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Ray Cornelius to co-host AHF’s ‘World AIDS Day Concert’ on 12/5 [PHOTOS]

Happy Wednesday family and welcome back to RayCornelius.com.

Allow me to apologize for disappearing on you guys in November but I was having some serious tech issues with the site. However, we are back up and running and I have a lot of catching up and sharing to do with you.

“Drumroll please…”

It gives me so much pleasure to announce that I will be co-hosting the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) “World AIDS Day Concert” tomorrow night (Thursday, December 5) featuring R&B, pop and dance music diva DEBORAH COX, R&B and soul music prince RAHEEM DEVAUGHN and hip hop artist KCAMP. It all goes down at Center Stage Atlanta beginning at 6:30 p.m. and is FREE and open to the public.

This is actually my second time working with AHF and I am completely thrilled that they asked my back. I gave the opening remarks during their 2017 screening of Nathan Hale Williams‘ indie short 90 Days during the BronzeLens Film Festival.

Tomorrow night’s concert is the last of several events AHF presented commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1). Check out photos below from the Los Angeles show which featured POSE star and Tony Award winning actor and singer BILLY PORTER and R&B/Hip Hop icon FAITH EVANS + the Dallas show which featured TEYANA TAYLOR and living legend and music icon DIANA ROSS.

Photo Credits: Walik Goshorn/AHF

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Erykah Badu & Faith Evans to be honored at ‘2018 Soul Train Awards’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to R&B divas Erykah Badu and Faith Evans. The two veterans performers will be honored during this year’s Soul Train Awards.

According to BET, Badu will receive the Legend Award and Evans will receive the Lady of Soul Award. Nominees include H.E.R, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, SZA, Ella Mai and Daniel Caesar.

The show will be taped on November 17 and will air on BET and BETHER on November 25 at 8 p.m. Martin actresses and real-life besties Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell will serve as this year’s hosts.

Check out all of the complete list of nominees below:

BEST NEW ARTIST

DANIEL CAESAR

JORJA SMITH

KALI UCHIS

LEON THOMAS

NORMANI

QUEEN NAIJA

SOUL TRAIN CERTIFIED AWARD

ASHANTI

JORJA SMITH

LEDISI

LENNY KRAVITZ

MAJOR.

TAMIA

BEST R&B/SOUL FEMALE ARTIST

BEYONCE

ELLA MAI

H.E.R.

MARIAH CAREY

SZA

BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST

BRUNO MARS

CHILDISH GAMBINO

DANIEL CAESAR

JOHN LEGEND

KHALID

TANK

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

ANDRA DAY

KIRK FRANKLIN

LECRAE

SNOOP DOGG

TORI KELLY

RHYTHM & BARS AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR)

CARDI B                                            I LIKE IT FEAT. BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN

CHILDISH GAMBINO                        THIS IS AMERICA

DJ KHALED                                       NO BRAINER FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER, CHANCE THE RAPPER AND QUAVO

DRAKE                                               IN MY FEELINGS

THE CARTERS                                  APE S**T

SONG OF THE YEAR

BRUNO MARS                                   FINESSE (REMIX) FEAT. CARDI B

ELLA MAI                                            BOO’D UP

H.E.R.                                                 EVERY KIND OF WAY

SZA                                                     THE WEEKEND

THE INTERNET                                  COME OVER

ALBUM/MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR

CHLOE X HALLE                                THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

CHRIS BROWN                                  HEARTBREAK ON A FULL MOON

H.E.R.                                                  H.E.R.

LEON BRIDGES                                  GOOD THING

MIGUEL                                               WAR & LEISURE

THE INTERNET                                   HIVE MIND

THE ASHFORD AND SIMPSON SONGWRITER’S AWARD

FINESSE (REMIX) – WRITTEN BY: GENE HERNANDEZ, BELCALIS ALMANZAR, CHRIS BROWN, JAMES FAUNTLEROY, PHILIP LAWRENCE, RAY MCCULLOUGH, KLENORD RAPHAEL, JEREMY REEVES, JAMES YIP, RAY ROMULUS (BRUNO MARS FEAT. CARDI B)

SUMMERTIME MAGIC – WRITTEN BY: DONALD GLOVER, LUDWIG GORANSSON (CHILDISH GAMBINO)

BEST PART – WRITTEN BY: ASHTON SIMMONDS, H.E.R., RILEY BELL, MATTHEW BURNETT, JORDAN EVANS (DANIEL CAESAR FEAT. H.E.R.)

BOO’D UP – WRITTEN BY: ELLA HOWELL, DIJON MCFARLANE, JOELLE JAMES, LARRANCE DOPSON (ELLA MAI)

FOCUS – WRITTEN BY: H.E.R., DARHYL CAMPER, JUSTIN LOVE (H.E.R.)

