Former “The Voice” Contestant Reveals Secret

Mark Hood appears on Season 9 of NBC's The Voice. (Photo/ The Voice)
Mark Hood appears on Season 9 of NBC’s The Voice. (Photo/ The Voice)

Chicago native Mark JP Hood released his first single Mr. Greatest 2012. (Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Chicago native Mark JP Hood released his first single Mr. Greatest 2012. (Photo/Ciara Carnes)

Mark J P Hood, 27, was overcome with emotion halfway into our first interview, and it is easy to understand why. For the past 3 years, he’s been the popular R&B singer known for singles  “Make Up Love”, ” Falling For You” and “Aint Gonna Change”.  After gaining his own buzz Hood appeared on season 9 of NBC’s The Voice. Hood recently decided to put his career on the line  and acknowledge to his fans that he is gay.

Mark Hood visits V-103 station to talk about revealing his sexuality. (Photo/ Ciara Carnes)
Mark Hood visits V-103 station to talk about revealing his sexuality. (Photo/ Ciara Carnes)

Hood says, “I finally decided to come out because I couldn’t keep trying to be something that I wasn’t,” he tells me.

After Frank Ocean openly penned a letter to his fans about his sexuality several years ago many artist have decided to follow his lead. Homosexuality in the music industry is often kept secret to protect the artist profitability. Doug Peterson who is head of A&R at T.I.‘s Grand Hustle label says, “public relations teams,labels, artist development teams often tell homosexual artist to live by the don’t ask don’t tell policy.”

Mark Hood credits Usher, Michael Jackson and Prince as his musical inspirations. (Photo/Ciara Carnes)
Mark Hood credits Usher, Michael Jackson and Prince as his musical inspirations. (Photo/Ciara Carnes)

 

Mark Hood is known for his soulful lyrics and raspy melodic voice. (Photo/ Ciara Carnes)
Mark Hood is known for his soulful lyrics and raspy melodic voice. (Photo/ Ciara Carnes)

Hood accepts that his announcement could mark the end of his music career too, but he hopes it will signal a fresh start instead. He plans to continue making music and will release a new single later this year and hope all his fans continue to support him. For more information of Mark Hood be sure to follow him on Instagram @MarkJPHood.

Miroj Talks Working With Atlanta Producer Da System on Latest Single

Miroj debut project Beautiful Mind Ugly Confessions released on September 6,2016. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).
Miroj debut project Beautiful Mind Ugly Confessions released on September 6,2016. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).

Miroj might have a hot single burning up the airwaves with “Juke,” but that’s not stopping him from dropping more fire.

Miroj outside of the Da System's in-house studio located in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).
Miroj outside of the Da System’s in-house studio located in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).
Miroj is music is inspired by the youth and the issues they face in today's society.
Miroj is music is inspired by the youth and the issues they face in today’s society. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).

This past Friday September 9th he released a new track called “Elements” produced by Da System, and the Atlanta rapper, like on Juke holds back nothing and gives fans nothing but lyrical greatness. Da Systems says,” working with Miroj is something different for me, he isn’t your typical Atlanta artist so the beats that I create for him are a little bit more complex than the tracks that you might hear other Atlanta artist rap over.”

Miroj is known for his soulful hooks and raw lyrical content in his music. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).
Miroj is known for his soulful hooks and raw lyrical content in his music. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).
Miroj started rapping when he was 12 years old at Parkers Ridge Elementary school. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).
Miroj started rapping when he was 12 years old at Parkers Ridge Elementary school. (AP Photo/Ciara Carnes).

The single’s out now on Soundcloud.com For more information of Miroj be sure to follow him on on twitter at @Miroj_Satie.

Georgia State Panthers Kick Off Football Season Against Ball State University

The Georgia State marching band performs during the Panther Walk before the 2016 opening season game against Ball State.
The Georgia State marching band performs during the Panther Walk before the 2016 opening season game against Ball State.
The Georgia State cheerleaders performs during the Panther Walk before their game against Ball State.
The Georgia State cheerleaders performs during the Panther Walk before their game against Ball State.

