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Spice Takes The Reigns on Debut EP (Dec 2) So Mi Like It -

November 20, 2014 Leave a comment



Almost 10 Million Views on VEVO for Title Track’s VideoNearly 3 Million Combined Views for Brand New Video
“Conjugal Visit” featuring Vybz Kartel

Known for her daring lyrics, vivacious stage performances and fiery bravado, Jamaican dancehall sensation Spice is happy to announce the release of her eagerly-awaited debut EP So Mi Like It, available December 2, 2014 on VP Records. The digital-only EP will showcase her skills with a new selection of her most buzz-worthy anthems as well as exclusive material.

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November 13, 2014 Leave a comment





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Maybach Music Group/Atlantic recording artist Omarion has announced the exclusive digital release of his hugely anticipated new album. “SEX PLAYLIST” arrives at all DSPs on December 2nd.

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Troy Williamson: ‘ I Don’t Mind Not Being Recognized Like I Should’

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo troy-williamson-the-industry-cosign_zps2a9d3b25.jpgGoing through life, people see opportunities come and go. Sometimes you take advantage of some and let others slip by. For Troy Williamson, ex-Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars football player, he knows how it can be taken away from you, so, he’s created opportunities for himself through entrepreneurship.

The Industry Cosign recently caught up to Williamson to discuss his role in the Which Wich Superior Sandwiches franchise, his charity organization and having the chance to motivate people.

Growing up as one of 11 children must have been challenging, did being in that position growing up shape you for gaining the attention of coaches and anyone having to do with anything sports-related? How did you manage to maintain/establish your individuality while having to ‘share’ your parents/family members? Read more…

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Artel J. Great: ‘I’m Driven by a Deep Sense of Responsibility’

November 3, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo artel-great-the-industry-cosign_zps75ddab49.jpgYou are the founder of Project Catalyst, could you explain what the company is and what your role is?

Essentially, Project Catalyst is a media platform that uses technology to provide access to alternative entertainment. We specialize in showcasing groundbreaking artists who are creating from diverse humanistic perspectives in film, music and visual art.  Our mission is to offer a space for the expansion of multicultural media visibility.  I’m responsible for the overall vision of the company and for overseeing business operations.  I’m also the inventor of the Project Catalyst App, which allows users to watch amazing multicultural films, music videos, and documentaries on their smartphones or tablets on both Apple and Android devices, and I serve as the chief curator of the content we program into the app.

You were announced as the 2014 recipient of the Cinema Research Institute Fellowship for innovation, congratulations! What does this mean and how will this achievement help you in your line of work? Read more…

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October 27, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo ronald-mcdonald-house-charities-black-enterprise_zps7df83742.jpgRonald McDonald House Charities® African American Future Achievers Scholarship (RMHC®-AAFA) announced it will be awarding four-year scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Applications are now available online for students who have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Fairfield County) areas. The submission deadline is January 20, 2015.

“At RMHC, we believe it is imperative to provide support for the next generation to receive a proper education so that they may have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, regardless of their financial background,” said Christopher Perry, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri State Area. “By giving tomorrow’s innovators and thought leaders a foundation to build upon, we are confident their futures will be bright.” Read more…

Kwame’ Talks HipHop, BMX & Comics on

October 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Entertainment Industry Leaders Malcom Lee, Roger Bobb, Reuben Cannon, Rain Pryor and Robi Reed Headline 5th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta October 22-26

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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ATLANTA— October 7, 2014— The 2014 5th annual BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens) will take place October 22-26, 2014 at various venues including the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (Festival Headquarters), the all new SCADshow Atlanta (formerly14th St. Playhouse), the Westside Cultural Arts Center, Georgia Pacific Auditorium, South Fulton Arts Center, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Woodruff Arts Center Rich Auditorium.   BronzeLens is set to be a five day interactive experience designed to empower, entertain and educate attendees from various film industry disciplines, students and the general public.  Festival producers have put together a world class array of BronzeLens expert panels, workshops, domestic and international film screenings and signature events that reflect Atlanta’s unique position as the Film Capital of the South.   Headliners include directors Malcom D. Lee and Bille Woodruff, producers Roger Bobb and Reuben Cannon, actress/comedienne Rain Pryor and casting director Robi Reed. Read more…

Questlove on Fela Kuti [Extended Interview from Finding Fela]

August 21, 2014 Leave a comment

The Jamie Roberts Interview

August 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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  1. How long have you been doing comedy professionally and how did you get into it?


I have been doing comedy professionally since 2004. I pursued comedy after attending a show with my brother and thinking I could do this. I was always the class clown and funny guy in the circles so I gave it a shot. My first time performing I won the Funniest Person From the Suburbs awarded by Standup NY


  1. What aspirations do you have as far as taking your comedy to a different level? Are you a writer, do you just do stand up, what is it that makes you happy when you do comedy?

