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UPDATE: Anthony Hamilton, KeKe Wyatt, Estelle, MAJOR. to perform at the ‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The “Bounce Trumpet Awards” have added more star power to this weekend’s show. The prestigious annual event, celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, will take place at the Cobb Energy Centre on Saturday, January 20 and is hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica Ash.

As previously reported, this year’s honorees include Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. 

Performers will include: Doug E. Fresh, Keke WyattAnthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Sir the BaptistArrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane, V. BozemanDonald Lawrence, Major., We’ McDonald, Mr. TalkBox, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, Rhyon Brown, Michel’le, Stokley Williams and Carl Thomas.

Celebrity presenters include Cee Lo Green plus “Family Time” stars Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell. 

Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.

The “Bounce Trumpet Awards” will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Martell Celebrates Organized Noize 20 Years of Excellence [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Martell recently honored Atlanta’s own Organized Noize for their contributions to the music industry. The event took place at Restaurant Eugene and was attended by a number of celebrities and heavy hitting tastemakers.

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Goodie Mob’s T-Mo, Cee Lo Green and Big Gipp

Organized Noize is known to have been the production team that curated Atlanta’s signature sound that birthed a culture that still thrives today. The group is credited for having discovered, nurtured and creating some of the biggest hits in the music industry for acts that includes Goodie Mob, Outkast, TLC, and En Vogue.

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Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall with Phillana Williams and Shanti Das

During the event, Organized Noize took the opportunity to give their guests a first look at a clip of the documentary, “The Art of Organized Noize,” directed by Quincy Jones III, Produced by: Orlando McGhee, Ramone Campbell, and Yaneley Arty. Executive Produced by Organized Noize and Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere of Flavor Unit Films. They also honored Goodie Mob for the group’s 20th anniversary of the album, Soul Food.

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Chaka Zulu, Uwonda Carter, Kawan Prather, Chris Hicks, and Rico Brooks

Special guests included honorees—Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Sleepy Brown, the group’s manager, Orlando McGhee, Goodie Mob’s Cee-Lo Green, Big Gipp, and T-Mo, Dungeon Family artist Backbone, Councilman Kwanza Hall, Jermaine Dupri, Big Tigger, Bryan Michael-Cox, Bobby V, Polow Da Don, fine artist Fahamu Pecou, Chaka Zulu, I Am Other President Kawan Prather.

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Karim Latrell/Martell, Organized Noize, Organized Noize Mgr., Orlando McGhee

Other guests included City of Atlanta Director of Film Department LaRhonda Sutton, entertainment Exec, Chris Hicks, music exec, Rico Brooks, music exec Phillana Williams, music exec Ray Daniels, entertainment attorney Uwonda Carter, music exec Big Oomp, music exec and author, Shanti Das, and music exec Ian Burke.  The event was organized by Crystal Betts of Fifth Street Agency.

Check out more photos below:

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Jermaine Dupri and Big Tigger

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Cee-Lo, Polow Da Don, Jennifer Drake and Chaka Zulu

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listen up: Smokey Robinson ‘Being With You’ ft. Mary J. Blige

Posted by | Ray Corneliuis

Legendary singer/songwriter, Smokey Robinson is gearing up to release a special duets album titled, Smokey & Friends.  The collaborative project, blends his iconic Motown sounds with some of today’s hottest artists including Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Miguel and Jessie J. The album, which is due out August 19, features remixed versions of his signature tunes like “My Girl,” “Tears of a Clown” and “Ooh, Baby, Baby.”

“I would just like the younger listeners to take away that somebody who is their era or in the genre of music that they like is singing with me and they’re going to be curious as to why this particular person wanted to sing with me if they don’t know who I am.  We’re trying to captivate some new audience members,” says Robinson. ”

Check out Smokey with MJB on the slow jam, “Being With You” and tell us what you think…

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Gwen Stefani in talks to join ‘The Voice’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Deadline is reporting that rocker and fashion designer Gwen Stefani may be taking Christina Aguilera’s place on NBC’s popular music competition, The Voice.

