It's almost that for the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.... Have you ever attended? Last year (2019) was our first time attending and we totally loved it.
The French Quarter Festival is the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world. More than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represents various genres from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, Cajun, cabaret, and more. Best of all the French Quarter Festival is free, so make plans to attend the French Quarter Festival.
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The film is set in Richmond Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration, making the city itself a unique case study for rising recidivism rates in the U.S. at large. With the U.S. locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system’s revolving door.
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CATHY HUGHES AND CHRIS TUCKER CO-HOST
Special recognitions for the evening include executive legend Clarence "The Black Godfather" Avant (Represent Opportunity), civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton (Represent Leadership) and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter (Represent Excellence).
Lil' Kim, Corinne Foxx, Aaron Walton, Billy Porter and Clarence Avant are among the show's presenters.
The event also features riveting performances from Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Brandy, Grammy-nominated rapper Wale, new artist Jac Ross, Pastor Charles Jenkins, along with a special musical tribute to the late, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, James Ingram, by Ne-Yo, Eric Benét, Chanté Moore and Al B. Sure!
Special appearances by Alfred Liggins, III, veteran radio personality Tom Joyner, entrepreneur and TV personality Ray J, rapper/radio host Da Brat and Reach Media/Radio One personalities Willie Moore, Jr. and Dyana Williams round out the show.
Ford Motor Company serves as Presenting Sponsor of the event and will present a special backstage pass segment hosted by TV Personality Tai Beauchamp, featuring exclusive interviews with the show's honorees, performers, and presenters. Ford also sponsored the Entertainment Icon Award.
Majic 102.3 and 92.7, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450, Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The televised event heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community.
URBAN ONE HONORS is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal of Swirl Films. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry and Gold Morgan are the Executives in Charge of Production for TV One. For TV One's Original Programming and Production, Robyn Greene Arrington serves as Vice President and Brigitte McCray serves as Senior Vice President.
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ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6, 2020 - Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Darlene McCoy reintroduces a God led gift of "Songstress" as she releases her new EP “Jesus Was Eclectic” [DECADES]. Scheduled to hit all digital music platforms January 24, 2020! With newly authentic released titles like, “Even Me” and “Walk”, McCoy takes her fans on a decades journey giving you the rich sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and early to mid-2000’s.
//ABOUT DARLENE MCCOY//
Darlene was introduced to the world as a National Recording artist on the soundtrack to Tyler Perry’s first Movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”. Her first self – titled CD was released on Capital/EMI executive produced by music mogul Dallas Austin earning her 2 Dove award nominations and a Grammy nod.
She is a comedian and has written and co-produced a project with Rickey Smiley and his quartet Group “Joe Willie and the Deuteronomaires”. She has appeared in Las Vegas at the Flamingo on George Wallace’s Stage. She has also teamed up with George Wallace and J. Anthony Brown on a show called “Two Devils and an Angel” She is the host and vocal coach for T.D. Jakes talent search “The Gospel.”
For More Information about Darlene McCoy visit: www.iamdarlene.com
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The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) President and CEO H. Beecher Hicks III and Mayor David Briley signed lease that officially gives the museum control over the space the museum will occupy at Fifth and Broadway.
The lease document solidifies the agreement between the museum and the city of Nashville for NMAAM to occupy the 56,000-square-foot space
opening in the summer of 2020.
“I’d like to thank Mayor Briley for his continued support of the museum throughout the fundraising and construction process,” Hicks said. “This is an important moment for our museum and this city, when we take the next step in fulfilling a musical legacy that began centuries ago. Today marks the day the long-held dream of NMAAM begins to become a reality, and now we can begin to build what will be a jewel in the crown for Music City. The work starts today.”
“With this lease, Nashville demonstrates its commitment to this museum and lets the world know
that, when we say ‘Music City,’ we mean all kinds of music,” Briley said. “NMAAM will be an
incredible attraction and will tell the important story of African American music in our city and
beyond. This is the culmination of years of organization, hard work and planning from city and
business leaders alike. I’m honored to have played a role in helping make this a reality for our
city, and I can’t wait for all Nashvillians to experience it.”
The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in the summer of 2020, will be
the only museum dedicated solely to preserving African American music traditions and
celebrating the influence African Americans have had on music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the
museum will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive
technology to bring musical heroes of the past into the present. For more information, please
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The event will be star studded and filled with live music from various past and present Hip-Hop. Performances for the night include Big Gipp and Khujo from Goodie Mob. A hip-hop group based in Atlanta, Georgia best known for their debut single “Cell Therapy”. Black Rob an American Rapper formerly signed to Bad Boy best known for the 2000 single “Whoa!”. High profile Atlanta DJ’s to include Jahlion Sound from the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and DJ Traci Steele from “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” as well as numerous surprise celebrities and a bunch of hilarious holiday games.
With so much to celebrate including his upcoming new syndicated morning radio show starting January 2020.
Headkrack stated “I want to celebrate the change coming into my life for 2020 by changing the lives of our community, starting with the children of Atlanta during the holidays. It takes a strong village to raise children and ACSATL.org gets it”.
“We are delighted that Headkrack has chosen us and the families we serve during the Holiday Season.” said Ms. Jordan Martin, Marketing and Communication Coordinator at acsatl.org.
Originally from the Bronx, Headkrack is a cultural curator, media personality, actor, hop-hop artist and comedian. While known for his charismatic straight talk, dynamic media persona, Headkrack is also a prolific lyricist with impressive freestyle skill to match. Now living in Atlanta, Headkrack co-hosts both nationally syndicated programs “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and "Dish Nation” featured in over 70+ markets. In January 2020, Headkrack will launch his new syndicated morning radio show.
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Lifetime’s Salt-N-Pepa biopic has found its leads. G.G. Townson and Laila Odom will be playing Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, respectively.
Additionally, the upcoming limited series will also star Cleveland Berto as music producer Hurby Azor, Jermel Howard as rapper Treach and Monique Paul as DJ Spinderella.
WATCH THIS INTERVIEW WITH JERMEL HOWARD ON WHEN WE SPEAK TV
It will also feature Salt-N-Pepa’s greatest hits, including “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “What a Man,” “Shoop” and “Push It,” among others.
Townson’s previous credits include “In The Cut” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” She is repped by Bohemia Group. Odom is known for work in “The Bobby DeBarge Story” and “Undercover Brother 2” and is repped by 831 Ent. and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Berto’s recent credits include “Lucifer” and “Terminator: Dark Fate.”
The Salt-N-Pepa biopic is produced by Sony Pictures Television and directed by Mario Van Peebles, from a script by Abdul Williams. Robert Teitel from Slate Street Prods. serves as executive producer, as does Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah. It is co-executive produced by James “Jimmy” Maynes and Hurby Azor.
The project will air on Lifetime in 2020.
2019 Black Music Honors pays tribute to Xscape, Tamia, Yolanda Adams, Arrested Development, and a special tribute to Bill Withers.
Watch our RED CARPET INTERVIEWS at 2019 Black Music Honors
Watch these amazing sisters, as they showcase their creative artistry through music, spoken word, fashion, and dance!
Freddie Jackson, Xscape, Tamia, Arrested Development, and Yolanda Adams Honored at 2019 Black Music Honors
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