Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Fashion RC Exclusive - Music Recap

Brandy, Deborah Cox and more appear at ‘Divas Simply Singing’

Check out photos from the Sheryl Lee Ralph‘s recent DIVAS Simply Singing! It took place at the Taglyan Cultural Center in Hollywood, CA and is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the United States.

Created and produced by the Tony Award-nominated actress and benefitting Project Angel Food, the evening of song and entertainment spotlights the talents of D.I.V.A. (acronym for Divinely Inspired, Victoriously Aware) individuals from all walks of show business. The foundation stems from Sheryl’s deep concern for the lack of attention given to AIDS in the early years of its discovery and its potential to become a health risk not only for men but women and children.

Continuing to serve as a loving tribute for those diagnosed with and affected by HIV/AIDs, the goal of DIVAS Simply Singing! is to erase stigma, raise awareness and promote HIV/AIDS prevention through arts and education. The D.I.V.A. Foundation uniquely uses the transformational power of the arts as a vehicle to raise funds, awareness, erase the stigma still connected to HIV/AIDS, mental wellness, and educate people about STDs, including HIV, Hepatitis C, and other life-threatening diseases. 

DIVAS 2019 honored Grammy, Golden Globe, Emmy winning, and 10-time Oscar nominee, legendary songwriter Diane Warren with the DIVAS Legacy Award at the 29th Annual DIVAS Simply Singing. A tribute of her many hits was featured in the evening filled with spectacular performances, including Sheryl Lee Ralph singing “Because You Loved Me”; Emmy, two-time Grammy and Tony Award-nominated actor/producer Brandon Victor Dixon sang the iconic “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” and “Stand Up For Something” from the film Marshall.

Drag performer Shangela opened the evening with a rendition of “Rhythm of the Night,” with additional performances by multi-platinum recording artist & Grammy nominee Deborah Cox; singer, songwriter, speaker and actress Rhonda Ross, Shanice (Grammy Nominated Singer & Songwriter), Kathy Sledge (Grammy Nominated Recording Artist & International Entertainer), Terrell Carter (Singer and Actor from FOX’s Empire).

The show also included appearances by Brandy, LisaRaye McCoy, William Allen Young, Flame Monroe, Erica Ash, Deborah Joy Winans, Frankie Grande, Parnell Damone Marcano and many more! 

Photo Credits: Faye Sadou & James Anthony Photography

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Fashion RC Exclusive - Music Recap

‘Urban One Honors’ salute Jamie Foxx, Missy Elliott, Chance the Rapper + more [PHOTOS]

Some of the biggest names in film, television, and music gathered recently for a star-studded affair at the annual Urban One Honors at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The event was hosted by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and actor Chris Tucker and commemorated the 40-year legacy of Radio One. The show will premiere on January 20, 2020, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, at 8P.M./7C on TV One.

This year’s honorees included: veteran music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Honor); Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Missy Elliott (Music Innovation Honor); Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Entertainment Icon Honor); Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper (Represent Change Honor); and, actor/dancer and star of “Pose,” Ryan Jamaal Swain (Represent Pride Honor).

Special recognition went to music 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).

Highlights from the evening included:

A surprise performance by Grammy Award-winning icon Anita Baker, who not only serenaded Cathy Hughes with “Giving You the Best That I Got” but also had Lalah Hathaway, Billy Porter, and Jamie Foxx to join her on stage.

Actress Corinne Foxx presenting the Entertainment Icon Honor to her father Jamie Foxx, who, during his acceptance speech, remarked that his best role ever is being a father.

Rapper Lil’ Kim‘s heartfelt presentation of the Music Innovation Honor, which brought honoree Missy Elliott to tears.

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

Additional performances from Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Brandy, Grammy-nominated rapper Wale and new artist Jac Ross brought the audience to its feet. Special appearances by Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins, III, veteran radio personality Tom Joyner, entrepreneur and TV personality Ray J, rapper/radio host Da Brat, TV host Egypt Sherrod, comedian George Wallace, and Reach Media/Radio One personalities Russ Parr, Willie Moore, Jr, Dyana Williams, Darlene McCoy, and Little Bacon Bear rounded out the show.

“It is with great humility and gratitude that I acknowledge our sponsors, staff and attendees at our second annual Urban One Honors at the MGM National Harbor. We are totally aware that our 40th anniversary would not be a reality without your love and support,” said Hughes. 