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Common Visits Torae on #TheTorGuide

July 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Total Slaughter Rap Battle, Rihanna Flashes Boobs, Drake ESPYs

July 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Before You Start Banking, Ronald Williams Wants to Talk to You

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Ronald Williams Before You Start BankingI’m still amazed that finances aren’t taught in elementary school considering that money plays a great role in our adult lives. Maybe if children are taught earlier about money, then the mindset about finances would greatly improve beyond the attitude of just wanting to make a living.

Luckily, there is someone who shares my views on this important issue. But not only does he share my view, he is actually doing something about it. Ronald Williams, author of Before You Start Banking, has taken the necessary steps to educate both youth and adults about the benefits of knowing how to handle their money.

Williams spoke to The Industry Cosign about the reason he chose to teach financial literacy, his thoughts on how banks hire, and he explains how he got into writing a financial crime thriller.

Please briefly tell us a little history about Ronald Williams and why did you decide to make a career in finance? Read more…

Mariah Carey Signs with SESAC

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment


Global Superstar Mariah Carey Signs with SESAC

The Best-Selling Female Artist of All Time Joins SESAC on the Heels of the Release of Her Brand New Critically Acclaimed Album “Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse”

(NEW YORK, July 14, 2014): SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization, has signed unparalleled singer, songwriter and producer Mariah Carey for representation. “SESAC couldn’t be more excited to sign Mariah Carey to our family of songwriters,” said Trevor Gale, Senior Vice President, SESAC.  “Mariah Carey is without question one of the most gifted and influential artists ever and is truly iconic. While simultaneously remaining relevant, she continues dominating the charts in an unprecedented multi-format fashion. We are ecstatic to have the rare opportunity to work with such a prolific songwriter and producer. Mariah wrote, produced and used her incredible instrument to weave together her new album, which is being greeted with massive critical acclaim worldwide. She manages to top herself with each project and continues to transcend the music industry and the typical categorization of music, setting a standard that has yet to be matched. We are honored to have Mariah Carey in the SESAC family.”
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Chris Spencer: How a Class Clown Became A Successful Businessman

July 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Comedy is a field where many people come and go, crash and burn, rise and fall. Amidst all that, you do get people who manage to steer clear of the pitfalls and maintain a steady career.

One such person is Chris Spencer, longtime comedian, still in the game, no known deficiencies. He was the first host of VIBE Magazine’s late night talk show, named “VIBE.” You may have seen him in a movie or two or maybe 10. He’s been featured in several TV shows. You may have even seen him on stage around the country, caught him telling jokes on his own comedy specials. But, I bet you didn’t know that he is partly responsible for the BET hit show, The Real Househusbands of Hollywood!

The Industry Cosign caught up with Spencer and tells us why he became a comedian, how The Real Househusbands of Hollywood got started, and what he has planned for the future.

You’ve been “industry-tested” as you’ve been around for a number of years; what gives you the strength to continue working?

My love for entertainment. My love for being creative. My love for paying my mortgage on time.

When did you decide that being a comedian would be a good career choice for you?

I was always the class clown but didn’t know stand-up would be my calling until my junior year in college. I was at UCLA talking with a group of students about our futures. We went around the circle [sharing what we planned to do] and the guy before me said he was gonna be a comedian and all of the women went bananas. They went on about how much they love to laugh and how much they love comedians. So when it came around to me, I too said comedian. Thank God he spoke first because I was gonna say dentist.

A lot of people don’t realize you’re the creator and executive producer of Real Husbands of Hollywood. Outside of the obvious reference to the Real Housewives series, what were you thinking when you decided to go forward with this project? Did the show meet or exceed any expectations you had?

I was the head writer for the BET Awards and Kevin Hart was hosting. He and I both knew we wanted to do something different and unheard of so that he could stand out. We both laughed about how our women loved those housewife shows and we pretended how much we hated them, but really didn’t. We noticed how men acted just as catty and trifling as those women and thought it would be funny if we did a sketch on the awards show depicting men doing so. We wrote it, called up our friends and did it. The sketch was received so well, BET immediately decided it needed to be a TV show. It has definitely met my expectations and beyond.

Some people may remember you from your stand-up days and I know you’ve recently done it for TV. Do you still tour or are there any plans to tour extensively? Do you even want to tour?

I still do dates, but my schedule from all of the writing I’ve been doing doesn’t permit me to do as much. I definitely want to tour again.

Since you’ve produced shows, appeared on stage, written for other comedians and basically run the gamut when it comes to comedy, if you could only do one thing, what would it be and why?

Stand-up, because when I’m being a comedian, I’m also being a writer, a producer and a director of a live show every time I’m on the stage.

You’ve even written a book, 150 Ways To Tell If You’re Ghetto; what spurred you to write a book?

I was on tour with Jeff Foxworthy and he had great success from writing the books, You Know You’re a Redneck If. One day, while reading through one of his many books, I realized that there are definitely many similarities with my people and that I should write a book poking fun at them.

Since comedy is your career, how do you approach the business side of it? How do you separate Chris Spencer the comedian from Chris Spencer the businessman?I don’t separate it. They are one in the same.

When it comes to the business aspect of your career, do you have a credo you live by?

Work hard or go back and live with your momma.

What else is in the works for Chris Spencer? What can we look forward to?

Season three of RHOH will air in October. We are also writing Season four of RHOH. I have a movie with Universal Pictures involving Kevin Hart and Lebron James playing brothers called Ballers. I also have a TV deal with Jamie Foxx and Lionsgate about the life and times of a troubled superstar.



June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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Photo Caption: Scene from “Love Thy Neighbor” –

Linda Feels Torn Between Will and Phillip

Photo Credit: Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s popular comedy series “Love Thy Neighbor” from Tyler Perry will return with all-new episodes on Wednesday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Malcolm Jenkins: ‘I have a responsibility to our youth to be a positive role model’

June 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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role model


“a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.”

It’s often been stated that athletes have a responsibility for being a positive role models for children because of their status as professional players. Although some don’t agree with this assessment, there are others who take that to heart and will try to be the best role models for children to emulate.

When it comes to knowing and accepting his “duty” as a role model, Philadelphia Eagles’ Safety, Malcolm Jenkins, stands up proudly! With his non-profit organization, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, not only does he show and prove, he also follows up.

The Industry Cosign recently spoke with this upstanding young man about his charitable work and his business and how he balances them with his career as an athlete.

The Industry Cosign: As a professional football player and businessman, do you feel that it is your duty to set an example for children? Read more…

The Ted Lucas Industry Cosign Interview

June 2, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo ted-lucas-the-industry-cosign_zpsaba5361c.jpgIn 1994, Slip-N-Slide Records was born and the first artist was a rapper by the name of Trick Daddy. After the success of the first album, the next album Trick Daddy put out, featured an artist named Trina, who became the second successful artist on the label. The label was here to stay!

The Miami, Florida-based label became home to a variety of artists like Rick Ross, Plies and now, Sebastian Mikael. The man behind the label, Ted Lucas, has shown no signs of slowing down nor stopping the flow of business.

The Industry Cosign interviews Lucas and he tells us what prompted him to start Slip-N-Slide Records, what drives him to continue running his record label, and what advice he has for anyone striving to become successful. Read more…

Estelle Recalls Being Broke Make Her Say & More

May 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Cormega Releases New Single “Industry” and Limited Edition Collector’s Vinyl

May 20, 2014 Leave a comment

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Mega Releases ‘Industry’ First Official Single from upcoming album Mega Philosophy, Unveils Single Artwork, and Releases a Limited Edition Collector’s 7″ Vinyl. Read more…

Hennessy V.S Premier “The Renaissance Period of The African American in Sports”

May 16, 2014 Leave a comment

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Thursday night at Lincoln Center in NYC, Hennessy V.S presented the world premier screening of “The Renaissance Period of The African American in Sports,” a documentary telling the story of nine African American stars from the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
Before the screening, Hennessy V.S held a private reception for the Olympians in attendance including the films executive producer and Bronze medalist Herb Douglas, film director and producer Bob Lott and Olympian father and son duo Charles Jenkins Sr. and Charles Jenkins Jr.
Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas introduces the film and is featured alongside Nelson Mandela and several athletes in the 22 minute long documentary which is slated to go on a national tour this summer. Herb Douglas  is the true definition of Hennessy’s mantra, Never stop Never settle. At 92 years old, Douglas is the oldest living Olympian and is continuing to change and impact the world. 

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Eminem – Headlights ft. Nate Ruess

May 11, 2014 Leave a comment
Categories: The Industry Cosign, Video

BCT Partners Announces Merger with Lynx Technology Partners

May 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Dr. Randal Pinkett Makes Significant Inroads within Corporate Arena 
BCT Partners Announces Merger with
Lynx Technology Partners
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Left to right: Aric Perminter, Jeffrey Robinson, Randal Pinkett, Dallas Grundy and Lawrence Hibbert

New York, NY – May 5, 2014… 

Dr. Randal Pinkett, co-founder, chairman and CEO of the multimillion dollar management consulting and IT solutions firm, New Jersey-based BCT Partners, spearheaded a  winning Entrepreneurial Empowerment Session on Saturday, May 3, 2014  Rutgers University – Piscataway Campus.

