commissioner for Overtown, Keon Hardemon and representatives from the GMCVB.

This annual destination event will be exclusively held in South Beach this year, from June 15th to June 19th. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton located on the famous Lincoln Road Mall, and it will be presented by HBO, stated on the ABFF site. According to ABFF, this year’s festival will focus on entertainment technology and initiatives to grow the number of women filmmakers. The American Black Film Festival brings an international audience of black artists, entertainment executives, creative writers, musicians and film industry professionals together on Greater Miami’s South Beach for the largest gathering of black talent in the film and television industry. ABFF acts as a premier black talent promoter for people who work both in front of and behind the camera.

Untitled1The ABFF will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exciting line-up of film screenings, schedule of events, and networking opportunities. This year marks the start of ABFF’s three-year commitment to host the film festival in Greater Miami, specifically on South Beach. The festival showcases entertainment content made by – and about – people of African descent. The festival presents narrative feature films, documentaries, short films and web originals to a worldwide audience hereby rewarding diverse filmmakers among their peers and bringing them exposure, along with, The Office of Film Entertainment, who supports and promotes the film and entertainment industry in Florida.

Film Life, Inc. and Black Enterprise are producers of the American Black Film Festival and ABFF Ventures. These organizations work, which is to stimulate mutual business growth and advancement in the event and entertainment industries. The event’s founder and CEO (Jeff Friday) created the ABFF in 1997. Mr. Friday believes that black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts and this is why the festival is experiencing growth, generating sales, and gaining the attention of youth in film that want to jumpstart their careers. With a -three-year – commitment to the City of Miami, the ABFF festival will not only keep its current audience, but will also increase its awareness among the local film community and talent in Miami.

For more information on the hosting city, go to Miami Beach and for festival tickets and passes go to ABFF.

 

 

THE POWER OF PROMOTING “LIVE OVERTOWN!”

The new Live Overtown campaign powered and marketed by the Mosaic Group just started and wants phttp://www.southbeachurban.com/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=categoryeople to know that Miami’s Historic Overtown, which is one of Miami’s oldest pioneer all black communities, is ready and open for business. Their message is simple, they are inviting locals, and future residents to get involved to expand, relocate or open a new business in the heart of Miami’s growing downtown area. Overtown is encompassed around other popular communities like Bayside, Wynwwod, the Arts and Entertainment District and Mid-town. The future developments, plans and investment opportunities offer incentive programs to new and existing business owners. Along with pushing the Overtown Live campaign and promotion, they are offering Trolley tours to showcase what the plans for future business will include, from entertainment, eateries, bed-and-breakfast, beauty, barber and nail salons to jazz clubs. Ann Marie Sorrell, president of the Mosaic Group explains that, “The term Live Overtown is interchangeable because during the first phase of the campaign, the focus is on the lifestyle and business side of Overtown and then we will showcase the entertainment side of Overtown.” The entertainment phase of Overtown has historically been on public display at Overtown’s Lyric Theater, where a long list of black entertainers performed at talent shows and hosted special events put on by local popular promoters of black music and entertainment. The Live Overtown entertainment phase of their campaign project is an exciting moment in Overtown’s history and is planned to kick off during the annual Overtown Music & Art Festival scheduled for July 23rd of this year, which highlights the rich culture of the Overtown community with a purpose to increase and boost economic development by bringing together what Overtown has to offer to its community and neighboring communities. With their popular hash tag #LiveOvertown and marketing strategies, the attention towards this campaign will surely be one to watch out for in any social media platforms and local news.

 

