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‘Black Music Honors’ to salute Xscape, Yolanda Adams and more

Chicago based television production company Central City Productions announces the 2019 Black Music Honors television taping set to take place on Thursday, September 5th at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA. During this star-studded two-hour television special, Central City Productions (CCP) will honor artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.

The honorees for this year’s Black Music Honors include Xscape who will receive the Urban Music Icon Award for the platinum selling quartet group’s 25 years in the industry. Yolanda Adams will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award. Culturally-conscience eclectic group, Arrested Development and chart-topping crooner, Freddie Jackson, whose career has spanned over 33 years, will also be honored.


“The vision behind the Black Music Honors is to recognize the trailblazers in African American music who have paved the way for the artists of today. Many of these artists have never received their much-deserved recognition,” stated Founder and Executive Producer, Don Jackson.

Television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett return as co-hosts of the show, which is set to air in broadcast syndication Sept. 14 – October 20, 2019. State Farm returns as the show’s title sponsor.

The epic event will be held at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show taping at 7 p.m.

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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:

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Erica Campbell, Cynthia Erivo and more

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Oprah Winfrey with BeBe Winans and Donald Lawrence 

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BET honors The Obamas with Musical Celebration feat. Usher, Jill Scott and more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Not sure how I missed this but BET Networks saluted the First Family (President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama) last night during a musical celebration at the White House. The event was hosted by Terence J and Regina Hall, and featured performances by Usher, Jill Scott, Common, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, De La Soul, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams and KiKi Sheard along with appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Williams and Angela Bassett.

“Our country has been led for the past eight years by an extraordinary president and first lady,” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. “We have all witnessed history in the making and I am humbled by this momentous opportunity for BET Networks to join the Obamas for this musical celebration.”

The concert special will premiere on BET Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT.

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‘Yolanda Adams Morning Show’ returns to radio October 3

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to multiple Grammy Award, NAACP Image Award, Stellar and Dove Award Winner Yolanda Adams!  She will make her long-awaited return to radio on October 3 between (6a-10a EST) via Houston’s all-new AMAZING 102.5FM. The all-new “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” will be available to listeners locally in Houston and worldwide via www.amazing1025fm.com.

“We are so excited that our voices will be heard again to impact the world at such a time in history. Our voices impact people’s hearts to invoke awareness, encouragement and change. We are honored and humbled for all the support and love. We promise to give it back in great measure,” says Yolanda Adams.

The all-new “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” will return with co-host Marcus Wiley and feature fan favorite segments, Points of Power, Inside Inspiration, Bishop Secular and Yolanda’s Take. Additionally, Marcus “Montana” Ecby will return as the show’s executive producer.

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BMI R&B HIP HOP Awards honors Toni Braxton and others [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Multi-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Toni Braxton was all smiles last night on the red carpet of BMI R&B Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, GA. The “Un-Break My Heart” vocalist was honored with this year’s coveted President’s Award for her 25 years in the entertainment industry. Other honorees included fellow Atlantan Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges and Will.i.am.  The annual award ceremony recognizes the songwriters and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2016 and took place at the prestigious Symphony Hall of The Woodruff Art Center.

IMG_5773Joining Braxton on the red carpet were her famous sisters—-Trina, Towanda and Traci—along with her not so little sons, Denim and Diezel. Her mother, father and brother were also in attendance while Tamar Braxton and Toni’s boyfriend, Birdman, joined them inside the auditorium.

The show was hosted by comedian Chris Tucker alongside BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations in Atlanta, Catherine Brewton and featured performances by some of the hottest talent in the music industry. Hip-hop heavyweight and mega producer DJ Khaled kicked off the show with his smash hit “All I Do Is Win” featuring Ludacris. Kent Jones, one of the year’s most buzzed about new artists, lived up to the hype when he rocked the mic with his smash single “Don’t Mind.” The momentum kept building when Rich Homie Quan hit the stage to perform his recent singles, “Type of Way” and “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” while Rae Sremmurd got the crowd moving with “No Type” and brand new single, “Black Beatles.”

