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RC attends ‘Sisters in Song: Saluting Jazz Greatest Divas’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Dianne Reeves, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Shirley Horn were just a few of the iconic singers that were honored on this past Sunday evening during Kathleen Bertrand‘s musical extravaganza “Sisters in Song: Saluting Jazz Greatest Divas.”  The event was presented by RLK Events and took place at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at historic Morehouse College.

Every March, Bertrand celebrates Women’s History Month by enlisting some of Atlanta’s best jazz, soul and R&B singers for one fantastic evening of music. This year’s performers included chart-topping singer-songwriter Rhonda Thomas; UK Soul vocalist Julie Dexter; R&B singer and actress Chandra Currelley, accomplished jazz singer and actress Theresa Hightower, classically trained vocalist Pamela Dillard and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Dionne Farris.

Songs performed this time around included such classics as Oleta Adam‘s “New York State of Mind,” Anita Baker‘s “Been So Long,” Billie Holiday‘s “God Bless the Child,” Shirley Horn‘s “Here’s to Life,” Nina Simone‘s “I Put a Spell on You,” and Angela Bofill‘s “I Try.” Thomas, Currelley and Bertrand also performed some of their own original songs.

This year’s event was emceed by Atlanta media maven Angela Robinson.

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October 15: ‘Black Music Honors’ on Bounce TV at 11 a.m. EST

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Don’t forget to tune into Sunday’s telecast of the “Black Music Honors” at 11 a.m. EST on BOUNCE TV. The night consisted of extraordinary performances and memorable presentations as Central City Productions paid tribute to six legendary artists during the second annual awards ceremony held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.

The two-hour live television special was hosted by radio and television personality Rickey Smiley and actress LeToya Luckett. This year’s honorees included The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley who were all recognized for their noteworthy contributions to the music industry.

With a high-energy performance that kept the packed audience on its feet singing and dancing, the legendary group, The Jacksons, brought the house down by performing three of their hit songs.

“Black Music Honors” is Executive Produced by Don Jackson and Produced by Michael A. Johnson and Jennifer J. Jackson of Central City Productions.

Central City Productions also presented a $25,000 check of the proceeds from the “Black Music Honors” to the National African American Music Museum, which is scheduled to open in Nashville, TN, in 2019.

The titled sponsor for the “Black Music Honors” was State Farm.

Will you be watching?

Photo Credits: Black Music Honors

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‘Black Music Honors’ salutes The Jacksons, Jody Watley, Guy & more [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out these amazing photos from this past weekend’s “Black Music Honors” that took place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. The ceremony featured an all-star salute to some of music’s most recognizable names including The Jacksons, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley.

As previously reported, the “Black Music Honors” acknowledges the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide.

This year’s show included soul-stirring performances from Avery*SunshineDave Hollister, Jonathan ButlerKaren Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more.

Rickey Smiley, television and radio personality and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, co-hosted the show which is set to air on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7 p.m.

Check out all the photos below:

 Photo Credits: Central City Productions
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‘Black Music Honors’ to Salute The Jacksons, Jody Watley, Guy + more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Central City Productions will pay tribute to The Jacksons, Jody Watley and Guy during the “Black Music Honors” on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the The Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN.

According to the press release, the two-hour event will acknowledge the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide.

Additional honorees include Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick and Oleta Adams. The show will air on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m.  and is hosted by TV One’s Rickey Smiley and singer-actress LeToya Luckett.

“I am pleased and thrilled to honor some of today’s most influential and iconic music artists,” said Don Jackson, founder of Central City Productions and executive producer of Black MusicHonors. “The caliber of this year’s honorees speaks to the incredible impact, breadth and depth of the music these artists have given to the world. I am truly excited about this year’s show. From a legendary group like The Jacksons, to Jody Watley, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Oleta Adams and Guy, we are paying tribute to extraordinary artists from various genres of the music industry.”

The Jacksons are set to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award; McClurkin, will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award; Guy will be given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Slick Rick will be presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award, Adams is receiving the Legends Award and Watley will be recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award.

This year’s show will include special performances by Avery*Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Karen Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more.


RC Birthdays for the week of April 28-May 4

Actor and semi-retired professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson a.k.a The Rock turns 41 on Wednesday, May 1

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This week’s celebrity birthdays feature a bevy of hip-hop stars including a pioneer rapper from the west coast, a member from ATL’s Dungeon Family and NYC’s G-Unit, a New Orleans rap mogul, an R&B singing legend, two memorable TV stars, a multigenre songwriting diva and a member of pop music royalty.

Get plugged into the RC Birthdays for this week: April 28-May 4, 2013.

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 Apr. 28: Rapper, producer and actor Too Short, 47

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Goodie Mob’s Big Gipp, 40

Master P

Apr. 29: Rapper, actor, and producer Master P, 43

lloyd Banks

Apr. 30: East Coast Rapper Lloyd Banks, 31

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May 1: singer-songwriter and producer Ray Parker, Jr., 59

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Film and television star Darius McCrary, 37

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May 3: Sports Announcer Greg Gumble, 67

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May 4: Soul, Jazz and Gospel singing pianist Oleta Adams, 60

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Singer and member of The Jackson 5  Jackie Jackson, 62


Sheryl Lee Ralph commemorates World AIDS Day with DIVAS Simply Singing!

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Television, stage and film actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is gearing up to present the 22nd Annual HIV/AIDS benefit concert – DIVAS Simply Singing!

The World AIDS Day event is back and bigger than ever this year with an all-star line up featuring Oleta Adams, Faith Evans, A’ngela Winbush, Tramaine Hawkins, Lalah Hathaway, Kristina DeBarge and the always hilarious Jenifer Lewis.

There will also be a special tribute from this year’s official ‘Divo’ El Debarge, along with America’s Got Talent  Prince Poppycock and Jamar Rogers of The Voice.  Angela Bassett, Rolanda Watts, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Flex Alexander and MC Lyte will also be on hand to present throughout the evening.

DIVAS  is produced in conjunction with Ralph’s DIVA Foundation and is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit concert in the country. The annual show helps raise money and awareness about HIV/AIDS while assisting AIDS organizations in Los Angeles and around the world.  

DIVAS Simply Singing  will take place on Saturday, December 1 at the Club Nokia L.A. LIVE near the Staples Center.  Showtime starts at 7:30pm.  Ticket information is available at 213-765-7000 or online at