Ford Motor Company served as Presenting Sponsor of the event and presented 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.

Check out the gallery below:

Photo Credits: Urban One, Inc.

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Fashion RC Exclusive - Music

‘Urban One Honors’ to Salute Jermaine Dupri, Brandy, June Ambrose and more

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Urban One has announced the honorees for the inaugural URBAN ONE HONORS Awards show, set for December 9, 2018 at The Anthem in Washington, DC.  The show will be hosted by comedian and REACH Media personality DL Hughley. Urban One Honors is presented by MGM National Harbor and Radio One’s Washington D.C. radio stations Majic 102.3 & 92.7, 93.9 WKYS, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450 & 95.9, Spirit 1340 and The Team 980, and was developed to acknowledge and honor individuals or organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on society and culture.

Brandy

This year’s honorees include: Rapper/Producer, Jermaine Dupri, Living Legend Award; Singer/Actress, Brandy, Cathy Hughes Excellence Award; Fashion Stylist, June Ambrose, Fashion Icon Award; Singer, Teyana Taylor, R&B Impact Award; Media Mogul, Tom Joyner, Lifetime Achievement Award; Gospel Artist, Marvin Sapp, Inspirational Impact Award; Former NFL Player, Doc Walker, Sports Legend Award; Activist/Columnist Shaun King, Social Change Agent Award; Music Executive, Benny Pough,Record Executive of the Year Award; Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Public Servant Award; Singer, Jade Novah, Viral Sensation; Principal, Dr. Nadia Lopez, Education Maven; and Actor, Rotimi, Generation Next Award

June Ambrose

Marvin Sapp and K-Ci of Jodeci are set to perform, with LA Reid, Da Brat, Bryan Michael Cox, Ray J, Roland Martin and Q Parker among the presenters.

Representing excellence in the areas of innovative programming, successful business ventures, advanced technology, entertainment, social activism, education, and community service, through diligence and dedication, this inaugural class of honorees has set the bar high whilst being an exemplary catalyst for change and profound models for success.

“There is no better place than the DMV, where history is made, to salute the best of the best in media, entertainment, sports, education, community and more,” says Jeff Wilson, Senior Regional Vice President, Radio One.

CONGRATS!!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Music Rejoice

#BETGoesPINK for October with ‘Her Only Choice’ and ‘BET Her Fights: Breast Cancer’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET is going Pink for the entire month of October! The iconic television brand is doing its part for breast cancer awareness month with original programming that is sure to keep you informed as well as entertained.

Kicking off the festivities is BET Her’s first original movie Her Only Choice. It tells the story of a woman who after years of infertility becomes pregnant only to be diagnosed with a life-altering disease. She must make a choice to either fight for her life or sacrifice her child’s. The film stars Denise BoutteTimon Kyle DurettLeon RobinsonTiffany SnowTamara Tunie and Vanessa Bell Calloway as Dr. Bailey. It airs Saturday, October 6 at 9 p.m. EST.

The “party with a purpose” continues with the second annual BET Her Fights: Breast Cancer special. This year’s show was taped right here in Atlanta a few weeks ago and is hosted by The Real’s Loni Love. The one-hour special looks to raise awareness, and encourage more people to take action to prevent, diagnose, treat, & end breast cancer.

This year’s honorees include Bershan Shaw and Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green.  Shaw, a transformational coach, motivational speaker, author, and founder of URAWARRIOR.COM, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, it returned as stage 4 in 2009, she ultimately beat the odds is now nine years cancer free.  Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, one of the first 100 African American women to earn a Ph.D. in Physics, is a physicist who specializes in targeted cancer therapeutics using nanotechnology and lasers.  She founded the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation in memory of her aunt, Ora Lee “Auntee” Smith, whose tragic experience with cancer inspired her to develop a cancer treatment without side effects.

Look for show stopping performances from Kelly PriceEstelle along with Luke James, The Voice season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne, and Grammy Award nominees The Walls Group.  Presenters  included OFFSETKeri Hilson and special guest Brandy.

BET Her Fights: Breast Cancer airs Sunday, October 7 at 7 p.m. EST on BET and BET Her.