IMG_5229The second half of the evening included an array of outstanding tribute performances honoring Toni Braxton beginning with Donald Lawrence & Company performing “You Mean the World to Me” and vocal powerhouse Yolanda Adams received a standing ovation with her moving rendition of “Un-Break My Heart.” Three of the Braxton sisters, Towanda, Traci, and Trina paid homage to their sister showcasing their incredible talent on “Breathe Again” and R&B chanteuse Ledisi wowed the audience with “Seven Whole Days.” After a moving introduction by L.A. Reid, Ms. Braxton took center stage for a spectacular performance of fan favorite, “He Wasn’t Man Enough” with her sisters on backing vocals.
Throughout the evening, the 35 best-performing R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the U.S. from BMI’s repertoire of over 10.5 million musical works were named along with Top Producers Awards going to Ben “Billions” Diehl and Southside. Top honors went to Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa for “See You Again” which claimed Song of the Year, Universal Music Publishing Group took home Publisher of the Year, and Metro Boomin was awarded Producer of the Year.
 Check out all of the red carpet photos below:
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Pastor Troy

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Ben Billion$ with DJ Khaled and BMI’s Catherine Brewton 

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Brandon “Donut” Bell 

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Angel McCoughtry and guest

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Chris Tucker and Ludacris 

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Yolanda Adams, Darryl Simmons and Catherine Brewton

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Jasmine Burke 

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Chris Tucker. Ludacris and Mike O’Neill

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Catherine Brewton with Stevie J and Marlo Hampton

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Troy Taylor 

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Toni Braxton and her sons 

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Toni Braxton and her family

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Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and more rock the State Farm Neighborhood Awards [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

EMMY-winning television host and radio star Steve Harvey recently hosted the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The show was produced, for the 14th year in a row, by EMMY-winning television/film/radio producer Rushion McDonald and featured side-splitting laughs, inspiring speeches of celebration, singing, an impromptu dance party, and more. This year’s event featured a bevy of musical superstars including Maxwell, The O’Jays, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, which had the sold-out crowd cheering and dancing.

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Gathering together in celebration of a positive community purpose, the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show included appearances from Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Sheryl Underwood, Terrence J, Bern Nadette Stanis, Lavell Crawford, Yolanda Adams, Lalah Hathaway, Earthquake, Sommore, Benjamin Crump, Ed Gordon, Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell, Junior and State Farm’s Duane Farrington. Driven by public nominations, with repeat and first-time winners unveiled, the show also included special painting presentations and check presentations from Cracker Barrel to the Best School Teacher winner and State Farm to the Good Neighbor Award winner in support of their community efforts.

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Terrence J leading an impromptu Omega Psi Phi step

The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend events also included the three-day State Farm Color Full Lives Art Gallery experience, the State Farm Sing Your Way Contest and Freedom Friday Concert with headlining performances from Charlie Wilson and Keith Sweat, the Freedom Friday Party featuring Doug E. Fresh, the Neighborhood Awards VIP After-Party and Jill Scott headlining the Neighborhood Awards Beach Party.

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Harvey and  McDonald created the one-of-a-kind State Farm Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) to recognize and celebrate men and women from all over the United States who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious and community leaders, educators and more. The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend included support by State Farm, Tracfone, Masterbuilt, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s, Crème of Nature, DHerbs and Wells Fargo.

Check out more pics below:

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BMI Honors Mary Mary and BeBe & CeCe Winans [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Some of Gospel music’s biggest stars attended the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors Saturday night in Atlanta, GA. The lavish ceremony was held at the historic Rialto Performing Arts Center at Georgia State and featured an all-star salute to sibling acts Mary Mary and music legends BeBe and CeCe Winans. The evening was hosted by Sunday Best judge and radio personality Yolanda Adams and will air on TV One February 19 at 8 p.m. EST.

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CeCe and BeBe Winans with their niece Deborah Joy Winans

The evening began with a dazzling red carpet and then a pre-show where BMI recognized the most played songs of 2015 and their songwriters. Award-winning hits included “But God,” “Different,” “Help,” “No Greater Love,” “I Will Trust,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “This Place,” “You Alone,” “We Are Victorious,” and “War.”

