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!
GRAMMY-NOMINATED SINGER AND SONGWRITER ERIC ROBERSON RELEASES HIS TENTH STUDIO ALBUM, “THE BOX”
“THE BOX” TOUR TRAVELING TO MORE THAN 25 U.S. CITIES AND 2 COUNTRIES
August 11, 2014, New York, New York — Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter ERIC ROBERSON will release his 10th studio album, The Box, on August 12th. With a 25-city tour and rigorous media and performance schedule, this ‘out of the box’ creative is ready to show the world what he has in store this time around. Eric has been dubbed “the FIRST singer to release an album independently” and his peers have unofficially named him a pioneer because of this feat. Eric is an amazing singer and performer but has written songs for and collaborated with such artists as: Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The Box pays homage to the first place Eric learned to appreciate music: at home. Eric comes from a musical family and his sister’s boombox AKA The Box quickly became the family centerpiece of entertainment. At first, he began to listen and study the musical sounds he was hearing and would sit in his room and flip through record after record of musical artists from different genres: hip-hop, gospel, soul, jazz, rock and whatever else he could find in the stack of albums. Different genres of music taught Eric about musicianship, songwriting and performance. The first time he heard Commissioned, he was emotionally moved by the lyrics. Listening and watching Stevie Wonder taught Eric about musicianship and production and Tribe Called Quest made Eric instantly say to himself, “This is the way music should be” at the age of 15. To this day, Eric still loves to incorporate a combination and mash up of all of these musical flavors he heard as a child with The Box. Read more…
*PRODUCER D-DUB RELEASES CONFESSIONS OF A PRODUCER PART II*
*Rising Producer And Youth Activist Dillon “D-Dub” Wright Gives His Audience A Sneak Peek Into His World Through His Second EP Confessions Of A Producer Part II*
INTERNATIONAL BLACK WOMENS CONGRESS (IBWC) HOLDS 30TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE IN VIRGINA BEACH
Dr. La Francis Rodgers-Rose, Founder & CEO, International Black Women’s Congress
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The International Black Womens Congress (IBWC) a non-profit, community based organization, headquartered in Norfolk, VA and founded by Dr. La Francis Rodgers-Rose, will hold their 30th annual conference September 19-21, 2014, at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Black Women and Economic Empowerment: Rooted in Justice and Equality….” The goal of the three-day conference is to discuss ways in which to create economic development through the spending power that exists in the Black community. The conference will also address the issue of reparations and the fair distribution of goods and services. Read more…
Sustainability Study Reveals
Green Revolution Blooming at America’s
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards Weekend Set to Honor Local Community Leaders, Businesses, Education, and Churches from Around the Country in Atlanta, GA
The much anticipated event of the summer is poised to bring the City of Atlanta, four days of special events and fun for the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards, hosted by Steve Harvey, August 7 – 10, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center, and Phillips Arena.
The 2014 Neighborhood Awards Weekend will kick-off on Thursday evening August 7, 2014 with a stand Up Comedy Jam Hosted by Nephew Tommy at the Georgia World Congress Center Sidney J. Marcus Auditorium with two spectacular shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Friday starts early with live performances by George Tandy, Jr. and John Legend during the Steve Harvey Morning Show at the Georgia World Congress Center. Beginning at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend Expo starts with seminars ranging from Finances to Health & Wellness, and a Relationship Author’s Seminar. The evening will conclude with another Stand Up Comedy Jam and Freedom Friday All-White Party hosted by Sheryl Underwood and performances by The O’ Jay’s and Kem. Read more…
The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant
Laila Ali and Meagan Good to Host Annual Event,
Dawnn Lewis is Mistress of Ceremonies
|Los Angeles – The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) comes of age this year with its 21-year anniversary celebration on August 10, 2014 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Actresses Laila Ali and Meagan Good will co-host, joining Dawnn Lewis, the mistress of ceremonies, as a bevy of little beauties, ages six to 12, make their way on stage to compete for over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes. Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin notes that this year’s event will also celebrate past contestants who have grown up and gone on to accomplish wonderful feats!
(NEW YORK) – July 29, 2014 — The wait is over! After making MYX Fusions Moscato the fastest growing wine beverage in the U.S., fans demanded more and the makers of the bubbly brand are giving consumers exactly what they asked for – MORE MYX! New Mango flavor offers twice as much MYX!