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Ryans Truth – The Real Deal About Rent-A-Center

May 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Stix Bones “Twice As Nice” Trailer

May 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Chrisette Michele & Beautiful Textures Take Over World Natural Hair Show

April 28, 2014 1 comment


Chrisette Michele teamed up with Beautiful Textures for the 2014 World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta.

(ATLANTA) – April 28, 2014: On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, Beautiful Textures dominated the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta. Held at the Georgia International Convention Center (2000 Convention Center Concourse), the two-day experience was a hit with attendees and featured Grammy-award winning artist, Chrisette Michele! Showcasing an amazing display of products, hair demonstrations and a ton of free giveaways, both days featured celebrity hair stylist, Felicia Leatherwood, and master hair stylist, Pam Hogan, who educated attendees on the new Texture Manageability System (TMS).

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Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. Hits a Home Run with Town Hall Meeting

April 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. presented the town hall discussion: “African-American and Latino Family Crisis – “Do You Know Your Daddy?” at Cathedral International located 205 Smith Street in Perth Amboy, NJ.


Bishop HilliardRandal Pinkett and Bishop Hilliard, along with celebrated author Dr. Randal Pinkett, served as moderator  to a very diverse panel which consisted of selected celebrities and community activists. The panel included: Chris Broussard (NBA Analyst – ESPN) Tyrone Muhammad (Founder, Morticians That Care) Obery Hendricks, Jr. (Professor – New York Theological Seminary) Fredrica Bey (Executive Director WISOMM Holistic Preschool Center) Kevin E. Taylor (Elder and  Co-Founder – Unity Fellowship Church NewArk) and Esteban Santa (Pastor, Iglesia Cathedral Internacioinal).


Dr. Pinkett posed the question to the audience and panel “Do You Know Your Daddy?”  This powerful question catapulted the much needed open-ended discussion, and commenced an engaging, thought-provoking conversation about the dynamics of fatherless households in America, particularly for the African-American and Latin youth as well as the demise of community and family. The event was well-received by approximately 1,000 in attendance, 850 on-line Twitter participants and was also viewed on

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New Album (May 6) – Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014

April 23, 2014 Leave a comment



Featuring Spice, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Gyptian, Christopher Martin and more

Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014, the annual dancehall series from Greensleeves, will hits the streets on May 6th, 2014. This go-to compilation has earned its stripes worldwide by consistently providing the season’s breaking hits that are bubbling in the club and busting on the streets.
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April 21, 2014 Leave a comment



Honoring Pastor Corey Brooks, Magic and Cookie Johnson, Walgreens’ Steve Pemberton and Screen Gems’ Clint Culpepper, and Performance by KEM

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Chicago, IL (April 21, 2014) – The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation will host a dynamic evening of inspiration, entertainment and more when founders Steve and Marjorie Harvey usher in their 2014 gala in Chicago on May 3, 2014. A vital call to action marking their fourth gala event and first time in Chicago, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala will be hosted by Steve Harvey and NBC Chicago’s Michelle Relerford, at the Hilton Chicago to impact the future of young men and women nationwide. Leading the charge for the evening with the Power of Three experience: Potential, Passion and Purpose, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala will feature the acclaimed song stylings of Grammy-nominated artist KEM, and honor Pastor Corey Brooks, Cookie Johnson and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Walgreens’ Steve Pemberton, and Screen Gems’ Clint Culpepper, with support from Influence Sponsor Coca-Cola, Empower Sponsor State Farm, Motivate Sponsors Essence, Neiman Marcus, Premiere Networks, Morgan Stanley, and more.

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Celebs Hit the Carpet for L.A. Premiere of ‘A HAUNTED HOUSE 2′

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment



The Cast (and friends) ofA Haunted House 2′ attend the L.A. premiere at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live


(LOS ANGELES) April 17, 2014- Last night, Hollywood hit the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of Open Road Films’ A Haunted House 2.  Cast members Marlon WayansJamie Pressly, Affion Crockett, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer, and Gabriel Iglesias turned out in style at Regal Cinema L.A. Live to celebrate the release of the film which opens tomorrow.  Special guests in attendance were singer/actress BrandyLisa Raye, Damien Wayans, Omar Epps, Floyd Mayweather, Dawn Richards, Neyo, Shar Jackson, Brely Evans, comedians Niecy Nash and Mike Epps. Written and produced by Wayans, A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box office hit that spoofs the latest supernatural horror movie franchises.
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A Personal Resurrection: How I Got Over Myself When It Came to Easter

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Easter Eggs

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…


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