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Erica and Tina Campbell with BMI President Mike O’Neill

The two-hour show will include soul-stirring renditions of Mary Mary and Bebe & CeCe Winans songs performed by some of the industry’s most recognizable artists including KeKe Wyatt, Kierra “KiKi” Sheard with Tasha Cobbs, Tamia with Jonathan McReynolds, Fred Hammond with Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Avery*Sunshine, Tamela Mann, Lisa Page-Brooks with Tasha Page-LockhartY’anna Crawley, Brian Courtney Wilson, Angie Winans, Debbie Winans, Juan Winans and Pastor Ron WinansDSC_0291-3

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Celebrities spotted on the red carpet included Grant Hill, Kim Fields, Miss Lawrence, Drea Kelly, David Mann, Avery Wilson, Sean Garrett, Donald Lawrence, Bryon Cage, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy, Anita Wilson, GooGooMarvin Sapp, T.C. Carson, Ted WinnStevie JAnointed Pace Sisters and TV One President Brad Siegel along with Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.

Check out some of the red carpet photos below:

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WATC Atlanta Live host Regina Howard interviewing Yolanda Adams

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Kelly Price looking radiant on the red carpet

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Sunday Best’s Y’anna Crawley/Kim Fields with Christopher Morgan

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BeBe & CeCe Winans with their niece Debra Joy Winans

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KeKe Wyatt with David and Tamela Mann

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Kierra “KiKi” Sheard with the Anointed Pace Sisters

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Drea Kelly/ Miss Lawrence 

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BMI’s Catherine Brewton/Deborah Joy Winans 

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Tina and Erica Campbell with their mother Miss Honey

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BeBe and CeCe Winans being interviewed on the red carpet

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The Marys—Eric and Tina Campbell on the red carpet

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Taraji P. Henson is back as host of BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Multi-talented entertainer Taraji P. Henson returns as host of BET’s highly rated Celebration of Gospel. The Empire star is back for another year of foot stomping, toe-tapping, and hand clapping music as the best of gospel, R&B and hip-hop collide for one explosive night of television.

“I am thrilled to return to BET’s Celebration of Gospel. It is truly a celebration of the best in music with love and hope. A celebration of what brings us all together and reminds us of what is important,” said Taraji P. Henson.

This year’s telecast will feature soul-stirring performances by Pastor Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight along with contemporary artists Yolanda Adams, Eric Campbell, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs and Preachers of Atlanta and Sunday Best alum Le’Andria Johnson.

There will also be appearances by Chrisette Michele, Tank, Kirk Franklin, Bebe Winans, Ty Tribbett, Donald Lawrence, Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin and Anthony Brown & Group Therapy. Closing out the show is Dr. Bobby Jones with a salute to the late Andraé Crouch.

BET’s Celebration of Gospel will tape on Saturday, January 9 and will premiere on Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. EST.

Stay tuned…

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Usher and Tyrese join Babyface for Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Steve Harvey, EMMY-winning talk show and Family Feud host and star of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, announces a sizzling lineup of superstar performances at the upcoming 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards, as multiple GRAMMY®-winning superstar Usher will hit the stage as the awards show’s closing performer and award-winning artist/actor Tyrese Gibson will take the stage in a featured performance, adding to a stellar lineup of entertainment that kicks off with multiple GRAMMY®-winning hitmaker Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds opening this year’s show in Atlanta.

Hosted by Steve Harvey at the Philips Arena on Saturday August 8th, the 2015 Ford Neighborhood Awards show is the cornerstone event in a four-day lineup of entertainment, with the awards show honoring the businesses, educators and leaders who make up this year’s Top 48 finalists across 12  award categories.  Boasting finalists coast to coast from Washington DC to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and more, this year’s Top 48 nominees encompass returning winners as well as new finalists, with voting continuing online in one category per day until June 16th.  Harvey will be joined by a spirited lineup of celebrity presenters to unveil this year’s winners, including Anthony Anderson, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, Wendy Raquel Robinson, David and Tamela Mann, Michelle Williams, Erica Campbell, Kym Whitley, Faith Evans, Yolanda Adams, Roland Martin, his radio show co-hosts Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and more.