Reportedly, the 44-year-old singer is in talks with the network to replace the pregnant Aguilera as a vocal coach for Cycle 7.  The platinum-selling singer-songwriter is also said to be in the running as a judge for ABC’s new interactive singing competition, Rising Star.

If Stefani is chosen for The Voice, she will join her long time musical collaborator, Pharrell Williams, who recently replaced Cee Loo Green for the upcoming cycle.

Stefani rose to superstardom as the co-founder and lead vocalist of No Doubt and has a trail of hit singles including “Spiderwebs,” “Just a Girl,” “Don’t Speak” and “Hollaback Girl.”

Stay Tuned…

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Pharrell Williams joins ‘The Voice’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET is reporting that Grammy-winning music producer Pharrell Williams is joining NBC’s The Voice  for the seventh season. The “Happy” superstar will be replacing Cee Lo Green as a coach on the very popular music competition series.

Apparently Williams tweeted the big news on Monday with the caption: “This is going to be so fun.”

Williams appeared on the show during season four as part of Usher’s team of mentors. Now he will have his own team of hopefuls to nurture beginning this fall.

Congrats once again Pharrell!  We’re so looking forward to seeing you and your colorful attire on the show.

What do you think about Pharrell Williams joining The Voice?

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UPDATE: VH1 confirms cast of new reality series ‘Atlanta Exes’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Last October, we reported that Kevin Hart’s ex-wife Torrei Hart was slated to star in an Atlanta spin-off of VH1’s hugely popular ex-wives series, Hollywood Exes. Well now its official!

The network confirmed the news yesterday that Hart and four other notable women will make up the new series titled, Atlanta Exes. Check out the press release below:

This summer, VH1’s “Hollywood Exes” sorority will charter a new chapter in ‘The ATL’ with the premiere of “Atlanta Exes.” As the thriving music and entertainment capital of the South, Atlanta provides the ideal backdrop and group of ex-wives for the franchise’s extension. The cast, featuring the once significant others of an elite list of A-list men, has no shortage of fabulousness, ambition, love, and drama.

“Atlanta Exes” stars Tameka Raymond, who once enjoyed the perks and privileges that come with being married to an international music superstar, and now dedicates much of her time to the charitable foundation she started in memory of her late son Kile, interior designer to the stars Christina Johnson (ex-wife of Cee-Lo Green), and author and businesswoman Monyetta Shaw (ex-fiancé of Ne-Yo), who is busy penning a children’s book series based on the lively personality of her toddler. Also starring are entrepreneur Sheree Buchanan (ex-wife of former pro football player Ray Buchanan), who co-owns a dessert catering company and also has a business that specializes in creating custom bedazzled hookah pipes, and actress, comedian, and producer Torrei Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart). “Atlanta Exes” premieres summer 2014 on VH1.

Will you be tuning in to see Atlanta Exes ?

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Snoop Dogg, Goodie Mob and Erykah Badu play the One Music Fest + PHOTOS

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Atlanta’s Masquerade Music Park was filled to capacity this weekend for the 2013 One Music Fest.  Now in its fourth year, the outdoor concert promotes unity through music with performances from diverse acts ranging from alternative rock to hip-hop.

This year’s festival boasted an impressive line-up of acts that included rap icon Snoop Dogg, R&B newcomer Luke James, hip-hop star Joey Bada$$, soul music vocalist Goapele. The show was also hosted by D.R.E.S tha BEATnik and Joi, formerly of the group Lucy Pearl.

Philadelphia vocalist Res also graced the secondary “Purple Rain” stage along with Atlanta’s own Ruby Velle & The SoulPhonics. Their sound is easily comparable to that of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings as well as the late Amy Winehouse.

Groove Theory’s Amel Larrieux was scheduled to perform but pulled out at the last minute due to a sudden illness. However, Erykah Badu aka Lo Down Loretta Brown stepped right in and performed a 30-minute set of her classic songs including “Appletree,” “Bag Lady” and “I Want You.”

