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Ray Cornelius teams up with Atlanta’s Jazz 91.9 WCLK for new Arts & Entertainment Show ‘UPFRONT’

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The other day I posted that I had some pretty exciting news to share with you guys so here it goes!  Yours truly, Ray Cornelius, is teaming up with Atlanta’s Jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK, for a brand new 30-minute radio program titled, “UPFRONT.”

The NPR show will premiere next Saturday, August 6 at 9 a.m. and takes an in-depth look at Atlanta’s arts and entertainment industry including TV, film, theater, music and more. I will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and the behind-the-scenes influencers that make ATL, the new Hollywood South.

logo_fid“WCLK has long been a source for the most vital information, current events and activities not only happening around the jazz scene but the entertainment scene here in Atlanta. So naturally as we see this burgeoning and booming of the film industry, we want to be in the forefront of being able to disseminate that information to our listening audience about what’s happening, where the latest films are being shot, the red carpet premieres and more. We see it as another extension of what we do and this show, ‘UPFRONT,’ could not be more timely,” says Wendy Williams, General Manager of Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is an National Public Radio (NPR) station that is licensed to Clark Atlanta University and has been a staple in the city for over 42 years. It is Atlanta’s only station that serves the best in “classic, cool and contemporary” jazz music. It also provides thought provoking news and public affairs programming through “The Local Take” hosted by Kiplyn Primus and “The Tavis Smiley Show.” I am super excited to be producing and hosting this original program from the WCLK studios. It’s a show that I pray will encourage and inspire those to follow their dreams whether it’s being on stage or behind the camera. I look forward to updating you more about it over the next week.

Remember, “UPFRONT – Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry” premieres next Saturday, August 6 at 9 a.m. EST on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and online at WCLK.com.

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Oprah Winfrey to star in ‘Wrinkle In Time’ directed by Ava DuVernay

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Oprah Winfrey appears to be really focused on her acting career these days.  Not only does the media maven have a reoccurring role on the OWN hit series “Greenleaf” but she’s also starring in the film adaptation of the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” for HBO.

Now she is about to take on the role of  ‘Mrs. Which’ in a Disney adaptation of the classic children’s book, “A Wrinkle in Time.” According to THR, Winfrey is teaming up with her former “Selma” director Ava DuVernay for the film that centers on a young girl whose scientist father disappears and is helped by three peculiar beings, her brother and her friend. ‘Mrs. Which’ is one of the supernatural beings who helps the children make their way through the universe. Wrinkle is based on the 1963 book by Madelein L’Engle. “Frozen” writer and co-director Jennifer Lee will write the updated version.

DuVernay and Winfrey are also working together on the OWN original series “Queen Sugar” which is based on the best-selling book of the same name. It premieres on September 6.

Stay tuned…

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Watch Trailer for Eddie Murphy’s new movie ‘Mr. Church’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Eddie Murphy returns to the big screen in a heart warming film titled, “Mr. Church.”  It tells the real-life true story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.  Murphy stars as Church alongside Britt RobertsonLucy Fry, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel and Mckenna Grace. It opens in theaters on September 16.

Check out the trailer and poster below:

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ATL’s Salon Ramsey to be featured on BET’s ‘Hustle & Blow’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET Networks released information this week about it’s new fall lineup and one show in particular that immediately caught my attention is “Hustle & Blow.” It is an unscripted series that revolves around Salon Ramsey, a very well known hair and beauty establishment in Atlanta that I attend on a weekly basis to get my haircut by celebrity barber—Tony Ford. The show premieres Tuesday October 11 at 10 p.m. EST.

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Hustle & Blow (Working Title) is what goes down every day at Salon Ramsey, Atlanta’s biggest, baddest, one-stop beauty shop. Started by Nas’ go-to barber, Ramsey, this urban empire spans 5 locations and houses over 100 employees including hair stylists, nail technicians, barbers and tattoo artists. At the flagship location, Salon Ramsey is the hotspot for Atlanta’s most demanding customers including celebrities, actresses, rappers, and athletes who come through the doors for every kind of service. But the competition for clients can cause best friends to turn into fierce enemies in a matter of seconds. The outrageous and talented staff sees each other more than they see their own families at this 24-hour shop, so anything can happen and it always does.

I remember Ramsey telling me a few years ago that his salons were going to be featured on a reality show but he didn’t reveal the network. I’m not sure if my barber will be appearing on the show but his celebrity clients over the years have included R&B singer August Alsina, Empire’s Lee Daniels, Fashion Queen’s Miss Lawrence, music producer Rodney Jerkins and gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell. Congrats to Nas, Ramsey and his entire staff. I can’t wait to see this one when it airs.

