ASPiRE TO PREVIEW “CHANGEMAKERS” A NEW ORIGINAL REALITY SERIES ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN CELEBRITIES DOING GOOD
- Keshia Knight Pulliam and her Kamp Kizzy Foundation and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and The Ludacris Foundation Among Those Featured • Production on ASPiRE’s 5th Original Series Underway in Atlanta, with Premiere Set for Wednesday, September 24th -
(BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – September 10, 2014 — ASPiRE, the television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans, will premiere its fifth original series, “Changemakers” on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. EDT. Currently in production in Atlanta, the half-hour reality series will spotlight African-American celebrities – such as Keshia Knight Pulliam and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges – who are making a difference and reveal how and why they use their success to help others to be their best selves. The six-episode series is executive produced by Swirl Films and Black Celebrity Giving’s Jasmine Crowe. Read more…
GREEN LIVING EXPERT DANNY SEO JOINS THE 2014 PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE IN MIAMI AS A SPEAKER FOR PLUNGE TALKS!!!!
GREEN LIFESTYLE EXPERT, BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DANNY SEO CONFIRMED TO SPEAK AT THE 2014 PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE, NOV 6-8 IN MIAMI
NETWORKING EVENT TARGETING MULTICULTURAL INFLUENCERS IN ENTERTAINMENT, LIFESTYLE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
Film Life, Inc. announced today their first speaker confirmed for the 2014 Plunge Culture & Creative Conference in Miami from November 6-8 at the Eden Roc Resort Hotel.
Green Lifestyle Expert, Bestselling Author and Editor-In-Chief, Danny Seo, will join the weekend of creative, innovative and cultural events, classes and discussions to kickoff the Plunge Talks series.
Through his best-selling books, television programs, products, syndicated column, and his new national magazine “Naturally, Danny Seo,” environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo shares the creative ideas that have made him America’s leading authority on modern, eco-friendly living. Read more…
“SO BE LIGHT!” WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT RETREAT TO BE HELD IN KEY WEST, FLORIDA
– Three day seaside, unplug that utilizes West African and Native American healing principles to illuminate the divine feminine –
Key West, FL (BlackNews.com) — A special time a part with sisters of the Spirit to remember, recall reclaim our wholeness. Designed to awaken, within women, true potential, that will then expand to increase the light of this world; shinning brighter as our own inner light expands… So Be Light! A Womens Spiritual Empowerment Retreat is scheduled from November 7- 9, 2014 in Key West Florida at the Pigeon Key Island Facility, hosted by Arida Sister Africa Wright of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries. Read more…
FAMILY GROUP THE SHOWERS’ “BETTER” RADIO SINGLE HITS TOP 40 on GOSPEL RADIO CHARTS
|For immediate release:Hammond, LA (September 9, 2014) — Comprised of ten real life siblings, THE SHOWERS are the latest family collective to take the gospel music industry by storm. Quickly likened to the genre’s prized family acts such as The Winans, The Hawkins and more, the Louisiana natives are rising high with their second radio single “Better” (written and produced by Deon Kipping) cracking the MediaBase Gospel Radio Chart Top 40.
TYLER PERRY’S NEW TELEVISION DRAMA
“IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG”
TO PREMIERE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 ON OWN
(left to right) April Parker-Jones, Amanda Clayton, Zulay Henao, Heather Hemmens & Edwina Findley
from Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong”
Photo by Jeremy Cowart and Courtesy of OWN
UP Sponsors “Evolution of Gospel” Celebration w/The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation – Sept. is Gospel Music Heritage Month
UP SPONSORS “EVOLUTION OF GOSPEL” CELEBRATION
Event at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Highlights September’s 6th Annual Gospel Music Heritage Month
2014 Honorees Include Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Sen. Blanche Lincoln
ATLANTA – September 8, 2014 – The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation (@gmhmonth) is proud to announce that UP (@UPtv) 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.
