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Michelle Obama teams up with Live Nation for ‘Becoming’ Tour

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Former First Lady of the United States of America – MICHELLE OBAMA – is hitting the road this fall to promote her new book Becoming. The 10-city tour will begin in Chicago November 13.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

The tour is produced by Live Nation and publisher Penguin Random House. Michelle is also donating 1 million copies to educational non-profit program, First Book.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like she is coming to the south. I don’t see any dates for Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami or New Orleans. Hopefully, she’ll add more cities to the schedule.

See the full list below:

  • Nov. 13: Chicago — United Center
  • Nov. 15: Los Angeles — The Forum
  • Nov. 17: DC — Capital One Arena
  • Nov. 24: Boston — TD Garden
  • Nov. 29: PHL — Wells Fargo Center
  • Dec. 1: Brooklyn — Barclays Center
  • Dec. 11: Detroit — Little Caesars Arena
  • Dec. 13: Denver — Pepsi Center
  • Dec. 14: San Jose — SAP Center
  • Dec. 17: Dallas — American Airlines Ctr.

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Ledisi presents her new book ‘The Walk: Accepting Your Life As It Is Now’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi is releasing a new book next month (September 23) titled The Walk: Accepting Your Life As It Is Now. She posted the big news on Instagram this week urging her fans to pick up a copy now.

So far, she has received reviews from industry veterans like Patti LaBelle, Tyler Perry and Dr. Iyanla Vanzant.

“The act of walking requires you to take one step and then another until you arrive at your destination. In ‘The Walk’, Ledisi shares the steps she took to get to her best life. And just like her songs, the gems she so bravely shares about her life will inspire many. I am so proud of her! Keep walking in your majesty, my beloved,” says Vanzant.

Click here to get your copy!

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Michelle Obama to release new memoir ‘Becoming’ on November 13

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is releasing a new memoir titled Becoming on November 13. Mrs. Obama posted the news on her social media pages this weekend with the above image and caption:

“Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience. It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.”

According to PEOPLE, Obama will promote the book during a U.S. and international tour and will donate 1 million copies to educational non-profit program, First Book.  Former President Barack Obama is also writing a memoir that is slated to be released in 2019.

RC will keep you posted as this continues to develop.

Will you be reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming?

Photo Credit: Instagram/Michelle Obama-Miller Mobley

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David and Tamela Mann release first book ‘Us Against the World’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

 NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann and his wife, Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann, celebrated Valentine’s Day and #BlackLove with the announcement of their forthcoming new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. It is available on September 25, 2018.

With a love story spanning more than 30 years and celebrity careers that have garnered numerous prestigious awards and accolades, superstar couple David and Tamela candidly share about their lifelong love, marriage and blended family, while telling the honest truth about issues they’ve faced including communication, forgiveness, sex, finances, and faith, in their very first book. 

Us Against the World also reveals surprising details about how the pair met, married, and started a family, the challenges of managing the fame that comes with success, and the growing pains of working with their adult children in the family business.

“We’ve always been transparent about our relationship and family with fans. In our first book we’ll tell our whole story and share our secrets to a successful marriage,” said David Mann. “Our marriage is a top priority and our greatest accomplishment. As authors, we’re excited to share what we’ve learned about how to make doing life together work and how to fully love your spouse,” said Tamela Mann.

 Stay tuned…

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Actress Jasmine Burke releases new book ‘Work Your Audition’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Triple threat diva Jasmine Burke wants to help aspiring actors book their next gig. The star of Bounce TV’s hit series “Saints & Sinners” has released a brand new “how to” book titled, Work Your Audition.