Other shows debuting on Tuesday, October 11 include “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” at 9:00 p.m. followed by “The Gary Owens Show” at 9:30 p.m. Also returning are the “BET Hip Hop Awards” in October and “The Soul Train Awards” in November.

Stay tuned…

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Fantasia releases her new album ‘The Definition Of…’ (VIDEO)

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CONGRATS to one of my favorite “sangers,” Fantasia! The Grammy winning-vocalist, Broadway actress, reality star and musical phenom released her fifth studio album, The Definition Ofon Friday with much fanfare.  The #RockSoul project features the singles “No Time For It” and “Sleeping With The One I Love” plus “So Blue” and “Ugly.” It also includes my new favorite song “I Made It,” which she performed this week on “Good Morning America.”

Here’s what the “American Idol” winner had to say about her new album:

“After 12 years in the music industry it was time to take control of my destiny. I fought to create an album that truly embodies my love of music from all genres. My core will always be Soul music but I also grew up listening to Gospel, Rock, Jazz and Country. After performing in two Broadway shows my love for Jazz was also reignited. Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, James Brown, Elton John – I pull my inspiration from these legends and their timeless catalogs. I poured my heart into this album and I’m so happy to share this moment with my fans.”

Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the album’s photo shoot that was directed by Atlanta’s own Derek Blanks!

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T.I., Jussie Smollett and more to play ‘Many Rivers to Cross Festival’

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Tickets went on sale Friday at noon for Sankofa.org’s “Many Rivers to Cross ” Social Justice Music & Arts Festival, set for October 1 & 2 in Chattahoochee, Hills, GA. Grammy-Winning Hip Hop Stars T.I. and Macklemore, Singers/Songwriters Aloe Blacc, Goapele and Alice Smith, Grammy-Winning Jazz Vocalist Dianne Reeves, Grammy Award nominated a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Artist/Actor/Activist Jussie Smollett have signed on to perform at the event.

Founded by Civil Rights icon Harry Belafonte in 2013, Sankofa.org has been building a platform where influential artists and grassroots leaders can work collaboratively to speak out against human rights abuse and injustice. Recently Sankofa.org partnered with Blackout for Human Rights on the successful “Justice For Flint” benefit concert, and worked with Usher on his groundbreaking “Chains” music video and racial justice campaign.

Other celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival include John Legend, Chris Rock, Jesse Williams, Common, Estelle, Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Public Enemy, Danny Glover and Dr. Cornel West. The festival will be held at Bouckaert Farm, 20 minutes southwest of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Along with multiple performance stages, music fans will be able to be part of the “Social Justice Village” integrated throughout the Festival to engage Sankofa.org and its social justice partners, get informed on current issues, interact with activists and thought-leaders, and find out how they can help impact change in their own communities.

Click here to purchase tickets!

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‘House of Hillary’ is more than just a fashion statement!

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So you want to commemorate Hillary Clinton‘s historic moment as the first woman to lead a presidential ticket for a major party?  Well, the House of Hillary may have just what you need to get started. It’s a new line of high quality T-Shirts that promote Clinton as America’s first female President as well as other empowering messages about women in politics.

The “Clinton Couture” line ranges from T-Shirts to Tank Tops to Baby Onesies with such pop culture slogans featured on them like “Hillary -vs- Everyone,” “I met the President and He’s a Woman” and “High Heels High Office.”

I had a chance to chat recently with the line’s creator, Curtis Thomas, who claims that each House of Hillary item was designed to encourage a new generation of legislators, senators and congressional leaders. He also wants them to understand that exercising their political power and rights go far beyond the polls.

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“The House of Hillary was really just a concept to try to keep young people engaged and to keep them involved with an overall awareness to the issues at play. What can be cooler than a T-Shirt? Something that can really galvanize and organize people. Politics needed to catch up with the times and this is my contribution to that,” says Thomas.  “My focus is also young people who may be a little turned off by politics right now. So we’re trying to make them understand that there is a role for them to play and it’s not always just at the voting booth.”

Thomas also expressed that while the clothing line may possess Clinton’s name, it’s not so much about her as it is about getting more women in political offices.