BROKEN CLOCKS – WRITTEN BY: SOLANA ROWE, CODY FAYNE, ADAM FEENEY, ASHTON SIMMONDS, THOMAS BEESLEY (SZA)

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE

BRUNO MARS                                              FINESSE (REMIX) FEAT. CARDI B

CHRIS BROWN                                            TEMPO

CIARA                                                            LEVEL UP

HOODCELEBRITYY                                      WALKING TROPHY

JANET JACKSON                                          MADE FOR NOW FEAT. DADDY YANKEE

BEST COLLABORATION PERFORMANCE

BRUNO MARS                                               FINESSE (REMIX) FEAT. CARDI B

DANIEL CAESAR                                           BEST PART FEAT. H.E.R.

JOHN LEGEND                                              A GOOD NIGHT FEAT. BLOODPOP

KHALID, 6LACK, TY DOLLA $IGN                OTW

SZA                                                                DOVES IN THE WIND FEAT. KENDRICK LAMAR

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BRUNO MARS                                               FINESSE (REMIX) FEAT. CARDI B

ELLA MAI                                                       BOO’D UP

H.E.R.                                                             AVENUE

SZA                                                                 BROKEN CLOCKS

THE INTERNET                                             COME OVER

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‘Black Music Honors’ to salute Stephanie Mills, Whodini, Bobby Brown + BeBe and CeCe Winans

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations to Grammy ®Award-winning singer and Broadway legend—STEPHANIE MILLS! She will be recognized during this year’s Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will celebrate the artistry of the music industry’s most revered icons.

Mills will receive the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music and acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodini, will be presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. Both will join an impressive list of previously announced honorees – BeBe and CeCe Winans, Bobby Brown, Faith Evans and Dallas Austin

The celebratory night will also feature exciting performances by Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and Jonathan McReynolds.

The 2018 Black Music Honors will take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 16 and will air as a two-hour television special on Bounce TV Sept. 28, 2018.

Stay tuned…

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EBONY Digitial presents ‘Love Issue’ featuring Beyoncé & Jay Z + more

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulation goes out to Beyoncé and Jay Z, Ciara and Russell Wilson plus Common and Angela Rye. The couples all appear on EBONY‘s new digital cover for February celebrating “Black Love.”

According to the magazine, “Romance is in the Air” and they’re putting a spotlight on music, television and film’s hottest unions.

Click here to see more amazing couples including Cardi B and Offset, Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen + Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Also check out my man, Devon Franklin‘s love letter to his beautiful wife Meagan Good.

The issue also includes the women of Black Panther + #EBONYLove, 25 R&B songs that are sure to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day. It features iconic slow jams from Sade, Faith EvansD’Angelo and more.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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Snoop Dogg x RCA Inspiration = Bible of Love (VIDEO)

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Snoop has gone Gospel!

Well sorta! The iconic hip hop star is teaming up with RCA Inspiration for a new project titled “Bible of Love.” It is his 16th studio album and the first ever from the award winning rapper. He is releasing it through his new, All The Time label which was developed to provide more opportunities for gospel music artists.

According to the press release, “Bible of Love,” features Snoop and individual performances from a diverse array of acclaimed artists spanning multiple generations. Snoop feels there is a need for people to be unified more now than ever and he and co-executive producer, Lonny Bereal, handpicked some of Snoop’s personal favorites from gospel and R&B including, B. SladeFaith EvansRance AllenThe Clark Sisters and Tye Tribbett (more guest artists to be announced). He has always been inspired by gospel music and created this double disc, 32-track collection to both showcase the genre and bring people together.

Five songs, “Blessing Me Again” (featuring Rance Allen), “Blessed & Highly Favored Remix” (featuring The Clark Sisters), “Words Are Few” (featuring B. Slade), “Saved” (featuring Faith Evans and 3rd Generation), and Bible of Love’s first official single, “You,” which features Tribbett, are available to those who pre-order the album now.

Snoop credits his late grandmother, Dorothy Tate, with introducing him to gospel music and inspiring him to finally release a gospel project. He says, “I am blessed to have so many legendary friends join me on this journey. As the country is in one of its heaviest times and is so divided, I wanted to make an album that spreads love and unity around the world. That’s what I was taught, so that’s all I know. Real love.”

Snoop will debut music From Bible of Love on the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration 

Premiering on BET TONIGHT at 11PM EST

Photo Credits: RCA Inspiration + Instagram/Snoop Dogg

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Diddy debuts ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ at TFF; also avail. on AppleMusic 6/25 (VIDEO)

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Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs has released a new documentary about his career and iconic record label, Bad Boy. “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story” premiered Friday night at the Tribeca Film Festival and will play two more times this weekend in NYC.

