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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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Common, Pharrell, Fantasia, Timbaland & more to perform at ‘VH1 Hip Hop Honors’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

An all-star tribute is planned for Monday night’s “VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens.” The show returns with a salute to the first ladies of rap and will recognize the influential careers of Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and Salt-N-Pepa, who’s actually celebrating over 30 years in the music industry.

Oscar winning-performer, Common will take to the stage to honor Latifah along with Naughty By Nature, Da Brat, MC Lyte, Rah Digga, Yo-Yo and Suga T. There will also be a special performance of “Ladies First” featuring the Queen and Monie Love.

If that wasn’t enough for you, Grammy winning-performer and songwriter Pharrell Williams will pay tribute to Missy along with her long time collaborator Timbaland. Other tribute performers include Nelly Furtado, Remy Ma, Trina, Eve, Tweet, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, Raven Symone and Fantasia.

As previously reported, the “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” is being produced by Latifah’s Flavor Unit with Shakim Compere as Executive Producers along with Mona Scott-Young‘s Monami Productions and blacjac Entertainment Group with Jac Benson II as an Executive Producer. It airs Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

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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!!!!!!!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Highlights from Blue Carpet of 2015 Neighborhood Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Lights…camera…action!

It was on like DONKEY KONG, last night for the Blue Carpet of Steve Harvey’s 2015 Neighborhood Awards. Yours truly was in the house capturing all of the celebrity arrivals and while this year’s carpet was not as robust as last year, it was packed with just as much star power!

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 Vincent Herbert, Evelyn Braxton and Tamar Braxton

This year’s interviews and photo opportunities took place inside of Atlanta’s Philips Arena versus outside in the sweltering Georgia heat. Anyone who covered the event last year will tell you it was a challenge for both media and the celebrities to try and stay cool in 90 degree weather. As usual fans were line-up outside the venue in a gated area screaming their heads off and snapping pictures of their favorite celebrity as they stepped out of their limousine and into the arena.

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 Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan

Some of this year’s superstars gracing the carpet included Grammy-winning divas, Michelle Williams and Erica Campbell;”The Real” co-hosts Loni Love and Tamar Braxton; Hip Hop icons, MC Lyte and Yo Yo; “Born Again Virgin” actors Tank, Danielle Nicole and Meagan Holder; RHOA stars Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker and Mama Joyce. Other celebrities spotted were Judge Glenda Hatchett;  “Mann & Wife” stars David and Tamela Mann; Comedic actresses Kim Whitley and Sheryl Underwood; R&B vocalist, Kelly Price; TV/Film and stage actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph; “The Perfect Guy” co-stars Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy; and actors from Bounce TV’s “Family Time” Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell.  “Steve Harvey Morning Show” personaity Shirley Strawberry served as this year’s red carpet host.

Once inside, attendees were treated to three star studded performances by Usher, Tyrese and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds as well as the “no holds barred” award ceremony, hosted by the man himself, Steve Harvey.

Check out all of the photos below:

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Sheryl Lee Ralph

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 David and Tamela Mann

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 Michelle Williams and Nephew Tommy

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 Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker and Mama Joyce

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 Tamar Braxton and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith

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 Kelly Price

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 Meagan Holder, Tank and Danielle Nicolet

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 Kym Whitley

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 Angell Conwell and Omar Gooding

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 HGTV’s Eygypt Sherrod and her husband DJ Fadelf

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 Judge Glenda Hatchett

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 Erica Campbell

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Media stars Ed Gordon and Mo Ivory and her fiance Robert Martin

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 MC Lyte, Loni Love and Angelique Perrin of Cafe Mocha Radio

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RC dishes with MC Lyte about new reality show, today’s hip hop and being an Icon…

eWritten by | Ray Cornelius

Legendary female rapper MC Lyte was in the “A” this week promoting her new venture, Café Mocha Radio. The nationally syndicated show is hosted by Lyte along with Angelique Perrin and comedian and The Real  host Loni Love. According to the website, Café Mocha Radio features the ladies giving their  ‘two cents’ on today’s top issues as well as social commentary. Of course, there will also be celebrity interviews, inspirational self-help advice and the best in urban contemporary music.