Check out a few images below:

LONI LOVE

OFFSET

DR. HADIYAH-NICOLE GREEN

KELLY PRICE

KERI HILSON

BERSHAN SHAW

Photo Credits: Moses Robinson for Getty Images

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Music

Cardi B, Common, Brandy, Nas, Robert Glasper and more to appear at ‘One Music Fest’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Nas, Cardi B, Miguel, T.I., Brandy and Jeezy are just a few of the big music stars who will grace the One Musicfest stage in September. The two-day Atlanta based festival announced their acts this week with much excitement and fanfare.

It goes down on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 at Central Park in Atlanta and will include appearances by Kelis, August Green, Big Krit and legendary music icon George Clinton & Parliament.

Hailed as one of the nation’s “Can’t Miss Festivals,” ONE Musicfest returns for its ninth year with an unforgettable weekend of high-energy performances and unique cultural experiences. Over 20,000 attended last year, generating over 1.8 billion impressions and rave reviews from USA Today, Associated Press, Huffington Post and VIBE.

“We are all super excited about OMF 2018,” says founder Jason “J” Carter. “Growing into a two-day festival allows us to expand our roster, highlight more of the music that we love and give our audience an experience unlike any!”

Check out the full list of acts below:

August Greene featuring Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins

Big KRIT

Big Sean

Brandy

Cardi B

Davido

DJ Nabs’ ATL Crunk Set featuring YoungBloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Eastside Boyz, Trillville, Kilo Ali and DJ Taz

DVSN

George Clinton & Parliament

Goldlink

Jeezy

Jessie Reyez

Kelis

Miguel

Nas

Rapsody

St Beauty

T.I.

Teedra Moses

CLICK HERE for tickets!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com and ONE MusicFest

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Music

Da Brat to star in new theatrical version of ‘Set It Off’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy winning Hip Hop star Da Brat is starring in a theatrical adaptation of the 90s classic film, “Set It Off.” The show will have its Atlanta premiere March 9-11 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre followed up by performances in DC, LA, Chicago, Houston and Dallas.

According to the press release, Brat will be portraying the role of Cleopatra “Cleo” Sims, which was originally played by Oscar nominated actress Queen Latifah.

“Set If Off” was released in theatres nationwide on November 6, 1996 and was originally created by Takashi Bufford. It boasted one of the most superb casts ever assembled in a movie including Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kimberly Elise. It also featured an equally powerful, platinum selling, chart-topping, cut straight to heart musical soundtrack with songs from En Vogue, Brandy, Tamia, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Goodie Mob along with legendary music icons like Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan.

“Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stage plays ever seen in the urban theatre market,” stated Johnson. “From the type of action and to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”

The stage adaptation of “Set It Off” is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson. To date, Johnson has toured over 20 stage play productions to sold out crowds and written over 36 plays.

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent RC Exclusive - Music

Patti LaBelle and Brandy added to Lee Daniels’ ‘STAR’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Lee Daniels is adding more big names to his FOX series “STAR.” Music legend Patti LaBelle and 90s music icon Brandy will both have recurring roles on the show and will be introduced in the second half of season two when it returns in 2018.

According to S&A, Miss LaBelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine while Brandy will play her young sister, Cassie.

This season has already featured a number of other big names singer/actors including KeKe Palmer, Evan Ross, Luke James and Elijah Kelley.

“STAR” follows three determined young singers who will risk it all to become musical superstars and is based on the 80s Broadway musical, “Dreamgirls.” Their journey takes place in Atlanta, GA where they find themselves navigating through the city’s cut-throat music industry. The “STAR” trio includes Jude DeMorestBrittany O’Grady and Ryan Destiny.

Supporting the ladies in their pursuit of fame is Amiyah Scott, Luke James and Quincy Brown. The series also features Benjamin Bratt, Miss Lawrence and Michael Michele. Can’t wait to see what these two divas bring to the show!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com
Categories
RC Exclusive - Music Recap

Babyface, Brandy, Joe & Demetria McKinney play ‘FunkFest’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

#FunkFest closed out it’s three-day Atlanta engagement on Sunday afternoon with a BANG despite the inclement weather. Babyface, Joe, Brandy and Demetria McKinney all weathered the storm and gave the SOLD OUT crowd some pretty amazing performances.

The day opened with the beautiful and very talented McKinney. The singer, TV actress and former RHOA transformed into an R&B viven, complete with a wind machine and backup dancers.