The synopsis reads as follows:

After years of teaching my “Werk Your Tape” workshops, I decided to put all of that knowledge into a book and expand on the audition process and… VOILÁ! We have my first book “Work Your Audition”! From having a decade of experience being a working actor and currently starring in, Bounce TV’s #1 series Saints and Sinners and Fox/Lee Daniel’s Star, I get a lot of aspiring and professional artists who ask me “How do I become an actor and/or break into the business?” and what I’ve discovered throughout my acting career is that the answer is the same for everyone…the audition is the gateway to the job! In “Work Your Audition” I detail my audition experiences landing some of my biggest roles to date such as VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat and how I handled the devastating “No’s” such as not making MTV’s Making The Band 3. All to motivate and prepare actors and artists to believe in their God given gifts every step of the journey.

In addition to the book, Burke has also launched a line of motivation apparel with popular catch phrases such as “Hungry Never Thirsty” + “The Glow Up is Real.”

Click here to check out the new book and merchandise. Also, Burke will be appearing on an upcoming edition of my radio show, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

STAY TUNED…

Photo Credits: JasmineBurke.com

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Tyler Perry to appear at Fox Theatre for ‘Higher Is Waiting’ Conversation with Karyn Greer

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Join Atlanta media personality Karyn Greer on Sunday, November 12 at 3 p.m. for an intimate conversation with TV & film mogul and creator of Madea—Tyler Perry.The event will take place at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre and will focus on his new book, Higher is Waiting.

A spiritual guidebook and a collection of teachings, Higher is Waiting culls from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this intimate book, Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life. Click here for tickets and see you there!

Perry is currently starring in “BOO2! A Madea Halloween” along with Patrice Lovely and Cassi Davis.

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Gabrielle Union to star in ‘Bad Boys’ TV Series Spin-off?

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Actress, author and activist Gabrielle Union may be starring in a TV series spin-off based on her character in “Bad Boys II.”

According to DEADLINE, the untitled project is currently being pitched and has already got the attention of a few TV networks. The show will be led by the film’s original producer Jerry Bruckheimer along with Doug Belgrad.

Union played Special Agent Sydney “Syd” Burnett in “Bad Boys II” and is the sister of Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett, played by Martin Lawrence. She was also the love interest of his partner Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey, played by Will Smith.

BET recently announced that Union’s popular dramatic series “Being Mary Jane” was coming to a close after four seasons and will end in a two-hour film special, so this role and new project comes at just the right time. She also just released a new book titled We’re Going to Need More Wine, where she addresses color, fame and gender.

RC will keep you in the loop as this project continues to develop.

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Oprah Winfrey hosts ‘Super Soul Gospel Brunch’ in honor of book #WisdomofSundays [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey hosted a special Super Soul Gospel Brunch at her Montecito, CA home yesterday in celebration of her new book, The Wisdom of Sunday: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations.

The book will be released tomorrow (Tuesday, October 17) and features personal essays from Ms. Winfrey and aha moments from thought-leaders who have appeared on her Emmy-winning OWN series, “Super Soul Sunday.” Such amazing words of wisdom will come from Gary Zukav, Shonda Rhimes, Devon Franklin, Brene Brown, President Jimmy Carter, Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra and many more.

The Super Soul Gospel Brunch included performances by BeBe Winans, Donald Lawrence, Common, Andra Day and Erica Campbell.  Invited celebrities included Yolanda Adams, Cynthia Erivo, Sterling K. Brown and his wife Ryan Michelle, Niecy Nash, Angela Bassett, DeVon Franklin and wife Meagen Good and many more!

In addition to watching “Super Soul Sundays,” you can also hear the conversations at “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.” It OWN’s first-ever podcast and in debuted in August on Apple Podcasts. Each one delivers insight and inspiration from top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders to awaken listeners to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.

See more photos below from the Super Soul Gospel Brunch:

Oprah Winfrey with BeBe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Donald Lawrence,

Erica Campbell, Cynthia Erivo and more

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Common

Andra Day

Oprah Winfrey with BeBe Winans and Donald Lawrence 

Photo Credits: Brian Kramer and George Burns for Harpo Inc.