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“Yes, Hillary is our preferred candidate. However, we know that politics works through coalitions and people working together. Of course within a party system, everyone doesn’t like the same person yet a lot of the same goals overlap. Some of the shirts have her [Hillary Clinton] name on them and do speak to her candidacy but then there are those that speak to Democrats in general or progressive ideas or just women voting. Take the T-Shirt that says, ‘Polls Before Bros.’ If you look at the makeup of Congress which is overwhelming male and you look at our voting population which is overwhelmingly female, that shirt is just trying to give a little bit of recognition to the voting power of women. It also encourages them to run for office.”

Celebrity endorsements of the brand have come from actress Garcelle Beauvais and “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Gizelle Bryant. They’ve also gotten a few retweets from “The Talk” host and comedienne Sheryl Underwood as well as TV and film legend Cicely Tyson.

Click here to check it out and get your House of Hillary today!

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VH1 Greenlights ‘Hip Hop Squares’ produced by Ice Cube

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Ice Cube is teaming up with VH1 for a new game show titled, “Hip Hop Squares.” It’s a spin on the classic American game show, “Hollywood Squares.”

According to the press release, the show is slated to premiere this fall where celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares, featuring the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment.

“’Hip Hop Squares’ is going to be fun and spontaneous; unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what’s going to happen next. When VH1 asked us to join the producing team, we jumped aboard as we have had success with VH1, and we love their team, excitement and commitment to the show,” said Ice Cube.

“Hip Hop Squares” is being produced by Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm.

Stay tuned…

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Keshia Knight-Pulliam talks to ET about being blind-sided by Ed Hartwell filing for Divorce (VIDEO)

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A very emotional Keshia Knight-Pulliam sat down with ET‘s Nichelle Turner to discuss the recent drama in her marriage to former NFL star Ed Hartwell. He recently filed for divorce from the former child star and is now accusing her of an extramarital affair. Pulliam denies stepping out on her husband and claims that the baby girl she’s carrying is his.

“I have never cheated on him during my marriage. That’s not who I am,” says Pulliam to ET. “I’ve never been unfaithful to my husband. This is his daughter. You know it’s one thing when you choose to be in the spotlight. It’s another thing when you have a baby and it’s not about me. She doesn’t deserve it.”

Check out the full interview below:

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Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and more rock the State Farm Neighborhood Awards [PHOTOS]

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EMMY-winning television host and radio star Steve Harvey recently hosted the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The show was produced, for the 14th year in a row, by EMMY-winning television/film/radio producer Rushion McDonald and featured side-splitting laughs, inspiring speeches of celebration, singing, an impromptu dance party, and more. This year’s event featured a bevy of musical superstars including Maxwell, The O’Jays, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, which had the sold-out crowd cheering and dancing.

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Gathering together in celebration of a positive community purpose, the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show included appearances from Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Sheryl Underwood, Terrence J, Bern Nadette Stanis, Lavell Crawford, Yolanda Adams, Lalah Hathaway, Earthquake, Sommore, Benjamin Crump, Ed Gordon, Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell, Junior and State Farm’s Duane Farrington. Driven by public nominations, with repeat and first-time winners unveiled, the show also included special painting presentations and check presentations from Cracker Barrel to the Best School Teacher winner and State Farm to the Good Neighbor Award winner in support of their community efforts.

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The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend events also included the three-day State Farm Color Full Lives Art Gallery experience, the State Farm Sing Your Way Contest and Freedom Friday Concert with headlining performances from Charlie Wilson and Keith Sweat, the Freedom Friday Party featuring Doug E. Fresh, the Neighborhood Awards VIP After-Party and Jill Scott headlining the Neighborhood Awards Beach Party.

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Harvey and  McDonald created the one-of-a-kind State Farm Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) to recognize and celebrate men and women from all over the United States who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious and community leaders, educators and more. The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend included support by State Farm, Tracfone, Masterbuilt, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s, Crème of Nature, DHerbs and Wells Fargo.

Check out more pics below:

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Big Things Poppin with RayCornelius.com

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Hey RC Fans! I wanted you all to know that the reason I haven’t posted any stories over the last few days is because I have been working on another project that is going to be huge!  While I am not at liberty to say what is it just yet please know that this is very special and was created with you in mind.

Please stay close to RayCornelius.com for the big reveal in a few days and thank you so much for your support!

