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
- Eva Marcille – Mom, model and entrepreneur who contributes a relatable woman’s point of view with a sharp wit and sometimes challenging position
- Gary Wit Da Tea – Listeners count on Gary for the hottest entertainment gossip and a colorful opinion on just about everything
- Da Brat – The same in-your-face candor that made her a hip hop star makes her a listener favorite, bringing wit, humor and a fresh outlook every morning
- Rock T – A sports analyst with a hip hop flair, he not only reports the sports news…he predicts it as well
- Special K – A master at finding the funny in the headlines, Special K takes the role of news correspondent to hilarious new levels
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is syndicated nationally with markets including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami and Orlando.
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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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Georgia Tech Grad and Marathon Veteran Aiming for Career-Year in 2020
Recent Georgia Tech graduate Avery Bartlett will begin his professional career in Atlanta starting with the 2020 indoor track and field season. Bartlett is the 2018 ACC Champion in the 800m. He holds the second fastest 800m and 1500m times in school history. His 1:47.54 set in 2019 trails only Atlanta Track Club Elite teammate Brandon Lasater (1:47.38, 2015) on the Yellow Jacket all-time list.
Bartlett was born in Atlanta but grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He returned to Atlanta to study at Georgia Tech, the school from which both his parents, his grandfather and great grandfather all graduated.
“This city has always meant a lot to me. I see putting on an Atlanta Track Club singlet as my way to fully contribute to the city's success,” said Bartlett. “Atlanta Track Club gives me the opportunity to train with some of the best and put my limits to the test.”
Bartlett joins a talented group of middle distance men in Atlanta which includes Lasater and Abraham Alvarado, the 1,000m runner up at the 2019 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships.
With just 11 weeks until Atlanta hosts the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, veteran marathon star Maegan Krifchin has returned to Atlanta to train with Atlanta Track Club Elite. Krifchin, who placed 7th in the 2016 Trials, comes to Atlanta after training in Washington D.C. She previously ran with the Club in 2017. The Long Island, New York native and Syracuse University alum holds a personal best of 2:32:47 in the marathon and 1:09:51 in the half marathon.
“I came to Atlanta Track Club to be part of a community where I can support others and they can support me,” said Krifchin. “I thrive in this kind of environment and I am excited to see what we can do together.”
Krifchin is one of eight Atlanta Track Club athletes qualified for the Trials which will be held on February 29. Bridget Belyeu, Laurie Knowles, Lacey Krout, Morgan VanGorder, Wilkerson Given and Matt McDonald are also qualified for the race.
“Avery and Maegan each bring new talent, experience and personality to Atlanta Track Club Elite,” said Coach Amy Begley. “We look forward to seeing Avery compete with the nation’s best this season and to have Maegan join the hometown team competing for a spot in Tokyo.”
Follow Maegan on social media: IG: @mkrifchin Twitter: @mkrifchin
Follow Atlanta Track Club Elite on social media: IG: @atlantatrackclubelite Twitter: @atlTCElite
About Atlanta Track Club
With more than 30,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program.
For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
Beginning January 2, 2020, Run. Walk. Go! Club group runs will rotate weekly between the Eastside , Westside, Southside and Northside Atlanta BeltLine trails. Runners and walkers will gather in the following locations:
First Thursday of the month
New Realm Brewing
550 Somerset Terrace NE #101, Atlanta, GA 30306
Second Thursday of the month
Monday Night Garage
933 Lee St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Lean Draft House
600 Hopkins St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Third Thursday of the month
1015 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Fourth Thursday of the month
Black Bear Tavern
1931 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309
Following the run/walk, participants will enjoy food and beer specials as well as raffle prizes like free race entries, Atlanta Track Club apparel and Atlanta BeltLine merchandise.
“The expansion and accessibility of the BeltLine is a big part of why Atlanta is Running City USA,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s Executive Director. “We are excited to be able to facilitate these opportunities for runners and walkers to catch up with training partners, meet new friends and explore the various sections of the best rails-to-trails developments happening anywhere in the country.”
“We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our popular Run.Walk.Go! race series by expanding our run club program in partnership with Atlanta Track Club,” said Rob Brawner, Executive Director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. “The Club is a valued health and fitness partner and we look forward to working with them in 2020 to provide even more opportunities for Atlanta’s running community to get out and active on the Atlanta BeltLine.”
About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
With more than 30,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
About Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, please visit beltline.org.
Justin Ebach was named SESAC’s Songwriter of the Year for the second time, taking home his first award in 2017. Ebach’s chart-topping hits from the past year include “Good Girl,” recorded by Dustin Lynch and “Here Tonight,” recorded by Brett Young. The longest running No. 1 Country Airplay song of 2019, “Beautiful Crazy,” co-written by Wyatt Durrette III, published by Rosest Music, and recorded by Luke Combs was named SESAC Song of the Year. Warner Chappell Music took home the Publisher of the Year accolade during the event, after previously winning the award in 2017.
The awards ceremony kicked off with a lot of energy as Blanco Brown performed his debut smash “The Git Up.” Jimmie Allen provided a moving rendition of his record-breaking debut single “Best Shot” on piano, alongside co-writer and fellow award winner Josh London. Ray Wylie Hubbard took the stage last to perform Eric Church’s “Desperate Man,” which he co-wrote with Church.
The festive event, hosted by Shannan Hatch, SESAC’s Vice President of Creative Services, honored top songwriters and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits in the genres of country and Americana. More than 500 songwriters, publishers, and industry professionals attended the awards celebration, sponsored in part by Sound Royalties, SunTrust, Sweetwater, Bose and Jostens.
About SESAC PRO:
SESAC Performing Rights Organization is the second oldest PRO in the U.S. It drives efficiency in licensing for music users and enhances value for its affiliated writers, publishers and composers by providing timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. SESAC represents over 30,000 songwriters and film composers from a broad range of genres including artists such as Adele, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, David Crosby, Rosanne Cash, Mariah Carey, Kesha, Lalah Hathaway, Christophe Beck, Gabriel Mann and many more. SESAC is a leader and innovator in music licensing that administers public performance, mechanical, and other rights through SESAC PRO and its affiliates including The Harry Fox Agency, Rumblefish, and Mint Digital Services. SESAC Holdings has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London and Munich.
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.
Atlanta Track Club Announces 2020 AJC Peachtree Road Race T-Shirt Design Contest
Submissions are now being accepted. Click here to submit a design.
“Following an unforgettable celebration of its 50th Running, the AJC Peachtree Road Race moves forward into the next 50 years of the iconic event,” said Race Director Rich Kenah. “The artist who wins this year’s contest will be a major storyline of the Peachtree’s new chapter.”
The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt contest has been a beloved tradition at the world’s largest 10K since 1995. New York Times Bestselling Author Emily Giffin was last year’s winner in a special celebrity edition of the contest. “Lucky Bib,” The design she submitted with local artist and runner Tina Tait received the most votes in the history of the contest.
The 51st Running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The race begins at Lenox Square and ends in Piedmont Park. Registration for Atlanta Track Club members as well as the lottery opens on March 15, 2020.
Event hashtag: #ajcprr
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