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‘Queen of YouTube’ Glozell signs books at ATL B&N [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

“Is you okay? Is you good? Cuz I want to know!” That was the burning question that social media sensation and beloved comedienne GloZell [Green] wanted to know as she greeted fans Wednesday night at one Atlanta-area Barnes & Nobles.

The self-proclaimed “Queen of YouTube” stopped by the Edgewood location to take pictures and sign copies of her new book, Is You Okay? Everyone from toddlers to the elderly stood in line to get up close and personal with GloZell, who sported her signature Shirley Temple curls, Emerald City green cape and sparkling green lipstick. GloZell was also accompanied by her mother Gloria Green, who also rocked her curly locks too.

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Is You Okay?  is a fun, inspiring memoir that chronicles GloZell’s meteoric rise from Orlando, Florida to Hollywood, California while gaining throngs of internet fans and followers from around the world with her outlandish videos and YouTube challenges. Never afraid to make a fool of herself, GloZell has laughed all the way to The White House, where she conducted a one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama. She has also appeared on “Dr. Oz,” “20/20,” “ABC News,” MTV, “Steve Harvey Talent Show” and “Showtime at the Apollo.”

GloZell’s slapstick humor has also put her in the ranks of some pretty legendary comediennes such as Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Tina Fey and Phyllis Diller. She recently talked to FORBES about her success and shared the following career advice with the magazine’s readers:

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1. Follow your passion! As I say that I roll my eyes because everyone says it, but it’s so true! People are scared that they won’t be able to make a living doing what they love, so they live a life criticizing those that do. This is where faith comes in, to be bold enough to try.

2. My next piece of advice is to get educated in the career that you want to go into. For example, the Internet changes all the time and you have to stay current and be willing to learn and relearn new aspects of your field. No matter what career you go into, continuing your education is key.

3. Don’t let competition take over your life. Know that your best is good enough, and that trying to hard to be like someone else is not going to get you very far. Be original and be the best you! I’m rolling my eyes again because that’s said so often, but the longer you live the more you see the truth in it.

Check out a few more pics below and click here to purchase your copy of Is You Okay, okay!

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GloZell receiving flowers from her fans

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GloZell‘s fans all came wearing green or giving her something with green

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“Is You Okay?” is GloZell‘s signature tagline

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GloZell is from my hometown of Orlando, Florida

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GloZell received hand made bags from a fan

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GloZell gave this fan a kiss with her signature glittery, green lips

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GloZell meeting her youngest fan (she’s only three-years-old…awww)

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GloZell pictured with her mother (right) and Atlanta area family members

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Bobby Brown to appear on ’20/20′ + releasing his new book, ‘Every Little Step’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

R&B superstar Bobby Brown sits down with GMA’s Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview for tonight’s edition of ’20/20′ at 10 p.m. EST. The “Don’t Be Cruel” singer will talk candidly about the traumatic death’s of both his ex-wife, pop legend Whitney Houston, and their only child together, Bobbi Kristina, who passed away last July.

Brown will also open up about his new book, Every Little Step, which debuts this coming Monday, June 13. According to the book’s Amazon web page, Brown will finally “set the record straight” about his musical career and his tumultuous and very public marriage to Houston.

Check out what he had to say about the process of writing this book:

“Right after I signed on to write my story, I went through one of the most agonizing traumas I had ever experienced with the death of my daughter. But I was surprised by how therapeutic it was to work on this project, to look at the entire arc of my life and to realize that although there has been considerable pain, I have also been incredibly blessed. I hope my fans and other readers of this book will be entertained by this trip into the crazy, exciting, fascinating world of Bobby Brown. And I hope they will feel that I have been as honest and open with them in these pages as I have tried to be my entire life.”