McKinney, who stars on Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners” and BET’s “The Quad,” performed some of her original songs as well as hits by Faith Evans, Bruno Mars and her idol Whitney Houston. She’ll be playing the late music icon in an upcoming TV One biopic on the life of Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

R&B crooner Joe came out “suited and booted” (as Vivica A. Fox would say) and ready for the ladies! The music veteran opened with the Adele‘s “Hello” and caused a commotion. He also did a few numbers from his latest album, I Am Joe Thomas as well as all his classic jams like “Don’t Wanna Be a Player,” “I Wanna Know,” “The Love Scene” and “All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do). Joe eventually came out of that tuxedo and into the audience to greet his fans face-to-face and took a few selfies!

Grammy winning singer, actress, reality star and living Barbie Doll—Brandy—came out for a rare performance of all of her hits. The thirty-something year old music diva looked like a Japanese geisha as she glided from one part of the stage to the next. Rocking her signature “Brandy Braids,” she performed a set of such classics as “Full Moon,” “Have Your Ever,” “Sittin’ Up in My Room,” “Baby”, “Talk About Our Love,” “Almost Doesn’t Count” and my favorite “Wildest Dreams.” She also performed her popular YouTube song, “In These Streets” with many of the audience members singing along. Despite having some audio glitches with her microphone, Brandy put on a really good show and proved why she was the recipient of the coveted Lady of Soul Award during last year’s “Soul Train Awards.”

Closing out the evening was multi-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. The 58-year-old music veteran gave a “Las Vegas” style show and performed a medley of all his hits as a member of The Deele and as a solo artist. “Face” looked like a million bucks in his sparkling red jacket and all black apparel as he opened with my personal favorite, “For The Cool in You.” He later went into his classic slow jams like “Soon As I Get Home” “Whip Appeal” and “Everytime I Close My Eyes.” He also performed songs he’d written for artists over the last three decades including Dru Hill, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, The Whispers, After 7 and Tevin Campbell. Like Joe, he eventually came out of his bedazzled jacket and into the audience where he was mobbed by his female fans (it was really something to see).

Check out more photos below and THANK YOU #FunkFest and FORD for giving me the VIP treatment this weekend:

DEMETRIA MCKINNEY

JOE

FORD’S VIP & ALL EYEZ ON ME

BRANDY

BABYFACE

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

Categories
RC Exclusive - Music

Oh Snap! Erykah Badu, Brandy, BBD, Guy & more to play ‘Funk Fest ATL’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Funk Fest Concerts, Inc. announces the return of Funk Fest Atlanta to the Wolf Creek Ampitheater on Friday, May 19th – Sunday, May 21st for the first-ever three-day concert weekend. Funk Fest is one of the country’s largest traveling music festivals, entertaining close to 110,000 people annually with amazing talent line-ups that feature some of the top platinum selling artists in R&B, Hip Hop and Soul music from the past two decades.

Tickets went on sale this week and can be purchased online or at the Wolf Creek Ampitheater Box Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2017 Funk Fest Atlanta line-up on each day will include: Friday – Erykah Badu, Ro James and Digable Planets; Saturday – Bell Biv Devoe, Guy Featuring Teddy Riley, Mystikal, En Vouge, and SWV; Sunday – Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, Brandy and Joe, with more to be announced.

Fans can expect the same high-energy performances and great atmosphere that Funk Fest is known for, as well as complimentary parking and shuttle service to the venue from designated lots, and the option to bring in food and drinks.

“Atlanta remains one of the best stops on the tour because of the support that our fans have continued to give us over the years,” said Leo Bennett, CEO, Funk Fest Concerts, Inc. “We’re returning to Wolf Creek at the request of many of our supporters, and look forward to providing an enhanced concert experience with the addition of a third day of performances.”

Personal Note: I had a chance to cover it last year and had a blast. It is definitely worth seeing and you won’t be disappointed. See photos from the show!

Check out the rest of the Funk Fest shows across the country below:

· Orlando, FL – April 29th , Central Florida Fairgrounds

· Birmingham, AL – May 6th, Legions Field

· Jacksonville, FL – May 12th – 13th, Metropolitan Park

· Atlanta, GA – May 21st – 23rd , Wolf Creek Amphitheater

· Mobile, AL – June 6th , Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds

· Little Rock, AR – June 10th, First Security Amphitheater

· Kansas City, MO – June 17th, Providence Medical Amphitheater

· Charlotte, NC – August 12th, PNC Music Pavillion

· Tallahassee, FL – October 13th, FAMU Stadium

· Miami, FL – December 30th, Miramar Regional Park

Photo Credit: Facebook/FunkFest

Categories
RC Exclusive - Ent

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair: Top 10 Black Hairstyles of All Time [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Hi-Top Fades, Afros, the Jheri Curl and Hair Weaves are just a few of the iconic hairstyles worn by African-Americans throughout the decades.  To commemorate Black History Month, I have compiled a list of what I think are the Top Ten Most Influential Black Hairstyles of all Time. I had a little help from my sister in media Rose Scott (WABE 90.1). Keep in mind, these hairstyles were worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment and have often been emulated by fans and foes around the world.  Check them out below:

