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INTERVIEW WITH KON LIFE RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST:
SAM KLEF & DEMARKO
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UFE-TV & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO had the opportunity to interview 2 new AMAZING artist! Both artist Demarko & Sam Klef was recently signed to KON LIVE records. We sat with Akon, and both artist separately to discover how they met, what to expect in the future, what Akon likes about both of them, and the current state of music in 2017 in their opinion. We also had the chance to capture moments and create memories from Demarko’s new song & video (watch the clip above). We were on set for the video, had the opportunity to interview them while on set, and we create a whole epic experience.
T MARIE’S 1ST ANNUAL ALL WHITE PORTY
UFE-TV ACCESS & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO was granted access into T Marie’s Blessed Tresses, an all white affair1st annual charity Yacht Fundraiser, which took place from Lake Lanier. This epic event was hosted by Bravo’s Tv’s Married to Medicine Genise Shelton, and DJ Waffles was on the 1’s & 2’s. Many gathered to have a great time in their all white, and we even celebrated a birthday.
Guest were complimented with drinks of choice, and a food ensemble you wouldn’t believe. Needles to say, everyone ate good, and drank good the entire time, which always ensure a great time, when with great energy & people. This was also a great networking opportunity with an amazing people, and such an awesome scenery! We can’t wait to be apart next year!
ATL LIVE IN THE PARK
UFE-TV & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO was granted access into ATL LIVE IN THE PARK. Shanti Das & Marlon Nicoles has done it again for the July episode of this show. This month’s performers included: HERO THE BAND, JK HOWELLS, & KARI EPPS.
Kari Epps was the 1st performer, and she gave us a dope show! She performed a mixture of cover songs, and originals and engaged the crowd nicely. Hero The Band showed out on stage with original music, and ended with a purple rain medley from prince, which was totally awesome. JK Howell sarrinated the crowd with his soulful voice, and he performed also a minute of covers and originals. The food, drinks, and photo ops were awesome, and we look forward to another amazing event next month.
Pretty Girls Fit Fest
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Recently in Atlanta, TIME 2 SHINE RADIO attended an event: Pretty Girls Fit Fest presenting 2Chainz’s ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’ Release dropped June 16,2017. The atmosphere was uplifting with the trap music keeping the ladies motivated and their determination to stay pretty while getting fit.
There were three 45-minute workout sessions led by a few well-known cardio instructors. Facts: Mr.Guru of abs, had those pretty women’ spirits lift, who wouldn’t want to fulfill their full potential with all that man instructing you. Pretty and sweaty, these ladies were bouncing to the vibes of music, posing for the camera and making sure they were correctly positioned for each workout.
Guru of Abs definitely had some women stuck (LOL), and wasn’t moving to the next routine. As a media influencer, TIME 2 SHINE RADIO stood in the foregrounds, speaking with vendors, which provided the beverages for the event, spent time posting flyers on social media, and captured photos from various angles to promote the event.
ATLANTA VIP’s CELEBRATE SEASON 4 PREMIERE OF
TV ONE’S “RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL”
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(ATLANTA, GA) – June 2017 – Atlanta VIP’s gathered at Atlantic Station Regal Cinemas to celebrate the season four premiere of the hit TV One docu-series “Rickey Smiley For Real.” The live-watch party was hosted by Rickey Smiley and the cast of “Rickey Smiley For Real.” Following the packed to capacity screening, Rickey Smiley conducted a brief Q&A with attending members of the press.
In attendance included: Da Brat, Headkrack, Juicy, Gary with the Tea, Porsha Williams, Cornbread, Ed Lover, Willie Moore Jr., Meelah, Tommie Lee, Reese Odum, Mike Merrill, Melissa “DJ M” Scott, Gocha Hawkins, 1K Phew, Reec, Diallo Thompson and more.
TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real” airs Tuesday’s at 8/7c. Watch the season four sizzle reel here: CLICK HERE
LEVEL V UNPLUGGED ALL WHITE AFFAIR
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UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the Level V unplugged all white affair. This upscale Level V ATL venue is located in the heart of Buckhead, at 2101 Tula street, Atlanta, GA, and many came out to network, enjoy unlimited food, open bar, and most of all: great live music by The Queen of Indie Soul, Phillipia Williams and the her band “The Phixx.” The SONGSTRESS & her band was KILLING! Stay tuned in for the video footage, for you all are in for a treat if you were not n the building. This all white affair was hosted by Kiss 104.1’s Sasha The Diva. On the 1’s & 2’s was none other than one of Atlanta’s top Dj’s, Dj Fadelf. S/O To EPI Media Group!
MAKAILAH’S SWEET 16 IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA
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UFE-TV ACCESS WAS GRANTED to witness this epic sweet 16 birthday party for Makailah! As many gathered to be part of history at this awesome extravaganza at 191 Peachtree Street on the 49th floor loaded in downtown Atlanta. There were complimentry food & drinks throughout the night, dance floor, a live DJ, and plenty of photo ops.
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B.O.B SILENT LISTENING PARTY
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into B.O.B.’s silent listening party! This dope event took place at 393 Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta. Special guest, VIP’s, and fans gathered for this awesome celebration, as we all have been waiting 4 years for an album. B.O.B has been working hard. Everyone was treated to complimentary drinks and food, as they collected a pari of headphones to listen to the album.. silently!
It’s safe to say that’s it’s officially B.O.B. season! The super-versatile Atlanta musician dropped his ETHER album, a 12-track amazing project featuring plenty of Bobby Ray’s dynamic musical stylings and features from rappers like T.I, Lil Wayne, Usher, Young Thing, Big K.R.I.T., Young Dro and Cee-Lo Green.
The first real promotion for Ether began last fall, when B.o.B dropped “4 Lit,” a mellow banger featuring himself, T.I. and Ty Dolla $ign. He put out a video for the track last month as a teaser.
That’s really just the beginning for B.o.B, though. Throughout his time in the spotlight, the rapper’s been pushing boundaries with his approach to music and his willingness to tackle different topics. You can listen to the full extent of B.o.B’s range by checking out both the Ether tracklist and the album itself below. You can purchase the project on >> iTunes << now.
B.o.B’s Ether Tracklist
1. “Fan Mail”
2. “E.T.” feat. Lil Wayne
3. “Middle Man”
4. Peace Piece Feat. Big K.R.I.T
6. “Xantastic” Feat. Young Thug
7. “Tweakin” Feat. Young Dro & London Jae
8. “4 Lit” Feat. T.I. & Ty Dolla $ign
9. “Substance Abuse”
11. “I Know” Feat. Wurld
12. “Big Kids” Feat. Cee Lo & Usher
Listening Party For Organized Noize EP
Featuring Big Boi, 2 Chainz & More
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UFE-TV Access was granted to this awesome experience! The Listening Party for Organized Noize took place at the B Loft In Atlanta, GA, and many supporters and fans were up close and personal to be apart of History. Throughout Organized Noize legendary career, the production team never released a project of their own. They were so busy helping the artist around them, that they didn’t even focus on self. They are responsible for many hit songs/singles in the southern hip-hop community. The Dungeon Family trio has released the Organized Noize EP, their first official release as a group.
The EP is self-titled, and features seven tracks designed to showcase the production skills of Ray Murray, Rico Wade and Sleepy Brown. Organized Noize collaborated with Dungeon Family members CeeLo, Big Rube, Big Boi, Joi along with Scar & 2 Chainz.
Have you seen the Netflix documentary about their illustrious run? It was really an eye opener to those who did not know their story. The Art of Organized Noize, which can be streamed now on Netflix, tells the story of the production team’s ascent in the music industry. The film gives viewers a glimpse behind the curtain at the three men responsible for classics like OutKast’s “Player’s Ball,” Goodie Mob’s “Cell Therapy,” TLC’s “Waterfalls” and Cool Breeze’s “Watch for the Hook.”
The EP Listening party was flooded w/ VIP’s, supporters and fans throughout the night, as the music played. The event was sponsored by Martell. Organized Noize & other Dungeon Family affiliates took many photos with everyone that asked, and UFE-TV was happy to be apart of history.
Check out the tracklist and Spotify stream for the Organized Noize’s EP below. You can also purchase the project on iTunes.
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TIME 2 SHINE RADIO INTERVIEWS SHABAZZ THE OG IN ATLANTA GA ON HIS
“IS IT WORTH MY LIFE?” TOUR
We had the opportunity to interview Shabazz the OG, of Floyd Maywehater’s “The Money Team.” It was such an honor and a pleasure, and comes to find out he’s from our hometown: Philly. His story is so surreal, and it’s amazing how in touch he is with his followers on social media, and his impact on them, and the youth and audience he inspires is like no other. He’s a humble guy, and he lives by three qualities that attributes his success: honesty, loyalty, and accountability. We asked them about those in the interview, so make sure you check out the video of the interview here.
If you are unfamiliar with Shabazz The OG, or his work, his bio is below:
Shabazz The OG is no stranger to being real and understands the power of social media. The path to success was not always the right choice as Shabazz would learn, however he realized that he acquired three qualities that attributed to his success: honesty, loyalty, and accountability. Shabazz holds nothing back from his followers, knowing his extreme honesty is what they need in order to be inspired. Anyone within listening range stops to listen to what Shabazz has to say. His followers have begun to call him the voice of reasoning, someone who tells it like it is. Shabazz’s realness is felt personally by each of his followers and the responses he’s receives from one post alone is overwhelming with comments of admiration and praise.
Through his Instagram he has created his own online family, a place where his followers feel safe and get advice. Shabazz is the person you look for when you’re not sure what to do; you have lost self love, or just need someone to tell you today is YOUR day. He is one of those positive social media influencers that can help change the world. Shabazz’s purpose going forward is to continue touching lives and helping his followers better themselves. Never apologizing for his “tell it like it is attitude”; because he’s seen it all, did most of it, and cares about none of it. The only thing that matters is GETTING TO TOMORROW.
FREEDOM FROM FIBROIDS SCREENING
FEATURING CYNTHIA BAILEY
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UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the screening for “Freedom From Fibroids” by Dr. John Lipman. Over a million women in the United States suffer with fibroids in silence. They don’t want a hysterectomy but are unaware that there is a non-surgical outpatient procedure that can give them their life back as well as allow them to avoid surgery and keep their uterus !
The procedure is called Uterine Fibroid Embolization, and this film was a documentary that was well put together by no other than Dr. John Lipman Himself. Many women across the globe have fibroids, and this procedure displayed in this film is a noninvasive way to treat the fibroids without having surgery. Guest & VIP’s enjoyed jazz, dinner, and drinks before the screening, which also gave time for everyone to network, and meet and greet.
Vivica A. Fox Awarded Woman of The Year at Sheen Magazine’s Kimmie Awards Black Tie Gala
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UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the evening of Sheen Magazine’s Legendary Weekend. The red carpet was full of elite talented individuals from actors, to business owners, fashion, hair and make up, to entertainers. This event is definitely a staple in Atlanta, because of the talent and awards given. The brand brings out elite guests and the networking is always awesome. The third annual gala hosted its first Kimmie Awards as a celebratory reception for the founder and publisher, Kimberly Chapman, in which creatives and business-oriented professionals were honored in their perspective fields.
The Women’s Empowerment Network
The President Barack Obama’s Lifetime Achievement Award Exclusive Luncheon
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What an awesome event! This past weekend, The Women’s Empowerment Network, founded by entrepreneur, fashion designer, and star of Bravo’s “Married To Medicine”, Lisa Nicole Cloud did her thing! pMany were in attendance to The President Barack Obama’s Lifetime Achievement Awards during a private luncheon at The Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead.
The key note speaker was none other than billionaire entrepreneur, Dr. Michael V. Roberts. His speech was like no other, and he spoke with such richness and humility. We took many photos on the red carpet, and also of the vent itself. Invited guest ate a salad, a delicious dish, and cheesecake for desert. The networking opportunity was endless with leaders, business owners, politicians from all over.
Honorees were presented with gift bags with items from sponsors including Ultimate Moroccan Argan Oil, Moni B Cosmetics, Virtue Beauty Skin Care, Spoiled Naturally, Keeping Your Dreams Alive Entertainment, and Lisa Nicole Collection. The Women’s Empowerment Network honored 25 amazing leaders from across the nation with The President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award for their exemplary volunteer services. Each recipient has greatly impacted the community in a positive way.
Actor, Humanitarian and the COO of Hosea Helps (Formerly Hosea Feed The Hungry)
Alissa R. Jones
Founder and CEO of Survivors With Voices Foundation.
Dr. Christopher Chappell
Entrepreneur, Author, Pastor and Founder of Grace Community Christian Church.
Reverend Claudia Coifed
Reverend at Holly Springs United Church of Christ.
Certified Life, Christian, and Business Coach
Actress, CEO of Hosea Helps (Formerly Hosea Feed The Hungry) and the daughter of activist Hosea Williams and State Representative Juanita T. Williams.
Gregory Levett Sr.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Homes and Director of Dekalb Regional Healthcare System Inc.
John Hollins, Jr.
President of the 100 Black Men of DeKalb County and Sr. Account Executive with CBS 46 TV.
Author, entrepreneur, life coach, and Pastor.
Political mentor, John Maxwell Certified Coach and the CEO of Fearless Women Rock.
Dr. Myla Bennett
Board certified plastic surgeon, skin care expert, entrepreneur and owner of Ederra Bella Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa.
Dr. Rashad Richey
The country’s youngest nationally syndicated radio personalities on News and Talk 1380 WAOK- CBS Radio and The People’s Station V-103, business owner, community advocate, gang expert/deprogrammer and serves the U.S. State Department.
Dr. Renata W. Hannah
A John Maxwell Certified Executive Coach, Teacher and Speaker.
Ordained Evangelist and Certified Professional Life Coach
Dr. Shoanmarie Pope
Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, Health & Wellness Expert, and
Sophia White is an original talent and volunteer. She has been a volunteer with the Sickle Cell Foundation for over 20 years.
Dr. Sonja Stribling
Life and business coach and Founder and CEO of Next Level Living 2.0.
Published author, speaker, coach, licensed minister and blog talk radio talk show host.
Business expert, professional ballroom dancer, owner of Level V event space and co-owner of Premier Learning Center
Judge Wanda Dallas
Attorney and Judge
ROLLING OUT LAUNCHES REALITY CHECK SERIES WITH HOST CHRISTAL JORDAN
(Atlanta,GA) Rolling Out, the premiere urban digital and print publication recently launched a new series entitled, Relationship reality check hosted by pop culture analyst and entertainment publicist Christal Jordan. After years of teaching celebrities how to interact with media, Jordan comes from behind the camera to have “real conversations” with celebrities and social influencers about everything from romantic relationships with their upcoming projects and social issues. “As a media trainer and publicist I know how boring and mundane most promo interviews become for celebrities. They are answering the same questions over and over again about upcoming projects. We like to give celebs the opportunity to have real conversations that are entertaining for their fans and allow them to showcase different aspects of their personality that they often don’t get a chance to show doing most press runs,” Jordan says.