Grammy winner, actress Michelle Williams hits #1 with new album Journey to Freedom on iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart!
GRAMMY WINNER MICHELLE WILLIAMS RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM “JOURNEY TO FREEDOM” TO #1 ON iTUNES CHRISTIAN & GOSPEL CHART!
Williams Hits the Road with Appearances in NY, Atlanta and More
Grammy winning singer, songwriter and actress Michelle Williams’ highly anticipated new album, Journey to Freedom, is already making a splash, with the new release topping iTunes Christian & Gospel Album Chart at #1! Out in stores everywhere Tuesday September 9th, the inspirational Journey to Freedom marks her fourth studio album, with Williams in the midst of a cross-country slate of appearances, including upcoming appearances in New York, Atlanta and more.
Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE expands 2014 HBCU Football Coverage – 1st game: Alabama State vs. Tennessee State – Sat., Sept. 6 at 5pm EDT
ASPiRE EXPANDS ITS HBCU FOOTBALL COVERAGE THIS SEASON WITH URBAN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP:
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES, PLUS THE RETURN OF
WEEKLY COLLEGE SPORTS SERIES “INSIDE THE GAME”
Inaugural Classic – Alabama State vs. Tennessee State – Live at Montgomery, AL on Saturday, September 6th at 5 p.m. EDT
2014 Football Season on ASPiRE Also Includes Live Broadcasts of
Three Exclusive Games, the CIAA Football Championship,
Plus the Premiere of “HBCU Playback Game of the Week,”
Hosted by CBS Sports/HLN’s Rashan Ali and 2 Live Stews’ Doug Stewart
ASPiRE’s New Season of “Inside the Game” Kicks Off
on Friday, September 11th at 10 p.m. EDT
(Los Angeles) – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), will honor Universal Pictures Chairwoman, Donna Langley; Los Angeles Film Festival Director, Stephanie Allain; Black List.com, co-founder, Franklin Leonard with its Special Achievement Award for career excellent during its annual award show on February 4th, 2015 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. The organization has also selected LA Times entertainment reporter Susan King as the 2015 reciepient of its Roger Ebert Award and producer Debra Martin Chase, who will receive the Ashley Boone Award. Read more…
RADIO AND TV PERSONALITY SWAY CALLOWAY AND MUSIC EXECUTIVE KELLY JACKSON LAUNCH NEW ENTERTAIMENT VENUTRE, OVERDELIVER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
AND ANNOUNCE THEIR DEBUT SIGNEE CALIFORNIA NATIVE, G.L.A.M.
New York, NY- Newly formed Entertainment and Management Company, OverDeliver Entertainment launched by Sway Calloway of MTV and SiriusXM and Music Executive, Kelly L. Jackson recently announced their debut signee, rapper, singer and Producer G.L.A.M. (Good Lyrics And Music).
TY DOLLA $IGN ANNOUNCES THE “IN TOO DEEP TOUR”;
NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR GETS UNDERWAY OCTOBER 1ST IN SAN ANTONIO;
ACCLAIMED WEST COAST PERFORMER UNVEILS NEW SET OF DATES ON THE HEELS OF RECENTLY WRAPPED “UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MUSIC TOUR”;
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM, “FREE TC” COMING SOON
Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign has announced plans for a major North American headline tour. The “In Too Deep Tour” will get underway October 1st at San Antonio’s White Rabbit and then travel through late November (see attached itinerary). For complete details, please log onto www.dollasignworld.com/tour. Recently named as one of XXL Magazine’s “XXL Freshmen 2014,” Ty is also busy completing work on his hugely anticipated debut album, titled “FREE TC,” due out later this year.