However, the biggest surprise of the evening was the reunion of Goodie Mob. The pioneers of Atlanta’s hip-hop-soul music scene performed a lengthy set of their greatest hits as well as a  few new songs from their current album, Age Against the Machine.  Cee Lo Green also introduced his new artist and protégé V-Bozeman, who wowed the audience with her version of the Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha,” a song that was co-written and produced by Green.

Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion closed out the festival with a medley of all of his hits. He was joined on stage by three dancers and a dog mascot wearing a “Nasty Dogg” T-shirt and carrying a blunt in his hands. Only Uncle Snoop could get away with such a show!

Check out the amazing photos below:

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 Grammy-nominated singer Luke James opened the One Music Fest

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 James set included snippets of MJ’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”

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 Luke James recently opened for Beyoncé and her Mrs. Carter World Tour

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Hip-Hop’s D.R.E.S tha BEATnik served as the host for this year’s fest

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 Indie rapper Joey Bada$$ rocked the mic

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Atlanta’s own Ruby Velle & The SoulPhonics hit the stage

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 Soul music vocalist Joi served as the host for the all day festival

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 One Music Fest People’s Choice Winner, Methuzulah

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 Erykah Badu stepped in for Amel Larrieux who wasn’t able to perform

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 Badu rocked floor length braids

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 Badu is currently working on a new album

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 Badu is also a noted actress and has appeared in The Cider House Rules  and Blues Brothers 2000

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 Badu with One Music Fest creator Jay Carter

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 Soul music vocalist Algebra and Anthony David enjoying the sights and sounds of the Festival

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 Philadelphia vocalist Res is part of the duo Idle Warship with Talib Kweli

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 Cee Lo Green of Goodie Mob

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 Goodie Mob is currently promoting their new album, Age Against the Machine

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 Bigg Gipp enjoying the crowd at One Music Fest

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 Cee Lo Green’s new artist and protégé V-Bozeman brought some flair to the Goodie Mob set

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 Cee Lo Green is one half of the group, Gnarls Barkley featuring Danger Mouse

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 Snoop Dogg was the headliner of One Music Fest

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 Snoop Dogg is also known as Snoop Lion and Uncle Snoop

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 Snoop Dogg will host the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards taping in Atlanta on September 28

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Good News for Cee Lo Green and Nick Cannon

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations to Cee Lo Green!  The former Voice  judge has a new unscripted series that is coming to TBS.

According to THR,  the Turner cable network has ordered six-episodes of The Cee Lo Life  with plans to debut the series in 2014.  The show will follow Green as he tries to balance his hectic schedule of producing, recording, and performing. This series will also reunite Green with former Goodie Mob members Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo as they resurrect the classic hip-hop group.

Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic movies says,“With his distinctive voice, winning personality and remarkable ability to tap into a wide range of musical styles, Cee Lo Green has risen to the top of the music industry…This new TBS series will give viewers the chance to get to know Cee Lo Green, who is without a doubt one of the hardest-working men in show business. The Cee Lo Life is certain to be a smart, fun and funny journey packed with a lot of great music.”

Nick Cannon23Are you ready for the hippest trip in America?  Well, Nick Cannon thinks so.

The America’s Got Talent  host is reportedly in negotiations for the rights to the Soul Train  franchise. According to THR, Cannon is looking to reboot the show into a “modern-day-format…with modern stars like The Dream and Meek Mill commanding Soul Train dance lines.”

As previously reported Cannon signed a deal with NBC last year to develop and produce scripted and unscripted programs for the network. The deal included a revival of his hugely popular MTV improv show, Wild ‘N Out.

Soul Train  was the “longest-running, first run nationally syndicated show in television history” and aired from 1971 to 2006. The show’s creator, Don Cornelius died Feb. 2012 from a self-inflicted gun wound.

RC will keep you posted as more of this story develops.