A recent segment with Love and Hip Hop alum Karlie Redd went viral when
“Overall we want this to be an opportunity for celebs and social influencers in the market to be able to visit rollingout in a laid back atmosphere and to have a real conversation that resonates with fans and provides shareable content,” Jordan says. “Relationships are a topic that never grows old and today’s landscape is so interesting and people are open to living their lives in very non-traditional ways. We want to incite conversation that relates to our community.
Relationship reality check will air on Rollingout.com on Monday nights starting at 7PM EST.
View our favorite Relationship Reality Check videos here:
Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat & “The Rap Game”
Cast Kick Off #SoSoSUMMER17 @ Press Conference in Atlanta
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(ATLANTA) – March 2017 – UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to the #SOSOSUMMER2017 Tour Press Conference. Well, So So Def, Scream Nation and Live Nation hosted a press conference at Topgolf Atlanta Midtown to formally announce the upcoming “Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour” featuring the stars of the hit Lifetime series “The Rap Game.”
So So Def CEO and “The Rap Game” executive producer Jermaine Dupri, rapper and radio/tv personality Da Brat and Scream Nation CEO Michael Mauldin were on hand to share details on the teen concert tour and to present the performers: Miss Mulatto (winner, Season 1 of “The Rap Game”), Mani (winner, Season 2 of “The Rap Game”), Lil Key (Season 2 cast), J.I. the Prince of NY (Season 2 cast), Nia Kay (Season 2 cast), Supa Peach (Season 1 cast), Nova (Season 3 cast), Deetranada (Season 3 cast) and King Roscoe (Season 3 cast).
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“Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour” begins May 25 in Louisville at the Louisville Palace, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Memphis, and many more. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24 at livenation.com. Complete tour dates and cities below:
Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour
|Thu May 25||Louisville, KY||Louisville Palace|
|Fri May 26||Detroit, MI||Fox Theatre|
|Sun May 28||Chicago, IL||Chicago Theater|
|Thu Jun 01||Norfolk, VA||Chrysler Hall|
|Fri Jun 02||Columbia, SC||Township Auditorium|
|Sat Jun 03||Baltimore, MD||Pier Six|
|Sun Jun 04||Cleveland, OH||State Theatre|
|Wed Jun 07||St Louis, MO||Peabody Opera House|
|Fri Jun 09||Indianapolis, IN||Murat Theatre|
|Sat Jun 10||Charlotte, NC||Ovens Auditorium|
|Sun Jun 11||Raleigh, NC||Raleigh Memorial (Duke Energy Center)|
|Thu Jun 15||Richmond, VA||Altria Theater|
|Fri Jun 16||New York, NY||Beacon Theatre|
|Sat Jun 17||Washington DC||DAR Constitution|
|Thu Jun 22||Atlanta, GA||Wolf Creek Amphitheater|
|Sat Jun 24||Houston, TX||Revention Music Center|
|Sun Jun 25||Dallas, TX||Music Hall Fair Park|
NICK CANNON & “IT’S A MOVIE” PRIVATE LISTENING PORTY
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UFE-TV ACCESS WAS GRANTED INTO ANOTHER DOPE EVENT! NICK CANNON’S LABEL THE NCREDIBLE GANG PRESENTED presented a private listening session for the new up & coming artist named “It’s a Movie” from College Park. We asked him how did he link with Nick Cannon, and and It’s a Movie said that he tagged him in one of his video, and Nick contacted him, and the rest is history. They’ve been on tour, and have gained many fans across the Globe.
This event took place at the M Bar 186 Auburn Ave in downtown Atlanta, and the place was packed. VIP guest were treated like royalty when coming in the door, we were given 2 drink tickets, and enjoyed a complimentary meal by Chef Blake. The menu options included mac and cheese, string beans, lobster, steak, shrimp & chicken. Both Nick Cannon & It’s a Movie were very hospitable, took photos with everyone, did drops and interviews with no problems, and they really enjoyed mingling with the crowd. Every received a rate sheet, and rated the 5 songs It’s a movie played, and networked the rest of the night.
First Annual Barbernomics Barber Expo
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UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the 1st Annual Barbernomics brought to you by Marcus Media and Barbernomics. This extravaganza was at Mansion Elan on Claremont Rd, and hosted by Love & HipHop Atlanta’s Young Joc. There were many familiar faces, the food layout was awesome, and so was the networking. Invited guest were able to walk around to each vendor’s table to sample products, and collect contact information. There were also some barber competitions going on to showcase various levels of talent, and the crowd was definitely happy to watch and be involved.
DUTCH MASTERS BURNS SLOW AT SXSW WITH COALITION DJs
Dutch Masters partnered with Coalition DJs to host one of the biggest music events during SXSW. Held at 311 Club in the heart of Austin’s party district, the second annual South x Coalition Stage featured music by the Coalition DJs and a number of performing artists. The 311 Club allowed the crowd close access, and an opportunity to vibe with each of the performers.
Rapper Quan Vito brought his original sound with “9213” and “New Thang” and had the crowd feeling his flavor along with Twan Da Dude and his team, who also proved to be another early crowd favorite. While partying to non-stop performances, guests received Dutch Masters swag and took pictures with the lovely Dutch Masters spokesmodels.
It was a night that gave extra meaning to Dutch Masters’ trending hashtag #burnslow. As each performer brought their own unique sound, things slowly escalated, and kept getting better. Ace Hood raised the party up a notch by sending the crowd home feeling energized and knowing that they’d been at a show that delivered great music in a cozy club atmosphere, and motivated to burn slow.
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BWFN “Untold Stories” Awards Luncheon
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recognized along with her husband, actor Dondre Whitfield, with the “Power Couple” Award for their dedication to promoting positive images of black love and family throughout their careers.
MS. JUICY BIRTHDAY PORTY RECAP
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UFE-TV ACCESS was invited to attend MS Juicy’s Birthday party from the Ricki Smiley Morning Show, and Little Women of Atlanta. It’s always a great time when attending events, to capture the moments, and create the memories. In attendance were celebrities, friends, and family came out, and everyone had an awesome time. The theme was Purple and Gold Royal, and this Birthday Celebration for the Queen of Atlanta Boo for Ms Juicy was dos def an experience.
ESSENCE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ITS NEW PODCAST: “YES, GIRL!”
ESSENCE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ITS NEW PODCAST: “YES, GIRL!”
PREMIERE EPISODE LAUNCHES ON MARCH 9TH
Essence Partners with Audio Entertainment Leader DGital Media to Launch New Weekly Podcast Series
March 7, 2017 (New York, NY)—Essence, the number one media brand dedicated to African-American women,takes Black Girl Magic to another level with the launch of its much-anticipated new podcast, Yes, Girl! The weekly series—in partnership DGital Media, the innovative creator of high quality, on-demand audio entertainment—will premiere on Thursday, March 9th, and will be available to subscribe and listen to on-demand on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and more distribution outlets. The show allows Essence editors to marry two things that they love: podcasts and buzzworthy interviews with bold, beautiful and brilliant women of color.
Hosted by Essence editors Cori Murray and Yolanda Sangweni—along with relationships editor and resident “love guru” Charli Penn—this “audio lovefest” will reveal intimate musings from each host who “go there” on everything from finding love, dating after divorce, race relations, as well as riffs on celebrity, pop culture and more.Yes, Girl! will also feature aspirational conversations with celebs and influencers, including: TV personalitiesTamron Hall and The Real co-host Loni Love; actresses Uzo Aduba, Niecy Nash, Regina Hall, Danai Gurira and Yvonne Orji; hit TV series Power creator Courtney Kemp; celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble and more.
“The launch of Essence’s Yes, Girl podcast will allow us to engage an even wider audience,” said Vanessa De Luca, Essence Editor-in-Chief. “Cori, Yolanda and Charli are ready and willing to give our listeners the content they crave. From their take on the juiciest buzz to chats with stimulating guests, our subscribers will be longing for more from us every week!”
“DGital Media is proud to partner with Essence on a key demo in the space that is both underserved and growing,” said Chris Corcoran Chief Content Officer, DGital Media. “We believe the conversations that will arise from Yes, Girl will be both entertaining and newsworthy.”
The first episode will feature interviews fresh off red-carpet season, including celeb duo Remy Ma and Papoose—whose love story will give listeners #RelationshipGoals—and more. For more details on Yes, Girl!, visitEssence.com. Subscribe now via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify, and RSS. Follow Yes, Girl! hosts via Instagram and Twitter: Cori Murray (@corimurray); Yolanda Sangweni (@YoliZama) and Charli Penn (@ManWifeDog).
ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 21.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.
About DGital Media
DGital Media (www.DGitalMedia.com) is a leading innovator and creator of on-demand audio entertainment in sports, business, tech, comedy and news. DGital Media’s growing list of programming partners includes Recode, Fortune, The UFC, Yahoo Sports, IMG, Fox Sports Digital, The Vertical, Sports Illustrated, Time, Learfield, The MMQB and Crooked Media, among others, and features some of the most influential voices in sports, comedy, tech, and news, including Adrian Wojnarowski, Jon Favreau, Kara Swisher, Tony Kornheiser, Peter King, JJ Redick, Jim Norton, Albert Breer, Sherrod Small, Katie Nolan and Peter Kafka and many more. DGital Media brings authentic and informative audio programming together with brands to inform and engage audiences. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
CHICK-FIL-A CEO DAN CATHY TO RECEIVE FILM ADVOCATE AWARD
FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION
2017 Essence Festival NOLA
Dedicates One Night of Concerts to Celebrating Women
‘My Path to Strength’ inspired by Festival Headliner Mary J. Blige to Feature All Female Performers
February 2017 (New York, NY) – For the first time ever, the 2017 Essence Festival is celebrating women with ‘My Path to Strength’, a night of concerts featuring all-female performers at the Louisiana Superdome over the Fourth of July weekend. The special event is inspired by previously announced Festival headliner Mary J. Blige’s highly anticipated album “Strength of A Woman”.
See below for a full lineup for the femme-empowered night, featuring newly announced musical acts Jill Scott, Monica, Jhené Aiko, Remy Ma, Ari Lennox and many more.
ARI LENNOX, CHAKA KHAN, JAZMINE SULLIVAN
JILL SCOTT, MARY J BLIGE, MONICA
JHENÉ AIKO, LALAH HATHAWAY, LIZZO, MICHEL’LE, PJ
REMY MA, TEYANA TAYLOR
THE JONES GIRLS FEATURING SHIRLEY JONES
Weekend ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at $126. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the Essence Festival visit Essence Festival.
Turned Gentleman featuring Black Ink Crew’s Ceaser Emanuel
12 Months, 12 Countries: NEW Episode of The Podcast
Upcoming Event in NYC and more
The winner of the Big Freedia Dance Off contest was just named – New Orleans native Satchel Johnson. Thank you for any consideration in sharing the news with your audience!
NEW ORLEANS NATIVE WINS “BIG FREEDIA’S DANCE OFF” CONTEST
Satchel Joseph to Join Big Freedia’s Legendary Shake Team and Appear on Season Six of Fuse’s Big Freedia Bounces Back
LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – February 17, 2017 Fuse (www.fuse.tv), Fuse, a multiplatform media brand reflecting the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience, today announced that nineteen-year-old New Orleans native Satchel Joseph has been named the winner of “Big Freedia’s Dance Off” contest, beating out five other finalists to secure a spot on Freedia’s legendary shake team. Joseph’s father, WGNO TV’s News with a Twist anchor LBJ, shared the news today during a live broadcast. Joseph will also appear on the popular Fuse series, Big Freedia Bounces Back (formerly Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce) when it returns for a sixth season later this year.
Big Freedia and show producers held open auditions in New Orleans, LA in January to find new ‘azz shakin’ talent to join Freedia’s dance crew. After narrowing the field down to five finalists, fans were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite at Fuse.tv.
Watch the exclusive Facetime session (Fuse.tv/BigFreediaPollWinner) that shows the moment Joseph was notified. Access the embed link HERE.
When the series returns, Freedia will allow cameras in for a closer, extended look at her journey to renew and reinvent herself. Big Freedia Bounces Back will follow a clean and sober Freedia, ready for a new lease on life, and with many surprises along the way. The series is produced by World of Wonder Productions.
About Big Freedia
Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is star of Fuse’s top-rated series, Big Freedia Bounces Back. She was recently featured on Beyoncé’s flashpoint single “Formation” and her latest EP, “A Very Big Freedia Christmazz,” received critical acclaim with NPR saying Big Freedia “single-handedly saved Christmazz.” Big Freedia maintains a rigorous tour schedule which features her legendary shake team and Bounce dance moves like “the twerk” (popularized by Miley Cyrus in 2013), “the shake” “the wiggle,” “the bend ova,” the “hands on the ground,” to name just a few. She and her shake team are a festival favorite, often known to steal the show at Outside Lands, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Bumbershoot.
About World of Wonder
Innovative and Emmy® Award winning production company World of Wonder is behind such hit series as RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listing (Bravo), Big Freedia (Fuse), and Island Hunters (HGTV). World of Wonder has also created award-winning films and documentaries such as Mapplethorpe:Look at the Pictures, Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Wishful Drinking, Monica in Black and White, and The Last Beekeeper, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Seven of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including Becoming Chaz and PartyMonster, the documentary and feature film starring Macaulay Culkin. World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. Cofounders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According toWonder, celebrating 22 years of production, which can be found online at http://worldofwonder.net/.
About Fuse Media
Fuse Media is an independently owned multiplatform media company reflecting the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience. The company’s media brands include the Fuse and FM linear and video-on-demand (VOD) channels; Fuse.TV online and mobile websites; the Fuse TV mobile and over-the-top (OTT) apps; a podcast network; several branded social media channels; and live events. Fuse network is currently available in approximately 70 million households and FM reaches over 43 million households.
Series episodes and more available on the Fuse TV app
TIME 2 SHINE RADIO SHOW 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
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TIME 2 SHINE RADIO SHOW & The laugh for BOUJI LIP COSMETICS was nothing short of #epic.