10. CORNROWS

D’Angelo’s CORNROWS are as much a part of his “je ne sais quoi” as his falsetto vocals. The Grammy winning singer-songwriter was one of the first R&B hearthrobs to rock the look consistently in the 90s. Other famous cornrows include the late dancer and actor Gene Anthony Ray of Fame, hip hop stars Ludacris and Bow Wow and R&B singer Trey Songz.

9. DREADLOCKS

Nobody wore DREADLOCKS in the 1980s like Whoopi Goldberg! The Oscar winning actress, stand-up comedienne and talk show host was (in my humble opinion) the first Black female superstar to bring the look to the mainstream and wore them as a sense of pride. She even defended the twisted look in 2015 when E!‘s Juliana Rancic made a negative comment about the faux locs Zendeya wore to the Oscars. Other celebrities to rock the locks include Bob Marley, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill and Toni Morrison.

8. THE AFRO

Nothing symbolizes Black folks like the AFRO. BIG and bold is exactly how they are to be worn and that’s how Angela Davis rocked her’s back-in-the-day. Afros were also synonymous with the Black Power Movement and remains to be the most iconic look of the 1970s. Other famous AFROS include Pam Grier and Soul Train’s Don Cornelius 

7. BRAIDS

Box, Two-Strand, Dookie and Micros are just a few of the names associated with BRAIDS. The ethnic look has been apart of our history for as long as I can remember. Former editor-in-chief of ESSENCE Magazine, Susan L. Taylor, R&B singer and actress Brandy Norwood and box office bombshell Bo Derek (Remember this scene from the movie “10” ?) are the celebrities I immediately think of when it comes to this iconic style.

6. THE LACEFRONT WIG

No one can anchor a LACE FRONT WIG like the drag superstar RuPaul. The 6′ 4″ glamazon has been wearing the custom-made hair pieces since his early days as a “club kid” in the streets of New York City and definitely long before Tyra Banks and Beyoncé made them popular in the mid 2000’s. #NOTeaNOShade

5. HI-TOP FADE

Kid ‘n Play will forever be remember for their outlandish lyrics, colorful attire and legendary hairstyles. Kid’s HI-TOP FADE became a symbol of the Hip Hop generation and was worn by every little Black boy in cities around the U.S.  Beloved singer, actress and model Grace Jones was one of the first female superstars to boldy wear her fade and redefined hair options for women. It was definitely a gender neutral look that reeked of power and precision.

4. FINGERWAVES

Josephine Baker was the toast of Paris during the 1920s and was always photographed in diamonds and furs or sometimes nothing at all. But what remained consistent about her appearance were her signature curls and FINGER WAVES. It is a hairstyle that is actually quite simple but requires the right length and texture of hair + the pinning of the curls to make you look as fabulous as La Baker.  Tres magnifique!

3. THE JHERI CURL

THE CURL revolutionized Black hair all around the world and partly due to the popularity of one man – THE KING OF POP – MICHAEL JACKSON. Complete with “baby hair” and all, MJ had everyone running to the salons requesting a curl. It also morph into a number of other names including The Jheri Curl, The Carefree Curl, The California Curl and The Leisure Curl.

2. THE BALD HEAD

While not much hair is needed for a BALD HEAD, the look became an emblem of power and pride. Superstars like Michael Jordan, Isaac Hayes, Montell Williams and so many others wore the quick and cool style and not because they were losing hair either!

 1.THE HAIR WEAVE

THE HAIR WEAVE is the most popular Black hairstyle of all time (hands down). It totally revolutionized the hair and beauty industry back in the late 70s and early 80s and has become a million business, with human hair being traded around the world daily. No one and I mean NO ONE, symbolized the look more than Motown legend DIANA ROSS. Her flowy, mane of locs has been replicated in magazines, music videos, films, books, dolls and on runways around the world for decades now. Her iconic concert in New York’s Central Park in July of 1983 put the weave to the test when she performed with hers “in the wind and the rain.” The fabulous Miss Ross didn’t let the elements stop her and the rest as they say is hairstory!