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TLC’s new tour + Cee Lo Green to sing on ‘The Voice’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Surviving members of the famed R&B group, TLC are celebrating their 20th anniversary in a major way. According to THR, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne ‘T-Boz” Watkins are releasing a new album, debuting their highly-anticipated VH1 biopic and going on a national tour which will feature a digitally generated performance from their late third member, Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes.

As previously reported, the big announcement was made last year on the 10th anniversary of Lopes’ death. Surprisingly, Lopes’ performance will feature an archived images of her as opposed to a new hologram image like the one Dr. Dre used of Tupac during last year’s Coachella performance.

“The word anniversary means a celebration. For us, her death will never be a celebration, it’s still something that hurts,” Watkins said in a statement, with Thomas adding, “Lisa is our sister. You never get over losing a family member. We love her and we miss her and that isn’t ever going to change.”

Cee LoIn other ATL music news, Cee Lo Green is gearing up to perform on a very familiar stage. The multi-Grammy-winning entertainer is returning to The Voice on May 8 for a bonus edition along with legendary rocker Rod Stewart.

Fellow Atlantan, T.I. is also scheduled to perform on the following Tuesday, May 14 along with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who served as a mentor this season.

Green, who coached the show for the first three seasons, will perform “Only You,” a new song from his forthcoming album, Girl Power. Green left the show after last season to do his Loberace gig in Las Vegas. He was replaced by another fellow Atlantan, Usher.

The Voice  airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.

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listen up…Cee Lo Green (feat. Christina Aguilera) – ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

This song is a ‘must listen!’

The Voice coaches, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, serve-up rich melodies in the Christmas-themed tune Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

The track will be featured on Green’s upcoming Cee Lo’s Magic Moment Holiday album (out October 30th). Originally penned in 1944 by Frank Loesser, the pair deliver a smooth, soulful touch the classic.  Cee Lo even opts to sing in his lower register; check it out:[youtube id=”xjM7nQO9N4o” width=”600″ height=”350″]

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T.I. excited about collaborations on new album (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Rapper T.I. has been very busy these days.  Between his reality-show with wife Tiny, the new STARZ series Boss, and his new book, it’s a wonder he has time for his first love…music.  However, the self-proclaimed ‘King of the South’ has been working on that too and just recently announced a few collaborations on the new album.

According to The Urban Daily, T.I.’s new project, Trouble Man  features songs with Andre 3000, Pink, Cee-Lo Green and R. Kelly.

In an interview with Fuse TV, the hip hop star says, “One of my proudest moments as an artist was when I got to collaborate with 3000. This is a record that has been in the works for probably about six years now, and we finally got around to doing it and the record is called ‘Sorry.’ It’s a phenomenal tune. He’s phenomenal. I got a record with Pink called ‘Guns and Roses,’ it’s a dope joint. I got a record with A$AP Rocky called ‘Wild Side.’ Cee-Lo and R. Kelly, those are two other collaborations I’m very proud of.”

Check him out in the interview below…

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Usher & Shakira to replace Cee Lo & Christina on season 4 of ‘The Voice’

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

A few hours ago the news broke that two new singularly named superstar judges, Shakira and Usher, will replace Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for Season 4 of The Voice.  Both Christina and Cee Lo will be back for Season 5 in fall 2013, according to NBC.

Yahoo reports Christina is getting ready to release her comeback album, Lotus, in November (her new single, “Your Body,” debuted last week to positive reviews), and Cee Lo working on a Christmas album and a new sitcom, it’s no surprise that they are the first “Voice” judges to take official leaves of absence.

As I have expressed since day one of the show, that I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love. Since this year NBC and ‘The Voice’ have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take Season 4 off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for…” Christina Aguilera

In the same press release, Cee Lo said: “First, thank you NBC for supporting my decision to take this Season 4 hiatus! It says that I’m seen and respected as a complete artist and not just a cast member. I’m highly enthusiastic about focusing my undivided attention on my additional endeavors and interests like my upcoming solo album, new Goodie Mob album, Las Vegas residency ‘Loberace,’ new memoir, and new NBC comedy…I will return for Season 5 and will be watching Season 4. NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned–‘mi casa su casa.‘”

Tell us what you think!