Surrounding the awards show with a star-studded series of uplifting activities and performances running August 6-9th in Atlanta, this year’s Neighborhood Awards Weekend will be another unforgettable celebration, with an award-winning blend of signature entertainment featuring previously-announced performances during the weekend from Erykah Badu and Jodeci at the State Farm Freedom Friday Party hosted by Ne-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa and performer/host Doug E. Fresh at the Ford VIP After Party, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle, Avery*Sunshine at the Steve Harvey Morning Show live broadcast, Yolanda Adams at the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, and more.

Tickets for the Ford Neighborhood Awards show and weekend events are available via Ticketmaster.  The 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend includes support from Ford Motor Company, State Farm, Masterbuilt, AARP, McDonald’s, Express Employment Professionals, Tracfone, and DHerbs.

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RC talks to Tamia, Yolanda Adams and more at ‘UNCF An Evening of Stars’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

In less than 30-minutes, BET will air the 36th installment of “UNCF An Evening of Stars.” The star-studded telecast raises money and awareness for minority education and HBCU colleges/universities with a show full of live performances and scholarship presentations.

As previously reported, this year’s event was hosted by “blackish” star Anthony Anderson and included appearances by “Empire” stars Trai Byers and Grace GealeyJermaine Dupri, Tamia and Grant Hill, Thomas Q. Jones, Claudia Jordan, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Dania Ramirez and Dr. Carolyn Williams, mother of music producer Pharrell Williams.

There are also special performances by Big Sean, Yolanda Adams, KEM, Mickey Guyton, Jussie Smollet with Estelle, K. Michelle, Babyface & Toni Braxton and Morris Day & The Time.

Check out a few interviews I had with the show’s presenters Tamia, Yolanda Adams, Dania Ramirez and more on the red carpet.

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UNCF An Evening of Stars airs TONIGHT at 10 p.m. EST onBET

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Highlights from ‘UNCF An Evening of Stars’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The UNCF An Evening of Stars program was taped Sunday at the beautiful Atlanta Civic Center. The annual fundraiser, which provides scholarship dollars for over 60,000 students attending historically black colleges and universities, was met with much fanfare and delight.

The evening was hosted once again by “black-ish” star and executive producer, Anthony Anderson and included special appearances by “Furious 7” star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges; Grammy winning-singer, Ne-Yo; hip-hop mogul, Jermaine Dupri; “Empire” stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers; RHOA beauty, Claudia Jordan; Actress and HBCU alum, Keshia Knight-Pulliam; “Devious Maids” actress Dania Ramirez; Comedian, Jonathan Slocumb; New Edition member, Ronnie Devoe; “Being Mary Jane” actor, Thomas Q. Jones; R&B songstress Tamia with her former NBA player husband, Grant Hill and Diesel Braxton, son of Toni Braxton.

Other invited guests included Princess Monique, Demetria McKinney, Roger M. Bobb, Mona Scott-Young and Trina & Towanda Braxton. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed made a special presentation on behalf of Usher’s New Look Foundation as well as Carolyn Williams, mother of Pharrell Williams.  She represented her son who provided a scholarship on behalf of his foundation, From One Hand to Another.

Performers included rapper, Big Sean along with the Miles College Choir; R&B maestro, KEM; country music sensation, Mickey Guyton; R&B vixen and HBCU alum, K. Michelle; Grammy legends, Toni Braxton with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds; and R&B icons, Morris Day and the Time, who closed out the show with a medley of their hits.

Must see performances included Yolanda Adams singing the Mahalia Jackson classic, “How I Got Over” with the Talladega College Choir as well as Jussie Smollett and Estelle’s duet of  “Conqueror.”  Other incredible highlights were the heartfelt personal stories from this year’s Target Rising Star Students including the first ever award’s presentation to autistic student, Terrance Brice. He received $10,000 from Braxton’s Autism Foundation.

Check out the red carpet photos below and stay tuned for exclusive red carpet videos that will be posted all this week and next leading up the television broadcast of the show on Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. on BET.