The supporters definitely came out, and both the media and the RSVP’S were officially sold out! Guest enjoyed the sounds from DJ Big Lex, as we were accompanied by Bouji Lip Cosmetics, and sponsored by American Kinetics, and Michael D Images. As our guest arrived, their photos were taken on the red carpet, and boy were there plenty of photo ops.
Mayoral Candidate Al Bartell came and present a PROCLAMATION for Urban Cultural Arts to both TIME 2 SHINE RADIO SHOW, & American Kinetics LLC. The crowd gathered around as Al Bartell read the proclamation, and everyone were taking photos and videos during the highlight of the night.
The crowd was in heavy network mode, as the 2nd segment of the night began with the panel. Our industry panel included Hood Hard DJ’s CEO DJ AARIES, Raychel-CEO of I BEAT DAILY, & MR FORMULA-CEO of MTC Empire. The host Calie from Bliss asked the panelist questions, and they gave some awesome feedback.
The final segment of the night were some awesome performance. Artist to hit the stage were Drea Love, Mylah Music, Mannish, & Tarvoria. The photographer captured moments and created memories for al of us to take home forever, and if you missed this extravaganza, shame on you! That’s why we have photos so you can relive our moments in time, as we created history, with more events, and celebrations to come!
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TIME 2 SHINE RADIO CELEBRATES 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
THIS EVENT WAS EPIC!
IMPACT Magazine Hosted The Women Of Impact Dinner Featuring Karen Civil To Celebrate Its 10 Year Anniversary
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Atlanta, GA – January 2017 – UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to capture moments and create memories on the red carpet of IMPACT MAGAZINE. Editor and Chief of IMPACT Magazine, Tunisha Brown, celebrated the 10-year anniversary titled “Inaugural” Women of IMPACT Dinner with special guest Karen Civil.
The carpet was full of media & A-List celebrities. UFE-TV ACCESS was happy to be apart of the 10 year celebration. This event took place at Level V, located in Bulkhead GA, was an awesome networking opportunity for everyone. The who’s who of Atlanta, was dos definitely out and about to encounter the experience- IMPACT Magazine put together.
About IMPACT Magazine & The Event
For 10 years, IMPACT Magazine has been delivering news to empower, encourage, and to educate its readers to desire a greater life. Selected by Hillary Clinton to head her 2016 social media campaign, Karen Civil was presented with her official IMPACT Magazine cover of the 10 year anniversary issue. IMPACT Magazine honored Karen Civil and other influential women for their service in their respective industries. The full list of honorees included:Rasheeda Frost, Avery Sunshine, Stacey Muhammad, Princess Banton-Lofters, Egypt Sherrod, Dr. Myla Bennett, Yolanda Keals-Walker, Lanee Javet, Kim Whitehead, Moni Brodie, Xaviera Bryant, Danika Berry, Toya Wright, Marlo Hampton, Tamika Newhouse, Angie Stone,
TYLER PERRY’S THE HAVE’S & HAVE NOTS
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UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the press conference for OWN’s Tyler Perry The Haves & Have Nots at the W-Hotel in Midtown Atlanta.. We have been a fan each season, and it was such a honor to attend this press conference, and watch the 1st episode with the cast. Everyone was so personable, and to watch a show with the cast is always a different experience than just watching it at home with your family and friends.
OWN’s hit show will air tonight. At the press conference, guests were greeted with a delicious buffet followed by welcome remarks from show producer and Tyler Perry Studios vice president Mark E. Swinton. After a screening of the full premiere episode, cast members Angela Robinson (“Veronica Harrington”), Renee Lawless (“Katheryn Cryer”) and Tyler Lepley (“Benny”) joined the attendees for an intimate Q&A session.
Season four of #HAHN returns Tuesday, January 3 at 9PM ET/PT on @OWNtv.
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UFE-TV SUPPORTS– MC Lyte, Kelly Price, Lynn Richardson and Hip Hop Sisters Foundation Empowered Hundreds of Women at The 2017 W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience Featuring Erica Campbell, Faith Evans, Tai Beauchamp, Yo Yo, Sheila E, Nicci Gilbert, Judge Mablean, and More
Sponsored by Centric, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Essence Magazine, The W.E.A.L.T.H.Experience was held in Miami, Florida from January 5-8, 2017.
MIAMI BEACH, FL. JANUARY 11, 2017 – MC Lyte, Dr. Lynn Richardson, Dr. Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Erica Campbell, Nicci Gilbert, Dr. Wanda Davis Turner, Tai Beauchamp, Robi Reed, Sheila E., Coko (SWV), AJ Johnson, Eva Marcille, Dr Vikki Johnson, Dr Dee Marshall and Michele Thornton welcomed women from around the world at The W.E.A.L.T.H.Experience this past weekend.
MC Lyte, Founder & Chairman of the Board for Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, a nonprofit, 501c3 public charity, and Dr Lynn Richardson, creator of The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience and Co-Founder/President of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation led an impactful weekend that included celebrity guests, notable speakers and women from all around the world.
The event, which took place at the luxury beachfront, 1 Hotel in South Beach, Miami, connected like-minded women, entrepreneurs, CEOs, business owners, executives and industry leaders in a unique, intimate and nurturing atmosphere that aimed to get to the core of “Womanhood,” “Expansion,” “Assets,” “Leadership,” “Transformation” and “Health.” These key pillars of the W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience were the focus during a series of general sessions, coaching circles, workshops and fitness activations that taught women how to master their mental, emotional, business, and financial goals.
The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience partnered with Essence Magazine, BET, Centric, AIDSHealthcareFoundation and Reed For Hope Foundation to create a holistic approach to living a truly “wealthy” lifestyle. Produced by the esteemed Los Angeles based production firm Wright Productions, the experience included The Love Healthy Lounge, where morning workouts and health testing occurred, along with the Essence W.E.A.L.T.H. and Pampering Lounge, where guests were treated to complimentary massages and beauty services.
For 2018 registration information, please visit www.wealthexperience.info
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JACOB LATIMORE COVERS THE INAUGURAL ‘QG CAPTURE’
Life Coach and Business Expert Dr. Sonja Stribling
Presents The Destiny and Purpose Tour
This highly anticipated tour aims to empower Women to use their trials and tribulations to create a 6-Figure Income Coaching Business.
(December 2016- Atlanta, GA) In January 2017, life coach and Business expert, Dr. Sonja Stribling, will officially kick-off her eleven city “Destiny and Purpose Tour.”Beginning in New York City on January 13, 2016, the tour will have additional stops in:
During each three hour session Dr. Sonja will be teaching attendees on how they can grow in life, business, and relationships. Women will learn how to build their core, putting their mind and body in sync in order to successfully become a next level woman. “The Destiny and Purpose Tour” is expected to be one the most empowering tours of 2017 as Dr. Sonja encourages women to discover and use their inner power to have the life and business they desire and deserve.
The tools, tips and strategies shared by Dr. Sonja are the same ones that helped her overcome her brokenness to create the opportunity to make multiple Six-Figure Incomes. As the CEO and Founder of Next Level Living 7.0 Institute where her firm provides impactful results through speaking events, coaching, workshops, seminars, consulting and training through her Next Level Systems, Dr. Sonja emulates how a Next Level Woman lives and looks like after being broken. She believes if a woman can have a next level mindset, make next level commitments; creating next level actions, it will ultimately result in Next Level Living.
During “The Destiny and Purpose Tour” Dr. Sonja will introduce participants to different levels within Next Level Woman 360 Programs including Life 180, Business 360, 360 Plus, and PREParing For Your Future Husband. Within these programs she offers the opportunity for women who want to start a coaching business and make 6 or 7 Figures doing it, building other women’s lives and business. How to become a certified life coach, building the core of women and much more.
In addition to these programs and tour stops Dr. Sonja is also prepared for 2017 The Build My Empire Conference and The Diamond Experience Conference. She is currently preparing to be a guest speaker at the prestigious 5th annual Women Doing It Big Conference presented by Tiana Von Johnson. Dr. Stribling will be speaking with other noteables including Naturi Naughton of the STARZ hit television series POWER, Business Mogul Lisa Nicole Cloud, Dr. Jamal Bryant and more. She is currently accepting additional guest speaker opportunities. For more information and updates about “The Destiny and Purpose Tour” and other events visit www.nextlevelliving7.com. To have Dr. Sonja Stribling as a guest in your city or for media inquiries contact PRTeam@epimediagroup.com
GEI FEATURING KIERRA SHEARD RELEASE BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR BILLBOARD
CHART-TOPPING SINGLE “HANG ON”
(DETROIT, MI) – December 2016 – Karew Records marks the rise of “Hang On” (feat. Kierra Sheard) on the charts, with the single hitting #8 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart this week. The lead radio single from the hit album GEI LIVE, “Hang On” provides encouragement and comfort to inspire the spirit with the impassioned performance of GRAMMY®-nominee Kierra Sheard and the choir’s vocals. The visual for the chart-topping single is available for viewing now and was filmed in Detroit.
Recorded within the walls of Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard’sGreater Emmanuel Institutional (GEI) C.O.G.I.C. in Detroit, GEI LIVE made a Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart upon its release, and showcases twelve other tracks of powerful live performances with refreshing enthusiasm, love and celebration for God’s blessings available to everyone. Backed by the GEI Mass Choir, the GEI LIVE album experience includes “Press On” (feat. Bishop J. Drew Sheard),” “I Owe You Praise” (feat. Karen Clark Sheard), “Look To the Hills” (feat. The Clark Sisters), an original hymn “I’m In His Arms” (feat. Dorinda Clark Cole), “My God Is Real” and more.
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RICKEY SMILEY GIVES BACK IN A
MAJOR WAY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
BLACK WOMEN FILM NETWORK ANNOUNCES 2017 UNTOLD STORIES HONOREES AT ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY HOSTED BY JASMINE BURKE
STEVE HARVEY’S “HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPERT” A.D. DOLPHIN OF DHERBS
HELPS AN OKLAHOMA WOMAN LOOSE WEIGHT
& REVEAL HER NEW REVENGE BODY
Did you see this episode? As a woman from Oklahoma City, OK reveals her new figure, after just a few weeks of sticking to a plan that Steve Harvey and A.D. Dolphin (CEO of DHerbs) helped her come up with!
Jadakiss & The Lox Trump Competition with Filthy America during Gold Bungalow at Art Basel 2016
Legendary emcee Jadakiss and the Lox hosted the Gold Bungalow during Art Basel 2016 at the posh W Hotel Bungalow on South Beach. The Coalition DJs (DJ Funky & DJ Xavier) collaborated on an authentic hip hop soundtrack, while an intimate group of industry tastemakers, media guests and friends of the brand enjoyed exotic cuisine set against an artistic south beach backdrop. Critically acclaimed artist John Hashford’s limited edition art decorated the walls of Gold Bungalow with various snapshots of urban culture. Dutch Masters and Rolling Out were sponsors for the event.
The collaboration of music and art provided the perfect fusion for Dutch Masters lengthy history with urban culture. Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss gave an informal roundtable discussion with press to explain their 2016 Art Basel collaboration with Dutch Masters. “Dutch Masters has been a part of the hip hop culture for years. Even before hip hop, the brand has been a part of street culture,” explained Styles P. Jadakiss reminisced about being in the studio with Biggie and seeing that his mentor used the Dutch Masters brand. “After seeing him use it in the studio, it made all of us want to use it too,” Jadakiss said.
In addition to speaking about their collaboration with the brand, Jadakiss talked about their highly anticipated project, “Filthy America (it’s Beautiful)” which drops December 16, 2016. “It’s perfect timing with everything going on in the world right now,” Jadakiss said. When asked about features Jadakiss insisted that although their project includes great features including Gucci Mane and a few other people, however he insisted the most important collaboration on the album is between him and The Lox.
Please see the attached link for photos from Dutch Masters Gold Bungalow featuring Jadakiss and the Lox:
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TED RESIDENT DR. ROB GORE DELIVERS
TED TALK: “HEALING INNER-CITY TRAUMA”
BILLBOARD MUSIC CHARTING ARTIST
MAJOR. PERFORMS SINGLE “WHY I LOVE YOU” ON
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016
Just In Time For The Holiday’s, MAJOR. Releases
New Single “Spend Christmas With You“
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – November 2016 – SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 took place on Sunday, November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host, and for the first time as Executive Producer, with her eccentric humor and legendary style. Soul Train Awards 2016 marks MAJOR’s. national television debut with a performance of his Billboard chart-topping hit, “Why I Love You.”
The annual event honoring the best in soul and R&B featured moving performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M. MA$E, DRU HILL, Doug E Fresh, India Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, MAJOR., Ro James, Tito Jackson, V. Bozeman, Wreckx-n-Effect, and Yuna.
GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley was honored with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award.
Just in time for the holiday’s, fans can enjoy a brand new Christmas song, “Spend Christmas With You.” The song is available for purchase on iTunes here.
FOX TO PRESENT EPIC NIGHT OF MUSIC AND DRAMA
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – November 2016 – On Wednesday, Dec. 14, FOX presents a not-to-be-missed night of music and drama. Airing one night only at a special time, EMPIRE’s Season Three fall finale (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) kicks off the night, followed by the special premiere of STAR (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). From Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels(EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”), STAR will then premiere in its regular time period with an all-new episode Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
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MAJOR. SET TO PERFORM HIS BILLBOARD
CHARTING HIT SINGLE “WHY I LOVE YOU”
AT THE 2016 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS
HOSTED BY ERYKAH BADU, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS TO AIR ON CENTRIC AND BET, NOVEMBER 27TH AT 8PM ET
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – November 2016 – CENTRIC announced Fantasia, Yuna, Candice Boyd and MAJOR. have been added to the star-studded lineup of performances for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016. Four-time Grammy-award winning soul singer and songwriter Erykah Baduwill once again take over the Vegas stage to host the awards with her eccentric style, cerebral music, incomparable spirit and comedic commentary. The yearly celebration will honor the best in soulful music from returning legends to the next generation. Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy will be honored with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time Grammy award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley will be presented with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award.
NEW SEASON OF “WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S” RETURNS ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
HAVE YOU HEARD OF DIVERGE?
GABRIELLE UNION ON ESSENCE’S NOVEMBER COVER!
“…As a rape survivor and as an advocate, I cannot shy away from this responsibility because the conversation got difficult. I don’t want to put myself above anyone’s pain or triggers. Every victim or survivor, I believe you. I support you. I support you if you don’t want to see the film. I absolutely understand and respect that. I can’t sell the film. This movie has always been about more than one person, and for the outspoken feminist advocates and allies who risked a lot to be a part of this project—Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Penelope Ann Miller—we are okay if you have to sit this one out, and we’re okay if you don’t, and we understand…”—Gabrielle Union in Essence’s November issue
Gabrielle Union, star of Birth of a Nation and the upcoming holiday comedy Almost Christmas, is living her best life now. In Essence’s November issue cover story, State of the Union, the actress talks about everything from speaking out against sexual assault, life with NBA superstar hubby Dwyane Wade, and worrying about violence against her boys. For more on this issue, click here.
