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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


Kelly Price, Trina, Major. + more perform at Hurricane Relief Concert [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out photos from Grammy® nominated singer Kelly Price‘s recent Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert at ATL’s City Winery. The event was presented through Price’s TriFectHer Entertainment and featured heart-felt performances from Price along with her industry friends—Gritz and Jelly Butter, Algebra Blessett, Major., Donell Jones, Pastor Troy, Big Freedia, Mia X, Raheem DeVaughn, Trina, Case, 112, Kelly Price, and Slick Rick and more.

This was a ticketed event in which all proceeds, including ticket sales, wine sales, a silent auction, and physical donations will be donated to recover the lives of the families affected by Hurricanes – Harvey and Irma.  The evening was hosted by Ed Lover and model actress Eva Marcille!

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Photo Credits: Michael Walker/UMeek Images

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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.

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YAY! Slick Rick becomes a U.S. Citizen!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congrats to hip-hip pioneer Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters aka Slick Rick. He became an official American citizen on Friday (April 15) after a 23-year protected legal process.  The English-born rapper and performer was sworn in at an official ceremony alongside dozens of other new citizens in New York.

In 1990, at the height of his career, Slick Rick received a prison sentence for the self-defense shooting of his cousin during which a bystander was injured. He received a rare pardon in 2008 from then-New York Governor David A. Paterson who recognized Rick’s stellar conduct, rehabilitation and contribution to his community. The pardon was celebrated by Rick’s family and fans as well as public figures including Reverend Jesse Jackson, Russell Simmons, Chris Rock, Will Smith, among others.

After his release, Slick Rick was repeatedly threatened with deportation, and spent additional years in a deportation lock up, despite never having trouble with the law again. His citizenship will now allow him to stay in the country with family, while also traveling overseas for his career. Rick will become a duel citizen by retaining his U.K. Citizenship.

“I am so proud of this moment – and so honored to finally become an American citizen,” said Slick Rick. “This has been a long time coming for me, and I am relieved to finally put this long chapter behind me. I want to thank everyone – my family, friends and fans – who have supported me and stuck by me over these 23 years. I am truly blessed – and stay tuned, I will have more to announce soon.”

Slick Rick is best known for his lyrical magic on the rap classics, “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di.”

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ESSENCE Festival announces 2015 All-Star Line-Up

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

ESSENCE has announced its headliners for this year 2015 ESSENCE Festival. Coming to the main stage are a variety of hip-hop and R&B titans including Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Common, Trombone Shorty, Erykah Badu, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.
Taking over the Super Lounges are soul music and rap artists: Bilal, Leon Bridges, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Raheem DeVaughn, Goapele, Kindred The Family Soul, Teedra Moses, Mali Music, Mystikal, Nico+Vinz, Kelly Price, Eric Roberson, Avery*Sunshine, Tank & The Bangas, Robert Glasper, Tweet, Esperanza Spalding, Kool Moe Dee, Andra Day, SZA, Jeff Bradshaw, and Dee 1.
Special guest speakers and panelists include Lynn Whitfield, Sybrina Fulton, Anita Wilson, Shaun T, Rev. Al Sharpton, Claudia Jordan, Cynthia Bailey, Kim Burrell, and The Walls Group.
This year’s Day Party Series features FunkMaster Flex, Spinderella, Biz Markie and DJ Drama.
Click here to see the full list and to purchase tickets!

RC Birthdays for the week of January 13-19

Singer/songwriter Sade belting out her classic tunes turns 54 on January 16th 

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This week’s celebrity birthdays include a multi-talented Hollywood starlet, a legendary dance diva, a film and television icon, a smooth operator and the G.O.A.T.  Get plugged into the RC Birthdays for this week: January 13-19, 2013!

January 14: Hip Hop Icons Slick Rick, 48 and LL Cool J, 45,

Blues singer Clarence Carter, 77, actor Carl Weathers, 65,

January 15: Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam‘s Lisa Velez, 46, actor/filmmaker Mario Vann Peebles, 56,

actress Regina King, 42, Rapper Pitbull, 32

January 16: actress & choreographer Debbie Allen, 63 and former En Vogue  singer Maxine Jones, 47

January 17: actor and the voice of “Darth Vader” James Earl Jones, 82

January 18: stage, film and televison actor Jessie L. Martin, 44

January 19: comedic actor Shawn Wayans, 42