I’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…
COMMON SIGNS TO NO I.D.’S ARTIUM/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
“KINGDOM” FEATURING VINCE STAPLES, NEW DEF JAM SINGLE
FROM UPCOMING 10th STUDIO ALBUM NOBODY’S SMILING, ARRIVING IN STORES JULY 22nd, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY NO I.D.
NEW ALBUM TITLE ADDRESSES VIOLENCE IN HOMETOWN CHICAGO
(June 4, 2014 – New York, NY) Two-time Grammy Award®-winning Chicago rapper, actor Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing to No ID’s Artium /Def Jam Recordings. “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples out now, Common’s lead track from his upcoming tenth studio album NOBODY’S SMILING, set for July 22nd release.
Music is one of the only constants that has and will probably always exist for us as a society. Be it the sounds of nature or the rhythms of early tribes or the nursery rhymes we hear from the lips of our mothers and grandmothers growing up. Whether melodies, the timing of the songs or anything associated with music, it will stay a part of our lives.
The thing that may change is how and/or where we hear it. This is where radio plays an important part in our everyday lives. Radio is still an integral part of the human experience. At one point in time, we’d only have one place to consume it.
Not anymore. With us being able to listen it to it online, on our phone and if we are lying down in bed at home, we can bring it up on the television screen. And for this reason, Helen Little, will always be relevant and have a place where we can hear her voice. On any weekday afternoon, you can turn on New York’s 106.7’s LiteFM or go online, no, scratch that, click on your smartphone app and catch her on iHeartRadio.
Little took a moment to speak to The Industry Cosign about how the landscape of radio has changed, penning her first novel and transitioning between industries. Read more…
GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONGSTRESS ANITA WILSON READIES HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM VINTAGE WORSHIP
Vintage WorshipFollows Singer’s Grammy, Stellar, and Dove-nominated Debut Album Worship Soul
Album Kicked Off By Energetic Lead Single “That’s What He’s Done For Me”
For Immediate Release:
Chicago, IL (March 4, 2014) – With her unrivaled brand of gospel/soul fusion, Grammy®-nominated songstress ANITA WILSON is back with her highly anticipated sophomore album VINTAGE WORSHIP.
Adorned with her smokey alto, soul-stirring messages, and ambrosial musical arrangements, Vintage moves in as the long-awaited follow-up to her Grammy, Stellar, and Dove-nominated debut album WORSHIP SOUL. Read more…
ANGELA SIMMONS, SEVYN STREETER
PROMOTE BEAUTIFUL TEXTURES AT
WALMART IN CHICAGO
Angela Simmons & Sevyn Streeter take on Chicago at Walmart for
the Beautiful Textures “Preserving the Beauty of Our Heritage” in-store event.
(CHICAGO) – April 21, 2014- On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Beautiful Textures presented the “Preserving the Beauty of Our Heritage” in-store experience to Chicago residents. Held at Walmart (8331 S. Stewart Ave.), the event was hosted by WGCI‘s Loni Swain and featured pop culture icon, Angela Simmons, and hit recording artist, Sevyn Streeter.
Film & Stage Star Obba Babatundé
To Host Angel City Links’
33rd Anniversary of “Affair of Honor”
Celebrating 27 Extraordinary Young African American Men
THE STEVE & MARJORIE HARVEY FOUNDATION TO HOST 2014 GALA IN CHICAGO
Honoring Pastor Corey Brooks, Magic and Cookie Johnson, Walgreens’ Steve Pemberton and Screen Gems’ Clint Culpepper, and Performance by KEM
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.
Grammy nominated alternative R&B duo The Foreign Exchange are about to embark on their biggest tour to date. The tour is in promotion of their fourth studio album Love In Flying Colors that was released in September 2013 on their own label +FE Music and will visit four continents, marking the group’s debut performances in South Africa and South America.
Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:
4/11 Pittsburgh PA DreamOn Festival
4/26 Durham NC The Art Of Cool Festival
5/01 Richmond VA The Canal Club
5/02 Washington DC The Howard Theater
5/04 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live
5/05 Brooklyn NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
5/06 Cambridge MA The Middle East Read more…
Ten-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Chaka Khan
Joins Fans for a Pre-Birthday Live Video Chat on
Google+ Hangouts on Air
Wednesday, March 19, 9pm ET/8pm CT/6pm PT
Chaka Celebrates Her Birthday Week with
Preview of New Tracks, Documentary Special Airing on
Centric TV Network and an Exclusive Performance on
Sirius XM Satellite Radio
AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL SUPERSTAR JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA GARNER #1 GOSPEL DEBUT FOR NEW TWO-DISC LIVE ALBUM, LIVE THROUGH IT
Chart-Topper Soars at #13 on the Billboard 200, Features Hit Single “Live Through It,” “Best Praise,””We Give You Glory” (feat. Tasha Cobbs), “Light Your Way” (feat. Israel Houghton), “Empty Me” (feat. Isaac Carree), “Let Your Power Fall” (feat. Zacardi Cortez), “Forever,” and More
NASHVILLE, TN (March 5, 2014) – Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune has created another inspired album of fresh music and stirring ministry, as the latest release from James Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It (FIYA World Music/Entertainment One Music), soars with a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, and enters at #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart, also marking a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales in his career thus far. Garnering accolades as another “must-have” album, fans, peers and more have embraced the electrifying live performances and messages on the highly-anticipated Live Through It, and flocked to Fortune & FIYA’s live performances on their current multi-city promo tour. Read more…
THE WAILERS INVITES BRITISH DEPENDENCY
TO ROUND OUT U.S. TOUR!
