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SWV to kick off TV One’s ‘UNSUNG’ on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

My favorite music show, “UNSUNG” is back for another amazing season on TV One beginning Wednesday January 4th at 8 p.m. Now in its 10th season, “UNSUNG” returns with an explosive premiere that you don’t want to miss and chronicles the rise and fall of R&B girl group Sisters With Voices better known as SWV.

Mixing celestial gospel harmonies with street swagger, SWV brought an edgy sound to female R&B groups that helped define the ‘90s decade. The group’s members—Coko, Taj and LeLee—became staples on the music scene with such hit records as “Weak,” “Right Here/Human Nature,” and “So Into To You.” Other artists featured on the new season include hip hop giant Fat Joe, blue-eyed soul singer Jon B., R&B veteran Lenny Williams, 90’s recording artists Case and Dave Hollister, R&B trio After 7 and the Godfather of Soul—James Brown.

“Unsung’s in-depth first-person interviews, the participation of family and friends, the attention to detail invested into sharing each artist’s story and, of course, the music are the staples that have made this series ‘Must-See TV,’” says TV One President Brad Siegel. “We have a loyal viewing audience who can attest to the fact that once you watch five minutes, you’ll hear something about your favorite artist you didn’t know before and then you’re hooked! There is the reason that after 129 episodes and nine seasons Unsung is still TV One’s most anticipated series.”

Check out the full “UNSUNG” schedule below: SWV on Jan. 4, Fat Joe on Jan. 11, Jon B. on Jan. 18 and Lenny Williams on Jan. 25, SWVCase on Feb. 1, Dave Hollister on Feb. 8, After 7 on Feb. 15 and James Brown on Feb. 22.

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New Edition, Babyface, TLC & more rock ‘Funk Fest’ Stage [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had a blast on Saturday afternoon covering the second day of Pepsi’s Funk Fest. The lineup consisted of 90’s heartthrob and Babyface protégé Jon B., award winning-girl groups SWV and TLC, hip-hop maverick Master P, Grammy winning-singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and R&B icons New Edition.


Jon B.

Jon B. kicked things off around 4 p.m. and took fans down memory lane with such popular ballads as “Someone to Love,” “They Don’t Know” and “Pretty Girl.” He joked with the fans that he was singing “R&B long before Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake made it popular.” He was also really excited to be back in the recording studio and is currently working on a new album titled Mr. Goodnight with Grammy winning-producer, Warren Campbell.


SWV – Sisters With Voices

Following Jon B. was “Sisters with Voices” better known as SWV. LeLee, Coko and Taj looked amazing and sounded great too as they took to the stage. Their short but powerful set included their new single “Man Crush” as well as their now classic tunes “So Into You,” “Anything,” and crowd favorite, “Weak.”


Master P

New Orleans rap mogul and entrepreneur Master P performed a medley of his hits and dedicated his show to his incarcerated brother C-Murder and the late Atlanta rapper  Bankroll Fresh, who was murdered outside of a studio in March. The former DWTS contestant thanked the audience and his fans for over 20 years of supporting him and and his “No Limit” family.



TLC still holds the record as the best-selling American girl group of all time and the ladies proved it during last night’s show. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas performed all of their hits including “What About Your Friends,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Baby, Baby, Baby,” “Diggin on You,” “Red Light Special,” “Creep,” “Unpretty” and “No Scrubs.” The ladies were accompanied by an amazing group of background dancers and DJ. Their rendition of “Waterfalls” was dedicated to the memory of their third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in 2002. The song, which tackles this issues of promiscuity, drug use and HIV/AIDS, was said to have been her personal favorite.


Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

11-time Grammy winning-singer and songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds electrified the stage during his hour-long set with a medley of hits like “For the Cool in You,” “Everytime I Close My Eyes,” “Soon As I Get Home,” “Never Keeping Secrets,” “Whip Appeal,” and “Two Occassions.”  But it was the later part of his performance that really brought the crowd to their feet.  He sang snippets of at least 15 different songs from artists he had written for including Johnny Gill‘s “My, My, My,” Tevin Campbell‘s “Can We Talk,” and Bobby Brown‘s “Don’t Be Cruel.”  He closed out the show with a rousing performance of BoyzIIMen‘s “End of the Road,” in which he took off his jacket, unbuttoned his shirt, jumped off stage and ran into the audience. It was a move that many of us didn’t see coming but it turned out to be a real crowd pleaser.


New Edition

The night ended with a power-packed show from R&B legends “New Edition.” Due to time constraints the group turned what would have been a 90-minute set into 40 minutes. Literally, these guys sang and dance to hit after hit after hit including “Popcorn Love,” “Candy Girl,” “Is this the end,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “My Secret,” “Count Me Out” and “If It Isn’t Love.” They also performed their latest single, “This One’s For Me and You,” which appears on Johnny Gill‘s current album, Game Changer. The group is also be the subject of a new television movie based on their lives and careers for BET titled “New Edition: The Movie.” It airs in 2017 and features R&B heartthrob Luke James and “Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray.

Take a look at more photos below:


Jon B. taking photos at the media tent




Master P with his son on stage


 Master P dedicated his performance to Bank Roll Fresh 


Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins 


Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas


Actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell








“Married to Medicine” star Lisa Nicole Cloud spotted backstage


New Edition


Ralph Tresvant


Johnny Gill 


Ricky Bell


Ronnie DeVoe


Michael Bivins 

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take a look: Chris Brown – ‘They Don’t Know’ featuring Aaliyah

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Chris Brown has released a video for his new single, ‘They Don’t Know’ featuring unreleased vocals from Aaliyah.

As previously reported the song pays tribute to the late singer and also includes samples from Jon B.’s classic R&B hit of the same title. The black and white video was shot entirely on location in the Los Angeles Cedar Block community.  Breezy mentioned this during last month’s BET Awards press conference.

“I shot it in the hood,” he said. “I went to the Cedar Block. Bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I’m from. I’m from Virginia, but everybody comes from a broken home or being broke. I remember when I was,”  said Brown.

Take a look at the video below and tell us what think…

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They Don’t Know  comes from Brown’s sixth album, “X” which is due out in stores July 16.