In 1993, Sean “Diddy” Combs, aka Puff Daddy, founded Bad Boy Records, and in 2016, the Bad Boy Family reunited for the biggest homecoming in hip-hop history. Director Daniel Kaufman and Live Nation Productions share this raw and exclusive look behind the scenes at the history and legacy of Bad Boy through a complex portrait of the label’s mastermind, Sean “Puffy” Combs, as he reunites his Bad Boy Family over the course of a frantic three week rehearsal period. As the biggest names of Bad Boy prepare to reunite, the film also looks back to trace the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, it’s meteoric rise, the tragic killing of Biggie Smalls, and the lasting influence on music, fashion, marketing and culture- all while revealing the love and commitment that form the bonds between the Bad Boy family. This celebratory documentary culminates in the 2016 live performances at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center featuring iconic artists PUFF DADDY, LIL’ KIM, MASE, FAITH EVANS, MARIO WINANS, 112, TOTAL, CARL THOMAS, and THE LOX. It will also be made available to his fan on Apple Music beginning June 25.

Watch the video + check out the film poster below:

Photo Credits: Instagram/Diddy

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WATCH 2nd Trailer for Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ (NSFW)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur‘s death, a new trailer has been released for his highly anticipated biopic, “All Eyez On Me.”

As previously reported, the film centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial rapper, poet, actor and political activist, who shot to fame with “2Pacalypse Now.” His politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. He was gunned down a street corner in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 and died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.

“All Eyez on Me” stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac along with Danai Gurira as his mother Afeni Shakur. Kat Graham stars as Jada Pinkett, Dominic L. Santana portrays Suge Knight, Jamal Woolard as Biggie Smalls, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Lauren Cohan as Lelia Steinberg, Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and  Harold House Moore as Dr Dre. The film is directed by Benny Boom and is executive produced by Afeni, who passed away in May at the age of 69. The film expected to open in 2017.

Check it out below and tell us what you think!

https://youtu.be/3ZlXHAbX3TY

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Oprah Winfrey to make first appearance at ESSENCE FEST

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

ESSENCE announced earlier today that the reigning queen of television, Oprah Winfrey, will make her very first appearance at this year’s Festival on Saturday, July 2 at 4 p.m. EST at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Winfrey will be a part of an amazing speakers panel that includes Bishop T.D. Jakes, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Al Sharpton, Misty Copeland and Tyra Banks.

“Oprah’s message of inspiration is universal and, through her life’s work, she has influenced women and girls across the globe,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We are delighted that Iyanla Vanzant graciously invited Oprah to the ESSENCE Festival as a special gift for the fans, so we are welcoming our passionate community to join us for an absolutely extraordinary experience not to be missed.”

As previously reported, this year’s ESSENCE Festival will feature headliners Mariah Carey, Maxwell, and Kendrick Lamar along with Andra Day, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Estelle, Common, Charlie Wilson, Ciara, Tyrese and New Edition. Closing out the Festival will be a Prince Tribute along with Puff Daddy and the Family featuring Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and more.

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WATCH 1st Trailer for Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new trailer for the long awaited Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me.” The film features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the iconic rapper along with Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Jamal Woodard as Biggie Smalls, Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre. There will also be appearances by Keith Robinson, Cory Hardrict and Hill Harper.

According to the film’s IMDB page, “All Eyez on Me” centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist—Tupac Shakur. The rapper, poet, actor and political activist, shot to fame with “2Pacalypse Now,” lauded for its seminal underground vibe and still an inspiration for major artists today. Tupac’s politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents’ activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac’s increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.

“All Eyez on Me” is directed by Benny Boom and is executive produced by Afeni, who passed away in May at the age of 69.  The film opens on November 11, 2016.

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Faith Evans, Tamar Braxton, Stevie J and more attend Kelly Price’s Birthday Party [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

R&B diva Kelly Price kicked off her birthday weekend Friday night at Atlanta’s Gold Room. The six-time Grammy nominated singer and former reality star was all smiles when she arrived in her fitted leather dress with a splash of green in her cropped curls.

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Tamar and Trina Braxton

A number of Kelly’s close friends and industry associates came out to support her including singers Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Dave HollisterTamar and Trina Braxton, hip-hop icons MC Lyte and Yo-Yo as well as LeLee from SWV. Atlanta’s own soul music stars Algebra Blessett and Anthony David were also spotted along with philanthropist Bo Talley, actor Carl Payne and media personality Juicy.

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 James Wright Chanel admiring Kelly Price’s green hair

Kelly’s “Saints & Sinners” castmates Jasmine Burke and Clifton Powell were in attendance along with Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Stevie J, who is also one of the producers for her upcoming album. Actresses Kayla Pratt, Kellita Smith and Vanessa Williams, who are in town shooting a film for TV One, also stopped by to show their support as well as actor Mel Chude, music artist KiNG EDward and Patti’s Pies singer James Wright Chanel.

Check out all of the photos below:

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Faith Evans 

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Kelly Price taking a selfie with Algebra Blessett

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Kayla Pratt and Kellita Smith

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James Wright Chanel

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Kelly Price enjoying the party

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MC Lyte giving Kelly greetings from the DJ booth

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Carl Payne

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Yo-Yo

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Nicci Gilbert with Stevie J and his son

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Vanessa Williams 

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Bo Talley

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Juicy

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Jasmine Burke / Kelly’s sister

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KiNG EDward

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Mel Chude

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Happy Birthday Kelly Price!!!!!!!

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Mariah Carey, Babyface, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell to appear at ‘ESSENCE’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Take a look at this year’s lineup for the 22nd ESSENCE Festival. The list was released Tuesday and includes a number of my personal favorites like Mariah Carey, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, and Ciara.

“The ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “We are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.”

Other artists include: Faith Evans, Charlie Wilson, Estelle, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway, New Edition, Tyrese, Doug E.Fresh, Mali Music, MC Lyte, Robert Glasper Experiment, V. Bozeman, The Brand New Heavies, Leon Bridges, and many more!

Click here for tickets and the full lineup!

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take a look: Faith Evans ~ ‘Make Love feat. Keke Wyatt’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

R&B Divas Faith Evans and Keke Wyatt have teamed up for a steamy new video for Evans’ seductive single, “Make Love.”  The video was directed by Mecca Don and appears on Faith’s latest album, Incomparable. Take a look below and tell us what you think…

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Usher and Tyrese join Babyface for Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Steve Harvey, EMMY-winning talk show and Family Feud host and star of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, announces a sizzling lineup of superstar performances at the upcoming 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards, as multiple GRAMMY®-winning superstar Usher will hit the stage as the awards show’s closing performer and award-winning artist/actor Tyrese Gibson will take the stage in a featured performance, adding to a stellar lineup of entertainment that kicks off with multiple GRAMMY®-winning hitmaker Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds opening this year’s show in Atlanta.

Hosted by Steve Harvey at the Philips Arena on Saturday August 8th, the 2015 Ford Neighborhood Awards show is the cornerstone event in a four-day lineup of entertainment, with the awards show honoring the businesses, educators and leaders who make up this year’s Top 48 finalists across 12  award categories.  Boasting finalists coast to coast from Washington DC to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and more, this year’s Top 48 nominees encompass returning winners as well as new finalists, with voting continuing online in one category per day until June 16th.  Harvey will be joined by a spirited lineup of celebrity presenters to unveil this year’s winners, including Anthony Anderson, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, Wendy Raquel Robinson, David and Tamela Mann, Michelle Williams, Erica Campbell, Kym Whitley, Faith Evans, Yolanda Adams, Roland Martin, his radio show co-hosts Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and more.

Surrounding the awards show with a star-studded series of uplifting activities and performances running August 6-9th in Atlanta, this year’s Neighborhood Awards Weekend will be another unforgettable celebration, with an award-winning blend of signature entertainment featuring previously-announced performances during the weekend from Erykah Badu and Jodeci at the State Farm Freedom Friday Party hosted by Ne-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa and performer/host Doug E. Fresh at the Ford VIP After Party, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle, Avery*Sunshine at the Steve Harvey Morning Show live broadcast, Yolanda Adams at the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, and more.

Tickets for the Ford Neighborhood Awards show and weekend events are available via Ticketmaster.  The 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend includes support from Ford Motor Company, State Farm, Masterbuilt, AARP, McDonald’s, Express Employment Professionals, Tracfone, and DHerbs.

Stay tuned…

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Ava DuVernay, Cicely Tyson, Erykah Badu and More to be honored at Black Girls Rock

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET and Black Girls Rock have announced the honorees for this year telecast which include Cicely Tyson (Living Legend Award), Ava DuVernay (Shot Caller Award), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Star Power Award), Erykah Badu (Rock Star Award), Dr. Helen D. Gayle (Social Humanitarian Award) and Nadia Lopez (Change Agent Award).

Scheduled to perform during the show are Jill Scott, Ciara, Fantasia, Faith Evans, Shelia E., Lalah Hathaway and honoree, Erykah Badu.

As previously reported, Black Girls Rock celebrates the triumphs of inspirational African-American women who are trailblazers in the areas of art, philanthropy, sports, and community service. The show will be hosted once again by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King and will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center located in downtown Newark, NJ.

Tune in to watch “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 7 pm/ET.

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