INFLUENCERS TURN OUT FOR “WOMEN FOR HILLARY” HARLEM FUNDRAISER
(NEW YORK) – October 2016 – Last night, over 200 key influencers gathered in Harlem to support 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Hosted at Harlem’s Lenox Saphire restaurant, the “Women for Hillary” event served a dual purpose of raising funds and encouraging voter education. Attendees received voter registration information and absentee ballots for early voting. Special guests included: Congressman Charlie Rangel, Dr. Hazel N. Dukes(President of the NAACP New York Conference), Gale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President), Rosemond Pierre-Louis, C. Virginia Fields, Joyce Johnson, Assemblyman Alex Rodriguez, Inez Dickens (NYC Councilwoman), Alyah Horsford-Sidberry, Nicole Paultre-Bell, Mona Scott-Young (CMO, MYX Fusions and Monami Entertainment), Arva Rice, Keith Wright, Rodney Capel, Melvin Norris, and many more.
Guests enjoyed appetizers and cocktails provided by MYX Fusions and Effen Vodka and received gift bags from Shea Moisture and Sundial Brands.
2016 BET HIPHOP AWARDS
We were dos def in the building for 2016 BET HIPHOP AWARDS GREEN CARPET. We shot for ON THA REAL MAGAZINE, &oh what a pleasure it was. There were 1000’s that walked the green carpet, and the who’s who of the music industry was in Atlanta fr this epic extravaganza.
The top hip-hop artists and producers of 2016 were honored at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. This event was held at the Cobb Energy Center in the metro Atlanta area, the show featured artists such as Young Thug, Jeezy, Migos, T.I., and Fat Joe and Remy Ma to name a few. Snoop Dogg was honored with the “I Am Hip-Hop” award at the ceremony. ON THA REAL MAG/UFE-TV was site to capture moments in time of the new era of the music industry. Reality TV stars were also in the building. The show airs Oct 4, 2016 on BET Networks. Make sure you re tuned in.
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DR. HEAVENLY RETURNS FOR ANOTHER
SEASON OF “MARRIED TO MEDICINE” ON NOVEMBER 6 @ 9/8C ON BRAVOABOUT MARRIED TO MEDICINE SEASON 4Miss Quad has added “Auntie” to her title when her brother, his girlfriend and their new baby crash at her house for an extra-extended stay. Lisa Nicole thinks it’s time for another baby with Darren and although there is an uproar surrounding her uterus, the ladies really want to know if Lisa’s motive for a baby is to save her marriage. Dr. Jackie has her mind set on her ever-growing career and philanthropy goals, but is that enough for her husband Curtis who is more interested in their early retirement?While Toya is ready to celebrate her 40th birthday in style, she is also in over her head with some unexpected IRS debts and the opening of a new vitamin infusion spa. Dr. Heavenly is on a mission to revamp her attitude and change the ladies’ perception of her, but her efforts go unnoticed when she ruffles a few feathers. Meanwhile, Dr. Simone is finally ready to face her father but when she finds out he is missing, it kicks her determination to reunite with him into high gear. Later this season, a much needed Hawaii vacation comes along as the perfect antidote, but will this all end with trouble in paradise? BE SURE to stay tuned in!//////////
THE HONORABLE C NOTE ORCHESTRATES HITS ON GUCCI MANE, FUTURE, YOUNG DOLPH, RICK ROSS, T.I. ASAP FERG AND MORE DURING SUMMER 2016
(ATLANTA, GA) Italian scholar Francesco Petrarch said, “It is more honorable to rise to a throne than to be born to one.” If those ancient words hold any truth, producer The Honorable C Note has done more than live up to his prophetic moniker, becoming the go to hit maker of hip hop with ten singles on radio during summer 2016. C Note’s signature aggressive tracks have become a soundtrack for urban radio with singles on the summer’s hottest and most controversial rapstars including Gucci Mane, Asap Ferg, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross just to name a few.
Like many before him C Note’s overnight success translates to over a decade of hard work in the booth and long hours studying intangible science behind hip hop. The BMI producer attributes his work ethic to trying to live up to the footsteps of musical mentors like Just Blaze and Kanye West. That work ethic resulted in a 2016 surrounded with names like Asap Rocky, Diddy, K Camp, Pusha T and more leading up to the summer. C Note’s strategy has been to study each artist he works with to give them his signature sound in a format that fits their artistry. “This summer has been great but I feel like there is more to be done, the best is yet to come,” he says.
C Note’s discography received a jumpstart over the summer with the following hip hop releases; Young Dolph feat. T.I. “Foreva”, Kodak Black “Can I”, Migos, “Say Sum”, Mod Sun “Gucci Nail”, Asap Ferg ft Future “New Level”, 2 Chainz ft. Lil Wayne “Smells Like Money”, Yo Gotti, “Hunnid”, Meek Mills “Way Up”, Gucci Mane ft. Rick Ross “Money Machine, and Travis Scott’s “Way Back”. In addition to radio placements, C Note secured two placements on FOX’s monster hit ‘Empire’ by way of breakout artist Bre-Z.
“My sound that I’ve been developing is catching and I’m happy people are starting to recognize it. That’s dope,” C Note responds when questioned about his recent success. Logging ten rap singles released in three months may prove a hefty feat to top, but the Honorable C Note believes he is just hitting his stride. “I’m not even thinking about the past, there is so much we have in the pipeline looking towards the future. I’m not even thinking about what people are listening to right now, I’m on what’s coming out four, five months, even a year from now,” C Note says. He is also focused on a team of producers he is mentoring, titled the Honorable Court. “I wanted to build a team that works hard and produces good music. Just simple, that’s the blueprint.”
“It’s really at a place where if you’re a hip hop artist trying to reach the streets, you need a record from The Honorable C Note,” says manager Ron “Tricky” Montgomery.
NEW EPISODES OF TYLER PERRY’S “FOR BETTER OR WORSE” RETUREDD TO OWN ON
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s popular comedy series, Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse,” returned with all-new episodes on Friday, September 30 with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.During its most recent season, “For Better or Worse” was Friday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women and total viewers.This season, Marcus (Michael Jai White) and Angela (Tasha Smith) have weathered the storm of finding out Marcus has another child. Joseph (Jason Olive) and Leslie (Crystle Stewart) settle into life together and endure the ups and downs of married life, dealing with it in their own quirky ways. Jennifer (Cocoa Brown) and Richard (Kent Faulcon) learn this season that truly all things happen for the greater good. The two single friends begin to form an unlikely alliance.In Wednesday’s back-to-back episodes, Angela and Leslie try to mend a broken friendship with Jennifer. Additionally, Keisha (Kiki Haynes) deceitfully intercepts a gift that Richard has gotten for his new love.For a sneak peek of the new season of “For Better or Worse,” please click the link below (with embed code): http://www.oprah.com/own-for-better-or-worse/The-For-Better-or-Worse-Squad-Is-BackAbout “For Better or Worse”Tyler Perry’s hit situation comedy “For Better or Worse” follows the ups and downs of dating and marriage and centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband, Marcus (Michael Jai White) and their close-knit group of friends. “For Better or Worse” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.///////////
- Britt Robertson Interview
- “Eddie Murphy: Doing a Drama” Featurette
- “Food on Film” Featurette
- “Based on a True Friendship” Featurette
IYANLA: FIX MY LIFE CLIPS
(FIX MY BROKEN FAMILY – PART 1, OCT. 8)
BMI HIPHOP & R&B AWARDS IN ATLANTA GA
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the BMI HIPHOP & R&B awards, that took place at the Woodruff Arts Center in Downtown Atlanta. This was dos def a STAR-STUDDED A-List extravaganza!! VIP’s came in on the red carpet, made their way down the media line, and was very willing to interview, and take advantage of all the photos ops. This was a great networking event, hosted by Decatur’s own: Chris Tucker, & DJ Khaled. The head women in charge Catherine (above) did an excellent job on the invites, the structure/flow/operation on this event, and needless to say, if you were not invited, you simply missed out.
The night was dedicated to songstress and diva Toni Braxton. Her family came out to support her, as well as fellow music colleagues that also supports Toni Braxton and her music over the years. She had an awesome career with LA. Reid & Baby face, who wrote several of her past hits to date. Hey significant other Baby was in the audience for support, and the night was EPIC, to say the least.
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BRONZE LENZ WOMEN LUNCHEON BRONZE CARPET
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the BronzeLens Film Festival. This was event was the kickoff, and the highly anticipated BronzeLens Women SuperStars Awards Luncheon was nothing short of greatness, and we were glad to be apart of such an epic event.
Now in its seventh year, BronzeLens Women SuperStars Awards Luncheon has become a coveted signature event for industry insiders, corporations and the local community, inspiring and informing women from all walks of life while serving as a platform for interactive networking. This star studded luncheon anchored BronzeLens Film Festival opening day.
Celebrated journalists Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Burton Wire Principal and The Burton Wire Media Group conducted the landmark interview with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Veteran actress Margaret Avery (The Color Purple, Being Mary Jane), award-winning filmmaker Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), producer Nina Yang Bongiovi (Dope, Fruitvale Station) and script supervisor Dawn Gilliam (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Into the Darkness, The Hunger Games) will also receive top honors. Mistress of Ceremonies for this stellar event will be award-winning news journalist and producer Lisa Rayam.
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FX SCREENING FOR THE NEW SHOW “ATLANTA”
(ATLANTA) – August 2016 – Recently FX hosted the official premiere event for their new original comedy series “ATLANTA.” The swanky affair was held at the Georgia Aquarium, where hundreds turned out to preview the highly-anticipated show. “ATLANTA” cast members Donald Glover (also the show’s creator, executive producer, writer, director and executive music producer), Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz were in attendance along with executive producers Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle and director Hiro Murai. Additional attendees included “ATLANTA” cast members Freddie Kuguru, Candace B. Harris and Chris Greene; Jermaine Dupri, John Singleton, Kawan Prather, Chaka Zulu, Karlie Redd (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”), Amber Nash (“Archer”), Pastor Troy, Scotty ATL, Adreian Payne (Minnesota Timberwolves), Steve Glover, Egypt Sherrod, DJ Fadelf, DJ Irie, Sean Mac, Freestyle Steve, DJ Dimepiece, DJ Supastar, DJ Skillz, DJ Big Greg and many more.
The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a screening and a lavish after-party featuring music by producer Metro Boomin and DJ London Thomas.
Filmed on location in Atlanta, “ATLANTA” chronicles the lives of two cousins who must work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.
“ATLANTA” premieres September 6 at 10/9c on FX.
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JIDENNA LIVE IN CONCERT
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the Jidenna Concert in Atlanta GA. As many fans gathered together to enjoy a special night of some feel good music. Over 400 fans/supporters were happy, as they enjoyed complimentary drinks, fellowship, & networking.
Jidenna’s set was about an hour, accompanied by a live band, and the lights and cameras were flashing to say the least. Jidenna on one of his last songs he performed, “extraordinaire” he jumped into the crowd and everyone went crazy. It was a dope show to say the least.
YOUNG THUG PRIVATE BIRTHDAY PARTY
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into Rapper Young Thug’s private birthday porty! This was dos def a star-studded birthday party at Gallery 874, where lots of media, supporters/fans came out to help Young Thug celebrate. In attendance was Tiny, T.I. Migos, Future, Mimi Faust,, Erica Dixon, Dice, Tracey Steele, Ed Lover and a host of others. Pretty much the “who’s who” in ATLANTA was in the building, and it was for sure dope networking!
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THE REVIVAL: R&B SHOWCASE 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
UFE-TV ACCESS/TIME 2 SHINE RADIO Access was granted into the 1 year anniversary of the R&B showcase: THE REVIVAL started by Bryan-Michael Cox & Mylah Music, to keep R&B alive in the atl. They had four dope female performers: Bobbi Storm, Tiffany Evans, Mylah, Dri Jackson, & Vina Mills.
Each artist performed with a live band, and it was a SHOW! We really enjoy going to shows that has a live band, it just brings the performances to life! Mylah opened the show with a Rihanna’s hit song, followed by Dri, Vina Mills, Bobbi Storm, and Tiffany Evans closed out the show! Everyone had a great time, it was great networking, and were glad to be apart, and a media sponsor for the Revival’s 1 year anniversary.
RAE SREMMURD’S PRIVATE MEDIA DINNER
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into the exclusive media dinner for RAE SREMMURD’S NEW ALBUM “SCREMMLIFE 2.” This media dinner was for invited media outlets, where Mali always set it out on the food for the media. Media loves attending ALL private dinners thrown by Mail at Treesound Studios.
After everyone ate and drank good, the boys came out to the stage with all their friends and supporters, and they played and performed EVERY sone off the album. Everyone had a great time, and the drinks were sponsored by Hennessy. Please go out and support their new project, as these guys worked very hard, and Mike Will produced some tracks on the album as well, and he came out to support. Many A-List VIP’s came out to support, as well as the “who’s who” in ATL media and entertainment music industry.
PRO2CEO PARTNERS WITH PRUDENTIAL, PRESENTED THE S3
SUMMIT HOSTED BY GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST NE-YO
AND HONORED NBA LEGEND DOMINIQUE WILKINS
The Nation’s Leading Business Experts Converged to Provide Increased Knowledge in Sustaining Success in Career Management, Leadership, Technology and Business Transitions
For Immediate Release- (August 2016 Atlanta), After the success of PRO2CEO’s inaugural launch of the Sustaining Success Summit (S3) at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, New York, PRO2CEO partnered with Prudential Financial, Inc for the 2016 installment of the S3 Summit’s first national tour. S3 is a leadership summit designed to discuss and provide solutions to the challenges faced by high achieving professionals in sports, entertainment and business. Hosted by Grammy Award Winning Superstar NE-YO, the S3 Summit included a panel discussion with leading business experts, as well as current and former athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and executives. The panel shared insights about sustaining success in career management, leadership, technology, social enterprise and business creation.
PRO2CEO provides solutions to the challenges faced by high achieving professionals in sports, entertainment and business. The venture is the brainchild of CEO Kevin Carr and partners Keith Carr and Tirrell Whittley, who have separately established successful careers in their respective industries. Kevin Carr is the former Vice President of Social Responsibility and Player Programs for the NBA, while Keith Carr is the owner of Florida based Forefront Front Consulting and Tirrell Whittley is the CEO and Principal of Liquid Soul Media.