Ray Cornelius

 

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WATCH Trailer for Tyler Perry’s ‘Too Close To Home’ (VIDEO)

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Tyler Perry continues to build his TV and film empire with a brand new scripted series for TLC that debuts next month titled “Too Close to Home.” The network released a new trailer for it this week and it-is-hot! Check it out below:

As previously mentioned, “Too Close to Home” tells the story of a young woman from a modest upbringing who discovers she may have a bright future in Washington D.C.’s fast-paced political scene. When Anna leaves her trailer park home in Alabama in a cloud of dust, she cuts all ties with her family and buries every element of her checkered past. Her friends in Washington think she comes from a wealthy family and know nothing of her real upbringing. Suddenly, the real Anna is exposed when she causes a major political scandal and makes national headlines for her part in an affair with one of the nation’s most powerful players. With nowhere to turn, she’s forced to find sanctuary in the only place she has left – home.

“Too Close to Home” stars Danielle SavreTrisha Rae Stahl, Kelly Sullivan, Brooke Anne Smith and Brock O’Hurn. It also features Brad BenedictAlpha Trivette, Robert Craighead, Annie Thrash, Curran WaltersAshley Love-Mills, Nick Ballard, Charles Justo, Christian Ochoa and Justin GabrielHeather Locklear and Matt Battaglia join the cast as guest stars.

Tyler Perry’s “Too Close to Home” debuts on Monday August 22 at 9pm ET/PT with a two-hour premiere.

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Q&A with the creators of the musical ‘Alive! 55 + Kickin’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Acclaimed playwrighters, Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, are bringing their new musical,  “Alive! 55 + Kickin” to Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts for one night only this Saturday, July 30 at 4 p.m. The show, which has been featured twice on “60 Minutes,” consists of everyday people ages 55 and over, who tell their unique life stories through testimonies and songs. These brave souls prove that it’s never too late to live a dream.

I recently talked to the husband and wife team about the show’s success and why it’s selling out theaters across the country. We also dished about their legendary off-Broadway musical, “Mama I Want to Sing” and what it was like working with a very young Tisha Campbell-Martin. Check out my interview below:

RC: What was the inspiration behind  Alive! 55 + Kickin?

VH: You know our community is so full of talent and we were auditioning for Mama I Want to Sing.  A lot of older people came out and I looked at them and they were so incredibly amazing but obviously we couldn’t hire them all. So I knew I was working on a new play and told them, ‘I’m gonna call you back for something else.’ So they came back and what we discovered about them were their stories. So we put music together with these stories and it was something that just blew us away.

KW: Yeah, when they came to see us and auditioned for us, they were able to release and express stuff they’d suppressed and repressed for many, many years. Actually, the whole process of getting them up on stage was healing. Let’s get out the stuff that is inside or the stuff that’s hidden or never talked about. So the whole rehearsal period was therapeutic. The entire process of going inside out was healing for them on stage and it’s healing for the audience.

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VH: Every single story has an impact on me. But one of the stories that always touches me is about a mother, who became a single mother and had to raise her two children by herself. When she sings the song, If I Could by Regina Belle, she questions whether she’s been a good mother or not. You ask yourself, ‘I hope I have given them all of the tools to survive’ and yet you’re not sure. You also watch them go off to college and go off into life not knowing for sure whether you did a good job or not.

KW: There’s another story about a woman who auditioned for Mama I Want to Sing when she was 14 years old. She got a call back but never returned because she was afraid. So she got married and went off to school and she gets a job as a dispatcher for New York City’s emergency system. Well, she was on duty during 9/11/2001 when the planes hit the World Trade Center and she was the main dispatcher to get the police to and from Ground Zero. Well that day was so stressful for her that she suffered a massive heart attack and had to retire. She didn’t know what she was going to do with the rest of her life after that. Then someone told her that Alive was auditioning and she got a call back and now she tells that story in the show. She also sings The Impossible Dream and that’s at the end of act one.

RC: You’re also the creators of the legendary off-Broadway musical, Mama I Want to Sing. What was the origin of that show?

VH: It’s the story of my family and the story of my life. My sister, my mother and my father, who was a minister. My sister was a pop/soul classic singer who traveled the United States, Europe and Japan. Her name was Doris Troy and she performed the song, Just One Look.  She also worked with the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. I wanted to tell that story about how the music left the church and got on the world stage. She had auditioned at the Apollo and it took her off in that direction.

KW: Vy and I had just met and we were on vacation in Jamaica when she told me her story and I said, ‘That’s a musical!’ So we took the idea and the script downtown to Broadway and they said no, ‘Black people would come there and it’s too gospel and too this.’ So we had to find our own theater and our own space and the people did come. They came in buses. They came from Jersey and Philadelphia. This was 1983 and Tisha Campbell was in it. It’s also the longest running Black off-Broadway show in the history of America. It was the forerunner for others like Shelly Garrett’s Beauty Shop and Tyler Perry’s Madea.