BAD BOY RECORDS CONTINUES 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH MAJOR REISSUES;
ICONIC LABEL UNVEILS NEW DIGITALLY REMASTERED EDITIONS OF
THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.’S “LIFE AFTER DEATH” AND PUFF DADDY AND THE FAMILY’S “NO WAY OUT”;
WIDE ARRAY OF BAD BOY EPS AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
AT THE iTUNES STORE’S EXCLUSIVE “BAD BOY RECORDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY” PAGE;
“LIFE AFTER DEATH” AND “NO WAY OUT” AVAILABLE NOW
The iconic Bad Boy Records is commemorating its twentieth anniversary year with a yearlong celebration and announced today a series of digital reissues, highlighted by newly digitally remastered editions of two legendary hip hop classics: The Notorious B.I.G.’s “LIFE AFTER DEATH” and Puff Daddy & The Family’s “NO WAY OUT”— both of which were remastered by Tony Dawsey at Phantom Mastering, NY. The albums are available on the iTunes Store now.
NEW WEB SITE MAKES IT EASY TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE ONLINE
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — MyHealthPlusDental.com is a website that allows users to get quotes for and purchase health insurance, dental insurance, Medicare supplements and life insurance completely online.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also commonly referred to as “ObamaCare” gives Americans access to affordable health care while reducing the rising costs of health care in the U.S. Open enrollment through the health insurance marketplace ended March 31, 2014 and the extended special enrollment ended May 1. Those without insurance may be forced to pay a penalty fee. However, the opportunity to enroll in ACA health care coverage may still exist for those who qualify under special enrollment. Read more…
CONVERSE UNVEILS A SECOND WIZ KHALIFA COLLECTION
New Collection Available at Foot Locker, Footaction and Eastbay Beginning August 22
NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. (August 21, 2014) – Today, Converse Inc. unveils the new Fall 2014 Wiz Khalifa sneaker collection featuring the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL. Available in two colors, the new silhouette is inspired by the artist’s rebellious individuality and fashion-forward style. This marks Wiz Khalifa’s second sneaker collaboration with Converse following the successful launch of the Fall 2013 collection.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and went from breakthrough artist to feature film star in the short span of two years. Along the way there were revered mixtapes and the proliferation of Khalifa’s record label Taylor Gang Records. Khalifa’s use of the word “Taylor” hails from the high school that he attended, which is coincidentally where his long time affinity for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers began.
JEEZY’S NEW ALBUM “SEEN IT ALL” UP FOR PRE-ORDER AT iTUNES, INSTANT GRAT TRACK “HOLY GHOST” EXPLODES ONLINE; “SEEN IT ALL” ARRIVING IN STORES ON SEPTEMBER 2nd ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS
JEEZY’S NEW ALBUM SEEN IT ALL UP FOR PRE-ORDER AT iTUNES; INSTANT GRAT TRACK “HOLY GHOST” EXPLODES ONLINE, FOLLOWING ALL-STAR TRACK “BEAUTIFUL” FEATURING THE GAME AND RICK ROSS
SEEN IT ALL ARRIVING IN STORES ON SEPTEMBER 2nd ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS; iTUNES “FIRST PLAY” ALBUM STREAM LAUNCHES 8/26
JEEZY ANNOUNCES FREE NYC CONCERT WITH HOT 97; JEEZY & SPECIAL GUESTS TO ROCK TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON STAGE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING NFL SEASON KICKOFF ON NBC
(Aug. 20, 2014 – New York, NY) Into the final sold-out week of his all-star “Under the Influence of Music” North American tour, multi-platinum, Grammy®-nominated rap superstar and CTE/Def Jam Recordings artist Jeezy has released “Holy Ghost”, a classic ode to the streets in advance of his new album SEEN IT ALL, arriving in stores on September 2nd. The track – produced by Don Cannon – is one of four instant grat tracks fans receive with the iTunes pre-order of SEEN IT ALL, available now. Other instant grats include the anthemic title track “Seen It All” featuring JAY Z, “Me OK,” and “Beautiful” featuring The Game and Rick Ross. Next Tuesday, iTunes First Play will begin streaming the album in its entirety.