“Our partnership with Prudential allows us to provide tools that our participants and guests can benefit from when dealing with career and life transitions,” explains Tirrell Whittley. Prudential has helped individuals and institutional customers achieve financial security and economic success, which are core values for PRO2CEO.”
“The transition from the court or field into the boardroom can be personally, professionally and financially complex,” said Dorinda Walker, vice president,
Multicultural Marketing for Prudential’s U.S. Businesses. “We are excited to partner with PRO2CEO to deliver our expertise to assist this elite group with their long-term financial solutions.”
The night concluded with former nine-time NBA All Star and current Vice President of Basketball Operations of the Atlanta Hawks, Dominique Wilkins being honored with the PRO2CEO Career Crossover Award, which is a first of its kind award that recognizes successful career transition.
“We were honored and excited to present Mr. Dominique Wilkins with the PRO2CEO Career Crossover Award for his successful career transition from sports to the fields of business and social responsibility,” states Kevin Carr, CEO of PRO2CEO. “He truly exemplifies a high level individual who is multi-dimensional and who is known for making an impact in one field and then being able to amplify that success across multiple fields. Having NE-YO who has also made successful transitions in entertainment and business present Mr. Wilkins with the award was a highlight of the evening. ”
The event took place at The College Football Hall of Fame and featured distinguished key note speakers Kelly Loeffler, SVP, Intercontinental Exchange and Co-Owner WNBA, Atlanta Dream and John T. Grant, Executive Director of ESPN’s Celebration Bowl.
Moderated by Emmy Award winning anchor and investigative reporter Karyn Greer, the panel featured notables Kris Benson, former number-one MLB Draft Pick and current CEO of Superior Business Management; , Dr. Marshall Shepherd, former NASA Scientist, Meteorologist, Professor at the University of Georgia, TV host and Author; Kim Batten, former World/American Record Holder in the 400 hurdles and current CEO of Body by Batten Sports and Fitness; and Joseph D. Anderson III, Director, Advanced Planning and Solutions for Prudential Annuities.
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ATL LIVE IN THE PARK
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted into ATL LIVE IN THE PARK created by Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols. They presented their 5th annual all white party at the August edition of ATL Live on the Park- this was our 3rd year attending, and it was dope! This took place at the Park Tavern, the evening included performances by house band Quinn and Jukebox, emerging talent Bluff City and Tulani, the incomparable Dionne (formerly known as Dionne Farris) and a DJ set by E-Clazz. The August edition was sponsored by Gentleman Jack, Pepsi, ChooseATL, MAJIC 107.5 and Boom 102.9.- Dope networking!
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UFE-TV/TIME 2 SHINE RADIO ACCESS was granted into iconic nights! A monthly event presented by ICON STUDIOS c/o Ian Burke. THIS TOOK PLACE AT BQU LOUNGE. If you are unfamiliar with iconic nights, it’s a dope event when independent artist hit the stage with a live band, and it’s mostly singers and they do their thang! It’s always a dope experience, and dope venue. As a media sponsor of the monthly event, we will continue to support this event, and encourage you to do the same.
The performers included Felix, Nisan Joseph, J Middlebrows, Jazziest Bee, hosted by Bella Rozay, with special guest speaker Kalel the King, CEO OF LOUD N KLEAR.
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BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR THE WEDDING SHOW 2017
“I AM HOMICIDE” RENEWED FOR SECOND
SEASON ON INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY
DOZENS GATHER FOR “A CALL FOR
ACTION” TO END GUN VIOLENCE AMONG
LETOYA LUCKETT, ASHLEY BIDEN, ROTIMI,
LANCE GROSS & MORE ATTEND THE 14TH ANNUAL
DUFFY’S HOPE CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME
LeToya Luckett, Ashley Biden, PNB Rock, Rotimi, Lance Gross & More Attend the 14th Annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game
RECENTLY- Delaware-based non-profit Duffy’s Hope, founded by former Harlem Globetrotter Allen “Duffy” Samuels, presented its 14th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game in the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware. Fans and supporters enjoyed a fun-filled evening of friendly competition between celebrities, local community leaders and former basketball players. Celebrities players and honorary coaches were Atlantic Music singer/songwriter and Philadelphia native PNB Rock, actress and recording artist LeToya Luckett, award-winning actor Lance Gross, television personality Tami Roman, her daughter and recording artist Jazz Anderson, actor of hit show “Power” and recording artist Rotimi, Harlem Globetrotter Tammy Brawner, award-winning teen sports star Mo’Ne Davis, media personality Quincy “Q Deezy” Harris, actor Wesley Jonathan, actor on hit Disney Channel show “KC Undercover” Kamil McFadden and WNBA Chicago Sky Forward Tamera Young.
Prior to tip-off, VIP ticket holders were able to experience a private celebrity meet and greet receiving autographed paraphernalia and exclusive selfies with the celebrity guests. Throughout the game local dance troupes performed center court, Jazz Anderson performed for the crowd, PNB Rock addressed guests exciting to see him in attendance and host Fred Green entertained the crowd. One of the main highlights of halftime specifically was the presentation of the annual Duffy’s Hope Hometown Heroes. These select group of individuals were born in Delaware and have amassed success in their respective fields. This year’s Hometown Heroes were: Real Estate Entrepreneur DJ Wootson, Army Veteran Arlinda Adderly, Style Consultant and Business Owner Michael Hill and Vice President Joe Biden’s daughter and Executive Director of the Delaware Center for Justice Ashley Biden.
After a competitive game the Gold team, led by Coach Lance Gross took home the 2016 win by two points!
Sponsors of the event included the Delaware Prevention Coalition (DPC), DoubleTree Hotel, Moneyball Sportswear, Villa, United Way, Wilmington College and videography team SkyVents, LLC/Vivid Marketing Group.
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PASTOR JOHN GRAY JOINS OWN’S POPULAR SATURDAY NIGHT LINEUP WITH NEW
DOCU-SERIES ‘THE BOOK OF JOHN’ (WORKING TITLE)
OWN RENEWS POPULAR SATURDAY NIGHT DOCU-SERIES ‘FOR PEETE’S SAKE’ AND ORDERS ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF ‘WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S
(LOS ANGLES) – AUGUST 2016 – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today it has given an eight-episode series order to “The Book of John” (working title) from Leftfield Pictures, a weekly one-hour dramedy docu-series featuring the life of John Gray, associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s world-famous Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The series will join the network’s popular Saturday night programming lineup this spring.
The network also announced it has renewed popular Saturday night docu-series “For Peete’s Sake,” from Tremendous! Entertainment featuring actress Holly Robinson Peeteand her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, for eight additional episodes and has ordered from Pilgrim Media Group 13 additional episodes of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” the hit series and two-time NAACP Image Award winner centered on restaurant owner Miss Robbie Montgomery and her family.
“Pastor Gray’s unique blend of humor and heart will make for a great series,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN.” “We are excited for him to join our Saturday night family and thrilled to order new episodes from the Peetes and Sweetie Pie’s.”
OWN is consistently a top network for African-American women on Saturday night. “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” is the most-watched docu-series in OWN history and during its most recent season was Saturday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women. During its first season “For Peete’s Sake” was Saturday night’s #1 original cable series among African-American women.
About “The Book of John” (working title)
“The Book of John” (working title), is a dramedy docu-series featuring the life of John Gray, associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s world-famous Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Known for his loud, hilarious, unconventional and gravitating ways, Gray has traveled the world utilizing his gifts of music, comedy and preaching to help bring people together from all walks of life and share the Gospel in his unique and uncompromising way. In the new series Gray will give viewers intimate access into his home life and world renowned ministry as he helps people in his community overcome life challenges, while facing his own relatable struggles as a husband and father. The series is produced by Leftfield Pictures. Executive producers are David George, Jordana Hochman and Joe Weinstock from Leftfield Pictures, with Rich Wilkerson and Jason Kennedy serving as consulting producers.
About “For Peete’s Sake”
Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete were two of the brightest stars in their fields in the 80’s and 90’s. Holly lit up the small screen from an early age with starring roles in “21 Jump Street” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” and her husband and NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete, dominated the league for 16 years. “For Peete’s Sake” takes a comedic, yet intimate look at the hectic lives of the Peetes as they attempt to balance raising their four kids, running a charity (the HollyRod Foundation) and spending time with Holly’s über-manager mother Dolores, who at 80 years young is still wheeling and dealing. Whether they’re setting up for their next big fundraiser, coaching their kids into lives of their own, or just trying to keep that special spark alive in their marriage, there’s never a dull moment with the Peetes. “For Peete’s Sake” is produced for OWN by Tremendous! Entertainment. Executive producers are Colleen Needles Steward and Shannon Keenan Demers from Tremendous! Entertainment as well as John Ferriter, Kyell Thomas, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete.
About “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”
When Robbie Montgomery’s lung collapsed, the 1960s backup singer and former Ikette had to hustle to keep her family afloat, so she whipped out her mother’s recipes and turned her second love, cooking, into a soul food empire. Today, with five locations and counting across St. Louis and Los Angeles, Miss Robbie, along with her son, Tim, are hoping to bring their brand to the masses! The docu-series follows the fun-loving, musical Montgomery family through its highs and lows as they work to expand their culinary dynasty. “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Executive producers are Craig Piligian, Melodie Calvert, Jeff Keane, Tim Norman and Robbie Montgomery.
SHAUN ROBINSON’S “S.H.A.U.N. FOUNDATION” FOR GIRLS JOINS FORCES
WITH FORD TO HOST HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION PANEL
JERMAINE DUPRI HOSTS “THE RAP GAME”
SEASON 2 PREMIERE PARTY IN ATL
(ATLANTA) – July 2016 – Recently, Lifetime and V103 hosted a viewing party at Suite Food Lounge for the premiere of the second season of its unscripted series “The Rap Game.” Executive producer Jermaine Dupri was on hand to celebrate the show’s debut with over 200 local VIPs including, producer Irv Gotti, Zane (rapper), Algebra Blessett (singer), Erica Dixon (“Love & Hip Hop”), Mishon (singer), music group Final Draft (music group), Ms. Juicy (“Little Women Atlanta”), Gary Hayes (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Egypt Sherrod(HG tv), DJ Fadelf, Lovie (“Greenleaf”), hip hop group 2 Crucial, musical trio NLA, rapper Kap-G (“DOPE”), singer Brandi Williams (“Blaque”), Shay Johnson (“Love & Hip Hop”), David Dees (“Dating Naked”), Diallo Thompson (“Barbershop 3”) and more. Guests danced to sounds by DJ Peanut. V103’s Greg Street conducted a live broadcast leading up the show’s premiere.
“The Rap Game” – airing Fridays at 10/9c on Lifetime – will give five emerging young hip hop artists, ages 12 to 16, the opportunity to rhyme and flow with Dupri as he searches for the next big name in hip hop. For more information on “The Rap Game” (co-executive produced by Queen Latifah), visit: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/the-rap-game
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TV ONE’S HIT SERIES “RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL”
GETS THIRD SEASON PICK-UP
(NEW YORK, NY) – July 2016 – TV One today announced the third season renewal of the heartwarming comedic docu-series Rickey Smiley For Real. The third season will return with even stronger bonds and bigger laughs, as comic and radio personality Rickey Smiley continues to strive to achieve his quest for domination of the entertainment industry. In the second season, which debuted in May, viewers have watched Smileyjourney through a wild ride, ranging from his parental style being put to the test to fun family vacations to an epic DJ battle with a friendly rival morning radio show. Rickey Smiley For Real continues to post double digit gains, and is currently outperforming its first season across all total and key Black demos.
“The consistent growth of Rickey Smiley For Real demonstrates the strong connection our viewers have with Rickey’s lovable family and laughable team,” said D’Angela Proctor, Head of Original Programming and Production for TV One. “Over two seasons, new and devoted fans have watched as the cast takes great strides in their personal lives and we look forward to watching as the cast exhibits their commitment to the community as well.“
“Although I am happy about the renewal for Season 3 of my show; it’s very difficult for me to celebrate as I sit here and watch the funerals of Philander Castile and Alton Sterling,” remarked Smiley. “I yearn for our country to be solid and to embrace our differences and to understand our differing communities and history. We have too many others in the world trying to destroy what our nation, on the pain and suffering of our own people, has built. I assure you that police violence will be a topic addressed in Season 3 as I feel compelled to use my platform to make change in this country for the good of all our citizens. I’m thankful my show is doing well, but our nation, especially black America, is grieving at this time.“
Infusing his brand of comedy into every situation, Rickey Smiley For Real, also introduces viewers to his four children – sons Brandon and Malik and daughters D’Essence and Aaryn– as well as his extended family of co-workers, colleagues and friends – his nephew Craig, live-in assistant Miss Pat, personal assistant Angie, business consultant Bruce Demps, childhood friend and family lawyer Nakita Blocton, radio co-hosts Da Brat, Gary With Da Tea, Headkrack, Rock T and Juicy, and radio show producers Beyonce and Hollywood.
As a much-loved comedian, television host of Dish Nation, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Smiley rose to superstardom after igniting his 25-year career serving as opening act for industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace and Carl Strong. Throughout his career trajectory, Smiley has been one of the industry’s most towering forces in building an impressive empire that has landed him preeminent roles on radio, television, film and on-stage performances. For more information on Smiley’s personal and professional background, please visit: http://therealrickeysmiley.com/.
For more information about Rickey Smiley For Real and Rickey Smiley, visit www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Periscope (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #RickeySmileyForRealand catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.
Rickey Smiley For Real is produced by Bobbcat Films for TV One with Rickey Smiley and Roger M. Bobb as executive producers and Angi Bones as co-executive producer. For TV One, Lamar Chase is executive-in-charge of production, Robyn Greene Arrington is vice president of original programming and production, and D’Angela Proctor is head of original programming and production.
ABOUT TV ONE
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.
NEW MOTION POSTER FROM KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
Prepare for Kubo’s epic quest with an all-new motion poster.
Take a sneak peek at the magical adventure by watching a recently released clip that showcases the bravery of Beetle, voiced by Matthew McConaughey.
Kubo’s quest begins nationwide August 19, 2016 from animation studio LAIKA and Focus Features.
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Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Director: Travis Knight
Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)
Voice Cast: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro, Rooney Mara, and Matthew McConaughey
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“CUTTING IT: IN THE ATL” CAST ATTEND SEASON 2 PRESS DINNER
(ATLANTA) – July 2016 – RECENTLY- UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to attend this wonderful extravaganza! Key Atlanta media gathered at Del Frisco’s Grille to dine with the cast of WE tv’s “Cutting It: In the ATL” and preview the new season of the hit series.