Click here to purchase your copy and check out a sneak peek of the interview below:

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KeKe Palmer named one of PEOPLE’s ‘Most Beautiful’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to our darling KeKe Palmer! The twenty-something-year-old entertainer has nabbed a spot on PEOPLE’s coveted “50 Most Beautiful” list. The singer-actress announced the big news on Friday with the following caption and photo on her social media pages:

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Thanks People for choosing me as today’s beauty! Pick up the #MostBeautiful issue on newsstands April 22!

In other related news, KeKe is also releasing a new book titled, “I Don’t Belong To You: Quiet the Noise and Find your Voice.” It is available now for pre-orders and is not a memoir according to its author.

“This book is not a memoir, this book is about all of our similar struggles with the backdrop of my story, my struggles and how I’m learning what it really means to honor thyself. I’m so grateful be able to share with you and hopefully “assist” you on this journey as I have been assisted.”

Check out the book’s cover art below and click here to purchase your copy!

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Photo Credits: Facebook/KeKe Palmer

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Keyshia Cole is PO’d at sister’s new book

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Reality starlet and R&B diva Keyshia Cole is not a happy camper these days.

According to reports, Cole is very upset about her sister Neffie’s, new book The Price I Paid and went on a Twitter rant.  Apparently the two are at odds and Neffeteria “Neffe” Pugh writes about the strained relationship in her book, to which Keyshia didn’t approve.

“How many of y’all have leaches in your own family? I need to know I’m not alone! B-tch talk about me in ya book and wearing the shoes I gave u on the cover? F-cking Bogus! If it wasn’t for my name, people making money off that alone. They would have the courage to say they just don’t like me. I see I gotta take it back to the days when I used to slap a b-tch tho!”

Neffie responded back peacefully with:

“I am very great full to have wore a pair of shoes for my book cover that was given to me what a blessing:) God is so amazing.  I am also grateful for my supporters and fans family and peers who have bought my book and made sure I know about it. Be blessed and be sure to love someone besides u# because it counts! The Price I Paid? Please remember to remain humble and true to who u r never let the devil win because he’s working hard in these last days. Stay prayed up.”

Let’s hope this sibling rivalry can be squashed privately.  RC will keep you posted as more of this one develops…

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Tyrese and Rev. Run set to release new book ‘Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Want to get the 411 on what your man is thinking?

Hip hop legend Rev. Run is teaming up with R&B crooner Tyrese to help women get their answers and so much more in a new book entitled Manology: Secrets of Your Man’s Mind Revealed.

According to Tyrese, the book is “going to be revealing, uncomfortable truth coming from a married man perspective as well as a single man’s perspective…We hope to paint a clearer picture of who we are, where we are, and what the next phase of man is from our humble opinions.”

Manology  arrives in stores just in time for Valentine’s Day on February 13!

Check out the full publisher’s description over at BET!

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T.I.’s 2nd book, ‘Trouble & Triumph’ in stores now!

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Trouble & Triumph, the sequel to T.I.‘s first novel Power and Beauty, is now available on a book shelf near you!

I’ve always been the young guy who was groomed by the older guy,” T.I. tells The BoomBox of the similar characteristics he shares with Power, a character in his new book, Trouble & Triumph. “And I always found myself developing a lot quicker than they expected me to, mentally at least.”

Trouble Man, the follow-up to his 2010 LP, No Mercy, arrives Dec. 18.

Trouble & Triumph is in stores now.

T.I.’s ‘Trouble & Triumph’ Book Signing Dates:

  • 9/18/12 @ 7PM EST, BOOKS AND GREETINGS –  271 Livingston ST Northvale, N. 07647
  • 9/19/12 @ 7PM EST, CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT LOUNGE  –  2217 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 120th Street Harlem, NY 10026
  • 9/26/12 @ 6:30PM EST,  BOOKS A MILLION –  258 City Circle Peachtree City, GA 30269
  • 9/27/12@ 7PM EST,  BARNES AND NOBLE –  2900 Peachtree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30305
  • 10/1/12 @ 7PM PST,  BARNES AND NOBLE –  1201 3rd Street  Santa Monica, CA 90401