MAXI PRIEST RETURNS WITH NEW STUDIO ALBUM
EASY TO LOVEON VP RECORDS ON JUNE 10
With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, a No. 1 U.S. Billboard hit and a Grammy nomination, the most successful solo act in British reggae history Maxi Priest returns with his brand new studio album Easy To Love on VP Records available June 10th, 2014.
The new album is a fine representation of lovers’ rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall with universal appeal. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality. His delivery and phrasing are impeccable, and his choice of material and collaborators are strategic and brilliant.
Lead single “Easy To Love” was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.”
Maxi’s been tugging on women’s heartstrings ever since the mid-80’s. New and long-term fans alike will relish hearing irresistible tributes of enduring affection like “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday,” “Still In Love,” and “Gravity” written originally by John Mayer. The soulful “Without A Woman” features Jamaican legend Beres Hammond and even echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Read more…
REV JESSE JACKSON TO BE HONORED AT THE BLACK ENTERPRISE ENTREPRENEURS CONFERENCE IN COLUMBUS, OH MAY 14-17
Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO Central City Production will be presented with the Trailblazer Award at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo
(New York, NY) April 15, 2014— Join the Small Business Revolution asBLACK ENTERPRISE holds its 2014 Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by Nationwide Insurance on Wednesday, May 14 through Saturday, May 17, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, with a powerhouse line-up of some of the nation’s most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs.
An annual highlight of the conference is the presentation of the nation’s top awards for African American business achievement and community involvement. The B.E. Community Empowerment Award which recognizes outstanding achievement of an individual dedicated to the economic empowerment of communities, as a champion of entrepreneurship and business growth, employment opportunities and wealth creation for African Americans, will be presented to civil rights activist and founder of Rainbow/PUSH, Reverend Jesse Jackson at the BE 100s Dinner on Friday, May 16, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Read more…
FAMILY GROUP THE SHOWERS SET TO PERFORM AT THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL AND JOINS MARY MARY, ISRAEL HOUGHTON & OTHERS AT THE I HEAR MUSIC CONCERT IN CINCINNATI ON MAY 17TH
I used to be the main one screaming at the top of her lungs about the commercialization of Easter. Ranting about how church folk, some of whom I hadn’t seen in the pews since Christmas or New Year’s Eve, use the day solely as an opportunity to show off their fancy, over-priced clothes instead of worshipping the risen Savior. I’d say, “don’t Black folk know the REAL reason why we get so fly on Sundays.” (research off-day for slaves) I’d go on and on about how department stores and companies take advantage of us. Read more…
Aretha Franklin To Hit Kato Leonard and TheNewsNerd.com with a Right Hook of Her Own – A Ten Million Dollar Lawsuit
(April 16, 2014 – Detroit, MI) — Facebook and other social media lit up with the news that Patti LaBelle had been arrested for attacking Aretha Franklin with “a Mayweather style right and left” in attack on the Queen of Soul that reportedly took place at a concert in Atlanta.
Smoke DZA Talks Getting Arrested w/ French Montana and More via Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv TAKE IT PERSONAL
Smoke DZA Talks Getting Arrested with French Montana
and More via Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv
TAKE IT PERSONAL Will Feature Hip Hop’s Elite Each Show
Smoke DZA on Take It Personal: Hip Hop Improv
On Friday, April 11, 2014, rapper Smoke DZA stopped by Friday evening as the featured guest inThe Hip Hop Improv Show – TAKE IT PERSONAL presented byHot 97′s Cipha Sounds andUpright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theatre and school in NYC. Improvisers from Cipha Sounds’ teamA Tribe Called YES[Lydia Hensler, Christian Cappazoli, Abra Tabak, Sean Diston, Natasha Rothwell, and Cipha Sounds] whom reenacted stories originally told by Smoke Dza.
Smoke DZA told a story about how he got arrested outside of Funk Flex’s tunnel party and ended up in the same jail as French Montana, Chinx, and others. Cipha Sounds said, “Since the show is getting so popular I like to use it as a vehicle to showcase underground artists. Smoke dza always has funny stories.”
Learn Life’s Lessons! – Daily Word April 15, 2014
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Entertainment One Music’s Erica Campbell, James Fortune, and More Continue to Heat Up Billboard and Gospel Radio Charts!
ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC CELEBRATES CHART-TOPPING HITS WITH “HELP,” “LIVE THROUGH IT,” “AMAZING,” & “WITHHOLDING NOTHING”
Hit Singles and New Albums Continue to Impact Album and Gospel Radio Charts
Entertainment One Music (eOne) continues to lead a chart-topping roster of diverse artists, encompassing a wide range of melodies that drive the sounds of Gospel today. Garnering two Top 5 albums on the latest Billboard Gospel Albums chart, eOne also delivers the hits in Gospel Radio, with four singles in the Top 10 on the latest Gospel Radio chart by Erica Campbell, James Fortune & FIYA, Ricky Dillard & New G, and William McDowell.
Gospel Music Legend and First Lady Karen Clark Sheard Hosts International Summit for Women in Church Leadership
Ladies 1st “A Celebration of Women” Inaugural International Summit Will Be Held September 10-13 in Virginia Beach, VA
Confirmed Presenters Include Faith Evans, Erica Campbell,
Dorinda Clark Cole, Vickie Winans,
Jacky Clark Chisholm, and Kierra Sheard
More To Be Confirmed in the Coming Weeks
Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical
The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess
Revival Heads To Los Angeles
SOCA STAR FARMER NAPPY
LAUNCHES NEW ALBUM
BIG PEOPLE PARTY IN NEW YORK CITY
April 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Internationally-acclaimed Trinidadian soca star Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry officially launched his new album Big People Party to a full-capacity crowd at legendary New York City concert venue Sounds Of Brazil (S.O.B.’s), on April 13, 2014. His third, full-length studio effortBig People Party was released worldwide in stores and online on February 25, 2014 from FOX FUSE, but since it was in the midst of Trinidad’s Carnival season, Farmer was only now able to journey to the media capital of the world, New York City, to promote his new album to media and fans there. Presenting a soca showcase and a free event at that, Farmer breaks new ground for soca music and the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, as he takes full aim at exposing soca to the masses and capturing his spot in the limelight, in the North American market. Read more…
Be Patient And Stick To It! – Daily Word April 11, 2014
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PHARRELL WILLIAMS JOINS
OPRAH WINFREY ON “OPRAH PRIME”
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 13 AT 9PM ET/PT ON OWN
Oprah Winfrey with Pharrell Williams
Photo Credit: Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns
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(NEW YORK) April 12, 2014- Oprah meets up with seven-time Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams, one of the most innovative and sought-after artists in music today. On the heels of his chart topping #1 hit “Happy,” which also received an Oscar nomination for “Despicable Me 2,” Oprah and Pharrell discuss his critically acclaimed album “G I R L,” his rise to fame and how his creative vision has propelled him to music superstardom. They also discuss his recent marriage to Helen Williams and fatherhood. Read more…
Comedians Rodney Perry and Melanie Comarcho Set to host the “2014 3rd Female Hip Hop Honors Awards”
This year we honor Oaktown’s 3.5.7, DaBrat, Michel’le, Charli Baltimore and Sparky D
Los Angeles, April 7th — The Underground Girls Of Hip Hop will bring down the house at the “2014 Female Hip Hop Honors, on September 13th at the Warner Grand Theatre in Los Angeles. This amazing event brings the best of the best in Female hip hop past, present & future together, for one legendary night.
Underground Girls of Hip Hop’s founder and owner, Shylise Simpson, established the Female Hip Hop Honors to recognize the women in this business in an official and symbolic manner, whom she felt did not have the proper platform. She is now proud to say they are now in their 3rd year, and continue to break the rules of convention. Underground Girls of Hip Hop keep their ears to the street every year, for those incredible records released by independent labels and artists. While recognizing the Indie artist, we also continue to honor the ladies of hip hop that paved the way. Read more…
Who: Marlon Stephen
What: KPDi – Key Partners in Digital Innovation | http://kpd-i.com/
Why: As every consumer touch point becomes increasingly digital and mobile, we partner with our clients to focus their organization’s vision, goals, opportunities and initiatives to maximize the business benefits of digital initiatives in their organization. As an entrepreneurial organization, we often identify opportunities in the marketplace and develop businesses to take advantage of those opportunities in the market.
Where: Toronto and NYC
When: Since 2001