JEREMIH DOMINATES THE CHARTS WITH LEAD SINGLE “DON’T TELL ’EM” FEATURING YG – CAPTURING THIRD #1 AT RHYTHM RADIO!
JEREMIH DOMINATES THE CHARTS WITH LEAD SINGLE “DON’T TELL ’EM” FEATURING YG – CAPTURING THIRD #1 AT RHYTHM RADIO!
JEREMIH’s THIRD ALBUM, LATE NIGHTS: THE ALBUM, ARRIVES SEPT. 30th ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS!
MUCH-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO 2010’s ALL ABOUT YOU, WITH BACK-TO-BACK SMASH HITS “DOWN ON ME” FEATURING 50 CENT AND “IMMA STAR (EVERYWHERE WE ARE)”
“BIRTHDAY SEX” STILL REIGNS SUPREME – WITH NEARLY 50 MILLION YOUTUBE VIEWS AND COUNTING !
(August 19, 2014 – New York, NY) Chicago-born Def Jam sensation Jeremih, has exploded back onto the charts with his new single “Don’t Tell ’Em” featuring fellow Def Jam rapper YG, capturing his third #1 smash at rhythm radio.
In addition, “Don’t Tell ‘Em” is Jeremih’s biggest Hot 100 hit since “Down On Me” [featuring 50 Cent] peaked at #4 in April 2011, and becomes his fourth Top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Don’t Tell ’Em” is the latest buzz track (following 2013’s “All The Time” featuring Lil’ Wayne) from Jeremih’s hotly anticipated third album LATE NIGHTS: THE ALBUM, set for September 30th release on Def Jam Recordings.
B.o.B UNVEILS “THE NO GENRE TOUR”;
GRAMMY® NOMINATED HIP-HOP STAR SETS US HEADLINE TREK
BEGINNING OCTOBER 21ST AT PENSACOLA’S VINYL MUSIC HALL;
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 22ND;
NO GENRE TOUR TO FEATURE SPECIAL GUEST KEVIN GATES;
ADDITIONAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B has announced details of a major US headline tour. “The No Genre Tour” gets underway October 21st at Pensacola, Florida’s Vinyl Music Hall and then continues through late November (see attached itinerary). Joining B.o.B on “The No Genre Tour” will be Bread Winners’ Association/Atlantic recording artist Kevin Gates. Tickets for all announced dates will go on sale beginning Friday, August 22nd. Additional live dates will be unveiled soon – Read more…
A NETWORKING EVENT TARGETING MULTICULTURAL INFLUENCERS IN ENTERTAINMENT, LIFESTYLE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 21, 2014 – Today, Film Life, Inc., announced the inaugural Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference (PlungeCon), a multicultural gathering of professional people with a common interest in artistry, innovation and ingenuity and will be held at the Eden Roc Resort Hotel in Miami Beach from November 6-8, 2014. The conference is produced by Backdrop (the tourism consulting arm of Film Life, Inc.) with support from the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).
PlungeCon will attract prominent executives, entrepreneurs, journalists and creative minds from varying backgrounds, and spotlight extraordinary individuals at the vanguard of groundbreaking work in the arts, entertainment and sports, lifestyle, media and technology. The dynamic three-day program will include enlightening talks, culture classes, networking sessions and an “Innovation Slam” (a fast-paced showcase of novel products and ideas), designed to be both intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. Read more…
New Dates Added for the Festival of Praise Tour 2014
Featuring Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin
Tour Now Kicks-Off in Houston, Texas
Hammond and McClurkin to Appear Live on
Tom Joyner’s In Studio Jam
(Dallas, TX – August 12, 2014) – The Festival of Praise Tour 2014, featuring multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin, now kicks off on September 17 at Fallbrook Church in Houston. New dates have also been added (see updated schedule below). The national tour will be presented during Gospel Music Heritage Month and will be held at performing arts venues and mega churches across the country.