Upon arrival, guests were met with cocktails and delicious appetizers on the patio bar. Afterwards, a three-course dinner was served, as WE tv head of programming Lauren Gellert introduced a teaser of their upcoming show “Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never” followed by the full Season 2 Episode 1 of “Cutting It: In the ATL.”
Cast members Maja Sly, Beautii J,Dedra Allen, MushiyaTshikuka, Lakenya Morris along with newcomers Patricia Thompson, Tre Stylez and Stephen Webster were on hand for a feisty post-screening Q&A. The evening ended with one-on-one interviews and delicious desserts.
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AMBER RILEY, ELLE VARNER, KAREN CIVIL & MAJOR
ATTEND WNBA SPARKS GAME
Recently- The WNBA’sL.A. Sparks invited mega-producer Harmony Samuels’ new artist MAJOR. and Amber Riley (“GLEE”) to sing their latest single/anthem “Change Right Now” in response to the recent tragedies that have taken place. (i.e: Alton Sterling, Philander Castile, Orlando PULSE). The WNBA’s L.A. Sparks took on the Washington Mystics at the Staples Center, winning 93-82. Listen to “#ChangeRightNow” at https://soundcloud.com/nowthatsmajor/changerightnow. Other special invited guests to the game included: singer Elle Varner, Karen Civil and actor Marcus Scribner (“Blackish”).
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“QUEEN SUGAR” SCREENING AT ESSENCE FEST
NEW ORLEANS) – July 2016 – OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network along with Warner Horizon TV and award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay hosted an intimate screening of the much-anticipated original drama series “Queen Sugar” for a select crowd of VIPs during the 2016 Essence Festival. Cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield and Nicholas Ashe were on hand to greet friends and family and participate in post-screening Q&A.
Attendees included Common (recording artist), Janelle Monae (actress, recording artist), Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Lynn Whitfield(“Greenleaf”), Michelle Williams (recording artist), Lisa Price (founder, Carol’s Daughter), Ariel Foxman (editor-in-chief, In Style), Linda Spradley Dunn (Odyssey Media), Michaela Angela Davis (BET), Tai Beauchamp (style expert, tv personality), Demetria Lucas (author/editor), Amber Payne (NBC BLK) and more.
“Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.
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OUR JULY 4TH WEEKEND IN NEW ORLEANS
UFE-TV & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO ACCESS was granted to attend the star-studded cocktail reception for OWN’S upcoming show “Queen Sugar.” We had the best time networking, and took advantage of photo ops in the process. S/o to 135th Agency for putting together this epic event during Essence Festival.
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continued its “Queen Sugar” Essence Festival takeover with a Q&A on the festival mainstage — moderated by Essence entertainment director Cori Murray — featuring the cast and show creator Ava DuVernay; an inspiring keynote speech by “Queen Sugar” executive producer Oprah Winfrey; and a culminating cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen, where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities celebrated the new series.
“Queen Sugar” cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe and Bianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception, followed by DuVernay, Gayle King and Ms. Winfrey herself. Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Tina Knowles Lawson, Richard Lawson, “The Real” hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai; singer Lalah Hathaway; “Love Thy Neighbor” cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; “Survivor’s Remorse” cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher, Erica Ash and Allen Maldonado; “POWER” cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producer Soledad O’Brien, Bozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young (Monami Entertainment); Stevie J (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); “Married to Medicine” cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole Cloud; Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Tameka Foster, American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae and so many more.
“Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.
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OUR NEXT STOP:
STARS & STRIKES
UFE-TV MEDIA & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO ACCESS was granted into Aly Media’s event Stars & strikes. This epic event was hosted by Le Sanctuary Book club and a few celebrity friends. There were complimentry drinks and food for invited VIP guest in attendance. There was good networking throughout the event, with various vendors in attendance as well. We were glad to attend.
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OUR NEXT STOP
NOLA CONVENTION CENTER
The convention center in NOLA is where thousands of women and families attended from July 1-3, 2016. This place was packed wall-to-wall, and the sponsor and venders were racking up. There were tons of free giveaways, money machines, dance contest, panels, free gift bags, mini-concerts from various talent, and overall it was just an awesome time. The one thing that keeps us going back to Essence Fest is the networking opportunities, the talent, the opportunities provided, the concerts at the super dome, and bourbon street. This was out 4th year attending and we clearly plan on coming back every ear.
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OUR NEXT STOP
BELIEVE BY MICHELLE WILLIAMS BRUNCH
UFE-TV MEDIA & TIME 2 SHINE RADIO ACCESS was granted into the “Believe” by Michelle Williams event during Essence Festival. We had plenty of photo ops, and this photo was all guest invited to this private event. The food was awesome, and all the ladies had the opportunity to network, and take photos with Michelle Williams. This is her new Bed-line coming to bedroom near you! Make sure y’all check it out and support Michelle Williams in her endeavors.
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TONI BRAXTON, WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON AND CHARLES
TILLMAN AMONG THOSE HONORED AT 13TH ANNUAL
MCDONALD’S 365BLACK AWARDS IN NEW ORLEANS
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Hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress/singer Amber Riley, the star-studded event included musical performances by the Braxton Sisters, Kelly Price, Eric Benet, Chrisette Michele, Anthony Hamilton and more.
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NEW ORLEANS — (July 1, 2016) — A number of notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They were joined by spectators who converged to salute this year’s recipients of the distinguished awards, including Grammy Award-winning artist Toni Braxton; football cornerback Charles Tillman; award-winning actress Wendy Raquel Robinson; educator and historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald’s owner/operatorLarry Triplett. Additionally, teen philanthropist Lauren Seroyer and teen social-entrepreneur Donovan Smith were recognized alongside this lineup with the third McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™presented by Coca-Cola®, the event was hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress/singer Amber Riley.
Singing siblings and reality television co-stars The Braxton Sisters performed a show-stopping tribute to their sister, Lifetime Achievement honoree, Toni Braxton. Vocal powerhouse Kelly Price, along with recording artists Kenny Lattimore,V. Bozeman and Eric Benet joined the sisters in the esteemed accolade to Toni. Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones, Chrisette Michele, Ro James and Canton Jonesled the other crowd-moving performances at the awards.
Actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Erica Ash and Gabrielle Dennis, along with actors Cornelius Smith Jr., Ronreaco Lee and Jay Ellis, were among this year’s presenters. Other celebrities in attendance included recording artists Jordin Sparks, Avery Wilson and Guordan Banks, as well as music producer Sean Garrett and comedian/philanthropist Ricky Smith.
Actor, comedian and popular internet personality King Bach brought his large social media following along to the event, posting photos from the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony.
“We salute this year’s honorees for all of their achievements and for positively contributing to their communities,” said William Rhodes, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “It is important to acknowledge people who are making a real difference. We at McDonald’s are proud to be able to honor this group with this form of recognition. We hope it inspires them and others to continue to make positive impact.”
Those who missed the live awards ceremony can share in the experience by watching the broadcast on BET® Networks and CENTRIC later this summer. Additionally, consumers can follow @365Black on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation using #365BlackAwards.
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 27 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds. To learn more about the 365Black initiative, visit www.365Black.com and follow @365Black on Twitter.
About BET Networks:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
AUTHOR RICHARD BYRD
Photo Courtesy: RL Byrd
Atlanta Architect/Author, R.L. Byrd returns with continued discussions of love and life in his newest release Black Coffee.
Black Coffee introduces the readers to six men,The Brothers Forum, to offer female readers a rare peak into the psyche of their male counterparts. Black Coffee also wakes up social advocacy by delving into discussion of pressing issues that affect black men including Homicide, Suicide, Unemployment and HIV. With a raw and authentic voice, R.L. Byrd journeys into the black male’s perspective of challenges in love and life, unveiling truths to the great mystery of why men act and respond in ways that women are often unable to understand.
5 things women will learn about men from in Black Coffee:
- Good (and bad) men come in all complexions, sizes & walks of life; sometimes you have to peel back the layers to find him.
- Men can be strong on the outside, but quietly suffering on the inside. (When your man doesn’t talk to you.)
- Men deal with trust issues (just like women) that can wreak havoc on a relationship.
- Sometimes it’s difficult for men, who are hurt and betrayed, to get over their feelings and move forward.
- For some, social issues hinder finding, establishing, and maintaining a healthy relationship.
For more information on R.L. Byrd’s catalogue of books visit www.RichardLeonByrd.com
Atlanta Architect Raises Advocacy for Young Black Males
Atlanta Architect, R.L. Byrd is utilizing his passion for writing to provide a voice for the African-American male’s multifaceted perspective. In his newest release, Black Coffee, the characters break their silence on some of the most pressing social issues challenging today’s black males: Disproportionate homicide rates, unintentional injuries, suicide, HIV/AIDS, disparities in employment and graduation rates, all while engrossing readers with their intricate life tales and relationships. As an extension of his book, he’s launched Project H.U.S.H. to encourage dialogue on the top issues affecting black males in the U.S., (Homicide, Unemployment, Suicide & HIV) and has also become a 2016 board member for the Boys 2 Men non-profit initiative in Atlanta GA. Visit www.RichardLeonByrd.com to learn more about his advocacy efforts or connect with him through social media @Author_RLByrd
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THE FUED BETWEEN FUTURE AND CIARA
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Here we go again… Ciara confirmed that she filed a defamation lawsuit against Future, and requested full custody of Baby Future, but the judge ruled for joint custody. Despite the decision, Ciara is still moving forward with the defamation suit. WOW! She’s not giving up! Although Ciara is moving forward, it hasn’t stopped Future from talking about the situation during interviews.
In a recent interview with “Rolling Stone,” Future opens up about the lawsuit Ciara filed against him and how stressful the situation has been:
The battle looms large in Future’s mind. As he steers his black Ferrari along a freeway one afternoon, a blunt in his left hand, he lets out a weird, extended half-groan, half-laugh – it lasts maybe 15 seconds – when I remind him we’re doing his first interview since Ciara’s suit. “I can’t deal with it,” he says, eyes hidden by reflector shades. “I can’t even think about it. I never imagined my life would be like that: ‘I’m going to sue you and take away from you.’” The studio, then, becomes a place to hide, too: “I don’t know how to deal with something like that,” he says. “All I know is record, record, record, record.”
A source close to Ciara accused Future of wishing failure upon her, but he denies that. “I would never wish that,” he says. “Her being successful, her being happy, helps me.” He starts addressing her directly. “I’m attached to you. If you’re happy, I’m happy. You’re connected for life. I don’t want you to go through this sh*t and for it to come back on my son, my kid. I want you to be in the best situation.”
He tries to explain, elliptically, why it upset him to see Wilson with his son, and why it’s a topic he wants to avoid going forward. “It’s something that’ll take more time for me. It ain’t even about [him] playing daddy. I don’t even want to think about it. That’s my son forever. My son is going to be able to read this. He’s going to be able to look at those pictures. He’s going to be able to have a judgment for himself, and have a conversation with me man-to-man. That’s my blood. He is me. I am him. We is one.”
And there you have it ladies and gentleman.. stay tuned in..
As millions of viewers were ALL TUNED IN to watch the 2016 BET Awards, BET had a lot to live up to and it’s safe to say the network delivered indeed. If you can remember, one minute after the billboard music awards, BET Networks sent out a tweet, busting their chops about their version of the Prince Tribute. Not many viewers were feeling the whole Madonna tribute, and rumor had that Prince didn’t even like Madonna.
To start off the festivities, the network quickly got into “formation” with a surprise appearance by Beyoncé, who stunned the crowd with a live performance of “Freedom.” The singer, joined by rapper Kendrick Lamar, silently awaited her dancers as they marched into the theater to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, and performed a water dance. -DOPE performance!
BET also provided a series of tributes to Prince throughout the show. Highlights included Sheila E- who gave y’all A SHOW!! Jennifer Hudson’s wrecking the house with “Purple Rain”; soul singer Bilal channeling the Purple One in his performance of “The Beautiful Ones”; and Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly teaming up for the “Purple Rain” duet “Take Me with U.”
Maxwell also belted out “Nothing Compares 2 U”; Janelle Monet revved up the crowd with a set of Prince songs that included “Kiss”; and Shelia E closed out the show with a string of Prince hits, including “Erotic City” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Other notable performances included Fat Joe, Remy Ma and French Montana performing “All the Way Up”; Desiigner’s hit “Panda,” Alicia Keys singing her new single “In Common”; Bryson Tiller offering crowd favorites “Don’t” and “Exchange”; Maxwell crooning his smooth ballad, “Lake by the Ocean”; and Usher providing a “No Limit” performance with Atlanta rapper Young Thug.
The theme of social and political activism stayed present throughout the night. Hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson repeatedly reminded viewers to get out and vote, while “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams, who received the Humanitarian Award, delivered arguably the most inspiring speech of the evening that called for action and change in the community.
“The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize,” he said, dedicating his award to black women “who have spent their lives dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves.”
“We can and will do better for you,” he said.
Other award winners included Samuel L. Jackson, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his catalog of work.
Here’s the list of 2016 BET Award winners:
- Best Male R&B/Pop Artist — Bryson Tiller
- Best Female R&B/Pop Artist — Beyoncé
- Best Actor — Michael B. Jordan
- Best Actress — Taraji P. Henson
- Best Movie — “Straight Outta Compton”
- Best New Artist — Bryson Tiller
- Video of the Year — Beyoncé, “Formation”
- Best Male Hip-Hop Artist — Drake
- Best Female Hip-Hop Artist — Nicki Manage
- Best Collaboration — Rihanna ft. Drake, “Work”
- Best Group — Drake and Future
- Best Gospel — Kirk Franklin
- Youngsters Award — Amandla Stenberg
- Centric Award — Beyoncé, “Formation”
- Video Director of the Year — Director X
- Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Inspirational Award — Kirk Franklin
- Coca Cola Viewers’ Choice Award — Beyoncé, “Formation”
- Sportsman of the Year — Stephen Curry
- Sportswoman of the Year — Serena Williams
- Best International Act Africa — Wizkid (Nigeria)
- Best International Act U.K. — Skepta
- Humanitarian Award — Jesse Williams
- Lifetime Achievement Award — Samuel L. Jackson
BOBBY BROWN INSINUATED THAT NICK GORDON
KILLED BOTH WHITNEY HOUSTON & BOBBI-KRISTINA
See Dr. Phill Clip here https://youtu.be/LlDhkxqvuBU
In case you haven’t heard, recently this month- in an interview with “20/20”, Bobby Brown implied that Nick Gordon was responsible for the death of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and his late ex-wife Whitney Houston. Now, Nick is hitting back at those claims.