By Jacqueline Oliphant, Entertainment Business, MS

Musical Artist Developing an Image

The image of a musical artist from each genre of music plays a big role in developing trends that are influenced through their art and talents. As we fans admire their displays of art, clothes, jewelry, hairstyles, haircuts, headgear, fashion, names and even their nail art, that image of which they are as an individual artistic talent showcasing to the world how different they are through their diverse images. This can play into branding and marketing, which can lead to income streams just because of their image and style. Companies want to market their products image to consumers of specific demographic fanbases that follow certain artist, especially in hip-hop music’s image. Hip-hop’s image is always trend setting, forward thinking and street inspired that spills over into mainstream. This heavy influential image of the hip-hop genre and industry takes part in fashion because of the way an artist wants to present themselves to their audience or their online presence. In the image and style of hip-hop and rap music’s artist, jewelry makes a statement about your image by displaying your status and investments of how far you’ll go to look good. When an artist makes a personal change in their appearance, for example the moment Rhianna changed her hairstyle and haircut to make a statement with red hair set a trend among black hair salons to copycat it because that image was hot at that time. When musical artist put together an image, it is good to consult a team of professionals to help you develop what your goal is and how you want to look and appear as a brand and an image. Make sure to include a plan and budget for boosting sales through your image and focus on selling your image as well as you music. This is a package deal and will help an emerging artist and/or established artist manage changes in their looks.

 

By Jacqueline Oliphant, MS in Entertainment Business

Music History and Talent in Overtown

Photo Credit: Edgy Elacin of Tip of the Edge Photography
Photo Credit: Edgy Elacin of Tip of the Edge Photography

Today with the popularity and influence of hip-hop music, Overtown has hidden talent in music, art and variety entertainment that brings exposure back to their community. Through the rise of technology advances, musicians have found a way to promote themselves through D-I-Y advertisement and bringing their online presence to life. Meet LaRoiya D. Jackson who loves rapping, known for her popularity, and being recognized for her music as “Kocane Blak,” in which started off as a joke by a schoolmate, but used to her benefit and it worked as a stage name. As a 23 year old female rapper and writer of music, she has been inspired by the history and culture of her own community in which she grew up in, alongside listening to Bone Thugs n Harmony and Easy-E’s music. By the fourth grade, she wrote her first rap book and has archived them since 2008 up until now. By the age of 13 she was recording and by 16 she was doing local live performances. Her voice recognition grew popularity when she started recording voice message raps for herself and her friends from school, to the streets, social media and even her hair clients. You can find her videos and music on YouTube, Sound Cloud, Fun For Mobile and other music download sites. Her dream is to work with Lil Wayne, Rhianna and Miley Cyrus and says she’s currently expanding her music into pop and dance so she can give her fans what they want. With the support of her sister, boyfriend, local community plus satisfying herself and as she puts it, “the man above,” she truly believes this is her time and her dreams are unfolding as planned. Being born and raised in Overtown has it perks and one of them is being apart of a musical history and legacy that prepared the path she’s on musically.

The community of Overtown is one of the oldest neighborhoods within the original boundaries of the City of Miami, but customs and laws segregated Overtown. It first began as “Colored Town” at the turn of the 20th century. Residents of Overtown were subject to Black Codes, which became Jim Crow laws that restricted the civil rights of black people in every phase of life throughout the South.

”Overtown was economically isolated, repressed and yet thriving,” says Marvin Dunn, historian and author of Black Miami in the Twentieth Century. “People were forced into a community of self-sufficiency and, to some degree, independence.”

Black entertainers who performed on Miami Beach could not bed or board there because of restricted social and racial segregation laws. However, Overtown became the home of The Lyric Theater, which is located in the district known as “Little Broadway. “ Little Broadway’s reputation for black entertainment and music was recognized through jazz and gospel acts. In the past, Overtown had entertainers like Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin that held an audience interest in their community.  Sam Moore of the legendary soul duo Sam and Dave, who hit the charts with Soul Man and Hold On, I’m Comin’, grew up in Overtown, who made it as a local and national talent.

A Recent Case Involving Defamation in Entertainment

Who Are The Parties In The Dispute From The Straight Outta Compton Film?

Gerald E. Heller, former NWA manager, an individual, is the Plaintiff.

The Defendants are: NBC Universal, Inc., director F. Gary Gray, O’shea Jackson (Ice Cube), Andre Young (Dr. Dre), The estate of Eric Wright (Easy E), Tomica Woods-Wright and the personal representative of the Estate of Eric Wright; Comptown Records, Inc., a corporation, Scott Bernstein, Legendary Pictures, Xenon Picture, Inc./Xenon Entertainment Group, Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus.

What Facts Led To Their Dispute?

The film, “Straight Outta Compton,” failed to get Jerry Heller’s consent, didn’t give him compensation, stole his work and tarnished his reputation, while actor Paul Giamatti portrayed him as the character “Jerry” in the film, according to https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2496618-heller.html.