The new, logo-embossed signature cobalt blue bottle is double the size of the original product with 375mL of fruit-infused, refreshingly carbonated Moscato.
A heavily interactive and consumer-friendly brand, MYX Fusions Moscato took to social media to engage consumers with the campaign: “Do you want more MYX? Help Nicki Minaj choose the next flavor.” The response was overwhelming, and the winner was the tropical, juicy taste of Mango.
Music Choice Interviews Nas, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and More for their “ESSENCE Turns 20″ Video on Demand beginning August 4th!!!
Music Choice features “ESSENCE Turns 20” on Music Choice Video On Demand
Nas Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Sevyn Streeter and more to be highlighted on show
July 23, 2014 (New York, NY) — Music Choice, the multi-platform video music network, will premiere “ESSENCE Turns 20” on Music Choice Video on Demand August 4 through August 31, 2014.
In celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the ESSENCE FestivalTM, Music Choice will air a 30-minute special that highlights the legacy of the magazine, the spirit of the festival and the best all time performances along with music videos from artists who appeared this year in New Orleans. Read more…
Every summer, the world’s #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre’s top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. This year’s installment, out Aug 12 on VP Records, is a diverse set of reggae chart toppers and the freshest sounds of the season.
GRAMMY-WINNING GOSPEL LEGEND DORINDA CLARK-COLE MAKES A SPLASH ON THE RADIO WITH NEW SINGLE “YOU ARE”
“You Are” Marks Lead Single From Highly-Anticipated Upcoming Album
Nashville, TN (July 30, 2014) – Multiple Grammy® Award-winning gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Cole makes a splash with the release of her single “You Are,” the lead single from her highly-anticipated upcoming new album. An up-tempo, inspiring new song from the revered pioneering artist known as “the Rose of Gospel,” Clark-Cole’s new single is quickly becoming another rising hit, with “You Are” being the #1 added song at Gospel Radio with a Top 25 debut on Billboard and Mediabase for Gospel Radio, and the song also being a Top 10 added song at UAC, trending upward at UAC Radio.
KIERRA SHEARD MAKES THIRD DEBUT AT #1 ON BILLBOARD’S GOSPEL ALBUMS CHART THIS WEEK WITH GRACELAND
Los Angeles, CA – July 30, 2014 – Kierra Sheard’s fifth studio album, GRACELAND, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart and number 33 on the Top 200 chart this week. “Mainstream, urban gospel, contemporary are all labels that could definitely fit the description of her new album,” says Latrea Morrow from Chicago Gospel Music Examiner.
THE APOLLO THEATER
THE 2ND ANNUAL HARLEM HEALTHY SOUL FESTIVAL
Event Will Educate the Community about Local Health Resources and Feature Fitness Demonstrations, Family Activities, Live Music, and More
Hosted by celebrity health expert Dr. Ian Smith
Featuring a Special Performance by R&B Star Faith Evans
An Appearance by Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan
Sports Activities with the NY Knicks
Saturday, September 13, 12-6PM
Free and Open to the Public
by Celebrity Fitness Instructor Charity Lynette
As the Summer moves on and the Winter rolls in, soon those that worked hard for that Summer body may start to store those winter pounds. Here is my personal tips on Meal Prep and maintaining that positive weight as a lifestyle and not just as a seasonal goal. Taking the time to do meal prep for the week is a great way to save money, time, and to keep you from eating out as much. The first thing you need to do is figure out the best day to prepare for your week. Other factors that need to be considered, which meals are you planning for, your grocery list, and tupperware containers. Make sure the containers has enough room for a 4 to 5 oz (fist size) protein portion (chicken or turkey patty), a section for your veggies, you can’t forget a section for your good carbs and finally make sure the containers are freezer safe. Determining which meal you are prepping for is going to aid in your grocery list. So you will need a prep time of about 2 hrs once you have all ingredients in the kitchen and ready to cook. Here is a list of foods that you are going to need: Read more…
Face To Face, Inc. Presents
The Festival of Praise Tour 2014
Featuring Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin
Festival of Praise Kicks-Off in September during
Gospel Music Heritage Month
(Dallas, TX – July 23, 2014) – Face To Face, Inc. Presents the Festival of Praise 2014 Tour featuring multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. The national tour kicks-off at the Verizon Theater in Dallas, TX on September 18, during Gospel Music Heritage Month (see tour schedule below—more dates to be added in the coming weeks).