Nick is now opening up about the deaths of both women, revealing he lives with tremendous guilt over not being able to save them.
Gordon told The Sun, “I still dream about Krissy like she’s still here. She was too terrified to bathe alone after Whitney passed, we both were. It’s why this is so messed up. I had no idea she was in the bath until I heard a friend scream. I raced upstairs and gave her CPR.”
He continues, “She wasn’t breathing so I gave her mouth-to-mouth. Three minutes in she spat out some water and that motivated me to keep going. It was the hardest and saddest thing I have ever done…”
Nick, a former lifeguard, also revealed he also attempted to save Whitney Houston, who he called Nippy. She died when she fell unconscious in the bathtub of the Beverly Hilton in 2012 at the age of 48.
Gordon said, “The day Whitney died I was just coming back to the hotel where she was staying when I heard screaming. I ran into her suite. I bent down and tried pushing on her chest but I could tell she was gone, her lips were completely blue.”
He adds, “Do I wish I could’ve done more? Of course. My God, the guilt is horrible. But to say I was the cause of their deaths just because I was there simply isn’t fair.”
Nick was 17-year-s old when he met Bobbi Kristina through mutual friends in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, Michelle moved to Florida and Whitney offered to let him live in her home.
He said, “We were just friends then, Krissy was like a little sister. She’d give me advice on girlfriends. When I moved in Whitney told me to call her mom. She didn’t legally adopt me but I called her and Krissy my girls, my ladies. Whitney was strict. She gave guidelines, just like a mom. She gave me jobs when she was on tour and I ran errands. My main job was to protect Krissy.”
BIRDMAN & TONY BRAXTON GOES PUBLIC
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Who remembers earlier this month when Toni Braxton brought Birdman on stage during her show? They were apparently busy back stage doing them, and taking photos that very much made them look like a couple backstage.
Now, it appears the speculations on the rumors are true. The rumored couple were spotted holding hands over Father’s Day weekend. They have been together for a little while, but now have decided to go public.
There were past rumors about Toni and Birdmanhooking up, but most fans did not truly visualize them together.
The dating reports were fueled after video of Braxton paying some “respeck” to Birdman during one of her concerts.
“COMEBACK ATLANTA” POWER BRUNCH W/ LELEE, Y’ANNA CRAWLEY, BISHOP WILLIAM MURPHY, DJ FADELF & MORE
CHLOE AND HALLE
ANNOUNCED TO PERFORM AT
ESSENCE FESTIVAL 2016 IN NEW ORLEANS
The lineup just keeps getting hotter: Beyoncé protégées Chloe x Halle are now getting in formation to play the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. Yes, they’re coming to slay.
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WHO IS THE GAME TALKING ABOUT IN HIS LYRICS?
Have you heard? Rapper ‘The Game’ released the album “Streets of Compton” for his upcoming A&E documentary last week and recently dropped “All Eyez” with Jeremih. The track talks about the woman in his life, who happen to be Chris Brown Ex. Music is an outlet for folks to vent, so some take advantage of it more than others.
The Game talks about a certain lady that’s caught his eye, saying, “You want me to say your name, huh? Karrueche!” Fans will realize the rapper is poking fun at Brown’s “Back to Sleep” remix. Interesting… Take a listen and let us know what you think.
DR. HEAVENLY KICKS OFF INAUGURAL
“HEAVEN HELP US” DATING & RELATIONSHIPS
|Sasha The Diva, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Genise Shelton and Marcus Rosier on stage after|
HOSEA COLLINS & A.D. DOLPHIN APPEAR ON “STEVE HARVEY” SHOW
QUEEN LATIFAH & JADA PINKETT SMITH REUNITES FOR “GIRL TRIP”
Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith have starred together previously on the big screen in the Gary Gray1996 film, “Set It Off”, where they orchestrated bank robberies. Now, the ladies have reunited for a movie called “Girl Trip”.
The film, which is scripted by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, follows four friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. The description states that ” sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, with some drinking, romancing and even brawling thrown in for good measure”
“Girl Trip” was originally scheduled for an August 11, 2017 release, but Universal has decided to move it up to July 21, 2017 instead. It’s a Will Packer Productions release and WPP motion picture head James Lopez is exec producer. Lee last directed for Universal “The Best Man Holiday”, and most recently helmed “Barbershop 3”. Sara Scott is overseeing for the studio. “Girl Trip” is expected to spend $27.7 million in-state, with $7.2 million of that going toward Louisiana payroll, according to the production’s filming with the state film office.
Deadline reports that Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith will star in the movie, along with Regina Hall. Regina recently starred in “Barbershop: The Next Cut”, and will be working with Malcolm D. Lee again in this flick. Hall also appeared in Lee’s “The Best Man” and “Best Man Wedding”.There is no word currently on just who will round out the cast as the fourth lady in the film.
TOYA WRIGHT MOVING FORWARD
WITH DIVORCING MEMPHITZ?
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Toya Wright and Memphitz’s marriage has been rocky since K Michelle accused him of assaulting her on the first season of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” but two reality shows later, and it’s been made clear to Toya that it’s just time for her to move on. Toya agreed to do a couple of reality shows with Memphitz to work on their marriage, but she claims their stint on “Marriage Bootcamp” was clearly an eye opener for her. Wow!!
Now she feels it’s just time to sign the divorce papers.
As per interview with Big Tigger via V-103:
“I did it so we could make things work. At least take the counseling with Jim and Elizabeth… I can honestly say after filming this show, I learned a whole lot about myself. I learned about Memph and I. We weren’t as compatible as I thought we were. It was crazy.
“We’re not together, that’s no secret. We are getting a divorce.”
“I used to be a prisoner of people’s opinions of me. Now, Tigger, I’m at a new place in my life. I don’t give a damn what nobody has to say. Imma live my life and do what I do. You gon’ judge me regardless. Imma live my life!” Wellllll…
IS IT OVER FOR TAMMY RIVERA AND WAKA FLOCKA?
Tammy Rivera and Waka Flocka’s relationship has once again hit a rocky patch. No marriage or people are perfect and we all know that.
Apparently Waka Flocka and Tammy Rivera are having problems again, and again, nothing is perfect.
Plagued with plenty of rumors of Waka allegedly messing around with other women despite their relationship, the couple decided to make things official and get married anyway back in 2014. That was based on rebuilding trust in their relationship, and Tammy just like other women, was willing to forgive her man and move forward. Well now, it looks like their marriage may be headed down an unexpected path. Stay tuned in.
RIP MUHAMMAD ALI
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was recently hospitalized for respiratory issues, and now it’s been confirmed that he has passed away June 3, 2016.
Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion who proclaimed himself “the Greatest”, defied the US government over the Vietnam war, and later became one of the most well-known, and sportsmen in history has died at the age of 74.
Ali died late on Friday at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, the family’s spokesperson Bob Gunnell said. His funeral will take place in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky.
Ali was admitted to hospital on Thursday with a respiratory problem – a move that was described at the time as “a precaution;” however, reports emerged 24 hours later which said he had been placed on a life support machine and his family “feared the worst”.
Ali had become increasingly frail since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 at age 42, and in recent years had limited his public appearances. Earlier this month his brother Rahman Ali revealed that the condition was so advanced he could barely speak or leave his house. We will always remember the boxer legend.
DID YOU WATCH THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS?
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The Nation was tuned in and tweeting about the Billboard Music Awards Hosted by Ciara & Ludacris at the T-Mobile Arena in as Vegas on May 22. We personally did not like the non-authentic performance with the lip singing with some of the performers; however, Pink had the most entertaining performance by far! We’ve only seen Usher fly across the ceiling in the arena before, and Pink had an amazing night last night.
The Weeknd lead the finalist pack with nods in 19 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Song. Justin Bieber followed as a finalist in 11 categories. Leading the ladies, Adele and Taylor Swift were tied with eight nods each including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist.
SEE THE 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS:
Top Hot 100 Artist:
The Weeknd **WINNER**
Top Hot 100 Song:
Fetty Wap “Trap Queen”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth “See You Again” **WINNER**
The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd “The Hills”
Top Country Song:
Sam Hunt “Break Up In A Small Town”
Sam Hunt “Take Your Time”
Little Big Town “Girl Crush”
Thomas Rhett “Die A Happy Man” **WINNER**
Chris Young “I’m Comin’ Over”
Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber **WINNER**
Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele “25” **WINNER**
Justin Bieber “Purpose”
Ed Sheeran “x”
Taylor Swift “1989”
The Weeknd “Beauty Behind The Madness”
Top R&B Song:
Alessia Cara “Here”
Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko “Post To Be”
The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”
The Weeknd “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
The Weeknd “The Hills” **WINNER**
Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Little Big Town
BAD BOY CELEBRATES NOTORIOUS B.I.G. LIFE AS A FAMILY
REUNION, WITH SPECIAL INVITED GUEST
JIM JONES DISCUSSES THE FALLOUT WITH MONA SCOTT
YOUNG AND YANDY SMITH
Well well well.. We are familiar with both Jim Jones and his fiancée Chrissy Lampkin for the rise of “Love and Hip Hop;” both left the show after the second season, because they fell out with Yandy Smith and Mona Scott Young. In a recent interview, Jim discusses both situations, and he pretty much let loose.
The interview was with Shade 45’s The Streetz Is Watchin, Jim takes credit for the creation of “Love and Hip Hop” and admits he wished he would have been a lot more business savvy at the time.
“It started as a concept that Jim Jones made. That’s my whole template…it was no in between. It was nobody else’s idea. It was my idea, I just didn’t capitalize on my business at the time and I had operated too much as a hustler. Sometimes you don’t really understand what black and white really means until you see everything you help out with move forward and sometimes it’s too late.
“…My dignity is everything. That show wasn’t going in a direction that me and Chrissy was feeling so you know we rather go home and go to sleep than jump off a roof and sh*t like that. But you know, shout out to everybody who’s making some money over there. I hope you know why you’re making some money…it ain’t Mona. That’s not why you’re making money.”
He also took a quick shot at Mona too:
“She does her thing. She’s definitely an evil b*tch but that’s a whole other story. But shout out to everybody who’s making money over there. Don’t jump off too many buildings to get famous.”
On Yandy, he says:
“I took a stab at it…seeing a bright, young girl I thought could help me out. I really took a stab at it because she was working for Mona and they was running G-Unit at the time and she was very impressionable so I snatched her so I could use Mona’s Rolodex because she was Mona’s assistant and I could keep her close. And she’s a girl. I always like girls because in this game it’s easy to get my point across and having a girl with smarts and a fat a*s…it kind of worked. Look where she at now.
“I don’t make amends with people I make enemies with. It’s a wrap. That part of my life is over. We all have different chapters in our lives. A book is a book. You read it to the end.” welllll….
He also revealed he and Chrissy have a new show on the way and it should drop this summer on WEtv.
RICKEY SMILEY, KARLIE REDD, PORSHA WILLIAMS, DA BRAT
& MORE AT CELEBRITY BOWLING TOURNAMENT
@ SLINGSHOT ENTERTAINMENT
JOHNNY GILL SCORES #1 HIT WITH “THIS ONE’S
FOR ME AND YOU” FT. NEW EDITION
MULTI-GRAMMY NOMINATED, PLATINUM SELLING R&B SUPERSTAR JOHNNY GILL SCORES #1 HIT WITH
“THIS ONE’S FOR ME AND YOU” FT. NEW EDITION
GEARING UP TO HIT THE ROAD WITH NEW EDITION & BABYFACE; APPEARING AT 2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL
TI CONFIRMS LAUREN LONDON’S PREGNANCY
It’s been rumored for weeks now that Lauren London is pregnant by her boyfriend Nipsey Hussle, and now TI has confirmed it.
Did anyone see T.I. on macbook live? The video was about 22 minutes long, and he drop some major interesting tea while talking about the postponement of the highly anticipated ATL sequel. That was pretty cool, the ATL movie had a lot of press, and we are fans of T.I. The Grand Hustle rapper responded to questions about the film’s delay with this very surprising comment:
“Ay man, we’re working on it presently. We got a couple obstacles in our way, like my lil sis man – she’s about to have a baby. So, we’re going to have to let her get that time out of her system and when she’s back in New New shape we’ll be ready to role.” Congrats to Nipsey & Lauren!
FUTURE IS GRANTED JOINT CUSTODY OF THEIR BABY…
CIARA FEELS SOME TYPE OF WAY…
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Ciara and Future went to family court to figure out Baby Future’s custody situation. Ciara was not happy with the results, but she’s staying positive.
Ciara and her former fiancé Future had their day in court to sort out their custody situation involving their 1-year-old son Future Wilborn, who turns 2 in a few days.
The IMG model went before the judge requesting sole physical custody of Baby Future. TMZ reports that Ciara and her legal team argued that the Atlanta rapper was a bad parent who has been absent in Baby Future’s life. They also claim that Ciara’s legal team did all they could to paint Future as a bad person in general to show he’s not capable of being a good parent to his son.
Meanwhile, Future requested joint custody and he previously made claims Ciara was keeping Baby Future away from him.
The verdict? Joint custody!
The judge sided with Future saying Baby Future should be shared between both parents. With California law being in favor of joint custody, it’s no surprise Future got his wish.
ALICIA KEYS, JENNIFER LOPEZ, MARLON WAYANS AND TONS
MORE HIT THE BLUE CARPET AT THE NBC UPFRONTS TO
PROMOTE THEIR NEW SHOWS AND NEW SEASONS.
photo red NBC
Now that Alicia Keys has joined “The Voice” as a new judge, (replacing Pharell airing in September) she is hitting the promo circuit. The R&B songstress hit the blue carpet at the NBC Upfronts in NYC rocking a floral bomber Dolce & Gabbana jacket over a black mesh crop top and high-waisted harm trousers and black gladiator sandals. Check out those shoes!
After a successful debut season, the hit cop drama “Shades of Blue” will be returning to the NBC network. And that means, we’ll be seeing more of Jennifer Lopez as the tough NYPD officer Harlee Santos. J-Lo turned up the heat on the carpet in a white hot David Koma AW16 dress paired with YSL platform pumps topping her look off with a high pony tail. “Shades of Blue” is expected to return Thursday nights this fall.
Comedian/Actor Marlon Wayans is ready to bring the laughs in his new NBC show loosely based on his life titled “Marlon.” Marlon will star and produce the series through his newly launched production company he jump started with his longtime business partner Rick Alvarez.