The film portrayed Heller as being responsible for the break up of the rap group NWA, for taking advantage of the artists in the group, withholding about $75,000 from Ice Cube, said he was eating out at brunches while contracts were being drawn up and finalized, and that he was fired by Easy E.

He alleges misappropriation of likeness, tortious interference, breach of settlement agreement and copyright infringement, after entering a verbal contract with varies parties to collaborate on a book that the parties prepared, with at least four screen plays and two of them being titled, “Straight Outta Compton.” Heller believes the film was on those screenplays discussed and scenes from the film were based off the book to his works.

Identifying and Discussing the Legal Issues Involved

Straight Outta Compton is the largest grossing music story based film to date and a $110 million defamation lawsuit was filed against the producers of the film by Jerry Heller and his attorney Michael Shapiro. Heller is known as a successful and respectable business professional in the music industry functioning as both a creative and business executive. Members of Ruthless Records entered an exclusive recording contract and Ruthless Records arranged Heller to provide management services to the members, except for Ice Cube, to earn an industry standard of 20% commission rate. Under his contract, NWA was successfully managed. Ruthless Records also entered a series of exclusive music publishing contract with defendants, entitling Ruthless to a percentage of gross music publishing revenues generated by music compositions written in whole or in part by three artists in the NWA group, Easy E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. Heller believes NWA continued to generate an income from multiple streams.

In 2001, Heller entered into an oral contract for services to collaborate and write an original screenplay relating the story of Ruthless Records and NWA. At all times, the screenplay was Heller’s property, and in exchange for services the defendants were to receive equal credit and equal compensation as a writer and producer of any film based on the screenplay that he commissioned them to write. In 2006, Jerry Heller and his co-author wrote a published book entitled Ruthless, a Memoir, that is copyrighted. In 2015, the film, “Straight Outta Compton,” was released and he believes and alleges that the film is based on the screenplay drafted by the defendants and sold without his authority or consent, alongside being portrayed as the “bad guy,” in the film. Heller states a significant amount of the film’s content is factually accurate, converted and stolen from his copyright protected and published book and/or the screenplays that he owns
Has the case been resolved? If not, what do you expect will be the result?
On October 30th, of 2015, a defamation (libel and slander), trade libel, false light, misappropriation of likeness, intentional inference with a prospective economic advantage, negligent interference with a prospective economic advantage, breach of contract (settlement agreement), breach of oral contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing (oral contract), conversion and copyright infringement lawsuit was filed in Superior Court of the State of California, in the county of Los Angeles.
The future expectations of this case will depend upon facts that can be proven.

If in deed Jerry Heller and his legal team can prove that these allegations are true, the defendants will have to respond and pay what is owed, if not, this case brings to attention the fact that there are laws that will protect creative works, especially in the music entertainment business. It may also very pending the facts behind verbal verses written agreements and which one’s hold value and protection.

Miami’s Making of an Independent Rap Artist: The Introduction of Jalax!

 

About Rap Artist:   JALAX

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Introducing Miami’s independent and self made rap artist Jahari Oliphant-Williams as, Jalax. What makes this young man and emerging independent rap artist interesting, is that he captures a quick response with just about everyone that hears his style of music, and his listeners approves and applauded him for his new age unique lyrical style and beat combination, including his great grandmother Jewel Oliphant who stated, “He can rap and I like his music.” His artistic talent was noticed at an early age in pre-elementary school by one of his teachers who recommended that his parents place him in a specialized performing arts charter school because she thought he would excel better in an arts educational environment. As an experience and enrolled student of two different performing arts elementary schools in Tampa, FL, he was exposed to the arts, performing art and the entertainment educational experience. When he arrived to middle school, he participated in the drama club at Benito Middle School in Tampa, FL and tapped into his hidden talent of memorization. The talent sparked the emergence of being able to memorize scripts, which was noticed by his parents and encouraged by them to expand into other creative ways.