In addition to her radio program, Lyte was also in town promoted her new reality series on BET entitled Hip Hop Sisters. As previously reported, the show follows Lyte along with Yo, Yo, Lady of Rage, MC Smooth, Monie Love and her protégé Lil Mama as they attempt to re-launch their careers.

cafemocha“The show is about our lives to a certain degree. It’s also about getting on the road while  working on a new project as well as seeing if there are any new female MCs to be found,” said Lyte. “In the midst of that is all of this life that is happening to each and every individual and it’s a lot. We start taping this weekend in New Orleans, so it’s going to be quite an event.”

Lyte is also receiving this year’s I Am Hip Hop Award during tonight’s taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center. She will be honored for ground-breaking work as a pioneering female rapper and has no problem being labeled hip-hop.

“The award is called I AM Hip Hop and that I am! (LOL) I have no problem owning up to that. I guess in years to come had I not received it now, I would have wondered, “What is going on because I am hip-hop.”

When asked how she has maintained her individuality over the years she replied, “Outside and inside I’m just me. I came into the business at an early age and in a space where record labels were appreciative of that and they just let us be who we were. And that’s why were so distinctly different from one another,” said the Grammy-winning artist known for her anthem, “Ruff Neck.”

“Today’s record labels are looking for a cookie cutter scenario like, ‘Oh that sounds good, you gotta do something that’s going to work like that inside this mix.’ You then end up having a lot of songs that sound alike. But there are some female MCs out there that seem to pierce through all of that. I also think there are a lot of original MCs out there that are not being given the time of day to show their skills to the masses.”

The BET Hip Hop Awards will air on October 15 at 8 p.m. and is hosted by Uncle Snoop.

Photo Credit: RayCornelius.com and CafeMochaRadio.com

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MC Lyte to receive BET’s ‘I AM HIP HOP’ Award

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations are in order for MC Lyte!

The female hip-hop pioneer will receive the “I AM HIP HOP” Award at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards which is slated to film on Sept. 28 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. The news was announced on Friday making her the eighth recipient to receive the coveted lifetime achievement award presented by Sprite.

Lyte will be honored for ground-breaking work as the one of the first female rappers in the game. According to VIBE, she is the first female rapper to release a solo LP and the first to receive a gold single for her anthem, “Ruffneck.” She is also the first female rapper nominated for a Grammy and the first to preside as president of the L.A. Chapter of the Recording Academy.

Lyte’s philanthropic efforts will also be recognized including the work she has done through her Hip-Hop Sisters Network. The non-profit organization provides scholarships to eligible four-year college students and serves as a platform for female MC’s to showcase their talent.

As previously reported Lyte will also executive produce a new show for BET entitled Hip-Hop Sisters. The reality series will feature Lyte alongside female rappers Lady of Rage, Yo Yo, Monie Love and Lil Mama.

Don’t forget to catch The BET Hip-Hop Awards on Oct. 15th at 8p.m., hosted by Uncle Snoop.

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‘Hip-Hop Sisters’ and more are coming to BET…

Female rap icon MC Lyte is starring in the new reality-series, Hip-Hop Sisters

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Last weekend when I attended the Atlanta preview of Being Mary Jane, the series’ creator, writer and producer, Mara Brock Akil indicated that BET was re-branding itself through new programming and original series.  So it’s no surprise to us that the network has green lit four new unscripted pilots including one from Mara and her directing husband, Salim Akil.

Here is a brief synopsis of each show below:

“Hip-Hop Sisters” is an unscripted program that features six female rappers: MC Lyte, Yo Yo, Lady of Rage, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama, as they attempt to re-launch their careers.

Kirk Franklin“Gone Gospel” is hosted by Sunday Best’s Kirk Franklin (left). The multi-Grammy-winner oversees a group of singers who are sent through a “Gospel Boot Camp” to help revive their careers.

“Internal Affairs” takes a look at true crime stories that focus on cops investigating their own.

“Back to Me with Jeanette Jenkins”  is being described as a makeover show centered on Hollywood trainer and fitness expert, Jeanette Jenkins. She is responsible for the rock hard bodies of such A-list clients as Serena Williams, Kimora Lee Simmons and Kelly Rowland. This project is being produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

Also look for BET to premiere an original program based on Clement Virgo’s adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning bestseller, The Book of Negros.  According to Indie Wire, BET owns USA broadcast rights to a miniseries that will most likely air in 2014.

Kudos to BET and looking forward to the new programming!

What are your thoughts about BET upcoming programs? Will you be watching?

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