RC: Tisha Campbell-Martin was one of the first actresses to star in Mama I Want to Sing. What was it about her that made you cast her in the show?

VH: It’s funny! I was publishing a magazine called Unique New York and her mother brought her to our offices and said, ‘My daughter can sing.’ And so she put on a tape (I can see her doing it right now) and hit the button and this little girl went into action. After I met Ken, we began talking about my sister and the story of the church and we put all of that together and there was Mama I Want to Sing. So when we wrote the story, we thought about who could play the role of the little girl and immediately thought about Tisha.

KW: What I remember the most about Tisha Campbell at 14 was that she was a good actress. She was a very talented singer but she was a great actress. In the show, we recreate a scene that actually happened to Vy’s sister Doris when she was 8-years-old. She was singing and present at a Sunday church service when her father collapsed and died right there in the pulpit. So when we were recreating that scene, Tisha not only pulled it off but she acted as if her own father had died. The audience just went through the roof.

RC: What is the take away message from Alive! 55 + Kickin?

VH: I want audiences to be encouraged and motivated and not limited by age. I want them to be engaged and stimulated to say, ‘What did I always want to do and is there a chance for me to do some of those things?’ Please understand that the first 50 years of your life is for learning and the second 50 years is for living and that it’s not over yet. People are living longer. Make better plans so you can be engaged. I also want people to think about what you can pass on to the next generation that comes behind you. We’ve accumulated some wisdom and we can’t let that die with us. The same way we can’t let the music die with us. We can not let the sounds that we contributed die with us. So therefore we must pass it on. That is why we do this show.

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Soul Singer Donnie Performs ‘The Colored Section’ at ATL’s Vinyl [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

There are singers and then there are “sangers.” You know who I’m talking about. The entertainers whose voices make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up or give you goosebumps every time their on the mic. The one’s that have you yelling out, “Ooh, that’s my shit!” in the middle of the song. It’s the kind of singing that causes you to throw your head back and raise your hands in the air even though you’re not at anybody’s church service. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me last night when I went to see soul music sanger Donnie perform his critically acclaimed album, The Colored Section.

IMG_1051The performance took place at Atlanta’s Vinyl at Center Stage and was packed with die-hard Donnie fans. For some reason, I thought the show was in celebration of the album’s 10th anniversary but realized instead that it’s been 14 years since its original release. However, the subject matter that he addresses in each song are still relevant issues today like homophobia, racism, sexism, classism and colorism.  “I’m not a nigger I’m a negro, When I become a nigger I’ll let you know” from the song ‘Beautiful Me‘ are words that are just as meaningful in 2016 as they were in 2002.”

Who knew the lyrics from ‘Wildlife‘ would still be a haunting reality of today with all of the recent police shootings of African-American men?  “And you call me a savage, uncivilized when it’s you who made lynching your way of life And you dont want me to be mad Well I’ll say too bad I’m a product of my environment So who the hell we call wildlife Look at us They only kill when they have to We kill for sport.”

IMG_0989But then there are songs from the album like ‘Our New National Anthem‘ that speak of hope and racial reconciliation.  “Your hand, my hand, we can make it to the promised land I know we can show what it is to be truly American Your race my race, come together and have a taste of the new day for the remix Eventually the race dilemma we’ll fix and…”

Last night’s performance was also a very personal one for the singer, who admitted to the audience that he suffered from years of self hate and almost “snorted and smoked himself to death.” He also testified about coming to grips with his sexuality and how he forgave the pastor of his childhood church for years of bullying him from the pulpit. (Click here to listen)

IMG_1046But it was his moving performance of the album’s closing song, ‘The Colored Section‘ that brought everyone to tears.  “We are the original people The alpha and omega of it all but We get the short end of the stick all of the time Welcome to the colored section See what it is to be me Sign your name on the black list and know this It’s American history…”  At the end of the original song he mentions the names of civil rights pioneers, Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X but then added to last night’s rendition the names of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and Alton Sterling, referred to them as modern day martyrs.

Check out more amazing photos from last night’s show below.  The evening also featured up-in-coming R&B/Pop singer JK Howells and Janelle Monae‘s new group—All Cows Eat Grass. The show was also presented by my friends The MuddyWater Group.

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