New York, NY (February 19, 2014): After sweeping through the East Coast into the Midwest for a month and returning home to Anguilla for two short weeks, British Dependency will return this week to continue touring with The Wailers. The legendary band invited British Dependency to wrap up their US run on the West Coast.
The Band embarked on a three week, 14 City tour with The Wailers in celebration of The Wailers 30th Anniversary on Friday, January 10, 2014. Opening at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, the band traveled to Clearwater and Jacksonville, Florida, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, Salem and Carrborro, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI and closed out on January 26th at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN.
New Music: Verbal Kent (of Ugly Heroes) “Raponomics” (Produced by Khrysis)
A Hypetrak.com Premiere
Hard beats & hard rhymes; both have been core staples of Hip-hop since the culture’s inception. And while artists of today often circumvent this with gimmicks, an LP that combines the two cannot be denied. It’s a simple formula that is and will always be effective.
KANYE WEST TO DEBUT “BOUND 2″ VIDEO ON ELLEN TODAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
THE YEEZUS TOUR RESUMES; BROOKLYN & MSG ON DECK THIS WEEK
“There are very few modern artists with the kind of vision, ambition, and means to execute it as Kanye West right now.a distinct statement of his combined artistic ambition, penchant for excess, and desire to simply outdo every other entertainer out right now.” – Seattle Times
“Awe-inspiring.West’s energy level was extraordinary.truly electrifying.The stage as imagined and executed by West was truly something to behold.” – Rolling Stone
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 – NEW YORK, NY – Kanye West will debut the music video for ‘Bound 2‘ on daytime powerhouse The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Marking the second time Ellen has premiered a Kanye West video – “Love Lockdown” debuted on the Ellen Show in 2008 – the video launch coincides with the Northeast leg of West‘s acclaimed Yeezus Tour, with the tour making stops in Brooklyn, Washington DC and New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden throughout the week. Read more…
135th CLIENTS PARTNER WITH
BET MUSIC MATTERS’ “REBELLIOUS SOUL TOUR” FEATURING K.MICHELLE
Beautiful Textures & Myx Fusions Moscato make first of several stops in Chicago and Houston
Mona Scott-Young and K.Michelle at Walmart in Chicago
The Rebellious Soul tour bus is wrapped and ready to go!
(CHICAGO) – November 18, 2013 – BET Music Matters’ “Rebellious Soul Tour” featuring K.Michelle took Chicago by storm on Friday, as 135th clients and tour partners Beautiful Textures and Myx Fusions celebrated the visit with various activities around the city. On Thursday, “Love & Hip Hop” star and Myx Fusions ambassador Yandy Smith hosted the Chicago launch of Myx Fusions Moscato at Lumen. Fans and VIPs partied to the tunes of DJ Sean Mac while sampling the coconut, peach and original moscato-flavored beverage.
Then on Friday afternoon, Yandy’s “Love & Hip Hop” co-star K.Michelle thrilled nearly 400 Walmart shoppers, as she signed autographs and took photos at the Beautiful Textures Lounge. Fans enjoyed live music by DJ Genius, product giveaways and the chance to get up close and personal with the top-selling R&B star. Moments later, K.Michelle hit the stage at The Shrine for an incredible show that included opening acts Sevyn Streeter and Tiara Thomas. After the concert, K.Michelle greeted an exclusive group of press and VIP ticketholders at The Shrine for photos and autographs, sponsored by Myx Fusions and Beautiful Textures.
Let me tell you, it’s so good to know I’m not alone in my hatred for what Black radio is serving our kids (and us grown folk!): A new group out of Chicago is going after radio stations and their advertisers for filling the airwaves with misogynistic, violent, sexually-explicit music.
The Clear the Airwaves Project, led by founder Kwabena Rasuli, says the music being played on radio should be for adults only, and inaccessible on free, public radio that our kids can access at any time. But instead of protesting outside Chicago’s Hip Hop stations, Rasuli’s group is getting gully: they’re protesting the advertisers who hawk their products between songs whose lyrical content make hardened criminals and porn stars blush.
For the past two months, The Clear the Airwaves Project has been standing outside black-owned McDonald’s restaurants on Chicago’s South Side, holding placards with warnings about the music being played on the station and its easy access for kids. Their thinking: if radio stations refuse to stop playing music that consistently disrespects Black women, celebrates illicit drug use and refers to its audience as nothing more than a bunch of broke niggers who can’t keep up with their rampant excess, perhaps taking away their money source will make the radio station’s listen.