While a high school student, he turned his focus to learning the skills of a culinary arts program, and gained entry and acceptance in the newly Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, in Miami, FL. In 2012, after graduating from high school with honors and experience as a ProStart culinary arts student, he moved to Miami, FL and lived on South Beach with his mother for almost three years. This new environment and lifestyle motivated him to embrace what he was exposed to an inspired by with the hip hop celebrities and club scenes on South Beach. Jalax explained that, ”Creativity is everywhere,” and it shows that the South Beach and Overown community’s have been a special experience to his exposure as a local resident.

As a result, Jalax evolved in mid 2012 as a local independent artist, while being a full time culinary arts management student, plus working part-time, emerged with the support of local rap artist Fresh Aire, who has successfully drop his latest mixtape online October 13th of this year, which falls on Jalax’s birthday, titled “Urban Time Capsule.” Even Fresh Aire has been able to independently make three mixtapes and four music videos for his tracks, and now plans to come out with an album said, “Jalax is an artist who is eager to learn and get better with his craft. He is always striving for the next song to be his best work.” This exposure from local rap artist Fresh Aire lead Jalax to professionalize recordings, and lead him to an opportunity of working with local Miami music composer Bradley Davis stated, “Jalax writes lyrics very well and he has vision and awesome word play.” At the beginning of establishing his sound, he worked with Madd House Productions by KP.

Local Independent rap artist and music composers in Miami’s new music scene has proven that the underground hip hop scene is getting noticed with the help of social media and digital technology options for independent artist creating and keeping a fan base that can be self managed. This is supported by Jalax as he stated, “Live life and don’t let nobody stop your goals.” This affirms his beliefs about being successful in the rap music business and his future goals to make an album, while finishing his mixtapes. As an added value to his music business journey and career, he mentioned his mother gave him Don Passman’s, All You Need to Know About the Music Business book as a Christmas gift. Now he has gained the attention of his barber who is also a local Miami EDM Rap Artist known as, The Profe, noticed Jalax  music style and personally invited him to be apart of his team.

The image of developing artist like Jalax is centered around him building a brand and this is why he says,” Fashion is me, I’m fashion forward.” He believes that he has a unique look, which helps his personalized niched image as a branded hip-hop artist in the local Miami music scene. His style is influenced by artistry and styles of other hip hop artist like Wiz Khalif, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Big Sean  and ASAP  Rocky.

A Recap and Return of Revolt Music Conference

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On October 16th thru the 19th of 2014, Revolt Music Conference was launched in Miami Beach at the exclusive Fountainbleau Hotel where music industry business executives, artists and influencers gathered together for the purpose of navigating the music business traditionally and through digital technology, powered by music business education. The CEO of Revolt TV Keith Clinkscales said on http://prnewswire, “The purpose of the REVOLT Music Conference is to network, learn, and take advantage of the opportunities to be close to the industry’s biggest names.” As an All Access pass holder in 2014, I was given the opportunity to experience this first of its kind music conference. It was a packed field of people networking, special events and invitations, speeches, nightlife parties, pool parties, showcases and a mix of celebrities, artists and conference goers under one roof and for one purpose, to experience Revolt Music Conference first. The Revolt Music Conference is a good annual event to attend for those people who have any interest in the music business as a whole, especially for the local market of Miami and the beaches because it is so much musical talent and street performing that comes out of Miami and South Beach. Sean “Diddy” Combs stated on http://prnewswire, “I’m a resident of the City, I spend time off the beach in neighborhoods like Overtown and Little Haiti, and says that Miami is all about music, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs is the Chairman of Revolt TV and he carries a load of experience in the music industry with special emphasis on the hip-hop and rhythm/blues music genres. On October 15th thru the 18th of this year, Revolt Music Conference returned to Miami Beach’s Fountainbleau offering an All Inclusive, All Access, Weekender and Revolt Nation ticketing package. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Merging of Music, Technology and Innovations.” With a house full of international guest interested in getting what the trends are in music, learning the business of celebrity and engaging in panel discussions that break down topics in the music industry by keynote speakers and influencers, this will be the talk of the town. In welcoming the event to the City of Miami Beach, Sean “Diddy” Combs was given a key to the City and celebrated officially declaring “Revolt Music Conference Day,” as October 15th, from Mayor Phillip Levine. Combs said on http://prnewswire, “The conference is about investing in yourself, if you’re interested in the music industry, or if you’re interested in the media space, digital, if you’re a creator, this is where all that comes and merges together.”