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Cee Lo Green teams up with NBC for new TV projects

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Cee Lo Green of The Voice is partnering with NBC Network to develop, produced and potentially star in some new scripted and unscripted projects.

According to THR, the first-look deal is between the network and Green’s newly formed production company Emerald Productions.

The first project would include a comedy loosely based upon Green’s home life as a producer and recording artist. Everybody Hates Chris’ Ali Leroi will serve as executive producer alongside Green and Primary Wave TV’s Andrew Jameson. Primary Wave represents Green and just recently named him the chief creative officer of their music division.

In addition to this new partnership, Green is also working on an album with Goodie Mob, a book, and a Las Vegas residency show entitled, Loberace.

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7 Questions with Ray Lavender

Written by | Ray Cornelius

R&B vocalist Ray Lavender isn’t afraid to admit that he is a bit country.  As a matter of fact, the Louisiana-born singer says it’s his “southern twang” that sets him apart from all of the other male R&B singers and keeps his female fans wanting more.

Ray, who was once signed to Akon’s Konlive  label, is now back on the scene with a new album, a new label [Global Artist Group] and a new single entitled, “We Love.”

RC had a chance to talk to the R&B crooner about his latest project, who he’d like to work with in the future and what its really like playing “kissy face” with Hollywood bad girl, Omarosa.

Check it out…

RC:  How did you get the name Ray Lavender?

RL:  I went through a series of names with the label: Ray Black, LA Ray, Ray Earl, and plain old Ray. And so I ended up telling the label to let me sleep on it and get back to them. The next morning I woke up and called Akon and was like, why don’t we just slice my name right down the middle, because my name is Ray Earl Lamar Lavender, and let’s just call me Ray Lavender. And so Akon was like, “That’s it. Let’s ride.” Keep in mind I had already had a single [My Girl Got a Girlfriend] on the radio and at that point I was called Ray L.

RC:  June is Black Music Month, what are your top three albums of all time?

RL:  Sam Cooke’s “Ain’t that Good News” featuring the song “A Change is Gonna Come.” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and then I would have to say R. Kelly’s “Twelve Play.”

RC: What makes your sound different from other male singers out there?

RL:  I’m country man. What you’re going to get out of me is that country crooning soul pop with a hip hop appeal.  I’m not gonna say that I have more soul than the next; but it’s just my tone and texture is really country.  You know when I’m in New York, the girls go crazy because I am country when I am singing [laughs].

RC:  What is the greatest lesson you learned from Akon?

RL:  To keep it simple. You don’t always have to over sing a song. “Kon” would say, “Ray! You’re singing too much! We’re going to leave that for some more of your records. Let’s party a little bit.”  So on my party records; I’m not singing as much.  I am having fun.  I’m kind of swaggin it out, sort of rapping a little bit.  I learn to also keep my hooks catchy.

RC:  Let’s talk about the new album and being signed to Global Artist Group…

RL:  The new album is fun!  Its creative and it’s gonna be timeless.  I had a great time doing the album. My music spectrum is all over the place.  We just recorded some good music.

RC:  Who would you like to work with in the future?

RL: Cold Play, Maroon Five, R. Kelly, Cee Lo Green and Brandy.  Her voice is a like a treasure.  It reminds me of something that will never happen again.

RC:  You appeared in the reality-dating series, The Ultimate Merger with Omarosa and was literally the last man standing.  What is she really like?

RL: [Laughs] So you want the real story?  I tell you what, Omarosa is not who most people think she is.  She is not a monster.  She is actually a sweet woman.  It’s people that bring that “monster “out of her.  They look for her to be negative because she has a book [The Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn it On and Off] and people just walk up to her and say, “Hey Bitch!”  So of course she is going to respond. I on the other hand, got the princess because of the type of guy that I am.  It’s just something about being country that women just love.

Here is Ray Lavender’s latest offering, We Love:

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