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OutKast Kick Off Coachella as Co-Headliner

Coachella kicked off this April 11th weekend with a slew of exciting acts: Lorde, Pixies, The Replacements, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Queens of the Stone Age, Motorhead, Calvin Harris,  Broken Bells, Haim, Neko Case, MGMT, Girl Talk, Foster The People,  Ellie Goulding,  Lana Del rey,  and many others.

But most exciting of all is none other than that ubiquitous duo, a reunited OutKast co-headlining the festival.  Hey ya!  Arcade Fire and Muse will also headline.  Big Boi tweeted in January about the honor: “Stank You Smelly Much!”

Other hip-hop acts to grace the stage this weekend include Pharrell Williams, Nas, Kid Cudi, Chance The Rapper, The Internet and newly minted Jhene Aiko.

The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival usually features a cross-pollination of musical styles as well as art installations and sculptures.  Originating when Pearl Jam boycotted venues controlled by Ticketmaster, Coachella embodies the spirit of freedom, fun and individuality.  Folks usually break out the camping gear and lather up on sunblock for a hot weekend in the sun. The festival also usually draws a number of celebrities each year: Katy Perry, Robert Pattinson and even Clint Eastwood were spotted last spring! Attracting over 80,000 people, Coachella is one of the largest, most famous and most profitable music festivals in the United States.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place April 11-13 and April 18-19 in Indio, California.  Passes / wristbands can be purchased and activated online at www.coachella.com.  Hey ya!


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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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