IYANLA VANZANT TRAVELS TO
FERGUSON, MISSOURI FOR A SPECIAL EPISODE OF
“IYANLA: FIX MY LIFE” ON OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
Photo Caption: Iyanla Vanzant of “Iyanla: Fix My Life”
Photo by George Burns and Courtesy of OWN
Los Angeles – Following the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, ordained minister and nationally recognized spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant has traveled to the area to listen to the people who have been adversely affected and to join the community in finding a path from violence into healing.
In 2007, Southern rap fans mourned the loss of one of their heroes when UGK producer/rapper Chad “Pimp C” Butler was found deceased in an upscale Hollywood hotel room. But much like the real story of the days leading up to this tragic event, most of this enigmatic musician’s life has remained a mystery, relegated to rumors and entertaining tales relayed in late-night studio sessions while the truth is lost to the hands of time.
STREET BALL LEGEND PEE WEE KIRKLAND AND POST GAME OUTFITTERS TO UNVEIL EXCLUSIVE “TIME CAPSULE” COLLABORATION AT AGENDA SHOW 2014
Harlem’s “Legend of 2 Games” partners up with the street active brand for an iconic fashion collection
LOS ANGELES, CA (Aug. 17, 2014) – Elite men’s streetwear brand Post Game Outfitters has teamed up with Harlem street ball legend Pee Wee Kirkland to release an exclusive time capsule fashion collaboration. The premium capsule, made up of one-of-a-kind hoodies, crewneck shirts, jerseys, hats and more, will be unveiled at the AGENDA Trade Show on Monday, Aug. 18th, Tuesday, Aug. 19th and Wednesday, Aug. 20th at Booth #H-12 inside The Sands Expo Center located at 201 Sands Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The unique and quality collection, made with the finest of materials, pays homage to the amazing street ball feats Pee Wee Kirkland achieved during his unprecedented reign in the prime years of the Rucker basketball league in Harlem, New York in the ‘70’s. The capsule of “Time Pieces” including the “Pee Wee Mesh Crew,” “Bank of Harlem Tee,” “The Crown Hat,” and “Legend Basketball Jersey,” all signify defining moments in Kirkland’s life as a superior athlete and big time hustler in his prime. Each design was inspired by an era in which Pee Wee Kirkland pioneered and maintained superior influence on how to dress back in the day. Kirkland was one of the first high rollers back in his heyday to go see fashion emporium creator Dapper Dan in the ‘70s. The custom prints, styles and trends that were set by Harlem and Uptown’s hustlers at the time, are being reinvented with this premium capsule.
GRAMMY NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST RAHEEM DEVAUGHN & THE LOVELIFE FOUNDATION PRESENT THE FIRST ANNUAL BLACK MEN’S SUMMIT & TOWN HALL DISCUSSION ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014
Couture Confidence Camp Launches Global Call To Action Encouraging Kids And Teens To Wear Their Confidence
VH1 ROCK DOCS HEADS TO THE SOUTH FOR ‘ATL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ATLANTA’S RISE IN THE RAP GAME’ PREMIERING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10PM ET/PT
VH1 ROCK DOCS TAKES YOU DOWN SOUTH FOR
“ATL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ATLANTA’S RISE IN THE RAP GAME” PREMIERING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10PM ET/PT
NEW YORK, NY-AUGUST 14, 2014–VH1’s award-winning “Rock Doc” franchise takes you down to the dirty south with the premiere of “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game” on Tuesday, September 2 at 10PM ET/PT. The 90-minute documentary investigates the rich, complex untold story of Atlanta’s fascinating rise to the top of the rap industry, which created a major force within American music. The film chronicles the decisions of the city’s forefathers in post-civil rights Atlanta as they created an environment for African-American arts and culture to thrive, which set the scene for a local hip-hop scene to emerge.
The 21st Annual Little Miss African American Scholarship
Crowns a Queen!