Tell us your thoughts?!?!

Categories
RC Exclusive - Music

WORD UP! Erykah Badu returns as Host of #SoulTrainAwards + More

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATS to the godmother of soul, Erykah Badu! BET Centric announced today that the four-time Grammy award winning soul music singer and songwriter will once again take over the Vegas stage with her eccentric style, cerebral music, incomparable spirit and comedic commentary. The yearly celebration will honor the best in Soul and R&B from returning legends to the next generation. Filmed November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016” will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 27th, 2016 at 8PM ET.

CENTRIC also announced the all-star nominees they will honor at the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 across 12 different categories. Drake leads the pack with 12 total nominations including two nominations for the highly coveted Video of the Year Award for his feature on Rihanna’s single “Work” and this year’s mega hit “Hotline Bling.” Beyoncé follows with 8 nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year for her groundbreaking album “Lemonade,” and multiple honors for lead single “Formation” including Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Rihanna, Kanye West, DJ Khaled and Usher also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year and Best Collaboration.

The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Bryson Tiller, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and the Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year.)

Multi-platinum and three-time Grammy award-winning producer, singer-songwriter, artist, musician and technology expert Edward Theodore “Teddy” Riley, also known as the creator and king of New Jack Swing, is set to receive the coveted Legend Award. His major accolade was Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous LP” which sold over 32 million copies worldwide. Riley produced number one hits for countless icons which have governed the airways for decades. As a founding member of the multi-platinum Grammy winning group Blackstreet and a member of the group Guy, which became a multi-platinum group, Riley’s New Jack Swing sound was the epic lifeline that forever changed the design for R&B and Hip-Hop music. He is the first African-American producer to bring Korean Pop (K-Pop) music to the USA and has been producing number one hits on Billboard charts for nearly a decade.

The 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to singer-songwriter and actress Brandy. The platinum selling artist and actress has sold over 40 million records and received numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. Last year’s inaugural Lady of Soul Award went to R&B torchbearer Jill Scott. Both Brandy and Teddy Riley are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will feature an exhilarating lineup of memorable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today.

Click here for more information!

Photo Credit: RayCornelius.com

Categories
RC Exclusive - Music

WATCH Jenifer Lewis, Brandy & Todrick Hall in hilarious new video (NSFW)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the hilarious new video below of “black-ish” star and diva Jenifer Lewis, Grammy winning-singer, actress and reality star Brandy Norwood and Broadway star Todrick Hall. The three appear to be rehearsing a song, “But If We’ll Ever Have To” when Todrick refers to Brandy as a “legend” and all hell breaks loose. This is one of many videos featuring Jenifer and Brandy that has had everyone talking on social media. Their other hugely popular video, “In These Streets” with veteran TV and Broadway actress Roz Ryan became a YouTube sensation and was even turned into a ringtone.

Enjoy and Happy Friday!

https://youtu.be/dgzC6OdJX-g

Photo Credit: YouTube.com

Categories
Recap

R&B singer Brandy hosts ‘MiniBar’ in Chicago [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Everyone wanted to be down with R&B superstar Brandy Norwood this past weekend at Chicago’s “MiniBar.” The singer, actress and reality star hosted the private event on behalf of FZ Entertainment. The Grammy winning performer looked absolutely amazing as she greeting fans and took selfies. Also in attendance was her friend and star of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots,” Todrick Hall.

Check out the pics below courtesy of The Brandy Blog:

brandy-on-the-mic brandy-with-todrick-hall

Photo Credit: Nick Gallo for TheBrandyBlog.com

Categories
Recap

WATCH 2nd Trailer for ‘When the Bough Breaks’ starring Morris Chestnut (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the second trailer for the upcoming thriller “When the Bough Breaks” starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall.

As previously reported, the film is a slight take on the 1992 thriller, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” and features the two actors as a couple who uses a surrogate to have a child. Little do they know, there is more to the fertile beauty than meets the eye. “When the Bough Breaks” also stars Theo Rossi and newcomer Jaz Sinclair. and debuts nationwide in theaters on September 9.

This new trailer features a remake of the Monica & Brandy song, “The Boy is Mine.”