RICKEY SMILEY, PORSHA WILLIAMS, JOSELINE, KELLY PRICE &
MORE ATTEND TV ONE PREMIERE OF “RICKEY SMILEY FOR REAL”
Photo Credit: Marcus Ingram
BEYONCE MAKES HISTORY WITH ‘LEMONADE’
Well well well. We’ve all saw HBO’s special on Queen B right? Controversy aside, it seems as if Beyonce’s new album “Lemonade” is helping her make history.
According to Billboard, Beyonce is the first female artist to have all 12 of her tracks debut on the Billboard 100 chart. Now is nothing short of fabulous! Somebody has to se the trend.
R&B/Pop Star: Beyonce’s new album “Lemonade” is getting great reviews from music critics and so far the general public is loving the tracks because they have all charted well on the Billboard Hot 100 the first week in. She surpassed Taylor Swift’s 11 tracks on the Hot 100 when 2010’s Speak Now was released. The overall record holder is Justin Bieber with 17 songs from Purpose in 2015.
“Formation” is currently Beyoncé’s highest charting record at #10. “Sorry” (11) and “Hold Up” (13) sit right outside the Top 10. All 12 Lemonade songs appear on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well.
“Marriage is something I look forward to. I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives together. We talk about everything. To me, to both of us, that’s the foundation you need for love to flourish and reach its highest place. I want to live with as much lightness as possible, so I can stay focused on my love of God, and being the best mom, and the best person, I can be…”—Ciara, ESSENCE Magazine
Single motherhood wasn’t on Ciara’s to-do list. As the singer shares in ESSENCE’s May issue article, Secret Garden, when Baby Future came into her life, so did a new focus on what matters most: her son and her faith. And now that she’s found a new love, everything’s coming up roses. With a clear vision, a focus on family and a life firmly rooted in faith, singer Ciara promises that there are even more “goodies” in store for her, her fans and the future.ESSENCE’s May anniversary issue hits newsstands on Friday. For more on this story, click here.
THE GAME, JOSELINE HERNANDEZ, MICHAEL JAI WHITE
ATTEND ‘KEANU’ ALL DEF COMEDY SCREENING IN LA
Photos: Erin G. Wesley
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – April 2016 – Recently Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and All Def Digital hosted a special “All Def Comedy” screening of KEANU at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Hundreds packed the theater for a chance to preview the hilarious film which stars Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Method Man, Nia Long, Jason Mitchell and Tiffany Haddish (“The Carmichael Show”) who was in attendance.
Special guests included rapper The Game; Michael Jai White (“For Better or Worse”); Gillian White; Joseline Hernandez (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); Sundy Carter (“Basketball Wives”); Hazel-E (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”); Miles Brock (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”); Lil Rel Howery (“The Carmichael Shown comedia Joe Torry; writer/comedian Chris Spencer; social media stars King Keraun, Simone Shepherd and Dulo; Marcano Parnell (“Greenleaf”); Marcus T. Paulk (“Moesha”); E.B Wright (daughter of Eazy-E); actor/comedian Buddy Lewis and more.
KEANU is in theaters April 29. Visit www.keanumovie.com for more information. Join the conversation on social media by following @KeanuMovie and use hashtag #KEANU.
KELLY PRICE, MC LYTE, RICO LOVE, NICCI GILBERT & MORE
CELEBRATE “LOOK 2 LIVE” FOUNDATION LAUNCH
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OWN SCREENS “GREENLEAF” FOR NY PRESS
(OPRAH WINFREY & CAST ATTEND)
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(NEW YORK, NY) – April 2016 – Recently OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network gave a small group of New York press a first look of its new mega-church drama series “GREENLEAF” at a private luncheon at the Roxy Hotel.
Executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) were on hand to share insight on the show during the post-screening Q&A along with cast members Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne,Tye White and writer/story editor Erica Anderson.
“GREENLEAF” centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David, “Enlisted” and “Community”) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield, “The Josephine Baker Story”), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.
“GREENLEAF” premieres two-nights: Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. “Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate Television.
Check out a sneak peek of “Greenleaf” here: www.OWN.tv/Greenleaf
“GHOST BROTHERS” ATL PRESS LUNCH
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(ATLANTA, GA) – April 2016 – Recently in Atlanta, Destination America hosted an exclusive press screening at Graveyard Tavern for their latest show “Ghost Brothers,” a six-part docu-series featuring TV’s first African-American paranormal investigation team. Cast members Juwan Mass, Dalen Spratt and Marcus Harvey were on hand for a brief Q&A and one-on-one interviews following the sneak peek of the first episode (“Magnolia Plantation”).
“Ghost Brothers” follows three best friends– all raised in religious households – who take their healthy curiosity and passion for the paranormal to the next level. The trio tour a series of haunted houses throughout the U.S. to uncover the history and the truth behind the local tales.
#GhostBrothers premieres Friday, April 15 at 10/9c on Destination America (@DestAmerica).
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OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK UNVEILS FIRST
LOOK AT NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES
‘GREENLEAF’ IN ADVANCE OF JUNE PREMIERE
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TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN TAKES OVER ATLANTA!
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NEW ESSENCE COVER: APRIL 2016
“Winning was surreal, a totally out-of-body experience…I thought I would suddenly feel different—that I would finally figure out how to organize my underwear drawer. I’m grateful and blown away by it all, but I’m still me. I still have work to do…”—Audra McDonald, ESSENCE
ESSENCE’s April “Careers” issue cover features the incredible Audra McDonald. In this issue, the Broadway superstar and record-breaking Tony Award winner shares how following her passion saved her life—literally. Audra also stars in HBO’s broadcast of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill on March 12th and can be seen this season on Broadway in Shuffle Along, beginning previews March 15th. The April issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands on April 18th
DR. HEAVENLY AT JAZZ IN THE GARDENS
TENESHIA J. WARNER ON THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW
We are thrilled to announce that Teneshia J. Warner, CEO of EGAMI Group, Author of Profit with Purpose, and Founder of the Dream Project Symposium, had a chat with Daytime Emmy Award Winning TV Show host, Steve Harvey, of The Steve Harvey Show. This episode of The Steve Harvey Show will aired on Tuesday, March 15th, at 3pm EST, on NBC.
Teneshia discussed her journey with tips on how to start your dream career and achieve success. This engaged discussion provided a sneak peek into Teneshia’s upcoming appearance at Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Success Conference on May 13th-15th, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lastly, don’t forget to also join them at the 2016 Dream Project Symposium on April 21st – 22nd in Atlanta.
TYLER PERRY’S ‘IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG’ RETURNS TO OWN WITH
TUESDAY, MARCH 15 AT 10PM ET/PT
(LOS ANGELES) – March 2016 – Tyler Perry’s hit drama series “If Loving You is Wrong” will premiere on OWN with all-new episodes on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following the season finale of “The Haves and the Have Nots” (9-10 p.m. ET/PT). The series will move to its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Tuesday, March 22.
Who’s Who Kids & Teen Honor Awards
Location: Six Flags Over Georgia
CFOX Productions is putting together an incredible show and is looking for performing acts.
R & B Artist
Spoken Word Artist
Hip Hop Acts, Live Bands
Neo Soul Artist
CFOX Productions gives talent the opportunity to perform at the Who’s Who Kids & Teen Honor Awards. Talent must professional at all times during and after your performances.
Six Flags Over Georgia is a family friendly theme park.
#POLITICSAFTERDARK AND THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HOST COMMITTEE KICKS OFF MAYOR KASIM REED’S MUNICIPAL OPTION SALES TAX CAMPAIGN AT M BAR
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DEDRA ALLEN CELEBRATES J’DOAH GRAND OPENING
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ATLANTA (February 2016) 2016, J’doah Salon owner and reality TV star Dedra Allen hosted the grand opening of the J’doah Academy, the innovative addition to the hair mogul’s empire. Held in Conyers, GA, WEtv filmed the event live for an episode of Cutting It in the ATL allowing guests the opportunity to star on the hit show. The grand opening was overflowing with love and support from family, colleagues and fans as Dedra spent the evening giving a first-hand look at the academy and providing insight to those interested in the beauty business.Atlanta notables graced the red carpet alongside Dedra Allen such as Robin Dyke from Bravo’s Mother Funders, Celebrity Hairstylist La’Princess Baber, Celebrity Host Bo Talley and Priyanka Banks of VH1’s Sorority Sisters.
Special S/O to the sponsors: Voo Vodka, Brown Sugar Gourmet Desserts and Cakes by Tatyana for providing specialty drinks and desserts for the red carpet affair.
HAVE YOU HEARD OF INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY’S “HATE IN AMERICA”?
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INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES NEW SERIES HATE IN AMERICA, EXAMINING THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER’S MOST RIVETING CASES, AS ORGANIZATION RELEASES 2015 INTELLIGENCE REPORT
–SPLC’s Intelligence Report Finds That Amid Year of Lethal Violence, Extremist Groups Expanded Ranks in 2015—
—Hosted by Tony Harris, the First Installment of New Series Premieres Monday, February 29 at 8/7c, Only on ID—
(Silver Spring, Md.) – Investigation Discovery (ID) and Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris are teaming up once again with premiere civil rights advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), to produce HATE IN AMERICA, a new documentary strand that showcases the SPLC’s efforts to combat bigotry and hate groups in the United States. The mission of the SPLC and its legendary founder, Morris Dees, are to combat the hate, intolerance and discrimination perpetuated by these groups through education, litigation and advocacy. According to the SPLC’s 2015 Intelligence Report released yesterday, the number of extremist groups operating domestically grew by 14% from 2014, and the SPLC catalogued an astounding 892 hate groups in the US, including neo-Nazis, white nationalists, black separatists, Klansmen and other groups that target the LGBT community. Produced by NBC News’ award-winning production arm Peacock Productions, the documentary series HATE IN AMERICA kicks off with its first premiere on Monday, February 29 at 8/7c, showcasing the SPLC’s remarkable strides to fight organized hate over the past four decades.
In the first episode of HATE IN AMERICA, titled The Klan on Trial, Harris explores some of the SPLC’s most riveting court cases, starting with the Michael Donald case – a heinous lynching of a young man in the early 1980s that prompted SPLC founder Morris Dees to sue the United Klans of America (UKA) on behalf of the victim’s mother. In this landmark court decision, the UKA’s violent leadership was held responsible for the unspeakably violent and racist acts of its members, helping to turn the tide against organized hate in our country. Harris also digs deep into the deeds of notorious white supremacist murderer Glenn Miller, who most recently made national headlines when he went on a shooting spree at a Kansas Jewish Community Center in April 2014.
The first episode of HATE IN AMERICA, The Klan on Trial premiered on Monday, February 29 at 8/7c on Investigation Discovery, with subsequent premieres airing throughout 2016. Additional episode descriptions are below:
HATE IN AMERICA: Lone Wolves
In this episode of HATE IN AMERICA, Harris investigates the rise of the lone wolf, revealing startling information about the dramatic increase of this deadly threat. Over the last six years alone, there have been more than 60 incidents of domestic terrorism planned by “lone wolf” attackers or pairs. That averages out to one incident every 34 days. Harris travels the country to investigate three distinct lone wolf attacks, delving into the psychology of the twisted minds of the shooters, including an anti-Semitic attack at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2009, the ambush of two police officers and a bystander by anti-government extremists in Las Vegas in 2014, and the 2015 massacre by a white supremacist at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
ATL LUNCH & LEARN: A MONTHLY EVENT
ATL LUNCH & LEARN was another successful event! It was our first monthly event of 2016!!! Urban Female Entertainment, Quente’Sential Branding, & Be Magazine put together another awesome event for the community. This monthly event gets bigger and better each event!! Our guests enjoyed the networking scene in conjunction with our sponsored lunch by the staff Anaginks Cusines, Chef Tee . It was a real cool vibe and everyone was chill. This monthly event ATL Lunch & Learn was also sponsored by Tee’s & Quote at 244 Peter Street Atlanta GA. Big S/O to our sponsors!!!
Our panlist were hand picked from our network, and there were several topics such as the entertainment business, media, entrepreneur concepts, & how everyone on the panel got started and grew into their current status & more. The audience was really engaged into the paneled discussions and when it came to asking questions, no one in the crowd was shy. It was an intimate setting that included alot of knowledge, wisdom, networkers, grinders, media, and supporters. Our monthly panelist were:
SHALEEA “LUCKY” JOHNSON
T.I. CELEBRATES ROCNATION DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH TIDAL X:
FREE CONCERT IN ATLANTA GA AT GREENBRIAR MALL
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted yet again, to witness this super dope performance from TIP!! We are such big fans of his! Just prior to his performance, Tip announced that he had entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Roc Nation for his forthcoming 10th studio album ‘Dime Trap’ to be released on his Grand Hustle Records, and that he has become the 19th artist/owner of TIDAL, the global music entertainment platform founded by Jay-Z.
Clearly it was a celebration of sorts, so T.I. also premiered his brand new video on Tidal last night which was shot by celebrity photographer/videographer Derek Blanks.
During the free pop-up performance, Tip brought out several Atlanta artists including Young Thug, Young Dro and Bankroll Fresh (RIP).
T.I. also released his brand new video for ‘Money Talks’ which premiered on Tidal, and is the first single from his upcoming album ‘Dime Trap, which will mark Tip’s return to his trap music roots, the genre he helped put on the map when he created Grand Hustle Records and released his multi-platinum album ‘Trap Muzik’ featuring classics “24’s,” ”Rubberband Man” and “Let’s Get Away.”
As T.I. revealed last fall, ‘Dime Trap’ will sound like “’Trap Muzik’ on steroids.”
Over the course of his career, Tip has won three Grammy Awards and has sold over 10 million albums in the US alone.
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SNEAK PREVIEW OF SEASON 5 MARY MARY PREMIER IN ATLANTA GA.
UFE-TV ACCESS was granted to the WE-TV’S sneak preview premier of season 5 of Mary Mary. Boy was the church packed! It was really wall-to-wall. They did a lot of stalling before the started the event, asking folks thousands of questions. There was no refreshments or drinks, so after 3 hours of waiting folks started leaving and was over it. Not raining on the parade, but just speaking the truth! After the premier, Tina came out and spoke about her husband and the show.
This event took place at the New Life church in Decature GA. Mary Mary’s record label is ready for a new album but, unfortunately they aren’t. Tina fights for her solo career, and Erica wants to team back up. Season 5 of the reality series following gospel superstars Mary Mary premier’s every Thursday night on WE TV with plenty of drama. Tune in to see what happens.