Georgia State’s hopes of building momentum after this year’s media day was a second thought in this weeks 31-21 loss against Ball State during this passing Friday’s season-opening game in the Georgia Dome. In the 2016 opener we got to see just how different these two teams are.

Georgia State head coach Trent Miles greets fans prior to Ball State game at the Panther Walk.
Georgia State head coach Trent Miles greets fans prior to Ball State game at the Panther Walk.

The Panther’s offense struggled through the first three quarters under the lead of new starting quarterback Conner Manning. “We turned the ball over in the first quarter and we could not sustain any drives. We did not do anything on offense to help move the ball and protect our defense,” Georgia State head coach Trent Miles said.

Georgia State receiver Penny Hart runs after a catch in the first quarter of their game against Ball State.
Georgia State receiver Penny Hart runs after a catch in the first quarter of their game against Ball State.

The Panthers’ defense, consisting mostly of returning starters, played well through three quarters . Cornerback Jerome Smith had two interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown in the first quarter before it gave way under an accumulation of Ball State plays.

Georgia State Panther defensive end Carnell Hopson and Bobby Baker gang tackle Ball State wide receiver KeVon Mabon after a catch during their game Friday September 2,2016 at Georgia Dome.
Georgia State Panther defensive end Carnell Hopson and Bobby Baker gang tackle Ball State wide receiver KeVon Mabon after a catch during their game Friday September 2,2016 at Georgia Dome.

An inability to stretch Ball State’s defense with long passes, the seasons-lng problem of an inability to run the ball, combined with two turnovers, penalties and a critical error by the special teams contributed to the Panthers’ fourth loss in an opener in the past five seasons. The Georgia State Panthers look to bounce back next week September 10 ,2016 with there game against the Air Force Falcons.

Miroj Releases the First Installment of His #BMUC Documentary

 

 

With his new album, Beautiful Mind Ugly Confessions, due out September 6.2016, Miroj is picking up the promo. The Atlanta rapper is giving us a glimpse at who he is and his thought process with this video blog  #BMUC.

During this clip, Miroj once again talks about the process that goes into his new music, and how he wanted to give fans a complete body of work different from what his fans are used to. Miroj talks about his unique approach when making this mixtape. Miroj says, ” after my previous single Martial Arts not meeting my expectations it directly affected my approach in releasing this project.” Rather than working with multiple producers on the record Miroj links up with Atlanta heavy weight producer Da Kidd Half . Miroj says, ” I wanted my project to sound unified so i thought it was best to stick with one producer on this record.”

As with part one, Miroj spoke brief on what emotional elements he likes to portray in his music. Miroj says, ” I like to capture every emotion in my music…I always seek to speak the truth in my music about me and about society…”  With Miroj releasing more vulnerable music to closely connect with his fans many supporters are buzzing that this may be his best body of work yet. For more information about Miroj and the release of Beautiful Mind Ugly Confessions please follow @miroj_satie on Twitter.

Georgia State Panthers Host Football Media Day

One sure tell sign that the football season is in full affect  is when coaches and their respective teams host an open media day for fans and news outlets. During this time the coordinators will tell audience announcements and updates on their team. Some coaches also take the time to boost and brag on their team and pre claim this season championship. However, for Georgia State head Coach Trent Miles that is never the case. In a humbling fashion Trent Miles and his key players Keith Rucker, Penny Hart,Robert Davis and Bobby Baker tells realistic expectations of their team; which have changed over the years.

During the start of the day media and fans were allowed to sit in on there football practice to observe both offense and defense lines. In between drills fans were allowed to gather short interviews about this years football program. Mid-day Panthers faculty and students gather around to watch the annual blue and white game. The blue and white tradition is for freshman and sophomore players to compete against the more season players on the team. After the competitive game the football coordinators gathered all the media in the auditorium for a closing press conference.

During the press conference head Coach Trent Miles coined the phrase “Take the next step” as the Panthers 2016 season motto. The goal for 2016 for these Georgia State Panthers is to win the SunBelt Conference. As usual, it is a process and a one game approach that starts with the first game vs. Ball State in the Georgia Dome on 9/2.