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 Filmmaker Princess Monique with RHOA star Demetria McKinney  

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 UNCF An Evening of Stars’ host and HBCU alum, Anthony Anderson 

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 Toni Braxton performed and also presented a special scholarship on behalf of her foundation

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 “Empire” star Trai Byers was a presenter

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 “Empire” starlet Grace Gealey was a presenter and looked radiant on the red carpet

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 “Empire” star Jussie Smollett was all smiles on the red carpet

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Toni Braxton, Babyface, Big Sean and More to perform at ‘UNCF An Evening of Stars’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Big Sean, Toni Braxton with Babyface, Mickey Guyton and Morris Day & the Time will perform on UNCF An Evening of Stars®. Kevin Hart, Chris Paul, Pharrell Williams and Usher will make special taped appearances on the show, which has been the hallmark of African-American superstars supporting education for 36 years.

Also joining the show to present will be stars of television, film and music including Ludacris, Trai Byers, Jermaine Dupri, Grace Gealey, Dania Ramirez, Tamia and Grant Hill and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. They join the show’s host Anthony Anderson and previously announced performers K. Michelle, Yolanda Adams and Estelle featuring Jussie Smollett.

UNCF An Evening of Stars® will tape in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Civic Center on April 12, 2015and air nationally on BET, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 10p/9c. UNCF An Evening of Stars® will also air in syndication on April 25 and 26 (check local listings for dates and times). Tickets to the show’s taping can be purchased at www.UNCF.org/AEOStickets.

Turning up the energy this year, HBCU choirs will take the stage to appear with some of the night’s performers. Big Sean will perform “One Man Can Change the World” accompanied by the Miles College Choir. Estelle and Jussie Smollett, who will be singing the duet version of her single “Conqueror,” will be joined by the Dillard University Concert Choir. And, joining Yolanda Adams on stage to perform the gospel anthem “How I Got Over” will be the Talladega College Choir.

This year’s show is made possible by national sponsors McDonald’s and Wells Fargo. Target, is an official sponsor and also serves as a “Rising Stars” scholarship sponsor. Buick is a major sponsor. The City of Atlanta, iHeart Media and BET Networks serve as the city and media partners, respectively. The Walton Family Foundation is a philanthropic partner.

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‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ returns for its 34th Season #amen

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The longest running original series on cable television, “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL,” premieres its 34th season on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.  Gospel star Kirk Franklin will participate as co-host alongside Dr. Bobby Jones in the premiere episode.

The season premiere episode will showcase organist Dove and Stellar Award nominee Vicki Yohe, organist Moses Tyson and Twinkie Clark pianist and member of GRAMMY® Award winning group The Clark sisters, Dr. J & NSC featuring family quartet The Walls Group and previous “Sunday Best” winner Tasha Page Lockhart.

Tune in every Sunday morning for joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others.  Guests include Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, LeAndria Johnson, Byron Cage, Dorinda Clark Cole, Donald Lawrence, Tamela Mann, James Fortune & FIYA, the Howard University Gospel Choir just to name a few.

New episodes air every Sunday at 9 A.M. on BET.

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GMHM’s ‘Evolution of Gospel’ to salute Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation is proud to announce that UP will sponsor and help promote the annual “Evolution of Gospel” celebration at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  The sixth annual event commemorates the month of September as Gospel Music Heritage Month (GMHM) and features scintillating performances and special tributes.

This year’s honorees include Gospel music legends Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin, and former Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, who, along with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), was instrumental in the passage of the resolution that established Gospel Music Heritage Month.

kirk franklin 23.jpg 78This awards event will be held on September 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be produced by Ernest Walker of Walker Entertainment Group, Houston, TX.  Musical tributes will be rendered by some of the most anointed Gospel vocalists including Kathy Taylor, Edwin Hawkins, Dottie Peoples, Stephen Hurd and Sunday Best Winner, Tasha Page Lockhart, among others.

Charles Humbard, CEO of UP and who was instrumental in the creation of GMHM, said, “No other music uplifts like gospel music.  It is a part of the fabric of America and our heritage at UP and we are pleased to be a part of this terrific celebration.”

Previous honorees of the Evolution of Gospel event, include Gospel icons and trailblazers Dr. Bobby Jones (Bobby Jones Gospel); Cathy Hughes (Radio One); Charley Humbard (UP TV); Don Jackson (Stellar Awards); Congressman John Lewis, who was honored as a salute to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; and Gospel icon Richard Smallwood, along with Bill Hearn of Capital Music Group for their major contributions to the legacy of Gospel music.

Congrats!

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