“We feel that the music being played on the radio is influencing our children and is detrimental and should be for adults only,” Rasuli told the Chicago Sun Times, noting that in about 90 percent of the songs, artists are dropping the “N bomb” and in about 80 percent, “they are calling our sisters the B-word.” “This is music that encourages girls to be strippers and young men to kill each other, to pop mollies or Ecstasy pills, and to be unrealistically materialistic.”
Say that. Read more…
Tai Allen x Oscar Brown: Soulful Blues At BAMcafe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROOKLYN, NY, October 9, 2013—BAMcafé Live (30 Lafayette Avenue)—the performance series curated by Darrell M. McNeill, associate producer, music programming—announces its lineup for November. BAMcafé Live events have no cover charge and no drink minimum. Read more…
BISHOP LARRY D. TROTTER & SWEET HOLY SPIRIT COMBINED CHOIR FORTHCOMING CD PRAISE REVISITED AVAILABLE IN STORES & ONLINE EVERYWHERE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th
|Chicago, IL (Tuesday, September 17) Stellar award nominated church aggregation Bishop Larry D. Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs highly anticipated forthcoming 9th album, PRAISE REVISITED hits stores and digital outlets on November 19 via Utopia Music Group/eONE. Marketing and Publicity efforts are powered by The J. Hardy Agency. This week, Bishop Trotter & SHS hit single “I Know A Man” is climbing into the Billboard Top 30 and has an accumulative listening audience of over 1 million. Read more…|
WACKA FLOCKA COLLABS WITH WIZ KHALIFA FOR “MILEY”, SOLD OUT EURO TOUR WITH STOP IN JAPAN JOINING STEVE AOKI!
WAKA FLOCKA COMPLETES SOLD-OUT EUROPEAN TOUR WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED JAPAN TOUR STOP, JOINS STEVE AOKI ON TOUR & COLLABORATES WITH WIZ KHALIFA FOR “MILEY” TRACK!
PERFORMANCE IMAGES & MUSIC LINK BELOW
NEW YORK, NY(September 17, 2013-) Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ve heard the DJ Holiday’s “Miley” song, which has appearance from the always energetic Waka Flocka Flame & mellowed out Wiz Khalifa. The song has been killing the airwaves receiving acclaims for it’s strip club tempo and catchy lyrics!
Waka brought his full energy, July 11th for the first stop on his Euro tour in Liege, Belgium that was supposed to end in the UK at the end of August. With the high demand of Waka from this tour he picked up more dates in Asia and took Japan by storm. Read more…
The City of Chicago Honors Ten-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Chaka Khan with Street Naming
July 28, 2013 Declared “Chaka Khan Day” in Her Hometown
(Los Angeles, CA – July 29, 2013) – The City of Chicago honored ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan with a Street Naming of “Chaka Khan Way” on Saturday, July 27, and declared Sunday, July 28, 2013, “Chaka Khan Day” in Chicago, her hometown. The weekend-long celebration also included a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park.
The music icon, who was honored for her stellar 40-year career in music and entertainment, participated in the ceremonial unveiling of Chaka Khan Way on S. Blackstone Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets, with her family, including her mother Sandra Coleman, her sister, Tammy McCrary, and a host of other relatives in the Chicago area. Several city officials, business executives and community leaders were among the participants, including Fourth Ward Alderman William Burns, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Father Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic School, State Senator Kwame Raoul, State Representatives Christian Mitchell and Barbara Flynn Currie, and Carl McKenzie, a cultural event producer and the president of Artworks Chicago. McKenzie organized the weekend-long celebration, which was co-sponsored by MINI USA. Chaka Khan Way is located on the west side of Kenwood Academy, where Chaka attended high school during its early days of operation. The students of Kenwood Academy also had the opportunity to participate in the event. Read more…
Chaka Khan Will Be Honored by Her Hometown with a Street Naming and More…Khan Resumes Concert Dates in U.S. and Abroad
5WPR NAMED FINALIST FOR PR AGENCY OF YEAR IN 2013 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS & RONN TOROSSIAN NAMED FINALIST FOR PR EXECUTIVE OF YEAR
5WPR has been named a finalist in the Public Relations Agency of the Year category in The 2013 American Business Awards. Additionally, Ronn Torossian, the founder & CEO of 5WPR was named a finalist in the Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year category. In both categories, 5WPR, and Torossian will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.
The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, among others. Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during judging and will be announced at The American Business Awards banquet on June 17 in Chicago.
“We are thrilled to be named finalists for the 2013 American Business Awards. Our entire team works incredibly hard and deserve this recognition and appreciation for all of our accomplishments. We also thank our client partners for helping us reach this milestone. We are committed to doing great work every day, and are proud that the judges recognized the achievements of our hard-working staff,” said Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR.