DJ D-Nice Spreads Black Boy Joy With Star-Studded Virtual Dance Party
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The biggest virtual dance party is breaking the internet and spreading positive energy to cure our isolation blues.
During this time of crisis, a dance party is just what people need to lift their spirits and take their minds off the worries of coronavirus. Starting this past Monday, DJ D-Nice has been leading us every day in live daily jam sessions appropriately titled “Homeschool” from his Instagram page. His endless spins of old school classics have done wonders for fans and celebrities tuned in.
For those unfamiliar, DJ D-Nice is a musical legend that’s been spinning the greatest hits in Black culture for over 50 years. Since his days as a member of the pioneering Bronx hip-hop crew BDP, D-Nice has become a beloved figure in the music community.
His daily music happy hours, consisting of every genre from Hip-Hop and R&B to Go-Go, have united thousands of people around the world through the universal language of music. This Saturday, he hosted yet another daily jam session turning it into the biggest live dance party Instagram has ever seen, gathering over 100,000 viewers at one time including all the biggest stars in music, entertainment, and even politics.
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I never would’ve imagined that the best party I would create and DJ would be from the comfort of my own home. Homeschool is a thing! Yesterday was absolutely insane. The amount of artists and friends that virtually partied with me far exceeded my expectations. I’m feeling nothing but gratitude. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Thanks to all of you that supported. This has been a great way to keep our spirits high. Blessings! Sending some love to my family. Shout out to all of my industry execs! Much love to all of the artists! JLo, Drake, Naomi Campbell, De La Soul, Black Thought, Diddy, Bun B., Keri Hilson, Will Packer, Gabrielle Union, H.E.R., America Ferrara, Donnie Wahlberg, Uncle Luke, Russell Simmons, Dapper Dan, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Common, Lance Gross, Queen Latifah, DJ Clark Kent, Rich Medina, DJ Tony Touch, Stretch Armstrong, Traci Ellis Ross, Ne-Yo, Usher, DJ Premier, Swizz Beatz, NO I.D., Yvette Noel Schure, Erykah Badu, Fat Joe, Jay Electronica, PNB Rock, Nile Rogers, Fonzworth Bentley, Marisa Tomei, Michelle Williams, Victor Cruz, Karruenche Tran, Ciara, Daymond John, Angie Martinez, Groove Theory’s Bryce, Tank, Cam’ron, Ludacris, Fabolous, Dorian Missick, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tasha Smith, Jadakiss, Kwamé, Chris Spencer, Royale Watkins, Estelle, Bresha Webb, Jermaine Dupri, Vanessa Williams, DJ Aktive, Lee Daniels, Affion Crockett, MC Lyte, Ro James, D-Dot Angelette, Kenny Burns, Tika Sumpter, Marlon Wayans, Lauren London, Loni Love, Dallas Austin, June Ambrose, April Walker, Just Blaze, Kangol Kid from UTFO, Omar Epps, Keisha Epps, Roland Martin, Big Tigger, DJ Trauma, Lil Jon, Dule Hill, Jazmyn Simon, DJ Cassidy, Marsai Martin, Lance Gross, Anthony Hamilton, Young Guru, Lalah Hathaway, Carl Payne, Damien Hall, Denyce Lawton, Lennox Lewis, Niecy Nash, Mashonda, Erick Sermon, Jairobi, DJ Envy, DJ Enuff, Miles Brown, Lamann Rucker, Mark Brown, DJ VLuv, and more. Wow! #DNiceHomeschool #DNicePhotography #SelfPortrait.
The star-studded live music marathon had all the A-list celebrities in the industry joining the party from the comfort of their living rooms with the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Black Thought, Diddy, Will Packer, Gabrielle Union, H.E.R., Uncle Luke, Russell Simmons, Dapper Dan, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Common, Queen Latifah, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ne-Yo, Usher, DJ Premier, Swizz Beatz, Erykah Badu, Fat Joe, Jay Electronica, Michelle Williams, Victor Cruz, Karrueche, Ciara, Angie Martinez, Tank, Cam’ron, Ludacris, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Estelle, Jermaine Dupri, Vanessa Williams, Lee Daniels, Affion Crockett, MC Lyte, Ro James, Marlon Wayans, Lauren London, Loni Love, Just Blaze, Omar Epps, Roland Martin, Big Tigger, DJ Trauma, Lil Jon, Marsai Martin, Lance Gross, Anthony Hamilton, Lalah Hathaway, Carl Payne, Niecy Nash, DJ Envy and many more. Even accounts for Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Oprah Winfrey dropped in on the fun.
D-Nice was “fangirling” like crazy when he saw her join live then played a whole @JanetJackson set. Like 5 of her songs back to back. 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
D-Nice: “One of my favorite artists is in here, Janet Jackson,”
— ░ ░ CH A M E L E O N ░ ░ (@Chameleon876) March 22, 2020
Many other stars have joined his previous sessions showing their love to his mission. Following his Friday session, he uploaded a post captioned “I can’t believe that I started the Home School social distancing dance party just four days ago and it’s become a place for us to virtually dance together and stay connected.”
The past few weeks have been trying for everyone around the world. Celebrities, influencers, and everyone in between have been looking for out-of-the-box ways to encourage one another in the midst of this global crisis. DJ D-Nice is no different being more than determined to jam us out of this pandemic one live session at a time.
The legendary spinmaster might have broken Instagram’s record of having the most users on a live session at once. Saturday’s live session began at 2 pm PST and lasted well into the night. Although he joked that he was going to try and host the party for 24 hours straight, D-Nice lasted longer than any of us imagined ending it around the 10-hour mark after premiering Childish Gambino’s new music. “It’s a worldwide party,” he said at one point. “We need love right now.”